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  • Naive? At a Jewish spiritual retreat center, I insist on talking about Gaza
    • "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." ~ Proverbs 16:18, KJV

    • RE: "I must have missed your query…." ~ Gene Shae

      MY REPLY: Here is my original query. - link to mondoweiss.net
      I anxiously await you revealing the source of your über omnipotence as to U.S. law (and seemingly about almost everything else).

    • You never did enlighten us as to where you acquired your impressive knowledge of U.S. law (especially as to Fair Housing Law).
      Cat finally got your tongue?

    • P.S. At the very end of the film "Beyond the Gates" the screen goes black for several seconds except for this in white lettering (all caps):

      THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH IS NOT HERESY,
      BUT INDIFFERENCE.
      Elie Wiesel

    • RE: "It was as if Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev had implanted a diabolical endless loop in her head." ~ Lynne Lopez-Salzedo

      MY COMMENT: That poor woman! ! !

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      RE: “I wouldn’t go as far as genocide,” he [the overweight man who's family are settlers in the West Bank] said. “Almost, but not quite.” And he smiled. I wondered what ‘almost genocide’ might look like.What exactly did he have in mind? ~ Lynne Lopez-Salzedo

      MY COMMENT: I thought last night as I watched the 2005 film "Beyond the Gates", and I heard the Hutus refer to the Tutsis as "cockroaches" (something that Israeli's have called Palestinians), that I could easily see something like this happeneing in Israel/Palestine (i.e., a far, right-wing coup in Israel followed by acute episodes of "ethnic cleansing").

      AN EXCELLENT FILM: Beyond the Gates, 2005 UR 112 minutes
      Average of 95110 ratings: 3.6 stars out of 5 / Our best guess for you: 4.4 stars / My rating: 5.0
      As bloody genocide erupts in Rwanda in April 1994, a weathered Catholic priest (John Hurt) and a fresh-faced British schoolteacher (Hugh Dancy) are forced to decide whether to flee with their lives or tempt fate by staying behind. With thousands of Tutsis being slaughtered all around them, the choice seems easy, but thinking selfishly is anything but simple in this harrowing, well-crafted drama from director Michael Caton-Jones.
      Netflix format: DVD
      Netflix listing - link to dvd.netflix.com
      Internet Movie Database (Rating: 7.7/10) - link to imdb.com
      Beyond the Gates (trailer) [VIDEO, 02:14] - link to youtube.com

  • The rabbi at the shitshow
    • RE: "BDS is annoying, but will amount to nothing of note. If you study,BDS had very little to do,either time change in SA. But don’t let facts get in the way" ~ His Royal Omnipotence, Gene Shae

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

      [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]
      The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

      ● MAGGIE THATCHER'S OPPOSITION TO USING SANCTIONS AGAINST APARTHEID-ERA SOUTH AFRICA :

      . . . While Thatcher maintained throughout her political career that she "loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it," she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. "In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African," she said in December 1977 [I wonder if this also applies to today's Iranians?!?! - J.L.D.] . . .

      SOURCE - link to mondoweiss.net

      * ● FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
      [We're sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

      SOURCE - link to foreignaffairs.com

  • Hamas is just as bad as ISIS and worse than Boko Haram -- Israeli government propaganda
    • P.S. URI AVNERY ON THE SORRY STATE OF THE ISRAELI MEDIA/PRESS, AND HOW THE ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN "BRAINWASHED":
      “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia - J.L.D. ]
      All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
      [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
      . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
      . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
      If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
      This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
      The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
      , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
      How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
      If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to counterpunch.org

    • RE: "He [Steinitz] then turned the platform over to another Israeli government official to present a PowerPoint presentation of “a short comparison between Hamas and other Sunni Islamic terrorist organization,” . . . “The final goals are similar, to make an Islamic hegemony, not just in Israel, Iraq or Syria. But all over the world,” said Steinitz as the lights lowered and the slides were cued up.

      ANNOUNCING THE GRAND OPENING IN HERZLIYA, ISRAEL OF:

      ~ ~ The Joseph Goebbels Centre for the Advancement of the Propaganda Arts ~ ~

      ■ Our Mission Statement: "A travesty of the truth can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

      ■ Our Inspiration:
      Official portrait of Dr. Goebbels as the Minister of Propaganda
      • Dr. Goebbels speaking at a political rally against the Lausanne Conference (1932)
      The Goebbels family. In this vintage manipulated image, Goebbels' stepson Harald Quandt (who was absent due to military duty) was added to the group portrait.
      • Dr. Goebbels' on the appropriate role of the press/media.
      • Dr. Goebbels' extremely narcissistic, but incredibly timely prophecy!

  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
    • It's more a matter of being fascetious.

    • P.S. OTHER EXAMPLES OF OUR "SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP" WITH LIKUDNIK ISRAEL TRUMPING (OVERRIDING) THE VALUES OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT HERE IN THE U.S.
      "How We Became Israel", By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
      LINK - link to theamericanconservative.com
      “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12
      LINK – link to original.antiwar.com
      “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
      LINK – link to rawstory.com
      "From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American Domestic Security", By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
      LINK - link to english.al-akhbar.com OR link to informationclearinghouse.info
      "Homeland Security Made in Israel", by Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com, 8/22/13
      LINK - link to original.antiwar.com
      • NRA PUSHES PLAN IMPORTED FROM ISRAEL TO PUT POLICE IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS - NRA President's Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children [VIDEO, 12:10] - link to youtube.com
      • IN THE WAKE OF THE BOSTON BOMBINGS, a "National Security Expert" on Fox Faux News said that the U.S. is like a 14-year-old teenager going through "security puberty"; and we must demand that our government "get on the Israeli page"! ! !
      On the Wish List from the Boston Bombings - The Israelization of America [VIDEO, 00:25] - link to youtube.com
      “Two Secretive Israeli Companies Reportedly Bugged The US Telecommunications Grid For The NSA", By Michael Kelley, Business Insider, 6/07/13
      LINK - link to businessinsider.com
      “IDF Unit 8200 Cyberwar Veterans Developed NSA Snooping Technology", By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 6/07/13
      LINK - link to richardsilverstein.com
      “Meet the Israeli-linked firm that sold Big Brother machines to Mubarak, Qaddafi – and Washington", by Max Blumenthal, Mondoweiss, 6/15/13
      LINK - link to mondoweiss.net
      “What was the Israeli Involvement in Collecting U.S. Communications Intel for NSA? ~ By Haaretz, The Associated Press and Reuters, informationclearinghouse.info, 6/08/13
      LINK - link to informationclearinghouse.info
      “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper, mrzine.monthlyreview.org, 02/26/10
      LINK - link to mrzine.monthlyreview.org
      "Brooklyn College's academic freedom increasingly threatened over Israel event", by Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 2/02/13
      LINK - link to guardian.co.uk
      “Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12
      LINK - link to mondoweiss.net
      ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
      LINK – link to mondoweiss.net
      “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/02/11
      LINK - link to richardsilverstein.com
      "Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links", by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
      LINK - link to mondoweiss.net
      "Obama's kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza", By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
      LINK - link to guardian.co.uk

      P.P.S. Thank G_d for the constitution (especially ther Bill of Rights) and the ACLU! ! !

    • RE: "Weiss has always pointed to the pile of human wreckage in the U.S. created by the special relationship." ~ James North and Philip Weiss

      MY COMMENT: On occasion, I have also had a thing or two to say about the wreckage in the U.S. created by the special relationship. For instance, when it comes to speech regarding Israel, AIPAC, ADL, CAMERA, ZOA, The Israel Project, Stand With Us, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, etc. are unabashedly opposed to the constitutionally protected "right of free speech" here in the U.S. This is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment [like the "right of free speech"]! ! !
      "Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel."

      SEE: "The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics", by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009

      [EXCERPT] . . . It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations - including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund - are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. The coalition is an overwhelmingly powerful presence on American college campuses for which there is simply no equivalent on the Palestinian or Arab side. Its self-proclaimed mission is not merely to monitor our colleges and universities. That, after all, is the commitment of Campus Watch, which was started by pro-Israel activists in 2002. It is, rather (and in its own words), to generate “a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus.”
      There is, accordingly, disproportionate and unbalanced intervention on campuses across the country by a coalition of well-funded organizations, who have no time for — and even less interest in — the niceties of intellectual exchange and academic process. Insinuation, accusation, and defamation have become the weapons of first resort to respond to argument and criticism directed at Israeli policies. As far as these outside pressure groups (and their campus representatives) are concerned, the intellectual and academic price that the scholarly community pays as a result of this kind of intervention amounts to little more than collateral damage. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to tikkun.org

  • Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians
    • Yes, I've noticed that Zionists do not countenance facts any more than do Fox News and right-wing Republicans.

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: Contradicting its own ruling, Israel’s Supreme Court legalizes segregated communities, By Amjad Iraqi, +972 Blog, September 18, 2014
      The Israeli Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed various petitions against the Admissions Committees Law, which allows admissions committees in hundreds of communities in Israel to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability.”

      [EXCERPT] March 8, 2000 marked a unique moment in Israeli history. In a major decision, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that the town of Katzir, which was established on state land by the Jewish Agency, could not deny the right of the Arab Ka’adan family to live in the town simply on the basis that they were not Jewish. This was the first time that Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully challenged the legality of “Jewish-only” communities in the state, generating cautious optimism that it could set an important precedent for Palestinian rights in land and housing.

      Fifteen years later, on September 17, 2014, these hopes came to an abrupt end. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed various petitions filed by human rights groups against the Admissions Committees Law, enacted by the Knesset in 2011. The law allows admissions committees in 434 communities in the Negev and the Galilee (about 43 percent of all towns in Israel) to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability” and the communities’ “social and cultural fabric.” In effect, these committees are now legally permitted to refuse residency based on any “undesired” identity, including Palestinian, Sephardic, African, gay, religious, secular and others.

      The Admissions Committees Law is the Israeli right wing’s response to the Supreme Court ruling in the Ka’adan case. Realizing that marginalized groups were increasingly challenging the state’s discriminatory practices, the Knesset under the 2009-12 Netanyahu government sought to turn Israel’s historical policies against these groups into law. Many Knesset members openly declared that the purpose of these laws was to subdue the “threats” posed by Palestinian citizens to the Jewish character of the state. The authors of the Admissions Committees Law even stated that, though deliberately written in neutral language, its main aim was to prevent Arab citizens from living with Jews.

      This objective of segregation is not a new phenomenon in Israel, and has in fact been a central, ongoing practice since the state’s establishment in 1948. Legislation ranging from the Absentees Property Law (1950) to the Negev Individual Settlements Law (2011), along with the policies of the Jewish National Fund, Israel Land Authority and the government itself, operate with the explicit goal of securing maximum and privileged control of land for Israel’s Jewish citizens – a process known as “Judaization.” This runs jointly with the state’s goal of minimizing and concentrating non-Jewish communities in Israel, resulting in the mass confiscation of Palestinian land and the containment of Palestinian towns through discriminatory planning, home demolitions and unequal resource allocation.

      However, what makes the admissions committees case significant is that the Supreme Court – the supposed bastion of Israeli democracy – has upheld this clearly discriminatory law, claiming that it could not determine yet if the law violated constitutional rights. Numerous petitions condemned the law from multiple angles, including nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation, but the court swept them aside. More importantly, the court directly undermined its own landmark ruling in the Ka’adan case, overriding one of the few legal decisions that set a precedent for minority rights in Israel and the struggle against state-sanctioned discrimination.

      The latest ruling instead illustrates the deteriorating status of Palestinian citizens of Israel at the hands of an increasingly right-wing government and high court. Rather than introducing laws that guarantee equal rights for all of Israel’s citizens, the Knesset has worked to deepen racial inequality and consolidate its discriminatory vision for the state. Meanwhile, the judiciary has allowed the government to carry out this program, choosing not to set precedents on critical cases affecting Palestinian rights. With more discriminatory laws being introduced – including the Prawer Plan Bill, the Contributors to the State Bill, and the Jewish Nation-State Bill – Palestinian citizens and others are left fearing that, despite their best efforts to overturn it, race will continue to be the prime determinant of their rights. . .

      ENTIRE POST - link to 972mag.com

    • RE: “Upholding private individuals’ right to discriminate is not apartheid. The same thing is legal in America . . .“ ~ Gene Shae

      FAIR HOUSING CASE LAW [from The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston]:

      The judicial system's interpretation of the rules and regulations governing fair housing establishes court precedents that serve as important guidance for municipalities and developers striving to affirmatively further fair housing.

      • Buchanan v. Warley: 1917

      Key Finding: The court declared racially biased zoning unconstitutional.

      • Shelley v. Kraemer: 19487

      Key Finding: The court found the state enforcement of restrictive covenants unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment.

      • Mount Laurel I:1975 and Mount Laurel II:19837

      Key Finding: The decisions in Mount Laurel I and Mount Laurel II represent the first time a state Supreme Court held that zoning ordinances, which make it physically and economically impossible to provide low and moderate income housing, were unconstitutional, according to the state constitution. The decisions also established requirements for the state of New Jersey and its municipalities to provide affordable housing opportunities.

      • Village of Arlington Heights v. Metro Housing Development Corporation: 1977

      Key Finding: The U.S. Supreme Court established a test to determine the presence of discriminatory intent under the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause. On remand the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that at least under certain circumstances, a discriminatory effect alone can establish a Fair Housing violation.

      • Town of Huntington v. Huntington Branch: 1989

      Key Finding: The court found that a municipality's restrictive zoning for multi-family housing had an unjustified disparate impact on African Americans in addition to perpetuating segregation. It was on these bases that the court determined the municipality had violated the Fair Housing Act.

      • City of Edmonds v. Oxford House, Inc. : 1995

      Key Finding: The U.S. Supreme Court found that the definition of family, prescribed in zoning, is subject to challenges by the Federal Fair Housing Act.

      • Olmstead, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Human Resources, et al. v. L.C.: 1999

      Key Finding: The court's ruling required states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and established the principle that people with disabilities should receive benefits, services, and housing in the most integrated community setting appropriate to their individual needs.[17]

      • Dews vs. Town of Sunnydale, TX: 2000

      Key Finding: The court's decision reinforced the standard that municipal zoning powers can be found discriminatory under the Fair Housing Act if the jurisdiction enacts zoning measures that exclude housing for one or more protected classes.

      • Tsombanidis v. West Haven Fire Department: 2003

      Key Finding: The court found that a municipality intentionally discriminated against a group home where the evidence showed that the residents’ disability was a motivating factor in code enforcement actions, and that the municipality failed to reasonably accommodate the residents when it denied a zoning variance.

      • Wisconsin Community Services Inc. v. City of Milwaukee: 2006

      Key Finding: The court found that the duty to make reasonable accommodations/modifications is an independent basis for liability under both the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This duty applies to municipal zoning.

      • Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York v. Westchester County: 2009

      Key Finding: The case reinforced the principle that affirmatively furthering fair housing includes the obligation of HUD grantees to address racial and ethnic impediments to housing choice which is distinctly separate from the exploration of impediments based on income. The eventual reallocation of funds by HUD after Westchester's failure to meet the terms of the settlement stands as an example of HUD's actions in the face of noncompliance.

      • Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs: 2010, 2012

      Key Finding: The court held a state agency administering the Low Income Tax Credit program liable under the Fair Housing Act for creating a disparate impact through project siting decisions.

      • St. Bernard Parish Court Cases: 2008-2013

      Key Finding: The court held St. Bernard Parish responsible for a series of zoning actions taken by the Parish that had the effect of discriminating against protected classes under the Fair Housing Act.

      • Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action Inc. V. Township of Mount Holly: 2011

      Key Finding: This case called into question whether disparate impact is a violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), even if there is no discriminatory intent. On appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, the case was settled by the parties before the Supreme Court hearing was held. The settlement agreement provided some relief for current residents in exchange for allowing redevelopment of their homes.

      MASSACHUSETTS CASES

      • NAACP, Boston Chapter v.Boston Housing Authority (BHA): 1989

      Key Finding: The BHA's tenant assignment practices were found to be racially discriminatory by the court.

      • Langlois v. Abington Housing Authority: 2002

      Key Finding: The local preference policy instituted by a group of Massachusetts housing authorities was found to have an unlawful disparate impact.

      • United States of America v. The City of Agawam, Massachusetts & others: 2002

      Key Finding: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Agawam's zoning, which did not permit agricultural worker housing, was discriminatory on the basis of race, color and national origin.

      City of Worcester v. Bonaventura: 2002

      Key Finding: The court system affirmed the police power of municipalities to use the legal/biological concept in defining "family" in zoning matters not involving persons with a disability.

      • Eileen Standerwick et al v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Andover: 2006

      Key Finding: The Supreme Judicial Court found that the plaintiffs, in this case, lacked standing to challenge a comprehensive permit based on the diminution of property values.

      • John Boothryd & others v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Amherst & others: 2007

      Key Finding: The court found that a community's fulfillment of their minimum affordable housing obligation under MGL Chapter 40B did not preclude the approval of additional comprehensive permits under Chapter 40B, and the creation of affordable housing.

      • Zoning Board of Appeals of Amesbury vs. Housing Appeals Committee: 2010

      Key Finding: The court established that the scope of local zoning boards to issue conditions on comprehensive 40B applications is limited to matters related to the siting and design of the development.

      • South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) v. the Town of Framingham: 2010

      Key Finding: "Discrimination under the Fair Housing Act includes delays in issuing permits that are caused in part by discriminatory intent, even if the permits are ultimately granted."[44]

      SOURCE - link to mapc.org

    • P.S. SEE: "Donald Sterling: Slumlord Billionaire", Dave Zirin, thenation.com/blog, April 26, 2014

      [EXCERPT] . . . Sterling is also the Slumlord Billionaire, a man who made his fortune by building low-income housing, and then, according to a Justice Department lawsuit, developing his own racial quota system to decide who gets the privilege of renting his properties. In November of 2009, Sterling settled the suit with the US Department of Justice for $2.73 million, the largest ever obtained by the government in a discrimination case involving apartment rentals. Reading the content of the suit makes you want to shower with steel wool. Sterling just said no to rent to non-Koreans in Koreatown and just said hell-no to African-Americans looking for property in plush Beverly Hills. Sterling, who has a Blagojevichian flair for the language, says he did not like to rent to “Hispanics” because “Hispanics smoke, drink and just hang around the building.” He also stated that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

      The Slumlord Billionaire has a healthy legal paper trail, which creates a collage of someone very good at extorting rents from the very poor. In 1986, the spiking of rents in his Beverly Hills properties—the so-called “slums of Beverly Hills”—led to a large march by tenants on City Hall.

      In 2001, Sterling was sued successfully by the City of Santa Monica on charges that he harassed and threatened to evict eight tenants living in three rent-controlled buildings. Their unholy offense that drew his ire was having potted plants on balconies. Talk about “hands on.” How many billionaires drive around their low-income housing properties to look for violations? That’s Donnie Tokowitz in action. Two years later, Sterling was effectively able to evict a tenant for allegedly tearing down notices in the building’s elevator.

      In 2004, Sterling led a brigade of other landlords to smash Santa Monica’s ultra-strict Tenant Harassment Ordinance. The ordinance stated that issuing repeated eviction threats to tenants was a form of harassment. Sterling and his crew believed that they should be allowed to harass to their hearts content. There are only so many potted pants a man can stand!

      That same year, an elderly widow named Elisheba Sabi, sued Sterling for refusing her Section 8 voucher to rent an apartment. Sterling emerged crowing and victorious. (That had to feel good. Damn elderly widows.)

      And in 2005, Sterling settled a housing-discrimination lawsuit filed by the Housing Rights Center, which represented more than a dozen of his tenants. He paid nearly $5 million in legal fees for the plaintiffs—a staggering amount—along with a reportedly massive, albeit confidential, sum. Not all the plaintiffs, though, lived to see their windfall. Court documents state that on July 12, 2002, “Kandynce Jones was under threat of eviction by [Sterling] even though she had never missed a rent payment. Ms. Jones, who is a senior citizen and a person with a disability, suffered a stroke caused by the stress [of Sterling’s] housing practices. On July 21, 2003, Ms. Jones passed away as a result of that stroke.”

      Amidst all that was described above, there are a web of lawsuits and complaints leveled against Sterling that suggest he is willing to suffer endless financial penalty and legal embarrassment if it means he can have control—always control—over who gets to live in his property.

      As sports columnist Bomani Jones wrote, “Though Sterling has no problem paying black people millions of dollars to play basketball, the feds allege that he refused to rent apartments in Beverly Hills and Koreatown to black people and people with children. Talk about strange. A man notoriously concerned with profit maximization refuses to take money from those willing to shell it out to live in the most overrated, overpriced neighborhood in Southern California? That same man, who gives black men tens of millions of dollars every year, refuses to take a few thousand a month from folks who would like to crash in one of his buildings for a while? You gotta love racism, the only force in the world powerful enough to interfere with money-making. Sterling may have been a joke, but nothing about this is funny. In fact, it’s frightening and disturbing that classic racism like this might still be in play.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to thenation.com

    • RE: "Upholding private individuals’ right to discriminate is not apartheid. The same thing is legal in America . . ." ~ Gene Shae

      MY COMMENT: Might I inquire as to where you studied law, Mr. Shae?

    • RE: "rest unsssured" should have been 'rest unassured'

    • RE: "Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinian"

      MY COMMENT: Israel is a garrison state (or "pale") surrounded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s "Iron Wall", and topped by the US-funded "Iron Dome", but its true Achilles' heel is the lack of an 'iron foundation' in the form of a formal constitution that is not easily overridden.
      Israel failed to take advantage of its best opportunity to "guarantee" the basic rights to its citizens when it pretty much blew off the commitment made in its declaration of independence to formulate and adopt a formal constitution no later than 1 October 1948.
      Although some constitutional provisions are contained in Basic Laws passed by Israel's Knesset, there is no clear rule determining the precedence of Basic Rules over regular legislation, and in many cases this issue is left to the interpretation of the judicial system.
      Consequently, at this point, it would be a stretch to say that rights of any of Israelis [Arabs, Jews or anyone else] are assured in the sense that Americans' rights are "guaranteed" by its constitution, especially the Bill of Rights (which are very difficult to ammend). Considerably to the contrary, the current government of Israel is committed to having the Knesset pass a Basic Law subverting Israel's democratic identity to its identity as the state of the Jewish people. When that is done, rest unsssured that all "Jews" will be treated equally, because inevitably some Jews will ultimately become "more equal than others".
      Without a formal constitution, the government of a garrison state that is permanently at war (where national security is always a priority) will enevitably become more and more authoritarian.

  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • I have heard some buzz about“The Big Bang Theory”; I think from either Sam Seder or John Fugelsang (two of my favorite people). I don't have cable TV (only AT&T DSL and Charter Broadband for the internet), but I did put an good antenna in the attic and the local Turner broadcast station has reruns from 7-8 PM. I watched it for the first time last week. It's very clever/witty, and quite hilarious. I may have actually laughed aloud!
      Shelly, I am. I am Shelly! I am! (I am Sheldon without the über-geek affectation.)
      Also, Netflix has 7 seasons on DVDs.

    • P.P.P.S. "this-dog-eat dog world" should have been 'this dog-eat-dog world'

    • P.P.S. "ico/avatar" should have been 'icon/avatar'

    • P.S. Can anyone identify my new ico/avatar? - link to mondoweiss.net
      The man certainly knew how to strike a pose!

    • RE: “But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they’re using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself,” Warren said, drawing applause.

      MY COMMENT: Just because the Ebola virus doesn't have a lobby, and is not represented by a PR firm here in the U.S., doesn't mean that the Ebola virus does not have a right to defend itself.
      The Ebola virus is one of G_d's many children, and it has a perfect right to defend itsel in this-dog-eat dog world!

  • 'This is our land!': West Bank village Wadi Fukin fights largest Israeli land grab in decades
    • P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA (Beitar Illit):

      Beitar Illit (Hebrew: בֵּיתָר עִלִּית; officially Betar Illit; "Illit" is pronounced "ee-leet") is an Israeli settlement and city in Gush Etzion, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of Jerusalem,[2] in the Judaean Mountains of the West Bank.[3] Beitar Illit is one of Israel's largest and most rapidly growing settlements.[4] As of July 2013 it had a population of approximately 45,710.[1] The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[5][6][7][8]
      Beitar Illit was established in 1984 on the lands of the Palestinian village of Husan
      [9] by a small group of young families from the religious Zionist yeshiva of Machon Meir. The first residents moved in, in 1990.[10] . . .

      Status under international law
      Main article: International law and Israeli settlements
      Like all settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories, Beitar Illit is considered illegal under international law,[7][8] though Israel disputes this. The international community considers Israeli settlements to violate the Fourth Geneva Convention's prohibition on the transfer of an occupying power's civilian population into occupied territory. The Israeli government disputes that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the Palestinian territories as they had not been legally held by a sovereign prior to Israel taking control of them.[6] This view has been rejected by the International Court of Justice and the International Committee of the Red Cross.[17]

      Controversies
      At an international conference in Karlsruhe in November 2010, Jawad Hasan claimed that sewage and urban runoff from Beitar Illit have contaminated the local hydrological system.[18] The Palestinian Authority claims that sewage flows into neighboring Palestinian fields and orchards.[19] Farmers from Wadi Fukin have complained that since the establishment of Beitar Illit in 1985, 11 natural wells have gone dry and they have suffered from overflow from the settlement's backed up sewers. The Israeli government has ordered Beitar Illit to address these sewage problems.[20]
      In 2010, the Israeli interior ministry announced plans to build 112 new apartments during a visit by U.S. vice-president Joe Biden, leading to widespread news coverage that embarrassed the Israeli government.[21]
      Beitar Illit was one of four cities named in a petition to the Israeli High Court in December 2010 alleging a pattern of discrimination against Sephardi girls in the local Haredi schools. A Beitar Illit spokesman denied the charges, stating that the percentage of Sephardi girls in the school matched the percentage of Sephardim in the settlement.[22] . . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

    • RE: "Omg it’s a not a land grab. The land is mostly empty, it’s just being municipally incorporated into an already existing settlement bloc" - DoubleStandard (appropriately named)

      MY REPLY: Apparently, it will mostly be "municipally incorporated" into the illegal "outpost" (illegal under Israeli law) of Gvot! ! !

      SEE: "Bold West Bank land grab may have been on drawing board for decades", by Bethan Staton, MiddleEastEye.net, 9/15/14
      If developed, nearly 1,000 acres seized by Israeli authorities last month could link Israeli settlements, some that started as tiny outposts, between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

      [EXCERPT] In one of the boldest moves of its kind, Israeli authorities confiscated 4,000 dunums – 990 acres – of West Bank land in late August. A chorus of frustration and disapproval from international bodies met the declaration: on land that borders both the 1949 Armistice Green Line and Palestinian villages of al-Jab’a and Surif, the seizure is likely to pave the way for settlement expansion, and could seriously stifle Palestinian development.

      While it might change the reality of the West Bank dramatically, however, the news shouldn’t be surprising; plans for this area have long been on the drawing board of Israeli authorities. In fact, a critical look at a map of the region shows these intentions have been perceptible for years.

      Located in Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem, the confiscated land is bordered by a scattering of settlements: Beitar Illit, Kfar Etzion and Gvot. And following this month's land grab, the closest, Gvaot, has been cast into the settleament spotlight. Established in 1982 as an Israeli army Nahal base, where residents combined military service, volunteering and agriculture, it was turned into a religious Yeshiva community in the 1990s. Now it’s inhabited by a handful of families, and because it’s never been officially recognised by the government, the homes and buildings in the community are all technically illegal under Israeli law.

      The tenuous status of this tiny settlement means it might as well be referred to as an “outpost”: a small Israeli community established by radical, often religious groups without government authorisation, or as a military base, some distance from major settlements. After establishing a presence at these strategic points in the West Bank, these outposts are supported and developed by nearby settlements. Steps are taken to make them stronger, larger and even legal, setting the scene for a permanent presence and further expansion into the West Bank.

      This is just what the confiscation is set to do for Gvaot – and it seems clear that Israeli authorities wish big things for the tiny settlement. In the past, the Israeli NGO, Peace Now, revealed a government plan to turn it into a city of 15,000 housing units: although that blueprint was never promoted, the minister of defense has approved two separate plans that would see the construction of 584 buildings around the settlement. The seizure of 4,000 dunums will mean plenty of room for Gvaot to expand. Even more importantly, it will link the settlement up to the Green Line – creating Israeli continuity between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement blocs, and making Gvaot feel much more like part of Israel.

      The thinking behind the seizure is no secret: representatives of Gush Etzion have been quite clear about the strategy. “If you look at a map today, you can see that there are no Jewish communities between Beitar Illit and Gush Etzion,” Shani Simowitz, a resident of a nearby settlement, told Middle East Eye. “So you connect them. Those 4,000 dunums connect Gvaot, Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim and the Orthodox settlement of Beitar Illit.”

      Simowitz lives in Tekoa, a cluster of settlements to the east of Gush Etzion. She sees that community – which, like Gvaot, started life as a Israel army Nahal base – as exemplary of an outpost rationale, which strikes out “to the northernmost tip” of the area that Israeli developers and communities want to claim, before “joining the dots backwards.”

      Filling in the gaps between isolated settlements and creating continuity across the Green Line, as Simowitz describes, means that if a peace agreement is ever reached, Israel will keep Gush Etzion, said Suhail Khalilieh, who heads up the settlement monitoring team at the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), a Palestinian NGO.

      “This is playing a crucial part in the long-term claim to the greater Jerusalem area, and it will have a big effect on the geography and the demography of the area," Khalilieh explained. “This has been planned, I think, since the Oslo Accords. It did not come out of the blue. The Israelis have been waiting for the perfect timing to fill in all the gaps. Everything is now coming into final play and everyone is revealing his own cards. The Israelis are looking to force facts on the ground that cannot be easily disputed.”

      Gvaot’s potential story, of a tiny, illegal outpost evolving into a densely-populated, red-roofed city, is not an unusual one. Since 1967, the tale of settlers striking out independently to set up tents that claim land for the Jewish state has been a narrative that’s shaped the West Bank. Ma’ale Adumim’s website, for example, is proud to state that the settlement was founded in 1975 by 23 families who worked “diligently” and without government authorisation to build a city in the newly occupied West Bank. Today, Ma’ale Adumim is a settlement of some 39,000 people, built on thousands of dunums of confiscated Palestinian land.

      “Gvaot is a military post that’s become civilised officially and they have plans that it’ll become a big city: this is the story across the West Bank,” Lior Amihai, at Peace Now’s Settlement Watch, said.

      The policy of allowing, and even encouraging civilians to set up outposts, Amihai explained, began in the 1990s, when the government decided to stop establishing new settlements. It was at that point that Ariel Sharon, then Foreign Minister, urged Israelis to “run and grab as many hilltops” as they could.

      “Everything we take now will stay ours,” Sharon said at the time. “Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”

      Many obeyed the call quite literally, establishing small, isolated caravan communities on the West Bank’s rugged hills: according to Peace Now statistics, 99 outposts are now home to over 4,000 settlers.

      “These outposts would be supported from the settlement regional councils with roads, water, electricity and so on,” Amihai says. “But the official policy was to disregard them: to say they’re illegal, they’re small, insignificant, they don’t have the power to change the political situation. So the outposts continue to grow. This begins with illegal construction, so the buildings have demolition orders, but they won’t actually be destroyed. On the contrary, they’ll be allowed to expand.” . . .

      SOURCE - link to middleeasteye.net

  • On the use of provocative analogies (Nazism, fascism)
    • RE: "I do not need a particular label in order to feel rebellious against the killing of civilians by Israel’s army and leaders." ~ yonah fredman

      MY REPLY: In response to that, I say "good on you" (borrowing from Thom HartmannThom Hartmann).

      BUT, AS TO: "palestinians who are attached to their land are antithetical to the zionist need for the land. but the existence of palestinians in other parts of the world as long as they abandon the land are in no way a threat to zionism. ~ yonah fredman

      MY REPLY: I think the existence of people anywhere calling themselves (and/or being called by others, or perhaps even just being seen by others as) "Palestinians" (regardless of whether they are "attached to their land" or "abandon the land") would inevitably be seen as "delegitimizing" Israel from the perspective of the Likudnik, Jabotinsky-worshipping adherents to Revisionist Zionism. Consequently, they would see Palestinians anywhere and everywhere (even in, or perhaps especially in, the U.S.) as an "existential threat" to Israel, (or, at least, to the notion of Israel as a Jewish, democratic nation-state). Therefore, the Israeli right will always feel the need to categorically deny the legitimacy of the Palestinian people, no matter where they might happen to live. For instance, as Golda Meir said back in 1969: “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969

    • P.P.S.

      REGARDING PART 1

      Published on Aug 24, 2012

      His film of Emil Weiss, 1989,
      part 1 of 2.

      Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz talks about its uniqueness of the Jewish people; Leibowitz presents himself; talks about Zionism; the future of the Jewish people; the mysticism ומשיחיות; the Torah written ושבעל-here; study the Bible; values and needs; Jewish identity; war perspective of Judaism; the State of Israel's wars; the Israeli nationalism, and what to do now about it.
      http://www.leibowitz.co.

      ■ אין נביא בעירו – 1/2 – No man is a prophet in his own land [VIDEO, 53:42] - link to youtube.com

    • ■ אין נביא בעירו – 2/2 – No man is a prophet in his own land [VIDEO, 55:22] - link to youtube.com

    • P.S. PART TWO
      published on Aug 24, 2012
      film of Emil Weiss, 1989,
      part 2 of 2.
      Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz talks about: Do values are berry achievable?; under his skin and that the desolate; the morality; heroic integrity; modern science; science in reality social-political; religion and science; status of women; termination of pregnancy; euthanasia; democracy; the Holocaust; about the achievements and what
      ■ אין נביא בעירו - 2/2 - No man is a prophet in his own land [VIDEO, 55:22]

    • ■ אין נביא בעירו - 1/2 - No man is a prophet in his own land [53:42] - link to youtube.com

  • Israeli military demolishes West Bank dairy factory benefitting orphans despite court appeal
    • P.S. FROM JOEL KOVEL, 1-20-13:

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

      SOURCE – link to mondoweiss.net

    • RE: "Israeli military demolishes West Bank dairy factory benefitting orphans despite court appeal "

      AS TO ISRAEL'S PSYCHE, SEE: "Is There a Way Beyond Israeli Madness?" [Will the Chosen People and the Exceptional People Go Down Together?] ~ by John Grant, Counterpunch, 8/31/12

      [EXCERPTS]
      The patient, by the name of Israel, walks into the room and instantly bursts into a tirade of arguments conclusively proving his credentials, and says that he is better than everyone else.
      - Ofer Grosbard, "Israel On The Couch: The Psychology of the Peace Process"

      The problem Americans have with Israel is that the region it exists in is in the midst of a major political sea change, while Israel is frozen in time and holding on to its militarist, right-wing policies of extending settlements in the West Bank. It’s a policy that harks back to the ideas of the British-trained militarist Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall [now augmentad by the US-funded "Iron Dome" - J.L.D.], which is based on the idea a live-and-let-live policy between Jews and Arabs is impossible and, thus, Jews must militarily control and repress Palestinians . . .
      . . . How does a people turn back a racially-oriented demonization program with roots that extend back many decades? How do you ratchet down a nation’s narcissism so people are able to simply see the other as a human being? . . .
      . . . On our part, Americans and the United States need to stop being a permissive yes-man and begin to show Israel some tough love. We need more US criticism of Israel. No doubt this approach will be received with gales of cynical laughter from hardliners … but so what?
      In my mind, the Israeli narcissistic and arrogant mindset would benefit from a little Buddhist detachment, more of the posture that sees the world not of separate individual selves and egos but of human beings as part of a larger flow of life. The Buddhists call the self-obsessed, separatist state-of-mind [i.e. the "pale" of Israel surrounded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s "Iron Wall" augmentad by the US-funded "Iron Dome" - J.L.D.] that Israel thrives on and defends with weapons as “the illusory self.”
      “Once one identifies with a permanent self-concept, the pride and craving adhering to this become the pivot from which an egocentric world arises,” writes Gay Watson, a psychotherapist attuned to Buddhism.
      David Loy puts it this way: “To become completely groundless is also to become completely grounded, not in some particular, but in the whole network of interdependent relations that constitute the world.”
      I’m not suggesting Israel become a Buddhist nation. The point is for Israelis, and more important Americans, to figure a way out of the worsening condition of “us versus them” to avoid the need to obliterate them and set off a war that no one really wants. The point is to re-shape our minds to make “the other” less threatening to permit talking.
      I’m not holding my breath that Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are going to become peace activists.
      But I’m done as an American being a silent stooge while Israeli militarist madness fuels hatred and sets the stage for war.

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to counterpunch.org

  • J Street can't tie Israel's latest 'illegal land grab' to cutting US aid
    • P.P.S. FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
      [We're sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

      SOURCE - link to foreignaffairs.com

    • P.S. FROM JOEL KOVEL, 1-20-13:

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

      SOURCE – link to mondoweiss.net

    • RE: Ben-Ami says if the Obama administration declared the Israeli colonies “illegal,” under the Fourth Geneva Convention, “ordinary Israelis would understand that their government’s determination to push on with settlements was causing real, serious damage to the U.S.-Israel relationship.” And this would make a difference to Israel? ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: No, it will probably not make a difference to Israel based upon our experience with trying to dissuade Israel from developing nukes, because as one senior Pentagon official said back in the late 1960s : "Our demands must be unequivocal. Moral suasion and prolonged discussion does not work with Israel."*

      * SEE: How Washington helped create Israel's secret nuclear arsenal", by Philip Giraldi , AlJazeera.com, 03 Sep 2014
      In the 1960s the US was far from blindly supporting Israeli interests in the Middle East.

      [EXCERPTS] Recently declassified documents reveal that consideration of how and when the White House can or should pressure Israel over policies damaging to the United States has been a contentious issue for quite some time. The 107 pages of formerly top secret memos, dating from 1968-9, relate to deliberations over what to do about the Israeli nuclear weapons programme. Prior to that time, the US position had been clear, supporting the principle that nuclear weapons should not be introduced into the Middle East.

      The declassified story

      President John F Kennedy was convinced that Israel was building a weapon and fully intended to force its government to abandon the effort and join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Washington supported. Kennedy's death and his replacement by the strongly pro-Zionist Lyndon B Johnson did not shift the general perception that a nuclear armed Israel would not be in US interest, though Johnson notably refused to tie the impending sale of 50 F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers to Israeli abandonment of both its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, as the Pentagon had recommended. . .

      . . . So the tale of 1969 is how the US backed off of its intention to block Israeli nuclear proliferation and instead became complicit in the crafting of the current fiction regarding Israel's weapons of mass destruction. But more interesting is the tone of the declassified documents: drafted and debated in light of actual US interests in the Middle East. Israeli concerns are addressed in passing but they do not drive the process and domestic political pressures from a still growing Israel lobby, are only mentioned once: "They could use their full range of assets in the United States to persuade us to abandon our demands."

      Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin is described at one point as "stonewalling". A memo notes that Congress would never go along with giving security guarantees to Israel while another from the Deputy Secretary of Defense concludes laconically that "not to lean on them would involve us in a conspiracy with Israel which would leave matters dangerous to our security in their hands."

      Another official wrote "Whatever the validity of Israel's position from its own standpoint, it does not coincide with the interests of the United States and, in fact, constitutes the single most dangerous phenomenon in a region already dangerous enough without nuclear weapons." A senior Pentagon official adds: "Our demands must be unequivocal. Moral suasion and prolonged discussion does not work with Israel." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to aljazeera.com

  • ISIS and Israel allies against a Palestinian state
  • The rise of 'If Not Now' and the collapse of the pro-Israel consensus
    • I have heard some buzz about“The Big Bang Theory”; I think from either Sam Seder or John Fugelsang (two of my favorite people). I don't have cable TV (only AT&T DSL and Charter Broadband for the internet), but I did put an good antenna in the attic and the local Turner broadcast station has reruns from 7-8 PM. I watched it for the first time tonight. It's very clever/witty, and quite hilarious. I may have actually laughed aloud!
      Shelly, I am. I am Shelly! I am! (I am Sheldon without the über-geek affectation.)
      Also, Netflix has 7 seasons on DVDs.

    • ALSO SPEAKING TO THE PEEL COMMISSION IN 1937 WAS "SIR" WINSTON CHURCHILL:

      "I do not agree that the dog in a manger [i.e., the Palestinians/Arabs - J.L.D.] has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of American or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.

      AS TO HUSSEINI, SEE - "Christian Zionism: The Root of All Evil?" ~ By Tammy Obeidallah, The Palestine Chronicle, Aug 16 2010

      [EXCERPT] . . . Proponents of Israel will often pander the tired Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini obfuscation in an attempt to connect all Palestinians to Adolph Hitler. Husseini was imposed upon the Palestinians in 1921 by the British Mandate’s first high commissioner, a British Jew named Herbert Samuel. Husseini was selected over the rival Nashashibi candidate and favored by the Zionist Commission. Husseini allied with Hitler to oppose the British, falling into the trap as so many others who have believed “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to palestinechronicle.com

      P.S. HIGHLY REGARDED BY ONE OF THE WRITERS AT+972:
      Lorde: Pure Heroine (Full Album) (Extended ITunes Edition) [VIDEO, 56:55] - link to youtube.com

      JON DOLAN @ ROLLINGSTONE.COM (October 7, 2013):

      New artists in 2013 don't come any "2013"-ier than Lorde. Ella Yelich-O'Connor is 16, but she could be 25. She sings tough and raps soft. She's from New Zealand, but she could just as easily be from Tampa or Glasgow or Dubrovnik. On her debut, she's a tiny-life teenager and a throne-watching pop comer with a sound that recalls the Internet hip-hop of Kitty Pryde, the cold-storage torch pop of Lana Del Rey and the primal self-dredging of Florence Welch, while still sounding strangely sui generis. "Maybe the Internet raised us/Or maybe people are jerks," she muses on "A World Alone." She's a child of the cloud.
      Yet Pure Heroine feels surprisingly real and fully formed, punching through sparse, cushily booming post-hip-hop tracks with vividly searching lyrics about growing up too fast that can seem at once arrogant and pensive. "We're so happy even when we're smiling out of fear," she sings on "Tennis Court." Songs like the hit "Royals" are foreboding but catchy, hushed but hype. She's great at dissecting her so-called life ("We're hollow like the bottles that we drain") and at evoking the feeling of loving hip-hop even as its impossible fantasies turn you inside out. "Team" is an ode to her friend crew, with a beat that booms like Run-DMC playing from inside a stued animal. But the song feels proudly isolated: "I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air/So there/I'm kind of older than I was when I reveled without a care." Ball up your fists anxiously at your sides to this shit.

      SOURCE - link to rollingstone.com

      P.P.S. "P. Nile" is a joke, right? Why don't you just be 'up front' about it and go with "Penile" (i.e., "of or relating to the penis")? - link to merriam-webster.com

    • SPEAKING OF BDS, EVERYONE SHOULD OPPOSE THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE IMPORT-EXPERT BANK (I.E., CORPORATE WELFARE), because one of the biggest beneficiaries of the bank is Catepillar, Inc. ! ! !

      SEE: Left and Right Agree; Let Ex-Im Expire ~ by Ralph Nader, CounterPunch.org, 8/08/2014

      [EXCERPT] . . . As a September 30 deadline looms, Congress must decide on whether or not to reauthorize the controversial Export-Import Bank. Established in 1934 by an Executive Order from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Ex-Im bank provides credit to domestic exporters and foreign importers to the U.S. The Ex-Im bank has long been accused of being little more than a corporate welfare fund, mostly for Big Business, by outspoken progressives and conservatives.

      In short, the function of Ex-Im is to subsidize businesses that export American products. The major problem with this agency comes from the fact that a big bulk of Ex-Im funds go to huge, wealthy companies, such as the Ex-Im’s largest beneficiary Boeing, which in 2013 received 30 percent of its loans and guarantees. Ex-Im defenders argue that the majority of its loans go to small businesses that cannot secure financing in the private market, conveniently ignoring the crucial fact that the majority of the money goes to big businesses such as the aforementioned Boeing, as well as other giant corporations like General Electric (10 percent of Ex-Im loans and guarantees in 2013) and Caterpillar (approximately 5 percent).

      Economist Dean Baker, a leading voice on the left against the reauthorization of the Export-Import, puts it best:

      “If the bank backs $80 billion in loans for Boeing, General Electric, or Enron (a favorite in past days), and $20 billion for small businesses, it doesn’t matter that the $20 billion in small business loans accounted for the bulk of the transactions. Most of the money went to big businesses. That is what matters and everyone touting the share of small business loans knows it.”

      It’s also important to note that the Ex-Im Bank is involved in only 2 percent of U.S. exports — the other 98 percent function just fine without its largesse. Thus the expiration of the Ex-Im would mainly affect the profit margins of a handful of big corporations.

      Robert Weissman of Public Citizen explained: “Ex-Im puts the federal government in a role which ought to be filled by private lenders and insurers. It forces taxpayers to bear the risk that should be absorbed by business.”

      Eighty years after its creation, the Ex-Im Bank’s stated mission of boosting American jobs is questionable, at best. And, the Ex-Im’s general lack of transparency and a growing list of allegations of fraud and corruption (as in the recent headlines regarding four Ex-Im officials accepting kickbacks) are additional red flags. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to counterpunch.org

    • RE: "In late July, nine people were arrested during an If Not Now-organized action for sitting in the lobby of the Conference’s office to demand a meeting with the Conference’s president. (Malcolm Hoenlein, the president of the Conference, later called If Not Now’s protest 'very insignificant'.)"

      GANDHI: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

  • Salaita speaks out and warns of a 'Palestinian exception' to the first amendment and academic freedom
    • RE: "Speakers included . . . Professor Salaita’s legal representative, Maria LaHood from the Center for Constitutional Rights . . . it was clear that he and his legal team are prepared to pursue legal avenues to force his reinstatement if necessary." ~ Samantha Brotman

      MY COMMENT: I made a donation via PayPal a couple of weeks ago at SupportStevenSalaita.com, but it no longer has a donation button as they transition to a better fundraising platform. - link to supportstevensalaita.com

      MEANWHILE:
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      ● MORE ABOUT PSLS - link to palestinelegalsupport.org

      Help us protect the right to stand for justice!

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  • Salaita speaks publicly for the first time since firing: 'I am here to reaffirm my commitment to teaching and to a position with the American Indian Studies program at UIUC'
  • Israel and the law -- the views of three international jurists
    • RE: "It was just another Facebook post by a Palestine-friendly blogger, wondering whether any of her FB friends could comment on a Tweet she’d received regarding Article 19 of the 4th Geneva Convention — a tiny provision that appears to sanction the bombing of hospitals that have been commandeered by enemy combatants."

      AS TO GAZA'S HOSPITAL'S HAVING BEEN COMMANDEERED, SEE -
      "Exclusive: Israel's Video Justifying Destruction of a Gaza Hospital Was From 2009", By Gareth Porter, Truthout, Saturday, 06 September 2014

      [EXCERPT] A video distributed by the Israeli military in July suggesting that Palestinian fighters had fired from the Al Wafa Rehabilitation and Geriatric Hospital in Gaza City was not shot during the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, and both audio and video clips were manipulated to cover up the fact that they were from entirely different incidents, a Truthout investigation has revealed.
      The video, released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on July 23, the same day Israeli airstrikes destroyed Al Wafa, was widely reported by pro-Israeli publications and websites as proving that the hospital was destroyed because Hamas had turned the hospital into a military facility. But the video clip showing apparent firing from an annex to the hospital was actually shot during Israel's 2008-09 "Operation Cast Lead," and the audio clip accompanying it was from an incident unrelated to Al Wafa.
      The misleading video was only the last in a series of IDF dissimulations about Al Wafa hospital that included false claims that Hamas rockets had been launched from the hospital grounds, or very near it, and that the hospital had been damaged by an attack on the launching site. . .

      SOURCE - link to truth-out.org

  • Sign of the times, in a Brooklyn window
    • P.S. APPARENTLY THE STATEMENT WAS MISATTRIBUTED TO CHILDERS. I just found the statement attributed to Nathan Chofshi in an article by Erskine Childers titled "The Other Exodus", which was originally published in the London weekly The Spectator (May 12, 1961).

      ● Erskine Childers: The Other Exodus - link to users.cloud9.net

    • Apparently the statement pictured has also been attributed to Erskine Barton Childers (11 March 1929 – 25 August 1996) who was a writer, BBC correspondent and United Nations senior civil servant. From Wikipedia:

      [EXCERPT] . . . By 1960, Childers was in London working for the BBC in both Radio and Television.[3] His broadcasts from the BBC World Service ranged on varying topics from the Suez Crisis and Palestine to the John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963. He was one of the first presenters at the start of the BBC TV show The Money Programme in 1966. The Suez Canal and Palestine issues would later form the basis of his writing on the subjects.
      He was distinguished as one of the first mainstream writers in the West to systematically challenge the contention that Palestinian Arab refugees of the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine and the 1948 Arab–Israeli War (see 1948 Palestinian exodus) fled their homes primarily from Arab broadcast evacuation orders (see Broadcasts for Christopher Hitchens' article about same), rather than from the use of force and terror by armed forces of the newly forming state of Israel. . .

      ● Robert Erskine Childers - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • 'The Hill' is to the left of the 'New York Review of Books'
    • "GUN ZIONISM" = REVISIONIST ZIONISM WITH ITS "IRON WALL" MENTALITY (AUGMENTED BY THE AMERICAN-FUNDED "IRON DOME")
      Does U.S. funding of the Iron Dome discourage "Gun Zionism", or make it even more likely? I would argue Operation Protective Edge established that the American-funded Iron Dome most likely encourages Israei "Gun Zionism".

  • Israel's Shock Doctrine
  • 'Running:' A haunting video on life in Gaza by Eslam Saqqa
    • RE: "The [musical] piece is called Summer 78 by Yann Tiersen. I first heard it in a movie called Goodbye Lenin. It’s a black-comedy film, and the music was just amazing." - Eslam Saqqa

      MY COMMENT: A very clever, excellent German comedy.

      Good Bye, Lenin! 2003 R 121 minutes
      Netflix's best guess for me: 4.7 stars
      I rated this movie: 5.0
      Average of 389293 ratings: 3.8 stars
      Alex's mother falls into a coma just as the Berlin Wall is about to come down. But when she wakes up months later, she's too weak to withstand shock -- so Alex goes to great lengths to keep the truth about her country's reform a secret.
      Cast: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas, Alexander Beyer, Michael Gwisdek, Burghart Klaussner
      Director: Wolfgang Becker
      Genres: Comedy, Foreign Comedies, Political Comedies, German Language, Germany
      Language: German (English subtitles)
      This movie is: Emotional
      Netflix format: DVD
      Netflix Listing - link to dvd.netflix.com
      Internet Movie Database (Rating: 7.8/10 - ‎97,576 votes) - link to imdb.com
      Goodbye Lenin! [2003] - Trailer [VIDEO, 02:08] - link to youtube.com
      GOOD BYE LENIN full movie (english subtitles) [VIDEO, 2:01:10] - link to youtube.com
      Good bye, Lenin! - Full Soundtrack [VIDEO, 39:01] - link to youtube.com
      Goodbye Lenin - Summer 78 by Yann Tiersen [VIDEO, 03:56] - link to youtube.com

  • Judaism's hijacking by Zionists drives 70% of secular Jews to marry non-Jews-- Koppman at Huffpo
    • I have long had a 'sneaking suspicion' that Ziocaine®, like any number of other psychotropic drugs of dubious merit, is essentially an outrageously expensive placebo. Its highly-touted efficacy is most likely little more than a testament to hyperaggressive marketing (i.e., the power of suggestion), and its notoriously debilitating side effects must be of a strictly psychosomatic nature.
      The boys at the FDA have really outdone themselves this time. I would love to have their Swiss bank accounts!

    • P.P.S. FROM SongMeanings.net:

      The line "a crack in everything" seems to come from a book by Jack Kornfield on buddhism. The story is that a young man who had lost his leg came to a buddhist monastary thing, and he was extremely angry at life, and always drew these pictures of cracked vases and damaged thing[s], because he felt damaged. Over time, he found inner peace, and changed his outllook, but still drew broken vases. His master asked him one day: "Why do you still draw a crack in the vases you draw, are you not whole?" And he replied "yes, and so are the vases. The crack is how the light gets in" ~ neptune235, 04-17-2005

      SOURCE - link to songmeanings.net

    • RE: "But the thing I find most dispiriting about this is that Koppman isn’t in the New York Times. I’ve seen the Sunday Times spread out on the kitchen counter for the last two weeks and a bigger collection of lifestyle news and mouthwatering real estate and web-meme trivia-spotting and US Open overkill you will not find in all the slopbuckets of the internet." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I can't say I actually understand the physics of it, but there seems to be some kind of incontrovertible law of nature the consequence of which is that the most truly sublime "light" (providing the greatest enlightenment) often gets in through the "cracks" (e.g., HuffPost's Blog and the like) rather than coming through an open door or window (e.g., The New York Times).
      Go figure!

      A LATE SUMMER EVENING’S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the purveyors of new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine® Ultra CR (Controlled Release) Transdermal Patch: Let The Good Times Roll!

      "The birds they sang
      at the break of day
      Start again
      I heard them say
      Don't dwell on what
      has passed away
      or what is yet to be.
      Ah the wars they will
      be fought again
      The holy dove
      She will be caught again
      bought and sold
      and bought again
      the dove is never free.

      Ring the bells that still can ring
      Forget your perfect offering
      There is a crack in everything
      That's how the light gets in. . ."

      ~ from "Anthem" on 'The Future' album by Leonard Cohen

      Anthem, Leonard Cohen [VIDEO, 09:33] - link to youtube.com

      P.S. The Ziocaine concept was first used on Mondoweiss by “Mooser”

  • Israel's information iron dome
    • RE: "Similarly, mentions or images of Palestinian suffering, or damages to Palestinian property, were virtually never shown in Israel Hayom or Yedioth Aharonoth. Incidents of Israeli suffering (e.g. Israeli civilians seeking shelter during early warning sirens) or damages to Israeli property by rockets, however, were featured prominently. In the period surveyed, nearly 80% of the front pages of Israel Hayom featured Israeli suffering, and 81% of Yedioth Aharonoth’s did so." ~ Yarden Katz
      AND RE: "Figure 9: YNet’s depiction of Israeli virtue, juxtaposed with Palestinian violence.
      Other efforts are made to amplify Israeli virtues, often by juxtaposing it with images of violence by Palestinians."
      ~ Yarden Katz

      SOMETHING SIMILAR FROM BACK DURING 'OPERATION CAST LEAD' (Dec. '08 - Jan. '09):
      "State to help fund treatment of pets hurt by rockets", by Erez Erlichman, YnetNews.com 1/06/2009
      • With cats and dogs facing rocket threat just like their human companions, Agriculture Ministry decides to help pay for medical care of pets injured by rocket fire

      [EXCERPT] Last week a Qassam rocket hit a house in Sderot and killed the family's dog, which was at the building's yard during the attack. The dog was rushed to the veterinarian for treatment, but died due to severe shrapnel injuries and massive loss of blood.

      Following this incident and in light of the fact that like their human owners, pets in Israel's south are also under the constant rocket threat, the Agriculture Ministry has decided it would help pay for the medical care of dogs and cats injured by rocket fire from Gaza. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to ynetnews.com

    • RE: "While Palestinians are regularly dehumanized in press coverage, special efforts are made to maintain the morale of the Israeli population, and their commitment to the ongoing military operations."~ Yarden Katz

      MY COMMENT: Maintaining the morale of the Israeli population, and their commitment to ongoing military operations (especially a "good wholesome war") is something that the Israeli press/media apparently excel at.*

      * SEE: "Israel’s Trauma Psychology and the Attack on Gaza", By Avigail Abarbanel, Sunday 4th January 2009

      [EXCERPT] . . . Israel has been itching for a ‘good war’ for a while now. The botched attack on Lebanon in 2006 was a psychological disappointment that did not fulfil its purpose, and only led to a deepening chasm between the political and military arms in Israel. An Israeli friend told me in disgust the other day, that there is an atmosphere of ‘national orgasm’ in Israel about the prospect of attacking Iran. While people are being bombed in Gaza, all Israelis can talk about is the coming attack on Iran. But there is a link between the two.
      Israel’s social problems have grown exponentially over the past 15 years. It’s a very different Israel now than the one I grew up in. There is more violent and organised crime than ever before, and more domestic violence and abuse of children than ever. There are more drugs and drug use, and they have drunk-driving, something I have never encountered while I was still living there. This is reflected in official reports as well as in the daily newspapers.
      My brother who lives in Israel described to me how soldiers who spend their military service in the Occupied Palestinian territories implementing Israel’s brutal occupation, come home on weekends only to get involved in drunken armed brawls and murders. This was unheard of in my time.
      Israelis have never been particularly kind to each other. It’s one of the reasons I left actually. In my late twenties I started to grow weary of the unkind, harsh and unforgiving atmosphere around me. It was a tough place to live in not because of our ‘enemies’ but because of how people treated one another. You would believe that we were all enemies rather than people who have some kind of a shared heritage. The only thing that could unite people and temporarily brought out more kindness and a sense of cooperation was a feeling of being under collective threat, and in particular a ‘good wholesome war’ . . .

      SOURCE - link to avigailabarbanel.me.uk
      AVIGAIL ABARBANEL'S SITE - link to avigailabarbanel.me.uk

    • RE: "The Israeli press coverage of ‘Protective Edge’, Israel’s latest war on Gaza, is an instructive case study. During the operation, the Israeli mainstream press has been leading a campaign of ignorance, shielding the Israeli public from the facts on the ground and the operation’s devastating consequences for Gaza civilians." ~ Yarden Katz

      URI AVNERY ON THE SORRY STATE OF THE ISRAELI MEDIA/PRESS, AND HOW THE ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN "BRAINWASHED":
      “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia - J.L.D. ]
      All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
      [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
      . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
      . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
      If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
      This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
      The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
      , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
      How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
      If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to counterpunch.org

  • WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is 'gravest threat to the Jewish people'
    • P.S.
      Virginia Is For Lovers
      WHEREAS:
      Israel Is For Haters

    • RE: "Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is ‘gravest threat to the Jewish people’

      MELISSA ETHERIDGE:
      My eyes are wide-open recognizing change
      It feeds the fires of the fear
      Where human love seems strange
      I'm gonna rise above
      I believe that love is love
      I'm gonna raise my hands
      With every woman child and man

      CHORUS
      I'm gonna start an uprising
      I'm gonna start an uprising of love

      Melissa Etheridge: "Uprising of Love" (Remix) Lyric Video [04:27] - link to youtube.com

  • 40 Holocaust survivors condemn 'massacre' of Palestinians, call for BDS against Israel
    • RE: "The letter calls out Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who was the author of another advertisement that ran in the New York Times calling on Hamas to reject 'child sacrifice' . . ." - Alex Kane

      MY COMMENT: Elie Wiesel should call on Israelis to reject 'child sacrifice' since some of them recently perpetrated one*. - Alex Kane

      *SEE: "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing", by Daniel K. Eisenbud, JPost.com, 8/13/2014 [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . . ENTIRE ARTICLE - "http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Abu-Khdeir-murder-suspect-recounts-grisly-killing-370911

  • Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport
    • RE: "Rather by having the Palestinian ID, Dina is troubled by no longer being allowed to visit Jerusalem or the beaches of Tel Aviv—like other Americans. At a checkpoint, Dina has to stand in the line for Palestinians not foreigners, which is often longer, and she can only drive a car with Green license plates, a special marker for West Bank Palestinians." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: It appears that Israel is instituting a policy of Palestinianfrei ("free of Palestinians") and/or Palestinianrein("clean of Palestinians"), perhaps as their "tit(s)"* for the Nazi "tat(s)" of Judenfrei ("free of Jews") and/or Judenrein ("clean of Jews").
      Judenfrei @ Wikipedia - link to en.wikipedia.org
      * "tit for tat" - link to phrases.org.uk

      P.S. FROM The Pianist (2002):

      Wladyslaw Szpilman: "It's an official decree, no Jews allowed in the parks."
      Dorota: "What, are you joking?"
      Wladyslaw Szpilman:: "No, I'm not. I would suggest we sit down on a bench, but that's also an official decree, no Jews allowed on benches."
      Dorota: "This is absurd."
      Wladyslaw Szpilman: "So, we should just stand here and talk, I don't think we're not allowed to do that."

      SOURCE - link to imdb.com

  • Bardem and Cruz don't speak English well enough to understand 'genocide' -- Saban
    • RE: "Egyptian-born Saban, who immigrated to Israel with his family in 1956 . . ."

      MY COMMENT - According to Wikipedia (Haim Saban): "Saban was born to a Jewish family in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1944. In 1956, the Saban family immigrated to Israel along with most of the Egyptian Jewish community."
      Apparently, the Sabans along with most other Egyptian Jews decided it was best to leave Egypt after Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in 1956.
      It would be interesting to hear from Haim Saban what it was like for Jews in Egypt after it became known in the Summer of 1954 that Israeli military intelligence had recruited some Egyptian Jews to carry out terrorist attacks in Egypt like planting a bombs inside the Alexandria post office and numerous other locations.*
      According to Wikipedia (History of the Jews in Egypt), "[t]he Lavon Affair of 1954, in which an Israeli sabotage operation designed to discredit Gamal Abdel Nasser and perhaps also to derail secret negotiations with Egypt proposed by Moshe Sharett, blew up Western targets (without causing deaths), led to deeper distrust of Jews, from whose community key agents in the operation had been recruited."

      * FROM WIKIPEDIA [Lavon Affair]:

      [EXCERPTS] The Lavon Affair refers to a series of failed Israeli planned and sponsored terrorist attacks, code named Operation Susannah, conducted in Egypt in the Summer of 1954. As part of the false flag operation,[1] a group of Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli military intelligence for plans to plant bombs inside Egyptian, American and British-owned civilian targets, cinemas, libraries and American educational centers. The attacks were to be blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian Communists, "unspecified malcontents" or "local nationalists" with the aim of creating a climate of sufficient violence and instability to induce the British government to retain its occupying troops in Egypt's Suez Canal zone.[2] The operation caused no casualties, except for those terrorists of the cell who committed suicide after being captured.

      The operation ultimately became known as the Lavon Affair after the Israeli defense minister Pinhas Lavon was forced to resign as a consequence of the incident. Before Lavon's resignation, the incident had been euphemistically referred to in Israel as the "Unfortunate Affair" or "The Bad Business" (Hebrew: עסק הביש‎, Esek HaBish). After Israel publicly denied any involvement in the incident for 51 years, the surviving terrorists were officially honored in 2005 by being awarded certificates of appreciation by Israeli President Moshe Katzav.[3]

      In the early 1950s, the United States initiated a more activist policy of support for Egyptian nationalism; this was often in contrast with British policies of maintaining its regional hegemony. Israel feared that this policy, which encouraged Britain to withdraw its military forces from the Suez Canal, would embolden Egyptian President Nasser's military ambitions towards Israel. Israel first sought to influence this policy through diplomatic means but was frustrated.[4]

      In the summer of 1954 Colonel Binyamin Gibli, the chief of Israel's military intelligence, Aman, initiated Operation Susannah in order to reverse that decision. The goal of the Operation was to carry out bombings and other acts of terrorism in Egypt with the aim of creating an atmosphere in which the British and American opponents of British withdrawal from Egypt would be able to gain the upper hand and block the British withdrawal from Egypt.

      According to historian Shabtai Teveth, who wrote one of the more detailed accounts, the assignment was "To undermine Western confidence in the existing [Egyptian] regime by generating public insecurity and actions to bring about arrests, demonstrations, and acts of revenge, while totally concealing the Israeli factor. The team was accordingly urged to avoid detection, so that suspicion would fall on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Communists, 'unspecified malcontents' or 'local nationalists'."[2] . . .

      . . . On 2 July the cell detonated bombs at a post office in Alexandria,[6] and on 14 July, it bombed the libraries of the U.S. Information Agency in Alexandria and Cairo and a British-owned theater. . . .

      . . . Several suspects were arrested, including Egyptian Jews and undercover Israelis. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • Rolling in underground tunnels
    • Speaking of Slavoj Žižek . . .
      IDEOLOGY AS IDOLATRY:
      The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, 2012 NR 136 minutes
      Our best guess for you: 4.9 stars / You rated this movie: 5.0
      Average of 37180 ratings: 3.9 stars
      Director Sophie Fiennes and philosopher Slavoj Zizek team up for this intriguing documentary that uses their interpretations of a potpourri of movies to create a journey into the epicenter of ideology.
      Cast: Slavoj Zizek
      Director: Sophie Fiennes
      Genres: Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, United Kingdom
      This movie is: Visionary, Provocative, Cerebral
      Netflix formats: DVD and streaming
      Netfix listing - link to dvd.netflix.com
      Internet Movie Database (7.5/10 from 1,921 users) - link to imdb.com
      The Pervert's Guide to Ideology - Trailer (HD) [VIDEO, 01:58] - link to youtube.com

  • The new center
    • RE: "As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world."

      EVA STERN: "If ordinary Germans living under total oppression can be held responsible for the crimes committed by the Nazis – because they did not speak out – how much more responsible are we who live in a country where we have the freedom to speak out?" ~ from The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East, by Robert Fisk

      FOR CONTEXT, SEE: "Why a Manhattan secretary won't let Israel forget the massacre at Qana", by Robert Fisk, Independent.co.uk, 14 June 1997

      [EXCERPTS] When Eva Stern's grandfather Aaron Hersh climbed off the transport at Auschwitz extermination camp in June 1944, along with her mother Hannah and two aunts from their ultra-orthodox Jewish family, he was still holding his prayer shawl. "A Polish prisoner warned him he'd die if he didn't hand it over, but he refused," Eva Stern says. "Then a German officer ordered my grandfather to give the shawl to him while he was waiting in line for selection for the gas chambers. He again refused. So he shot my grandfather in the head. That's how he died." . . .

      . . . With scarcely suppressed anger, she opens a thick file on the seat beside her. Entitled "Israel's Operation `Grapes of Wrath' and the Qana Massacre", it is her own work, a compilation of photographs and news reports - some from The Independent - of Israel's bombardment of southern Lebanon a year ago, in which more that 170 civilians were slaughtered. Ms Stern flicks her finger in fury at one of the pictures which shows Israeli soldiers standing in front of their battle tanks on the Lebanese border. The newspaper caption reads: "Israeli soldiers briefly halt their shelling to commemorate Holocaust Day." And Ms Stern looks at me to see if I understand why she is enraged at the picture.

      "What would my grandfather say of this? What were those Israelis thinking as they were putting on their prayer shawls? Were they praying, `Father who art in heaven, help me to kill as many 'Arabushim' as possible'? Do they now have a right to kill without any guilt?"

      'Arabushim' - a racist term for Arabs in the Hebrew language - was later used in an Israeli newspaper interview by one of the artillerymen who fired into the United Nations base at Qana last year. At least 109 civilians sheltering in the camp were killed, 55 of them children. Ms Stern has included an English translation of the interview from Kol Ha'ir in her file, a set of documents which she has sent to the UN, to the Lebanese delegation to the UN, and to prominent American journalists in New York.

      She hoped to persuade the latter to mark the first anniversary of the Qana massacre on 18 April.

      Ms Stern's sense of outrage is as brave as it is lonely; although many American Jews are troubled by the behaviour of Israel's right-wing government and the bloody adventures in which Israel has been involved in Lebanon over the past 20 years, most will not take kindly to Eva Stern's concern for the truth to be told.

      "My feelings started slowly," she says. "I always had a problem with unquestioned obedience to authority. And when I thought about the atrocities committed by the Israelis, I felt that as an American taxpayer and an American Jew, I had an obligation to speak out. If ordinary Germans living under total oppression can be held responsible for the crimes committed by the Nazis - because they did not speak out - how much more responsible are we who live in a country where we have the freedom to speak out? If ordinary Germans were guilty for not speaking out, then surely we are also guilty in remaining silent about Qana. Because we don't live in fear of death squads. What I am doing is not courageous - it is the decent thing to do.

      "If enough decent Germans had spoken out at the time, perhaps the Holocaust would not have happened."

      Ms Stern does not draw false parallels between the Nazis and the Israeli army. "I'm not saying that the level of atrocities committed by the Israelis is on the same scale or in any way comparable to those of the Nazis. Of course not. But I know that I have paid as a taxpayer for the shells that rained down on Qana. And therefore if I'm silent, I'm no better than those Germans. Israel claims to be the representative of the Jewish people. It's important for people to know that they clearly do not speak for world Jewry. They clearly do not speak for me. So I have a duty to speak out." . . .

      SOURCE - link to independent.co.uk

      P.S. Clémenceau once said about America: "It’s the only country where barbarism has crossed over to decadence without passing civilization."

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
  • As Salaita's case becomes a cause, U of Illinois issues declarations on 'civility'
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty", by Brian Leiter, HuffingtonPost.com, 8/23/2014

      [EXCERPTS] Late Friday afternoon (August 22), the University of Illinois broke its three-week long silence on the controversy regarding the Chancellor's revocation of a tenured offer to Steven Salaita, who had accepted a faculty position in the American Indian Studies Program at the flagship campus at Urbana-Champaign. Chancellor Phyllis Wise and Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy both issued statements explaining the revocation, but in terms far more alarming than the original decision itself. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees have now declared that the First Amendment does not apply to any tenured faculty at the University of Illinois. . .

      . . . At moments like this, one wonders: Where are the lawyers? Chancellor Wise and Chairman Kennedy have made statements that commit the University of Illinois to illegal because unconstitutional courses of action. They should resign, or be removed from office, before doing further damage to one of the nation's great research universities. Their public statements make clear they are unfit to lead academic institutions in which both freedom of speech and freedom of research and inquiry are upheld.

      ENTIRE BLOG POST - link to huffingtonpost.com

      P.S. Brian Leiter is the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values at the University of Chicago

    • RE: "Here’s the letter from UIUC board members. I wonder if all of them signed." ~ Weiss

      ANSWER: It appears that all of them signed, except for the governor.

      ~ ~ ~ University of Illinois ~ ~ ~

      ~ Board of Trustees ~

      Home » About the Board of Trustees

      Meet the Trustees

      The University of Illinois Board of Trustees consists of 13 members, 11 who have official votes. Nine are appointed by the Governor for terms of six years, and three student trustees (one from each campus: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield) are elected by referenda on their campuses for one-year terms. One of these student trustees is appointed by the Governor to have an official vote. The Governor serves as an ex-officio member.

      [PHOTOS]
      • Estrada
      • Fitzgerald
      • Hasara
      • Holmes
      • Kennedy
      • Koritz
      • Estrada
      • Fitzgerald
      • McMillan
      • Montgomery
      • Strobel
      • Cave
      • Frye
      • Leibowitz*

      • Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor

      * Student trustee assigned official vote

      Officers of the Board

      Chair: Christopher G. Kennedy
      Treasurer: Lester H. McKeever, Jr.
      Comptroller: Walter K. Knorr
      University Counsel: Thomas R. Bearrows
      Secretary: Susan M. Kies

      Reference
      A list of current trustees by terms

      SOURCE [screen capture] - link to bot.uillinois.edu

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame?
    • RE: "Tell us Israel, the greater Jewish good – defined – as what? . . . Since dissident Jews don’t have the power, at least lay out a minimum vision – of a somewhat sustainable, somewhat just and, alas, somewhat ethical view of the future of Israel and the Jewish people. All I hear is ending the terror. . . There must be something beyond the terror you partake in and provoke." ~ Marc Ellis

      A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the purveyors of new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine® Ultra CR (Controlled Release) Transdermal Patch: Let The Good Times Roll!

      I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire.
      I'll never forget the look on my father's face as he gathered me up
      In his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement.
      I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in flames.
      And when it was all over I said to myself,
      "Is that all there is to a fire?"

      Is that all there is?
      Is that all there is?
      If that's all there is my friends
      Then let's keep dancing
      Let's break out the booze and have a ball
      If that's all there is

      And when I was 12 years old, my daddy took me to a circus.
      "The Greatest Show On Earth."
      There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears.
      And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads.
      And as I sat there watching, I had the feeling that something was missing.
      I don't know what, but when it was over,
      I said to myself,
      "Is that all there is to a circus?"

      Is that all there is?
      Is that all there is?
      If that's all there is my friends
      Then let's keep dancing
      Let's break out the booze and have a ball
      If that's all there is . . .

      . . . I know what you must be saying to yourselves.
      "If that's the way she feels about it why doesn't she just end it all?"
      Oh, no, not me.
      I'm in no hurry for that final disappointment.
      'Cause I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you,
      That when that final moment comes and I'm breathing my last breath
      I'll be saying to myself-

      Is that all there is?
      Is that all there is?
      If that's all there is my friends
      Then let's keep dancing
      Let's break out the booze and have a ball
      If that's all there is

      Peggy Lee -- Is That All There Is? 1969 [VIDEO, 04:38] - link to youtube.com

      P.S. The Ziocaine concept was first used on Mondoweiss by “Mooser”

  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights
    • RE: "Liberal Zionists must now face the reality that the dissenters have recognized for years: A de facto single state already exists; in it, rights for Jews are guaranteed while rights for Palestinians are curtailed." ~ Antony Lerman

      MY COMMENT: I hate to find fault with Lerman's excellent op-ed, but (rightly or wrongly) I can't agree that "rights for Jews are guaranteed" in the de facto single state that already exists between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. I do more or less agree that Israeli "Jews" (as currently defined by Israel's Nuremberg-type laws) have certain rights that generally are not curtailed (as they are de jure and and even a bit more de facto to varying degrees for "non-Jewish" Israelis). Unfortunately, Israel failed to take advantage of its best opportunity to "guarantee" these rights when it pretty much blew off the commitment made in its declaration of independence to formulate and adopt a formal constitution no later than 1 October 1948.
      Although some constitutional provisions are contained in Basic Laws passed by Israel's Knesset, there is no clear rule determining the precedence of Basic Rules over regular legislation, and in many cases this issue is left to the interpretation of the judicial system.
      Consequently, at this point, it is far too much of a stretch to say that "rights for Jews [or anyone else] are guaranteed" in the de facto single state. Considerably to the contrary, the current government of Israel is committed to having the Knesset pass a Basic Law subverting Israel's democratic identity to its identity as the state of the Jewish people.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS
    • RE: Later he [Netanyahu] tweeted that ISIS and Hamas are "Two branches of the same poison tree," and cited the oppression of women, Christians and gays as a shared program. And he tweeted this... : "Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas. They’re enemies of Peace. They’re enemies of all civilized countries." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I'm not one to gloat and self-satisfyingly say "I told you so", but I have often half-seriously/half-jokingly said that Twitter is the devil's workshop (ostensibly because it can be* such a "hot medium" in the McLuhan sense).

      * Rather than using Twitter as a "cool medium" to genuinely 'promote interaction', Netanyahu is instead using it as a "hot medium" to spoon-feed, à la Father Coughlin, the basest of rank propaganda to the global 'proles' he is trying to manipulate/control.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
    • RE: "The next time you see radical profiles online, think who benefits. Because it’s sure not progressives. Ask yourself, is 'Jason Beck' unique in his duplicity? It’s unlikely." ~ Annie Robbins

      FOR INSTANCE, SEE: “Amateur or professional?” ~ by Rowan Berkley, Niqnaq, posted on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at 7:56 am

      The weakness of this scheme is that the message boards log IPs and can thus detect sock puppets – RB
      ~ ~ ~ JIDF 4chan operations for Feb 2011 ~ ~ ~
      Jewish Internet Defense Force (offsite)

      This upcoming February we will be launching our largest operation on 4chan and other popular image boards, our objective is to create an image of Palestinians and Lebanese being virulently anti-American and anti-Western.
      • Create threads against Israel and fill them with posts from violent Jihadist Palestinians, claim to want to immigrate into the West to do Jihad, later on in the threads post links to propaganda films like Pallywood.
      • Exploit massive Lebanese immigration into Australia as a reason why the Australian people should support Israel.
      • Claim that Israel helps stop Muslim immigration into the West.
      • Post propaganda threads linking to Palestinian and Lebanese suicide bombers and other Muslim extremism, in these threads also reply as a Jew who has been affected by Jihadist violence, explain to the readers that Muslims are a threat to the West.
      • Start threads claiming to be Lebanese-Americans or Palestinian-Englanders, portray yourselves as extremely anti-Israel, later on in these threads claim to be a Jew disgusted by the behavior of the Lebanese/Palestinian man.

      MD5: 98bc2f5ba195396e3958bcec640a4292
      -7-6-6-2-5-8-2-1-8-9-3-6-7-8-4-5-6

      SOURCE – link to niqnaq.wordpress.com

      ALSO SEE: "Lets have a serious discussion about the JIDF", by kevkevkev, The Student Room (UK), 9/12/11
      LINK - link to thestudentroom.co.uk

  • State Dep't says it's 'not OK' that Israel detained another American teenager without informing us
    • RE: "Yesterday Alex reported that since the lynching by Israeli settlers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, in occupied Jerusalem on July 2" ~ Phil Weiss with Alex Kane

      MY COMMENT: According to the alleged ringleader, it was actually a human sacrifice* (not a mundane lynching).

      * SEE: "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing", by Daniel K. Eisenbud, JPost.com, 8/13/2014

      [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to jpost.com

  • Entitled ideology supporting 'incineration' of Gaza resonates with Nazi ideology -- Siegman
    • Siegman suggests that because of "messianic Zionism", "[t]oo many Israelis seem to believe they have a God-given right to occupy, suppress, disenfranchise and displace non-Jews—particularly Arabs—in Israel." He adds: "That belief may also account for the fact that adherents to a Jewish religious tradition that stresses the sanctity of human life and man’s creation in the image of the divine react so callously to the destruction of innocents, as Israelis have, 80 to 90 percent of whom have approved Israel’s incineration of so many of Gaza’s non-combatant population."
      Siegman's repeated reference to "incineration" brought to mind a recent human sacrifice involving incineration:

      [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . .

      ~ from an article by Daniel K. Eisenbud on 8/13/2014 at JPost.com titled "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing"

  • Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse
    • RE: "Hours before a ceasefire was set to expire between Israel and Hamas, negotiations in Cairo have collapsed and rockets and air strikes have resumed." ~ Deger

      MY COMMENT: I wouldn't mind being a fly on the wall in the Obama compound out there on Martha's Vinyard. Not permanently, of course. Most certainly not in perpetuity. Anything but!

      KAFKAESQUE - A MUSICAL METAMORPHOSIS [VIDEO, 01:37] - link to youtube.com

      (Soderberg's) Kafka 1991 (Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell, Joel Grey, Alec Guiness) [VIDEO, 1:34:25] - link to youtube.com

  • Revenge devoid of purpose: Punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes
    • RE: The High Court Justices Yoram Danziger, Issac Amit, and Noam Sohlberg (the last a settler) ruled against all evidence, including that of the IDF itself, that the demolitions were essential to deter acts of violence – particularly given “the significant deterioration of the security situation.” ~ Cody O’Rourke and Jeff Halper

      MY COMMENT: Since Israel and the U.S. share the same values, I'm surprised the use of house demolitions here in the States has not likewise been deemed "essential to deter acts of violence – particularly given the significant deterioration of the security situation (e.g., in Ferguson, Missouri).”

      According to an article at ElectronicIntifada.net:

      [EXCERPTS] At least two of the four law enforcement agencies that were deployed in Ferguson up until Thursday evening — the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Police Department — received training from Israeli security forces in recent years. . .

      . . . While there is a wealth of scholarship on police militarization in the US, there has been little to no examination of the ways Israel’s security apparatus facilitates it.

      Decades of testing and perfecting methods of domination and control on a captive and disenfranchised Palestinian population has given rise to a booming “homeland security industry” in Israel that refashions occupation-style repression for use on marginalized populations in other parts of the world, including St. Louis.

      Under the cover of counterterrorism training, nearly every major police agency in the United States has traveled to Israel for lessons in occupation enforcement, a phenomenon that journalist Max Blumenthal dubbed “the Israelification of America’s security apparatus.” Israeli forces and US police departments are so entrenched that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has opened a branch in Tel Aviv.

      In 2011, then St. Louis County Police Department chief Timothy Fitch attended the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, an annual week-long Israeli training camp where US law enforcement executives “study first hand Israel’s tactics and strategies” directly from “senior commanders in the Israel National Police, experts from Israel’s intelligence and security services, and the Israel Defense Forces,” according to the ADL’s website.

      Until Thursday night, the St. Louis County Police Department appeared to be the largest most militarized and brutish force operating in Ferguson. “St. Louis County Police” was scrawled across the side of most of the tactical unit vehicles and appeared on the combat-style uniforms of officers aiming assault rifles at peaceful protesters.

      The ADL boasts of sending more than 175 senior US law enforcement officials from 100 different agencies to the seminar since 2004, which are “taking the lessons they learned in Israel back to the United States."
      The ADL is just one of several pro-Israel groups forging close ties between US cops and Israel’s security and intelligence apparatus.

      Another is the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a neoconservative think tank that claims to have hosted some 9,500 law enforcement officials in its Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) since 2004.

      LEEP “takes delegations of senior law enforcement executives to Israel to study methods and observe techniques used in preventing and reacting to acts of terrorism” and “sponsors conferences within the United States, bringing Israeli experts before much larger groups of law enforcement leaders,” according to JINSA’s brochure..”

      Former St. Louis Police Department police chief Joseph Mokwa is listed as having traveled to Israel as part of a LEEP conference in February 2008.

      Following nationwide outrage and embarrassment, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon pulled St. Louis County Police forces out of Ferguson and placed the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of policing demonstrators. The St. Louis Police Department voluntarily removed its officers from Ferguson.

      As a result, Ferguson no longer looks like occupied territory, though the underlying issue, Michael Brown’s murder, has yet to be addressed. . .

  • More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times
  • Four arrested after occupying Senator Feinstein's LA office to protest military aid
    • RE: "Four arrested after occupying Senator Feinstein’s LA office to protest military aid"

      MY ATTEMPT AT REPARTEE: Can't we all just get along? These disruptive dissidents need to learn to BEHAVE and mind their Ps and Qs instead of challenging AUTHORITY! When the plebes of ancient Rome began to go astray instead of giving their unabashed, enthusiastic devotion to their emperor Caligula (possibly a bit eccentric, but certainly not nearly so much as the dilettantish firebug Nero), the greatest empire the world has ever known went straight to hell in a handbasket*!

      * OSCAR WILDE'S GRAND TOUR OF AMERICA (1882):

      In 1881, Oscar Wilde took to the Atlantic Ocean to embark on year-long lecture tour in the USA. It was on the outward voyage to his year in an alien land where the great writer may or may not have told a customs officer; “I have nothing to declare but my genius”. We wouldn’t put it past him – the man’s silver tongue has produced its fair share of classic one-liners.

      An oddity at the best of times, Mr Wilde made quite the scene when he arrived in some of the more provincial towns of the US. Decked out in his fabrics and furs, satins and silks, turban standing proud and cane trailing elegantly behind, Oscar was a peculiar sight for America’s humbler folk. On arrival in Leadville, Colorado, a small mining town in the Rocky Mountains, you’d think the great writer would be out of his depth. We can only imagine the looks he got, and the nudges and winks aimed his way. The locals thought they’d have some fun with this odd Irishman, and invited him down the town’s silver mine to have a little fun with him. Firstly, they told him that to get down the mine, he had to use a transportation basket – basically, a rickety old bucket on a chain. Expecting him to back out with his tail between his legs, the locals misjudged the great writer. Never one to shirk a challenge, Oscar jumped into the bucket [basket] and down he went ("to hell in a handbasket"), even managing to look classy in the process – “I of course true to my principle being graceful even in a bucket."

      Down the mine, Oscar really kicked off the party. The locals gave him a tour, expecting him and his fine silks to have an aversion to dirt and dust, but Oscar endured, and after the tour, Wilde made himself at home and cracked out his whiskey, his cigars and sat down to a hearty meal. The cave walls rang with laughter, the locals starting to warm to Wilde and his razor wit. A man at ease with himself, Oscar took the Irish approach to welcoming himself into the company of his new neighbours - through the Irish method of good spirit, banter and the drinking tale, Oscar earned his miner’s stripes. They drank and drank, and Oscar was the last man standing, going from target to a bit of gentle ribbing to miners hero in one fell swoop.

      It goes to show, at the end of the day, a bit of wit and charms wins over all else.

      SOURCE - link to tullamoredew.com

      Company of Thieves: Oscar Wilde (Live From City Winery) [VIDEO, 05:33] - link to youtube.com

  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney dodges Gaza question (and how long can he get away with that?)
    • RE: "Sean wrote back and completely ducked her ask." ~ Phil Weiss and Joan Turner

      MY COMMENT: I hate to break this to you, but "Sean" did not write back. Some $22,000/year déclassé/flunkie (18-25 y.o.) in Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's congressional office (read a letter, I assume, from Dr. Turner to "his/her Member" of Congress, and in reply) sent what is referred to as a "bed bug letter"* by entering a few bits of info into the 1980s-era word processing program. It is printed/typed on an endless run of the "Member's" stationary (incredibly over-priced ecru-colored computer paper) processor and signed using the Member's "autopen".

      Personally, I do not even open these letters for fear of it making me a masochist. In any case, I don't believe in wasting perfectly good sadism on my worthless self. Therefore, I scrawl "Addressee refused delivery" on the envelope, and put it back in the mail.

      * "Don't let the bed bugs bite."

      Dear [constituent's title] [constituent's last name],

      Thank you for contacting me about our nation’s [enter subject code # 1-176]. As your representative in Congress, I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the issues most important to my neighbors in the Hudson Valley.

      SUBJECT CODE #37 "FOREIGN POLICY"
      Our foreign policy must always reflect our national security priorities and our American values like freedom and democracy.
      FOR SUBJECT CODE #37,I- "FOREIGN POLICY, ISRAEL NEGATIVE"
      Key to this strategy is supporting our ally Israel, which is essential for security in the Middle East.
      FOR SUBJECT CODE #37,I-,ME "FOREIGN POLICY, ISRAEL NEGATIVE, MIDDLE EAST"
      I am also deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict in Syria as well as Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons capability. I currently support the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, which would strengthen and expand enforcement of current sanctions on Iran.
      SUBJECT CODE #37,I,-,ME,BH "FOREIGN POLICY, ISRAEL NEGATIVE, MIDDLE EAST, BLEEDING HEART"
      We must look at solving conflicts through diplomacy before they divulge into large-scale crises that could cost American lives….

      Thank you again for sharing your views with me. My staff and I are here to help, so please contact my office to let me know how we can best serve you, either in Washington or at home in the Hudson Valley.

  • Weapons fired in Ferguson come from companies supplying Israel, Bahrain and Egypt
    • P.P.S. MO' SHUGAH, MO' SHUGAH, MO' SHUGAH (AIN'T IT SWEET): "How We're Footing the Bill for Violent Crackdowns on Dissent in the Middle East", By Anna Lekas Miller, AlterNet, 4/17/12
      A global, for-profit system binds together US weapons companies, repressive governments in the Middle East and taxpayer money.

      [EXCERPT] . . . The nondescript warehouse-like buildings in rural Pennsylvania . . . are the headquarters of Combined Systems, Inc.—one of the largest manufacturers and international suppliers of teargas, stun grenades and other “non-lethal” crowd control devices in the world.

      Israel, or more accurately, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is their most frequent client. And Combined Systems’ relationship with the IDF is an emblem of a global system that binds together US weapons companies, repressive governments and taxpayer money.

      Here’s how this system generally works: a foreign government requests a certain amount of military assistance from the United States government. If the US government chooses to accept this request, Congress appropriates the amount into the budget, and once the budget is passed, the recipient can use the money to purchase weapons from US manufacturers. Israel is a case in point.

      The United States has given foreign aid to Israel since 1949. By 1962, this money was used to fund the purchase of US weaponry, forming the foundation of the relationship between the US government and Israeli military. Due to an Israeli economic crisis during the 1980s, military loans to Israel were eliminated and replaced with grants. In 2008, all economic aid was eliminated and replaced exclusively with military aid.

      Today, Israel receives about $3.1 billion annually from the United States in foreign military financing, or more simply, military aid. Since this form of foreign assistance is part of the congressional budget, this collective amount is financed entirely by the US taxpayer.

      Despite proposing drastic cuts to domestic programs, President Obama's most recent budget proposal suggests increasing US military aid to Israel by $25 million. Aside from this increase, the Israeli government has recently requested an additional $700 million to construct more Iron Dome and Magic Wand missile and rocket defense batteries. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to alternet.org

    • RE: "Weapons fired in Ferguson come from companies supplying Israel, Bahrain and Egypt"

      MY COMMENT: Pipe down everybody, it's all quite kosher because these here defense contractors "pay to play", and do so quite handsomely! The "payees", of course, are our senators and congressmen. The "payor" defense contractors' "play" is Uncle Sam's "1033 Program", which permits the Pentagon to give military hardware to local police departments only to then buy more equipment for itself! That's a win (local police), win (Pentagon), win (defense contractors), win (senators & congressmen)! Ain't it sweet?!?! Like shugah!

      SEE "Ferguson Police Militarization: Cash Flowed To Lawmakers Who Voted To 'Militarize' Police", By David Sirota, IBTimes.com, August 15 2014

      [EXERPT] As local law enforcement has deployed martial tactics against those protesting the police killing of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a debate is suddenly raging over how municipal police forces came to resemble military units. A new report suggests the trend may, in part, have to do with campaign contributions to congressional lawmakers.

      At issue is the federal government’s so-called 1033 Program, which permits the Pentagon to give military hardware to local police departments.

      In a June investigative report, the New York Times documented how that program, among others, has allowed police departments to “receive tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” Newsweek notes that the program originally started in 1990 as part of the so-called War on Drugs, the idea being “that if the U.S. wanted its police to act like drug warriors, it should equip them like warriors, which it has — to the tune of around $4.3 billion in equipment.”

      That represents potential profits for the defense contractors, because the program effectively creates a secondary market and additional demand for those contractors’ goods. The Pentagon can, for instance, pass equipment and ammunition to local police departments, only to then buy more equipment for itself. Meanwhile, those local police departments often spend money on parts and maintenance for the equipment, thereby providing another potential stream of money to the contractors. And once the department gets used to the surplus goods, there’s always the chance that the department itself becomes a direct buyer of those goods.

      The group’s new report looked at a June congressional vote on legislation, offered by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., that would have blocked the Pentagon from spending resources on transferring military hardware to local police agencies. The bill was defeated 62-355.

      According to data compiled by Maplight, the lawmakers “voting to continue funding the 1033 Program have received, on average, 73 percent more money from the defense industry than representatives voting to defund it.” In all, the average lawmaker voting against the bill received more than $50,000 in campaign donations from the defense industry in the last two years. The report also found that of the 59 lawmakers who received more than $100,000 from defense contractors in the last two years, only four voted for Grayson’s legislation.

      Though thought of as a political force primarily in federal policymaking, the defense industry also spends on state politics, which influences law enforcement procurement decisions. According to data compiled by the National Institute for Money in State Politics, more than $8 million of campaign contributions has been dumped into state elections in the last decade by military contractors and their employees. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to ibtimes.com

      P.S. What's that stench I smell, Denmark? No, I guess it's just the cesspool runoff from Capitol Hill (originally Jenkins Hill).

  • With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn 'Gaza into Ramallah'
    • P.S. EARLIER KABUKI REHEARSALS IN ISRAEL: "Netanyahu tried to hide Egyptian cease-fire proposal from cabinet", By Barak Ravid, Haaretz.com, Aug. 18, 2014
      Only when Lieberman brought copy to cabinet meeting did PM reluctantly admit its existence.

      [EXCERPT] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried last week to hide from cabinet ministers the draft of a cease-fire agreement drawn up by Egypt. A senior Israeli official said that during last Thursday evening's cabinet meeting, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman confronted Netanyahu, showing him the copy of the Egyptian proposal that he, Lieberman, had received, and demanded an explanation.

      The Israeli official said Lieberman surprised Netanyahu with this revelation. This was the first that the other cabinet ministers had heard that Israel had received a draft cease-fire agreement from the Egyptians, and they demanded copies of their own so they could review it.

      A stormy atmosphere ensued and Netanyahu found himself on the defensive. The official said Netanyahu told the cabinet members that it was only a proposal, one of many that had been updated again and again in previous days.

      "I didn't say 'yes' to this draft and for now we do not accept it," he told the ministers. At one point Netanyahu exited the cabinet meeting to speak with some visiting mayors from the south. That get-together was to last only a few minutes, yet Netanyahu stretched it out to more than an hour. Eventually Lieberman and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon lost their patience and left the cabinet meeting. It was decided to adjourn and continue the following morning.

      When the ministers entered the cabinet room Friday morning, Netanyahu had no choice but to present the Egyptian proposal to them. He told the cabinet members that he was rejecting it because it did not answer Israel's security demands. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to haaretz.com

    • RE: "With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn ‘Gaza into Ramallah’"

      MY COMMENT: The gods have already spoken (and brokered an agreement)! Cairo is just a midsummer night's Kabuki*!!!

      *SEE: "Israel coordinated with US on gradual end of Gaza blockade", by Attila Somfalvi, YnetNews.com, 08.19.14

      Israel coordinated with US on gradual end of Gaza blockade
      Sources in Jerusalem claim Israel, America secretly agreed on steps to ease humanitarian hardship in Gaza by opening crossings.

      [EXCERPT] Sources in Jerusalem said late Monday night that Israel had coordinated with the US to define the details of a future permanent accord with Hamas.

      The sources claimed that US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Israel next week in a show of support for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and in order to demonstrate that the two allies' relationship is not in crisis.

      The same sources added that Israel and the US secretly decided that Israel will agree to a gradual lifting of the blockade on Gaza Strip, starting with the land crossings and eventually opening up sea traffic.

      Under the agreement, Israeli will not oppose the transfer of salaries to Hamas civil workers in Gaza and will allow for the rehabilitation of the Strip with the use of international assistance.

      The issue of the Strip's demilitarization, which Israel demanded during Operation Protective Edge, will most likely not be included in the accord developing in Cairo, though the US will support the Israeli demand for the prevention of Hamas and other terror organization's efforts to rearm. Israel said it would actively work to promote the issue on the international arena.

      Though there has been no official American confirmation of the agreement, according to Israeli officials Kerry and Netanyahu will announce in a joint statement that the ties between the two countries are strong, and that the disagreements between them are only on certain points. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to ynetnews.com

  • Social worker, 45, among 3 killed by Israeli soldiers at one protest in Beit Ummar last month
    • RE: "A social worker and father of three, Hashem Abu Maria was killed by an IDF sharpshooter during a protest against the Gaza war." — Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, Haaretz

      SEE: "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

  • Man who saved Jewish boy in Holocaust acts to save Israel from 'racist... quagmire'
    • RE: "Over more than six decades I have however slowly come to realize that the Zionist project had from its beginning a racist element in it in aspiring to build a state exclusively for Jews. As a consequence, ethnic cleansing took place at the time of the establishment of your state . . ." ~ Henk Zanoli

      A RELEVANT BOOK REVIEW - "Rereading: Khirbet Khizeh by S Yizhar", Jacqueline Rose, The Guardian, Friday 11 March 2011
      In his novella of the 1948 war, the Israeli writer S Yizhar sought to preserve the memory of the Palestinian nakba. Jacqueline Rose on a haunting tale that still stirs intense controversy

      [EXCERPTS] Near the beginning of Khirbet Khizeh, the extraordinary 1949 novella by S Yizhar, the narrator describes the dangers, to a soldier, of thinking: "we knew that when the thoughts came, troubles began; better not to start thinking." Khirbet Khizeh is a tribute to the power of critical thought to register the injustices of history. It is published by Granta this month in its first full English translation, first issued by Adina Hoffman for Ibis editions in Jerusalem in 2008. Khirbet Khizeh tells the story of the expulsion of Palestinian villagers from their home and land during the 1948 war that immediately followed the founding of the Israeli state: the war of independence or liberation, as it is referred to in Israel; for the Palestinians, the nakba or catastrophe. By the end of it, 750,000 Palestinians had become refugees. This story, this moment, is, to say the least, still controversial. In July 2009, Israel's education ministry announced that the term nakba, introduced two years previously into Palestinian-Israeli textbooks, was to be removed on the grounds that its use was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel. In May last year, a law was passed – widely termed the "Nakba Law" – that withdraws government funding from any group judged to be "acting against the principles of the country", which includes the commemoration of the nakba. The law effectively criminalises the right of the Palestinian people to remember.

      Renowned for many years as the only tale in Israeli literature to tell the story of the 1948 expulsion, Khirbet Khizeh also owes its power and status to the way that it recounts the resistance to memory which this dark episode of Israeli history will provoke in the nation's consciousness: "True, it all happened a long time ago," the story opens, "but it has haunted me ever since. I sought to drown it out with the din of passing time, to diminish its value, to blunt its edge with the rush of daily life." In fact Yizhar wrote Khirbet Khizeh in 1948, long before the question of memory could even have arisen. But it is as if, in the charged moment of writing, he already saw that his task was to rescue this history from oblivion. Unlike the other soldiers in his unit, the narrator knows that this story is not going to go away. As he walks through the desolate Palestinian landscape, his soldier companion exults in the emptiness which he sees as proof of the superiority of the Zionist pioneers: "Wow! Our old-timers used to break their backs for any strip of land, and today we just walk in and take it!" For the narrator, by contrast, the Jews who reap the profits of this war, the future inhabitants in whose cause the war is being fought, will be haunted: "The people who would live in this village, wouldn't the walls cry out in their ears?" . . .

      . . . Khirbet Khizeh is the story which, with the least ambivalence, offers to official Zionist history its strongest, unanswerable, counterpoint. The translation is long overdue. In lyrical, haunting prose – evocatively rendered into English by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck – the narrator describes what was done to the Palestinians in 1948. As the story builds to its climax, the writing at times is paced and slow, such as when the soldiers languish and wait; then it suddenly erupts, like the exploded stone house of a woman who "leapt up, burst into wild howling and started to run in that direction, holding a baby in her arms, while another wretched child, who could already stand, clutched the hem of her dress, and she screamed, pointed, talked, and choked". All at once she understands "that it wasn't just about waiting under the sycamore trees to hear what the Jews wanted and then to go home, but that her home and her world had come to a full stop, and everything had turned dark and was collapsing; suddenly she had grasped something inconceivable, terrible, incredible, standing directly before her, real and cruel, body to body, and there was no going back". By recounting this crisis from inside her mind, Yizhar dismantles at a stroke the poisoned rhetoric of enmity, the image of the Palestinians as unknowable, distant, threatening. You cannot read Khirbet Khizeh without experiencing 1948 – "body to body" – as a tragedy for the Palestinians. . .

      ENTIRE BOOK REVIEW - link to theguardian.com

  • Israel and its advocates have a new target in sight: Head of UN inquiry William Schabas
    • RE: The New York Times also reports on Schabas and how Israel is bracing for war crimes inquiries on Gaza. . . The Times also mentions that “Professor Schabas was filmed in New York almost two years ago saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was his ‘favorite’ to be in the dock at the International Criminal Court.” ~ Alex Kane and James North

      MY COMMENT: I'm certainly not an expert as to international law, but if I were to guess as to a surefire 'war crime' it would be the IDF's activation of the Hannibal Directive in response to the “kidnapping” of Hadar Goldin on 8/01/2014; accompanied by massive firing upon residential sections of Rafah (without the IDF having given the residents any warnings); and causing the deaths of between 130 and 150 Palestinians (mostly civilians, including many women and children).
      Apparently Netanyahu is not particularly keen on the prospect of Israelis finally being put in the dock (in absentia, if not in person) at The Hague since he is imploring his supporters in the U.S. Congress to "help Israel stay out of the International Criminal Court."

  • Israel's foundation in a 'terroristic campaign of expulsion, ethnic cleansing and murder' is the 'deep wound in that part of the world' -- Sullivan
    • RE: "[W]hen you say the Israelis only want to live in peace with their neighbors, is that why 1948 is regarded by any non-Israeli in the region as a 'catastrophe'? Was that living in peace with their neighbors? That was a terroristic campaign of expulsion, of ethnic cleansing, and of mass murder. That’s how Israel was founded." ~ Andrew Sullivan

      A RELEVANT BOOK REVIEW - "Rereading: Khirbet Khizeh by S Yizhar", Jacqueline Rose, The Guardian, Friday 11 March 2011
      In his novella of the 1948 war, the Israeli writer S Yizhar sought to preserve the memory of the Palestinian nakba. Jacqueline Rose on a haunting tale that still stirs intense controversy

      [EXCERPTS] Near the beginning of Khirbet Khizeh, the extraordinary 1949 novella by S Yizhar, the narrator describes the dangers, to a soldier, of thinking: "we knew that when the thoughts came, troubles began; better not to start thinking." Khirbet Khizeh is a tribute to the power of critical thought to register the injustices of history. It is published by Granta this month in its first full English translation, first issued by Adina Hoffman for Ibis editions in Jerusalem in 2008. Khirbet Khizeh tells the story of the expulsion of Palestinian villagers from their home and land during the 1948 war that immediately followed the founding of the Israeli state: the war of independence or liberation, as it is referred to in Israel; for the Palestinians, the nakba or catastrophe. By the end of it, 750,000 Palestinians had become refugees. This story, this moment, is, to say the least, still controversial. In July 2009, Israel's education ministry announced that the term nakba, introduced two years previously into Palestinian-Israeli textbooks, was to be removed on the grounds that its use was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel. In May last year, a law was passed – widely termed the "Nakba Law" – that withdraws government funding from any group judged to be "acting against the principles of the country", which includes the commemoration of the nakba. The law effectively criminalises the right of the Palestinian people to remember.

      Renowned for many years as the only tale in Israeli literature to tell the story of the 1948 expulsion, Khirbet Khizeh also owes its power and status to the way that it recounts the resistance to memory which this dark episode of Israeli history will provoke in the nation's consciousness: "True, it all happened a long time ago," the story opens, "but it has haunted me ever since. I sought to drown it out with the din of passing time, to diminish its value, to blunt its edge with the rush of daily life." In fact Yizhar wrote Khirbet Khizeh in 1948, long before the question of memory could even have arisen. But it is as if, in the charged moment of writing, he already saw that his task was to rescue this history from oblivion. Unlike the other soldiers in his unit, the narrator knows that this story is not going to go away. As he walks through the desolate Palestinian landscape, his soldier companion exults in the emptiness which he sees as proof of the superiority of the Zionist pioneers: "Wow! Our old-timers used to break their backs for any strip of land, and today we just walk in and take it!" For the narrator, by contrast, the Jews who reap the profits of this war, the future inhabitants in whose cause the war is being fought, will be haunted: "The people who would live in this village, wouldn't the walls cry out in their ears?" . . .

      . . . Khirbet Khizeh is the story which, with the least ambivalence, offers to official Zionist history its strongest, unanswerable, counterpoint. The translation is long overdue. In lyrical, haunting prose – evocatively rendered into English by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck – the narrator describes what was done to the Palestinians in 1948. As the story builds to its climax, the writing at times is paced and slow, such as when the soldiers languish and wait; then it suddenly erupts, like the exploded stone house of a woman who "leapt up, burst into wild howling and started to run in that direction, holding a baby in her arms, while another wretched child, who could already stand, clutched the hem of her dress, and she screamed, pointed, talked, and choked". All at once she understands "that it wasn't just about waiting under the sycamore trees to hear what the Jews wanted and then to go home, but that her home and her world had come to a full stop, and everything had turned dark and was collapsing; suddenly she had grasped something inconceivable, terrible, incredible, standing directly before her, real and cruel, body to body, and there was no going back". By recounting this crisis from inside her mind, Yizhar dismantles at a stroke the poisoned rhetoric of enmity, the image of the Palestinians as unknowable, distant, threatening. You cannot read Khirbet Khizeh without experiencing 1948 – "body to body" – as a tragedy for the Palestinians. . .

      ENTIRE BOOK REVIEW - link to theguardian.com

  • New J Street platform parrots Likud as membership continues to shift left
    • RE: "This new platform begins with a non-sequitur and a non-starter. To suggest that the most important demand is to protect the 'security needs of Israel' is at best hypocritical, and perhaps sociopathic. . . The continued existence of Israel is not at stake." ~ Ron Smith

      MY COMMENT: Somehow people must be taught/convinced it is a myth that Israel is existentially vulnerable to even the most modest security threats.* As Ira Chernus put it, "[t]he US government will never give up its pro-Israel bias and take an even-handed approach to the conflict until the public understands that the myth of Israel's insecurity has no basis in fact."

      * SEE: "Three Myths of Israel's Insecurity And Why They Must Be Debunked", By Ira Chernus, tomdispatch.com, 4/17/2011

      [EXCERPTS] Here are the Three Sacred Commandments for Americans who shape the public conversation on Israel:

      1. For politicians, especially at the federal level: As soon as you say the word “Israel,” you must also say the word “security” and promise that the United States will always, always, always be committed to Israel’s security. If you occasionally label an action by the Israeli government “unhelpful,” you must immediately reaffirm the eternal U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.

      2. For TV talking heads and op-ed pundits: If you criticize any policies or actions of the Israeli government, you must immediately add that Israel does, of course, have very real and serious security needs that have to be addressed.

      3. For journalists covering the Israel-Palestine conflict for major American news outlets: You must live in Jewish Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv and take only occasional day trips into the Occupied Territories. So your reporting must inevitably be slanted toward the perspective of the Jews you live among. And you must indicate in every report that Jewish Israeli life is dominated by anxiety about security.

      U.S. opinion-shapers have obeyed the Three Commandments scrupulously for decades. As a result, they’ve created an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation. That image is a major, if often overlooked, factor that has shaped and continues to shape Washington’s policies in the Middle East and especially the longstanding American tilt toward Israel. . .

      . . . Ironically, that myth gets plenty of criticism and questioning in the Israeli press from writers like (to cite just some recent examples) Merav Michaeli and Doron Rosenblum in the liberal newspaper Haaretz, and even Alon Ben-Meir in the more conservative Jerusalem Post. In the United States, though, the myth of insecurity is the taken-for-granted lens through which the public views everything about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Like the air we breathe, it’s a view so pervasive that we hardly notice it.

      Nor do we notice how reflexively most Americans accept the claim of self-defense as justification for everything Israel does, no matter how outrageous. That reflex goes far to explain why, in the latest Gallup poll matchup (“Do you sympathize more with Israel or the Palestinians?”), Israel won by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. And the pro-Israeli sentiment just keeps growing.

      Our politicians, pundits, and correspondents breathe the same air in the same unthinking fashion, and so they hesitate to put much pressure on Israel to change its ways. As it happens, without such pressure, no Israeli government is likely to make the compromises needed for a just and lasting peace in the region. . .

      . . . If American attitudes and so policies are ever to change, one necessary (though not in itself sufficient) step is to confront and debunk the myth of Israel’s insecurity.

      ● Three Myths in One

      Israel actually promotes three separate myths of insecurity, although its PR machine weaves them into a single tightly knit fabric. To grasp the reality behind it, the three strands have to be teased apart and examined separately.

      Myth Number 1: Israel’s existence is threatened by the ever-present possibility of military attack. In fact, there’s no chance that any of Israel’s neighbors will start a war to wipe out Israel. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to tomdispatch.com

  • Israel got tank shell that killed 20 at UN school from US without Obama's approval -- WSJ bombshell
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "IDF Col. Ofer Winter’s Holy War Against Latter-Day Philistines", by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 8/07/14
      LINK - link to richardsilverstein.com

    • RE: "White House and State Department officials had already become increasingly disturbed by what they saw as heavy-handed battlefield tactics that they believed risked a humanitarian catastrophe capable of harming regional stability and Israel’s interests." ~ WSJ

      REGARDING THESE "HEAVY-HANDED BATTLEFIELD TACTICS", SEE:
      Col. Ofer Winter: Poster Boy for IDF’s New Dirty 200, Ceasefire Dies (Again)
      , by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם, 8/07/14

      After Operation Cast Lead, peace activists prepared a list of 200 IDF officers who played major roles in the sowing the killing fields of Gaza with blood. I’m hoping someone is right now preparing a similar list for Operation Protective Edge. The level of mass mayhem in it far exceeds that of the prior campaign. More dead, more injured, more orphans, more devastation.

      Remember this name in particular: Ofer Winter. He’s the poster boy of IDF war criminals. He was also high on the list of those accused of similar acts during Cast Lead. It was he who wrote the genocidal battle plan announced to his troops in the accompanying image:

      History has chosen for us to be the bayonet point of battle against the Gazan terrorist enemy which curses, defames and abuses the God of Israel’s military campaigns…

      God, the Lord of Israel, make our path successful, as we are about to fight for Your People, Israel, against an enemy who defames your name. In the name of the IDF fighters…make the phrase “For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” come true, and we shall answer: Amen.

      Lest you think I overstated the term “genocidal” above, anyone who knows their Bible will recognize this language. It is the language used to describe those tribes which the Israelites wiped out in their campaign to capture the land of Israel and populate it with their offspring. Tribes like the Amalekites, Moabites, Jebusites and others were all exterminated in battles in which the ancient Jews followed what they perceived as God’s will in taking over the land.

      Winter’s Givati brigade played a key role in the slaughter in Rafah in the last week of the war in which 160 Palestinians were killed by vengeful IDF forces seeking vengeance after a Hamas attack that killed an IDF major, sergeant and captured Lt. Hadar Goldin. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to richardsilverstein.com

  • How many Israeli civilians have been attacked from the Gaza tunnels? Any?
    • RE: "How many Israeli civilians have been attacked by Hamas fighters emerging from tunnels?" ~ James North

      MY COMMENT: You're kidding, right? That was just a pretext* (one that apparently scared the bejesus out of the gullible Israeli populace)!

      *VOLTAIRE REGARDING "PRETEXTS", AND THE NATURE OF THEIR PROPONENTS:
      "To the wicked, everything serves as pretext." ~ Voltaire

      ALSO SEE: "Gaza Ceasefire: After 1,800+ Dead, What Led Israel to Stop the Assault — and What Comes Next?" ~ Democracy Now! ~ 8/05/14

      [EXCERPT]
      NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: And then there was the domestic issue. Israel had launched a ground invasion ostensibly to stop the so-called rocket attacks, but then it turned into something different: the tunnels. Now, the tunnels had nothing to do with Israel. That’s totally ridiculous. Israel claims there were 12 tunnels that had passed through its border. There were many more tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. The first thing Sisi did when he came into power in Egypt was seal the tunnels. Did he have to destroy all of Gaza to seal the tunnels? Israel couldn’t have done the same thing—seal the tunnels on its side of the border, exactly what Sisi did in Egypt? What did the Hamas have? It had spoons. It had shovels. You’re telling me that Israel didn’t have the earth-moving equipment to build a wall that went deeper than the tunnels? It had nothing to do with the tunnels entering Israel.

      The problem was, the tunnels in Gaza, it turned out, they had created a fairly sophisticated network of tunnels, incidentally—I know we’re not allowed to make these comparisons—not unlike the bunkers that were built in the Warsaw Ghetto—primitive, but effective—and the Hamas fighters were able to come out of the tunnels, and they inflicted a significant number of casualties on Israel. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008, '09, 10 Israeli combatants were killed, of which four were from friendly fire. This time it was about 65. Now, during the Lebanon War in 2006, about 120 Israeli combatants were killed, but that was against the Hezbollah, which is a formidable guerrilla army. So, half and more were killed in Gaza this time. So, Israel's aim was not to destroy the tunnels going into Israel. That’s ridiculous. What they wanted to do was destroy the tunnel system inside Gaza, because now an effective—not very effective, but effective—guerrilla force had been created. And Israel, every few years, has to—or less than few years, has to mow the lawn in Gaza. And so, they wanted to make sure the next time they mow the lawn—

      AMY GOODMAN: Why do you say "mow the lawn"?

      NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Well, that’s the Israeli expression. You go in, and you kill a thousand people, destroy everything in sight, and Israel calls that "mowing the lawn." So every few years they have to go into Gaza and mow the lawn. They want to make sure next time they mow the lawn—because if you read the Israeli commentators, who are really a sick bunch of people, all of them are talking now about the next war. Every single commentator is talking about the next war. This one isn’t even over yet. But they want to make sure the next time they go in, there won’t be tunnels. So that was the real aim of the mission.

      The problem was, they had reached a certain point in Gaza, and now, if they went further, they would have to enter what are called the built-up areas. And those are very densely populated. Remember, Gaza is six times as densely populated as Manhattan. So if they went into the densely populated areas, we would be talking about thousands and thousands of casualties. And Netanyahu knew the international community wouldn’t accept it, because when Israel goes into a place, it doesn’t want combatant casualties, so it blasts everything in sight. You go into densely populated areas and you blast everything in sight, well, then you’re talking about thousands and thousands of casualties.

      The other problem was, these tunnels were actually not vulnerable to aerial bombing and artillery shells. So even if they destroyed everything in sight, the tunnels are still there, Hamas comes out, and significant Israeli casualties. So Netanyahu realized ground invasion is over. There’s no further they can go, because of the domestic Israeli constraint: They don’t tolerate combatant casualties. The international constraint kicked in when Obama said, "It’s over, folks. Have to stop. Killed too many U.N. people this time." And then the ceasefire was signed. . .

      ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT (AND VIDEO) - link to democracynow.org

  • Moshe Feiglin's vision of liberating Gaza by driving Palestinians into the Sinai --Updated
    • RE: "Does it make sense to sacrifice 64 Israelis, and to bomb densely populated civilian areas for four weeks, 24 hours a day, to gain three or five years of “quiet” from pesky, but ineffectual rockets. Not peace, but quiet. Feiglin doesn’t think so, and in that, surely, he is right." ~ Roland Nikles

      HOW 'OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE' MIGHT MAKE SENSE:
      I'm a bit surprised that no one anywhere seems to have raised the possibility that Operation Protective Edge might actually be the first op of an operational trilogy. Israel's second op would be neutralizing Hezbollah in Lebanon.
      After these two prerequisite ops have been completed, and Hezbollah and Hamas have been deemed sufficiently neutralized, the third op (i.e., the Grand Finale) would be Israel eliminating Iran's nuclear program.

      P.S. Put another way, I wonder whether the Obama administration had to sign off on Israel's Operation Protective Edge in order to keep Netanyahu from raising a stink about the talks with Iran being extended.

  • Thousands of displaced Palestinians take shelter on the fringes of Gaza City
    • RE: The el-Algan family has joined over 550,000 displaced Palestinians across the besieged Gaza Strip. They fled nearly two weeks ago from their home in Zeitoun near Shuja’iyeh, a northern town that today is a desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland of bombed out buildings where bodies are still trapped under rubble. “I built it new eight years ago,” said Hussein Mohammed Ali el-Algan, 50, of his former home. ~ Allison Deger

      MY COMMENT: Frankly, since almost all of this destruction was accomplished with U.S.-supplied armaments (many of them provided by the U.S. to Israel as military aid), and since the U.S. Government apparently gave Israel the 'go ahead' to launch this campaign of destruction against Gaza (including Operation Protective Edge), I believe the U.S. and Israel should be held responsible for compensating the people of Gaza (especially those who in no way contributed to the damage) for damage to their properties.
      The UN General Assembly should pass a resolution decreeing that the U.S. and Israel are responsible for compensating the people of Gaza for damage to their properties.

  • The selected writings of Samantha Power
    • RE: "The four Palestinian boys playing on the beach in Gaza City were like boys everywhere, restless for play. Their deaths are heartbreaking . . . And the Israeli authorities have opened an investigation into their deaths." ~ Samantha Power (aspiring to be U.S. Secretary of State)

      THAT REMINDS ME: I wonder how much progress Israel has made in the "thorough and transparent investigation" the US State Department said it expects Israel to make* into the videotaped shooting/murder by the Israeli military of the two Palestinian teenagers during the Nakba Day protests outside Ofer prison in the West Bank back on May 15 (nearly 3 months ago).

      * SEE - "US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens", by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
      Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to 'conduct a thorough and transparent investigation'.
      LINK - link to ynetnews.com

  • Rightwing Jews who want to destroy Muslim holy site in Jerusalem raise funds on Indiegogo
    • RE: "[T]he Third Temple project is explicitly aimed at destroying Muslim sites of worship, including the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: This is yet another reason that Jerusalem must be made an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

  • UK activists shut down Israeli arms factory
    • I am so embarrassed for the U.K. police shown in the first/top/uppermost photo looking on as the protesters occupy Elbit's roof. I have never seen police decked out in such cheap, geeky, light-colored, butt-ugly protective gear. Have they no self-respect? Their gear looks like the type of protective gear that the teletubbies might wear.
      If the U.K. wants their police to be taken seriously (rather than being snickered at), they should invest in the type of kick-ass armour that turns mere policemen into über-intimidating RoboCops.

  • Where you can donate to help Gaza -- Updated
    • ANOTHER WAY TO HELP THE TRAUMATIZED PEOPLE OF GAZA:


      Please make a tax-deductible donation payable to The Gaza Mental Health Foundation Inc.

      Your gift will be sent to The Gaza Community Mental Health Program, which is providing vital mental health support to the traumatized families of the Gaza Strip.
      Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
      To donate, please print out brochure or send a check with your name, address, telephone number, and email address to:
      Gaza Mental Health Foundation
      PO Box 380273
      Cambridge MA 02238

      SOURCE: Gaza Mental Health Foundation - link to gazamentalhealth.org

      P.S.
      GAZA MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
      Bill Slaughter, President
      Donald McInnes, Treasurer
      Hilary Rantisi, Clerk
      Devin Atallah
      J. Timothy Davis
      Nancy Murray
      Alice Rothchild
      Sara Roy
      Ahmad Tahaha

      GAZA MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION - ADVISORY COMMITTEE
      Cindy & Craig Corrie
      Jess Ghannam
      Ellis Goldberg
      Elaine Hagopian
      David Hall
      John Pirroni
      Yale Rabin
      Ted Rynearson
      Therese Saliba
      Tom Suarez
      David Trimble

      SOURCE (CLICK ON "ABOUT") - link to gazamentalhealth.org

  • israel is the golden calf
    • RE: "israel is the golden calf"

      CONTRAPUNTALLY SPEAKING: "Assault on Gaza—Rafah, a Case Study; Israeli’s Adeptness at Genocide", by Norman Pollack, Counterpunch.org, 8/05/14

      [EXCERPTS] The Jewish State uses religion as a subterfuge to hide political-military aggrandizement. Nothing quite like this psychotic exhibition of statecraft—and utter desecration of religion per se. To all critics, Israel and its propaganda organs abroad, notably, AIPAC, rush in to charge “self-hating” Jew to silence dissent among Jewish people, while non-Jews are merely and quickly labeled anti-Semites. How long can this racket continue? How long the BLASPHEMING of Judaism, yes, nothing short, because insulting G-d through acts of murder, cruelty, vengeance, and therefore the profanation of a religion devoted to His service and therefore treating what is sacred with contempt? How long ethnic cleansing, population displacement, promiscuous killing of the innocent, hauteur and sangfroid in the act of bombing hospitals, refugee-packed UN schools now shelters to escape the constant bombing and ground-forces’ actions in residential neighborhoods? Not a tear (except of the crocodile variety, rote, sanctimonious in the face of gut-wrenching human suffering), never an admission of wrong-doing, always an insinuation, the slyness of the authoritarian mind, that the other party is culpable. . .

      . . . Netanyahu, the night before [Aug. 2], announced on Israeli television an ostensible pullback of troops in certain areas; in an understated version of the no-compromise position, he declared, “We promised to return the quiet to Israel’s citizens, and we will continue to act until that aim is achieved. We will take as much time as necessary, and will EXERT AS MUCH FORCE AS NEEDED.” (my caps.) There will be no negotiated settlement. The damage will be done, Israel maintaining its right to flex its muscle power at will, as in the now-current phrase, “cutting the grass,” to signify periodic offensive operations in the Territories to keep Palestinians underfoot and locked into permanent subjugation. Meanwhile, children die, whether by bombs, inadequate nourishment, or loneliness, their parents taken from them in a world that doesn’t care.

      My New York Times Comment to Steven Erlanger and Jodi Rudoren’s article, “Gaza Operation to Last as Long as Needed,” (Aug. 2), which began the recent round of reports on Gaza, follows—except that it will no longer be found in the Comments section, having been deleted presumably because a reader found it objectionable (I entered a complaint to the Public Editor):

      “[We] will exert as much force as needed.” This, despite leaving Gaza already a wasteland of rubble, having also attacked hospitals, power plants, UN shelter/schools, mosques–scenes reminiscent of World War 2 and possibly worse. Yet world Jewry applauds the war crimes of Israel, unable to see how much Israeli war lust defames, sullies, makes a mockery of Judaism itself, which over the last 150 years has been in the vanguard of human rights.

      The real “self-hating” Jew is the Israeli, who blindly and bluntly tears apart the sublime ethics of Jewish philosophy. Israel hides behind Judaism to commit war crimes. It doesn’t get uglier than that. The Gaza invasion is GENOCIDE.

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to counterpunch.org

  • Elie Wiesel plays the Holocaust trump card in Gaza
    • RE: "Elie Wiesel can’t help himself. If he hasn’t debased himself and his cause enough on the subject of Israel in recent years, his latest is a stunner." ~ Marc Ellis

      SEE: "Elie Wiesel, Moral Mercenary", by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 2/09/10

      [EXCERPTS] Did you know morality is for sale? No? Well, as far as Elie Wiesel is concerned it is. If the Palestinians had $500,000 THEY might find moral favor in Elie’s eyes as well. You see, since Bernie Madoff blew Wiesel’s foundation assets, I guess he’s found a need to sell his scruples to the highest bidder. Last year that would’ve been John Hagee, before whose Christians United for Israel conference Wiesel pronounced the anti-Semite and homophobe his “dear pastor”:
      For delivering one speech to Hagee’s congregation, Wiesel received a check for $500,000 toward his foundation, according to Marita Styrsky, the wife of Christians United for Israel Eastern Regional Director Victor Styrsky (Christians United is Hagee’s lobbying arm)

      . . . And the next time you hear of some good deed performed by the Elie Wiesel Foundation remember it’s probably funded by a man who said that Hitler was half-Jewish and doing the work of the Lord, John Hagee.

      SOURCE - link to richardsilverstein.com

      P.S. WIESEL ON HIS SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL:

      “My loyalty to my people, to our people, and to Israel comes first and prevents me from saying anything critical of Israel outside Israel… As a Jew I see my role as a melitz yosher, a defender of Israel: I defend even her mistakes… I must identify with whatever Israel does – even with her errors.” ~ Elie Wiesel, “Against Silence”

  • Israeli deceptions revealed in story of ‘kidnapped’ soldier
  • Tariq Abu Khdeir goes to Washington -- and finds surprising support
    • RE: "Shibly said that Israel’s refusal to hold security forces accountable for abuses against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs is prolonging the conflict."

      THAT REMINDS ME: I wonder how much progress Israel has made in the "thorough and transparent investigation" the US State Department said it expects Israel to make* into the videotaped shooting/murder by the Israeli military of the two Palestinian teenagers during the Nakba Day protests outside Ofer prison in the West Bank back on May 15 (more than 10 weeks ago).

      * SEE - "US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens", by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
      Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to 'conduct a thorough and transparent investigation'.
      LINK - link to ynetnews.com

  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • RE: "This is tragic and embarrassing. Israel is calling the tune for the Obama administration on Gaza. In the last 24 hours since the alleged capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants, the Obama administration is now laying all blame on Hamas for Israel’s slaughter of over 1300 Palestinians in Gaza." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Get real, Phil. You've got to look at 'The Big Picture'. The Democrats are in the midst of prime time for raising money for the 2014 elections?!?! This is money the Democrats desperately need in order run enough TV ads so as to have a chance of holding on to the U.S. Senate!?!? If in order to raise that kind of money, Obama has to blame Hamas for Israel’s slaughter of over 1300 Palestinians in Gaza, then "a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do . . ."

      HENRY SIEGMAN, 7/22/14:

      . . . I’m sure the president’s political advisers are telling him that a congressional election year is not the time to take on the Israel lobby. They are wrong, not only because it is always election time in the United States, but because successive polls have established that American Jews vote constantly and overwhelmingly Democratic for a wide variety of domestic and international reasons, but support for Netanyahu’s policies is not one of them.

      And if the president wishes to convince Israelis and Palestinians that Israeli-Palestinian peace is a cause worth taking risks for, should he not be willing to take some domestic political risks as well?

      SOURCE - link to politico.com

  • Reprint of Yochanan Gordon's "When Genocide is Permissible" (Updated)
    • RE: "Reprint of Yochanan Gordon’s “When Genocide is Permissible” (Updated)

      MY COMMENT: I have noticed that something about Operation Leading Edge seems to have made it quite fashionable for Israel's supporters to cavalierly call for the genocide of the Palestinians.* I don't recall having seen this phenomenon back during either "Cast Lead" or "Pillar of Defense".

      * A COMMENT AT POLITICO IN SUPPORT OF THE IDF PERPETRATING A GENOCIDE IN GAZA:

      Jack Jackson • a day ago
      I don't care if Israeli operations are pinpoint or not. Don't stop until the vermin have been exterminated
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      dickerson3870 Jack Jackson • a day ago
      RE: "Don't stop until the vermin have been exterminated" ~ Jack Jackson

      MY COMMENT: Exterminated? Really? Would you approve of the IDF locking all Gazans (Muslim, Christian and otherwise) into as few buildings as possible, and then using Zyclon B to gas those buildings?

      Would you approve of the IDF using the same tactics to effectuate a genocide of the Palestinians in the West Bank? Christians as well as Muslims? What about the Bedouins? And the Druze?

      Would you approve of the IDF using the same or similar tactics to effectuate a genocide of the Palestinians in Israel proper (i.e., within the green line)?

      Additionally, please tell us a little about yourself, Mr. Jackson. For instance, are you a devotee of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Are you a member of the JDL/JDO? Or, are you perhaps a member of John Hagee's Christians United for Israel (CUFI)? Also, would you be willing to participate in a study of how character traits unique to psychopaths manifest themselves on the internet. I certainly hope so, because you would clearly be a highly prized test subject.

      Lastly, thank you, Jack Jackson, for enlightening us with you fascinating 'world view' (a/k/a, worldview)!

      SOURCE - link to politico.com

  • Collective fear, collective support for war crimes -- it's the 'Time of Men' in Israel
    • RE: "Collective fear, collective support for war crimes — it’s the ‘Time of Men’ in Israel"

      ALL HAIL MIGHTY PRIAPUS, AND HIS MASSIVE ORDINANCE PENETRATORS!!!

      BIBI NETANYAHU: "[A] man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do . . ." ~ Brian Williams interview, NBC Nightly News, 7/21/14

      CHABADNIK BOB DYLAN: "Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim, that he’ll [i.e., Israel will] live by the rules [i.e., International Law] that the world makes for him... ~ from Neighborhood Bully, 1983

      Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man
      His enemies say he’s on their land
      They got him outnumbered about a million to one
      He got no place to escape to, no place to run
      He’s the neighborhood bully . . .
      . . . He got no allies to really speak of
      What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love . . .
      . . . Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
      That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him

      ’Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
      And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac
      He’s the neighborhood bully . . .
      . . . Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
      Running out the clock
      , time standing still
      Neighborhood bully

      SOURCE - link to bobdylan.com

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "Israel, the 'Neighborhood Bully': Deconstructing the Lyrics of Bob Dylan in the Light of the Gaza Crisis", By Adeyinka Makinde, Global Research, July 28, 2014
      LINK - link to globalresearch.ca

  • US suspended aid to Egypt after it slaughtered civilians -- why not Israel?
    • RE: "US suspended aid to Egypt after it slaughtered civilians — why not Israel?"

      MY RETORT: In the midst of prime time for raising money for the 2014 elections?!?! Money the Democrats desperately need in order to have any chance of holding on to the U.S. Senate!?!?
      Get serious, dude!!!

  • The Brits are way hipper about Palestine than Yanks
    • RE: "It’s about blood, and how much more of it will have to be shed before Israel finally feels 'safe'" ~ Laurie Pennie

      MY COMMENT: I don't think it is unreasonable consider the possibility that Israel will never feel "safe"*, which means that as to the amount of blood to be shed, the sky's the limit (especially as long as the codependent U.S. acts as Israel's enabler). Frankly, if Israel were ever somehow able to feel "safe", then it would no longer really be Israel** (at least, not the congenitally insecure Israel we have come to know). As to Israel's primary enabler, the codependent U.S., it also will probably never feel "safe". Ditto for the rest of the nation-states. And the globe's multinational corporations. And . . .

      SEE: Is Israel a "Jewish Nation"? Is the US an "American Nation"?, by Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 1/31/14

      [EXCERPT] . . . All countries define themselves, Hind Khoury, a former Palestinian minister and ambassador, told Rudoren. “Why doesn’t Israel call itself at the U.N. whatever they want to call it — the Jewish whatever, Maccabean, whatever they want. Then the whole world will recognize it.” But, Khoury added, “We will never recognize Israel the way they want, I mean genuinely, from our hearts. ... Why for them to feel secure do we have to deny our most recent history?”
      "For them to feel secure" -- There's the heart of the matter, as Americans should easily understand. Israeli Jews, like white Americans, have always known that their claim to the land they call their own is dubious.
      Ever since the first Europeans arrived in what would become the United States, they have paraded an endless array of papers, all claiming to be treaties signed by native peoples ceding their lands to the conquerors. "You see, we have a right to this land," the whites proudly proclaimed. Never mind that most of the treaties were either coerced, signed by native peoples who did not understand them, or outright fraudulent. They gave at least the appearance of legal right.
      Israel has a somewhat stronger case with UN Resolution 181, passed in 1947, providing for "independent Arab and Jewish States" in Palestine. But the right of the Jews to have their own state in Palestine has still remained a matter of contention (pardon the understatement) ever since.
      Why did so many white Americans find it so important to be able to waive those pieces of paper "proving" their "legal right" to the land? Why do a sizeable majority of Israeli Jews favor the demand that Palestinians acknowledge Israel as "the nation-state of the Jewish people"? Obviously, both peoples are insecure about their right to their land. If they can get the former inhabitants to relinquish their rights, it gives the appearance, at least, that the vanquished concede to the victors a moral right to the land they have taken. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to commondreams.org

      ** SEE - "Itamar Murders: How the Israeli Narrative of Victimization Is Fed", By Ira Chernus, Truthout,
      30 April 2011

      [EXCERPTS] How painful it must have been for Motti Fogel to get up and speak at his brother Udi's funeral. Udi, his wife and three of his children were all buried that day. All were killed by intruders while they slept at home in the Jewish settlement of Itamar, near the Palestinian village of Awarta on the West Bank.
      However difficult it was, Fogel forced himself to eulogize his brother because he had something so important to say: "This funeral has to be a private affair. A man dies to himself, to his children. Udi, you are not a national event. Your horrible death mustn't make your life into a tool."
      But Fogel must have known that his warning was in vain, that his brother and the whole slain family had already become a tool - a political tool. All he had to do was look across the gravesite and see Moshe Yaalon, Israel's right-wing vice premier and minister of strategic affairs. Such a high-ranking official doesn't show up at some ordinary citizens' funeral unless there is political hay to be made.
      In case there was any doubt, Yaalon erased it as soon as it was his turn to speak. "This murder reminds everyone that the struggle and conflict is ... a struggle for our existence," he proclaimed. "We cannot continue speaking about security while the essence is neglected - the essence which is Israel's right to its land" - which includes, he had no need to explain, the entire West Bank. "In this difficult hour, we must rise from the rubble and do the most natural thing - continue building and developing Israel."
      Indeed, on the very same day, other Israeli cabinet ministers were proclaiming that the government's response to the murder - approving several hundred new housing units on the West Bank - was not nearly enough. "We must build in Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samarea," Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias insisted. "At least a thousand new homes for each person murdered," Interior Minister Eli Yishai demanded.
      To most Israeli Jews, the logic was clear; it was the logic of war: They killed our people. We must strike back. . .
      The pressure on the Israeli army to find someone to blame was immense. A reign of terror was imposed on the village of Awarta from the day the murder occurred, with some 300 people being arrested in the investigation. It's not hard to imagine that the Israelis would trump up false charges. The Jerusalem Post even reported claims that the teens confessed under torture.
      But you won't find that in the US media, not even in the nation's most respected newspaper. Kershner did report that "about 35 residents of Awarta remain in Israeli detention" even after the case was supposedly solved, and that the mayor of Awarta has "many doubts about this Israeli story" and demanded an independent investigation. But she did not follow up his claims.
      Two weeks earlier, when she reported on the draconian investigation - "The army has repeatedly raided the village, searching homes, forcing doors and breaking furniture, residents said. Hundreds have been arrested" - she depicted the murder as a clearly political act, another battle in an ongoing war. Her lead: "In the rolling hills of the northern West Bank, Palestinian villages and Israeli settlements exist in a geographical intimacy that belies decades of mutual hostility, suspicion and fear. Here neighbors are also enemies, and the brutal killing of five members of the Fogel family in the settlement of Itamar three weeks ago has done nothing but harden that division."
      . . . The US government will never give up its pro-Israel bias and take an even-handed approach to the conflict until the public understands that the myth of Israel's insecurity has no basis in fact. Despite isolated attacks like the one at Itamar - which may not have been politically motivated at all - it's the Palestinians, enduring the ceaseless cruelties of military occupation, whose lives and livelihoods are constantly most at risk.

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to truth-out.org

  • 'Is the Zionist dream based on the repeated slaughter of civilians?'
    • P.S. FROM MAX BLUMENTHAL'S "GOLIATH" - (PAGES 351-352)

      [EXCERPT] The men and women who set out to build a Jewish state in historic Palestine began with a dream of escaping from the crippling confines of European anti-Semitism into an imagined utopia in which Jews would be a normal people like the English or Germans and whose normality, even socialism, included aversion of nineteenth-century Western colonial-ism, an uplifting “mission civilisatrice,” as the French put it. Those who invented modern Zionism had little knowledge of, and no regard for, the actual people living in Palestine, then a province of the Ottoman Empire. And if they had any regard for them, it was expressed in typically colonialist terms. Zionism’s intellectual author, Theodor Herzl, a Viennese playwright and journalist, described the country “as a portion of a rampart of Europe against Asia, an out- post of civilization as opposed to barbarism.” “All the means we need, we ourselves must create them, like Robinson Crusoe on his island,” the literary-minded Herzl told an interviewer in 1898. The Labor Zionist movement’s chief ideologue, Berl Katznelson, blunter than the dreamy Herzl, declared in 1929, “The Zionist enterprise is an enterprise of conquest.” More recently, and perhaps most crudely, former prime minister and Defense minister Ehud Barak described the goal of Zionism as maintaining “a villa in the jungle.”

      Those who dedicated themselves to the formation of the Jewish state may have formulated their national identity through an idealized vision of European enlightenment, but they also recognized that their lofty aims would not be realized without force. As Katznelson said, “It is not by chance that I speak of settlement in military terms.” Thus the Zionist socialists gradually embraced the ideas of radical right-wing ideologue Ze’ev Jabotinsky, who outlined an utterly unromantic strategy in his 1923 essay,“The Iron Wall,” for fulfilling their utopian ambitions.

      “Zionist colonization, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population,”Jabotinsky wrote. “This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population—an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs.” According to Jabotinsky, residents of the Zionist yishuv (community) could not hope to enjoy a European standard of life in the heart of the Arab world without physically separating themselves from the natives. This would require tireless planning, immense sacrifice and no shortage of bloodshed. And all who comprised the Zionist movement, whether left, right, or center, would carry the plan to-wards fulfillment. As Jabotinsky wrote, “All of us, without exception, are constantly demanding that this power strictly fulfill its obligations. In this sense, there are no meaningful differences between our ‘militarists’ and our ‘vegetarians.’”

      One of the greatest misperceptions of Israeli politics has been that the right-wing politicians who claimed Jabotinsky’s writings as their lode-star were responsible for the most egregious violence against the Palestinians. While brimming with anti-Arab resentment and surging in influence, the Israeli right’s real legacy has consisted mostly of producing durable strategies and demagogic rhetoric. Until very recently, it was the Labor Zionists who bore the real responsibility for turning the right’s ideas into actionable policies. The dynamic was best illuminated by the way in which successive Labor Party governments implemented the precepts outlined in Jabotinsky’s “Iron Wall” under the cover of negotiations with the Palestinians.

      As early as 1992, the peace camp icon Yitzhak Rabin advocated the construction of a concrete wall to “take Gaza out of Tel Aviv,”closing off the Gaza Strip and West Bank to pave the way. But it was not until the violence of the Second Intifada accelerated that the process of what Rabin and Barak called “hard separation” became a plausible strategy. Suicide bombing confirmed to even liberal-minded Israelis the stereotype of the Arab native as inherently violent, incurable, and culturally retro-grade. By extension, the wave of terrorism ratified Jabotinsky’s original thesis. “Something like a cage has to be built for [the Palestinians],”the famed Israeli historian Benny Morris declared in a 2002 interview. “There is a wild animal that has to be locked up in one way or another.” . . .

      SOURCE - link to facebook.com

    • RE: "Is the Zionist dream based on the repeated slaughter of civilians?"

      MY COMMENT: I think it can be argued that establishing and maintaining the "iron wall" of Ze'ev Jabotinsky's Revisionist Zionism might very well be accompanied (but is not necessarily) by the "repeated slaughter of civilians", especially civilians claiming the same land as the Zionists and not having the protection of the type of formal army associated with a nation-state.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay)]:

      [EXCERPT] . . . [Ze'ev] Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinians would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that "Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the
      native population cannot breach."[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he [Ze'ev Jabotinsky] argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

      ENTIRE 'IRON WALL' ESSAY: "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)", By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 - link to marxists.de

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "The Ethics of the Iron Wall", By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 - link to jabotinsky.org

  • Remnick gets the timeline wrong
    • RE: "[T]he cause of the present flare up is the Hamas/PA reconciliation pact, which Netanyahu went more or less apoplectic about." ~ Roland Nikles

      MY COMMENT: In fact, I think it's quite accurate to say that the Hamas/PA reconciliation pact caused Netanyahu to go ballistic.

  • Over a hundred people join Norman Finkelstein for civil disobedience outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan
    • RE: "He actually said that? Presumably with a straight face too."

      NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
      Netanyahu: ‘A Man’s Gotta Do, What a Man’s Gotta Do’
      In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that while he is worried about public opinion, Israel has no choice but to defend itself.
      Published July 21st 2014, 12:40 pm

      [EXCERPT]
      BRIAN WILLIAMS:
      Perhaps you're detecting there what we've been detecting here however, and that is that this time the capacity of even your allies to watch this seems to differ a little bit. We heard our own secretary of state in an unguarded moment while wearing a microphone yesterday-- mocking the pinpoint operation aspect of the IDF attacks. That, plus the rise of social media, are you more worried now about losing public opinion?

      BENJAMIN NETANYAHU:
      Well, it's always the case. And look, I could tell you that in this case we not only showered them with leaflets, we-- we call them on cell phones, we text them. And we had 20 soldiers killed, 20 soldiers killed, some very fine commanders. And they had a few dozen killed. By the way, according to our estimates, about half of them were combatants. So this happens in every war. And especially in one in which Hamas embeds itself in the-- amid civilian population and prevents the civilian population from leaving.

      Am I worried that this will have an effect? Of course it does. But you know, at a certain point you say what choice have you got? What would you do? What would you do if American cities where you're sitting now, Brian, would be rocketed, would absorb hundreds of rockets? You know-- you know, what would you say?

      You'd say to your leader, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." And you'd say, "A country's gotta do what a country's gotta do." We have to defend ourselves. We try to do it with a minimum amount of force or with targeting military targets as best as we can. But we'll act to defend ourselves. No country can live like this.

      ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT - link to nbcumv.com

      VIDEO - link to nbcnews.com

    • RE: “Hey, Bibi, whaddaya say, / How many kids did you kill
      today?”
      ~ chanted by protesters

      BIBI NETANYAHU: "[A] man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do . . ." ~ Brian Williams interview, NBC Nightly News, 7/21/14

  • Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language

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