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  • The Iran deal: a triumph of irrationality
    • I threw a number out there to support an argument that the UK has enormous interests in the Gulf States; that the the world may blame (rightly so) the US for disastrous policy in the ME, the US is a clumsy bit player in the scheme of things. And "at the end of the day," -- as the Brits like to say-- the US has less to protect and even less influence.

      Yes, I think if we got some reliable stats, we'd find hundreds of thousands of British working in the Gulf States. They are highly paid and send their dough home.

      An article in the Telegraph puts the figure at 160k just in the UAE.

      "In the last three years, British ministers have made over 230 visits to Gulf states, reflecting the fact that 160,000 British citizens live in this region. Bilateral trade between the Gulf and UK, meanwhile, has grown by almost 40 per cent since 2011 to reach £30 billion."

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      It would be an enlightening study to see how much of the UK economy is tied to trade and income with the Middle East and Gulf States. I'd bet percentage-wise, the US would dwarf the UK.

      And that is why when the new Emir of Qatar visited London recently, the Queen was rolled out for a visit with him and photo Opps so his subjects could see that he, too, is a royal!

      And the US had him visit with a few junior Congress reps in a meeting room near the cafeteria in the Hart building or something like that.

      The point? I don't know how interested and for how long the US is interested in propping up phony rentier states established under British colonial rule.

    • Mdm, here is a reliable stat on the current population in Qatar :

      "Qatar population grew by 9.0 percent year-on-year in June 2015 to reach 2.34m, driven by the large ramp up in infrastructure spending"

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      I think the government releases those total population figures quarterly .

      Yes, it is rather charmless. Especially now as it is a construction site. It's skyline is a Potemkin village.

    • Opps, yes more like 20k just in Qatar ( typing on an IPad ), but 20k or more very influential workers. (And it sure as heck seems like more!)

      But to be honest no one really knows other than the Qatari government, which does not release this information. Estimates are only figures given by the embassies, and they rely on citizen reporting.

      "The Ministry of Interior also does not provide these statistics to the public,"

      For those who have worked there, you know many many workers come for a few weeks or months at a time between the UK and Qatar and do not register with their embassies.

    • MDMA, there are over 2 5 million people in Doha now.

      Hamad (the primary system of health care delivery) senior administrators are mainly British. The former British minister of Health, Lord Darzi, is the architect to advise on the 2030 vision for health care in Qatar.

      The rail system being built there is heavily administered by British -- controllers, accountants, engineers.

      You might want to visit again.

      The Al Thanis of Qatar and the Al Kahlifas of Bahrain were trained at Sandhurst. The British have trained the security forces of Bahrain, who brutally repress their own population to keep the AlKahlifa familiy and relatives in power.

      The UK, which put these countries in place and cut deals with the controlling tribes of the time (planting ideas of self appointed royalty, which has no cultural tradition in the Gulf) has a lot to protect in that region.

      The US, less so.

    • MDM,

      There are well over 200K skilled British workers in Qatar alone. From health care administrators to architects to accountants. Granted, the UK is not "dependent" upon that, but this represents enormous influence in the region. Soft power that translates into a significant flow of funds into the UK. (just look at how much Gulf money is invested in London alone!)

      Spend a few months working there and you will see.

      And the UK has stated the reason for the new and controversial naval base is to protect their vital interests.

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    • CIA and UK organized coup.

      The UK has always been and still is pulling imperial strings in the Middle East.

      They have been at it for a very long time and are skilled masters, while the US remains a loud bumbling attack dog, knocking things over in it's pursuit of whatever.

      There is a reason the UK is building a naval base in Bahrain right now. They have lots of interests to protect as the US likely disengages over the next decades from the Middle East .

      Unlike the US, the UK is dependent on the largess of the Gulf States. Not only for trade and oil and gas, but to employ the hundreds of thousands of British citizens, who send their money back home each month.

  • St. Louis Jews call on ADL to cancel honor to police
    • No it is not. And for those who do not live among and experience racism, it is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine it's depth . I don't know if Weir's world touches that bubble .

    • Rocky's "I don't understand"statement was honest. Most readers do NOT understand the facets of this issue. She was not flapping wings, but crying out for clarity on an important kefuffle (sic).

      As for Weir's presentation on dubious and tainted and odious radio shows--- that is a judgement call. I'd think protecting the integrity of her message over reach would be more important.

  • Angela Merkel makes a 14-year old Palestinian girl cry by telling her she is not welcome in Germany
    • When Merkel said to the girl, "you'd did so so well," the reporter on the background commented:

      " I don't think it is about doing well, but it is about the situation she finds herself in.." And then Angie snapped at him.

      His sympathetic comment after Angie's attempt at diversion from the real issue captures how many younger Germans think about it.

  • Crisis for the lobby: Clinton bucks Saban, AIPAC doesn't know what to say
    • Well, that did not did not take long. For Hillary to reverse after her paymasters to slap her back into place:

      link to

      Clinton parrots Netanyahu and the Likud here.

      She is a joke, indeed, a sycophant and a danger.

    • She believes in nothing other than following the scent of money. There is more money behind normalization of relations with Iran than this band of Zio billionaires could ever throw at her .

      Besides, it would be the end of her political machine if she were to give aid to sabotaging this -- not to mention that if she's does (cough cough) become POTUS, she will reap many benefits from this.

      But to keep her paymasters happy and fed, she will spew demonization of Iran and keep the weapons flow into Israel going. It was H. Clinton, after all, along with McCain that made sure Israel had no accountability for using cluster bombs on civilian sites in Lebanon.

  • Et tu, Michael Oren?
    • Oren’s taunting treatment of American Jews: according to Oren, they are cowardly and “weak,” with the result that they’ll throw Israel under the bus out of “fear for their well-being in America.”

      That is a rather disgusting sentiment.

      Maybe Oren intends to be offensive and push emotional buttons here to provoke proof of loyalty and love. These are the manipulative tactics of the abuser in a relationship.

      The day will come when many Jews do not identify with the Zionist project and will proudly and confidently walk away from this abusive relationship of the nationalistic project sucking at the teat of Judaism. And Jews will be free.

      This is what someone like Oren who has devoted his life to a mystical nationalistic cause is so afraid of. They will shown wrong and standing alone as "their people" set themselves free.

  • Lies, smear, and two-steps -- Why did organizers really cancel the Feis?
    • Ditto! Thank you Shmuel.

    • Nearly identical reporting in the main stream Irish press points to the work of an outside campaign to influence reporting and perception.

      Is the Irish press under so much time pressure and so lazy that they -- like so much press in the US and elsewhere -- "report" any 'ol thing outside propagandists write for them?

      Shameful....I do hope there are severe consequences for dishonest and libelous reporting.

  • Michael Oren misrepresents 1971 synagogue bombing that changed his life
    • A few times in my adult life, I wasn't asked my religion, but instead asked if I am Jewish? Those asking were Jewish acquaintances / future friends .

      Why was the state of being a Jew or not so important? Would it determine the rules of communication? Was it a way to sort me before they got to know me better?

      No non-Jew ever asked me that.

      Just my own personal experience.

  • Saban's PR firm promotes Israel's illegal settlements-- so when will Hillary Clinton condemn it?
    • When will Hilary condemn it? Are you kidding with that question? It indicates she had a scintilla of conscious or morality, or even a bit of humanity.

      She does not! She is, as Samantha said, a monster. She is a political animal and will say, do anything her pay masters demand of her.

      And we live under the grip of a corrupted political system where money is the voice that controls. She wants the money and the control.

      Money is in the conflict and destruction of a people. So that is where Hilary is. Nothing else matters.

  • Unsilencing Gaza: One year since 'Operation Protective Edge'
  • 'America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel' -- Allen Ginsberg
    • Howl is an important and fascinating work for the times. It might no longer be read in 50 years. It could go the way of writers like Flannery O'Conner who are no longer read, but were " important. " 30 years ago.

      Having observed and experienced this first hand in the late 70's Ginsberg was a deeply -- and disturbingly so -- misogynistic man.

  • United Church of Christ votes to boycott & divest from companies profiting from Israel's occupation
    • Orange wants to be around in 10-20 years. The occupation cannot sustain itself.

      There may be serious financial reparations from those who profit from the occupation. Service providers like transportation and communication will be the easy targets when that day comes. Orange sees the writing on the wall and wants out.

    • Balfour , the UCC has historical roots in New England , but is large in the Mid West, which is also Christian Zionist territory.

      So this is, indeed, significant

    • When will the attacks and defamation of the UCC start?

      Will there be lawfare?

      Will Congress, working for Zionist interests and not US interests, attack this Church?

  • In letter to John Kerry, 19 reps stand up for Palestinian children behind bars
    • Great letter. Her refusal to receive AIPAC in her office was well deserved after, as she writes:

      "a hateful attack that is vile and offensive to me and the families I represent. I call on AIPAC to immediately condemn this un-American attack and disavow any attempt to use this type of threat and intimidation to stifle legitimate policy differences. I will not stand to be labeled or threatened in a manner that questions my patriotism or my oath of office."

      Use of threats and intimidation against an elected official just because of policy differences? That is the stuff of gangsterism.

      Did AIPAC ever apologize?

    • How dare this little cabal claim, "Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children is an indefensible abuse of human rights."

      What about Mexico or Russia? Or or Afghanistan or or...Saudi Arabia or or Pakistan ? Why do they single out Israel!

      They must be Judeophobes, Jew haters , everyone of them!

    • Right, in a country that has a school to prison pipeline industry in place to feed the largest incarcerated population on the earth.

    • You might want to call his office and ask if the letter was presented to him and if so, why did he refuse to sign it?

      Sometimes these letters are not passed onto them by their own staff, or they may be away or his signature was not solicited?

      It is a letter, signed by a tiny group. That's it. It will go nowhere.

  • Patriots' owner brings 20 NFL veterans to Netanyahu who calls on them to block Obama's Iran deal
  • 'Obama coffee' is black and weak -- racist tweet from wife of Israel's vice premier
    • Catalan, oh poor you:

      waiting every day for a month or two at the German or Belgian or American embassy can do that one’s psyche. Or waiting for Polish people to come vacationing so they can sell you car parts for a socialist car.

      In the scheme of things that you even had access to an embassy or were in the position to peddle car parts anywhere in the world puts you into the global elite.

      Get a life.

  • Charleston: Do Black and Palestinian lives matter?
    • Thank you Geezer. I was struck by the same and find the use the the term Jew in Ellis's article confusing (maybe because it is wrong as you say) and offensive .

      We're talking about a colonial enterprise that is sort of operating as a modern state ( needy, dependent, paranoid) not people around the world who identify themselves as Jewish .

  • 'Fresh Air' turns a critique of the occupation into an Oedipal issue
    • Terry Gross is no journalist. And I do not know what it means that she is psychological. She does have a tendency to try a draw out some sappy story from her guests. (Something many find annoying.)

      I heard that interview and she had a fascinating guest, but succeeded in keeping the interview as light, mundane and meaningless as possible. And cut him off a various points.

      She likes to invite Israelis, but succeeds in making all her guests and trivial as her show.

  • Untold Stories: First-ever US Nakba Museum opens in Washington DC
    • Yonah, which people? Those who are Jewish by faith and culture. Jewish history is surely not only about persecution and suffering . (The history of a Jews in settling the early colonial South, being just one example.)

      Most all groups can point to current or past suffering and persecution. That alone is not representative of any true culture. And if it promoted to be so, one must ask what or if there is, indeed, a true unifying culture.

      African Americans and Palestinians have been or are robbed of their history. We know that. With the dominance of the Holocaust industry, Jews in the US are also robbed of their history and culture in the US. This is quite sad.

      I don't know what you mean by the Americans? What are Americans? Canadians, Hondurans, Mexicans, denizens of Detroit?

    • Charleston South Carolina has a Holocaust memorial monument right in the middle of town . There is no memorial to the men and woman in bondage and slavery who actually built that town.

      The first Synagogue in the US was in Charleston. There is a fascinating history there, but it is lost and overshadowed by the Holocaust memorial/museum industry, which is robbing a people of its history and identity.

  • 'You have dual citizenship with Israel' -- NPR host hits Sanders with internet canard
  • Foxman bashes Israel for taking US and Jewish support for granted and not coming up with a peace plan
    • So true!

      As an aside, "freshmen..chairman , congressman" is generic for mankind -- men and woman. Yes, language is changing, but I was. Freshman in the woman's college of the brainwashed generation of which you write.

    • "Worst possible case: Israel would become the state of all of its citizens, regardless of race., instead of being a state of only its Jewish citizens. "

      Oh horrors of horrors! Sweaty sheets at night. Please complete the wall, build it higher. Get more automatic shiess anlagen to surround and protect the pure "Jewish only State" from the rest of the world .

  • As presidential field broadens, GOP candidates race to show their love for Israel
    • The only reason Hillary supports the ongoing negotiations with Iran is because she knows where the wind is blowing. The majority of US citizens support this. Normalized relations will happen. Only Zealots are blind to this.

      If she thought for a second it would cost her politically, she would be against it, She will do and say anything to position herself . That is what drives her, and comes with the territory of a life in politics.

      Yes, Bernie will make the debate interesting and that might be his purpose here.

      But remember, Hillary is a puppet of opinion and interests. Nothing more.

      Sadly the Dems have no one of credibility to put forth.

    • I would not be so sure. She may be smarter, but Hillary fits into that clown car.

      Every one of them, including HRC (maybe with the exception of Bernie) badly want the money and support of the I-love-Israel crowd and the conflict industry. They will say and do anything to get it, and Hillary is absolutely no different.

      Most voters do not care about Israel and do not understand what Israel has cost the US in $$, loss of influence, credibility and even lives. The clown car wants to keep it that way.

      Jeb Bush is saying all the right stuff, and like his brother will be the perfect puppet for some very powerful interests. Hillary will remain an easy target as she does not have broad support among those in her own party, which has been under the control of the Clinton machine for too long now, and weakened the Democratic Party .

      A Bush or a Clinton as President, doesn't really make a difference. They dance to the same masters .

      Would love to see all parties disappear, but that will never happen.

  • White House 'trolls' Netanyahu by co-opting infamous UN cartoon to sell Iran deal
    • You know....I would not even call this lampooning, let alone trolling.

      The White House is making it's case, explains the consequences of the agreement framework in the cartoon language and realities of Netanyahu and his cheerleaders and supporters in the US Congress.

      Road Runner cartoons is their world, their level of understanding, as demonstrated; and the White House is communicating with Israel and Co., just as Netanyahu communicated to his boys and girls in the US Congress. He sees himself, after all, as a babysitter.

      And if this is what they respond to, this is how the WH gets it's message across.

  • Who cares what Jeffrey Goldberg and Netanyahu don't like about the Iran deal?
    • Dabakr, did ivir ask a question?

      Sarcasm, which is often ugly and always contempt-filled mockery is only that.

      It is never good and always reduces the one dishing out the mockery as the looser with nothing to say.

  • Mondoweiss Exclusive: One on One with Rep. Steve Israel
    • Yes, this is a spoof, a joke. Mondoweiss has an international readership and when a joke interview (parodying truth) is published on April 1st (April fools day) not all immediately see it as a joke.

      But nicely done!

  • American Voices: What lies ahead for the rocky US/Israel relationship?
    • The US does not have a treaty of alliance with Israel. It is impossible under international law for obvious reasons -- as Israel has never established its borders.

      So there .......

  • Bill Maher justifies Netanyahu's racism by saying U.S. has done much worse
    • Or that most people are ignorant and easily manipulated. I think it has nothing to do with their self understanding as "progressive" or "conservative."

    • Right. There is not an ounce of anything progressive, intelligent or thoughtful about Schmuck Maher. He is a rather dumb pretender, dressing up his pontificating as snarky humor.

      He is a plant and propagandist. And much propaganda operates as humor and entertainment.

      That he still has a show says much about HBO or whoever it is that owns the dirt bag.

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • Hundreds of Nukes and a completely unhinged "leader" with hair dyed blue.

      When will the world deal with Israel's nuclear threat?

      BTW, Israel doesn't matter anymore to US security. It has few resources, protects nothing and is a drag on the US, financially and politically. The bill has become too high to protect Zionism and dreams of the Rapture. The gig will soon be over.

    • This is devastating for the peace process,” a crestfallen Yaniv told me at the Zionist Camp party ..."

      The "peace process" charade is finally over! We can all stop pretending now!!

      Meanwhile paid off stooges in the US Congress in both parties are telling Obama to make nice nice with Benny and that he didn't really mean all those ugly things he said in the heat of the campaign . It was all just a joke, kinda' .

      He did and does mean it and this is what got him elected. He has a mandate from the Israeli population to rid Israel of non-Jewish Arabs. That is the consequence of no peace process.

      He must create another war to achieve this, and for the love of Zionism, by golly, he'll do it.

      And Congress might go right along with it. It will be a disaster for all.

      PS, I had no doubt he would win by a clear majority.

    • JeffB, are you one of those people who believe the Zionist wanted Jewish victims of the Holocaust because it would be good for Zionism?

      Sounds like you are.


  • Why I hope Netanyahu will be crushed tonight
    • Jon s, you simply do not get it. Your comment is filled with pathological narcissism. Small minded, pathetic and dangerous.

      We humans are the same "tribe!" If my fellow traveller cares about one, he cares about all.

      If he holds the value of one person or group over another, he cares for no one.

      The alienation you describe is your own alienation from humanity.

  • The farewell party of the mezuzah-kissers
    • Yes, this is so: nettyanhoo has come out and told the world what we know already -- the Zionist project will do everything it can to make sure there is never ever a Palestinian state or sovergn government. So we can all stop pretending now.

      The entire peace negotiations cottage industry, including Fatah, are now irrelevant.

      Now the Americans and Europe can continue in their support of Israel's decades long effort to remove or destroy the other, or just walk away from the Zionist enterprise and leave Isreal to itself.

      To the horror of the world and many many Israelis, we know what lies ahead when paranoid and racist forces take over a country. The world will then wash their hands of Zionism and the Zionist state.

      Meanwhile, The Saudis are grudgingly preparing themselves for life with normalized relations with Iran.

      Netanyahu will not and cannot adjust. He will go for broke and destroy "his" country with the help of fellow fanatics. Announcing this to the world is the first of many steps he has to take to complete the Zionist vision. He does not need to pretend now.

      He has a good chance of victory in the elections. And with his victory, what will he have to do next to make sure Palestinians have no state, no rights to assure the Zionist dream?

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  • Netanyahu's accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran
    • Forget Tabbi and Rolling Stone. That is not reporting, but sophomoric blathering decorated as "journalism."

      And besides, the owner is Jan Wenner, another gate keeper. Remember entertainment (and RS is an entertainment rag) is a vehicle of propaganda.

    • Rocky, have you called the offices of your treasonous, bought off Senator, Roy Blount? He is one of the paid off and packaged Zio cheerleaders in the Senate. He should be gone and this latest buffoonery just might do the clown in.

    • Right , the door is spinning and he is not quite sure where to make his exit.

      Basically, and in his core a very good man, but it is like all the brainwashing he grew up,with is holding him from making his exit from that spinning door.

  • Netanyahu's consciousness-raising
    • Menendez worked up the ranks from a Trenton Gau Leiter. He was John Corzine's hand picked successor. New Jersey politics operates under its own rules.

      Menendez is not a bright bulb and not respected in the Senate. He will fight this and find little support. As more sludge leaks during the discovery phase, AIPAC's boy, Menendez will be toxic. Nobody, not even AIPAC or readers of Breitbart will want to be associated with Menendez. But AIPAC will also be stained, and this time it might not wear off.

    • Sounds like Ruth Weiss needs to get out into the world. She has obviously neither seen nor experienced much to have made such a blind and narcissistic statement like that.

  • 'NYT' reports 'surge of hostile sentiment against Jews' nationwide -- on what basis?
    • Yes, if it was phrased like that it is very poor style. Asking a question filled with stated assumptions. Best would have been to simply ask if Ms Beyla could have any potential, real or perceived, conflicts of interests?

      That is a standard question for anyone taking a leadership position.

  • Do not let this opportunity for peace with Iran pass
    • Is that the best Hasbara Central can send?

    • That is surely one possible development that makes self interested players nervous. More immediately is the ongoing arbitration between Israel and Iran, where Iran looks to prevail -- leaving Israel to pay billions to Iran.

      link to

      This is under reported, but very interesting.

    • CNN, like anyone who can see beyond their nose, can smell where the wind is blowing. And it is not the welfare state of Israel that has no constitution, no borders, and a rapidly growing poverty rate as the elites continue to plunder the Zionist project while it is still possible.

      Besides, human nature being what it is, tires of whining. Iran represents opportunity on many levels. And as this opportunity unfolds the rest of the Middle East, including Israel, will have to adjust to new realities. And that is why KSA and Israel feel so threatened -- there will be a new game no longer based on fear, intimidation, religious exceptionalism, and absolute phony Monarchies. And they don't know how to play it.

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • Joe, Bibi Nuttyyahoo was right. Americans (politicians) can be pushed in any direction. Push them and they will do what money and pressure wills. They are not leaders, but puppets of the few. And they need those few to keep their jobs. That is our system.

      When the financial interests shift away from the Israeli colonial project, our "leaders" will follow. There will no longer be money in that gig. That is slowly, ever so slowly, happening. And it is that -- not the idea of a nuclear Iran -- that freaks Nuttyyahoo out.

      Normalized relations with Iran bring the real possibility of much more stability in the Middle East. Iran may well emerge as the partner over the next 50 years. Everyone knows this. Only the Israelis and Saudis are freaked by this prospect.

    • It is so sad that Pelosi feels she had to wrap her statement in the standard toxic pablum :

      "Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people. The state of Israel stands as the greatest political achievement of the 20th century, and the United States will always have an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security."

      She still needs the check from AIPAC, et al. Our Congress is a revolting embarrassment.

  • US and Israel divorce rumors over Iran
    • Good question . The story is practically nowhere . It is a hot potatoe subject, but now with the report released to the public, it is safe to factually report on.

      Here is an interesting analysis/commentary:

      link to

      It's a good starting point for Journalists to get up to speed.

      Let's see if the story -- which is extremely news-worthy-- is covered at all, or buried deep.

    • Will the release of the report on Israel's own secret Nuke program be covered in the MSN?

      From Frank Gaffney as reported in Information Clearing House:

      "Finally. After many years of official hypocrisy, a US president appears to be playing hardball with Israel. The other day, the US government declassified a 1987 report documenting Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

      link to "

      Hey, MSN it is safe now to report the truth.

  • The left needs to stop hounding Elizabeth Warren on Palestine, says Warren supporter
    • Tom,

      Most astute! Thank you

    • What does it mean? Nothing at all . And that is the point . Seemingly coherent rhetoric with the intent to overwhelm and confuse. It is another way of taking control of the discourse (I can't call it dialogue.) and to silence . It is a sort of Prep School method. But revealing of Lenchner's sophomoric mind.

      Is this guy Warren's campaign manager? If so, very very creepy and telling that Warren may be nothing more than a puppet out of her league.

    • Johnson adopted civil rights reform because it was a very mainstream issue (on the coasts and NorthEast). It was not "left" by the mid 60s.

      Allowing the concern, outrage, disgust over US policy and practice regarding Palestine to be painted as a "left" issue undermines the work of so many.

      There are plenty of people who would never be considered left, but are deeply supportive of Palestine.

      Heck, anyone who is human, honest and informed knows what is right. This is not a left issue, it is a mainstream human rights issue.

      Stop feeding the beast with labels.

      The people are hounding Warren, not some imaginary club called the left, whatever that is.

      Like with Johnson, when enough PEOPLE start hounding politicians, the change will happen .

      Call your reps, start hounding.

  • Warren supporters can't talk about Palestine
    • Yes, she does indeed. Word for word. But the weather seems to be slowly changing. She and others will put their toes out once they know it is safe.

      For now, she and others understand that they will be destroyed if they dare go off script.

      One sign of changing weather is: That threats of political destruction have been made to Congress over failure to attend and cheer Netanyahu are being exposed for what they are: an appalling threat to the US government by foreign interests.

      If this gets legs in the media and mind of the public (unlikely for now) politicians will turn like an abused dog who turns on his abusive master.

      This is what the AIPACs of the world don't seem to see -- that their dogs in Congress may turn from decades of treats ($$) to obey commands, or abusive beatings (destruction of political careers and defamation. )

      It won't be pretty for anyone if it comes to this .

    • I am afraid you are right. Is there someone else?

  • Netanyahu's disaster: speech cost 'omnipotent' lobby a veto proof majority for Iran sanctions
    • Nope. That is the most recent meme of propaganda in both Israel and in placed like Breitbart, which quotes propagandist ib Chief, Krauthamer;

      "The one place he’s actively trying to change the regime is in Israel. He’s doing everything he can to outmaneuver, to humiliate, to insult, to give the back of the hand to Bibi Netanyahu knowing that for any Israeli Prime Minister jeopardizing the US-Israeli relationship could be fatal at the polls, and that’s exactly what Obama is doing” he declared...."

      You see, this is being twisted that it is Obama who is putting the "relationship" in troubled waters, not Netanyahu .

      This is how propagandist work when they start loosing. It is one of the final bottom of barrel last tactics.

    • Yarmouth is clearly not a stooge. His obvious clear-headed expression and honesty to his constituents is putting his Congressional colleagues to shame.

      Every word in his letter is rich with meaning.

      "The speech is scheduled less than two weeks before Israeli elections and there is a demonstrable risk that Netanyahu will use the perception of congressional support in his campaign. He did it before. A television ad for his 2013 campaign begins with a shot of the U.S. Capitol, and has footage of rousing applause from members. (House ethics rules prohibit members of Congress from using such footage in political ads.)"

      In this paragraph alone he points out not only the wrong appearance for Congress enabling tactics that would be a major ethical breach for these members themselves, but that Netanyahu has no problem with using the US Congress for his own unethical and slimy campaigning .

      Ok, he did not say exactly that, but this is what he means.

    • It's happening. The breakdown and disconnect of the lobby hold over the interest of the United States, that is.

      The honorable Congressman Yarmouth has just come out with a statement as to why he will not grace Netanyahu with his presence and forced ovations to be monitored and counted by outside groups to measure his loyalty to a foreign government . Of course his language is even and eloquent, but that is what he means.

      Read this statement and read it again:

      link to

      Is Pelosi really still on the fence? Maybe not for much longer.

      The cracks can now be heard.

  • Three Muslim-Americans murdered in North Carolina by gunman (Updated)
    • @Daniel Rich:


    • Yeah, right. All three shot inside their apartment. Executions to the head . Sure a parking lot rage incident.

      Reports from local media coming out now show the hate goon (fed by Fox, CNN and the likes of Bill Maher) had been terrorizing them for weeks.

  • 'She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace': American hostage killed in Syria remembered for work in Palestine
    • Indeed, and her short life had purpose and direction. Her capture and death is being used to feed a the current push against Deasch, or ISIS.

      To mention her humanitarian work to also support Palestinians would distract from her usefulness in the above.

      It is also a tragedy that her death will also be used in a manner she would not want.

      Maybe in time her parents will speak up on all her work and purpose. But for now, thoughts with their great loss.

  • Dear Mr. Netanyahu, please don't cancel your speech
    • The concern of a false flag is real, but if that were to happen at this moment the potential for a massive backfire is great.

      The US desire for normalized relations with Iran are simply too great. The will is more than political, but for long term security and....industrial and economic interests. In the longer run these interest are vastly greater than Israel. (And that is one of the true concerns for Israel.)

      I suspect Israel will not get away with a false flag at this juncture. And the damage to Israel would be absolutely enormous.

      Let's rather hope the Israeli PM simply reveals himself for the lunatic he is and his handlers in the US for the deranged traitors and stooges they are .

    • More than ridiculous. He is unhinged and has been for a while. (Remember his ranting years ago about terrorist kindergartens and what we should do about it?)

      Only recently is there talk that Nuttyyahoo might be losing it. His marbles are lost and I do hope he has the opportunity to beg Congress to get down on their knees with him to look for his marbles.

      His talk will make them all ridiculous.

  • Biden will skip Netanyahu's speech
    • Fascinating to watch the meltdown. Now the Israeli government is accusing Boehner and the GOP of intentionally misleading and lying to the office of the Israeli PM.

      These guys have no style, know no borders of decency. They've just spit on their Main Stooge in the US Congress. Well, what did Boehner and his cohorts expect?

      The rest of Congress, including Pelosi, attending and cheering will go down as the pathetic stooges they are.

  • Netanyahu speech scandal blows up, and 'soiled' Dermer looks like the fall guy
    • @Kathleen, yes it is interesting mantra. One, Israel is not an ally of the US. There is not, and cannot be treaty of alliance as Israel does not have even the basics of defined borders. Until that happens, an ally status is not shared.

      Two, countries , nations, do not have friends, but only interests.

      Friendships are the stuff of human emotions only.

      Now if these talking heads, say "Israel is a state that shares I interests with The US....blah blah" that might cause some thinking and questioning and is why we do not hear truthful language.

  • Finkelstein on Joan Peters's legacy (and Dershowitz's legal troubles)
    • This is an interesting update. IF the FBI has such videos, they will not surface.

      There was a time when I believed law enforcement, courts and federal agencies worked according to "the law of the land" and for all. But sadly that is not so. The FBI, for example, reports to and is funded by some very powerful interests. They will not make enemies in high places only to lose funding and have careers ruined.

      The Dershbags and Princes of the world will be protected by those who also have lots at risk if they go down .

      There is a reason Epstein was protected by the government and why those damning videos (assuming they exist) are under lock or already destroyed.

      I hope to be wrong, but experience tells me otherwise.

      Thanks for the updates.

  • Former Obama aide's thinktank calls for 1/4 of French Jews to move to Israel
    • "where a high percentage of graduates go on to elite universities? "

      Aside from the small minded and parochial values behind that statement, it is what happens in an open society. You know, people assimilate, culture evolves.

      It has been going on for thousands of years all over the globe!

  • Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams 'breach of protocol'
    • "Retards " might be a poor descriptor, but it is fair to say that these Congress traitors suffer from developmental retardation .

    • Boehner is working the press now in defensive mode.

      His line is that Congress has the authority to invite anyone they want . And with that he is right, but he fails to say that when a head of state, national leader is invited, there is coordination with the Administration. And of course there is, but the media not call Boehner out on that. And that -- no coordination -- is where the protocol was violated.

      Next Boehner follows up with the AIPAC line, that Iran is a terrible threat....blah blah. Here, too, the media allows him to rant on.

      Meanwhile Bloomberg reports that Israel's Mossad has gone rogue and does not support Netanyahu's fear mongering on Iran.

      With the vast majority of Americans in support of normalized relations with Iran (we are "friends" with some much more horrible governments) support for our Congressional AIPAC puppets might blow away fast as this plays out.

      And AIPAC will have to pour an even stiffer drink for Boehner to get him through the day.

      And as this unfolds Netanyahu will be screaming Holocaust! AntiSemitism!!

    • You make a very important point that has not been missed by security and military observers. This act supported ISIS (Daesh) and Al Nusra. It is greatly de-stabilizing .

      Neither Iran nor Hezbollah has retaliated, maybe they will not in the manner expected and hoped for by Israel. (I hope not) . Aside from the violence, that would be playing Israel's game.

      As Hezbollah and Iran wait, Israel will work itself into a frenzy of fear. And blunder again, weakening itself and self destruct as it tries to provoke a response.

    • Nettyanhooooo has not yet accepted the invitation. But no matter what this is not good for the AIPAC lobby.

      If Bibi attempts to be a Statesman and gentleman (which he does not even know how to pretend to be one) and graciously (he don't do gracious) decline, he will look like a looser (Frier) at home and embarrass his puppets in the US Congress.

      If he comes, essentially uninvited, he may wind up making a bigger fool of himself than he did in Paris.

      Obama has nothing to loose and no need to smooth the feathers of those who have stabbed him and the American public in the back, so I suspect he will not break down and extend an invitation after the fact.

      So here is to hoping the Netanyahu arrives and finds himself and his security detail taking a DC Transit bus to the halls of congress. And this time it is half empty with the Israel uber alles "staunch supporters" puppets.

      May they all shame themselves.

      PS. During the SOTU speech, there was live polling. Well over 90% of US citizens responded they want negotiations with Iran to be successful. Just shows who Congress is working for. Not the citizens of the US!

  • To counter radical Islam, we must confront our own hypocrisy
    • Kay24, I don't think characterizing a trade push with Asia, including India as targeting for another victim is correct. Eastern countries are not and will not be victims. They know what they are doing.

      Yes, doing business with the west may become increasingly difficult as crimes, illegal occupation and other abuses come under the scope of the general public.

      It is simply that doing business with near east Asia and Asia will be much easier. Reality is that many governments there do not care about abuses. Heck, officials in their own diplomatic corps. sell and trade their own fellow citizens for labor and trafficking. (That is a blanket statement, and can be supported, but would make this post too long.)

      Israeli oligarchs and senior politicians seeking new partners to the east because of western "anti semitism" and Islamifcation is really rich.

      Like I said, as the Zionist gig runs out of dough and partners, it will become increasingly desperate, while blaming all on its way down the drain.

    • I also wish I could disagree , but I can't. At least not completely.

      I do believe Zionism, as we know it, will fade away. Not because the primitive human tendencies behind it and other expressions of superiority over others, nationalism, etc. will dissapear. That dark destructive stuff will always be with us in some form.

      But at some point, and maybe soon, the Zionist enterprise will not pay anymore. There will be little more to squeeze out of the US and Europe to keep the enterprise alive.

      There will be no incentive to immigrate where the majority of children live in poverty. Where conflict defines a people.

      The oligarchs, who posses most all of Israeli trade and GDP, will have left for the shores of Lake Zurich or Monterey. Or join their partners in thieving a people -- the Gulf "royals" -- to their townhouses in London.

      And Israel will be left with dwindling dupes of Zionist ideology blaming the world for abandoning them.

      The really bad guys will have plundered and won off the backs of Zionists followers. And then new gig will be invented.

  • There is no pride for Jews in the state of Israel
    • Mooser, exactly! He is making it up.

    • Yonah, that is absolute nonsense, the same stuff you have repeated before. Don't believe everything you hear, let alone repeat it as truth, especially a place you know nothing about.

      As for that large and active center on Zurich --Stadt teil, Enge: there is a large community center and beautiful Synagogue,. (I walked past it daily for many years.) There are schools for the Jewish community and a yeshiva. Often, men walking in that neighborhood, and neighboring Wolishofen, without yarmulka are the exception, and stand out. Especially on Saturday .

      On rare occasions around high holidays, for example, the Synagogue will request a security detail. Don't know why. The request for extra security comes from the Synagogue. But there has never been an attack ever.

      Yet, years ago there was an incident were human feces was smeared in the doors of the Catholic Church on the edge of Enge, with a note it did not belong there, and some reference to reformation and founding charter of Enge. Surely some nutcase. That was all.

      Oh, I forgot, there was more recently an incident where swasticas were painted on dumpsters. But that was done by a young man from the yeshiva, wearing a Yarmika . He was already known by everyone in the neighborhood to have a few missing marbles. It was ignored just as all the other strange stuff he would write onto walls was ignored.

  • Obama cites donor pressure re Iran, but 'NYT' won't tell you what he means
    • Nope. Saudi Arabia is also strongly behind a very hard line against Iran. Like Israel the KSA has whipped up their citizens into a state of constant fear, thinking Iran want's to attack them.

      Israel and Saudi Arabia are on the same sheet of music here. In fact John McCain and a few other of his Senate buddies and defenders of Israel arrived in Saudi today!

      These guys are not only working hard for Israel in the halls of the Senate, but also Israel's new best friend, that pretend and in many ways disgusting "Kingdom" which dragged a woman down the street and publicly beheaded her just hours before MCain and other Senators arrived.

      Blame 'em all.

      Ps: By "disgusting kingdom" I do not mean the people of KSA. I mean the rulers and how they rule over and thieve their own. We have the British to thank for so much re the modern Middle East and their puppets they keep in power and even to which they give legitimacy -- Middle East "Royals" receptions by the Queen. (I now understand the anti Royalists.)

  • Coalition of more than 40 NYC community groups calls on City Council to cancel delegation to Israel
    • That can be debated forever, but there are MUCH better and more effective arguments to stop supporting extremism, including Zionism.

    • Erudite and clear. Thank you.

      Activists should be on the steps of Congress with exactly this message every day. Their ranks will swell from week to week.

      That is what Congress rats are most afraid of -- being exposed and losing their comfy perches. The more our paid off legislators are called to answer for their support of extremists beliefs, bankrolled by the US taxpayer, the more fearful they will become.

      Money is not the only thing that keeps them in office.

  • Netanyahu crashes Paris unity march, French gov't fumes
    • Jeff:

      I think it was inner breeding... what's "inner breeding?" When one of my inner eggs breeds with another inner egg?

      . The Eastern European Jews came out of the Iranian Jews migrating north to avoid the Romans. Where did you pull that one from?

      Jeff, do you know what it means today when a Pole calls someone a Samaritan? It is a term for a fake with airs, a fraud. And who were the Samaritans of Poland?

      They were 17th and 18th century Polish nobles and the upper class who believed in the cultivated myth that they came from legendary Iranian tribes. You know, a people not related to the unwashed peasants of Eastern Europe, but something apart with a grander and longer documented culture. (You know, sort of like the Ayrian "race.") So you are telling us that the Jews of Eastern Europe were Samaritans -- Iranians who went to Poland. I'd love to see a reaction to that statement at a party in Poland.

      As for your ideas on Jewish migration before the decay of Rome. Jews were still there, all around (but not within the walls of Jerusalem after the revolts for "security" reasons.) You might want to read some good and objective history.

      Start with Peters, The Monotheists. He is an atheist, a historian and does not take "sides."

      It is your side that is obsessed with race while calling Zionists racists. Oh, it is about "sides?"

      Zionists individuals may not be racists, but Zionist ideology is inherently as racist as all blut und boden ideas of the late 19th century were. The racist tenets of Zionism cannot be denied.

      It is the Zionist project, the Israeli government that has spent so much time and effort trying to establish the idea, concept "fact" of a Jewish race. With money being poured into "research" to define things like the "Cohen or Levi" gene. Because once that is made a "fact" the way for the "return of exiles" is paved. Zionism is "obsessed" with ideas of race. Race ideology is a pillar of Zionism.

      Point is no one is returning to anything, but an idea, a myth.

      You know, just as you say, Most country’s founding myths are stupid

      JeffB, what is your education? Have you traveled? Met and learned and lived with people of various backgrounds?

      BTW, what Judaic "memes" do the Bnei Menashe of Burma (you know that "lost tribe") who have immigrated to Israel share with a Jew of Paris or New York or Tel Aviv? After all, they had to convert from Christianity and study Judaism first before "returning."

    • Lapid is a zionist he believes in qibbuṣ galuyoth (the return of the exiles). I do understand that qibbus galuyoth is a Zionist idea.

      But the idea and belief that a bunch of Jewish Europeans with ancestral roots all over the place (most with nothing to do with Semitic peoples of the middle east) makes me want to vomit.

      Sorry, I said it. But that is how I feel, I just ate dinner.

      The brainwashing is immense. Milokowsky (Beebs or whatever is name is) is a Pole and the Jews of Eastern Europe were a population (like many) that adopted Judaism in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

      When the Roman Empire fell apart so did the social and economic life of many Roman territories, including Jerusalem. People emigrated for other opportunities. And from that part of the world, they mostly stayed in the Mediterranean and Middle East and North Africa. And by that time, conversions of peoples to Judaism was already unfolding in northern and eastern Europe, ie. the Caucuses.

      (Based on the size of the Jewish population of Eastern and Central Europe in the middle ages, the idea that all Jews came from Palestine is absolutely implausible, impossible!)

      There were probably more Jews (of the many Hebrew clans and tribes) BCE in what is now Yemen than there ever were in what we now call Palestine and Israel. (Which makes me wonder why didn't the Zios go to Yemen?)

      In the mountains of Oman most all those villages that are many hundreds of years old are populated by tribes (in the real sense of the word) and clans that call themselves "Hebrew," and they have Hebrew names. They adopted Ibadism (a small sect of Islam) a few hundred years ago. (They immigrated from Yemen after drought and irrigation failure. )

      Would European Zionism mythology allow qibbus galuyoth for these wonderful people who are true Semites and the familial decedents of the many Hebrew tribes?

      Well, they would never go anyway. They do not like to even leave their mountains for a day.

  • Don't let's go to the war of civilizations again
    • DS, there is so much grievous and ugly nonsense in your postings here, I am surprised MW allows this.

      And others have even taken the time to politely and thoroughly respond to this insanity.

      Jihad, btw means struggle. The Islamic understanding of Jihad is conducted first with oneself -- a jihad, or struggle with our human weaknesses.

      This concept exists in all theologies.

    • Donald, I relate. And your words are so eloquent . I remember how shocked I was by the primitive spirit of revenge and violence, and the readiness to cast this onto a world they knew nothing about. How the propaganda and fear mongering whipped up, and soaked up by the public.

      Frightening times, but we are still there.

  • Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated)
    • Yup, "the planned visit of the additional officials from the consulate was called off after the incident. "

      Well, of course! squatters rule! Even if diplomatic protocols were not followed by the consulate ( is protocol needed on the OT?) it is the squatters right to attack, even kill US officials. Just read the comments in TW's link above. The settlers and their supporters (which our gov supports) would happily murder anyone investigating crimes. But we know this already.

      And I am sending my taxes to this despicable enterprise? And so-called representative of the US tolerate this? Allow such attacks to intimidate them?

      No wonder....

  • Meet the Falics: West Bank settlement funders, Netanyahu backers, and owners of Duty Free America
    • catporn, "it’s not being put there to protect the UK population is it."

      Ha! It is being put there to prop up the Al-Kahlifas and the flow of dough from Bahrain and Qatar, etc. into the UK economy. The UK economy is now deeply dependent on that flow. Heck, 1/3rd of the prime commercial real estate in the UK is owned by Bahrain or Qatar. The UK has a whole lot of interests in the ME connected with and supported by their made up "Royals" they created out of Bedouin tribal leaders of the moment.

      There are so many Brits working in these "Kingdoms" it is like the Philippines sending out their population to work in other countries and send the cash home. Would love to see the flow of funds into the UK from the Gulf States.

      And it is resentment of these pretend Royals in Bahrain that feeds not only a growing opposition, but radical or extremist opposition groups. So that is the cycle. (The Qataris are still bought off and pampered by their monarch.)

      The US 5thfleet sitting in Bahrain is the reactivated Pacific Fleet. How much longer will the US keep it there? Does the US have an interest in propping up the Al-Kahlifa's? Not really.

      If the Brits thought the US would stay there, why would they move to build a naval base in Bahrain? And the US air base, Al Udeid in Qatar is, is a Qatari base and the US is a guest there, essentially protecting the "Kingdom." But for how long? And why?

      If the rulers of Bahrain fall, there dominoes in the gulf will follow. Watch Bahrain.

    • You could be so very right, Blownaway.

      After all, the US has never supported the UN and perhaps passively undermined it from the early days.

      After WWII , and in Israel's early years, the US was in a position to influence and even enforce a lasting solution. There was no interest.

      And with all the efforts and engagement of the UN envoy Bernadotte who was murdered by Shamir and Co., the IN was put into a path of failure. And the politics of Zionist extremism allowed to define the future of Israel. And the possibilities of two peoples building a common future snuffed out forever.

      When time allows, this is an excellent must see documentary of the "Killing of the Count", the UN, and in a way, a peaceful future for Israel.

      link to

      Graham and those in the US Senate are no different than Zionist extremists who have destroyed an Israeli future.

  • Invest in thorough, accurate news to build a fair future for Israel/Palestine
    • Can't even minimize or close the annoying "join the Mondoweiss mailing list." Then it blocks the text of articles. Out of annoyance, readers go elsewhere, I imagine.

      Not good.....not good for Mondoweiss authors.

    • Well said, Taxi. I just commented on this under the Glick article. My comment belongs here.

      Don't know what the redesign criteria were, but by doing so, the unique strengths of this site were ignored and destroyed.

      It has become almost unreadable. And a disservice to itself.

  • Next U.S. elections threaten Israel's 'total isolation' -- and the Israeli public is worried
    • Rohan, yes, indeed, I agree the NT writers intended their story telling to be taken as truth. The Pauline letters, etc. the Christian church was making itself an institution.

      As for the OT, I do not buy it. Heck even today the written words of formal contracts hold comparatively little worth in the ME. There are other means that the written words of formalizing agreements. And the act of writing, calligraphy of written words, an art. Imagine what little worth the written word had over the spoken word 2000+ years ago.

      Point is Israel and it's Zionist supporters (frauds that they are) justify claims on the fictions of the OT, which even few Theologians, it seems, believe the stories were meant to be understood literally.

      Didn't even Hillel say that about the OT?

      US politicians spouting OT claims to justify policy make themselves buffoons.

    • This week's cover article of Newsweek calls out Bible literalist as ignorant frauds:

      link to

      It is a bit superficial, but makes some good points: many stories did not exist in early translations, and some of the scribes who copied translations were illiterate themselves.

      The bible was is only stories, meant to be understood as stories and not earthly reality.

      So Zionism and the justification of support for Isreal is built on a fraud of literal biblical reading , and the MSM piece calls bible beaters and their politicians who twist it for agendas as ignorant frauds.

      That IS interesting.

    • Here it is reported with sources:

      link to

      I do remember well that in the hours after Netanyahu, who was not even the Israeli PM yet, was on CNN blathering on an an with his plan of what to do next.

      He said that the terrorist have to be taken out with a campaign just as the British put an end to piracy on the seas in the 18th century.

      Before Bush was out of hiding, King Bibi was speaking to the American people on CNN, setting the stage .

    • RoHa, I do not "know" anything, really. But if interested, work by Margaret Alexiou might help. There is also another author /historian and linguist who worked into these questions literalism, the written text and conceptual thought in the modern and ancient world. I forget her name at the moment.

      And who was the philosopher who made the argument that when we document and record, the essence is no longer the truth and reality.? That such an act creates a new reality.

      Point is, to believe something in a literal sense because we read it is how the modern mind thinks. 2000 years ago, that kind of thinking would be impossible . Earliest Christianity had no written bible or text. That came later with institutionalizations of a Church.

      link to

    • The sad thing is that when those texts were put down (and since revised and translated x times) there was no such conception of the "literal word." The idea of written text to be understood literally would be inconceivable .

      Knowledge and understanding was passed through story-telling, metaphor from the known physical world for larger symbolic meaning. It is how the world and mind ticked 2000 + years ago.

      The understanding to take a text for literal meaning is relatively new -- since the so called scientific enlightenment .

      The Protestant and other literal interpretations of the Bible are simply bizarre and with a more primitive reception and understanding than the first desert dwellers to receive these text in whatever form.

  • On eve of University of California honor, Bill Maher defends anti-Muslim hate speech in Vanity Fair interview
    • Rocky, greetings. A little off topic on this thread, but when in MO, I've been told by people who consider themselves avid Christians, that the US depends on Israel, and that if anything ever happened to Israel, it would be the end of the USA.

      Not that I wish ill on anyone or any country anywhere, but can you help many understand why it is that this idea of Zionist Israel and the US are in some kind of holy dependent union is preached?

      And why all the Congressional reps and the two Senators from MO are mouth pieces for AIPAC, but not their constituents?

  • Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Dems want US to side with Palestine than Israel
    • Those fixes are fast and not rocket science in today's world.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Annie. If Phil needs a fast and highly skilled and economical Word Press and web developer, let me know!

    • She has chosen not to do battle with the Clintonistas. Timing is everything.

    • The pop up frames in this site prevent a complete view of any post, in addition to no edit. Oh well....

    • WRren, will not venture there. While she might be a quick study, she remains a one trick pony -- her speech stump is on the financial and related bankruptcy industry. She understands that the system had gorged out the center of the middle class -- a middle class essential to protect the uber class from the very lower class .

      The conflict industry supporting colonialism in Israel is a creature of the uber class . She might not have yet connected that dot.

      But fighting that battle will be her rapid death knell.

      It is not just the money, but the machine, the blob of DC that will
      crush her should she go there with an honest heart.

  • Rebecca Vilkomerson: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
  • Caroline Glick melts down with European diplomats
    • Thanks Mooser, and apologies to MW for an early morning rant. Very glad to hear the edit function is back.

      When working on a tablet, some of those adjustments are not available, and the problem with pop up window that was blocking posting must have been specific to tablet browsers.

      It is also fixed! (Well, almost -- the "join the MW mailing list is partially blocking the "post Comment " button.)

      Ok, now I am obligated to make my annual contribution . :))

    • I have written to the owners of this site, but don't know where else to kvetch. The new design is awful. Difficult to read and with terrible technical functionality .

      Whatever Word Press template was chosen, it is a mess for a site with this purpose. Poor tablet functionality. Pop up windows making the site unreadable, no edit function, tiny fonts, etc.

      It is not a big deal today to have professional online news -forum-exchange. This is not it as newly designed.

      Over the years I have often contributed to this site. I'll do it again, and generously, if there is intention to fix Mondoweiss to the standard it deserves.

    • Revolting on many levels. Yes, bleachhhhh!

      She kept repeating, "your excessive, compulsive need to constantly pick at the Jewish state..."

      Over and over again she said that. Over the top and primitive.

      So if Europe has this pathological need, according to Glick, why doesn't Israel just completely cut relations with Europe? Issue solved.

  • As US media awake to a 'nightmare' Israel, NYT brings Blumenthal in from the cold
    • Well, of course. Max is a cow paddy to flies for the Hasbara brigade.

      But interesting, is that the NYT just published a report on the legendary Marcel Opuls' project to make a film on the painful truths of Israel's colonialism. Complete with trailor and details to help with fund raising .

      This is important:

      link to

  • Saban confronts Bennett: 'Are you willing to cut commercial ties with Europe?'
    • Great comment, Walid. And with threats to populations coming from Senior Israeli legislators, we now see significant security concerns when contracting Israeli firms for critical supplies and services.

    • With that ignorant and narcissistic threat, Bennett just gave a reason not to buy cardiac stents from Israeli suppliers. Yes, he is the gift that keeps giving.

      Besides, the major manufacturers are not even Israeli companies (there are 60+ manufacturers world wide). Abbott and Boston Scientific have the largest share of a crowded market.

  • In major shift, one third of Americans want US to push for one-state outcome in Israel/Palestine
    • @jons:

      Are you arguing that two states is wrong because Netanyahu is against it? no, you are projecting that which I neither said nor implied. Stop the Hasbarism. You know what I argued -- Israel will not accept a two state solution. The plan is to annihilate Palestinians over time.

      Population increase or not is not the definition of genocidal actions. the actions of Israel against the Palestinian population are genocidal. Destruction of food production is just one example.

      Israel is not a colonial enterprise . of course it is. In fact Zionists referred to Palestine as the colonial project through the 40's. The first Zionist bank establishe (bank Leuimi, I believe it is now called, was "the Colonial Bank of Palestine.). Zionism was defined as a colonial project!

      in our own historic homeland.hmmm, insane nonsence. Sort of like ideas of being a descendent of the Knights of Templer, or the Arian "race." With that logic the region of a Palestine is historic to all kinds of people everywhere! The Jews of thousands of years ago were one of many groups in the vast area of the Middle East . And you know what? Many groups spent time in that part of the Mediterranean . So I, like mist all, can reach back into history and myths and stories and claim Israel as my historical "homeland."

      I really do think you are insane.

    • Jos s, get a grip. The current Israeli government will not back a Palestinian state. Actions make that clear, and Netanyahu and his government have come out against it:

      link to

      Unless the Israeli successful transfer and kill off most all of the local Palestinians, they are not going anywhere .

      Israel has two choices to establish peace: either finish off the ongoing genocide and expulsion of a people, or become a modern unified country, and return to being a home to many as the region of Palestine has always been.

      The choice has always been in Israeli hands. The Zionists made that choice decades ago and that is why Israel finds itself a militarized, non Peaceful, dependent colonial enterprise.

      It is not a state as it has no borders and no constitution and no treaties of alliance with any state.

  • 'I observe that you are a fascist' -- Zahalka to Feiglin
    • Wow, as soon as Zahalka's speech entered dangerous truthful territory for the Zionists, Feiglin started constantly interrupting him with nonsense to prevent his speech. It was a classic Hasbara tactic to repress truth.

      Unfortunately (but understandably) Zahalka lost his cool and gave the fascist room to remove him.

      Truth on the Zionist project is like pouring water on the witch of the west. It won't survive truth, will melt away. That is why it must destroy anyone like an Arendt or Zahalka, speaking truth.

  • Lieberman unveils racist peace plan: Pay Palestinians to leave Israel
    • British ties to Middle Eastern states, pretend states or kingdoms (whatever we want to call them run very deep.) even the young Emir of Qatar asked for and got a private meeting with the Queen a few weeks ago. Bibi or Lieberman won't get that

      These countries were British protectorates, their economies are very connected, even today. Britain is not sending aid to these countries, but is, indirectly, to Israel.

      Considering how many Brits are working in these countries and how much is invested in Britain, one could make the argument that Britain is dependent on aid from some ME countries.

      And as talkinc points out, Israeli Zionist forces carried out murderous attacks on the British . Israel has never made amends, let alone acknowledged this.

      The failure to establish a Palestinian state while they could, might be one of the most grievous blunders of the overall mess the British made of the Middle East .

      Give one reason why the British would grace Israel with their royal symbols of state, Empire and recognition?

  • North Carolina county takes step towards dropping contract with occupation-linked company G4S
    • Not too far away in Greensboro, NC the lunch counter protest started. This was one of the catalysts in the Civil Rights movement, but even more so, it is marked as the real start of the student movement of the 1960's. The causes expanded to the anti war movement and student rebellions (for whatever) in the late 60's , but this was the start:

      link to

      Dred Scott is buried in Ferguson, MO. History has a way of working....

  • Elizabeth Warren visits Netanyahu, even as he undermines US negotiations with Iran
    • How can she be such a tool? She is a politician, this is what they do. She wants to be elected.

      When there is as much political capital to be had examining the logic of holding Israel up at the expense of US interests, as there is examining the banking industry as it now operates, she will go for that.

      Face it, questioning Israel is a death knell in the US. Israel is the 51 st state, but with no borders and no constitution.

    • Yes, it is sickening. But (and am so sorry to start with. "But...") this is how the sad game of national US politics must be played. She entered this game and these are the rules.

      If she does not play this hand, the machine will destroy her with a viciousness of a rabid dog. And when it goes against a woman, they prey is just a bit easier.

      Face it: anyone on the national political stage must prostrate itself to the Zionist project. She knows that and has no problem with the dishonesty needed, and the long term damage to US interests.

      And underneath her fighting exterior, she is still a lightweight. A one trick pony. She knows banking and finance law. That is all. Unlike the rest of Congress and Senate she can duel with the thieving financial industry and their enablers. But that is all.

      The Zio machine is working hard to capture her first. Before she gets any ideas, or starts to think on her own, that is.

      And our government does not work in the interest of its citizens, but for the interests that capture the US government .

  • The Minds of Others: An interview with Max Blumenthal
    • Seafoid, please add the physically and mentally disabled. Thousands upon thousands (mostly children) were "exterminated" to use the language at the time. In fact, there was an entire field of study of pathology dedicated to examine their remains.

      Another category were those the government found politically uncomfortable .

      The genocide was far reaching.

  • 'What is your religion?' question surprises two American visitors to the occupation
    • Thanks Bornajoo. I think we will have to wait for JackJ's handlers instructions.

      Now that the empathy card has been played, the next step might be attack the messenger to get them flustered.

      There is a script to this sh$t.

    • Interesting exchange, GL.

      Stunning is racist Goldberg's tweet:

      @NrouteHQ @chrislhayes No not impossible. Minorities can be fully enfranchised in a state that has a particular ethnic or national character

      Let me think: where have we heard that before? In my childhood, Jim Crow South. almost the same disgusting words.

      Goldberg has blocked me on twitter, so maybe someone else can call him out.

    • @daniel rich,

      JackD might be intelligent, but is obviously ignorant or an untruthful schmeil. It is sad to see such a display and waste of what may be an intelligent, but utterly brainwashed person using his brain to promote Hasbara.

      If his family is well-to-do or not has zip relevance to intelligence. Geesh!

      As for your other blah blah about ignorance and lies, I'm not smart enough to get your point. Maybe my family was not well-to-do enough.

    • Correcting : @ jackdraw....obviously you do NOT care....

    • @jackdraw, obviously you do care what they wear as it was you, and only you, who brought up the diversion of what you believed women must wear in Jordan or the West Bank.

      So now you create another diversion in Hasbara fashion and pretend that the authorities were only protecting these women from Jews. And that you just don't want that to happen....and then top it off that I wouldn't want that either.

      You are really full of it.

      First you denigrate the young women and upon making a fool of yourself, you turn it around into faux concern. The balony is too thick.

      As an aside this was filmed in a side room of a mosque. We do not know if these women wear head cover outside of a mosque. I suspect not.

      So tell me -- now that you've changed the subject again -- how and why would resident Jews hassle and harm these women? Why is it, do you think, that they need protection from Jews in Israel?

    • Well, they said they expected it. All we know is that they are American citizens who are Muslim. They were prevented freedom of movement only because they are Muslims.

      The point is our government feeds this regime, not that their citizenship gives them special privileges in foreign countries.

      Btw, Elizabeth Warren is in Israel now. Can someone send this video to her office.

    • Jackdraw , there you go again -- exposing your utter ignorance. No Woman has to cover her head in Jordan or the West Bank. Many do not.

      So you are either lying or believe the lies fed to you. Probably the latter. You might want to go in for de-programming.

      So, is it ok with you that these woman are not allowed to walk down a street because do their background ?

  • Wall around Bethlehem is Christmas billboard in Atlanta
    • Donald, you make an interesting point. I think few will see it that way, but I do see where you are coming from. So I agree there is room for interpretation of the card to go that way and work against it's intended message.

      But I think it is too much calling it "dumb." I think most will understand it as am image of desecration of the so-called Holy Land and then forget about it on their way to the shopping mall.

  • Support for Israel in the U.S. Jewish community continues to erode
    • That is mass media click bate with screaming headlines. The "information" industry does not exist to inform, but to get reader traffic, no matter what. And as is acknowledged, Jewish lives get more attention than "the other." It is all about attention.

      As an aside and fwiw, MJ Rosenberg has publicly stated is is NOT a Zionist. While some may consider him a fringe "leftist liberal," I would bet that his sentiments reflect the majority of North Americans who identify with Judaism.

  • Why I confronted Gregor Gysi
    • Yes it is worthy and very touching.

      She concludes this piece with the story of how she was invited to speak at Harvard in 1976, and before she had a chance to even express the themes of her talk, the Zionists "Pro Israeli" groups shouted her down and called in the police to end the event. This was, of course, painful. And she, too, was invited as a Jewish speaker.

      Then a young lady who was there did a sketch of her and gave it to her as a gift and dedicated it to her with the words, "blessed are the peacemakers."

    • @horizontal. Of course Gysi should have been confronted, and Gysi should have been put in the position to give MB and Sheen the apology they both deserved.

      Sheen's manner of confronting Gysi helped nothing and Gysi was the one who wound up receiving an apology. In other words, the theatrics backfired.

    • Well said, Walid. Sheen confused the message by making theatre about himself. The very worst thing a journalist can do.

      In fact there was no or little regard for the position of his hosts. He will leave Germany, but they are left there to apologize for the behavior of their guests. Gysi is their man in Parliament. The ladies who invited Sheen are now toast.

      But most important, the important message delivered to Parliament is over shadowed by unnecessary theatrics.

    • No matter what one may think of Sheen's tactic or of the the Parliamentarian, Gysi -- a former Stasi spitzl, with a silver tongue and very expensive suit -- Sheen did really nothing to help the dialogue and his cause.

      Not only did it give the German press red meat to paint sheen and Blumental as unhinged, it put their hosts from the Linke party in the position of making a public apology for Sheen's behavior. Not good.

      Blumental had so much to say and his work is solid. This action did nothing to hurt Gysi and the tactics of silencing, but even helped him as it damaged the real message of Sheen and Blumental trip to Berlin.

  • A visit to Auschwitz
    • I believe they are spent Zykon B canisters. An appropriate photo of the industrialization and dehumanization and industrialization of death and extermination of human beings.

  • Update: Why did Netanyahu respond to chickenshit with 'grassy knoll' remark?
    • Agreed. It seems a bit too much is being made out of a goofy and unfortunate translation.

      While so many around the world and inside Israel absolutely abhor Netanyahu and his primitive destructive politics, making hay out of this clumsy translation discredits much of the good work and reporting on this site.

      More interesting is that needy Netanyahu and the chattering machine got so worked up about an anonymous school yard taunt strangely reported by a discredited writer.

  • As AJC and CAMERA go after Jebreal for writing up Israeli 'hate policies,' 'NYT' backs her up
    • David, to your post below:

      I fear most all Americans are, indeed, still clueless. But that is due to a 60 year old well-greased propaganda machine, lack of information, and a massively corrupted political system where elected officials are purchased. So "how do Hasbarists plant to re-benight America? How will it end? Maybe like this as a corrupt cop can no longer pull the wool over the isolated peasantry:

      link to

      It will start to unravel when mainstream US media reports on, for example, this horrible event broadcast yesterday with use of actual tapes, records instead of hearsay that is easily dismissed: "The day Israel attacked America."

      link to

  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
    • just, do you think the Obama Administration trust the tool, Goldberg? Remember, Goldberg was a big cheerleader for the Irak invasion.

      Could be that Goldberg is working hard for someone (or many someones) to urge Israel into attacking Iran -- if the US and Europe reach agreements with Iran, Israel will go ballistic.

      It would take an Israeli attack to mess up any agreements with Iran and maintain the status quo Israel is trying to keep in place.

    • Obama is dealing with forces much more powerful and effective that those during his campaign. He is trying to get successful long lasting agreements with Iran. Agreements that would most likely stop nuclear weapon development programs and, most importantly, normalize relations well into the future.

      Israel want's no agreement at all, and has an almost entire treasonous US Congress bought off to go against the US Administration and interests of the American public.

      A long game is being played. Netanyahu and his co-horts do not know how to play it. Cannot see that normalized relations with Iran is also in Israeli interests. They are worried that the US will have a new and real friend in the ME and the days of their fear-mongering for US dollars will come to an end.

    • No you are not. And I think when his "story" came out, this was the immediate impression of many Journalists. The whole exchange was too calculated. And to be honest, I can imagine lots of private name calling when referring to Netty Ya Hoo, but repeating "chickenshit" is not one of them. It rings as a false little taunt. Nothing more.

      And Goldberg is not known for careful or honest journalism, but well, putting his nose in certain places.

      Matt Lee tweeted him a question:

      Jeffrey Goldberg ‏@JeffreyGoldberg Oct 28

      In which a senior administration official tells me that Bibi is a "chickenshit": link to
      View summary 0 replies 102 retweets 32 favorites

      Matt Lee ‏@APDiploWriter 24h24 hours ago

      .@JeffreyGoldberg Is that the worst you have heard him called?

      @APDiploWriter Nope.

      Matt Lee ‏@APDiploWriter

      .@JeffreyGoldberg Aha. I thought not.

      It is a contrived soap opera and the Israeli PM, who takes himself too seriously walked right into the pile of chickenshit created by Goldberg.

      Something is going on.

  • Shimon Peres gets one tough question -- on illegal settlements -- and Colgate University censors it
    • I am confused why 4000 students would be so positive and uncritical? It is the comfy culture of a place like Colgate University.

      Go visit and you will see. Not all campuses are changing, especially smaller places like Colgate where group think appears to prevail.

  • US-Israel relationship is still 'strong and formidable,' says State Dep't
    • Yes, this country can and does. Imagine what the US would do if so many American citizens were killed/maimed by, say, even Canadian or Italian forces? It makes the US a laughing stock and very damaging to the country.

      But our Congress is bought off by foreign interests and has paymasters other than their constituents.

  • Another New York Times' reporter's son is in the Israeli army
  • UCLA Hillel partners with PR firm to fight BDS movement
    • Lerner also suggests “a counter offensive” that would be “launched against Qatar, ISIS and Hamas to focus our concerns on terrorists who seek to kill our People around the world.”

      Not only is that the classic diversion strategy, but it is so completely unhinged on so many levels.

      The Lerner's of the world are very sick. But then again, the Israeli President just stated the same thing about much of Israeli society.

      Lerners are going to get nowhere with their paranoid -- those who seek to kill our people around the world hysterics. The US has a huge high-tech air base in Qatar (built by the Qatari Government.) Qatar is buying as many weapons as possible to the tune of billions from the US arms industry. Meanwhile, Israel just closed a 525 million missile deal with India. And has increasing ties with China to feed it's militarization. Perhaps the US and Israeli relationship is a mutual nuisance.

      But when Israel is no longer a guaranteed customer to the US arms industry, and instead a competitor and increasingly strong supporter of India and China; and when the money stops flowing between D.C. and Tel Aviv, not even members of Congress will continue to fetch and lie down for Israel.

      Rotten as their Government may be, (but that never stopped anyone in the US Congress/Senate) the action will be in Iran for the next decades. And this is what freaks Israel out. This will be Obama's legacy. And huge opportunities for much of US industry, not only arms.

      And meanwhile PR firms and Hillel s will spend their time whipping up fears about bogey men who want to "kill their people around the world." Crawl out of self imposed bunker and smell the coffee.

      The world is moving on, they should focus on how they can be part of it.

      Sorry about going off on a tangent!

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