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  • Jerusalem at a breaking point
    • "Life in Palestine is a life being pushed to breaking point. Because it is at those breaking points that Israel unleashes itself. When individuals are pushed beyond the line where their lives are worth living,"

      I came to Palestine several years ago to take the next step in working for human rights and to do what I can to help my people, after being born and raised in the United States to Palestinian refugees whom fled the 1967 War but remained involved in grassroots activism and advocacy in the United States. My parents were members of the Popular Front and they were always organizing and attending protests and sit-ins, and rallies. People like Azmi Bishara, Mustafa Barghouti, Edward Said, Mahmoud Darwish, Hanan Ashrawi...weren't just people on TV or in the News. Often they were at my house sharing meals with my family and talking about the importance of Palestinian Nationalism and I was raised that way, to be proud of my identity, my culture and my heritage but those days are done for me.

      The continuing violence in the last several years and the constant frustration towards an ineffective and redundant Palestinian Authority, whom are nothing more than sub-contractors of the occupation, along with the repeated failures of each wave of "negotiations" sprinkled with settlement expansions, continued raids, shootings, etc...have made me decide that I'm done with this game.

      I got married here and I have two small baby boys and I have no desire at all to place them in danger or to raise them in a climate of perpetual war. We all want better things for our children and I want them to have a future, to have opportunities, to not worry about being shot by a sniper on the way home from school or to be mauled by dogs or beaten by soldiers after a game of football, or to be kidnapped form their beds in the middle of the night by a battalion of soldiers, blindfolded, beaten and tortured all alone in a jail cell somewhere in a settlement. That's not the kind of life I want for them.

      Yesterday as I was driving home, I reached Al Bireh and saw about a hundred kids running away in front of me and soldiers chasing after them firing live rounds at them. I turned around and took the long way home. A 20 minute drive took me 2 hours. The entire time I was driving, my mind was pacing. What if Settlers blocked the road and attacked me? What if soldiers fired at my car? What if today is the day that I'm detained and placed in administrative detention? The smile my 9 month old baby gave me this morning might be the last one I get to see from him. Will "bye. Love you" be the last words I'll have heard from my wife? What if I'm detained? Will the U.S. Consulate help me? I don't remember their phone number.

      I don't want to live like that. So I decided that I'm taking my wife and my children and I'm going back to the United States and I'm not going to work with non-profit organizations anymore, or get involved in activism, or talk about Palestine and Israel, a topic that seems to raise my blood pressure lately. If Palestinians want to call me a coward, so be it. If Israelis want to boast and say that they "won", so be it. I'm not living for myself anymore. I'm living for my family and that's the biggest motivation I have to do all that I can to survive and provide a safer better life far away from war.

  • 'Third intifada was launched,' Palestinian law student posted before carrying out fatal attack in Jerusalem
    • Israel very much wants it to be a 3rd Intifada. They're literally the ONLY people that want a 3rd Intifada. The Palestinians aren't looking forward to being slaughtered butchered, tortured, imprisoned, having their homes bulldozed and their lands confiscated; they're not interested in losing their jobs and their financial security or not being able to send their kids to school. No one wants checkpoints, road closures, curfews, or 20 effing years for throwing a stone.

      At the same time, we all know that this bullshit called Occupation is not sustainable and neither is the Palestinian Authority who has the lowest approval rating since their inception. I read somewhere around 31% of Palestinians support them. Everyone sees them as sub-contractors to the occupation despite all the fancy speeches and nationalist flag waving on TV. Something has got to give. This shit has been going on for nearly 70 years. Enough is enough.

  • Bon Jovi's Tel Aviv gig is upstaged by Roger Waters's incantation of Israeli victims, including Dawabshe boy
    • “Yes, I heard about that but it doesn’t interest me. I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I’m coming to Israel and I’m excited to come.”

      Translation: "Yes, I heard about that but human rights don't interest me with all their dead babies and what-not. I'm more concerned with international sightseeing and raking in the cash that 40,000 expected fans will deliver if each ticket to the show will cost a minimum of $150. Do you know what that means? $6 million dollars before all the fees and costs are paid to the promoters, engineers, security, logistics, etc...So forget that human rights crap. Tell 'em I'm coming to Israel and I'm excited to come....cha-ching!"

  • Netanyahu's 44 seconds of silence at UN are being widely mocked -- 'pathetic,' 'creepy'
    • Someone told him that people look intelligent when they wear glasses but even with glasses, he knew he couldn't pull off that "intelligence shit" so he decided to keep it real.....real stupid.

    • Most of them didn't notice his theatrics because they were too busy playing Angry Birds on their iPhones.

    • Wow, how dramatic of him. Forget Kate Winslet or Hugh Jackman. Maybe Katy Perry and Snooki can present the MTV Movie Award for Best Dramatic Performance to Bibi Netanyahu next year.

  • Israeli soldiers can't win war for 'Israel's survival' without American friends fighting with computers and checkbooks
    • I stand by the belief that not every Jew is an Israeli and not every Israeli is a Jew. For all his talk, Netanyahu knows that Israel cannot and will not ever be the "homeland of the Jews" because there are Jews all over the world from dozens of different countries that maintain that they are citizens and nationals of those countries. The problem with Zionism is that it attempts to remove the distinctions between Jewish identity and Israeli identity. Unfortunately, they've consistently failed to recognize, or maybe they have recognized but fail to admit, that Jews come in every flavor and not all of those flavors are aligned with the Israeli Occupation or Israeli Nationalism.

    • "We are fighting every day to tell Israel’s true story in the face of lies and hate that demonize the Middle East’s only democracy..."

      And yet, the Zionists and their minions, have so far failed to tell the world what is exactly Israel's "true story". What is true is what happens on the ground here everyday.

  • Amnesty: Killing of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun was 'extrajudicial execution'
    • The analogy is even better when you consider that Rambo was helping Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Rambo 3.

    • "I wonder if any one of them felt any remorse after seeing her face."

      Why would they feel remorse? You are applying Islamic beliefs to Non-Muslims. It might be sin to you but it is not a sin to others.

    • Mcohen, you are occupying MY land. You are in MY country. If you want to police MY people, you should speak MY language. I am not the foreigner in the foreign land. YOU are.

    • There's a recurring problem in these stories that constantly sticks out like a sore thumb. Why the hell would you post Israeli soldiers in a checkpoint in an Arabic city if those soldiers can't speak Arabic? Palestinians in the West Bank shouldn't be expected to know the occupier's language (Hebrew) but the soldiers whom are tasked with policing the Palestinian population should be able to speak the local language (Arabic).

      Put yourself in the position of a young girl being yelled in a language you can't understand by soldiers aiming machine guns at you. That's a really terrifying experience. How could she comply with what they're telling her to do if she can't understand what the hell they're saying?

      Another problem is that besides being a highly nationalistic and racist society, particularly towards Arabs in general (I wonder how the Druze in the IDF and the Sudanes Arab migrants to Israel reconcile that) and specifically towards Palestinians, Israelis are also generally very Islamophobic and the sight of a girl completely shrouded in a black veil from her head to her feet might be considered threatening to them on account of their preconceived notions of bigotry towards Islam and Muslims. Most Israeli living deep within the 1948 territory whom are prejudice and hateful towards Muslims, have never actually met or spoken to Muslims.

      These are not circumstances that the Palestinians can change b/c they're things that are thoroughly wrong with Israel and deeply rooted in Israeli culture, and very prominent in their beliefs and actions particularly in regard to the on-going occupation.

      Hadeel wasn't a threat to the soldier because she was shrouded in a long black veil. She was a threat to the soldier because of the bigotry and stereotyping of Muslims perpetuated by a racist Israeli society. So even before she entered the checkpoint, he had already made up his mind about her fate. She was destined to die from the moment he saw her.

  • Israeli government is too involved in settler movement to take on Jewish extremists, says leading Palestinian legislator
  • Israeli gov't used my image for propaganda purposes without my consent
    • If you want to look at whom is keeping whom in line, it shouldn't be that difficult.

      Israel has since the start of this occupation attempted to dissolve the Palestinian resistance by orchestrating turmoil between various Palestinian groups, most especially Hamas and Fatah.

      Lest we forget that Hamas in it's original form was simply a Palestinian branch of the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt. Israel saw this group and attempted to use it as an opposition to the leftist "radical" Fateh and the PLO in hopes of destroying them. Needless to say that this failed and when Hamas became politically involved just prior to the first Intifada, they set their sights, and appropriately so, on fighting the Israeli occupation.

      Later on, Israel signed the Oslo Accords with the very group that it attempted to overthrow by supporting Hamas (Fateh), and as a result the Palestinian Authority was established and security coordination began between the PA and Israel, especially in targeting and reducing the capacity of Hamas. This also does not discount that even though there was coordination between the PA and Israel, the Israelis still targeted Arafat, leader of the well as murdering Sheikh Ahmed Yassein, the wheelchair bound Spiritual Leader of Hamas, through a targeted air strike. And when Hamas won the general elections through a fair process, Israel, the PA and the United States refused to recognize the legitimacy of the democratically elected Hamas government, sparking a war between Gaza and the West Bank.

      So as you can see, it is has always been Israel that has tried in various ways to keep the Palestinians in line by fragmenting the Palestinian people along political and ideological lines and playing them against each other.

    • Don't worry much about Boehner. He committed political suicide and now that the Iran Deal is approved and done, Boehner, Netanyahu, Morty Klein and his ZOA minions and AIPAC all have egg all over their faces. Their days are numbered.

    • The image is indeed false because the context in which it was presented is false. The story of the photo, as stated by the Israelis is false. It was not presented truthfully as a depiction of what young Palestinian men and women go through to cross the Gaza border. No, of course not and it certainly doesn't provide truth to COGAT's false statement that Palestinians in Gaza are free to travel abroad to study. Hence: The image is false.

      On the positive side though, human rights activists around the world have commandeered COGAT's hashtag #justlikeeverymonth and it is doing quite well to debunk their own lies:

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  • Tell Kanye West: Don't be 'heartless' — Don't play apartheid Israel!
    • In regard to your comments about Serj Tankian, clearly you've never heard him speak about Israel and Palestine. He has been and still is a very strong supporter of Palestinian human rights. I suppose though, in your age you'd be excused for not knowing who they are or what they stand for. Unlike Rage against The Machine, they actually walk the walk but you probably don't know who they are either.

    • For the record, Serj Tankian and his bandmates in System of a Down, are also Armenians and they recognize the parallels between Palestine and Armenia and that is also why they have been very vocal in their support of the BDS movement and refuse to play in Israel.

    • Kim Kardashian's father, Robert Kardashian, was Armenian. therefore Kim Kardashian, his biological daughter is Armenian. Obviously she had nothing to do with the Armenian genocide. I never said she did but you would think that an event so catastrophic and so important to the history of Armenian culture would have a little importance in shaping the geopolitical perspective of an Armenian American....and her spouse/father of her child. Particularly when it comes to playing for a country that is currently committing, and has been committing, similar acts of genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people.

      "Kanye does have a moral obligation not to go to Israel, but that stems from the nature of Israel, not from anything to do with Kim."

      It absolutely should have something to do with his wife, in addition to...stemming from the nature of Israel. It doesn't take a genius to see that there are common threads in the struggles of the Armenian people and the Palestinian people. Being close to one genocide, being morally outraged by it, and culturally sensitive to the history of it, should weigh on the decision to play in a country that is currently committing similar atrocities against another group of people elsewhere.

    • Kim Kardashian is Armenian. The Armenian Genocide parallels the Israeli Occupation. Kanye and Kim have a moral obligation not to go to Israel. Of course, that's if they knew half as much about the Armenian Genocide as they do about Prada Handbags and million dollar wardrobes.

      But I'm sure there's a positive spin to this. Maybe Kanye West can auto-tune and remix Zionism. Bibi's always been after a "harder, better, faster, stronger" war against little kids throwing pebbles at armored trucks.

  • Meet the teenage girls behind the viral photo from Nabi Saleh
    • Indeed. Anything that doesn't fall in line with the Zionist narrative is cast aside as a fabrication of "Pallywood." There are actually idiots on other Zionist "news" sites (thank God, not here) that think that the Israeli soldier with his arm around that boy's neck is just a Palestinian actor....even though his identity was verified and his own Israeli Jewish father made a statement about him to Haaretz and other Israeli media.

    • Oh Jihad, I admire your courage but once you learn the ways of the MSM, you will surely NOT want to work for CNN or Fox.

    • "In the aftermath Israel’s minister of culture and sports Miri Regev called for looser regulations on the use of live-fire for soldiers, decrying the “humiliation” the pictures brought to the Israeli army."

      Oh of course, to avoid future embarrassment in situations where an armed occupation soldier in the most moral army in the world might find himself a victim of evil terrorist women and children while in the process of gently apprehending a little boy with a broken arm, there should be looser restrictions that enable said soldier to just outright shoot the women and children. You see, if they're all dead then we can just say that they were involved in "terrorist actions" and naturally they can't defend themselves or dispute the "evidence" of Israeli internal investigations. After all, the dead can't speak. It's the most logical solution.

      Of course it might just be easier to pack up and get the hell out of Nabi Saleh and the rest of the West Bank to avoid this "humiliation" but whom are we kidding?

  • Abbas’s resignation from PLO could mean consolidation of power, ouster of rival
    • This is a great article on Abbas and his manipulation of the PLO and PNA.
      See here:

      Honestly, we don't live in a "democratic society" despite all of Abbas' speeches and statements to the international community. I hope I am wrong but I have a tremendous fear that the writer of the article I've linked might be "visited" by a couple of Abbas' men.

  • 'There is no Jewish terror': Conspiracy theory that Palestinians committed Duma firebombing spreads among Israelis
    • If there is no such thing as "Jewish Terror" than would someone please explain to me whom are the
      Lehi....aka: Stern Gang
      the Jewish Defense League
      the Irgun
      Brit Hakanaim
      the Gush Emunim Underground
      Kach and Kahane Chai
      The South Hebron Hilltop Youth

      Yes, clearly, there is no Jewish Terrorism.

      I'll just leave this right here:

      New York, Dec. 2, 1948


      Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the ""Freedom Party"" (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

      The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

      Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin’’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement.

      The public avowals of Begin’’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

      Attack on Arab Village

      A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants —— 240 men, women, and children —— and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.

      The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.

      Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultra-nationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model.

      During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

      The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

      Discrepancies Seen

      The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a ""Leader State"" is the goal.

      In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin’’s efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

      The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.


      Isidore Abramowitz
      Hannah Arendt
      Abraham Brick
      Rabbi Jessurun Cardozo
      Albert Einstein
      Herman Eisen, M.D.
      Hayim Fineman
      M. Gallen, M.D.
      H.H. Harris
      Zelig S. Harris
      Sidney Hook
      Fred Karush
      Bruria Kaufman
      Irma L. Lindheim
      Nachman Maisel
      Symour Melman
      Myer D. Mendelson, M.D.
      Harry M. Orlinsky
      Samuel Pitlick
      Fritz Rohrlich
      Louis P. Rocke
      Ruth Sager
      Itzhak Sankowsky
      I.J. Schoenberg
      Samuel Shuman
      M. Znger
      Irma Wolpe
      Stefan Wolpe

  • Danny Danon 'would only make Israel look more extreme' -- former Israeli ambassador
    • As a Palestinian, I'm happy that Israel appointed Danny Danon to the UN. Bring him on, this is the best public relations that the State of Palestine could ask for; this does wonders for our advocacy efforts at the United Nations. Rest assured of that.

      Likewise, as a Palestinian, I also share Danny Danon's call "for Israel to annex all West Bank settlements, annul the Oslo Peace Accords and allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.” Please, do that. Go for it. I urge you from the bottom of my heart. Personally, I think that the 2 State Solution was brutally murdered by the Israelis many years ago. The only solution is a 1 State Solution. So if Israel is ready to expedite that process and absorb 4 million Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank as new Israeli Citizens, then by all means go for it. We can shift the discussion to widespread Civil Rights Protests calling upon equal rights and an end to segregation between Palestinians and Jewish Israelis. That's more palatable with the Americans and Europeans anyway.

  • Self-defense patrols form in West Bank as PA fails to protect Palestinians following Duma firebombing
    • There are no "Jewish villages, towns" in the West Bank. Only Settlements and Outposts full of racist violent squatters who have no legal right to be there. Since the IDF has made it abundantly clear that they have no intention whatsoever to stop violence against the civilian Palestinian population of the West Bank,an international Peace Keeping force is exactly what's necessary to prevent Settler violence against Palestinians, and of course, Israel in its role as the Occupier should foot the bill.

  • Gaza reconstruction finally begins over a year after Israeli attack
    • While I'm glad that much needed reconstruction is finally happening in the Gaza Strip, I am also disappointed that no one is talking about the effects of international aid interventions in the reconstruction of Gaza, particularly when these humanitarian projects are aimed at 1) sustaining life under occupation instead of advocating for the end of occupation and 2) absolving Israel of it's legal obligations in its role as the occupier to repair the damage that it has caused. This second point, in particular, entrenches the occupation. Why? Because it gives Israel a free pass to do what it wants, knowing that it will never be legally and financially responsible for its actions. Think about it. Israel bombs a hospital in Gaza and 1 year later, USAID or the EU or the UN swoop in one year later to rebuild that hospital. Why isn't Israel held accountable for the destruction of that hospital, according to the Geneva Convention?

      The same can be said about the West Bank. When Israel annexes lands and builds 1000 new settlement homes on stolen Palestinian land, USAID swoops in to build a new road for Palestinian villagers affected by that settlement, thereby 1) absolving Israel of any responsibility for its actions instead of taking Israel to task at the UN Security Council.

      Granted that although Israel signed the Geneva Convention, it has objected to certain article which would have otherwise held it legally responsible for flagrant and on-going violations of those articles on account of it's constant "state of emergency". However, this too needs to be addressed. However, I think the international community are a collective group of wimps whom will never take any concrete action to end the occupation. The furthest they'll go is to rebuild the homes of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip under an on-going blockade...instead of working to remove the blockade.

  • Palestinian forced to strip to underwear before attending briefing at Israeli Embassy in Washington DC
    • I could expect this to happen in Israel but I can't rationalize it happening in Washington D.C. The last time I checked, Washington D.C. was the capital of the United States of America and it is governed by American law, not Israeli law. As a Palestinian-American you are afforded some rights that our brothers in Palestine do not have. You can raise your voice, you can question these actions, and you can refuse to cooperate and you are well within your right to do so. I would consider speaking with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's legal department. Particularly, you might want to speak with Abed Ayoub, ADC's lawyer and Legal/Policy Director. I believe he is also a Palestinian. He might be able to give you some advice. The Israelis need to understand they cannot treat American citizens like this. If I were in your situation, I would not go away quietly. I would turn this into a PR fiasco for them but that's just me.

  • Following fatal settler attack, Israeli army raids Dawabshe family homes in the West Bank village of Duma
    • If it was a Jewish settler's home that was firebombed, you know that the Israeli Army would have set up checkpoints and checked the IDs of everyone approaching within 3 kilometers of that village, so no way in hell would a similar attack happen in the same village only a few days later. Of course, the victims are Palestinian Arabs, not Jews and so the IDF doesn't care. Why should they? How many times have videos emerged of IDF forces watching as settlers walk right past them into Palestinian villages to carry out attacks with no consequences?

    • After Tarek returned to Florida, the Israeli police arrested members of his extended family (uncles, cousins). Two of his cousins were placed in administrative detention and one cousin was also an American citizen, Mohammad Abu Khdeir, who shares the same name as his relative who was kidnapped and burned alive. This other Mohammad, who is an American, didn't get any media attention because his arrest and beating wasn't captured on camera. The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel "Adalah" has advocates and lawyer working with the family.

  • Mother of Palestinian baby burned to death tried to save her child
    • And with the death of Sa'ad Dawabshe, the 30 year old husband of Riham and the father of Ali and his brother Ahmed, a young family, that was just starting to plant its roots, has completely been destroyed. A young wife is now a widow and a young boy, if he recovers from the burns that cover 80% of his body (and what kind of life will he be able to live?), will grow up without a father and without his baby brother.

      In this one act which was so cruel and so disturbing, that I lack the appropriate words to describe how reprehensible it is, a family has been destroyed. Does anyone really understand what kind of weight those words carry? What meaning they have? A family has been destroyed for no other reason than that were the wrong religion, the wrong ethnicity and lived in a place they've known all their lives to be their home but to which foreign colonists insist they have no right.

      I cannot begin to explain how much rage courses through my veins in response to this terrible and heartbreaking situation. I cannot explain how much frustration I have, knowing that justice will never be served. That the murderers of the Dawabshe family will never be brought to justice, and if the Israeli government claims that it will bring them to justice, we can only expect that they will receive a slap on the wrist and be sent home, much like all the other Israeli perpetrators of crimes against other Palestinian families in the past.

      We know how justice is served when the perpetrators are Palestinians. We've witnessed the lockdown of entire sections of the West Bank, and the midnight raids that rounded up and collected hundreds of "suspects", and we've seen the physical and psychological scars of their "interrogations" (torture). We've seen the rubble where family homes of the accused once existed. We can't expect any of that to happen to the Jewish perpetrators and we know none of these things will happen. We know that the IDF and the Israeli Police which are part of the system of Occupation and which are tools in the continued repression of human rights will never conduct unbiased investigations. We know that. Sadly, Sa'ad and Ali are two more victims in an endless list of victims that no one will care about tomorrow, and whose names will be forgotten by the end of this week.

    • Why does this sound so hollow coming from a Zionist?

      I'm guessing because he's part of the system that allows these atrocities to happen and to continue. Sure some might respond by saying that Israel passed a bill that allows administrative detention of Jews or that the police have already arrested 2 suspects (one of whom is the grandson of Meir Kahane) but those measures are purely symbolic, in other words to prevent anyone form lifting the veil and seeing what really happens under that "western democracy". But we can't be fooled. What's the difference between the murder of Ali Dawabshe and Mohammad Abu Khudair, the teen that was kidnapped and burned alive last year? Or the teens that were murdered on camera in Beitunia in May 2014? or the the execution of Mohammad Al Kasbah last month by an IDF commander? or the murder of Muatazz Washaha who was killed by IDF forces when they shot a MISSILE into his home in Birzeit? or 18 year old Muhammad Abu Latifa who was executed by IDF forces when they raided his home in Qalandia refugee camp last week and then claimed he "fell off the roof"? What about the shooting of teen soccer players, Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17 whom are now permanently handicapped? or what about 14 year old Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi,who was shot and killed by an Israeli Sniper near Jalazun refugee camp while walking home from school? What the difference between any of these victims? There is no difference. They are all victims of the same war machine that Rivlin represents. The same war machine whose foreign minister, defense minister, prime minister, and state funded Rabbis make racist hate-filled statements against Palestinians. Rivlin needs to understand that Ali Dawabshe wasn't just murdered by a couple of "extremists" or "terrorists" settlers. He was murdered by the State of Israel that has allowed the occupation to continue, that has supported the settlers and turned a blind eye to price tag attacks, that has made a clear distinction between crimes perpetrated by Palestinians which are prosecuted 99% of the time and crimes perpetrated by Jews against Palestinians which are prosecuted 5% of the time. The state of Israel has enabled the impunity that protects Israelis from prosecution for crimes perpetrated against Palestinians. It also protects settlers from the repercussions of their racist violent actions against Palestinians when IDF soldiers stand by and are told not to prevent settlers from attacking Palestinians. Rivlin is part of that system. He is a cog in that machine and because of that he and his prime minister both have the blood of Ali Dawabshe on their hands.

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • This is really a non-issue. If you live in Palestine and speak Arabic, then you know that in daily language "Yahud" and "Isra'aliyeh" are interchangeable and it has nothing to do with anti-semitism because if you also engage in further discussions with those same people you'll find that many of them do not have a problem with Jews around the world but rather with the Israelis that are occupying their lands.

      On the other hand, you also have Israelis that admit that they are not just "anti-Palestinian" but "Anti-Arab". Does that mean that they're racist towards Egyptians, Jordanians, Yemenis, etc...who knows? I think probably not. In Israeli culture, "Arabs" and "Palestinians" are interchangeable.

      What you have to understand is that in the Middle East, centuries old tribal laws and traditions are still very much alive today. Prior to the state of Israel, there weren't Palestinians and Israelis engaged in conflict. There were only Arabs and Jews living on the same lands.

  • 'If we don't take out Iran,' it will reenact the Holocaust in US and Israel -- Steven Emerson to Times Square rally
    • Even in beer, I support Palestine. I only drink Taybeh Beer.

    • So this rally is stupidly called "Peace through Strength" and their speaker is saying things like:
      So now we have the situation that unless Congress acts, I believe ultimately, it’s going to be left up to a military strike to take out the Iranian capabilities to take out the world. If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us.

      That doesn't sound like calling for peace to me. That sounds like he wants the U.S. military to pre-emptively bomb the crap out of Iran. Which means....starting a war with a country that is not at war with us...which is also the opposite of Peace...and makes people on the streets of Iran see the American military bombing them as "terrorists" invading their country if you look at it from their perspective...and of course that only prolongs the so-called "war on terror" because it creates more animosity towards Americans and America, encouraging people to strike against the United States in retaliation for its crimes. But hey, whatever. They hate us for our freedom fries and our Budweiser beers and our Chevy Camaros, right?

  • Views of Palestine from an American poolside
    • 1) Your use of the term "so-called assistant professor" is stupid. Are you denying that the author is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin? That's easily verifiable in this information age. Slapping on "so-called" might be snarky but it just makes you look stupid.

      2) You state that the "left wing" have their heads up their rears when it comes to Israel but you don't explain whom are the "left wing" or what exactly is incorrect about their positions when it comes to Israel. In regard to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict...I'm sorry, the Israeli Occupation of Palestine (which is actually what it really is, mind you), the Iron Dome is one tiny fraction of the nearly century old situation.

      The problem with the Iron Dome is that it is used defensively in an offensive war. Israel isn't using it to protect their country from external invaders, they're using it to reinforce their offensive capabilities and prevent Palestinians from responding defensively to their offensive war in Gaza. It would be one thing to say that Israel is protecting its own country; its another to say that they're bombing the Gaza Strip next door and using the Iron Dome to ensure that Hamas or Islamic Jihad or whomever can't effectively retaliate. Lest we forget, Gaza is under occupation, Israel is not.

      Also, in regard to the unbalanced war, this is indeed true. Israel receives 3 something billion dollars a year from the United States and now that the Iran deal happened, Netanyahu is throwing a hissyfit and demanding that that number is increased (This week's visit from a high level Pentagon official to Israel, pretty much guarantees that this will happen). The Iron Dome was a gift from Washington and Israel paid zero, nada, zilch for it. Hamas on the other hand, have cold war era clashnikovs, and home made rockets. I'm sorry, have you ever made a home made rocket before? Do you know how utterly shitty and useless they are? I mean unless you work in the R&D department of the Pentagon, you're not going to create anything nearly as effective as Israel's (U.S. made) Iron Dome system, (U.S. made) Hellfire missiles, and (U.S. made) White phosphorous war heads. So yeah, it's pretty much a war between the most well armed technologically advanced military forces in the world vs a bunch of guys with machine guns and home made shitty rockets. Doesn't take a genius to see how disproportionate that is.

    • You're wrong, ladies. Do you want to know how to keep out the infiltrators like Israel? Annex the pool and provide the infiltrators with a small plastic bucket of dirty pee filled water to splash around in. Then every once in awhile when you see them trying to make the best of what they've got, go on over there and kick the bucket over to spill out its contents.

  • How long will I have to convince liberals that Palestinians matter?
    • Late last year, I was invited by an international human rights organization for a human rights conference in Denmark; I was the Palestinian delegate. The conference was all about human rights and international humanitarian laws and dedicated a big chunk of its time to discussing the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Stepping out of the conference hall to take a quick bathroom break, I noticed a little G4S logo on the corner of the building's window. So I started to stroll off the designated path, throughout the building and confirmed my suspicions that the building and the conference was being provided security by G4S. I couldn't reconcile the fact that I was at a HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE which was being provided security by G4S which is complicit in HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. Call me crazy but something about that did not sit well with me and I felt sick and betrayed. I brought up this issue to the organizers and suggested that they hold a discussion on companies that are complicit in the crimes perpetrated by Israel and in human rights violations, such as G4S...whose guards were standing at the door of the hall in which I was making this statement. Needless to say I was brushed off. I believe that if organizations are going to take a stand in support of human rights, they need to be very thorough in their approach. Convenience is not an excuse. Neither is ignorance.

  • Israeli minister proposes building island off Gaza coast so Israel can 'disengage' while maintaining siege
    • Instead of building an island, they should just sub-contract the Palestinian Authority to maintain the siege. Then they can just shrug and say "Look, the Pals are doing it to themselves." Oh wait, they already do sub-contract the PA....which talks a tough game about freeing Gaza, but relies on coordination with Israel to keep Hamas under it's boots.

  • Hillary Clinton promises megadonor she will work with Republicans-- to oppose BDS
  • Hamas military wing claims responsibility for killing Israeli in the West Bank
    • Hamas needs to learn when and how to shut the hell up. Like many militant organizations out there, they are media hungry and they'll jump on any chance to claim responsibility for something....whether or not....they had anything to do with it. Shooting a couple of settlers in the West Bank does absolutely nothing to liberate Palestine. Literally, it does absolutely NOTHING. What it does do, and there is plenty of evidence to back this, is encourage the Israeli government to expand and fortify settlements in the West Bank further entrenching the occupation and reinforcing the fact that a viable 2-state solution is and will forever be completely dead. It also encourages the Israeli government to respond with military force, in both the West Bank and Gaza, as it has done each and every time it has reacted to something that Hamas has done, further rounding up recently released detainees, arresting and placing youth into administrative detention, continuing practices of physical and psychological torture against them, and re-releasing them into Palestinian society as damaged and destroyed individuals.

      All of this meanwhile.....the Unity Government is dead yet again and Hamas and Fateh continue to point fingers at each other....yet again.

      The reason that we haven't been able to end the occupation is because we, the Palestinians, continue to be divided. There is no real leadership. There are no real policies. Everyone is doing pretty much whatever they want to do hoping that in some way it will convince Israel to pack up and leave. IT'S NOT WORKING. The Israelis have been successful because they're masters at planning ahead and calculating their actions and strategies to the nth degree.

  • PLO: Abbas to head new Palestinian government, weighs national unity with Hamas
    • “The President,” PLO spokesperson Ashraf Khatib told me,” is not stepping down, he wants the democratic process to take place through the national elections.”

      The national elections that he refuses to set a date for. The national elections that occurred several years ago and in which Hamas won overwhelmingly and Abbas decided that he couldn't accept the results, in a very western democratic it caused a rift between Gaza and the West Bank and ripped the Palestinian government to shreds where it still stands Abbas the self-appointed leader of a government of nothing.

  • Video: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs ridicules foreign press in cartoon defending Gaza attack
    • If anything this video shows how sick in the head Netanyahu and his ministers are and how desperate and pathetic they've become. They're losing the war of public opinion and they can't do anything to change that. A horribly animated cartoon won't change that. In fact, it just makes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs look like they're all wacked out of their minds. But did we really need a cartoon to help us realize that?

  • The grotesque injustice of Obama's speech at the Washington synagogue
    • Obama could have amounted to something instead he became nothing. The only "change" he made was a few quarters and a couple of nickels jingling in his pocket.

  • Netanyahu eulogizes settler movement founder convicted of manslaughter
    • Well, if it was an Arab funeral, the IDF would have shown up and shot and killed a handful of people just to show them who still wears the big boy pants around here. These settler scumbags don't know how good they have it, even in death.

    • Ahh, I get it so he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that completely excuses his being a raging xenophobic murderer. Are you also equally concerned with what Hitler went through in his childhood to shape his rise to genocidal maniac? No of course not. Brush off your bias, Shalom. Frankly, it's insulting.

    • Are we really shocked that Netanyahu is praising the life of a racist murderer much like he did when Baruch Goldstein and Ariel Sharon both died? I wouldn't be surprised if he also mourned the death of Zionist nutbag #1 Meir Kahane. Honestly, are did anyone expect anything different from Netanyahu? Hopefully Moshe Levinger burns in eternal damnation, that would be fitting for a scumbag murderer who justifies his killings by claiming he was "chosen by God."

  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem was always the capital 'of the Jewish people alone'
    • So Netanyahu believes that according to history, that Jerusalem was established as the Capital of the Jews....and THEN they built the state state of Israel around it to justify its role as a "capital". I go where the Embassies are. Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. No one who isn't Israeli disputes that.

  • 'United States of Israel' has compromised U.S. 'sovereignty' on Iran policy -- Gideon Levy in D.C.
    • OK, fine. We admit it. We Palestinians are not interested in self-determination and an end to the occupation. What we've really wanted all of the years is to thwart that good life you have going for yourself on the other side of that wall...I mean fence (that IS what you call it right? I giant concrete fence??). We look over from the hole in the ground that is Jalazun refugee camp, across the street over to the mysterious magical wonders that might lie behind that wall/fence thingy in Beit El settlement with it's bright orange rooftops and pristine streets and we wonder why we can't live a "good life" like those settlers over there. Then we see the bulldozers confiscating more land and the the "most moral army in the world" shooting innocent children again

      and again

      and again

      and again

      So yes, its because we're working hard to thwart that "good life" you got there. You are a true hero in the face of such brutal excruciating adversity. My God, man. Many have succumbed to such pressures. But you? Well, you're a man of perseverance. Keep on persevering. You go ahead and tell yourself whatever you need to, so that you can sleep at night. Gideon Levy and I will continue to plot evil maniacal plots to destroy your "good life." It's what we lefties do best, right?

    • How do you rectify calling Israel a "democracy" but also calling an Israeli citizen a "traitor" for practicing free speech, one of the pillars of democracy?

      On an un-related sidenote: I've reached a point where I'm getting fed up with all of this crap equating Hamas with ISIS. They're not politically, socially, or ideologically similar in any way whatsoever. In fact the only similarity you might find is that both groups are Sunnis but hey, hardcore Zionist Nationalists and Liberal American Jews are both Jews so surely they must share the same political beliefs as well, right? Apparently, not so. Get over yourself. Study some history and stop making stupid statements that make no sense.

  • BDS Victory: Veolia sells Israel businesses targeted by Palestinian-led boycott campaign
  • Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye
    • But....but....Kim Kardashian is Armenian and Armenians have a long and rich history with Persia. Surely Kimmy doesn't hate Iranian girls. Maybe she's a little jealous that their ba-donk-a-donks might be better than her's? Has Kanye been peering at Iranian honeys behind Kimbo's back?

      God I feel like I'm 15....or a TMZ-style gossip blog scumbag...even though they're often one and the same.

    • It's great to finally see the President take a real serious stand but sadly I feel like it's a bit too late to have any real sort of impact when it comes to the Israelis. Perhaps on the Iran issue, things might work out but as for Israel, Netanyahu doesn't seem to be be budging on anything. He knows that the President is on his way out of office and that there's a very good chance that the next POTUS will be an Israeli-supporting Republican who will reset the special relationship back to what it was and has been for many years before Obama came around.

      Obama had real opportunities to create real solid tangible "change" like he promised many years ago but surrounded himself with the same old political players and lost sight of why he was elected.

  • 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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