Decay of the Third Kingdom – Part 2

Part 2 of my four-part series Decay of the Third Kingdom is published on Warscapes. Thank you to Michael Busch for his editorial work on this series. Link is here:

Stills from 1981 election campaigns: Menachem Begin was re-elected with Likud for a second term, against Shimon Peres of Alignment (which is now the Labour Party).

Excerpt from Part 2:

During the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights, Dayan encouraged Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to use nuclear weapons despite Meir’s initial opposition to implementing nuclear means. According to Cohen’s interview with Azar Azaryahu, advisor to Golda Meir, Dayan had tried to circumvent Meir’s orders and “forgot to mention” the order to withhold the deployment of nuclear arms in the Sinai. Azaryahu quoted Moshe Dayan saying that the nuclear bomb could have been prepared within hours, had Golda Meir decided to instruct physicist Shelheveth Freier to deploy it in the Sinai: “He [Freir] is waiting outside, and if you [Golda Meir] authorize him to start making the necessary preparations so that if we have to make a decision to activate, we could do it in a few minutes, rather than wandering around for half a day in order to prepare everything.”

Israel has since repeated this pre-emptive aggression in 2007 on Syria’s al-Kibar site, under the auspices of an Iranian nuclear threat. It was only in March 2018 that Israel, with the approval of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, released details of the operation that blew up Bashar al-Assad’s reactor—called Operation Orchard. In 2016, Colin Powell stated that Israel had 200 nukes “all targeted on Tehran.” And despite Netanyahu’s current declarations that Iran wants to wage a “religious war” in Syria in order to “establish itself at Israel’s ‘backdoor,’” it is important to remember that in 1979, a few university students from Tehran discovered documents revealing Iran bartering for Israeli nuclear weapons, and collaborating on developing the Jericho II. This nuclear collaboration had continued until the Shah of Iran was deposed in 1979, incidentally costing Israel Military Industries one of its biggest clients for the Uzi submachine gun.

Full article linked here.


Decay of the Third Kingdom – Part 1

At long last: part 1 of my four-part series Decay of the Third Kingdom is published on Warscapes. Thank you to Michael Busch for his editorial work on this series. Link is here:

The first section of this retrospective essay will begin by situating Israeli nuclear development within its early historical context and national mythology. It naturally includes Israel’s public emergence as a militarized nuclear threat during the Six Day War. It will then look at Israel’s collaboration with the apartheid government of South Africa on procuring uranium, the diversion of uranium from the United States, and exchanging technological expertise with other allies. The second part of this article will look at the ongoing Israeli implementation of radioactive materials in weapons and zones attacked during military operations, including Lebanon in 2006. It will then focus on the role of secondary sources of refined uranium, like the agricultural phosphate industry, for the production of nuclear arms. It will also look at how the nuclear and phosphate/chemical mining industries in the Negev Desert play into Israel’s colonial project, illegal settlement of the West Bank, and persecution of Bedouin peoples in the Negev.

“Porcile”, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1969.

Excerpt from Part 1:

Military censorship was pervasive in the formative years of Israel’s nuclear program, when journalists covering the country’s nuclear capacity were obstructed from reporting on anything relating to “security issues.” It is significant that this historic tradition of Israeli censorship, inclusive of both national and international media, has continued to evolve to this day. More recently, Israel moved to rebrand its long-standing military censorship unit, with the intention to integrate its functions within “a streamlined civilian agency.” Sima Vaknin-Gill, who took over the position of Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in 2016, intended to remake the military censorship project into a civilian institution that, in her words, would provide “guidance” to media. Under Vaknin-Gil’s direction, the ministry was reported by Electronic Intifada to be paying off editors to publish “puff pieces online and in media using deceptive methods.” This echoed similar methods employed by Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan who allegedly payed the Yedioth Ahronoth Group “to publish journalistic articles, which were then distributed by member organizations of the “Pro-Israel Network” in Israel and around the world.”

fragments – the shattering din of the morning star

Excerpts from the shattering din of the morning star were published in “Vestiges: Aphasia”, by Black Sun Lit. Buy the edition here. Fragments of the excerpts are here:


Our tongues are weighed with the many ways we’ve pretended, in order to evade discomfort, to keep it far so it does not disturb the rituals of cleaning off the dirt of all the things to do. Can refuse without being seen as refusing. In fact, can do anything without appearing to do anything. At a distance, each action, decision, participation, disperses into the mass of actions. These words are not at our own command. There is the distance of what is easy. Even the revolutionaries want to remain as comfortable as possible, dissipating as invisibly as the previous fury, withering, exhausted when there is nothing more to achieve than a small comfort. A lesser freedom. So, these bombs have not been touched by our hands. These cities have not fallen by our command.


There are spaces you told me are on the edges of our world. There, we speak in other languages, picking up words from each other with the lightness of discovery. But I have found them to plummet outwards, always crashing against their own images. Unnamed in our conversations, they, them, the other, the outsider, the alien, the enemy have become profitably vague identity cases. Or vast masses. “The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things.” To give them name is to bring them closer. “You can’t personalize it, you can’t see the individual.” To identify is to immobilize. Do I accuse this point of our rupture as delirium?


The division of the enemy makes the difference easier to understand, makes the fluid unchangeable. You don’t have to think too hard about it. This is the way by which the soldier disarms the human and makes the target. A target cannot become a human again. Cannot be what it is not. That would mean the entire world would have to be rewritten for the production of new purposes. So we are always tainted with fear. We were learned into this fear.


A red river is rising. All the redness of the martial law, calling waves of bodies forward, for another instance that would never be revealed. Outward. I remember the sound of the river, the way it was before it was known, before the water came to sight. It’s the taste of broken earth on the tongue that burns with years of forgetting.


Excerpts from the shattering din of the morning star were published in “Vestiges: Aphasia“, by Black Sun Lit (April 2019).

Berfrois: The Book

Berfrois: The Book is published! Edited by Russell Bennetts, it is available through Dostoyevsky Wannabe: I have a short text called a breath then published in this collection!

Contributors to Berfrois: The Book:

Hawa Allan, Melissa Benn, Russell Bennetts, Daniel Bosch, Shane Jesse Christmass, Andrea Cohen, Eli S. Evans, Jeremy Fernando, Drew Gardner, Gregory Giles, Amy Glynn, Jack Hanson, j/j hastain, Juliet Jacques, Matthew Jakubowski, Kirsten Kaschock, Lital Khaikin, Jennifer L. Knox, E. J. Koh, Janice Lee, Eric D. Lehman, Joe Linker, Nyla Matuk, Sharon Mesmer, Teresa K. Miller, Astra Papachristodoulou, Marsha Pomerantz, Robin Richardson, Sumana Roy’s, Legacy Russell, Michael Schmidt, Jessica Sequeira, Ed Simon, Scherezade Siobhan, Justin Erik Halldór Smith, Maggie Smith, Joseph Spece, Laurie Stone, Melissa Studdard, Elias Tezapsidis and Eley Williams.

Cover design and finishing touches on the typesetting by Shuwei Bennetts and Dostoyevsky Wannabe. Cover photo of Julia Frakes by Kathryn LeSoine.

Berfrois is at the 2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair:
Oregon Convention Center, March 27–30, 2019

as long as – Opon 6

Opon, Issue 6 is live! Opon is edited by Brad Vogler.

as long as   |   text   –


There is the good, or faithful intention, that is in his hands as she knew. One way of touch. And the other that defines her limits, finding her ability to bear. The faltering distance between two points. No closer. She exists between. She becomes instant. He is another edge. What of the subsurface? And it goes. It is a way of losing. Waiting for relief. It is a clean way of ugliness. Enthralled with everything that escapes clairvoyance. But this is to hide from brutality.

Cover image “The Reach” by Susannah Mira.

forthcoming in Vestiges_04: Aphasia, April 2019

Fragments from The Shattering Din of the Morning Star are forthcoming in Vestiges_04: Aphasia, scheduled for a release in April 2019. Vestiges_04: Aphasia {silence as a symptom of form} will feature work from:

Antonin Artaud (translated from French by Rainer J. Hanshe), Damiano Bagli, Catherine Chen, Maura Nguyen Donohue, Dani Ferrara, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Christian Hawkey, Vicente Huidobro (translated from Spanish by Jonathan Simkins), Brenda Iijima, Michael Keenan, Lital Khaikin, Carlos Lara, Nic Leigh, Gabrielle Lessans, Yannis Livadas, Alistair McCartney, Peter Myers, Sawako Nakayasu, Marcus Berian Nicholls, Tega Oghenechovwen, Joshua Pollock, Camilo Roldán/Jorge Manrique, Rick Snyder, Sophia Terazawa, Barbara Tomash, Sam Truitt, Asiya Wadud, John Yau.

Excerpt: ‘A Flight Of Objects That Seemed Real’ on Berfrois

Image: The Purple Billow, Georges Lacombe, 1896-97

Full excerpt is published on Berfrois, here: , and an excerpt of the excerpt is here:

Presented with life itself, what does the debt of birth nourish? When this forest was sewn, was it the work of fruits or of people, of noble flowers and laurels, or the calloused grip of the state? We were told to watch the forest move over the hills. At the foot of the desert was a mountain. At the foot of the mountain was a village. The village was levelled, the people strewn like so many seeds, castaways in their own lands looking for air, the divination of an ancient light, an apparition that spread wide. The world outside is blisteringly loud, and this particular silence, the particular knowledge of which is a great inconvenience, is a consumption over an earth made wretched, divided by the measures of suffering. The clamour of the silences forced in the name of statehood, by which names become exalted for the construction of roads that lead to the cadavers of civilization. How many colours the land has taken on as time makes its conflicts indisputable—was it really so easy to be deceived into an illusion of absence, to impart the vulgarity of poverty on the spirit in the name of fear, in favour of the meekness of words from a distance? Who denies the apathy offered by time begins again. And so was the division between a tree and a tree…

Come here, my soul. Let me bring you closer.

כל עוד שם עלי דרכים    

As long as on the barren highways

שער יכת שאיה,        

The humbled city gates mark,

The dewdrops are red טל אדום over the graves of children. Policy is to think of the children. Small wasplings climb over one another, out of the paper nest. The paper is old and has many holes so that the wind passes through. There are dewdrops drying on the backs of the wasplings and they are black. Their nettling stings extrude sharp metal.

כי עוד ירחמנו אל זועם;  

That a wrathful God may still have mercy on us.

Have you ever played a game, of spot the sniper? The value and dignity of human life in the face of all obstacles. Birds became metal. Cutting the air. Thin lines of foam that dissipate. In descent overhead. To the soil, small parts that unmake things. Dew still rises on the ruins. For a moment, the edge to the ground disappears.


Briarpatch article, ‘Start-up nation, apartheid state: The myth of “peaceful” R&D in Israel‘ is republished by Taiwanese website Coolloud Collective (an online media platform reporting on social movement activities in Taiwan, and around the world) :



原文標題:’Start-up nation, apartheid state: The myth of “peaceful” R&D in Israel‘,刊載於加拿大政治與文化雜誌網站《荊棘地》(Briarpatch)。