Tag: Palestine

Soccer shocker

While Germany dismantled Brazil on the futebol grass, Israel demolished the houses of Palestinian families in Gaza — and my attention, like much of the world’s, was focused on the soccer game.  In the article below, originally published by Al Jazeera English, Prof. Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University in New York asks why is that.  Excellent question. …

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Gaza Storm Emergency – More Help Needed

On top of all its other problems, Gaza has been hit by the worst storm in decades.  The United Nations Relief Work Agency (UNRWA) has declared all of Northern Gaza a disaster area.  Whole neighborhoods are under six feet of water, and there is overflowing sewage, power outages, and all the other miseries of disaster. …

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Birthday thoughts

On my 72nd birthday a couple of days ago I ate dinner at the Zatar restaurant in downtown Berkeley and then watched the Welcome to Hebron movie at the Berkeley Community College. Zatar is well known locally and I join the many customers who sing its praises.  The fare is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean …

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A Courageous Voice for Peace

Miko Peled, the son of an Israeli general, spoke at Berkeley Community College yesterday evening, and I listened.  Peled, born and raised in Jerusalem, a European Jew from a long line of Zionist militarists, dissents strongly from the official line about Israel.  In a 45-minute presentation, he punctured the myth of the Israeli state as …

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