Category: Palestine

Layers (part 2)

 For me, this is probably the work that got the Israeli PR thinkers to seeing the possibilities for a beautiful friendship between Zionism and fundamentalism:  Hal Lindsey’s 1970 “The Late, Great Planet Earth.”

I remember hearing about this while we were still in high school, and wondering what in the hell kind of foolishness is this?  Up till then, I had never heard such stuff, even though we were steeped in Southern Baptist culture and lingo (albeit a vintage … [more]

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 There is another, deeper, emotional/spiritual layer to this entire problem.  I used to try to explain it but it falls on secular ears, and is largely ignored as insignificant.  It is anything but, and anyone who cares about justice and dignity in the Middle East would do well to try to understand it better.  Back in the late 40s and 50s and early 60s, Israel was the darling of socialist/left-wing politics.  Women soldiers, kibbutzim, different ethnic groups comingling and cooperating … [more]

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If Americans only knew

 What do we really cherish?  America absolves itself the same way a smoker convinces himself he’ll never get cancer.  In both cases, there is plenty of available information from which the truth of the matter can be gleaned, but that requires more introspection than most of us are willing to endure.

 Less than a minute into the video (, Sarah Powell utters the unmentionable heresy, “Why do they hate us?”  It is a damn good question, she goes … [more]

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Rabbi Fox

Ms. Gassaway,

I had hoped the rabbi’s recent rant would be disregarded by your readers as the specious partisan pandering it obviously is to anyone who understands even the smallest bits of Middle Eastern history and contemporary realities “over there.”  However, given that more than a week has passed, and now today’s follow-on huzzahs by a reader willfully blinded to any point of view that does not resonate with his own, I must ask if you intend to publish the … [more]

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Dreaming of what once was

 Dear Janna,

 Perhaps the answer is to out-market the vision of what is possible vs. the vision of those things feared or coveted.  Somehow, we’ve got to convince people that the alternative to fear and avoidance of insecurity is better than the status quo.  When I opined earlier about my Levantine dream, I forgot to mention discos and bars and even Buddhist and Ba’hai temples alongside the churches, mosques, and synagogues.  Simple, n’est pas?  I think Obama has managed to … [more]

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A century of willful ignorance

 A friend of mine just sent me an interesting article by Ramzy Baroud, about Johns Hagee and McCain:

 Here’s the first paragraph from Baroud’s article:

 A memorable quote in Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) still carries a wealth of relevance. He writes, “They own the [holy] land, just the mere land, and that’s all they do own; but it was our folks, our Jews and Christians, that made it holy, and so they haven’t any business to be … [more]

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