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Et tu Elena– Justice Kagan’s in Israel, celebrating ‘deep commitment to the rule of law’

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It never ends, does it? A day after Romney said he was going to Israel. From the US Embassy in Tel Aviv:

From her confirmation hearing, two years ago, explaining why she spoke of former Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak as her hero:

“As you know, I don’t think it’s a secret I am Jewish,” Kagan said. “The State of Israel has meant a lot to me and my family. And — and I admire Justice Barak for what he’s done for the State of Israel and ensuring an independent judiciary.”

She has a conventional mind. And the convention is: PEP. Progressive except Palestine. Makes for success.

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  1. The Hasbara Buster
    July 3, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Right, but the correct spelling is still Et tu.

    • Philip Weiss
      July 3, 2012, 1:12 pm

      i stand correkted

      • Sumud
        July 3, 2012, 1:14 pm

        Where is Rohar when you need him?

      • RoHa
        July 3, 2012, 8:16 pm

        Upon the call, I come to save the day.

        And I point out that there should be a comma after tu.

      • MHughes976
        July 4, 2012, 5:36 am

        ‘Et tu Elena’ without a comma would mean ‘You too are Elena’.

    • Mooser
      July 3, 2012, 1:15 pm

      And I even spelled it right for him on another thread. You would think a guy who just had an object lesson in backstabbing would have the phrase etched on his mind.

      • Mooser
        July 3, 2012, 1:18 pm

        BTW, Bad grammar, bad punctuation and being careless with spelling does not make you look more proletarian, it just makes you look like someone who doesn’t appreciate his education. But then again, why should you?

      • Philip Weiss
        July 3, 2012, 1:37 pm

        oh heck, i thought it made me one of the workers! shhhh

      • libra
        July 3, 2012, 4:25 pm

        Mooser: “BTW, Bad grammar, bad punctuation and being careless with spelling …”

        Not so long ago this was the surefire signature of a “liberal Zionist”. How times change.

      • Eva Smagacz
        July 4, 2012, 4:45 am

        Not only Self-hating Jew but a Commie lover to boot! can you sink any lower, Mr.Weiss?! ;-)

  2. American
    July 3, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Not surprised by Kagan. I was very much against her appointment, she is a ‘ethnic worshiper”. If you read her many speeches thruout her career it is very obvious she believes in the superiority of certain groups.
    Kagan and others like her are the downside to ‘diversity’. It puts ethnic agendas, not impartial objectivity, into seats of power they shouldn’t be in.
    Almost everytime I see anyone appointed to any position these days I think ‘political payoff’ to some special interest donor group.
    One reason we are in the mess we are in.

    • radii
      July 3, 2012, 3:12 pm

      “Almost everytime I see anyone appointed to any position these days I think ‘political payoff’ to some special interest donor group”

      You got that right, American … the cynicism and open cronyism of our current age is just reprehensible – you can almost smell the stench of decay creeping over our democracy as it is actively transformed by the billionaires into a plutocracy with some well-connected groups in the winner’s circle

  3. DICKERSON3870
    July 3, 2012, 4:51 pm

    RE: “Et tu Elena– Justice Kagan’s in Israel, celebrating ‘deep commitment to the rule of law’” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Paying back the Obama reelection campaign for Obama’s having nominated her? Oh John, you’re such a cynic! A Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court would never stoop to such things (lol). But then, it is prime time for raising campaign contributions!

    SEE: “Repressive Democracy: How Not to Waste Your Vote in November”, by Andrew Levine, Counterpunch, 6/20/12
    LINK – http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/06/20/repressive-democracy/

    • Jill Stein for President – http://www.jillstein.org/

    P.S. No more battered spouse voter syndrome for me!

  4. DICKERSON3870
    July 3, 2012, 5:04 pm

    RE: “Justice Kagan’s in Israel, celebrating ‘deep commitment to the rule of law’” ~ Philip Weiss

    SPEAKING OF “THE RULE OF LAW”: Al Jazeera Reports: New Tests Show Yasser Arafat Poisoned with Radioactive Polonium ~ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/03-0

    • DICKERSON3870
      July 3, 2012, 11:08 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “If Arafat were still alive”, by Uri Avnery, Guardian.co.uk, 1/30/07

      [EXCERPT] . . . Just before he died last month, Uri Dan, Ariel Sharon’s loyal mouthpiece for almost 50 years, published a book in France. It includes a report of a conversation Sharon told him about, with President Bush. Sharon asked for permission to kill Arafat and Bush gave it to him, with the proviso that it must be done undetectably. When Dan asked Sharon whether it had been carried out, Sharon answered: “It’s better not to talk about that.” Dan took this as confirmation.
      The secret services of many countries have poisons that are all but undetectable. Ten years ago, Mossad tried to kill Khaled Mashal, the Hamas leader, in broad daylight on a thoroughfare in Amman. He was saved only when the Israeli government was compelled to provide the antidote to the poison it had used. Viktor Yushchenko, the president of Ukraine, was poisoned and saved only when the symptoms were identified by experts in time.
      Is there proof Arafat was murdered by Israeli or other agents? No, there is none. This week I again ran into Zahalka, and both of us concluded that the suspicion is growing stronger . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/jan/31/israel.comment

      • Avi_G.
        July 4, 2012, 12:01 am

        With Rabin out of the way, it was inevitable that the Israeli establishment got rid of Arafat. In addition, Arafat had both credibility (Whatever was left of it by the time of his death in 2004) and respect among Palestinians. Israel needed a weakling and it found the right man for the job, Abbas (Abu Mazen).

      • ritzl
        July 4, 2012, 4:31 am

        Polonium?

      • DICKERSON3870
        July 7, 2012, 7:41 pm

        Polonium is the latest “designer” poison! And a great WMD!

        FROM WIKIPEDIA [Polonium]:

        (excerpts) . . . The alpha particles emitted by polonium can be converted to neutrons using beryllium oxide, at a rate of 93 neutrons per million alpha particles.[46] Thus Po-BeO mixtures or alloys are used as a neutron source, for example in a neutron trigger or initiator for nuclear weapons[14][49] . . .
        . . . Polonium is highly dangerous and has no biological role.[14] By mass, polonium-210 is around 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide. . . (the actual LD50 for 210Po is less than 1 microgram for an average adult (see below) compared with about 250 milligrams for hydrogen cyanide[53]). . .
        . . . One gram of 210Po could thus in theory poison 20 million people of whom 10 million would die. . .[A GREAT “WMD” ~ J.L.D.]

        P.S. ALSO SEE: Alexander Litvinenko – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko

  5. Nevada Ned
    July 3, 2012, 6:35 pm

    As Dean of the Harvard Law School, she decided to take no action on the Dershowitz/Finkelstein donnybrook. Dersh had powerful friends, Finkelstein none. Obama rewarded her with a seat on the Supreme Court.

  6. Kathleen
    July 3, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Have to say I am not surprised by Kagan spinning that there is a commitment to the rule of law in Israel. Telling when there is no surprise that when it comes to Israel that an alleged liberal Jewish Supreme Court Justice has her head up where the sun does not shine when it comes to Israel.

    • ColinWright
      July 5, 2012, 3:03 am

      “Spin’ is an understatement. ‘Spin’ is when you describe a recession as ‘cooling down an overheated economy’ or something.

      Saying Israel adheres to the rule of the law is like congratulating China on its environmental activism. A complete disrespect for all legal norms is one of Israel’s defining characteristics.

  7. Patrick
    July 3, 2012, 7:49 pm

    Has anyone here noted this yet? New evidence indicates that Yasser Arafat’s death in 2004 was caused by polonium poisoning. As the article linked below mentions, in a previous case of polonium poisoning, British authorities believed that
    “only a sophisticated, state-backed intelligence agency could source Polonium-210 in a form that could be used as poison.”

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Palestinian+leader+Yasser+Arafat+have+been+poisoned+with+radiation/6878907/story.html

  8. Kathleen
    July 3, 2012, 8:55 pm

    Whoa
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/06/29/did-the-new-york-times-lead-anthony-shadid-to-his-death/

    Burying the Story Along with the Body
    Did the New York Times Lead Anthony Shadid to His Death?
    by ALISON WEIR
    “Dr. Shadid pointed out, “There is an inherent inequality of bargaining power between journalists and their editors. Commitment and a history of bravery can be exploited by editors and management, who are under their own pressure to meet production goals and achieve awards.”

    During his speech at the annual American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Convention in Washington DC and in interviews afterward, Anthony’s cousin gave new details about the incident, some of them differing significantly from the story given by the New York Times.

    Dr. Shadid, who is a medical doctor and city councilman in Oklahoma City, revealed that a security advisor working for the Times had originally analyzed the newspaper’s plan for getting Anthony into Syria. The advisor determined it was too dangerous, and forbade him from going. Yet, six weeks later, after CNN had gained access, Times editors sent Anthony into the area, even though the security situation had grown worse in that time.

    Anthony’s colleagues expressed surprise that his editors insisted he enter Syria, Dr. Shadid said, because Anthony had appeared on Syrian television and was a “wanted man.”

    The night before Anthony left for the area, he spoke to Times editors over the phone in a conversation that included “screaming and slamming down the phone,” his cousin related.

    When Anthony objected to the planned operation and the physical demands of the journey, Times foreign editor Joseph Kahn flippantly responded from his desk in New York, “It sounds like you’re going to get a lot of exercise on this assignment.” Anthony’s request for camping equipment for the trip was turned down

    Upon his arrival in Turkey, his departure point for illegally entering Syria, the Times plan immediately began to break down. Motorcycles had been planned for travel; they weren’t there. Smugglers that the Times had arranged to take Anthony and a photographer into Syria were also, it turned out, going to be smuggling in crates of ammunition.

    At this point, Dr. Shadid said, Anthony called his wife and “gave his last haunting directive: ‘If anything happens to me, I want the world to know the New York Times killed me.’”

  9. ColinWright
    July 3, 2012, 10:04 pm

    “Israel and America share a deep commitment to the rule of law.”

    That really is a hooter. How can people say these things?

    • Brewer
      July 5, 2012, 4:34 am

      “Israel and America share a deep commitment to the rule of law.”

      Grounds for disbarment I would think. There are only two possibilities – dishonesty or incompetence.

  10. Avi_G.
    July 3, 2012, 11:58 pm

    She has a conventional mind. And the convention is: PEP. Progressive except Palestine. Makes for success.

    Actually, the convention is closer to Israel Firster than to PEP, especially when Kagan flaunts her Jewishness and places Israel on a proverbial pedestal in the middle of her living room.

    The whole Shared Values shtick is supposed to smooth over and conceal the loyalty to a foreign country, much as the Shared Interests shtick has done for years.

    I’ll spell it out:

    American Jews know that if they are caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar, they are bound to face some kind of backslash from Christian compatriots, you know, people who actually care more about America than do the Israel-is-part-of-my-soul-because-I-was-born-Jewish crowd.

    So the Shared Values and Shared Interests routine is an easy out for them, as in Oh, you’ve caught me. Well, actually, I can explain. You see, I’ve been doing all this hard work for a noble cause in which I believe and it has nothing to do in particular with Israel or the U.S.. It’s just a pure coincidence that the U.S. and Israel have soooo much in common. So, whenever you see me working, it may appear as though I am concerned first and foremost for that foreign country, but in reality, because there is a lot of overlap between the two countries’ values, it merely looks that way. It’s very complex and I’m sure you find it all confusing. Better not worry your precious mind about it. .

    Who knows, perhaps — and I won’t say “American Jews” here because it’s oh too harsh to point out the sad reality — one day when Zionist Americans cause the collapse of the U.S. they will find themselves having to escape to Israel, their safe haven, their emergency shelter.

  11. Avi_G.
    July 4, 2012, 12:10 am

    She has a conventional mind. And the convention is: PEP. Progressive except Palestine. Makes for success.

    Actually, the convention is closer to Israel Firster than to PEP, especially when Kagan flaunts her Jewishness and places Israel on a proverbial pedestal in the middle of her living room.

    The whole Shared Values shtick is supposed to smooth over and conceal the loyalty to a foreign country, much as the Shared Interests shtick has done for years.

    I’ll spell it out:

    Zionist American Jews know that if they are caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar, they are bound to face some kind of backslash from non-Zionist Christian compatriots, you know, people who actually care more about America than do the Israel-is-part-of-my-soul-because-I-was-born-Jewish crowd.

    So the Shared Values and Shared Interests routine is an easy out for them, as in, Oh, you’ve caught me. Well, actually, I can explain. You see, I’ve been doing all this hard work for a noble cause in which I believe and it has nothing to do in particular with Israel or the U.S.. It’s just a pure coincidence that the U.S. and Israel have soooo much in common. So, whenever you see me working, it may appear as though I am concerned first and foremost for that foreign country, but in reality, because there is a lot of overlap between the two countries’ values, it merely looks that way. It’s very complex and I’m sure you find it all confusing. Better not worry your precious mind about it.

  12. DICKERSON3870
    July 4, 2012, 2:35 am

    RE – “Justice Kagan: Israel and America share a deep commitment to the rule of law.” ~ From the US Embassy in Tel Aviv

    SPEAKING OF “A DEEP COMMITMENT TO THE RULE OF LAW”, SEE:
    Israel army ‘game’ leaves Palestinian dead, by Agence France-Presse, 6/24/12

    [EXCERPT] AFP – As the Shawakha brothers rushed to protect their home from intruders, they had no clue they were unwitting participants in an Israeli army exercise that would leave one of them dead.
    “It was March 27, 1:30 in the morning,”
    recalls Akram Shawakha, 36, who was on watch duty on the top floor of the modest family home on a hill east of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    Their house is on the outskirts of the wealthy village of Rammun, where most residents have emigrated to America.
    “I saw two men dressed in ordinary clothes near the entrance,” said Akram, a cement factory worker who was taking the first shift on guard duty to keep an eye on the family’s 10 sheep and their car from would-be thieves.
    Clutching a stick, Akram went down to wake his brothers — 39-year-old Anwar and 28-year-old Rashad — then went outside as they got dressed and picked up a knife to protect themselves.
    Akram confronted the two strangers, addressing them in Arabic “which they spoke perfectly,” he recalls.
    “I asked them who they were.”
    “One of them said: ‘Don’t worry, we know everyone in Rammun.’ We insisted on seeing their identity papers, and they put their hands in their pockets and pulled out their guns, not to threaten us, but with the intention of shooting.”
    Gunfire erupted and a confused melee ensued. The three brothers suffered bullet wounds although they managed to throw blows of their own as they fought.

    “Everything happened in less than a minute,” Akram says.
    “Then Israeli soldiers in uniform arrived and we were ordered to stop. My brothers were lying on the ground, injured. I asked the soldiers for help.”
    The two “intruders” were quickly whisked away in a military vehicle as the three brothers waited, lying on the ground. At one point, “a soldier fired a round at the ground, injuring Rashad further,” Akram says.

    Eventually the three brothers were taken to an Israeli hospital.
    Rashad died on April 2.
    The story was picked up by the Israeli media, which soon discovered that the two “intruders” were in fact soldiers participating in a training exercise by the “Dudevan” military unit, which specialises in infiltrating Palestinian areas disguised as Arabs. . .
    . . . Using Palestinian villages as a training ground for undercover Israeli troops is not uncommon.
    In 2007, the practice prompted Israeli NGO Yesh Din to complain to the military’s top legal adviser, warning the exercises could endanger both Israeli and Palestinian lives. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.france24.com/en/20120624-israel-army-game-leaves-palestinian-dead

  13. asherpat
    July 4, 2012, 2:41 am

    I guess Ron Paul is CEI (Conservative Except Israel)?

    • CloakAndDagger
      July 4, 2012, 12:35 pm

      Ron Paul has never been to Israel on a free jaunt. He has never taken a penny from the Israel lobby. He is against sending a single penny to Israel in aid. He is against shedding a single drop of blood on Israel’s wars.
      He is the antithesis of Israel-first.
      He is America-first.
      So am I.

  14. Charles Barwin
    July 4, 2012, 10:39 am

    G.F.T.J’s:

    Kagan: Harvard Law’s $476 million dean
    http://www.salon.com/2010/07/07/us_kagan_the_fundraiser/

    “For example, alumni listed by Harvard as active in the fundraising campaign include Sumner Redstone, chairman of the board of CBS Corp. and Viacom. Redstone and his family are controlling shareholders in both companies.

    Plenty of people saw reason to help Kagan’s cause as donors and fundraisers, including prominent attorneys, law firms and business executives, according to law school announcements during the campaign. Among them:

    – Law firm Sidley Austin established a visiting professorship of law.

    – John Cogan Jr., former chairman of the law firm Hale & Dorr, now called WilmerHale, gave at least $6 million. Kagan announced in early 2009 that the money would be used for the school’s international legal studies program.

    – Joseph Flom, a partner in the law firm Skadden Arps, helped found the school’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics.

    – Rita Hauser, named by President Barack Obama to his intelligence advisory board, and her husband Gus Hauser donated to establish the Rita E. Hauser Professorship of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

    – Howard Milstein, chief executive of the New York Private Bank & Trust Corp., and his wife Abby Milstein donated.

    – The law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz donated.

    – Finn M.W. Caspersen, a Harvard Law alum, heir to a financial services company fortune and chairman of the fundraising campaign, gave $30 million, Harvard Law’s single largest contribution. A new student center is named after him. Caspersen committed suicide last year.

    – Law school graduate and then-Lazard Ltd. financial advisory and assets management firm chief executive Bruce Wasserstein and his family gave $25 million, the second biggest donation in the school’s history. A new hall is named after Wasserstein, who died last year.

    – Partners in the Kirkland & Ellis law firm gave $3 million to renovate a large classroom, now named Kirkland & Ellis Hall.

    Asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee to list potential conflicts of interest, Kagan didn’t mention her Harvard fundraising, and senators didn’t ask her about it during two days of questioning at her confirmation hearing last week.”

  15. jewishgoyim
    July 4, 2012, 9:23 pm

    TNR and all the neocons went batshit crazy about her not being nominated instead of Sonia Sotomayor.

    Then they pushed for her for the next available spot like crazy. They must have known something that we did not!!!

  16. Carowhat
    July 5, 2012, 1:38 am

    I am so tired of American officials rushing off to Israel every chance they get. If Netanyahu needs to brief Kagan on the proper vote on upcoming cases, why doesn’t he just send her an email? Encode it in Stuxnet or something, if he’s worried about security.

  17. Dan Crowther
    July 5, 2012, 9:23 am

    This lady let the Dersh call Finkelsteins mom a nazi collaborator on his harvard page and did nothing, she hired 90% white males while the dean of harvard law, and pays fealty to a foreign state with no constitution. Fckin Democrat of the year, over here.

    This lady is Terrible. So is the guy who appointed her. Roberto Unger is right!!

  18. chinese box
    July 5, 2012, 12:27 pm

    It’s impossible to believe that someone with her level of education is uninformed about Israel’s behavior, and she has nothing to gain professionally by going there since she’s appointed for life to SCOTUS, so one must come to the conclusion that she supports Israel’s actions.

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