Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an ‘apartheid regime’

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Rima Khalaf, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). resigned today after she was asked to withdraw a report her agency published earlier this week that stated Israel is an “apartheid regime.”

“The secretary-general demanded yesterday that I withdraw the report, and I refused,” Khalaf told reporters at a press conference in Beirut today, according to the Middle East Eye.

“It was expected that Israel and its allies would put enormous pressure on the United Nations secretary general to renounce the report,” she also said, according to Reuters. Then Khalaf stated that the United Nations “had scrubbed the report from its website.”

While the webpage for the report, titled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid,” was removed, the link to the executive summary of the report is still active on the UN website here.

Here is the full report:

Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid by Mondoweiss on Scribd

Earlier in the week Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, released a statement calling for ESCWA to retract the report.

“The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether,” Haley said, further charging the report co-author and former United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk is, “a man who has repeatedly made biased and deeply offensive comments about Israel and espoused ridiculous conspiracy theories, including about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

Officials in Israel made far-reaching allegations against the report and its authors, charging anti-Semitism and making comparisons to Nazi propagandists.

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told Mondoweiss (and posted on social media): “#UN #ESCWA has issued today a ” Der Stürmer”like report, NOT endorsed by @UNSG . Friendly advice- dont read it without anti nausea pills….,” equating the UN report to the Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer.

Yair Lapid, leader of Israel’s center-right Yesh Atid party, said the UN report “is dripping with hate and anti-Semitism,” according to the Israeli daily Israel Hayom. Lapid went on:

“Instead of defending freedom, democracy and liberal values, the U.N. and its agencies are assisting terrorist organizations. Does it make any sense to anyone that the U.N., which includes member states Syria and Sudan, should preach to Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, which upholds minority rights and provides humanitarian assistance to its enemies? The U.S. and Europe need to make it very clear that they will withhold support for the U.N. and its agencies as long as they continue to incite against Israel.”

Meanwhile, Palestinians applauded Khalaf for resigning rather than walking back her group’s report. The General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee Mahmoud Nawajaa said in a statement today:

“Palestinians are deeply grateful to ESCWA’s director, Dr. Rima Khalaf, who preferred to resign in dignity than to surrender her principles to US-Israeli bullying. At our darkest moment of Israel’s escalating repression, including of nonviolent human rights defenders, ongoing theft of Palestinian land, and worsening apartheid policies, Palestinians are hopeful that this groundbreaking report heralds the approaching dawn of a new era where Israel’s regime of injustice will be held accountable through sanctions and other measures, as was done against apartheid South Africa.”

The controversy over the report comes amid the Trump administration’s decision this week to reduce U.S. commitments to fund UN agencies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to non-governmental organizations working with the UN’s Human Rights Council regarding the possibility of the U.S. leaving the body. Mark Toner, acting spokesperson for the State Department, was asked about the letter on Wednesday and said he was “not predicting we’re going to walk away from the council. What I will say is that we’re going to hold the council and its members more accountable and urge greater accountability and transparency.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition, a pro-Israel organization on the right, is circulating a petition to support the president over social media in his “standing up to” the United Nations.

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  1. talknic
    March 17, 2017, 6:55 pm

    If the US leaves the UN, Israel will lose its UNSC veto protection against actions that might be taken for its 68 year crime spree. As far as I can figure, protection by the UNSC veto vote and IAEA benefits were the only reasons for Israel joining the UN

    • Bumblebye
      March 17, 2017, 8:12 pm

      A second beneficial effect would be that the US could no longer gin up support for its wars of choice in the middle east through the UNSC. Veto be damned, if they aint there they caint play! World would be a safer place, especially considering Bannon/trump plans wrt China (ok, far east too).

    • Elizabeth Block
      March 19, 2017, 6:23 pm

      Brilliant. I never thought of that!

  2. Citizen
    March 17, 2017, 7:51 pm

    Fox news has been showing Nikki Haley all day, giving hell to the UN, vowing to protect the only democracy in the Middle East.

  3. xanadou
    March 17, 2017, 10:50 pm

    Yair Lapid, and other israelis so fond of calling their “country”, without defined borders, a theocracy and democracy, clearly have no idea that the two are not interchangeable synonyms. It’s one or the other: either the population submits to the dominion of a mythological figure or the rule of its people.

    The above comes with major respect for Ms. Khalaf for her confidence in the report and choice to not submit to the israeli psycho-bullies.

  4. Qualtrough
    March 17, 2017, 11:52 pm

    Israel is an apartheid state, and Zionism is racism. Doesn’t matter if those statements were retracted, they remain as true as they ever were.

    BTW. What a brave and principled person she is!

  5. Misterioso
    March 18, 2017, 11:36 am

    Brava Rima Khalaf!!!

    Apartheid is and always has been rampant in Palestinian lands occupied by Israel and within Israel “proper,” i.e., west of the “green line.”

    To quote an expert: Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

    “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
    EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

    “…EU broadside over plight of Israel’s Arabs”
    EXCERPT: “The confidential 27-page draft prepared by European diplomats… [shows] that Israeli Arabs suffer ‘economic disparities… unequal access to land and housing… discriminatory draft legislation and a political climate in which discriminatory rhetoric and practice go unsanctioned.’” (The Independent, Dec. 27/2011)

    The U.S. State Department’s report on International Religious Freedom: “Arabs in Israel…are subject to various forms of discrimination [and the government] does not provide Israeli Arabs…with the same quality of education, housing, employment opportunities as Jews.”

    In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 Israel and The Occupied Territories)

    To the best of my knowledge, Israel is the only country in the world that differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court.

    Recent Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyyUvxHLYr4
    Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

    One example of apartheid within Israel:
    “Jewish town won’t let Arab build home on his own land ”
    Excerpt: “Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ he reportedly told Suad. ‘We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.’” (Haaretz, 14 December 2009)

    The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions (http://adalah.org/eng/Israeli-Discriminatory-Law-DatabaseIsrael's) Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, “…dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

    Eminent Jewish Israeli journalist Bradley Burston aptly sums up the horrors Israel inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem:
    “Occupation is Slavery”
    EXCERPT:
    “In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts.” (Haaretz, Feb. 26/13)

  6. rensanceman
    March 18, 2017, 12:33 pm

    It is illogical to allow Israel to remain a member of the United Nations as it simply ignores all Resolutions which criticize and condemn its criminal behavior. It attacks U.N. agencies who expose its human rights violations. It continues to operate as an apartheid state yet to expose it as such will subject its accusers to condemnation as this article shows. Our government has been hijacked by a criminal, Zionist cabal. What the citizenry of the U,S. must do is to publicize and expose Israel’s harmful influence in our Congress and Executive branch in order to create a populist leader movement strong enough to awaken our Congress to act. How many more wars which are not in our nation’s interest will we fight for this ungrateful state.

  7. Michael Rabb
    March 18, 2017, 1:22 pm

    if apartheid you got, you must boycott

  8. Misterioso
    March 18, 2017, 6:26 pm

    UPDATE:

    https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/265712.pdf

    A U.S. government human rights report released this month [March 2017] highlights grave violations against Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation. The annual country reports on human rights practices, which include a specific section covering the situation of human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), raises a number of issues related to ill-treatment of Palestinian child prisoners and denial of fair trial rights in Israeli military courts. It notes other grave violations against Palestinian children, including unlawful killing and excessive use of force against Palestinian children by Israeli forces.

  9. Boo
    March 18, 2017, 7:29 pm

    The Israeli government is claiming their actions aren’t apartheid because they’re based on citizenship status, not race.

    Sorry, but the perps don’t get to redefine their crimes to make them go away.

    • echinococcus
      March 19, 2017, 1:49 am

      Fact is, the Zionists are citizens of an interloper state and have no right to be in Palestine in the first place. Even the locally born Zionists without Palestinian ancestry cannot claim any rights as long as the basis for Palestinian citizenship has not been defined by the freely deciding Palestinian people. The only natural citizens of Palestine would be entirely justified, if they so wish, in establishing a citizenship excluding the invading pirates.

      • jon s
        March 19, 2017, 4:59 pm

        Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or invaders or pirates in our historic homeland.
        For millions of Jewish Israelis , immigrants or native-born, this is our home.

      • just
        March 19, 2017, 9:39 pm

        “For millions of Jewish Israelis , immigrants or native-born, this is our home.”

        Who do you think that you are kidding, jon s?

        Are you inviting me for a tear gas/ bullet free cuppa, or what?

        Questions:

        ~How many (and which) languages have you mastered?

        ~ How many (and which) passports do you hold legally?

        ~What do you teach your students? Please tell.

        Thanks in advance. Tout à l’heure.

      • oldgeezer
        March 19, 2017, 10:36 pm

        @jon s

        Fact is jon that for immigrants that is what you feel and believe. I won’t argue against feelings.

        The actual reality is that no matter what you feel or believe it was someone elses and Israel murdered and terrorized them so you could steal it.

        Your feelings don’t outrank reality. Your beliefs are based on a lie.

        You have trod on the graves of people to steal what you have.

        Got any people volunteering their heads for footie practice these days?

      • talknic
        March 20, 2017, 12:03 am

        @ jon s March 19, 2017, 4:59 pm

        “Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or invaders or pirates in our historic homeland”

        Fact is, Israel is an interloper and invader of non-Israeli territories. So too are Israelis (Jewish and/or non-Jewish) who’re illegally settling in non-Israeli territories. Is that too hard to get thru your brain dead impenetrable Zionist skull?

        “For millions of Jewish Israelis , immigrants or native-born, this is our home”

        Go bitch to the Israeli Government and the Zionist Movement for having proclaimed Israel’s borders on far less than the Jewish People’s alleged Historic Homeland.

      • amigo
        March 20, 2017, 6:24 am

        “Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or invaders or pirates in our historic homeland.” Jon S

        Fact is , you had a homeland but you decided to leave it and plonk yourself down in someone else s homeland , so that makes you a thief and a party to a war crime –namely –4th GC article 49 –“It is prohibited for an occupying nation to transfer it,s citizens to the territory it occupies.”

        What part of “NO “, do you not understand .The N or the O.

        “For millions of Jewish Israelis , immigrants or native-born, this is our home.” Jon S.

        Keep telling yourself that Jon and maybe in the in the quiet times and the small corners of your day , you will be able to look in a mirror for more that a few seconds.

        The land you squat on, was not , is not , and never will be legally yours.

      • eljay
        March 20, 2017, 7:21 am

        || jon s: Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or invaders or pirates in our historic homeland. … ||

        The real fact – as opposed to your Zionist “fact” – is that geographic Palestine is not the historic homeland of every person in the world who chooses to be/come Jewish. Geographic Palestine is the historic homeland of its non-Jewish and Jewish indigenous population and of non-Jews and Jews up to n-generations removed from it.

      • echinococcus
        March 20, 2017, 9:16 am

        Talknic,

        Please stop your Zionist-lite propaganda already. “Israel” as of November 1947 is already a totally illegal, invaded and militarily cleansed (by colonial powers) part of Palestine. Stop promoting this glaring violation of the UN Charter –no matter if supported by no matter how many goverrnments. Stop cheering for the illegal refusal of Palestinian self-determination. “Proclaiming borders” is worth zilch when it happens on conquered/invaded territory and the owners have every right to cancel any invader presence.

      • Mooser
        March 20, 2017, 11:47 am

        “Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or blah, blah, blah”

        ROTFLMSJAO!! Uh, “Jonny S” did it ever occur to you that if you actually believed that bit of nonsense, you wouldn’t come here?

        Your insecurity about Israel’s status shines through every comment loud and clear.

        Here’s a suggestion, “Jon S” why don’t you concentrate on trying to believe it. You might be able to do that.

        And why is it so important to you to make us believe it? Oh wait, let me guess, you are doing your tikkun olam. Repairing us.

      • jon s
        March 20, 2017, 2:39 pm

        Just,
        I’ll answer your questions, even though I’m not sure as to the relevance to the topic. And then I’ll ask you a few of my own.
        1. Two, Hebrew and English. It’s one of my greatest regrets that I’ve never managed to learn Arabic.
        2. Two, Israeli and American.
        3.History and Civics.

        My questions for you:

        Are you saying that this land is NOT the Jewish historic homeland?

        Do you agree with “echinococcus”, who basically wants to get rid of the Jewish population in the country?

      • Mooser
        March 20, 2017, 4:50 pm

        “2. Two, Israeli and American.”

        Of course! One is his “ancestral” homeland, and the other is just where his emergency passport comes from.

        Jews are entitled to two homelands.
        It’s because of our +15 IQ, you see.
        It gives us the intelligence to balance the needs of both of our homelands, to the benefit of both!
        Ordinary (you know who you are) people can’t do that. But we can! Ordinary people might get confused about whether the principles which have worked so well for Jews in America might work for Jews in Israel.

      • Mooser
        March 20, 2017, 5:11 pm

        “Are you saying that this land is NOT the Jewish historic homeland?”

        What’s grey and carries a trunk? Okay, some Jews may be related to some people who came from that area long ago. So friggin what?

        Let me ask you this “Jon s”: If Zionism had the power it needs, and was able to deliver on its promises to anybody would you be the least bit concerned what Internet commenters think of Jewish “ancestral” rights in the area?
        You are, as always, intent on making a Jewish and Zionist failure somehow everybody elses fault, and everybody elses responsibility. Have a great Masadadammerung.

      • amigo
        March 20, 2017, 5:20 pm

        Do you agree with “echinococcus”, who basically wants to get rid of the Jewish population in the country?” jon s

        He never mentioned Jews. He said Zionists—ie , a bunch of interlopers who got lucky and were given more than half of Palestine which did not satiate their greed , so they kept stealing more.

        I hope a 1SS evolves in which the majority votes out the supremacist so called democracy and replaces it with a state that ensures equality for all it,s citizens.Any Zionists who don,t wish to stay as equals can hop on a flight and go back to where they came from.

        Zionists were given a state but used the privilege to keep stealing more , (part of which you squat on ) and should have that privilege withdrawn.They have proven they do not deserve a state as they are incapable of treating their fellow citizens as equals.

        Go bitch to your leaders .They screwed up your so called “Jewish Homeland” .

      • RoHa
        March 20, 2017, 6:28 pm

        What does “Jewish historic homeland” mean?

        Palestine does seem to be the area in which Judaism, as well as Christianity, originated (though both underwent considerable development outside that territory), but I agree with eljay that it is not the homeland of every person who claims to be or is regarded as a Jew.

      • oldgeezer
        March 20, 2017, 8:02 pm

        @jon s

        RoHa raises an important point wrt to Judaism and Christianity. Jesus was a Jew and early Christians were Jewish converts.

        In every sense it is also the homeland of Christians. The indigenous rights weren’t extinquished by converting.

        No same person would use this to argue that it is the homeland of all Christians. Zionists would scream at the thought.

        For the same reasons it is not the homeland of all Jews.

        Hopefully once the racism comes under control in that rogue state it can be the home of all Israelis and include all who actually do have a right to call it their homeland and not just some.

      • talknic
        March 20, 2017, 9:26 pm

        @ echinococcus March 20, 2017, 9:16 am

        “Please stop your Zionist-lite propaganda..”

        Please stop being ridiculous already.

        “Israel” as of November 1947 is already a totally illegal … etc “

        Indeed. It never the less, now exists as you have apparently acknowledged

        echinococcus March 19, 2017, 1:49 am

        Fact is, the Zionists are citizens of an interloper state

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/resigns-refusing-apartheid/#sthash.uEmvEKTT.dpuf

        “Stop promoting this glaring violation of the UN Charter”

        Quote, verbatim my promotion thx. Otherwise, I believe the expression is STFU

        “Stop cheering for the illegal refusal of Palestinian self-determination”

        Quote, verbatim my cheering thx. Otherwise …. … …. .. !

        “Proclaiming borders” is worth zilch when it happens on conquered/invaded territory and the owners have every right to cancel any invader presence.”

        Whether we agree with UNGA res 181 or not, their proclamation of borders in order to be and by which they were recognized was per UNGA 181, not conquered/invaded. The existing state of Israel, agree with it or not, only has right to those territories according to its own statements to the UN/UNSC before and after declaring statehood

        The Palestinians have long ago expressed a willingness to forgo the right to all their territories for peace with Israel. Their sense of compassion for all the innocent folk caught up in the Zionist Colonization enterprise appears to surpass your own

      • oldgeezer
        March 20, 2017, 11:24 pm

        @talknic

        In all fairness why do you bother. If Ech wants to be Don quixote then let him flail away at windmills

      • oldgeezer
        March 21, 2017, 12:27 am

        @jon s

        I have to confess i was being quite facetious and rhetorical in my previous post. My bad.

        As an atheist, born a christian… and who could deny they are born christian anymore than someone could deny being born a jew? I consulted the religious side of my family and discovered that we can trace our roots back to beersheba but sadly your house is on the land we owned.

        I am just happy you buy into and understand that when the cat D9 shows up tomorrow evening to flatten your squat to allow my return to my historic homeland you will be understanding that it is moral and just that i be permitted to do so.

        Just as your jewish ancestors where dispersed throughout the world so were mine prior to their conversion.

        Just like you i only wish to live in peace. The bulldozimg of all you possess is merely my reclaiming my historical right.

        I am sure you are on board with this given your comments but be aware any attempts to prevent me from taking what my family considers to be it’s religion says is mine will justify murder of your immediate family and the persecution of any grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Sorry but that’s how it works and should be. Right?

        You have no more claim to a single grain of sand in the middle east than I do. But that is what you expect Palestinians to accept if there is karma your house will be bulldozed.

        If there is karma it would be worse in my opinion.

        You live on stolen land. You oppress others to keep it. You justify murder to pretend you are a victim

      • Marnie
        March 21, 2017, 4:44 am

        jon s

        Your jewish homeland belongs to someone else. It’s true, no matter how many ‘historic jewish homeland’ tropes you pull out of, I’ll say, hat. It’s way beyond tiresome, trite and outrageous to continue to make this idiotic claim. Time has not stood still jon, it keeps ‘ticking, ticking, ticking’. I live in israel; my passport expired years ago. I’ve never been back. I’ll stay here and if at some point i have to leave, i will. But i don’t believe i have any right that supercedes the history of another people, who’ve lived here for centuries, as opposed to my recent arrival. You’d do yourself and your soul a great service to get down off your high horse and join the rest of humanity, not as a member of a so-called ‘chosen’ people, but a human being like everyone else.

      • echinococcus
        March 21, 2017, 5:57 am

        Talknic,

        “Israel” as of November 1947 is already a totally illegal … etc “
        Indeed. It never the less, now exists as you have apparently acknowledged

        For the umpteenth time, the existence of any number of illegitimate, murderous abominations must be acknowledged –how does that mean recognizing any legitimacy to it, like your ridiculous respect and defense of the colonialist-created “Israel” violating the UN Charter itself? Looks like you are selectively and repeatedly deaf to this question. The destruction of certain interloper states is perfectly acceptable, as is the destruction of any number of other horrible things.

        “Stop promoting this glaring violation of the UN Charter”
        Quote, verbatim my promotion thx. Otherwise, I believe the expression is STFU

        “Stop cheering for the illegal refusal of Palestinian self-determination”
        Quote, verbatim my cheering thx. Otherwise …. … …. .. !

        The majority of your entire production, which essentially consists in attacking only Zionist expansion over and outside the self-proclaimed, illegally UN colonialist-sanctioned initial 1948 “Israel” –never approved by a full and free Palestinian plebiscite. It may be hard to find a post of yours that does not defend the imagined legitimacy of this colonial conquest. My denouncing this as propaganda to justify Zionist invasion, however partial, is irritating you but it’s accurate.

        The Palestinians have long ago expressed a willingness to forgo the right to all their territories for peace with Israel.

        For the umpteenth time, stop calling “The Palestinians” some of them, in this case some of them who are either working for/collaborating with the US/Zionist invader, or perhaps some well-meaning people. No one can know if they are more representative than the authors of the initial Resistance charter. The only way one can call “The Palestinians” in-the-abstract the authors of such a decision is a valid plebiscite of all Palestinians worldwide, including the Jewish Palestinians at the time Zionists declared hostile intent but excluding the interlopers. You’re welcome to discuss who would be voting and how are totally free and fair conditions to be created, but you cannot feed us that BS on “The Palestinians” when speaking of Quislings.

        … sense of compassion for all the innocent folk caught up in the Zionist Colonization

        That may have a place at religious functions or ecumenical meetings –not when discussing irrenounceable rights.

      • Mooser
        March 21, 2017, 12:56 pm

        “You live on stolen land. You oppress others to keep it. You justify murder to pretend you are a victim”

        Yes, but “Jon s” knows that doesn’t matter if you’re smart enough, good-looking enough, and godammit, people like you!

        Plus, “Jons” is very sportsminded.
        And who couldn’t like someone who explains Judaism so beautifully and with such resonance?

      • talknic
        March 21, 2017, 1:19 pm

        echinococcus March 21, 2017, 5:57 am

        = not able to quote. So, stop harassing. Thx

        “your ridiculous respect and defense of the colonialist-created “Israel” violating the UN Charter itself?”

        Quote this ‘respect and defense of’, I’ll be really interested to read it

        “The majority of your entire production, which essentially consists in attacking only Zionist expansion over and outside the self-proclaimed, illegally UN colonialist-sanctioned initial 1948 “Israel” –never approved by a full and free Palestinian plebiscite. It may be hard to find a post of yours that does not defend the imagined legitimacy of this colonial conquest. My denouncing this as propaganda to justify Zionist invasion, however partial, is irritating you but it’s accurate.”

        You’re delusional
        http://wp.me/pDB7k-l5
        http://wp.me/PDB7k-Q#jews-can-live-anywhere
        https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Ziofier%20talknic

      • Kaisa of Finland
        March 21, 2017, 6:06 pm

        jon s:

        The sickest thing in this “Jewish homeland” of yours is that a random American Jewish girl can come to Israel to serve and volunteer in the army of Israel and say that she is doing it “to come back to her homeland” and to “get bonded with her roots and ancestors there” while at the same time a Palestinian girl who’s grandparents were forced to leave from their homes (in the “now-Jewish-homeland-territory-called-Israel”) to make space for the “new israelian Jewish citizens”, can not come and “get rooted and bonded” with the land, where she actually has her roots and where to her closest realitives have longed since the day they became refugees and were forced to leave their homes there..

        And to someone to claim that this is completely OK, it just is completely not OK. You steel someones land is a crime and there is nothing that will ever change that.

      • Kaisa of Finland
        March 21, 2017, 7:06 pm

        and Jon S, to make the picture even more clear to you:

        This American Jewish girl is carrying a big gun to defend the original land of Palestine from a girl who is a Palestinian..

      • jon s
        March 26, 2017, 7:08 am

        Just, I note thay you haven’t responded to my questions, even though I answered yours.

        Marnie,
        Jews have also been here for centuries, and I’ve never said that our rights supercede the rights of others. This land is the homeland of two peoples. That’s the conflict in a nutshell.

      • jon s
        March 26, 2017, 9:06 am

        Marnie,
        I’m not sure I understand your personal situation.
        Renewing a passport isn’t such a big deal, If you want to leave, go ahead and don’t blame the technicality of having an expired passport. On the other hand, why would you “have to leave?”
        Maybe you prefer being here, after all?

        Incidentally, Israel once again scores high ,in the 11th place, in the World Happiness Report, ahead of the USA (14th), the UK (19th), France (31st), and way ahead of all other countries in the region:

        https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdsn-whr2017/HR17_3-20-17.pdf

      • eljay
        March 26, 2017, 9:45 am

        || jon s: … Jews have also been here for centuries … ||

        The “Jews who have also been [in geographic Palestine] for centuries” constitute part of the indigenous population of Palestine. Those who have not do not. The same applies to non-Jews.

        || … and I’ve never said that our rights supercede the rights of others. … ||

        You do say that every time you advocate, justify and defend the existence of colonialist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

        || … This land is the homeland of two peoples. That’s the conflict in a nutshell. ||

        Geographic Palestine is the homeland of its indigenous population and of people up to n-generations removed from it. The conflict in a nutshell is the Zionist belief that people who choose to be/come Jewish are entitled to a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

      • Mooser
        March 26, 2017, 2:18 pm

        “This land is the homeland of two peoples. That’s the conflict in a nutshell.”

        See the Jews went away on a long vacation, (during which we remained perfectly chaste and didn’t mix, and didn’t gain or lose anything) and now we are back and find somebody living in our house.

        “Jonny s” where do you get the idea that the word “homeland” has such magical and legal properties?

      • amigo
        March 26, 2017, 2:34 pm

        “Incidentally, Israel once again scores high ,in the 11th place, in the World Happiness Report, ahead of the USA (14th), the UK (19th), France (31st), and way ahead of all other countries in the region: “jon s

        I guess if lording over another people while living on their land and watching your armed forces torture and kill their children , makes zionists happy , then what can one say about such people.If I were a zionist , I would keep my mouth shut about my so called historic homeland being on such a list.Jon S chooses to brag about it.You are truly disconnected from reality.

        It does however prove one thing.Zioniists are at their happiest at the expense of someone else,s.

        Btw, jon s , how do you feel about Israel being in the top three most hated nations on the planet. You omitted to share that poll with us.

      • amigo
        March 26, 2017, 4:51 pm

        Jon s , read this article and if you cannot manage that at least watch the video and wonder what it is that makes Israeli Jews happy. If any of our police officers were behaving like this disgusting thug , he/she would be locked up in quick time. Where do you get these people from –The Mafia .

        How can you possibly display pride in such a failed nation where the law is ignored from the top to the bottom , by everyone and his /her mother.

        Truly a mind boggling state of affairs.

        http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.779438

      • talknic
        March 26, 2017, 8:48 pm

        @ jon s

        ” This land is the homeland of two peoples”

        Bullsh*t! What two people? There are and have been Christians, Muslims, Jews, Druze, atheists, Arabs, non-Arabs etc

        ” That’s the conflict in a nutshell.”

        More bullsh*t! The conflict is the colonization of Palestine by people who’re NOT from the region.

      • jon s
        March 28, 2017, 2:25 am

        talknic,
        “What two people[s]?”
        This land is the homeland of both the Palestinian people and the Jewish people.

      • jon s
        March 28, 2017, 2:34 am

        amigo,
        According to the World Happiness Report, these are the key variables:

        “These six factors are GDP per capita, healthy
        years of life expectancy, social support (as measured
        by having someone to count on in times
        of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived
        absence of corruption in government and
        business), perceived freedom to make life
        decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent
        donations). “

      • eljay
        March 28, 2017, 8:38 am

        || jon s: … This land is the homeland of both the Palestinian people and the Jewish people. ||

        Geographic Palestine is the homeland of its non-Jewish and Jewish indigenous population. It is not the homeland of:
        – “the Jews”; or
        – any non-Jews or Jews more than n-generations removed from it.

      • amigo
        March 28, 2017, 11:22 am

        ““These six factors are GDP per capita, healthy
        years of life expectancy, social support (as measured
        by having someone to count on in times
        of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived
        absence of corruption in government and
        business), perceived freedom to make life
        decisions, and generosity (as measured ” jon s

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/resigns-refusing-apartheid/#comment-176033

        Let,s take a look inside your box of tricks eh .

        1 GDP per capita,

        Gain (from) Displacement (of )Palestinians.Result , cheaper housing, cheaper loans .Handouts from Uncle Sam = 150 billion since 1949 and growing.Income from products shipped from illegal industries located on stolen land.

        2 Healthy years of life expectancy.

        Gee , you had better tell nietanyahu , he keeps telling us that Israel is surrounded by 1,3 billion Muslims who want to kill all the Jews.His subjects are not accepting his message.

        3 social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble),

        Who would that be ??. Your King is leading you all down the path of destruction.Why so happy.

        4 trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business).

        Israelis are easily satisfied when it comes to corruption!. Why not , Israel is fitting right in with all those nasty middle East dictatorships.

        “In a ranking on regions, Western Europe was found to be the least corrupt, with an average score of 66, followed by the Americas with a score of 43. The average score in the Middle East was 38, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia with an average score of 33.
        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.629851

        5 , perceived freedom to make life decisions,

        Compared to their Palestinian neighbours , I guess they should be happy.But wait, what about all those terrorist Palestinians waiting behind every corner to kill them??.

        6 Generosity as measured by recent donations.

        To whom , AIPAC , JDF , IDF, Illegal settlement expansion.Azaria defence fund .

        No accounting for what makes some people happy.

      • talknic
        March 28, 2017, 12:09 pm

        @ jon s March 28, 2017, 2:25 am

        “This land is the homeland of both the Palestinian people and the Jewish people”

        Uh? The majority of Jewish history in the region has been as Palestinians. From at least the Roman era until 1948 the Jews and non-Jews of the region were all Palestinian.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2017, 12:34 pm

        “This land is the homeland…”

        Enough about the heimat already, Mr. Rosenberg

      • Kaisa of Finland
        March 28, 2017, 4:37 pm

        jon s:

        “Israel, in the 11th Place in the World Happiness Report.. ”

        Honestly, do you see this as something to be proud of??

        “Shiny happy people laughing.. ” ..while killing, bullying and steeling someones land.. Makes me wonder what kind of human is that.. ??

        Yesterday I saw a part of a documentary telling about the tortoure and suffering in Assad’s prisons in Syria. What I was thinking was, that Israel does not differ from it in any ways:

        Shiny happy people laughing.. Enjoying while others suffer..

      • YoniFalic
        March 28, 2017, 6:59 pm

        German non-Jews were extremely happy in Nazi Germany up to the declaration of war that started WW2. Ethnic fundamentalist ideologies which like German Nazism and Zionism tell the population identified with state that it is an elite special population seems to provide a form of omphaloskeptic ego-bliss that shows up in these happiness rankings.

        Just as theft of Palestinian assets benefits the invader population in stolen and occupied Palestine, likewise driving Jews out of the German economy along with stealing Jewish assets benefited many German non-Jews. Such theft in the case of Zionism and in the case of German Nazism almost certainly increased the happiness of both self-declared Herrenvölker (master races).

        I have to admit that I was quite happy until Cast Lead and truly believed that we Jews had taken back what is rightfully ours (a common belief of thieves and invaders — the German Nazis convinced themselves that the Caucasus was rightfully German).

        Russian Jewish settler colonist invaders are supposed to be even happier than those born in Israel because they often compare Israel to Soviet conditions.

  10. MHughes976
    March 20, 2017, 8:43 am

    It is true a) that the Holy Land is home to many Jewish people b) that most Jewish people, even if not currently resident there, have an understandable sentiment connecting them to that place c) that these two facts are of some moral significance. In Theresa May’s Britain there are some people appealing for public sympathy on the ground that though have non-UK passports they have made their homes here for a decade or more and are now facing exclusion – they are appealing to the common moral understanding that there is something morally important (not necessarily conclusive, I’d accept) about letting people stay where they are at home.
    On this very line of reasoning it must follow that there is unfinished business from 1948, with so many Palestinians excluded and so many with an understandable sentiment connecting them to the place, even if they are not resident there just because their forebears were excluded – and that something significant must be done to put the situation right. That’s a very minimal statement, far too minimal some would say, but it would be something if we could get it agreed or even mentioned in the places of power.
    The word ‘apartheid’ isn’t crucial to me but I don’t see how it can be denied that there is a form of highly separate development going on and that a group of residents are subject to a sovereign power which claims rightful possession of the place where they live and work but keeps them out of full citizenship, that is disfranchises them, wholly or importantly because they are not Jewish in a place specifically claimed for those who are.
    This is contrary to well-known principles of constitutional government, still contrary even if not based on ‘race’. Mind you, the general understanding of ‘Jewish’ concerns relationship to an ancestral religion – either you practice it or you are physically descended, sufficiently closely, from some who did. ‘Sufficiently’ is debated but is effectively defined in Israeli practice, with some religious groups maybe thinking differently. However you resolve that point it has undeniable reference to who your ancestors were, so involves ‘race’, that demonically misleading concept, to some degree.
    All that said – I’m getting long-winded today – I sympathise somewhat with Mr. Guterres. He should have been allowed to oversee a publication by people who work in the organisation he directs. If he had censored it that would have been another matter.

  11. Kay24
    March 21, 2017, 5:50 am

    The human rights violations and abuses continue:

    Feb 24 2017 Issa Amro and Farid al Atrash video
    Edith Garwood

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