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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
    • "Could be"? They are terrorists. The IDF was created through a merger of Jewish terrorist groups in the early days of the state of Israel. It's founding fathers were literally terrorists.

    • Agreed. All of this from the King who celebrated his appointment to the throne by beheading 4 people less than a week into his reign. link to rt.com and has increased the rate of executions at an average of one every two days...including kids and people whom are mentally challenged link to independent.co.uk
      . So when it comes to issues of human rights violations, I think its safe to say that King Salman should shut the hell up because he is thoroughly doused in the blood of people he's committed HR violations against.

    • Update: Iceland back out of it's decision to boycott Israeli goods. The power of the dark side is strong, apparently.

  • 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 PA....as 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:

      link to facebook.com

  • 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: link to maannews.com

      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
      Hagana,
      Lehi....aka: Stern Gang
      the Jewish Defense League
      the Irgun
      Brit Hakanaim
      the Gush Emunim Underground
      Lehava
      Kach and Kahane Chai
      Palmach
      The South Hebron Hilltop Youth

      Yes, clearly, there is no Jewish Terrorism.

      I'll just leave this right here:


      New York, Dec. 2, 1948

      TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

      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.

      (signed)

      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
    • Abbas talks tough but he won't do anything to compromise his authority or endanger his relationship with the West. He'll only go so far and then stop. He's been doing it consistently and because of it a large chunk of the Palestinian population are frustrated with him and don't support his efforts.

    • (But every Palestinian I’ve met is in favor of BDS!)"

      Well, that's true but you haven't met Abbas who doesn't agree with boycotting Israel
      link to electronicintifada.net

      Or the so-called "American Taskforce on Palestine" led by Ziad Asali and Hussein Ibish which opposes boycotting Israel.
      link to americantaskforce.org

      ....but we all know that they're a bunch of Uncle Toms or "House Arabs" if you prefer.

      See this picture of Ziad Asali (A Palestinian American and the founder of the ATFP) broing it up with Michael Oren at a celebration for Israeli Independence Day (what we real Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba") at the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. (You guys even reported it):

      link to mondoweiss.net

  • 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 way...so it caused a rift between Gaza and the West Bank and ripped the Palestinian government to shreds where it still stands now....as 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

      link to maannews.com

      and again
      link to worldbulletin.net

      and again
      link to middleeastmonitor.com

      and again
      link to middleeasteye.net

      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 him....so 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 minute....now that's the one I prefer!

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