Why Do People Call Gaza an “Enclave”?

Insomnia brought me to my PC & Twitter, where I saw a status update which linked to a wonderful article about artists in Gaza.

For some reason, the word “enclave” struck me, so I looked up its definition at Merriam-Webster: Continue reading

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Turner County, Georgia is Prepared for Terrorism, or Why Didn’t I Get in on the Counter-Terrorism Boondoggle?

 The Martin News reported (or reproduced a Robert Friedman press release) on July 19, 2017:

[Turner County] Sheriff Andy Hester has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety and counterterrorism training with the country’s top policing executives. Hester was among a 20-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee who participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s (GILEE) 25th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with Israel.

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Support Tavis Smiley & PBS Against Zionist Attacks

I sent the following comment to the PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler. I encourage you to submit a comment supporting Tavis Smiley and PBS.

I only learned about the February 2, 2017 interview with Miko Peled on Tavis Smiley’s show this morning. I watched the episode. What Mr. Peled said is only shocking and extreme because many media outlets never allow critiques of Zionism. The tag “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at FAIR Media Watch is endless, yet worth reading.

I appreciated your response to the criticism of Mr. Smiley. I guess I just wanted to let you know that at least this viewer thought the segment was excellent.

 

Finally, it’s worth noting that the United States Department of State definition of anti-Semitism which CAMERA uses is designed to suppress criticism of Zionism and Israel. South Carolina is now attempting to force universities to apply it to on-campus activities. The inevitable result will be suppression of speech critical of Zionism and Israel. Continue reading

My Misgivings on Nina Paley’s Video on Palestine

A friend shared with me an animated video produced by Nina Paley (Twitter) entitled This Land Is Mine. She wrote a blog entry which explains some of the graphics used in the animation.

There’s no doubt it is entertaining and technically well-done. It also pushes an idea which I generally support, namely that killing isn’t a great way to solve problems.

Yet I think it may promote the following misconceptions:

  1. The peoples of southwest Asia are more violent than peoples elsewhere.
  2. The strongest nations in the world, in particular the United States, have aided Israel’s colonialist project. The video makes it seem like the violence is between equally strong parties.

The effect of these two misconceptions for a viewer in the USA is to absolve him/her of any responsibility. He/she can shake the head, wonder why “those people” can’t get their act together and go about his/her business.

Goal of BDS is Ending USA Complicity in Zionist War Crimes

This is a comment I submitted to an article in Inside Higher Ed reviewing a book criticizing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to end USA support of Israeli apartheid in Palestine.

Assuming this review is accurate, it amazes me that Zionist critics of BDS never acknowledge US support for the Zionist movement. So they act like BDS activists convincing a grocery store not to carry Strauss Group hummus is a direct threat to world Jewry and ignore the actual damage that $3 billion annually of military aid to Israel does to Palestinians. Or when BDS activists object to a relationship between a U.S. university and an Israeli university which furthers the Zionist colonization project in Palestine is a “threatening ideas” while the Zionists prevent Palestinian scholars from traveling all the time. The object of BDS in the United States is not 1-state or 2-state: it’s ending our complicity in Zionist war crimes.