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  • Netanyahu heads to New York to ‘refute all the lies’ and praise ‘the most moral army in the world’
    • Another stream of talks? What makes Abbas think Israel will agree when the US couldn't get them to talk about borders? Abbas has proven himself to be Sharon's plucked chicken. It's like he heard it and aspired to it. Even if he were to go to the ICC I'm jot sure he has the capacity to effectively prosecute and will waste another opportunity.

  • Burke and Lincoln would have hated the special relationship
    • Some years ago I traded emails with Phil where I told him that i had given up on the two state solution. I still have the email where Phil was still optimistic. Now its increasingly clear to all but those using the two state solution as an excuse to prolong the occupation. There is now only one state solution and these "entrenched elites" will find it impossible to hide from equal rights argument once it is in the forefront by talking about two states. Like the state dept they wont be able to hide behind the fantasy of two states. As long as Abbas flails about two states he gives them cover. If indeed there is a slim chance for two states it will be the realization of one state that makes it happen

  • Encounter at a post office
    • Unfortunately this isn't a new problem. It's been going on for decades. When my parents were alive and letters were the only method of communication my mom would be forced to write Ramallah Via Israel . She's refused to just write Israel

  • University of Illinois trustees vote to reject Salaita reinstatement
  • J Street can't tie Israel's latest 'illegal land grab' to cutting US aid
    • What a bunch of baloney. The EU the US all summon their respective ambassadors use weasel words about unhelpful, bad timing ( is there a good time) but ultimately do nothing and the Israelis go back to business as usual. I can't help but wonder if many of our problems in the world aren't just because of our support for Israel, but because there is no cost gir ignoring America. Maybe under honest leadership the Palestinians can use these words against the same people who will try and frustrate the Palestinians cause at the ICC.

  • Naomi Wolf to debate genocide charge against Israel with Shmuley Boteach
    • Death of Israeli child reveals Netanyahu's hypocrisy
      Netanyahu recently told two U.S. congressman that Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist groups are defying all international norms. So said the man who has just finished killing some 2,100 people.
      By B. Michael | Sep. 7, 2014 | 3:00 AM | 3

      “Hypocrisy: The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case” (Oxford English Dictionary)

      A few days ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with two members of the U.S. Congress. “We are closely following the events on the Golan Heights,” he told them, adding, “What we see is that the Nusra Front, Hamas, Hezbollah – backed by Iran, Al-Qaida, and these other terrorists groups – are basically defying all international norms.”

      So said the man who had just finished killing some 2,100 people, most of them civilians, breaching every norm of international conduct.

      “And I think the United Nations would do itself a great favor if, instead of the automatic Israel-bashing, they actually turned their attention and their investigative committees against these terrorists who trample every norm on which the UN was founded,” the prime minister also added.

      So said the man whose air force only a few days before had wiped out whole residential neighborhoods, sometimes together with their inhabitants, trampling quite a few values and norms upon which the UN was founded.

      After that conversation, Netanyahu went home. The next day he “expropriated” another 4,000 dunams (almost 1,000 acres) of occupied land to build more settlements, and transfer to them thousands more of his country’s citizens.

      Thus, there was not one value, norm, international law or treaty – of all the values and norms and laws and treaties on which the United Nations was founded – that he did not break, crush, smash and pulverize.

      One might therefore say – and even with a great deal of certainty – that from everything noted above, Benjamin Netanyahu very successfully meets all the requirements of the dictionary definition of a hypocrite.

      But for those who still doubt the magnificence of the prime minister’s hypocrisy, here are some more examples.

      On August 20, Mr. Netanyahu was recorded on film expressing his deep shock at the beheading of an American journalist by the knife of an Islamic State murderer. Truly, a wicked deed.

      On August 19, just one day before that horrific execution, the prime minister approved the killing of an 8-month-old baby together with his mother, in the hope that the father would be with them and also be killed.

      The assassination was carried out. Success was partial; baby and mother were crushed, the fate of the father is unknown. (Never mind. He will probably get married again, and we’ll have another chance.)

      Strange. Just one day passed from one convenient execution to shock-to-the-very-core at another execution? And how is the honor of a baby less than that of a journalist?

      Perhaps this only comes to teach us a lesson in the ways of hypocrisy. It turns out that, sometimes, when the needs of hypocrisy require, it is not the deed that is the decisive element but the tool. Did you use a knife to kill? You are the epitome of animal barbarity. Did you use a laser-guided missile? You are the epitome of moral advancement.

      But Netanyahu reached the apex of his hypocritical abilities after the terrible death of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman on August 22. His face somber, the prime minister declared the killing of Daniel a “double war crime.” True words. He also pledged that Hamas would pay a heavy price. Sharp words.

      The catch is that in the 50 or so days prior to that bitter day, the Israeli army killed 10 children every day. At least. Every day. A total of more than 500 children killed. Or – as Netanyahu put it – 500 double war crimes. And who will pay for these?

      And that, dear readers, is not just a piece of the finest hypocrisy. That is an impressive candidate to win the title for the height of temerity.

      King Alexander Jannaeus, so the Talmud tells us, told his wife Salome the following (more or less): Fear not the Pharisees, nor the Saduccees, but only the hypocrites, who ape the Pharisees; because their deeds are the deeds of Netanyahu, but they expect a reward like Nelson Mandela.

      Jannaeus convinced me. I certainly do fear.

  • Israel has three years to end the occupation -- Abbas
    • It's very helpful. In poker it's called drawing dead and he's bluffing. In three years there will be nothing left. It's now or never really and even though he acknowledges that he's gotten nothing in over 20 years he's still listening to the puppet master the US, it's not just the Obama administration or the Likud. It's every administration and every party in Israel

  • Our new look
    • My biggest whine is I'd love to be able to print..other wise like anything new it will take abit of getting used to

  • Salaita's hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor
  • Gov. Cuomo annexes Jerusalem to Israel -- and 'NYT' echoes him
    • It's easy to say that now. There have been no primaries. If she's going to run to the right of Obama, she's in for a rude awakening. Obama has all but lost his base because of his Bush III policy. If they see Hillary as Bush IV I'm not sure even women will vote for her . Elizabeth Warren is too scattered to be any great hope and too weak.

    • This might help cement his place inNY but as Romney saw (not learned) it won't help on the national stage. Hillary might have learned a thing or two after her Goldberg interview. I didn't see a single positive comment in many of the iterations of the interview. The Internet is equalizing the dialogue and the NYT is becoming increasingly irrelevant (much like the US in the world) in exchange for subservience to israel

  • Accounts of Israeli war crimes in Khuza'a, Gaza pile up
    • Nothing will come of any of this. No war crime charges, no UN penalties no Obama epiphany, no halt to arms sales. Nada zip nothing. Impunity will rule the day

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
    • This is all an effort to avoid war crime charges. The actions of the IDF like handing out pictures of destroyed neighborhoods as trophies to the brigade headed by Meir Kahane's son. Or the calls for genocide all speak to intentions. What they don't know is that Abbas will be thrown some bones about some vague new peace process and all he will need to do is pacify Gaza like he did in the West Bank and all talk of war crimes will evaporate faster than a Palestinian state.

  • Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of 'barbaric'
    • Beautiful, powerful. They would never let her get near CNN. It's what we need smart articulate knowledgeable to get the message across. The irony is that Israel trots out perfect English speakers ( mostly immigrant Americans) and the Palestinians are only allowed to have heavily accented spokesperson.

  • The West Bank insurrection
    • Peres understands what most Palestinians understand, that is Abbas government has been footed into the occupation authority and they want to give them Gaza to pacify for Israel. That's won't work anymore. Israel prefers for a strong Hamas so that they can continue to say to the world how can we turn anything over to Hamas? They are deliberately with the ignorant help of America conflating Hamas with ISIS. Be careful what you wish for

  • The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians
    • The truth is there for anyone who wants to find it. But how does one explain Obama and most recently Clinton who ignore the truth and repeat AIPAC talking points about who started the latest war. I know politicians lie, but mostly they lie around some deniability. But here they are bald faced in the face of absolute facts and no one calls them out. I noticed that the latest Atlantic interview with HRC and Goldberg didn't have comments turned on

  • Hollywood's latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar
    • Howard Stern, Joan Rivers spoke from a shallow ignorant poorly informed tribalistic point of view. The Israelis can have em

    • Haim is working the phone alright. Just look at the Hilary interview with Goldberg in The Atlantic. Hilary at her neocon best is belligerent about Palestine, Islam and Iran. As hawkish as Graham, Menendez or McCain. Perfidy thy name is Clinton. Do anything say anything just win

  • Professor Salaita was fired for disagreeing too vehemently with Professor Nelson
    • The Zionists know they are losing the battle where it counts most...on college campuses. That is why they are fighting so hard there. The strategy of taking over student governments with Jewish students backing them with money and resources disproportionately to their representative numbers worked in congress so why not on campus.

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  • 'One nation, one state, one leader' -- frightening slogan at Tel Aviv protest
    • The years of indoctrination and education about never again has taught the world what fascism looks like. But the teachers are so busy teaching they didn't see the transformation in them

  • 'We are all Palestinian'
    • B.S! Netanyahu showed restraint after the kidnaping? Tell that to the more than 500 Palestinians arrested or the dozens of homes destroyed or the dead Palestinians subjected to a search that he knew all along was futile. But what really bothers me most is that this editorial doesn't lament dead Palestinians of all ages...but what the effect on Israel is. What racist tripe

    • Obama and Cameron todays supported Israels right to defend itself (but not Palestine) and called on both sides to minimize civilian casualties. Looks like the Palestinians listened zero Israeli civilians and the Israelis have not...now whats the penalty?

  • Inhuman shield: How 'The New York Times' protects US elites from Gaza's brutal reality
    • Lots of former politicians find their voice on Israel once they get the former title

    • Wishful thinking. Israel knows that the people in power who would be needed to push for war crimes are completely neutered. From Abbas to Obama... Completely cowed. They know that even the most outraged will move in in a few weeks.

  • With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility
    • "Scorched Earth": How Israel Converted 40% Of Gaza Into A Wasteland Of Rubble
      Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/31/2014 19:44 -0400

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      Moments ago, after weeks of relentless humiliation for John Kerry, Israel and Hamas agreed to yet another 72 hour ceasefire - one which if the previous "ceasefires" are any indication, will be broken within hours if not minutes. Regardless, Kerry, who cobbled this agreement after much "hard work" alongside the UN's Ban Ki-moon, was ecstatic: "We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire," Kerry and Ban said. "This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence."

      What Kerry did not say is that the ceasefire is merely an extended occupation by the IDF: as Reuters reported, the ceasefire statement said "forces on the ground will remain in place" during the truce, implying that Israeli ground forces will not withdraw. Which also assures that it is only a matter of time before yet another stray rocket is launched into Israeli fields, before the IDF retaliates by blowing up another school or hospital allegedly housing Hamas rockets, and so on.

      However, while this too ceasefire will come and go, something far more insidious is taking place in Gaza : as the Daily Beast reports, "The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory."

      To be sure, Israel has been quite clear about its intentions and has given Gazans plenty of advance notice:

      It’s not like Israel didn’t plan this. It told tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee so its air force, artillery and tanks could create this uninhabitable no-man’s land of half-standing, burned-out buildings, broken concrete and twisted metal. During a brief humanitarian ceasefire some Gazans were able to come back to get their first glimpse of the destruction this war has brought to their communities, and to sift through their demolished homes to gather clothes or other scattered bits of their past lives. But many were not even able to do that.
      They will have a chance to do so again for the next three days, or whenever the ceasefire is broken again which will come first.

      In the meantime, constant shelling and bombing have converted nearly half of Gaza into a inhospitable wasteland:

      What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is “scorched earth.”
      The author of the original article reflects on a world that may as well have emerged from a TS Eliot poem:

      In Beit Hanoun the systematic destruction mirrors Al Shajaya. I walk past old men and teenagers trying to lift cinderblocks and slabs of stucco with their bare hands, sometimes in search of a mattress and other times in search of a relative.

      The desert of demolition only becomes more vast as I get closer to the Israeli border. Individually razed homes and stores give way to gray and white plains of obliterated walls with hills of contorted iron bars and broken-up slabs. Here the bodies are hidden under the new landscape and it will take more than a brief pause in fighting to unearth the gruesome extent of the town’s suffering.

      “Scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use. Israelis shy away from using the phrase to describe what they are doing because, in Israel, it brings to mind the strategy of the Nazi retreat from Russia at the end of the Second World War.
      For Israel, there is a perverse strategy in leveling everything in their path: the practice of systematically flattening neighborhoods is focused on saving the lives of Israeli soldiers, who might otherwise be more exposed to hit-and-run attacks. "Israel is more sensitive than any other country in the West to the death of its soldiers," says Hebrew University political scientist Yaron Ezrahi "The death of [Palestinian] civilians is a moral crisis but is without political impact."

      Precisely. And yet the ordinary [Palestinian] civilians, those who have never fired a gun in their lives, lives which sadly have zero "political impact" this is a tragedy beyond words:

      When Rania Haels got within 60 feet of the debris that was once her family home in Al Shajaya on Saturday, a machine-gun on top of a nearby Israeli Merkava tank started firing. Probably these were warning shots pumped in her direction, but the 42-year-old mother of seven ran for her life. Now she stays with her family in an overcrowded parking garage in Gaza City and spends her days sitting in a public park full of refugees displaced by the Israeli push.

      “We lost our homes and so now we live in the streets,” said Haels, holding a toddler in her arms who clings to her pastel-patterned hejab. “This war has destroyed me.” She says at least she knew where her home was. Some of her neighbors could not find their homes as they walked down streets made unrecognizable by the wreckage and horrifying by the presence of death.

      Rashid al Delo and his 11 children were, like Haels, blocked by Israeli machine-gun fire when they tried to return to their home near the bombed-out Wafa Hospital in Al Shajaya. But despite the dire reality, al Delo, who used to work in Israel but has been unemployed these last 15 years, is determined to salvage his life.
      At least they are not dead. However, with every passing day the probability of their survival declines. What is most tragic, however, is that regardless of who is to blame for the ongoing war which is merely the culmination of a middle-east conflict that has continued for thousands of years and whose origins are lost in the sands of time, the international community, so vocal when it comes to the pretense of humanitarian intervention in any other part of the world, is so remarkably incapable to do anything for the ordinary Palestinians who face not only the obliteration of their homes but systematic eradication. All the while the world screams but does nothing.

      Why? So that a few rich men can promote their military interests and get even richer: a reason as old as the world itself.

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  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • Don't worry the US is doing something. They are re supplying Israel with more ammo so they can continue killing Palestinian children. By Israeli thinking they are helping Hamas create more casualties

  • US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza
    • Its all about dirty politicians chasing dirty money. From times of Israel on blackmailing Clinton "“The Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they’d overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, a crucial Israeli ally, Clinton was told that the Israeli government had thrown the tapes away. But the very mention of them was enough to constitute a form of blackmail,” Halper wrote, adding that “according to information provided by a CIA source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle.”

      Read more: Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard | The Times of Israel link to timesofisrael.com
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  • You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014
  • 'Washington Post' exhibits naked double standard in Israeli, Palestinian deaths (and injuries)
    • Donald these trolls tend to stick their head out and dominate during times of Israeli stress. But during " normal" times the letter writers have done a good job holding the NY version of Israeli Times accountable. The believers are the same crowd who say I'm not doing anything wrong so why should I care if they are spying on me. But on the whole I'd say more of the world supports a free Palestine. The successful people who are the current shot callers are short timers

    • It's heartening to note that it's really only the old establishment that now believes their own BS. The Internet has given enlightened people everywhere access to truth. It's interesting that it's really only a few thousand people in power world wide that subvert their own peoples opinions and spout Zionist BS. They won't last...they are increasingly being called out and ex politics they are not passionate enough to fight back coherently and look like the fools they are

  • Hamas wants to pile up 'telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause' -- Netanyahu, on television
    • How many civilians have been killed on either side prior to this onslaught? Israel? Zero. Palestine? Dozens. So if killing civilians really pains Netanyahu then he should simply stop. This talking point started-by the perfidious Bill Clinton that Palestinians sacrifice their children at the Zionist alter is plain sick. Hillary will do anything ( like all slimy politicians) to become President. Can't you become President of the US by appealing to Americans? Rand can't you?

  • Arrests without charge of American beating victim's relatives in Jerusalem leave State Dep't 'deeply concerned'
    • It's painful to watch her dance...I love the part where he backs her into a corner Palestinans are regularly arrested and detained without charges why the sudden interest? I love Matt Lee

  • Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack
    • They just reflexively sign whatever AIPAC puts in front of them. Hundreds of millions for iron dome which is of dubious success billions for Israel not a nickel for Detroit

  • On the defensive, Barney Frank accuses Clemons and Kornacki of ganging up on him, and Israel
    • Exactly. Hamas figured out that Bush was about yo engineer a coup and got a jump on em...that's a fact that anyone who wants to can look up. But franks is counting on speaking to the choir which is uncritical. The world us fed up with Israel even in the US except for Congress

  • 10 Palestinian civilians killed in last 24 hours, bringing total to 158
    • In the US congress it's ok to kill women and children as long as it's done by our allies.

  • Israeli onslaught shatters western belief that Arabs are source of violence
    • We need to call out ignorant people like your uncle and pound them into the ground rhetorically like the Zionists do to people like Dwight Howard Rhianna or Jon Stewart when they dare speak out. We censor Americans in the land of the free but in Israel they can say anything...go figure

  • Understanding Hamas
    • I've yet to see a Israeli terrorists home demolished

    • That was rhetorical they always say before Israel there were no peoples there the Fertile Crescent didn't exist and the Jews made the desert bloom

    • The Egyptians are conspiring with Israel and the US to impose humiliating conditions to Hamas. If Hamas accepts it will be a worse blow than the bombings if they say no they will be painted as rejectionists and isolated in the Arab world. Also giving Israel the excuse to launch a ground invasion. Hamas needs deftness and skill to extricate themselves from this mess.

    • Actually they are links...but they didn't transfer enter any line into google to learn more about it

    • Americans only get filtered news from the mainstream media. So here’s the big picture:

      •All 6 Former Israeli Security Chiefs Slam Occupation of Palestine
      •Holocaust Survivors Criticize Israeli Policy Towards Palestinians
      •War in Gaza = War Over Natural Gas?
      •Israel and the U.S. CREATED Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda
      •Mainstream Reports: The U.S. and Israel Support Terrorists
      •The U.S. Is Supporting the Most Violent Muslim Terrorists In Order to Wage War for Oil
      •Israeli Interior Minister: “The Goal of the Operation Is to Send Gaza Back to the Middle Ages”, “Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water”
      •Israel Is Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age to Get Hamas … But ISIS – NOT HAMAS – Claims Credit for Attacks Against Israel
      •Hamas Shouldn’t Fire Rockets … But Israel Has Violated HUNDREDS of UN Resolutions
      •Did Anyone Live In Palestine Prior to the Formation of Israel?
      •Israeli, Saudi and American Leaders Say Arabs Are Not Ready for Democracy
      •Gaza War Isn’t On the Other Side of the World: The U.S. is Right in the Middle
      •War In Gaza: Why Now?
      •Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine
      •CNN: Palestinians Want to Die

  • The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza
    • Lately NYT readers have been more prescient calling out the times when they take their usual pro Israel slant in the news. However under these circumstances the hasbarists trolls come out to deliberately "support" Israel. One need to look no further than pictures of Israelis watching the bombing from hilltops on lawn chairs like it's a fireworks show cheering the death of women and children to see the true nature of gods chosen people

  • 'Protective Edge' has nothing to do with protection
    • And the Jewish Daily Forward notes that – if rogue Hamas members did carry out the murders – it was not with the permission or knowledge of Hamas leadership:

      In the flood of angry words that poured out of Israel and Gaza during a week of spiraling violence, few statements were more blunt, or more telling, than this throwaway line by the chief spokesman of the Israeli military, Brigadier General Moti Almoz, speaking July 8 on Army Radio’s morning show: “We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard.”

      That’s unusual language for a military mouthpiece. Typically they spout lines like “We will take all necessary actions” or “The state of Israel will defend its citizens.” You don’t expect to hear: “This is the politicians’ idea. They’re making us do it.”

      ***
      It was clear from the beginning that the kidnappers weren’t acting on orders from Hamas leadership in Gaza or Damascus. Hamas’ Hebron branch — more a crime family than a clandestine organization — had a history of acting without the leaders’ knowledge, sometimes against their interests. Yet Netanyahu repeatedly insisted Hamas was responsible for the crime and would pay for it.

  • Israeli army spokesperson responds to Mondo criticism
    • No i would not agree at all. It has nothing to do with Israel, Or Judaism but the perversion of the state and the religion in pursuit of Zionism. It is through that lense that Mondoweiss looks through

    • Mondoweiss should be so proud. Besides the Israeli army as readers you have MJ Rosenberg and Bradley Burston misquoting you...they are paying attention so you must be doing something right

  • What did Israeli officials know about the missing teens, and when did they know it?
    • It's very clear that the boys were killed immediately and that the Israelis knew that soon after. They used this as an excuse to terrorize the local population, reoccupy the West Bank and launch a war on Hamas. The most cynical government in the world.

  • Missing Israeli teens found dead near Hebron; Netanyahu: 'Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay'
    • What you need to know Jon is that many innocents have already been injured. The Israelis knew day one the boys were dead and went on this wave of destruction on a pre tense of searching for the boys that they knew were already dead. Several dead Palestinians later and massive destruction the bodies were found. The entire West Bank is re occupied and Israel is about to unleash it's wrath on innocent Palestinians in Gaza..

  • One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007
    • Its a pretext to occupy all of Palestine...so transparent. Killing all these civilians is not the way to get these boys back if thats what they wanted to do. They are trying to provoke them into killing them to score sick points

    • Blah blah blah...do something

    • Right now the PLA give Israel the cover of plausible deniability to say in the bantustans Palestinians are " free ". They are day to day enforcers of the occupation in exchange for the basic things that most Palestinians lack and aspire to. Like the ability to move freely or make a living or provide healthcare for their families. (What do you expect Abbas to do when his wife gets to get medical care in Israeli hospitals). Dissolution of the PLA will expose who the real rulers of the WB are. Then the process of sorting out rights in one state will start to play out

    • The PLA is now part of the problem. The Palestinians cannot move forward with Abbas and his cronies.

  • Fear of anti-semitism accusation did not stop Presbyterians from witnessing occupation
    • If anyone thinks to try and minimize the impact of this just realize that as this grows more and more funds and money managers will have to drop these companies from their portfolios. Once an analyst lists BDS exposure as a risk, then these companies will start paying attention. PS so will a lot of others that are part of the occupation. We can't let up. Now is the time to double down on these three companies

  • What evidence is there that teens were abducted?
    • The reply makes lost of sense if you listen to the Israelis..."Finance minister outlines government’s goals in Operation Brother’s Keeper: free the boys, ‘break’ Hamas, end Fatah-Hamas unity deal

  • Human rights activists are 'out front' of others and 'thank goodness they are' --Hillary Clinton
    • perfidy - an act of deliberate betrayal
      betrayal, treachery, treason knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing double cross, double-crossing - an act of betrayal; "he gave us the old double cross"; =Clinton

  • Missing!
    • I'm not going to get into the kidnapping of settlers who by their very existence are responsible for the torment of Palestinains.mor the rounding up of the usual suspects. Or the army terrorizing an entire city. What I'm most interested in is the hysterical reaction to the kidnapping ago an American because he is Jewish and the lack of care for Furkan Dogan an American citizen executed by Israeli soldiers because he was Muslim

  • Anti-Cantor coalition included Tea Partiers, Independents, Democrats
    • I dint think Israel had a lot to do with this but for the fact that it made him believe he was invincible as the lobbies man and that contributed to his smugness that was such a turn off. Now if Menendez, Kirk and some of the Florida panderers get voted out...that would be Israel. Amazing how "they " dominate our politics. All of the Hillary vetting is about is she good for Israel. Not is she good for America. I'll vote for anyone who says I dint care about Israel, ask me about America

  • Chris Matthews and David Corn defend Israel against 'slander' of apartheid
    • The purpose of an education is to rise above the herd. Talking heads like Matthews merely glorify the herd. The untold story is how awful Christians are treated in Israel/OPT including Jerusalem. As a Christian Palestinian I have to defend myself against people who say there is no such thing as a Palestinian let alone a Christian one. Those so called Christian zionists have no clue how the religious Jews would spit on them

  • Soldiers' violent confessions from 'Breaking the Silence' make the 'Guardian'
    • What is the PLA waiting for? This is evidence for the ICC. The longer they wait the more of their people die the more land becomes irretrievable. This is irresponsible in the extreme

  • Boston subway ads are shocking-- 'and so is the reality on the ground'
    • Not at all Annie Brian is a student and he got schooled...no problemo.

    • 1) I would add that while some Jewish is a religion not a nationality. Jews of Israel are mostly not indigenous, but east European refugees and converts from Brooklyn. They don't own most of it. It was given by the British who didn't own any of it let alone give it away.
      2) the ad said on average sine 2000 a Palestinian child is killed every 4 days. That's incontrovertible and if the punishment for throwing rocks is death than your even a bigger animal.
      3) many but not all. Many are in areas called fire zone destroyed and then settlers are allowed ack in. That's theft see #1
      4)annexing anything that isn't there's is theft. It's not selective he is against two states as I imagine you are. What is your plan by the way?
      5)you don't know Nuff said

    • Brian why not attack the substance of the ads? Which one is not true?

  • Neocon Brooks tells US to deal with Taliban -- so what about Hamas?
  • The most interesting journalist in the world
    • Which politician isn't an aipac whore? You could argue its to different degrees, but there no such thing as just a little whoreish.

    • Well that's one way to end the embargo. Become a supporter of Israel. Watch Ileana Ross Lehtinen lead the end of the embargo if she hears Cuba will vote with the US and Micronesia at the UN

  • Hillary Clinton's flipflop: We were wrong to take hard line against settlements
    • Is there any doubt now about her intention to run for president? Another setback for Palestine. All her advisors are Jewish. I have yet to hear her say anything about Any issue important for Americans. No one should doubt the perfidy of the Clinton's.

  • Israeli forces crack down on Palestinian press
    • Demand the international community? The international community as represented by governments have sold out the Palestinians. Until Palestinian leadership is replaced with a grassroots people to people movement, these calls will fall on deaf ears. I remember working in the family deli in San Francisco during the invasion of Lebanon when a drunk Israeli wandered in and he said he was there on a mission from the government to promote the Israeli message into the SF gay community...people to people

  • Houston stadium security detains soccer fan for waving Palestinian flag as 'racial slur'
  • Video: 'CBS This Morning' runs hard hitting spot on boycott of Israel
    • Roger Waters was absolutely right as Mick and the boys were photographed at all the obligatory sights under heavy guard by armed thugs in dark glasses and military uniforms. It's not rock n roll but blood money. Their late financial advisor sir lownestein would be proud, eh Mick?

  • Israel announces major escalation in settlement expansion (Update)
    • Settlement announcements are more tied to US actions. Every time someone from US government is in the are they announce a gift. Used to be when Condi Rice would show up, now Kerry is back in the area, it's an opportunity to remind him who the shot caller is. If the Palestinians do nothing again in the face of this provocation the Abbas should resign and dissolve his administration since they are so ineffectual. Erakats bleating falls on deaf ears. The only place they are played is in Israeli press.

  • LA City Council members denounce student activists over ethics pledge critiquing Israel lobby trips
    • A politician against an ethics pledge ? That's a dog bites man story. I'm sure he's terrified of a pledge like that hampering his AIPAC sponsored trips

  • Clinton cautioned Israelis on giving up Golan because Syrians might try to poison Sea of Galilee
    • Breaking of ties with Israel and hopefully the United States will again hopefully force Abbas to internationalize the conflict or fold his hand go home and force Israel figure it out.

    • Non one should doubt the perfidy of the Clinton's. Even then Bill was thinking of the Clinton dynasty. Bill then Hillary, and you can't do that without the money and we know where democratic money comes from. Peace would have happened long ago without US involvement. Even to this day Kerry talks of peace as in Israel's interest and it always has been. The Oslo process was wildly successful for Israel as was the Bush roadmap. But it does nothing for the Palestinians

  • SodaStream stock loses fizz amid 'boycott fears'
    • While I agree BDS is probably not the sole reason for the slide, there is no doubt that it has put a negative spotlight on what may already be a subject company. If a company is having difficulty, any additional bad news is magnified. And if its a blue chip, they sure don't want any negativity tarnishing their image. BDS continues to be an important piece of the puzzle to solving injustice in Palestine

    • As a stockbroker I can tell you that managers need to evaluate all risks associated with any given company. Once analysts and money managers start to evaluate the impact of political risk and report it professional money managers have a duty to stay away. This is why BDS is so important.

  • The Pope in Palestine
  • Movement to divest from Israeli occupation grows at UW-Seattle
    • The headline from Israel "U. of Washington students reject divestment bill StandWithUs and campus Hillel group work together in one of the most resounding defeats ever for the BDS movement" What they fail to realize is that the win is that the issue was discussed and that future leaders heard the message. This is a marathon

  • New video shows Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army on Nakba Day posed no threat to soldiers
  • On the day two Palestinians are killed, 'NYT' reporter flashes snark
    • Its because the Palestinians are marginalized. The US negotiates with Israel and reports to the Palestinians. Its because peace is important and good for Israel and the Palestinians are along for the ride. Israel reaped the reward of Oslo (diplomatic relations with over 100 countries)and gave up nothing and its because the NYT an organ of the US mainstream doesn't feel the need to include Palestinian voices any more than the US government

    • I rather think that she is attacked so often by both sides that she feels she can't win. It's the reflex that happens once you touch a hot oven. She's naturally choosing the oven that burns least. Crapping on Palestinians never got anyone fired....but being "insensitive to Jewish causes" can.

    • If your not guilty why be so defensive? It's like Livni getting immunity while in the UK. If she's not guilty what is she getting immunity for?

  • #SDSUdivest: Divestment leads the social justice agenda at San Diego State University
    • At the end of the day most of those students on student councils are not there because they want to do good deeds and improve the lives of their fellow students. They are there to pad their resume's and make themselves more employable or to apply to grad school. When you look at corporate America, blackstone, Goldman etc that these kids aspire to, fear of being labeled is very strong. Given these considerations principle goes out the window

  • Obama outmaneuvers Netanyahu, at last
    • Such wishful thinking bordering on delusional. If these people were to speak with attribution, if Obama or Kerry would speak out publicly and not cave to criticism, then maybe just maybe they can start to take on the lobby. This was a story in Israel and ignored. It didn't even make a ripple here.

  • Now Rand Paul wants to 'Stand with Israel'
    • Sometimes AIPAC speaks the truth and points out the obvious. The PLA is a tool of the occupation . The best thing that can happen to Palestinians is for it to disappear and for a civil rights movement to replace it.

  • In historic interviews, US officials blame end of talks on Israeli land theft
    • The formula that makes an impression on Israel has yet to be found. BDS is starting to, but not nearly enough. It's not like if public officials named or un-named will make a difference. At the end of the day they know they can make America do anything they want, like making Kerry or even Obama grovel

    • Good luck finding this story in the US media. I guess they can say the truth in Israel
      ( they just ignore it) but here the politicians who fall all over themselves to be pro Israel can't handle the truth.

  • Israel stops US-led peace talks citing Palestinian unity (Updated)
    • Yeah but it's getting old. Sooner or later American pride will be injured enough to bite back. The tail has the temerity to " demand" the dog to protest louder about the unity government. They feel the US wasn't severe enough to the Palestinians. There are not many more cheeks to turn. Sooner or later these slaps will sting

  • China Miéville: It's become a cliche to talk about Palestine as a dystopia, but when you see Hebron you know where the cliche is coming from
    • An I pad in the kitchen and faithful reading of mondoweiss. The ironic part was that there were two college age girls in the room who were all over the boycott of Sabra. They knew as much as anyone about the BDS movement.

    • I was served Sabra humus today and politely refused and then i had this video to show why perfect timing. Maybe more people should see this

  • 6 DC heavyweights tell Kerry, Netanyahu in West Bank is like Putin in Crimea
    • What do these guys know....Kerry has notched a major win. The talks will go on forever. When Abbas dies of old age, the talks are assured to continue. That's a big win for Kerry and Israel. The pay checks for Abbas and his band will continue and only the Palestinians will continue to be screwed....I'd consider that a hig win if I was Kerry or Netanyahu

  • State Dep't tries to clean up Kerry's 'Poof'
    • Nice but for the fact that it is the US that has subsidized and protected this " internal " matter for Israel and that there is almost half the population of this internal matter that has no voice in this internal matter because the US has supported this...see

  • 'Poof' -- Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
    • Two comments: It wasn't brave of Kerry to tell the truth. In fact it was mealy mouthed and cowardly in it's equivocation. The NYT tried to spin it but the readers now have been holding them accountable.....that's some good news

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • She's not a principled Irish woman. Besides being a careerist whore, she's also mrs. Cass Sunstein. You can't under estimate that influence

  • It's the borders, stupid
    • What is amazing is the reader comments to the phoney Rudiron article in todays NYT. I spent lots of quality time reading the comments section and it show the hasbara failing badly. The comments more than anything should be very worrying to the hasbarists when the readers of the NYT turn

  • Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won't lead to doom
    • When you have Uncle Sam in your pocket its easy to be arrogant "6:41 P.M. U.S. Ambassador the UN Samantha Power tells a House Panel that that the U.S. "will oppose any attempt to upgrade the status of the Palestinians everywhere in the UN."

      Power noted that a newly formed American-Israeli team meets monthly to discuss and coordinate responses to possible unilateral actions by the Palestinians at the UN. "If the Palestinians go to the ICC it will be a profound threat to Israel and devastating to the peace process," Power says. (Barak Ravid)

  • A British Jew warns US Jewish orgs to heed rapidly-shifting world opinion
    • Sadly it's too late already. There is nothing up more heartache for both peoples. It's already one state, but this time it won't take 60 years for results. Equality and democracy aren't subjective. Either your for it or your not.

  • Journalistic malpractice: Washington Post suggests Abbas doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist
    • 73% of 12000 people are ignorant yet still answer. Thats the goal of The Washington Post....to perpetuate ignorance

  • Expelled from French university, lecture on Palestinian rights takes place on banks of Rhone
    • These draconian governmental institutional actions are transitory and associated with right wing governments in places like France, Canada and to some extent Great Britain. From what i can tell they have nothing to do with popular sentiment and will change quickly with a new government. The apartheid supporters should not get too much solace from these temporary actions

  • Loyola student government president vetoes divestment resolution
    • The US was late in getting with the anti apartheid movement in South Africa as well. The establishment is too entrenched. Poor Pedro didnt have a chance when the squeeze was put on. "So Pedro where do you think your going to work after college? Yeah so lets rethink that vote." The Jesuits teach ethics, but are also very pragmatic. They like their bread buttered

  • Coming out in support of SJP, Northeastern NLG concerned school 'unduly influenced by wealthy donors vocal in their support for Israel'
  • Gaza heats up: Israel bombards coastal enclave under siege with multiple airstrikes
    • It doesn't matter how many Palestinians are killed...the media stenographers are going to write it up as self defense to provocation....look there a broken sidewalk, let's bomb Gaza.

  • Open letter from NYC Iranians to Mayor de Blasio: When you stand by AIPAC, you do not stand by us
  • Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours by Israeli forces
    • What choice do they have? They have been disarmed, not just by Israel but also by the PLA. All they have are rocks while the Israelis have every conventional and non conventional weapon in the world including horrific DIME and who knows what else they can use on a helpless population. They are hoping to provoke something that will allow them to walk on the negotiations

  • House delivers for AIPAC, 410-1, passing Israel as 'strategic partner' bill
    • These pandering laws are important for the Palestinians to understand that the US will never ever be a force for liberation or justice. that they must abandon all hope of fairness from America and take their case to the world and court of public opinion. Salvation will not come from America

  • Mainstream press embraces Netanyahu's speech as supporting Kerry initiative
    • This is part of a well coreographed dance. Bibi gets everything he wants in the framework, pretends that he has made sacrifices to agree to it, Obama looks like hes leaning on Bibi (wink wink) and the press plays along about warm n fuzzy Bibi falling over backwards for peace. Its Bibi not Binyamin the stern refusenik and the Palestininas come in to be the fall guys refusing a rump state that is soverign over grabage collection (maybe)

  • Poll: If two-states collapse, Americans overwhelmingly favor 'democracy'
    • Not gonna happen because they don't want pieces of the West Bank they want it all. Do you think those intermingled settlers are just going to leave? Or the Palestinians are just going to acquiesce to some rump state? Oren's plan is a non starter too. It won't change the direction the world is taking

    • Kerry's speech to AIPAC says it all. His only concern is Israeli security and maintaining the Jewish state. The Palestinians have Abbas to negotiate with the two most powerful countries in the world. They are being set up like pins Ina bowling alley. Obama will say he prevailed on Netanyahu to accept the difficult choices in the framework(everything they want) and the Palestinians said no

  • Gov. Jerry Brown brags on signing historic agreement with Netanyahu in Silicon Valley
    • 2 comments: Any part of the US government establishment will never be a contributor to the solution. Corporate greed and governmental establishment are entrenched in the lobby. The solution has to come from below, the people. This is true for all "western governments" events have to move beyond them. This is why grass roots BDS is so key. The 500 or so people in the US government can really only do one thing and that is help Israel. They can't get anything done for America, but attach Israel to it and bam its done. Sooner or later the sheeeple will figure it out. Most recently the push back to McConnell's attempt to attach Iran sanctions to Veterans bill.

  • How 'trigger-happy' soldiers killed an unarmed man walking to work
    • Let's see over the years they have broken their bones arrested them their women and their children and shot them. The so called civilized world has become immune. But don't let an errant rocket fall into an open field and world leaders rush to show sympathy. It's really disgusting

  • Read the StandWithUs dossiers on pro-Palestine activists for yourself
    • I am thankful that they put together such a comprehensive list of smart well spoken articulate passionate advocates for Palestine and Palestinians. I am so proud to know many of the people on the list and encouraged that these people scare them. This is encouraging. And if they think their lame questions to ask can throw any of these people off they are in for a surprise. Because if they need someone to create questions for them then they will be ill equipped
      for the answers

  • Cut off arms to Israel, Amnesty Int'l says, citing 22 civilians killed at protests last year
    • That's the problem. Nothing has changed. Israel has violated US arms laws blatantly and publicly for years with not a word from Congress. Does anyone really think another AI report is going to get any more traction than pictures of US made phosphorus bombs used on civilians?

    • Annie Palestinians have been hanging their hopes on a second term president who isn't running for anything to be fair without fear. It's been a hope for decades. But the reality is he wants another democrat to be President and it's same old same old. This site has done an excellent job of documenting Obama's most influential friends and what their number one concern is. Every politician remembers what happened to Bush one. Bill Clinton also sold out in his second term.

    • As long as the US indulges Israel, there is no amount of pressure that anyone anywhere can apply to Israel. Obama is making a show of squeezing Netanyahu so they can hang the Palestinians out to dry

  • 'Price-tag' attacks on Palestinians are as Israeli and common as matkot on a Tel Aviv beach
    • Rot starts at the top
      Israel should have zero sympathy for the national aspirations of Israeli Arabs, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) said on Sunday. The minister added that Judaization of the Galilee and Negev are entirely in line with Israel's values.

      Bennett was speaking at a conference of the the Kohelet Policy Forum, which aims to secure the future of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People....

  • Scarlett Johansson's 'scholarship' and 'intelligence' cited by Mike Huckabee
    • Its not just dumb people like Huckabee...the machine is at work daily some examples

      Presbyterian delegation visits SodaStream plant
      Church leaders say West Bank factory ‘enhances’ Israeli-Palestinian relations

      Former NZ PM Helen Clark ‘blown away’ by Israeli ingenuity

      Free trip whores...the machine never sleeps

  • 'NY Times' and 'LA Times' run op-eds by an AIPAC board member without telling readers
    • A link from lobelog...more good solid info about the macro implications of water on I/P peace
      link to lobelog.com

    • As a Palestinian I'm glad to weigh in. The settlements are where they are because of water. This is as much about water, if not more, than land. They are placed directly on top of aquifers to steal the water. This is part of the area know as the Fertile Crescent. The Palestinians have always been good stewards of the water because they know know how scare it is. They are indigenous people and not colonists from western worlds, they don't have swimming pools or landscaping that takes gratuitous watering

    • What is interesting when they do things like this they don't allow comments, so there is no outlet to give feedback that could counter this hasbara

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