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FB.Event.subscribe(‘edge.create’, function(response) { _gaq.push(['_trackEvent','SocialSharing','Facebook - like button',unescape(String(response).replace(/\+/g, " "))]); }); Share this: A version of this post appeared as a signed editorial in The Canadian Jewish News on Sept. 12. As a new Jewish year begins, renewed U.S.-led peace talks continue between Israel and the Palestinians. Much has been written about the low expectations surrounding these negotiations on both sides. Certainly, Israelis and Jews have good […]

The Disaffected Lib: While We’re Focused on Chemical Warfare

It’s interesting how selective the United States can be about weapons of mass destruction given that the U.S. continues to be responsible for widespread death and destruction from its own chemical and nuclear weapons.

The gas that Obama-Kerry are blaming on Assad appears to have killed somewhere between a few hundred and a thousand or more Syrians.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the locals are left to live with the radiation hazard created by American depleted uranium (DU) shells and bullets.  D.U. is known to cause cancers, birth defects and stillbirths and D.U. contamination is believed to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Rachel Corrie’s parents speak on 10th anniversary of her death (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Rachel Corrie, a US peace activist, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian home. Her parents, Craig and Cindy, speak on the 10th anniversary of the killing of their daughter. WATCH: This [...]

drive-by planet: Mor Ostrovski’s offensive Instagram image: what it says about the IDF ‘culture of impunity’

Top: Instagram ‘sniper’ image Below: Mor Ostrovski and weapons

A photo posted on the personal Instagram account of Israeli soldier, Mor Ostrovski, showing rifle crosshairs trained on the head of what appears to be a Palestinian youth has sparked outrage and criticism.

Ostrovski’s twisted visual isn’t exactly unusual. That Palestinian life is cheap in the eyes of some IDF soldiers comes across also in t’shirts. In an earlier post I discussed incredibly offensive anti-Palestinian t’shirt graphics, one of which depicted crosshairs trained on the stomach of a pregnant Palestinian woman along with the line “1 shot kills 2.”

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Politics, Re-Spun: How Us Settlers Can Be In Solidarity With #IdleNoMore

Twitter / suzhawkins: As settlers… #idlenomore ….

York University’s Suzanne Hawkins is my hero today for showing us all this amazing poster that succinctly describes how us non-indigenous settler folk can stand alongside with the world’s indigenous people seeking redress for generations of racism and discrimination.

Solidarity matters! Dialogue matters!

Let’s make 2013 a year of reconciliation!

Song of the Watermelon: Two-State Twilight

For many years, I have felt that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were an exaggeration. Yes, Israel has been unyielding in its expansion of settlements in the West Bank in clear violation of international law, effectively dividing the already-slight territory into several isolated segments and making the creation of a viable Palestinian state nearly impossible. But Israel has withdrawn settlers from occupied territory before, in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip. Unlikely as it may now appear, it could always happen again.

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LeDaro: Noam Chomsky on Israel and Gaza – A Must Read Article

An old man in Gaza held a placard that read: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket backThis article is a really great examination of the situation in Israel and Gaza by Noam Chomsky.

h/t to Mound of Sound for posting this.

Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is one of my favorite global publications. That’s because, on both domestic and global issues, it’s editorial policy is centre-left and refreshingly progressive. Haaretz is the place to go for an Israeli voice that’s against the apartheid-style occupation of Palestinian land and inhuman treatment of Arab citizens. Consider this title for an [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”

Canadian Progressive: Jewish human rights group condemns Harper government’s UN vote on Palestine

by Independent Jewish Voices | December 3, 2012 A Canadian Jewish human rights group is condemning the Harper government’s opposition to giving Palestine non-member observer state status at the United Nations. In a vote taken this week by the General Assembly, 138 countries voted to grant Palestine this status. “Once again the Harper government has embarrassed [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Jewish human rights group condemns Harper government’s UN vote on Palestine

RedBedHead: Israel Blind To Its Own Isolation

I wrote less than two weeks ago that Israel was in an accelerating decline as a result of changed geopolitical realities in the Middle East, most recently and acutely the Arab Spring. That Arab Spring is now in the throes of a 2.0 reawakening and reconstitution of last year’s settlements, as events in Egypt in the last two weeks have made clear, not to mention the momentum of Syrian rebels,

Canadian Progressive: No Stevie Wonder for the Israel Defense Forces

High-impact anti-Israeli apartheid online activism by peace makers around the world forced Stevie Wonder to cancel his planned performance for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The American singer, songwriter, and activist had been scheduled to perfo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: No Stevie Wonder for the Israel Defense Forces

Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser

Muscial icon Stevie Wonder will perform for a fundraiser to support the Israeli military, who recently ended their week-long bombing campaign of Gaza that killed 160 Palestinians and injured one thousand more, mostly civilians. According to Israeli news website Ynetnews, Wonder will appear at an annual gala hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense [...] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser

drive-by planet: Owen Jones nails it on Gaza assault: BBC Question Time

Independent columnist Owen Jones appeared this week on a BBC Question Time that addressed the Gaza/Israel conflict. He took aim at extremist Israeli rhetoric on Gaza – including the ‘Hiroshima’ musings of Gilad Sharon and touched on the root of the … . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Owen Jones nails it on Gaza assault: BBC Question Time

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Domestic Israeli State

I have purposely stayed out of the blogosphere discussion of the latest atrocities between Israel and Gaza, atrocities that both sides must bear responsibility for. I have done so simply because I don’t feel I have anything new or startling to add to t… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Domestic Israeli State

RedBedHead: Gaza & The Not So Slow Decline Of Israel

Not alone any more: Egyptian protestors in Tahrir last year

In some ways what just went down in Gaza was business as usual. Israel provoked a mini-war with Gaza killing a leading Hamas politician (who was, in fact, the chief negotiator for a long term ceasefire with Israel) after engaging in its “normal” policies of drone flights, missile strikes and, of course, economy-crippling embargoes. In

The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Steps In His Own Mess

Benjamin Netanyahu, with a looming date with Israeli voters, is doing his best to portray himself as the victor in Israel’s 8-day, Operation Pillar of Defence but, in the minds of many Israelis, he’s actually the loser.  Der Spiegel reports that a… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Steps In His Own Mess

Song of the Watermelon: Montreal Gazette Letter

Joel Lion, Israel’s Consul-General in Montreal, wrote an op-ed in the Montreal Gazette detailing the virtuous lengths Israel goes to in order to avoid civilian casualties in its unrelenting bombardment of the Gaza Strip. At the urging of Canadians for … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Montreal Gazette Letter

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Gaza Horror

It was the bloodiest day so far in the living nightmare that is Gaza.More rockets, more bombs, more horrifying violence.First there were six ambulances, one after the other, unloading the bodies of men identified as militants, at least two of them… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Gaza Horror

Politics and Entertainment: Chris Hedges: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Chris Hedges: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig We are well on our way to becoming Gazans under neoliberal rule as the 1%, the investor class and its corporate institutions, becomes more frightened of losing both t… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Chris Hedges: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Song of the Watermelon: Live From Gaza

Nothing cuts through the bullshit quite like live footage. The following comes inadvertently from a CNN interview conducted with a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli in Ashkelon. I will let the video speak for itself: . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Live From Gaza

Politics, Re-Spun: Join Elizabeth May on Politics, Re-Spun Radio Tonight

If you care about Stephen Harper giving China a veto over our democracy for 31 years in the FIPA sellout, tune into Politics, Re-Spun radio on Coop Radio tonight at 6pm Vancouver time to listen to federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May tell us what kind of despotism Harper has in store for us all. [...] . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Join Elizabeth May on Politics, Re-Spun Radio Tonight

drive-by planet: Gilad Sharon evokes ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ in call to ‘flatten’ Gaza

Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has written an op-ed piece for the Jerusalem Post in which he makes reference to the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in making a case for ‘flattening’ Gaza. Sharon:  “We n… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Gilad Sharon evokes ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ in call to ‘flatten’ Gaza

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Israel-Gaza conflict – Summary of Cease Fire Demands

Summary of demands: Which seem more reasonable?

By Israel: – No fighting (well, you can’t attack us, but we can attack you) – We continue to cut off all your trade and travel by water and land with Israel and the rest of the world (except for through Egypt) (but we can continue to trade with and travel to and from the rest of the world) – You are allowed to get no more weapons (but we can continue to increase our military might) – We will continue to assassinate your members of parliament (which may include deaths of other (Read more…)

LeDaro: Israel: Self-Defence or Mass Murder

Obama calls current aggression of Gaza by Israel ‘self-defence’ and that Israel has every right for such self-defence.Watch the following video and you decide that whether it is a self-defence or mass-murder.Warning: These pictures are of the curre… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Israel: Self-Defence or Mass Murder

Montreal Simon: Gaza:The Horror and the Hypocrisy

It couldn't be more horrible. Or more familiar. Bombs raining down again on a tiny enclave where more than half of its residents are children. Or more grotesque.The Hamas fanatics playing into the hands of the fanatical Netanyahu regime, by firin… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Gaza:The Horror and the Hypocrisy