November 2009

Instead of using its power to enforce international law in occupied Palestine, the IDF decides instead to launch a new hasbara (propaganda) unit to combat its ever-deteriorating image in the public mind. Maybe instead of hiring new Tweeters and Facebookers, the IDF could boost its credibility by conducting an honest and far-reaching investigation into its […]

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Israel panders to racist, terrorizing, fundamentalist colonizers on a daily basis. This is now a commonplace notion. For example, Didi Remez of the excellent Coteret blog publishes the following translation of a column written by Yaron London, a widely respected Israeli journalist with a “reputation for saying what other [Israelis] think”. The problem does not […]

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Absolutely not, unless your vision of Israel is inextricably bound with the current system of institutionalized racism, de jure segregation, the slow but daily process of ethnic cleansing, and a 42 year regime of military occupation. For many Jews and Palestinians, however, there exists another vision of Israel/Palestine in which all citizens enjoy the full […]

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If Israelis and Americans just understood better what Palestinian life was like under Israeli occupation, then there would be far less sanctioning and acceptance of the brutal, 42-year long occupation. Or so I have long believed. In particular, I have argued the US citizenry has a critical role in pressuring their congresspeople to, in turn, […]

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After a couple long days of pre-Thanksgiving debate with my father and aunt, I tired of the standard Israeli distinction between religious and secular Israelis, which was made incessantly by my (secular) family members. There is, in the minds of “mainstream” Israelis, a very big difference between the religious fanatics that colonize the West Bank […]

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The government of South Africa issued a statement today describing Israel’s attempts at building in occupied East Jerusalem—for Jews only—while simultaneously evicting Palestinian families, as reminiscent of apartheid. The official statement explained: The South African government has issued an unusually harsh statement condemning Israel for approving 900 new housing units in Gilo and evicting Palestinians […]

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One of the biggest absurdities of Netanyahu’s steadfast refusal to agree a settlement freeze is that his government surely knows—indeed it must know—that they could have decided in favor of a “settlement freeze” that put nearly no restrictions whatsoever on the continued colonization of Palestine. And even this was too much for Israeli fanatics. First, […]

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When an image of the West Bank map is invoked, the map that typically comes to mind is the broad double-hump of the Green Line-defined area. This is most people’s reference map: the implicit, assumptive spatial unit that orients prototypical thinking about Israel, Palestine, partition, and two states. If this is your mental map, then […]

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Many Israelis and Americans believe that Palestinian resistance to occupation is synonymous with terrorism. But putting aside the prejudice inherent in marking an entire, heterogeneous population of millions as inherently violent, this belief also happens to be categorically and demonstrably wrong. There has always been—and there continues to be—non-violent Palestinian resistance on a daily basis. […]

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Who’s the boss?

by Yaniv Reich on November 23, 2009

A brilliant one paragraph argument about the US-Israel relationship, courtesy of Scott McConnell at Mondoweiss: Linked is a sober analysis from a Council of Foreign Relations guy, Steven Simon, pointing out that Israel probably has the capacity to effectively strike Iran’s nukes and probably will, unless we try really hard to be nice to Bibi’s […]

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