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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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  • Lieberman unveils racist peace plan: Pay Palestinians to leave Israel
    • oh god. what are we ever going to do about this mental condition you're afflicted with ivri.

    • this could be a model for population transfers globally,

      isn't this, in part, how israel enticed lots of russians to move down to settle their colonial outposts in occupied palestinian territory? giving them awesome RE deals? and 50k doesn't get one very far in todays world.

  • #JusticeForMikeBrown: NFL star Reggie Bush connects Ferguson to Palestine
    • i did just, thanks. i hope you did too.

    • american, i was just reading a link seafoid just posted on another thread about Arafat Jaradat, the man tortured to death by israel in 2013. link to (must read by amira hass) and i thought to myself, sean's "pragmatic advice" would be not to use jaradat as an example because he threw stones or possibly molotov cocktails and therefore he might not be sympathetic to these americans we should be impressing, or something.

      your narrative is always exactly like the zio bot supremest on here who are always telling us and the Palestines to submit to higher power and authority– that we can ‘t beat the elite machine–

      i don't think he can hear himself. or if he can he's so impressed w/his own "pragmatism" he can't hear us.

    • obviously it is not the point because a 12 year old just got gunned down. it wasn't his size. the killer was the same size.

    • i just cleared the rest of the thread, at least 15 comments. holidays and all that. we're way stacked up. gamal left you a message.

    • the complaint from all political quarters during the last outburst of riots has been that *insufficient* police force was used to quell them — not too much.

      how completely unsurprising.

      You need to get your narrative together.

      to what? to align w/current police narrative and the "political quarters" who agree with them? seriously sean, pragmatic advise: you're sounding exceedingly establishment, you need to get your narrative together.

    • "clearly" is subjective.

    • Purely from the standpoint of offering pragmatic political advice...Feel free to disagree

      it's obvious i'm free to disagree with you sean, you don't ever need to remind me of that. as for your "pragmatic advice", "Americans [who] have formed negative impressions" of brown or his family, do not share my understanding of the fundamentals of the struggle nor are they my focus.

      Purely from the standpoint of offering you pragmatic political advice, global problems are tackled by nurturing and empowering the roots of the grass. "Americans [who] have formed negative impressions" of brown or his family are not the roots of the grass.

    • more complicated than the media and campaigners led us to believe.

      you forgot the police. or do you believe the killers story?

    • Brown physically assaulted Darren Wilson (punched him in the face) and then wrestled for Wilson’s gun in a menacing way.

      sean, there was no trial. i'm not engaging in trial by innuendo. i asked a question earlier here, , “Why exactly did the police lie for 108 days about how far Mike Brown ran from Darren Wilson?” link to

      try answering that.

    • sean, if you followed the people i follow on twitter you'd have known the reaction from palestinians was instantaneous and overwhelming.

      If they do, they will have handed Republicans a major political opportunity to exploit. Palestinians are not likely to advance their cause in the United States by becoming entangled in problematic controversies like Ferguson.

      i disagree. people, like reggie bush, like killer mike in the video i posted, know this is about oppression. people in power seek to divide the oppressed, just like they don't want people making a connection between south africa and israeli apartheid. this train has already left the station a long long time ago. the bonds between palestinians and the black community were embolden a long long time ago (google malcolmX/palestine or black panther/palestine) and continue to this day.

      you need to realize " problematic controversies like Ferguson." are not about ferguson, they are about a system of oppression all over our country that extend to many places in the world. this is beyond republicans and democrats, it is about systematic oppression by a global minority. the tactics used in ferguson, the training of those police officers is the same training offered to police across the country and in many places in the world.

      when the WOT started and we got a department of homeland security funds to support and train local police stations (fighting crime) shrunk and federal money was poured into states and towns all across the country to fight homegrown/domestic terrorism (fighting terror). that's part of where all this comes from. and it's ruining this country for all of us. anyone who doesn't think it will impact their lives should wake up. ferguson is a "controversy" like the civil rights movement was a controversy or apartheid is a controversy or genocide is a controversy or habeas corpus is a controversy or trial without jury of your peers is a controversy. iow, this is not a controversy, it's a travesty of justice.

      and like any right worth having, it should apply to the weakest chain in the link. brown is considered, by you, a weak link because of his size, his race, shoplifting, "thug" whatever! his killer should have been prosecuted to the full extent of the law and brown's defense attorney's should have been able to question him. instead the victim was put on trial.

    • i hang out on twitter a lot, and there are a lot of palestinian tweeters in solidarity. this is a people lead movement. and of course there is a lot of interest in the arabic press. why don't you tell us about the america "thought leaders" aligning themselves with your opinion.

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      one of those included a news story w/video w/MLK in the background. another from link to ran down a list of countries on the reaction including china, iran, spain and many more and this is what it said about the middle east (google translate):

      Middle east

      Spread the story of the protests in the United States on the front pages of several Arab newspapers also. In Egypt, Al-Wafd newspaper concluded to put under the title: "uprising against racism in the United States."

      While the Qatari Al-Watan newspaper said that cities in the United States are now condemning the "murderous racism," The newspaper official Syrian Revolution that protests against police violence and racism were on the rise in the United States.

      none of the articles made the points you have made. all if them showed solidarity w/the people (except israel who defending the states actions).

      if you want to win arguments by omission by formulating questions for other to address, i won't be playing.

      like reggie bush said, this is a global problem.

    • and by the way, what you call an "information campaign" is a slander. the solidarity between palestinian activists and people on the ground in ferguson came out immediately and naturally because of the tactics and weapons being used against the people of ferguson that night, and because of social media the struggles and connections between the people/activists had already been established. because people who care about human rights already had "friended" eachother. what you reduce to an "information campaign" began by palestinians advising people on thee streets how best to fend off tear gas and such and a natural affinity by some people to support those being oppressed. all one needs to do is look at the photographs and actions of the struggles. and how many here advocate killing children for shoplifting!!! i can't believe i am even hearing that. (i was the best shoplifter in my adolescence!) and you're calling mike brown a thug? if he were my size with my skin color would you dare? seriously, disgust!

      i can no longer comment on this thread. seeing the solidarity here for the killer, the executioner is just more than i can bare.

      link to

      " it is about a war machine. It is us against the motherfucking machine.""

    • How many Palestinian leaders are interested in using the events surrounding Michael Brown and Ferguson as part of the information campaign to further their political struggle against Israel?

      sean, this self serving habit of yours that you use repeatedly by implying other people agree with you, especially those in authority, is transparent bullshit. especially when so many "palestinian leaders" have either been executed, imprisoned, or otherwise silenced. FYI, Hamde Abu Rahma is a leader, you just fail to recognize that.

      your opinion on this matter disgusts and shames me as an american and as a human being.

    • of course it's a possibility! Obama has the opportunity to overturn this travesty of justice once and for all. many presidents grant presidential pardons when they leaves office. i've written him many times about it.

      link to

      This is travesty of American criminal justice. I don’t think American citizens understand that this effects all of us and the world that believes in the American criminal justice system. Anyone in any court in America now risks being convicted based on the opinion of someone who claims to be an expert without any opportunity to cross examine that person because everything about that so-called expert can remain secret. The right to Confrontation, so long enshrined in our justice system, died today.

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      Their imprisonment for more than eight years is an absolute travesty. From secret evidence, to anonymous expert testimony, the prosecution made the Holy Land Five an example of the political climate, rather than trying them for their actions—sending contributions to the same legal zakat committees that also received funds from USAID. Furthermore USAID continued to fund those same zakat charities for an entire year after the U.S. government shut down the HLF. In light this double standard, there is nothing in this case to reassure Americans about the state of our government or our protections under its laws.

      more here: link to

    • It’s been proven beyond reasonable doubt that Brown charged Wilson head-first like a bull when he was shot.

      why are you pretending there was a trial when there was not?

      it was wilson who was charging! answer this, "Why exactly did the police lie for 108 days about how far Mike Brown ran from Darren Wilson?"

      link to

      The lead detective in the case saying he walked "50 times" back and forth from the SUV to Mike Brown's body, stated to the grand jury that he measured from Darren Wilson's SUV window to Mike Brown's feet and that it was actually 160 feet, 4 inches.

      The thing is, though, I don't really see any of this as vindication. The police still lied about it for 108 days, and they absolutely refused to clarify it for the media as they advanced the lie on their own behalf. The grand jury documents revealed that the medical examiner who arrived on the crime scene didn't even bother to take measurements or photos because he, literally, thought it didn't matter.

      In his new interview on ABC, both Wilson and his interviewer, George Stephanopoulus, continued to advance the lie that Brown ran just 35 feet away. See them do so starting at 3:40 in the video below.

      Again, Wilson continues to advance the lie because it supports his narrative. If Brown ran half a football field away, it suggests so much more to us than the mental image of his barely making it 10 yards before he, as Wilson suggests, turns around in a demonic rage, and then runs into a hail of gunfire from Wilson's semi-automatic pistol.

    • thanks marnie. it's embarrassing to me how many people here are supporting this system of oppression. words cannot express my shame.

    • my prayers today are for a presidential pardon for the holy land 5.

  • Israel sent Palestinian Authority letter to 'stop incitement' over bus driver’s death
  • Israeli occupation stoking 'holy war' in Jerusalem
    • is one of the reasons Netanyahu is going crazy?

      i think it is abierno. he went nuts after the announcement of the unity gov and abbas signed on w/15 UN orgs. it became what seems like a race against time. what i perceived as a concerted effort to bring on the third intifada after abbas went to the UN general assembly 2012 (which i documented here: link to , coincidentally also during the timeframe fatah and hamas were trying to work out a unity deal ), and which subsided somewhat only w/the obama visit that spring and the drawn out "framework negotiations" came back in full force triggered by israel's refusal to meet their obligations to release the final batch of prisoners before the deadline last april. palestinians were completely prepared to engage the UN after that 9 month period was over. it's like a race to the finish w/netanyahu announcing more and more settlements and abbas's steps at the UN.

    • or the cold blooded murder of 2 palestinian teens by a sniper on may 14th.

  • When Hagee vilifies Obama as 'anti-Semitic,' Cruz and Dershowitz don't walk out
    • how many conferences and galas can these guys throw and attend. geez louise, between the aipac conference, and israeli american conference, the support iof galas, the zoa galas, it's never ending. gag me with a spoon.

  • Nationalism vs imagination -- Beinart and Vilkomerson square off over two-state solution
  • Middle East Studies Association affirms members' right to boycott Israeli academic institutions (Updated)
    • you think he's wrong?

      Prof. Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University and a member of MESA, said the resolution would mark a precedent.

      “I hope I am proven wrong,” Rabi said, “but this is a game changer, and from my perspective it does not look good.”

      link to

    • yeah, it's so awesome! sorry it's up late, i wrote it yesterday but for some reason it took me forever.

      the success of the vote represents a lot of sustained effort by bds activists (YEAH!) and the relevancy and impact of these (MESA) scholars willingness to stop cooperating with israeli academic institutions in the future should not be underestimated. it's huge.

  • Israeli bus driver runs over two Palestinians at Jenin checkpoint, killing one
    • israel wasn't mentioned in the comment. it does seem rather telling tho, hearing the news a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip following two days of extreme weather and flooding that you'd rush to defend israel.

      we could all stop and ruminate on how the blockade is preventing much needed aid to enter the strip if it would help your argument. would you like that? or would you prefer it if someone blamed israel for the weather?

  • Elizabeth Warren visits Netanyahu, even as he undermines US negotiations with Iran
    • my sentiments exactly kay. i'm not much of an organizer but i wish there was a campaign, 'bring us a leader not affiliated with the lobby or were staying home on election day!' or something like that. who could lead a campaign like that? this is so disgusting, these anointment trips to israel just to be able to run an american campaign. it's a permanent stain for warren and i won't forget.

    • The analogy to the ‘Protocols’ is exactly the kind of stupidity and ignorance that has contributed to stereotypes being used by racists all over the world

      that's funny, because i thought adelson and saban were exactly the kind of stupidity and ignorance that has contributed to stereotypes being used by racists all over the world .

    • does commenting in the MW comments section give you the right to pose questions

      i'll remember this response the next time you ask me a question. don't get all sanctimonious on us yonah. any american has the right to ask that question. and as just pointed out you are under no obligation to answer.

      It seems as if Weiss cannot write a sentence with Netanyahu in it, that does not include some blame.

      maybe you have not noticed the PM of a certain country w/a "special" access to oodles of press and congress critters keeps blathering his ptv and imposing his opinions where they do not belong dogging obama and the american public at every friggin turn. from his red lines demand that garnered headlines everywhere, prior to the last election (numerous times dominating pre election coverage) to friggin 20 years plus hammering the US to bomb iran i think we got the message if you do not mind. so when netanyahu and the munchkins in israel quit shoveling blame at obama 24/7 and bribing our politicians w/their billionaire's pressuring 'bomb iran!''stronger sanctions!' then your nagging lecturing might have some value, until then it really doesn't as far as i am concerned.

      so we get it, "closest relatives live in Israel". that's the closet thing you came to uttering support for the US any reason whatsoever for taking a side in this crap. so do us all a favor, "stay on the sidelines" now why don't you, instead of hunkering down here in perpetual complaining peanut gallery oversight mode. or do you only plan on staying on the sidelines when the gun are blasting? btw, i don't believe you. you are not on the sidelines now, why should i believe you would be if push came to shove. you're a partisan yonah, definitely not the voice of an american patriot, so don't pretend otherwise.

  • Efforts to suppress Palestinian activism on US campuses won't work
    • Jewish college kids are in a vague sense represented by Hillel whether they agree with it or not. The same way I’m represented by the USA government whether I personally agree with their position or not

      lol, you wish. actually it doesn't work like that. when jewish kids enter a campus environment, just like all other kids, they are not incumbent to join any groups like this. whereas, everyone in the US comes under the purview of the US gov whether they like it or not.

      a jewish kid is under as much obligation to have some overriding group represent them on campus as i was when i was at school, meaning none. zilch,not at all. iow, hillel can't just plop themselves down on a campus and claim they represent jewish kids. and kids don't need "meaningfully large alternative organizations". you're living in a fantasy world. only in a world where kids have been brainwashed into thinking they need to join "meaningfully large..organization" would they do so. i wasn't a member of any club in college and i had lots of friends. kids don't need to join sororities either as far as i know. or churches or political parties.

      where do you come up w/these crazy ideas? you sound bonkers.

      if you have any evidence to the contrary, that hillel is authorized by universities to represent all the jewish students without any prior consent by the student, by all mean present your evidence.

    • Even hillel admits they serve only about 1/2 the jewish kids on this one campus

      So what? I wasn’t active in Hillel when I went to college or graduate school.
      - See more at: link to

      so what? the so what means this has nothing to do w/an "anti-Jewish "movement, something you refuse to acknowledge. your entire shpeel up there is prefaced around "anti-Jewish ". it's completely irrelevant whether you were or were not active in hillel. what is relevant is the voice of movement and what they are saying and what they are opposing, something you evade and divert for your own safety to hide behind a crutch of victimhood or to shield those you which to defend w/the crutch of the anti semitism accusation and you do that by claiming your ideological opponents are against jews when the reality that lots of jewish kids are not zionistists and hillel, as a zionist organization, does not represent them.

      you wish it was anti jewish because then you could claim it's a racist movement. that is a crutch. so your whole 'let's pretend there are "widespread anti-Jewish demonstrations" ' is a bunch of bull.

      You need to separate:

      a) Civilians are not being bombed
      b) Civilians are being bombed but you fully approve of the reasons they are being bombed.
      - See more at: link to

      no, you need to separate:

      a) providing a source for your allegations
      b) doubling down on those allegations sans any evidence/source/argument and then claiming your opponent approves of that which you've not shown

      and quit spamming the threads with your illogical allegations and accusations.

    • SJPers have this habit of breaking the rules

      whose rules? example please.

    • SJP students are attempting to suppress pro-Israel activism on campus

      black is white and white is black, could you be anymore obtuse?

    • Most of the students are indifferent and at most campuses actively hostile to the idea.

      dream on

      link to

      Rebecca Caspi, director of the Israel office of the Jewish Federations of North America, noted that the number of anti-Israel incidents on American college campuses had increased “100 percent” this fall, as she praised the leaders of Hillel for promoting “a courageous discourse” about Israel.

    • . If BDS takes root in USA campuses

      earth to jeff, don't you read the israeli press? bds has already taken root in US campuses and nothing in your fear mongering comment is happening and there's no indication it will happen.

      widespread anti-Jewish demonstrations

      your argument is so weak you resort to these ridiculous hypothesis. even hillel admits they serve only about 1/2 the jewish kids on this one campus (as i recall from one of the articles). so BDS is not an anti jewish movement. you should try building your analysis based on reality, not some comic book fiction.

  • The Minds of Others: An interview with Max Blumenthal
    • how many people? i'm not trying to convince anyone. initially i simply asked you to clarify a claim you made about what max said so i could understand your meaning (for my own personal understanding), very simple request. but as it turns out, you later claim max never said that and to understand your meaning one first must accept your earlier premise. it's not worth it. we don't agree.

      and claim my meaning is inconceivable.

      lol, you're funny. you continue to argue by putting words in people's mouths they didn't say, that's why your argument was such a red flag in the first place. we disagree. you don't make your case stronger by claiming i can't conceive of your ptv. i can certainly conceive of it alright. i just think it's full of sh*t. ;)

      edit: actually i don't think all your ideas are fos, i just think the way you've presented them by inserting in all this extraneous bs about max/jewish identity drastically weakens your argument regarding zionism being 'the' issue in germany instead of whiteness rendering them unworthy, in my ptv.

    • i've ignored your point and therefore i have not acknowledged zionism? ha! i ignored your point because in order to make it you've extrapolated something out of blumenthal's meaning that he didn't say, by editing it thereby changing it's meaning, to suit your theory (as i have explained 3 times now). i'm not going to bother trying to refute any more of your claims, it's a waste of time. good day.

    • again, max did not state that " “my Jewish identity can be negated, simply because I’ve defined it outside the frontiers of Israeli nationalism and to some extent, against Zionism”

      that was the end of a semicolon. max stated:

      As long as Judaism is conflated with Zionism, a pro-Israel gentile like Volker Beck can declare himself in so many words more Jewish than I am, and I can be essentially de-Judaized; my Jewish identity can be negated, simply because I’ve defined it outside the frontiers of Israeli nationalism and to some extent, against Zionism.

      where's your reading comprehension? max is not saying he can be de-Judaized by defining his jewishness outside the frontiers of Israeli nationalism and to some extent, against Zionism. he is paraphrasing the argument of his attacker. iow, he is saying the very opposite of your claim.

      He fails to examine Zionism on its own terms

      it's one interview. he answered the questions asked of him. where's your book on zionism/israel? claiming max has failed to examine zionism is a joke.

      But clearly, he offers an interpretation of German politics based entirely on his sense of himself “as a Jew”.

      the only thing that's clear here is what you're choosing to read into it.

    • citizen c, in your previous comment which i responded to, you claimed that max "Claimed that “Jewishness” has secular meaning in a political sense" and that therefore this was "indeed Zionism." (implying he was a zionist among other things).

      i merely asked you to cite max saying that. in this segment max does not say "Jewishness has secular meaning in a political sense". i am asking to better understand your claim.

      is what you mean to say 'i infer from what max is saying here that he is essentially claiming "Jewishness has secular meaning in a political sense"? because i suppose you are aware those are not max's words. they are yours.

      (btw in my earlier comment at November 26, 1:50 deals w/the segment where max says "my Jewish identity can be negated, simply because I’ve defined it outside the frontiers of Israeli nationalism and to some extent, against Zionism." and that because it comes after a semicolon his meaning cannot be understood outside of the context of what preceded it, which is max's understanding of what the other guy is claiming,not max)

      “what Zionism is doing to Jewish identity, and how this political ideology is permanently altering what it means to be a Jew.”

      The issue about Zionism is not mainly “what it means to be a Jew”

      nor did max say it was.

      This, the “Jewish people”, not simply the Jewish state, is the basis of Zionism. That is why I said that JVP’s separatist identity politics is Zionist.

      just because some people agree with the idea of a 'jewish peoplehood/jewish nationhood' and that is the basis for zionism doesn't mean everyone who believes there is a 'jewish people' is a zionist.

      we could begin with the same idea, (that people should be free) and based on that idea lots of the people could adopt a political ideology. however, it would not mean that everyone who believes people should be free would then agree with that political ideology. that's what you've done. you've said since one idea is the basis for zionism it therefore means everyone who agrees with that idea is therefore a zionist. that's silly.

      we have had that discussion before. you keep clinging on to the idea that because there is a jewish voice for peace (which includes many people like myself for example who are members and not jewish) implies it is zionist. you're buying into the zionist narrative that to be jewish means one is therefore a zionist. that's what max is talking about by saying "what Zionism is doing to Jewish identity, and how this political ideology is permanently altering what it means to be a Jew", you're empowering that idea by agreeing with it. why? it makes no difference in that conversation to state what zionism is mainly about. that's just a diversion. but it's a diversion where you've accepted the premise that to identify as part of the jewish people or to be jewish inherently makes someone a zionist. it's a premise that doesn't hold water. and it's essentially an attack on jewish non or anti zionists.

      at least that is how it appears to me. and you've done it by putting words in max's mouth that he didn't say. although perhaps he would agree with those words i don't know. but they are not his words. they are yours.

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    • Claiming that “Jewishness” has secular meaning in a political sense, as MB does

      could you please cite max so i can further understand your argument.

      it's my understanding "secular" means a person is not religious. so i am curious what you're referencing. are you saying if a person identifies as both secular and jewish they are therefore a zionist?

      didn't we have this conversation once before when you claimed jvp was a zionist org? or something like that?

    • Blumenthal”, who is (or claims to be) “Jewish” (which has no meaning in a secular sense, is in fact Zionism).

      you mean jewish has no meaning, to you, outside of a system of spiritual/religious belief? and why say "is in fact zionism" when many people who are jewish don't appear to recognize jewish as "a people" or as "a nation". your definition is too confining. i don't think there is consensus on what a jew is, and i really don't understand the point of saying max "claims" to be jewish. and why the quote marks around jewish?

      speaking for yourself is one thing, but throwing around the term "the fact" into when sharing controversial opinions as you've done strikes me as a bit self aggrandizing. especially when opinionating on someone else's self definition.

    • sydnestel, that segment doesn't make sense outside of the context of what he's saying because it comes after a semicolon. iow, he's not speaking for himself, he's explaining another's rationale. which is that a non jew like volker beck can claim he's "more jewish" than max merely by judging a jew by their attachment to israel (defined as inside the frontiers of Israeli nationalism) and to some extent zionism itself. meaning that even if a person lived and was born in israel and defined themselves as israeli, as long as they were not a zionist that in itself ("to some extent") would qualify the jew to be less a jew than a non jew who defined himself as within the frontiers of israeli nationalism. read it again:

      I can make out a vision of what Zionism is doing to Jewish identity, and how this political ideology is permanently altering what it means to be a Jew. I am terrified by the sight.

      As long as Judaism is conflated with Zionism, a pro-Israel gentile like Volker Beck can declare himself in so many words more Jewish than I am, and I can be essentially de-Judaized; my Jewish identity can be negated, simply because I’ve defined it outside the frontiers of Israeli nationalism and to some extent, against Zionism.

    • People see through that & it repels them.

      poor mj, still stuck on max. i think he can't stand it how famous max has become. but mj should try just speaking for himself as in "i see through that & it repels me". for it's clear mj is repelled by this young leader in the jewish community. max is the pied piper his town's children are flocking after. there appears to be little mj or anyone else for that matter, can do about that. the children raised in good and wholesome and blind jewish zionist families may never return to the ideology in which they were raised. and so what does mj do? he claims people are repelled when in fact it is just the opposite with the pied piper.

  • Debunking Netanyahu's propaganda on Jerusalem
    • and isn’t that just so cute that the use of ‘hasbara’ is welcomed as long as its the ‘right kind’ of hasbara for MW.

      we cover as much hasbara as we can but we don't have the time or resources to cover it all. what other kind of hasbara is there that you think we're avoiding? travel brochures? videos from the mfi? op eds from the nyt? liberal zionist drizzle? seriously, we cover as much as we can from the boringly inane to the most extreme and mind-numbing.

      the Temple Mount status will never change

      let's hope you're right.

    • would that be the same police department that claimed mohammed khdeir's family killed him in some revenge attack because he was gay? the same police who determined there were no dead bodies on nakba day or it wa a staged event by palestinians? or the same government that presides over the military occupation that routinely picks up palestinian children and accuses them of stone throwing w/a 97% conviction rate, the same gov that tortures or threatens children into confessions?

      i could care less what an israeli police investigation determined mayhem. from your article:

      Four male Palestinians, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were arrested for possible involvement in the attack. All of them denied any involvement in the incident.

      you only nitpicked my last comment (everything else I said is irrefutable?)

      do not ever assume my silence implies consent. the evidence of israeli incitement is overwhelming. i have work to do, i don't have time to refute every one of your lies. the 'evidence' your provided for your ridiculous allegations i shot down. i don't have more time for you.

    • And another racist attack against Jews in Jerusalem only a few days ago

      a .. police statement said it might have been "a fight that broke out between the two sides". It added, "all directions still being examined".

      there's no evidence those who allegedly got stabbed didn't start the fight andthe palestinians were defending themselves. the police know nothing so quit making assumptions.

  • A handful of Wellesley students are trying to shut down discussion of Israel/Palestine
    • marnie, my hunch is that 'respectful' centers around ideas like "both sides" (creating equanimity thru acknowledging each others right to be fearful and how using words like apartheid and genocide hurts zionist students and how everyone needs to recognize israel is the homeland for these jewish students yada yada bds is hateful, inciteful yada yada and in turn the jewish students (who really want peace too but israel should be able to defend itself from radical islam) feel and understand the pain palestinians are going thru because they too were refuges and so likewise palestinians can reciprocate by feeling and understanding the zionist students pain kumbaya and stuff like that) boring.

      meanwhile, there's a movement building to boycott divest and sanction israel for crimes against humanity and since our government keeps shoveling money into the apartheid system it's the people who need to join together to stop this machine of oppressions.

      so, under those circumstances, who has time to assuage the pain of the pro-oppressor and the guilt that comes with that? both sides? pff. isolate the ideology of systematic racism and oppression [inherent in colonialism] and then normalize that isolation, not the opposite.

    • exactly shingo, see below.

    • shingo, Hannink wants to set the rules of engagement, see Policy Paper: Reut’s Broad Tent and Red-Lines Approach

      link to

      or pdf> link to

      Broadening the tent to include liberal and progressive circles: Reut maintains that in order to effectively challenge delegitimization, the pro-Israel community must broaden its
      base by increasing its tolerance for legitimate criticism of the country’s policies and
      seeking the support of progressive and liberal circles. Examples include: The Year of
      Civil Discourse
      initiative by the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council
      (JCRC), which aims to promote respectful dialogue n Israel within the Jewish
      community (JCRC website), and ‘Making the Progressive Case for Israel,’ an initiative of
      the UK’s Labour Friends of Israel aimed at bringing together progressive voices to
      speak in favor of Israel’s democracy (The Jewish Chronicle, 05/10/2011).
      „ Establishing red lines: The broad tent approach must be compounded by ‘red ...

      both civil and respectful are code words to watch out for in the context of setting boundaries for discussion when certain topics are already targeted as being red lined as outsie the boundary of civil discussion. (bds/apartheid)

      even when they are moved into the realm of another kind of conversation, it's an indicator of that same corralling.

      but what i find really interesting is that the authors of this article addressed this very accusation in the main article above and jon is commenting in this thread without making any mention or acknowledgement of their response (counter argument) above. hmm.

      anyway, what sjp is doing is really smart. they are setting their own rules of engagement (public not private discourse)

    • Refusal to engage in a dialogue is a sign of closed-mind fanaticism.

      jon, i addressed the hypocrisy of hannink's (and now your) accusation regarding her "respectfully and without polarizing" comment in our other thread on wellesley here: link to

    • thanks philip, awesome smack down

  • Poster questioning Zionism makes her feel 'unsafe', Wellesley student says
    • on the bright side, i didn't accuse you of hatred.

      Wellesley’s SJP will not engage in dialogue. Dialogue is not necessary when everybody already agrees on everything. They’d rather hate.

      lol, back to your old tricks of accusing your adversaries of hatred! the first sentence here is a lie. they stated they wanted an open and public dialogue, not behind closed doors. and they made efforts to facilitate that. link to

      In our programming, we seek to open the campus to challenging and respectful public discourse. Our “What Does Zionism Mean to You” poster contains a disclaimer that reads, “Please be respectful. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and racism will not be tolerated.” In this way, we created an open discussion encompassing a variety of perspectives that reflects and represents the diversity of our community, while also being respectful. Additionally, we invited Professor Sa’ed Adel Atshan, human rights activist and professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Brown University, to speak at Wellesley on November 13. In his lecture, entitled “On Heroes and Hope: Nonviolence and Resilience in Israel/ Palestine,” Atshan spoke of various Israeli and Palestinian community leaders who are striving to create a reality where both communities, and the minorities within them, can coexist in a way that serves justice. Following the lecture, students engaged in discussion with Professor Atshan, free to ask questions on points of contention; they were met with thoughtful responses. Yet the fact that some found this lecture and discussion to be “extremely destructive” suggests a sense of unwillingness to engage with ideas that challenge one’s opinions and call for cooperation and coexistence.

      Despite attempts to foster a public discourse, our actions are deemed destructive by a handful of very vocal students and adamant supporters concerned with alleged discrimination towards the Jewish Community. Comments that portray Wellesley SJP, its programming, and anti-Israel criticisms as “menacing” threats to safety and security are anti-Arab and reinforce a racialized image of the Other, thus perpetuating cycles of hatred and violence. Additionally, this racialized language, positing WSJP as monolithically “Arab,” as opposed to the supposedly universally pro-Israeli Jewish student, must be challenged if one is to find truth in this discourse. Wellesley SJP strives to question this racialized polarization in all possible ways: in reality, our membership is composed of students from various racial, religious and nonreligious, and ethnic backgrounds, and our programming enables the expression of diverse voices from the conflict

      - See more at: link to

      that's about as far as i got reading your long diatribe. maybe if i have time later i will get to the rest of it. i'm sure it will be just as easy to debunk the rest as it was the beginning. or maybe someone else wants to take a stab. it's like shooting fish in a barrel, you make it way too easy because you lie and attack w/crutches instead of logic.

    • Again, do you have evidence that the dialogue group is Hillel-affiliated

      yeah, beginning with the title and subject matter of Haaretz's article. it's also common sense since hillel is sponsoring “intercultural dialogues” on campus, as evidenced by my link. do you have any proof this is not, at least in part, sponsored by hillel?

      Look, just be honest. If you’re opposed to intercultural dialogue between Jews and Arabs unless the people involved in the dialogue already agree on BDS or agree that Israel should not be a Jewish national home, just say it.

      i am opposed to intercultural dialogue where a person is forced into it or doesn't want to participate, yes. it's a big campus. why not find some people who want to talk to each other?

      Wow, so if Hillel or any of their members are not interested in sponsoring speakers and organizations who don’t share their values, you call for Open Hillel. But if SJP is not interested in dialoguing with people who don’t share their values, you tell me to “just respect that.” Interesting.

      no, i'd call for open hillel because, unlike sjp, hillel portends to be a campus org for jewish students, not a partisan political group. the "values" of hillel are zionist and therefore they should simply identify themselves as a zionist support org on american campuses. then it would make perfect sense for them not to host non and anti zionists groups or speakers and i would think that was a reasonable position to take. but you can't brand yourself as merely a 'jewish' group on campuses when politically you take a stand. whereas, sjp is not an ethnic configuration, it is a justice based group meaning anyone who agrees with their values can join. that's the difference. and that's why it makes sense for them (sjp) not to dialogue with people who do not share their values.

      listen, if the college wants to sponsor interfaith and intercultural dialogues, why not reach out to groups on campus who are already intercultural and interfaith? i'm sure there are plenty of jews and arabs who would be quite willing to meet with eachother. in fact, sjp is already one of those groups, why not just support them?

    • could you be any more irrelevant hops. just more accusations. quit clutching on your jewish victimhood meme. for the most part it's redundant and so last century.

      you're like a dog with his favorite bone, let go of it.

      p.s. i'd like to remind you, that the context of your allegation "As usual, you don’t give a sh*t when Jews are victims are persecution." there was actually NOT one example of "jewish persecution" in that video. which does not mean anti semitism doesn't exist, it mean jews are not, for the most part, "victims of persecution" today.

      racism exists everywhere but jews are rarely persecuted for their religion or ethnicity in america today.

    • She could have waxed poetic about Zionism and turned the tide on SJP…but she did not. I wonder why, still.

      because it could not stand up to a decent public scrutiny, she would not be about to defend it.
      you answered your own question such an exchange would reveal Zionism’s ideological architecture and political psychology and run the risk of legitimating the dismantling of Zionism’s core mythologies.

      thanks dan.

    • Again, the group referenced was a Jewish-Arab dialogue group. It was not a Hillel-Arab dialogue group.

      right, and it's just a coincidence hillel funds "intercultural dialogues" and this particular "intercultural dialogues" was also targeted for hillel style civility: "discuss respectfully and without polarizing" uh huh.

      and the haaretz article is all about hillel at Wellesley and it's probably just a coincidence the person for the article is dialoguing with the reporter about a non-hillel activity? come on hops, you can do better than that.

      besides, what about this from haaretz

      The group has decided to focus on building their new chapter, and want “to prioritize public rather than private dialogue,” and divorce religion from political issues, she wrote.

      what's wrong with that. why not open up this talk to the whole campus. what's with making it private if one party doesn't want to? and if sjp or any of their members are not interested in a dialogue with people who don't share their values just respect that.

      this is not a different position from j street and other groups who refuse to debate bds. beinart doesn't either. the decision to not participate is likely political, based on the zionist ideology of the jewish kids.

      and when the church supported divestment a big cadre of rabbis all announced they were quitting or not participating in the interfaith conference (remember, it was a big deal). it was my way or the highway, and they took the highway. so, now someone has set down their own requirements:

      Wellesley's SJP will only engage again in dialogue if several conditions are met, she wrote: if it takes place within the framework of a public, “politically recognized” event, and if all participants agree that Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” should be ended, that “the [separation] wall dismantled,” that the “fundamental rights to full equality of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel” be recognized, and that the Palestinian refugee's right of return be “respected, protected and promoted.”

    • thanks for the link maximus

    • a community task force on the middle east? what tasks did they carry out? and how. from your article:

      "Jewish students want to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict, she said. “But it is an issue we want to discuss respectfully and without polarizing” the community. SJP leaders “said they were uninterested in these kinds of dialogic conversations,” Hannink said...“They said this was a way for them to be condescended to and controlled,”

      so what does that mean? what are hillel's rules of engagement? according to Eric Fingerhut ceo of Hillel International link to "Hillel students have .."modeled what respectful discourse looks like." hillel students want to be able to set the boundaries (redlines) just like reut 'big tent' (no discussion of apartheid and BDS which crosses the "redline"). how is that not condescending and controlling? "our Israel debate guidelines remain clear" Hillel is sponsoring and promoting "intercultural dialogues" discussion programs to "help students understand the issues"

      Our Standards for Partnership... are designed to ensure ....these commitments ... to Israel. Hillel will not partner with organizations that ...apply a double standard to Israel...Such viewpoints do not represent the values of Hillel International.....activists who created the “Open Hillel” campaign ...calls on Hillel to eliminate its Standards of Partnership in order to provide a platform for organizations [people/individuals] that promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other anti-Israel activities....Hillel International stands by its Standards of Partnership."

      so please, do not pretend these "intercultural dialogues" promoted by hillel are not all about promoting israel (which hillel is "deeply dedicated").

      you've presented no evidence "Arab students on campus have refused..dialogues with jewish students" because the very same article said those same arab students were members of sjp. and ignore the obvious, sjp is not interested in dialoguing with those students, who are dedicated to israel and whose goal it is to promote israel by hillel's "standards" set by the international hillel overseer. so the more accurate description would be 'Arab students on campus have refused to continue dialogues with hillel jewish students'. quit assuming hillel=jewish. open hillel, different.

      and i find it interesting the the 2 Wellesley hillel staff the students consulted were then fired by Wellesley. it sounds like there's some information missing from the story. and i really find this really interesting and amusing:

      The college administration made the decision unilaterally, “without any input from major stakeholders,” said Miriam Berkowitz Blue, president of the Wellesley Hillel Alumni Board. Wellesley Hillel has some 2,700 alumnae on its mailing list, she said. “It calls into question the oversight of all the endowments and funding,” she said. “It’s opening things up to a lot of larger questions.” Alumnae worldwide have been discussing their concerns, she said, adding that Wellesley Hillel’s assets “are substantial.” she said.

      the college pays their salaries, they work for the college, and the college fires them without consulting hillel stakeholders who respond by allude to cutting off substantial funds to the college. sounds like a threat. hire who we want or else. hmm, that sounds familiar. is that some kind of pattern we're seeing from some organized jewish groups? the ol power of the pocketbook. our way or the highway? boxing em in both front and back. we set the rules of engagement unilaterally and if you make any unilateral moves without consulting us or do things our way, we'll pull substantial assets and it will be your fault. sounds controlling and condescending to me.

    • this is the 'new'/old positioning pro israel students take on campus now, it's their new talking pt. that they are pro palestinians. i'm not sure what think tank came up w/this line but it's transparently stupid. reminds me of the bad mom screaming "i'm beating you cuz i love you so much".

    • i wonder if she heard the news

      IDF trainer: 'No need to give mouth-to-mouth Palestinians'

      he said he was given permission to kill people who no longer pose a threat. “They told us that the order regarding someone who stabs, ditches the knife and begins running is shoot to kill. The company commander said he doesn’t want anyone like that ‘to see a judge.

    • just, kids should have an idea of what 100% of our senators support.

    • or if they've been exposed to it they don't know what it means. the mantra that the US and israel share common values has been drilled down everyones throat for so long i'd imagine the very last thing zionists want americans to know about is the zionism. ..because fundamentally, it really does not share the same value wrt nationalism as civic national states, of which the US is, supposedly anyway.

      anyway, that will probably become a lot clearer now that with the new legislation just passed yesterday. argh. not fun!

      but one might think a supporter of israel is proud of zionism. so why not have the hillel on campus give a little "this is how zionism works" workshop/weekend? you'd think they'd be proud of it. or do they think it's a dirty word too? hmm.

      what's next? what do you think of the word democrat? ahhh, i feel unsafe! the gop? ah, stay away you're hurting my feelings!!

    • helping people to indulge in their hateful ignorance.

      hophmi, do you also think that's what frank luntz was doing when he asked about zionism in his poll? helping people to indulge in their hateful ignorance?

      if luntz's poll had said oh, people love that word! then you wouldn't be objecting so much now would you. but luntz is allowed to ask and these students are not? what is that all about? how come the israel project is allowed to ask americans their opinions but college kids can't?

      zionism is a political construct. it's not much different than putting up a poster that says "how do you feel about socialism, or communism, or ethnic nationalism or apartheid any other political construct. if zionsim has a dirty name whose fault would that be?

      Arab students on campus have refused to continue dialogues with JEWISH students

      that is a fabrication, (otherwise known as a lie). everyone knows sjp is made up of a variety of students including jewish students. whereas, i think hillel declares they are supporters of israel as a jewish state as far as i know (and it is a zionist regime is it not). you can't just go making up your own facts so you can call something antisemitic.

      zionism is toxic and everyone knows it. you're on the wrong team. bummer.

    • that's a very smart poster by SJP. it was just last week the luntz poll mentioning zionism is not a popular word in america. people are adverse to that word:

      "‘Zionism’ is now a dirty word for American opinion elite, Frank Luntz concedes "- See more at: link to

  • Rightwing flamethrowers see a US role in the battle for Jerusalem
    • i just finished reading the responses/comments to this story about the rabbi over at the forward vs times of israel. radically different. generally at the forward everyone agreed he was nuts, the times of israel almost uniformly agreed w/him. weird.

  • 'Besides not having a job, everything’s great': Steven Salaita on his firing and what comes next
  • 'What is your religion?' question surprises two American visitors to the occupation
    • i read somewhere orthodox jewish women shave all their hair off their heads. eeeks.

    • I wonder what he will say next. Can’t wait!

      we didn't have to wait long for that!

      jack, do you have an alternate source for the alleged "slut" accusation/translation besides caroline glick's publication?

      or know how it turned out, the fatwa of being covered in jordan's religious court?

      The decision raised the ire of the Jordanian Women’s Union, which released a statement on Amman net criticizing the move as discriminatory.

      “Seeing as this decision violates the provisions of the Jordanian Constitution which calls for equality between all Jordanians, and which protects their personal freedoms, we are demanding all the concerned parties to reconsider the decision,” the union said.

      “Women’s attire is a personal choice and no one should challenge it as long as they’re not breaking the law and stepping out of line. An attack on those freedoms is considered a crime and explicitly violates [Jordan’s constitution].”

      The union is calling on authorities to reverse the decision, and lawyers in the Hashemite kingdom are urging nationwide demonstrations against the ruling.

      also, a sharia court is not the same as jordan's civil court. link to

    • jack, yes, i did finish reading. you wrote "the blogger..says to wear hijab."

      what part of your new quote supports this statement?

      "most Jordanian women would not wear short sleeves or tight, revealing clothing" ?


      "Clothing like this invites stares and cat calls and some inappropriate remarks." ?

      earth to jack, there are many people (fathers in particular) who make that claim right here in the US. is this all you've got? some tourist from texas giving advice on how to dress in amman? none of this supports the idea women are supposed to where a hijab in jordan. in fact it says the opposite: "they almost expect western women to wear these things" , meaning tight revealing clothes. i'm sort of over this mini "debate". you lost it btw. jordan is not saudi arabia or iran.

    • But the blogger below has, and she says to wear hijab.

      she say: " And finally, if you do not observe hijab, there is absolutely no reason for you to cover your hair unless you want to."

      did you read the article about the new skate park in amman? they have women skaters there. the photo isaw, no hijab. i think someone is pulling your leg.

      just google "amman fashion" by image link to

  • Palestinian students fear for their lives during attack on train car in Jerusalem
    • jack, all of our articles first appear on the front page. so every article is a front page article at some point. however, this article is not "featured". featured articles are listed in a separate longer column (on the front page right side) and remain on the front page longer. whereas this article (like all articles in our "i/p" list link to ) will probably roll off the page by the end of the day as there are only 3 spots available for each category at the base of the page. iow, it's just an ordinary post on mondoweiss and treated like all the others, no different.

      and it is untrue the incident is not anywhere else. it is on a local news site similar to ma'an with listings by local region:

      Radio 19 ° Weather Acre and the region and the region Shfar'am Buttof and the region and the region of Haifa and Nazareth region Triangle Jaffa and the center of Jerusalem

      i just have to access it thru google translate as there is no english version (like ma'an). what's you've written is the equivalent of claiming hebrew only news sources don't count.

      this is also featured on several FB pages.

    • umm, i think the synagogue has gotten a lot of msm attention ivri (saturated). whereas i doubt this event was covered anywhere in english except perhaps some tweets or FB postings. if you have a problem with that go read the mainstream news.

  • The occupied territories are 7000 miles from New Mexico but I felt like I never left home
  • Wall around Bethlehem is Christmas billboard in Atlanta
    • donald, the image has nothing to do w/a real estate claim (for me). it is saying if a coming messiah was about to be born bethlehem would not be an option. the wall creates a barrier. a barrier to a sanctuary or a place of birth (rejuvenation). it's set in modern time.

      or, it says the story (or myth) of jesus's birth, as we know it, could not happen in modern day. they be turned away or faced with a seeningly impenetrable burden,

      it's a modern tale with a very modern image.

    • wouldn’t it be clever to mix the Nativity scene with an image of the Wall as a way of criticizing Israel

      well, i can't begin to guess what goes thru bansky's asked a bunch of questions and tried to answer the best i could. it's a hugely popular image. re New Testament passages about “Jews” , i have never read the bible and assume lots of people have lots of different interpretations. but, it is the holy land and taking a position of "using an image from the New Testament" is probably not going to be a universal reaction. i didn't even think of the new testament. i just thought christmas scene, mary and joseph...wall...can't get into bethlehem.

      wrt straying off the reservation, i wouldn't worry too much about it. we just disagree. to me, it's a great piece of art, it does everything art is supposed to do. it never occurred to me it had anything to do w/jews in the new testament.

    • me too marnie! every state in the country, why not!

    • lol ;)

    • donald, if you're interested in how christianity got 'dragged' into this, do some research on how much time, energy and money israel has spent wooing the christian zionist community. christianity is already in thick and this last year there were many church divestment resolutions.

      that said, this image is hugely popular:

      And here are the top 15 most viewed posts published in 2013*:

      15. Adelson says Obama should fire ‘atomic weapon’ at Iran, not negotiate by Philip Weiss

      14. Just because you like bubbly water, you don’t have to buy into occupation: A guide to alternatives to SodaStream by Henry Norr

      13. BBC to censor violinist Nigel Kennedy’s statement about Israeli apartheid from TV broadcast by Tom Suarez

      12. Do’s and don’ts for progressives discussing Syria by Ramah Kudaimi

      11. Israeli pours putrid skunk gas over homes in occupied Palestine by Philip Weiss

      10. Mohammed Assaf IS Arab Idol!!! by Annie Robbins

      9. Natalie Portman and Woody Allen see anti-Semitism as pervasive by Philip Weiss

      8. Attack in Tel Aviv: ‘Jewish girls do not go out with Blacks!’ by David Sheen

      7. Dershowitz calls Hawking an ‘ignoramus,’ a ‘lemming,’ and likely an anti-Semite by Philip Weiss

      6. Zombie Hasbara: ‘World War Z’ and Hollywood’s Zionist embrace by Jesse Benjamin

      5. Obama told friends he reneged on progressive promises out of fear of assassination — former CIA analyst by Philip Weiss

      4. Amina Tyler’s naked activism by @WomanUnveiled

      3. ‘The bra is a security threat’: Harassment and interrogation at Ben Gurion airport by Anonymous

      2. Palestinian-American student denied entry to Israel after being told, ‘there is no such thing as Palestine’ by Yara Karmalawy

      1. The reviews are in: ‘Zero Dark Thirty makes me hate muslims’ by Adam Horowitz

      * Special mention to Annie Robbin’s post Joseph and Mary can’t make it to Bethlehem, on Banksy’s Christmas card, which actually was the most viewed post of the past year — over 168,000 views! – although it was published in 2012.

      Thanks again for all your support and see you in 2014!

      - See more at: link to

      and that post (linked above in the main article on top of the page) has had 10's of thousands of extra hits since adam wrote that last dec 31. it's way into over 200k now. however, it is no longer "the most viewed post". everyone will just have to wait until dec 31 to find out what is. but, given the holiday season is upon us, our original post from 2012 may get hit heavy again. we were literally getting 10's of thousands of hits every single day leading up to christmas last year on that one post. people really like that image. it resonates with many many christians and seculars too. probably muslims also. not sure how popular it is among people of other faiths.

      What the hell does it even mean?

      put on the ol thinking cap donald. or just go look at the comment section of the 2012 article.

    • i hope you send one to me ;)

      thank you john. so much.

  • Some reflections on the 5th anniversary of Kairos Palestine
  • Israel's biggest newspaper poses a racist question as reasonable
    • as soon as we finish clearing the comments and finishing up on these drafts i'm sure someone around here will have the time to go over the the news site and copy/paste the front page and throw it all in google translate to find the link and locate the poll to get those results for you. just kidding! ;)

      maybe someone who speaks hebrew can find it easier..

    • yes the major of ashkelon has fired all the cites arab workers from construction near parks and schools. i started a draft and got distracted.

  • George Lopez turns into a Christian Zionist hack
    • it is noteworthy that this kind of racism only affects white women.

      no it doesn't. it reflects very poorly on the latino women portraying them as intolerant crude racists. i watched it yesterday and thus i don't recall it all but there were also crude stereotypes of latino men in the clip. the whole thing is crude and distasteful and perpetuates crude stereotypes.

    • nah, it's all there in black&white. hollywood makes minortiies do weird things for success.

  • Israel lost the British elite after Gaza onslaught, UK ambassador says
    • armed arab Iranian islamic front

      oh my. that's a tall order.

    • yeah, if he wasn't wearing a kippa i don't know how or why they would assume he was israeli or even jewish. it could have been a common mugging, or attempted mugging that is. from your second link there was also this:

      Visitors to Berlin attacked in the Tiergarten
      Only on Wednesday evening of last week was a visitor to Berlin in Tiergarten in the middle by two unidentified men beaten and seriously injured. The attackers had the 41-year-old from North Rhine-Westphalia against 20 clock beaten unconscious and robbed in the parking area.

      According to police, the victim was attacked between the maple riser and the Bremen way of the perpetrators. As the tourist came to himself, the attackers had disappeared with his rolling suitcase. The 41-year-old had to be treated with a concussion in a hospital. The perpetrators were never identified so far, the investigation of a robbery Commissariat continue.

      perhaps they were asking the israeli for his money and when he didn't hand it over they beat him up and left. whereas the other man they took his suitcase. perhaps they are amateur muggers and not adept at stealing money off the person. perhaps the israeli had his money in a money belt. i have no idea.

    • were there any witnesses or arrests? that is frightening if it occurred as is reported.

  • Hate attacks in Jerusalem and Israel include one by settler girls
  • 'Palestine is an anxiety' for Americans-- Salaita in New York
    • can't stop laughing

    • lol, no wonder you didn't quote him originally. you crack me up. let me be the first to say i wished they'd all go missing too (lost somewhere one the other side of the green line would be a good start), but ah....contrary to your ultimate wisdom opinion, i really do not wish they'd all be stabbed to death or shot. for one thing, there's are probably a lot of very innocent little children there. and secondly, i have an aversion to blood, death and murder.

    • because his tweet was less direct, that does increase its civility.

      i assume your innuendo means you think a tweet of salaita's indirectly stated "i wish all the settlers were stabbed or shot to death "

      could you please direct us to that tweet or quote it so we can fully comprehend your meaning please. and i don't think salaita is advocating increasing civility at all, but that's another point i suppose.

    • some US arabs? ah, i think there are a few more americans who feel anxiety over Israel. like say the 10's of thousands strong church divestment movement.

  • South African activists reflect on parallels between life under apartheid and Israel/Palestine today
    • There is no way to force an analogy between SA and Israel

      that's the beauty of having the truth on your side. there's no need to force the idea at all because when people hear the truth they gravitate towards it naturally. it's rather irrelevant whether you agree with it or not because it's so obvious to everyone else. no need to force that, no forcing going in.

  • First they came for the Palestinians . . .
    • kay, and thank you so much for your great comments, support, and especially sending us awesome timely tips and updates so regularly!

    • how is suffering the horrors of war ever "merely"? death is final. tragic needless suffering is not 'mere'.

    • thnx david

    • please tell us snarking cigargod!

    • that's so sweet mnbeshara, thank you. and much appreciated and please come back and comment more sometime.

    • regarding free speech, we have a comment policy here link to

      your cryptic explanation/excuse for your "so-called holocaust" verbiage violates our comment policy. you've been warned. and there will be no next time for me editing your comments to make them publishable by our standards, i'll trash them as i am sure any other moderator would have done. there is no such thing as the "so called" holocaust. it was a holocaust, and jews don't own it because they coined the term. you want exclusivity, don't pick a crime that was not exclusive.

    • This is exactly what the Zionists want to keep their “we are the victims of the greatest crime in history” narrative up and going.

      there's nothing in the poem that suggests the holocaust was the greatest crime in history.
      the lessons from the holocaust are not primarily about jews. it is about how normal people become accomplices to horrendous crime, and in the case of that crime jews were by no means the only victims.

      the original poem:

      First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist;

      Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist;

      Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist;

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew;

      Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me.

      jews don't own the holocaust. 40 million civilians died in ww2 60mil including militaries and i've seen figures much higher. genocide in palestine threatens many more people than palestinians. if the mosque is destroyed we could be facing ww3. one lesson we can take from the holocaust, and ww2, is that with the advancement of technology and fanatical ideologies allowed to run amok, is that each passing decade, each passing century, runs the risk of higher casualties in any future catastrophies. the holocaust was not the greatest crime known to mankind because evil has always existed. it is that we must be more vigilant as the advancement of technology (not just weaponry but communication, surveillance, advanced methods of propaganda and tools of deception aimed at the citizenry) creates an environment in which a greater threat becomes inevitable.

      as leunig said, the poem is universal and eternal. it's certainly not owned by jews nor was it written by a jew. and it's no more about the holocaust than it is about future genocides. the lessons of a genocide are not, and should never be, in the purview of a portion of it's victims. that is simply absurd. it was a key feature in a world war and it was not won by zionists. i had family members who gave their lives fighting that war so as far as i am concerned whatever lessons can be drawn from it i have as much right to as anyone else related to those 60 million. and if the coming century brings about a war or wars with more casualties it will be only us to blame, those of us who saw it coming and remained silent.

      when the poem was written who would have known that a central victim on that list would include central oppressors in this centuries crimes against humanity (likely not the author)? that's a lesson no one expected to learn from the holocaust but that's what we're looking at. it's another reason why the memory and the lessons learned from genocide cannot and should not be in the sole purview of the jewish community. we (humanity) fought it, we all own it. it's a human lesson.

    • citizen,it occurs to me maybe they are stinging from the UCLA loss and taking it to mattress. i really have no idea.

      i'll cheer when someone drives a stake thru the heart of israeli hasbara. there's only so much of this...

    • oyvey has a tag team w/a similar i/p address whose 3rd temple bs "explanation" just got trashed/notpublished. let's see how oyvey responds to this simple inquiry. this could very well be a case of some looneytune religious nutcase(s) best efforts. whatever he (they) are up to it's not very smart.

      reminds me of 'Common Dreams’ website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism' story. link to

      and interestingly i generously edited oyvey's comment above. originally he wrote
      "so-called holocaust". this is so amateur i'm not sure the protocol. sloppy trolling.

    • wow, thanks lysias. actually i recall that now that you mention it.

    • i agree american. this is the largest most long-running refugee crises in the world today. if we all join forces we can end it and it is our moral duty to do so. i've already chosen my next effort, people i hope and pray have not been genocided by the time i can afford the time and effort. there are so many disasters in the world, but it's palestine's turn. we can't give up nor be distracted. it's the core of holy land and we have to find resolution or the repercussions from the fall out could have consequences far beyond the unimaginable.

    • please explain how the cartoon assumes the Holocaust to be the moral standard on human suffering.

    • a more accurate description of what giles? a conversation americans should have?

    • thanks tiny. it must be just my computer. of course i can access them, i just can't detect them sans scrolling.

    • my pleasure gracie. i love the cartoon.

      as an aside, could you (or anyone) let me know if you can visually identify the embeds in "ironically" and "immediately besieged" without scrolling over them. because i can't see them and i'm wondering it it's just me.

  • Revisiting 'Graveyard of Numbers': Israel refuses to return remains of Palestinian militants as a punitive measure
    • Those who do not share those values and hold the belief that such acts are inconsistent with someone who is guided by a God full of compassion and mercy, do not use the word ‘martyr’ to describe such gruesome act.

      not necessarily. for example, in the case of last summer when the iof slaughtered hundreds and hundreds of innocent civilians. they merely blamed the militants of their opponents (many of whom were parents and relatives and loved ones of those same innocents) and absolved themselves as easy as washing their hands clean after an evening meal. you may have noticed those who died in the process of slaughtering those children were regarded (by some) as heroes who died for a cause.

      frankly, it's hard for me to take people like you seriously. the hypocrisy is stunning.

      i noticed your 'heart went out' to the one little girl killed in gaza that, according to PCHR, was killed when a rocket misfired link to and not another word about any of the hundreds of little children slaughter in cold blood by israel last summer. your remorse is not accepted.

    • are you crazy? maybe you don't know the common definition of link to

      martr 1mar·tyr noun \ˈmär-tər\
      : a person who is killed or who suffers greatly for a religion, cause, etc.

      here's another:

      : a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle

      even those violent crackpot thrusting around with knives at the wedding, link to if they attacked and killed arabs solely because they were palestinians, to make the "land of israel" free of muslims and/or arabs, and were killed as a result the chances they would be considered martyrs by their own kind is 100%. regardless of having distain for killings or any racist nature behind them it is inevitable people who are part of that same cause will consider the sacrificial aspects and conclude the act one of martyrdom, just like they did w/goldstein. i or you can't change the definition merely because you find the action despicable. it has nothing to do w/my personal feelings, this is the definition.

      if you care to argue the cousins had no ulterior motive in relation to the surrounding events wrt the liberation of palestine or the mosque or, say if one was a jealous lover and had some personal beef with one of the people killed having to do with money or something like that, have at it. but if someone does something for a cause and personally suffers, or is willing to sacrifice ones life for that cause that is the definition of a martyr. as a stated earlier i think it is undoubtably clear goldstein died as a martyr to a cause, i (or you) can’t change that no matter how i personally feel about a crime. - See more at: link to

      what's next! are you going to accuse me of justifying what goldstein did? seriously, you are spamming this thread. you asked me why i used the term and i told you. enough with this stupidity!

    • Very very few in Israel viewed Goldstein as a hero

      excuse me? from the wiki page

      Goldstein's gravesite became a pilgrimage site for Jewish extremists.[7] Upon the tomb, the following words are inscribed: “He gave his life for the people of Israel, its Torah and land.”[6] In 1999, after the passing of Israeli legislation outlawing monuments to terrorists, the Israeli Army dismantled the shrine that had been built to Goldstein at the site of his interment. The tombstone and its epitaph, calling Goldstein a martyr with clean hands and a pure heart, was left untouched.[8]

      it has nothing to do being "officially" recognized. i can't speak for palestinians, but it's my understanding anyone dying as part of their struggle for liberation is considered a martyr. the synagogue massacre was carried out as related to the struggle. and i am not the only person who feels like that,it's widely understood. and it seems fairly certain lots of orthodox jews consider the attack at the synagogue as part of the resistance too: link to to the perpetrators their actions were likely related to al aqsa mosque. also, it was the synagogue where the father of one the killers of mohammed khdeir worshipped. it was thought out, and logically they undoubtably assumed their actions would lead to their death and they chose to sacrifice their lives for a cause.

      goldstein's massacre, as horrendous as it was, was carried out in his mind and the mind of his followers as a (his) sacrifice for a cause. it wouldn't be in the same category as say, the columbine massacre. this is the definition of a martyr, is it not? i think it is undoubtably clear goldstein died as a martyr to a cause, i (or you) can't change that no matter how i personally feel about a crime. and he will go down in history as a martyr to his cause regardless of whether he is "officially" designated as such (which i am sure he is behind many closed doors of certain officials in israel).

    • cigar god, speaking of extent of practice, there's a b'tselem report up thread, i have not read it yet.

    • yes we are all well aware israel interrupts funeral processions and starts shooting tear gas and other weapons sometimes killing people.

      No nation in the world can allow such heinous acts like those perpetrated in Jerusalem this week to sway its resolve

      don't act like you're so special. we've got plenty of horrendous attacks in this country, including school massacres and stuff. it doesn't justify collective punishments with all your hamas hamas hamas evil evil stuff as israel cranks up the tension and rhetoric day in and day out.

      why don't you calm your nerves by reading about israeli pr porn:

      "After Jerusalem attack, Netanyahu hopes 'PR porn' will win support abroad"
      link to

    • just, i have not read EI's article, but forensic architecture wrote us days ago - we started a draft ...just behind that's all.

      walid, i was aware israel and hezbollah have made many trades over the years (excellent tour guides at mleeta), but i didn't recall or had not heard of some of the exchanges you mentioned. thank you.

    • Israel was held to ransom over the bodies of three of their soldiers in 2004, having to barter hundreds of convicted terrorists in exchange

      doesn't that indicate the intention of keeping the remains was for the return of their living? what, pray tell, is one to think about the headline? what is one to think about the "unprecedented move"?

      This is apparently the first time that Israel has withheld the bodies of terrorists as a deterrent measure.

      ..... Attorneys Sigi Ben-Ari and Andre Rosenthal of the Center for the Defense of the Individual, who have been involved in a number of cases in which terrorists’ bodies were returned to their families, don’t recall a previous instance of the state stating outright that it was withholding bodies as a punishment or deterrent.

      and what is your evidence, or any evidence at all that keeping the remains would deter a crime? there is none! it's all conjecture used to manipulate peoples minds. because we know very well hamas will not return the remains of the israeli soldiers unless some prisoners, or some of the 500 people abducted during israel june/july pogrom on the palestinians in west bank are released. it's highly unlikely.

      Israel has to find ways to give less and less opportunity to potential murderers to gain from their evil acts.

      iow, you wouldn't object to anyone creating less and less opportunity for potential jewish murderers to gain from their evil acts. and by what methods should one pre identify the border guard who shot the boy in cold blood on nakba day? or 16 yr old abu khdeir. so many more palestinians are slaughtered by israel than in reverse, would you advocate killing little jewish children as collateral damage too? please don't talk to us about evil acts. not after last summer. go dig the mote out of your eye while lecturing us on the virtues of collective punishment.

    • hops, what definition of blood libel are you using? it's my understanding from what nadya wrote, what she was told was that the court sentenced "the individual" (judged actions he committed while alive). it doesn't say in the text they tried his corpse. they kept it from the family until the man's sentence was fulfilled. and there's no blood in the story at all or any accusation any jew killed anyone. not sure how that qualifies as a blood libel. or has the definition been expanded?

      it also might interest you to know the haaretz article did reference the court wrt the final decision on the withholding of remains. link to

      “We can’t commit to a certain date [for returning the bodies],” Chief Inspector Yigal Elmaliah, who was representing the Israel Police, told the court. “There are two aspects, the investigative aspect, which the court has seen, and another aspect that I’m not sure I’m authorized to report. For this reason we are arguing that this isn’t the forum to discuss it. ...... One possibility being considered is not to return the bodies to the families, but [for the state] to bury them. The issue is being examined at the highest levels.”

      one assumes they'd get a life sentence. so if the state decides to bury them do you think they will also make the location known? with a headstone or plaque? otherwise what we're quibbling about here is the name of the graveyard. but to palestinians, it's essentially the same thing. where's the bloodlibel hops?

    • i just didn't see the point of headlines claiming this was a "first". more like 'first time they used this hasbara on an all too common practice.' as if the practice is somehow going to make jewish lives safer! can you imagine if hamas tried advertising the idea they were holding jewish remains to deter israel from bombing them!!! no one would believe that for a second. what a farce, israel will bomb the hell out of them, as the did last summer, to prevent live jewish hostages. what's the chance jewish remains would make them rethink that policy? deterrence my a**.

  • 'You don't want us to breathe!': Video captures everyday frustration of life under occupation in East Jerusalem
    • But perhaps this is Phil’s vocation for MW to turn it mostly into a magazine format

      primarily, as always, phil writes. he's not really into making these kinds of decisions or changes. in a perfect world this "conflict" for total lack of a better word (war on palestinians perhaps) is over and done with, phil just wants to go write a novel. the changes happening here are not by his initiative. the ultimate goal is to reach as many people as possible. sometimes, and perhaps so,that comes at the expenses of our commenters. for this i am very very sorry. for me, the comment section is very important. but ultimately my goal too has always been to expand our readership. but these decision, i am not sure how they are made. but i am pretty sure they are not made by phil. he's not exactly ferdinand under the tree, but he's beyond concerning himself with the formatting.

      it gets frustrating i know, but inthe long run lets hope it serves to attract more readership.i hope you and everyone hangs in there. change is ...difficult..challenging.but there's only one goal,to reach more people. xx cross your fingers.

    • not sure they "removed" it per se. i think when they went w/the new design everything had to be added, from scratch, and for some reason that wasn't. not sure what or why of that.

    • we miss you taxi! i really miss you. and i miss hostage too.. and others missing in action...

      and let this be a reminder to everyone. please write phil and adam instead of(or along with) making your voice heard about the edit function missing from the comments.

    • joe, just scroll on and click the middle of the video. it works for me.

    • how traffic violations etc (unpaid because people can not afford) escalate into huge fines, arrest then jailing. How towns like Ferguson etc thrive on police writing up tickets for small violations and then grow into huge fines, complications.

      omg, i wonder if there was some cross cultural influence trveling in the opposite direction when american cops got 'security-trained'in israel.

    • thanks for the link bumblebye!

    • me too just. i probably wouldn't be alive if i had to endure this for very long.

    • LOL: If the Arabs don’t like it, they’re always free to leave Israel.

      that's the whole point of treating them so miserably! you must think we're really daft.

    • his voice, his exasperation. and when i read the other day the police were out in force giving everyone traffic tickets i just thought, is there no end to this harassment? be it petty or be it home invasions and demolitions and executions, it's from every angle.

  • 'My friends, with us tonight is the face of the Holocaust': Boteach talks Israel, Palestine, and genocide with Wiesel and Power
  • One week in Jerusalem and -- it's not complicated
    • john, i quoted you in an article i wrote today. ;)

      link to

    • The pathologists at Abu Kabir say suicide, but since they have been caught engaging in organ harvesting they have no credibility.

      i made this point to hops last night but i forget which thread. have not been back to check his (or anyones) response. why would the guy bother hanging himself in a bus? i read somewhere(some news article) he had been requesting video protection on his bus, it was the only one without it. and he was complaining to the company at the time he was murdered.

    • they want a retraction or they'll torture it out of him!

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