The commentator that will surprise and challenge

Israel commentator Yair Lapid has an answer to the growing global campaign against the Jewish state. Call yourself a victim, of course: We sat in the small and well-kept backyard at the home of Israel’s ambassador in London, Ron Prosor. Light rain was falling intermittently, leaving behind it fresh English air, yet the expressions around…

The J Street aftermath

Perhaps J Street’s real position is revealed in a statement they released today, seemingly incapable of understanding the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza: J Street supports passage of a resolution by the U.S. Congress calling for the United States to oppose and work actively to defeat one-sided and biased action in the United Nations when…

The great pains of Aceh

For some reason, there’s an avalanche of stories in the Western media about Aceh in Indonesia (all after my recent visit there.) Here’s the latest, in the Los Angeles Times, about the significance of the two large ships that have become massive memorials to the horrific 2004 tsunami (one of my pictures is here): They…

If the Jews have no connection to the Middle East

The Wall Street Journal provides important mainstream coverage to a provocative book about the history of the Jewish people: This much is known: In the mid-eighth century, the ruling elite of the Khazars, a Turkic tribe in Eurasia, converted to Judaism. Their impetus was political, not spiritual. By embracing Judaism, the Khazars were able to…

Dispatch from J Street

My following article is published in the Huffington Post: The Obama administration’s National Security Adviser General James Jones told the “pro-Israel and pro-peace” Israel lobby J Street this week that America believes “Israeli security and peace are inseparable.” The comment received a wild cheer, although similar comments were made during the Bush years. The over…

Doctors may infiltrate the minds of anti-Semites?

There may come a point in the near future when Zionist organisations don’t try and stop events that feature alternative views. Until that happens, we have here yet another ugly spectacle of Zionist censorship (via Muzzlewatch): Two lectures by Israeli-based charity Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) were cancelled after a Zionist organisation told hospitals holding…

Lebanon and Gaza changed Zionism’s image

The Nation profiles the shifts in young, Jewish identity. Israel right or wrong is so yesterday’s news: Rachel Jones spent the past week in Washington, DC, at the first annual conference for the new progressive Jewish organization J Street. She was passing out literature for Meretz USA, an American nonprofit that supports the platform of…

Jon Stewart tackles Palestine in prime time

Last night’s Daily Show here in the US was a watershed: interviews with Palestinian politician Mustafa Boughouti and Jewish writer Anna Baltzer. On mainstream television the key issues of the Middle East were discussed: occupation, boycotts, Zionism, Israeli expansionism, human rights, Judaism, peace and the role of America. No wonder some Zionists were shocked. They…