Responsibility

How many times have I heard Israelis try to shut down their critics with an argument that preserves for Israelis the right to criticize Israel? The argument is of the following general form: “until you’ve lived in Israel, you can’t criticize it”. Another permutation is that you can’t criticize Israel unless you’ve served (read: been […]

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A series of recent discussions in my life (with very well intentioned people) have focused on whether cultural boycott of Israel is perhaps a bit too extreme of a position. Doesn’t it just run the risk of alienating Israelis and making them less likely to make sacrifices for peace and justice? The problem with this […]

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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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A recently released Wikileaks cable confirmed something the world already knew: Israel’s policy of de-developing Gaza is deliberate and not based on any possible security rationale. Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian […]

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Watch this video and weep. . . . literally. The Israeli attacks on Gaza in winter ’08/09 unleashed such massive death and destruction that we far too frequently discuss the damage in terms of statistics, of large numbers alone. But put all of that aside and watch this short profile on the experience of just […]

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Today is the anniversary of the establishment of Israel on May 15th, 1948. It is also the day that Palestinians commemorate as the Nakba (“the catastrophe”). Here are two excellent documentaries on the establishment of Israel and the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem. Spend some time today thinking about the history conveyed in these […]

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It is, in a certain sense, bound to happen. The massacre of unarmed civilians and the institutional cover-up for such behavior are certainties when it comes to modern warfare. This statement applies, of course, to the Sri Lankans as much as the Russians, to the Americans as much as the Israelis. The American military, for […]

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It’s been an extraordinary week in the ongoing Middle East saga. Joe “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist” Biden felt “insulted” by the timing (as opposed to the substance) of the announcement (as he arrived) that Israel intends to continue the constant ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem that it began […]

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After nearly six months of pleading with Abbas and the PA to talk to the Israelis while they continue the settler colonization of their future state… After months of pressuring the Arab League to provide a way for Abbas to sit down to said talks without losing the final shred of credibility he (arguably) has […]

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Concerned citizens from around the world will begin observance this week of Israeli Apartheid Week. This is an excellent opportunity to spend some time thinking about the system of institutionalized and violent discrimination in place in Israel/Palestine, about your personal role in the conflict (we are almost all parties to Palestinian oppression either through political, […]

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