New problems for the Lunatic unto the Nations

On Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Adar Primor Britain’s secretary of state for international development, Douglas Alexander, visited the Gaza Strip this week, thereby becoming the first British minister to visit Gaza since Hamas seized control of it in 2007. Alexander, 41, went to Gaza to see the effects of Operation Cast Lead “with his own eyes.” He met with a father whose children were killed, saw the ruined houses, spoke with businessmen whose factories were destroyed and was “horrified” by the scale of suffering


"When did Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon and Tzipi Livni begin talking about two states? Only after their bulldozers and military bureaucrats crushed the realistic physical basis of a Palestinian state. And this basis is: June 4, 1967 land (including East Jerusalem), Gaza – an inseparable part of the state – and zero settlements (and that applies to Gilo and Ma'aleh Adumim)" — Amira Hass

On Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Amira Hass The extent of the funding pledged to the Palestinian Authority by donor countries reflects the extent of their support for Israel and its policies. The American taxpayers’ contribution to the Ramallah government’s bank account is dwarfed by the large sums the U.S. government donates to Israel every year. It’s impossible to get excited over the American pledge of $900 million (two-thirds of it for strengthening Salam Fayyad’s government and the rest for Gaza’s recovery) and forget the


Worth reading

On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

“” P{margin-top:1.3em; margin-bottom:1.3em} By Professor David Shulman, Hebrew University Pogroms: it’s something the Jews know about. I grew up on those stories—Cossack raids on the shtetl, the torture and killings and wanton destruction. My grandmother had a brother. They lived in Mikhalayev, in the Ukraine. One day the Cossacks came, and everyone panicked, and the seventeen-year-old brother tried to hide in a pond, and he drowned. She mourned that young death all her life; the dead don’t age, and some


26 of Foxman's chins say Amnesty anti-Semitic

On Friday, February 27th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent The Anti-Defamation League on Monday blasted Amnesty International as denying Israel the right to defend itself after the human rights organization urged a global freeze on arms sales to Israel. “In calling for an arms embargo of Israel, Amnesty International is doing nothing short of denying Israel the right to self-defense, an internationally accepted right of every sovereign nation,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman in a statement. Amnesty called for the embargo in


Even the Jerusalem Post is coming to its senses, a little

On Friday, February 27th, 2009 in News.

By LARRY DERFNER First we left the Gaza Strip in bloodied ruins. Then we raised up a politician who, with his appeal to racism, militarism, fear of alien “subversives” and the yearning for a strong leader, fits the classic, textbook definition of a fascist. And now, what is the talking point for our hasbara (spin) campaign? The surge in global anti-Semitism. It’s hard to avoid the impression that for the champions of Israel Right or Wrong, the surge in global


Gideon, my dear friend Musa, and Murder

On Friday, February 27th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Gideon Levy As the war in Gaza raged, Israel Defense Forces reservists apparently thought anything was permissible: It was possible, maybe even necessary, to kill innocents, in the West Bank, too. Under cover of war, they thought, they could also kill a handcuffed Palestinian. After all, they could always claim he tried to steal their weapons – never mind that he was bound with plastic handcuffs practically impossible to get out of. A bullet in the stomach from close


The clogs that were heard round the world

On Friday, February 27th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By MAX SOCOL Ron Edelheit was about to begin a speech on the Gaza war to a gathering of Dutch Jews in Amsterdam on Sunday when he counted four shoes hurtling toward him. “Two of them hit me,” he said, both on the legs. He spoke to The Jerusalem Post by phone on Monday from The Hague, where he had just finished pressing charges against the three “youngsters” who assaulted him. Edelheit, who holds both Israeli and Dutch citizenship, travels


What we MUST do!

On Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict, What We Can Do.

Our research team recently found evidence of U.S.-made weapons in Gaza, including the misuse of white phosphorus munitions. Dear Ali, A new report released just hours ago reveals that U.S.-made white phosphorus artillery shells among other U.S. weapons were found throughout Gaza. When white phosphorus munitions are used in densely-populated civilian areas as Israel has, it violates international humanitarian law’s prohibition on indiscriminate attacks and amounts to a war crime. In light of this new finding, we are urging Secretary



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