The enforcers are weak

Independent Australian Jewish Voices blogger Michael Brull writes in New Matilda about the limits of “acceptable” debate on Israel/Palestine in Australia: Desperate to promote Israeli Government policy, the Australian Jewish establishment has resorted to calling all kinds of people anti-Semites — even Jews

Blame to go around

Gisha, the Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement, releases a new report on the Rafah Crossing: A new report on Rafah Crossing and the parties involved in its closure was published today by Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel). The report “Rafah Crossing: Who Holds the Keys?”…

Don’t think Obama doesn’t approve pounding Gaza

The latest Seymour Hersh article in the New Yorker focuses on the possible warming relationship between Syria and the West. But this paragraph stands out: The Obama transition team also helped persuade Israel to end the bombing of Gaza and to withdraw its ground troops before the Inauguration. According to the former senior intelligence official,…

Everyone is vulnerable

Welcome to the face of 21st century terrorism: A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded. In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was…

How to approach the death camps

Are there limits to humour, especially when discussing “Jewish-related themes”? Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of Borat and Bruno, bravely skewers the Holocaust in this clip that mentions Auschwitz. Would a non-Jew even be able to get away with this without being accused of “insensitivity” and “anti-Semitism”?

Jewish blindness continues

Jawad Harb is a Palestinian living in Rafah, Gaza, with his wife and six children. Harb has worked with CARE since 2002, managing a program supporting women’s centres in Gaza. It is three months since the first bombs began to fall on Gaza, and I see that this war left much more damaged than just…

The company Israel keeps

With nationalist demagogues rising to power in both India and Israel, Pankaj Mishra examines the parallel histories of violent partition, ethnic cleansing and militant patriotism that have led both countries into a moral wilderness.

They’re only soldiers, after all

The echoes with Germany history are disturbing: Israeli defence officials… have been… accused of “grave ethical failures’”… in testing an experimental anthrax vaccine on hundreds of Israeli soldiers. Several… of 716 soldiers who took part in the experiment in the late 1990s have reportedly developed tumours and suffered infections while others have complained of headaches, dizziness, skin, respiratory and…