December 2009

Happy new year to all

by Yaniv Reich on December 30, 2009

Blogging will be scarce to nonexistent through January 3rd. I am going to get my New Years wishes in early: Happy new years to all, may you and your loved ones know more justice and freedom in the year to come. Related Posts:Arabs live better in Israel than anywhere else, except not really New Israeli […]

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Yesterday, Israel announced the construction of another 692 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. You hear that, Obama? Netanyahu is essentially pissing on your stated desire to see a halt to settlement construction. You must be furious. Now what are you going to do, what are you going to say? Enter Robert Gibbs, White House […]

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You possess the world’s fourth most powerful military according to your own estimates, yet find yourself delegitimized in the international arena, unable to impose control over either your perceived enemies, or your internal settler-anarchist “brothers”. You are desperately arresting nonviolent leaders that resist your military occupation while also fearing for the travel plans of your […]

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Racist attitudes of Jewish Israelis toward Arabs is, in my view, a fundamental problem, which allows a whole host of violent and peace-destroying behavior to be widely accepted by the Israeli population. In this example, parents of disabled children whose school was to be relocated into Palestinian East Jerusalem (which would of course be a […]

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A beautiful op-ed by Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian attorney and human rights activist, in the Los Angeles Times. As you read this, ask yourself the question in the title of this post. Put aside tribal affiliations for a moment and let the language of equal rights play in your soul. If you could choose, which […]

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I really did not want to write a story about organ theft in Israel. The ugly accusations and the even uglier reality seemed too sensational to be worthy of the time I needed to compose a post. But buried in the guts of the story is an important point about Israeli “diplomacy”, i.e. official and […]

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I recently found myself in an argument with my father, who failed to believe a simple fact I was presenting him. The easily verifiable argument I was putting forth was that Fatah tried to overthrow militarily the new, democratically elected Hamas government in Gaza, and that this coup attempt was being done with US guns, […]

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Have you ever heard of a ranking official of a sovereign nation apologize to the official of another country for the perfectly legal machinations of its esteemed and independent judiciary? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Yet this was the treat afforded to global audiences when Britain’s foreign secretary, David Miliband, called up former foreign minister […]

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Presume (incredulously, I know) that Netanyahu or some other Israeli leader truly wanted peace. Further, in order to arrive at peace, they would be willing to accept the basic framework for two-states that has formed the international consensus for 42 years. This would require giving up more than 95% of the West Bank inside the […]

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One reason that Israel has such an easy time maintaining the occupation is because they don’t face the costs of doing so. Of course, the Fourth Geneva Convention stipulates that Israel must provide for the people living under its military occupation. But for over a decade now, since the Oslo Accords were signed in the […]

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