About those tunnels
The media here had led me to believe that those tunnels were crude things that were used to smuggle rockets and explosives, but this photo essay from Foreign Policy, gives another take on what its been about
Proving that humor can be found in any tragedy, conservative website PajamasTV
has named "Joe the Plumber"
its "war correspondent" in Israel.
Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, who claimed that a vote for Obama was a vote for the death of Israel
, has recently been writing an "insider" book
critical of John McCain's campaign for the presidency.
Dear Israel: you picked wrong boat to mess with.
Israeli patrol boats have rammed into and nearly capsized
a relief vesssel sailing in international waters, bearing humanitarian medical aid to Gaza.
Accompanying the international doctors and aid workers who comprised the heart of the mssion were several politicians, including former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
, as well as several international journalists, such as Karl Penhaul of CNN
and Othman Abu Battiri of Al Jazeera
, who have used mobile video reporting to refute Israel's claims
that the damage was somehow caused by those leading the relief mission.
Shades of the USS Liberty
... or Whale Wars
The current conflict between Israel & Hamas is all over the news
. But the most interesting bits aren't on CNN or the Beeb. [more inside]
Chanukkah is the story of a group of warriors (the Maccabees, later the Hasmoneans
, led by Mattathias) who rose up against the Greeks (the Seleucids
), united the Jews, reclaimed the Temple (Beit HaMikdash
), and then lit one day's supply of oil which miraculously lasted for eight days, started a brand new holiday called Chanukkah, and brought Jewish sovereignty and peace to the land of Israel. Except that almost every part of that story is either wrong or completely misleading. [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.
Archaeologists find a pottery fragment
with the oldest known example of written Hebrew at the Elah Fortress(YT)
in Israel - or maybe not [more inside]
Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven't been washed for weeks - topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer. Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon. Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean. Introducing
Israel's new, non-lethal but highly effective and highly offensive
Dog poop is serious business.
When it's not properly disposed of, it can be a significant pollutant,
contaminating groundwater and streams.
are taking action, but few are willing, able or ingenious to go as far
as Petah Tikva, Israel,
which is building its own dog-poop DNA database with the intention of rewarding conscientious pooper-scoopers and punishing scatological scofflaws.
is a photographer from Belgrade, Serbia. He uses photography to document social change to his environment and events in his homeland. He has covered some of the most important events in the region: war in Kosovo in 1998, NATO maneuvers in Italy in 1998 and intervention in 1999, numerous anti-regime protests 1996-2000, events surrounding the fall of government in Belgrade in October 2000, the crisis in southern Serbia. More recently, he has published new photos from the conflict in Israel and Palestine, every day life in Gaza,
and reportage from the Faroe Islands. [some images NSFW - war violence and gore] [more inside]
Anti-Israel Facebook group "seized" -
the Jewish Internet Defense Force
(warning: self-starting Google video) says that it has taken control of an anti-Israel Facebook group and is steadily deleting members by the second. "It has also changed the group's administrator titles to read 'Mossad
, 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
Alright, Mefites, what did you do on your summer vacation? "Hit the pool a lot." "Sweated like hell." "Got through a lot of summer reading." ... "Went overseas and built a playground for children in a land not my own.
" [more inside]
A Dispatches documentary Gaza: The Killing Zone
shows the shocking reality of seemingly ordinary Palestinians caught in the crossfire between Hamas and Israeli forces. Feels almost like a sci-fi movie about some fictional totalitarian regime. Hard to believe it's their everyday life. WARNING: contains scenes of graphic violence, which you may find disturbing.
Museum/Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies has just canceled Imaginary Coordinates
due to complaints that some
of the artwork
(NSFW: nudity, disturbing imagery) in the exhibit had an anti-Israeli slant. [more inside]
Are lice art?
"Seven young artists from Berlin are trying to stretch the boundaries of art by living in an Israeli museum for three weeks with lice in their hair." Video
Tul Karem’s refugee camp, the time, if I remember correctly, Chanukah 2003, it was to execute there about 9 people. Sorry, I don’t remember the pretense we were given for the mission.
Shovrim Shtika or Breaking the Silence
where Israeli soldiers confess the horror they have visited on Hebron
According to the English language edition of the Asahi Shimbun, an Israeli airstrike against Syria last September targeted a nuclear-related facility that was under construction with technical assistance from North Korea, according to Israel's prime minister...It is apparently the first time that the intended target had been disclosed to the head of a foreign government.
Original Japanese link here
Via the wonderful Marmot's Hole
. [more inside]
"The Middle East peace process may well be the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history." Henry Siegman
, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress
and more recently the director of the CFR's US/Middle East Project
, argues in this essay
from the London Review of Books that:
...all previous peace initiatives have got nowhere for a reason that neither Bush nor the EU has had the political courage to acknowledge. That reason is the consensus reached long ago by Israel’s decision-making elites that Israel will never allow the emergence of a Palestinian state which denies it effective military and economic control of the West Bank. To be sure, Israel would allow – indeed, it would insist on – the creation of a number of isolated enclaves that Palestinians could call a state, but only in order to prevent the creation of a binational state in which Palestinians would be the majority.
has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war.
The main character of Hamas' show Tomorrow's Pioneers
has evolved once again. Assud, the Jew eating rabbit
replaced Nahoul the bee
- a martyr who died waiting for medical treatment. The original character on the show was a Mickey Mouse lookalike named Farfour
. His death was also blamed on the Israelis
"Today there is no eggroll..."
As posted at jewschool
, your best source for hip heeb hype,
Asian restaurants across [Israel]detante went on a one-day spring roll strike on Tuesday in protest over government plans to rid kitchens of foreign chefs, and said sushi and noodles would be the next items off the menu. [more inside]
So we've already learned how babies are made in Germany
. But we haven't seen Russia
. Could be NWS if you work with people who don't know where babies come from.
Canada has joined Human Rights Watch
and Amnesty International
in adding the U.S.
and Israel to their list of countries who torture. Have we learned our lesson?
Israel vs. Palestine: Against the Wall
is a six-part series on VBS.tv about the separation wall
which divides Israel from the West Bank. [more inside]
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel says in its annual report that Israel has reached "new heights of racism
". Embedded WMV video, article, and, typically for Ha'aretz, some very interesting reader comments. [more inside]
Noma Bar depicts famous faces
of what they are known
for as facial features
. More samples here
(scroll down), and on the publisher's site
. [more inside]
From Our Own Correspondent
BBC journalist Alan Johnston gives his account of being kidnapped in Gaza for 114 days. Best in his own voice [mp3]
. [more inside]
The greybeards of the U.S. foreign policy establishment
have spoken out to the Bush Administration telling it what it needs to do to have a successful Mideast peace summit: advocate a return to '67 borders, Jerusalem as capital of two states, solution of refugee problem with financial compensation to Palestinians, security guarantees for Israel.
Signatories of the statement include Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, Nancy Kassebaum, Carla Hills, Thomas Pickering, Ted Sorensen and Paul Volcker. A pretty formidable bunch. [more inside]
The SY Empire:
A rare and fascinating look inside the secretive Syrian Jewish
community of Brooklyn, which has drawn a bright line against assimilation called the Edict that casts out for life any "SY" who marries a gentile, even if they convert. (Crazy Eddie
-- who knew?
Seinfeld's mom -- who knew?
Isaac Misrahi -- who knew?
"J-Dubs" -- who knew?)
Report: Israel 'blinded' Syrian radar.
After Israeli missile strike on Syria confirmed by both sides, the question remains – how did Israel's non-stealth jets infiltrate Syrian airspace undetected? US aerospace experts tell Aviation Week
magazine that Israel used new US-developed technology
that lets users invade and manipulate enemy communication networks
The Face2face project.
JR, an "undercover photographer"
, and Marco, a technology consultant, had 41 people - israelis and palestinians - mugging for the camera and plastered the huge, unavoidable pictures
on both sides of the Israeli West Bank barrier, pair by pair : one israeli, one palestinian, both having similar jobs and posing in a similar fashion (+an imam, a rabbi and a christian priest). See also the trailer
(YT, other videos available on the main site).
Israel not talking. Syria says little. US silent.
Syria claimed it chased away the Israeli plane. But since then Syria has said nothing. Nor has Israel. And this news item from BBC says that the intrusion into Syrian airspace is a mystery. But why would N. Korea, Syria, Israel and the US be so reticent to comment? Perhaps because Israel took out a nuke site
. Alon Olearchik
. Gidi Gov
. Yoni Rechter
. Ephraim Shamir
. Together, they are probably Israel's most famous band Kaveret
. What to hear their most famous song? Yo Ya
. Want to know what it means? Here ya go
. Want more Kaveret?
. [more inside]
An Unholy Act
. This is the story of when two Jews disagree. Nothing new there. But a violent confrontation at UCLA brings to light the emerging divide among American Jews in regards to the most contentious issue of modern Jewish identity: Israel.
I asked Naveh why Deleuze and Guattari were so popular with the Israeli military. He replied that ‘several of the concepts in A Thousand Plateaux became instrumental for us […] allowing us to explain contemporary situations in a way that we could not have otherwise. It problematized our own paradigms.
-- The Art of War
and Walking Through Walls
by Eyal Weizman
comments on the recent NYT piece
about Israeli Nazi-themed porn. Andrea Dworkin wrote about this genre almost 20 years ago. There's a new film on the topic, which is what inspired the NY Times article.
Forty years on.
After a quick buildup
, the Six Day War
started 40 years ago today and reshaped the Middle East
. At the time,
Israel's quick win looked like a triumph, but after 40 years the war is still being fought
and it looks
like it may have been a pyrrhic victory
Behind the 'Zion curtain'
Just as Arabs do not realise just how 'Middle Eastern' Israelis are, Israelis don't realise how 'western' millions of Arabs are.
An article by Kaled Diab
Massive tunnels for peace. Russia is considering building a tunnel
under the Bering Strait that would include pipelines, high-speed rails, and a highway, though earlier plans
have not gotten far, at least for the last ten millennia
. Another large tunnel project under consideration
that hopes to encourage mutual understanding is the Red-Dead Canal
, which would irrigate the deserts of Jordan and Israel, generate electricity, and refill the Dead Sea
using water flowing from the Red Sea to the lowest point on Earth.
The idea of a single, bi-national state is not new. Its appeal lies in its attempt to provide an equitable and inclusive solution to the struggle of two peoples for the same piece of land. It was first suggested in the 1920s by Zionist leftwing intellectuals led by philosopher Martin Buber, Judah Magnes... and Haïm Kalvarisky... Underlying their Zionism was a quest for a Jewish renaissance, both cultural and spiritual, with a determination to avoid injustice in its achievement. It was essential to found a new nation, although not necessarily a separate Jewish state and certainly not at the expense of the existing population.Time for a bi-national state
See also B'Tselem's Map of Jewish Settlements In The West Bank