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  • 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 youtube.com

      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 aljazeera.com

  • 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 theatlantic.com
      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!

  • Kerry just snubbed a gov't minister who calls for segregated bus lines. And that's a bad thing?
  • Allegations of anti-Semitism used to cover up anti-Palestinian hate crime in Brooklyn
    • Why on earth would a Palestine solidarity network care about “anti-Semitism”

      Because Judeophobia, or anti Judaism (or what you call "anti-semitism") is something the Religious Nationalist enterprise of Zionism needs. Zionism must cultivate and nourish this reality or at least the perception of it. Zionism needs Judeophobia like a plant needs water.

      And also because the Palestinian Solidarity Movement is actively denouncing all form of racism, intolerance and bigotry to distinguish itself as a universal movement.

  • 'NYT' can't keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany
    • Sorry no edit feature here. Apologies for misspellings.

    • Real life anecdote: In the late 90's while still in Germany and walking my two little mongrel dogs in a field along the Rhine, a woman rather aggressively, (in my opinion) approached me about my dogs and the danger they are to her sheep and that I must remove myself from the fields.

      My first response to her was to admire and praise her for her sheep -- which I truly found beautiful. That was preeminent at that moment in my mind over the perceived threat in her mind that my lame and elderly half bind small dogs posed to her sheep.

      With that she chilled and we entered a nice conversation. She was an Israeli Vet and had just immigrated to central Germany. She had a small and large animal practice with her German "lebensgefharten" -- life partner.

      Over the next weeks/months we would meet in the fields along the Rhein as I walked my dogs and she would tend to her wonderful prize sheep. We had many nice conversations. She was not alone. There were other Israelis among her circle who had immigrated back to Germany for professional and personal reasons: They had great professional opportunities, they had a great sense of belonging (Jews have been in Central Germany -- Rhineland -- since the 2nd Century AD).

      And life was good. A prosperous vet practice not too far from Frankfurt, along the Rein. Friends from around the world. Greater opportunities for her children. A deep sense of security and belonging. Family roots that went hundreds of years. This is what what my acquaintance from Israel shared with me on our walks along the Rein.

    • I am no expert on Europe and Europe’s Jews in 2014. ... as he dives into a deep opinion on something he knows nothing about.

      No Yonah, you are no expert and have no experience with Jews immigrating to Europe. So why do you then go onto to state that you think it is dangerous to dress as a Jew in Europe?

      I lived in the center of Europe for years and was a freak in my neighborhood because I did not wear a wig and my husband did not wear a 18th century polish fur hat on the sabbath. Believe me, my neighbors were not in danger.

  • Clintonite turns on Netanyahu for trying to bend US 'to his will'
    • This former Ambassador is a creature of the lower Potomac. He donated heavily to the Clinton campaign and bought his life-long title of Ambassador. Clinton awarded him a political appointment to Morocco. He was never a professional of the foreign service . (If he gave more dough he might have gotten a really plush appointment to Luxembourg or Lichtenstein instead of North Africa.)

      After his bought Ambassadorship, he secured a job with APOCO Worldwide, a Washington PR/Lobbyist renown for planting stories in the US Press for rulers of countries like Kazakhstan or having provided services for the Sani Abacha dictatorship in Nigeria. His connections to those in power were valuable. He now writes for Huffpo. He is not influential in government and his contacts are stale.

      He has spent most of his time in recent years cheer leading Israel über alles, and securing more support from the US while attempting to influence public opinion.

      His recent posting on Huffpo is significant. He has become critical and not a cheerleader. As a PR guy and professional opportunist, he smells the direction of the wind. He won't be caught on the wrong side.

      But this would be more significant if someone or real position or influence wrote his posting, instead of a D.C. hack.

  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
    • Prepare for an onslaught of articles and commentary and reporting on "new anti-semitism." The Zionist project depends on the nurture and perception of threats to keep it going and all in line.

      The world will need strong, articulate and credible voices to counter the perception campaign now underway. And as the campaign to promote "new anti-semitism" cranks up, will the MSM give voice to those who are able to call this campaign out for what it really is?

    • And the mentally of physically disabled, the Roma, the homosexual, and anyone else who might have been deemed a potential threat to the Germanic state and the mythical idea of an Aryan people.

  • Academia, the 'battleground' in the Palestinian solidarity movement
  • David Brooks's son joining Israel army is an 'extreme case' -- NYT public editor
    • I also found that defensive comment and justification by Rosenthal odd, if not disingenuous.

      If Brooks were writing and commenting on the US Air Force, yes a disclosure that any close family member is in the service would be obligated.

      And that says nothing about Rosenthal confusing in his mind an arm of the US military and that of a foreign country, namely the IDF.

  • The Titanic of the occupation -- SodaStream (Update)
    • Annie, I promise you SODA will be a penny stock before we know it. Mostly due to the nature of it's rather worthless and phony business. BDS is accelerating the inevitable.

      The Soda Stream enterprise may be a metaphor for the forces behind “an illegal Israeli settlement.”

  • Thirteen arrested as protesters tell Senators Menendez and Booker: 'No more blank check for Israel's crimes'
    • Kay, bless you for your efforts. It is not only Menendez, but practically all of the US Senate and Congress. I imagine you have received obnoxious and condescending blather responses written or influenced by AIPAC operatives.

      Our elected officials do not work in the interest of their constituents on the big stuff (only the little showy stuff to keep the illusion) but instead in the interest of where the money is to be raised.

      And there is no money in the Palestinian cause or in the true long term interest of the US.

      The only possibility for this terrible dynamic to change is when a massive number of citizens threaten the political viability of the "staunch supporters" of Isreal Uber Alles., which is the current mindset of the US Congress.

  • Elizabeth Warren says killing Palestinian civilians is 'the last thing Israel wants'
    • Many in Congress are completely entrenched . Removing them would be like moving a swine out of a mud patch.

    • No, they are not so dumb, not at all. They are politicians who want to be elected and wrap the rewards of the current system. They are psychopaths.

      The only hope is creating a culture/environment where the political psychopaths are rewarded when supporting Palestinians.

      We are still far from that because 1) there is no money in it and 2) the greater public is still confused.

    • MJ is evolving. Remember he has has a life of brainwashing. While his intellect seems to be in the right place, and he is -- I believe -- an honest thinker, he appears to be stuck in the mindset of what this means for Jews first, instead of people.

      But he acknowledges that Zionism in the manifestation of the military Israeli project is a crime against humanity..

      Unfortunately it seems his concern is that is not good for Jews, whatever that means. Heck, it is not good for anyone, anywhere. And that is the crux.

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Great comments, Kraus. But I think we are in for some surprises.

      The beltway vortex is it's own reality. It seems most pundits claiming Hilary as next Dem candidate are living in that bubble.

      Most citizens of the US deeply resent Washington and all it has spawned and stolen from the rest of the country. It's war machine and it's enablers like HR Clinton will be an easy target in the next election.

      Warren is too craven and will be a good puppet for any issue outside of bankruptcy, consumer credit, etc.

      Some eyes are now on Jim Webb.
      link to washingtonpost.com

  • Israel correctly fears its 'delegitimizers,' says leftwing member of Irish parliament
    • Jon66, are your referring to the "pogrom" of Limerick. An episode where a deranged priest and two cohorts are said to have issued threats against the Jews who lived in the Irish country side?

      They were families from Odessa who had landed in Cork (story is the Captain said the Ship had landed in "New York" when it was only Cork to make his trip shorter.)

      So then the the denizens of Odessa disembarked, thinking they were in New York, and made their way into the surrounding towns and villages and carried out the same trades from their homes. Traveling around and selling goods and wares. They were so successful among the Irish households, resentment by other "tinkers" and traders ensued.

      Having been highly sensitized as to where such emotions can lead, and with a drunken priest and his band of two teenagers leading the charge in the country side, the new comers from Odessa made their way back to Cork to take a ship.

      But upon reaching Cork, they were met with so much warmth and greeting, and good cheer while waiting for their departure, they decided to stay. And that is why Cork traditionally had the largest Jewish community of Ireland. The sons and daughters of Eastern European traveling traders became doctors, teachers and leading lawyers. (Remember, Chaim Herzog grew up on Ireland).

      Families of Cork still miss their Jewish neighbors and their memory. But some are coming back!

      link to jewishcork.com

    • It is leading here as a voice, and while the attempts at genocide (nothing more than a long ago memory) and ongoing oppression have faded, the memory and scars are in the cultural DNA. (Though not as an adopted self identity as victims of others. That is weak and self absorbed. )

      I think the Irish simply deeply understand the game of occupation of a people and how it is played out.

      In the end it will become a terrible drag, a burden and embarrassment for Israel -- a useless waste built on empty ideology of the times. Just as the occupation of Ireland eventually became for English. The English now wish to be rid of Northern Ireland, but are stuck with it as a part of the United Kingdom.

  • We must target our politicians' 'cowardice' in the face of war crimes --Trevor Hogan's impassioned speech in Dublin
  • Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
    • It would be important to know what exactly are the tweets in question. While I think this was covered in MW, it is missing from this call for his support.

      No matter. I think I remember the tweets.

      While many might object to the tone or language, the gist or background of his tweets are understandable, and from what we know not worthy of his complete firing. After all, he was academically vetted and hired for good reason.

  • Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of 'barbaric'
    • Clinton does not seem to understand why she lost the nomination. She is out of touch with the real world and continues to speak to the bubble of her money masters.

      That did not work for Romney, it did not work for Cantor and it will surely not work for her.

      The Democratic party would be crazy to allow her to be their candidate. Then again, the Clintonistas own the party.

    • And that is why it is most unlikely for Israel to be brought to the ICC. Both the US and the UK, to a degree, are complicit in the crimes.

      I used to believe that laws are created for all. But have come to experience and understand that they are created by elites for their protection, but not for universal enforcement.

  • Despite potential groundswell, Congress reluctant to recognize Palestinian rights
    • Oklahoma , a bundle of roses for you!

      Yes, many Congressional offices have staffers and interns who moonlight for AIPAC and it's related interests.

    • With a zealous, unwavering love for Israeli military operations still pervasive on Capitol Hill,...

      It is the love of money. This conflict and sustaining the colonial enterprise is a massive industry.

      Put an end to it and all of a sudden money and resources would find a new home and the current players around the beltway would be out of the game they still control. Elected officials answer to the flow of money, not the citizenry or what is in the US interest, or even what is right.

  • A brief respite in Gaza
  • israel is the golden calf
    • Yes, searing and painfully truthful. It touches the core and must become a voice of this time. A poem to live on, to set the world straight.

      Israel, the golden calf. So many have been crying that for so long. But our words have been crude against Coval's capture.

  • "There's nothing exceptional or heroic about a Jew standing against Zionism'
    • There is nothing exceptional or heroic about a Jew standing against Zionism

      I think there is, especially among Jews who have had a lifetime of Zionist indoctrination. Much of it connected with positive experiences of security, belonging, child hood camps, sing alongs and other sorts of gemeinschaft gruppen dynamics. Add to that the incredible tribal pressure onto anyone who would dare stray in thought or action. Those who do often pay a painful price.

      So I deeply admire those who have the strength and freedom of thought to be guided by what is human and right and good and not by primitive tribalism, and instead to be a wandering, growing, universalistic people free of states and tribes and clans. This is the aspiration.

  • Israel, your brand is tanking
  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • Bio, it is not about the rockets or tunnels. And the attacks on Palestinians before this round of rocket firing started was not about finding the kidnapped Israelis. Those are simply justifications for terror and murder.

      This is about cleansing a region of a people Israelis have been educated to hate.

      I fear Israel will be successful in its mission to destroy a people. And all Zionists -- Jewish and Christian -- will have to live with their legacy of this historical crime.

  • 'Dear American Jewish community, It's time to talk about Zionism'
    • Yup, that's the thing about JVP, only as a "Jewish" voice, but others can chime in and Zionists can even lead. It's really is something.

      A peace movement, subtly pushing Zionism. Wow.

  • Peter Beinart demolishes Gaza hasbara
    • Kay24

      The Sunlight foundation has a great app which gives all contact details and telephone numbers. Their staff should take calls. They track calls.

      link to sunlightfoundation.com

      One can also track bills, etc.

    • MJR and PB are disgusted by it and by the destructive Israeli lobby. That is how they explain it.

      But both somehow cling to ideas behind Zionism -- the need for an ethno religious nationalist state for a single group.

      It's kinda' weird how two bright guys cannot see what many Jews saw and see: that Zionism is kryptonite for Judaism and Jews of faith or culture.

    • More effective is to flood Congress and the Senate. Those guys want to be re elected and your money. If being lap dogs for the Knesset starts to threaten their cash or re election, you will see change.

    • So true. It is about the Tribe and not fellow humanity.

    • Where do we go from here?

      The unfolding horror in Gaza is realization of the worst fears: that Israel would commit crimes against a people so horrific, that the world and even many Zionists and "pro Israeli" supporters of the colonial project, would look back in shame and disgust. This is starting to happen.

      It is not about the rockets, the tunnels or even about Hamas. Israel will not stop until Gaza is emptied of most all Palestinians. Gaza will be occupied once again. That is where this is going.

      The US will support this as it unfolds. They have put themselves in a position where pulling support now is practically impossible.

      But in time -- and after the process of killing and possession for the Zionist religious nationalist cause has run it's course -- US and world support will fall completely away. And Israel will be alone to sustain it's colonial expansion in a rapidly changing ME.

  • The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 -- and it can work again
    • Yes, the strategy to repopulate is clear.

      There are also voices in the Israeli media calling for a complete cleansing of the West Bank with the same justification of the siege on Gaza. Tunnels will be built, terrorist will attack Israelis, so best to kill Palestinians.

      Once that phase starts, I guess the US will send Israel the weapons for the slaughter, all with cries of Israel's "right to defend itself."

    • He would need the support of Congress and the Senate. AIPAC owns them completely.

      And the Congress is busying themselves with the question of impeachment of the President.

      AIPAC operatives are now working overtime to keep the Money flowing from US taxpayers to Israel.

  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • I do not want to think that Israel could be behind the murder of their own to create a pretext to attack Hamas and Palestinian civilians.

      But nettyanhoo did warn the Palestinians would pay a severe price for the unity agreement. He had something in mind.

      And too much just does not add up. Israel has named two suspects. It is not easy for two men to overcome three . Possible, but not easy. So why would they go for a difficult target of three?

      The US FBI had a hand in the investigation as one of the murdered boys held US citizenship. It was the FBI that identified the sophisticated weapons with silencers for the terrible murders.

      And then it was civilians who found the bodies conveniently buried on or very near the property of an accused suspect. That does not make sense.

      And evidence is that they boys were buried weeks after the murder?

      All this on top of the enormous politicization of the killings to wage war.

  • Fox's Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a 'thick head'
    • Same filthy tactic and tone used by Hannity. Send the video to his twitter feed. It will become a viral response to the treatment of Munayyer. Revealing.

    • They had no intention of allowing Munnayer to speak or to give explanation to anything. The whole purpose of that invite was to humiliate and destroy.

      It was awful to watch. A disgrace.

  • Joan Rivers slams CNN and BBC coverage of Gaza -- 'you're all insane'
    • Yes, the GoI is the 51st state. That is why the US gov will sacrifice American citizens and the resources of the US for Israel. Heck, our own police forces are trained by Israeli forces. We usurp ourselves to this 51st state.

      Btw, have you ever seen an Israeli passport? Easy to mistake on first glance for a US passport.

    • Her words are a reflection of how most Americans think. This is what the media and government and propaganda machine tells them.

      I heard almost the exact words last night from someone who has the brains to know better. ok, she was of the same generation as Rivers. But still......

  • 'Israel is wrong by any moral standard' -- Robinson says, as US media pile up
    • American ...exactly. But we are not there yet. Yet it can happen. Americans know something is not quite right,but just cannot pinpoint what it is. This makes the public vulnerable to ongoing disinformation and propaganda.

      But with clear communication of truth, the public is open to it. Tragically, there are too many interests invested in the Zio enterprise, and it's war machine. Until that machine becomes transparently too costly, our elected whores and criminals will continue with support of the destruction of a people. Not the first time in history.

  • Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
  • Rachel Maddow ignores the story in Israel/Palestine
    • She is just as revolting, ignorant and snarky as Maher. And their snark and "humor" is Zio propaganda in the guise of entertainment.

      Btw, @jons she may have been raised Catholic, but does not consider herself Catholic, so she is not, fwiw and as if it matters.

      She is just another shill and hack protecting her job.

  • Congresswoman who visited Israel on AIPAC's dime has no time for relative of boy beaten by Israeli police
    • Congressional staffers answering the phones are generally clueless college kids. They have been drilled into "Israel Ueber Alles" mantras or become completely flustered if a caller points out their boss's loyalty to a foreign government over those of the citizenry that voted for them.

      The actions of many in Congress for the benefit of a foreign country, often at direct costs to their constituents, should be called out loudly and often.

      Yesterday AIPAC re tweeted many individual statements of Congressional support for the assault on Gaza. Every single one of those agents should be highlighted -- maybe here on Mondoweiss?

      For now all constituents should call Castor's office.

      BTW, if Castor claimed the brutally beaten boy was not her constituent, did she say who is?

  • Terrifying tweets of pre-Army Israeli teens
    • DaBakr, these teen girls posted their soft porn self images for public consumption on twitter. It is not like they were downloaded from some private site. They offered themselves on twitter.

      As an aside, anyone notice parallels between images and vile words of these tweets and the racist violent NAzi porn. What is it that connects this kind of stuff? When our fellow humans brothers and sisters become objects for all versions of porn?

  • Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle's Jerusalem backyard
    • MY1 your links report "clashes" and incidents. This we all know about. But no beatings of Jewish Israelis individuals as you claim above.

      Not saying it could not happen, but if and when it does (always tragic) you can be sure it will get wide and loud coverage.

  • After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge
    • And they say that a suspect is identified. But the apparently the evidence does not point to the suspect. The narrative has been lost and is getting desperate.

      Two young men murdered by the IDF a few weeks back. It is caught on video. Israel claims it to be a Pallywood fake. Apparently no ongoing investigation. They were only Palistinian teens murdered, so not need.

      Then three young Israelis kidnapped and murdered. Hamas is blamed within minutes. Meanwhile two Palestinians are accused, but neither they nor evidence pointing to them has been produced.

      Even the families of these murdered Israeli boys are horrified at how their government botched police work and turned the tragedy into a campaign against Hamas and the Palestinian population.

      Gangs of Israelis go on the rampage for revenge. (the US Embassy warns all US citizens to be aware of surroundings and stay in groups and away for isolated areas.)

      There are scattered reports of attacks of Palestinians.

      A Palestinian teen is kidnapped and murdered in a horrific manner with gasoline doused into him as he is burnt alive. The Israeli government authorities try to get the parents of the victim to sign papers that it was an honor crime. They remove recordings from the family surveillance system. Reports are then released by the police that the victim was a homosexual teen.

      Only when copies of the surveillance films are sent to the British press by the family is the material used to identify the perpetuators of the crime. They and others are now in detention for 8 days. (Then out on bail?)

      The cousin of the murdered Palestinian is apprehended by police and while lying on the ground and handcuffed is repeatedly beaten and kicked by three Israeli policemen. He is lucky to have survived, and hopefully without permanent injuries.

      The police who beat him are unable to substantiate their claims to the court that the boy threw rocks, had a knife, had a slingshot or even resisted arrest.

      Meanwhile the Israeli Ambassador to the US repeats the now discredited claims of the completed discredited Israeli police force.

      These are the dynamics of a country that has been usurped by its own extremists (every society has 'em): When the state officials protect and support extreme, nationalistic and criminal elements to this degree we have to ask if the abyss is near.

      No wonder why so many Israelis are leaving while they still can.

  • 'Survival and well-being of the Jewish state' is a national security interest of U.S., Indyk says
    • It was never in the US interests to support the establishment of a Colonial Zionist State. Nor was it ever in the interest of Judaism to mix itself with the ideas of a state.

      So why is it now vital to US interests? This is not explained.

      BTW, is it possible for a state without borders to be a state? Israel has no declared borders? Is it a State? Or is it more like an ISIS -- an idea based on a past that never was, that issues passports and other stuff?

  • After repeated calls for vengeance, Netanyahu urges Israelis to be 'cool-headed' and seek 'justice'
    • Does any other ethnic or cultural group have the self understanding as perpetual victim as it's special group glue?

      So many groups have a period of injustice or terrible persecutions behind them, (think white man's burden to the people of the dark continent, King Leopold, etcetera) but can't think of any where it is celebrated and cultivated as identity.

      Not only is it as stunted as the narcissistic adolescent crying everyone hates her, it is like really sick.

      What kind of parent raises their kid to wear the cloak of "the victim," and warn her that she is in constant danger of the other.

  • The rationality of Israel's War
    • Donald, you are a better reader than I.

      I found it a difficult read with arguments all over the place. Stream of consciousness, with drifting thoughts from one topic to the next without a complete thesis. This makes it a head scratchier for me, at least.

    • Is there no outrage that the Prof's post -- like so many -- are simply unintelligible?

  • Turning blood into cement: Reflections on nationalist violence in wake of suspected revenge killing of Palestinian teen
    • Mooser, you know that once Zionism withers and leaves that ugly stench behind with everyone asking who did that! Phew !

      It is the goys fault. They made them do it. Do the Zio thing, that is.

    • This is a very thoughtful and well articulated piece. It is from the heart.

      They are not comprehending what Zionism means when it is followed though and finally manifested at its full potential. We are watching now as it unfolds.

      Many Jews (and others) recognized early on what the Zionist project would mean as it manifest itself. But they were marginalized and demonized (or even murdered) as the seduction of the colonial project wrapped in religious nationalism was too great. (Isn't it always like that?)

      Israel was founded by the west just a single lifetime ago (60-some years), in this modern era on the displacement and destruction of a people. This process will continue and become even more horrific until the world looks away in shame. And most Jewish and Christian Zionist will distance themselves from the religious nationalist project.

      A project that depends on the ongoing support of foreign states and sympathy of a people. A project that must "project" itself as the eternal victim. When that is all lost, Zionism will wither away.

      Israel might survive, but it can only survive without Zionism.

  • The world's sympathy cannot be limited to Israeli victims
    • Who ever said you "milked" sympathy? Just you.

      No, you fall back onto the feigned lack of language skills , simple innocence of the potato merchant, etc. as your excuse for whatever... It is really pathetic. The lack of honesty does not help your cause.

    • It is about the time that you start realize and recognize that we are also victims.

      You like that, don't you? Being the victim, that is. Mileage.

    • No, your English is very good and you know it.

      Sometimes you pretend it is bad. That adopted role helps to position you as the victim that is simply misunderstood when needed.

  • Israeli army spokesperson responds to Mondo criticism
    • Not only....yesterday an opinion piece in Haaretz (apologies as no link on this tablet) cited Mondoweiss as the irrational extreme left, and quoted (or misquoted?) some visitor posts as evidence for the smear of the publishers of the site.

      Irony is, questionable, even nutty reader posts, can be found on all media outlets, and one can pick posts off Mondoweiss reflecting the spectrum of opinion and facts.

      So point is: Mondoweiss is in the shooting scope of MSM. This means the site is doing a great job.

  • Israel needs no proof to kill Palestinians for teens' death, Israeli colonel says
    • It is getting worse. Hasbarists now claiming it was an honour killing by Palestinians of a gay teen.

      Yet these same goons denying that it may have been a revenge murder of the teen by squatters also called for murder and daily lynchings.

      It is dangerous to not be a Jew while breathing in Jerusalem.

  • Slanted 'New York Times' story accepts Israeli blame of Hamas as fact
    • Thank you MDC. She is not a reporter, but a hack, a propagandist. This is the NYT hack who also insinuated that the murder of the Palestinian boys was faked. maybe did not really happen.

      This is the hack who characterized death for Palestinians as "ho hum."

      She moves around in a narcissistic bubble of Jerusalem, is not curious what is beyond the "pale" (in the original sense of that expression) has a limited world view, was was sent by the NYT for promotion of Zio propaganda, not for information.

      And like her hack colleague Goldberg, cannot bear any critics. (Which shows how weak and incapable she is.)

  • Glib, simplistic, and extreme -- the world according to Richard Landes
    • Why are there no reports of revolts against Dhmnitude back in the day? Because as tree's excellent post above points out: for the realities of the time, there were some advantages to it. Sovereignty, guaranteed protection, release from obligations such as military service, etc.

      It was not deemed a lessor status.

  • 'J Street has to change or die': Divestment battle exposes tactical rift among liberal Zionists
    • It has been said before: J Street is AIPAC light. Same package inside, but a new wrapping.

      Like Zionism and "liberal Zionism." What is the difference? It is still Zionism.

      The expression Liberal Zionist is like "liberal ethno nationalist." It is still exclusionary and nationalist. The "liberal" label means nothing.

      J Street is for nothing. Means nothing. They can either merge with AIPAC or become relevant, or fade away like so many other PACs.

  • Young Jew seeks to prepares his community for heretical & inevitable-- end of Jewish state
    • Any State completely dependent upon it's self understanding as the persecuted, ongoing conflict with the world, and at the same time never ending financial dependency upon the "outside," is simply unsustainable.

      Israel does not have the leadership to turn this around. Without fundamental change (unlikely) Israel as we know it simply cannot survive.

      In this respect -- it's un sustainability-- it is no different from most all modern States of the Middle East.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg leads the charge on latest BDS smear: Presbyterian Church divestment is anti-Semitic because David Duke supports it
    • For a well documented and sourced profile on what a shameless hack Goldberg is:

      link to shameproject.com

    • A few weeks back it was pointed out in a Haaretz article that the new Israeli President is a vegetarian, and that Hitler was also a vegetarian. Point of the article was to point out the irony I guess.

      Goldberg went ballistic, pounding on the editors of Haaretz and calling the opinion article "insane."

      Maybe he was talking about himself.

    • Goldberg is a joke among his Journalist colleagues. He repeatedly makes unsubstantiated, wild assertions to support his propaganda. He is an operative in the US media.

      When he is called out and cornered with his often ridiculous stance and assertions, he lashes out like an unhinged teenager.

      His gig has entered its half life, but he does not know it yet.

  • 'About 60,000 Americans were murdered' by Palestinians in Israel, says Shmuley Boteach
    • The transparency of the coordinated and desperate talking points is too obvious to all. And the usual cast of shills and operatives driving the clown car-- Goldberg, Shmuley, Dershowitz -- helps drive their message of the cliff where it is headed.

  • 'Forward' editor says Presbyterian vote was anti-Semitic
  • Israeli army seals Hebron, saying Hamas is responsible for abducted teens
    • Considering the one of the boys called the police shortly after the abduction (by whomever) and the police claim it was disregarded as a crank call, and then passed on hours later, this is a huge security failure.

      No matter, this event has handed Israel another pretext to kill more Palestinians.

      Even a few (very few) Israeli's are getting suspicious of this kidnapping.

  • Feinstein, Baldwin, Kaine, Paul among 12 senators who didn't sign AIPAC letter blasting Palestinian gov't
    • Annie, yes, I think that is right. Well, shows again that all those signatures for AIPAC are bought. Which means AIPAC has no sustainable position without paying for it.

      tick tock...

    • Corker did not sign? He must have been out of town. His office is 100% AIPAC occupied.

  • 'Atlantic' runs unblinking account of Palestinian persecution in Hebron
    • If told by a Palestinian, it is dismissed as Pallywood or simply not true. We are still at a sad point where most readers of the Atlantic do not want to hear the voices of the victim.

  • Enter Ken Pollack and Tom Friedman-- the Iraq experts!
    • gosh, just. Thanks! It's 'gonna get interesting.

    • ritzl, Israel may have been involved in egging the US into Irak, Syria, etc. but I suspect their hands are not on this chapter. What is unfolding is much bigger than Israel and it's crappy Zionist project.

      If they need to manufacture proof of the "villa in the jungle" they will be sorry for what they wished for.

      Religious/Nationalist extremism coupled with a desire to return to the 7th century Rashidun Caliphate is not in the interest of any of the current powers anywhere. (They have too much oil, there is too much invested by too many, and there are those who do not want to give up position.)

      But this is what offers hope to the disenfranchised and there are millions and millions of them in the region who watch, for example, the Arabian "Royals" squander oil wealth -- as they believe - as the rulers cling to power with totalitarian means.

      Israel needs to be friends with all their neighbors, but unfortunately has never been able to be friends with anyone other than their sugar daddy to the west. And even there, it is a pretend friendship.

      Taking care of Israel is soon to be a major burden to the US, one it cannot afford in the bigger scheme of things over the next decades.

      I might not be around, but if Israel wants to be around, it has to completely re-think itself and it's religious/nationalist aspirations -- which are not too different than an ISIS.

    • Graham is holding back here. McCain cannot control himself. Graham and others know that the US might very soon be working together, hand in hand, with.......IRAN on trying to clean up the Irak mess left behind.

      It is early in the game and Graham and a few others do not want to risk saying anything that is going to bite them.

      Meanwhile, the world is going to move on fast as Israel fiddles themselves into irrelevancy in their ongoing sand box battle.

  • Cantor's defeat had nothing to do with religion
    • American, Cantor lost because he is an entrenched out of touch 7 term Congressman who spear heads everything destructive in the Congress. In the minds -- and correctly so -- of his constituents, he has greased the wheels of corruption that has stolen from the citizenry.

      The vote was against Cantor period. There are many who voted for Brat who are turned off by his public "Christianity" spiel. But they voted for him anyway because the alternative is voting for organized crime.

      That pundits now dare to hint that Cantor lost due to latent "antisemitism" is hiding behind the last refuge of filthy scoundrels -- playing the "antisemitism" or race card instead of facing the truth about their guy.

  • Anti-Cantor coalition included Tea Partiers, Independents, Democrats
    • gaza, I understand where you are coming from. The I/P issue is not a "liberal" or "conservative" issue. It is fundamental. Painting it as such -- or even appearing to do so -- does not help it.

      As for labeling anyone liberal or conservative? Why do that? It is what one does to divide.

      Having said that, I still do not know what is meant by "liberal" Zionist. I'd love to see an article explaining that someday. (but not by the house Professor Theologian.)

  • 'Numb, speechless, sad', Israel supporters grieve Cantor's loss
    • For now he has ruled out a write in campaign and he cannot run as an independent in VA.

      Cantor lost because too many Virginians cannot stand him, especially those in his own district around Richmond. A relatively low information district. They care about "terrorists" abroad and terrorists on Wall Street. His constituents know -- after seven terms -- that Cantor was not their guy. He could only talk platitudes to them. He could not connect. He was unbearable to them and they to him. He had more time for fund raisers out of state than for meeting with his own constituents.

      For most in his district, Cantor represents the entrenched and filthy DC -Wall Street bubble that has worked together to empty out the middle class. From pushing and profiting from the bail out and TARP (he was personally invested in ULTRA short ETF's that boomed on passing of the bank bailout). Much of his and his wife's personal wealth in connected with the mortgage industry.

      He did not loose because he is Israel's house hound or because he back immigration reform, he lost because he represents everything that is corrupt in the US political and financial system, who are in bed together.

      Most voters understand this because they understand that they have lost so much. And Brat had talk radio and an engaging line for the local meetings. He talked their talk. Also, Democrats came out and voted in the primary against Cantor, which did not hurt.

      His constituents do not care that he was only Israel's go-to-guy. That is irrelevant to most. He lost because he was Wall Street's boy and part of the machine stealing from them. They do not know how it works, but they know they have been somehow robbed over the last decade by the likes of a Cantor working for Wall Street first.

      Goldman Sachs and Blackrock contributed more to Cantor than Congressman by far. They will miss him.
      link to opensecrets.org

      We'll miss that Cantor sneer.

  • Palestinians 'under occupation... denied dignity and self-determination' -- Clinton
    • Clinton will say anything, and sometimes she will say what is on her mind and the truth will leak out. She is intelligent and knows what the game is.

      But she has been a supporter of the occupation industry because that is where the power is. She would never ever do anything that threatens her power.

      She has said that because there are a few cracks in the wall and it is safe. But she will do nothing to take down that wall.

      Remember both she and John Crazy McCain supported the continued sale of cluster bombs to Israel after their crimes of dumping thousands and thousands of them into civilian areas in the last hours of the most recent Israeli attack on Lebanon.

  • Chris Matthews and David Corn defend Israel against 'slander' of apartheid
    • Correction, about the Technocratic government, government of consensus.

    • Fascinating discussion going on right now at the The Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.
      Palestinian Panel speaking now on the Unity Government.

      link to brookings.edu

      Praise for Kerry and his attempt "to jump in the ring."

      Discussion very forward looking.

  • Tell FIFA to dump Israel now, urges international campaign
    • FIFA is so pathetic that Blatter is now claiming that the criticism of having Qatar host the world cup is based on racism.

      He is playing the Zionist hand book of victimology to deflect from the insane decision to have a world cup in Qatar that was surely most likely based on a pile of money and favors.

      These guys have no sense of right or wrong.

      As an aside, sadly most Qataris mix hosting the World Cup with patriotism. They do not see how they are also getting screwed in the deal with FIFA

    • In other words, there is ZERO chance of FIFA making a ruling against Israel. FIFA is only about the money, nothing else. It is a crime organization.

      I wish players would stop playing and make FIFA irrelevant. But that, too, will not happen. Or maybe a competing Federation?

      On the grotesque organization that FIFA is.

  • Boston subway ads are shocking-- 'and so is the reality on the ground'
    • So why do your "leaders" keep begging Americans for more dough?

    • Nonsense or "Quatch!" as a German would declare: German psyche was unable fully to exploit appeal to emotion, which is a key element of hasbara and good propaganda.

      Whoever wrote that on the Calvin.edu web site is an ignorant fool.

      Propaganda plays on the human psyche, appeals to emotions, and there is nothing special or different from Germans than the rest of us.

      Referencing the Nazis in some things is a given as it is the greatest modern day example of a nation of people rapidly succumbing to propaganda. It IS the reference of how it works and what happens.

    • They'd rather spend money on arms and useless real estate projects and bribing corrupt wold cup officials to put their little dictatorships on the map. Their money will discredit an honest campaign.

      Would rather see the support come from directly US citizens that are being robbed by the Israel-Industry. Where can I send some money?

    • This is a very good campaign. No Hyperbole, just a word of the reality supported by credible facts. And a reminder that US taxpayers are funding this atrocity.

      Right now the clown and charlatans in the US Congress are frightened of Israel and it's lobby. Maybe the ads will move them to be frightened of US citizens who start asking questions and demand and end to the crimes -- crimes that also weaken the US.

  • Let it go
    • Activists can make noise, get information out there. But if the information can not find reception? Too many just do not want to hear it, or go there. To do so means re thinking a life-time of indoctrination.

      My fear is that the "nudge" will be something or a series of somethings that are so horrific, Jews of the world will recoil in horror what Israel has done in their name.

    • Their prime minister has no tone. He looks like a European dictator in black and white photos from the mid-century.

      He, and most other members of his government speak and act like a mid-century Eastern European two-bit dictator-thugs.

  • The most interesting journalist in the world
    • Actually, and surprisingly, it was dull and more about Goldie interjecting himself and propaganda onto the significance of meeting Castro.

      I wondered, of course, if personal experience - the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 that nearly caused the annihilation of most of humanity - informed his belief that a conflict between America and Iran would escalate into nuclear war.

      Does Castro believe that? Did he say that? Or does Goldie want us to believe Castro thinks this? Israel has nukes, Iran does not.

      As for Goldie: it is always about viewing the world through the deranged paranoid lens of finding an "anti-Semite " in ever corner, under every rock. In Goldie's world there is fear and underlying hate of the gentile.

      He is a propagandist for Israel and for Islamaphobia. While not as ignorant and crude as a Pam Geller, his underlying message is the same.

      Goldie, for example, was one of the first to come out tweeting about Bergdahl, claiming this prisoner was directly responsible for the deaths of five soldiers.

  • Dershowitz disqualifies an entire continent from supporting BDS, citing history of 'Jew hatred'
    • Actually Zach partly out of pressure from AIPAC onto Congress. Israel has come out more than once with the stance that they will not recognize the Armenian Genocide as they claim this will endanger Turkish Jews. (Which is utter BS) If the US makes this recognition, it puts pressure under Israel.

      Both Israel and the US want to maintain good relations with Turkey, each for their own involved reasons.

      Yes, like Israel, Turkey is too insecure to deal with their own history.

  • Palestinian unity deal pits Netanyahu & Congress against White House
    • Not only the WH, but the US Congress dogs loyal only to Netanyahoo have come against China, India, the EU and Switzerland. All who just came out in support of the Palestinian Unity Government and what it is now.

      These cretins in the US Congress are like Pavlov's dogs and cannot change their reactions. They will do whatever their masters in Israel tell them.

      And like beaten dogs, they are afraid to go against their master.

  • For wearing veil, woman is ordered off Jerusalem light rail and frisked
    • Stephen, and not to beat a dead camel, but as you brought on the" forced to wear black" line.

      Did you ever wonder why the traditional tent of the desert is black?

      And it was there, living in a Bedouin tent, that I had this astonishing revelation. We’re walking around in khakis and sleeping in white tents. And the Bedouins are walking around in black with lots of layers on and living in black tents. What’re they doing in black? Isn’t white supposed to be cooler? I couldn’t understand it until I lived in it.

      link to dwell.com

      Oh, and BTW, men wear black here too.

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