Archive for 'Israel/Palestine'
This is a cross-post from falsedichotomies.com
In his article ‘Israel’s definition as a ‘Jewish state’, Ben White belatedly addresses the main criticism of anti-anti-Zionism and BDS; namely, that through BDS anti-Zionists seek to replace a Jewish state with a Palestinian-Arab one, rather than the so-called “state where all have equal rights”, which [...]
Posted: April 18th, 2013 under Israel/Palestine.
Another reminder that there’s something rotten in Ireland when it comes to Israel:
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has become the first teaching union in Europe to endorse the call for an academic boycott of Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
A motion backing a boycott was unanimously passed at the [...]
The BBC reports:
Israel has carried out an air strike on the Gaza Strip for the first time since an eight-day war ended in a truce last November.
In the third paragraph they note this is in response to rocket attacks from Gaza, on Tuesday – which they didn’t report.
The BBC also didn’t report the attacks back [...]
Posted: April 3rd, 2013 under Israel/Palestine.
This is a guest post by Matt Hill
Supporters of Israel usually defend the occupation of the West Bank on one or more of four main grounds.
First, some claim that keeping hold of the territory is a security necessity. Since Israel is a small country (9 miles wide at its narrowest point), the occupation, according to [...]
Posted: March 29th, 2013 under Israel/Palestine.
This is a Cross-Post from Joel Braunold
With the upcoming Presidential visit to Israel and the West Bank – the administration has decided it wants to speak to the people of Israel and the region rather then the government.
I think is is a good move personally. While his speech will touch on many themes – he [...]
Jeffrey Goldberg has received the following email from Aaron Sagui, the spokesman at the Israeli embassy in Washington, regarding the brouhaha over “separate buses” for Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank:
Right now, Palestinians wishing to cross legally into Israel (with a working permit) have no direct line to the border crossing. So they either [...]
Posted: March 8th, 2013 under Israel/Palestine.
This is a cross-post from Marc Goldberg
I wrote this article in a state of sheer frustration as I watch the country that I love sink into disrepair.
While so many good people both in Israel and around the world battle against both anti-Semitism and the kind of ludicrous anti-Israel sentiment that made my last post such [...]
Posted: March 3rd, 2013 under Israel/Palestine.
Mahmood Naji, the founder of Oxford Debates, has written a very eloquent open letter expressing his disappointment at George Galloway’s decision to refuse to debate an opponent after discovering he was Israeli. He concludes, with understandable irritation:
As the organiser, am I to know about every one of your views? Should I let you know if [...]
On Tuesday Marine le Pen addressed the Cambridge Union. Not surprisingly, the decision to invite her attracted criticism. Student Rights, for example, expressed reservations:
“Universities do have a duty to uphold freedom of speech, but they are no place for the promotion of fascist views, and university authorities have a duty of care to their students [...]
I thought London based readers might be interested in this:
The King’s College London Israeli-Palestinian Forum invite you to the viewing of a new exhibition reflecting individual perspectives from within both Israel and Palestine, kindly sponsored by KCLSU and the King’s College London War Studies and Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Departments.
So much is said and [...]
Posted: February 17th, 2013 under Israel/Palestine.