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July 27th, 2014
thesmithian
…it turns out that this bloody road we walk…is not as cyclical as we may have once thought. This road is not a circle, it’s a downward spiral, leading to new lows, which, I’m sad to say, we’ll be unlucky enough to experience.
May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'The government has at last agreed to accept outside assistance in finding the girls. Last week, American surveillance aircraft began making flights over the region, and intelligence teams from the United Kingdom, France, and Israel arrived, along with U.S. military and law-enforcement experts. President Jonathan was due in Paris for a summit with leaders from neighboring African nations to discuss strategies for handling the insurgency.'

In Chibok, parents felt rage alongside their grief. [Yakubu] Kabu described his daughter as a hardworking girl, who loves to cook and to read novels, and wants to be an accountant. “The government of Nigeria is not serious,” he said. “Had it been their children, they would have gone to get these girls.”

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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

eretzyisrael:

This is a known view for many in Jerusalem and in Israel in general.A traditional Israeli fast food, what’s your favorite Falfel spot ? What’s your favorite Israeli fast food?

[snackable]

Reblogged from ארץ ישראל
January 9th, 2014
thesmithian

Some have pointed out that there is a sad irony in a country built on the traumatic experiences of refugees who are now seemingly willing to ignore the plight of others.

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December 28th, 2013
thesmithian

…the first comprehensive and comparative look at Jews’ involvement in the military and their attitudes toward war from the 1600s until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948…shows that although Jews have often been described as people who shun the army, in fact they have frequently been willing, even eager, to do military service, and only a minuscule minority have been pacifists.

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…the first comprehensive and comparative look at Jews’ involvement in the military and their attitudes toward war from the 1600s until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948…shows that although Jews have often been described as people who shun the army, in fact they have frequently been willing, even eager, to do military service, and only a minuscule minority have been pacifists.

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November 30th, 2013
thesmithian

..a bill calling for the relocation of 30,000-40,000 Bedouins, the demolition of about 40 villages and the confiscation of more than 700,000 dunams (70,000 hectares) of Negev land…”People who have no land do not exist…”

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September 29th, 2013
thesmithian
I will speak the truth. Facts must be stated in the face of the sweet talk and the blitz of smiles.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

at the airport in Tel Aviv before departing for Washington DC on Saturday night.

September 8th, 2013
thesmithian
The geopolitics of Syria affect everything from oil to Iran to Israel to the defense budget—and those concerns might be what’s really driving the push to war. But the public sales pitch for war cannot dare admit that because such a truth is taboo. Thus, the warmongers are trying to appeal to our sense of self-worth. They assume that we are so narcissistic that it will be easy to build support for killing other people with long-distance bombs, as long as most Americans aren’t asked to sacrifice at all with higher taxes or casualties, and as long as all the ensuing carnage makes Americans feel like good, decent, moral people.
David Sirota, at Salon
August 26th, 2013
thesmithian

'When children of south Tel Aviv head back to school…kindergarteners will attend facilities…segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids will go to their own. As of this year, the municipality of Israel's most liberal city decided that separate-but-equal for three-to-six year olds was the way to go—in 2013.'

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August 21st, 2013
thesmithian
We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room…
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief representative at the Israeli/Palestinian talks
August 8th, 2013
thesmithian
Margaret Thatcher never talked about it, just like Indira Gandhi or Golda Meir never did. The first women in power have to act like men. Angela Merkel has been an inspiration for women all around the world. Considering how difficult it was to become the first female chancellor of Germany, I do not expect her to talk about women’s issues. I think as women become more accepted, they become much more free to be who they would otherwise be. Hillary Clinton was the third Secretary of State; she was also the first woman to make women’s issues a core part of her agenda as Secretary. If she had been the first woman in that position, I doubt she would have done that. I don’t think it’s fair to ask female pioneers to be both the first woman in a position and a champion for women’s rights. They are champions just by the fact that they have made it.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and former advisor to Hillary R. Clinton.
May 7th, 2013
thesmithian
…there have been no new construction tenders issued for the West Bank since President Barack Obama visited (in March)…

Yariv Oppenheimer, head of Peace Now

in light of the following:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has quietly halted new building projects in the occupied West Bank in what Reuters describes as “an apparent bid to help U.S. efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians.”

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