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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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  • Crisis in Rafah: Palestinian civilians trapped trying to escape Israeli onslaught
    • Finally someone at Mondoweiss that know what going on.

      Egypt closes Rafah crossing to Gaza indefinitely
      link to mondoweiss.net

      ‘Maybe it’s better not to dream,’ says Gaza student stopped at border
      link to mondoweiss.net

      Foreign citizenship is dream ticket for Gaza residents as Egypt squeezes harder in wake of coup
      link to mondoweiss.net

      these are just 3 of the articles we've published about the rafah border crossing being closed by egypt. it took me a nano second to find them.(we have archives too!) you also may want to check fidaa alabussi's articles. seriously, if you think you're endearing yourself to us by your slagging criticism of the site. think again.

      anyone who reads mondoweiss who is not aware egypt closed the border and getting in and out of gaza via rafah is hugely challenging is simply not paying attention.

      you might also be interested in this article by max which discusses "Sisi and the regime that overthrew the elected President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup on July 3."

      link to mondoweiss.net

      actually the archives for july and august 2013 each have dozens of posts discussing egypt.

      link to mondoweiss.net
      link to mondoweiss.net

  • Reprint of Yochanan Gordon's "When Genocide is Permissible" (Updated)
    • i love that interview tom. phil featured it along with some other articles yesterday. link to mondoweiss.net

    • Now Israel defiles their memory to defend genocide against a people who had absolutely nothing to do with the Holocaust.

      last night i was discussing what was going on w/gaza with some kids who stopped by (25 or so, a couple, who when i met them about 2 years ago knew nothing of israel/palestine. brought up in a little town, like raves and the grateful dead and hiking. just not political. so i told them some of the basics) and they'd heard about the recent slaughter. and one of them said to me, "you know what i heard recently? some people saying palestinians were responsible for the holocaust" i swear, had i not gotten to them first a couple years ago, they might have believed this garbage.

      anyway, finally they are becoming more interested like this isn't some sideshow. like it's important. and they said to me, "we have this jewish friend and she wants to know if there's any jewish peace groups around she could join." i guess some of the previously uncurious young crowd are starting to get alarmed. so they told her they had this friend who would know and they'd ask me. i showed them the jewish voice for peace website and they memorized the name, it being fairly easy to recall.

      anyway, just rambling.

    • that would depend on which americans you're considering. native americans certainly were.

  • Collective fear, collective support for war crimes -- it's the 'Time of Men' in Israel
  • US suspended aid to Egypt after it slaughtered civilians -- why not Israel?
    • sandhillexit, please do. i have heard over 40% of the strip is now off limits.

    • strange that Mondoweiss doesnt know this obvious fact.

      i always love it when know-it-all armchair analysts take quotes (or headlines) out of context to pillory us on what we supposedly do and do not know.

      Many of them ask about suspending aid: That’s what you did with Egypt when it slaughtered civilians. There’s a sense in these questions that there may be growing public pressure on the administration to do something, that some newspapers and public figures (I almost wrote politicians) will call for suspending aid.

      needless to say, any astute reader can see phil is addressing what was said in the press briefing, not writing an article on our history w/egypt. i'm so looking forward to jpb commenting "strange that ALL THOSE REPORTERS don't know this obvious fact."

      no fun in that!

    • interesting walid, thanks.

    • good pt. btw, i just read an article on haaretz that explained to the israeli people this soldier is a prisoner of war and should be considered as such.

      link to haaretz.com

  • Portrait of a Zionist
  • The Brits are way hipper about Palestine than Yanks
  • With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility
    • about an hr ago i intercepted a tweet they were attacking from land sea and air. so they will plummet gaza tonight most likely.

    • the gov was democratically elected and hamas won in both gaza and the WB under dire conditions of occupation. hamas didn't start this war, israel did. and spare us the lecture on hamas spending defense funds considering the US spends way more than 50% of fed funds on 'defense'.

      besides, even if hamas didn't spend funds like that israel would mow the grass, that's what they do and have been doing for decades.

    • i agree abierno. we need real solutions fast. putting israel in charge of gaza is like putting the wolf in the hen house.

  • Gazafying Dissent
  • The JDL gains influence in Canada as Jewish community moves to the right
  • 'Is the Zionist dream based on the repeated slaughter of civilians?'
    • i stayed up way to late last night listening to the siegman interview. it's just incredible. i recommend the whole thing.

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • (to be continued)

      have mercy on the mods kalithea

    • kalithea, could you put spaces between your paragraphs on these long posts. for me? please thanks.

    • mayhenm, i don't know what comment of yours are talking about, but i just deleted a long comment posted 3 times by one of your of ideological brethren for claiming hamas wanted to gas all the jews (that is as far as i got, i didn't bother reading the rest of it). i mean really. people need to get a clue. if a comment gets deleted try figuring out what about it is too inflammatory and try expressing yourself more pc.

    • i have to say taxi, i did get a chuckle out of that! lol ;)

    • As to the remaining Gulf states, Egypt and Jordan, they stand behind Saudia in whatever it decides and in the case of Hamas, it is firmly against it because it’s against anything that has to do with the Muslim Brotherhood that it has outlawed and from which Hamas is issued.

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • Poor palestinians having such backstabbing neighbours.
      link to haaretz.com

      5:51 P.M. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah broke his silence on Friday over the three-week-old conflict in Gaza, condemning what he saw as international silence over Israel's offensive and describing this as a war crime and "state-sponsored terrorism".

      Saudi Arabia, which regards itself as a leader of the Sunni Muslim world, has played only a background role in the diplomacy to reinstate calm in Gaza, leaving the main Arab pursuit of a ceasefire to close ally Egypt and fellow Gulf monarchy Qatar.

      "We see the blood of our brothers in Palestine shed in collective massacres that did not exclude anyone, and war crimes against humanity without scruples, humanity or morality," Abdullah said in a brief speech read out on his behalf on state television.

      "This (international) community, which has observed silently what is happening in the whole region, has been indifferent to what is happening, as if what is happening is not its concern. Silence that has no justification."

      His speech, which focused mainly on what he described as a Middle East-wide threat from Islamist militancy, followed criticism by some Saudis on social media, including prominent clerics, over Riyadh's quiet response to the Gaza crisis. (Reuters)

    • Surely Israel has to be more reliable than Hamas.

      surely not. israeli military spokespeople lie w/impunity. everyone knows that. have you listened to the charlie rose interview w/meshaal? he doesn't kowtow.

      Israel is under the microscope more than any other country.

      not in the US media or congress. where? in the internet?

      Why does it “want them dead”?

      ask all those israelis creaming 'death to arabs.' aside from that, israel wants the land.

      It’s not as if killing 1300, or 2000, or even 10,000 Palestinians gets them anywhere in terms of “solving their Palestinian problem.”

      there's a strong argument to made demographics matters to israel. and that fruitcake female connected to naftali bennett's party? pregnant women are targeted. sad but true.

    • shingo, there was also a really good comment by matthew graber on one of these threads. maybe i'll go look for it when i get a chance.

    • walid, i just watched the interview w/mashaal on charlie rose. rose asked him about ISIS, one of the distinctions he made was that hamas were not fundamentalists. i know that doesn't address lots of your comment but i just thought i'd point that out. and i'm not so sure i'd trust Saudi Prince al-Waleed on the heartbeat of sunni arab people. he's the 26th-richest man in the world. how does he speak to the arab street?

    • There has not been a peep from the Arab world, let alone evidence of any foreign fighters wanting to join the fray.

      hmm.i was just in lebanon for a couple weeks. there are definitely peeps over there. and i believe nasrallah recently made a speech. plus, i think it's out in the open now hezbollah was training hamas. that's what the analysts are saying on tv there. and did you see the protests in yemen i posted yesterday on the worldwide photo post? there's one for egypt too.

      plus we've got photos from tunisia which reminds me to add at least one from their big protest last friday.

      link to gettyimages.co.uk

      and there have been protests in pakistan and turkey (albeit not 'the arab world')

      i dare say iraq is not really in a position to do much right now, nor syria.

      but iran (albeit not the arab world)just have a big rally for palestine and even rouhani joined the protest.

      i think there's a lot of talk in the region of it turning into a large regional war if/when this escalates. there's probably some planning in that direction but it's too early.

      i think nasrallah said something to the effect that hamas was the only militant foothold in palestine and there for it could not fall. i can check for you. but he made a speech recently, i watched it.

      How so Taxi? All the Sunni Arabs are lining up to congratulate and thank Israel

      hmm, not all of them. are you talking about the dictators or the arab street?

      i see lots of arabs at these protests. why would you think none of them are sunni?:

      link to mondoweiss.net

      there was just a huge protest in afghanistan for palestine (where between 80 and 85 percent of muslims are sunni ) even nbc news wrote about it.

    • Precisely why would Israel want to hurt itself in the media by attacking a UN school?

      israel doesn't slaughter people for the purpose of hurting itself in the media.

      it’s impossible to deny that Israel tries more than other countries to avoid unnecessary bloodshed.

      quite the contrary, is very easy. here, i'll show you how it's done:

      Israel kills civilians with impunity because it wants them dead and knows the US will back them up no matter what. Israel does not avoid bloodshed. in fact, when they cause a massacre to happen, they do it intending people will suffer and die. however, i will grant you if they could magically disappear the people or get palestinians to kill themselves they'd probably choose for that option.

      I find it loathsome how people on this site routinely discredit Israeli media reports

      no one is forcing you to be here.

    • old geezer, that guardian link is so abhorrent i'm completely astounded.

    • kalithea, truth be told, when we're really backed up on comments and people are waiting long periods of time, i can clear ten of them in the time it takes me to clear a long one like yours. plus, you have the habit, unlike others, to discuss topics that many find very inflammatory which means they have to be read carefully. that is why you have to wait longer than other people. your comments that run 8 paragraphs discussing final solution , nazis, zionism, genocide, jews, sometimes get passed by until someone takes the time to read them in full. and having just read two of them i think i'll move on to another thread and clear it before reading another.

    • the Egyptian public are backward , uneducated, illiterate ignoramuses

      gee shingo. that's a very broad brush.

    • wow, i wish i could say 'great news!' but it comes at such a cost.

  • The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 -- and it can work again
    • omg, in vice no less. i couldn't get all the way thru it but that's so gross.

    • Saeb Erikeit PLO Ambassador to the US says that it is a shame that the US is arming Israel to wage this massacre.

      speaking of which:

      The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, has said.

      The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a programme managed by the US military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for US use that Israel can also access in emergency situations.

  • Video: Mark Regev, deciphered
  • More voices describe Gaza slaughter as a 'genocide'
    • In reality the population there increased 10 folds in the last fifty years.

      does it work that way for the holocaust too? if the population increases does the reality go away?

      “.... genocide” ...must have as supporting statistical evidence

      hmm, not sure what you mean by "statistical" wrt the crime of genocide. link to en.wikipedia.org

      Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as
      ...any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
      — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2[3]

      sorry, i just realized lysias already posted this

  • Over a hundred people join Norman Finkelstein for civil disobedience outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan
    • jack, hostage has no authority on this blog to carry a stick, he's not on staff. however i would take his warning to heart unless you want to be banned as you are engaging in nakba denial which is against site rules (referencing your last comment that didn't clear). go to another site if historical revision is your bag.

  • Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language
    • thanks hostage. yes, i had read that.

    • The obvious point of confrontation between the fighters will be in the buffer zone, and I have read that the Israeli forces are largely stymied there.

      i agree. i think i misunderstood what you meant by "the war on the ground ". i agree with you it seems as tho this is primarily a war targeting civilians, purposely of course.

    • Why would they search unoccupied buildings and not occupied ones?

      i have not read that they are only searching unoccupied buildings. i'm curious who reported that. do you have a link?

      Despite the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians, the percentage of civilians amongst the dead has if anything crept up.

      i have not read the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians. i'm curious who reported that. do you have a link?

      That suggests that the Hamas fighters are holding their own in the war of the tunnels and the Israelis are avenging the deaths of their soldiers by killing more civilians.

      i think the israeli military are very much avenging the deaths of their soldiers. i recommend this article about revenge: link to mondoweiss.net

  • Take the right position on Israel and you can raise 1/4 million, Senate candidate is advised
    • a huge huge jump in traffic. so much so we had to change servers today, it became mandatory (you may have noticed this morning no one could log in). just thought i'd take this opportunity to make a little plug, it's not cheap and we still don't advertise! link to mondoweiss.net

  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
    • well, had you said "bear some responsibility" earlier i wouldn't have commented. but you said "full responsibiliy.

    • sean, as for promoting conversations like "More on Mooser, Judaism and Zionism" and "Ritzl on Judaism and Zionism"

      i think people around here know where to find you by now.

    • the comment i responded to was: Shouldn’t the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewish communities bear full responsibility for the policies of their leadership? If those communities themselves are not enthusiastically Zionist then why do they not oppose that leadership?

      which sounds a lot to me like "shouldn't gazan communities bear full responsibility for the policies of their leadership? If those communities themselves are not enthusiastically pro hamas then why do they not oppose that leadership?"

      and my answer would be no, the communities should not bear full responsibility because, for one thing,there are a lot of other people who should bear responsibility..like the US congress for one thing.

    • don’t blame Israel when these people do what Hamass tells them to do and run towards the areas where Israelis have warned bombings are about to happen.

      do you have any source for the allegation palestinians "run towards the areas where Israelis have warned bombings are about to happen" because "Hamass tells them to"?

      seriously, you should stop listening to this stupid contorted hasbara. have you watched this video by mark regev? link to mondoweiss.net

      when people's homes have been bombed and israel then threatens the shelters where are these innocent people supposed to go?

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