Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

The Guardian on Israel

23/11/2010 Leave a comment

Here’s a link I just found to a very well-written article by The Guardian’s former Johannesburg and Jerusalem correspondent, Chris McGreal, regarding the comparison of Israel to the apartheid regime of South Africa. Worlds Apart





Israeli Cabinet Approves Loyalty Oath

10/10/2010 Leave a comment

In short:

Israel’s cabinet has just adopted a bill that would require all citizens to swear loyalty to the “democratic and Jewish” character of Israel if passed into law. A simple majority in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) is all that would be required. From there, it would move to the Israeli Supreme Court, which would determine whether the bill agrees with Israel’s basic laws. Read the article for yourself.

Imagine, if you will, that this bill was being proposed in Iran, and all Iranian citizens would have to swear loyalty to Iran as a “democratic and Islamic” state.

What would be the reaction of the international media and the UN, I wonder? It’s relatively easy to guess: the bill would be derided as totalitarian, racist, zealotry, bigoted, etc. The US would threaten to impose more sanctions and there would be a host of “expert” opinions and analyses written about the distinctly undemocratic character of this bill, in contrast to the word “democratic” in the oath.

Have we seen this reaction in the media and international system? Nope.

The Arab countries are making noise, certainly, as is the media of the international left. The US and the American media has been silent on this for days. How long would it take for the US to denounce a similar Iranian bill? Hours, probably.

Why is Israel being treated differently from every other nation in the world? Now that is a long and very interesting question.




21/03/2010 Leave a comment

Some recent developments:

  • BMH had their Caribbean night on Thursday – calypso music, roti, and punch included. An awesome change from the usual.
  • I’ll be seeing Xavier Rudd in Vancouver in June…so excited!
  • McGill Improv will be performing at the Carleton Improv Summit on the 27th. Road trip!

And lastly, I’m almost finished The Shock Doctrine. It’s a fantastic book, and you need to read it. It’s been called the most important book on economics in the 21st century – high (and deserved) praise, considering the century is only 10 years old.

In fact, if you read it and it doesn’t worry you, you should probably have your head checked. Scary stuff, but education is the only way to stop disaster capitalism. A little sample:

“Israel’s laws and practices in the OPT [occupied Palestinian territories] certainly resemble aspects of apartheid,” said John Dugard, the South African lawyer who is the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, in February 2007. The similarities are stark, but there are differences too. South Africa’s Bantustans were essentially work camps… What Israel has constructed is a system designed to do the opposite: to keep workers from working, a network of open holding pens for millions of people who have been categorized as surplus humanity.

…This discarding of 25 to 60 percent of the population has been the hallmark of the Chicago School crusade since the “misery villages” began mushrooming throughout the Southern Cone in the seventies. In South Africa, Russia, and New Orleans the rich build walls around themselves. Israel has taken this disposal process a step further: it has built walls around the dangerous poor. (The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein 532)

I’ve posted once or twice on this before, and it may sound like I’m plugging this mercilessly (I suppose I am), but this is really important. Unless we get our heads screwed on straight, we are going to be royally screwed.



PS – I’m not picking on Israel, it was just the page I opened to.