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  • 'The Trump opportunity' -- some Palestinians are optimistic about Abbas visit to White House (!)
    • This really shows how ignorant and even stupid that Trump really is.

      He has no understanding of the insidious nature of the Zionist enterprise in Palestine, he knows nothing of the history of the colonization and ethnic cleansing to which the Palestinians have been subjected...his go-to guy for everything in foreign relations is Jared Kushner whose family is well known to be big supporters of Israel and the settlements.

      The only thing that MIGHT work would be if he stopped any and all support for Israel, including military equipment and money, and instead offered to give it all to the Palestinians.

      But he is surely not going to do that. That would involve way too much actual study, critical thinking and realistic assessment of the past...

  • The formal end of the two-state solution
    • Netanyahu is right.

      This is war. It is Israel against the rest of the world...and Israel is using overt and covert modern weapons and the rest of the world has been limited to words and demonstrations.

      One byproduct of reading Mondoweiss every day has been the realization that it is high time to ratchet up the resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is time to start thinking in terms of real weapons and real soldiers and using the military if necessary to break the blockade of Gaza.

  • Making David Friedman ambassador to Israel is a boon for ISIS
    • So Trump is really showing his true colors now. He was going to change things...no more special interests....he was supposed to not be beholden to anyone. So, the best the progressives can do for the Palestinians is bitch a little about Trump's pick for Ambassador?

      Really?

      If we are so incensed about the settlements why can't we do something meaningful instead of pussy footing around whining about what this guy said or who that guy gave his money?

      Why can't we support cutting Israel off the trough? No money. No weapons. No help.

      If that doesn't work, why wouldn't we start supporting and weaponizing the Palestinians? Oh, they are dangerous Muslims you say... Well, so are the Islamist groups that we support so well in Syria.

      After all, ground zero for Islamist terrorism against the US is Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Just read what Bin Laden gave for reasons for 9/11.

      If it was any other country doing ethnic cleansing the US would be bristling with attach helicopters, fighter jets and missile cruisers, preparing to invade.

      Have we sold our soul to the devil because of Zionist support for our politicians?

      Really?

      Is that what is meant by "American exceptionalism"?

  • Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist
    • The irony is thick here.

      "There are double standards in the press too."

      Sure are Phil....

      If I wrote a comment saying that Zionism and the whole premise for the state of Israel is the same as "white nationalism" and David Duke is less of a racist than Netanyahu, it would never get printed here....

      But it's OK to print Boehm saying the same thing.

      It is interesting though that Boehm still has to qualify his statement (and really contradict himself) about the alt-right and Israel:

      "It is important to emphasize that in some crucial respects, the comparison between the alt-right’s white-Christian ethnic politics and the Jewish State is not just misleading, but sinister."

      Really??? Why would that be???? Oh, yeah...I remember...it's because the Jews have been victims throughout all of history.right? It's that Holocaust thing.

      "The history of the Jews — a tiny minority that has faced persecutions, pogroms and the Holocaust — isn’t analogous to that of white Christians. This is an important qualification, and the reason for which, when Richard Spencer speaks of the alt-right as “a sort of white Zionism,” he is promoting a despicable lie. It must be possible to sympathize with Israel and show understanding of Zionism’s historical conditions but to refuse any sympathies to the alt-right."

      I don't see it. Using history (even lies and myth) to justify racism, occupation, oppression, mass murder, torture, terrorism, house demolitions....the killing of American citizens......

      Has the alt-right done any of those things?

      If the comparison is a "despicable lie" it's because Zionism and the immoral acts of the state of Israel are MUCH WORSE than anything the alt-right can be accused of......

  • Jewish brawl on CNN signals breakup of the pro-Israel monolith in the Trump era
    • Nothing is more despicable than calling legitimate criticism of Israel and legitimate criticism of certain people (who may be Jews) anti-Semitism.

      It is in fact a form of fascism: a devious attempt to abridge the right to free speech.

      It is also racist because it puts one group above all others. The implication is that they can do no wrong and no one has a right to criticize them.

      Authors have been labeled as anti-Semitic when they note similarities between the brutal violence of Israel and that of Nazi Germany.
      From Israel's Dead Soul:
      "To deem such comparisons anti-Semitic creates an ethical framework in which inordinate violence can be justified as an act of justice. "

      Judith Butler says this of the charge of "anti-Semitism" for criticizing Israel or Zionism:
      "The charge refuses to consider the view, debate its validity, consider its forms of evidence, and derive a sound conclusion on the basis of listening to reason. The charge is not only an attack on persons who hold views that some find objectionable, but it is an attack on reasonable exchange, on the very possibility of listening and speaking in a context where one might actually consider what another has to say."

      If anti-Semitism is disallowed, then the manipulative and deceitful labeling of legitimate criticism as "anti-Semitism" must be disallowed as well...

  • Challenging anti-Semitism and the Trump presidency
  • Trump is bad because Israeli Jews will love him and US Jews will see it -- NYT columnist
    • What I learned by reading this article...and the comments (of course):

      1. American Jews don't know that the Israeli enterprise in Palestine is a brutal racist one that degrades, kills, tortures and maims innocent Palestinians and (wait for it...) the Israeli public approves. (According to Shmuel Rosner) (Can that be true?) And if that's not enough...if they found out...WOULD THEY BE PISSED.....

      2. Phillip Weiss is a Jew hater. (According to Yonah Fredman) (Wow! He's not just a self-hating Jew...but a real dyed in the wool Jew hater?) Who knew?

      3. New word: "chuevos" I'm still not sure what it means but I'm gonna keep looking for a chance to use it to prove how smart I am...

  • The dark side of Jewish consciousness: manufactured anti-Semitism
    • "Perceived anti-Semitism is the mother’s milk of Zionism."

      I wish I said that. It's beautiful.

      The term anti-Semitism has been overused and misused so much that it's meaning has evolved. Calling someone anti-Semitic no longer means that person doesn't like Jews...now it means the Zionists don't like that person.

      You don't have to worry about the American Zionists uprooting to Israel. If they left, who would manipulate the movies, the media and the general public to be pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian?

      The truth is the last thing the Middle East or the world needs is a psudo-ethno, psudo-religious, racist state that openly favors one group over another.

    • Once the US stops supporting Israel unconditionally (if that can ever be made to happen) and starts supporting the Palestinians, there will be a lot less anti-Americanism as well.

  • Clinton aide called Netanyahu a ruthless 'wing nut' and Israel 'depressing'
    • I find it somewhat comforting that behind the scenes the Clinton camp really sees Netanyahu for what he is: a murdering, lying, stealing, insane piece of dog excrement.

      And I don't hold it against any of them that they say only nice things about him in public. Everyone harbors resentments and ill thoughts about other people in our lives which we would never admit in public.

      Israel is depressing and so is the way the Clinton camp supports the Zionist enterprise and denies the rights of the Palestinians. Hillary has done so much in her life to help children and marginalized women....how can she be so callous about the Palestinian women and children? How can she in good conscience condemn BDS when it is a nonviolent civil action that doesn't break any laws and is surely protected by the first amendment?

      Is there any hope that she will change her public stance on Israel? If the Obama record is any indication, the only change would be in the wrong direction...

  • 'Personally I was glad to see the outpouring of anti-Semitism,' says Jewish journalist targeted by haters
    • Yeah...you're right..

      She's not really a "persecuted minority"... she just plays one on TV.

      ...or maybe she just slept in a Holiday Inn Express last night....

  • Necessary Transformations: Ending the claim to exclusivity
    • As Miko Peled has said many times: There is nothing Jewish about what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians.

      I don't know what it means to be Jewish, although I joined and contribute to JVP....and I'm happy to be associated with them.

      Judging by the things said and done by JVP: those are good people. I don't need religious teachings or a priest or rabbi to tell me that ethnic cleansing, land theft and oppression of the Palestinians is evil and must be stopped, and I don't think they do either. Any religion that claims an exclusivity on morality has taken hubris to a stunning level.

      And I don't need a religion to tell me that the way the NYT and the rest of the MSM refuse to portray the reality of the persecution of the Palestinian people is also evil. It is so ubiquitous...so uniform...so complete that it must be happening as the result of a concerted effort. The people that carry out that effort to manipulate the minds of the blissfully uninformed are criminals, accessories to murder, and that includes all of the organizations that work to perpetuate the lies like the ADL, CAMERA, AIPAC, STANDWITHUS, etc.

  • 'Shame on you,' Israel, for turning Obama 'into some Jew hater,' Tom Friedman says
  • Broadway club cancels 'Black Lives Matter' benefit because of movement's stance on Israel
    • The comments of yonah fredman vis a vis the truth are in a different universe...but to compare the words "yonah is a moron" and "all Israel apologists are morons" is a fair syllogism that leads us agnostic-ily to "yonah is an Israel apologist".

      But vis a vis yonah and "vis a vis" I would have to say that "vis a vis" is one of his favorite terms vis a vis obfuscation and vis a vis trying to sound intelligent and vis a vis sounding vacuous .

  • Jill Stein defends BDS in CNN town hall
    • It is refreshing to hear an American politician actually make statements like: "sponsoring a very hostile military policy that violates international law, that doesn’t do us any favors." but to my mind she is too restrained.

      It's not good enough to say it "doesn't do us any favors." What needs to be said is that Israel is a terrorist state and a racist apartheid state that is committing crimes against humanity on a daily basis and has been conducting a slow and calculated genocide against the Palestinian people.

      What we need is to elect someone who speaks truth to power in no uncertain terms like George Galloway or even Miko Peled.

      The United States should not only stop giving aid to Israel, it should start giving money and weapons to Palestine. It is the extreme imbalance in power that makes the situation so dangerous. If Israel is to be allowed to have nuclear weapons, so should the Palestinians... which actually means Israel should be forced to give up their nukes.

  • Anti-occupation activists stand with Black Lives Matter as Jewish orgs attack movement over Israel criticisms
    • "If Israel must mow the lawn in Gaza or take some lumps in a war with Hezbollah, well, there’s always the morning after. "

      What kind of a lowlife would say something like that?

      Israel can go ahead and kill 2000 innocent Palestinians including 500 children and ...oh, well just another day in the racist apartheid state.

      That just goes to show how far you Zionists have sunk.... You have lost your humanity and all regard for the lives of others. You have become animals...the worst kind...the kind that preys on the young and the weak.

      May you die a miserable death and burn in hell forever.....

  • Palestine stands for the larger divide in the Democratic party
    • yonah,
      What exactly do you know about elections in the US? From your long and vacuous diatribe, I would have today: NOTHING!

      If there is a large turnout of Hillary voters, the Democrats may well take a majority in the Senate. Democrat voters mostly vote Democrat up and down the ticket.
      There are 34 seats up for re-election in 2016, of which 24 are Republicans. Using all of the polling averages, the prediction is that the Democrats will take the Senate by a seat or two.

      The Democrats have had a very sophisticated campaign with focused ground games and well thought out internet operations. The younger generation, especially the younger Jewish voters are all in for Palestinians...so it is only a matter of time before the game changes completely.

      BTW...I'm sick of reading your B.S.

      and I'm sure I'm not the only one....

  • How Israel accidentally validated my activism
    • “No group that agrees with BDS would celebrate Shabbat or have Hanukkah parties. Real Jewish people don’t support BDS.”” -

      This brings up an interesting question: Who are the "Real Jewish people"? According to this woman, supporting BDS disqualifies one from being a real Jewish person.

      Does one have to believe in God to be a real Jewish person?

      If someone was born to a Jewish family but changes to Christian, are they a real Jewish person?

      The State of Israel according to the Law of Return accepts people if their mother or a grandparent was Jewish but they are not Jewish under Jewish law. What if my mother was Jewish but converted to Christianity when she married my father? Am I still a real Jewish person?

      What if a Palestinian woman converts to Judaism, is she a real Jewish person? Are her children real Jewish people? Are her Grandchildren? Does she qualify under the Law of Return?

      Are Messianic Jews real Jewish people even though they don't qualify under the Law of Return?

      Wouldn't it be much easier and make more sense if there was a total separation of church and state and everyone had the same rights and privileges regardless of their religion, race, creed or color?

      Can you tell a real Jewish person by the way they look? Is the fact that someone is Jewish or not more important than the content of their character?

  • Israel-splaining
    • Why don't you save your eulogy for the article by Marc Elis about Elie Wiesel?

      In fact, why don't you save it for some other publication that shares your lack of moral compunction?

      Wiesel was a charter member of the holocaust industry, and a perfect example of someone who exploited real Jewish suffering for his own selfish agenda.

      “They” – that is people such as Edgar Bronfman, President of the World Jewish Congress – according to Finkelstein, a “blackmailing gangster.” People such as Daniel J. Goldhagen, author of the successful book Hitler’s Willing Executioners - “Holo-porno,” according to Finkelstein. People such as the historian Martin Gilbert, whose book Never Again Finkelstein calls “Harry Potter, Part IV.” People such as Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel, who Finkelstein says “fabricates – that’s a nice word for lie.”

      Elie Wiesel: Zayn vort zol zayn a shtekn, volt men zikh nit getort onshparn.

  • Harvard scholar calls for US-Israel treaty to 'lock in' special relationship before young Democrats end the romance
    • I think the analogy is quite apt.... but your screed is difficult to follow....

      In fact, you sound just like some of the quotes from the White Citizens Council.

      2% of a massive region? The Zionists have taken 100% of Palestine.

      "frequently themselves embroiled in inter-clan struggle" Your aren't really using this to justify the illegal, immoral Israeli occupation of Palestine, are you? As if the Jews have never fought among themselves...

      "free white people of the enclave would have surely preferred a fight to the death to being subsumed by any of the surrounding powers" So you're saying that the Israelis were willing to fight to the death because they were afraid of being subsumed by Egypt and Jordan? That has got to be an award winning statement in the arena of far-fetched statements on so many levels I don't even know where to start...

      "least-bad transitional arrangement" a 69 year occupation is a least bad transitional arrangement? Now you're off the rails on the crazy train...

      "would have had little choice but to unleash great destructive force on the populations of the savagely aggressive surrounding region" The Zionists had every chance to do things differently. They could have peacefully settled in Palestine. They didn't have to do ethnic cleansing. They didn't have to kill innocent women and children. Get serious.

      "to deafen themselves to the whines and bleats of a tiny contingent of self-described progressives whose hatreds were imagined as nearness to a just god"
      Well...the Zionists have certainly deafened themselves to the 95% of the world that wants the occupation of Palestine to stop, but unfortunately for them, as this article points out, many Jews including many Israelis are joining the movement to free Palestine. And the younger Jewish generation is not aligned with the Zionist enterprise, and as they take over by attrition the Israeli influence on the US will continue to fade into obscurity....

  • Despite Turkish posturing, detente with Israel won't change the Gaza blockade
    • The First Fascist State was an interesting article and my first real exposure to the real history of Turkey. I see what you mean about the similarities between Israel and Turkey. It seems that Erdogan is following in the same fascist footsteps as some of his predecessors...

      As usual, the comment section of Mondoweiss is just as informative (and just as important) as are the articles. If only that was true of the MSM...

      The commenters here are an order of magnitude better and better informed than any other site I know of.

      Even though Turkey is a difficult and complicated country to understand, I respect their efforts to break the Israeli blockade of Palestine. I wish that the other countries in the region were also doing something to try to help the Palestinians, but they seem content to ignore the immoral occupation and oppression of Palestine.

  • 'Washington Post' publishes article by Jewish leader urging boycott of Israel
    • Really? It was reported by the BBC, Associated Press, and outlets around the world.

      There are lots of others who have said the same thing:

      "The Israelis control the policy in the congress and the senate."

      -- Senator Fullbright, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee: 10/07/1973 on CBS' "Face the Nation".

      "I am aware how almost impossible it is in this country to carry out a foreign policy [in the Middle East] not approved by the Jews..... terrific control the Jews have over the news media and the barrage the Jews have built up on congressmen .... I am very much concerned over the fact that the Jewish influence here is completely dominating the scene and making it almost impossible to get congress to do anything they don't approve of. The Israeli embassy is practically dictating to the congress through influential Jewish people in the country"

      -----Sec. of State John Foster Dulles quoted on p.99 of Fallen Pillars by Donald Nee

      ...and then there is the video of Bibi saying: "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in the way."

    • Cuomo's action is just another example of how successful Israel is at manipulating the blissfully uninformed here in the US.

      "Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it." - Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,

  • Thank you, Chief Rabbi. Now I know: Judaism is to blame for the Nakba
    • "Umipnay chatoenu golinu mayartsaynu"

    • 2) What is Zionism?

      •Zionism is a relatively new thing.

      •It has only existed for a century.

      •Zionism redefines the true essential nature of the People of Israel, and substitutes for it a completely contradictory and opposite character - a materialistic worldly nation.

      •Their misfortune is lack of what other nations possess, i.e. a state and army.

      •Their salvation is possession of a state and army etc.

      •This is clearly spelled out in the circles of Zionist thought, and among the leaders of the Zionist State, that through changing the nature and character of the People of Israel and by changing their way of thinking they can set before the People of Israel "their salvation" -- a state and an army.

      The People of Israel oppose the so-called "State of Israel" for four reasons:

      FIRST -- The so-called "State of Israel" is diametrically opposed and completely contradictory to the true essence and foundation of the People of Israel, as is explained above.

      SECOND -- Because of all of this and other reasons the Torah forbids us to end the exile and establish a state and army until the Holy One, blessed He, in His Glory and Essence will redeem us.

      THIRD -- Aside from arising from exile, all the deeds of the Zionists are diametrically opposed to the Faith and the Torah.

      FOURTH -- Aside from the fact that they themselves do not obey the Torah they do everything they can to prevent anyone they get under their power from fulfilling the commands of the Torah, the claims to freedom of religion are lies. They fight with all of their strength to destroy the Faith of Israel.

      http://www.nkusa.org/AboutUs/Zionism/opposition.cfm

      Who knew???

  • Miko Peled's viral video
    • Yakov,

      I don't know how you could have missed Miko Peled with all the research you obviously have done.

      Well, I guess I do know how you could miss Miko because the MSM refuses to give him an audience.

      I have written to MSNBC, and CNN trying to get them to interview him...but apparently they aren't interested in the truth. They would rather let Zionists like Wolf Blitzer throw softball questions out to Netanyahu spokesman and liar Mark Regev.

      I even sent copies of his book, The General's Son to Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes of MSNBC and they refused to accept them.

      They are all so pathetic...

  • NYC Council bill to track campus anti-Semitism is attack on Palestine activism, advocates say
    • How about if I said the following: Zionist scumbags like Mordechai Kedar are racists who insight violence and hate and the only thing that deters them is to kill their mothers and fathers and their children and destroy their neighborhoods and expel all of their relatives from the country. Of course we can't do those things (even though that is exactly what Israel does with the families of suspected "terrorists") but that is the world that we live in. It's too bad we can't do those things because that is the only thing that works.

      Would that be OK?

  • Waters: It is dangerous for US and Canada to criminalize a nonviolent form of protest against a foreign regime, BDS
    • If I do not respond to some situation, my conscience kills me. I believe in permissible violence, not necessarily non-violence. Pawan Kalyan

      Even the most famous proponents of "non-violence" like Ghadi believed in active resistance and self defense.

      In February, the U.K. government announced that it is will be illegal for “local [city] councils, public bodies, and even some university student unions … to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products, or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.”

      The Israeli website +972 reported last year about a pending bill that “would ban entry to foreigners who promote the [BDS] movement that aims to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights.” In 2011, a law passed in Israel that “effectively ban[ned] any public call for a boycott — economic, cultural, or academic — against Israel or its West Bank settlements, making such action a punishable offense.”

      Last year The Intercept reported on the criminal convictions in France of 12 activists “for the ‘crime’ of advocating sanctions and a boycott against Israel as a means of ending the decades-long military occupation of Palestine,” convictions upheld by France’s highest court.

      The criminalization of BDS is the greatest threat to free speech that exists today. It must be resisted with all means possible. Thousands of people have died defending this precious right and we must continue the fight so that their sacrifice is not in vain.

      To paraphrase Malcom X:

      I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the Palestinian's problem just to avoid violence.

  • Obama to sign AIPAC-promoted trade bill that legitimizes Israeli occupation and fights BDS
  • Anti-Zionist protest at LGBTQ conference was smeared as anti-Semitic
    • It's amazingly easy to get tagged as an anti-Semite.

      All you have to do is question a wild claim by one of the Holocaust Industry faithful... and even Mondoweiss won't print your comment.

      It would seem that some subjects are considered untouchable even by those who claim to represent the most open and uncensored voices....as if it's not possible to question history and not be a hater at the same time....

  • Parody New York Times 'supplement' criticizing paper's coverage of Israel/Palestine distributed on streets of NYC
  • 'We are all Jews' -- the Holocaust as imperial export
    • So all of this conversation about "Who's a Jew?" , Jewish atheists, non-practicing Jews brings out a very important point:

      If we can't even decide who is a Jew, why do we need a Jewish State?

      Why isn't there just one state of Palestine with equal rights for everyone?

    • Kaching! You nailed it my man.

  • Extremists vandalize Jerusalem church with Hebrew threats: 'Death to heathen Christians'
    • I like Miko's points:

      http://ahtribune.com/human-rights/332-an-open-letter-to-president-obama.html

      Excerpt from An Open Letter to President Obama:

      "As President, for the last seven years you have given Israel your full support to kill, maim, arrest and torture men, women and children. The number of Palestinians made homeless, the number of Palestinian children arrested and abused and the number of Palestinian refugees waiting to return to their homes is getting higher by the minute, yet you supported Israel.

      Mr. President, in the summer of 2014, when Israel murdered thousands of Palestinian civilians, and young Palestinians in Gaza fought bravely to defend their homes and their families, futile though it may have been, instead of supporting those who seek peace and dignity, you chose to provide Israel with more arms and more money.

      Though you claimed, “for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken.” Then you allowed Netanyahu to disgrace you, to walk, like Cesar marching into Rome, his hands stained with Palestinian blood into Congress. He was a victor, while you cowered away in some corner and let him spew his hateful lies. Where, Mr. President was your spirit then?"

  • Small victories
    • I would have liked to hear the discussion about: Who is really a Jew?

      Can you be both Jewish and an atheist? I understand that Israel says you are a Jew if your mother or your grandparents were Jews...does that apply to the black African Jews that want to immigrate to Israel? Why won't Israel let them in?Can you convert to Judaism and move to Israel? What if my mother converted to Judaism but I am an atheist...can I move to Israel?

      "Judaism the religion, Jewish the culture/ethical community, Zionism the political movement,"

      So Judaism is more than a religion? What is Jewish culture like? What is a Jewish ethical community? I know what Zionism is....

      Is it true that 40% of "Jewish" Israelis are secular?

      Those are just a few of the things I would like to know...but it makes the whole idea of a Jewish State sound a little silly...

  • Obama wiretapped a cunning and dishonest foreign leader, for the sake of world peace
  • Why did Brookings Institution hold a secret panel countering BDS?
    • Hillary's support for Israel and non-support for BDS are the biggest disappointments for me in this years presidential race.

      "Hillary Clinton asserted —(Israel is our) closest ally in the fight against extremism."

      What she should have said was that Israel is the United States closest ally in CREATING extremism...

  • 'When were they radicalized?' is not the right question
    • Kris:
      As a Hitches type atheist and anti-deist I don't go in for all the god appeals and references, but his points about, " America’s chickens are coming home, to roost. Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism." are spot on.

      I just can't fathom that people never get around to asking, "Why?"

    • Well, Annie...of course you are right. I should have said ,"a few Muslims" are willing to die to kill a few of us.

      But ALL Muslims IMO have a perfect right to be mad at the US government and there is no good reason why they shouldn't hate us. When I think of all the things the US has done against Muslim countries...I feel ashamed....

      Unconditional support of Israel and Israel's crimes against humanity, support for all the worst dictators in the Arab world, in fact supplying Israel the weapons it uses to kill and maim innocent Palestinian women and children, invasion of Iraq and total destabilization of the area, CIA support for anti-Assad radicals in Syria, creating a false crisis to threaten Iran, killing thousands of innocent civilians with drone strikes, turning Libya into a failed state, etc., etc.

      I'm not a Muslim but I know something about them since I was married to one for more than 20 years. I had literally hundreds of Muslim in-laws and I lived and worked in the Middle East and India for years.

      And believe me, all of those in-laws hated the foreign policies of the US.....

    • It never fails to amaze me that this attack in California, like every terrorist attack, can be analyzed from every possible angle EXCEPT from the angle of why do Muslims hate the US so much that they are willing to die just to kill a few of us.

      Although there are many parts to an appropriate answer to that question, the ground zero for that kind of extremism is Israel and the illegal, immoral Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestinians and the other Muslims in the surrounding countries. Bin Laden himself said it many times:

      BIN LADIN: We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation of the Prophet's Night Travel Land (Palestine). And we believe the US is directly responsible for those who were killed in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.

      KSM also said the same thing as did many others who have committed acts of terror.

      http://www.representativepress.org/Motivesfor911.html

  • The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism
    • Since we are all ultimately related to a four foot tall black female hominin (ape) Australopithecus afarensis from what is now Ethiopia....this thread seems a little....ridiculous. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/060920-lucy.html

      "While I respect your claimed identity as your own personal choice, I can’t help but feel for your descendants who will be stripped of their ultimate birth right, the unbroken connection to their ancestors."

      Yes Phil....how would Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) feel if she could hear you say that you identify as a Jewish American and not a black Ethiopian ape?

    • This is one big reason why the IAEA has become a joke. Once upon a time it was an independent agency dedicated to non-proliferation. But now it is just another tool of the US and Israel used to demonize countries that they don't like. From the book Manufactured Crisis:

      Manufactured Crisis shows that US-Israeli strategy was aimed at using the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to build a case that Iran’s nuclear program had been merely a cover for a nuclear weapons program. That case would serve as the basis for United Nations Security Council actions that would punish Iran, or even for unilateral US military action against Iran. As a result the IAEA, which had previously been a relatively nonpolitical actor performing technical analysis of nuclear programs, was transformed over the 2003– 8 period into an adjunct of the anti-Iran strategy.

      Porter, Gareth (2014-06-18). Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Kindle Locations 137-141). Just World Books. Kindle Edition.

  • 'Why I am a Zionist'
    • Using MLK to advance the idea of Zionism is an obvious example of the logical fallacy called Argumentum Ad Verecundiam.

      In formal logic, Argumentum Ad Verecundiam refers to arguing a point with an appeal to authority. This type is categorized as a logical fallacy. Citing one seemingly authoritative source is simply not conclusive evidence, even if the authority is seen as an expert on the given subject.

      For the sake of clarity, there are three degradations of this maxim enumerated in this essay. First, it is especially fallacious as proof when the quoted authority demonstrates no special knowledge on the subject. Second, when the authority who is not an expert on the given subject is also quoted out of context, the argument is even weaker. Third, the lowest violation of this formal logic principle is when an advocate uses a false rendition, or a fabricated quote, by the same authority who can claim no expertise.

      This is the best framework for understanding how various exponents of Israel have used Martin Luther King Jr. to promote their cause.

      https://electronicintifada.net/content/israels-apologists-and-martin-luther-king-jr-hoax/4955

      https://electronicintifada.net/content/fraud-fit-king-israel-zionism-and-misuse-mlk/4373

    • In the cold hard light of day, with the real history...the real truth being told...all of this weepy eyed nationalism for Israel...just like all the BS about American exceptionalism is incredibly misplaced.

  • The effectiveness of the pro-Israel lobby to intimidate our press has reached new heights
    • This is a good example of where to find the root cause of most of the Islamic extremism in the world: In Israel.
      It has been pointed out many times that bin Laden said one of the major reasons for starting Al Qaeda was because of the illegal immoral occupation and oppression of Palestine by Israel and the unconditional support for it by the US.
      The Zionist enterprise and the feckless US government are responsible for the three thousand deaths on 9/11, and it is past time for things to change.

  • Rescuing atheism from Harris and Hitchens
    • Phil,

      Publishing trash like this article does nothing to advance the discussion of the problems in the Middle East.

      The things that Sayeed says about the work of Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens is so far from the truth that it is absolutely stunning.

      Just because this guy supports Palestinians rights does not mean that he deserves space in Mondoweiss. It's just the opposite in fact. Giving such ignominious blather an outlet under your banner detracts from the otherwise very high standards that you maintain.

  • Bernie Sanders is 'radical' on economic policy but a pussycat for Israel
  • U.S. is even more implicated in Israeli settlement project than we thought
    • More Zionist propaganda.

    • The "Justice" Department has the time and the will to arrest a bunch of FIFA execs from all around the world for some funny bookkeeping in other countries but they don't have will to indict real criminals like Netanyahu et al who have murdered thousands of innocent Palestinians.

      Just as guilty are those in the US government who have continued to provide arms to Israel when they know full well Israel is using them to kill women and children. That is a direct violation in US and international law.

      A real Justice department would go after those American citizens who are stealing Palestinian land, and a real American government would provide arms and military support to the Palestinians. Israel is a rogue terrorist state and something needs to be done about it...

  • Minnesota Congresswoman demands accountability for Nakba Day killings
    • Annie,

      I don't understand why only these two deaths are being used to make the case that Israel is committing gross violations of human rights. There are thousands of examples...verifiable proof that this is happening every day.

      In Max Blumenthal's book The 51 Day War, he documents the willful murder of dozens of Palestinians as well as the capricious destruction of hundreds of homes, apartment buildings and businesses. Isn't all of that a violation of human rights?

  • Photos: New Yorkers rally for, and against, Iran Deal outside Schumer office in midtown Manhattan
    • The American politicians and the people that don't support the deal must truly be a source of amusement to the rest of the world.

      The whole spectacle of the supposed "nuclear crisis" and Iran has been manufactured by ill informed, special interest owned politicians in the US and the evil government of Israel.

      From the book Manufactured Crisis:

      "But the secret at the heart of the crisis is that the central assertions underlying the American, Israeli, and European pressure on Iran were not based on historical reality."

      "Manufactured Crisis shows that US-Israeli strategy was aimed at using the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to build a case that Iran’s nuclear program had been merely a cover for a nuclear weapons program. That case would serve as the basis for United Nations Security Council actions that would punish Iran, or even for unilateral US military action against Iran. As a result the IAEA, which had previously been a relatively nonpolitical actor performing technical analysis of nuclear programs, was transformed over the 2003– 8 period into an adjunct of the anti-Iran strategy."

      Porter, Gareth (2014-06-18). Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Kindle Locations 139-141). Just World Books. Kindle Edition.

  • Pelosi says Iran deal has the votes, and Podhoretz urges Israel to attack Iran
    • Dear Norman,

      I remain convinced that this constant war mongering by the neo-cons like you is actually hate speech. It is an attempt to incite violence. According to the Supreme Court that type of speech is not protected by the first amendment and is a crime.

      I remain convinced that containment of you neo-cons is impossible, from which it follows that the choices before us are not to arrest these neo-con speech makers or to "neutralize" them but rather how we should "neutralize" them.

      And so my counsel to proponents of the new consensus is to consider the unspeakable horrors that would then be visited not just on Israel and Iran but on the entire region and beyond if these violence inciting neo-cons are allowed to continue urging Israel to attack Iran. There is only one solution to this problem...

  • Israel's endless misery for Gaza is no policy at all
    • If an alien from outer space landed on earth in the Middle East with no prior knowledge of events there and witnessed what the world is allowing Israel to do to the Palestinians, he would conclude that we are a most barbaric civilization and certainly don't deserve this beautiful blue marble that we all inhabit.

      History and precedent are important but they shouldn't be allowed to obscure the reality of the facts on the ground. Anyone in his right mind could look at the situation there and quickly realize that it just isn't right and something different has to happen. Yet our American politicians continue to support and even encourage the brutal, illegal occupation and oppression of Palestine.

      We have to get them to change and/or elect different people.

  • Don't touch occupied village of Susiya! US warns Israel
    • It's time that the US started to enforce international law.

      Obama should send the marines to protect Susiya. If it was any other country flagrantly violating the civil and human rights of innocent people, the US government would be all over them: cutting off aid, sanctions, threats, sending advisors, seizing their assets, etc., etc.

      I am against US military hegemony but it would be great to see what the cowardly, gutless IDF soldiers would do if they were faced with a REAL MILITARY. All they know how to do is kill defenseless women and children...

      In fact, send the entire Pacific Fleet off the coast of Tel Aviv.....

  • Nine reasons Obama is going to win on Iran. The first: Netanyahu
    • Yes, let's send the B-52s to Israel...and bomb it into oblivion. We'll hit the schools and the hospitals first...and then we will start in on the settlements in the occupied territories....after that we can hit all of the apartment buildings in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, etc.

      And as a nice finishing touch we can try out a few of our new bunker-busters on Dimona...

      Then maybe Israel will know what it feels like in Gaza and the West Bank during an Israeli attack...

  • Clinton can't separate herself from foreign-policy buffoons Saban and Adelson
    • Pippilin,

      You're right. Hillary definitely suffers from Israel Rapture....

      Bernie is progressive and I like him but I cannot and will not vote for anyone who is pro-Israel.

      We need some new politicians. I nominate Miko Peled to take Barbara Boxer's senate seat.

      And we need to start a Pro Palestinian PAC. Since Citizens United we could collect donations from any and all supporters of Palestine world wide. The Gulf States have plenty of money.

      How about you Pippilin? You could be the founder of the Free Palestine Political Action Committee?

    • That does it.

      I will not vote for Hillary. However, the problem is that Bernie Sanders is no better. He routinely votes the Israel line.

      What to do????

  • California students resist authorities’ attempt to conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism
    • My point is that the last thing the world needs is a "Jewish state".

      First of all, can someone be both a Jew and an atheist at the same time? Doesn't the classification as "Jewish" imply a religious choice? One certainly can't be a Christian and an atheist or a Muslim and an atheist...

      Which brings us to the real point: The very idea of a "Jewish state" is so ridiculous that it can't even be defined. And Netanyahu's claim that the "Palestinians are ruining the Jewishness of Israel" is so far beyond the pale that it is laughable.

    • Perhaps atheists should manipulate the US and England into giving them a homeland because of the painful discrimination they have endured through the centuries.

      Greece would be nice.

      Of course they would have to drive out the Greeks because none of that Greek Orthodoxy could be allowed as it would dilute the "atheist-ness" of the new state.

      And how about Gays????????

  • Does Israel have a toxic personality? Ask Michael Oren
    • Actually it should be spelled Ku Klux Klan not Klu Klux Klan....

      Sorry.

    • Good points all...

      One other thing that is missing from this most excellent thread is a critical look at what the Zionist enterprise is all about.

      When speaking about the "demographic threat" the Palestinians pose, Netanyahu has said they are ruining the "Jewishness" of Israel. What he and the other Zionists are trying to do is preserve the religious and ethnic homogeneity of his country.

      There were others through out history who have tried to do exactly the same thing for their countries: Hitler in Germany and the Klu Klux Klan in the US.

      Netanyahu is a hero....at least in the US congress. Hitler and the KKK are universally condemned.

      Is there a double standard????

  • Netanyahu under siege, in 'the most embattled democracy on earth'
    • We also need a PAC that will help elect US politicians who support freeing Palestine and the BDS efforts.

      With the new lax rules for donations, it would be possible to garner large amounts of money from undisclosed sources for such an effort.

      I'm sure that an ambitious sort could find plenty of big money donors that hate the illegal, immoral occupation of Palestine, the marginalization of the Palestinians and the Arab citizens of Israel and the stranglehold that Zionist organizations have on the congress and the media.

      Peter Hindrup mentions Miko Peled in a comment on this thread. Miko is a very credible critic of Israel as he is Jewish, Israeli, a former IDF soldier and the son of a famous Israeli general. He has been on RT several times and is a very popular speaker all around the world and yet not one US program will have him on.

      Miko now lives in the US and would make an excellent senator. He would be the kind of candidate our PAC would support.

  • Munayyer and Beinart's historic debate on the solution to the conflict
    • BTW Phillip, the edit function of this site is not working.

      Small but aggravating detail I know....

      Just saying.....

      I will donate again so we can get it fixed.

    • For the life of me I can't understand why this Beinart guy gets on TV and in the news.

      I have seen him everywhere and he just repeats the same tired talking points he has copied and pasted from the Neocon/Zionist playbook.

      This is from Daily KOs in 2006: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/06/14/218581/-Peter-Beinart-is-an-Asshole#

      To: bloggingheads.tv feedback.

      I wouldn't ordinarily resort to profanity, [in email] but surely, surely everyone has to agree at least that Peter Beinart is a slimy, transparently self-serving asshole. Robert Wright was far too conciliatory.

      Let me put it this way: if two people were talking about writing a book. One person has never written one, but goes on record favoring a method that fails and fails miserably. The other person has written a book and argues against the method suggested by the novice. The novice is proven wrong.

      Does the novice who has never written a book and who has been proven wrong have anything of real value to say to the author, especially criticism of any kind?

      Cause that's who Beinart is: a college boy who's never fought who presumes to lecture his intellectual and militarily more experienced betters on their chosen fields of expertise.

      We're talking Richard Clarke, Rand Beers, et al who mounted devastating informed critiques of the plan to invade Iraq.

      Who the fuck is Peter Beinart?

      He's a magazine editor who might know something about spelling and punctuation, but is singularly and now spectacularly unqualified to write or speak on anything beyond essay construction.

  • Rightwing rabbi seeks to pit Power against Rice on Iran ahead of AIPAC speeches
    • I have no use for Susan Rice or Samantha Power as neither one has the courage to condemn Israel for the ongoing genocide and brutal occupation in Palestine.

      I wish someone would tell me why the US supports Israel at all. We have nothing in common with the Israelis, they continue to commit crimes against humanity which the US would condemn if any other country committed them and there is no upside to supporting Israel. The downside however is huge. Every Islamist terrorist organization lists the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the unconditional support of Israel by the US government as their MAIN REASON for attacking Americans and American interests. If there was no Israel, there would never have been the attacks of 9/11.

      This rabbi Boteach deserves...well, I can't say what he really deserves...but he needs to be dealt with VERY severely. How does he dare to speak of genocide after what Israel has done to the Palestinians?And why didn't Israel help in Rwanda if it was so important to them?

      How could ANY American official appear in the same picture with such an evil man?

  • White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks-- as Obama officials shun Netanyahu
    • This whole Iran thing is just a ploy by Netanyahu to deflect attention from the brutal occupation of Palestine by Israel.
      Once again Bibi the Bamboozler (Google it) has succeeded in manipulating the blissfully uninformed American politicians.
      Obama is the first president that I can remember that has stood up to Israel...even a little bit. This feckless display of mindless support for an apartheid state makes me sick.
      If and when someone starts a pro-Palestinian PAC, I will happily support it and donate to it.

  • Obama won't meet Netanyahu during 'bizarre,' 'historic,' 'unprecedented' visit (Updated)
    • Neither Bibi nor Israel are true friends of the US. Here Bibi is bragging about how easily he manipulates simple minded American politicians....like Boehner: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2010/07/14/bibi-the-bamboozler-to-settlers-america-wont-get-in-our-way-its-easily-moved/

      Almost every Islamist terrorist group sites the illegal, immoral Israeli occupation of Palestine and the brutal treatment of the Palestinians and America's unconditional support for Israel no matter how many innocent Arabic women and children are murdered as the prime reason their organization was started. Bin Laden himself said it was his driving motive in starting Al Qaeda and organizing the 9/11 attacks.

      The US should stop all support for Israel and start treating Bibi like the international criminal that he is. He shouldn't even be allowed to travel here...in fact the ICC should have him arrested if he leaves Israel.

  • Can we just retire the phrase 'relative calm'?
    • The New York Times has become a Zionist rag.

      What has happened to journalism in the US? Has it always been this bad?

      I am so glad that there is Mondoweiss and the Electronic Intifada and I am happy to support them both.

  • Palestine, an Islamic issue?
    • Palestinians are not necessarily Arabs. Arab ethnic identity does not include Christian and other ethnic groups that retain non-Arabic languages and identities within the expanded Arab World.

      The conflict was not between Jews and Arabs from the beginning. It was and is a conflict between Zionists and Palestinians.

      The "majority of the Arab world" has not pulled out of anywhere. There are hundreds of thousands of Palestinians still in refugee camps waiting for their right of return.

  • The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby

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