Cast Lead

Dear Haitians, forgive me for using your current and historical suffering to make a political point about a distant land. Nothing I say is intended to diminish your real suffering and remarkable steadfastness in the face of often externally created adversity. Given your history, there is a strong comparison to be made with the currently […]

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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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One year ago, Israel destroyed Gaza. Over 1000 noncombatant human beings, who used to laugh and think and eat and shit and much else besides, were simply eliminated as part of Israeli military action. Was it intentional? I don’t think so, although the more I read about the Dahiya Doctrine the more uncertain I get […]

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Do Israelis give Palestinians the same human impulses they give themselves? In the Israeli mind, can Palestinians formulate the same obvious questions that would emerge from an Israeli facing the same situation? Is there any possible level of Palestinian suffering that would cause Israelis to empathize substantially with them? In a Jerusalem Post op-ed, Larry […]

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Have you ever heard of a ranking official of a sovereign nation apologize to the official of another country for the perfectly legal machinations of its esteemed and independent judiciary? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Yet this was the treat afforded to global audiences when Britain’s foreign secretary, David Miliband, called up former foreign minister […]

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No matter your opinions about Israeli war crimes in Gaza last winter, the fact that Israeli officials are beginning to worry about their travel plans is one of the most positive developments in a long time because it creates one small but real pressure to consider the human implications of their military decisions. In a […]

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We have all heard it a million times: Israel does not target civilians; it only attacks military targets. I can barely count the number of times I have heard this argument from my family and friends. When all evidence of the Israeli destruction of Beirut or Gaza or wherever comes to light, this is the […]

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Last week I highlighted a recent essay in the New Yorker on Gaza. I had a number of problems with the details of the article, but despite those concerns I considered it one of the deeper analyses I had seen in a mainstream American media outlet. What attracted me to the article? First, the lead […]

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Yesterday the shambolic US Congress voted 344-36 to denounce the Goldstone report in a non-binding resolution that claims, among other things, the report is “irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy”. As with the rest of the attacks against Goldstone, the House Resolution 867 does not debate any of the facts in the […]

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A portrait of Gaza

by Yaniv Reich on November 3, 2009

(Photo credit: Christian Als / New Yorker) Leave it to the New Yorker to provide such a haunting portrait of Gaza. One aspect of the article that I think is excellent is that because its filled with so much ugly detail about Israeli and Hamas’ actions, it seems to jar deeply and offend every ideologue […]

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