Cluster

Cluster

“What we did was insane and monstrous.” Head of IDF rocket unit, July 2006 On his last evening Abu Ali walked home between the rows of pine that line his driveway, settled in the shelter of his grape arbor, rolled a cigarette, was served tea by his wife,...

Two Poems on Gaza

Pomegranates Was it pomegranates we used to eat? I cant quite rememberit was before all the bombsfell everywhere even on that churchin the backyard of grandma’s house,when grandma did not believe in Jesusand pushed her little sisteroff of the window sill,then...
Washington Okays Attack on Unarmed U.S. Ship

Washington Okays Attack on Unarmed U.S. Ship

The Obama administration appears to have given a green light to an Israeli attack on an unarmed flotilla carrying peace and human rights activists — including a vessel with 50 Americans on board — bound for the besieged Gaza Strip. At a press conference on...
The Only Cargo on the Next Gaza Flotilla Is Our Letters

The Only Cargo on the Next Gaza Flotilla Is Our Letters

The U.S.-backed blockade of the Gaza Strip is “collective punishment” – a war crime under international law, as established in the Fourth Geneva Convention. It must end. That is why I will shortly be setting sail in the Freedom Flotilla II —...
Why Did Richard Goldstone Throw the Goldstone Report Under the Bus?

Why Did Richard Goldstone Throw the Goldstone Report Under the Bus?

I spoke to Richard Goldstone several times after his eponymous Report came out, and it was obvious that the personal slander and vilification from so many in his own community was wearing him down. He was certainly naive and did not expect the excreta storm that would...
WikiLeaks: Hamas Passes Along Its Financial Problems to Gazans

WikiLeaks: Hamas Passes Along Its Financial Problems to Gazans

(Pictured: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.) We’re honored to have Michael Busch dissecting the latest WikiLeaks document dump for Focal Points. This is the thirty-seventh in the series. In the face of the bombshell Palestine Papers published this week by al Jazeera...
Review: ‘Midnight on the Mavi Marmara’

Review: ‘Midnight on the Mavi Marmara’

Published less than two months after Israeli commandos boarded an international aid flotilla bound for Gaza and killed nine activists, Midnight on the Mavi Marmara is, in the words of editor Moustafa Bayoumi, “the first book about the attack,” but...

‘They’ Are Not Taking ‘Our’ Jobs

My neighbor two doors down flies a Confederate flag alongside his more conventional stars and stripes. He drives a pickup truck, sports a number of provocative tattoos, and is about as white as Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. I don’t know if he would vote for...
Iran-Turkey-Syria: An Alliance of Convenience

Iran-Turkey-Syria: An Alliance of Convenience

One of the most striking political consequences of Israel’s raid on the Gaza flotilla at the end of May has been the emergence of a seeming new strategic triangle in the region: an Iran-Turkey-Syria axis. While Iran and Syria are touted as implacable...
Pavlovian Congress Jumps to Israel’s ‘Self-‘ Defense

Pavlovian Congress Jumps to Israel’s ‘Self-‘ Defense

Posted as a complement to Stephen Zunes’s Foreign Policy in Focus piece Israel’s Dubious Investigation of Flotilla Attack. In a letter to President Barack Obama date June 17, 329 out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives referred to...
Israel’s Dubious Investigation of Flotilla Attack

Israel’s Dubious Investigation of Flotilla Attack

Few decisions of the Obama administration have outraged the peace and human rights community as much as its successful efforts to block an international inquiry into May’s Israeli aid flotilla attack. Instead, supported by leading Republican and Democratic...

Crazy Talk in the Middle East

Trying to track—let alone make sense—of recent developments around Iran is enough to make one reach for that stuff they just found lots of in Afghanistan: lithium. While the element is essential for a host of electronics, it is also a standard treatment...
Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack

Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested in the streets of Tel Aviv last weekend against their right-wing government’s attack on an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla sailing in international waters. International condemnation of the raids continued in foreign...