Weekly News Round-Up 7/28/14-8/1/14: Somewhere Between A Rock, A Hard Place, And A Harder Place

Another long and hard week. However, a belated Eid Mubarak to all who celebrated! Revisiting this week, this blog has little to say that isn’t rooted in pessimism and sadness. However several fantastic op-eds have really captured how those who struggle with their support for Israel and their not mutually exclusive concern for human rights feel, including one below by Roger Cohen, and this piece by Ezra Klein:

I don’t equate support for Israel with support for the current policies of any particular Israeli government, any more than I equate support for America with support for the particular policies of President Bush or President Obama. My definition of being pro-Israel was always more basic, and, admittedly, more subjective: I want to see Israel succeed. I want to see it thrive. And that makes this moment in Israeli history painful to watch.

The state of Israel is supposed to make Jews safer. But Israel itself is terrifyingly vulnerable: it is home to 6 million Jews in a tiny sliver of land surrounded on all sides by enemies. Israel is a fortress built in hostile territory. Its survival, and its strength today, is something of a miracle. But the nightmares are easy to conjure: the Six-Day War ending another way, or a dirty bomb detonating in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s political ideals are similarly imperiled: it is a liberal democracy that intends to remain a Jewish state. The problem is that Jews might become a minority in the territory they control (though there’s disagreement about the demographic projections behind that fear), and even if they don’t, liberal democracies do not deprive millions of their native residents of a say in their government.

 

A family hides in the basement of their house which they converted into a bomb shelter, in the town of Horlivka, Ukraine, on July 29. According to reports, the Ukrainian army has taken measures to regain control over Horlivka, a town considered a separatist stronghold.
A family hides in the basement of their house which they converted into a bomb shelter, in the town of Horlivka, Ukraine, on July 29. According to reports, the Ukrainian army has taken measures to regain control over Horlivka, a town considered a separatist stronghold.
Protesters barricade themselves against water cannon spray during President Benigno Aquino's annual State of the Nation address on July 28, in Manila, Philippines. Thousands of government protesters staged a rally to protest the alleged corruption of Aquino involving the Disbursement Allocation Program, a $3.34-billion fund to boost public spending but some of the funds went to favored allies in the Lower House of Representatives, reports say.
Protesters barricade themselves against water cannon spray during President Benigno Aquino’s annual State of the Nation address on July 28, in Manila, Philippines. Thousands of government protesters staged a rally to protest the alleged corruption of Aquino involving the Disbursement Allocation Program, a $3.34-billion fund to boost public spending but some of the funds went to favored allies in the Lower House of Representatives, reports say.
Pharaoh Haywood plays with his daughter Isis, 2, during a "Get On the Bus" visiting day to Folsom State Prison on July 26. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) organized free bus trips for children and their caregivers to two prisons, part of an outreach program to reunite children with their incarcerated fathers.
Pharaoh Haywood plays with his daughter Isis, 2, during a “Get On the Bus” visiting day to Folsom State Prison on July 26. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) organized free bus trips for children and their caregivers to two prisons, part of an outreach program to reunite children with their incarcerated fathers.
Israeli soldiers, family and friends mourn over the grave of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, Israel, on July 29. Erez, 19, was killed Monday in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel.
Israeli soldiers, family and friends mourn over the grave of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, Israel, on July 29. Erez, 19, was killed Monday in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel.
A Palestinian father of one of eight dead children cries outside the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 28.
A Palestinian father of one of eight dead children cries outside the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 28.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

This corrosive Israeli exercise in the control of another people, breeding the contempt of the powerful for the oppressed, is a betrayal of the Zionism in which I still believe.

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

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