Middle East Watch
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تموز (يوليو) 2018



275 articles :

  • Another War, Another Defeat

    2009, by John Mearsheimer
    Israelis and their American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy for the present war against Hamas. Of course, when a ceasefire comes, Israel will declare victory. Don’t believe it. Israel has foolishly started another war it cannot win. The campaign in Gaza is said to have two objectives: 1) to put an end to the rockets and mortars that Palestinians have been firing into southern Israel since it (...) continue continue
  • Posturing and laughter as victims rot

    20 janvier 2009, par Robert Fisk
    The front page of the Beirut daily As-Safir said it all yesterday. Across the top was a terrible photograph of the bloated body of a Palestinian man newly discovered in the ruins of his home while two male members of his family shrieked and roared their grief. Below, at half the size, was a photograph from Israel of Western leaders joking with Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister. Olmert was roaring with laughter. Silvio Berlusconi, arms on the back of Olmert’s shoulders, was also joshing (...) suite suite
  • The Boss Has Gone Mad

    19 January 2009, by Uri Avnery
    169 years before the Gaza War, Heinrich Heine wrote a premonitory poem of 12 lines, under the title “To Edom”. The German-Jewish poet was talking about Germany, or perhaps all the nations of Christian Europe. This is what he wrote (in my rough translation): For a thousand years and more We have had an understanding You allow me to breathe I accept your crazy raging Sometimes, when the days get darker Strange moods come upon you Till you decorate your claws (...) continue continue
  • Time for a New Divestment Campaign

    19 January 2009, by KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
    Barack Obama’s inauguration coming as we celebrate of Martin Luther King Day predictably draws linkages between the two. Many use Obama’s election to claim a realization of the “dream.” Others mumble something about a post-racial America. I suspect that King, if alive, would reject such nonsense. Although when asked “who he thought King would support” in the 2008 primary campaign Obama made a good case for answering “Nobody,” it is possible that King may have supported Obama. King was a politician (...) continue continue
  • The Self-Defense of Suicide

    1 January 2009, by Oren Ben-Dor
    Echoing Lebanon 2006, the people of Gaza are being butchered by murderous pilots of a murderous state. Ground forces will soon butcher many more. This widely-expected repetition of Israel’s large scale violence is carried out after a long process that was triggered when Israel unilaterally cleared its settlements and ground presence from Gaza only to create what has been described as a remote-controlled human zoo. Israel has maintained total control over Gaza’s borders, its air and sea (...) continue continue
  • Israel’s Message

    14 January 2009, by Ilan Pappe
    In 2004, the Israeli army began building a dummy Arab city in the Negev desert. It’s the size of a real city, with streets (all of them given names), mosques, public buildings and cars. Built at a cost of $45 million, this phantom city became a dummy Gaza in the winter of 2006, after Hizbullah fought Israel to a draw in the north, so that the IDF could prepare to fight a ‘better war’ against Hamas in the south. When the Israeli Chief of General Staff Dan Halutz visited the site after the (...) continue continue
  • Gideon Levy / An open response to A.B. Yehoshua

    18 January 2009, by Gideon Levy
    Dear Bulli, Thank you for your frank letter and kind words. You wrote it was written from a "position of respect," and I, too, deeply respect your wonderful literary works. But, unfortunately, I have a lot less respect for your current political position. It is as if the mighty, including you, have succumbed to a great and terrible conflagration that has consumed any remnant of a moral backbone. You, too, esteemed author, have fallen prey to the wretched wave that has inundated, (...) continue continue
  • Mon message à l’Ocident

    15 janvier 2009, par Ismail Haniyeh
    J’écris cet article à destination des lecteurs Occidentaux, quelque soit leur appartenance politique ou leur statut social, au moment où la machine de guerre israélienne continue de massacrer mon peuple dans la bande de Gaza. À ce jour, près de 1000 personnes ont été tuées, dont près de la moitié sont des femmes et des enfants. La semaine dernière, le bombardement de l’école de l’UNRWA (Agence d’Aide aux Réfugiés des Nations Unies) dans le camp de réfugiés de Jabalya a été l’un des plus odieux crimes (...) suite suite
  • My message to the West – Israel must stop the slaughter

    15 January 2009, by Ismail Haniyeh
    I write this article to Western readers across the social and political spectrum as the Israeli war machine continues to massacre my people in Gaza. To date, almost 1,000 have been killed, nearly half of whom are women and children. Last week’s bombing of the UNRWA (UN Relief Works Agency) school in the Jabalya refugee camp was one of the most despicable crimes imaginable, as hundreds of civilians had abandoned their homes and sought refuge with the international agency only to be (...) continue continue
  • Victorious, but vilified: Israel has ’destroyed its image and its soul’

    18 January 2009, by Kim Sengupta, Donald Macintyre
    After three weeks of carnage in Gaza, there were tentative signs of a ceasefire last night. But the bitter legacy of the past 22 days for Israel is that, while it declares victory on the battlefield, the country’s reputation has rarely sunk so low. Yesterday the United Nations called for a war crimes investigation after two children, aged five and seven, were killed when, it claimed, an Israeli tank shell hit a school sheltering some of the more than 40,000 internally displaced refugees. (...) continue continue

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