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I am a 44 year old carpenter living in Phila., PA. My interest in I/P began with msm news coverage of Sharon's provocative visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque. His grinning face told the whole story: He was there humiliate the Palestinians and to exert exclusive control over a Muslim holy site with lethal force. My interest grew through I/P related books and some activism in the Phla. area. I met Adam Horowitz during that time and I'm so pleased to see that he is dedicated and determined to continue to do this vital work.

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  • Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead
    • "“In her presentation, Goldstein acknowledged that efforts to promote Israel as a democracy with “great beaches” had failed to stem the support for Palestinian rights, so “we have to focus on the offense, on Islamists and how they violate the basic civil rights that liberals hold very, very dear.”

      Goldstien has an ally in Bernie Sanders. I watched an interview of Sanders on CSPAN last night and, after an emphatic and compelling defense of his domestic agenda, he stepped right into the dog pile with his summary of Islam and Muslims. When he was asked why there's so much anti American sentiment in the Muslim world, he answered with his own version of "they hate us cuz we're free" He explained that Muslim's don't like us because we believe in equity and that Muslims are especially agitated by our gender equity ideals. He further explained that this has something to do with the strange sexual proclivities that are practiced by Muslims. It was a bizarre and disapointing dispaly of ignorance and prejudice. Gee, I wonder if some of our dysfunctional American politics can be explained by the strange sexual proclivities of the American people? Maybe Sanders has an opinion on this.

      Below is the link to the interview. Sanders' commentary on Muslims and Islam is at the end.

      link to c-span.org

  • The last colony
    • The Zionist goal is a thoroughly purified Jewish state and a thoroughly subjugated and destroyed Palestinian nation. I think Levin essentially makes this point when she says Israeli colonization more closely resembles the colonization of Australia than it does SA apartheid. Zionists want the Palestinian people to disappear, mostly, and for those who remain to become ghostly symbols of a defeated and forgotten people, like their ruined villages, like the native peoples of Australia or North America for that matter.

  • Hatred of Israel was reported motive for CA attack, but US press politely ignores the story
    • Phil wrote

      "All these killers are unhinged, but they are focused on a real issue"

      "Bear in mind that Robert Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles 47 years ago while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for the presidency also in some measure because a crazed killer did not like American support for Israel."

      "all these people" are crazed and unhinged? Was Nat Turner crazed and unhinged? George W Bush?

  • Kristof's conditional empathy
    • Governor Chris Christie made his name and his career prosecuting mayors and other NJ state politicos on pay to play bribery charges. The pay to play scandal involved a popular Rabbi's son in NJ, real estate ponzi schemes, tax fraud and international money laundering that was tied to human kidney trafficking through Israel by way of a synogogue in Brooklyn. Christie launched his political career prosecuting this case in front of the cameras. He made it clear that what was imortant about the case were the elected officials taking bribes. All the other stuff was incidental and not really important to the bigger crime of corruption in politics.

  • Golem and Big Brother
    • Great article. Wealthy elites are girding themselves against a resitive world population that the UN predicts will exceed 11 billion by 2100. The police states that are emerging today will become stronger, more abusive and lethal, especially when the destabilizing effects of climate change become more and more of a factor.

  • To the next 'NYT' Jerusalem chief -- Here is your job description
    • I'm not optimistic that Baker will be different from Rudoren, Bronner, Kirchner... His job was politicized long ago and it comes with specific expectations. If he wasn't already inclined to favor Israel, he was made to understand that that will be his job as JBC. The Sulzberger family doesn't want an independent set of eyes and ears in Jerusalem. They want a thoroughly vetted journalist who will paint a filtered and plausibly sympathitic portrait of the Jewish State.

      Exclusive Jewish colonies will appear in Baker's writing as Jewish neighborhoods. The occupation army in the West Bank becomes the Israeli Defense Forces. Exchanges of violence will be treated as distinct episodes, featuring the emotional responses and trauma of individuals, with no discussion of Israel's systemic racism or its history of ethnic cleansing. IDF statements won't be investigated and will go unchallenged. Jewish Israelis will be quoted extensively, Palestinians - not so much. On location coverage of the Palestinian perspective from the West Bank and Gaza will be rare. The presumption that Zionism is the result, rather than the cause, of the I/P conflict will remain a constant and unquestioned theme in Baker's coverage. Baker doesn't get this job without understanding that his roll is to sell the agenda of a fascist cult to NYT readers.

  • Obama and the Zionists
    • I'd love to see Obama take this behind closed doors meeting and turn it into a press conference in front of the Viet Nam Memorial. He could invite these Zionist billionaires to explain on national TV why American soldiers should be sent to fight and kill and die in defense of their fascist cult.

  • Gideon Levy's argument for Netanyahu
  • 'Palestine is an anxiety' for Americans-- Salaita in New York
    • Correction: Dee Brown was a he not a she. Brown ruffled a lot of feathers with the publication of his classic best seller Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee but Illinois U at Urbana- Champaigne didn't fire him for it. Shame on that university for dismissing Salaita!

    • Dee Brown was a librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for many years. If she were still alive I'm sure she would be nodding in agreement with Salaita's commentary about colonialism and would also have been appalled by UI's standards of "civility."

  • Homegrown jihadis and the limits of the Israel lobby
    • The US took a big hit for Israel in the Arab oil embargo. There were serious plans for invading SA to put an end to to it but withdrawing support for Israel was never on the table. SA has been quiet and compliant ever since. There's a good indication of how the pecking order works wrt US ME foreign policy.

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Right on, Phil! I hope you're right. However, I think Hilary won't be nominated for a much more basic reason - nobody likes her outside of her tight knit fan club. The book she rolled out for campaign season, the one with a cover picture of her with a possessed look in her eye, tanked. Is it in the dollar stores yet?

  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
    • The would be Queen Hillary was just months away from her coronation in 2008 when she was knocked off. I think she had a better chance then than she will in 2016.

  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • Great video, Carey. Looking forward to next episode :-)

    • OT but Maggie Gyllenhaal has decided to weigh in on I/P in a new series - The Honorable Woman. What its about and what her views are on I/P she won't say although she's not shy about saying Obama broke her heart with disappointment.

      link to time.com

  • Knight in shining armor?
    • "Israel will assist the PA in rebuilding infrastructure destroyed in Gaza, and will assist in providing basic necessities for those Gaza residents who were forced to flee their homes due to the fighting. Israel will provide medical aid to the wounded, and will expedite the transfer of humanitarian aid and food through the crossings."

      Israel turns Gaza masscre into profit taking venture. American tax payers financed the ordinance delivered in Gaza and the salaries of IDF soldiers. The wider world will provide monies and supplies for Gaza relief/rebuilding (except where Israeli manufacturers and service providers can expect to cash in on the wreckage). It's a neat and tidy arrangement that's been in place for years. Israelis not only nuzzle in the loving bosom of American largesse but they also manage to convince the rest of the world to finance the needs of Palestinians who should be the sole responsibility of the occupying power. I'm reminded of the UNRWA relief cargo that has for many years been routinely detained in Israeli docks, sometimes for weeks, so that Israeli shipping companies can take their cut in storage fees before it's delivered to needy Palestinians.

  • Israel got tank shell that killed 20 at UN school from US without Obama's approval -- WSJ bombshell
    • "...which were already kept stored at a pre-positioned weapons stockpile in Israel."

      ...in a plywood shack with a padlock on it?

      The special relationship is out of US control - at least Obama's control. He has an easy case to make to the American people. He can corner Israel's supporters and put their loyalties on display in a very public way. He can name names. He can fire individuals "elsewhere in the administration" and bring them up on charges if crimes were committed. This is a tee ball ripe and ready for him to hit out of the park if he had the scrote to do it. But he doesn't.

  • The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians
  • Hollywood's latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar
  • On being accused of anti-semitism by well meaning liberals
    • In addition to the $3b/yr Israel receives from American tax-payers, the indirect cost of supporting Israel has been astronomical. The attacks on 9/11 and the response to those attacks have cost how many trillion dollars? Afghanistan and Iraq now have a price tag of $6 trillion. The infrastructure of a police state has been built at what cost? The President has the self proclaimed authority to assassinate whomever he pleases. Homeland Security is a bloated bureaucracy employing thousands of people whose jobs depend on targeting, arresting, indicting "suspects" - They have offices in every state. The NSA has a mandate to spy on anyone and everyone. We're told that this police state apparatus is meant to keep us safe from foreign terrorists but if one of "us" rubs political power elites the wrong way we become targets too - ask the Holy Land 5.

      9/11 was just a dramatic spike in a decades long history of terrorism against American citizens because of our support for Israel. The follow on response to 9/11 should have included a referendum on what supporting the Zionist disaster has cost us and how much more we're willing to pay for it. Instead we got Iraq and Afghanistan, TSA, Homeland Security, NSA spying, and three massacres in Gaza.

      Khalid Sheik Muhammed's trial is being delayed, hushed up and kept under the
      auspices of secret military courts for "national security" reasons and because he was tortured. I suspect that a public trial in civilian court is also being disallowed because of what would be revealed about about his motives. Muhammed's nephew was Ramzy Yousef, convicted of the first Trade Center bombing, who famously said, "We'll be back." Yousef cited US support for the ongoing destruction of Palestine as his motive for the '92 Trade Center bombing.

      I'm sure there are more than a few Americans who are motivated by an intense desire to see an end to Israel's ethnic cleansing campaign not least because of what supporting Israel has cost us. The US government playing step and fetch it for Israel is too rediculous to be funny. And lots of us are mad as hell about it.

  • What Jim Fallows and I saw
  • Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence
    • The peace prize winner is an evil racist and fascist and that's how he'll be remembered. He's no captive and there are no better angels of his nature. What he's said and what he's done reflect his truest thoughts and feelings.

  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • Second guessing what Obama would do if he only had a spine is ridiculous. The peace prize winner's truest feelings are reflected in what he does. In the end he has no concern for people outside his class of imperial elites.

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
    • OMG! Has Rudoren has pushed back from the donut cart and done a story on location? I thought Jerusalem bureau chiefs only took dictation from IDF bulletins in the comfort of their ethnically cleansed NYT compound.

  • 'Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,' Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says at NY rally
    • The appalling commentary from Jeffries is nonetheless an appropriate mantra for Zionists everywhere. He borrows an infamous phrase from an infamous racist as a justification for an exclusive Jewish State. It's a perfect fit. I hope this isn't lost on the equity minded people who were there to hear it or who read about it afterwords. It's also worth pointing out that segregation was on its last legs when Wallace spoke those desperate words.

  • Over a hundred people join Norman Finkelstein for civil disobedience outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan
  • Take the right position on Israel and you can raise 1/4 million, Senate candidate is advised
    • Will the colossal disaster of an exclusive Jewish State lead to campaign finance reform or will it be the other way round? At this point I think it's a toss up.

  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
  • (Updated) In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza
  • Fox's Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a 'thick head'
    • Not just Hannity the whole line up. Murdoch and Ailes have deliberately created a white supremist network.

  • PLO official Hanan Ashrawi: Israel's assault on Gaza is 'state terrorism' and should be referred to the International Criminal Court
  • Israel's actions 'unjustified' in eyes of women, non-whites, Dems, indy's, and those under 50 -- Gallup
    • @ yonah fredman
      No. It'll be forgotten. It might have risen to the level of a wedge issue if Obama had the spine to make the perfectly reasonable and safe decision to say that, in the interest of American safety, all flights will be suspended untill hostilities have ceased.

      With Planes flying again Israel has an ouside chance of scoring its biggest PR coup since 9/11 if a plane full of Americans is hit by a Hamas missile.

    • @PW

      "But that’s why there was floor demonstration against Jerusalem as Israeli capital..."

      Exactly right. Will the Democratic nominee have the gall to call in another thumbs up vote if delegates are clearly saying no - even more than last time? Not sure that's gonna fly next time around.

  • NY Times reports source of UNRWA school attack is unclear even though Israel said they did it
  • Avishai says we misrepresented his views
    • "Hamas has not consolidated an occupation regime of its own, plunging Gaza into a parochial horror in which almost ninety per cent of adults live in poverty."

      Hamas is to blame for poverty in Gaza? That's rich, Bernie.

      "...Hamas’s Big Lie countered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s half-truths."

      You've neglected to mention the Biggest Lie in all of this: Zionism. Curious that you would have left this out after writing a book on the subject (The Tragedy of Zionism).

      The "two sides" argument is limited to a shrinking crowd of liberal Zionists like Avishai and history will lump them in with those who sided with the slave power, segregation, apartheid, etc...

  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
  • The swan song of the Israeli left
    • Is this critique supposed to pass for a commitment to justice?

      "...I hoped that he would use his talents to inspire the remainder of the left with a new flame — to transform the fragments of despair into sparks of life."

      Uh huh. Care to tell us what this means?

      "The problem is that among us Israelis, nobody dreams of peace anymore, and nobody dreams of justice."

      And what will justice entail in I/P? Aloni doesn't say.

      "It’s time for the left, no matter how broken or fragmented, to pick ourselves up and invent ourselves anew."

      What will your new selves stand for, Mr. Aloni? You've neglected to tell us.

      " We should stand in solidarity with the oppressed and propose an alternative in which the love of Israel and the love of Palestine can merge into one."

      Are you asking Palestinians to merge into loving a Jewish State where "we will expell the Arabs and take their places." How is that going to work out, Udi? Again, he neglects to define an Israel that Palestinians can love.

      "Our job is to help create a radical space where the oppressed don’t need to resort to violence."

      LOL! Isn't that what area C was meant to do?

      With this liberal Zionist pablum Udi Aloni doesn't differentiate himself from Keret or Illouz at all. Say it loud and say it proud, Mr. Aloni: ZIONISM MUST BE ABOLISHED! PALESTINIANS MUST BE EMANCIPATED!

  • Palestinians build tunnel to attack Israeli kindergarten, Netanyahu says
    • A minimially sized, one mile long tunnel would entail the removal of thousands of cubic yards of dirt/rock. Where is it? I don't see it on Beebs graphic.

  • 'Heartbreaking' is U.S. government's talking point for Gaza massacre
    • Obama could announce an indefinite suspension of flights to Israel until hostilities are ended out of concern for American citizens. He would be safe in doing so and we could all watch the spectacle of Israel's supporters telling us that Israel's economy is more important than the safety of American passengers. Announcing an indefinite suspension of flights might also put an earlier end to the massacre in Gaza. But the peace prize winner is too weak to take even this meek, safe measure.

  • Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis
    • @Sumud

      "That’s what happens in the real world: actions have consequences. Steal 78% of a country – antagonise the locals, steal the final 22% and really antagonise the locals."

      ...all while becoming a minority population

    • @Walid

      "There’s another party in the area that can hit anything in TA with accuracy."

      Is there any word on whether or not HB intends to get involved?

  • 'Telegenically Dead': Israel’s crumbling media war
    • Palestinian journalist Rula Jibreal reading Chris Hays the riot act about media bias toward Israel. Wow! She's a little frantic but that's understandable. Hays can't get a word in but he seems sympathetic.

  • CNN headline: "100 people killed today in Israel, Gaza fighting"
    • @Rational Zionist

      Slave owners had a rationale for slavery. Southern states had a rationale for segregation. Afrikaners had a rationale for apartheid. What's your rationale for Zionism?

  • Palestinians celebrate report that Hamas captured Israeli soldier
    • God bless Hamas. They're fighting as best they can against American tax payer financed F-16s, Apache gunships, armed drones, tanks and professional soldiers. They're fighting not because they want to but because common decency demands it. Living year after year under the racist Zionist yoke is unbearable. Let the voices of those of us who are protesing all over the world ring in the ears of brave Hamas fighters, who are little more than a citizen soldier malitia and who are risking their lives and paying the ultimate price for the cause of freedom. Hamas may not win the battle but Palestinians will win the war for liberation.

  • Video: Resistance activists down power line in West Bank
    • @John O

      Angle grinder with 9 1/2" carborundum cut off wheel. A 2" long cut through 1/4" steel would take 60-90 seconds. This is an obvious vulnerability in the US too. Taking out one of the 765,000 volt power line towers in the wilds of Oregon would put California in the dark with no quick fix.

  • Kristof says Stephen Hawking and American Studies Association support Hamas
    • Abolitionists like Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison didn't condition the imperative of abolishing slavery on determining whether or not slave owners kept the leg irons too tight. Abolish Zionism! Emancipate Palestinians!

    • Every bullet, every bomb in this conflict has Zionism as its starting point. Arguments about proportionality, two sides, terrorism, painful compromises, the Holocaust, etc. should start with demanding a defense of Jewish supremacy on its "merits". Enough with the boundaries of polite society wrt Zionism. Instead of asking Sen. Chris Murphy how he feels about Palestinian children killed in Gaza, ask him why American tax payers should pay for a purified, exclusive, racist Jewish State.

  • Arrests without charge of American beating victim's relatives in Jerusalem leave State Dep't 'deeply concerned'
    • The UN defines Genocide this way:

      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
      — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2

      It's curious that Ms. Psaki would say with confidence that Erdogan's genocide claims are "offensive and wrong" and then admit to being confused herself about the meaning of genocide i.e. "there's a range of definitions". Finally, she claims to know nothing about the subject: "I’m sure we can connect you with an expert on this particular issue, Said."

  • Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack
    • @American

      French police using tear gas and stun grenades to defend Israeli fascists against French citizens and their right to protest for justice in Palestine. Incredible.

  • Israel is in a pickle
    • One way or another Zionism has to be abolished. The Jewish State has to go. Equal rights under the law for Palestinians and Jews alike. Let this be the pickle Israel finds itself in after their killing festival in Gaza.

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