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Daybreak: Waiting for Bibi

Plus Turkey won’t cooperate on flotilla, and more in the news

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Last May.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu will announce a new peace push to a joint session of the U.S. Congress next month. [WSJ]

• Turkey denied Israel’s request to halt any future flotillas. “This is an initiative by civil society,” the government said. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Despite President Assad’s firing of several ministers and releasing several prisoners, Syria continues to be in a state of upheaval. [LAT]

• Victor Arrigoni, an Italian International Solidary Movement activist beloved in Gaza, was kidnapped and killed there by a radical fringe jihadi group. [NYT]

• The World Bank debates the economics of the new Middle East. [NYT]

• Arthur Marx, son of Groucho and a writer in his own right, died at 89. [NYT]

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“Victor Arrigoni, an Italian International Solidary Movement activist beloved in Gaza, was kidnappend and killed there by a radical fringe jihadi group”

I wish more “activists” could come to Gaza to join his friend Time for them to reap what they sowed.

This Guardian piece doesn’t even say who ‘seized’ Arrigoni.

In fact, it actually mentions right-wing Americans, rather than Palestinian terrorists.

This is the heart of the problem.

Beatrix says:

Can we remove England from the Quartet? They have about as much objectivity in the discussion between the Israelis and the Palestinians as a Yankee’s fan has in a discussion between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

There’s nothing like a little murderous desire to quell the flames of hatred. Gene’s comment (above) is troubling and offensive.

No matter what our individual political position vis-a-vis the terrible conflict, I’d think that the murder of a peace activist, no matter how misguided his particular platform, would engender universal condemnation….rather than a call for more peace activists to “reap what they sowed” (i.e., be murdered).

NOTE: I didn’t mean to imply above that Arrigoni’s peace-activism was “misguided” — peace, after all, is a noble and beautiful goal. Rather, I intended to critique his un-nuanced ideological position, one that evidently cast Israel as the “black hats” and the Palestinian population as the much abused “white hats.” Clearly, it’s not so clear.

Here is a quote from a piece written by Adam Shapiro, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) to which Arrigoni belonged.

“Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both violent and nonviolent. But most importantly, it must develop a strategy involving both aspects. Nonviolent resistance is no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation.”

Shapiro protests in an interview with Paula Zahn (you can locate this through wikipedia), that the quote is taken out of context, specifically a rebuttal to a piece suggesting anti-Israel activism should be exclusively violent.

But he doesn’t dispute the language and I think it’s damning either way.


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