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'UN Go Home': Israel planning for worst, calling for war?
Dogs of War
Such terrifying dogs have not been seen since the Hound of the Baskervilles.
They have been bred by an ardent admirer of the late "Rabbi" Meir Kahane, who was branded by the Israeli Supreme Court as a fascist. Their task is to protect the settlements and attack Palestinians. They are settler-dogs, or, rather, dog-settlers.
23 NOT BY CEMENT ALONE. Amira Hass.
28 Ch 4. INSIDE ISRAEL. LEXICON OF MISLEADING TERMS. Amira Hass.
After Apartheid: Getting to Justice and Equality in Palestine Part 1
RETURN OF THE GENERAL'S SON
IT SOUNDS like the title of a romantic movie. “Daphne, Itzik and all the Others”.
It starts off with a friendship between two youngsters, he in his early thirties, she in her mid twenties. Then they quarrel. He leaves. She remains.
The audience knows exactly what it wants: it wants the two to reunite, kiss, marry and walk arm-in-arm into the sunrise, to the accompaniment of a soft melody.
As for the actors, they are perfect. They both play themselves. Hollywood’s Central Casting couldn’t have done better.
She is an attractive young woman, wearing a man’s hat for easy recognition. He is the Israeli young male, vaguely handsome, easily recognizable by his nose.
THE STORY starts with Daphne Leef, an editor of short films, daughter of a composer, unable to rent an apartment in Tel Aviv. She is fed up. She announces on Facebook that she is going to live in a tent on Rothschild Boulevard and asks if anyone will join her.
Frost over the World - Ilan Pappe
“WILL THIS be the happiest day of your life?” a local interviewer asked me, referring to the approaching recognition of the State of Palestine by the UN.
I was taken by surprise. “Why would that be?” I asked.
“Well, for 62 years you have advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel, and here it comes!”
“If I were a Palestinian, I would probably be happy,” I said, “But as an Israeli, I am rather sad.”
LET ME explain.
I came out of the 1948 war with four solid convictions:
There exists a Palestinian people, though the name Palestine had been wiped off the map.
It is with this Palestinian people that we must make peace.
Peace will be impossible unless the Palestinians are allowed to set up their state next to Israel.
Without peace, Israel will not be the model state we had been dreaming about in the trenches, but something very different.
A WONDERFUL SPEECH. A beautiful speech.
The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless.
A work of art. The art of hypocrisy. Almost every statement in the passage concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue was a lie. A blatant lie: the speaker knew it was a lie, and so did the audience.
It was Obama at his best, Obama at his worst.
Jeff Halper: 'Palestine bid a fixed game, Israel impunity intact on ground' [Jerusalem, RT]
HERE IS a story that has never been told before:
When the Titanic was well out into the Atlantic, its crew mutinied.
They demanded higher wages, less cramped quarters, better food. They assembled on the lower decks and refused to budge from there.
People & Power - About a boycott
AN OLD photo from World War I shows a company of German soldiers getting on the train on their way to the front. On the wall of the car somebody had scribbled: “viel Feind, viel Ehr’” (“The more enemies, the more Honor”.)
ON YOM KIPPUR eve last week, when real Jews were praying for their lives, I sat on the seashore of Tel Aviv, thinking.
I was thinking about our state, the State of Israel, in which I have, so to speak, a founder’s share.
THE MOST sensible – I almost wrote “the only sensible” – sentence uttered this week sprang from the lips of a 5-year old boy.
After the prisoner swap, one of those smart-aleck TV reporters asked him: “Why did we release 1027 Arabs for one Israeli soldier?” He expected, of course, the usual answer: because one Israeli is worth a thousand Arabs.
Amira Hass: Israel - Palestine - Fear of the Future
THE KILLING of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Muatasim was not a pretty sight. After seeing it once, I looked away when it was shown again and again on TV – literally ad nauseam.
NIght Invasion Into Houses in a-Nabi Saleh
EVERYBODY KNOWS the scene from school: a small boy quarrels with a bigger boy. “Hold me back!” he shouts to his comrades, “Before I break his bones!”
Our government seems to be behaving in this way. Every day, via all channels, it shouts that it is going, any minute now, to break the bones of Iran.
Iran is about to produce a nuclear bomb. We cannot allow this. So we shall bomb them to smithereens.
No Arab spring for Israel - daughter of Moshe Dayan
THE MAKING OF ISRAEL VS ISRAEL
Why boycott Israel on Campus - Rafeef Ziadeh, Ilan Pappe, Karma Nabulsi & Mike Cushman [inminds]
Bergen Greens present An Evening with Jeff Halper
Kelly James Clark interviews Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Kelly James Clark interviews Rami Elhanan
Kelly James Clark interviews Nurit Peled-Elhanan
Kelly James Clark interviews Rabbi Einat Ramon
No Peace Witout Justice (1)
YOU CAN lie to all of the people some of the time, and to some of the people all of the time, but you cannot lie to all of the people all of the time.”
This slightly altered quotation from Abraham Lincoln has yet to be absorbed by Binyamin Netanyahu. He thinks it doesn't apply to him. Actually, that is the core of his entire political career.
Long Live Palestine Part 2
incidents at the harvest - West Bank, October, 2010
“YOU AND your Weimar!” a friend of mine once exclaimed in exasperation, ”just because you experienced the collapse of the Weimar Republic as a child, you see Weimar behind every corner.”
Palestine in Israeli School Books: Nurit Peled Elhanan
THIS TUESDAY will be the 64th anniversary of a fateful day for our lives.
A day in November. A day to remember.
On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted, by 33 votes against 13 (with 10 abstentions), the Palestine Partition Plan.
This event has become a subject of endless debates, misinterpretations and outright falsifications. It may be worthwhile to peel away the myths and see it as it was.
Israel debates restrictions on civil liberties
IN THE middle of the '80s, a German diplomat conveyed to me a surprising message. A member of the Jordanian Royal family would like to speak with me in Amman. At the time, Jordan was still officially at war with us.
ON THE anniversary of David Ben-Gurion's death, the usual memorial meeting was held at his graveside in Sdeh Boker, the Negev desert village where he lived in his retirement. There is no cemetery, just his grave and that of his wife Paula.
The newspapers published a picture of Binyamin Netanyahu making a speech under a big photo of the late leader gazing thoughtfully into the distance.
Prof. Jeff Halper , Israeli human rights activist - Palestine / Palestyna , Izrael - Wywiad
"The Forgotten Palestinians" written by Ilan Pappe-Epilogue-11-14-2011
"With Friends Like These..."
MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!
What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul).
Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that one of them may actually become the most powerful person in the world, with a finger on the biggest nuclear button!
The Duke of Nablus
THE NAME of Munib al-Masri has recently come up as a possible candidate for Prime Minister of a Palestinian national unity government. Not being a member of either Fatah or Hamas, he is acceptable to both.
Al-Masri himself denies any such ambition. He says that he is too old (77), and that a younger generation of Palestinians should take over.
Israelis rally against gender segregation
IF ISLAMIST movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bête noire, Israel.
Without the active or passive help of successive Israeli governments, they may not have been able to realize their dreams.
That is true in Gaza, in Beirut, in Cairo and even in Tehran.
LET'S TAKE the example of Hamas.
All over the Arab lands, dictators have been faced with a dilemma. They could easily close down all political and civic activities, but they could not close the mosques. In the mosques people could congregate in order to pray, organize charities and, secretly, set up political organizations. Before the days of Twitter and Facebook, that was the only way to reach masses of people.
Israeli tourist company holds West Bank tours
Beyond Recognition, Part One: Visions of Statehood
Beyond Recognition, Part Two: Roadblocks and Endgame
The Stolen War
IS THERE no limit to the villainy of Hamas? Seems there isn't.
This week, they did something quite unforgivable.
They stole a war.
FOR SOME weeks now, our almost new Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, has been announcing at every possible opportunity that a new war against the Gaza Strip is inevitable. Several commanders of the troops around the Strip have been repeating this dire forecast, as have their camp-followers, a.k.a. military commentators.
Bedouin community near settlement faces expulsion
Jeff Halper's presentation Russell Tribunal Cape Town
“SHINING TORCH” sounds like the name of a Red Indian (or should I say Native American?) chief. In Hebrew, it is the literal meaning of the name of our latest political sensation: Ya’ir Lapid.
A road to freedom or to nowhere? Palestinians and the State of Palestine
Witness: Jerusalem SOS