Militarism

Facing the biggest domestic political crisis since he took office (in the form of of the #j14 protests), Netanyahu responds in the following, all-too-predictable ways: Trying to assassinate Nasrallah or other high-ranking Hezbollah officials and spark a new conflagration. Announcing the construction of another 930 Jewish-only houses on the Palestinian side of the Green Line. […]

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Well, the second most meaningless word after ‘terrorism’, of course, as Glenn Greenwald so expressively pointed out last year.  Clearly, terrorism means nothing more than the violence your enemies commit.  By construction, therefore, it never describes your own behavior, no matter how many innocent civilians you kill or under what circumstances, even if you kill […]

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Not only do Israelis hold intensely hypocritical attitudes toward Palestinian nonviolence, as I highlighted in my last post, but they also hold opinions about violent Palestinian resistance that are characterized by a kind of phony piousness.  Israelis simply disallow Palestinians the same right to struggle for a national home that they afforded themselves. Here is […]

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The massive, organized, hysterical opposition by Israelis and their lobbyists to the UN Security Council Resolution today, which aimed to condemn settlements (with Hillary Clinton’s own recent language about them) makes the whole game crystal clear.  The real issue Israelis have is not that some Palestinian resistance fighters use violence (and often illegal, terrorizing violence […]

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Last October, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem published a report indicating that Israel murdered, on average, one Palestinian every other day between 2006 and 2009, excluding the attack on Gaza known as Cast Lead that killed an additional 1,400 people (note that including Cast Lead brings the total to an average of around 1.5 […]

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Not a particularly deep point, but it’s worth noting that Israeli incitement against Palestinians really is limitless. A couple days ago, initial reports suggested from the Israeli army that Palestinian militants had attacked soldiers, injuring at least four, but that it was unclear even hours after the event what had happened to “the terrorists”. Later […]

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Make no mistake about it: the American and Israeli obsession with “defense”, which meets every commonsense definition of “offense” of which I am aware, is a catastrophe. Here, the New York Times gives us insight into the way that “defense” leaks into our brains—and budgets. “Pentagon Seeks Biggest Military Cuts Since Before 9/11″ Defense Secretary […]

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A brilliant, must-see video by the Eretz Nehederet show in Israel. What is most remarkable about this short satirical piece is how realistic it is. It can be considered satire, but it unfortunately reflects far too common thoughts that have infected Israeli critical thinking capacities. Like conservatives who can’t tell that Stephen Colbert is mocking […]

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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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