Kill Arabs, win awards

Ruth R. Wisse, Harvard University professor, explains how proud Israel makes her feel: Israelis have shown incredible courage, patience, and decency. The Nobel Prize for Peace belongs almost annually to the IDF, perhaps (if facts become known) never more so than in 2007. Israelis certainly did not choose to be the fighting front line of…

One step away from the great clash

A US attack on Iran is almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many of us fear that military action is becoming more likely by the day, despite the UN recently voting to delay any further action on sanctions. An attack against the Islamic Republic would be madness on an unprecedented scale, illegal, immoral, counter-productive and devastating on…

Let them fight each other

The Hamas coup against Fatah in Gaza earlier in the year has often been portrayed as a vicious assault on democracy. In fact, the opposite is probably true. More evidence has now emerged that seems to prove the real agenda behind the event: For those who peddle the view that the Hamas coup in Gaza…

A year to remember

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, September 28: It was a pretty quiet year, relatively speaking. Only 457 Palestinians and 10 Israelis were killed, according to the B’Tselem human rights organization, including the victims of Qassam rockets. Fewer casualties than in many previous years. However, it was still a terrible year: 92 Palestinian children were killed (fortunately, not…

Jewish humanity rears its head

The UK-based group Jews for Justice for Palestinians published the following full-page ad in yesterday’s Times newspaper, directed at Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Over 300 signatures were attached: Dear David In your address to the UN today, we urge you to oppose Israel’s sanctions against the people of Gaza. Amnesty International, Israeli organisations and distinguished…

Working for the spooks

David Rose, New Statesman, September 27: In 2004, the parliamentary intelligence and security committee, the only independent body with powers to call the agencies to account, announced that it planned to hold an inquiry into the relationship between the spooks and the fourth estate, suggesting it was time for a wide-ranging debate. In the event,…

Brother, come to me

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has invited Dubya to speak at a university in Tehran, returning the favour after his recent visit to Columbia University. Many Iranians were upset at the way in which their President was treated in New York. Iranian blogger Bozorg Sharafedin gets past the headlines: Unlike what Bollinger said at his speech…

One person at a time

After attending a public lecture at Case Western Reserve University by the authors of the Israel Lobby book, a student at John Carroll University changes their perspective: “I thought that Israel was the victim before. After listening to the speech I realize that Israel plays a major role in provoking other nations.”