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The anatomy of Finkelstein’s Monster

The reasons America’s Zionist sympathizers feel compelled to silence Finkelstein will be no surprise to habitués of this region. He is among a handful of US intellectuals to present forceful, reasoned and systematic critique of Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Palestinian people.

MK Barakeh: Gaps a result of systematic discrimination

Hadash Chairman Mohammad Barakeh said the statistics were the result of long term government policies: "We are living in two states here. This is the result of actions by generations of Israeli governments. The data speaks for itself… It's a policy meant to place the Arab citizens under siege and it translates into poverty"

Goldstone’s gambit

"I was driven particularly because I thought the outcome might, in a small way, assist the peace process," he told the Forward. "I really thought I was one person who could achieve an even-handed mission."

Richard Falk: The Goldstone report and the battle for legitimacy

Ever since the Gaza war the solidity of Jewish support for Israel has been fraying at the edges, and will likely now fray much further. More globally, a very robust boycott and divestment movement has been gaining momentum ever since the Gaza war, and the Goldstone report will clearly lend added support to such initiatives. There is a growing sense around the world that the only chance for the Palestinians to achieve some kind of just peace depends on shaping the outcome by way of the symbols of legitimacy, what I have called the legitimacy war. Increasingly, the Palestinians have been winning this second non-military war.

Despite Summit – West Bank settlement lays groundwork for new neighborhood

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday in New York, workers in the West Bank settlement of Betar Ilit will continue... laying the groundwork for new homes... The fact that the hill is outside the perimeter of existing buildings runs contrary to the Israeli contention that construction is being performed within the existing built-up areas.

IOA Editor: Business as usual: Under US diplomatic blessings, and naval protection, the Empire continues to grow - "dunam here, and dunam there," as the old Zionist expression goes.

How Israel silenced its Gaza war protesters

A new report from Adalah shows how the courts and police attempted to stamp out opposition to Operation Cast Lead. "This is a time of war, and every incident harms the people's morale."

Israeli textbook under review for giving Palestinian version of ‘nakba’

The Education Ministry will be reexamining a new Hebrew-language history textbook... [that] gives expression to the Palestinian perspective on the Nakba ("catastrophe" in Arabic), which is the Palestinians' term for what happened to them in the War of Independence.

Spain boycotts Ariel college for being on ‘occupied territory’

"The decision was made by the Spanish government based on the fact that the university is located in occupied territory in the West Bank. The Spanish government is committed to uphold the international agreement under the framework of the European Union and the United Nations regarding this geographical area."

Udi Aloni: Seinfeld, you were wrong to condemn our Toronto protest

Maoz did not dedicate his film "Lebanon" to the victims of that criminal war, the product of the Israeli government's arrogant and violent brain. Nor did he ask forgiveness for his participation in the war. Nor did he speak of the Palestinians who are still suffering under a terrible occupation at the hands of the same army with which Shmulik had served in Lebanon. He dedicated his film to the soldiers all over the world who return from battle with psychological damage, and who have not yet recovered even though they have children and families.

American Task Force for Lebanon Legislative Council: Cluster Bombs – Letter to Obama

Write your Senator: The threat that cluster munitions pose to civilian populations is well known due to their wide area effect and large number of unexploded submunitions or bomblets. In some cases, up to 40% of cluster submunitions fail to explode initially and, in effect, become de facto landmines.

Anas Altikriti: Hamas is not al-Qaida

Meshal clearly stated that the Palestinian struggle was anything but a conflict between Muslims and the Jewish people. He insisted that the Palestinians were fighting against the occupier who had dispossessed them of their homes and lands, regardless of religion, creed or race.

Yitzhak Laor: The national choir

Israeli democracy functions for Jews, who are well represented, but has been denying any representation to 4 million people for 42 years. It allows itself to do whatever it wants with them in the name of the democratic "national consensus." Who will protect them?

US ships arrive ahead of joint drill

US Navy missile ships started arriving in Israel on Sunday ahead of next month's joint missile defense exercise between the IDF and the American military's European Command.

Akiva Eldar: A summit can be a very dangerous thing

The all-too-long history of the "peace process" has taught us that a summit can be a desirable goal, but also a place of unsurpassable danger. When participants come with insufficient preparation, and without a safety net, the depth of the fall can be as high as the summit itself.

IOA Editor: Eldar rightly points out that Hamas will not miss "an opportunity to present the summit as yet more proof of its claim... that support for Fatah is flimsy." But he does not analyze what a shift in favor of Hamas would mean for Israel. Historically, Hamas has been Israel's preferred enemy: the argument that Hamas cannot be a partner, although fundamentally wrong, has been readily accepted in the West. Thus, as Hamas' popularity among Palestinians grows stronger, Israel can more easily repeat the convenient untruth that "there is no Palestinian partner," when it is the Israeli government itself that refuses to become a partner to a peace agreement.

Read the following IOA items for coverage of Hamas and its attitude toward agreements with Israel:

1. Israel could have made peace with Hamas under Yassin
2. Adam Shatz: Mishal's luck

Israel’s ‘Prisoners of Conscience’

Both young women come from the most recent refusal movement... against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In December 2008, Amnesty International officially endorsed this campaign of solidarity led by American activist group Jewish Voice for Peace, garnering 20,000 letters of support. Amnesty International considers them to be “prisoners of conscience” and “calls for their immediate and unconditional release.”

Juan Cole: Ahmadinejad Spews Raving Lunatic Anti-Semitism on ‘Jerusalem Day’

One of the dangers of the right-wing Zionists' tactic of smearing as "anti-Semitic" all criticism of any Israeli policy is precisely that they end up trivializing this deadly, soul-killing phenomenon, and by crying wolf so often may actually decrease vigilance toward the real thing.

IAF chief: We must stop S-300 delivery

Israel needs to make every effort to stop the S-300 missile defense system from reaching countries where the air force may need to fly, IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan has told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview.

UN General Assembly president “frustrated” in his attempts to end blockade of Gaza

"My greatest frustration this year has been the Palestine situation," he told the 192-nation assembly in his final address on 14 September... He found it "disgraceful" the way influential members of the UN Security Council had shown "passivity and apparent indifference" about the long and cruel Israeli blockade of Gaza.

IOA Editor: Thank you, Messrs Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and our very own Mr. Obama.