One can be a Zionist and believe that the Jews constitute a people with the right to self-determination without believing that such self-determination must be implemented in an exclusivist religio-ethnic state like the one founded hastily by Russian Jewish Zionists in 1948. One can believe that the Jewish people’s right to self-determination cannot be implemented in Palestine at the expense of a Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and to live as a free people in their native land. And, of course, one can believe, as do many anti-Zionists, that Jews do not constitute a people with any right to national self-determination, but are rather a religio-ethnic community. All of these viewpoints are kosher. It is preposterous to label them “anti-Semitic.”
Consider the following (it is a tweet):
“Israel’s Public Dplmcy Min has written Apple asking them to remove Iphone app called ThirdIntifada – says it’s “anti-Israel & anti-Zionist”"
There is somewhere I want to be this week: on board a flight to Tel Aviv, prepared to announce my intentions – no lying – to visit the Territories, to visit the Negev, and to speak out on behalf of the more than 20% of Israel’s citizens who face daily discrimination.
I believe it is a duty and a right to speak out when there is a wrong, to bring light to injustice, to show solidarity to the downtrodden. It is not to attack, but to defend. Continue reading
In this piece in Ha’aretz earlier this week I read about Druze residents of Majdal Shams, a doctor in an Israeli hospital among them, who were arrested for allegedly throwing stones during the recent protests along the border with Syria: [Emphasis mine.]
A medical resident from the Druze town of Majdal Shams on the Israel-Syria border was charged Thursday with aggravated assault for attacking a public servant and disorderly conduct as part of his involvement in the Naksa Day events last week.
To be quite frank, I have been negligent in following the proceedings on #AIPAC2011. After listening to Obama’s much-anticipated Middle East speech last week, and for some reason letting myself be disappointed that he didn’t magically become a one-stater, I’ve sort of checked out temporarily. (Oh, and I was working all weekend. Anyway.)
I have about 5 tabs open right now to read up on this latest leak. But once I do that I’ll inevitably have less clarity than I do now, so first I’ll just offer some initial reactions based on a quick perusal of online media (and of course NPR).
strong>Is Israel finally losing the image game?
Maybe. The propaganda machine of the Israeli government has thus far been incredibly successful in rallying mass global support for Israeli policies, mostly citing security concerns as justifications for violence and occupation. Continue reading