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  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
    • It must be so stressful being a racist. What with Pessin deleting his racist facebook post and then pretending like he didn't say it, then admitting he said it but then saying that it was taken out of context or misunderstood (I fail to see how one could take out of context or misunderstand what was clearly and specifically written out with very deliberate intention). Oh woe is the life of a racist.

    • All I needed to read was "Judea and Samaria" to know exactly where he stands on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

  • On Netanyahu's apology to Palestinian citizens of Israel
    • We Arabs have a word for the chuckling grinning doofus in the photo up there with Netanyahu: جاسوس. He's a stool pigeon or a spy with no real allegiance to his people who'll happily sell out his own mother for the right price regardless of the devastating consequences. We also call guys like him: خائن or a traitor. He can also be considered an "Uncle Tom" or a "House Arab" for anyone who doesn't speak Arabic. Those terms should be quite familiar. No definition required. Needless to say, that idiot doesn't represent the Arab population of Israel by any means. If you want to know what real Arabs think of Netanyahu go to Silwan or Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem where they're living under the shoe of the Zionist occupation and ask them yourself.

  • Bill Maher justifies Netanyahu's racism by saying U.S. has done much worse
    • Ask Bill Maher if he'll ever volunteer to redistribute his own wealth and then get back to me.

    • I can't wait for the Cruzifiction. It's going to be fun to say the least.

    • What? Netanyahu was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, America did worse.
      What America was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Mussolini did worse.
      What? Mussolini was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Stalin did worse.
      What? Stalin was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Hitler did worse.
      What? Hitler was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, the Spanish Inquisition did worse.
      What? the Spanish Inquisition was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, the American-Indian Wars were worse.
      What? the American-Indian Wars were racist?
      No big deal you guys, the Crusades were worse.
      What? The Crusades were racist?
      No big deal you guys, Salah Eddin was worse.
      What? the Salah Eddin was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Ghengis Khan was worse.
      What? Ghengis Khan was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Julius Caesar was worse.
      What? Julius Caesar was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Alexander the Great was worse.
      What? Alexander the Great was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, King Ramses the 2nd was worse.
      What? King Ramses the 2nd was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Tigranes the Great was worse.
      What? Tigranes the Great was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Alaric the First was worse.
      What? Alaric the First was being racist?
      No big deal you guys, Justinian the First was worse.

      Why did Bill Maher stop there? Why hold Israel accountable when America did worse? Why hold America accountable when there are far, far worse? Hey, we should all be allowed to be racists as long as we are little less racist than the racists whom are worse than us according to Bill Maher's logic.

  • Israelis go to the polls today--and nobody knows who will win (Updated)
    • Agreed. But trying to find a light at the end of the tunnel that is Netanyahu is damn near impossible, but I think I might found just a glimmer of hope in all of this ridiculousness.

      Netanyahu is a deplorable, despicable, genocidal, racist, war-mongering, islamophobic, destructive, toxic, lying, scummy, slimey, POS but you know what? He's also the best damn thing that ever happened to Palestine in terms of Public Relations. The more he opens his mouth, the more that he carries out atrocious activities under the name of Israel and as the self-proclaimed leader of the entire race of Jews across the world, the more he isolates himself, the more he appears deplorable, despicable, genocidal, racist, war-mongering, islamophobic, destructive, toxic, and so on and so forth. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the French Government hated him. After the campaign speech in front of Congress, the Obama Administration hated him, nevermind the fact that Turkey, once a fierce Israeli ally, hates him, Italy hates him, Great Britain hates him, Germany hates him, Russia Hates him, Iran hates him, 99% of the MENA region hates him and most of the European States hate who is Netanyahu kidding? As smart as he is, he's too stupid to understand that he is the best damn thing that has ever happened to the PLO in terms of Pro-Palestinian Public Relations. He's lonly strengthening their resolve to go the ICC, to sign on to and ratify more treaties and conventions, to pursue diplomatic relationships with many of the world's most powerful and most influential governments. Since the beginning of 2015, look how many countries have either upgraded the PA's representative offices or opened up Palestinian embassies in their countries. He's losing the war of opinion, he's losing the war of among U.S. and foreign college campuses which are the breeding grounds for future leaders in this world, he's losing the fight against BDS, he's losing the fight against resolving the Iran conflict through negotiations. He's even losing the favor of Jews in Europe and the United States and elsewhere who refute his claim that Israel is the land of all Jews. So by all means, let this guy keep doing what he's doing. He's only dragging Israel's name through the muck even further....and soon if he wants to stick to his guns about refusing to allow a 2 State Solution, he's going to lose his greatest benefactors who've invested billions of dollars for the last couple of decades in establishing a 2 state solution...AND...he's going to lose the fight against public opinion in terms of viewing Israel as a full-fledged Apartheid state when the Palestinians who don't have a state of their own begin to consolidate their efforts and fight for equal and civil rights as part of a 1 state solution.

      All I can say is, pop some corn, take a front seat and watch the adventure unfold.

  • Palestinian leaders vote to end security coordination with Israel, a cornerstone of Oslo and the occupation
    • "Palestinian leaders say Israel is in breach of the Oslo accords for withholding their import/export revenues, over $300 million since January."

      Really, Abbas? That's why Israel is in breach of Oslo? Are you sure? It's not also because they're annexing land, expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, infringing on Area A under PA control? Continuing mass arrests, detainment and torture practices against men, women and children? I could go on and on but none of those are worthy reasons why Israel is in breach of the Oslo Accords. They're not as important as blocking the pipeline of $$$ going to the elite Palestinian "leaders'" Swiss Bank accounts.

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • That depends, are you intentionally leaving out the fact that she is married to former State Department Clinton Aid James Rubin or the fact that she has also interviewed dozens of Arab leaders, including Khaled Meshaal, head of Hamas and beneficiary of Iran, whom she was very critical of? I hardly think there is any bias there. She called it as she saw it.

  • Ten year old Palestinian boy attacked by settlers and abducted by Israeli soldiers while playing in the snow in Hebron
    • I bet Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Bill O'Reilly'ed that story about apprehending the stabbing suspect.

  • Netanyahu calls on Jews to leave Europe en masse in wake of Copenhagen synagogue attack
    • Netanyahu: "To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say ‘Israel is the home of every Jew, Israel is waiting for you with open arms."

      Let's change the player and the place and see if it still makes sense:

      Abu Bakr al Baghdadi: "To the Muslims of Europe and to the Muslims of the world I say Da'esh is the home of every Muslim, Da'esh is waiting for you with open arms."

      Hmmm....something sounds strangely familiar....

      Ok, let's try again:

      Bob Iger: "To the Mouseketeers of Europe and to the Mouseketeers of the world I say Walt Disney World is the home of every Mouseketeer, Walt Disney World is waiting for you with open arms."

      Waiiit a that's the one I prefer!

  • A place where Palestine doesn't exist (Notes from a Zionist education)
    • Hi, Christian Palestinian-American here. Draw 3 giant circles on the ground that overlap and firmly try to plant both feet in all three simultaneously. That's what it's like for us - belonging to 3 distinct groups but not completely being accepted as a member of any one of them.

      From my experience, growing up as a Christian Palestinian in the United States, I can tell you that Palestine was a very important component of my religion. We were taught that Palestine is the Holy Land, Bethlehem in the West Bank is where Jesus was born, the biblical town of Ephraim, where my ancestors are from and where I currently re-established my roots, is where Jesus retreated, and so on and so forth...the Bible is pretty much a roadmap for the many adventures of Jesus Christ. So it is an important component of our religion.

      As far as how often or even if Palestine is ever mentioned in church, I suppose that is up to the church community and their leaders. In my church, Palestine is mentioned quite frequently.

  • Happy Palestine Day
    • Are we not allowed to look fondly upon our history and the land that was once ours? In any event, I wouldn't know how to draw 2015's Palestine. Are we still 2 miniscule dots: one on the far left and one on the far right? Have those dots changed in shape? Are we now just little sprinkles of dots all over the areas where those two dots were, on account of continued Israeli land theft? Where exactly are the borders of Palestine and Israel, might I ask? Is the illustration up top Israel? As far I know, and feel free to correct me should you feel so inclined, Israel has yet to present any anyone...indicating clearly where its borders are and aren't. Isn't this why the Settler machine keeps churning full speed ahead? Or are we to assume that you mean "Greater Israel" (Eretz Yisrael) which supposedly includes Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) (aka: the little sprinkles of isolated Palestinian villages)? Greater Israel, that is what you mean, right? Ah yes, the river to the sea. Those same people who chant that also chant that Jordan is Palestine and that we should all move there. Nothing like shoveling a problem over to someone else in order to solve your own. So tell me, SlackJaw, how do you define Palestine and Israel? Can you draw it out for us? Can you draw the REAL Israel? I bet you can't. Until this conflict is finally resolved, that illustration up top might not be Palestine to you...but it's also not Israel to me.

  • Obama won't meet Netanyahu during 'bizarre,' 'historic,' 'unprecedented' visit (Updated)
    • "But we trust the Israeli people are aware that in snubbing their Prime Minister, President Obama does not represent the views of the great majority of Americans. In order to do our part to make the Israeli Prime Minister feel welcome in Washington, ECI will host a reception in the Prime Minister’s honor to make clear, in case there’s any doubt, that whatever the president does or says, Americans value our friendship with our ally Israel.

      I love when Israeli lobby groups try to pretend that the "majority" or Americans value the U.S. relationship with Israel as if they personally went door to door and took a poll, when in reality a large number of Americans don't give a damn about Israel one way or the other and a pretty sizable group hate Israel's toxic effect on American politics. Sure there are those who will always be American Israel supporters and I'm sure each of us know atleast a few dozen of them but they are by no means any sort of "majority." The only reason why their views are the de facto view of Washington is because we all know whom are buying U.S. polticians left and right.

  • Boycott RE/MAX protests flood the US during Week of Action
    • Good to know. I wasn't aware of what RE/MAX was doing. Unfortunately, I don't think many Palestinians in the West Bank do either b/c there's a few Palestinian RE/MAX offices that popped up over the year in the Ramallah area. I think it's safe to say that we shouldn't be doing business with them even if the franchises are owned by ill-informed Palestinian businessmen.

  • #JusticeForMikeBrown: NFL star Reggie Bush connects Ferguson to Palestine
    • Oy vey, are you really a Palestinian? I have my doubts but if so, stop what you're doing, go to jail, do not collect $200. You are an embarrassment to the rest of us. As a Palestinian American with one foot firmly planted in the United States and the other foot firmly planted in the heart of Palestine, my moral outrage is for all injustices whether it is injustice perpetrated against Black youth in America or Palestinian youth in Gaza or Silwan. To me there is no difference in degrees of injustice. If you can't get with that, you have serious issues. Maybe take a moment to reflect upon the fact that the only one making Palestinians look ridiculous is you. Personally, I'll take real solidarity from Reggie Bush over fake solidarity from you any day.

  • 'We will make soap out of you!': Violent right-wing protest against Jerusalem art exhibit reflects rising anti-democratic tide in Israel
    • Hmmm...arguably the most advanced and lethal army in the world are "sheep to the slaughter." Who would've thunk it?

  • Video: Routine exchange on a bus reveals racism embedded within Jewish Israeli society
    • It may be a global phenomenon but in too indeed is an Israeli characteristic. Anyone of the "other kind" living in Israel or the West Bank is thoroughly aware of just how much this characteristic is woven into Israeli society.

    • That's exactly what I was thinking when I read this. I'm not racist; I have black friends. Oh, why didn't you say so? Well in that case.....

      Only racists use such a stupid defense against being racist and the fact that they don't see how racist they are is even worse.

  • After deadly attack Netanyahu vows ‘iron fist’ as clashes and closures rock Jerusalem
    • Isn't that what they used to call Golda Meir?

    • Indeed, and the Knesset's new laws don't do much to diffuse the situation. They just recently passed a law in Israel that allows the Israeli Judicial System to convict Palestinians for up to 20 years for throwing stones...even if there is no evidence that they did throw stones.

    • Historically speaking, isn't the Zionists' "Iron Fist" what caused this mess in the first place?
      Iron has a tendency to rust and decay, let's hope the same happens to Netanyahu and his occupation.

  • SodaStream says it plans to leave West Bank for the Negev, but boycotters promise to not let up
    • "Set the Bubbles Free", "Water Made Exciting"....who is running their marketing campaign? If you want to spike sales, here's the way to do it: You need a New tag line. I'm thinking:

      "It doesn't taste like Pepsi but it sure does Taste like Crap."

  • Another New York Times' reporter's son is in the Israeli army
    • If foreign fighters can proudly fight in the IDF, then it should also not come as a shock that other foreign fighters could fight in ISIS or Al Qaeda. It's all a matter of perspective. In my mind, there is no distinction between the massacres committed by the IDF and the massacres committed by ISIS and if you think about it both are equally motivated by religion as they are by politics.

    • Ahh such a charming young group of lads and lasses, especially for ethnic cleansing racist baby killers. Hell, I bet, outside of their uniforms, they could even be advertisement models for Abercrombie & Fitch. How could you be against their actions? Just look at their smiles!

  • Israeli army kills 14-year old Palestinian with U.S. citizenship
    • Israel also killed some of America's finest sailors and seamen when they launched an attack on the U.S.S. Liberty. THose are some mighty find friends the U.S. has; we should all be lucky to have such a "special relationship" with murderers like that.

    • Rest assured that rockets were not fired from Silwad. I drive past Silwad everyday. It's exactly opposite the back end of the Ofer Settlement and a military post is stationed conveniently in Silwad right on the main road between Silwad and Ein Yabrud. There is massive construction going on in that section of Ofer and you can clearly see it when you drive past b/c there's only a low concrete wall and a metal gate, both of which do nothing to hide the bulldozers that are confiscating Silwad's land and erecting new settlement homes.

      The people of Silwad have been protesting blatant land theft for years. One can only hope that the State Department not only condemns the killing but also the reason for the protest and the violent reaction towards it; namely: The on-going Occupation. Of course, I'm not holding my breath.

  • A peek inside the Israeli subconscious as revealed at the King Hussein crossing from Jordan
    • Unfortunately this is the sad reality we all now face. Whether at the Jordan/West Bank border crossing or at the Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion) airport, racism and hostile treatment is felt quite thoroughly. Recently I flew to a city in Europe and decided to go via the Israeli airport in order to save time and avoid any unnecessary delays (my destination was not that far away). Out of 168 people who were to board my flight only one of them was strip searched and that was me. When I got to the European City, I passed through customs and airport security very easily. Unlike their Israeli counterparts, they were very polite and respectful.

      On my way home, I reached the passport check at the Israeli airport and waited in line with all the people who didn't have Israeli passports. In front of me were a group of African tourists who were all wearing the same color shirt and hat which said "Holy Land Tours" on it. Each person walked up to the counter, got their passport stamped and received a visa in less than a couple seconds each. When it was my turn, I walked up, turned on my smile, greeted the lady at the counter and handed her my passport. She flipped through it and after seeing my photo and reading a name which was clearly an indication that I was an Arab. She picked up the phone, called someone and said something in Hebrew which I obviously didn't understand. Then she hung up, took my passport and laughed in my face, saying, "I'm sure you know procedure. Go to the waiting room in the corner over there." Ah yes, the dreaded waiting room. We call it the "VIP room for Arabs" where the Shin Bet call us in one by one and run us through "security checks." Great. It took me an hour and a half of intrusive interview questions...where are your parents? Do you have any other passports from other countries? Are you Christian or Muslim? Where are you staying? What is your father's name? What are your cellphone and landline numbers here and in the United States? Where did you go to school? What is your job? Do you talk about politics? How many Arabs do you know? What is your email address? Why did you come here and not through Jordan? And after they'll all done, they tell you to go wait for your passport. Another 45 minutes until someone comes over, calls your name, hands you your passport and with a fake smile says "Welcome to Israel." That's if you're lucky. If you happened to get itchy with them, they'll tell you "I'm sorry but you won't be visiting Israel today." I've seen that happen too.

  • Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy
    • "I am Jewish, have been to Israel/Palestine many times"

      It's usually bad news if you need to start your comment with a statement like this to justify what you said. It's akin to saying "I'm not racist, I have black friends." It's not going to help your argument at all. It's ironic you had to do that by saying you've met a handful of Arabs. Oh my God, now I really believe you don't hate us b/c you've actually met Salam Fayyad, an anonymous member of Hamas and some generic "peacemakers." Next time just say what you mean: "I'm not racist, I've actually met and spoken to Arabs." It won't work to your benefit but at least we'll know where you stand without having to put in some effort.

    • The Second Intifada changed the ability of many Israelis to believe that peace was actually possible at least in the short run and required the creation of a Security Wall to separate the populations and eliminate the access of terrorists to Israeli cities.

      Sure, take a look at the route of the Israeli wall and tell me again that it's purpose is to "eliminate the access of terrorists to Israeli cities." You're either a liar, very naive, or you think that West Bank settlements constitute "Israeli cities."

    • If there was no occupation, there would be no Hamas and there would be no conflict with Hezbollah. Assad as was not a threat to you but rather you were to him and continue to be as long as you illegally occupy Syrian Land. Yes, the Golan is not Israel. It never was, it never will be. Erdogan has a llegitimate gripe with you because you murdered his citizens in international water and like the stubborn arrogant warmonger you are, you've refused to apologize for your crimes. The Ayatollahs have never attacked you except in words. Yet you have attacked and bombed their country on several occasions; attacks which are clearly an act of war. What was the reason? That they have nuclear capabilities? Ah that's right. So it's not OK for brown Persians to have nuclear capabilities but it is OK for White European colonists in Palestine to have them. I see.

      As for Israel, it did indeed a colonialist "nation" of illegal immigrants who've forcefully expelled the indigenous Arab population. There is no denying that. The evidence is quite crystal clear. Killing children? Indeed. Land theft? Indeed. Ethnic Cleansing? Absolutely and originally perpetrated by the Haganah, the Stern Gang, the Irgun...all whom have been pulled together and reintroduced as the "most moral army in the world." Moral indeed. The fact is that Israel is an Apartheid State whether you choose to accept it or not. It has all the characteristics of an apartheid state and then some. It is a morally bankrupt, ethnocracy poorly disguised as a faux "western democracy."

      The lot you've listed in your post all have gripes with Israel as a result if Israel's own doing. It has brought upon itself it's enemies and it is indeed the only one to blame.

  • The Titanic of the occupation -- SodaStream (Update)
    • Well if she's really a dedicated Sodastream Ambassador, maybe she can wrangle some product placement in the next Avengers movie. Israel just killed a few thousand...woah, look! Captain America drinks Sodastream. It must be cool!

    • Even if one is not involved in the Israel/Palestine discussion or the BDS movement, Sodastream is a raw deal any way you look at it but financially speaking, the product is a rip off.

      $100 for a Sodastream machine
      $5 to 20 on flavored syrup
      $50 for CO2 cartridges (for the carbonation)

      Most people I know are not invested in the love of soda enough to want to own one of these things. Compare the cost of homebrew cola to a $0.75 can of Coke. It's a no brainer...and the so-called "healthy" aspect of Sodastream is extremely sketchy. For one thing, most of the syrups are all artificially flavored high fructose corn syrups and the ones that aren't are chemical rich; they're hardly comparable to all natural fruit smoothies or other healthier alternatives. Thanks but I'd rather stick to water. I don't get enough of it anyway...being Arab in the West Bank and whatnot.

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • *Gasp* Richie Cohen. What would your response be if the people of the world decided that the European Jews brought about the Holocaust upon themselves? After all, They didn't voluntarily lie down and die when the peaceful Third Reich waltzed into town expecting to wipe their feet on a carpet of Jewish flesh, right? I'm sure you'd be up in arms, ranting and raving about "anti-semitism."

      Let's take a better look at Mr. Cohen, shall we?

      1) He's a privileged New York Yuppie who rarely finds himself coming into contact with those lesser than him. He's afraid of interracial marriage, supports "stop and frisk" laws, and is always fearful of the scary black man *shudder*.

      3) In 1986, he said that jewelry stores should not have to allow entry by young black men b/c of the fear that said black men might rob the place.

      2) In 1998, he sexually harassed a co-worker, created a hostile work environment for her, and at one point told her to "Stand up and turn around." Stand up, guy.

      3) He fiercely supported G. Dubya and was in favor of the Iraq War...and look where that got us. Hi, ISIS. How YOU doin'?

      4) After 9-11, he was quoted as saying ""the prudent use of violence could be therapeutic." So in other words, go ahead 'merica. Lick your wounds by murdering civilians far away. After all, it's good therapy.

      5) He was a supporter of Scooter Libby (enough said)

      6) In 2013, He was a supporter of George Zimmerman and found it reasonable that Trayvon Martin could be considered a threat...because he was Black. He said that Washington needs to acknowledge that Black people commit more crimes than anyone else.

      7) His response to the movie "12 Years a Slave" included the quote: "Slave owners were mostly nice people."

      8) In talking about Mayor Bill DeBlasio of NY: "People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) ."

      9) He thinks Miley Cyrus is bringing about the potential to being raped upon herself for her provocative stage acts.

      10) He supported Judge Clarence Thomas who sexually harassed Anita Hill b/c according to him it was "before the modern era" when apparently people primitive and uncultured and didn't understand how sexual harassment and rape could be considered something bad.

      11) Roman Polanski drugged and raped a little girl (13 years old) but that's old news to Cohen. In discussing the case, he repeatedly put Victim in quotes as if to imply that a little girl who was drugged and raped is anything but a victim and even said that people should just get over it because it happened so long ago.

      12) Cohen apparently was against torture, but he also said that it works just fine and that abolishing torture won't make us safer b/c terrorists don't care about our morality.

  • Netanyahu at the United Nations: Hamas, Iran, ISIS and 100 cheering Israelis
  • 'Jews Against Genocide' take the blood bucket challenge at Yad Vashem
    • I'm sure that Gene Shae and other brain-dead Zio-nuts that post here would call these people "self-hating Jews." Prove me wrong. Kudos to JAG for their support of HR.

  • Netanyahu heads to New York to ‘refute all the lies’ and praise ‘the most moral army in the world’
    • Netanyahu can't refute anything. All he can do is circumvent the attention on Israel by attempting to draw said attention elsewhere (Hamas, Iran, Syria, ISIS, whatever...). This man avoids the truth the plague. Either that or he is so psychologically damaged that he really truly believes the nonsense that comes out of his mouth. In which case, I pray for him.

      The "most moral army in the world" just finished killing over 2200 people in Gaza, over 90% of them were innocent civilians, many of the reported here on Mondoweiss and elsewhere, in several cases entire families were wiped out in one missile strike. Complete bloodlines erased. Netanyahu can't "refute" that. He also can't refute that Israel did indeed completely destroy hospitals, mosques, churches, community centers, refugee shelters, UN buildings, schools, water, gas and electricity plants, waste management facilities, a candy factory and a dairy processing plant, hotels housing Palestinian and international journalists and dignitaries, etc. These are all cold hard facts. They can't deny they murdered children playing soccer on a beach, or bombed a youth center full of kids watching the World Cup games. He can't deny that Israel routinely kidnaps and tortures Palestinians or that it is building illegal settlements for Jews only in land that was stolen from the UN recognized Palestinian state. His statements comparing Hamas to ISIS also show that he is ignorant, racist, and stubborn as a mule. Hamas is not ISIS. It doesn't have a Caliphate. It is not a religious group. It doesn't want to take over the Middle East and it's targets are not anyone and everyone who mare not Hamas. Hamas has a legal and moral right to resist the ongoing occupation by any means necessary to free Palestine from the the threat of Israeli control.

  • Abbas calls on UN Security Council to end the occupation
    • Shingo, what happened when the United States and the "transitional" Iraqi puppet government it propped up, put a rope around Saddam's neck? Nothing better for the people of Iraq of course.

      I don't agree with Abbas' leadership but I certainly don't want someone to put a bullet in his head.

    • Do tell. I think there's a special slot for "professional victims" who consistently rape the memory of the Holocaust to justify murdering Palestinians. Isn't that what Israel does best? Those professionals are in a major league of their own.

    • Perhaps in Jen Psaki's world, a "positive atmosphere" for negotiations would include overstuffed leather recliners, mood lights and a Yanni CD. Would that get Bibi back to the table?

    • I know what the reaction of Israel to Abbas' speech is going to be. They're so predictable. Two words:


    • Enough of your B.S. Actions speak louder than words. Arafat and Rabin hugged it out with Clinton on the White House lawn and declared "2 states for 2 people", did it happen? No. Israelis murdered their so-called peacenik and turbocharged the settlement program and the same has happened every single time talks were initiated.

      The idea of 2 states for 2 people has been the basis of every single round of negotiations since the start of this conflict. When has Israel ever been on board? Go on, I'll wait.

  • The pinkwashing of 'Out in the Dark'
    • Did Michael Mayer forget or intentionally disregard the fact that Nimr, a Palestinian student in the West Bank, would never be allowed to reach Tel Aviv to meet Roy because, being a Palestinian, he's not allowed to enter Israel on account of having a West Bank ID since there's this little thing called the freakin' occupation. This tiny fact could make the whole script fall apart. How is Nimr ever supposed to meet Roy now? How are they ever to fall in love? Surely this movie can't happen if Nimr can't get to Tel Aviv. Well, why can't he get to Tel Aviv? Oh, that's right. The occupation...... Roy should be familiar with it. After all, like any good Israeli he probably put in his required time in the IDF since its mandatory for all Israelis. How does Nimr feel about falling in love with a baby killer?

  • West Bank settlers exporting dates labelled as 'Made in Palestine'
    • Oh those crazy settlers...proving once again that they're willing to sacrifice their integrity to make a buck....umm...shekel. If you're going to be a racist occupier who wants us all dead or transferred go at it 100% or GTFO. I can accept an Israeli settler hating me because I'm an Arab...that's what settlers are (racist genocidal psychopaths) but what I can't accept is an Israeli settler hating me because I'm an Arab unless I'm able to help him circumvent the sanctions placed on him for hating me because I'm Arab. Needless to say that Khaldoun and Hassan whom are receiving and repackaging the dates are traitors and need to be treated as such too as are any other Palestinians that work with settlers, work in settlements or work for settlers.

      For what its worth, my wife and I are full on BDS mode here in Palestine and we've managed to convince all of our friends and relatives to do the same (baby steps). For every shitty Israeli product in the local market, there is a ,much better Palestinian product available for purchase. I've run across several products that have attempted to pass themselves off as Palestinian goods but a little research goes a long way (for starters Google the name of the manufacturer and/or distributor that appears in tiny fine print on the package and you'll get ALL The details of who makes it).

  • Israel carries out extrajudicial killing of two Palestinians suspected in Israeli youths kidnapping
    • Like any true "western democracy" Israel murders Palestinian suspects before they're arrested, tried and convicted. This saves the trouble of going through the laborious process of having to produce secret evidence, having to torture the detained, having to force them to sign confessions in Hebrew that they can't read, having to put them on trial as civilians in a military court and of course preventing them from meeting with lawyers, reviewing evidence, preparing their case, etc.

      I mean seriously, doesn't every western democracy just blow the shit out of their suspects? Bulldoze their homes? Arrest their families? lob grenades into homes? Israel is so much better than the United States. At least it doesn't have a death penalty. Of course, that's because no Palestinian ever makes it to court to actually receive a death penalty. They're already dead.

  • Keffiyehs in Harlem in 'Ghetto to Gaza' rap
    • I find it disturbing that you find it strange that people are standing up for human rights, but hey, what do I know?

    • Dead Prez have always been supporters of Palestine. Their music isn't everyone's cup of tea but if you're really into hip-hop, these guys are as real as it gets. Same goes with Talib Kweli and Mos Def, KRS-One, Immortal Technique, and Lupe Fiasco.

  • Leading writers and editors protest Israeli sponsorship of Brooklyn book festival
    • So glad to see Molly Crabapple on this list. She's an amazing artist and a really great person. I had the opportunity to attend several of her Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School events over the years.

  • Naive? At a Jewish spiritual retreat center, I insist on talking about Gaza
    • Wow, talk about enlightenment, huh? Indeed it is a dumb argument.
      So our lack of a letter P means that we don't exist as a people. That's a new one. I'm never bored by the new and innovative ways that Zionists will discredit our existence. Never mind the fact that the word "Palestine" is an English-based translation for what we "Palestinians" actually call ourselves and is not actually the name of "Palestine" because non-Arabs can't actually pronounce the words we use in our language. Maybe he can also explain that Germany isn't a country either because Germans call it Deutschland.

      If Palestine doesn't exist, surely فلسطين (pronounce Falasteen) does and فلسطينيا (Falasteeniyah) have been around for thousands of years well before the manufactured state of Israel or Mr. Pro-Genocide Psychotic Settler's Settlement and he can even thumb through the pages of Torah to find evidence of our being here.

  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • There's a term for people like her: Progressive Except Palestine (PEP). Unfortunately it's not very progressive at all. There are many in Washington like her.

  • Hamas is ISIS for dummies
    • If Palestinians won their freedom and independence and got the nation state that they (we) had always wanted, they would not be sweeping into neighboring Jordan, Syria and Egypt to create a wider Islamic Palestinian state. Hamas is not ISIS or Al Qaeda or Jihadist. We're not fighting a war for religion against the so-called "infidels" or against westernized democracies. We're fighting to live freely on our own land which has been stolen from us and when that land is recovered, our fighting is over.

  • I quit my job at the Jewish Community Center over a pro-Israel rally and they called me an anti-semite
    • There is a major problem in this on-going conflict and that is that Israel has successfully linked Jews and Israelis making them essentially synonymous with each other. Whether you believe in ones Jewishness in terms of his/her religion only or whether you believe its rooted in one's culture, none of this is enough anymore. You now have to be deeply compliant with the Zionist agenda and loyal to the state of Israel and its actions without question lest you be branded an anti-Semite even if you are Jewish. If you question Israel's murder of 2000 civilians, or its theft of 1000 dunums of land outside its borders, you are anti-semite. You are anti-you...the "you" that Israel claims to represent and protect from anti-semitism.

      What needs to be done is to separate Jews from Israelis. Israel is not the homeland of the Jews as it claims. A Jew's homeland is the land he was born in. The homeland of American Jews is America. The homeland of Russian Jews is Russia and so on. Israel is the homeland of Israelis not Jews. It could be the homeland of Jewish Israelis but not Jews. The process of making the distinction between Jews and Israelis needs work. It isn't just in names or titles. There needs to be a major clash of cultures here. We need more Jews to speak up and refute the claim that Israel speaks in their names or represents them.

  • Israel's right wing Zionists, Palestine's militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughter
    • The closest that the Palestinians have to a Lobby is the so-called "American Task Force on Palestine" led by Hussein Ibish and Dr. Ziad Asali but they're more interested in bending over backwards to appease the U.S./Israeli leaders and playing the role of house arabs. Those photos of Asali hanging out wiht Michael Oren should tell you all you need to know about the ATFP.

      The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is another one. They're kind of/sort of an ADL for Arabs but they really have no weight in Washington.

  • Israel seizes 1000 acres from 5 Palestinian villages to build new settlement in response to teens' abduction
    • Thanks for posting that article. It seemed like an interesting read but I am always suspicious of registering with Haaretz.

    • Nabil Abu Rudeinah shouldn't call upon Israel to cancel the appropriation. He should be calling upon Abu Mazen to fulfill his obligations following Palestine's introduction into a dozen of international conventions and polices; he should follow that up by calling upon the Palestinian (lack of) Authority to be dissolved by the PLO and for the Israeli government to be held legally and financially responsible for the occupied Palestinian territories. The PA should immediately end all security coordination with Israel. It makes no sense whatsoever that the Israelis continue to commit these blatant criminal acts against the Palestinians and our Palestinian leaders still stand firmly committed to continuing peace talks and negotiations with the U.S. and Israel. How many more punches to his walnut-sized brain will it take for Abbas to finally realize that Israel is not interested in peace, is not interested in resolving the conflict and absolutely never ever was in the entire 66 years that this shit has been going on? No one gives a damn that hes "moderate" or that he's "westernized" or a "serious peace-partner" because none of that matters. Israel is none of those things. Sitting at a table with a mass murderer and negotiating with him not to murder you is futile.

  • Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips
    • The ADL really needs to consider what its initials represent unless of course they intend to change it to more accurately fit their agenda in which case, they can begin to call it: ADLFDIJOBNOGWDCNATWMASJMC (Anti-Defamantion League Fighting Defamation of Israelis and Jews Only Because No Other Group is the World is Defamed Certainly Not Arabs They are War-Mongering Anti-Semitic Jihadist Murderers Of Course)

      Can that fit on the side of their headquarter? It won't look bad if it hangs off the side of the building, right?

  • This war was not a war, it was a massacre
    • I also often wonder why world leaders are made to wear a kippah and visit Yad Vashem (Israeli Holocaust memorial) when they come to Israel/Palestine. Its all well orchestrated B.S. PR propaganda. So that the Zionists can take the necessary photos and pass them around to the media to strengthen their "case." After all, the only thing that prevents a new Holocaust from occurring again is the State of Israel, the self declared representative of world Jewry, right? In the case of these Gaza kids, I suppose the idea is to make them understand the so-called Israeli narrative even though that Narrative begins with the Holocaust which had absolutely nothing to do with Palestinians. It makes as much sense as if the Kurds being victimized by the Turks, decide to go occupy Vietnam or Nebraska.

  • Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport
    • we get it. israel doesn't want more people having palestinian citizenship. you want them to leave, and leave for good giving up their idtentiy til there are none left.

      I don't want anyone to leave. I'm among the so-called "demographic threat" here in Palestine. I fulfilled my right of return despite Israel's objections and yet I'm no more a citizen today then I was yesterday. I agree with you that the occupation needs to end but it isn't going to end until the international community takes serious measures to hold Israel fully accountable for all of its actions. Its certainly not going to happen under America's watchful eye. They are the financiers of this occupation, mind you. "Western Democracy....shared first...blah blah blah..." Isn't that what they all say? They'll throw their citizens under the bus to appease the Israeli state.

      What I'm saying is that we here in Palestine are familiar with Israel's policies. We live it everyday. Everyone in Palestine knows that people who hold West Bank IDs cannot travel through Ben Gurion unless they get tasreeh (special permission...rarely granted. You're more likely to get hit by a laser guided missile fired from a unicorn).

      Her family should have known that they can't just walk into Ben Gurion and expect to fly out from there especially if, as her father says, they have West Bank IDs. Whether they asked for them or not, they got them. We can talk all day and night about how this is a policy of discrimination and how the occupation needs to end and how they should be allowed to us the airport and I agree with all of those sentiments. But it isn't happening, is it? We are no less occupied today than were were 66 years ago despite Oslo and despite Camp David and despite all those awkward hugs and kisses on the White House lawn. We in Palestine have to deal with the reality we live in right now and right now we are not allowed to go through Ben Gurion.

    • I don't agree with what Israel did at all. However, she has a Palestinian West Bank I.D. (the green I.D. card mentioned in the article). If you have this I.D. you are required to travel via the Jordan border crossing. That's just the way it is. Every Palestinian knows this. It is discrimination but what can we do? If she has a Palestinian I.D. and a U.S. Passport, the Palestinian I.D. take priority according to the Israelis. In their eyes, you're a Palestinian, not an American. This isn't anything new. If she was traveling only as an American, in other words if she didn't have a Palestinian I.D., then she's allowed to travel through Ben Gurion Airport.

  • The new center
    • That's a misconception and to my knowledge there has never been a poll of all world Jewry nor living Holocaust Survivors to measure whether they "overwhelmingly" support Israel. I think you are saying that based on your own opinion but you don't have any hard evidence to back it up. On the other hand there is concrete evidence that Israel claims to speak on behalf of the world's Jewish population and all survivors of the Holocaust. Yet it has been repeatedly shot down by various groups of Jews over the years who do not accept Israel speaking on their behalf nor representing them. This is the equivalent of saying that the Monarchy of Saudi Arabia represents all Arabs of the world and speaks on their behalf. Nothing could be further than the truth. It is also ridiculous that Israel consistently capitalizes on (exploits) the memory of the Holocaust and the horrific events perpetrated against European Jews for its own purpose. "Never again" Netanyahu boldly claims. Yet, when has it ever been that Palestinians perpetrated the Holocaust in Europe? They didn't.

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • This to me clearly defines what Hillary is all about:

      HRC: I’ve thought a lot about this, because you do have a number of conflicts going on right now. As the U.S., as a U.S. official, you have to pay attention to anything that threatens Israel directly, or anything in the larger Middle East that arises out of the Palestinian-Israeli situation. That’s just a given.

      Think about that quote for a moment. Hillary is telling us that the job of a U.S. elected official is to protect Israel's security and interests. This right here is why Washington is so thoroughly f*cked up.

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