NBA owner Sterling reportedly sought to justify his racism by citing Israeli racism

Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling

You surely know about the Donald Sterling story: even as his basketball team competes in the playoffs, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is the focus of national outrage for grotesquely racist statements he is said to have made to his former girlfriend on a tape published by TMZ. The NBA is investigating, and many sports figures have called for Sterling to be thrown out of the league. Some say that the long-time owner has made racist statements “time and time again” without any consequences.

Deadspin has now published a fuller version of the alleged tape of Sterling’s statements made by his former girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Two excerpts transcribed by the sports site mention Israel and Jewish persecution.

Sterling is Jewish, was born Donald Tokowitz. This fact is being widely mentioned in the Israeli press.

In one excerpt, Sterling seems to rationalize his racism by comparing it to the treatment of Mizrahi Jews in Israel.

Donald Sterling: It’s the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs.
V. Stiviano: So do you have to treat them like that too?
DS: The white Jews, there’s white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?
V: And are the black Jews less than the white Jews?
DS: A hundred percent, fifty, a hundred percent.
V: And is that right?
DS: It isn’t a question—we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture.

And here Stiviano, who is of mixed race, is said to bust Sterling for his racism. The owner has objected to her posting an Instagram photo of herself with Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

V: It’s like saying, “Let’s just persecute and kill all of the Jews.”
DS: Oh, it’s the same thing, right?
V: Isn’t it wrong? Wasn’t it wrong then? With the Holocaust? And you’re Jewish, you understand discrimination.
DS: You’re a mental case, you’re really a mental case. The Holocaust, we’re comparing with—
V: Racism! Discrimination.
DS: There’s no racism here. If you don’t want to be… walking… into a basketball game with a certain… person, is that racism?

Thanks to David Klion. Twitter handle @DavidKlion And William McGowan.

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  1. amigo says:

    “DS: There’s no racism here. If you don’t want to be… walking… into a basketball game with a certain… person, is that racism?”sterling.

    So sterling won,t mind if he is the person someone does not want to walk into a game with because he is jewish.

    • Krauss says:

      The reason why the Jewish communal world looks the way it is, is in large part because it is funded by people like Tokowitz or Adelson.

      Is it any wonder why there seems to be an inevitable clash with the left if you’re up against groups funded by minds like those two(and many others)?

  2. amigo says:

    adjective: sterling

    1.
    (of a person or their work or qualities) excellent or valuable.
    “this organization does sterling work for youngsters”
    synonyms: excellent, first-rate, first-class, exceptional, outstanding, splendid, superlative, of the first order, of the highest order, of the first water, magnificent, wonderful, fine, great, praiseworthy, laudable, admirable; “.

    A sterling example of a zionist racist bigot.

    • Diamond says:

      zionist? do you have a source for that? when was the last time you heard a zionist concede that blacks are treated like dogs in israel?

      Sterling is a racist bigot. To call him an “example of a zionist racist bigot” is an overreach, and useless.

      • amigo says:

        “To call him an “example of a zionist racist bigot” is an overreach, and useless.” Diamond.

        Well , he certainly has all the characteristics of a zionist bigot and I would be surprised if he is not.

        “In August 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The suit charged that Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to African Americans in Beverly Hills.[10] The suit alleges Sterling once said he did not like to rent to Hispanics because they “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” and that “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”[10] In November 2009, ESPN reported that Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.73 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department and Davin Day of Newport Beach that he engaged in discriminatory rental practices against Hispanics, blacks, and families with children.[11] In addition, Sterling was also ordered to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in that action of $4,923,554.75. [Order Granting Motion for Prevailing Party's Attorneys' Fees and Costs, dated November 2, 2005, C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:03-cv-00859-DSF-E Dkt No. 454]. In granting the attorney’s fees and costs Judge Dale S. Fischer noted “Sterling’s’ scorched earth’ litigation tactics, some of which are described by the Plaintiffs’ counsel and some of which were observed by the Court. The Court has no difficulty accepting Plaintiffs’ counsel’s representations that the time required to be spent on this case was increased by defendant’s counsel’s often unacceptable, and sometimes outrageous conduct.” [Id. at p. 5]

        In February 2009, Sterling was sued by former longtime Clippers executive Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination on the basis of age and race.[12] The lawsuit alleges Sterling told Baylor that he wanted to fill his team with “poor black boys from the South and a white head coach”.[10] The suit alleges that during negotiations for Danny Manning, Sterling said “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.”[10][13] The suit noted those comments while alleging “the Caucasian head coach was given a four-year, $22-million contract”, but Baylor’s salary had “been frozen at a comparatively paltry $350,000 since 2003″.[12]“wiki

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        • Diamond says:

          Ok so you’re doubling down, still without any evidence.

          The anti-black bigot contingency in this country consists of some zionists, sure, but it also has its fair share anti-semites, as well as plenty of people with no real opinion on jews or israel. Do I really need to produce a list of examples of anti-black racists who are the opposite of zionists? Why do you assume that this one in particular is a typical zionist”?

          Why is it necessary to put forth these weak attempts to connect all forms of evil back to zionism? We already have truth and justice on our side. I maintain that your original comment is an overreach, and unhelpful.

          • amigo says:

            “Why is it necessary to put forth these weak attempts to connect all forms of evil back to zionism? We already have truth and justice on our side.” Diamond

            Well Zionism is evil and I can only laugh at your claim to truth and Justice being on your side.

            Self imposed myopia can be fatal.Ask John Kerry.

      • ritzl says:

        He wasn’t “conceding” anything. He was using Israeli racism as an example of normal behavior. That’s pretty much the definition of a “Zionist bigot.”

        • Diamond says:

          anti-black bigotry. Not anti-arab or non-jew bigotry. We agree that he is a vile, racist man. He is fixated on skin color. If he is a zionist, it seems to me to be secondary to his generalized racism

          • ritzl says:

            @Diamond- If he is a zionist, it seems to me to be secondary to his generalized racism.

            Fair enough, though if second, a close second. It’s an odd example to reach for first.

          • Hostage says:

            We agree that he is a vile, racist man.

            You are avoiding the question of the societal racism in the Zionist State he is accurately describing.

          • Mikhael says:

            amigo says:
            April 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

            “Asylum seekers reportedly paid $3,500 each if they agree to depart for the East African country

            Israel has been paying off dozens of African asylum seekers to depart to Uganda, the Haaretz daily reported on Wednesday.”

            It’s actually a pretty good deal. $3500 will go far in Uganda, where the average annual income is about $280- $450 US. Of course, they can stay in Israel too (at least if they are Eritrean or Sudanese), but then their ability to work will be severely restricted. But about 10 years’ salary has to be tempting.

        • eGuard says:

          ritzl: the definition of a “Zionist bigot.”

          That’s a double up! Just as “liberal Zionist” is. They are all: liberal Zionist bigots. (“Zionist” is the key word).

      • oldgeezer says:

        Depro-provera.

        There may only be one zionist racist bigot in Israel. Maybe it’s some larger number. Maybe it’s the majority. Maybe not.

        Let’s not pretend there are no zionist racist bigots. Some with a lot of money and apparently some in positions of authority within Israel.

      • Shingo says:

        when was the last time you heard a zionist concede that blacks are treated like dogs in israel?

        When African refugees were victimized by pogroms and Israeli leaders described them as a cancer.

        • Mikhael says:

          Shingo says:
          April 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

          when was the last time you heard a zionist concede that blacks are treated like dogs in israel?

          When African refugees were victimized by pogroms and Israeli leaders described them as a cancer.

          The African ‘refugees” were victimized by victimized in their own countries and endured pogroms in Egypt, before they came to Israel.
          link to theguardian.com

          In Israel, a few racist loudmouths demonstrated against the African residents in South Tel Aviv, some unfortunately engaged in violence, and those Israelis who engaged in violence against the Africans were arrested and prosecuted.

          link to jpost.com
          Unfortunately, Israel is no different than other countries in that some Israelis are less-than-welcoming to strangers. We have seen an uptick in xenophobic phenomena in South Africa in recent years, as many other Africans flood into the country from less prosperous and free parts of the continent.

          link to channelnewsasia.com

          link to irinnews.org

          Of course, rational people would not make generalizations about the xenophobic nature of post-Apartheid South Africa just because some of its citizens are less than hospitable. And we wouldn’t say it of Italians, either:

          link to nytimes.com

          While undoubtedly some of the African refugees are legitimate refugees fleeing political persecution or ethnic discrimination and Israel has a duty to provide them temporary asylum, the majority of them are in Israel solely for economic reasons. Miri Regev, who made the unfortunate comment you referred to, was lambasted across the political spectrum in Israel after she compared them to cancer, but her diagnosis that Israel cannot accept an unlimited number of foreigners is correct. Nevertheless, Israel’s treatment of asylum-seeker from places like Sudan and Eritrea compares favorably to that of Italy and other EU countries.

          link to telegraph.co.uk

          link to amnesty.org

          • Basilio says:

            Yes, but you forget how Ethiopian Jews are treated in Israel. Did you forget how their blood is often rejected for transfusions. And some years ago, there blood was thrown away. No one said it had to accept an unlimited number of refugees, but the lynching and calling of black people animals by Knesset members is beyond the pale, and you downplay it. It would be a big deal if you were black and there, I suppose. However, since the shoe’s on the other foot, you have the luxury of downplaying.

          • amigo says:

            Mikael, you can paint miss piggy but she will still be miss Piggy.

            “Asylum seekers reportedly paid $3,500 each if they agree to depart for the East African country

            Israel has been paying off dozens of African asylum seekers to depart to Uganda, the Haaretz daily reported on Wednesday.”

            link to i24news.tv

  3. seanmcbride says:

    [Snoop Dogg goes off on Donald Sterling in Instagram video, calls him a redneck link to larrybrownsports.com ]

    Whoops — wrong cultural group — Donald Sterling isn’t a redneck. You need a guidebook to sort out the varieties of racism.

    • Citizen says:

      @ Seanmcbride

      Yeah; that distinction was just made by Bernie on Imus In The Morning. I’m guessing Snoop was employing “redneck” as synomous with racist? Bernie pointed out Sterling was Jewish, and “not from the hills of Alabama.”

    • libra says:

      seanmcbride: Donald Sterling isn’t a redneck. You need a guidebook to sort out the varieties of racism.

      But surely Sean, someone as knowledgeable about the South as yourself should see immediately the parallel with that classic stereotype of the antebellum plantation owner who spends his nights either under a sheet with the Klan or under a sheet with the nubile young slave girl he’d just bought.

  4. ritzl says:

    A great line from Contact:

    “Funny…I always believed that the world was what we make of it.”

  5. a blah chick says:

    “DS: There’s no racism here. If you don’t want to be… walking… into a basketball game with a certain… person, is that racism?” Who can argue with such flawless logic.

    In tepid defense of Mr Sterling his views on blacks do not appear to be any worse than another rich crazy white guy’s views on Muslims. You know, the one who suggested we bomb snakes in Iran. I suggest Mr. Sterling confide his antipathy to Gazans, that is a sure fire way to get them over looked by the media.

  6. US Citizen says:

    If we, the US are not putting up with this idiots statements about racism, then why are we, as a nation, putting up with Israeli racism towards the Palestinians. This has got to end.

    • American says:

      @ US Citizen

      The sports world will be chattering about Sterling racism…remains to be seen if it even gets mentioned on the msm. MSM is too busy having a dem v gop food fight over dead beat rancher Clive’s remarks about blacks.
      What you havent seen and wont see is the Maddows and Sharptons and Matthews and O’Reilys and the msm pundits ever going after the think tanks and the people behind them that are the funders of big time public racism and hate campaigns. Why? Cause too many of those hate and racism funders also shill for and donate to their respective political parties.

      Fear, Inc.: America’s Islamophobia Network

      link to thenation.com
      seven foundations have donated no less than $40 million to Islamophobic think tanks like these over the past ten years. They are:
         • Donors Capital Fund
         • Richard Mellon Scaife foundations
         • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
         • Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust
         • Russell Berrie Foundation
         • Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund
         • Fairbrook Foundation
      The biggest contributor to these efforts, by far, is the Donors Capital Fund, which has given over $20.7 million to groups like Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism and the Clarion Fund—in fact, Donors Capital Fund fully funded the Clarion Fund’s distribution of the DVD “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” which went to over 28 million swing-state voters before the 2008 presidential election.
      Donors Capital Fund is a philanthropic organization run by a number of conservative heavyweights. The board includes members of the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal.”

      You can download the pdf that gives the names of those behind these foundations.

      • remains to be seen if it even gets mentioned on the msm.

        cnn has the story link to cnn.com

        In the longer recording, a man and woman talk about the photos and he tells her he cannot change cultural beliefs, Deadspin reported.
        Obama on NBA owner’s alleged comments ‘Magic’ Johnson responds to racist rant NBA team owner in hot water over remarks
        The woman says she doesn’t think the man is racist but the people around him have “poison minds.”
        “It’s the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs,” the man says.
        He says there are white Jews and black Jews, and they are treated 100% differently.
        “And is that right?” the woman asks.
        “It isn’t a question — we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture,” the man replies.
        When the woman says she doesn’t share the man’s views about race, he tells her: “Well then, if you don’t feel — don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people, and don’t come.”
        The woman, who says she is mixed race, reminds him most of his team’s players are African-American.
        “I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have — Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game?”
        NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that Sterling, who has owned the basketball franchise for nearly three decades, is now under investigation over the comments attributed to him.

        • American says:

          @annie

          is it on the news channel or just the web site?

          • i have no idea what’s on tv, i don’t have one. the cnn report was published one hour ago. it probably takes a little while to pickup steam. it’s also published w/video here: link to espn.go.com

            “NBA commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media on the alleged racist comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.”

            it is all over social media, not exactly a story that can get covered up. expect to see a lot more about it. especially if the NBA punishes him.

          • btw, german lefty just linked to this tv news in another thread, about i/p but hear the end of it, says it is coming up next and has hit the news as far away as malaysia w/obama mentioning it. link to msnbc.com

        • RoHa says:

          “we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we live in a society.”

          But as moral beings living in a society we are duty-bound to evaluate what’s right and wrong.

      • German Lefty says:

        remains to be seen if it even gets mentioned on the msm

        What Annie refers to: link to msnbc.com
        There’s also this: link to msnbc.com

  7. American says:

    ”DS: It isn’t a question—we don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture”>>>

    Whose or what or which culture is he referring to?
    How many sports figures have been fined or kicked off teams for less racist statements than these?
    And picking on Magic?..wrong person to pick on.

  8. Watching game four. There were civil demonstrations in the audience before the game – signs of solidarity with people of color, etc. Game commentators and announcers discussing the “alleged” comments by Sterling. The NBA will take the issue up “by Tuesday.” Stephen Curry of the GS Warriors having an incredible game – started out with 5 for 5 3-pointers. Clippers being seriously outplayed early on. Sterling not at the game, at least visibly.

    • eGuard says:

      What color was the Owners Box?

      • They’re playing in San Francisco. San Francisco ahead 66-48 at halftime. Still no sign of Sterling. I suspect he is in one of the private booths above the main floor.

    • I missed this earlier. The Clippers made a protest before the game – turning their inner warmups inside out and dumping their outer warmups in the middle of the court:

      Sterling’s rant has been at the top of memorandum since Saturday afternoon.

      Matt Lee just tweeted “Bring the #Clippers home to #Buffalo!!
      @LAClippers”

  9. eGuard says:

    Telling is that Sterling has not denied anything of the call. And that NBA is taking his flak.

  10. German Lefty says:

    You surely know about the Donald Sterling story

    Um, no!

  11. lysias says:

    I’m uneasy about using recorded private telephone calls to discredit a person, however outrageous what he said on those calls may be. Didn’t we discover during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that under Maryland law recording calls is illegal without the consent of both parties? Was recording Sterling’s calls legal?

    • German Lefty says:

      I’m uneasy about using recorded private telephone calls to discredit a person, however outrageous what he said on those calls may be.

      I agree.

      • I think it should be illegal to record. But illegality can expose the truth .
        No that long ago one University of Illinois of Chicago explored that ugly truth in a meting teeming with racists.

        • German Lefty says:

          But illegality can expose the truth.

          That’s true. However, it makes a difference to me what kind of truth is exposed. Keep in mind that making racist statements in a private conversation is perfectly legal (and should remain perfectly legal).
          If illegal means are used to uncover something that is equally illegal, then I approve of it. The case of Snowden is a great example here. However, in the case of Stiviano, illegal means were used to uncover something that is actually legal. And this is very problematic. The means must be proportionate to the issue exposed. If you want to uncover something that is legal, then using illegal means is absolutely disproportionate.
          Therefore, I have to say that in this case the racist is actually the victim of injustice. Yes, racists can be victims, too.

    • It’s illegal in California. But it doesn’t make me uneasy to learn it just because a legislature decided to use the law to suppress this form of information. Let Donald Tokowitz sue his girlfriend for violating his statutory right not to have his call recorded. Maybe she can give him back the Land Rover. It will make me uneasy if Tokowitz uses technicalities and his influence, and that of the crowd he was referring to who called him up to complain about his girlfriend’s Instagram posts of her socializing with Blacks like Magic Johnson, to avoid all the consequences he deserves for being such a racist.

    • tree says:

      It wasn’t a telephone call. They were talking in person. In the recording she offers to get him some juice and then gives it to him. Also, just by the voice quality and the room echo you can tell the recording was made in person not over the phone. If it was a phone call his voice would be limited in frequency and hers wouldn’t but their voice qualities are the same on this recording.

      However, in California the law is the same whether you are recording a private phone call or an in person conversation. Both parties must have consented to the recording for it to be legal to record it.

  12. chuckcarlos says:

    the two big stories

    1. George Clooney has a new girlfriend who may or may not marry sometime someplace maybe

    2. Some rich attorney/real estate goon who has black/latino/chinese/korean/filipino/vulcan girlfriend who is, according to the rich guy’s wife a “gold digger”…makes a phone call to her and tells her to lay off Magic Johnson if she want’s any more Ferraris or condos in Maui…

    Media hype…did all these guys take lessons from the Zionists or think Leon Uris was actually telling a factual tale?

    there is no law in this country against expressing your beliefs….

    so it appears this rich guy crawls out of bed with this black chick and then pays his black basketball coach the equivalent of King Solomon’s mines and bascially, besides being cheap, does not get too involved in basketball…

    the rich guy’s wife does not like the new black sleek girlfriend so she is suing her for all the rice in China and is why this phone call took place…

    so the media does not have any more WMDs to find in Iraq and the Israeli tale about Iran is getting harder and harder to peddle and lo and behold there are actually Russians in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine…so we are left this banal crap about the crummy NBA whose games usually resemble the old FIXED pro wrestling matches…

    maybe just maybe somebody should look at some real racism such as in Israel where Shlomo Sand says they need a two state solution because the Isrealis are just too racist to live with the Palestinians…

    • German Lefty says:

      maybe just maybe somebody should look at some real racism such as in Israel

      I totally agree. Compared to Israel (with its Zionist racism), Sterling (with his Zionist racism) is a small-time villain. In Germany, we would say “small fish”. Going after the small fishes while the big fish is constantly let off the hook is unfair and disproportionate. As long as the USA officially supports racism in Israel, how can we expect US citizens to understand that racism is unjust? The state must set a good example for its citizens, because citizens take their cue for what’s acceptable or unacceptable from their state.

    • LeaNder says:

      maybe just maybe somebody should look at some real racism such as in Israel where …

      I do not agree at all. Black chick? So you are living in Vietnam California?

      • German Lefty says:

        Black chick?
        There’s nothing wrong with using that expression.

        So you are living in “Vietnam California”?
        No. He just forgot the punctuation in his bio. He wrote that he’s a former army officer. Apparently, he served in the Central Highlands, which are in Vietnam. “California” probably refers to where he currently lives.

  13. kalithea says:

    Only Zionist racism against Palestinians doesn’t get air time or the attention it deserves in the U.S. and it’s 100 x’s worse than Sterling’s behavior. So when AA’s start defending the Palestinians and fighting Apartheid in Israel, then I’ll spend more time attacking incidents of racism against them, although I was adamantly against Apartheid in South Africa. It’s time for blacks to get more pro-active against Apartheid Israel considering how badly blacks are treated there. How much more incentive do they need?

    Think about how protected Israel is in the Zio-U.S. media from criticism; that the part where Sterling factually states that Israel treats blacks like dogs, hasn’t even made it to the mainstream!

    • Kay24 says:

      If Blacks are treated like dogs in Israel, outside Israel the Palestinian Arabs are treated even worse than that. They are killed for standing near a fence, at checkpoints, and precision bombs are sent into their homes. It is in the zionist psyche to be a racist, and arrogantly think they superior to all others. It seems eerily similar to the thinking of a group of Germans, who were responsible for the massacre of innocent people, because of who they were.

  14. German Lefty says:

    The NBA is investigating, and many sports figures have called for Sterling to be thrown out of the league. Some say that the long-time owner has made racist statements “time and time again” without any consequences.

    I don’t quite understand why people demand “consequences”. Yes, his statements are racist. However, making racist statements in a private conversation is nothing illegal. What his ex-girlfriend did is illegal, namely publishing a private conversation without the consent of all persons involved.

    • tree says:

      I don’t quite understand why people demand “consequences”.

      The NBA has a history of fining players, coaches and owners for what it considers inappropriate or unsportsmanlike conduct on and off the court. Just last week the NBA fined the Raptors general manager, Masai Ujiri, $25,000 for using the F-word at a pep rally before the game against the Brooklyn Nets. Owner Mark Cuban has been fined numerous times for publicly criticizing the referees during and after the games, earning a record $500,000 fine for one incident. And two or three players have been fined ($50,000-$100,000) for making homophobic slurs. In Sterling’s case the comments were make privately but they have now become public. Here’s a Sports Illustrated article on what the NBA’s options are:

      link to sportsillustrated.cnn.com

      As the article points out, even a large fine by NBA standards won’t mean much to Stirling as his net worth is placed at around $1.9 billion.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “I don’t quite understand why people demand “consequences”. Yes, his statements are racist. However, making racist statements in a private conversation is nothing illegal. ”

      It’s not a matter of legality; no one is suggesting his statements are illegal nor are they suggesting that the consequences be legal in nature. Rather, the right of free association is an important one among Americans and they are seeking that his association with the rest of the league be curtailed, so as to protect their right not to associate with a racist.

      • German Lefty says:

        the right of free association is an important one among Americans and they are seeking that his association with the rest of the league be curtailed, so as to protect their right not to associate with a racist.

        If you choose to boycott him by not hanging out with him in your spare time, then fine. I would do that, too. However, suspending him or kicking him out for making stupid comments in private that are perfectly legal is disproportionate. Fining him would be unfair too, because he made the comments privately, not publicly. It is not okay for sports clubs to dictate what their members can or cannot say privately. That’s way too intrusive. If he had made the comments publicly, then he should have been fined, just like other NBA members.

  15. kalithea says:

    One more thing: I wish to categorically discriminate against sagging, ugly, old geezers* surrounding themselves with perky, young women and beautiful showgirls in photo-ops because the shocking disparity grosses me out! My fragile, aesthetic senses are permanently scarred!

    (*this includes skeletal, old playboys and lardy casino czars)

  16. Kay24 says:

    Here is an interesting excerpt from Wikipedia on this racist pig:

    “In August 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The suit charged that Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to African Americans in Beverly Hills.[12] The suit alleges Sterling once said he did not like to rent to Hispanics because they “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” and that “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”[12] In November 2009, ESPN reported that Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.73 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department and Davin Day of Newport Beach that he engaged in discriminatory rental practices against Hispanics, blacks, and families with children.[13]In addition, Sterling was also ordered to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in that action of $4,923,554.75. [Order Granting Motion for Prevailing Party's Attorneys' Fees and Costs, dated November 2, 2005, C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:03-cv-00859-DSF-E Dkt No. 454]. In granting the attorney’s fees and costs Judge Dale S. Fischer noted “Sterling’s’ scorched earth’ litigation tactics, some of which are described by the Plaintiffs’ counsel and some of which were observed by the Court. The Court has no difficulty accepting Plaintiffs’ counsel’s representations that the time required to be spent on this case was increased by defendant’s counsel’s often unacceptable, and sometimes outrageous conduct.” [Id. at p. 5]

    In February 2009, Sterling was sued by former longtime Clippers executive Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination on the basis of age and race.[14] The lawsuit alleges Sterling told Baylor that he wanted to fill his team with “poor black boys from the South and a white head coach”.[12] The suit alleges that during negotiations for Danny Manning, Sterling said “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.”[12][15] The suit noted those comments while alleging “the Caucasian head coach was given a four-year, $22-million contract”, but Baylor’s salary had “been frozen at a comparatively paltry $350,000 since 2003″.
    He says it is his culture and upbringing that makes him like that.
    Haaretz headlines are “New tape: NBA owner Sterling told girlfriend, ‘In Israel, blacks are treated like dogs’. Culture and upbringing eh?

    • ritzl says:

      Sounds like Sterling and Cliven Bundy are of the same mold.

      One wonders how somebody with those credentials/baggage gets an NBA franchise.

  17. pabelmont says:

    The Israeli article quoted above merely recites the facts without the Israeli connection and without judgments one way or another. Exemplary reporting, I suppose. Unless it really left an important matter out — alleged Israeli skin-color racism among people labeled in Israel as Jews.

    And nothing here about Palestinians. The basketball mogul seems to be talking (to his mixed-race girlfriend!) about what he knows — skin-color racism — and justifying it (in the report) by reference to something else he knows — skin-color racism in Israel.

    Maybe he doesn’t know about or doesn’t care about (or doesn’t connect to skin-color-racism) the Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians.

  18. Now we have Israeli values reaching US heartland .
    It was not that long ago. Neocons were warning Americans of anti-western values being imposed on the west by the hordes of Muslim arriving from Arab and Pakistan.

  19. Ramzi Jaber says:

    Sterling is the model Zionist colonial. As an American Zionist, he thinks this way about his own (black Jews). Israeli Zionists think this way about Palestinians. Even worst than Sterling, they act on it: killing, stealing, destroying, imprisoning, threatening, dehumanizing, separating, bullying, colonizing, depriving, striving, and enslaving Palestinians.

    What we want is what every human being wants, deserves, and has the right to: freedom, equality, and justice.

    St Augustine said: “An unjust law in no law at all”. The Zionists bear the responsibility and consequence of their colonial crimes.

  20. Basilio says:

    I would add a correction. Black Jews are not Mizrahi Jews. Those are Falasha/African Jews. Mizrahi Jews are Jews originally from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, though some of the Jews from Syria are technically Sephardic. The Mizrahi Jews and Sephardic Jews mixed in both Syria and Egypt and to a much lesser extent they mixed in with Ashkenazis who immigrated before 1948. The Ethiopian Jews are often treated horribly in Israel. They face intense discrimination.

    • Mikhael says:

      Basilio says:
      April 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I would add a correction. Black Jews are not Mizrahi Jews. Those are Falasha/African Jews.

      I will add several more corrections. Jews of Ethiopian-Jewish background refer to their community as Beta Yisrael, not “Falasha.” Falasha is a pejorative term used by the Ethiopian Christians to refer to Ethiopian Jews, connoting foreignness.

      Not all black Jews are of Ethiopian heritage. There are even black Ashkenazi Jews. For example, if an African-American converts to Judaism under the auspices of an Ashkenazi rabbi and adopts Ashkenazi religious customs upon conversion, e.g., abstaining from certain kinds of legumes (kitniyot) and adopting the Ashkenazi nusakh (prayer rite) then he/she is considered an Ashkenazi. The child of a white Ashkenazi-Jewish woman and a black non-Jewish man is considered Jewish and will usually embrace Ashkenazi religious customs if such a person chooses to identify religiously as an Orthodox Jew.

      The Ethiopian Jews are often treated horribly in Israel. They face intense discrimination.

      Discrimination and casual racism against Ethiopian Jews in Israel certainly exists, but the fact remains that as a group they have made immense strides in educational achievement and the professions in Israeli society. In less than 30 years since the mass aliyah of Ethiopian Jews began, in one generation they have gone from a group where literacy was mostly restricted to the clerical class and most were barely literate artisans and peasants, to an Israeli-Jewish community that now includes hundreds of doctors, lawyers, engineers, rabbis. Israelis of Ethiopian-Jewish heritage have served as ambassadors and Knesset members. Whereas in Ethiopia they were subject to intense discrimination as Jews and they numbered less than 50,000 circa 1980, in Israel their population is about 150,000. It’s obvious where they thrive.

      link to al-monitor.com

      Mizrahi Jews are Jews originally from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, though some of the Jews from Syria are technically Sephardic.

      Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain post-1492 found their way to Ottoman Syria and Eretz Yisrael, mixing in with the already extant Mustarabim (Arabic-speaking) Jewish communities of Alleppo, Damascus and cities in Galilee. While the descendants of the Spanish exiles in Syria largely abandoned the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language in Syria save for some words and expressions (although it remained strong in Jerusalem and Galilee into the 20th century) , religion-wise, most Syrian Jews adopted the Sephardic liturgical rites and abandoned ancient liturgies like the Nusakh Aram Soba. This makes them heredity-wise, a mixture of Sefaradi and Mizrahi, but Sephardic in terms of prayer ritual.

      The Mizrahi Jews and Sephardic Jews mixed in both Syria and Egypt

      This much is true, many Ashkenazim migrated to Ottoman Syria and and married with Syrian and Sefaradi Jews and later many Syrian Jews migrated to Egypt (and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Ashkenazim and Sefaradim from Europe (Poland, Germany, Greece, Italy) also migrated to Egypt for economic reasons. Marriages among different groups of Jews always occurred. The surname “Ashkenazi” (or variants such Eskenazi) is very common among Syrian, as well as other Sefaradi, Jews denoting Ashkenazi descent. Less common, but still found among Syrian Jews are names of German Ashkenazi derivation like “Elmann”–Arabized to (“al -Mann,”) Mandel, Friedmann and Goldman. The Ashkenazim who made aliyah to the Land of Israel also married their Sefaradi and Mizrahi kin in the Old Yishuv (pre-Zionist Jewish community in the Land of Israel).

      and to a much lesser extent they mixed in with Ashkenazis who immigrated before 1948.

      Such marriages have become much more common in today’s Israel, where about 40% of marriages are between Ashkenazim, Sefaradim and Mizrahim. Marriages between Ethiopian Jews and members of other Jewish communities is much lower, only about 10% (link to cbs.gov.il), although still higher than the rate of interracial marriage in the US, where such liaisons are only 8.4% (link to newobserveronline.com)

      The prevalence of Ashkenazi/Mizrahi/Sefaradi marriages in Israel and people who are of “mixed” background (like yours truly) belies the description of many Mondoweiss commenters who describe Israeli-Jewish society as pernanently stratified between an Ashkenazi elite and an “Arab Jewish” underclass.

    • elodie says:

      In fact, Mizrahim have historically been referred to as ‘blacks’ within Israel–particularly by those belonging to Sterling’s generation. Several of my relatives (Jews from Yemen) have been called ‘shvartze’ (derogatory Yiddish expression akin to the n-word). Entirely possible, then, that Sterling was referring to Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews.

      • Mikhael says:

        elodie says:
        April 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm
        In fact, Mizrahim have historically been referred to as ‘blacks’ within Israel–particularly by those belonging to Sterling’s generation. Several of my relatives (Jews from Yemen) have been called ‘shvartze’ (derogatory Yiddish expression akin to the n-word).

        Some Mizrahim may have been called “shvartze” by some Ashkenazim, but shvartze is not technically derogatory, although it can be said in a derisive tone (depending on how it’s enunciated). It simply means “black” in Yiddish, just as ‘aswad means “black” in Arabic. Some of my fair-skinned Syrian-Jewish relatives (who are lighter-skinned than my Ashkenazi side) also called the Yemenites and Iranian Jews in our family ‘as sud. So what? They tan easily.
        Ethiopians (Jews and non-Jews) call other Africans bariya and think of themselves as “red” rather than black or brown. Color prejudice exists in all societies.
        At least in my family, they never used the ‘abd word when referring to dark-skinned people , like many Arabs do. (Look up what that means.)

        • elodie says:

          I think you’ll find that the vast majority of people consider the word “shvartze” to be derogatory and not at all equivalent to “shachor” in Hebrew or “aswad” in Arabic.

          If you’re interested in learning more about the historical and still existing racism against Middle Eastern/North African Jewry (cue “but Eyal Golan’s always on the radio”), you might like to start here:

          link to repository.graduateinstitute.ch

        • Citizen says:

          @ Mikhael
          Re the term “shvartze.” Since the time I first heard this yiddish noun used by members and Jewish friends of my Jewish in-laws in Chicago, for over forty years plus thereafter, it has always been meant as a pejorative, whether or not given a comedic tinge.

          • German Lefty says:

            Re the term “shvartze.”
            Not sure if I have mentioned this before, but in German the term “Schwarze” is totally neutral. It simply means “blacks”.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “but shvartze is not technically derogatory”

          Neither is “yid.”

    • Mikhael says:

      Basilio says:
      April 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm
      Yes, but you forget how Ethiopian Jews are treated in Israel. Did you forget how their blood is often rejected for transfusions. And some years ago, there blood was thrown away.

      Right, and the reason for that is because of a health concern (arguably overblown) regarding the widespread prevalence of HIV in that country, not because of the color of their skin or because they are Ethiopian. While the fear may be exaggerated and routine screening of donated blood can obviate the need to reject it, the fact remains that there is a much higher incidence of HIV in people from Ethiopia. Israel also rejects blood donations from anyone who lived in the UK for more than six months in the 1980s to mid 1990s for fear of Kreuzfeldt Jakob Disease (“Mad Cow”)–any British Jew (or anyone who lived in Britain during a certain time frame) of a certain age who moves to Israel will not be accepted for blood donations–and it’s not done out of any anti-British bias. However, native Israelis of Ethiopian-Jewish heritage donate blood without any problem. The US also rejected blood donations from Haitians and many sub-Saharan African countries as well. As for the notorious discarding of the blood scandal in the mid-1990s that you refer to, it was a stupid move, but people were afraid of the reaction and accusations of racism if the Israeli Health Ministry outright refused the donations from Ethiopian Israelis, so they tried to spare their feelings and lied to them and threw the blood away. It would have been better off being honest and saying thewill Yeah, just like the US
      No one said it had to accept an unlimited number of refugees, but the lynching and calling of black people animals by Knesset members is beyond the pale, and you downplay it. It would be a big deal if you were black and there, I suppose. However, since the shoe’s on the other foot, you have the luxury of downplaying.

      No one said it had to accept an unlimited number of refugees, but the lynching and calling of black people animals by Knesset members is beyond the pale, and you downplay it.

      Except there were never any “lynchings” of any African migrants in Israel and to my knowledge, no MK ever called them “animals.” I don’t see how you can say I’m downplaying it when I clearly stated that the attacks that did occur (which were not lynchings) were not justifiable under any circumstances and I was glad to see any
      vigilante perpetrators who committed violence against the illegal aliens in South Tel Aviv arrested and jailed, which is what happened.

      It would be a big deal if you were black and there, I suppose. However, since the shoe’s on the other foot, you have the luxury of downplaying.

      What I did say though, clearly, is that although the thuggery was not justifiable (to the limited extent to which actual physical attacks occurred), Israel is absolutely within its rights to deport many foreigners who have either entered illegally or overstayed temporary work or tourist visas. This is what every country in control of its own borders does.
      Of course, there have been many criminal incidents involving the refugees, most involve petty crime, but some had a worse tenor:

      link to ynetnews.com

      link to liveleak.com

      Of course, it would be plain wrong to blame all of the migrants for the deranged violence committed by a few.

      In conclusion, while I do not downplay or excuse any attacks against foreigners, you are “uplaying” some isolated incidents and portraying them as typical, ignore the frustration with crime and similar or worse xenophobic phenomena that occurs regularly in enlightened EU countries and enlightened post-racial , post-Apartheid South Africa. Again, this is no way excuses any public expressions of bigotry by some Israelis or physical acts of violence towards any African, whether he/she is here for economic reasons or is fleeing persecution. But what you cite as typical in Israel, a country you know little about, occurs more frequently elsewhere. Xenophobic violence is very common against Somalis and Zimbabweans who have come to South Africa seeking refuge and opportunity, but I would NEVER say that it is typical of South African attitudes towards foreigners. Of course, I don’t generalize about other nations like you do.

      It would be a big deal if you were black and there, I suppose.

      I have friends and family members with roots in the Beta Yisrael (who you pejoratively called “Falasha”) community. Many of them also want to deport the Africans illegally residing in Israel. Of course, Ethiopian Israelis have diverse opinions (they can’t be stereotyped just because of their complexion) and like many many other Israelis they have compassion for the actual refugees among the migrants. Many Israeli citizens volunteer to help the refugees either on their own initiative, by donating food and distributing clothing, or through charitable organizations dedicated to these people.

      link to israelgives.org

      link to jewishjournal.com

      Of course, it’s a complex issue, and those among the Africans who are legitimate refugees should be given temporary asylum and an opportunity to work legally in Israel.

  21. hophmi says:

    What this have to do with the Palestinian cause, exactly? Oh right, making Jews look as bad as possible is part of your cause. Because clearly, Jews are the ones who are the racists in this country. You people make me sick.

    • Basilio says:

      I guess you didn’t read above when he referenced Israel and its treatment of black people. It’s there up above. Look, face it. There’s a lot of prejudice against black people in Israel in a very open way, without disguising it at all, and Donald Sperling mentioned the prejudice in Israel. The fact that Israel can openly lynch Africans in Tel Aviv like it’s no big deal is serious. Sperling didn’t condemn Israeli prejudice against black people. It talked about as if it’s just something you have to accept, and you blow it off and ignore it.

      • Kay24 says:

        All true. I am sure everyone has noticed that no one in the zionist media, has dared to discuss that aspect of his remarks. Now if this was say Iran, and some racist said they treat black people like dogs over there, you can just imagine the zionist media making such ado about it. Now that it is their motherland, not a peep about the connection to Israel, and the ugly implications of what goes there. What else can we expect of our so called “free” media?

        • I am sure everyone has noticed that no one in the zionist media, has dared to discuss that aspect of his remarks.

          that’s not true. haaretz, jpost, the forward, JTA have all covered it. just google “sterling holocaust” and it pops tight up.

          interesting hops isn’t screaming bloody murder over jposts headline:


          Obama denounces reported comments by Jewish NBA team owner as ‘racist’

          link to jpost.com

          maybe he thinks jpost is ‘making Jews look as bad as possible is part of their cause. Because clearly, Jews are the ones who are the racists in this country. Jpost makes him sick.’

      • Mikhael says:

        Basilio says:
        April 28, 2014 at 11:52 am
        The fact that Israel can openly lynch Africans in Tel Aviv like it’s no big deal is serious.

        Except there was never any “lynching” of blacks in Tel Aviv, which by definition refers to a mob killing people. There was a rally against illegal immigration by some residents in South Tel Aviv in 2012, most of whom are themselves Israelis of North African-Jewish descent. While these Israeli citizens certainly had a right to protest what they see as their government’s failure to take stronger action against illegal immigration, violence is illegal. Many participating in the rally chanted racial epithets. A smaller number of the protestors participating in the rally actually physically attacked Africans. Those people were arrested, jailed and prosecuted by the Israeli police.

        Of course, xenophobic violence must be condemned whether it is practiced by Israeli Jews or others, the Jewish residents of Tel Aviv’s Shapira district may or may not have a legitimate grievance against the government for its warehousing of illegal aliens in their neighborhood, but they have no right to use violence. Still, in today’s world, such actions are all too commonplace. In South Africa, asylum-seekers and migrant workers from neighboring countries are routinely attacked.

        link to aljazeera.com

        link to dailymaverick.co.za

        Of course, I would never say that such contemptible behavior on the part of some South Africans (most of whom are themselves black) is reflective of the post-Apartheid South African society as a whole. I don’t generalize about entire nations or groups, unless I am talking about Mondoweiss commenters. Most Mondoweiss commenters generalize and make false inferences, at east when they are talking about Israeli Jews.

        . Sperling didn’t condemn Israeli prejudice against black people. It talked about as if it’s just something you have to accept, and you blow it off and ignore it.

        Considering that Sterling knows very little about Israel and seems to get his information about it from sites like Mondoweiss, his comments are not relevant to the discourse, except for his Jewish background. The only thing that emerges is a picture of a rich but sexually insecure old man who is threatened by his decades’ younger girlfriend appearing publicly with younger black men. He’s a silly old fart, but it’s nice to know that Phil Weiss considers him an authority.

        • Except there was never any “lynching” of blacks in Tel Aviv, which by definition refers to a mob killing people.

          i agree lynch might not have been the best description. i think it was used in its most common form of usage these days, not literally: link to urbandictionary.com

          (see bold)

          1. Lynched

          To get beaten up by a number of people at once.
          Yeah did you hear there was a big fight and Chris got lynched.

        • Except that Mr Sterling has a significant presence in Los Angeles for his Jewish philanthropy. There are always big ads in the NYTimes in Section A about Jewish events for which his mug and name are prominently displayed. What he does and says reflects on the American Jewish community.

          The ADL and AJC both put out statements against his bigoted comments.

        • libra says:

          @Mikhael

          So all things considered, everything in Israel is as peachy as it could possibly be.

          • Mikhael says:

            ibra says:
            April 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm
            @Mikhael

            So all things considered, everything in Israel is as peachy as it could possibly be.

            Not sure how you could arrive at the conclusion that I harbor such beliefs when I repeatedly made mention of the fact that any xenophobic attacks committed by Israelis can never be justified, but I guess reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit.

    • eljay says:

      >> Because clearly, Jews are the ones who are the racists in this country. You people make me sick.

      What’s sick – and hypocritical – is defending racism simply because the racist is Jewish.

      • Mikhael says:

        April 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm
        >> Because clearly, Jews are the ones who are the racists in this country. You people make me sick.

        What’s sick – and hypocritical – is defending racism simply because the racist is Jewish.

        Where do you see any defense of Sterling or his comments, by hophmi, me, or anyone else?

        • Mikhael, you can read his defenders on many responses/commenters to the articles on the net. for example i scrolled up and went to jposts article

          link to jpost.com

          The woman that taped this man was asking him leading questions that were intended to get the responses that were heard on the tape. Those responses were not racist. The man was very concerned about all the negative messages he was getting from other people about his very young and super sexy obviously paid for girlfriend. The owner is being unjustly prosecuted in the media by people who probably have not even heard the tape.

          however, i am unsure if this person is defending him because sterling is jewish.

          • Mikhael says:

            Annie Robbins says:
            April 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm
            Mikhael, you can read his defenders on many responses/commenters to the articles on the net. for example i scrolled up and went to jposts article

            Fine, then. Just as it is inevitable that some rich and horny old Jewish men will harbor racist sentiments and seethe will jealousy and shame when their pretty biracial young girlfriends take photos with younger black men, it’s possible that some Jews, somewhere out on the Internet, will defend them. It’s also inevitable that Mondoweiss nutters will seek to draw some essential conclusions about the nature of Israeli society because of some ignorant and bigoted comments made by a non-Israeli.

        • eljay says:

          >> Where do you see any defense of Sterling or his comments, by hophmi, me, or anyone else?

          1. It’s possible that hophmeee was made sick by something he ate and not by “you people” calling Sterling out on his racism.
          2. I wasn’t addressing any comments made by you or “anyone else”, so don’t make this about you or “anyone else”.

    • ritzl says:

      C’mon hophmi. It’s precisely and ihmo, exclusively BECAUSE the vast majority of Jews are NOT racists or bigoted that this was approached here in the way it was. That is the reason this resonates to whatever extent it does or may.

      Sterling’s use of Israeli racism as shruggably normal is a potential/exploitable wedge issue for Zionism within the Jewish community. It has to be. I suspect Jews, like most other normal people, would reject Sterling’s views and maybe go so far as to conclude, “If that is Israel, it’s not worth supporting.”

      Sterling-types are a big problem for youthful support for Zionism. And since Zionist thinkers have identified waning support for Israel amongst younger Jews and on college campuses, that amplifies the problem for Zionism. No tomorrow. You want to see a giant collective young-Jewish shoulder shrug/sigh on “one state/equal rights means the destruction of Israel” just encourage Sterling, Adelson, et. al. to keep talking. They themselves that are making people sick.

      Phil’s just providing contrast and choices.

    • Did you not read the texts of Sterling’s comments? The clod justifies his segregationist attitude about American blacks because Jews in Israel, the “white” jews are racist toward the “black” jews. That since racism is so popular in the Jewish world he is one tiny little man and can’t stop it, so he’s going to participate too!

      Since moving to Los Angeles, the most racist comments I’ve ever encountered in my entire life have come from American Jews. One Jewish woman in my third month working with her flat out said all Arabs should be killed. Another Jewish man called blacks niggers, even though he knew I was half black. Shocked the pants off me.

  22. American says:

    Sterling’s Jewishness or zionism or not isnt really or wouldnt really be a Jewish connected a story if it was not for his references to ‘culture or ‘Israel or ‘black Jews.
    Sterling is not really any different than the white rancher Clive Bundy and his racism toward blacks, so his Jewishness is immaterial–its only his ‘admissions’ about black Jews in Israel that is worth notice.
    But I can show you a racist who racism ‘is’ definitely based on his Jewishness. And he thinks no one sees it because he tries to paper over it with proclamations about his ‘liberalism and ‘concern for Palestines and blacks…..while at the same time he uses what he thinks is ‘the Jewish entitlement- courtesy of the holocaust’, to slander and defame and character assassinate Catholics, anti zionst Jews, gentiles, christians ,etc.. He pretends this racism isnt racism because it not directed at blacks.
    And thanks to his big unregulated mouth there is a treasure trove of evidence of his racism all over twitter and the internet.
    Here you go, your favorite liberal zionist bigot:

    Mondoweiss blames the Jews for racist nba creep

    link to tikkun.org

    • mj has gone off the deepend. what’s next, will he call haaretz anti semitic because they headlined their article “Reported racist comments land Jewish NBA team owner in trouble”

      link to haaretz.com

      • German Lefty says:

        mj has gone off the deepend.

        At first, I thought you were talking about Michael Jordan. Anyway, MJR writes: “would Phil Weiss join the anti-semites posting all over the blogosphere and link this guy to the Jews?”
        Memo to MJR: Sterling doesn’t need to be linked to the Jews. He happens to be a Jew. Also, Sterling uses Israel’s racism against blacks to justify his own racism against blacks. This makes it clear that he’s a Zionist.
        MJR also writes: “It’s like bringing up the Catholic pedophile scandal when discussing Governor Christie.”
        No, it’s not. Unless Christie actually turned out to be a pedophile.

        • seanmcbride says:

          German Lefty,

          Memo to MJR: Sterling doesn’t need to be linked to the Jews. He happens to be a Jew. Also, Sterling uses Israel’s racism against blacks to justify his own racism against blacks. This makes it clear that he’s a Zionist.
          MJR also writes: “It’s like bringing up the Catholic pedophile scandal when discussing Governor Christie.”
          No, it’s not. Unless Christie actually turned out to be a pedophile.

          One never sees M.J. Rosenberg engage in reasonable debate about Israeli issues because he doesn’t do logic — as you just demonstrated. And he is incredibly emotional and abusive towards his political opponents.

          • hophmi says:

            “And he is incredibly emotional and abusive towards his political opponents.”

            ROTFLMAO. A fantastic description of how people react here when their views are challenged. You are truly blind, Sean.

      • German Lefty says:

        will he call haaretz anti semitic because they headlined their article “Reported racist comments land Jewish NBA team owner in trouble”

        In Germany, it’s usually taboo to mention someone’s Jewishness. Take, for example, Heidi Klum’s new boyfriend Vito Schnabel. I only know from US media that he is Jewish. Out of curiosity, I examined several German-language articles about Heidi and Vito. None of them mentions that he is Jewish. There was even an article that focused specifically on Vito’s family background and career, but the information that he is Jewish was omitted. The same applies to people like Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Mark Zuckerberg, or Glenn Greenwald. I find such obvious avoidance by the German media really suspicious. There’s nothing wrong with being a Jew, so why not mention that someone is a Jew?
        Any way, I grew up to believe that the mere mention of someone’s Jewishness is anti-Semitic. Now, imagine my surprise when I first visited Jewish websites, such as Tablet Magazine. I have NEVER seen the words “Jew” or “Jewish” THAT often. Looking at such websites made me feel VERY uneasy because this constant emphasis on people’s Jewishness totally reminded me of Nazi behaviour. There’s even a website called “Jewcy”. A pun about the word “Jew”. If any non-Jew did that, he would be immediately accused of anti-Semitism.
        So, I am really upset about this double standard. Either it’s okay to mention someone’s Jewishness or it’s not okay. There must be equal rights for everyone.

        • There was even an article that focused specifically on Vito’s family background and career, but the information that he is Jewish was omitted. The same applies to people like Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Mark Zuckerberg, or Glenn Greenwald. I find such obvious avoidance by the German media really suspicious.

          i don’t find it suspicious at all unless it is relevant to what is being reported or particularly relevant to a persons life, ie if they talk about it in an interview or if it is part of the story. in this instance it was part of the story. the news about sterling brooke days ago but interestingly the first 5 minutes of the exchange was not included in the original released recording. so while i noticed the ‘big news’ on social media there was nothing about it that related to our blog or discussion and it didn’t occur to me to include it in our coverage. but once the topic of israel became part of the discussion, and this was leaked:

          V: It’s like saying, “Let’s just persecute and kill all of the Jews.”
          DS: Oh, it’s the same thing, right?
          V: Isn’t it wrong? Wasn’t it wrong then? With the Holocaust? And you’re Jewish, you understand discrimination.
          DS: You’re a mental case, you’re really a mental case. The Holocaust, we’re comparing with—
          V: Racism! Discrimination.
          DS: There’s no racism here. If you don’t want to be… walking… into a basketball game with a certain… person, is that racism?

          then clearly, his jewishness became relevant to the story (as well as the israel part of the discussion).

          but when i first reported on scarlett johansson and soda stream, even then it didn’t occur to me to mention she was jewish because frankly, she could have been any ethnicity and her being a big star would have landed her squarely in my sites. (the way kristen davis was targeted re ahava and i don’t know what ethnicity she is). however in phil’s editing of the first johansson/SS article he added the information which on reflection may very well have colored her perceptions. in fact her recent statements to vanity fair indicate as much.

          anyway, a person has a right to privacy. if ones ethnicity (or sexual orientation) is not relevant to an issue it’s not important. for example, if a person is advocating for a pro choice platform in their state why say, ‘oh btw they are jewish?’ or if someone published an article about my ceramics (not unheard of ) why write ‘non religious/christian ancestors’. why? i’m not interested in everyones religion or family’s religious background and why would they care about mine unless it was germane to the topic.

          on the other hand if the couple get married and decide or announce they will be raising their children jewish or christian it becomes part of a story.

          also, both tablet and the forward are part of the jewish press. this is what they write about so of course they mention this just like a gay publication writes about gays.

          • German Lefty says:

            in phil’s editing of the first johansson/SS article he added the information which on reflection may very well have colored her perceptions.
            I think that when there are Israel-related issues, it is definitely useful to know if a person is Jewish or not. For example, a non-Jewish US citizen is less likely to know about Israel’s history than a Jewish US citizen. In many cases, Jews are indoctrinated with Zionism from an early age. So, a person’s upbringing can have a huge influence on this person’s views.

            for example, if a person is advocating for a pro choice platform in their state why say, ‘oh btw they are jewish?’ or if someone published an article about my ceramics why write ‘non religious/christian ancestors’. why?
            I am not saying that media should always mention someone’s Jewishness. It’s just that in Germany you only hear about someone’s Jewishness in relation to Zionism, Nazism, or circumcision. That’s why many Germans associate Jews with (or reduce them to) these particular topics. This makes it more difficult to view Jews as ordinary people who busy themselves with ordinary things, aside from Zionism, Nazism, and circumcision. Therefore, I would like it if sometimes the media mention someone’s Jewishness even if it’s not relevant to the topic. I hope you understand what I mean.

            i’m not interested in everyones religion or family’s religious background and why would they care about mine unless it was germane to the topic.
            That’s not comparable. There’s no atheist state that commits crimes in our name and that tries to ruin our reputation. Also, atheists are not a tiny minority but a pretty big minority.

            both tablet and the forward are part of the jewish press. this is what they write about so of course they mention this
            I don’t complain that they mention people’s Jewishness. I complain about the double standard. The Jewish press mentions people’s Jewishness all the time as if it were the most natural thing on the planet. However, German media omit this information for fear of being accused of anti-Semitism.

          • It’s just that in Germany you only hear about someone’s Jewishness in relation to Zionism, Nazism, or circumcision. That’s why many Germans associate Jews with (or reduce them to) these particular topics. This makes it more difficult to view Jews as ordinary people who busy themselves with ordinary things, aside from Zionism, Nazism, and circumcision.

            that makes sense GL. germany is, understandably, in a different situation than other countries in this regard. it just might take some time to iron out these glitches. all the jews i know are ordinary people. well, some are quirky like me, but i still consider myself an ordinary person.

            as an aside when i was trekking in nepal a couple decades back by coincidence (we landed in the mountain permit office at the same time) i was traveling with 3 young israeli men and one girl from east germany. the guys had never met a german and she had never met a jew. for days they talked and talked and talked. if was as if they were discovering for the first time how there really was no difference in people. out there on that trek, with just the 6 of us (my son was there too) and the sherpas, it was fun and extraordinary.

        • seanmcbride says:

          German Lefty,

          Any way, I grew up to believe that the mere mention of someone’s Jewishness is anti-Semitic. Now, imagine my surprise when I first visited Jewish websites, such as Tablet Magazine. I have NEVER seen the words “Jew” or “Jewish” THAT often. Looking at such websites made me feel VERY uneasy because this constant emphasis on people’s Jewishness totally reminded me of Nazi behaviour. There’s even a website called “Jewcy”. A pun about the word “Jew”. If any non-Jew did that, he would be immediately accused of anti-Semitism.

          More examples:

          1. Jewlicious
          2. Jewsnews
          3. JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs)
          4. RJC (Republican Jewish Coalition)
          5. NJDC (National Jewish Democratic Council)
          6. JIDF (Jewish Internet Defense Force)

          And the level and intensity of “Jew-counting” at mainstream Jewish publications like Forward, JTA, Tablet, etc. is staggering.

          There is a great deal of confusion on this issue — the rules for political correctness in this domain are byzantine — Alice in Wonderland.

          • hophmi says:

            The nonsense continues. Now seanmcbride is pointing out that there are Jewish organizations that cover Jewish topics. The beauty of the internet! But somehow, the internet was not enough to save sean from showing himself to be a bigot when he believed that Einstein had claimed that Jews were responsible for their own persecution.

          • hops, i think he is just pointing out that jewish publications mention people are jewish all the time sans any accusations of anti semitism. and i think that pertains to the conversation because, as mj demonstrates, he didn’t write an article criticizing jpost or the forward or haaretz for mentioning sterling was jewish. and 2 of those mentioned were headlined with the word “jewish” included before the latest leak occurred tying his ethnicity to the topic of the story.

            i think it is quite normal for a jewish publication to mention the jewishness of who they write about, although it probably goes without saying.

      • American says:

        mj wants to shut MW down. But he has gone way over the line this time in accusing Phil…..usually he sticks to accusing the commenters of anti semitism.
        He’s no different than the zio attack dogs who have gone after other bloggers and sites except I think MW is also a personal ego vendetta with him because MW commenters here trounced him on some of his more outlandish nonsense the few times he has appeared here instead praising and bowing down to him.

        • Citizen says:

          RE: MJR
          He’s stuffed with his own vanity and importance. He’s now saying PW is all about naming Jews as culprits just because they are Jews–See his articles saying BDS is all about wanting extermination of Israel and MW is all about tagging Jews with the world’s crimes.

          He’s very vain, sending out other articles about how much he’s a great family man and loves his children, and how could anybody resent that?

          If you respond to his Twitter tweets with anything but rubber-stamping, he blocks you from responding there.

          The guy is a real creep. Total vanity. He’s not interested in anybody or their message if they question what he says.

      • marc b. says:

        mj has gone off the deepend

        in his response to you at his site, he insists that Weiss headlined Sterling’s Jewishness. was the headline edited?

        • was the headline edited?

          everyone on staff here has access to all draft revisions. the headline was first edited from “Sterling” (which still appears in the url above) to “Donald Sterling” and then finally to “NBA owner Sterling”. nothing else about the headline has been altered as far as i can see and nothing in the story germane to his jewishness has been altered.

          and to be accurate marc, i do not think tikkun is “his site”, i do not know if he is on staff there although clearly a contributor.

        • ckg says:

          Tikkun Daily appears to have deleted MJ Rosenberg’s post. It is still in Google’s cache so I am reprinting, together with Annie’s response and MJR’s reply:

          Mondoweiss Blames The Jews For Racist NBA Creep
          by: MJ Rosenberg on April 27th, 2014 | 5 Comments »
          I was curious when I read about that disgusting LA Clippers owner and his vile racist statements.

          I wondered: would Phil Weiss join the anti-semites posting all over the blogosphere and link this guy to the Jews?

          Here is the answer. [ link to mondoweiss.net ]

          No Phil doesn’t say that this guy is typical of Jews, just that he is one. Why headline that?

          What is racism? It is taking the despicable actions of one individual and linking it to all people of that same race or ethnicity. That is what Phil does here. The Jews, Israel, the whole shebang.

          It’s like bringing up the Catholic pedophile scandal when discussing Governor Christie. It is what every racist in this country has done for centuries when discussing a crime committed by an African-American. It is what Islamophobes do when the Fort Hood shooter turns out to be Muslim.

          It is the very definition of racism. And it is what the Mondoweiss site has become, the place to go to find someone who will openly blame the Jews for pretty much anything.

          Responses to “Mondoweiss Blames The Jews For Racist NBA Creep”
          annie says:
          April 27, 2014 at 10:44 pm
          he didn’t headline it, he mentioned it. haaretz headlined it. seriously mj, you’re sounding deranged. and why is tikkun publishing this crap? btw, the fact that he was jewish was part of the tory because it was included in the dialogue of the tape.

          Reply
          Michael Rosenberg says:
          April 28, 2014 at 3:40 am
          Uh, he headlined it.
          Sorry, Annie, you have a blind spot when it comes to Jews. Work on it.

          Anyone who subscribes to the Mondoweiss RSS feed can see the track of changing headlines on each story. Annie is right: it started as “Sterling…” and finished as “NBA owner Sterling…”

          • brenda says:

            I agree, MJ Rosenberg, one of my longtime idols in the fight against AIPAC, has truly gone over to the dark side. It’s like he’s been kidnapped. But it’s good news that Tikkun took down his post — thank you Annie for confronting him and forcing him to show his hand fully — and also, I notice that Mondoweiss is on Tikkun’s blogroll.

            I know how hurtful it is to be unfairly accused of anti-Semitism. I was told in a public forum that I should seek psychiatric care. It takes awhile to realize your accuser is in need, and to not respond in kind.

          • marc b. says:

            Tikkun Daily appears to have deleted MJ Rosenberg’s post.

            thanks to someone smarter and more ambitious than me. that’s what appeared to have happened as the earlier link was croaked, and why I asked annie about the edit. ‘mj’ apparently lied about the content of the headline, twice.

          • ‘mj’ apparently lied about the content of the headline, twice.

            maybe he just saw what he wanted to see. i can’t imagine he would purposely lie. i’m not giving up on him. ever the optimist, i think he’ll come around. he’s been vital to the movement and sacrificed a lot in his abrasive reveals. i’d take him back in a heartbeat, but that’s just the way i am ~ possibly to a fault but i don’t care. he could be on the verge of a mental breakdown for all i know. it’s not fair to judge people when they are experiencing trauma and that’s what he shows signs of w/this impulsive lashing out.

            and i hope he’s listening, and seeks counsel.

    • tree says:

      I left a reply. It will be interesting to see if its ever posted there. What a sleazy ball yellow journalist MJ has turned out to be.

    • Taxi says:

      I’m beginning to think that MJ Rosenberg is mucho jealous of Phil Weiss.

      • Citizen says:

        @ Taxi
        Yes, he is.

      • obviously. i think phil and/or mondoweiss has become an obsession for him. it’s sad and this latest article from him is so out of the loop. even the headline is completely irrational. “Mondoweiss Blames The Jews For Racist NBA Creep”, but there’s no blockquote or evidence presented in the article that makes his point. it is as if people are supposed to understand his meaning by osmosis.

        it’s so sad. i keep trying to understand what he is going thru, because it doesn’t make sense to me how someone i once respected could seem so irrational. if it was a result of what happened at media matters. because he’s thrashing his reputation ..and for what? does he think he has the power or influence to take down this site, or phil. it’s crazy. i keep thinking he will snap out of it. he told me in the comment section i had a ‘blind spot’ for jews and to ‘work on it’. wtf? there’s nothing he’s going thru that seems particularly ‘jewish’ to me. it’s more likely symptoms of a massive midlife crisis. i feel sorry for him.

        • Taxi says:

          I’ve never lost sleep over MJ’s fixation with Phil Weiss, or his highly-strung hissy fits and dark meows.

          I’m glad Phil’s been ignoring him completely for the past several weeks. MJ’s shadow-boxing all by himself and biting his lip blue.

          But I wouldn’t mind it one bit if someone out there would organize a duke-out debate between the bothathem. Just Phil and MJ, a roped ring and a video cam. No gloves allowed. No entitlements permitted.

          • Taxi says:

            annie,

            I know I used a boxing analogy but I was really referring to a heavy-weight “debate” between two jewish men and specifically to demonstrate the abuse of the term ‘antisemite’ by jewish zionists.

            BTW, I don’t think MJ deserves your kindness and hopefulness. Granted that he had a hand in dragging aipac out of the nefarious shadows a couple of years ago, but his other hand was holding the ‘antisemite’ gun behind his back all the while. One hand cancelled out the other.

            MJ is not entitled to or deserving of patience or felicity – politically speaking, that is.

          • you’re probably right taxi.

        • American says:

          mj isnt going to snap out of it……
          He tried to create some pedestal and position for himself as ‘the Moral Guide and Go to Guy on Israel’ .
          But he is so dumb he has totally screwed it up—he blames everyone, blames Netanyahu, blames the US, blames the rich Zios, blames the Christians, blames Europe, blames the gentile anti semites,blames the anti semite Palestine activist,blames self hating anti zionist Jews..his blame list is endless.
          Blames everyone but the ‘liberal’ zionist like himself…who are just as much enablers and ruiners of Israel as all the rest.
          They want that Jewish ruled and majority and supremist state–but they want it to be regarded as ‘nice’ and the supremism accepted as ‘democratic Jewishness’.
          And its never going to be ‘nice’. Thats not how a ethnic or religious ruled state operates.

        • brenda says:

          Annie, it’s MJ who has the blind spot, of that there is no argument. I’m wondering if he’s drinking. Alcohol, not Kool-Aid. In reference to and as part of ‘mid-life crisis’ — could be it. In any case, this is not the MJ Rosenberg we once knew and relied upon to lead us out of the AIPAC craziness. It really is a shame; he was such a groundbreaker.

          • i’m holding out hope it’s just a phase he’s going thru brenda.

          • Citizen says:

            MJR use to write for an AIPAC affiliate think tank, if memory serves. His big thing, as I see it, is that the Jewish state should do what it needs to do to survive as such in the long run (Jews controlling Israel, by whatever means needed, because that’s the Jewish insurance policy in a world where anti-semites will be eternally reborn due to their DNA defective nature.) So, MJR is all about strategy to accomplish that task, forever. This characterization of his changing stance remains consistent and accounts for his veneer changes, which some look on as merely “emotional.” He’s Zionist to the core in his belief system. The problem he has with Phil Weiss is that Weiss doesn’t believe all non-Jews, or even the majority of them, are anti-semites “by nature.” It has nothing to do with Phil’s hair.

      • libra says:

        Taxi: I’m beginning to think that MJ Rosenberg is mucho jealous of Phil Weiss.,

        Could MJ be yet another MW reader driven quite mad with jealousy of Phil’s bouffant hair?

        • brenda says:

          Citizen, MJ Rosenberg used to work for AIPAC. It was his very situation as an AIPAC ‘insider’ that later made him not only its’ most devastating critic, but also allowed him to see the way out — he was the one who proposed the solution that AIPAC be lawfully and legitimately registered, recognized and treated as a foreign lobby.

          If you can bring yourself to read MJ Rosenberg before The Fall — this piece was published less than 3 years ago, when he was really hot. Before he got kidnapped…

          “How Israel’s lobby chills Middle East debate: Any criticism of Israel by US politicians is viciously attacked by pro-Israeli groups to make sure they won’t try again”
          link to aljazeera.com

          This week, following that tumultuous reception for Prime Minister Netanyahu at the congressional joint meeting, I want to share a personal recollection of how the Middle East status quo is preserved on Capitol Hill.

          It was in 1988 and I was a foreign policy aide to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). One February day, Levin called me into his office to say that he was disturbed at a quote he saw in that day’s New York Times. An article quoted Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir saying that he rejected the idea of withdrawing from any of the land Israel captured in the 1967 war:

          Mr Shamir said in a radio interview, “It is clear that this expression of territory for peace is not accepted by me.”

          Levin instantly understood what Shamir was saying. He was repudiating UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 (which Israel had helped draft) which provided for “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent [1967] conflict” in exchange for peace and security. Those resolutions represented official US and international policy then, and they still do.

          But, in 1988, Shamir tried to declare them null and void.

          Levin asked me to draft a letter to secretary of state George Shultz stating that it was the view of the Senate, that the UN resolutions remained the policy of the US whether Shamir liked it or not. Of course, the letter wasn’t written in that kind of language. It was more than polite. Additionally, Levin wanted it addressed to Shultz, not to Shamir, to avoid ruffling too many feathers in Israel.

          I wrote the draft. Levin edited and re-edited it. Then he called in the head of AIPAC, Thomas A Dine, to run the language past him. Tom said it was “great”. Levin told Dine that he would not embarass him by revealing that he had approved the letter.

          Levin then asked me to deliver it to the secretary of state but said that first he would try to round up a few other senators to join him in signing it. In an hour he had 30. He probably could have gotten three times as many but it was Friday afternoon and most of the senators had decamped.

          I delivered the letter. Because Levin wanted to avoid a brouhaha, the Levin office did no press about it. It was essentially a secret initiative.

          But then one of the senators who had the letter gave it to the New York Times. And within minutes the phones started ringing off the hook. Reporters and AIPAC donors (who had no idea Dine had signed off on the letter) were going crazy.

          Levin was asked to appear on all three Sunday morning talk shows. He declined. In fact, he took off for Moscow, on a long-planned trip.

          On Sunday, news of the Levin “Letter of 30″ was the lead story in the New York Times.

          “Thirty United States senators, including many of Israel’s staunchest supporters, have written a letter criticising Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and his Likud party, suggesting they may be obstructing efforts to reach a peace settlement in the Middle East.

          The extraordinary public criticism of Israel was contained in a letter addressed to secretary of state George P Shultz, who returned home today after several days in the Middle East. Mr Shultz has proposed the broad outlines of an interim settlement between Israel and the Palestinians …

          The senators who signed the letter said they were dismayed at Mr Shamir’s continued resistance to the concept of Israel’s ceding some territories it occupies in exchange for peace, a cornerstone of Mr Shultz’s efforts. Although the letter also criticises Arab states except for Egypt, congressional aides said it was intended principally to send a message to Mr Shamir and the Likud bloc.”

          So significant was the fact that any US senator had criticised any Israeli policy in any way (albeit mildly), that the Sunday Times reprinted the whole text.

          On Monday all hell broke loose. Because Levin was in Russia, staffers had to field both the press calls and the threats from outraged donors, constituents, and “pro-Israel” organisations.

          Then some real weirdness happened.

          A top Israeli embassy official came to the office to deliver a protest from Prime Minister Shamir. When Levin’s chief of staff, Gordon C Kerr, told him that it was inappropriate for a foreign official to protest a letter senators had addressed to their own government (ie: the secretary of state), the Israeli official insulted Levin and made ugly threats. Kerr then threw him out of the office.

          In the meantime, Levin heard from President Ronald Reagan, who thanked him for organising support for the administration’s position. Meanhile, Shamir began calling senators to express “astonishment” that his policies had been criticised.

          Then came a moment that was, for me, the most shocking experience I ever had during my years working for the United States government.

          William Safire, the most influential New York Times columnist, phoned me in a rage. He told me that he knew for a fact that neither Levin nor I had drafted the letter. He said that he knew that the letter was written by an aide to the leader of the Labour Party opposition in Israel, Shimon Peres.

          He said that aide, one Yossi Beilin, had hand-delivered the text to me, and that I had convinced Levin to circulate it. He said that my goal was to unseat Shamir and replace him with Peres.

          I almost laughed.

          The very idea that a senate aide had such power was astounding. But then Safire asked if I thought it was appropriate for a senate aide to be the agent of a foreign political party, and what would Levin think when he read about that in Safire’s column.

          That was scary. As a senate aide, I had sworn allegiance to the United States and the constitution. I also had a security clearance. This could be serious.

          I told Safire that I had written the draft and that Levin had (as is his wont) extensively edited it. I told him I had no idea who Beilin was (which was the truth). Safire then got really nasty and told me that he knew I was lying because he had the story on good authority (Israeli UN ambassador Binyamin Netanyahu and AIPAC’s number two guy, Steve Rosen, who was subsequently indicted for espionage).

          I said I didn’t care who he heard it from, it was a lie. Additionally, Levin had undertaken the initiative to help Israel because he thought that if Israel ruled out territorial withdrawal, the conflict would never end.

          The call concluded with Safire backing down after warning me that if he ever found out I was lying, I would be “finished”. He said he would not write the column because – get this – in the end he believed me more than his sources.

          And that was that. Nothing more happened with the Letter of 30, except that after the vicious attacks on Levin, few senators have challenged the Israeli government or AIPAC since.

          So what’s the moral f the story?

          It is this: Criticising Israel is dangerous business. On what other issue would a New York Times columnist call a senate staffer and threaten to destroy his career? None. And why was a New York Times columnist acting as if he was working for the Israeli government? Safire wasn’t a journalist that day; he essentially was a representative of the Israeli government.

          Accordingly, is it any wonder the whole congress abased itself the other day by jumping up and down and hurling love at Netanyahu? Who wants to mess with an 800-pound gorilla? Certainly not members of congress.

          • Citizen says:

            MJR is clearly not rational these days. Who says that’s not so? Nobody I know. He blocks those who wish try to give him additional facts on Twitter that don’t coincide with his alleged own. He attacts MW commenters and it’s owner Phil Weiss. He wants all to know his kids, his family, are warm and wonderful. Why should anybody believe him?

  23. Kathleen says:

    Alert..alert

    Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’
    The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa. Jewish leaders are fuming over the comparison.
    link to thedailybeast.com

    • German Lefty says:

      Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’

      DER SPIEGEL has a German-language article about Kerry’s comparison:
      link to spiegel.de
      “The criticism against Israel turned out to be unusually explicit: According to media reports, US foreign minister Kerry warned the country against becoming an apartheid state. His speech was not intended to be for the public.”
      DER SPIEGEL doesn’t allow comments to the article. Probably because they know that people will either write that Kerry’s statement is true or that Israel already is an apartheid state.

    • Citizen says:

      @ Kathleen
      On Imus In The Morning, on April 29th, this issue was discussed briefly. Bernie said Kerry was saying Israel had the potential to become an Apartheid state, and Imus basically agreed. Nobody said Israel was already an apartheid state, basically. Imus actually suggested the contrary by saying Israel was a democracy at the present time.

  24. Taxi says:

    I’ve read several mainstream articles on the racist mister Sterling, but none of them mention his ‘israel’ explanation from the now infamous taped conversation with his ex-girlfriend. I’ve even watched a couple of videos purporting to be the FULL transcribed conversation (typed up on video screen for clarity) and it appears that his reference to israel has been completely edited out.

    Me, soon as I first read about this abhorrent racist git, I immediately knew he was drowning deep in zionist ideology and practice: hate the ‘other’ and exploit them.

    Here’s a quotable guide to decades of Sterling’s racism:
    link to deadspin.com

    Zionists are finding it harder and harder to explain away or hide their vile racist ideology which features prejudice against everyone who’s non-jewish, and especially if they’re brown/dark skinned.

    The irony is that Sterling himself comes from one of the smallest minorities in America, yet he is attacking minorities with no remorse and no shame.

    Here’s Snoop Dogg’s video response to Sterling, gone viral:
    link to deadspin.com

  25. NickJOCW says:

    Sterling is a racist. So what, the world is full of them. Calling him out over a private comment, however, inches close to thought policing.

    • Citizen says:

      The question is not, who is a racist, but who is a racist with lots of money to throw around under the American system of political clout. This is in keeping with POTUS, who equates free speech with cash donations. If David Duke had the cash to throw around that Soros, Adelelman, or Sterling have, what would you and your ilk NickJOCW have to say? Just asking, as I’ve often found your comments instructive.

  26. Feathers says:

    There may be a larger and terribly tragically complex story involving the relations/tensions between Jews and Blacks (which is what the Israeli news focused on) than skin-color-racism. Blackwashing??

    As was pointed out a few weeks ago link to mondoweiss.net

    Dozens of villagers from Ramya and political activists organized a demonstration in front of the ‘Israel Lands Administration’ office protesting their displacement from Ramya, a village which has become part of the ever-expanding Karmiel, a city which was originally established on lands seized from Ramya villagers.

    Karmiel was a pet project of the now-deceased wife of David Shapira, president of the Giant Eagle grocery and fuel chain in Pennsylvania and Ohio —

    “Much of this work was done in her capacity as founding chairwoman of the Israel and Overseas Pillar of the United Jewish Communities, where Mrs. Shapira was one of the few women to represent North American Jewry at the top level. Right up to the time she could no longer travel due to her illness, Mrs. Shapira was visiting one of her favorite projects, an exchange program between Pittsburghers and Israelis in the Galilee city of Karmiel and the surrounding Misgav region.”

    One of the key Pittsburghers Karen Shapira partnered with is Bill Strickland, who founded and created the Manchester-Bidwell Center, an extraordinary program to give poor, inner-city Black and white young people a boost in developing artistic and career talents and skills. When his organization was struggling to get started, the Jewish community contributed funds to his project. Several years ago Strickland was tapped to establish a Manchester-type community center in the Karmiel environs that would
    reach out to [displaced] Bedouin and Arabs in the Galilee.

    “For Manchester Bidwell president and CEO Bill Strickland, his recent United Jewish Federation-organized visit to Israel capped a whirlwind month.
    . . .
    The facility he hopes to build in Northern Israel will be modeled after his highly-acclaimed Center which he established in Pittsburgh’s Manchester section four decades ago.

    “It is our hope that this first international version of Manchester Bidwell will assist Arab and Jewish children and adults, including immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and around the world,” said Jeff Finkelstein, UJF President and CEO, who accompanied Strickland to Israel along with Mark Frank, Chair of UJF’s Community and Public Affairs Council (CPAC), Jeff Cohan, director of CPAC and Tsipy Gur, Director of Advanced Education for the Agency for Jewish Learning. link to jfedpgh.org

    (Among other things, Cohan was a member of the Iran Task Force that, together with ZOA, UJF and at least half-a-dozen other similar groups hosted events in the Pittsburgh area whose purpose was to demonize Iran as a “nuclear threat” and persuade state pension fund managers and others to divest from businesses that do business with Iran.)

    Now, it’s a wonderful thing that a Northern Israel Center for the Arts is being established in Israel, and that Strickland’s generous spirit and prodigious skills are shaping it. What is troubling is that a Black man’s generosity and talent are being put to the ultimate purpose of stealing lands from Palestinian Arabs and Bedouins, and also that part of the profits from the huge revenue stream produced by a privately-held, large, deeply-rooted and prosperous grocery chain where thousands of people — Black and white — buy their Thanksgiving turkey is being funneled to dispossess Palestinians in Israel.

    Judaizing the “Negev and the Galim” is part of the long-term strategy of the highest levels of Israel’s government. In 2007 an AIPAC panel including Efrat Duvdevani, Director General whose work for Israel Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres directly involves moving Jews into the Negev and the Galim and moving Arabs and Bedouins out of that region. Duvdevani called the N & G the “heart of the Jewish homeland.” One focal point of the panel discussion was how Israel was reacting to the 2006 war with Lebanon. Duvdevani emphasized that the N & G would have to be developed so that Jews would be secure “in future wars.” She stated that the Israeli Air Force and army had already moved major facilities and forces to the region.

  27. Polly says:

    How about putting disgusting organizations like TMZ under the spotlight and questioning the ethics of what THEY do? Why are they under no obligation to reveal their sources? Does this revelation HELP anything or anybody? The best you could say is that maybe this is another reminder about how deep racism runs in this country? It’s hard for me to believe anyone is really shocked that an 87 year old white guy would hold these views. This is mostly just a pointless bombshell being dropped which will just deepen the divide.

  28. Kathleen says:

    One I lobby groups response to Kerry’s “apartheid” statement heard around the world.
    “Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released the following statement on Secretary of State John Kerry’s use of the term “apartheid state” to threaten Israel:

    On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry raised the specter of Israel as an “apartheid state.” Even Barack Obama condemned the use of this term when running for president in 2008.

    Yet this was no gaffe. Secretary Kerry’s musings on the Jewish state’s dire future have become a regular feature of his public remarks. His latest prediction follows other statements in recent months that have in effect threatened Israel — never the Palestinians — with a list of disasters should his diplomatic efforts fail: violence, isolation, delegitimization, boycotts — and now “apartheid.”

    It is no longer enough for the White House to clean up after the messes John Kerry has made. It is time for John Kerry to step down as Secretary of State, or for President Obama to fire him. And it would go a long way toward repairing the damage Kerry has done if his predecessor as Secretary of State, who is the likely Democratic Party nominee for president, explained why this kind of rhetoric had no place in her State Department and why it will have no place in her presidential campaign.

    The statement is available online here: link to committeeforisrael.com

    For any questions or media inquiries, please contact ECI’s executive director, Noah Pollak: [email protected], 202-421-4092.”

    • Kay24 says:

      Wow, Israel displays it’s arrogance yet again. To think this alien nation thinks it is entitled to deem what a “mess” is, relating to our Secretary of State, and the arrogance of calling for him to “step down”. Who the heck do they think they are, to decide who must step down and who should be or not be, nominated (like Chuck Hagel), and worse call for President Obama to fire him? I have yet to hear or see any US leader, including our Presidents, decide which Israeli official should step down (and we know many should, including Bibi). Is this the “we control America, and they know it” part we have heard so much about? Israeli minions bluster and dish out so much, but they are like weaklings, when they hear home truths.

  29. ckg says:

    I see that the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation gave a 2013 award to Marvin Hier soon before the latter castigated BDS, Alice Walker, Max Blumenthal, ASA, Roger Waters, and Richard Falk.

  30. ritzl says:

    @ckg- How classically Cirque de Israel. I guess that also answers the Zionist “question” about Sterling upthread.

  31. Basilio says:

    Haaretz has reported this, various Jewish media outlets have reported it. Most Jews in America don’t like people like Sperling and Adelson. Not that I’m saying Adelson thinks quite like Sperling, but the fact that Adelson cares nothing for Palestinians and their welfare and two states says enough about him. Every group has its racists no doubt.
    A fellow like Sperling should know better since Jews encountered so much prejudice, and, ironically, many turned to basketball in the 1930′s.

    • German Lefty says:

      His name is Sterling, not Sperling. “Sperling” is German for “sparrow”.

      • libra says:

        GL: His name is Sterling, not Sperling. “Sperling” is German for “sparrow”.

        Another small typo and he’d be a “starling”.

    • piotr says:

      Perhaps Sterling does not care about Palestinians, but Adelson cares deeply. The primary concern is that they are allowed to roam freely claiming that they are Palestinians, this school of thought prefers “Fakestinian”. The second concern is that because of excessive coddling by Israeli government not enough Fakestinians were induced to leave Eretz Israel, and indeed, demolitions are hopelessly few and inconsistent, incarceration rates too low (Stalin knew how to do it) and so on.

  32. seanmcbride says:

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    Annie,

    I specifically had in mind this kind of situation: the Jewish neoconservatives who played a key role in pushing America into the Iraq War had written openly and at length about their Jewish nationalist, pro-Israel and Likud Zionist agenda in Jewish publications for years before the war. When people pointed out that these warmongers were in fact Jewish nationalists and Likud Zionists, and that their ethnic and/or religious nationalist beliefs strongly motivated their violent aggression towards Iraq, they were often accused of “antisemitism” and “Jew-hatred” for merely pointing out that they were who they were and who they had proudly proclaimed themselves to be. Alice in Wonderland.

    Joe Klein broke the taboo on that particular bit of nonsense by pointing out that Jewish neoconservatives are in fact Jewish neoconservatives with a passionate attachment to Israel. They didn’t deserve a pass on their politics merely because they were Jews.

    Mainstream Jewish publications cover the pro-Israel lobbying of American and European Jews in considerable depth — names are named and activities are chronicled. The facts are out there. They can be discussed in a reasonable way among reasonable people in mainstream American politics.

  33. seanmcbride says:

    hophmi,

    These are the two money quotes I took away from Einstein’s Collier’s article on German antisemitism:

    1. The formation of groups has an invigorating effect in all spheres of human striving, perhaps mostly due to the struggle between the convictions and aims represented by the different groups. The Jews, too, form such a group with a definite character of its own, and anti-Semitism is nothing but the antagonistic attitude produced in the non-Jews by the Jewish group. This is a normal social reaction.

    2. Perhaps even more than on its own tradition, the Jewish group has thrived on oppression and on the antagonism it has forever met in the world. Here undoubtedly lies one of the main reasons for its continued existence through so many thousands years.

    link to filosofiaesoterica.com

    How do you interpret them?

    Phrases of interest:

    1. “nothing but”
    2. “normal social reaction”
    3. “thrived on oppression”

    I was hoping that Simon Schama would address these questions in his recent PBS series, but he didn’t.

    I never saw your response to this other post:

    Einstein in a New York Times letter (1948) expressed his views on the Zionist faction which currently rules Israel (Likud):

    Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

    The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

    Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement.

    The public avowals of Begin’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

    Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model.

    During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

    link to archive.org

    Note carefully the language used and the charges lodged: Nazi, Fascist, ultranationalism, religious mysticism, racial superiority, terrorism, gangster methods, etc.

    Do you agree or disagree with Eintein, Arendt, Hook and company?

    With regard to the main point in this thread — that the Passover ceremony expresses an ideological vision of perpetual conflict between “the chosen nation” (Israel, the Jewish people) and “the nations” (all other nations and peoples) — a historical pattern extending over millennia which Simon Schama documents in The Story of the Jews — there has been no rebuttal. That is the easily demonstrable truth.

    And this xenophobic attitude towards “the nations” has been rife in many thousands of comments made by pro-Israel activists over the last few decades — simply consult, for instance, the pages of leading Israeli publications for the evidence.

    • libra says:

      seanmcbride: …and anti-Semitism is nothing but the antagonistic attitude produced in the non-Jews by the Jewish group.

      sean, of course a mind intimately familiar with the forces of the Universe would instinctively apply Newton’s Third Law to the realm of human interaction. But I do you’re being very unreasonable here expecting hophmi to do likewise. He’s clearly no physicist, let alone an Einstein.

    • Ecru says:

      @ seanmcbride

      And this xenophobic attitude towards “the nations” has been rife in many thousands of comments made by pro-Israel activists over the last few decades — simply consult, for instance, the pages of leading Israeli publications for the evidence.

      Actually Hoppy doesn’t even have to go to that much work – all he has to do is look at his own comment history here, especially as regards Europeans.

      • seanmcbride says:

        Ecru,

        Actually Hoppy doesn’t even have to go to that much work – all he has to do is look at his own comment history here, especially as regards Europeans.

        People who define their cultural identity in terms of perpetual conflict with ethnic outsiders will be perpetually trapped in conflict with ethnic outsiders — it’s an endless self-reinforcing feedback loop.

        Complaining about the negative social consequences of self-created ideological models seems odd — if the model isn’t working, discard it.

        • hophmi says:

          Sean is still taking the Einstein quotes out of context.

          “How do you interpret them?

          Phrases of interest:

          1. “nothing but”
          2. “normal social reaction””

          Why do you keep cutting out the last sentence of the paragraph from the quote? “But for the political abuse resulting from it, it might never have been designated by a special name.”

          All Einstein is saying is that antisemitism is the term we have to define hatred of the Jews as a group.

          “3. “thrived on oppression””

          Are you going to keep omitting the explanation Einstein offers for his thesis that Jews thrive on oppression? His explanation is simply that Jews have strived to overcome oppression by educating themselves, and that their intellectual attainment and achievement as a group engendered resentment.

          “Do you agree or disagree with Eintein, Arendt, Hook and company?”

          No. The letter has to be seen in the context of its time. It was just after post-WWII, and defining right-wing groups as fascist was convenient politics for people like Einstein and Arendt. That’s about the scope of it. Begin certainly was no dove, and he certainly engaged in terrorism. But attributing to the Irgun a broad political program is really a bit much, and in context, was more about partisan politics than anything else. It’s a little like calling Hamas fascist today. Are there elements of Hamas that are fascist? Sure, you could easily make that argument. Is the point of Hamas to establish a fascist state? It’s beside the point. The point is that they’re partisans for the Palestinian cause, and the cause itself is not a fascist cause.

          You can find literature like this all over the place from the 1940s. It shows that there were multiple forms of Zionism thought, and that the protagonists certainly struggled with one another over them. It also shows that people were, as now, often irresponsible with their language when they engaged in partisan politics, precisely because antisemites like you are always around to misuse what they said.

          “With regard to the main point in this thread — that the Passover ceremony expresses an ideological vision of perpetual conflict between “the chosen nation” (Israel, the Jewish people) and “the nations” (all other nations and peoples) — a historical pattern extending over millennia which Simon Schama documents in The Story of the Jews — there has been no rebuttal. That is the easily demonstrable truth.”

          You really are a dishonest guy, Sean. First of all, this is not that thread. Second of all, I and others gave an extensive rebuttal of this (old) antisemitic idea that is based on the distortion of a single liturgical quote from a long narrative.

          link to mondoweiss.net

          link to mondoweiss.net

          link to mondoweiss.net

  34. seanmcbride says:

    hophmi,

    ROTFLMAO. A fantastic description of how people react here when their views are challenged. You are truly blind, Sean.

    Your posts often remind of those of M.J. Rosenberg in tone and language: emotional, abusive, illogical, etc. Perhaps the two of you should team up. I don’t think either of you are helping your cause.

    I do sometimes see abusive language from critics of Israel here. I don’t like it. I’ve complained about it in the past. I don’t think it helps to move forward a useful discussion about Israel that might lead to positive breakthroughs in mutual understanding and a good outcome for Israel and the Palestinians.


  35. Conservative pundit Bill Kristol said on Sunday that people are making too much of the racist comments said to have been made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

    There has been an uproar for days after a recording was leaked of a man said to be Sterling asking his girlfriend not to be photographed or seen with black people. The Clippers team staged a silent protest against Sterling before their playoff game on Sunday.

    But Kristol told Sunday’s “This Week” panel that, though Sterling’s comments were “bigoted,” the reaction to them was “hysterical.”

    “Deeds matter more than speeches,” he said, adding, “I don’t think the LA Clippers are a bigoted organization. There’s no evidence of that.”

    However, as fellow panelist Matthew Dowd pointed out, there is evidence that Sterling has a racist history, both in his non-basketball dealings and within the Clippers.

    “Everyone goes hysterical over two or three sentences,” Kristol continued. “Private organizations can deal with, private businesses can fire people, I suppose.”

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    Huffington Post

    Kristol reminds us that the deeds matter more than the speech. Did he ever remember that in relation to Arab Israel conflicts?
    Did he ever remember that prior to invasion of Iraq?
    Will he try to apply this principle to Iran and P 5 +1 ?

    link to huffingtonpost.com

    • American says:

      “Everyone goes hysterical over two or three sentences,” Kristol continued. “Private organizations can deal with, private businesses can fire people, I suppose.”….Kristol

      What a hypocrite. Who raises more hell then the Kristol I-gang when anything is said or criticized about Israel or Jews.
      I am personally sick to death of all this ethnic ,Jewish and black and white crap but the fact is racism is now a huge social, media and political ‘industry”..sex and race are now media’s favorite scandals.
      Some people argue Sterling’s racism on that tape is nothing but his own personal ‘thought crime’. (Lets leave out his past racist acts)
      I would agree it does fall under ‘thought crime racism’, since he wasnt caught this time actually doing anything racist.
      And they argue it was a private conservsation so not cricket to use it against him– however the fact is what he said did get to the public ears.
      How many people in the media have been fired for some slur against Jews or blacks or gays that they didnt even say in public but said in a private conversation to someone else and that person made it public—several instances of that.
      Also numerous instances of sports players being fined or benched for expressions far less racist than Sterlings.
      Someone reminded me yesterday of what happened to Helen Thomas when she said the Israeli Jews should go back to Europe.
      So since we are living in a era of witch hunts and punishment of people for bad thoughts and utterences as well as bad acts I say throw the book at the Sterling creep—he shouldnt be an exception.
      Kristol and the boys can consider it a ‘ pay back’ to the Jewish or Zio Elite for Helen Thomas.

      • lysias says:

        What he said got to the public’s ears illegally.

        If we accept Sterling’s being punished for private words, we lose the right to complain about what happened to Helen Thomas.

        • American says:

          lysias says:

          April 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

          What he said got to the public’s ears illegally.
          If we accept Sterling’s being punished for private words, we lose the right to complain about what happened to Helen Thomas.>>>>>

          Pleezzeeee…wake up to the ‘facts on the ground”.

          Legal- illegal have not a gd thing to do with ‘reality’ or who gets lynched any more…..there are no laws or standards that are appplied Equally to everyone in this country now .
          We have a dual monarchy of two US tyrannies in place of law and democracy now—A Tyranny of Elites and A Tyranny of Victims.
          And they battle it out in the media and the most money and influence or the squeakiest wheel wins the verdict.
          Did you see the law rushing to defend Thomas statement on Israelis returning to Europe from whence they came as a ‘political’ statement about the ‘political issue ‘of the creation of Israel in Palestine and displacing of the natives and occupation of Palestine and not as a *racist* statement about Jews?
          No, you didnt see that.
          Wake me when and if law in the US ever becomes ‘blind’ again.

  36. Daniel Rich says:

    At the end of the day, only one question remains; will Silver be Stern?”. The preliminary indications are he will not

  37. 1. I am not sure how the NBA can punish a man for a tape made of what he said in private. Did he release the tape? He said it in the privacy of his own home.

    2. I suppose it is newsworthy and his Jewishness is newsworthy, given the content of his Israeli Jewish blacks comments.

    3. I am not surprised that MJ Rosenberg sees this as further proof of the penchant of Mondoweiss for catering to the antiSemites. I am neither surprised by the MW inclusion of this story nor by Rosenberg’s objections. (Not all outlets included Sterling’s original Jewish name. Would it have hurt so bad to have skipped over the name change? I am reminded of Father Coughlin and his harping on the Jewish names of those who had changed their names to gain entree into Hollywood.)

    • I suppose it is newsworthy and his Jewishness is newsworthy, given the content of his Israeli Jewish blacks comments.

      and this:

      V: It’s like saying, “Let’s just persecute and kill all of the Jews.”
      DS: Oh, it’s the same thing, right?
      V: Isn’t it wrong? Wasn’t it wrong then? With the Holocaust? And you’re Jewish, you understand discrimination.

      i find it interesting when it was originally leaked these first 5 minutes were not included. the story went all over social media before this volatile segment was released.

      considering the content of the dialogue between the couple a journalist would be remiss not to mention the ethnicity of the couple since it underlined the entire conversation. i don’t see anyone complaining about the insertion of her ethnicity, the fact she was black and mexican.

      I am not surprised that MJ Rosenberg sees this as further proof of the penchant of Mondoweiss for catering to the antiSemites.

      and were all the msm reports catering to racists by mentioning her ethnicity, or is it just “jewish” singled out? why the hush hush or else. we’re supposed to fear mentioning someone is jewish when it’s significantly mentioned in this argument they are having? this is crazy yonah and you know it.

  38. lysias says:

    NBA just banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. I wonder how that’s legal.

    • oldgeezer says:

      Well we will know if it’s contested in a court of law. Odds are there is a very detailed contractual agreement between the owners which permits it.

    • American says:

      The NBA is an ‘association’ –basically a association that is a ‘league of team franchises’.
      They can kick out whoever they decide to—whether they can make Sterling sell it or not is a different question.
      But he might as well sell it cause no one else will touch him with a 10 foot pole after this.
      And there is probably a good chance the black team members could get out of their contracts based on Sterlings racist statements and simply get picked up and re teamed under a new owner…leaving Sterling with nothing but a empty bag.

      • lysias says:

        I don’t understand how private statements (apparently illegally recorded) can be grounds for voiding contracts.

        Are homophobic statements now going to be grounds for such treatment? Sexist statements? Ethnocentric statements? Xenophobic statements?

      • Daniel Rich says:

        @ American,

        Q: …whether they can make Sterling sell it or not is a different question.

        R: Seventy-five percent of the NBA’s owners must vote to oust Sterling to force him to sell.

        Several groups hoping to purchase the Clippers are already stepping forward with a bidding war expected to exceed $1 billion for the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Among those groups, Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Partners will be front and center in pursuit of the Clippers.

        If I remember correctly, Sterling bought the Clippers for $21 million back in ’81. You do the math…

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “NBA just banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. I wonder how that’s legal.”

      When he joined the league, the other owners required him to sign a contract permitting them to do so if they so decide. If the proposed owner doesnt’ like it, they can’t buy the team.

  39. American says:

    NBA Says Donald Sterling Banned for Life, Fined $2.5M

    link to abcnews.go.com
    April 29, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million today by the NBA after he was recorded making racist comments about African-Americans.

    “Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a news conference in New York.

    Silver also said he would immediately recommend to the NBA Board of Governors that they force a sale of the Clippers and that he would do “everything in [his] power to ensure that happens.”

    NBA players and officials — including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve Nash, and Players Association president Kevin Johnson — applauded the decision from Los Angeles.”