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  • It's time for liberal Jewish bodies to take a stand
    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "18-year-old Lebanese killed by Israeli cluster bomb", By Mohammed Zaatari, The Daily
      Star
      , 8/10/13

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

      SOURCE - link to dailystar.com.lb

      P.P.P.S. AND SEE: "How Many Violations of US Arms Laws are Too Many?" ~ by Franklin Lamb, Counterpunch, 3/16/12

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Alarm centered on whether or not Israel had used U.S.-supplied antipersonnel cluster bombs against civilian targets during its carpet bombing West Beirut during the nearly three month siege.
      The House Foreign Affairs Committee held hearings on this issue in July and August 1982. On July 19, 1982, the Reagan Administration announced that it would prohibit new exports of cluster bombs to Israel. . .
      . . . During a late June 1982 meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Begin, Reagan was handed a note from George Shultz. Based on the information he had in hand, Reagan directly told Begin that the US had reliable information than Israel was using American weapons against civilians in Lebanon. At this point according to Reagan, Begin became very agitated. He lowered his glasses and while glaring at Reagan and shaking his index finger said, “Mr. President, Israel has never and would never use American weapons against civilians and to claim otherwise is a blood libel against every Jew, everywhere.” Following their meeting Reagan told Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger, as reported by Weinberger and by various biographers of Reagan that “I did not know what the term “blood libel” meant, but I know that the man looked me straight in the eyes and lied to me.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to counterpunch.org

    • RE: “What country could tolerate rockets rained down on its
      people?”
      ~ Bibi NuttyYahoo (from above)

      MY ANSWER TO NETANYAHU: To the extent Palestine is a country from the perspective of the UN (certainly not thanks to the U.S. and/or Israel), the Palestinians unfortunately have little choice but to tolerate (or, at least, endure) not only "rockets rained down", but also the following (among many others): cluster munitions, Hellfire missiles (fired from Apache Helicopter Gunships), Tomahawk Cruise missiles, Patriot missiles, flechettes, white phosphorus, Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) munitions and, likely coming soon, "Bunker Busters" (a/k/a, Massive Ordnance Penetrators - and I suspect that just the mere thought of using one of these Massive Penetrators probably gets Netanyahu really 'hot and bothered').

      P.S. Knowing full well that a ceasefire was imminent, "The World's Most Moral Army℠" spent the final 48 hours of Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon raining out-of-date cluster munitions onto a large part of Lebanon. As a consequence, (and partly due to the very high rate of failure of the old munitions to detonate), the IDF left about one million live, unexploded cluster bomblets covering the southern part of Lebanon. The icing on the cake was that for years afterward Israel refused to provide Lebanon with any information as to the locations targeted by the IDF. Consequently, ordinance disposal teams have been working for the last eight years (partly paid for by Iran) to defuse and clear the million bomblets. Not to mention that Lebanese citizens (mostly children) are regularly injured or killed by the remaining bomblets occasionally detonating, as one did last year when an 18-year-old shepherd unwittingly stepped on it, dying instantly.
      I suppose Ghandi must have had in mind something like Israel's gratuitous use of cluster munitions in Lebanon back in the last two days of the 2006 war when, pursuant to his having been asked what he thought of modern civilization, Gandhi is said to have told news reporters: "That would be a good idea."
      That Mahatma was such a farceur!

  • Palestinians build tunnel to attack Israeli kindergarten, Netanyahu says
    • P.S. Netanyahu once said ‘America is a thing you can move
      very easily’
      link to mondoweiss.net

    • RE: "Yesterday Israel’s prime minister tweeted more cartoon evidence of alleged war crimes by Gazan militants. If you study the cartoon, you will see what passes for fact from the Israeli government: An armed fighter pops up out of a tunnel next to an Israeli kindergarten. Another militant pops up next to a restaurant." ~ James North

      MY COMMENT: Bibi NuttyYahoo brags to his subjects in Israel that he knows how to "move" America. I think he considers himself to be "The Great Manipulator".
      Personally, I find these fact-free, footnote-free "toons" to be incredibly childish; and what they communicate to me more than anything else is that Netanyahu and whoever designed these idiotic flash cards believe we Americans are pea-brained simpletons who can be conditioned as easily as mice in a "Skinner box" (a/k/a an operant conditioning chamber).

      Operant conditioning chamber - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza
    • RE: "There can be no hope of a peaceful solution ever gaining traction – or these bouts of blood-letting in Gaza coming to end – unless Washington is finally unmasked as Israel’s abettor-in-chief." ~ Johnathan Cook

      MY COMMENT: When Obama first made Netanyahu agree to a partial settlement freeze (which Netanyahu then largely ignored) back in 2009, George Mitchell was trying to get the negotiations started. Netanyahu bypassed George Mitchell and President Obama in appealing directly to the Republicans and the Democrats in both the Senate and the House to complain about the idea of the partial freeze on construction in the settlements. The Democrats in particular (and Chuck Schumer most notably) then began whining ceaselessly to Obama (like a bunch of spoiled, pre-pubescent girls who had just learned that an upcoming, long-awaited concert by the Jonas Bros had been postponed for a week) about the effect the partial freeze on settlement construction was having on their all-important fundraising. This effectively put an end to any hope of extending the partial freeze, and the "peace process" was really nothing more than just a sham from that point on, with George Mitchell soon beginning to make noises about wanting to spend more time with his family.
      Imagine the Palestinians trying to negotiate with the Israelis under the aegis of an AIPAC-approved, but supposedly impartial, American team of facilitators under conditions where anytime something is not entirely to Netanyahu's liking, he can do an end run around everyone and go directly to his "amen corner" on Capitol Hill so that they start their pouting routine with Obama until Obama caves and lets Netanyahu have his way.
      Although I've read a few books on negotiation theory, I 'm not really much of a negotiator. That said, when the negotiation table is so off-kilter that it looks like it came from a set for 1920's German expessionistic theatre, the situation is so obviously rigged that any lawyer agreeing to negotiate for a client under such circumstances is flirting with malpractice.

  • Mr. Modi-- do not court apartheid Israel in my name
    • Thank you for this informative article, Ms Bhattacharya. It is the first news I have come across regarding the public's response in India to this latest pummeling of Gaza by Israel pursuant to Bibi's pretext* du jour.

      I am certainly not surprised by the hostile reaction of the Delhi police to the valiant protest outside the Israeli embassy, since the Delhi police would naturally have wanted to curry favour with the new, right-wing, BJP-run government by establishing their mettle along with their pro-Israel bona fides.

      When I saw the first article back in mid-May about the disappointing election results, it was titled "The Largest Democracy in the World To Be Governed by The Extreme Right", and I emailed it to people with a subject line of "Israel has a new, best, right-wing friend."

      I can only hope that India's loss will ultimately result in the US' gain when someday (hopefully in the not too distant future) Israel decides to execute a "pivot to Asia", consequently resulting in the "special relationship" between the U.S. and Israel effectively being replaced by one between India and Israel.

      * "To the wicked, everything serves as pretext." ~ Voltaire

  • US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action
  • Burning children
    • I can easily see Thane Rosenbaum inspiring a future film by Tim Burton. In fact, Rosenbaum reminds me so much of Edward Sissorhands that he has already infiltrated and destablized my mental images for Sissorhands. Now, instead of Sissorhands strictly being played (as usual in the past) by Johnny Depp, there is a very unsettling, strobe-like, harmonic oscillation, or perhaps some type of ensemble, containing both Rosenbaum and Depp playing Sissorhands; and I keep expecting one or the other of them to be rudely ejected à la Woody's Purple Rose of Cairo.

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "WSJ Op-Ed Defends Killing Gazans in Eerily Familiar", by Adam Weinstein, Gawker.com, 7/22/14
      LINK - link to gawker.com

  • Netanyahu's latest 'cartoon evidence': racist image identifying Muslims with terror
    • RE: "Netanyahu’s latest ‘cartoon evidence’: racist image identifying Muslims with terror"

      I THINK BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE AT AMAZON MIGHT EXPLAIN NETANYAHU'S HYSTERICAL TWEETS WITH INANE GRAPHICS.

      DNA Science and the Jewish Bloodline (Paperback) – July 10, 2013
      by Texe Marrs (Author)

      Who are the Jews? What is their ancestry? Are the Jews a homogenous race? Are Jews descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Today, DNA science reveals that almost all the Jews in the world come from Khazaria. They are not of the blood lineage of Abraham and the prophets, but of King Bulan and the pagan peoples of the Caucasus. The ancestors of today's Jews are not Israelites but are Khazarians. Khazaria's people, in the 8th century, converted from paganism to Judaism. In the 10th century, these Khazarian "Jewish" converts emigrated to Eastern Europe, and especially Poland and Lithuania. In 1948, the Khazars, erroneously believing themselves to be "Jews," arrived in the territory of Palestine and set up the state of Israel. The people of Israel today are virtually all of Khazar (Turk/Mongol stock) extraction. The "Jews" have no genetic claims to the land of Israel and no family connection whatsoever to historical Israel. DNA science joins recent discoveries in history and archaeology to present the world with a correct and remarkable picture of the Jewish people. Now, everything changes!
      LINK - link to amazon.com

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  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    • P.S. I JUST RECALLED SOMETHING. In the past, the hasbarists have often claimed that the Palestinians have tons of dead bodies (kept frozen, I guess) that they use over, and over, and over - each time as a new casualty. So, why would Hamas need to maximize the deaths like David Brooks said, if they already have all those bodies ready to thaw out and scatter around like new casualties?

    • RE: Bernard Avishai had a piece at the New Yorker last week called “Watching Gaza” that said Israel is guilty of war crimes, killing civilians in an effort to discredit Hamas. And the endgame, Avishai says, is rightwing consolidation of greater Israel, and the Palestinians going to the international criminal court.

      MY COMMENT: Watching David Brooks on the PBS NewsHour Friday evening, I was a bit perplexed when he said without the slightest equivocation that Hamas had decided on a strategy of maximizing the number of civilian deaths in Gaza; and that is why Hamas had refused to accept the terms of the ceasefire proposal that had been concocted by Egypt's Al-Sisi [after getting input from the Israelis, but not from Hamas or (apparently) any other Gazans]. Obviously David Brooks considered this to have been a "generous offer"; and he was really, really, really sad (i.e., visibly shaken) that by not accepting it, Hamas was condemning large numbers of Gazans to death as surely as if Hamas was gassing them with Zyclon B. In fact, the über-empathetic David Brooks was so terribly, terribly, terribly sad about all of the prospective Gazan deaths that would inevitably be resulting from Netanyahu's "significant expansion" of the ground operation in Gaza (all, mind you, exclusively the fault of Hamas, and according to its own grand plan) that I almost expected to see a tear or two roll down his cheek(s).
      Now that I realize, as Avishai put it, "Israel is . . . killing civilians in an effort to discredit Hamas", I am no longer perplexed by David Brooks' stunning revelation that Hamas had refused to accept the terms of the ceasefire proposal (that had been concocted by Egypt's Al-Sisi, and so quickly agreed to by Israel), due to the fact that Hamas had decided on a strategy of maximizing the number of civilian deaths in Gaza. Nor am I any longer perplexed by David Brook's somehow seeming to know that there were going to be a lot of deaths in Gaza resulting from Netanyahu's "significant expansion" of the ground operation; because it is pretty obvious that Brooks knew Israel's true goal was to kill a lot of civilians in Gaza so as to (with the help of Israel's friends in the media like David Brooks) blame all of the deaths on Hamas' not having accepted the ceasefire proposal (i.e., the "generous offer") in an effort by Israel to "discredit Hamas".
      At the risk of being criticized for promoting a "conspiracy theory", I can't help but wonder if the Obama administration was in on this. Come to think of it, I also can't help but wonder whether Abbas and/or the Palestine Authority was/were in on this.

  • Heathcote Williams: 'An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza'
    • P.P.S. FROM "Bob Dylan - The Rolling Stone Interview" (by Kurt Loder - 1984)

      . . . • Q (Loder) - Your latest album, 'Infidels', is hardly subteen fodder. Some critics have even detected a new note of conservatism in some of the songs -- even outright jingoism in "Neighborhood Bully" in which the metaphorical subject is said to be "just one man" whose "enemies say he's on their land." That's clearly a strong Zionist political statement, is it not?
      • A (Dylan) - You'd have to point that out to me, you know, what line is in it that spells that out. I'm not a political songwriter. Joe Hill was a political songwriter; uh, Merle Travis wrote some political songs. "Which Side Are You On?" is a political song. And "Neighborhood Bully," to me, is not a political song, because if it were, it would fall into a certain political party. If you're talkin' about it as an Israeli political song - in Israel alone, there's maybe twenty political parties. I don't know where that would fall, what party.
      • Q (Loder) - Well, would it be fair to call that song a heartfelt statement of belief?
      • A (Dylan) - Maybe it is, yeah. But just because somebody feels a certain way, you can't come around and stick some political-party slogan on it. If you listen closely, it really could be about other things.
      It's simple and easy to define it, so you got it pegged, and you can deal with it in that certain kinda way. However, I wouldn't do that. 'Cause I don't know what the politics of Israel is. I just don't know.
      • Q (Loder) - So you haven't resolved for yourself, for instance, the Palestinian question?
      • A (Dylan) - Not really, because I live here.

      • Q (Loder) - Would you ever live in Israel?
      • A (Dylan) - I don't know. It's hard to speculate what tomorrow may bring. I kinda live where I find myself.
      At another point in the song, you say, "He got no allies to really speak of," and while "he buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied...no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side." Do you feel that America should send troops over there?
      No. The song doesn't say that. Who should, who shouldn't -- who am I to say?
      • Q (Loder) - Well, do you think Israel should get more help from the American Jewish community? I don't want to push this so far, but it just seems so...
      • A (Dylan) - Well, you're not pushing it too far, you're just making it specific. And you're making it specific to what's going on today. But what's going on today isn't gonna last, you know? The battle of Armageddon is specifically spelled out: where it will be fought, and if you wanna get technical, when it will be fought. And the battle of the Armageddon definitely will be fought in the Middle East. . .

      SOURCE - link to bobdylantalks.blogspot.com

      A MIDSUMMER EVENING’S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the makers of new Ziocaine Über-Xtreme®: It’s guaran-damn-teed to make you feel entitled!

      . . . 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 . . .
      . . . The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land
      He’s wandered the earth an exiled man
      Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn
      He’s always on trial for just being born
      He’s the neighborhood bully . . .
      . . . 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 . . .
      . . . Now his holiest books have been trampled upon
      No contract he signed was worth what it was written on
      He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth
      Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health
      He’s the neighborhood bully . . .
      . . . What has he done to wear so many scars?
      Does he change the course of rivers? Does he pollute the moon and stars?
      Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
      Running out the clock
      , time standing still
      Neighborhood bully
      ~ Lyrics by Bob Dylan, 1983 (the year following the Sabra and Shatila massacre that occurred in Lebanon under the watchful eyes and flares of Gen. Ariel Sharon* and the IDF)

      SOURCE (ENTIRE LYRICS): Neighborhood Bully Lyrics, by Bob Dylan, 1983 – link to bobdylan.com

      NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY, ISRAEL TV, ORBACH [VIDEO, 05:49] – link to youtube.com

      * FROM WIKIPEDIA [Sabra and Shatila massacre]: (EXCERPT) . . . The Kahan commission found that Ariel Sharon "bears personal responsibility",[10] recommended his dismissal from the post of Defense Minister and concluded that Sharon should not hold public office again, stating that:

      It is our view that responsibility is to be imputed to the minister of defense for having disregarded the prospect of acts of vengeance and bloodshed by the Phalangists against the population of the refugee camps and for having failed to take this danger into account when he decided to have the Phalangists enter the camps. In addition, responsibility is to be imputed to the minister of defense for not ordering appropriate measures for preventing or reducing the chances of a massacre as a condition for the Phalangists' entry into the camps . . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

    • RE: The Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Schneerson . . .
      . . . Has a devoted and powerful acolyte, Rabbi Manis Friedman,
      Who declares that the “only way to fight a moral war”
      Is to “destroy the Arabs’ holy sites” and “to kill them.”
      To “kill men, women and children”, and to eliminate anyone
      Who stands in the way of a Greater Israel.
      ~ Henry Norr

      AND RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN HAS HIS DEVOTED ACOLYTE:

      [EXCERPT] . . . According to the Sue Fishkoff book “The Rebbe’s Army”, p.167, Bob Dylan is one of the biggest names associated with Chabad. In the early 1980s, Chabad “rescued” Dylan from a brief flirtation with Christianity, and for several years, Dylan studied with Minneapolis Rabbis Manis Friedman and Moshe Feller, whom he visited also for Shabbat dinners. Dylan made a surprise appearance at the 1988 and 1989 Chabad telethons, once playing “Hava Negila” out of tune on the harmonica. . .

      SOURCE - link to youtube.com

      ALSO SEE: "Why is the US Honoring a Racist Rabbi?", by Alison Weir, counterpunch.org, 4/07/14

      [EXCERPTS] If things proceed normally, President Barak Obama will soon proclaim April 11, 2014 “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” Despite the innocuous name, this day honors the memory of a religious leader whose lesser-known teachings help fuel some of the most violent attacks against Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers.
      The leader being honored on this day is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, charismatic head of a mystical/fundamentalist version of Judaism [namely, Chabad-Lubavitch]. . .
      . . . Congress first passed a Resolution honoring Schneerson in 1975. . .
      . . . Schneerson and his movement are an extremely mixed bag.
      Schneerson has been praised widely for a public persona and organization that emphasized “deep compassion and insight,” worked to bring many secular Jews “back” into the fold, created numerous schools around the world, and had offered, in the words of the Jewish Virtual Library, “social-service programs and humanitarian aid to all people, regardless of religious affiliation or background.”
      However, there is also a less attractive underside often at odds with such public perceptions. And some of the more extreme parts of Schneerson’s teachings – such as that Jews are a completely different species than non-Jews, and that non-Jews exist only to serve Jews – have been largely hidden, it appears, even from many who consider themselves his followers.
      As we will see, such views profoundly impact the lives of Palestinians living – and dying – under Israeli occupation and military invasions. . .
      . . . Another such rabbi is Manis Friedman, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi inspired by Schneerson who served as the simultaneous translator for a series of Schneerson’s talks. (Friedman is currently dean of a Jewish Studies institute in Minnesota.)
      A 2009 article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports, “Like the best Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis, Manis Friedman has won the hearts of many unaffiliated Jews with his charismatic talks about love and God; it was Friedman who helped lead Bob Dylan into a relationship with Chabad.
      “But Friedman, who today travels the country as a Chabad speaker, showed a less warm and cuddly side when he was asked how he thinks Jews should treat their Arab neighbors.”

      In 'Moment; magazine’s article, “Ask the Rabbis // How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” Friedman answered: “I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to counterpunch.org

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "Bob Dylan turns 70; still hasn’t Recanted Praise for Rabbi Meir Kahane", by Amago, SpencerWatch.com, 5/24/11
      LINK - link to spencerwatch.com

  • Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller
    • RE: "Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller was a speaker (see the video above) at a pro-Israel rally in New York City Sunday that also featured Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat. . . Engel is a liberal Congressional Democrat, though he is a hawk on foreign policy issues." ~ Kane

      MY COMMENT: Of course Engel is a hawk on foreign policy issues, because he feels like he has to be in order to support Israel [just like some Trotskyites here in the U.S. back in the 60s decided that in order to support Israel they had to reject Trotskyism, Marxism, the Soviet Union, etc., and instead become U.S. (and Israeli) right-wing, flag-waving hawks on U.S. foreign policy issues - thereby eventually becoming known as "neoconservatives".

    • RE: "Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller"

      ATTENTION ALL YOU "LIBERAL ZIONISTS": It's not just Elliot Engel who finds himself in bed with the likes of Pam Geller, Geert Wilders, the English Defence League (a/k/a the "EDL"), the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (political party) in Greece and other Kahane-worshipping, far-right, extremist, über-nationalists like Israel's Likudnik MK Moshe Feiglin. It is also "liberal" Zionists ('liberal Zionist' now clearly having become an oxymoron) like you and your fellow "liberal" Zionists; and before you even think about protesting that you have always supported the two-state solution [even to the extent of writing that on the "For:" (memo line) of your annual (and often more frequent) checks to AIPAC], recall that a wise sage once said that "[d]enial a'int just a river in Egypt", and take a very close, long, hard look at yourself in the mirror.

  • Kristof says Stephen Hawking and American Studies Association support Hamas
    • RE: "Finally, you [i.e., Kristof] endorse the blockade on Gazans–the lifting of the embargo is conditional on control being returned to the PA. So would you suggest doing the same to Israel until the illegal occupation ends? No, you wouldn’t." ~ Donald Johnson

      MY COMMENT: I suspect that Kristof would oppose any practical measure that would help bring an independent Palestinian state into existence, because in reality he is a "two-state faker"*.

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

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

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to truth-out.org

    • RE: What happens in the American press, including this column, is that the slate is wiped clean as soon as an Israeli is murdered–and acts of violence against Palestinians that occurred immediately before go down the memory hole. So the shooting of unarmed non-rock-throwing Palestinians in May was reported, but it has gone down the memory hole. Why is that, Mr. Kristof? ~ Donald Johnson

      MY COMMENT: 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 two 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

      P.S. As to the question of why the shooting of unarmed non-rock-throwing Palestinians in May was reported, but has since gone down the memory hole, my theory is that the mainstream/corporate "journalists" in this country all suffer from ADHD-PI (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Predominantly Inattentive), sometimes also known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

  • How can Human Rights Watch conclude an Israeli didn't want to kill 4 boys on the beach?
    • RE: "How can Human Rights Watch conclude an Israeli didn’t want to kill 4 boys on the beach?" - Donald Johnson

      A PRELUDE: Is this one of those "brain teasers"? I never can make hide nor hair of those things.

      LONG STORY SHORT (as the über-obnoxious Nancy Grace is wont to say): Human Rights Watch has been "captured" in a way very analogous to what is often referred to as "regulatory capture" when it happens to a governmental entity like the SEC, FDA, NLRB . . . Need I go on ad nauseam (like Nancy Grace would)?
      Human Rights Watch (as opposed to Amnesty International) is about as concerned with human rights as the Sierra Club is concerned with the environment, or AARP is concerned about retirees, or . . . Need I go on ad nauseam (like Nancy Grace does)?
      I better get a move on, because I left my pet fox in charge of the hen house, and he seemed just a little bit to anxious to babysit them. I
      thought I would at at least have to bribe him with a beggin' strip or two, but he practically chased me out the door.
      The more I think about it, I'm getting a really bad feeling about whether it was a good idea for me to leave him in charge.

  • 'Are you a fucking leftist?' --Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv
    • ALSO SEE: "Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel", By Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel Online, 6/05/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Football fan Asi, 23, says that he isn't a racist, just a nationalist. "I have no problem with Arabs, as long as they raise the Israeli flag and sing along when our national anthem is played." Lieberman used the same logic to justify a bill he introduced calling for new citizens to deliver an oath of allegiance.
      Asi, who lives in a small village [in Israel] near Caesarea, supports the Beitar Jerusalem football club. On a Thursday evening, he and other Beitar fans are standing at an intersection in Herzliya. Asi has a friendly face and a neatly trimmed beard. Like his fellow fans, he is here to demonstrate against the club's owner.
      When it was revealed in January that the Club planned to sign two Muslim Chechen players, the stands in the stadium became filled with hateful signs, with words like "Beitar -- Pure Forever." The fans chanted: "We are chosen, we are holy, but the Arabs are not."
      Beitar Jerusalem, says Asi, that's the holy menorah on a yellow background. The team, he says, can only win as a Jewish team, which is why Muslims shouldn't be allowed to play in the club.
      Beitar's management has since cancelled the contracts with the Chechens and sent the two men back home. There were simply too many problems [most especially, Israeli racism - J.L.D.], the club wrote in a statement.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [Betar]:

      (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing
      movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin
      , the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
      . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[12] . . .

      SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

      AS TO THE FASCIST ORIGINS OF REVISIONIST ZIONISM, SEE: "The Hidden History of Zionism", Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
      When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies - at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist
      salute. . .

      SOURCE - link to marxists.de

      'ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to spiegel.de

    • RE: "‘Are you a fucking leftist?’ – Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv"

      MY COMMENT: Speaking of Israeli fascists, it came as no surprise to me that the lads who confessed to abducting 16 year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, dousing him with petrol and burning him alive, are apparently loyal fans of the Beitar Jerusalem football club. In fact, according to a July 6 article at theguardian.com by Peter Beaumont, "sources said some of those arrested had been involved in a violent demonstration on the evening prior to the killing organised by La Familia, a racist group of supporters of Beitar Jerusalem football club. Participants in the protest chanted "death to Arabs" and attacked Palestinian passersby. Some of those arrested are believed to be known to police and to have criminal records.

      The reason I wasn't surprised that these lads were Beitar fans of the La Familia (that's Italian, isn't it) ilk, is that I was familiar with origins of Beitar.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [La Familia (Beitar supporters' group)]:

      La Familia are an Association football supporters' group of Israeli Premier League club Beitar Jerusalem.[1] They are known for their opposition to Arab and Muslim players.

      • Organization
      The organization began in 2005 and occupy the eastern sections of Teddy Stadium. Estimates of the group's numbers vary. A reporter put the number at a few hundred[2] while a leader of the group said that it encompassed a network of 3,000 supporters.[3] At a home match in 2008, a correspondent for the BBC said that the group was about 20% of the crowd. They are the most vocal in the stadium and some local fans follow their chants.[2][3]
      La Familia is proud of its Jewish identity. The group is notorious for chants that insult Arab and black players, and for displaying the flag of the banned Kach party.[2] Cheers with lines such as "death to the Arabs"[4] and "Muhammad is a homosexual"[5] are common. Unlike other top clubs in the country, no Arabs have ever played for Beitar. La Familia has continuously raised strong objections to any Arab transfers.[6] The group was adamantly against the signing of Nigerian Muslim (who lasted half a season in 2005) and the 2013 transfer of two Chechnyan Muslims.[7]
      The team has roots in the Betar Zionist youth movement and has been supported by several Israeli politicians on the political right throughout its history. La Familia has similarly been labeled far-right and is openly against those they view as being on the left.[4][8] The club has publicly condemned the group and has gone as far as barring it from a match.[7] Some Beitar fans have expressed embarrassment over the organization and openly oppose their ideals.[9][7]

      • Incidents
      During a December 2007 Toto Cup semifinal game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab team Bnei Sakhnin, Beitar Jerusalem fans took up provocative chants that insulted Muhammed. The Israel Football Association (IFA) punished Beitar by forcing them to play their next game against Sakhnin with no fans present. Vandals set fire to the IFA's offices and left graffiti threatening the life of the IFA chairman. The graffiti included the initials "LF" for La Familia, but the group denied involvement.[10][11]
      Beitar was disciplined in 2008 after fans disrupted a minute of silence to mark the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

      Later that year La Familia led a pitch invasion in what would have been a title-clinching win against Bnei Herziliya. The IFA deducted two points from Beitar and ordered that the next game be played behind closed doors.[12] In December 2011, fans yelled "Give Toto a banana"[2] towards Nigerian-born Toto Tamuz. The IFA again punished Beitar with a two-point deduction and another game in an empty stadium.
      Supporters stormed the Malha Mall after a match in March 2012 while chanting racist slurs. It was reported that Arab workers were harassed and beaten.[6]
      The club's 2013 signing of two Chechnyan Muslims, Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev, raised anger from the supporters.

      Members of La Familia set a team office blaze after the announcement.[7] Fans walked out of a match in March that saw Sadayev score his fist goal for Beitar.[13]
      In June, 2014, three Israeli teenagers were abducted and found murdered in the West Bank. It was speculated that members of La Familia were the perpetrators of a reprisal attack on a Palestinian youth. The incident lead to a breakout hostilities in the Gaza Strip and Israel's Operation Protective Edge.
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      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • And now a word from our Democratic Party standard bearer
    • RE: "Elizabeth Warren Runs From Question About Israeli Invasion of Gaza"

      MY COMMENT: This beautifully illustrates in a mere 8 seconds some comments made yesterday by Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now to the effect that "nothing puts fear into the heart of American journalists—and American politicians—like the word 'Israel' . . . , [and that] . . . American members of Congress are petrified of uttering a peep of criticism of Israel . . . [and that] . . . the evidence is just so conclusive, so clear, about all kinds of pressure and intimidation that are put on American media and political figures"*

      * WATCH THIS VIDEO, AND/OR SEE THIS TRANSCRIPT - "Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?" ~ DemocracyNow.org, Friday, July 18, 2014

      [EXCERPT]
      ● GLENN GREENWALD: Interestingly, you know, from working in the last several years in media, I’ve gotten to know a lot of journalists. I’ve gotten to understand a lot more about how these large media outlets function. I’ve worked with some of them over the last year in the reporting I’ve done. And it really is remarkable, and not hyperbole, that there is nothing that makes major media figures and news executives more petrified than reporting on Israel. I mean, the way in which they become so frightened to do any sort of reporting that could make what they call Israel’s supporters inside the United States angry really can’t be overstated.

      And that’s the reason why this ABC, quote-unquote, "error" resonated so greatly, is because one of the things that you almost never see in major American media reporting is anything that shows the suffering of the Palestinians, that shows the brutal savagery of the Israeli military inside of Gaza. It was almost like they showed it by accident there and then just misreported it as being Israeli suffering because that’s what they’re so accustomed to showing, even though Israeli suffering is so much less than the havoc that is wreaked on the Palestinians.

      But the one thing I will say that I think is actually encouraging is this is one case where social media really does make a difference. You have now Gazans inside of the worst attack zones that are able to go onto Twitter, that are able to go onto Facebook, that are able to upload video imagery, that are able to be heard in their own voices. And you have lots of pushback on social media, as well, toward media outlets and their unbelievably just grotesque pro-Israel bias, in a way that I think has really kind of improved the coverage this time, so that we are now seeing more of the reality of Israeli militarism and aggression. And they’re not being able to get away with calling every victim a Hamas terrorist or a Hamas supporter or a human shield, because social media enables the stark reality of what the Israelis are doing to be seen. It’s just part of the overall trend where major media outlets are losing their monopoly on how we understand the world, but it is still the case that nothing puts fear into the heart of American journalists—and American politicians—like the word "Israel." It’s really remarkable to watch.

      ● JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Glenn, in terms of this issue of the pressure on these media companies and also the ability of the Israeli government and their supporters to manage news coverage—for instance, the invasion was actually—the stage was set for it when an unnamed, high-ranking Israeli official conducted interviews with The Washington Post, The New York Times, all of whom wrote stories before the invasion began that it was likely to happen, but yet never named the official and, in essence, participated in the trial balloon that was set up for the invasion.

      ● GLENN GREENWALD: American media officials are incredibly subservient to American political officials. That’s been—you know, American media figures are. But when it comes to Israeli political officials, it’s virtually cringe-inducing to watch how accommodating and deferential and submissive they become. And it really is true that American media outlets play a very similar role when it comes to Israeli military operations as they played in the run-up to the Iraq War, which is that they give constant anonymity to any Israeli military or political official who request it, they launder those claims without the slightest bit of skepticism expressed, and there’s never or virtually never the other side presented, which is the views of the people living in those areas that are attacked by Israeli aggression, or the politicians or the military officials who are in Gaza or who are in the West Bank. It’s incredibly one-sided, it’s propagandistic, and it really is deliberate. I mean, it’s so overwhelming and extreme in terms of how one-sided they are. They barely pretend even to be even-handed in their coverage.

      And, you know, you’ve seen—I mean, I think one of the most amazing things was, the producer, the longtime producer at CNN, Octavia Nasr, she was there for 20 years, a completely competent, well-liked employee, never had any kind of disciplinary problems. A Shia imam in Lebanon, who had links to Hezbollah, died. He was beloved by millions and millions of Shia around the world. She went on Twitter and very innocuously just expressed condolences, and she was instantly fired.

      And this has happened over and over, where major media figures have been stigmatized or lost their jobs or had their careers destroyed for the slightest amount of deviation from pro-Israel orthodoxies. And those lessons have been really well learned, just in the same way that American members of Congress are petrified of uttering a peep of criticism of Israel, which is why you see pro-Israel resolutions unanimously passing in the U.S. Congress, even as public opinion is sharply divided around the world or even against the Israelis. I mean, the evidence is just so conclusive, so clear, about all kinds of pressure and intimidation that are put on American media and political figures, such that we have less of an ability in the United States to debate Israel policy than they even do in Israel. . .

      ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT WITH VIDEO - link to democracynow.org

  • NBC reportedly orders Mohyeldin to leave Gaza -- after he criticized State Dep't
    • ■ HERE YE! HEAR YE! HEAR YE! (I.E., EVER'BODY LISTEN UP!) ■
      CORRECTION ••• CORRECTION ••• CORRECTION

      ERRATA: "Brown nose" apparently should have been "brownnose" or "brown-nose".

      A BONUS OF ADDITIONAL SELF-DEPRECATION: Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive impress (i.e. go overboard trying to impress everyone myself).

      P.S. PHIL, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE GREATER MONDOWEISS COMMUNITY, BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT MAKE MISTAKES WHEN I AM FORCED TO WORK UNDER THESE DEPLORABLE SWEATSHOP CONDITIONS **! ! !
      I mean, perhaps if I ['I' being said with great emphasis] had been privy to highfalutin', state-of-the-art toilet training, but [insert a ridiculously long, audible sigh* at this point] alas . . .

      * Bill Mallonee And Vigilantes Of Love - 2 - Goes Without Saying, from the CD Audible Sigh (1999) [VIDEO, 03:19] - link to youtube.com

      * Bill Mallonee And Vigilantes Of Love - 5 - Resplendent, from the CD Audible Sigh (1999) [VIDEO, 05:02] - link to youtube.com

      * Bill Mallonee And Vigilantes Of Love - 13 - Solar System, from the CD Audible Sigh (1999) [VIDEO, 03:39] - link to youtube.com

      ** As the nice ladies (OK, OK . . . and gents) of the ILGWU so sweetly used to sing: Look for the union label!
      Look for the Union Label 1978 ILGWU ad [VIDEO, 01:00] - link to youtube.com

    • RE: "But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Richard Engel is the consummate mainstream/corporate "journalist". It's no wonder he's to the liking of NBC/Comcast execs like David L. Cohen. I remember some of Engel's totally excellent exclusive "imbeds" with U.S. troops in Iraq and/or Afghanistan that were thoroughly nauseating. He can "brown nose" like there's absolutely noting left to eat but the remnants of already digested food ("if you catch my drift").
      When Rachel Maddow went embarrassingly "gaga" for Engel five or so years ago, I pretty much lost the considerable respect I had once had for her.
      Shortly thereafter, I "cut the cable"*! That might well have been the best thing I've ever done (which might say a bit too much about the 'sum total' of what I've done).

      * Umphrey's McGee: Cut the Cable (Studio) [VIDEO, 04:24] - link to youtube.com

      * 30db (Brendan Bayliss and Jeff Austin): "Cut The Cable" performed for a drunken audience at the Abbey Pub on 5.9.12 [VIDEO, 03:30] - link to youtube.com

    • RE: "What’s good is that he [Vetter] doesn’t apologize for what he said. But the twitter trolls are making it an issue." ~ Chu

      MY COMMENT: Vetter needs to stand tall, like the Dixie Chicks did when the "America: love it or leave it" crowd burned their CDs!
      To borrow from country music [specifically, the one-hit wonder Aaron Tippins], "if he doesn't stand for something, [then] he'll fall for anything!"
      Continuing with the country music meme [this time borrowing from Georgia's own Travis Tritt], when the trolls start whining, he should lackadaisically say (with an ever-so-faint hint of sarcasm): "Here's a quarter; call someone who cares." On second thought, perhaps he should update the quarter (of early 90s vintage) to four quarters (or perhaps "a buck"). Or maybe, change it to "here's a cell phone, call someone who cares". Or: "Why don't you borrow (or swipe) a cell phone and call someone who cares." Oh, oh, oh, I know - or say: "Here's a pre-paid phone (a/k/a 'calling') card [or, are those just in European films], why don't you call one of your Kahane-worshiping buds in an illegal Israeli settlement who cares." That one's kinda long y'all, but sumpin' like that.

    • RE: "The New York Times has a riveting account of the slaughter by Tyler Hicks, maker of the photo above, that stresses the complete vulnerability of children."

      MY COMMENT: On a positive note, I am thankful that the actions of Likudnik Israel (along with many other things, including the typo-inducing keyboard I am currently using to type this) makes the prospect of inevitable death (the state of no longer being/existing) really not seem so bad.*
      Always look for the silver lining!
      * Of course, the PROCESS of dying is an absolutely terrifying prospect that I intend to put off for as long as I can, but when my turn eventually comes, the consolation of not having to continue witnessing the endless depredations of Likudnik Israel (in addition to many other despicable things, like the senseless murder of the three teenage settlers) should help to grease the skids.

      P.S. 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 two 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

  • Violence outside Paris synagogue falsely attributed to anti-Semitism (Updated)
    • RE: "Since most synagogues routinely serve as venues for Israeli Hasbara and self-identify as supporting Israel, it is appropriate for Palestinian supporters to protest there." ~ Elliott

      MY REPLY: To a certain extent, I agree with what you have posited. Sadly, worship of Israel (sometimes even worship of Likudnik Israel) seems to have displaced/replaced to varying degrees the worship according Judaism in some synagogues. It appears to me (based upon quite limited knowledge) that this is somewhat more pronounced in Conservative and Orthodox synagogues than in Reform synagogues.

      That said, it is a mistake to overgeneralize. By way of example, Rabbi Lerner of Tikkun.org and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) says that his service in some respects is more akin to that of Conservative Judaism than Reform Judaism. As another quick example, Charles H. Manekin (f/k/a Jeremiah Haber) of The Magnes Zionist is an Orthodox Jew.

      My main concern about your comment is that although it might in some sense be appropriate for Palestinian supporters to protest outside a synagogue, it is also a great way for Palestinian supporters to shoot themselves (as well as innocent Palestinians) in the feet (or worse). Joe Schmo Churchgoer has no idea that to varying degrees some synagogues have at least partly become unofficial Israeli consulates (where Israel 'right or wrong' is worshiped virtually to an idolatrous degree) at the expense of worshiping according to the religion of Judaism. Consequently, Joe Schmo Churchgoer will resent a protest outside a synagogue much like he would resent a protest outside his own church (or most any "place of worship", even the type of Christian church where the congregants are more likely to worship the Good Old US of A (and its rabid "exceptionalism") to an idolatrous degree than they are to worship according to the Christian religion.

      Even worse, there are über-zealous supporters of Israel that would love to stage a counter-protest, and some of them know how to incite violence that a complicit/obliging, pro-Israel, mainstream/corporate media in this country would be quite happy to blame exclusively on the Palestinian supporters. I can easily imagine headlines in the mainstream/corporate media screaming something like “Jews Trapped by Rioters in Boca Raton Synagogue”. This is not to mention the even more inflammatory iterations likely to seen on social media [i.e. "the devil's workshop(s)", as I sometimes half-seriously like to say] which might take the form of something like “Dearborn shows what happens after lots of #Muslim immigration: Jewish synagogue attacked, besieged".

    • P.S. LASTLY, SEE: "France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows", By Cnaan Liphshiz, jta.org, June 25, 2013

      PARIS (JTA) — With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day.
      Using their helmets as bludgeons, members of France’s Jewish Defense League, or LDJ, set upon the Arabs and beat them. Several of the Arabs attempt to escape in a blue sedan, but the LDJ members pursue the vehicle, causing it to crash into a stone wall.
      The attack last August, filmed by a television crew shooting a documentary on LDJ, was one of at least 115 violent incidents that critics attribute to the group since its registration in France in 2001
      — a year after the eruption of the second intifada in Israel and the sevenfold increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the 12 years that followed*. . .
      . . . The group, which numbers about 300 members, is now on a collision course with France’s Jewish establishment, which has condemned its activities and threatened a lawsuit.
      French authorities have ignored calls to ban LDJ, though in Israel the Kach movement, also founded by Kahane, has been outlawed.
      The French government’s apparent acquiescence may have inspired LDJ to ratchet up its deterrent potential by showcasing its activities following the murder of four Jews in Toulouse last year by a Muslim extremist.
      LDJ traditionally had shied away from media attention. But in the weeks after the killings, which was followed by a 58 percent increase in attacks on Jews in France over the year before, LDJ for the first time allowed a television crew to tag along on a number of guerrilla operations.
      In addition to the helmet assault, Ayache was filmed calling for revenge killings in posters he and his group posted around central Paris. When a police car neared, Ayache told officers that he and his friends were working on an art project. The police officers wished him a pleasant evening and drove away.
      Ayache also was filmed attempting to storm a performance of the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne.

      “Since when is it illegal to run?” a brazen Ayache told the police after they detained him.
      Another sequence shows Ayache firing a pistol at a shooting range. . .
      . . . LDJ’s growing assertiveness has further strained the group’s already tense relationship with the CRIF, the umbrella body of French Jewish communities.
      In April, CRIF’s former president, Richard Prasquier, said he would sue LDJ for defamation for posting a photograph on its website depicting him with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The caption accuses Prasquier of “pardoning [a] killer.”

      LDJ, meanwhile, has accused CRIF of being undemocratic, obsolete and ineffective.
      . . . CRIF declined to comment.
      Earlier this month, LDJ announced that its “soldiers” had put a young Arab in the hospital with a coma, “a rapid and effective response” to the man’s attack on Jews at Saint-Mande, just east of Paris.
      The announcement drew calls to ban LDJ. As criticism mounted, LDJ retracted the statement and denied any involvement in the violence.
      Cohen told JTA the person who published the “false statement” had been removed from the group and that the violence actually resulted from a drug deal gone sour.
      A spokesperson for the Saint-Mande municipality confirmed that account.
      Still, the events at Saint-Mande resulted in a public row between LDJ and CRIF, which on June 4 blamed LDJ for the violence at Saint Mande and for subsequent calls “to take revenge against the Jews.”
      Cohen said CRIF is looking for a “scapegoat” to distract from its failure to prevent attacks on Jews through outreach and education. He also denied the group engages in violence, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
      Besides the television footage, a French court last week sentenced LDJ activist David Ben Aroch to six months in prison for an attack he staged with another LDJ member at a Paris bookstore owned by a pro-Palestinian activist.
      Aroch’s accomplice, Jason Tibi, was sentenced to four months for the attack at Librairie Resistance that sent the two victims to the hospital for days.
      It may have been a real-life demonstration of what one masked LDJ boss recently called “treatment a la Israel” during a speech at a secret training camp in France. . .

      SOURCE - link to jta.org

    • RE: "I’m not a JDL supporter, but in this case the JDL members were just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites. What’s wrong with that?" ~ Palikari (from above)

      HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH "THAT", PALIKARI: If the French JDL (a/k/a Ligue de Defense Juive) is/are "just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites"*, then they are using TERRORISM to do so.

      * I personally do not think that the French JDL (a/k/a Ligue de Defense Juive) are "just defending themselves and their community from attacks by anti-Semites". Not by a long shot. In point of fact to the contrary, leaders/officials of mainstream Jewish groups in France have been quoted in recent news articles as saying that the violent actions of the French JDL (a/k/a Ligue de Defense Juive) are FOMENTING/ENCOURAGING anti-Semitism in France! Perhaps, like good Zionists, they are fomenting/encouraging anti-Semitism in France in order to spur the emigration of French Jews to Israel and the occupied West Bank!

      SEE THIS VIDEO - "JDL France: Exporting Israeli Agession", by Gilad Atzmon, gilad.co.uk, 6/23/14
      Jewish terrorism at your doorstep - We are all Palestinians
      LINK - link to gilad.co.uk

      ALSO SEE THE THREE ARTICLES EXCERPTED IN MY COMMENT BELOW - link to mondoweiss.net

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "The Raids on the Resistances Bookstore; Zionist Fanatics Practice Serial Vandalism in Paris", by Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 7/06/09,

      [EXCERPT] Thousands of books drenched in cooking oil – that is the latest exploit of the Zionist fanatics who regularly attack property and people in Paris and get away with it.
      In the early afternoon of Friday, July 3, five men, mostly masked, stormed into the “Resistances” bookstore located in a quiet residential neighborhood of the 17th arrondissement in northwest Paris. To the startled women working in the shop, as well as two customers, they announcing that they were from the Jewish Defense League and began ripping books off shelves and tables, dousing them heavily with cooking oil, and then smashing four computers before leaving rapidly in a waiting vehicle.
      The bookstore is owned and operated by Olivia Zemor and Nicolas Shashahani, who are also the leaders of the very active militant group CAPJPO-EuroPalestine (CAPJPO stands for Coordination des Appels pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient). In addition to a wide collection of books on the Middle East and other subjects, including fiction, the bookstore has a reading room and a lending library, gives courses in English and Arabic, and possesses a modest but well-attended auditorium where authors are invited to speak. ”
      Two and a half years ago, on December 7, 2006, a similar attack squad threw teargas grenades into the bookstore as a crowd was gathering to listen to the late Israeli author Tanya Reinhart and her companion, the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai. On that occasion, Shashahani had to be treated for effects from the teargas but material damage was slight. This time, the entire shop is a shambles, with countless ruined books, and damage runs to tens of thousands of euros, according to Shashahani.
      But, he stresses, this is only one in “hundreds of violent actions” carried out by the French version of the banned US Jewish Defense League in recent years. There is no reason to expect them to stop so long as they can count on indulgence on the part of French authorities and the silence of the mainstream media. The vandalism on the Resistances bookstore was reported by the French news agency AFP, but the dispatch was apparently carried only by the small tabloid Le Parisien and not by the major newspapers, much less by television. Usually, almost the only people who are informed about such events are in the politically active circles targeted for intimidation.
      The general public remains ignorant of these aggressions, while it is regularly informed by television of even relatively minor acts of anti-Semitism . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to counterpunch.org

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "French JDL Praises Baruch Goldstein’s Massacre of Palestinians", By JTA, Forward.com, March 02, 2014
      Kahanist Group Calls Israeli Murderer a 'Saint' in Eulogy

      [EXCERPT] France’s Jewish Defense League has published a eulogy of Baruch Goldstein which celebrates a massacre he perpetrated against Palestinian worshipers in Hebron 20 years ago.
      The group, known locally as Ligue de Defense Juive or LDJ, posted the eulogy on its website ahead of the Feb. 25 anniversary of the massacre during which Goldstein, a U.S.-born physician, shot dead 29 Palestinians while they were praying at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

      “Baruch Goldstein is an Israeli physician who in 1994 killed 25 Arab settlers and wounded another 125. He was killed in the confrontation and became a hero for many Israeli patriots,” the eulogy dated Feb. 22 said.
      The text also listed commemorations of Goldstein as a “tribute to the memory of Dr. Baruch Goldstein, the saint, may God avenge his blood.”
      LDJ officials say the group has several hundred members in France. The group adheres to the doctrines of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, a radical Jewish-Israeli nationalist who was born in the United States. He was murdered in 1990 in New York by a Palestinian gunman.
      Kahane’s Jewish Defense League, or JDL, is considered a terrorist group in the United States. Israel also outlawed the Kach movement which Kahane founded after he moved to Israel in 1971.
      In France, LDJ is not an illegal organization, although its members have on various occasions been involved in violent confrontations
      , most commonly in vigilante actions against people they accuse of anti-Semitism or anti-Semitic violence. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to forward.com

    • RE: "But a violent incident that took place in Paris on Sunday widely described as antisemitic, using this narrative as the background, was actually a street fight between pro-Palestinian demonstrators and the Jewish Defense League; one that appears to have been started by the extremist latter . . ." ~ Sam Knight

      SPEAKING OF THE JDL IN FRANCE, SEE: "2 French Jews jailed for assaulting anti-Israel reporter", By JTA, timesofisrael.com, June 27, 2014
      Jewish Defense League members were found guilty of placing a bomb under car of anti-Zionist journalist

      French Jews were sent to prison for placing a bomb in 2012 under the car of an anti-Zionist journalist in Paris.
      The two men, identified only by their last names, Bismuth and Benhamou, were sentenced on June 20 by a judge from the Versailles Correctional Tribunal to six months and 10 months in jail respectively, according to Agence Info Libre.
      The two men, who are in their 20s, were part of a gang of four whom police arrested in 2012 on suspicion that they had placed an improvised explosive device under the car of Jonathan Moadab, a reporter for Agence Info Libre who is also an anti-Zionist activist.
      According to Moadab, the four are members of the French branch of the Jewish Defense League, a movement classified as terrorist in the United States and Israel.
      The remaining members of the group French authorities believe responsible for the attack are minors. Their prosecution is ongoing, Agence Info Libre reported.
      JDL France, or Ligue de Defense Juive, has been involved in a number of violent incidents in France, believed to be retaliations for frequent attacks on Jews, which watchdog groups attribute mainly to Muslim and Arab radicals.

      SOURCE - link to timesofisrael.com

  • Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)
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      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

  • As we sat down to break the fast, everything in the house started smashing and flying
    • P.S. SEE: "Israel Is Set To Receive 5,000 US Bunker Buster Bombs After Delaying Its Attack On Iran", by Michael B. Kelley, businessinsider.com, Dec. 13, 2012
      LINK - link to businessinsider.com

    • RE: "Where is the money to build the shelters, Hamas???? Where did it go??? Do you not care about the people who elected you???" ~ JustJessetr

      MY REPLY: If Hamas built shelters (assuming that Israel would allow the materials to build them into Gaza), what's to stop Likudnik Israel from then using the mammoth "bunker buster" bombs that the Obama Administration has supplied them with?
      The U.S. Congress?

    • RE: "As we sat down to break the fast, everything in the house started smashing and flying"

      ONE WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP:


      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

  • Netanyahu says there will never be a real Palestinian state
  • Ceasefire. Tightening the Gordian Knot?
    • RE: "Ceasefire. Tightening the Gordian Knot?"

      ONE WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP:


      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

    • RE: "Hamas is a failure. I agree. But with Israel and Egypt’s control of Gaza’s borders no government could succeed. So, too, the Palestinian Authority. As big a failure. But with Israel’s occupation no government could succeed." ~ Marc Ellis

      MY COMMENT: I'm certainly not an expert on Vichy France (and even less so as to Norway under Vidkun Quisling), but more and more it seems to me that the Palestinian Authority collaborates with Israel in much the same way that the Vichy government in France during WWII collaborated with Nazi Germany, and Mahmoud Abbas' role is quite similar to that of Quisling's in occupied Norway.

  • 'We’re Like Toys for Them': Young Gazans speak about Operation Protective Edge
    • RE: ‘We’re Like Toys for Them’: Young Gazans speak about Operation Protective Edge

      ONE WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP:


      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

  • On the photo of three Gaza brothers whose parents were killed by an Israeli bombing
    • ONE WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP:


      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

  • Out to Kill: Israel’s assault on Gaza is not to stop rocket fire 
    • Well, if Citizen is determined to monitor Fox (faux) News (actually, it is far-right propaganda mixed with low-brow infotainment), he should at least have his local Mental Health Service's "Crisis Line" on speed-dial.
      Just in case!
      Personally, I would need to be very heavily medicated in order to watch/listen to Fox (faux) News for more than a couple of minutes. Fortunately, thanks to the Bush/Cheney administration's foray into Afghanistan to vanquish the Taliban, Afghan heroin is now widely available at "dirt cheap" prices. Well done, Bush/Cheney!

    • RE: "I think that a book has just been published saying that the Holocaust was all (or at least to a significant degree) the idea of the notorious Mufti . . ." ~ MHughes976

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

      [EXCERPT] . . . Not only do Zionists distort biblical history, they spread lies about more modern events as well. 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

    • RE: Former U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross speculated that Netanhayu’s goal is “to restore calm, not dismantle Hamas,”

      MY REPLY TO DENNIS ROSS: Bullsh_t!
      By the way, y'all, I'm the new messiah.
      Really, I am, y'all.
      How dare y'all doubt me!
      How dare y'all!
      How dare y'all!
      How dare y'all!
      DOUBT ME AT YOUR OWN PERIL, Y'ALL!

      P.S. ● ROSA LUXEMBURGH (postmodern music, French group, entire CDs) - link to play.spotify.com

  • Christie slams Obama for creating daylight between US and Israel
    • RE: "I see Charlie Rangel, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Sheldon Silver. Shwayder offers these startling quotations from the gathering, including from liberal Democrats." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I'm not going to vote for (or contribute to) any more Democrats, period. The idea of voting for the lesser evil might make some sense in the short term (i.e. for the Supreme Court, etc.), but I am convinced that it is counterproductive in the long run.
      I might just not vote at all from here on out.

      P.S. ● ROSA LUXEMBURGH (music, French group, entire CDs) - link to play.spotify.com

  • Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank
    • RE: "Approximately forty IDF soldiers and Border Police fired tear gas, skunk water, rubber bullets, sound grenades and live ammunition at demonstrators last night. During a relatively quiet moment toward the end of the evening, a military jeep sped down Jerusalem-Hebron Road and fired ten rounds of tear gas from its high-capacity, variable-payload system." ~ Kelly Lynn

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      TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION: I'm certainly not an expert on Vichy France (and even less so as to Norway under Vidkun Quisling), but it seems to me that the Palestinian Authority collaborates with Israel in much the same way that the Vichy government in France collaborated with Germany during WWII, and Mahmoud Abbas' role is quite similar to that of Quisling's in occupied Norway. I'll elaborate as to the similarities in the future when it is warranted by relevant developments.
      In the meantime, feel free to talk amongst yourselves.
      That Streisand has a voice like "buttah". Like "buttah"!

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

  • The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza
    • P.S. ONLY AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEKEND -
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      Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) — Official Trailer [VIDEO, 01:19] - link to youtube.com

    • RE: THE PHOTO OF NETANYAHU TRYING REALLY, REALLY HARD TO LOOK VERY, VERY, VERY SERIOUS [HE'S READY FOR HIS CLOSEUP, MR. DEMILLE (VIDEO, 00:35)]

      MY COMMENT: Omg, that photo of Netanyahu so reminds me of Peter Sellers playing Peter Sellers playing Dr. Stangelove. And, of course, Dr. Strangelove was partly modeled after the Rand Corporation's military strategist and former physicist Herman Kahn (who was also a founder of the neoconservative Hudson Institute).

      P.S. Personally, I think Netanyahu is an über-sadist (like Dick Cheney).
      ● Psychopath Netanyahu Lies Again to Lead Us into World War III [VIDEO, 01:30] - link to liveleak.com

    • RE: "The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza"

      MY COMMENT: On a positive note, I am thankful that Likudnik Israel (along with many other things, including the typo-inducing keyboard I am currently using to type this) makes the prospect of inevitable death (the state of no longer being/existing) really not seem so bad.
      Always look for the silver lining!

  • Joining Graham, Schumer calls for end of Palestinian unification for sake of Israel's 'survival'
    • In preparation for my high school graduation ceremony many decades ago, the choral director judged me to be a bass monotone, and I was asked told/instructed to just silently mouth the lyrics.
      Currently I'm watching PBS's 2002 "Evolution" series, and on the first or second disc there was a hilarious scene where the extended Darwin family was in church, and Darwin's middle-aged brother Erasmus (a physician) was loudly singing a hymn very purposefully off-key as Charles Darwin's young children are falling all over themselves giggling.
      According to Wikipedia, the name Erasmus had been used by a number of his family and derives from his ancestor Erasmus Earle, Common Sergent of England under Oliver Cromwell.[2]
      My ancestor John Lewis of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire (the shires being areas contested by England and Wales) was on the other side in the English Civil War, and as a consequence apparently ended up being banished by Cromwell to Barbados for a couple of years. Upon his return to England/Wales he sold everything, and in 1653 he settled in Virginia.
      Among the more memorable Lewis' Erasmus-like first ("Christian") names here in America are the likes of Eusebius and Theophilus.

      Rosa Luxemburg: Suicidal Mission [VIDEO, 03:36] - link to youtube.com

    • RE: Zionism has failed and all the money they diverted from education and social support in favour of YESHA has produced a scary generation bred on ethnocentric hatred. ~ seafoid

      RELATED: "Israel’s bizarre decision to give up on education – and its future", by Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine, 12/03/11

      [EXCERPT] Last week I came across a disturbing story, one of many recently, where Haredi school boys threw stones at secular Jewish school girls. [Because] [t]he schoolgirls were singing. . .
      . . . [W]hat bothered me more about this particular incident was the age of the perpetrators. These were young boys or teenagers, already well versed on the issues of female singing and its dangers.
      What this incident shows more than anything else, is the education factor and how it will change this country. And it shows how incidents like the one above are going to happen again, and again and again.

      Much has been said on the demographics of the Haredi community and the pace at which it grows. But not many know of how huge an impact Haredi education already has on this state. These Haredi rock-throwing boys learn in a Haredi school. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to 972mag.com

    • On a positive note, I am thankful that Likudnik Israel (along with many other things, including the typo-inducing keyboard I am currently using to type this) makes the prospect of inevitable death (the state of no longer being/existing) really not seem so bad!
      There's always a silver lining.

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more)
  • Relentless bombing on Gaza continues: Israel kills media worker, 9 people watching World Cup on beach
    • P.P.P.S. FINALLY, AS TO ISRAEL BEING A “WESTERNIZED”/”SECULAR” COUNTRY, SEE: "Rabbi Aviner: Women must not wear pants even when alone", by Neta Sela, Ynet News, 05/02/08
      One of Religious Zionism’s most prominent leaders defines trousers as a ‘self-prohibition,’ says women ‘must dress modestly also when alone and in the dark’

      [EXCERPT] Women must not wear pants even when they are home alone, Rabbi Shlomi Aviner has ruled.  Aviner, Beit El’s rabbi and one of Religious Zionism’s most prominent leaders, was asked in a cellular Q&A session published in the “Small World” bulletin, “When a girl goes to relieve herself at night, is she allowed to say the ‘Asher Yatzar’ (‘he who formed’) prayer while wearing a short-sleeved shirt and trousers?”  The rabbi replied that it is permitted to say the prayer in such a case, but added that “in general, a woman must always wear modest clothes even when she is alone and in the dark, because the Holy one blessed be he is everywhere. And yes, trousers are a self-prohibition even when a woman is alone.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to ynet.co.il

    • P.P.S. ALSO AS TO ISRAEL BEING A "WESTERNIZED"/"SECULAR" COUNTRY, SEE:
      "'You are fighting a religious war against gentiles': What rabbis told Israeli soldiers in Gaza war", By Mail Foreign Service, The Daily Mail, 3/20/09

      Rabbis in the Israeli army told battlefield troops in January's Gaza offensive that they were fighting a 'religious war' against gentiles, it has been revealed.
      An army commander wrote of the shocking command in an Israeli newspaper today - one day after it emerged that Israeli soldiers were told they could kill innocent civilians during the war.

      'Their message was very clear: we are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land,' the commander said.
      The account by Ram, a pseudonym to shield the soldier's identity, was published by the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper in the second day of revelations that have rocked the Israeli military.
      They were leaked from a February 13 meeting of armed forces members to share their Gaza experiences.

      Some veterans, alumni of an Israel Defence Force (IDF) military academy, told of the killing of civilians and their impression that deep contempt for Palestinians pervaded the ranks of the Israeli forces.
      The institution's director, Danny Zamir, confirmed that Thursday's published accounts were authentic.
      In longer excerpts in its Friday 'Week's End' edition, the daily quoted 'Ram' as saying his impression of the 22-day operation was 'the feeling of an almost religious mission'. . .
      . . . the rabbinate's message imparted to many soldiers the sense that "this operation was a religious war".

      A squad commander from Ram's Givat Brigade, named as Aviv, recounted his misgivings about orders to break down doors with armoured vehicles and shoot anyone inside, floor by floor. In the event, the order was amended to include 'operating megaphones' so advancing troops could tell people they had five minutes to get out or be killed.
      Aviv said 'there was a very annoying moment' when he briefed his men and one challenged that order, saying: 'Yeah? Anyone who is in there is a terrorist, that's a known fact. . .
      'And then his buddies join in: "We need to murder any person who's in there, yeah, any person who's in Gaza is a terrorist' and all the other things that they stuff our heads with, in the media,' Aviv said. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to dailymail.co.uk

    • P.S. ALSO AS TO ISRAEL BEING A "WESTERNIZED"/"SECULAR" COUNTRY, SEE: "Outrage in Gaza Redux", By Rabbi Brant Rosen, 11/16/12

      . . . Israel’s military assault on Gaza in 2008-09 represented an important turning point in my own relationship with Israel. I recall experiencing a new and previously unfamiliar feeling of anguish as Israel bombarded the people living in that tiny, besieged strip of land over and over, day after day after day. While I certainly felt a sense of tribal loyalty to the Israelis who withstood Qassam rocket fire from Gaza, I felt a newfound sense of concern and solidarity with Gazans who I believed were experiencing nothing short of oppression during this massive military onslaught.
      And now it’s happening again. Only this time I don’t think the term “anguish” quite fits my mindset. Now it’s something much closer to rage.
      It’s happening again. Once again 1.7 million people, mostly refugees, who have been living in what amounts to the world’s largest open air prison, are being subjected to a massive military assault at the hands of the world’s most militarized nation, using mostly US-made weapons. And our President is not only looking on – he is defending Israel’s onslaught by saying it has a right to “self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians.”
      Let’s be clear: this tragedy didn’t start with the Qassams. It didn’t start with the election of Hamas. And it didn’t start with the “instability” that followed Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.
      No, this is just the latest chapter of a much longer saga that began in 1947-48, when scores of Palestinians were ethnically cleansed
      from their cities and villages in the coastal plain and lower Galilee and warehoused in a tiny strip of land on the edge of the Mediterranean. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to rabbibrant.com

    • RE: "I fully support Western secular culture, over Islamic culture, too. When given the choice between a Westernized country and an unreformed religion . . ." ~ Majority Viewer

      AS TO ISRAEL BEING A "WESTERNIZED" COUNTRY, SEE:
      "A congressional double standard on incitement", by Matthew Berkman, ForeignPolicy.com, 4/01/11

      [EXCERPTS] . . . But if it is indeed the case that "words matter" . . . then what can explain the senators' silence on the veritable carnival of hate and racist incitement against Arabs and Palestinians that has lately engulfed Israeli society?
      Anyone who reads Israel's press these days will find it difficult to do so without chancing upon yet another outrageous example of such incitement. Be it the declaration of Rabbi Dov Lior, a senior authority on Jewish law in the Religious Zionism movement, that the offspring of non-Jews possess "genetic traits" of "cruelty and barbarism"; or an open letter signed by dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis calling on Jews "to refrain from renting or selling apartments to non-Jews"; or the wives of those state-sponsored rabbis urging Jewish girls not to date, work with, or perform national service in the company of Arabs; or even news of the publication of "The King's Torah," a theological text widely endorsed by settler rabbis that authorizes the killing of non-Jewish children and babies, since "it is clear that they will grow to harm us."
      Could it be that the senators who so rightfully condemn the glorification of violence when it issues from an obscure Palestinian official are simply unaware of the multiple proclamations of such a prominent figure as Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party (a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu's governing coalition) and a former Chief Rabbi of Israel's Sephardi Jewish community? "It is forbidden to be merciful to [Arabs]," Yosef was quoted as saying in 2001, "You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable." More recently, Yosef sermonized that "Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] and all these evil people should perish from this world." "God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians," he said. . .
      . . . Not surprisingly, this rising tide of racism in Israeli society has translated into both discriminatory legislation directed against Israel's Arab citizens and into violent hate crimes which, while not as gruesome as the massacre in Itamar, are more pervasive, bordering on quotidian.
      As the New York Times reported last week, a law passed by Israel's Knesset on March 23 allows "that communities with 400 or fewer families [in the Negev and Galilee, areas with large Arab populations] may set up committees to screen potential residents for whether they fit in socially" - a statute intended to legitimize the barring of Israeli Arabs from Jewish villages. . . Yet another law, passed during the same legislative session, imposes financial penalties on state-subsidized organizations that would publicly mourn the losses incurred by Palestinians during Israel's 1948 war of independence. This flurry of anti-democratic legislation follows the successful attempt last year by Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman (who supports a form of ethnic population transfer), to establish a "loyalty oath" requiring non-Jews seeking Israeli citizenship to pledge allegiance to the "Jewishness" of the state.
      Such legislation promotes the sense among Jewish Israelis that Arab citizens of Israel present a threat to the body politic, and to the physical security of Jews. It is therefore no coincidence that Israel has recently witnessed a spate of violent attacks on its Arab population. According to the Israeli news website Ynet, a gang of seven Israeli youth, including a fourteen-year old girl, were arrested in December for reportedly "luring" young Arab men to Jerusalem's Independence Park, where the Arabs were "brutally attacked by the teens with stones, glass bottles and tear gas." Earlier this week, four Palestinian laborers were assaulted in the middle of the night by police after being falsely accused of raping an 11-year-old boy (the boy later admitted he had fabricated the story). "The police treated us like dogs, not like human beings," one of the Palestinians told Israeli Army Radio in an interview on Thursday. . .

      SOURCE - link to mideastafrica.foreignpolicy.com

  • Obama raises big bucks at home of man who said president and Netanyahu are on 'the same page'
    • P.S. In other words, both FDR and Obama were asking for help in overcoming opposition (i.e. lobbyist opposition, institutional inertia, etc.).

    • RE: “I . . . CAN’T . . . HEAR . . . YOU” . . . how depressing, how cynical, how immoral." ~ Boomer

      MY REPLY: I'm quite disappointed in Obama, but I interpret his saying "I can't hear your" as akin to FDR's saying "make me do it"*.
      That said, with a bit of a push (i.e. be made to hear what is wanted), FDR was a hell of a lot more likely to "do it" than is Obama.

      * FROM WIKIQUOTE: "After his election in 1932, FDR met with Sidney Hillman and other labor leaders, many of them active Socialists with whom he had worked over the past decade or more. Hillman and his allies arrived with plans they wanted the new President to implement. Roosevelt told them: I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it."
      SOURCE - link to en.wikiquote.org

  • U.S. neoconservatives also share blame for Central America child refugee crisis
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      Here comes the helicopter -- second time today
      Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
      How many kids they've murdered only God can say
      If I had a rocket launcher...I'd make somebody pay

      I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
      I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
      And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
      If I had a rocket launcher...I would retaliate

      On the Rio Lacantun, one hundred thousand wait
      To fall down from starvation -- or some less humane fate
      Cry for guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
      If I had a rocket launcher...I would not hesitate

      I want to raise every voice -- at least I've got to try
      Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
      Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
      If I had a rocket launcher...Some son of a bitch would die

      Lyrics source - link to cockburnproject.net

      ● Bruce Cockburn (live perfomance) : If I Had a Rocket Launcher [VIDEO, 05:027] - link to youtube.com

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

    • RE: "Neoconservatives, both in and out of the Reagan administration, were major supporters of the immoral blunders that have caused the huge refugee problem today. Elliott Abrams, who worked at the State Department, is Exhibit A. This site has already explained at some length how he lied to cover up for death squads in El Salvador." ~ James North

      MY COMMENT: I have seen Elliott Abrams use a particularly lame neocon trick to excuse his role. He dismisses any and all criticism of his actions in regard to Latin America by saying that the only alternative was to accept having a communist Central/South/Latin America. This is the shameless use of what is called a "false dilemma"* (a/k/a black-and/or-white thinking, bifurcation, denying a conjunct, the either-or fallacy, false dichotomy, fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses, the fallacy of false choice, the fallacy of the false alternative, or the fallacy of the excluded middle).

      * False dilemma - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • State Dep't says Israel has a right to defend itself, but can't say the same of Palestinians
    • RE: "State Dep’t says Israel has a right to defend itself, but can’t say the same of Palestinians"

      MY COMMENT: "Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel*."

      * SEE: "Obama's kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza", By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
      The US was once part of the international consensus against extra-judicial assassinations. Now it is a leader in that tactic.

      [EXCERPTS] Israel's escalating air attacks on Gaza follow the depressingly familiar pattern that shapes this conflict. Overwhelming Israeli force slaughters innocent Palestinians . . .
      . . . Meanwhile, most US media outlets are petrified of straying too far from pro-Israel orthodoxies. . .
      . . . Obama had no choice but to support these attacks, which were designed, in part, to extra-judicially assassinate Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari as he was driving in his car. . .
      . . . Extra-judicial assassination - accompanied by the wanton killing of whatever civilians happen to be near the target, often including children - is a staple of the Obama presidency. That lawless tactic is one of the US president's favorite instruments for projecting force and killing whomever he decides should have their lives ended: all in total secrecy and with no due process or oversight. There is now a virtually complete convergence between US and Israeli aggression, making US criticism of Israel impossible not only for all the usual domestic political reasons, but also out of pure self-interest: for Obama to condemn Israel's rogue behavior would be to condemn himself.
      It is vital to recognize that this is a new development. The position of the US government on extra-judicial assassinations long had been consistent with the consensus view of the international community: that it is a savage and lawless weapon to be condemned regardless of claims that it is directed at "terrorists". From a 15 February 2001 Guardian article by Brian Whitaker on the targeted killing by Israel of one of Yasser Arafat's bodyguards [emphasis added]:
      "International opprobrium was directed at Israel yesterday for its state-approved assassinations of suspected terrorists - a practice widely regarded as illegal. . .
      . . . "The United States, while also condemning Palestinian violence, made clear its disapproval of the assassinations. . .
      "State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: 'The use of Israeli helicopter gunships, Palestinian attacks against settlements and motorists, the use of mortars by Palestinians and the targeted killings by the Israeli Defence Force ... are producing a new cycle of action or reaction which can become impossible to control. . .

      . . . As the Council on Foreign Relations documented in April of this year:

      "The United States adopted targeted killing as an essential tactic to pursue those responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency have employed the controversial practice with more frequency in recent years. . .

      In essence, what we find, yet again, is that the governments of the United States and Israel arrogate unto themselves the right to execute anyone they want, anywhere in the world, without any limitations, regardless of how many innocent civilians they kill in the process. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to guardian.co.uk

    • RE: "But the media coverage hardly reflects the reality: a military superpower armed with F-15 fighter jets, AH-64 Apache helicopters . . ." ~ Owen Jones

      MY SARCASM: Those damn Apaches wreak havoc everywhere they go! I guess the US should have totally annihilated/exterminated them like L. Frank Baum advocated (whether seriously, or just to make a point) in the late 1800s.*,
      Of course, I guess if you truly believe in American exceptionalism (and/or its exceptionally depraved twin, Israeli exceptionalism), you've got to really 'get off' big time on the idea of Israelis using Apaches to terrorize the indigenous Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. It just doesn't get any better than that (from a colonial/settler perspective)!

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [L. Frank Baum]:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . During the period surrounding the 1890 Ghost Dance movement and Wounded Knee Massacre, [L. Frank] Baum [who later wrote The Wizard of Oz] wrote two editorials about Native Americans for the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer which have provoked great controversy in recent times because of his suggestion that the safety of White settlers depended on the "extermination" of the remaining Indians.
      The first piece was published on December 20, 1890, five days after the killing of the Lakota Sioux holy man, Sitting Bull (who was being held in custody at the time). Following is the complete text of the editorial:
      [EXCERPTS] Sitting Bull, most renowned Sioux of modern history, is dead. . .
      . . . The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are. History would forget these latter despicable beings, and speak, in latter ages of the glory of these grand Kings of forest and plain that Cooper loved to heroize.
      We cannot honestly regret their extermination, but we at least do justice to the manly characteristics possessed, according to their lights and education, by the early Redskins of America.[31][32]

      Following the December 29, 1890 massacre, Baum wrote a second editorial, published on January 3, 1891:

      The peculiar policy of the government in employing so weak and vacillating a person as General Miles to look after the uneasy Indians, has resulted in a terrible loss of blood to our soldiers, and a battle which, at best, is a disgrace to the war department. There has been plenty of time for prompt and decisive measures, the employment of which would have prevented this disaster.
      The Pioneer has before declared that our only safety depends upon the total extirmination [sic] of the Indians. Having wronged them for centuries we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth. In this lies safety for our settlers and the soldiers who are under incompetent commands. Otherwise, we may expect future years to be as full of trouble with the redskins as those have been in the past.
      An eastern contemporary, with a grain of wisdom in its wit, says that "when the whites win a fight, it is a victory, and when the Indians win it, it is a massacre." [31][33]

      These two short editorials continue to haunt his legacy. In 2006, two descendants of Baum apologized to the Sioux nation for any hurt their ancestor had caused.[34]
      These editorials are the only known occasions on which Baum articulated such views. . .

      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

      P.S. You gotta love the idea of Israelis using Apaches to terrorize the indigenous Palestinians

  • White House says US can't stop 'tsunami' of boycott and isolation if Israel won't end 'occupations'
    • RE: "White House says US can’t stop ‘tsunami’ of boycott and isolation if Israel won’t end ‘occupations’ ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Likudnik Israel is hellbent on going down "whistling Dixie", and their enablers in the US are determined to help them do it. And, in the final analysis, domestic politics and a broken, dysfunctional, political system ensure that the the codependent US will not intervene to save Israel from its own excesses.
      CONSEQUENTLY:

      In DixieIsrael-land they’ll take their stand, to live or die with apartheid!
      Look away! Look away! Look away! Apartheid Israel!
      Dar’s buck-wheat cakes an ‘Ingen’ batter,
      Makes 'em fat or a little fatter;
      Look away! Look away! Look away! Apartheid Israel!
      Den hoe it down an scratch your grabble,
      To apartheid Israel we're bound to trabble.
      Look away! Look away! Look away! Apartheid Israel!

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

      SOURCE FOR “DIXIE” LRICS – link to en.wikipedia.org

      P.S. Southern American English - link to en.wikipedia.org

  • Why is Mohammed Abu Khdeir's death different from all other Palestinian deaths?
    • RE: "[S]mearing shit on the walls of a family’s home in Gaza is eminently permissible, but only if it occurs at a distance, and through the organized hasbara bloc of the Israeli arms apparatus. No vigilantism please. Coprophilia, but only the state-sanctioned type - and for self-defense, only." ~ Ahmed Moor

      IN THE 'ONE GOOD BOWEL MOVEMENT DESERVES ANOTHER' DEPARTMENT, SEE: “Jews protect Palestinians in harvest of hate” ~ By Donald Macintyre in Awarta, West Bank, The Independent (U.K.), 10/10/08
      Israelis cross religious divide to shelter olive farmers from settlers’ attacks

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Born in Tel Aviv, Ms Siew served in the army, took a university degree, then a teacher’s diploma. Thirty-six years ago, she took the tough decision to emigrate to London, telling her parents: “I won’t come back until there’s peace.” Ms Siew, who is now 64, remains an Israeli citizen but now lives with her British husband in Hebden Bridge. She has kept to her word, except that each autumn she comes back to stay in her hometown with her relatives and spends each day of the two-month harvest season picking olives on Palestinian farmland in the West Bank.
      And Ms Siew does that for a purpose. Up on the ridge above us, you can see the red roofs of Itamar, a notably hard-line Jewish settlement, and she is here to help protect the Palestinian farmers from the threat of settler violence which has so often scarred the olive harvests.
      . . . Last year, she was in a group in the South Hebron Hills confronted by settlers who fired shots from a pistol and an M16 assault rifle, despite the presence of the army and police. “Then one of the soldiers said, ‘Look, one of them is coming down with a jug of water for you’. The settler emptied the jug over me. It was full of human shit.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to independent.co.uk

  • Deaths of five teenagers in the West Bank expose mainstream indifference to Palestinian life
    • RE: "The past fortnight has seen the killings of at least five teenagers in the West Bank... The names and faces of three–Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach – are now familiar across the world, having dominated much of the international media in recent weeks." ~ Anne Irfan and Shahnaz Ahsan

      MY COMMENT: 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 killing of the two Palestinian teenagers by the IDF during the Nakba Day protests in West Bank back on May 15 (nearly two 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

  • Understanding 'militant' as a cover-up for civilian deaths, and other ways international law helps clarify the Israeli attack on Gaza
    • RE: "Unfortunately, the U.S. government has shared that contemptuous attitude towards international law." ~ lysias

      MY REPLY: I agree, and it seems as though they have shared that contemptuous attitude towards international law more and more so in recent years*.
      "Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel."

      * SEE: "Obama's kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza", By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
      The US was once part of the international consensus against extra-judicial assassinations. Now it is a leader in that tactic.

      [EXCERPTS] Israel's escalating air attacks on Gaza follow the depressingly familiar pattern that shapes this conflict. Overwhelming Israeli force slaughters innocent Palestinians . . .
      . . . Meanwhile, most US media outlets are petrified of straying too far from pro-Israel orthodoxies. . .
      . . . Obama had no choice but to support these attacks, which were designed, in part, to extra-judicially assassinate Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari as he was driving in his car. . .
      . . . Extra-judicial assassination - accompanied by the wanton killing of whatever civilians happen to be near the target, often including children - is a staple of the Obama presidency. That lawless tactic is one of the US president's favorite instruments for projecting force and killing whomever he decides should have their lives ended: all in total secrecy and with no due process or oversight. There is now a virtually complete convergence between US and Israeli aggression, making US criticism of Israel impossible not only for all the usual domestic political reasons, but also out of pure self-interest: for Obama to condemn Israel's rogue behavior would be to condemn himself.
      It is vital to recognize that this is a new development. The position of the US government on extra-judicial assassinations long had been consistent with the consensus view of the international community: that it is a savage and lawless weapon to be condemned regardless of claims that it is directed at "terrorists". From a 15 February 2001 Guardian article by Brian Whitaker on the targeted killing by Israel of one of Yasser Arafat's bodyguards [emphasis added]:
      "International opprobrium was directed at Israel yesterday for its state-approved assassinations of suspected terrorists - a practice widely regarded as illegal. . .
      . . . "The United States, while also condemning Palestinian violence, made clear its disapproval of the assassinations. . .
      "State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: 'The use of Israeli helicopter gunships, Palestinian attacks against settlements and motorists, the use of mortars by Palestinians and the targeted killings by the Israeli Defence Force ... are producing a new cycle of action or reaction which can become impossible to control. . .

      . . . As the Council on Foreign Relations documented in April of this year:

      "The United States adopted targeted killing as an essential tactic to pursue those responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency have employed the controversial practice with more frequency in recent years. . .

      In essence, what we find, yet again, is that the governments of the United States and Israel arrogate unto themselves the right to execute anyone they want, anywhere in the world, without any limitations, regardless of how many innocent civilians they kill in the process. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - link to guardian.co.uk

    • RE: "Understanding principles of international law is critical if we want a world that abides by rule of law." ~ Abby Okrent

      FOR ISRAEL'S ÜBER-CYNICAL VIEW OF THE "GAME" OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND 'THE RULE OF LAW', SEE: “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper, mrzine.monthlyreview.org, 02/26/10

      [EXCERPT] The Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008/January 2009 was not merely a military assault on a primarily civilian population, impoverished and the victim of occupation and besiegement these past 42 years. It was also part of an ongoing assault on international humanitarian law by a highly coordinated team of Israeli lawyers, military officers, PR people, and politicians, led by (no less) a philosopher of ethics. It is an effort coordinated as well with other governments whose political and military leaders are looking for ways to pursue "asymmetrical warfare" against peoples resisting domination and the plundering of their resources and labor without the encumbrances of human rights and current international law. It is a campaign that is making progress and had better be taken seriously by us all.

      Since Ariel Sharon was indicted by a Belgian court in 2001 over his involvement in the Sabra and Chatila massacres and Israel faced accusations of war crimes in the wake of its 2002 invasion of the cities of the West Bank, with its high toll in civilian casualties (some 500 people killed, 1,500 wounded, more than 4,000 arrested), hundreds of homes demolished and the urban infrastructure utterly destroyed, Israel has adopted a bold and aggressive strategy: alter international law so that non-state actors caught in a conflict with states and deemed by the states as "non-legitimate actors" ("terrorists," "insurgents" and "non-state actors," as well as the civilian population that supports them) can no longer claim protection from invading armies...

      . . . A few years ago (April 15, 2005, p. 34) the ‘Up Front’ weekend magazine of ‘The Jerusalem Post’ published an interview with an Israeli “expert in international law” who, tellingly, chose to remain anonymous.

      This is what s/he said:

      International law is the language of the world and it’s more or less the yardstick by which we measure ourselves today. It’s the lingua franca of international organizations. So you have to play the game if you want to be a member of the world community. And the game works like this. As long as you claim you are working within international law and you come up with a reasonable argument as to why what you are doing is within the context of international law, you’re fine. That’s how it goes. This is a very cynical view of how the world works. So, even if you’re being inventive, or even if you’re being a bit radical, as long as you can explain it in that context, most countries will not say you’re a war criminal. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to mrzine.monthlyreview.org

  • The 'so-called peace process' and Gaza 'siege' -- Mohyeldin conveys Palestinian despair on MSNBC
    • RE: "We are seeing the counter-narrative to Israel’s security narrative as never before in the American mainstream... Chris Hayes expressed doubt about Israel’s claim that its attacks on Gaza are a response to rocket fire and not to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last month." ~ Robbins

      I WISH THEY WOULD COVER THE SCORCHED-EARTH POLICY ISRAEL HAS IN STORE FOR GAZA!
      SEE - Israeli Official: “We Will Do More Than Mow The Lawn In Gaza, We Will Scorch It”, July 8, 2014
      LINK – link to weaselzippers.us

  • 'Operation Protective Edge' begins: Gaza rocked by Israeli airstrikes as Palestinian militants shoot at Jerusalem
    • [CORRECTED]
      RE: After days of slow but steady escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night, with Israeli airplanes heavily bombing the coastal enclave. ~ Kane

      MY COMMENT: Netanyahu and the Likudnik government of Israel are desperate to quash the US media's coverage of American Abu Khdeir's having been beaten by Israeli (border) police while handcuffed in their custody. This “Operation Protective Edge” (“mowing/scorching the lawn/grass”*) should do the trick .
      Too bad for you, Gaza!

      *SEE - Israeli Official: “We Will Do More Than Mow The Lawn In Gaza, We Will Scorch It”, July 8, 2014
      LINK – link to weaselzippers.us

      P.S. I wonder how much progress Israel has made in that "thorough and transparent investigation"** into the videotaped killing of the two Palestinian teenagers by the IDF during the Nakba Day protests in West Bank back on May 15 (nearly two 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

    • RE: After days of slow but steady escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night, with Israeli airplanes heavily bombing the coastal enclave. ~ Kane

      MY COMMENT: Netanyahu and the Likudnik government of Israel are desperate to quash the US media's coverage of American Abu Khdeir's having been beaten by Israeli (border) police while handcuffed in their custody. This “Operation Protective Edge” ("mowing/scorching the grass/lawn"*) should do the trick .
      Too bad for you, Gaza!

      P.S. I wonder how much progress Israel has made in that "thorough and transparent investigation"* into the videotaped killing of the two Palestinian teenagers by the IDF during the Nakba Day protests in West Bank back on May 15 (nearly two months ago).

      * SEE: Israeli Official: “We Will Do More Than Mow The Lawn In Gaza, We Will Scorch It” - link to weaselzippers.us

      ** 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

  • 'Jewish' or 'Israeli' -- NYT, BBC, and CNN make different word choice
    • RE: Here’s a bizarre statement in the Tampa Bay Times, from a fellow Floridian on the beating of Tampa resident Tarek Abu Khdeir: “They’re giving this kid more publicity than he deserves,” said Bob Kunst, a longtime pro-Israel activist in South Florida . . . ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: This is apparently the Robert Kunst who ran as an "independent" (but not independent of Likudnik Israel) for Congress against Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

      ● Robert Kunst for Congress | Independent to unseat Debbie Wasserman Schultz - link to bobkunst.wordpress.com

  • Please help us continue to cover breaking news from Israel/Palestine, and as a thank you get Ali Abunimah's new book
    • RE: "Still, we have a new incentive for those to give a donation of $30 or more – a copy of Ali Abunimah’s groundbreaking new book 'The Battle for Justice in Palestine'." ~ Adam Horowitz, Scott Roth and Phil Weiss

      MY QUESTION: So, is this what's known in the "biz" as a "loss leader"??? Didn't you actually mean $80 or more?

  • Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle's Jerusalem backyard
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel", By Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel Online, 6/05/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Football fan Asi, 23, says that he isn't a racist, just a nationalist. "I have no problem with Arabs, as long as they raise the Israeli flag and sing along when our national anthem is played." Lieberman used the same logic to justify a bill he introduced calling for new citizens to deliver an oath of allegiance.
      Asi, who lives in a small village [in Israel] near Caesarea, supports the Beitar Jerusalem football club. On a Thursday evening, he and other Beitar fans are standing at an intersection in Herzliya. Asi has a friendly face and a neatly trimmed beard. Like his fellow fans, he is here to demonstrate against the club's owner.
      When it was revealed in January that the Club planned to sign two Muslim Chechen players, the stands in the stadium became filled with hateful signs, with words like "Beitar -- Pure Forever." The fans chanted: "We are chosen, we are holy, but the Arabs are not."
      Beitar Jerusalem, says Asi, that's the holy menorah on a yellow background. The team, he says, can only win as a Jewish team, which is why Muslims shouldn't be allowed to play in the club.
      Beitar's management has since cancelled the contracts with the Chechens and sent the two men back home. There were simply too many problems [most especially, Israeli racism - J.L.D.], the club wrote in a statement.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - link to spiegel.de

      P.P.S.When Netanyahu refers to 'his people' (referring to them as "my people"), the Beitar La Familia goons (Israel’s own version of the Blackshirts) are definitely part of the milieu he is referring to.

    • RE: "Last week, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped by Israeli Jewish members of a soccer gang and murdered. Mohammed’s killers burned him alive, according to the autopsy report." ~ Alex Kane

      MY QUESTION: A soccer gang? Might the kidnappers/murderers perchance have been members of Beitar's "La Familia"? That would certainly make sense, especially in light of Be(i)tar's fascist origins.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [La Familia (Beitar supporters' group)]:

      La Familia are an Association football supporters' group of Israeli Premier League club Beitar Jerusalem.[1] They are known for their opposition to Arab and Muslim players.

      • Organization
      The organization began in 2005 and occupy the eastern sections of Teddy Stadium. Estimates of the group's numbers vary. A reporter put the number at a few hundred[2] while a leader of the group said that it encompassed a network of 3,000 supporters.[3] At a home match in 2008, a correspondent for the BBC said that the group was about 20% of the crowd. They are the most vocal in the stadium and some local fans follow their chants.[2][3]
      La Familia is proud of its Jewish identity. The group is notorious for chants that insult Arab and black players, and for displaying the flag of the banned Kach party.[2] Cheers with lines such as "death to the Arabs"[4] and "Muhammad is a homosexual"[5] are common. Unlike other top clubs in the country, no Arabs have ever played for Beitar. La Familia has continuously raised strong objections to any Arab transfers.[6] The group was adamantly against the signing of Nigerian Muslim (who lasted half a season in 2005) and the 2013 transfer of two Chechnyan Muslims.[7]
      The team has roots in the Betar Zionist youth movement and has been supported by several Israeli politicians on the political right throughout its history. La Familia has similarly been labeled far-right and is openly against those they view as being on the left.[4][8] The club has publicly condemned the group and has gone as far as barring it from a match.[7] Some Beitar fans have expressed embarrassment over the organization and openly oppose their ideals.[9][7]

      • Incidents
      During a December 2007 Toto Cup semifinal game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab team Bnei Sakhnin, Beitar Jerusalem fans took up provocative chants that insulted Muhammed. The Israel Football Association (IFA) punished Beitar by forcing them to play their next game against Sakhnin with no fans present. Vandals set fire to the IFA's offices and left graffiti threatening the life of the IFA chairman. The graffiti included the initials "LF" for La Familia, but the group denied involvement.[10][11]
      Beitar was disciplined in 2008 after fans disrupted a minute of silence to mark the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Later that year La Familia led a pitch invasion in what would have been a title-clinching win against Bnei Herziliya. The IFA deducted two points from Beitar and ordered that the next game be played behind closed doors.[12] In December 2011, fans yelled "Give Toto a banana"[2] towards Nigerian-born Toto Tamuz. The IFA again punished Beitar with a two-point deduction and another game in an empty stadium.
      Supporters stormed the Malha Mall after a match in March 2012 while chanting racist slurs. It was reported that Arab workers were harassed and beaten.[6]
      The club's 2013 signing of two Chechnyan Muslims, Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev, raised anger from the supporters. Members of La Familia set a team office blaze after the announcement.[7] Fans walked out of a match in March that saw Sadayev score his fist goal for Beitar.[13]
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      SOURCE - link to en.wikipedia.org

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