- Shocker: Speaker of Knesset calls for making one state with Palestinian citizens
- Berkeley student body sustains veto of divestment measure
- Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will speak on BDS in Brooklyn tonite
- Abunimah: Refugees returned to Bosnia, why not Israel?
- Is the binational state becoming a realist argument?
- Chomsky says Israel is pillaging Gaza’s natural gas reserves
- ‘Washington Post’ prints forthright call for boycott
- Expulsion and persecution rationalize… expulsion and persecution
- Jlem mayor comes to US capital to explain, Screw Obama and the horse he rode in on
- Follow the UC divestment votes tonight
|Shocker: Speaker of Knesset calls for making one state with Palestinian citizens
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 08:31 AM PDT
Amazing. My heart is leaping. Once again, the Israeli press and the Israeli discourse is way ahead of the American one, where the belief in a thriving “Jewish democracy” stops all free thinking. Here is the speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, saying that Palestinians are a part of Israel,
we ate the West Bank a long time ago, so let’s forget about this two-state crap and make them citizens. He meets Ali Abunimah on Abunimah’s fair and democratic ground. He dismisses the New Republic’s hysteria about the delegitimization of the Jewish state. He answers the great challenge to the Israeli psyche— At the end of every sentence in Hebrew is an Arab smoking a hookah– with ringing affirmation.
Note that Rivlin is a Likudnik, about the same age as Judge Goldstone. Note that you will never see such creative thinking in Washington, where the Diaspora Jews are about 50 lightyears behind the realities of the Middle East, locked in fearful, reactive Holocaust consciousness and dumb to the murderous occupation and the cycle of violence.
Will anyone in the US pick up the ball? Put another way, How many times have friends murmured to me, I’d be for a binational state [translation, I’d be for democracy] if only there wouldn’t be a ton of bloodshed getting there. I’ve murmured that myself. Well isn’t that just a matter of imagining? The most disputed territory is the space between American Jews’ ears. Enough drumroll, Haaretz:
|Berkeley student body sustains veto of divestment measure
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 07:49 AM PDT
It’s evident from the thrilling twitter feed in Adam’s post below, but that’s the news. The Berkeley student senate voted 13-5 to override the student government president’s veto, at 4 a.m. California time. They needed 14 votes. Note that the measure urged the university to divest from two companies doing business in the Occupied Territories.
|Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will speak on BDS in Brooklyn tonite
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 07:20 AM PDT
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb–“one of the first eight women to serve as rabbi”–will be speaking in Brooklyn tonight on Why divestment? 7 o’clock. Here’s Brooklyn for Peace announcement. Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Say No!
|Abunimah: Refugees returned to Bosnia, why not Israel?
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 07:05 AM PDT
Ali Abunimah, writing from South Africa, publishes a piece in The Hill criticizing the Zbig Brzezinski-Stephen Solarz plan for a two-state-solution:
|Is the binational state becoming a realist argument?
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 06:57 AM PDT
Meron Benvenisti in the New York Times– oh wait, sorry, in the Guardian. The Times won’t cover this! Note that on the same day as this sympathetic coverage of Benvenisti’s ideas, Steve Walt challenges American leadership: if the peace process is dead, as it seems to be, what have liberal policymakers come up with to answer that fact? The neocons have a clue, of course. They want apartheid, or amalgamating what’s left of Palestine in the West Bank to Jordan thru Churchillian hocus-pocus.
Here is Benvenisti:
|Chomsky says Israel is pillaging Gaza’s natural gas reserves
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 06:57 AM PDT
Important piece by Noam Chomsky, from a forthcoming book, that mourns the late great peace process for producing a fair deal that the US and Israel rejected and that sees a material motive in the continued control of Gaza. At the bottom of the excerpt, I’ve included Chomsky’s arrow at Obama. Well-feathered.
|‘Washington Post’ prints forthright call for boycott
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 06:50 AM PDT
of Arizona, that is, for its immigration law. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney on the ethics of boycott:
Also, note that British prime minister Gordon Brown referred to an anti-immigration activist in Europe as a “bigot.” Attitudes toward unreconstructed nationalism are changing all over, in the era of globalization.
|Expulsion and persecution rationalize… expulsion and persecution
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 06:12 AM PDT
Simon Schama in the Financial Times disputes Shlomo Sand re Jewish identity and says we’re connected to Palestine. Typical of Sand’s reviewers, Schama accuses him of having a political value system (yes, he’s an anti-nationalist) but fails to interrogate his own, more-traditional political attachment:
The Goldstone report alleges that the Palestinians suffer “persecution” in Gaza. I saw that for myself. And yes, they too have experienced expulsion. When are Jewish historians going to integrate Jewish privilege into the picture? Isn’t that what General Jones’s anti-Semitic joke was all about?
|Jlem mayor comes to US capital to explain, Screw Obama and the horse he rode in on
Posted: 29 Apr 2010 06:08 AM PDT
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat came to Washington to say there’s no settlement freeze in Jerusalem, so screw you and the horse you rode in on, Obama. The good thing about this is that the Netanyahu-Obama clash has opened up more room for sensible mainstream Jewish dudes to question the lobby. Here is Mike Isikoff blasting the Israel Project for its blind support of colonization.
|Follow the UC divestment votes tonight
Posted: 28 Apr 2010 07:26 PM PDT
Both the UC Berkeley and UC San Diego Student Senates will be considering divestment bills tonight. Jewish Voice for Peace, Nora Barrows-Friedman and Rae Abileah will be live tweeting the proceedings at Berkeley and students at UC San Diego are tweeting from their meeting as well. You can follow all of their reports below or on their twitter pages – @jvplive, @norabf, @raeabileah and @ucsddivest.