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  • New Israel Fund's Daniel Sokatch exposes the bankruptcy of liberal Zionism
    • Daniel Sokatch has a long history of calling himself "progressive" on Jewish issues, going back to his younger days in Los Angeles, while serving the interests of the most right wing Israeli interests and, serving them better than right wing advocates of Israel, because he appealed to mostly Christian progressives with his nuanced support for Israel's right wing policies. The only difference is that now many folks know who Sokatch is, while in the early days his disguise was much more effective.

  • New Israel Fund response to Ben Gurion harassment reinforces very system it claims to oppose
    • I know Daniel Sokatch from the "old days" ( around 2003-2006) when he was the head of the "Progressive" Jewish Alliance (now defunct) in Los Angeles, CA. He was a PEP (progressive except for Palestine) in those days and he obviously has not changed. In those days, he had a lot of progressives in Los Angeles thinking he was something he was not--he was very good at that. Fortunately, those who are progressive on the Palestinian issue have learned a lot since then. Hi, Daniel, as you will recall, you did not fool me then and you do not fool me now.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • I had to curser through all of these past comments to see whether the point I am about to make has already been made and I do not think it has.
      So, Mondoweiss was just too, too busy to deal with the Weir issue before, but now it posts "roundtable" comments, one condemning Weir, one "gosh can't we all just get along", and one defending Weir; all without any comment by Mondoweiss.
      Next, I suggest that Mondoweiss publish a "roundtable" about whether Mondoweiss is really for Palestinian rights or just asserting an apparent position to further its true intent of supporting continued Jewish control of the land known as Israel? We could start out with Gilad Atzmon who would take a strong position about Mondoweiss' deceptive position, we could move on with that "progressive" Zionist of Israel Fund, Daniel Socatch who would take a "gosh can't we just all get along" position and end with JVP, Mondoweiss' combination Zionist/non Zionist friend who would strongly defend Mondoweiss. Of course, Mondoweiss itself could make no comment on this issue. Wouldn't this be as fair to Mondoweiss as the Weir "roundtable" was to her?

  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
    • What an interesting response.! Is this to say that "all Jews look alike?" I don't think so! Also, it is not a matter of giving Zionists satisfaction or not. It is a matter of what it means to be a humanist without hiding behind an ethnic cloak.

    • Yes, Lenny and others, it takes a true sense of justice and courage to do what you did. Now, consider the next step. Is it really just Israel and so called Zionists who support these supremacist and racist policies against "the others"? Or, is it the worldwide organized Jewish community itself? Not just AIPAC and its ilk, but virtually every Jewish religious and secular institution. I realize that folks like Mondoweiss, Jewish Voice For Peace and a very few other groups and individuals who identify as Jewish try to resist these policies, but another way of resisting (and I believe a more effective way) is to shed the Jewish identity as I and others have done; in other words---QUIT. As someone once said, "You have nothing to loose but your chains." No, I am not a Marxist, but I am a humanist who does not wear an ethnic cloak.

  • Settler colonialism -- and liberal Zionist denial
  • Exile and the Prophetic: Obama’s (and our) Jewish politics
    • I would like to see the so-called "Jewish vote" analyzed differently. J Street brags that 70% of US Jews voted for Obama, but the fact that 85% of US citizen Jews who live in Israel voted for Romney leads me to suspect the 70% claim. I would like to see the US vote broken down into two categories: 1. Those Jews who belong to a religious or any other Jewish organization (including so called liberal ones) and 2. Those persons who are usually identified as Jews because of heritage, but belong to no Jewish organization, religious or otherwise. I think you would find that a majority of those in group 1 voted for Romney, not Obama and those in group 2 voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Just a thought.

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