Lawrence Davidson

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Offical Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.
 

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Palestinian street art. (Photo: Wanderlasss/ cc/ flickr) Views
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 10:15am
Selective Sympathy in Israel/Palestine
The display of anxiety and aggressive agitation in Israel, triggered by the kidnapping of three young men from an illegal settlement on the West Bank, seems to be accompanied by a near total denial of any legitimate relationship between government actions (the occupation) and Palestinian reactions...
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A section of the barrier — erected by Israeli officials to prevent the passage of Palestinians — with graffiti using President John F. Kennedy’s famous quote when facing the Berlin Wall, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” (Photo credit: Marc Venezia) Views
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 9:45am
In Israel/Palestine, What Kind of a One-State Solution?
Michael Jay Rosenberg is a well-known, sharp-minded critic of the Israeli government. But he is also a “liberal Zionist” who believes in the legitimacy and necessity of a Jewish state. This point of view has led him to attack the BDS (Boycott Israel) movement in a recent piece, “The Goal of BDS is...
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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:10am
The Conundrum of ‘Democratic’ Coups
In the past couple of years a disturbing political phenomenon has arisen. To put it simply, groups espousing “democracy” have caused their countries to politically self-destruct by violently turning against the results of free and fair elections. Apparently, they act this way because the elections did not go their way and/or the elected officials adopted policies they oppose. They do so even when there is a possibility that changes in policy, and even changes in constitutions, can be had peacefully through legal means.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11:52am
Bureaucracy v. Bradley Manning
The institutions of modern society — including governments, large economic structures and military forces – are organized in bureaucratic fashion, that is, a form of organization that operates by means of a wide range of closely supervised departments capable of performing specific tasks in efficient ways.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 3:00pm
Telling Truths about Israel, Palestine
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Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 11:20am
The Know-Nothings Ride Again
There is a universal phenomenon that I call natural localism . The majority of people, wherever they might live, are affected by this condition. It results in limited knowledge – knowledge about what is local but ignorance (often breeding fear) about what is not local. Unless countered by positive education and tolerance, natural localism can result in aggressive behavior toward the unfamiliar.
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Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 9:56am
America Gets Stupid, Again, on Iran
It is estimated that up to a million people died as a function of George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, which Bush later said was based on “faulty intelligence ,” the ex-president’s way of passing the blame.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:41am
Israelis Who Speak for Justice
Last month Amira Hass, one of Israel’s best, bravest and most disliked journalists wrote a short piece in Haaretz entitled “ When ‘fascist’ is not a rude word ,” in which she tells us that “in fascist regimes the state is above all” and notes that the sort of fascist-style bills pouring out of Israel’s Knesset would “make Jean-Marie Le Pen
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