Two people who don’t fit their prescribed identities – Avraham Burg who wants to repeal the law of return and Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a secular Palestinian – both with long histories in peace movements, explore what they may have in common.
Israel’s state prosecutor has taken Breaking the Silence, the organisation of former soldiers who cannot rest until they tell what they have seen and heard, has prosecuted BtS and an Israeli court has ruled BtS must name its informants. Under what law? Is this court abandoning law at the government’s whistle? Reports from BtS and two others.
On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (May 6th) the IDF’s deputy chief of staff, Yair Golan, did something extraordinary. He made a speech likening Israel’s current policies – and population – to the drivers and drifters of 1930s Europe’s descent into barbarism. Of course he has been cursed and condemned. But his speech,with his status, has brought heart to many.
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.
In some of the more startling words of Mark Regev, formerly the voice of PM Netanyahu, the new ambassador to the UK confused the profound difference between Jews and Israeli citizens. He appears quite unaware of his mistake, Ben White reports.
‘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.
To win an election D Trump has learned you have to find a great love for Israel and a great hatred of Muslims (it wasn’t hiding). This goes down especially well with white people in the southern states. Can Israel risk cultivating this new friend – even though his pro-Israel anti-Muslim stand has carried him into the establishment?
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.’
A report from Israel’s State Comptroller on the conduct of the IDF and Cabinet during the 2014 attack on Gaza (OPE) is damning about both, leading to a cats’-fight amongst them about who failed to do what and why.
In two articles Jonathan Cook lays into the nameless, faceless Labour critics of Corbyn. They want a return of Blairite hegemony. They can’t get it. The members won’t vote for that – unless they believe their choice is an antisemite. Antisemitism seems the most damaging charge against the Left. Right-wing Labour critics, most of whom have never been known for any concern about antisemitism, have pushed and pushed the charge, hoping to destroy Corbyn and the small body of Muslim MPs. Where’s the Labour fight-back? Welcome Sadiq Khan.
A: Because then, it would only have two senators. Jamie Stern-Weiner checks with Prof Finkelstein whether what we at this website have been saying for a week – that Naz Shah reposted the ‘antisemitic’ map from his website – is true. Unequivocally yes. And only the humourless don’t see it’s a joke. Those who have drummed up the Labour antisemitism crisis, and all those who have fallen into step are, QED, humourless as well as cynical. In a rich interview, he defends Naz Shah describes his direct family experience of the Holocaust and deplores any cynical misuse of that.
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 are many fissures behind the straight face of support that the US shows Israelis. These were on show at JStreet’s Gala when V-P Biden spoke of his frustration at Israeli settlements and refusal to talk – true of the PNA too. So what will US do?
How did 2 or 3 remarks by Labour members become “a string of party officials and members …outed for making disparaging remarks about Jews in public statements.” There is no evidence of significant antisemitism in Labour or of Corbyn ever having uttered an antisemitic remark. This is an attack on Labour by smear, allusion and hysterical exaggeration.
It is highly unusual for Israel to be the subject of a debate in an election let alone a primary contest. But here comes Sanders raising the question of why Clinton did not mention Palestine at AIPAC – or anywhere. Queen Hillary said she was occupied with her official job of bringing peace and keeping Israel secure.
With walls in every direction Palestinians have plenty of space for practising graffiti and portrait skills. Marwan Barghouti, serving five life sentences in Israeli gaols, is everywhere as a symbol of resistance and unity. He has just produced a new plan for fundamentally changing Palestine’s relations with Israel. Oslo isn’t working.