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  • Israeli soldier: 'Cameras are our kryptonite'

    A recent article on Ynet, and excellent analysis by Ali Abunimah on the Electronic Intifada, yields this gem of a quote (emphasis Abunimah's): One soldier admits that the presence of cameras – presumably in the hands of Palestinian and other videographers – inhibits the soldiers from being even more abusive: T. says the cameras on the ground undermine the forces’ efforts. “A commander or an officer sees a camera and becomes a diplomat, calculating every rubber bullet, every step. It’s intolerable, we’re left utterly exposed. The cameras are our kryptonite.” Of course, Abunimah acknowledges that the presence of cameras does…

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  • On bigotry and solidarity

    Greta Berlin's anti-Semitic tweet was but one in a series of comments she has made, enabling many of her critics to discredit the entire Free Gaza Movement. As activists, it is our job to make sure one bigotry can never be used to justify another. By Tom Pessah An Iranian American acquaintance once explained to me the predicament she’s in. She’s a committed feminist who wants to expose and critique any examples of male domination in Iran. Yet whenever she does so, her critique is immediately seized upon by those wishing to justify the next war, which could harm her…

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  • Head of Free Gaza Movement: Anti-Semitic video in question is 'disgusting'

    After being accused of promoting a video which places the blame for the Holocaust on the Zionists, Greta Berlin tells her side of the story.      I just finished about a 20-minute phone interview with Free Gaza Movement spokeswoman Greta Berlin, who spoke from Los Angeles. I exchanged some e-mails with her, I asked her several questions, I read quite a bit of the criticism and condemnations of her from left and right, and the bottom line is that I find her defense to be completely credible. She is not, to my mind, any kind of anti-Semite or wacko.…

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  • At Harvard conference, a one-state vision Israelis can live with

    Concerned the Harvard-hosted One-State Conference would rationalize a call for the destruction of Israel, the writer was pleasantly surprised to take part in a creative and intelligent weekend that offered hopeful ideas for the future of Israelis and Palestinians.  By Itamar Mann Last week, I experienced some discomfort surrounding the One State Conference at Harvard, in which I participated this past weekend. As allegations that it is “anti-Semitic” or “seeks the end of Israel” surmounted, I felt my intestines gradually transforming into an angry knot. To try and relieve that, I resolved to air my indignation in an inevitably crass…

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  • New NYTimes J'lem bureau chief accused of bias against Likud

    The demand that the New York Times new Jerusalem bureau chief - who has yet to take up her post here -  be “unbiased” towards the Netanyahu government is the height of 'chutzpah' Jeffrey Goldberg, the former IDF prison guard and self-appointed gatekeeper of all things Jewish and Zionist, is not happy with the incoming New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren. He has two problems with her. The first, and most important, is that Rudoren had the temerity to read Peter Beinart’s new critical book about Israel and, lo and behold, support it. Goldberg whines that she is…

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  • Could Damascus blogger be a married couple from Edinburgh?

    The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah and Benjamin Doherty may have come as close as anyone to uncovering the real identities of "A Gay Girl in Damascus." Having crisscrossed the information, they are now certain beyond doubt that the blog was a hoax, and that behind it wasn't a gay Syrian woman named "Amina Arraf", but Edinburgh spouses Thomas  MacMaster and Britta Froelicher,  or someone very close to them. In their post, Abunimah and Doherty mark out several links between the blogger and the Edinburgh couple, the most damning of which is: Amina’s” home address is the same as MacMaster’s address On…

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