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  • California leads the way in the 'Block the Boat' movement
    • What a great idea this is! So simple and yet so effective!

      It would be great to think of some other ways to escalate this - effectively blocking free trade with Israel. BDS has already started to influence grocery stores. What else would be legal? Too bad that we can't do anything at airports without incurring the wrath of Homeland Security...

  • Palestinian boy, 13, killed by Israeli forces raiding West Bank village
  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
    • @ Keith

      Your comments about the growing power of Google are indisputable. However, I disagree with your statement that if Israel were to disappear, nothing would change wit the elite control of society. Bear in mind, that through Amdocs and others, the vast majority of phone call interception and other collection of data from us, is done by Israel, some of which may or may not be provided back to our government. This is what gives them the ability to blackmail our politicians. If Israel disappears, that stops - at least until a replacement emerges.

    • @ American

      100% in agreement. I suspect that ISIS is a CIA/Mossad creation. Note how Israel is not attacked by them as neither by Al-Qaida. This is a perpetuation of a constant state of fear to distract us.

    • I find it hard to believe. The Snowden releases were remarkable in their absence of any mention of Israel as were the wiki leaks before them. Limited hangout comes to mind.

  • Jewish letter to U. of Illinois leadership: Just as we work to oppose Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in our name, we will ensure the silencing of Professor Salaita does not take place in our name either
    • Powerful letter! The pen is indeed mightier than the sword! I think Wise's stay is numbered. She won't last out the year.

  • Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips
    • According to the New Yorker, the Lobby may have built a bridge too far.

      link to newyorker.com

      selected excerpts

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      This difference represents a schism among American Jews—AIPAC’s vital core. For decades, the Jewish community was generally united in its support for Israel. Today, a growing number of American Jews, though still devoted to Israel, struggle with the lack of progress toward peace with the Palestinians. Many feel that AIPAC does not speak for them.
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      Shimon Peres, who served as Prime Minister and, most recently, as President, says, “My impression is that AIPAC is weaker among the younger people. It has a solid majority of people of a certain age, but it’s not the same among younger people.”
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      Obama’s aides were alarmed by the possibility that AIPAC might endorse new sanctions legislation. They invited Howard Kohr, the group’s chief executive officer, and officials from other prominent Jewish organizations to briefings at the White House. Members of the Administration’s negotiating team, together with State Department officials, walked them through the issues. “We said, ‘We know you guys are going to take a tough line on these negotiations, but stay inside the tent and work with us,’ ” a senior Administration official recalled. “We told them directly that a sanctions bill would blow up the negotiations—the Iranians would walk away from the table. They said, ‘This bill is to strengthen your hand in diplomacy.’ We kept saying, ‘It doesn’t strengthen our hand in diplomacy. Why do you know better than we do what strengthens our hand? Nobody involved in the diplomacy thinks that. ’ ”
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      The Obama Administration was furious. “It’s one thing to disagree on some aspect of the peace process, on things that are tough for Israel to do,” the senior Administration official told me. “But this is American foreign policy that they were seeking to essentially derail. There was no other logic to it than ending the negotiations, and the gravity of that was shocking.”
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      she has recently been involved in conversations with AIPAC staff and board members about finding ways to improve AIPAC’s connections with progressive Democrats. “They are exploring how to reach progressives, but they’re lost on this!” a leader in the pro-Israel community who is knowledgeable about the effort said. “They don’t know how to bridge the gap. People see AIPAC as representing issues that are anathema to them. It’s an enormous challenge.”

      At the conference, the extent of the challenge was clear. Even Netanyahu seemed struck by the mood. At one point in his speech, he said, “I hope that the Palestinian leadership will stand with Israel and the United States on the right side of the moral divide, the side of peace, reconciliation, and hope.” The audience members responded with scant, listless applause. “You can clap,” the Prime Minister said.

    • "Land of the free, and the home of the brave" - yeah, right!

      We are not free by any stretch of the imagination if we are arrested for petitioning our government as is our constitutionally protested right, or harassed by uniformed goons for protesting the actions that our government takes in our name.

      Meanwhile, our "brave" politicians are the most craven and cowardly of representation of the scum of this earth, and we dutifully reelect them like clockwork. At the very least, term limits would rid us of these vipers, but who is going to make that the law? The foxes are guarding the henhouse.

      We are truly fuck’d.

    • And for my fellow Americans, lest you forget, it is our tax money that is sent to Israel each year, a part of which returns to fund the likes of AIPAC, ADL, et alia. So, like it or not, we are all involuntarily complicit in what these organizations do.

      And yet, neither the FBI, nor the CIA, nor the IRS can find the testicular fortitude to list them as agents of a foreign government, and neither does any politician for fear of being JFK'ed.

      We are truly fuck'd.

  • In Gaza, Palestinians celebrate resistance and credit it with 'victory'
    • @Bing Bong

      It is the beginning of the end for Israel. You can debate that statement all you want and be an ostrich abut it, but the end is clear for those who choose to see. Gandhi was a supporter of the Palestinians. He would be very proud of them today.

    • @ just

      +1
      Completely agree with you.

  • Bay Area gets radio ads about Gaza
  • 'Ads Against Apartheid' is going national
    • @ annie

      As with my offer the last time there was an effort to put up billboards in the Bay area, count me in for a modest donation of $50/month for 1 year. This is the most effective thing we can do. The PTB cannot suppress an awakened citizenry, and this is by far the best way to do it. I hope that this has more success than the last attempt.

  • Ceasefire comes to a close -- Mohammed Assaf's 'Raise Your Head High'
  • UPDATED: Bay Area demonstrators succeed for **fourth** day in 'Blocking the Boat for Gaza'
  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
    • @lysias

      I agree. Rand Paul stands a good chance of getting the nomination.

    • @citizen

      I don't know a single woman in the Bay Area, a predominantly liberal region, and very much desirous of a woman president, who will vote for Hillary. That goes for men too.

      I am betting that annie won't vote for her either. Right annie?

  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • I love this woman!! She sounds like Ron Paul. Her indictment of government is brilliant. That someone is as aware as she is at her young age, is truly refreshing. I can't wait to hear more from her. More power to you, Carey!

  • Tough Hillary Clinton says 'dreadful' pictures of dead women and children make it hard to get at truth-- Hamas is to blame
  • I'm waiting for Roger Cohen to say that Zionism is 'often' racism
    • @ Donald

      I also wouldn’t be surprised if some people do go from anti-Zionism into anti-Semitism

      I wouldn't be surprised either, given how the lobby frequently conflates Israel with Judaism.

    • @ Donald

      Now that even MJ Rosenberg, the unrepentant hunter of anti semitic posters on MW, has finally had the blinds lifted from his eyes, and sees Israel as the vile nation that it is, it is not improbable that Roger Cohen and others will have the same epiphany someday.

  • Israel shells another UN school-- and even the US is 'appalled'
    • Tangentially related topic:

      link to dcmediagroup.us

      Over 10,000 rallied at the White House today demanding an end to the Israeli lead bombing and destruction of the Gaza territory. The historic demonstration was the biggest anti-war march in over a generation and bore resemblance to anti-war rallies of the Vietnam War era.
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    • @ Pixel

      I am impressed by the comments to the article - almost unanimous in condemnation.

  • What Jim Fallows and I saw
    • OT:

      link to spiegel.de

      SPIEGEL has learned from reliable sources that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during Middle East peace negotiations. In addition to the Israelis, at least one other intelligence service also listened in as Kerry mediated last year between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, several intelligence service sources told SPIEGEL. Revelations of the eavesdropping could further damage already tense relations between the US government and Israel.

  • The Brits are way hipper about Palestine than Yanks
    • @ American

      “Our number one ally — at least in my mind — is under attack. If this isn’t an emergency I don’t know anything that is,” Reid said.

      What utter nonsense! Far from being our number one ally, Israel is no ally at all. We have no treaties with them, and can't as long as they don't declare their borders.

      Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “Any person who thinks that the Iron Dome is unnecessary needs to go to the floor and tell us why."

      Me! Me! Pick me! I can tell you why!

      Disregarding the fact this has nothing to do with the safety and security of the US, Iron Dome doesn't work. To date, there is no evidence of even a single rocket having been intercepted by their vaunted Iron Dome. The reported explosions on impact are from The interceptor missiles self destructing. And, by the way, we paid for it from my tax dollars, while ignoring the needs at home!

      link to middleeastmonitor.com

  • Will 'Protective Edge' galvanize the US mainstream, as 'Cast Lead' galvanized the left?
    • Take a look at this article:

      link to unz.com

      Mr Dermer is considered so close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he has been called “Bibi’s brain”. He is also a former student and employee of Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who produced a confidential booklet in 2009, promptly leaked, advising Israeli spokesmen how best to manipulate American and European public opinion. “Don’t confuse messages with facts,” Dr Luntz advises the spokesmen as he explains how facts should be selected and best presented to make Israel’s case.
      It is a sophisticated document based on wide-ranging opinion polls, suggesting, for instance, that the removal of Israeli settlements from the West Bank should be denounced as “a kind of ethnic cleansing”. Dr Luntz stresses that spokesmen must demonise Hamas, but above all emphasise that they feel for the sufferings of Palestinians as well as Israelis. As a sample of what they should say, he gives: “The day will come when Israeli children and Palestinian children will grow up together, play together, and work together side-by-side not just because they have to but because they want to.”

      The problem about this approach is that it sounds particularly hypocritical when, according to Unicef, 230 children have been killed in Gaza, an average of ten a day, and 2,000 have been wounded by Israeli bombs, shells and bullets. Israeli spokesmen are now denying their responsibility for the most notorious and televised atrocities such as the strike on the UN hospital last week. This is an old PR tactic, though not one recommended by Dr Luntz, which is sometime referred to as “first you say no story, then you say old story”. In other words, deny everything in the teeth of the evidence on day one and, by the time definitive proof of the massacre comes through, nobody notices when you have to admit responsibility.
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  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • link to dailypaul.com

      Bolivia Declares Israel a Terrorist State; Renounces Visa Exemption
      Submitted by Veritas Aequitas on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:01
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      LA PAZ: Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

      President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

      It "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," he said.

      The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

      Morales said the Gaza offensive shows "that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community."

  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
  • As night follows the day, deaths of 10 Israeli soldiers lead to deaths of 30 Palestinian civilians
    • @ amigo

      There is more at stake here for Israel than meets the eye. Not only is the IDF being shamed and stymied by under-equipped liberation fighters, their very credibility as a weapons supplier is in doubt as Iron-Dome fails to stop even a single missile:

      link to thebulletin.org

      So, now more than ever, they need something that can be spun as a conclusive victory against the "insurgents". The PR battle is irrecoverably lost and the oft-lauded IDF has been proven to be a horde of cowards that can only turn their fire power on undefended women and infants, and unable to engage in direct combat with the resistance fighters. Now, their vaunted missile defense system has been proven to be useless, which must be raising eyebrows in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.

      All that remains now is the nuclear option, something I wouldn't put past them as a last act of desperation. I expect tactical nukes to be deployed shortly. The US can do nothing but watch, having supplied them with those very weapons over the years.

      Apocalypse is upon us and impotence grips us all. If there is a god, or benevolent extraterrestrials, this would be a great time to make their presence known.

  • PLO official Hanan Ashrawi: Israel's assault on Gaza is 'state terrorism' and should be referred to the International Criminal Court
    • @ kalithea

      Excellent post! Well done!

    • I just don't get it - perhaps I am dense. What is preventing the ICC from ruling on this matter? Palestine is a recognized state by the UN, and the evidence of war crimes by Israel is indisputable - it has been so for years. Not moving on this renders all concerned as farcical at the very least. What am I missing?

      Wherefore art thou, Hostage?

  • Iraqis flee Mosul under threat from ISIS
  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
    • @Kay24

      So who really conducts these polls, and from where are the people polled?

      More importantly, how are the questions phrased?

  • Look at Netanyahu's 'evidence' that civilians are harboring rockets in Gaza
    • Some of these are software generated posts from megaphone (I call these megaphonies).

  • This Jew can't support Israel
    • @wes

      you cannot be a jew and not support israel

      So the jews on MW are not jews. Good to know. That fact must have been missed in the translation of the Torah.

  • Video: How to destroy your SodaStream machine
  • White House says US can't stop 'tsunami' of boycott and isolation if Israel won't end 'occupations'
    • @ Sumud

      It has clearly struck a nerve (maybe more than one) in the pro-Israel camp. The amount of vitriol evident in the Times Of Israel comments section and elsewhere is quite remarkable. Phillip Gordon is persona non grata in zionist circles now. I hope that his tenure is not short-lived.

      A word of caution to all who may prematurely rejoice - whenever we have seen a major shift of negative opinion towards Israel in the past, it has often been followed by some catastrophic event. I recall the growing anti-Israel sentiments in the months prior to 9/11 - all of which disappeared when those planes struck the towers. MW policy prevents me from discussing why I believe that was an Israeli false-flag event, but readers can ask themselves 'cui bono' and a google search will provide them the necessary supportive information.

      So, stand by for a barrage of false flag events to unfold in the days ahead. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better, but there is reason for hope.

      Oh, and one more observation: Mr. Gordon did not say what he did without the president's blessings, FWIW.

  • Murdered teen laid to rest, as tensions flare in Shufat
    • Israel's days are numbered. Even for the aging zionists in the US as they die off, the younger generation will not support Israel.

      If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by
      --– Sun Tzu

  • Please, pray for Palestine
    • @ annie

      NIMBY !!

      While Florida is ~3000 miles from the Bay area, I am completely against a massive influx of zionists into the US. Look at the trouble we are already having with the ones here influencing our government.

      It would be the same if 6 million KKK members moved into any state in the US - that state would be kaput, and like a cancer, would eat all the other states too.

      Thanks, but no thanks. America first for me - and I am not so sure it would help the Palestinians anyway to have 6 million more zionists to influence our government, not to mention the devastating effect on our society and culture as they spread their venom here. Well, they are already spreading their venom here through the internet and their many agents like Glick, and others., but it would be far worse with them here, if you can even imagine it!

    • I want to draw attention to the recent article by Michael Cohen at FP.com:

      link to foreignpolicy.com

      His thesis is that the US and Israel are separating, albeit slower than we would like.

      Things got off to a rocky start in early 2009 when Netanyahu initially refused the United States' request for a settlement freeze. They got worse when Netanyahu sought to give Obama a "history lesson" in the Oval Office on the security challenges facing Israel; they plummeted further during the 2012 election when Bibi all but endorsed the president's Republican rival, Mitt Romney; and they took a major hit when Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon publicly disparaged Kerry.

      But relations truly reached rock bottom after the signing of the interim nuclear deal last fall between Iran and the P5+1 countries (the United States, Britain, China, France, and Russia, plus Germany). It was one thing to oppose the deal. It was quite another for Israel to actively try to torpedo it. Not only did the Israelis seek to poison the well in Geneva by bad-mouthing U.S. efforts, but via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, they sought to undermine the deal in Congress by pushing for passage of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act.

      That rancor is likely to get worse, particularly as Washington and Tehran continue negotiations toward a final deal this summer -- and new indications of cooperation between Washington and Tehran over the ISIS invasion of Iraq are beginning to emerge.

      He adds later:

      When one combines the changing politics of support for Israel with Israel's continued obstinacy on ending the occupation, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which the U.S.-Israel relationship doesn't change.

      Where I disagree with him is that he sees this as a continued trajectory for the democrats. I don't see how that is possible if Hillary gets elected. If anything, she will be more zionist than the zionists, and more pro-war than the neocons.

      Still, a worthwhile article to read.

    • 4th of July is an appropriate time to ponder our liberty and those who do not have any semblance of liberty. Worse yet, how does this nation that touts its liberty, aid and abet another criminal nation as it tramples the liberty of those that it occupies.

      I curse those in our government who enable Israel to commit these atrocities, and also those who sit by without raising a finger to stop this. I curse all our venal politicians that have betrayed humanity and even the nation that elected them. May they never see a peaceful night's sleep or tolerate their face in a mirror.

      So, it is not a prayer that I offer, after all what value is the prayer of an atheist?

      Instead, to all those in the seats of power in our government, I quote Captain Ahab:

      to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee.

  • Senator Rand Paul pens over-the-top pander to pro-Israel crowd
    • It is very possible that Rand is mouthing the words that he needs to, in order to stand a snowball's chance of getting elected, given the political reality of DC, but it makes me gag.

      His father, Ron Paul, has my complete admiration and support, but he was not able to get anywhere because of his frankness about Israel. His son may be learning from this.

      Will this strategy work? It may, but the lobby is very suspicious of him. It may also backfire in that the very people who supported his father may recoil at his insincerity, or worse, actually believe that he is no different from the other pols.

      I may be convinced to give him the benefit of the doubt given his anti-interventionist foreign policy, but most days I find myself scratching my head about him.

  • 'Forward' normalizes idea that some folks 'hate Israel'
    • We learn and grow from those with whom we interact, annie.

    • Much as one may want to see a happy ending for the couple described in your article, the reality is that such a relationship has no chance of success. Their different views on Israel is not something that they are going to be able to rationally discuss (at least she won't) and come to a mutual compromise, as most married couples do. Unless she is one of those people who has an epiphany as she grows older and is able to distance herself from her zio brainwashing, the relationship is doomed before it starts.

      Annie once told me not to "hate", so I merely loathe, abhor, and view with complete disdain, the entity known as Israel, and all that it stands for.

  • SodaStream launches 'mixologist' competition as brand sags
    • squirt, squirt, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is (to see you go, that is)!

      (sorry alka seltzer!)

  • The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge
    • Jews don’t kidnap or kill their own people

      Are you insane? Who killed Yitzhak Rabin?

  • Turning blood into cement: Reflections on nationalist violence in wake of suspected revenge killing of Palestinian teen
    • @ Mooser

      Good to see you here again.

      I would really like it if we could stop referring to the people in Israel as Jews

      Yes, I agree. However, the Lobby is actively conflating Israel with jews, and all anti-Israel activity with antisemitism, and our government and media are complicit in that endeavor.

      This will end badly.

  • Photo Essay: Israeli soliders destroy Qawasmeh and Aisha family homes in retribution attack
  • What did Israeli officials know about the missing teens, and when did they know it?
    • This is what absolute power looks like - to be able to inflict cruelty at will and without remorse or fear of repercussions. These are the traits of evil in all history: the complete domination of one people by another; subjugation and indiscriminate death of the masses by the mighty.

      Proof it was Hamas? We don't need no stinking proof!
      Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

      Alas, history also shows that such tyrants and monsters can survive a long time - sometimes for hundreds of years. They do eventually perish, but often not soon enough for their many victims.

      The evil in our own country is not different. Remember how quickly we identified those 19 Hijackers on 9/11 with nary a shred of evidence (only to have some of them show up alive later)? Off we went: Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war!

      It is a shame that even those of us who oppose our governments and want no part of these persecutions will also perish when the whole thing comes crashing down. In this way, we too, are victims of the same evil, and despite all our efforts, are just as helpless as the palestinians in the presence of insurmountable force.

      Perhaps there are Israelis who feel the same way.

  • Missing Israeli teens found dead near Hebron; Netanyahu: 'Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay'
  • A settler grazes his cattle on Palestinian crops, as Israeli soldiers look on
    • @MY1

      hundreds of people are killed every day in Syria and Iraq

      I have no patience for your incessant whataboutery. Come back when you have some new ways to justify your war crimes.

    • And how many of these are false flags by Israel to justify more atrocities on the Palestinians?

    • This is so depressing to read every day! How can our government turn a blind eye to this?

  • After ADL says opera is 'biased' toward Palestinians, Met cancels broadcast, citing rising anti-Semitism
    • I am in Munich this week. Walking to terminal 2 at the airport there is an Israeli stall smack dab in the middle of the food court selling Dead Sea products. I must have scowled as I walked past it, as this young man walked up to me from the stall.
      " Excuse me, where are you from?" - he asked me with a heavy mideastern accent.
      "I am from the US " - I replied.
      "Oh really? Do you know about the Dead Sea? "
      "Yes, it's in Palestine "-I replied.
      "In Israel " - he corrected me firmly.
      He then proceeded to coax me to try a sample of some cream, which I politely refused.
      I was about the launch into a tirade about products from occupied territories, but thought better of it being in a foreign country.

      As an aside, I find the people in Munich to be just lovely and I did not detect any anti-Semitism from the passerbys around this Israeli stall.

  • Kidnapped
  • Michael Oren's misuse of the Holocaust

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