That was the week that was (not)

On Friday, June 12th, 2009 in News.

By Gideon Levy So let’s take a look at what’s happening in our country after U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech. A historic speech like his was supposed to make waves in Israel, stimulate discussion and spark debate. And here is what has happened: Our own Barak, Defense Minister Ehud, who used to be considered at least as brilliant as Obama, told Etgar Keret in an interview with Haaretz yesterday: “Where does the [Palestinian nation] live? In a cage? A jail?


Canada checks into Bellevue's Mental Ward

On Friday, June 12th, 2009 in News.

By Shaun Shlomo Feldman, CJN Intern TORONTO — The Canadian government, in partnership with B’nai Brith Canada, will invest nearly $1 million on a national task force to combat anti-Semitism, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said last week. The June 1 announcement was made at the Sutton Place Hotel at a conference titled “The St. Louis Era: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” The task force, which will promote further Holocaust education and research over the course of three


What we can do

On Friday, June 12th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, and Neve Gordon Dear Mirene: Every so often someone comes along who is so brave and so inspiring that you just can’t sit by and remain silent when you learn they need your help. We’re writing to you today about one of these rare people. His name is Ezra Nawi. You’ve probably never heard of him, but because you may know our names, now you will know his name. Ezra Nawi is one of Israel’s


Standing up to the Thought Police

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By William Robinson Remarks for Seventh Annual International Al-Awda Convention, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition Garden grove, California 23 May 2009, Academic freedom is under attack at the University of California. I am under investigation by the university – and I face possible sanctions – because of my vocal condemnation of the nearly one-month long Israeli invasion of Gaza that began last December. This campaign against academic freedom is not just an attempt to punish me. Much more importantly,


Wouldn't you just love for them to be your neighbor?

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Noah Shachtman For years and years, the Israeli military has been trying to figure out a way to keep Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip from crossing over into Israel proper.   The latest tactic: create a set of “automated kill zones” by networking together remote-controlled machine guns, ground sensors, and drones along the 60-kilometer border. Defense News‘ Barbara Opall-Rome reports that “initial deployment plans for the See-Shoot system call for mounting a 0.5-caliber automated machine gun in each of


How to spell BULLS**T in Hebrew

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 in News.

West Bank settlements have long been a bone of contention between Israel and the United States, which views them as an obstacle to peace. Over the past few years, however, Israel tried to reach a tacit understanding with Washington on settlement expansion, which is now put to the test: President Barack Obama demands a complete and utter construction freeze, whereas Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on building in settlement blocs, as his predecessors Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert during George


A Special People

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 in News.

Rabbi Manis Friedman’s response to the question: I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle). The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally


Code Pink in the Promised Land preparing to enter Gaza!

On Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Dear Delegates, I hope you made it home okay (for those going home) and others are doing well in their travels. A group of us who went to Israel are having quite a different experience. We’re off this morning to our second day at the Erez border. Yesterday we did not get in but had a very joyful experience with clowns and a samba band and kites and a playground we put together at the border (check out the foto).


Blight Unto the Nations

On Monday, June 8th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Only three countries in the world are less peaceful than Israel, according to Global Peace Index figures released this week. The study, in its third year, was collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australian nonprofit research body, and ranks 144 of the world’s nations for how “peaceful” they are. This year’s report concludes that New Zealand is the most peaceful country, climbing three places since last year, with Nordic countries Denmark, Norway



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