Obama can tie Israel’s hands? ‘Shtuyot!’ says Aryeh King

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Last week the Jerusalem city councilman and settler Aryeh King gave a presentation at a private apartment in New York, and having signed up with Americans for a Safe Israel, I was supplied the address by telephone and attended. The gathering was in a sprawling apartment over Central Park. On one wall was a full-length oil portrait of the owner and his wife and on another was a pastel drawing of the wife in a cloche hat and scarf. The portraiture was endearing but slightly out of date. That is the most comforting fact about hard-right Zionist events; everyone’s older than me, and I’m 60.

Aryeh King stood out because he has real energy. As I sucked down red wine from settlements (Beit El and Gush Etzion), my eye was drawn to him at once. At about 45, with a barrel chest and a balding bulletshaped head topped by a yarmulke, he looks like he could be a bouncer, but he’s got a verbal bullish charm and could draw people almost anywhere. When he began speaking, he didn’t stop for two hours (as Alex Kane found when he met him last year). Ritual fringes hung from the hem of his open purple shirt over brown dungarees; and a lot of his speech was religious. He calls Netanyahu the “most dangerous prime minister” for Jerusalem because he is aiming to cordon off neighborhoods to prevent Jews from moving into them, he dismisses Naftali Bennett as “Bibi in a kippa,” and he derides the Jewish National Fund as a “post-Zionist” organization because it has allowed 750 Arabs to live on lands that it should be giving to Jews.

King was in the U.S. to energize the “Jewish nation” on behalf of the Jewish state, he said, and much of his talk described meetings with rich foreign Jews who are buying up land in occupied territories. He is good friends of the Florida settler baron Irving Moskowitz; King told of two rejected offers he carried from Moskowitz to buy land in East Jerusalem (from the JNF and from Hebrew University). He talked about his work with the Australian tech magnate Kevin Bermeister to expand Jewish Jerusalem in all directions. The night before he had met with the Lubinskys in Brooklyn to discuss efforts to Judaize the Mount of Olives.

That’s where King lives. When he told us that his neighborhood had grown in 15 years from a few families to five kindergartens and 500 Jewish children, the audience of 40 broke into applause.

The racist element of King’s message was unapologetic. “We want maximum Jews to own maximum land,” he said, and warned that Jerusalem has gone from 70 percent Jewish to 62 percent Jewish in the last 20 years or so. Seeking to reverse the trend, he showed us videos of himself working with the Israeli army to serve papers to evict Palestinians from houses built on “Jewish land.” The Galilee was even worse: “70 percent Arab. It’s much much worse than in east Jerusalem.”

In the American political context, such statements would be a third rail. In a Zionist context, they’re manna.

But give the devil his due, the most interesting part of the evening was King’s geopolitics. Let me relay a couple of his riffs.

The last time King had been in New York, his host said that he had been too pessimistic.

“I want to end with something optimist. I tell you that I really believe that it’s all depend on who is the leader. Not who is your leader— by the way. People say ‘Obama, Obama.’ Shtuyot. [Translating] Nonsense…. You can do in Jerusalem and Israel everything– and Obama if you’re asking me would not think about touching Israel. And I will explain you why. Today more than ever United States needs Israel more than Israel needs the United States. I will give you three examples.”

King’s three examples were, first, that the U.S. needs a military base in Israel as it never has before. “The US can depend on no country” in the region except Israel. “No Turkey, no Egypt, no one.” King said that all the arms the US supplies to Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are stored in Israel. “There is a town under the ground,” he said, controlled by the American army. And American ships used to be repaired in Egypt. Now: Israel.

The second reason was radar. The United States operates a radar that defends Europe from a mountain in southern Israel called Har Keren. “Israeli army cannot go there. To protect what? Europe– not Israel.”

The third reason was a train line that is being built for billions of dollars to connect Eilat on the Red Sea with Ashkelon on the Mediterranean. King said that the train construction began after the Muslim Brotherhood took over Egypt and the west feared it would lose access to the Suez Canal. And though the Egyptian dictator who knocked out the Brothers had expanded the Suez canal, “Today, it’s Sisi, tomorrow can be again [Mohammed] Morsi, and the brothers.”

It sounded a lot like Noam Chomsky and Jeff Halper’s analysis. King concluded by saying that this gives an Israeli leader autonomy, but he must wield that power on behalf of Jews.

Believe me, today America needs Israel more than in history… They don’t have anyone else to depend on…. I believe that if we have the right leader in Israel– someone who believe we own Eretz Israel and we own Jerusalem– not because of security reasons, not because of demographic reasons– but because we have a book that is saying it.

Someone then asked, Who would you vote for?

Whoever believe in God, I believe in him.

So to be clear, King believes as do many Zionists that the bible ordains the Jewish state, Zionism is inherent in the Jewish religion.

At this point, our host, Mark Langfan, interrupted to say that we all needed to convey a message about Muslim refugees to our neighbors.

“Today they’re bringing suitcases. Tomorrow, without Israel, they’re going to be bringing Kalashnikov’s. That’s all you say.”

Then Langfan handed out a map showing Israel standing between 11 million Christians in Greece and 300 million or so Muslims to the east.

I asked Aryeh King a question: The reason Netanyahu has disappointed you is that he is under great international pressure to do something that looks like he’s allowing the creation of a Palestinian state. And if Israel doesn’t do anything to enfranchise Palestinians, won’t boycott pressures just increase?

King said that he would give citizenship to Palestinians in Jerusalem, but that in Judea and Samaria– biblical terms for the West Bank– “We need to give them citizenship with Jordan.” Jordan is already 70 percent Palestinian, and if Israel (somehow) gives Palestinians Jordanian citizenship and gives them money –“each one of them, $100,000” — “they will go.”

He called this the “Hagar” plan. The bible records the Jews’ struggle for their land, he explained. In Genesis, Isaac fights Abimelech for land around Beersheba; and in the same book, God tells Abraham that he will make a nation of the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son by his servant Hagar; but Abraham has to turn Hagar and the boy out. So Abraham gave bread and water to Hagar “and sent her away,” the bible says. Ishmael’s descendants became Muslims.

By sending the Palestinians to Jordan, King said, “we are helping out to build their country.”

And what about the boycott movement? I asked. King said boycott would “disappear.” By 2020, Israel will have much better and stronger allies in Europe. Another lesson in geopolitics–

“Paris was just the beginning,” King said. There will be many more attacks in Europe. And in the next few years, the army of a northern European country will open fire on Muslims inside its borders. How will that come to pass? A small European monarchy like Belgium, Denmark or Sweden will have greater autonomy to act than France, Germany, or Spain; and it will feel threatened by the Muslims in its borders, because in any area in which Muslims are a majority, from a street to a city to a country, “by law they must enforce the Sharia law on the rest of the city,” King said. “So that’s happening already.”

As I left the place, I reflected that many in Israel and ISIS really do share an interest; a religious war/clash of civilizations would actually be a boon to Jewish nationalists and Islamist extremists, and bind Israel and the west for another generation or so. I thought of the time a few years back that former Israeli admiral Ami Ayalon, a liberal Zionist matinee idol, told J Street that Israel had constructed a nationalist story to get the settlers to move to Jerusalem and the West Bank– well, he said, it could create another nationalist narrative to get them to move back into Israel. This is clearly not true. King has a religious story that precedes all that. He doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

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  1. a blah chick
    November 24, 2015, 1:01 pm

    “By sending the Palestinians to Jordan, King said, “we are helping out to build their country.”

    A real mensch that one.

  2. pabelmont
    November 24, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Yes indeedy, Israel and ISIS both want EU and USA to fear Muslims (I mean, “Islamist terrorists”, what was I thinking?) so that they can [1] forget Israeli transgressions and [2] value Israel as a buffer or defense against ISIS.

    Yes, it could go that way. But if EU persists in seeing Israel as an illegal (ho hum) aggressor (again, ho hum) which by its presence and especially by its recent actions is infuriating ISIS et al., then EU could turn (harder) against Israel.

    BTW, is it really true that the USA needed Israel as a land-based aircraft-carrier and weapons-cache, etc., , and could not have conducted its (wonderous) wars against Iraq and Afghanistan except for the help offered by Israel? I always thought Israel was totally useless in those matters. Silly me.

    Saudi Arabia sells us oil and buys our airplanes. Israel is a weapons-cache. We need them both. Lovely! The lands and loudspeakers of Wahhabism and Zionism. God be praised (the same, the one and only, God — called in Arabic al Ilah (“ilah”) and in Hebrew “El”), and that same God seeming sometimes to counsel opposite outcomes and doctrines! Bless me!

  3. eljay
    November 24, 2015, 1:21 pm

    … God told Abraham that he would make a nation of Ishmael, Abraham’s son by his servant Hagar; but Abraham had to turn Hagar and the boy out. So Abraham had given bread and water to Hagar “and sent her away,” the bible says. … By sending the Palestinians to Jordan, King said, “we are helping out to build their country.” …

    Expulsion was good enough back then, so it’s good enough today.

    Zio-supremacists are always looking to the worst in human nature for guidance. And they’re always ready to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

    • John O
      November 24, 2015, 2:35 pm

      “God told Abraham…”

      Sorry, but I can never hear such phrases without immediately thinking: “God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son!’ Abe say, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on!'”

      • Mooser
        November 24, 2015, 4:30 pm

        “God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son!’ Abe say, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on!’”

        I’m sorry, I must be deficient in Scripture Knowledge, where did He want this killin’ done?

      • talknic
        November 24, 2015, 7:11 pm

        “God told Abraham…” God only seemed to speak to a few people

        ———-
        “Hey dude”

        “Wha … ?”

        ” Yes, you, with the beard and the rod, listen up”

        “Wha … Who’re you trying to fool? Get a life! You’re a bush. Bushes don’t talk! What’s more you’re on fire! “

        “You sure I can’t talk?”

        “Positive, you’re just a burning bush and nothigng more. It’s ridiculous to listen to what you have to say or to be talking to you!”

        “Indeed. But you are. BTW that’s not how you spell nothing. Is your electorate really gonna believe you met a burning bush that talked and had a spell checker?”

        “You don’t know my electorate buddy!”

      • Mooser
        November 24, 2015, 7:52 pm

        “God only seemed to speak to a few people”

        If I am not mistaken, some people have suggested that the entire Old Testament is the story of YMMV removing Himself and then hiding Himself from the Jewish people.

    • Chu
      November 24, 2015, 6:03 pm

      ‘worst in human nature for guidance’

      see neocon Michael Ledeen’s book on Machiavelli. C Span covered it decades ago.

      • lysias
        November 24, 2015, 6:31 pm

        I just read a biography of Bernhard von Bülow, who was in charge of German foreign relations, first as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and then as Chancellor (Prime Minister), from 1897 to 1909. In his early adulthood, he studied Machiavelli very closely. This did help him to advance rather quickly in his government career, but it did not stop him from being a disaster for Germany. It was during his time in high office that Britain joined the French-Russian entente, after Bülow had rejected an offer of alliance from Britain. The encirclement of Germany was completed. (He later failed to prevent Italy from abandoning its prior alliance with Germany and joining the other powers fighting Germany in World War One, despite Bülow’s efforts, as ambassador to Italy, as the husband of an Italian noblewoman, and as a special envoy to Italy in 1914-15.)

  4. Kay24
    November 24, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Thank you Phil for showing us how these zionists operate, how they scheme, and exactly how devious they can be. All at the expense of helpless people held under occupation, while their lands are stolen. It also shows that these zionistsl know there will be more terrorist attacks by ISIL, and they are hoping it will happen, because after all it will be good for Israel. It is predictable that Israel will not fail to insert itself into these situations, and will try to benefit from someone else’s misfortune. What else can you expect from shameless opportunists?

  5. JLewisDickerson
    November 24, 2015, 2:42 pm

    RE: King said that he would give citizenship to Palestinians in Jerusalem, but that in Judea and Samaria– biblical terms for the West Bank– “We need to give them citizenship with Jordan.” Jordan is already 70 percent Palestinian, and if Israel (somehow) gives Palestinians Jordanian citizenship and gives them money –“each one of them, $100,000” — “they will go.” ~ Weiss

    SHARON’S GRAND PLAN: “The War of Lies”, by Uri Avnery, gush-shalom.org 09/06/12

    [EXCERPTS] Thirty Years ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.
    Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.
    From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.
    THE LIES started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.

    If one asks Israelis now, 99.99% of them will say with all sincerity: “We had no choice. They launched katyushas at the Galilee from Lebanon every day. We had to stop them.” TV anchormen and anchorwomen, as well as former cabinet ministers have been repeating this throughout the week. Quite sincerely. Even people who were already adults at the time.
    The simple fact is that for 11 months before the war, not a single shot was fired across the Israeli-Lebanese border. A cease-fire was in force and the Palestinians on the other side of the border kept it scrupulously. To everybody’s surprise, Yasser Arafat succeeded in imposing it on all the radical Palestinian factions, too.
    At the end of May, Defense Minister Ariel Sharon met with Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Washington DC. He asked for American agreement to invade Lebanon. Haig said that the US could not allow it, unless there were a clear and internationally recognized provocation.
    And lo and behold, the provocation was provided at once. Abu Nidal, the anti-Arafat and anti-PLO master terrorist, sent his own cousin to assassinate the Israeli ambassador in London, who was grievously wounded.

    In retaliation, Israel bombed Beirut and the Palestinians fired back, as expected. The Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, allowed Sharon to invade Lebanese territory up to 40 km, “to put the Galilee settlements out of reach of the katyushas.”
    When one of the intelligence chiefs told Begin at the cabinet meeting that Abu Nidal’s organization was not a member of the PLO, Begin famously answered: “They are all PLO”.
    General Matti Peled, my political associate at the time, firmly believed that Abu Nidal had acted as an agent of Sharon. So do all the Palestinians I know.
    The lie “they shot at us every day” has taken such a hold on the public mind that it is nowadays useless to dispute it. It is an illuminating example of how a myth can take possession of the public mind, including even of people who had seen with their own eyes that the opposite was true.
    NINE MONTHS before the war, Sharon told me about his plan for a New Middle East. . .
    . . . His design for the region, as told me then (and which I published nine months before the war), was:
    • To attack Lebanon and install a Christian dictator who would serve Israel,
    • Drive the Syrians out of Lebanon,
    • Drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon into Syria, from where they would then be pushed by the Syrians into Jordan.
    • Get the Palestinians to carry out a revolution in Jordan, kick out King Hussein and turn Jordan into a Palestinian state,
    • Set up a functional arrangement under which the Palestinian state (in Jordan) would share power in the West Bank with Israel.Being a single-minded operator, Sharon convinced Begin to start the war, telling him that the sole aim was to push the PLO 40 km back. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1339170910/

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      November 24, 2015, 4:09 pm

      Interesting link, thanks.

      On another thread, we were discussing how absurd it is that an army which hasn’t won a war since 1973 is somehow hailed as one of the top armies in the world. I’ve always known, of course, that the 1982 invasion of Lebanon was a spectacular failure for Israel (and of course a humanitarian disaster for the tens of thosuands of Arab victims), but this article reminded me of just what a stupid idea it was.

  6. Mooser
    November 24, 2015, 2:53 pm

    The zelig strikes again.

    • Citizen
      November 26, 2015, 5:13 pm

      The zelig is destroyed by what made him.

      • Mooser
        November 27, 2015, 12:55 pm

        “The zelig is destroyed by what made him.”

        Are you thinking, perhaps, of a golem? Or possibly a dybbuk?

        A zelig is a “zero”. That is, the little guy who nobody really noticed, but who turns out to be significant.

  7. diasp0ra
    November 24, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Thank you for this interesting “peak” into the mind of some of these hard right religious Zionists.

    It’s a bit terrifying, actually. The way in which he talks. At least he didn’t try to play the victim, he was honest about what he wanted and didn’t try to sugarcoat it. Doesn’t make it any less disgusting though.

    I wonder, does he really think that BDS which has only been gaining momentum will truly disappear in 5 years time?

    I feel like it’s true that ISIS makes a lot of westerners fear Muslims, but at the same time, covering Beirut, Tunisia, Egypt etc and seeing that Muslims are the first and most harmed by ISIS should also snap many westerners out of their clash of civlizations mindset.

    Nobody in the world would accept Jordan as Palestine. Perhaps too much wishful thinking on his part. This kind of arrogance has only been drowning Israel further and further..to think he truly believes that the US needs Israel more than Israel needs the US.

  8. MHughes976
    November 24, 2015, 3:47 pm

    Well, I’ve been saying that the Grand Transfer of populations, this time with ‘compensation’ and good wishes for that new life, is the idea that is coming fast into view, so far as the idea of outsiders and far-righters. But it will soon be discussed by the serious people. I wonder of Ms. Clinton will take the lead? She may think that the expense is prohibitive.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      November 24, 2015, 4:42 pm

      The ‘transfer’ idea is nothing new, it dates back to Sharon if not before.

      Like most zionist wet dreams though, it’s a non-starter. Firstly, there’s no way the Jordanian ‘royal’ family would give citizenship to millions of Palestinians, given that the Hashemis have been the enemy of Palestinians for decades. Secondly, I don’t think even the slavishly pro-Israel West would agree to anything so crude as wholescale population transfer (slow genocide, Gaza style, is fine of course). I honestly think one of the reasons Bibi was so dead set on war with Iran (with Americans, not Israelis, doing the fighting and dying of course) was that it might provide a ‘backdrop’ whereby Israel could get away with such extreme measures.

      • MHughes976
        November 24, 2015, 5:15 pm

        I wouldn’t be sure of the fickle conscience of the West. Mind you, the receiving countries would indeed have to be paid off and in the end United States taxpayers would have to pay for the whole caboodle and they’re not ready yet. But people are beginning to work on it, Clinton among them I suspect.
        I agree it’s not a new idea – I remember its being publicised by Meir Kahane, whom the liberal Zionists- just getting into their stride at the same time, made into the great symbol of everything they pretended they were not.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    November 24, 2015, 4:24 pm

    “Then Langfan handed out a map showing Israel standing between 11 million Christians in Greece and 300 million or so Muslims to the east.”

    What a vile, hateful person. It’s obvious that he’s really hoping that there will be more Paris style attacks, all the better to further Israel’s agenda of provoking hatred of Muslims – all Muslims. And I very much doubt that his views are all that unusual in Israel.

    As for his “The US needs Israel more than Israel needs the US” nonsense – talk about delusional! Israel bombs US ships, spies on it, kills its citizens, insults its leaders – and takes billions of dollars out of US taxpayers’ pockets, year in year out. I could go on but you get the picture – Israel is the most ungrateful ‘ally’ that ever was. No matter how much you give, it’s never enough, and there’s never anything in return. Which of course is to be expected from a malignant narcissist.

    The US needs Israel like a hole in the head.

    • MHughes976
      November 24, 2015, 5:20 pm

      How is it supposed that Israel protects Greece? As protectors they aren’t doing a very good job with the supposedly dangerous refugee hordes.

  10. can of worms
    November 24, 2015, 5:11 pm

    “scheming”, and “devious” (as per Kay)? Or “honest about what [they want],” and not “sugarcoating it,” (as per diasp0ra)?

    Even the official Jerusalem Master Plan of 2000 itself is bluntly racist and speaks very explicitly of:

    — manufacturing a race “ratio of 70% Jews to 30% Arabs”.
    — “a densification of the [Palestinian] rural villages” and a “densification and thickening of the existing [Palestinian] neighborhoods” (euphemisms for ghettoization)
    — “Support of the system of spatial segregation of residences in Jerusalem”, calling segregation “a real advantage”.

    The Master Plan has been updated for 2030 which addresses firstly the “demographic problem” (reinforcing the ratio policy.)

    Among other racist policies it speaks of “restriction of development in East Jerusalem”, through the promotion of “green tourism areas”.

    Such racist policy resents the irksome duties of “sugarcoating” and will obviously crave legitimation, and why should it be surprising that Zio-racism encourages “northern European countries” to develop their racism until they too “open fire on Muslims inside their borders.”

    • can of worms
      November 24, 2015, 7:09 pm

      “Sugarcoating” is probably part and parcel of Jerusalem’s special fun, the carnivalesque, the clear camouflage, the transparent costumes, the undercover hoodies, and the transparent renaming of streets.

      It is about purposely alternating scheming racism and honest racism. being double-headed, being invisible and visible — even blowback becomes absurdist, a magic realism.

  11. Chu
    November 24, 2015, 6:10 pm

    There’s an eerie quality you capture when you go on these insider missions, but always interesting to hear about Jews pretending they are cowboys & indians of the last century. Especially these overgrown hellions in the Upper East or West Side overlooking Central Park yammering about their version of the Judean Wild West. They are so insidious to the US foreign and domestic policies.

    • Citizen
      November 26, 2015, 5:30 pm

      If you really want to be frightened, look at the tracks laid down inside US foreign policy by Douglas Feith. Oddly, he looks IMHO, just like what he is.

  12. italian ex-pat
    November 24, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Jesus H. Christ! Today this guy in NY, yesterday that Tizpi woman in CA, Netanyahu coming and going from DC as if it’s his home away from home . . . what’s going on in America? We are conditioned to think the Islamists are planning to establish sharia law all over the Western world, when in fact we are being manipulated by Zionists on their own quest for domination .

    • Kay24
      November 24, 2015, 9:47 pm

      Frightening naive Americans about Sharia law (which many do not know what it exactly means) is the easiest thing to do, and part of, in promoting islamaphobia.

      Right now the Congress, media, and other influential entities, are under zionist law and command. It can also be called a sort of occupation.

      • Citizen
        November 26, 2015, 5:22 pm

        Careful, official white supremacist sites incessantly talk about “ZOG.”

  13. RoHa
    November 24, 2015, 8:52 pm

    ‘Shtuyot!’ says Aryeh King.

    “‘Shtuyot yourself!’ says RoHa.

  14. kalithea
    November 24, 2015, 9:19 pm

    This man disgusts me. This is a shyster peddling a religious Zionism when Zionism breaches so many laws secular and religious. Zionism is a con and a swindle against Palestinians and exactly the personification of this radical supremacist and the war crime of ethnic cleansing he can only dream of legitimizing.

    We are all pawns in his delusional mind’s clash of civilizations that Zionism needs as a permanent cover for its crimes. We know what Zionism has planned for Palestinians; but we ignore what it has planned for the rest of us.

    • Marnie
      November 25, 2015, 12:17 am

      +++kalithea. That his head was described as bullet-shaped maybe describes his condition – he was “born that way”.

      “As I left the place, I reflected that many in Israel and ISIS really do share an interest; a religious war/clash of civilizations would actually be a boon to Jewish nationalists and Islamist extremists, and bind Israel and the west for another generation or so.”

      Don’t forget evangelical Xtians, they’re might extreme too.

      • RoHa
        November 25, 2015, 8:26 pm

        The idiom “bullet head” was originally used to describe a spherical head, since the earliest bullets were lead spheres. The idiom was used long after the shape of bullets was changed. As a result, I totally misinterpreted the idiom when I encountered it in Richmal Crompton’s books. I naturally assumed it meant a pointed head.

        I have not seen the idiom in recent years, and I hope it has been dropped. I do not know what is meant by “bullet-shaped head” here.

      • Mooser
        November 26, 2015, 10:47 am

        “He went out tiger hunting with his elephant and gun
        In case of accidents he always took his mom
        He’s the all American bullet-headed Saxon mother’s son
        All the children sing:

        Hey, Bungalow Bill
        What did you kill, Bungalow Bill?…”

      • Citizen
        November 26, 2015, 5:32 pm

        @RoHa
        Just look at the pic provided atop this article–close enough.

  15. yonah fredman
    November 24, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Prayer strings hung from the hem of his open purple shirt over brown dungarees; – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/israels-shtuyot-aryeh#sthash.tGIAVyVt.dpuf. Never heard tzitzit referred to as prayer strings before. Usually referred to as ritual fringes.

    • Philip Weiss
      November 24, 2015, 11:23 pm

      Thanks Yonah, will correct…

    • kalithea
      November 25, 2015, 7:27 pm

      …or in King’s (is that even a real name or just wishful thinking?*) case, they’re called: pseudo-religious power fringes…or, look at me; can I be more authentically Jewish?; but to me he’s just another low-life Zionist supremacist b…st…rd.

      *Did he check Ancestry.com to see if he’s David’s next of kin? No doubt if he did; it was the biggest letdown of his life.

      • eljay
        November 27, 2015, 8:18 am

        || kalithea: …or in King’s (is that even a real name or just wishful thinking?*) case … ||

        It must be wishful thinking because when it comes to “the Jewish people” there is only Bibi King.

        (with sincerest apologies to Riley B.)

    • Citizen
      November 26, 2015, 5:34 pm

      or tassels

  16. ahadhaadam
    November 25, 2015, 1:58 pm

    it is a true unique feature of the Zionist state: the more hatred there is, the more wars, the more intolerance, the more antisemitism, the more islamophobia – the more it “profits”. This is what characterizes a state that needs to validate itself with a raison d’etre and that raison d’etre is always negative.

  17. lysias
    November 25, 2015, 4:59 pm

    Nobody in Obama’s class at Columbia University remembers him being there, although he supposedly graduated in 1983. Release the Records: Ben Carson vs. Barack Obama, College Edition.

    Lends credence to the accusation that Obama is a CIA plant, whose career has long been advanced by the spooks.

    • Mooser
      November 25, 2015, 5:39 pm

      “Lends credence to the accusation that Obama is a CIA plant,”

      This could be a dangerous security breach. For the past eight years, Obama has been in a perfect position to gather intelligence on the Presidency of the United States!

      • oldgeezer
        November 25, 2015, 8:08 pm

        Gathering intelligence in [on] the office of the president could almost be an oxymoron,

    • RoHa
      November 25, 2015, 8:17 pm

      But it was so nice to see a president who could construct a sentence.

  18. Mooser
    November 25, 2015, 6:19 pm

    Also in New York on November 24th: The ZOA Annual Gala

  19. Marnie
    November 26, 2015, 12:16 am

    By +972 Blog
    |Published November 25, 2015
    Court shuts down left-wing lecture following threats of violence

    ‘Breaking the Silence’ planned to hold a speaking event at a local pub in Be’er Sheva. The police shut it down after it could not ensure the safety of the participants.

    By John Brown*

    Illustrative photo of Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence leading a tour in Hebron. (photo: Activestills.org)

    A Be’er Sheva court barred a local pub from hosting an event put on by “Breaking the Silence” following threats by right-wing activists.

    The Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court issued the order barring the event, which was supposed to take place Tuesday night at the Ashan Hazman pub, following a request by the police, which arrested a resident of the city on suspicion of threatening the pub owner earlier this week.

    Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO comprised of former combat soldiers who try to expose the Israeli public to the realities of the occupation through discussions of their military service as well as tours to the West Bank.

    In court, the police prosecutor argued that “according to our intelligence, extreme rightists called on other right wingers to come to the pub and torpedo the event. Our intelligence included remarks that were grave bordering on dangerous.” The judge accepted the appeal and barred the event from taking place at the pub. According to the judge, “the intelligence shows that there are those who wish to disrupt the gathering… and that they are willing to use violence to do so.”

    According to the state representative, the request for a restraining order came too late — only four hours before the event was scheduled to take place — and that they only heard of the event the day before the hearing. This is a strange claim, when considering that the police arrested a right-wing activist suspected of threatening the event organizer two days on Sunday.

    The request for a restraining order also came after the organization complied with a police request to compile and hand over a list of attendees. According to Breaking the Silence, the police also requested the owner take responsibility over what happens in the area surrounding the pub during the event, meaning he is responsible for protecting patrons from right-wing violence. The owner refused this request, leading the police to appeal to the court.

    It is worth noting that the pub is not a publicly-funded institution, and that the Breaking the Silence event was cancelled because the police were unable to protect attendees.

    Breaking the Silence responded to the court’s decision:

    Be’er Sheva Police has awarded right-wing terror a prize instead of doing its job and maintaining public order. It’s capitulation to right-wing terror does not happen in a vacuum, this is the spirit of the law that comes from above — from the prime minister, education minister, justice minister and their friends — who constantly incite against social activists and human rights activists. Neither their campaign of hatred and incitement nor will right-wing terror stop us — we will continue to meet today and in the future, with everyone who cares about the future of the state and Israeli society. They will not silence us.

    Breaking the Silence eventually held the event in a number of private apartments in Be’er Sheva.

    How could ANY Americans support the self-proclaimed “only democracy in the middle east” when only the rights of the right wing fascists are protected? WAKE UP.

  20. Marnie
    November 26, 2015, 12:22 am

    Knesset bill to jail minors on terror charges passes 1st vote

    Nov. 25, 2015 7:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 25, 2015 7:04 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow Palestinian minors under 14 who are facing terrorism charges to be sentenced to time in prison, a Knesset press release said.

    The bill was approved in a preliminary vote with 64 in favor of the bill and 22 against.

    If the bill becomes law, children under 14 would reportedly be placed in a children’s home until they turn 14, after which the child would be transferred to a mainstream security prison.

    If passed, the law would only affect children who are citizens of Israel, as Israeli military law already allows for children from the occupied West Bank and Gaza to be placed in security prisons from the age of 12.

    The move is an amendment to the Youth Law, initiated and sponsored by Anat Berko, a far-right politician from the Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

    Before the vote took place, Berko reportedly said she believed the law was necessary as “today children are being used [in terror],” citing the Islamic State group as an example.

    “There are 11-year-old Palestinian terrorists – kids who are recruited at the entrances to schools,” Berko said. “This law offers deterrence and prevention. This law will give greater security to the citizens of Israel, Jews and Arabs alike.”

    Legislature Osama Saadi of the Arab Joint List slammed Berko for her remarks, according to the Knesset’s press release, which quoted him as criticizing Berko for focusing only on Palestinian children and ignoring other serious cases such as “paedophil(ia), drug dealing, murder” and other offenses that could be committed by Israeli youth.

    “You aren’t asking to put [other young offenders] in prison, but when a Palestinian youngster throws a stone you want to put him in prison,” he said. “This is part of the continued incitement against the Palestinian public.”

    The proposal comes amid an increase in violence during the past two months, with at least 93 Palestinians killed by Israelis since the start of October.

    While Israel alleged many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases. At least 23 of those Palestinians killed have been minors.

    Nineteen Israelis have been killed by Palestinian attackers during the same time period.

    Again, how could ANY Americans support the self-proclaimed “only democracy in the middle ease” when only the rights of the right wing fascists are protected? WAKE UP.

    No Jewish child would face imprisonment and charges of terrorism for doing the same thing. No Jewish adults, who’ve murdered because they “thought” someone might be a terrorist, has faced or will face murder charges. They’re heroes and will have streets, settlements, schools and hospitals named after them.

  21. Ossinev
    November 26, 2015, 6:46 am

    It is truly gratifying to watch these Zionists frantically digging away deeper and deeper into their hole and ignoring the advice of one Benjamin Disraeli ( former JEWISH !! Prime Minister of Great Britain ).

    BOYCOTT UGLY APARTHEID ISRAEL

  22. Citizen
    November 26, 2015, 5:44 pm

    US has allowed Israel to take what it needs from US military supply dumps in Israel–to replenish what it used up on the inmates of Gaza.

  23. JustJessetr
    November 28, 2015, 9:55 am

    Looks like the reaction to Muslim refugees is already having an effect. Greece may have just officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/93626-151126-israel-greece-embrace-the-future-of-energy-cooperation

    Alex Tzipras just thanked Netanyahu, ” With great honor to be in your historic capital and to meet your excellencies.”

    • YoniFalic
      November 28, 2015, 8:43 pm

      Tzipras is probably looking for help for Greece’s economy from “Jews” that are important in the financial community. There is probably no connection between Tzipras’ groveling to white racist genocidal European invaders in Palestine and Syrian refugees in Greece.

      • JustJessetr
        November 29, 2015, 8:15 am

        Why put Jews in quotes?

    • eljay
      November 29, 2015, 8:43 am

      || JustJessetr: … Greece may have just officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

      link to i24news.tv

      Alex Tzipras just thanked Netanyahu, ” With great honor to be in your historic capital … ||

      Shame on Mr. Tzipras for seemingly validating the Zio-supremacist theft, occupation and colonization of the Free City of Jerusalem.

      • JustJessetr
        November 29, 2015, 8:38 pm

        He has bigger things on his mind than your finger-wagging. Like a wave of Muslim refugees.

      • eljay
        November 30, 2015, 12:17 pm

        || JustJessetr: He has bigger things on his mind than your finger-wagging. Like a wave of Muslim refugees. ||

        Then he should stick to addressing the reality of refugees rather than:
        – entertaining fantasies about “historic capitals”; and
        – applauding Israel’s (war) criminal behaviour.

      • JustJessetr
        November 30, 2015, 9:09 pm

        He IS addressing the reality of refugees. He and the rest of Europe know that eventually the refugees will produce terrorists and he sees how well Israel dispenses with them. Post-Paris attacks, this IS the reality. Greece along with Hungary and maybe even Germany will also ignore the labelling system because they don’t want to create enemies with a country that has more success at fighting terror than any other in the world. Of course they aren’t perfect at fighting terror, but they do lead the pack. Eventually all of Europe will be begging for Israeli expertise and your sad attempts to lionize yourself as pro-Palestinian via BDS will fall away. Maybe then the Palestinians will actually have a fair shot at their own country without guilty White people screwing it up for them.

      • diasp0ra
        December 1, 2015, 1:44 am

        @JustJessetr

        Wow, you must really think we have 0 agency if you think sympathetic “guilty white people” are screwing things up for us.

        It’s almost as if BDS was started, called for, and was initially organized by a broad coalition of Palestinian civil society. Almost.

        Well, that’s one wild theory. However, Europe’s relationship with Israel is deteriorating and has been for a while. We’ll see how the cookie crumbles.

      • eljay
        December 1, 2015, 7:23 am

        || JustJessetr: He IS addressing the reality of refugees. … ||

        It is possible to address the reality of refugees without sucking up to hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists and their (war) criminal state. Mr. Tzipras – and other world leaders – should be ashamed of themselves for making obeisance to injustice and immorality.

      • eljay
        December 1, 2015, 7:53 am

        || JustJessetr: … they don’t want to create enemies with a country that has more success at fighting terror than any other in the world. … ||

        Funny stuff, just-a-jester. I don’t know how much time Israel spends fighting terrorism, but it has spent the last 70 years employing terrorism for its own purposes, in the process creating and maintaining a large population of Israeli refugees.

        || … Maybe then the Palestinians will actually have a fair shot at their own country … ||

        The Palestinians won’t have a fair shot at their own country until other nations stop financially, militarily, economically and politically enabling and supporting the colonialism, expansionism and other (war) crimes of the intransigent and belligerent “Jewish State”.

      • eljay
        December 1, 2015, 8:47 am

        || eljay: … in the process creating and maintaining a large population of Israeli refugees. ||

        Correction: … in the process creating and maintaining a large population of Israeli and non-Israeli refugees.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 1, 2015, 9:37 am

        If Israel is such a roaring success at ‘fighting terror’ how come they have gone to war (if you want to call massacres of mostly civilians a ‘war’) every 2 years this past decade? How come they are whining about ‘terrorism’ in their cities if they are such a success?

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