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American, totally disillusioned with the political system. I have never understood why Jews from Europe or anywhere, had the moral 'right' to go settle in Palestine against the wishes of its inhabitants. Yes the Nazi holocaust was terrible, but the Palestinians did not do it; why were they forced to pay for Europe's antisemitism? It was and is a terrible injustice. To me, it was purely white racism and colonialism, which said, 'We want the land, so we will take it.' The fact that the land was already occupied and being used was irrelevant to the colonizers. Who was it that said, "History is written by the victors?" I am grateful that Mondoweiss and others are beginning to write a new history about Zionism, Israel, and the Palestinian people.

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  • Trump's refusal to name a 'good guy and a bad guy' in conflict is 'anti-Israel,' says Rubio
    • I for one was disgusted watching candidates for president of the United States fall all over each other to pledge their love, loyalty, and devotion to a foreign nation. I literally cringed when Rubio called Palestinians terrorists and said they teach their little children to hate Israel. When Trump said, "No one up here has done more for Israel than I have", it made me sick. I wanted to say, "What have any of you ever done for the United States and the average American, for the unemployed, the underemployed, or the poor. How can we, as Americans, stand this?? How can we? Our politicians suck up to another country, pledge loyalty to a foreign entity and promise to put its interests over the interests of the American people? Treason, is a word I would use. As I watched this national disgrace go on for about 10-15 agonizing minutes, I thought Sheldon Adleson is really getting his moneys worth. These guys will say whatever it takes to get money Zionist donors? Another thought that comes to mind: How much of the pro-Israel/demonize Palestinians do these guys really believe vs. what they know they have to say to get money. Lets not kid ourselves, Donald Trump doesn't give a damn about Israel and I doubt Ben Carson or Kasich do either.

  • 'Untenable one-state reality' is taking hold, Kerry tells Israel supporters
    • I am not aware Bernie is progressive on this issue. As far as I know, since he has been in the Senate he has been very quiet on Israel/Palestine. Someone correct me if he has made any recent statements.

  • The effectiveness of the pro-Israel lobby to intimidate our press has reached new heights
    • There was no Palestine, there was no one living there, it was not really full of Arabs? That is exactly, exactly what the Afrikaners said about Africans - ie. black people. They said South Africa was empty when they landed and the blacks only came when they -the white Dutch settlers, made the land prosperous! (Sound familiar)?) And I swear once I was watching NBC Evening News, during the time of apartheid and one of the anchors John Chancellor repeated that as if it were a historical fact. I was shocked that a reputable news station and a supposedly serious senior anchor would be so ignorant at best. Here is it again. My god is that woman a coward.

  • Despite global disgust, Netanyahu doubles down on claim that Hitler got idea of Final Solution from a Palestinian
    • No, honey the media and neo-cons in the US are not ignoring it, soon they will be repeating it as gospel truth. My bet is that Marco Rubio repeats it in the next Republican debate.

    • And why did the Grand Mufti want to make sure Jewish refugees from Europe did not come to Palestine? Because he wanted to see them dead, because he was a virulent anti-Semite, or because he did not want to see one colonial master replaced with another? He only wanted to get the British off Palestine's back and as such, he aligned with whoever he though would help him. Not too different from what the US does today or the way the US supported horrible dictators and looked the other way at their mass murder - think Mobuto in Ziare , as long as they did our bidding and served our interests. (Not unlike what we are doing in the Middle East right now).

    • Kerry fell for it.

    • I have heard similar remarks (although not quite as extreme) from Alan Dershowitz . He did not say that Hitler got the idea of exterminating Jews from the Grand Mufti but he did call the Grand Mufti a Nazi sympathizer and said Palestinians need to "ask themselves what role they played in the Holocaust." Really, he said this several years ago on CNN.

      A few years ago when I was without insurance, I went to UCSF Dental school for a low-cost exam and fillings. My student-dentist was an American born 28-year old female, whose family moved to Israel when she was very small. She came back to the states for college and dental school. I asked her where she went to college and she told me about being raised in Israel. We ended up speaking about Israel and Palestinians and I suppose she was what would be termed a liberal Jew.

      I questioned how it was right that she, born in the US to American parents who had European ancestry, could move to Israel and live in the houses and neighborhoods and cities that Palestinians whose parents still had deeds to the houses could not live in and had to stay in refugee camps. She said she did not agree with that. She said that most Israelis did not agree with that either and most of the militant settlers were New York Jews. (Really)

      I told her I did not agree with the partition because the UN and Western powers literally stole the land that a people where living on and gave it to another people to form a nation there. She felt that was just and said that it was the Arabs who did not accept the partition and started the wars. I asked her to tell me about any group of people who would willingly turn the land they lived in continuously for a thousand years over to another people and become second class citizens or refugees. Who would do that: she did not have a specific answer. She told me that archaeologists had proven that Jews lived in the land that was Palestine over a thousand years ago. I said well of course they did and so did lots of other peoples. The reality is that Palestinians had been living there continuously and it was taken from them and given to Europeans as "compensation" for the Holocaust. I said the Palestinians did not participate in the Holocaust, so if European Jews needed a homeland why take Palestine? She then said that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was a Nazi sympathizer, who aligned with Hitler. So this view may be common in Israel. I believe they tell themselves the Grand Mufti was a Nazi sympathizer and tried to align with Germany as a way of excusing the theft of Palestine. It is a pathetic way of justifying what they did and continue to do to the Palestinian people. If the Holocaust is history's greatest crime and the Palestinians played a part (they didn't) then the creation of Israel was not an injustice to the Palestinian people.

      I looked at the link to the article in the Guardian and unfortunately I found a remark by our illustrious Secretary of State, "Speaking before flying to Berlin to meet the US secretary of state, John Kerry, Netanyahu said he did not mean to diminish Hitler’s responsibility for the Holocaust. “He is responsible for the Final Solution, and he made the decision,” he said. “It is also absurd to ignore the role played by the mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was a war criminal and encouraged Hitler to exterminate European Jewry.” So Kerry is towing this Zionist line in part. Unbelievable.

  • Hillary Clinton expresses alarm for Israeli Jews, and not one word about Palestinian victims
    • My God that is unbelievable. Even for Hillary it is callous. As for her comments about "dialogue" she was Secretary of State for 4 years what did she do to foster dialogue? She knows full well it is Netanyahu who refuses to engage in dialogue. Wonder how she lives with herself.

  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII
    • That's the way I feel. Bush is sitting pretty in Crawford. Have you noticed we haven't heard from him or Tony Blair or Condolezza? Not a word. All the migrants leaving Syria for Europe, they are the lucky ones. They get to start over in a new country, what about the ones left behind. There is no accountability for the Western leaders who decided to "bring democracy" to Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. They made a mess and they walked away. They will never be held accountable. Never. Not to sound stupid, but I did not know Assad offered a deal. What was it?

    • No I am not saying that because they are middle class their lives don't matter and that I would rather they get slaughtered. Surely, you should be able to read that. What I am saying is that Merkel's desire to take in 800,000 of them is very good for those individuals but bad for the majority of Syrian people, who are not on boats. She seems to be trying to solve Germany's demographic problems, -the German birthrate is well below replacement levels, with Syrians. It is patently unfair of Europe to offer permanent resettlement to Syria's educated classes. This is not just a humanitarian gesture on Europe's part. How is that compassionate to Syrians as a whole if Europe takes in hundreds of thousands, eventually in the millions of its most educated, citizens?? No, I don't want them to stay and get slaughtered. I don't have an answer as to how to end Syria's civil war; no one does. I would like to see those refugees helped in neighboring countries. Much, much more help. Their Gulf State neighbors have not stepped up to offer sanctuary and temporary asylum or resettlement in anyway near the numbers European countries are expected to do.

    • These migrants are not poor. They paid smugglers thousands of dollars each to take them to Europe. This is Syria's educated middle class. I feel terribly sorry for them but if Germany takes them in, who will be there to rebuild Syria when the war is over? The civil war in Syria will end and they will need their able-bodied young men (most of the migrants are healthy young men), their doctors, engineers, nurses, and teachers. Remember most Syrian refugees are still internally displaced in Syria, they are also in Lebanon, and Turkey. It is easy for the public to see a photo of one drowning child and feel compassion, but the idea of millions in genuine refugee camps in the Middle East provokes indifference or a feeling of there is nothing I can do so lets move on. This is the best article I have seen on this great migration

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11842760/Prepare-yourselves-The-Great-Migration-will-be-with-us-for-decades.html

  • The enemies list
    • Does Wiesenthal really have a top 10 anti-Semites list? I wouldn't be surprised. No pun intended, but we do have to add the late Casey Kasem to the enemies list.

  • Patriots' owner brings 20 NFL veterans to Netanyahu who calls on them to block Obama's Iran deal
    • Why did he do that?? Over 80% of NFL players are black. Yesterday, the wife of Israel's prime minister made it quite clear what she thinks of our black president: Black and weak. I can only wonder what she thinks of those large, black football players. I can only hope none was mistaken for an illegal African migrant.

  • 'Obama coffee' is black and weak -- racist tweet from wife of Israel's vice premier
    • I am not surprised at all. I can only wonder what kind of 'jokes' Netanyahu tells about President Obama. I have always believed that some if not much of the contempt he shows for Obama is racial, same as for Oren. I think this is giving us a glimpse of some of that racism that exists in Israeli high quarters for our President. Hum,,, I just wonder how this will play in the White House, Obama regularly sucks up to the Zionist lobby, now he knows how they really feel about him: Black and Weak.

  • The grotesque injustice of Obama's speech at the Washington synagogue
    • "The idea that you could be grounded in your history, as Israel was, but not be trapped by it" I can't believe he said that; he must be kidding. Does anyone seriously think Israel and Israelis are not trapped in history? That they are not trapped in a hell of their own making, seeing Nazis everywhere, seeing anti-semitism in every other nations actions. Seeing conspiracies against them in the shapes of the clouds? These are people who think you can make international boundaries by what was written in the Bible, -or their interpretation of what was written in the Bible. "This is our land, God gave it to us." The way that Obama cowers, sucks up to, and is obviously terrified of the Zionist lobby is sad and disgusting. I can only wonder if he feels he is doing what he has to in order to help Hilliary win in 2016 and get money from wealthy Jewish donors for his post-Presidency career. He will need groups willing to pay him $250K per speech in his retirement. To point out the obvious, he is a black man, therefore, he has to know that the same racist comments and slurs he is so happy to throw around about Palestinians and Arabs in general are the same ugly comments that used to be openly made about black people in this country. I suppose he is stuck in the past of that part of our history as well. I have never been so disappointed by a president.

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • Donald, I saw Friedman's column this morning. I was shocked when I got to the line about the "insane, worthless war Hamas initiated in Gaza last Summer." I was shocked as I along with 98% of the world saw Israel wage war in Gaza. The liberal Zionists aren't going to change. They will blame Global Warming before they admit that the true face of Zionism was seen in the election results in Israel.

  • The implications of a U.S. court's indictment of the Palestinian Authority
    • Maybe Rachel Corrie's family should bring a lawsuit against the IDF in that same Manhattan court with the same judge. Wonder how that would play out.

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • Maybe ISIS should hire Netanyahu's PR people. Just a thought.....

    • I have got to read some of the foreign press. You get nothing but nonsense from the American papers, news, and talk radio. The rest of the world must be laughing their asses off at us.

    • I don't understand it; truly I don't. All the applause, all the standing ovations. Can all these congressmen/women and senators be that afraid of the Israel lobby? ? They all can't be. And as Nancy Pelosi said, this is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. They aren't all so stupid as to believe the nonsense that came out of Netanyahu's mouth. So I don't understand the fawning. It was really weird.

  • Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over 'the Arabs' owning New York hotel
    • Are you forgetting that a situation similar to happened several years ago to the late Helen Thomas, when a rabbi had a "gotcha" moment with her and filmed her saying that Jews should "Get the hell out of Palestine." Well her remarks we completely taken out of context, as she was speaking about Jewish colonization of Palestine and the forceable displacement of Palestinians. She was immediately fired, her Lebanese heritage was constantly mentioned as a reason for her 'antisemitism' and her inability to report objectively or give reasoned commentary on the Middle East and American policy there. After this incident, the mainstream media spoke openly about how her Arab heritage unfairly affected her ability to be pro-American enough and media commentators dismissed her past tough and persistent questioning of Bush Jr about lying to get us into Iraq. Remember she was the only person in the press corps who dared to ask, "Why do they hate us." In the last year of her life she was not allowed a table at a White House Press Corps dinner, many, if not most of her former colleges in the media --including the women, who she blazed a trail for, abandoned her.

      I doubt any of that will happen to Jodi.

  • A brief respite in Gaza
    • Over these past weeks, I have had the feeling that the devastation is deliberate. Israel is intent on making Gaza so horribly unlivable (more so than it already is), that Palestinians just leave in mass. I think they want tens of thousands to go to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and other Arab countries - anywhere, really. This is how they are going to solve their "demographic threat" in Gaza and the West Bank; destroy the buildings, water supplies, energy supplies, schools, everything, until there is nothing left. Perhaps when they have depopulated Gaza, they can come to an agreement with the few Palestinians remaining. After Israeli Jews move back in, of course.

  • Will 'Protective Edge' galvanize the US mainstream, as 'Cast Lead' galvanized the left?
    • I was beyond shocked when I heard on the news that the US is re-supplying Israel with weapons. Shocked. How can Obama say out of one side of his mouth that he wants a cease fire and the civilian death toll is unacceptable and THEN re-supply Israel with the very ammunition that is killing those civilians?? The blood of Gaza's children is as much on his hands as it is on Netanyahu's.

      Unbelievable, i wonder if the bombs, mortar rounds and the ammo in the grenade launchers, has "Made in the USA" on it. I wonder if the bomb that hit the UN school or the market are stamped with "Made in the USA."

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
    • Wolf Blitzer used to be an "official" paid mouth-piece for AIPAC, now at CNN he is an "unofficial" mouthpiece for them. What an embarrassment, Bernard Shaw must be horrified.

  • The trojan horse of liberal Zionism
    • I eavesdropped on an interesting conversation between my supervisor and another co-worker. I am sure you will forgive me as my co-worker’s office is across a very narrow hallway and the door was open. My supervisor is Jewish, and an ardent Zionist –this I have known for a long time. He is a very liberal man, on everything except Israel/Palestine. As for my other co-worker, I knew he was of German ancestry, as he told me that he has ancestors who were barons in Germany and he can, and possibly, did, get German citizenship.

      Last week I asked my co-worker how his son, who recently graduated from college, was doing and he said his son had an internship. Then I heard him telling my supervisor his daughter was leaving for Israel on a Birthright trip! I thought how nice for his daughter that she has America as a home, she could possibly claim Germany as a home and now she is being introduced to her new home in Israel; probably right on top of what used to be a Palestinian family’s house or olive garden.

      Today my liberal, on everything except I/P, supervisor asked my co-worker how his daughter’s trip was going. He said she had been to the desert and seen the Bedouins, everything was fine, and she would be going to Jerusalem soon. My supervisor said he was in Jerusalem in 1969 and how great it was and how you could not be in Israel and not see Jerusalem. Co-worker said he was slightly worried about his daughter getting hurt but was glad she was going everywhere with her group. Supervisor said, “Yes, the groups are very careful to keep them out of dangerous places, like public buses.” I missed the next part of the conversation but then, I heard them talking about what must have been Israel’s missile defense, and supervisor said, “what else gets you criticized for having something that works, if you stop someone from shooting the ball in the basket, no one complains when you for doing your job on the court.” And he laughed. Slightly-less hard-line co-worker said he believed most people on both sides want peace but a small minority on both sides don’t. Hard-line supervisor went on about how Israel could not negotiate with the other side because it was not a government but rogue agents like Al-Quieda and you don’t know who you can negotiate with, who has all the power. He said Egypt had been helping Israel keep “them” from smuggling weapons but they aren’t being so helpful as of now. Slightly less militant co-worker said strongly, “Yes, but that is true for BOTH sides. You can say the same thing about the settlers.” Hard-line supervisor said, “At least the settlers are part of a state, they can be controlled.” Less hard-line co-worker said, “Well, they have said for years during negotiations that they will stop building settlements, but they keep on building them; they have not stopped building them.”
      Hard-line supervisor said, “Look I don’t want to have this discussion here, all I am saying is…” and I did not hear the rest. But, I thought to myself, "No, Dude, you don't want to have this conversation with me!"

      It was an interesting conversation, and boy, did I ever want to join it. I wanted to ask my co-worker how he thinks it must feel to Palestinians when white girls from America come to the land they and their parents, and their grandparents were born in and are being kicked out of, bombed, and displaced from. How is it right his daughter has so many countries she has citizenship and can claim citizenship in and Palestinians aren’t citizens where they were born or are second-class citizens there.

      As for my hard-line Zionist supervisor, I want to ask him how he can be so open, liberal, and tolerant in the way he treats people here and be so indifferent and out-right hostile to Palestinians. He used to be a mental-health/social worker. He probably treated and had more empathy for the insane,the drug-addicted, and felons than he does for a Palestinian child. Why is that?

      It was a very interesting conversation. Very interesting, indeed.

  • Not an April Fool's joke: U.S. weighs releasing Pollard to keep Israelis at negotiating table
    • I can only hope it is an April Fools' joke. But unfortunately, it looks like the Palestinian Authority will play the fool again. My God, if they agree to this "deal," they will never get a scrap of historic Palestine much less a state, an autonomous region, a canton, or "autonomy" over the remaining acres of the West Bank and a building or 2 in Jerusalem.

      If the PA agrees to this, the Palestinian people will have no other choice than to launch a full intifada, damn the consequences. The PA has been neutered for years, Obama has become Netanyahu's poodle, the Arab world is in disarray and the Arab leaders have abandoned them, while what is left of Palestine is rapidly disappearing. Of course, this is what Israel has planned all along.

  • Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!
    • Does anyone remember that Saturday Night Live skit, where they spoofed the confirmation hearings of Chuck Hagel and one of the "senators" asked Hagel if he would fellate a donkey for Israel? Well, Christie just fellated a donkey for Sheldon Adleson!

  • Sheldon Adelson to honor Sean Penn at neocon ball
    • Does anyone else see the irony in This World --an organization I had never heard of, honoring Penn for helping gain the release of Jacob Ostreicher, a Hassidic Jew when Israel has god-knows how many Palestinian men, women, and boys languishing unjustly in its prisons? Not to mention that the whole of the Gaza Strip has become one big prison.

      This gets funnier and funnier doesn't it.

    • Shame on me!
      I forgot the Falcon and the Snowman. I loved that book and movie. I don't know if he made it for political reasons; it was a very political book and movie, perhaps he did. I never read any articles of him speaking about that role.

      BTW; Did you know that Chris Boyce is out of jail? Has been for a few years, I believe. Saw him being interviewed on tv, MSNBC I think, when Snowden was seeking asylum in Russia. Boyce said that Showden would eventually regret what he did after the Feds got their hands on him and sent him to solitary confinement and abused him --the way they did to him. Snowden had better stay in Russia!

    • Pamela,
      I completely disagree with you about Sean Penn's acting talents. I think he is one of the best actors of his generation. For the record, both the late Siskell and Ebert thought so too. He absolutely disappears into his characters. I admire him for always choosing character roles in good and serious movies, rather than going for what he thinks will be a "hit" or "blockbuster" or what will make him into anothera shallow Hollywood star, like Brad Pitt. Sean was amazing in "Mystic River" and he was incredibly believable as a mentally-retarded father in "I Am Sam." There was: Milk; All the Kings Men; The Thin Red Line; The Crossing Guard; and of course, Dead Man Walking, where he bought Sister Helen Prejean's book to life.

      Sean's personal life has left little to be admired. His silly fling and marriage to Madonna; Robin Wright was a good and fine woman but he did not have the sense to hang on to her; not to mention when the broke up, he disgracefully dissed her --the mother of his 2 kids, in a magazine article. His public flings since his divorce have been way too silly, desperate, and immature.

      His recent foray into activism has soured me on him. I think his activism is symptom of a mid-life crisis. For most of his public life Sean showed absolutely NO interest in politics, activism, or anything of the sort. If he even bothered to vote, he kept it to himself. He did go to Iraq, hang with Hugo Chavez and, after the earthquake, he went to save the people of Haiti. He appointed himself as their official ambassador and spokesperson and made declarations about how phony, Haitian-born Weycliff Jean was. As a black woman, I was amused that a rich, white, Hollywood guy would appoint himself as savior of a black nation he had only recently "discovered," his first time visiting Haiti or having anything to do with Haiti and Haitians was after the earthquake.

      What I am saying is that his activism is completely self-serving and narcissistic and shallow. Or in plain language, very Hollywood, like Scarlett's!

      I will however wait to see if he actually accepts this award or refuses it or goes and somehow makes a statement in support of the Palestinian people. Who knows, between now and May 18, he may "discover" Palestine and Palestinians, the BDS movement and surprise us all! Regardless, it should be worth a good laugh.

  • Beinart’s (colonial) Jewish (imperial) democratic state
    • I wonder how Beinhart felt about Arizona's immigration laws and the desire of it's Governor Jan Brewer to limit Mexican illegal immigration in order to preserve Arizona's predominately white heritage? I wonder how he feels about the desire of many Americans to restrict immigration because it has rapidly changed the racial/ethnic/linguistic heritage of the US. Somehow, I think Beinhart feels that the US should welcome, encourage, and allow non-white/non-European immigration, legal and illegal, (the politically-correct liberal view) adamantly opposes allowing Palestinians to return to return to the homes they or their parents were forcefully evicted from to allow Jewish immigration to Palestine.

  • Help send Netanyahu to the Mandela memorial!
    • Staying away from Nelson Mandela's funeral is the only decent thing Netanyahu has done in years, probably his whole political career. At least he has the sense to realize that he would be less welcome and as much an outcast as Robert Mugabe. It would be extremely uncomfortable for Bibi to hear people eulogize Mandela for ending apartheid in South Africa, while Bibi is implementing many of the same policies in Israel. On the serious side, isn't this a de-facto admission that Israel is an apartheid state? When even he knows he has to stay away......

      Oh, and $2 million dollars is small change, we send him billions. Has he spent it already?

  • Halevi: 2000 years of Jewish aspiration, Palestinians not so much
  • Netanyahu says Palestinians must recognize 'the Jewish state' for peace (and then says even that isn't enough)
    • If Israel is a "Jewish" state, why do they want to be made a member of the European Union? If the Land of Israel is truly their ancestral homeland why join the EU?

  • Jackie Mason says 'giving' the Palestinians the West Bank is like giving them half of Florida
    • I truly do not know what to say about this. I am speechless. The only thing I can think of is this is probably what white Europeans said when they were fighting Indians and it is exactly what the whites of South Africa said during apartheid. Do you remember how they constantly said that when they arrived in South Africa there were no blacks living there. Truly, they claimed there were NO blacks in South Africa, despite their history being filled with settler wars. They said the blacks came after they arrived because of the progress they made to the lands. This is similar to what the book "From Time Immemorial' lied about.

      I suppose I would ask Jackie, where does he think the Palestinians came from? Where did they come from so that Israel fought them in 1948, did they land from outer space?

  • 'NYT' capitulates to rightwingers, declaring settlements not illegal
    • Then America will be as much of an international pariah as Israel will be. No amount of surveillance or remote killings will prevent the "terrorist" attacks against American citizens. Boston will have only been the beginning of the blow-back. I cannot see Israel doing anything but formally annexing the West Bank; they have stolen all the land, formal annexation will be a technicality. What Obama and our government is doing: making the US an outlaw nation and the surveillance against it's own citizens, surely must be called treason.

  • Nazareth Illit mayor says, 'If you think I’m a racist, then Israel is a racist state'
    • "The racist Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, and during the War of Independence even made sure to bring in hundreds of thousands of Jews and drive out hundreds of thousands of Arabs who had been living here "

      OMG, so they do admit the drove out hundreds of thousands of Arabs!! I thought no one was living there. I thought it was empty, until they made the desert bloom. I thought it was a "land without a people, for a people without a land."

      Seriously, I did not know they were admitting the Zionists committed ethnic cleansing in 48' openly. Someone should show this article to Obama; I wonder what he would say. Also, I am not surprised the main-stream media has not run this story. NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, nor the Wa Post would touch this with a ten foot pole.

  • John McCain's odyssey into international law
    • Thanks for the link regarding the nuclear accident in Fukushima. Several times I have thought about it and wondered what was going on. Since the earthquake and tsunami are no longer "flavor of the month," the main-stream media has lost interest in the story. Sometimes it boggles the mind: how much real news and information one misses by watching and listening to the American evening news.

  • Netanyahu may require DNA tests to prove immigrants have a Jewish 'bloodline'
    • According to Shlomo Sand, (I first heard about his books: "The Invention of the Jewish People" and "The Invention of the Land of Israel" ) there is no such thing as a Jewish bloodline. Geneticists have not found a definitive "Jewish gene," so what exactly is Netanyahu looking for?? Proof of extreme whiteness?

  • Israel bartering African refugees for weapons
    • Can you imagine the uproar that would happen if a European country, say Spain, Italy, or Greece offered illegal African migrants in their countries money to leave and offered African governments weapons and money in exchange for taking them back? The European commissions on human rights would stop the programs dead in their tracks.

      Can you imagine the uproar that would ensue if Arizona governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe offered illegal Mexican migrants money to go home? The Obama administration would shut that down in a heartbeat, and the liberal public--including liberal Jews, like mayor Bloomberg, would be outraged by the racism. Since it is Israel doing it......well, we have to understand that they are trying to defend them selves as a Jewish state and a democracy and they cannot be "swamped" with non-Jewish immigrants. However, I just can't help but wonder how our Black president, son of a Kenyan immigrant would feel about what "Bibi" is doing.

  • The homogeneity and 'intense political programming' of Jewish day schools
    • Orwell would be proud. Honestly, I can only wonder if that type of pressure of literal brain-washing causes lasting psychological problems in the students. I can imagine a student having a nervous breakdown in this environment. At the end of 1984, Winston learned to love Big Brother. I suppose by the time of graduation the students do, indeed, love Israel and Zionism. And they love Israel and Zionism much more than they love the United States and democracy.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Samantha Power’s quest
  • Obama will never pressure Israel to end occupation, because his only goal is No war with Iran
    • Good post. Syria has been in the news so much, with Israel bombing them 3 times, I had been thinking the chaos in Syria had taken war with Iran off the table. What you are saying is very reasonable as it was very obvious Obama did not want to go to war with Iran. I could tell during the 2012 election how he was wavering between being tough on Iran and boxing himself into a corner. It would not surprise me at all if during Obama's visit to Israel he made a back-door deal with Netanyahu to keep quiet about the expanding settlements and continue America's unconditional support if Netanyahu would back off war with Iran. That is probably why we have not been hearing the drumbeat to go to war with Iran and why Israel is now focusing on Syria.

  • UN nominee Power spoke of Israeli human rights abuses and US 'domestic constituency' with 'tremendous' financial clout
    • Brown-Eyed Girl June 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Can't wait to hear what Lindsay Graham asks her during her confirmation hearings. She will have to grovel more than Chuck Hagel did.

  • Kerry tells the lobby: I'm your boy, but you're radicalizing the world
    • How can Kerry be Jewish if it was his grandfather who was Jewish? I thought it had to be passed down through the mother in order to ensure "purity?"

  • Kerry’s plan: Palestinians to be cast as fall guys - again
    • Brown-Eyed Girl June 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

      This development project will be overseen by Tony Blair? Tony Blair gave an interview with the Daily Mail in which he said that there is "a problem with Islam."

      He said , "There is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology which is a strain within Islam," he wrote. "We have to put it on the table and be honest about it. Of course there are Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu ones. But I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies."

      "At the extreme end of the spectrum are terrorists, but the world view goes deeper and wider than it is comfortable for us to admit. So by and large we don’t admit it," he added.

      Of course the irony is that he joined Bush in invading Iraq and killed tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens, but of course, the problem is Islam. He does not need to be overseeing a development project in the West Bank. At least his inclusion tells us that this project is a joke, a smokescreen, and a cover by the West for Israel, and not to be taken seriously. And of course, the problem is within Islam.

  • Kerry faults Israelis for complacency -- peace isn't 'on the tip of everybody's tongue'
    • There is no peace process and everyone including John Kerry and Obama knows it. It is all cover so that Israel can continue to grab more and more of the West Bank and Jerusalem until everyone is forced to admit IN PUBLIC that a two state solution is impossible. ( Note that when I say everyone will be forced to admit a two state solution is impossible, I mean the American president and the rest of the American government. ) What I don't understand is what Kerry and Obama think the US is going to do when Israel has grabbed and settled darn near the entire West Bank? Will they US policy be to pressure Palestinians to leave and be resettled in other countries? Will it be for the Palestinians to take over Jordan and call that Palestine? Or will it be official US policy for the Palestinian people to accept apartheid and tell Israel to put a "kinder and gentler" face on it? I don't dare ask what the Israeli people will do when the officially become and apartheid nation; I can only wonder what percentage of them have their passports ready.

      Kerry and Obama must know they are kicking not just the can but the entire can factory down the road and that they are implementing a policy that is going to blow up in the United States' face. It pains me to believe that they are that cowardly.
      But, I heard the crap Obama spoke yesterday in his speech on drones so once again, I know I cannot expect anything meaningful in his second administration.

  • Beinart's challenge, Beinart's fear
    • Fascination article Ramzi. It seems to me that the Israeli government is very aware that the tide has completely turned against it internationally AND the public opinion is turning against Israel in America even if Obama and the rest of our spineless politicians aren't. So now Israel has to look for another major power to be its backer and China seems to be it. Of course, China will destroy its relations with the Arab world; perhaps they are gambling their presence in Africa might make up for the loss of any Arab oil.

      The military alliance between China and Israel will be lethal for the Palestinian people because China will not only sell them an unlimited amount weapons, there will probably be technology transfers, and Israel and China will most likely begin developing weapon systems together. When this happens, Israel will be able to unleash a wave of violence and suppression against the Palestinian people without worrying about any negative public opinion from their benefactors in China.

  • 1 paragraph for Syria, 1 for Afghanistan, 5 for Israel/Palestine in Obama's NY fundraising speech
    • Not much 'change we can believe in' in that speech. I can imagine how humiliated Obama must have felt sucking up to pro-Israel donors and spouting what he must know is nonsense, in order to keep the cash rolling in to his administration and the Democratic Party. Sometimes I truly believe he wishes he had never run for president, never left Chicago. At this point, so do I.

  • More on the Church of Scotland's controversial report on occupation
    • The Israeli's expected the Palestinians to go quietly into that long dark night in 1948 didn't they. The continue to expect the Palestinian people to go into the long dark night don't they?

    • Brown-Eyed Girl May 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Why is it that when Muslim's want to impose Sharia law and run their nations in accordance to what they (a small minority) believe their God wants, they are called radicals, Islamists, fanatics, and dangerous, YET, when Jews, and some Christians want to draw international borders and to decide which ethnic/religious groups can live in a certain country, say Israel, based on a religious book--The Old Testament, this is somehow acceptable, rational, and is supported by billions of our tax dollars??

      If some Jews believe God gave them a certain land, why are they entitled to have their religious belief codified in international law? We Americans are quick to point out the absurdity of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban, forcing non-Muslims or their secular brothers to live in a theocracy, but we support a Jewish theocratic state with our tax dollars and our military.

      When one questions the beliefs of Muslim fundamentalists it is called free speech and we, and I, insist on our right to question other beliefs. As noted in the article above, when the Church of Scotland questioned the belief that the Christian God gave any group a divine right to possess any territory they are savagely attacked, vilified, and called racists.

      I am very sad and angry that the Church of Scotland backed down from the first draft of its report. I absolutely believe it is outrageous that European Jews claim what was Palestine based on "what God gave them." How is this any different than anything the most extreme Muslim fundamentalist preaches and uses violence to perpetuate? We should NOT back down from openly criticizing this belief and the horrible consequences to the Palestinian people that stem from this form of intolerant religious fundamentalism.

  • Carl Bernstein addresses 'Florida Loves Israel' convention
    • I don't have a problem with his giving this speech. I am not a supporter of Israel but i certainly support free speech. Since Mr. Bernstein is a self-identified secular Jew and believes "American Jews should be educated and active supporters of Israel," and he is a journalist, I feel that in the essence of fairness and transparency should he cover Israel and topics related to Israel and the Middle East he is obligated to tell his audience that he is writing as a Jew and a supporter of Israel. He and others in the media who are Jewish and supporters of Israel ought to give a disclaimer so the television, or newspaper audience can put their statements in the proper context: This may not be objective journalism, but advocacy journalism or simply a personal political opinion.
      I can only imagine the cries of antisemitism should we loudly, and on other forums insist these "journalists" do that.

  • Day Two of Obama in Israel/Palestine — Obama visits Ramallah and addresses the Israeli people
    • I watched many of the videos and they are amazing. Israeli's know they stole land, displaced another people, and committed an injustice. From the videos most are OK with it; they enjoy their lives and don't care about the "natives." One man gave the Bible as an answer to the question about the Jewish vs. Palestinian right of return. The comparison with white South Africans in the era of apartheid is more accurate than I thought. Now I am even more embarrassed that the first black president went to praise Israel and treated and spoke of Palestinians as dismissively as Netanyahu does.

    • Excellent point. I wish Abbas had taken him on a "walk," around the apartheid wall or to a segregated bus stop. Now that would have been brilliant.

    • We here openly talk about apartheid, in Israel they talk about apartheid. However, I cannot help but wonder how Israeli people feel. How do they feel about building a state on another people's land? How do they feel enjoying the fruits of what they stole? How do they feel living with their lies and illusions? It must be a truly schizophrenic existence. I wonder if Israeli's feel like the whites of South Africa did because they are exactly like them? They believe they are God's people in a land God gave them. Coming back to Eretz Israel after 2,000 "years of longing." I suppose like the whites of South Africa who felt no guilt over throwing blacks out, Israeli's justify displacing the Palestinians---to the extent they admit Palestinians exist. Remember the whites of South Africa said there were no blacks there, it was empty when they arrived and the blacks came only when they--the superior people, developed it. Kinda of like "we made the desert bloom." I wonder how Israeli's live knowing they are on borrowed time. Obama probably made them feel better. I only wish he had had the guts to tell them the truth.

    • Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.

      I am struck by this comment. Israelis did not build a state in THEIR homeland, they built a state in Palestine, in someone else s' homeland. Surely Obama must know that.

  • Obama praises Israel to high heavens as Israeli and American elite cement 'unbreakable' alliance
    • Why does the United States stand so strongly, so firmly with the State of Israel?” said Obama. “The answer is simple. We stand together because we share a common story -- patriots determined to be a free people in our land, pioneers who forged a nation.

      Obama is correct: Israel and the US share a common story. It is a story and history of European colonialism, expansionism, and ethnic cleansing against the native population.
      It is just sad to hear such words come out of the mouth of a black man.

  • No peace plan and lots of photo-ops: White House sets low expectations for Obama visit to Middle East
    • "Tellingly, Rhodes said that the president would visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, which, he said, “are a testament, of course, to the ancient Jewish connection to Israel.” That comment was a nod to Jewish leaders, who in a meeting about the upcoming trip urged Obama to say that Jews had Biblical connections to the land. Obama had miffed some Jewish leaders by implying in his Cairo speech that the Holocaust was a justification for the creation of Israel."

      Comment 1: The idea that since Jews lived in Israel 1400-1600 years ago, they have a right to go colonize it today is ludicrous. Others lived in that land as well and more recently, why is the Jewish link more important to the people who were living there and using it in 1948. Alas, that is a rhetorical question. Of course God gave it to them. How can we--intelligent Americans--allow this foolishness to continue today. We think Muslims are crazy for wanting to live under ancient Sharia law in the 21st Century, how crazy is it that most Americans want international borders in the Middle East to jibe with the borders "God" drew. (Not that I actually believe that).

      Comment 2: Obama's implication that the Nazi holocaust was justification for the creation of Israel. Why? The Palestinians did not do it; they did not send one Jew to a gas chamber. They were in Palestine trying to get the British and off their backs.
      It had always enraged me that Palestinians were made to pay the ultimate price for European antisemitism. Why weren't they simply given a piece of Germany? Has any American ever had the courage to challenge that notion? To state that the displacement of the Palestinians is an injustice.

      Obama is only going on this trip because during the debate Romney kept hitting him for visiting the Middle East to speak to the Muslim world and not going to Israel. Remember he said it at least 3 times; when he also spoke about throwing Israel " under the bus." Oh, but only if we would. Obama's trip is a show of weakness, a capitulation and everyone--except him, knows it. I can only hope the PA and leftist Israelis put on one hell of a loud, peaceful counter-demonstration that puts Obama and Netanyahu to shame. Show him the apartheid wall, show him segregated bus lines, show him the ghetto that is Gaza. Somehow, I doubt that will happen and I can only fear the coverage the main-stream media will give to this made-for-tv show.

  • Chuck Hagel meets Ehud Barak (and wants to make sure the Israel lobby knows it)
    • When I heard that Chuck Hagel was nominated to be Sec of Defense and that there was a controversy about his views on the I/P issue and Iran, I was thrilled. I thought it was a bold move on Obama's part and he was finally showing backbone. Many on this site pointed out Hagel was not that different from Obama himself----he still favored an interventionist US, just a "smarter" use of power and wanted to "pick" our wars more carefully. Still, reading his speeches gave me a great feeling that someone different would have access to power and the President would finally get advice from someone other than a war-monger. I was greatly disappointed by the confirmation hearings and this pathetic display has convinced me that Hagel is completely neutered. This is embarrassing. He simply has no dignity left. Honestly, how can he stand himself; no job is worth having to castrate oneself. Embarrassing, and with what Joe is saying over at the AIPAC conference shows that, as The Who said, "the party on the left is now the party on the right."

  • Biden says Jews can't be safe in the U.S. without a Jewish state
    • Brilliant! And do you think he would have sodomized a donkey to please AIPAC? I had goodwill towards Joe as a human being, as a man who lost his wife and one child in a tragic accident, and as an "average Joe," now I hold him in as much contempt for him as I do Obama.

  • Argo's Oscar and the failure of truth
    • First we had Zero Dark Thirty now Argo. And they say Hollywood is full of Anti-American liberals. I wonder how many years we have to wait until someone makes a movie that tells the truth about American policy in the Middle East they way Platoon told the truth about the Vietnam War. My uncle was drafted into Vietnam, served, got sprayed with agent orange, got leukemia years later and the VA spent 10 years denying there was a connection. It will probably take a long time, as the American people are not yet ready for the truth.

  • Wait, why would a liberal Democrat line up with Dick Cheney?
    • I am absolutely shocked that someone running for mayor of New York feels he has to go bow at the feet of AIPAC in order to be elected. It's not as if Israel policy is a real part of cleaning the streets of NYC, stopping crime in NYC, housing in NYC, employment in NYC, public education in NYC. Oh, and by the way does he have positions on the issues that are real to the people of NYC? I really wonder how much, if anything, he knows about the history of Palestine and the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict?

  • Why the United States must reject British foreign policy in Syria
    • I don't see that Britain has any strategic or national interests in Syria. I am a little confused; I thought that when Cameron came to power and brought austerity, Britain drastically cut its military budget. It was my understanding that they were conceding that they would not be able to partake in a military adventure the way the did for Bush in Iraq.

  • Hagel offers himself as secretary of Israel's defense
    • I heard a radio talk show host in San Fran say, last year, that there was a rumor around Washington that AIPAC had proof that Lindsey Graham was a homosexual and was using that information, photographic information, to blackmail him.

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