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Atlantaiconoclast

Healer, frustrated academic, libertarian and non-interventionist

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  • Tulsi Gabbard's screw-the-neocons meeting with Trump sparks anger, derision, encouragement
    • Who here thinks that maybe now the Democrats will begin to expose the neocons that currently slither in bases of power in Wash DC? The victory of Trump could indeed revive the anti War spirit that went into a coma once Obama was elected and the cruel hoax won that damn Nobel Peace Prize.

    • There is a reason nations like Syria are torn by civil war, and those like Saudi Arabia and Jordan are not. Syria is not an ally of the US, so it gets set upon by CIA backed rebels, while Jordan's King and the Saudi King maintain their authoritarian rule over their respective nations, with no price. The only reason for that initial success of the rebellion was Western intelligence backing it. The Syrian rebellion was for the most part, not organic. If the US really wanted to end authoritarian rule in Saudi Arabia, you would see quite the rebellion in Saudi Arabia, and you wouldn't even need much CIA help, just an end to the protection racket for SA.

  • Keith Ellison seeks to placate Israel lobby, by saying he is against BDS
    • President Obama opposed BDS. So did Bernie Sanders. They had no choice, politically. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/11/ellison-placate-against/#sthash.Tkq1J0FB.dpuf

      Really? Does Trump not have a choice either? Time to call a spade a spade. Obama and Sanders are cruel hoaxes. At least Trump never pretended to be even handed.

      People of color and other DNC obedient groups are not going to deliver freedom for Palestinians. Convincing millions of Americans across different sectors of society, that Israel is bad for the US, would.

  • Challenging anti-Semitism and the Trump presidency
    • Your point? Care to take issue with my logic, or lack thereof? I don't mind a challenge, but be fair in your response.

    • As someone who voted for Trump, trust me, most of his supporters are philo Semitic. It is nauseating. Not cause I have a problem with "the Jews," cause I don't, but because I am not into worship of one tribe in particular.

    • what is wrong with being a renegade? What is anti Jewish about identifying someone as Jewish, especially when that person heavily identifies as Jewish?

    • so true

    • Wrong. He responded to a crude statement from Howard Stern. Trump just said, yeah.

    • "Political antisemitism blames Jews for financial manipulation and usury, rather than viewing finance as part of capitalism – a rational machine of social domination." - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/11/challenging-semitism-presidency/#sthash.J7ovuUrF.dpuf

      Why is it anti Jewish to recognize a pattern of Jewish financial manipulation? The Left does not hesitate to call out the Christian right, so why is it wrong to call out the Jewish establishment? Even David Duke does not say all Jews are bad. Patterns should not be ignored, just as no one should assume all members of a group are bad.

  • Analyst: If Trump gives Netanyahu a green light 'Palestinians will detonate in the face of Israel'
    • Make this about damage to American interests, and you just might get the masses on board to cut all aid to Israel. Trump CAN be moved, if enough of the masses demand it.

  • 'A revolt against the future': Quick reflections on the November 2016 Election
    • Amen. I have been opposed to Zionism since I was a child. There is no way anything will change for the good till more Americans see it in their interest to end the special parasitic relationship. Most liberals just don't get it! So frustrating. The Palestinians will continue to suffer unless this movement makes serious changes in strategy.

    • Agreed. Leftists need to quickly get over their excessive antipathy towards Trump and try to get on his good side to see how they can help him achieve a new foreign policy. This doesn't mean they have to like him, or fail to oppose him where it counts. But I am telling you, too many people were unappreciative of the fact that SHE was the war and neocon candidate, not him.

    • Nations have the right to determine who gets to become US citizens. Till you realize this, you will continue to be ignored by the American people. Any anti Zionist efforts must be rooted in American interests to reach the masses. Failing to appreciate this political reality is the key failure of the anti Zionist movement We can't force Israel to change, but we can damn sure motivate Americans to oppose any aid to Israel from our govt, and that will eventually lead to real justice for Palestine.

  • 'Atlantic' editor says that Israel's 1948 expulsion of Palestinians was not 'a tragedy'
    • Annie, why must "denial" be banned? Why not let people make claims, and then show them why they are wrong? Historical phenomenon should not be treated as sacred cows. Let the debate flow! If truth is on your side, you will win. And in this matter, I think truth IS on your side.

    • He is a Jewish supremacist, pure and simple, no matter how soft his words might be, or how much he shows concern for Israeli overreach. Till you guys effectively wrap folks like Goldberg with that label, nothing will change. It is far past time to push back.

  • The two-stroke solution
    • Stop weeping, and figure out what new strategy can change things. One thing is crystal clear. The current strategy to try to elicit sympathy for Palestinians has not worked. We need to show the common person in the US what Israel has done to the US over the years. That is far more effective. If you have ever met a former supporter of Israel turned non interventionist anti neocon after learning the truth about parasitic Israel, you know what I mean. We need to reach out to the Christian Zionists and the Trump supporters, you know, the patriotic ones who just might be convinced to change their mind about Israel if you could show them how Israel has never been a true friend. This obsession with elites and changing attitudes among Jews, and the very unpopular, BLM. Geez Louise folks. It is time to change strategy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Obama has always been about Obama, not true progress for his nation, not to mention, the truly oppressed of the world.

    • False. If you could show the avg. Christian Zionists the truth about Israel and what it has done to the US over the years, then you might finally get some progress.

    • I can't believe anyone at this point believes that this cruel hoax with a truly evil ego has the desire or the courage to do something to even reduce Israel's consolidation of Palestine. Obama sickens me. Shame on all the so called progressives who continue to make excuses for this truly despicable shell of a man.

  • 'Beholden to AIPAC' -- progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama's actions
    • It's about Jewish supremacism and the MIC which benefits from upholding Jewish supremacism in the ME.

    • And there is no need for new resolutions. Since when has the US abandoned past UN resolutions it supported?

    • Don't you guys think it is time to reevaluate strategy? What progress has been made in ending the Zionist enterprise?

      Do you really think the key is to get more progressives onboard? If the progressives aren't on board by now, they NEVER will be.

      The key to changing this is in changing the minds of the masses. You do that by showing them the harm Israel has done to the US. Not by hoping for eternity that people will feel sorry for Palestinians.

  • 'Shame on you,' Israel, for turning Obama 'into some Jew hater,' Tom Friedman says
    • Chomsky can't bring himself to admit that Israel leads the US to meet its goals in the ME, rather than the other way around. To say otherwise, might be considered self hating or anti Semitic.

    • When Americans learn the harm that Israel has done to the US over the years.

    • Till Zionist Jews are called out for their anti Gentile racism, nothing will change. We must turn the tables on them, and put them on the defensive. And to motivate Americans to care, link it to showing Americans the harm Israel has done to the US over the years, and the constant mooching by the biggest welfare queen on the planet.

      You can change the minds of liberal Jews everywhere, and it will not change things much. You must reach middle America. Make them see the folly in our special relationship with Israel. Or continue to moan about Israeli apartheid and occupation for a long long time. If people aren't upset about Israel's treatment of Palestinians by now, when will they be? Answer: When they see the harm Israel has done to the US.

  • Trump could be bumpy for Jews
    • How are right wing Christians dangerous for Jews? If anything, right wing Christians literally worship Jews, considering them God's chosen. Many churches have Israel's flag behind the pulpit.

      I am not a Christian any longer. But I grew up Christian and find it bizarre that people think Christians hate Jews. Even the ones who are not Christian Zionist, don't "hate" Jews. White nationalists are a small fraction of the American population. And many of them do not hate other races, they just want to have freedom of association.

      And as for Leo Frank, there is another side to that story. The evidence indicates he tried to pin his vicious crime on an innocent Black man.

  • Liberal Zionists see 'window of opportunity' for two states in last three months of Obama administration
    • influence of the Bible on whom? Not sure that liberal Zionists care much for the Bible

    • When is Mondoweiss going to discuss the current lawsuit that accuses our govt of violating the Symington Amendment by giving foreign aid to Israel? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symington_Amendment

    • How do liberal Zionists not see a contradiction in their call for preserving Israel's Jewish character, and their objections to the calls of White people in the Alt Right for preserving the White majority in the US?

      How do they tolerate Israel's wall, on another people's land, yet brand Trump as racist for wanting a barrier on US land?

      The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

  • Syrian death tolls and the kinder gentler jihadists
    • And your point is?

    • Just imagine what would happen if the US was suddenly caught up in civil war, with hundreds of thousands of Islamic extremist foreign mercenaries, cutting off heads of little boys, eating hearts, crucifying people, killing Gays, etc.. Do you really think Obama would hesitate to kill a significant number of civilians if HIS regime was under threat of violent removal? The US has unleashed massive firepower on "enemy forces" all while tolerating massive collateral damage. Why would anyone think our govt would not do the same to its citizens if the regime was vulnerable to being overrun by savages?

      I don't have any easy answers for violence in Syria, other than to say our intervention helped stimulate the bloodbath we have today. If the people of Syria want to depose Assad, let THEM try, without our financial and military support. For even if you aren't a non interventionist like me, it is folly to think that Assad's opponents are better than him on womens' rights, secularism, etc.

  • Jill Stein defends BDS in CNN town hall
    • I support boycott of Saudi Arabia too, but there is greater moral justification in boycotting "democratic" states (like Israel) that violate the rights of another people, than to boycott repressive states whose citizens have no say in the actions of their government. I am surprised more people don't acknowledge this.

  • The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism
    • Jewish ethnocentrism = Jewish supremacism

      Double standard of Jews being able to spew racist rhetoric without consequence = Jewish privilege

      Why is this in any way controversial? Why aren't anti Zionists using these terms as often as they reflexively discuss "White supremacy"? Especially when Whites no longer dominate media, finance, government, academia, etc. ?

      Step out of your intellectual bubble for just a moment and be honest about this. Is White supremacism really a bigger thing than Jewish supremacism?

  • Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Zionism and Black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy are crucial to building a just world
    • I have noticed that a number of my responses here are not being published. Yet you regularly post Hophmi's responses. Why are you so threatened by my pointing out the double standard of discussing White supremacism, but never Jewish supremacism?

      Good luck ending the Israeli occupation by ignoring reality. You will need it. I also find it odd that you are obsessed with BLM but not so interested in the lawsuit being brought to stop aid to Israel. It is as if you guys only support actions that will never change a damn thing for the Palestinian people.

  • In wake of Gaza indictments, Netanyahu says, 'I care more about Palestinians than their own leaders'
    • Atlantaiconoclast August 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Welcome to Israel, the only Western nation in which the dominant ethnic group is allowed to have policies to ensure that it does not become a minority. It is ok for Jews to want to preserve their majority status, but wrong for Whites in other Western nations.

  • Obama Justice Dep't is representing Elliott Abrams against suit by Palestinians opposing settlements
    • Atlantaiconoclast August 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Obama has always been a cruel hoax. It pains me how long it has taken folks to see this. The man cares first and foremost about himself. I find him disgusting.

    • Atlantaiconoclast August 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      I once heard this Jewish supremacist Abrams defend the settlement enterprise on NPR. He made the argument that it is anti Semitic to keep Jews from settling the West Bank. Of course, no one at NPR reminded him that non Jews are not allowed to settle in Israel, not even the Palestinian refugees who were expelled at Israel's creation. What a crazy world we live in!

  • Black Lives Matter will defeat the Israel lobby (because the lobby can't debate reality)
    • Till you convince the masses in America that the special relationship has not been good for the US, the Lobby will not fall. BLM will only hurt the Palestinian cause given its unpopularity with the masses outside Manhattan and other tony districts.

    • Yes, but BLM does NOT have cred among the masses. You guys are delusional if you think otherwise. Journey outside of Manhattan and you will see what I mean. I oppose police brutality too, but it is nonsense that Blacks are being targeted and it is nonsense that cop killings are in any way as big of a problem as Black on Black murders.

  • Sam Harris and the politics of 'good intentions'
    • Atlantaiconoclast August 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Call it what is is, Jewish supremacism, even if you don't know for sure, cause there is never hesitancy to call out Whites for their assumed supremacist views. Turn about is fair play. Time to use language against the Zionists.

    • Chomsky is right that our foreign policy is unethical, but he is wrong to focus solely on economic motives for our ridiculously close relationship with and subsidization of Israel. The Iraq War was primarily for Israel, though certain military industrial interests surely benefited as well from that stupid war. Our hostility to Iran is primarily because of Israel. And in regards to Syria, Wikileaks released discussions between Hillary and the administration in which it was revealed that she was arguing for regime change in Syria to help Israel. Would be nice to see Chomsky talk about this other motive for US foreign policy.

  • Israeli racism unmasks Netanyahu goodwill video
    • Has Mondoweiss ever discussed two state condominialism? For those who don't know, here is a link to an article about it in Tikkun: https://www.tikkun.org/fmd/files/Nieli_full_transcript_for_Web.pdf

      On the surface, this "solution" seems impossible, but if you examine Nieli's idea, you may come to see it as a logical and creative approach to ending the conflict. It is certainly not the standard two state "solution," but still honors the national aspirations of both peoples.

      While we might want Jews and Palestinians to live together in perfect harmony, singing Koom Bay Yah, how likely is that to happen? Jews and Palestinians who prefer the company of "their own" should have peaceful and voluntary ways to enjoy freedom of association. Two state condominialism just might be the answer.

  • The 'New York Times' is dead set on marginalizing Jewish anti-Zionism
    • Atlantaiconoclast August 4, 2016 at 12:02 am

      I am heartened to hear that there is an increasing number of Jews willing to critique Zionism. However, all that is necessary for Israel to continue to be the apple of every politician's eye is for a sizeable percentage of powerful, influential Jews and a large number of Christian Zionists to continue to uphold the special relationship.

      But the good news is that even Christian Zionists are capable of changing their mind about Israel, once they learn the truth about the negative effects of the special relationship on their nation. I wish anti Zionists would focus as much on changing the minds of Christian Zionists as much as they do Jews. Once a majority of them, especially the more patriotic ones, realize Israel is not so good for the US, that special relationship will end.

  • Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?
    • There is no proof that happened. Scarborough is all about virtue signalling, given his Southern roots, and career in NYC. It is almost required for Southerners in NYC to virtue signal all the time to overcome anti Southern disdain.

    • Atlantaiconoclast August 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      First things first: I agree that the notion of an exceptional people is dangerous. I do believe that the foundations of our nation's constitution were exceptional, but I strongly reject the might equals right type to which you refer.

      But I really disagree with the rest of your piece. First, the Khan guy attacked Trump. Trump did not attack him. Even the comment about the wife was not an attack, more like a person musing out loud. And it is a fact that Khan's son would not be dead had Clinton and other Democrats NOT joined the neocon Republicans to support the Iraq War.

      Finally, one can be patriotic AND oppose the might equals right ideology inherent in American exceptionalism. See Ron Paul. Few people are more patriotic, but he does not support unnecessary wars AND he does not accept government violating our constitutional rights. If the anti Zionists would use American patriotism to expose Israel's real harm to the US, it would engender hostility toward Israel among Americans and the Israeli apartheid enterprise would fall quick. If Americans only knew! But somehow, I don't think my advice will be heeded.

  • Democratic Party consultant asked about Palestinian rights: 'Not my problem'
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 30, 2016 at 1:45 am

      Yonah, the Democrats will only show concern for issues like Palestine and War once they no longer have one of their fools in the White House. Should Trump win, the anti War Left just might wake from its coma.

    • Atlantaiconoclast July 30, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Amen, except the US is 20 Trillion in debt, so whether Israel has taken a trillion or not doesn't matter. We shouldn't be giving it or any other nation any money, unless we are talking private charity. But your post provides another point that could actually cause Americans to push for an end to the special relationship.

    • Now THIS is what could end the special relationship, showing Americans that Israel has manipulated the US to fight its wars, whether in Iraq, or Syria. Waiting for Americans to care about Palestinians will NEVER work. How many years of failure do we have to see before we change strategy?

  • The sensitive Zionist -- a review of Natalie Portman's new film
    • I'll be impressed with her when she helps produce a movie about the Nakba and the decades long occupation of Palestine. Till Hollywood starts making movies about the genocides and tragedies of other peoples, I refuse to watch any Holocaust related movies, and I will not watch the WW2, I mean, the History Channel.

  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • I am so tired of the reflexive demonization of Russia and Putin. WE foment a coup in Ukraine, help to illegally depose an elected leader there, and PUTIN is the aggressor? Ethnic Russians in East Ukraine did not want the illegal regime change. Crimeans voted in overwhelming fashion to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

      Syria invites Russia to join its battle with Al Qaeda and ISIS. ISIS only began to shrink once Russia became involved. The US, and the other parties in the Syrian theater are NOT invited by the Syrian govt. They have NO legal right to be there. But RUSSIA is the aggressor?

  • Money talks as Trump does u-turn on Israel
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      If Trump wins, let us hope that the anti War Left comes out of its coma and fights like hell against any hint of a continuation of neocon policies. Trump is a roll of the dice. Personally, I think his instincts on this issue are to the Left of the Christian Zionist GOP base, but to win, he wants Evangelical support, so he isn't about to embrace justice for Palestine. If he picks someone like John Bolton for Sec of State, then there is little doubt that he won't bring any change on this issue.

  • Jordan slams door on Gazans
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      No wonder the Jordanian dictator is so beloved and put on such a high pedestal by the media and by both parties.

  • 'Ex-Neocon' -- Scott McConnell looks back on 20 years of ideological tumult
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Why are you so surprised? Why would the average American know the truth about Israel? Not even most people who support Palestinian rights ever spend much time exposing Israel's harm to the interests of the American people. And given the status of the Holocaust as a secular faith, why wouldn't most Americans defer to Israel on the morality of issues like occupation, and war, etc. ?

  • Iran deal is still imperilled by deep state-- hardliners, Israel lobby, Hillary Clinton
    • Can someone please explain what they are talking about when they call Iran the greatest state sponsor of terror in the world? Beyond Hezbollah, what terror group are they talking about? And since when is a resistance organization (which Hezbollah is) a terrorist organization? How is it terroristic to defend one's home from occupation?

    • Atlantaiconoclast July 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      It goes much further than just a desire to hold on to the Golan Heights. Israel and Turkey both do not want Iran, Iraq and Syria to build that pipeline that would end the Israeli and Turkish pipeline monopolies. Plus, Israel wants Syria broken up to weaken both Iran and Hezbollah. It has always been a proxy war.

    • huh? Christian Zionists are philo Semitic. And it is obnoxious. They actually send money not to Christians in Israel, but to Jews. Thinking a Jew needs Christ is not anti Semitic, not any more than it is anti Hindu, for a Christian to think Hindus need Christ. That is what Christians believe. It is what they do. Has nothing to do with hate. I don't follow it, but wanting to "save" non Christians is not hateful, no matter how obnoxious it might be. And it is very obnoxious to me, but I just don't see any hate in it. What would be hateful is if Christians truly believed non Christians need Christ, but gleefully salivated over the non Christian's march to Hell.

    • Atlantaiconoclast July 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Yet if you point this out to most people, you get called an anti Semite!

    • Atlantaiconoclast July 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      I too have often been amazed at the numerous neocons within the Obama administration. Then I realized that Obama simply does not care, at least not more than he cares about the security of his power. How else to explain Obama putting Victoria Nuland, the warmongering wife of arch neocon Robert Kagan, in charge of European Affairs at the State Dept?

      I can only hope that once Trump is elected, that the anti War Left will come out of its freaking coma and make some noise about our ridiculous Israeli as_ kissing foreign policy. Obama has been and still is, a cruel hoax. Wake up people.

  • Democrats and GOP are in a race to the bottom on Israel
    • Gary Johnson says he does not understand the non aggression principle. I miss Ron Paul so much. America had the chance to have a leader who would have truly changed our foreign policy. Now we are stuck with a rather ratchet set of candidates.

    • Maybe if Trump wins, the Democrats will suddenly start caring about issues such as war and Palestinian rights and the sheer hell that the West, Israel, and the Sunni states have made of Syria. The current obsession with identity politics keeps the Democratic base from caring about the fact that their leaders are warmongers and enablers of occupation and destabilization in the ME.

      And maybe it is good that the RNC is being so crystal clear about its subservience to Israel. If there is no occupation, then how can Israel justify not making the residents of the West Bank full citizens? It is way past time for the leaders of the Free Palestine movement to use language in new ways to recapture the moral high ground, and to make it clear to Americans that support for Israel is not in our interest.

      Till that happens, nothing will change. I really hope to see Palestinians gain their full rights before I die, but as each year goes by, I see no progress, and am tired of hearing folks pretend that this movement is succeeding. Maybe the night truly is darkest before the dawn. Maybe Trump and Hillary's cold calculation to serve the Zionist state will wake people up and stimulate a change in tactics.

      Yes, BDS has potential. But far more needs to be done to get people to use it to effect change. Not sure that enough people will ever care enough to fulfill BDS's potential.

      Thus, I say appeal to Americans' self interest. Focus like a laser beam on Israel's crimes against the US and how it is the biggest welfare queen on the planet.

  • 'To defend western freedom,' U.S. must preserve Egyptian tyranny
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 15, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I so hope you are right. Maybe then, our troops won't be put into such danger on behalf of Israel, as they were in the second Iraq War.

    • Atlantaiconoclast July 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

      We oppose Assad, supposedly out of concern for human rights, but fund this bastard? Our support for the Egyptian, Bahraini, Turkish, and Israeli regimes prove that our govt was never truly motivated by human rights in its quest to oust Assad.

  • As Dems vote against Palestine, Cornel West warns it is the 'Vietnam War' of our time
    • How are Blacks treated like Palestinians ? They have full citizen and legal rights. They are NOT shot disproportionately by cops relative to the percentage of Whites shot who are involved in a police interaction. Their are laws which forbid all White settlements in this nation. There is this need to portray Blacks as eternal victims and it is getting old. It trivializes the Palestinian plight.

    • Atlantaiconoclast July 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

      I don't believe the likes of BLM will be in the streets demanding justice for Palestine any time soon. Identity politics among various Democratic Party demographics always trumps concern for the fate of other identities.

  • Modern-day lynchings: an international view
    • I do agree that our police have been too quick to shoot in our post 9/11 world. And yes, I agree that we have borrowed much from the Israelis in the way we treat our suspects of all races.

    • Well the media has more than made up for whatever story they initially peddled . On every network, there are disproportionately Black voices who are NEVER challenged, except only rarely so on Fox New, about their critical race theory based assumptions. It is a disgrace and is poisoning the minds of so many Black people. Of course they are angry, they are being brainwashed to blame all their problems on "white supremacism," whatever that is.

  • Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism
    • Phillip, I greatly appreciate your comments in this article. It takes such courage for you and other Jews to speak out about this issue. I just hope other Jews like yourself realize that it is even harder for Gentiles to speak out about this issue. There is virtually no way for us to talk about this issue without being accused by someone of being "anti Semitic," or spreading a "blood libel." It gets old.

  • 'Arabs' saved us, says settler boy whose father was slain
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      The blood libel toward Palestinians, flowing from Netanyahu and other Zionists, at a regular pace, is very good propaganda for Israel. They aren't going to stop now.

  • Video: All hell breaks loose in Knesset as Zoabi demands apology following Israel-Turkey agreement
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 30, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Of course Turkey reached an agreement with Israel. BOTH nations desperately want to violently overthrow the Assad govt. Neither nation wants to lose their respective oil pipelines if peace comes to Syria and Iran, Iraq and Syria are able to construct their agreed to pipeline that will end the current Turkish and Israeli pipeline monopolies.

  • Israel should be deeply disturbed by the Brexit vote
    • Atlantaiconoclast July 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      As long as people are too afraid to expose Israel's destructive impact on the US and our foreign policy, it will continue to treated even better than an American state. Certainly, it is bizarre that Israel gets billions more in US aid than many states in the US.

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 28, 2016 at 2:30 am

      till the US people learn the truth about Israel, then good luck with that bluster!

  • Democrats 'no-fly, no-buy' sit-in bolsters racist, ineffective and arbitrary surveillance of Muslims
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

      exactly, he is a hypocrite and highly overrated

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

      The terror watch list, as currently constituted, does not allow for due process and a fair, speedy trial. Thus it violates the sixth amendment. I say let the airlines decide who can and who can't fly.

      Oh, and one more thing. John Lewis is highly overrated. Where is he when Israel is massacring Palestinians? The man has been riding on his civil rights rep for far too long.

  • Post Orlando, a Muslim's comment on homophobia within the Muslim community
    • I am glad that homophobia within the Muslim community is getting attention. But do we have any proof that the Orlando maniac attacked the Gay club simply cause it was a Gay club? Maybe he attacked it cause he had been there before, he knew its layout, and knew it was an easy target. I am Gay, and have NEVER seen anyone carrying a gun in a Gay club. Not once.

      We DO know that he condemned America's violent foreign policy in his 9/11 calls, yet the media seems obsessed with pushing the angle that he was striking out at Gays rather than just committing terror against a soft target. Even the Left shirks away from discussing the impact of our foreign policy on the radicalization of young Muslim people. People will not tolerate continued waves of Muslim immigration if this violence continues, so I hope those of us who understand the problems with our foreign policy will start to focus on WHY these Muslim terrorists became radicalized and not just on whether they are more homophobic than other groups of people.

  • The naked racism of 'Save Jewish Jerusalem'
    • Annie, great article, but don't you think that our activism would be far more effective if we started using the term "anti - Gentilism"? Calling a Zionist racist is rather passe as that word has been way overused.

  • Dennis Ross tells American Jews, 'We need to be advocates for Israel' -- and not for Palestinians
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      exactly! This is what I have been trying to get others here to see for a long time. You can't be as smart and involved in the issue as Ross have been, advocating against the legitimate interests of non Jews in Palestine, and not be anti - non Jewish or anti Gentile, whatever you want to call it.

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      I think you meant it is a slur against Jews to use the term "anti Gentile." Well if someone is as smart as Ross is, then I find it hard to believe that he is not familiar with the facts surrounding this conflict. For him to advocate for Israel at the expense of Palestinians therefore, is clearly anti Gentile to me. I don't know how else to interpret it. It's not like he is some ignorant Christian Zionist who is not self hating but has a little too much zeal for an ethnocentric state called Israel.

    • "Donald Trump has embraced a stance of “belligerent isolationism” and “no entanglements,” Ross said, in praising Hillary Clinton’s sense of realpolitik. The former secretary of state understands that we must be engaged in the Middle East at a time of “terrible turmoil,” which is likely to continue for the next 10 to 20 years, and sometimes that means using force.

      Obama has failed to send the message that the U.S. is willing to use force, Ross said. The Russians “have a tiny fraction of our military force, but they have used their force to change the balance of power. We are not perceived as willing to use force in the same way.” Clinton would change that perception, he said:

      “I think Hillary also understands that the power is the currency still internationally. We might want global norms to define the way things are, but since global norms aren’t respected, there have to be consequences when they’re not, and in the middle east power is what defines the realities.”'

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/american-advocates-palestinians/#comment-843355

      Translation: Obama has not done enough to destabilize Syria, break it up, move on to Iran, and fulfill the goals of the Oded Yinon plan. Russia has done too much to keep Syria from falling apart and from being taken over by savages.

    • Another anti Gentilist Jewish supremacist. Call it what it is people. But just to be clear, this doesn't mean I think most Jews are anti Gentile. Got it?

  • NY state senator wants to cut off university funds to SJP
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 17, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Where did he generalize to all Jews? I totally agree with Talkback. But that doesn't mean I think all or most Jews are anti Gentilists. That would be as absurd as the other extreme where many Jews think most Gentiles secretly hate them.

      To defeat these people, we MUST turn the tables on them. Put them on the defensive.

  • Clintonites oppose 'occupation' mention in platform-- as Cornel West says party is 'beholden to AIPAC'
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      This is a very salient point which completely overturns the narrative that poor little Israel was attacked by its Arab neighbors. I find it bizarre though that so few Palestinian activists ever point this out when they are discussing the conflict in the media.

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 14, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hezbollah is actually fighting both ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria.

    • Most Zionists are still in denial about the occupation. They tenaciously dispute that there is an occupation. They would scream "anti Semite" if anyone dared question any part of the Holocaust narrative, but they feel free to deny the Palestinian occupation narrative at every turn without any threat of consequence.

      And this Jewish supremacist Wexler truly takes the cake with the meme that IRAN is destabilizing the Middle East. WE are the ones with our fingers all over the Middle East and WE and our Israeli/Gulf and other Western partners have been supporting Al Qaeada in Syria. And our policies in the ME intentionally destabilize the ME, in favor of Israeli hegomony. How is Hezbollah destabilizing Syria? It, not Israel, is fighting ISIS.

  • Condemn! Condemn!
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I find it so odd that Hamas kills such a far lower percentage of civilians than the IDF, yet IT is the terror group?

    • Thanks for bringing up the Lavon affair. I hope other columnists will write about other false flag Israeli attacks over the years, such as the attack on the USS Liberty. Americans, by and large, do not know this information. Getting them educated about Israel's history of false flag activities would be a game changer. Much more effective than droning on and on about unjust treatment of Palestinians. Appeal to American self interest to help Palestinians.

  • Trump's America is fascist, says Bret Stephens, but Netanyahu's Israel smells like a rose
    • Atlantaiconoclast June 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      exactly, That is real privilege. Jewish privilege.

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      There were five Union states with slaves. General Grant's family owned slaves, even after the war started. Lincoln did not resist Southern secession to free one slave. Try again.

    • Good points Mr. Hirsch. However, I take issue with the equivalency you make between Netanyahu and Trump. I find it mind boggling that anyone can think that there is an equivalency between the two men. One calls for a nation's fairly generous and non discriminatory immigration laws to be enforced, and for a wall to be created on the nation's actual border, The other supports and vigorously defends immigration laws that prohibit any Gentile from immigrating to Israel. Netanyahu also supports a wall that cuts through another people's land. Unlike Netanyahu, Trump doesn't have anyone in his inner circle who has called for the ethnic cleansing of legal and indigenous citizens from his nation. And unlike Netanyahu, Trump does not support colonies ("settlements" ) that are exclusively for one race or tribe.

      Trump's "fascism" and "racism" is to Netanyahu's fascism and racism what Britney Spear's voice is to Paverrotti's voice. One is very weak and timid and the other's is very strong and powerful. Trump can only dream of being as fascist and racist as this Jewish supremacist Netanyahu.

      The reality is that mainstream media accepts Jewish tribalism and racism. When Jews do it, it isn't wrong. How Nixonian.

  • Huffpo writer expresses bigotry against Palestinians by equating battle for equal rights and anti-Semitism
    • "It’s not enough to explain that BDS isn’t antisemitic. It actually reinforces the idea that it is antisemitic when people patiently explain why it isn’t, as though the accusation is reasonable. We think BDS advocates have to turn things around and point out constantly, repeatedly, that articles like this are actually bigoted against Palestinians. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/expresses-palestinians-semitism/#comment-841863"

      Amen and amen!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been making this argument here for a long time. It is way past time to turn the tables on these supremacists and call out THEIR bigotry toward non Jews, especially Palestinians.

    • Atlantaiconoclast June 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      If anything, most Trump supporters are overly philo-Jewish. If you ever visit the rabidly pro-Trump site, theconservativetreehouse.com and read the comments, you will much more frequently encounter pro Israel posters and anti Muslim haters than you will anti Israel posters and never will you see someone call out all Jews. I am one of the few there who occasionally posts anti Zionist comments or comments which attempt to tell the truth about Israel's (and its neocon supporters) influence on our foreign policy. Many there are aware of the neocon problem, but rarely does someone connect them to "the Jews."

  • 'I am Palestinian and I am human' -- and Leanne Mohamad, 15, is disqualified from UK speaking competition
    • The standard for estimates about the number of Jews killed or murdered in the Holocaust is VERY different than the standard set for estimates about any other group. Why is the Holocaust the one historical event immune from open and uncensored examination?

  • Max Boot has perfect propaganda on murdering medic-- but Jeffrey Goldberg is silent
    • Hold on a minute. It is not just the Trump supporters who look past the death of civilians at the hand of the US military. Obama's fans rarely seem troubled by his drone strikes, his use of force to overthrow Gaddafi, his arming (mainly via the CIA) of Syrian "rebels." You will only continue to alienate people by singling out Trump. We need to reach out to people in all camps.

  • 'Why is water dangerous?' A Palestinian plea to the US Congress
    • I have repeatedly called John Lewis's office, and he never does anything for Palestinians, despite him supposedly being a civil rights hero. And yes, I am polite.

  • 'My country right or wrong' -- indoctrination in defense of Israel
  • Clinton campaign is 'nervous' Sanders will push 'divisive' battle over Democratic platform on Israel
    • As a huge Ron Paul supporter, I have been very disappointed with Rand Paul's exclusion of Israel from the list of nations he wants to cut off from foreign aid. According to Rand, we need to start the cut off with nations that "hate us" and "burn our flag." But for some reason, he doesn't think Israel's spying, false flag attacks and lobbying us to fight its wars is so bad. It is one of the main reasons he was rejected by his father's followers. And I see that he introduced a bill on foreign aid in the Senate the other day, but it doesn't look like he has learned his lesson.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

      I think once Trump wins, the anti war Left might actually start to care again about this issue.

  • How Eli Lake tricks readers so as to cast realists Walt, Mearsheimer and Freeman as anti-semites
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 19, 2016 at 11:41 am

      You did. Bush Sr. had the balls to threaten to withhold loan guarantees to Israel if it kept building settlements, and it worked, till Clinton won and resumed the kiss Israeli as_ policy. I don't say this as a fan of Bush Sr., but to point out how far we have regressed. I have been following this issue since the late 70s and have seen support for Israel increase.

  • 'Either Assad or we'll burn the country' - An excerpt from 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' (Update)
    • I want to know what you think Lincoln should have done when a far less egregious bunch, Southerners who were largely non slaving owning rebels, fought for the right to secede from the Union. Something tells me you never shed a tear for the terror and death and dispossession faced by the South during the war.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      cause people like me initially bought into the propaganda about Assad

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I so wish more people knew about the centrality of Israel in our disastrous foreign policy. Even Trump can intuitively see the error of these stupid policies, though I think he is clueless on the deviousness of Israel.

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