1. Letter to University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) -- Bishop Desmond Tutu appearance cancelled
2. A Book on Hold
Meanwhile, saner Jewish organizations are acting much differently, whereas saner Israeli commentators are writing courageously and intelligent people with no ethno-political axe to grind are stepping up to confront this new McCarthyism. Here's Naomi Klein on field-testing Israeli weaponry, from The Guardian. I assume, from her last name, that she, too, is a self-hating anti-Semite. There seem to be rather a lot of them, no?
(Psst...I think the self-loving, Arab-hating philo-Semites are getting really, really, really nervous. I can only quote Lord Nelson (of The Simpsons): "Ha, ha!")There are other variants of this new McCarthyism, of course: all of them right-wing-fueled. Some get support from the mainstream; some don't.
I have a solution: we create settlements in the western US, wall you in, and pump in sufficient water and money so that you can indulge your siege mentality and ethnic purity (Read: "upscale ghetto" -- ironic, no? Not even the virtue of necessity...) while fully armed, taking potshots at various desert-bound rodents. This way, you can't continue to fuck up both the US and Israel. I have found your leader:
Update: the clip was taken down from YouTube. I somehow can't find the full Charlie Rose episode, which is always put up. However, I did transcribe Tom Friedman's comment on Iraq:"And what we needed to do was go over to that part of the world, I'm afraid, and burst that bubble. We needed to go over there basically and take out a very big stick, right in the heart of that world, and burst that bubble. And there's only one way to do it, because part of that bubble said, 'We've got you. This bubble is actually going to level the balance of power between us and you because we don't care, we're ready to sacrifice and all you care about are your stock options and your Hummers.'
"And what they needed to see was American boys -- and girls -- going house-to-house from Basra to Baghdad, and basically saying, 'Which part of this sentence don't you understand? You don't think, you know, we care about our open society; you think that this bubble fantasy -- we're just going to let it grow? Well, suck on this.' OK?
"That, Charlie, was what this war was about. We could have hit Saudi Arabia, we could have hit Pakistan, but we hit Iraq. Because we could."
You may bring in your rightwing Christian Zionist friends to cohabitate and intermarry with. We'll see how long that lasts. Of course, living in a Bantustan -- which'd be fine for the Palestinians, no? -- will somewhat reduce your power in DC, but one can't have everything.
Meanwhile, other Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, New-Agers, Atheists -- or whatever -- who are sane will work out the adult problems while you kiddies frolic in your swimming pools, basking in each other's chosenness. [Note: please review definitions here if you're confused.])
Norman Finkelstein's upcoming lectures -- click the image below. He's very thorough, and will stay late to answer any and all questions: