Articles by David Zackon

Accounting for Gaza 2014: Balance and Bias

November 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

This article first appeared in the Massachusetts Peace Action newsletter, Fall 2015, published on August 20, 2015. In June the US administration reacted with calculated scorn to the report of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) established by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate last …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke yesterday at the Center for American Progress.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se1W4FpHsRA    Here are excerpts from his remarks.   On Monday’s meeting with Obama: “We have no disagreement now about what we need to do moving forward…  Number one: hold Iran’s feet to …

Brave words, not quite bravely spoken

November 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

 On Monday, two bills were considered on the floor of the US House.     Each, in their way, addressed the violence that has cost the lives of 9 Israelis (not including the Jewish resident of Jerusalem mistakenly killed by IDF soldiers on the 21st …

“A New Day” in U.S. Israel/Palestine policy?

October 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Secretary Kerry spoke last week at Harvard, candidly assessing the latest escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine: “There’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years and now you have this violence cause there’s a frustration that is growing.”  This …

A sampling of inflammatory comments by current Israeli government officials:   “MK [now Deputy Defense Minister] Eli Ben Dahan, a rabbi who’s made controversial statements about Palestinians and non-Jews, will serve as Israel’s next deputy defense minister.  …Ben Dahan has made controversial remarks about Palestinians. While …

Yesterday, President Obama admitted: “We can’t continue to premise our public diplomacy based on something that everybody knows is not going to happen at least in the next several years.”  And he repeated his earlier stated intent “to evaluate what other options are available” which …

Palestine Legislative Update (February 2015)

March 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

We want our lawmakers to understand that: •There is nothing mutually exclusive about (1) a revived Israeli/Palestinian negotiation process and (2) an appeal by either of the parties to established world bodies when seeking protection from violations of International Humanitarian Law.  • The fact that …

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