International Red Cross

The Alibi of Ambiguity
June 07, 2012

Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Faÿ, and the Vichy DilemmaBy Barbara Will (Columbia University Press, 274 pp., $35)   IdaBy Gertrude Stein Edited by Logan Esdale (Yale University Press, 348 pp., $20)   Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected EditionBy Gertrude Stein Edited by Susannah Hollister and Emily Setina (Yale University Press, 379 pp., $22) ON SEPTEMBER 29, 1951, an oddly dressed young woman appeared in an alley adjacent to the municipal hospital in Angers, a town southwest of Paris.

The Return: Gilad Shalit Comes Home
October 19, 2011

The return to Zion has been a trope in Jewish history for more than 3,000 years. It pertains to the people Israel itself. And it applies also to individual Jews, both in the abstract and in the tactile, as a matter of conscience and as a fact of communality. You will know already from my other writings just how much I pity those Jews who are alienated from these considerations or, worse yet, haven’t the slightest idea of what I mean. Of course, ignorance of one’s past can excuse a lot. But it’s not a satisfying answer to inquiring children.

Palestinian Dead Boy, Age 14, Returns Alive
April 04, 2010

It was official. The director of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza, Muawiya Hassanein, reported that a 14 year old Gaza boy, Muhammad Zen Ismail
Al-Fammawi, was shot dead by Israeli forces near the Yassir Arafat International Airport last Tuesday. The International Red Cross apparently
had coordinated with Israel forces to collect the body. Alas, the body was
not found. But oops! No body was not found. Still, the story persisted. Another martyr for "Land Day," the 34th anniversary of a protest against an Israeli
expropriation of land in which six Arabs were killed. Then, yesterday, the

The Red Cross Retracts Its Outlandish Accusations Against Israel
January 15, 2009

I do not pretend that there is anything in Gaza that is pretty. There is nothing. But the fact is that a genocidal militia has been defeated by the army of Israel, a country that has been under relentless siege for almost eight years. Hamas brought this retaliation on itself. And it will bring it on itself again if it does not cease in its efforts to destroy the Jewish state and to persuade its hapless and captive Gaza population that it can, in fact, destroy that state. Take a look, if you haven't looked at them already, at the Hamas clips that I put on the Spine yesterday. Predictably, the p