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  • Which crowded cities can you fire into?
  • Israel's actions 'unjustified' in eyes of women, non-whites, Dems, indy's, and those under 50 -- Gallup
    • dbkr - see my reply to Pk and feel free to "scratch" that "itch" and comment.

    • Palikari,
      can you elaborate on your statement, because I am not understanding what conclusion you are trying to make, re: educated vs. uneducated.

      (PS: my great-grandmother was a barely literate farmer who was vociferously against Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia and made it known to the "educated" officials at the municipality who were cheering on the war and recruiting effort. Her reasoning was that it is a sin to steal another people's land because they earn their food and living from it. Maybe she missed something by not going to school that would have changed her views?)

  • 10,000 march on Qalandia in solidarity with Gaza
    • Benedict,
      Hamas, an elected body of the Palestinian people of Gaza, is ATTEMPTING to liberate the people of Gaza from the siege that Israel imposed on them (which if you care to know is a violation of International Law). Israel, a nation founded on the principle of colonialism, land theft and ethnic cleansing, is COMMITTING war crimes against a people simply because they are the wrong religion (i.e., non-Jewish), and the majority of which are comprised of refugees from the lands which Israel stole and denies them the right to return to (another crime). Would you like me to elaborate further?

      Honestly though, how many times do we have to go round and round the stale Hasbara merry-go-round, and each and every time your position is negated with facts and simple common decency. Why don't you expend the short time we have here on earth instead on figuring out how you can come to terms with co-existing with Palestinians as equals.

  • Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza'a
    • All I can say after reading these blood-curdling reports from Khuza'a is no wonder Palestinians in Gaza are resolute in ending this hellish nightmare. May the uprising in the WB shake the ground under their feet until Israel surrenders. No more, no less.

  • Hamas mimics Hezbollah tactics, and no one will have stability till blockade is lifted
    • Beautiful song Seafoid. I found a translation of the Arabic lyrics....

      Ahmed Qabour - I'm Calling You

      I'm calling you
      I kiss the ground beneath your feet
      And say, "I will redeem you" (or "I'd die for you")

      I dedicated to you the light of my eyes
      And I give you the warmth of my heart
      And the tragedy that I live is that my fate is the same of yours

      I have not become worthless in my country
      Nor have I shrunk in fear
      I stood in the face of my oppressors
      A naked, barefoot orphan

      I've carried my blood on my hands and never half-masted my flags
      And I've preserved the green grass on the graves of my ancestors

      link to arabicmusictranslation.com

    • Piotr, many thanks for sharing that overview.

    • excellent points Abierno, and timely. I too get the sense that Abbas is trying to outmaneuver Israel at their own game. I may be wrong but I get the sense that Fatah is aligning itself with the Palestinian civil society/grassroots. In which case it will be more difficult for Israel to bomb its way out of that situation if the Palestinians are united and once again engage in massive protests, etc.

      The Hamas bogeyman was convenient for Israel because it exploited the anti-Islamic sentiments of the West (particularly post 9/11) and many nations went along with it in their wholesale backing of designating Hamas a terrorist organization (which is nonsense considering Israel's criminal actions in denying Palestinian Gazans their basic rights). It will be near impossible for Israel to portray Abbas as a "terrorist" and try and justify its violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

      The question is then: when will world governments unanimously condemn Israel's actions and take concrete trade & arms embargo actions? And how long can the U.S. keep them from doing so?

  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
    • NormanF,
      where is Israel's concern for the almost 2 million people it keeps under lock and key isolated by land, sea and air? When you answer me that question then you will have the right to voice disapproval of Hamas' liberation tactics.

  • 'Slate' blames Birthright for indoctrinating American Jew who was killed fighting for Israel
  • Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
    • This makes me want to cry....because it never ends.....and because there are people such as Maia who truly understand the meaning of sanctifying life and won't desecrate the pain and suffering of her loved ones :

      Maia Ettinger, one of those who went inside the FIDF office, said she participated in the action to honor the memory of her mother and grandmother, who survived the Holocaust.

      Victory will be ours but the cost of destroyed lives and families is unbearable.

  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
  • Netanyahu's latest 'cartoon evidence': racist image identifying Muslims with terror
    • Palikari,
      I hate to tell you this but your hasbara efforts are really very ineffective and lacking in sophistication. It isn't at all challenging for us, but more importantly it doesn't help Israel. I'm just telling you this for your own good because I'm sure your quarterly review will be coming up soon and you may risk job termination. Perhaps you can claim Hasbara Fatigue Syndrome and collect disability?

    • Ritzl,
      LOL! And so on point. Israel really is the U.S.'s trust fund baby, and a very spoiled and pampered one at that. It's a perfect description, and one which I plan on using (with your permission of course :-)

  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
  • NBC reverses; Mohyeldin to return to Gaza to cover 'Palestinian side of story'
    • Small correction, Selena Gomez has 21.4 million followers on Twitter. Her "Pray For Gaza" tweet received 10.9k faves. I read through some of the comments and from I could garner the verbal responses were overwhelmingly positive.

      And she hasn't retracted the tweet, unlike Rihanna, et al.

  • NBC reportedly orders Mohyeldin to leave Gaza -- after he criticized State Dep't
    • Thanks for posting that MDM. Most beautiful of all is how it exposes the house of cards Israel is built on, the hasbara doesn't work when it is openly questioned and with just one puff it comes crashing down. The hasbarists are so used to being coddled and given soft questions by the MSM that they fall apart when presented with the truth. Bravo Jon Snow!

  • Gaza under attack again
    • Can you imagine being a parent in Gaza trying to keep your children emotionally and physically healthy in this situation? Trying to shield them from injury and assuage their fear, struggling to ensure that you can nourish them and find them clean water to drink? I just read that Israel bombed water pipelines and over 350,000 Palestinians in Gaza are now affected. Dear good lord, the stress, fear, anguish and grief these innocent people are being subjected to is inhumane. Such bitter days.

  • Terror in Gaza: 57 seconds after 'warning,' Israel destroys a house
    • Precisely, Palestinians in Gaza have nowhere to seek safety or evacuate to. Gaza is a deathtrap thanks to Israel. I saw a report earlier (on twitter I believe) with photos of bombed out boats along the Gazan coast. There is no place on earth where these depraved monsters can confess their sins, and when Dante created his circles of hell he never envisaged the crimes against Gaza. Such bitter days, and to think that this is happening during Ramadan.
      My mood is so bleak and I can't help my words reflecting this.

  • Protest the Israeli onslaught: Demonstrations planned worldwide against Israeli attack on Gaza
    • my1 - the question you need to be asking is "Why not call for an end to the siege of Gaza?".

      For just one day my1 imagine your life as a Palestinian in Gaza, barricaded and imprisoned within that tiny strip of land, your life under the complete control of a brutal occupier. If you behave the sadistic jailer will allow in food and other life-sustaining materials. This is what Jeff Halper means when he refers to the "warehousing of a people". Far far worse than apartheid.

    • It certainly is, and the best part is that the protests appear to be quite large. On my twitter timeline today I saw photos of the protest in London and they occupied one of the iconic London buses. It was awesome. Perhaps my memory fails me, but I don't recall protests of this magnitude for Palestine in the past.

    • Henry,
      here is a link that compiles global actions. Protests happening in many cities across the world on Saturday, July 12 are listed.

      link to samidoun.ca

      #BDS until Palestinians achieve complete equality in their homeland.

  • Palestinians are 'trapped' in Gaza in 'lopsided conflict', Brian Williams says
  • Ben Gurion detention guard tells humanitarian worker she is being deported for 'trying to change Israel and make it free of racism'
    • Rachelle,
      I like your sass and awesome sense of justice and solidarity. Pretty hard to keep one's dignity while under interrogation at Ben Gurion but you appear to have passed with flying colors! Glad you are safe and that you didn't bow to their intimidation tactics. Israel is so upside-down, it lets in all the crazies and is scared of the sane ones. Good luck running a country for long on that philosophy.

      Rachelle's treatment ------------------> is one more reason to BDS.

  • Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle's Jerusalem backyard
    • Naïveté has nothing to do with it my1, you need to provide facts, without it your words and accusations are empty and make you look foolish.

      I know you don't know much about how civil society works but in a court of law the person who makes the accusation has to prove the allegation. Hence, it is not my responsibility to look for the events that you claim occurred, it is yours.

    • my1 -
      you need to back up your statements with sources.

  • How long can Israel depend on Mizrahi docile loyalty? Smadar Lavie asks in new book
    • Sylvia,
      this is a superb article and am so glad that MW published it as this topic is not very well known or understood outside of Israel.

  • Largest British union refuses to offer support for peace talks
    • I was shaking my head too Just, feeling sorry for the poor daft bugger, he hasn't a clue on the history of labor solidarity.

      I'm not sure which way the cause & effect works in this case: if the daft ones are attracted to the zio-cult or if the zio-cult shrinks the brain cells. Either which way, this dangerous zio-toxin needs to come with a medical warning.

  • Family of Tarek Abu Khdeir calls for his immediate release after brutal beating and arbitrary arrest
    • Can you imagine if a Palestinian-American went to fight on behalf of Palestine? They would be jailed upon their return and/or their citizenship revoked. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF as a prison guard during the first intifada, Rahm Emmanuel was a civilian volunteer assisting the IDForces during the 1991 Gulf War, and on and on.

      The hypocrisy is so blatant.

  • 'Survival and well-being of the Jewish state' is a national security interest of U.S., Indyk says
    • debakr the dynamo,
      thanks for making my point on the corruption and immorality of lobbies. What would I do with your astute observations I wonder?

      Funny though how none of the Zio-cultists are addressing my simple question: if Israel is such a strategic asset to the U.S. why then does it need the AIPAC lobby to coerce U.S. political decision makers?

      PS: the only person obsessed with Israel is you. I on the other hand am disgusted by it. If we criticize Israel it is because we care about justice for Palestinians. So simple, and yet so difficult for you to comprehend. But don't that stop you from spinning your convoluted web of lies and deceit that will in no way serve Israel in the long-run.

    • Any corporate & foreign lobbying is bribery. I don't like the NRA spreading their bribe money around either.

      But that technicality is beside the point (but it is cute that you are so concerned to the point of wanting them removed from their positions).

      Now back to the point at hand: Why does Israel need AIPAC when it is such a strategic asset to the U.S.? Answer me that one (factually and with evidence) and you will win a bon bon.

    • HabiboHoppo,
      ask yourself Mate, if Israel is such an obviously important strategic asset to the US, then what is the point of having AIPAC around spreading its money far and wide to bribe US political decision-makers to support all things Israel?

      *Oh-what-a-tangled-web-we-weave-When-first-we-practice-to-deceive*

  • Video: Israeli border police brutally beat Palestinian youth (Update)
    • the rudoren is probably on a tel aviv beach wearing her zio-tinted sunglasses wondering what more she can do to ensure that the Israel-Dreamcastle facade doesn't crumble.

  • Please, pray for Palestine
    • The people you oppress, that is who. If Israel didn't want to provoke further violence, they could have kept their police & soldiers away from the funeral so that the family & community could have mourned and buried Mohammad Abu Khdeir in peace and dignity. I don't recall the PA forces being on the scene menacing the mourners at the funeral of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal, do you?

      *Categorize under --->Silly Questions

    • Fatina,
      my heart goes out to your family for your loss and suffering, and the abusive treatment, lies and pressure that Israel is using against your family. I am completely dumbstruck that a child who was savagely beaten is now arrested and not receiving the medical attention he needs.

      Please let us know if there is a specific contact we should be reaching out to at the American Embassy, it would be very helpful to have that information.

      When I read that Tareq was arrested I was

    • I cannot confirm it but I did see numerous tweets mentioning that Tareq, a cousin of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, is a US citizen visiting with his relatives. One tweet mentioned that Tareq doesn't speak Arabic. Again, nothing officially confirmed, just postings I saw on twitter.

    • I light a candle every day for Israel, and makes offerings to the Saint of Lost Causes....oh yes, and I also to BDS to hedge my prayers :-)

  • 'Forward' normalizes idea that some folks 'hate Israel'
  • The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge
  • The world's sympathy cannot be limited to Israeli victims
    • Piotr -
      (comment button missing under your comment)

      in all fairness to Kay she was only using the same exact language that Netanyahu used in his tweets regarding the 3 Israeli teens who were found killed. Refer to tweet below that was mentioned in this mondoweiss article (link to mondoweiss.net)

      So if you want to rebuke anyone, you should send Netanyahu (the Israeli leader who is inciting violence) a note via his twitter account.

      PM of Israel @IsraeliPM
      They were abducted & murdered in cold blood by human animals. On behalf of the entire Jewish People, I would like to tell the dear families-
      3:57 PM - 30 Jun 2014

    • Apparently you never learned the lesson from your Mother. That old violin is ready for you every time you start going into your unwarranted, delirious self-pity tantrum. And if you stomp your feet no dessert for you MY1.

    • Oh, my heart breaks for you MY1: "explained many times that we are also victims (and the main victims) of this cruel conflict."

    • I agree with you MY1, inconsistent English is a drop in the ocean compared with your crimes of mendacity. Keep the inconsistent English....but Drop your absurd victimization mantra and the lies you use to defend Israel's actions against a militarily oppressed and occupied people.

    • The Zionists are victims of their own brutal, racist and inhumane policies, so spare us MY1 the hypocrisy and the hand-wringing. The Zionists brought the violence with their colonialist project. Stop stealing land, stop killing/bombing Palestinians, stop demolishing homes, stop the occupation and stop the lying.

  • 'Utter solidarity with Palestine' -- Dave Zirin says at DC soccer talk
    • To be a mensch one has to have a heart, and Dave Zirin has that in abundance. Every time I encounter individuals such as Dave, with such an elevated, inherent sense of justice, and the ability to articulate it, I feel inspired anew!

      SUSIE - thanks so much for writing about Dave's book and of his bridging the issues for all of us.....tremendously right on and informative!

  • Media postings twist 3-fingered sign of support for Mohammed Assaf into celebration of reported teen kidnapping (Updated)
  • Israeli army enacts curfew near Nablus and raids eight major West Bank cities
    • A precarious situation all around. The sun eventually set on the British Empire.

    • And that in a nutshell Accentitude is the issue with the Oslo agreement and the elite Palestinian class it created. All form and no substance.

    • What I don't understand about this incident is why Israel is putting the blame on Palestinians for the boys' kidnapping, couldn't it just as well be that the boys were abducted by another settler?
      At this point no one knows what has happened, only those who carried out this act (and no one puts it beyond Israel to have fabricated it or to exploit the incident).

  • Mainstream piece lays settler teen abduction at feet of 'illegal' and 'indefensible' occupation
    • a kidnapping is now a "crime against humanity".....makes ethnic cleansing and the holocaust pale in comparison. #Perspective

  • Human rights activists are 'out front' of others and 'thank goodness they are' --Hillary Clinton
    • Seafoid,
      thanks for all the lol's! On a sweltering summer day those lol's, along with some fine breezes, work magic.

      PS: don't forget to send those vouchers!

  • Kidnapped
    • Reading the comments made by those that defend the Zionist state's actions reminds me of the poem by Mahmoud Darwish, "On Man":

      They gagged his mouth,
      Bound his hands to the rock of the dead
      And said: Murderer!
      They took his food, clothes and banners,
      Cast him into the condemned cell
      And said: Thief!
      They drove him away from every port,
      Took his young sweetheart,
      Then said: Refugee!

      O you with bloodshot eyes and bloody hands,
      Night is short-lived,
      The detention room lasts not for ever,
      Nor yet the links of chains.
      Nero died, Rome did not:
      With her very eyes she fights.
      And seeds from a withered ear
      With wheat shall fill the valley.

      The poem was set to music by Palestinian composer Said Murad and performed by Sabreen: link to youtube.com

  • PA condemns Israeli 'collective punishment' following disappearance of Israeli teens
    • You are all terror supporters and support killing of civilians and innocent peoples!!!

      How can we be "terror supporters" when we oppose Israel's terrorist actions?

      Logic, Mahane, is not your strong suit.

  • Fire Thomas Friedman
  • The world was right about Iraq-- though Israel got its 'Clean Break'
    • excellent points Kris, hopefully Palikari and his gang read this and begin to understand, rather than write inane words justifying war crimes.

    • Palikari,
      the things you don't know about Iraq are so immense that I don't even know where to begin. Why don't you read up on it's history and its peoples, their social policies and accomplishments, an oil-economy that invested in the country's infrastructure and in it's people.

      I will never defend Saddam Hussein, nor the violence and terror he wrought against some of the Iraqi people but to my dying breath I will oppose the atrocities that the US coalition brought to the Iraqi people, from the sanctions that created so much misery and poverty and the 1991 Gulf War bombing campaign that brought such levels of destruction that a U.N. official who visited immediately after the bombings ended reported that the massive bombing campaign of that war destroyed the country with:

      "near apocalyptic results upon the economic mechanized society," wrote Martti Ahtisaari, U.N. Under-Secretary-General after visiting Iraq some weeks later. "Iraq has, for some time to come, been relegated to a pre-industrial age, but with all the disabliities of post-industrial dependency."
      (link to commondreams.org)

      I know it is hard for you to believe (given your ignorance and racism), but Iraq had built and was continuing to build a modern infrastructure before 1990, thanks to oil revenue. Hence the U.S. bombing coalition targeting their modern infrastructure such as electrical grid stations, water purification systems, etc., which were all pulverized.

      Saddam's dictatorship and the violence and terror he meted should be denounced but have no doubt that it pales in comparison to what the US-led coalition did to the sovereign Iraqi nation and its people. The Iraqi people have experienced nothing but misery and fear and death over more than two decades, 99% of it caused by the U.S. and others who stood to benefit from Iraq's suffering and disintegration. For you to even try to justify it makes you an ignorant, loathsome individual without a shred of compassion. Had anyone done this to Israel I would be weeping and protesting for no people walking on this earth should ever suffer what the Iraqis have.

      Now you need to make a printout of the '91 UN report (link to un.org) and bring it with you as you go back to your cave and re-start your human journey.

  • Pardon our interruption
    • I second Elizabeth's suggestion! Please do consider teaming up with women's tatriz cooperatives (only those that give most, if not all, of the profits directly to the women artisans though) and selling their beautiful products. I would definitely buy knowing that I would be supporting two excellent causes (Mondoweiss and these crafts women :-)

      Mondoweiss can give these women great exposure, and we all know how financially precarious their lives are and what a great service we would be doing them.

      Readers: Any tatriz cooperatives that you would recommend?

      PS: Elizabeth, thanks so much for sharing the video, so very beautiful. Makes me miss Palestine.

    • Keffiyehs....with a mondoweiss logo? (on second thought, perhaps a tad tacky :-)

      Love the 'toons t-shirt idea, that's a winner!

  • Anti-Cantor coalition included Tea Partiers, Independents, Democrats
    • PS: The way you depict and view the political world Gazacalling is based on binaries that have no relation to reality. Just because someone is a democrat doesn't mean they are anti-imperialist, doesn't mean they won't support/execute the bombing of Libya. No one is defending Obama's record in the Middle East; yes, we had hope, but at the end of the day Obama's lofty words didn't align with his actions. Just look at the love affair between the coup regime in Egypt w/ our political leaders of all stripes. And we all know how the "free-market" corporations and their gov't-sponsored cheerleaders love plundering for profit. They always use some moralizing excuse, yesterday it was to civilize the savages, today's moral is to lay the foundation for democracy (via war and tanks) and to liberate the oppressed women (did anyone ever ask those women what they wanted/needed?). Nothing new under the sun, hence the prefix "neo"....Neo-liberalists and Neo-imperialists and they come in both blue and red flavor. Successful alliances aren't made based on labels but on values. If those republicans and democrats want to join us they are welcomed to, there is no membership fee.

    • Gazacalling....I don't exactly remember the Republican base being allies with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, do you?

  • Palestinians 'under occupation... denied dignity and self-determination' -- Clinton
  • Chris Matthews and David Corn defend Israel against 'slander' of apartheid
    • seafoid,

      I love how the zio-fascists think their pronouncement is a threat to the U.S.

      Israel is not an asset, and without the U.S. as its backer is but a bit player - and if Israel feels the need to form new alliances who is to say that the CIA and their paid mercenaries in the region won't be used to destabilize the Israeli regime.....after all, we've destabilized/control most of the nations in the region anyway, what is one more. All threats without conviction....the geo-political soap opera continues....

  • 'Washington Post' reports that funders have excommunicated Jews who don't believe in Zionism
    • When has censorship ever succeeded in the long-term over artistic expressions? True artists are the mythic heroes who overcome our inner fears and pave new roads for the rest of us.

      The censorship may work for awhile, but honestly it is not a viable strategy. I get the money aspect, and it is an important determinant, but at the end of the day, once the shift has occurred in terms of how people identify and what they value, the institution that is doing the censoring is a dying institution, it is no longer representative. The zeitgeist is everything and once that is lost so is it's connection to the people and communities they serve. Of course these institutions will still exist and hobble along, but only as shadow of their former selves. This is common sense, but because the shift is gradual (like climate change), they think they can buck the trend and continue to shape it. Adaption is key to survival.

  • Welcome to Bethlehem, Pope Francis -- now shut down the checkpoint for 3 days
    • I was just online searching for the Pope's Jordan/Palestine/Israel itinerary and came across a Daily Beast article which included this quote which I particularly liked :-) So far so good. But still falls short of fully coming out on record against Apartheid.

      "The Israeli National News quoted the pope’s friend and Argentinian parliamentarian Rabbi Sergio Bergman as claiming “the pope intends to define himself as the ‘Che Guevera of the Palestinians’ and support their ‘struggle and rights.’”

      The article also mentioned that the Pope will be traveling with two trusted friends from Argentina, one a rabbi, the other a Muslim scholar.
      link to thedailybeast.com

  • European Union ruling: Ban poultry imports from settlements
  • 'Ebony' article explores 'Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine'
    • This is what it is all about, solidarity between communities that face the same structural injustices. Bravo to Kristian Davis Bailey for helping to bridge the divide.

      Last year, Michelle Alexander wrote an amazing article also highlighting this same theme: Breaking My Silence - For years I have written about mass incarceration, while staying mute about drones and other injustices. It is time to connect the dots.
      For those interested, here is the link: link to thenation.com

      Let's keep on connecting the dots and building bridges of solidarity!

  • Israelis and Americans are ho-hum about Palestinian children's deaths
    • The death of any person, especially an innocent child, is heartbreaking, regardless of creed or race. But the difference Jon S is that we don't question their deaths or make up farcical stories to try and trivialize their tragic deaths further. Apart from that, what is your point then?

    • Behold Emperor Bloomberg's values:

      STOP & FRISK: Since Bloomberg's term began, the number of people stopped and interrogated by the New York Police Department rose 600 percent. In 2011, the NYPD stopped people 685,724 times. About 87 percent of these people were black or Latino, and fewer than 10 percent of these stops resulted in arrests.

      The Bloomberg administration argued that "stop and frisk" made the city safer (statistics don't prove this claim). The mayor went so far as to say the number of minorities stopped was not a disproportionate percentage of those committing or experiencing crime. Bloomberg actually said: "In that case I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little."
      link to en.wikipedia.org

      SECRET SURVEILLANCE UNIT monitoring Mosques, Muslim-owned businesses and Muslim Student Groups: Bloomberg claimed that the NYPD didn't focus on religion and only follows threats or leads: "Everything the NYPD has done is legal, it is appropriate, it is constitutional." The surveillance program was disbanded on April 15, 2014 after a meeting that was held with several Muslim advocates on April 8, 2014. It was also revealed that the surveillance program failed to generate even a single lead. link to propublica.org

      SQUELCHING POLITICAL DISSENT at the 2004 Republican Convention: more than 1,800 people had been arrested during protests of the RNC Convention, and placed in toxic holding cells that came to be known as Guantanamo on the Hudson."
      Under Mayor Bloomberg's supervision, in one of the most progressive major cities in the world, the NYPD's 1,800 arrests around the 2004 RNC protests amounted to the largest use of preventive detention of political protesters in more than 230 years on U.S. history. Many of those arrested were caught in large orange nets that police indiscriminately tossed over sidewalk "holding pens" for protesters. After the 1,800 protesters were handcuffed and bussed to an abandoned, filthy city-owned pier on the West Side highway, they were denied phone calls, medications and food. Many were held in this condition for more than 24 hours, despite court orders to release them. This heavy-handed, illegal crackdown on peaceful protest insured that they would not return to exercise their First Amendment rights and protest the RNC, and would not embarrass Mayor Bloomberg, and his vision of a Republican-welcoming city.

      GOOD BLOOMBERG: Under his watch the city's waterfronts were turned into parks and smoking in public places was banned.

  • CNN airs evidence Israelis used live bullets on Palestinian protesters
    • You know what Mayhem, I think WE all have it wrong. I think the journalists staged this all and those Palestinian kids were accessories to this fabrication. The journalists got a good reporting scoop and the Palestinian kids* earned some extra cash. Those pesky journalists masterminded it all (with CNN's collaboration, after all CNN's ratings have been dismal) and now poor Israel gets dragged through the mud and is made to look bad. Boo-hoo, Israel always ends up the victim.

      * My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Nadim Nawara (17) and Mohammad Salameh (16), may their souls be at peace, far from occupation and oppression. To the highest heavens.

  • U.S. is 'closely following' Israel's killing of 2 youths at demo, seeks 'transparent' investigation
    • Shuki is in desperado mode flinging anything out there, his/her insinuation doesn't even make sense and anybody (besides zio-heads) reading it will give it a cursory look and think: "Huh????"

      Thanks Shuki, keep posting your nonsense, it gives Palestinians more credibility (not that they need it but your contributions are all the same appreciated).

  • 10,000 University of South Florida students call for divestment from occupation-linked firms
    • Jon,
      have you ever thought that we are just so sick and tired of how Israel mistreats human beings (you know, the Palestinians who are horribly treated for being the wrong religion)? Have you????? Instead of resorting to the tired anti-semitic canard, for once in your life look at this from another perspective, step outside your narrow confines and see what we see. I know, it must be a revelation for you to think it is not about hatred of the Jews, it is about the Palestinians and defending their land and human rights. Get it now? It's not that complicated.

  • Palestinian journalists accused of incitement against their Israeli colleagues
    • What we need to acknowledge is the environment in which Palestinians live where there are internal collaborators and undercover Shin Bet (shabak) operations/operators. This is not some spy novel fantasy, this is the real, hard-core, lethal environment that Palestinian protesters inhabit. It is not like me or you going off to City Hall to demonstrate. This is a whole different ballgame with devastating consequences.

      Bottomline, if Issacharoff is reporting in a professional capacity in this environment and he doesn't understand these dynamics then he is either A) a very naive, ill-prepared journalist who is putting himself and others in danger or B) an informant.

      We need to understand this from the Palestinians' perspective, this is their daily reality. The true reporters understand this, those who are on an ideological mission (knock, knock, Rudoren) don't care.

  • 'Today at 0800, Israeli bulldozers came to the fertile valley where we planted fruit trees--'
    • Environmental Crimes, plain and simple. Am assuming that this is so an illegal settlement can be expanded onto stolen land that is militarily confiscated. Where are all the Liberal Zionists who bemoan the fact that the Palestinians are not "developing", are so "backward"? Why aren't they pointing their righteous fingers at their beloved Israel asking it why they destroy people's livelihoods?

      MW did a report back in March about an Italian citizen who was planning on spending a month at the Tent of Nations as a volunteer, but upon arrival at Ben Gurion was barred from entering (link to mondoweiss.net). Anything Israel can do to keep Palestinians downtrodden and closed off. It is heartbreaking to see, I can only imagine how the people who planted and cared for this orchard must be feeling. All the fruits of their labor are vulnerable to the IDF's aggression, whether it be their beloved children or their nurtured trees.

  • New video shows Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army on Nakba Day posed no threat to soldiers
    • Thanks for the quote Mayhem, I'm using it now in a separate venue to illustrate how duplicitous and untrustworthy the Israeli Govt is. I dare say, despite your name you do prove to be most useful at times. Cheerio.

      PS: in your reference to the child Muhammed al-Dura, are you implying that once again the Israeli Government is covering up murder by its own occupying forces? Just need it for the record.

  • Report: Germany cancels military subsidy deal with Israel following breakdown of peace negotiations
    • Merkel ….. reiterated that Germany adhered to the EU position on settlements, which under guidelines published in July prohibits financial dealings with settlement-based entities.

      Israel itself is a settlement-based entity in the sense that the Israeli government is the central planner and coordinator of the settlement building in the OP, and without the IDF they would not be able to steal the land that settlements are built on from Palestinian families/communities/villages; ergo, Israel itself should be boycotted until they abide by international laws.

  • This just in: Glenn Greenwald was never bar mitzvahed
    • Can anyone provide a summary of what Yonah is attempting to say? I can't figure it out, lots of words and rambling thoughts that don't appear to be coherent. Do I detect evidence of an existential crisis perhaps, identity-crisis-breakdown? If yes, Yonah has my sympathy, must be brutal to have your world slowly erode away because it was built on the oppression and suffering of another people.

      Meanwhile the Palestinians in Gaza, behind Israel's electrified fence, whilst under siege from their Israeli occupiers, are praying that Yonah and his tribal kin figure out their crisis because they would like to get on with their lives and no longer be imprisoned.

      Perhaps Yonah should call: 1-800-Identity-Crisis

  • Denial of Palestinian self-determination in the 40s haunts U.S. policy to this day
    • Zach,
      in what way would Jewish Israelis lose their self-determination? You need to be specific and give examples otherwise your rhetorical question is baseless and will not be taken seriously.

  • Israel lobbyist Ronald Lauder denounces movie star Danny Glover for boycott call
    • unverified__f91d36j8 says: Nothing brave about being anti-Israel. Israel is the safest country to hate on.

      Desmond Tutu, who isn't even anti-Israeli but anti-apartheid was treated to "Black Nazi Pig" graffitti on one of his visits to Israel and Yad Vashem. He wasn't even hating on Israel, but preaching love & forgiveness and still the Zio-Cult extremists interpreted that as hatred. So I doubt Tutu would agree with your assessment about Israel being a safe country when even preaching "love & forgiveness" is perceived as criminal.

  • Obama outmaneuvers Netanyahu, at last
  • When a wedding party is a form of resistance
    • Donna,
      these reports are amazing! It really creates an invaluable human connection for those of us who are not in Palestine. And most importantly illuminating the everyday acts of resistance that take place in the Occupied Territories that we otherwise would not be aware of.

  • Who will be the last neoconservative?
    • Yonah,
      Where was/is your concern for the neo-conservative's barbarian invasion of Iraq (aka, the Cradle of Civilization) and it's destruction?

      Marhaba Ya Iraq:

  • Defending Apartheid – From 1968 to the present
  • Two-state solution is 'psychological solution' allowing people to take themselves off the moral hook -- Telhami
  • A Jew who visited Palestine responds to 'NYT' assertion that Palestinians want to kill all Jews
  • Long ago, Bill Buckley and Woody Allen agreed on occupation
    • Ha ha, Buckley. Bad childhood memories, horrifying man. I first saw Buckley on tv as a kid, right around the time when I first came to live here from Italy (early 80's). His whole demeanor and arrogance and speech pattern made me shudder. I hated being here at first, and hearing that man speak confirmed for me all of my (unwarranted + self-manufactured) prejudices about the States. I've since evolved (as we all must and should) but Buckley is still such a potent symbol of the WASP culture that I encountered when I first came here (not that Italy doesn't have it's own Italian version). Just glad that I can now laugh about it :-) Thank you Bill Buckley for making me a more tolerant person.

      PS: I had seen that clip before, and it is very funny. It doesn't hurt that Buckley was so wrong vis-a-vis Israel; but then again, when was he ever right?

  • 'NYT' abided by Israeli gag order even as 'EI' scooped it repeatedly
    • Am I sponsoring slave work if I do order there?

      I stopped buying from amazon after I became aware of how badly the warehouse workers are treated. If you're interested, the article below does a pretty good job of exposing the labor conditions in their warehouses.

      link to motherjones.com

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