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Brewer

62 yr old male New Zealander

Website: http://brewerstroupe.blogspot.com/

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  • Thug
    • Thanks for the link to Miko Peled's site.
      Spotted this little gem in the comments:

      "Richard Witty
      January 5th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Prior to his death, he made half the change to peace, renouncing the viability of annexation, declaring that annexation was a dead end.

      He never shifted to desiring good relations with a healthy egood neighbor as a means of israeli security.

      He certainly never proceeded to heal injustices that Palestinians experienced.

      He never revised his understanding of the virtue of Zionism, but did revise one significant element of its form. His application of that revision was an example of carelessly implemented adventurism rather his careful."

      Couldn't make sense of it. Deja vu all over again!

  • At MLA, boycott opponents paper chairs
    • “MLA CARES ABOUT WORDS.”
      “MLA BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF LANGUAGE.”
      “MLA KNOWS THAT WORDS MATTER.”
      “MLA BELIEVES WORDS HAVE POWER.”

      From the cradle I have believed the mantra:
      "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me".

      I keep coming back to this.
      As I get deeper into this fight, the conviction in me grows that the Talmudist, Zionist stalwart, for want of a just cause, has declared war on words to justify real damage, real slaughter and real dispossession.

      Words are just words.

      Ask anyone who has had a gun put in his face and been told he doesn't live here anymore.

  • No 'breakthrough' and no 'agreement' in the Middle East, Indyk says-- anonymously
    • "It’s a first step that facilitates the achievement of a final status agreement by defining the agreed guidelines for that final status agreement. Is that clear? No? Well put it another way, we're entering into preliminary exploration of the possible framework of the parameters of a discussion as to the likely (though not definitive) future location of the goalposts when next we move them."

  • Roger Cohen (who doesn't live there) explains the need for 'my Jewish state'
    • Thanks for that Hostage - I love a good credentialed document.
      It never fails to astonish me how, despite the reams of scholarly research and the commentary of contemporary writers that attests to the complete opposite, the "persecution of Jews under the Ottomans" (a 20th century invention) has become so firmly imbedded.

    • "But for most of their history, Jews lived as oppressed, persecuted and despised people – and unwelcome guests in Christian Europe and the Muslim World."

      Time this myth was put to bed.

      All people have suffered persecution at some time, Africans, Dalits, Muslims, Christians, Ukrainians, Atheists, Hugenots, Protestants.....the list goes on forever and, so far as I know, the championship has never been decided. Certainly there were pogroms, just as there were against other ethnicities and faiths.

      May one ask when it was they were "unwelcome guests in Christian Europe and the Muslim World ?"
      Certainly not Britain where, apart from the period of the Statute of the Jewry (1275 ) which outlawed usury and led to their expulsion (for breaching the prohibition) for a spell. By the 1600s they were again well-established and have had an important role in Government since. Do you claim privilege for this 500 year old ban?
      Most of them moved to Poland where the Statute of Kalisz provided special benefits e.g. " Chapter 1. ...Should a Jew be taken to court, not only a Christian must testify against him, but also a Jew, in order for the case to be considered valid."
      In the East (what became the Soviet Bloc) Jews gained political power from the mid 1900s culminating in the first Soviet government being "mostly Jewish" (Vladmir Putin in Haaretz)
      Let us not forget the Kingdom of Khazaria, a huge swathe of territory straddling the Black and Caspian seas where Judaism ruled for about 300 years.

      As for the Ottoman Empire, "Under the Millet system the Jews were organized as a community on the basis of religion, alongside the other millets (e.g. Orthodox millet, Armenian millet, etc.). In the framework of the millet they had a considerable amount of administrative autonomy and were represented by the Hakham Bashi (Chief Rabbi of the nation's Jewish community), who held broad powers to legislate, judge and enforce the laws among the Jews in the Ottoman Empire and often sat on the Sultan's divan.

      The Ottoman Jews enjoyed similar privileges to those of the Orthodox. The city of Thessaloniki received a great influx of Jews in the 15th century and soon flourished economically to such an extent that, during the 18th century, it was the largest and possibly the most prosperous Jewish city in the world. By the early 20th century, Ottoman Jews – together with Armenian and Greeks - dominated commerce within the Empire"
      link to en.wikipedia.org
      Jews occupied high positions in the Ottoman Empire, most notably Joseph Nasi, a provincial Governor.

      Please find some other justification for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

  • Elliott Abrams calls Chuck Hagel an anti-Semite
    • Maybe time to review one of the seminal articles on Abrams and the Israel first obsession. If anyone hasn't read it, please do and realize that Abrams learned nothing from Iran/Contra.
      The Gaza Bombshell.
      link to vanityfair.com

    • Hear hear and, dammit, hear again. After a thousand disappointments I don't usually allow myself to hope for "turning points" but, dammit, tonight, a bottle of wine and thinking the thought will be great. Maybe what my associate predicted about second term might just be correct.

  • Thank you for another year of Mondoweiss
    • Happy New Year to all and congratulations on another year's work well done.
      I am now in a remote location, most of the time unable to post, but in such times as I can connect, MW is my first stop for information on the topic we all care about.
      Don't know if you have featured poor Richard Falk's crucifixion yet but, apropos the California antisemitism legislation story, here is a link:
      link to richardfalk.wordpress.com

  • Maddow slams Hagel, to neocon applause
  • Exile and the Prophetic: Decolonizing the Holocaust
  • Syrian crisis moves into the camps: 20 Palestinians killed in Damascus refugee camp
    • This slide show was done long before the current uprising.
      link to my.opera.com

      I must say that I am influenced by the fact that Assad is seen mixing easily with the people, often with no security in sight despite the crowds. Not conclusive, possibly there are ways of setting up such shots but I cannot help thinking of these photos as I watch the horror unfold and find it difficult to reconcile them with the current media portrayals of his regime. At the time I was looking for the back story, there were many stories like this from fairly trustworthy sources:
      link to intifada-palestine.com
      Having learned from Iraq and Libya that the failed states are the object of certain agendae, I cannot help but wonder.

    • Pepe Escobar:

      "It took Reuters quite a while to be allowed to report that US President Barack Obama had approved an intelligence finding [1] letting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) loose in its support for the weaponized "rebels" fighting for regime change in Syria.

      By now even fishermen in Fiji knew about this "secret" (not to mention that everyone and his neighbor across Latin America knows a thing or two about the CIA's regime change adventures). Reuters cautiously describes the support as "circumscribed". That's code for "leading from behind". "

      link to atimes.com

    • "Their coverage continued by quoting accounts from both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights....."

      Every time this organisation gets quoted my antennae bristle:

      "You may be surprised to learn that The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is in fact just one man. Named Rami Abdulrahman, he is based in England, where he has lived for the last 12 years. He runs the Observatory from a two bedroom house, and is an anti-Assad activist......., and who also runs a clothing store. Added to that, pro-Assad members of his own family have disowned him for his anti-Assad activities, including his own mother. "

      link to topix.com

  • Gore Vidal: In memoriam
  • To understand the history of Palestinian dispossession look to the words of Zionist and Israeli leaders
    • Nice quotable aphorism Thorstein. I've been looking for something like that. Very neatly put.

    • Despite the fact that the full quote in no way alters the sense of the truncated quote (Dayan did become something of an apostate towards the end), he was always given to a little hyperbole - "considerable areas of the country" ........being a full 6 - 7%.

    • Chaim Weizmann hailed the Arab evacuation as "a miraculous clearing of the land: the miraculous simplification of Israel's task."
      For Masalha it was "less of a miracle than it was of over half a century of effort, plans, and (in the end) brute force."
      Review of Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of "Transfer" in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948, by Nur Masalha. 235 pp., Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992.
      link to users.ox.ac.uk

      Weizmann:
      “Palestine is to become as Jewish as England is English.”
      Winston Churchill:
      "Phrases have been used such as that Palestine is to become "as Jewish as England is English." His Majesty's Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view."
      link to avalon.law.yale.edu

      My favourite which, if there were any fairness, should stop almost any argument:

      "Neither Jewish ethics nor Jewish tradition can disqualify terrorism as a means of combat… First and foremost, terrorism is for us a part of the political battle being conducted under the present circumstances, and it has a great part to play.."
      - Yitzhak Shamir.

  • Are the Jews a nation? And more importantly, can they hit a curveball breaking low and away?
    • "Judaism is a religion, Christianity is a religion. Ergo, they are different examples of the same general type."

      Yes. It was only when I cottoned on to this notion I began to understand the relationship between Islam and the State. Islam is not an equivalent belief system. Islam is, by its nature, political - Gonzo religion if you will. The idea of separation of Church and State has no meaning.

  • University report on Jewish campus life slammed as biased and harmful to academic freedom
    • Until I became enmeshed in this struggle, I had only ever observed the use of the word "hate" (in the sense used by Zionists) among children as in the "Mommy hates me" reaction to discipline.
      In my culture, it is rarely used by adults, and then only in jest (don'tcha hate it when that happens?) or for emphasis (I hate traffic jams). Neither usage is active, the sense is more "dislike" i.e the absence of "like".

      Nowadays I come across the word in nearly every engagement with the more zealous of the pro-Israel crowd who use it in a more insidious, loaded, sense - as if it is somehow a crime to dislike the actions of Zionism and the Israeli State.
      It is a potent tactic for it manages to yoke the critic with historic persecutions yet it is complete nonsense on many levels.
      I have yet to find "hate" as the root cause of human depredation. The English did not cause the deaths of a million Irish during the famine because they "hated" Irishmen. Ten million dead black Africans during the era of slavery were not victims of "hate". The primary motivations in these cases were ideological, economic and political.
      The incitement of "hatred" came after the fact and served to sustain these systems - they (the Blacks, the Irish whoever) "hate" us therefore its OK to do these things to them. Irrational but strikingly similar to the treatment of Palestinians.

      It may be that those who use this word in this context are capable of understanding it. That is to say, they have experienced the emotional state of "hate" in its active, irrational form, which they project onto others.
      Either that or they buy into yet another myth added to the mountain of mythology on which the colonialist edifice of Zionism is erected.

  • Susan Abulhawa demolishes Itamar Marcus
  • Netanyahu can provide no evidence to Schieffer to back up wild charges of Iranian 'terror campaign' in 24 countries
    • Well spotted Colin.
      Damn!
      I did The Secret Agent in English 101 and I missed it!! I shall have to go read it again after nearly forty years.

  • It's a lie that Ahmadinejad took responsibility for Bulgarian attack
    • Fascinating reading from the Brookings Institute:
      "WHICH PATH TO PERSIA?
      Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran"
      by Kenneth M. Pollack, Daniel L. Byman, Martin Indyk, Suzanne Maloney, Michael E. O’Hanlon, Bruce Riedel

      ".. it would be far more preferable if the United states could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United states would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United states to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (one method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)

      link to brookings.edu

  • NY Times 'confirms' Hezbollah/Iran connection to Bulgaria attack by quoting unnamed American 'officials'
    • Gareth Porter blew the whistle on the AIMA frame up:
      link to thenation.com

    • Shades of the Argentinian AIMA Bombing which fixed Hezbollah and Iran as International terrorists in the public's mind.
      The accusation was, of course, totally false, as it transpired, long after it became accepted and long after it left the front pages.
      link to brewerstroupe.blogspot.co.nz

      The enormous value of branding like this is that, subsequently, all manner of atrocities can be attributed to the target organisation without the necessity for a jot of evidence.

  • How many of you are uncomfortable with the phrase 'oppression of Palestinians'? In the packed room, just a few heads nodded
    • "In the Event of invading [Arab] forces were limited to approximately 30,000 men. The strongest single contingent was the Jordanian* one, already described. Next came Egyptians with 5,500 men, then the Iraqis with 4,500 who ..... were joined by perhaps 3,000 local irregulars. The total was thus around eight rather under strength brigades, some of them definitely of second-and even third-rate quality. To these must be added approximately 2,000 Lebanese (one brigade) and 6,000 Syrians (three brigades). Thus, even though the Arab countries [population] outnumbered
      the Yishuv by better then forty-to-one, in terms of military manpower available for combat in Palestine the two sides were fairly evenly matched. As time went on and both sides sent reinforcements the balance changed in the Jews' favor; by October they had almost 90,000 men and women under arms, the Arabs only 68,000."
      (The Sword And The Olive By Martin Van Creveld, p. 77-78)

      "Senior Hagana commanders met with committee [UN Special Committee On Palestine-UNSCOP] members in Jerusalem's Talpiot quarter in similarly surreptitious circumstances to express confidence that Jewish forces, which they numbered at 90,000, including 35,000 reservists, could overcome any Arab assault should it come to war."
      Abraham Rabinovich, Jerusalem Post, 11-28-1997

      *Abdullah of Jordan agreed with Ben-Gurion to take and hold only the West Bank.

  • White House refuses to point finger at Hezbollah in Bulgaria terrorist attack
    • "Khamenei is an imbecile. Incredibly stupid and cruel."

      Obviously you have seen evidence of this. Please share it.

    • The assumption that Iran would mount such an attack as a reprisal is predicated on the assumption that the Israeli Government would be somehow hurt by it. Of course, the opposite is true so obviously the Iranian Government/Hezbollah are either imbeciles or innocent. I don't think they are imbeciles.

      From what I have seen of Hasbara however, it operates on the assumption (for which there is a lot of evidence) that the majority of the Western public are essentially imbecilic when it comes to Iran, Israel and Islam. The technique of Hasbara is to exploit this vulnerability.

      Netanyahu's use of this technique illustrates how maintaining a structure (which owes its origin to atrocities born of lies and its continued existence to lies concealing atrocities) perverts the very basis of human interaction and perception. These fellows have created a virtual World in which Truth has no value.
      They (and it is not just the Israelis) have created a narrative that masquerades as reality and even becomes a temporary History. They do not care that, in 50 or 80 years, when the documents are declassified, it is revealed in all its perfidy. By that time it is only of interest to Historians and cranks.

      There was a time when exposures such as the Pentagon Papers, Iran/Contra created a bit of a stir. There have been many equally sensational whistles blown since. They disappear without trace. The narrative is too distant from reality and too entrenched. Everybody knows Iran/Hezbollah/Hamas/Assad/Gaddhafi/Islamists et al do the things they do because they hate and they are insane.
      "Sheeit Darlene, them crazy ragheads just blew up a bus in Bulgaria. Gimme that remote."

  • Arthur Koestler's Zionist recruiters used anti-Semitic ideas
    • Historians are people, subject to the same pressures as everyone.
      Should they be eminent enough to be paid heed to, they will face loss of tenure should they deviate too far from the party line.
      Most, in my experience, seem to enjoy toeing the line, smugly cherishing their monopoly on what is known as compared with what is commonly believed.
      Thus, assumptions about the past can only be reliably made by visiting the Historical record oneself, often guided (intentionally or not) by such as Bartal who, in this instance (in his zeal to devalue Sand), has probably overstepped the mark.

    • Be very wary how you deal with DNA. Be aware that 96% of DNA is shared with primates. There are many interpretations of the data bandied around the internet. Most are not written by geneticists.
      The predominant opinion of geneticists is in line with common sense - Palestinians and Misrahi Jews are one and the same people -

      "(Palestinian “Israelis”) and Palestinia­ns, together as the one same population­, represent modern “descendan­ts of a core population that lived in the area since prehistori­c times”, albeit religiously first Christiani­zed then largely Islamized, and all eventually culturally and linguistically Arabized"
      - Ariella Oppenheim.

      ...and Ashkenazis - not so much:

      "it is also consistent that the projection of the AJ (Ashkenazi Jewish) populations is primarily the outcome of admixture with || Central and Eastern European hosts that coincidentally shift them closer to Italians along principle component axes relative to Middle Easterners."

      Steven M. Bray, Jennifer G. Mulle, Anne F. Dodd, Ann E. Pulver, Stephen Wooding, and Stephen T. Warren. "Signatures of founder effects, admixture, and selection in the Ashkenazi Jewish population."

    • "The Thirteenth Tribe" was roundly dismissed as an anti Semitic tract and consigned to false History bin along with the Protocols.
      Shlomo Sand gave it a dusting off and elicited this astonishing response from Israel Bartal, dean of the humanities faculty of the Hebrew University:

      "Here is what was written about the conversion of the Khazars, a nation of Turkish origin, in the Zionist Mikhlal Encyclopedia that the State of Israel’s Zionist Ministry of Education recommended so warmly.....: “It is irrelevant whether the conversion to Judaism encompassed a large stratum of the Khazar nation; what is important is that this event was regarded as a highly significant phenomenon in Jewish history, a phenomenon that has since totally disappeared: Judaism as a missionary religion…
      ....My response to Sand’s arguments is that no historian of the Jewish national movement has ever really believed that the origins of the Jews are ethnically and biologically “pure.” Sand applies marginal positions to the entire body of Jewish historiography and, in doing so, denies the existence of the central positions in Jewish historical scholarship.

      No “nationalist” Jewish historian has ever tried to conceal the well-known fact that conversions to Judaism had a major impact on Jewish history in the ancient period and in the early Middle Ages. Although the myth of an exile from the Jewish homeland (Palestine) does exist in popular Israeli culture, it is negligible in serious Jewish historical discussions. Important groups in the Jewish national movement expressed reservations regarding this myth or denied it completely."

      There is a website for modern day Khazars:

      link to khazaria.com

      Despite being an enthusiastic Zionist and regarded as one of the eminent scholars of his day (he was awarded the prestigious Sonning Prize "for outstanding contribution to European culture" and, in 1972, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire), Koestler's "The Thirteenth Tribe" was considered detrimental to the Zionist cause so he was smeared and vilified. I can remember when one mention of Khazars was enough to get one branded an anti Semite and hounded out of any discussion. Today it is pretty much accepted.

  • Zionism as a political movement is dead
    • Thank you for that link Allen.
      Since entering my sixties, I find myself going places I never dreamed of in previous decades. My background in History and Philosophy had stripped me of any leanings toward the mystic or esoterical.
      Now as I contemplate the changes that have occurred during my lifetime and am becoming increasingly concerned at what I perceive as a move away from an ethically based, truthful World towards a "situation ethics" based modernity.
      I have concluded that Politics alone cannot supply what is needed for man's co-existence. Perhaps a little diversion may illustrate how an avowed rationalist can begin to understand the importance of ritual and religion.

      There is no natural ethic. Ethics are experience based - our sense of right and wrong are derived from the culturally imposed belief systems we inherit. There are sufficient examples of diversity in "right and wrong" among different cultures to prove this point. The repository of that experience is the narrative, the stories accumulated through generations. Joseph Campbell is very good on this. That narrative is most often expressed as religion.

      Without a sense of right and wrong, we cannot make sound political choices.

      It seems there is another element necessary, some kind of moral underpinning to inform and guide.

      There was a time when the words of the (I assume) young man writing the article linked to would have been incomprehensible to me - the ravings of a zealot.

      Not so sure now. The conquest of self is, after all, a good exercise, found almost universally in belief systems, as is the direction of the mind toward high ideals through practise i.e. ritual. I do think that blind adherence is destructive but this writer seems to be very aware of this - the article is entitled "On Purity (or the Separation of Church and State)" after all.

      Perhaps in times of uncertainty we all need to trust a little more in the collective wisdom, accumulated over time beyond memory - and beyond contemporary analysis?

    • This, to the extent of my understanding, illustrates the disconnect between the Christian Church and Islam and provides a key to understanding.
      Islam is political. There are no niceties such as separation of Church and State. A Mosque is not a "Church" in the Christian sense. It is a meeting place where all manner of topics are on the agenda.
      Interesting idea - keeps the religious political and the political in touch with the underlying philosophical/moral scheme.

      Christians on the other hand, have been intimidated by their historic forays into the State's affairs and, for their own survival, have adopted an antiseptic view of politics.

  • The therapist blurts
    • For ten years, my great friend Bob has called at 5pm every weekday for coffee and a round up of the day's news and gossip. He qualified as a Clinical Psychologist but, during Student days, worked for a newspaper. The ink got in his veins and he gave up Psych and became a noted journalist.
      On occasion he trots out some psychobabble. I always tell him:
      "Bob, one day there will be foot high headlines in the NY Times. They will read 'Psychotherapist cures patient'."
      Talk to your friends Phil. Its free and it works.

  • Et tu Elena-- Justice Kagan's in Israel, celebrating 'deep commitment to the rule of law'
    • “Israel and America share a deep commitment to the rule of law.”

      Grounds for disbarment I would think. There are only two possibilities - dishonesty or incompetence.

  • Author Deepa Kumar on the imperial roots of anti-Muslim sentiment
    • I find it difficult to evade the growing belief that Islam is subject to a deliberate campaign of defamation as a very real part of the Zionist tactic.
      Take this for example:
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      ....where the awful Harris indulges in misquoting and long-debunked tropes to foster the notion that Iranian leaders are lunatics.
      He invokes: " their Shiite eschatology, focused on hastening the coming of the Hidden Imam" in utter contradiction to that eschatology which firstly forbids any hastening by man of the event and secondly holds that Israel will rule the World first - very similar to the coming of the Messiah as held by the Orthodox Judaics and similarly believed literally by only ultra- orthodox Shiites.

      He says: "... the former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, famously declared "[T]he use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel would destroy everything.""

      ....when the entire quote runs :
      "the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything. However, it will only harm the Islamic world."

      He then promotes a trope that has long since been debunked:

      "Was their recruitment of young Iranian boys as would-be bomb sappers in the eight-year war with Iraq, and armed only with plastic keys to enter "heaven" and the awaiting 72 virgins, the behavior of a "rational" government?"

      None of this has any foundation in fact. The "plastic keys" originates from the film "Not without my daughter", filmed at GG Studios, Neve Ilan, Israel. The book and film were totally discredited by a Finnish documentary "Without my daughter":
      link to youtube.com

      It would be very interesting to know who financed the original stinker for which Sally Field got the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.

  • 'NYT' op-ed says denial of statehood makes militant Palestinian confrontation inevitable
    • Oh hang on a minute mate, I think I get it.
      "as long as there is organized terrorism against us, there will be a need for security to prevent it.”

    • "No, as long as there is organized terrorism, there will be a need for security to prevent it."
      'Sfunny. Didn't seem to be a problem during the Lehi/Irgun reign of terror.

  • Obama adviser freaks out over BDS (Dersh calls Alice Walker neo-Nazi terrorist)
    • What must Harvard think about this?

      Or what must we think of Harvard if they do not, at the very least, call out the Emergency Mental Health services and grant Dersh "stress leave".

  • Israeli Interior Minister on African immigrants: 'Most of those people arriving here are Muslims who think the country doesn't belong to us, the white man'
    • "In a report released Wednesday, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a disturbing new Egyptian policy has arisen seemingly in response to Israeli pressure on Cairo to control the flow of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the border. They call it a policy of "shoot-to-stop."
      "Egyptian border police are using lethal force to stop refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers from crossing into Israel," says Bill Van Esveld, author of the HRW report. "
      - Christian Science Monitor November 13, 2008

      link to csmonitor.com

  • Killed by Syrian government -- but young filmmaker had focused on Israel
    • Can't speak for the provenance of this but it has the ring of truth:

      First interview with an eyewitness of the Houla massacre

      The following text is the translation of a blog entry of the ANNA News journalist Marat Musin, who was in the region of al-Houla (Houla/Hula – near the Syrian city of Homs) last week and who has own experiences how the horrible “Houla massacre” in Syria happened and who is behind the violent and horrible massacre near Homs.

      link to fromthetrenchesworldreport.com

  • American Zionist responses to Tel Aviv riots-- largely indifferent, but some outrage
    • Interesting stats:

      "... police data, presented in a meeting held by the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers on March 19, indicate that the crime rate among foreigners in Israel stood at 2.24 percent in 2011 (1,223 criminal cases out of a total of 54,497 foreigners). This figure is slightly higher than the figure that the police reported to the Knesset in 2010 (2.04 percent), but lower that the crime rate reported in 2009 (2.4 percent)...
      The 2011 data on Israeli crime has not yet been published, but according to police data reported to the Knesset, the crime rate among the general population in Israel stood at 4.99 percent in 2010.
      ... However, the Knesset Research Center notes that based on 2010 crime rate data, a criminal case was opened for one of every 16 residents of Tel Aviv, but only for one of every 96 “infiltrators” – the term government officials use to refer to asylum seekers who enter Israel from the border with Egypt."
      -Sigal Rozen. Public Policy Coordinator of the Hotline for Migrant Workers

      How about this little gem:

      "In a report released Wednesday, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a disturbing new Egyptian policy has arisen seemingly in response to Israeli pressure on Cairo to control the flow of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the border. They call it a policy of "shoot-to-stop."
      "Egyptian border police are using lethal force to stop refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers from crossing into Israel," says Bill Van Esveld, author of the HRW report. "
      - CSM November 13, 2008

    • ....and rockets claim less than one percent of the death toll on Israel's roads.

  • Day after pogroms, Likud MK calls for internment camp for African refugees
    • From Huffpost blogger Taxim on this same topic:

      "Between August 1945 and 1948, 65 illegal immigrant ships, carrying 69,878 people, arrived from European shores. Lehi and the Stern Gang were terrorist Zionist groups formed to violently evict the British authorities from Palestine, allowing unrestricted Jewish immigration."

      He's correct, if Israelis could only be brought round to looking themselves squarely in the eye - could be a game-changer.

    • Does it mean "Kristallnacht" ??

  • Passive-aggressive George Bush namechecks neocons for getting us into that mess
    • Re Julia Gillard, Rudd, see what you can make of this:

      "The Jewish community was deeply disturbed by the abrupt change in the government's Israel policy. And Rudd's treatment of the local Jewish fraternity, too. He had always been strongly pro-Israel. A former chairman of the World Jewish Congress Isi Leibler last year described him as "a Christian Zionist - he understands and has some sympathy for us''.
      Australia had long been one of the Israel's three most supportive friends, along with the US and Canada. But now there were troubling signs that Rudd had decided to distance Australia from the Jewish state and himself from the Australian Jews he had called friends.
      It started in February with the government's angry reaction to news that assassins with the Israeli intelligence service Mossad had forged three Australian passports to enter the United Arab Emirates to kill a Hamas military commander, Mahmoud al-Mabouh, in his hotel room. "Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend," said Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith.
      It sharpened a week later when Australia switched its vote in the United Nations to signal a weakening of support for Israel. The government feigned surprise when asked if this was a rebuke for the abuse of the Australian passports but it was a deliberate and unmistakeable retaliation."

      link to smh.com.au

      Two months later he was chopped liver and Australia had the most unpopular Prime Minister in History - Julia Gillard.

  • Kristol: 'I don't see it as a huge problem'
    • Ben Ami seems to me to be following a pattern I have observed in quite a few whose understanding of these matters evolves at an ever-increasing pace once they recognise that something about the Zionist narrative doesn't add up.

      From his position expressed here, it is a short journey to understanding that the only possible justification for a "Jewish State" is the "barbarity of the other".

      Given what is now known about the barbarity exhibited by the Yishuv (and subsequent Israeli administration), this justification falls away and leaves naked racism exposed.

      It is a journey many of us have made. Perhaps Ben Ami will catch up soon.

  • Neverending Nakba: Israel breaks lull, attacks Gazan farmers
    • “If you come near place X, we have to assume you are a terrorist”.

      From whence does this paranoia come?
      400 Israeli citizens die in road accidents each year. This is many times the number of deaths due to "terrorism". Rockets for, example, took one or two lives per annum.

      If the paranoia arose out of a fear for Israeli lives, would it not be better to assign these IDF thugs to traffic control?

    • "Do you remember seeing photos of Israeli Civilian casualties? No? They must not exist, right? No. The casualties exist. The damage is real."

      So bung 'em up Sam. I'm prepared to have a look.

  • Watching propaganda in a Missouri synagogue
    • 15 January 2010:
      The first Israeli delegation landed in the capital of Port-Au-Prince on Friday evening (15 January) and established its operation center in a soccer field near the airport.
      link to mfa.gov.il

      26 January 2010:
      Israeli field hospital in Haiti closes
      Operations at Port-au-Prince field hospital concluded with military ceremony.

      link to ynetnews.com

      Mission accomplished!

  • Fighting Jews-- then and now
  • Joe Lieberman, and liberal hero Elizabeth Warren, peddle propaganda on Iran
  • Before '60 Minutes' piece aired, Jewish Federations called for 'flood' of 'discourse' to CBS (what's next, locusts?)
    • Historically, the Christians in Palestine have made their case. It has never gained much traction. Here is a statement from May 31, 1948:

      "STATEMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN UNION OF PALESTINE

      The war which started in the Holy City of Jerusalem was for all of us a real surprise and beyond our expectations. The Security Council, the United Nations Organization and the Consular Committee of Armistice had given us hope that the Holy City and its sanctuaries would be spared the horrors of war and its consequences of destruction and ruin, both belligerent parties having signed before the Consular Committee of Armistice and the representative of the International Red Cross an undertaking to cease fire for a duration of eight days starting from 9 p.m. on May 14,1948.

      In compliance with this signed promise the Arab Command issued formal orders through loudspeakers to all its posts to cease fire, and complete peace prevailed on all Arab sectors.

      But the Jews took advantage of this opportunity and immediately occupied the main strategical points from where they tried to attack the Arabs and to launch their attack on the Holy City. We immediately informed the Consular Committee of Armistice and the representative of the International Red Cross of this infringement of agreement by the Jews. The reply received was that the Jewish Agency declared that the Stern gang, which is working separately, broke the cease fire agreement and that the Jewish Agency had no control over this group. We then realized that the terrorists are controlling the Jewish movement. In consequence of which the International Red Cross and the Committee of Armistice declared that it was beyond their power to enforce the respect of the undertaking. In this way the Holy City was turned into a battlefield where severe fighting is taking place, accompanied by destruction on a large scale. In consequence, churches, convents, religious and charitable institutions have become the targets of mortar shells and bullets. Some of these buildings were destroyed and set on fire and many of the innocent civilians comprising of women, children, priests and nuns were injured by the explosion of bombs which were fired from all sides and in all directions.

      Because of this dreadful situation, We, the representatives of the Christian Communities, deem it our solemn duty to raise our voice in protest against the violation of the sanctity of our churches, convents and institutions.

      We herewith enumerate some of the damages sustained by our institutions and injuries inflicted on their administrators and refugees sheltered therein.... "

      What follows is a list of "CHURCHES, CONVENTS AND INSTITUTIONS DAMAGED BY ZIONISTS" and personnel killed.

      Here is the link:
      link to palestine-encyclopedia.com

      It is to Issah Nakleh's "Encyclopaedia of the Palestine Problem", a very good resource although it is a bit old and clunky. The home page is here:
      link to palestine-encyclopedia.com

  • Bernard Lewis revises Bernard Lewis (says he opposed invasion of Iraq!)
    • Lewis is just one of a plethora of "scholars" motivated by ideology (or something even darker) to fashion History into a weapon. He and the equally (well there really is no other word for it) stupid Huntington are responsible for the monolithic and malignant image of Islam that prevails among those who have neither been exposed to Muslim society nor studied Islam and the History of Islamic thought. As such, they belong in a class of opinion makers now reviled.
      No doubt many readers of this blog are already familiar with these roosters. For those who are not, here are a couple of essays:

      "The Clash of Ignorance":
      link to thenation.com

      "Bernard Lewis Revisited"
      link to washingtonmonthly.com

      The academic system in the West is broken. That writers such as Lewis and Huntington receive the glittering prizes, enhancing their credibility in a self-perpetuating cycle of ignorance contributes much to the decline of the West, for no system can prosper when it is based on false premises.
      My only question is: to what extent is this influence fostered by political or economic power?

  • How Benny Morris transformed a patriotic struggle into a 'holy war' for 'sacred Islamic soil'
    • How ironical that Morris seems to be unaware that Zionism was born in and derives its sustenance from Biblical "prophecy", religion, fanatical adherents to religion and those who cynically manipulate them:
      link to forward.com
      link to maxblumenthal.com

      Morris seems to have adopted the taxicab approach to History common among Zionists. Once the destination is reached, the cab is dismissed.

  • Wallace interview with Ahmadinejad was little more than deliberate demonization
    • The views Ah. peddles in the West are deliberately......mistranslated by Memri using words like "annihilate" to imply that he means physical destruction. As a long time Ahmadinejad watcher I can assure you he chooses his words very carefully and consistently refers to the political entity when making such remarks. He is also consistent in calling for restoration of the rights of those dispossessed in 1948 and 1967.
      Speaking of which, I came across an authoritative quote on the amount of land possessed by Jews in Israel before the 1948 War.

      "By 1948, the Jews percentage of the total rural and urban land was only 6.6%..."

      - God's Peoples: Covenant and Land in South Africa, Israel, and Ulster
      By Donald H. Akenson. Cornell University Press page 168

      Donald Harman Akenson (born May 22, 1941, Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a historian and author.
      Akenson received his B.A. from Yale University and his doctorate from Harvard University. He is Professor of History at Queen's University and Beamish Research Professor at the Institute of Irish Studies,University of Liverpool, and Senior Editor of the McGill-Queen's University Press. As of 2007 his work included eighteen non-fiction books, including more than a dozen about Irish history, and five novels. Akenson won the Grawemeyer Award for God's Peoples (1992) and the Trillium Book Award for Conor: The Biography of Conor Cruise O'Brien (1994). His book on the Bible, Surpassing Wonder (1998), was short-listed for the 1999 Governor General's Award for nonfiction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Royal Historical Society (UK).

    • From memory, Wallace did try to have the Ahmadinejad interview aired in its entirety and was overruled. The interview with Hannity might have been part of a compromise he worked out with CBS.
      In a sense, it marked the end of Wallace's career. His respect for truth made him no longer reliable to the establishment. At the time, I got the sense that the realisation that his establishment-inspired preconceptions were dead wrong rather broke his spirit.

    • To be fair to Wallace, here is what he said when he himself was interviewed by Sean Hannity on the topic:

      MW: He (Ahmadinejead) is not trying to project an image. Look, it's very difficult. I know...I found it difficult to understand, but the more that I sat there, and the more time that I spent with the man, he is...I'm not suggesting...he despises, if you will...oh, he doesn't despise, but he doesn't like the United States. He doesn't like the United States for the reason that it's supporting the Zionist entity. He doesn't talk about Israel.
      SH: So you don't think he's an anti-Semite?
      MW: He himself, an anti-Semite, an anti-Jew...anti-Jew?
      SH: Yes.
      MW: No, I don't.
      MW: I am with you 100% in what I perceived to be the individual that I was about to sit down and talk to. And he made his case, fairly rationally. It wasn't...it was a conversation. He did not propagandize and so forth. He...when I began to talk to him about America, about the United States, and oppression, he had his facts down solid about why he feels sorry, he says, for President Bush. Why? And then he starts in about the polls of President Bush, and how they're going down, and how he's going to leave office, and it's sad that he's going to leave office and leave behind a people who don't really approve of him. His approval ratings are what they are. And what is the standing of the United States in the world generally under President Bush. And it's...we weren't having an argument. I mean, we were having a discussion. And he was infinitely more rational than I had expected him to be.
      SH: And would you deny, Mike, for example, if you ever sat down with Adolf Hitler, or Joseph Stalin...
      MW: (laughing)
      SH: Oh, wait. Hang on.
      MW: No, look, I couldn't agree with you more.
      SH: Would they seem, perhaps, informed, smart, reasonable, even though they were evil?
      MW: Well, it's a perfectly sensible question. As far as I am...Adolf Hitler? Good Lord. I mean, the man was such a hateful, hateful man.
      SH: So is Ahmadinejead, Mike. Listen to his statements.
      MW: What...running a Holocaust, which the Iranians have not done, as you know, running a Holocaust, doing that sort of thing, slaughtering six million Jews, that's not what this man is talking about doing.
      SH: But Mike, but let me answer that. Mike, but his statements are such that he wants to go beyond that. His statements are annihilate, wipe off the Earth.
      MW: No, no, no.
      SH: The world.
      MW: Hold it, hold it.
      SH: Wipe off the map.
      MW: Yes, he says wipe off the map, and of course I asked him over and over about that. He says in effect, hey, it's perfectly sensible to do...pardon me. It's perfectly sensible for them, and I'm not quoting directly, obviously, because I don't have the translation in front of me, to...for them to...it's perfectly sensible, if there is a Holocaust, and let's buy the fact that there was a Holocaust. Where did the Holocaust take place? Did it take place in an Arab neighborhood? Did it take place in Jerusalem? No. It took place in Germany. Then it seems to me, under those circumstances, take Israel, the Zionist entity, he called it, move it to Germany. Move it to Europe. That's where it happened.
      SH: Do you agree with him?
      MW: Move it to the United States.
      SH: Do you think that's a legitimate argument?
      MW: It's an argument. I'm not a commentator. You are.
      SH: You think he's a better man than we think? Do you think he's a good man?
      MW: I wouldn't call him a good man, no. I think that he's a more reasonable...he's self-assured. He is self-righteous. He is savvy. He has studied. Do you know what he does? He has a PhD in civil engineering. And...
      SH: Well, he certainly won't let his people be free. There's not the freedom...
      MW: What does that mean, free?
      SH: Well, I would argue that women...
      MW: Are you suggesting that he wasn't elected by his people?
      SH: I don't believe that those elections are honest in any way. No, I do not.
      MW: Well, all I can tell you is...
      SH: I believe if there was an honest election, people would...
      MW: Khamenei, who is the supreme leader, really, in Iran, if there's one man to whom this man, Ahma...you pronounce his name better than I do...that the president of Iran defers to, it is the man who they call the supreme leader, who is the ayatollah, the highest ayatollah. 27 years ago, I went to the holy city of Qum to talk to Khomenei, which is one of the reasons, I'm sure, that they decided that they were going to let me talk, or he was going to let me talk. I know that I am making him sound more human, more surely than I expected, and by all means, more human than you feel that he is. You feel that he's dead evil, and there's no doubt about it, and so forth. What you're telling me is that some of your best friends are Jews, is that it? That's not what I'm saying. He says, let the people who were responsible for the Holocaust, let the Zionists go there and establish their state.
      MW: I think that Khomenei...Khomenei was much more, how to say, hard-minded, much more the kind of man that you're describing that Ahma...
      SH: Ahmadinejead.
      MW: Ahmadinejead, correct, is. The...I ask you to bring not prejudice, not your own beliefs or prejudices. When you watch him, I'll be curious to see whether you think that there's anything reasonable about this man at all.

  • With 'last ink,' Gunter Grass breaks silence on Israeli nuclear program threatening world peace
    • Works better for me without the mid-European grammatical and syntax bloopers but a matter of taste I guess. Whatever blows your skirt up.

    • "most German soldiers were NOT members of the Nazi Party, but most were racist"

      Poppycock.

      One must assume that you, Colin, are persuaded by post-war justifications of allied atrocities such as civilian bombings, the wholesale slaughter of refugees and the horrendous atomic bomb crimes - all initiated by us, or, should I say, the psychopathic politicians of the day.

      No. The entire citizenry of countries that find themselves in our gunsights did not suddenly, collectively, abandon their human values and become demons. The projection of such propaganda is the prerogative of the victors.
      How many times do you need to learn, after the fact, that the justifications for War are manifest and mostly myths?
      Did you learn nothing from Vietnam? Iraq?
      Have you read any first hand accounts of the situation in Germany during the period or do you rely solely on the cinema for your information?

    • Another translation, in my view, more literate. I regret I cannot acknowledge the translator, all I know is he/she is described as an Austrian/American:

      What must be said
      Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
      Our generals have gamed it out,
      Confident the west will survive.
      We people have not even been considered.

      What is this right to “preventive war”?
      A war that could erase the Iranian people.
      Dominated by it’s neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
      Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
      Who have the Bomb.

      Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it’s name?,
      Israel and it’s ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
      Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

      We all know these things
      Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
      anti-Semitic
      hateful
      worse

      Considering Germany’s past these labels stick
      So we call is “business”, “reparation” take your pick,
      As we deliver yet another submarine.
      As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
      I say what must be said.

      Why did I stay silent until now?
      Because I’m German, of course.
      I’m tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
      I’m silent because I want so badly to make it right
      To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

      Why did I wait to say it until now?
      And write these words with the last of my ink?
      Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
      Because it is true and it must be said,
      Tomorrow will be too late.

      We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
      Through the weapons we have sold
      We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
      No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

      It must be said. I won’t be silent
      I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy;
      Please shed the silence with me,
      The consequences are all too predictable.
      It’s time to demand free and permanent control
      of BOTH Israel’s nuclear arsenal
      AND Iran’s nuclear facilities
      enforced with international supervision.

      It’s the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
      Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
      And we too, will survive.

    • "were their other german soldiers besides nazis?"

      I think I get the logic of this.
      America entered the Vietnam War under a Democrat administration. Ipso facto, all soldiers were members of the Democrat Party right?
      It follows from this that, come Iraq, the military, to a man must have become Republicans.

      It is an oft-forgotten fact that WWII began with Britain and France's declaration of War against Germany during a period when the National Socialist Party was hugely popular due to the economic turnaround they had achieved.
      To expect that young German men would, en masse, become conscientious objectors is unrealistic.

      In the light of recent aggressive Wars indisputably instigated by America and Nato and historical facts of both WWI and II that have become known of late, one would have thought the ridiculous smearing of German citizens whose only crime was to respond to their country's call would cease.

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