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Keep Calm and Carry On. @rustyguillotine

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  • Palestinian teen killed on way to pray in Jerusalem
    • Reading through the story, seeing pictures of masked gunmen in the funeral parade, I was expecting the denouement to be some big shootout between IDF and Hamas... Silly me, "hurling stones at a “very close range,”" and even that's just an allegation from an entity with no history of morals or honesty.
      Palestinians are refused Israeli work permits if a relative has been murdered by them or had their house demolished. Muhammad Sami al-Kasbah, with such a recent and compounded bereavement, would certainly be on the radar of Aman and other intelligence agencies, entering Israel 'illegally', two shots to the body and one in the head is not just overkill, its more like an execution calling card. Either way who's counting, its not like anyones going to be held accountable is it.

  • 'They burned Mohammed once, but we burn every day': One year since the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir
    • What torment this poor boys family must be feeling, when I imagine someone being tortured and burnt to death like this it makes my skin crawl, but five minutes from now I'll be doing something else and wont have to think about this awful crime again. For them having to picture it over and over must be hell. Life in prison for the ringleader wont make those images go away, but dropping the charges because of a fabrication of insanity will be a painful salt in the wound.

  • Roger Waters to Caetano Veloso: 'I implore you not to proceed with your engagement in Tel Aviv'
    • Roger Waters lyrics and music have been an inspiration to me for close to 40 years, I am so proud that the sentiment and courage of his thought provoking words have transcended his music into real world action.
      Mr Veloso take a look, take the final cut.

  • Activists call on Oprah Winfrey to distance herself from Leviev over human rights abuses
    • Head of PR team on line one. A lofty sounding, yet beige and ultimately non-committal statement is surely being drafted, carefully worded so it doesn't offend any concerned parties. I only know Winfrey from a couple of films, but I'm aware of her status as American TV royalty, and that status can only be maintained by playing the game, staying on script. She'll probably get away with an apology for wearing Blood Diamonds, Israeli crimes will be ignored, just to mention them in any sort of negative light would be a step too far, courting the wrath of the US media monster and entertainment industry. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but 'celebrity' brings out the cynic in me.

      Excellent strategy from Adalah-NY, "So, you're vocally pro human rights and equality? Well lets see if you'll back that up on an issue that's deliberately ignored by the mainstream".

      It would be fantastic if I was wrong and she came out all guns blazing and denounced Leviev and everything he represents, but I just can't see it.

  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin calls for removal of Israeli flag
    • By English flag I assume you mean the Union Jack and not the St George's Cross. Both of them are potent symbols for Neo-Nazi's and other assorted racist scum here. For nearly 400 years they've both represented global subjugation, genocide and White Might over 'uncivilized' peoples everywhere.
      As recently as 1968 the indigenous people of Australia were still categorized as flora and fauna, that same year the depopulation of the Brown inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago began and continued with barley a squeak from the press for 5 years. But there's no need to look backwards to see Britain's chauvinist legacy, its all around us, do you think Israel would have the same support if the 'chosen tribe' were all sub-Saharan Africans?
      Take those flags, burn them, they're equal to the Swastika in my eyes and I'd be glad to never have to see them again.

  • What I learned crossing the Qalandia Checkpoint
    • tree, if that's the case then I offer Eva my apology for misunderstanding.

      larick, I wish every young Israeli could pass through these turnstiles with someone they cared deeply for and experience, as you did, what it feels like to see them endure pointless discrimination, intimidation and humiliation. Maybe it would sew a seed of doubt, or at the very least encourage empathy.

    • The edit feature is repeating posts (this needs deleting).

    • Eva, that's my point. Don't you see any correlation or similarity between the mindless racism and grotesque suffering your dead relatives endured and the equally abhorrent and vindictive treatment of innocent Palestinians?
      If your riposte is Jews under German rule suffered more I disagree, collective suffering isn't quantifiable, its just wrong and cruel in each and every manifestation.

    • Reading this I had a vision of a short film. People with sunken eyes and paper thin skin, wearing dirty soiled gray and white striped rags, a green crescent moon and star badge is roughly sewn on to the arm or chest of each one. They stand for hours under a baking sun waiting, waiting to glacially shuffle through tight barriers, on towards a turnstile where post adolescent guards in shinny new uniforms cackle, "PIG, MOVE BACK" one of them screams through the tinny tannoy in Hebrew, the ghosts look nervously at each other and make as if they're trying to move even though its impossible in such a constricted space...
      It goes on, but you get the picture.

  • 'Obama coffee' is black and weak -- racist tweet from wife of Israel's vice premier
    • Shmuel, just before the flyover this year the church *erected a sign pleading "Love Thy Neighbor", but it don't make it so.
      Seems like any knowledge we might of garnered from maxims, morality tales, sermons, bibles, papal encyclicals and even pure reason, gets easily trampled when it has to compete with the darker sides of our nature, greed, power, self interest, but I take you and your rabbis point, no harm in repetition.

      *RoHa, another word with the power to allure?

      Hi just thanks for the welcome and hello to the rest of you crazy Jews.

    • Do we really need a rule or piece of ancient text to remind us ‘not to oppress a stranger’? or even a familiar? How very very sad.

    • I'm a 5'10 SWF that likes movies and knitting and even I have mild trepidation in downtown Lagos after 2am, all those black men with warped psyche's caused by long departed fathers that were undeniably of the wrong religion, my my its enough to make anyone reach for self aggrandizement at the very least. Its only sleazy if you believe it is, I take mine black with 3 sugars.. Sugar.

  • There is no pride for Jews in the state of Israel
    • @6poppy
      And maybe one day all the people born to that land will feel the "warmth and protection" you, a stranger from the other side of the world, enjoyed there.

    • I like that bit from the bible where kids that disobey their parents get stoned to death, or the part where parents eat the children, that's cool, like eyes being plucked out and fed to a bird. Great family fun, real peaceful religious stuff, and on special occasions:
      Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
      I know people tend to pick and choose which of God's words are relevant today, but the above are long overdue a revival.

    • I don't live in Swaziland, but people tell me that fish have taken over the govt department of leisure and tourism. A slew of new initiatives to build hotels with suspiciously deep pools have been met with allegations of favoritism.

  • 'With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in France': Death threats follow publication of cartoon in Israeli newspaper
    • A different opinion from the gospel according to hasbara has to be a good thing. Older family members might be immune to seeds of doubt, but younger cousins, nieces, etc. could be fertile ground.
      I've got a very strong memory of my uncle talking about the demise of British manufacturing, and how we'd become a service industry, quango's this, class struggle that. I had no idea what he was talking about, we didn't discuss politics in our house, but I wanted to know.
      Your family visit to Golders or Hampstead or wherever just might've touched someone.

  • Is Abbas’ war crimes bid against Israel a big bluff?
    • I caught both Cook and Baroud articles in other publications and can't help but agree, especially with the latter's analysis. Continuing down the PA road of 'diplomacy' is like trying to cure a gangrenous leg with homeopathy.
      I want to say make the Israelis work for their occupation with every non-violent, non-cooperative, tactic at your disposal, but I don't have to live it, they do.

    • My opinion is that it should be dissolved and full responsibility handed back to the occupiers.
      Completely agree, the façade of peace talks have been mutually beneficial to Israeli expansionism, PA enrichment and American geostrategic aims, meanwhile the Palestinian people's hope of getting even a tiny percentage of their country back, or any degree of self determination, looks as distant a dream as it ever did.
      Occupation is much easier if you can get some of the locals to do your dirty work.

  • Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated)
    • @Walid:Catporn, it’s probably closer to lonely rico’s interpretation about it being a reminder of the tenacity or stuborness of the Palestinians

      Of course my reply was tongue-in-cheek, what I honestly believe is the settlers destroy the trees because they want to remove every last non Jew and taking away their source of income, especially one that has ancient ties to the land, achieves or advances that goal. In their eyes Palestinians are planting on land that was decreed to all Jews, but specifically them, by God! A figment of some giddy goat herders imagination, probably started as a joke to entertain the children and scare the feeble minded. Early Zionists were atheists, but these morons believe this shit like they believe water is wet, here's a funny speech by Avnery a founder, describing the time, money, effort and resources the state gave to archeologists so they could prove the validity of their myths, it's worth a read:
      "So, with the coming of the Zionists to Palestine, a frantic archeological search started. The country was combed for real, scientific proof that the Biblical story was not just a bunch of myths, but real honest-to-God history. (Pun intended.) Christian Zionists came even earlier.

      There started a veritable attack on archeological sites. The upper layers of Ottoman and Mamelukes, Arabs and Crusaders, Byzantines and Romans and Greeks and Persians were uncovered and removed in order to lay bare the ancient layer of the Children of Israel and to prove the Bible right.

      Huge efforts were made. David Ben-Gurion, a self-appointed Biblical scholar, led the effort. The Chief of Staff of the army, Yigael Yadin, the son of an archeologist, and himself a professional archeologist, searched ancient sites to prove that the Conquest of Canaan really happened. Alas, no proof"

      As well as removing the income source and deep rooted ties to the land, I think the settlers genuinely want to see the Palestinians suffer for not relinquishing their claim to it, and because they've been inculcated with hate propaganda, that's the thing with believing in myths, once you suspend your own judgement and intuition you become easy prey for other manipulations.

    • Maybe it's the symbolism of peace - an olive branch - or do they see something of themselves in a tree that's bitter and twisted.

    • Were IIN clear enough about the US 'security guards'? I think they could've fitted it in at least two more times.

  • Meet the Falics: West Bank settlement funders, Netanyahu backers, and owners of Duty Free America
    • Your probably right Walid, but without outside forces vying for influence maybe a peaceful coexistence could flourish, obviously Israel in its current form doesn't fit that model, but my point was more about how instability, warring factions and propped up dictators in the region, benefits those outside forces and gives them an excuse to have a permanent military presence. Recently I learnt of a new British base being built in Bahrain, it's not being put there to protect the UK population is it.

    • A united, peaceful, resource rich, pan Arabia in full control of one of the, if not thee, most strategic points on the planet - that might explain the West's procrastination with regard to peace in the region.
      Divide and rule.

    • I read that at least a quarter of the Ferguson police shipped in to 'keep the peace' after the Brown murder, had received training from the Israelis. Can't find the link atm though.

  • Caroline Glick says there were no Palestinian refugees
    • Z1: Oi, there's a lady out front complaining her tea tastes salty, she wants a fresh cup.
      Z2: Mmm OK, give her a fresh cup but put salt in that too.
      Z1: She'll just send it back.
      Z2: Tell her that's how tea has always tasted, in fact from now on make sure every cup we serve has salt in it.
      Z1: But won't people just stop coming here, go elsewhere for their tea?
      Z2: Yes your right, well we're going to have to buy out every cafe we can, and those we can't buy we'll infiltrate and make sure tea everywhere has salt in it.
      Z1: Are you sure, it seems like a lot of trouble to go to, wouldn't it be easier to just give her a cup without salt?
      Z2: Here, wait a minute, your not one of those anti-saltites are you?
      Z1: Well of course not, I'm not against salt per se, it's just, well... Ohh alright, let's do it your way, anything for a quiet life.
      Z2:Good boy, you wait and see, after a few years people will think tea always had salt in it.

    • Reading this… I just feel my head is about too explode !
      Snap, if I was gonna put myself through the discomfiture of reading the whole book I'd have to treat it as a parody.

    • She's a loon, a total loon, yet pretty representative of her community.
      Looking inside the Zionist mind sends a chill up my spine and leaves me feeling more that a little bit afraid.

  • Israel should pay 1.4 million Palestinians to leave Gaza, Moshe Feiglin says
    • Hi just, if what I've read is true then both drafts (the original Jordanian one with Arab League backing, and the French sanitized version), will go before the UNSC, but if Chad's Permanent Representative to the UN Mahamat Zene Cherif is to be believed this won't happen until the new year.
      Some think this is a big moment, not just for Palestine and Israel, but also for the validity of the UNSC which has failed dismally since 1947/8 to find a solution

      In many ways, the UNSC debates will not be mainly about Israel-Palestine, but about the UN Security Council itself. The Council has always been hobbled by the structural reality that any of its five permanent members can veto a resolution and thus immobilize it from taking action. This is what has happened often in relation to debates on the Israel-Palestine issue, with the United States vetoing countless resolutions that otherwise would have had significant majority international support. That approach has not achieved peace, security, justice, stability or anything else other than perpetual warfare and destruction.

      http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=69444
      As for the drafts, there was already a call by Al-Barghouti to retract and rewrite the original Jordanian bid, some thought it was rushed.
      Lamis Andoni wrote:

      The original draft of the resolution was already problematic to begin with without any amendments. The reason for this is that it demands the recognition of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and this ignores the very core of Palestinian rights, most notably the right of return for Palestinian refugees among other historical and legitimate demands.

      As you said, some undisclosed amendment's have been made, I'm not sure if that happened because of these or similar concerns.

      It's hard not to imagine the French tapping the hand of the US as they climb into the ring to take their place alongside Israel against Palestine.
      Here's a brief analysis of some of the key differences in both drafts, one of the most ominous omissions

      The French did not include the Arab clause calling on “all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949.”

      That's pretty diabolical, leaving out phrases like 'humanitarian law' and' Geneva Convention'. It doesn't leave me with much hope, but whatever happens at least the Palestinians have moved on from the toxic machinations of the US as fair broker.

  • Next U.S. elections threaten Israel's 'total isolation' -- and the Israeli public is worried
    • I quite like Blaine Coleman's grousing about grousing (a new word for me), and criticism is always welcome, if it's groundless no worries, if there's some truth in it then it's a great opportunity to learn, or at least acknowledge.
      My fondness for MW, warts and all, continues to grow, it's not perfect, but what is.

    • Authoritarian regimes don't apologise.
      Dick Chaney epitomizes this stance, his recent appearances before the public are used to both laud and trivialize America's torture programme, not one milligram of regret or sorrow for the harm done to who knows how many, mostly innocent, people.
      Take a good look at him, a clone of so many others that make their living inside the beltway, nil empathy, high on the psychopathy chart.

    • C'mon RoHa, your surely not saying a deed, or science, should override the word of Gawd.. Blasphemer, thy will be cast into the furs of external dalmatians.

    • I've heard several theologians say the same thing - literal interpretation of the bible is relatively modern, yet as the ecumenical councils narrowed down what they believed was 'real Christianity' more and more people were executed for heresy. From Priscillian in 386 through to the last known heretic to be executed, Cayetano Ripoll in 1826, countless individuals and groups (Gnostic, Arianism, Donatism, Montanism, Paulicians, Dulcinians, Waldensians, Cathars, to name a few) suffered horrendous deaths for non-conformity, I expect that would include preaching - the bible is full of allegorical myths not to be taken literally - and this is just within Catholicism.
      Ancient Egyptians, and many others, seemed to have taken the Pharaoh as God, or descendant of Gods, myth quite seriously, as well as the afterlife stuff, you don't go to the trouble of building elaborate pyramids and subterranean tombs filled with next life goodies, slaves, and a passport, on the off chance it'll work.
      So while many before the enlightenment may have seen parting sea's, loquacious shrubs on fire, or oxymorons of virgin births as symbolism or allegory, I'm sure a great many would have taken them as fact, literal, gospel even..

    • Yes yes yes, unconditional.

    • I'm not sure what's being said here, in respect to the US 2016 election what does Israel have to fear exactly? Mr Pfaff doesn't really say, and more than a few of his allusions to the occupation of Palestine are askew. For starters I thought foreign policy didn't factor much in presidential elections, and which candidate is standing in the wings with an anti-Israeli mindset? Non that I can see, even the darling of the liberal left Elisabeth Warren was heard mumbling "I'm having trouble reading Netanyahu's writing during Q&A's about the Gaza hit" this summer. Everyone here knows the amounts of money congress is willing to donate, even bonuses when full scale bombing campaigns against civilian populations are underway. Then the religious nutters, there's millions of them and they wouldn't care if every Palestinian were hung from the rafters, as long as the Jews inherit Israel, YHWH said so don'tcha know!
      According to a recent Pew Research study 82% of Protestant Christian evangelicals (who believe that the Bible is “the Word of God” to be understood literally) believe that God made this eternal gift to the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Evangelicals as of 2007 accounted for about 29% of the U.S. population.)
      http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/12/the-myth-of-abraham-and-americas-allegiance-to-israel/
      It's bad enough that the voters believe this crap but politicians on both sides have the sickness too
      'Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke before a conference on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and was booed when he referred to Israel as a friend of the region’s Christians. “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he retorted, “I will not stand with you” as he retreated from the stage.'

      'Republican Senator from Oklahoma James Inhofe has unashamedly declared, on the floor of Congress: “I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel, and that it has a right to the land, because God said so. In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says: ‘The Lord said to Abram, ‘Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, southward, eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever… Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.’ That is God talking. The Bible says that Abram removed his tent and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, ‘I am giving you this land’ — the West Bank. This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.”
      I think Israel can continue to count on America's support for the foreseeable future, we should count on it too and look to other solutions.

  • John Mearsheimer: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
    • Very glad to hear Prof Mearsheimer endorse MW, but not surprised, he's not shy when it comes to telling truths, and unlike many political commentators who prefer the path of least resistance, he'll give you the facts as he see's them, no matter how inconvenient or unpopular.

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell

  • 'Israel is becoming an isolated ghetto,' says Amos Oz
    • +∞ This was an exceptional interview, I caught it on Saturday. Mads compassion and humanity are humbling, he described the horrors seen this summer as the worst he'd ever witnessed. It was chilling just hearing about it. Also the staff at the hospitals who were already overworked and living with little or no pay, lacking basic equipment, they'd cancelled any further operations this year due to shortages and workload, and this was all before the Israeli attack even started.

      Thanks for putting this link in gracie. I wish the entire world would watch it.

      [Edit function much appreciated MW]

    • And Bush/Blair cost too much!

    • I visited the NYT link, a periodical I rarely entertain. Two paragraphs into Cohen's spiel and I decided an early Xmas prezzy would be to give myself relief from the knot that was begging to form in my stomach, so, on to the comments and jubilation that 'the people' get it!
      Politicians and their stenographers can't be ignorant of the fact that most of us just want fairness and equality and honesty - we know they are full of shit so we seek out other more genuine sources of information, they must know that, but instead of accepting it and offering sincerity they just continue with the farce and sophistry. This has to be one of the main reasons so many in the corporate media are struggling.

      Out of the comments my favorite was the funniest
      Ronit Ariely-Melamed - Israel "Too bad you didn't mention the fact that hundreds of trucks enter Gaza each day, packed to the brim with concrete and steel, intended to help rebuild Gaza's infrastructures. Care to hazard a guess how much of these materials are rerouted to rebuild tunnels.... the Palestinians are just biding their time, strategically placing their weapons, waiting for their chance to obliterate Israel."
      I'm not sure if the post was meant as sarcasm or not but wow did it make me laugh. Oh, and yes it was a NYT pick.

    • I think the "Leaders of the three great religions" have done enough damage already, maybe they could all migrate to some deserted island and have their own little hierarchies were they can endlessly preach to each other in the name of God or self aggrandisement or whatever.
      Happy Solstice.

    • "The last Gaza eruption"
      I wonder how many adjectives Cohen passed up before settling on the equitable sounding "eruption"?
      Did melee, fracas, war, scuffle and conflict compete? Maybe in the darkest recesses of his mind, almost imperceptibly, but still long enough for his cognition to grasp then dismiss, he heard attack, slaughter, massacre, vengeful bloody carnage...
      Or are our mind's really good at concealing inconvenient truths, because otherwise they'd undermine other beliefs we've bought into.

  • Report from Bethlehem: An American moment
    • @eljay
      It's difficult to imagine where the cut off point is for liberal Zionism, what more would it take for them to totally disown Israel.. The mind boggles.

    • Yes it's a total disgrace, the UK govt have bent over backwards twice so far to give diplomatic immunity to war criminal Livni, in the first instance going so far as changing British law to accommodate her. She's not alone, Benny Gantz and Doron Almog were given the red carpet at the expense of abiding by international law too.
      They say actions speak loader than words, and ain't that the truth, the Bolivian President can have his plane plucked from the air and randomly searched by the Austrian govt at the behest of the US, while Israeli war criminals can jet in and out of London without fear of outstanding warrants.
      Still, time moves on, opinions harden and MP's need votes, and she'll always be a wanted war criminal.

    • “Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni said Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty during a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on Sunday, which she held together with Labor head Isaac Herzog."

      There's Israel's liberal left, the saviors that will replace Netanyahu's extremism with a more gentle occupation/apartheid just like in the good old days when Palestinians knew their place.

  • You're on a roll, Mr. President, so abstain from vetoing the Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council
    • It depends on what you perceive Obama's motives to be, if it's fame, fortune and power then it's checkmate, he's won.
      If he wanted to add popularity and respect to the list then he isn't in zugzwang, in fact he has positional advantage, now he just has to make the right moves, though doing so might reduce the fortune element considerably.

    • Don't worry Walid, I'm under no illusions vis-à-vis America PLC or its current CEO Obama.
      Profit reigns, at any cost, and unless you have an immense private fortune you don't even get near the primaries without selling the coming term to the highest bidders.

    • I'd love to believe the final two years of the Obama administration could be some kind of renaissance, all the unfulfilled hopes and promises met, Nobel prize earned etc, but it's completely at odds with American foreign policy, a policy Obama has been consistently on board with, a policy of discord. Discord in South East Asia between China and it's neighbors. Discord in Europe between Russia, Ukraine, EU. Discord in Africa and the Middle East between everyone, Israel is discord in a bottle, why would the US ever want to stop what it tries so hard to create everywhere else?
      It's life blood is the world's reserve currency, to maintain that status quo a bloated, unparalleled military force is needed, and to justify spending 20% your annual budget on that military you've gotta be on a permanent war footing.
      Obama doesn't want peace in the Middle East or anywhere else, the only tricky part is the loss of American lives, the folks at home aren't so keen on that. Recently innovative technology has taken up the slack, so unseemly coffins returning home have been kept to a minimum, but it's amazing what 10 years does to collective memory.

  • Obama took on the Cuba lobby-- when will he take on the Israel lobby?
    • If only, if only. I'd love to believe this was possible, the news about Cuba is a welcome first step and makes America, or should I say Washington, appear a little less petty, vindictive, preposterous.
      Just imagining there's a tornado of ire under Obama's cool exterior that'll be used to smash the lobby's hold on your nation makes me feel sort of warm and fuzzy.

    • Trap your dog in a corner and repeatedly prod it with a sharp stick - see how well that epigram holds up.
      (Please don't actually try this)

  • Why Israel's Jewish nationality bill is a big deal
    • David's father was well placed in both government and religious establishments, thus was well placed to choose the laws that condoned his crimes.

  • Steven Salaita: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
    • Steven Salaita is an intelligent man, he'll be back in work again sooner rather than later I hope.
      His experience at the hands of the Israeli lobby and it's tentacles into American academia have been invaluable to the Palestinian cause. With the help of MW and other journalists we've all had confirmed what we knew already, that the Constitution of the United States is no match for AIPAC and friends. Steven had his head pushed above the parapet, but in doing so the pushers have revealed themselves and the depths they will go to, this is a watershed and I don't think the next school will be so quick fire someone for their political views and their right to express them via free speech. I've just watched Norman Finkelstein on Al Jazeera's Head to Head (watch it if you can), he believes tenure has been denied him because of his views, I'm sure there's others, and even more who are guarded in what they say publicly for fear of repercussions.
      So the battle lines are drawn and we're a little bit stronger because Steven Salaita had and has right on his side, hopefully one day he'll look back at this period as one of the most important and valuable in his life.

      As for supporting Mundo, we all know how important the work they do is.. Even though I look forward to the day when they're no longer needed.

  • The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare: A letter to Jewish students
    • Thank you for sharing your story Simona, I hope many get to read and learn from it. Hearing first hand accounts of how someone found their way through all the half-truths, omissions and fallacies is always more resonant.

      The passing of the “Jewish Nation-State bill” by the Israeli government makes clear what Palestinian citizens of Israel have known for years: that Israel is a democracy for Jews only. By legalizing its Apartheid policies, the Israeli government has forced us to re-evaluate our relationship to Israel.

      A simple, straight forward statement with ample empirical evidence to back it up, yet most of those that have been indoctrinated will read it then continue to shrug it off as an out right lie or Arab propaganda, and label us as anti semites for agreeing.

  • Israel has no answer to BDS, Barghouti tells packed hall at Columbia
    • It's not about 'the Jewish people', it's the state of Israel, try to keep up, and a win is a win. Less than 20% if the UK electorate voted for Tory, never the less we have to endure 5 years of their govt.

    • That's fantastic news Horizontal, in fact this whole page is a much needed injection of optimism, and pabelmont was at the event too, great! I get to live vicariously through others stories, good enough for me, as long as we're moving in the right direction and that's how it appears, even if it's two steps forward one step back.

    • I agree, I remember thinking through the atrocities this summer that all this blood, gore and senseless civilian death and injury is what it would take for the world to sit up and pay attention. Israel's continuous announcements of illegal building programmes, racist laws and other daily vulgarities just help to keep them in the spotlight. Activists and journalists worldwide also deserve credit for keeping the issues in the public consciousness.

    • Ummm Barghouti born in Qatar, studies at Tel Aviv University Israel – hypocrite enough for you
      I'd never considered that point, you've certainly convinced me, from now on I renounce the BDS movement and fully embrace Israeli apartheid, ethnic cleansing and it's ultimate goal of an Arab free Levant.
      Thank you for opening my eyes and please keep up the important work of discrediting BDS.

  • 'There's no coexisting with cancer': Bilingual Arabic/Hebrew school damaged in Jerusalem arson attack
    • over 30 Israeli military vehicles stormed the town shortly after the incident and ransacked Taqatqa’s family home.
      My spine went cold when I read that, imaging the fear that the family must've felt, their daughter/mother/sister/lover/friend has just been taken to hospital, shot 4 times and in critical condition. Now here comes a company of soldiers at the behest of a government that wants to see you and your family suffer, they'll demolish your home and take your citizenship at the very least, this must be a terrifying, traumatic experience.
      Then lower the widow and her 3 children, they've been in the maelstrom for two weeks already, about to be separated, future unknown.

  • Activists block Jericho road to protest East Jerusalem land grab
    • What other options remain? A group of Palestinian bantustans without common governance or valid self determination, serving as a cheap labour source to the local super power. On the other side The Jewish State of Israel, enacting ever more repressive laws to keep the 'Jewish' part relevant.
      Too many Jews have made the Levant their home for too long, it's not dissimilar to Northern Ireland, a point that Zionist leaders will have been aware of for a long time, unraveling it isn't impossible but all the weight is leaning in the other direction, and every demolition and every new settler build, and every 'relocation' makes two states a distant dream.

  • #JusticeForMikeBrown: NFL star Reggie Bush connects Ferguson to Palestine
  • Efforts to suppress Palestinian activism on US campuses won't work
  • Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea
    • Mainstream publications like the Washington Post or New York Times wouldn't ask this question, it would be tantamount to admitting that there's one law for Jews and another, more punitive ideologically driven law for others.
      It doesn't matter that it's the truth, admitting it would dispel the 'democracy' myth.

    • On this day when yet more Palestinian homes are being demolished, allegedly for attacks in October, the question has to be asked, why weren't the murderer's of Abu Khdeir tracked, executed and their homes demolished?

  • Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to 'academic freedom'
    • You make a good point mondonut, there's no way Israeli authorities would undermine or disregard someone's civil liberties on the sole basis that they were Palestinian, it just makes no sense.
      I heard another one of these ludicrous stories about a mother taking her 4 year old daughter out of Gaza at the Erez crossing to a hospital in Israel to see a cancer specialist, she claimed to have been kept waiting by those kind soldiers while the child was in severe pain for 8 hours, even though she had the correct permit. And this wasn't the first time, 6 weeks earlier they'd come to the border and waited 2 hours before being told the permit had been revoked. She tried to say they did it out of spite or cruelty or just because they could.
      It's fanciful, absurd, where do people get these notions? Besides, even if it did happen I know damn well there was a good reason, we're just unaware of the 'context'.

  • Videos: Jerusalem Skunk
    • When I first read about the use of this sick weapon against peaceful protestors, I thought it a cruel way to stop people with legitimate grievances from gathering, but Israel could, and does, use far more lethal methods, still, it doesn't make it right.
      However this arbitrary spraying is far more insidious, it's sole purpose is to make daily life as uncomfortable and intolerable as possible, to force non Jews out of East Jerusalem - it's a more sadistic version of crystal nacht.

    • I think I heard a reporter on All Jazeera say it's been 8 years since a settler has been changed with a crime against a Palestinian! If true.. Well, it's difficult to think less of the Israeli regime than I already do.

  • Israel bans renowned doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life
    • The 'why can't Mads Gilbert enter via Egypt' meme has been doing the rounds, as if to say Israel's ban isn't a vindictive effort to hide the truth and punish both the Doctor and his Gazan patients, it's merely a rerouting, nothing more.
      On the day it was announced someone asked me this question on Twitter, I told him to learn about the Rafah crossing, the Sisi government, and his sponsors. What more can you say in 120 characters. When I checked his TF it turned out he'd asked ten others before me the same thing verbatim, he was either very interested in the opinion of others or had ulterior motives, if I was a gambler my house would be on the latter.

    • I think Israel has shot itself in the foot by banning a high profile 'Doctor' from Gaza, with every passing day it becomes more difficult for its supporters to justify this extreme behaviour, they just look false and foolish when they try.
      Mads Gilbert doesn't seem the sort to take this lying down, and if he can't get in at least he can continue to tell of the crimes he's seen, the more people in the world that hear his story the better.
      Israel seem determined to have as few witnesses as possible for their next massacre.

  • West Bank protesters cross separation wall in effort to get into Jerusalem
    • I heard Kerry was visiting Abbas today, my first thought was which stick/carrot will be used, and what does he expect in return. If he wants things to calm down in Jerusalem I'm not sure Abbas is the right man to talk to, does he hold any sway over the Palestinian's?
      Maybe Kerry just wants to appear to be doing something, and talking to Netanyahu is beyond preposterous, really, he should have an open meeting with Hamas! Wow, the fall out from Washington recognizing Hamas would be.. Noisy.

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