Category Human Rights

Norman Finkelstein on Bernie, Palestine and Politics

The great Norman Finkelstein has been interviewed on Bernie, Palestine and Politics. Among other things, he talks about how Israel has successfully defanged human rights NGO coverage of Israeli crimes: most human rights organisations sat out Operation Protective Edge (2014), while Amnesty reverted to its pre-1987 apologetics. This is an extremely dangerous development, since the human rights […]

WHAT RESONATES

Some years back I argued in Mondoweiss that the case for Palestine ought to be made on the basis of justice rather than national interest. This position received empirical support in a November 2015 U.S. poll, which found that respondents’ concerns about Israel-Palestine were principally related to ‘human rights or international law’ rather than ‘America’s interests’. This was particularly true of […]

DOCUMENTARY RECORD VS. RECORDING DOCUMENTARIES

Sam Harris riffs off Alan Dershowitz: The reality is that the Israelis, for all their faults, have been more restrained in their use of force than the U.S. has—if for no other reason than that they are more vulnerable to world opinion. Every Palestinian child the IDF kills inches Israel ever closer to the brink […]

HOW ISRAEL FOUGHT IN GAZA

First published at New Left Project. The only international fact-finding delegation granted access to Gaza following Israel’s 2014 assault on the territory, Operation Protective Edge, found evidence of grave legal violations by Israeli forces. These included ‘heavy and unpredictable bombardments of civilian neighbourhoods in a manner that failed to discriminate between legitimate targets and protected […]

WHAT ‘CULTURE OF IMPUNITY’?

This week, a 10-year-old boy… was beaten with an iron bar by a group of settlers in Hebron city. On the following day, Israeli forces detained the boy for a few hours, allegedly for throwing stones at an Israeli soldier.

HIGH FLIERS

One of IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot‘s first appointees has begun his term in office by formally signalling his appreciation of the Artillery Corps: Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman, head of the Southern Command, cited a number of soldiers for exemplary actions during Operation Protective Edge last summer. Members of the Artillery Corps’s Dragon Battalion and Sky Rider tactical drone […]