Friday, February 21, 2014
Customer with a strong American accent : "I don't like buying products from the (occupied) territories"
Saleswoman: "But it's from the Golan Heights"
Customer: "Yes, that's occupied territory"
Saleswoman: "But it's ours - we annexed the Golan already"
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
While researching a vacation in Russia I indadvertedly asked Google Maps to find me driving directions from my home in Haifa, israel to Moscow. To my amusement it proposes 3 alternative routes , one via Iraq and Iran, one via Syria and Turkey and one via Libya, Tunisia and Italy. The shortest of the 3 (83 driving hours according to Google Maps) has me driving down Israel to Eilat (that's ok) , then across Jihadi-infested Egyptian Sinai to Cairo, down some Muslim Brotherhood enclaves to Hurghada, by ferry to Saudi Arabia, across through Iraq, Iran and Azerbaijan onto Russia's excellent roads. If an Israel driving across Iran doesn't sound right, then you can turn left in Iraq and drive through civil-war-torn Syria into Turkey, across to peaceful Ukraine and then it's a doddle to Moscow. If you really want to play it safe, enjoy driving from Cairo along Libya's coast and through Tunisia to a ferry to Italy. Happy driving!
Friday, July 03, 2009
Lest I be branded a traitor (and therefore not worthy of Israeli citizenship) by the Liebermanites, I attach the following without comment….
JOB OPENING—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of nearly 300 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality, is now hiring for a full-time Executive Director.
The US Campaign is seeking a highly qualified candidate to inspire and lead the organization’s staff, Steering Committee, Advisory Board, and membership. The ideal candidate will have passion for her/his work; a commitment to human rights and international law; an extensive background and knowledge of the issues; experience with strategic organizational development, coalition building, and grassroots campaigns; excellent writing and speaking skills; and a proven track record in management and fund development.
This candidate will be eager to be part of a diverse staff and organization; will have a collaborative working style and place a premium on receiving input and constructive feedback; will possess strong leadership qualities and expertise in interpersonal communications, facilitation, and conflict resolution; will serve as a mentor for other staff and bring out the best in others by nurturing and affirming their skills; and will be comfortable working within a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
The Executive Director will be responsible for carrying out the organization’s mission and goals of ending U.S. support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and changing U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality. The Executive Director will work with and supervise staff on campaigns and programs, including coalition building; legislative and policy advocacy; boycott, divestment, and sanctions; educational and cultural initiatives; and communications and media efforts, etc.
The Executive Director reports to the Steering Committee, supervises the team of staff, and oversees the operating budget of approximately $300,000. This is a full-time position.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
1) Growing the organization by working with staff, the Steering Committee, and the Advisory Board to increase the visibility of the issue and profile of the organization, and by building ties with local, national and international leaders and partner organizations.
2) Fund development, including serving as the lead fundraiser in the planning and implementation of grassroots and on-line fundraising campaigns targeted to individual supporters; special events fundraising; and grant writing, reporting, and the cultivation of foundations and major donors.
3) Serving as a public face for the organization, including conducting media appearances; giving public presentations; and serving as a high-level liaison with other organizations and institutions.
4) Staff management and team building of an office of 5-6 employees plus interns and volunteers, including supervision and implementation of work plans; conducting yearly personnel evaluations; and encouraging and facilitating the professional development of staff.
5) Strategic planning, including facilitating staff work plan meetings and staff retreats; coordinating with staff on action plans; working with the Steering Committee to facilitate monthly conference calls and twice-yearly face-to-face meetings; engaging in yearly budget planning; guiding long-term visioning and planning; and overseeing the organizing of annual national membership meetings.
6) Management, coordination and facilitation of the development of all programs and campaigns; of the smooth and efficient administrative, financial, and personnel functions of the organization; and of the continuity of the US Campaign’s vision and goals.
The applicant for the position must:
* Demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization.
* Have experience working for progressive political causes or campaigns.
* Have a strong knowledge of political issues related to the mission of the organization.
* Be able to start in a full-time capacity in September in the organization’s Washington, DC office.
* Have a minimum of 4-years of non-profit management experience.
* Demonstrate experience in foundation, donor, and grassroots fundraising.
* Have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
* Be flexible regarding work hours (including some evenings and weekends) and willing to travel on occasion as needed.
* Be a strong and flexible leader, facilitator, and team builder.
It is preferable for the ideal candidates to possess some or all of the following skills and experiences:
* Have a working knowledge of foreign languages, particularly Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish.
* Have experience working in broad-based diverse coalitions.
* Have experience working in a small office with a collegial environment.
* Have experience interacting with media.
* Have familiarity with on-line fundraising tools.
* Have experience organizing in an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework.
* Have experience working w/ faith communities, labor unions, communities of color, and academic institutions.
* Negotiable salary, commensurate with experience.
* Full-employee coverage of selected health care plan.
* Generous vacation, medical, and holiday leave policies.
How to Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, salary history, a brief writing sample, and an a/v clip of a public speaking example to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail-mail to PO Box 21539, Washington, DC, 20009.
Applications must be received by COB Friday, July 17, 2009.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I heard a report on the radio yesterday that former Israeli Chief Justice (of the Supreme Court) Aharon Barak said at a conference in Tel Aviv yesterday “If you would ask Israelis if they want equality for Arabs in Israel, they would say yes. If you would ask them if they want to throw the Arabs into the sea, they would also say yes. And they don’t see any contradiction between the two”.
Strong stuff. Even somewhat extreme, I would say. This is a very senior guy (although semi-retired) in the Israeli establishment and he’s presumably using strong language in order to get attention. Which he did – see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132074 (from a very right-wing Israeli news site) and http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3737416,00.html
Saturday, June 20, 2009
We're home finally and so I've had a chance to read this...
I could hardly bear it...My stomach began to feel weird and I felt shame for the human race. The sense of power that this gives the IDF is appalling and undermines the integrity of the situation. The excuse that it has to do with Shalit doesn't ring true for me. It feels totally punitive. I actually felt ashamed reading it. Again the irony with what happened 70 years ago haunts every word.
--- On Sat, 6/13/09, David Lisbona <email@example.com> wrote:
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech this evening at Bar-Ilan University in Israel will doubtless be analyzed to pieces by all those with infinite patience for miniscule steps on the path to an Israeli-Palestinian peace.
1. He’s ready to start with ‘unconditional’ negotiations with the Palestinians, and then he lays outs his conditions for peace and the establishment of an Palestinian state. How political.
2. Condition 1: The Palestinians have to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people i.e. the Balfour declaration of 1916. Not, please note, Israel’s right to live in peace and security but a Jewish state. This is a central demand of Israel’s new government. I can live with such recognition however it is so brilliantly formulated that , until kosher pigs fly, we can be fairly sure that no Palestinian or other Arab leader will acquiesce to such a demand. If Bibi is trying to make the point that the Palestinians will never recognize Jewish Israel as it sees itself (and that we are therefore condemned to eternal war) he’s probably right.
3. Condition 2: Total demilitarization of the Palestinian state and Israeli control of its borders and airspace i.e. Bibi is proposing that the West Bank should become an Israeli-guarded prison the way Gaza is for the last few years. Presumably if the Palestinians behave themselves, the Israelis will allow fairly free movement of goods and people but the point is Israeli control. No doubt that Israel can legitimately demand not to be attacked but is this the only way to achieve it? If yes, one can hardly call the Palestinian entity a state, maybe a protectorate but who’s protecting? What Palestinian leader could accept such total submission?
Are these opening positions in a negotiation? Maybe, but I’m not sure who’s going to sit down with Bibi to negotiate on this basis. That’s probably what he wanted in the first place. The question is whether Obama will play along. Bottom line for now – no drama, no change, same old stalemate.