Things just move too fast in the Middle East to keep up these days.
- Netanyahu orders the “civilian blockade” lessened and maintains the “security blockade” ongoing — as if he had thought they were two separate things all along.
- Haaretz catches Im Tirtzu spokesman Ronen Shuval ignorant of his own sloganeering — in a pamphlet calling for a renewal of Herzl’s vision which has no resemblance to Herzl’s vision at all.
- Left-wing Jews in NYC held a debate for and against boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and the whole thing is on YouTube. Voices against feature JJ Goldberg and Kathleen Peratis; those in favor feature Hannah Mermelstein and Yonatan Shapiro.
- The “We Con the World” video was taken down by YouTube for copyright violations, which in turn was challenged by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (in delicious irony).
- …But Caroline Glick, producer of the noxious video, produced an anti-Turkish sequel, which AIPAC felt it necessary to send to all their press contacts.
- American Jewish Committee’s David Harris wrote an op-ed in the International Herald Tribute — but what the eff is it saying other than how he can’t stop thinking about the Holocaust? This explains so much.
- Israeli leaders are calling the Palestinian Authority boycott of settlement goods “economic terrorism”, which is just too painful a hyperbole to treat seriously. Not buying settlement fruit = wholesale slaughter of innocents? Nu-uh. No dice.
- Oh, and the most amazing of all, J Street staffer Hadar Susskind took over the World Zionist Congress sub-committee on settlement activity and passed an anti-settlement resolution by 3 to 1! And the right is pissed, saying “Even Arafat never pulled off such an audacious hijacking.”