Justice

I just watched Max Blumenthal’s excellent set of recorded interviews and comments from participants at AIPAC 2011.  As a Jew—nay, as a human being—it is heart-wrenching to watch other ostensibly sentient creatures diminish their critical faculties in such obvious, degrading ways in order to advance a 21st century colonial project.  “You constantly reject peace,” in […]

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We are accustomed to hearing about how Israel as an ethnically exclusivist state was necessary to protect the Jews after the Holocaust. For most Israelis, this assertion has taken on almost axiomatic status. So it’s interesting to note that many of the early Zionist leaders, including the relentlessly mythologized David Ben-Gurion, Zionist leader and first […]

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak described it as “false, distorted, and irresponsible“.  Information Minister Yuli Edelstein called it “anti-Semitic“.  Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said it “insidiously… portrayed the Jews as the deliberate murderers of innocents“.  Foreign Minister Lieberman argued that its true purpose “was to destroy Israel’s image, in service of countries where […]

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It is difficult to recall such a striking example of personal and institutional racism, which allows justice to be meted out so differentially, so disproportionately to individuals from different ethnic groups. Of course, the issue has nothing to do with black men impersonating white men, as the title suggests. Rather, the actual story centers on […]

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After what presumably amounted to months of desperate searching, Judge Goldstone’s detractors finally found the “smoking gun” to forever lay to rest his damaging—and still unrebutted—report on Israeli and Hamas-orchestrated war crimes in Gaza. It turns out that he is a judge, a white man, from South Africa, of sufficient age and experience to have […]

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Hybrid States has been on something of a hiatus recently. The reasons for this are several. First, the blog found itself bombarded with a seemingly infinite stream of mind-boggling and truly outrageous news items, due not in small part to the seemingly infinite lunacy coming out of Israel’s government. But keeping on top of the […]

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Ha’aretz runs today a stunning and thoughtful article about how Israel must learn the language of human rights. Written by a media consultant and former adviser to the Interior Ministry, Gilad Heimann, the article manages to cut through Israeli social psychology and government hasbara efforts with admirable efficiency. The core argument is this: Israel doesn’t […]

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Its a news day full of tension and contradictions. First, the good—and most important—news. The Israeli army is preparing to move the route of the segregation wall in Bil’in village, where it had annexed Palestinian land and sparked weekly, mostly nonviolent protests against the land grab, according to an IDF officer’s pledge disclosed to the […]

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Dr. King, if only the world listened to your message instead of using you as a cheapened stage prop. That is the dream I have. “A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: This way of settling differences is not just. This business of burning human beings […]

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For decades, the idea that a resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict ought to be imposed was considered taboo, or at least politically fanciful due to the United States’ ever-ready UN Security Council veto. This diplomatic impediment has protected Israel from the need to accept, for example, a multinational peacekeeping force to prevent suicide attacks and/or […]

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