Divine Violence?

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This coming December, a group of Palestinian intellectuals will join forces with a number of world renowned philosophers (including Slavoj Zizek,) for a week-long conference around the work of Walter Benjamin in Ramallah. Those who wish to read, learn and deeply understand Benjamin, are welcome to do so in the place where Benjamin belongs: side by side with the occupied who will not remain silent and with the oppressed who no longer await the angel of history, for they know he has no role in their salvation.

Concurrently, this December, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem plans a series of events in honor of Walter Benjamin. To think of Benjamin in the context of the apartheid city, where only those privileged not to live under occupation, can attend a seminar in his honor – is to feel oneself not at home. (Uncanny)

Meanwhile, here is something I wrote with Benjamin’s critique on violence in mind about the events of the hour.

The question is not whether we’re for or against violence, or whether we should encourage it as a way of resistance or condemn it. The new violence needs to be listened to, to learn what it’s saying to us. Walter Benjamin compares violence of the kind that erupts like this to what he calls “divine violence”.

It is like the uprisings in Ferguson, in Marseilles, in Baltimore, in Birmingham, in terms of what drives it – the subterranean spirit of the time that streams through the oppressed streets. But what’s different between there and here is that here it’s an uprising not of an ethnic minority that lives in ghettoes but of natives of this country who number about half of the country’s inhabitants.

For decades there has been violence here – brutal, institutionalized violence against Palestinians, uninhibited institutional terror. The aim of this violence has been to erase from our minds the fact that there are Palestinians. It is not only the Right that is responsible for this nightmare – we have all collaborated with it. From the fighters for social justice, to the tent dwellers in Rothschild Boulevard, from the new Mizrahim (Jews from Muslim countries) to the especially repulsive white Zionist Left, all of them have erased the Palestinian or written that they can wait. All of them have held leftist or spiritual festivals of apartheid in Jerusalem, all of us have behaved as if five million people don’t belong to our discourse of justice.

Suddenly a few Palestinian men and women have drawn knives and burst the bubble of the terrible lie. There is no establishment behind this new violence, and it has neither moral nor immoral justification. It is ontological to the situation. Those Jews who don’t turn racist become Mahatma Gandhis, all of them explain to the Palestinians how terrible violence is but forget to mention that when they’re not violent they don’t exist. How is it that people who speak for the blacks don’t stand shoulder to shoulder with them? How is it that people who speak for the Left line up shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish fascists? How is it that there isn’t even one percent of righteous Jews in Sodom who’ll stand with the popular Palestinian struggle for justice and equality – not to give advice but simply to be there with our bodies together with the Palestinians.

As an individual sovereign human being I oppose all violence. This is the reason why I’ve supported BDS, and I’ll never collaborate with violence, but when I think with the aid of Walter Benjamin I can say that the violence of the Israeli Jews is institutional violence that represents the Israeli will for hegemony and oppression, while the violence of the Palestinian Jerusalemites and citizens of the state is the violence of oppressed subterranean streams seeking a place to erupt and to utter a strong outcry against injustice and for justice.

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  1. lysias
    October 16, 2015, 10:24 am

    Gandhi won — or at least won as quickly as he did — because to his nonviolence was added the violence of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army and the violent resistance to British tyranny of the Quit India Movement to which Gandhi himself had given the spark. This is amply demonstrated by Yasmin Khan’s new book India At War: The Subcontinent and the Second World War.

    It was the mutinies in the Indian Army and in particular in the Indian Royal Navy provoked by the treason trial in 1946 of officers of the Indian National Army in Delhi’s Red Fort that precipitated the decision of Attlee’s British government to give independence to India as quickly as it did.

    • Mary T
      October 16, 2015, 10:35 am

      I think Malcolm X played the same role for Martin Luther King. I haven’t read the book you reference, but I have never considered Gandhi’s victory quick. I believe he started his political work in India in 1915 and the Salt March was around 1930. But maybe that is quick by some measures.

  2. Citizen
    October 16, 2015, 10:58 am

    Yesterday, on Fox’s The Five, the knifing controversy was the main subject. Four of the five regular panelists blamed it on a “coordinated” attack by Palestinian youths to kill Jews, and they railed against the US government statement suggesting there was terrorism on both sides, angrily saying this was an insult to America best ally, Israel, and its leader Netanyahu. Juan Cole finally interjected that one needs to look at the context, the long occupation, the settlements (essentially suggesting the knifings were due to spontaneous, deeply frustrate blowback.) Cole was immediately subjected to ridicule and dismay, with none of the remaining four saying anything about context, but simply repeating boilerplate hasbara as if they heard it directly from God. Cole is the most regular token “liberal” on The Five. This passes for informed consent duty on the part of Fox news/infotainment media, which has consistently had the highest ratings for this type of content. (Fox news always trots out Bolton & Krauthamer as political pundits of the first order).

    • pabelmont
      October 16, 2015, 11:35 am

      Good for Cole. Better he speak and be dissed (or ignored) than that no-one speak at all about context, about Jewish terrorism, about the obscene length and indignity of the occupation.

      Many watching would grasp that there was a censorship going on in support of a party-line, with Cole opposing the censorship in favor of truth.

    • Kris
      October 16, 2015, 11:48 am

      There are voices speaking out in Israel, too, but we in the U.S. don’t hear them. From “‘East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death”:

      As a rule, Palestinian children don’t really interest the Israeli public. They don’t interest Israelis when the authorities fail to provide them with thousands of classrooms. They aren’t of interest when security forces detain them long before they’ve reached the age of criminal culpability. They aren’t of any interest when police spray their schools with putrid “skunk” water as an act of unabashed collective punishment. And they’re not of any interest when they are shot and killed by police. They are of interest only when they have a knife in their hand and are try and kill somebody.

      That’s human nature, it seems — to turn inward, especially at times like these. Who really cares about the wellbeing of a 13-year-old Palestinian kid when the Jewish victim is still fighting for his life? But at the same time, we cannot ignore the situation that results in a child picking up a knife, and sticks it into the body of another child. And if we do ignore it, does that help save the life of the next victim? http://972mag.com/east-jerusalem-youth-no-longer-distinguish-between-life-and-death/112780/

      • Mooser
        October 16, 2015, 2:15 pm

        “Who really cares about the wellbeing of a 13-year-old Palestinian kid when the Jewish victim is still fighting for his life?”

        Who, indeed? Wow.

        ” But at the same time, we cannot ignore the situation….”

        Does he go so far as to name “the situation”? Maybe guess at what sort of a situation it is?

    • Kathleen
      October 17, 2015, 11:30 am

      So great that Fox News is having Cole on regularly. More than we can say about the so called liberal outlet of MSNBC. Owned lock, stock, barrel,

      The only host on that outlet that have stepped out of Comcast line is Melissa Harris Perry. Have begged Chris Matthews etc to have Cole, Leveretts, Mondoweiss folks, Max Blumenthal on. Just too chicken shit. Too wrapped up in their huge paychecks.

      The Israeli decades long institutional violence needs to be talked about. Of course these violent Palestinian outburst are understandable in many ways but not excusable. Great that Cole is providing context.

      Does anyone know how long Fox has been having Cole on as a regular?

  3. JLewisDickerson
    October 16, 2015, 12:12 pm

    RE: “Suddenly a few Palestinian men and women have drawn knives and burst the bubble of the terrible lie. There is no establishment behind this new violence, and it has neither moral nor immoral justification. It is ontological to the situation.” ~ Udi Aloni

    QUOTATION:

    “The settler’s work is to make even dreams of liberty impossible for the native. The native’s work is to imagine all possible methods for destroying the settler.” — Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

    SOURCE: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (ReVisioning American History), by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    Kindle Edition ($2.99) – http://www.amazon.com/Indigenous-Peoples-History-ReVisioning-American-ebook/dp/B00J6Y98UE

  4. Mooser
    October 16, 2015, 6:53 pm

    “to the especially repulsive white Zionist Left”

    Can’t leave them out!

    • DaBakr
      October 16, 2015, 9:46 pm

      @ms
      omfg. the funny man actually pokes fun at the appropriate subject. wonders will never cease. maybe your doing something wrong since you unbelievably just made me laugh.

    • kalithea
      October 18, 2015, 3:01 pm

      to the especially repulsive white Zionist Left

      This statement deserves much more scrutiny, because in my opinion it’s the Zionist “left” that buttresses Zionism by making “intelligent” excuses for its continuance despite the multitude of injustices it accumulates over time.

      The writing is on the wall regarding the truth that Zionism is an inherently flawed ideology and grave, intolerable injustice and the repulsive white Zionist Left are whitewashing it.

  5. Liz18
    October 16, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Always so great to read Udi Aloni. And what a brilliant assessment of the different kinds of violence, as described in his last paragraph–the institutional violence of the Israelis and the violence from being oppressed by the Palestinians.

  6. DaBakr
    October 16, 2015, 9:37 pm

    I just think Aloni is an idiot if he really believes there is “no institution” behind these specific Knife/Axe/Machete uprising. He either is deaf and dumb to the INSTITUTIONAL incitement that has been building for weeks with lies coming from all over the Arab world about the ‘Jews storming al-Aqsa’. This has always been the way institutional Arab leaders have incited mob violence in the past against Jews in Hebron circa ’29 and many times since. The fact is-Israel turned over sovereignty to the Arabs after conquering the Temple Mount and they have never once tried to wrest back control. Limiting the number of young males who are always the bulk of the incited aggressors is not changing the ‘status quo’. Neither is allowing Israelis to walk around the plaza. Thought by the violent spitting throngs of naqab outfitted women harassing these Jews one might think they were ‘storming the mosque’. But of course the world knows the truth and the Arabs either refuse to accept it or conveniently use their lies to incite institutional violence.

    I just can’t believe that this Aloni is convinced that this 3rd ‘knife intifada’ sprung up willy-nilly and without a lot of thought behind exactly what type of violence should be visited upon the ‘Zionist aggressors’. The 1st intifada was spontaneous. The second was approved of if not completely controlled. This is something completely different . This is a political strategy on the world stage where Palestinians must compete for attention (maybe for good reason) with the masses of refugees and war-victims from Africa and Syria and Iraq. And as usual-the left buys it fully and completely. Divine violence my foot. As bad, imo, as right-wing Israeli nut-jobs claiming ‘divine rights’ to aggress.

    • John O
      October 17, 2015, 9:27 am

      @DaBakr

      “Israel turned over sovereignty to the Arabs after conquering the Temple Mount and they have never once tried to wrest back control.”

      Your sentence sums up the problem with Zionism very neatly. You think that acquiring something by violence gives you the right to do with it what you will. The rest of us think that such actions – whether it’s a mugger stealing your mobile phone or a neighbouring country marching its army into your territory – are criminal acts.

      • DaBakr
        October 22, 2015, 6:12 pm

        @j and others

        should have used the word: control as we did not give sovereignty over the mount to Arabs. However, the status quo has been maintained with the waqf and jordan controlling the mosques. Have there been points of contention? Yes.

      • oldgeezer
        October 22, 2015, 6:50 pm

        @dabakr

        Sovereignty was never Israel’s to give in the first place. Stick to facts and skip the zionist fantasies.

      • talknic
        October 22, 2015, 8:00 pm

        @ DaBakr “should have used the word: control as we did not give sovereignty over the mount to Arabs”

        1) On what date and by what legal mechanism, co-signed by whom, did Israel ever have sovereignty over any territory beyond its self proclaimed and Internationally recognized borders of 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time)? http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/decad169.asp

        Fact is; it was not and still is not sovereign to Israel. You cannot give what is not yours to give. UNSC 476 [ 1. Reaffirms the overriding necessity to end the prolonged occupation of Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem; ] http://wp.me/pDB7k-W8

        2) Why do you and your fellow propagandists keep posting nonsense when you have been thoroughly proven wrong so many times? I don’t believe its because you like purposefully making fools of yourselves

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 18, 2015, 2:03 pm

      “The fact is-Israel turned over sovereignty to the Arabs after conquering the Temple Mount and they have never once tried to wrest back control. Limiting the number of young males who are always the bulk of the incited aggressors is not changing the ‘status quo’. ”

      You’ve contradicted yourself right there. If Israel “turned over sovereignty to the Arabs after conquering the Temple Mount”, why does it still retain the right to decide who has access to it? Don’t soverign entities normally get to decide who does and does not get to enter within their boundaries?

      Oh, and love the use of ”incited”. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s an incited aggressor. Unincited ones are fine, however.

      • MHughes976
        October 18, 2015, 4:37 pm

        If the Mount is under the sovereign control of Muslims – or is simply the private property of a Muslim organisation – there is no right to organise religious activity there which the owners do not approve and no right to expropriate the owners because the dominant religion of the state is different.

    • Kris
      October 18, 2015, 2:09 pm

      @DBkr: “Limiting the number of young males who are always the bulk of the incited aggressors is not changing the ‘status quo’.”

      Probably you meant to say “young men,” and didn’t mean to sound racist?

      • DaBakr
        October 22, 2015, 6:09 pm

        Knock yourself out explaining the difference.

      • talknic
        October 22, 2015, 8:06 pm

        @Kris October 18, 2015, 2:09 pm

        @DBkr: “Limiting the number of young males who are always the bulk of the incited aggressors is not changing the ‘status quo’.”

        Probably you meant to say “young men,” and didn’t mean to sound racist?

        @ DaBakr

        “Knock yourself out explaining the difference”

        Men: Human

        Males: Applicable to non-humans

        That ol’ Ziocaine sure does some weird stuff to the grey matter

      • DaBakr
        October 23, 2015, 1:42 am

        @tk

        righto. imaginary demons. meaningless nitpicking is probably only useful to male chimpanzees who actually need their nits picked. i guess you need to be reminded then when discussing the situation between Israeli and Palestinian it is in reference to humans-not male turtles, porcupines, or chihuahuas or whatever else your stilted imagination comes up with.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 18, 2015, 2:27 pm

      incitement that has been building for weeks with lies coming from all over the Arab world about the ‘Jews storming al-Aqsa’.

      of course Jews storming al-Aqsa is incitement. of course it incites anger from all over the Arab world. that is entirely predictable. so when israeli forces invade the mosque, storm the mosque, enter the mosque, attack the mosque and people praying there, use armed soldiers to escort mobs of fanatical settlers into al aqsa, of course it incites.

      just because israel’s apologists (including yourself) have access to blather all over the press that the reaction to that incitement is itself incitement doesn’t mean anyone but an idiot would believe that. everyone knows this is just more LIES to blame palestinians and other arabs for the violence going on today. violence incited by israel.

      September 12, 2015:

      September 19, 2015:

      In recent years the number of right-wing Israelis entering through the tourist gate have sharply increased. Israeli police reported at the beginning of the year Jewish visitors are up 92 percent from 2009. Palestinians see their presence, and their Israeli police escorts, as an infringement on the decades-long accord to maintain Muslim authority inside the compound.

      Moreover for Palestinians, the use of live-fire in and around the Noble Sanctuary is viewed as an escalation and a reminder of former Prime Minster Ariel Sharon’s visit in 2000 that sparked the second Intifada. While Sharon did not pray at the site, he arrived with a team of Israeli police. The following day clashes broke out and seven were killed by live fire, thus initiating the Palestinian uprising.

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday he would relax the use of live fire in Jerusalem, to permit sniper-fire. His orders spurred calls for Palestinian demonstrations against Israeli police firing dispersants into the mosque during clashes.

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/palestinians-clashes-violence#sthash.OFtPKrmM.dpuf

      and it’s still going on

      • just
        October 18, 2015, 2:53 pm

        Thanks, Annie!

        In other related news:

        “UN to deploy peacekeepers to protect world heritage sites
        Italy proposed move in wake of destruction of sites including Palmyra in Syria by Islamic State”

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/17/un-peacekeepers-protect-world-heritage-sites-isis

        How about protecting Palestinians and Palestine from marauding Jewish Israeli hordes?

        Oh, and don’t forget to protect these sites from the same violence:

        “List of World Heritage in Danger

        Jerusalem (Site proposed by Jordan)
        Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls (1982)

        Palestine
        Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (2012)
        Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir (2014)”

        or the ones at risk from KSA and US supported bombings here:

        “Yemen
        Historic Town of Zabid (2000)
        Old City of Sana’a (2015)
        Old Walled City of Shibam (2015)”

        or these:

        “Syrian Arab Republic
        Ancient City of Aleppo (2013)
        Ancient City of Bosra (2013)
        Ancient City of Damascus (2013)
        Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (2013)
        Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din (2013)
        Site of Palmyra (2013)”

        or these:

        “Iraq
        Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) (2003)
        Hatra (2015)
        Samarra Archaeological City (2007)”

        or these:

        “Afghanistan
        Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (2003)
        Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam (2002)”

        http://whc.unesco.org/en/danger/

        Get busy, UN. Real busy. It’s not only ISIS that you need to worry about, you know.

      • DaBakr
        October 22, 2015, 6:14 pm

        So, your arguing for a Jew free mount that is scared to all three Abrahamic faiths. And you accuse me of being the bigot and supremist.

      • Mooser
        October 22, 2015, 7:04 pm

        “mount that is scared to all three Abrahamic faiths.”

        Yeah, that’s about what Israel is trying to achieve. Is nothing sacred these days?

      • talknic
        October 22, 2015, 8:15 pm

        Pathetic idiot Israeli apologist demonstrates how to twist words

        @ just “How about protecting Palestinians and Palestine from marauding Jewish Israeli hordes?”

        @ DaBakr October 22, 2015, 6:14 pm

        “So, your arguing for a Jew free mount that is scared to all three Abrahamic faiths. And you accuse me of being the bigot and supremist”

        How does protecting Palestinians and Palestine from marauding Jewish Israeli hordes equate to arguing for a Jew free mount?

        Fact is, it doesn’t.

      • DaBakr
        October 23, 2015, 1:51 am

        define “storm”.

    • Mooser
      October 22, 2015, 7:05 pm

      “I just think Aloni is an idiot if he really believes there is “no institution” behind these specific Knife/Axe/Machete uprising.”

      Knives and Axes and Machetes, oh my!
      Knives and Axes and Machetes, oh my!

      • Kris
        October 22, 2015, 8:49 pm

        Mooser, now that I think of it, back in the 1960s, when I was an undergrad, there were students who sold Cutco products, mainly knives! And yet you scoff at the idea of an “institution” behind the Knife/Axe/Machete uprising?

        Students are hired to sell Cutco products (mainly kitchen knives) to customers, starting with their friends and family, then branching out through recommendations, all through one-on-one demonstrations. … Vector provides work experience as well as sales experience for students. Vector’s busiest season is during the summer when a majority of students work until they go back to school in the fall…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutco

        Think about it. BDS is popular on campuses, and so was Cutco! I’ll never forget the demo I saw; the guy had scissors that actually cut a penny in two!

        Just saying.

      • Mooser
        October 22, 2015, 8:56 pm

        “Just sayin”

        We still have our Cutco Vegetable Peeler. Must be twenty years old.

    • lonely rico
      October 27, 2015, 4:28 pm

      >DuBakr

      … the violent spitting throngs of naqab outfitted women harassing these Jews …

      Hey DuB, you gotta love those throngs of Ay-rabs,
      donning their “naqabs” and spitting at Jews.
      I guess it must be pretty terrifying, the “ptui, ptui, ptui” sound, but you’ll be high and dry until those idiots figure it out, take off their “naqabs” –
      then you could be in real trouble.
      Oh boy, big trouble !

    • Mooser
      October 27, 2015, 9:42 pm

      “Thought by the violent spitting throngs of naqab outfitted women harassing these Jews one might think they were ‘storming the mosque

      “Spitting throngs” Oh SQUELCH!! You want to talk about “spitting throngs”?

      • bryan
        October 28, 2015, 4:20 am

        I now have a vision of splitting thongs.

  7. mcohen.
    October 17, 2015, 7:13 am

    dabakr….i am becoming more convinced with each passing day that this “3rd intifada” is run from the usa…..the attacks in france on the jewish supermarket have been traced to someone in the us who evidently planned the attacks

    both the attacks in france and this so called knife intifada have a similar mindset……it is maximum psychological gain for minimum outlay,simply playing 2 sides against each other where there already exists an ongoing conflict

    • Mooser
      October 18, 2015, 4:50 pm

      ….” , “….”, and finally “……”

      That last six-dot ellipse is soo scary, “mcohen”! If you are going to comment, try ‘screwing your courage to the sticking point’ and completing a sentence.

      BTW, there’s three dots in an ellipse.

      “i am becoming more convinced with each passing day that this “3rd intifada” is run from the usa…”

      Yes, you have all kinds of delusions. We know that. Got any kosher links?

    • Mooser
      October 22, 2015, 7:09 pm

      “i am becoming more convinced with each passing day that this “3rd intifada” is run from the usa “

      I was hoping you would provide some more links to bolster your theory. Just one or two more should put us over the top, right into “irrefutable” territory.

      Wait, let me guess. A certain erstwhile and ostensible website, is involved in more than “the battle of ideas” and is now collecting and shipping shiploads of rocks to Palestine to arm the people? Scouring the Good-Will stores for old cutlery?

    • eljay
      October 23, 2015, 11:02 am

      || mcohen.: dabakr….i am becoming more convinced with each passing day that this “3rd intifada” is run from the usa…..the attacks in france on the jewish supermarket have been traced to someone in the us who evidently planned the attacks

      both the attacks in france and this so called knife intifada have a similar mindset……it is maximum psychological gain for minimum outlay,simply playing 2 sides against each other where there already exists an ongoing conflict ||

      I agree, mcohen.. I wouldn’t put it past Zio-supremacists – who, for decades, have shown that there’s nothing they won’t do to ensure Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine – to mastermind and execute such a dastardly plan.

  8. kalithea
    October 18, 2015, 3:24 pm

    Those Jews who don’t turn racist become Mahatma Gandhis, all of them explain to the Palestinians how terrible violence is but forget to mention that when they’re not violent they don’t exist.

    That’s right, who is anyone to judge from their comfortably-numb arm chair?

    This article is so important not only to the cause of the oppressed in Palestine but to the cause of the oppressed anywhere, because the Palestinians are giving us a universal lesson in morality and not the other way around!

    I always felt that the greatest evil that can exist on our planet is not necessarily VIOLENCE; it’s when the self-righteous create conditions of such grave injustice for their neighbors and then isolate them, vilifying them with an impenetrable wall of deception that they give the victims of such injustice no other choice but to resort to violence to have their voices heard! If you put people into a pressure cooker situation, don’t get all bothered and accusatory when the entire pot explodes. Physics and the laws of nature prevail. It’s insanity to point a finger at those suffering inside the pressure cooker! So whose fault is it? It’s not rocket science, world!

    Zionism needs to go! Or the settlers need to be forced out and pre-67 borders must be forcibly imposed.

    • Citizen
      October 20, 2015, 7:00 am

      @ kalithea

      Most Americans have never even heard the word “Zionism,” and when the word “settler(s)” is occasionally heard on the news in the I-P context, they have no idea what the term means. And Obama is about to double direct aid to Israel, while budgeted aid to Mexico has been cut by 15% because the Obama regime has determined Mexico has not done enough to enhance human rights within its own jurisdiction.

  9. kalithea
    October 18, 2015, 5:35 pm

    I want to add something regarding the especially repulsive Zionist Left

    I have no problem whatsoever stating that this repulsive Zionist Left is comprised of Jews many of whom are Democrats in the U.S. and liberals in other places on all issues except one and allow me to quote from this very insightful article:

    Those Jews who don’t turn racist become Mahatma Gandhis, all of them explain to the Palestinians how terrible violence is but forget to mention that when they’re not violent they don’t exist.

    How is it that there isn’t even one percent of righteous Jews in Sodom who’ll stand with the popular Palestinian struggle for justice and equality – not to give advice but simply to be there with our bodies together with the Palestinians.

    Indeed! there isn’t one percent of righteous Jews who’ll stand…for justice and equality shoulder to shoulder with Palestinians without giving them lip service!

    How sad, how pathetic and deplorable (there aren’t enough adjectives!) is that when this is the number one solution to ending this crime against humanity!

    I also want to lay the other part of the blame on the wahhabi emperors in Saudi Arabia, those corrupt, despotic tyrants, who along with Zionists, are responsible for tactical support to terrorists in Syria, and the Saudis especially arming the Salafist radicals we know as ISIS today and responsible for many of the crimes occurring in the Middle East and who are tacitly supported in these crimes by the greatest enabler of injustice in the world today, none other than the good ol’ U.S.A.

    Saudi Arabia at this moment and as we discuss here thanks to U.S. weaponry and intelligence is murdering men, women and children by the thousands in Yemen and is responsible for the displacement of a million and a half civilians in that country that is on the brink of famine! And this is a crime flying under the radar!

    The kingdoms and crimes of the Saudis and Zionism are funded and enabled by the U.S. government and Americans are set to elect another enabler from either of the two parties that monopolize their government.

    And obsessed with consumerism, Americans carry on as usual like there’s nothing wrong with this picture, because we don’t need a Revolution here; everything’s fine through the rose-coloured glasses the media, materialism and corporate America provide.

    • Citizen
      October 20, 2015, 7:10 am

      Number one priority of average American, regardless of political party, has been the same for some time now: jobs. Maybe the $17 million plus aid to Israel per day, about to be made a done deal by Obama in a few weeks, could be deflected to enhance decent job opportunities in America? Fat chance.

  10. kalithea
    October 18, 2015, 8:41 pm

    I forgot to add that the golden robed, tubby emperors of Saudi Arabia have done squat to help the Palestinians except watch them suffer, starved daily on the rations of oppression throughout decades, while they gorge themselves and use their resources to extend their empire with the help of Salafist extremists causing death and destruction around them, namely in Syria and Yemen and at the end of the day wash the filth from their conscience in their gold-inlay covered bathrooms.

    There is another catastrophe in the making authored by Saudi Arabia aside from the refugee disaster they helped create in Syria:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/half-a-million-children-are-starving-in-yemen-report_5623bac5e4b02f6a900ca5c2

    Millions of people are suffering in Palestine, Syria, now in Yemen and even Iraq because of the endless meddling, invasion, extremist violence (including settler extremism in Palestine) and chaos unleashed on the countries these people live in. It’s time to hold both the Zionist and the Saudi kingdoms responsible for the worst crimes against humanity in our era, and I should add that both these corrupt nations are armed and funded by the U.S. government making the U.S. government complicit in these crimes against humanity.

  11. mcohen.
    October 20, 2015, 6:56 am

    calm before the storm,there is a possibility that we are entering a dangerous time in the middle east,in the next month at least,personally i have lost my sense of optimism,a dread that things are about to run out of control.today a christian man approached me while i was working at my shul…asking for the rabbi.wanting to talk about moses and how the israelites were lead by a cloud in the day,and a pillar of fire by night.complete coincidence….not some nut case but a genuine believer from the local church,spoke in a civil manner but he was grim and it put a damper on a sunny day….i told him that he should think the opposite,that this could be a time of a unification of the 3 relegions,that it could be the start of a new phase for the abrahamic relegions……he thanked me and left …not sure what he thought of our conversation.

    • DaBakr
      October 22, 2015, 6:18 pm

      MC
      he must have had faith in one g-d

    • Mooser
      October 23, 2015, 11:22 am

      “not sure what he thought of our conversation.”

      Well, he couldn’t help but admire the size of your ellipses!

  12. eljay
    October 20, 2015, 8:57 am

    Zio-supremacists are the crew at the helm of the Titanic. The see the iceberg, they know what will happen if they don’t change course…but they have God and their historic homeland ship on their side so it’s “full steam ahead!”

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