Monthly Archives: September 2016

Shimon Peres

On Tuesday afternoon, Shimon Peres, 93, suffered a mild stroke. Later that evening his condition worsened, and now (Wednesday morning) he is fighting for his life. I was surprised at how sad I felt. After all, Shimon Peres is a … Continue reading

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Aftershocks of 9/11

Fifteen years ago, America took a punishing blow to the jaw, a strike aimed at its business, military and political centers of power. It was both a military and psychological blow, but above all it was a financial one. The … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, it will be OK

On Monday morning, an underground parking lot being constructed in Tel Aviv collapsed into itself, killing at least three workers and injuring some 20-odd others. As I write (Wednesday) there are still several workers unaccounted for, probably buried underneath piles … Continue reading

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How a white Jewish guy lost his guilt and found redemption

The recent release of the platform of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), which accused Israel of genocide and apartheid against the Palestinians (it has since been toned down slightly), gave rise to a spate of mostly predictable reactions: fury … Continue reading

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It’s the narrative, stupid

How do you characterize a population as a people? Most of us would say that a people has some combination of language, religion, culture, place of origin, and genetic makeup, and that its members identify with a historical narrative that … Continue reading

Posted in Israel and Palestinian Arabs, Israeli Arabs, The Jewish people | 3 Comments