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  • Is the Saudi Prince becoming a Zionist?
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      I don't know how anyone can look at that creep and think he is anything other than a corrupt despot.

  • Israel and its Democratic Party friends complain -- Trump gave Syria to Russia 'on a silver platter'
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Israel intentionally helped to destabilize Syria. It WANTS chaos in Syria as long as Sugar Daddy US keeps it safe. Israel prefers constant fighting within Syria first, ISIS or Al Qaeda in control second, and will not accept Assad continuing to stay in power, three. Israel is insane for not choosing option 3.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 20, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Both the neoliberal DNC and the establishment GOP are imbecilic when it comes to Russia and Syria. Russia was invited by Syria to be there. Iran was invited to be there. Syria would not have invited them in had the Obama admin not offered direct and indirect support for so called rebels (head chopping terrorists) in Syria! The media blackout on truth in regards to Syria is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen in my life.

  • Jewish leader refuses to debate BDS with young Jew, at J Street conference
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Seriously? I can make my own damn ice cream, and it tastes good without being full of crap. I feel empowered by BDS, not limited.

  • Neocons and liberal interventionists are back in the saddle again -- though 'nobody wants a big war'!
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      I want every one to just imagine how Trump would respond and even how Obama would respond if DC was surrounded by hostile Islamic terror militias, rebels if you will. Does anyone really think they wouldn't make Assad look like Richard Simmons?

      This demonization of the secular and womens' rights protecting Assad is just stupid.

      As HRC was revealed to have said in Wikileaks, the Syrian intervention has been for Israel.

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  • Saudi Arabia's crown prince says Israelis have a 'right to have their own land'
  • Killing Palestinian protesters turns into a PR debacle for Israel
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 4, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      I'm guessing you had no problem with the Zionists using violence against the British and the indigenous people of Palestine to establish the Jewish state.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Yet Netanyahu just openly made it clear that diversity is for us and not for him by going back on his agreement with the UN to take in half of the African refugees.

  • Videos of Palestinians shot walking, running and praying appear on social media, but US cables keep mum
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 31, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Fox covered it yesterday. They brought on some woman from the Hudson Institute, who said that Israel should be praised for its restraint

  • 'NY Times' covers up Israel's killing of nonviolent protesters along the Gaza border
    • It is NOT so simple. The Palestinians are under no obligation to agree to give up any more land. The UN resolutions are clear. Israel has been in constant violation of UN resolutions for years for not allowing the right of return.

  • War-loving, Muslim-hating John Bolton wants to give 'pieces' of Palestine to Jordan and Egypt
    • Maybe now people with go after Trump for his policies, not for "colluding with Russia." But I don't want to hear any fool on MSNBC pontificate on Bolton for they are just as bad, just with less obviousness.

    • They say that Trump did this for Sheldon Adelson. Trump keeps hiring people who go out of their way to NOT put America, but Israel first.

  • Israel 'made a desert bloom' -- and I helped -- Kamala Harris to AIPAC
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 14, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Did I say that only Jews were neocons? No I did not. So what is your point?

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      When people are willing to talk about Jewish power and the fact that it is the power to keep it quiet, then maybe we will get somewhere. Till then, any brave soul who dares to tell the Emperor that he has no clothes will just be scorned as a dirty anti Semite.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      So if I said NEOCON Jews pushed the Iraq War, I would STILL be called anti Semitic. There is no way one can ever call out any sub-group of Jews without being labeled an dirty anti Semite.

  • Former president of Modern Language Association resigns following decision to ban debate on BDS
    • Call them what they are, Jewish supremacists! Why is this so hard? Calling them Nazis will get you no where. Call them supremacists!

    • This suppression of free speech must end. When you deny the right of free speech to one party, you endanger your own right.

  • No, hurting Palestinian refugees doesn't help peace
    • The only reason Jordan has so many Palestinians is because those Jordanian Palestinians are descendants of Palestinians who were expelled or forced to flee by Israel to Jordan. I am so tired of the vicious lies of Zionists. It needs to stop. Time to call you out for what you are. You are a liar and a supremacist.

  • Where is the #MeToo movement for Ahed Tamimi
  • Israeli lawmaker calls Palestinians visiting relatives in Israeli prison 'beasts' and 'human scum'
  • A Christmas letter to Nikki Haley
  • The never-ending crisis of Zionism
  • Palestinians celebrate resounding Trump and Israel failure at the UN
    • Thanks Talkback for posting that video of Darling Lil Nikki. What a dope!

    • Folks, why aren't we getting this worked up about even more important matters, such as Israel's constant push for destabilization of the ME? Focus people, on what really matters.

      I think Trump's choice here was wrong, but even his choice does not rule out Jerusalem being Palestine's capital too.

      I think it is far more important to keep the Israel Lobby from successfully peddling more war propaganda.

    • I was talking about the so called progressives who rarely get this worked up about our neocon interventions.

    • I appreciate the response. I am talking mainly about the SJW types in the Free Palestine movement who know so little about what is really going on in Syria and Israel's role in it.

    • I just wish more of us would get this worked up about neocon lobbying for interventions that only lead to destabilization of the ME, a cherished Likudnik goal.

      The fact that most of Palestine's supporters were either sympathetic or supportive of the so called rebels in Syria (who were doing Israel's work for it) says so much about the failure of this movement to care about the things that matter most.

  • The case for US government sanctions on Israel
    • BLM does not care about Palestine. Grow up people.

    • The fact that liberal media is mostly silent about Jared's actual collusion with Israel makes it hard for me to believe anything will change. Finally, we have evidence of actual collusion, and relative silence. So much for Resist!

  • US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem, as Muslim states recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
    • In fairness to Darling Nikki, she is probably not that smart, or at least not that well educated about Palestine. She is a Christian Zionist in the South. I know many of her type. It is very hard to see anymore damaging doctrine in all of modern Christianity than the heresy of Christian Zionism. She and others like her sincerely believe that God blesses those who bless Israel, based on the Scofield Bible, which was created to indoctrinate Christians into supporting Zionism.

  • Neoconservatives may finally get their war with Iran, from Donald Trump
    • I think people need to connect the vicious warmongering toward Iran with the vicious scapegoating of Russia for HRC's humiliating defeat. Right now, especially among Jewish elites, there is too much common ground to keep them from pursuing a beligerent foreign policy that has nothing to do with America's needs. Trump may in fact be trying to appease these elites by showing interest in war with Iran. After all, if he is at war with Iran, an ally of Russia, how can he really be accused of colluding with Russia? Remember how he was praised by the press when he bombed Assad's forces?

  • Trump's thug-power, or does anybody still like Woody Allen?
  • Trafficking in desperate Black Africans: Israel, Rwanda, and Libya
  • Trump's Jerusalem speech will foster the liberal Jewish awakening
    • The best thing that could happen to Israel/Palestine is for the govt there to shrink as much as possible so that Jews are responsible for their schools, health care, etc, and non Jews are responsible for their schools, healthcare, etc. That is the only way you can have one man one vote and not create massive conflict.

  • Trump just 'pushed the two-state solution over the cliff'
    • I don't want to hear Mark Ginsberg castigating anyone on this issue. He has always put Israel first. Trump is a dolt on this issue, but let's not pretend Ginsberg and others are above Trump on the overall issue.

  • War rumblings continue, as Netanhayu says Iran is another Nazi Germany
  • Forget pinkwashing, it's brownwashing time: self-Orientalizing on the US campus
    • I have never understood how so few people recognize the fact that many Palestinians are genetically linked to the ancient Hebrews in Palestine. We are supposed to assume that no Jews from ancient times converted to Christianity or Islam?

  • Bret Stephens equates anti-Zionists with white nationalists in the 'New York Times'
    • I wish everyone here would focus like a laser beam on Jewish privilege. Maybe then we could win for once. Jewish privilege is the only reason the Palestinians never win.

    • The irony is that Richard Spencer has never advocated for the kind of an ethnostate that Israel has become, able to kick out the other with impunity.

      Jewish privilege prevents people from seeing how Zionism is no better than White nationalism.

  • Target Hezbollah
    • what arch enemy? Russia? Iran? Neither are real threats, and neither has any hatred for the US outside of what the US has done to them over the years.

      And FYI, Hezbollah is one of the reasons AQ and ISIS have failed in Syria. You have some nerve calling resistance fighters terrorists.

    • John Bolton is her muse. So yes.

  • UK minister forced to resign over secret Israel meetings as questions continue to swirl
    • All wounded Syrians? Who do you think you are fooling? Israel helps ONLY the anti Assad forces. The Israel lobby pushing for intervention in Syria is the main reason why Syria is the mess that it has become.

  • Ben Cardin, free speech, and the art of the dodge
  • Bari Weiss and the neoconservative hold on the Democratic Party establishment
    • Atlantaiconoclast August 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Obama revolution? Wasn't he more of the same and worse? What is it with this fascination with the cruel hoax that was Obama? I will take Tulsi any day over Obama.

    • Atlantaiconoclast August 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Bingo! Zionist Jews have no standing to critique identity politics when they are up to their eyeballs in it.

  • Napoleon, Hitler and the economy -- David Brooks hints that Trump is losing his mind
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I would argue it might be more due to insufficient sleep. Trump is widely known to get only about 4 hours of sleep per night. Regardless, why should anyone care what David Brooks has to say?

  • 'Netanyahu doesn't have a vision for peace,' Gillibrand says at town hall aroused by boycott bill
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      There isn't even any evidence that has presented to show that Russia interfered in our election.

      And Russia did not invade Crimea. It was already there per a longstanding agreement with Ukraine. Furthermore, the people of Crimea rejected the new illegal anti Russian regime that we helped install in Kiev, and voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia.

      It isn't even on the same page with Israel's 50 year long occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

  • Israeli paper investigates 50-year-ago attack on 'USS Liberty,' while US papers leave it in the letters column
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

      You know what I find more insulting than "conspiracy theories"? This notion that conspiracies only happen among low level crooks. Calling an accusation "conspiratorial" is really Orwellian. Nations HAVE conspired, nations, STILL conspire. Please stop demonizing people who put two and two together and are not afraid to call a spade a spade.

  • Intersectional feminism: Wonder Woman, Palestinians, Wakanda and Zionism
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Had no idea that Coates was a Zionist. But figures. There is no way he would have been given the platform he has, had he not been at least friendly to Jewish establishment interests. He should spend more time discussing Jewish privilege, but we all know that isn't going to happen, unless he decides he doesn't want big paychecks anymore.

  • Westchester legislature prepares bill saying BDS 'maligns the Jewish people,' and opponents organize
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Jerry, the truth is that most of the opponents of BDS use opposition to it as a way to contine Israel's destruction of Palestine, and to prevent Palestine from continuing to exist. See, I can play your game too.

  • Interrogating the Qatar rift
    • Trump revealed during the campaign that he knew that Iran was fighting ISIS, but now as president, he blatantly conflates Iran with global terror. It is quite disgusting. But look who he picked to advise him! His son in law is just one important example. Israel wants continued disunity between its neighbors and Kushner and others are all too eager to do whatever it takes to continue this enmity between Sunni and Shia.

      Sadly, most Americans think Iran when the media mentions ISIS. I try to explain to people in my life that Iran is NOT a big state sponsor of terror, but many of these people are convinced that Hezbollah and Hamas are as bad as ISIS. Our pro Israel, neo liberal neo con media makes sure of that.

      Although I don't agree with the ideology of either Hamas or Hezbollah, for the life of me, I can't understand how anyone who knows better can call them terror groups, rather than resistance militias.

  • Protesters disrupt 'Celebrate Israel' parade as New York leaders salute Israel
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

      The big question is why MONDOWEISS is not covering it? Geeze Louise!

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Amen! It is so frustrating to see most in this movement ignore the importance of educating the masses about the real harm Israel has done to the US over the years. It is the only way to wake people up. If we ever want to see an end to the Zionist enterprise, or at least an end to Zionist expansionism, and a fair solution to the conflict, we MUST stop being afraid of telling the truth.

      To the young ones here, if you don't tell the truth about Israel and wake up Middle America, you will find yourselves in old age watching Zionists completely destroy any chance for a just peace.

    • Will we EVER see stories in mainstream media about Israeli influence or "meddling" in our elections, foreign policy, etc.?

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      The most effective argument against Israel is to ask how anyone can justify Jewish nationalism, when nationalism of any largely White nation is demonized.

      Maybe the counter argument is, well, there is only one Jewish state. Well, which "White" nation will be allowed to stay White and to be FOR Whites alone?

      If White nationalism is wrong, so is Jewish nationalism. I wish people would stop being afraid to point this out.

  • The message of the Orb
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      I agree 100%, but America will only wake up when more of us become educated about Israel's propaganda techniques, the gem of which is to conflate Iran with the very terror groups like ISIS and AQ with which we are supposed to be at war. I confront ignorance about this matter daily on message boards. People actually think Iran is the biggest sponsor of terror, and often think THEY support ISIS. When you present them with truth, they call you delusional and always mention the Iranian crowds chanting Death to America.

      Middle America should be the focus. For once the masses know the truth, Zionism is over.

  • Leonard Cohen song is anthem of Jewish exclusivists
  • Trump may want a deal, but Israeli Jews are not interested
    • I am surprised that no one on this site ever mentions Two State Condominialism. As much as I would love to see a one state solution, I don't see how it is possible, at least not for a long time.

      There IS a way to honor the nationalism of both peoples, without a hard divorce and hard separation. Even within Israel, aren't Jews and non Jews already educated in different schools? Two state condominialism could be the answer, and a way to coax fearful Zionists into accepting a fair solution.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 22, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      There can be no democracy where millions are denied the right to full and equal citizenship, unless Israel is willing to commit to a fair divorce, in which Palestinians are well compensated for things they voluntarily relinquish in exchange.

  • PLO source denies Abbas plans to propose large land swap deal during Trump visit
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      So true! The irony is that the West Bank is the only place in historic Palestine that is connected to ancient Jewish kingdoms.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      One of the greatest successes of the Zionist propaganda machine is to conflate Islam, radical Islam in fact, with "Palestinians." Just like they have Americans equating ISIS with Iran.

  • 'Bullies, bigots and thugs led by Netanyahu' shut down synagogue event-- in suburban Detroit
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I sure all Mondoweiss readers use that Buycot app on their phone when out shopping. If we can't do something that basic, there really is no hope for BDS.

  • A Republican plan for peacemaking: 'break the will' of the Palestinians and force them to 'accept defeat'
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm


      First, when have I ever called for separatism?
      Second, when have you ever used the word "supremacist" to label a Jew?

      I don't know what is in Duke's heart, but I don't like the double standard of calling him a supremacist, while refusing to call Zionists who favor a Jewish state, populated almost entirely by Jews, supremacists.

      There are Black separatists, and I don't assume that they want to dominate Whites.

      I do not support forced separatism, nor do I support forced integration. I support freedom of association. Got it? Now please go look in the mirror if you want to see someone with prejudice.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      The only thing that could possibly change the minds of these politicians, other than the threat of a political defeat, is if more Americans knew about Israel's harm to the US, including its support for Islamic extremists against the Assad regime, and its campaign to get the US to fight its wars.

    • I once emailed Pipes and asked him if he supported transfer of Palestinians and he said no, so it is curious to know what he wants to do with them if they must accept defeat.

    • David Duke said that? He has explicitly said he does not want Whites to dominate other groups. He is not a supremacist. A separatist yes.

  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
    • I find the angst about Assad totally disingenuous. Those in the Jewish establishment, like this rabbi, know very well that any American president would act even more brutally than Assad has if the US faced violent siege by well armed militias of head chopping Al Qaeda and ISIS affiliated groups.

      The animus against Assad is not about concern for humanity, but about concern that Assad has put a wrench in the long term plan to destabilize Syria for Israel.

  • 'New sheriff in town' Nikki Haley is gonna kick anyone who objects to latest Jewish settlement
    • Huh? Who hates Jews so much? Certainly not the Christian Zionist camp that Haley comes from. You guys need to stop pretending that the problem is hatred toward Jews.

      Haley is one of three things, stupid, ignorant, or a typical craven politician. I say she is the latter.

  • 'Negation of the diaspora' as Zionist antisemitism: The JCC bomb threats came from an Israeli Jew
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      "To be fair, it has been a really long time since America has experienced such a mass outbreak of Anti-Semitism, and the Liberal Jewish community has been deeply shaken by its re-emergence under Trumpworld domination." - See more at:

      Oh brother. How is what this guy did "anti Semitic"? You really want us to believe that the threats were not driven by a desire to create false flag hate that would further the image of the Jew as eternal victim? Even if the kid did not have a motive, and was just crazy, that is not anti Semitism, just mentally ill behavior.

      The Alt Right has every right to mock the media and the Jewish establishment given the widespread assumption that Trump had unleashed a new wave of anti Semitism.

  • UNC SJP responds to ongoing debate over cancellation of Rania Khalek event
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      I have asked this question before, but no one who wants Assad ousted has ever answered it. Here I go again:

      If Obama's or any other president's regime had been under siege from violent head chopping Islamic terrorists, bankrolled by Gulf state money and Turkey, and supported by Western intelligence, Israel and The Lobby, do you really think Obama or any other president would NOT have inflicted massive collateral damage to "root out terrorists" using humans as shields? Don't be naive!

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      I am a no apologies supporter of Assad. If you truly cared about human rights, then your focus would not be on Syria, but on Saudi Arabia and other hellholes. No one seemed to think Assad was a murderer, till he had to fight back against vicious Islamic terrorists bankrolled or directly or indirectly supported by Western intelligence, the Israel Lobby, and Gulf state kingdoms. The White Helmets are well known to be a cover for Al Qaeda. Get a clue. If Assad loses, your "revolutionary democratic" (whatever that means) forces will have their heads chopped off by ISIS and Al Qaeda.

  • Hate crimes in America: either a trap or an opportunity for Palestine advocates
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      prove one of them! I have yet to see one that was not a hate hoax!

    • none of the Whites I personally know think Jews are non White, but I have read a number of Jews who argue that they are not White

      the notion that Jews are not White is largely a Jewish one these days

  • Sanders suggests giving Gaza a portion of $38 billion US military aid to Israel
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Oh isn't he generous. NOT! We should not be giving ANY foreign aid to either the apartheid state OR the corrupt PA. I would respect him if he had the courage to call for an end to this foreign aid. Then the Palestinians wouldn't need so much aid, for Israel would not have its occupation subsidized by us. Sanders, like Obama, has been a cruel hoax.

  • The 50th anniversary of the occupation will rock the Jewish establishment
  • Campus wars
    • No, that would be you. You do not have the right to control thought by shutting down speech you deem wrong. I can't believe we have to review this basic law of civilization. The non aggression principle would save us a lot of trouble if we could all embrace it.

      And what consequences do you speak of? There is no epidemic of alt righters killing or hurting people who disagree with them. ANTIFA is the group filled with hate and ready to hurt those with whom they disagree. They get away with it by constantly associating their opponents with Nazism, but never have to answer for their ties to a far bloodier ideology, Marxism.

    • Oh please, SJWs push for attacking people they deem Nazis all the time! I have never heard Richard Spencer or David Duke call for violence. "Hate" speech can be argued against. Direct threats are a different matter. Stop conflating the two.

    • Exactly! Palestinian rights supporters must stop trying to chill the free speech of others if they want free speech themselves.

    • BLM has already jumped the shark. Middle America is appalled by BLM and its lies.

    • A good way to promote free speech about Israel would be to support anyone else on campus who desires free speech, even if you disagree with them. If you make room for open debate and discussion, your side will win, that is unless you don't have faith in your position.

      Too often, progressives shriek in horror at the way students for Palestine are treated but celebrate the shutting down of speakers like Milo. If you want free speech, you MUST honor the rights of others.

  • The curious red line for Milo Yiannapoulos
    • Milo is not a White nationalist. Geez Louise, he is as much a White nationalist as Obama was. An Islamophobe? Probably. But not a White nationalist. The real White nationalists despise him.

      Furthermore, while I too am offended by Milo's words about his own molestation, I wonder why you and others aren't equally horrified by George Takei's similar testament to the benefits of having an adult lover at such a young age.

  • Palestinian Americans find Trump’s stance on Israel/Palestine, Friedman appointment ‘severely distressing’
    • Certainly, they have every right to feel frustrated, but surely they have been terribly frustrated by Obama over the last eight years. What did Obama do for them? NADA

    • U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. ambassador to Israel has turned out to be one of the most controversial appointments in recent years, with five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel condemning the pick, calling David Friedman “unqualified for the position” due to his “extreme, radical positions.”

      While Friedman’s appointment has also been condemned by Jewish Americans as well as international human rights groups, Palestinian Americans, in particular, feel disenfranchised by the prospect of a Friedman appointment.

      Friedman is a vocal supporter of illegal Israeli settlements, in opposition to the international community and the U.S.’s protocol against settlements. Furthermore, Friedman is the president of the American fundraising arm of the illegal Israeli settlement Beit El’s Yeshiva Complex. According to the New York Times, Friedman has raised millions of dollars for its “related institutions” and has made nearly yearly visits to the settlement during the Jewish holiday Sukkot.

      Before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee began confirmation hearings for Friedman on Feb. 16, the Arab American Institute, a D.C. based think tank which serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community in the U.S., called for its supporters to contact their Senators and demand Friedman be denied the position of U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

      “If you believe in justice for Palestine – call your Senators today to urge them to vote no,” the group’s call to action stated, adding that “Friedman’s far right-wing views on Palestinians, on what would be an acceptable resolution to the conflict, his financial support for illegal Israeli settlement activity, and his shameful comments regarding American Jews who advocate for peace simply disqualify him from the post.”

      Following the hearing, Palestinian-American author, human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University, Nour Erakat, said that “Despite his disciplined performance before the Senate confirmation panel,” she believes Friedman made it “abundantly clear his agenda regarding Israel and Palestine.”

      “In his capacity as ambassador, he will serve the interests of Israel’s right-wing government and settler movement to consolidate a vision of Greater Israel that includes sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem as well as the largest settlement blocs sprawling across the occupied West Bank,” she said.

      At the confirmation hearing, Palestinian Americans and pro-Palestinian activists interrupted the meeting in protest several times.

      One such protester was Taher Herzallah, Director of Outreach & Grassroots Organizing at American Muslims for Palestine.

      During the hearing, Herzallah held up a Palestinian flag, shouting “My grandfather was exiled by the state of Israel, and I’m right here … We’re not going away. We were there, we are there now, and we will always be there.”

      “Palestinians will always be in Palestine,” he shouted before being led out of the hearing by police officers.

      Herzallah told Mondoweiss that he feared Friedman being appointment as U.S. envoy would essentially mean “abandoning the idea of a Palestinian state on ‘67 borders,” saying that to him, the idea of abandoning such borders is “extremely dangerous,” and the main reason he stood up against Friedman.

      “The appointment of someone like Friedman, who has a track record of supporting and building settlements in the West Bank can be an indication that the official U.S. position on settlements maybe shifting to normalize them as a fact on the ground that Palestinians must accept in order for there to be any negotiated agreement.”

      Herzallah also said he was concerned that approving Friedman would surely lead to the U.S. embassy being moved to Jerusalem, which could possibly spark another Palestinian uprising.

      “The embassy move would be cementing the occupation as a permanent arrangement with full U.S. approval,” he said. “This signals a shift in the way the U.S. tries to position itself concerning Israel/Palestine. Traditionally the U.S. gives complete diplomatic, financial and military support to Israel while also claiming that it is committed to a two-state solution and the basic human rights of the Palestinian people. Now, the U.S. would be directly and openly involved in destroying the idea of any future Palestinian state.”

      Daniel Banourra, 30 and a Palestinian-American instructor at the Bethlehem Bible College in the southern occupied West Bank told Mondoweiss that he doubts Friedman gaining approval as the next U.S. envoy in Israel would result in an actual uprising, but he hopes it would spark a change in U.S. policy.

      “I’m hopeful that this appointment and the general popular American dissatisfaction with Trump would lead Americans, and, by extension, American policymakers to reassess their position on Israel/Palestine,” Bannoura said.

      However, without any drastic change in U.S. policy, Bannoura said he feels the U.S.’s chances at being a legitimate mediator between Palestine and Israel are at risk.

      “Despite the seemingly positive moves made under the Obama administration, generally speaking, the U.S. has lost its credibility as a balanced and honest broker when it comes the role it plays in mediating and negotiating with both parties of the conflict,” he said. “

      - See more at:

      Seriously? What positive moves? It is beyond ridiculous that people who seemed not to be too concerned with Obama's complete lack of interest in helping Palestine, be outraged about Friedman.

      Where were these protestors over the last eight years as Obama helped Israel consolidate its occupation and Jews ONLY colonization?

  • Saying ‘I Am Muslim, Too’ is not standing in solidarity with Muslims
    • Aligning yourself with "the Muslims," even as you fail to oppose these violent interventions and proxy wars in the Mideast that have destroyed many Muslim majority nations, and caused the refugee crisis, is the height of hypocrisy or cluelessness.

  • Tom Friedman begs Trump to 'save the Jews' from themselves
    • Can we dispense with the niceties and rationalizing and face facts? People like Friedman are Jewish supremacists. Maybe not without some sense of the injustice of it all, but fundamentally, they seek perceived Jewish interests above all else.

  • Trump is putting the crunch on liberal Zionism
    • But if Trump is successful and wins reelection, this strategy will only hurt the Palestinians.

    • No, I sympathize with Jews who speak out, however, they are still protected in some sense.

    • indeed! I hope Phil is right, but I think skepticism is merited and is the right path to take going forward.

    • I will believe it when I see it. The fact that so many Jewish people are so passionately anti Trump, but silent on Israel speaks volumes. I see little evidence for the kind of self awareness Phil says is increasing among American Jews.

  • Banned from Jerusalem (for trying to pay respects to my grandmother)
  • Trump's dim view of Palestine-Israel
    • Yes, I know that birthrates must be examined over a long period. I thought maybe someone here had hard numbers to support either case.

    • Can someone settle once and for all the question of the competing birthrates of the Palestinians vs. the Israeli Jews? I have heard various Zionists bragging that the birthrate for Israeli Jews is now higher than that for Palestinians. They really seem to believe they can defeat the Palestinians once and for all by out breeding the Palestinians. But then so many on our side say that the Palestinians have the highest birth rate. Anyone have data to support either contention?

  • Liberal supporters of Israel slam Trump's 'terrifying' comments-- some saying Jews need to keep a majority
    • Agreed. The double standard is at the root of Israeli intransigence. They know that the world is afraid to call Zionism what it is, Jewish supremacism. No progressive minded person and even few conservatives would accept even one White state, yet everyone should support one Jewish state? Give me a break.

    • But Israel has already done that, and the world has been largely silent. I just don't see this groundswell that will change Israel's policies.

  • Israeli leaders read Trump's words as a permission slip
  • Israel interferes in our politics all the time, and it's never a scandal

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