Israel’s deputy speaker of the Knesset certainly doesn’t want peace … 


… have a look at what the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Moshe Feiglin, posted on his official website Tuesday. It’s a seven-point tract named, without a hint of irony, “My Outline for a Solution for Gaza.” 
Point one is titled “Ultimatum,” and here it is, word for word:


One warning from the Prime Minister of Israel to the enemy population, in which he announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts. Hamas may unconditionally surrender and prevent the attack.


Enemy population? To whom, exactly, is the deputy speaker referring? Perhaps point two will offer clarification. It’s titled “Attack”:


Attack of the entire ‘target bank’ throughout the Gaza Strip with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’. It is enough that we are hitting exact targets and that we gave them advance warning.


All of this, writes this top Israeli parliamentarian, is aimed at ensuring that Gaza “will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.” And as for the Palestinians already there, “those who were not involved in anti-Israel activity will be offered a generous international emigration package.”
Generous? As one Palestinian was quoted today as saying, “you leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.” The ground invasion may have begun, but the Palestinians of Gaza remain steadfast.



Source:  Shedding the pretense of ‘precision’ by Samer Badawi

Israel’s deputy speaker of the Knesset certainly doesn’t want peace …

… have a look at what the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Moshe Feiglin, posted on his official website Tuesday. It’s a seven-point tract named, without a hint of irony, “My Outline for a Solution for Gaza.”

Point one is titled “Ultimatum,” and here it is, word for word:

One warning from the Prime Minister of Israel to the enemy population, in which he announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts. Hamas may unconditionally surrender and prevent the attack.

Enemy population? To whom, exactly, is the deputy speaker referring? Perhaps point two will offer clarification. It’s titled “Attack”:

Attack of the entire ‘target bank’ throughout the Gaza Strip with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’. It is enough that we are hitting exact targets and that we gave them advance warning.

All of this, writes this top Israeli parliamentarian, is aimed at ensuring that Gaza “will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.” And as for the Palestinians already there, “those who were not involved in anti-Israel activity will be offered a generous international emigration package.”

Generous? As one Palestinian was quoted today as saying, “you leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.” The ground invasion may have begun, but the Palestinians of Gaza remain steadfast.

Source:  Shedding the pretense of ‘precision’ by Samer Badawi

A colourised photo of Albert Einstein, found here.

A colourised photo of Albert Einstein, found here.

This Land Is Mine, a video by Nina Paley, gives us a brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.  A who’s-killing-who guide for viewers can be found here.

The NBC reporter who made up one half of the “living political cartoon” on Jon Stewart’s July 14th show has been recalled from Gaza by NBC following his aggressive reporting of the murder of several Palestinian children by one of Israel’s gunboat crews.  Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fisher report that…

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic)…  Mohyeldin was removed completely from reporting on Gaza by a top NBC executive, David Verdi, who ordered Mohyeldin to leave Gaza immediately.

The NBC reporter who made up one half of the “living political cartoon” on Jon Stewart’s July 14th show has been recalled from Gaza by NBC following his aggressive reporting of the murder of several Palestinian children by one of Israel’s gunboat crews.  Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fisher report that…

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic)…  Mohyeldin was removed completely from reporting on Gaza by a top NBC executive, David Verdi, who ordered Mohyeldin to leave Gaza immediately.

     Jon Stewart, in commenting on the new round of violence in the Middle East, has pointed out the lopsided nature of the conflict in a way that most of the major news networks, in their reduction of the story to a two-sides binary, haven’t bothered to do.  
     The photo jumps to video of Stewart’s July 14th broadcast.  Skip to 5:22  to see the bit about Gaza.  The link below connects to a breakdown of the issue, written by Bethan Parry.


It is certainly frightening for Israeli civilians to live under the uncertainty of rockets, but Palestinians do not have the same might protecting them from Israel’s deadly air strikes. It’s an inequality that’s important to keep in the narrative, no matter which story we are telling.  It’s a story that deserves to be told correctly. 

~ Bethan Parry

     Jon Stewart, in commenting on the new round of violence in the Middle East, has pointed out the lopsided nature of the conflict in a way that most of the major news networks, in their reduction of the story to a two-sides binary, haven’t bothered to do.  

     The photo jumps to video of Stewart’s July 14th broadcast.  Skip to 5:22  to see the bit about Gaza.  The link below connects to a breakdown of the issue, written by Bethan Parry.

It is certainly frightening for Israeli civilians to live under the uncertainty of rockets, but Palestinians do not have the same might protecting them from Israel’s deadly air strikes. It’s an inequality that’s important to keep in the narrative, no matter which story we are telling.  It’s a story that deserves to be told correctly.

~ Bethan Parry

     Ayelet Waldman breaks her silence about what she has seen the IDF subject Palestinians to …

     The boys risked death for a liberty so rudimentary that my own children are not aware it exists: the right to walk down the street…  Thankfully, the Israeli soldiers on duty that day did nothing more than lift their weapons and motion the boys back to permitted ground, and the boys obeyed. It was one of many such interactions — petty indignities and tiny acts of courage.  It was nothing as dramatic as an incident, viewable on YouTube, in which settler girls take advantage of a school holiday to lie in wait for Palestinian children on their way home from school, then curse the other children and throw rocks at them while Israeli soldiers look on, periodically urging the rock-throwers to stop but doing little to protect the victims of the violence.  Nothing as dramatic as another encounter, also captured on video, in which a female settler, flanked by soldiers, lobs curses at a Palestinian woman who had the temerity to walk out the front gate of her own house…       My guides were a couple of Jewish Israelis, raised in religious homes, who had served as soldiers in the West Bank and who, as a result of what they saw and what they did, now devote their lives to raising awareness about the injustices of the Occupation.  My guides described in painful detail the structural inequality of a land where one ethnic group lives under oppressive military rule, and another under democratic, civilian authority.  They described receiving explicit instruction to make Palestinians feel as if they were constantly under surveillance, constantly pursued, constantly harassed. They said their role, as described by Moshe Ya’alon, the current defense minister and former army chief of staff, was to “sear the hearts and minds of the Palestinians.”*  My guides told me of instances in which they were involved in “Straw Widow” actions, where they invaded a Palestinian home, shut the family into a single room, and then made free use of the house.  Ostensibly these home invasions were conducted for security reasons, but just as often they were simple training exercises.  Sometimes the homes were chosen because they had a satellite dish, and an important soccer match was on TV. 

…  from The Shame of Shuhada Street (by Ayelet Waldman for THE ATLANTIC). 
Photo:  A Jewish settler walks past a Palestinian on Shuhada Street, in the West Bank city of Hebron. (Nayef Hashlamoun/Reuters)

     Ayelet Waldman breaks her silence about what she has seen the IDF subject Palestinians to …

     The boys risked death for a liberty so rudimentary that my own children are not aware it exists: the right to walk down the street…  Thankfully, the Israeli soldiers on duty that day did nothing more than lift their weapons and motion the boys back to permitted ground, and the boys obeyed. It was one of many such interactions — petty indignities and tiny acts of courage.  It was nothing as dramatic as an incident, viewable on YouTube, in which settler girls take advantage of a school holiday to lie in wait for Palestinian children on their way home from school, then curse the other children and throw rocks at them while Israeli soldiers look on, periodically urging the rock-throwers to stop but doing little to protect the victims of the violence.  Nothing as dramatic as another encounter, also captured on video, in which a female settler, flanked by soldiers, lobs curses at a Palestinian woman who had the temerity to walk out the front gate of her own house… 

     My guides were a couple of Jewish Israelis, raised in religious homes, who had served as soldiers in the West Bank and who, as a result of what they saw and what they did, now devote their lives to raising awareness about the injustices of the Occupation.  My guides described in painful detail the structural inequality of a land where one ethnic group lives under oppressive military rule, and another under democratic, civilian authority.  They described receiving explicit instruction to make Palestinians feel as if they were constantly under surveillance, constantly pursued, constantly harassed. They said their role, as described by Moshe Ya’alon, the current defense minister and former army chief of staff, was to “sear the hearts and minds of the Palestinians.”*  My guides told me of instances in which they were involved in “Straw Widow” actions, where they invaded a Palestinian home, shut the family into a single room, and then made free use of the house.  Ostensibly these home invasions were conducted for security reasons, but just as often they were simple training exercises.  Sometimes the homes were chosen because they had a satellite dish, and an important soccer match was on TV. 

…  from The Shame of Shuhada Street (by Ayelet Waldman for THE ATLANTIC)

Photo:  A Jewish settler walks past a Palestinian on Shuhada Street, in the West Bank city of Hebron. (Nayef Hashlamoun/Reuters)

Abby Rosmarin on why strong deserves to be the new skinny …
I Gained 10 Pounds And I’ve Never Been Happier (by Abby Rosmarin) 

… the day I switched from the “skinny” mindset to the “strong” mindset, everything changed  …  The most freeing thing I ever experienced was when I let go of this attitude that I had to make myself as spindly as possible.  I’ll never live up to those ideals.  I’ll never have a thigh gap or a hip gap or a bikini bridge gap or whatever gap they’re trying to pawn off on us these days (fun fact: “bikini bridge” was actually something created by Internet trolls just to see if it would take off)  …  And, for the first time in years — potentially ever — I truly, undoubtedly, unconditionally, love my body.

~ Source

Abby Rosmarin on why strong deserves to be the new skinny …

I Gained 10 Pounds And I’ve Never Been Happier (by Abby Rosmarin) 

… the day I switched from the “skinny” mindset to the “strong” mindset, everything changed  …  The most freeing thing I ever experienced was when I let go of this attitude that I had to make myself as spindly as possible.  I’ll never live up to those ideals.  I’ll never have a thigh gap or a hip gap or a bikini bridge gap or whatever gap they’re trying to pawn off on us these days (fun fact: “bikini bridge” was actually something created by Internet trolls just to see if it would take off)  …  And, for the first time in years — potentially ever — I truly, undoubtedly, unconditionally, love my body.

~ Source

This Throwback Thursday, I’m reminded of how disappointed I was to find out that this wasn’t for real.

This Throwback Thursday, I’m reminded of how disappointed I was to find out that this wasn’t for real.

Celebrate Tesla Day with a viewing of “The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla" by Marco Tempest.