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Archive for the ‘Israel’ Category

The passion of the intra-Israeli debate on West Bank settlement

July 7, 2009

A news report from Israel’s Channel 2: Via Reddit. Advertisements

Ta-Nehisi on the “journalism” of Max Blumenthal’s video of Jewish drunken racism

June 5, 2009

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Max Blumenthal‘s Michael Moore-style “journalism” on public opinion of Obama in Israel on the eve of his Cairo speech: But the greater point about this style of “journalism,” is made by this headline which I came across–“Drunk Americans=Israeli Public Opinion.” Man listen, hand me a fifth of Henny, a video camera, and […]

West Bank settlement politics, ctd.

June 4, 2009

This in this morning’s NYT: Senior Israeli officials accused President Obama on Wednesday of failing to acknowledge what they called clear understandings with the Bush administration that allowed Israel to build West Bank settlement housing within certain guidelines while still publicly claiming to honor a settlement “freeze.”

Obama, and Israel’s /Domestic/ West Bank Policy

June 3, 2009

From Politico: “There’s a line between articulating U.S. policy and seeming to be pressuring a democracy on what are their domestic policies, and the president is tiptoeing right up to that line,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who said he’d heard complaints from constituents during the congressional recess. “I would have liked to hear the […]

In which I become one of those netizens who write indignant letters to the Times

March 11, 2009

(Article in question pasted below) I wanted to comment on the incongruity between the NYT’s coverage of Charles Freeman’s withdrawn appointment to the NIC versus that by some of the most widely respected blogs on both sides of the debate. In his article, Mark Mazzetti identifies Freeman’s claim that pro-Israel lobby groups had targeted him, […]


January 10, 2009

The following are my excerpted comments from a discussion board debate (since deleted). The debate started in response to a facebook note quoting the lyrics to a rap which compared Israel’s strike against Hamas to an older brother (Israel) reluctantly responding to repeated unprovoked harassment from a younger brother (Hamas). The chorus of the song […]