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Democrat living in USA, South Carolina - 73 y/o lifetime advocate for peace and justice

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  • Who cares what Jeffrey Goldberg and Netanyahu don't like about the Iran deal?
    • via Counterpunch

      The Special Relationship is Becoming a Harder and Harder Sell
      The U.S. and Israel: Diverging Interests

      ... snip

      Obviously the real “concerns and interests” of the United States in the Middle East have noticeably diverged from those of Israel. As a consequence Israel is now loudly complaining that Washington has abandoned it. Well, Washington might do well to play the same game – to loudly complain about Israel’s traitorous behavior. After all, the U.S. gives that country a lot of money and weaponry and now the Israelis chose to support their benefactor’s enemy.

      We can count on the Zionist lobby to try to obfuscate this fact. And, given that their financial and ideological power helps shape self-serving political interests in Congress, they may be able to pull it off, at least in that venue. They are also financially backing the Republicans when it comes to the 2016 presidential race. Can those politicians who support the Israeli perspective win that election?

      Hopefully, the Israeli point of view will now prove to be a hard sell when it comes to the American voter. The recent agreement with Iran has created a new reality for the country’s foreign policy – one that is consistent with the popular desire for no further U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. It is going to be difficult for bought-off politicians, even those allied with Fox TV, to throw everything into reverse and declare al-Qaeda an ally and Iran still the mortal enemy. Hopefully, that will translate into political failure in 2016 for anyone who wants to undo the new accord with Iran.

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      imho, Obama sees Iran as more valuable to US interests than Israel...

  • White House will go after AIPAC next -- Newsweek
  • 'Do US Jews need a Jewish state for our safety?' debate begins in wake of Netanyahu victory
  • Even if Netanyahu loses, he can still win
    • I read somewhere in the last day or two that if Likud party gets 20 seats or less, they cannot form a coalition.

      Do you know anything about this Allison? Thanks for the news.

  • We may not have Netanyahu to kick around anymore
    • Frankly I think if Bibi goes back in he will do something rash... like bomb Iran, perhaps thinking he has a 'mandate' to do so... I see him as a very dangerous psychopath.

  • Two-state-solution is at last disputed in Israeli elections (though not 'nation state of the Jewish people')
    • @yonah,

      you have insulted me... you haven't a clue whether or not I am 'secular' - I said I was speaking as a non-Jew... and you threw my family in to the fray.

      ... when I have something of substance to say? my, my - another insult.

      I have nothing to say to you... now, or in the future.

    • Is this the comment you refer to?

      ‘the last 140 years is somehow dismissible, based upon some dictionary definition of “what is a Jew?” shows the arrogance of amateurs and outsiders” – Yonah

      And is this Mooser's comment that you have a problem with?

      "I’m with you, Yonah. I don’t need any outsider telling me what Judaism should be!
      Judaism will be what Jews want it to be. And I really doubt you will get any chance to pass judgement on what it will be. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if the Zionist Orthodoxy doesn’t become the model for almost everything Jews don’t want to be.

      But one thing I can guarantee you, Yonah, they will be what they want, or they won’t be Jews. You can’t get the Gentiles to do you that little favor again.

      But this is ridiculous, what it comes down to Yonah, is pretty clear: you would see Judaism die, and dance at its grave, if Judaism doesn’t dance to your tune. Well, pal, that’s your problem, and you can’t make it anybody else’s.
      Or are you deigning to tell us what G-d wants for Judaism? Has He told you?"

      If so, I'll start with your comment to me: "i’ll bet you a bud that your defense of mooser is only on general grounds not on the comment that i was reacting to. "

      You lose, but I'll take a Heineken, I don't drink Bud :-)

      Reflect on your comment a moment, will you? You are accusing me of not reading the comment you made nor the response from Mooser. That implies a lot of things you think about me, don't you think? Secondly, I read your comment (‘the last 140 years is somehow dismissible, based upon some dictionary definition of “what is a Jew?” shows the arrogance of amateurs and outsiders” – ) exactly as Mooser does... that is, your definition of what is a Jew is THE definition... others don't count (which, some would say is arrogant in and of itself).

      In my opinion there is nothing irrational about Mooser's response to you. Clever, yes... irrational, no. What you fail to grasp from his comment is Mooser's suggestion that Judaism is not easily defined, that Jews are not an organization that acts as a single unit - a monolith. .. that no one, not even another Jew, can define what a Jew means when s/he says "I'm a Jew" - BUT, all of this is presumptuous of me. I have no business thinking I know what Mooser means. Goodness, half the time I don't know what I mean to say! I'm just trying to illustrate to you that there is no "I hate Yonah" in Mooser's comment. Let's leave it at that. Mooser is far too complex for me to dissect.

      I made the first request - that you post a comment from Mooser wherein he expresses hate of anyone or anything. You ignored that, and made a request of me (which I must say is standard M.O. for a zionist, imho of course). Since I am an old woman (as my name implies) it is difficult to change a lifetime habit of being polite in conversation even when I recognize I am being manipulated, I responded to your request.

      Now... It's your turn. Where's Mooser's hate filled comment?

    • moderator- Do you really think giving mooser a free rein here in mondoweiss really helps the Palestinian cause. Letting him foam at the mouth really helps the situation in Gaza, the West Bank or in Israel? You really think so.? The message here is: Mooser hates Yonah. This is 7th grade freak out given a free rein.

      Your appeal to the moderator is a smokescreen for the fact that you're unable to debate Mooser... a 7th grade freak out? Projecting a little?

      I have great respect for Mooser... provide one, just one post by Mooser that expresses "hate" of anyone or anything please...

      Mooser defends Judaism and Jews in a kind and sometimes humorous way... imo... he endeavors to teach you but you are more supportive of zionism than Judaism, so you are unable to recognize the teaching. Open your mind and "hear" what he and others are saying wrt zionism. You might learn something... come to appreciate and protect your Judaism more. I say this as a non-Jew, in kindness.

      The great Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran wrote: Only once have I been made mute. It was when a man asked me, "Who are you?"

  • Palestinian leaders vote to end security coordination with Israel, a cornerstone of Oslo and the occupation
    • via Moon of Alabama wrt Netenyahu statement that he won't "cede" Palestinian lands."

      Another Netanyahoo Flip-Flop The U.S. Will Ignore

      ... snip

      Netanyahu denies report he's backed off two-state solution

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office denied reports on Sunday he has backed away from a 2009 commitment to seek a two-state peaceful solution with the Palestinians.
      Netanyahu "never said such a thing," his office said in a statement responding to the reports.

      That would be the same Netanyahoo office which shortly before confirmed his statements.

      But does Netanyahoo really holds the two irreconcilable commitments at the same time?

      The Jewish Daily Forward, not suspect of peddling the Protocols of the Elders on Zion, has a possible answer. Netanyahoo is, like other Israelis, simply lying to the Americans:

      “Most Israelis think Americans are pro-Israel and we can sell them anything, especially mud from the Dead Sea,” said David Lifshitz, the lead writer for the Israeli comedy show “Eretz Nehederet,” or “Wonderful Land.”

      “Or — just regular mud with a ‘Dead Sea’ sticker on it.”

      But it’s not just American tourists whom many Israelis see as guileless. American foreign policy is held up to similar scrutiny here, even as Israel receives billions of dollars in foreign aid from the United States each year.

      “Americans are perceived to be naive, especially when it comes to the Middle East,” said Uri Dromi, who served as a spokesman for the Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres governments.

      "Whatever we tell them, the Americans will swallow it," seems to be the Israeli position. And that assessment is likely correct. The U.S. public can be endlessly duped and should it ever be wavering in its support of the colony one only has to remind it of those not-so-mystical shared values:

      In a harsh comment Sunday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman advocated “cutting of the heads” of Arabs who were not loyal to Israel. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” Liberman said at an election event Sunday.

      Chopping of heads, droning a wedding - what is, after all, the difference?

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  • Israeli voters not impressed by Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    • I truly think Bibi is going to lose the election...

      Tens of thousands attend anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv
      Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan tells crowd of up to 35,000 that under Netanyahu, Israel faces most severe leadership crisis in country's history.

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    • I don't think Bibi will win...

      And I think it will be best if he loses...

      And I am hoping that if he loses, he is NOT awarded Sec. of Defense by the winning party. My hope is that he is left with as little power as possible. He should take time with his family...

      If re-elected he will be in our 'face' (the USA) every living day, insulting Obama and Democrats even more... and unfortunately Obama and the Democrats will not only take his insults, but ask for 'more please' -

      btw, I learned yesterday that he has been trying to get legislation through designating Israel a 'Jewish State' - it is not designated as such presently. Most Israel supporters (inside and outside of Israel) are horrified that he is doing this as it draws attention to the fact that it is not currently designated as such, and thus would open a huge can of worms. For this reason I feel even more confident that Bibi will lose. ymmv

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • Prediction...

      Bibi will lose the election.

      This from link to

      "... The world awaits the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between Washington and Tehran -under the ridiculous pretext of ending a military nuclear program that has not existed since the end of the war waged by Iraq (1980-1988) -. It would focus on the protection of Israel in exchange for recognition of Iranian influence in the Middle East and Africa.

      However, this should only take effect after the Israeli elections of March 17, 2015. The supposed defeat of Netanyahu would renew ties between Washington and Tel Aviv and facilitate agreement with Tehran.

      In this context, the US elite are trying to agree on future policy, while the European allies of the United States are preparing to align with what will be the new US policy."


  • Warren's out, as list of skippers surges, and White House offers Selma for Iran
    • Very interesting column:

      The Future of the Middle East
      by Thierry Meyssan

      For several months, Barack Obama has been trying to change US policy in the Middle East in order to eliminate the Islamic Emirate with the help of Syria. But he cannot do this, partly because he has been saying for years that President Assad must go, and secondly because his regional allies support the Islamic Emirate against Syria. However, things are slowly evolving so he should be able to do so soon. Thus, it appears that all States that supported the Islamic Emirate have ceased to do so, opening the way for a redistribution of the cards.

      The world awaits the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between Washington and Tehran -under the ridiculous pretext of ending a military nuclear program that has not existed since the end of the war waged by Iraq (1980-1988) -. It would focus on the protection of Israel in exchange for recognition of Iranian influence in the Middle East and Africa.

      However, this should only take effect after the Israeli elections of March 17, 2015. The supposed defeat of Netanyahu would renew ties between Washington and Tel Aviv and facilitate agreement with Tehran.

      In this context, the US elite are trying to agree on future policy, while the European allies of the United States are preparing to align with what will be the new US policy.

      ... snip

      These elements allow one to easily predict the future : in a few months, maybe even as early as late March, Washington and Tehran would reach an overall agreement. The United States will renew contact with Syria, closely followed by the European states, including France. We will discover that the el-Assad is neither a dictator nor a torturer.

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  • FAQ: Palestinians and the Israeli elections
    • War Without Mercy

      The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There’s already a plan to evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.

      Israel knows this war will break out, it also knows why – and it’s galloping toward it blindfolded, as though it were a cyclic ritual, a periodical ceremony or a natural disaster that cannot be avoided. Here and there one even perceives enthusiasm.

      It doesn’t matter who the prime minister is and who the defense minister is – there’s no difference between the candidates as far as Gaza is concerned. Isaac Herzog and Amos Yadlin are saying nothing of course, and Tzipi Livni is boasting that thanks to her no port was opened in Gaza. The rest of the Israelis aren’t interested in Gaza’s fate either and soon it will be forced to remind them again of its disaster in the only way left to it, the rockets.

      Gaza’s disaster is dreadful. No mention of it is made in the Israeli discourse and certainly not in the most dumbed down, hollow election campaign there’s ever been here. It’s hard to believe, but Israelis have invented a parallel reality, cut off from the real one, a callous, unfeeling, denying reality, while all this adversity, most of it of their own making, is taking place a short distance from their homes. Babies are freezing to death under the debris of their homes, youths risk their lives and cross the border fence just to get a food portion in an Israeli lock up. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone care? Does anyone understand that this is leading to the next war?

      Salma lived only 40 days, like the eternity of a butterfly. She was a baby from Beit Hanoun on the northeast of the Gaza Strip, who died last month of hypothermia, after her tiny body froze in the wind and rain that penetrated into the plywood-and-plastic hut she has been living in with her family, since their house was bombed.

      “She was frozen like ice cream,” her mother said of the last night of her infant’s life. UNWRA Spokesman Chris Gunness wrote about Salma last in week in the British newspaper the Guardian. Mirwat, her mother, told him that when she was born she weighed 3.1 kilograms. Her three–year– old sister, Ma’ez, is hospitalized due to frostbite.

      Ibrahim Awarda, 15, who lost his father in an Israeli bombardment in 2002, was more fortunate. He decided to cross the fence between Gaza and Israel. “I knew I’d be arrested,” he told the New York Times reporter in Gaza last week. “I told myself, maybe I’ll find a better life. They gave me good food and then threw me back.”

      Ibrahim was held for about a month in two prisons in Israel before being tossed back to the destruction, squalor, hunger and death. Three hundred Gazans drowned in the sea last September, in a desperate attempt to leave the prison Strip. Eighty-four Gazans were arrested by the Israel Defense Forces in the last six months after trying to enter Israel, most of them just to flee from the hell they live in. Nine more were arrested this month.

      Atiya al-Navhin, 15, also tried to enter Israel in November, just to escape his fate. He was shot by IDF soldiers, treated in two Israeli hospitals and returned to Gaza in January. Now he’s lying paralyzed and unable to speak in his home.

      Some 150,000 homeless people live in Gaza and about 10,000 refugees in UNRWA shelters. The organization’s budget was spent after the world totally ignored its commitment to contribute $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza. The commitment to negotiate lifting the blockade on Gaza – the only way to avoid the next war and the one after it – has also been broken. Nobody talks about it. It’s not interesting. There was a war, Israelis and Palestinians were killed in it for nothing, let’s move on to the next war.

      Israel will again pretend to be surprised and offended – the cruel Arabs are attacking it with rockets again, for no reason.

      ~ Norman Finkelstein

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  • Netanyahu speech is 'destructive' of 'bipartisan, immutable relationship' between US and Israel, Rice says
    • I think this should run as a full page ad in the NYTimes... from link to

      "If Benjamin Netanyahu hadn’t gone into politics he’d be on Broadway, hamming it up as a pantomime villain. Israel’s hawkish prime minister is theatrically obnoxious to the point where even Israel’s staunchest allies in the American Jewish community are urging him to tone it down. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t just show up to your house uninvited, but brings along his dirty laundry, empties your fridge, urinates in the sink and then abruptly storms out, complaining about poor service."

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • OT...

      Juan Cole has a few thoughts that will warm your heart wrt upcoming Israeli elections:

      Top 5 Reasons Palestinian-Israelis Could shape the Israeli Election

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      Back on topic: Mondoweiss' articles appear to be hitting some hasbara nerves lately... some new names in comment section... new raw recruits? Welcome to Mondoweiss. Suggest you do your homework before tapping on your keyboard though. The Regulars here know their stuff.

  • 'Haaretz' says Netanyahu could incite 'another political assassination' (as 'NYT' runs cutesy election coverage)
    • Theo, don't you mean we need more journalists like Gideon Levy? Jews don't have a corner on the market of bad journalists... frankly one wonders if the profession hasn't so prostituted itself that it no longer exists.

    • Poll at Haaretz today indicates Zionist Union Party is edging ahead of Likud...

      Maybe Bibi is losing his teflon coating?

    • Richard Silverstein has piece up about Bennett...

      After Gay Activists Assaulted, Naftali Bennett Claims Leftist Conspiracy to Assassinate Him

      Yesterday, Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi Party held a festive celebration in support of its election campaign. Recently, a number of candidates on its Knesset list have made disparaging comments about gays, specifically denouncing gay marriage, which is still prohibited in Israel (where the Orthodox rabbinate largely controls matters related to marriage and divorce).

      In response, Israel gay activists have begun shadowing Bennett and his Party events to raise awareness of both gay rights and Bayit Yehudi’s rejection of them. At last night’s rally, when activists began shouting slogans in favor of gay marriage and displayed a rainbow flag, Party thugs attacked them viciously. You can see part of the assault in the video. What you don’t see is Lilach Ben David being punched in the face and all over her body in an effort to muzzle her.

      That wasn’t terribly surprising given the extraordinary level of violence in Israeli political discourse (including a number of assassinations over the decades). What was surprising was Bayit Yehudi’s response to the assault. Instead of acknowledging what happened and the role Party members played in the attack, it spun a tale of a leftist cabal conniving to assassinate Bennett. Though the protesters were entirely non-violent, the Party accused them of fomenting violence:

      Habayit Hayehudi responded that it was the left that was responsible for the violence at the event. “We call on the leaders of the left to denounce the violence of their activists before it is too late and the violence of the left causes irreversible damage.”

      The party said that its leader, Bennett, is currently the country’s only politician who is being advised by security officials not to attend events where left-wing activists are present. “The left has not learned a thing from the murder of [Yitzhak] Rabin and the incitement that it is carrying out at the moment will have harsh consequences while Bougie and Tzipi [Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni] are silent.”

      more at link to


      after reading Slater's article and Silverstein's... seems to me someone is up to some political dirty tricks...

  • Boteach and Israeli ambassador say everything from BDS to Abbas places Jews under threat
    • Anti-Israelism IS definitely on the rise. And justifiably so.

      Problem is that anti-Israelism leads to anti-semitism (a misnomer, imho... but that's another problem).

      Desertpeace discusses this... very well I think.

      Anti-Israelism vs. Anti-Semitism: The Truth We Should All Know

      ... "What was the biggest factor behind the rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK? In the CST’s own words it was “anti-Semitic reactions to the conflict in Israel and Gaza.” In its own way that finding is surely an indicator that Israel’s policies and actions are the prime cause of the transformation of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism. It also underlines Harkabi’s point that Jews need to understand “that foreigners’ criticism of Israel stems not only from opportunism, hatred and anti-Semitism, but from what they may see as fair and moral considerations.”

      My conclusions?

      The only people who can stop the transformation of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism gathering momentum are the Jews themselves, with those who are citizens of the European nations and America taking the lead.

      How could they do it?

      Short answer – by declaring that Israel does not speak for or represent them and that they condemn its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.

      If they don’t do that there will most likely be a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine followed at some point by a wide awake giant of anti-Semitism going on the rampage again.

      If it really is the case that the sleeping giant of anti-Semitism is waking up, it’s time for European and American Jews to wake up to the fact that the title of my book – Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews – is what Ilan Pappe described it as being… “THE truth in seven words.”

      ~ Alan Hart

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  • US and Israel divorce rumors over Iran
    • Desertpeace has more on this...


      February 18, 2015 at 10:10 (Corrupt Politics, Cover Up, DesertPeace Exclusive, Israel, YouTube)

      Among the scenes videoed was a visit to the kitchen, which viewers can see is in need of repair. On Monday evening, however, Channel 10 news reported that the Netanyahus failed to include in the tour a glimpse of another modern, well-equipped kitchen located in their personal living quarters.

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    • Sorry if this has been posted already...

      Boehner Confesses: I Invited Netanyahu Secretly To Stab President Obama In The Back And Sabotage Peace Talks (VIDEO)
      Author: Stephen D Foster Jr February 16, 2015 12:12 pm

      House Speaker John Boehner committed a crime when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress, and now he is freely admitting that he not only did so behind President Obama’s back, he did so to sabotage delicate peace talks with Iran.

      During an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Boehner confessed that he knew the White House wouldn’t appreciate a foreign leader being brought in to wreck diplomatic efforts to keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, so he did so in secret to prevent President Obama from nixing the GOP plan to undermine him.

      Of course, Boehner denied that he did anything wrong despite the fact that there is a 1799 law still on books known as the Logan Act which forbids unauthorized US citizens from negotiating with foreign leaders. Only the executive branch has that authority.

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    • CNN/ORC poll: Most Americans oppose Netanyahu invite

      A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress ... shows 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming ... Americans overall believe the U.S. should stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 66% in the new poll advocating the U.S. remain neutral ... 56% of those age 50 or older believe the U.S. should stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian fight, that number skyrockets to 75% of Americans under age 50.


      oops... just saw Just has posted this above. Sorry for the duplication!

  • Netanyahu calls on Jews to leave Europe en masse in wake of Copenhagen synagogue attack
    • Slightly off-topic... Pat Lang has interesting piece at his website.


      With Israeli elections a month away, the internal warfare inside Israel is bubbling to the surface. The latest revelation to hit Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu appeared in the widely-read Times of Israel this week. Back in the summer of 2011, then-Israeli President Shimon Peres was engaged in intense diplomacy with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The two men held a series of secret meetings in Jordan and other locations and hammered out a deal that was remarkably similar to the proposal offered two years later by US Secretary of State John Kerry. During his back and forth consultations with President Abbas, Peres kept Prime Minister Netanyahu fully informed of all of the discussions.

      At one point in late July 2011, Peres and Abbas reached a deal, and the two men planned to meet on July 28 in Amman, Jordan to sign on the dotted line. Abbas' plane was in the air en route to Amman when Peres was told that Netanyahu rejected the proposal. Abbas turned his plane around and returned to Ramallah, and the last best chance for a viable two-state solution was blown up. In hindsight, Netanyahu never had any intention of seriously reaching a deal.

      The fact that the story, which appeared a year ago in some Arab and Western media, hit the Israeli public at this sensitive moment is indicative of the behind-the-scenes warfare going on in the run-up to the elections on March 17. Netanyahu's backroom deal with US Speaker of the House John Boehner to bypass the White House altogether and arrange a Netanyahu address before a joint session of Congress on March 3 has blown up in both Boehner and Bibi's face. Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, who never informed Secretary of State Kerry about the planned Congressional address during a two-hour face to face meeting, is virtually persona non grata for the Administration. Liberal Democrats are considering a boycott of the Netanyahu appearance, and if a sizable number of Jewish Members of Congress stay away, this could undermine Netanyahu's whole scheme to pull off an election victory on the strength of a bipartisan standing ovation on Capitol Hill. AIPAC is scrambling to damage control the affair, and even the head of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith Abe Foxman has called for Bibi to reject the invitation.

      The Peres-Abbas deal was fair--even beyond fair from any sane Israeli standpoint. The newly established Palestinian state was to be demilitarized. Negotiations were to determine land-swap modifications of the 1967 borders. Contentious issues, including the status of the holy sites in Jerusalem and the "right of return" were to be put off for a later date to allow for the establishment of the two states. In the Peres-Abbas talks, it had been suggested that Israel allow 150,000 Palestinians to return to Israel--over a 15 year period. 150,000 out of 5 million. It guaranteed a solid Jewish majority in Israel well into the future.

      Netanyahu showed his hand in rejecting the deal outright. The fact that he diddled Kerry and the US for a year before again rejecting the two-state proposal coming from the Secretary of State should not have surprised anyone familiar with the Peres-Abbas diplomacy of 2011. It is no wonder that the US-Israel relationship has reached such a low point. The stakes in the upcoming Israeli elections extend far beyond Israel's complex internal politics. They go to the heart of the US-Israel "special relationship" and it's now-questionable future.

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  • 'She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace': American hostage killed in Syria remembered for work in Palestine
    • Bernhard at Moon of Alabama asks "Who Murdered Kayla Jean Mueller?"

      The U.S. claims that the Islamic State killed its hostage Kayla Jean Mueller. But the sequence of events and the surrounding circumstance point to her being killed, willful or not, by an U.S. ally and based on U.S. intelligence.

      Last Thursday the Jordanian air-force attacked targets U.S. intelligence associated with the Islamic State in Raqqa. The next day the Islamic State said that a hostage, a U.S. citizen, was killed in the attack:

      The terrorist group claimed Kayla Jean Mueller was killed by Jordanian aircraft rockets that a struck the building in which she was being held.
      "[..] we can confirm the death of an American hostage by the rockets which targeted that area."

      The group released images showing a damaged building it said had been targeted in air strikes, but no photos of the hostage.

      Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State sites on Thursday, after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

      The White House, State Department and Pentagon said they could not confirm the unsubstantiated report.

      How are official statements after a confirmed attack with pictures of the destroyed location "unsubstantiated"?

      Over the weekend the Islamic State sent pictures of the dead body of the hostage to her family. The family acknowledged and the FBI confirmed that the hostage is dead:

      Cont. reading: Who Murdered Kayla Jean Mueller?

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  • Biden will skip Netanyahu's speech
    • Haaretz Removes Report that Netanyahu Pressured Japanese Regulators to Approve Adelson Casino Bid
      by Richard Silverstein on February 5, 2015

      ",,, Another interesting aspect of Misgav’s report is that he asked the entirely apt question: for whom does Bibi work? The Israeli people? Or Sheldon Adelson? Of course, to Adelson, they are one and the same. But is it in the interest of the Israeli people for the Sands to gain control of the Japanese gambling market?

      I think back to the days after military service when Bibi went into the home furnishings business (when he wasn’t off on assignment for the Mossad, that is). Is he now anything more than a glorified mattress salesman?

      Who might the source for this anonymous story might be? The choices are varied: Japan (unlikely), a disgruntled former aide, or the NSA. As far-fetched as the latter may seem, that agency spies regularly on the communications of U.S. allies (Brazil, Germany, among others). It’s conceivable it eavesdropped on Japanese diplomats as well. If so, Obama certainly has plenty of motivation to torpedo Adelson’s casino bid while wounding a second Bibi-bird with the same stone."

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    • Pelosi is undermining the Office of the President as well as the current President by attending. She is the Minority Leader after all.

      Pelosi speaks with a forked tongue.

  • The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby
    • So, why do we allow it? It being the power of the Lobby...

      Just turn the friggin' TV off... I did... 7 years ago. Haven't missed a thing.

    • OT: is there going to be an article/thread/discussion with regard to Netanyahu's latest action?

      "Israel today attacked a Hizbullah convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan heights and killed the Hizbullah commander in Syria as well as six other Hizbullah fighters. One of those killed today was Jihad Imad Mughniyeh the son of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh killed by Israeli agents a few years ago. The attack was carried out by missiles released from a helicopter within Israeli borders." (See MoA)

      Bibi's words are of interest of course, but his actions are even moreso...

  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
  • The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing
    • UN chief Ban Ki-moon is just moving his lips - means not a word of what he is saying. Otherwise, he would tell Israel it must pay the cost of rebuiding Gaza. This time. Now.

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
    • It really doesn't matter what the psychopaths at NYTimes say...

      The PCL describes psychopaths as being callous and showing a lack of empathy, traits which the PPI describes as “coldheartedness.” The criteria for dissocial personality disorder include a “callous unconcern for the feelings of others.” There are now several lines of evidence that point to the biological grounding for the uncaring nature of the psychopath. For us, caring is a largely emotion-driven enterprise. The brains of psycopaths have been found to have weak connections among the components of the brain’s emotional systems. These disconnects are responsible for the psychopath’s inability to feel emotions deeply. Psychopaths are also not good at detecting fear in the faces of other people (Blair et al., 2004). The emotion of disgust also plays an important role on our ethical sense. We find certain types of unethical actions disgusting, and this work to keep us from engaging in them and makes us express disapproval of them. But psychopaths have extremely high thresholds for disgust, as measured by their reactions when shown disgusting photos of mutilated faces and when exposed to foul odors.

      One promising new line of research is based on the recent discovery of a brain network responsible for understanding the minds of others. Called the default mode network (because it also performs other tasks and is operating most of the time when we are awake) it involves a cluster of several different areas in the brain’s cortex. The first studies have been done on function of this network in psychopaths and as expected there are problems there. Different studies have noted “aberrant functional connectivity” among the parts of the network, along with reduced volume in some of the networks crucial areas.

      link to

    • I'm sure Abbas has already been thrown a bone... but this:

      Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah that he was strongly opposed to withdrawing the complaint filed by the Palestinian Authority before the International Criminal Court.

      Pointing out that he is the only person authorized to withdraw the complaint, he made it clear that he had not taken such a step and insisted: "I will not withdraw."

      link to

  • Gaza war gives rise to new Jewish group targeting Jewish institutions that support occupation
    • Phil, thank you for covering this new group... and for posting right up front their mission. I disagree with two of the premises in the comment sections.

      First, that another 'group is not needed' etc.

      There can never be enough people motivated to bring about a resolution to the I/P issue. INN is a group of mostly young people ~ statistics show that particularly in USA, it is the young people who are turning wrt approval of Israel's tactics against Gaza/Palestine. INN's members are disenchanted with the inaction of some of the existing groups ~ particularly iirc J Street, who has yet to criticize Israel. It is heartening for me to see that early on they observed a Vigil for Tisha B’av ~ just the day before you may remember, Rabbi Michael Lerner, in his eloquent article at Salon, called for Jews to do just that... I'm also pleased that they have established a goal... an objective... "to withdraw the consent & participation from institutions that uphold it " (occupation). Kudos to INN and blessings on them. Granted there are many existing groups, but there objective is vague ~ "peace" ~ they demonstrate, etc. I participated in an anti-war demonstration back in the 80s -
      actually it was a trek from the west to the east coast... I joined in a week before they reached their objective, Washington DC. I remember walking in DC with a few others after we had finally arrived... we passed a homeless woman, sitting on the pavement... she raised her head and asked "what are all you people doing here" and we answered, "we have been marching across the country for peace." And she looked squarely at us and asked "Did you find it?"

      The second theme running through this thread is ... "And once again, the blatant sectarianism (and frankly, self promotion) shown by jewish groups like this is just shocking. " Sorry for the direct quote... not my intent to single out anyone commenter. For me, a non-Jew, the interpretation of efforts by Jews to "do something" as being self promotion is totally off the mark. From my pov, far too many Jews are taking responsibility for what Israelis are doing/have done. And that is because - imho - it is zionism... nationalism... which is motivating Israel ~ but because Bibi reminds the world every opportunity he gets that "Israel is a State for Jews" ~ Jews across the planet 'feel' whatever Israel has done to Palestinians is their fault, they feel guilty. And what does one do when one feels guilty? One tries (well usually anyway) to compensate... change things. It's wrong to accuse Jews of self promotion when they are attempting to atone for the sins of others. (imho, ymmv)

      Recently I have come across a fascinating article by the French intellectual, Thierry Meyssan, called "Who is the Enemy?" wherein he gives the long history of zionism - not the short version from Herzl forward. Meyssan's premise is that zionism was originally an Anglo concept... expressed by Cromwell. Couple of excerpts:

      "... Until nearly the end of the nineteenth century, Zionism is therefore exclusively a puritan Anglo-Saxon project to which only a Jewish elite adheres. It is strongly condemned by the rabbis who interpret the Torah as an allegory and not as a political plan.

      Among the current consequences of these historical facts, we must admit that if Zionism aims at the creation of a state for the Jews, it is also the foundation of the United States. Therefore, the question of whether policy decisions are all made ​​in Washington or Tel Aviv has only relative interest. It is the same ideology that is in power in both countries. Furthermore, Zionism having enabled the reconciliation between London and Washington, the challenge is to tackle this alliance, the most powerful one in the world."

      "... It is the theology of Reverend Blackstone which served as the basis for Washington’s unwavering support for the creation of Israel. And this long before AIPAC (the pro-Israel lobby) was created and took control of Congress. In reality, the power of the lobby derives not so much from its money and its ability to finance election campaigns as from this ideology still present in the USA [6].

      "... Zionism has thus never had the goal of "saving the Jewish people by giving them a home," but the triumph of Anglo-Saxon imperialism by associating them with it. Furthermore, not only is Zionism not a product of Jewish culture, but the majority of Zionists has never been Jews, while the majority of Jewish Zionists are not religious Jews. Biblical references ubiquitous in Israeli public discourse, reflect only the thought of the believing part of the country and are primarily intended to convince the U.S. population."

      Here's the link to Meyssan's piece. link to

  • A brief respite in Gaza
  • 'NYT' gives Israelis the opportunity to shoot and explain (why not Hamas?)
    • I don't understand the constant - almost mantra - "Not that one should support Hamas rocket fire" ---

      Hamas is a Resistance Force... why shouldn't one be able to defend/support their rocket fire?

  • Israel, your brand is tanking

      The Rafah events are also outstanding in demonstrating how the Israeli genocidal campaign has nothing to do with preserving the lives of Jews, not even of its own soldiers. It is rather a desperate case of racist “white supremacy” going psychotic.

      In the bloody genocidal Israeli rampage against Gaza’s people – the massacre in the city and refugee camp of Rafah on the southern end of the Gaza strip was the worst, and it still continues. Just as I write this line on Monday morning (August 4, 2014), Israel declared a humanitarian ceasefire – but it will not include Rafah. So the people of Rafah will not be allowed even to dig their dead from under the ruins or treat the wounded or get some water to drink.The Rafah massacre is also the most extreme proof of the “world community”, led by the US and the UN, active encouragement and support for the Israel’s war crimes. As you may remember, on Friday morning, August 1, a 72 hour ceasefire in Gaza had to start. About two hours after it started, Israel announced that a unit of its army was attacked by “a suicide bomber”, killing two soldiers, and that one soldier was held by the Palestinian militants.Just as the news came, Barack Obama went on the air to adopt the Israeli version of events, denounce Hamas acts in strong words that he never used for the killing of more than a thousand Palestinian civilians, including 400 children. He went on to wonder whether Hamas can ever be trusted to make a ceasefire. The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, trying to outdo his bosses in Washington, said the Hamas attack was “likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza” – actually encouraging the Israelis to go farther in the ongoing massacre.

      Lies exposed

      In an article in the Israeli Haaretz today, published in different versions in English and Hebrew, Gili Cohen brings some details from the IDF (The Israeli Army) internal inquiry about what happened on Friday morning.The most important lines may be the small print, and don’t be astonished if they will disappear sometime soon. They say: “… a Givati Brigade patrol came under heavy fire while moving toward a building where a tunnel shaft was located.” So, according to the IDF itself, it was the Israeli patrol itself that advanced toward the area held by the Palestinian militants, clearly breaching the ceasefire agreement!The report goes on to say that “Contrary to earlier reports, however, the inquiry concluded that the terrorist who came nearest the three soldiers wasn’t wearing a suicide belt, but simply continued firing his rifle until he was killed.”It is typical that at the heights of the battle people exaggerate and public relations officers paint a picture that suits their purpose… But what will Obama and Ban Ki-moon say now to the relatives of the hundreds of people that died in the massacre that they have so enthusiastically encouraged?

      The Hannibal Procedure

      The Rafah events are also outstanding in demonstrating how the Israeli genocidal campaign has nothing to do with preserving the lives of Jews, not even of its own soldiers. It is rather a desperate case of racist “white supremacy” going psychotic.The main argument underlying the severity of the attack on the Givati patrol in Rafah was the Israeli “fear” that one of its soldiers was captured by the resistance.Haaretz goes on to report:......

    • I watched a video by Alison Weir tonight ---- highly recommend it - learned things I didn't know about zionism.

      link to

    • I disagree... Luntz' policy was formed before the observed impact of social media...

  • Palestinian teens assaulted and detained by Israeli soldiers after being attacked by settlers in Hebron
    • Kate, thank you for all your time and effort in compiling this...

      just when one thinks one has heard the worst, another...

  • 'I can't be silent. It is genocide' -- Anoushka Shankar
  • The withdrawal that isn't
    • stopped by Josh Marshall's site - just to see what's going on...

      he's recommending his followers read JJ Goldberg, and Amos Oz....

    • Max Blumenthal twitter:

      #Israel has now hit 7 UN schools with airstrikes, it's as though they don't even want to pretend they are not punishing all of #Gaza anymore

      There is a protest against the Gaza assault in Lod (Lydda). Right-wing nationalists have come to meet it.

      Palestinian and leftist anti-war demonstrators in Lod are contained in a protest cage. link to RW'ers are free range.

      Middle aged man approaches me: "Take them [Palestinians] away in a truck." Pulls out his phone to show me a map of the Arab world.

      Israeli nationalist demonstrators have gathered across from one of Lod's mosques in a Palestinian neighborhood

      Spoke to Kobi Snitz, veteran activist. "There is no space left for us in Tel Aviv. RW'ers have full permission from the top to attack us."

      Moshe Feiglin, a deputy speaker of Israel's Knesset, issues plan for concentration camps and genocide in Gaza: link to

      Israel duped Obama, knowing Lt Hadar Goldin was dead - its soldiers likely killed him. And the cover-up continues: link to

    • “Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan

      Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

      His detailed plan, which calls for the use of concentration camps, amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention.

      In a 1 August posting on his Facebook page, Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, calls for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.”

      “This is our country – our country exclusively,” he writes, “including Gaza.”

      Feiglin’s posting is the text of a letter he addressed to Netanyahu.

      Citizens and public authorities around the world should attempt to have Feiglin arrested and prosecuted under the Genocide Convention for his statements, should he set foot in their territories.

      His abominable plan comes as the death toll from Israel’s ongoing slaughter in Gaza reaches 1,752 people, including ten persons killed on Sunday morning when Israel once again bombed a United Nations-run school being used as a shelter, this time in the southern town of Rafah.moshe-feiglin-sq.jpg

      Moshe Feiglin (David Rabkin/Wikimedia Commons)

      Feiglin, like his Knesset colleague Ayelet Shaked, has previously made genocidal statements, but these are perhaps his most specific and explicit.

      Calling for mass extermination and ethnic cleansing, Feiglin now urges Netanyahu to “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.”

      Jaffa is a major Palestinian coastal city that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist militias in 1948 and incorporated into present-day Israel. The few thousand Palestinians who remain in the city face ongoing attempts to force them out.

      As of this writing, Feiglin’s Facebook post had more than eight thousand “Likes” and had been shared almost two thousand times.

  • Emergency call from Gaza
    • check out Max Blumenthal' s twitter today

      link to

      Body parts in trees, fingers littering the ground, burnt flesh on ambulance windshields. These are the scenes they've described to me

  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • very fine post over at FDL in this regard:

      "Two more takes on who broke the ceasefire and what happened to the ‘captured’ soldier…

      From +972… Hamas: Missing soldier likely killed in Israeli air strike

      Hamas’ armed wing stated Saturday that missing soldier Hadar Goldin may have been killed in Israeli air strikes following the incident in which he was captured and two other soldiers killed Friday. The group claims it has lost contact with the cell that carried out the attack on troops in Rafah. U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both condemned the capture and called for the soldier’s immediate release.

      While Hamas claims the incident occurred at about 7 a.m. Friday morning, Israel asserts that it took place at 9:30 a.m. – nearly two hours into what was supposed to be a 72-hour ceasefire. Goldin’s capture may signal a significant escalation in Israel’s military operation in Gaza, which has entered its 26th day.

      Following the capture, the Israeli army carried out heavy shelling and air strikes throughout Gaza, particularly in and around Rafah. Palestinian medical sources say more than 70 people were killed in these attacks. Palestinians told Channel 2 that the army is working to completely isolate Rafah in an attempt to locate Goldin. Roads were reportedly blocked north of Rafah in the direction of Khan Younis, and passage to the Sinai region on the border with Egypt was barred.

      From Tikun Olam…Hamas Says IDF Killed Israeli Soldier After He Was Captured

      Today brings news explaining the reason the ceasefire broke down. A Palestinian militant cell ambushed an IDF patrol of Givati brigade soldiers. One of the militants had a suicide vest and blew himself up, killing Maj. Benaya Sarel and Sgt. Liel Gidoni. Three other Israelis were seriously wounded. One of them, Second Lt. Hadar Goldin was dragged away by the fighters. But the Israelis who were unscathed in the attack invoked Hannibal (Directive) and returned fire, shooting both Goldin and the militant who was dragging him away. It was a clear attempt not just to frustrate the Hamas operation and the capture, but to actually kill the Israeli soldier.

      Once news of the attack arrived at the IDF High Command, they began massive shelling of Rafah, attempting to kill him. Israel’s Channel 10 news reported:

      “The IDF is bombing every vehicle approaching Abu Yousuf Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.”

      My Israeli source goes farther and says that the massive Israeli air and artillery assault on Rafah was in revenge for the attack. 60 Palestinians were killed in the barrage.

      According to Hamas’ military wing, which conducted the attack, the members of the unit which ambushed the IDF were killed afterward along with Goldin:

      “We lost contact with the group of fighters that were stationed at that location and we believe that all members of the unit were martyred and the soldier the enemy says went missing was killed in the Zionist shelling, assuming that the fighters did capture him during the confrontation.

      We in Qassam have no knowledge up to this moment about the missing soldier, nor his whereabouts nor the circumstances of his disappearance.”

      In other words, the IDF killed its own soldier."

      link to

  • Reprint of Yochanan Gordon's "When Genocide is Permissible" (Updated)
    • VIDEO: Israel’s Violence Builds Solidarity For Gaza
      link to

      The first part is a take down of a Bill Maher tweet - the interesting part comes after that - an interview with young student from LA - Kash Nikazmrad, - thesis - Israel is a ‘proxy’ state

      I found this to be thought-provoking, worth chewing on (proxy state)

    • I think you're missing the point here.

      Jews have been the victims of "genocide" ~ and some are advocating the same for Palestinians...

      Americans have never been the victims of "genocide" -

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • He may discover things are different this November.

      I got an email from E.Warren asking for money. I said "NO! money, and in fact, none of my time and energy this fall... nor my vote this November. Your unconditional support of Israel's attack on Gaza prohibits my supporting you in any manner. Additionally, you support sending hard-working Americans' tax dollars to Israel and with weapons to kill babies, children, innocents.

      signed //

      every person, organization that supports Israel will get the same response.

  • Israel has detained 15-year-old American boy for 26 days; US is 'gravely concerned'
    • to what new truce do you refer? Finkelstein got arrested today... after making a video which can be viewed at his site...

      Finkelstein says that ANY offer that has ever been made to Hamas/Palestine is a "surrender"

  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
    • By Noura Erakat

      "On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian population, President Barack Obama declared, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” In an echo of Israeli officials, he sought to frame Israel's aerial missile strikes against the 360-square kilometer Strip as the just use of armed force against a foreign country. Israel's ability to frame its assault against territory it occupies as a right of self-defense turns international law on its head.

      A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is “foreign” and poses an exogenous national security threat. In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law.

      Admittedly, the enforceability of international law largely depends on voluntary state consent and compliance. Absent the political will to make state behavior comport with the law, violations are the norm rather than the exception. Nevertheless, examining what international law says with regard to an occupant’s right to use force is worthwhile in light of Israel's deliberate attempts since 1967 to reinterpret and transform the laws applicable to occupied territory. These efforts have expanded significantly since the eruption of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, and if successful, Israel’s reinterpretation would cast the law as an instrument that protects colonial authority at the expense of the rights of civilian non-combatants. "

    • Bernhard at Moon of Alabama has a piece up on that now... interesting read.

      Chutzpa: Dozens Dead And Wounded - IDF Rejects Claims Of Casualties

      link to

    • no, I'm afraid they thought they were superior from the beginning...

    • Gazans? They are not 'Gazans' Sir... they are Palestinians. Please don't take that away from them in addition to all that Israel has taken.

  • Destruction of Gaza's children is something 'every one of us must confront' -- Jon Snow
    • The respected BBC is no more... the Brits are protesting them frequently for their biased Pro-Israel reporting. This from just one protest:

      As the protesters shouted “BBC, shame on you,” Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), handed in a letter to the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall. The letter calls on the BBC to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation and siege in its reporting. The open letter had been signed by 45,000 people in under a week. Signatories include scholar Noam Chomsky, filmmaker John Pilger, film director Ken Loach, musician Brian Eno, journalist Owen Jones and comedian and filmmaker Jeremy Hardy.

    • So glad to see you Hostage...

    • How do you sleep at night! Israel is EVIL...

  • The killing fields
    • Richard Silverstein says Bibi lied... Bibi is evil... and a war criminal."... This entire slaughter is based on a lie. And not just a small lie, but a huge, cancerous, evil lie. I do not like to make absolute moral statements if I can avoid it. But there is no doubt in my mind that Bibi Netanyahu is evil. While that doesn’t necessarily mean all of Israel is evil, as long as they elect this melalomaniac to office, then all of Israel is culpable in his malevolence.Bibi must be brought to the Hague."more more

  • As in Vietnam and South Africa, Gazan masses are willing to pay high price for freedom -- Kasrils
    • there's a lot of products on the BDS website I wasn't aware of... most I don't use, but my family does... am making them aware. I didn't realize Carnival Cruise Lines is on the list ~ am canceling cruise I planned months ago for November. Not much, but every bit helps.

  • Hamas mimics Hezbollah tactics, and no one will have stability till blockade is lifted
    • Frankly, I think all the "terror tunnel" talk, is Israeli propaganda... the little rocket damage Hamas' does is not working for an excuse for Bibi to go in, so now, change to "it's tunnels" ~ "an underground city"

      think about it... where would blockaded Hamas get the materials, the eqiopment, etc.

      it's all Hamas can do to keep up w/ tunnels for food, etc. Tunnels that men can move through... I don't believe it.

      Palestinians are turning on the soldiers, coming out in thousands. Bibi can't talk about Hamas anymore... he MUST lift the blockade and address the human needs of Palestinians/

  • 'No food, no water to revive awaiting certain death...': Horrifying report from Khuza'a village following Israeli attack
    • International Anger Mounts Against Israel

      Ecuador has recalled its Ambassador from Israel, Chile has suspended its free trade agreement negotiations. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro have called the assault on Gaza genocide and “extermination”, with Maduro demanding that the UN address the: “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” Venezuela severed all relations with Israel after its last massacre, “Cast Lead” over Christmas and New Year 2008-2009.

      ... snip

      Meanwhile, amid massive protests in South Africa, the African National Congress in Parliament (who suffered their own long years of apartheid) is calling for the Israeli Ambassador to leave with “immediate effect” and for the South African Ambassador to Tel Aviv to be immediately recalled.

      ... snip

      In Europe, the Norwegian government is resisting pressure to expel the Israeli Ambassador from pro-Palestinian and human rights organizations with the leader of the Joint Committee for Palestine (Fellesutvalget for Palestina, FuP), Anna Lund Bjørnsen telling Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK): “Norway can not uncritically maintain close diplomatic relations with a state that does not show respect for human life, international treaties or UN conventions.”

      much more link to

      Norwegian Dr Mads Gilbert stated on Democracy Now:

      "This was truly a massacre, and the injuries were just horrible … Children came in without heads and totally dismantled by the shelling of the residential areas."

      On the same day, Monday July 21st, Obama merely said weakly that he had “serious concerns.” Pathetic!

  • Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis
    • That is exactly why they bomb their neighbors... to destroy their economy and keep them weak.

      Then they complain their neighbors hate them. D'uh

  • US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action
  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
    • Boomer

      DIME stands for Dense Inert Metal Explosive - it's a bitch... another no/no that Israel continues to use. Here's wiki on it
      link to

      DIME does horrific damage... remember the 4 boys on the beach? The first one shot, whose father picked up his body parts and put them into a garbage bag?

      Another no/no Israel is using, besides the ever ready to hand WP, is flechette rounds

      Independent has piece on those here: link to

      Israel used them in the last two sieges on Gaza... remember when IDF shot photographer/journalist and the flechettes scattered killing 8 civilians also?

      NO ONE can say Israel is trying to NOT hit civilians. NO ONE. and be truthful.

  • Arrests without charge of American beating victim's relatives in Jerusalem leave State Dep't 'deeply concerned'
    • I wonder what is going on. First IDF ransacks the family's home... then they arrest some.

      And US is 'interested' in their detention? Matt has the nose of a blood hound... he asked if one of the family might be American and she (said) was unable to answer. Well, State Dept didn't intervene to help the Palestinian-American return home sooner for medical treatment... they allowed Israel to hold him under "house arrest" of all things.

      As for Erdogan , he said today:

      “Since [Israel’s creation] in 1948, we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month,” he said. “But above all, we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan.”

      Israel vehemently protested Turkish authorities’ blatant and rude violation of diplomatic rules, including the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, during the protests, Liberman added.

      Can you imagine ~ Liberman speaking about violation of rules. Chutzpah!

      Earlier in the day at another meeting in Bursa, Erdogan accused a “new alliance of crusaders” in a speech denouncing Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

      This will be interesting.

    • Exactly Citizen...

      and I'm sure you noticed how she scolded Turkey, a NATO ally, for criticising Israel, who is NOT an ally ~ at least on paper anywhere.

  • Israel is in a pickle
    • Thanks hophmi,

      you just verified that Yossi Gurvitz is correct.

      "... a grave disservice" some choice of words there.

      "a ratio of 1 person dead for every 8 targets." First it's laughable that there are 2400 military targets in Gaza. (hyperbole is thy middle name?)

      and second, I guess wounded people don't count as targets... they need to be DOA? And old people in rehab, trapped in their infirmity and their environment? They don't count either? If I could reach through this screen, I would throw ice cold water on you head, in an effort to wake that brain of yours, that apparently doesn't have two neurons left to synapse.

    • Annie, thanks for this article... I agree Bibi is in a pickle. I hear and share American's concern. And I think your premise fits right into that concern. As Richard Silverstein said a few days ago, and many others have expressed the same belief ~ Bibi has no exit strategy. Having no exit strategy means he will go on and on killing Palestinians... until he finds one, their blood will continue flowing their the streets.

      G-d help us all.

      On another topic. I have a question for the knowledgeable here at Mondo. This youTube was linked at another blog. I watched it, knowing nothing about the interviewee, except that he is purported to be an anti-zionist Israeli Jew. Does anyone here know anything about him, and about his subject matter. His name is
      Yossi Gurvitz - I hesitate to post the youTube link because if his charges are bogus, I will be spreading disinformation. Thanks ~

  • Mohyeldin's boss at NBC rallied 'Jewish passion' for Israel when 'it is physically threatened'
    • I'm old enough to remember when reporters' actually reported what they saw.

      In 1963 we had the Fulbright senate hearings on ‘zionist infiltration of the US media”.

      We need to have another one... and it needs to be stressed that the attitude of "Israel First" is treason, which it is.

      William Fulbright warned, “The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership….a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures.”

      Yet, America’s ‘leaders’ continue to cower and pander to an “illegal foreign lobby that has long flouted US law and suborned the national interest as a foreign agent.”

  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
  • Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach
    • I grew up during WWII... as a teenager I was obsessed with the history, the atrocities. Could not wrap my mind around the inactions of the German people, ordinary people like you and me. Now I find myself living again in a time of atrocities... and the American people are now inactive, ordinary people like you and me. The propaganda of the two times is different in degree and method. Still, I'm able to find the truth... an old woman now, I can see through all the filters. Surely some of the American people can? Are we just not hearing from them? How can so many people in western media continue to lie through their teeth? Please don't tell me it's their job, the money, etc. We didn't accept those excuses for Germans. Why do we accept them for Americans? There is something terribly wrong with American society today.

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