• Israel/Palestine

    Palestinian Authority incentivizes murder

    The leftwing Israeli Noga Tarnopolsky tweets: The Palestinian Authority pays murderers. Its something the left has to confront. By @EliLake. https://t.co/liSbu1aH0N — Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) July 2, 2016 Not just “the left” but anyone who hopes for a peaceful future between Palestinians and Israelis. All the more remarkable, then, that Palestinian passersby (with no incentive) helped rescue and and care for injured family members of a rabbi who was shot to death while driving in the West Bank. “Arabs succeeded in opening the door and took us out and put us in [another] car so that nothing will happen to us,” the [rabbi’s 15-year-old son Pedaya] recalled. Walla News reported…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Khalid El-Awaisi and FOSIS – A Perfect Pairing

    “We are coming Palestine, you tried to kill us and you will die, it will be the end of Palestine, God willing!” What kind of welcome would a man who had made this annihilationist death threat receive on a British university campus? I think he’d be lucky to get anywhere near one. Flip it around. Meet Khalid El-Awaisi, a dubious academic type and a scheduled speaker at the Islamist student group FOSIS’s annual Israel hatred conference, which will be held at UCL on 5 March. El-Awaisi is perfect for FOSIS. From 3:25 in this clip, he rages: Who’s going to be on the next ship from here? This is our…

  • Israel/Palestine,  Regressive Left

    ‘Pinkwashing’ and Traitors to the Human Mind

    This is the opening part of a longer post I wrote for Quillette. A link to the entire article can be found here or at the foot of this extract. Last week, the neologism ‘pinkwashing’ made an unwelcome return to news headlines. On Friday January 22, protesters bearing placards denouncing Israel disrupted an event organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force as part of its Creating Change conference in Chicago. The protesters, it seems, were upset by the involvement of an Israeli LGBT organisation called Jerusalem Open House and a Jewish LGBT organization called A Wider Bridge that, the JTA reported, “seeks to build ties between gay communities in North…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Stop Bringing Cultural Appropriation into Israel/Palestine

    This is a cross-post from the The Rambling Infidel Cultural appropriation as a concept should be viewed with skepticism and suspicion especially in today’s internet rage culture. Occasionally it can be valid but often times it misses the point and is taken way too far. This will make me unpopular and bring me many haters but I dislike it when the Palestinian cause and the Israel/Palestine conflict in general is reduced to “cultural appropriation”. Israelis often get a lot of flak from leftists and pro-Palestine activists for unfairly staking claims to foods that are really the cultural property of Palestinian Arabs. A popular argument you often hear among pro-Palestine activists is…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Why not bomb Al Aqsa TV?

    After yet another stabbing assault, I’m wondering why the Israel doesn’t launch targeted attacks on Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV, which broadcasts to both Gaza and the West Bank, and any other media urging Palestinians to kill Jews. Ynet.com reports that Al Aqsa “has been devoting nearly all of its air time over the past four months to encouraging attacks and keeping the flame of the current terror wave burning.” Interviews with relatives of terrorists are a daily occurrence. “I am the mother of the heroic martyr Muataz Qasim, who was killed in an heroic act near the village of Jaba,” the mother of one terrorist told the channel. “Muataz was…

  • Israel/Palestine,  UK Politics,  Uncategorized

    Is Limmud too Lefty?

    I wasn’t present at Limmud, the annual Jewish community learning experience, but comments about it have been popping up on my Facebook feed since. David Collier, the man to whom the Jewish community and those who are against bigotry have to thank for recording Kaufman’s latest diatribe, wrote a passionate blog post about what he sees as the embrace of anti Zionism by people who claim to be and perhaps think they are Zionists. It’s an excellent piece and I recommend reading it. I gotta confess, he hit me perhaps too close to home when he said the following about Kaufman’s generation (ignoring the word socialist): Zionism to these people was to be…

  • Israel/Palestine,  The Left

    The Good Guy – On Peter Tatchell and BDS

    This is a guest post by Saul Freeman Peter Tatchell is perhaps one of the UK Left’s more recognisable characters. A long career as a social and political activist highlighting and challenging repression and human rights abuses has rightly won Peter Tatchell a place in the hearts of many on the Left. I doubt that anyone here needs me to list the causes that Peter has championed and the harm that he has put himself in the way of in the interests of social justice. Peter is clearly one of the “good guys”. But if there’s one issue that almost never fails to turn the certainties and assumptions of some…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Bridges vs boycotts: Rowling and Oudeh

    A letter, expressing opposition to Israel boycotts, recently appeared in the Guardian. Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace. Open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance, and it is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict. Ultimately we all believe in a two-state solution so that the national self-determination of both peoples is realised, with the state of Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security. Signatories included Adele Geras, Tom Holland, Maajid Nawaz and Simon Schama, together with many other figures from politics and the…

  • Gay Rights,  Israel/Palestine

    Please help me, I don’t want to die

    This is a cross-post from The Times of Israel Hello. My name is John Calvin, and I need your help. We’ve never met, and we probably never will, but please don’t stop reading. I’m going to tell you a little about myself. But first I want to be totally up front with you and, before we go any further, you should know that that I have a favor to ask. A huge favour: as big a favour as any person can ask of another. Ok, here goes. I need you to save my life. That’s sounds crazy, right? I know it sounds crazy when I say it, when I read…