UNRWA on the Blockade

On Friday, June 25th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

* All crossings must be open to allow reconstruction -U.N. * U.N. agency says Israeli easing not enough to rebuild By Marwa Awad CAIRO, June 21 (Reuters) – Nothing short of the full lifting of Israel’s blockade on Gaza would allow the territory to be rebuilt, the U.N. agency responsible for Palestinian refugees said on Monday, a day after Israel said it would ease its siege. Israel, which sealed off the coastal territory to prevent its Hamas foes from arming,

Shameful injustice

On Friday, June 25th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The university’s proposed one-year suspension of the Muslim Student Union could have a chilling effect on free speech. Omar Kurdi Students across the country are monitoring events at UC Irvine as pro- Israel groups try to reestablish their deterrence capacity on American campuses. After a 4-month-long investigation, UC Irvine’s administration last week announced an unprecedented recommendation to suspend for one year the Muslim Student Union (MSU), a registered campus organization, for its alleged involvement in disrupting a Feb. 8 speech

A good egg speaks!

On Friday, June 25th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

I am one of the remaining veterans of the Haganah, who had served in the British Army and thereafter were among the initiators of the Ha’apala [illegal immigration] of Holocaust survivors, struggling with the forces of victorious Great Britain for the right to arrive at the shores of this country. Its warships and soldiers, those who had just fought and defeated the worst of all enemies, went over to attacking with fury and hatred our cockleshell boats which set to

Who remembers the awed profiles of Ehud Barak in places like the New Yorker (by Amy Wilentz)? We were regaled with tales of how this genius used to take apart the gears of a clock and then reassemble it. It turns out that Barak himself is a broken clock who lacks even the redeeming virtue of bieng right twice a day,

On Friday, June 25th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Following decision to ease blockade on Strip, former prime minister’s associates blame defense minister for Israel’s ‘coriander and pasta policy’ which was harshly criticized by world. ‘He was the one who insisted on preventing the inflow of products with no security risk,’ one of them says Attila Somfalvi Published: 06.21.10, 10:13 / Israel News Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday night that the government “has taken the right decision for Israel from a security and political point of view” in

An excellent article: must read

On Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

NIGHT. UTTER darkness. Heavy rain. Visibility close to nil. And suddenly – a flash of lightning. For a fraction of a second, the landscape is lit up. For this split second, the terrain surrounding us can be seen. It is not the way it used to be. OUR GOVERNMENT’ action against the Gaza aid flotilla was such a lightning flash. Israelis normally live in darkness as far as seeing the world is concerned. But for that instant, the real landscape

When your shadow catches up with you

On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

German gov’t ignores Israeli requests to block extradition from Poland of Uri Brodsky, alleged Israeli spy suspected of procuring a passport for the assassins of a top Hamas official, according to German press reports. By Haaretz Service The German government has said it will not intervene to stop an investigation into a suspected Mossad spy linked to the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai, despite pressure from Israel, a German newspaper reported on Saturday. A German official told Der

Erdogan is not the bogeyman

On Saturday, June 19th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Public opinion is the main driver in Turkish policy on Israel-Palestine. Crises with Israel have always followed any Turkish perception that injustice is being done to the Palestinians. By Hugh Pope Myth-makers have been busily at work since the May 31 Israeli commando assault on the civilian Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on its way to try to break the Gaza blockade. Turkish versions of events have fabulous elements, to be sure. Few in Turkey seem to have realized the risks

Jewish state or Fruitcake state?

On Saturday, June 19th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By backing the terrorist group against Israel, western countries are backing Hamas against Fatah and Islamist states against ME moderates. Since the navy’s May 31 takeover of the Turkish-Hamas flotilla, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his advisers have deliberated around the clock about how to contend with the US-led international stampede against Israel. But their ultimate decision to form an investigatory committee led by a retired Supreme Court justice and overseen by foreign observers indicates that they failed to recognize

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