Modern Israel, non-historical

The establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine was justified as a necessary protection from another Holocaust. Thus, the creation of modern Israel on the land of another people is a direct political consequence of the Holocaust lore. Contributions in this section deal with the creation and history of the Jewish State, covering its political, societal, religious, and military trials and tribulations, as well as the relationship it has with its neighbors and its treatment of Israel's ethnically non-Jewish inhabitants.



We invite you to join us in the effort to reach out for peace in Israel and Palestine Friends Maya Oren 41 years old, Israeli\. Teacher "I like going to Hala's house, they're so hospitable. My husband works with Hala's husband, they get on well together. I'd like it if …

This list of search returns from the Congressional Record and Legislative Status data bases maintained by the United States government for the Congress do not answer that question, but they give a slight clue. Only two words were used in the searches, with results as follows: "Holocaust": 152 items in …

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Idyllic aerial photo of the site of the Mediterranean fishing village of Tantura (viewable in color at http://ns1.palestineremembered.com/Haifa/al-Tantura/Picture3150.html). Inhabited for an estimated four thousand years, Tantura's environs contain Canaanite, Greek, and Crusader antiquities, and shipwrecks from Roman and Byzantine times dot its lagoon. In 1948 Israeli army troops killed 250 …

In May 14, 1948, Britain ended its mandate over Palestine and Jews declared the establishment of Israel. General Sir Alan Cunningham, the British High Commissioner in Palestine, felt on his departure an "overwhelming sadness ... Thirty years and we achieved nearly nothing."[1] Donald Neff Donald Neff has written several …

The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1983, 481 pp. $10.00, Pb, ISBN: 049608-187-7. The Fateful Triangle is a fact-filled, insightful look at the "special relationship" between the United States and Israel. Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at M.I.T., …

Donald Neff is author of the recently published Fallen Pillars: U.S. Policy Towards Palestine and Israel Since 1945 (Washington, DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1995), as well as of the 1988 trilogy, Warriors at Suez: Eisenhower Takes America Into the Middle East in 1956, Warriors for Jerusalem: The Six Days …

Palestinian youth is harassed by a dozen armed Israelis during the two minutes of silence the Palestinians observed as a sign of protest during Israel's 50th anniversary celebrations. (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs by permission of the NYT) The more things change, the more they remain the same Nazi …

The Massacre There are many different accounts and interpretations of what happened on 9 April 1948 at Deir Yassin, a small village on the west side of Jerusalem. For ardent Zionists it was a battle at the beginning of Israel's War for Independence. For most historians (privately, in opinions they …

According to what we hear about how apostasy is dealt with in Islam, a Muslim who renounces his religion is made the object of a fatwa—that is, he is marked for death, fair game for any Muslim who might have the means and opportunity to kill for Allah. Vigilantes of …

Michael Hoffman, Moshe Lieberman, The Israeli Holocaust against the Palestinians: A Chronicle of War-crimes and Atrocities against People Judged Less Than Human by the U.S. Government and Media, Independent History and Research Co., Coeur d’Alene 2003, 110 pp., paperback, $12.95. During the past several years, the State of Israel has …

Israel's Sacred Terrorism, by Livia Rokach Belmont Mass: AAUG Press, 1986, third ed. Paperback, 63 pages, $6, ISBN 0-937694-70-3. BLAMING THE VICTIMS, Edward Said and Christopher Hitchins, eds. London: Verso/New Left Books, 1988. Paperback, 296 pages, $15, ISBN 046091487 4. "Terrorism … terrorists." Most people who read the ugly words …

The Israeli Supreme Court has finally acquitted John Demjanjuk of the charge of being "Ivan the Terrible," the Treblinka guard who is said to have killed and tortured countless Jews. The acquittal is also a vindication of Pat Buchanan, who led the calls for the old Ukrainian's release. It has …

Donald Neff is author of the recently published Fallen Pillars: U.S. Policy Toward Palestine and Israel since 1945, as well as of the 1988 trilogy, Warriors at Suez: Eisenhower Takes America Into the Middle East in 1956, Warriors for Jerusalem: The Six Days that Changed the Middle East, and Warriors …

Allan C. Brownfeld is a syndicated columnist and associate editor of the Lincoln Review, a journal published by the Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, and editor of Issues, the quarterly journal of the American Council for Judaism. This article is reprinted from the July-August 1998 issue of The Washington …

Nobel-Prize-winning German writer Günter Grass sent shock waves through the international community when, on April 4, he published a poem in the Süddeutsche Zeitung titled “What Must Be Said.” In that poem, for his first time, he voiced his deep concerns about the fact that his country was supplying to …

Israel is working on an “ethnically targeted” biological weapon that would kill or harm Arabs but not Jews, according to Israeli military and western intelligence sources cited in a front-page report in the London Sunday Times, November 15, 1998 (“Israel Planning ‘Ethnic’ Bomb as Saddam Caves In,” by Uzi Mahnaimi …

Richard H. Curtiss is executive editor of The Washington Report from Middle East Affairs (P.O. Box 53062, Washington, DC 20009). When he retired from the US foreign service, he was chiefinspector of the US Information Agency. Curtiss is also the author of A Changing Image: American Perspectives of the Arab-Israeli …

"Much as we want to coordinate our activities with the United States, the interests (of the United States and Israel) are not identical. We have to, from time to time, worry about our own interests." That was Yitzhak Shamir speaking in 1981, before he became Israel's prime minister. He spoke …

Yes, says Victor Ostrovsky, a former Israeli secret agent. In a new book, By Way of Deception: A Devastating Insider's Portrait of the Mossad, Mr. Ostrovsky says the Israelis had advance notice of the suicide attack that killed 241 Marines in Beirut in October 1983 but withheld the information from …

Another American has fallen victim to terrorism in the Middle East, but this time the United States is being careful not to overreact. The president hasn't interrupted his vacation to fly back to Washington for consultation with his top advisers. The airwaves aren't full of blustering congressmen demanding retaliation. In …

Everyone with a heart in his breast sympathizes with the Palestinian people in their struggle against Israeli power, influence and brutality. At the same time, the Palestinian resistance has become a mirror image of the brutality they protest – less powerful, less influential, less brutal in the sense that they …

February 4, 2001 "If the Jewish media lords cheat you about Palestine, why do you think they are honest in any other way?" —Israel Shamir, "Joseph Revisited," March 3, 2001 While walking by the Tel Aviv seashore promenade, I was approached by a slick blond guy who invited me to …

March 3, 2001 "If the Jewish media lords cheat you about Palestine, why do you think they are honest in any other way?" —Israel Shamir, "Joseph Revisited," March 3, 2001 It is not easy to visit Joseph these days. Roadblocks manned by nervous Israeli soldiers have surrounded his city of …

February 25, 2001 When in 1543, the typhoon-blown Portuguese schooners approached the shores of Japan, the astonished sailors could not believe their eyes: on a warm spring day, the tropical island ahoy was buried under snow. They were witness to one of the real Seven Wonders of the World, the …

Jaffa, 17.2.2001 After the last episode of the 'Fateful Elections', the actors amiably shared the trophies backstage. The muse of Israeli politics, like Coca-Cola, wishes to please everybody. Whoever thought that Barak was the best candidate, will be pleased to have him back in power as the Minister of Defense. …

January 27, 2001 The touching words of Elie Wiesel (Jerusalem in My Heart, NYT 1/25/2001) painted a beautiful portrait of the Jewish people, yearning for Jerusalem, loving and praying for it over the centuries and cherishing its name from generation to generation. This potent image reminded me, an Israeli writer …

Washington – People sometimes ask me why I'm so critical of Israel, as if I should be devoting more of my attention to Sri Lanka, or perhaps Zaire. But the question is always a little nervous, as it wouldn't be if I were writing equally often about Sri Lanka or …

Most people have been trained to think of Zionism in positive terms. This is understandable. Decades of propaganda have misrepresented Zionism as a progressive, modern force bringing civilization to an arid, uninhabited wasteland. Such an image is an illusion. This essay will uncover the true history of Zionism. It will …

The murderous treatment of European Jews during the Second World War has become almost legendary in its depiction as a unique and singularly important example of bigoted inhumanity, carried to barbarous extremes. No other experience from among the overwhelming number of historic cases of mass brutality has ever achieved such …

One isn't supposed to say this, but many people believe that Israel now holds the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in its hands. This is what is known as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. The odd thing is that it is held by many Israelis. In …

In the wake of the Gulf War, many American Jews are openly calling for the release of the convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill. Some of the arguments are dubious, but the basic demand is fair. Pollard …

I The text below [1] was intended to be the foreword to the Arabic edition of the book, "Historical Truth or Political Truth?", scheduled to appear at the end of 1982. That publication project, and the translation into Arabic, was undertaken by a group of Lebanese militants, without the knowledge …

In the merry nights of Tel Aviv, amid the colorful idlers at Allenby, in overflowing restaurants, where crowds of content Israelis leisurely take their relaxation, I see the camouflaged angel writing three words on the wall: "Mene tekel ufarsin." My Angel-Russian dictionary translates these words as follows: "We have tried …