Israel’s 60th Birthday

‘What is he, an Arab?’ Rahm Emanuel’s terrorist father continues his racist charm by Ann
November 8, 2008, 1:43 am
Filed under: Arab, Israel, Racism, USA | Tags: ,

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From the J-Post:Emanuel to be Obama’s chief of staff

In an interview with Ma’ariv, Emanuel’s father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, said he was convinced that his son’s appointment would be good for Israel. “Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel,” he was quoted as saying. “Why wouldn’t he be? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House.”

The Ma’ariv article also quoted Dr. Emanuel as saying that his son spends most summers visiting in Tel Aviv, and that he speaks Hebrew, but not fluently.

We should be grateful Mr Emanuel Terrorist-Senior’s bigotry is out in the open for all to see. Here is a reminder of just who some of those Arab-Americans are whom he impugns, as he impugns us all with his bigotry be it leveled against Arabs or any other heritage. Here’s a very selective list just from wikipedia, followed by a Rahm Round-up. – Ann

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Edward Said: On Orientalism by Dave
July 10, 2008, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Israel, Middle East, Racism | Tags: , , , ,

The outstanding scholar Edward Said is featured in the following documentary On Orientalsim discussing the themes of his work namely Western anti-Arab racism and what it means for the Middle East.

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Is there a Progressive Zionism? by Dave
Jeffrey Blankfort debates Israel lobby and Zionism

Jeff Blankfort and Stephen Zune debate the existance of progressive Zionism and the importance of the US Israel Lobby.


Photos of Freedom by Dave
March 14, 2008, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Canada, Diana Buttu, Israel, Occupation, Palestine, Racism | Tags: , , ,

A moving essay by Diana Buttu

In September 2000, I decided to do my part to bring peace to the Middle East. As a Canadian attorney of Palestinian origin, I believed I could use my legal skills to help broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Naive? Perhaps.

I left my comfortable life in California and moved to the West Bank. Moving there was not easy: I did not know what life is like under military rule. My Western upbringing left me unprepared for life without freedom. Seven years later, I am still not used to it.

As a lawyer for the Palestinian peace negotiating team, I met Presidents, Prime Ministers, Nobel Laureates, Secretaries of State and other important figures. But none of these individuals hit me with the same emotional wallop as a young woman named Majda.

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One State or Two? Neither. by Dave

Jonathan Cook, as I said before, is one of my favourite journalists and this has to be the best argument for a resolution to the Israel Palestine conflict that I’ve come across. Start reading it and finish it – you won’t be disappointed.

One State or Two? Neither.

The Issue is Zionism

Editors’ note: On Monday we ran Michael Neumann’s argument against the so-called “one state” solution for Israel and Palestine. This is the second of three replies. AC / JSC.

If the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s most intractable, much the same can be said of the parallel debate about whether its resolution can best be achieved by a single state embracing the two peoples living there or by a division of the land into two separate states, one for Jews and the other for Palestinans.

The philosopher Michael Neumann has dedicated two articles, in 2007 and earlier this week, for CounterPunch discrediting the one-state idea as impractical and therefore as worthless of consideration. In response, Kathy Christison has mounted a robust defence, neatly exposing the twists and turns of Neumann’s logic. I will not trouble to cover the same ground.

I want instead to address Neumann’s central argument: that it is at least possible to imagine a consensus emerging behind two states, whereas Israelis will never accept a single state. That argument, the rallying cry of most two-staters, paints the one-state crowd as inveterate dreamers and time-wasters.

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Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People by Dave
January 20, 2008, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Arab, Israel@60, Muslim, Racism, USA, Video | Tags: , , , , , ,

This short video interview on Democracy Now is really excellent!

Where are the human images of Arabs and Arab Americans? That’s the topic of a new film called “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.” The book and the film explore the American cinematic landscape to reveal a stark pattern of Arab stereotyping and its disturbing similarity to anti-Semitic and other racist caricatures through history. We play excerpts of the film and speak to acclaimed media critic Jack Shaheen, author of the book it’s based on.

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Racism at 60: The Arab Mind by Dave
January 19, 2008, 11:20 am
Filed under: Arab, Israel@60, Racism, Zionism

The “Arab Mind”

“Both U.S. and Israeli elites have always believed that the Arabs need to be kept subordinate. However, once the U.S. solidified its alliance with Israel after June 1967, it began to look at Israelis ­ and Israelis projected themselves ­ as experts on the “Arab mind.” Accordingly, the alliance with Israel has abetted the most truculent U.S. policies, Israelis believing that “Arabs only understand the language of force” and every few years this or that Arab country needs to be smashed up. The spectrum of U.S. policy differences might be narrow, but in terms of impact on the real lives of real people in the Arab world these differences are probably meaningful, the Israeli influence making things worse.” Norman Finkelstein

The above Finkelstein quote makes reference to a book called “the arab mind” the Guardian has an article on this titled “its best use is as a doorstop”

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