by Dave McGill
The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are threatening to come to a quick end as Israel has now resumed construction of new settlement housing on the disputed lands in the West Bank. The matter was further inflamed this week when Israel threatened to evict three dozen Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to create new housing in an Arab dominated neighborhood in that area as well.
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
Take a large dose of hubris, combine it with Lord Acton’s famous dictum (“power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”), and you emerge with an explosive, reckless abuse of authority on a number of fronts.
by Uri Avnery
On the high seas, outside territorial waters, the ship was stopped by the navy. The commandos stormed it. Hundreds of people on the deck resisted, the soldiers used force. Some of the passengers were killed, scores injured. The ship was brought into harbor, the passengers were taken off by force. The world saw them walking on the quay, men and women, young and old, all of them worn out, one after another, each being marched between two soldiers…
by Bernard Schaer
Really? Selfdefense? As I watched the various videos currently available in the news and on the Internet, I was getting the distinct impression that Israeli soldiers – not unlike Somalian pirates – tried to enter and overtake a ship under foreign flag in International waters.
I remember the mainstream media about a year ago calling the passengers on the cruise ship MSC Melody “heroes” for protecting “their” boat with tables and deck chairs in a successful attempt to fight off Somalian pirates trying to overtake the ship. What a difference a year makes…
by Dave McGill
An international incident has once again directed a spotlight on the seemingly mysterious fact that few, if any, American politicians speak out against the policies of Israel. After all, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find any other issue in all of America that generates such a near unanimous political viewpoint?