An email threatening to end Jewish support for the Conservative party unless the UK’s prime and foreign ministers ‘apologise to the Jewish people’ for supporting the anti-settlements UNSC resolution has been seen by MEMO. Why the unknown writer thinks he/she has the power to decide how Jews vote is not clear. It is another example of the pro-Israel lobby seeking to manipulate British politics.
Britain’s Chief Rabbi addresses the AIPAC policy conference with a mix of ingratiation, odd bits of misinformation, and the cry that, yet again, the Jews are hated all over Europe. For this ‘spiritual leader’, being Jewish means seeing the US and Israel as guiding lights, exaggerating Muslim power and insisting on eternal victimhood.
Richard Silverstein digs into the shady history of Israel’s use of plutonium.
Most notable about this poll for the BBC World Service is how differently media outlets report it beginning with a crude interpretation from Palestine Chronicle. We produce the original chart from pollster Globescan. The countries with the most positive rating are Japan, Germany,Canada and UK; least positive Israel, N.Korea, Pakistan, Iran.
Hezbollah (or Hizbullah) has added its voice to the hubbub around and about Syria stating it would come to the aid of the Syrian government in the event of any attack from outside.Based in Lebanon, the Shi’ite Hezbollah has long received support from the Shi’ite rulers of Iran and Syria (most Syrians are Sunni). The divisions intersect with military threats to and from Israel. Reports from Naharnet and the Guardian.
The winter issue of Palestine-Israel Journal is devoted to the ‘Arab Spring’. In his essay for the collection, posted here, Tony Klug looks at the different trajectories taken by elements of Arab political life after the containing despotism broke, and, in particular, at the dangers of paranoia, patriotism and lack of flexibility driving policies in Iran, Israel and Palestine.
At Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year – 2011 the Jewish Chronicle gathered 5 people for a discussion on being Jewish in Britain. For our coming secular New Year, we post this round-table which ranges, calmly and crossly, over identity, Israel, God, anti-semitism, parenthood, judgmentalism, Palestine, the diaspora and much else.
Fear that Iran has nuclear weapons, and is indifferent to world disapproval, has swung Israel towards the Gulf states – divided for decades over Palestine – with American envoys acting as go-betweens reports the Washington Post, 1. BICOM provides its briefing on why Israel is considering a military attack on Iran
John Dugard, author of ‘Human Rights and the South African Legal Order’ and former Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, will give evidence in Cape Town on what defines apartheid and whether the practices of the Israeli state fit the definition. For background to the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, http://jfjfp.com/?p=26270
Rumours that Israel intends a military attack on Iran have long been around and during Israel’s summer of discontent many suggested Netanyahu would incite a war to unify the nation. But now Israeli commentators are providing evidence for their fears of war with this volatile nation. Guardian 1, Haaretz 2, Ynet 3, Tikun Olam 4
Last week we posted a Washington Post opinion piece by Robert Bernstein attacking the UN and Human Rights groups for their attitude to Israel and Palestine, and a rejoinder by the Economist: http://jfjfp.com/?p=25704. Here Mouin Rabbani of Jadaliyya adds his voice to the outrage. Wikipedia’s entry on Palestine Media Watch is at the bottom
Israel does exist. The moral questions – exists as what, on what territory, for whom, remain unanswered. And as a state is not a living being, the question avoids the responsibility of those who run the state to the people living under its rule. Brian Klug explores what the question implies
As a mark of the severity of the new crisis betwee Israel and Turkey, we post reports from seven sources, from the Wall Street Journal to Islam online. There is repetition of the facts but each has different material on Israel’s isolation, the previous centrality of the arms trade, the effects of the Turkish army’s loss of hegemony, and Erdogan’s desire for leadership of the Islamic Mediterranean
The Italian NGO, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), has published a set of MEDPRO reports on the sustainability of various Mediterranean states Its report on Israel/Palestine, ( below with footnotes etc stripped out) reaches a gloomy judgment because of Israel’s fixation on its status quo, isolation within its own region and failure of political leadership.
The dependence of Israel on Mubarak’s control is evident as Netanyahu’s government looks for ways to master the unruly peoples of Sinai and Gaza and the military regime in Egypt has, for the first time, to take into account popular Arab feeling. Adam Shatz in his LRB blog, first, and then Issandr El Amrani of The Arabist assess the change of power relationships
The arguments put forward by the US and Israel against the PA both asking for and being granted UN recognition of Palestinian statehood are utterly specious says Henry Siegman, President of the US/Middle East Project. Here he refutes their case
Yachad, a new website at least, aims to speak for UK Jews, but at first sight seems to be lagging behind critical and unhappy opinions among Britain’s diaspora Jews writes Antony Lerman. And what’s with that name?
A statement by the JfJfP executive adds Israel to the other governments of the region which have met legitimate grievance with deadly violence
In his speech President Obama merely cofirmed what is now established thinking on Palestine. He had no new moves to offer that would extend state and civil rights for Palestinians writes Chris Doyle
Fearing ‘the negative tide which is aiming to undermine the legitimacy of Israel’ people have been invited to gather at a London hotel to learn how to advocate for Israel. The conference invitation, list of speakers, and Reform Judaism’s statement of support are posted here.