Segregation

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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Occupation by the numbers

by Yaniv Reich on January 29, 2010

Sometimes numbers are worth a thousand words. And if the numbers aren’t enough, the selection of maps on this website (which can be found under the Resources tab) can provide another couple thousand words worth of images. Length of the West Bank-Israel border: 196 miles. Projected length of West Bank wall: 437 miles. Projected proportion […]

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Apartheid is finally get the attention is deserves. Joining the longstanding arguments posed by Palestinians, prominent Jews (e.g. retired Judge Boaz Okon) and Israeli politicians (e.g. former PM Olmert) have begun to use the term to describe the system of institutionalized discrimination that exists in Israel/Palestine. This is a welcome development in the battle for […]

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Proponents of Israel often tout the country’s judicial system as evidence of its cultural sophistication and commitment to democratic ideals. Well, a case that was decided last week significantly complicated this picture (as does, for example, an earlier ruling, which was the subject of this blog’s first post). The case concerned a 17-year old Palestinian […]

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When Yaakov “Jack” Teitel was arrested a couple weeks ago, we heard endless preaching from the settler community about how he was an isolated and extreme case, as if the ethnic cleansing they perpetrate in the West Bank is not criminally suspect enough. Today, we are provided with a 230-page guide from Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, […]

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In the recent past, it would have been absolutely inconceivable to see a reference to Israeli apartheid from a mainstream news source. Until recently, it would have also been taboo to question the viability of the “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But change is in the air. Today, no less than the Financial Times […]

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As I wrote the post yesterday on the significance of the Daily Show’s interview with Baltzer and Barghouti, a part of me suspected that I would come to see my reaction partially as hype or misplaced optimism. After further thought, however, I find that the opposite is true: I think the show is even more […]

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Muzzlewatch’s Sydney Levy hits the nail on the head with respect to the stereotypical demographic fear-mongering Jews that routinely do when assessing the two main options facing Israel: end ethnicity based exclusivism or end Israel’s pretense to democracy. “But let’s focus on the present. The question on the table [at the J Street conference], Is […]

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Amnesty International just released a report on water rights in Israel/Palestine. Matt Yglesias gets to the crux of the matter: “Israel is, of course, a democracy. And politicians in democracies are responsive to the interests of the electorate. Jewish settlers in the West Bank get to vote. Palestinians in the West Bank don’t get to […]

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Demography and apartheid

by Yaniv Reich on October 27, 2009

In 2009, the 5.6 million Jews in Israel (and the settlements) account for 49% of the total number of people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, according to the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2009 (Thanks to Mondoweiss for bringing my attention to this report). Meanwhile, 4.9 million Palestinians do […]

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