Sunday Jun 16, 2013
America, i.e., the United States, is a different land. It is a world leader in science, technology, medicine and several varieties of music, art, and theater, along with a military capacity that can overwhelm most others and a great deal of wealth. It is also different from virtually every other country in the ways is writes times and dates, measures temperature and distance, provides electricity and sells men's jackets with zipper tabs on...
Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
Israel is experiencing what may be a painful maturation of its gay and lesbian community.
It comes with the unfolding of a long running police investigation into the shooting deaths of two and the wounding of 11, one of whom was seriously disabled, four years ago at a gay and lesbian community center in Tel Aviv, Bar Noar (Youth bar).
The fact that the police worked diligently on what appeared to be an insoluble crime for so long...
Sunday Jun 09, 2013
Several items in Friday's newspaper explain as well as anything where we are, and that we ain't going anywhere else.
The issue is Palestine, high on the international agenda since the 20's of the last century. Prominent markers, after the Balfour Declaration, were the Peel Commission of 1936-37, various UN resolutions, a war and cease fire agreements from 1947-48, the war of 1967 and the Khartoum declaration, uncountable encounters between...
Friday Jun 07, 2013
Among the unpleasantness that Israeli Jews experience is the awareness that Jews along with Arabs and others are demonstrating against Israel. Noam Chomsky's involvement in persuading Stephen Hawking to cancel his appearance at an Israeli conference was a prominent example, consistent with Chomsky's record and perhaps reinforced by his own denial of entry to the country as an undesirable person.
There are Israeli Jews who have...
Wednesday Jun 05, 2013
Some years ago I published Rituals of Conflict. It described the repeated ceremonies by which the ultra-Orthodox and Israeli authorities deal with disputes that erupt periodically whenever a rabbi wants to make an issue about the violation of Sabbath, ancient graves unearthed in the course of construction, or whatever else could make a noise and help in getting money from overseas donors soft to the touch of schnorers...