Sunday, March 22, 2009

Criticism of the IDF's Rampage in Gaza continues

The last couple of days have brought more critical commentary and reporting on both the IDF's atrocities in the December-January Gaza operation and the possibility that the Netanyahu coalition government will include anti-Arab racist, Avigdor Lieberman, as foreign secretary. I highly recommend Tony Karon's latest essay in The National, as well as reporting by Amira Hass in Haaretz on how IDF soldiers trashed the houses they occupied in Gaza during the hostilities, and finally, also in Haaretz, Gideon Levy, with an essay that declares that the IDF long ago stopped being the "most moral army in the world," which has long been its claim.

And I also encourage you to look into the ongoing, almost rapid-fire postings by Adam Horowitz and Phil Weiss at the Mondoweiss blog. Both men are extremely bright, thoughtful, eloquent writers who are also very well-informed about current issues and discussions in the US Jewish community - both neocons and liberals - in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead. They see a real sea-change in attitudes, especially within the liberal Jewish community, toward what they unabashedly refer to as the Israel Lobby, and toward Israel policy toward the Palestinians.

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