More evidence that that younger Palestinians in the West Bank, expressing themselves via social media, are entirely alienated from the corrupt croneyism of Pres. Abbas and his Fatah faction. His attempts to revive Fatah’s relevance may be too late.
A history of Zionism in Britain has much useful information but this particular history, published by CounterPunch, seems to have come from the school of Zionist conspiracies. Evan Jones does not distinguish between how ‘Zionist’ is used today – one who believes Jews alone are destined to rule a greater Israel – and how it was used pre-Israel: one with an aspiration for a Jewish homeland. He also sees Zionists at work in the UK without any evidence, defined purpose or names (or footnotes). Read with discrimination.
A snobbish discrimination against Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews by the Ashkenazi elite has, from the beginning, been a driving force in Israeli politics. While the Mizrahim in particular might have made common cause with Palestinians most chose instead to prove a pure Jewishness. Fascinating two-part article by Ran Greenstein.
Netanyahu’s belief that he is leading a world-wide crusade to make Iran an impotent pariah state has crumbled. Not only have the USA and EU turned in the opposite direction, his belief that he could recruit the Gulf states – no friends of Iran – is baseless. They will do no public deal with Israel unless and until there is a negotiated settlement with Palestine.
Where tribal or clan systems are hegemonic, democracy does not thrive. Clans are strong in northern Palestine in particular and President Abbas has had to accomodate them and their loyalties in order to function. The result is rampant corruption which if the PA does not exploit will destroy it. Tariq Dana accounts for this sorry situation.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by UNGA in December 1948. The aim was to establish a universal standard of human rights. International Human Rights Law (IHR) has developed from this. Azeezah Kanji analyses how Israel, by casting Palestinians out from the realm of civilisation, has managed to manipulate the law.
An anguished Bradley Burston, who immigrated from LA to Israel in 1976, has finally had to recognise that the mesh of laws which the Israeli state has amassed to restrict every possible form of independent Palestinian life can only be called apartheid. Every self-respecting Jew should oppose this injustice.
August 10th-16th has been a quiet week really, as the logic of trends and events already in train continue to play themselves out. The murder, by arson, of 18-month old Ali Dawabshe continues to provoke reflection – bemused and horrified in turn – on what has become of the Zionist project, with Robert Cohen engaged […]
Gideon Levy salutes Israel Medical Association chairman Dr Leonid Eidelman who announcing that the IMA would not lend its hand to torture and its members would not force-feed hunger-strikers, would not enforce the law that the Knesset had passed. He appeared, says Levy “like a beam of light in the darkness”, highlighting the everyday collaboration with the occupation and the settlers, not just Shin Bet and the IDF. The entire society is involved: the engineers, the contractors, the architects and the builders on stolen lands, the bankers, the lawyers and more…
Palestinian commentator Daoud Kuttab on recent developments in Israel/Palestine.
While many Palestinians are giving up on a two-state solution because of Israeli intransigence, so too are many Israelis pushing to annex the West Bank, an idea that is now entering mainstream Israeli politics. It won’t of course be a one-state, secular democratic annexation…
In a piece in New Formations magazine, “Resisting despair: non-violent resistance in Israel Palestine – A homage to Dr Eyad El-Sarraj,”, Lynne Segal reflects on how people in Israel /Palestine find ways of continuing to survive, endure and resist in the face of overwhelming odds.
Revisiting the Magnes Zionist’s 2007 contribution on the forced exile of the Jews after the failure of their revolts against the Romans in 70 and 135CE.
To this day, writes Jeremiah Haber, most lay people, Jews and non-Jews, accept the myth of the exile, whereas no historian, Jew or non-Jew, takes it seriously. Drawing on the work of Prof Yisrael Yuval, Haber looks at “the disconnect between popular and scholarly belief and tr[ies] to examine the origin of the myth several centuries after the event occurred”.
Happy holiday reading!
“Danon is considered of the leading officials of the Likud’s far-right wing. He strongly opposes a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state, and has expressed support for an Israeli annexation of the West Bank.”
Now what message can Netanyahu be sending? Barak Ravid reports in Ha’aretz.
Henry Siegman, former executive director of the American Jewish Congress (one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations) has become a scourge of Israel in recent years. Here is his interview with Amy Goodman of DEMOCRACY NOW, in which he advocates giving up on Netanyahu and going to the UN to enforce a peaceful solution.
In a relatively quiet week, it is worth revisitng some interesting analyses and interventions from the past. Here is Diane Mason’s entertaining piece from 2010, Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom?. In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine. Mason draws on it extensively in her account of the productivity of Palestinian agriculture at the time. Yet another Zionist myth bites the dust…
Ghada Karmi’s extraordinary new account of exile and the impossibility of finding home, Return: A Palestinian Memoir, is sympathetically reviewed by Avi Shlaim.
Karmi describes her return to work with the Palestinian Authority and the disappointment and disillusionment she experienced: “The journey filled me with bitterness and grief. I remember looking down on a nighttime Tel Aviv from the windows of a place taking me back to London and thinking hopelessly, ‘flotsam and jetsam, that’s what we’ve become, scattered and divided. There’s no room for us or our memories here. And it won’t be reversed.’”
In an extraordinary editorial on 7 August “Crossing a Line to Sell a Deal”, Tablet magazine accused the White House and its allies of smearing American Jews in efforts to promote the recent nuclear deal with Iran. Matthew Duss, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Todd Gitlin, Prof of journalism at Columbia, express their outrage at the Tablet’s approach in an icily cutting rebuttal.
Noga Kadman’s landmark book, Erased from Space and Consciousness (2011), has just been published in English. For Rashid Khalidi, celebrated Palestinian historian “This remarkable book examines how the issue of the Palestinian villages whose inhabitants were expelled in 1948 has evolved in Israeli consciousness … [and] has been largely eliminated from the imaginary of most Israelis.”
To celebrate this publication we are reprinting an article, based on the Hebrew edition, that first appeared in +972 in 2011.
IN the wake of the murder by fire of 18-month old Ali Dawabshe, and in reflective mode, Robert Cohen poses fundamental questions about Zionism. Was the murder simply a random act of Jewish terror, or the direct result of a nearly 50-year occupation –- or can its roots be found in the nature of Zionism itself? Explaining why he no longer calls himself a Zionist of any kind, he nonetheless refuses easy answers to the issues raised.
The apparent uncritical devotion of the USA to Israel raises the question of how they regard the killing by fire of baby Ali Dawabasheh, his father and possibly his mother (who is in intensive care). A sample of the US press.