An essay which looks inside the conflicted mind of an Israeli soldier, stationed at a West Bank checkpoint. By Oded Na'aman, currently a student in the Philosophy PhD program at Harvard University, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces from November 2000 to October 2003. Mr. Na'aman is also a member of Breaking the Silence
, a website that gathers and publishes anonymous testimonials
from IDF soldiers -- combat veterans -- about their experiences and the realities of life in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.
Israeli New Wave? Yes! May I introduce The Clique
. Here is their song Incubator
. Here is another song called Don't Light A Candle
For Me. Here are the lyrics to the second song in Hebrew
. [more inside]
"We're not selling here -- we're hunting!"
The young man or woman at the mall kiosk who grabs your shoulder and says "Can I have twenty seconds of your time to show you something amazing?" might be a young Israeli saving up for a pre-army jaunt to Asia or South America. The U.S. kiosk trade has become popular enough in Israel to inspire a folk-rock song
by musician and kiosk veteran Rami Feinstein. The Wall Street Journal offers a generally admiring profile of the Israeli "natural-born closers."
The Capital Times, in Madison, WI, wishes they'd buzz off.
, funded by the Israeli government and Jewish philanthropists, provides free all-inclusive 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish young adults. The program's goal is to promote Israel along with general Jewish unity and engagement
. The blog Jewlicious has a category about these trips
. (Scroll down past many promotional entries for the interesting stuff.) Some question
its efficacy and results
, while some
. The trips end with a "Mega Rally
" featuring entertainment, giant inflatable Stars of David, and speeches by dignitaries including PM Ehud Olmert. Here is video coverage
(FLV) of the most recent rally. There is also a satirical Something Awful report
Israeli-French singer Yael Naim
, recently featured in this Macbook Air commercial
, might just be the Next Big Thing. A little bit of soul and a little bit of folk have snagged her Album of the Year in World Music
at the annual Les Victoires de la Musique
French music awards this year. She currently only has two English songs released - one of them an absolutely lovely song entitled New Soul
with an equally charming music video, and the other a slow and jazzy rendition
of Britney Spears' Toxic
, finally somewhat redeeming that song. Official Site
An Israeli military training mission gone bad. A mid-air collision during a simulated dogfight. An A4 Skyhawk
goes down, and an F-15 Eagle
decides to try and make it the 10 miles back to base. When the pilot lands, he finds out that he has definitively answered the question, Can this aircraft fly on just one wing? [video]
The International Crisis Group
is a private agency which attempts to improve the response to international disasters by working out a strategy and providing detailed recommendations to policymakers. Their website is full of reports on crises around the world; here's what they have to say about Darfur
, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
. For the rationale behind the ICG, see William Shawcross's tribute to humanitarian aid worker Fred Cuny
, who disappeared in Chechnya.
The Apartheid Wall continues. Haaretz
reports that Israel will soon begin construction of the wall around the illegal settlement of Ariel
, deep inside the West Bank, stealing thousands of acres of Palestinian farmland in the process.
Hamas said, "... Sharon has opened the gates of hell and nothing will stop us from cutting off his head.''
a. is assassination of political/spiritual leaders justified?
b. how much of setback to peace in israel/palestine, is this move?
c. did the whitehouse pre-approve this arguably major expansion in israel's war against palestinian "militants"? ny times link
in another thread someone asked "What maniac are we creating right now?",
reading this article i this morning - i asked myself the same question. [nytimes]
"The founder of Maon Farm, Yehoshefat Tor, says he still thinks the bombing was a good idea. ''The Torah says we should kill all the Arabs,'' he told me. ''Not just Arabs who maybe help terrorists. Everybody.''"
A fascinating Salon (Premium, alas) article
asks why we haven't heard more about the purported Israeli art student
spy ring. Depending on who you ask, there's either nothing *to* ask, or there's a cover-up of positively Oliver Stone-ian proportions underway. Riveting reading, whichever explanation you subscribe to.
Why Europeans And Arabs Hate America And Israel:
In this brash, provocative essay for The Weekly Standard
, good old David Brooks
blames what he calls bourgeoisophobia
. He may have gone too far in his desire to make his point, but there's something
in what he says. Is it envy? Is it anti-semitism? Is it hypocrisy pure and simple? There's definitely a ressurgence of the pushy, garish, ostentatious and arrogant "ugly American" stereotype after September 11. Apart from the conservative Daily Telegraph
, it's becoming more and more difficult for Atlanticists such as myself to avoid ritual America-bashing in the European mainstream press. What in the hell
is going on? My feeling is that Americans themselves are going out of their way to reaffirm their way of life and reinforce those prejudices. It's as if you vont
to be alone. Or is it, as I suspect, just us? [More inside
Porn upsets Palestinians
Porn movies and programs in Hebrew are being broadcast by Israeli troops who have taken over three Palestinian television stations of Ramallah, irate residents of the besieged West Bank town have told AFP. Psychological warfare?
DEA leaked report on Israeli spy ring
Leaked report with blacked out names and no title etc? Note that the spies, if such they are, were gathering info dealing with drug enforcement and not with American military. Is this good? No Bad? yes. But seemingly not bad enough to anything other than shipping them out. Israeli mb big on Ecstasy and DEA well aware of this (If I am, why wouldn't they?). pdf file
I don't know if this is just Isreali Propaganda
but i thought it was worth a look. Sorry if it is as double post. I did a search, nothing came up. I got it from this site
Not the Dot-Com Guy, he's a guy.com
An Israeli fellow has legally changed his surname to .com; his website
is just the usual personal website and doesn't seem to offer any deeper clues, so you figure it out.