Thursday, January 31, 2013

Latest Times of Israel Piece

Mike L.

The Big “O” in Occupation

When Jews talk about the Occupation with the Big "O" they reify the "Palestinian narrative" of perfect victim-hood and thereby malign their fellow Jews in Israel as guilty before the conversation even begins.

I wouldn't call it betrayal, exactly, but it is neither historically accurate, nor very bright if one wishes to maintain Jewish freedom in the Middle East.


  1. This was a great find at ToI...

    "Tonight in Israel, half the population will be glued to their televisions to watch the final of Master Chef and see who will be crowned the winner of the third season. Reality shows are very popular here, many based on formats from abroad, such as The Voice, and our own version on American Idol called ‘A Star is Born’. I doubt though, that the overseas versions of these shows achieve such heart-wrenching dramas and impossible narratives as those that play out on our screens here. Only in Israel, as they say.

    Take this year’s three finalists for example: Salma, a young Muslim Arab girl, faces off against Jacky, an orthodox Jewish mother, and Tom, a German convert. It could almost be the beginning of a great joke but is it reality and it is riveting.

    1. I wish we had someone who would write on Israeli culture.

      I do.

      Israeli television. Israeli movies. Israeli cuisine. Israeli life.

      I write on what I write on because I am concerned about the political crunch... what looks to me like a tightening noose... but I would love to get more cultural material on IT.