My report for Inter Press Service on the row that has erupted over John Kerry’s use of the word “apartheid” to describe one possible future for Israel.
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Posted in Apartheid, tagged American Jewish Committee, David Harris, Emergency Committee for Israel, Institute For Palestine Studies, Israel - Palestine, J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Jewish Voice for Peace, John Kerry, Nadia Hijab, Rashid Khalidi, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Sam Bahour, Two-state solution, United States on April 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Apartheid, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Duck Dynasty, Gaza, Ian Bayne, Martin Luther King, Mossad, Nelson Mandela, Occupation, Palestinians, Phil Robertson, Rosa Parks, Shimon Peres, South Africa, West Bank on December 21, 2013 | 1 Comment »
One of the greatest and most repulsive of tactics employed by repressive regimes and bigoted ideologues is the co-opting of thelegacies of great figures in the fight for justice and freedom. It never fails to happen, and it is never anything less than morally reprehensible. Not surprisingly, there has been plenty of it since Nelson Mandela’s passing, and equally unsurprising, Israel has been among the leaders in this practice.
Now, let me be clear, Israel is not unique in this regard. Indeed, the lunatic right wing in the United States which has been so influential in destroying US politics and the US economy, which has led the US into disastrous wars that have wreaked havoc on the globe but which, thankfully, is at least losing the social battles in the United States has raised this practice almost to an art form. Consider the recent statement of GOP congressional candidate from Illinois, Ian Bayne, comparing the anti-LGBT, racist and …well, the list of bigotries is too long, statements of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson to the actions of none other than Rosa Parks:
“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians…What Parks did was courageous. What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.” (more…)
Posted in Apartheid, Israel, tagged apartheid, Avigdor Lieberman, Book Review, Breaking the Silence, Fascism, Goliath, Hanin Zoabi, Hebron, Max Blumenthal, Tzipi Hotovely on December 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This review was published by Inter Press Service, under the title, “How Israel Sank into the Quagmire of Apartheid“
WASHINGTON, Dec 20 2013 (IPS) – When one writes a book about Israel, one must expect that it will be analysed not for its quality but for its ideological bent.
The critique will generally be based on whether or not the work is “balanced,” which usually means whether the reviewer feels their own point of view was given a fair hearing in the book. On this basis, Max Blumenthal’s new book, “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”, was doomed to failure before it was ever published.
But that expectation, which seems so especially prevalent for any book about Israel, is bound to fail because Blumenthal’s book is not an attempt to ask what Israel is. Rather, it is an effort by a journalist to answer the question of why Israel is what it is today.
The bulk of Blumenthal’s research was done simply by being in Israel and talking to the people there. He offers us a series of snapshots that don’t reveal new and hidden facts about the issues that made headlines in Israel, and often beyond, during his four years of research for this book.
Rather, they sum up and coalesce into a picture of an Israel drifting increasingly to the right, descending into fascism and with an opposition that is increasingly being boxed in and weakened. (more…)
Posted in Apartheid, United States, Unrecognized Villages, tagged apartheid, Bedouin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Israel, Israeli occupation, Knesset, Negev, Prawer-Begin Plan on June 26, 2013 | 3 Comments »
It is clear that US citizens need to start asking what exactly we are supporting in Israel. The general belief and political rhetoric tell us that the US is, through military aid and diplomatic support, protecting Israel’s very existence, that is, the lives of millions of Jews
whose history is so full of episodes where we were the victims of violence, ethnic cleansing and even genocide. But in recent years, the story of Israel as a Jewish state has been dictated by demographics and questions of apartheid. So when we support Israel, are we protecting a long-besieged minority and a US ally or are we supporting the kinds of discrimination that are anathema to most of the world?
A disturbing answer to this question was provided by former US President Bill Clinton in his remarks at the celebration of Israeli President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday: “Is it really okay with you if Israel has a majority of its people living within your territory who are not now, and never will be, allowed to vote?” Clinton asked. “If it is, can you say with a straight face that you’ll be a democracy? If you let them vote, can you live with not being a Jewish state? And if you can’t live with one of those things, then you are left with trying to cobble together some theory of a two-state solution.”
Clinton’s words are a rather clear summation of both the US and Israeli approach to the Israeli occupation, at least among those who are desperately clinging to the long-dead Oslo Process. Those words carry some shocking modes of thought; they also demonstrate very clearly why Israel has gotten more intransigent and the United States ever more feckless over the years.
Posted in Apartheid, tagged apartheid, Barack Obama, democracy, human rights, Israel, Jewish State, Justice, Middle east, Netanyahu, Obama, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinians, pro-Israel on March 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
A small group of Israelis put this video together. Says it so well…