When will justice’s ‘thunderbolt’ come for Palestine?

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Even if you believe in the promise of the United States as much as I do, this week has been shocking. Today the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of marriage equality– a few short years after no reasonable observer would have said such a thing was possible.

Earlier this week another miracle: a wave of white southern politicians called for the removal of the Confederate flag from official buildings as a symbol that fosters murderous hatred.

“I don’t think god wants us to stop there,” President Obama said just now in a religious speech about equality at the memorial for a pastor killed in the Charleston massacre.

The president said that the nine murders in the AME church last week should cause Americans to go further, to consider what we’re doing “to cause some of our children to hate.” And he asked us to forgive tens of thousands of black youths in prison and change an employment system where “Johnny” gets called back for a job interview “but not Jamal.”

All those who seek equality in our society have a heady feeling today: the American story is not done yet, our country is going to keep struggling forward; and prison reform is before us.

After the Supreme Court ruling this morning the president said that some change is incremental and some comes as a “thunderbolt,” and of course both thunderbolts this week are still crackling for us activists on the Palestine issue. The flag’s removal and the Supreme Court decision raise two questions: Is Israel capable of the changes that we have witnessed here? And when is America going to shift to recognize Palestinians as human beings and not terrorists?

The first question is easy to answer. No. Israel has shown itself incapable of taking steps toward true equality; and it never will so long as it is constituted as a Jewish state.

For decades it was able to pull off the tension of being a Jewish democracy because of its Labor governments and the kibbutzes that Bernie Sanders and Tony Judt and Noam Chomsky went out to work on, or because of the shadow of the Holocaust, or its usefulness during the Cold War, or because it wasn’t regularly massacring people under its control or limiting their movements. None of these conditions applies any longer. It has rightwing racist leaders who sharply limit the movements of Palestinians under its governance. Its Jewish citizens overwhelmingly approve massacres. Its leaders and proxies in the U.S. demand an endless cold war with Iran that entails the United States in a clash of civilizations.

Any reasonable person must acknowledge that every step Israel has taken in recent years has been away from democracy. If the moral arc bends towards justice, Israel’s bends toward intolerance. Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark explained this two years ago:

Has Israel ever been a democracy? And if we add the reasonable caveat that no country lives up to the best ideals of democracy, then maybe it’s better to ask, over these 65 years has Israel been tracing an arc that bends toward justice, speaking of Martin Luther King, of course. If the answer is No, could it be because no matter the potential merits and good will of the founding plan, the effort to establish and sustain the Jewish character of the intended Jewish democracy doomed the democratic character from the start, and it’s been spiraling downward ever since? For whatever the starting point was, I think we mostly agree that Israel has become less democratic in recent years, and every time the separation between religion and state dwindles, free speech  is curtailed, or  minority rights are trampled, it is … in the name of preserving the state’s Jewish character– that is, Jewish hegemony.

Israel supporters sometimes say, “Well you had your Civil War 80 years into your democracy, we just need ours.” That may be the case, but the problem with that parallel is that Israel is the slave south. And a civil war of liberation would mean a society without slavery, where millions of Palestinians gain the right of consent over their government. I.e., the end of Jewish hegemony.
As for the second question, Will American thunderbolts come for Palestinians, and Arabs, too? The answer is Yes, and sooner than you think.
The LGBT community and the black community have been engaged in long and parallel struggles to make themselves part of the American community. The riots at Stonewall that the television networks were celebrating today as a precedent to the Supreme Court decision were violently suppressed 40 years ago. Those protests were encouraged by the feminist movement and by the downfall of Jim Crow the decade before.
Our understanding of human rights is continuous, and it changes in a hurry.
Watching the joy on Jen Psaki’s face today as she reveled in the Supreme Court opinion, I reflected that this is the same Jen Psaki who has had a stern face again and again when standing up for Israel’s human rights abuses at the State Department, and I reflected how many of us, myself included, met the idea of marriage equality with a stern face just a few years ago. But a conservative American majority has been radically transformed by social outcasts waging an idealistic struggle over several decades. A Reagan appointee wrote today’s uplifting majority opinion for the Supreme Court.
History is a form of blindness, Obama said. Then through grace, we see what should have been obvious to us before; and we discover “our best selves.”
When a black president broke into Amazing Grace from the pulpit in Charleston– no one could have seen that moment ten years ago. Just as no one today can see the American embrace of Palestine that is coming soon.
For all my American brothers and sisters who work tirelessly on behalf of a people whose oppression the U.S. is responsible for, today we issue a challenge to the country. Consider our cause. To paraphrase the Supreme Court, Palestinians also hope not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from civilization. All they ask is for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.

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  1. bintbiba
    June 26, 2015, 5:33 pm

    Mr Weiss,
    You write beautifully. The ending of your article is extremely moving.
    May the Powers That Be listen and heed your words !
    It’s been a long,long time a’coming !

    • just
      June 26, 2015, 6:27 pm

      Ditto, bintbiba!

      “For all my American brothers and sisters who work tirelessly on behalf of a people whose oppression the U.S. is responsible for, today we issue a challenge to the country. Consider our cause.”

      Phil, thank you for your impassioned and earnest plea! This is indeed been an amazing week in so many ways. So many enduring calls for justice and equality are beginning to be answered in the US. It’s only the tip of the iceberg, but it feels so right.

      I believe what this woman said:

      “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

      Fannie Lou Hamer

      I could barely contain my joy at the positive SCOTUS decisions this week. Nor my happiness at seeing the Confederate flags come down. I felt almost guilty feeling that level of joy, because so many suffer injustice and lack of freedom and access to healthcare…

      What is significant is that though they were a long time coming, these changes happened seemingly overnight.

      “Just as no one today can see the American embrace of Palestine that is coming soon.”

      I do believe. Thanks, Phil. (It’s a rarity that you reduce me to tears, Phil.)

  2. Annie Robbins
    June 26, 2015, 6:18 pm

    omg phil, you’ve got me crying.

  3. oldgeezer
    June 26, 2015, 6:47 pm

    Don’t hog the tissues.

    Beautiful aspirations and beautifully stated. That day cannot come soon enough. Peace and justice for all in the region. Seems so impossible but that just means there is a need to work harder. Too overcome not only the lunatic fringe that is ISIS but also the lunatic fringe of racist zionists

    • just
      June 26, 2015, 7:01 pm

      +100, oldgeezer!

      (I’ve got loads of tissues, btw~ you’re welcome to some!)

  4. ivri
    June 26, 2015, 7:07 pm

    So, let me understand: Is dealing with the Palestinian issue the natural sequel of the response to the killings in the Church? How exactly the 2 are linked – apart from abstract humane notions that in fact links it to a thousand of other issues in today`s world? And even if so and we just restrict our attention to the Mid-East – isn`t what goes on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, The Sudan, Yemen and other countries in this region infinitely bigger in scale and severity?

    • Kris
      June 26, 2015, 8:12 pm

      ivri, maybe you should try to read the article through again.

      • ivri
        June 27, 2015, 4:35 am

        @Kris
        I understand the spirit of the article but can also see in the very many ways the 2 cases differ. Primarily, following MLK, black people`s struggle for rights in the US was nonviolent. Now how exactly that compares with the hyper-violence that has throughout emanated from Palestinians?

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2015, 11:22 am

        “Irvi” as you say: “That`s human nature – it is what decades of warring does to people. The Arab world and the Palestinians have turned Israel into a Sparta – or, rather, an Athena-Sparta mix.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/israeli-moving-flying#sthash.zDO6jzCP.dpuf

        Right “Irvi”?

      • Kris
        June 27, 2015, 2:01 pm

        @ivri: “the 2 cases differ. Primarily, following MLK, black people`s struggle for rights in the US was nonviolent.”

        Yes, nonviolence worked in the U.S. That is because enough white Americans were shocked by the brutality against Black Americans that they saw on their tv screens. And were even more shocked when white college students from across the country who had joined the civil rights movement were brutally injured and even killed by the segregationists.

        It also helped that white churches finally stood up for justice for Black Americans.

        As you may know, the Palestinians have a long and continuing history of nonviolent protests, but Zionist Jews are not at all upset or shocked when the IDF kills and injures unarmed, nonviolent Palestinians, including children, in cold blood. On the contrary.

        Jews even sat in lawn chairs to applaud the white phosphorus bombs raining down on the trapped families in Gaza.

        Nonviolent protest works only when the oppressor can be moved by the suffering of the oppressed.

      • Kris
        June 27, 2015, 2:18 pm

        ivri, I should have mentioned also that under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Black Americans were entitled to equal rights, and once white citizens outside of the South understood what was happening, their outrage forced the U.S. government to enforce U.S. law and send in the troops.

      • just
        June 27, 2015, 2:19 pm

        Great comment, Kris!

        “As you may know, the Palestinians have a long and continuing history of nonviolent protests”

        Israel and Zionists don’t like the non-violent protests, either. They haven’t for a long time! They’ll kidnap and hold innocent, non- violent people for indefinite lengths of time and re-arrest them numerous times…..in short, one can read Kate’s compilations and find all of the documentation of the loathsome practices.

        “IDF agent provocateurs admit to throwing stones at the IDF in Bilin” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/?s=bilin#sthash.5LiJeJHi.dpuf

        “Jailed by Israel for his cartoons, Mohammad Saba’aneh speaks out”
        https://electronicintifada.net/content/jailed-israel-his-cartoons-mohammad-sabaaneh-speaks-out/12924

        “Palestinian lawyer faces Israeli jail for “organizing demonstrations””
        https://electronicintifada.net/

        “Yafa and Suha Jarrar have spent their whole lives visiting their parents in Israeli custody. As children, it was their father. Now, it’s their mother, Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/hundreds-funeral-roadblock#sthash.mxJDJRiM.dpuf

        I don’t have to go on. Witness the crazed reaction to BDS, among many in and out of Congress and in Israel.

      • MRW
        June 28, 2015, 4:18 am

        Primarily, following MLK, black people`s struggle for rights in the US was nonviolent.

        Wrong. MLK had nothing to do with it. It was Ella Baker, who was born 23 years before MLK and had already established non-violence. As Baker said, “The movement made Martin. Martin didn’t make the movement.”

        Coretta King, MLK’s wife, created the MLK myth after he died. He was a great orator. He was neither the powerhouse nor the engine behind the civil rights movement, and neither were Jews, btw. It was Ella Baker, Septima Clark, and one other woman. Unbekownst to everyone, Rosa Parks’ boss at the NAACP was Ella Baker. It was Baker who taught Parks to use nonviolent protest, and that led to the famous bus event. No one gives Baker any credit because she was a woman and women didn’t get a smidgen of respect in the 50s.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 11:56 am

        Oh look, the Athenian-Spartans in Israel have all become Atticus Finches!

      • just
        June 28, 2015, 6:13 pm

        wrt nonviolent protests, check this out:

        “Israeli Soldiers Detain Archbishop Hanna

        Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Saturday, Archbishop of Sebastia of the Greek Orthodox Church of occupied Jerusalem, Theodosius Attallah Hanna, and held him for several hours in the Etzion military and security base, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

        Father Hanna was participating in a nonviolent protest against the illegal takeover of Beit Al-Bakara old Church, north of Hebron.

        Coordinator of the National Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Hasan Breijiyya, said the soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters against the illegal Israeli seizure, and the subsequent sale of the Beit al-Baraka hospital, part of the al-Bakara church.

        He added that the peaceful protest against this illegal seizure of the Beit al-Baraka comes to expose the illegal Israeli policies, and outrageous violations against holy sites and property.

        Scores of residents, Israeli and international peace activists, in addition to a delegation of the Presbyterian Church, participated in the procession, before the soldiers assaulted them.

        The senior Christian figure was held for several hours in the Gush Etzion military and security base, before the soldiers eventually released him.

        Prior to his release, Archbishop Hanna was handed an order for interrogation by the Israeli security services.

        Breijiyya said the takeover of the church building is illegal under international law, and that the alleged sale of the church property is invalid, especially since International Law, and Church Law, states that churches and church property, must be handed back to the local church once it is out of commission.

        The soldiers completely surrounded the compound, and blockaded all nearby roads, eventually preventing the protestors from reaching the compound.

        A committee for defending Beit al-Baraka was formed to continue organizing public actions meant at foiling the illegal Israeli colonialist takeover.

        Pastor Danny Awad of the Presbyterian Church also delivered a speech explaining the role Beit al-Baraka played in helping patients through its free services to the public.

        Israeli peace activists of “Combatants For Peace” said that the illegal Israeli policies must be exposed and condemned by all religious groups around the world, and called for more public support to counter the escalating Israeli violations. …”

        http://www.imemc.org/article/72088

        Wonder what Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori has to say about that… BDS yet?

    • michtom
      June 27, 2015, 8:58 am

      Comparing oppressions is not helpful. Realizing and accepting reality, as Justice Kennedy did, helps us all move closer to the Jewish obligation of universal freedom, as we are told in the Seder:

      We Jews should think of ourselves as having personally come out of slavery, as understanding that no one is free until everyone is free and that, as Jews, we have an obligation to work for that freedom.

      Check your Haggadah, ivri.

      • yonah fredman
        June 27, 2015, 6:29 pm

        michtom- We Jews should think of ourselves as having personally come out of slavery, as understanding that no one is free until everyone is free and that, as Jews, we have an obligation to work for that freedom. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/thunderbolt-equality-palestine#comment-777259

        I don’t disagree with the sentiment expressed herein, but it is not part of the traditional Haggadah. It is fine and great to update the Haggadah. But don’t expect that the new Haggadah written in the last hundred or so years has now become the accepted Haggadah by all.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2015, 12:03 pm

        “I don’t disagree with the sentiment expressed herein, but it is not part of the traditional Haggadah. It is fine and great to update the Haggadah. But don’t expect that the new Haggadah written in the last hundred or so years has now become the accepted Haggadah by all.”

        Yonah, where the f–k do you get the pathologically grandiose idea that you, and your ilk, are going to have any goddamned influence on what version of Judaism is “accepted”?
        Gee, Yonah, as a matter of fact, won’t Jews, the vast majority as they have already done look at you and your model for Judaism and reject it? What, exactly, is it you guys have been so good at that we should emulate you in any respect?

        And please stop referring to yourself as Jewish, as if that was a general descriptor. What denomination, what sect do you belong to? Why not be honest about it?

        What are you gonna do with the rest of us, Yonah, make us turn off our smoke-alarms on Saturdays?

    • eljay
      June 27, 2015, 9:12 am

      || ivri: … isn`t what goes on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, The Sudan, Yemen and other countries in this region infinitely bigger in scale and severity? ||

      Zio-supremacists love their “As long as murderers exist, rape is acceptable” defense, even though it underscores just how hateful and immoral they are.

    • just
      June 27, 2015, 10:39 am

      “And even if so and we just restrict our attention to the Mid-East – isn`t what goes on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, The Sudan, Yemen and other countries in this region infinitely bigger in scale and severity?”

      My guess is that you missed this:

      “Israel largest state user of explosive weapons in 2014 due to Gaza war

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel was the single largest user of explosive weapons among international states in 2014 as a result of its war on Gaza, a London-based NGO said this week, providing further testimony to its devastating use of force on the coastal territory last summer. …

      Gaza accounted for a staggering 35 percent of global fatalities from aerial explosives and experienced the largest increase in civilian deaths from explosive weaponry in 2014 — in line with a five percent rise in total casualties worldwide. …”

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/israeli-moving-flying#sthash.rplb5OUm.dpuf

      Prouder now, ivri?

      (I dislike when people refer to “the Palestinian issue”. They are Palestinian people on Palestinian land. The “issue” is the Occupier, the thieving, Israel’s impunity- so far, etc.)

      • michelle
        June 27, 2015, 5:49 pm

        .
        @Just
        sad stats
        were Gazas ‘we are here’ ‘we exist’ rockets anywhere on those stats
        to offer a counter/balance
        seems like the stat. would come out even worse if it went by sq. ft.
        another glossed over stat.
        .
        the standard is/or should be set higher within the group
        .
        Israel claims to be the only democrocy in the Middle East
        so the world expects that standard
        the other democrocies moreso
        well the people/public does
        on most issues the elect have ‘voted’ themselves and the 1 % exempt
        .
        the other conflicts in the area tend to stem from Israel/America
        maybe Israel should distance itself from America
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

      • just
        June 27, 2015, 6:40 pm

        “sad stats” indeed, michelle. An abomination. Crimes upon crimes, but so many refuse to even countenance the truth.

        Thanks for your comment. ;(

        “the other conflicts in the area tend to stem from Israel/America”

        You bet!

    • CigarGod
      June 27, 2015, 11:14 am

      Ivri…”…thru grace…”.
      Go back and read that part again.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 27, 2015, 11:44 am

      So, let me understand

      yes, it is a “natural sequel”.

      How exactly the 2 are linked – apart from abstract humane notions that in fact links it to a thousand of other issues in today`s world?

      “abstract humane notions” are what make the world go round ivri, so what logical reason would there be to set “dealing with the palestinian issue” “apart” from other issues in the world today? what objective lies behind extracting it from consideration of other current atrocities to begin with? seriously, think of all the times we hear about that jewish issue from the last century, bandied about and inserted into conversations by jewish leaders today (70 years later) merely because of “abstract humane notions”.

      isn’t what goes on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, The Sudan, Yemen and other countries in this region infinitely bigger in scale and severity?

      no, it’s definitely not “infinitely” bigger in scale and severity. not when considering the scale of human suffering by population in the geographic region you described. if it were infinitely bigger the suffering and destruction would be incalculable, and it isn’t.

      also, you posit, hyper-violence has emanated from Palestinians “throughout”. aside from thoroughly dismissing decades of non violent acts of palestinian resistance that occur as a matter of course daily, if violent palestinian resistance to the brutal decades long israeli-zionist occupation of palestine is deemed “hyper”, the vast majority of which is carried out with rocks, how pray tell should we describe zionist slaughter of an imprisoned civilian population last summer- “the single largest user of explosive weapons among international states in 2014 ” http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=766173 ?

      certainly “hyper” would not suffice. genocidal perhaps?

      also, “primarily” speaking, the palestinian people`s struggle for rights in their homeland is nonviolent, including the non violent bds campaign and countless other acts of non violent resistance to unspeakable human rights abuses carried out by the ever expanding colonizing israeli state.

    • Giles
      June 27, 2015, 12:09 pm

      “And even if so and we just restrict our attention to the Mid-East – isn`t what goes on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, The Sudan, Yemen and other countries in this region infinitely bigger in scale and severity?”

      Do you honestly not understand the machinations of the Zionists as the primary for the violence in every one of those countries?

  5. Citizen
    June 26, 2015, 9:20 pm

    I don’t recall the USA giving Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen and other countries $8.5 Million dollars a day; nor do I recall the USA immunizing their regimes from accountability under international law post Nuremberg at the UN SC. @ ivri, do you?

    • michtom
      June 27, 2015, 9:03 am

      Unfortunately, the US has been very much doing that for the Saudis, Citizen. And it supplied Saddam Hussein with gas when he was an ally.

      But, as I already noted, dueling oppressions is not a useful passtime.

  6. BBSNews
    June 26, 2015, 11:26 pm

    Very very nice Phil. And I think you are right. It’s going to come very fast. But my over-riding concern has been for well over a decade that when it comes, there might be a very bad times for Jews in general because more than a century of effort has been to conflate Judaism, with Zionism, with Israel. As the unwashed masses learn the depth of how the story they heard was wrong, the blowback is going to be fierce.

    So while I feel encouraged, and my view is close to yours, I am concerned that many people, of an ilk that value a Confederate flag and the slavery supporting sentiment that goes with it, will not know the nuance of Louis Brandeis or even Theodor Herzl (leaving aside their dark sides).

    They certainly will not recognize that so many of us have recognized the dark side. They will wreak havoc based on old base, real, old-fashioned, antisemitism before this is all through. I’m terrified that it will quickly become a wild fire of far more than graffiti.

    • ivri
      June 27, 2015, 4:18 am

      @BBS
      Wrong predictions and misreading of the political map. This feeling that “change is just around the corner”, which I think I prevails on this thread for many years now, is due to a self-inflated bubble that comes from all in it being cooked all the time in the same juice. The people in position and strength in the US, likely the general population too, see urgency elsewhere. Not saving Hamas in Gaza or changing the balance of power in a minuscule West-Bank – all that is yesterday`s big story. Put yourself in their shoes and look at what goes on in the Mid-East at large, nukes getting in the hands of rogues, Putin`s ambitions in Europe, the immense growth of China just to name some – and draw your conclusions.

      • johneill
        June 27, 2015, 9:44 am

        i agree it is a sort of bubble mentality in these threads, but this: – “look at what goes on in the Mid-East at large, nukes getting in the hands of rogues, Putin`s ambitions in Europe, the immense growth of China” – doesn’t make sense. iran, if the deal goes through, would not get nukes, and neither russia nor china are in the middle east.

      • bryan
        June 27, 2015, 10:29 am

        Ivri – “look at what goes on in the Mid-East at large, nukes getting in the hands of rogues” Please be more specific Ivri – which rogue Middle eastern states have acquired nuclear weapons? or is that a secret? If nukes are such a problem why on earth did the US undermine a process designed to bring about a nuclear-free middle east?

      • a blah chick
        June 27, 2015, 11:24 am

        Ivri – “look at what goes on in the Mid-East at large, nukes getting in the hands of rogues”

        Now that I can agree with.

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2015, 11:25 am

        “look at what goes on in the Mid-East at large, nukes getting in the hands of rogues” Please be more specific Ivri – which rogue Middle eastern states have acquired nuclear weapons?”

        There two dozen! No, that’s only 24. There’s five dozen!! Dictatorships and bankrollers, every one of ’em!

      • BBSNews
        June 27, 2015, 4:28 pm

        Yeah, maybe I should not put too much stock in Abe Foxman. in the ADL 2014 report that claims antisemitism is growing in the US again with a tremendous spike after the latest War on Gaza.

        “New York, NY, March 30, 2015 … The total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased by 21 percent in 2014 in a year marked by a violent anti-Semitic shooting attack targeting Jewish community buildings in Kansas and anti-Jewish expressions linked to the war in Gaza.”

        Audit: In 2014 Anti-Semitic Incidents Rose 21 Percent Across The U.S. In A “Particularly Violent Year for Jews

        I don’t see anyone trying to “save” Hamas in Gaza. And the only rogue state I can think of that is on the other side of this conflict is Israel. Palestine has no nukes, Iran has no nukes. Israel has hundreds of nukes, and even German supplied nuke capable subs that can deliver a “second-strike” capability if Israel was reduced to a smoking hole. Cold comfort that.

        I peruse a lot of right wing wingnut Web sites in the US. It is my opinion that base antisemitism, i.e. that Jews control the banks and all that rot is seriously on the rise. A confluence of the Confederate flag being pulled down and the Supreme’s decision on gay marriage is in my opinion, leaving the right wing ripe once again for the most vile forms of antisemitism driven by the events in Palestine. Your mileage may vary.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 27, 2015, 7:13 pm

        leaving the right wing ripe once again for the most vile forms of antisemitism driven by the events in Palestine.

        i’m not sure it stands to reason that hatred “driven by the events in Palestine” is even (generally speaking) anti semitism, much less “the most vile forms of antisemitism”. traditionally, anti semitism is “”hatred toward Jews—individually and as a group—that can be attributed to the Jewish religion and/or ethnicity.” or “irrational” hatred of jews, just for being jewish.

        on the other hand, if an iraqi hated all americans because we invaded his country and killed or imprisoned his family, that hatred might not be considered racist in nature, nor completely irrational.

      • CigarGod
        June 27, 2015, 7:58 pm

        Thats what im talking about.
        If zionists and their apologists dont like the rise in criticism, then it would be wise to stop running an oppressive regime; and stop gaming the people of the world.
        The longer they wait, the greater the pressure will build…until we all get tared with their crimes…and we have to run for our lives once again.

    • bryan
      June 27, 2015, 5:49 am

      “the blowback is going to be fierce … They will wreak havoc based on old base, real, old-fashioned, antisemitism before this is all through. I’m terrified that it will quickly become a wild fire of far more than graffiti.”

      Crazy, crazy paranoia. “Old-fashioned anti-Semitism” all but disappeared from America during the years when the Jewish community played its significant role in the struggle to end imperial oppression in Vietnam, to assert the civil rights of African Americans and to undermine the South African Apartheid regime. The problem is entirely the opposite to that you wildly hypothesize – any remnant of Jew-hatred in America is fueled entirely by the support that some American Jews give to the oppression of the Palestinian people by the government of Israel. Yes there is racist bigotry in America, strongly linked to the Islamophobia so carefully cultivated by a minority of lunatic right-wingers, neoconservatives and Israel-firsters, but to suggest as you do that “the unwashed masses” (as you so charmingly describe them) will seek revenge when they learn that they have been wickedly deceived by the elite is wild speculation – please provide a scintilla of evidence that such a thing has ever happened before in human history. Indeed the “masses” are complicit in wickedness when they are manipulated by powerful elites, not when they finally realize that they were set up as patsies. If you are suggesting that Sheldon Adelson and his ilk will face enraged lynch-mobs when the Palestinians finally achieve justice, I fear he will have been long dead when that marvellous day dawns.

    • michelle
      June 27, 2015, 6:27 pm

      .
      seems like antiwhateverism is looked at through a rear view mirror
      larger and closer than reality
      unless of corse one is refering to the other Semites those who seem to be undefined
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

      • amigo
        June 28, 2015, 6:53 am

        “Seems like antiwhateverism is “.michelle.

        Priceless –thanks.

    • Mooser
      June 30, 2015, 12:07 pm

      “As the unwashed masses learn the depth of how the story they heard was wrong, the blowback is going to be fierce”

      I’ve thought of that, and I think I’ve got it covered. I’ve stopped bathing. I’ll just be one of the crowd, and they’ll never recognize me!

  7. Kay24
    June 27, 2015, 6:45 am

    Thank you for those beautiful words Phil. They give us hope for those we keep writing about.
    I guess no one ever dreamt that Gays would one day have the same rights as the rest of the Americans, and that their marriages will be recognized and respected just like the rest of the country, who even thought SCOTUS will rule this way. Years ago this would have been an impossibility, especially when the voices of negativity were louder than those with open minds.

    Today, the voices in the media who blindly support an occupier drowns the voices of those who want justice and the Palestinians freed from oppression, and who continue to suffer with lives lost and resources stolen. Perhaps soon we can hope we will be celebrating their freedom too.

  8. hophmi
    June 27, 2015, 7:32 am

    For those of you who work on behalf of human rights and equality, I say, consider the Jewish cause. Israel has built a liberal democracy in a region where such forms of government are unknown. Its democracy has expanded in the last half century, not contracted. People of all races and religions sit in its government, attend its universities, and participate in its society. Its people are a good and kind people, targeted by many, loved by few. People of conscience belong in their corner.

    • just
      June 27, 2015, 9:26 am

      There you go again conflating Judaism with Israel.

      “For those of you who work on behalf of human rights and equality, I say, consider the Jewish cause. Israel has built a liberal democracy in a region where such forms of government are unknown. Its democracy has expanded in the last half century, not contracted.”

      I can’t believe that you actually wrote that, hophmi! Did it come out of some glossy magazine? Not sure that you’re going to be able to market Israel, as it currently exists and behaves, to anyone other than committed Zionists.

      “Its people are a good and kind people, targeted by many, loved by few. ”

      Care to explain that really bizarre comment?

      “People of conscience” are practicing BDS and protesting Israel’s violent and cruel Occupation, etc. for obvious reasons.

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2015, 1:18 pm

        “Its democracy has expanded in the last half century, not contracted.”

        (Where the hell are those screen-wipes?) Sure, Hoph, expanded to new territories, huh?

    • eljay
      June 27, 2015, 9:38 am

      || hophmi: For those of you who work on behalf of human rights and equality, I say, consider the Jewish cause. … ||

      For those of you who work on behalf of battered women, I say consider the rapist’s cause. Yes, he keeps victims chained in his basement, but:
      – the environment is hygienic;
      – he feeds and clothes them; and
      – he provides them with education and health services.

      Zio-supremacists are a bad – and hateful and immoral – joke.

      Those who work on behalf of human rights and equality should consider human rights and equality, not “the Jewish cause” of Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” (and all related past and on-going (war) crimes).

    • justicewillprevail
      June 27, 2015, 9:51 am

      You’ve got to stop smoking that stuff, hop. It gives you delusions and fantasies. The Disney version of israel doesn’t actually exist, except in comics. Apparently you’ve never read mondoweiss, you should try it, it will temper those wild fantasies with some reality – dangerous, I know for addicts like yourself.
      I especially recommend this excellent article above. which you seem to have missed in your compulsion to comment randomly, in an arbitrary kind of way.
      Or you could try recent articles on the shooting of children, the UN report, the State Dept report, B’Tselem – why, there’s a whole host of evidence awaiting the application of that vivid imagination you possess. Just put the pipe down, first, like a good fellow.

    • Mooser
      June 27, 2015, 1:16 pm

      ” Its people are a good and kind people, targeted by many, loved by few.”

      Sure, that’s the Israelis, all over, but what’s your excuse, Hophmi?

    • Walker
      June 27, 2015, 9:32 pm

      This sounds like a 1930s era Communist’s paean to the USSR.

    • Kris
      June 27, 2015, 11:05 pm

      @hophmi: “” Its people are a good and kind people, targeted by many, loved by few.”

      You got the “loved by few” part right, anyway.

    • Shingo
      June 28, 2015, 1:07 am

      Israel has built a liberal democracy in a region where such forms of government are unknown. Its democracy has expanded in the last

      Not only that but in Hop’s world, up is down, white is black, war is peace, slavery is freedom apartheid is democracy.

      Thank God we have Hop around to invert reality at every opportunity.

    • Mooser
      June 30, 2015, 12:13 pm

      “For those of you who work on behalf of human rights and equality, I say, consider the Jewish cause….”

      Gee, Hophmi, you got yourself a little foundation going supporting “the Jewish cause”, don’t you? Should we send the checks directly to you, and you’ll see they go to support “the Jewish cause”?

  9. amigo
    June 27, 2015, 7:53 am

    Beautiful piece Phil.Thank you.

    I am proud that Ireland was the first nation to vote for LGBT rights in approving Marriage equality through a referendum.

    If only Israel would follow our lead in making peace through hard choices and difficult sacrifices. They need to wake up and see the folly of their ways.If they love their Israel so much , how come they work so hard to destroy it.

    There will never be a second chance at having a nation called Israel if they blow this one.

    • echinococcus
      June 28, 2015, 1:17 am

      There will never be a second chance at having a nation called Israel if they blow this one.

      Let’s try our damnedest to make them blow it, then.

    • irishmoses
      June 28, 2015, 11:42 pm

      And, Amigo, I am proud as a several generations removed member of the American Irish diaspora to be visiting the Emerald Isle for the next couple of weeks. The parallels between the Irish and Palestinian experience are both remarkable and sad. But the Irish can give us hope that at the end of the day justice will prevail even though the bitter seeds of British rule and partition remain.

      I look at Ireland and see what my country could have been. The roots of JFK, RFK, and even BHO are there, but we’ve been afflicted with a blight that has smothered all that glorious potential, maybe some internal form of the same blight that sent our ancestors desperately fleeing west in the hope of a decent future. A future we may have squandered.

      Some say it was the Irish who saved civilization from the Dark Ages. I pray their American kin won’t be the cause of a new descent into that darkness. The events of this week have given me new confidence. Just the halting singing of the few words of Amazing Grace by my American-Irish president gave me hope and brought me to tears.

      It would be nice to think this past week was a harbinger of the glorious last months of a historic presidency. I’ll dwell on that thought as I sip my way through the varieties of Irish whiskey and try to capture a sense of my Irish heritage.

      We will be in and around Dublin during our stay. Any recommendations for food, drink, and social events, sport, and even civic activism would be welcome.

  10. michtom
    June 27, 2015, 9:07 am

    A great statement, Phil, and something so many of us are working to achieve, especially if we are Jewish and see Netanyahu, et al, as grinding Jewish ethics under the heel of their hate and fear.

  11. unverified__5ilf90kd
    June 27, 2015, 1:04 pm

    I am an immigrant US Medical School Professor from Ireland. Several things have always enraged me about the USA. 1) Ignorant treatment of gays and blacks in the US 2) Lack of affordable health care 3) Blind support for Israel’s wars because of rich Jews bribing our politicians and a total domination of our media by Jews and some Evangelicals who are dishonest for the sake of Israel. Two out of the three have been addressed very aggressively in recent days. As Phil says there is finally hope that the third subject of Israel will soon be under the microscope. Brave leaders like Phil and Max are making it happen. Thank you! Even people like Beinart who are still somewhat” Israel irrational” like the rest, are nonetheless raising long-overdue questions and starting to question the Israeli occupation and brutality. It is all adding up to the likelihood of a sea-change is our uncritical treatment of Israeli crimes.

  12. Bumblebye
    June 27, 2015, 5:40 pm

    It’s only a few years ago that Obama was causing huge frustration for tiptoeing around these issues. Now he’s clearly proud to be onside. Makes me wonder if Phil’s optimism wrt his long game on I/P could be right

  13. John Salisbury
    June 27, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Truly inspirational PHIL.

    My socks are knocked off.

  14. karendevito
    June 28, 2015, 3:22 am

    From your lips to God’s ear. I could weep.

  15. arihalli
    June 28, 2015, 10:58 pm

    Thanks for your tireless efforts to keep the spirit of freedom alive.

  16. just
    June 29, 2015, 10:50 am

    “Jewish group pays Mexican laborers to picket gay pride parade in New York

    A Jewish group hired protesters to picket the gay pride parade in New York on Sunday, the New York Times reported.

    According to the report, the Jewish Political Action Committee paid Mexican laborers to wear fringed garments known as tzitzit and hold up anti-gay signs.

    “Judaism prohibits homosexuality,” one sign, baring the organization’s logo, read. “G-d created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” read another.

    The men were supplementary troops, filling in for Jewish students who would normally be called upon to demonstrate, Heshie Freed, a member of the Orthodox Jewish group based in Brooklyn, told the New York Times.

    “The rabbis said that the yeshiva boys shouldn’t come out for this because of what they would see at the parade,” Freed said. …

    Parade-goers weren’t shy in showing their disdain for the group. Some hurled open water-bottles at them, others kissed defiantly in front of them. Late in the afternoon, a fight broke out between parade-goers and the group.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.663540?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    There’s something really, really twisted and corrupt in the actions of JPAC. Sick.

  17. irishmoses
    June 29, 2015, 11:48 am

    Didn’t mean to imply that my Irish heritage consists of different brands of Irish whiskey. I see the whiskies as a lubricant to smooth my reintroduction to the wonders of Ireland.

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