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eljay

I'm a happily-married, vegetarian and atheist Canadian with two wonderful cats. :-)

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  • The rabbi's daughter isn't buying AIPAC's defense of Israel on apartheid charge
    • || yonah fredman: There are basic problems involved in the mere establishment of israel particularly given the expulsion that accompanied Israel’s birth and the “existential necessity” involved in keeping out the heirs of those expelled. ... ||

      That sounds so much more poetic than terrorism, ethnic cleansing and permanent refugee status in the name of religion-based supremacism.

    • ... How do I explain to my daughter that there’s a fundamental need for a state of Israel ...

      You don't have to explain it to her because there is no fundamental need for either an Israel or a religion-supremacist "Jewish State".

      ... that Israel is not an apartheid state ...

      Tell her that it's actually a religion-supremacist state.

      ... that Israel is a nation whose Arab neighbors have never acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state ...

      Israel doesn't have a right to exist as a religion-supremacist state. Its "Arab neighbours" shouldn't be expected or required to acknowledge, accept or otherwise validate that non-existent "right".

  • Will assassination lead to war?
    • ... When Fuqaha’s body was found with four bullets in his head, rumors immediately spread that Palestinians who had collaborated with Israeli intelligence agents were responsible. And indeed, a few hours later, two press releases were issued, one by Hamas and one by al-Qassam, which claimed Israel was responsible for the crime. Although no tangible proof of Israel’s involvement has been reported ... (Although there are members of ISIS and other extremist groups in Gaza who would also have an interest in killing Fuqaha ... ) ...

      Hamas is wise not to rush to war given that:
      - there's "no tangible proof of Israel's involvement"; and
      - the actual perpetrators could be Palestinian collaborators, ISIS or other extremists in Gaza.

      (Side note: A quadruple-tap to the head seems like overkill for a professional assassin or group of assassins.)

  • The martyr’s daughter: a review of 'Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali?'
    • || Jon66: ... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/11/sabena-flight-571-hijack-plane-black-september-film ||

      ... When prime minister Netanyahu spoke at the film’s premiere in Jerusalem in September, he recalled that in the 1970s, “terrorists were like preying animals, grabbing planes, kidnapping passengers and threatening to kill them and sometimes doing so”. ...

      In the 1970s, Zionists were a larger and more-powerful predator, stealing and colonizing territory, oppressing or expelling non-Jews and torturing and threatening to kill them and sometimes doing so - all in the name of Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist "Jewish State" in as much as possible of Palestine. Nothing's changed.

    • || Boris: ... The road to hell are paved with good intentions. ... ||

      Indeed. Zionists will tell you that the "Jewish State" project was all about good intentions and you can see how nicely that road is paved.

  • 'Negation of the diaspora' as Zionist antisemitism: The JCC bomb threats came from an Israeli Jew
    • ... Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner gave herself the final word on the matter ...

      ... Sometimes a Jew can commit acts of anti-Semitism. ...

      No kidding. Zionists have been doing it for decades.

  • History will make us pay for this
    • ... He referred to John Kerry’s 2014 remarks about the need for a two-state solution or Israel will become an apartheid state, saying, guess what Kerry, it’s already apartheid! Pappe then exclaimed, “Having one state, settlers and natives living in one state–why does this have to be a doomsday scenario? Only Zionists say this!” ...

      That's because only Zionists are concerned about losing religion-supremacist "Jewish State" and the entitlements it comprises.

  • 'US is overwhelmingly partial to Israel,' Pelosi admits at AIPAC
    • || Mooser: ... I really wish they wouldn’t stand outside my house, appraising it’s value, suggesting renovations and maintenance, and arguing over who will get it when I get ‘ingathered’. A little patience, brethren, okay? ||

      Patience? Dude, every last one of them has been waiting 2,000 years for the Second Coming of our Lord "Sweet Baby" Jesus Christ (a.k.a. DJ Jeezy C.). Meanwhile, you're lounging around in America instead of hustling your Alces alces butt back to your "ancient / historic homeland" to help bring about the end of the world.

      Christian Zionists are f*cked up.

    • It's hard to tell if Pelosi is experiencing pain or sadness. I can't imagine that that grimace of hers indicates joy or pleasure.

      Did you watch the outpouring of official support for Israel at the annual Washington conference of AIPAC ...

      Do American politicians ever tire of fellating the Zionist donkey?

  • AIPAC speakers say the enemy is BDS, while 'biggest Jewish-led protest' surges outside
    • || @aa: Delicious irony from a MW true believer. Point taken. ||

      What you appear to be tasting is your own Zionist hypocrisy (which would explain why you like the flavour).

      The point - which you clearly did not take - is that all states should be held to the same standard of justice, accountability and equality. If the way to do that is through economic sanctions and bombing campaigns - which is what Zionists like you and Harper seem to believe - then Israel should not be exempted.

    • ... Also last night at AIPAC, former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper said that Israel was profoundly threatened by BDS, which he said was merely the latest form of classical anti-Semitism.

      “The third threat to Israel is the one we actually need to take the most seriously as Canadians and Americans, and that is the BDS movement… One can disagree with the Israeli government’s policies in this aspect or that, but the BDS is not about that. ... "

      Shame on you, Steve - you Zionist kiss-ass - for anti-Semitically singling out the "Jewish State" for special treatment. When we disagree with the Iranian or Syrian or Iraqi or Afghani governments' policies in this aspect or that, we alienate them politically, strangle them economically and/or decimate them militarily. There's no reason to treat the "Jewish State" any differently.

  • 'Scariest part' of Trump's draft peace plan promises he will be 'personally involved'
    • ... “”The days of Israel bashing are over,” Haley said. ...

      Yup, it's nothing but smooth sailing for the "Jewish State" for the next ~930 years.

  • Israeli army statement on killing of Palestinian teenager in occupation is contradicted by evidence at scene
    • Another day, another non-Israeli in not-Israel is murdered by Israeli Occupation and Terrorism Forces goons operating in and enabling the on-going colonization of not-Israel.

  • Bearing witness: a review of Alice Rothchild's book 'Condition Critical'
    • || JeffB: ... What is interesting about Adams though, that perhaps makes it more than this was that he is one of the first Christian leaders in the world willing to sign a peace with Muslims governments on equal terms, accepting the legitimacy of Muslim self determination and governance. If one can accept the legitimacy of a Muslim government I see no reason he might not accept the legitimacy of a Jewish one. In which case Adams really was a thought leader in forming America’s core concepts in foreign policy more so than he is given credit for. ||

      It isn't every day you see a Zionist applauding the validation of dhimmitude. Wonders never cease...

    • || JeffB: ... No it isn’t my fevered mind it is historical reality. ... ||

      The historical reality is that equality = slavery? Your fever is spiking.

      || ... What you keep arguing for, doesn’t exist. The countries you admire are able to implement the policies you admire ... ||

      So...it doesn't exist except in countries where it does exist. Interesting.

    • || JeffB: ... I gave you a paragraph with several points contradicting this. The facts are the facts. The transition away from Judaism as a global religion has already happened. ||

      Neither your paragraph from Wiki nor your link to Wiki states that Jewish is now the bureaucratic nationality of all Jewish and non-Jewish Israelis (citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees).

    • || JeffB: ... Again you tend not to know much about other countries. ... ||

      You haven't told me anything I don't already know:
      - Injustices have existed in the past and continue to exist today.
      - Zionists use past and on-going injustices to justify their preferred brand of evil.

      || ... What you are asking for is happening. ... ||

      Except that it isn't. And Zionists have no intention of making or letting it happen.

      || ... Reread the sentence from the original. I think you split the conditional clause at the wrong place and got confused. ||

      JeffB: "I get that you like most BDSers have no problem with Jews practicing whatever religion they want as groveling slaves."

      OK, I get it now. I was thrown off by the bullshit in that sentence. Yes, I think Jewish people should be free to practise whatever religion they want - or none at all if that's what they prefer. I don't believe that Jewish people - or anyone else - should live as "grovelling slaves". It's your fevered Zionist mind that transforms equality into slavery. You should have that looked at.

    • || MHughes976: I wish I could think with eljay that Zionism is a paradoxical expression of Jewish self-hatred ... really it seems to be an expression of the ‘supremacism’ ... ||

      I don't believe that Zionists - many (most?) of whom aren't even Jewish - hate themselves, so I don't think of Zionism as "Jewish self-hatred".

      But Zionism does strike me as a form of "Jew hatred" because Zionists seem to view and deliberately use both Zionist* and non-Zionist** Jews as cannon-fodder for their oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist "Jewish State" project.

      (*E.g., Israel's deliberate placement of Jewish Israelis in non-Israeli territory.)
      (**E.g., JeffB's anti-Semitic assertion that all Jews are responsible for the actions of some Jews.)

    • || JeffB: ... “Supremacist” doesn’t mean anything, its a word you use to avoid being specific. What you are really objecting to is that Israel is a democracy that represents the nation. ... ||

      I've been very specific about what "supremacist" entails. What I object to is Israel:
      - not being the secular and democratic state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally; and, instead,
      - being a religion-supremacist "Jewish State" primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews.

      Well, that and the fact that Israel is also a blatantly and unapologetically belligerent, intransigent, colonialist and (war) criminal state.

      || ... Jews established a Jewish (or if you want a Hebrew / Israeli) state for the same reason the French established a French state and the Chinese a Chinese state. ... ||

      The French established France as a French state.
      The Chinese established China as a Chinese state.
      Zionists established Israel as an Israeli state a religion-supremacist "Jewish State".

      But please do wake me up when Jewish becomes the bureaucratic nationality of all citizens, immigrants, refugees and people up to n-generations removed from "Jewish State", equally.

      || ... Your problem when it comes to Israel is with Judaism not Zionism. ... ||

      My problem when it comes to Israel is colonialism, (war) criminality and supremacism - all of which are part and parcel of Zionism, not Judaism. But it sure is nice of you to try to pin the evils of Zionism on Judaism. Why do you Zionists hate Jews so much?!

      || ... I get that you like most BDSers have no problem with Jews practicing whatever religion they want as groveling slaves. ... ||

      People who wish to be Jewish should be free to be Jewish. People who do not wish to be Jewish should be free not to be Jewish. Either way, no slavery should be involved. And neither Jewish nor not-Jewish comprises a right to supremacism.

      As for "Jews practicing whatever religion they want", I have no idea what that means. What religion other than Judaism do you think Jews should be practising?

    • || JeffB: ... Fundamentally American Jews believe that all Jews are people of equal worth, and as such have all the rights of any other people including the right to form governments that represent their interests. ... ||

      Neither equal worth nor the religion-based identity of Jewish comprises a right to a supremacist state of any kind.

      || ... BDS is a wholesale attack on Jews as a people arguing that Jews aren’t a legitimate people and shouldn’t enjoy sovereignty in their home country ... ||

      As far as I can tell, BDS rightly exists in opposition to Israeli colonialism and (war) crimes. It only becomes an attack on people who choose to be/come Jewish when Zionists like you anti-Semitically conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel. Why do you Zionists insist on hating Jews so much?!

  • Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: 'it's exactly like what the what the Old South was in America'
    • || DaBakr: ... There are no comparisons to the situation in the I/p because the conflict is not racial, religious or cultural. ... ||

      Zionism and the "Jewish State" project are religion-based colonialism and supremacism. This may be a completely unique brand of evil, but it's hardly something to brag about.

  • The dispossessed
    • ... Rather, before me was a young man whose whole life, including his father, his home, his land, his possessions had all been obliterated in a morning’s work by the Zionist apparatus in order to make way for a Jewish settlement on the ruins of these lives. ...

      A perfect encapsulation of Zionism and the religion-supremacist "Jewish State" project.

  • Video: Israeli forces force crying 8-year-old boy barefoot through gravel looking for stone-throwers
    • Israeli Occupation and Oppression Forces goons operating in not-Israel terrorize a non-Israeli child. Aggressor-victimhood's a tough gig, but I'm sure the Captain Israel underpants those "soldiers" were wearing gave them the necessary courage to do their dirty work.

  • Towards Better Ally-ship for Palestine: A letter to the US activist community
    • || lyn117: Then there are those who think “Arab” and “Muslim” are interchangeable… ||

      Yup. And that might have something to do with the fact that "The majority of people in the Arab world adhere to Islam, and the religion has official status in most countries."

    • || lyn117: I fully understand you don’t want the area referred to as Israel/Palestine, but how should I refer to it, in particular when speaking to people who are really familiar with Israel, but not so much Palestine? You have a lot of recommendations on what not to do, and a lot fewer of what to do. ... ||

      Good point.

      As for "Middle East" vs. "Arab World", in my (admittedly limited) experience the two terms are pretty much interchangeable so - in my most humble opinion - using the latter instead of the former won't change a thing as far as the perceptions of "Westerners" are concerned (i.e., the "Arab World" has just as many "dangerous Islamic fundamentalists" in it as the "Middle East" does).

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  • BDS co-founder: Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti next step in ‘war against BDS movement’
    • || Jackdaw: ... an Israeli officer was sentenced today to 11 years in prison for raping West Bank Arab women in exchange for travel passes. ... ||

      According to the article you linked to, he got 11 years for a lot more than raping women:

      ... The soldier was convicted on most of the charges against him, the IDF said in December, including sexual offenses, sexual harassment, bribe-taking, fraud, breach of trust and exceeding his authority to the extent of posing a national security risk. ...

      The guy was so dirty even Zionists couldn't let this one slide!

      || ... Justice. Integrity. Equality. They all prevail in Israel. ... ||

      Yup, they prevail all the time except for when Israel:
      - exists as a religion-supremacist state;
      - continues to occupy and colonize non-Israeli territory;
      - refuses to honour its obligations under international law (including RoR);
      - refuses to make amends for its past and on-going (war) crimes.

      Aside from that, they totally prevail.

  • Reading Maimonides in Gaza
    • Ms. Garson, thank you for your story.

      … I could not add that statelessness reverberated with me as a Jew. Statelessness was the problem statement of Zionism. Jews wanted a state, because we recognized statelessness as a precursor. And we were right. Naturally, I was attuned to the stateless vulnerability of others. …

      You already had a state as a Canadian. You didn’t need – nor were you entitled – to a (religion-supremacist) state “as a Jew”.

      If you were “attuned to the stateless vulnerability of others”, it’s because you chose to feel that you were stateless, not because you actually were stateless.

    • || @B: ... a seaport and an airport on on the table for negotiations from, surprisingly, Lieberman. ... ||
      Liberman offers Hamas airport, seaport in exchange for quiet

      ... In a video interview released on Thursday, Liberman suggested Gaza residents could live under the same conditions which prevail in Judea and Samaria ...

      In other words, they could live as second-class citizens in a territory under military occupation and colonization by a (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state. Lieberman sure is a charmer.

    • Ms. Garson, thank you for your story.

      ... I could not add that statelessness reverberated with me as a Jew. Statelessness was the problem statement of Zionism. Jews wanted a state, because we recognized statelessness as a precursor. And we were right. Naturally, I was attuned to the stateless vulnerability of others. ...

      You already had a state as a Canadian. You didn't need - nor were you entitled - to a (religion-supremacist) state "as a Jew".

      If you were "attuned to the stateless vulnerability of others", it's because you chose to feel that you were stateless, not because you actually were stateless.

  • Israel arrests 18 Palestinian members of a WhatsApp religious chat group
    • || amigo: ... He fled to freedom ... ||

      The cowardly, supremacist Israeli colonist in not-Israel fled to the shelter of his country's supremacist occupation forces goons stationed in not-Israel. Captain Israel underpants-wearing Zionists are touching themselves tonight.

  • No room for Zionism in any movement for justice
    • || Mooser: ... Sort of like the Zionist effort to convince non-Jews that all good Jews are Zionist? ||

      It's funny how Zionists say it's anti-Semitic to conflate Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Zionism and then, without fail, they anti-Semitically conflate Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Zionism.

    • || yonah fredman: ... Consciousness of the needs of the wider group is good. Oblivious ness to the “other” is evil. ... ||

      The starving man and his friends can be forgiven for stealing bread from the local bakery today to save their lives - even more so if later they strive to make amends for the theft.

      Your argument always seem to be that the hunger of the starving man and his friends justifies:
      - their eternal claim to and theft of the bakery;
      - their expulsion of its owners and staff (to be replaced by acquaintances of the new proprietors); and
      - absolution of responsibility and accountability for their actions.

      To justify evil is evil.

      Or perhaps I have misunderstood you and you think Zionists should be held to account and to make amends for their past and on-going theft of Palestine from its indigenous population.

    • || yonah fredman: ... Israel did not pop up out of a desire for raw materials but out of the human need for security and self respect. Yes there was/is an almost inevitable clash between the mobilization of a conscious group of jews in the period between the wars, 1918 to 1939, and the indigenous and the clash continues until today and seeking or demanding a fair solution to that clash is reasonable. ... ||

      "[A] conscious group of Jews" seems like a sanitized way of saying "a group of Zionist Jews who felt they were entitled to establish in Palestine and at the expense of its indigenous population a religion-supremacist state primarily of and for people with the religion-based identity of Jewish". It's no surprise that a clash between the two groups was "almost" inevitable.

  • Apartheid wears a veil
    • || Mayhem: The Working Definition of Antisemitism gives as one example of antisemitism “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”. ... ||

      It's ironic that this example of anti-Semitism as defined by the "Working Definition of Antisemitism" requires the anti-Semitic conflation of Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

  • UN bowed to 'fearmongering and threats' from powerful governments to cover up 'painful truth' of Israeli apartheid -- UN official's resignation letter
    • || Mooser: ... You, sir, are determined to launch me on a hi-way to “L”. (which has two “L’s” just like “Hillary”) ... ||

      White pant suits, Secret Service
      Nobody's going to get too near
      Saved e-mails make her nervous
      Find a way to make 'em disappear
      Hey Russia, don't need you
      How she wish that you don't exist
      Dirty secret, but it's true
      All her friends are wealthy Zionists

      She's on a hi-way to "L" ...

      (with apologies to AC/DC)

    • Zionists and other defenders of the religion-supremacist "Jewish State" project seem to think that having an imperfect label applied to their evils somehow transforms those evils into virtues. It's like the serial rapist of under-aged girls believing he's a law-abiding citizen because people refer to his crimes as pedophilia.

  • Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an 'apartheid regime'
    • || jon s: ... This land is the homeland of both the Palestinian people and the Jewish people. ||

      Geographic Palestine is the homeland of its non-Jewish and Jewish indigenous population. It is not the homeland of:
      - "the Jews"; or
      - any non-Jews or Jews more than n-generations removed from it.

    • || jon s: ... Jews have also been here for centuries ... ||

      The "Jews who have also been [in geographic Palestine] for centuries" constitute part of the indigenous population of Palestine. Those who have not do not. The same applies to non-Jews.

      || ... and I’ve never said that our rights supercede the rights of others. ... ||

      You do say that every time you advocate, justify and defend the existence of colonialist and religion-supremacist "Jewish State".

      || ... This land is the homeland of two peoples. That’s the conflict in a nutshell. ||

      Geographic Palestine is the homeland of its indigenous population and of people up to n-generations removed from it. The conflict in a nutshell is the Zionist belief that people who choose to be/come Jewish are entitled to a religion-supremacist "Jewish State" in as much as possible of Palestine.

    • || jon s: Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or invaders or pirates in our historic homeland. ... ||

      The real fact - as opposed to your Zionist "fact" - is that geographic Palestine is not the historic homeland of every person in the world who chooses to be/come Jewish. Geographic Palestine is the historic homeland of its non-Jewish and Jewish indigenous population and of non-Jews and Jews up to n-generations removed from it.

  • Victim's daughter responds to anti-Arab attack in Oregon: 'I don’t want this to be considered a hate crime'
    • || Jon66: ... its hard to treat people who don’t want to get “better”. ||

      This describes Zionists quite nicely. :-)

      IMO there's nothing wrong with not wanting to get "better" if the mental illness or Zionism doesn't cause its host to act out in unjust or immoral ways. Many (most?) mentally-ill people do not act out that way, but 100% of Zionists do.

    • Much respect to Ms. Abdel-Jawad for looking beyond the incident in her family's restaurant and demanding:
      - greater assistance for those who need it; and
      - greater accountability from those who refuse or fail to provide it.

  • A US veteran reflects on protesting alongside Palestinian human rights activists in Hebron
    • || @aak: Great Palestinian hasbara piece. All the right elements including and up to the description of the Israeli soldiers as “terrified and confused” children. Right. ... ||

      Yup, there's no way a group of young Zionists...
      - wearing Captain Israel underpants;
      - toting weapons of summary execution;
      - oppressing an indigenous population; and
      - overseeing the colonization of their lands,
      ...could ever be "terrified and confused".

    • || amigo: Signed. ||

      +1.

    • Thank you, Mr. Hoh, for shining a brighter light on the justice-, accountability- and equality-hating evil that is Zionism. That it exists at all is a disgrace; that the U.S. (among others) supports and defends it and its oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist "Jewish State" construct is an even greater disgrace.

  • UN agency labels Israel 'apartheid regime'-- and Israel likens organization to Nazis
    • || Juan R.: Orwell cherished freedom and repudiated state apparatuses that crushed individuals. ... ||

      Yup, he would definitely have opposed a state like Israel which, among other things:
      - was conceived and established as a religion-supremacist construct;
      - was established and expanded by means of terrorism, ethnic cleansing, military occupation and colonialism;
      - remains engaged in a decades-long and on-going campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder; and
      - refuses to honour its obligations under international law (incl. RoR).

      It's cute how the author of the linked-to article takes another article's author to task for "focus[ing] on side-issues and distort[ing] the big issue" even as he does exactly the same thing himself.

    • || Juan R.: Head of U.N.’s ESCWA resigns over report on ‘apartheid’ Israel / Reuters ... ||

      ... The report concluded "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole". The accusation - often directed at Israel by its critics - is fiercely rejected by Israel. ...

      Yup, Israel fiercely rejects the accusation of apartheid in much the same way that Steven - a serial rapist of under-aged girls - fiercely rejects the accusation that he's a pedophile. Both Israel (a self-proclaimed "moral beacon") and Steven (who insists that he's just an "average Joe") will continue to justify their respective evils by pointing out that other evils exist in the world.

    • || Egbert: Israel responds by passing a law in the dead of night that bans Palestinian Parties unless they accept that Israel is a Jewish State. ... ||

      Jewish is fundamentally a religion-based identity. "Jewish State" is a religion-supremacist construct. No-one should be expected or required to recognize or accept any state as any type of supremacist construct.

      Zionists just can't get enough of that supremacist Kool-Aid they've been chugging for decades.

    • || amigo: ... Care to put borders around that. ||

      - Greater Israel!
      - Land of Israel!
      - Judea and Samaria!
      - Borders? We don't need no stinking borders!

    • || Juan R.: There is absolutely nothing equivalent to Apartheid in the dispute that rages between the Palestinians and Israel today. ... ||

      Yeah, it's more of a dispute between:
      - religion-based supremacism and colonialism (Zionism, Zionists and the "Jewish State"); and
      - its victims (Palestine's indigenous population).

      || ... It is quite astonishing to witness how a lie told often enough can eventually be accepted as truth! ... ||

      You bet! It's amazing how many Jews - and non-Jews - believe that the religion-based identity of Jewish comprises a right to a "Jewish State".

    • ... In 2010 Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs more clearly outlined its position on why it is not an apartheid state:

      While the status of Arab-Israelis in Israel is still open to much improvement, a great deal has already been accomplished towards reaching the goal of absolute equality. ... One of the ideals on which Israel was founded was that of equality. ... "

      It's nice to see Zionists striving to outdo the ideals on which Israel was founded ("absolute equality" vs. mere "equality"), but the end game is the same: An Israel that...
      - remains forever a religion-supremacist "Jewish State" primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews; and
      - never becomes a secular and democratic Israeli state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally.

  • If baseball coverage of Team Israel is 'the story of Israel itself,' then we should not forget the Palestinians
    • "Team Israel" highlights the religion-supremacist "Jewish State" nature of Israel: If you hold the religion-based identity of "Jewish", you qualify as an Israeli even if you have no tangible ties (citizen, expat, refugee, up to n-generations removed) to Partition-borders Israel.

      It funny how the GoI and Zionists all over the world do their utmost to conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel, and then turn around and scream anti-Semitism when people understandably conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

  • For Purim, costume contest celebrates soldier's killing of a Palestinian (free vacation on the line)
    • || Jackdaw: The question was, ‘is this barbaric’?

      So what’s your answer. ... ||

      Seriously? Okay, here goes for the third time: Yes, I think it is and I condemn it.

      Man, I sure hope you've learned to read by now.

    • || Jackdaw: @eljay

      I didn’t ask you to condemn it ... ||

      I know you didn't ask me that. I freely chose to condemn it. Are you suggesting that I shouldn't have condemned it?

      || ... I asked you whether you think that it is barbaric. ... ||

      I know you asked me that.

      || ,,, You did not answer my question. ||

      And now I know that you don't know how to read. Not only did I answer your question, I answered it very clearly: Yes, I think it is and I condemn it.

    • || jon s: ... I never justified Elor Azaria ... ||

      I never said you justified his actions - I just pointed out how one could do so using your reasoning.

      || ... and celebrating him as a hero is nauseating. ||

      In your interpretation, most definitely. But for those who carefully read the situation and interpret that he killed an enemy who wanted to harm "the Jews", it makes sense to celebrate him for turning the tables and exercising self-defense.

    • || jon s: eljay On Purim we don’t “celebrate murder”. We celebrate foiling a genocidal plot. ... ||

      The plot was foiled at the palace. What happened elsewhere in the kingdom was post-foiling mass slaughter.

      || ... The Jews were threatened with annihilation, managed to turn the tables and exercise self-defense. ... ||

      It's not "self-defense" when you commit king-sanctioned mass slaughter. (You Zionists really do enjoy re-defining words.)

      || ... In practice, it’s a fun, carnival-like , kid-friendly holiday. ... ||

      I'm sure it is. Party on. :-)

    • || Jackdaw: @eljay Is this barbaric too?

      Pal school kids mock execution of IDF soldier.... ||

      Yes, I think it is and I condemn it.

      It's funny how you Zionists are unable to do the same, and instead engage in whataboutism ("murderers exist, so it's OK to rape") to justify the evils you and your co-collectivists commit.

    • Barbaric. But the way jon s tells it, if you want to celebrate murder all you have to do is carefully read the situation and come up with an interpretation that validates your take on things. So, whether it's "seventy and five thousand" people deliberately massacred or just one wounded and incapacitated person summarily executed, as long as you conclude that the dead were "enemies" the murders were justified and it's OK to celebrate.

  • Israel detains one activist and deports another, amid int'l outcry over boycott ban
    • || Jackdaw: ... It’s the fact that Israelis, and others, don’t care that perplexes and galls the moral narcissists of Mondoweiss. ... ||

      I can only imagine the tension in the room when you accuse Jews who complain of anti-Semitism of being moral narcissists.

      I really don't understand why you Zionists hate Jews so much.

    • || aloeste: if you want to destroy Israel that’s your right. it is then their right to keep enemies elsewhere ||

      Who said anything about "destroying" Israel?

      Oh, okay, I get it. To a Zionist, expecting Israel...
      - to exist as a secular and democratic Israeli state of and for all of its citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally, instead of as a religion-supremacist "Jewish State" primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews;
      - not to engage in military occupation and colonialism;
      - to honour its obligations under international law (incl. RoR);
      - to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes,
      ...is the same as "destroying" Israel.

      You Zionists sure do enjoy re-defining words.

  • The 'Times' runs propaganda about how moral America was till Trump got in charge
    • America has about as much "moral authority" as that other great"moral beacon", Israel. Which is to say, it's not as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali and African "hell-holes".

  • 'We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,' 172 scholars write
    • || Maghlawatan: $15bn is not much. ... ||

      Except that it's roughly 5x the ~$3B Israel gets from the U.S. every year, which is usually touted as being too much.

  • No space for Zionism
    • || devynspringer: It should be noted, I wrote this not expecting any tone of surprise to be received by readers. ... ||

      I've re-read the article and I'm not sure how I concluded in the first place that you were expressing surprise. My apologies for the confusion.

    • || sharonsj: Funny how ... ||

      ...you can always and without fail count on Zionists to:
      - praise Israel as being among the best states in the world (a "moral beacon", a "light unto the nations" and a "Western-style democracy"); but
      - defend Israel by engaging in whataboutism and pointing out that the "Jewish State" isn't as bad as the worst states in the world (Saudi Arabia, Mali and African "hell-holes").

    • I'm baffled by Mr. Springer's surprise at the fact that a religion-supremacist and colonialist ideology (Zionism) that is openly opposed to the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality is ultimately incompatible with movements that advocate and support the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

  • Some Jews support BDS 'from a place of love' for Israel, says AJC official
    • || jon s: Some more on Team Israel ... ||

      ... The roster was filled with minor leaguers, former major leaguers and baseball misfires, all of them Americans with enough Jewish heritage to play for Team Israel. ...

      It's funny that a team comprised entirely of Israeli Americans sufficiently-Jewish, non-Israeli Americans is called "Team Israel". A more appropriate name would be "Team Religion-Supremacist 'Jewish State'" (or maybe just "Team 'Jewish State'").

    • || jon s: eljay,
      Of course I mean the first feminist moment in the Megillah. ... ||

      Of course.

      || ... My take on the Megillah is based on a careful reading of the text. As with the entire Bible, different interpretations are possible. ||

      No doubt. And if you're going to celebrate a deliberate massacre of thousands of people, it's best to carefully read the text and then celebrate an interpretation in which no women or children or other innocents were murdered.

    • || jon s: ... 1.Feminism: In Chapter 1 we are introduced to the first feminist moment: ... ||

      Are you suggesting that it is the "first feminist moment" in all of history, or is this just typical Zionist exaggeration?

      || ... 7. Vengeance: I’ve heard the accusation that Purim celebrates the massacre of innocents ... Well, not quite: According to the Megillah (8:11) , the Jews were given permission to annihilate their enemies, including women and children, and loot their property. However, in the execution, that’s not what happens. Those killed are “enemies”, presumably members of the militia Haman had enlisted to destroy the Jews, not innocent women and children. ... ||

      Jews were given permission to annihilate non-Jewish men, women and children because they are considered enemies of Jews. (8:11) Jews then proceeded to smite their enemies and to do "what they would unto those that hated them". (9:5)

      It's no surprise that you want to "presume" that "those who hated them" and were their "enemies" were strictly "members of the militia Haman had enlisted". Party on, dude. :-)

    • || jon s: eljay, In the Book of Esther, the Jews manage to avoid annihilation and turn the tables on their enemies, but there’s no massacre of innocent non-Jews. ||

      Of course not. You know - because your holy book tells you so - that every one of the seventy and five thousand in the king's provinces plus another 800 in Shushan the palace deserved to die. And, so, you "primarily celebrate".

    • || jon s: Slightly -but not entirely -off topic here: there’s a “Team Israel” in the WBC , made up of Jewish -American players (and doing very well, so far). I don’t know much about them, like how many of them have ever set foot here. But they are Jewish- Americans happy and proud to represent Israel. ... ||

      I wonder if these non-Israeli players are being forced to anti-Semitically conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel or if are they doing so willingly.

      || ... And a very happy Purim to all those celebrating! ||

      May the joyousness of your celebration not be tempered by the memory of the deliberate Jewish massacre of thousands upon thousands of non-Jews. :-)

    • ... Evan Bernstein, New York regional director of the Anti Defamation League, says anti-Semitism is the “oldest form of hatred known to man” ...

      ·  Anti-Semitism is the oldest form of hatred known to man.
      ·  Jews alone have suffered persecution throughout history.
      ·  The Holocaust is the worst genocide ever.
      ·  Israel is a "moral beacon".

      Sometimes it's hard to know whether people like Mr. Bernstein are simply exaggerating or deliberately lying.

  • If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn't either
    • || catalan: ... I think I would be unrecognizable as Jewish because my features are North European ... ||

      Hush! You mustn't let Boris hear you say such things!

    • || Citizen: I think in the story of Jesus and the moneylenders, that was the protagonist’s stance too–the story shows him getting violent the only time in his life… ||

      Dunno, I thought he got pretty violent when he petulantly destroyed a perfectly good and completely harmless fig tree.

      Mark 11:12-14, 20-21:

      ... On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
      . . .
      As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” ...

  • Human rights lawyer: Israel's new anti-BDS travel ban violates international law
    • ... Michael Sfard, an Israeli lawyer and political activist specializing in international human rights law told Mondoweiss that the law is focused on those entering at any border, including those attempting to enter the occupied West Bank directly via Jordan.

      While activists have voiced concern over whether the law could be implemented at internal Israeli checkpoints inside the country, the legislation seems to be focused only on Israeli borders and airports. ...

      If the legislation covers accesses to the West Bank, Gaza and the Free City of Jerusalem - all of which are under military occupation by Israel - how does that make it "focused only on Israeli borders"?

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