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Here’s a photo album from my recent trip to Israel and Palestine. First, Romney’s rich backer Sheldon Adelson, on the right, comes to Jerusalem to host a fundraiser of mostly-American Jews for Romney:

Sheldon AdelsonSheldon Adelson

Adelson’s shaking hands with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. That’s Adelson’s wife in the background, Miriam. I saw her in the King David Hotel. She has a nice smile.

Next is another American Jew deeply involved in Israel’s political life, Dore Gold, the former ambassador of Israel to the United Nations under Netanyahu, arriving at the same event Adelson was going to, Romney’s speech a week back.

Dore Gold
Dore Gold

Like Sheldon Adelson, Dore Gold has worked hard to block the creation of a Palestinian state.

So has the American-born Israeli ambassador to the United States. Michael Oren once worked at the Adelson-backed Shalem Center in Jerusalem. During Romney’s visit he was always hanging round the King David Hotel, where Adelson was staying. At midnight last Sunday, Oren kindly stopped to be photographed– below. I guess we were both drunk on Jewish nationalism.

Michael Oren
Michael Oren

Inside the hotel the next day, I met Mitt Romney’s brother Scott:

romneys brother Scott 1
Romney’s brother Scott

You can’t really see his button. Here it is on the right:

romney button
Romney button in Hebrew

Among Sheldon Adelson’s other causes is the Holocaust Memorial, as you can see in the picture below.

At Yad Vashem

Another Adelson cause is getting young Diaspora Jews to come to Israel. I doubt he’s responsible for this bar mitzvah boy’s trip; but I thought Salomon Moishe Weinberg’s banner, hanging outside one of the big West Jerusalem hotels, was impressive. Maybe some day he’ll be an Israeli ambassador.

Bar mitzvah
Bar mitzvah banner

Change of scene, to the West Bank.

Below is a Palestinian street in occupied Hebron that Dore Gold, Benjamin Netanyahu and Michael Oren have all worked to Judaize. It’s the central market street, Shuhada Street. You can see the apartheid conditions: Palestinians on the left, Jews on the right, in this short section of the road that Palestinians are allowed to walk on.

Jews own the road in occupied Hebron Palestinians must walk on the side
Jews in Shuhada Street in occupied Hebron. Palestinians must walk on the side.

Here’s another shot of Shuhada Street where Palestinians aren’t allowed to walk. In fact, the settlers and Israeli government closed down all the Palestinian businesses. You can see the settlers’ propaganda about Arabs and the peace process and the “Oslo War” at left.

The Oslo War
The Oslo War

Below is a Palestinian school in Hebron with a peace mural outside it. Jewish settlers have put angry graffiti on the school walls, including the legend, “Free Israel” — meaning they want to take over Palestine. I was told that one of the Hebrew messages reads Death to Arabs.

Free Israel graffiti in Hebron

A month ago settlers held a conference in Hebron about annexing Palestine. You can see the agenda on the poster next to the settlers’ horse and buggy: Jewish sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, the West Bank. How is this related to Sheldon Adelson? Well he’s supported the endless colonization project, and stood by Newt Gingrich last spring when he said that Palestinians are an invented people.

settler horse and agenda
Settler horse and agenda

I first heard of Adelson when he helped found One Jerusalem in 2000 to keep the Palestinians from getting a capital in Jerusalem. The fruits of his labors are visible in the photograph below of the separation wall at the eastern edge of occupied east Jerusalem, cutting off the community of Abu Dis on the other side. Abu Dis was supposed to be the Palestinian capital under the two state solution. Well, you can’t get from Abu Dis to Jerusalem. This wall is deep inside occupied territory and at 26 feet high is twice the height of the Berlin Wall, according to Jeff Halper. Also the top is electrified and has concertina wire spread on it. Halper says Palestinian children were managing to climb over it, to get from one part of their lands to another. No longer.

Wall at Abu Dis
Wall at Abu Dis
palestine poster
Palestine poster

Above is a revision of a famous travel poster for Palestine from the 1930s. I took the picture in the Jerusalem market.

In the next picture, you can see what people mean by “apartheid roads.” The faint road traveling up the tree-topped prominence in the left foreground, about a third of the way from the left, is a Palestinian road. Palestinians only. The big black one on the right is going to be for Israelis only, which is to say Jews traveling to settlements deep inside the West Bank. Separate roadways, and starkly different standards.

Apartheid roads in Palestine
Apartheid roads in Palestine

More evidence of apartheid. The wall below is in the West Bank outside Jerusalem. It separates the Jewish settlement of Har Gilo on the right from the Palestinian village whose lands Har Gilo has taken, Al-Walaja. The Jewish settlers want to be separated from that village. The outside of the wall facing the Palestinians is gray concrete. The side of the wall facing the settlement is neatly tiled with limestone-style tiles. Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, who brought me to the wall, calls the different faces “visual apartheid”.

Wall at Har Gilo settlement deep in West Bank
Wall at Har Gilo settlement, tiled on the Jewish side

Yet another form of separation. You should be able to make out the signs hanging in the middle ground over the left and right lanes of this checkpoint in Bethlehem. The sign on the left says MEN. The one on the right says WOMEN. The Israeli authorities are separating men and women, for some reason.

men and women separated at Bethlehem checkpoint
Men and women separated at Bethlehem checkpoint

We’re getting to the end of my pictures. Here are some Zionist images from the departure ramp at Ben Gurion Airport. First a famous athlete, 1947.

Zionist iconography at Ben Gurion
Zionist iconography at Ben Gurion

I like this one because I like the Zionist project of bringing Jews to the land:

Zionist watermelon
Zionist watermelon

Here is a picture of a grandmother and granddaughter returning to the Jewish “homeland.”

Zionist return
Zionist return

The idea of Jews returning to a land where they had not had sovereignty in more than 2000 years is of course problematic. It involved forcing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians off their land. And as this billboard in Bethlehem shows, the right of return is precious and resonant for Palestinians.

bethlehem university
Wall at Bethlehem University in occupied territories
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  1. Annie Robbins
    August 7, 2012, 11:48 am

    triple wow. fantastic.

  2. Krauss
    August 7, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Interesting how all the praised people at the propaganda posters were these photogenic, white European Ashkenazi Jews.

    I bet the Zionist propaganda posters at Ben-Gurion Airport didn’t show the Mizrahi Jews getting sprayed by DDT, a disinfectant for mosquitos, at the border before they were allowed to enter(and then forced into cramped shantytowns and put there, neglected, for years).

    And let’s not even talk about the unmentionables, the 20 % of the population inside the green line. Those who are closed off to their own cities and have never had any political representation at all – ever – inside any political ruling coalition in the history of the state. But who cares about these 20 %?
    They have the wrong blood, you know.

    Finally, maybe the propaganda posters didn’t show the quote from Israel’s current interior minister, declaring that ‘this country belongs to us, the white man’.

    But perhaps a sharp visitor can deduce as much anyway from studying the monolithic theme displayed at the posters.

    A mirror into the soul of an Apartheid state – if it even has one.

    • Citizen
      August 9, 2012, 11:28 am

      Nice, visual apartheid way bigger than the little separate drinking fountains in the days of Jim Crow. Visual Apartheid indeed. And just to double up, a bit of Sexist Apartheid.

      That 1947 glamor photo of the Israeli athelete–the Zionists did their Reifenstahl homework, eh? Looks like it was lifted from a Reifenstahl’s Olmpiad still.

  3. Merk
    August 7, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Phil, as a leader of the pro-Palestine movement in America, why don’t you tell us about your experience at Ben-Gurion airport.

  4. Diane Mason
    August 7, 2012, 12:39 pm

    I’ll take your one, token, lonely little “Hebrew watermelon” of the 1930’s, and raise you a whole field of 1930’s Palestinian watermelons in Jaffa, Palestine:

    I don’t suppose there’s a poster at Ben Gurion mentioning that in Mandate Palestine “Hebrew watermelons” comprised 5.18 per cent of the watermelon harvest, and “Arab watermelons” the other 94.82 per cent?

    • Annie Robbins
      August 7, 2012, 1:43 pm

      diane, that thought crossed my mind when i saw the photo of the watermelon.

    • LanceThruster
      August 7, 2012, 4:10 pm

      All this hasbara about making the desert bloom. Enough, already!

      I recently moved out to the California high desert, and if you give any plant (or other living thing for that matter), water…you have a friend for life.

      To claim that lack of economic prosperity (cultural differences?!?) in the present has nothing to do with the wholesale theft of resources and continued subjugation of the local people is nothing short of delusional.

      • Citizen
        August 9, 2012, 11:30 am

        @ LanceThruster,
        I don’t think Mitt got your memo.

      • LanceThruster
        August 10, 2012, 5:49 pm

        Wouldn’t matter if he did as he would be as likely to be holding the damn thing upside down (though he might also comment that it was “just the right height”).

        What a (delusional) maroon!

  5. marc b.
    August 7, 2012, 1:13 pm

    great photos. always nice to have a bit of the personal touch.

  6. Dan Crowther
    August 7, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Some good pics Phil. Cheers.

  7. hophmi
    August 7, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Your depiction of Hebron is at best misleading. The vast majority of Hebron is H1 and is controlled by the PA. Jews are not permitted there, period. I would think that is relevant to any discussion of separation, especially given the history of the history.

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 7, 2012, 2:11 pm

      “Your depiction of Hebron is at best misleading. ”

      Yes, it didn’t include a picture of the nets used to catch the garbage that the israeli scum throw down onto the Palestinians.

      “The vast majority of Hebron is H1 and is controlled by the PA. Jews are not permitted there, period.”

      The Jews were the ones who favored partition of the land. When you bar Palestinians from their right to return to live anywhere in Palestine, Jaffa, al Quds, whereever, you have absolutely no basis to complain about being shut out of a Palestinian city.

      • Exiled At Home
        August 7, 2012, 2:27 pm

        Hebron is deep within “sovereign” Palestinian territory.

        In a city of 180,000 there are 500 or so fanatic Jewish settlers and a garrison of 3000 Israeli soldiers (in a Palestinian city), who have uncontested dominion over a portion of the city. Their racist, violent theology makes them unfit for introduction into a normal population. They live an insulated existence, only coming from the confines of their ivory tower to ridicule, harass and maim their Palestinian neighbors.

      • dimadok
        August 7, 2012, 2:32 pm

        Please explain me Hebron pogrom in 1929- was it the exercise in right of return?

      • straightline
        August 7, 2012, 4:04 pm


        “Rochlin, a politically active parent and child of conservative Jewish parents, in 1996 coauthored an open letter to the Israeli government, “Message from the original Jewish community of Hebron: Evacuate settlers,” which stated, “[Hebronite settlers] are alien to the culture and way of life of the Hebron Jews, who in the course of generations created a heritage of peace between peoples and understanding between faiths.” She sees evidence of this tradition in the fact that Muslim neighbors intervened to save her family and over 400 more when the Jewish community was attacked in 1929. Who exactly did the killing, and from where, is uncertain—but there is surprisingly little disagreement over the 19+ Palestinian families that sheltered and defended Jews. Although some Palestinian community members invited their neighbors to stay or return, by 1936 the British Mandate had relocated the remaining Jews to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere.”

        “Curiously, although the Israeli Jews’ narratives tell radically different stories, many area Palestinians also know a great deal about the pogrom and mourn the loss of friends and neighbors. For Muhammad, head of the Abu Aisha family who live in the famed ‘caged house’ on Tel Rumeida, where their home is surrounded by settlement homes, it is a matter of family pride that his father is named among the Palestinians to save Jewish residents. Nonetheless, the Abu Aisha family struggles with daily harassment at the hands of settlers, who occupy land all around the home. Hajj Yussef, one of the few surviving Palestinians who responded in 1929, talks about “our Palestinian Jews,” who dressed and spoke like non-Jewish neighbors. To Yussef, like the children of his refugee neighbors, the obstacle to peace in Hebron lies not in difference but attitude and actions: “I have no problem living with the Jews, like we lived many years ago. But today’s settlers are not Palestinian Jews, they came here from abroad. And I have a problem if the Jews live in my country as occupiers and settlers.””

      • Bumblebye
        August 7, 2012, 4:52 pm

        You mean the one where local Palestinians saved hundreds of their Jewish neighbors from the militants? Who themselves were up in arms about the sheer aggression and arrogance of the European invaders to their city?

      • talknic
        August 7, 2012, 6:55 pm

        dimadok August 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        “Please explain me Hebron pogrom in 1929”

        A) Not committed by the Palestinians of today … simple maths

        B) Irrelevant from the moment Israel was “proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947”. Israel has never legally annexed any territory.

      • thankgodimatheist
        August 8, 2012, 6:01 am

        ‘caged house’

        Here it is in the famous ‘Sharmoota sharmoota’ video. A case of senseless cruelty and sadism inflicted by the loathsome Hebron settlers on a Palestinian woman and her children encaged in their house:

      • Citizen
        August 9, 2012, 11:35 am

        @ dimadok

        No, in 1929 the natives had already lived there for many centuries; they were coming to realize in 1929 that the foreigners not only were taking ever more of their land, but that they, with the aid of the great powers, had been acting all along to make sure the natives got the picture–there’d be no sharing, no partnership, even if the natives were willing to work for peanuts. In short, by 1929, the Palestinian people had become belatedly aware that the Hebrew strangers were intent on treating them like Martians–on the natives’ own land!

      • Whizdom
        August 9, 2012, 8:38 pm

        Let me try. In 1924 a Lithuanian yeshiva of about 200 young male students relocated to Hebron, after being rejected from Jerusalem for being too religious and crazy and not socialist enuf. They leftnLithuania to avoid the draft from the Tsar.
        So they parachuted in, setup their ” i am better than you” lifetstyle and really pissed off the locals,,Sephardi Jews and arabs alike. Meanwhile back in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv the unionist with communist tendencies and histadrut Arab exclusionist policies got control of the docks t Tel Aviv. A recipe for disaster. In a small sad way’ it is a story of euro Ashkenazi elitism overcoming Sephardi accomodationsim. Who is right?

    • amigo
      August 7, 2012, 3:20 pm

      For you Hophmi–in case you missed it.(re red tags)???…/colored-tags-for-arabs-luggage-at-ben-gurion-ai...

      What do you imagine the future holds for someone who spends their whole life denying reality.

      One flew over the cuckoo,s nest rings a bell.

    • amigo
      August 7, 2012, 3:34 pm

      “IDF raids Hebron-area village; residents fear impending demolition” Read it on Haaretz—today.

      Oh, almost forgot, they are not Jewish homes being raided.

      Unless you have facts to the contrary.

      Facts that is, not hasbara.

    • tree
      August 8, 2012, 12:12 am

      The vast majority of Hebron is H1 and is controlled by the PA. Jews are not permitted there, period.

      No, Israeli settlers are not allowed there, though there are numerous instances of them violating those restrictions. There are no restrictions on Jews in general being in H1. My guess would be that Phil has probably visited there himself.

      You are conflating Israeli Jewish settlers with Jews.

      From JStreet:

      …Today, Hebron is divided into two distinct sections, known as H1 and H2. H2 is controlled by Israeli civil law for Israelis and marshall law for Palestinians, and H1 is theoretically controlled completely by the Palestinian Authority.

      Our first experience in Hebron was with David Wilder, the spokesperson for the small Jewish community of Hebron. He filled us in on the history of Jewish life in Hebron by way of a small museum. After that, Avner Gvaryahu, who works for the NGO Breaking the Silence, led us around areas of H2, exploring the ghost-town remnants of the once-vibrant city. Hebron is a microcosm of the larger conflict in the West Bank, where a large Palestinian population (approximately 30,000) is juxtaposed with a small Israeli population of a few hundred. Walking around H2 was a difficult experience for many of us. There are many restrictions on Palestinians who live there. For example, certain streets are closed only to these residents, and a great number of their shops have been shut down. The graffiti on the walls was perhaps the most disturbing: “Death to the Arabs” sprawled in Hebrew across the welded shop doors; “God is King” written on the bus station; Jewish stars claiming homes. There was a palpable tension between the symbols we all feel proud of as Jews, and the unjust and painful ways in which these symbols are being used.

      As the first part of the day was coming to a close, we got through the checkpoint into Palestinian controlled H1 to have lunch with Issa Amro, a Palestinian activist of Youth Against Settlements. [my note:Oh my God!! Jews allowed into H1? But hophmi swore no Jews were allowed there! Who should we believe, some Jews who actually went there, or hophmi who thinks he knows everything( but mostly doesn’t have a clue?] Over falafel and hummus, we discussed the problems that Palestinian community in Hebron feel towards the settler population that resides there. Issa made it clear that he is in no way against a Jewish state or the Jewish people. However, unfortunately, he and many other Palestinians mainly come into contact with Jewish settlers who incite great acts of violence against Issa and his people. We were shocked to look up in the marketplace and see nets with broken bottles and garbage, thrown at the shopkeepers and consumers, from the settlements above. During the conversation, Issa spoke honestly and told us that he feels inferior to us for no other reason than the fact that we are Jews. He elaborated on the rights that he is denied, which we as Jews enjoy. It was frightening to hear that Issa is fearful of violence during every Jewish holiday, a feeling with which we empathize as a result of our Jewish past, and something we must change.

      Do you have enough honor to retract your false statement, hophmi?

      • piotr
        August 8, 2012, 3:26 am

        It is a bit weird, but Israel does not permit Israelis to go to Area A, lest an ueberperson be under “security control” of unterpersons. It is frequently violated and quite sketchily enforced. Intrepid Israeli youngsters who endeavor such escapades are warned by their elders that they risk their lives. There was a nice report in 972mag.

  8. ColinWright
    August 7, 2012, 1:34 pm

    The sad thing about Sheldon Adelson is that if I read him right, he’s suffering from ‘Carnegie’s Disease.’

    Carnegie of course, was an amoral tycoon, bent on amassing all the property and wealth he could, by whatever means came to hand. Ditto for Adelson. I’m not aware he evinced any sign of interest in Israel during the years he had his head down and was grabbing with both hands.

    Like Adelson, one day Carnegie looked up and realized he had (a) unimaginable wealth, and (b) all these sins on his conscience.

    So both set out to buy their way into heaven — or at least out of hell.

    Here’s where the difference comes in. Carnegie found himself steered into sponsoring universities and public libraries and things. Perhaps unexciting, but certainly innocuous. Purely through an accident of birth (and perhaps with a helpful shove from his Israeli trophy wife) Adelson has been led to believe that supporting Israel’s swinishness is the path to redemption.

    However I have a dark suspicion that at heart, Carnegie and Adelson are about the same human type.

    It’s just a shame we couldn’t have gotten Adelson to buy playground equipment for schools or something for his soul.

    • piotr
      August 8, 2012, 3:38 am

      My theory is a bit different. In one magazine there was a list of “top 10 purchases” you can do to show that you are rich. Ferrari was on the list. Everything on the list was pitifully “middle class”. Every other lawyer can buy a Ferrari.

      University or Carnegie Hall is definitely not what every other lawyer can purchase and endow. But this is not a practical idea for XXI century. It is really hard to fund a new and good university or a concert hall, and there is only so much glamour in funding a particular building. So what about having real living Prime Minister on your mantel? Can one top that? Yes! Put a President USA next to Prime Minister, two matching pieces! No other tycoon can best that. Tchotchke of all tchotchkes.

      • ColinWright
        August 9, 2012, 1:49 am

        ‘My theory is a bit different…’

        This too is a possibility. However, given Adelson’s fervid funding of illegal settlements (have I got the right Zionist billionaire here?) I go with ‘saving Israel’ as the motive.

        Ironically, if Adelson has his way, it’ll probably bring the destruction of Israel closer. However, it will accomplish that otherwise laudable goal in a singularly bloody, unpleasant, and expensive manner for all concerned. Better to have Israel get caught strangling kittens or something. Something really inexcusable, really undeniable, and really rather trivial. Maybe an illegal organ transplant ring bust?

      • Citizen
        August 9, 2012, 11:46 am

        @ Colin Wright
        Which reminds me, didn’t a key member of the Rothschild clan fund the first Zionist settlements? (After the Rothschilds’ funded both sides of the Napoleonic wars.)

  9. dimadok
    August 7, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Apartheid my a..!!!
    Ismail Haniyeh sister takes her husband for treatment in Israel, in my city!!,7340,L-4265558,00.html

    • Annie Robbins
      August 7, 2012, 2:10 pm

      and what of all the people who die because israel will not allow them treatment dimadok. since, as you claim, it is not apartheid..where are the cases of jews dying for being denied treatment by israel?

      • dimadok
        August 7, 2012, 2:23 pm

        Denied treatment where exactly- in Israeli hospitals, paid by Israeli taxpayers money? How many people die waiting or on the way to get treatment abroad in the world-it happens, not because they are Palestinians, Jews or anyone else, it just happens. There is always an option to go to Egypt or Jordan, Syria or Qatar for the specialist treatment for wealthy people. But for the poor ones-their only option is Israel. And they get in there, by hundreds every month, even during intifada, they still get there. So let’s loose the righteousness and pretense of care, and start focusing on the facts-you may call it any names you like, but the facts will always deny your fantasies and Israel demonization. My example of Haniyeh sister husband being treated while his brother-in law keeps beating the drum of “evil” Zionists and their plots fits perfectly here.

      • amigo
        August 7, 2012, 3:37 pm

        dimadok, that,s the least one might expect post stealing everything you could get your greedy zionist paws on.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 8, 2012, 12:40 am

        And they get in there, by hundreds every month, even during intifada, they still get there. So let’s loose the righteousness and pretense of care, and start focusing on the facts-

        you didn’t read the article did you? the rafah border was closed, by the time she made it to cairo she was dying.

        She applied to get a permit to travel to Jerusalem to have it there, but she was denied entry under the pretext of her being a security threat to Israel. My 26-year-old sister was a security threat to Israel. A security threat.

        It took her almost a week to learn that she was denied entry. Poison started to spread in her body through the veins. Her skin turned yellow, literally.

        you didn’t answer my question so i assume the answer would be no, you have no examples of cases where jews have died for being denied treatment by israel.

        it’s apartheid. do not blather to me about whose taxes are paying for the hospitals when there’s a brutal occupation going on, and embargo, restrictions on trade and medical equipment, sick people dying and sewage seeping up thru the ground because the electricity is controlled by the occupying power and they cannot even run the pumps for the sewage plant.

        get a grip dim and open your eyes and quit bellyaching about ‘demonizing’ israel when israel is literally killing people by resource denial and prevention of services over a people they completely control!

        the israeli government controls palestinians, can’t you get that thru your head? it’s apartheid and the world knows it.

      • Mooser
        August 7, 2012, 2:48 pm

        Shorter dimmydok: ‘Whadayu complaining about? We haven’t killed them all.’

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 7, 2012, 2:18 pm

      It’s not your city, it’s the Palestinians’. You just stole it.

      • dimadok
        August 7, 2012, 4:08 pm

        You are an idiot, Woody- they went to Petah Tikva to get treatment.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 10, 2012, 10:59 am

        Petah Tikva is in occupied Palestine. It belongs to the Palestinians. Stop squatting on their land.

      • dimadok
        August 12, 2012, 3:27 pm

        It is built on swamp, than has been paid for by Jews in late 19 century.

    • talknic
      August 7, 2012, 7:08 pm

      dimadok August 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      “Apartheid my a..!!!
      Ismail Haniyeh sister takes her husband for treatment in Israel, in my city!!”

      It’s the responsibility of the Occupying Power to ensure the occupied have medical facilities available to them. Don’t like it? End the occupation, get the hell outta Palestine, allow the Palestinians to develop an economy and their own medical facilities.

  10. LanceThruster
    August 7, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Just curious. Why doesn’t Mittens have the same genetic pattern baldness hairline as his brother Scott?

    • Mooser
      August 7, 2012, 2:45 pm

      “Just curious. Why doesn’t Mittens have the same genetic pattern baldness hairline as his brother Scott?”

      I believe Mitt holds a higher position in the LDS hierarchy.

      • justicewillprevail
        August 7, 2012, 7:57 pm

        you mean the LSD heirarchy? These people are clearly on hallucinogenics, like our dear friendly trolls.

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2012, 12:25 pm

        “you mean the LSD heirarchy?”

        Very funny, your cheap joke at the expense of the OTC! For those who have a genuine interest in understanding Mormon doctrine and practices, here are the facts:

        Level 1: Can wear “garments”. two-piece, basket-weave, button fly, comes to just above the knees.
        Level 2: The Garments are full length, and include DIN- approved energy-absorbing pads at hips, knees and shoulders. Recommended for missionaries on bicycles.
        Level 3: Garments now include Kevlar bullet-proof panels. These are the ultimate missionising garments, show prospective converts a real “miracle”, right in front of their eyes! (maximum safe load: .22 short)
        Level 4: Garments include custom made toupee, which doubles as Snell-approved motorcycle helmet.
        Level 5: GPS, phone and I-pod features activated.

    • dbroncos
      August 7, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Scott was a brother by another mother. She lives on Kolob.

  11. seanmcbride
    August 7, 2012, 1:46 pm

    It’s one thing to hear the word “apartheid.” It’s quite another thing to see vivid visual evidence of apartheid.

    Honestly: I think Zionism is a failed enterprise. It can’t be fixed at this point — anti-democratic and, yes, *racist* attitudes have become too ineradicably entrenched in Israeli culture. From here on in the game will just play itself out with the obvious outcome. One by one, Western democratic nations will peel away from the mess.

    All the talk about one or two states of various complexions? Just talk that will go nowhere. The Greater Israelists who run Israel are in messianic automatic pilot mode and can’t be reached through reason or appeals to self-interest — they have managed to convince themselves that Hashem is on their side in their holy struggle against the nations. Moshiach will no doubt come to their rescue — or, exercising the Samson Option, they will succeed in taking down much of the world with WMDs directed at strategic targets.

    • amigo
      August 7, 2012, 3:22 pm

      “The Lord makes mad those he will destroy”.

      • Miss Costello
        August 8, 2012, 2:45 pm

        amigo;”“The Lord makes mad those he will destroy”.

        You should know.

  12. seanmcbride
    August 7, 2012, 2:14 pm

    # Sheldon Adelson ops
    1. Adelson Center for Strategic Studies
    2. Adelson Center for U.S.-China Enterprise
    3. Adelson Family Charitable Foundation
    4. AEI (American Enterprise Institute)
    5. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
    6. Ari Fleischer
    7. Benjamin Netanyahu
    8. Birthright Israel
    9. Carly Fiorina
    10. Charlie Christ
    11. Clash of Civilizations lobby
    12. Cliff May
    13. Comdex
    14. David Horowitz
    15. David Horowitz Freedom Center
    16. Dore Gold
    17. Eretz Yisrael
    18. Eric Cantor
    19. Freedom’s Watch
    20. George W. Bush
    21. Global War on Terror lobby
    22. Holocaust lobby
    23. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
    24. Iran War lobby
    25. Islamophobia
    26. Israel Hayom
    27. Israel lobby
    28. Israeli apartheid
    29. Jewish-only settlements
    30. Karl Rove
    31. Las Vegas Sands
    32. Mark Kirk
    33. Michael Ledeen
    34. Middle East Forum
    35. Miriam Adelson
    36. Mitch McConnell
    37. Mitt Romney
    38. Natan Sharansky
    39. neoconservatism
    40. Newt Gingrich
    41. One Jerusalem
    42. Republican Party
    43. Restore Our Future
    44. RJC (Republican Jewish Coalition)
    45. RNC (Republican National Committee)
    46. Rudy Giuliani
    47. Scott Brown
    48. Steve Grossman
    49. Venetian Macau
    50. Yad Vashem
    51. YG Action Fund
    52. Yossi Klein Halevi

  13. DICKERSON3870
    August 7, 2012, 2:25 pm

    RE: “At midnight last Sunday, Oren kindly stopped to be photographed– below. I guess we were both drunk on Jewish nationalism.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Phil, it looks like you captured the image of a specter/phantasm! Congratulations, that’s quite rare.

    • Mooser
      August 7, 2012, 5:28 pm

      “Phil, it looks like you captured the image of a specter/phantasm! “

      Hath Phil wrought a wraith?

      • Citizen
        August 9, 2012, 12:00 pm

        @ Mooser
        Or done a dybbuk?
        He’s a serious man.
        Doth not the dybbuk bleed? Just close the door.

  14. ColinWright
    August 7, 2012, 2:26 pm

    “# Sheldon Adelson ops
    1. Adelson Center for Strategic Studies
    2. Adelson Center for U.S.-China Enterprise
    3. Adelson Family Charitable Foundation
    4. AEI (American Enterprise Institute)
    5. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
    6. Ari Fleischer…”

    I wonder if I could get him to buy me a boat?

    Not only would I then have a boat — but I’d have this deep warm feeling knowing that the money that had gone into my boat was now unavailable for some less innocuous purpose.

  15. yonah fredman
    August 7, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Jewish sovereignty existed until 70 c.e. and was established in 1948. that’s less than 1900 years, not more than 2000 years.

    The only Hebrew I see in your photo of the school from Hebron says, “Nekama” which means vengeance. There is no “death to the Arabs” in Hebrew written in the photo you have included.

    Did Dore Gold keep his US citizenship when he became Israel’s ambassador to the UN?

    The residents (settlers) of Gilo put up the wall, when their community (settlement) was getting shot at during the intifada.

    Palestinian women and men are separated, so that if a body search is demanded it can be done by an Israeli soldier of the same gender as the person being searched.

    The impressive banner of Salomon Moishe Weinberg seems to be a gratuitous inclusion in this photo essay, the better to increase hatred for American Jews.

    • Mooser
      August 7, 2012, 5:15 pm

      “Jewish sovereignty existed until 70 c.e. and was established in 1948. that’s less than 1900 years, not more than 2000 years.”

      yonah, you seem to have some kind of inability to absorb the simple knowledge so effectively encapsulated by American songwriter Jerry Reed, to wit (or in this case, to half-wit) “When you’re hot you’re hot, when you’re not, you’re not.”

      “The impressive banner of Salomon Moishe Weinberg seems to be a gratuitous inclusion in this photo essay, the better to increase hatred for American Jews.”

      If it had that effect on you, yonah, I’m sure the editors regret it. But I’m sure we all appreciate how easily you are stirred to hate, and value your honesty in telling us about your lack of stability.

    • Shingo
      August 7, 2012, 10:37 pm

      Jewish sovereignty existed until 70 c.e. and was established in 1948. that’s less than 1900 years, not more than 2000 years.

      For about 130 years only. 2012 – 70 > 1900.

      The only Hebrew I see in your photo of the school from Hebron says, “Nekama” which means vengeance.

      Again Arabs. They inflicted much death to Arabs.

      Did Dore Gold keep his US citizenship when he became Israel’s ambassador to the UN?

      Like Oren, he wouldn’t have been allowed to.

      The residents (settlers) of Gilo put up the wall, when their community (settlement) was getting shot at during the intifada.

      At least that’s the story they’re using and they’re sticking with it until they think of a better excuse.

      Palestinian women and men are separated, so that if a body search is demanded it can be done by an Israeli soldier of the same gender as the person being searched.

      I suppose women and men are also seperated on busses to that the Jewsish men and women can also be seached by memebers fo their own gender…oh wait.

      The impressive banner of Salomon Moishe Weinberg seems to be a gratuitous inclusion in this photo essay, the better to increase hatred for American Jews.

      Is that what those who created the banner were intending at the time?

      • yonah fredman
        August 8, 2012, 12:42 am

        Shingo- I have long noticed the journalistic custom of stating “20 years ago when Clinton first took the oath of office” , when in fact it occurred 19 and a half years ago and apparently it is considered bad form to use the 6 letters that make up the word “almost” to turn an almost true statement into a technically accurate statement. Okay, that’s my problem. I’m too technical. But Phil has to say “more than 2000 years ago”. Not 2000 years ago and certainly not almost 2000 years ago, but more than 2000 years ago. He has to add the four letters of the word “more” in order to make an “almost” true statement into a stupid statement. Is this called blog journalism? Just drop the word “more”. No. Can’t do it. Have to speak in broad terms, even if it’s false. It’s almost true. This is just sloppy crap. Just drop the word “more”.

        As far as the conspicuous consumption of the American Jews, that crap was covered by Philip Roth more than 50 years ago in Goodbye Columbus (factual) and in the movie version more than 60 years ago (blog factual). We really need to have a rehash here? The politics of occupation is not enough, we really need a shot at the conspicuous consumption of the Jews? What’s next? Another photo of mediocre sculpture and a theory about Jewish mothers? No, can’t leave it alone. That’s what blog journalism is about. Sloppy crap.

      • Shingo
        August 8, 2012, 5:42 am

        Okay, that’s my problem. I’m too technical.

        No, that’s not your problem. Your problem is that you’re a liar. You claimed that Jewish sovereignty, which you argue ended in 70C.E., ended less than 1900 years ago, which is mathetically false.

        If you were in any way technical, you would not have made such a staupid claim.

        And as Piotr has pointed out, “technically” Jewish sovereignty ended when Herod was appointed by Rome, so his reign does not qualify as Jewish sovereignty anyway.

        So you see Yonah, the only crap appears to be the stuff you’re producing.

        The politics of occupation is not enough, we really need a shot at the conspicuous consumption of the Jews?

        Again, if you find the message unpallatable, you might want to take it up with those who illistrated them. It’s not Phil’s fault hat Zionists are tone deaf.

      • thankgodimatheist
        August 8, 2012, 7:58 am

        “Okay, that’s my problem. I’m too technical.”

        You call it being “technical” when in fact it’s nothing but the usual habit of yours of petty hair splitting . You have ALWAYS done that, ( I remember talking about this penchant two, maybe more than two years ago) in a desperate effort to cast doubt on the validity of a whole post. confusing the minute, insignificant but “inaccurate” detail with the whole whose truth can hardly be disputed or argued, otherwise, knowing you, you would have done just that and endlessly so..

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2012, 12:30 pm

        “Just drop the word “more”.

        Well, look at this! Yesterday, yonah was demanding Mondoweiss “close down”, calling it a “cesspool of hate”! And today, he’ll be happy if Mondo drops one word, the word “more”.
        Now, who says that Zionists aren’t reasonable negotiators? Ever seen such a significant walk-back of demands?

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2012, 12:32 pm

        “when in fact it’s nothing but the usual habit of yours of petty hair splitting”

        thankgod, everybody knows that dilated pilpuls are a sure sign of Ziocaine intoxication!

      • Miss Costello
        August 8, 2012, 5:38 pm

        If Mondoweiss is a ‘cesspool of hate’, why does ‘Yonah Yawno’ keep ‘dropping’ into it?

      • piotr
        August 8, 2012, 3:07 am

        It depends what you call “sovereignty”. Herodian kings were vassals of Rome, so Jews were not independent starting something like 50 BC. And Jews petitioned to have the last monarch removed and become a Roman province, and thus were blessed with a more rational form of government. Subsequently the ingrates did not want to pay taxes and rebelled.

    • thankgodimatheist
      August 8, 2012, 6:28 am

      “The impressive banner of Salomon Moishe Weinberg seems to be a gratuitous inclusion in this photo essay, the better to increase hatred for American Jews.”

      The banner did absolutely nothing to “increase hatred for American Jews” but maybe your apologetic, nauseating post did.

    • Miss Costello
      August 8, 2012, 2:50 pm

      “Palestinian women and men are separated, so that if a body search is demanded it can be done by an Israeli soldier of the same gender as the person being searched.”

      That’s alright then. The fact they shouldn’t be searched at all IN THER OWN FECKING COUNTRY counts for nothing with a moron like you.

  16. MRW
    August 7, 2012, 2:48 pm

    I have never met a Jewish farmer. Not ever. So what is all this romance with ‘the land’?

    • Mooser
      August 7, 2012, 5:25 pm

      “I have never met a Jewish farmer.”

      Oh, come on. Where do you think bagels come from? They don’t grow on trees, you know. It’s more of a bush.

      • YoungMassJew
        August 8, 2012, 12:18 am

        @ Mooser

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2012, 12:38 pm

        YMJ, I’m glad you are here! You should know this, being young. What is the name for the “emoticons” people make with puctuation marks? (like “:))”)
        What is that called? I see them everywhere, I can’t figure them out (most of the time) and I’d like to look them up on Google. What are they called?

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 8, 2012, 3:17 pm

        “What is the name for the “emoticons” people make with puctuation marks? (like “:))”)”


      • YoungMassJew
        August 8, 2012, 3:28 pm

        I probably meant to say :) but :)) means LOL or a fat man smiling. I’m a fat man trapped in the body of a skinny Jew-boy.

      • piotr
        August 8, 2012, 3:20 am

        One of my great grandfathers was a Jewish dairy farmer in Mazovia. While the word shtetl is a diminitive form of German stadt, city, farming was one of the occupations.

        In the area where I live one of the pioneer land owners 200 years ago was Aaron Levy, thus Aaronsburg is alphabetically first village in the county. At the end of the list is the village of Zion, but it was settled by gentiles, perhaps Christian Zionists (how to call villagers from Zion?).

    • ColinWright
      August 9, 2012, 6:00 am

      “So what is all this romance with ‘the land’?”

      Actually not being a farmer is pretty much a prerequisite for developing ‘a romance with the land.’

      Almost invariably, people who talk wistfully about becoming farmers do not come from farms.

  17. tombishop
    August 7, 2012, 2:51 pm

    The photo of the woman athlete in 1947 reminded me of Leni Riefenstahl’s photography.

    • justicewillprevail
      August 7, 2012, 8:00 pm

      Check. The fetish for 1930’s/40’s imagery is quite disturbing.

    • Shegetz
      August 8, 2012, 9:51 am

      I thought the same exact thing on first seeing it. I actually had to go back and look at it again and still had the same reaction.

      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2012, 12:40 pm

        I gazed at an abyss once, and said a bunch of nice stuff, but she still wouldn’t let me through the convent door.

      • Shegetz
        August 9, 2012, 9:27 am

        That’s because you’d kicked the habit.

      • Citizen
        August 9, 2012, 12:11 pm

        @ Mooser,

        The nun cared not for your banal tribal fetish?

  18. eljay
    August 7, 2012, 4:25 pm

    >> Hebrew watermelon · 1930s

    Is that a culturally / ethnically / nationally Hebrew watermelon, or does it merely speak Hebrew?

    >> Return is our Right and our Destiny

    And we are not above using immoral and unjust means to secure our supremacist “Jewish State”. We will terrorize, cleanse, destroy, steal, oppress, colonize and hate. We will insist that it is “necessary” and we will “primarily celebrate” the glory of our supremacism.

    Reach for the bottom, boys.

  19. biorabbi
    August 7, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Not Ismail Haniyeh’s sister, but it was her husband for a cardiac ailment which makes it sound like something acute and interventional(cath-stents) as opposed to something chronic or purely diagnostic. There was some earlier press report(somewhere)that it was his sister but it was Ismail Haniyeh’s brother-in-law.

    My own view on this topic is a strongly positive one. There is no need to publicize it, no matter what the urge. Israel is blessed with a world-class medical system-including cardiology, and it can and should share it with those less fortunate. Treating your enemy in a quiet manner is a mechanism to lessen the conflict.

    Israel did the right thing by treating this man, but I think such treatments(especially with high profile arabs)should be kept confidential.

    • dimadok
      August 7, 2012, 11:36 pm

      Treat the same people wowing my destruction? Haven’t we gone mad? And by the I think every single Palestinian going to get any kind of medical treatment in Israel should be accounted for, publicized and those numbers presented against those who were “denied” treatment by Israel. Israel is not “blessed” by it’s doctors- it earned it with its education, scientifc merits and medical history and pays a substantial money for that. I’d like to see the same sharing of their blessing from Saudis, Qataris, Jordanians and other “brothers” of Palestinians.
      On another note- what gentle souls here fail time after time to realize is, that Hamas, PLO and PA are as pragmatic as it gets. Therefore their pragmatism is the key for peace and not some nonsense about liberation of Palestine, end of apartheid and one-state solution.

    • Shingo
      August 8, 2012, 12:21 am

      My own view on this topic is a strongly positive one. There is no need to publicize it, no matter what the urge. Israel is blessed with a world-class medical system-including cardiology, and it can and should share it with those less fortunate. Treating your enemy in a quiet manner is a mechanism to lessen the conflict.

      I share you idealism Biorabbi, but alas, such positive gestures don’t give as much politcal traction to the powers that be as the negative ones. I remember one fo the most touching stories over a decade ago. A Palestinian child had been killed by an IDF sniper – accidentally I believe. Anyway, the parents of this child agreed for to donate his organs to save the lfe of a Jewish child. I was sure at the time that such an incredibly human gesture would change things – but sadly, it didn’t.

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 8, 2012, 10:32 am

      “My own view on this topic is a strongly positive one. There is no need to publicize it, no matter what the urge. Israel is blessed with a world-class medical system-including cardiology, and it can and should share it with those less fortunate. Treating your enemy in a quiet manner is a mechanism to lessen the conflict.”

      The reality, though, is that mouth-breathing losers like dimadok would use what you describe as a mechanism to lessen the conflict as an offensive weapon to tighten the oppression of the Palestinians by pretending that these exceptions are the rule.

      • Mooser
        August 8, 2012, 11:33 am

        But you might notice, Woody, that “biorabbi” (Jeez, that pisses me off, impersonating a Rabbi just to give a cheap authority to his comments. The nerve.) will not, under any circumstances argue with “dimadok” or try to convince him, or even simply castigate him for being wrong. It’s the one-two punch of Hasbara. First, the mealy-mouthed blatherers like “biorabbi” (is he a real Rabbi, or just an expert composter?) dribble out all the right, soothing noises, and then he turns his back and smiles as “dimadok” and his ilk do the dirty-work.

        No point in protesting, “biorabbi”, or shall we go over your comment archive for the posts giving extremists the what-for?

      • Cliff
        August 8, 2012, 12:03 pm

        Yes, I think hoppy was the same with eee. As he is now with Blobs and gulag-g.

        After all, it’s lonely here for a Zio. So they have to stick together like glue. Crazy glue.

      • ColinWright
        August 8, 2012, 3:44 pm

        “…No point in protesting, “biorabbi”, or shall we go over your comment archive for the posts giving extremists the what-for?”

        Maybe he’s interested in seeing as broad a coalition assembled in support of Israel as possible.

        I cannot get over how fractured and given to in-fighting the various individuals and small groups opposed to Israel’s policies are.

        One side seems to be interested in winning. The other in just winning arguments.

        I suppose there’s actually a symbiotic relationship here. Israel goes on. This suits the needs of both parties.

    • Rusty Pipes
      August 8, 2012, 8:00 pm

      Gaza is oppressed by an occupying power that has destroyed its water purifying system, power plant and much of its civilian infrastructure and blockaded fuel, building supplies and medical supplies, as well as impeded the ability of Palestinians to enter or leave, including for studies abroad. The ability of Gazan medical personnel to function at all in these circumstances is nothing short of heroic.

      The State of Israel, which AJC polls have regularly indicated that American Jews think could not survive without their charity, has a well-funded, modern medical system. That it occasionally dribbles a little medical care to those whose lives are circumscribed by its apartheid policies is “mighty white” of them. Southern whites used to count their ill-gotten privileges as “blessings” during Jim Crow as well.

  20. Blake
    August 7, 2012, 6:35 pm

    Interesting piece from desertpeace:

    In his latest piece written for the New York Times, Avraham Burg asks: “Where is the good old Israel?” Assuming he is not being tongue-in-cheek, and there is no suggestion in the rest of the article that he is, he continues to peddle the same old clichés that liberal Zionists are so fond of. Propaganda is a powerful tool, but so is the truth.

    He talks of the early days of Israel’s foundation: “It was an age of dreamers and builders who sought to create a new world, one without prejudice, racism or discrimination.” He neglects to mention, though, the Palestinians who remained in what became Israel, and how the new state treated them.

    From 1948 until 1966, Palestinians lived under martial law. They required permits issued by the military governor to leave their villages or towns. Palestinians were subject to curfews, administrative detention – detention without charge or trial – and expulsions were common. As Palestinians were concentrated mainly in the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle, subjecting them to such strict measures of control was simple for the authorities.

    Alongside the physical restrictions on Palestinians, the newly-created state of Israel also enacted laws designed to dispossess Palestinians of their land and their rights to their land. The Absentees Property Law aimed to take ownership of property and land belonging to Palestinians. The term “absentee” was carefully applied and targeted Palestinians who had been expelled from their homes during the war of 1948.

    This law applied to Palestinians who had been made refugees and were now outside Israel, and also to those who were now in Israel but living as internally displaced persons. Israel calls these Palestinians “present absentees”, an Orwellian state of being which denies them access to their homes, even though many live in the same area and their homes are still standing (unlike the 500-plus towns and villages razed to remove the evidence of Palestinians’ existence on the land for many hundreds of years before).

    Burg goes on to say “But something went wrong in the operating system of Jewish democracy. We never gave much thought to the Palestinian Israeli citizens within the Jewish-democratic equation.” But that is just not true. A lot of thought went in to how to treat the non-Jewish citizens of Israel. Even before 1948 the Zionists were planning how to gain as much land with as few Palestinians as possible: for the Zionist plan of the Jewish state to become reality, Arabs had to be removed.

    Yossef Weitz, director of the Jewish National Fund played a major role in acquiring land for the Yishuv (pre-1948 Jewish community). He stated: “Transfer does not serve only one aim—to reduce the Arab population—it also serves a second purpose by no means less important, which is to evict land now cultivated by Arabs and to free it for Jewish settlement. The only solution is to transfer the Arabs to neighbouring countries. Not a single village or a single tribe must be let off.”

    The Dalet plan was devised during February 1948 by the Haganah – the Jewish paramilitary organisation succeeded by the Israeli Defence Forces upon Israel’s establishment. The plan was simple: the systematic expulsion of the Arab communities. The expulsions were conducted by the Palmach (elite Haganah fighters), the Irgun and the Stern (Lehi) gang. Villages and towns were attacked, depopulated and destroyed.

    The men who designed and fought the war of 1948 were the same men who designed and created Israel after that war. Prejudice, racism and discrimination characterise the Israel they built and the Israel that exists today. The truth is there never was a “good old Israel”.

    • American
      August 7, 2012, 11:10 pm

      For good old Israel ‘facts’…..might try the writer featured here by If Americans Knew.
      I am not familar with Grace Halsell but I’m gonna get her book ‘Journey to Jerusalem’.

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      In another book Halsell described her experience posing as a Native American and working for a white family in California. She also wrote books about the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, Central America, and about what it was like to be a Mexican “Illegal Immigrant,” long before this subject became current.

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      In 1981 she published Journey to Jerusalem, one of the best books on Palestine. Short and powerful, this was the first book to thoroughly document Israeli torture. It detailed what life was like for Palestinians, exposed media censorship, and described Israeli settlements from the inside. In subsequent books, she wrote about “Christian” Zionism, the aberrant cult that began to expand (not uncoincidentally, Halsell shows) at the same time that Zionists pushed Americans to support a Jewish state in Palestine.

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    • chinese box
      August 8, 2012, 9:25 am

      @Blake It’s telling that only 60+ years into it’s existence Israel already has a “Golden Age” that people look back upon through rose-colored glasses. That doesn’t bode well for the future of their country. This is what decadence and decay on steroids looks like.

  21. upsidedownism
    August 8, 2012, 8:20 am

    amazing photos and trip. Its a vision of apartheid in blossom, or the democide of the nation of palestine in plan view.

    Are your sure the image of the girl with the discus isn’t taken from the 1936 Berlin Games in Nazi Germany. Hitler and Leni Riefenstahl would surely have loved the photo.

  22. Matthew Graber
    August 8, 2012, 9:00 am

    Richard Silverstein has a post up called ‘Haaretz: Adelson’s Billions in Service of US War against Iran’

    “We’re not talking about an independent Israeli attack. Precisely the opposite. All of Adelson’s billions are meant for this moment: dragging America into a war to save Israel. Netanyahu succeeded previously in restraining American pressure for peace. But dragging America to war using the methods of Pollard and the Protocols, that’s a different planet altogether.”

    Full post at

  23. traintosiberia
    August 8, 2012, 11:09 am

    Sheldon Adelson, the American Jewish billionaire and close friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has asked U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to publicly demand the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, according to the U.S. website The Daily Beast

    Why wont he? 100 millions spent on campaign will be a small chnage comapred to the the treasures troves of the past and of the possibility of more in future Romney government.The tresure troves sold on black market of China and Russia and treasure troves of dirt on US politicians and treasure troves full of trade secrets will generate billions for Israeli “starter nation”

  24. upsidedownism
    August 8, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Gore Vidal claimed that Harry Truman’s election in 1948 was assured after Zionists secretly gave him a briefcase containing $1 million in cash. The only thing that has changed is that now Zionists no longer feel the need to disguise the obsence amounts of money they give to their favored American politicians.

  25. ColinWright
    August 9, 2012, 2:14 am

    This is promising.

    Briefly, the National Jewish Democratic Council called on Romney to give back Adelson’s ‘dirty money,’ alleging (with considerable evidence) that Adelson personally approved prostitution in his Macau casinos.

    Adelson (rather unwisely) is suing the NJDC for $60 million — and the NJDC is going to fight.

    The US media may be obstinately pro-Israel, but they are not pro-Romney — and they should cover this fairly extensively.

    However it turns out, it’s not going to help Team Israel — not with anyone. A lot of US Jews are going to resent the attack on the NJDC — and resent Zionist money for mounting the attack. Unless Romney moves fast, he’s going to get tarred with this brush — and since he’s already ‘Mr Israel,’ some of that tar will stick to Israel. Finally, the Evangelicals are not going to like this. They certainly won’t vote for Obama — but they won’t vote for Romney either. It should also help to lead some of them to suspect Israel isn’t quite the morally pure expression of God’s will that they assume it is.

    It’s a win all round. No down side.

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