Thursday Jul 24, 2014
TV screens, newspapers around the world and the social media are full of images and stories highlighting the suffering of Gaza’s population during the current fighting. Audiences everywhere are encouraged to focus on the “voices of the victims,” and the implication is usually that they are victims of Israel’s merciless onslaught against Gaza.
While I and virtually all of my Israeli friends would agree that...
Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
Imagine you are a young doctor in Gaza during the current war: there is terrible destruction, frequent and fearsome airstrikes, some 200 of your fellow Gazans have been killed and more than 1,000 have been wounded. Local hospitals are facing a shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries. Surely you would want nothing more than a cease-fire to end this misery?
Not if you are Dr. Belal Al-Dabour. As soon as...
Saturday Jul 12, 2014
Whenever Israel defends itself against the rocket barrage from Hamas-ruled Gaza, anti-Israel activists are quick to organize protests. While these activists usually like to pose as “progressives,” their recent demonstration in New York City once again illustrated how meaningless this label is.
The protest was apparently organized by Al-Awda New York (NY), a radical group that can only bring itself to refer to Israel in...
Sunday Jun 29, 2014
When I heard a few months ago that Canadian author Nora Gold had written a novel about anti-Israel activism on campus, I was totally amazed because I thought it was a most unusual and courageous choice to try to deal with this rather sordid subject in a work of literature. And there clearly is a problem, as some of the reviews that have been published in the meantime indicate: it simply doesn’t sound too enticing to see...
Sunday Jun 15, 2014
Shaped largely by its co-founder and “Executive Director” Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada (EI) is described on its own website as an award-winning and widely recognized “news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine.” While the site caters mainly to anti-Israel activists like proponents of BDS campaigns calling for boycotts against Israel, it is sometimes cited by well-placed journalists...