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Creators of a new comic hope that they can counter the ‘venomous’ Israel boycott movement. From Al Jazeera.

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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid

Israel temporarily suspends demolition of Palestinian homes
AP – An Israeli defense official says the military is temporarily suspending its contentious policy of demolishing illegally built Palestinian homes in the West Bank.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110906/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians

Village council: Israeli soldiers destroy trees in Al-Walaja
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers uprooted a number of trees on Monday in the village of Al-Walaja, north of Bethlehem, the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA reported. Saleh Khalifa, head of the village council, said that soldiers entered the village Monday morning and cut down olive trees to make way for a section of the separation wall. Israeli forces also blocked the main entrances to the village, Khalifa added. He called on rights groups to intervene to prevent the destruction of Palestinian land.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=417816

Graveyard for trees, Mazin Qumsiyeh
An apology for writing more frequent than the usual 2-3 messages a week but our hearts broke when we arrived to find that much of the Israeli uprooting of Palestinian olive trees was already done in Al-Walaja today.  The old farmer Mohammed Al-Atrash (Abu Wajih) was standing there in shock, speechless, wondering where humanity is on this black day.  Israeli authorities picked the day well: it was the day of returning to school and to work from the 5 day Eid (Holiday) at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.  They brought massive forces starting at dawn and circled an area of over one square mile declaring it a closed military area.   No media presence was allowed (so much for “democracy”) so that we could not even videotape the destruction as it happened, only its aftermath.  Dozens of olive, almond, za’rur, and pine trees were destroyed. For pictures of the corpses, see footnote 1 below.  This despite the fact that there is a court case pending on this land to be heard at the end of this month.  The villagers called for presence in the village tomorrow (Tuesday morning).  Tel for info 0522054595
http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2011/09/graveyard-for-trees.html

Israeli Authorities block foundation’s use of historical East Jerusalem building for school
Israeli forces have closed off the historical Ahmad Sameh al-Khaldi buildings in Abu Tur district adjacent to Silwan to the public for one month. The buildings were leased by the local Abbasi family to a foundation for use as a school; however, authorities are claiming that the properties in fact belong to the Hamas party. The building, which was constructed in 1948, traditionally housed a school under the Jordanian mandate of East Jerusalem and then under the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality. In 2009 the Municipality returned title of the buildings to the original owners, the Abbasi family, claiming that the structures were classified as unsafe. The owners then leased the buildings to the Survival Foundation, for use as a school.
http://silwanic.net/?p=19824

Settlers

Report: Settlers attack Bethlehem university lecturer
NABLUS (Ma’an) — A lecturer at Bethlehem university was injured Monday evening after being attacked by settlers on the Ramallah-Nablus road. Dr Adwan Adwan, 41, told Ma’an that he was on route to Zawata village in Nablus when settlers attacked his car with stones. He suffered injuries to his head and hands, and managed to drive to the nearest hospital for treatment.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=417906

U.S. has made no statement and continues to fund settlers: EU’s Ashton: Settler attack on West Bank mosque undermines Mideast peace
European High Representative for Foreign Affairs urges Israel to investigate torching of Qusra mosque, calling it an attack on ‘freedom of religion or belief’.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/eu-s-ashton-settler-attack-on-west-bank-mosque-undermines-mideast-peace-1.382868?localLinksEnabled=false

Settler attack on mosque condemned by Egypt
Egypt’s Foreign Minister has condemned the attack by Israeli settlers on a mosque in the village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank. Mohammed Amr said that the occurrence of such criminal acts with no decisive intervention by the Israeli occupation authorities is yet more evidence of Israel’s disregard for the cultural and social rights of Palestinians.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2791-settler-attack-on-mosque-condemned-by-egypt

Activism and Israeli regime violence against activists

They’ll shoot with tolerance… Israel vows “tolerance” for Palestinian protests (Reuters)
Reuters – A senior officer said Monday that Israeli soldiers would show “much more tolerance” toward Palestinian demonstrations than in the past thanks to riot-control training and new equipment designed to reduce injuries and deaths.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110905/wl_nm/us_palestinians_israel_riot_control

Israel allows shooting at Palestine protesters
Israel allows security forces to shoot at Palestinian protesters who are preparing to march in support of their bid for statehood at the UN later this month.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKUHJ5bbTxo

Alert: French JDL is recruiting ‘militants’ to travel to West Bank in 2 weeks
Content in French, click on Mondoweiss link for google translation.
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/09/alert-french-jdl-is-recruiting-militants-to-travel-to-west-bank-in-2-weeks.html

Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment/ Solidarity

Wikileaks: U.S., Saudis reached 2010 compromise over Israeli-made Cadillac parts, Paul Mutter
“He [Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade Abdullah Al-Hamoudi] . . . anecdotally explained that the small Israeli-made fuel filters in General Motors vehicles are acceptable as long as they are not shipped directly as spare parts.”
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/09/wikileaks-u-s-saudis-reached-2010-compromise-over-israeli-made-cadillac-parts.html

Dishonest media continues lies over BDS to smear support for Palestine as anti-Semitic After Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon defended her right to be pro-Palestinian and not anti-Semitic (a leap of logic only made by desperate Zionists and hack media), a flurry of letters ensued.
http://antonyloewenstein.com/2011/09/06/dishonest-media-continues-lies-over-bds-to-smear-support-for-palestine-as-anti-semitic/

Sarah’s Eyes on Hebron’s Walls
Gaza — The legend of prophet Abraham’s cherished wife Sarah has been revived near the water spring of ‘Our Matriarch Sarah,’ as residents of the occupied city of Hebron like to call it. Modern artist Yousef Katalo (1965) was inspired by Sarah’s story and adapted it to a contemporary Palestinian context. His mural “Sarah’s Eyes” turned out to be a recasting of the Nakba and subsequent resistance to Israeli occupation.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/sarahs-eyes-hebron%E2%80%99s-walls?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlAkhbarEnglish+%28Al+Akhbar+English%29

Eight from UAE join Cycling 4 Gaza project
DUBAI — Natasha Hanoun never learned to ride a bike growing up. The Palestinian native has taken a pledge to master the skill for a good cause this October as she joins eight others from the UAE as part of the international Cycling 4 Gaza project. “Donating money is important, but it’s easy. When you’re investing in an awareness campaign, that takes a lot of your time, effort and money, it’s a personal commitment that makes more of a difference,” Natasha said.
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/September/theuae_September97.xml&section=theuae&col=

Siege/War on Gaza

Israeli Air Force Bombards An Area In Gaza
Israeli war-jets bombarded, on Monday night after midnight, an empty area close to the Electricity Company, west of the Al Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
http://www.imemc.org/article/61953

Obama and the Gaza war, revisited, Issandr El Amrani
Report: Documents expose U.S. wiretaps of Israeli officials in Washington – Haaretz
: the Israeli Embassy in the United States provided “regular written briefings” on Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza intended for “President Obama in the weeks between his election and inauguration.” Remember, back then when Obama was studiously ignoring the Gaza war and refusing to comment on it because “there is only one president at a time.” Even though he commented on other things.
http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/9/6/obama-and-the-gaza-war-revisited.html

Press Release: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Press Release on Illegality of Gaza Siege
In flagrant contradiction of the position of the international community, the report concludes that the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip is legal and complies with the standards of international law, in view of Israeli security and military circumstances.The report considered the Israeli use of force against passengers on board the Mavi Marmara, in the manner it was carried out, as “excessive and unreasonable.” The report also criticized the ill-treatment of passengers once they were detained. The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the conclusions of the Panel of Inquiry, particularly those related to the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. Al Mezan calls on the international community to begin working immediately towards bringing to an end the illegal and immoral blockade.
http://www.mezan.org/en/details.php?id=12484&ddname=&id2=9&id_dept=9&p=center

Erdogan to visit Egypt, but not Gaza
Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Egypt on September 12 on an official visit, a Turkish official announced on Sunday, denying news reports that Erdogan would also visit Gaza Strip.
link to Palestinian Information Center

Detentions

Israel arrests East Jerusalem Hamas lawmaker near Ramallah
Abu Tir, who had his Jerusalem residency revoked last year, is expelled to PA-controlled Ramallah. An Israeli military spokesman in Tel Aviv said he was checking the details of the arrest.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-arrests-east-jerusalem-hamas-lawmaker-near-ramallah-1.382877

IOF soldiers detain 7 Palestinian citizens
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the villages of Azzun and Kufr Qaddoum to the east of Qalqilia at an early hour on Tuesday and rounded up seven youths after breaking into their homes.
link to Palestinian Information Center

Israeli army detains 20 Palestinians in West Bank
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 20 “wanted Palestinians” across the West Bank overnight, an Israeli military spokesman said Tuesday. The detainees will be questioned by security forces, the army spokesman added. Hassan Shbeta, local head of detainee affairs in Azzun, east of Qalqiliya, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Hussam Younis Salama, 18, Fadi Anwar Mishal, 21, Loay Anwar Misha, 19 and Yousef Ghassan Salim, 18, early Tuesday morning.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=418000

Soldiers Invade Hebron, Kidnap Three
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday morning, three Palestinians from Al Sammoa’ town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, and installed roadblocks leading to several nearby villages.
http://www.imemc.org/article/61949

Israeli Soldiers Arrest Son of Senior DFLP Member in Ramallah
RAMALLAH, September 6, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers Tuesday arrested the son of Ramzi Rabah, a senior member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), after raiding his home in the heart of Ramallah, according to a rights groups. The Center for Defense of Freedoms and Civil Rights (Hurryyat) said in a statement that 18 Israeli army vehicles raided Ein Misbah area of Ramallah, only meters away from the headquarters of President Mahmoud Abbas. It said masked soldiers forced their way into Rabah’s home, searched and ransacked it before leaving after arresting his son, Murad.  No reason was given for the raid or the arrest. Rabah is a member of the DFLP politburo.
http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=17239

Prisoners Club Concerned For Life of Minor Prisoner
HEBRON, September 6, 2011 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) Tuesday expressed deep concern for the life of a minor Palestinian prisoner from the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and held the Israeli government responsible for his life. Director of the Hebron branch of the PPC, Amjad Najjar, said that 16-year-old Mohammad Awwad was suffering from Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), which can be fatal if not treated. He said his health was quickly deteriorating and he needs constant and extensive medical supervision. Awwad was arrested a month and a half ago and a court ordered him expelled from his home town for six months, a sentence which was cancelled due to an intervention by rights groups.
http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=17238

Racism / Discrimination
If you’re an Arab (Palestinian) citizen of Israel you have to go to court to build a house: Israeli Arab couple wins legal battle to build home in northern Jewish town
Residents of Sahknin, Ahmed and Fatina Zabeidat, petitioned High Court of Justice five years ago over rejection by Rakefet’s admissions committee.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-arab-couple-wins-legal-battle-to-build-home-in-northern-jewish-town-1.382750?localLinksEnabled=false

Petah Tikva schools in chaos over struggle to absorb Ethiopian children
Municipality has failed to place all 160 children from Ner Etzion school, which was shut down last week; city says reassignment of pupils almost complete, but most of the children still at home after start of semester on Sunday.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/petah-tikva-schools-in-chaos-over-struggle-to-absorb-ethiopian-children-1.382741?localLinksEnabled=false

Human Rights Violations

Save the Children UK: Annual Review of Child Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Save the Children presents the major trends of 2010 that affected the rights of children in the occupied Palestinian territory to live, learn and play in freedom and safety.
http://www.dci-palestine.org/documents/save-children-uk-annual-review-child-rights-occupied-palestinian-territory

Israel’s Supreme Court chief slams police decision to nix human trafficking force
Dorit Beinisch spoke during hearing on High Court of Justice petition against closure by chairman of Knesset subcommittee for the battle against trafficking in women, and Kav La’oved and Hotline for Migrant Workers organizations.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-s-supreme-court-chief-slams-police-decision-to-nix-human-trafficking-force-1.382751?localLinksEnabled=false

Political / Diplomatic / International

Egyptian call for stronger measures against Israeli border aggression
The Secretary General of Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party has demanded that Essam Sharaf’s cabinet take stronger measures against Israeli aggression on the border with Egypt. Saad Al Katatny said that his country should follow Turkey’s example, which has expelled the Israeli ambassador following the Zionist state’s refusal to apologise for the Freedom Flotilla attack in May 2010.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2787-egyptian-call-for-stronger-measures-against-israeli-border-aggression

Iranians suspected in hacking of Mossad, CIA, MI-6 info
By forging security certificates, the hackers were also able to steal information from Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/iranians-suspected-in-hacking-of-mossad-cia-mi-6-info-1.382719?localLinksEnabled=false

Gates is also worried about the “demographic threat” aka Palestinians having babies: Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally
Former US secretary of defense says Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies isolating Israel on a global level.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4118316,00.html

Turkey/Israel

Turkey: Israeli diplomats must leave country by Wednesday
Move marks latest step taken by Turkey against Israel following the release of the UN-commissioned report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/turkey-israeli-diplomats-must-leave-country-by-wednesday-1.382677?localLinksEnabled=false

Turkey Suspending Trade, Military Ties with Israel
Turkey says it is “totally suspending” all trade and military ties with Israel as relations between the two countries continue to worsen. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the freeze Tuesday, a day after Turkey ordered all senior Israeli diplomats to leave the country by Wednesday. Mr. Erdogan also said he may visit the Gaza Strip, but would finalize plans after speaking to Egyptian officials. He is planning to visit Egypt later this month. Last week Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and downgraded diplomatic relations. Israel refuses to apologize for the deaths of eight Turkish citizens and a Turkish-American during last year’s Israeli raid on a ship carrying aid to Palestinians in Gaza.
http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/09/06/turkey-suspending-trade-military-ties-with-israel/

Turkey clarifies: Trade sanctions against Israel include only defense industry
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, aide to Turkey PM Erdogan clarifies earlier remarks by the Turkish premier, according to which all trade with Israel would be suspended.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/turkey-clarifies-trade-sanctions-against-israel-include-only-defense-industry-1.382917?localLinksEnabled=false

Top Israel defense official: Military ties with Turkey still in effect
Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad says Israel’s military attaché is still at work in Ankara despite Turkish declarations of total freeze, discounts threats of all-out war and adds Israel’s security ‘has never been better’.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/top-israel-defense-official-military-ties-with-turkey-still-in-effect-1.382850?localLinksEnabled=false

Israelis held in Istanbul airport
Passengers arriving in Turkey detained by local police after their passports taken away from them; passenger: Everyone was in shock.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4117910,00.html

Israelis can barely keep their lies straight anymore, see item directly below from yesterday’s news list: Israel’s airport chief: Turks twist reality
Airport Authority chief dismisses Turkish claims of mistreatment by Israeli security officers.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4118242,00.html

Foreign ministry officials admit Turkey citizens routinely humiliated at Israel’s airport
Haaretz 5 Sept — Dozens of Israelis say they were humiliated at Istanbul airport, forced to strip to their underwear on Monday; Foreign Ministry officials say humiliation of Turkish citizens happens on regular basis in Israel … The officials also said that almost every Turkish citizen who arrives at Ben-Gurion airport undergoes a routine procedure of extensive, humiliating examinations that also includes undressing to one’s underwear. “Turkish citizens are always separated from the rest of the passengers at the airport,” said a Foreign Ministry official.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/foreign-ministry-officials-admit-turkey-citizens-routinely-humiliated-at-israel-s-airport-1.382663

Born again War Criminal offers his two cents: Former Prime Minister Olmert: Turkey is not Israel’s enemy
Olmert says he is very familiar with Turkish leadership and that diplomatic ties must be restored, responding to crisis following release of UN report on 2010 Gaza flotilla events.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/former-prime-minister-olmert-turkey-is-not-israel-s-enemy-1.382531?localLinksEnabled=false

Turkish hackers target 350 Israeli websites
Hundreds of domains in Israel, worldwide fall pray to hijacking by Turkish group. Expert: strike a possible ‘test-run’ ahead of future attack.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4118575,00.html

Palestine/Israel Wikileaks

Viewing cable 10JERUSALEM286, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY SECURITY OFFICIALS ON COORDINATION WITH ISRAEL
Atallah echoed Minister Abu Ali’s comments on the importance of continued security coordination with Israel, and underscored his own willingness to continue meeting with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) representatives regardless of the political climate. Atallah said that security coordination is not only required by Oslo-era Agreements, but also is in the Palestinians’ interest. He expressed concern about what he described as asymmetrical information sharing, with far more information flowing from the Palestinian side to Israel than is received in return. He also juxtaposed positive GOI statements on PA security efforts (such as Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak’s praise at the recent Herzilya conference) with the GOI’s unwillingness to change its rules of engagement on the ground.
http://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/02/10JERUSALEM286.html

Statehood Bid

Abbas: Palestinians will resume peace talks with Israel after UN recognition of state
Palestinian Authority president tells meeting of Israeli intellectuals who support UN bid ‘we don’t want to delegitimize Israel. We want to legitimize ourselves'; stresses negotiations are top priority.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/abbas-palestinians-will-resume-peace-talks-with-israel-after-un-recognition-of-state-1.382745?localLinksEnabled=false

U.S Envoys In Israel To Discuss “The Day After UN Vote”
Israeli paper, Haaretz, reported on Monday evening that a number of senior American officials, headed by Dennis Ross, advisor to President Barack Obama, will be arriving in Israel Tuesday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for talks regarding the Palestinian UN move.
http://www.imemc.org/article/61952

Analysis/Op-ed

Abbas’ Recognition Bid Sells out Palestinians
September’s UN General Assembly vote on Palestinian independence is turning into a minefield for embattled President Mahmoud Abbas. Already he is losing allies, outraged at the course he has chosen. The Israeli and American governments that backed him against Hamas- and kept him in power when he lost the 2006 election- are now fiercely attacking him. For all that the Palestinian president will rightly fear the consequences of falling out with the Whitehouse- which would likely begin with a crippling loss of financial support- he should worry more about how he is perceived in Ramallah. His blueprint for Palestinian advancement is not widely shared. Ironically, in Abbas’ most statesmanlike moment he has shown himself to be out of touch with the real patriot movement.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kieron-monks/abbas-recognition-bid-sel_b_945240.html

the Turkish-Israeli rift?
First of all, i should say that Erdogan’s interest in Gaza has both long-historical and conjunctural context. Historically, his interest and sensitivity comes from the movement he was part of until his imprisonment and his later transformation (roughly, this corresponds to the period between the quasi-coup of 1997 [28 February] and the constitution of AKP in 2001). Welfare Party of the era was very critical of Israel –at least in theory and only in terms of Palestine– and had a very clear target for the salvation and independence of Palestine. However, Turkey of the time had much bigger problems inside. The conflict was hardly a matter of top interest in the Turkish media and politics.
http://www.maxajl.com/the-turkish-israeli-rift/

Saudi to US: Give us Predator drones to use in Yemen
U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in Yemen (which I  for The Arabist a few months ago) have not been without controversy. While the U.S. conducts it own drone strikes in Yemen against suspected al Qaeda targets and provides extensive funding, intelligence and training to government forces, it also provides satellite imagery to the Saudis, who conduct airstrikes and ground offensives against suspected al Qaeda targets and anti-government Shia militias. Given that much of the U.S.-Saudi joint effort has come in the form of airstrikes, many of the same objections regarding civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been raised over the air campaigns in Yemen. In February 2010, according to diplomatic cables from the U.S. embassy in Riyadh recently released by Wikileaks, the U.S. raised such objections with the Saudi Ministry of Defense, but was satisfied with their response to the matter and has continued supplying them with satellite data.
http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/9/6/saudi-to-us-give-us-predator-drones-to-use-in-yemen.html

Fawwaz Traboulsi: Escaping Mumana’a and the US-Saudi Counter-Revolution
Fawwaz Traboulsi (FT): People I’ve talked to in Syria tell me that spirits are very high. People are very optimistic. I think they are moved by the certainty that this regime cannot remain. Now that’s not necessarily going to happen soon, if it happens at all. And if it does, it will not necessarily be a comprehensive regime change. But people are now serious that the time has come to end the Ba‘th regime in Syria, which has been in power since 1963. This is what we’re talking about. For the Syrian people the last forty-eight years represent continuity. People don’t care about the political shifts along the way, like Hafez al-Assad coming to power in 1970, or his son taking over in 2000. For them, the period from 1963 until the present is one single era characterized by repression, military dictatorship and one-party rule.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/fawwaz-traboulsi-escaping-mumanaa-and-us-saudi-counter-revolution?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlAkhbarEnglish+%28Al+Akhbar+English%29

Petrodollars at Work and in Play in the Post-September 11 Decade, Karen Pfeifer
What does one do with a $1.3 trillion windfall? That was the cumulative value of current account surpluses that flushed into the Arab region from 2000 to 2008, according to the International Monetary Fund. The main source was hydrocarbon export revenues, thanks to the rise in demand for oil and everything else during the roaring 2000s. It was also fed by foreign direct investment (FDI) into the region, remittances by émigré workers in Europe and North America, and sales of other types of exports, like textiles, electronics and processed foods, encouraged by the liberalization of trade. Domestic consumption demand and aggregate economic growth in the diversified economies of the region, like Egypt and Jordan, boomed right along with the oil exporters and the rest of the world.
http://www.merip.org/mer/mer260/petrodollars-work-play-post-september-11-decade

Other Mideast News

Civilians killed in Yemen air attack
Deaths and injuries reported after mosque is mistakenly shelled and hospital also targeted by fighter jets in Abyan.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/09/201195164612685110.html

Red Cross granted access to Syrian prison
Permission to visit detention centre for first time granted following talks between ICRC head and President Assad.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/09/20119514358690388.html

In Damascus, Amid Uprising, Syrians Act Like Nothing’s Amiss
While protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad break out across Syria, many Damascenes insist on another reality.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/world/middleeast/06damascus.html

Qatar fighting for freedom: Fireworks show begins
The free and progressive citizens of Qatar are tired of the current Emir’s dictatorship. They have been demanding democratic reforms during a lot of meetings and protest actions which are not shown on Al Jazeera which belongs to the Emir. Desperate people decided to attack the Emir’s cortege since he has become a symbol of dictatorship and suppression of dissidents.
http://english.pravda.ru/world/asia/06-09-2011/118965-qatar_fighting-0/

More than $800 million are missing from Iraqi Trade Ministry’s 2008-2010 books
Investigators from the Commission of Integrity could not account for $866 million dollars that were said to have been spent on food purchases between 2008-2008, a member of parliament said. Khalid Abdulah al-Alwani, the head of Iraqi parliament’s Integrity Commission, said the money that was said to have been spent is not covered by the contracts signed by the country’s Ministry of Trade which handles food purchases from abroad. The ministry is reported to be one of the most corrupted Iraqi bodies in the post-U.S. invasion of 2003. Despite billions of dollars it reportedly pays for food purchases every year, Iraqis still get less in food rations that the days of former leader Saddam Hussein.
http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news\2011-09-05\kurd.htm

Revealed: Australians kill Afghans with drones
Australia’s special forces commander has defended his troops’ use of US drones to kill “insurgent leaders” in southern Afghanistan, a deadly military tactic that gives the enemy no chance to surrender.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/revealed-australians-at-the-console-of-kill-tv-when-drone-strikes-take-out-afghan-targets-20110904-1jslm.html

9/11 colouring book & Muslim-American outlook since 9/11
We look at a controversial 9/11 colouring book and why Muslim Americans have a more positive outlook.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOPvV5_1TfQ&feature=youtube_gdata

Minorities targeted in 9/11 ‘revenge attacks’
After September 11, 2001, hundreds of Arab Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs were targeted in what were termed “revenge attacks”. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo went to Mesa, in the state of Arizona, to meet one man whose brother was killed. For more from Gabriel’s Across America journey, visit our spotlight page or follow the stories on Twitter at #AJE911.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMmzaVqcxe8&feature=youtube_gdata

Other Wikileaks

Saudi King Abdullah is 92 years old, is a heavy smoker and uses Viagre “excessively”
“A western physician whose professional duties include frequently consulting with members of the Saudi Royal family shared with DCM on July 11 personal information gleaned from Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s personal medical file, including King Abdullah’s true age and current use of medication. This physician was called in to perform routine medical treatment for one of King Abdullah’s wives (he has four). Upon arrival, the Royal Clinic accidentally provided this physician with the King’s medical file instead of that of the wife he was to treat, giving him the opportunity to review King Abdullah’s personal medical information. ¶2. (S/NF) It was related that King Abdullah is 92 years old (born 1916), he remains a heavy smoker, regularly receives hormone injections and “uses Viagra excessively.” The SAG has always kept close-hold any personal information on Royal family members, including not making public statements of individual ages.”
http://www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08RIYADH1077&q=info%20king%20on%20personal%20saudi%20updated

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  1. Woody Tanaka
    September 6, 2011, 11:50 am

    My question is about the cartoon, are the world’s Jews upset that their symbols and history are being profaned in this manner? Besides being laughingly dopey, it strikes me as something that a religious person would find to be blasphemous.

    • AhVee
      September 6, 2011, 7:33 pm

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but it makes me (A moderately religious Israel-born Jew living in central Europe) angry. The star of David seems to have become an international symbol for Zionism, just like the Swastika has lost its previous, more esoteric meanings since the Nazis used it to represent what they stood for. I’ve read ‘It’s the symbol of Zionism, and it’s called the star of David because David Ben Gurion popularised it’ around the net before, and I’m sure that person isn’t the only one bearing that particular misconception.
      As for the comic, I’ve seen the symbol used in too many ridiculous fashions before to even so much as raise an eyebrow at it. This comic is strongly reminiscent of the Austrian far-right party’s promotional comics, in which the leader of the political party features as “HC-Man”, a superman-like figure who “heroically” bashes the racially stereotyped Turks in the mouth and lets off comments on how disgusting and vile they are. link to istanbulpost.net Actually, that’s what this comic reminded me of when I first saw it.

      I’m very angry at the continual twisting (down to outright falsifying or amending) of history to fulfil certain people’s often very particular Jewish nation whims. I see this kind of literature as vile trash. So many of these people clearly care nothing about Judaism, its tenets or its adherents, if they’re willing to see to it that parts of our history be falsified into all eternity in a failing attempt to gain an edge in a conflict that hasn’t even existed for a century. I don’t think there’s any aspect of the religion that a likely significant number of Jews wouldn’t sell out and bastardise in return for that scrap more land, it makes me puke. I take solace in the fact that the Lord sees all sins, atheists / agnostics will likely have a harder time coming to terms with it.

      • Sumud
        September 7, 2011, 9:41 am

        The star of David seems to have become an international symbol for Zionism, just like the Swastika has lost its previous, more esoteric meanings since the Nazis used it to represent what they stood for.

        That analogy suits in more way than one AhVee, from Salon last year:

        Is the Star of David the new swastika?

      • AhVee
        September 7, 2011, 4:38 pm

        Good find. They’re butchering Judaism, in more than just one way.
        It’s horrible how sheep-like support of the state of Israel and its politics is being sold alongside the religion and inter-woven with it as completely as possible with little tolerance for alternative political or religious interpretations.

    • MLE
      September 7, 2011, 4:40 am

      It reminds me of something I would have been given in Hebrew school, where the only qualification for being a teacher was that you were Israeli.

  2. annie
    September 6, 2011, 12:01 pm

    wow, what an awesome cartoon. it makes me want to support ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses. where do i sign up?

  3. richb
    September 6, 2011, 12:10 pm

    You really need to see how over the top the “comic” is:

    link to captisrael.com

    On other BDS news, there was a guest op-ed in the Boulder Camera supporting BDS. A petition will be presented to the CU Regents September 12.

    link to dailycamera.com

    I apparently am being censored by the Boulder Camera. The op-ed author had to post my comment in reply to the typical Hasbara defense of what about the Native Americans.

    Some key difference between Israel and the U.S. In 1924, Native Americans were given the opportunity to become American citizens. Not so in Israel. There are no European-only roads in the U.S. We don’t militarily occupy the reservations. We don’t drop phosphorus bombs on their hospitals and schools or use their children as human shields. We don’t create illegal settlements in the reservations. In short, we recognized the evil done to the Native Americans and (imperfectly) sought to make amends for it. There is more we can do here but just because we fall short doesn’t mean we don’t care about other injustices in the world, particularly those subsidized by our tax dollars. In contrast, Israel continues the 19th Century colonial attitude towards their natives to this very day.

    Thank you for your concern for indigenous peoples and we look forward to your support of BDS in the future.

    On Sunday there was a story about having Nablus be a sister city of Boulder which also had my comments not show up nor were about four others that I am aware of. We are trying to get Rep. Jared Polis invited to the organizational meeting tonight.

    link to dailycamera.com

    • annie
      September 6, 2011, 12:18 pm

      i have not opened it yet but AJ’s article is funny

      In the first issue, Captain Israel introduces us to Jewish and Zionist history. He might be “endowed with the strength of Samson and the Wisdom of Solomon”, but I’m not sure that the millions of non-Zionist Jews, both ultra-Orthodox and secular, will be too thrilled about his teleological portrayal of “3,000 years of Jewish history” leading inevitably to the final redemption of Jews with the creation of the State of Israel.

      Not to mention that, even if Captain Israel is extremely old (“I was there when Jewish civilisation and National Identity were formed over 3,000 years ago”), no such thing as “Judaism” or “national identity” existed three millennia ago. Nor am I sure Egyptians would be too happy that Captain Israel is standing with one foot firmly planted in the Sinai, but let’s chalk that up to the artist’s – if not Captain Israel’s – weak grasp of geography.

      What Captain Israel is really here to tell us is, in his words, that:
      “For almost 2,000 years no other state or unique national group developed in Palestine; instead different empires and peoples came, colonised, ruled and disappeared … for 400 years before World War I, Palestine was an unimportant backwater of the Ottoman Empire, sparsely populated, barren, impoverished … Until, in the latter half of the 19th century new Jewish immigrants from Europe and Russia … began to repopulate the desolate land, buying it legally from absentee Palestinian landlords.”

      And there’s more: “I watched their backbreaking labor, as Jewish pioneers cleared the wastelands and swamps, reforested the hillsides, restored the land’s once famous fertility and built towns and villages. I was there when Tel Aviv was founded in 1909!” he continues, with the text over the iconic photo of the founders of Tel Aviv breaking ground in the sands north of Jaffa.

      Well, Captain Israel, I am not as old as you, but I did write a book about the history of Tel Aviv, and I’m pretty sure you were not in that photo, unless you were in your non-superhero clothes when it was taken.

      israel’s hasbara has been so thoroughly debunked it is now relegated to a comic where all myths belong.

    • seafoid
      September 6, 2011, 12:30 pm

      The main difference between Israel’s colonial subjects and those of the US is that the Palestinians don’t drink alcohol and they belong to a much larger language group with a very strong transnational cultural identity.

      And that is why Israel is going to fail. They couldn’t ever impose themselves indefinitely on the Arabs. Their advantages were only ever valid for a certain period of time.

      • AhVee
        September 6, 2011, 7:57 pm

        “the Palestinians don’t drink alcohol”

        I’m sure a significant number of them do. A recent study on alcohol consumption among Turkish immigrants found that they drink quite a lot despite being Muslim. Next to all Muslims I’ve gotten to know throughout the years drink, few don’t, a few more drink publicly and the majority of them drink in the safety of their own homes. I’ve made similar experiences in Morocco when I visited friends there.

        It’s another conception of the Muslim world I’ve witnessed predominantly in Western discourse, while we accept that a significant number of Jews and Christians don’t live by the book anywhere near 100%, a lot of us seem to assume that all Muslims do. Why wouldn’t it be the same way it is for Jews and Christians with Muslims? I dislike such exceptionalism. Most Muslims I met don’t even pray at the appointed prayer times despite claiming they do, they smoke during Ramadan and some even eat certain pork products. I’m not saying it’s the norm – I have no idea if it is but I have been given no reason to believe that it’s an isolated phenomenon- all I’m saying is be careful of such sweeping generalisations.

      • seafoid
        September 7, 2011, 2:18 am

        Have you ever lived in the Levant in a Muslim community ?
        Do you know the rate of alcoholism in such communities compared to the US ?

      • AhVee
        September 7, 2011, 8:04 am

        I have not. Why do you ask?

        I found an interesting article on the topic:
        “Before Hamas swept the January 2006 parliamentary election, anyone could bring alcohol in from Israel and Egypt and a handful of restaurants and bars served spirits.” link to google.com

        I’m quite sure it’s consumed relatively freely by the less religious / non-religious / Christian Palestinians in places where serving alcohol is allowed, and sometimes covertly – as one of the articles outlines – in some where it isn’t. After all, why not?

    • annie
      September 6, 2011, 1:25 pm

      richb, congrats on getting ida to post your comment.

      this is an excellent article and i urge everyone to go post a comment.

      Launched by CU-Divest and signed by nearly 2,000 students and human rights activists, the petition states that the university’s $1.7 billion investments “may violate the University’s commitment to human rights and social justice.”

      2000 students is a lot. i didn’t even know where palestine was when i was in college. it’s fantastic these debates are happening in colleges all across the country. it’s amazing. if the students are not successful in their initiative this year they can try year after year after year until apartheid is over. i whole generation of kids are learning about the gross injustice and human rights abuses going on, and that is a very good thing.

      thanks richb

      • richb
        September 6, 2011, 1:50 pm

        And don’t forget to thumbs up our comments. The usual suspects are trying to vote them down. Al Jazeera English’s The Stream is doing a story on Captain Israel this afternoon. Their tweet:

        Does the UN stand a chance against Captain Israel and the power of “IsraeLight” link to ow.ly Tell us what you think #ajstream

        So tweet your comments to #ajstream.

      • richb
        September 6, 2011, 6:18 pm

        I added another comment:

        What makes the Israeli settlements illegal is the Fourth Geneva Convention governing military occupation. Please document the military occupation of the reservations that would make it illegal under international law or even just document where we sent in non-native civilian settlers on the reservations. What’s also illegal under international law is the practice of collective punishment. Between 2001 and 2009 28 Israelis were killed due to rocket attacks. During Operation Cast Lead alone 1,385 Palestinians were killed, 762 of whom did not take part in the hostilities and 248 who were police officers killed at their stations. Only 330 can be identified as being part of the hostilities. Of those not taking part in the hostilities 318 were minors under age 18.

        A NATO commander in the Libya operation recently noted Gaddafi loyalists firing rockets next to a soccer game. They waited for the soccer game to end before attacking the rocket installation. The Israelis on the other hand — even though they have the most sophisticated drones available — show they don’t care at all about civilians. They just attack the hospitals using the despicable white phosphorus bombs burning infants into a crisp.

        Restrictions on the freedom of movement of Palestinians have seriously affected their access to medical care, including emergency medical treatment. The ability to reach medical care and healthcare is very uncertain and depends on a number of arbitrary decisions and restrictions.

        Soldiers at checkpoints consistently stop ambulances and patients. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, has reported 112 deaths and 35 stillbirths as a result of preventing medical personnel and patients from crossing checkpoints. The World Health Organization deplores “the incidents involving lack of respect and protection for Palestinian ambulances and medical personnel … as well as the restrictions on movement imposed on them by Israel, the occupying power, in violation of international humanitarian law”.

      • richb
        September 7, 2011, 9:55 am

        The source I used for the above was B’TSelem. The guy I was debating stepped in it when trying to impeach their credibility as follows:

        I would trust an organization that doesn’t claim to be objective over one that makes such a claim but lies to me like the Israeli government and their hired online apologists. You lied as follows:

        As proof, the report did not mention violations of international law committed by Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead. Violations which were reported on major news networks and were documented in photos.

        Here’s what the report said. Either (a) you did not read the report or (b) deliberately misrepresented the report in order to falsely impeach my source.

        “Three Israeli civilians and one member of the security forces were killed by rocket fire into southern Israel during the course of the operation. Rocket fire at civilian targets is a breach of the laws of war, as is firing from within populated areas.

        First, the Palestinian organizations firing rockets and mortars openly state that one of their aims is to harm Israeli civilians. Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all principles of morality and law. The intentional killing of civilians is classified as a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention and therefore a war crime. As such it cannot be justified, whatever the circumstances. Furthermore, rockets and mortars are unlawful weapons, even if aimed at military objects: they are not precise and by their nature endanger civilians in the area from which they are launched and where they land, thus contravening fundamental principles of the laws of warfare: distinction and proportionality.

        In addition, in a significant number of cases, Palestinians fire from within areas in which civilians live. International humanitarian law forbids attacks from inside civilian houses or from areas adjacent to civilian houses, and also prohibits using civilians as human shields. Palestinian organizations that fire rockets at Israeli communities from inside or near populated areas contravene this prohibition, too. In doing so, they show not only their desire to injure Israeli civilians, but also their indifference to the lives of Palestinian civilians.
        All persons who take part in planning and carrying out these actions commit grave breaches of the laws of warfare and bear personal criminal responsibility for their acts. “

        The complaint against the government of Israel is not that they were defending themselves from attack. It was the disproportionate use of force and collective punishment. Readers don’t have to take my nor Yaakovw’s words for it. Watch this and make up your own mind if what you witnessed is justified for roughly 3 Israelis/yr dying. link to youtube.com

    • richb
      September 6, 2011, 3:02 pm

      I contacted the editor and it seems I was considered spam. You can see my comments now.

      • annie
        September 6, 2011, 10:56 pm

        awesome, i will check it out again. i do not have a facebook account so i don’t think i can comment.

      • richb
        September 7, 2011, 9:56 am

        You can create your own account that’s not attached to Facebook.

    • Mndwss
      September 6, 2011, 3:45 pm

      It is Approved by the kosher Komics Authority….

  4. seafoid
    September 6, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Re Captain Israel – It’s one big circus and the main trick for prolonged enjoyment at the circus is to have a poor memory. On with the year. Next distraction, please.

    For Israel sadly the circus is coming to an end. The dissonance between the Zionist view of Palestinians and the outside world view is too strong.

  5. DBG
    September 6, 2011, 12:23 pm

    A very promising group I hope everything will look into:

    link to projectyala.org

    • seafoid
      September 6, 2011, 12:37 pm

      DBG

      You are so shallow.

      “The most serious problem among Israelis, Palestinians, and their diaspora communities is a severe lack of trust and understanding” Like really that is the issue. pull the other one.

      This is a joke. The most serious problems are :

      – the whole Zionist caste system
      -the militarisation of Israeli society
      – the organisation of the Israeli economy
      how the entire society has been coopted to serve the settlers

      Yanks have absolutely nothing to bring to the table especially in a pointless talking shop.

    • MarkF
      September 6, 2011, 1:25 pm

      We can hope. An old Palestinian-American buddy of mine is big on http://www.mepeace.org. He tells me that there’s good news happening on the ground, but we just don’t hear about it.

      I hope a deal can be brokered, but I don’t see it with all the opposing forces.

      • DBG
        September 6, 2011, 1:35 pm

        Looks promising Mark, I will look closer when I have a few more minutes.

  6. mudder
    September 6, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Captain Israel, despite his tanks and fighter jets, would be no match against #Flagman, the new superhero of Egypt.

    • seafoid
      September 6, 2011, 4:14 pm

      Captain Israel fights imaginary enemies in his hasbara trousers and then gets home to find he can’t afford to rent anywhere.

  7. radii
    September 6, 2011, 1:32 pm

    just minor artistic tweaks to the Captain America character and the artwork looks totally lifted too – stealing land from people at the point of a gun is no problem for zionist israel, so I wonder if they paid for the use of the Captain America character or just stole it too from Marvel

  8. marc b.
    September 6, 2011, 1:44 pm

    from cnn. apologies if already posted.

    In report published Monday in the semi-official Anatolian Agency members of a group of Turkish tourists claimed they were forced to undergo additional security screening at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Sunday as they were preparing to leave Israel.

    One male Turkish passenger identified by the last name “Teke” described being asked a series of detailed personal questions followed by a forced strip search in a special security room.

    “They forced me to undo my trousers. While I was getting out angrily, I saw that they were taking some Turkish women in these rooms the same way. This made us even more upset. They only did this to the Turks. They only took Turks to the special rooms,” Teke told Anatolian.

    brilliant move, brand israel! strip searching muslim women.

    • Haytham
      September 6, 2011, 1:52 pm

      In report published Monday in the semi-official Anatolian Agency members of a group of Turkish tourists claimed they were forced to undergo additional security screening at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Sunday as they were preparing to leave Israel.

      This is just my opinion, obviously, based on my experience “Israel-watching,” but it seems evident to me that the only thing the Israeli leadership structure (I guess a combination of the political elite and the military leadership) know how to do is escalate.

      They’re like an angry drunk*–when repeatedly challenged, they just get louder, more belligerent, violent and eventually, of course, things start getting destroyed.

      Turkey pissed Israel off royally, now Israel is going to up the ante in every situation, even situations when most people would think it’s out of bounds (like strip searching individual female Turkish citizens).

      Of course, keep in mind, if Turkey did these things to Israeli citizens, it would be the height of anti-Semitism, completely outrageous and unacceptable!

      *I’m not literally comparing the Israeli leadership to drunks, I’m just using an analogy most people would be familiar with. Don’t jump on my ass.

      • seafoid
        September 6, 2011, 4:20 pm

        Israel is used to getting its way and especially against Muslims. Hosni was such a loyal pet. Same for the Jordanians.

        Muslims do not :

        a) talk back
        b) have an economy that is more dynamic and grows faster than Israel’s

        And now Turkey gives Israel the finger. Insupportable !

        Israel has an incredible capacity to act against its own long term economic interests and it’s on display in all its glory in this spat with Turkey.

        Even Stanley Fischer of the Israeli Central Bank says Israel is being stupid. He must hate Lieberman.

      • Bumblebye
        September 6, 2011, 5:52 pm

        Haytham
        “if Turkey did these things…”
        Then you missed this:
        link to desertpeace.wordpress.com
        Keep it up Turkey!

        ps
        is MW having its knobs and dials twiddled again? I keep getting so many server errors!

      • Sumud
        September 7, 2011, 9:59 am

        They’re like an angry drunk*–when repeatedly challenged, they just get louder, more belligerent, violent and eventually, of course, things start getting destroyed.

        I’d add to that Haytham: Israel is like the angry drunk with a big tough brother who they know will protect them from their own stupidity.

        Kind of ironic that Israel claims to be an independent state but wouldn’t go a day without getting (well deserved) international sanctions placed on them by the UN, if the US wasn’t there to veto it.

        Israel needs to be brought down a notch or two. At the moment there are few if any moderating influences over Israel – and Israel’s behaviour will not change until such forces come into existence. The only question now is whether Israel will wake up before Palestinians adopt a one person/one vote anti-aparthied campaign, which will definitely spell the end of Israel as we know it.

  9. Justice Please
    September 6, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Well, if you can’t really make a point with the facts, you need fantasy to support your crazy stance.

  10. seafoid
    September 6, 2011, 5:29 pm

    Wow

    Israel is very twitchy

    East Jerusalem is back in play . It’s all about politics now and
    how much political support does Israel have ?

    Now they want negotiations. Zippy Livni told abbas to forget about international law and that Ariel was Israeli. They killed the negotiations.

    National home of the Jewish people yada yada. They never saw this coming. The Palestinian population equal to the Jewish one and Palestinians getting organised.

    link to givepeaceachance.info

  11. Bumblebye
    September 6, 2011, 6:08 pm

    That Captain Israel is clearly on steroids. Maybe that’s why we see so many violent outbursts against the Palestinians. Perhaps they were guilty of laughing at the form of the shrunken meat and two veg glimpsed thru those girly blue tights.

    • Chaos4700
      September 6, 2011, 7:09 pm

      You’d think more Jews would cringe and disavow their religious symbolism being applied to soldiers and tanks and bombers. Isn’t that exactly what Nazi Germany warned that Jews were after? It was a lie when Nazis were using it as an excuse to steal from and murder outright religious minorities they outnumbered and outgunned (sound familiar, West Bank, Gaza?) but now…

      • Haytham
        September 7, 2011, 11:04 am

        Chaos:

        Chaos4700 September 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        You’d think more Jews would cringe and disavow their religious symbolism being applied to soldiers and tanks and bombers.

        Do you mean Jews or Israelis? Because Israelis are the most militant and militarized society on earth right now. Frankly, I think they would be upset that Captain Israel doesn’t demolish homes with only the breath from his lungs, build apartheid walls with beams shot from his eyes and drop thermonuclear bombs out of his ass.

      • Chaos4700
        September 7, 2011, 7:27 pm

        I mean Jews. Israelis are largely beyond redemption and CLEARLY cannot see the difference between spiritualism and militarism that the greater Jewish community in the world would perceive.

      • annie
        September 7, 2011, 8:53 pm

        i don’t think all israeli jews CLEARLY cannot see the difference between spiritualism and militarism. but i agree with you completely here:

        You’d think more Jews would cringe and disavow their religious symbolism being applied to soldiers and tanks and bombers.

        i remember having a discussion with a poster once who claimed it was AS to dish the flag and i thought well why would you put a religious symbol on it knowing how flags are commonly used to deface or even burn as a form of dissent? they even use the symbols on weapons. it boggles the mind.

      • sammy
        September 8, 2011, 4:04 am

        How do you make a distinction? “Captain Israel” creator is Arlen Schumer a “recognised expert on American popular culture” according to his website. The comic is funded by Stand With Us, which is an Israel advocacy group in the US

        And then you have this:

        “Led by the fearsome Captain Israel and the fiery Beth El, Team SuperJews is a group of everyday people who rise to action when help is needed. Uniquely talented yet collectively strong, Team SuperJews unites whenever new or recurring threats endanger the Jewish community. Become a Jewish superhero today by watching highlights of local Jewish heroes, learning about Jewish professional opportunities and finding a Jewish federation event near you.”
        link to teamsuperjews.ujcweb.org

  12. Sumud
    September 7, 2011, 10:01 am

    Captain Israel is so cheesy I want printed a printed copy. I want to collect them!

    Anyone know if they’re being printed, or just online?

  13. GuiltyFeat
    September 7, 2011, 10:41 am

    Jewish superheroes are nothing new. We’ve had Ben Grimm, aka the Thing, Kitty Pryde, Ragman, Magneto, Moon Knight and Doc Samson and many others for years.

    Captain America (created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – both Jews) dated Bernie Rosenthal for years.

    Batman (created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger – both Jews) recently reintroduced the character of Batwoman, Kathy Kane, who is explicitly Jewish (and a Lesbian so bonus points there).

    Superman (created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster – go on, take a wild guess) is not Jewish, he’s Kryptonian (somewhere between Reform and Conservadox if you’re keeping score).

    Stan Lee, Joe Kubert, Peter David, Neil Gaiman, Brian Michael Bendis – say what you want about Hollywood, comic books is where the Jews made their mark.

    • Haytham
      September 7, 2011, 10:58 am

      You keep track of all the Jewish superheroes and their liaisons, as well as their creators?

      say what you want about Hollywood, comic books is where the Jews made their mark.

      That’s great to know, because only 90% of Hollywood studio heads are Jewish, so it’s a good thing you have comic books. What would you do otherwise? Complain, probably.

      Opinion
      How Jewish is Hollywood?
      A poll finds more Americans disagree with the statement that ‘Jews control Hollywood.’ But here’s one Jew who doesn’t. Link: link to latimes.com .

      • GuiltyFeat
        September 7, 2011, 11:27 am

        I wasn’t sure before, but bringing that tongue-in-cheek article as evidence of anything is a sure sign that you’re a boring old, Jew-counting anti-semite.

        Yawn, how dull. I thought you had a real opinion about Israel, but it turns out you just hate Jews and think we control the world. Shame, as that kinds runs counter to what your dad tried to teach you, no?

        Before you get all sorts of defensive, it’s very simple. Chris Rock can do jokes about the differences between Black people and “niggers” but I can’t. In the same way that guy from the LA Times and I can make flippant remarks about Jews running stuff, but you can’t use them as proof that we’re actually running stuff and you just found out because we were too dumb to keep the secret. You’re simply a low-grade anti-semite. It’s not an accusation I make lightly. On this site I count no more than 4 or 5, (I’d print their names but I reckon this post will get censored anyway) but your last comment rocketed you to the top of the list.

        Before I was feeling guilty about not reading your comments because they were too long and boring. Now I’m actively filtering you because you’re a racist.

        Mods, if you let his comment stand but deny this one, you’re idiots and cowards.

      • tree
        September 7, 2011, 4:49 pm

        I wasn’t sure before, but bringing that tongue-in-cheek article as evidence of anything is a sure sign that you’re a boring old, Jew-counting anti-semite.

        This of course is your response to a comment made after you yourself indulged in “Jew-counting” in the comic book trade. Its the old “I can Jew count, you can’t” ploy. Yawn.

        …that guy from the LA Times and I can make flippant remarks about Jews running stuff, but you can’t use them as proof that we’re actually running stuff …

        So you can’t really be saying that Joel Stein is lying about the heads of Hollywood studios , can you? Because he’s not. Facts are anti-semitic now, if a non-Jew, or an insufficiently pro-Israel Jew says them? Really stupid and lazy and pathetic argumentation on your part.

        (BTW: I just noticed that you label yourself as male. I apologize for incourrectly labeling you female. I thought you had so identified earlier.)

      • GuiltyFeat
        September 7, 2011, 6:12 pm

        Yawn.

        Tree, sweetie, how many times do I have to go over the same ground.

        I’m not arguing the facts. I’m contesting the assumptions you make based on the facts.

        It is a fact that a Jew has a job. It is a racist assumption that this Jew will perform his job in a way that benefits other Jews first rather than his employers.

        It is a fact that a Jew owns a company. It is a racist assumption that this Jew will run the company in a way that benefits other Jews over his company’s shareholders.

        It is a fact that different Jews own different companies, perhaps even competing companies, in a particular industry. It is a racist assumption that these Jews will somehow conspire in a covert manner to make all these companies benefit other Jews before delivering value to their shareholders and doing what they were set up as companies to do.

        So when I count Jews I’m saying, “isn’t it amazing that one small community can produce so many creative people who have risen to the top of a tough profession?”

        When you (and Phil, and others) count Jews, you’re saying, “isn’t it sinister the way so many co-religionists have taken over a profession that should be a meritocracy? They must be conspiring together to control things and exclude all non-Jews.”

        Do you see the difference? I take innocent pride in a meaningless statistic which really doesn’t impact my life in any way. While you interpret this statistic as proof of a dark conspiracy being perpetrated against you by the alien Jew.

        If you’re still not convinced that your version of Jew-counting is deeply disturbing, just tell me what proportion of Jewish ownership of Hollywood studios you would feel comfortable with and what kind of legislation you propose to enforce those numbers.

      • tree
        September 7, 2011, 6:35 pm

        Do you see the difference? I take innocent pride in a meaningless statistic which really doesn’t impact my life in any way. While you interpret this statistic as proof of a dark conspiracy being perpetrated against you by the alien Jew.

        No, that is YOUR ASSUMPTION about what I or Phil or anyone else is doing. You made the same assumption about Haytham’s remark and its actually a pretty bigoted assumption to make. But you don’t see it and you don’t get it. I understand that kind of prejudice against non-Jews is a significant meme in Israel, as my Israeli sister falls for the same kind of crap, but its a major prejudice on your part whether you are aware enough to recognize it or not.

        If you’re still not convinced that your version of Jew-counting is deeply disturbing, just tell me what proportion of Jewish ownership of Hollywood studios you would feel comfortable with and what kind of legislation you propose to enforce those numbers.

        Since I never told you I felt “uncomfortable” with the proportion of Jewish ownership in the first place, again, the bigotry is on the other foot, or “feat”, in this case. What I object to is enforced ignorance, or the idea that there is some fact that can not possibly be mentioned, because mentioning it, despite its truthfulness, gets you labeled an “anti-semite”. You are an enforcer of that kind of policy and that is what makes me uncomfortable. You are essentially saying that everyone (except your personally approved “kosher-style” Jews) has to lie about Jews and whether they, either individually or as a segment of US society, have any power or prestige in that society, or else they will be labeled “anti-semitic” because YOU are a paranoid bigot. Look in the mirror the next time you make attempt to “mind-read” others bigotry.

      • Chaos4700
        September 7, 2011, 7:25 pm

        Straw man. Tree is merely pointing out the results of Jewish ownership in Hollywood, and the results of that ownership is blatant, rampant racism against Muslims generally and Arabs specifically in the media.

        You know what kind of legislation would fix that? Stronger enforcement of libel laws and anti-hate-crime legislation (that doesn’t ONLY apply to Jews as victims).

      • Bumblebye
        September 7, 2011, 7:45 pm

        GF
        Yes, it’s racist to make the assumption you describe. But you are making an ass of yourself when you assume that’s what’s happening. There are some very ardent Jewish Zionists who do put Israel front and foremost, and of those there are a significant percentage who provide every kind of support they possibly can to promote Zionist Israel. Some among this group have indeed achieved a great deal, and therefore give a great deal to what they believe – just google Haim Saban “The Influencer” in which he describes his three ways to protect Israel:
        * make donations to political parties
        * establish think tanks
        * control media outlets

        or
        * buy influence on policies
        * own the means of shaping policy
        * control what the public can be allowed to know

        I would not make an assumption about someone’s inclination. it isn’t necessary. People like Saban are proud of what they do. They also are a small minority of a minority population. We know that as well as you do.

      • tree
        September 8, 2011, 4:54 am

        Straw man. Tree is merely pointing out the results of Jewish ownership in Hollywood, and the results of that ownership is blatant, rampant racism against Muslims generally and Arabs specifically in the media.

        Actually, I’m not doing that. Some of them, Haim Saban for one, are obviously bigoted-and the obviousness of that comes from his own statements. But I consider him an exception. However, all of them, due to a shared background and experiences, have more of an understanding of Jewish life than they do of Muslim life. This is human nature and and applies to any group. The majority of Hollywood’s bigwigs are white males as well. That shared background colors their perceptions in a likewise manner. I suppose GF will now call me a female chauvinist?

        What I am pointing out is the never ending double standards that GF exhibits here, including his idea that he and other individual Jews can mention the truth about the existence of powerful Jews in Hollywood but its too dangerous to allow gentiles, or, as in Phil’s case, Jews who are not sufficiently bigoted against gentiles, to mention a truth about the religion/ethnicity of many of the movers and shakers in Hollywood. And of course the reason GF considers it dangerous if any gentile, or insufficiently paranoid Jew, like Phil, utters this truth, is that gentiles are too stupid to realize that GF doesn’t personally commune with the Hollywood bigshots and tell them what to do, and besides, we all know that gentiles are all just bigots and anti-semites. GF is projecting his own prejudice against gentiles on posters here, and being none too subtle about it.

      • richb
        September 8, 2011, 10:57 am

        I came to this site because of the bizarre argument on DK where the accusation of Jew counting by Jews is anti-Semitism which in turn justified calling this site Mondofront. Counting Einsteins or counting Itzak Perlmans does not cause anti-Semitism so it must be a particular kind of Jew counting that does it. The failure of some Jews to truly understand the dynamics here will bring about the very anti-Semitism they are trying to prevent.

        As an example I would like to take a look at the Gentile reaction to the recent movie the Social Network. To some Jews they saw Zuckerberg’s attempt to break into the Phoenix Club and the fight with the Winkelvosses. In other words, he was a talented outsider trying to break into an unfair system. The Gentile reaction was completely different and it was very much like his ex-girlfriend’s. What a thieving asshole. My own personal reaction coming as someone who understood every single technical reference in the movie was the only thing Zuckerberg was talented at was stealing and stabbing in the back people of color like Eduardo Saverin. Zuckerberg got ahead not because of his intelligence — creating a web site is not that technically difficult and Facebook is not that particularly good — but because of his very lax ethics. Seeing this repeated over and over causes popular resentment particularly when they see Jews disproportionately as rich and powerful and undeservedly so.

        Here’s how the popular resentment against Jews gets stoked. Jews like Zuckerberg whine because they are second bananas to the Winkelvosses of the world. But to people who are last bananas there is little distinction between first and second. They cannot get into Harvard even with perfect SATs. Then people like GuiltyFeat try to blame these very people for noticing. In my opinion, there is one thing and one thing only that’s keeping the dam from bursting, the fear of scary brown Christians (from Mexico) and Muslims (from Palestine and the Middle East). The real danger BDS provides to Jews as Jews and not as Zionists is the solidarity between the greater populace and oppressed people of color. Once this happens how the Jews get treated depends on whether Phil or AngryFeat win their internal Jewish debate. If the populace see Jews aligned with “the man” rather than as promoters of social justice we will see a repeat of the Khmelnytsky Uprising. Like now, the Jewish arendators (lease holders) were more accessible to the public wrath than then the Szlachta (nobility). The end result was a massacre of the Jews.

      • Chu
        September 8, 2011, 11:26 am

        Guilty,

        You were Jew counting, but when someone counts the ‘Jews’ in Hollywood, it antisemitism. You should be proud of Hollywood’s successes as well as the comic book creators.

        The boring one is your-self, after reading your blog on Hollywood sitcoms – [what a total snoozer, yawn & more yawn]. I thought you left this site for good, as you declared a few weeks back. Nothing else going on in Tel-Aviv?

    • Sumud
      September 7, 2011, 7:22 pm

      Jewish superheroes are nothing new. We’ve had Ben Grimm, aka the Thing, Kitty Pryde, Ragman, Magneto, Moon Knight and Doc Samson and many others for years.

      Hey you forgot Norman Finkelstein ;-)

      • GuiltyFeat
        September 8, 2011, 4:24 am

        “Hey you forgot Norman Finkelstein ;-)”

        I can see it now, a whole new superhero franchise – Chomsky and the Fink – two wizened Jews fighting for justice with their unwavering self-belief and a joint disgust at Israel. See how Chomsky ties Zionists up in knots with his laser-generative grammar. Marvel at the Fink as he saves the day again with his mutant lack of tenure.

      • Sumud
        September 8, 2011, 8:48 am

        Marvel at the Fink as he saves the day again with his mutant lack of tenure.

        I don’t judge people by their tenure (or lack or), but by their morals, integrity and courage.

        Mock him all you like, but NF has all three characteristics in abundance.

    • Chaos4700
      September 7, 2011, 7:23 pm

      Magento is a hero? Wow. Only in Israel I suppose.

      • GuiltyFeat
        September 8, 2011, 1:37 am

        Magneto led the X-Men for years when Xavier was off somewhere. He went back to being a baddie afterwards. Typical of you, Chaos to see things in a binary fashion with no understanding of the hearts of men.

        More poorly researched, rank ignorance from you that will go unapologized for.

      • GuiltyFeat
        September 8, 2011, 4:32 am

        Some details here, if you’re interested.

        link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Chaos4700
        September 8, 2011, 9:10 am

        True or false — Magneto threatened the lives of innocents before he led the X-men, then threatened the lives of innocents after he led the X-men?

        There is something binary about somebody who murders for ideological reasons. It doesn’t surprise me that you are color blind to that.

        I was already aware of that plot line, by the way, though not intimately. You just keep proving my point about how simplistic you are. Arguably, Emma Frost is a nuanced example of a villain turned hero (unless there’s been more recent plot I’m not aware of), because her apparent motivation all along has been protecting herself and others she cares about and making their lives comfortable. Magneto, who never stopped wanting to turn other human beings who were not part of his “chosen” ranks into slaves to his dominion, most definitely is NOT.

      • Donald
        September 8, 2011, 12:06 pm

        Cool, a geek quarrel. I don’t know anything about the X Men mythology, but one reason I am disturbed by the later Star Wars movies is that Anakin becomes a mass murderer when he wipes out a village of sand people and there are no consequences. It’s just treated as a harbinger of a time when he might do something really nasty. Maybe he feels a little bad. Note to oneself–just because your mom is killed you don’t have the right to commit the My Lai massacre.

        Of course it was only sand people. They live in the desert, you know, riding camel-likc creatures and committing acts of violence against civilized folk. Hmm. I never thought of it before, (seriously) but maybe if Anakin had wiped out a roomful of lovable human and human-like moppets training to be Jedis (as he does when he goes bad in the last movie) it might have been slightly harder to overlook. Or am I remembering it wrong? Do the other characters know what he did?

      • Chaos4700
        September 8, 2011, 8:07 pm

        Only Padme knew, because Anakin told her. (I’m a die-hard Trekkie, but I know the competition. ;) )

  14. sammy
    September 8, 2011, 4:22 am

    Has anyone heard of “Foreskin Man” the anti-circumcision hero?

    link to dailymail.co.uk

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