Monday, January 12, 2009

The war between Israel and Hamas

I guess I've remained silent on this blog about the terrible conflict in Gaza and southern Israel so far. This is because I really don't know what to think.


So, here are some of the blog posts and opinion pieces I found compelling.
UPDATE: MORE HERE.

9 comments:

Gene said...

You don't say!

Gene said...

I'm sorry! That was flippant and rather boorish.

Thanks for the links. I shall make it a point to go through at least some of them.

I see though that many of those are from neocons. May I try to provide some balance here by suggesting the following as well:
1) Alastair Crooke's "Our second biggest mistake in the Middle East";
2) Why the Gaza calm crashed;
3) this 'debate' between Martin Indyk and Norman Finkelstein;
4) Lest We Forget, a very troubling listing of events in the region for some sort of background; and
5) Gaza: historical amnesia.

The Contentious Centrist said...

"I see though that many of those are from neocons. "

Is this supposed to be an improvement on "flippant and boorish"?

les said...

bob--

an excellent collection of articles. i would add 3 more:

norm geras' response to a piece by nir rosen in the guardian

http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2008/12/so-nir-and-yet-so-far.html

an update on that mideast peace rally in new york city that orthodox anarchist helped to organize

http://orthodoxanarchist.com/2009/01/277/peace-rally-recap

and the statement on gaza from the iwt

http://www.marxist.org.uk/2009/01/02/stop-gaza-attacks/

Roland Dodds said...

A great set of links Bob. Thanks for the heads up.

bob said...

Gene, I'll click your links in a moment, but let me just take issue with your claim that "many of those [my links] are from neocons". Unless you are using "neocon" as a code-word for "Jew", you can't have clicked on any of them. Terry Glavin: a social democrat. George Szirtes: a leftist who opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Orthodox Anarchist: er, an anarchist. David Hirsh: a cosmopolitan Marxist. David Rosenberg: an anti-Zionist socialist. Eric Lee: a veteran trade union activist. Michael Walzer: a democratic socialist. Jeffrey Goldberg: OK, I don't know anything about him; maybe he's a neocon; he does after all have a Jewish name. Charles Lenchner: a peacenik. Bernard Henri Levy: well, still calls himself a left-winger. International Marxist Tendeny: ultra-left communists. Jewish Labor Committee: trade unionists. The Forward and Thomas Freidman: liberal. Rumi: Sufi mystic. Lisa Goldman: hardcore peacenik.

What, Gene, is neocon about them?

Waterloo Sunset said...

You might also find the (pretty nuanced in my view) Libcom article on "Antisemitism and the Left" of interest- http://libcom.org/blog/anti-semitism-left-05012009

Waterloo Sunset said...

There's also this from an Israeli member of the ultraleft- http://en.internationalism.org/node/2764

bob said...

Thanks Les and WS. Links in clickable form here:
Anti-semitism and the left - redux | libcom.org
An internationalist voice in Israel | International Communist Current
Stop Gaza Attacks : Le Petit Canard Noir
NYC Middle East Peace Rally recap | Orthodox Anarchist
normblog: So Nir and yet so far