Uri Avnery on Prisoner Swap

October 22, 2011 Everybody’s Son THE MOST sensible – I almost wrote “the only sensible” – sentence uttered this week sprang from the lips of a 5-year old boy. After the prisoner swap, one of those smart-aleck TV reporters asked him: “Why did we release 1027 Arabs for one Israeli soldier?” He expected, of course, the usual answer: because one Israeli is worth a thousand Arabs. The little boy … Read more Uri Avnery on Prisoner Swap

Israeli Intellectuals back Palestinian Statehood in Tel Aviv Rally

This from today’s edition of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (original article here): Former MK Yael Dayan criticizes Israeli leadership for calling Palestinian bid at UN ‘unilateral,’ asking: ‘Isn’t the occupation unilateral?’ By Asaf Shtull-Trauring Hundreds of Israeli intellectuals and academicians voiced their support of Palestinian statehood in a Tel Aviv rally on Thursday, urging PA President Mahmoud Abbas to forge ahead with his UN bid despite U.S. resistance. About … Read more Israeli Intellectuals back Palestinian Statehood in Tel Aviv Rally

NY Times: After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner

Here, the opening paragraphs of today’s NY Times article on CUNY’s reversal in re Tony Kushner (you can read the full article here): After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner By WINNIE HU Published: May 6, 2011 Under mounting pressure, the City University of New York board of trustees moved on Friday to reverse its decision earlier this week to withhold an honorary degree from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner because of one … Read more NY Times: After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner

Tony Kushner’s Response

Tony Kushner c/o Heat & Light Co., Inc. 119 West 72nd Street #193 New York, NY 10023   The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York 535 East 80th Street New York, NY 10075 cc: President Jeremy Travis The faculty and students of John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 Tenth Avenue New York, NY, 10019 May 4, 2011 To Chairperson Benno Schmidt and the Board … Read more Tony Kushner’s Response

CUNY nixes Kushner honorary degree over anti-Israel statements

Tony Kushner This was brought to my attention by Marilyn Hacker’s watchful eye in Paris, & comes from the JTA website, here. A more detailed article can be found on the site of The Jewish Week, here. May 4, 2011 (JTA) — The City University of New York has voted not to honor playwright Tony Kushner with an honorary degree at its commencement after a board member objected, citing the Pulitzer Prize winner’s … Read more CUNY nixes Kushner honorary degree over anti-Israel statements

Gideon Levy remembers Juliano Mer-Khamis

… An Arab, a Jew, a human being Juliano Mer-Khamis was one of the most talented theater actors to ever emerge here was also the most courageous of them. By Gideon Levy (in Haaretz, here) A little over a month ago, Juliano Mer-Khamis stood on the stage of his Freedom Theater at the edge of the Jenin refugee camp. Directing his remarks at the young, noisy group of children making … Read more Gideon Levy remembers Juliano Mer-Khamis

Diane Shammas on Helen Thomas

The shameful dismissal of journalist Helen Thomas for supposedly “antisemitic” remarks has passed more or less unnoticed or buried on the back pages. It is useful therefore that Counterpunch has just published an article by Diane Shammas on these matters. Here are the opening paragraphs. You can read the full article in Counterpunch: Helen Thomas: Freedom of Speech and the Zionist Albatross By DIANE SHAMMAS On January 8 the … Read more Diane Shammas on Helen Thomas

“Don’t distort our speech” — GYBO

As a follow up on my post from 2 January “Gaza Youth Manifesto,” here is their latest message & corrective. I was alerted to this by a reader of the blog who posted an answer to the manifesto. I am also delighted to see how the GBYO Manifesto swept through the net. Earlier today saw a discussion in a German newspaper. Message from the Gaza Youth Breaks Out Team … Read more “Don’t distort our speech” — GYBO

Gaza Youth Manifesto

A group of youths — students, in the main — from the Gaza strip have published the following Manifesto, picked up by the Guardian in the UK from which I reprint it. You can also follow them on facebook. Writes the Guardian:”On Facebook, the group calls itself Gaza Youth Breaks Out. When the cyber-activists wrote the manifesto three weeks ago, they gave themselves a year to gather enough support … Read more Gaza Youth Manifesto

Gaza: Between the Fence & a Hard Place

Yesterday I was reading the forthcoming translation of Mahmoud Darwish‘s first — 1973 — collection of prose essays on Palestine. This is an extremely moving book, and I will come back to it when it is published in the late fall. In one of the pieces, called “Silence for the Sake of Gaza,” written nearly forty years ago, we read: “It would be unfair to turn Gaza into a … Read more Gaza: Between the Fence & a Hard Place