(Finally) a mainstream radio host describes Gaza as a jail and mocks angry readers’ letters

Israel/Palestine
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I was twirling the dial while driving and heard this guy Pete Dominick, a host on POTUS–a mainstream satellite station.  Kind of great on I/P — he had on a Palestinian former Princeton prof guest, deftly parried hasbara points, talked about Gaza being a jail, yet while still exuding  a certain sympathy for Israelis.  Then Dominick read mockingly from an email from someone hoping to get him fired, saying he would forward the complaint to his bosses, but if it were just sent to “customer service” it wouldn’t get through.  The call-in people were smart too, and really impressively fair-minded.  Easily the best I’ve heard on mainstream American media. 

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  1. Cliff
    September 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

    It’s typical of Zionists to attempt to get the Palestinian perspective banned or censored.

    Notice how jon s and other Zionists here at MW, have equated the censoring of Palestinian childrens’ art to the BDS movement.

    BDS, boycotts the normalization of Israel in the West as a part of Brand Israel AS WELL as boycotting the companies that profit/operate off of and in the OT.

    Zionist groups in the US, although they are Jewish religious groups and community groups and call themselves such, boycott the Palestinian VOICE. They boycott Palestinians telling us in the West, THEIR side of the story.

    There is no parallel between our tactics and intentions and motivations and the Zionist agenda which is wholly about censorship and dominating the narrative precisely because if Americans are continually exposed to the Palestinian experience they will gravitate toward supporting them.

    DISGUSTING!

    That is why we have the Zionist meme of ‘blah blah why are you talking about Israel when blah blah is worse’.

    Liars and thieves are all they are.

    • Charon
      September 18, 2011, 4:17 pm

      Zionists consider the Palestinian narrative antisemitic. They’ll stop at nothing to censor it and will go as low as they can if they have to. Like those lawyers who sue pro-Palestinian activists and use Israeli ‘terror victims’

  2. yourstruly
    September 18, 2011, 5:21 pm

    “if americans are continually exposed to the palestinian experience they will gravitate toward supporting them”

    why is this so?

    because there’s a gut-level reaction of most people to side with the slave, the oppressed, the underdog

    israel-firsters sense this

  3. DICKERSON3870
    September 18, 2011, 5:50 pm

    RE: “That is why we have the Zionist meme of ‘blah blah why are you talking about Israel when blah blah is worse’.” ~ Cliff

    MY COMMENT: This is a nice example of one of the most common defense mechanisms, that of rationalization.
    FROM PLANET PSYCH:
    Rationalization is the cognitive reframing of ones perceptions to protect the ego in the face of changing realities. Thus, the promotion one wished fervently for and didn’t get becomes “a dead end job for brown nosers and yes men”.
    FROM INTERNET-OF-THE-MIND:
    Rationalization – Subconscious justifications, excuses or reasonings given to make a behavior seem logical — “A student fails the final he didn’t study for and says… “I couldn’t have passed it anyway – that teacher has it in for me.”
    Rationalization is included at the beginning of any list of defense mechanisms because it’s so frequently recognized as “being defensive”.
    FROM WIKIPEDIA:
    Rationalization (making excuses): Where a person convinces him or herself that no wrong was done and that all is or was all right through faulty and false reasoning. An indicator of this defence mechanism can be seen socially as the formulation of convenient excuses – making excuses.

    SEE: List of Defense Mechanisms – link to planetpsych.com SEE: Subconscious Mind: A List of Defense Mechanisms – link to internet-of-the-mind.com
    ALSO SEE: Defence mechanism – link to en.wikipedia.org

  4. longliveisrael
    September 18, 2011, 9:01 pm

    That’s great, and isn’t it a coincidence that the lunatic from Iran will be speaking at Columbia as well a couple of days before this. He also agrees with the narrative against Israel and the Jews as voiced here.

    • Shingo
      September 18, 2011, 9:27 pm

      LLI,

      The lunatic you referred to has spoken at Columbia before and was taken to task. What is your probelm with free speech? Are you that much of a fascist?

      He also agrees with the narrative against Israel and the Jews as voiced here.

      What narrative against Israel and the Jews are you referring to LLI. Dig deep this time and try and come up with a congent reponse rather than running away this time.

      • longliveisrael
        September 18, 2011, 10:21 pm

        Shingo, you and your cohorts don’t actually believe in free speech. When Netanyahu tried to speak at Concordia, he was rudely interrupted. This happens on a regular basis with Israeli speakers. Yet when the leader of a country like Iran speaks, you want free speech.

        The anti-Israel narrative is what this site is all about. I don’t have to waste my time proving it to you.

      • Shingo
        September 19, 2011, 3:21 am

        LLI,

        Yes we believe in peace, but we recognize that there is no peace without justice.

        When Netanyahu tried to speak at Concordia, he was rudely interrupted.

        So what? Netanyahu is a war criminal and a sociopath. And the reason it happens on on a regular basis with Israeli speakers is becasue they are liars and wa mongers who support human rights absues adn breaches of law and equality.

        Yet when the leader of a country like Iran speaks, you want free speech.

        The leader of Iran was hanragued and vilified the last time he spoke at Colombia. Of course, it’s laughable to hear you complain about free speech when Netehyahu was allowed to insult the US president during his speech to Congress.

        The anti-Israel narrative is what this site is all about. I don’t have to waste my time proving it to you.

        That would be becasue you can’t, so yeah, it would be a waste of time you trying to prove it.

      • longliveisrael
        September 19, 2011, 10:55 am

        “Netanyahu is a war criminal and a sociopath. And the reason it happens on on a regular basis with Israeli speakers is becasue they are liars and wa mongers who support human rights absues adn breaches of law and equality.”

        You confirm my point loud and clear. THIS IS YOUR OPINION, so you decided they should not be allowed to speak, but you fiercely promote free speech, What a joke.

        (Of course, if I were to say that all Palestinian speakers and leaders are terrorists, (which I would not) you would cry racist, Islamophobe and all the other choice terms you guys like to throw around.

      • Shingo
        September 19, 2011, 5:29 pm

        No LLI, your point is that Netenyahu was denied fredom of speech, when in fact he has been granted the largest stages in the world to speak.

        There is no denying that Israeli leadefrs are liars, war mongers (they are always threatening war) and support human rights abuses and breaches of international law and justice.

        The fact that you don’t like hearing it doesn’t change the fact.

  5. Karin
    September 19, 2011, 6:21 am

    I’ve been listening to Pete Dominick for a while-he’s great on all the issues, not just I/P. He has the best guests who know their topics, whether it’s the economy, global warming, or whatever, and the most intelligent callers I’ve ever heard on a radio talk show. And if the callers are not making any sense or being abusive, he calls them on it and hangs up on them. So refreshing.

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