Repeating bad actions time and time again

This story – Israeli commandos killed a senior Hamas militant in the West Bank on Thursday – led an American colleague to make the following observations: It is a classic Israeli technique to respond to uncomfortable political situations (such as the current moment of too much talk of a “peace process” and of “two states”)…

Directly killing women and children

This report is a few days old – I’ve been flying to the US – but its importance cannot be under-estimated: Amnesty International has accused Israel of repeatedly violating the rules of armed conflict during its recent offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “Israeli forces repeatedly breached the laws of war, including by carrying…

The outposts are just the beginning

Israel’s illegal West Bank settlements are generating a great number of stories in the American and Israeli press, but little evidence that real progress is being made to remove them. Without doing so, get ready for long-term apartheid in Palestine. A smattering of recent headlines: The Washington Post – Backers of Jewish Settlements Put Squeeze…

Singing and dancing on those Gazan graves

The Australian Jewish News adds some colour to the upcoming Australian-government led visit – aka fellation tour of 2009 – to Israel: Alongside the high-profile leadership forum, the week-long AICE event is expected to showcase some of Australia’s best talent to Israeli audiences. Legendary pianist David Helfgott will perform in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, acclaimed…

The Zionist kiss of death

Foreign Policy blog The Cable details: Israeli media are reporting that a small and unconventional Iran office in the Israeli Ministry of Defense will be shut down. The 30-year-old office has been headed by 83-year-old Uri Lubrani, who was de facto Israeli ambassador to Iran in the 1970s and famously predicted the fall of the…

Do Jews find this a pleasant progression?

Here’s an idea. The Palestinian minority in Israel and proper-thinking Israeli Jews should openly challenge this absurdity and explain to the world that Israel can’t be both a democracy and a Jewish state; it’s currently called apartheid: The Knesset plenum on Wednesday passed a preliminary reading of a bill that would mandate the imprisonment of…