Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
The best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question - on Jewish identity, the Zionist lobby, reporting from Palestine and future Middle East directions - was released by Melbourne University Press in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award. Another fully updated, third edition was published in 2009. It was released in all e-book formats in 2011. An updated and translated edition was published in Arabic in 2012.

Ariel Sharon’s war

My first New Matilda column for 2006 evaluates the mainstream media’s whitewashing of Sharon’s legacy:

“The Australian media’s coverage of Sharon’s demise reveals a predictable line. With notable dissenters such as Deakin University’s Scott Burchill – who explained to readers of the Australian that Sharon was in fact an unindicted war criminal – the media elite has preferred to echo the official US and Israeli line, namely, in the words of the Australian editorial on 6 January, that ‘Sharon offered hope to Israelis and Palestinians’.

“A few days later, the paper’s Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov, offered these nonsensical words: ‘The end of the line for Sharon has revealed a sign of the times. Stability has not been brought to the Middle East by Arab wise men, but a Jewish warrior.’ Perhaps the Zionist lobby had rewritten Chulov’s copy before going to print.”

My New Matilda archive is here.

120 comments ↪
  • orang

    Ib,Do / did Zionists use the slogan or not?This is what I was refering to.neoleftychick said…" rhrossYou are a liar and an anti-semite. "Zionists" NEVER used 'land without people for a people without a land,'That phrase is one of the MANY lies that anti-semites have falsely attributed to "Zionists." And YOU are just the latest sucker. "So neo is a …speaker of untruths. And you are a …..propagandist.(i'm real proud of you there orang, you nearly said the bad word)

  • RHRoss

    The point that seems to be overlooked here in regard to the Palestinians is that what matters is now.Even if one could argue that there was no identifiable Palestinian culture (which I doubt) before the creation of Israel, one could also argue there was no Israeli identity before the creation of Israel.So what? Here is where we are at. There was no German nation until early last century and then there was.There is now, quite clearly, an identifiable Palestinian people and they are a people who live under brutal occupation and, like all others, deserve their freedom.Those are the salient facts; that is what needs to be dealt with.The reality is that Israel exists, but it exists in its only legal sense on what was someone else's land…. it is also seeking to exist, in a completely illegal sense, on what remains of Palestine.Two peoples have to find a way to share this land.Each has a right to a viable State.That means economically and militarily independent with some capacity for contiguous borders.Just as it is no longer possible for Palestinians to remove Israelis from this land so it is not possible for Israelis to remove Palestinians from this land.It can't happen because the international community would not let it happen. It won't happen because Palestinians do not have the power to do it and if Israelis wrought genocide upon the Palestinian people there is every chance that the world community would be so appalled they would call for the end of the Israeli state and for Palestine to be given back to the diaspora Palestinian community.So, in short, the Israelis and Palestinians are stuck with each other.Israel, at this point in time has all the power and therefore the greater responsibility to act for a fair division of the land…. the Palestinians have no power other than resistance, sadly often violent, and so can do little.Both sides need to talk to each other but both sides will need to be forced to agreement.This is where the US and the international community must come in. Israel will not relinquish any of its power and the Palestinians will not give up the only power they have …. violent resistance …. until it is clear that a just and lasting solution will be imposed not just upon them, but upon Israel as well.If this does not happen the bloodshed will continue. Israel will continue upon its path as a pariah to the world at large, ultimately facing sanctions, as South Africa did, which will destroy its already weak economy.At the end of the day there will either be one state … a name would need to be decided … including both peoples with full equal rights, or there will be two states, probably on the original borders of partition with access for Palestinians between Gaza and the West Bank.My tip is that if it is two states, within decades they will function as one. Palestinians and Israelis have more in common with each other than anyone else. You only have to spend time in Israel to see that.The only difference in any of the outcomes is the amount of death and destruction that takes place before resolution.For anyone who cares about the future of Israel or Palestine, that is the only thing which matters.

  • Ibrahamav

    Quite clearly, the palestinians live under a system of their own devising. If it is brutal, it is because they are brutal. They have been offered, many time, a country of their own. Many times, they have refused. And decided to become more brutal in the hopes that they could get a better deal.As the situation is nothing like South Africa, Israel will not face sanctions. Forgive me if I laugh at your tip.

  • RHRoss

    Israel already faces boycotts. Sanctions will come. The South Africans tried to incarcerate their problem populations into bantostans…. prison-like areas. The Israelis are seeking to concentrate their problem people into prison-like areas. Gaza is an enormous concentration camp, surrounded by electric fences. Most Palestinian towns are prisons with exit and entry only through guarded gates. Many of them are now cut in half by the illegal wall Israel is building in an effort to try to make a Palestinian state impossible.It won't work of course. Walls come down. The Berlin Wall did and so will this one.Palestinians have never been offered what is their right: a viable state.The occupation was brutal long before the first intifada. The dispossession was brutal. It tends to be.However, the sign of a civilized human being is to respond to violence with self-discipline. The responsibility to do so is even greater when one has all the power as an occupying force does.Most people will fight to free themselves from occupation. There is no difference between the Palestinians fighting for freedom than the French fighting the Germans, the Chechens fighting the Russians, nor, I might add, the Americans when they fought to free themselves from English rule.The French, the Americans, the Chechens use the same tactics as the Palestinians.One exception in a violent world is the Tibetans. They stand as an example to us all. Sadly though, despite the fact that they have not resorted to violence, the world has failed them.When you look at the story of Tibet it is easy to see why most occupied peoples believe that fighting is the only way.I understand why people resort to violence but I don't condone it. I can understand the motivations behind Israeli violence toward Palestinians and I can understand Palestinian violence in response but I condone neither.Walls, bullets, bombs, brutality and prisons do not bring us safety or peace. They bring only a debased culture and greater fear.

  • Ibrahamav

    But the boycotts are a joke.The Palestinians did nothing to free themselves of being occupied by Jordan and Egypt.You understand why people resort to violence, because they have the same screwed up logic that you have?And most of the French were quite happy with German occupation. It allowed them to vent their antisemitism quite freely.

  • RHRoss

    The Jordanians and Egyptians did not desire the destruction or dispossession of the Palestinians. Perhaps a reason why they did not mind the 'occupation.' Neither did they 'mind' as much the British 'occupation.'The British did not seek to take the land and destroy them as Israel does.You miss the point, again, I understand the violence of all…. that includes Israel, to which you clearly attest. And yet I suspect you would not see their logic as screwed up. It is of course. The Nazi ooccupation of France and the French resistance had nothing to do with Jews…. surprisingly … the Jewish question is not the sole be all and end all of people's motives.Of course there were French who were anti-jewish. If you were interested you might find out why. Racism came into it. And circumstance and ignorance.In the same way that many Israelis are racist and are anti Arab … which actually makes them anti-semitic. Again, because of racism, circumstance and ignorance.You only have to be in Israel a short time to realise that many people are not only ignorant but completely racist about Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular. As good as the French, if not better, given their discriminatory practices and getting close to the Nazis in terms of their desire for 'cleansing.'As I said in an earlier post, the cult of victimhood is seductive… you get to convince yourself you are always the good guy even when you commit terrible acts of evil against others.But, like all those who commit acts of evil, ultimately it catches up with you.Have you ever pondered why anti-semitism existed? Would you be able to accept that the Chinese were seen in a similar vein in many parts of the world for similar reasons? probably not.It isn't actually anything to do with being Jewish. It tends to be the sort of discrimination meted out to people, who for whatever reason, and i am not saying they should not do it, set themselves up within society but apart from it…. who see themselves as somehow superior.A lot of this is human nature and it does not make the response right. I don't condone it. But when people, for whatever reason, and often it is religous…. you can find it in histories of societies which are Christian or Hindu or Muslim ….set themselves apart, cannot, or will not, become a full part of the greater community they create a situation of division.when the society is healthy and fully functional this often does not matter. But human beings are self serving and when things are bad, everyone looks for a scapegoat.In times past people looked to Jews… they also looked to Cathars and Huguenots and countless other 'different' groups …and now Israelis look to the Palestinians.At the end of the day we are all the same. The tragedy for Jews and Israelies is that, given their history, they have learned so little …. or nothing … and are now doing unto others what was done unto them.There is a reason for everything which you will never find… and therefore never reach resolution … as long as you deny the part you play in it.it takes two. it always did. It still does. It doesn't make what happens right. It just says that nothing happens in a vacuum.When Israelis can accept and admit the wrongs that they commit they will grow up. Then they have a chance of functioning as a mature society in the world.They are not alone of course. This is a task for many societies. But the topic here is Israel's treatment of the people it occupies and the denial it uses to refuse to accept responsibility for its actions.But that's probably a bit complex for you.Take care. it will all work out.Whatever you think and whatever I think.

  • orang

    Ibrahamav said…''''' And most of the French were quite happy with German occupation. It allowed them to vent their antisemitism quite freely. "Ib, you're starting to be pathetic.The only solution is; the Israelis get the message that the racist regime's days are numbered and they'd better start reconciliation with the Pali's. No more f*king caterpillar stinking D-9 armoured bulldozers knocking down Mrs Habib's house, – in fact take Caterpillar to court and bankrupt the motherf*kers for their role in the death of Rachel Corrie and the theft and murder of hundreds like Mrs Habib. The US stop propping up this belligerent racist regime. Without the fauning and slimeball support from the US, the Israelis – those that are worth a f*ck, will make peace with the people around them. The others can f*ck off back to Russia or Derbyshire – I rest my case. Over to you my hunchbacked propagandist for zionism.

  • Ibrahamav

    No wonder rhr is at a loss. He is now making things up. And now he excuses French antisemitism, and objects when his own examples are thrown back at him as proof of the opposite! Sorry, rhr, but your displayed ignorance, no doubt from perusing hate sites, have left you so screwed up that it isn't worth the time to destroy every single one of your points.As for our resident ape, he will be dust and the Israelis will continue to be a strong nation. I think I'll go buy some more stock in Caterpillar.

  • RHRoss

    ibrahamavinsults do not an argument make. Let alone debate. But this isn't of course. Sadly.One of the major problems for Israelis is that there is little or no real, reasoned, informed debate about the problems that face them.There is some, thankfully, because there are Israelis who care about justice and decency and human rights but their numbers are small and the majority of Israelis prefer to hide their heads in the sand and respond with ignorance and hatred.It is impossible to win a war of occupation in the modern age which is why Israel will ultimately fail and so too will the US and its sycophantic allies.It was possible in times past to win a war of occupation …. you merely killed or enslaved all the people you held under occupation.But it is not allowed anymore and so occupations breed resistance which continues and intensifies the longer the occupation continues.Israel has now bred a second generation of abused and angry Palestinians. The world may have ignored their plight in the main but at some point it will be impossible to ignore it anymore.Justice always triumphs eventually.To be honest, I actually feel the international community has not only failed the Palestinians, it has failed the Israelis.Allowing Israel to use its power to continue the occupation and increase colonisation of Palestine has served only to corrupt and debase the society and culture. The US holds greatest responsibility for this because the US, as Israel's backer …. in many ways Israel is no more than a satrapy of the US because it could not survive without American aid …is the one that could have brought reason to to the issue. The US, both officially and unofficially …. Jewish support at a private level …. encouraged Israel to build yet more colonial settlements and distracted Israelis from the main task …. that of building a functioning, free and healthy State.The settlements cannot be held. They are illegal, all of them, but more than that, it is physically impossible to hold them without imprisoning Palestinians. That injustice means Israel must divert energy and much needed money to maintain the occupation army, the Palestinian 'prison states,' the defence of the illegal settlers … no wonder Israel is heading for bankruptcy.The other thing that the colonisation has destroyed is the tourist industry. Visitor numbers have dropped, hotels and restaurants are closed or losing money, the economy is weak, unemployment figures are up …. money that should have gone into building a First World country …. much of Israel is very Third World, … has gone on the military, which is very First World indeed.There is an insanity to it all. Israelis deserve better. Here they are with one of the world's most up to date military machines, armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, and an inferior quality of life, little hope of a peaceful future, and a tottering economy.And all for what? Land! Land that was never meant to hold so many people. Land that does not have enough water to support so many people. The dream of Israel, and many people admired that dream despite the fact that it involved dispossession of others …. is in tatters because of dysfunctional thinking and appalling leadership. One can only hope that whoever replaces Sharon comes with reason and not a raised fist.Israelis who do look around can only see the destruction that has been wrought by a policy of war, aggression and paranoia.If you really care about Israel ibrahamav then now is the time to stop talking about past wrongs and to deal with the now.There is only one question:What needs to be done to provide justice and a decent quality of life to both Palestinians and Israelis as they share this small but precious piece of land?

  • Ibrahamav

    The insults, themselves do not make a debate, but neither does your premise, as it is not based on truth.Israel, as one of the freeist societies on earth, has ample debate. That you deny this is just one reason to turn from your faulty arguments. Why argue with a moron who can't get the first fact straight?The palestinians have bred 4 straight generations educated to hate and kill Jews. Go peddle your addamo elsewhere, no one here is buying such damaged goods.

  • RHRoss

    ibrahamav,You don't read things or else you have difficulty understanding.The subject being discussed was debate within Judaism, not within Israeli society.The comments therefore referred to religious debate. And Israel can no longer claim to be one of the most free societies on earth as it once could because Israeli Arabs are definitely not as free as their Jewish counterparts. Until each and every Israeli has exactly the same freedom, not just to debate, but to travel, marry and live then Israel will remain one of the least-free democratic societies on earth.

  • orang

    Ibrahamav said…
    “Israeli Arabs are as free as their Jewish counterparts. They all have the same freedoms.
    Which makes Israel one of the most free democratic societies on earth. “

    Haaaaaahaaaaaaaa!!!!

    “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” — Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 [Source: N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1]

  • Ibrahamav

    Israeli Arabs are as free as their Jewish counterparts. They all have the same freedoms. Which makes Israel one of the most free democratic societies on earth.

  • Ibrahamav

    No facts? Just a quote from a neo-nazi website?

  • neoleftychick

    RHRossOK, I've now worked out that you are still in High School parroting your parents' bigotry, so I'll go easy on you."We inhabit different planets. I believe that it was good people reached a point where they believed that murder was unacceptable, for any person, at any time, for any reason." Really??? When exactly was that point? Have you told the billion Muhhamedans? It is a national sport for them. As they keep reminding us all to graphically “we love death more than you love life.”"You clearly have not reached that point."Huh? I respect very much my culture and its laws. My culture’s rejection of murder as ever legitimate I respect very deeply. Self-defence in war is, of course, another matter all together."Thankfully, in this day and age murder is a crime and genocide is a crime against humanity."Huh? In this 'day and age?' Well, in my family and in my culture this has ALWAYS been the case. What else have you people not caught up with? Using women and children as human shields? Suicide bombers?"One can only be grateful for that.You do of course see that if it is okay for people to use murder as a problem solving mechanism, as you suggest, then it is okay for others to do the same.That means, since you support killing Muslims because of your belief it's okay for them to kill you (and others) because of their beliefs."Unfortunately, I am now only too aware of your tactics. Sadly, it is the way of the Muslim to think that lying is legitimate. "Thanksfully people who think like you are a minority in this world."Apart from the 1 billion Muslims!

  • neoleftychick

    RHRoss"Well, it's a psychological maxim that what we decry in others is what we deny in ourselves."A “psychological maxim” hah? Is that like really important? Do you have ANY idea what you mean or are even trying to say? Did you hear it on Oprah?"One of the most destructive things about Jewish culture is the belief in victimhood…Jewish victimhood is entrenched in the religion and existed long before the Nazis. It's interesting standing at the wailing wall having a translator tell you what is being said…. all too often stories of victimhood that go back thousands of years…I think this cult of victim is one reason why so many Israelis have been unable to recognise and accept that in the case of the Palestinians it is the Palestinians who are the victims and the Israelis who are the aggressor."Victims, eh? Oh I think one or two Jews might take some comfort in the fact that they are the most accomplished ethnic group on the planet. How many Nobel Prizes have the Muslims received again? Oh that’s right. Yasser Arafat got the world’s only Nobel Prize for Lying and Terrorism. How many Muslims are Professors in Physics, Maths, Literature, Classics, Economics, Law, Medicine at the Ivy League, MIT, Caltech, Stranford, Berkeley, UCLA, Oxbridge, Sorbonne, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Sydney, ANU? Top financial geniuses? Arts entrepreneurs? Lawyers? Silicon Valley top-guns? Poets? Philosophers? Comic geniuse? Or actually ANY comedy! Concert pianists? Rock stars? Political agitators? Even the top pro-Palestinian scholars are all Jewish or Anglophile Christians!!!Imagine the mess the poor things would be in were it not for Chomsky, Finkelstein, Benny Morris, Edward Said, Hanan Ashrawi, Tariq Ali, Christopher Hitchens, Ilan Pappe, Avi Shlaim, Journal of Palestine Studies, Fisk, Pilger, and on and on and on…"It's hard to give up victimhood. It makes you feel special; it makes you feel superior; and, when you get together with a whole lot of other 'victims' it makes you feel safe."Exactly. That’s why so many violent African American prisoners convert to Islam. I understand that a similar process occurs in our jails among impressionable and desperate young indigenous men. And that explains why the entire “Palestinian” narrative is pumped with passive words. Occupied. Dispossessed. Cleansed. Cheated. Victims of injustice. Ignored. Discriminated against. Unfairly treated."One of the greatest tragedies for clear thinking Israelis and Jews is that they now grieve for the loss of Israel's soul and feel deep shame that Israel has become, in so many ways, like the Nazis who so victimised them."Actually as Ibraham said here, and the NYT’s David Brookes wrote recently, the Israelis are finishing the wall and getting on with their lives, and gradually just forgetting that the fetid Islamic sore pusses all over the rest of the middle east and increasingly the world. You know…winning Nobel Prizes, enjoying a per capita GDP 4 to 5 times higher than the Islamic dumps it surrounds. Exporting billions in high tech from its very own Silicon Valley, holding Gay Pride marches that Muslims from all over the Middle East can attend without the fear of being buried up to their heads and being run over by a tractor while thousands of their “brothers“ cheer and squeal “Allah Akbah!” Encouraging their daughters to go to Harvard Business school without threatening to stone her to death to avenge the “honour” of her sicko male relatives. Yada, yada.The denial of the Arab Muslim male continues to bore us all to tears. The poor thing can't realize that he's been bitchslapped.

  • neoleftychick

    Adammo"I have had this discussion with people on this forum who appear to be convinced of impeding arrival of a day when the horrors of the Holocaust will be revisited collectively on the Jewish people."Oh dear. I think the Israelis said “never again” a long, long time ago. In the meantime the Muslims are happily putting into effect their own Final Solution. Their very own Islamocide! What clever things they are!"In spite of no evidence to support such a claim, and the obvious intolerance of such a outcome, these people remain convinced that they will be forced to escape to the only safe place for them, Israel.Furthermore, this victim mentality is supported by the seemingly held belief that Jews are universally hated by non-Jews."Actually, they’re pretty confident that they are thought of very highly by those who matter. They take for granted the seething jealousy of 1 billion Muslims. But 1 million Muslims are little more than an annoyance compared to the good relations with the much more important West and north Asians. You know, those with the highest IQs, after the Jews themselves that is.

  • neoleftychick

    RHRoss"you are moving away from the point. Negatives in Arab culture do not negate negatives in Israeli culture…In a supposedly liberal democratic society, like Israel, people have a great deal of freedom to bring about change, therefore they can be held to be more responsible for the wrongs committed in their name."So in typical infantile Islamic manner nobody is responsible for Islamic wrongs?Immature children.

  • RHRoss

    neo,One of the most unpleasant aspects of Israel's supporters is this belief that Jews are superior.Citing Nobel Prizes and the like is racist, childish and actually, if one goes into a per capita performance of cultures, incorrect.The Arabs were civilized when others were still barbarians. Much of our modern knowledge is drawn from Arab learning.The beliefs of Judaism and Christianity, can all be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and beyond …. to the ancient lands that now constitute Iraq.But so what? The reality is that every human being in this world is equal. We all come from the same place.The divisions that arise do so because of fear and are entrenched by religion. By all means compare Israel to its neighbours. It is meaningless. Compare Israel to its peers and you get an accurate picture of how poorly it performs.Have you been to Israel? I have. More Third World than First despite some of its achievements. Israel is destroying itself because of what it spends on its military machine.On the other hand, take Dubai or Muscat, very sophisticated cities. You are living in a fantasy which is probably why so many of your statements are fantastic.Anyone who does wrong must be held responsible, whether Islamic or Jewish, Israeli or Palestinian.Does Israel, for the moment anyway, have a capacity as a free and democratic nation to ensure that happens? Yes.Do non-democratic, non-free nations have that ability? No.It does not mean that you ignore wrongs committed in such societies but merely that you take into account the difficulties, if not impossibility, facing citizens of those societies in bringing about change.Jewish experience shows just how impossible it is to act freely when one is held imprisoned by others. But this is not a debate. This is a bigoted rant on your part and so I leave you to it.

  • Ibrahamav

    RHRoss said… neo,One of the most unpleasant aspects of Israel's supporters is this belief that Jews are superior.Antony states it in his arguements all the time. Here is his statement regarding his belief of Jewish superiority:"And as a Jew, I believe it is my responsibility to speak out when abuse occurs…"