Palestine Spring in the making? – by Jamal Kanj

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A third Palestinian uprising is simmering slowly, fuelled by the denigrating policies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the chances of a political solution steadily diminishing, and lacking other options, the conditions are ripe for a new Palestinian Intifada, or uprising. While the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to a … [Read more...]

Jamal Kanj: The myth of the Jewish people

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The Invention of the Jewish People is a book written by Shlomo Sand, an Israeli professor of history at the University of Tel Aviv. The author wasn’t probing a belief system but Zionist fabrications of a spurious common lineage for people of the Jewish faith. Sand argues that the idea of Jews having a common ethnic identity is implausible because, as with Christianity and … [Read more...]

Jamal Kanj: Megalomaniac vs monomaniacs in Syria

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Syrian President Bashar Assad has a penchant for blaming outside conspirators for the troubles in Syria. While plausible, he is mistaken in linking public demands for political reform with presumed plots against his country. His pompous speech three weeks ago on a political resolution for the carnage in Syria was preposterous. After 22 months of killings and … [Read more...]

Jamal Kanj: Israelis vote against common sense

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Israelis voted on 22 January to kill the prospect of peace. Out of 34 factions contesting the election, voters chose right wing parties advocating land annexation and Jews-only settlements. This should come as no surprise as an opinion poll conducted by Israel Democracy and Tel Aviv University last month revealed that 67 per cent of Israelis supported their government’s … [Read more...]

Jamal Kanj: Unchecked Israel Firsters

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How do American allow Israel Firsters to declare their loyalty to a foreign state and can be counted on to put interests of Israel in front of America's? The undue influence of money and single issue interest groups is bankrupting the essence of American democracy and discouraging honest Americans from serving their nation. In current debate over Chuck Hagel's pick to … [Read more...]