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Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  • The rabbi at the shitshow
    • perhaps the most powerful symbol there is: (human) blood. In so doing, she obviously hoped to elicit strong emotions. How could that not affect people who are emotionally invested in Israel ....? ...... such a powerful symbol can lead human psyches to a lot of different and very dark places.

      with all due respect shmuel, the symbolism of that one bucket of fake blood (representing hundreds of buckets of women and childrens blood spilt this summer), what is wrong with it affecting people who are emotionally invested in israel? even if it affected them negatively for one hour or one week, how could it possibly compare, or cause as much emotional investment as the death of one just one child? sometimes it requires a psyche to go to dark places to realize the harm they are empowering.

      it's non violent resistance. she didn't do it in front of first graders. these people are old enough to join the army. the blood is not an exaggeration, it symbolizes something all too real.

      see barcelona link to

    • susie, i notice she uses the word hate too much. for me, that's a red flag. i just don't ascribe hate to people. if she wants to talk abot hate she should address her own (if she has hate in her heart, which would be sad) and i would never advise students (or my child) to hate anyone. hate is corrosive. hate is something, ideally, we shouldn't have in our hearts at all. if this (article) is her idea of hate, she's wired in a way i can't comprehend.

    • Please only answer with what you knew when you published the above statement.

      well, as it turns out gene, in preparation for this article link to i read at least 10 articles from the school newspaper (saved in my draft file) and many comments in the comment sections as well as interviewed people (on the phone) at OU. so i probably know a little more about megan than i would care to disclose here. she's an impressive person and has handled herself quite well thru this whole episode imho. i could probably write an article about her as a matter of fact. but i'll just leave you with this one article .. if you care to know more, you can research her on your own (include the "restart" campaign).

      link to

    • And by putting words in her mouth.

      gene, she wrote an open letter, a very personal one, to the student body president ("how could you possibly do such a thing ") asking her to resign. and instead of writing it as her personal opinion she chose to co-opt 800 students (all of whom she does not,and cannot realistocally speak for) which was completely out of her purview.

      plus, for most people who don't go to the local college down the street from their high school, kids entering college enter a world where they know hardly anyone. it's new time in life, a coming of age. it's a time when leaders emerge, people make mistakes, bonds and friendships are formed that often last a lifetime (for me definitely) and people explore and find themselves. she stepped out of line. she made her voice public, not phil. she added her child's name to the discussion of gaza, not phil. and she placed it out there publicly. no one stalked her.

      if you think her words were taken out of context then make an argument but don't take the lazy way out by making unsupported accusations. i certainly didn't have (or need) a camp counselor to speak for me on campus (nor was i 'huddling' w/my ethnic cohorts), i doubt most of these jewish kids at OU do either. but she chose to out herself upfront and center. assuming she was their adviser/cheerleader for this fillibuster, it's fair game. they got attention all over the US and in israel. lil becky sebo was just thrilled about that. but this is not a situation where team pro i gets international press and open letters and team pro p stfu or you call it stalking. you don't make the rules. she's fair game.

    • That’s an old canard that Jews are morally inferior

      there was no mentioned of "jews". nor is the rabbi a stand in for "jews". she's just one person. fail!

      look on the bright side; israel supporters, by identifying the state as 'jewish', merely has to accuse all/any who criticize either the state or any of the states citizens or supporters as 'racist' and can therefore deflect all criticism based on this one alleged criteria. therefore, you can avoid formulating actual arguments or rebuttals. you don't even have to think, it's like a one size fits all response.

      by speaking en mass for a whole people, you can collect everything that has ever been said about any jew, and add it to the list of 'canards' (to which we can now add: "far more concerned with possible damage to Israel’s image than for the actual victims" - See more at: link to , one might not recognize that as racist speech but alas, if the person being accused is jewish, it adds a whole new meaning seeing as it is 'canard protected'). by creating a database by which anything that has ever been said about any jew in the past can't be claimed about any jew in the future lest the accuser or the observer will automatically become 'racist', and since people don't like being labeled as racist, they will be scared of criticizing an action or outcome they see as derogatory, if the person being called out happens to be jewish.

      this sounds like a really effective defense/NOT. and here's why. many individuals, no matter what race or ethnicity they are, say and do things to protect their images and the images of ones they love. this is not a jewish thing, it's a people thing. not all people, but it's not ethnic specific. it happens in all races, ethnicities, nationalities etc etc. jews, as individuals, are not immune from this. nor should they be protected, as individuals, from criticism just because of some historical claim of innocence. it's very likely that in the past and present there were/are jews (along with every other type of people regardless of classification) who were or are "morally inferior and only care about themselves" (albeit that was not the charge, they are your words). they even have more concise words to describe this human condition*: link to

      * note how in the descriptions not one person said "jewish". that doesn't mean it also might not apply to a jewish person.

      i hope that's clarifying for you. and thanks for sharing.

    • nah. call it what you will but this is not survival.

    • i agree roha. at least one student mentioned it in the school paper too.

      link to

      I have to say I’ve been taken aback by those students and non-students who’ve made threatening or derogatory statements toward Megan as well as Arab students on campus. The official statement by Alpha Epsilon Pi that was read out loud at our last Student Senate meeting declared that “Israel is a developed nation, unlike the Middle East.” Hillel has now taken out Facebook ads with a video of the speech to help spread this message. Another student associated with Bobcats for Israel got up at the senate meeting and implied that Jewish students who don’t support the actions of the Israeli state aren’t real Jews.

      I’ve have had four separate Jewish students come up to me to express concern by the manner in which Rabbi Danielle has been attempting to speak on behalf of all Jews on campus. Anyone who chooses to speak on behalf of an entire ethnic or religious group does nothing more than silence voices and shows their own lack of leadership. The Jewish community is broad and diverse, and no Jewish student on this campus deserves to have their identity or culture expropriated and used to someone else’s political ends.

      Students suffer from the negative discourse and intimidation tactics that have been deployed on this campus. It’s time to take this issue out of student government and into a respectful open forum where people can represent only themselves.

      she added a lot of fuel to the fire and perpetuated derogatory memes.

    • megan is a role model on campus too. and not just OU. she leads.

  • US guilty of war crimes in Palestine
  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
    • probably. he's handsome and sexy and seems like somewhat of a reclusive personality. women like all those things. plus, he's really smart, moral, what's not to like?

    • and they would never consider collaborating in this same fashion (blackmail) against political adversaries (ei: who didn't demonstrate loyalty to israel or for any other reason) thank goodness!

      also, greenwald wrote about this same topic last year. link to

  • Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians
    • when a population – admittedly not monolithically, but by a sizeable majority – makes clear it doesn’t want to participate in the life of the state

      but the state targets perfectly innocent human beings knowingly, and makes their lives miserable:

      If anyone interests us, we’d collect information on his or her economic situation and mental state. Then we would plan how we can perform an operation around this individual, in order to turn them into a collaborator or something of the sort….

      Any information that might enable extortion of an individual is considered relevant information. Whether said individual is of a certain sexual orientation, cheating on his wife, or in need of treatment in Israel or the West Bank – he is a target for blackmail.


      The period during which I collected information on people who were accused of attacking Israelis, trying to attack Israelis, the desire to harm Israelis, thinking of attacking Israelis, in addition to collecting information on completely innocent people, whose only crime was that they interested the Israeli defence establishment for various reasons. Reasons they have no way of knowing. If you’re homosexual and know someone who knows a wanted person – and we need to know about it – Israel will make your life miserable. If you need emergency medical treatment in Israel, the West Bank or abroad – we searched for you. The state of Israel will allow you to die before we let you leave for treatment without giving information on your wanted cousin.

      Any such case, in which you “fish out” an innocent person from whom information might be squeezed, or who could be recruited as a collaborator, was like striking gold for us

      - See more at: link to

      aren't you blaming the victim here? or don't you think the state is culpable at all? of course this is merely one example. but what moral person would "want to participate in the life of the state" if that participation includes ones own persecution if one knows one is innocent?

      doesn't it then become the duty of the citizen to consciously work towards improving the state by rooting out these kinds of inequities, not perpetuating them.

    • Doesn’t this law also include the following clause? - See more at: link to
      not that i know of. where did you get your quote? could you please link to your source. it seems to contradict the section that allows for exclusion based on "“social/cultural fabric”

      please explain what “social/cultural fabric” is, other than "race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, personal status, age, parenthood, sexual affiliation, country of origin, political conviction or political-party affiliation" what other conditions might determine “social/cultural fabric”?

    • this is the result/purpose of appointing grunis president of the supreme court. link to

      not sure if anyone remembers, but they changed a law in the knesset on how judges are appointed to get him in. read
      Asher Grunis discriminates his way to the top of the Israeli Supreme Court

      link to

      Grunis’s path to the chief judgeship was recently cleared with the help of the “Grunis bill,” a handy bit of legislative intervention that did away with the rule preventing judges with less than three years until retirement from being appointed chief justice. Under the old law, Grunis, who has less than three years until he retires, would be ineligible. But Grunis had strong backers among National Union types like Yaakov Katz, who were only too eager to massage the process and secure the top judicial spot for a fellow conservative traveler with a long record of judicial passivity. As a former Supreme Court justice told Haaretz, “It is no secret that Grunis holds rigidly to the idea of reducing the powers of the Supreme Court, and that is why ‘wild weeds’ on the right want him as president. He is their ‘favorite son.'”

      With Grunis’s ascent, Israel’s Supreme Court officially ends its so-called “liberal-democratic” phase (though, truth be told, it was neither liberal or democratic) and enters what might be called its radical-fanatical right-wing phase. Just last month, the court got its first settler-judge, Judge Noam Sohlberg — that’s right, a man who regularly violates international law is now a member of the highest court in the land, as Eyal Clyne pointed out — and Grunis will have vast authority over future judicial appointments.

      more at the link

    • you are so right! i don't know why i keep getting that wrong. i actually thought about it and thought i finally knew this and didn't have to look it up again. i must have some mental block because i thought it meant the opposite of what one would think. anyway, i edited it. thank you.

    • and i highly recommend "We Want a Quiet Community without Arabs"

      link to

      Some voices called for order to return. "Guys, let's not get too militant" Avi and Limor Malka wrote, "The father is a wonderful doctor giving good and professional treatment to our kids. We're looking at a 13 year old boy that probably posted what he did without his father's knowledge, and without giving it much thought. We should work to maintain the coexistence on the Gilboa. We have good neighbors, who want to live in peace and quiet just like us. Dr. Zuabi treats everyone with no religion, race or gender difference. Please respect him as well as ourselves".

      read the whole thing.

    • ds, for your edification: the legal definition of link to

      The UN does not define "racism"; however, it does define "racial discrimination": According to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,

      the term "racial discrimination" shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.[25]

      This definition does not make any difference between discrimination based on ethnicity and race, in part because the distinction between the two remains debatable among anthropologists.[26] Similarly, in British law the phrase racial group means "any group of people who are defined by reference to their race, colour, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin".[27]

      Assuming this article interprets it correctly... it’s religious discrimination, not racial

      1) Adalah quoting the law: " the law allows these committees to reject applicants deemed “unsuitable to the social life of the community…or the social and cultural fabric of the town,” "

      that is not limited to "religious" read the blockquote above, it qualifies as racial discrimination.

      Other countries do have laws privileging one group over another

      that's whataboutery, we're not discussing "other countries". the article references that israel does not share our values, that would be here in the U.S. and other civic national states (which israel is not).

      2) Israel is still treating them better than they would treat Jews

      LOL. and 3 is a joke, not worthy of rebuttal.

  • 'TimesWarp' tries to keep the 'Times' honest
    • oh yes, and we reported it here as i recall. marc ellis, the shock doctrine. link to israel will make a fortune by bombing gaza, and the first ceasefire agreement (hamas refused to sign), which was spelled out (marc ellis posted that) made it very clear israel would be deciding on and managing the rebuilding of gaza and making sure it was a boon for their construction industry too. but this is not just gaza, it's the WB too. all the international aid going to gaza goes via israel, they hold the keys to everything. it's not just stealing palestinian resources and then making palestinians pay to get in back (like water) it's preventing them from making a decent living and then grafting off all the international aid. israel makes a fortune off palestinians and they have never lived independent of that grafting. it's gross.

    • and well done Barb!!!

  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • Weiss and say Ron Paul

      did you just pull this out of a hat or is there something i am missing. has phil ever said anything that would give anyone the impression he aspired to public office? what if he won and didn't want to be president?

      why aren’t the progressive base trying to find an actual politician who shares your view?

      they probably are.

    • our economy would have surely sunk too had Iraq, Libya etc. been allowed to dump the U.S.D.

      same difference. the first thing bush did on day 1 in iraq was switch back tot he dollar, some opec thing. the two are not mutually exclusive they are glued to the hip, same w/iran. as you pointed out is there any way to forestall the abandonment of the dollar except by gunpoint???

      not that i know of.

    • if all dems have to offer in the next election are likud candidates they'll loose the election and it will serve them right. i never would have voted for obama had he used warren's pro israel talking pts. if she's to cowardly to run to the left of hillary on foreign policy what's the point? and if it's not cowardice then she's inhumane. either way, won't get my vote. i'd rather have a george bush supporting these war crimes than a 'left progressive' any day. if she represents the left in this country it demonstrates how diseased we are. i'm completely repulsed and my instincts are that i am not alone.

      and if warren cares about the economy of the country she should realize foreign wars sunk our economy (it's expensive trying to gain control over the entire middle east) . you just can't shove trillions of tax payer dollars that come back via the 1% war profiters and expect the middle class not to sink like a stone. warmongers suck, and 'i'm against violence' means nothing if you, inadvertently, support and empower war crimes and the criminals who commit them.

  • 'This is our land!': West Bank village Wadi Fukin fights largest Israeli land grab in decades
    • Time will tell how this round unfolds – but it it can`t be nice.

      yes, we already know that. thanks for rubbing it in ivri

    • The area has recently become immensely restive

      from 2012 ..a timeline: link to

      These provocations seem aimed at sowing discord inside the Palestinian community at a time when Fatah and Hamas are trying to work out a unification deal and rallies approved by the PA celebrating Hamas’s 25 Anniversary are taking place is cities all across the West Bank

      curious how things just happen to get "restive" whenever fatah and hamas work towards unification.

      Until now Israel tried to avoid escalation by highly restrained counteracts but that is not a sustainable approach

      .....It rubs the Lotion on its skin it does this whenever it's told (credit to seafoid)

  • South Africa High Court rules in favor of BDS South Africa billboard
    • jon, did you mean to post that on this thread? link to

      because your comment could have an impact on people who don’t realize you're lying it’s false and misleading.

      btw, i'm curious what you thought of assouline's comment referencing Israel’s largest land grab in 30 year. do you also think it's merely “an area of vacant land the state declared was state land” ? - See more at: link to and are you planning on claiming it's false and misleading to claim it's part of palestinian occupied territory that israel has stolen?

  • Malta sinking killed hundreds fleeing Gaza
  • The elephant in the room, in Marin County
    • Best of all, once they were in the restaurant, we discovered that we could move to the dock right outside the venue, so whenever they looked through the huge glass window that was supposed to offer scenic views of the harbor and Alameda Island, what they actually saw was us and our signs!

      i love this henry!!! i couldn't stop laughing, fantastic

    • i just got an email from a vip who does not comment here. he wrote "she could add an 800-lb gorilla holding the elephant's trunk!"

      i think this idea could spread very very easily. hey!

  • Yale president's office was involved from the gitgo in blowup over Yale chaplain's letter
    • no one expected them to be ill received by the conservative (islamophobic) group who invited her and their conservative (islamophobic)friends.meanwhile, back in relity: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At Yale link to

      Ali will speak at the invitation of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, a student organization that describes itself as committed to diversity. Thirty-five other Yale groups have expressed concern over the invitation.

  • Achieving a hudna and ten years of calm in Israel/Palestine
    • somehow i find the idea of an israel supporter complaining about boring, irrelevant remarks over and over again really amusing.

    • the so-called hudnah is clearly a move for Hamas to have enough breathing room to re-stockpile

      that's exactly what israel did having agreed to a ceasefire in 08, they used the time to plan a massacre, timed for the end of bush's presidency when he was a lame duck. it wasn't hamas who planned a war.

      the hypocrisy of these hasbrats is stunning.

  • 'Stop$30Billion' coalition unveils new digital billboard in Albuquerque, NM
    • nina, here's the contact page for link to

      just tell sue you know me. she's reading this anyway. they are all reading this. ;)

    • i can't take credit for the 'find'. i'm friends w/some of these people and they know we're interested in covering their activism. and only because i was working on other drafts did it take me so long to get this up. it should have been up last week!

      albuquerque has an incredible activist community. really really top notch. words cannot express..and i say that seriously.

      also, i attended their sabeel conference link to which was incredible! they worked all year making it happen. and the youth there..highly motivated. it's just fantastic. i should be telling this to mooser after his top comment lol. if he only knew.

    • just, you're back. i've missed you!

    • kay, stop30billion is a phenomenal org. they're responsible for working with locals all across the country to get their billboards up. la, houston, many we've covered here on MW. but the first one, check out the embed at the beginning (ordinary citizens), it's incredible.

  • Five lessons from the struggle to reinstate Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois
    • i think he could be conceptually challenged susie. i had to go back and bold certain sections on my previous comment because he seems to think he can bully his way thru this offering not one link to back up his allegations basically just repeating what he said before with his copy/past job that he cannot verify. it's very clear he does not have the book and is just bent on carrying on spamming the thread with this same hatchet job article. fail.

    • I promised myself I wouldn’t come back to you bunch, but some of the stuff here needs a reply.
      Ethan, if you can't keep your promise to yourself we might help you. in the future when making accusations of lying, you need to provide a link to the source, and not just a link to allegations in a hit piece. you're obviously relying on other people's resource that you have not even verified. note how tree took a little time out of her day to rebut your arguments with a source, one could easily argue is not biased in her (tree's) favor? you should try that sometime, along with putting quote marks around other people's allegations you're copying.

    • Here is a collection of evidence from his publications. I am not claiming originality here–just displaying what has been discovered.

      you've provided no evidence whatsoever. nor evidence anything has been "discovered" if all you've got is unsourced allegations. your ONLY mention of tablet (in your 'discovery' post) was this: "In one case, a girl had carved a swastika into her own leg. But the BBC report which Salaita cites says she was a German (and the incident had nothing to do with Jews at all). [The recent Tablet article said that the ethnicity of the girl wasn't mentioned on the BBC; this is incorrect.] " ?? and your handle is professor? a professor of what? hasbara?

    • Annie Robbins, Salaita said that the girl who carved a swastika on her leg was Jewish - See more at: link to

      according to whom? not you presumably because you are just copy pasting! can you provide some source for this that provides a quote? or don't you do source links "prof" ethan (ha, professor my a**)

    • I don’t think we give them tenured positions in American Indian Studies. - See more at: link to

      ha ha ha! and how long was the known islamophobe marty peretz tenured at harvard!! is this a joke?

    • There were about 630 cases of antisemitism reported in 2007 and 2008.

      and you cite none, and you want to be taken seriously?

    • I take the prof hasn’t actually read the book in question, since he is relying on hearsay ‘evidence’ about two footnotes which he appears to think is the sum total of the book’s arguments. - See more at: link to

      thanks jwp. i also notice he has not, or is unable to address my request assuming you are not just copying someone else’s accusations. could you please cite the paragraph or at least the sentence, specifically, prior to the footnote? - See more at: link to

      so it looks like we're dealing with unsourced heresay.

      He’s copying and pasting from a negative review by someone called Liel Leibovitz - See more at: link to

      ah. i noticed he referenced the tablet article wrt the german girl, didn't link to it and gave no indication he was copy pasting or even referencing that article. interestingly, Leibovitz makes the claim/ accusation "any serious academic would agree, something is worth noting if it represents a statistically significant occurrence; in the footnote purporting to support his claim Salaita provides no concrete numbers for how many cases of anti-Semitic vandalism "

      but that's not true. if something is worth noting, if it represents a significant occurrence, the footnote should provide evidence. and notice that Leibovitz, while providing numbers, provides no evidence whatsoever, besides a link, that provides completely unsourced numbers. it tells us nothing but allegations. whereas off the top of my head i can think of numerous times i have heard of threats (including murder) of left wing jews. here is Leibovitz's source. link to

      and the history of zionism and the 'gathering of jews' from arab countries to palestine to necessitate a labor force w/a little help from mossad is compelling. plus the offers to 'trade' jewish populations in arab states such as iraq (governed by a british tool at the time) for palestinians, they've frequently engaged in trading violence against jews to further the zionist cause. i was just reading about how that happened in morocco circa 56 earlier today.

      anyway, no source, copy/paste/rumors and allegation from a pro israel advocate is nothing but allegations.

      anyone who has watched the movie defamation knows how ADL goes about collecting (alleged) anti semitic statistics.

    • There were about 630 cases of antisemitism reported in 2007 and 2008. Salaita cites a total of four. First of all–is that “numerous”?

      But second, in two of those four cases in the footnotes (pp. 146-147), Salaita INVENTS nefarious sneaky Jews. In one case, a girl had carved a swastika into her own leg.

      first of all, i highly doubt that is his wording "nefarious sneaky Jews", second, you have not established, in the case of the german girl who carved a swastica into her leg, that his writing was anti semetic. since you appear to have the book, assuming you are not just copying someone else's accusations. could you please cite the paragraph or at least the sentence, specifically, prior to the footnote? if he wrote she was jewish, and she was not and that is not backed up by any news reports, perhaps the point he was making was that some of the incidents were fabrications. why are you stating he's fabricating nefarious sneaky jews when his point seems to be that not all of these anti semitic attacks are what they are reported to be?

    • No intelligent discussion of the Salaita case is possible unless it is acknowledged that Salaita has written provably anti-semitic statements.

      iow, No intelligent discussion of the Salaita case is possible unless we concede you're right first? so why are you here discussing salaita? why not go to site where everyone agrees with you already? or maybe you're just into having, by your own standards, non-intelligent discussions.

    • he’s not talking about israelis, or the israeli govt–he’s talking about JEWS.

      and if they were jewish how is that deceptive or anti semitic? did he imply all jews? no. for example, are these article deceptive because it mentions the perps were jewish? link to link to
      should it have referenced british mobs instead? i'm not following you. and why is citing only 4 sources as examples not enough. it's common to not list every single incident when citing examples of circumstances.

  • Moe Diab debates SWU operative Philippe Assouline

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