Haaretz, May 19, 2017

Refugees after the Sack of Balbriggan, Co Dublin, by the Black and Tans on September 20th, 1920. Photograph: Getty Images
Refugees after the Sack of Balbriggan, Co Dublin, by the Black and Tans on September 20th, 1920. Photograph: Getty Images

In effect, then, the Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries were assigned to Palestine once their presence in Ireland was no longer deemed necessary. The parallel fascinated me. One of those forces’ most notorious escapades occurred in my hometown – Balbriggan, Co Dublin. As revenge for the killing of a police officer by republicans in September 1920, the forces torched a hosiery factory that was a major local employer, as well as destroying and damaging numerous pubs and houses. The “sack” of Balbriggan, as the incident became known, prompted a Westminster debate about whether the crown forces lacked discipline.

Haaretz, Apr 13, 2017


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s unfortunate remarks, according to which Hitler never used chemical weapons nor used gas against his own people during the Holocaust, are not only testimony to his personal ignorance. You don’t need to be an accredited historian to know that Hitler killed millions of people with gas starting in 1939, and that the victims included citizens of his country, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Haaretz, May 21, 2017

 

The country has no rational reason to come to a peace agreement because the price that Israel will have to pay is higher than the cost of the occupation.

Haaretz, May 22, 2017

 

the truth is that the leaders of Arab countries, for the most part, are against the Palestinian people. That was the case during the Palestinian revolt in 1936, that was the case in 1948, and that’s how things are today too.

Haaretz, Mar. 30, 2017

 

During the long hours on the bus, we chatted about this and that. For example, about the exaggerated religious myths that Afrikaners invented to justify their racial superiority over the native-born black people.