David Love: Not only did his words make light of the Holocaust and wreak of Holocaust denial, it also set up the Palestinians for current and future reprisals against them. Surely, Netanyahu is paving the way for the next perennial bombing of Gaza.
Abba A. Solomon: The freedom that Jewish refugees from the Russian empire found, in the Lower East Side, was both the freedom to be a Jew, and the freedom to be more than a Jew.
Nora Lester Murad: Between the stabbing and lynching and stoning and demolishing, some people are appealing for calm. But sadly, when things are calm the most we can hope for is more talk about more talk.
David Swanson: Irael is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.
Tom Hall: In both the U.S. and in Israel, corporatist government policy has decimated the middle class, and created economic divides greater than in any other industrialized nations.
Steve Hochstadt: Twenty feet high, sunk deep into the ground, topped with barbed wire, the Israeli walls of separation prevent movement, separate people and interrupt that very life.
Vijay Prashad: Despite abuses from the Israeli government, the U.S. political class is fully supportive of its acts in Gaza.
Jordan Elgrably: If there are still many liberal Israelis that want peace and a viable two-state solution, they should know that the clock is ticking and they need to take back the country from the vile right-wing. Some analysts would say it’s already too late.
Danny Schechter: It may not be much of a stretch to look at the “Iron Dome” counter-missile system utilized by the Israeli forces as a perfect metaphor for the men authorizing its deployment and use, the iron domes of the heads who head up Israel’s military, and orchestrate its most assuredly not defensive war against Gaza.
Attacks on schools, assaults on individual homes, and the physical abuse of children are occurring throughout the West Bank as a result of close proximity to settlements and military outposts.
Nora Lester Murad: Israeli occupation policies affect all aspects of Palestinians’ lives, including where they can study and how they get food
Sherwood Ross: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak allegedly privately told his nation’s leaders, “By sharpening tensions with the Palestinians, we are inviting isolation on Israel.”
Friday Feedback: This week, frequent commentator Joe Weinstein comments on author Steve Hochstadt’s article, “Are Republican Politicians Good for Jews?” Steve then responds.