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  • The burning of a Palestinian child: not an exception, but a result of Zionism
    • Annie Robbins August 1, 2015, 3:01 pm
      i’ve been reading it on twitter too. it’s true! and from the blacklivesmatter movement ‘people care more about the death of an african lion than the death of an african american’.

      Did you see the picture of the guy who dressed up in a lion costume to make this point?

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • Most Zionists did not have a problem with Israeli troops carving Stars of David everywhere they went in Gaza. And if they do they need to take it up with the butchers in Jerusalem.

  • Palestinian teen killed at checkpoint during clashes following settler attack
    • “Israel receives 200 French immigrants; tens of thousands expected worldwide”

      Yeah but what's the emigration rate?

  • US gov't has 'faith in the system' that Israel will prosecute killers of Palestinian child-- why?
    • I think Mr Toner should to sporting loud jackets like that other spokesperson used to do. At least we'd have something else to talk about other than the drivel coming out of his mouth.

  • Palestinian toddler killed in settler price-tag attack
    • "There must be some reason the zionist government with Netanyahu reacts this way. It sounds hollow and totally unconvincing."

      It's about the fire, Kay.

      Fire has a special resonance in Holocaust iconography, think of ashes and crematories, ovens and incineration. Recall how Huckabee suggested that the Iran deal would bring the Jews of Israel to the "ovens." When Israeli or Jewish leaders really want to evoke a terrible menace they usually resort to a fire analogy.

      So when Jews use fire to kill non Jews they are, in a way, desecrating Jewish memory. Recall the horror that greeted the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, so many people were horrified that Jews would use fire to destroy someone. Had the terrorists killed the baby by running him over in their car there would not be nearly the outrage. It's how they killed that has so many people upset rather than that they killed. Just the other day they shot dead another Palestinian kid and nobody noticed.

    • "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killing in a series of tweets this morning stating, “This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators.”

      Just ask the Abu Khdeir family.

  • Cruz says Iran could set off Electro Magnetic Pulse over east coast, killing 10s of millions
    • "they could detonate a nuclear war head, it would set off what’s called an Electro Magnetic Pulse, an EMP. An EMP would take down the electrical grid of the entire eastern seaboard."

      In fact the Iranians were trying to put the warheads into the brains of rabid sharks but the creatures escaped from their facility and started attacking people in Florida.


  • Sheldon Adelson bankrolls NBA player trip to Israel to fight BDS
    • "If Israel is determined to quell BDS , they had better be prepared to stump up mega billions to fight it on a global level. So many dedicated BDS,ers and growing."

      Yep, but how do you go after a grassroots movement with no connection to the plutocracy?

      Here's another Adelson story I heard about. A few years back the family of an American killed in a terror attack in Israel was suing, if I recall correctly, the Bank of China, for allegedly laundering terra money. But the trial fell through because the Israeli agents who were to give testimony did not turn up. Supposedly the Chinese government called up Sheldon and told him that if he didn't get Netanyahu to call off his dogs they would go after Adelson's business interest in China. What a guy.

  • Huckabee's 'oven' comment echoes many Netanyahu statements equating Iran to Nazis
    • Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”

      Thinking about the rhetoric coming out of the mouths of Israeli leaders regarding their Palestinian citizens they sound a lot more like Nazi Germany in the thirties than Iran ever has.

  • Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu
    • "It’s a very safe bet that Pollard will leave for Israel, with this government’s blessings, to join his equally treacherous wife."

      She's the ex-wife now. He married number two while in prison and they've never lived together.

    • "...can you even imagine how stupid they think the general public is with that UN bomb cartoon and the nuclear duck? what are they thinking?"

      He claims he does this for no money so I guess you get what you pay for. : )

    • Time Warner is “fully aware” of his unpaid work for the Israeli prime minister, he said, but the company has not disclosed his work to the public.
      “No. Why would they do that?” he said"

      I'm sure if he was writing speeches for Putin everyone would be cool with that too.

      “I do this in my free time as a friend of the prime minister’s. I in no way get paid… "

      Oh, puh-leeeze! Do not insult my intelligence by having me believe there are no perks to this "unpaid labor."

      They really do think we're all idiots.

  • You be the judge
    • "Shows the Jewish youth pointing out Palestinian youths to the police who promptly grab them up. "

      I wonder if little Yossi there was settling some personal beefs.

    • "Jerusalem police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the police would show “zero tolerance” toward such provocations. …”

      Zero tolerance (if you are Arab= 8 months in the slammer)
      Zero tolerance ( if you are Jewish)=a stern talking to and no internet for a week!

      Hang 'em high, Luba.

    • Dr. Tibi has this on his Twitter feed and the Israelis there said that the Arab kid had thrown a stone at the Jewish kid. But I doubt they know what really happened.

      Whatever the truth it does perfectly capture how Jewish and Palestinians suspects are treated.

  • Huckabee plays the Iran Holocaust trump card
    • So the country with 80 or more nukes is in dire peril from the country that doesn't have any.

      That is some nuclear strength stupid.

  • When a U.S. president demanded inspections of a nuclear facility in the Middle East (and failed)
    • If he's parole there could still be restrictions on his movements.

      Here's what should happen: Israel gets Pollard in exchange for letting Vanunu leave the country. If they don't like that then put the same restrictions on Pollard that Vanunu has: no interviews, no freedom of movement and no leaving the country.
      That'll teach them.

  • Israeli forces enter Al Aqsa mosque compound with gunfire to allow rightwing Jewish tour
    • Maybe he was there to get an organ transplant.

    • "Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday morning firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Muslim worshipers as they cleared the way for right-wing Jews who were visiting the compound to mark a Jewish fast day, witnesses said."

      They are trying so hard to provoke another intifada.

  • Susiya demolition plans may be halted: 'residents cannot be forced to leave'
    • As you know I have scratched my head about why Susiya is getting this attention, and maybe you're right and it has something to do with Regavim's involvement. They are a scummy outfit.

      It seems the IDF and the government want to climb down, if only a bit. Above all they want to save face. This is what happens when you have a shame/honor based society.

  • It's time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped
    • "It,s behind a pay wall , so I could only get the gist of the article."

      Someone on Twitter had a link to the full article, I forget who. Trust me, you didn't miss a anything. I could be wrong but I don't recall "Palestine," "Palestinians," or "Hamas" getting any sort of mention.

      Yeah, let try to re-occupy Gaza. Last year they couldn't managed more than a few hundred yards before they got they asses kicked. The Jewish Israeli public will not stand for large numbers of casualties, they want their oppression sustained without pain on their part.

    • amigo July 26, 2015, 3:17 pm
      “Cohen certainly went to Israel in ’73 and tried to join the IDF, but was asked to entertain the troops instead.” John O.

      You sure that,s not Tom Jones.

      Well, we did have an awful lot of bushy hair back in the 70's.

      I recall that a some years ago the fledgling BDS movement was trying to get Leonard Cohen to boycott Israel and he told them to go 'eff themselves. Still I have to wonder why he would want to stand that close to a piece of **** like Sharon. It seems he is happy and proud with this aspect of Jewish power and privilege and willfully ignorant of the pain it is causing.

    • "When they read a story like Susiya they don’t see that it is a symptom of the wider context of settler-colonialism. They think it’s a symptom of how Israel suddenly got worse and became immoral."

      Amen. They've been doing this crap for decades.

      That being said does anyone have a theory on why Susiya has gotten the attention it has? It's just another in a long line of sad, brutal treatment that will continue unabated even if the town is spared.

  • Israeli forces kill West Bank man, 53, when he rushes to aid of sons during night raid
  • Focus on Jewish Democrats as key to Iran deal raises 'loyalty' issue
    • Dear Mr Grover, since you seem concerned about nuclear proliferation I'm sure you are willing to have Israel's nuclear program opened up for foreign inspection. No doubt you are worried that Iran will get these weapons the Israel obtained them, with sneakiness and under the table.

  • Hundreds of Israelis join protest to save Bedouin village on brink of demolition
    • It looks like Israel might be feeling the heat. According to Michael Shaeffer Omer-Man in 972mag someone in the government might be trying to find a way out of the mess.

      "Somebody in the Israeli Defense Ministry leaked such a document to Haaretz over the weekend. The document reportedly says that Susya’s residents own the land they live on, a fact that would make forcefully transferring them elsewhere more difficult."

      He say this document has been around since 2012, so why is it getting leaked now? Because Israel was caught off guard by all the attention Susiya is getting and might be looking to climb down a bit. Does this mean that the village will be saved? Maybe, maybe not

      "The Israeli government and army will not simply admit they were wrong this whole time. There will be no recognition that Palestinians have a right to settle and live on their own land, be it “state” land or privately owned land. (What Israel calls “state” land belongs to the nascent State of Palestine, not to Israel.)

      "The state will not grant building permits or provide electricity and water either Susya or the dozens of other Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills and Jordan Valley facing demolition and forced displacement. But now that it has a technical reason to not demolish Susya, Israel can at least justify putting off doing so until the High Court of Justice rules on the matter."

      Stay tuned.

    • He added the campaign to save the village was a “a ploy by leftist organizations” to aid Palestinians in grabbing land in the West Bank."

      How dare they grab land in their own country!

  • Vast majority of Palestinian citizens of Israel support the Iran deal
    • I thought I would go and look at the letter the article linked to. Here's what Emerson said about someone questioning his knowledge of Islamic extremism:

      "Don’t take my word for it. In my 2012 documentary, “The Grand Deception,” federal prosecutor Nathan Garrett stated that these internal Brotherhood documents “absolutely blew the doors open on our understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the United States.”

      He quotes HIMSELF to justify his own opinions.

      Why does anyone listen to this idiot.

    • "Readers should note that the Post did lately run a letter from the Islamophobe Steven Emerson responding to a piece that mentioned him. Tibi is a far more respectable figure."

      Wow, it is very telling that a obvious nutjob like Emerson has more sway than Dr. Tibi who is at least an elected official. It just shows how mainstream Islam haters are.

  • Curtis Sliwa says opposition to Iran deal needs more 'righteous gentiles'
    • Silwa shouldn't take it too hard. They organizers had overbooked the Jewish crazies so there wasn't enough time for him.

  • 'If we don't take out Iran,' it will reenact the Holocaust in US and Israel -- Steven Emerson to Times Square rally
    • Where does a person go to buy an inflatable mushroom cloud? I think I'd to get one to put on the front lawn for Halloween.

    • Sounds like a plan.

    • Would this be the same Steve Emerson who got called out for saying that Birmingham England was a "no go" zone because the Muslims had taken it over?

      Would this be the same Steve Emerson who said the Oklahoma city bombing had to be the work of foreign terrorists because it had their "fingerprints" all over it?

      Would this be the same Steve Emerson who once wrote a book documenting an Iraqi terrorist who was neither an Iraqi nor a terrorist?

      Would this be the same Steve Emerson whom I once heard say he encountered cheering at an Arab-American meeting when a suicide bombing in Israel was announced but provided neither the name of the organization, the place, the date or anything that would allow a person to check his story out?

      All this makes me query the man's veracity.

  • Poll: 51% of Jewish Israelis support reconstruction of Gaza settlements
    • Also it should be pointed out that they reason they would have to rebuild all those settlements is because during the "disengagement" they destroyed all their buildings rather than leave them behind for Palestinians to use.

      I've always thought that a pissy thing to do but I see the method in the madness. Imagine being an ex-settler from Gaza and seeing on your TV images of Palestinian families enjoying that nice backyard where you once had your son's bris. That would have been a slap in the face to Mighty Israel. No, better to see it in rubble.

      Cuz that's how they roll.

    • "The pullout from Gaza was an agonizing experience for most Israelis"

      Watch me as I play the world's tiniest violin.

  • Scenes from a Sanders presidency
    • This sentence stood out for me: "Emergency Medical Service and fire protection are provided by volunteer agencies."

      That tells you something right there.

  • The Iran deal: a triumph of irrationality
    • I think I've figured it out.

      White nations are allowed to make war on everyone (including each other).

      Black or brown or swarthy nations can make war on each other.


      Black or brown or swarthy nations CANNOT make war on white nations. If they do there is hell to pay.

      Try to imagine what it would be like to have to dodge Pakistani drones all day long.

  • Israeli settlements are a 'war crime,' but ICC dodges the case -- Buttu
    • "Clearly, if you have in a city a whole bunch of neighborhoods with continual killing sprees plus endless number of displaced people and in another neighborhood some people are building houses on areas where the legality of their ownership is controversial – where would you send your police to?"

      And in what American city do you have this situation?

      You just don't get it.

  • St. Louis Jews call on ADL to cancel honor to police
  • ICC rules prosecutor to reconsider 'Mavi Marmara' investigation
    • Jackdaw July 24, 2015, 7:52 am
      My roots in Eretz Yisroel go back to the early 19th century.
      Am I indigenous too?

      You pursue the "indigenous people" thing at your peril. Because if your family has "indigenous" rights after little more than a hundred years what about those Palestinians who have been there for centuries?

  • Nine reasons Obama is going to win on Iran. The first: Netanyahu
    • "Even if so, Hillary will be he next POTUS–female vote."

      She's not getting THIS female's vote!

  • Not everyone is allowed to have a 'Good Life in Germany'
  • Israel detains and deports American Jews because they are Black
    • David Sheen had a good observation on his twitter account. He said anyone who does not adhere to a Euro-centric version of Judaism is not consider a suitable Jew in Israel. They say Palestine is the ancestral land of the Jewish people. But instead of exalting all Jewish cultures from around the world they denigrate anything that is not white and European.

    • Oh, Hopmi, I don't need Ben Norton to tell me how to feel about Israel. How I feel is based upon years of reading and educating myself about the situation there.

      You know, some of us Negro Americans can actually think for ourselves.

  • 'Suck Iranian ****' --- Netanyahu's Farsi twitter account earns negative reviews
  • Video footage reveals IDF soldier shot fleeing teen
  • Et tu, Michael Oren?
    • "...Oren’s attacks are merely the logical outcome of the Israel-uber-alles doctrine to which all these people have contributed for much of their professional lives."

      The other thing about Israel-uber-alles is that everyone is expendable. Doesn't matter if you're a poor Ethiopian family in Dimona or a wealthy Jewish elitist like Wieseltier in the end, once you have served your purpose, you can be throw under the bus or disrepected.

      And, if you're a Zionist, there's not a dang thing you can do about it.

  • Clinton can't separate herself from foreign-policy buffoons Saban and Adelson
    • You are correct about the influence of money on the system. I think in the case I/P issue it is a bit more obvious.

  • After settlers attack Palestinian family on road to Bethlehem, wife suffers miscarriage and husband is arrested
    • Like I said on another thread, why do they need the death penalty? Summary executions seem to be working just fine.

  • Why the Charleston massacre isn't terrorism, and Palestinian resistance always will be
    • Your article in Maan was very interesting for me as I was quite alarmed by the level of sexualized violence some Israeli Jews exhibited towards Gaza. I saw too much of it on Twitter. Do you know if these same sort of sexual images exist in the Arab media towards Israel?

    • Exactly, their policy for summary executions works fine and is a lot cheaper than a trial.

      And in what other country can you have a policy of shooting kids and still be thought "moral"?

    • She sounded fake to me too and she never mentioned BDS.

    • Why does a Palestinian American need Mondowiess to communicate with her own community?Isn't that what Facebook's for?

      My BS meter keeps going off but I'm trying to ignore it.

    • "You support a position that non-violent protest on the part of Palestinians is the only way to peace and I wholeheartedly agree."

      You should be all for BDS then.

    • "I think your coverage should include an admonishment of such violent protest as it ultimately kills the non-violent movement."

      Someone should tell her that what is killing the non-violent movement are IDF bullets. Perhaps Princess could educate us on what non-violent measures she uses to protest.

      Annie, am I a bad person for wondering why a Palestinian posting here for the first time insists on statements regarding Palestinian violence?

  • 'If you challenge Israel’s security, you challenge America’s security. Plain and simple' -- Clinton
  • Michael Oren misrepresents 1971 synagogue bombing that changed his life
    • If Oren in his youth was anything like the Oren of today then I'm not surprised a snooty, lying, self-aggrandizing teenage pri** was always getting into fights.

  • Gag order lifted on two Israelis and two bodies held in Gaza
    • Some idle thoughts on the matter:

      (1) I keep hearing about how Jew-hating the Hamas dudes are, that Jews would be cruely put to death if they so much as show their faces in Gaza. And yet when the awful, terrible, ISIS-lovin' government in Gaza had a chance to publicly behead a real live Jew what did they do? They let him go.

      (2) I remember reading on al Qassam twitter feed during the war that they had captured a female solder. I think her name was something like Tamara. After this initial statement I never heard anything else about her. I certainly hope they don't have a female captive because the rightwing nutjobs would go bat-sh** crazy. We don't need to hear their disturb speculations on what might be happening to this Tender Flower of Judea languishing in the hands of Arab brutes.

      (3) This took a lot of nerve- "This is a humanitarian issue, and we expect those holding him to behave accordingly and return him in good health." (Pres. Rivlin")

      And the families of Khader Adnan and other Palestinian prisoners can certainly attest to the good care they routinely receive at the hands of the Israeli military.

    • Yeah, I guess it's the left-wing activists fault that Mengistu's family was kept in the dark about what had happened to him and the lefties are to blame for the fact that the family was told not to talk to the media. And maybe it's just a coincidence that Mr Netanyahu only met with the family the day before the story "officially" broke.

      No, the lefties don't have to "incite" negative press on Israel because Israel does a much better job themselves.

    • “They determined that he (Mengistu) was not mentally stable, and decided to return him to Israel. He refused to go back to Israel..."

      Sounds like a very sensible decision for a crazy guy.

  • Happy 10th Anniversary BDS
    • Yours is the type of commitment that Saban and Adelson will never understand. It's people like you who show true bravery in this world.

      A thousand kisses and a big hug!

  • The BDS Movement at 10: An interview with Omar Barghouti
    • "For instance, Ramallah, where Barghouti I believe lives, it would be news for many (those fed only by intentionally bleak descriptions but has never been in the area) that it is undergoing a period of prosperity."

      I think I'll wait and hear from someone who actually lives in Ramallah how great it is.

      " that with the misery of many people in a whole range of Arab countries around. "

      Why go that far? Just go to Hebron and see how Israel CLOSED the Arab businesses there and spare us all your phony sympathy.

    • "The former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit is convinced that BDS has become a “critical” challenge to Israel"

      Speaking truth to power will do that.

  • Report from Ramallah: How Palestine is today
    • It seems to me that anti-racism has traditional been a position of the left, as well as criticism of the government.

      Now, in Israel if you take a consistent stand against racism you will find yourself, more often than not, in conflict with the powers that be. You'll also more than likely be a lefty.

  • Saban's PR firm promotes Israel's illegal settlements-- so when will Hillary Clinton condemn it?
    • Meanwhile dear Sheldon has not been idle. Campus Maccabees are on the move!

      (Forward, July 8 2015): "Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s new campus operation to defend Israel has picked David Brog, the head of the largest Christian Zionist organization, as its first leader.

      "Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel, will head the Campus Maccabees, a new multi-million dollar group funded by Adelson and fellow billionaire Haim Saban. The new organization’s mission will be to fight efforts on college campuses to promote the movement to boycott, divest from or sanction Israel. An official announcement is expected next week, but two sources closely informed of the campus group’s decision-making process have confirmed the information to the Forward."

      Me: CUFI is Hagee's outfit. Apparently Saban and Adelson don't mind teaming up with a man who believes that when the messiah comes (for the first or second time) all the Jews will be turned into Christians.

      More on Brog: "Brog is married to an Israeli-American and is a cousin of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak." Now there's a ringing endorsement.

      "Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who played a key role in organizing the kickoff and who is credited with coming up with the organization’s name, will not hold an official position in the Campus Maccabees organization, according to a Jewish official involved with the group."

      Wow, I hope there's some secret video of Shumley being told he was too whacked to hang with Sheldon and Hagee. I would pay to see that!

    • Also it needs to be said that Saban's business interests are deeply embedded in the occupation. This is what BDS needs to emphasize: that these rich Israeli Jews are not defended the Jewish people but their bottom line.

    • The official line is that a Two State solution is what the US wants and that anything 9such as BDS) which appears to threaten that must be dealt with. This would seem to include any enterprises that sustain settlement operations but the US has never put any real obstacles in their way.

      And, no, Hillary Clinton won't condemn this.

  • Following boycott campaign, 1st Israeli Feis attempts to smear activists as it cancels performance
    • Annie sez: " a more likely scenario as far as i am concerned, is they weren’t getting enough registrations to justify the feis which takes money to put on."

      Yep, I hadn't thought about a lack of interest in their little venture. I've heard that the Irish, given their history, have great sympathy for the Palestinians, which would explain why the Israeli ambassador, Modai, claims Ireland is the most "anti Semitic" country in Europe.

    • Annie, I think it was easier for the dance trope to claim they cancelled their appearance because the big bad BDSers were threatening children than to admit that they did not have the courage to ride out the controversy. To do otherwise would have had the Zionists on their case (why didn't you stand with Israel?!)

      What were they REALLY afraid of?

    • Remember this is Ireland, the land that has had to put up with the likes of Boaz (Constrictor) Modai. Israel's ambassador there and his crazy Mrs. Who can forget the lovely Christmas card they sent out a few years ago that inferred the dire fate of Mary and Joseph had they had to live under "Palestinian" rule. Or the one that featured Michelangelo's David with a suicide belt and Mona Lisa in a burkha, all potents of what would happen to Europe if they succumbed to the Muslims.

      I cannot wait for their take on this controversy.

  • Theodor Herzl wasn't Jewish, according to Israeli minister
    • I have never heard a justification for Jewish nationalism that was NOT predicated on some aspect of Jewish supremacy, be it religious, ethnic, racial, economic or military.

  • California students resist authorities’ attempt to conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism
    • Okay, I'll bite.

      "We may distinguish between the two: critics of Israel and anti-Semites posing as critics. Look at the demands they make on Israel. Critics demands that Israel adopts different policies or changes the way it implements policies. Anti-Semites demand that Israel gives in to Palestinian demands, even if that means – especially if that means – self-destruction."

      So, the "legitimate" critics just want changes IN THE WAY the policies are implemented. But anyone who advocates that those policies are racist or discriminatory are anti-semitic.

      Look, I get it. Zionists believe that Jews should have the right to live in Israel and treat the population, including the indigenous people, anyway they want. But I do not believe that someone, just because they were birthed by a Jewish mother, should have rights or privileges or responsibilities that others do not have. I believe that EVERYONE must be treated with dignity and respect. And if Zionism can't respect human dignity and human rights then it is Zionism that has to go, not the people.

      And if that makes me a anti-semite in your eyes then I shall wear that badge with honor.

  • Israeli minister proposes building island off Gaza coast so Israel can 'disengage' while maintaining siege
    • Froggy sez "So just wait…. If you don’t go to Israel, Israel will come to you. ;)"


    • I think Mr Katz is trying to spend all that juicy gas money before it's even been collected.

    • “This island can be controlled. We can maintain the blockade and have the island,” the minister said. As has been outlined before, Katz said the islands would have hotels and tourists."

      So, he wants to put hotels and tourists off shore from a blockaded enclave that his country claims is infested with ISIS-loving ne'er-do-wells who'd cut your throat after raping your dog.

      I'd say more but I'm about to have Scanner moment.

  • I believe I can make a difference in my lifetime
    • DS saz: "I’m OK with that. No Arab state in the Middle East treats minorities properly. It’s not a big deal if a few million Arabs have to live in a state that gives immigration preference to Jews."

      I just love how comfortable Zionists are with giving away OTHER people's rights.

  • Hillary Clinton promises megadonor she will work with Republicans-- to oppose BDS
    • Hostage, as bad as that quote is I have heard one even worse. I can't recall where I read it but it was a hasbarist saying that BDS won't work on the West Bank because Palestinians don't want to be denied access to superior Israeli products.

      These people are clueless.

    • Bassam Eid is a collaborator and not representative of Palestinian views. Here's a sample of his views on BDS from an opinion piece he did for the Times of Israel recently:

      "In the West Bank too, “pro-Palestinian” activists use Palestinians as pawns. They are engaged in a campaign to de-legitimize Israeli businesses that operate in the West Bank regardless of the fact that those businesses typically provide good employment opportunities to Palestinians. “Pro-Palestinian” activists see the loss of jobs by Palestinians as a reasonable price to pay for the greater goal of weakening Israel.

      "The “pro-Palestinian” activists have therefore entirely completed the switch from supposedly being pro-Palestinian to being fully anti-Palestinian. While they claim to defend the interests of Palestinians, they in fact thrive on the deaths and unemployment of Palestinians."

      He's got 50 followers on Twitter, FIFTY. I think that tells you right there how much his opinions resonate with other Palestinians.

    • Giles July 7, 2015, 11:12 am
      I don’t trust Sanders at all.

      His PEP is definitely a problem for me. How can you claim to be for civil liberties if you are prepared to exempt certain people?

      But what annoys me more is the attitude of some of his supporters. They see our focus on his PEP as another example of the "hard left" being clueless, and because of that we must be ignored.

    • "Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy, and it faces existential threats to its survival”

      Okay, who's threatening their survival? I see them cosy with Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are basket cases, Lebanon does not want a war, they have complete control of Gaza and the West Bank...

      Where are the frickin' threats!?

    • She's such a tool, I cannot abide her.

      You know what is worse? Chelsea is threatening to run for public office.

      God help us.

  • US only country to oppose UN holding Israel accountable for war crimes, yet again
    • Have you noticed the up tick in the use of the word "demonization"? I think it's the new hasbara talking point.

    • Wow, just, wow.

      It takes a special kind of inhumanity to come here, with photos of broken children on a beach and dead babies in ice cream coolers still fresh, and assert your "victimhood" by whining about how you had to sit in a bomb shelter for many hours. Pathetic.

      I feel sorry for your daughter and hope that some day she'll meet Palestinians who will open her eyes to the injustices that Zionism has wrought.

    • Anyone see that nice new Gaza War memorial Israel just inaugurated?

      They don't waste time on those things, do they?

  • UK's Block the Factory activists protest Elbit System factories on 1st anniversary of Israel's 2014 Gaza massacre
    • I read that this morning because Jews Sans Frontieres had a link on their twitter feed. It's par for the course that BDS folks are always accused of threatening people when in fact that is a tactic of the other side.

  • Michael Oren cannot hide his disrespect for Jewish Americans
    • “Who do you feel you have more in common with, your Bedouin sergeant Mahmud, or your cousin Josh in Long Island?” Noam answers: “‘Are you serious?’ he shrugged. ‘Mahmud slept in the dirt with me. Mahmud fought for this country.'”

      And yet Mahmud's people are being expelled from their lands to make way for a nice Jewish town that only Noam will be able to live in. It seems that military comaraderie only goes so far.

  • 11 Palestinians injured in protesting settlement linked to killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir
    • As a teenager I was surprised to discover that the average murder case usually took days if not a couple weeks. I had grown up in California, scene of a number of sensational murder trials, and just assumed that all such cases took 6 to 9 months to ejudicate. It is not unusual for high profile trials, with multiple defendants, to take extra long. However, I suspect that in the case of the Abu Khdeir killers the length of the trial has little to do with "Justice." Exactly why it's taking so long I have no idea. I know that back in November the trial was temporarily suspended because Ben Yosef wasn't communicating with his lawyers. Gee, I wonder if that's a tactic an Arab defendant can use.

      Fearless prediction: if the adult defendant doesn't get sent to a mental institution he'll get significant jail time since this is a high profile case and they have to make it look good. It's a toss up whether he'll actually serve that. As for the teenage killers they'll be out in a few years. What horrifies me is that they'll probably be admitted to the IDF where they'll be able to terrorize the untermensch on government time.

  • Palestinian teen killed on way to pray in Jerusalem
    • "I wonder if they get high fives from their buddies for assassinating Palestinian youth"

      Kay, I seriously doubt that any of them care enough to do a high five. Just another dead Arab kid, ho hum.

  • 'Why this bullsh-t?' Video of Israeli navy flotilla takeover
    • It's not, it's just BS the Israelis made up. And the rest of the world lets them get away with it.

      What I want to know is how do you get banned from entering a country you weren't trying to enter!

      “Why this bullshit?” If I was a braver woman I'd get a t-shirt that said that.

  • New report details UK complicity in Israeli human rights abuses, calls for arms embargo
    • CigarGod: The nasty secret of the Jewish State he advocates for…is they really want to firmly establish a Rabbinic State.

      Isn't it interesting that though Israel demands that the rest of the world recognize them as the "Jewish State" they've never done so themselves. Few Jews there want to be forced to live under full Halacha law.

  • 'We are you and you are us' -- Netanyahu has tons of American friends
    • I just don't get it...what is this man's appeal!?

      No matter what he does or says it means nothing, not how he dissed the president or used racism to get his supporters to the polls. Not slaughter in Gaza or the treatment of blacks, nothing NOTHING resonates with these people.

      Remember their names and faces.

  • Activists call on Oprah Winfrey to distance herself from Leviev over human rights abuses
    • If they're smart they'll put something out about how "Ms. Winfrey is re-evaluating the situation" or some other public relations BS. The days when some public person could choose to ignore Israeli aparthied are coming to an end.

    • "I thought she had more integrity than that..."

      Like many popular entertainers Winfrey can be "integrity challenged" at times. Do you remember the James Frey affair? Frey was a writer who penned a bestselling autobiography, "A Million Little Pieces," that Oprah featured on her show. At the time there was growing controversy about whether the book was factual (rumors which turned out to be true) and Winfrey did not help the situation by saying that "facts" were not as important as "emotional truth." She got ton of angry responses about this, so much so that she had Frey on again to read him the riot act for deceiving her. (She's since apologised.)

      She definitely felt the heat over the Frey affair, can you imagine what the fallout would be if she repudiated Leviev after she posed with their diamonds? It would look like she was bowing to pressure, to BDS pressure!

      If Orpah is not safe from BDS then none of us are : )

    • "...the communications director at OWN, Chelsea Hettrick, told an Adalah-NY representative that Winfrey was reviewing the letter, and that her team would respond soon. They didn’t. Hettrick has since failed to reply to further calls and emails from Adalah-NY."

      If Winfrey thinks she got into hot water pissing off the beef industry just let her be perceived as supporting BDS. OMG Stand With Us and AIPAC will marshal all their forces to take her down a peg. And if you think that there aren't plenty of people around who resent a mega rich, influential black woman then I've got some swamp land outside Detroit to sell ya.

      Anyway I suspect that Winfrey and her people will try to ignore the letter, hoping it will go away. I hope it doesn't and she is forced to "come out" and take a stand, one way or the other, on one of the biggest human rights issue of the day. It's not like her paycheck depends upon it.

  • The Flotilla didn’t make it to Gaza, but Israel didn't win
    • Good point.

    • So, let me get this straight: Israel wants the activists to sign documents stating that they were trying to enter Israel illegally so that means Gaza is a part of Israel but Israel does not recognize it as a part of Israel and there is no siege in Gaza but they stopped the ships because there is a siege....

      It seems to me that a halfway decent journalism student could shatter these rationales in a 5 minute interview, why can't our overpaid lug heads in the media do it?

    • “Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu insisted, adding that “there is no siege on Gaza.”

      Orwell just rose from the dead and set himself on fire.

  • Palestinian is shot at Qalandiya checkpoint a day after Israeli soldier is stabbed at Bethlehem checkpoint
    • The thing I fear about the warmer relations with Cuba are all the capitalist predators that will be descending upon it.

    • I saw that on Twitter a little while ago.

      Good for him!

    • "...a prisoner must not be shackled in a public place unless there is risk of his fleeing, causing damage to body or property, or damaging evidence. Despite Adnan’s condition, both the hospital and prison service insisted the shackling was in keeping with regulations."

      Right, a guy who's starved himself for nearly a month is a flight risk. That's just evil.

      And I don't believe they'll keep their promise to release him either.

    • “I got drunk one night, someone told me to take off my clothes, and that’s basically how I brought the male striptease business to Israel.”

      I'm getting the feeling that he's leaving out a good chunk of that story.

  • Palestinian family says alleged attacker being held on false evidence
    • The Israelis don't need the actual person who did it, just any body, warm or otherwise, will do.

      That being said the soldier was a legitimate target.

  • Flotilla members still imprisoned as video emerges of violent Israeli attack during capture
    • || If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens and uses children as human shields. ||

      Don’t worry – they weren’t sailing in support of Israel.


  • In rebuke to Israel, State Dep't says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation
    • I've never understood the policy of just going after the settlements. It's the Israeli government that puts them there and sustains them, but whatever.

      "Note that hardcore Israel supporters want to conflate the two, it’s all Israel."

      That's only the case when it's convenient. When people try to boycott the WB they say it's an attack on "Israel" and when people demand the Palestinians be given citizenship they say they are not living in "Israel."

  • Latest Netanyahu cartoon says west is allowing ISIS to build 'atomic bombs' aimed at US and Christianity
    • “Israel looking to sway the crucial 5-14 year old demographic against the nuclear deal.”


    • I've got to hand it to them, that ISIS cartoon is ever stupider than the Gaza one. The Foreign Ministry folk need to stop listening to the voices in their heads.

      People, take your medication!

    • "Wasn,t nietanyahu promised finacial/military largess if he kept his mouth shut about the Iran Deal until it was signed or fell through."

      Would it matter? Has Butcher Bibi ever kept his word about anything?

  • United Church of Christ votes to boycott & divest from companies profiting from Israel's occupation
    • Yep, very fishy indeed. Personally I thought Richard's ass kissing genuflection before King Bibi just a little too over the top. It was pure political theater meant to hide the fact that they want out or at least a much lower profile. And why would they want that? Because BDS is turning up the heat and they want out of the kitchen.

      Big companies like Orange want profits not headaches.

    • Looks like there are some new developments on the Orange/Partner front. From today's Financial Times:

      "Orange has negotiated a way to exit its licensing agreement with an Israeli operator just weeks after comments from the head of the French telecoms operator sparked an international row"

      "Partner will have the option to terminate the agreement within the first 12 months. Both Orange and Partner will then have the option to end the brand-licensing agreement over the following 12 months."

      But of course they are assuring everyone that they are NOT pulling out of Israel. What I got out of the article was that Orange wants to continue operating in Israel but with a lower profile, so as not to attract the attentions of those nasty BDS types.

      Keep the pressure on.

  • In effort to thwart BDS, some Israel supporters urge partial settlement freeze
    • "...but you have a two state situation, de facto, in the West Bank, and let’s work to make it better."

      That right there is the "money shot."

      Right now, at this moment, you already have the best "two state solution" Israel can hope for: Israel in control of the land, resources and the water, while having no responsibility for the non-Jews living there. That is why they want for the status quo to continue, they like the current situation just fine. However the rest of the world realizes that this is just a powder keg ready to explode at some point and something has to be done to head it off. In order to keep the pressure off of them Israel must "seem" to be pursuing some solution, like showing up at the occasional "peace conference." This is no longer working which is why Oren is saying that some more "substantive" act needs to be made to keep the charade going.

      Cue the deck chairs on the Titanic analogy.

  • Rainbow flag covers Israeli separation wall near Ramallah
    • Yep, I knew this would happen.

      Contrast the MSM's "concern" for oppressed gays in the Middle East with the silence about Unit 8200's reservists protesting the policy of blackmailing gays for information.

    • I have no doubt that the painting over of the rainbow flag will be seen and presented, by anti-Arab types, as another example of how backward and socially repressive Palestinian culture is. If Bill Maher does not mention it on his show I'll be very surprised, since he's already discussed how awful Arab men treat their women. I don't know how many times I have heard Zionist or pro-Israel types wag their fingers and say "you Palestinians really need to liberate your Gay folk before you start complaining about any repression Israel commits." This is stupid; how can the Palestinian LGBTQ community attain any sort of real freedom when they will still be repressed as non-Jews? And are Palestinian attitudes towards their LGBTQ people out of line with Jewsh Israeli attitudes? Given that most of the Jews in Israel hail from Arab countries I would be very surprised if this was the case.

      The African American community during the civil rights era did not have to deal with any pressures to "liberate" their Gay community because back then everyone was still in the closet. Few in America at that time were championing the rights of the LGBTQ community and Black America was no different. One has only to look at the treatment of Bayard Rustin to see these attitudes at play. Nevermind the enormous contributions he made during the civil rights era, in the end he was pushed aside because his homosexuality was seen as a liability. The civil rights leadership felt, with justification, that the way to get white America on their side was to show that they were not dangerous radicals trying to overturn society but respectable folk who were demanding their constitutional rights and a share of the pie. And though I think things have gotten better there is still too much homophobia in the black community.

      I think it would be really great if Mondoweiss could get someone from the LGBTQ Palestinian community to write somewhat more in depth about the pressures this group faces, not just from other Palestinians but from the Israeli government. In the meantime I will ignore any criticisms offered by said government or its die hard supporters. Since no one on that side is demanding that the blackmailing of LGBTQ people by be stopped I can only think they see nothing wrong with it.

  • My journey from Zionism to Palestine solidarity
    • Steve Grover June 29, 2015, 12:12 pm
      Thanks for sharing how you became a Chomsky chump.

      You say that like it's a bad thing.

  • In Gaza, the ultimate humiliation
    • I read that story over the weekend, hilarious.

      "JPAC member Heshie Freed confirmed that the protestors were paid to be there, and added that it was done to prevent yeshiva students, who normally protest at events, from being exposed to the homosexuality on display."

      Oh puleeeze! These young gentlemen are studying in a male only environment and yet know NOTHING about same sex relationships? As the Brits would say "pull the other one."

    • It seems to me either some person or persons deliberately sent these shirts to Gaza (sadism) or some person or persons just tossed in some shirts and didn't care that they were IDF garments (indifference). I can't can't figure out which one is worse.

    • "Your translation is a mistranslation."

      Would "by any means necessary" work as well?

    • "“Whichever way we want it, whenever we want."

      Yep, that sounds like "self-defense" to me.

  • Israeli forces shoot 14-year-old Palestinian with live ammo during West Bank march
    • "...taser used during capture by IDF against at least one crew member."

      I'll bet the "brave" soldier who tased was just looking for an excuse to use that thing. No doubt someone got lippy.

      I hope everyone there keeps an eye on their wallets because IDF personnel are renowned for having sticky fingers.

  • Oren's criticism of US Jews earns his book five thumbs down: 'slinky,' 'self-aggrandizing,' 'twists reality'
    • " I am in the midst of reading Oren’s book right now"

      As one vet to another you have definitely earned combat pay and a campaign medal for slogging through that dreck.

  • 'Jewish cow' is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says
    • My dad had some Kobe beef when he went to Japan on a business trip years ago. According to him all that massaging pays off.

    • "How about a new policy of NEVER showing photos of these warmongers again?"

      That pic of the cute Palestinian activist guy, that was up some months back, should be on permanent rotation.

    • Hearing the story about the cows made me think of another account I read years ago. I think it was in one of Alfred Lilienthal's books.

      It was told by a Canadian UN peace keeper who was stationed in Jordan (The West Bank) in the early fifties. Some sheep from the Israeli side wandered over (or were rustled, that part wasn't clear) the border. According to the UN guy Israel wanted to get their sheep back, lest they be bred with inferior Jordanian or Palestinian livestock, and were prepared to launch a military operation to do so. That's right, Israel was prepared to send in commandos to retrieve sheep. Maybe they feared they would be undercut in the wool market.

      In the end cooler heads prevailed and the sheep were returned. I cannot imagine what the campaign medal for THAT operation would have looked like.

    • "You drink a glass of water, not only in Israel but in many countries now, you’re drinking the product of Israeli technology..."

      Oh my God, they invented water too?!

  • When will justice's 'thunderbolt' come for Palestine?
    • Ivri – “look at what goes on in the Mid-East at large, nukes getting in the hands of rogues”

      Now that I can agree with.

  • BDS will keep Israeli tanks from moving and F15 from flying, Oren says
    • ivri:
      "The Arab world and the Palestinians have turned Israel into a Sparta – or, rather, an Athena-Sparta mix."

      Oh sweet Jesus, so it's the Arabs' fault Israel turned to the worship of militarism. All those Jewish kids who get visits from friendly soldiers in their schools or trips to military bases or made to parade around in cardboard tanks that's the Arabs' fault too, right?

      Does Zionism ever take responsibility for anything?

    • "...BDS uses settlements and our policies toward Palestinians as a tool. "

      That is a very VERY telling remark. Talk about burying the lede.

  • 'We are doing you people a favor by allowing you to be seated here,' Netanyahu deputy tells Palestinians in Knesset
    • One of my favorite scenes from All in the Family was when George Jefferson remarked to Archie about "you people."

      Whereupon Archie, visibly taken aback, said "Who are you calling you people? YOU people are you people!"

    • "Zionist Union, the main opposition [sic] party and senior representative of the center-left, decided not to participate in this important vote and instructed its members to leave the plenum."

      I'm trying to figure out why they would pull this move. Voting for the law would not have lost them any votes with the Jewish Israeli public, except for the few remaining tender hearted squishy liberals, and they barely count. So, why did Herzog do this?

      The only think that makes sense to me is that this is a sop to liberal Zionists abroad, to J Street and that whole mob. Maybe he thinks that if he can sew up support amongst these folk they can exert pressure on The Butcher to...well that's the part that I can't figure. Perhaps Herzog, who is a card carrying member of the ruling elite, thinks it's HIS turn to be prime minister and people like Ben-Ami can help him.

      Is it me or is the craziness accelerating exponentially?

    • Also wasn't that Oren haze haranguing Touma from the back benches? Wow, a guy currently under investigation for corruption, pimping and drug dealing thinks himself in a position to criticize someone who has only ever given back to her community.

      What a sh+++y little democracy.

      P.S. Our own is not much better.

    • I think the Butcher looks more bored than amused, I've seen pictures of Stalin wearing that same expression.

  • Exclusive: Palestine seeks to charge Israel with 'apartheid' and war crimes at The Hague
    • "Two lawmakers are warning the Palestinian Authority (PA) that its economic assistance from the United States could be suspended because of its decision to initiate charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC)."

      How many times, Dear Hearts, have they threatened this? It is a threat so idle it takes root. Personally I can think of nothing better than the PA having its funds cut. If the PA falls who's going to have to step in? Cut their funding, you'll be doing the Palestinians a favor

      Please American, pull that trigger, you know you want to!

  • Interview with a suicide bomber
    • Just, that story about Ghalia Abu Reda is horrible. I learned while following the story last year that she was born blind and was from the Jaffa area, and had been expelled along with her family in '48. I saw the picture of her that the IDF put up and it sickened me. You might have thought they were giving water to an animal. And the thought that they killed her afterwards is awful. The IDF should find out what happened but they won't.

  • Mourning hate crimes from South Carolina to the Sea of Galilee
    • When Lindsey Graham made his "Mideast Hate" comment the other day how come no one mentioned Dr. Goldstein?

  • In letter to John Kerry, 19 reps stand up for Palestinian children behind bars
    • I see several of the "usual suspects" on that list and am pleased that Conyers signed since he's from my neck of the woods.

      "As the JTA reported, while J Street did not actively mobilize around the letter, they “signaled support for its signing when the group’s position was solicited by lawmakers."

      I think some of the saner pro-Israel folk realize that Butcher Bibi is not doing his country any favors by refusing to acknowledge ANY abuse. And his statements on election day did not help either. I think our representatives decided to tackle the issue of children in detention because they believe it a "softer" subject than collective punishment or settlements.

      Nevertheless that is a very small list and shows what a bunch of cowards most of them are.

  • Controversy ignites as Joint Arab List member joins Gaza flotilla
    • It doesn't take much to get those lunatics going. When one of the Arab MK's wore a khaffeyeh to Knesset last year he was abused for wearing a symbol of "terrorism."

      The crazies must have minders, because I don't see how people this detached from reality can function in the real world.

  • Irish activists hit hard against 1st Irish dance competition in Israel
    • I knew you would come through, amigo!

      Thanks so much for that information. I recall thinking that it sounded like an "urban legend" so I didn't take it too seriously.

      I love folk dancing but especially any that require banging out rhythms with the feet, which is my I love American tap and Irish dancing. I've seen the high kicks done by these dancers and it is truly amazing the skills that are necessary for what seems a rather simple maneuver.

    • "Wasn’t the style of Irish folk dancing a product of/protest against English oppression, where dancing was banned yet the Irish kept dancing with their lower bodies behind a closed lower door while the visible upper body remained still so the English would not retaliate.

      I think I read that somewhere."

      I read that somewhere too, but in my version it was the clergy they were hiding their dancing from. Our Irish posters should relay to us the truth if known.

  • UN report on Gaza war includes stories of civilian executions, attacks on ambulances and targeting of humanitarian facilities
    • I remember seeing WITH MY OWN LYIN' EYES a news report back in the eighties that showed an IDF jeep driving slowly down a West Bank street with a Palestinian boy sitting on its roof.

      No less a pro-Palestinian group than the Israeli courts have documented hundreds upon hundreds of cases of the IDF using Palestinian civilians as human shields. It's documented, it is a fact. Nevertheless the imaginary human shields in Gaza or more real than the real human shields Israel uses. Go figure.

  • When a police officer is actually a soldier
    • Israel cannot afford to punish all of its thugs in green when they are doing the dirty business of empire. But sometimes it is necessary to throw someone under the bus in order to give the "impression" that there is something called a justice system or standards for IDF behavior. But the penalties are irregularly and inconsistently dispensed which is very frustrating for your average IDF or Border Policemen thug. One day you are excused for shooting a ten year old in the back but the next week you are under investigation for punching a Danish bicyclist with your rifle butt.

      And this farce will continue until the whole rotten regime collapses.

    • I don't know why Mayer bothered, since he doesn't believe Palestinians have a right to defend themselves under any circumstances.

      He's another one of those clueless, cowardly Zionists who would piss their pants if they had to confront a real member of the resistance.

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