Archive for July 28, 2006
From the poem A Diary of a Palestinian Wound by Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish (my translation):“I grew up along the wound,and never asked my motherwhat made her a tent at nightI have not misplaced my spring,my address, and my nameThus I saw in her dressa million stars*My flag is blackAnd the port is a tombMy [...]
I love but by Palestinian poet Tawfiq Zayyad (my translation):“I love to be able to fliplife over its head for youand to end tyrannyand to burn every rapistand to ignite a hellunder our old worldwith long flamesand to make the poorestof the poor eat fromplates of diamonds and goldand to walk in trousersof expensive threadsand [...]
My sources tell me that Walid Jumblat called Al-Jazeera’s bureau chief in Beirut, and yelled in protest at AlJazeera’s coverage of the war, and screamed: “You want to turn Hasan Nasrallah into a national hero”? He then slammed the phone.
One insider commented to me that Human Rights Watch really wants the Israeli war of aggression to end, only because they don’t want to have to take a stand. They will not.
One of the privileges of having this blog is that I often ask for an obscure article or picture, and some reader or more will find it. I asked for this picture 2 days ago: I only saw them on TV chatting, and was hoping for a picture of that moment. Pierre Laval: for all [...]
Norwegian Cartoon: “A Norwegian cartoon depicting Prime Minister Olmert as a Nazi commander indiscriminately shooting Palestinian Arabs in a concentration camp has elicited an angry response from Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Miryam Shomrat, and a defense of the newspaper’s editorial stance by its editor. The cartoon, which caused little uproar in Norway when it was [...]
“Israeli propaganda, except in the United States where there isn’t any other kind, doesn’t work its old magic.”
Is there anything more offensive than Bush calling Israel’s war of aggression on Lebanon “moment of opportunity”?
“How Israel has lost way in its war on Hizbollah” (Israel lost its way in 1948)
“IsraelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive [...]
“Israel’s secret war: the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Palestine: Israel is waging a hidden war on Gaza, killing 29 people over the last 48 hours and turning the besieged Strip into a prison”
“An injured Lebanese boy with his mother after their van was attacked by Israeli aircraft as they fled their village in Tyre, Lebanon”
This passes as “analysis” in the Israeli “liberal” newspaper, Haaretz: “Before any international agreement, Israel must sound the last chord, launching a massive air and ground offensive that will end this mortifying war, not with a whimper but with a thunderous roar.”
Israeli Orientalism: “It is also turning the zealous Shiites into fighters who are ready to sacrifice themselves to sanctify the name of Allah. In 1988 Yitzhak Gershon was the commander of a Paratroops battalion that fought a bitter battle against Hezbollah at Maidoun. When he got back, he told his friends, “They aren’t Palestinians. It’s [...]
“ In the middle of the week, a close personal friend of U.S. President George Bush, who is also a generous donor to the Republican Party, called an Israeli friend who is a senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces. “What’s happening with you?” he asked, as angry as he was disappointed. “The best army [...]
“With all these briefings, how does it happen that 400 civilians have been killed in Lebanon?Colonel A.: “There are 400 fatalities.”You don’t accept the definition that they are civilians?Colonel A.: “Our soldiers who are killed in Bint Jbail are also civilians.”I can show you the pictures. This baby does not look like a soldier. Do [...]
Israeli military men of conscience: “Colonel A. has not heard about civilian targets that were attacked. All the targets are “terror targets.””
“Last weekend, 2,500 demonstrators turned out in Tel Aviv, but many were Israeli Arabs and radical left-wingers far from the political mainstream. A smaller demonstration in Haifa on Tuesday had to be postponed because air raid sirens wailed to warn of incoming missiles and protesters scattered to the shelters. Overall there is no traction to [...]
“US plans Saudi tank sale worth up to $2.9 bln”
Leftist intellectuals and writers in Lebanese issue a call for resisting Israeli aggression on Lebanon.