For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]Read More
A lack of vision and of courageous leadership, being held hostage to fear… an extremely volatile situation that reinforces extremism and distrust on both sides; that is the status quo in Israel and why a paper like Haaretz is vital to any possible change. — “There is every reason for the current government to keep peace as far away as possible,” Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston speaks to Aimee Amiga. “It is in their interest because it creates a situation that energizes the right in this country, and drives the rest of the country into a kind of state of permanent despair, which keeps them neutralized and keeps any kind of broad coalition, broad opposition, from forming against them.” Burston said he had no doubt the Israeli public wanted a two-state solution and peace, but said they have been “absolutely convinced that it is impossible… The settlements are the answer to every one of his political prayers. First of all they defuse the right – it’s only the right here that can depose him politically at this point. Second, they cause anger in Washington, and he exploits that to have this kind of macho image which helps him with his own Likud party.” Video Interview […]Read More
My review: “Spies like James Bond/007 can appear cool… but what if it were their family, their relatives and their people they were betraying? That type of treason may be nothing to celebrate anymore. One may actually need to hide all of that – and definitely not make a film about it! That is the challenge that the director, Nadav Schirman, has taken on. His previous two other documentaries were also about individuals living undercover: ‘In the Dark Room’ and ‘The Champagne Spy.’ He was also the producer of the successful 2012 ‘No Place on Earth.’ — In our desire to appear smart and in charge, we make fast assessments, ready to speak up and to react. Here, because repeatedly nothing appears as it what it is, the film will challenge most preconceptions. The moral compass for what constitutes one’s alliances seems to be constantly shifting and one is asked to turn oneself inside out. Healthy questions emerge: What constitutes intelligence and security? How do we know what we know? Is it just about those two individuals, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak or is it about us? N.B.: For those who have read Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book ‘Son of Hamas,’ this film is very different than the book!” + Clips […]Read More
Apparemment Onfray aime trop souvent simplifier pour “engager son public” – c’est bien dommage… Quelque fois cela peut-être utile, mais c’est un couteau à deux tranchants! Malgré une manière désastreuse d’épouser beaucoup trop vite les théories d’Hannah Arendt sur la “collaboration Juive” au Holocauste*, merci beaucoup pour la (ma) découverte de Günther Anders (cf. English bio by Harold Marcuse) et à quel point la critique de Guy Debord dans La Société du Spectacle s’inspirerait d’Anders, une critique décisive de la culpabilité de Heidegger, et le rappel que philosophie et vie ne devraient faire qu’un. (Lanzmann: “La première chose face à une catastrophe pareille, c’est l’humilité.”) – Liens Audio […]Read More
Israel is isolated through lack of dialogue… As with Tibetan learning (like the pilpul [Hebrew for pepper] of Talmud study – through a dyad), the truth is supposed to engage at least someone else! There is no truth by oneself. Re-read Martin Buber, Yeshayahu Leibowitz or Emmanuel Lévinas & end totalitarian manipulations – always based on fear. Speak up!
“There is more space to be critical of Israel in Israel than in North America, said Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, a former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, who wrote an article for the current issue of Reform Judaism magazine on rabbis who feel “muzzled.” He said in an interview, ‘There are a range of opinions in Israel, and there should be a range of opinions here.'” […]
The long view: being taken hostage by extremism (beyond “solutions” & slogans) – La vue longue: pris en otage par l’extrémisme (au delà des “solutions” & des slogans). AMOS OZ: The present hostilities will only stop, unfortunately, when one of the parties or both of them are exhausted. This morning I read very carefully the charter of Hamas. It says that the Prophet commands every Muslim to kill every Jew everywhere in the world. It quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion [anti-Semitic diatribe – the ed.] and says that the Jews controlled the world through the League of Nations and through the United Nations, that the Jews caused the two world wars and that the entire world is controlled by Jewish money. So I hardly see a prospect for a compromise between Israel and Hamas. I have been a man of compromise all my life. But even a man of compromise cannot approach Hamas and say: ‘Maybe we meet halfway and Israel only exists on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.’ – Spiegel: Do you sometimes feel isolated with your view on the situation? YUVAL DISKIN: There are plenty of people within Shin Bet, Mossad and the army who think like I do. But in another five years, we will be very lonely people. Because the number of religious Zionists in positions of political power and in the military is continually growing […]Read More