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  • Israeli report on al-Dura case is vengeful and 'surreal,' says Haaretz -- but 'NYT' treats it as gospel
    • P.P.S. POSSIBLE EXAMPLES OF "INJUSTCE COLLECTING":

      [EXCERPT] . . . After receiving the report, Netanyahu said the incident had "slandered Israel's reputation" and was a "manifestation of the ongoing, mendacious campaign to delegitimise Israel".
      Yuval Steinitz, the minister of strategic affairs, who presented the report, described the affair as "a modern-day blood libel against the state of Israel … The France 2 report was utterly baseless." ~ from Harriet Sherwood's article in the 'Guardian' (excerpted above by Phil)

    • P.S. RE: "Projection . . . includes severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and “injustice collecting”. ~ from the above Wikipedia excerpt

      SEE: "Injustice Collecting", By Nando Pelusi, Ph.D., psychologytoday.com, published on November 01, 2006
      You can't let go of a grudge, says Nando Pelusi, Ph.D., because there are deep-seated emotional payoffs.

      [EXCERPTS] We have a complicated relationship with the grudges we hold. We get obsessed and aggravated by the many slights [not to mention far more grievous victimization - J.L.D.] that befall us, but we're ever reluctant to bury our pain and move on. Like an illicit affair, our beloved grudges usually end up creating misery for all involved.
      The tendency to itemize every unfair knock we've ever suffered is known as injustice collecting.
      Sometimes the injustices are personal, as in, "My boss unfairly promoted Rick over me." This kind of self-talk leads to anger. At other times, the catalogued outrages lead to overwrought generalizations, such as, "Nothing ever goes well; this is too unfair." This type of thinking leads to hopelessness and rage.
      Enough grudge holding and soon you'll see more iniquity than actually exists. The injustice collector becomes a trigger-happy perceiver. If you walk down the street recounting the affronts you've suffered lately, you'll kick up quite a cloud of dejection.
      Injustice collecting springs from a sensible motive: the monitoring of fairness as a form of self-protection, an impulse that evolved among social creatures who depended on one another. Nursing grudges may have raised our odds of survival and reproduction, however unconsciously. . .
      . . . But injustice collecting is about more than just resentment toward cheaters; just as often, it's resentment on a mass scale—about anger at the very order of the universe. If a tree falls on a school bus or an earthquake levels our home, we're stricken by the absolute injustice of it all. Islamist radicals, for example, resent the West's development, and many are willing to die for their version of justice.
      Self-pity plus religious outrage—a combination that fuels suicide bombers—might also be a cognitive virus, replicating itself because humans are so easily attuned to believing in absolute justice.
      Fairness is a desirable abstraction, and one we'd better reach for, but it is not a concrete measurement, however much we might wish the courts, God, or the Constitution to decree it. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200612/injustice-collecting

    • ● RE: "One has to have to have such a distorted view of Palestinians as fundamentally manipulative liars, willing to do absolutely anything in order to go along with the Israeli report's suggestions." ~ Phil's media-savvy friend

      ● MY COMMENT: And, psychological projection will do the trick! ! ! Fundamentally manipulative liars merely "project" their attribute (i.e., being manipulative liars) onto the Palestinians.

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Psychological projection]:

      [EXCERPTS] Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to other people. . .
      . . . The theory was developed by Sigmund Freud - in his letters to Wilhelm Fliess, "'Draft H' deals with projection as a mechanism of defence" - and further refined by his daughter Anna Freud; for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Freudian Projection.
      According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else. 'Emotions or excitations which the ego tries to ward off are "split out" and then felt as being outside the ego...perceived in another person'.[4] It is a common process.[5] . . .
      . . . In one example of the process, a person might have thoughts of infidelity with respect to a spouse or other partner. Instead of dealing with these undesirable thoughts consciously, the subject unconsciously projects these feelings onto the other person, and begins to think that the other has thoughts of infidelity and that the other may be having an affair. In this way, the subject may obtain 'acquittal by his conscience - if he projects his own impulses to faithlessness on to the partner to whom he owes faith'.[7] . . .
      . . . Projection can also be established as a means of obtaining or justifying certain actions that would normally be found atrocious or heinous. This often means projecting false accusations, information, etc., onto an individual for the sole purpose of maintaining a self-created illusion. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

      ● ALSO SEE: "The Paranoid Style of Anti-Islamism", By Jack Ross, Institute for Policy Studies, 8/02/11 [EXCERPT]

      . . . Nearly fifty years ago Richard Hofstadter published his classic "The Paranoid Style in American Politics", which provides a wealth of insights for understanding anti-Islamism today. One of Hofstadter’s brilliant insights was what we might term his “projection principle”:
      “It is hard to resist the conclusion that this enemy is on many counts the projection of the self, both the ideal and the unacceptable aspects of the self are attributed to him. . . ”

      ARTICLE – http://rightweb.irc-online.org/articles/display/the_paranoid_style_of_anti_islamism

      ● ALSO FROM WIKIPEDIA [Defence mechanisms]:

      Projection: Projection is a primitive form of paranoia. Projection also reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the undesirable impulses or desires without becoming consciously aware of them; attributing one's own unacknowledged unacceptable/unwanted thoughts and emotions to another; includes severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and "injustice collecting".

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_mechanisms

  • Activists call for a SodaStream boycott at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
    • MY REPLY: Chabadnik Bob Dylan is going to have a fit!

      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 - http://bobdylantalks.blogspot.com/2007/03/bob-dylan-rolling-stone-interview-by_5060.html

    • I don't suppose you'll be surprised to learn that I signed the petition!
      DIRECT LINK - http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12341

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Disappearing Massad, disappearing Palestine
    • P.P.P.P.P.S. ALSO RE: “Congratulations, donors to Columbia University, for paying this monstrous fuckhead’s salary!” ~ Tweeted by John Podhoretz, the Editor-in-Chief of Commentary magazine, using a photo of a very young boy (presumably his son)

      MY COMMENT: The more I think about this tweet, the more I wonder what kind of sick, twisted individual would send out a tweet using language like "fuckhead" right next to a photo of a very young boy (presumably his son)? It's almost perverse, like some kind of quasi-pedophilia; or perhaps an odd type of child porn; or maybe some kind of emotional child abuse. I'm certainly no psychiatrist, but I think this is far more serious than just "acting out".
      I noticed that Ali Abunimah at Electronic Intifada has removed the actual tweet from his article. I certainly think that is the correct thing to do. No matter how depraved John Podhoretz might be, it is not right to make the young boy pictured on his tweet pay for his father's bizarre predilections.

    • RE: "Massad lacks restraint on issues that touch on the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He either doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand the nuanced, ever-moving red lines that Jewish and Palestinian intellectuals and activists – at least in the European- American discourse - have agreed to respect." ~ Marc Ellis

      FROM MASSAD'S "DISAPPEARED" ARTICLE:

      [EXCERPT] . . . The United States and European countries, including Germany, would continue the pro-Zionist policies of the Nazis. Post-War West German governments that presented themselves as opening a new page in their relationship with Jews in reality did no such thing. Since the establishment of the country after WWII, every West German government (and every German government since unification in 1990) has continued the pro-Zionist Nazi policies unabated. There was never a break with Nazi pro-Zionism. The only break was with the genocidal and racial hatred of Jews that Nazism consecrated, but not with the desire to see Jews set up in a country in Asia, away from Europe. Indeed, the Germans would explain that much of the money they were sending to Israel was to help offset the costs of resettling European Jewish refugees in the country. . .

      FROM URI AVNERY: "Gunter the Terrible", By Uri Avnery, The Palestine Chronicle, 4/13/12

      [EXCERPT] Stop me if I have told you this joke before:
      Somewhere in the US, a demonstration takes place. The police arrive and beat the protesters mercilessly.
      “Don’t hit me,” someone shouts, “I am an anti-communist!”
      “I couldn't give a damn what kind of a communist you are!” a policeman answers as he raises his baton.
      The first time I told this joke was when a German group visited the Knesset and met with German-born members, including me.
      They went out of their way to praise Israel, lauding everything we had been doing, condemning every bit of criticism, however harmless it might be. It became downright embarrassing
      , since some of us in the Knesset were very critical of our government’s policy in the occupied territories.
      For me, this extreme kind of pro-Semitism is just disguised anti-Semitism.* Both have a basic belief in common: that Jews – and therefore Israel – are something apart, not to be measured by the standards applied to everybody else. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=19233

      * P.S. I would add that Christian Zionism is also an "extreme kind of pro-Semitism" that is actually "disguised anti-Semitism". And, unlike with the Germans, it is not partly a consequence of their guilt (since the Christian Zionists have absolutely no real remorse whatsoever for Christianity's persecution of Jews over the centuries).

    • P.P.P.P.S RE: “Congratulations, donors to Columbia University, for paying this monstrous fuckhead's salary!” ~ John Podhoretz, the Editor-in-Chief of Commentary magazine

      JOHN "POTTY MOUTH" PODORETZ INTERVIEWED BY BRIAN LAMB:
      [VIDEO, 59:17] John Podhoretz, editoral director and scheduled to become editor of Commentary Magazine, spoke about his life and career and political issues of the day. Before joining Commentary Magazine, John Podhoretz was chief political columnist for the New York Post, a speechwriter in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, and a consultant for the television program “West Wing.” He has also worked for Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and The Washington Times.
      LINK - http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/281181-1

    • P.P.P.S RE: "Congratulations, donors to Columbia University, for paying this monstrous fuckhead‘s salary!" ~ John Podhoretz, the Editor-in-Chief of Commentary magazine

      SEE: "Targeting Stephen Hawking and Dustin Hoffman: Right-wing ‘pro-Israel’ advocacy as hate speech", by Bradley Burston, Haaretz, May 9, 2013

      [EXCERPTS] Professor Steven Plaut teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa. He also writes articles, pamphlets and blog posts intended to defend Israel. This is what he offered in defense of Israel this week, in response to physicist Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott next month’s Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians:
      I have a suggestion. I suggest that the people of Israel send Hawking for a free trip on the Achille Lauro!!

      Plaut’s argument, that the proper punishment for boycotting Israel should be execution, was only slightly more obscene than that of attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center Organization, a right-wing pro-Israel not-for-profit whose stated primary goals include “defending human rights” and conducting a “civil war” in court against global terror. In a statement, Darshan-Leitner alluded to the fact that Hawking is almost entirely paralyzed and communicates through a speech generating device:

      His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet.

      . . . Increasingly, the rabid “Pro-Israel” far-right has taken on as principal targets Jews whose most cherished wish is to see Israel become a stronger, more democratic, more livable society. Pamela Geller, whose bread and butter “pro-Israel” tack is hatred of Muslims, has branched out to target writer and editor Peter Beinart as a vomit-inducing kapo. Geller, at times borrowing her writing style from Stormfront, has also called Beinart “the pet Jew turncoat” of Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown. . .
      . . . It has to stop. It has to stop here and now. When self-styled pro-Israel advocates on the far-right practice incitement and repulsive bullying to further their cause, when hate speech becomes the go-to tool in their belt, it is time for people who care about Israel’s future to take a stand, call them out, shut them down, fight their smirking, obscene, proudly bigoted pronouncements. . .
      . . . It has to stop. We have to stop meekly putting up with it. Otherwise, as we’ve seen a number of times recently, if smartly dressed thugs of the right can disrupt a serious debate on Israel’s future by booing and delegitimizing a two-state solution as being anti-Israel, the way forward is clear. If the bigots, the fanatics, the Apartheid apologists, the velveteen fascists of the pro-Israel far-right are freely granted platforms as respected “experts” on Israel, no one who hates Israel as bigoted, fanatic, Apartheid-ruled and fascistic, no one who wants to see Israel ostracized to death,- will ever need to say another word. The Plauts, the Gellers, and a host of others will have already done their work for them.

      SOURCE - http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/its-no-use-saying-it-has-to-stop-if-they-have-more-money-than-you-do/

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Why Zionist lobby bullying strengthens occupation", By Larry Derfner, Haaretz, 3/14/13

      [EXCERPT] Brand­ing harsh crit­ics of Is­raeli pol­icy as anti-Semi­tes helps the oc­cu­pa­tion thrive, and what’s good for the oc­cu­pa­tion is good for Is­rael, cer­tainly for Ne­tanyahu’s Is­rael, and what’s good for Ne­tanyahu’s Is­rael is good for the Jew­ish es­tab­lish­ment of Britain, the United States and sev­eral other coun­tries.
      It’s a shame: These peo­ple are going to bat for Is­rael’s sub­ju­ga­tion of a peo­ple, for Is­rael’s wars of ag­gres­sion to de­fend that prac­tice, and they’re doing it in the name of all the hor­rors the Jews ever faced and at times still face. I don’t know any­thing more cyn­i­cal than that. I don’t know any greater dis­honor of Jew­ish his­tory than that.

      SOURCE OF EXCERPT - http://antonyloewenstein.com/2013/03/17/why-zionist-lobby-bullying-strengthens-occupation/
      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/slander-israel-s-critics-as-anti-semites-shut-down-debate-on-israel-s-atrocities.premium-1.509519

    • ● RE: He either doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand the nuanced, ever-moving red lines that Jewish and Palestinian intellectuals and activists – at least in the European- American discourse - have agreed to respect. ~ Marc Ellis

      ● MY QUESTION: Is John Podhoretz, the Editor in Chief of Commentary magazine, a Jewish intellectual and/or activist? If so, exactly what "red line(s)" has he agreed to to respect? "Enquiring minds mimes want to know!"

      ● JOHN PODHORETZ'S TWEET REGARDING THE MASSAD ARTICLE:

      (AVATAR - apparently a photo of John Podhoretz's young son)
      John Podhoretz
      [email protected]
      Congratulations, donors to Columbia University, for paying this monstrous fuckhead's salary! http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/05/201351275829430527.html

      Al Jazeera English

      The last of the Semites

      It is Israel's claims that it represents and speaks for all Jews that are the most anti-Semitic claims of all.
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      RETWEETS
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      9:51 AM - 14 May 13

      SOURCE - http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/al-jazeera-management-orders-joseph-massad-article-pulled-act-pro-israel

      ● P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [Acting out]:

      [EXCERPTS] Acting out is a psychological term from the parlance of defense mechanisms and self-control, meaning to perform an action in contrast to bearing and managing the impulse to perform it. The acting done is usually anti-social and may take the form of acting on the impulses of an addiction (e.g. drinking, drug taking or shoplifting) or in a means designed (often unconsciously or semi-consciously) to garner attention (e.g. throwing a tantrum or behaving promiscuously).
      In general usage, the action performed is destructive to self or others and may inhibit the development of more constructive responses to the feelings. The term is used in this way in sexual addiction treatment, psychotherapy, criminology and parenting.
      Acting out painful feelings may be contrasted with expressing them in ways more helpful to the sufferer, e.g. by talking out, expressive therapy, psychodrama or mindful awareness of the feelings. Developing the ability to express one's conflicts safely and constructively is an important part of impulse control, personal development and self-care.

      • In analysis
      Freud considered that patients in analysis tended to act out their conflicts in preference to remembering them - repetition compulsion.[1] The analytic task was then to help "the patient who does not remember anything of what he has forgotten and repressed, but acts it out"[2] to replace present activity by past memory.
      Otto Fenichel added that acting out in an analytic setting potentially offered valuable insights to the therapist; but was nonetheless a psychological resistance in as much as it deals only with the present at the expense of concealing the underlying influence of the past.[3] Lacan also spoke of "the corrective value of acting out",[4] though others qualified this with the proviso that such acting out must be limited in the extent of its destructive/self-destructiveness.[5] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_out

  • Two friends meet for 5 minutes in Jerusalem
    • P.S. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts: Bonus Material, 2007, NR, 180 minutes
      The bonus material for the intimiate look at this great American composer includes additional interviews and the following performances: Kronos Quartet's "Dracula" rehearsal, Metamorphosis' Solo performances, "Orion" and an "Einstein on the Beach" Adelaide rehearsal.
      Format: DVD
      Netflix listing - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Glass-A-Portrait-of-Philip-in-Twelve-Parts-Bonus-Material/70114682

    • Some of his music has an almost trance-inducing quality to it.
      Philip Glass - Tirol Concerto - Movement II (Part 2) [VIDEO, 9:04] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxIHxJnOIU4

      AND HE IS A FASCINATING INDIVIDUAL:
      "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts", 2007, NR, 115 min
      Filmmaker Scott Hicks (Shine, 1996) takes you behind the scenes to spend a year in the life of legendary composer Philip Glass as he travels the globe writing and recording music. Featuring exclusive interviews with Glass's family and colleagues as well as glimpses into the composer's private life, this portrait of one of modern music's most celebrated talents also includes appearances by Ravi Shankar, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
      • Netfix DVD - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Glass-A-Portrait-of-Philip-in-Twelve-Parts/70081091
      • Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092004/
      Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts - Trailer [VIDEO, 02:50] — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dVNwmj11bk
      THIS DOCUMENTARY IS ALSO ON YouTube.
      Part 1 (VIDEO, 51:36) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGaG5VJqgZg
      Part 2 (VIDEO, 1:07:36) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x__legLn4q8

    • P.S. Silly me, I forgot to include the musical score!
      ● Philip Glass: Metamorphosis (full album: 2006), piano Branka Parlic [VIDEO, 1:12:46] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qAAPRbRSc0

    • RE: "I can not fathom living like this. The lifestyle being imposed on Palestinians is a human tragedy of massive proportions." ~ Annie Robbins

      MY COMMENT: I betcha Franz Kafka could fathom living like that! ! !

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [The Metamorphosis]:

      [EXCERPTS] The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin. It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms, nor did Kafka ever give an explanation.

      • Part I

      One day Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up to find himself transformed into a "ungeheures Ungeziefer", literally "monstrous vermin", often interpreted as a giant bug or insect. He believes it is a dream, and reflects on how dreary life as a traveling salesman is. He looks at the wall clock and realizes that he has overslept and missed his train for work. He ponders on the consequences of this delay, and is annoyed at how his boss never accepts excuses or explanations from any of his employees no matter how hard working they are, displaying an apparent lack of trusting abilities. Gregor's mother knocks on the door and he answers her. She is concerned for Gregor because he is late for work, which is unorthodox for Gregor. Gregor answers his mother and realizes that his voice has changed, but his answer is short so his mother does not notice the voice change. His sister, Grete, to whom he was very close then whispers through the door and begs him to open the door. All his family members think that he is ill and ask him to open the door. He tries to get out of bed but he is incapable of moving his body. While trying to move, he finds that his office manager, the chief clerk has showed up to check on him. He finally rocks his body to the floor and calls out that he will open the door shortly.
      Feeling offended by Gregor's delayed response in opening the door, the clerk warns him of the consequences of missing work. He adds that his recent performance has been unsatisfactory. Gregor disagrees and tells him that he will open the door shortly. Nobody on the other side of the door could understand a single word he uttered (Gregor was unaware of the fact that his voice has also transformed) and conclude that he is seriously ill. Finally, Gregor manages to unlock and open the door with his mouth. He apologizes to the office manager for the delay. Horrified by the sight of Gregor's appearance, the manager bolts out of the apartment, while Gregor's mother faints. Gregor tries to catch up with him but his father drives him back into the bedroom with a cane and a rolled newspaper. Gregor injures himself squeezing back through the doorway, and his father slams the door shut. Gregor, exhausted, falls asleep.

      • Part II

      Gregor wakes and sees that someone has put milk and bread in his room. Initially excited, he quickly discovers that he has no taste for milk, once one of his favorite foods. He settles himself under a couch. The next morning, his sister comes in, sees that he has not touched the milk, and replaces it with rotting food scraps, which Gregor happily eats. This begins a routine in which his sister feeds him and cleans up while he hides under the couch, afraid that his appearance will frighten her. Gregor spends his time listening through the wall to his family members talking. They often discuss the difficult financial situation they find themselves in now that Gregor can’t provide for them. Gregor had plans of sending Grete to the conservatorium to pursue violin lessons, something that everyone else including Grete considered to be a dream. Gregor was however pretty determined to do so on the same Christmas before which the metamorphosis occurs. His incapability of being the provider of his family as well as his shattered dreams in respect to his sister coupled with his speechlessness reduces his thought process to a great respect. Gregor also learns that his mother wants to visit him, but his sister and father will not let her.
      Gregor grows more comfortable with his changed body. He begins climbing the walls and ceiling for amusement.
      Discovering Gregor’s new pastime, Grete decides to remove some of the furniture to give Gregor more space. She and her mother begin taking furniture away, but Gregor finds their actions deeply distressing. He tries to save a picture on the wall of a woman wearing a fur hat, fur scarf, and a fur muff. Gregor’s mother sees him hanging on the wall and passes out. Grete calls out to Gregor—the first time anyone has spoken directly to him since his transformation. Gregor runs out of the room and into the kitchen. The father throws apples at Gregor, and one of them sinks into a sensitive spot in his back and remains lodged there, paralyzing his movements for a month and damaging it permanently. Gregor manages to get back into his bedroom but is severely injured.

      • Part III

      One evening, the cleaning lady leaves Gregor’s door open while the boarders lounge about the living room. Grete has been asked to play the violin for them, and Gregor who usually took care to avoid crossing paths with anyone in the flat, in the midst of his depression and thus caused detachment, creeps out of his bedroom to listen. The boarders, who initially seemed interested in Grete, grow bored with her performance, but Gregor is transfixed by it. One of the boarders spots Gregor and they become alarmed. Gregor’s father tries to shove the boarders back into their rooms, but the three men protest and announce that they will move out immediately without paying rent because of the disgusting conditions in the apartment.
      Grete, who has by now become tired of taking care of Gregor and is realizing the amount of burden his existence puts on each one in the family, tells her parents that they must get rid of Gregor or they will all be ruined. Her father agrees, wishing Gregor could understand them and would leave of his own accord. Gregor does in fact understand and slowly moves back to the bedroom. There, determined to rid his family of his presence, Gregor dies.
      Upon discovering that Gregor is dead, the family feels a great sense of relief.
      The father kicks out the boarders and decides to fire the cleaning lady, who has disposed of Gregor’s body. The family takes a trolley ride out to the countryside, during which they consider their finances. Months of spare living as a result of Gregor’s condition have left them with substantial savings. They decide to move to a smaller apartment than the present one to further save their finances, an act which they were unable to carry out in Gregor's presence. During this short trip, Mr. and Mrs. Samsa realize that in spite of going through hardships which have brought an amount of paleness to her face, Grete appears to have grown up into a pretty and well figured lady, which leads her parents to think about finding her a husband. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis

  • Video: Soldiers aim guns at fallen boy's head outside West Bank settlement
  • Abulhawa declines to 'balance out' several Israelis in 'Al Jazeera' forum on Nakba
    • RE: "Here is the Al Jazeera show as it ran. . . [I]t featured four Israelis and one Palestinian: journalist Lia Tarachansky, filmmaker Amos Geva, Ran Bario Bar-Yoshafat of the Jewish Agency. . ."

      SOME BACKGROUND ON THE JEWISH AGENCY AND WHAT IT'S UP TO (CERTAINLY NOT SUPPORTING "THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH"):
      “Houston Jewish Federation, Jewish Agency Fund Im Tirzu’s Assault on Israeli Universities” ~ by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/17/10

      [EXCERPTS] What do the Houston Jewish federation, the Jewish Agency, John Hagee, and Im Tirzu have in common? They’re all either directly or indirectly funding a major assault on academic freedom on Israeli campuses. . .
      . . . The Israeli finance website, Calcalist, reports that John Hagee donated $120,000 to Im Tirzu in 2009 through the Jewish Agency. The money had been transferred to the [Jewish] Agency by the Houston Jewish Federation as part of an overall $5-million gift. $3-million of that came from [John Hagee's] CUFI and went towards its largely pro-settler Israel philanthropy. Hagee passed the gift through the [Jewish] Agency in order to qualify for a U.S. tax deduction. . .
      . . . A second article in the Calcalist makes this important point:
      "The Jewish Agency supports organization’s from the Israeli lunatic right, which are attempting to destroy the values of academic freedom in Israeli higher education."

      The [Jewish] Agency, a body whose mission it is to bring new immigrants to settle in the Holy Land, instead transfers very large sums to poisonous organizations which seek legitimacy in attacking academics who’ve actually done something in their lives, having not just written propaganda exposes divorced from any reality.
      The columnist concludes by noting the absolute insanity of the Jewish Agency providing funding to an organization that wishes to unleash the thought police on Israeli universities. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/08/17/im-tirzu-calls-for-academic-funding-boycott-of-anti-zionist-ben-gurion-university-receives-100000-from-john-hagee-via-jewish-agency/

  • Trauma begins at home
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Investigation cleared Israelis of spy claims: PM", stuff.co.nz, 07/20/11

      [EXCERPTS] The "unusual" behaviour of Israelis in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake sparked a top level investigation, Prime Minister John Key has confirmed.
      After almost a day of stonewalling, Key confirmed the probe, which involved the spy agency SIS, concluded there was no evidence they were Israeli intelligence agents. . .
      . . . Three Israelis were among the 181 people who died when the earthquake struck on February 22.
      An SIS officer told the Southland Times there were fears Israeli agents had hacked the police national computer, compromising highly sensitive files. Police have since said their systems are subject to regular security audits and are secure.
      The investigation centred on a group of four people in a van in the city centre. Driver Ofer Benyamin Mizrahi, 23, was killed instantly and the other three left the country within 12 hours. The newspaper reported Mizrahi was found with five passports. . .
      . . . Meanwhile, the search and rescue squad dispatched from Israel had arrived in Christchurch but the offer of help was rejected by New Zealand authorities because the squad did not have accreditation from the United Nations. . .
      . . . It is understood the [Israeli] squad members were confronted by armed New Zealand officers and removed from the area. That confrontation is understood to have led to intense diplomatic exchanges between New Zealand and Israel, though police have refused to comment on the incident or even acknowledge that it occurred, and the Israeli ambassador says he had not been advised of any such incident.
      Another Israeli group, a forensic analysis team sent by the Israeli government, was welcomed in Christchurch and worked on victim identification in the morgue.
      However, the SIS also began to have suspicions about this group when it began investigating possible links between the cache of passports found with Mizrahi, the immediate flight of his three companions, the high-powered Israeli interest shown in the earthquake, the unexplained behaviour of the supposed "search and rescue squad" and a mysterious seventh Israeli, in New Zealand illegally, who was first reported missing in the quake and then, weeks later, was reported to have left the country. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5311491/Investigation-cleared-Israelis-of-spy-claims-PM

    • RE: "On the face of it, Israel has made a good and generous offer: a country well-versed in advanced trauma care offers a team of experts to Boston and its neighbors at a time of great hardship, supporting the needs of innocent victims of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings." ~ from Alice Rothchild’s article

      MY COMMENT: Those innocent victims of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings who come into contact with the Israeli trama care experts had better guard their passports! ! !

      SEE: "Dubai murder-accused had Kiwi link" ~ By Jared Morgan, The Southland Times, 07/20/11

      [EXCERPTS] Former Israeli diplomat to New Zealand Zev William Barkan leads a life akin to that of novelist Frederick Forsyth's Jackal – emerging from the shadows only to be named by authorities in connection with various crimes before again disappearing.
      Barkan is still wanted in New Zealand as the alleged ringleader of an illegal passport scam in 2004
      ; last year he was named as a suspect in the slaying of a Hamas operative in Dubai.
      Barkan is one of 32 people Dubai police suspect as having a role in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel room in the emirate in January 2010.
      Four fake Australian passports were used by the team responsible for the killing.
      That development came six years after Barkan fled New Zealand for Israel in the wake of a passport scam that caused a rift in New Zealand relations with the Jewish State. Two of his countrymen were arrested for stealing the identity of an Aucklander with cerebral palsy to fraudulently obtain a passport . . .

      . . . New Zealand police allege Barkan was the one who actually tried to get the passport. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5311495/Dubai-murder-accused-had-Kiwi-link

    • RE: "But to return to the Boston victims, I have no doubt that the Israeli trauma team was filled with good intentions as well as expertise, but this feels like an opportunistic political moment where good deeds are actually part of a larger intent to manipulate image making." ~ Alice Rothchild

      MY COMMENT: I wonder how many traumatized Bostonians the Israeli trauma team will be able to talk into changing their name(s) to "Israel".

      SEE: "The Zionization of Disaster Relief", by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 01/19/10

      [EXCERPTS] [A]t Israel’s Haiti field hospital, they delivered what the Israeli PR flacks called “the first since the earthquake.” The medical staff urged the woman to name her baby “Israel” (who, if he reaches adulthood, would never be welcome in Israel) and she was only to eager to oblige. Another Israeli PR coup! . . .
      . . . Didn’t know there was anything particularly Zionist about providing disaster relief? You learn something new every day. This is a story of exploiting the suffering of poor, defenseless Haitians on behalf of Israeli triumphalism.
      Sol Salbe translated an eye-opening column from Yediot by an Israeli doctor who was an integral member of all Israeli international disaster response teams until recently.
      Then he made the mistake of writing a mildly critical statement about Israeli disaster relief efforts. As a result, he was relieved of his obligation for further IDF service and further participation in the disaster relief program. The op ed is so revealing (and not yet available online in English) I’m going to quote large sections . . .
      ● Public Relations instead of saving lives

      Sending portable toilets to Haiti would have been a better option, but this does not provide good photo opportunities. Israeli missions to disaster areas in the past have shown that such activity was in vain.

      • Yoel Donchin

      I received my final exemption from the army after I published an article which said that the State of Israel acts like the proverbial Boy Scout, who insists on doing a good deed daily and helping an old lady cross the road even against her will. . .
      . . . Generally speaking, we start preparing for such a mission within hours of the announcement of a natural disaster. Most often the Israeli mission team is the first one to land in the area. Like those who climb Mount Everest, it plants its flag on the highest peak available, announcing to all and sundry that the site has been conquered. And in order to ensure that the public is aware of this sporting achievement, the mission is accompanied by media representatives, photographers, an IDF spokesman’s office squad and others . . .

      ENTIRE POST - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/01/19/the-zionization-of-disaster-relief/

      P.S. Video: ‘Israel’ Born in Haiti after IDF Delivers Healthy Baby, Arutz Sheva TV, 01/17/10
      The IDF Field Hospital in Haiti has delivered its first baby, and the mother was so happy that she called him “Israel.”...
      LINK - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135568

    • RE: Funded by Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies to the tune of roughly $75,000, this is part of an effort to “provide people with a Jewish response to helping victims and their families recover from this traumatic event,” said Gail Weinberg of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas on its website. ~ from Alice Rothchild's article

      MY COMMENT: Thank goodness for those good-hearted "Jewish Federations". Whatever would we (and Israel) do without them!

      THE JEWISH FEDERATION(S), TEXAS STYLE: “Houston Jewish Federation, Jewish Agency Fund Im Tirzu’s Assault on Israeli Universities” ~ by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/17/10

      [EXCERPTS] What do the Houston Jewish federation, the Jewish Agency, John Hagee, and Im Tirzu have in common? They’re all either directly or indirectly funding a major assault on academic freedom on Israeli campuses. . .
      . . . The Israeli finance website, Calcalist, reports that John Hagee donated $120,000 to Im Tirzu in 2009 through the Jewish Agency. The money had been transferred to the [Jewish] Agency by the Houston Jewish Federation as part of an overall $5-million gift. $3-million of that came from [John Hagee's] CUFI and went towards its largely pro-settler Israel philanthropy. Hagee passed the gift through the Agency in order to qualify for a U.S. tax deduction. . .
      . . . A second article in the Calcalist makes this important point:
      "The Jewish Agency [funded by the Jewish Federations with the help of John Hagee & CUFI ~ J.L.D.] supports organization’s from the Israeli lunatic right, which are attempting to destroy the values of academic freedom in Israeli higher education."

      The Agency, a body whose mission it is to bring new immigrants to settle in the Holy Land, instead transfers very large sums to poisonous organizations which seek legitimacy in attacking academics who’ve actually done something in their lives, having not just written propaganda exposes divorced from any reality.
      The columnist concludes by noting the absolute insanity of the Jewish Agency [funded by the Jewish Federations with the help of John Hagee & CUFI ~ J.L.D.] providing funding to an organization that wishes to unleash the thought police on Israeli universities. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/08/17/im-tirzu-calls-for-academic-funding-boycott-of-anti-zionist-ben-gurion-university-receives-100000-from-john-hagee-via-jewish-agency/

  • Church of Scotland's revised 'Promised Land' report has softer edges but thrust is unchanged
    • P.P.S. RE: "AND, THE ‘JEWISH FEDERATION’ CLEARLY BACKS HAGEE" - me (from above)

      MY ADDENDUM: BECAUSE THE 'JEWISH FEDERATIONS' ARE A BUNCH OF "TWO STATE FAKERS"* (UNLIKE HAGEE, WHO MAKES NO SUCH PRETENSE)! ! !

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

      [EXCERPT] . . . 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. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

    • P.S. RE: "'PASTOR' JOHN HAGEE “BEGS TO DIFFER” INSISTS OTHERWISE . . ." - me (from above)

      AND, THE 'JEWISH FEDERATION' CLEARLY BACKS HAGEE: “Houston Jewish Federation, Jewish Agency Fund Im Tirzu’s Assault on Israeli Universities” ~ by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/17/10

      [EXCERPTS] What do the Houston Jewish federation, the Jewish Agency, John Hagee, and Im Tirzu have in common? They’re all either directly or indirectly funding a major assault on academic freedom on Israeli campuses. . .
      . . . The Israeli finance website, Calcalist, reports that John Hagee donated $120,000 to Im Tirzu in 2009 through the Jewish Agency. The money had been transferred to the [Jewish] Agency by the Houston Jewish Federation as part of an overall $5-million gift. $3-million of that came from [John Hagee's] CUFI and went towards its largely pro-settler Israel philanthropy. Hagee passed the gift through the Agency in order to qualify for a U.S. tax deduction. . .
      . . . A second article in the Calcalist makes this important point:
      "The Jewish Agency [funded by the Jewish Federations with the help of John Hagee & CUFI ~ J.L.D.] supports organization’s from the Israeli lunatic right, which are attempting to destroy the values of academic freedom in Israeli higher education."

      The Agency, a body whose mission it is to bring new immigrants to settle in the Holy Land, instead transfers very large sums to poisonous organizations which seek legitimacy in attacking academics who’ve actually done something in their lives, having not just written propaganda exposes divorced from any reality.
      The columnist concludes by noting the absolute insanity of the Jewish Agency [funded by the Jewish Federations with the help of John Hagee & CUFI ~ J.L.D.] providing funding to an organization that wishes to unleash the thought police on Israeli universities. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/08/17/im-tirzu-calls-for-academic-funding-boycott-of-anti-zionist-ben-gurion-university-receives-100000-from-john-hagee-via-jewish-agency/

    • RE: The central thesis of the document remains unchanged. It states that promises in the bible should not be used to support Israeli “claims of exclusivity or privileged divine right to possess particular territory.” ~ Ira Glunts

      "PASTOR" JOHN HAGEE "BEGS TO DIFFER" INSISTS OTHERWISE:
      "A Serial Obstructionist", By Rachel Tabachnick, ZEEK - Forward, 3/15/10

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Shortly after Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival in Israel, Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat were the headliners at Pastor John Hagee’s two-hour Christians United for Israel (CUFI) extravaganza at the Jerusalem Convention Center. . .
      . . . Monday’s CUFI production was based on the concept of “biblical Zionism,” or the belief that God mandates nonnegotiable borders of Israel, and any leader or nation who thwarts this divine plan will be cursed. Before introducing Netanyahu, Hagee stated, “World leaders do not have the authority to tell Israel and the Jewish people what they can and can not do in Jerusalem.” He added, “Israel does not exist because of a decree of the United Nations in 1948. Israel exists because of a covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. . . The settlements are not the problem.”
      In his books and sermons Hagee has promoted a “greater Israel,” that will reclaim all of Israel’s former biblical territory, stating “In modern terms, Israel rightfully owns all of present-day Israel, all of Lebanon, half of Syria, two-thirds of Jordan, all of Iraq, and the northern portion of Saudi Arabia.”
      At the Jerusalem CUFI event Hagee described Ahmadinejad as the Hitler of the Middle East who could turn the world upside down in 24 hours, words similar to those he made when lobbying for the attack on Iraq. . .
      . . . During a performance by singer Dudu Fisher, the God TV camera panned to the audience and centered on Joel Bell, leader of Worldwide Biblical Zionists. WBZ is currently building a center in Sha’ar Benjamin for “facilitating absorption” of Christian Zionists into the West Bank. It was established after a joint meetingheld in Texas of the Board of Governors of World Likud led by Danny Danon, and World Evangelical Zionists led by Joel Bell. Speakers included ZOA’s Morton Klein. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://zeek.forward.com/articles/116518/

  • Guatemalan genocide got assist from US, Christian Right, and Israel
    • P.S. SEE: "Elliott Abrams' Dark History in Latin America and the Struggle for Justice", Written by Cyril Mychalejko, upsidedownworld.org , 2/03/12

      [EXCERPTS] Elliott Abrams, a former high level State Department official during the 1980s, testified last week that the Reagan administration knew that Argentina's military junta was systematically stealing babies from murdered and jailed democracy activists and giving them to right-wing families friendly to the regime.
      In a meeting with the Junta's ambassador in Washington on December 3, 1982, Abrams suggested that the dictatorship could "improve its image" by creating a process with the Catholic Church of returning the children, some of whom were born in secret torture chambers, to their legitimate families. . .
      . . . Meanwhile, Argentina isn't the only Latin American country facing its bloody past—and Abrams played a role in these state atrocities as well.
      In Guatemala, Efraín Ríos Montt is standing trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. [He was just recently convicted and sentenced to 80 years in prison. - J.L.D.] Rios Montt, an evangelical* general who ruled Guatemala in 1982-83 after seizing power through a military coup, was a close ally of Washington who received training at the infamous “School of the Americas”. He is accused of being responsible for “1,771 deaths, 1,400 human rights violations and the displacement of 29,000 indigenous Guatemalans.”
      Reagan, with Abrams' assistance, not only covered up, but aided and abetted war crimes and genocide in Guatemala. . .
      . . . In another recent instance, El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes apologized and asked for forgiveness for the 1981 El Mozote massacre where the Atlacatl battalion, a notorious US-trained death squad, killed as many as 1,000 people. Like in Guatemala and Argentina, Reagan with Abrams' help simultaneously armed and covered-up the human rights abuses in El Salvador. The country endured a 12-year civil war which left some 70,000 people dead, with the Reagan-backed government and paramilitaries believed to be responsible for over 90 percent of the deaths. In 1993 when Congress planned to investigate the Reagan administration's role in human rights abuses in El Salvador an indignant Abrams' called it “a reprehensible McCarthyite charge," while also saying that, "The Administration's record on El Salvador is one of fabulous achievement."
      Unfortunately, as Latin America seeks to reconcile with its unsavory past in order to forge a more just and humane future, the United States blindly barrels on—never looking back. The US media is missing an excellent opportunity to use Abrams' career as a vehicle to examine and reflect on the United States' bloody and barbaric history in the hemisphere. One could even argue that there should be a Truth Commission in the United States. Yet it is because of this willful ignorance and institutionalized impunity that diplomats such as Abrams, who the 'Philadelphia Inquirer' in a rare moment of editorial clarity in 2001 described as a “deceitful, scheming coddler of Latin American tyrants” and “uncontrite peddler of lies,” can continue to resurface in Washington as a national security council member to President George W. Bush and as an informal adviser to president Barack Obama. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/3440-elliot-abrams-dark-history-in-latin-america-and-the-struggle-for-justice

      * FROM WIKIPEDIA [Efraín Ríos Montt]:

      [EXCERPT] . . . In 1978, he [Efraín Ríos Montt] left the Roman Catholic Church and became a minister in the California-based evangelical/Pentecostal Church of the Word;[15] since then Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have been personal friends. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efra%C3%ADn_R%C3%ADos_Montt

    • RE: "Elliott Abrams . . . claimed that the human rights situation [in Guatemala] was improving--precisely when it was at its worst. . . The Guatemalan regime had many supporters--the Reagan Administration, the Christian Right, and several other countries, including Israel . . ." ~ Donald Johnson

      MY COMMENT: Elliott Abrams, the Christian (Fundamentalist) Right and Israel (including Israel's American supporters like AIPAC, ZOA, CUFI, etc.) are "as thick as thieves" (to say the least, as we like to say "down here" in "these here parts")! ! !

  • Barbara Boxer's visa bill for Israel comes under concerted attack
    • P.S. THE WAY THINGS WORK IN WASHINGTON: When I first learned of S.462, I checked and found out that one of my senators (Isakson) had already co-sponsored it and one (Chambliss) had not.
      Chambliss went on the board of the Israel Project when he was first elected to the Senate in 2002, but since he had recently announced that he was not running for re-election in 2014, I assumed he no longer felt the need to follow the diktats of the "Likud Lobby".
      I sent e-mails at that time to both Isakson's and Chambliss' offices. Here is the one I sent to Isakson's office.

      Thank you for using Friends Committee on National Legislation Mail System.

      Message sent to the following recipients:
      Senator Isakson
      Message text follows:

      John Dickerson
      ^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^ SE
      ^^^^^ , GA ^^^^^

      April 13, 2013

      [recipient address was inserted here]

      [recipient name was inserted here],

      I am a constituent of Senator Isakson's residing in in the ^^^^^^^^^^ area of Cobb county.
      Today I came across an article by constitutional lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald concerning the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013. Mr. Greenwald's Article is titled "Barbara Boxer, AIPAC seek to codify Israel's right to discriminate
      against Americans".
      Mr Greenwald quotes an article by Mike Coogan in "The Hill" as follows: "Attorneys for both individual members and committees privately advised that complying with the request [as done by the legislation] would be a flagrant violation of certain US laws barring discrimination, and would undermine the US government's call for the equal protection of all its citizens traveling abroad."
      Consequently, I strongly oppose this legislation. Please advise me as to Senator Isakson's position on the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 and more specifically its provision that constitutes "a flagrant violation of certain US laws barring discrimination, and would undermine the US government's call for the equal protection of all its citizens traveling abroad"*.
      I await your reply.

      Sincerely,
      John Lewis-Dickerson

      * [the entire Greenwald commentary from guardian.uk was pasted here]

      The letter to Chambliss was similar, except that I asked him to please not co-sponsor S.462

      When I went to U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation's petition, I learned that Isakson is no longer a co-sponsor of S.462, but Chambliss is! ! !
      MY ASSUMPTION IS that Isakson, Chambliss and AIPAC (and/or possibly the Israel Project) made a deal whereby Isakson would be allowed to drop his co-sponsorship down ye olde "memory hole" in return for Chambliss (who is not running for reelection) 'standing in' for Isakson (who plans to run for reelection) by co-sponsoring S.462 (in the place of Isaakson).
      THAT'S THE WAY THEY DO THINGS IN WASHINGTON! HENCE, THE OLD JOKE (PROBABLY SOUTHERN): "The only thing that separates Washington (D.C.) from Hell is a screen door."

      "[C]reating legislation is, like making sausages, a
      process no one wants to witness." ~ Abner Mikva (referring to an aphorism most often attributed to Otto von Bismarck)

      SOURCE - http://www.hofstra.edu/PDF/law_lawrev_zitrin_vol32no4.pdf

    • RE: "Currently, all 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program must grant reciprocity to U.S. citizens and allow them to enter their countries without a visa. However, S.462 would exempt Israel from this requirement . . ." ~ from the coalition's open letter

      MY COMMENT: Allowing Israel to join the Visa Waiver Program would apparently mean that the most rabidly extremist (Israeli) settlers from the West Bank (who perpetrate "price tag" attacks like setting fire(s) to mosques) would be able to willy-nilly enter the U.S. without a visa! If that isn't a "security threat" to the U.S., then I don't know what the hell is!

      SUGGESTED STRATEGY: As a fall back position in the event Boxer's legislation advances, we should insist (at a bare minimum) that visa waivers should not be given to Israelis who reside outside the "green line" (i.e. outside pre-1967 Israel) in the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem) or the occupied Golan Heights (in violation of international law). This would mean that any passport that Israel [or (in the case of "dual nationals") any other country participating in the Visa Waiver Program, such as the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada etc.] provides to residents of the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem) or the occupied Golan Heights would have to clearly indicate that the person was a resident of the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem) or the occupied Golan Heights and therefore was not eligible for a visa waiver under the Visa Waiver Program.
      LET THE LIKUDNIKS CHEW ON THAT! ! !

    • * P.P.S. RE: "This effort by Israel's Likudnik supporters to force the U.S. to give Israel a special exemption that would effectively allow Israel to discriminate against American travelers it sees as security threats [largely meaning Arab Americans and/or Americans seen by Israel (or the ADL*) as being sympathetic to the Palestinians (sometimes merely by virtue of their constitutionally protected speech here in the U.S.)] " ~ me (from above)

      SEE: "FBI files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Arab students", by Grant F. Smith, The Electronic Intifada, 5/14/13

      [EXCERPTS] In 1969, the Anti-Defamation League infiltrated and spied on a national gathering of Arab students in the United States, newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation documents show.
      Obtained in April after an Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP) freedom of information request, and reviewed by The Electronic Intifada, one declassified file [PDF] contains Anti-Defamation League reports held by the FBI.
      The documents reveal how ADL surveillance against the Organization of Arab Students (OAS) in 1969 coalesced into plans for infiltrating the OAS national organization in New York. The files also give an insight into why the entire effort eventually backfired, ultimately leading to raids on ADL offices involved in intelligence-gathering through illegal means, and a lawsuit against ADL in the early 1990s — ultimately settled out of court in 2002. . .
      . . . When hard evidence surfaced that the ADL was illegally obtaining confidential information about pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid activists, the police raided the ADL’s major California offices, after FBI investigations. Covert ADL agent Roy Bullock had also worked closely with apartheid South African intelligence services (Robert I. Friedman, “The Enemy Within: How the Anti-Defamation League turned the notion of human rights on its head,” The Village Voice, 11 May 1993).
      According to Friedman in 1993: “Investigations by the FBI and police in San Francisco have revealed that the ADL has shared at least some of its spy gathering material with Israeli government officials. What’s more, Israel apparently used tips from the ADL to detain Palestinian Americans who traveled there.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://electronicintifada.net/content/fbi-files-reveal-anti-defamation-league-spied-arab-students/12453

    • RE: "A bill pushed by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that critics say would codify Israeli discrimination against American travelers is still on the table." ~ Alex Kane

      MY COMMENT: This effort by Israel's Likudnik supporters to force the U.S. to give Israel a special exemption that would effectively allow Israel to discriminate against American travelers it sees as "security threats" [largely meaning Arab Americans and/or Americans seen by Israel (or the ADL*) as being sympathetic to the Palestinians (sometimes merely by virtue of their constitutionally protected speech here in the U.S.)] is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment [like the right to "due process" and "the right of free speech"] ! ! !
      "Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel."

      OTHER EXAMPLES OF ISRAEL'S VALUES TRUMPING (OVERRIDING) THE VALUES OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT HERE IN THE U.S.
      "How We Became Israel", By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
      LINK - http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-we-became-israel/
      “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12
      LINK – http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/07/04/america-adopts-the-israel-paradigm/
      “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
      LINK – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/04/report-israeli-model-underlies-militarization-of-u-s-police/
      "From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American Domestic Security", By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
      LINK - http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/2178 OR http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29892.htm
      On the Wish List from the Boston Bombings - The Israelization of America (Aaron Cohen, "National Security Expert" on Fox "News" saying that we need to "get on the Israeli page") [VIDEO, 00:24] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fff8dXQNVdA
      "In bill discriminating against Arab- and Muslim-Americans, Boxer and 17 other senators serve Israeli gov’t over their own — Greenwald", By Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 4/13/13
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/discriminating-americans-greenwald.html
      “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper, mrzine.monthlyreview.org, 02/26/10
      LINK - http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/halper260210.html
      "The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics", by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009
      LINK - http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/sept_oct_09_goldberg_makdisi
      "Brooklyn College's academic freedom increasingly threatened over Israel event", by Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 2/02/13
      LINK - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/02/brooklyn-college-bds-alan-dershowitz
      “Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/peter-powder-keg-beinart-is-disinvited-from-gig-at-atlanta-jewish-book-festival.html
      ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
      LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/israelis-are-helping-write-us-laws-fund-us-campaigns-craft-us-war-policy.html
      “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/02/11
      LINK - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/03/02/david-yerushalmi-islam-hating-white-supremacist/
      "Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links", by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/boston-airport-security-program-rife-with-racial-profiling-has-israeli-links.html
      "Obama's kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza", By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
      LINK - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/15/israel-gaza-obama-assassinations

      P.S. AND HERE'S ANOTHER THREAT TO THE VALUES OF "THE ENLIGHTENMENT" BY ISRAEL'S "CHRISTIAN" ALLIES:
      "US Religious Right Propelling Homophobia in African Countries"
      , by Common Dreams, 7/24/12
      LINK - http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/24-7

  • Exile and the prophetic: No dissenter is an island
    • P.P.S. RAY McGOVERN REFERRING TO RABBI ABRAHAM HESCHEL AND "AMERICANS OF CONSCIENCE" [AUDIO, 38:00]
      5/15/13 Ray McGovern
      Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses the scores of Guantanamo prisoners being denied the right to “escape” by starving themselves to death; how Obama could close Guantanamo – if he really wanted to; using civil disobedience to effect political change; why Americans remain almost completely ignorant of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967; and Mearsheimer and Walt’s incomplete analysis of the Israel lobby.
      LINK - http://scotthorton.org/2013/05/16/51513-ray-mcgovern/

    • RE - "Exile and the prophetic: No dissenter is an island"

      STING CONCURS IN AN EARLY SUMMER NIGHT'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the makers of the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch®: Let The Good Times Roll!™

      ♫ Just a castaway
      An island lost at sea
      Another lonely day
      With no one here but me
      More loneliness
      Than any man could bear
      Rescue me before I fall into despair

      I'll send an SOS to the world
      I'll send an SOS to the world
      I hope that someone gets my [x3]
      Message in the bottle, yeah [x2]

      A year has passed since I wrote my note
      But I should have known this right from the start
      Only hope can keep me together
      Love can mend your life
      But love can break your heart

      I'll send an SOS to the world [x2]
      I hope that someone gets my [x3]
      Message in the bottle [x2]

      Walked out this morning
      Don't believe what I saw
      A hundred billion bottles
      Washed up on the shore
      Seems I'm not alone in being alone
      A hundred billion castaways
      Looking for a home

      I’ll send an S.O.S. to the world [x2]
      I hope that someone gets my [x3]
      Message in the bottle, whoa...oh
      Message in the bottle, yeah
      Message in the bottle, oh
      Message in the bottle
      Sending out an S.O.S.
      Sending out an S.O.S.
      Sending out an S.O.S.
      Sending out an S.O.S. . . [ad nauseam] ♫

      ● The Police: "Message In A Bottle" [VIDEO, 04:06] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXWrmQW-OE

      P.S. To the best of my knowledge I'm not significantly Jewish (at least from the standpoint of DNA). Nevertheless, I do consider myself a "Jew of Conscience".
      Go figure! ! !

    • RE: "There’s a discourse out there that sees Euro-American White Zionist Jewishness as criminal in and of itself. Like there’s something inherent in Jewishness that pre-disposes Jews to criminal alliances when the opportunity arises. Historically, though, I’ve noticed that every particularity, including Palestinian, faces the same alliance temptations whenever that opportunity presents itself." ~ Marc Ellis

      GEORGE ORWELL CONCURS*: "Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945

      [EXCERPTS] . . . All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. . .

      . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. For quite six years the English admirers of Hitler contrived not to learn of the existence of Dachau and Buchenwald. And those who are loudest in denouncing the German concentration camps are often quite unaware, or only very dimly aware, that there are also concentration camps in Russia. Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles. Many English people have heard almost nothing about the extermination of German and Polish Jews during the present war. Their own antisemitism has caused this vast crime to bounce off their consciousness. In nationalist thought there are facts which are both true and untrue, known and unknown. A known fact may be so unbearable that it is habitually pushed aside and not allowed to enter into logical processes, or on the other hand it may enter into every calculation and yet never be admitted as a fact, even in one’s own mind. . .

      SOURCE ("Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945) - http://orwell.ru/library/essays/nationalism/english/e_nat

      * Catch Me If You Can Movie CLIP – "Doctor..., Do You Concur?" (2002) [VIDEO, 01:53] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5j1wWY-qus

  • Islamophobia is as widespread and acceptable as anti-Semitism used to be
    • P.S.(#2) RE: "I would be remiss were I not to mention that the CIA supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt . . . back during the Cold War in an effort to counter Soviet influence in Egypt . . ." - ~ me (from above)

      A LITTLE MORE OF THAT INFAMOUS “CIA BLOWBACK”:
      "The CIA and The Muslim Brotherhood: How the CIA Set The Stage for September 11" (Martin A. Lee – Razor Magazine 2004)

      (excerpts) The CIA often works in mysterious ways – and so it was with this little-known cloak-and-dagger caper that set the stage for extensive collaboration between US intelligence and Islamic extremists. The genesis of this ill-starred alliance dates back to Egypt in the mid-1950s, when the CIA made discrete overtures to the Muslim Brotherhood, the influential Sunni fundamentalist movement that fostered Islamic militancy throughout the Middle East. What started as a quiet American flirtation with political Islam became a Cold War love affair on the sly – an affair that would turn out disastrously for the United States. Nearly all of today’s radical Islamic groups, including al-Qaeda, trace their lineage to the Brotherhood. . .
      . . . For many years, the American espionage establishment had operated on the assumption that Islam was inherently anti-communist and therefore could be harnessed to facilitate US objectives. American officials viewed the Muslim Brotherhood as “a secret weapon” in the shadow war against the Soviet Union and it’s Arab allies, according to Robert Baer, a retired CIA case officer who was right in the thick of things in the Middle East and Central Asia during his 21 year career as a spy. In Sleeping with the Devil, a book he wrote after quitting the CIA Baer explains how the United States “made common cause with the Brothers” and used them “to do our dirty work in Yemen, Afghanistan and plenty of other places”.
      This covert relationship; unraveled when the Cold War ended, whereupon an Islamic Frankenstein named Osama bin Laden lurched into existence. . .

      SOURCE – http://ce399fascism.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/the-cia-and-the-muslim-brotherhood-how-the-cia-set-the-stage-for-september-11-martin-a-lee-razor-magazine-2004/

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Inciting to kill Obama: Another Judeofascist from Chabad", by Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine, 1/21/12

      [EXCERPT] Chabad is the largest, most energetic Jewish movement on earth, and it gives a place of honor to people like Andrew Adler, the Atlanta Jewish Times publisher who suggested that the Mossad kill Obama.
      Unfortunately, Chabad enjoys this heimishe image for bestowing yiddishkeit on Jews the world over, holding Passover seder for young Israelis traveling in the East, laying tfillin at the airport – strictly mitzvah-doers. The other side of Chabad – the violent, Jewish supremacist side – is less well-known. Maybe that will change now, though, with the op-ed by Chabadnik Andrew Adler, publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, who suggests that Israel assassinate Obama so it’ll be free to bomb Iran. (Disclosure: I wrote about Israel for the Atlanta Jewish Times in the 1990s, years before it was sold to this lunatic.) . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://whattheysayaboutisrael.blogspot.com/2012/01/inciting-to-kill-obama-another.html

    • P.S. RE: "I would be remiss were I not to mention that the CIA supported . . . Chabad in the Soviet Union . . . back during the Cold War in an effort to . . . destabilize the Soviet Union . . ." ~ me (from above)

      A LITTLE OF THAT INFAMOUS "CIA BLOWBACK": "U.S. publisher who called for Obama assassination proves ‘Israel-firsters’ exist" ~ by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine, 1/21/12

      [EXCERPT] . . . Adler has since issued a non-apology: “I very much regret it, I wish I hadn’t made reference to it at all,” he told the JTA. It is worth noting that Adler is a Chabadnik, i.e. a member of a religious faction which has already shown an unhealthy interest in assassinations. Harry Shapiro, a Chabadnik, was convicted of planting a pipe bomb in a synagogue visited by Shimon Peres in Jacksonville back in 1997. A leading Chabad rabbi in Israel, Dov Wolfa, has flirted with the supporters of Yigal Amir, Rabin’s assassin. I think it is safe to assume that an Islamic movement with this sort of record would find itself under, shall we say, intense scrutiny by the authorities.
      Now, no one would mistake me for a supporter of either the Netanyahu government or Israel’s out-of-control security establishment, but I am certain that had anyone suggested such a covert operation to Netanyahu, that person would be fired on the spot. And that even had Netanyahu entertained such an idea, the leadership of Mossad would submit their resignation rather than going along with the plan. What Adler wrote was a fantasy, unrelated to Israeli reality.
      Which, alas, is true about much of what Jewish Americans think of Israel. However, Adler did prove a point, albeit not one he intended: He showed us that there are, in fact, American Jews who are “Israel-firsters”, that is, people who put the interests of Israel ahead of their own country. In Adler’s case, to the point of supporting the assassination of his own duly-elected president – which skirts very closely to treason . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://972mag.com/u-s-publisher-who-called-for-obama-assassination-proves-israel-firsters-exist/33484/

    • RE: "The dentist is an assimilated Muslim who got out of Iran before the revolution. He keeps trying to get me to go out for a drink... Have you ever considered that the root of the problem is that these countries have done nothing for 500 years, he said, so they’re envious of the west and western progress?" ~ Weiss

      THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK: This dentist sounds like a devotee of the CIA-installed Shah of Iran and his CIA-trained secret police, the SAVAK (which had a practice of torturing and executing opponents of the Shah's regime)*!
      And, I would be remiss were I not to mention that the CIA supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (and Chabad in the Soviet Union) back during the Cold War in an effort to counter Soviet influence in Egypt (and to destabilize the Soviet Union in the case of Chabad).

      * SEE: "Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945

      [EXCERPTS] . . . All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. . .

      . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. For quite six years the English admirers of Hitler contrived not to learn of the existence of Dachau and Buchenwald. And those who are loudest in denouncing the German concentration camps are often quite unaware, or only very dimly aware, that there are also concentration camps in Russia. Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles. Many English people have heard almost nothing about the extermination of German and Polish Jews during the present war. Their own antisemitism has caused this vast crime to bounce off their consciousness. In nationalist thought there are facts which are both true and untrue, known and unknown. A known fact may be so unbearable that it is habitually pushed aside and not allowed to enter into logical processes, or on the other hand it may enter into every calculation and yet never be admitted as a fact, even in one’s own mind. . .

      SOURCE ("Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945) - http://orwell.ru/library/essays/nationalism/english/e_nat

  • Demonizing Mandy Patinkin is a tough sell
    • RE: "And now Jews are left with the choice of not going to a fundraiser for a wonderful, non-political medical center in Israel, or going and watching as an American Jew who encourages the economic boycott of a Jewish town is given an award. It’s a tough choice that Jews should not make other Jews make." ~ über-Zionist Lori Lowenthal Marcus

      MY QUESTION: So, who are the Jews that are making other Jews make a tough choice about going to the fundraiser? I would say they are the settlers and their Likudnik supporters (like über-Zionist Lori Lowenthal Marcus), NOT Mandy Patinkin!

  • Rightwing Israeli group gets tax-deductible funds from US foundation
    • ● RE: "Keep beating your head against the Zionist Wall, Phil. It’s a hard row to hoe. See The Sad Lesson of Alan Hart . . . link to consortiumnews.com" ~ Citizen

      ● FROM THE 'CONSORTIUM NEWS' ARTICLE TITLED 'The Sad Lesson of Alan Hart":

      [EXCERPT] . . . On April 25, Alan Hart literally turned in his resignation letter. In it he states, “I am withdrawing from the battlefield of the war for the truth of history as it relates to making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine.” Why did he do this? In Hart’s opinion, the struggle for justice in Palestine is “mission impossible.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://consortiumnews.com/2013/05/17/the-sad-lesson-of-alan-hart/

      ● GEORGE ORWELL (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950): "The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history."

      ● P.S. ALSO SEE: "Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945

      [EXCERPTS] . . . All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. . .

      . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. For quite six years the English admirers of Hitler contrived not to learn of the existence of Dachau and Buchenwald. And those who are loudest in denouncing the German concentration camps are often quite unaware, or only very dimly aware, that there are also concentration camps in Russia. Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles. Many English people have heard almost nothing about the extermination of German and Polish Jews during the present war. Their own antisemitism has caused this vast crime to bounce off their consciousness. In nationalist thought there are facts which are both true and untrue, known and unknown. A known fact may be so unbearable that it is habitually pushed aside and not allowed to enter into logical processes, or on the other hand it may enter into every calculation and yet never be admitted as a fact, even in one’s own mind. . .

      SOURCE - http://orwell.ru/library/essays/nationalism/english/e_nat

    • P.S. AND SEE: "Im Tirzu Steals Confidential Documents from Lawyer’s Office", by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 1/19/13

      [EXCERPTS] In a deposition in a libel case brought by the far-right Israeli group, Im Tirzu, its director, Ronen Shoval, admitted that he hired private investigators who obtained confidential legal documents about the defendants and transferred the documents to two far right Israeli newspapers. Michael Sfard, the Israeli human rights attorney defending the suit noted that his law office had been burglarized and documents stolen related to the case. . .
      The libel suit was brought by the highly litigious Shoval against those Israeli activists who created a Facebook page, Im Tirzu–Fascist movement–So There! The group’s claim is that calling it fascist constitutes libel because it is false and damaging to its reputation. Apparently, the group doesn’t
      think much of democratic values like free speech unless the values are ones THEY are exercising.
      In a circumambulation through the miasma of Jewish ultra-nationalism, Sfard questioned Shoval for three hours. Among other pearls of wisdom emanating from him [Shoval of Im Tirzu] were these notions: western culture is decadent, materialist and egotistical, Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) is a metaphysical entity and an organic vision of nationality. . .
      . . . Shoval confessed that he didn’t believe in unfettered freedom of speech: the law should prevent human rights organization from publishing statements or materials that endangered the State.
      You can imagine how sweeping the definition would be. . .
      . . . Im Tirzu is poison and Israeli society has been infected with this poison by its far-right ultranationalist ideology. . .
      . . . Lest anyone argue that the Shovals of Israel are flukes or a minority–that simply isn’t so. He is a prince of contemporary Zionism.
      Like Naftali Bennett, who stands to win 15 Knesset seats in the upcoming election (running to the right of even Avigdor Lieberman’s Likud-Beitneu Party), Im Tirzu is Israel’s future (if not its present). . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/01/19/im-tirzu-steals-confidential-documents-from-lawyers-office/

    • RE: "Lately Allison did a post on the rightwing Israeli youth group Im Tirtzu engaging in Nakba denial at Tel Aviv University. This group has a disruptive pro-settler track record. And it's got American support-- as a charity, with your tax-free subsidy."

      ALSO SEE: "Houston Jewish Federation, Jewish Agency Fund Im Tirzu’s Assault on Israeli Universities" ~ by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/17/10

      [EXCERPTS] What do the Houston Jewish federation, the Jewish Agency, John Hagee, and Im Tirzu have in common? They’re all either directly or indirectly funding a major assault on academic freedom on Israeli campuses...
      ...The Israeli finance website, Calcalist, reports (Hebrew) that John Hagee donated $120,000 to Im Tirzu in 2009 through the Jewish Agency. The money had been transferred to the Agency by the Houston Jewish Federation as part of an overall $5-million gift. $3-million of that came from CUFI and went towards its largely pro-settler Israel philanthropy. Hagee passed the gift through the Agency in order to qualify for a U.S. tax deduction. The Israeli site also notes that the Central Fund of Israel, a pro-settler fund supported by American Jews, donated $35,000 as well. I reported some of this earlier in this post. But what I’m trying to discover is whether the funds reported on by the Calcalist are independent of the $200,000 in Hagee gifts I reported earlier. I suspect that they may be since there was no mention concerning the earlier gift that it was a pass-through via the Jewish Agency.
      The Israeli website notes that the Agency is only supposed to act as pass-through for donations to “non-political” Israeli groups. I wonder how they fudge this one concerning one of the most hardline political groups currently functioning in Israel? Further the Agency is only supposed to accept funds for projects that are directly connected to its work. So does this mean that Im Tirzu is a project under the official auspices of the Agency? Or has someone there fudged those inconvenient rules again? Further, the funds provided to the Zionist-Brut group were supposed to be used for “educational” purposes. Instead, they were used to support political activism. They went for salaries and covering other organizational expenses...

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/08/17/im-tirzu-calls-for-academic-funding-boycott-of-anti-zionist-ben-gurion-university-receives-100000-from-john-hagee-via-jewish-agency/

  • Intense video challenges Catalan and Spanish collaboration with the Israeli occupation
    • RE: "We condemn the fact that the repression we are experiencing in Catalonia is strongly interconnected with the global repression suffered by the social movements and specifically, with the Israeli military and security infrastructure." ~ from the petition (excerpted above)

      REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly . . ." ~ Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Joseph Massad strikes again
    • P.P.P.S. Shame on Netanyahu for having a picture of Winston Churchill on a shelf behind his desk! ! ! - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/05/king-bibi-is-ready-for-his-close-up-and-time-is-willing-to-oblige.html

    • P.P.S. MORE OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL'S ANTI-SEMITISM, ETC:

      When Britain lost control of Egypt in 1956, Prime Minister Anthony Eden said he wanted the nationalist president Gamal Abdel Nasser “destroyed, murdered, I don’t give a damn if there’s anarchy and chaos in Egypt.” Those insolent Arabs, Winston Churchill had urged in 1951, should be driven “into the gutter from which they should never have emerged.”

      SOURCE - http://www.nlpwessex.org/docs/BBCSuez.htm

      "I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of American or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place." ~ Winston Churchill to the Peel Commission in 1937

      SOURCE - http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=40602

      What about Gandhi’s nemesis, Winston Churchill? Today we only remember his heroic opposition to Nazism. But while he was against gassing and tyranny in Europe, he was passionately in favour of it for “uncivilised” human beings whose riches he wanted to seize. In the 1920s, Iraqis rose up against British imperial rule, and Churchill as Colonial Secretary thought of a good solution: gas them. He wrote: “I do not understand this squeamishness… I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes.” It would “spread a lively terror”. He was quite clear about why Britain should do this. He explained: “We have engrossed to ourselves an altogether disproportionate share of the wealth and traffic of the world… mainly acquired by violence, largely maintained by force.”

      SOURCE - http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/26/9915

    • RE: "Zionism is the product of collaboration between Jews who wanted out of Europe – to dominate others – and the Western powers that wanted Jews out of Europe." ~ one theme from Massad’s argument (per Marc Ellis)

      FOR EXAMPLE, SEE: "Zionism versus Bolshevism", by Winston Churchill, Illustrated Sunday Herald (London), February 8, 1920, pg. 5

      [EXCERPT] . . . The National Russian Jews, in spite of the disabilities under which they have suffered, have managed to play an honourable and useful part in the national life even of Russia. As bankers and industrialists they have strenuously promoted the development of Russia’s economic resources and they were foremost in the creation of those remarkable organisations, the Russian Co-operative Societies. In politics their support has been given, for the most part, to liberal and progressive movements, and they have been among the staunchest upholders of friendship with France and Great Britain.

      International Jews.

      In violent opposition to all this sphere of Jewish effort rise the schemes of the International Jews. The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers, and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown, a definitely recognisable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.

      Terrorist Jews.

      There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews. It is certainly a very great one; it probably outweighs all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from the Jewish leaders. Thus Tchitcherin, a pure Russian, is eclipsed by his nominal subordinate Litvinoff, and the influence of Russians like Bukharin or Lunacharski cannot be compared with the power of Trotsky, or of Zinovieff, the Dictator of the Red Citadel (Petrograd), or of Krassin or Radek – all Jews. In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses. The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews in the brief period of terror during which Bela Kun ruled in Hungary. The same phenomenon has been presented in Germany (especially in Bavaria), so far as this madness has been allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people. Although in all these countries there are many non-Jews every whit as bad as the worst of the Jewish revolutionaries, the part played by the latter in proportion to their numbers in the population is astonishing. . .

      CHURCHILL'S ENTIRE ANTI-SEMITIC SCREED - http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Zionism_versus_Bolshevism

      P.S. I'm not surprised by Churchill's anti-Semitism [Churchill's ancestral home & birthplace], but one of Brandeis' arguments in the U.S. in favor of Zionism was that it would be better for the Jews to go to Palestine than for the Jews to cause trouble [of the Russian revolution type (i.e. communism), I assume] in other countries [in Europe and perhaps elsewhere].
      Shame on Brandeis!

  • NPR twice celebrates Israeli army-- once as 'rite of passage' for minorities and beacon to US Jews
    • RE: "In the long history of donkey fellation, this piece is right up there. And it shows that the IDF isn't just occupying Palestine, it's occupying American Jewish consciousness." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Not to mention that the IDF has colonized the American Jewish subconsciousness!

      SEE: Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit / In the Course of Time), by Wim Wenders (1976)

      Kings of the Road, focuses on the relationship that develops between two men – movie projector repairman Bruno and suicidal Robert – as they travel in a truck on the dusty roads along the border between East and West Germany . . .
      . . . In its intricate allusions and resonant implications, it evokes Wenders’s favorite themes: the difficulties of communication, the Americanization of German life (“The Yanks have colonized our subconscious,” one of the characters says) and the fate of German cinema, which is done by showing the number of movie theaters that have either closed down or resorted to showing X-rated films. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.wim-wenders.com/movies/movies_spec/kingsoftheroad/kingsoftheroad.htm
      Kings of the Road (EXCERPT) [VIDEO, 06:30] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q17Ig6vdiv0

  • Coalition says investigations into campus Palestine activism chill student speech rights
  • 'My grandmother thought it was temporary' -- Huffpo features Nakba discussion with 5 Palestinians
    • RE: "If there has been a major success in this tragedy, it is that Palestinians have been unwilling to forget their past, unwilling to forget what happened in 1948 and what's happened since."

      MY COMMENT: So much for Ben Gurion's power(s) of prognostication!

      BEN-GURION IN 1948 ASSURING HIS FELLOW ZIONISTS THAT THE PALESTINIANS WOULD NEVER COME BACK TO THEIR HOMES: "We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinians) never do return."
      "The old will die and the young will forget."

  • Exile and the Prophetic: While the Church of Scotland dallies, the United Church of Canada forges ahead
    • RE: If you don’t know about “Who Profits” you should check it out (whoprofits.org). The telling subtitle of their website – “The Israeli Occupation Industry.” Their recent study on the Israeli and international pharmaceutical industry in relation to the occupation is right up the “everyone benefits” alley. ~ Marc Ellis

      MY COMMENT: Boycott Teva® Pharmaceuticals! This Israeli conglomerate regularly infringes upon U.S. patents.

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "CAPTIVE ECONOMY - THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTY AND THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION", whoprofits.org, JUL 2012
      Link - http://whoprofits.org/content/captive-economy-pharmaceutical-industy-and-israeli-occupation

    • RE: "Jewish and Palestinians activists know that separating Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank from Israel’s internationally recognized borders is fiction... Occupation and settler regimes don’t respect boundaries." ~ Marc Ellis

      WHY I NO LONGER BUY COMPUTERS WITH INTEL PROCESSORS OR OTHER INTEL COMPONENTS:
      "Intel chip plant located on disputed Israeli land", by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/08/02

      (excerpts) Just how diligent was Intel's due diligence when it chose to build a multibillion-dollar chip plant in Qiryat Gat, Israel? . . .
      . . . Intel calls the plant Fab 18 ("fab" being chip-industry jargon for a facility where the silicon wafers that are eventually turned into working chips are fabricated). The fab, which went into production in 1999, was the fruit of a $1 billion investment by the Santa Clara company, supplemented by a $600 million grant from the Israeli government. . .
      . . . But from a legal and historical point of view, Qiryat Gat happens to be an unusual location: It was not taken over by the Israeli military in 1948. Instead, it was part of a small enclave, known as the Faluja pocket, that the Egyptian army and local Palestinian forces had managed to hold through the end of the war.
      The area was surrounded by Israeli forces, however. When Israel and Egypt signed an armistice agreement in February 1949, the latter agreed to withdraw its soldiers, but it insisted that the agreement explicitly guarantee the safety and property of the 3,100 or so Arab civilians in the area.
      Israel accepted that demand.
      In an exchange of letters that were filed with the United Nations and became an annex to the main armistice agreement, the two countries agreed that “those of the civilian population who may wish to remain in Al-Faluja and Iraq al Manshiya (the two villages within the enclave covered by the letters) are to be permitted to do so. . . . All of these civilians shall be fully secure in their persons, abodes, property and personal effects.” ...
      . . . Within days, the security the agreement had promised residents of the Al- Faluja pocket proved an illusion. Within weeks, the entire local population had fled to refugee camps outside of Israel.
      Morris presents ample evidence that the people of the Al-Faluja area left in response to a campaign of intimidation conducted by the Israeli military. He quotes, among other sources, reports filed by Ralph Bunche, the distinguished black American educator and diplomat who was serving as chief U. N. mediator in the region.
      Bunche’s reports include complaints from U.N. observers on the scene that “Arab civilians . . . at Al-Faluja have been beaten and robbed by Israeli soldiers,” that there were attempted rapes and that the Israelis were “firing promiscuously” on the Arab population. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/07/08/BU162036.DTL

      ● P.S. I now consider Intel processors to be "blood processors"! ! !

  • 'NY Times' relays Israeli threat to attack Syria
  • 'AP' says Barbara Boxer is favoring Israeli travelers over American ones
    • RE: Senator Barbara Boxer is proposing to add Israel to that list [of 37 countries whose citizens don't need visas to enter the US] – but without requiring equal treatment for Americans travelling to Israel... What that means, according to critics of the Israeli government, is that Israel can continue to exclude Americans who are either Arab or Muslim, or who belong to groups that oppose Israeli policies*. ~ Sydney Morning Herald

      * IN OTHER WORDS: Israel can continue to exclude Americans that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) disapproves of!

      SEE: "FBI files reveal Anti-Defamation League spied on Arab students", by Grant F. Smith, The Electronic Intifada, 5/14/13

      [EXCERPTS] In 1969, the Anti-Defamation League infiltrated and spied on a national gathering of Arab students in the United States, newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation documents show.
      Obtained in April after an Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP) freedom of information request, and reviewed by The Electronic Intifada, one declassified file [PDF] contains Anti-Defamation League reports held by the FBI.
      The documents reveal how ADL surveillance against the Organization of Arab Students (OAS) in 1969 coalesced into plans for infiltrating the OAS national organization in New York. The files also give an insight into why the entire effort eventually backfired, ultimately leading to raids on ADL offices involved in intelligence-gathering through illegal means, and a lawsuit against ADL in the early 1990s — ultimately settled out of court in 2002. . .
      . . . When hard evidence surfaced that the ADL was illegally obtaining confidential information about pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid activists, the police raided the ADL’s major California offices, after FBI investigations. Covert ADL agent Roy Bullock had also worked closely with apartheid South African intelligence services (Robert I. Friedman, “The Enemy Within: How the Anti-Defamation League turned the notion of human rights on its head,” The Village Voice, 11 May 1993).
      According to Friedman in 1993: “Investigations by the FBI and police in San Francisco have revealed that the ADL has shared at least some of its spy gathering material with Israeli government officials. What’s more, Israel apparently used tips from the ADL to detain Palestinian Americans who traveled there.” . . . ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://electronicintifada.net/content/fbi-files-reveal-anti-defamation-league-spied-arab-students/12453

  • Exile and the Prophetic: The Nakba marches on
    • RE: "Israel’s treatment of non-Jewish Palestinians throughout Israel and the oPt constitutes an overall discriminatory regime... The main components of that structure discriminate against Palestinians in areas such as nationality, citizenship, residency rights and land ownership." ~ Marc Ellis

      URI AVNERY CONCURS*: "Israel’s Basic Contradiction", by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch.org, 2/18/13

      [EXCEPT] . . . Israel is officially defined as a “Jewish and democratic state”. Some consider this an oxymoron – if it’s Jewish, it cannot be democratic, if it’s democratic, it cannot be Jewish. Official doctrine has it that the state is Jewish in its character, but that all citizens enjoy (or should enjoy) equal rights.

      As a matter of fact, Israel has never really come to grips with this basic contradiction: what is the status of a national minority in a state that is totally identified with the national majority? To wit, how can Arab citizens really be equal in a state that claims to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people”?

      From the Law of Return, which applies only to Jews and their descendents, through the Law of Citizenship, which makes a sharp distinction between Jews and non-Jews, to dozens of minor laws which bestow privileges on people who are defined as “individuals to whom the Law of Return might apply” – there is no real equality. In practice, discrimination, open or hidden, permeates society. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/18/israels-basic-contradiction/

      * Catch Me If You Can Movie CLIP – "Doctor..., Do You Concur?" (2002) [VIDEO, 01:53] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5j1wWY-qus

  • Richard Engel says Syrian rebel journalists are 'noble,' but journalists whose cause is Hamas aren't really journalists
  • International Criminal Court opens preliminary investigation into attack on Mavi Marmara
    • RE: "International Criminal Court opens preliminary investigation into attack on Mavi Marmara"

      MY COMMENT: Fiat justitia! ( "Let Justice Be Done!" )
      Justice for Furkan Dogan and the others!

      P.S.
      REV. M.L.K. JR (1963): "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
      CHIEF JUSTICE EARL WARREN (1958): "[J]ustice too long delayed is justice denied"

  • Im Tirtzu protests ‘nakba bullshit’ at Tel Aviv University
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "The New Anti-Semitism" ~ By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 07/30/11

      [EXCERPT] The Nazi Propaganda Minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, calls his boss, Adolf Hitler, by hell-phone.
      “Mein Führer,” he exclaims excitedly. “News from the world. It seems we were on the right track, after all. Anti-Semitism is conquering Europe!”
      “Good!” the Führer says, “That will be the end of the Jews!”
      “Hmmm…well…not exactly, mein Führer. It looks as though we chose the wrong Semites. Our heirs, the new Nazis, are going to annihilate the Arabs and all the other Muslims in Europe.” Then, with a chuckle, “After all, there are many more Muslims than Jews to exterminate.”
      “But what about the Jews?” Hitler insists.
      “You won’t believe this: the new Nazis love Israel, the Jewish State - and Israel loves them!” . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery07292011.html

    • RE: "The Israel advocates argued that because al-Husayni famously and controversially met with the Nazi leader and appealed for him to support a Palestinian National state, today's Nakba memorial ought to acknowledge those events, and al-Husayni's possible ideology." ~ Allison Deger

      PERHAPS THE "ISRAEL ADVOCATES SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THIS:

      ● FROM “The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict”, Third Edition (2001), Published by ‘Jews for Justice in the Middle East’:

      [EXCERPTS]
      Shamir proposes an alliance with the Nazis

      “As late as 1941, the Zionist group LEHI, one of whose leaders, Yitzhak Shamir, was later to become a prime minister of Israel, approached the Nazis, using the name of its parent organization, the Irgun(NMO)... [The proposal stated:] ‘The establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian Pd bound by a treaty with the German Reich would be in the interests of strengthening the future German nation of power in the Near East... The NMO in Palestine offers to take an active part in the war on Germany’s side’
      ...The Nazis rejected this proposal for an alliance because, it is reported, they considered LEHI’s military power ‘negligible.’ - Allan Brownfield in “The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs”, July/August 1998. . .

      Wasn’t the main goal of Zionism to save Jews from the Holocaust?

      “In 1938 a thirty-one nation conference was held in Evian, France, on resettlement of the victims of Nazism. The World Zionist Organization refused to participate, fearing that resettlement of Jews in other states would reduce the number available for Palestine.” ~ John Quigley, 'Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice'
      “It was summed up in the meeting [of the Jewish Agency’s Executive on June 26, 1938] that the Zionist thing to do ‘is belittle the [Evian] Conference as far as possible and to cause it to decide nothing... ~ Israeli author Boas Evron, 'Jewish State or Israeli Nation?'
      “[Ben-Gurion stated] ‘If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second — because we face not only the reckoning of those children, but the historical reckoning of the Jewish people.’ In the wake of the Kristallnacht pogroms, Ben-Gurion commented that ‘the human conscience’ might bring various countries to open their doors to Jewish refugees from Germany. He saw this as a threat and warned: ‘Zionism is in danger.’” ~ Israeli historian, Tom Segev, 'The Seventh Million' . . .

      Roosevelt’s advisor writes on why Jewish refugees were not offered sanctuary in the U.S. after WWII

      . . . “[Roosevelt] proposed a world budget for the easy migration of the 500,000 beaten people of Europe. Each nation should open its doors for some thousands of refugees... So he suggested that during my trips for him to England during the war I sound out in a general, unofficial manner the leaders of British public opinion, in and out of the government... The simple answer: Great Britain will match the United States, man for man, in admissions from Europe...It seemed all settled. With the rest of the world probably ready to give haven to 200,000, there was a sound reason for the President to press Congress to take in at least 150,000 immigrants after the war...
      “It would free us from the hypocrisy of closing our own doors while making sanctimonious demands on the Arabs... But it did not work out... The failure of the leading Jewish organizations to support with zeal this immigration programme may have caused the President not to push forward with it at that time...
      “I talked to many people active in Jewish organizations. I suggested the plan... I was amazed and even felt insulted when active Jewish leaders decried, sneered, and then attacked me as if I were a traitor
      ... I think I know the reason for much of the opposition. There is a deep, genuine, often fanatical emotional vested interest in putting over the Palestinian movement [Zionism]. Men like Ben Hecht are little concerned about human blood if it is not their own.” ~ Jewish attorney and friend of President Roosevelt, Morris Ernst, 'So Far, So Good'

      ENTIRE “ORIGIN” BOOKLET – http://archive.org/details/TheOriginOfThePalestine-israelConflict

  • Dershowitz should stop lying about Tutu's record
    • RE: If you think that Dershowitz’s smears of his ideological opponents are venomous and even hyperbolic in tone - “there is a special place in hell” for Jimmy Carter; Desmond Tutu is “one of the most evil men in the world” - simple fact-checking reveals that over-heated language is not his worst feature; that is reserved for his brazen (how does he expect to get away with this?!) dishonesty. ~ David Samel

      MY COMMENT: When Dershowitz goes into his ‘defending Israel’ mode, he can "act out" in an incredibly childish manner! I suppose that helps him keep his cognitive dissonance in check, but it's a shame he can't utilize one of the more mature (Level 3: Neurotic, or Level 4: Mature) defense mechanisms rather than "acting out" (Level 2: Immature).

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Acting out]:

      [EXCERPTS] Acting out is a psychological term from the parlance of defense mechanisms and self-control, meaning to perform an action in contrast to bearing and managing the impulse to perform it. The acting done is usually anti-social and may take the form of acting on the impulses of an addiction (e.g. drinking, drug taking or shoplifting) or in a means designed (often unconsciously or semi-consciously) to garner attention (e.g. throwing a tantrum or behaving promiscuously).
      In general usage, the action performed is destructive to self or others and may inhibit the development of more constructive responses to the feelings. The term is used in this way in sexual addiction treatment, psychotherapy, criminology and parenting.
      Acting out painful feelings may be contrasted with expressing them in ways more helpful to the sufferer, e.g. by talking out, expressive therapy, psychodrama or mindful awareness of the feelings. Developing the ability to express one's conflicts safely and constructively is an important part of impulse control, personal development and self-care.

      • In analysis
      Freud considered that patients in analysis tended to act out their conflicts in preference to remembering them - repetition compulsion.[1] The analytic task was then to help "the patient who does not remember anything of what he has forgotten and repressed, but acts it out"[2] to replace present activity by past memory.
      Otto Fenichel added that acting out in an analytic setting potentially offered valuable insights to the therapist; but was nonetheless a psychological resistance in as much as it deals only with the present at the expense of concealing the underlying influence of the past.[3] Lacan also spoke of "the corrective value of acting out",[4] though others qualified this with the proviso that such acting out must be limited in the extent of its destructive/self-destructiveness.[5] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_out

  • Newseum honors newsman who ran guns for ethnic cleansing of Palestine
    • P.P.S. RE: "Obama also pardoned one of these 'gun runners'."

      CORRECTION: I must have been thinking of Bush's December 2008 pardon of Charles Winters.

      BUSH PARDON (December 23, 2008):
      NAME - Charles Thompson Winters
      DISTRICT - S. D. Fla.
      SENTENCED - 1949
      OFFENSE - Conspiracy to illegally export, and illegal exportation, of a military aircraft to a foreign country; 18 U.S.C. §§ 88 (1946 ed.) and 371, 22 U.S.C. § 452, and Presidential Proclamation 2776 (dated March 26, 1948).
      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_pardoned_by_George_W._Bush

    • RE: "The shrine portrays Greenspun's gun-running as being as natural and heroic as Paul Revere's actions. Of course, nowhere does the shrine (or anything in the museum) say what those guns were used for: the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, aka the Nakba . . . " ~ Matthew Taylor

      VOLTAIRE: "All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."

      P.S. Obama also pardoned one of these "gun runners".
      "Pro-Israel Pardons and Leniency Too Costly to Continue", by Grant F. Smith, Antiwar.com, 1/13/09
      LINK - http://www.antiwar.com/orig/gsmith.php?articleid=14049

  • 1 paragraph for Syria, 1 for Afghanistan, 5 for Israel/Palestine in Obama's NY fundraising speech
    • RE: "Not a word about settlements or a two-state solution. I guess Obama is punting on the issue. But punting oleaginously." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: During the next four years, the Israel-Palestine conflict will be Obama's "Chinatown". Like that "nosy fella"* Jake Gittes when he was assigned to Chinatown, Obama will do "as little as possible" regarding Israel's occupation of the West Bank. Expect to see a heavily camouflaged policy of "benign neglect". "I get burned once, shame on them; I get burned twice, shame on me!"
      * Nosy Fella – Chinatown (1/9) Movie CLIP (1974) [VIDEO, 01:13] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y2y-Tkn7eg

      FROM THE 1974 FILM CHINATOWN:

      Evelyn Mulwray: "Tell me, Mr. Gittes: Does this often happen to you?"
      Jake Gittes: "Actually, this hasn't happened to me for a long time."
      Evelyn Mulwray: "When was the last time?"
      Jake Gittes: "Why?"
      Evelyn Mulwray: "It's an innocent question."
      Jake Gittes: "In Chinatown."
      Evelyn Mulwray: "What were you doing there?"
      Jake Gittes: "Working for the District Attorney."
      Evelyn Mulwray: "Doing what?"
      Jake Gittes: "As little as possible."
      Evelyn Mulwray: "The District Attorney gives his men advice like that?"
      Jake Gittes: "They do in Chinatown."

      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071315/quotes

  • Israeli airport sorts passengers with 'Jewish stickers' and 'Arab stickers'
    • RE: "Israeli airport sorts passengers with ‘Jewish stickers’ and ‘Arab stickers’" ~ Weiss

      AND, LIKE IT OR NOT, IT'S COMING TO AN AIRPORT NEAR YOU:
      "Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links", by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12

      [EXCERPTS] Security officers at Boston’s Logan International Airport have come under fire for the widespread racial profiling of Arabs, Muslims, Blacks and Hispanics in their zeal to ferret out terrorists.
      The 'New York Times' broke the story over the weekend after officers who requested anonymity came forward;
      some officers have complained internally to the Transportation Security Agency as well. A Massachusetts lawmaker has called for congressional hearings on the racial profiling allegations.
      The 'Times' reports that officers estimated that “80 percent” of passengers “searched during certain shifts” were people of color. What’s more, the Boston airport “is the testing ground for an expanded use of behavioral detection methods at airports around the country.”
      But what’s not touched on in the 'Times' report is the fact that Logan International’s security procedures are modeled on Israel’s policies at their own airport–policies that are blatantly racist. . .

      . . . The Israel connection is integral to understanding Boston’s racial profiling problems. In 2009, according to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Jerusalem Post reported that “Boston’s Logan Airport has tapped the Israeli company New Age Security Solutions to help secure the facility using Behavior Pattern Recognition.” . . .
      . . . It took until August 2011 for the Israeli-inspired model to be operationalized. That was the date when the “behavioral profiling” became an official model at Boston’s airport–and this was “a direct result” of “Israeli influence” on security procedures at the airport
      , according to the Associated Press.
      Fast-forward to the New York Times story. The 'Times' reports that one anonymous TSA officer complained that this “behavior detection program is no longer a behavior-based program, but [rather] a racial profiling program.”
      To observers of how Israeli security works at Ben Gurion Airport, the allegations of racial profiling will come as no surprise. Palestinian and Arab travelers at Ben Gurion are guaranteed to be harassed by Israeli security. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/boston-airport-security-program-rife-with-racial-profiling-has-israeli-links.html

  • 'Newseum' folds under pressure, will not include Gaza cameramen in program honoring fallen journalists
    • RE: "Salama and Al-Kumi . . . were working for a propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news organization." ~ ADL

      MY COMMENT: According to that standard, "journalists" working for the mainstream/corporate media here in the US would also be disqualified, because our mainstream/corporate media are clearly propaganda outlets rather than legitimate news organizations!

  • Exile and the prophetic: Encountering Otto Maduro
    • P.P.P.S. RE: "In Guatemala, Efraín Ríos Montt is standing trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. [He was just recently convicted and sentenced to 90 years in prison. - J.L.D.]" - from above

      CORRECTION: Efraín Ríos Montt was sentenced to 80 years (not 90 years) in prison (50 years for genocide and 30 years for crimes against humanity).

      P.P.P.P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [Efraín Ríos Montt]: . . . In 1978, he [Efraín Ríos Montt] left the Roman Catholic Church and became a minister in the California-based evangelical/Pentecostal Church of the Word;[15] since then Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have been personal friends. . .

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Elliott Abrams' Dark History in Latin America and the Struggle for Justice", Written by Cyril Mychalejko, upsidedownworld.org , 2/03/12

      [EXCERPTS] Elliott Abrams, a former high level State Department official during the 1980s, testified last week that the Reagan administration knew that Argentina's military junta was systematically stealing babies from murdered and jailed democracy activists and giving them to right-wing families friendly to the regime.
      In a meeting with the Junta's ambassador in Washington on December 3, 1982, Abrams suggested that the dictatorship could "improve its image" by creating a process with the Catholic Church of returning the children, some of whom were born in secret torture chambers, to their legitimate families. . .
      . . . Meanwhile, Argentina isn't the only Latin American country facing its bloody past—and Abrams played a role in these state atrocities as well.
      In Guatemala, Efraín Ríos Montt is standing trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. [He was just recently convicted and sentenced to 90 years in prison. - J.L.D.] Rios Montt, an evangelical general who ruled Guatemala in 1982-83 after seizing power through a military coup, was a close ally of Washington who received training at the infamous “School of the Americas”. He is accused of being responsible for “1,771 deaths, 1,400 human rights violations and the displacement of 29,000 indigenous Guatemalans.”
      Reagan, with Abrams' assistance, not only covered up, but aided and abetted war crimes and genocide in Guatemala. . .
      . . . In another recent instance, El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes apologized and asked for forgiveness for the 1981 El Mozote massacre where the Atlacatl battalion, a notorious US-trained death squad, killed as many as 1,000 people. Like in Guatemala and Argentina, Reagan with Abrams' help simultaneously armed and covered-up the human rights abuses in El Salvador. The country endured a 12-year civil war which left some 70,000 people dead, with the Reagan-backed government and paramilitaries believed to be responsible for over 90 percent of the deaths. In 1993 when Congress planned to investigate the Reagan administration's role in human rights abuses in El Salvador an indignant Abrams' called it “a reprehensible McCarthyite charge," while also saying that, "The Administration's record on El Salvador is one of fabulous achievement."
      Unfortunately, as Latin America seeks to reconcile with its unsavory past in order to forge a more just and humane future, the United States blindly barrels on—never looking back. The US media is missing an excellent opportunity to use Abrams' career as a vehicle to examine and reflect on the United States' bloody and barbaric history in the hemisphere. One could even argue that there should be a Truth Commission in the United States. Yet it is because of this willful ignorance and institutionalized impunity that diplomats such as Abrams, who the 'Philadelphia Inquirer' in a rare moment of editorial clarity in 2001 described as a “deceitful, scheming coddler of Latin American tyrants” and “uncontrite peddler of lies,” can continue to resurface in Washington as a national security council member to President George W. Bush and as an informal adviser to president Barack Obama. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/3440-elliot-abrams-dark-history-in-latin-america-and-the-struggle-for-justice

    • P.S. REGARDING EL SALVADOR, THIS IS FROM WIKIPEDIA [Elliott Abrams]:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement in controversial foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua and El Salvador. During Bush's first term, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs. At the start of Bush's second term, Abrams was promoted to be his Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy, in charge of promoting Bush's strategy of advancing democracy abroad. His appointment by Bush was controversial due to his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra Affair investigation. . .

      Assistant Secretary of State, 1980s

      Abrams first came to national prominence when he served as Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the early 1980s and later as Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs. . .
      . . . During this time, Abrams clashed regularly with church groups and human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch.[12][13] and Amnesty International
      , over the Reagan administration's foreign policies. They accused him of covering up atrocities committed by the military forces of US-backed governments, such as those in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and the rebel Contras in Nicaragua.

      El Salvador

      In early 1982, when reports of the El Mozote massacre of civilians by the military in El Salvador began appearing in U.S. media, Abrams told a Senate committee that the reports of hundreds of deaths at El Mozote "were not credible," and that "it appears to be an incident that is at least being significantly misused, at the very best, by the guerrillas."[14] The massacre had come at a time when the Reagan administration was attempting to bolster the human rights image of the Salvadoran military. Abrams implied that reports of a massacre were simply FMLN propaganda and denounced U.S. investigative reports of the massacre as misleading. In March 1993, the Salvadoran Truth Commission reported that 5,000 civilians were “deliberately and systematically” executed in El Mozote in December 1981 by forces affiliated with the Salvadoran state.[15] . . .
      ...Abrams himself claimed that Washington’s policy in El Salvador was a "fabulous achievement".
      [18] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Abrams

    • RE: "Just months after I arrived at Maryknoll, two Maryknoll Sisters and a lay worker were murdered in El Salvador." ~ Marc Ellis

      MARC ELLIS @ Mondoweiss on August 20, 2012:
      [EXCERPT] ". . . This morning I am showing “Romero,” the movie*. Such a beautiful, haunting film about the conservative Archbishop of El Salvador who, in the end, is martyred while saying Mass. Just months after, two Maryknoll Sisters and a lay missioner, who had been trained at Maryknoll, were brutally murdered there** as well. . ."

      * FILM: Romero, 1989, PG-13, 102 minutes
      Archbishop Oscar Romero (Raul Julia) stands between 1980s El Salvador's ruling military elite and a band of Marxist guerillas as a man with simple demands: freedom and justice for all people. He braces for violence from both factions with quiet resolve, but in a tragic twist, Romero's words fall short of delivering true change during his lifetime. The film, based on real events, was shot on location in Mexico.
      Director: John Duigan
      Netflix Format: DVD
      • Netflix listing - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Romero/60002299
      • Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098219/
      Romero Trailer 1989 John Duigan Raul Julia [VIDEO, 04:00] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G27jc6l_Zk
      • ALSO ON TouTube - ROMERO Full Movie [VIDEO 1:45:00] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hAdhmosepI
      ·
      ·
      ** FILM: Salvador, 1986, R, 122 minutes
      A journalist, down on his luck in the US, drives to El Salvador to chronicle the events of the 1980 military dictatorship, including the assasination of Archbishop Oscar Romero [followed by the murder of two Maryknoll Sisters and a lay worker]. He forms an uneasy alliance with both guerillas in the countryside who want him to get pictures out to the US press, and the right-wing military, who want him to bring them photographs of the rebels.
      Cast: James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage . . . Director: Oliver Stone
      Format: DVD
      • Netflix listing - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Salvador/60010850
      • Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091886/
      Salvador (1986) Trailer [VIDEO, 02:03] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e3na-7QZtA

  • Glenn Greenwald brings facts and reason to 'Real Time', ruins Bill Maher's night
  • San Francisco bus ads condemn Israeli apartheid: backlash begins
    • RE: "In sharp contrast to Apartheid South Africa, Israel is a diverse democratic country that affords equal political and civil rights to all its citizens." ~ press relase by the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee & the Jewish Community Relations Council

      AN ACTUAL ISRAELI 'BEGS TO DIFFER': "Israel’s Basic Contradiction", by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch.org, 2/18/13

      [EXCEPT] . . . Israel is officially defined as a “Jewish and democratic state”. Some consider this an oxymoron – if it’s Jewish, it cannot be democratic, if it’s democratic, it cannot be Jewish. Official doctrine has it that the state is Jewish in its character, but that all citizens enjoy (or should enjoy) equal rights.

      As a matter of fact, Israel has never really come to grips with this basic contradiction: what is the status of a national minority in a state that is totally identified with the national majority? To wit, how can Arab citizens really be equal in a state that claims to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people”?

      From the Law of Return, which applies only to Jews and their descendents, through the Law of Citizenship, which makes a sharp distinction between Jews and non-Jews, to dozens of minor laws which bestow privileges on people who are defined as “individuals to whom the Law of Return might apply” – there is no real equality. In practice, discrimination, open or hidden, permeates society. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/18/israels-basic-contradiction/

    • RE: [A]ccording to the 6 million dollar Israel Action Network, . . . the aim of delegitimization is to “isolate Israel as a pariah state and reject the notion of a two-state solution.” If that were at all true, you’d think they’d go after the original two-state solution killers– the settlers, the Israeli government and Bibi Netanyahu whose party openly opposes a two-state solution. But nary a peep. ~ Cecilie Surasky

      MY COMMENT: There is nary a peep from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Anti-Defamation League about the original two-state solution killers (i.e., the settlers, the Israeli government and Bibi Netanyahu whose party openly opposes a two-state solution) because the JCRC and the ADL are what Robert Naiman refers to as "two state fakers"*! ! !

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

      [EXCERPT] . . . 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. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

    • RE: "First, it’s hard to know if the people who wrote this press release actually believe what they wrote. The points they make against the ad are so off the mark, and often offensive, it’s hard to believe anyone could write them sincerely." ~ Cecilie Surasky

      SEE: "Targeting Stephen Hawking and Dustin Hoffman: Right-wing ‘pro-Israel’ advocacy as hate speech", by Bradley Burston, Haaretz, May 9 2013

      [EXCERPTS] Professor Steven Plaut teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa. He also writes articles, pamphlets and blog posts intended to defend Israel. This is what he offered in defense of Israel this week, in response to physicist Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott next month’s Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians:
      I have a suggestion. I suggest that the people of Israel send Hawking for a free trip on the Achille Lauro!!

      Plaut’s argument, that the proper punishment for boycotting Israel should be execution, was only slightly more obscene than that of attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center Organization, a right-wing pro-Israel not-for-profit whose stated primary goals include “defending human rights” and conducting a “civil war” in court against global terror. In a statement, Darshan-Leitner alluded to the fact that Hawking is almost entirely paralyzed and communicates through a speech generating device:

      His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet.

      . . . Increasingly, the rabid “Pro-Israel” far-right has taken on as principal targets Jews whose most cherished wish is to see Israel become a stronger, more democratic, more livable society. Pamela Geller, whose bread and butter “pro-Israel” tack is hatred of Muslims, has branched out to target writer and editor Peter Beinart as a vomit-inducing kapo. Geller, at times borrowing her writing style from Stormfront, has also called Beinart “the pet Jew turncoat” of Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown. . .
      . . . It has to stop. It has to stop here and now. When self-styled pro-Israel advocates on the far-right practice incitement and repulsive bullying to further their cause, when hate speech becomes the go-to tool in their belt, it is time for people who care about Israel’s future to take a stand, call them out, shut them down, fight their smirking, obscene, proudly bigoted pronouncements. . .
      . . . It has to stop. We have to stop meekly putting up with it. Otherwise, as we’ve seen a number of times recently, if smartly dressed thugs of the right can disrupt a serious debate on Israel’s future by booing and delegitimizing a two-state solution as being anti-Israel, the way forward is clear. If the bigots, the fanatics, the Apartheid apologists, the velveteen fascists of the pro-Israel far-right are freely granted platforms as respected “experts” on Israel, no one who hates Israel as bigoted, fanatic, Apartheid-ruled and fascistic, no one who wants to see Israel ostracized to death,- will ever need to say another word. The Plauts, the Gellers, and a host of others will have already done their work for them.

      SOURCE - http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/its-no-use-saying-it-has-to-stop-if-they-have-more-money-than-you-do/

  • Exile and the prophetic: The Jewish code of silence
    • RE: "And, with the Mafia it's called (the code of) Omertà!" ~ me (from above)

      SPEAKING OF OMERTA, SEE: "· 'Price tag' vandals consistently escape prosecution", by Itamar Fleishman, Ynet News, September 4, 2012

      [EXCERPTS] Hate messages, arson and no indictments: Dozens of "price tag" acts, which have taken place in the past few years, have resulted in just a few indictments in what has been described by Yesha Council chairman as a "complete failure by the Shin Bet."
      The investigation of the Latrun Monastery arson case, which is being handled by the police's International Crimes Unit, may lead to a different outcome, but the data reveals an obvious trend.
      Among the most notable cases are the mosque arson in Beit Fajr in October 2011, the raid on the Binyamin Spatial Brigade and mosque arsons in the villages of Qusra and Burqa earlier last year.
      Similar incidents were also recorded in the past three months in Neve Shalom, Kafr Jaba and Jelazon. No indictments or arrests were made. In fact, only a small number of indictments have been filed in relation to "price tag" incidents in the past few years, in sharp contrast to the growing scope of the phenomenon itself.
      While Rightist elements strongly condemned the Latrun arson as well as the "price tag" phenomenon in general, they also pointed fingers at Israel's security forces.
      "It's unacceptable that the Shin Bet produces zero indictments and 100% failures," Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan charged.
      Considered by many as the settlers' main representative, Dayan added that "this corrupt phenomenon has followed us for years." . . .
      . . . Considered a moderate among the settlers, Dayan admitted that the settler leaders' silence throughout the years served to encourage the vandals. . .

      19 Talkbacks for this article

      9. Omerta, code of silence, prevents prosecution of settlers (End)
      Steve Benassi, Silver Bay, MN USA (09.04.12)

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4277043,00.html

    • ● P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [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.[8] . . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betar

      ● P.P.S. ALSO 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 - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/schoenman/ch06.htm

      ● P.P.P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
      • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackshirts
      • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97nSCWU_hXQ

  • More on the Church of Scotland's controversial report on occupation
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "New Study Shows Yeshiva University Researcher, Others Appear To Have Cooked The Genetic Books To ‘Prove' Middle Eastern Origin Of The Jewish People When One May Not Really Exist", by Shmarya Rosenberg, FailedMessiah.com, 12/29/12

      "My research refutes 40 years of genetic studies, all of which have assumed that the Jews constitute a group that is genetically isolated from other nations,” Dr. Eran Elhaik says.
      That's because Jews were never genetically isolated
      , making those other studies fatally flawed and very often contradictory.
      Now Elhaik, in a study that is being called more profound than all of those that came before his combined, has exposed that fatal flaw and is the first to propose a viable way resolve those contradictions, Ha'aretz reports.
      The answer to the origin of the Jewish people Elhaik found is startling – for most of us, our Jewish origins really do begin with the Khazars, the Medieval central Asian people whose ruling elite (and perhaps its merchant class, as well) converted to Judaism.
      The 32-year-old does his work at the School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. His study was published earlier this month as, "The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses", in the prestigious journal, 'Genome Biology and Evolution', which is published by Oxford University Press. This study is based on a complete analysis of the comprehensive genetic data published in preceding studies.
      But in the absence of genetic data for the long-lost Khazars themselves, Elhaik uses a procedure often used by researchers in his field - he used data from populations that are genetically similar to the Khazars, including Georgians, Armenians and Caucasians, populations that Elhaik says have all come from the same genetic soup.
      When doing so Elhaik discovered what he calls the Khazar component of European Jewry.
      According to his study’s findings, the dominant element in the genetic makeup of European Jews is Khazar. Among Central European Jews, this makes up the largest part of their genome, 38%. For East European Jews it does the same, at 30%.
      Elhaik found that European Jews genome is mostly Western European.
      "[They are] primarily of Western European origin, which is rooted in the Roman Empire, and Middle Eastern origin, whose source is probably Mesopotamia
      [a name for the area of the Tigris–Euphrates river system, corresponding to modern-day Iraq, the northeastern section of Syria and to a lesser extent southeastern Turkey and smaller parts of southwestern Iran - J.L.D.], although it is possible that part of that component can be attributed to Israeli Jews,” he told Ha’aretz by phone from Maryland.
      That possibility is important because, if it turns out to be true, it could connect European Jews to Israel. However, even if it is true, that connection is only a tiny part of the overall genome, a percentage so small that it would reportedly not be statistically significant enough to show that the origin of the Jews is the Kingdom of Judah in the biblical Land of Israel. . . . .

      SOURCE - http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2012/12/new-study-shows-yu-researcher-others-appear-to-have-cooked-the-genetic-books-to-prove-middle-eastern-789.html

    • RE: "When I worked in Israel with a government-sponsored program in 1971 the justification for Israeli sovereignty was the modern settlement of the land. In other words, we settled it and built it and made the desert bloom. The biblical/historical, religious and Holocaust claims were very secondary if considered at all. This I believe continued to be true for decades. I am wondering about the reason for the change . . ." ~ Glunts

      MY WORKING HYPOTHESIS: The Likudnik Revisionist Zionists and the settlers desperately want everyone to acknowledge acknowledge that Israel is 'the Jewish state' and that the "land of Israel" (SEE: Land of Israel @ Wikipedia and the accompanying map), belongs to the Jewish people, and to Israelis as the most essentially Jewish people. I am convinced that the reason they are so insistent on having everyone recognize “the Jews’ 4,000-year connection” to their homeland* [Judea and Samaria (a/k/a "disputed territories"; f/k/a the occupied West Bank)] is because they see it as legitimizing Israel’s continued colonization and ultimate annexation of the West Bank.
      Consequently, the Likudniks were very upset by Obama’s having referred to the Holocaust, etc. as justifying Israel’s existence in his June 2009 Cairo speech.
      While the Holocaust, etc. might well justify the existence of Israel, the Eretz Israel crowd fears that the international community might see pre-1967 Israel as adequate. The Likudniks, settlers, etc. fear that the international community will not see the Holocaust as necessarily justifying Israel’s absorption of “Judea and Samaria”. To remedy this, the Likudniks/settlers want the “Biblical narrative” used to justify Israel’s existence because they see it as being specific to “Judea and Samaria” (f/k/a the occupied West Bank) as opposed to the coastal plain and other parts of pre-1967 Israel.
      By referring to Israel as the ‘historic homeland’ of ‘the Jewish people’ in his 2010 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama has – for the settlers in the West Bank and their supporters – acknowledged that “Judea and Samaria” (i.e. the occupied West Bank) is/are a legitimate part of Israel. That was probably the final nail in the coffin of the two-state solution. Of course, the two-state solution had long been in an advanced state of Rigor mortis, so a proper Christian burial was probably in order.
      Obama is a Christian, right? I can never keep that straight.

      * Here is a map showing an interpretation of the borders of the Land of Israel, based on scriptural verses found in Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_Land_of_Israel.jpg

  • 'Newseum' comes under pressure from Israel supporters for honoring Palestinian journalists killed in Gaza
    • SEE: "Targeting Stephen Hawking and Dustin Hoffman: Right-wing ‘pro-Israel’ advocacy as hate speech", by Bradley Burston, Haaretz, May 9 2013

      [EXCERPTS] Professor Steven Plaut teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa. He also writes articles, pamphlets and blog posts intended to defend Israel. This is what he offered in defense of Israel this week, in response to physicist Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott next month’s Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians:
      I have a suggestion. I suggest that the people of Israel send Hawking for a free trip on the Achille Lauro!!

      Plaut’s argument, that the proper punishment for boycotting Israel should be execution, was only slightly more obscene than that of attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center Organization, a right-wing pro-Israel not-for-profit whose stated primary goals include “defending human rights” and conducting a “civil war” in court against global terror. In a statement, Darshan-Leitner alluded to the fact that Hawking is almost entirely paralyzed and communicates through a speech generating device:

      His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet.

      . . . Increasingly, the rabid “Pro-Israel” far-right has taken on as principal targets Jews whose most cherished wish is to see Israel become a stronger, more democratic, more livable society. Pamela Geller, whose bread and butter “pro-Israel” tack is hatred of Muslims, has branched out to target writer and editor Peter Beinart as a vomit-inducing kapo. Geller, at times borrowing her writing style from Stormfront, has also called Beinart “the pet Jew turncoat” of Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown. . .
      . . . It has to stop. It has to stop here and now. When self-styled pro-Israel advocates on the far-right practice incitement and repulsive bullying to further their cause, when hate speech becomes the go-to tool in their belt, it is time for people who care about Israel’s future to take a stand, call them out, shut them down, fight their smirking, obscene, proudly bigoted pronouncements. . .
      . . . It has to stop. We have to stop meekly putting up with it. Otherwise, as we’ve seen a number of times recently, if smartly dressed thugs of the right can disrupt a serious debate on Israel’s future by booing and delegitimizing a two-state solution as being anti-Israel, the way forward is clear. If the bigots, the fanatics, the Apartheid apologists, the velveteen fascists of the pro-Israel far-right are freely granted platforms as respected “experts” on Israel, no one who hates Israel as bigoted, fanatic, Apartheid-ruled and fascistic, no one who wants to see Israel ostracized to death,- will ever need to say another word. The Plauts, the Gellers, and a host of others will have already done their work for them.

      SOURCE - http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/its-no-use-saying-it-has-to-stop-if-they-have-more-money-than-you-do/

  • Jerusalem Day response - 'the only statement we make on Jerusalem Day is our thanks for the freedom to live and pray in our holiest city'
    • RE: "Had I read your article as an outsider, my impression would have been that the Jerusalem Day celebrations were a facade for a racist vendetta against the Arabs in Jerusalem. Fortunately, I am not an outsider - I am one of the girls in the picture. I am an American Jew currently living in the Old City for the year. " ~ Marissa Young

      THE WORDS OF A JERUSALEMITE : "The First Word: A day in Jerusalem", By Yehudah Mirsky, Jerusalem Post, 05/07/09 

      [EXCERPTS] Nobody who has lived in Jerusalem in recent years needs any educating about the sword from without. A week ago Thursday I discovered the terror within. It coils through Jerusalem's streets, and us. . . 
      . . . As I came out of the plaza, right across the street from city hall, I saw four men jump, stomp and kick the daylights out of several others (Lord knows why) and run off.
      I called for the police and waited for them to arrive as people ran out of the surrounding pubs to help the crushed victims, whose blood ran down the sidewalk. 
      First ambulances came - some of the EMTs were haredim, and some were women. Then came the police, and I reported to them what I'd seen. After the police left, some young haredim came up to me, hungry for details: Did you see fists? Did you see a knife? 
      I told them how earlier in the day their comrades had nearly done the same to me.
      "There was action at the demo? We missed it?" . . . 
      . . . When I finally got home, at about 2:30 in the morning, my wife was, luckily for me, awake. I told her something that I had been thinking and scared to say for a long while: that the Jerusalem of my dreams, the Jerusalem where heaven and earth kiss, the Jerusalem of my father's childhood, is finally dead. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=141545

  • Dershowitz calls Hawking an 'ignoramus,' a 'lemming,' and likely an anti-Semite
    • P.S. YET ANOTHER “LEMMING”: "A Zionist defense of Hawking", By Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine May 9, 2013

      [EXCERPTS] I wish there was a kinder, gentler way than acts of ostracism to get Israel to end the occupation, but those ways have failed terribly.
      I would not join a BDS protest
      ; I’m a “two-stater” who believes Israel should remain a Jewish state because the alternatives would be worse, who believes Israel’s “original sin” is the occupation, not Zionism, and so I don’t think I’d really feel at home at your average BDS demonstration. . .
      . . . But when I read Wednesday that Stephen Hawking was boycotting the President’s Conference, I was glad. He doesn’t hate Israel; he’s been here four times. . . What Hawking hates is the occupation, not Israel, and he believes that by striking a blow against Israel’s rule over the Palestinians, he is helping not only the Palestinians but Israel as well. I think he’s right, and what’s more, I think he succeeded in a seismic way. . .
      . . . I wish there were kinder, gentler ways than such acts of ostracism to get Israel to end its 46-year dictatorship over the Palestinians. Ideally, of course, the public would elect a government that would do it. Failing that, its best friend, America, would prod the public and its leaders with “tough love.” Failing that, the Palestinians would rally the world against the occupation through diplomacy and nonviolent protest.
      Like a lot of other people, I put my hope in one after another of the above tactics, and one after another, they have so far come to nothing.
      So, as they say, desperate times require desperate measures, and for the cause of Israeli justice and Palestinian freedom, that means ostracizing Israel, including by such means as boycotting the President’s Conference. . .
      . . . Again, if Israel would reverse the status quo of its own volition, through elections, or do it in response to pressure from its friends like the U.S. and European governments, then I’d oppose punishing it by any means. But the fact is that there’s no rational hope of this happening; the right wing owns Israeli politics, while the U.S., European Union and the other democratic states, for a variety of reasons, won’t force Israel’s hand. The kinder, gentler ways haven’t worked on this country, so it’s either acts of ostracism or occupation forever, and given those two choices, I’d say Israel is best served by the former.
      In retrospect, the sanctions on South Africa were a gift to that country. If Israel ends its long tyranny over the Palestinians, such conscientious boycotts as that of Stephen Hawking will be remembered for having been a gift to this one. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://972mag.com/a-zionist-defense-of-hawking/70743/

    • RE: "Last night at the City University of New York, Alan Dershowitz attacked the British physicist Stephen Hawking for cancelling a visit to Israel in protest of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Dershowitz called Hawking an "ignoramus" and suggested he's anti-Semitic, then said he is just another "lemming" ~ from the Weiss article (above)

      YET ANOTHER "LEMMING": "Ex-Israeli diplomat: Boycott my country", By Joshua Mitnick, csmonitor.com, July 17, 2012
      Former Israeli ambassador to South Africa Alon Liel argues that a boycott would put pressure on people and businesses, possibly persuading some to relocate inside Israel proper.

      [EXCERPTS] In a commentary published in Business Day, a South Africa daily, he sided with the South African government, rejecting the foreign ministry's contention that encouraging the boycott constituted a "racist" policy. With his very public break with government policy, Liel became the rare former senior official to encourage such a boycott.
      A consumer boycott serves to reassert the existence of the West Bank border, which Liel argues has been blurred in Israelis' minds by the establishment of Israeli settlements.
      "The simple act of marking settlement products differently to Israeli products pulls the rug from under the refusal to declare a border," he wrote. "I buy Israeli products every day and do my best not to buy Israeli products from the Occupied Territories. I don't see why you, living outside Israel, shouldn't have the same choice."
      Liel also added his name to a petition by more than 1,000 Israeli academics calling for a local academic boycott of the Ariel University Center. The petition alleges that the school is a vehicle of Israel's right-wing government to make Israel's presence in the West Bank a permanent one, risks an academic boycott of Israeli universities, and calls on AUC students and faculty to transfer to institutions in Israel proper.
      Liel argues that at a time when West Bank settlements are expanding, applying pressure to AUC and the dozens of businesses based in industrial parks in the settlements could deliver a "symbolic" blow and persuade some to relocate inside Israel.
      However, he draws what he says is an important distinction between a boycott of settlement goods and one that targets all Israeli exports, which is the goal of the international pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/0717/Ex-Israeli-diplomat-Boycott-my-country

    • RE: "Dershowitz calls Hawking an ‘ignoramus,’ a ‘lemming,’ and likely an anti-Semite"

      MY COMMENT: When Dershowitz goes into his 'defending Israel' mode, he can act out in an incredibly childish manner!

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Acting out]:

      [EXCERPTS] Acting out is a psychological term from the parlance of defense mechanisms and self-control, meaning to perform an action in contrast to bearing and managing the impulse to perform it. The acting done is usually anti-social and may take the form of acting on the impulses of an addiction (e.g. drinking, drug taking or shoplifting) or in a means designed (often unconsciously or semi-consciously) to garner attention (e.g. throwing a tantrum or behaving promiscuously).
      In general usage, the action performed is destructive to self or others and may inhibit the development of more constructive responses to the feelings. The term is used in this way in sexual addiction treatment, psychotherapy, criminology and parenting.
      Acting out painful feelings may be contrasted with expressing them in ways more helpful to the sufferer, e.g. by talking out, expressive therapy, psychodrama or mindful awareness of the feelings. Developing the ability to express one's conflicts safely and constructively is an important part of impulse control, personal development and self-care.

      • In analysis
      Freud considered that patients in analysis tended to act out their conflicts in preference to remembering them - repetition compulsion.[1] The analytic task was then to help "the patient who does not remember anything of what he has forgotten and repressed, but acts it out"[2] to replace present activity by past memory.
      Otto Fenichel added that acting out in an analytic setting potentially offered valuable insights to the therapist; but was nonetheless a psychological resistance in as much as it deals only with the present at the expense of concealing the underlying influence of the past.[3] Lacan also spoke of "the corrective value of acting out",[4] though others qualified this with the proviso that such acting out must be limited in the extent of its destructive/self-destructiveness.[5] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_out

    • RE: Dershowitz . . . quoted Scripture to make the point that he wants Israel to survive and be stronger than all its neighbors, more than he wants it to have peace. ~ from the Weiss article (above)

      MY COMMENT: This sounds exactly like Revisionist Zionism's "Iron Wall" strategy to me.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay)]:

      "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)" is an essay written by Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1923. It was originally published in Russian, the language in which Jabotinsky wrote for the Russian press.[1]
      He wrote the essay after the British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill prohibited Zionist settlement on the east bank of the Jordan River, and formed the Zionist Revisionist party after writing it.[2]
      Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinian Arabs would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that "Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach."[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible.

      • References
      1.^ a b Jabotinsky, Ze’ev (4 November 1923). “The Iron Wall”. – http://www.jabotinsky.org/multimedia/upl_doc/doc_191207_49117.pdf
      2.^ Zionist Freedom Alliance – Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky – http://www.zfa.org.il/articles/jabotinsky.html

      • External links
      Lustick, Ian S. (2007). “Abandoning the Iron Wall: Israel and 'The Middle Eastern Muck'". Middle East Policy (Middle East Policy Council) (Fall 2007). – http://mepc.org/journal/middle-east-policy-archives/abandoning-iron-wall-israel-and-middle-eastern-muck

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Wall_(essay)

      ENTIRE 'IRON WALL' ESSAY: "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)", By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/ironwall/ironwall.htm

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Henry Siegman -- Elder Jewish (prophetic) statesman
    • P.S. THE BEAT GOES ON, THE BEAT GOES ON, DRUMS KEEP POUNDING A RHYTHM TO THE BRAIN, LA DE DA DE DE, LA DE DA DE DA*:
      "Kerry says Israel, Palestinians serious about peace", by Reuters – Thu, May 9, 2013
      LINK - http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-says-israel-palestinians-serious-peace-153426201.html

      JOEL KOVEL 1-20-13:

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

      SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

      * P.S. Sonny & Cher: The Beat Goes On [VIDEO, 02:14] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umrp1tIBY8Q

    • RE: Siegman declared that the Middle East peace process is “probably the greatest scam in modern diplomatic history, and future historians are going to be absolutely in awe in how that was pulled off.” ~ from Marc Ellis' commentary (above)

      HOW THEY PULLED IT OFF: By using two state fakery*! ! !

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

      [EXCERPT] . . . 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. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

  • The Samson complex: Israel again rebuffs peace with the Arab world
    • RE: "Whatever his protestations, none of this will overly worry Mr Netanyahu... The reality is that another round of failed peacemaking will do far more damage to the Palestinians and Washington's reputation than to an Israel that never intended to pick up the phone in the first place." ~ Jonathan Cook

      JOEL KOVEL (1-20-13):

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

      SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

    • RE: "Even before Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in 1967, it presented itself as eager for acceptance from the Arab states. This fiction, which continues to shape western perceptions, rests on two pillars. The first assumes Israeli fervour to engage diplomatically with the Arab world." ~ Cook

      MY COMMENT: Any "Israeli fervor to engage diplomatically" with the Arab world is (and has always been) just a PR stunt. The "Iron Wall" strategy as adopted by Likudnik Israel rejects the notion of Israel's seeking acceptance from the Arab states. Pursuant to the "Iron Wall" strategy, Jews are to unilaterally decide Israel's borders and defend them with the strongest security possible.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay)]:

      "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)" is an essay written by Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1923. It was originally published in Russian, the language in which Jabotinsky wrote for the Russian press.[1]
      He wrote the essay after the British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill prohibited Zionist settlement on the east bank of the Jordan River, and formed the Zionist Revisionist party after writing it.[2]
      Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinian Arabs would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that "Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach."[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible.

      • References
      1.^ a b Jabotinsky, Ze’ev (4 November 1923). “The Iron Wall”. – http://www.jabotinsky.org/multimedia/upl_doc/doc_191207_49117.pdf
      2.^ Zionist Freedom Alliance – Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky – http://www.zfa.org.il/articles/jabotinsky.html

      • External links
      Lustick, Ian S. (2007). “Abandoning the Iron Wall: Israel and 'The Middle Eastern Muck'". Middle East Policy (Middle East Policy Council) (Fall 2007). – http://mepc.org/journal/middle-east-policy-archives/abandoning-iron-wall-israel-and-middle-eastern-muck

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Wall_(essay)

      ENTIRE 'IRON WALL' ESSAY: "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)", By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/ironwall/ironwall.htm

  • Jerusalem Day's unforgiving mix of nationalism and Judaism
    • ● P.S. YET MORE EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO "VALUE THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION"

      • SEE: "'Modesty patrol' suspected of spilling acid on teenage girl", By Neta Sela, Ynet News, 06/05/08
      Religious tensions at boiling point in Beitar Illite as 14-year-old girl attacked by member of town's 'modesty guard' 

      [EXCERPTS] A 14-year-old girl from Beitar Illite was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem after an unknown person spilled acid on her face, legs and stomach, causing light burn wounds.  The act has been attributed to a representative of the so-called 'modesty guard' in this town where religious and secular residents are increasingly at bitter odds.
      MDA received the call just before midnight on Wednesday and paramedic Dror Eini who arrived on the scene to treat the girl also managed to calm her down enough so she could explain what had happened.
      Eini told Ynet that “the modesty guards have been threatening her for quite some time.” According to the paramedic the focus of the threats has largely been the victim's 18-year-old sister and some suspect the attacker mistook the younger girl's identity for that of her older sister's. . .
      . . . An ultra-Orthodox teen from Beitar Illite who is in contact with the girl’s family spoke with her sister who described the incident. According to the boy, the attacker stopped the girl and first asked her for directions. Then, after confirming her surname, he spilled a bottle of acid on her. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3552461,00.html

      • ALSO SEE: 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 - http://972mag.com/israel%E2%80%99s-bizarre-decision-to-give-up-on-education-and-its-future/28962/

    • ● RE: “I don’t trust the Arabs with anything,” Frank [the Danish student] continued, gleeful of the Israel’s 1967 occupation over the city. “I think it’s important it is back in Israel’s hands. I don’t think the Arabs and Palestinians in general—they do not value freedom of religion,” ~ from Deger's article

      ● EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO APPARENTLY DO "VALUE THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION" (AT LEAST, ACCORDING TO THE DANISH STUDENT)

      • SEE: “Ultra-Orthodox spitting attacks on Old City clergymen becoming daily” ~ By Oz Rosenberg, Haaretz, 11/04/11

      [EXCERPTS] Ultra-Orthodox young men curse and spit at Christian clergymen in the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City as a matter of routine. In most cases the clergymen ignore the attacks . . .
      . . . When Narek Garabedian came to Israel to study in the Armenian Seminary in Jerusalem half a year ago, he did not expect the insults, curses and spitting he would be subjected to daily by ultra-Orthodox Jews in the streets of the Old City.
      “When I see an ultra-Orthodox man coming toward me in the street, I always ask myself if he will spit at me,” says Narek, a Canadian Armenian, this week. About a month ago, on his way to buy groceries in the Old City, two ultra-Orthodox men spat at him. The spittle did not fall at his feet but on his person. . .
      . . . Other clergymen in the Armenian Church in Jerusalem say they are all victims of harassment, from the senior cardinals to the priesthood students. Mostly they ignore these incidents. When they do complain, the police don’t usually find the perpetrators.

      ORIGINAL SOURCE – link to http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/ultra-orthodox-spitting-attacks-on-old-city-clergymen-becoming-daily-1.393669
      ALTERNATE SOURCE – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2011/11/report-ultra-orthodox-spitting-at-christian-clergy-in-jerusalem/

      • ALSO SEE: “Ultra-Orthodox ‘Modesty Guard’ suspected of beating Jerusalem woman”, By Haaretz Staff, 08/09/08

      A group of men who police suspect were hired by an ultra-Orthodox gang recently broke into a Jerusalem woman’s home and beat her because they deemed her immodest.
      The so-called “Modesty Guard” is suspected of being behind the incident. The gang has been known to unleash extortion, mercenaries, violence and surveillance on less religious Jews they deem sacrilegious.
      They claim to do it all in the name of God.
      The incident may be one of a string of signs of rising ultra-Orthodox violence.
      Last year, five Haredi Jews assaulted a woman and an Israel Defense Forces soldier because they sat next to one another on a Jerusalem bus. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1009580.html

      • AND SEE: "Jerusalem: Orthodox riot in protest of chastity squad arrest", by Neta Sela, Ynet News, 08/26/08
      Haredim burn garbage cans, block streets in protest of arrest of community member suspected of torching store that sells MP4 players. 'Safeguarding Torah considered a crime in this country of Sodom and Gomorrha,' they say 

      [EXCERPT] Ultra-Orthodox Jews rioted in Jerusalem on Monday in protest of the recent arrest of Shmuel Weisfish, a member of the haredi community's chastity squad who was allegedly involved in the torching of a store selling MP4 players in violation of a ruling of the Orthodox Court of Justice . . .
      . . . Haredim recently distributed pashkevilim (informative ads or posters often plastered in the Jerusalem's religious neighborhoods) against stores selling MP4 devices, saying "a terrible plague is upon us, claiming victims every day… these sinful devices were banned by all the great rabbis, but are still common in the haredi world… their devilish distributors want nothing more than to drive the people of Israel to sin through movies and other abominations. . . "

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3587654,00.html

  • Musab Shawer sentenced to 5 months as Israel continues to target journalists
    • P.S. ANOTHER EXCERPT FROM THE SAME LENGTHY MONDOWEISS ARTICLE (BY ALEX KANE):
      . . . In addition to documents relating to Furkan Dogan’s death, the CCR published additional documents related to the electronic equipment taken from American passengers on the flotilla. While U.S. officials repeatedly inquired about the status of the electronic property and expressed frustration at the Israeli response, there was no high-level pressure to ensure that it was returned.
      The electronic property held by Israel included the video camera Furkan Dogan was holding on the ship, which may contain evidence as to what transpired on the Mavi Marmara. A CCR analysis concludes: “As of February 2013, property belonging to the U.S. passengers aboard the 2010 Gaza flotilla remains missing, presumably within Israeli custody.”

    • RE: "On Monday 8th April 2013 an Israeli soldier deliberately shot a rubber bullet on the Palestinian News Network PNN cameraman Mohammad Waleed Alaza (23 years old), during his coverage of the clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli Occupation Forces in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem."

      AND THEY DON'T ALWAYS USE RUBBER BULLETS WHEN SHOOTING AT CAMERAMEN: "Documents reveal how US let Israel off the hook over ‘execution’ of American Furkan Dogan", by Alex KaneMondoweiss, 2/22/13

      In May 2010, 18-year-old American citizen Furkan Dogan was shot at point-blank range by Israeli naval commandos as he was standing on the deck of a ship and filming the violent raid on the flotilla to Gaza. It took three days for the U.S. to contact his family--and that was after the U.S. made repeated inquiries to the government of Israel for information about his death.
      That information was recently revealed by the Center for Constitutional Rights after obtaining documents that have now been published as a result of Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. government. The documents reveal new details on the U.S. government’s actions in the aftermath of the flotilla. . .
      . . . Another telling episode revealed by the documents was a February 23, 2011 meeting in Washington between Ahmet Dogan and James Pettit, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services. Months earlier, the documents show, the State Department said that the Israeli government had “not yet provided detailed information” on Furkan Dogan’s death. But at the 2011 meeting, Pettit told Dogan that the U.S. would not conduct an investigation into Furkan’s death and was waiting for the UN Secretary General’s report on the flotilla incident. . .
      . . . At the meeting with Pettit, Dogan brought up the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) report (pdf) on the flotilla raid which said that Furkan Dogan was killed in a “summary execution.” The report states:
      Furkan Doğan, a 19-year-old with dual Turkish and United States citizenship, was on the central area of the top deck filming with a small video camera when he was first hit with live fire. It appears that he was lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time. In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax, left leg and foot. All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range.

      The Turkish government’s investigation told a similar story. The UN HRC report also said that, while activists involved with the Turkish organization IHH prepared to defend the ship from a takeover by Israeli forces and did so with makeshift weapons, the commandos had fired from helicopters before landing on the Mavi Marmara. . .
      . . . But Pettit dismissed the UN report as “rushed.”
      Still, no U.S. investigation was launched even after the UN Secretary General-backed Palmer Report stated that “Furkan Doğan, was shot at extremely close range. . .

      EMPIRE ARTICE - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/documents-execution-american.html

    • MY COMMENT: Interestingly, when viewed in profile, Musab Shawer Al-Tamimi appears to have a somewhat "stereotypically Jewish nose" like Dustin Hoffman. I wonder if he also has Hoffman's "nasal voice".

      SEE: "For backing ’5 Broken Cameras,’ ‘Jewish Press’ smears Dustin Hoffman as has-been ‘figleaf’ with ‘Semitic nose’", by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 4/29/12
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/for-backing-5-broken-cameras-jewish-press-smears-dustin-hoffman-as-has-been-figleaf-with-semitic-nose.html

  • Israeli right-wing flys off the deep end following Hawking boycott
    • RE: “I will not go into all of Strenger’s rationalizations for the occupation – his claims that the Palestinians answered Israel’s generous peace offers with the second Intifada . . .” ~ Noam Sheizaf

      MY COMMENT: I will! I will! Or, to be more precise, I’ll let the renowned Uri Avnery do it.

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

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

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/the-next-intifada/

    • RE: “Personally, I think we should put the ‘double standards’ line of defense to rest, since it’s simply an excuse against any form of action.” ~ Noam Sheizaf

      MY COMMENT: The “double standards” mantra is a favorite defense technique used by the “two state fakers”*.

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

      [EXCERPT] . . . 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 [like BDS - J.L.D.] 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. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

    • RE: "Professor Hawking certainly knows that researchers at Tel Aviv University have launched clinical trials on a revolutionary new technology intended to protect the human brain from neurodegenerative disorders such as the one from which the famous scientist suffers... Israel’s work with illness and disabilities would merit a book in itself." ~ Arutz Sheva

      MY RHETORICAL QUESTION: The world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant was done in apartheid-era South Africa; so, does that mean apartheid is A-ok?

    • RE: "Israel is a democracy in which all individuals are free to express their opinions, whatever they may be." ~ Israeli Presidential Conference Chairman, Israel Maimon

      MY COMMENT: Israel Maimon must be delusional!

      SEE: "Israel law targets boycott campaigns", By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times, 7/12/11
      The new law will penalize those who organize or back political boycotts against Israel, including campaigns aimed at its universities and businesses in the West Bank. Critics say the law may not withstand a court challenge.

      [EXCERPTS] Reporting from Jerusalem — Israel's right-leaning parliament approved a hotly disputed law Monday that will penalize those who organize or publicly endorse political boycotts against the country, including campaigns directed at Israeli universities, settlements and businesses in the West Bank.
      Critics, including several prominent Israeli politicians, newspaper columnists and the parliament's legal advisor, questioned whether the law would withstand a Supreme Court challenge, saying it probably violates the right to free speech and free expression. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/12/world/la-fg-israel-boycott-20110712

  • US promotes regional states/Israeli alliance against Iran while leading provocative naval drills in the Gulf
  • US Jews are so 'polarized' over Israel they can't talk about it to each other, 'Jewish Chronicle' reports
    • P.P.P.S. RE: “Arabs! I hate Arabs!” he exclaimed throwing his arms up for the big finale: “They want to kill us! They want to kill us! I hate Arabs!” ~ drunk twenty-something Israeli at an ATM in West Jerusalem (from above)

      MY AMATEURISH EFFORT AT EXPLAINING THIS "ACTING OUT" BEHAVIOR (grossly simplified): Many people in the "international community" see the Palestinians as being treated very unfairly, and most Israelis are aware of this. For an Israeli, this means that they (i.e., their government) are the the perpetrators of this unfairness (at least, as perceived by the "international community". Consequently, this unfairness (to the extent Israelis are aware of it, at least subconsciously) has the potential to cause considerable cognitive dissonance in a good many Israelis, and this cognitive dissonance could become very unpleasant for them. So what are the poor Israelis to do? For the most part they will endeavor to use at least one (more likely several) defense mechanism to keep as much of this cognitive dissonance as possible in check (at bay; kept to a manageable level).
      Let’s consider the young, inebriated male who was 'acting out' at the ATM in Jerusalem by exclaiming: “Arabs! I hate Arabs . . . They want to kill us! They want to kill us! I hate Arabs!”
      Well gee, if “the Arabs” want to kill the Israelis/Jews, then "the Arabs" certainly don’t deserve to get treated fairly by Israel. Who, "in their right mind", (other than a rabid anti-Semite) could possibly expect the Israeli’s to be fair to (dehumanized) people who want to kill the Israelis/Jews! ! ! Hell, the killer Arabs/Palestinians are mighty damn lucky to get even so much as a little chicken soup (much less, any chopped liver) every now and again! Who (other than a rabid anti-Semite) could possibly expect the Israelis to 'aid and abet' a (dehumanized) people who are intent on killing them! Ergo, problem (i.e., potential cognitive dissonance) solved!

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Acting out]:

      [EXCERPTS] Acting out is a psychological term from the parlance of defense mechanisms and self-control, meaning to perform an action in contrast to bearing and managing the impulse to perform it. The acting done is usually anti-social and may take the form of acting on the impulses of an addiction (e.g. drinking, drug taking or shoplifting) or in a means designed (often unconsciously or semi-consciously) to garner attention (e.g. throwing a tantrum or behaving promiscuously).
      In general usage, the action performed is destructive to self or others and may inhibit the development of more constructive responses to the feelings. The term is used in this way in sexual addiction treatment, psychotherapy, criminology and parenting.
      Acting out painful feelings may be contrasted with expressing them in ways more helpful to the sufferer, e.g. by talking out, expressive therapy, psychodrama or mindful awareness of the feelings. Developing the ability to express one's conflicts safely and constructively is an important part of impulse control, personal development and self-care.

      • In analysis
      Freud considered that patients in analysis tended to act out their conflicts in preference to remembering them - repetition compulsion.[1] The analytic task was then to help "the patient who does not remember anything of what he has forgotten and repressed, but acts it out"[2] to replace present activity by past memory.
      Otto Fenichel added that acting out in an analytic setting potentially offered valuable insights to the therapist; but was nonetheless a psychological resistance in as much as it deals only with the present at the expense of concealing the underlying influence of the past.[3] Lacan also spoke of "the corrective value of acting out",[4] though others qualified this with the proviso that such acting out must be limited in the extent of its destructive/self-destructiveness.[5] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_out

    • RE: “There’s also a polarization that is sometimes overwhelming in the Jewish community because these issues feel existential,” he [Ethan Felson of JCPA] said. “People feel that they have a tremendous stake and a conflict, and sometimes they inappropriately choose to act out the conflict here at home.” ~ Jewish Chronicle piece

      REGARDING "ACTING OUT", NOTE THIS FROM WIKIPEDIA [Defence mechanisms]:

      [EXCERPTS] In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms (or defense mechanisms) are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind[1] to manipulate, deny, or distort reality (through processes including, but not limited to, repression, identification, or rationalization),[2] and to maintain a socially acceptable self-image or self-schema.[3]
      Healthy persons normally use different defenses throughout life. An ego defense mechanism becomes pathological only when its persistent use leads to maladaptive behavior such that the physical and/or mental health of the individual is adversely affected. The purpose of ego defense mechanisms is to protect the mind/self/ego from anxiety and/or social sanctions and/or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.[4]
      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses.[5]
      . . . The list of defence mechanisms is huge and there is no theoretical consensus on the number of defence mechanisms. . .

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms

      Level 2: Immature
      These mechanisms are often present in adults. These mechanisms lessen distress and anxiety provoked by threatening people or by uncomfortable reality. . .
      • Acting out: Direct expression of an unconscious wish or impulse in action, without conscious awareness of the emotion that drives that expressive behaviour.

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_mechanisms

      P.S. FOR A POSSIBLE EXAMPLE OF "ACTING OUT", SEE: "‘Arabs, I hate Arabs!’–Independence Day and just another day in Jerusalem", by Allison Deger, Mondoweiss April 22, 2013

      [EXCEPT] "Do you speak Hebrew," he asked in me (in Hebrew). "No, but I speak Arabic. Do you speak Arabic?" I replied (in Arabic) to the drunk twenty-something Israeli at an ATM in West Jerusalem. He looked at me for a moment like he was hearing gobbledygook. Then -- "Arabs! I hate Arabs!" he exclaimed throwing his arms up for the big finale: "They want to kill us! They want to kill us! I hate Arabs!"

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/independence-another-jerusalem.html

      P.P.S. FOR ANOTHER POSSIBLE EXAMPLE OF "ACTING OUT", SEE: Pro-Israel Activist Knocks Camera Out of Hands of Alison Weir [VIDEO, 02:37] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV6BXrzUa00

  • Walt and Siegman urge Washington to imagine a future without the two-state solution
    • RE: "[I]f one asks: Why have — why has the peace process failed, why are we facing the situation we’re facing today? It’s simply because the policy of Israel has been from the outset not to permit a genuinely independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian state to ever come into being." ~ Seligman

      IN OTHER WORDS: To the extent the Israeli government has mouthed the words (i.e., given 'lip service' to) "two states", the Israeli government has been a "two state faker"*! ! !

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

      [EXCERPT] . . . 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. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

  • One-woman wrecking crew of Jewish community's image, Geller brings her show to Toronto
    • RE: "Geller, who is being brought in to speak by the hard-line Jewish Defence League (JDL)" ~ from above excerpt (sunnewsnetwork.ca)

      SPEAKING OF BEING "HARD LINE", FROM WIKIPEDIA [Alex Odeh]:

      [EXCEPTS] Alex Odeh (April 4, 1944 – October 11, 1985) was an Arab-American anti-discrimination activist who was killed in a bombing as he opened the door of his office at 1905 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, California. Odeh was west-coast regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
      Born into a Palestinian Christian family in Jifna, the West Bank, Odeh immigrated to the US in 1972.[1] He was a lecturer and poet who recently had published a volume of his poetry, "Whispers in Exile".[2]...
      . . . Irv Rubin, who had become chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) the same year, immediately made several public statements in reaction to the incident. "I have no tears for Mr. Odeh," Rubin said. "He got exactly what he deserved."[7] . . .
      . . . Four weeks after Odeh's death, FBI spokesperson Lane Bonner stated the FBI attributed the bombing and two others to the JDL . . .
      . . . Immediately after the 1985 assassination the FBI identified three suspects, all of them believed to be affiliated with the JDL, who fled to Israel. In 1987 it was revealed that Israel was hindering the FBI investigation. Floyd Clarke, then assistant director of the FBI, claimed in an internal memo that key suspects had fled to Israel and were living in the West Bank town of Kiryat Arba. . .
      . . . In 2007, the FBI revealed they had received information from a deceased informant, believed to be former Jewish Defense League member Earl Krugel who had been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for 2001 plots to bomb a Southern California mosque and office of an Arab American congressman. It is believed that Irv Rubin, who died in prison while awaiting trial on the same charges, revealed to Krugel the names of those responsible for Odeh’s death and Krugel shared those with the FBI before he, too, died in prison. The bombers are believed to be Manning and two individuals now living in Israel.[14] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Odeh

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