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  • NY Times 'confirms' Hezbollah/Iran connection to Bulgaria attack by quoting unnamed American 'officials'
    • Previously unknown group claims Burgas attack

      Jerusalem Post - ‎Jul 21, 2012‎

      Israel and the United States have accused Hezbollah of perpetrating the attack but on Saturday a group called “Base of Jihad” claimed responsibility for the attack. Bulgarian police have published pictures of the suspected bomber who was carrying ...

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Mezuzah (God) watch
    • "Some years ago an Irish Christian Biblical commentator, now deceased, a Catholic priest to boot and active in the Palestinian cause, trumpeted the Hebrew Bible’s colonialism so often I thought he mistook the history of the ancient Israelites with the last 1500 years of Christian history."

      So was this guy a real anti semite or a ''religious'' bigot?
      I think I'd say a religious bigot unless you provide more information.
      Is you're saying you thought he mistook it for Christian history also bigoted?
      This is why all the religious should be kept in a separate room if what they want to do is compare or parse Christianity-Judaism.
      Unless they want to start a religious war, which would make the political and policy fight over Israel look like a picnic in comparsion.

  • How many of you are uncomfortable with the phrase 'oppression of Palestinians'? In the packed room, just a few heads nodded
    • "McCarthy’s father had served in the British forces in Mandate Palestine before being demobbed in the spring of 1946. In July of that year the Zionist militia, the Irgun, bombed the British headquarters in Jerusalem, the King David Hotel, killing ninety-two people, a terrorist attack celebrated in Tablet magazine just this week. ‘

      Yes I found that article astounding....

      http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/106688/blowing-up-the-king-david-hotel

      My 91-Year-Old Grandfather Helped Blow Up the King David Hotel on July 22, 1946

      If this had been some old Nazi proudly proclaiming his part in excuting Jews the Nazi Hunters would be at his house already.

  • Krugman's coverup
    • As far as I can see the Jewish non support of Obama among the revelant Jews comes down to he hasn't or won't attack Iran.

      Otherwise name me one thing Obama hasn't given Israel.
      As for the 'business' community it's not the business community, it's the WS community which in reality has also gotten everything wanted from Obama.
      The actual 'business' community( the producers) don't know which way to jump.......which is the result of fear of more meltdowns caused by the criminal infrastructure of WS and our Banking systems and the banks sitting on their cash and not investing/loaning ....THAT combined with the very shaky global financials and interconnections that make the US economy also vulnerable is what the business community is afraid of.

  • White House refuses to point finger at Hezbollah in Bulgaria terrorist attack
  • Netanyahu adopts Facebook strategy to claim sovereignty over Jerusalem for the Olympics
  • Would I have been defended against smears if I was Palestinian?
    • Would an Arab or non Jew have been defended as strongly on this by journalist? I doubt it.
      BUT...catch the news right now....Michele Bauchman's attack on Hillary's Arab assistant , Huma, (sp?) is being condemned by quite a few republicans, led by John McCain.
      On CNN tonight one guest nailed it....he said ''far right Jews, far right Christians, all the far right fringe groups are the ones behind the demonizing of Muslims".

  • 3 stories without legs
    • I don't care about religious disputes and this guy is only one individual of which the US has some similar....like the guy who burned the Koran and the Islam dennouncers like Michele Buachman and others.
      What I think outburst like this say, besides the fact that there are a lot of crazy individuals,-----is that by coddling Israel and therefore Jews a lot of them feel 'entitled' to spew venom on anything/one not Jewish.

    • I don't thing the Hagee types care about anything except keeping the money rolling in from their sheep like followers.

  • Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Mistake to blame 'any country or organization' for Burgas attack at this point
    • Beinart is one of the Never Learns.
      Go ahead attack Iran..and we will be writing 10 years out the same about Iran we are now saying 10 years after Iraq:

      "In the run-up to the war in Iraq, neoconservative hawks in and out of the Bush administration promised that the U.S. invasion would quickly transform that country into a strong ally, a model Arab democracy and a major oil producer that would lower world prices, even while paying for its own reconstruction.

      "A new regime in Iraq would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations in the region," President George W. Bush told a crowd at the American Enterprise Institute in 2003, a few weeks before he launched the attack.

      Ten bloody and grueling years later, Iraq is finally emerging from its ruins and establishing itself as a geopolitical player in the Middle East -- but not the way the neocons envisioned."
      Froomkin

      -----------------------------------

      My correspondent writes that the final "denouement" will come when Iraq declares that Israel has no right to exist. pat lang
      "

  • Israel lobby groups acknowledge that occupation is 'delegitimizing'/'killing' Israel
    • I'll believe it when I see it.

      Perfect ex.:

      "Among the leaders is Daniel Gordis, a rightwing Zionist who told the AP that the crazy Levy report might be legal, "

      How stupid do you have to be to think the Levy report represents anything "legal' in regard to settlements? Huh, how stupid do you have to be? The whole world, including the US, has said the settlements are illegal.
      So stupid for leadership is going to rally round and produce a solution?...I don't believe it.

  • 7 dead in terrorist attack in Bulgaria
    • @ Betsy,

      There no need to lay off commenting, everyone here gets their share of misunderstandings and insults due to temper tantrums, misinterpretations of their comments and so forth ...and gets over it.
      MW is as billed....'a war of ideas". LOL

    • "I find the women in hysterics metaphor sexist and I have always had concern about women’s roles in the Arab societies I’ve visited. That said, as an American Jew my chief concerns are with the injustices my country and my tribe are perpetrating, "

      You do do you?
      Might interest you to know that I consider men and women both to be androgynous in their psychological makeup. Sort of like your American -Jew makeup...traits of both combined.
      But of course it's not ' peopxist' to for you to claim Jews value learning more others.
      So let us not get holier than thou in our superior pc preening.

    • @Betsy

      I don't know....how far into nit picking do we have to go?
      It's just a expression for christ sake.
      Change it to man/ teenager/ cats on hot tin roof in constant hysterics for all I care.

    • "let it happen."

      Just happens to be my 911 theory. A "let it happen" is a perfect crime in most cases.

    • "Instead, it points to the distinct possibility that the Israelis planned a carefully limited bomb attack that was not intended to cause serious injury to Israeli diplomatic personnel, but that would advance the larger Israeli narrative on the need to punish Iran."

      Yea, that's what the Delhi incident looked like to me too.

    • @ Colin

      All true. We've just all guessing at the culprits. ....Israel has made so many enemies it could be anyone.

    • I think Iran and Hezbollah are both far more pragamatic than Israel.
      Israel is like a woman in constant hysterics in everything it does.

    • I am always willing to believe the worse about Israel based on their history of past killings and pattern of false flags and terror acts....BUT....would Israel actually sacrifice Jews to a false flag?
      I don't know about that. I really tend to think not.

      But then you can never underestimate evil. Would be masters of the universe have sacrificed their own before for some goal.

    • The Israelis make no sense. Assume this was true, there was a Hez guy planning to bomb some Israelis. Assume Israel really believes Israelis are targets 24/7 everywhere.
      Remember Israel warned tourist off Egypt before and warns Israelis on visiting numerous other countries constantly.
      So having already 'fingered" one Hez guy in Bulgaria...Israel warned no Israeli tourist, no one took any extra security precautions with transportation, luggage or who boarded the bus?
      Doesn't make sense.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/18/israel-iran-bomb-tourists-bulgaria

      "The attack comes days after a 24-year-old Lebanese man affiliated with Hezbollah was arrested in Cyprus on suspicion of planning a terror attack targeting Israeli tourists, based on evidence provided to local police by Israeli intelligence.

      The man was found with information on tour buses carrying Israeli passengers, a list of Cypriot spots favoured by Israeli tourists and details of Israeli airlines that fly into Cyprus, Greek newspaper Phileleftheros reported."

      "Based on the modus operandi of Hezbollah and Iranian agencies, including the Revolutionary Guard, I think a clear trademark connects today's attack with those elements," said Boaz Ganor, executive director at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel.

    • "Note that ‘racheting up the warmongering against Iran’ does serve the interests of some parties in Iran itself."...Colin

      It would have to be minuscule some.
      If it was a terrorist group it smells like the MEK to me.
      As Greenwald and many others have written there is evidence Israel colludes with the MEK in the assassinations of Iran scientist.
      However--- the MEK is a real freak goup of killers and unlikely to be totally contollable by Israel or anyone.
      If they thought killing Israelis would cause a war on Iran so they could take Iran over then they would kill Israelis even though they collaborated with Israel the day before. Assassinations and especially spectacular bombings of civilian targets are their speciality.

      There's also the possibility it wasn't state or a group, it could have been a single individual who hated Israelis, that's happened before also.

    • Disgusting attack on innocent civilians, no possible justification for it, none.

      I don't see Iran or Lebanon's Hezbollah as being behind it however, I don't think this kind of "incident creating" is in their stragety playbook right now...there's no benefit to their current position in doing this.
      I can see however some remnant of ALQ, or some other terrorist group, or the MEK doing this to ratchet things up around Iran.

  • We need another name for the occupation
    • The occupation doesn't need a new name.
      Just needs expanding to bloody destroyer of life and human dignity.

  • Will Cantor's backing of Netanyahu over Obama become campaign fodder?
    • I think this election should be all about Israel.....yep...all opponents to Israel firsters should start attacking them on their unpatriotic loyalty to a foreign country instead of trying to out love them on Israel.

  • Huffington Post features Israel lobby propaganda in slander against the Presbyterian Church
    • Around the Web:....articles presented by Huffpo

      Will Presbyterians Repudiate Church's Hate for Israel and Jews ...

      Presbyterian Church (USA) Members Want Israel Accused of ...

      Jewish Groups Accuse Presbyterian Church Group of Anti-Semitism ...

      Presbyterians Against Israel - The Wall Street Journal

      Anti-Semitism in the Presbyterian Church ... - Arutz Sheva Israel News
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      Zios have put up Jews as human shields for Israel in their fight with Christian churches.
      Nothing new about that, but using it against others religion is a real 'escalation' that shows just how stupidly crazy they are. What do they think is going to happen when they issue ultimatums that say choose Jews (=Israel) or choose your own religious principles?

  • The divine rule of security in Hebron
    • http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-grant-settlement-subsidy-pledge-16782589

      Israel to Grant Settlement Subsidy, Despite Pledge

      By AMY TEIBEL Associated Press

      JERUSALEM July 15, 2012 (AP)

      The Israeli government has quietly agreed to grant subsidies to build more than 500 new homes in the West Bank, backtracking from a promise earlier this year to deny these incentives to the settlements, The Associated Press has learned.

      The planned construction, at a time when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to shore up support among settlers, has enraged the Palestinians and could cloud a visit starting Sunday by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she tries to re-energize moribund Mideast peace efforts.

      The housing units are benefiting from the government's designation of the settlements as "national priority" areas — a status normally reserved for low-income cities and towns where the government wants to encourage development and lure people to live.

      In January, the Israeli Cabinet identified more than 550 communities, including 70 West Bank settlements, as national priority areas. The list drew immediate protests from the Palestinians, who view the West Bank as the core of a future state. The U.S. demanded an explanation of the settlements' inclusion.

      Facing international pressure, Israeli leaders quietly held a second vote in a meeting conducted by telephone to exclude the settlements from the measure. Shortly after, Netanyahu told a news conference with visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the initial Cabinet decision was a mistake.

      Government spokesman Mark Regev at the time insisted the new vote meant that the subsidy program "does not apply to communities in the West Bank." Still, the Cabinet left a loophole, saying settlements could receive benefits "contingent on a decision by political leaders."

      According to Israel's Housing Ministry, however, the country's political leaders have already approved subsidies for one small project of 24 homes in the settlement of Efrat, just south of Jerusalem. And nearly 500 other homes in Efrat and two other settlements, Beitar Illit and Ariel, are now in the pipeline to receive the incentives, which include a discount of up to $27,000 for infrastructure development costs.

      Ministry spokesman Ariel Rosenberg said it is not clear how many of these homes will be built because the construction bids for the 500 homes have not closed. He also noted that subsidies are also available for projects in hundreds of other communities inside Israel proper.

      Asked about the apparent government flip-flop, Regev said, "There are no special incentives whatsoever to encourage people to live in the West Bank. The same conditions apply to 600 communities throughout the country."

      But neither the Palestinians nor the international community see things that way.

      Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem are at the heart of a 3-year-old deadlock in Mideast peace efforts. The Palestinians claim both areas, captured by Israel in 1967, for a future state. But with more than 500,000 Jewish settlers now living in these areas, the Palestinians say their dream of an independent state is fading as it grows tougher to partition the land between Israelis and Palestinians.

      The international community, including the United States, says the settlements are illegal or illegitimate.

      Promotion of settlement construction could complicate Clinton's visit. Clinton was set to arrive late Sunday in hopes of breathing new life into Mideast peace efforts.

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      Typical.
      I think we are looking at this outline of world choice/possibilities on Israel.
      I. World forfeits international laws as laws and human rights concept.
      A. Israel completely absorbs Palestine and dispossess Palestines.
      II. World rejects Israeli exceptionalism to all Laws.
      A. The world institutes policies to stop Israel.
      III. World Efforts to stop Israel's Destruction of Palestine Succeed.
      A. Two States are created.
      IV. World Effort to stop Israel Fails.
      A. World voids Israel as Jewish majority state.
      B. World creates One state.
      V. One State become fully democratic.
      A. End of world action.
      VI. One State become Apartheid
      A. World destroys and rescinds the concept of any Jewish homeland.

  • What if an American politician came out for preserving a Christian majority?
    • "Thinking that the alternate to self-determination is persecution or thinking that a certain...."

      'Self determine' is now my throw up trigger, please quit using it.

    • "Would any Jewish nationalists here care to explain why some forms of ethnic and religious nationalism are legitimate and others are not? Perhaps hophmi or tokyobk?"

      Don't hold your breath waiting on that. But if they ever do answer the answer will be 'it's different' for Jews by virture of so on and so forth.

    • "What is the difference between Jewish nationalists like Benjamin Netanyahu or Jeffrey Goldberg and white nationalists like David Duke and his European counterparts?......Sean

      None?
      But I doubt the Jeffery Goldbergs will ever figure that out.
      I don't really object to people who want to 'live seperately' for some religious or cultural reason.....the problem is when it's' hostile and aggressive to others" outside them, imposes on and harms others. The Quakers and some others have managed to live in their own culture and maintain some seperation to a degree without being a threat to or imposition on others.

  • New Israeli policy calls for segregating and testing African migrants in hospitals
    • The way the hospital is treating them is equivalent to the old separate waiting rooms and entrances for blacks and whites.

      16 years ago my dentist retired and a friend urged me to go to one that just opended a new practice in town. While I was waiting a black woman came in in obvious pain. She asked if she could see the dentist and she stressed to the receptionist that she had the 'money to pay her bill". The girl at the desk brushed her off and said they couldn't work her in. IF she had been white that new trying to build a practice dentist would have seen her. It pissed me off so I left. What I should have done was stand up and say she can have my appointment and really put them on the spot but I guess I wasn't thinking fast enough.
      I have the feeling that's exactly how Arabs and blacks get treated in Israel.

    • Revolting.

      I can understand that countries would test immigrants for certain communicable diseases to avoid wide outbreaks or plagues in the population. I don't think that's unreasonable or discriminatory.

      But obviously that is not what Israel is doing, they are singling out races.

      And in this day and time of millions of travelers being in and out of numerous countries where they can be exposed to anything by anyone they come in contact with tourist to Israel can be carriers of diseases also.

      Almost every really bad bug I've ever picked up I got on some commerical airline flight.

  • The crisis of Jewish identity
    • "Unfortunately, American, you sometimes give that impression. Your words can easily be construed to come to this conclusion. I am still trying to figure out what your real beliefs are on these matters."...sean

      Well let me clear this up for you.

      I don't love Jews 'as a group', I don't hate Jews 'as a group'. They are just another group among people who group. Because of the topic of this blog they are the group always under discusison here. I don't think they are smarter or dumber or innately superior or inferior by culture or religion or any other marker.
      IOW, I don't have any ''emotional feelings' about Jews.
      When I "think" about Jews, I think about them in two separate ways---No. 1) as individuals and No 2) of some of the 'organized' Jewish political groups re Israel.
      Now perhaps you don't get my compartmentalization..the ability to view the subject of Jews two ways ...as a group of different individuals and also as to some degree a tribal group with a agenda.
      There are some things about the tribal group that I don't care for .....the extreme identity obsession and tooting their own horn and the emphasis on their victimhood. My "personal preference" of traits or things I would admire in an individual or group are not thoses. My 'personal taste or preferences however do not translate into anti semitic generalizations from one Jew to the group or from the group to one individual Jew. On the other hand there are Jewish groups that I do admire like those individuals in the peace and BDS movement----however the admiration I have for thsee groups also do not translate to all Jews or all Jewish groups----so once again my "thinking" holds different thoughts on different parts of what is called "the Jewish group" as a whole.

      This is how I look at all 'groups' of people with no exceptions.
      That I don't make exceptions for Jews is taken by some as anti semitism...so be it...... I don't do pro or con bullshit on Jews or anyone else.

    • "I will overlook your irrational outburst on this subject since I understand that you have a phobia about Jews (not just “Zionists”), and are quite angry on the subject."..sean

      So now I 'am another anti semite you've whiffed out?... LOL

    • Sean,

      All of us who have participated in your Friend Feed have seen your contradictions in what you say and how you swing from praise of Jews to then posting thought provoking or 'comment eliciting' pieces on what's wrong with the Jews.
      And then proceeded to ask everyone who they thought was anti semitic on your feed. Same thing you're doing now.

      We could view your Jewish contribution claim as "baiting' the audience, or view it as Colin said, a defense against then attacking something Jewish.
      We could imagine you are Jew pretending to be Irish to bait the gentiles, or a anti semite Irish trying to hide it with contridicitory statements, first good then bad.

      Whatver it is, you're destroying your credibility with this crap. If you can't be straightforward then wise up......the lab rats are not stupid.

    • Sean,

      Maybe this will help you:..a Timeline of Civilization with--- all the inventions, discoveries, social, political, science, art, culture and where they came from.

      http://library.thinkquest.org/C004203/timeline/main.htm

      Frankly you got some kind of Jewish fetish going on for whatever reason...it's too weird for me.
      Consider how intelligent it is to give me a link to a Jewish Rabbi who claims Jews are smarter by virtue of Judaism..??????...LOL....are you serious? You expect me to consider that supporting evidence of Jewish contributions to "civilization"? If I had a dime for every Jewish author article that claimed Jews were superior by virtue of religion or genes or culture I could pay the national debt.

      If I were you I would get away from depending on IT and "Symbol processing and google word games as a substitute for real research and education.
      To know anything about Civilization and the contributions to it and by who you have to actually STUDY Civilization century by century...you can't study or google one, two or three groups and expect to learn anything about who contribute the most. There were some groups that contributed the 'most' in ancient times, like the Greeks and Egyptians and Chinese but in following centuries there wasn't any one group that was the 'most'.

      I don't want to totally blow your mind and myths about Jews and physics and science either but guess what.. ...1000 years ago a Greek first declared that matter consisted of ATOMS. Every real, as in real, historian, not some ethnic promoter, will tell you that 'more' advances for mankind occurred in the early centuries and ancient times----and that civilizations thereafter "built" on them. And all the great advances of 'thought' in the western world?....are just reinterpretations and extensions of Ancient Greek philosophy.

    • "The Jews who made contributions were Frenchmen and Germans and Englishmen, etc. Why separate them out?"...RoHa

      I don't, Sean does. He made the comparsion of Jews to others. I used French and Italian and so forth because what do compare Jews to?...are they a nationality, a ethnic, a religion? what? Should I have used Anglo Saxons, Asians?

    • American,

      You know, instead of playing the “my culture is better than your culture” game, why don’t we say that both cultures (European and Jewish), and many others, possess interesting elements from which we are all free to select and enjoy to our taste."......Sean

      You are the one doing that . I'm not the one playing my culture is better than yours or the one hyping one group over another. The only reason I even comment on all this "identity" crap is to point to the hypocrisy and myths on all sides of it.

      Look thru everything I have ever said.....you won't find any instance of my claiming white Europeans or any other ethnic group contributed the most to civilization or was superior to other groups. Or going on and on praising any select group. I can imagine the uproar from other nationalities and groups and religions if I claimed Americans or Christians had'' contributed the most to civilization''.
      You have some kind of problem with the Jewish thing...you go back and forth between claiming they are a superior ethnic group and then denouncing their idea of superior ethnic groups.
      It's bizarre and there's something off about it is what I'm saying.
      And I'm saying if you state that Jews contributed'' more to civilization'' than any other group..prove it. Don't make general pie in the sky proclamations you can't back up with facts.
      And the first step in that is to define exaclty what you mean by 'civilization'...how narrow or broad you want that to be ....and then define ''advances'' in civilization...and then find out who was responsible for those advances.
      For instance, what to do call advances? the discovery of fire, or the wheel, or discovering seeds could be planted to grow food, or irrigating land, or the concepts of math and time, the written word, the printing press, the cotton gin, the telephone, mixing elements to create paint, use of herbs to cure disease, and on and on.....
      The world has a long long long history and began long before the 20th century and the internet.

    • And where were most of them educated? You know where. Or if you don't you should find out.
      Listen, you are digging yourself a hole here because your statement is too wide ranging and declaratory and without sufficient proof or data.
      This is exactly what the zionist and some supremacist Jews do...they just "declare" Jews are superior and created the bulk of "civilization"...without specifics.
      For someone whose every other comment declares he hates categorizing ethnics and groups, for whatever reason you spend a lot of time telling us how Jewish achievement exceed all others.
      I am more than willing to applaud Jewish contributions just as I do Greeks and Italians and the French and Indians and etc......but when you start talking about contributions to "civilization"..with what that implies ...I want to show me the beef as the old Wendy's ad says.

    • @ Colin

      Ditto on the condom thing and the rest. It's like a see saw.

    • Sean,

      None of those rise to level of contributions that have" impacted the world in a positive way". The authors you list are contemporary and while Woody Allen might be famous he hardly impacted "the world" in some significant way. Einstein I will agree, but Mark Zuckerberg?

      No I mean bigger things. You said to 'civilization"...meaning to me things that changed man's world in a fundemental and positive way and are still with us.
      And listing Jesus Christ, Abraham and Moses? Yes the Jews wrote the old testment and then the majority rejected it for christianity and the New Testment-- but still I guess it's a contribution to religion.
      I want the big things....the creation of something like Democracy or Greek concept of Republics-- a concept like All men are created equal as the basis for creating a civilization---something like that.
      IOW something big and universal that helped create what we call civilization and that has endured.

    • @ jon

      During the time AA has been in action the most major cause of black poverty 'continuing', being passed down, is the unwed mothers rate. That is not even disputed among black educators and leaders.
      Among Blacks it has gone from 24% to 72 % duringAA and aid to single mothers. So there is more at work than 'white privilege' keeping them down.
      Instead of blaming the white man your time would be better spent looking into the overall dumb downing of and decline of society and it's values in general, the poor examples young people get from media and etc.......and those responsible for it. Among those responsible you will find some one note johnny sociologists who blame it all on the white privileged perps.
      All intelligent people agree that that you can only do so much for people or a person and then their own motivation and sense of responsibility has to take over. I don't think the illegtimate births and resuting poverty situation in the black community can be blamed on 'white people' because unwed mothers among whites have also increased but not this to extent.
      Blacks have as much access to basic and further education thru the community College system as ''poor whites' and just as much access to unskilled and skilled trade jobs. They don't have access to the higher echelons of education and jobs because of lack of financies, in that they are the same boat as low income whites.
      So no I don't buy your theory. There is more to it than white prilivage keep the blacks down.

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39993685/ns/health-womens_health/t/blacks-struggle-percent-unwed-mothers-rate/

      Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate

      Debate is growing in and outside the black community on how to address the rising issue
      By JESSE WASHINGTON

      Seventy-two percent of black babies are born to unmarried mothers today, according to government statistics. This number is inseparable from the work of Carroll, an obstetrician who has dedicated her 40-year career to helping black women.

      "The girls don't think they have to get married. I tell them children deserve a mama and a daddy. They really do," Carroll says from behind the desk of her office, which has cushioned pink-and-green armchairs, bars on the windows, and a wooden "LOVE" carving between two African figurines. Diamonds circle Carroll's ring finger.

      As the issue of black unwed parenthood inches into public discourse, Carroll is among the few speaking boldly about it. And as a black woman who has brought thousands of babies into the world, who has sacrificed income to serve Houston's poor, Carroll is among the few whom black women will actually listen to.

      Statistics show just what that marriage means. Children of unmarried mothers of any race are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults, and have their own children out of wedlock.

      The black community's 72 percent rate eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008, the most recent year for which government figures are available. The rate for the overall U.S. population was 41 percent.

      This issue entered the public consciousness in 1965, when a now famous government report by future senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan described a "tangle of pathology" among blacks that fed a 24 percent black "illegitimacy" rate. The white rate then was 4 percent.

      Many accused Moynihan, who was white, of "blaming the victim:" of saying that black behavior, not racism, was the main cause of black problems. That dynamic persists. Most talk about the 72 percent has come from conservative circles; when influential blacks like Bill Cosby have spoken out about it, they have been all but shouted down by liberals saying that a lack of equal education and opportunity are the true root of the problem.''

    • @ GermanLefty

      I would tend to agree mostly...although I do think that Affirmative Action was necesary and good immediately following civil rights in order to give Blacks a leg up and legal recourse to discrimination.
      That said however, AA and hiring as it was done within AA in the beginning should have a time limit. You can't eternally give any group a special set up. How long should AA last? A generation? I don't know, but making it forever doesn't not inspire any group to not be dependent or count on it instead of themselves.

    • "A further Ali Abunimah quote: “It’s racist to think Jews need a special state and can’t live with other people. Aren’t they human like the rest of us?” ....german lefty

      Zionism was racist, the Balfour letter endorsement of zionism was racist, everything about the whole concept of a people group that could never live with others was racist on both ends. It's amazing so few get this basic of zionism and those who supported it in the non Jewish world with the idea Jews never would fit into others world......way prior to the holocuast.
      Wonder why zionism isn't considered anti semitic...looks like to me it's was the ultimate expression of it.

    • "In order to create equality between white and black Americans, we have to give temporary advantage and preferential treatment to oppressed groups. It’s not reverse racism. It is abolishing white privilege and leveling the playing field so that blacks and whites can be on equal footing."

      We've done that already with AAction. Wake up, we have a Black president.
      If Blacks are disadvantaged in any way still, it is in the judicial system where Blacks do get disproportionately incarcerated and sentenced imo.

    • "This blog is, correct me if I’m wrong, mainly about the Israel lobby and ways whether through activism, BDS to counteract the lobbys influence; its not about going on and on about Jewish cultural practices. If you want to convince other young Jewish people to become anti-Zionist and build a movement to challenge the Zionists, your attitude needs to change. That is all."..YoungMassJew

      I think that is what MW is suppose to mainly be about. However Phil sometimes introduces Jews or Jewishness as a topic because of his own identity.
      Even when Jewishness or Jewish culture isn't an article subject it is frequently brought up in threads,
      Going back to my first days of Israel discussions years ago on a general FP blog it was Jewish/ zionist activist that would always introduce Jews as the main topic into the Israel discussion.
      IOW --they would "change the conversation" from political issues around Israel to Jews as a topic.
      They did this obviously to try and make criticism of Israel = criticism of Jews in general and then to label it anti semitism.
      When they did this the conversation would naturally veer off into long commenter denials of anti semitism and explaining the difference and so forth and go on and on and turn into a mud fight.
      This still goes on as we can see by the uber zios here MW.
      For instance if the discussion is about something like the State of Israel land confiscations in Palestine and international law applicable to that or about US FP toward Israel they will turn it from that political -factual discussion into all about 'the Jews', peoplehood, the holocaust, guilt/responsibility of the world for the Jews, etc..culminating in we're anti semitic.
      As I have often said if it were not for what Israel as the Jewish state was doing the discussion of Jews by non Jews would be almost non existent.
      Likewise if not for zio activist constantly changing the subject from Israel as State and political entity to the main thing about 'it' being Jews there would less discussion of Jews except among Jews themselves and those that are into delving into religion, group culture and traits.

    • "All cultures produce their crazies — Jewish culture fewer than most"......Sean

      The same thing is said about Asians, Buddhist, etc..
      However regarding Jews specifically in this statement, what would you consider crazy?...would zionism be included? If so you would have to know what % of Jews were zionist.

      It was interesting last night I was listening to coverage of the bombing in Aurora. They had a psychiatrist on explaining the probable mentality of the bomber. He was described exactly as Avigail Abarbanel has described the pathology of the uber zionist.....one bent on revenge for some past injury or failure to be recognized, devoid of any human empathy and conscience, feelings of great satisfaction and power in destroying others, willing to destroy himself to destroy others, etc..
      It was errily similar.

    • ""You don’t get it. Your movement is infested with antisemites like the people here. Stop thinking that anti-Israel activism can be divorced from antisemitism. It clearly cannot"..hoppie

      Well if that's what you believe you better quit wasting your time here and get busy either reforming Israel or finding a new colony on Mars to escape us earthlings cause most people are anti Zionist Israel these days for good reasons.

    • Sean,

      It would be more interesting if you listed 'specific' cultural creations or contributions of Jews to the world.
      And specific contributions of Europeans to the world.
      I don't think anyone is challenging individual Jews haven't made contributions to civilizations.
      But there seems to be this tendency to buy into the idea put forth here frequently that Jews (plural) (group) have contributed extraordinarily to world civilization.
      I have asked several times for some specific examples of what Jews have contributed 'to the world' in culture or other fields "that had an impact" on the world. I think it requires something more than that Jews are over represented in certain fields for their numbers.
      When I think of contributions to civilization I think of major things-creations that had an impact on the whole world.
      Something along the lines of the British creation of Black's Common Law which was adopted by the colonies and America and has been adopted by other countries around the world as the basis of their legal systems. Something like even the basic Arab and Egyptian inventions of the concept of leverage, irrigation and math.
      In culture I tend to think of Italian painter Michelangelo and the Greek philosophers, writers like Shakespeare and Thackeray, poets like Byron, creations that are considered classics and have endured thruout the centuries and are universally admired or acclaimed.
      No one is denying Jewish contributions but I would like to see a listing of what you think ranks with the classic creations in the world and what are the Jewish contributions that have somehow changed or bettered the world.
      I'v never studied world contributions by ethnic or religion so I am asking because I am sincerely curious and have asked many times on here when this has been mentioned and never gotten an answer so maybe you can provide the specifics.

    • lysias says:
      July 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

      The Christian churches in Germany were entirely too guilty of complicity with Nazism, and after 1945 the German public was well aware of this fact
      >>>>>>>

      So you're promoting the idea all Christian Churches were supportive of what the Nazis did? That has a familiar ring to it.
      Prior to Hitler taking power the Catholic Church excommunicated members who joined the Nazi party. Afterward it tired to make an agreement to keep Hitler from attacking Catholics...but of course he did anyway.
      Right or wrong or obviously some German christians, but it's a bit more to it than you protray.

    • "I’ve met non-Jews who have been really into Jewish thought and culture, and have related to them exactly as I would to Jews who share that part of my cultural background and interests."...Shmuel

      Too much round robin discussion about Jewish identity....for which there isn't going to be one definition anyway because different Jews have different ideas about their identity.
      And how one relates, because of their Jewish identity, to non Jews who are into Jewish thought and culture isn't important to anyone except that particular Jew and that particular non Jew interested in his culture.

      The only worthwhile debate about 'identities' is are some of them hostile in their treatment of others or not, and if some are what do you do about them.
      My view is you will never be able to 'change" people, or whatever identity they have chosen, to some ideal of what anyone else thinks they should be. They might or might not change their identity but on their own.
      The identities that are hostile to others can be hostile in their private views as long they don't act them out in any way....if they do act them out then they get punished for it.
      I don't see any other way to run both a 'free' and a 'civilized' world in which some people will always prioritize their identity because people prioritizing their identities has been happening since mankind began and always will.

    • "Care to place a bet?...Sean

      My money's on you're being right on all points.
      There has never been the slightest sign of Israel becoming anything but more and more agressive and supremist and holding itself above all universal laws.

    • @ hoppie

      People tend to not like people who don't like them...understandable in both Jews and non Jews

      I dare say though that more Jews were raised being told about the terrible gentiles than there were gentiles being raised told about the terrible Jews.
      And this was probably so even before the holocaust because Jews had a belief in their victimhood even before the holocaust.
      And even the Jewish holocaust itself was the product of 'some' mad men not the entire gentile world.

      I don't like Jews like you who call someone like Sean a anti semite, I don't like any of them who say all non Jews carry 'latent anti semitism"...and we've seen a regular parade of Jews who do that, including lately the so called interfaith religious leader who said that about the Presbyterian church group.
      For some reason some Jews think it is acceptable to accuse or slur all non Jews. They think no one is going to say or point out they are the same kind of bigots as anti semites. The common mantra of organized Jewry for Israel and even in general among some is the Whole World is anti semitic or anti -semities- in -waiting to persecute the Jews.

      Well that double standard is over as far as I am concerned.
      Bigotry is a two way street....there are no Jews only or Non Jews only roads in it.

    • We could settle the argument about whether zionist instigated or were instrumental in instigating the Iraq war or not --if Tom Freidman would name those 25 people he said were responsible and were only a stone's thrown from his office.

    • ''So we don't feel at all threatened by a crisis for religious nationalism. No, we are thrilled by it-- because religious nationalism goes against our values. We have hastened that crisis
      I work for this website because I believe the destruction of Palestinian human rights and the corruption of American political values are more important issues than Jewish continuity, I will not put religious community over my progressive principles.''

      Good statements. I don't see that crisis necessarily means the end of Jewish continuity however. Everything on earth goes thru changes and interruptions, it's just how man's universe works. People change and adapt to survive.

  • Top university presidents tour Israel and the West Bank on comp hasbara trip
  • Announcing a new partnership between Mondoweiss and Salon
    • When are we going to see them on MSMBC or CNN or hear them on NPR?
      When, when,when!.....the debate on Mondo is where it's at....the whole Israel and I/P issue is here and wide open...has been ahead of the curve since the beginning.

    • This is fantastic! Congratulations to Phil and the whole Mondo staff and the great writers and guest contributors to Mondo.
      This is huge, really huge.

  • Responding to 'the Atlantic' smear on Mondoweiss
    • I have to say I am really so tired of all this anti semite screeching from the zionist that my reaction now is to just nod off.....zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
      I can't even summon the interest to correct or explain anything to them any more.

    • All they have left is smears and character assassination.
      And a bitch smacking of Mondo?
      And the Atlantic publishes this kind of juvenile thug?
      Pathetic.

  • Americans deserve to debate the negative impact of U.S. military aid to Israel
    • The US is going to f*** around and f*** until it get someone to fire back at them so they can declare Iran did it.

    • Will Berman go after Clifford and the map ads......bets he's steaming over the success of that one.
      It appears that CBS Outdoors policy in putting up or jerking I/P ads is who has the most heft....Clifford obviously has some heft and is no dummy.

  • Disney heir on Ahava: 'I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources'
    • Well at least that's something.
      I can understand there may be legal hurdles in the way Shamrock was set up originally that prevent her from being able to divest and from forcing any divestment.
      But still, yes her statement is worth a lot. And being a 'Disney' makes it carry more public weight and influence.

  • It is not him who is under anesthesia, it is us
    • I have no idea what you're talking about biorabbi....and don't want to know.

    • Well I don't now what a macher or shtetl is but you're in danger of giving me Coulrophobia.

    • Well then Lefty....go quietly into the good night...as they say.
      I respect your right to your attitude but I will never understand it like you don't understand mine.
      I try imagine what the world would be like if no one had raised a hand to Hitler. Or seeing some guy getting beat to death by thugs and not intervening physically or attacking the thugs to stop them if that's what it took.
      I try to imagine if I was standing by with a gun while the IDF Col pumped 12 bullets into a 13 year old girl......or standing by while people were shot and dumped into pits by nazis squads...would I pull the trigger on him or them to stop him if I could? Yes I would. I wouldn't 'want to do it' but I would do it if that was the only way.
      When violence is the 'last and 'only resort left to combat evil then I would rather sully my lily white soul and sensibilities than let it win.

    • Well that Professor is one sick sob. Someone one being desperate and hopeless enough to set themselves on fire strikes me at my core....really makes me sick to my stomach that this man had no one to turn to for help.....says something replusive about society today.

    • Remember the old 80's slogan......"Question Authority"
      And what was that award winning ad years ago where a man threw a sledgehammer thru the gaint screen showng some politician? I can't remember the details but we need more of that attitude.

    • Good for you allenbee.

    • That's true Kalus. Some time ago I saw a graph on income disparity and it is growing in all countries. There is an excellent book called "World on Fire", by Amy Chau, I think ,that goes into some detail on this.

    • Really? I can think of several events in the world where reciprocal violence was the only solution left.
      Not that lighting Netanyahu up would have solved the problem. Israel's problem is bigger than Netanyahu.

    • This also remind me of what I saw on the news tonight. The city of Scranton has a 16 million dollar shortage in their budget so they reduced the pay of all the city's Fire Department firemen (the guys who risk their lives putting out fires) to minimun wage...$7.50 an hour.

      BWTTGASO

    • My second thought is he should have set Netanyahu and his friends on fire instead.

    • When this happened in Tunisia it caused a revolution.....
      This man's name sounds Jewish...so this is how Jews take care of Jews?

  • In attempt to unfreeze US aid, Abbas intervened in Cuba on behalf of jailed Jewish American contractor
    • Gross wasn't working directly for the US government or USAID, he was working for a private "contractor" to a US agency.
      Also Gross had a "private organization" he ran himself for Jews.
      I have forgotten the name of the US agency and the 'contractor company" but the scoop on Gross appeared at TWN and a few other sites. I think I remember the private contractor saying he was no longer working for them when he went to Cuba.
      The whole set up and explanation was fishy as hell....the US would have no reason or benefit to giving satellite phones to Jews and only Jews in Cuba.
      I can think of some in congress who might have expedited Gross's mission and may have greased his path by having some agency give him the money for it to go help the Cuban Jews call their relatives more often.... LOL. It's not like the Jews in Cuba were going to overthrow Castro for gawds sake....$500,000 for phone calls is about all it amounts to.

    • If true then sickening.

  • NY assembly member urges censorship of maps ad, citing offense to 'a multitude' of Jewish orgs
    • "Assemblymember Robert Castelli [of Westchester County] wrote a letter today to the MTA Metro-North railroad president urging for the removal of a billboard about Israel and Palestine, saying members of the Jewish community were offended by the anti-Israel message "

      Message to Castelli....read the handwriting increasingly apparent on the wall....fewer and fewer people care if the Jewish community is offended. Offended by the truth makes it 'their problem'.... not ours.

  • Attack on historical maps ad says Israelis have only gained land thru 'defensive wars'
    • @asherpat

      ,yawn,yawn, yawn......and no I don't do errands for zios ......look it up yourself, after all you only have to go hasbara central to quote something... whereas we non zios have to actually find the real documents and facts.....lol.

    • @asherpat

      The statute law does go on to explain how that is determined or judged...."intent' ..regardless of motive or what motive is offered..."pattern"...as in the repeated pattern of attacks and so forth...and of course the results.

      IOW Israel for instance could 'claim' everything they did in Palestine was for self protection but their 'actions' and the 'pattern' of their actions can be judged as their real "intent" by the "results" of it regardless of what "motive" they claim.

    • A+ Colin

      Also include this one...for Israel indefinite detentions without trials and kidnapping of children of Palestines and Gestapo snatches of whoever they feel like snatching on given any day without any real charges.

      “Enforced disappearance of persons” means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.

    • Richman and Grossman's come back just reminds those of us who know a little something of what absolute liars the US pro Israel community is...it's sickening really.
      Now who wants 'to discourse' or 'communicate" with inveterate liars? Not any practical people...we have better ways to waste our time. The only thing they should be given in the way of acknowledgement is ridicule.

    • Pick out the crimes Israel has committed.

      Rome Statutes
      Article 6
      Genocide
      For the purpose of this Statute, "genocide" means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

      Article 7
      Crimes against humanity
      1. For the purpose of this Statute, "crime against humanity" means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:

      (a) Murder;
      (b) Extermination;

      (c) Enslavement;

      (d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population;

      (e) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;

      (f) Torture;

      (g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;

      (h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;

      (i) Enforced disappearance of persons;

      (j) The crime of apartheid;

      (k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

      2. For the purpose of paragraph 1:
      (a) "Attack directed against any civilian population" means a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of acts referred to in paragraph 1 against any civilian population, pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack;
      (b) "Extermination" includes the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population;

      (c) "Enslavement" means the exercise of any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person and includes the exercise of such power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children;

      (d) "Deportation or forcible transfer of population" means forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present, without grounds permitted under international law;

      (e) "Torture" means the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, upon a person in the custody or under the control of the accused; except that torture shall not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to, lawful sanctions;

      (f) "Forced pregnancy" means the unlawful confinement of a woman forcibly made pregnant, with the intent of affecting the ethnic composition of any population or carrying out other grave violations of international law. This definition shall not in any way be interpreted as affecting national laws relating to pregnancy;

      (g) "Persecution" means the intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to international law by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity;

      (h) "The crime of apartheid" means inhumane acts of a character similar to those referred to in paragraph 1, committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime;

      (i) "Enforced disappearance of persons" means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.

      3. For the purpose of this Statute, it is understood that the term "gender" refers to the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society. The term "gender" does not indicate any meaning different from the above.

      Article 8
      War crimes

      1. The Court shall have jurisdiction in respect of war crimes in particular when committed as part of a plan or policy or as part of a large-scale commission of such crimes.

      2. For the purpose of this Statute, "war crimes" means:
      (a) Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, namely, any of the following acts against persons or property protected under the provisions of the relevant Geneva Convention:
      (i) Wilful killing;
      (ii) Torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments;

      (iii) Wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health;

      (iv) Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly;

      (v) Compelling a prisoner of war or other protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power;

      (vi) Wilfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial;

      (vii) Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement;

      (viii) Taking of hostages.

      (b) Other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict, within the established framework of international law, namely, any of the following acts:
      (i) Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities;
      (ii) Intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives;

      (iii) Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping mission in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, as long as they are entitled to the protection given to civilians or civilian objects under the international law of armed conflict;

      (iv) Intentionally launching an attack in the knowledge that such attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects or widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall military advantage anticipated;

      (v) Attacking or bombarding, by whatever means, towns, villages, dwellings or buildings which are undefended and which are not military objectives;

      (vi) Killing or wounding a combatant who, having laid down his arms or having no longer means of defence, has surrendered at discretion;

      (vii) Making improper use of a flag of truce, of the flag or of the military insignia and uniform of the enemy or of the United Nations, as well as of the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions, resulting in death or serious personal injury;

      (viii) The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory;

      (ix) Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not military objectives;

      (x) Subjecting persons who are in the power of an adverse party to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are neither justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the person concerned nor carried out in his or her interest, and which cause death to or seriously endanger the health of such person or persons;

      (xi) Killing or wounding treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army;

      (xii) Declaring that no quarter will be given;

      (xiii) Destroying or seizing the enemy's property unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war;

      (xiv) Declaring abolished, suspended or inadmissible in a court of law the rights and actions of the nationals of the hostile party;

      (xv) Compelling the nationals of the hostile party to take part in the operations of war directed against their own country, even if they were in the belligerent's service before the commencement of the war;

      (xvi) Pillaging a town or place, even when taken by assault;

      (xvii) Employing poison or poisoned weapons;

      (xviii) Employing asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices;

      (xix) Employing bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core or is pierced with incisions;

      (xx) Employing weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare which are of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering or which are inherently indiscriminate in violation of the international law of armed conflict, provided that such weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare are the subject of a comprehensive prohibition and are included in an annex to this Statute, by an amendment in accordance with the relevant provisions set forth in articles 121 and 123;

      (xxi) Committing outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;

      (xxii) Committing rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, as defined in article 7, paragraph 2 (f), enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence also constituting a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions;

      (xxiii) Utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations;

      (xxiv) Intentionally directing attacks against buildings, material, medical units and transport, and personnel using the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions in conformity with international law;

      (xxv) Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including wilfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions;

      (xxvi) Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of fifteen years into the national armed forces or using them to participate actively in hostilities.

      (c) In the case of an armed conflict not of an international character, serious violations of article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, namely, any of the following acts committed against persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention or any other cause:

      (i) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
      (ii) Committing outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;

      (iii) Taking of hostages;

      (iv) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all judicial guarantees which are generally recognized as indispensable.

      (d) Paragraph 2 (c) applies to armed conflicts not of an international character and thus does not apply to situations of internal disturbances and tensions, such as riots, isolated and sporadic acts of violence or other acts of a similar nature.
      (e) Other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in armed conflicts not of an international character, within the established framework of international law, namely, any of the following acts:

      (i) Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities;
      (ii) Intentionally directing attacks against buildings, material, medical units and transport, and personnel using the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions in conformity with international law;

      (iii) Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping mission in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, as long as they are entitled to the protection given to civilians or civilian objects under the international law of armed conflict;

      (iv) Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not military objectives;

      (v) Pillaging a town or place, even when taken by assault;

      (vi) Committing rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, as defined in article 7, paragraph 2 (f), enforced sterilization, and any other form of sexual violence also constituting a serious violation of article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions;

      (vii) Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of fifteen years into armed forces or groups or using them to participate actively in hostilities;

      (viii) Ordering the displacement of the civilian population for reasons related to the conflict, unless the security of the civilians involved or imperative military reasons so demand;

      (ix) Killing or wounding treacherously a combatant adversary;

      (x) Declaring that no quarter will be given;

      (xi) Subjecting persons who are in the power of another party to the conflict to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are neither justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the person concerned nor carried out in his or her interest, and which cause death to or seriously endanger the health of such person or persons;

      (xii) Destroying or seizing the property of an adversary unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of the conflict;

    • Here is what it said and all it said.

      http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/balfour_declaration_2.htm

      November 2nd, 1917
      Dear Lord Rothschild,
      I have much pleasure in conveying to you on behalf of His Majesty’s government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved, by the Cabinet:
      His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
      I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
      Yours,
      Arthur James Balfour

      I'd say zionist Israelis dropped a atomic bomb on the Palestines 'civil' rights.

  • 'The beating and why I come back for more'
    • Here's to you Amitai ..

      'Tis, finally, the Man, who, lifted high,
      Conspicuous object in a Nation's eye,
      Or left unthought-of in obscurity,--
      Who, with a toward or untoward lot,
      Prosperous or adverse, to his wish or not--
      Plays, in the many games of life, that one
      Where what he most doth value must be won:
      Whom neither shape of danger can dismay,
      Nor thought of tender happiness betray;
      Who, not content that former worth stand fast,
      Looks forward, persevering to the last,
      From well to better, daily self-surpast:
      Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth
      For ever, and to noble deeds give birth,
      Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame,
      And leave a dead unprofitable name--
      Finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
      And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws
      His breath in confidence of Heaven's applause:
      This is the happy Warrior; this is He
      That every Man in arms should wish to be.'

      The Happy Warrior
      1806.

  • At 'Daily Kos,' a liberal Zionist calls for BDS
    • Excellent diary . Bravo for Gershon.
      And what a change for Dkos in the comments made.
      I see that the aggressive zio bots have been reduced to a very few. I noticed the bots losing ground there some time ago but I visit Dkos so seldom that seeing the change today it looks monumental.
      Two other interesting things in the comments 1) more Jewish commenters agreeing Israel has gone very very wrong 2) more non Jewish commenters saying exactly what they think and not being intimidated by the anti semite hurlers.
      Yes things are changing.

  • David Brooks's conscious oversight about America's 'elite'
    • Jews were officially a minority in the US so they could have used it if they chose to.
      But what I found looking into AA was that Jews were like 60-40 or 50-50 on AA.
      Some Jewish orgs thought it would help them and some orgs were against it because it was too much like quotas and would keep them out.

      But the whole AA thing is getting even more complicated and rancorous now. Also I have seen two other articles along the same vein as Brooks recently...(the Nation and the Mother J) about the new meritocracy being worse or as bad as the oldelite in the sense of wanting to pull the ladder up after them and keep others out. And now it's the Asians (they say) who are being kept out becuse they are next 'meritocracy threat' and could replace the current meritocracy.

      What looks like is happening is 1) colleges adms are taking upon themselves to decide how to use AA and making up their own rules and 2) Asian Americans are taking this on now...saying they are being kept out despite higher scores by Asians on all test.

      http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2012/06/affirmative_action_starts_to_unravel.html

      Affirmative Action Starts to Unravel
      By John S. Rosenberg
      Listen closely and you can hear the sound of "diversity" crumbling, this week mixed with laughter over the news that the City University of New York has created two more official diversity groups--"white/Jewish" and "Italian-Americans."

      Actually, CUNY's newly-minted effort to include Jews (but not Muslims, Irish, Pentecostal-Americans, etc.) has a close relationship with the issues being presented to the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—and not simply because the CUNY policy reveals so glaringly the incoherence at the core of the "diversity" justification for preferential treatment.

      Fifteen amicus briefs here support Abigail Fisher's claim that Texas's racial preference policy is unconstitutional, and the two of them that have generated the most attention in the past few days were filed on behalf of Asian-American groups likening their treatment under affirmative action to the early 20th Century Jewish quotas in the Ivy League.

      Both of those briefs (this one and this one) cite Daniel Golden, who argued in The Price of Admission (2007) that "Asian-Americans are the new Jews, inheriting the mantle of the most disenfranchised group in college admissions." As Peter Schmidt pointed out, the briefs filed by Asian-American organizations opposing affirmative action represent "a marked departure from the position most other Asian-American groups have taken on the issue."

      More on the Asians and Affirmative Action

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/affirm/stories/affirm062198.htm

    • I don't think the old boy 'network' has vanished....there are just 'new boys' in the network whose values or lack of them has created a worse US instead of a better one. I think there are numerous reasons why the new elites are what they are but I don't feel like doing a dissertation on it.

    • "The best of the WASP elites had a stewardship mentality, that they were temporary caretakers of institutions that would span generations. They cruelly ostracized people who did not live up to their codes of gentlemanly conduct and scrupulosity. They were insular and struggled with intimacy, but they did believe in restraint, reticence and service."

      Well someone had to say it and Brooks did.
      The old elites for all their faults did have a sense of stewardship and service to the institutions.
      There were rouges among them but there was also the concept of 'shame'.
      There is no feeling of shame for misdeeds among today's elites, that's foreign to them.
      I'll take the old elites any day, today's elites in the so called establishment remind me of a swarm of locust leaving nothing but barren landscape in their wake.

      As for McConnell, why is he obsessed with turning Brooks article into something about Jews? Not everything is about or revolves around the Jews. There are plenty of locust in the new elites besides Jews.
      Whatever culture of service, honor and intergrity we did have in society has broken down and disappeared. That's the problem.

  • Backer of NY ads exposing Palestinian land-loss says response has been 'astounding' and news 'coverage is pouring in'
    • Here is the site btw....you can see how much had been translated.
      I wish I had copied and saved the translated chapters while it was available.

      http://www.ethnopoliticsonline.com/archives/ais/ais%20main.html

    • There was a site on the net with the English translation of S0lzhenitsyn’s 200 Years Together, about 3/4 of the book's chapters and I read it there. It was being done mostly by volunteers and a few under paid translators. Unfortunately it was taken down. The site said it was because they were trying to get it published in book form and also because there was some talk that Solzhenitsyn's family was also trying to get published in the US.
      It was fascinating....it one could download the German or Russian version it and then translate it would be well worth while.

    • Excellent idea SN.

    • Bravo Clifford!
      I love it and sent him a thanks also.
      The response to the maps does make me have to rethink my contention that more people are upset by the money we give Israel. The money objection seemed to be the bulk of the anti Israel comments in the comments sections of msm articles on line..BUT?....perhaps there is a change or perhaps there is difference in the dedicated on line public and the less on line general public?

      Or perhaps and most likely the picture really grabs and shocks people...cause there is the 'theft' right before their eyes and is it astounding how much has been stolen...absolutely astounding.

    • LOL......that's the perfect song Mndwss and going to be more and more accurate.

  • Judge orders Stand With Us-backed plaintiffs to pay $160,000 in Olympia Food Co-op BDS case
    • This hopefull....the majority of the House opposed Ms Israel- first Slaughter's proposed legistation.

      WASHINGTON - Just hours after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) introduced legislation to prohibit the export of strategic and critical American minerals to Iran, the US State Department announced additional sanctions on Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation networks. Slaughter had introduced her legislation to ensure that Iran would be stopped from accessing strategically valuable American minerals that are extracted from American land.

      "In an age when Iran is threatening the security of our ally Israel, and the stability of the Middle East, this Congress must ensure that not a single American resource goes to supporting the dangerous Iranian regime. My amendment would leave no doubt that the United States stands by our allies and that not an ounce of American minerals ends up in Iranian hands."

      Slaughter's legislation stipulates that no company that is owned by Iran or China will be allowed to mine American minerals, and under no circumstances will American minerals be exported to either of these nations. (see full release here http://www.louise.house.gov/index.php'option=comcontent&view=article&id=2751:slaughter-fights-against-outsourcing-of-american-jobs-and-export-of-strategic-mineral-resources-to-iran-and-china-&catid=101:2012-press-releases&Itemid=55 and text of her remarks from the House Floor below http://www.louise.house.gov/images/stories/FloorStatement-MTR.pdf).

      In announcing the additional sanctions against Iran, State Department officials indicate that deliberate efforts were made by Iran to use several energy companies as front companies to evade existing U.S. sanctions. To learn more about the new sanctions, go to: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/07/194924.htm.

      Despite growing tensions between the U.S. and the Iranian regime, and direct threats issued by Iran against the U.S. and our friend and ally Israel, the House Majority opposed Slaughter's legislation when it was introduced on the House floor.

    • This is fantastic news.
      Will encourage people not to lay down and roll over when they get attacked by the Israel fanatics.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: How deep is (y)our – colonial mentality?
    • I can tell the subjects and comments are going to get into a lot of whataboutery.
      Good luck everyone...LOL

  • NY ads depicting Palestinian dispossession are termed anti-Semitic by 'Jewish community'
    • Well witty's greatest hits do put into a nutshell what the zionist belief is...and these are even echoed by most of the liberal zionist.
      I can't say today that the American colonist wiping out the native Indians was necessary or worth it.....I prefer to believe there was some other way to accommodate the both the European immigrants and the Indians. Maybe our American 'advancement' wouldn't have been as fast but advancement isn 't always what it's cracked up to be.

    • Yes they have and what's so funny is that it's the Israel firsters in congress who screamed, screeched and 'demanded' US Muslims should condemn publicaly Islamic terrorist......are the same congressperps that lie for Israel every day with blood dripping from their hands.

    • Who wants to bet that the Zios will next start warning that there is a second holocaust about to come to America and everyone '' is ignoring the signs".
      Don't laugh....I can see them going that far as they get more desperate....demanding the government do something to stop the anti Jews ..i.e...anti Jewish State hysterica ''sweeping'' the nation. Some Zio groups will call on government officials and politicans to privately impart how alarmingly close America is getting to the anti Jewishness of Nazi Germany with all this opposition to and criticism of Israel which they must know is really anti semitic becuase it's the Jewish State. And the ADL will get a grant to study the public for anti Jewish/Israel attitudes and then make recommendations to congress on what actions have to be taken to eradicate it and "save America" from becoming Germany.

    • I agree RoHa. I think it's impossible to tell how many Jews support Israel and how many don't. Or more accurately how many 'vehemently" support Israel and how many "sorta" support it by pure reflex or conditioning.
      To my knowledge no one except Jewish orgs do any polls specifically on Jews and the pro Israel org polls always show the majority support Israel and the anti zionist orgs always show most don't or don't support what Israel does at any rate.
      I don't think either are that reliable because they both want to prove something favorable to their position.

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