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  • Tax-deductible US group pushes Israeli control of Temple Mount
    • RE: Tax-deductible US group pushes Israeli control of Temple Mount

      MY COMMENT: It is time to begin a serious movement aimed at making Jerusalem an international city! Otherwise, this powder keg is bound explode, with devastating consequences to be felt far and wide.

  • No rescue!
    • RE: "Whatever your faith community or theological persuasion, on Easter Sunday let’s be clear: The world is unredeemed. No amount of 'redeemed and not yet' theological hocus pocus will do." ~ Marc Ellis

      SOMEWHAT IN THE SAME VEIN: "Revelations Within the Boston Marathon; America’s 'Exceptional' Reality", by Rev. William E. Alberts, Counterpunch.org, 4/18/14
      LINK - link to counterpunch.org

  • American citizen, translator and student—Mariam Barghouti arrested and detained in West Bank
    • RE: Abir’s, and other, testimonies confirm the arresting soldiers acted out of anger unprovoked by the women, taunting them, “I’m going to mess up your life.” ~ Deger

      SEE: "Everyday Sadists Take Pleasure In Others’ Pain", PsychologicalScience.org, September 12, 2013

      [EXCERPT] Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think.
      Two studies led by psychological scientist Erin Buckels of the University of British Columbia revealed that people who score high on a measure of sadism seem to derive pleasure from behaviors that hurt others, and are even willing to expend extra effort to make someone else suffer.
      The new findings are published in "Psychological Science", a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
      “Some find it hard to reconcile sadism with the concept of ‘normal’ psychological functioning, but our findings show that sadistic tendencies among otherwise well-adjusted people must be acknowledged,” says Buckels. “These people aren’t necessarily serial killers or sexual deviants but they gain some emotional benefit in causing or simply observing others’ suffering.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to psychologicalscience.org

  • Palestinians can have an embassy in Jerusalem, but God forbid not a capital -- Israeli mayor
    • RE: "Let me take you back 3,000 years. Jerusalem is the capital of the world . . ." ~ Nir Barkat

      MY COMMENT: I agree with Nir Barkat that Jerusalem should not be divided, but it must be made into an international city so that it can once again truly become (in a sense) "the capital of the world"! Perhaps the UN can even be relocated to the new International City of Jerusalem!

  • Alterman says BDS is helping Netanyahu
    • RE: "Alterman is enraged by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, BDS, and makes the astonishing claim that BDS is helping Netanyahu pursue the occupation." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Fundamentally, Eric Alterman has been a "two-state faker"* for lo these many years. Now he is trying to lay the groundwork for ultimately blaming the demise of the two-state option on BDS (rather than blaming Israel for its settlement policy and/or blaming American "two-state fakers" like Eric Alterman who have enabled Israel all these years in its settlement efforts).

      * SEE - "Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech with Gaza's Ark", By Robert Naiman, truth-out.org, 3/25/13

      [EXCERPTS] There's a half-empty way and a half-full way of looking at President Barack Obama's Jerusalem speech about the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
      The half-empty way of looking at it is: This was Obama's white flag of surrender.
      To everyone around the world who for decades has been assuming that at the end of the day, the president of the United States would lead the way to resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Obama was saying: Don't look at me. Just because the United States is the principal military, diplomatic and economic protector of the Israeli government, doesn't mean that I, as the president of the United States, will do anything about the military occupation of millions of Palestinian human beings. Bibi doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; Bibi's government doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; AIPAC doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; and Congress - which defers to AIPAC - doesn't want an independent Palestinian state. Of course, many of them mouth the words - not Bibi's government, they don't even do that - but those who mouth the words oppose any practical measure that would help bring an independent Palestinian state into existence. They're "two state fakers." Settlement freeze? Impossible. UN membership for Palestine? Can't be done. No, according to the two state fakers, the only option on the menu in the restaurant for the Palestinians is to return to negotiations without a settlement freeze, negotiations that for 20 years have brought more land confiscation, more settlements, more restrictions on Palestinian movement and commerce, more oppression. And so, Obama was saying, my hands are tied. Don't look at me.
      The half-full way of looking at it is this: It was a great speech. If you "price in," as the markets say, acceptance that the US government isn't going to lead on this, it was a great motivational speech. President Obama made a very compelling case that someone else should do something. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to truth-out.org

    • RE: "Netanyahu and company actually appreciate the misguided efforts of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in the United States and Europe. As [Avner Inbar, director of the liberal Israeli thinktank Molad] explains . . ." ~ Eric Alterman

      MY COMMENT: I wonder where Avner Inbar of the liberal Israeli thinktank Molad got the idea that Netanyahu and company appreciate the "misguided" efforts of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Well, let's think about it. Hmmm, well, Inbar is in Israel. So, he probably talks quite frequently to various people in the Israeli government. I wonder if one (or more) of these people in the government might have put this bug in Inbar's ear ("strictly in confidence" because if Netanyahu were to find out he/she had "spilled the beans" on this Bibi would surely "go ballistic" and "tear him/her a new a-hole")! ! !
      Or, is this sort of thing only done (quite regularly) in the U.S.?
      Think: Scooter Libby, Robert Novak and Valerie Plame!

  • Why are two Republican congressmen doing a walkabout on the Temple Mount?
    • RE: "As Kate noted here the other day, Ma’an reported that two Republican congressmen toured the Temple Mount in February along with rightwing Israel Jews who covet the site." ~ Phil Weiss and Colin Wright

      MY COMMENT: It is urgent that Jerusalem be made an international city to save it from being irreparably damaged by these depraved Republican congressmen, their delusional Israeli compatriots and the countless billionaires suffering bouts of Jerusalem syndrome that result in grandiose, messianic visions of "urban renewal" dancing in their heads!

    • I think our congressmen should be subjected to yearly psych evaluations to certify their sanity. At the same time, they should be required to take the standardized IQ test and score 65 or (hopefully) higher. Absolutely no curve grading! No "bonus points" for home schooling or under any other circumstances! Not even for wounded vets!
      All staff of the House and Senate should be trained to recognize psychopathic symptoms.

    • "THE JEWISH NATION STATE"℠ OF ISRAEL® IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE:

      ■ The Holy of Holies, Lord High Priest Moshe Feiglin
      Ably Assisted by the Right Reverend John C. Hagee, Keeper of The Perfect Red Heifer

      ■ His Royal Majesty of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah, King Irving Moskowitz
      By Appointment of G_d, The Oldest Kingdom on Earth!™

    • "THE JEWISH NATION-STATE"℠ OF ISRAEL® IS PROUD AS PUNCH TO INTRODUCE:

      ■ Lord High Priest Moshe Feiglin
      (Ably assisted by the Right Reverend John C. Hagee)

      ■ His Royal Majesty, King Irving Moskowitz
      (By appointment of G_d, the oldest monarchy on earth!)

    • Elliot Abrams is very open about the need for Israel and its supporters to use Christian evangelicals to achieve certain goals.
      In a documentary on U.K. television ten or so years ago, he mentioned that in order for Israel to reach a specific goal, they would need the help of the Christian evangelicals.

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "New Price Tag Attack Demands Muslims Vacate Dome of Rock in Order to Rebuild Temple", by Richard Silverstein, Tuikun Olam, 4/12/14

      [EXCERPT] Yesterday, two enterprising fellows committed a price tag attack on the Temple Mount, where they hung flyers demanding Muslims vacate the premises during the Passover holidays so Jews might do some Passover housecleaning…like rebuilding the Temple and making the traditional animal sacrifices offered during the days of the ancient Temple. The flyer said:
      You [Muslims] are hereby requested to vacate the Temple Mount…pursuant to preparations for the construction of the Holy Temple, renewal of animal sacrifices and the act of the Passover sacrifice.

      We thank you for your cooperation,

      The Jewish People

      Part of the background for this is that a radical settler group publicly announced that it had begun training priests to perform these sacrifices:

      On April 10…hundreds of Jews will gather…[to] start learning the Jewish laws of Passover. Rabbis and experts…[from] the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, the leading body preparing for the establishment of the third temple, will teach the audience the laws of the Passover sacrifice…[A] ritual slaughterer…will teach the audience about the unique elements of the slaughter of the Passover sacrifice. After the lessons, the real thing will start: the simulation of the Passover sacrifice.

      …The ceremony on Thursday will be, in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lingo, “practice with live fire.” Slaughtering lambs, sprinkling their blood on the altar by priests dressed in kosher priestly garments and roasting the lambs, with their heads, legs and innards. Just as God intended.

      This isn’t the first time that the “Association of Temple Organizations” will hold this activity, but this year the practice drill and re-enactment of the Passover sacrifice will be carried out by the students of the school for priests, Nezer Ha-kodesh, which started operating this year. The priest school intends to train the hundreds of priests that would be needed to work at the third temple; many Jews endeavor for its establishment in Israel today. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to richardsilverstein.com

    • RE: "The Temple Institute promotes Jewish prophecies of 'the reestablishment of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem'. Johnson later commented in the Jewish Tribune, on 'how little real religious freedom and liberty the people of Israel have over the very land that they are supposed to be the owners of'." ~ Phil Weiss and Colin Wright

      MY COMMENT: These people might well be crazy, but they also mean business. All Hail the Queen "perfect red heifer"!*

      * SEE: "Pastor Strangelove", by Sarah Posner, American Prospect, 05/21/06

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Besides his million-dollar compensation package, [John] Hagee has a portfolio of other ventures, including a cattle ranch in south Texas that may have religious significance. Many evangelicals believe that the arrival of a "perfect red heifer" will signal the end times. In the Old Testament, burning a red heifer and sprinkling its ashes is described as a purification ritual for priests entering the temple. Ultra-orthodox Jews believe that the birth of a modern perfect red heifer will herald the arrival of the messiah, leading to a confrontation with Muslims over the Temple Mount, where Jews believe the Temple will be rebuilt. Some evangelicals likewise regard the red heifer as a harbinger of the ultimate showdown at the Temple Mount, which they believe will be the site of the Second Coming. And they believe that time is near.
      To many other observers, the advent of the red heifer threatens to provoke a violent struggle for control of the Temple Mount, with worldwide repercussions. In the late 1990s, a group of unidentified Texas ranchers reportedly bred a perfect red heifer, which generated excitement in evangelical circles until the animal sprouted some black hairs.
      Six years ago, the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust paid more than $5.5 million for a 7,600-acre ranch in Brackettville, Texas, where cattle are raised in a venture with the Texas Israel Agricultural Research Foundation, a nonprofit outfit operated by the pastor. . . Earl [David Earl, Hagee's lobbyist] said that Hagee wants to share information to improve the production of livestock, particularly cattle, with an Israeli research project, but otherwise claimed to be unsure of the particulars. Dr. Scott Farhart, an obstetrician and trustee of the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust (and an elder at Hagee's church), did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the director of the ranch. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to prospect.org

  • To reach the 'moveable middle' in Jewish life, you must be inside the tent
  • Dershowitz plays McCarthy, and John Dingell is labeled 'anti-Israel'
    • RE: "An unbelievable story from the Forward saying that the liberal Zionist group J Street has failed to gain the endorsement of a committee that considers new members for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations because of its supposedly anti-Israel positions." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: So, the New Zealots figuratively/metaphorically continue their march down the road towards Masada! This just goes to show that while history might not necessarily repeat itself, it does often rhyme (as Mark Twain was wont to opine).*

      * Historic recurrence - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • 'NYT' self-censors, axing headline blaming Israeli settlements
    • P.S. ALSO SEE - "The AIPAC Politics of Smear: The Secret Section in Israel's U.S. Lobby That Stifles American Debate", By Gregory D. Slabodkin, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 1992, pages 7-8, 89-91

      [EXCERPTS] During the reign of terror that Senator Joseph McCarthy unleashed in the 1950s, when the reputations and lives of many loyal Americans were ruined by false charges of "communism" and "treason," American Jewry was overwhelmingly opposed to the Wisconsin senator and his blackmail by blacklists. According to the Gallup polls of the time, the percentage of U.S. Jews who opposed McCarthy's smear tactics was twice that of the rest of the population. Many Jewish organizations passed resolutions condemning McCarthy's ruthless character assassination.
      Today, however, such national Jewish organizations as the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are using the same tactics to stifle open debate of U.S.
      policy in the Middle East.

      • Secretly Circulated Lists
      To conduct this "neo-McCarthyism," AIPAC operates a covert section within its research department that monitors and keeps files on politicians, journalists, academics, Arab-American activists, Jewish liberals, and others it labels "anti-Israel." AIPAC selects information from these files and secretly circulates lists of the "guilty," together with their alleged political misdeeds, buttressed by their statements, often totally out of context.
      Just as McCarthy's permanent investigations subcommittee labeled criticism of specific policies of the U.S. government as "anti-American," or "pro-Soviet," AIPAC labels criticism of Israeli government policies "anti-Israel," "pro-Arab" or "pro-PLO." Still worse is the pro-Israel lobby's redefinition of "anti-Semitism" to include any such criticism of Israel or its actions. . .
      . . . AIPAC's "opposition research" department traces its roots to I.L. (Sy) Kenen, who founded AIPAC in 1954. As editor of AIPAC's weekly Near East Report, he often attacked critics of Israel in his aptly titled column, "The Monitor." Besides monitoring, analyzing, and responding to "anti-Israel" comment and activities in the United States, Kenen also kept files on AIPAC's "enemies." In his final year AIPAC began to expand its intelligence-gathering operations.
      Kenen's memoirs, "Israel's Defense Line: Her Friends and Foes in Washington", record how AIPAC pooled resources in 1974 with the American Jewish Committee and other national Jewish organizations to create a "truth squad." Its purpose was to combat "pro-Arab propaganda" and the emerging "Arab lobby," which Kenen believed to be a growing threat to the U.S.-Israel relationship.
      "While vigorously defending Israel's perceived interests, the organizations that created the truth squad turned into a kind of Jewish thought police," journalist Robert I. Friedman explains. "Investigators—sometimes overzealous Jewish college students, sometimes sources with access to U.S. intelligence agencies—were used to ferret out critics of Israel, Jew or gentile, wherever they might be. At ADL and AIPAC, files were opened on journalists, politicians, scholars and community activists. Their speeches and writings were monitored, as were, in some cases, their other professional activities. And they were often smeared with charges of anti-Semitism or with the pernicious label of self-hating Jew. The intention was to stifle debate on the Middle East within the Jewish community, the media and academia, for fear that criticism of any kind would weaken the Jewish state."
      When Kenen stepped down as executive director of AIPAC in December 1974, the task of monitoring Israel's "enemies" was left to the department of research and information at AIPAC, where it has remained ever since. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to wrmea.org

    • RE: "And someone has been calling the Times, too. Because, glory be to God, now that piece has a new headline . . ." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I'm certain that AIPAC, ADL and CAMERA (the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting) all have the Times on "speed dial".

      SEE: "Why the U.S. Media Barely Covered Brutal Right-Wing Race Riots in Tel Aviv", By Joshua Holland, AlterNet, 6/17/12

      [EXCERPTS] Several weeks back, Israel was rocked by a night of right-wing race-riots targeting African refugees. . .
      . . . The story received very little coverage in the. . . States. . .
      . . . Recently, Middle East analyst MJ Rosenberg appeared on the AlterNet Radio Hour to discuss the Tel Aviv riots, the stand-off over Iran's nuclear program and how the Israel lobby helps narrow the discourse around Israel in the United States. Below is a lightly edited transcript of the discussion (you can listen to the whole interview here.)

      [EXCERPTS]
      • JOSHUA HOLLAND: From your inside perspective on that organization [AIPAC], what did you see as far as their tendency to call out criticism that they think is illegitimate or beyond the pale?
      • MJ ROSENBERG: They [AIPAC] consider all criticism of Israel illegitimate. It’s all beyond the pale. I suppose their definition would be if by some miracle someone like Joseph Lieberman made a statement critical of Israel it would be legitimate. When I worked there in the '80s, back before everyone had computers, they had a big war room where all they did was assemble every bit of data on members of Congress, on candidates, but also on writers, celebrities – anyone in the public eye.
      In those days they would just put them in these folders. They always had at hand all this negative information -- what they considered negative information -- to tar people as being anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic. That stuff would be given to reporters if something came up. They were either initiated on their own to give to reporters or some reporter called them because they had a treasure trove of information.
      They still operate that way. In those days they did it directly; now they have former staffers and people who are close to the organization in the blogging world and political world who do it for them. They do it so much. When you read that someone is anti-Israel they’re the ones putting it out there. They’ve got the data. . .
      [snip]
      • JOSHUA HOLLAND: . . .Speaking of our discourse, I want to talk about an issue that came up recently that’s gotten very little coverage in the United States. There were a series of violent race riots by right-wing Israelis against African immigrants in Tel Aviv. This was a big deal. I was looking at the US coverage and it was amazing at how little attention these riots received. . .
      • MJ ROSENBERG: . . .This is a common thing. When there are bad things going on inside Israel -- the way they treat the Palestinians and in this case the way they’re treating these poor African refugees from loathsome regimes who wind up in Israel -- these stories are … I don’t want to say suppressed in the United States, but it’s striking how much coverage they get in Israel itself and how a paper like the New York Times is too scared to touch it.
      I have to say they’re afraid to touch it. The reason is when an American outlet talks about Israel in any way that’s negative, or reports on anything negative about Israel, they will be inundated with complaints from powerful people who will tell them, “why are you picking on Israel?” They always say, “why is it that China is doing all these things and you’re not writing about that?” Of course, they do. You even see it in the blogosphere too, the intimidation. If you aren’t utterly secure in your position in the media then you don’t mess with Israel. More to the point, you don’t mess with the people here who are Israel’s enforcers. . .

      ENTIRE (LIGHTLY EDITED) TRANSCRIPT - link to alternet.org

  • Brandeis retracts plan to honor anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • RE: "I look at it [“Delta Force”] now and I realize that it was anti-Arab and Islamophobic propaganda . . . and was no better than the antisemitic garbage such as as Jud Süß and Der Ewige Jude that the Nazis released, (except neither of the latter two starred Lee Marvin.)" ~ Woody Tanaka

      MY COMMENT: Sadly though, if my somewhat dim recollection serves me correctly, Jud Süß and Der Ewige Jude did sort of involve the participation (in front of and behind the cameras) of that period's German equivalents to Lee Marvin. The more significant difference is that these complicit German Lee Marvins were, to varying degrees, punished (or at least made to pay a price) for their complicity after Germany was defeated in WWII.

  • Christie will get another crack at not saying 'occupied territories' at NY Adelson fete
    • P.P.S. Personally, I consider the far-right-wing Zionist Organization of America to be a subversive organization. I see it as being only a bit subversive to the U.S., but I see it as being extremely (i.e. existentially) subversive to Israel (especially a "Jewish and democratic" Israel).

    • RE: "Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, says that Christie bullied him when he tried to explain what was wrong with the words 'occupied territories'." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I'm certainly not a fan of Chris Christie's, but based upon my impression of the tactics used by the Zionist Organization of America, I can't help but question Klein's perception of who actually bullied whom. I strongly suspect that instead of calmly trying to explain to Christie what was "wrong" (in Klein's not at all humble opinion) with the words 'occupied territories', Mort Klein actually 'lit into'* Christie with something much more akin to reading Christie the riot act. I believe it is likely that what Klein saw as Christie's bulling of him was actually Chris Christie's reaction to what Christie saw as an attack (in public) on him by Mort Klein.

      * light into, Informal. to make a vigorous physical or verbal attack on: He would light into anyone with the slightest provocation. - link to dictionary.reference.com

      P.S. Video: Pro-Israel Activist Knocks Camera Out of Hands of Alison Weir (VIDEO, 02:37) - link to youtube.com

  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of anti-BDS lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op
    • RE: "Ultimately, the appeals court was not moved by the Lawfare Project’s brief—the court opinion makes no reference to it at all." ~ Phan Nguyen

      MY COMMENT: Ouch! ! ! That appeals court really knows how to hurt a guy!

  • Chris Matthews gives Adelson and the lobby a pass
    • P.S. If Paul Singer is a moderate, then I am a laughing hyena.
      I wouldn't touch that man's money with a 100 foot pole!

    • RE: "Eli Clifton has a piece up on Paul Singer, the neoconservative funder." ~ Weiss

      PHIL: Are you perchance referring to Paul Singer, the infamous vulture capitalist?
      If so, you really should do the man justice. After all, he is widely recognized as the slimiest vulture capitalist on Wall Street, and that is certainly no mean feat.
      So, don't sell him short. Give the man his due!

    • RE: "Eli Clifton has a piece up on Paul Singer, the neoconservative funder." ~ Weiss

      PHIL: Are you perchance referring to Paul Singer, the infamous vulture capitalist?
      If so, you really should do the man justice. After all, he is widely recognized as the slimiest vulture capitalist on Wall Street. Give the man his due!

  • Maryland legislature passes toned down anti-BDS language
    • RE: "Pennsylvania’s House passed an anti-boycott resolution last month." ~ Kane

      MY COMMENT: I would expect virtually all of the states that once constituted (and may still) the "Old Confederacy" to to pass anti-boycott resolutions or anything else AIPAC puts in front of them.
      Anyways, down he-uh in these he-uh parts, we still knows a thing or two 'bout how to deal with uppity coloreds, y'all.
      In Dixieland we'll take our stand, to live or die with apartheid Israel!
      Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land & apartheid Israel!
      Dar's buck-wheat cakes an 'Ingen' batter,
      Makes you fat or a little fatter;
      Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land & apartheid Israel!
      Den hoe it down an scratch your grabble,
      To apartheid Israel I'm bound to trabble.
      Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land & apartheid Israel!

      BLACKFACE MINSTREL CHORUS:
      I wish I was in Canaan
      Oaber dar—Oaber dar,
      In Canaan's lann de color'd man
      Can lib an die in cloaber
      Oaber dar—Oaber dar,
      Oaber dar in de lann ob Canaan.

      SOURCE FOR "DIXIE" LRICS - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • When Anja Niedringhaus went to Gaza
  • Adelson would install Netanyahu in the White House if he had his druthers -- Avnery
    • RE: "So Adelson spent $100 million on electoral politics because he doesn’t want to deal with unionized workers? That seems a tad inefficient, doesn’t it? If Adelson wanted to keep unions at bay, he could just as easily have given every one of his 40,000 workers a $2,500 bonus this year instead of frittering away $100 million on failed political campaigns . . ." ~ Kathleen

      MY REPLY: It's all about CONTROL. Especially where a person has an inferiority complex, and he is desperate to compensate for his "tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable".
      A secondary inferiority feeling might relate to his being unable to reach a subconscious, fictional final goal of subjective security and success (often stymied) in order to compensate for his feelings of inadequacy.
      In such a case, exercising "despotic control" offers a degree of compensation for his feelings of inferiority.
      Since these feelings of inadequacy are often subconscious, logical considerations of the conscious mind such as "efficiency" are largely irrelevant. The need to compensate by maintaining "despotic control" is subconscious, and consequently "money is no object" --- nor is "efficiency".
      Rather than seeking to compensate for feelings of inadequacy by maintaining "despotic control", it would be much much less costly (i.e. far more efficient) and considerably more effective to deal with the underlying issues that are actually responsible for the primary feelings of inferiority. Unfortunately, that's just not the way the subconscious mind works!

    • RE: "Adelson was suspected of capital crime Was it in Macau or was it in US the supposed murder took place? Or was it just plain rumor?" ~ traintosiberia

      MY REPLY: To put it mildly, I'm not a great fan of Mr. Adelson's, but I feel compelled to interject that any alleged connection of Mr. Adelson to a murder was not only most likely just a "plain rumor", it was apparently a "plain rumor" based upon the wildest and rankest of speculation!
      Thanks for bringing this up so that we can put this grotesquely unfair aspersion of Adelson to rest (barring any concrete evidence of his involvement) and focus on the many legitimate criticisms that can be made of him and his casino empire.

      SEE: "Macau murder spate adds to casino industry worries", By Farah Master, Reuters, 8/23/12

      (Reuters) - In Macau, three murders in the past two weeks have raised fears that violent crime, for years a rarity in the world's gambling capital, is growing more common at the same time as the island's casino operators are struggling with slower growth.

      Police in the gaming and entertainment hotspot, a one hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, said a Chinese woman who also held a Japanese passport was found murdered last Thursday in a residential area minutes away from the cavernous gambling halls of Sheldon Adelson's Venetian casino.

      That came just days after two Chinese nationals were murdered at the five-star Grand Lapa hotel, and at the end of June a senior figure in Macau's junket industry was severely beaten.

      By contrast, only five homicide cases were recorded between June 2011 and May 2012, according to Macau police statistics.

      There does not appear to be an obvious link between the June and July incidents, but security experts and Macau residents say the recent outbreak of extreme violence has its roots among Macau's junket operators - the shadowy companies that help bring China's wealthiest to the gambling tables.

      "Macau is going through a period of instability," said Steve Vickers, chief executive officer of Hong Kong-based Steve Vickers & Associates, a corporate intelligence and security consultancy, referring to the recent attacks. "There seems to be a disturbance ... amongst the lower end of the junket community," he said.

      Incidents involving Chinese criminal gangs, also known as triads, have been infrequent in Macau since the late 1990s when Portugal ceded control of what was then a seedy port on the heel of China's southern coast.

      Triads are typically branches of Chinese criminal organizations based in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and on the mainland. They are involved in crimes including extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution. . .

      CONTINUED AT - link to reuters.com

      ALSO SEE:
      ● Gang war fears see Macau police detain 150, Hong Kong arrest 130 - link to uk.mobile.reuters.com
      ● Police detain 150 in Macau casino raids amid fears of new gang war - link to ajw.asahi.com

    • P.P.P.P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 4/06/14 [Inferiority complex]:

      [EXCERPT] An inferiority complex is a lack of self-worth, a doubt and uncertainty, and feelings of not measuring up to society's standards. It is often subconscious, and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement or extreme asocial behavior.[1] The term was coined to indicate a lack of covert self-esteem.[2] For many, it is developed through a combination of genetic personality characteristics and personal experiences.

      • Classifications
      Classical Adlerian psychology makes a distinction between primary and secondary inferiority feelings.
      A primary inferiority feeling is said to be rooted in the young child's original experience of weakness, helplessness [Like other Jewish teens in Dorchester, young Sheldon was occasionally beaten up by Irish kids full of anti-Semitic vinegar. ~ J.L.D.] and dependency. It can then be intensified by comparisons to siblings, romantic partners, and adults.
      A secondary inferiority feeling relates to an adult's experience of being unable to reach a subconscious, fictional final goal of subjective security and success to compensate for the inferiority feelings. The perceived distance from that goal would lead to a negative/depressed feeling that could then prompt the recall of the original inferiority feeling; this composite of inferiority feelings could be experienced as overwhelming. The goal invented to relieve the original, primary feeling of inferiority which actually causes the secondary feeling of inferiority is the "catch-22" of this dilemma.[clarification needed] This vicious cycle is common in neurotic lifestyles.
      Feeling inferior is often viewed as being inferior to another person, but this is not always the case in the Adlerian view. One often feels incompetent to perform a task, such as a test in school.

      • History
      Stemming from the psychoanalytic branch of psychology, the idea first appeared among many of Sigmund Freud's works and later in the work of his colleague Carl Jung. Alfred Adler, founder of classical Adlerian psychology held that many neurotic symptoms could be traced to overcompensation for this feeling.[3] The use of the term complex now is generally used to denote the group of emotionally toned ideas. The counterpart of an inferiority complex, a "superiority complex" is a psychological defense mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority.[4]

      • Causes
      An inferiority complex occurs when the feelings of inferiority are intensified in the individual through discouragement or failure. Those who are at risk for developing a complex include people who: show signs of low self-esteem or self-worth, are of ethnic minority, have low socioeconomic status, or have a history of depression symptoms. Children reared in households who were constantly criticized or did not live up to parents expectations may also develop this. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

    • MORE ON THE "ISRAELI-BORN" LAHAV:
      "Security officers, driver for LV Sands CEO file lawsuits alleging violations of overtime law", By Steve Green, VegasInc.com, June 11, 2011

      . . . [Israeli-born] Zohar Lahav, vice president for executive protection for the company, was also named as a defendant.

      The suit says Ness, a former Secret Service officer assigned to the White House who received overtime pay in that job, was well acquainted with the obligation of employers to pay overtime to qualified and eligible employees.

      The suit says that when Ness confronted Lahav about this, Lahav angrily replied to the effect: “I don’t care what the law says! You work for me. I don’t pay overtime.”

      Ness was eventually singled out, discriminated against and ultimately fired for his request for overtime, which the lawsuit alleged was unlawful retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

      He was also fired for raising “concerns about the violation of other laws,” including Lahav’s insistence that Ness and others carry and transport firearms in violation of state law, that they transport a large bag of pharmaceutical drugs in foreign nations and that they operate an unregistered X-ray screening machine without appropriate health, safety and security safeguards, the suit alleges.

      “Although Lahav stated that Ness was being fired for countermanding a policy directive, that was simply a pretext,” the suit charges.

      “Ness was terminated because he raised serious questions regarding the violation of federal and state laws which the defendants in general — and Lahav in particular — viewed with disdain and contempt and he refused to engage in the requested illegal conduct,” the suit charges. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to vegasinc.com

    • RE: "Any info on how the lawsuit ended?" ~ puppies

      MY REPLY: [SOUND OF CRICKETS CHIRPING]

      TYPICAL DEEP-POCKET DEFENSE STATEGY: Delay, delay, delay!
      Check back in ten years.

    • P.P.P.S. RE: . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian... Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that “like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built.” Instead, Adelson refused even to talk.* All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. ~ Perlstein (from above)

      * FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/28/14 [Defence mechanisms]:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind[4] to manipulate, deny, or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses to maintain one's self schema.[5]
      These processes that manipulate, deny, or distort reality may include the following: repression, or the burying of a painful feeling or thought from one's awareness even though it may resurface in a symbolic form;[3] identification, incorporating an object or thought into oneself;[6] and rationalization, the justification of one's behavior and motivations by substituting "good" acceptable reasons for the motivations.[3][7] Generally, repression is considered the basis for other defense mechanisms.[3]
      Healthy persons normally use different defences throughout life. An ego defence mechanism becomes pathological only when its persistent use leads to maladaptive behaviour such that the physical or mental health of the individual is adversely affected. The purpose of ego defence mechanisms is to protect the mind/self/ego from anxiety and/or social sanctions and/or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.[8]
      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses.[9] . . .
      . . . The list of defence mechanisms is huge and there is no theoretical consensus on the number of defence mechanisms. . .

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms

      Level 1: Pathological
      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. The pathological users of these mechanisms frequently appear irrational or insane to others. These are the "psychotic" defences, common in overt psychosis. However, they are normally found in dreams and throughout childhood as well.[22] They include:
      • Delusional projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature [i.e., perceiving legitimate criticism of Israel's actions as "anti-Semitism" ~ J.L.D.].
      • Conversion: The expression of an intrapsychic conflict as a physical symptom; some examples include blindness, deafness, paralysis, or numbness. This phenomena is sometimes called hysteria.[23]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn't exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.
      • Distortion: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs [i.e., insisting that Israel's best interests are identical to the best interests of the U.S. ~ J.L.D.].
      • Splitting: A primitive defence. Negative and positive impulses are split off and unintegrated, frequently projected onto someone else. The defended individual segregates experiences into all-good and all-bad categories, with no room for ambiguity and ambivalence. When "splitting" is combined with "projecting", the negative qualities that you unconsciously perceive yourself as possessing, you consciously attribute to another.[24]
      • Extreme projection: The blatant denial of a moral or psychological deficiency, which is perceived as a deficiency in another individual or group.
      • Superiority complex: A psychological defence mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority. The inflated feelings of being superior, above the ordinary, and special, along with arrogance lead to difficulties at work and in relationships.
      • Inferiority complex: A behaviour that is displayed through a lack of self-worth, an increase of doubt and uncertainty, and feeling of not measuring up to society's standards. Despotic control [HINT #1: a certain casino mogul, HINT #2: "Rosebud" ~ J.L.D.] is a compensation for tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

    • P.P.S. AND SEE: "Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic", By Rick Perlstein, Rolling Stone, 4/10/12

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Adelson's anti-union mania (I would argue) is the most important thing to know about him. For it reveals just how crazy, and how unscrupulous, the man is.
      Let's start at the very beginning. Adelson remembers meeting Gingrich in Washington in 1995, when Gingrich was House Speaker and Adelson was lobbying to get the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Other reports have them being introduced in 1996 by a far-right anti-union operative in Nevada who worked for Adelson. Details of the subsequent courtship are murky, although the huge favor Gingrich did for Adelson in 1996 by turning off a federal investigation of the gambling industry probably did a lot to cement their friendship.
      Two years later, Nevada conservatives sponsored a "Paycheck Protection" ballot initiative – the right-wing term for measures weakening unions by banning them from automatically deducting dues from members' pay. Adelson was gung-ho for it – and "would spend any amount of money," D. Taylor, secretary-treasurer of Las Vegas's Culinary Workers Union Local 226, told me . . .
      . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian, stiffing so many contractors that there were at one time 366 liens against the property. Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that "like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built." Instead, Adelson refused even to talk. All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. "Even when you're having battles, you continue to have talks. Shit, we're talking to the North Koreans right now!" he told me. "The Israelis talk to the Arabs. Talking doesn't necessarily solve anything, but at least you understand the other guy's position." Adelson, not much interested in understanding the other guy’s position, proceeded to launch a campaign against the Culinary Workers that Taylor calls "beyond aggressive."
      Right before the grand opening of the Venetian, in 1999, the Culinary Workers staged a demonstration on the public sidewalk out front. Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official atthe union at the time, relates what happened next: "I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn't move they'd have to put me under 'citizen's arrest.' I ignored them." The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow. . .
      . . . Did I mention Adelson is nuts? But don't take my word for it – it was George W. Bush who called him "some crazy Jewish billionaire." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to rollingstone.com

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Adelson security team seeks to block demotions", By Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/01/11

      [EXCERPTS] A federal lawsuit is providing a glimpse into the inner workings of an elite security team protecting the family of one of the richest men in the world, billionaire Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson.
      Nine current and former members of the Executive Protection Team, which keeps watch over the Adelson family 24 hours a day, are suing Las Vegas Sands Corp. and its lead Strip resort, The Venetian, to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime they claim they are owed. . .
      . . . Four of the nine protection team members suing The Venetian have been fired.
      The June 10 lawsuit alleged that one of those team members, Benjamin Ness, was let go for raising the overtime issue and other accusations of impropriety with the man overseeing the security unit, Zohar Lahav.
      Ness, a former U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail, alleged that the Israeli-born Lahav, who is also a defendant in the lawsuit, required team members to "transport firearms in violation of state law" and operate an "unregistered X-ray screening machine without appropriate health, safety and security safeguards."

      In their court papers, the demoted security officers said Lahav told them not to consult or even contact Brian Nagel, the current Las Vegas Sands Corp. security chief.
      The officers said Lahav also instructed them not to speak with the company's human resources department without permission or put any communications in writing, particularly emails, while they worked in the protection unit. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to reviewjournal.com

    • RE: "And three black bodyguard applicants sued in 2011 saying that the team is all Israeli . . . " ~ WEISS

      SEE: "Bodyguards Claim Racism at Las Vegas Sands", by Nick Divito, Courthousenews.com, 11/17/2011

      [EXCERPTS] LAS VEGAS (CN) - Three bodyguards who protected the family of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson claim they were not promoted to the task of protecting the casino magnate himself because they are black. . .
      . . . The men say that the Sands' "discriminatory intent has been manifested by [Sands vice president] Zohar Lahav in the form of racial 'jokes' which were regularly shared with white" security agents.
      "By way of example, [Israeli-born ~ J.L.D.] Lahav's favorite joke was as follows: 'What do you call a black guy when he leaves the room ... Nigger,'" according to the complaint.
      They say Lahav also referred to them as "fried chicken and watermelon eaters." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to courthousenews.com

  • Ehud Olmert's JNF-sponsored tour nixed after corruption conviction
    • RE: "While mayor of Jerusalem, Olmert took $160,000 in cash to speed along the building of the Holyland housing estate... and he faces up to 10 years in prison." ~ Ale Kane

      MY COMMENT: As far as I'm concerned, Olmert richly deserves to get the full 10 years in prison for helping to create the hideous Holyland monstrosity!
      The Holyland desecration of Jerusalem is yet another reason that Jerusalem must be made an international city before Israeli developers turn it into Miami Beach East!

  • 'NYT' stamps Jimmy Carter 'radioactive' and not 'a force for good'
    • RE: 'There is no doubt in my mind that the most significant achievement in Arab-Israeli peacemaking over the course of the last 50 years was done by Jimmy Carter,' said Aaron David Miller, a longtime Middle East negotiator." ~ NYT

      AS TO CARTER'S REWARD FOR ENGINEERING "THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT IN ARAB-ISRAELI PERACEMAKING", SEE:
      "The CIA/Likud Sinking of Jimmy Carter", by Robert Parry, Consortium News , 06/24/11

      [EXCERPTS] . . . As the Official Story of the 1980 October Surprise case crumbles – with new revelations that key evidence was hidden from investigators of a congressional task force and that internal doubts were suppressed – history must finally confront the troubling impression that remains: that disgruntled elements of the CIA and Israel’s Likud hardliners teamed up to remove a U.S. president from office. . .
      . . . Too many powerful interests do not want the American people to accept even the possibility that U.S. intelligence operatives and a longtime ally could intervene to oust a president who had impinged on what those two groups considered their vital interests. . .
      . . . It is far easier to assure the American people that no such thing could occur, that Israel’s Likud – whatever its differences with Washington over Middle East peace policies – would never seek to subvert a U.S. president. . .
      . . . But the evidence points in that direction, and there are some points that are not in dispute. For instance, there is no doubt that CIA Old Boys and Likudniks had strong motives for seeking President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in 1980.
      Inside the CIA . . .
      . . . As for Israel, Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious over Carter’s high-handed actions at Camp David in 1978 forcing Israel to trade the occupied Sinai to Egypt for a peace deal. Begin feared that Carter would use his second term to bully Israel into accepting a Palestinian state on West Bank lands that Likud considered part of Israel’s divinely granted territory. . .
      . . . However, Begin recognized that the scheme required Carter winning a second term in 1980
      when, [Former Mossad and Foreign Ministry official David] Kimche wrote, “he would be free to compel Israel to accept a settlement of the Palestinian problem on his and Egyptian terms, without having to fear the backlash of the American Jewish lobby. . .
      . . . Yet, while motive is an important element in solving a mystery, it does not constitute proof by itself. What must be examined is whether there is evidence that the motive was acted upon, whether Menachem Begin’s government and disgruntled CIA officers covertly assisted the Reagan-Bush campaign in contacting Iranian officials to thwart Carter’s hostage negotiations.
      On that point the evidence is strong though perhaps not ironclad.
      Still, a well-supported narrative does exist describing how the October Surprise scheme may have gone down with the help of CIA personnel, Begin’s government, some right-wing intelligence figures in Europe, and a handful of other powerbrokers in the United States. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to consortiumnews.com

  • From Portland to Portland, and Amman to Lahore, 'NYT' letter-writers are sharper than 'NYT' writers
  • Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israeli occupation profiteer G4S
  • 'The Shondes' singer Louisa Solomon endorsed BDS, so-- DC JCC cancels her band's gig
  • 'NYT' editorial writer savages Republicans for 'pro-Israel, philo-Semitic' curtseys to Adelson
    • RE: "David Firestone, an editorial page editor at the New York Times, has a fabulous piece up savaging the Adelson primary in Las Vegas last weekend, and making no bones about what was going on." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Here is Donkey Hotey's take.

    • P.S. RE: "In September 2004, Hillary Clinton described Saban as a very good friend, supporter and adviser . . ." ~ Matthew Yglesias (from above)

      AS TO THE FORIEGN POLICY VIEWS OF HILLARY CLINTON'S "ADVISOR" HAIM SABAN, SEE:
      “Haim Saban”, by Matthew Yglesias, The Atlantic, June 10, 2007

      [EXCERPT] If you're interested in the foreign policy views of major Hillary Clinton financial backer Haim Saban, there's no need to follow the Atrios path of attempting guilt by association with Kenneth Pollack. He [Saban] discussed his views on the Middle East and Persian Gulf region in great detail in a reasonably recent interview with 'Haaretz':
      "When I see Ahmadinejad, I see Hitler. They speak the same language. His motivation is also clear: the return of the Mahdi is a supreme goal. And for a religious person of deep self-persuasion, that supreme goal is worth the liquidation of five and a half million Jews. We cannot allow ourselves that. Nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious leadership that is convinced that the annihilation of Israel will bring about the emergence of a new Muslim caliphate? Israel cannot allow that. This is no game. It's truly an existential danger." . . .

      SOURCE - link to theatlantic.com

    • RE: "Clinton can fairly be called the most philo-Semitic president in U.S. history. His closest friends and most trusted aides were Jews . . ." ~ Frum

      FOR INSTANCE, THIS IS FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 3/31/14 [Haim Saban]:

      (EXCERPT) . . . Saban has been a generous and consistent donor to the United States Democratic Party according to his mandatory Federal Election Commission filings. Mother Jones, in an analysis of the major donors to the campaigns of 1998 election cycle, ranked Saban 155th among individual donors.[23] Amy Paris noted that Saban's Clinton-era "generosity did not go unrewarded. During the Clinton administration, the entertainment executive served on the President's Export Council, advising the White House on trade issues."[23] The New York Times reported that Haim and his wife "slept in the White House several times during President Clinton's two terms." Saban remains close friends with the former President. Clinton described Saban as a "very good friend and supporter."[5] Saban contributed between $5 million to $10 million to the William J. Clinton Foundation.[24]
      During the 2000 presidential election, Saban increased his rank to 5th among individual donors with a combined contribution of $1,250,500.[23] Matthew Yglesias wrote that "Saban was the largest overall contributor to the Democratic National Committee during the 2001–2002 cycle." [25] Saban's donations during that 2001–2002 period exceeded $10 million, the largest donation the DNC has received from a single source up to that time.
      In September 2004, Hillary Clinton described Saban as a very good friend, supporter and adviser: "I am grateful for his commitment to Israel, to a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and to my foundation's work, particularly on reconciliation issues."[5] In May 2007, Haim publicly declared his support for Clinton in 2008 presidential election.[20] In June 2007, Saban and Steven Spielberg co-hosted a Hillary Clinton fundraiser at the house of Peter Chernin, the President of News Corporation.[26] According to the Los Angeles Times,[26] the fundraiser brought in over $850,000.
      In March 2008, Saban was among a group of major Jewish donors to sign a letter to Democratic Party house leader Nancy Pelosi warning her to "keep out of the Democratic presidential primaries."[27] The donors, who "were strong supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign", "were incensed by a March 16 interview in which Pelosi said that party 'superdelegates' should heed the will of the majority in selecting a candidate."[27] The letter to Pelosi stated the donors "have been strong supporters of the DCCC" and implied, according to The Jewish Telegraphic Agency,[27] that Pelosi could lose their financial support in important upcoming congressional elections.
      On May 19, 2008, it was reported that Haim Saban had "offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America during a phone conversation in which he also pressed for the organization's two uncommitted superdelegates to endorse the New York Democrat."[28] . . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • Settler seizure of Hebron house signals gov't effort to splinter Palestinian community
    • RE: "Herewith, it is important to also note that the second intifada was also, a Palestinian grassroots response, which was unfortunately, sabotaged by violence due to the Palestinian leadership’s fragmentation, and Israel’s policy of escalation – whose goal is to increase bloodshed and prolong the lifespan of the Occupation." ~ Badia Dwaik

      TAKE IT AWAY, URI: "The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada", By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.
      This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to counterpunch.org

  • My heart bleeds cold borscht over the downfall of liberal hero Olmert
    • RE: "Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been convicted of corruption charges linked to a giant Jerusalem construction project... They say the prosecution is asking that Olmert serve at least one year in prison." ~ Ira Glunts

      MY COMMENT: He deserves to get a hell of a lot more than one measly year in prison for helping to create the god-awful Holyland eyesore*.

      * SEE: "Former Israeli PM convicted for corruption in the 'Holyland apartment complex deal'", Reuters, March 31, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] An Israeli court convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert today for accepting a six-figure sum in bribes linked to a real-estate deal, probably ending any prospects of a political comeback.
      Olmert, a centrist credited internationally with working towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians, had denied wrongdoing in the Holyland apartment complex deal, which took place while he was in his previous post of Jerusalem mayor.
      Two years ago, the veteran politician was acquitted of most of the major charges brought against him in separate cases involving his links to a U.S. businessman - corruption accusations that forced his resignation as premier in 2008. After what was the first bribery conviction of a former head of government in Israel, Olmert, 68, could face up to 10 years in prison. A former president, Moshe Katsav, has been serving a seven-year prison term for rape since 2011. . .
      . . . Olmert was among 13 defendants in the Holyland case, which revolved around the construction of a hulking, hilltop housing project widely regarded as Jerusalem's worst eyesore. One of the accused, Shula Zaken, was Olmert's former long-time aide who last week offered to turn state's witness against him.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to nation.com.pk

  • Cutting thru hysteria over divestment, 'Forward' quotes Jews in favor
    • RE: "Freshman Sarah Bloom, a Jewish student and SAFE supporter, happened to be an Arabic language classmate of mine. She talked about growing up in the Reform movement and attending Hebrew school at her synagogue every Sunday. 'I never questioned who the Palestinians were or what they advocated for', she said. 'I always saw them as the enemy, the terrorist. That’s how I was brought up to think, and I think that’s terrible'.” ~ Yardain Amron

      SUPPORT: Between the Lines - A Documentary @ Indiegogo.com
      A deep-dive into how Jewish Day Schools teach Israel's controversial narrative, and the students who emerge with quivering loyalty.

      [EXCERPT] This documentary is inspired by personal experience. After taking classes on Israel's history in both Jewish day school and throughout college, we noticed a great discrepancy in the information provided, the information left out, primary documents presented and scopes of opinions mentioned. We had a visceral feeling that we were not alone, and that various other Jewish day school students would notice or have noticed a difference in Israel education from youth to university.

      This is a problem that grows larger when put in the wider context of the American Jewish community. With Open Hillel, divestment and US-brokered peace talks underway, now is THE time to know what is actually happening in Israel, what has happened, and what threats the country faces. Undereducated day school students breed an undereducated Jewish community as generations age, and what we need now and moving forward are knowledgeable, tempered, confident representatives of Zionism and Judaism as a whole.

      This starts with education.

      We grew curious – who structures Jewish day school curricula about Israel? Who decides what content to include and exclude? Has anyone looked into this before? We are looking to tell these students' stories, as well as focus a critical eye on the responsibilities schools have to their students, especially when it comes to educating material that defines and shapes not only intellectual but religious identity. When it comes to teaching about a country that intrigues not only our insular community, but the world at large.

      This documentary will ask: how do you sufficiently educate students on Israel's narrative in the context of a Jewish Day School, which has an obvious (and understandable) agenda of connecting young Jews to the State? Is this even possible? What happens to students who feel they were miseducated, undereducated, or too distracted to care at the time?

      Through student interviews - both college and day-school level, interviews with professors, rabbis, educators and Israel advocacy leaders, this tension, the quintessential קוּשׁיָה, will emerge.

      What We Need & What You Get

      Having already received a Bronfman Youth Fellowship Alumni Grant for production and equipment costs (thank you BYFI!), we still need money to perfect this documentary and make it as beautiful, professional, and widespread as possible.

      We need better equipment to heighten the production quality, as seen in our trailer.

      We need to fund post-production costs such as: color correction, music, archival footage from Getty, AP, and other databases, archival items on youtube and licensing fees.

      We need to fund promotion such as: packaging costs (graphic designer), Facebook ads, festival submission fees, Jewish publication ads, distribution costs.

      In interviewing for this piece, it has also become extremely clear that this issue spans coast-to-coast, city-to-city, and in reality has no bounds.

      We would like to interview every relevant educator, student and Jewish thought leader. This requires more money for more travel, more funds for increased access. Like a networked web, we interview one person who refers us to three others, each with an interesting POV and story to tell. Let us meet these people - let us tell their stories.

      Contributors will receive our undying gratitude - both for helping us pursue a passion project and letting us shed light on an important issue in the Jewish community. Donors will receive free copies of the final result, special thanks in the credits, and invites to our eventual screening in New York City. . .

      TO CONTRIBUTE - link to indiegogo.com

  • Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!
    • RE: "All heck broke loose at the Adelson 2016 Primary in Las Vegas yesterday when Chris Christie, the embattled New Jersey governor still immersed in the bridgegate scandal, uttered the words 'occupied territory' . . ." ~ Annie Robbins

      MY COMMENT: Chris Christie will be doing penance for the remainder of his life in a futile attempt at absolving himself of the mortal sin of referring to the West Bank . . . OOPS, I mean "Judea and Samaria", as the the "occupied territories"! ! !
      The only way to avoid a repetition of this problem is for Christie to let AIPAC literally put the words in his mouth (at least as to the Middle East).

  • A British Jew warns US Jewish orgs to heed rapidly-shifting world opinion
    • RE: "How do you describe the feeling* that your life has been a lie? I think that the reason Jews are so reluctant to acknowledge what is clearly in front of them, is that shifting from ‘Israel is never wrong’ to ‘we have created a monster’ is such a terrifying realisation, self delusion** is the easier path." ~ a British Jew

      * FROM BRITANNICA.COM [cognitive dissonance]

      cognitive dissonance - the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in a person is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: the person rejects, explains away, or avoids the new information, persuades himself that no conflict really exists, reconciles the differences, or resorts to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in his conception of the world and of himself. The concept, first introduced in the 1950s, has become a major point of discussion and research.

      SOURCE - link to britannica.com

      ** FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/28/14 [Defence mechanisms]:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms are psychological strategies brought into play [primarily ~ J.L.D.] by the unconscious mind[4] to manipulate, deny, or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses to maintain one's self schema [and to minimize cognitive dissonance - J.L.D.].[5]
      These processes that manipulate, deny, or distort reality may include the following: repression, or the burying of a painful feeling or thought from one's awareness even though it may resurface in a symbolic form;[3] identification, incorporating an object or thought into oneself;[6] and rationalization, the justification of one's behavior and motivations by substituting "good" acceptable reasons for the motivations.[3][7] Generally, repression is considered the basis for other defense mechanisms.[3]
      Healthy persons normally use different defences throughout life. An ego defence mechanism becomes pathological only when its persistent use leads to maladaptive behaviour such that the physical or mental health of the individual is adversely affected. The purpose of ego defence mechanisms is to protect the mind/self/ego from anxiety and/or social sanctions and/or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.[8]
      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses[i.e., a refuge from cognitive dissonance - J.L.D.]..[9]
      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses.[9] . . .
      . . . The list of defence mechanisms is huge and there is no theoretical consensus on the number of defence mechanisms. . .

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms

      Level 1: Pathological
      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. The pathological users of these mechanisms frequently appear irrational or insane to others. These are the "psychotic" defences, common in overt psychosis. However, they are normally found in dreams and throughout childhood as well.[22] They include:
      • Delusional projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature.
      • Delusional Projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature. . . [i.e., perceiving legitimate criticism of Israel's actions as "anti-Semitism" ~ J.L.D.]
      • Conversion: The expression of an intrapsychic conflict as a physical symptom; some examples include blindness, deafness, paralysis, or numbness. This phenomena is sometimes called hysteria.[23]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn't exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.
      • Distortion: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs.
      • Splitting: A primitive defence. Negative and positive impulses are split off and unintegrated, frequently projected onto someone else. The defended individual segregates experiences into all-good and all-bad categories, with no room for ambiguity and ambivalence. When "splitting" is combined with "projecting", the negative qualities that you unconsciously perceive yourself as possessing, you consciously attribute to another.[24]
      • Extreme projection: The blatant denial of a moral or psychological deficiency, which is perceived as a deficiency in another individual or group.
      • Superiority complex: A psychological defence mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority. The inflated feelings of being superior, above the ordinary, and special, along with arrogance lead to difficulties at work and in relationships.
      • Inferiority complex: A behaviour that is displayed through a lack of self-worth, an increase of doubt and uncertainty, and feeling of not measuring up to society's standards. Despotic control [HINT #1: a certain casino mogul, HINT #2: "Rosebud" ~ J.L.D.] is a compensation for tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • Journalistic malpractice: Washington Post suggests Abbas doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Media analysts in Syria debate have ties to defense contractors", By Holly Yeager, washingtonpost.com, 10/10/13

      [EXCERPT] Military analysts who made frequent media appearances during the recent debate over a possible U.S. strike on Syria have ties to defense contractors and other firms with stakes in the outcome, according to a new study, but those links were rarely disclosed.
      The report by the Public Accountability Initiative, a nonprofit watchdog, details appearances by 22 commentators who spoke out during this summer’s Syria debate in large media outlets and currently have industry connections that the group says can pose conflicts of interest.
      In several media appearances in September, Stephen Hadley, a former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, was a forceful advocate for strikes. He told Bloomberg TV that Republicans should back the president’s use-of-force resolution and argued in a Washington Post op-ed that failure to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people would damage U.S. credibility if military action were threatened over Iran’s nuclear program.
      While Hadley’s role in the Bush administration was always noted, there was no mention of his ties to Raytheon, manufacturer of Tomahawk cruise missiles, which likely would have been fired from Navy destroyers stationed in the eastern Mediterranean in strikes against Syria. Hadley has been on the board of directors of Raytheon since 2009 and, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from June included in the new report, owned 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, now worth about $875,000. Hadley was also paid $128,500 in cash compensation by the company last year, according to a filing with the SEC.
      In one appearance, CNN noted that Hadley is a principal at RiceHadleyGates, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington.
      Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor at The Post, said Hadley’s opinions in the newspaper’s op-ed commentary were not colored by his association with Raytheon.
      “More disclosure is generally better than less, but I’m confident that Hadley’s opinion piece, which was consistent with the worldview he has espoused for many years, was not influenced by any hypothetical, certainly marginal, impact to Raytheon’s bottom line,” Hiatt said in a statement. . .

      SOURCE - link to articles.washingtonpost.com

    • RE "The Post is purposely conflating that long-ago demand by Israel, that Palestinians met, with the latest demand by Israel, that Palestine recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a trap set by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu so that the failure of the current talks will be blamed on the Palestinians, not the Israelis . . ." ~ Phil Weiss and James North

      MY COMMENT: "Forget it Jake guys; it's Chinatown The Washington Post!

      SEE: "Why WPost’s Hiatt Should Be Fired", by Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com, 3/19/13

      [EXCERPT] What is perhaps most remarkable about the tenth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s war of aggression in Iraq is that almost no one who aided and abetted that catastrophic and illegal decision has been held accountable in any meaningful way.

      That applies to Bush and his senior advisers who haven’t spent a single day inside a jail cell; it applies to Official Washington’s well-funded think tanks where neoconservatives still dominate; and it applies to the national news media where journalists and pundits who lost jobs for disseminating pro-war propaganda can be counted on one finger (Judith Miller of the New York Times).

      Yet, arguably the most egregious example of the news media failing to exact serious accountability for getting this major historical event wrong is the case of Fred Hiatt, who was the editorial-page editor of the Washington Post when it served as drum major for the invade-Iraq parade and who still holds the same prestigious position ten years later.

      How is that possible? I’ve seen senior news executives dissect the work of honest journalists searching for minor flaws in articles to justify destroying their careers (i.e. what the San Jose Mercury News did to Gary Webb over his courageous reporting on Nicaraguan Contra-cocaine trafficking in the 1990s).

      So how could Hiatt still have the same important job at the Washington Post after being catastrophically wrong about the justifications for going to war – and after smearing war critics who tried to expose some of Bush’s lies to the American people? How could the U.S. news media be so upside-down in its principles that honest journalists get fly-specked and fired, while dishonest ones get life-time job security?

      The short answer, I suppose, is that Hiatt was just doing what the Graham family, which still controls the newspaper, wanted done. From my days at Newsweek, which was then part of the Washington Post Company, I had seen this drift toward neoconservatism at the highest editorial ranks, the well-dressed and well-bred men preferred by publisher Katharine Graham and her son Donald. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to consortiumnews.com

  • Saudis don't care about Palestinians, say American commentators
  • NY Times should apologize for publishing Palestinians 'have avowed as their goal the killing of all Jews'
    • RE: "The slanderous proposition that Palestinians are intent on murdering Israeli Jews is a meme that has increasingly become part of pro-Israeli talking points... I hear the echo of a recent speech by Israeli Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett." ~ Ira Glunts

      SEE - "Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process", By Julia Amalia Heyer in Tel Aviv, spiegel.de, 3/26/14

      [EXCERPT] . . . Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, 42, is keen to show that he doesn't hold much regard for the daily grind of political life and that if it weren't for the azure silhouette of his great aunt Zila embroidered in yarn, he might instead still be enjoying his success as an entrepreneur in the coastal city of Raanana. His mother's cousin was Russian and shared the fate of most members of Bennett's family -- who were murdered by Stalin's henchmen because of their Jewish heritage. Her embroidered likeness hanging behind his desk is a daily reminder and incentive for Bennett to make sure it is a fate that his own children never share.
      Great Aunt Zila is also part of the reason Bennett, who sees himself as a businessman through and through, has now become a politician. A booming software business in Israel and the United States no longer contented him after a life-changing deployment in the 2006 Lebanon war. At the time, he had just become a first-time father and asked himself, "What is it that these Hezbollah guys actually want?" In Lebanon, he says he learned "they all still have a single goal in mind -- to kills us." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to spiegel.de

  • Ariel Sharon and Juan Gelman: Two responses to the legacy of the ghetto
    • RE: "Juan Gelman (b. 1930 Buenos Aires, d. 2014, Mexico City), Argentinean poet and journalist, was persecuted by his country’s military dictatorship for his progressive politics and was admired the world over as much for his dignity and probity as for his poignantly beautiful poetry." ~ David Álvarez

      MY COMMENT: I can't help but be reminded of the great Jacobo Timerman*.

      * SEE: "A Great Hero is Gone", By Molly Ivins, 11/15/99

      [EXCERPTS] One of the great heroes is gone. Jacobo Timerman, the Argentine journalist and great warrior for human rights, has died. . .
      . . . I would call Timerman a fearless man, but he wasn't fearless. He was brave.
      His book "Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number" -- the account of his 30-month imprisonment and torture by the Argentine military in the late 1970s -- is one of the most poignant testimonies ever written by a political prisoner and will remain a classic of world literature. In it, he never poses as a hero but instead writes frankly about the terror and loneliness he experienced, weeping silently in his cell as his captors passed and spat the word "Jew!" at him. . .
      . . . Jacobo Timerman was born in 1923 in Bar, Ukraine, in a Jewish family that fled the pogroms when he was 5 and settled in the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires. . .
      . . . As a teen-ager, he became a passionate Zionist, but he was never a man of party. He had studied engineering, but in 1950 he joined a Buenos Aires newspaper and soon became a respected political reporter. . .
      . . . In 1976, a military junta overthrew President Isabel Peron and began the infamous "dirty war" against the leftist terrorists called Montoneros and anyone else who opposed the junta. Timerman often received death threats from both the right and the left; he sometimes published defiant responses on his front page. The Montoneros bombed his home; the junta finally had him arrested. . .
      . . . The junta finally illegally stripped Timerman of his citizenship, took all his property and deported him to Israel. Timerman arrived shortly before Israel's war against Lebanon, which culminated in the hideous massacres of civilians at Sabra and Shatila. Of course, Timerman spoke out against the atrocities and wrote a scathing book, "The Longest War." He also wrote, with his usual piercing vigor, against the Israeli torture of Palestinians.
      Naturally, this made Timerman, the lifelong Zionist, highly unpopular in Israel. He left the country . . .

      ENTIRE EULOGY - link to albionmonitor.com

      * ALSO SEE - link to richardsilverstein.com

  • US Jewish leaders blast Harvard students on pro-Israel trip for taking photo at Arafat's tomb (Update)
    • P.S. Malcoln Hoenlein is paid nearly $500,000 per year* to crack these racist jokes!

      * SEE: "The 'Israel First' Industry and CEO Profiteering", by James Petras, dissidentvoice.org, 1/16/14

      [EXCERPTS] During the first half of the 20th century, socially conscious Jews in the United States organized a large network of solidarity and charity associations financed mostly through small donations, raffles, and dues by working and lower middle class supporters. Many of these associations dealt with the everyday needs of Jewish workers, immigrants, and families in need. . .
      . . . Over the past fifty years a far-reaching transformation has taken place within Jewish organizations, among its leaders and their practices and policies. Currently, Jewish leaders have converted charities, social aid-societies and overseas programs for working class Jews into money machines for self-enrichment; converted charities funding health programs for Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism into the funding of colonial settlements for armed Zionist zealots intent on uprooting Palestinians; and organized a powerful political machine which buys US Congress people and penetrates the Executive in order to serve Israeli military aims. From defending human rights and fighting fascism, the leaders of the principle Jewish organizations defend each and every Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights – from arbitrary arrests of non-violent dissidents to the detention of children in ‘cages.’ Israel’s Kafkaesque prolonged administration detention without trial is approved by contemporary leaders. In the past Jewish leaders, especially labor and socially-engaged activists had joined forces with Leftists in opposition to political bigots, McCarthyite purges and blacklists. Today’s leaders practice the very same bully, blackmail and blacklist politics against critics of Israel and its Zionist appendages.
      In the past Jewish leaders of social aid organizations received modest salaries . . .
      . . . The moderately social liberal Jewish weekly, The Forward, recently completed a survey of the salaries of Jewish “not-for profits” leaders, with the aid of a professor from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). Among the leading profiteers was Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) earning $688,280, Howard Kohr of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — $556,232, David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) — $504,445, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) — $435,050, Janice Weinman of Hadassah — $410,000, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (PMJO) — $400,815, Mark Helfield of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society — $268,834 and Ann Toback of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring — $185,712. These salaries and perks put the Jewish leaders of non-profits in the upper 10% of US incomes — a far cry from the not-too-distant past. According to the analysis by the Forward and the Wharton team, ‘most leaders (CEOs) are vastly overpaid – earning more than twice what the head of an organization of their size would be expected to make”.
      While the membership has declined in many organizations, especially among working and lower middle class Jews, the funding has increased and most important the plutocratic leaders have embraced a virulent militarist foreign policy and repressive domestic policies. Forward describes Abraham Foxman as “diverting the ADL from its self-described mission of fighting all forms of bigotry in the US and abroad to putting the ADL firmly on the side of bigotry and intolerance.” . . .
      . . . The overwhelming response of the Jewish readers to the Forward’s survey was one of indignation, disgust, and anger. As one reader commented, “The economic disconnect between their (CEOs) salaries and the average incomes of those who contribute to their charities is unacceptable”. Another indignant reader remarked succinctly: “Gonifs! (Thieves!)”. Many announced they could cut off future donations. One formerly orthodox reader stated, “I would rather give to a street beggar than to any of these”.
      The drop-off of donations from lower-middle class Jews, however, will have little effect in reducing the salaries of the ‘non-profit’ CEO’s or changing the politics of their ‘non-profits; because they increasingly depend on six and seven digit contributions from Jewish millionaires and billionaires. Moreover, the contributions by big donors are linked to the politics of repression at home and securing multi-billion dollar military aid and trade programs for Israel from the US Treasury. The billionaire donors have no objection to funding the millionaire leaders – as long as they concentrate their efforts on buying the votes of US Congress members and aligning their politics with Israel’s war aims. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to dissidentvoice.org

    • RE: “The students obviously found themselves in a set of circumstances, where they were at Arafat’s grave. They were somehow put in such a position,” is how [Gideon] Argov [ a Boston Jewish leader] put it. … He said it was “unfortunate, but we will find out why and how it happened” when the students return…"

      POSSIBLE EXPLANATION AS TO HOW THESE HARVARD STUDENTS WERE "MANIPULATED" INTO VISITING ARAFAT'S GRAVE (COURTESY OF MALCOLM HOENLEIN, HEAD OF THE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS OF MAJOR AMERICAN JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS):

      "These guys have been ‘bazaaris’ [bazaar merchants] for 2,000 years, while we come in as novices. They can run circles around us. They know how to negotiate and how to manipulate every situation.”

      SEE: "American Jewish leader calls Iranians manipulative ‘bazaaris’" ~ Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss.net/i>, January 31, 2014

      [EXCERPT] From Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev, who interviewed Malcolm Hoenlein, head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:
      When Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Zarif was his country’s envoy to the United Nations, he invited Malcolm Hoenlein to have dinner at his New York home. “I keep kosher, so I didn’t eat,” Hoenlein recalls, “but we had plenty to talk about.”

      “He’s a charming guy,” Hoenlein says, “I don’t dispute it. He’s intelligent and clever. Iranian President Hassan Rohani is also clever.” He pauses for a few seconds before delivering his punch line: “But we forget: These guys have been ‘bazaaris’ [bazaar merchants] for 2,000 years, while we come in as novices. They can run circles around us. They know how to negotiate and how to manipulate every situation.”

      Heard any good stories about shifty-eyed Jews lately? . . .

      SOURCE - link to mondoweiss.net

  • Is the U.S. quietly imposing travel sanctions on Israeli officials?
    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "18-year-old Lebanese killed by Israeli cluster bomb", By Mohammed Zaatari, The Daily Star, 8/10/13

      SIDON, Lebanon: An 18-year-old was killed Saturday when an Israeli cluster bomb exploded in Hasbaya, south Lebanon. Hisham Abdel-Al, a young shepherd, was working on a farm in the Hallat village when he stepped on a cluster bomb, dying instantly.
      Israel dropped some 4 million cluster bombs in Lebanon during the July-August 2006 war, most during the last 48 hours of the conflict, according to the United Nations. Hundreds have been wounded in cluster-bomb related incidents since 2000 and 2006.
      The Army’s Lebanon Mine Action Center along with the U.N. and other international organizations have been working since 2006 to remove the deadly ordinance from the south.

      SOURCE - link to dailystar.com.lb

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