I have been recently reminded of a truly admirable man whose wisdom was truly astounding. Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz was a brilliant man who saw Judaism through a unique and often controversial lens.
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Yair Lapid, Israel’s former Finance Minister, told a hawkish “pro-Israel” gathering in New York that the leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS) are anti-Semites and their followers are “bleeding heart, so-called intellectuals.” Lapid went on to say that European citizens and American students “…are cheering for the people and values that brought 9/11 to this country. You are supporting people that kill gays and suppress women.”
Lapid is far from alone in elevating the movement to a threat on par with Israeli descriptions of Iran. Whether it was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu placing a high-ranking Likud Member of the Knesset in charge of battling BDS or grandstanding on the issue by prominent members of Congress, the “threat” of BDS has never seemed greater. Read more at the FMEP blog
Posted in Uncategorized, United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged United Nations, Gaza, Egypt, West Bank, Syria, AIPAC, Zionism, Settlements, Occupation, Israel Lobby, BDS, George W. Bush, Jewish Voice for Peace, John Mearsheimer, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Walt, US Foreign Policy, Yitzhak Rabin, US Aid to Israel, Sheldon Adelson, Barack Obama, Jordan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Golda Meir, International Criminal Court, Chuck Hagel, Cold War, International Atomic Energy Agency, Gaza Under Attack, Code Pink, Henry Kissinger, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Harry S. Truman, Israel Nuclear weapons, Israeli nuclear program, national security council, Nasser, Soviet Union, Phantom Jets, Black September, Kurds, John Foster Dulles, Cory Booker, campaign financing, US geo-strategy, US National interests on October 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
During the summertime war in Gaza, the two most progressive members of the US Senate stirred up controversy among their backers with expressions of uncritical support for Israel. At a town hall meeting, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the lone Senate independent, responded to a questioner that Israel had “overreacted” with its 52-day bombardment and ground incursion, but then proceeded to justify Israel’s actions with the usual pro-Israel talking points about “missiles fired from populated areas” and “sophisticated tunnels.” An audience member began to shout objections, to which Sanders said, “Shut up.”
Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts, went further in her defense of Israel at a meeting with constituents on Cape Cod. She said it was right for the United States to send $225 million in aid to Israel, a “democracy controlled by the rule of law,” as the bombing continued. She ventured no criticism at all of the extensive damage to civilian lives and livelihoods in Gaza. When another constituent suggested that future US aid be conditioned on Israel halting settlement construction in the West Bank, Warren replied, “I think there’s a question of whether we should go that far.” Read more at the Middle East Research and Information Project
Posted in Hamas, Israel, Palestine, tagged Christian ZIonism, Gaza, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Islamophobia, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Occupation, Right wing, Shin Bet, Son of Hamas, spy, The Green Prince on September 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Gaza, Uncategorized, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Gaza, Gilad Shalit, Hamas, Israel, Israel’s response to Hamas rockets, Kidnapped Israelis, Occupation, Palestinian Unity Government, Qawasmeh, right to resist, rockets, self-defense, tunnels, United States, West Bank, What caused the Gaza War? on August 13, 2014 | 1 Comment »
This article originally appeared in an edited form at LobeLog.
With U.S. bombs dropping in Iraq once again and Israeli troops having moved out of Gaza, the fighting between Hamas and Israel has faded a bit from the headlines. The battle for the narrative of the 2014 Gaza conflict is now stepping up its intensity, and, as usual, the truth seems to be losing.
If one wants to understand what has happened in Gaza and in Israel over the past few months, it is important to understand not only the underlying causes, but the immediate triggers as well. It is something of a victory that one of those underlying causes, the siege of the Gaza Strip, has remained in the center of discourse, after spending much of the past seven years off the radar and outside of diplomatic and media discussions.
But one overarching point has become a virtual theme not only in Israel, but in the United States and much of Europe as well. That point is that this latest conflagration started as a result of Hamas rockets being fired upon Israel. It is important to recognize that only a willful misreading of the timeline can bring about this conclusion. (more…)
Posted in Anti-Semitism, Racism, tagged ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Camp David II, Gaza, Islamophobia, Israel, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Kidnapped Israelis, MEMRI, Middle east, murdered Palestinian, Occupation, pro-Israel, Second Intifada, West Bank on July 2, 2014 | 7 Comments »
The photo you see to the left was found by Jewish Voice for Peace on the Facebook page (since removed) of a group that named itself
“Am Yisrael Doreshet Nekama,” in English, “The People of Israel Demand Revenge.” The hashtag on the sign is similar, though with an important difference–the word “Am” is removed and it is “Israel Demands Revenge.”
The photo has since gone viral, though not as its creators may have hoped. It has become a Twitter and Facebook symbol for Israeli racism. For me, personally, it is important that the hashtag removes the word “Am” because “Am Yisrael” commonly means the Jewish People, while “Israel” alone more commonly refers to the country.
But what’s really important that people understand in the image is the driving force behind Israeli policy. Yes, these girls or young women may not yet even be old enough to vote or to serve in the IDF. But it doesn’t take a very hard look to understand that they are not fanatical settlers. These are not orthodox young women, and just judging by their appearance and dress (which, it should be noted, is not conclusive), they are probably quite secular, mainstream Israelis, very much of the Tel Aviv culture. (more…)