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Naksa Day 2011: IDF Clashes With Protesters

Nakba Day, or “Day of the Catastrophe,” was the day the Arabs commemorated the disaster of Israel’s creation in 1948. Today is Naksa Day, on which they commemorate the disaster of Israel’s victory in 1967. (“Naksa” translates roughly to “setback.”) The Lebanese army, perhaps in response to a warning from Israel, has shut down access to […]

Tom Friedman Goes Full Delusional

Thomas Friedman has a suggestion for us as to how we can move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward. May I suggest a Tahrir Square alternative? Announce that every Friday from today forward will be “Peace Day,” and have thousands of West Bank Palestinians march nonviolently to Jerusalem, carrying two things — an olive branch in one […]

Assad’s Fall Should Be an American Strategic Goal

And not just because helping folks fight bad guys is the right thing to do. Syrian dissident Farid Ghadry is the founder of the US-based Reform Party of Syria, which has been advocating regime change for a long time. He takes no prisoners in his recent blog post on the world’s response to the slaughter of Syrians […]

In the Spirit of Zenga Zenga

Man, this made me smile. This Israeli ad for a fast internet provider contains exactly the combination of humor, cheekiness, and sweet, persistent optimism that characterizes so many Israelis, even at the worst of times. A young, post-Army Israeli is strolling the streets of a Muslim city in what looks like Iran, and…well, watch the […]

Watch Your Backs, Muslim Infidels

Coptic Christians and Israelis are hardly the only people in this neck of the woods with cause to worry about the emboldenment of Islamic fundamentalists in Egypt following the collapse of the Mubarak regime. As far as the Islamists are concerned, Sufi Muslims are no less an enemy. If this is news to you, that’s […]

Aluf Benn: Let the Flotillas Run the Blockade

Aluf Benn has a provocative editorial in today’s Haaretz advising the Israeli military to lighten up about the armada of “humanitarian aid” ships that are planning to run the Gaza blockade in May. About 1,000 protesters are expected to head this way aboard twenty ships, and “feverish preparations” are afoot among the Israelis to head it off. […]

Facebook Page Set Up to Promote Third Intifada

Beware the Ides of May. This link will take you to a Facebook page that has been set up to encourage a third intifada. It encourages Muslims everywhere — not just Palestinians — to converge on Israel on May 15. It does not explicitly state what they should do when they get here, but the […]

Melanie Phillips on Israeli TV

The video below is a recent interview on Israeli TV with British journalist Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan and The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle Over God, Truth and Power. Phillips is regularly vilified for her denunciations of the Palestinian version of our joint history, and is currently being investigated by Britain’s Press Complaints Commission […]

Bahrain to Evict Lebanese Shiites; Labels Hezbollah Terrorist Organization

Bahrain is reported to be planning to throw out thousands of Lebanese Shiites on suspicion of links to Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, based on American, French and Bahraini intelligence suggesting that those groups are coordinating the protests against the regime. Ninety Lebanese Shiites arrested during the recent crackdown on protesters will be deported immediately, […]

The Arab Revolution: What Comes Next?

Over the past few days, on the orders of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his brother Maher, the head of the Republican Guard, state security forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters gathering peacefully at a mosque, mowed down people from nearby villages who rushed in to assist the protesters, and shot mourners at the funerals […]