Tag: Israel

Palestinians seek UN Moxie

Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave a major speech Friday making it clear to the Palestinians that the PA will seek membership in the United Nations at this year’s General Assembly meeting. The Palestinians (or more precisely the Fateh faction that controls the ever-shrinking Palestinian parts of the West Bank) are not going to the…

Democratic Society and Importance of Criticism

Lately, I have focused extensively on offering public criticism of some powerful institutions both inside Pakistan and United States. Of course, no one asked me for it, but as someone invested in issues of democracy and social justice, I find it apt to share my views and insert my voice in the public debates about…

About Jewish Voice for Peace

For the past few years, I have been a constant visitor to the Jewish Voice for Peace website and their affiliated blog, Muzzle Watch. I did not find JVP accidentally: I found them after a detailed search of justice and peace oriented Jewish organizations. My search was prompted by the brutal invasion and bombing of…

Netanyahu: Offering Old Cliches in a New Wolrd

Last week witnessed, yet again, a visit by yet another Israeli prime  minister to the capital of the United States to offer the same age-old cliches to a group of fawning American lawmakers. It seems when it comes to the actions and the statements of the state of Israel, one ought to apply an out-of-the-world…

To Be With Her, By Syed Afzal Haider

To Be With Her I am just taking a moment to share the news about this debut novel by Syed Afzal Haider, published by the Weavers Press. Here are the book details: Description With the intellect and comic instinct of Rushdie, the obsessiveness of Percy, and the gritty realism of Bukowski, Syed Afzal Haider has…

Arab Revolutions and Israel

Egyptian people feel sympathy for their fellow-Arabs in Israel, the West Bank and especially Gaza, where the population have been besieged and starved with the connivance of the Mubarak regime. They would undoubtedly protest at any continuation of collaboration with Israel. Historical precedents are crucial as a key to understanding events as they unfold. However, we need…

Egypt to Keep Rafah Crossing Open

In the latest turn of events from Gaza, Egyptian government has decided to keep the Rafah crossing, the only one on Egyptian side, open indefinitely. Their main argument is that the blockade has not worked and that Israel needs to find another way of dealing with Hamas. This is certainly welcome news, for at least…

For Rachel Corrie–Martyr of Peace

For Rachel Corrie–Martyr of Peace (Rachel Corrie was murdered on Sunday March 16, 2003 when she was purposely run over by an Israeli-driven, US-made bulldozer, while trying to prevent a Palestinian civilian home from being demolished by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip) In a world that valorizes old soldiers and movie stars Investment…