Arabic is an official language of the State of Israel. But apparently, because it is the language of the enemy and all Arabs are threats, it can still be banned in high school classrooms. This was not an institutional ban; it’s not that the high school isn’t teaching Arabic. A high school principal in Jaffa banned students from conversing with each other in Arabic in the classroom. As some of the students pointed out, they didn’t ban other students from speaking Russian; only Arabic. We don’t have to dig deeply to find the inherent discrimination in this decision.
Yonatan Pollak’s statement to his judge (his trial is, like most, absurd) is hands-down amazing.
In a nutshell, removed from the context of Israel/Palestine: it is our duty to do anything and everything we can, and accept the consequences not because they are deserved but because it is the price we must pay and an integral part of our action. This is our responsibility and our privilege; our ultimate challenge.
Yonatan Pollak, protesting in Nabi Saleh (Photo: Audrey Farber)
So if it’s true that Israel wants to play American football, our age-old past-time, perhaps we can use this as a new BDS tactic. No American football until Israel fixes itself? Maybe? Maybe? But I highly doubt that the corporate disaster that is the NFL would listen to such political reasoning. No, more likely is that some old-school doves will take this opportunity to say, “hey, let’s have Israeli and Palestinian kids play tackle football together and we’ll solve all of Israel’s problems through sports.” Besides, I think too many Israelis are too tied to real football for American football to gain a real foothold. Also, the New York Times should probably stop thinking the American ex-pats in Jerusalem provide a representative sample of Israel’s population.
…but absurdity in government knows no bounds or borders.
As if politics in Maine could be more ridiculous – we somehow managed to elect a tea-partier for governor – he just hired his 22-year-old daughter as the assistant to his chief of staff. She will be paid $41,000 per year.
This Tuesday, the Seattle times began running a series of articles covering the response to The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign’s plan to place an ad criticizing US investment in “Israeli War Crimes” on Seattle Metro busses. Various groups from the Jewish community vehemently objected to the ad, including Richard Fruchter, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle who stated that he believes the ad is “designed to insult Israelis and the 50,000 members of the Jewish community, many of whom support Israel.” In response to the reaction against the ad, by Thursday, Metro announced that it would not be run, leading to a missed opportunity for dialogue and contributing to further isolation and separation within the Seattle community.
The Bedouin village of Al Araqib was demolished by Israeli authorities today. This is the 8th
time the village has been completely destroyed since July 27th. That first demolition was the biggest the country has ever seen, though these occur all too frequently. Continue reading
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/>“What will you do if an Arab hits on your sister?” asks this poster from the city of Bat Yam. There is a new phenomenon of Arab men harassing Jewish women to boost their confidence, it explains, and calls on Jews to put an end to this and to “lower their confidence.” The bottom line says “Jews
let”s win!” Continue reading
There has been a recent upturn in the number of shark attacks off the coast of Sharm al Sheikh, Egypt
Quoth Stephen Colbert: “Before you accuse the sharks of wrongdoing in these shark attacks, I think it’s only fair to ask: Could it be the Jew
On the one hand, the fact that someone came up with this theory is an illustration of the absurdity of many peoples’
reactions to this conflict. On the
other hand, I don’t know if I’d put it past
And here, I’ll tell you what he said. (This is not verbatim – it is paraphrase except where in quotes, based on my frantic transcription by hand. But none of it is fabricated. Watch for yourself.)