Category: Israel

Not running to be a god

A King for Jesus: What the Religious Right Sees in Trump

By Roger O. Friedland, October 26, 2016

 

What does the love of Jesus have to do with Trump? How to explain his overwhelming support from evangelical voters, who—for more than three decades—have formed the bastion of the Christian right? According to a Pew June 2016 survey 89% of evangelical voters wanted a President with strong religious beliefs. Trump cannot even pretend to qualify.

A number of analysts, … [more]

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The good of the state

It’s Every Israeli’s Right, and Duty, to Speak Up – Including at the UN

By Michael Sfard, Oct 24, 2016 8:18 PM

 

Long ago, when I was a high school student in Jerusalem, I had a civics teacher who explained something quite astonishing to my class. The state is a means, he said, and human beings are always the end. The social organization is intended to serve people and only people and, therefore, there is no such thing … [more]

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Peacemaker!

Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

By Robert Fisk, Wednesday 28 September 2016 11:00 BST

 

When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.

I saw the results: babies torn apart, shrieking refugees, smouldering bodies. It was a place called Qana and most of the 106 … [more]

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The full measure of its guilt

“Some People Push Back”: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens

By Ward Churchill, September 12, 2001

 

When queried by reporters concerning his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Malcolm X famously – and quite charitably, all things considered – replied that it was merely a case of “chickens coming home to roost.”

On the morning of September 11, 2001, a few more chickens – along with some half-million dead Iraqi children – came home … [more]

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A Palestinian child

What Ari Shavit Doesn’t Understand About Palestinian Children and Jews

By Ziona Ziyona Snir , Sep 14, 2016 9:56 AM

 

Dear Ari Shavit,

Despite my bemusement at your demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state 68 years after it was recognized as such by the whole world, I don’t mean to get into that issue. I want to focus on one sentence in your article: “Only when every Palestinian child in Dheisheh and Balata knows that there’s a … [more]

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Get over it

Judaism is not a major player in the history of humankind

By , Jul 31, 2016

 

Though many Israelis are convinced that the history of the human race revolves around Judaism and the Jewish people, in truth, Judaism has played a relatively minor role in the annals of our species. Unlike such universal religions as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, Judaism is a tribal creed. It focuses on the fate of one small nation and one tiny … [more]

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Once upon a time

 

 

The name “Mission: Meeting” is sort of an inside joke for missionaries and MKs (children of missionaries are called “missionary kids” or “mishkids”) who endured endless¹ “mission meetings” (planning and business meetings). It also conveys the idea that this project’s mission is to allow web site visitors to “meet” real people of the Middle East from the points of view of Americans who actually lived and worked among them.

Hopefully, the perspective of unimpeachable (e.g., American + Christian) … [more]

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