19 November 2015

If Beirut has been a city for 37 centuries and Paris for 20, why doesn’t anyone refer to explosions in Beirut as attacks on music, culture, civilization? Why don’t all the stories start with how ancient and rich with history it is, how in all those centuries of invasions, occupations, wars, it was never abandoned, how it keeps raising its head?

November 2015

I wanted to make sure you know how we are responding to the enormously distressing escalation in Islamophobic rhetoric and scapegoating of refugees in the wake of the attack on Paris. As JVP Artist's Council member Aurora Levins Morales illustrated in this poem better than I ever could, the disparity in the public reaction to Paris, as compared to Beirut, or Mali, or Ankara, or Baghdad, is breathtaking.  

... ha approvato l'Ordine del Giorno che vedete [sotto], dopo aver soppresso le parti scritte in rosso. Così conciato, l'OdG va benissimo a Netanyahu ed ai più estremisti degli italo-israeliani italiani, alcuni dei quali di fatto sedevano nel Consiglio Comunale ( di sinistra?!!) milanese, ed hanno imposto la loro volontà ai "miti" (e privi di proprie idee al riguardo) consiglieri della maggioranza, a cui si sono uniti per l'occasione quelli della minoranza. Quindi, nel Consiglio Comunale di Milano, come nelle decisioni del Governo nazionale, alcuni, un piccolissimo numero, di nostri concittadini impone la proprio volontà a tutti gli altri chiudendo gli occhi alla realtà della persecuzione durissima ed ignobile  a cui sono sottoposti i Palestinesi nella loro terra di Palestina da parte dei conquistatori israeliani.

Haaretz, Nov. 11, 2015


Were Netanyahu more honest, he’d admit that he doesn’t support a Palestinian state. But he doesn’t want to do that, at least not in Washington, DC. So he told the audience at CAP that he really, really wants a Palestinian state. It just needs to remain under Israeli military control. It’s like saying you really, really want to give someone your car; you just need to hold on to the keys.

Haaretz, Nov. 4, 2015


In A Durable Peace, Netanyahu calls Israeli control of the West Bank — where Palestinians live as non-citizens without free movement under military law — “a liberal policy aimed at radically improving the lives of the Arabs.” By contrast, in the film the Gatekeepers, Avraham Shalom, who ran the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, says that in the West Bank, Israel acts as “a brutal occupation force.” Former Shin Bet head Carmi Gillon says, “We are making the lives of millions unbearable.”