Stalingrad: The Ubermenschen have been humbled, the tide has turned;With the Red Army go the heroes/With Hezbollah's Army go the heroes

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in News.

The real war in Lebanon begins today. The world may believe – and Israel may believe – that the UN ceasefire due to come into effect at 6am today will mark the beginning of the end of the latest dirty war in Lebanon after up to 1,000 Lebanese civilians and more than 30 Israeli civilians have been killed. But the reality is quite different and will suffer no such self-delusion: the Israeli army, reeling under the Hizbollah’s onslaught of the

When the mad dogs of war kill their own children

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in News.

By The Associated Press Staff Sgt. Uri Grossman, 20, the son of renowned novelist and peace activist David Grossman was killed Saturday in Lebanon, just days after his father made a public call for the government to halt its military operation and enter negotiations. Uri Grossman, who served in an armored unit, was killed when his tank was hit by an anti-tank missile in southern Lebanon, the military said Sunday. The unit was taking part in Israel’s final push deep

If this letter isn't a joke, and if the writer represents the sort of folk currently supporting Israel, that place is in very big trouble

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in Letters To Finkelstein, News.

From: “charles edgbaston” cedgbaston[at] To: normanGF[at] Subject: Your Slander Against Israel Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 23:49:53 -0400 To: Norman Finkelstein Sir: The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem has informed me that you are committing slander against the holy state of Israel. A review by my staff of the evidence before us clearly indicates that the views and opinions you are expressing in your writings, published by the enemies of Israel,are obscene and racist. Indeed, the “facts” you adduce are

The blessed fruits of defeat

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in News.

By Gideon Levy The bad (and predictable) news: Israel is going to come out of this war with the lower hand. The good (and surprising) news: This ringing failure could spell good tidings. If Israel had won the battles in an easy, sweeping victory of the kind Israelis prayed so much for, it would have caused enormous damage to Israel’s security policies. Another slam-bam win would have brought disaster upon us. Drugged with power, drunk with victory, we would have

Israel kills 10,547 Hezbollah terrorists in one hour, one IDF soldier injured

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in News.

By Conal Urquhart in Matulla, Mitchell Prothero in Beirut and Peter Beaumont in London Israel dramatically defied a unanimous United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution by escalating its ground war yesterday in southern Lebanon, asserting that it needed more time to ‘clean up’ Hizbollah. Last night Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the UN, insisted that hostilities would end at 5am tomorrow, saying that both Israeli and Lebanese prime ministers had agreed to a ceasefire. But yesterday there was little

Elie Wiesel NOT (thank goodness!)

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in News.

By Silvia Tennenbaum As a Jew who escaped the Holocaust by moving with my family to America in 1938, I turn on the BBC at night. And what I see are clouds of black smoke, explosions; the dead and the dying – children crying bitterly, cities in ruins. Only yesterday, these piles of rubble in Lebanon were home to thousands. Now, the cars roll out onto the highways, white flags attached to the windshields and doors. More than half a

How Israel brought light unto the Nations

On Monday, August 14th, 2006 in Images, News.

Smoke billows from a destroyed clothing factory following an Israeli air strike early Friday in suburbs of Beirut; August 12; AP Picture taken 12 August 2006 shows buildings destroyed by Israeli bombardment in the southern suburbs of Beirut; AFP middle floors of an apartment building are seen in the suburbs of Beirut after a recent Israeli air strike Saturday, August 12; AP No walking street sign is seen next to a destroyed building that used to house the offices and

Plotting terror plots

On Sunday, August 13th, 2006 in News.

By ROBERT FISK When my electricity returned at around 3am yesterday, I turned on the BBC World Service television. There were a series of powerful explosions which shook the house – just as they vibrated across all of Beirut – as the latest Israeli air raids blasted over the city. And then up came the World Service headline: “Terror Plot”. Terror what, I asked myself? And there was my favourite cop, Paul Stephenson, explaining how my favourite police force –

A German Jew speaks out against the carnage

On Sunday, August 13th, 2006 in News.

This week, several German newspapers reported that the president of the Jewish Community in Schleswig-Holstein who also serves on the board of directors of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Rolf Verleger, protested the Council’s support for Israel’s criminal policies vis-á-vis both the Lebanese and the Palestinians. The Council’s president Charlotte Knobloch is reported to have vehemently denounced the criticism, while the Council’s secretary-general Stephan Kramer claimed that Verleger was “parroting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic clich├ęs and stereotypes.” For reporting

Avnery – always sensible and informative

On Sunday, August 13th, 2006 in News.

Hebrew By Uri Avnery SO WHAT has happened to the Israeli army? This question is now being raised not only around the world, but also in Israel itself. Clearly, there is a huge gap between the army’s boastful arrogance, on which generations of Israelis have grown up, and the picture presented by this war. Before the choir of generals utters their expected cries of being stabbed in the back – “The government has shackled our hands! The politicians did not

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