A letter worth pondering

On Monday, January 18th, 2010 in News.

Dear Dr Finkelstein, My name in Jermaine, and I am writing you from London. We met some time ago: I work at Hatchards Bookshop in London, and you were kind enough to sign the copies of your books that I brought to SOAS, a number of months back. You may be pleased to know that I was able to sell all of them, but this email, which I will attempt to keep brief, is about something else that has been

In praise of Gerald Kaufman

On Monday, January 18th, 2010 in News.

British MP: Israel and Egypt’s blockade of Gaza is ‘evil’ By The Associated Press Israeli officials who authorized the use of white phosphorous in densely populated Gaza should be tried for war crimes, a British Labour Party legislator said Friday, after entering the Hamas-ruled territory with 60 European parliamentarians. Human rights groups have alleged that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during Israel’s three-week offensive against Gaza, which ended a year ago. Among other things, Israel was cited for


On Monday, January 18th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

On first year anniversary of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, human rights organization charges that blockage does not target armed groups but punishes entire population Contact: AIUSA media office, 202-509-8634 or ssingh@aiusa.org (Washington, DC) Israel must end its suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty, Amnesty International said one year on from the end of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza Amnesty International’s new

Thanks, but no thanks

On Sunday, January 17th, 2010 in News.

By Meryl Ann Butler Theodoros Pangalos, a 70-year-old Member of the Greek Parliament, received three bottles of wine as a holiday gift, with best wishes from Israel’s Ambassador, Ali Giachia. (Wikipedia lists him as Ali Yihiye.) In a Trojan horse reversal, Pangalos returned this gift and thanked the Ambassador with the following letter: Dear Mr. Ambassador, Thank you for the 3 bottles of wine that you sent me as season’s greetings. I wish to you, your family and everybody in

The truth about Haiti (II)

On Sunday, January 17th, 2010 in News.

by Carl Lindskoog In the hours following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, CNN, the New York Times and other major news sources adopted a common interpretation for the severe destruction: the 7.0 earthquake was so devastating because it struck an urban area that was extremely over-populated and extremely poor. Houses “built on top of each other” and constructed by the poor people themselves made for a fragile city. And the country’s many years of underdevelopment and political turmoil made the Haitian government

The truth about Haiti (I)

On Saturday, January 16th, 2010 in News.

Published on Thursday, January 14, 2010 by The Guardian/UK Our Role in Haiti’s Plight If we are serious about assisting this devastated land we must stop trying to control and exploit it by Peter Hallward Any large city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti’s capital city on Tuesday afternoon , but it’s no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much

Worth reading

On Thursday, January 14th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Let’s assume the optimistic forecast by special U.S. envoy George Mitchell comes true and in two years the establishment of an independent Palestine is declared at a ceremony. The event will be broadcast on prime time, but most Israelis will opt to view “Big Brother 6,” “Survivor 7” or whatever the next television hit is. Viewers will behave this way not because they oppose a Palestinian state but because they are indifferent. Palestine-shmalestine simply does not interest them. Most Israelis

Israel legalizes Palestinian prostitution

On Thursday, January 14th, 2010 in News.

Ray Hanania , THE JERUSALEM POST When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas complained recently in Qatar that the media there was pro-Hamas, and that this bias was threatening the ability to achieve peace, he struck a chord that many Palestinians know is true. It isn’t just the mainstream Arab media that is pro-Hamas, branded a “terrorist organization” by many nations, but it’s also the groups that support Hamas that slowly dominate the Middle East landscape unchallenged that are threatening peace.

Israel to EU: "Get your facts right: We are not a shitty little country. We are just full of shit."

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Gerald M. Steinberg , THE JERUSALEM POST In the political realm, the relationship between the European Union and Israel went from bad to worse in 2009. But with the appointment of a number of new officials, as well as recognition of the costs of conflict for both Israel and Europe, there may now be an opportunity to shift gears. The first step in this process is to recognize the extent of the problem. A new ambassador in Tel Aviv, the

Himmler: "The message to the Jews is clear: the siege on Warsaw will continue and even escalate"

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Jan. 12, 2010 Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST Israel’s decision to erect a fence along its southern border with Egypt will, in the long run, curb the flow of prostitutes, drugs and illegal workers into the country. In the more immediate term, it is another expression of Israel and Egypt closing in on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The border’s closure will prevent potential terror infiltrations into Israel via the “U Track” – dubbed such by the IDF’s Southern Command

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