Song of the Watermelon: National Post Letter

Should any readers take a look inside today’s National Post, they might find a letter of mine defending Canada’s United Church and its boycott of goods from Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Click here to read my letter and scroll down to the heading “… or is it just?” Filed under: Letters to the ...

Song of the Watermelon: Thoughts on the New Israeli Government

On the same day that the world erupted in joyous, teary-eyed celebration following the selection of a new pope, a slightly less climactic breakthrough was reached thousands of kilometres away as four Israeli political parties, nearly two months after elections, quietly decided to form a coalition government. Right away, the deal seemed like it might ...

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 ...

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 Disaffected Lib: The Olive Grove War Re-Ignites

How do you steal a Palestinian’s land?   It usually begins by destroying his olive groves.   Destroy his livelihood and then you can claim the land unoccupied and build a settlement. It’s the olive harvest on the West Bank and, true to form, Israeli settlers with the help of the Israeli Army are on the attack. ...

wRanter.com: Church settlement boycott becomes interfaith train wreck

Share this: This past August, the General Council of the United Church of Canada, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, adopted a motion urging its members to boycott goods produced in West Bank settlements. The proposal was part of a larger, rather one-sided report prepared by the church’s Working Group on Israel/Palestine Policy. It aimed to put ...

Song of the Watermelon: Israeli Settlements and the United Church Boycott: Three Common Distortions

*** Note: An unfinished draft version of this post mistakenly went out to e-mail and feed subscribers yesterday. Please do your best to scrub it from your memory and enjoy the updated post — as its author intended — below. Many thanks and apologies. *** After months of controversy and negative media attention, the United ...

Song of the Watermelon: Israel, the Settlements, and the United Church: Three Common Distortions

– proposed United Church boycott of products from Israeli settlements Distortion #1: Why Israel? The world is full of tyranny and injustice. Of all the places and issues, why boycott the Middle East’s only democracy?  Three assumptions are packed into this distortion: that the United Church is boycotting Israel, that Israel’s critics routinely let others ...

Drive-by Planet: United Church should adopt boycott of Israeli settlement goods

The United Church of Canada’s governing body is meeting this week to decide if the Church will adopt a boycott of goods that come from illegal Jewish “settlements” in the Israeli-occupied territories. If the proposed UC boycott flies it will be a bold stand for principle, in-step with a global community that considers the settlements ...