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A Very Jewish State

Posted 4:48 pm May 10, 2011 In: Readings

A Very Jewish State

Many Israeli Jews who are otherwise quite sane seem to believe that unless they have something like an 80% majority then the country would become just another Arab state. This is a central delusion, often expressed in apocalyptic “end of days” language. Others ask: how can a single state come about, and what would it look and feel like.

Dissent Magazine recently hosted a discussion around these themes. You can read the three contributions here, and we reproduce below the major one-state defence by Rachel Lever which takes up both these points. (more…)

Mazin Qumsiyeh: Popular Resistance in Palestine

Posted 10:25 pm November 15, 2010 In: Readings

Popular Resistance in Palestine

Published November 2010 by Pluto Press

The Western media paint Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation as exclusively violent: armed resistance, suicide bombings, and rocket attacks. In reality (more…)

A true one-state solution

Posted 5:57 pm September 3, 2010 In: Readings

A true one-state solution

George Bisharat in The Washington Post

“Where is the Palestinian Mandela?” pundits occasionally ask. But after these latest Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington fail — as they inevitably will —  the more pressing question may be: (more…)

Israel’s Peace Talks Preparations

Posted 2:07 pm August 28, 2010 In: Readings

How Israel prepared for the new round of  Two State Peace Talks

JEFF HALPER, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), recounts some of deeds and facts on the ground that no-one even pretended were “frozen” as a condition for talks: a relentless march of bulldozers and walls through homes, villages, water systems, cemeteries. (more…)

Palestine: Occupied, Divided, Isolated, Oppressed and Unaided

Posted 1:30 pm In: Readings

Palestine: Occupied, Divided, Isolated, Oppressed and Unaided

Stephen Lendman’s moving and detailed article puts the Occupation under a microscope, showing the intimate workings of (more…)

Virginia Tilley on “People from Palestine”

Posted 5:22 pm August 14, 2010 In: Readings

People from Palestine

Of the handful of books on the single state, Virginia Tilley’s The One-State solution is both the most pessimistic and also the most unequivocal in demonstrating that there really is no other way to peace. (more…)

A benchmark from the past

Posted 7:45 pm August 13, 2010 In: Readings

A benchmark from the past

Some of the most touching writings are those that take us back to what now seems an idyllic past, as precious as a lost species of beautiful animal. British Ambassador in Jordan, James Watt, blogged (more…)

“Shadow over Israel” – Margaret Atwood

Posted 7:37 pm July 8, 2010 In: Readings

The Shadow Over Israel

Excerpts from an essay for Ha’aretz Authors’  Edition by Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood. Her visit to Israel, to receive a literary prize, was a disgraceful breach of the Boycott, and certainly many of her comments here are an attempt to rationalise that. (more…)

The Challenges of a one-state solution

Posted 5:48 pm July 7, 2010 In: Readings

The challenges of a one-state solution

By Carlos Strenger

Israel would do well to apply some of the features of the one-state solution: to become a truly liberal, secular state (more…)

Kuttab’s Constitutional Guarantee

Posted 5:03 pm June 2, 2010 In: Readings

Jonathan Kuttab’s constitutional proposals

… it is possible, especially during this period when Jews are still the majority in power in Israel, to begin to envision the type of guarantees (more…)