Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian – born in Haifa, son of German-Jewish parents who fled Nazi persecution. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom – director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.
Professor Pappé is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), The Modern Middle East (2005), A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003), and Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988).
In the above Press Club address Pappé (Read more…)
Due perhaps to my Jewish identity and my family’s history, Israel tends to be the country whose politics I follow most closely apart from Canada’s and the United States’. Nevertheless, there is a giant gulf separating numbers one and two from number three. My understanding of Israeli parties, personalities, and issues is far from perfect, and when I observe the campaign leading up to the January 22 elections to Israel’s Knesset, I do so as an outsider.
There is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, something that I feel very passionately about, as I strongly believe in Palestinian national aspirations, equal
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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,
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
Avraham Burg has an opinion piece in the New York Times this week titled “Israel’s Fading Democracy.” It’s well worth the read. Burg doesn’t shy away from addressing hard truths about the Israel of Binyamin Netanyahu – a society that has becomes more radicalized, in some respects more extremist.
There are plenty of good reasons to pay close attention to the disturbing tilt to the right in Israel, provided you can access the coverage. The odds of finding an outspoken piece of writing as informed and insightful as Burg’s anywhere in Canadian mainstream media aren’t great. Media outlets
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I’m not talking about that other H-bomb, the one that the US government dropped on innocent civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No, I’m talking about Adolph Hitler, yes, that H-Bomb. Every time our leaders want to justify a war against another people they whip out the Hitler’s name. He is our Great Satan, the face of incomprehensible evil. There is nothing to be understood about Hitler, he was
Apparently the US Defence Secretary Leo Panetta is very worried that Israel will attack Iran come March. Those Israelis just can’t control themselves in the face of Iran’s intransigence over their – admittedly non-military – nuclear program. I mean, what if, you know, Iran decided down the road to make nukes. Then Israel wouldn’t be the only country in the Middle East or, as Israel likes to put
As vile and racist as the regime is, you have to give them points for sheer chutzpah. Having denounced the Palestinians at the UN for not being serious about peace, Israeli PM Netanyahu has agreed two days later to build another 1,100 illegal buildings… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Nobody Says "F*** You" Like Israel
Baird was the attack dog for the Harper government at the UN yesterday with his meandering rant that read like it was written by the Israeli ministry of international propaganda. Claiming people and nations who didn’t support Israel were akin to appeas… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Baird’s UN Rant Is A Museum Piece
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There’s an old saying that goes “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”. I’m not sure what the appropriate riposte is when you’ve been scammed by the same dishonest brokers a hundred times over. That sadly describes the behaviour of th… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: The Palestinians Would Be Foolish To Trust Obama or Netanyahu
Israeli blunder: Turkish ship Mavi Marmara as it’s being attacked by Israeli commandos during attempt by flotilla to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip. It was just over 20 years ago that I first became politically active around the first war against Ir… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Turkey’s Snub & The Decline of Israel
Well this article is an interesting addition to the swirl of debate and exposé that’s happening around Rupert Murdoch. The attached article is from J-Wire and is written by Isi Leibler. As all this scandal and humiliation was unfolding, I hadn’t consi… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Rupert Murdoch, Friend Of Israel
When is an attack on democracy not an attack on democracy? When the government says that they are defending democracy, of course. That seems to be the thinking in Israel’s higher circles in any case as a bill moves towards becoming law that will ban Is… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Israel Attacks Free Speech To Defend Democracy
It’s nothing new really – the right wing, who can barely make their lips form the words “anti-racism”, spend boatloads of cash to “take a stand” against anti-Semitism. Except that what they’re really defending are the odious actions and policies of the… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: "Anti-Semitism" Committee A Rearguard Defence Of Israel’s Crimes
Any song that’s pro-Palestinian and makes Glen Beck cry on TV is right on with me. At a time when Toronto city council is debating whether or not it’s discrimination – against Jews!? – to say that Israel’s practice of isolating, segregating and repress… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Freedom For Palestine: Music Video
Israel likes to tout itself as the “plucky little democracy” in the Middle East, and as an island of European-style democracy besieged by a sea of dictatorships and dark, Arabic hordes. Besides the (fading) appeal to the oppressions Jews suffered in Eu… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Israel Is No Different Than Syria
This article in the New York Times is interesting. The recently retired head of the Israeli Mossad (i.e. CIA) is using his newfound civilian freedoms to run around and say that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak are, basically, f*… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: When The Ex-Mossad Chief Thinks You’re Crazy…
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“it’s always heartwarming to see a prejudice defeated by a deeper prejudice.” – Lone Star
On the heels of the Jewish Defence League’s rally in support of the fascist English Defence League comes the news that the JDL and Meir Weinstein is cozying up with another group of extremists – none other than the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO). You may remember their founder late, longtime leader Jörg Haider who praised Waffen-SS veterans, praised the Nazis, described concentration camps as “punishment camps” and compared the wartime deportation of Austria’s Jews to concentration camps to the postwar expulsion of Sudentland (Read more…)
Power & Politics: Elle Flanders vs. Martin Gladstone from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid on Vimeo.
Despite Sheila Ward’s promise to “move heaven and earth to have The Shepherd’s Granddaughter taken off the school library shelves” the Toronto District School Board announced yesterday that they have rejected the demand by Brian Henry and B’nai Brith that the book be withdrawn. According to TDSB official Lloyd McKell: We believe as staff, that the Shepherd’s Granddaughter does not cross the line into literature promoting hate or animosity towards others. On the other hand, it has the potential to engage our Grade 7 and 8 students (a critical age for the development of social consciousness about human (Read more…)