As UNESCO moves toward Palestinian recognition, Congress threatens to cut funding

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While all eyes have been on the Palestinian Authority’s bid for statehood at the United Nations, the PA has been busy pursuing other creative, if less formal and significant, ways to promote the idea and fact of a Palestinian state. Yesterday the Palestinian National Council won “Partner for Democracy Status” in the Council of Europe, the foremost human rights organization on the continent. And today the board of UNESCO, the UN’s main cultural body, voted in favor of the Palestinian’s draft resolution for membership in the organization (similar to their situation in the UN at large, the Palestinians have had observer status since 1974). The resolution will now be submitted to UNESCO’s 193-member General Conference for a vote sometime within the next month.

From Reuters:

To ramp up pressure on the United Nations, Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA) has been looking at alternative institutions that may recognize their sought-after statehood status — a campaign triggered by a breakdown of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel last year.

[Snip]

In order to gain full membership, so-called “states” that are not members of the United Nations may be admitted to UNESCO with a two-thirds majority of the General Conference.

It was not clear whether Palestine would need to be a recognized state for its UNESCO bid to succeed.

The Palestinian draft membership resolution won by a margin of 40 votes to four, with 14 abstentions. The United States was chief among the “No” votes, alongside Germany, Latvia, and Romania. Not surprisingly, Florida Congresswoman and funds-slasher-in-chief, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has already started flashing her scissors:

It is deeply disappointing to see UNESCO, which has reformed itself in recent years, poised to support this dangerous Palestinian scheme. The U.S. must strongly oppose this move and make clear that any decision to upgrade the Palestinian mission’s status by UNESCO or any other UN entity will lead to a cutoff of U.S. funds to that entity.

(H/T Paul Mutter)

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  1. Whizdom
    October 5, 2011, 12:41 pm

    How “unilateral” of Ileana.

    • Real Jew
      October 5, 2011, 11:14 pm

      She is a disgusting human being. Is there any low our congress won’t stoop to in order to suck up to the lobby? They are just asking for another 9/11

  2. justicewillprevail
    October 5, 2011, 1:38 pm

    More bullying and collective punishment. So the US is complicit in the Israeli plan of enforced impoverisation of Palestine, the destruction of its economic life, and the strategy to reduce Palestinians to total dependence on a society hellbent on on putting them on a drip feed, the drip subject to Israeli whim and however vindictive and vengeful they feel (which is often and a lot). Gaza-like sealed zones outside of which the jailers will jeer and smirk as they trash the most basic of requirements for human life and liberty.

  3. Mndwss
    October 5, 2011, 1:44 pm

    “this dangerous Palestinian scheme”

    A danger to whom? The Americans?

    Or the danger that may hinder the american jewish state in the middle east to expand?

    Susan Rice condemning the Russian and Chinese veto against the European-drafted UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria:

    “The united States is outraged that this council has utterly failed to address an urgent moral challenge and a growing threat to regional peace and security. Several members have sought for weeks to weaken and strip bare any text that would have defended the lives of innocent civilians from Assads brutality. Today two members have vetoed a vastly water downed text that doesn’t even mention sanctions”.

    “Let there be no doubt, this is not about military intervention. This is not about Libya. That is a cheap ruse by those who would rather sell arms to the Syrian regime then stand with the Syrian people.”

    What will she say if she has to veto the PA bid for statehood?

    She could save money for speech writers and use my suggestion:

    The united States is outraged that this counsil has utterly failed to address the urgent moral challenge to protect the brutal israeli apartheid regime against the growing threat of freedom and justice for the Palestinian people and the growing threat of regional democracy that would bring peace and security to the Arab world. (Breathe). We have sought for weeks to pressure, blackmail and even threatened to kill members of this counsil to make them vote against a resolution that would have defended the lives of innocent civilians from Israels brutality. Today we have have vetoed a vastly popular resolution that doesn’t even mention sanctions against israel.

    Let there be no doubt, this is about military domination. This is about Israeli and US control of the region. This is our way of telling the world that we will continue to sell arms to the Israeli regime rather then stand with the defenseless Palestinian people.

  4. seafoid
    October 5, 2011, 3:02 pm

    link to nybooks.com

    So far the defining comment about the current Republican presidential stampede was made by the columnist Maureen Dowd in The New York Times: she said Mitt Romney looked like a statue of himself. Promptly another Times columnist, Gail Collins, said that when Governor Rick Perry of Texas loomed over the podium with his big chest he looked like a float; another commentator mentioned that Governor Perry often looked as if he’d had himself stuffed; while, to my eyes, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota looks like a mannequin who has somehow been granted reason and motion—though not too much reason or very rapid motion: it’s when things speed up suddenly that Congresswoman Bachmann tends to fumble.

    Clearly the GOP has a problem. Except for those aging sinners Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, all its candidates seem synthetic. It’s become the party of stale air; and now who should come bounding in but another slicked up trashmouth, Governor Perry of Texas, a man whose only salient principle seems to be that all attention is good. Pop off a few times outrageously: the Fed is “almost treasonous”; Social Security is “a Ponzi scheme”; Texas might “leave” the Union “if Washington continues to thumb their nose” at us; climate change is a fraud: this even as the climate changing smoke from some of the most-destructive wildfires in Texas’s history wafts through the statehouse in Austin, a place like many not defended by very many firefighters since the Governor pared them down for budgetary reasons.

    • Duscany
      October 5, 2011, 8:31 pm

      I thought it was beyond question that Social Security was a Ponzi scheme. There is no Social Security trust fund. The newer workers pay the benefits of former workers.

      Isn’t that the definition of a classic Ponzi scheme? And one of the reasons the system is collapsing is that there aren’t enough new workers anymore to pay taxes into the system.

      • Dan Crowther
        October 6, 2011, 7:40 am

        duscany,

        you’ve been lied to, alot. social security is most definitely NOT a ponzi scheme

        link to socialsecurity.gov

      • Chaos4700
        October 6, 2011, 7:49 pm

        Too right. Social Security wouldn’t even be in any sort of fiscal crisis at all, even a distant one, if Republicans and Democrats weren’t stealing from the fund to bankroll wars and tax breaks for the upper class.

  5. Chaos4700
    October 5, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Anti-Arab race hatred has metastasized from the Knesset and now infects the US Congress. Maybe Israel can afford to break treaty obligations and renege on promises, but can the United States?

    We’re not Israel. The sort of government that jon s. and eee have, and hophmi and DBG aspire to, will destroy the United States. We were never built to be a reich.

    • Charon
      October 6, 2011, 8:52 am

      We weren’t built to be a reich, but the Fourth Reich has infiltrated us just as the first one did via the House of Hanover royal family taking over most of the European monarchies. King George I didn’t even speak English, he spoke German.

      Our government is making decisions that are destroying this country against the will of its citizens. It isn’t just Israel they aim to please, but Israel seems to be pretty central to this. Whoever controls the criminal international central banking cabal (represented by the FED in the US) is the Fourth Reich, the paper monarchy ‘man behind the curtain’ that abandoned the British Empire in favor of the US after WWII where they’ve been using our army as mercs just as the Hessians of old. We have so much money tied up in every organization that if they don’t like something they use the threat of blackmail to get their way by cutting off funding. Too bad for them we’re broke and it’s all just debt money that isn’t even real.

  6. atime forpeace
    October 5, 2011, 3:18 pm

    This is the same type of treatment that individuals get in the u.s., they either get fired or sensored, some to greater degree than others.

    This is indicative of the power that this movement has behind it, not a good sign.

    They just plod on over anything that gets in their way.

  7. piotr
    October 5, 2011, 4:25 pm

    So rather simultaneously Bahrein and Yemen got the status of “our bastards” and Syria is “moral challenge”. This is basically normal level of hypocrisy.

    But withdrawing from organizations like Unesco on the account that Palestinians are getting status is simply hysterical. It is not even stupid. It is just silly.

    • Hostage
      October 5, 2011, 8:38 pm

      But withdrawing from organizations like Unesco on the account that Palestinians are getting status is simply hysterical. It is not even stupid. It is just silly.

      It’s a page straight out of the standard 1989 US play book. A 2/3rds majority of the members of the UN member states sponsored the application of the state of Palestine in UNESCO. link to unispal.un.org

      When Palestine applied for membership in the WHO, the US couldn’t argue that it wasn’t a widely recognized state, so it simply declared that it would stop funding any UN organ that voted to admit Palestine as a full member. See Frederic L. Kirgis, Jr., “Admission of “Palestine” as a Member of a Specialized Agency and Withholding the Payment of Assessments in Response”, The American Journal of International Law Vol. 84, No. 1 (Jan., 1990), pp. 218-230. link to jstor.org

      The General Assembly needs to request an advisory opinion from the ICJ over the behavior of Israel and the US. The “peace process” is by definition a decades-long institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another group committed with the intention of maintaining that regime. What are the consequences for the UN organization of allowing these two states to ignore the 2004 ICJ opinion while imposing an illegal regime of settlements and apartheid? The Court reminded the parties of the: Obligation of all States, while respecting the Charter and international law, to see to it that any impediment, resulting from the construction of the wall, to the exercise by the Palestinian people of its right to self determination is brought to an end.

      Judge Higgins summed-up the situation:

      This is not difficult – from Security Council resolution 242 (1967) through to Security Council resolution 1515 (2003), the key underlying requirements have remained the same – that Israel is entitled to exist, to be recognized, and to security, and that the Palestinian people are entitled to their territory, to exercise self-determination, and to have their own State.

      What part of that does this Congress not understand? FYI, when the US tells the Quartet that the two parties will negotiate boundaries that are different from the 67 armistice lines, it is simply trying to impose a solution on the Palestinians.

      • mig
        October 6, 2011, 1:11 am

        “What part of that does this Congress not understand?”

        ++++ None ? As usual. Oh wait, they do. Picking parts that suite own agenda.

  8. James
    October 5, 2011, 5:31 pm

    OT – fairly direct comments from erdogan on tuesday regarding israel’s possession of the atomic bomb

    link to english.aljazeera.net

    • DBG
      October 5, 2011, 6:02 pm

      the same day his cabinet passed a resolution to invade northern Iraq. Funny how that works isn’t it James?

      http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Turkey-Vote-OKs-Strikes-on-Kurds-in-Iraq–131157213.html

      A conflict which has killed 40,000 since 1984.

      • James
        October 5, 2011, 11:04 pm

        wouldn’t have anything to do with open israel support for a terrorist group working inside turkey would it? how many palestinians has israel murdered or thrown in jail since 84? i don’t suppose you have that number handy too…

        “Leading Israeli defense specialist David Eshel commented in August about the upsurge of Kurdish insurgency in Turkey’s eastern provinces:
        “The entire Kurdish people could take advantage of the ongoing Arab Spring and prepare the ground for a long-anticipated Kurdistan, linking up with Iraq’s ongoing autonomy, the Iranian Kurdish enclave and perhaps even the Syrian Kurdish minorities … With the Arab world in total turmoil, lacking any orderly leadership, the Kurds could finally achieve their sacred goal for independence, after decades, if not centuries of desecration and oppression … the ongoing ‘Arab Spring’ could eventually shift into a ‘Kurdish Summer’”.

        Israel estimates, however, that the Kurdish problem makes Ankara vulnerable to American and European pressure tactic and an exacerbation of this could politically weaken Erdogan and bring him to his knees.”

        link to mondoweiss.net article from aug 26th – why israel and jeffrey goldberg are championing the kurds………. go figure dbg….

      • Theo
        October 6, 2011, 8:16 am

        If you say A, then you also must say B, if you want to be fair!!

        The kurds have a total population of about 16 millions, live in the same area since at least 3,000 years, and were always subjugated by an invador or another.
        Salazin was a kurdish general who drove the Crusaders out of Jerusalem and Palestina, letting them move without a blodshed, contrary to those christian killers, who slaughtered over 10,000 humans, christians, moslems and jews when they conquered the holly city.

        The british and the french promised the kurds their own country if they help to fight the Ottoman Empire, which they did.
        In return they were cheated, just as the arabs were, out of their independence and were divided up among four different nations.
        If we fight for an independent Palestina, which we do, then we also must support an indpendent and free Kurdistan without any outside interference, that includes not only Israel, but any other nation.
        This is a very difficult move, as Turkey surely will not agree to forfeit on a great part of its eastern territories, as will Iraq, Syria or Iran.
        However if the palestinians should have their own state, then the kurds we cannot deny the same and in a long range the kurds will have it sooner or later, other peoples show how it is done.

      • Theo
        October 6, 2011, 8:32 am

        I left the following out:

        If you redraw the borders around the areas where the kurds live, you will have a sizeable land with great kurdish majority.
        Do they have the same rights as Israel or all those new dinky european countries have, many with less that 10 million population?
        In my opinion, yes and yes!!

      • Charon
        October 6, 2011, 9:15 am

        The Kurds are an ethnic group and Turkey is secular. Nobody should care because Turkey is secular. Yes Turkey suppressed Kurdish nationalism. So what? The Union fought against the Confederacy when they tried to split. It IS the same thing. Nationalism is a sham, it is instilled from outside influences to divide people. To created independent nations based off ethnicity/race/religion. This makes nations easier to control in times of conflict and pit them against each other based on pre-conceived notions about our differences.

        Yea the Kurds got screwed when the ME was partitioned. Yes they’ve been persecuted in Iraq. They should be treated by their nations as equals. In Turkey, they don’t want to be equals, they want independence. Most likely because at one point a group of foreign intelligence agents posing as Kurds infiltrated them and stirred up nationalism the same way they do everywhere. The same reason people protest and revolutions break out. The same way that Mossad guy got arrested for it in Egypt generating hate between the Copts and Muslims. Which is no doubt what happened in Lebanon with Maronites and Muslims.

        Partition did not work in India/Pakistan. It won’t work in Palestine. The Kurdish situation is not even comparable to I/P anyways because the Kurds are not under occupation unless a propagandist butchers the term to include them.

        Tibet is also not comparable to I/P or South Africa. Tibet and the Kurds are not subject to Apartheid.

        Nationalism stinks. We can all get along. We are all more alike than not. The powers that be don’t want us to get along because it makes us easier to control. Don’t drink the Kuristan Kool-Aid

      • Theo
        October 6, 2011, 2:13 pm

        Charon, you just don´t know what are you talking about!! You made a potpourri out of nationalities, religion, minorities and what comes out is a totally senseless .

        The turks and kurds are not the same people, the kurds lived in the same place as they do today about 3,000 years, long before the turks invaded the area just about 900 years ago.
        If you think the kurds have it good, just come to Germany and I will gladly introduce you to a few kurds who had it so great with the osmans. Probably they have the same fine life in Syria, Iraq and Iran.

        There is a kurdish nationality with an own language, contrary to jews, who come from hundred different nationalities and had not a common language. Just ask how many russian or romanian jews could speak hebrew when they came to Israel? So again, the ME I/Pa affair does not apply.

      • Cliff
        October 6, 2011, 10:25 am

        Since when do you care about non-Jews, DBG?

        In another thread you’re praising tourism in the territories. In East Jerusalem.

        What exactly do the Muslim attendees of your lame, worthless inter-faith meetings think of your politics?

        Politics. That is the point. Not religion. You are a disgusting person, based on your politics.

      • DBG
        October 6, 2011, 8:45 pm

        In another thread you’re praising tourism in the territories. In East Jerusalem.

        Cliff I don’t get this, you want Palestinians to suffer? Why are you against tourism in the territories? I am proud that when I go to the West Bank I help stimulate their economy. Arab shopkeepers in Bethlehem and Jericho are the friendliest most accommodating people in the world, they deserve the best. (the Old City is a little different but they are competing with pushy, pushy Israeli shopkeepers)

        I am going to chalk your misguided statement up to just being very uneducated about the tourism in the territories, I sincerely hope that you don’t wish bad against the people of the West Bank in order to make Israel look worse.

        Instead of just talk, go to the West Bank, help their economy out, buy goods from Arab shopkeepers, stay in their hotels, eat at their restaurants, do something good for the people you pretend to champion.

      • Chaos4700
        October 6, 2011, 9:57 pm

        Yes, Cliff! Go to the West Bank and help them out! Just like Rachel Corrie, Tristan Anderson, Emily Henochowitz… DBG’s friends and family in Israel will take care of you while you’re there.

      • DBG
        October 7, 2011, 10:24 am

        I think if he doesn’t join the ISM, he should be just fine.

    • lysias
      October 5, 2011, 6:56 pm

      The Daily Telegraph’s article on Erdogan’s comments reveals something I had been unaware of: Nuclear Israel is a ‘threat’ to Middle East, says Turkey’s Erdogan:

      Secret Turkish diplomatic cables leaked by the Israeli press last month contained a threat by Mr Erdogan to work against Israel in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

      First I’ve heard of the leaked Turkish cables. Anybody know anything about them?

      • James
        October 5, 2011, 11:13 pm

        we are hearing about it more since israels murdering of the turks last may 31st on the flotilla… apparently israel doesn’t apologize for anything and turkey doesn’t play the role of hypocrite like the usa when their citizens are murdered by israel… as a result of this and more, it seems israel is now involved in a propaganda campaign against turkey… all the hasbarists will be telling us how evil and corrupt turkey is from here on in…

      • Cliff
        October 6, 2011, 10:26 am

        Israel reserves the right to nuke the antisemitism out of the Arab world!

      • Mndwss
        October 6, 2011, 10:54 am

        It would be interesting to know how many of the israeli nukes is neutron bombs.

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        The bomb that kills the enemy and leaves their houses standing for new settlers.

  9. ToivoS
    October 5, 2011, 6:18 pm

    Article in Haaretz: link to haaretz.com
    seems to be saying that the US government has already threatened to cut UNESCO funding if they admit Palestine. They give no formal statement to that affect but the Israeli ambassador seems to be making the threat.

    • Bumblebye
      October 5, 2011, 6:48 pm

      I can’t remember where I read it, but apparently it was Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who made the threat. (with a small, snide aside, along the lines of wondering if her handlers had informed her so quickly)
      An attempt to get around the lack of a veto on this?

      • ToivoS
        October 5, 2011, 7:11 pm

        Ros-Lehtinen threatened to cutoff appropriations for UNESCO funds, Haaretz mentions that fact but also implies the US govt might do it anyway. Big difference.

    • lysias
      October 5, 2011, 6:58 pm

      Rich, an Israeli diplomat making a threat based on what the U.S. Congress will do.

      • ToivoS
        October 6, 2011, 4:14 am

        Lysias you are right. I misinterpreted the Haaretz article. I assumed they were relying on government (i.e. diplomatic) sources. Rather the Israeli diplomat is telling his colleagues at UNESCO that if they vote the wrong way they will instruct the US congress to terminate future funding. This is even more scandalous — the US DoS is being completely by-passed by the Israelis.

        Talk about Israeli occupied territory inside Washington.

  10. lysias
    October 5, 2011, 7:01 pm

    The U.S. must strongly oppose this move and make clear that any decision to upgrade the Palestinian mission’s status by UNESCO or any other UN entity will lead to a cutoff of U.S. funds to that entity.

    I thought Israel objected to being called “the Zionist entity”.

  11. RoHa
    October 5, 2011, 7:32 pm

    “The U.S. must strongly oppose this move and make clear that any decision to upgrade the Palestinian mission’s status by UNESCO or any other UN entity will lead to a cutoff of U.S. funds to that entity.”

    This is not just cutting off funds to the Palestinians. It is cutting off funds to UN bodies.

    Forget about promoting education and sex equality (UNESCO), let the children starve, get kidnapped into sex slavery, or become drug runners (UNICEF), (UNODC), or, better still, just let everyone die of disease (WHO).

    For the sake of Israel, the US is making itself the enemy of the world.

  12. biorabbi
    October 5, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Vote the congresswoman out of office if you can’t stand her. And if you discover the American people generally love Israel and your whining amounts for naught, there’s no shortage of nice Jewish psychiatrists and neurologists(such as myself)who would listen to your outrage and write for the needed anti-depressant or Xanax(or both).

    Also on the subject of faux crap, the protestors in wall street look like the dumbest, whitest, liberal(sorry progressive), astro-turfing bunch of crybabies I’ve ever seen. To compare this crowd of college-educated, lilly-white, Obama-voting, saddest generation to the arab spring youth is the ultimate slap in the face.

    I have complete respect for the brave youth protesting the man in Libya, The West Bank, Syria. I may not agree with all their ideas, but they put their lives on the line for freedom. But I have a perverse desire the bitch slap “the youth” in Wall Street today. What’s the worst thing that’s happened to our brave Soros-duped socialists overhere? A Tall Java instead of a grande?

    • Chaos4700
      October 5, 2011, 11:45 pm

      Non-Jewish America is reading this too, biorabbi. Go ahead and tell us what you really think about the rest of us.

    • Hostage
      October 6, 2011, 6:41 am

      there’s no shortage of nice Jewish psychiatrists and neurologists(such as myself)who would listen to your outrage and write for the needed anti-depressant or Xanax(or both).

      Well then, why don’t you see if you can adjust Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s dosage? Haaretz reported a long time ago that she intended to end PA funding due to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation. U.S. House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, released a statement saying

      the law stipulates that the PA government must recognize the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist, among other things. Therefore, in order to implement existing law, the U.S. must end assistance to the Palestinian Authority.”

      At the same time Ros-Lehtinen ignores the provisions of existing US criminal code which protects the officials of foreign regimes and internationally protected persons from assassination or murder. See U.S. Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 51, § 1116, “Murder or manslaughter of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons”.

      I’m sure Hamas agrees with her positions on refugees. She claims to represent a group of exiles and their children and grandchildren. She has openly called for the assassination of any leader who oppresses the people. She also claims to welcome the opportunity to bring such individuals to trial. Nonetheless, she has refused to allow the Goldstone report to be put into the congressional record and has introduced legislation that would “make it U.S. policy to demand the UN General Assembly revoke and repudiate the Goldstone Report and any UN resolutions stemming from the report.”

      It looks like she could teach Bibi a thing or two about exceptionalism.

    • Charon
      October 6, 2011, 10:06 am

      Biorabbi, the Arab Spring protests were started by intelligence agents. Wikileaks is filtered/controlled information, but they did report on it in January prior to the Egyptian revolution and after the Tunisia one. They listed every single nation that has since been affected (including Italy whose protests have not been reported in the MSM). Google ‘CIA Egypt Revolution’ if you don’t believe it. There is another leak about an Egyptian being briefed about it in the USA back in 2008. As much as people want others to believe they are sincere, they were planned by foreigners to remove puppets that had ties with Russia and China. The lesser economic protests that have broke out in the West are likely copycat ones that were not intended, hence the MSM not reporting much about them.

      Those college-educated Wall Street protesters you smeared are better people than you will ever be. Kids are graduating only to find there are only low-paying jobs (if there are any jobs at all) in an economy which makes us slaves to debt be it student loans, credit cards, upside-down mortgages. Slaves to a financial industry which routinely screws up and is 1000% responsible for this current situation. Except the criminal psychopaths who caused this mess all got bailed out instead of thrown in jail. We are the ones who have to pay? You think it is silly for them to protest?

      Wall Street has the ability to manipulate economies. Scam artists in suits pretending financial capitalism is an actual job. It should be illegal. The system is flawed. The game is easy to figure out, it isn’t rocket science. You just can’t play this game unless you play by their rules. If you find a way to skirt around the rules against them, they’ll kill you. The NYPD is using some pretty extreme force against non-violent protesters. That is because they are ADL-trained (seriously) corrupt goons.

      You can’t just vote out the Israel-friendly lawmakers. In order to campaign you need to have a LOT of money. That money usually comes from donors. The Zionist lobby happens to have significant power in lobbying for Israel friendly political donations from half the wealthy billionaires who happen to be Jewish or Zio-friendly. If you aren’t favorable to Israel you won’t get donations. If you are rich and unfavorable to Israel, that money will be used to smear and also pay the MSM to not talk about you.

      Democracy is an illusion. The rich ruling class and criminal international central banks choose who are government is. They own the MSM to influence public opinion to vote on pre-approved candidates. They use blackmail and bribes to get what they want. They pay off and corrupt police. They use organized crime and ‘intelligence agencies’ to do behind-the-scenes dirty work. They meet in think tanks and fraternal brotherhoods.

      The FED runs the USA. This is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact. You build a tolerance to Xanax fast plus it is addictive. Anti-depressants change your behavior, not for the better. They make most people fat and ruin sex drives. They also give you brain shocks upon discontinuation so that you go right back to using them.

    • Cliff
      October 6, 2011, 10:23 am

      Biorabbi doesn’t care about murdered Syrians, etc.

      He was trolling the blog awhile back, attempting to derail every single new thread with ‘blah blah you only care when Israel kills Arabs blah blah’ hasbara.

      That is your MO.

      We care about Syria. About Libya. Etc.

      But we are here for one reason or the other. This conflict speaks to us in biography or emotion. It interests us. That does not mean we would not harshly condemn similar crimes elsewhere (and we do by definition). Why would, Hostage for example, support violent repression of non-violent activism outside Israel while condemning it inside Israel?

      And of course, you have ZERO quotes from us to prove we are hypocritical on this issue.

      Instead you whine endlessly about non-existent double standards. There are none.

      And how about you? You came to Mondoweiss. Why? What issue interests you? And if it isn’t Israel, why are you here at an Israel-Palestine blog?

    • lysias
      October 6, 2011, 2:38 pm

      You’re a psychiatrist? I pity your patients.

  13. Edithann
    October 6, 2011, 1:10 am

    Edithann

    Could we do anything worse in threatening UNESCO?
    We’re as committed to our own destruction as Israel…
    I think I’d rather see us go down if it meant getting Israel off our backs…

    TATA

  14. Shingo
    October 6, 2011, 1:10 am

    And if you discover the American people generally love Israel …

    That hasn’t been my experience. In fact, in the poll that showed majority support for Israel, Israel ranked 7th or 8th in terms of foreign countries Americans regarded as important.

    To compare this crowd of college-educated, lilly-white, Obama-voting, saddest generation to the arab spring youth is the ultimate slap in the face.

    Comming from a facist imslamophobe like yourself, it’s hard to know who you are trying to isult here.

    I have complete respect for the brave youth protesting the man in Libya, The West Bank, Syria.

    But you fully support the murder of them, burning of mosques, home demolitions, check points, apartheid walls, and ethnic cleansing carried out by Israel against those brave youth protesting in the West Bank.

    But I have a perverse desire the bitch slap “the youth” in Wall Street today.

    So long as you are wearing full bosy armour, carrying a semi automatic and they are disarmed of course.

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