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As protests at the Gaza border get underway this morning, several liberal Democratic politicians have finally objected to Israel’s shooting of unarmed Palestinians at the Gaza fence. A Jewish youth group is protesting at Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office, urging her to speak out against “merciless” killings. While a report in al-Monitor suggests that Israel targeted Palestinian journalists last week because it objected to international criticism of its actions.

Today is the third Friday of the protests at the Gaza border fence called the Great March of Return. Over 110 have already been wounded this morning, per Palestinian media reports. Many suffered teargas inhalation.

The Gaza marchers seem to be highly cognizant of the effects of their actions right now. From Mohammed Kareem, a Gaza journalist, this morning:

Today is Friday, and there will be another wave of .. We still attached to the peacefulness of protests. We still attached to face the israeli bullets unarmed and unarmoured, only by our bare chests

It is the day of burning the Israeli flag. David Halbfinger of the New York Times tweeted this impressive image:

Day of burning Israeli flag at Gaza border, photo by David Halbfinger, April 13, 2018

This statement was released yesterday ahead of today’s protests, by five Democratic congresspeople: Mark Pocan (WI), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Keith Ellison (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA). Notice that even this statement by liberal Dems has to couch its criticism of Israel shootings with a caution to Palestinians to be non-violent.

“We are deeply disturbed by the tragic loss of life over the past two weeks of protests carried out within the territory of Gaza, with more than a dozen Palestinians killed by sniper fire – including an unarmed teenager and a respected photojournalist – and many hundreds more injured by live ammunition.

“While it appears that the vast majority of Palestinians who have gathered to protest have been peaceful, we object to reported cases of non-peaceful actions carried out by some Gaza protesters, and we call on them to exercise their rights nonviolently. We also urge Israeli soldiers to refrain from shooting live ammunition at unarmed Palestinian protesters from hundreds of meters away, across the fence separating the two territories.

“We strongly reject the dangerous contention made on April 8 by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman that ‘there are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip.’ Media reports suggest that on Friday, Israeli soldiers will once again be ordered by high command – in contravention of international law – to engage in sniper fire on Gaza residents who come within 300 meters of the border fence or engage in other non-life-threatening actions.

“We applaud Israeli human rights groups that are calling on Israeli soldiers to resist such illegal orders from their superiors, and are urging IDF forces to fully comply with international law and exercise utmost restraint in their use of deadly force. Such measures must only be used as a last resort to stop an imminent threat to life.”

This follows a tepid statement from Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren, sent to the Intercept:

“I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza,” Warren said. “As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest.”

At least she said something, thereby joining Bernie Sanders and the outspoken Congresswoman Betty McCollum in criticism of the Israeli government. Several leading senators declined to comment on the shootings, to the Intercept’s Zaid Jilani, among them rising Dem stars Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker. No surprise.

The Institute for Middle East Understanding comments on the targeting of journalists:

The killing of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja by Israeli forces receives international condemnation and underscores Israel’s refusal to recognize the legitimacy of Palestinian journalists as professionals

al Monitor has this grisly anonymous assertion:

An Israeli reporter who requested anonymity told Al-Monitor that the reason why journalists were targeted that particular week, unlike the previous week during protests, might be connected to concerns about being targeted by international institutions.

There is also the Adalah report that Israel prevented the passage of two wounded protesters from Gaza to West Bank hospitals. As a result, the two men each have lost a leg to amputation; one is in danger of losing the remaining leg (Quick question for all you two-state-solutioners– won’t Israel continue to control the corridor between Gaza and the West Bank under partition; and wouldn’t that control result in such arbitrary tyrannical consequences then too?).

In the al-Monitor article, Ori Nir of Peace Now criticizes the targetings of journalists. “The video and images clearly show six or seven journalists dressed as reporters [wearing vests marked ‘PRESS’] and were shot on the same day….” To my reckoning, he is the one leading liberal Zionist to be critical of the shootings. There’s been a lot of silence from that quarter.

Update: If Not Now is demonstrating at Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, calling on her to join Sanders and Warren, and be on the right side of history, by condemning the killings of protesters.

They add: “The @SFPD have just arrived on site. Rather than condemn the violence happening in Gaza @SenFeinstein would rather send in the police to take care of us. WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.”

This is excellent:

Reading the names of Palestinian protestors mercilessly killed in Gaza by the IDF. We’re the next generation of Jewish leaders and we won’t allow these atrocities to be committed in our name. : be on the right side of history. Condemn the violence now!

In a further sign of the anger on the left, a Democrat is running for his party’s nomination to Congress in a South Carolina district who calls Gaza what it is, a massacre. Michael F. Brown reports at EI on Mal Hyman, who says:

There is only one way to describe IDF’s actions: a massacre. Since U.S. government is one of the biggest supporters of Israel, the onus is on us to send the message that these kinds of massacres goes against every human rights principle.

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  1. eljay
    April 13, 2018, 10:11 am

    || … (Quick question for all you two-state-solutioners– won’t Israel continue to control the corridor between Gaza and the West Bank under partition; and wouldn’t that control result in such arbitrary tyrannical consequences then too?). … ||

    The Partition-borders distance between the coastal and in-land parts of Palestine is extremely small. The two could be connected by a wide road-rail-utilities surface corridor, with a comparably wide road-rail-utilities tunnel running beneath it for Israel (or vice-versa). No need for either country to control the other country’s movements.

    If Partition-borders are not to be respected, the distance between the two parts of Palestine grows. In this case, Palestine definitely gets the surface corridor and Israel gets the shorter tunnel.

    • pabelmont
      April 13, 2018, 4:19 pm

      Hmmm, LJ, still talking the talk even after Israel has stopped walking the walk. Well, good to prepare the way just in case Israel gets religion (so to speak).

  2. broadside
    April 13, 2018, 10:57 am

    I hope the pope is wrong, and that there’s a special place in hell for Elizabeth Warren.

    • Citizen
      April 13, 2018, 1:16 pm

      Dante’s Inferno, 8th Circle? Fraud?

      • broadside
        April 13, 2018, 3:43 pm

        Similarly, I hope Gail Collins joins her. Can you imagine having a regular column at the most influential newspaper in the world, at a time when straits have never been more dire, and again and again and again… nothing. Frivolity. And her fans are legion, of course.

      • broadside
        April 13, 2018, 3:49 pm

        PEP, short answer.

    • LHunter
      April 13, 2018, 8:35 pm

      Agreed – nothing saintly about these PEP racists. Warren’s legacy will always be tarnished by her support for a criminal Zionist Israel – she’s a disgusting sell-out – a false prophet.

      https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/clinton-s-surprising-israel-hawk-elizabeth-warren-1.5402609

      • Ellen
        April 15, 2018, 4:33 pm

        Liz is a very confused lady. She knows banking and bankruptcy (which is more that most and makes her look smart) but beyond that she is a clueless girl from Oklahoma. She will repeat what her handlers feed her.

  3. amigo
    April 13, 2018, 12:09 pm

    The Two State Solution is RIP.

    Rotting In Pieces.

    The Late not so great 2SS is Dead , gone to it,s happy hunting grounds.deceased,expired,passed on .

    In fact , it was DOA from day 1, as Israel has never intended to or will allow it to come into existence.

    • Citizen
      April 13, 2018, 1:18 pm

      Maybe 2 SS is necessary step before evolving into 1 SS?

      • LHunter
        April 13, 2018, 8:47 pm

        I think the Zionist will continue on their murderous path until they get spanked hard – fall back is the 2SS which they will make very difficult through protracted negotiations all the while pointing at the Palestinians as the reason for delays (sounds familiar). This process will take many years to play out and will lead to nowhere. Another spanking will be needed before the 1SS is tabled for serious discussions with more protracted negotiations. Every step of the way will be hotly contested by the Zionists. As long as there is the facade that progress is being made the West will stay quiet and Israel will stay a Jewish supremacist rogue state.

      • johneill
        April 13, 2018, 9:02 pm

        i thought the 2ss was meant to further segregate ‘the two peoples’, but jewish israeli ‘leaders’ (for want of a better word) are increasingly jumping on the expulsion/annihilation bandwagon, showcasing their genocidal intent more plainly by the day.

  4. Citizen
    April 13, 2018, 1:43 pm

    As Hammond says: The calculation of Israeli policymakers is that they must forcibly repress any form of resistance to their occupation regime, including non-violent resistance like protests.

  5. hmp49
    April 13, 2018, 1:47 pm

    433 Congressmen and 99 Senators have NOT responded because they rightly view it as a provocation.

    Hamas leaders have made clear the aim of the demonstrations is to erase the border, and remove Israel from the map. Of course it’s not going to happen, but the harder they push, the more casualties there are going to be. If Israel waited until the border was “erased,” the casualties would be orders of magnitude higher.

    “Hamas head Sinwar says Gaza protests will continue until border is erased”

    ““The March of Return will continue,” Sinwar said. “It will not stop until we remove this transient border [between the Gaza Strip and Israel].””

    “Earlier, Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh said from the protests that the demonstrations marked the beginning of the Palestinians’ return to “all of Palestine.””

    • John O
      April 13, 2018, 2:05 pm

      Please provide sources/links for the quotations in your post. Your post has no credibility if you do not do so.

      • hmp49
        April 13, 2018, 2:19 pm

        “Please provide sources/links for the quotations in your post. Your post has no credibility if you do not do so.”

        Of course, Israel bashing comments don’t even require direct quotes, much less links.

        I provided a link in direct response, don’t know whether it will pass moderation.

        However, you can google any of the sentences, that should result in multiple hits.

        There’s also this, from the April 7th online edition of the NYT (hardly a “hasbara mouthpiece”) titled:

        “9 Killed, Scores Wounded by Israeli Fire in Gaza Protest”

        “Gaza’s shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.

        The world should “wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,” Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.”

      • eljay
        April 13, 2018, 2:25 pm

        || hmp49: https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-head-sinwar-says-gaza-protests-will-continue-until-border-erased/ ||

        … At previous peace talks, the Palestinians have always demanded, along with sovereignty in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Old City, a “right of return” to Israel for Palestinian refugees who left or were forced out of Israel when it was established. The Palestinians demand this right not only for those of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are still alive — a figure estimated in the low tens of thousands — but also for their descendants, who number in the millions.

        No Israeli government would ever be likely to accept this demand, since it would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish-majority state. Israel’s position is that Palestinian refugees and their descendants would become citizens of a Palestinian state at the culmination of the peace process, just as Jews who fled or were forced out of Middle Eastern countries by hostile governments became citizens of Israel. …

        So, basically, the article says that Palestinians and their descendants want to return to their homes and lands and Israel won’t allow that to happen not because it’s unjust or immoral but because:
        – it threatens Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”; and
        – whataboutism.

        What a surprise.

      • John O
        April 13, 2018, 2:26 pm

        @hmp49

        Not exactly an unbiased source, particularly as ‘right of return’ always appears in quotation marks, as if the Palestinians’ right to return to the homes they were expelled violently from was some sort of myth, and not sanctioned by the UN.

      • John O
        April 13, 2018, 3:04 pm

        @hmp49

        “Of course, Israel bashing comments don’t even require direct quotes, much less links.”

        Sources/links aren’t de rigueur here, but they do help one’s argument. That’s why I provide them whenever I can (see my comment upon on the “holy work” thread on this site). It’s hardly rocket science to do so.

      • amigo
        April 13, 2018, 4:13 pm

        “I provided a link in direct response ,dont know whether it will pass moderation.”hm49

        Ah yes , MW moderation section is awash with Hamas operatives but our brave Sabra soldiers on against such odds.

        The usual excuse provided by the pro Israel crowd when they fail to provide links .

        hm49 , don,t bother posting links if they are from questionable sources such as the Times Of Israel.Not exactly a credible and neutral source.

      • zaid
        April 14, 2018, 5:47 pm

        Yehya Alsiwar is a refugee from Asqalan (Ashkelon), he has the right to demonstrate, provoke and erase the border and return to his home town.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 13, 2018, 2:37 pm

      433 Congressmen and 99 Senators have NOT responded because they rightly view it as a provocation.

      what may “rightly” be seen as provocative today, can be seen as radically just tomorrow, or in less than a generation. mlk was considered provocative, remember? killed for it too. just think about it, another few decades israel could have streets all over the country named after Haniyeh, or palestinian heroes they are killing today and a palestinian president. relax, we’re in it for the long haul, justice will prevail.

    • Misterioso
      April 14, 2018, 9:37 am

      @hmp49

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine per 1949 armistice agreements] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      • hmp49
        April 14, 2018, 1:31 pm

        “In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders”

        And now they say they will erase the border.

        https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/04/06/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-palestinians.html

        “Gaza’s shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.

        The world should “wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,” Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.”

        It all depends on their audience and the day of the week. You choose to believe certain words, I choose to believe their actions.

      • DaBakr
        April 15, 2018, 12:37 am

        Your arguing with a hardcore group of true believers. Their mindset is fixated on a problem their mediocre mindset and perfectly honed logic tells them is how they believe it is from what they have chosen to learn and by extension have become experts in.
        It can be entertaining but don’t expect any to give you a point. Sometimes, a point may be ceded but only to set up the cascade of supposedly official links. By then? Forget it.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 15, 2018, 4:50 am

        Their mindset is fixated on a problem their mediocre mindset

        whoa. deep.

      • Mooser
        April 15, 2018, 3:07 pm

        “Your arguing with a hardcore group of true believers. Their mindset is fixated on a problem their mediocre mindset and perfectly honed logic tells them is how they believe it is from what they have chosen to learn and by extension have become experts in.” “Dabakr”, 32 fps.

        Yes, yes, but you know how we are, “Dabakr”. The benefit of the doubt will always be extended to “hmp49”, and there will be people willing to patiently correct him.

    • Misterioso
      April 14, 2018, 10:16 am

      @hmp49

      It should also be remembered that UNGA Resolution 194 (based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, binding on all UN members) states “…the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments of authorities responsible;”

      I know many Palestinians who were dispossessed and expelled by Zionist forces during the Nakba. Not surprisingly, not one of them has any desire to return to what is now “Israel,” i.e., west of the green line. In accordance with Res. 194, they would choose sufficient financial compensation to cover their losses and enable them to build new lives in an independent Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders or emigrate elsewhere.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:

      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “…. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

    • Emory Riddle
      April 14, 2018, 5:22 pm

      1. You have no clue as to why pols do what they do. Hint: # 1 objective is retaining or improving on their job. And there is a very powerful Jewish/Israel Lobby in America and no Palestinian Lobby. Are you going to deny this

      2. How ridiculous is it to think that Hamas thinks these demonstrations will erase the border? 100% ridiculous. Yet this is the basis for your argument.

      3. International law, UN resolutions, and common sense and decency require that Palestinians be allowed to return to their homes. Yet you present this as a horrible thing.

      You are a silly and racist person.

      • DaBakr
        April 15, 2018, 12:39 am

        If you really think there is no extremely well funded palestinian lobby, in Europe, the U.S., Russia and Asia then you ought not be calling others names. “fools” among the most ironic.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 15, 2018, 4:45 am

        by all means dabakr, link to it. link to their big conferences like aipac’s where all the politicians attend and bow over kissing the ring. the biggest “well funded” palestinian org i know of, which likely gets their funds similar to berniw sanders $27 a pop campaign, is the bds movement which is being attacked by the israel lobby’s anti bds legislation in states all across the country. so name some names for us. tell us which pols are in the pocket of this “extremely well funded palestinian lobby”. because any tom dick and harry can name the names of millionaire and billionaire pro israel supporters. come on, back up your claim. start with the a** kissing politicians.

  6. pabelmont
    April 13, 2018, 4:27 pm

    What would happen, O you so just senators (and congresspeople), if the [ever so provoking] protesters were allowed to gather within 100 feet of that towering pile of dirt that the snipers sit on (is that the border, btw, or merely part of it?) without being shot and they made no attempt to cross the border? What then? where is it written that Israel (or any other warrior state) may define what constitutes a provocation and then respond to it militarily when the provocation was peaceable (if angry) and did not threaten harm to anyone?

    Or, in the alternative, why shouldn’t Israel simply define the mere living-and-breathing of Gazan Palestinians as a “provocation” and shoot or bomb them all? And then, as a matter of course, receive the blessings of these ever so morally-fine-tuned American senators and congresspeople.

    • pabelmont
      April 13, 2018, 4:32 pm

      I guess my second idea has already started to happen, at least on the Israeli side ( http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/defenses-protesters-isolating/ ):

      Take for example Likud spokesman Eli Hazan’s claim that “all 30,000 [Gazan protesters] are legitimate targets.”

      Or Defense Minister Lieberman’s claim that “there are no innocent people in Gaza”.

      We should push these statements in teh senator’s eyes and congressperson’s eyes and ask if they justify mass murder on an even larger scale.

  7. hmp49
    April 13, 2018, 5:40 pm

    So what exactly is the purpose of this “peaceful demonstration?”

    From that famous Israeli hasbara organ, the NYT /sarcasm_off

    https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/04/06/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-palestinians.html

    “Gaza’s shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.

    The world should “wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,” Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.”

    ###################################################

    In other words, they’re looking for an opportunity to breach the border in force, and move enmasse to Jerusalem.

    What do you think the casualties will be if that happens? Several orders of magnitude higher than what they are now.

    Which is why Israel is trying to prevent that from happening.

    • oldgeezer
      April 13, 2018, 8:16 pm

      @hmp49

      Not sure if you are a ninny or just the usual hasbrarat.

      You’ve try to make it sound like Israel is killing people so as to not kill people. Completely silly. Israel is killing because it can and as we know it’s troops quite enjoy the entertainment of doing so.

      You conveniently omitted the context of the quote you provided. Hamas doesn’t have the power to breach the fence even if an opportunity presents. Israel has never had any issue with Palestinians or Arabs in general. They’ve even perpetrated egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity in order to do so. Israel has no fear that it can’t easily bring enough firepower to eliminate defenseless civilians. The only thing holding the genocidal zionist back is the potential political fallout.

      This was a cheerleeding speech to the community and a statement that the demonstrations will continue until their RoR is recognized and implemented by Israel.

      I thought you nutters were big on balance and particularly nuance. Apparently not so much.

      • hmp49
        April 14, 2018, 10:08 am

        Not willing to deal with the point of the post?

        Still trying to pretend it’s just a “peaceful demonstration” when the leaders of Hamas have made crystal clear what its objective is?

      • zaid
        April 14, 2018, 5:46 pm

        Yehya Alsiwar is a refugee from Asqalan (Ashkelon), he has the right to erase the border and return to his home town.

    • johneill
      April 13, 2018, 8:54 pm

      prayer really is such a dangerous activity. good job stopping those madmen with subterranean walls and bullets

    • LHunter
      April 13, 2018, 9:03 pm

      Refugees wanting to return to their homes/land after decades of dispossession – how provocative.

      Zionist cowards and racists of today will be looked at in the same vien as the fascists/Nazis of yore.

      • hmp49
        April 14, 2018, 10:06 am

        There are perhaps 15,000 Palestinians alive who are actually refugees.

        The remainder never lived in Israel.

        Every other refugee population in the world has gotten on with their lives, including the 900,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries after 1948. Their confiscated land alone comes to 5x the current landmass of Israel. But I’m sure you’re equally upset about what they suffered, right?

        It’s never going to happen. Time to move on.

        As for “Zionist cowards and racists of today will be looked at in the same vien as the fascists/Nazis of yore.”

        The Nazis killed 34,000 Jews in two days at Babi Yar, look it up. And those weren’t Jews who came to challenge Nazi sovereignty, they were Jews grabbed from their homes just trying to stay alive

        No doubt, what Israel did is in the “same” eh? Just like protecting your home from a home invasion is the same as kidnapping and lynching people.

      • Mooser
        April 15, 2018, 12:43 pm

        “There are perhaps 15,000 Palestinians alive who are actually refugees.”

        And everybody knows the plight of ‘exiles’ takes precedence over the rights of “refugees.”

      • Maghlawatan
        April 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

        If you aren’t a refugee you can get ancestral homeland status ! Valid up to 65 millennia.

      • LHunter
        April 15, 2018, 8:25 pm

        hmp49

        Refugee numbers in Gaza – http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/palestinian-refugees-in-the-gaza-strip

        What do the Palestinians have to do with the exodus of Jews from Arab countries? Are you just being stupid? European Zionist Jews invaded historic Palestine and took the lands by force leaving the indigenous population dispossessed.

        Yes the Nazis killed more Jews than Zionists killed Palestinians – so what. Both Nazis and Zionists committed mass murders/rapes of innocents based on race. The Zionists continue to do their best to erase Palestinian culture, lands, and life. It’s amazing to most that the Jews (victims of Nazism) would kill innocents based on the similar supremacist ideology of Zionism.

        The white racist pigs of South Africa used to say it would never happen too – but it did. You and your Zionist racist compatriots know full well that Israel as a Jewish supremacist state will end in the not so distant future. You will be shunned and looked at no differently than the way decent people look at white supremacist/Nazis- with total disgust.

  8. RoHa
    April 13, 2018, 8:38 pm

    So that’s five Democrats who will lose their seats.

  9. JLewisDickerson
    April 14, 2018, 2:23 am

    RE: Media reports suggest that on Friday, Israeli soldiers will once again be ordered by high command – in contravention of international law – to engage in sniper fire on Gaza residents who come within 300 meters of the border fence or engage in other non-life-threatening actions. ~ Weiss

    A SLIGHTLY TIPSY MARTHA MITCHELL SEZ: Y’all know what? This Gaza thing reminds me of the fair back in Arkansas when I was a little girl and my daddy would go to these booths on the midway where he shot at plates and things to win me beaucoup humongous stuffed animals.
    I loved my daddy!
    I did, y’all.
    Don’t y’all ask me about my husband, John.

  10. inbound39
    April 14, 2018, 5:04 am

    So President Trump said today….”To Iran and to Russia, I ask: what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?”

    I ask…..Why does Trump and his Government continue to hold hands with the Apartheid regime of Israel responsible for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and supporting land therft, murder of unarmed civilians and use of prohibited Dum Dum Ammunition. You will be known by the friends you keep.

    • RoHa
      April 14, 2018, 10:41 am

      There are mass murders and mass murders.
      Mass murder by gas is wrong.
      Mass murder by missile (I’m seeing reports that the Syrians shot down more than seventy of the missiles), by napalm, by depleted uranium, by sanctions, or by good old bullets is just fine. Perfectly acceptable. Normal, natural, and nothing to be ashamed of at all.

  11. inbound39
    April 14, 2018, 1:22 pm

    If Syria must be held to account then when will Israel be held to account for its violations and deliberate murder of civilians.

    • John O
      April 15, 2018, 8:34 am

      When hell freezes over. Remember, as the great South African satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, puts it: “Hypocrisy is the Vaseline of political intercourse.”

      • inbound39
        April 16, 2018, 1:37 am

        Very true John O……however, intelligence dictates that the alleged unbreakable bond between America and Israel needs to be snapped like a twig if America wants to ditch being viewed as a ventriloquists dummy for Israel.

  12. Kathleen
    April 15, 2018, 11:25 am

    Anyone else have a hard time sharing via Mondoweiss pieces on their fb pages. I have more problems with the fb share feature at Mondoweiss than any of the other political websites I go to. Anyone else have problems sharing?

    • Mooser
      April 15, 2018, 12:41 pm

      For some reason, the thought of Facebook trying to make Mondo dance to its algorithms gives me a lots ofnachos.

      • Kathleen
        April 15, 2018, 12:52 pm

        Still a great way to educate with accurate info. Was a linking freak for over a decade. Would put up Mondo , Emptywheel, Blumenthal’s etc at Huff Po, right wing websites where ever I could. Going lateral.

        Was interesting to witness Huff Po’s evolution. At first would not allow UN Reports, anything questioning what Israel was doing or opposing stances on Iran then opened up and allowed links from websites that passed the muster…still do. I believe great way to pass on critical information at websites, blogs that are well trafficked.

  13. Kathleen
    April 16, 2018, 6:27 pm

    Man oh man Phillip. Was listening to NPR this afternoon while driving and the program “Here and Now” was on. They did a segment on nuclear non proliferation/nuclear bombs. They go through the list of countries who have them and completely omit Israel. Totally omit.

    Hour 2 …April 16th

    How completely dishonest…once again
    https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510051/here-x26-now

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