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  • Israel will lose all American Jews but the crazies
    • BB is a leader of few peers.

      Yes, Robert Mason. That is plain to see. Every day BB seems to be leading fewer and fewer of his peers from the now-dissolved Knesset. The bloom on his agenda has wilted alliances with Knesset Jews and many as should be. Maybe BB was out supporting his own re-election. WOW, what a concept. He's given his all to his re-election, and even with his leadership you will be led by an absolute Idiot and Ayn Randian. As for the Dogs, you feel kinship with Dobermans. That is plain to see.

  • Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Dems want US to side with Palestine than Israel
    • Being a habitual reader of comments on news web sites, I read many during the 2014 slaughter of Gaza that began (paraphrasing), "As a Christian I know I'm supposed to support Israel, but..." It makes me wonder what is being preached by the preachers.

    • Elizabeth Warren battles the fat cats on Wall Street who buy homes in the Hamptons. But she never says anything about the fat cats, Adelson and Saban, who buy the presidency and congress. She champions the consumer rights of America's economically downtrodden. But she says nothing about the human rights of the world's downtrodden. She knows Dodd-Frank defends America's stability. But somehow she thinks pulverizing Gaza defends Israel's stability.

    • Yes indeed, hophmi. No more aid to Israel than we give the Palestinian people. No more diplomatic cover to Israel than we give the Palestinian people. Let's care equally about the human, civil and political rights of the Palestinians and Israelis. If America did that, I'd be spending my time reading the sports pages instead of Mondoweiss.

    • Thomas Kuhn quoting Max Planck:

      A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

      It's probably as true of social revolutions as scientific revolutions.

  • As Kerry and UN press on occupation, Netanyahu sees a 'diplomatic assault'
    • In other diplomatic news today:

      UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing members of the International Criminal Court for the first time, the Palestinians said Monday they have consensus to join the tribunal in the hopes of seeking justice for Israel's alleged crimes.

      "We view the ICC as the international legal and peaceful mechanism to combat impunity and seek accountability and justice," Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour said in his speech to the 122 members of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

      "It is the court where the Palestinian people desire to seek justice for the war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated against them by Israel, the occupying power," Mansour said.

      Netanyahu had better find a good lawyer.

    • There is an odd article written by Steven Erlanger in the NYT today: Palestinians Seek U.N. Vote on Israeli Withdrawal From Occupied West Bank. Nowhere in the article does Erlanger mention that East Jerusalem and Gaza are included or that they are also legally occupied.

  • We're all anti-American now
  • Are pro-Israel groups afraid of the US public?
  • Promoting regime change in Iraq paved the way to regime change at the New Republic
    • There is an interesting development today at Bloomberg News. Matthew Winkler, the editor in chief and longtime disciple of Michael Bloomberg, the company’s founder, is being replaced by the top editor of The Economist John Micklethwait. Micklethwait's views of Israel are critical enough that Richard Cohen once devoted an op-ed to castigating him for such.

      Cohen's op-ed is here: link to washingtonpost.com

  • Saban confronts Bennett: 'Are you willing to cut commercial ties with Europe?'
    • Just, methinks their pride will remain intact. But they will fall.

    • There is only one word to describe Israel's leaders and supporters when they talk about its high-tech economy: hubris. Unfortunately for them, markets don't understand hubris.

    • *sights Sigh.

    • Instead of setting his sites on buying the NY Times or Washington Post, Saban should think about buying the Jerusalem Post and Arutz Sheva.

    • He said that if Europe cuts Israel off, Israeli products might stop working..

      I read his remarks differently. He may be saying instead that if Europeans quit buying Israeli products, then the products they do buy elsewhere may not work because of inferior design or quality. It's not that Israeli-made chips will stop working, but that chips made anywhere else are inadequate for Europe's needs. But he deludes himself as economics minister. Israel's products and technology will never be indispensible because markets and manufacturers already understand the political risks of doing business with Israeli firms and take measures to mitigate those risks by diversifying supplies of critical components and parts. And if he thinks I can't find my way to my office in the morning without Waze, he is nuts.

  • A point by point response to Alan Dershowitz’s 'Ten Reasons Why The BDS Movement Is Immoral'
    • Dershowitz: "The major leader of the BDS movement, Marwan Barghouti, ..."

      Funny. At least we can rest assured that he didn't plagiarise this sentence.

  • Mamdani's 'holistic' challenge: Anti-Zionists must persuade Jews they can only be safe by dismantling the Jewish state
    • Thanks Kay. I'll have to watch the Morning Joe video podcasts (available at msnbc.com) . I wish Mika would bring her father in for these interviews with Israeli politicians. Real News (video at realnews.com) had a lengthy interview on Friday with Max Blumenthal about the elections.

    • I see both Max Blumenthal and Diana Buttu have op-ed pieces published by NYT today. The comments should be very interesting.

  • Islamophobia reigns in Newsweek comment section-- 'Towel head camel humpers'
    • And Edward Said, of course, was a Christian.

    • Walker, true. Palestinian Christians often are used by Israel's supporters as pawns. They are represented as victims of Muslims in the West Bank, for example, by Michael Oren on 60 Minutes. The U.S. media can't seem to bother themselves to interview actual Palestinian Christians like Hanan Ashrawi.

    • Before 911, I think, it was more anti-Arab and anti-Iran xenophobia. Then 911 saw a shift to Islam being the target of the haters. The days between the OKC Murrah incident and the time Timothy McVeigh was arrested I recall as stressful for Arab-Americans . I remember commenters on Compuserve and AOL were calling for an Arab country to be nuked--it didn't matter which one.

    • Newsweek's sister site, the Daily Beast, published Dean Obeidallah's piece Arabs Are the Michael Browns of Israel this week. The comments there were almost all hostile to either Palestinians, Muslims, or African-Americans. For example,

      Israel is an island of sanity in a region of bloodthirsty and ignorant countries. Islam has not contributed anything but discord and savagery to the world and NOTHING else.

      Unfortunately, the comment sections of all major U.S. news sites, with the exeption of the Guardian and heavily moderated NYT, are rife with this stuff. It proves Mencken was right about Americans.

  • AIPAC seeks to blow up negotiations between Iran and US
    • WIN/Gallup International’s annual global 2013 End of Year survey of 65 countries reported

      The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%).

      The 2014 poll is scheduled to be released this month.

  • Israel's proposed Jewish nationality law is a flop on Broadway
    • By the way, Barghouti pointed out that Pakistan is just a bit more unpopular in the world than Israel, which is battling it out with North Korea to see which will be 3rd and 4th least popular.

      He is referring to the annual BBC/Globescan poll which, for the past few years, has had this ranking: (1) Iran, (2) Pakistan, (3) North Korea, (4) Israel, and (5) Russia.

  • A defensive Netanyahu announces elections hours after firing opposition members Lapid and Livni
    • In Israel, some folks get to have two citizenships, while others have none.

    • YF wrote on Nov 26, "i was fortunate enough to be born in the us. my citizenship cannot be revoked."

    • Today Netanyahu torched a couple of political bridges to the relatively less extreme factions. If he survives re-election as PM as he is expected to do, watch out.

  • What if the USA was the state of Anglo-Saxon Protestants round the world?
    • Thanks. What I find interesting about Peter Beinart's piece that he is framing the discussion as one about rights of the Palestinians beyond the Green Line. Typically, two-staters avoid that framing, prefering instead to speak of a peace process and borders between two nations.

      But if American Jewish groups oppose the nation-state bill because it undermines the “rights of Arabs” inside the Green Line, surely they should be even more upset by Israeli policy in the West Bank, where millions of Palestinians lack any citizenship at all. The nation-state bill may threaten a “possible erosion of democratic freedoms” in Israel proper. But for Palestinians in the West Bank – who cannot vote for the government that controls their lives – there are barely any democratic freedoms to erode.
      ...
      In criticizing the nation-state law, Foxman warned against tinkering with “the foundational principle of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, a principle that has been so clear and natural since the country’s founding.” But in the 47 years that Israel has controlled the West Bank, that principle has been neither clear nor natural. By confining their criticisms to what happens inside Israel proper, American Jewish leaders avoid confronting that reality. They maintain the pretense that Israel is a Middle Eastern version of the United States: a democracy that makes some mistakes. When you peer across the Green Line, that pretense collapses. Which is why the American Jewish establishment – even as it talks about defending Israeli democracy – refuses to take a hard and honest look.

    • So, will Netanyahu bring the nation-state bill up for a vote as he had promised? Or will he wait until a new government is formed?

    • The Israeli government might fall over the issue.

      Might? Today, Netanyahu fired ministers Livni & Lapid.

  • UN commemorates Palestine's long journey
    • I believe all of the photos on exhibit are from the UNRWA archives. I spent a while earlier today on line trying to discern a name for the photographer and eventually gave up. He or she deserves a Pulitzer Prize.

    • Certainly the Jan 31 UNRA photograph of Palestinians in Yarmouk is among the most iconic images of recent years. Unfortunately as one expects to see whenever images or videos of Palestinian suffering are published, charges of fakery arose. These absurd charges were the subject of a NYT article:

      The Yarmouk photo was published by nearly 1,000 newspapers, including The New York Times. Britain’s Daily Mail called it a “biblical picture of suffering.” On Twitter, the photo provoked expressions of incredulity and outrage that such conditions existed, as well as questions about the authenticity. Some viewers speculated that the image of desperate and hungry people had been manipulated with techniques that are increasingly easy.
      Mr. Gunness called such speculation “completely baseless and utter nonsense.” Asked who might have been responsible for spreading such criticism, he said, “I’ve got no idea.”

      Read more at link to nytimes.com

  • Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?
    • While disliking and distrusting many of the proponents of BDS...

      Our prodigal friend is talking about us, of course, and our kin at EI.

    • Sometimes it pays tactically not to appear too normal/sane.

      Indeed. That seems to be the legal counsel given to the adult who murdered Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

    • All aboard! ha ha ha! They're going off the rails.

    • @seafoid. I always guessed MJR would come around before NGF.

    • And speaking of BDS, here is MJ Rosenberg tweeting on Nov 30:

      While disliking and distrusting many of the proponents of BDS, I have concluded that the tactic is the only one that might succeed.#BDS

    • Speaking of Finkelstein, his just released book “METHOD AND MADNESS: The hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza” is selling for $1 in ebook form. Details on his web site. In its conclusion he writes he has lost hope in either a negotiated settlement or international courts as a possible path to justice and says the Palestinian people's best hope is massive non-violent resistence. He says not a word, however, about BDS .

  • Lieberman unveils racist peace plan: Pay Palestinians to leave Israel
    • OyVey00, Thanks for being as forthright as Lieberman. It's true that Israel allows Palestinians to live only lives of shit, and the Palestinians can make good cases for asylum in the West. I think most prefer to stay in Palestine, however. After all, a life of shit can be more of a state of mind, an existence that seers one's conscience, assuming one has one. The life of shit can be lived anywhere, including the clean streets of Tel Aviv and West Jerusalem.

  • When Hagee vilifies Obama as 'anti-Semitic,' Cruz and Dershowitz don't walk out
    • @Horizontal Getting left behind will mean seven full years of respected LGBT rights. But then it will all come to an cataclysmic end--sigh. At least that's what the rapture-ready say.

    • Foxman says the accusation is false because Obama is in fact a "staunch ally and friend of Israel". For both Hagee and Foxman, that is the litmus test. They merely disagree on the test results.

    • But avoid Lowe's too, which pulled its advertising from the 2011 TV show All-American Muslim amid Islamophobic complaints.

    • Haaretz is confused about Hagee:

      “The most anti-Semitic president ever” as the founder of Christian United For Israel (CUFI) founder Pastor John Hagee asserted, bringing the audience close to rapture.

      See, Hagee doesn't actually think his audience here will get raptured. Hagee thinks they will getleft behind.

  • Like an unrequited lover, 'NYT' confesses itself heartbroken over Israel's (latest) betrayal of democracy
    • a controversial bill

      As'ad AbuKhalil:

      The fact that US media refer to this bill as "controversial" is quite stunning from a propaganda point of view. This is like referring to Nuremberg Nazi laws as "controversial".

    • As many have pointed out, Israel is indeed both Jewish and democratic. It's a democratic state for the Jews, and a Jewish state for the Arabs.

    • Samantha (give me )Power

      Samantha morphed into the Bloody Red Power Ranger. Now she listens only to Saban's annoited superhero, America's Rabbi.

    • I can hear the duet now.
      NYT to Israel:
      If I listened long enough to you
      I'd find a way to believe that it's all true...

      Israel to NYT:
      Why don't you mind your own business
      'Cause if you mind your business, then you won't be mindin' mine...

  • A handful of Wellesley students are trying to shut down discussion of Israel/Palestine
    • Excellent:

      Just as Wellesley SJP condemns the racism and discrimination underlying many of the policies of the state of Israel, Wellesley SJP also categorically opposes all forms of prejudice or discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.

      Thank you. Wellesley SJP women may want to consider amending or making explicit "gender, or sexuality" to include "gender identity". No one understands discrimination and societal animosity as those who don't conform to this standard.

  • 'What is your religion?' question surprises two American visitors to the occupation
    • I am reminded of the Daoud sisters of Ramallah, known as the Speed Sisters - the first all-female racing team in the Middle East. Often people from the West meeting them seemed surprised when they learn that Palestinian women are allowed to drive. Of course they are allowed to drive, just not on settler roads.

    • Move over, trolls. Jackdaw wins the award for the most ignorant comment ever posted on Mondoweiss.

  • Defend Palestine supporters from NY college president's anti-Semitism slander
    • I am not sure what kind of justice one would learn at a school named after John Jay, who famously told the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia, “Those who own the country ought to govern it.”

  • For Obama officials, synagogue attack is 'pure terror' -- and not a word about attacks on Palestinians
    • How can an autopsy of a hanging rule out foul play? This question has been bothering me all day. I understand how an autopsy can prove foul play, but I don't see how it can rule it out. And given the bruising, I wouldn't rule it out.

      I only bring this up because Netanyahu calls this charge "blood libel."

  • For CNN and NYT, Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian ones
    • With regard to rights, all you need to know is that the attackers were born in Jerusalem but have no citizenship anywhere, while the victims were born in the U.S. and U.K. and have been given dual Israel citizenships because it's their birthright.

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