By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch (Middle East and North Africa Division). Here we talk about Israel, Palestine, human rights, international law, and more. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Let’s start from a general overview. What are the basic facts in the modern … Continue reading
It’s been a long time since I made a comic. I was looking for an excuse to make one, and I found a news story that jumped out at me.
It’s not news that Daesh (or ISIS or ISIL or IS) is wildly unpopular among Middle East Arabs. Survey after survey has shown general disdain for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, its goals, and its tactics, whether the population being surveyed is Arabs in general or specifically Muslims. But a new … Continue reading
A Facebook friend recommends a Prospect Magazine article by Jeff McMahan: “Gaza: Is Israel fighting a just war?” Here is an article that takes the concept of proportionality advanced by Sam Harris on the subject but comes to a different conclusion. This post is meant to stimulate . . . … Continue reading
People are talking about Sam Harris’ explanation for why he doesn’t criticize Israel. Listen to the podcast, or read the transcript on Sam Harris’ website: