Gideon Levy to A.B. Yehoshua

A ceasefire, yes. But it will not hold. Israel or Hamas — & it doesn’t matter which one it is, finally — will find an excuse to break it. Tomorrow Obama: in relation to Palestine I am not holding my breath. Plus ça change… Wish I were wrong… Here from Haaretz, a useful piece of thinking — as a response to an article by the writer A.B. Yehoshua — … Read more Gideon Levy to A.B. Yehoshua

373 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in 2007

Palestinian relatives of two brothers and Hamas fighters, Mohammed and Zeyad Abu Anzai, mourn during their funeral in the southern Gaza Strip, 1 December 2007. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages) B’Tselem today releases its year-end report. According to B’Tselem data, the number of Israelis and Palestinians killed in clashes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip dropped. However, there has been deterioration in many other measures of the human rights situation … Read more 373 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in 2007

More re: Debray on Palestine

Since translating & posting the extract of Régis Debray’s article on Palestine that appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique, I discovered that said monthly now has an online English edition in which you can read the whole article (under the title: “Palestine: a policy of deliberate blindness”) in a slicker translation than my own quick home-made version. Though I would like to point out some short-cuts taken by that translation. … Read more More re: Debray on Palestine

Régis Debray on Palestine

The current issue of Le Monde Diplomatique (August 2007 – #641) reprints a paper the previous [Chirac] government of France had asked the writer and philosopher Régis Debray to provide after, a fact finding tour of Palestine. Debray himself says that the piece is a “note diplomatique” (involving “concision and circonspection”) and so the language is rather guarded and far from radical/militant. And yet, the very description of the … Read more Régis Debray on Palestine