When politics trump conscience…
TELECONThe President/Secretary Kissinger December 8, 1975Time: 6:05 p.m. F: Henry. K: Mr. President, I finally raised Moynihan at your request. He recommends a veto even with the balancing language — it isn’t much of a balance I have to say in fairness. It is not much. F: Does it do anything to condemn terrorism in…
The US Intelligence Community on Israel v. The World
Despite popular attribution of the Israel-Palestine conflict’s intractability to its solution-defying complexity, an overwhelming and unambiguous international consensus on how to resolve the conflict has persisted for almost a half a century: a two state state-settlement, comprised of full Israeli withdrawal to its June 1967 borders, the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West…
How Non-Violent Tools Are Shaping Israel’s Occupation of Palestine
Fanack media have just published an article on Palestinian strategies for isolating and pressuring Israel, including my comments on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: “It has long been clear that on its own, BDS will never be able to liberate Palestine”. You can read the whole piece here.
Why hasn’t the Israel-Palestine conflict been settled according to international law?
Spoiler: it’s because the regional and global superpowers stand (alone) against it .
Shedding a little historical light on the Israel Lobby in Canada
A recurrent ‘argument’ in the defence of the Israel lobby in Canada is the insistence that rational or empirical attempts to apprise the level and modalities of influence the Israel lobby has over Canadian foreign policy are ipso facto reincarnations of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about a cabal of shadowy Jews pulling the strings of world…
The Strange Illogic of US-Israeli ‘Preconditions’ for Peace
January 1976 signifies a little-known landmark for the Israel-Palestine conflict: in lending its support to a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) for the first time unambiguously signalled its acceptance of the incipient international consensus on a two-state settlement. Inter alia, the PLO’s bold stance at the Security…
Over A Year On, Why Haven’t The Gaza Protests Succeeded?
I’ve published an article for the first time with Lobe Log. Here’s an excerpt: “[D]espite Gaza’s great venture, a year has passed and neither of movement’s two goals—to lift the illegal Israeli blockade and to actualize the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes inside of Israel proper—have been accomplished. Impressive as the…
A victory for Netanyahu, a loss for peace
I’ve just published an article for New Internationalist on the consequences of the 2019 Israeli election for the Palestinians in the occupied territories. “Netanyahu’s past success derived from his ability to reflect Israeli society back upon itself, exploiting on the electorate’s fears and prejudices. His 2019 campaign hit the same notes as it did during…
Israel Has Always Tried to Crush Palestinian Non-Violence (And It Always Will)
Have you ever noticed that the most refined shedders of blood have been almost always the most highly civilized gentlemen, to whom all the various Attilas and Stenka Razins could not have held a candle? Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From Underground
‘Red Lines’ and Hypocrisy
In remarks to the Munich Security Conference in February 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Iran had committed an “act of aggression” by sending an unmanned, unarmed, drone into Israeli airspace, the first direct Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty in… well… forever.