Archive for the ‘Israel/Palestine’ Category

December 29th, 2022 - 8:11 pm § in Israel/Palestine

Is Israel’s Netanyahu an imperialist?

Controversial Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to power as leader of the most rightwing government in Israel’s history. Israel is governed by a multiparty parliamentary system, and Netanyahu stitched together a coalition of ultranationalist and religious parties. The Associat[...]

May 5th, 2022 - 12:51 am § in Democrats, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Politics

A rabbi explains why Orthodox Jews are rightwingers

In an article here, Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer (profile here), writing in the Times of Israel (profile here), explains “the connection between Orthodox Jews and right-wing politics in America.” I’ll let him speak (“fair use” and brevity requires some editing): “Why ar[...]

October 5th, 2021 - 1:45 pm § in Israel/Palestine, Misc.

Archaeologists find toilet

Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have found a 2,700-year-old toilet. ABC News reported on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (read story here, if you’re so inclined). “A private toilet cubicle was very rare in antiquity,” and only the rich could afford them, the director of the excavation sai[...]

August 18th, 2021 - 9:55 pm § in Health, Israel/Palestine

Where the push for booster shots is coming from

Israel has high vaccination (78% of population over 12) and infection rates. “More than half are in fully vaccinated people, underscoring the extraordinary transmissibility of the Delta variant and stoking concerns that the benefits of vaccination ebb over time,” Science magazine says (a[...]

July 13th, 2021 - 12:14 pm § in Israel/Palestine

Your signs or your peace talks

The U.S., under new management, is trying to restart peace talks between Israel, also under new management, and the Palestine Authority, still under the same old management. “The PA’s list of demands to do so likely will include returning to an earlier status quo that limited Jews from visit[...]

May 24th, 2021 - 12:38 pm § in Foreign Affairs, Israel/Palestine

What aid does the U.S. give Israel?

Currently, about $3.8 billion a year, nearly all of it military assistance. Read story here. Did you know Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system against Palestinian rocket attacks is largely financed by the U.S. under Obama-era aid policies? For an in-depth look at Biden’s break[...]

May 15th, 2021 - 1:19 pm § in Foreign Affairs, Israel/Palestine

Where is Jared’s peace plan now?

Dead on arrival, it seems. It was never a real peace plan anyway. Jared is a citizen of Israel. His “plan” was heavily skewed in favor of Israel (read details here). The Palestinians couldn’t be expected to accept it, nor did they. Nor did Israel’s rightwing leader, Netanyahu[...]

May 12th, 2021 - 8:45 pm § in America, Biden, Business, China, Christianity, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Humor, Hypocrisy, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Law and Courts, Misc., News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

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May 11th, 2021 - 5:55 pm § in Israel/Palestine

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May 11th, 2021 - 5:34 pm § in Foreign Affairs, Israel/Palestine

Middle East: “The open wound of an unresolved conflict”

Sirens wailing, rockets falling; jets screaming, bombs falling; explosions, many explosions; and death, many are dead. It’s an old, familiar story. BBC‘s Middle East correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, writes: “The fundamental reason for the renewed violence does not change. It is the ope[...]