Media bias fatigue sets in: Really, I’m too tired to parse the anti-Israel bias here. You do it. (Hint: Palestinians acting unilaterally? Not an impediment to peace. Israel acting unilaterally? OHMIGODTHEY’REDESTROYINGPEACE!!!!!!!!)
This is what passes for history at Salon: Unbelievable.
Israel is a self-made entity that began when people emigrated to then-Palestine, now Israel, beginning in the early 20th century. The way in which the Jewish community in Palestine gained a foothold and then claimed sovereignty was by settling Jews on the land. In large part this was a zero sum game, in the sense that by claiming land, that land and those resources and the sovereign energy that the resources represented were made unavailable to Palestinians who also claimed this land as their own. That process works for Israel in the sense that land and settlement led to sovereignty and led to a claim on the land that Arabs and the rest of the world ultimately would have no choice but to recognize. It’s that history that informed Israel’s interest in continuing settlement when it came into control of the land in June ’67 — which many considered part of its God-given homeland. So in a sense what we’re seeing now is a continuation of the historical effort of the Jewish community in Palestine to expand its sovereign presence and by so doing undermine the ability of Palestinian Arabs to do the same.
What Justin Elliot should know about Israel: Apparently, everything.
Okay, maybe Baby Assad isn’t going anywhere: You didn’t see anything quite like this in Egypt. I’m thinking Assad may survive. Exit question: How many of his “supporters” are Lebanese?
Jew cooties: More British anti-Zionism. It’s Orwellian in scope. A festival called “Arts Music of Israel” refused to accept a grant from Israel, due to threats of disruption by pro-Palestinian groups. This is the ultimate in bullshit:
However, the Chronicle reported, pro-Palestinian groups said they still plan to hand out leaflets outside the conference, claiming it would be “impossible” to hold a conference on Palestinian music.