Alice Walker’s position on Israeli Boycott

This just in via the Electronic Intifada: JTA and Haaretz distort Alice Walker’s position on boycott of Israeli publisher Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Tue, 06/19/2012 – 11:31 Alice Walker speaks in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. (Lazar Simeonov / TEDxRamallah) A JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) report that was carried by Haaretz, accuses Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker of refusing to allow her iconic book The Color Purpleto be translated into Hebrew: Alice Walker, author of “The Color … Read more Alice Walker’s position on Israeli Boycott

Avnery on the First War in Lebanon

Uri Avnery June 9, 2012 The War of Lies THIRTY YEARS ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed. Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) … Read more Avnery on the First War in Lebanon

Uri Avnery: A Putsch Against War

Avnery’s weekly column for May 5, 2012: A  Putsch Against War GENERALS AND secret police chiefs get together for an attack on the politicians. In some countries, they arrest the president, occupy government offices and TV stations and annul the constitution. They then publish Communique No. 1, explaining the dire need to save the nation from perdition and promising democracy, elections etc. In other countries, they do it more … Read more Uri Avnery: A Putsch Against War

Uri Avnery on Günther Grass

As far as poems go, “Was gesagt werden muss / What needs to be said” is a pretty second-rate exercise, & its political analysis is to a good extent inaccurate, but the mass of hysterical & inane responses in Europe (cf. the hundreds of the knee-jerk reactions in the German press) & here (see, for example Bernard Henri Levy’s idiotically pavlovian & totally besides the point response in the Huff … Read more Uri Avnery on Günther Grass

PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

from th PEN Advocacy pages: April 4, 2012 | Larry Siems Yesterday, we got word through our Translation Committee that Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan , whose collection Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is being released by Yale University Press this month, is still waiting for a visa to travel to the U.S. for a planned two-week book tour. The tour was to kick off yesterday with an event featuring Zaqtan and Fady Joudah, his translator, … Read more PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

David Grossman on the Fate of Omar Abu Jariban

Alan Gilbert posted on this Haaretz article by David Grossman here. It seems worthwhile reposting this during the week of Benjamin Netanyahu visit to D.C., warmongering re Iran among the GOP freak show, the recent AIPAC conference, etc. Last Friday Haaretz did something unusual: it placed an opinion piece on top of its front page. But it wasn’t just an ordinary opinion piece, it was written by one of the country … Read more David Grossman on the Fate of Omar Abu Jariban

Israeli Poet Almog Behar on his Mashreqi Roots

More from the sickbed — where cut-and-paste is the best I can do — this piece from an unlikely source, The Jerusalem Post: The Resurgent Mizrahi Voice 01/04/2012 18:26   By KAMOUN BEN-SHIMON Poet Almog Behar epitomizes the move of some Israelis to embrace their Middle Eastern roots. Photo by: SARAH DEMMI LEVIN One evening during the summer’s months of unrest, Almog Behar walks into the protest tent camp … Read more Israeli Poet Almog Behar on his Mashreqi Roots

Drone Economy for NYC?

This forwarded by friend John Maas, from the Beirut-based paper Al Akhbar English: New York to Host Israel’s Top Drone Lab  On December 19, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the establishment of a 2 million square foot engineering and applied sciences university campus in the heart of New York City. The New York-based Cornell University and the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, were chosen to oversee the new institution. … Read more Drone Economy for NYC?

Uri Avnery on Newt

Uri Avnery writes: December 17, 2011   “With Friends Like These…” MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!  What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul). Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that … Read more Uri Avnery on Newt

Latest signandsight roundups

I haven’t had the time to catch up with signandsight in recent weeks — but here the site’s most recent posts:   Legacy of denial Germany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of … Read more Latest signandsight roundups