What We Can Do

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 in News.

Please take action: Canada cuts UNRWA aid for Palestinian refugees Last week, the Harper government quietly announced that after decades of support, Canada was ceasing aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA.) Founded in 1949, UNRWA is the primary organ to provide aid to Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. Canada has traditionally provided a key 4 percent of UNRWA’s overall budget. The Harper government’s decision represents a cruel break from Canada’s traditionally supportive and humane position vis-à-vis

Why Israel is now bombing Gaza

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 in News.

Hamas has accepted Israel’s right to exist and would be prepared to nullify its charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel, Aziz Dwaik, Hamas’s most senior representative in the West Bank, said on Wednesday. Dwaik’s remarks are seen in the context of Hamas’s attempts to win recognition from the international community. Dwaik is the elected speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council. He was released a few months ago after spending nearly three years in an Israeli prison. Dwaik was

In response to Obama's call for "bold steps for peace," the Fatah leadership has agreed to circumcision en masse. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church will reportedly officiate. Expressing concern, Netanyahu demanded as a "confidence-building" measure that Arafat's corpse be circumcized. The late chairman's widow Suha Arafat objected that it was a cheap publicity stunt, but privately expressed a willingness to negotiate. Saeb Ereket couldn't be reached for comment: his phone message stated, "The peace process is dying, the peace process is dying, the peace process is dying." Abu Ala also could not be reached for comment. His secretary stated that he was negotatiating an important deal with Egypt regarding deliveries of "steel and cement."

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will participate in the Herzliya Conference early next month with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, organizers of the annual Israeli strategy conference said Wednesday in a potentially encouraging sign that Palestinians might be taking a step toward exploring a return to peace negotiations. “I have just been advised that Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will be participating in the ‘Prospects of Peace: The Israeli Palestinian Track’ plenary session alongside Israeli Defense

"The United States should propose its own solution to the remaining problems. Each side would put forward this plan to its own people in a referendum. The vote would take place on the same day, and the result would be conditional upon the acceptance of the other party" – Sari Nusseibah. (For those unfamiliar with Nusseibah, he was the first person awarded a Harvard PhD although certified brain dead at birth.)

On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 in News.

[I]n 1948, the Israelis wanted to create a state without Palestinians, and they almost succeeded in driving them out. In 1967, their victory reunited the refugees with those who had remained in Israel. We were scattered, they brought us back together. The Israelis are sowing their own failure by their success. The colonization of Jerusalem and the West Bank, which makes impossible a two-state solution, will force Israel to live with a sizeable Arab population and to reconsider its democratic

Will someone please tell me: Is this serious or is it satire?

On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 in News.

A week after the earthquake in Haiti, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the estimated number of dead in the disaster is between 100,000 and 200,000. The good news is that one of the members of the Israeli mission, Shmuelik (“Shmil”) Shufel, has a new granddaughter of 2.6 kilograms. No, she doesn’t have a name yet. Thanks for asking. The joy in the Israeli camp is not infecting the residents of the wretched island

Merkel the Menace

On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By JUDY DEMPSEY Published: January 20, 2010 BERLIN — There are some foreign policy issues that Angela Merkel does not like to talk about. One is Afghanistan. The other is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So when she was asked about Israel’s settlement policy and the blockade of Gaza during a joint news conference here Monday with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, she minimized the issue. It was time to restart the peace process, she said, moving quickly to another topic.

Thank God this windbag is washing his hands of it and the "peace process" is now dead; now we can get on with the real business of ending the occupation

On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 in News.

By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press President Barack Obama says his administration overestimated its ability to persuade the Israelis and Palestinians to resume meaningful peace talks. Obama says both parties have been unwilling to make the bold gestures needed to move the process forward. If the U.S. had anticipated that earlier, Obama says he might not have raised his expectations so high. Obama says the U.S. will continue to work toward a two-state solution in which Israel is secure

"Labor has always been the great legitimizer of the occupation's evils"

On Friday, January 22nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The settlers and their allies should be thanking their God for their good fortune. Ehud Barak, of all people, was appointed defense minister and is doing their dirty work. Anyone else – Benjamin Netanyahu, for example, or even Avigdor Lieberman wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. They wouldn’t have dared. But Labor’s chairman – the moderate, balanced man in the cabinet – has no inhibitions about what people will say. Everything, it seems, has already been said about

Times wins science fiction Pulitzer for story on Hasidim who give money to schwarzes

On Thursday, January 21st, 2010 in News.

By PETER APPLEBOME Published: January 20, 2010 Susan Stava for The New York Times Spring Valley Village Hall sits in a drab strip mall along with Angel Nails, the Family Dollar discount store, the Caribbean Village restaurant and other modest businesses in this Rockland County village, which has a mix of Hasidic and other Orthodox Jews, Latinos and blacks. Haitians make up roughly half the population of more than 25,000. So in terms of demographics, there was nothing out of

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