Fair Policy, Fair Discussion

October 19, 2009

J Street blogger panel– Next Monday!

Filed under: Events and appearances — Helena Cobban @ 5:29 pm

J Street’s big inaugural conference starts next Sunday evening… And at lunchtime on Monday, Oct. 26, there’ll be a great affiliated event: a panel discussion involving a large number of pro-peace bloggers, including yours truly.

All readers of JWN and FPFD who are at the conference, come along! Blogs have played a large role in breaking the tight information blockade that previously prevented real facts and fair-minded opinions about the Palestine Question from getting anything like a fair hearing in the American public discourse.

I’m really excited because I’ll get to meet, in real physical space, many bloggers whose work I have long admired but whom I have not yet actually met.

They include panel organizers Richard Silverstein of Tikkun Olam and Jerry Haber of the Magnes Zionist. Also Phil Weiss of Mondoweiss and Max Blumenthal, who blogs various various places– and also does those famous videos.

Laila El-Haddad of Gaza Mom is coming, and Matt Duss of the Wonk Room, and a bunch of other great bloggers. I imagine the best way to keep updated on the participant list will be to check Richard’s blog.

The panel will run 12:30 – 2:00pm, and be in the McPhearson Square Room at the Grand Hyatt. I think you have to be a registered participant in the conference to attend, and that lunch will be provided. (H’mmm. That probably means people will take 20 minutes going thru the lunch line so we won’t get started till around 1? People: go through those lunch lines as fast as you can, okay?)

Richard reminds us of the following:

Our event is not officially sponsored by J Street and nothing said during our session should be construed as representing J Street’s views. We are bloggers and independent actors. We do not speak for J Street and they do not endorse our statements. They have graciously offered us a physical space during their conference. But that is where the relationship ends.

…J Street has agreed to our panel and understands the independent role we play in the blogosphere and at their conference. That is something that is important and praiseworthy.

I hope to see many of you there!



  1. co*ngratilations Helena for your new* blog.
    you are always very active. I wish to your blog much success.


    Comment by Abdelhafid Dib — October 26, 2009 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  2. Just a reminder – lest anyone should forget ..

    A terrifying litany of the violation and abuse of human rights by the Israeli army in Gaza in December and January last.

    Extracted from the official United Nations Report of the Fact Finding Mission. April/May 2009
    1. Deliberate attacks by the Israeli army on civilians

    2. 1400 Gazans killed in three weeks

    3. The illegal use of white phosphorus

    4. Israeli violations of the right to free movement

    5. Dehumanization

    6. Torture and punishment

    7. Violations of international human rights and humanitarian law

    8. The arbitrary deprivation of life

    1887. The timing of the first Israeli attack, at 11.30 a.m. on a weekday, when children were returning from school and the streets of Gaza were crowded with people going about their daily business, appears to have been calculated to create the greatest disruption and widespread panic among the civilian population. The treatment of many civilians detained or even killed while trying to surrender is one manifestation of the way in which the effective rules of engagement, standard operating procedures and instructions to the troops on the ground appear to have been framed in order to create an environment in which due regard for civilian lives and basic human dignity was replaced with disregard for basic international humanitarian law and human rights norms.

    [snip. Please keep comments to less than 300 words.]

    Comment by Colin Dale — October 30, 2009 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

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