Can there be any light in this darkness? Account of a mistimed conference

On July 8th, I had the privilege to attend a peace conference organised by the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz. Let me first stress that on that particular day, Hamas started unilaterally to send missiles and rockets on Israeli Cities. I experienced 3 alerts although I never made it to a shelter. This is my very personal … Continue reading Can there be any light in this darkness? Account of a mistimed conference

The Israeli Peace Initiative was in Geneva on May 15, 2014

Upon the initiative of JCall SwitzerlandKoby Huberman and Ygal Tamir were invited to present the Israeli Peace Initiative, their low profile yet extremely interesting thinktank which acts as a response to the Arab Peace initiative. Both API and IPI belong to the Pragmatic Peace League (i.e. we don't need to love each other, simply to both enjoy living next to each other, D. Chemla).

“12 years a slave” revisited

We, Jews, have a special connection with the African-Americans. There is no doubt in my mind about this, although fewer Afro-Americans are now willing to agree about this connection. Pharaoh, Let my people go, We shall overcome...all these are songs that ring in our common psyche. We celebrate each year Passover, the time when we … Continue reading “12 years a slave” revisited

La rédactrice en chef de Marianne à Genève pour JCall Switzerland

J'ai déjà évoqué ailleurs sur ce blog le bonheur et l'intérêt de l'excellent ouvrage de Martine Gozlan, Israël contre Israël dans ma bibliographie. C'est un ouvrage dont non seulement le fond mais aussi le style sont superbes. On y apprend tous énormément . Voici mes notes sur la conférence donnée ce jour, Dimanche 17 novembre par Martine dans les superbes salons de la Société Nautique de Genève. Elle est venu parler de son ouvrage Israël contre Israël et en débattre avec un public très diversifié de personnes cherchant à questionner la réalité actuel du soutien critique à un pays ami ou parent, Israël. Car comme le dit Alain Finkielkraut, une passion informée vaut mieux qu'une passion aveugle.

Naïve or Traitor? The last but not least contribution on JCall Trip to Israel and Palestinian Territories in April-May 2013

If you are puzzled by the title, let me just tell you these are only some of the nice names I've been called by some Israelis here. Not all of them, far from it, and strangely enough usually from newcomers as opposed to the Pro-Peace camp made mostly of 3d or 4th generation Jews in Israel. Food for thought? I'm glad to share with you my last notes on my JCall visit, thanking again David Chemla and Alain Rozenkier for making my own return to Israel possible 😉

et si Motti avait raison…?

Ma visite "activiste" est sur le point de s'achever. Terrible constat du lavage de cerveaux israélien et de  la conviction cynique pour une majorité d'Israéliens de l'inextricabilité du conflit. Celui qui l'a finalement le mieux résumé est peut-être Motti qui s'occupe d'un kiosque sur Hayarkon street à Tel Aviv: Il n'y aura jamais de paix … Continue reading et si Motti avait raison…?

Adieu King Father and Welcome to the New Lunar Year

In Asia, the impossible can always happen, you just have to dream it. Such was my visit to Phnom Penh where I intended to take part to the Farewell to King Father Norodom Sihanouk, but no plan or idea of how this would occur. Eventually, the impossible happened and I will never forget this intense moment, in black and white of the farewell to one of the most vibrant figures of our recent history.