The Strong and the Sweet in Palestine’s Successful UN Bid

Uri Avnery at a Hadash rally against the 2006 Lebanon War

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN? It was a day of joy. Joy for the Palestinian people. Joy for all those who hope for peace between Israel and the Arab world. And, in a modest way, for me personally. The General Assembly of the United Nations, the highest world forum, has voted overwhelmingly for the recognition of the …

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Occupy Grand Juries

Stenciled Anarchy "A" above the words Solidarity With Grand Jury Resisters, USA

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN? Solzhenitsyn said it, Nobel winners said it, Mandela said it, everyone who has ever been persecuted, tortured or imprisoned by repressive, totalitarian regimes know it: THE ONE THING YOU MUST RESIST WITH EVERY FIBER OF YOUR BEING IS TO NAME NAMES. Yet that is precisely what our grand jury system has been …

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Of Bombs and Comics

Binyamin Netanyahu' cartoon bomb he used at the UN.

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN? MY FIRST reaction to Binyamin Netanyahu’s exhibition of comics at the UN General Assembly was shame. Shame that the supreme elected representative of my country would stoop to such a primitive rhetorical device, bordering on the childish. (One Israeli commentator suggested putting him on a rug with a lot of paper and …

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The March of Folly

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2010)

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN? Nothing could be more scary than the thought that this duo – Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak – is in a position to start a war, the dimensions and outcome of which are incalculable. It’s scary not only because of their ideological fixations and mental outlook, but also because of the level …

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