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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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  • Over one quarter of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress consisted of applause and standing ovations
    • Through three painful hours of careful counting, I compiled statistics on the incidence of applause.

      thank you ben! much appreciated!

  • Palestine Advocacy Project goes national
  • Factchecking Netanyahu: An annotated guide to the Israeli P.M.'s speech to Congress
  • Journalists Goldberg and Gordon once again try to 'drag us into a war'
    • So both sides agree that at the end it will be war.


      Iran will change only if FORCED to change.

      same with israel and yet we don't force them to change. besides, why should iran change?

  • Protesters aim to #ShutDownAIPAC ahead of Netanyahu speech
  • Rightwing rabbi seeks to pit Power against Rice on Iran ahead of AIPAC speeches
    • i don't believe for one minute this speech was cooked up by the gop. this had netanyahu and dermer written all over it. or sheldon adelson.

    • boteach (w/more than a little help from sheldon adelson) has tried to set himself up as america's rabbi, and leaders of the organized american jewish community have just knocked him down a big notch.

  • Netanyahu's speech and the American Jewish condition
    • tree, excuse me for implying you didn't know bigorty was a learned trait, that wasn't my intention and i should have referenced my point about pre-exiting bigotry bigotry is a learned trait.etc.

      i disagree with about some of your other remarks.

      the sense that Palestine belonged only to the Jews and that they had a right to take it back by force –all of that existed well before the Holocaust.

      it existed, but not anywhere on the grand jewish cultural scale/sphere the way it exists today. most jews were not gang ho to run off and colonize palestine, far from it. but either way, elliot addressed a current situation happening today. and what i addressed pertained to that experience he related. when i spoke of someone or someones could take advantage of that situation to stimulate the perpetuation of that trauma for their own ends. i very much think this has been the case, since the holocaust and it's impacted the generations since.

      i recalled something hannah arendt wrote (i read it here in the comments i think hostage quoted here but i can't recall the quote so i will paraphrase. ) she said when a book was written about centuries of jewish victimhood, sometime around the 18th century as i recall, jews were shocked or expressed surprise their history would be recorded this way. i'm not sure this 'jews as victims' is a overriding theme that has always accompanied the culture (because many cultures could record their history primarily as a collection of all the abuse, ills and pains). but i do think that since the holocaust happened it's been used and promoted, to ill effect, to perpetuate crime in palestine. so regardless of what kind of bigotry was around 115 years ago (and really, there is only one kind of bigotry) the bigotry embedded in the jewish culture today has been nurtured (carefully and by some with extreme intent) by the holocaust.

      Nothing seriously changed in the last 115 plus years in regards to the bigotry of Zionist Jews in Israel/Palestine

      but something big did seriously change in the last 115 years in regards to Zionist Jews in Israel/Palestine. and that something was the holocaust. i'm not seeing how there would ever have been that (enormous) influx of people willingly moving there if not for the holocaust (and the ensuing zionist incitement instigating arab immigration would likely have not happened either). so as it pertains to elliot's story, to claim fear doesn't exist as a result of it (the trauma), or as a result of generations keeping that fear alive, as well as the professional propaganda hacks making sure it stays alive and dragging it out and hammering the rest of us with it for decades now - it's real. i believe for many the trauma is real. and that very real trauma that occurred back then has been excruciatingly manipulated, to instill bigotry in the next generation and the next, for the benefit of a nationalist cause.

      and there's a reason to find hope in this. whatever it was driving colonization prior to ww2, is not the same as after. as i mentioned before, i think we’re seeing a ... revving up of that stimulation/incitement precisely because the host generation of that trauma is facing extinction, the farther away from the host trauma, the more challenging it is to re-instill a manufactured fear in subsequent generations. people won't buy it and we're starting to see that happening now w/the youth. but the fear elliot talked about, for those people who were brought up that way and it stuck, it's real. less and less all the time (imho), but for many it's real.

    • and all your grandparents and great grandparents died in bed or in a hospital speaking on behalf of other ethnic groups, when your (hidden) ethnic group have skated through history

      what? who are you referring to yonah?

    • are you addressing that to someone who said there was an inherent contradiction between power and vulnerability? sorry, you lost me. but i did notice Gidi Grinstein of the reut institute, that bastion of talking pts and red lines, sharing your framing link to

      the greatest Jewish paradox of our time: that the Jewish People is both more powerful than ever before, yet still very vulnerable.


    • This analysis is nothing new. It is typical of hophmi’s writing, which suggests, as it always does, the hophmi has internalized anti-Jewish hatred, and like those anonymous zionists on the internet who looked down upon their brethren, hophmi adopts the classic tropes of the self-hater. The key point here is that he quotes phil quoting Gilad Atzmon’s views, shared by some commentators on his site, that Jews control the world, ostensibly to illustrate the challenge of criticizing phil, and he missed the irony, which is that his critique amounts to the same claim (phil: "So that is the problem with even discussing this; anti-Semites will have a field day").

      so why the anonymity hops? too afraid, weak and powerless to spew your accusatory ad hominems in an identifiable way, always hiding behind a mask as you stalk phil?

    • Trauma is merely the excuse for pre-existing bigotry.

      but bigotry is not inherent it is a learned or passed on trait. and for the individual invested in it it may take a great deal of self awareness to uproot the infestation. i agree with seafoid that "traumas such as war can take generations to work themselves through a population."

      many individuals who experience trauma or abuse pass it on, and some don't. for some people who experience it early on it leads to multiple personalities or an unconscious split from reality which lasts their whole lifetime. while most people recover from trauma (it's a natural part of life, the self healing process w/time) with group trauma it may be that a circular reinforcement is at play that perpetuates the trauma. and someone or someones could take advantage of that situation to stimulate the perpetuation of that trauma for their own ends.

      i think that's what's at play here. and i think we're seeing a real fear and revving up of that stimulation/incitement precisely because the host generation of that trauma is facing extinction. therefore every single "witness" of that original trauma will be gone. there should be a group healing for future generations to eradicate the trauma, but instead there is the opposite. the seeding of an idea to internalize it, to never forget it and teach the children they are always at the risk of being preyed upon. that everyone from the outside hates them. and for a person who believes that to be true, the trauma is not an excuse, it's their reality.

    • brave and brazen run through phil's veins. so naturally he probably doesn't even realize the extent of it. people recognize truth when they hear it.

      it's very difficult for an artist to replicate nature. a truly gifted artist doesn't, they become a passageway, a vehicle where nature or truth moves thru them.

    • Jews are vastly over-represented by US population in the Ivy’s (about 24%) and White christians are underrepresented by same at Harvard, but are half the total student population. (Asians are also “over-represented”). Even the straight out racists use those numbers, not that OyVey00 will reflect or apologise.

      are you planning on apologizing for using those numbers? just curious

      So why are Jews and Asians outperforming?

      i don't think all the jewish students who make it into harvard are there because they outperform. doesn't harvard and other ivy leagues have slots set aside for the children of alumni?

      link to

      Golden, a Harvard graduate himself, begins the book by describing how Harvard's admissions policies favor the children of wealthy alumni. Children of the university's "Committee on University Resources," a group of alumni who typically donate $1 million or more to the school, enjoy near-guaranteed admission, according to Golden. The 340 members of the committee who have college-age children have sent 336 students to Harvard. Not bad odds.

      The book, which expands on a series of Wall Street Journal articles that won Golden a Pulitzer Prize in 2004, goes on to describe strategies other universities use that warp the admissions process. When Duke University, for example, initiated its effort in the '70s to move into preeminent status, it consciously began to try to recruit a base of rich alumni like that enjoyed by Harvard and Yale. Each year, the development and admissions offices meet to identify wealthy students who based on their merits have been turned down for admission. And each year a significant number of those same students—the children of oil tycoons, software magnates, and other scions of new money— end up being admitted to Duke.

      People that grouse about it are often frustrated with their own or their groups lack of power, not power itself.

      i resent the implication rich kids got where they are because they are out performing. do you think bush got into princeton or harvard because he outperformed? please, what a farce.

      and it's not just ivy leagues, ever read The Financialization of Education and Sonoma State University: link to

    • A veritable saint of a Jewish bigot

      hops resents phil saying "Jews are post-traumatic", he wished he'd thought of that.

      “Send for Hophmi, he’ll know just what to say!”

      he's -- like, psychic.

    • is that a question or a statement hops?

    • another example of phil knocking it out of the ballpark. kudos, great read. i hope it's featured, i found it buried on the front page, almost missed it.

    • is that all you have to say?

  • It's not about nukes, it's about the US shifting the power balance -- Parsi
    • A lot of those arms that Israel gets for free help the American arms industry that employs a lot of people and keeps some Congress people in Congress, which makes foreign aid also an indirect subsidy to congressional districts.

      why not just skip the middle man? the US gov doesn't have to give israel money to buy arms that in turn feed the weapons industry. the US could just hand the money to the weapons industry and they could give it to their employees and tell them to take the month off. then those employees would take that money and buy other stuff with it just like they would if they had made the weapons. the US gov could just dump money on whatever district in whatever state it wants. instead, it dumps it on israel and israel gets to decide which congress district it buys from. take israel out of the equation.

    • so that there is a standoff in the nuclear “balance of terror,”

      did you mean to write “balance of power” ?

  • Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football
    • phil called him a neocon less than a month ago link to

      and he knows he's married to nuland link to

      i think what he means perhaps is kagan branding himself as a centrist, liberal zionist vs the hardcore version we saw on the run up to the iraq war. i don't think phil means he's not a neocon anymore. but you'd have to ask him. not sure he's hanging out in the comment section at this time. but maybe he'll respond.

  • The Emperor's Nuke Clothes
    • If Obama had cojones then he could have stopped this charade.

      hmm, i don't agree with that. had he stopped it we wouldn't all be witnessing this erosion of the usual (organized jewish community) cohesion taking place. as i think i have mentioned before, part of the dynamics at play here is the timeframe between the announcement of the speech and the speech itself. like the sodastream/scarlett/superbowl fiasco, there was this 30 day window. we knew where and when the commercial would play, there was no getting out of that as millions had been invested. but watching events unfold, the oxfam, scarlett's statement, the activists getting way more attention than ever before, all of it playing out in the media as the stocks were dropping. the denials the stock drop were impacted by the event...and the guarantee it would not die down for at least 30 days - it just built and built. and that's what we're seeing here, an amazing amount of exposure for israeli intransigence/chutzpa splashed across the american media landscape. that's very rare and that never would have happened had obama somehow demanded a showdown over whether netanyahu would speak or not.

      and while the usual cohorts are threatening to make a list who's naughty or nice and promising repercussions, they are not the only ones making a list. there will be many constituents making lists too, of who's doing the donkey. i think obama made the right move not stopping the charade (assuming you mean the speech).

    • katie you are brilliant ;)

  • What we talk about when we talk about ISIS
    • that's an excellent comment kalithea but i don't agree it is irreversible nor do i agree his narrative "will cement our destruction". i think we're stronger than that and i think the muslim world is much stronger than that. this too shall pass.

    • thanks walid, that is a grrrreat video!

      i also recommend Nafeez Ahmed's The circus: How British intelligence primed both sides of the ‘terror war’ - See more at: link to

      and while we're on the topic:

  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
    • mooser, it's only the winep tools saying it was hezbollah. one of them wrote a book and sourced it to unidentified israel intel. what. ever.

    • solving many of the intractable problems plauging US urban centers of poverty or in Africa

      doesn't carter do this sort of thing?

    • i love that video from end the occupation!

      phil, another great article. and this

      I think NPR’s approach is indicative of an attitude everyone in the Establishment quietly shares: Jews count more on this issue than non-Jews. - See more at: link to

      it's not just indicative of the establishment. how many times have i heard this thing can't be moved until the jewish community moves.

      more power to - americans - all of us !!!

  • New DC bus ad takes on the special relationship on eve of Netanyahu’s address to Congress
    • walid, go to the about page, everyone on staff is an editor to some degree or another. if you click on the base of the article "all posts by mondoweiss editors" and check what they have in common it is that they are mostly press releases. so it's whoever took the time to draft the press release.

  • Banksy goes to Gaza
  • About me: The olive tree
    • thanks walid. hopefully in the future we'll hear more from her.

    • hmm, not sure if i'd agree with the 'assumed' part. but the beauty of her style of writing is that it makes you think about where her feelings are coming from, and where they will lead. she's in transition, finding her place in the world, not unlike someone else i know. it's a discovery and she's got that an inner explorer quality.

    • there's so much there kris. i've read it several times. the second time i broke down in tears.

      I’m thankful that because of my mother, I have citizenship and the legal right to reside in the United States. Often I feel restless and want to travel again, but honestly, I don’t know where else I would go. I’ve often thought of Hawaii, Canada, Italy (where one of my uncles lived), and France (because I can speak a tiny bit of French.)

      it's that displacement that comes through in her words. and even though her mom is from kansas, her expression reveals she doesn't sense this is her home.

      anyway, i think she's a talented writer because of the underlying honest feelings running thru her reflections. "the importance of my uncle’s olive tree somehow eluded me" ..... remembering her father's excitement and her own youthful dismissiveness "I just piled it away with a multitude of other things".

  • Right-wing bomb thrower David Horowitz behind anti-SJP posters
    • left-wing bomb-throwers who frequently target Jew

      do tell. what's your idea of frequent? sources?

      So I guess now any campaign against campus antisemitism is going to be spun as an attempt to “squelch Palestine solidarity activism.”

      it is if it targets sjp, which it does.

  • Kerry says Netanyahu was wrong the last time he pushed war for the U.S.
    • The report, which is based on interviews with several former U.S. army personnel, alleged that between 2004 and 2010, soldiers found thousands of rusty and corroded chemical munitions.

      apz, i found your quote here: link to

      yes it did, which was reflected in the Duelfer Report, that's old news. here's the nyt: link to

      "remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West."

      but there's no evidence saddam was stockpiling these nor was that alleged by the nyt.

      So what did he gas the kurds with Helium balloons

      probably from chemical weapons supplied by the US, as reported in that same nyt article:

      expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq.
      The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.

      so much for your redacted source (btw, we don't publish links to front page magazine so don't bother trying) also, the source at ibtimes links to a report that doesn't support the allegation made. at least i couldn't find it.

      Even the very liberal New York Times published a report about ISIS seizing Iraqi chemical weapons.

      where? because all i could find was a nyt report saying the area where the US ran into old '90 era rotting munitions was now an area under isis control. the ibtimes claim was sourced to the rubin center, barry rubin's neocon outfit (otherwise known as meria) link: link to


      even they pose it as a question.

      Apparently ISIS used some of those weapons against the Kurds in Kobani.

      not according to any source docs mentioned. ibtimes:

      The report has prompted fears that ISIS could have access to vast stockpiles of chemical weapons, including sarin, mustard gas, and VX, a nerve agent.

      the nyt only claimed link to

      Munitions are unaccounted for in areas of Iraq now under control of ISIS.

      and link to

      acknowledged that chemical weapons were turning up in Iraq, and predicted that troops would find more.

      which is old news: link to

      The report acknowledged that only small stockpiles of chemical WMDs were found, the numbers being inadequate to pose a militarily significant threat.

      imho, this is a bunch of rehashed old news.

      Iraq was preparing to invade Saudi Arabia. It invaded Kuwait. Now that Saddam is overthrown we can sit back in our comfortable armchairs and criticize but if he hadn’t been overthrown we would have had a very powerful and hostile tyrant in control of the Middle East.

      oh please. saddam was our guy until he wouldn't whistle our tune.

      Obama has thrown victory away so the Iranian are the new threat and boy are they a threat.

      triple yawn. and how did you leapfrog from saddam era '90's chem weapons and ISIS to iran being a threat? that's quite the divert.

    • Adelson controls Netanyahu, and then Adelson uses Netanyahu (and the rest of the Israel lobby) to pressure Congress to promote Adelson’s drive to attack Iran.

      imho it's more likely adelson found in netanyahu someone who thinks like he does, shares his goals, and whom he trusts is most able to materialize those goals for israel and zionism, and therefore he supports him. that's different than controlling someone. plus, he doesn't have to completely control netanyahu because he can also financially support even more radical groups in israel who will apply pressure on netanyahu or make it appear he is being pressured to garner the same results.

  • Hillel accuses BDS activists of ‘colonizing’ student groups
    • and don't forget 1948 UN res. 194 phrasing "right of return" reference to palestinians refugees, israel co-oped that same terminology in their 1952 nationality law referencing only jewish immigration by co-opting the term "return", applying it to people who had never been there before nor had many/most of their relatives for thousands of years if ever at all.

    • speaking of "radical and marginal groups", hillel is sounding more “radical and marginal” all the time. supporting zionism is definitely radical.

  • Israel gives out 'security Oscars' at the UN to Iran, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia and PA
    • you're so smart taxi.

      Obama was very unwise to have thrown the Ukraine at Putin

      keep thinking of victoria nuland. what a vicious deadly gambit.

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • Their power was out a whole 45 minutes,huh?

      maybe you missed this:

      "...warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don’t pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt.”

      Citing Yiftah Ron-Tal, the director of Israel Electric Corp. (IEC), the Times reports:

      “.......Starting today, we will begin restricting electricity.”

      luckily the news of this collective punishment spread and spread fast. the next thing we hear is israel decided to apply the tax revenue owed to palestine toward the israeli government's electric monopoly, funny how that works.

    • i'd love another jellied eel martini gamal. you mixing?

    • There is no reason on earth whatsoever why the Palestinians should not pay their electricity bill, like everyone else on the planet.

      hmm, not really. utility companies are generally either controlled privately therefore it is a contractual agreement between 2 independent parties or else they are state controlled therefore it is a relationship between the polity and those that polity represents, in a democracy those people have a say in who represents them. in palestine the people have no choice but to purchase their electricity from the government who offers them no rights or representation and routinely oppresses, kills, and imprisons* them and also steals their land and resources. so no, this is definitely not like everyone else on the planet. not at all.

      *ie, routine in palestine: link to

      Aspiring chef shot dead by Israeli soldier
      Palestinian girl injured after being hit by settler vehicle in Silwan
      Palestinian injured after being rammed by an Israeli car in Hebron
      Israeli extremists attack shop in Hebron
      Four injured by live Israeli fire in Bethlehem
      Dancing children attacked by Israeli forces
      Israeli extremists open fire on Palestinian homes in Bethlehem
      Five Palestinians kidnapped in the West Bank
      Several Palestinians injured near Jenin; three children kidnapped in Jerusalem
      Settlers burn mosque near Bethlehem
      Christian center set on fire, vandalized in Jerusalem hate crime attack

    • And have a debt of over $ 500 million, which is threatening to the stability of the Israel Electric Corporation....This is a business, not a political issue ...

      i doubt that link to

      "The State of Israel owns approximately 99.85% of the Company."

      Israel thru the occupation of palestine forces palestinians to be dependent on israel for their utilities. they routinely demolish independent initiative of palestinians to control their own destiny and their own resources for decades now. were you aware they steal all palestinian water and riparian rights and then force palestinians to purchase their own water thru the states water company Mekorot?

      this is a forced captive market that sustains israel, an apartheid country that has never existed without stealing palestine's natural resources. this "economic advantage" of having 1/2 the people, who have no say in the government and no benefit from that government be forced into dependence by that same government which subsists off the fruits of labor, resources and land of a captive people is what you are defending here.

      and then to turn around and claim palestine is "threatening to the stability of the Israel"? woe is me the colonizer being threatened by the victims of that colonization.

      it's all political. even the little slaughtered children feed the beast of colonization.

    • assaf, speaking of entrepreneurial start ups have you checked out PIVOT link to ? they've got a kickstarter too (here: link to ) and have reached half there goal! i fail to see how this is related to the topic at hand tho.

    • You apparently think I should keep my side of the bargain, while you are not obligated to keep your side of it. Every day the debt increases.

      what bargain? i don't recall a bargain. israel is a thief. they have stolen the land , the resources, the water (and then sell water back to palestinians, deny palestinians access to their agricultural land, let settlers farm on it and then sell the produce to palestinians!!!) ). where's the paycheck, the rent for using their land for decades? Every day israel's debt to palestinians increases.

      500 mil for electricity? what about the trillions israel owes palestinians? . nix that because there is no price you can put on it. this little debt for the electricity is nothing, nothing compared to what israel owes palestine in "the bargain".

      you want to throw around the concept of "keep my side of the bargain"? that's like a torturer demanding the prisoners keep their side of a bargain. never mind the prisoner would say anything while you're torturing them.

      just gag me w/a spoon steve. in any normal system palestiniand would not be forced to purchase their electricity from israel. they would have their own power plants (just like the kind israel blew up in gaza last summer) palestinians are a captured market. they have no choice but to purchase what is theirs already by right. and israel demolishes any opportunity for them to be self sufficient. they demolish EU efforts (in the hundreds of millions) too. wonder why? because the occupation is a money maker for israel. israel has never sustained itslef independently . they live on handouts and what portion of every penny gifted to palestine goes thru israel? every cent. it's gross. even the alleged reconstruction of gaza (when ever that happens, if ever) is designed so that most of the profit goes to israel. so they slaughter people and demolish whole neighborhoods and profit off of global handouts for the reconstruction. billions!

    • you can think what you want about camera but it is perceived no differently then alJazeera, ma’an, or even the Guardian. - See more at: link to

      lol, by whom? you wish! besides, camera is not "media" they are a hasbara gotcha outfit. what story have they broken, ever? besides "bwah, that's not true!"

    • herb, your tag team showed up.

      dabakr, go moan to wikipedia. this is what they are called, i didn't invent the term nor was my source written as some publicity stunt after last winters flooding.

      there are retention basins but they were not disturbed. a wadi is a dry riverbed that floods during the rainy season. and that is what happened. israel had no more ‘control’ over this then the snow in the golan.

      really. they have no control unless they want the water, then they have plenty of control. yes, it's weather, and no, it is not like the snow in the golan.

    • i use arse when i don't want to get caught swearing!

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