Memo to ‘Queers Against Israeli Apartheid’: Get a closet

Talk about a mood killer. Toronto’s Pride Week, a profoundly social success story on every level imaginable, takes one in the nads from….Queers! ‘Tis not a pretty tale.

One stop shopping for tolerance and diversity

For those of us old enough to recall the 1981 Toronto police ‘Bathhouse raids’, or a smugly dismissive urban Ontario mainstream where the love that dared not speak its name was not ready for prime time, the annual Pride celebrations are testament to human capacity to learn, grow, and even revel in diversity.… [Read more]

Greetings From The End Of The World

If what all those unscrupulous “new age” authors and their acid-casualty devotees say is true, we are only a week away from the end of the world as we know it. As much as I want to believe that this nightmare known as civilization is about to get put out if its misery, I can’t quite convince myself of it.… [Read more]

After UN Passes Resolution For Palestinian Statehood Israel Responds By Giving The Entire World the Middle Finger

On September 23, 2011 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an application for full membership. In the application President Abbas wrote, “the State of Palestine affirms its commitment to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security.”

On cue, the Israeli Prime Minister retorted stating the bid would not succeed and called on leaders throughout the international community to oppose the effort.… [Read more]

Will Anything Come of it This Time?

Just last week, on November 29th, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state and grant it non-member observer UN status.

This, of course, is not the first time that a Palestinian Arab state has been proposed and it probably won’t be the last, for the UN vote was largely symbolic, at least as things stand today.… [Read more]

Zionism In America

Let’s start with defining Zionism; Zionism is a nationalist call to establish a Jewish state, which is defined by a nation of mostly individuals of Jewish descent. But, you may ask, isn’t that what Israel is? And you would be correct. Zionism was founded due to Jewish disbursement under Roman rule in 70 AD. It was given its name and officially recognized as a movement in 1897 by Theodor Herzl.… [Read more]

Haatzmaut Bli Shalom….Independence Without Peace

After months of arguments in favor and opposing, pleas and petitions, November 29, 1947 the United  Nations voted to approve Resolution 181, the partition of a Jewish state and Arab state.  The vote was 33 in favor, 13 opposed and 10 abstentions.  Quite naturally the Resolution was rejected by the Arab nations, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and others.… [Read more]

What Happens When There Are No Cameras

Israel Defense Force (IDF) Lieutenant Colonel Shaul Eisner has been dismissed from his command for the next two years following the beating of a Danish pro-Palestinian protester last week in the Jordan Valley.  The incident which was caught on film sparked quite a controversy and called into question once again long criticized tactics by the IDF and allegations of excessive force.… [Read more]

Middle Eastern Currency: Peace or Occupation

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 the entire Israeli public shouted at the top of their lungs: Hallelujah as Israel’s lone, kidnapped soldier crossed the border from the Gaza Strip after five years and four months (1940 days) in captivity.  He returned to the land of milk and honey (but no oil, unfortunately) and to his family.… [Read more]

Donkeysaddle Projects: Art as Inspiration and Activism

Our goals at include eradicating the walls that arise between people and presenting you with ‘the other side of the news’.  We’re on the lookout for creative people who help us learn about ourselves — and the things that make us more…human. 

The inaugural ‘Breaking Borders’ post is an interview with Ms.… [Read more]