Tag Archives: Palestine

Reza Aslan on looking for the real Jesus, the threat of fundamentalist literalism, and making white heads explode

If you spend any time at all on the internet, you likely saw a video making the rounds yesterday of religious scholar Dr. Reza Aslan repeatedly defending his decision to write a book about the life of Jesus to Fox News host Lauren Green, who clearly felt as though the subject should be off limits […]

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Helen Thomas and the limits of free speech

Last Thursday, former White House correspondent Helen Thomas received a standing ovation in Dearborn, where she addressed a group of roughly 300 people, most of whom, I’m told, were non-Arab. Thomas, in addition to criticizing America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, talked about, “the whole question of money involved in politics” – which is to […]

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What in the hell is Israel thinking?

The last time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington, DC, it was widely reported that he was snubbed by President Obama. I can’t recall the specifics, but I think it had to do with the fact that Netanyahu had announced, right before heading into peace talks, that Israel would be greatly expanding its roundly […]

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The Settlements

A few days ago, I came across this provocative quote from Jewish author Norm Finkelstein, and thought about sharing it here: “Every single member of my family on both sides were exterminated… I consider nothing more dispicable than to use their suffering and their martyrdom to try to justify the torture, the brutalization, the demolition […]

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Jon Stewart dares to talk peace

Last night, Jon Stewart had two Middle East peace activists on The Daily Show. One was Jewish American author, Anna Baltzer. The other was former Palestinian politician, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti. I found the exchange extremely informative, but apparently some feel as though the discussion could have benefited from the perspective of someone defending Israel’s right […]

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