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  • 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

      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.

    • @ Pixel

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

  • What Jim Fallows and I saw
    • OT:

      link to

      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

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

      link to

      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.

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
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      Bolivia Declares Israel a Terrorist State; Renounces Visa Exemption
      Submitted by Veritas Aequitas on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:01
      Current Events
      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

      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

      link to

      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
  • Palestinians 'under occupation... denied dignity and self-determination' -- Clinton
    • @ AlGhorear

      And while it’s nice that Cantor lost the primary, there’s talk that he’ll run as a write-in candidate.

      He can't. Virginia's "sore loser law" prevents that:

      Virginia Code 24.2-520 : A candidate who loses a primary shall be prohibited from having his name on a general election ballot.

    • @ annie

      This is potentially earth-shattering in its significance. It is too early to tell whether his defeat is due to his openly Israel-firster positions or for other reasons, but I choose to believe that the public grows increasingly weary of pols that do not put the interests of the US above those of a foreign nation.

      In either case, it would behoove us to represent this widely as a victory for US-firsters, not only to encourage activism, but to also cause this to become a platform for the next elections. If nothing, it proves that zionist monetary support is not a guarantee of an electoral win, and reinforces the hope that people do have the power to change our government.

      If we can clearly portray candidates as either Israel-firster or America-firster, the impact would be resounding. It would certainly get me to go out and vote in a long time.

  • Hillary Clinton's flipflop: We were wrong to take hard line against settlements
    • @annie
      If she gets elected, I am emigrating to China. You would be surprised how wrong our perceptions of China are because of the demonization done by our compliant press.

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  • Israel announces major escalation in settlement expansion (Update)
    • It is really hard to read the user comments on jpost. They spew so much vitriol and hatred, it is frightening to think that they may represent a significant fraction of Israeli citizenry. If they do, then no redemption is possible for Israel and we should just wash our hands and move on with dismantling it.

      Whether Israel is dismantled or not, it should cease to be a concern of the US. I don't want my hard earned dollars being redirected to that rogue state. We need to start a national campaign to vote out every Israel-firster in government - both State and Federal.

  • Check out the new Rolling Stones logo
    • I forged the tickets

      Impressive - and before the advent of color laser printers!

    • Man, this sucks! I was a Stones fan through most of my youth and even went to their concert in London a long time ago, scraping together my meager funds for the ticket. I would never have thought that they could be bought, especially now in their twilight years when they don't need the money or the political influence.

      I guess there is no Santa Claus, and idols and heroes turn out to be mere men. More the pity.

  • Historic football victory provides another global stage for Palestine
  • Gates Foundation begins to divest from occupation profiteer G4S
  • But what can a poor boy do, except to boycott Israel
  • Palestinian Refugees Welcome The Pope: The story behind the iconic photo at the Separation Wall
    • Historic indeed. I am sure that he is satisfied with the result of his efforts. Perhaps Kelly could have blurred all the faces in the photos to protect them from incarceration. We know what Israel is capable of.

    • I hope these activists are not arrested now that their photos are public...

  • Ted Cruz seems to believe the road to Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Jerusalem
    • Ted Cruz will never get elected. He is dangerous while in congress, but he will never make it to the WH.

  • The Pope in Palestine
    • @Hostage

      Reading the comments to the article you linked to (link to the anti-Christian/anti-Pope venom is palpable (several commenters refer to him as the "poop").

      This is great! As more Christians realize that it isn't just about the Muslims, the shades should fall from their eyes quicker. One interesting spin from a commenter was labeling Catholics as "fake Christians" and Evangelicals as "true Christians". Ironic considering what Evangelicals describe as the end of the story for Jews!

  • Notice who is welcoming the Pope, and who is outraged
  • Netanyahu scoffs at Obama's 2009 summons and 'threat'-- to stop all settlements
  • A Papal confession to the Palestinian people
    • A very strange anti-Christian article that is misplaced in light of the Pope's visit to the holy land. No religion is exempt from its culpability in violence, but it is hardly appropriate to dredge up the distant past to contrast with the atrocities of the present!

  • Israel spies on U.S. more than any other ally
    • @pabelmont

      Around 2000, I worked for a company that got on the wrong side of an Israeli company in Silicon Valley. One day we were visited by a horde of female Israeli students purporting to be selling art. They swarmed all over our office space. We asked them to leave but they just ignored us. They engaged in conversations with many of the engineers, apparently to sell them paintings, who were thrilled to be talking to pretty girls. Later we found a bunch of documents missing. I don't know if they left microphones and cameras, because that is not something we were sensitive to at that time.

    • Every Congress person that aids and abets this form of Israeli assault on our secrets is a traitor to this country. Every Israel Firster should be expelled from this country.

  • Defending Apartheid – From 1968 to the present
    • @ bio rabbi

      I am not pleased about it. It is consistent with what I wrote about technology going from here to there.

    • As a denizen of Silicon Valley, I can attest that most things claimed by Israel as its innovations were either hatched here or stolen from here. They even claim Intel chips belong to them. So not true.

    • @ just

      Don’t sit it out, vote

      Vote for whom? Tweedledum or Tweedledee? I don't see how voting for the one or the other results in a vote for justice. In fact, not voting is my voice saying "none of the above".

    • Sometimes I despair at how much our pols are controlled by the lobby!

      link to

      Unless this is a trick, Rand just lost my vote. Looks like I am forced to sit out another election in 2016.

  • Boycott on the horizon if Starbucks buys stake in SodaStream
    • @ annie

      I have been looking for a good excuse to curtail my multiple daily trips to Starbucks. This could be all the incentive I need.

      An obvious modification to the Starbucks logo would be adding fangs to her face.

  • 'NYT' scrubs 'analysis' that Hamas is 'seen in West as the devil'
  • Israeli settlers release wild boars on Palestinian farmland to destroy crops
    • It seems these settlers invent new ways to torture the Palestinians each day, sinking ever into more depths of depravity. How much can the downtrodden endure before they lash out in justifiable violence, only to be then condemned as terrorists?

      What manner of monsters we aid and abet as we turn our backs on justice, and in doing so, we too become as those same monsters. Some consolation remains in the belief that justice may tarry but justice will surely come. Alas, when it comes, it may already be too late for many.

      Whither the lightning bolt of Zeus?

  • Federal agencies express concerns about Israel's entry into the Visa Waiver Program
    • “when they (Israelis) want to see Mickey Mouse, they should see the real one.”

      So this is the justification? Israelis come to the US to boost our tourism? Sure - pull the other one, it has bells on it.

      These treasonous congress-critters need to be removed from their posts. They are pushing the visa waiver program to make it easier for Israeli spies to enter this country without having to undergo any scrutiny from the State Department.

      Schumer, Sherman, et alia, should all be forced to resign.

      On the plus side, I am thrilled that there are actually some good guys in the State Department! Who would've thunk it? Since when did we start ignoring our Intelligence community??

      Of course, most Israeli spies already have two passports, so locking the barn door now may not help much.

  • Global Earth Day coalition drops SodaStream over complicity in Israeli occupation
    • The web site is very well done - excellent presentation strategy to scroll down and have each speaker activated when in focus. Very effective and attention-grabbing.

  • Snowden revealed a world of conspiracies I once would have scoffed at-- Bryan Burrough
    • @ MHughes976

      revealing of secret operations may always to some extent ‘put lives at risk’

      While hypothetically a possibility, I view the revelations of secrets by Snowden as having been done in a very responsible way in collaboration with Greenwald, and so far, I cannot see how lives may be at risk by what has been revealed.

      Vive la Reine!

      LOL! To each his own! At her age, each birthday is a miracle.

    • @ American

      Isnt that why we objectors are all here on I/P and USA-Isr?

      Indeed. Of course, our contributions and sacrifices are a drop in the bucket compared to what he has done. He has put his life on the line.

    • @ Krauss

      Indeed - for anyone to be surprised by the revelations from Snowden, knowing what we know today, is the height of self-delusional ignorance - or something much worse. Snowden has become the litmus test for separating the wheat from the chaff. You can already see authority figures trying to dissuade people (e.g. students) from considering Snowden as a hero, and people like Peter King calling Greenwald's win of the Pulitzer Prize "a disgrace".

      link to

      This is good. Let them out themselves. Americans have never been more aware than they are now, and as more of these nightflowers are exposed, they will not only wilt in the harsh glare of the midday sun, they will start forest fires across this nation as the citizenry rises up to drag their sorry asses to the guillotines.

      Vive la République!

  • Bridgegate 2.0: Israeli tech students manipulate traffic patterns
    • @ JeffB

      Maybe you should consider why you feel it necessary to always assume the worst?

      Because Israel has shown us over and over again that their actions can sink below what any of us could imagine in doing harm to others. Ritzl is completely justified in his/her assumptions.

    • @ marc b.

      don’t kid yourself: the ‘students’ are actual bad guys.

      Absolutely agree. There are many ways to demonstrate defects in software - I should know, but doing it by disrupting the lives of innocent people is not one of them. I am not interested in people demonstrating the weakness in the security of my home by breaking and entering it.

  • Father of photographer critically wounded at West Bank protest: 'This is life under occupation'
  • Mark Halperin excommunicates Rand Paul, over Israel
    • @ annie

      it really excites me.

      Me too! This one will be for the history books. I don't believe Hillary has a chance to win anymore - she took quite a public beating as SoS and has nothing to point to as accomplishments. Sure, a lot of people will vote for her as the first female POTUS, but not nearly enough.

      Rand has a really good shot at winning the Republican nomination, because the other contenders are far too weak and damaged goods (like Christy, Cruz, etc.). The only real contender could be Jeb Bush - but it is far too soon for another Bush in the WH - so I doubt he will even run.

      Between Rand and Hillary - Rand has a pretty decent shot. A lot more young people voting in 2016 - and that is Rand's strong point. Meanwhile, the supporters of Adelson are aging and dying off faster than they can be replaced. More and more Americans are waking up to the reality that we don't want to be in any more wars. Whether they care about Palestine or not, many like me are worried about the economy, our jobs, and ability to keep up with our mortgages, while we live from paycheck to paycheck. More people are aware that our taxes are not being used at home where we would like it to be, and instead are being used to enter us in even more wars and meddling in other people's businesses, without any profit to the US, and a spiralling loss of our prestige abroad.

      I think the US is about to become much more nationalistic (not ethno nationalists - more patriotic for tribe USA).

      No supporter of Obama, but - we are whom we have been waiting for.

  • Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect
    • @ American

      MJ seems to have come off completely unhinged. Those tweets of his hint of someone who is no longer rational (if he ever was). That pot shot at Alex and annie does him no service at all. Sad to see someone go off the deep end like that.

    • Protective of Israel’s image and worried that Blumenthal’s book could contribute to the changing debate over the country in the U.S., they’re throwing the kitchen sink at unflinching critics of Zionism.

      If that is indeed why they are doing it, then this will backfire in a huge way. All this attention will cause more people to look into Max's work. I predict that there will be an exponential increase in his book sales after this.

    • Yellow journalism at its worst! The VNN forum itself is beneath me to even go and check out - but wasn't for Haaretz (if indeed they checked it out)!

  • Friedman prepares American Jews for a divorce from zealot Israel
    • @ ToivoS

      My guess was that they saw it as an opportunity to distract Israel from trying to sabotage the Iranian peace talks

      If that was it, it didn't work too well, since neither the lobby, nor Netanyahu ever lost their laser-like focus on it. The fact that they failed to completely derail the talks with Iran has more to do with an increasingly awake citizenry that pilloried their congress-critters and struck fear in their hearts. If that was by design, then that is far more diabolical than unleashing Europe.

      Presidents only have two points in their term when they can take on the lobby - the first year of their first term, and the last two years of their second term. Obama made an attempt in the first year, with his naive Cairo speech, but was beaten bloody. It is no secret that there is no love lost between he and Netanyahu. Some vestige of pride has to remain in him to want his legacy to reflect some difference that his two terms in the WH made, and even a human need to get back at Netanyahu for his public humiliation.

      So, in order to have something happen in 2015, he needs to finish setting the stage in 2014, and pull the trigger post-November. Until then, he would be wise to keep mouthing the same platitudes so as not to alert the dark side.

      The only thing holding back European sanctions is the US. If it could be clear to them that the US would not thwart their attempts to bring Israel to heel, the sanctions would be enacted tomorrow morning. The common citizenry in Europe appear to be in favor of it, so their governments need the courage (and maybe a slight nudge from Obama/Kerry) with secret assurances that we would not block their attempts, for them to go forth and enact BDS in full fury.

      to think that Kerry and Obama could operate at that level of Machiavellian intrigue is hard to believe

      Perhaps. But who would have thought that Nixon would go to China?

    • @ annie

      i predict the boycott is about to takeoff in very big ways

      From your lips to God's ears. I think you are right.

    • paradigm shift that is upon us with the smashup of the Kerry effort

      There is still a part of me that wants to believe that Kerry/Obama expected this smashup, and perhaps, were counting on it to launch the next step of getting Europe unchained on Israel, having "done all we could do" to protect Israel from International pressures and sanctions.

  • On Easter week, Shaath says millions of Palestinians are denied access to Jerusalem
    • Ooops! I missed your sarcasm!!

    • Why are 2 million Jews incarcerated in the US prison system ? Why always them ?
      Why are Jews shot in Arizona by Minutemen ? Why always them ?

      Really? This is news to me. I thought the prisons were filled with mostly blacks and hispanics (some of them could be jewish), and I thought minutemen mostly went after Mexican illegal immigrants. But, maybe I haven't been paying attention...

  • Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?'
    • Why can’t we be like the Jews?

      How ironic that the man who goes on a killing rampage on jews does so because he can't be like the jews (sic)! This is one sick puppy!

  • It's time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine
    • It may not be news to many that most of our systems and infrastructures are infiltrated by Israeli intelligence - including those of people in power in the US.

      Verint soon had contracts with a wide range of US government agencies including the NSA and law enforcement as well as major telecommunications companies like Verizon to handle ‘electronic interception’ or wiretaps (Narus handled interceptions at AT&T), while the Israeli company Amdocs Ltd collected the metadata from all US call and billing records, including the White House and FBI — information that might have been funneled to Israeli intelligence.

      It may seem innocuous to some, but all our telephone billing is outsourced to Amdocs in Israel. This means, at the very least, all the metadata associated with our phone calls, including whom we call and when, are available to Amdocs, and from them on to whomever they provide the data.

      Imagine how information like that could be used to coerce/blackmail those in power. It is not only for financial support that US politicians bend at the knee before Israel, it has been speculated that a lot of it is due to the use of blackmail. Our politicians are not exactly the models of morality, and many have hidden skeletons in their closets, from extramarital affairs, to more gruesome actions to consolidate their positions of power.

      A Herculean task indeed, akin to cleaning the Augean stables, clearing our government of all the rot and corruption that has accumulated over the years. If we are to survive as a nation, we have to undertake this task. Let's start with the I-firsters and examine their backgrounds with intense scrutiny to determine what makes them vulnerable to blackmail. At the very least, it is a risk to their security clearances. More grave, it constitutes treason against us.

  • 'Secret' London conference seeks to link BDS to... terrorism
    • Ronald Lauder told the 140 guests that countering the boycott movement might be the most important work they ever do.

      For all those who pooh-pooh how effective BDS is, this should be proof of exactly the opposite. This is what has them scared above all else.

      Time to shovel more coal into the locomotive...

  • Amid 'climate of fear' at Vassar, president comes out against 'action and protest' re Israel
  • The Jewish community must not embrace Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Interesting - I did a little googling and in Ms Darwish we have another Islamophobe who has claims to credibility and is invited to voice her opinions on important matters by people in power:

      link to

      It is also notable, that being an Islamophobe, immediately means being pro-Israel, as in her case. It is also interesting that none of these Islamophobes can argue their case based on a clear statement of facts, and instead rely on twisted restatements of selected "facts" or blatant lies, as called out in the above post.

      This quote is particularly educational to me:

      Islam has no hierarchy, and no Pope. Islam has 8 mathabs or schools of thought, according to the Amman Conference Statement to which I subscribe. There are many understandings of Islam - not one monolithic understanding. Therefore to object to the fact that Muslims hold different opinions about any particular issue and see this is some sort of purposeful deception is deeply dishonest.

    • @ Sumud

      I agree with others that this is an impressive post indeed and hard to refute.

    • @ MDM

      Incidentally, there was quite a trend for ‘native informants’ in the years after 9/11. By which I mean telegenic Muslims turned ‘critics of Islam’ nearly all of them women, and coincidentally or not, fans of Israel. I’m talking about the likes of Magan, Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan and Irshad Manji.

      Hmmm, I seem to have missed hearing about those names. Of course, with 9/11, we were all preoccupied with other thoughts. I will google them to see what I can find.

      The only "muslim" I remember from those days was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador who told us on TV, in perfect, unaccented American English (valley girl), that Iraqis were killing incubator babies, so we needed to attack them. Even she, while purportedly muslim, was not denouncing muslims en masse - just Iraqis. I believe her claims were debunked later and there is speculation that it was the typical demonization of the enemy tactics that are precursors to attacks perpetrated by the attacking forces.

    • What does this show that we have in place of a brain?

      Ignoring your ad hominem, I don't really know what it says about your brain or your reading comprehension.

      Of the two people I mentioned above, and in one case I even used parenthetic "purported", Ms Ali has stated that she was born Muslim and then became an atheist, and Mr. Atzmon has stated he was born a Jew, but isn't one anymore. I think that counts as "having confided in us their religious or irreligious thoughts".

      I fail to see the point of your rant. Good luck with whatever inner demons you are fighting with.

    • @ Rachel Roberts

      Folks on the right are just more superficial in my estimation and can’t see past identity.

      I find the use of the term "Right" a tad disturbing. I find this Left/Right dichotomy to be something that we have been fed as justified polar positions in this country, and it is just not true. I have been called a member of the "Right" because I supported Ron Paul - even though I don't agree with All of his views, and I don't completely fit the label of libertarian although I come close on many of their positions. There are people in this country who are described as "Left" or "Progressive", who are monstrous in their support of wars and intervention in the affairs of other countries to the detriment of our own. Outside the US, someone described as "Leftist" in Israel, would probably fit somewhere to the right of most conservatives in the US.

      I am quite okay with the term "neocon", and lest we forget, they were originally part of the "left" before finding shelter in the "right".

    • @ Rachel Roberts

      A very cogent article and very well-argued (not surprising since you are an attorney!)

      It is interesting that Ms. Ali's being a (purported) muslim, gives her more credibility when she denounces Islam, regardless of the fact that she is among only a few of the 1.5 billion+ muslims in this world. I am trying to think of adherents of other religions, who may command such credibility and renown when they castigate their birth faith.

      We all know about people like Gilad Atzmon to name one, who doesn't come anywhere near the vitriol of this lady, but his credibility is very limited, and I am not seeing him getting any honorary degrees from anywhere. I am sure there must be some christian, jew, hindu, buddhist, taoist, or follower of some other faith that we can equate to Ms Ali, but I am having a hard time coming up with a name. Perhaps others here can help?

    • @ American


      I like that - very catchy! Mind if I co-opt it?

  • Israel's brand rides high on NPR
    • Thanks dbroncos - I should have guessed your region from your nom de plume.

    • @ dbroncos

      That is really good to hear from your perspective, and quite encouraging. Like Phil, I too, sometimes wonder if there is enough of a change for all the efforts of so many people , here and in Europe.

      Could you please elaborate on who comprised the panel and the audience, and your region? I am interested to know where in the US there is impact and where we are not making progress yet.

  • Land seizures-- near Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and in Jordan Valley
    • Looks like we are about to see massive sizures of Palestinian lands as Israel spins (with US complicity) to absolve themselves of blame:

      link to

      But an unnamed senior Israeli official, quoted by Channel 2 on Friday night, asserted that it was Kerry who was to blame for the breakdown. “He’s responsible for the crisis,” the official reportedly said. This was because Kerry inaccurately told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel would be willing to release Israeli Arabs in the fourth group of prisoners, when Israel had not agreed to do so. There was also a difference between the sides about how many prisoners would go free. The secretary had months to try to resolve the discrepancies but failed to do so, the report said.

      Eventually, Kerry acknowledged to Israel that he’d “made a mistake here” on the issue of Israeli-Arab terror convicts, the TV report said, and discussion began on a complex deal under which the US would free Pollard, Israel would release the Israeli Arab and other prisoners in the final group, as well as hundreds more prisoners, and would also partially freeze settlement construction, and the Palestinians would halt all unilateral moves toward statehood and agree to continue the talks. But that deal was derailed when Abbas applied to join 15 UN and other international treaties last week, and days of frenzied contacts this week have failed to achieve a new agreement.

      and of course, we already had this from Reuters:

      (Reuters) - A senior Israeli minister has urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a swathe of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying peace talks with the Palestinians were dead.

  • 'No decision has been made on Jonathan Pollard,' says State Dep't
    • @ just

      Pollard needs to stay put. Period. All I know for sure is that more Americans need to know what he did to hurt them and benefit himself.

      The for that to happen is to set him free. Then, watch TSHTF.

  • 'In every generation they rise up against us' -- Passover and the Jewish imagination
    • @talknic

      link to

      Holy crap, talknic! That is just brilliant! Here is a prime example of someone reusing the same tired old unfounded accusations despite having been debunked just in the last couple of years! I really believe that MW should make it a rule for posters to provide citations whenever they make maligning assertions like these.

  • 66 years ago today 42 members of my family were slaughtered in Deir Yassin
    • The trolls are out in force these days. Really hard to read the threads or comment on the original topic without it all getting derailed into total pollution. This is reducing the usefulness of MW, and I am surprised that the moderators are allowing this to happen. It is obvious that many of these posters are here full time to do only that, like JeffB, Hophme, and DaBakr. It must pay well, since it is a crap job.

      I am impressed that people like Hostage and talknic can continue to respond civilly and keep debunking their BS assertions over and over. They have far more patience than I could ever hope to have.

      If the moderators won't ban them, perhaps the rest of us should - by BDS'ing their derrieres. Let's stop responding to them and their comments and take the fuel out of their fire. They will continue to post, however, but without engaging them in pointless debates, it should greatly reduce the thread pollutions, and hence their effectiveness.

  • 'Poof' -- Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
    • From Haaretz:

      The focus Kerry places on the settlements as one of the reasons for the meltdown of the talks will be clearly understood in the European Union’s institutions in Brussels and in the various foreign ministries on the Continent. That is precisely what Jerusalem is afraid of. The Europeans have warned Israel a number of times over the past few months that if the talks broke down over construction in the settlements there would be consequences in the form of additional European sanctions. The marking of products from the settlements in European supermarkets is a step waiting on the shelf for implementation.

      There is a part of me that wonders whether we are not watching a scripted play. Surely, Obama/Kerry were expecting something like this to happen. They have repeatedly made statements about how the US would not be able to shield Israel from International pressure if the talks failed. This could well be the next act in that play where Obama/Kerry get to say that they tried everything to protect Israel, but Israel still chose to shoot off its own toes. The Kerry 'poof' speech may well have been the signal to Europe to step in. I don't think Kerry made that speech without Obama's blessings.

      Interesting times...

  • Because Rep. Jones voted 'present' on Israel aid, lobby group runs attack ad with burning flag
    • @ American

      If I was in your state, I would not only vote for him, I would let it be known far and wide that I was voting for him because he was demonstrably not an Israel-firster.

  • Oren says Pollard 'sacrificed himself for the Jewish people'
    • @ biorabbi

      There is an awesome huge added gain for releasing Pollard: imagine all the anti-semites faces redden and their blood pressure’s go up. Free Mr. Pollard now and watch the internet explode!

      Be careful what you ask for, you may get it. Disregarding your painting Americans as anti semites, if American faces do, in fact, radden and our blood pressures go up en masse and the Internet explodes, the consequence to Israel will not be pretty. You, for one, will be out of a job at Hasbara Central and will have to earn an honest living without being a parasite on American pockets, and your beloved Israel will be a distant memory.

    • From the NYT article:

      If Mr. Pollard, once freed, is given a hero’s welcome in Israel — a likely outcome, given the Israeli government’s long campaign on his behalf — there is worry that it will cause a backlash in the United States, where Mr. Pollard is still viewed by many, especially in the national security establishment, as a traitor who sold his country’s secrets for cash.

      This is exactly the reason that I want him freed. The potential benefit to us from his release far outweighs that of leaving him incarcerated for a few more days. Time for us to play chess instead of checkers.

    • @ pablemont

      [2] did not help Israel’s security and ...

      Frankly, even if it had helped Israel's security, it hurt ours. In a tradeoff between Israel's security and ours, Phil is right - our interests prevail.

    • Kerry: This is not an open-ended effort. It's reality check time.

      Awesome! This may be the excuse that the administration has been waiting for to withdraw as Israel's lawyer and hand over the IP issue for resolution by something akin to the P5+1 for Iran. This could be the signal for BDS to pick up more steam.

  • It's the borders, stupid
    • @ Kathleen

      Not that I would vote for Rand Paul (his domestic stances are horrifying)

      By now you should know that our domestic policy is completely subservient to our foreign policy. Not voting for Rand Paul because you disagree with some of his domestic policies means that you will vote for someone who will continue to screw us because of our foreign policy, and you won't get your desired domestic policy either. Why not get someone elected who can fix our foreign policy to a non-interventionist one, not to mention cutting aid to Israel and others, allowing for a huge amount of dollars being saved, which can then be used to improve our domestic policy by that same president or a subsequent one.

      As it now stands, people didn't vote for Ron Paul because they didn't like one thing or another about his domestic policy - even things that were more in congress' purview rather than the president's. We need to wise up to this left/right dichotomy that we have been fed. Let's just elect someone who can get us out of these wars and cut off aid to Israel. If they can clean house and get rid of all the neocons in government, we will be well on our way to prosperity again. Taking the stance that you and others have in the last election is why we continue to have more of the same.

      How is that hopey-changey thing working so far? Would a Hillary Clinton be better (No!), or would you like to see Christy/Jeb/Cruz instead of Rand? Those are your choices, so don't fool yourself into thinking you will get some miracle candidate.

      Foreign policy should be the only priority in the next election. Once that yoke is removed, the rest can be fixed. Until that yoke is removed, nothing can be fixed.

    • And lest we forget, this reluctance to declare borders is the principal reason that there cannot be a treaty or alliance between the US and Israel - both of which require such a declaration. We keep referring to Israel as our bestest friend and "ally". The fact that it is not our friend or our "ally" is argued by Phil Ghiraldi:

      link to

      Israel is the anchor around our neck that is sucking us to the bottom of the ocean.

  • Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won't lead to doom
    • According to the CIA, Israel will be gone in 15 years (the report said 20 years back in 2009).

      link to

    • If the Palestinians go to the ICC it will be a profound threat to Israel

      This is like saying "[the victim] going to the court to seek justice would be a threat to [the criminal]"?

      So, we should protect a criminal by preventing their victim from reaching out to the courts for justice? What does that make us?

  • The crisis that Israel adroitly manufactured
    • Thanks for the itinerary, Henry. I live in San Rafael, so I am going to try to make that one on Thursday unless my 5:00pm meeting runs late. Would love to meet others from this site there.

  • Let Pollard go. But first get answers from Tel Aviv
    • @ American

      I agree. There is no way that Israel is going to give us anything - certainly not admit that their actions caused any harm to the US or got any agents killed. The list of damage to the US is long - not just Pollard. Everything from USS Liberty, the theft of Nuclear material (and apparent environmental damage in the process), corruption of our political system, espionage, industrial theft, ..., the list goes on.

      I argued yesterday that we should release Pollard as a chess move, but on "humanitarian grounds"?? I don't quite see Pollard as the poor, taken-advantage-of, innocent that Phil makes him out to be.

  • Reports: Abbas faults Israel for 'procrastinating,' says Palestine will move to join int'l organizations
    • @Ellen

      Israelis leaving are the ones you might want as your neighbor

      You may be right about that - I don't know if the "good ones" are self-selecting for exit. I do know that when the axe finally falls on Israel, there will be mass exodus, and we won't get the chance to be selective about which ones come here. From the outside, it looks like the majority fall in the monster category, so I believe that the majority of them won't be ones that will make good neighbors - at least not here in the San Francisco Bay area.

      Now those folks leaving Brooklyn or Moldova for Israel to carry out the Zionist colonial enterprise

      Well those are the ones that already have a second passport and will be the first to return - much to our chagrin.

    • 2014 may well shape up to be a turning point in world affairs. The dyke is starting to creak and the I-firsters are running out of fingers to plug all the holes. Unfortunately, when the levy breaks, it is going to flood a few innocents as well. Prepare for a mass emigration of zionists to the US (Europe may be more reluctant to accept them) when the dam finally bursts.

  • Not an April Fool's joke: U.S. weighs releasing Pollard to keep Israelis at negotiating table
    • At one point, I would have been outraged at the prospect of Pollard being released, but I have reason to change my opinion on that as it would be a good chess move.

      To start with, he is nearing his release anyway, and he is not really adding any value being in prison. The damage he did is already done and cannot be undone. However, there is strategic value in releasing him, as in a game of chess.

      The release would raise a huge outcry across the nation, not the least from the intelligence and military communities. It would make headlines in every paper, because the I-firsters would want it to - sort of their way of saying "we leave no man behind", as an encouragement to other would-be spies for Israel. In their hubris, they would end up educating the masses about what Israel has been up to in our country, something that very few Americans know (although the numbers are increasing).

      So, his release would get a lot more mileage for our side than his continued incarceration. If I had my druthers, I would have had him shot all those years ago, but now, we may benefit more from his premature release rather than letting him serve out the few remaining days of his term.

      Let the I-firsters gloat about having engineered his release. Their pride will hasten their fall.

      On a similar note, Kerry's facilitating a terrible deal between Israel and Palestine is also a good thing in the same vein. I think we are past the point of trying to get justice through negotiations. Justice will have to come from a revolt from the grassroots, so the faster the flames are fanned, the quicker the uprising.

      More, more, I say.

  • Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!
  • Liberal Zionists are the new front line against BDS
  • UN Human Rights Council resolution warning companies to 'terminate business interests in the settlements' or face possible criminal liability gets watered down
    • Awwww! :-(

    • I second that!

    • Thanks Hostage - ever the fount of knowledge, par excellence!

    • Glad and surprised to see that Canada didn't cave!

    • @ annie

      From your link:

      Palestine and Syria spoke as concerned countries. Israel was not present in the room.

      I guess Israel could not come up with a response to the allegations and depends on Abe Foxman to be its mouthpiece.

      Syria, speaking as a concerned country, said that 47 years had gone by since Israel had occupied the Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights and the situation was getting worse. The occupation continued and was taking great strides and the Judaisation campaigns in Jerusalem were taking feverish pace. The settlers harassed the Palestinians and the holy sites on a daily basis. Israel continued to deprive prisoners of their right to receive visits from their relatives. The international community was a witness of the blatant human rights violations by Israel and by its discriminatory and racist policies. Despite the current situation, Israel, continuing to strengthen its occupation, was blatantly violating the principle of sovereignty of peoples, and called into question their right to control their resources which was an inalienable right. Occupation would not bring peace to Israel. Israel had to realize that the only path for peace was the respect for international legitimacy. Syria challenged the Human Rights Council and reminded it that simply condemning Israel, and the indifference of so many States that supported Israel, would only encourage Israel to continue implementing these practices and believe it was above the law and above accountability.

      Wow! I am so glad to read that this is what was voiced. About time!

      Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, expressed its incomprehension at the European Union’s decision to speak about the occupied Palestinian territories under agenda items 2 and 4, which was perceived as a concession to Israel for its return to the Council and would only further encourage Israel’s violations of international law.

      Amen brother!

      Then a long list of countries including Ireland, Russia, China, Brazil, and many others denouncing the settlements. Bravo!

      And then from our rep:

      United States expressed grave concern that legislation in many States restricted the fundamental freedoms and human rights of people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Laws criminalizing homosexuality were on the books in at least 79 countries; of particular concern was the proliferation of new and more restrictive legislation in countries such as Russia, Nigeria and Uganda. Those laws unduly limited the right to freedom of expression and created a climate that encouraged violence, targeting persons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

      Yeah, great way to stack the priorities! How about violence based on ethnicity??

      I wasn't able to determine what the final vote counts were and who objected/abstained. I must have missed it in my excitement.

    • Yes!!! Is it Champagne uncorking time yet?
      Screw ADL and the horse they rode into town on!

      And of course, the MSM doesn't cover it.

  • JJ Goldberg says Adelson's influence fulfills anti-Semitic belief
    • @ German Lefty
      From the article you linked:

      Bennett says "the Jewish heartland, Judea and Samaria," can never be ceded to "the enemies, the Arabs". He says the land has belonged to the Jews for more than 3,000 years and that those who speak of an Israeli occupying force do not understand history. "You can't occupy your own land," Bennett says, with audible contempt for anyone who doesn't share his view.

      It never ceases to amaze me that in today's day and age someone can make such an audacious claim as if it were some legally-binding fact. Even the concept that "... has belonged to the Jews for more than 3,000 years" could at best be restated as "some parts of Palestine have belonged to some jews for some unknown number of years - but not exclusively, as Palestine has been inhabited by others during the same time".

  • BDS' big night: Loyola student government passes divestment, U. Mich votes it down
    • @American

      I lost all respect for MJ when on the occasions he commented here, he started to cast aspersions about how some posters were antisemites. When challenged to produce links to antisemitic posts, he quietly slunk away without a response.

      He is an opportunist.

  • Some liberal Zionists will blame Netanyahu for failure of talks
    • I am #69.

    • How? Play it out. The USA decides to sit it out but will not take action against Israel.

      Who said anything about not taking actions against Israel? By letting the UN lead the charge and impose sanctions without a US veto, we immediately cease sending our tax dollars to Israel. The only reason that nobody has been willing to enforce UN resolutions is that we would veto any attempts at sanctioning Israel. If we stop doing that, then the sanctions have teeth. The loss of our aid dollars and support alone would bring Israel to its knees.

    • If (when) the talks fail, it seems there would be a perfect opportunity for Obama to say:

      We tried really hard to make the two sides come together, but for so many reasons, we were unable to resolve this intractable problem. It is now time for others to come to the aid of the party. I invite the UN to be directly involved in brokering a lasting peace between these two peoples, and the US will be an equal party in arriving at such a solution, but will no longer be the main agent of change as our efforts have not improved the situation as we had hoped. We will continue to provide assistance as required by the UN to help bring about peace in that region, including providing a peace-keeping force if asked to do so by the UN, along with other countries who would like to see peace in this region. We will be much more restrained in our use of the veto in the UNSC, and empower the nations of the world to end a crisis that has gone on for far too long.

      If the US were not Israel's lawyer, this matter would have been resolved a long time ago. With the UN leading the charge with the enforcement of all UN resolutions that Israel has ignored with the help of US vetoes, I assert that the conflict would be resolved within 6 months and Israel would be forced back to 1948 territories.

  • Bloodbath in Jenin
    • What a horrible news to wake up to on this beautiful Spring morning in the bay area! Karma does not forget. That axe will fall.

  • Obama's foreign policy has just one potential legacy-- Iran
    • Yet, nine months into the Bush presidency Al Qaeda attacked New York and other American targets.

      If not for the policy of MW against doing so, I would argue with you on the assertion of who attacked us.

    • And from the perspective of the Americans movement on Iran has always required Russian cooperation. Whether that help will be forthcoming in the wake of Crimea is an open question.

      I have a different perspective on that. Movement on Iran today is not so much of utilizing Russian cooperation, but more likely the result of the threat of a Chinese/Russian block veto of US actions/sanctions. Europe is economically in pain because of their dependence on oil, and with the Crimean debacle, their economy is going to be affected far more than that of the US - giving them cause to rebel against US dictates. With diminishing global influence, the specter of such a threat is not to be sniffed at. The sanctions themselves have pretty much fallen apart and quixotic attempts by our congress-critters to increase sanctions will not only be impotent, but will further diminish US stature abroad, and the mighty dollar is quickly approaching the point where it is no longer the instrument of international transactions - putting our economy into a tailspin.

      All the banker wars have reached their peak, and the chicken are flocking home to roost. Of the 70 or so wars that we have engaged in since WW2, not counting Granada (Ha!), there is not a single one that we can point to as having been victorious or having benefitted the US in any significant way (and I don't consider Haliburton to be the US).

      Obama still has the chance to redeem himself - in fact he still has the chance to become revered historically if he can normalize relations with Iran. I will go even farther and say that he could become the stuff of legends and seize the mantle of becoming one of our greatest and most cherished presidents, if he can normalize relations with Israel. The latter, unfortunately, depends more on the Herculean task of cleansing the Augean stables that is the US congress. This is not a task that any president can do, but it is one that he could inspire the general public to do by going to the people.

      Will either of these happen? I still have hopes for a positive outcome to the Iran negotiations, although its detractors will throw everything and the kitchen sink at it to make it fail. On the latter issue, which is the root of almost all the current issues, I am less optimistic.

      It is darkest before dawn.

  • Obama doesn't talk to Jimmy Carter -- because of Israel
    • @ American

      How the Middle East policies of a global superpower the size of America can be held hostage by a tiny militaristic, supremacist regime thousands of kilometres away is beyond comprehension.

      It is no more beyond comprehension than the thought of a tiny parasite or cancer that destroys its host from within, despite the difference in size. The machinery of zionism has infected every institution of influence and power in the US and we are like a large lumbering robot that has ceded control of its motor functions to the entity that is tearing at our innards with such ferocity.

      At some point, the host becomes more aware of the parasite as its body is besieged by the pain, and the immune system kicks in or medical help is sought. But, like cancer, the later the treatment, the more certain the mortality.

      Please wake up, America.

  • Kerry isn't satisfied by Israeli minister's non-apology for calling Obama a wimp
    • @ American

      Couldn't agree more. I hope the insults come fast and furious - enough so that the general public can't avoid taking note. Impatiently awaiting the awakening of the masses...

  • Kerry tries to get out of Jewish-state trap set by Netanyahu and the lobby
    • We are continuing to delude ourselves that Obama's administration, or any future administration, for that matter, is going to resolve the IP issue. It is not just the Ron Paul libertarian in me that scoffs at the idea of the government solving anything, but the fact that we have been spiraling in this state of increasing impotence, that has not only failed to solve the crisis, but exacerbated it to the point that we ourselves have been in crises after crises, with endless wars, deteriorating economy with increased poverty and homelessness, and the rape of the constitution by corporate puppeteers.

      No, if change is to be brought about, it has to be from the grassroots, and even the Diebold-fixed elections can be influenced by a united citizenry against the tyranny of those that rule us.

      I submit that the way to make a difference is to turn every political office up for (re)election into a stage for a choice between US prosperity versus Zionist control. We need to make the electability issue one of a choice between a US-firster or an Israel-firster. We need to show up at every town hall meeting by political candidates, from the lowest village positions to the highest senate and gubernatorial posts, and demand whether the candidate owes allegiance to the US and its constitution or to paymasters in the Lobby. We need to broadcast their campaign contributors with relevant context to Lobby funds and challenge them on where their loyalty lies.

      Additionally, we need to get controversial issues onto ballots, at the very least to educate the voting public, if not to rouse their emotions to throw their bodies against the machine. These should range from ceasing to be the policemen of the world, to prohibiting the occupation of government offices by non-US citizens (who even get security clearance!) and dual-nationals.

      This, and only this, can restore the republic and save the world in the process. Depending on the venal and cancerous politicians who have ensconced themselves in the belly of our nation, to extract us from the quicksand of our destruction, is only wishful thinking and hastens our demise.

      Mondoweiss is a great weapon in that endeavor and a good platform to catalyze such action. BDS is starting to make a difference too, but it still does not grab the hearts of most Americans who are engulfed in their domestic problems and the daily struggle for survival. We are still a long way from the day when Americans see the plight of the Palestinians as interconnected with their own plight. But, therein lies the strategy that we should pursue: make this a battle for America, rather than a war for the world.

      We need to attack the politicians and demonstrate their complicity with the Lobby for the current plight of the US. We need to show how wars are fought, how US lives are lost, how families are rendered homeless, how our treasure is funneled to foreign nations that do not benefit the US, how politicians are funded by foreign governments to remain in permanent power while serving alien needs to the detriment of US needs, by a vicious and insidious corruption of our system of governance, that has brought this great nation to its knees.

      We need a strategy to mobilize activists across this nation to educate, unite, and refocus the populace. They are few, and we are many. If we unite, they will crumble.

      So, let us help put together those small, energetic, groups of activists, to blanket the nation and turn this ship around. I am not a leader and lack the skills to make this happen, but I will gladly contribute my hard-earned cash to help fund such a movement. There must be many an Annie Robinson and many an Allison Weir in this nation to carry that flag, and I, and hopefully many others, will happily support them in other ways to make this happen.

  • Want to boycott Israel? There will soon be an app for that.
    • Indeed - I wondered why nobody thought of this before. Hopefully they will be able to hype this to a wide enough an audience. I would be interested to see their download counts.

    • While it is possible that the app could be prevented from the Apple store for people using iPhones and iPads, It will be much easier to put this on Android phones, as Google Play is not the only source for Android apps (assuming Google bans it) - they can be directly downloaded from any web page.

  • State Dept to 'check out' vicious attack on Palestinian athletes
    • @annie

      Inspiring as always. Thank you.

    • @annie

      thank you C&D, that means a lot to me.

      You know that I have always been your biggest fan and I draw inspiration from your courage, clear-thinking, and passionate devotion to what has become your defining role in this ongoing tragedy.

    • @annie

      i know following the events can really get to me sometimes too. sometimes a close read of kate’s list seems completely overwhelming.


      I thought reading the accounts of Israeli brutality would desensitize me too after a while but it hasn’t, its only made me more angry…I have to deliberately avoid reading about them sometimes for that reason.

      I think it is partly the torrential onslaught of this kind of despicable events that further exacerbates this feeling because the cowering MSM refuses to cover it. But I also think that it is the roller-coaster of emotions when we read a few promising items in the news with the ever-optimistic hope that things are about to change and dawn is about to break, as with the recent defeats of AIPAC in the Syrian saga and the progress of BDS with ASA. It seems the fall from these towers of hope are even more painful when a few days later we are presented with events such as this one, and the world chooses to paper over it, rather than turn it into a rallying cry for freedom and justice.

      I don't want to put a damper on your spirits, and activism sorely needs us to stay positive even in the darkest of nights, and we certainly don't need the Israeli hasbrats to take courage from our despondency and redouble their efforts to break our will. Sometimes I wish I was a better man who could keep from becoming depressed by the reality of what surrounds me. But I am not Gunga Din, though annie is clearly well above the latter.

      Then I remind myself that Rome was not built (or burnt) in a day, and I am ready to face the next morn.

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