Category Archives: Israel


The (unilateral) Way to Palestine

Jerusalem – Next week, unless another twist of history prevails, President Abu Mazen will become the fulfiller of an old dream: the establishment of a Palestinian state. It will be a triumphant moment for many, the end of an era and a reason to wave the thousands of Palestinian flags woven in recent weeks. The world has been entranced with this small piece of land that has triggered too much blood and attention. Finally, one would hope, all of that would come to an end. Or, will it be to another dead end?

A short review of history revels that the “unprecedented moment of Palestine” occurred three times already and that a recognized government of Palestine has already been in office. This, of course, did not help the Palestinian people who were dispersed in the region under the yoke of Egypt, Jordan and, later, Israel. This moment might not be different.

In September of 1948 –in the midst of the first Arab-Israeli war- the first All-Palestine Government was formed in Gaza. Its leader, the Jerusalem Mufti, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, unilaterally declared the independence of Palestine with Jerusalem its capital. The new state formed a government, issued passports but failed to gain recognition even amongst other Arab states. Nine years later, in 1959, the All-Palestine Government was annulled by no less than President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt who claimed that it failed to successfully advance the Palestinian cause. Continue reading


The Jewish Spring



Anatolia Daily

Over 300,000 Israelis came out to the streets last week to demonstrating in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv with a call for social justice. Over 1,000,000 others followed live on their TV’s . First page headlines continue to cover what appears to be the strongest protest movement ever to be seen in the history of Israel and the government, who caught itself unprepared for this “social Tsunami”, appears stuttering as it attempts to engage the growing crowds.

Few have predicted that the initiative of a few young people who setup tents in the Tel Aviv 3 weeks ago will pick up such steam. But the moment was ripe and soon enough, tent sites turned up in over 40 cities around the country. But tent life had much more than protests in mind. The daily scene was a beautiful gathering of young people who have found themselves engaged in a profound conversation about the further they seek to create in their country. “It’s Zionism, phase II” told me a veteran activist as she observed the discussion circles that function daily until the late hours of the night. Discussion issues included education, welfare, medicine, minority rights and public services and they culminate in an attempting to built and refine a foundation for a new treaty between the government and people of this land. I took an Egyptian friend who visited here last week to observe share some notes on her experience in Tahrir. “It is organized here ” she commented as we departed from the students in Jerusalem tent who gave her a standing ovation. “These guys appear to have a sense of what they want.”

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Where is the peace train?

“Cause out on the edge of darkness,
there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country,
come take me home again”

Cat Stevens/Yossouf Islam

Caspian Weekly
Events surrounding the “Freedom Flotilla” tragedy continue to unfold, but the world is already flooded with demonstrations, denunciations and calls for retaliation. The Israeli attempt to board six civilian ships for security reasons resulted in 9 dead and over 30 injured.  It has been dubbed by most news outlets as “deadly,” “inhuman,” or a “disproportionate use of force” at best.

Condemnations have come from virtually all diplomatic circles.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the violence and demanded explanations. Russia’s Foreign Ministry dubbed it a “gross violation of international law.” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak decried the use of excessive and unjustified force, and Turkey said its relations with Israel may not recover due to this “inhumane attack.” Continue reading


אל תהיה צודק

שוב מזכירים את הסבל של הפלסטינים? יש לנו די בעיות משלנו, וכידוע “עניי עירך קודמים”. ניר בומס ושלמה פוקס מזכירים כי לפעמים חשוב יותר להיות אנושי מאשר להיות צודק
ניר בומס ושלמה פוקס

די לרחם על הפלסטינים” זעק עוד מייל תגובה, שהצטרף לקולות נגד מי שהעז, מידי פעם, לשבור את הקו הממלכתי ולדבר מעט גם על הנעשה בצד השני. ההתחסדות הרי היא מאיתנו והלאה, שהרי די להבלגה אחרי שמונה שנים, ואולי די גם להפסקת האש. רק חבל שלא גמרנו. וחוץ מזה, זמן אין לנו לסבל של אחרים, יש לנו די בעיות משלנו. הרי רק אתמול פורסם כאן דו”ח העוני של הביטוח הלאומי. מדד עומק העוני נושק כבר ל-35 אחוז, או ל-1.6 מיליון נפשות שכחציין ילדים. ולכן כדאי שנסתפק בכאב הזה, שהרי איש לא יעשה זאת בשבילנו. די לנו מכאבם של אחרים. ככלות הכל, עניי עירך קודמים. Continue reading