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  • The ice floe
  • A peek inside the Israeli subconscious as revealed at the King Hussein crossing from Jordan
    • That reminds me, what's the status on that bill floating through US Congress that would waive visa requirements for Israelis--at least Jewish ones?

  • Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers
    • Meanwhile, remember the Turkish-American boy who was murdered by the Zios on that boat to Gaza? Turns out Uncle Sam is not his uncle after all: link to

      What would it take for the American government to come to the aid of an American abused or murdered by Israel? Remember the USS Liberty crew? Rachel Corrie? The young lady artist who had her eye shot out? What did the US government do for any of those Americans? It actually worked against them, so now what?

  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
    • In the cradle of modern democracy, a nation of 350 million souls, the USA, we cannot come up with a single politician who would dare to make a speech such as Sir Duncan did. It's frightening and embarrassing. And it makes me bitter.

  • Identities of minors who admitted to killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir to be revealed Monday
  • Judt on Brooks and Friedman's role in pushing the criminal invasion of Iraq
    • It must be fun to be a big mucky-muck pundit in US media, babbling BS about Israel and the US relationship with it--all the while knowing nobody important enough to be put on the first page, so to speak, will berate your ignorance and bias.

  • Anti-semitism charge is increasingly being leveled against Israel's mainstream critics
    • Haha, wouldn't you like to hear in private as to how Kerry views the slurs against his vain attempts to reconcile Israel's policies and conduct with the American values he fought for against those who loved the war in Vietnam?

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  • Europe wearies of Netanyahu's diversions
    • More info: "Angela Merkel’s father Horst Kasner died last September aged 85. Some secrets surrounding this enigmatic man have died with him, but quite a few things are a matter of public record. Born in 1926, he served on the Russian front during World Ward II and, at the age of 19 in 1943, was taken prisoner.
      How long he remained in Russian hands – and when he got back to Germany – is not recorded. But somewhere along the way, he became a clergyman, and married a Polish woman, Herlind Jentzsch, in 1952. She gave birth to Angela in 1954, and then three weeks later Kasner did what almost no other German had ever done: he moved from West Germany to the DDR. By choice, he became an Osti." link to

    • Wiki says: "Little is known about Horst Kasner's wartime service, and he was held as a prisoner of war at the age of 19. During his high school years he was a member of the Hitler Youth, with the last service position of a troop leader."

      There is no citation supporting this text. However since he was a teen-ager during the relevant time, it seems very likely he was a member of the Hitler Youth and then conscripted.

    • I don't know what he did during the war, but he left W Germany nine years after the war ended to be a Lutheran minister in E Germany, having converted from Catholicism. Some say her pattern of supporting Israel derives from having grown up under a regime that took no responsibility at all for the Holocaust. To the extent she's trying to be fair and/or guilt-tripping as a German, it seems clear those sensibilities don't extend to the Palestine people--although she's been on record a number of times as supporting the end of the illegal Israeli settlements, which, like the US, she views as an obstacle to a 2-state peace solution: link to

    • Germany initially rejected selling Israel cutting edge missile boats at deep discount ($382 M discount) to encourage Israel to stop its on-going illegal settlements. Germany has now reversed itself; Merkel will give Israel such a deal unconditionally. Why? Nobody seems to have a clear idea why the reversal. link to

  • 'NYT' can't keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany
    • The most commonly held beliefs among the ADL’s list of 11 statements that the ADL thinks suggests anti-Semitism was that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their home country — a view held by 41 percent of respondents polled around the world. More than one-third agreed with the statements that Jews have too much power in the business world and in international financial markets, that Jews think they are better than other people and that Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind.

      “The ADL’s Global 100 index will serve as a baseline,” Foxman said. “For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world.”
      The survey gauged anti-Semitism by asking whether respondents agreed with an index of 11 statements that the ADL believes suggest anti-Jewish bias: Jews talk too much about what happened to them during the Holocaust; Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries they live in; Jews think they are better than other people; Jews have too much power in international financial markets; Jews have too much power in the business world; Jews have too much control over global affairs; people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave; Jews have too much control over the U.S. government; Jews have too much control over global media; Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars; Jews don’t care about what happens to anyone but their own kind.
      Respondents who agreed that a majority of the statements are “probably true” were deemed anti-Semitic.

      The survey also questioned respondents about their attitudes toward Israel. Outside the Middle East, Israel’s favorable rating was 37 percent, compared to 26 percent unfavorable. Within the Middle East, Israel’s unfavorable rating rose to 84 percent. The only other region where Israel’s unfavorable rating outweighed its favorable was Asia: 30 percent unfavorable, compared to 26 percent favorably.

      Read more: link to

    • @ jon s

      What's the net statistics? As of 2014, trend shows immigration to Israel has been slowing-- except for France.

      link to

    • @ yonah fredman

      2012 Report on Hate Crimes in Western Europe:

      link to

      Selected snippet:

      Germany: Official law-enforcement figures recorded 1,239 anti-Semitic crimes, 29 of which involved violence.295 The Amadeu Antonio Foundation reported five cases of physical assault, one of which involved serious injury, five cases of vandalism to Holocaust memorials, four cases of vandalism to Jewish memorials, three cases of cemetery desecration, one case of graffiti and one case of arson of a residence.296

      Germany: Official law-enforcement figures record 2,528 xenophobic crimes, 373 of which involved violence, and 484 racist crimes, 71 of which involved violence.190

    • @ jon s

      2010 analysis of net Israeli emigration-immigration rates:
      "… the fact that Israel is manifesting migration balance rates for Jews that roughly match those of South African whites six to seven years prior to that country‘s massive political transformation lends some credence to the view that under current conditions Jewish emigration from Israel must be understood as significant, not only in demographic terms, and not just in the context of polemics about Israelis policies toward occupied territories, but as a possible harbinger of the potential for Israel to exhibit the kind of dramatic change that societies undergo when they approach the limit of their socio-political carrying capacity. link to

    • Perhaps the profile of the young Israeli called "Pudding Man" will clear up the issue of motivation:
      link to

    • @ hophmi
      You equate all Jews with Zionism, not Mooser or Mondoweiss.

    • @ American
      A lot of it is economical--as in US, most of the economic profit goes to Israel's elite. Germany did away with conscription in 2011 and it never applied to females anyway. The reverse of course is true in Israel. And yes, under former German conscription law, Jews were exempt. I would add Berlin has long been attractive to young cosmopolitans the world over, especially of the artistic and professional class except during the relatively few years of the Nazi regime.

  • Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy
    • Didn't Abbas have to keep drawing what Israel proposed on napkins to the best of his recollection because Israel would not give him a map of any of its proposals?

    • The US will be the last enabler of Israel even after it becomes an official pariah, rogue state, just as Israel did that job for the apartheid state of S Africa.

    • Too bad no US congress folks will ever read this most concise, succinct, and factual portrait of Israel's creed and deed as implemented. Nor will the USA's "Fourth Estate" ever bring it to the attention of the US masses.

  • 'Progressive' rabbi ascribes Roger Waters's concern with 500 Palestinian child victims to rocker's alleged drug use
    • @JLewisDickerson
      Yes, you make a very good point. Yet, what is the meaning of it? Only a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, while a foolish inconsistency is simply romantic dabbling sans responsibility?

    • Which leads me to the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man…

    • It seems the character of muslim, jewish, and (at least) christian fundamentalist religious teachers determines which parts of their respective sacred documents they emphasize, which they mostly ignore.

  • Clintonite turns on Netanyahu for trying to bend US 'to his will'
    • @ Shmuel
      The comments under the Berlin, Berlin music video were enlightening to me when translated into English. Wonder where Americans will go, those young enough, and disheartened by US culture, cost of education, etc; and lack of decent jobs? I note that Germany has offered them a free university education. Perhaps many are also in Berlin?

    • Israel's pursuing stronger relations with China, as we saw early this year, and also to India. In general Israel is looking eastward for better ties, trying to replace EU trade. Israel is also turning to others for arms imports: link to
      Of course Germany gives Israel it's nuclear-ready submarines.

    • RE: "I’ve seen the democrats run away from a fight where they hold the moral high ground just because of what some blowhard on the other side might say about them. I include the current president in that assessment. "

      It happens not because of what some blowhard on the other side might say about them, but due to the influence of big time Israel First dollars. Israel is the only thing both parties agree on and the only competitive action is who can kiss Israel more?

  • Israel wields 'significant US domestic power' to foil peace process -- NY Review of Books
    • Despite the heavy influence of AIPAC matrix, the Pew Poll of last January appears to show America's secular Jews are more critical of Israeli settlements & more in favor of the two-state solution than the American populace as a whole. How does this fit into this discussion? link to

      If this is true, doesn't it show a consistency with how America's secular Jews supported ending Jim Crow back in the day?

      I think a distinguishing factor is that the US main media kept American public informed about the matter of Jim Crow and its accompanying violence, but not so regarding Israeli occupation and settlements. In the first case (as with apartheid S Africa), said media stood for the highest civil rights values, but re Israel's policies and conduct, and US governmental enablement of same, this has not happened.

    • I mean their own tribe only, of course.

    • @W.Jones
      Good question. Because deep down, beyond their strong belief in leftist values, they value most tribal continuity?

    • Main US media cannot even discuss how Israel wields significant US domestic power when the Jewish community is so small. Any other special interest group's agenda is fair game for endless discussion, both pro and con. And hardly any Americans even care.

  • Deconstructing John Kerry's address to the Gaza Donors Conference
    • Roger Ebert absolutely hated the film.
      Nearly every professional reviewer frowned on the film's one-joke premise, but Ebert took the scorn to another level, awarding the film a mere one star. "Weekend at Bernie's makes two mistakes: It gives us a joke that isn't very funny, and it expects the joke to carry an entire movie," the veteran scribe complained. "It's a decision that leads to some long, dreary sequences and a certain desperation on the part of the actors." On Siskel & Ebert, the movie received zero thumbs up.

    • Yeah, so much progress was made on substantive issues that Kerry came up with exactly nothing to show for the dozen or so, very expensive and time consuming way he accomplished nothing. How does he live with his own BS? It's not like he needs the money he gets for being such a high-profile boob, once respected for his stance during Vietnam Era, now known to be what, a Heinz fortune groupie?

    • Don't you wonder what Kerry actually thinks he's doing? He finally brings up the reconstruction needed in Gaza every couple of years, says this can't go on, but says not a thing about what the US plans to do about it.

  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
  • Is ISIS a crisis for the so-called Jewish state?
    • Weakening USA includes direct attack on USA.

    • No. ISIS spokes person declared the time if not ripe to attack Israel directly; higher priority is weakening the USA first. Something's fishy about this.

    • @ Sassan

      Other than barely veneered bribery by AIPAC et al, contemporary Israel is propped up by those with tremendous influence inside and outside of Israel who conflate the contemporary state of Israel with the Jewish community world-wide--none of these people separate the Jewish religion in this matter. Israeli jets bear the modern symbol of Judaism. And, BTW, Israeli Arab citizens have equal paper rights unprotected by a Constitution, juxtaposed to over 50 Israeli laws that discriminate against Arab Israelis.

  • Has the 'NYT' editorial board finally decided to tell the truth about the conflict? (No)
  • Shlomo Sand resigns from being Jewish. Totally. Mostly. Almost
    • @ Shmuel
      Insightful. For those like me who had never heard of the Canaanite movement, here's a brief introduction: link to

      I wonder what that movement's response was, is to the High Court's reasoning on Israeli "nationality"? Does the movement have a key spokesman or two, three? How conscious is Israeli society today of the movement's artistic tradition?

  • Andrew Sullivan should stop giving a pass to Sam Harris and Bill Maher's bigotry
  • Tablet types Rev. Shipman as elite, anti-semitic WASP
    • Well, there's one congressman who is sticking up for the Palestinians, even demanding the US not withdraw funds for the new unity Palestinian regime! link to

      Oddly, many comments under the linked article say the congressman is unAmerican and smelling of anti-semitism.

    • PETA informs me there's a certain moose with a patent on that name, but he's too poor to hire a lawyer to protect it.

  • Israel and the g-word
  • Put a spike in the wheel of injustice
    • Bonhoeffer was killed at a concentration camp just a few months after his 39th birthday. He did leave a legacy, e.g.:

      “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

      “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

      “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

  • NY rabbi implores those in her congregation who are joining Israel's enemies to love the country
    • Yes, she says "Only in Israel does the Declaration of Independence aspire to build a world as envisioned by the prophets of Israel, promising “complete equality of… rights to all its inhabitants.” Yet Israel has no Constitution to guarantee such rights. And the judiciary cannot preempt the legislature. She glides over how she is "troubled" by the settlements. But she has no trouble painting a picture of anti-Semitism rampant in Europe. No link there, eh? Wants the audience to agree pre-20th Century America is the relevant model from which to judge Israel's character and conduct? Plus America's contemporary unilateral interventionism around the world? How many Americans actually still love America?

  • American airstrikes and the universal 'language of force'
    • The big picture is that World War III is already on via proxies, deception, economic sanctions, etc and America has lost its moral authority derived from WW2 and the fall of the USSR--it's known throughout the world outside the USA that the USA has been a dishonest broker in the Middle
      East, a toady to a truly rogue state that thumbs its nose at the UN, which in turn, has been turned into the League of Nations by America taking the old role of Prussian Germany. US relies on force, not diplomacy. It's not that the US has nobody to talk to, negotiate with, it's that US knows it will only get what it wants via force. link to

  • The Titanic of the occupation -- SodaStream (Update)
  • White House is now in open spat with Netanyahu over his 'American values' lecture
    • World War III is on via proxies, deception & US lost its moral authority by being dishonest broker in ME link to via @YouTube

    • Insightful to hear the Zionist King of tiny Israel lecture grand poopy POTUS on "American values."

      What are those values anyway? Guess I will have to ask Beiden (chicklets, plugs)

  • Sweden's recognition of Palestine will license activists
  • Collecting Our Witness: Marc Ellis on his new book
  • The name games
  • Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders get off Israel bandwagon, for once
    • It would gladden my heart if Warren and Sanders stood up for the Palestinians; they'd be standing up for authentic American values--but I fear they won't hold up.

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