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Why Chuck Hagel is Irrelevant

The latest non-scandal scandalizing the American commentariat is whether Barack Obama will be able to nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense. The narrative is that the Zionist lobby is eager to scuttle Hagel’s nomination because he has uttered one too many words “critical” of Israel, and displayed too many […]

Reformatting Palestine

Once again, Israel is carrying out a brutal counter-insurgency campaign against the Gaza Strip and its people. This is according to the government’s description of its own actions. In the words of Minister of Home Front Defense Avi Dichter, “there is no other choice, Israel must carry out a formatting action in Gaza, actually format […]

Really Existing Environmentalism

In this snide reply, Alex Gourevitch, rather than defend his article against my criticisms of it, chose to repeat his incorrect arguments, a time-honored approach to political disagreement. However, it is useful, because it both clarifies Gourevitch’s polemical method and allows me to amplify my points. His primary resort is deliberate misreading. Some anonymous activist somewhere […]

Climate Change and the Politics of Responsibility

Ecological problems require serious solutions. An Austrian economist, Leopold Kohr, used to end his lectures with an analogy. Suppose we are on the progress train, powered by growth and resource use and moving forward fast, with the neoliberal economists cheering us on. What would be the appropriate reaction if we were to learn that there […]

A Response to Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein’s criticisms of those working on campaigns to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel continue. The latest was a video appearance in which Finkelstein strongly criticized the “agnosticism” of the movement on the question of Israel, and suggested that it would be criminal to miss this “historic” opportunity to secure some amount of justice for […]

Review of Shir Hever

My review of Shir Hever’s The Political Economy of Israel’s Occu­pa­tion is up at the Middle East Report: There is a latter-day tendency to see the 44-year Israeli occu­pa­tion of the Pales­tin­ian ter­ri­to­ries as the organic outward growth of the Zionist idea — as though the aspi­ra­tion to hold the entirety of the land, embedded […]

Sign # 45623 that Israel will not Attack Iran

Via Haaretz: An Israeli strike against Iran would have “dis­as­trous” con­se­quences, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Saturday, adding the world remains silent on Israel’s reported nuclear armament while threat­en­ing Iran over its peaceful program. The comments, made to reporters while making the journey back from an official visit to […]

Disavowing the Antisemite Gilad Atzmon

This open letter was posted at the website of the US Palestine Community Network. Please forward to any and all activist circles concerned with Pales­tin­ian lib­er­a­tion and freedom and justice in the Middle East. For many years now, Gilad Atzmon, a musician born in Israel and currently living in the United Kingdom, has taken on […]

Israel Doing What it Does Best

Yesterday, Mona El Farra wrote from Gaza: Gaza 11-3-2012 4pm The Israeli army continues its military attacks against the Gaza Strip. The attacks started Friday, March 10 at 5:30pm. I heard the first terrible explosion as I drove back to Gaza City from Khan Younis. There was a lot of smoke, shattered windows, and a […]

Max Ajl

Max Ajl is an essayist, rabble-rouser, and PhD student in development sociology at Cornell. He is a Jacobin contributing editor.