Dedication of the Soldiers´ Monument at Cherryfield, Maine, July 4, 1874: Israel Washburn
This issue contains seven selections:COMMENT´´Political Porn´´ by David Remnick: What´s scandalous about the new book on Sen. Hillary Clinton.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´The Enron Example´´ by Alec Wilkinson: A law firm´s summer associates debate the ethics of corporate malfeasance.LETTER FROM WASHINGTON´´Real Insiders´´ by Jeffrey Goldberg: Did a pro-Israel lobbyist engage in espionage? Or was he just doing his job?SHOUTS & MURMURS´´Camp Correspondence´´ by Bruce McCall: A hostile takeover by the lake.FICTION´´Ashes´´ by Cristina Henriquez: A woman in Panama reexamines her life after her mother´s sudden death.ON TELEVISION´´When in Rome´´ by Nancy Franklin: A review of the ABC mini-series Empire, and some thoughts about the ´´Runaway Bride.´´THE THEATRE´´On Your Toes´´ by John Lahr: The movie Billy Elliott becomes a London musical. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/050629/pe_nyer_050629_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Operation Protective Edge, launched in early July 2014, was the third major Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip in six years. It was also the most deadly. By the conclusion of hostilities some seven weeks later, 2,200 of Gaza´s population had been killed, and more than 10,000 injured. In this book, journalist Mohammed Omer, a resident of Gaza who lived through the terror of those days with his wife and then three-month-old son, provides a first-hand account of life on-the-ground during Israel´s assault. The images he records in this extraordinary chronicle are a literary equivalent of Goya´s Disasters of War: children´s corpses stuffed into vegetable refrigerators, pointlessly because the electricity is off; a family rushing out of their home after a phone call from the Israeli military informs them that the building will be obliterated by an F-16 missile in three minutes; donkeys machine-gunned by Israeli soldiers under instructions to shoot anything that moves; graveyards targeted with shells so that mourners can no longer tell where their relatives are buried; fishing boats ablaze in the harbor. Throughout this carnage, Omer maintains the cool detachment of the professional journalist, determined to create a precise record of what is occurring in front of him. But between his lines the outrage boils, and we are left to wonder how a society such as Israel, widely-praised in the West as democratic and civilized, can visit such monstrosities on a trapped and helpless population. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025828/bk_adbl_025828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´From the blood-drenched history of the Jewish nation, we learn that violence which begins with the murder of Jews ends with the spread of violence and danger to all people, in all nations. We have no choice but to strike at terrorist organizations wherever we can reach them. That is our obligation to ourselves and to peace.” (Golda Meir) ´´July 4, 1976, was a great day to be an American, and a great day to be Jewish, and was, I am assured, an absolutely sensational day to be American and Jewish.” (George Will) During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli forces struck suddenly into Sinai in response to an Egyptian violation of an earlier treaty agreement that allowed Israeli ships passage through the important Straits of Tiran. In a lightning campaign, the well-trained and well-led Israeli forces, equipped with American and French vehicles and aircraft, shattered the low-quality Egyptian army forces decisively. When Jordan and Syria attacked Israel in support of Egypt, the Israelis smashed their forces also. Israel acquired most of the Sinai, as well as occupying the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. Since the Six-Day War established Israel’s military supremacy, Palestinian opposition developed a new strategy, and a greater emphasis began to be placed on covert, guerrilla actions against Israel and the development of organizations to carry out such attacks. On May 8, 1972, a new style of warfare came to the fore when four members of the Black September Organization, an amorphous branch of the Fatah movement, hijacked Belgian Sabena Flight 571 en route from Brussels to Tel Aviv. To buy time, the Israeli security establishment agreed to allow Flight 571 to land at Lod International Airport, southeast of Tel Aviv, where it was immediately escorted to the far end of the tarmac. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112412/bk_acx0_112412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a young Jewish man in 17th century Amsterdam, Baruch de Spinoza excelled as a theological student; but as he encountered free-thinking Protestants, atheists, and radicals in this relatively tolerant city, he began to question his religion and the nature of God. As a result, he was branded a heretic and faced excommunication. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Matthew Wolf as Baruch de Spinoza; Edward Asner as Abraham van Valkenburgh; Richard Easton as Saul Levi Mortera; Andrea Gabriel as Clara; Arye Gross as Ben Israel; Amy Pietz as Rebekah; James Wagner as Simon de Vries. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Asner, Richard Easton, Andrea Gabriel, Arye Gross, Amy Pietz, James Wagner, Matthew Wolf. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000319/pf_latw_000319_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.