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Preparations for the “Great Return March” – Update

Overview Preparations continue in the Gaza Strip for a mass march to Israel’s border (the “great return march”). To that end the Palestinian organizations operating in the Gaza Strip have organized a “national committee” which...

Migrant workers in Israel – The inside story

Well meaning activists established a seminar center north of Eilat in 2011 to counsel migrants from Africa who worked illegally in Eilat hotels and kibbutzim to declare that they were refugees, not migrant workers. They...

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue preparing a mass march to the Israeli border...

Overview Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue preparing for “the great return march,” during which Gazans are expected to hold a mass march to the Israeli border to make the world aware of the so-called right of the Palestinian...

From Time Immemorial, Summary of Chapter 1: The Puzzle’s Extra Pieces

Introduction Joan Peters’ book, published in 1984 and 7 years in the making, began as a sympathetic investigation into the reasons why the Palestinians have remained refugees since the Israeli War of Independence in 1948....

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 2: The Invitation

Introduction Some personal Reflections on this chapter: The overarching, abiding sentiment that resonates with me after reading this chapter is of the incontrovertible conclusion that the Arab States have waged a massively successful internal and external...

From Peters’ Time Immemorial, Summary of Chapter 3: The Arab Jew

Introduction “The Arab Jew” is the longest chapter of Joan Peters' book.  The chapter profiles many of these vulnerable communities, the other, true but ignored, refugees of the Middle and North Africa.  It tells of...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 6: Invitation Declined

Introduction: The rosy picture of the traditional tolerance and just treatment of Jews under Islamic rule has been largely demolished by the testimony of Jewish refugees from Arab countries interviewed for this book in Israel,...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 7 Remnant of a Tradition: The Arab-Jewish Diaspora

This chapter deals with the remnants of those Jewish communities in Arab lands in the Middle East and North Africa.  By 1982 the largest Jewish population, about 18,000, was in Morocco. Their numbers have...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, chapt. 18: The Flight from Fact

Introduction: It was a privilege to re-read and summarize a chapter in this book. I hope that I was able to capture the nature of the author that permeates the pages: a devoted humanitarian, but...

Alternative Oscar nominees

The annual Hollywood frenzy has concluded with winners clutching their awards and mouthing the usual inanities…writes Michael Kuttner. For the first time TV ratings showed less viewers tuned in to watch this orgy of political...