There has been some interesting rebranding of Israeli political parties in honor of the forthcoming election. Political campaigning on Israeli TV is restricted prior to the election, but clever ways are being found to bypass the rules.
With a never-ending siege on Gaza, the economic capacity of Palestinians has shrunk to an unbearable limit where families struggle to feed their children. A breeding ground is thereby created for extremism and radical ideologies.
Without radical policy
change new violence will erupt in 2015 and Gaza will become unlivable. Meanwhile Israel is relieved of any responsibility as an occupying power under
international law for the UN’s Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.
Even with an
explicitly discriminatory policy in
place, designed to force Palestinians to break the rules or leave the country,
nearly all continue to apply for permits, paying the extortionate fees, using
the system rather than fighting against it.
Democracy does not end at the ballot box. All humans are equally deserving of respect. The legislators of Alabama and Israel have undermined the trust placed in them by the public and so we must question their commitment to their duty to serve.
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
A recurrent challenge in controversies over boycotting Israeli policy is consistency. But what is problematically inconsistent is not the singling out of Israel, but the charge of inconsistency itself.
Israel could be charged with bearing some part of the
$7.8 billion price tag for rebuilding what was destroyed in July and August.
However, the international community has rushed to shoulder the burden for the
third time in six years.
The areas now
known as the West Bank and Gaza, despite geographic differences, were once
similar in social, cultural and economic terms. But through a long process of
one occupation after another, they were set apart and differentiated.
other conflict situations, the EU and its member states have pressed for
justice, readily acknowledging that continued impunity, not justice, is the
real impediment to peace. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be
treated no differently.
Palestinians whose houses are on the a-Shahuda are prevented
from leaving home by their front doors and must exit by climbing through their
roofs and down the back of the building. There was a time when Hebron was
I'd like to unpack the
widespread idea that one's freedom of speech is relinquished when it
is used in the form of “hate speech” or to “spread hate.”
Hate is a legitimate and reasonable response to certain morally
The moral degeneration of Israel must not have as its indirect consequence the moral degeneration of the Palestinian
solidarity movements, for in a desperate struggle there is such a danger as all
sides losing at once. Here are arguments supporting
sanctions against Israel, and opposing a cultural boycott.
A two-state solution is still possible in Israel and Palestine, but it will take a more aggressive
strategy - one that focuses on the religious-nationalist right on both
sides, and on concrete steps towards nation-building in Palestine.
belief that Israel is just a criminal-like state for targeting civilians, attacking
Palestinian civilian targets should be seen broadly as part of their defined
political, economic, and social objectives.