Monday morning, I had to walk around the southeast corner of 19th & N while construction workers poured the newest sidewalk in DC.
By Tuesday morning, their work was mostly complete, yet I couldn’t help but notice that someone had — rather than avoiding the new pavement, like I did — taken the opportunity to share his or her personal opinion with everyone who walks by for the next ~decade:
Continue reading The newest sidewalk in DC has already been victimized
Last week, Haaretz published a report about a minor trend that sees some Birthright students who become more critical of Israel’s policies after visiting. The piece devotes extensive coverage to notorious anti-Israel advocate Elisheva Goldberg* (who did not come to Israel through Birthright, but does volunteer with Extend, an organization that takes Birthright participants on follow-up tours of the West Bank). The article even refers to the incident that the first link in this paragraph is about (this one, if that’s confusing).
*If you don’t know why, you should probably read the link.
Though on the surface, the piece goes into great detail concerning Ms. Goldberg’s interests and activities — listing pretty much every trip she has taken abroad over the past decade or so — Haaretz appears to have gone to great lengths to actually obscure the true nature of Elisheva’s past. Because this blog has devoted a great deal of space (that’s three separate links) to the task of thoroughly exposing that past, it shall continue to do so now.
Continue reading Just what is Haaretz desperately trying to hide in Elisheva Goldberg’s murky past?
On Israeli Memorial Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with several children whose parents were killed serving in the Israel Defense Forces. At some point in the discussion, a little girl asked Bibi how he felt when his brother was famously killed in the raid on Entebbe. Here’s the brief exchange, captioned in English:
Continue reading For Israeli Memorial Day, Bibi channeled his inner Pocahontas (pun intended)
Earlier today, Barack Obama suggested that he would not quickly forget the Israeli Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks concerning the viability of a Palestinian state:
Continue reading Why is Barack Obama acting like he doesn’t know how politics works?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extended campaign ad — filmed before the United States Congress — has been grabbing all the headlines, but on Last Week Tonight last night, John Oliver drew viewers’ attention to an earlier piece in support of his reelection:
Continue reading What’s the real takeaway from Bibi’s fearmongering on ISIS?
Daniel Wickham made recent headlines for contrasting the presence of 21 world leaders at Sunday’s march in Paris with their actual commitments to a free press. He kicked off the litany as follows —
Continue reading Does Bibi really belong on this list of 21 world leaders who stifle free speech?
I was inspired by a recent MSNBC article on Israel’s Druze community to check up on the history of Druze members of Knesset. On the way, I found myself on the Wikipedia page titled List of Arab members of the Knesset. Here’s a partial screenshot — don’t bother squinting, I summarize immediately below:
Continue reading A religious survey of Arabs in the Knesset
The recently-collapsed Swedish government has drawn the ire of pro-Israel partisans in recent months, after it became the first in Europe to recognize a Palestinian state.
So those defenders of Zion were quick to pounce when Swedish MP Hillevi Larsson — a member of the Social Democratic-led government responsible for the vote — was recently pictured next to a Palestinian flag, while holding an award she received from the Palestinian Association of Malmö in gratitude for her support:
Continue reading Why I have a hard time condemning the Swedish MP pictured holding a ‘Palestine without borders’
Egypt has made a bunch of headlines recently for its decision to clear a buffer along its border with Gaza in an effort to prevent smuggling into (and out of) the coastal territory, and also to fend off further militant attacks in the region (like last week’s attack that killed 31 members of the country’s military).
One reason I’ve seen this story so many times is that some of my friends have used it to suggest that critics of Israel are hypocritical for not speaking out against Egypt’s decision to destroy homes in the fight against terror. But that’s not what interests me about this story –if Israel were destroying houses within its own borders, those critics of Israel would find something else to complain about, but mostly it demolishes homes inside occupied territory (or, as in the case of Gaza, once-occupied territory).
What instead caught my eye here was how Egypt planned to use this buffer in its effort to stem smuggling:
Continue reading Egypt may have found the solution to Gaza
Since the beginning of October, I have written three posts about Arrested Development in real life for no apparent reason. I probably should have collected a few examples and posted them all together, but they generally came up one after the other, I can’t help myself, and that idea didn’t occur to me until just now, so — acknowledgement this post probably doesn’t deserve to exist out of the way — let’s get this over with.
Sometime over the past couple of days, I noticed that McClatchy currently employs a journalist working in Irbil (Arbela), Iraq, who goes by the name of Mitchell Prothero. After I noticed his name the first time, I started noticing it on other articles, as well. But who is he really?
You might be wondering, “Mitchell Prothero. Sounds like a name. What am I missing?”
Continue reading One final* Arrested Development IRL post