Israel on Trial

On Friday, March 5th, 2010 in News.

The first session of The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RTP) has found European Union member States to be in Breach of International and internal European Union Law with respect to the protection of Palestinian human rights. Full findings here: http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.org/article-findings-first-session-of-russell-tribunal-on-palestine-barcelona-session-45974035.html The jury, comprised of eminent legal experts and human rights defenders heard two days of reports from international experts and witnesses on the issues of: – the principle of respect for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; –


Shaykh Nasrallah Speaks!

On Friday, March 5th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

First I would like to express my felicitations to you and to the whole Islamic nation on the anniversary of the birthday of the Seal of Prophets and the Master of messengers Abi Al Qassem Mohammad Bin Abdullah (Peace be upon him) and also on the anniversary of the birthday of his grandson Imam Jaafar Bin Mohammad Assadeq and on the anniversary and occasion of the Week of Islamic Unity which was announced thirty years ago by Imam Khomeini (May


Worth reading

On Thursday, March 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Judging from articles written by both Israelis and Palestinians, the next intifada is already in the air. They are predicting it is on the way and the most punctilious know it will be “popular.” Bil’in and Na’alin are perceived as its models. Some Palestinians are guessing it will first erupt in Jerusalem. There, the constant clash between a dispossessing first world and a misery-stricken world is palpable, and the presence of the discriminatory regime is particularly violent because of the


Deutschland Uber Alles

On Thursday, March 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Ali Fathollah-Nejad Norman Finkelstein, an internationally renowned scholar of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, was due to talk about the state of the decades-old conflict and the situation in Gaza one year after the Israeli assault last week in Munich and Berlin. As part of a European speaking tour which would have led him to Germany for the first time since 2002, Finkelstein has been invited to speak in Prague at a number of prestigious institutions, such as the Institute of


Judeo-Nazi humor

On Thursday, March 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

From: Muenz George Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM Subject: “This Time We Went Too Far” To: normfinkelstein@gmail.com Cc: counterpunch@counterpunch.org “The bonds of solidarity being forged between young Jews and Muslims opposing the occupation—the core group on many campuses consists of secular Jewish radicals and observant Muslim women” Better hope theres no more than bond of misguided solidarity going on between these two. You know how touchy Muslims can get over any sense of impropriety among their womenfolk.


When Irish eyes are smiling…

On Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin has criticised an Irish town council’s decision to remove a page signed by the Israeli ambassador from its guestbook. Carrickmacross representatives voted to remove Zion Evrony’s signature in protest at Israel’s diplomatic record. Mr Martin said diplomatic representatives should always be treated with respect. But a local councillor defended the town’s decision, saying he hoped it would send a serious message to Israel. “I think if a government is responsible for a wholesale disregard for


Germans criticize Israel: Has the Messiah come?

On Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Matthias Gebauer, Christoph Schult and Holger Stark Following the assassination of Hamas militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, German state prosecutors are considering murder charges in the case. Investigations in Dubai and the West are strongly pointing to Mossad involvement in the targeted killing. One should not speak ill of the dead, the Prophet Muhammad once intoned. But Mahmoud al-Zahar, 64, the leader of the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza Strip, is now forced to make a small exception. Sitting on the


FINKELSTEIN AND GERMANY

On Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 in News.

Zur aktuellen Kontroverse um Norman G. Finkelstein Moshe Zuckermann Deutsche Parteistiftungen führen ein eigentümliches Doppelleben. Sie halten sich einerseits für autonom, wissen sich aber doch der Partei verschwistert, von der sie letztlich ins Leben gerufen worden sind, und so fristen sie ein Dasein in »Parteinähe«, was im Grunde aber nichts anderes als unbedingte Parteitreue meint. Dagegen ist nichts einzuwenden. Politische Gebilde brauchen Organe für ihre Wirkung in all den Bereichen, in denen sich Politik breitmacht – also überall. Es darf


Worth reading

On Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 in News.

There has been an interesting flap in Cambridge this past week regarding some appalling remarks made by one Martin Kramer. As some of you undoubtedly know, Kramer is a hard-line Israeli-American commentator who has made something of a name for himself attacking the Middle East studies profession, and just about anyone who is remotely critical of Israel’s actions or the U.S.-Israeli “special relationship.” (Full disclosure: he’s taken various ill-aimed swipes at me in the past few years). He was an



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