Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekend reading

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now.mmedia.me - Chalk up another victory to the mighty Arab ignorance and stupidity brigade. Or should we? Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, who runs the Al-Quds University Department of American Studies and...

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interpretermag.com - Ryan Dawson uses the internet to promote bigotry and Holocaust denial, but on RT, he’s a “geopolitical analyst”, “human rights activist” and “Asian affairs expert.” His attorney defended him in...

theglobeandmail.com - When Russian President Vladimir Putin uses military force to menace Ukraine’s democracy and seize chunks of its territory, when he uses authoritarian laws to crack down on homosexuals and minorities...

workersliberty.org - Apologetics, if not outright support, for the forces of political reaction and oppression have become a hallmark of sections of the socialist left in the two and a half decades following the collapse...

butiamaliberal.com - The "New Right" is a lot like the Old Right I recently picked up a copy of New Right versus Old Right by Greg Johnson, the founder and editor of Counter-Currents, an overtly fascist-aligned publish...
The Inconvenient Truth About Jews From Arab Lands: They Were Expelled
forward.com - (Haaretz) — Nathan Weinstock hadn’t planned to write a book about the Jews of Arab lands. But when he looked for information about the modern history of Moroccan or Iraqi Jewry, he was surprised to... 
thecentreleft.blogspot.com - The row between Michael Gove and Theresa May has - in Westminster, at least - somewhat overshadowed the immeasurably more important news that extremists are operating in our schools. A report out ...
workersliberty.org - Workers’ Liberty members attended the “Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine” meeting on 4 June, organised by the SOAS Marxist Society (Socialist Appeal). On the panel were Russian ...

kyleorton1991.wordpress.com - Whatever one thinks about the decision in 2003 to finish the war Saddam Hussein started by annexing Kuwait, serious people should be able to agree that the abandonment of the country by American fo...

kyleorton1991.wordpress.com - We might all hope to be vindicated so quickly. I wrote yesterday morning of the way the Iraqi government’s sectarianism and authoritarianism had created the space among Iraqi Sunni Arabs in which...

bostonglobe.com - MOSCOW — Russia’s top diplomat on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time an official relationship with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the same day that one of their top leaders made...
fathomjournal.org - As the spiritual bedrock of Judaism, Jerusalem had been a magnet for millennial longing. For centuries Jews intensely preserved their spiritual attachment to their Jerusalem. At different times,...

tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com - “George Galloway Compares Birmingham Ofsted Report to Iraq War” Only if you are a person predisposed to distorting what others have said. I notice the same trait in those pro Israeli supporters who...

tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com - The Eurodeputy for the Front National – Rassemblement Bleu Marine (RBM), -Aymeric Chauprade (wikipedia – in English), took part in strange meeting on Saturday the 31st of May in Vienna.  (Austria) ...

workersliberty.org - A group of three academies, one other academy, and one council-controlled school in Birmingham have been put into “special measures” by Ofsted government inspectors for allegedly acting like “faith...

interpretermag.com - Staunton, June 12 – As the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea continue to force out Crimean Tatars from positions of responsibility and exclude them from policy discussions, the Muslim Spirit...

standpointmag.co.uk - Dubai: Most British tourists have no idea that this seemingly modern emirate gives even Western women few rights (credit: Saqib Khan) Dubai, on the Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates, can...

rudaw.net - Khaled, who recently fled from Mosul to the Kurdistan Region, is sure of this. Computer records of officials have ended up in the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the extremist ...

warontherocks.com - The capture of Mehdi Nemmouche in France alongside his apparent videoed confession claiming responsibility for a shooting last month at a Jewish museum in Brussels offers the first example of death...

tikkun.org - Lately I have been struck by the raw anti-semitism evinced on anti-Israel websites (most egregious example, Mondoweiss). http://mondoweiss.net/ There is nothing novel about it. It’s not “the new...

rosiebell.typepad.com - I do remember when having a baby out of wedlock was a serious stigma for a young woman and her family. This was the 1970s in New Zealand, and often the pregnant woman would have her baby in secret ...

fathomjournal.org - What is one to make of a volume of specialised essays in contemporary philosophy – a compilation including some of today’s most prominent leaders in the field – that wants to be both a highbrow off...

theguardian.com - The Kurds like to tell a story about the discussions at the end of the Iraq war. As details of the new republic were being finalised there was a row between the US representatives and the Kurds of ...

M.J. Rosenberg Assails 'Mondoweiss’ for antisemitism
blog.partners4israel.org - M.J. Rosenberg This recent Tikkun Daily blog post by M.J. Rosenberg, "Mondoweiss & Is Anti-Semitism Dead?," drew a sharp rebuke from Tikkun's editor Michael Lerner. (Please be reminded that views...

undertheoculartree.com - The policy of “No Platform for Racists and Fascists,” historically adopted by many student unions, is ideologically appalling. Not only is it an affront to the doctrine of free speech, it has been ...

fathomjournal.org - Fathom: Why did you write Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance? Philip Mendes: Growing up as a working-class child in the overwhelmingly middle-class Jewish community of ...

fathomjournal.org - The Syrian Civil War is now grinding on into its fourth year. Over 150,000 people have died, and tens more are being killed every day in the ongoing fighting. Millions have lost their homes. Many ...

claysbeach.blogspot.com - The New York Times headline C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition has been cited literally hundreds of times since it was first published on 21 June 2012 by non-interventionists ...

rudaw.net - Polat Can: The stance of political parties in Kobane or their regional organizations in Kobane was brave and deserves appreciation. Many party members joined the resistance although their parties...

workersliberty.org - Mzwamdile Tshofela is a chair of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) branch at the Mercedes Benz plant in East London, Eastern Cape province. He is also a member of the global..

standpointmag.co.uk - Barack Obama: leading from behind? In 1999, the French foreign minister Hubert Védrine complained about American "hyperpower", echoing the New Left's genetic disdain for America's unchallenged role...

realclearpolitics.com - Despite multiple debunkings, claims that Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution brought about by the Maidan protests was really a fascist (if not neo-Nazi) coup persist, and not just from the Kremlin pro...

fatmanonakeyboard.blogspot.com - We are notoriously bad at learning foreign languages. Actually, we are lousy at learning our own. We rarely recognise that we are a multi-lingual nation and it only really becomes visible if you go...
fathomjournal.org - Assessing President Havel’s legacy in the fight for human rights in Iran will not be an easy task as long as censorship, fear and oppression obstruct a proper study. But today, as an Iranian human ...
radicalarchives.org - [Ian Bone describes how Class War is being confrontational towards speakers at a CND rally in Hyde Park in October, 1983] Next up is silver-mained EP Thompson, author of The Making of the English ...
Fathomjournal.org - Taking my family to Iraqi Kurdistan last year raised the eyebrows of friends who haven’t cottoned on to the fact that it is the safest part of Iraq by a country mile. Getting there has certainly be...

jesusandmo.net - cosmicstargoat, regarding the masses of holy zombies seen by millions of Utterly Reliable Witnesses[TM] and attested to in Matthew 27:51-53 does anyone know what happened to them? Logically, as the...

karlremarks.com - The Eisenstein Mujahideen: A Film Critique of Syria’s Combat Videos Film critics are notoriously disconnected from the fast changing world of self-made film. One genre they have completely ignored ...

adandachi.com - In the summer of 2013, I was living out of a hotel room in the regime loyalist coastal town of Tartous, having fled the fighting in Homs and the subsequent battles in my hometown of Talkalakh. Even...
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rudaw.net - Kurdish photographer, Kamaran Najm Ibrahim, killed in Kirkuk, June 12, 2014. Photo: Photographer's Facebook page

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thedailybeast.com - It seems like only yesterday that Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was celebrating as the last American soldiers left Iraq. Now, with an al Qaeda offshoot threatening to take Baghdad, Maliki...

1 comment:

levi9909 said...

The Forward article you linked to about Nathan Weinstock's argument that Jews were expelled from Arab states was taken from Ha'aretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.596092

It's behind the paywall which is accessible via this:
http://uncommonprogrammer.blogspot.de/2013/05/haaretz-cracked-goodbye-paywall-its-now.html

The disturbing thing about the Forward article is that it missed off the last part of the article which largely contradicts Weinstock thus:

'They came out of love' / Dalia Karpel

“[Nathan] Weinstock is a classic servant of the erasure of my history and of the history of the Jews in the Islamic lands,” says Dr. Sami Shalom Chetrit, a Moroccan-born Israeli intellectual who deals extensively with relations between Ashkenazim (European-born Jews) and Mizrahi (Jews of Middle Eastern or North African origin). He teaches Hebrew culture and Middle Eastern studies at Queens College, in New York.

“Like the textbooks in Israel, Weinstock focuses primarily on the Zionist, national era, in which Jewish nationalism developed in Europe in parallel to Arab nationalism from the Maghreb to the Mashriq [i.e., from the West to the East]. There he finds ‘pogroms,’ which are an Eastern European Jewish issue. He ignores the role played by the Zionist movement in undermining the relations between Jews and Muslims in the Arab countries. He talks about ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Arab countries and about expulsion, after much has been written about the ties between the Zionist leadership and the corrupt leaders of Iraq and Yemen, which lead to the decision to deport the Jews from those countries – without a passport and with only a laissez-passer – to Israel only.

“Let’s assume that things were very bad and stressful – why didn’t they get a passport allowing them to choose any destination? Or the Jews of Morocco, who were not allowed to leave after Morocco became independent. No one was allowed to leave Morocco in those years unless he was close to and well connected with the authorities. The Zionists had to use the Jews of the United States and the administration in Washington to bring pressure to bear on the palace in Morocco to allow the Jews to leave after 1956. Why not talk about the years before Moroccan independence, when [Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion could have brought all the Jews of Morocco to Israel, but took fright and chose to conduct a racist selection in which the strength of their muscles and the width of their shoulders were measured!

“Let us not forget, also, that in the background, the Mossad was running Zionist ‘undergrounds’ that incited the Muslims against the Jews, including throwing a grenade into a Baghdad synagogue, painting anti-Jewish slogans in French on Jewish stores, and spreading harsh rumors about the Jews in order to hasten their departure. This was all done by good Zionists, and I am not saying anything new here.

“Indeed, the life of the Jews in the Islamic lands was no paradise, but neither was the life of the Muslims a paradise in the Islamic lands, unless they were close to the government. And above all, the life of the Jews in the Islamic countries was never the hell of the Jews of Europe. Never at any point in history. The Jews from the Islamic lands came to Israel out of love. Not because of hatred, not because of persecution and not for revenge. Only for love of the Land of Israel.”