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Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense | Marjorie Cohn. On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran. Referring to "the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States" which includes "generous military assistance and missile defense," Netanyahu failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.

The Six-Day War The day before he delivered that controversial address, Netanyahu expressed similar sentiments to AIPAC, Israel's powerful U.S. lobby. He reiterated the claim that Israel acted in the 1967 Six-Day War "to defend itself. " The narrative that Israel attacked Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in self-defense, seizing the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula in 1967, has remained largely unquestioned in the public discourse.

Censored voices uncensored Israel's false self-defense claim The United States empowers Israel U.S. “It’s ugly, it’s vicious, it’s brutal”: Cornel West on Israel in Palestine — and why Gaza is “the hood on steroids” One of the fundamental questions with regard to the critique of — and activism against — the Israeli occupation: How does this connect up with other social movements, and other struggles? Is the case of Israel and Palestine so specific, so complex, as to resist analogy? And if so, what does that mean for those who would be inclined to sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians, but unable to see their way clear to act in solidarity with them, as they might for others?

These are pressing and difficult problems, yet increasingly, and especially on college campuses, and in academic organizations, people are willing to discuss and debate things like divestment, as well as academic and cultural boycotts that refuse to endorse the status quo. Indeed, earlier this month a group of 600 artists that included Ken Loach, Brian Eno, Khalid Abdalla and Haim Bresheeth announced they were endorsing a cultural boycott of Israel. Israel Passes Law drafting Ultra-Orthodox Into Army. Los judíos que se oponen a la campaña de Israel en Gaza - BBC Mundo - Noticias. ¿Por qué las estrellas de Hollywood eluden hablar sobre Gaza? - BBC Mundo - Noticias.

It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza | Joseph A. Palermo. The gutless American political class has abdicated its responsibility for the actions of the Israel Defense Forces. Few people living in the Middle East or anywhere else make the distinction between the United States and Israel, nor should they with all those weapons stamped "made in the USA. " It's supremely foolish to conclude that Israel can never negotiate with Hamas on lifting the siege of Gaza. The American rhetoric of spreading "freedom" has been a legitimizing argument dating back to the 1898 Spanish-American War when we were "liberating" the Cubans and Filipinos from the yoke of Spanish colonialism.

Today in Gaza what the IDF is doing with "Operation Protective Edge" has no such legitimizing symbolic component. Unlike prototypical American interventions this one really has no redeeming or legitimizing rhetorical flourishes about "helping" the people they're bombing. When the U.S. Pro-war voices always say that negotiations are impossible. Times change. Israel is not my birthright. I’m writing this in my new baby niece’s room. I am here in Florida visiting my family because of this niece, this tiny pudgy innocent baby. We are Jewish, and it’s time for my niece to receive her Hebrew name in a sweet little ceremony at our longtime synagogue. Last night I sat at the synagogue next to my 19-year-old daughter.

I felt a swell of joy as the services began; I’d been away too long. I’d loved services as a child and teenager. And then we hit the first mention of Israel as the Promised Land, and I burst into tears. On the way to services, I’d caught up on Twitter a bit. And I sat there and listened to the rabbi call Israel our Promised Land, and it broke something in me. I am an American Jew of a certain age (40), and what that means is that I was raised to believe that Israel was ours by divine right.

It sounds ridiculous when you say it aloud. My daughter, trying to comfort me after the services, said, “Maybe it is the Promised Land, just not right now.” Yud. Yisrael. Who is we? Debunking the myths about Gaza: The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points. Palestinians just endured an exceptionally brutal weekend: In Gaza, the death toll crossed the appalling benchmark of 1,000, overwhelmingly civilians. In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers and settlers also killed at least nine Palestinians amid protests against the devastation of Gaza.

I recently debunked Israel’s misleading “human shields” argument attempting to deflect responsibility for the killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians; but more important to expose is the false narrative of how we found ourselves in this crisis and who is responsible for its perpetuation. Invisible Bias For most media outlets, the current crisis began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. This is, of course, an arbitrary starting point. Just one day before the kidnappings, a Palestinian man and a 10-year-old child were killed in Gaza by an Israeli airstrike. Why wasn’t that the starting point of the violence? Hamas, Rockets and Kidnappings Why Now? Ending the Violence. Israel Creates 'No Man's Land' in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40% Who helped set up her new online TV channel? Just two former bosses at CNN and NBC, the type of networks she professes to despise.

Jonathan Klein, the former president of CNN’s United States operation, and Jeff Gaspin, the former chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, are just the sort of lamestream media elites that Sarah Palin is constantly railing against. But, because this is America, where capitalism is the great equalizer between liberals and conservatives alike, a little difference of opinion hasn’t stopped the former governor of Alaska, Republican vice presidential nominee and right-wing political icon from joining forces with two blue-state media entrepreneurs to launch her own subscription-based online TV channel.

The Sarah Palin Channel “went up last night at 9 p.m.,” Klein told The Daily Beast on Monday morning. And that could be major. “We’re not out to make a reality show,” Klein said. It will be “a news channel that really is a lot more than news. Israeli Shells Hit School in Gaza, Killing 15. GAZA CITY — Israeli artillery fire hit a United Nations-run school serving as a shelter in northern Gaza early Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians taking refuge there, the Palestinian health ministry said. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Witnesses said at least two shells landed at Abu Hussein school, located in the middle of Jabaliya refugee camp, around 4:30 a.m., hitting the stairway and a classroom.

Jabaliya, the most densely populated area in the Gaza Strip, has come under artillery fire since Tuesday afternoon. The shelling has killed at least 50 people there in the past 24 hours, according to the ministry. The streets in Jabaliya, which was already overpopulated, are packed with people who fled their homes in the eastern and northern Gaza Strip following the Israeli ground invasion. The ministry put the Palestinian death toll from the past three weeks of fighting at 1,258, many of them civilians. Israel Is Minting the Next Generation of Hate. Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis. His wife on the epidemic’s toll.

Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia. That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 party celebrating the birthdays of two of his three young daughters. Patrick Sawyer was a naturalized U.S. citizen who worked for the Finance Ministry of his native Liberia and returned home to his wife and children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, whenever he could.

“He could have brought Ebola here,” his wife, Decontee Sawyer, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. Patrick had been tending to a sick sister named Princess in Liberia and had not learned the exact nature of her illness until after she died. “Just out of nowhere, out of the blue,” she said. Por qué a Estados Unidos y Europa les cuesta tanto criticar a Israel - BBC Mundo - Noticias. It Is Lonely Being an Israeli Lefty | Abraham Gutman. A year after the 1967 Six-Day War, Professor Yeshahyahu Leibowitz, an Israeli Jewish-orthodox academic, warned that the military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and the Sinai peninsula would have grave consequences for the future of Israel.

Unlike the ultra orthodox sect "Neturei Karta," which joined every anti-Israel demonstration in New York because of a belief that the true Israel would be founded only when the messiah came, Leibowitz warned Israel because he loved Israel. He warned that "A state ruling a hostile population of 1.5 to 2 million foreigners would necessarily become a secret-police state, with all that this implies for education, free speech and democratic institutions. " Forty-six years later, it seems that the wrath prophecy of Leibowitz is coming true. It is hard being a lefty in Israel of 2014. At the midst of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza, a poll in the Jerusalem Post showed that 86.5 percent of Israelis oppose a cease fire.

A Dear Jon (Voight) Letter About Gaza and the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Mark Levine. Dear Jon Voight, We write to you as admirers of your work for many years. We are also professors of modern Middle Eastern studies, specializing on the history and contemporary realities of Israel, Zionism and Palestine, and between the two of us, we have written and edited over half a dozen books on the country and the two peoples who are destined -- or doomed, depending on your point of view -- to share it.

We have read your open letter to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and other critics of the latest Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, in response to their own open letter condemning Israeli actions during the war. Your passion for defending Israel is clearly as great as your passion for acting. Let us begin with your opening argument: They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel's birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half.

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