War

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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Sisters Reem (15) and Ameera (10) are two of seven children living in a small house close to the Israeli border in northern Gaza. Their mother Naema was five months pregnant with their baby sister Habiba when she had to flee during the Israeli offensive. Her children talk about how the military operation affected them […]

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Meet Mohammed, a twelve-year old Palestinian boy struggling to cope with his fears imprinted during last year’s Israel assault on Gaza. It will require exactly four minutes of your time. Child's Eye: One year on with the children of Gaza From The Guardian (UK). Related Posts:Goldstone and the power of moral authorityReconsidering Goldstone’s reconsiderationNew Israeli […]

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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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Whereas socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people ‘I offer you a good time,’ Hitler has said to them ‘I offer you struggle, danger and death,’ and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet.” — George Orwell, New English Weekly, 21 March 1940 Although the […]

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It shouldn’t need to be said. Yet to a shocking degree occupiers seem genuinely surprised that the occupied, who live under their boot, at the sharp end of their gun barrel, on the wrong side of discriminatory institutions, are not more thankful for the occupiers’ generous behavior. I mean to ask: aren’t Palestinians thankful for […]

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Whether or not Iran is attempting to develop their nuclear weapons capacity, Netanyahu’s myopia towards Iran is terrifying. Believing that Iran constitutes a “grave threat” to Israel, even as he visits Israel’s nuclear-armed submarines that provide essential deterrence against any hypothetical nuclear attacks, Netanyahu continuously and concretely threatens Iran with war. Note that even though […]

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What really happened in 1948

by Yaniv Reich on November 4, 2009

The war of 1948 and the associated ethnic cleansing, which the Israelis recognize as the War of Independence and the Palestinians consider the Nakba (catastrophe), is an absolutely fundamental topic worth a lot of attention. I plan to tackle this complex issue in many stages. But the Borderline Crimes blog has an excellent description of […]

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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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