Jul 30 2014

Singapore of the Middle East

Gaza myths and facts: what American Jewish leaders won’t tell you

By , Jul. 30, 2014 1:44 PM


If you’ve been anywhere near the American Jewish community over the past few weeks, you’ve heard the following morality tale: Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005, hoping the newly independent country would become the Singapore of the Middle East. Instead, Hamas seized power, ransacked greenhouses, threw its opponents off rooftops and began launching thousands of rockets at Israel.… [more]

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Jul 25 2014

Making a fetish of the word “freedom”

The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners

By Molly Crabapple, July 21, 2014


Andy Stepanian is one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met.

An activist publicist, Andy draws attention to Americans imprisoned for their beliefs. He is straitlaced and gentle, and the only time he ever declined to buy me dinner was when I offended his veganism by eating chicken fingers. But Andy is also a felon. As one of the SHAC7, he … [more]

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Jul 25 2014

The definition of anti-Semitism

Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘There’s nothing new about conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism’

By Mira Bar-Hillel, Friday 25 July 2014


I have arrived! On Tuesday morning at 7.55am, live on Radio 4, I said something so horrible that the usually mild-mannered husband of a fellow hack stood up and left his breakfast table in disgust.

Fortunately his wife, Emma Barnett, happens to be the women’s editor of The Daily Telegraph, so by the next morning her diatribe … [more]

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Jul 25 2014

We don’t care so much about the Palestinians, do we?

Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity

By Robert Fisk, Friday 25 July 2014


Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if you refer only to the “innocent” dead – ie no Hamas fighters, young sympathisers or corrupt Hamas officials, with whom the Israelis will, in due course, have to talk – then the women and children … [more]

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Jul 24 2014

Even Hitler was a child

Images from Gaza should trouble every Israeli

By , Jul. 24, 2014 8:50 AM


That’s the number, as of Wednesday: 155 children. On Wednesday morning, another three were killed. Ten children per day, on average. According to the UN, it’s more than the number of Hamas combatants that were killed. The Al Mezan Center For Human Rights has published the names of 132 of them. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, published a death chart, in which it … [more]

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Jul 21 2014

Our very own version of Somalia

Reaping what we have sown in Gaza

By Amira Hass, Jul. 21, 2014 5:42 AM


I’ve already raised the white flag. I’ve stopped searching the dictionary for the word to describe half of a boy’s missing head while his father screams “Wake up, wake up, I bought you a toy!” How did Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Greater Germany, put it? Israel’s right to defend itself.

I’m still struggling with the need to share details of the endless … [more]

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Jul 20 2014

The problem at its core

The heart of the problem with Israel: The mass expulsion of the Palestinian people

By , July 19, 2014


As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal or the brutality has simply become more visible to the public.

I remembered listening to Benjamin Netanyahu when he was at MIT in the 1970’s. He called himself … [more]

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