A small group of Israelis put this video together. Says it so well…
Posts Tagged ‘Justice’
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 »
Posted in Elections, Israel, tagged Ariel, Avigdor Lieberman, Balad, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Habayit Hayehudi, Hanin Zoabi, HaTnuah, Israel, Jerusalem, Jewish State, Justice, Kadima, Labor, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, Occupation, Palestine, Settlements, Shelly Yachimovich, Two-state solution, Tzipi Livni, West Bank, Yair Lapid on January 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
In this week’s column at Souciant, I take a closer look at the outcome of the Israeli election. Particularly, I examine the idea that Yair Lapid’s surprising showing and the broader split between the nationalist and religious camps and the so-called center now makes a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict more feasible. Put simply, I think not.
Posted in Israel, Palestine, tagged Anti-Semitism, democracy, Gaza, human rights, international law, Israel, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Justice, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinians, pro-Israel, Settlements, Two-state solution, West Bank on November 30, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Jewish Voice for Peace put together this outstanding video, explaining the basic elements of the Israel-Palestine conflict. It is the perfect vehicle to explain the conflict to people — young, old and in between — who are not familiar with the basic facts. Please check it, it’s about 6 minutes long. And then, check out JVP and other ways you can help.
Posted in Christians, tagged ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Elliott Abrams, human rights, international law, IPMN, Israel, Israel Lobby, J Street, JCPA, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Justice, Kadima, Methodists, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinians, Peace Groups, Presbyterian Church USA, pro-Israel, rule of law, Two-state solution, UCC, United Church of Christ, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, West Bank on October 23, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Refugees, Zionism, tagged Anti-Zionism, BDS, Daily Beast, human rights, international law, Israel, Jerusalem, Justice, Middle east, One-State Solution, Open Zion, Palestinian Refugees, Peter beinart, pro-Israel, Right of Return, Two-state solution, United Nations, West Bank on April 24, 2012 | 3 Comments »
In response to my piece at the Daily beast today, the noted UK activist and author, Ben White, asked me, on Twitter, what I meant by the following sentence: “Yousef (Munayyer) implied that the only way to recognize Palestinian rights is to allow each refugee and their descendants to choose whether and where, within all of historic Palestine, to return to. That is an unfair standard.”
I respond here because it’s a fair question that deserves more than a 140 character response.
What I mean here is that, while I think it is perfectly legitimate for Palestinians to call for, and for others to support, the full right of return to their original homes, there are also legitimate reasons not to support that call.
In the piece to which my own was a response, Yousef Munayyer claims that Zionism is inherently incapable of recognizing Palestinian rights. His takeoff for this point is Daniel Levy’s statement that he cannot support the Palestinian civil society call for BDS. That call has three clauses, two of which I fully support and I would feel very safe in saying Daniel does as well: self-determination for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and full equality for Arab citizens of Israel. So the issue is with the third, the call for the right of return for refugees.
I think it is not inherently anti-Israel to call for full RoR. I also think it is not inherently anti-Palestinian to say that RoR must be limited, and this is what i describe in my Daily Beast piece. But Yousef seemed to imply that anything less than full support for RoR proves that “liberal Zionists” like Daniel Levy (and non-Zionists like myself, presumably) cannot truly accept that Palestinians have the same rights as everyone else. I disagree, in that I think they do have the same rights as everyone else and, like everyone else, those rights exist within political realities that we all have to deal with. And, as I state in the piece, those universal rights only entitle refugees to return to their home country, not to specific areas within it, necessarily.
Thus, I believe the standard Yousef set for what would be viewed as respecting Palestinian rights is an unfair one.