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  • Homegrown jihadis and the limits of the Israel lobby
    • If AIPAC & its matrix in The Jewish Establishment and the right wing think tankers had been against the neocons push to Bush Jr war's against Iraq, it would not have happened. (9/11 would not have happened without complicit of CIA and Mossad. The partner with AIPAC in Bush's fraudulently induced war on Iraq was Big Oil to the extent it felt its best interests threatened in terms of raw energy pricing and distribution.

  • Keffiyehs in Harlem in 'Ghetto to Gaza' rap
  • The rabbi at the shitshow
    • Ironically, the fact transpired that Megan Marsec had good reasons to fear for her life, not Ohio U's Jewish students link to lobelog.com

    • If she can't stand the heat, she should get out of the fire. So she did, and didn't: @RabbiDanielle's Tweets are protected.

      Only confirmed followers have access to @RabbiDanielle's Tweets and complete profile. Click the "Follow" button to send a follow request.

      MJ Rosenberg is another one of same tendency: he still tweets openly, but if you respond to a tweet of his with a slant he doesn't like, or a fact or two he purposely ignores, he blocks you.

      These characters can't handle Twitter's open forum but they insist on crowing to their slavish followers. They are not open to full debate except on their own terms.

    • @ Mooser

      What's your real name, Larry Gopnick?

    • BTW, most of Athens residents are employed by the university. Athens was once a coal town, but coal's gone now. It does have one manufacturing plant.

    • The good rabbi's "little Appalachian hideaway":

      Athens, Ohio has about 5-6,000 regular residents (excluding temporary college students). link to athensnews.com
      It's 86 + % white, and 50-50 split re gender. link to censusviewer.com
      Median household income is $39,325. It has 80% less crime than the national average. 58% have a bachelor's degree or higher. link to realtor.com
      20.23% of residents are religious (compare: National average is 48.78%), mostly Christian, with Baptists (4.19%) and Methodist (4.69%) and Catholics (3.01%) comprising by far the majority. Jewish are 0.00% (compare: National average: 0.73%) link to bestplaces.net

    • I share your introspective and educated cynicism. But Megan Marzec gives me hope, and I treasure the memory of Rachel Corrie.

    • Yeah, the good rabbi characterized it as a shit show, never thinking she might be a principle one doing the crapping. She struggles with those photos of Gaza's children. The eats her own puke and crap and shares it all around. Well, there's no Jewish pope, and isn't every rabbi merely credentialed as a "teacher"? What does her holy scripture interpretation have to say about those Gaza kids? Anybody ever ask her in public?

  • Will the WCC finally break the interfaith ecumenical deal?
    • Yeah, Tveit doesn't specify what "practical steps" should be taken for the establishment of a just peace. He does dwell on the plight of the myriad of Palestinian political prisoners. Maybe that's a hint?

  • Yale official barred discussion of Israeli settlements and apartheid at monthly meeting
  • US guilty of war crimes in Palestine
    • And this seems also true in Canada and Australia. I think it's changing a tad in England.

    • Yes to all the comments (except the obvious dumb hasbara one); nobody in personally know and have physical contact with cares a hoot about how much of their tax money is given to Israel, nor how the US immunizes Israel from accountability at the UN SC. I think US politicians rely on this phenomen with their common sense. It's not at all painful to rubber-stamp Israel as there's no effective lobby competition, and it's always a campaign finance blessing to be on AIPAC's star list, not its shit list.

    • I read Abbas's sons are very wealthy, in building construction and real estate? He's very American, this Abbas--he follows the money because he's a good daddy, nurturing his family.

    • US Jewish groups pay for American cops to be trained in Israel. It shows. link to blacklistednews.com

    • Yeah, well, by IQ definition half of all Americans are below-average in IQ and most of them don't care about US foreign policy because there's no military draft. Further, AIPAC will continually rule by virtue of its tunnel vision, focus and big Zionist donation dollars. And the US main media nowadays is simply the propaganda arm of the US government when it comes to anything touching on Israel.

    • Yeah, I think the photo captures both Kerry 's calculated boyish naiveté and Netanyahu's constipated Zionist mentality perfectly.

    • And Israel will point to the USA as an example it's only doing what is now considered normal.

    • US is biggest welfare recipient of US aid even though it has 4th strongest military in world and its citizens are better off both economically, job wise, and in terms of health service coverage than American citizens. link to addictinginfo.org

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    • @ Palikari
      Snowden's documentation reveals Obama's heightened aid to Israel: link to rt.com

      Fact is that US is funding Israeli aggression even while Obama acts as if he has nothing to do with this: link to rt.com

  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
    • Wonder if Snowden ever had many women interested in him for--for just being him?

    • Grindr, now Blendr & lots of other match up apps…can't even imagine what's next: link to newyorker.com

    • I didn't know what Grindr was. For other ignorant folks like me, it's an iPhone app for gay casual sex and may be specific for any local the gay fellow is in--apparently now the inventor has also made a similar app for straights, thinking they might like easy access to casual sex with other volunteer adults (?) too.

    • I guess the lesson for mondoweissers is don't visit any porn sites and watch what you say in your private emails and phone conversations. It's amazing that this America of what, 320 million people, has produced only one Snowden and one Rachel Corrie. But there's no end to AIPAC 's civilian grunts and officers, so to speak.

  • 'Our oppression is linked; so too is our struggle': Statement of solidarity between University of Toledo's Student African American Brotherhood and Students for Justice in Palestine
    • Interesting that this statement of solidarity comes from Toledo University. I'm very familiar with that university, as well as its neighborhood. So kudos to the courageous principled stance of TU's SAAB & SJP. Wonder if TU's College of Law had anything to say on this issue? What about similar groups in universities across the nation? What about the bell weather ivy league schools?

  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • Dark money is pouring into the primary races with only signs it will keep growing like Topsy: link to opensecrets.org

    • Those who have the big bucks fund it. And there's always a quid pro quo. On Monday city council members in Atlanta overwhelmingly passed a resolution (12-2) in support of the Democracy for All amendment, joining the list of more than 550 towns and cities across the country that have called on Congress to address our broken campaign finance system. Last week 54 senators voted in support of the proposed amendment, which would overturn decisions like Citizens United and allow legislators to set reasonable limits on money in election. One additional cosponsor of the bill was unable to attend the vote, so the total number of U.S. Senate supporters is 55.

      The recent votes in Washington and in Atlanta indicate a clear trend: people are tired of big money buying influence in our elections. Local and state victories are a key step toward the passage of a 28th amendment, which requires approval of 2/3 of Congress and ¾ of the states. A growing coalition of organizations are mobilizing their members around this issue, with groups now working together on the local, state and national level.

      Passing a constitutional amendment is no easy feat, though with concerted effort and determination history has proven it can happen, as it has 27 times thus far. In less than five years since the Citizens United v. FEC decision was handed down, the progress that has been made in enacting a solution is substantial: 3.2 million people, 55 senators, 16 states and over 550 municipalities have all called for a constitutional amendment.

    • The stock market will suddenly plummet drastically in a day, surprising all the pundits. Anybody with their money in a big bank will get really screwed. The depression will last for twenty years.

  • Rabbi in Ohio U. controversy leads group that denies there's an occupation
  • US and Canada strengthen economic relationship with Israel following attack on Gaza
    • As goes USA & Canada, so goes Australia in terms of having its foreign policy heavily influenced by Australia's own Israel Lobbby: link to theguardian.com

      Seems like in all English-speaking countries, the Zionist greenback is especially powerful

    • Here's a comparison of the Israel Lobby in Canada and in the USA: link to radicalpress.com

      Kay24 is correct about Canada's.
      I guess, if you want to overlook the verb "slither," you can just say Zionist money talks, and the Goy congress walks. In the US the problem is the campaign finance system, which is essentially legalized bribery. What's Canada's excuse, if different?

      Re "not a shred of integrity" in "white folks,' I don't know about Canada, but in US, both houses of Congress compete via party to see who can give Israel more, and the competitors are clearly not just white folks. The common denominator, is, though, no moral/ethical integrity. That's not a characteristic of politicians int he first place--it's a handicap. Proof is in the pudding.

  • Moe Diab debates SWU operative Philippe Assouline
    • On a related note, the vote for Scotland's independence is coming this Thursday. Like the Irish common folk, the Scot common folk support justice for Palestinians. Most of Scotland's Jews are assimilated. But do they fear conflation of the Israel issue with the Jewish issue? Zionists must be happy with this confusion: link to haaretz.com

    • The Zionists spokes folks are addicted to painting a bipolar, black and white soap opera world; it's always the world's arabs v.the world's jews.

    • God forbid one day the American public actually learns some facts about the foreign country they enable by far more than any other. The Zionists on US TV are never disclosed as such, and they lie constantly, totally depending on a continually misinformed if not totally ignorant Dick and Jane.

    • Penny the host of this Big Bang episode, to keep things on point and semi-rational, had to keep holding the Zionist's hand, to calm him down, give him reassurance--this despite the fact his POV is a constant on US TV news, while his opponent, a Palestinian with Jordan citizenship (of course), never got any actual hand-holding from Penny.

    • He (the Canadian Jewish Zionist) also supported his statements by referencing CAMERA. The debate reminded me of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with the host playing the part of Penny.

    • Pretty amazing watching the Zionist Israeli outright lie about the Israeli high court's decision there's no such thing as Israeli nationality, and how he tries to divert the theme that Israel does not have a civic democracy a la the USA, but an ethnic democracy. The Zionist also continually conflates the Palestinians with the whole balance of the Arab world in the Middle East.

  • 'NYT' finds a model relationship for Palestinians and Israelis: collaborator and his handler
    • YEAH, your flag icon is awesome too.

    • I guess he believes in Hagee's version of reality? Those evangelicals are despised by Jews and Israelis behind their backs, but they are seen as useful tools. Why not let the fools--oops, I mean tools, work toward their pie in the sky so long as they support your grabbing ever more land and resources from the natives? There were native Americans who worked for the US army too.

  • On the use of provocative analogies (Nazism, fascism)
    • Both the Americans and the Soviets "confiscated" a lot of key Nazi scientists and technical guys too. Both went to the moon on the backs of those confiscated.

    • @ AbagailOK

      Where have all the Palestinians gone, long time passing?
      Where have all the Palestinians gone, long time ago?
      Where have all the Palestinians gone?
      Young Israelis have picked them off everyone.
      Oh, when will they ever learn?
      Oh, when will they ever learn?

      Where have all the young children gone, long time passing?
      Where have all the young children gone, long time ago?
      Where have all the young children gone?
      Gone for living everyone.
      Oh, when will they ever learn?
      Oh, when will they ever learn?

      Where have all the other children gone, long time passing?
      Where have all the other children gone, long time ago?
      Where have all the other children gone?
      Gone into IDF everyone
      Oh, when will they ever learn?
      Oh, when will they ever learn?

      Where have all the IDF soldiers gone, long time passing?
      Where have all the IDF soldiers gone, long time ago?
      Where have all the IDF soldiers gone?
      Gone to make Palestinian graveyards, everyone.
      Oh, when will they ever learn?
      Oh, when will they ever learn?

      Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing?
      Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago?
      Where have all the graveyards gone?
      Gone to flowers, everyone.
      Oh, when will they ever learn?
      Oh, when will they ever learn?

      Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
      Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
      Where have all the flowers gone?
      Young girls have picked them everyone.
      Oh, when will they ever learn?
      Oh, when will they ever learn?

    • From US State Dept web site:

      Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism
      Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews (often in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion).
      Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective—especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
      Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
      Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
      Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations.

      What is Anti-Semitism Relative to Israel?
      EXAMPLES of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include:

      DEMONIZE ISRAEL:

      Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
      Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
      Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions
      DOUBLE STANDARD FOR ISRAEL:

      Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
      Multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations
      DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL:

      Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist
      However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.

    • @ Kay24

      Merkel conflated Jews and Israel; so did a bunch of Germans on Twitter.

    • "To some extent, crimes against humanity overlap with genocide and war crimes. But crimes against humanity are distinguishable from genocide in that they do not require an intent to “destroy in whole or in part,” as cited in the 1948 Genocide Convention, but only target a given group and carry out a policy of “widespread or systematic” violations. Crimes against humanity are also distinguishable from war crimes in that they not only apply in the context of war—they apply in times of war and peace."
      - See more at: link to crimesofwar.org

    • The Nuremberg Charter marked the first time crimes against humanity became part of positive international law, not merely moral law. link to crimesofwar.org

    • What are "crimes against humanity"? ICC says:

      “Crimes against humanity” include any of the following acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:

      murder;
      extermination;
      enslavement;
      deportation or forcible transfer of population;
      imprisonment;
      torture;
      rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
      persecution against an identifiable group on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious or gender grounds;
      enforced disappearance of persons;
      the crime of apartheid;
      other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.

    • How has Israel become "at least as fascist as the USA"? Are Americans settling in some occupied territory, other than those who choose to be Israeli settlers? If so, where?

    • @ surewin

      See German Lefty's comment above in this thread on what you describe (some call it "incremental genocide"). The tactical and PR motivation for same.

  • Yale Jewish center to hold 'intellectual' panel on storm over ousted priest's comments-- without inviting the priest
    • @ W.Jones
      Yeah. sometimes it seems arbitrary which section an article most deserves to be placed.

    • From the Yale Alumni Mag: "Samuels notes that on September 17, Lipstadt will join Yale scholars for a panel discussion on 'the actual causes of recent antisemitism.”'"

      Will Goldhagen participate? Our ADL honcho? Anybody critical of Lipstadt's POV?

    • Makes me think of how many people in USA are Islamophobes and the link to terrorists speaking in the name of Islam; such people invariably point out that the Arab American community does not publicly reject enough the terrorists. Fox News is a channel devoted to this POV; yesterday, that channel righteously shook its collective head in outrage when a visiting pundit suggested at least some of Arab terrorism results from American conduct in the Middle East. No such thing as blowback when it comes to the evils of Islam?

    • Aw, jeez, Annie--thanks, I need all the help I can get these days. Sorry I missed the coverage here.

    • Surprise Phil has not picked up on the kartuffle between Cruz & anti-Zionists the other evening--his zionist blog competitor algemeiner has: link to algemeiner.com

  • Photo-cartoon making Tutu into Hitler is published then taken down by South African Jewish paper
    • There's been a kartuffle recently on a high school lesson which involved coparing Hitler to George Bush Jr; it involved representing each man's activities as a circle and then overlapping the two circles to reflect the extent their conduct was similar or the same. The US media came down hard on the teacher, especially Fox News channel--outraged anyone would make such a comparison. God forbid there's such a thing as blowback when it's so clear who wears the white hats, who the black hats. I'd say it would be informative to compare Bibi N too. If historical analogies are so misleading, one can point that out, just as easily as showing the more obvious similarities.

    • Meanwhile, seems Israel is very concerned that he common enemy ISIS might draw USA closer to Iran as in the best interest of the USA. Israel says USA must keep focused on Israel's top priority: Iran must go down as, Israel spoke persons say, ISIS is a very short term threat, but Iran is a very long term threat. link to mintpressnews.com

  • ISIS, 9/11, and the terrorism time loop
    • Some noticed Obama spoke about his new coalition against ISIS but didn't name anyone who's joining his war against pure evil. Who's in it, UK (minus Scotland?), Australia, Canada, and Israel? Who will furnish the boots on the ground--anyone besides the Iraqi Army and Kurds?

    • How many of you have ever heard of this woman, and what she had to say about 9/11? link to youtube.com

    • It was in the works to attack Iraq even before 9/11, and Bush Jr, Chaney, and Wolfowitz were key linchpins; as well, they knew 9/11 was going to happen before it did. The only two agencies that could have carried off 9/11 were CIA and Mossad. The beneficiary? Israel. Chaney also was motivated by oil control dreams, and Bush Jr, by the dream of getting the guy who dared to say he wanted to murder Bush Sr. Saddam would've done anything to avoid attack by US; he offered full inspection of Iraq for WMD--this was ignored.

  • Freed by Gaza, Spiegelman calls Israel out as a batterer
  • The best U.S. 'strategy' to combat ISIS? Stop supporting religious states
    • "Isn’t it interesting that our closest ally in the Middle East– Israel — is yet again of no use to the United States military or political establishment in this confrontation? As it was no use in the Gulf War of ’91. No use in the Iraq invasion of 2003 (except to help foment it in our “homeland”). No use in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, you name it." -Phil

      Bears repeating. Can we duct tape it to every congress critter's forehead? And to every Americans' snail mail box?

    • @ American
      Can't get rid of special interest "bacon." Why? It's how US congress critters build, expand their power. Hence congress will never get rid of it.

  • Israel and the law -- the views of three international jurists
    • In light of the applicable international law expressed by the experts above, and by scrutiny of all the criminal charges enlisted against, say Germany, in 1945 at Nuremberg, for example the occupier's settlements, how is it that the US senate and House members get away with blatant ignorance and/or deflection from such issues, all the while continuing to enable Israel in facto to carry on with such rogue conduct? Is it because they can rely on the US mainstream media not to publish anything about it? I know said congress folks are essentially bought by campaign contributions, one example of "bacon" from special interests. Bacon is the multiplier for congress folks' rise to and continued maintenance of power seats.

  • Israel's Shock Doctrine
    • Roger Cohen @NYTimesCohen · 6h
      How Israel got itself into a needless, pointless war. And AIPAC. A War of Choice in Gaza link to nyti.ms #Israel #Gaza

    • Churchill said the Germans are always either at your throat or your feet. Don't know what Germany will do for an encore, having by now been heavy into both activities with the Jews.

  • Front-page 'NYT' piece on foreign influence on D.C. thinktanks leaves out Israel
    • @ just, Oops, yes, not Denmark--Norway. Thanks for catching my blooper.

    • Too AIPAC has that subsidiary; if memory serves, in the same office building as AIPAC & manned by the same people--disguised as an Educational organization; this is the agency that gives US congress folks their free trips to Israel.

      These other countries have to get smart like Israel's big supporters here. Yet, even if they try such shell games, is there enough big money and tunnel visioned Americans to support them? What other ethnic group in USA rubber-stamps and raises big funds for its "homeland?" The Danish Americans? LOL

    • Shmuley's tweeting the subject NYT article. I skimmed the article when it first came out and noticed Denmark was mentioned at lot. Couldn't miss Israel was not once mentioned. Recall AIPAC got around the Kennedy Brothers trying to make the original Zionist organization register as an agent of a foreign government? Israel directly funded that ZOA organization. So it morphed into AIPAC, with no direct connection, especially funding connection to Israel, and set up to not give any money to US political campaigns--instead AIPAC just orchestrates the funding by a myriad of Jewish Establishment agencies across the nation--they then distribute political donations according to which candidate is viewed (by AIPAC) as the most pro-Israel. No other foreign country has such a 5th column operation with the USA.

  • Naomi Wolf to debate genocide charge against Israel with Shmuley Boteach
    • Boteach is tweeting the pending debate like crazy on Twitter.

    • I think he's already happy as "America's Rabbi." When I see and hear him I want to puke (my mother's expression from days of old).

    • Yes, Israel is the emperor in his new clothes--question is, who will be the boy pointing it out? Naomi might be one. Phil's at least trying hard to be the boy. But we ned one rebel sitting in congress or the WH. It's too much to expect one from the mass media.

  • Israeli officer tosses Palestinian shepherds from their land so settlers don't have to hear Arabic
    • Anyway, the author/artist of the Holocaust comic book to instruct kids, Maus, has belatedly come out against Israel; he says for a long time he tried not to think about Israel. link to blogs.forward.com?

      So maybe he will do a Maus sequel re the Nakba? I'd like to see a Palestinian American comic book illustrator do it.

  • The west is safer for Jews than Israel (duh)
    • I feel the same way. BTW, in USA these says, You have to be more than half-blind with corrected binocular vision to maybe get the most basic cataract surgery paid for by Medicare (at least 20/40, now tending toward the rule as per Medicare Advantage plans (20/50). You need corrected vision of at least 20/40 to get or keep a state vehicle driving license in the USA.

    • @ Mooser

      Overall, the intermarriage rate in US is at 58 %, up from 43 % in 1990 and 17 % in 1970. Among non-Orthodox Jews, the intermarriage rate is 71 %. link to jta.org

  • Photo of six shoveling secretaries needs a caption
  • Untangling the Salaita case
  • Brant Rosen's prophetic voice elevated him beyond the rabbinic politics of our day
  • Tzipi Livni's vacation nightmare
    • She managed to rip off part of the sign. And this childish ilk has 400 nuclear warheads and nobody monitoring it.

  • 'Provocative political symbol' -- UEFA fines clubs when fans fly Palestinian flags

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