October 2010

Israel’s ever-dwindling defenders frequently cite the country’s judicial system as evidence of the robustness of Israeli democracy. They point, for example, to the fact that the court has prohibited the Israeli military from using civilians as human shields or has ordered the segregation wall being built in the West Bank to be rerouted in a […]

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Without exaggeration, one of the single most important factors in the Israel/Palestinian conflict is the way that Jews fear Arabs and Persians in general, and Palestinians in particular. This fear is reflected in a constant distrust of such penetrating depth that it is routine to hear that we can’t actually believe, say, the comprehensive Arab […]

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There are seven reasons why Ari Shavit’s seven reasons to recognize Israel as a Jewish state form the primary basis for conflict rather than offer any solution. Here I address his hyper-nationalistic detritus one point at a time. An (Exclusivist) National Home The first argument he makes is that “the supreme goal of Zionism is […]

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The big story at the moment is the forthcoming law that would require all non-Jews, who want to become Israeli citizens, to make a loyalty oath to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic” state. Although revealing in the insecurity of identity and purpose that motivates it, it really is just one more law (among at […]

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Another morning coffee and another news item about Israelis murdering Palestinians. Just yesterday the IDF spokesperson confirmed a very telling statistic: like the year 2009 before it, the year 2010 is shaping up to be the quietest year for Israelis in a decade (note: this is exclusively in terms of Palestinian attacks on Israelis; there […]

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Drivel taken as gospel is the Israeli norm whenever the IDF spokesperson opens her mouth. Political leaders in endless cycles of corruption are casually pardoned whenever they say, thickly, “Terrrrrorrrr”. Considering Israelis’ boundless and unquestioning adoration for the military establishment, it must be extraordinarily painful to read details about the decision making processes during one […]

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