October 2009

Settlers steal olive harvest

by Yaniv Reich on October 30, 2009

October is the time for the olive harvest in Israel/Palestine. Each year, settlers attack Palestinians attempting to harvest their own olives, they attack Israelis who in solidarity attempt to help the Palestinians, and they steal or destroy what they can. Inspired by their messianic brand of Judaism, the settlers run amok. Here is a clip […]

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Make no mistake about it. The continual demolition of Palestinian homes is a grinding, slow-motion form of ethnic cleansing. This is not about building permits, which are used by Israelis as an attempt at political cover. Ask Israelis about the last time they demolished a Jewish home in Jerusalem because of permit issues. Ask Israelis […]

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As I wrote the post yesterday on the significance of the Daily Show’s interview with Baltzer and Barghouti, a part of me suspected that I would come to see my reaction partially as hype or misplaced optimism. After further thought, however, I find that the opposite is true: I think the show is even more […]

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In the annals of American media coverage of Israel/Palestine, yesterday’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart was a watershed. On national TV, Jon Stewart interviewed Anna Baltzer and Mustafa Barghouti, advocates for equal Palestinian rights. They got on TV, they argued for equal Palestinian rights, they advocated for security and democracy for both peoples, they responded […]

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There is a growing religiosity in the IDF that is very troubling. We saw this in military rabbis’ statements around the Gaza onslaught. But it is a more insidious and constant aspect of IDF life. In this commentary, the father of a new IDF recruit discusses his discomfort over the overly religious character of the […]

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A new level of crazy

by Yaniv Reich on October 29, 2009

I spend a good deal of time thinking about how to expose contradictions in run-of-the-mill Israeli social psychology. My belief is that in this process I can perhaps persuade a few thinking folks out there that: (1) much of what we thought we knew about our country is wrong, (2) being wrong in this manner […]

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If you want to understand better the more paranoid and totalitarian aspects of Israeli and Jewish thinking, the Jerusalem Post contains a shining example today, written by Harvey Schwartz, chairman of the American Israeli Action Coalition (AIAC), “an organization that seeks to represent the 250,000 Americans living in Israel”. Most American-Israelis I have spoken to […]

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In the hysterical responses to the Goldstone report, or more generally to any criticism whatsoever of Israel’s military activities, Israelis love to argue that Israel doesn’t target civilians, unlike those immoral terrorists we have to deal with. This argument makes for a great sound bite on the evening news, but its patently false, as shown […]

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Israel’s simple choice

by Yaniv Reich on October 28, 2009

Israel’s simple dichotomous choice can be framed in a number of related ways: Pariah state or not? Apartheid or democracy? And as this opinion piece argues in Yediot Ahronot today: Obama or Wallerstein? Dozens of countries, including some that used to be sympathetic to Israel, have spoken out against us recently and will continue to […]

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Let’s start with a definition. According to the UN, ethnic cleansing is defined as “the planned deliberate removal from a specific territory, persons of a particular ethnic group, by force or intimidation, in order to render that area ethnically homogenous.” Clear? Now, here is a description by the Israeli Macro Center for Political Economics of […]

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