Tag Archives: Palestinian people

Wisdom From Whitelam

Keith writes (on FB)- Just as the phrase ‘settlement freeze’ means ‘build more illegal settlements’, so the claim that ‘Israel has no partner in the peace talks’ means that the possibility of a Palestinian state is a ‘dead end’ and … Continue reading

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More Anti-Palestinian Hatred From the Ultra Orthodox

Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in his newsletter that quite recently… A group of right-wing Zionists appealed to the president of San Jose State University (SJSU)  to interfere with a seminar on how to teach about Israel/Palestine convened by an Iranian … Continue reading

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Iain Banks: On Why He is Boycotting Israel

Here, to me, is the heart of it: The particular tragedy of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people is that nobody seems to have learned anything. Israel itself was brought into being partly as a belated and guilty attempt by the world … Continue reading

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The Truth is in The Hashtag

Specifically, the hashtag of Obama’s visit to Palestine/Israel: Notice how Palestine and the Palestinians are effectively excised and marginalized.  Of course, the hashtag could just as easily have been #ObamaInPalestine but then the Israelis and Christian Zionists would have had … Continue reading

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Keith Whitelam: Right on Obama’s Visit to Israel

Keith writes (on FB) The references to ‘our ancient homeland’, ‘our ancient capital’, the story of the exodus, ‘the promised land’ or the use of the Dead Sea Scrolls as a title deed to the land in the speeches of … Continue reading

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Obama: Pandering to the Israelis

In Jerusalem the streets were decorated with Stars and Stripes for the visit of Barack Obama. Officials even created an official logo for the visit and plastered it across advertising hoardings. In Ramallah it is a rather different story. The only … Continue reading

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Oh Barack, You’re Such a Disappointment, Becoming, as You Have, a Toady of AIPAC

Were you the sort of President we needed and the Mideast Peace Process required you would have mentioned the Palestinians more than 11 times in your speech.  I’m sad, and disappointed, and dismayed that you, like your predecessor in the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Israel Trip: No Big Deal

Robert Fisk writes in The Independent (with thanks to Keith Whitelam for mentioning it)  of Obama’s trip to Israel-  The winner of the Nobel Prize for Public Speech-making will be at least a super-tourist – with 10,000 armed Israeli and … Continue reading

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Israel: Apartheid Racism in Action

The Independent reports Israel will open new “Palestinian bus routes” in the West Bank tomorrow after bowing to pressure from settlers who argue that sharing transportation is a  security risk. Officially, the new lines, operated by the Afikim company, are … Continue reading

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A Brilliant Essay on the Pseudo-Archaeologists Pillaging the West Bank

Randall Price and his kind are rightly and roundly thoroughly excoriated in this brilliant piece which should be required reading in every institute of Archaeology.  It’s very long but worth every minute it will take to read it. Just a … Continue reading

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Hollow Land

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman Acclaimed exploration of the political space created by Israel’s colonial occupation From the tunnels of Gaza to the militarized airspace of the Occupied Territories, Eyal Weizman unravels Israel’s mechanisms of control and its … Continue reading

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A Palestinian Woman is Assaulted While Israeli Security Looks On, Smiles, And Does Nothing

This is disgusting.  Decent people everywhere will be outraged and condemn this vileness.  Racists will applaud, wink, and excuse it. Front page of Maariv newspaper, picture of a Palestinian woman assaulted by Israelis in a bus station as the security … Continue reading

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Israeli Propaganda Hits a New Low

Every now and then, one reveals more than one intended. And gets caught in the act. Earlier today, there was a bit of a kerfluffle when Israel’s embassy in Ireland posted the following on its Facebook account: A thought for … Continue reading

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Bibi’s Unbounded Evil

Bibi Netanyahu has approved 3000 additional housing units in the Palestinian territories in response to the vote of the United Nations.  And he wonders why Israel is isolated.  It’s a no-brainer Bibi- the vast majority of the world’s population thinks … Continue reading

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Let Me Be Perfectly Clear About This

Since I’ve already gotten a bit of ‘hate mail’ because of the previous post: 1- I love Israel, and I love my Israeli friends. 2- I think the use of terror to harass and torment them by Hamas is evil. … Continue reading

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The U.S. Is Nearly Alone in its Opposition to Palestinian Participation in the U.N…

Demonstrating the power of the Israeli lobby (which holds Washington hostage to an anti-Palestinian ideology that is out of step with the rest of the civilized world). Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people are enjoying sweeping support … Continue reading

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Truce? What Truce?

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded nine along Gaza’s border fence with Israel on Friday, a Gaza health official said, reporting the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold a day … Continue reading

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Deane is Right: On the Situation in Gaza/Palestine

One cannot pursue – for 64 years – the catastrophic policy of driving out the majority of the inhabitants of a region, and then claim the moral high ground. It was the result of extreme nationalism and racism when it … Continue reading

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Maybe What We in the West Need is a Bit of Historical Perspective About Palestine/Israel

Maybe we wouldn’t be so happy if we were being systematically displaced and our homes stolen and our land robbed from us and our future dim as dirty dishwater. Maybe, just maybe, we would act violently if we were being … Continue reading

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Lebensraum, Oh Lebensraum…

Israel’s quest for Lebensraum continues apace while the West quietly sits by and allows Palestinians to be robbed of their property. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to advance a plan to expand the Itamar settlement to five times its … Continue reading

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