Making the kids hate you

Even Time magazine, a bastion of conservative American journalism, cannot ignore the brutal realities of Israeli occupation in the West Bank. A sea-change in public perception is occurring: Walid Abu Obeida, a 13-year-old Palestinian farm boy from the West Bank village of Ya’abad, had never spoken to an Israeli until he rounded a corner at…

When some Jews only want to shut down debate

During a fund-raiser in New York last night for the NGO 3 Generations – tasked to raise awareness of genocide – guest speaker New York Times columnist Roger Cohen told me that he was amused and frustrated when Jewish critics of his work could solely accuse him of “self-hatred”. I said it was because his…

Killing any prospect for peace

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions released the following statement on June 29: The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and Rabbis for Human Rights-Shomrei Mishpat welcome the Jerusalem Municipality’s announcement that it is considering a freeze on the demolition of 70% of the so-called “illegal” Palestinians homes built without a permit. The Deputy Mayor…

It’s not as if Hamas should be allowed to rule

The US and Israel will be most pleased; you suffocate a strip of land for too long and its ruling (elected) party will suffer: Discontent with Hamas over slow-moving Palestinian unity talks and Israel’s ban on Gaza reconstruction aid have led to a sharp decline in the Islamist group’s popularity, an opinion poll showed on…

Because God told me so

Those poor, Jewish settlers in the West Bank just want to live “where Judaism was born.” Fundamentalist Jews make the occupation sound so benign. It is both immoral and brutal.

Israel must pay a price again and again

Ken Loach is an internationally-recognised film-maker who recently pressured the Edinburgh Film Festival to refuse money from the Israeli Embassy. Now, Jewish activists in Australia are trying to make Loach aware of issues closer to home. The following letter was just sent to the Melbourne International Film Festival: My name is Dr. Ned Curthoys, an…