Archive for May, 2002

Defining Democracy Down: Israeli Repression and the Language of Liars

Published as a ZNet Commentary, May 16, 2002 Webster’s New World Dictionary defines democracy as, “The principle of equality of rights, opportunity and treatment, or the practice of this principle.” Keep this in mind, as we’ll be coming back to it. Now, imagine that the United States Congress were to pass a law stating that [...]

Taliban Jews: Some Extremists are More Equal Than Others

Published on ZNet, www.zmag.org, 5/11/02 As tensions flare in the Middle East — the result of Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory, as well as a spate of suicide/homicide bombings by those resisting the occupation — much has been said of “extremists” and the actions of fanatics. In almost all cases, said terms have been [...]

Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined: Judaism, Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine

Published as a ZNet Commentary, May 2, 2002 Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingenuous comparisons between Yasir Arafat and Osama [...]