'The United States of Israel ?'

Robert Fisk on the Lobby.

''Across the United States, there is growing evidence that the Israeli and neo-conservative lobbies are acquiring ever greater power. The cancellation by a New York theatre company of My Name is Rachel Corrie - a play based on the writings of the young American girl crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 - has deeply shocked liberal Jewish Americans, not least because it was Jewish American complaints that got the performance pulled.

"How can the West condemn the Islamic world for not accepting Mohamed cartoons," Philip Weiss asked in The Nation, "when a Western writer who speaks out on behalf of Palestinians is silenced? And why is it that Europe and Israel itself have a healthier debate over Palestinian human rights than we can have here?" Corrie died trying to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home. Enemies of the play falsely claim that she was trying to stop the Israelis from collapsing a tunnel used to smuggle weapons. Hateful e-mails were written about Corrie. Weiss quotes one that reads: "Rachel Corrie won't get 72 virgins but she got what she wanted."''


Anonymous said...


There is renewed debate about Israel's lobby. I like Uri Avnery's angle the best . see


Sophia said...

Thanks Issam for the reference,
Avnery is a good writer and debater. I posted on his article which was published in many independant forums and publications.
My post on who is the dog and who is the tail

Gert said...

Seems to me the W & M paper has at least achieved something: more debate on the US/Israel partnership in the US itself. The Israel Lobby seems actually to be a little on the retreat.

Re Rachel Corrie, over at Israpundit.com the latest comment by "ShyGuy":

"But I do like Rachel Corrie - with butter and syrup."

There are entire webpages dedicated to composing jokes about this girl, presumably by the same people who uphold the "speak no evil of the dead" principle. THEIR dead, that is...

Sophia said...


I rarely read and debate on american and canadian political blogs, except the academic ones. Many of them are run by uncivilised bloggers. Politics, specially in the states, are a matter of bashing the opponent rather than arguing with him. There is no point in exchanging ideas with these people.

Since March 29th 2006