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Time to boycott Israel?

Time to boycott Israel?


Author and activist Norman Finkelstein discusses whether the two-state solution can solve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“Prospects have never been better for settling the Israel-Palestine conflict,” argues Norman Finkelstein, the controversial scholar and author of The Holocaust Industry and Method and Madness.

But after more violence, yet another round of failed talks and 20 years of Israeli land annexation, is the two-state solution really still an option?

If the two-state settlement … is ‘Wizard of Oz stuff’, then one-state is ‘Man on the Moon stuff’.

In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Norman Finkelstein on his proposal for resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, and explores whether he has changed his tone on some of his more incendiary criticism of Israel.

Once described as an ‘American Radical’, Finkelstein has also been branded by some a liberal Zionist, for his opposition to the one-state solution and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which he vehemently describes as “a cult.”

But does the BDS movement violate international law, and does it really aim to dismantle the Israeli state?

Joining the discussion are Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, a leading Palestinian activist and human rights lawyer in London; Jeff Halper, the director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions in Jerusalem; and Oliver Kamm, a writer and journalist at The Times and The Jewish Chronicle newspapers, and outspoken supporter of Israel.

Norman Finkelstein photo courtesy of Don J. Usner


Lina Fakhouri 2:01am Jan 28
I did not know that Benjamin Matanyahu real name is Benjamin Lilwikowsky ! Go figures a, no wonder he cannot understand the love for the land ! A pure eastern European guy. No semitic blood run in his hody ! Screw him !

Edward D Church mentioned you in a comment.
Edward wrote: “Sunflower Chong yes I wished too.” But that will never happen
as we wished to dream. No one outside like the U.N. would never come too make that when someone is talking to the right to return is like a civil matter that Israel will never take the right of them to return. their plans are to make Israel their land and the name of Israel only.”

Israeli War Profiteering in Africa: Follow The Money Trail

One is familiar with the “criminal underworld” of thieves, gangs, drug lords, the Italian Mafia, and other manifestations of organised crime. 

More serious is the “criminal overworld” of corrupt politicians, corrupt bankers, corrupt lawyers — in other words the world’s elites. Historically, this is not a new phenomenon. In recent years however, it has become more pervasive and blatant in which privileged members of society fleece the public, evade taxation and lobby vigorously for even greater benefits.

America’s largest bank, JP Morgan Chase, was fined US$13 billion in October 2013 for residential mortgage bond frauds. The follows previous, albeit lesser, fines against HSBC for laundering Mexican drug monies and Barclays Bank for the LIBOR scandal. Banks, in particular, plead they are now “too big to fail, and too big to jail.” Through corporate structures in tax havens such as Bermuda, Google proudly and legally pays only 2 percent tax whilst billions of people around the world – most especially Africa — live in dire poverty.

As yet, politicians such as Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, Britain’s Tony Blair or America’s George Bush are not held accountable for their crimes.  Jacob Zuma makes a farce of South Africa’s judicial system, and his lawyers and bankers just line their pockets at public expense.

[ENG SUBS] Shaheed Mutahhari I Historic Speech on Palestine

The Irrelevance of Liberal Zionism

Frustrated by Israeli settlement expansion, excessive violence, AIPAC maximalism, Netanyahu’s arrogance, Israel’s defiant disregard of international law, various Jewish responses claim to seek a middle ground. Israel is criticized by this loyal opposition, sometimes harshly, although so is the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and activists around the world. Both sides are deemed responsible in equal measure for the failure to end the conflict. With such a stance liberal Zionists seek to occupy the high moral ground without ceding political relevance. In contrast, those who believe as I do that Israel poses the main obstacle to achieving a sustainable peace are dismissed by liberal Zionists as either obstructive or unrealistic, and at worst, as anti-Israeli or even anti-Semitic.


Israel approved 635 such applications, the report said. (Shutterstock)

ByStaff writer | Al Arabiya News

The report, citing data collected by the Administration of Border Crossings, Population, and Immigration and Israeli embassies abroad, found that the percentage of Israeli citizens giving up their passports rose by 65 percent in 2014.




Max Blumenthal, Talk, 10 October 2014

Published on Oct 15, 2014

Blumenthal spoke about his most recent book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, his reporting trip to the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge, and his testimony to the Russell Tribunal about atrocities he documented in Gaza. This event was followed by a talk with Amy Goodman.


Max Blumenthal, Conversation, 10 October 2014

Published on Oct 15, 2014

Blumenthal spoke about his most recent book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, his reporting trip to the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge, and his testimony to the Russell Tribunal about atrocities he documented in Gaza. This event was followed by a talk with Amy Goodman.

Max Blumenthal: Something Snapped when Israel Attacked Gaza

Published on Aug 20, 2013

In Pt 3 of 4 of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal talks about the affect on him of Israel’s attack on Gaza and his break with American liberalism

Israel, Anti-Semitism, and Negotiations Without End

Published on Aug 21, 2013

In Pt 4 of 4 of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Max Blumenthal discuss whether some criticism of Israel is racist and analyze the recent peace talks to nowhere

The Future of Palestine: Ali Abunimah & Max Blumenthal in San Francisco


The Future of Palestine: Ali Abunimah & Max Blumenthal in Chicago

Published on Jun 23, 2014

The movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the State of Israel has taken major strides recently in the United States. With divestment votes moving forward on campuses across the country, and votes to boycott Israeli institutions passed by the American Studies Association and other organizations, discussions of the movement and its objectives have entered the mainstream.

At the same time, others have redoubled their efforts to suppress discussion of Israel’s escalating war against Palestinians, promoting legislation to defund institutions that participate in boycotts, and pressuring university administrations to punish students and faculty who support BDS.

Join ALI ABUNIMAH and MAX BLUMENTHAL, two leading voices in the movement in solidarity with Palestine, as they discuss their acclaimed new books, recent developments in the Middle East and United States, and the future of Palestine.

Ali Abunimah is the author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine. Max Blumenthal is the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Lannan Foundation.

Endorsed by:
American Muslims for Palestine
Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago
Chicago Area Peace Action
SJP Loyola
American Friends Service Committee–Chicago
Sjp Jvp Columbia


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