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|Lesson #0 From Gaza Soldier Testimonies: WHERE'S THE WAR ???
Last week, the Israeli dissident organization "Shovrim Shtika" (Hebrew) , or "Breaking the Silence" (English) , has released a booklet with 111 soldier testimonies from last summer's war on Gaza. ...
|Israeli Elections Tomorrow: A Primer, and What to Watch for (UPDATE beautiful chart)
Ok, I guess it's time for my traditional pre-Israeli-elections diary. I posted one in 2009 and two in 2012/3 ( one and two ). ...
|AP: 75%-90% of Deaths from Israel's "Precision" Air Strikes Last Summer were Civilians
In my last diary a couple of weeks ago , I promised to be more "in your face", writing more regularly about Gaza rather than wait for the next round of mayhem or warfare. Since then I've been a bit ...
|Guess what Topic is *NOT* Mentioned by the Main Contenders in Israel's Election?
Shuja'iyya, Gaza, Winter 2015: a resident walks in what used to be a street. (Anne Paq / Activestills ) Yes, the same Gaza that reigning ...
|Expand the Site's F#$#%@g Mission, Kos!
...this being my modest contribution to the post-2014-midterms discussions... I feel we haven't quite come to terms with our site's collective, colossal failure in its main declared mission. It is ...
|W/Update: I just sent this to NPR to protest their shameful non-coverage of Climate March
If your experience with NPR coverage today (or tomorrow, Monday) was similar, use this link to contact them. Thank you. Dear Ombudsman, Today over 300,000 people marched in New York for climate ...
|GAZA CEASEFIRE COLLAPSES: Here's What I Wrote President Obama
Gaza has been a bit off the headlines the last week, because there were 9 consecutive days of cease-fire, in installments of 3+5+1, each time the extension being agreed upon in the last moment. ...
|BREAKING: 72-Hour Gaza Ceasefire Announced
Jointly by Ban Ki-Moon and John Kerry. Yesterday we tried to postpone our 15-year-old son's trip to Israel by a few days but there were no spots. It was either go tomorrow (Friday), or cancel. He ...
|Gaza War (w/UPDATE): Will Obama back up his Secretary of State?
A few months ago, when Secretary of State John Kerry amped up his efforts to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, senior members of the Israeli resorted to attacking him personally, while throwing ...
The 2014 Gaza war looks more and more like a sports competition between the leaderships of Israel and Hamas, to see who will emerge more stupid and evil. So far "my" side (that would be Israel) is ...
|What to tell Climate-Confused Friends? That You don't "Believe" in Global Warming
As global warming comes back to the fore of public discourse, environmentalists wonder how to overcome the polarization (this New Hampshire poll finds global warming to be the most partisan issue, ...
|UPDATE History by Ordinary People: Father-Daughter Pair Doing 6-Day Electric Car Coast-to-Coast
(h/t to the insideevs.com electric vehicle blog, for alerting me about this story) On Tuesday, John, a 62-year-old man from Kentucky, posted this laconic message on the Tesla owner online forum: ...
|Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #4 (and last): Technology Aspects
Hooray! I am about to achieve a Daily Kos first for me: to actually complete a diary series as promised. This is the 5th and last diary in a series on the current state of electric vehicles (EVs),
|White Man's Burden - the Israeli Occupation Version
(this on-the-ground report and analysis by scholar-activist David Shulman, with some additions and links by yours truly, is crossposted from the Villages Group Blog) Dear Friends, By a ...
|What's Behind Israel's Boom-and-Bust Economic Cycles? It's the Occupation, Silly
I have been away from Israel-Palestine blogging, happily moonlighting about EVs instead... ...well, that's not quite true. I've raised a bit of I-P ruckus lately - but in Hebrew. In August I ...
|Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #3B: Business Viability and Consumer Value
This is the 4th (and likely next-to-last) diary in a series on the current state of electric vehicles (EVs), focusing on the US, that started last month. Diaries #1 and #2 dealt with environmental ...
|Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #3A: The Sales Wars
This was slated to be the 3rd diary in a series of 4, but I am splitting it because it became too long. So my series will have 5 diaries! Yay! In case you missed them, Diaries One and Two dealt ...
|Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #2: Other Environmental Issues
This is Diary #2 in a 3-part series about electric vehicles (EVs), around National Plug-In Day, coming up on September 28-29. Diary #1 dealt exclusively with greenhouse-gas footprint. I tried to ...
|Dispelling Electric-Vehicle Myths, #1: About that CO2 Footprint...
This is the first serving in a series of 3-4 posts about electric vehicles (EVs), leading up to National Plug-In Day on September 28. A few days ago we celebrated our own first anniversary as EV ...
|[VIDEO] Elon Musk Pulls Another Rabbit out of his Hat: Tesla S Battery Can Be Fast-Swapped
A few short months ago, conventional wisdom was poking fun at the Tesla S electric car, with some columnists calling it "a glorified golf cart" (which, in case you don't know, is the N-word analogue ...
|Better Place Goes Belly-Up. But Is the Switchable-Battery EV still Alive?
Last week, the Israeli company called Better Place filed for bankruptcy. Better Place (BP) tried to base its business upon battery-switching and charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs). It ...
|#NOKXL: Cut Off the Tar Sands - Switch to an Electric or Plug-In Vehicle
My challenge to you: make it your mission, that anyone you know who's planning to buy a new car in 2013, has at least seriously considered an EV or plug-in, and has taken at least one for a test ...
|Israeli Voters Upset with Bibi - But will they Upset him Back?
Over the past couple of months, from my vantage point across an ocean and a continent, I have observed a growing disconnect between most of Israel's political analysts - and the actual campaign for ...
|Israeli Elections: Labor party leader pays steep price for ignoring Occupation
As events in Egypt, Syria and Palestine heat up... ...The nation-state in the middle of all this, Israel, has had its own share of high political drama. True, instead of blood, only tears and ...
|Gaza Ceasefire: Giving Thanks to President Obama
Some 30 hours after its enactment, The ceasefire in Gaza is holding on. It remains to be seen if and when the promise to open Gaza to normal civilian movement, laconically stated in the ceasefire ...
|Israeli Government Balks at Ceasefire, Gambles with Lives of Millions (UPDATE: CEASEFIRE!)
I kinda expected this , but it's still infuriating (Hebrew, translation and emphasis mine). ...the announcement of a ceasefire scheduled to begin last night at midnight was postponed at the last ...
|2012 Gaza Conflict: one can have one's own opinions - NOT one's own FACTS (+UPDATE)
America is beginning to tune in more closely to the catastrophe unfolding in and around Gaza. And not a moment too soon. If we cannot stop this in 48 hours, the list of victims since it started on ...
|Let's Stop Bibi Netanyahu's Sickening "Wag the Dog" Ploy
Part of expatriate life is worrying for the health of elderly overseas parents. My father-in-law's health is bad enough to worry about , even without this recent crap. My wife's parents live in ...
|Once again, Big Media chose the "Baby Rasmussens" over the "Nate Silvers"
Tuesday night belongs in the US news media Hall of Shame. It was even worse than CNN's June "Obamacare Repealed!" gaffe. Back then, it was just one network misinterpreting reality, and having a ...
|My Friendly Smackdown to the guy "voting Green in a swing state"
This Presidential election is attracting more than its fair share of vocal, irritating third-party advocates. Interestingly, most of them try to poach Obama supporters. Earth to nudniks: it's the ...
|Closing the Latino Gender Gap: Top Priority in the Time Remaining
The evidence mounts that Obama's post-Debate-1 poll slip has been a change-point rather than a temporary "bump". Even as Biden's dominating performance last night helps revive energies in the base ...
|How NOT to Introduce New Green-Tech: The Cautionary Tale of "Better Place" (+Update)
Today ends four weeks during which Israeli business and politics were almost completely shut down due to a spate of Jewish holidays. There's a known refrain in Hebrew: "After the Holidays" , meaning "
|Netanyahu's UN Speech also had REALLY-NOT-FUNNY parts...
...but they were completely upstaged by his Wile E. Coyote climax. These parts are highly worth revisiting. Bibi's brazen, out-and-out racism and lunatic brand of nationalist-supremacy, were ...
|Bibi's Wile E. Coyote UN Speech as a Symbol of Right-Wing Politicians' Disdain for Everyone
Beyond everything else, it was a good laugh. Here he is, the Village Idiot that my countrymen and women back home cannot find a way to get rid of, standing on the United Nations podium with the smug ...
|National Plug-In Day: Celebrating our New, AFFORDABLE Nissan Leaf! (+Update)
This diary has been waiting around as a draft for a couple of weeks... and it has turned out for the better! Today is National Plug-In Day, celebrating and showcasing electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-
|RAND Tracking Poll: Obama Surging Since "47%" Video (+Update)
For the past couple of weeks I've been following The RAND Continuous 2012 Presidential Election Poll. This poll is mentioned less in the media, and I'm not sure whether the various poll-averaging ...
|Our Decade in Seattle: an Avalanche of Extreme-Weather Records
In late August we completed a decade living in Seattle. I never thought we would stay here that long, so this indicates that the place has been generally nice to us. Our kids see this as home, but ...
|Military and Settler Vandalism Escalates as Court Battle over South Hebron Hills Heats Up
(Crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where a few more images can be seen) We continue to follow, report and support the struggle of the Palestinian residents of the West Bank's southernmost ...
|A New Bio-Gas System in Palestinian Susya
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where even more images can be seen) in May 2010, the Bio-Gas project was launched to install systems for producing gas from sheep and goat dung for the ...
|"Civil Administration" and Settlers Join Forces to Destroy Palestinian Susya. Court Winks and Nods?
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where images can be seen) In March, we reported about an unusual Israel High Court petition by Israeli settler-run groups, ...
|Israel's "Super-Stinker Deal" proves that its Political System has become a Complete Farce
The political earthquake that shook Israel last week went almost completely unreported in America. I can put forward some explanations why it wasn't reported (in a nutshell, because the story is a ...
|Music and Friendship at Salem: Sunita, Yasmin and the Harp
(Crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, where images can be viewed) Below is a story told by Sunita Staneslow on the new friendship and the start of musical cooperation between her, an Israeli ...
|Settler Group Gives the Game Away (while Complaining too Few Palestinian Homes are Demolished)
(This hilariously ironic story is crossposted from the Villages Group Blog) We previously reported on the worrisome escalation ...
|"Operation Hilarity" - and the Law of Unintended Consequences
I have not taken part in the passionate debate about "Operation Hilarity" - the push for tactical voting in the open Michigan primary, wherein kos urged Michigan Democrats to vote for Santorum in ...
|BREAKING: Palestinian Prisoner Stops Hunger Strike after 66 Days; will be Released + UPDATE
Ma'an: The Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners affairs said Tuesday that Israel intends to release hunger striking prisoner Khader Adnan after he completes his current administrative ...
|A Plea to the World from the Principal of a Palestinian School about to be Demolished
(crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, where images can be viewed) In November we reported with joy about the new school structure at Susiya (Susya). (see ...
|Israeli Occupation Builds Villas for Carmel Settlers, Destroys the Hut of their Widow Neighbor.
|Sheldon Adelson already bought a politician: Israel's Prime Minister + UPDATES
Newt Gingrich's South Carolina victory has brought onto the spotlight his campaign's main benefactor,
|Winter at Salem: Music Center Annual Concert - and Military Raid on Center Director's Home
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where ...
|Military Trial of 17-year old Amal, West Bank girl. Charge: Spilling Water on Soldier. +UPDATE
(This story, rather timely for the week of MLK ...
|Update about Sausan and Amal, 2 Palestinian Girls Arrested as their Home was Demolished
(crossposted from the Villages ...
|"Law Enforcement" Destroys Prayer House, Homes, School - Just Because They're for Arabs
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where images ...
|South Hebron Hills Update from the Villages Group
(This update from Ehud is crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where images can be viewed) About one ...
|World-Class American Jazz Harpist Conducts Workshop at Salem Music Center, West Bank
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where beautiful ...
|Shalit Deal - A Teaching Moment  DEATH OF THE "NO PARTNER" LIE
Israeli POW Gilad Shalit is finally back home after 5+ years in illegal solitary confinement. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners were also released, with hundreds more to follow. Many of them will ...
|Please Help Palestinian Community Organizer Follow His Dreams
(crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, where Ibrahim's image can be seen)
|BREAKING: Israel-Hamas Prisoner Deal Reached +UPDATE: Now Approved
Just noticed that on the Israeli news, and it's on Al Jazeera too. Binyamin Netanyahu, the ...
|Israel's Tahrir: Ripple Effect on Politicians, Financiers Continues...
In late August, after first sending proxies to defame Israel's social-justice protesters as "radical lefties" - a move that backfired spectacularly; then trying the silent treatment, hoping ...
|Israeli Settlers Mob-Assault Activists, with Police Looking on +UPDATE
I was waiting a few days as the disturbing emails piled my inbox, trying to wrap my head around them and think what angle to bring this story from. To Hell with my angle. ...
|Palestinian Return, Jewish Return, and Insufferable Western Bias
Volumes can be written on this, but my diary will be short. First, I would like to thank kos again for the insight ...
|Susya Elementary School, Occupied West Bank - Second Year Opens
(crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, where pics can be found. Donation info ...
|Israel's Tahrir : First effect on electoral politics - Labor Party Revived
Away from the drama in Georgia and at the UN, a potentially major electoral development took place in Israel yesterday. Knesset Member ...
|S&P at it again: *upgrades* Israel during Mega-Crisis (+UPDATE)
This happened over the weekend, but was not covered at Daily Kos yet. Remember S&P, that agency that - like its cronies - handed out AAA ratings to junk side-bets on subprime loans? Then last month ...
|Bans, Boycotts, Baa... What Daily Kos REALLY Needs is to Launch America's TAHRIR
Wow, we just passed the 10th anniversary of Sep. 11. An event that changed so many countries forever, and affected so many lives, including my own. But we Kossacks have spent this week mostly at ...
|Another Round of Israeli Military Vandalism at Umm-Al-Kheir
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog, where images can be seen)
|Israel's Tahrir : Will the Revolution End "Bibinomics"?
Ok... a little bird told me there was ...
|Villages Group: Report on Summer Camps at Susya and Umm-Al-Kheir, West Bank
(Cross-posted from the Villages Group Blog, where pics can be found) The summer ...
|Antisemitism and Political Blogging: Personal Reflections
My 5-year involvement with this site has been somewhat intermittent. Although I love to blog, there is still this other pesky thing called "life" that often tends to take precedence. At other ...
|More from the Salem Music Center, West Bank: Q&A with the Kids
Crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, where pics can be found) The ...
|Susya Creative and Learning Center, Occupied Palestine: 1st Anniversary Celebration
(crossposted from Villages Group, where pics can be seen) [Note: This memorable event took place late May, but Ehud only ...
|Restrooms and Sanitation at Umm-Al-Kheir (a story for Shavuot)
(crossposted from Villages Group, where pics are found) Mohammed ...
|May 21, 2011: Music Teachers and Students from Tel-Aviv Visit the Music Center in Salem near Nablus
(Crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, where - as ...
|Bibi, Obama and Israel's A-Historical View of Itself
"It’s time to recognize this basic truth: Israel is not what’s wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what’s right about the Middle East." I'm guessing ...
|At Umm-Al-Kheir, West Bank: Fighting Demolitions with Art
(crossposted from the VG blog, where pics can be seen) In November 2008,
|Please Help the Enrichment Learning Program at Umm-Fakra, West Bank Cave-Dweller Village
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog) ...
|The Deadly Fires: Israel's Katrina?
The Israeli authorities announced Sunday night that the fire ranging in the Carmel hills since Thursday, Israel's most devastating fire on record,
|A Lost Decade in Israel-Palestine: Diary Series Kickoff
This diary opens a collaborative effort to profile the past decade in the life of Israel-Palestine. A Lost Decade in all respects. Far worse than Japan's “Lost Decade.” ...
|Hebrew Lessons at the Learning and Creativity Center in Susiya, West Bank
(this guest post by Yael Arbel is crossposted from the Villages Group blog -
|Premiere of a Film Documenting Relationships between Israelis and the People of Palestinian Susiya
(Crossposted from the Villages Group Blog, ...
|Salem Music Center, Occupied Palestine: 3-Year Plan
(crossposted with pics on the Villages Group blog) Following is a letter from my Erella and Ehud,
|Songs by Ikhlas-Yasmin Jebara from Occupied Palestine: Part II
(crossposted from the Villages Group blog) This ...
|Songs by Ikhlas ("Yasmin") Jebara from Salem, West Bank - Part I
My friends from The Villages Group (crosspost link w/pic) sent me these English ...
|Major Israeli Theaters Embrace The Settlements (+BIG UPDATE!)
Some cultural news from Israel: Several of Israel's leading theater ...
|Israeli and Palestinian Women Find New Way to Challenge The Occupation
(crossposted on The Only Democracy) Wow. Has it been 50+ days since ...
|Our 2 Op-Eds in the Israeli Press about Israel's Future (2)
My last diary was my translation of an op-ed Ofer Neiman, a fellow ...
|Our 2 Op-Eds in the Israeli Press about Israel's Future (1)
In April, in anticipation of Israel's independence day, fellow Israeli activist Ofer Neiman sent us an op-ed for feedback. I ended up co-signing the article. It appeared on Ynet, the website of ...
|Bibi, Stop Racist Talk against Turks and Release All Footage!
(expanded version of Occupation Magazine post) Today (Saturday), Israeli PM `Bibi` again claimed, in rather crude terms, that the ...
|Contact Obama to Demand Gaza Siege Lift! (update)
I wrote here some 40 hours ago, that Israel is determined to act as ...
|Israel to World: Screw You, We will Continue to Block Gaza
It all happened before. A ship sailing to Palestine. Its organizers care not so much about the ship's arrival. They want to bring world attention to the injustices in Palestine. Live broadcasts ...
|Israeli Govt. Criminalizes Its Arab-Citizen Leaders: May 14 Update
(crossposted on The Only Democracy) On ...
|Israeli Secret Police Arrests Israeli-Palestinian Leaders; Press Gagged
No, this story does not come from the Occupied Territories, where residents are under a 43-year military rule and where wee-hour arrest raids are a routine occurrence. This comes from right inside ...
|First Biodigester Unit at Work in Palestinian Susiya
(crossposted with pics at the Villages Group Blog) We continue supporting the economic ...
|Helping Mahmud from Susya, the Organic Farmer
(This on-the ground report from my Villages Group colleagues Erella and Ehud was originally posted by me - with pictures -
|...In Israel, it has been "Arizona" all along! (w/Update)
I am encouraged by the wave of justified indignation, and spontaneous boycott movement, against the new Arizona law. Indeed, requiring citizens and legal resident to carry proof of their status at ...
|Btselem and 6 US Peace Groups to Obama: Lift Gaza Siege Now
( crossposted on Occupation Magazine ) This ...
|Palestinian-American Student Stuns Obama with Simple Question (w/update)
Happened a few days ago, but went under the DKos radar. Just before wiping the floor with the entire GOP House caucus, Obama got stumped in Tampa by a student:
|'Tis the Season: Donation options for a better 2010 in Israel-Palestine
It hasn't been a good year for Israel-Palestine. Actually, it has been a downright lousy decade. One reason is the 8 atrocious Bush years, when the pattern of US involvement in I-P was ...
|"The Only Democracy"(TM) vs. Mohammad Othman, Nonviolent Activist
Today, an Israeli military court approved (with some limitations) the euphemistically named "administrative detention" of nonviolent Palestinian ...
|Nonviolent Victory: Palestinians Return to Bir al 'Id
(crossposted with pics on the Villages Group blog) 10 years ago, in November 1999, the government of Ehud "peace-seeker" Barak forcibly evicted Bir ...
|BBC World Challenge Competition: Vote for Israel-Palestine Alt.Energy Project
World Challenge 09 is a competition organised by BBC... finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown ...
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