Regarding Israel’s ‘Jewish Nation-State’ bill

This is possibly the most significant vote of America’s special friend. Read these three perspectives on it to get a sense of the worse things to come later.

Simona Sharoni: The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare: A letter to Jewish students

Diana Buttu: There Are No Centrists in Israel

Max Blumenthal: A Rightward Shift in Israel Would Reflect What’s Always Been True

Who would support such a thing?

A reasonable offer

Hamas has offered Israel a 10-year truce if it accepts 10 conditions. The Jerusalem Post reported this, based on an Israeli Channel 2 newscast. According to Ma’ariv (Hebrew) these are the conditions:

  1. Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.
  2. Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.
  3. Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.
  4. Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision.
  5. Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.
  6. Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.
  7. International forces on the borders.
  8.  Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
  9. Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement.
  10. Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.

Are these demands unreasonable or extreme? Why not accept them? What does Israel actually want?

A social media shit storm

Today’s inane rant was written over on Tumblr, so I’m linking to it instead of spamming it on the site. The short form: I enjoy watching a social media train wreck, and this one is like the Streisand Effect x 3. READ IT HERE.

What happens when a film actress shills for a company operating in an illegal Israeli settlement in between speaking on behalf of Oxfam? Let’s find out. Or just check out #sodastream.

Contact Your Legislator if AIPAC Doesn’t Speak for You!

As Americans face $85 billion in cuts to basic necessities like education, heating assistance, and unemployment insurance, thousands of AIPAC lobbyists are demanding that Congress exempt Israel from ANY cut. Call and write your legislators now (or President Obama if outside the U.S.), and tell them to stop giving Israel billions in unconditional aid.