US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

November 25, 2019

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The decision breaks with a 1978 State Department finding that settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” The new policy is also...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Scale” of Racism in Britain

August 10, 2018

Is there a scale to measure racism in Britain? It appears there may be two. British politics being what it is (and brave is the person who dares to define it), the political stories that grab the headlines day after day tend to be both confusing and confounding. Brexit of course dominates...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Israel’s “Natural” Right

July 24, 2018

In most of the world politics is a human invention. Israel claims its politics is a feature of nature.  The newly passed law that radically modifies the political and sociological landscape of Israel, according to Al Jazeera, contains this bold claim: "The state of Israel is the national home...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Jewish “Supremacy” Law Passed

July 20, 2018

Israel redefines itself as a nation and decides who will be supreme and who won’t. After the Knesset’s passage of a new law defining Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people,” Ayman Odeh, speaking in the name of the Arab Joint List, an alliance of four predominantly Arab parties,...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Loyalty” to Israel

March 09, 2018

Loyalty, as it plays out in the Middle East, especially with regimes such as Saudi Arabia and now Israel, seems to imply subservience and dependence. Patriotism and loyalty to one’s country are encouraged everywhere in the world. Depending on the culture, failing to express either may lead to...

From New Orleans to Palestine: Whose House Is This?

December 30, 2017

Palestinians have asked for decades “Whose house is this?” Trump has given the green light for the occupation to take whatever of the “house” is left. “Whose house is this?” A man in a black sweater and dark jeans stood at the podium, raised both arms in the air and asked the...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Nikki Haley and the “Simple” Act

December 20, 2017

The world has been warned. Nikki Haley is taking names. In a 14 to 1 vote at the United Nations Security Council on the long-standing matter of the status of Jerusalem — in response to Donald Trump’s decision to establish the US embassy in that disputed city — the one nation to vote...

Palestine Puts FIFA in a Bind

May 09, 2017

The significance of the Israeli-Palestinian battle being fought on the soccer pitch goes beyond the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics. The perennial dispute between Israel and Palestine has put world soccer body FIFA in a bind. With FIFA groping on how to deal with Israeli West Bank...

The World This Week: John Kerry Tells Hard Truths to Israel

January 01, 2017

In a historic speech, John Kerry all but admits that the most right-wing government in Israeli history has buried his cherished two-state solution. Even as the world rung in the New Year, attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul left many dead. An elected representative in the United States who likes...

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