In the most recent edition of Haaretz
, Yitzhak Laor
, the distinguished Israeli poet, novelist, veteran political activist and author of The Myths of Liberal Zionism
, explains how "the government is intent on destroying every political entity in the West Bank and turning the Palestinians into a marginalized, fragmented people." Below is an extract of this article.
Nakba Day - an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948 - falls on the 15th of May each year. This interactive map
, featured on the Guardian
website, shows the extent of Palestine's changed landscape - hundreds of Arab villages and towns abandoned, attacked and de-populated throughout Israel's war of independence. In an attempt to understand the catastrophe, we bring you a reading list of key books on the Israel-Palestine conflict, from Ilan Pappe
, Ghada Karmi
, Norman Finkelstein
, Edward Said
, Shlomo Sand
, and more.
Eugene Brennan wrote a review of Alain Badiou
, Eric Hazan
and Ivan Segré
's Reflections on Anti-Semitism
. In their work, the three authors highlight a current custom of French political discourse, which silences any criticism of France's racist and Islamophobic policies by branding it as anti-semitic. Similarly criticism of Israel becomes dangerously but conveniently equated to anti-semitism, a practice upholded by France's most prominent Zionist pundit philosophers, Alain Finkielkraut and Bernard Henri-Lévy. These attacks predominantly affect France's Arab population by justifying discriminatory measures against them, in addition to their demonization by many feminist and gay liberation groups. Brennan writes:
While these complex variants of anti-Semitism persist in fragmented forms, the authors denounce the prevalent thesis which claims that there has been a ‘surge of anti-semitism’ since the early years of the War on Terror. This is not a description of an actual situation but an ideological smokescreen for stigmatising one portion of the population, conveniently one of the most disadvantaged: black and Arab youth.