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May 28th
5:48 PM
Haredim Conscription Threatens Netanyahu Coalition
Juan Cole  |  Informed Comment »
The Haredim, who devote themselves to studying the Bible, were a small group at Israel’s founding and were given an exemption from serving in the military. Now, they are some 8 percent of Israelis…
The Haredim are for the most part not Zionists, insofar as they reject the creation of a secular state by dint of purely human effort. They do not want to assimilate to Israel’s secular norms.
A couple of weeks ago, tens of thousands of Haredim protested in Tel Aviv against the plans to make their young men serve in the military… >continue<

Haredim Conscription Threatens Netanyahu Coalition

Juan Cole  |  Informed Comment »

The Haredim, who devote themselves to studying the Bible, were a small group at Israel’s founding and were given an exemption from serving in the military. Now, they are some 8 percent of Israelis…

The Haredim are for the most part not Zionists, insofar as they reject the creation of a secular state by dint of purely human effort. They do not want to assimilate to Israel’s secular norms.

A couple of weeks ago, tens of thousands of Haredim protested in Tel Aviv against the plans to make their young men serve in the military… >continue<

March 4th
9:48 AM

An advertising drive is expected to take Washington D.C by storm on Monday as the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine call on the United States to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state.
“At a time when the sequester is cutting billions of dollars from programs to help those in need, it is grotesque that AIPAC is lobbying Congress this week for ever-increasing amounts of military aid to Israel, especially as these U.S. weapons are used by Israel—in violation of U.S. laws—to abuse Palestinian human rights” &#8230;   &gt;continue&lt;

"I believe my distinguished colleague from Vermont is thinking of mules&#8230;"

An advertising drive is expected to take Washington D.C by storm on Monday as the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine call on the United States to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state.

“At a time when the sequester is cutting billions of dollars from programs to help those in need, it is grotesque that AIPAC is lobbying Congress this week for ever-increasing amounts of military aid to Israel, especially as these U.S. weapons are used by Israel—in violation of U.S. laws—to abuse Palestinian human rights” …   >continue<

"I believe my distinguished colleague from Vermont is thinking of mules…"

November 19th
2:01 PM
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April 27th
4:54 PM
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Y files: The Crisis of Zionism

yfiles:

… I guess I’ve lost interest in fighting for control of Brand Zionism. It’s clear to me that the actually existing Israeli polity is fully committed to political and military domination of the entire land between the Jordan and the Sea and doesn’t really care what I or anyone else thinks about that. The American Jewish establishment has covered up the crass immorality of this agenda with the kind of two-wrongs-make-a-right ethical “reasoning” that they counsel you against in kindergarten, whereby somehow if Hamas is bad then immoral Israeli conduct is transmogrified into acceptable behavior….  >continue<

March 20th
7:12 PM
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aatombomb:


To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements 
Jewish hawks often refer to the territory beyond the green line by the biblical names Judea and Samaria, thereby suggesting that it was, and always will be, Jewish land. Almost everyone else, including this paper, calls it the West Bank.But both names mislead. “Judea and Samaria” implies that the most important thing about the land is its biblical lineage; “West Bank” implies that the most important thing about the land is its relationship to the Kingdom of Jordan next door. After all, it was only after Jordan conquered the territory in 1948 that it coined the term “West Bank” to distinguish it from the rest of the kingdom, which falls on the Jordan River’s east bank. Since Jordan no longer controls the land, “West Bank” is an anachronism. It says nothing meaningful about the territory today.Instead, we should call the West Bank “nondemocratic Israel.” The phrase suggests that there are today two Israels: a flawed but genuine democracy within the green line and an ethnically-based nondemocracy beyond it. It counters efforts by Israel’s leaders to use the legitimacy of democratic Israel to legitimize the occupation and by Israel’s adversaries to use the illegitimacy of the occupation to delegitimize democratic Israel.Having made that rhetorical distinction, American Jews should seek every opportunity to reinforce it. We should lobby to exclude settler-produced goods from America’s free-trade deal with Israel. We should push to end Internal Revenue Service policies that allow Americans to make tax-deductible gifts to settler charities. Every time an American newspaper calls Israel a democracy, we should urge it to include the caveat: only within the green line.

— the latest Jew with an AIPAC target on his back, Peter Beinart

aatombomb:

To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements

Jewish hawks often refer to the territory beyond the green line by the biblical names Judea and Samaria, thereby suggesting that it was, and always will be, Jewish land. Almost everyone else, including this paper, calls it the West Bank.

But both names mislead. “Judea and Samaria” implies that the most important thing about the land is its biblical lineage; “West Bank” implies that the most important thing about the land is its relationship to the Kingdom of Jordan next door. After all, it was only after Jordan conquered the territory in 1948 that it coined the term “West Bank” to distinguish it from the rest of the kingdom, which falls on the Jordan River’s east bank. Since Jordan no longer controls the land, “West Bank” is an anachronism. It says nothing meaningful about the territory today.

Instead, we should call the West Bank “nondemocratic Israel.” The phrase suggests that there are today two Israels: a flawed but genuine democracy within the green line and an ethnically-based nondemocracy beyond it. It counters efforts by Israel’s leaders to use the legitimacy of democratic Israel to legitimize the occupation and by Israel’s adversaries to use the illegitimacy of the occupation to delegitimize democratic Israel.

Having made that rhetorical distinction, American Jews should seek every opportunity to reinforce it. We should lobby to exclude settler-produced goods from America’s free-trade deal with Israel. We should push to end Internal Revenue Service policies that allow Americans to make tax-deductible gifts to settler charities. Every time an American newspaper calls Israel a democracy, we should urge it to include the caveat: only within the green line.

— the latest Jew with an AIPAC target on his back, Peter Beinart

December 10th
7:07 PM
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israelfacts:

Update: Mustafa Tamimi, the Palestinian protester who was shot in the face at close range by an Israeli soldier with a teargas canister, died this morning from his wounds.

Israeli pro-Palestinian activist Jonathan Pollack says the 28-year-old protester, Mustafa Tamimi, died in an Israeli hospital Saturday from severe brain damage. Tamimi’s relative Mahmoud Tamimi also confirmed his death.

Protesters say Tamimi was hit in the face Friday with a gas canister fired by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. An Israeli military spokeswoman said they are investigating the incident.

Palestinians have held weekly demonstrations there for the past few years to protest Jewish settler activity in the area.

The Israeli rights group B’Tselem says Tamimi is the 20th person to be killed at similar West Bank demonstrations over the past eight years.

(Photos: Haim Scwarczenberg / Lazar Simeonov, December 8, 2011)

November 8th
7:46 AM
"Both Afrikaaner and Zionist nationalisms evolved as European settler colonial movements which sought to gain control over territory while displacing and then controlling the existing inhabitants, and both had ambivalent relationships with the imperial power - in this case, the British - under whose rule they lived before achieving independence."
—  Mark LeVine, Goldstone and the futility of repentence - Regarding South African Justice Richard Goldstone’s attempts to navigate a new course in the wake of heading the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
May 17th
12:43 AM
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farhaaan:

This is Omer Goldman. She is an Israeli Jew but not just any—she is the daughter of a former deputy head of Mossad. She has been jailed twice for refusing to serve in the Israeli military.

“I refuse to enlist in the Israeli military. I shall not be part of an  army that needlessly implements a violent policy and violates the most  basic human rights on a daily basis.
Like most of my peers, I too have not dared to question the ethics of  the Israeli military. But when I visited the Occupied Territories I  realized I see a completely different reality, a violent, oppressive,  extreme reality that must be ended.
I believe in service to the society I am part of, and that is  precisely why I refuse to take part in the war crimes committed by my  country. Violence will not bring any kind of solution, and I shall not  commit violence, come what may.“

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farhaaan:

This is Omer Goldman. She is an Israeli Jew but not just any—she is the daughter of a former deputy head of Mossad. She has been jailed twice for refusing to serve in the Israeli military.

“I refuse to enlist in the Israeli military. I shall not be part of an army that needlessly implements a violent policy and violates the most basic human rights on a daily basis.

Like most of my peers, I too have not dared to question the ethics of the Israeli military. But when I visited the Occupied Territories I realized I see a completely different reality, a violent, oppressive, extreme reality that must be ended.

I believe in service to the society I am part of, and that is precisely why I refuse to take part in the war crimes committed by my country. Violence will not bring any kind of solution, and I shall not commit violence, come what may.“

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