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Norman Finkelstein: Foiling Another Palestinian “Peace Offensive”: Behind the bloodbath in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

Early speculation on the motive behind Israel’s slaughter in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 and continued till 18 January 2009 centered on the upcoming elections in Israel. The jockeying for votes was no doubt a factor in this Sparta-like society consumed by “revenge and the thirst for blood,”[1] where killing Arabs is a sure crowd-pleaser. (Polls during the war showed that 80-90 percent of Israeli Jews supported it.)[2] But as Israeli journalist Gideon Levy pointed out on Democracy Now!, “Israel went through a very similar war…two-and-a-half years ago [in Lebanon], when there were no elections.”[3] When crucial state interests are at stake, Israeli ruling elites seldom launch major operations for narrowly electoral gains. It is true that Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s decision to bomb the Iraqi OSIRAK reactor in 1981 was an electoral ploy, but the strategic stakes in the strike on Iraq were puny; contrary to widespread belief, Saddam Hussein had not embarked on a nuclear weapons program prior to the bombing.[4] The fundamental motives behind the latest Israeli attack on Gaza lie elsewhere: (1) in the need to restore Israel’s “deterrence capacity,” and (2) in the threat posed by a new Palestinian “peace offensive.”

For full article, see: http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=2542

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Ex-Israeli jailer defends Arab prisoners

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009
Yamin Zeidan, an Israeli Druse, once proudly worked as an Israeli jailer, locking up Arab prisoners, until he performed an ideological somersault and became their lawyer.

Yamin Zeidan, an Israeli Druse, once proudly worked as an Israeli jailer, locking up Arab prisoners, until he performed an ideological somersault and became their lawyer.

Zeidan is an Israeli Druse – an Arabic-speaking sect that serves in Israel’s army and has traditionally been fiercely loyal to the Jewish state but increasingly finds itself marginalised and identifying with the mainstream Arab minority.

The criticism remains muted, and the vast majority of Druse, including Zeidan, say they want equality with Jewish citizens, not a break from Israel. However, the loss of confidence raises a troubling question: If the Jewish state cannot win the hearts of its most loyal minority, will any of Israel’s non-Jews ever feel they belong?

Zeidan, like his two older brothers and almost all other Druse males of his age, planned to join the Israeli army when he turned 18. However, three months before he was to be drafted in 1996, a Hezbollah sniper killed his 22-year-old brother Saleh. His only other brother, Fuad, was killed by a Palestinian fighter in the West Bank years earlier.”

Source: http://archive.gulfnews.com/region/Middle_East/10297319.html

George Galloway debates JDL Spokesperson on Canada ban

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 22, 2009

Talk about Freedom of Speech!