An ‘explainer’ from the BBC is followed by Richard Silverstein’s interpretation. A Reuters report gives the basic facts as known at the time.
Israel’s clandestine battle with weapons smugglers
By Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent
The announcement by Israel that it has seized Continue →
The article by Uri Misgav is followed by the petition from One Democracy
The symbol of the ultra-nationalist Kahane Chai* [see note] movement, banned as racist, being held aloft by Beitar Jerusalem fans during a match against Bnei Sakhnin. Photo by Continue →
Protest in Paris. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images
Business boycott: Israelis feeling the pinch
By Daniella Cheslow, Jerusalem, DW
February 14, 2014
With the threat of EU economic boycotts hanging over Israel, business owners there say they are already starting to feel the pinch Continue →
Volunteers from Ta’ayush – the Arab-Jewish NGO – help Palestinians with a grain harvest in the Jordan valley.
NGOs vs. Grassroots Movements: A False Dichotomy
By Fateh Azzam, al-shabaka commentary
February 06, 2014
It seems to be popular these days to persistently juxtapose what is assumed Continue →
Spike in number of Palestinian civilians killed near Gaza perimeter fence
Media release by B’Tselem
March 04, 2014
Amneh Qdeih, 57, a resident of the town of Khuza’ah, was killed on Friday, 28 February 2014. She died of a gunshot wound to her Continue →
Tikkun Tree, from Tikun Olam
Israel’s War on Facebook
By Richard Silverstein
March 04, 2014
I mean the title of this post in two ways: first, the Shabak is at war with Palestinians using social media in order to express their nationalist political views. Continue →
A fighter in one of the many Syrian militias who are so intent on fighting each other or Assad’s forces that Israel has effectively ceased to be the enemy. Photo from DW January 2014, picture-alliance/DPA.
Israel ‘buying’ information on extremists from Continue →
People of Gaza have to break up old cement and pulverize it to get anything to repair or build with.
Cement shortage in Gaza leaves thousands jobless
By Rasha Abou Jalal [trans. Kamal Fayad], Palestine Pulse, Al Monitor
March 03, 2014
GAZA CITY, Gaza Continue →
What else can produce this loving smile? Yes, it’s Bibi at AIPAC 2014. Screenshot.
At AIPAC, Netanyahu launches “desperate” attack on BDS movement
By Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
March 04, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today launched a frontal assault on the Continue →
From the Tarabut-Hithabrut facebook page.
For the sake of peace, it is time to put an end to negotiations
After 20 years of a failed and fictitious peace process, there is no more room for ‘processes’ that serve as substitutes for peace. Continue →
Comments on the interview from Times of Israel and Barak Ravid; news report on the Washington meeting.
President Obama and PM Netanyahu shake hands in the Oval Office on Monday, March 3, 2014. Seeking to keep a pair of delicate diplomatic Continue →
Different views from 1) Haaretz, 2) JTA and 3) Global Research
Ukrainian Neo-Nazis pay tribute to Stepan Bandera, a Nazi collaborator who led the pro-Nazi Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B). The contemporary Neo-Nazi Svoboda Party follows in the footsteps of the Continue →
My latest report for Inter Press Service, this one is about a new poll commissioned by pollster Shibley Telhami. The poll examines American attitudes in the event of the failure of a two-state solution. The results may surprise many.
Filed under: Continue →
The article from Haaretz is followed by one from Al Jazeera which was written 18 months ago. The situation has not changed except for the increase in ‘ideological’ settlers.
Quick construction of apartment blocks to make the illegal West Bank settlement Continue →
Obama to Israel — Time Is Running Out
Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View
March 02, 2014
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House tomorrow, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a bleak future — one of Continue →
The three Haaretz articles are:
1) Ari Shavit: Four reasons why Israel must be recognized as a Jewish state;
2) Amos Schocken: Netanyahu’s outlandish demand for recognition;
3) Haim Guri: Israelis used to be Hebrews, now what are we?;
4) Notes and Continue →
This is a long report so the main sections are itemised below. All footnotes have been removed. The report plus footnotes can be accessed by clicking the headline below.
1) I. Introduction;
2) II. The wall and the 2004 advisory opinion;
3) III. Continue →
All photos except the first come from a series posted by Occupied Palestine in 2012. Mondoweiss summarises the Amnesty report, Eleonora Gatto in MEMO writes about the remarkable role of women in creating non-violent resistance. Notes and links on Nabi Saleh.
Bilal Continue →
American immigrants arrive to a warm welcome from Ben Gurion airport police. Photo by AFP.
Arab teacher strip-searched before flying with her Jewish students
Ezies Elias Shehadeh was returning from a school trip to Eilat when stopped for security check.
By Orly Vilnai, Continue →
Huge crowd of Palestinians in Syria’s Yarmouk camp, under blockade for month, wait for aid. Since the photograph was taken, aid has ceased to be delivered because of security concerns. Photo, Handout/Reuters
Queue for food in Syria’s Yarmouk camp shows desperation Continue →
After the main article there is a brief report about the withdrawal of a Luxembourg pension fund from any investment in businesses which deal with settlements. However, the headline to the piece makes a different rhetorical point.
Harmful rhetoric can break Continue →
I know that you will have an exciting time with lots of energy and hoopla. But I am very curious to hear about the tone and content of what transpires. First, I would like to know whether Kerry’s diplomatic push Continue →
This posting has these items:
1) Al Arabiya: Hezbollah vows response to Israeli strike;
2) AFP: Israel bombs Hezbollah target on Syria-Lebanon border, “Israel can attack Lebanon because it knows there will be no reaction at the national level”;
3) CSM: Israeli airstrikes Continue →
A Palestinian throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City February 7, 2014. Israeli police stormed the compound Continue →
The article by Ali Abuminah is followed one from Charles Carlson of WHTT. Lastly Notes and links on all the acronyms.
J Street attacks Presbyterians over study guide questioning Zionism
By Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
February 20, 2014
The Israel lobby group J Street Continue →
Articles from 1) Jewish Forward, 2) Haaretz, 3) Movement for Reform Judaism
See video Sign on the Green Line explainer
British Jews: Showing Green Line Is Not ‘Insane’
By Jordan Marsh and Jess Weiss, blog, Jewish Forward
February 24, 2014
Throughout our history, young Jewish Continue →
Richard Silverstein’s post is followed by Judith Butler’s letter on her withdrawal from an invitation to speak at the Jewish Museum published in Inside Higher Education.
Jew York’s Jewish Museum: no space for Judith Butler
Israel Lobby Funds, Exploits Minorities to Shill Continue →