Germany to feature Hitler in swimming trunks to soften its image

On Saturday, February 21st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Aluf Benn Tzipi Livni is the most famous Israeli woman in the world, according to the number of hits on Google, and Bar Refaeli is second. During a week in which Livni was nearly elected prime minister, Refaeli appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, an Oscar for supermodels. Her photo in a bikini was put on an airliner and the Israeli media were thrilled that another of ours had made it big abroad. Refaeli presents

The times they are a-changin'

On Saturday, February 21st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict, What We Can Do.

Successes We, the students of New York University, declare the successes of this occupation. The administration demonstrated their steadfast commitment to disregard for its students. There was no single attempt to negotiate with the students. The administration disingenuously presented the students with negotiation, which the students readily accepted. Once in the negotiation room, the administration revealed it had lied to us in order to remove us from the room. Their intent was never to negotiate, but instead to remove negotiators

Say No to Israeli PR Gimmicks!

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Quite extraordinarily, the Science Museum in London and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry have both been made available (on 3 and 5 March respectively) for an event called “Israel Day of Science”. The museums argue they are not sponsoring the event, but have merely hired out their premises. This subtle distinction is unlikely to be appreciated by the many thousands of all ages and faiths who have repeatedly taken to the streets round the country to protest against

New ADL poll shows that 47% of Foxman's chins are anti-Semitic.

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in News.

By Adam Shoop The latest report is in: “anti-Semitism remains alive and well in the minds of many Europeans.” The U.S. is apparently safe for the moment, as reporting during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead indicated that, “the American people are squarely behind Israel and overwhelmingly think that using force against Hamas is appropriate.” The survey, commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League, finds that “attitudes in seven European countries have worsened due to the global financial crisis and Israel’s military actions against

When conspiracies are not imagined

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in News.

_Introduction_ In January, 1988, I was appointed to the Alger Hiss Chair of Social Studies at Bard College. As this was a Presidential appointment outside the tenure system, I have served under a series of contracts. The last of these was half-time (one semester on, one off, with half salary and full benefits year-round), effective from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2009. On February 7 I received a letter from Michèle Dominy, Dean of the College, informing me that

Gaza witness

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in Letters To Finkelstein, News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Dear Norman, I attended a lecture last night by Erik Fosse, who worked alongside Mads Gilbert at Shifa hospital in Gaza during the Israeli attacks. It was heart-wrenching stuff, and he showed photos and told stories which both saddened and infurieted everybody in attendance. He told us how he had worked at that hospital several times before, and the fact that he was a westerner was not something that anybody cared about, or even noticed. When they arrived during the

Opportunism We Can Believe In

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Stephen Zunes Over the objections of church groups, peace organizations and human rights activists, President Barack Obama decided to return to Illinois to visit the headquarters of the Caterpillar company, which for years has violated international law, U.S. law and its own code of conduct by selling its D9 and D10 bulldozers to Israel. In his speech on Thursday, Obama praised Caterpillar, saying, “Your machines plow the farms that feed our families; build the towers that shape our skylines;

Watching Rome Burn

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in News.

By Patrick Cockburn in northern Iraq Senior US soldiers investigated over missing Iraq reconstruction billions In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The exact sum missing may never be clear, but a report by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq

No more shooting fish in a barrel

On Friday, February 20th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Reuters In his first remarks on Israel’s recent elections, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday warned that Jerusalem’s incoming government would be defeated in Lebanon just as its predecessors were. “The good news is that Israel has become more candid and more clearer,” Nasrallah said, in reference to the success of hawkish Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman. Addressing his supporters via video, Nasrallah urged them “not to let [the election results] frighten you, because whoever comes to frighten us,

Anthony Cordesman: War Whore

On Thursday, February 19th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Norman G. Finkelstein Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading military analyst from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, published a “strategic analysis” of the Gaza massacre shortly after it ended. [1] He reaches the remarkable conclusion that “Israel did not violate the laws of war.” The report is based on “briefings in Israeli [sic] during and immediately after the fighting made possible by a visit sponsored by Project Interchange, and using day-to-day reporting issued by the Israeli Defense Spokesman.”

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