Gaza Freedom March Blocked in Cairo

This post by Max Ajl via adbusters; more info can be found here and here. Swiss Free Gaza Action on December 27 The Gaza Freedom March (GFM) was conceived as a massive nonviolent mobilization to end the suffocating siege of the Gaza strip. It was to have seen 1,400 internationals from over 40 countries, including France, the United States, England, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela, the Philippines and Japan, … Read more Gaza Freedom March Blocked in Cairo

Cantarow: Resistance in Bethlehem's Villages

Below, the opening paragraphs of Ellen Cantarow’s  Counterpunch article; you can read the full version here. December 15, 2009 Heroism in a Vanishing Landscape Resistance in Bethlehem’s Villages By ELLEN CANTAROW Christmas is coming. My e-mail has returned at least one plea to help Bethlehem – Christ’s birthplace crucified by Israel’s segregation wall; 25 foot-high concrete punctuated by militarized watch towers surrounds the entire town. PEACE BE WITH YOU … Read more Cantarow: Resistance in Bethlehem's Villages

Another EU policy statement will not stop Israel's colonization

With our political eyes and ears  on Obama’s  Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the notion of a “just” and/or necessary “war,” it seems a good moment to bring back to mind another pseudo non-war situation and reflect on the general US-held belief that Israel is a “peace-loving” nation fighting “murderous terrorists,” aka the Palestinians.   As Obama said to justify US intervention in Afghanistan: “The belief that peace is … Read more Another EU policy statement will not stop Israel's colonization

George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

One of the better essays on the work of Mahmoud Darwish in this country was recently published in The Quarterly Conversation on-line magazine. I am reproducing a section of the essay below; you can read the full essay here. Tracing Mahmoud Darwish’s Map Essay by George Fragopoulos — Published on December 7, 2009 • more articles by this author • more articles about this publisher • Read more about: … Read more George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

Palestine: Plus ça change…

I had been worried about this even amidst the euphoria of Obama’s election, as his pre-election kowtowing to AIPAC had given a foretaste of things to come, i.e. that in terms of US-Israel nothing would change in the post-Bush era. And indeed it looks like we are going down the same old road, a sad turn of events as the recent visit of Benjamin Netanyahu has shown. Here are … Read more Palestine: Plus ça change…

Sunday Reads

Some Sunday morning reads (& an added game): JG Ballard’s last short story, The Dying Fall, just published by the Guardian, here. J.G. Ballard in 2007 There’s more pictures & writing on Ballard here. * If into French, check out Pierre Assouline’s Le Monde sponsored literary blog La République des livres here. I always find a couple wortwhile pieces to read there each week. Most recently an excellent piece on Pierre … Read more Sunday Reads


Operation Cast Lead *  by Clayton Eshleman [In this piece Clayton Eshleman synthesizes a number of reports on the Gaza atrocities, to create an accurate & horrifying report on what happened when the Israeli army invaded. Given the short historical memory — a true if invisible plague in a country where news is instant sound-bytes with 5-minute shelf lives — even among those who claim liberal or leftist convictions, it is important to … Read more OPERATION CAST LEAD

Obama's Bubble of Ignorance

Solving Palestine While Israel Destroys It By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON To a greater degree than perhaps ever before, Washington today is engulfed in denial about Israel and its stupefying behavior, about its murderous policies toward the Palestinians, about the efforts of Israel and its U.S. defenders to force us to ignore its atrocities.  Blinders have always been part of the attire of U.S. policymakers and politicians with regard … Read more Obama's Bubble of Ignorance

Mearsheimer on Charles Freeman

To stay with Israel/Palestine matters: back here in the good old USA it looks very much as if Obama’s policies in regard to Palestine are & will remain the same old AIPAC-directed blind pro-Israel stuff. In the current London Review of Books, John Mearsheimer publishes an excellent analysis of the Freeman debacle, but he also has some sense that the AIPAC front my be ever so slightly breached — … Read more Mearsheimer on Charles Freeman

'Shooting and crying' — The Gaza Massacres

The sordid details concerning the Gaza massacres are slowly emerging via soldiers & officers of the Israeli army and excellent investigative reporting by concerned Israelis.  You can find detailed accounts in Haaretz and an piece by Gideon Levy reprinted in Tikkun. Below, an extract from the testimony of one Israeli soldier from last Friday’s Haaretz account. Aviv: “I am squad commander of a company that is still in training, from the … Read more 'Shooting and crying' — The Gaza Massacres