Monthly Archives:
September 2008

UN: Israel Has Increased Checkpoints and Roadblocks in West Bank

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From the Palestinian media: “A report published by the United Nations this week revealed that in spite of Israeli vows to ease restrictions on movement in the West Bank, the Israeli army increased the number of roadblocks and search points.”…

Matthews Calls Bush–and Palin–a ‘Cover’ for Neocon Agenda

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Chris Matthews inched up to the line on the neoconservatives tonight in a conversation with Pat Buchanan about the briefing of Sarah Palin. Don’t you think, Matthews said, that McCain’s foreign policy guru Randy Scheunemann is scripting her on this…

Did ‘The Sun’ Have Bad Juju?

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Well the NY Sun is no more. Today’s its last issue. Seth Lipsky announced that he could not find another partner, for that fearsome front line of Steinhardt, Hertog, Kovner, and Tisch. Israel is everything to Steinhardt and Hertog. “I…

U.N. to Consider Israeli Nukes

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The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, begins meeting in Vienna with the focus on Iran. But it has also put Israeli nukes on the agenda, at the request of Israel’s Arab neighbors. You see: Israel is not the only country…

Has Israel Got a Taliban Too?

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Two journalists liken Israel’s radical settlers and its orthodox haredim to the Taliban. Antony Loewenstein, Aussie anti-Zio: The aim of these extremists is to establish a Taliban-style, rabbinical state to replace the current “secular” Israel. It may seem like a…

Rosh Hashanah and the Financial Crisis

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Drudge had a great headline today, Rush Hashanah. Sorry to be so irreligious, but if it’s the greatest crisis in the financial system in 80 years, shouldn’t some of our Jewish lawmakers get on the stick? And Congress won’t do…

Bill Clinton Is Eloquent on America’s Image in Africa

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I’ve criticized Bill Clinton forever, today I’m celebrating him. I saw him on Meet the Press yesterday, interviewed by Brokaw, and was stunned by his eloquence re Africa. I saw the statesman for once. I wonder if it has to…

‘Daily Kos’ Blames McCain’s Team for Attack on Ohio Mosque

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Dayton’s newspaper reports a tear gas attack on a mosque there, affecting a lot of children. Dailykos makes the connection between the attack and the distribution of the free DVD of the anti-Muslim film “Obsession” by “McCain supporters” in swing…

Masturbation and Porn

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I keep meaning to do this post and have finally found a rainy day. A month back I saw an old friend, my age, 53,who looked great, young. I said, How do you do it? His family was there and…

Even Mommy’s in the Lobby

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Steve F. is accusing me of making wild assertions re the Israel Lobby. Here’s his charge: So now Ralph and I am part of the Lobby, eh? Strange – I haven’t gotten anything in the mail recently about this. This…

Sometimes I Go About and Poison Wells

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I thought they were supposed to get rid of settlements. No, here’s a plan to reopen a sewage dump for Israel settlements in the West Bank that Palestinians say poisons artesian wells that serve Nablus and nearby villages. (Thanks to…

Why Don’t You Guys Move to Israel?

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Ralph Seliger and Steve F. respond to me re the right of return. Seliger first: It’s simple history that Israel overran its borders in 1948, because the tides of war permitted it to. The Palestinian and external Arab forces made…

The Elite Media Are Siding With Obama (Praise the Lord)

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A friend writes, “I was a bit surprised at how pro-Obama last night’s post-debate commentary was. Were they being objective, or has the media already decided that Obama is going to win and they want to be on his good…

Communism Soured in ’56, a Lot Like Zionism Now

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I’m reading a magnificent book, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, and one theme in the 1961 novel is the souring, in 1956, of the promise of Communism even as its chief proponents in the west insist that it hasn’t…

Decline and Fall

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Surprise: A resolution for a blockade against Iran, pushed by AIPAC, has been shelved by the House leadership as being too belligerent. Many are calling it a defeat for the Israel lobby; Jim Lobe cites “an unexpectedly strong lobbying effort…

Seliger on the Right of Return

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Ralph Seliger has responded to Saif Ammous’s latest response to him re the right of return: Mr. Ammous obviously doesn’t want to come to an understanding with me. The fact that a Zionist like myself does believe in a moral…

The War for Israel’s Soul

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The NYT has a great piece of reporting by Isabel Kershner on radicalized settlers and the war they promise inside Israeli society over withdrawal from the West Bank. The piece begins with the Sternhell pipebomb attack in Jerusalem. Kershner’s fundamentalist…