Wednesday, August 27, 2014

[ePalestine] The Forward/Haaretz: Israeli Teens Gripped by Virulent Racism

A peek into tomorrow's Israel...

"For me, personally, Arabs are something I can't look at and can't stand," a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. "I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won't think twice."

The Forward/Haaretz

Israeli Teens Gripped by Virulent Racism

Book Details Spread of Anti-Arab Hatred in Schools

 


By Or Kashti

Published August 23, 2014.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[ePalestine] The New Yorker: Friends of Israel

Political prostitution at its best!

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The New Yorker

The Political Scene
September 1, 2014 Issue

Friends of Israel

The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?

By Connie Bruck

For AIPAC, it is crucial to appeal across the political spectrum. But Israel has become an increasingly divisive issue with the public.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/friends-israel


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Monday, August 18, 2014

[ePalestine] +972Mag: Palestinian unity is no substitute for a viable political system (By Sam Bahour)

By +972 Blog

Published August 17, 2014

Palestinian unity is no substitute for a viable political system

Where do the U.S. and Israel want Hamas: as part of a transparent political system, or in underground tunnels?

By Sam Bahour

File photo of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: PPO/Thaer Ghanaim - Handout)

Palestinian "unity," reconciling tensions between Hamas and Fatah, is being revered as the foundation that can extract Gaza from the misery wrought upon it by yet another brutal Israeli military onslaught. The devastation from what Israel called "Operation Protective Edge" is overwhelming: nearly 2,000 Palestinians dead, over 10,000 wounded and paralyzed, and a third of the 1.8 million people in Gaza homeless. Added to this human tragedy is the rabid destruction of Gaza's civilian infrastructure. Palestinian political "unity" requires an operating political system, which is something that Israel dismantled long ago with official Palestinian acquiescence. Anyone seriously wanting to see Palestinians survive this latest Israeli attack should support the reemergence of a fully operating Palestinian political system, rather than just the replacement of a pair of failed political monopolies with a reconciled but leaderless political duopoly.

READ ON AT:

ENGLISH: http://bit.ly/Palestinian-unity

HEBREW: http://bit.ly/Palestinian-Unity-He


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

[ePalestine] The Ultimate Act of Resistance (by Sam Bahour)

Al-Quds Newspaper (Ar) & Open Democracy (En)

The Ultimate Act of Resistance 

A call for political leadership




By Sam Bahour

As the horrific carnage in Gaza slowly moves off the world’s headlines and all the shock and outcry that reverberated around the globe turns its attention, for now at least, to the healing and reconstruction processes and to the next current affair, the Palestinian political leadership has a historic responsibility at it doorsteps. It must either act now or step down.

Read on at:

For Arabic PDF version click here: http://bit.ly/The-Ultimate-Act-of-Resistance

http://bit.ly/The-Ultimate-Act-of-Resistance

For English version click here: http://bit.ly/Palestinian-game-changer

http://bit.ly/Palestinian-game-changer

For Hebrew version of article referred to in this op-ed click here: http://mekomit.co.il/%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%9D-%D7%A7%D7%A8%D7%99-%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%A9%D7%9C/

http://mekomit.co.il/%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%9D-%D7%A7%D7%A8%D7%99-%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%A9%D7%9C/

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Monday, August 11, 2014

[ePalestine] LRB: Israel mows the lawn (by Mouin Rabbani) - A MUST READ

Vol. 36 No 15 · 31 July 2014
page 8 | 1981 words

Israel mows the lawn

Mouin Rabbani

"So far, they appear to have the majority of the population with them, because they seem to prefer death by F-16 to death by formaldehyde."

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n15/mouin-rabbani/israel-mows-the-lawn

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Friday, August 08, 2014

[ePalestine] MME: Analysis: Reaction to Israel-Hamas ceasefire collapse

Middle East Eye

Analysis: Reaction to Israel-Hamas ceasefire collapse

#GazaUnderAttack
 
Analysts say that Gaza has bled too much to accept an easy truce with Israel, but fear this will usher in a "horrendous tragedy" that will further compound Palestinian suffering



"The sheer use of the word 'ceasefire' is insulting. It depicts an artificial symmetry that the Palestinians have fell for, even though reality on the ground is totally contrary.

For a fragile, non-representative, Palestinian unity delegation to be engaged in 'ceasefire' negotiations with their military occupier (it means little if done directly or through intermediaries) sets up Palestinians for an Oslo-like phase, where, no matter what is agreed, the Palestinian side will be signing away rights that have been stripped from them by Israel for decades.

These rights, first among them protection, should be secured by Third States under their obligations toward the Fourth Geneva Convention, without the need for 'resistance' or 'ceasefire' talks.

A 'ceasefire' simply reinforces the false impression that there is some hint of symmetry between Palestine and Israel. There is not! Furthermore, to be conducting these 'ceasefire' talks in the capital of a country that participates in the siege of the Gaza Strip should be an embarrassment to every member of the Palestinian negotiating team, first among them Hamas."

~Sam Bahour

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/experts-react-israel-hamas-ceasefire-collapse-1742870699

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

[ePalestine] NYT: Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime Diary (Atef Abu Saif)

First comes the shelling, then the explosions, then the bodies, so many bodies, so many young, fragile bodies, then the burials, then, once the dust starts to settle, emerge the stories...horror, human made horror, a horror that does not settle with the dust!

Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime Diary

Atef Abu Saif: Life and Death in the Gaza Strip

By ATEF ABU SAIF
AUG. 4, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/opinion/atef-abu-saif-life-and-death-in-gaza-strip-jabaliya-refugee-camp.html?smid=fb-share
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