How to pressure Israel one cultural step at a time

How to pressure Israel to change its behaviour? There are a myriad of ways but normalising relations with an apartheid state is not one of them. Outside pressure is the only way to bring change (a message I heard time and time again from countless Israeli Jews during my recent visit there). The occupation won’t…

More Jews needed to whitewash our crimes

Many deluded fools believe that if only Israel improved its PR the world would embrace its racist policies and ignore the occupation. Actually, Israel is increasingly loathed because its contempt for Arabs is clear for all to see. Some British Jews this week are a little upset, poor dears: The editor of The Jewish Chronicle…

Jews will simply feel angry (but should we care?)

Following Desmond Tutu’s explanation while in Israel of the importance of the boycott movement against apartheid South Africa, Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery responds and opposes similar measures against his own country: The South African struggle was between a large majority and a small minority. Among a general population of almost 50 million, the Whites…

Washington is incapable of being fair and balanced

The Israel Lobby co-author Steve Walt argues that the US needs to understand that its message is getting confused for many good reasons (killing civilians is always so messy): Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has reportedly penned a “searing critique” of efforts to improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world via “strategic…

Let’s feel sorry for Zionist zealots

One day, the American media will be held accountable for its complete white-washing of Israelis crimes in Palestine. Today it’s the turn of Jerold S. Auerbach, a professor of history at Wellesley College and the author of “Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel,” who writes in the Wall Street Journal about…

Twitter is vulnerable everywhere

Although there are signs that Saudi Arabia is ever-so-slowly liberalising, here’s the reality for anybody who speaks out: Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission has recently blocked access to Twitter accounts of two Saudi human rights activists because the authorities didn’t like the human rights angle of theit Twittering.