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Grew up thinking Israelis were heroes, but slowly, over decades, came to realize what a crime has been done to the Palestinians. The Holocaust was all too real, but it was a crime committed by Europeans, against people from Europe. And yet, a people who had nothing to do with it are being punished for it because for so long they were Third World invisibles. In this sense, Zionism is a very real form of racism. At the same time, I do believe that Israel has come to exhibit a greatly disproportionate influence on the American government, so that genuine and honest debate cannot be had. In essence to challenge an evermore militant Israel is to be an anti-Semite. I support a one-state, secular Palestine that guarantees the freedom of all religions.

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  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
  • 'Jewish' or 'Israeli' -- NYT, BBC, and CNN make different word choice
    • Wouldn't Zionist be the most accurate and fair on first reference? Then you can add Israeli and Jewish. One can be both of the Jewish faith and of the Jewish "ethnicity" (as some claim) without being a Zionist or even Israeli. One can be Jewish and still abhor Israel. I know some Jews who think anyone who burns a teenager alive is no Jew. Granted these Jews don't live in Israel. Yet if one is an Israeli, then one knowingly chooses to live in a land undergoing ethnic cleansing for a century. But perhaps he or she has seen the light and is working for justice. But a Zionist? That's a separate evil.

  • How many 'Palestinian Arabs' want to kill 'all Jews?'
    • I have a fundamental problem with all of this. This was a letter to the editor. As such it was a statement of opinion by the writer. To modify such a letter beyond simple grammar or spelling is a violation of journalistic ethics. You can't edit someone's opinion. It either is or isn't what the writer says it is. I find consideration of editing the letter's content quite revealing of the Times' arrogance. You should either run or not run a letter. To significantly change its content is to lie. And in so doing you also cover up what can be, as in this case, the writer's ignorance and bigotry.
      At the same time those who criticize the Times as somehow agreeing with the letter writer for simply running it really don't understand the concept of letters to the editor and publishing dissenting views.
      The readers are quite capable of judging on their own.
      For what it's worth I suspect most Palestinians would be quite willing to letting every Jew anywhere live forever. What they want is justice and a return of a significant share of their homeland. But that's just my opinion -- no matter how you choose to edit this reply.

  • Florida paper runs rabbi's assertion that Israel may have passed 'point of no return' to apartheid
    • About ready to agree to the first part, about cultural topics, but then I started wondering. Maybe she is as ignorant about them as she is about Palestine, but we just agree with her about music, art, books, etc., There are so many people like her at NPR when it comes to Palestine. Do they all think that way or are they just afraid?

  • Waiting for water in Qalandia refugee camp
    • Thank you. I wish I could do more than my feeble protests. They are unfit to govern a grain of sand.

  • 'Nation' says rightwingers paint FDR as anti-Semite so as to manipulate US support of Israel
    • To discuss the Zionists of the 30s and 40s without mentioning the research of Lenni Brenner, much less the views of Hannah Arendt, is a curious absence. Nonetheless, for these Zionists to portray FDR as an anti-Semite while ignoring their own roots of sometimes collaboration with the Nazis to allow immigration to Palestine is a most vile form of hypocrisy.

  • Hamas and Iran have vowed 'to wipe out the Jews' just as Nazis did, AIPAC says
    • Hmm. AIPAC fails to mention the Zionist appeasers who at the same time were sacrificing so many of their brothers and sisters for their beloved Palestine. Do not mistake this in any way as an effort to soften German guilt. But let us never forget the Jewish blood on the hands of the Zionist collaborators.

  • Innocent until proven Muslim
    • The tragedy is that America is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslim innocents during the past decade. We are terrorist murderers. May God forgive us.

  • Israeli reporter seeking birthday wishes for his country in NY gets comments about Palestinians and media brainwashing
    • from NYTimes eXaminer:
      Prophetic comments by three eminent Jews:
      Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”
      Albert Einstein, who also opposed the creation of a “Jewish state,” 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people. Despite the great wrong that has been done us [in the western world], we must strive for a just and lasting compromise with the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”
      Lord Edwin Montagu, the only Jewish member of the UK cabinet at the time, objected vehemently to the 1917 Balfour Declaration: “All my life I have been trying to get out of the ghetto and you want to force me back there again”. He was overruled by his colleagues, some of them avowed anti-Semites.
      5:00 pm on January 31, 2013

  • Millions disenfranchised in Israeli vote due solely to ethnicity and geography
    • And then, of course, there is the fact that there is no party of Palestinians advocating for Palestinians in the election. It would be like slaves having to choose which master to support -- a master who nonetheless supports slavery.

  • Wire services' Fuhrer images of Netanyahu rankle neocon
  • Can you pass the Hezbollah quiz?
    • It's very disheartening to read this and realize the mountain of falsehoods and disinformation saturating the US press about Hezbollah.

  • Former Israeli soldier wants to live in Palestine, says, 'I hate Zionism'
    • I understand his sympathies, but not sure if the besieged in occupied lands need yet another drain on their oh-so limited resources.

  • Comments Policy
    • For more than two hours Friday night, the lead photo on the New York Times website was a photo from Gaza of several men identified as "Hamas supporters" burning an American flag. It ran under a headline of 'Protests flare beyond Mideast.'
      Last time I checked, Gaza is pretty much front and center in the Mideast. But more significant to me was that the picture wasn't particularly noteworthy in a visual sense, nor much in terms of news, given that elsewhere in the Middle East, American facilities were under direct threat or even breached. Yet the Times put that up front.
      That says plenty about what's on the Times' agenda. Never miss a chance to confirm a negative stereotype of the Palestinians, no matter what the context. The news for the last two days has been about threats to US embassies, consulates and so forth and the killing of Americans. But there is absolutely no US government presence anywhere in Gaza. Moreover, Hamas has never killed or even injured an American. But the Times feels it must highlight a handful of Hamas "supporters" burning an American flag -- something that more than a few Americans have been know to do over the years. But I suspect many Times' readers were led to believe that Hamas is taking part in the violence against American facilities and Americans. Yes, Hamas, and by extension, Palestinians, want to kill Americans. Mission accomplished, New York Times.

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