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  • Video: 'I killed for you, with these hands!' cries Israeli veteran with PTSD
    • So you find it "loathsome" that Mondo features this video but you have nothing but praise for the government that sent him out to kill and then does not provide him mental health care.

      And why is he traumatized? Because he was sent to kill innocents and he can't deal with it. THAT'S pretty loathsome if you ask me.

    • He got killed a week before the armistice. I don't think many of the War Poets, with the exception of Sassoon, survived WWI.

    • Wow, that was intense. If anyone knows anything about this Operation Clear as Wine (Jesus what a name) please enlighten me. I could not find anything in a quick and dirty search of the inter tubes.

      Being an empathetic person I feel for the man and his family. I've got a brother with issues, though not as bad as this. We've seen this story play out in our own country. Young men who are sent out to do the dirty work of empire only to be dumped and abandoned when they are of no further use.

      Razon seems very confused. It's almost as if he feels guilty about feeling guilty. He knows he didn't kill 40 "terrorists" he killed 40 people defending their homes. But what can he do? Acknowledge to himself that he is a terrorist? But that can't be because Jews aren't terrorists. But he knows that he has "blood on his hands" because the dead keep coming to him in his sleep. He wants treatment but all he's going to get from his government is a pat on the back and some soothing words about heroism then they'll give him some medals and send him on his way. He's probably too messed up to take the next step which would be to go to war against his governement. Those are the real terrorist.

  • Israel moves to shut down the only Palestinian theater in Jerusalem
    • Hasbarists are saying on Twitter that this is purely about somebody not paying their bills.

      Yeah, right.

  • Obama can tie Israel's hands? 'Shtuyot!' says Aryeh King
    • "By sending the Palestinians to Jordan, King said, “we are helping out to build their country.”

      A real mensch that one.

  • Transnational legal actions threaten to end Israeli impunity
    • "... the Israeli military confiscated all memory cards of cameras, mobile phones, hard drives, and videos they found there. These images were selectively mobilised to support the Israeli narrative of the event…”.

      Interestingly that is exactly what they accuse the Palestinians of. It's called projection.

  • Clash at settlement killed two innocent Jews -- and one innocent Palestinian
    • "An 18-year-old American yeshiva student, Ezra Schwartz, and a 24-year-old Palestinian, Shadi ‘Arafa of Hebron, were pronounced dead on the scene. [It is unclear who shot him, the Palestinian assailant or Israeli forces.]"

      The first info I got on Schwartz was that he was taking food to soldiers and that was why he was in harm's way. Even if that is not true the IDF needs to tell these civilians (Jewish and Israeli) to stay the hell away. They do not need you bringing them pizza or grandma's cookies, you run the risk of getting injured or killed by the IDF.

      Friends don't let friends become IDF human shields!

  • No justice for Tariq Abu Khdeir -- even US State Dep't faults Israeli 'accountability'
    • So far as I know everyone's still locked up. I suspect that is more for their protection. I can't find any evidence that anything legal has happened since the summer. If it has been suspended then this is at least the second time this has happened. The first time was about a year ago and the issue was that Ben Yosef, the leader, wasn't co-operating with his lawyers.

      My suspicion is that they are just stalling for time until the teens can be"quietly" released for time served and Ben Yosef sent to a mental institution. The date will no doubt coincide with the Pollard victory parade.

  • Posters linking Muslim students and BDS activists to terrorism appear on college campuses in California and Washington, DC
  • Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem
    • We definitely need a better class of troll.

    • Self awareness is not their strong suit.

    • Well, I'm in no position to know but I'm pretty sure his "lack of a criminal" record probably has more to do with getting away with stuff rather than a clean record.

    • I really would like to get some insight on what these guys are thinking as they arrest 6 year olds. Do they have any idea how pathetic they look? Or have too many of them drunk the kool aid that they just cannot see?

    • I was thinking specifically of Palestinians in Gaza but now that you mention it the IDF does not seem to like dealing with armed Jews or anyone else for that matter. I remember an assault a few years that some settlers committed against an army post near the Jordanian border. The colonel in charge cowered in his car rather than face them. Coupled with their latest debacle in Lebanon you have to wonder how they have maintained their badass reputation. As we football fans say "why are they ranked so high? They haven't played anyone yet."

    • Maybe we should cut the IDF some slack. Fighting grownups armed with assault rifles has proven to be "problematic" so they're going with what they are comfortable with, terrorizing children.

      Stay classy, dudes.

  • In escalation against Palestinian citizens of Israel, government bans Islamic Movement of Northern Israel
    • "Netanyahu added the Islamic movement dispatched paid operatives to rally crowds at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem motivated “to subvert the state in order to establish an Islamic caliphate in its place.”

      That statement is so insane I almost started to laugh. And then I remembered he's got nukes.

      “Any entity or person belonging to this organization henceforth, as well as any person who gives it service, or who acts on its behalf, will be committing a criminal offense and is subject to imprisonment."

      That's right, Israel, fill the jails, that ALWAYS works. Idiots.

  • Running for top UN job, UNESCO chief to appear at Zionist celebration on Capitol Hill
    • "You really are such a Jew Hater. Maybe one day you will be the Dick-Tater! Your picture will be on the bag in the frozen food aisle!"

      That Golan wine is a hell of a drug.

    • I see they've got Rabbi Hier putting in an appearance, he of the Museum of (In) Tolerance they're building in Jerusalem. You know, the one they're putting on top a Muslim graveyard.

      No shame.

  • To help prevent future Paris attacks, stop stigmatizing Muslim communities
  • NPR's Martin says that Beirut and Baghdad victims matter as much as Parisian ones
    • May I offer a salute to Mr. Termos. He was a REAL hero. Not one of those punks in the IDF would be fit to stand in his shade.

    • Vox had an article, from Monday I think, where they raised this very issue. The reporter claimed that he and others have written much on the Beirut bombings but that there is a lack of interest in the "West" for black and brown victims. Simply put the "readers" of these news outlets are not interested in terrorism unless it impacts "white" people.

      I had two problems with the article: he never addresses why people might feel this way (racism); or how the media contributes to the idea of worthy and unworthy victims. That's the discussion we should be having about the media but we never do.

  • West's war against terrorism is Israel's war, Chuck Schumer says
    • Schumer et. al. need for Israel to stay "white," therefore they need to keep it in the hands of the "white" people. This is going to become more and more difficult because a slim majority of the people living under Israeli rule are not Jewish.

      Imagine all that military might and nukes in the hands of Palestinians. It's enough to give a self-respecting neo-con nightmares.

  • Netanyahu: In wake of Paris attacks, world should condemn attacks against Israel
    • Dore Gold sez: “...(She) demonstrates genuine hostility when she points to a connection of any kind between the terror attacks in Paris and the complex situation between Israel and the Palestinians,”

      It's complicated!

    • Okay, look, I am not in anyway a conspiracy nut but I found that message released by the Daesh guy just weird. Has the translation been vouched fore? I find it odd that he doesn't mention Palestine or Israel, is this how these guys talk? His threats sound strangly vague. Also why up till now have they avoided declaiming against Israel? What's changed? They did not seem to have much to say about the Gaza War. Odd.

      And don't get me started on that fake Syrian passport they found intact near one of the bombers.

  • Clinton's Iraq -- and Clinton's Haiti
  • Today's a day to grieve for Paris, not score political points
    • He's just repeating an anti-BDS talking point he read on the inter-tubes. It's hasbara 101: spread any lie, gossip or rumor until the MSM runs with it. Fox News should be picking it up in no time.

  • Three Palestinians, all 22, shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday
  • Israeli hospital raid reflects the criminal behavior of the country’s political leadership
    • ivri sez: "I still remember the time when only El-Al counters were guarded and people checked there thoroughly and I used to envy other destination`s passengers – they seemed to live in a different world."

      Yeah, who knew that dispossessing an entire people of their land would have consequences.

      "...and I don`t wish anybody (I like) to encounter experiences as the second Intifada here..."

      Correct me if I am wrong but you seem to be suggesting that people you don't like can experience terror or general unpleasantness. Isn't that the way terrorists talk and think?

    • Would someone please explain why this massive use of force was necessary? The guy is wounded in a hospital, two thugs armed with pistols could have taken him. It's almost as if they are planning these operations like we would a party. And they'll all probably get medals for it too.

      Also they claim that they "co-ordinated" this crime with the PA. Let's not forget that.

  • Rights Expert: Harsh interrogation of 13-year-old Palestinian boy 'may amount to torture'
    • "That screaming interrogator is doing a mighty fine impression of Judge Roland Freisler."

      Wow, I see I was not the only one to notice the similarities. Great minds think alike. : )

    • Contrast the treatment of this child with the treatment of the two Jewish teens who helped burn Abu Khdeir to death. Neither their faces or names were released to the press nor were viral videos of their "interrogations" made public.

      I'm sure the hasbarists will be along to explain why.

  • CAP runs deceptive article blaming settlement project on rightwing Christians
  • Netanyahu's fancy watch
    • "Many people are nostalgic for Israel’s socialist days. I’m not except in this respect: none of those early guys would get caught wearing a $5000 watch."

      They also cultivated wearing open necked shirts without ties and having everyone call them by their nicknames. All this to convey a false sense of intimacy with the (Jewish) public. It's cheap political theater.

  • Video: Undercover Israeli soldiers kill one, arrest one inside Hebron hospital
    • "The soldiers entered the room, arresting the suspect and shooting and killing his cousin, Abdallah Azzam Shaldallah, 28, when he attacked them..."

      With what..a bedpan?

  • Why do Palestinians burn Jewish holy sites?: The fraught history of Joseph’s Tomb
    • Thanks for this. I knew as soon as I heard about the arson that there was more to the story, because there always is.

  • Jewish American activists unfurl banner in support of BDS at the Western Wall
  • Israeli army makes post in Hebron activist house
    • Can anyone tell me why they're wearing camouflage make-up? Who are they trying to hide from?

      Somebody ask hopmi, he's always got an answer for everything.

    • Annie, did you see that picture over the weekend of that Tamara girl? She was arrested last week for a Facebook posting and they brought her to court in hand cuffs and LEG cuffs.

      She's FOURTEEN! Vile.

    • This is why they are going to keep getting their asses kicked in Lebanon and Gaza.. The only people they know how to fight aren't allowed to fight back.

  • Netanyahu flips the bird to Obama -- 2200 more settlement units!
    • ckg, that article you linked to was just filled with milky goodness.

      "Ya’alon said the military has resorted to jailing suspects without charge — under a practice known as administrative detention — in lieu of solid evidence against them.
      “Once we discovered which group was responsible for the incident, and we realized that we were unable to bring them to justice, we opted for house arrests and administrative detentions,” he said..."

      But didn't he claim earlier that they couldn't bring them to justice because it would hurt their "sources?" Was he lying then or now?

      “I hope that soon we will solve [the case] completely,” Ya’alon added." ???????.

      “The group responsible is made up of Jewish fanatics who want a religious kingdom and regime based on Jewish law,” Ya’alon told reporters. (So their views are in line with the Israeli government then.)

      "Though the guilty parties have not been formally arrested and indicted, the defense minister pointed out that there have not been any serious attacks by Jewish extremists against Palestinians in the months since the Dawabsha murders, other than small-scale vandalism and petty violence."

      That's right no SERIOUS attacks, just over 70 dead, hundreds wounded, countless houses destroyed, thousands under arrest, innocent people gunned down because they "look" suspicious. Yeah, everything's just peachy.

      Move along folks, nothing to see here.

  • Chicago Reform temple welcomes rightwing rabbi from sexist group -- why?
  • Netanyahu's craziness is calculated, to drive out Palestinians
    • "The US/EU cynically go along with this reasoning knowing it to be false, but afraid to take the logical measures necessary to stop it."

      And that's the question that I have been asking myself. Why in the face of increasing Israeli aggression do the Western powers INCREASE their support of Israel? France passes a repressive anti-BDS law; the US send even more aid and weapons; the EU is reluctant to take on the issue of settlements. Why? Is it because Israel has been incorporated into the West's axis of power in the Middle East and as such must be preserved? I don't get it.

  • Hillary Clinton promises to invite Netanyahu to White House in her first month
    • I just read that article in the Intercept and highly recommend it. It really shows just how beholden to the wealthy donors these so called "think tanks" are. The machinations behind the scenes at CAP sound chilling and reminds me of Stalinist Russia, minus the firing squads.

    • That man comes to MY country, talks crap about my president and SHE says that WE have to "mend the relationship"!

      And the thing that really boils my beans is that she does not believe half the things she says. It's all just political. She knows what a lying POS Netanyahu is. She has no beliefs only positions that please the donors.

  • 'Washington Post' publishes Elliott Abrams' diatribe against Palestinians without rejoinder
    • Didn't Abrams try to cover up the Mozote massacre?

      "One Abrams specialty was massacre denial. During a Nightline appearance in 1985, he was asked about reports that the US-funded Salvadoran military had slaughtered civilians at two sites the previous summer. Abrams maintained that no such events had occurred. And had the US Embassy and the State Department conducted an investigation? "My memory," he said, "is that we did, but I don't want to swear to it, because I'd have to go back and look at the cables." But there had been no State Department inquiry; Abrams, in his lawyerly fashion, was being disingenuous. Three years earlier, when two American journalists reported that an elite, US-trained military unit had massacred hundreds of villagers in El Mozote, Abrams told Congress that the story was commie propaganda, as he fought for more US aid to El Salvador's military. The massacre, as has since been confirmed, was real. And in 1993 after a UN truth commission, which examined 22,000 atrocities that occurred during the twelve-year civil war in El Salvador, attributed 85 percent of the abuses to the Reagan-assisted right-wing military and its death-squad allies, Abrams declared, "The Administration's record on El Salvador is one of fabulous achievement." Tell that to the survivors of El Mozote." (David Corn in Mother Jones Dec 6. 2012)

      He and the Israeli government deserve one another.

  • Telling tales in Israel and Palestine
    • We shot you therefore you are a terrorist, because we wouldn't have shot you if you were innocent.

      I hope the dead haunt their dreams forever.

  • Anniversary of Rabin assassination is marked by incitement
    • Personally I lean towards the theory that the security people knew about the plot but did nothing. I believe that one of the undercover agents at the time claimed he did not think the threat was real. Yeah, I'm sure that if it was an Arab guy they would have sat on the info.

    • “Israel should implement the two-state solution for her own sake because if we should lose our majority, and today we are almost equal, we cannot remain a Jewish state or a democratic state."

      And that there is the problem with the so-called "two state solution." Israel is saying "we'll allow one man one woman one vote so long as the Jews have the numerical advantage. As soon as we lose that advantage we must then resort to less savory means to sustain Jewish power. BECAUSE WE MUST KEEP THE POWER!"

      Various explanations are offered on why a Jewish majority must be maintained. All revolve around the idea that Jews are superior to Arabs in some way: either they are smarter, chosen by God, or more politically sophisticated. But what is really at stake are the oligarchs that run the place, the wealthy Ashkenazi elite that founded the country and run or own everything in it. They have a very nice thing going and they don't want the party to end.

      The only thing that will save that country is for the Jews there to realize that ethnocracy is a dead end and the only solution is to try to strive for a society where all have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities. No, it won't be easy but it's what needs to be done.

  • Antipodean Update
    • Ethnocracies don't work, never have. Let's hope there are good people left when Israel crashes and burns.

  • Karmah Elmusa rocks Elle Magazine
    • "...this person was most certainly a paid agent. now note that even tho he was jewish and pro israel his voice spewing anti semitism could be inserted into a conversation as if it was countering the inciting zio voices (which were also his)"

      I've encountered these suspicious "voices" on twitter as well.

    • It wouldn't surprise me if someone has the job of putting out the word to "flood the comments." You can get lessons in hasbara and there is even a manual. These people are organized.

  • When Palestinian 'protection' stands in the way of equality
    • It is way past due for these lefty Zionists to confront the fact that their policies just aren't working. That being said I will not fault the good Rabbi too much because he at least is trying to make a difference, however imperfectly.

  • 'Why I am a Zionist'
    • "Yigal Allon...was one of the founders of and later the commander of the Palmach, the elite commando unit of the Haganah, the predecessor of the IDF."

      Here's a story about this "hero" from 972mag:

      "Despite her olive complexion, Tziona Heiman only discovered that she had been adopted after a classmate let it slip. When she demanded that her parents tell her the truth, they admitted that they had found her in a hospital, and that Yigal Alon, who then served as commander of the Palmach [the elite pre-state strike force that served as the precursor of the IDF] and was a senior figure in the Labor Party, had arranged her adoption. Ultimately it was Alon who brought her to her parents “as a birthday present.”

      Yep, Josh Marshall has no problem admiring a man who stole someone else's child and gave it to others as a "present." Well, steal a country, steal a child, it's all the same.

  • Video: Israeli military tells Palestinian refugee camp, 'We will gas you until you die'
    • Even if the child had a pre-existing heart issue the tear gassing didn't help.

    • So, the guy who THREATENS to gas people is suspended while the ones who have actually KILLED with gas are still on the job. Go figure.

  • Recent West Bank protests not only reflect anger at Israel, but also the Palestinian Authority
    • It's bad enough that Israel won't bring the Dawabshe killers to justice but worse that the PA won't hold them accountable. At least the Israelis don't claim any responsibility to the Palestinians.

      Meanwhile Butcher Bibi gets awards from so-called "progressives."

  • (Update) This year for Halloween your child too can help defend the Israeli occupation
    • Hophmi, you know there are plenty of pictures on the intertubes showing Jewish boys doing the exact same thing. And considering how Israel enjoys slaughtering kids they do well to keep their self-defense skills up.

  • Israeli arms exports take dramatic hit amid growing boycott campaign
    • This is why legislation against BDS won't work. Big corporations are a very unsentimental lot, for them it's all about the bottom line. And if selling or buying Israeli products doesn't help the quarterly earnings all the self-righteous lawmakers in the world are not going to stop them from dumping Israel like a stinky hot potato. Don't forget, they have lobbyists too.

  • Video: Two prominent Israelis envision replacing Dome of the Rock with Jewish temple
    • How frustrating it is for Palestinians that no matter the mounds of evidence they put forward illustrating the Israeli government's bad faith the US just shakes its head and tells them that it's all their minds and they need to stop logging onto Facebook.

  • Executed: Dania Ersheid, 17, from Hebron
    • Does anyone else notice that the violence against Palestinian women has increased of late? I know it's always there but I don't believe there was this much killing during the first intifada.

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