Glimpse of sanity in the lunatic asylum

On Sunday, October 11th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Israeli Nobel Prize for chemistry laureate Professor Ada Yonath on Saturday said all Hamas prisoners held in Israel should be released in order to bring Gilad Shalit home. “I don’t understand why we incarcerate them in Israel in the first place,” the professor told Army Radio Saturday. She added that “all prisoners should be returned to Palestine regardless of a deal for Gilad Shalit’s release.” Yonath was interviewed on the weekly Saturday radio show about her thoughts in general regarding


Oren on Golstone: Worse than Achmadinejad…worse than Holocaust deniers….worse than Auschwitz…worse than beet borscht

On Sunday, October 11th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Why the Holocaust Still Matters By Michael B. Oren Toughened by their frontier ethos, steeled by serial wars, Israelis are not prone to flattery. Most, in fact, eschew using the closest equivalent to the Hebrew word for flattery–chanupa–in favor of the derisive Yiddish-derivative, firgun. An Israeli joke holds that the word, slashed by a red diagonal line, graces the exit from Ben-Gurion Airport, together with the warning, “You are now entering a Firgun Free Zone.” Not surprisingly, then, several Israeli


Random Notes from Palestine by Kieron Monks

On Sunday, October 11th, 2009 in News.

So frequently a country divided, Palestinians up and down the West Bank are now united in outrage over the PLO’s failure to approve the Goldstone report. Daily demonstrations are keeping the PA on their toes, wary that heavy handed policing would constitute another PR disaster. A diverse mix of political groups; communists, fundamentalists and opportunists flood the streets of Ramallah demanding an explanation for Abu Marzen’s baffling decision. Away from the Goldstone report the IDF is keeping PA military on


Worse than Schlock

On Friday, October 9th, 2009 in News.

The world’s leading schlock-meister, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, came out with a new book today. It’s called Worse than War. He did an interview with Der Spiegel. Here’s one of his core insights: “Most of what people know about the world is imparted to them through speech — through language of all different kinds. One of the striking things about genocide is that the people doing the killing view large groups of people as being subhuman or dangerous. They use language


Would they allow depictions of a hook-nosed Jew in a campaign poster opposing more synagogues?

On Friday, October 9th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Switzerland’s biggest city, Zurich, has allowed the use of a controversial poster which urges a ban on the building of minarets in the country. The poster shows a woman dressed in a burka in front of black minarets standing on a Swiss flag. But Zurich city council said campaign posters were protected by free speech. The advert is being used by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) ahead of next month’s referendum on whether to ban the building of new


O People of Palestine,/Thank you for hearing the plea,/Of a poor, but faithful Jew from Brooklyn

On Thursday, October 8th, 2009 in News.

The sharp crisis that erupted over the Palestinian Authority’s handling of the report by Justice Richard Goldstone is now threatening to torpedo Egypt’s efforts to sign a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah. Earlier this week, the Egyptians announced that Hamas and Fatah had agreed to sign an accord on October 25 that would end their dispute and pave the way for holding new presidential and parliamentary elections in the first half of 2010. The agreement was to be signed


G-d Save the Queen (maybe) — but not THIS president

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Rami G. Khouri Commentary by Wednesday, October 07, 2009 I was at the United Nations two weeks ago when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the 60th anniversary of United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which takes care of Palestinian refugees, and his performance was thoroughly empty and unimpressive. Abbas is a spent force, lacking both serious legitimacy and perceptible impact. He hangs on to some thin threads of credibility from his long association with Yasser Arafat and


It's okay to bomb Iran

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 in News.

Rumours that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s family converted to Islam from Judaism are false. In fact, they are proud Shias In June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s meteoric rise from mayor of Tehran to president of one of the most influential countries in the Middle East took everyone by surprise. One of the main reasons for the astonishment was that so little was known about him. One recently published claim about his background comes from an article in the Daily Telegraph. Entitled “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad



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