I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]
Archive for the 'Israel' Category
What do you think a similar flight over an Israeli community under Hamas rocket attack might look like? This reminds me of WW II photos of Berlin, Leningrad or Hiroshima. Via Mano Singham. Warning, not for the queasy.
I still remember the a morning of 6 June 1982 in Athens, Ohio, sitting at my desk in a classroom waiting for Professor Doxy to enter with our final exam for his class on the Late Ottoman Empire. When he arrived we joked that he should cancel the exam since Israel’s invasion of Lebanon changed […]
We can stand aloof from the events and carry out thought exercises, and we can carefully weigh the pros and cons of war—this side did this horrible thing, that side did that horrible thing, this side has this worthy cause, that side has that worthy cause—and we can attempt to calculate who is slightly better […]
The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago. B’Tselem’s appeal against the decision was rejected on Wednesday. It intends to petition Israel’s supreme court on Sunday in an […]
There is no American politician, hell no living politician on the planet, whom I respect more than President Jimmy Carter. What he says here, and what The New York Times published yesterday, goes to the heart of why, as someone who speaks out for social justice, as an American, as a Jew, I do not […]
From The Jerusalem Post: Few are aware that just as the intense rocketing of Israel’s metropolitan areas was ramped up, the Kerem Shalom crossing to the Gaza Strip was reopened early last week. Trucks laden with foodstuffs and supplies were allowed through to those who were lobbing missiles at Israeli civilians. Undoubtedly, these consignments didn’t […]
Glenn Greenwald writes: Few things are more depressing than paying attention to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The carnage and mutual hatred seem infinite. The arguments are so repetitive and fruitless. As is true in all wars, including those depicted in pleasing good-vs-evil terms, atrocities end up being committed by all sides, leading one to want to […]
[Update at 1834: Another perspective brought to my attention by she who Writes Likes She Talks. I don’t know how to talk about what is happening here but it’s probably less about writers’ block than readers’ block. It says so much about the state of our discourse that the surest way to enrage everyone is […]
7:55 P.M. Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel’s operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.” We know how this worked in Vietnam. Why do we think there is a difference anywhere else in the world?
Glenn Greenwald writes: A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza – beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably “defending itself” – is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is […]
Yousef Munayyer writes: Israel does not like to admit it doesn’t have the military might to accomplish something. But when it comes to relations with Palestinians, and with Gaza in particular, there is no military solution. Israel has tried assassinating Palestinian leaders for decades but the resistance persists. Israel launched a devastating and brutal war […]
0649: Ode to the people of Gaza
Daniel Estrin writes: An influential ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi ordered his followers this week to burn their iPhones, the latest move in a campaign by the insular community to encourage its members to keep the outside world — and specifically the Internet — at bay. The decree by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 84, came ahead of Judaism’s […]
Murtaza Hussain writes: For Israel, a state that has always been tenacious and aggressive in combatting perceived delegitimisation from abroad, the most dangerous threat to its continued political integrity might today be engineered by its own right-wing government. Recently, the Levy Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of Israeli jurists commissioned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government […]
Glenn Greenwald writes: By stark contrast, The Washington Post‘s Karin Brulliard, reporting from Jerusalem, commits an act of actual journalism with her story on this event. She, too, notes the official accusations of Hezbollah and Iranian responsibility, but, as Think Progress’ Ali Gharib points out, she heavily qualifies that in the third paragraph of her […]
…the suspected suicide bomber is: a long-haired Caucasian in sportswear… [with] a U.S. driver’s license issued in Michigan – apparently fake? Are we prepared to start profiling long-haired Caucasians in sportswear with driver’s licenses from Michigan? Hmmmm…?
0856: Whatever happens, we are always the good guys