Amira Hass predicts Israel’s ‘colonial project’ will eventually fail–but at what cost?

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Amira Hass speaking at a Breaking the Silence event in Tel Aviv in 2010. (Photo: Yossi Gurvitz/Flickr)

Amira Hass speaking at a Breaking the Silence event in Tel Aviv in 2010. (Photo: Yossi Gurvitz/Flickr)

Amira Hass’ dispatches from Palestine for Haaretz do not usually invoke hope.  In the past few months, Hass has chronicled the Israeli military’s point-blank execution of Muataz Washaha; Israel’s confiscation of playground equipment for Bedouin children near Jerusalem; and Israel’s theft of vital water resources that Palestinians need.

Given that Hass is the only Israeli correspondent who witnesses day in and day out the grind of occupation and dispossession in Palestine, it makes perfect sense that her columns and news reports spark despair and anger in readers.  But on Wednesday night, at Columbia University, she gave the audience some reason for hope.

Speaking to a packed room of at least 120 people, Hass, who Professor Rashid Khalidi called the “best journalist” covering the region, laid out why Palestinians are not losing the battle with Israel.  Yes, the daily reports are dispiriting, and the mainstream Israeli and U.S. media don’t often convey this reality.  In fact, Hass said she panicked when preparing her talk, titled “Palestinian Strengths.” For every positive attribute the Palestinians can claim, there are many more negatives due to a corrupt Palestinian leadership and a cruel and brutally effective Israeli army and bureaucracy.

But, as Hass outlined, the Palestinians are still on the land, continuing the fight against one of the only colonial powers still pursuing policies of expulsion and occupation.

She marvels at collective Palestinian resilience–sumud in Arabic.  That spirit of resilience, by no means unique to Palestinians, is a “universal reminder of the limitations of power,” said Hass.  Palestinian society’s sense of collectivity means there is a “basic confidence that injustice cannot last forever.”  And she said that while the Palestinian Authority does its best to crack down on dissent, Palestinian society remains self-critical. They are sober about their leaders, and criticism of the PA percolates up the power ladder, providing a check on Mahmoud Abbas and others.  (That is perhaps why Abbas has not given in on the “Jewish state” demand.)

The Palestinians, she says, have in fact been generous to Israel, offering to settle the conflict for 22 percent of their historical land–an insight that U.S. media rarely reports. The fact that Israel continues to toy with Palestinian land and life despite the offer for peace is the state’s biggest weakness, she said, seemingly suggesting that it sows the seeds for continued conflict. On that note, she relayed the story of how, in one week, two separate Palestinians–one a villager, the other negotiator Saeb Erakat–asked her: “Don’t Israelis think of their grandchildren?”

In response to a question from the audience on whether, with the two-state solution collapsing, Israelis think about their future, Hass said that “many of us feel Israel is suicidal,” and that Israeli officials have not seriously offered a Palestinian state. “There is enormous blindness” among Israelis, she added.

I asked about whether she thought the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement was another source of Palestinian strength.  “Of course,” she responded, saying that internet-savvy, English speaking Palestinians have succeeded in starting a global movement.  On the other hand, she said it was distressing to witness Palestinians shopping at malls in settlements, and said BDS needs to spread within Palestine for it to bite.

In a remark that punctuated her tempered hope, she predicted that “in the end, the colonial project will fail.”  But at what cost is the question.  Will further bloodshed have to come first? Or will the Arab world, or Western states, realign in such a way to force Israel to end its project? Hass had no ready-made predictions for those questions.

Similar to her New America Foundation talk last week (covered by Jefferson Morley here), Hass did not mention Secretary of State John Kerry.  His efforts, designed to stave off Israel’s isolation, are about adjusting Israel’s colonial project just enough to forge a peace deal while ignoring the root of the conflict–ethnocracy.

But if you take Hass’ words to heart, Palestinian society is not going to accept a simple rejiggering of Zionism if a deal doesn’t address fundamental inequality.  And given that it is the Palestinians who have the last card to play–you can’t end the conflict without their consent–perhaps Hass is right.  The Palestinians can win.  The only question is how long it will take.

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  1. Kay24
    April 11, 2014, 9:58 am

    It is heartening to read her words, and she does give the Palestinians some hope, however the part about Israel failing is still doubtful. The UN has predicted that by 2020 the Palestinian territories will be unlivable. The brutal occupier has made sure there is no easy access to clean water, and the blockades prevent import and export.
    I doubt Israel would fail by 2020, ( the zionist devotees in the US will make sure they do not), and most probably the world would have failed the Palestinian people by that time.

    • Krauss
      April 11, 2014, 12:13 pm

      Her comments seem to be in congruence with those of Blumenthal and Abuminah (re: Palestinians shopping at settler malls). Namely, that there’s been a great deal of progress, but nearly all of it is outside of Israel.

      Which could also explain the Israeli Jewish tendency towards blindness, since they have only cemented their control and indeed expanded it, but have failed to fully understand the deep, structural shifts in the world, or at least in the Western world, including the former bastion of America.

      • Kay24
        April 11, 2014, 12:23 pm

        Good comment. I agree that the Palestinians must take the lead and stop contributing to illegal settler’s income. I understand there might be some need for food items, as they have been cruelly blockaded for years, and have no access to many items. Still, if they want the world to make a stand, they should show the way.

  2. James North
    April 11, 2014, 10:00 am

    Amira Hass. A moral giant.

    • adele
      April 11, 2014, 10:14 am

      Indeed, James. She forged a lonely path and we have learned so much from her.

  3. ritzl
    April 11, 2014, 10:15 am

    Taking a cue from the article, one more reason for Palestine to run away from the “Jewish State” precondition is that even when two-state talks fail, the one-state option would be hamstrung by that overlay as Palestinian-Israeli society seeks equal rights.

    I can just see BN overbearingly touting that fact above all in some Congressional speech or other.

  4. Walid
    April 11, 2014, 11:55 am

    “On the other hand, she said it was distressing to witness Palestinians shopping at malls in settlements, and said BDS needs to spread within Palestine for it to bite.”
    (Amira Hass)

    How could BDS succeed with Palestinians and Arabs not fully endorsing the movement? Until the Palestinians decide to bite the bullet and deprive themselves of Israeli goods and products, nothing serious is going to happen. It’s disgusting to see that while Americans and Europeans are boycotting settlement products, Palestinians are shopping in settlement malls.

    • jenin
      April 11, 2014, 12:38 pm

      Walid, I think you are being far too hard on the Palestinians. First, many of them may not have that many options in terms of buying products, particularly since Israel impedes travel to such an extent. Second, one way in which occupiers/oppressors frequently succeed is by making people ignorant of their own oppression, or at least by preventing them from making the sort of connections that might prompt them to boycott Israeli goods. I do not mean to be condescending or patronizing in this regard — indeed, my father is Palestinian, from Jenin (after which he named me) and his relatives all still live there or in Jordan — so I am not implying Palestinians are incapable of understanding or acting in their own interests. But Israel has worked to keep Palestinians ignorant/isolated and desperate, and I don’t think they can be blamed for shopping at settlement malls. I agree with Hass that it is “distressing” but I disagree with you that it is “disgusting”

      • ritzl
        April 11, 2014, 1:14 pm

        Agree, jenin. Especially the last sentence. Walid raised the question of balance and effect. Rightfully so, imho. I think you struck the balance.

        I would add, as an outsider (so decidedly fwiw), that shopping, even at Israeli malls, confers a certain “normalcy” to Palestinians in the face of the continuous barrage of Israeli propaganda that they/you are anything but.

        Palestinian “normalcy” insistently begs the question, in pictures, of why Israel continues to subjugate you and yours. There is no legitimate and/or moral answer to that question, from the pro-Israel PoV. Normal people are more able to relate to the Palestinian predicament (i.e. other normal people), not so much to their Israeli overlords. I think that’s a modestly good thing, even though it is the opposite of direct action.

        Again, FWIW.

      • Walid
        April 11, 2014, 5:10 pm

        Jenin, you’re right, “distressing” was a more appropriate word. I often confound the actions of the Palestinian people with those of their leaders. I do the same about other Arabs not reacting to their leaders’ rush to normalize relations with Israel at the Palestinians’ expense.

    • seafoid
      April 11, 2014, 12:38 pm

      “Until the Palestinians decide to bite the bullet and deprive themselves of Israeli goods and products, nothing serious is going to happen. ”

      The political economy of the occupation means Palestinian produces are either more expensive or non existent, Walid. Israel has built this system.
      Change is going to come from outside.They have total control over the Zionist space but are so weak outside it.
      Israelis are going to be so ashamed to travel outside.
      Sports boycotts, trade boycotts.

      Every time I hear Hebrew in airports I think I should ask the speakers what they thing of ha occupation.

      • adele
        April 11, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Agree with you Seafoid, it will be the external pressure that will be the have the most weight. I could be wrong but I don’t recall anti-apartheid South Africans doing internal boycotts, how could they? Their resistance was on a different level, in a different arena. However, every situation of oppression and apartheid is not the same, their are various dynamics, various weaknesses and strengths that must be understood.

        As for Palestinians boycotting internally, there is a long history of it. During the 1st Intifada, in 1989, Beit Sahour stopped paying taxes to Israel (to stop self-financing their own occupation!) and it caused quite a militant reaction from Israel. Albeit this was pre-Oslo so different municipal structures, etc, but my point is that Palestinians have coordinated internal boycotts in the past, and today’s economic structures are different but am sure that as BDS builds up steam externally, Palestinian orgs and movements inside will also start participating in a way that is conducive with their particular circumstances. Is it a synergistic feedback cycle between the external and internal.

        So just because Palestinians are now buying Israeli products or going to Israeli universities should have no bearing on our decision to BDS. After all, the Dutch funds that divested their portfolios of Israeli financial institutions/instruments aren’t asking Palestinians to do the same.

      • seafoid
        April 11, 2014, 3:20 pm

        They depend on trade with and respect from the outside world.
        Israel would be very different if ben gurion airport was shut. It is THE israeli link with the world since all of its land borders are with countries it has nothing to do with. Such a successful Middle East colony.

    • American
      April 11, 2014, 12:40 pm

      @ Walid

      Got any info on what imports Isr lets into Palestine besides their own.

      • adele
        April 11, 2014, 3:33 pm

        Your question picqued my interest and I did a quick search and found a us.gov page on “doing business with the west bank”. As this is not my area of expertise, I have no way of ascertaining whether or not the information stated is factual and correct, but it does seem to be about right based on experience and observation while in the West Bank, This is the website (http://export.gov/westbank/doingbusinessinthewestbank/), and I pasted below an excerpt from it:

        In 2012 Palestinian imports of goods and services reached $3.83 billion, and exports were $739.1 million. West Bank and Gaza imports come mostly from Israel, Turkey and China; imports from Jordan have risen in recent years.
        The Palestinian market relies heavily on Israel as a trading partner; it accounts for 72% of total Palestinian imports and 90% of Palestinian exports. Business people within the West Bank are eager to diversify the number and location of their trading partners.
        In 2012, imports from the U.S., both direct and indirect, were estimated by the U.S. Commercial Service at $200 million.

      • Walid
        April 11, 2014, 5:35 pm

        American, from an American government trade site, 72% of all Palestinian imports of about $4 billion are of Israeli products and about 5% of American ones and 90% of Palestinian exports of about $700 million are to Israel. As to the other 23% of imports, these are coming mostly from Turkey, China( clothes and electronic gadgets) and Jordan (foodstuff).

        http://export.gov/westbank/doingbusinessinthewestbank/

      • American
        April 11, 2014, 6:03 pm

        @ Walid and Adele

        thanks for info and link…..its about what I guessed

  5. American
    April 11, 2014, 12:35 pm

    ”In a remark that punctuated her tempered hope, she predicted that “in the end, the colonial project will fail.”>>>>

    I agree with her. But based mainly on historical examples of how domination movements like Zionism have always ended. There are a very few rare examples of colonial projects that have lasted such as the US. But in that even there were two different elements—displacing the native Indians –but also throwing out King George and the colonies British ‘owners”.
    In this modern era its impossible to control those who wont be controlled forever….powers are way too ‘fluid’ and always seeking holes in and breaking over the dams these days.

    So yes the the only question is how long it will take and in what form(s) it will come….violent or non violent.

  6. seafoid
    April 11, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Hass seems to be more optimistic than usual. She said a while ago that her life’s work was a waste.
    It must be so hard to plough such a lonely furrow in a land of morons.

    • adele
      April 11, 2014, 3:02 pm

      I hope Amira will read these comments and know that her life’s work was NOT a waste. My copy of her book, Drinking the at Gaza, was devoured first by me then passed on to family and friends. It made a huge, huge impact on them.

      Amira’s words have not been wasted. But I can understand why she would think like that, for so many years conditions in the territories worsened and she saw the worst of it, as well as an Israeli society that has become more militant (if that is possible!) and more right-wing. So yes, darkness all around for so long, and finally, some rays of sunshine.

      • seafoid
        April 11, 2014, 3:15 pm

        A great book, written before Israel went into overdrive pauperising Gaza.

    • Walid
      April 11, 2014, 6:09 pm

      “She said a while ago that her life’s work was a waste.”

      Another that reportedly said more or less the same about himself in so many other few words was Gibran Khalil Gibran: I am a false alarm.

      • seafoid
        April 12, 2014, 8:28 am

        This is a great interview

        http://www.democracynow.org/es/blog/2013/4/10/israeli_journalist_amira_hass_on_palestinian_resistance_peace_talks_and_us_foreign_policy_pt_2

        “Hass sees herself as a failure, when asked about a 2009 award for lifetime achievement:
        AMIRA HASS: Yeah, I said it was lifetime failure.
        AMY GOODMAN: Why?
        AMIRA HASS: Well, writing for 20 years, and you realize that it doesn’t—these words don’t change and not—and the situation is only worse. And if I wanted to appeal to Israelis and to tell them—to be kind of a messenger and give them the facts, you know, not—it’s only lately that I started with op-eds—or not lately, but my main task is to give facts. And then you realize that people do not want to read. And I always say the problem in Israel is not institutionalized censorship. We don’t have censorship, or to a great—maybe some military, but not that serious. We can write whatever we want, and we have—we can exercise this right of information. But the people don’t have the duty to know. And that’s maybe the failure.”

        she also said

        “I think the main—it’s the main, you could say, achievement of the Oslo process, that the benefits of the occupation have been much—have been really entrenched and reached larger segments of the Israeli society…”

        She is SUCH a Mensch. Amazing woman.

        She was wrong about lifetime failure however….

  7. ahhiyawa
    April 11, 2014, 2:22 pm

    “…The Palestinians can win. The only question is how long it will take.”

    Much sooner than most imagine.

  8. seafoid
    April 11, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Something I never understood about Hass and Finkelstein. How come they inherited from their parents a burning sense of justice and so few Israeli Jews did ?
    Was the indoctrination so powerful that it overwrote all parental input on this aspect of life ?

    • jenin
      April 11, 2014, 5:03 pm

      it’s hard to say. I think maybe the natural human tendency is toward tribalism of the sort that prompts Israeli Jews to blindly support Israel regardless of the inhumane policies they end up supporting or twisted arguments they end up making. I have, for instance, a colleague who on all issues but Israel is liberal, open-minded, justice seeking, etc., whose parents were Holocaust survivors, and she said the victimization narrative was such a huge part of her childhood it is completely ingrained in her and even admits it makes her unreasonable on the I/P subject. In other words, it is impossible for her to see the Jews as anything other than victims, and any victimization of others by Israelis simply pales in comparison or is worth it for the greater cause of a Jewish state, in her mind the only way in which Jews can be secure (obviously to me, that doesn’t really work out). I tend to think it is simply exceptional people who manage to look past the narrative that was ingrained in them since childhood. Hass and Finkelstein are such exceptional people. Most people, Holocaust survivors or not, Jewish or not, Israeli or not, are not so exceptional.

      • seafoid
        April 11, 2014, 6:11 pm

        It is such a tight ideology. Very few apostates.
        Efficiency is the quickest road to hell – JH Kunstler.
        There is no backup plan for when Zionism collapses. Entropy is such a bitch.

        Japanese militarism in the 30s and 40s was also nuts but you still had intellectuals who questioned it. Why are there so few mavericks* when it comes to Israel?

        If you had to pick a non Zionist government in a post Zionism vacuum situation who would they have other than the Palestinian politicians from Balad etc.?

        *Maverick meaning “thinks of others not of the tribe”

      • Stephen Shenfield
        April 11, 2014, 7:02 pm

        I didn’t realize there were so many dissident intellectuals in militarist Japan. Can you recommend a source on that?

        Most Israeli ‘apostates’ emigrate. After Zionism they will return. To be a dissident and stick it out in the ‘crazy country’ (as Adam Keller calls it) you have to be even more exceptional.

        I think the power of Zionist ideology lies in its skill and ruthlessness in manipulating emotions.

      • seafoid
        April 12, 2014, 2:08 am

        “I think the power of Zionist ideology lies in its skill and ruthlessness in manipulating emotions.”

        Very well put

        This is a very interesting book about the collapse of a martial ideology and what happens to the memes afterwards

        http://www.amazon.com/Lovely-Country-Will-Never-Perish/dp/0231151462/

        Who would you pick to run the space if Israel had to be “dezionified” ? How did they find the people to run Germany in 1946 ?

        I suppose they’d need to have people who understood power and they’d distinguish between the hopelessly rabid and those who have expressed sufficient remorse….

        How would Yossi Israeli take it ?

      • Elisabeth
        April 13, 2014, 11:28 am

        There were not many dissident intellectuals in militarist Japan at all! Yeah, some may have complained in their private diaries, but quite unlike Germany, there was NO organized opposition, and hardly any open dissent. Those who did openly disagree in the early years (communists and christians mostly) all recanted (‘tenkoo’ in Japanese) under immense pressure.
        On postwar attitudes, but also the wartime years, the best book in my opinion is “The wages of guilt- memories of war in Germany and Japan” by Ian Buruma.

      • Sumud
        April 12, 2014, 2:28 am

        Japanese militarism in the 30s and 40s was also nuts but you still had intellectuals who questioned it. Why are there so few mavericks* when it comes to Israel?

        Culturally programmed post-shoah nihilism.

        You can see it in Defamation, the young Israeli girls visiting a concentration camp talk with a stranger and because of the language barrier they don’t understand what he is saying, and automatically assume he hates jews and is being anti-semitic. They’ve been told all their lives that the world hates jews – once total strangers are by definition “a hostile enemy” then all bets are off and all normative rules are out the window.

        In displaying what I’ll call honourable behaviour† people like Amira Hass, Gideon Levy and the soldiers from Breaking the Silence are exceptions to the rule among zionists and are ostracised and called traitors and the ridiculous “self-hating jew”.

        I think their sense of justice can only have come from parenting or a strong moral example during formative years – learning that honesty and integrity are the highest values and they trump all. Avigail Abarbanel talks about growing up and not even hearing the word “Palestine” until her teen years, and knowing she was supposed to be afraid of ‘the arabs’. So her parents didn’t teach her to be anti-zionist, just the opposite. But the logic of her value system means she has to challenge zionism.

        I wonder if those values – honesty and integrity – have come from parents, how have the parents also not come to challenge zionism?

        †I watched Jean Renoir’s 1937 WW1 film La Grande Illusion last night, a masterpiece. As the film opens German Eric Von Stroheim shoots down a French reconnaissance plane and says to his men, ‘go pick up the French and if they’re officers invite them for lunch’. So the French prisoners of war and their German captors sit down and have meal and wine and reminisce about the good old days in Berlin and Lyon. In the middle of the war! The breakdown of class runs through the film, with the officers talking about the tension between egalitarianism and the aristocracy and their codes of duty and honourable behaviour.

        That film and the Archer’s 1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which covers the similar territory but in the context of WW2, are a great pair to watch together and you can easily extrapolate to attitudes in Israel today (and the US and UK for that matter, if less so).

      • Sumud
        April 12, 2014, 2:57 am

        The book about Japan sounds interesting seafood, will pick it up.

        A bit more… I’ve never really understood the ferocity of naziism, but after watching Grand Illusion, today I am wondering if the real explanation lay in that now-extinct code of honour that existed in Europe before WW1.

        If you don’t value honour and integrity then betrayal is hardly going to offend you. But if you do, then betrayal and unfair treatment offends greatly, outrages even. The crippling terms of the Treaty of Versailles, new and persuasive propaganda techniques, and the belief that German jews had betrayed Germany causing it to lose WW1, these together must have formed a ‘perfect storm’, fertile ground for naziism.

        Hmm…

      • seafoid
        April 12, 2014, 5:42 am

        Sumud

        I still find it strange that there are so few dissidents. Maybe Stephen Shenfield is right and they have all emigrated. But even that would not stop thinking children being born and gradually questioning their education. 5.5 million people- surely at least 10% are thinking.

        There must be kids in school now who look at the indoctrination thing with an arched eyebrow and ask questions about what went on pre 48.

        Zionism emphasises punishment for those who refuse to toe the line – Zochrot gets a lot of crap, Ezra Nawi was persecuted, that lady who had a relationship with the Tanzim walla in Jenin was also hounded etc- but I would still expect more questioning.

        The total victory of right wing Zionism is its greatest weakness, IMO.

      • puppies
        April 11, 2014, 7:19 pm

        @jenin – What’s so exceptional? It’s the default situation if the default means just an average level of curiosity, critical thinking, straight logic and observance of human rights principles. It certainly was the default for the resisters in the war, the surviving leaders of the Warsaw uprising, the Bundists, any other decent people you may imagine at that time, *not* to buy any of the Zionist bullshit and to reject also other “Jewish nationalist” nonsense. Unfortunately the majority definitely *pretends* to buy the official bullshit, trying to switch to others the onus of informing oneself and even that of using one’s bean independently of self-interest. So we are ending up with a next generation of few honest people… almost all of them ex-Zionists.

      • kieli
        April 13, 2014, 2:53 am

        “is worth it for the greater cause of a Jewish state, in her mind the only way in which Jews can be secure (obviously to me, that doesn’t really work out).”
        I think that this is really key. I remember watching a documentary on the Armenian Genocide called “Grandma’s Tattoos.” In it, they interview a very elderly survivor who says “Thank God we have Armenia! God was merciful to us.” To be a bit overgeneralizing, I think that groups of people who have experienced horrific oppression tend to maybe get it into their heads that they need a place where they are the majority and are in control. Of course, Armenia always had an Armenian majority whereas Israel needed to engineer a Jewish majority, so it is a little bit of an imperfect comparison.

      • James Canning
        April 13, 2014, 2:47 pm

        Perhaps we should remember that the Armenian Patriarch warned against Armenian nationalism, within the Ottoman Empire. Prior to Armenian “genocide”.

    • ritzl
      April 11, 2014, 5:46 pm

      Great question. And Phil, Adam, Alex, Allison, Ira, Hostage, talknic, Samel, Shmuel, the Ratners, Max B, Vilkomerson, Benjamin, Greenwald, Silverstein, Plitnick, Halper, and SO many others (apologies for the shorthand…).

      Courageous bunch.

      • bintbiba
        April 11, 2014, 7:24 pm

        @ritzl as well as
        PABelmont, Ilan Pappe’ , Avi Shlaim, Milo Peled, Shlomo Sand….Gideon Levy….

        Righteous, truly exceptional.

  9. James Canning
    April 11, 2014, 6:30 pm

    I too think the Palestinians can play the long game and end up with independent state comprising 22% of what was Palestine in 1946. Perhaps slightly more than 22%.

  10. libra
    April 12, 2014, 7:54 am

    Alex Kane: The Palestinians can win.  The only question is how long it will take.

    No, the real question is what will they win? A share in the entire land or (at best) 22% of it?

    • James Canning
      April 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

      Whether this in fact is “the real question” is itself open to question.

      • libra
        April 13, 2014, 6:10 pm

        James Canning: Whether this in fact is “the real question” is itself open to question.

        Maybe so but it’s the question I think the Palestinians should be asking themselves. Unlike you I don’t think playing the ‘long game’ will deliver them their own state on 22% of the land, let alone slightly more. Perhaps you could offer some rationale for your optimism?

      • James Canning
        April 13, 2014, 7:38 pm

        @libra – – I have hope, but obviously not total confidence, that Palestine can emerge even if it makes many more years. Israel clearly intends to change the borders by growing the illegal colonies of Jews. My own view is that if large numbers of Jews find themselves living in Palestine, they will simply have to deal with it by obeying laws of Palestine or by getting out of the country.

  11. Citizen
    April 12, 2014, 8:58 am

    The US goes after any Arab American NGO that may have any ties or suspected funding to HAMAS. It offers tax deductions to Jewish American NGOs that directly or indirectly support the illegal Jewish settlements. All direct and indirect aid to Israel, either via Jewish charities or US foreign aid is fungible once in the hands of any Israeli entity. The Arab American agencies are not allowed to play hide the pea under which walnut.

    • James Canning
      April 13, 2014, 2:59 pm

      Activities that send Muslims to prison (if they help the Palestinians) result in no sanctions for Jews (if they “help” Israel). More often than not?

  12. Les
    April 13, 2014, 8:38 pm

    She is a model for all journalists who assumes her job is to monitor to those who have power and how they use it. That being the case, she reminds her listeners that it is not her job to give equal time to the jailer and the prisoner.

  13. Refaat
    April 13, 2014, 10:59 pm

    charity begins at home, as they say.

  14. Talkback
    April 14, 2014, 12:42 pm

    They use radar, we use instinct.

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