Some Iranian solidarity

Different groups representing Iran’s Jewish community on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Nations office in Teheran in order to protest “Israeli war crimes and the slaughter of the innocent people in Gaza Strip,” the Iranian IRNA news agency reported. The protesters, led by the Jewish representative in Parliament, Siamak Mara-Sedq, carried placards with…

No crisis means there is a crisis

Clearly disgraced Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert likes his country’s handywork: Gaza is not undergoing a humanitarian crisis. We’re constantly supplying it with food and medications, and there’s no need for a humanitarian cease-fire. No crisis? Murdering civilians must make Zionists the world over so proud.

Bloggers under fire

I was interviewed by Sarah Arnold in US magazine The Nation for an article published online on December 23: According to a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report released December 4, of the 125 media workers in prison – a list that includes Ibrahim Jassam, a photographer held in US custody in Iraq – more…

Israel no victim

The following article, co-written with Peter Slezak, was published today on ABC Unleashed: Vic Alhadeff is a senior Zionist organisation official. His Unleashed article provides an opportunity for analysis that is instructive about our media and intellectual culture. The very persuasiveness of Alhadeff’s case for Israel is the reason it deserves attention. It misrepresents the…

Which side of history?

Zionist blogger Jeffrey Golberg writes: It’s a strange world, but there you have it. I’ve been talking to friends of mine, former Palestinian Authority intelligence officials (ejected from power by the Hamas coup), and they tell me that not only are they rooting for the Israelis to decimate Hamas, but that Fatah has actually been…

One who shall be remembered

Finally, one prominent American politician raises his voice against Israel’s barbarity (and refuses to succumb to the Zionist lobby): Cleveland congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is now calling for a United Nations investigation to attacks on Gaza by Israel. Kucinich also criticized Israel for what he deems a disproportionate response to Hamas rocket attacks, standing in…

Israel needs a life coach

The current war against Hamas will only strengthen the organisation: In its efforts to stop amateur rockets from nagging the residents of some of its southern cities, Israel appears to have given new life to the fledging Islamic movement in Palestine.

The moral code is clear

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza “bears all the hallmarks of war crimes“, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in a statement on Sunday. “In the context of total aerial supremacy, in which one side in a conflict deploys lethal aircraft against opponents with no means of defending themselves, the bombardment bears all the hallmarks of war crimes.”…

Gaza round-up

Some of the finest reading on the web about the Gaza outrage (from a variety of perspectives): – Palestinians need Israel to win. – An American rabbi condemns the Israeli attacks. – Robert Fisk: Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony. – Hamas is hoping for an IDF ground operation in Gaza. – Pro-Palestinian…

The Jew and the Palestinian

Yossi Alpher: At the end of the day, however, the operation confirms the contention I have voiced in these virtual pages repeatedly over recent weeks and months: neither Israel nor anyone else has a long-term workable strategy for dealing with Hamas in Gaza. This is a militant terrorist organization that has taken over a piece…