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  • Palestinian medic, 21, is killed by Israeli sniper as she tends wounded in Gaza
    • She is the Palestinian Nadia and as such her name and photo should be blazed across the world to demand the UNSC move the issue of protection for Palestinians to the UN General Assembly as was done with East Timor when action on the genocidal killings there was blocked by veto in the UNSC.

  • Live Blog: Massacre in Gaza as US and Israel celebrate embassy move to Jerusalem
    • The juxtaposition of the smiling presidents without portfolio, Jared and Ivanka, with the tragic deaths of unarmed Palestinian/Gazans, the thousands wounded and the refusal of Netanyahu and Erdan to allow in medical teams and supplies to support the beleaguered hospitals which are understaffed, overwhelmed and without critically needed medical equipment and supplies is being widely reported across Europe, South America, Russia and Asia, to say nothing of the Middle East. This is a diplomatic blunder greater than unilaterally stepping away from the JCPOA agreement. Unrecoverable and with dire long term consequences for the US.

  • Trump appointed Bolton because Republicans desperately need Adelson's money
    • It's not just railroads and the Silk Road, Bolton, Trump and Pompeo will find themselves directly confronting Chinese interests if they bomb Iran. Iran holds the 4th largest share of crude oil and the 2nd largest share of natural gas of all world reserves. When the US initially imposed sanctions, many countries who were in contract with Iran left so as not to be sanctioned. However, China not only stayed but also worked with the Iranian state oil company to develop the Yadavaran Field (Sinopic) and the North Azadegjan field (CNPC). which are producing significant percentages of China's need for crude. They area also poised to step in and take over the South Pars gas field if the French Total (oil company ) step back. China's GDP growth requires large and stable energy supplies. Also, transport of these supplies is at issue: 43% of the Iranian oil moves through the Strait of Hormuz and an much greater percentage through the Straits of Malacca. Hence the proposed construction of the Iran-Pakistan-India/China pipeline.

      Thus, China in concert with Russia, India, and Pakistan( the latter with whom Trump in his Trumpian high dudgeon diplomatically flushed down the toilet despite its being a critical connecting country between the middle east and China and India). While MbS, Kushner, Trump, Bolton and Pompeo dream of disrupting the Shia crescent and paving the way for greater Israel, wiser minds are recognizing that the bombing of Iran will unequivocally lead to a massive world war as China and India join with Russia and Iran to set the middle on fire. Even if it was only an isolated Iran (which it is not), the US does not have the money, the military or the technology to win. Furthermore, the precarious US financial position would ensure that such as war would bring the US down like a house of cards, if not exposing it to a war on US territory, which the US has not experienced since the Civil War. Given the numbers of countries the US has dismembered to the cost of millions of dead and wounded civilians, many in the world would have no sympathy.

  • Abbas warns Security Council, Palestinians could become 'refugees or terrorists in Europe'
    • Given the history of carnage in both Gaza and the West Bank, given the increasing humanitarian crisis in Gaza (lack of medicine, fresh water, food insecurity) as well as the amplification of all the aforementioned problems by Trump/Kushner/Greenblatt decisions to defund UNWRA and to unilaterally declare Jerusalem - in its entirety - the provenance of Israel, inquiring minds would wonder if Abbas is moving to invoke Resolution 377 A - notably that the Security Council has failed to act as required to maintain international peace and security. Such proposal would probably be strongly supported by not only Russia and China but also several of the non permanent members of the council. Trump's vox persona have already clearly implied that any attempt to give the settlers anything less than annexation of the West bank will result in a civil war in an already unstable, badly divided Jewish Israel. Israel is also in conflict with Lebanon, Syria, Russia (through support of Daesh and other terrorists), Iran, Hezbollah. The hegemon is currently financially insolvent and as regards military prowess - far behind Russia and China. No one knows which of the strong Palestine allies would step in if the millions of Palestinians were to stage an uprising. However, the predictable Israeli massacres has the potential to trigger Hezbollah and subsequently Iranian support. Palestine is not Yemen. Its people are educated, articulate and very effective in their use of the internet. Given that both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are both highly unstable (MbS just imported 1,000 Pakastani troops to provide "order" since family, popular and Shia dissension is reaching ever increasing heights). A Palestinian uprising could well inflame an already "burning" middle east as many players are well aware. Unfortunately, Haley, Greenblatt, Kushner and Trump are approaching the situation as though it were 20 years ago, when the US was a strong and financially viable hegemon. It is for this reason Haley's delusional, narcissistic commentary to Abbas has been widely mocked on the internet. Finally, it should be noted that except for Ms. Haley, Abbas was given a loud round of applause for his comments, a fact virtually never noted in western media reports.

  • Sentenced to 65 years for helping Palestinians: Read an excerpt from Miko Peled's 'Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five'
    • Great article. Both prosecutions were a travesty of justice. Inquiring minds would wonder what it would take for one of the law school projects in addressing unjust conviction to take apart the cases and attempt an appeal. One could guarantee that there is an untold back story to this prosecution that needs to be researched and brought to the light of day. It would be a great topic for a true investigative journalist. Also, I believe that these prisoners are being held in a maximum security prison as "terrorists." Perhaps readers of this site could pressure the Bureau of Prisons or the Department of Justice to move them to a minimum security prison - perhaps, the BOP country club enjoyed by Bernie Madoff who financially destroyed hundreds of lives, stealing incredible sums for his personal high life.

  • 'We have taken Jerusalem off the table' -- Trump bullies Palestinians
    • In response to Michael Koplow's the Axis of Dyspraxia, it might also be structured - Jared Kushner, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and Netanyahu, representing Israeli oligarchs such as Steinmetz, Adelson, etc. Under this axis, inquiring minds would wonder if the price of Jerusalem is loans (imminently forgiveable) to address the @1.2 billion note coming due in approximately 12 months on the 666 Fifth Avenue Building as well as the requested 4 billion in funds to executive the Hadid architectural plans. No relation between these two issues, just sayin'

  • #PayPal4Palestine campaign urges PayPal to serve Palestinians, not just Israelis
    • Palestinians need to look beyond PayPal. Schulman is being brought in because PayPal is falling behind Apple pay. Also Jack Ma of alibaba is introducing alipay. Organized Palestinian computer specialists should look both east and west to sell their expertise and products, building a wave of momentum that simply rolls over PayPal which is heading to the same oblivion as Netscape.

  • For millions of Arab and Muslim American voters, this election is an emergency
    • I would have been far more impressed with Mr. Khan's speech had he been correctly introduced as a Harvard trained attorney, who presumably holds membership in the American Bar Association, who worked for a lengthy period of time at Hogan Lovells, a large DC law firm which is reported as having as its clients the Saudi government as well as the Clintons and their foundation. While he is presented as the "average Muslim immigrant" on the street, he clearly has deep ties to the DC infrastructure. No doubt after several constitutional law courses he knows the constitution well.

      I mourn the unnecessary death of his son, as I mourn the deaths of all our brave soldiers who have given and continue to give their lives for wars that have little if any positive outcome other than to serve as recruiting actions for wide spread foreign jihadi. I also mourn for the even greater number of civilian deaths, particularly women and children, from these wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

      I would ask you Mr. Khan as well as your wife, how can you support a presidential candidate whose vote (among many) authorized the Iraq war? How can you support a presidential candidate who has been responsible for such devastation and death to both soldiers and innocents of all of the aforementioned countries? Has it reached your ears that Ms. Clinton was fully knowledgeable in the arms trade to these countries on behalf of these jihadis, that she is supported by many parties who benefit both directly and indirectly from the chaos ensuing from these perpetual wars?

      I support neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton - I stand with a vast number of US citizens who are profoundly appalled by a presidential nomination process which has simply run off the rails offering no correctional process and only the logical truism that whomever of these two are elected, neither is a statesmen of sufficient acumen to guide this country in its hour of greatest need.

  • Iran deal is still imperilled by deep state-- hardliners, Israel lobby, Hillary Clinton
    • This is an excellent article about the severe short sightedness of Israel centric Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Sanctions. The intense behind the scene arm twisting and double dealing (e.g. Ukraine Russian sovereign debt obviated by IMF rule changes) is becoming increasingly obvious. Also, the effects are being felt and understood by the U.S. Public. One recent example is treasury in concert with congress. cratering multi billion Iran airplane deals with Boeing and Airbus (which uses US technology and parts). This represents job loss of thousands of middle class jobs, and tens of thousands if you think of related service jobs. A financial stab in the back to all these affected Americans.

      The larger picture is even more grim. The political/financial world is fracturing with the help of our short sighted Terrorism and Financial Intelligence heads. The Bretton Woods accords which underlie international financial relations are dead, the petrodollar which contributed to the U.S. as the world's reserve currency is dying and the BRICS have effectively built parallel infrastructures to exclude the U.S. , the IMF and the World Bank. Think SCO, ASIIB, Chinese Gold Fund, Asia Development Bank. Think about the massive One Belt One Road project integrating Asia, Russia and ultimately Europe. Reflect on China's political/financial power base in Africa. All of this achieved with incentivized diplomacy. This trend in concert with our Israel centric foreign policy will leave the U.S. financially destitute, politically powerless with many enemies more financially powerful. The resulting asset sell off and privitization will leave this country ,Europe and Israel too - simply financial colonies of more prudent states.

  • Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month
    • Does it not take a "special level of savagery" to force a child to drink gasoline so when he is set on fire he burns from the inside out? Does it not take a "special level of savagery" to burn a family while they sleep and when they stumble out of their flaming home, to watch them burn alive? Does it not take a "special level of savagery" to incinerate hundreds of women, children, the elderly and the disabled with hellfire missiles? Does it not take a "special level of savagery to prognosticate that in the next Lebanon war that a large population of families will be annihilated? Were these decisions "difficult" for the perpetrators?

    • Modeling is a strong component in behavioral performance. Review of the history of Israel since 2000 would suggest that Israelis are modeling - day in and day out, exactly the behaviors they wish to inhibit in the Palestine community.

      A look at the statistics: (courtesy of Alison Weir) 2,089 Palestinian children killed, 9,271 adults killed. 86,974 individuals seriously wounded (probably significantly more at this time). 28,000 home demolitions since 2000 (again probably more). More than 10,000 children (UNICEF) have been incarcerated in Israeli jails, and subject to interrogation procedures which rise to the level of abuse (UNICEF). More than 261 Jewish settlements (prohibited under international law) have been constructed all on appropriated on land owed by Palestinians, many of whom have Ottoman era documents of their legal title. Review of news reports over the period since 2000 indicates virtually daily - nighttime incursions into Palestinian homes, with gratuitous violence and destruction following these incursions.
      Then there have been three catastrophic massacres in Gaza during this period to say nothing of a tightly bound siege which puts Gazans on a near starvation diet, leaves them with little electricity and virtually no palatable or safe water.

      This is all children 10 to 14 have known - gratuitous, daily violence (by actuality or report); children of 15 - 18 were toddlers and preschoolers during this period. Given these horrific conditions, the paucity of adolescents taking a violent route to their demise is the surprise - these adolescents cannot expect to own land, to marry and raise families in safety, to have effective access to health care, to live safety in schools and home communities and to have the freedom of movement not only throughout Palestine but also through the world. They cannot even have a secure prediction of longevity given that Israel can kill civilians with impunity. That these brave children and adolescents still have hope and not despair, that they still have one of the highest rates of literacy in the Middle East, that they follow the religious tenets of their community is a testament to their personal strength and that of their families.

      No one - either Israeli or Palestinian condones violence but if Israel wishes to reduce the incidence of lone wolf attackers, they would do well rethink the manner of their treatment of Palestinians -, respect Palestinian life with all that implies, give these children the opportunity to live safely, with neither the fear nor the actuality of daily violence to themselves, their families, their friends and those who seek to live peacefully within
      this "much too promised" country.

  • East Jerusalem is closed for Palestinians, but settlers march unimpeded
    • Is this where East Jerusalem becomes Hebron? Where Al Aksa moves to a situation similar to the Cave of the Patriarchs?

  • Defying Obama on Iran deal, Schumer cites Hamas
    • Thanks Bandelero for the outstanding explanation and the citations. Will follow up. Sorry to be slow in this - traveling.

    • @bandelero. Actually I agree with you that the integration of the BRICS, the SCO and the Eurasian Econmic Union, particularly
      the expansion of the SCO to include India and Pakistan, is a response to U.S. hegemonic foreign policy. I also strongly agree with your comments on US foreign policy, From what I've been able to read in English, Ufa conferences summaries indicate confirmation of agreements as regards banking, infrastructure development, energy and transportation These conferences appear poorly reported and if you have citations for in depth analyses I'd love to see them. While TPP and TTIP have had earlier iterations I believe neither have been signed.

    • @keith. Actually I've read a fair amount regarding TPP. I have serious disagreements with Ellen Brown in the domain of natural treatments for cancer and her opinions on TPP. 1. 1nvestment State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) procedures have been built into our trade agreements for a long time. The U.S. has never lost an ISDS dispute. 2. As regards restriction or regulation of toxic or predatory financial products, this is not prohibited anywhere I can locate. There is nothing but U.S. political will standing in the way of the re institution of Glass Stegall. Also adverse effect on investments is not considered indirect appropriation, triggering ISDS procedures. 3. As regards capital controls, it is the U.S. that is pushing against capital controls, and most of the other countries wisely proposing restriction of credit and capital controls in situations of "capital surge ". There are many thorny issues which have yet to be hammered out, ideally building to a consensus of all participants. For the U.S. The labor issue is huge but not insurmountable.
      Neither you nor Ellen nor Senator Schumer, who summed up TTP as serving deep pocketed investors, have proposed alternatives. Actually many of those conglomerates who are the target of TPP criticism are publically traded companies with shareholders from all walks of life, particularly if you consider the large pension and mutual funds.

    • The TPP and the TTIP are entirely different entities. These agreements are in response to the BRICS and SCO trade agreements that came out of the recent overlapping meetings in Russia. If the U.S. does nothing to counter them, in a few years we will be shut out of major Eurasian and Latin Anerican markets. Imagine our financial state if no one buys Boeing airplanes, GM or Ford cars, Apple or Microsoft technologies. There are downsides for labor and salaries for these agreements and Obama was well aware that the downside was just too great for the political survival of some of his congressional colleagues, and thus expected dissident. The Iranian agreement is of an entirely different genus and species - nothing less than a giant step to world peace and stabilization of the Middle East. As Obama says, every other country in the world except Israel accepts this deal. A vote against this deal is a vote for a war that this country can ill afford to fight, either militarily or financially. Supporting Netanyahu on this issue is traitorous not only to US interests but also to the interest of the middle of the road Israelis' who want security, safety, better housing and jobs. Those who remember the Iran versus Iraq war will realize that Israel herself is ill equipped to fight a protracted land war with Iran and Hezbollah. Use of its nuclear weapons will trigger a world war, particularly since China is extensively developing Iranian oilfields. So, sir, I would support all those on this site and others who label Schumer a traitor - he is a traitor to his countryman in both the U.S. and Israel.

  • Obama tells Americans it is 'abrogation of my constitutional duty' to defer to Israel on Iran Deal
    • Actually, Likkud and the far right won 46% of the most recent vote with an additional 4% being accounted for by rightist parties that didn't make the cut. 10 % were the United Arab party with whom no one in Israel politics will make a coalition. Thus, even if Herzog were to win a majority he will be unable to cobble together the necessary 61 votes.Tzipi Livni was in this position several years ago and Netanyhu stepped in and pulled together all the rightist and religious parties to become PM. The wind shifted long ago,Israel will continue to move further and further to the right. Most of Likkud is even further to the right than Netanyahu, with many stating that the Iran deal is the worst diplomatic failure in Israel's history. The government will fall when Abbas, Jordan and the Arab league arrive at the Security Council with the wind of the ICC at their backs. Predictably Israel will show its defiance by electing an even more instransignient government - like Bennet, who told Haim Sabin, "the world is a little thing."
      The assumption is that irrespective of the violence, killing and land theft the U.S. Will continue the daily $10 million dollar handouts.

    • Obama is absolutely correct; this is an important speech. Not only is he check mating Netanyahu but he is positioning the U.S. for the upcoming fall of the current Likkud government and the accession of a far more right leaning government in Israel, more probably than not under Naftali Bennett. He is also aware that the 1 in N5 + 1, does not stand for the U.S. Congress, unlike all of those congress persons genuflecting to Netanyahu and AIPAC. Whereas Clinton, Schumer, and the gaggle of Republican presidential candidates are channeling Saban, Adelson, the Koch brothers, etc., he is channeling Dennis Muilenberg (CEO Boeing), Rex Tilletson (CEO Exxon Mobile) and Mary Barra (CEO GM) etc., whose companies' health are crucial and essential to the U.S. economy. While our Congress is unable to see across the Potomac, he clearly views the line up in downtown Iran of our allies and competitors (China, Russia) rushing to establish themselves in the giganto enormous resources and markets, with massive pent up demand. Finally, the acronyms BRICS, SCO and ADB (Asia. Development Bank) are not just letters on a page but very real threats to the petrodollar as the world reserve currency. He, Kerry and the rest of the team are to be lauded for their efforts, they are well and truly patriots of this country at the first rank.

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  • AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal
    • Citations Arutz Sheva 8.3.15, quoting the Jordanian paper Ah-Rad (sic).

    • Just , Annie, you have to go back to December 30, 2014 when the Jordanian resolution to the Security Council for an end date for Palestine negotiations was defeated as a result of US arm twisting of Goodluck Johnson, president of Nigeria who subsequently apologized to Abbas. The US position was it posed a barrier to negotiations. Jordan vowed to resubmit it. Much has changed since then. Negotiations have collapsed with Israel being blamed. Netanyahu not only claimed there would be no Palestinian state on his watch but also incited and looked on without action as Palestinians were routinely executed by the IDF/IDF , private land usurped and stolen and churches, mosques and homes burned with impunity. Little Ali is not the only infant who has died under Israeli auspices - several infants froze to death last winter in Gaza. It's a very different scenario, particularly since Netanyahu has done everything he can to disrespect Obama and Kerry. There is no path to negotiation with the current Israeli government which seeks to annex the West Bank and to force the Gazans into Sinai. The Arab League is deeply concerned and meeting over these issues. Abbas is in touch with Larov and Meshael has met with the Saudis and Russia. Resolution 377 allows a resolution to move to the General Assembly by a majority vote of the Security Council and is a venue sympathetic to the Palestinians as are most constituents of the current Security Council which changed some rotating members in January.

    • Just, the looming August battle is not only regarding the Iran nuclear deal but also Abbas and Jordan (member of UN Security Council) are moving forward with the prior request to establish a protectorate over Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), most probably invoking resolution 377 which operates to move such a request from the Security Council to the General Assembly with a vote of 9 / 15, which is easily attainable with this constellation of members.

  • 'We saw the fire eating the house': A report from the West Bank village of Duma
    • From the above account as well as other information, this hideous act was, more probably than not, premeditated: The perpetrators clearly had investigated the layout of the house, identifying exactly the room where the family slept. Obviously not only was the room doused with flammable materials but also accelerants to insure the rapid incineration of all who slept there.

      Given the number of successful arson attacks on Palestinians, their churches and mosques, consideration should be given to the idea that somewhere in the heartland of extremism, individuals are being given clear cut directions as to how to cause the most damage in the least amount of time. Arson attacks have "signatures" yet Israeli police/Shin Bet/Mossad never address this issue - inquiring minds would predict that they are well aware of potential perpetrators from the materials used and the method of attack. They even have had the temerity to admit that such an attack was totally predictable in the course of current affairs. This shows not only how cavalier and feckless Israel is with Palestinian lives (especially those of children) but also how totally Palestinians are unprotected from such genocidal violence. Again, the 2+ IDF divisions called out to the territories are there to protect Jewish lives, and already one Palestinian teen has been shot dead.

  • Palestinian toddler killed in settler price-tag attack
    • Update: Amira Hass has an article up at Haaretz that interviews a bystander who states that two masked men stood by as the parents lay on the ground burning. All similar to Abu Kheider, insofar as the intention was to burn this family alive. The psychopathic deviancy that drives these acts appears endemic to the settler movement as well as many right wing Zionist politicians (e.g. Moishe Feiglin). Infused as it is with Zionism, there needs to be some realization that these people wield over 200 nuclear warheads deliverable by ICBM, drone or submarine.

    • Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 74 children incinerated by IDF missiles in Rafah, Ali's 4 year old brother in the hospital with the larger percentage of his body covered with 4th degree burns - inquiring minds would see a pattern here. And don't forget the five year old girl Einas who was deliberately run down by a settler in a vehicular homicide. As regards death by IDF/IOF shootings, 30 children have been killed in 2015, and 1,900 since 2000. In Operation Protective Edge, 448 is the official number of children killed, the majority of them incinerated by Hellfire missiles. All of deaths represent serious war crimes since all took place in the Occupied Territories or in Gaza which is under siege. Virtually all these killings took place with impunity - while Israeli politicians condemn Ali's death, it is important for readers to remember that these children have been delegitimized as "little snakes" by the current Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, and their killing sanctioned as religiously necessary by orthodox military rabbis who follow the King's Torah.

      While the world was vocally enraged by Isis' burning alive the Jordanian pilot, it is curiously silent about the barbarity and brutality of these children's deaths, which were more atrocious and barbaric by far as a virtue of their being innocent children. Israeli military jokingly refer to these deaths as "mowing the lawn" further delegitimizing the dignity and honor of their deaths.

      People of conscience should demand that the UN place both Palestine and Gaza under protectorate as has been repeatedly requested by all partners to the Palestine government. While we should honor these deaths, mourning the extraordinary pain and terror these children experienced at the hour of their death, we should also demand, "Not one more Ali, not one more Einas, not one more Palestinian or Gazan child burned, shot or bludgeoned to death from this day forward. Protection and a protectorate now."

  • Israeli general likens attack on Gaza towers to 9/11 attack, as 'symbol'
    • Wow! Major General Hacohen openly admits to deliberately and during the last hours of Operation Protective Edge inflicting massive civilian destruction and damage in the magnitude of 9/11, which itself was decried across the world as one of the worst terrorist acts committed in history. The analogy itself underscores the significance of the matter - in order to attain high levels of sheer terror among a civilian population, inflict random but disproportionate acts of death and destruction - defined within the Israeli lexicon as the Dahiya Doctrine.

      General Hacohen, it was these acts, as were acts such as the deliberate seeding of southern Lebanon with cluster bombs in the last hours of the Lebanese war, that have so inflamed world opinion against Israel's policies of war. Those towers stand as a talisman and a symbol of Israel's total disregard for the civilian lives of non-Jewish persons, the dehumanization of labeling these actions as "mowing the grass" and, labeling as "war" a situation that the majority of on lookers believe was orchestrated by Benyamin Netanyahu to bolster his image as a "tough guy" thereby boosting his election chances. Over 2,000 died, the majority of whom were civilians - children, women, the elderly. Additional thousands were gravely disabled. None could flee owing to the Israeli siege - more ordnance was rained down on these imprisoned people than in the famed bombing of Dresden in World War II.

      Reflect sir - your symbol and significance analogy tracks a 51 day operation, which you yourself define, albeit indirectly, as the terrorist slaughter (or is it defined as a massacre?) of more than 2,000 human beings. And you wonder why the persons of conscience throughout the world cringe at the mention of Netanyahu's war.

  • Crisis for the lobby: Clinton bucks Saban, AIPAC doesn't know what to say
    • Update: Escobar reports some discussion of Kerry and Zarif as candidates for the 2016
      Nobel Peace prize.

    • The issue is that John Kerry is looking very presidential at this moment. It takes little to remind the public that there have long been rumors that he actually won the election against Bush - but due to chicanery with election machines in certain states, he lost. A Kerry-Saunders or Kerry-Jim Webb ticket would be unbeatable if one can assume free and fair elections.

      Hillary can try to change course, but owing to her syncophantic letter to Haim Saban, she is well and truly wedded to Netanyahu and Likud policies. The letter goes far beyond DBS in its multiple pledges of allegiance to Israel. To say nothing about her exposure as Secretary of State for the disasters of Libya, Syria and the Ukraine. To say nothing about the exposed conflicts of interest in Clinton Foundation donations and cases addressed by the Department of State during her tenure. To say nothing about the escapades of Bill which would rule out support from family values voters. To say nothing about her being overexposed in her frantic race to garner money and support, prior to another strong candidate entering the field.

  • The living martyr, a visit to the Bakr family in Gaza
    • Montasir most probably has serious seizures from his brain injury - but Gaza under blockage has either no (or an exceptionally limited supply of) anticonvulsant medications. The generic forms of these drugs are inexpensive and pose no "security" threat to Israel. So, why incorporate these into the blockade of various foodstuffs and medications? Or fail to permit international specialists such as pediatric neurologists, surgeons, physiatrists to provide much needed services to seriously injured children in Gaza? Many have offered to come on a pro bono basis to not only treat but also to concurrently train Gaza medical professionals who are barred from leaving. Are these policies and actions a part of the clearly stated "little snakes" ethos espoused by minister of Justice Shaked?

      On another note, have the courts adjudicated Yosef Haim Ben-David, the master mind, of the incineration of Mohammed Abu Khdeir? I understand that the teen agers who accompanied him are at home, set free on personal recognizance.

  • 'NYT' and 'MSNBC' leave Marco Rubio backer's Israel agenda out of the story
    • And my impression after Netanyahu's speeches to our congress, absent an invitation from the our president , shows the reverse - that the US is a vassal of israel, directing our foreign policy, enlisting the US in wars and. being subsidized to the tune of nearly $9 million per day, plus additional armaments in times of crisis as well as funding the Iron Dome and David 's sling.

  • Marco Rubio and AIPAC allied in effort to insert poison pill into Iran deal
    • The idea of Israel attacking Iran is simply a red herring to support Israel's plaint of Iran's posing an existential threat to Israeli security. However, the Chinese have invested heavily in developing Iran's oil fields, with top Chinese petroleum and gas companies involved. Not unexpectedly, they have Chinese nationals on the ground in Iran providing services. Whomever bombs Iran, has China to deal with. Add this to the fact that Netanyahu is himself pivoting to China, starting a military altercation with China is not in his or Israel's financial interest as he well knows. As Russia and China move forward in trading with this resource rich nation, the US is left isolated. Europe, particularly after the devastating financial blow back to Ukraine-support sanctions against Russia, is definitely not going to continue to suffer financial exclusion from lucrative business deals and markets available in Iran.

      Netanyahu intensely dislikes Iran as well as Obama and will do or say anything to poison this deal. If this deal dies as a result of such as McCain, Rubio, Schumer, Corker et. al, within two years, as the US economy will crash as a result of energy no longer being denominated in petrodollars but rather in rubles or, more likely, the yuan. When this occurs, the fury against these politicians will know no bounds - this country will be faced with a depression that will make the 1930's look like a cake walk. Israeli's economy will be doing well since they have applied (and I think been approved) to be founding members of China's Asia Development Bank. Netanyahu is also courting the BRICS as well, emphasizing trade relations with all the BRICS.

      Obama and Kerry have done well in negotiating this agreement and are moving the US into a strengthened position as regards the darkening economic clouds and the intense competition coming with China. The Republikud position on this deal is a direct support to Netanyahu's perfidy as well as a stab in the back for the American public who can be expected to face unbearable hardship in economic depression which will ensue from these policies.

  • DEAL!
    • This is simply the ip of the iceberg. While Netanyahu excoriates Obama, claiming this deal severely jeopardizes the existence of Israel, he and his financial advisors have applied to be founding members of the Chinese Asian development bank as have several US European allies. He has also allied its and supported the BRICS and their bank as well. Why is this important? First, China holds a huge amount of our treasury bonds which they will dump as soon as these banks are operational. These bonds represent trillions of US debt. They were purchased when the US dollar was a stable reserve currency. Given the disastrous run up of the debt during the most recent Bush administration, it is no longer stable and will shortly be dropped as a reserve currency. The result - devastating austerity, unemployment, and social disruption. In the ensuing chaos, the US will become far less powerful at which time, Netanyahu will simply imprison or deport all non Jewish denizens of Greater Israel. Those who resist will be killed.

      I suspect Obama is fully aware of the broad range of Netanyahu's perfidy toward the US. That he and the republikuds are urging war with Iran only accelerates this process. Simply stated the US is too broke to fight any major wars - we are doing it all curtesy of Chinese credit, bills that will soon come due. Meanwhile, Bibi is laughing all the way to the bank - we are paying him 8.7 million dollars per day to
      do this.

  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
    • Tenure can be lifted for moral turptitude. Hate speech such as this more than qualifies. Inquiring minds might wonder what pressures are being brought to bear on Katherine
      Bergerson, president, to simply make this go away, with no repercussions for Dr. Pessin.

  • In Israel, the mask is finally off
    • This is an important article, expressing opinions I've not seen elsewhere. I would concur with MDM that "Israel is an extraordinarily dangerous place" and has become more so with this regime. The self proposed Defense and Foreign ministers both advocated carpet bombing of Gaza, expulsion of all non Jews from the West Bank, and resettlement of non Israeli Arabs,
      Gazans and West Bank Palestinians in Sinai (the rumor of offers by al Sisi that keep resurfacing).

      With the mask lifted, there is no need to pretend tto concur with even the flimsiest peace efforts. With the rest of the world being "a little thing," of no importance, there is no need to restrict racist and discriminatory legislation, or to adhere to even minimal standards as regards reining in violence, demolition and torture as it pertains to Palestinians - be they child, adolescent, adult, elderly or disabled. Any sadistic, murderous act no matter how horrendous (have Abu Kheider's murderers been sentenced yet?) can be committed with the full knowledge that there will not only be no consequences. Many will side with the actors, not the victims. Such people were once considered extremists, but they now represent a majority of the population of Israel and, unfortunately, our Congress. Finally, with the US Republican party openly allying themselves with Likud and parties of the right, , they are positively sanctioning, funding and enabling all of the above. Their leaders are not Boehner and McConnell, they are Netanyahu, Bennett, Yalom and Lieberman.

  • 'NYT' reports 'surge of hostile sentiment against Jews' nationwide -- on what basis?
    • This is an important consideration. Also, Mondoweiss' Alex Kane
      wrote about the highly inflammatory anti Palestinian posters which were anonymously put up on the UCLA campus less than a month ago, as well as instances of overtly Islamaphobic slurs directed to female students wearing hijab.

      The roles played by Stand With US, an Israeli-funded organization, as well as other organizations, capped by the Avi Oved scandal would suggest that council members might be expected to have well founded concerns regarding this student's bias and ability to address judicial issues beyond the framework of her own political meme. Also, again referencing Avi Oved, what other, additional organizations does she represent?

      Not surprisingly, none of the above issues have been mentioned
      as a plausible context for the judicial board's actions. Also, Ms.
      Breda did not receive the necessary number of votes until a faculty member intervened. The larger issue being raised on UC campuses is whether outside players should be able to surreptitiously fund
      candidates for student positions in order to achieve larger political
      goals. Hillel donations were directly involved in the Adam Milstein,
      Avi Oved scandal.

      This story has a considerable back story, which any responsible journalist (as opposed to pamphleteer) should incorporate into the background. The jump to national anti Semitism is pure propaganda, particularly in omitting the Islamophobic activities,
      the tensions between Students for Justice in Palestine and Hillel,
      and finally the several numbers of outside Israeli organizations and supporters who are bringing their weight to bear in affairs that are
      ostensibly the provenance of the university campus and students.

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
  • Bipartisanship is dead, as Netanyahu, AIPAC, and GOP square off against Obama over Iran
    • No disrespect for President Obama? Netanyahu is also here requesting from Congress- bypassing the President and the Pentagon - for an additional 300 million for defense spending, added to the 3.15 billion we already give them annually. Added together this is approximately 10 million per day. This isn't disrespect - this, in addition to pulling ever power lever in this country to sabotage the Iranian negotiation, giving a non protocol following rebuttal to Obama's state of the union speech and openly aligning with the same neo conservative Republicans who brought this country the devastation of the Iraq war, - is a slap to the face and a punch to the stomach of our President, the taxpayers of the US and, most important, to all our brave service men who have served, who continue to serve and who will serve.

  • Netanyahu calls on Jews to leave Europe en masse in wake of Copenhagen synagogue attack
    • Surprising that when US statistics (reported in Electronic Intifada) has the number of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, exceeding the number of Jewish Israelis, that Netanyahu is strongly urging that Israel is the only place in the vast world, wherein Jews can be safe. This is reminiscent of . . . ?

  • Report accuses Israel of targeting Gaza's water facilities
    • And who is selling the bottled water? Which has to be imported, approved by Israel and which can be immediately discontinued on the basis of "security concerns."

      When is the UN going to move to establishing a protectorate over this besieged land, ending the siege, establishing an airport and seaport and airlifting in massive supplies as we did to Berlin at the end of World War II. If we could do this for German civilians - after a horrendous war which killed hundreds of thousands, we can certainly move forward on behalf of the Gazans, who, after all, are part of the Palestine unity government. Several babies froze to death during the last winter storm, many other bright and laughing children are dying from orphan diseases rarely seen even in third world countries.

      The siege of Gaza in concert with Israeli aircraft targeting water and energy infrastructure, civilian homes, hospitals and schools is an ongoing war crime. The UN should take Israel at their word that Gaza represents a country independent from Israel and establish an immediate protectorate. Many donors stand ready to rebuild Gaza. Israel's position is not security, it's humiliation and dehumanization. Gazan lives, particularly, those of children don't matter. Finally. while Israel generals crow over bombing Gaza back to the stone age, few realize that prehistoric hunter gatherers had freedom of movement and unfettered access to food and water - all of which are denied to Gaza.

  • 'NYT' and Matthews warn that Netanyahu speech to Congress could lead US to war
    • We need to crowd source loud , proud and often. Handing out yard signs saying", ________, _________, and ______ (fill in name of congressman and senators), we support our President." A gold star should appear prominently on any sign wherein one or more of the family is a vet. Since this is political, aspiring candidates or incumbents can take the ball and run with it. Any APAiC or Stand With Us blowback would immediately be defined as unpatriotic. Videos of all those signs especially those with gold stars would be telling. If properly bipartisan organized this should be an easy way to mark clearly our national outrage at Netanyahu's using our country as his political and financial ATM. Screening these videos - state by state in front of the Vietnam memorial as Netanyahu speaks would be a powerful rebuttal, particularly if you highlight the gold stars.

      Loud and proud with an unmistakable message!

  • Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football
    • @Jlewisdickerson: You are absolutely correct about the corruption surrounding this pipeline.
      I am sure that you also have archived articles about Stav Shiffer, the youngest member of the Knesset and her attacks on how state funds are really allocated, discovering "interesting" non transparent allotments of money. According to Haaretz, her recent diatribe in the Knesset has gone viral. From watching the video, she appears to be a charismatic and effective speaker. Time interviewed her earlier this year but there has been little information in more readily accessed Israeli media. She was just elected in the second position on the Labor candidate list which was a surprise to many. I would suspect that her focus on corruption in government and the needs of Israeli citizens, as well as her ability to connect with the Israeli public and their concerns has got to place pressure on Netanyahu. She has no hesitation in addressing "hot" topics and has more than once been removed from finance committee meetings.

      Hopefully, in some post you can post some of the articles in your archive on this remarkable young Israeli politician.

    • The wheels are coming off in Israel as well. Kahlon, former Likud minister, has developed a broad spectrum party (e.g. Oren, Galant) which is garnering members from the right - Shas,
      Likud, and the center. The roster of prominent Israelis joining the party swells each week. Running on a platform which emphasizes both security for Israel as well as economic policies which benefit the middle stream Israeli, this group has a powerful platform with which to challenge Netanyahu. It is also the case that Kahlon is diplomatic in his relations with other politicos and thus stands a strong chance of being able to form a stable coalition.

      The political evolution of Kahlon is only sparsely covered in US media ( at least the few I read)
      but I would speculate it is tapping into deep wells of dissatisfaction with Netanyahu, his gun boat diplomacy, his apartheid policies and his constant incitement. Netanyahu's Achilles heel is his implicit distain for the middle stream Israeli who wants security - and reasonable housing, good schools, effective health care and stable employment. All of these he has ignored to his political detriment. Inquiring minds are speculating that behind closed doors
      Likudniks are moving toward Kahlon as are others who have supported Netanyahu in previous elections. Netanyahu would never have had his former aide de camp, Ron Dermer, twist Boehner's arm in order to dragoon a speech to Congress if he didn't need the full weight of the US Congress to cover his back in this election.

      There is considerable blowback in Israel about this, with several political parties calling foul, expressing anger at the intrusion of our Congress in their election and complaints have already been filed with the election commission. A request has been strongly conveyed to that commission not to have his televised speech to Congress shown on Israeli TV.
      Obama and co are wise to keep their distance from this spectacle - it is not only splitting Democrats, it is splitting diasporians as well as Israelis themselves who are stating clearly that they do not want the ten- ton- gorilla of the US Congress in the middle of their election.

  • Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams 'breach of protocol'
    • Mossad's actions reflect highly significant concerns regarding Netanyahu's war threats as well as his engaging in actions which place Israel at risk. The assassination of the Iranian general is only one example. Israel - its people - benefit significantly from peace with Iran. Also, Iran is now strongly allied with Russia (see recent mutual assistance pact) with China (who is developing oil fields) and moving toward stronger relations with India. Also, Iran has been instrumental in assisting Iraq to push back ISIS. Furthermore, many retired military leaders have also spoken strongly against Netanyahu's threats to Iran. Remember that Israeli newspapers are subject to the military censor - I would suspect that little of this conflict makes its way into the daily news. However, this recent Mossad action signals high levels of concern regarding Netanyahu's actions. If Netanyahu and his cronies in our Congress and Senate were to drag the US into an Iranian/Russian/Chinese war - the popular blowback would be overwhelming, think blowback to bombing Syria raised exponentially to 100. This would not bode well for Israelis. Not only would their own country most probably be devastated but a weakened Israel would be a prime target for ISIS butchers while the US is overwhelmed in a massive, multi region conflict. Chairman Boehner, Senators McCain, Lindsey, Schumer and Menendez - be careful what you ask for; attend carefully to the law of unexpected consequences. Most important, ask yourselves - are your actions helpful for
      Israel the country or Netanyahu the politician?

    • Does this not also expose diaspora interference in Israeli affairs? The majority of
      Netanyahu's campaign contributions come from a few US patrons, for example Adelson. Netanyahu's polls in December were down - this is reported to be a very competitive election which has the ability to determine whether Israel continues to careen to the right, engaging in what are defined by many as racist, facist behavior (e.g. Feiglin's manifesto) or pulls back from the cliff. Whether Israel continues to spend the lion's share of funds on settlements and the military or begins to address sorely needed infrastructure issues such as education, health care, access to services and income inequality. Pictures of our Congress members genuflecting to Netanyhu is a priceless election boon. This invitation has been carefully crafted and, most probably, was well in the works prior to Obama's State of the Union speech.

    • This action is exceptionally poorly advised. Obama has agreed to work with Russia to develop some aspect of a peace process in the Ukraine, since Proroshenko is clearly out of control and now threatening a continental war with Russia. Iranian talks are moving forward slowly but surely with the UN and the IAEC validating that the Iranians are keeping their commitments. Netanyahu's response to these actions was to assassinate by drone an Iranian general and Hezbollah's favorite son whose father was assassinated by the Israelis a few years ago. This outrageously destabilizing action has been identified by of Netanyahu's generals as an electioneering move - one which presents Netanyahu as the powerful protector of Israel. This action also has the capacity to disrupt the Iranian and Russian negotiations, as well as providing direct military support to ISIS and Al Nusra (as have several other bombings). Given that our country is now moving to "boots on the ground" against ISIS and its many affiliates, this action directly threatens our soldiers, irrespective of making the billions we are spending in bombing raids far less effective. It would appear that Netanyahu's continuing and well documents support for ISIS stands in direct opposition to our current military operations and policy (as well as his own generals positions). House chairman Boehner and his congressional supporters in this invitation, have just given their full and unreserved approval for these assassinations and for Netanyahu's policies.

      Inquiring minds might see this as not only a slap in the face for our President, but also a slap in the faces of our military personnel who are risking their lives to bring some semblance of peace to the middle east as well as US taxpayers who are expending billions in these efforts as well as expending 8.3 million dollars a day on Israeli foreign aid.

  • Congress says possible Palestinian unity gov't must recognize Israel as a Jewish state in order to receive aid
    • @ taxi The issue stopping Iran, Russia and China , providing financial assistance to Palestine is the SWIFT system for international financial transactions. However, our Congress, in developing new and creative sanctions on Russia, has proposed exiting them from the SWIFT system as a sanction. Iran was excluded in 2012. Given the financial power of the BRICS, their development of their own IMF banking system, should it is not surprising that Russia is announcing the May 15 roll out of their own SWIFT type financial transaction system. Thus, while Iran, Russia and other countries cannot intermediate financial assistance to Palestine without moving through Israeli banks owing to SWIFT (US) insistence, one can anticipate that Palestinian financial structures can intermediate directly with the Russian/BRIC system this next summer. If it does occur, this could significantly alter the financial leverage Israel has over Palestine, particularly if the VAT and other taxes currently collected by Israel are imposed at the point of sale and intermediated outside the SWIFT system.

      People with more financial background than I can probably explain this more effectively, but one needs to connect the dots on the international implications of some of our sanction policies.

  • 'With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in France': Death threats follow publication of cartoon in Israeli newspaper
    • If you look at the pictures of the march, Abbas was marching next to Merkel who was next to Hollande. Thus, in most of the pictures of the march, he appears to be prominently featured.

  • How a tweet about Gaza children went viral round the globe
    • When you look at these wonderful children, reflect that it's snowing in Gaza today. Most probably the majority of children have inadequate housing against the freezing cold. Electricity and heat are intermittent for those who have access (many do not). Remember that food supplies are insufficient. Realize these children who were innocent victims in Netanyahu's political war are being revictimized by the continuation of the siege and the multitudinous Israeli restrictions. The severe freezing will be followed by flooding further compounding the risk. Death or disease from hypothermia, inadequate nutrition and lack of access to antibiotics and other life saving medications are real risks for these brightly smiling children, as for virtually all the children of Gaza.

  • Dershowitz story is also an Israel story
    • Dershowitz is in a very different position. As an attorney, he is a legally mandated reporter.
      Those more knowledgeable about the law can explain the situation of an attorney who is in the presence of ongoing child abuse and fails to report.

    • @hophmi I think the furor is very specifically channeling the rage people feel (and I count myself as one of them) that a level 3 sex offender (the highest level, I believe) received only an 18 month sentence, with no recommendations for treatment and who was charged only with a misdemeanor offense. Also, as I understand it, very specific steps were taken to shield this information from the victims who had no opportunity to testify, to the harm done them or have that harm considered in the sentencing process.

      Articles targeting the pressure that was exerted on prosecutors, victims and their families - if accurate, only compounds the perception that the recipients of the abuse were revictimized by the legal process itself.

      This would appear to be a devastating criticism of the US justice system. The attorneys for
      the victims would appear to be attempting to rectify the situation.

    • Did Holder or Mukasey approve the non prosecution agreement?

  • Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave
    • @hophmi Re your request for citation: If you search "Michael Mukasey and dual citizen US and Israel, there appear to be many citations. Your request for documentation is a good one and I hope this is helpful.

    • As more of this comes out, I would suspect this will sink Hillary's presidential campaign. Bill's alleged "peccadillos" in the company of Ron Burkle were problematic. Association with a confessed and convicted pedophile are a game changer: He is irrevocably tainted - Monica Lewinsky (wherein he was impeached by the house and retried and acquitted in the senate), his now defunct association with Ron Burkle, with attendant innuendo and now his alleged 2008 and prior association with Jeffrey Epstein. While Democrats may have sympathy for Hillary, William Clinton's presence in the White House may simply be a reach too far, for the majority of family values Americans. For the sake of the country and the sake of the party, one would hope Hillary would withdraw, work with the Democratic Committee to identify other strong candidates, who, as did Obama, will include her in the cabinet.

      That said, inspection of time lines would suggest that the plea deal was worked out at a time when Alberto Gonzales was transitioning out of the DOJ and Michael Mukasey, dual citizen of the US and Israel, was transitioning in. Interesting information in concert with speculations by Sean McBride, Lysias and Philip Munger. Sexual abuse of minors is more usually prosecuted as a felony, not a misdemeanor - by convicting at the level of a misdemeanor, Mr. Epstein's SEC licensures remain in place. Also, a free pass for all enablers, participants and associates is also highly unusual as been stated in multiple venues.

  • Fireworks in Ramallah, as Abbas signs treaty to join International Criminal Court
    • @Cloak and Dagger: As I understand it, in order for the Security Council to shut down an ICC investigation and action, an affirmative vote from all permanent members and a majority of the non permanent members is needed. Reviewing the permanent members - Russia, China, UK, US and France. Only the US could be guaranteed to vote yea; Russia, China and France could by expected to vote not to shut it down. The non permanent members, I think, are Chad, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola, Chile, Jordan, Nigeria and Lithuania. Getting a majority from this group would not be easy even with the most intense arm twisting. Thus, Abbas, by getting the US to torpedo Palestine's initial resolution with the 2014 council, has moved the ICC debate in the Security Council to the 2015 group, which is far less favorable to either the US or Israel. Meanwhile, Jordan remains on the council to - in the case of severe US intransigence - reintroduce the original resolution (or an amended version) with the US/Israel fighting both actions. Inquiring minds would seriously doubt that the insouciant team of Rice, Kerry and Power could effectively navigate such a challenge.
      Israel could be guaranteed to respond with violence, further land theft and harassment and imprisonment (if not outright assassination) of those Palestinian authorities they could get their hands on, be they Fatah, PA, PLO or Hamas. Netanyahu is already indicating they are all Hamas, and members of his party and other rightest parties have stated that this is war,
      and murder of these Palestinian traitors is sanctioned. Meanwhile, Palestine plays by the rules in direct contrast to Israel's ever increasing fascism, racism and violence, further
      cementing the obvious fact that Palestinians need their own state, with their own or international security forces. An international protectorate will most probably be necessary
      (like the one in East Timor.)

  • Palestinian resolution fails at the Security Council, U.S. votes against 'staged confrontation' at the UN
    • Power, who was recently chosen by President Obama to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations, has made inroads to the [Israel] community, thanks to her hands-on work in support of Israel at the United Nations and at other international forums.

      “Her starting point has always been, ‘How do we work together to overcome obstacles and to ensure that both the United States and Israel get out of these U.N. situations with the least damage?” said Dan Arbel, who served as deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy...

      Read more:

      Herewith the stated goal of our UN ambassador - getting the US/Israel out of situations such as the Security Council resolution with the least damage to Israel. Her recent no vote, labeled appropriately by the Russian ambassador as a "strategic error" has minimized damage to Israel, insured Netanyahu's re election, and caused maximal damage to the US
      and its foreign policy alliances. The resolution was cobbled together as a summary of US
      policy statements on Palestine - but not surprisingly when presented to the Security Council, they were totally unacceptable. The no vote is so egregious, and the Israeli and Power comments so tone deaf - that once again, world sympathy and support is entirely with Palestine. In comparison with Mansour's eloquent speech on Israel's UN violations, the land thefts, Israeli embedded violence that makes every Palestinian fear for his or her life and the repeated failures of Israel to move forward as a good faith negotiator in peace talks, her comments are atrocious, and internationally recognized as such.

    • Even with 11 votes, the US would veto. If the proposal would pass to the General Assembly and it would pass, who would enforce it? The excoriation of the us in the foreign press as dishonest, unethical,and biased is unprecedented. They rightly allude to Obama and co. as Netanyahu's poodle. In response to this anticipated shut down of Palestinian aspirations, Bibi has declared the road to the us presidency runs through Jerusalem, his ministers have threatened to bomb Lebanon back to the Stone Age and he flagrantly brags of support to Syrian rebels, better known as Isis. With this no vote, Obama has shredded what small credibility he had and his presidency is openly mocked as failed.

      If you carefully review the remarks of China, Russia, France and the UK, this issue is not going to disappear from the Security Council. The EU, China and Russia are moving to take control of the process now that Abbas action has pried US hands off the corpse of Oslo - the body was well and truly buried today. This resolution will resurface in a few weeks, accompanied by ICC
      charges, sanctions against Israel and international acceleration of BDS. The now totally discredited US can veto again and again, but with the EU, India, China and Russia on the Palestinian side,the US can do little to protect Israel from an internationally brokered solution.
      If they attempt to annex the West Bank and carpet bomb Gaza, sanctions will be swift and painful - no markets for exports, disruption of the banking system and mass exodus of the bright, talented and mobile.

  • Hillel Int'l doubles down, smearing campus critics of Israel as anti-semites
    • It's more chilling - it unquestionably links up with the Amcha Initiative (Tammy Rossman Benjamin) moving directly from videoing students and professors to communicating directly with university administrators/donors regarding "antisemetic" activities. This is McCarthyism on steroids: Professors and students being surreptiously captured on video (which may or may not be edited) and then branded anti-Semites. Even without such intrusive shadowing, several California professors have undergone intense investigation after Amcha-like accusations (Dr. Benjamin is reported as a repeated complainant) . They were cleared after broad faculty support and outrage at violation of faculty senate procedures for such investigations. If tenured faculty have difficulty withstanding such an onslaught of accusation, can we expect students - for whom the power is asymmetrical and who have few resources/supports for opposing such smears - to take risks in class discussions. Food for thought: Amcha has listed 218 professors as "anti-Semites" - encouraging blacklisting of these individuals. How much longer will this list grow? Will it be accompanied by similar lists of students - of course, targeting activist students, those active in student government who may not be trustworthy on Palestine issues and, of course - given the anonymity of the accuser, a great method of settling personal scores.

      Mooser, I have the greatest respect for you and your impressive insights, but in this case I would disagree.

  • Shmuley Boteach taunts Palestinian solidarity demonstrators in NY
    • The sad part of this is that our ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, is the protégé of this openly racist rabbi. His influence on US middle eastern policy is enormous, inversely proportional to his sense of humanity and unbiased knowledge of foreign affairs. Is it any wonder we are stumbling blindly to World War III.

  • Jordanian-Palestinian resolution to the UN Security Council gives US and Israel wiggle room
    • The US State Department/White House have just guaranteed
      Netanyahu's re election. He will continue to run on the platform that he alone can manage the US - "a country which is easily led." Had the US abstained it would have given sufficient ambiguity for other candidates - Kahlon who is allying with Lieberman and the Herzog/ Livni candidacies to assert that they can reset relations with the US, moving forward with at least a figleaf of addressing the peace process as well as approaching middle east conflicts with some, very marginal orientation toward diplomacy. Given this US response, one can expect exponential increase in settlements (Haaretz reporting Yaalon), continued ignoring of the Protective Edge peace agreements, continuing (albeit clandestine) support of ISIS with medical, intelligence, and tactical support (as well as ordnance and outright bombing of Syrian positions.)

      Palestinians will go to the ICC - which will grind on forever as Israel
      again mows the lawn in both the West Bank and Gaza (carpet bombing as suggested by Bennett and Feiglin), settlers continue to rampage, maiming and killing with impunity and the IDF/IOF continue to arrest children and minors subjecting them to "intense" interrogation techniques. Targeted assassinations will increase exponentially as well as random sniper killings by adolescent soldiers who have been strongly advised 1) "to take off the gloves" and 2) that Palestinians are subhuman (compared by Ayelet to
      snakes) and thus disabled, women and children (not matter how young) are appropriate targets. The US will, of course, continue to provide 8.5 million military funding per day, bunker busting bombs to be used on homes, hospitals and UN schools, and provide whatever political cover Netanyahu demands, on call.

      When will this end? Only when the US is bankrupt (which it is now),
      has lost significant standing as a major world power (currently rapidly eroding) and when the BRICS and their affiliates (think Turkey, Iran, SEATO) have sufficient international power to place curbs on Israel's rapacious actions. This will be done financially.

      Netanyahu, seeing this coming, will have distanced himself from the US, and pivoted to Russia and Asia, which he already beginning to do (significant IS/weaponry contracts with China.)

  • PA to seek UN Security Council resolution giving Israel two years to end the occupation
    • I am not sure why there is no discussion of one or more members of the Security Council invoking Resolution 377 to move the Palestine
      proposal to the General Assembly. This is the protection of peace
      resolution, invoked when a member of the Security Council invokes
      their veto indiscriminately and significant threats to peace or life occur. This requires 9//15 votes. The increasingly brutal bombings of Gaza, described by Israel as "mowing the grass," as well as the failure of either Israel or Egypt to move forward with follow up to the ceasefire agreements, the sealing off of Gaza which is becoming increasingly uninhabitable, the regular killing/maiming of Palestinians by the IOF/IDF, etc - all represent pervasive, regularly occurring violations of both UN resolutions as well Geneva Conventions.

      Netanyahu has spoken forcefully: If the US does not veto any proposal, Israel will retaliate, and given events of last summer in both the West Bank and Gaza, it is a certainty against whom the Israelis' will retaliate. Naftali Bennett and Moishe Feiglin speak clearly regarding the intentions of Israel. Both of these fine politicians argued strenuously for the carpet bombing of Gaza last summer, as well as the necessary transfer of Palestinians, with death to those who refuse.

      If 377 is not invoked now, when?

  • PA considers ‘re-defining security coordination’ with Israel in wake of Palestinian govt minister death
    • @Walid - there's no reply button for your comment so it will appear above. The Geneva meeting is at Abbas' request. Coming into the Security Council with the Arab proposal, backed by validation of Israel's violation of the Geneva conventions gives him a strong hand with the Security Council. Also, I think, he needs 9 of 15 votes to move the proposal from the Security Council to the General Assembly, the majority of which will have participated in the Geneva meeting. This gives him considerable regional and international support as well as underscoring the need for some international political structure such as a UN Protectorate for Palestine (which is not in the proposal). Israel, under the auspices of Feiglin, Bennett, Netanyahu et. al. can be expected to behave badly as this process progresses - and he may well not wish to give an opportunity for Israel to take any further control of "security" processes since this usually results in significant escalation of Palestinian arrests, imprisonment, wounding and, outright, killing.

      To put it simply, he is maintaining a well-cultivated image of being the rational actor as opposed to his Israeli counterparts who appear to be unable to adhere to even minimal standards for humane and lawful participation in the international community.

    • Abbas has been pressured not just by the US but also the EU, Netanyahu and al-Sisi. The context in this situation is important: Next week is the Geneva meeting (December 17th)
      -requested by Abbas, boycotted by US/Israel/Australia but with the rest of the world being well represented. Obviously, the murder of Abu Ein is the icing on the cake regarding Israel's continuing violations of Geneva conventions. Then, after the first of the year, moving to the
      Security Council with the Arab proposal and potentially the ICC. I would opine that Abbas has moved with great care to present the Palestinians as non violent, using appropriate means of protest against the occupation in contrast to the overwhelming incitement and violence on the part of Israel. That an Israeli soldier can knowingly (they were briefed on Ein's participation) kill a major Fatah leader with no provocation whatsoever but with total impunity cements Abbas' case for the need for international action in ending the occupation.
      He is not going to prejudice these crucial upcoming meetings with an abrupt termination of security arrangements with Israel, which can then be politically manipulated against him by Israel and the US, who are pretty much standing alone in support of Israel's policies.

    • Also, according to the Independent, several of his front teeth were knocked out, indicating a high level of force was used, in addition to the bruising on his neck from being choked.

  • Palestinian minister dies after Israeli army assault during olive tree planting ceremony in West Bank village
    • The photo is iconic and can be expected to serve as a visual symbol for Israeli-Palestine relations. Some news sources indicate that those soldiers had been briefed on Abu Ein's presence at this non violent demonstration, thus knowing exactly whom they were attacking.
      The message in this picture speaks loud and clear.

  • Palestinian flag is an 'enemy' flag-- Netanyahu's latest crackdown
    • The format of this site gives me no space to comment below your last comment so here it is above. The composition of the Security Council changes significantly in Palestine's favor with the new rotating members coming on board. 377 is set up for situations where the security council is hopelessly deadlocked as it will be. Virtually all those countries rotating in have been burned by the US or Israel. I would predict they ally with Russia and China and force the issue to the General Assembly. The US representative is Samantha Power whose diplomatic skills are significantly attenuated, naively seeing her own role as to protect Israel. My question, Walid, is the US still the elephant in the room or slowly and inevitably in its bankrupt state moving toward becoming a paper tiger?

    • @walid. This is a continuation of my comment. Abbas/Arab League and others are ramping up to obviate the US Security Council veto by invoking a UN 377 resolution known as " Uniting for Peace". For example it was used during the Suez crisis years ago. Netanyahu, his Likud and far right cronies by their ever increasing attempts at Palestinian defenestration are making this an ever more credible possibility.

      I applaud your sarcasm regarding Netanyahu's shaking in his boots. He is too blind sighted to see that the the building blocks are in place to move around the US (whose foreign policy can be summed as blind and incompetent, fettered to our own military-industrial oligarchs).

    • @walid. Netanyahu, Feiglin and Liberman's actions and comments speak for themselves. Adding to the article above, Netanyahu has appointed the creator of the Dahiya doctrine to head the IDF. Not only has he learned nothing from world outrage at "Protective Edge", but he has also frantically hunkered down to only two responses to the current complex Israeli situation: Incitement and force (Shoot to kill orders, mayhem with total immunity and arming already violent and out of control settlers).

      Abbas? More and more I am beginning on think of him as a Kasporov level chess expert playing the devilishly complex Sicilian Defense wherein you give away a lot of pieces but corner your opponent to have few, if any effective moves in the end game. Haaretz announces today that the Arab league is taking Abbas proposal to the Security Council - in January, of course, when new members Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola and Maylasia are seated, all sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Then, in Mid December the Genevan convention. Finally, with all paperwork in place, signing up for the ICC if all else fails. With the new configuration of the Security Council and ratification of Israel's war crimes by Geneva, he stands a solid chance of moving his/Arab League proposal to the General Assembly. Netanyahu' s ever increasing levels of state sanctioned apartheid, racism, facism and violence speak volumes about the need for these measures. Only a few Israeli politicians understand that Bibi has no endgame (former heads of Shin Bet IDF) .

  • Israeli occupation stoking 'holy war' in Jerusalem
    • Actually there is a rest of the world. At Abbas request, Geneva, as in the Geneva conventions , is convening a mid December meeting on Israeli/Palestinian occupation issues with emphasis on the carnage that occurred during the last Gaza "war". 200 nations have agreed to attend and unlike the last meeting of its kind after the second intifada, the Palestine authority is a signature country. This may be one of the reasons Abbas is stalling on his request to the Security Council. Naturally Israel, the US, Canada and Australia are seeking to derail it. However, the US and the five eyes have so managed to alienate the rest of the world. The US,particularly as represented by Susan Rice, John Kerry and Samantha Power, can be expected to project limited power over the larger group, dominated by the BRICS, only Modi can be expected to break ranks and align with Israel. Strong criticism as well as validation of Israel's violation of numerous Geneva convention violations against a signatory country would create powerful momentum for the Security Council to move Abbas' proposals to the General Assembly. A much more powerful scenario than a Third Intifada. Inquiring minds wonder is this is one of the reasons Netanyahu is going crazy?

  • David Remnick undermines Israel's one-state president
    • Per point number four: Yosef Ben David, mastermind of the Abu Khdeir murder, most assuredly is not expressing either regret or remorse for the horrendous incineration of this minor. Nor are the settlers expressing either regret or remorse. They are simply following the dictates of their beloved rabbit Yosef Elizur who advocates strongly for the murder of gentiles, be they adults, children or babies. His so-called confession luridly describes his goal was to torture a soul. Although they are not widely discussed, their have been further attempts to abduct Palestinian children living in Jerusalem. Also, one cannot easily forget the arrests and beatings of family members, not the least of which was his American cousin. Then, of course, are the 500 children dead and 1,000+ maimed for life in Operation Protective Edge. Finally, in Charlotte Silver's excellent column in today's Electronic Intifada, she lists
      the children of Palestine most recently maimed or killed by minions of Netanyhu's government. Please Mr. Remnick do not speak of remorse and regret for the murders and massacres of Gazan/Palestinian minors. The evidence to the contrary is all to evident, even if it is not covered in your preferred media of record.

  • Netanyahu's 'battle for Jerusalem' can't end well for any of us
    • To change your quote somewhat: "Those who kill innocent women, children, the disabled, the elderly and infirm in cold blood in deep-seated hatred of the Muslims have forfeited the right to a state. The series of massacres in Gaza (Operations Cast Lead, Pillar of Fire, Protective Edge)
      are a game changer - for the emerging Palestinian state, the region and the world."

    • An impressive, well articulated analysis.

  • 'Zionism' is now a dirty word for American opinion elite, Frank Luntz concedes
    • Luntz' largest mistake is that he's concerned with verbiage. We live in a visual culture - and the tacit consensus is that visual representations are far more truthful than verbal. Cellphone cameras which directly connect to the Internet, security and video cameras have been most contributory to the delegitimization of israel and its US/European claques and disruptive to its claims to be an innocent victim of violence and antisemitism. The apocalyptic destruction of Gaza in Israel's most recent incursion is a case in point. The images of F 16s raining bunker busting bombs on UN schools where innocent civilians had taken refuge and wherein the UN had repeatedly given the IAF the coordinates says it all. The deliberate bombing of the children playing on the beach has become an iconic photo that appears and reappears. These, as well as grainy videos of Palestinian children being brutally physically assaulted by large, well armed Israeli police and the also iconic videos of a few being executed in cold blood - are more and more defining Israel. Hasabara has few if any tools to counter these bloody, graphic images.

  • Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government
    • Troian needs to be widely praised for her actions. Her research is in micro and nano systems with widespread military, medical and space applications. One of the most important components of this work is the development of lithographic techniques for fabricating optical and photonic microarrays in which the growth of nano structures is controlled by patterned gradient force fields. (Troian Research).

      This is no small theft - the commercial applications are worth millions if not more. It's also unclear how much more Gat stole from Cal Tech.
      The school is desperate to cover up because a full and comprehensive investigation could identify further breeches of federal technology transfer policies by not only post doctoral researchers but also professors.

      These thefts directly threaten the military and economic security of the US. Readers of this site should press for extradition of Gat from Israel (Israeli refusal and lauding of Gat for his daring theft could be expected to raise serious issues regarding of Israeli researchers being given high level security clearances.) Also posting Mr. Weiss' excellent article widely is important since these thefts have not been covered by the mainstream media.

  • Netanyahu announces return of controversial punitive home demolitions widely viewed as collective punishment
    • Well done. It has always been my impression that persons or countries with such disorders function most effectively with high levels of structure, well enforced boundaries, high levels of positive reinforcement for behavior approaching appropriate and repetitive and consistent correction of distortion, if possible. This is the opposite of US/European foreign policy: No structure, no boundaries, apologies issued profusely for any corrective feedback (which is noisely castigated as anti-Semitic); no implementation or enforcement of rules/laws/moral rubrics that other persons or countries are expected to follow (blatant apartheid, murder, torture, etc.) and finally and tragically, high levels of positive reinforcement for wildly inappropriate antisocial, injurious behavior, causing widespread loss of life, liberty and happiness of others. (Think of US subsidies to Israel, US/German transfer of high tech weapons systems such as bunker busting bombs, Dolphin class submarines - all provided so that this country with its blatant antisocial behavior can intensify and expand its range of action.) US foreign policy, especially at the UN, is designed so as to strongly reinforce and enforce the collective delusions, with the result that the atrocious behavior and the world view on which it is based are inextricably embedded in the cultural meme. A tragedy for the Jewish people, Israeli or diaspora.

  • ICC believes Israel may have committed war crimes in flotilla attack, but not of 'sufficient gravity' to justify formal investigation
    • @just 4:23 pm. I believe somewhere she has stated that she is waiting for the actions of
      Protective Edge to be referred to the court. This possibility appears to exert some leverage over the Israelis, who appear to be splitting on the current incitement policies of Netanyahu. The interesting aspect of this situation is that it may very well pull in the US as well as a counterparty to the war crimes. Any semblance of even handedness or non participation was eliminated with the explicit arms transfer to Israel (was that a second order of bunker busting
      bombs which were transferred?). Expect interesting times as all of this moves forward.

    • Her comments need to be contextualized. The Palestinians have stated that if the Security Council vetoes their proposal for an independent country, with Israel withdrawing to '67 lines, they will sign up for the ICC and request an investigation of Israeli war crimes during Operation Protective Edge. The deaths on the Mavi Marmara represent war crimes no where near the scale of the last Gaza war with its 2,000+ deaths, the majority of which were women, children, elderly and disabled. The Amnesty report details Israel's callousness in using 21st century weapons against a caged, essentially defenseless population, whose only weaponry (albeit creatively used) were tunnels and bottle rockets -18th century weaponry at best. The documentation of these war crimes is extensive and well recognized internationally. Also, this issue is also being investigated by Navi Pillay and the UN rights council.

      One does not have to be a fortune teller to predict that the US via Samantha Power, that
      unrelenting proponent of ongoing Jewish genocide, will cast a veto, thereby precipitating ultimately an ICC investigation with all the fanfare that entails. The public relations blow to Israel will be as great if not greater than the actual outcome of the investigation, and possible criminal trials. In this context, it is not surprising that the ICC would find this case of "insufficient gravity" when compared to the incoming case of the Operation Protective Edge warcrimes. However, targeting the Mavi Marmara Israeli operation as a war crime,
      sets the stage for the findings to come regarding Operation Protective Edge.

  • Ambassador Power to kick off 3-hour event on 'never-ending' genocide of Jews
    • One needs to anticipate what will happen when she attempts to return to her secure,
      tenured niche at Harvard. More probably than not, there not only be student demonstrations but given her hypocrisy, cowboy diplomacy and support for last summer's massacre in Gaza
      (Israeli's have the right to use every weapon at their disposal against these caged people), she
      has lost the respect of the majority of the faculty. I would predict that rather than take the heat she relocates to a Kagan directed think tank, where she can continue unimpeded with her hyprocrisy.

  • The UN can bring peace to Jerusalem by moving its headquarters there
    • Jerusalem has the capacity to be in impressive international city. The failure of the Israelis
      to recognize what constitutes an truly international city is obvious when one compares the
      current status of Jerusalem to New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Vienna,
      Berlin etc. I have chosen US and European cities since Israel self identifies with the US and Europe. None of these cities experience the religious intolerance (think of the Haredi spitting
      on European females, western Christian ministers and priests), the level of strife and tension
      (young adolescent being kidnapped and burned alive, summary executions, beatings), and the lawlessness of the dominant culture. A secular, international city, open to persons of all
      persuasions of religious and political belief in the heart of Israel, with its own legal jurisdiction, would be an important model for the country which purports to be represent the "only" democracy in the Middle East. Was it not the case, that when Israel was created the vision was that Jerusalem be an international city? Wherein comes the documentation that it is reserved exclusively for those of Jewish ethnicity?

  • Al Aqsa mosque is closed off for first time in 47 years as tensions flare
    • Annie - I can't embed links from this computer, but you might want to look at the article in Electronic Intifada - by Albunimah, "Who Killed Yehuda Glick?" Just as there were major
      questions about the kidnapping of the three rabinnical students, there seem to be major
      questions about the accuracy of Knesset Member Feiglen's comments as well as prior commentary that only an act of violence would set forth a situation wherein Palestinians could be banned from Al Aqsa and the temple rebuilt. Also, when I read comments from bystanders about the "terrorist" whose car spun out of control and hit bystanders at the light rail station, I was reminded of comments made by Richard Clark, security guru, about the strange accident of journalist Michael Hastings, that the computers in any late model car can be easily hacked and the steering system taken over remotely. Not surprisingly, all of the alleged perpetrators of these acts - the kidnappers, the driver whose car spun out of control and now the alleged drive by motorcyclist - were all immediately killed by IDF.
      Perhaps more astute readers can help me with this, Palestinian terrorism does not appear to involve drive by shootings; however, Palestinians have accused Israeli forces of drive by
      shootings and assassinations. Just wondering.

  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
    • or to so antagonize Jewish bloc voters who usually vote Democratic to swing to the Republican side in outrage at the White House' cavalier treatment of Israel's prime minister. Again,
      Netanyahu as the victim of conniving, inciting, closet anti-Semites. Where have we heard this before?

    • The Obama administration defames the Prime Minister of Israel, shortly before a national election in which Democrats and Republicans are neck in neck for senate control . Something is indeed going on. A truly Rovian intervention - by the time the dust clears, the election will be

  • Allegations of anti-Semitism used to cover up anti-Palestinian hate crime in Brooklyn
    • Actually Petlakh's actions could be construed as criminal. Punching a woman in the stomach is a felony; in concert with stealing her Palestinian flag as well as affiliation with sexually threatening associates, this could well rise the the level of a hate crime. Finally, the made up story that he was himself a victim of a hate crime could be construed as obstruction of justice. I believe most tenure contracts have clauses allowing dismissal for felony conviction. And moral turpitude. Both appear operative here. I hope Mondoweiss will continue to publicize this case, following from arraignment to trial and to closely monitor Hunter college's action. Inquiring minds would wonder if Petlakh would not have known who she was given that she is also a Palestinian activist. Also, one wonders about the YMHA response - is this man their chosen role model for Jewish youth?

  • In the last days of 'Operation Protective Edge' Israel focused on its final goal -- the destruction of Gaza's professional class
    • Amigo you are being generous - in not making all borders impermeable, so that there is no
      place to run, no place to hide. Those targeted are simply trapped - a fact that makes the
      deaths and injuries - for men, women, and children skyrocket.

      Perhaps, astute readers can think of other wars (not Israeli vs Gaza) wherein the occupied
      were sealed in, bombed, burned and, for some lucky enough to escape these, killed in revenge by howitzers and sniper fire. Even when reviewing the apocalyptic scenes in Syria, one is aware that civilians most usually had the opportunity to flee to other countries.

      Also, astute readers, please help me understand what these beleaguered people - particularly the children - have done to deserve such treatment.

  • British Parliament to vote on recognition of Palestinian state on Monday
    • For Israel, the issue is not one state for all or two states. Both are an anathema. This country is founded on free land, free resources, cheap labor. Not surprisingly, when peace efforts are made Israel is most concerned about resources, particularly water and energy, and most defensive and immovable regarding borders or land. Obviously, any peace effort is going to have to deal with the thorny issues of the uncompensated land dispossessions as well as the uncompensated plundering of natural resources. I have yet to see any information in years of peace discussions that deal with any of these, despite these issues being areas wherein Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are most apart. Israeli assumption is that "might makes the right" as they continue to dispossess Palestinians in the West Bank and in Gaza . ( Realize that they have already contracted with international energy companies regarding Gaza's share of the natural gas in the Mediterranean basin. )

      Netanyahu has populated the occupied areas with Israel's most fanatic, violent citizens - reinforced their violent tendencies, armed them as citizen soldiers, educated their children to see Arabs, Palestinian and Israeli, as enemies and allowed them to aggress against the occupied - be they man, woman or child - with impunity. In the case of an international body decreeing the '67 borders, the few reasonable would move if compensated but from the rest, the world would most probably see a massacre beyond that which most recently took place in Gaza. The only solution is an international protectorate for Palestine and Gaza,
      with boots on the ground to provide protection for the occupied, an option which is also an anathema for Netanyahu.

  • Abbas calls on UN Security Council to end the occupation
    • I think it is important to contextualize Abbas speech with Rouhani's eloquent speech on Islamaphobia, colonial aims and the West. Also thanks to US disastrous foreign policy, the dollar is moving toward oblivion as reserve currency, the EU is finalizing negotiations with Iran for oil delivered through Austria and Poroshenko is is subtly aligning with Putin realizing that otherwise Ukrainians will freeze. The world center of gravity is rapidly shifting away from the US. Abbas timing may await the next US diplomacy disaster - which is not if but when. Given the Israeli centric teams in the White House, it can be expected in weeks not months. That Netanyahu is being feted at the White House despite his well documented war crimes tells the world all they need to know about US foreign policy.

    • @harrylaw I think the situation now is very different. While our mainstream media has blocked out the horrors of the most recent Gaza massacre, world news has not. Abbas is riding the crest of world wide aversion to Israeli war crimes. The assignment of the term genocide to Protective Edge did not originate with Abbas. Palestine is unified despite the Netanyahu government's best efforts to derail it. This government has the support of the EU, all the BRICS, Iran and many nonaligned nations, as well as the Arab league. Israel's prime support, the US, is an economic dustbin with a mostly incoherent foreign policy as well as having a UN ambassador of less than marginal competence. I wonder if Abbas, Erekat and Ashwari are not using the ICC threat as a feint while they back channel some means of getting Abbas proposal before the General Assembly which would without reservation approve the proposal. The US and the UK already stand isolated as Netanyahu's "poodles." Snowden's revelations of the unfiltered metadata dumps of all US communications including those of the US senate, house and government agencies to Israel's 8200 intel units explains much of why this is the case. One has to wonder how much of this information Israel has sold internationally as they did with the trove of data stolen by Pollard. Again, the US has never had less world wide credibility than it does now.

  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
    • @Citizen and Danaa. We know from other sources that NSA is scooping up phone/email/communications of our senators, congress people and potential political candidates. We also know, from California operations against AIPAC several years ago, that AIPAC maintains files on most politicians for purposes of assisting them in "seeing the light"
      toward slavish support for all Israeli requests large and small. We also know from media commentators that our politicians deeply fear AIPAC - but when you connect all these dots,
      it would seem that its not only financial fear, but also just as with the Palestinians, they keep track of who is sexually transgressing from stated norms, who has family problems, whose kids are in trouble, who has financial problems, who has strayed into gray areas of the law or behavior that can be exploited. Could Snowden be aware of this? If you read between the lines is this something that might cross Bamford's mind, but would, of course, not be publishable anywhere in the US. Does this not strike at the heart of any possibility of democracy in this country?

  • Israel has three years to end the occupation -- Abbas
    • Abbas position is very difficult. For those of you who know David Cohen, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism Funding, he has been adamant that paying the long past due salaries of of Hamas civil servants, which Qatar has offered to pay, is funding terrorism. Prior to the most recent Gaza war, Lieberman called out Robert Serry who was trying to identify a correspondent bank through which to channel the 20 billion dollars. Cohen and his US and European colleagues have threatened (and have to power to do so) to crash the Palestinian banks if the Hamas civil servants are paid. This financial warfare, rarely makes it into either the media or blogs. If the Palestine banks are crashed, then Israel simply pockets the millions they collect in tariff duties for Palestine, since Palestine no longer has any correspondent banks with which to work: They are collectively shut out of Israeli, US and European banks. This is the financial leverage with which US/Israel pummels Abbas. Interdicting Palestinian banks means total collapse of the Palestinian economy (already on life support), and massive additional suffering for the Palestinians of every stripe and political belief.

      However, consider this: The BRICS have started their own version of the IMF: the BRICS Development Bank, which within the next two years should be a strong and powerful
      anodyne to the IMF, the Israeli banks, the US Federal Reserve and the Euro banking system.
      Also, given the US disastrous financial sanctions on Russia, there is a high likelihood that the dollar will no longer be the international reserve currency (Many oil deals are, as we speak, being consummated in the ruble, the yuan and gold). Under these circumstances the value of the dollar and the shekel which is tied to the dollar can be expected to plummet. The result - Abbas, who has recently returned from Russia, allies with the BRICS, and Egypt which is moving into their sphere, as is the Arab League. A hollowed out US is far less powerful in the Security Council and a viable Palestinian state becomes a far more likely possibility. Although I know little of foreign affairs, I would suggest that Abbas, Meshaal, Erekat and other are reading the tea leaves and know that with tectonic shifts in the international financial structure which will greatly disadvantage the US, they have far more leverage since the strongest BRICS players have considerable Islamic populations (Russia, China, India) and could gain considerable political leverage from a fair resolution of the Palestine/Israeli issue.

  • Salaita firing turns into a 'catastrophe' for University of Illinois
    • DePaul University is a small private university. The University of Illinois Urbana is a large, well known public - taxpayer - funded university. Academics all across the country are paying attention to Dr. Wise attempt to flush tenure rights down the drain. She has managed to provoke a firestorm involving tenured professors in the U of Illinois system as well as across the country. By her ineptitude, she has managed to conflate criticism of Israel with tenure rights, a most sensitive issue in academia. While the BoT is supporting her now, when this is resolved a resignation based on health or family needs can be expected. She is finished as an administrator - most likely the capable Nigerian-American physicist who is vice chancellor of academic affairs will replace her as pro tem - if he stays. she by passed him completely in this affair. (One email and he said he had heard nothing about it; she never replied)

    • Generous donations? The university of Illinois at Urbana has a total annual budget of 1.9 billions dollars - that someone who donates half a million can secure a named chair as well as call the shots on who is or is not allowed to teach there is unbelievable. The university has @44,000 graduate and undergraduate students, thousands of alumni and an impressive faculty. Neither Mr Miller, Dr. Wise or the board of trustees has given any credence to these stakeholders as well as the carefully written protocols for vetting and hiring. "We just don't want him at [our] university" opines the chairman of the board. Dr. Wise catastrophe is only beginning - if letters of commitment of tenure mean nothing neither does tenure. As we speak talented and prestigious faculty are scenting the air for other offers. No one wants to put their energies into getting a doctorate and building a solid teaching and research reputation - only to find they really work for Steve Miller and his ilk. Within the next two to three years the luminaries of this university will have moved on. Capable graduate and professional students are crossing this university off their list and are being advised to do so by professors inside and outside the university. This is truly a catastrophe which will keep on going for the next several years, plunging this fine university into a sea of politically correct mediocrity.

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Given the changing demographics of the US, one has to be very careful about analytics. Also, for all intents and purposes Elizabeth Warren has stated that she is not running. Consider - Ms. Clinton has been running at full speed since she left the state department with extensive assistance from Mr. Clinton (asset/liability?) and their data bases and their well-oiled political machine. So its not surprising that in a small poll she out polls all other democrats. It will be a long two years to 2016 - particularly with Europe economically unstable and further destabilized by US Russian sanctions, and energy destabilization across the US, Middle East and Europe. The middle east is a tinder box - and there are not going to be US brokered solutions to the Gaza crisis, the ISIS crisis and then the internal crises in Israel (see Haraatz today re
      youth are young, Jewish and glory in their racial superiority). Then, the wild card is the persistent rumor that Mossad/CIA are responsible for ISIS. All of these problems germinated in the Clinton state department.
      This would suggest a tempered response to Ukrainian, Syrian and Gaza events as opposed to her full-throated war mongering.
      This country is broke, unable to provide jobs, medical or mental health for its veterans and finally, war weary. Ms. Clinton is on the wrong side of all these issues. Ferguson events tell us that domestic and foreign policy are merging. When gas is $15 a gallon at the pump, they will be enmeshed.
      Finally, Ms. Clinton is running as though it were 2008 - bad mistake.
      Look at the Gallup poll that Phil Weiss has cited and then recognize that the demographics of this country have shifted - the mean age of Caucasian males and femaless is 37.7, Hispanic 24 and non Hispanic persons of color (Asian etc. 30.2). This is not the demographic that gets its news from the mainstream media. These are also the demographics most against our current Israel-o-centric foreign policy decisions, particularly our unfettered military and economic support for Israel which is apprised at $149 billion over the lifetime of the country.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
    • Thanks Philip and Annie. Helpful information. I would hope that Tapley and Brown would consider screening the pseudonyms for other athletes,
      campus luminaries whose names Beck has used. Then, they need to at least inform them of the alleged defamation, since there could well be unfortold consequences for the defamed. For example, the various De Shawn Williams may have real difficulty with their background checks as they move into professional levels in their sports since on line presence is routinely reviewed. I would find it hard to believe that Beck, a Harvard graduate, would be unaware of this - I suspect he felt that he was untraceable. While the trolling is repellant, the capacity to further down the road disrupt the lives of those whose identities he usurped is not only unethical but definitely illegal. At the least, the victims of this sociopath should be informed.

    • De Shawn Williams is a well respected, black football star at Clemson university. The polymorphous perversity involved in 1,000's of trolling, antisemetic messages under a variety of pseudonyms - to which he can then righteously justify the overt presence of anti Semitism suggests deep-seated pathology. Also, Mr. Williams is reasonably well known in college football circles. (He's a top draft candidate for 2015.) Did Mr. Beck consider that he was defaming Mr. Williams? Did he overtly set out to defame others in his choice of names? Does this choice suggest a racial flavoring to his choice of "designated" anti-Semites?

  • Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse
    • If Abbas steps out of line, he can be expected to suffer an immediate fatal illness or accident, particularly with the Netanyahu government. His successor approved by Hillary, Kerry and Netanyahu is already in the wings - Muhammed Dahlen, ever corrupt, ever ready to toady to Netanyahu. Giving away all of Palestine and Gaza would be ok so long as he gets his cut.

    • Palestinian reports indicate a major shift in the Israeli position at the end of the ceasefire. I wonder if this had something to do with the fact that Netanyahu withheld the longer term ceasefire proposals from his cabinet, who were not informed until Lieberman brought a copy to the cabinet meeting. (Haaretz) A strong number of this cabinet strongly urge the annihilation of Gazans or displacement to Sinai and reoccupation of Gaza sans existing people. They indicate that the area is ripe for development, particularly the seaside areas. Given that the UN and the larger international community appears helpless to intervene in any manner, is this the predictable outcome? Is this the requisite for Netanyahu to retain power? Who in this cabinet have under the table deals with Israeli developers for those - so valuable - waterfront sites?

  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
    • Unless of course Elizabeth Warren is the candidate. Also, given the pace of world events, 2016 is light years away and Netanyahu never misses a chance to spiral even the most minor crisis into incitement - Jerusalem and the West Bank are burning with Israeli violence to non Jews.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 1, ducks question on Gaza, 2, plans trip to Israel, and 3--
    • That poll doesn't exactly say what you imply it says (also has some statistical problems as well) A repost of a former comment:

      @Donald. You are absolutely correct. Most people have forgotten that Gallup is the group that predicted a Romney win in the 2012 election. Nate Silver statistics these are not. The sample size is very small - 1016 people, representing 50 states and DC - about 20 per state. The stratification into age and education groups, if equal (no numbers of group size given) are approximately 250 per group, again stretched across 50 states. You have approximately a consistent 20% of those surveyed stating, "No opinion" this is a high percentage for such a small sample. Trending in this data should be worrisome to Israel given the changing voting demographics in this country - women, nonwhites, individuals under 50 appear to find Israel's actions unjustified. Both independents and Democrats find Israel's actions unjustified by substantial percentage points. Again, group size is omitted. While this wobbly data may not translate into support for Gaza and Palestine, the trend would suggest that there are substantial subsections of the US demographic wherein Israel's "brand" is problematic. It would also suggest that those subsections represent demographic patterns which constitute a substantial part of the electorate.

      Finally, without group size numbers the educational statistics cannot be interpreted with any degree of validity. With reference to post graduate, it would be important to note that Unjustified and No opinion constitute 47% of the responses as compared to 53 % seeing it justified - This could not be expected to produce a strong correlation.

  • Hamas equals ISIS in 'grisly creeds and grisly deeds,' Netanyahu tells a nodding Cuomo
    • I didn't save the links, but I have read in the dark corners of the internet, that ISIS
      is a reincarnation of Al Quaeda (a cia creature) and that al Baghdadi was trained by Mossad. It would be helpful to pull together a summary of these articles, with references. Comparison of Gazan resistance, fighting for freedom in their homeland and fighting to break a genocidal years long siege is entirely different. But then Netanyahu never misses the opportunity to exploit and reexploit a crisis for maximal fear mongering and incitement. His track record on this is exquisitely clear and consistent. The larger question is what price will be paid by our pandering politicians such as Hillary Clinton, Cuomo, etc. at the ballot box?

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
  • Tough Hillary Clinton says 'dreadful' pictures of dead women and children make it hard to get at truth-- Hamas is to blame
  • The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians
    • Not only has Israel strangled Gaza's agrarian economy but also virtually all other industries. The day after the ceasefire began, Haaretz ran an article pictured with trucks going into Gaza with the headline, "Gaza is big business" (for Israel) who because of the blockade stops any competing products from entering. They also take a hefty tariff off donated supplies and materials and are reported to assimilate appropriated goods to their favorites. Note that, given the 44% of mostly agricultural land Netanyahu has appropriated, imported food prices have been significantly raised, with large profits going to the providers. That Gazans are starving is according to Israel "their own fault." While the US and Europe can airlift medicine and supplies to Iraqis, their planes would be shot out of the air by Israel
      who demands that Gazans be kept on a diet.
      Mr. Schlegel has written an important article - more articles like this one on how Israel has made billions off the blockade to the grave detriment of the Gazan people would be helpful.

  • How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes
    • Netanyahu is one of Frank Luntz' most ardent and skillful students. This article is an important analysis of why, particularly in the US, there is less outrage than one would expect given Israeli war crimes. The tragedy is that the verbal obfuscation actually becomes "real" in the minds of those using it and those hearing it, thereby obscuring their ability to accurately perceive events. Thus - the enemy has no civilians in war, opposing armies are terrorists looking to storm kindergartens with
      machine guns, soldiers who die in battle are kidnapped by terrorists. Netanyahu and his political fellow travelers from Likud and other extremist parties have extended and elaborated the Israeli narrative defined by Sharon and Ben Gurion of a small, beleaguered nation surrounded by a host of bloodthirsty, barbaric, virulently anti semitic neighbors, held off only by the racial, moral and military superiority of the plucky Israel Defense Forces. Given this percept which is reinforced every day by all of the state controlled media, and in a culture which suppresses any dissent, it is not surprising that Israel is country which is best characterized as having a collective psychosis, tragically one which since its inception has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths of innocent civilians, whose greatest crime is that they are not Jewish.

  • 'NYT' is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict
    • Wow - as Riyad al-Maliki meets with prosecutors at the ICC, Netanyahu captures a Hamas operative who -confesses to the masterminding of the kidnapping under the direction of his brother in Gaza, who is according to Israel but no one else, a top Hamas operative, who funded the operation. Also, other Hamas international leaders were also in on the plan. How fortuitous an arrest when Netanyahu is under fire in his own country for not being more aggressive with Gaza. This situation kills many birds with one stone - Israel can exit or hardline the negotiations with Gaza/Palestine on "security bases" (Don't second guess me about Hamas), bring the kidnapping back to the forefront for further incitement purposes, and, finally, accuse Hamas of war crimes at the ICC. What a lucky stroke of fate! Hopefully, the tragic deaths of the three young men will erase any international concern regarding the 2,000 (70% civilian, 450 children) deaths in Gaza.

  • Moshe Feiglin's vision of liberating Gaza by driving Palestinians into the Sinai --Updated
    • Herewith from Ma an indication that the buffer zone is has been enlarged from prewar 15 % to 44%.

    • Perilously close to genocide? Killing all who are perceived as combatants, irrespective of their actual status, and shoving all the rest with no food, water or other resources into mostly uninhabited desert, whose denizens are legendary for their rapacious behavior. See accounts of the asylum seekers of their treatment at the hands of those desert dwellers. This is genocide, pure and simple by any definition. ... and this is from the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. I would underscore that the Palestinians, West Bank and Gaza, are under total political, economic and geographical control by Feiglin and his party, Likud.

    • This is an important article. When Feiglin is represented in US media, if at all, his prime position in the Likud power hierarchy is never mentioned. He is well and truly the voice of Likud. It is to him that Netanyahu apologizes that he cannot act more forcefully because of "international" constraints. The manifesto printed in this article, as the author so eloquently points out, is the roadmap for the Israeli government, the government to which we pay 8.3 million dollars per day, the government which complains endlessly about "security" while murdering thousands
      (in the three Gazan wars over 4,000 people have been killed, the vast majority civilians, including approximately 1,000 children.), and the government which now has ursurped 44% of Gaza territory.

  • The selected writings of Samantha Power
  • Israel, your brand is tanking
    • @Donald. You are absolutely correct. Most people have forgotten that Gallup is the group that predicted a Romney win in the 2012 election. Nate Silver statistics these are not. The sample size is very small - 1016 people, representing 50 states and DC - about 20 per state. The stratification into age and education groups, if equal (no numbers of group size given) are approximately 250 per group, again stretched across 50 states. You have approximately a consistent 20% of those surveyed stating, "No opinion" this is a high percentage for such a small sample. Trending in this data should be worrisome to Israel given the changing voting demographics in this country - women, nonwhites, individuals under 50 appear to find Israel's actions unjustified. Both independents and Democrats find Israel's actions unjustified by substantial percentage points. Again, group size is omitted. While this wobbly data may not translate into support for Gaza and Palestine, the trend would suggest that there are substantial subsections of the US demographic wherein Israel's "brand" is problematic. It would also suggest that those subsections represent demographic patterns which constitute a substantial part of the electorate.

      Finally, without group size numbers the educational statistics cannot be interpreted with any degree of validity. With reference to post graduate, it would be important to note that Unjustified and No opinion constitute 47% of the responses as compared to 53 % seeing it justified - This could not be expected to produce a strong correlation coefficient.

    • @Hopmi. I am a naïf as regards statistics. Could you please cite the documents with the actual statistics numbers, sample size and reference questions. Then, for those of who struggle to match statement to number - it would be very, very helpful if you could attach the actual numbers to your statements. As well as explaining exactly how Mr. Weiss takes them out of context.

      I am deeply grateful for your attention to this matter. I am looking forward to your data-based elaboration of your ideas. Giving the correlation coefficients would also be helpful e.g. "strong correlation between educational achievement and support for Israel." Again, I would underscore my thanks for your help in this matter.

  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • One would suspect that there is considerable pressure on Israel that is not overtly being discussed. Obama has been known to give his full support to Israel in sound bites, while at the same time authorizing actions that move in the opposite direction. He has certainly had enough experience with Netanyahu to know that pushing him into a corner can be expected to result in his doing exactly the opposite. So Obama gives support and, surprise,
      Netanyahu suddenly discovers he has closed all the tunnels.

      This war is being spoken of in Israel as far worse than the Lebanon war in its execution. Given this perspective, in concert with his extreme rightwing government, Netanyahu cannot afford to come to any negotiating table - he's already lost in the eyes of the Israelis. Also, the unity government continues to stand. Abbas has filed complaints with the ICC and requested that Geneva explore convening a conference of its signatories on Israel's war crimes. Then, Navi Pillay and the UN Human Rights commission have launched an investigation of both Israeli and Hamas war crimes. Only the US voted against this measure. Given the disproportionate death ratio, it is no secret whose war crimes are greater. Finally, Netanyahu's insistence on continuing the siege, makes Israel legally the occupier, with that issue bringing into play even further leverage to the war crimes charges against Israel. All of this moves the demands of Palestinians, in the West Bank and in Gaza from a war negotiated truce to international consideration. This is an arena wherein Netanyahu and the US have been thoroughly discredited by their insouciance to the brutal and devastating carnage of this war.

  • Cease-fire breaks down: Israeli shelling kills 50 after reported capture of soldier
    • Hamas is denying that they captured a soldier. Is this a revisit of the lies that surrounded the abduction of the 3 teen agers? but which "entitled" Netanyahu to tear apart the West Bank? Is this the lie that entitles/justifies the genocide of Gaza. Israel's history would suggest that they have not adhered to any previous truce agreements with Gaza, including the ones negotiated in this war.

  • Reprint of Yochanan Gordon's "When Genocide is Permissible" (Updated)
    • Just a historical note - when the Japanese began their invasion of China,
      it was on the pretext that the Chinese had captured a Japanese soldier. They then want on to kill millions of people - all in the name of Japanese racial purity. This Israeli action has the same feeling. Do people remember Moishe Feiglin's (Deputy Speaker of the Knesset) Solution for Gaza? Do his proposals fit with the Israeli actions during this war?

  • Israeli military announce they will bomb al-Shifa hospital in Gaza
    • ... and is this not a deliberate, provocative war crime? Israel is speaking with clear and direct voice to the entire international community - we can kill, maim and destroy anything within our reach - and we double dare you to do anything. If this is not genocide, what is? If this is not a "holocaust", what is? If the US, Europe and the UN do not immediately sanction Israel, cut all subsidies, close down their access to the US supplied emergency armory, and immediately begin a humanitarian airlift in defiance of the siege, they are all complicit.

      Santayana said those who do not read history and understand its lessons, will live it over and over again. This planet sustained an incredible death toll in World War II
      to stop the crimes of two countries, Germany and Japan, whose political bases were built on racial purity, who carried out crimes of mass destruction and death in the name of that racial purity (while German crimes are in our minds, we should not forget the brutal Japanese occupation of Manchuria, the Nanking massacre wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers, civilians (women, children) were brutally massacred by the Japanese). This act, in the context of Israel's previous actions in Gaza and the West Bank, would suggest that we are facing a similar situation in
      Gaza. This time the international community has an opportunity to act to end this slaughter, to take command of the situation - the choice is theirs. If not today, when?

  • Will 'Protective Edge' galvanize the US mainstream, as 'Cast Lead' galvanized the left?
    • Fortunately for Gaza/Palestine, pictures are worth minimally a thousand words
      and ones such as the deliberate strafing of children on a Gaza beach, at least
      100,000. Frank Luntz dealt only with words and we are very much a visual
      culture. Iconic images overpower even the best of propaganda slogans.

    • Impressive and accurate.

  • With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility
    • The siege needs to be lifted now! It is pure fantasy to think that the country who put an entire population including children on a "diet" causing chronic malnutrition, are going to do anything. Particularly now that Israel is complaining bitterly about the financial cost of their military operations. The UN needs to realize that Israel's current government has so incited the Jewish population that the majority of them feel all Gaza is Hamas and all Gaza deserves to die. They also need to realize that Gazans have spoken clearly with their death and wounded count, that they would rather be dead than under Israeli occupation, which appears to guarantee a "Cast Lead/ Mighty Cliff" every 24 months. Both Iran and Qatar have offered extensive and deep resources for these beleaguered people: Netanyahu has called for international supervision of Gaza borders - why not take him at his word, place an international protectorate over Gaza and then let these two countries, joining with the many other countries who have volunteered to immediately bring in medics, supplies and temporary equipment and housing. A make shift airport could be constructed in a matter of days; there is a harbor and beaches for amphibious craft. Supplies, personnel and support need to be airlifted (remember Berlin?) and shipped in, owing to the continuing instransigent behavior of both Israel and Egypt. One thing is clear in Gaza's history: Israel, the US and Egypt cannot be trusted to be honest brokers in service of these heroic people, particularly the children. All security issues can be addressed through the international military forces stationed in Gaza. Ultimately, Gaza will need to become a UN protectorate as in East Timor.

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
    • The tunnels are just another vehicle for Netanyahu incitement. There have been several Hamas infiltrations into Israel - with opportunities in each of them for the killing of civilians. Hamas operatives have not killed, attacked or otherwise wounded Israeli civilians, despite being given easy opportunity. On the other hand Israel, has wantonly killed over 1,000 civilians, striking hospitals, clearly marked refugee centers, UN personnel, children, and shoppers during an Israeli-declared ceasefire. This is an important distinction between Hamas and Israel. Hamas' poorly-guided rockets pose little threat, and so little terror, that Haaretz yesterday indicated that Israeli citizens were back in the malls, shopping (a huge distinction here between life in Israel under supposed Hamas threat and life in Gaza.)

      However, Algemeiner and other Israeli press present "fictional" stories of Hamas'
      purported attacks on Nahal Oz and other kibbutz. This, of course, allows Netanyahu
      to state that irrespective of any ceasefire, Israel has the right to continue destroying the tunnels. In the BBC yesterday there was a picture of Israeli soldiers pumping a
      gas of some sort into the tunnels. It would be helpful to know a little more about
      this - like what type of gas is being used and its levels of lethality, and whether this action represents yet another war crime.

  • Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language
  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
    • For Naftali Bennett, and his right hand helper, Ayelet Shayet, all Gazans -
      children included (the little snakes), are Hamas and therefore right and proper targets for the IDF and IAF. In assessing the situation, it is important to remember the dictates of the Kings Torah, which are regularly being promulgated to the troops. For the unknowing, this is holy war for Israel and thus all atrocities are permitted, so long the targets can be embraced under the umbrella of Hamas/terrorist. We are privileged to be seeing the Dahiya doctrine in action. And non dare call it genocide . . .

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