It has been an unwritten rule, observed on this website, that lightly-made comparisons with the Holocaust are wrong. Uri Avnery, who was there while it was in the making, observed the same rule until now, when Maj. Gen Golan, broke it by making comparison to the making of a catastrophe. Cheers from Avnery.
The Palestinian Museum has just opened near Birzeit university. It is still largely devoid of exhibits – so much has been lost, destroyed or looted by Israeli soldiers and officials. Yet in itself it declares that Palestine has a history and culture worth conserving, an inspiration to the fragmented communities of Palestine. Former director Jack Persekian hopes it will confront ‘taboos and sanctioned narratives’.
‘Zionist’ is short-hand for many things. Different groups use the same word, with different meanings and moral positions. This much in Prof. Herman’s article is uncontentious. Ironically, the same could be said of her use of the term ‘the Left’ and ‘left-wing’ scholars’.
If Israel’s Independence Day is a moment of mourning for Palestinians, May 15, Naqba Day has become a thorn in the side of the Israeli government and a prompt to serious planning for a future Palestinian state.
Step back from the commotion and ask, as Avi Shlaim and Gwyn Daniel do – why now? The entire western world has put all its money on the 2-state solution. But Israel won’t play. Let’s put up a smokescreen over that and run round shrieking ‘I spy antisemites.’
Anshel Pfeffer believes that “every few days for the last couple of months, a new name of a Labour activist who has been engaging [in antisemitism] emerged in the media”. Really? More plausibly he argues that Israel is seen as powerful and Jews as no longer an endangered minority.
The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.
At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.
The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.
There is a short report by Ma’an on the US 2015 country report on human rights in Israel and the oPt. Then the report – over 22,000 words which do not include checkpoints, barrier, wall, occupation and settlements except for their illegal boycott. And not a word on the current state of deprivation and destruction in Gaza. It is strong on Israel’s lack of accountability for security actions.
Did terrorism bring Israel into existence? Tomer Persico looks for a clear distinction between terrorism – which murders indiscriminately – and guerilla operations – which pick their targets of power carefully. Terrorism seems to be winning.
Yes, anti-Zionism can be a euphemism for antisemitism or the fantasy that Israel can be destroyed. But it can also, argues Peter Beinart, be a logical response by Palestinians to their subjugation. He is responding to Lord Sacks who pursues the metaphors of a virus and a scapegoat which exempt him from having to face many facts.
Glenn Greenwald surveys how all expressions of Palestinian resistance, and support for it, are defined as antisemitic, terrorist, or criminal – which BDS has been made by various states and universities.
A clutch of Israeli businesses and individuals have gained a lot of money through secretive dealing and tax evasion. People from Mossack Fonseca and Leumi bank representatives discussed their dealings during golf games or barbecues. The two chief conspirators, Mossack and Fonseca, were born into Roman Catholic families. Who needs John Le Carré or Graham Greene when real life is so exotically dishonest?
Paul Scham asks why Israelis see themselves as living in a small, frail, endangered country when in fact it is the richest, safest and most powerful in the region. The ‘poor little’ image rests on the need to justify their occupation of Palestine.
What’s the point of the BDS movement if it does not enable Israeli Jews and Palestinians to live in peace with each other? And, asks Uri Avnery, what’s the point if it encourages a train of antisemites and Israel-haters?
It’s not clear what facts the President of the Board of Deputies thinks the PM has forgotten. But let’s hope he doesn’t offer him a history lesson as his own grasp of the ‘myths of Jerusalem’ in many cultures as well as the facts of the city is dubious. His most spurious claim is that Jerusalem, myth and reality, belongs particularly to all the Jews in the world.
From the start Israel has been a highly militarised society. The IDF represented the new society’s indomitability. It was the ideal of Israel. This isn’t the first posting to look at the politicians’ growing disregard for military judgment. Ben Caspit pushes the break-down of the relationship as far as he can.
Uri Avnery takes on the ‘boycott Israel’ movement and why Israel can’t be twinned with South Africa. It hinges, again, on the lack of a Palestinian/Israeli mass anti-apartheid movement.
Efraim Sneh is the first Israeli to suggest that the relentless individual knife and car attacks on Israelis cannot be stopped by any military action. This is the first time the IDF has been unable to protect Israel. The only answer is to cede to Palestinians the 22% of territory they say is acceptable.