Category: The Middle East
Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time
By Howard Zinn, July 4, 2017
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.
Is not nationalism—that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder—one of the great evils of our time, along … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/07/05/self-deception-started-early/
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June 29, 2017
The destruction of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is another example of the ‘culturecide’ we’ve become so used to
By Robert Fisk, Thursday 29 June 2017 12:45 BST
Over the years, I’ve almost lost count of the priceless treasures of art and antiquity which I’ve seen with my own eyes – and which now lie in pieces.
Fourteen years ago, racing across Mosul to see the building where US forces had just shot dead the sons of Saddam … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/06/29/we-expect-people-to-die/
Why Religious Zionism Is Growing Darker
By Tomer Persico, May 16, 2017 5:41 PM
At a gathering of religious Zionist public figures two weeks ago, Deputy Knesset Speaker Betzalel Smotrich talked about his diplomatic plan, which he dubbed “The subjugation plan.” The purpose of the plan, he said, was “to erase all Palestinian national hope.”
Under the plan, the Palestinians will be given three choices – to leave the country; to live in Israel with the status of … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/05/17/fundamentalist-religiosity/
If Trump cares so much about Syrian babies, why is he not condemning the rebels who slaughtered children?
By Robert Fisk, Monday 17 April 2017 12:15 BST
It was the Mother of all Hypocrisy. Some dead Syrian babies matter, I guess. Other dead Syrian babies don’t matter. One mass murder in Syria two weeks ago killed children and babies and stirred our leaders to righteous indignation. But the slaughter in Syria this weekend killed even more children and … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/04/20/mother-of-all-hypocrisy/
A Heartfelt Apology to Haaretz Readers
By Gideon Levy, Apr 20, 2017 3:58 PM
Dear Orna and Moshe Gan-Zvi,
I was saddened to read in Tuesday’s Hebrew edition of Haaretz that you’ve decided to cancel your subscription. I don’t know you, but I will miss you as readers. As someone who is partly responsible for your decision, as your article indicated, allow me to apologize. To apologize for writing the truth all these years. I should have taken … [more]
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Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons
By Marwan_Barghouti, April 16, 2017
HADARIM PRISON, Israel — Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.
Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/04/19/rights-are-not-bestowed-by-an-oppressor/
Deir Yassin Today
Although virtually all six million Palestinians in the world know of Deir Yassin, few have ever been there. The site is not identified on post-1948 maps of Israel. But it is not difficult to find.
The central part of Deir Yassin is a cluster of buildings now used as a mental hospital. To the east lies the industrial area of Givat Shaul; to the north lies Har Hamenuchot (the Jewish cemetery), to the west, … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/04/11/the-irony-is-breath-taking/