Margo Schulter

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  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post UN against War Crimes, US not so much by williamboardman.

    2014-07-29 03:12:32View | Delete

    Certainly I agree that violence on both sides is part of the problem. Here I would add a curious observation about the “two-state solution.” Ironically, such a solution might not have been fundamentally at odds with elementary human rights in 1947, because, on paper , the solution with two states formulated by the United Nations did not [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post JVP Misses the Mark in Seattle by Artesian Royalty.

    2014-07-29 02:46:56View | Delete

    Another distinction is that Jews are a minority group in various parts of the world, and one who formed a primary target (along with the Roma, people with disabilities, LGBT people, and also Slavs) in the European Holocaust of 1940-1945. White racism and Jim Crow during the Civil Rights era of the 1950′s and 1960′s [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post JVP Misses the Mark in Seattle by Artesian Royalty.

    2014-07-29 02:27:50View | Delete

    As a Diaspora Jew, I agree with JVP in part, but feel that an effective Jewish mobilization for a just peace must go further than many peace activists (Jewish or otherwise) have been willing to go so far. Unlike the situation with Jim Crow in the U.S.A., which few people thought was being done specifically [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post On Gaza, Israel, and Hamas: an Open Letter To Bill Maher by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-07-29 02:08:36View | Delete

    What I must add is that while the policies of Israel — quite contrary to the values of universal Judaism, as pointed out by Jews over the last century — are responsible for the asymmetrically overwhelming share of casualties, Hamas has not been blameless. Its tactics have included not only rocket attacks on civilian areas, [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post On Gaza, Israel, and Hamas: an Open Letter To Bill Maher by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-07-29 01:53:25View | Delete

    Bill Maher has managed to combine misogyny and anti-Jewish Israeli neocolonialism in a statement that seems like a grim form of self-satire. Often rape is viewed as the next worse crime to murder; and likewise ethnic cleansing, known more formally as “involuntary transfer,” is in current international law a crime against humanity second only to [...]

  • Israeli apartheid, like South African apartheid or good old Jim Crow in the U.S.A., is absolutely worth opposing. It was already illegal under the two documents often cited as Israel’s foundational charters: the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and UN General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947. Then, again, Jim Crow was illegal under any reasonable reading [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post When Is a Ceasefire Not a Ceasefire? by Siun.

    2014-07-28 10:52:36View | Delete

    Correction to comment @ 80

    That should be American Council for Judaism, with the Rabbi Elmer Berger as a powerful spokesperson.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post When Is a Ceasefire Not a Ceasefire? by Siun.

    2014-07-28 10:49:26View | Delete

    Response to agourabum @ 72 The question of “who started the war” is maybe not so useful, except as an invitation to reflect on the history and the causes. I’ll make a try, apologizing for the kinds of repetitions that happen in these threads, and trying to focus on a few points not so commonly [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post “Imagine Living in a Socialist USA!” Rehabilitating a Forbidden Word by Deena Stryker.

    2014-07-28 10:14:07View | Delete

    Response to Deena Stryker @ 6 In my view, the Prague Spring was nipped in the bud largely for the same reasons that the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile was overthrow by the coup of September 11, 1973. That was because neither superpower could or would tolerate the triumph of social democracy, [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post When Is a Ceasefire Not a Ceasefire? by Siun.

    2014-07-27 09:14:45View | Delete

    That’s the Sand Creek massacre (1864).

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post When Is a Ceasefire Not a Ceasefire? by Siun.

    2014-07-27 09:07:55View | Delete

    Response to justasking @ 63

    The quote about nits and lice was attributed to Colonel John Chivington, in connection with the massacre of Indigenous people (Arapahoe, if I’m correct, and mostly women and children) in Colorado in 1864.

  • Response to cronetoo @ 49 As to the role of Transjordan in 1948-1949, I agree that the Transjordanian Arab Legion gave the Israelis “a run for their money,” but in what was often a limited competition to see who would annex precisely what portions of the land allocated by the UN in 1947 for a [...]

  • Response to drmyk @ 53 First of all, I agree that “soft target terrorism” has been a tactic used by the more violent elements in this conflict, both Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Arab. A balanced enumeration might mention the truck bombings of crowded urban targets by both sides in 1947-1949, as well as the massacres [...]

  • Response to Bluetoe2 @ 45 May we amend that to, “They have all earned the most severe punishment consistent with the prohibition against cruel, degrading, or inhumane treatment”? I’m opposed to the gallows as violating this standard — at the Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Trials, and at Eichmann’s trial, as well as for the [...]

  • Response to CTuttle @ 38

    So true and to the point! I was aware of it for the USA under Bush, and sadly it’s not so surprising under Obama (with his assassinations and “signature strikes), or for Israel either.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post My Gaza rant (part two) by David Seaton.

    2014-07-26 20:16:54View | Delete

    Response to greenwarrior @ 10 Just an explanation that the reply you note, and was called to my attention some months ago, is not supported by my text-based browser, although I’d guess it succeeds (very helpfully) for 99% or more of MyFDL users. For anyone else reading, I’d explain that this is a rare browser-specific [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post My Gaza rant (part two) by David Seaton.

    2014-07-26 18:19:13View | Delete

    Response to greenwarrior @ 8 Certainly I share your concern that the Israeli government be distinguished from the Jewish people, a concern I certainly share as a Jew! And this suggests special care in being sure that each comment can stand independently, and in my case makes it clear both that I am Jewish and [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Saturday Art: My Poem for Gaza by EdwardTeller.

    2014-07-26 18:03:09View | Delete

    Thank you for such a powerful and timely statement!

  • Response to CTuttle @ 37 Although it may not be the main Israeli purpose, maybe one of the consequences of this slaughter, as one might infer from what you say, is to make the usual “kinder and gentler bantustan” solution look less unattractive. I’d love to hear what either Azmi Bishara or Meron Benvenisti might [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post My Gaza rant (part two) by David Seaton.

    2014-07-26 17:35:55View | Delete

    Clarification to my comment @ 6 Really I should not have said that we are in “total agreement” in such an unqualified way, when in fact would could differ on lots of points regarding the Middle East, not to speak of other topics. What I meant is simply that we are much agreed that the [...]

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