Tag Archives: Israel

Fake Quotes And Nelson Mandela

As I commented elsewhere, even before Nelson Mandela’s body was cold various cynical operators were trying to expropriate his memory. As distasteful as that is, it is to be expected. Political activists have axes to grind and often very little … Continue reading

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Punishing Israel

In light of recent events an adage needs updating: Benjamin Netanyahu never seems to miss an opportunity, to miss an opportunity. I am not the only one annoyed at Netanyahu’s maladroitness. Two astute Middle East analysts, Meir Javedanfar and Hussein … Continue reading

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Cheerleaders Abroad, Gaza And Israel

I was composing, in my head, some reflections on Gaza’s past eight or so days, but Jonathan Freedland seems to have beat me to it. I think the cheerleaders abroad sentiment, is something we should dwell on. How is it … Continue reading

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Gaza And Israel After The Conflict

A lot has already been written about the recent conflict and more will follow, but to me these images at The Week express what needs to be said:

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Operation Pillar of Defense Rolling Thread

I imagine that Operation Pillar of Defense will go on for a while so I am having a rolling thread with anything I read, hear or think relevant. Firstly, John Cook at Gawker puts his foot in it with Israel … Continue reading

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The GOP Convention And More Racism Round Up.

[Trigger warning, Assange related material.] When the GOP Convention comes around there is almost the feeling that America has stepped back in time, not by the technology employed or the showmanship, but the underlying ideas. Issues that many might think … Continue reading

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Why Occupation Is Wrong

“Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency.” Anon Corruption and abuse of power are fairly commonplace in the world. Some examples we hear of, whilst others are conveniently brushed under the carpet. From the Vatican to Burma and brown paper … Continue reading

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Israelis, Social Justice And Moshe Siman

I had not heard of Moshe Siman until I read Mystical Politics’ account of his protest. When reading that what struck me was, how little we hear of the real Israelis’ struggles in the Western media. Contrast that with the … Continue reading

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Nativism, Racism And Riots In Tel Aviv

Demagogical politicians and nativism are nothing new. Across the world from the Balkans to the resurgence of nativism in North America, it is a common political current. However, we are now seeing the consequences of nativism in Israel, race riots. … Continue reading

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Dealing With Anti-Muslim Racism & More.

The advent of the MAMA project is most welcome. Until now it has been hard to quantify the extent and level of racism which faces many Muslims in Britain. Years back when I tried to research the topic I found … Continue reading

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Power, Armies And Unacceptable Demolitions

The excess of power twists peoples’ perspective, it brutalises us and affects our humanity as evidenced by US forces’ activities in Haditha. That is true of the British Army’s long list of atrocities in Northern Ireland. We can see that … Continue reading

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UNESCO And Settlements

David Schraub makes an excellent point: “In response to Palestine’s successful bid to gain membership in UNESCO, Israel has approved a wave of new settlement construction, apparently on the theory that hacking off one’s own nose is worth it to … Continue reading

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