The more Jews the better

As co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices, I was asked to contribute to this recently released British-collection of dissident Jewish voices, A Time to Speak Out. The latest review of the book appears in The Jewish Quarterly: Most of IJV’s [Independent Jewish Voices] founding statement consists of generalities in favour of human rights, peace and…

Trying to mask the reality

Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz: As the war in Gaza raged, Israel Defense Forces reservists apparently thought anything was permissible: It was possible, maybe even necessary, to kill innocents, in the West Bank, too. Under cover of war, they thought, they could also kill a handcuffed Palestinian. It may not receive much international media coverage,…

The failing campaign

Wow: Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled “NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative”, details the “story” NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists… The encryption password is progress, which perhaps reflects the Pentagon’s desire to stay on-message, even to…

They exist, talk to them

A group of former international peace negotiators on Thursday urged the world and Israel to abandon the policy of isolating Hamas and engage with the Islamist militant group. “The policy of isolating Hamas cannot bring about stability. As former peace negotiators, we believe it is of vital importance to abandon the failed policy of isolation…

Why nobody should accept this situation

Christopher Hitchens laments Israel’s political reliance on a Russian “thug”: A reliable friend and colleague swears that he saw the following incident in the Israeli-occupied territories a couple of years ago. A Palestinian physician, in urgent need of permission to travel, was trying to persuade a soldier at a roadblock to allow him to hurry…

Stop the killing machines

White phosphorus bombs used by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip were produced and supplied by American arms manufacturers, according to an Amnesty International report that called for a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel. … A Palestinian human rights group has filed a lawsuit at the High Court in London over the United Kingdom’s continuation…