Benjamin Studebaker

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Tag: Judaism

Israel gets Vindictive

In the aftermath of Palestine’s victory in the recent UN vote, Israel has decided to withhold $120 million in Palestinian tax revenue, representing 3% of Palestine’s GDP, and to expand the illegal construction of settlements on Palestinian land. Today, I intend to denounce these policies as vindictive, irrational, and against the interests of the Israeli state. They are, from all reasonable points of view, the wrong policies. Read the rest of this entry »

What Motivates America?

Today in one of my seminars I heard it asserted that American foreign policy was motivated by Islamophobia, the fear of Islam and Islamic culture.  This claim struck me as quite slanderous, but it also drew something to my attention–many people in the world do not have an understanding of why my country of origin behaves as it does, and so the motivations are frequently filled in with cheap, easy explanations that mask the complexities of American foreign policy.  So today I shall endeavour to provide an answer that I hope will satisfy readers both foreign and domestic as to why the United States behaves as it does.

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Gilad Sharon, Fascist

Recently, Gilad Sharon, son to the former prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, published an op-ed in the Jersualem PostIn this op-ed, he makes a fascist argument. I mean this completely without hyperbole. I want it understood that I am, quite literally, under no uncertain terms, accusing Gilad Sharon of being a fascist, and equating him with the right wing nationalist movements of Hitler, Mussolini, and Milosevic. A bold claim deserves a bold argument, and that is what follows.

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How to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

As Israel proves that twitter can be a tool of the state just as easily as it can be a tool of rebels and revolutionaries, the question once again rises as to how on earth a permanent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might come about. The attitudes to this conflict are too partisan and too subjectively involved. What is required is emotional detachment and rational analysis, and I propose to use both of these tools to devise the optimum solution to the conflict, which I submit to you, the reader, for judgement.

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