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When Israel was destroying Gaza in December 2008, Obama was preparing to take office as president. Progressives around the world turned to him to use his surging diplomatic power to pressure Israel to end the massacre. He stayed silent, for days and weeks, the negative space created by his newfound lack of words filled with […]

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One year ago, Israel destroyed Gaza. Over 1000 noncombatant human beings, who used to laugh and think and eat and shit and much else besides, were simply eliminated as part of Israeli military action. Was it intentional? I don’t think so, although the more I read about the Dahiya Doctrine the more uncertain I get […]

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We have all heard it a million times: Israel does not target civilians; it only attacks military targets. I can barely count the number of times I have heard this argument from my family and friends. When all evidence of the Israeli destruction of Beirut or Gaza or wherever comes to light, this is the […]

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Last week I highlighted a recent essay in the New Yorker on Gaza. I had a number of problems with the details of the article, but despite those concerns I considered it one of the deeper analyses I had seen in a mainstream American media outlet. What attracted me to the article? First, the lead […]

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“Iwant to know how and why it was decided to embark on Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip and to expand it into a ground offensive,” Aluf Benn, diplomatic editor of Haaretz, thunders today: I want to know if the decisions were affected by the Israeli election campaign then underway and the change in […]

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On account of his role as principal investigator into possible war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas during Operation Cast Lead, Judge Richard Goldstone has been on the less pleasant end of a lot of senseless slander. Despite being an extremely well-respected expert on war crimes, despite being both a Jew and a solid Zionist, […]

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This blog should have started on December 28th, 2008, the day the revoltingly named Operation Cast Lead began. I had observed with a growing sense of horror the drumbeat for war in Israeli society.  It reminded me of neoconservative hysteria in the run-up to America’s most recent war on Iraq.  I had read with alarm […]

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