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62, agriculture/development economist, German Catholic with personal+ professional intercultural + interreligious exposition,especially west-+south Asia

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  • Naim Ateek's moral arc of the universe
    • Re just : ... it is basically fear that prevents Bishops and governments...., from taking a stand against the rich and powerful and on behalf of the weak and marginalized.

      YES - these Bishops are COWARDS, real COWARDS.

      And their cowardice lets them betray crore teaching of the gospel.
      SHAME on them.

  • Miracle baby Mohammed escapes ISIS
  • Rep. Israel endorses speech saying Europe failed Jewish people in 40s and is 'failing us again today'
    • # unverified:
      ....." We cannot solve the ISIL problem until we solve the Palestinian problem."

      Agreed.

      And that is why we are told, that it will take very, very, very long until IS can be controlled / neutralized.

  • 'An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they're doing'
    • David Norris : A man of character and COURAGE

      Never heard or seen a speech like that in any other "western" country of democratically (s)elected member of parliaments.

      David Norris - so far and very regrettingly - is a SINGULARITY, because all the rest of European parliamentarians are COWARDS, nothing but characterless COWARDS, when it comes to call a spade a spade on Israel's war crimes and war criminals.

      CHAPEAU, Mr. Norris!!

  • 'NYT' is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict
    • NYT does not even get its figures right....

      In the NY Editorial Boards article of 06 Aug 2014 you read a.o.:

      More than 1,800 Palestinians, a majority of them noncombatants, and 67 Israelis have been killed. United Nations officials said 408 Palestinian children were killed and 2,502 injured.

      The actual figure of injured Palestinians reads : more than 9,800 (i.w. 9thousand eight hundred).

  • Elie Wiesel plays the Holocaust trump card in Gaza
    • QUOTATION from E.Wiesel

      "I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
      We must always take sides.
      Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
      Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

      Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel encouraging uncompromising action

      This, however, only holds, whenever Israelis and/or Jews are victimised.......

  • 'Today at 0800, Israeli bulldozers came to the fertile valley where we planted fruit trees--'
  • BDS is the only means of ending the occupation -- Derfner
    • BDS is the LAST resort and only non-violent strategy to bring Israelis to senses - if ever this is possible at all.

      And after the failed Kerry-IP-talks - the time has come to implement BDS FULL SCALE.

      FULL SCALE also means for Christian pilgrims to delay their unholy land of Israel-visits until a final peace treaty will have been reached, signed and been implemented.

  • Fear of Arab-Americans in the public square
    • Meanwhile, Jews are about six times more likely than Muslims to be the victims of hate crimes in America.

      YEAH - YEAH- YEAH.
      We are the GREATEST VICTIMS - and nobody will take away from us the gold medal.
      Never - ever.

  • 'NYT' self-censors, axing headline blaming Israeli settlements
    • Re Krauss: ..."America should have ditched Israel as a favoured nation a long time."

      yes, indeed. No only that.

      Israel is nothing else but an enormous liability for the USA.

      Its a drag for the USA's reputation, howsoever critical this may be anyway, dragging the USA into further global isolation.
      Beyond this , the special I-US alliance and special relationship is very, very costly in money terms. At the cost of US-citizen, especially the less fortunate ones.

      One wonders how long the US electorate continues to vote for representatives maintaining this costly relation. For what????

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • USA's Shielding Israel from the ICC at all cost - is really little else than SELF-DEFENCE

      Re Donald says: April 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm
      …. (American statesmen) They like to be told that sometimes America needs to be more forthright and interventionist in its policies.
      They don’t like to be told that they ((added: themselves)) are potential candidates for war crimes trials. .
      …..

      EXACTLY.

      Here comes the raison d'etre for the 'Special Relationship' :
      Much more than protecting Israel from any devastating verdict by the ICC, the main underlying reason for the USA is to protect ITSELF.
      The ICC would have to examine a vast range of war crime issues and other major violations of international laws e.g. targeted assassinations, drone killings, torture, administrative detentions, ignoring a multitude of international conventions and a vast range of fundamental Human Rights (e.g. children rights, religious rights) , Rights of refugees and asylum seekers, etc….

      Virtually all these crimes are issues which (eventually) will be examined by the ICC. In the course of which it is virtually impossible to overlook that it has been the United States which not only used its VETO-power to safeguard Israel's impunity status. BUT that on almost all the above issues, the USA will be sitting on The Hague's bench of the accused in their OWN RIGHT.

      Not infrequently even Israeli politicians and journalists have hinted quite explicitly that what Israel has been and is doing respectively are accused of is nothing else than what the USA has done and is doing in the first place. Giving the precedential examples, starting from settlements and ethnic cleaning at the beginnings of both their respective histories.

      That is why there is no "daylight" between the two "allies in war crimes".
      That is what ties the two culprits together at the hip.
      That is what makes monthly meetings and closest co-ordination with the Israelis where we look out at the sea of international organizations and U.N. entities, including treaty bodies and treaties and so forth,… necessary

      That is what makes Samantha say:
      The ICC is of course something that we have been absolutely adamant about. Secretary Kerry has made it very, very clear to the Palestinians, as has the President. I mean, this is something that really poses a profound threat to Israel.

      The implicit threat to the USA that their own ugly foreign policy and sins of the past and present will be exposed at the same time, Samantha accidently forgot to mention.

    • USA's Shielding Israel from the ICC at all cost - is really little else than SELF-DEFENCE
      Re Donald says: April 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm
      …. (American statesmen) They like to be told that sometimes America needs to be more forthright and interventionist in its policies.
      They don’t like to be told that they ((added: themselves)) are potential candidates for war crimes trials. .
      …..

      EXACTLY.
      Here comes the raison d'etre for the 'Special Relationship' :
      Much more than protecting Israel from any devastating verdict by the ICC, the main underlying reason for the USA is to protect ITSELF.

      The ICC would have to examine a vast range of war crime issues and other major violations of international laws e.g. targeted assassinations, drone killings, torture, administrative detentions, ignoring a multitude of international conventions and a vast range of fundamental Human Rights (e.g. children rights, religious rights) , Rights of refugees and asylum seekers, etc….
      Virtually all these crimes are issues which (eventually) will be examined by the ICC. In the course of which it is virtually impossible to overlook that it has been the United States which not only used its VETO-power to safeguard Israel's impunity status. BUT that on almost all the above issues, the USA will be sitting on The Hague's bench of the accused in their OWN RIGHT.

      Not infrequently even Israeli politicians and journalists have hinted quite explicitly that what Israel has been and is doing respectively are accused of is nothing else than what the USA has done and is doing in the first place. Giving the precedential examples, starting from settlements and ethnic cleaning at the beginnings of both their respective histories.

      That is why there is no "daylight" between the two "allies in war crimes".
      That is what ties the two culprits together at the hip.
      That is what makes monthly meetings and closest co-ordination with the Israelis where we look out at the sea of international organizations and U.N. entities, including treaty bodies and treaties and so forth,... necessary.
      That is what makes Samantha say:
      The ICC is of course something that we have been absolutely adamant about. Secretary Kerry has made it very, very clear to the Palestinians, as has the President. I mean, this is something that really poses a profound threat to Israel.

      The implicit threat to the USA that their own ugly foreign policy and sins of the past and present will be exposed at the same time, Samantha accidently forgot to mention.

  • Some liberal Zionists will blame Netanyahu for failure of talks
    • Re Citizen: ... Interesting, I only got three people who comment here regularly on this petition to stop aid to Israel until Israel stops its illegal settlement expansion as an obstacle to peace–.....

      Citizen, i went there, ready to sign up. However, i did not.

      Reason?
      I found the formulation "until Israel stops its illegal settlement EXPANSION "... rather unfortunate, respectively wanting.

      IMHO, if it had said sth like: ...."until Israel will have concluded a final peace agreement with the Palestinians and will have proven that it also complies bona fide with all committments entered into in such agreement"....
      I would not have hesitated.

  • 'Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared': An Italian tourist's Ben Gurion nightmare
    • A formidable scandal it is : the alleged Powerlessness of foreign Embassies in Israel
      ... At 9:00 am I was allowed to call the Italian embassy: an Italian official told me “once you are in that place we cannot do anything, you simply don’t exist for us if you are in that place” .

      Re NK ….Governments could pursue these cases diplomatically but they’re content to let their citizens be subjected to such abuse ….
      Foreign travellers to Israel who are so badly mistreated by Immigration officials of the GoI Home Ministry are virtually left alone by their Embassies in such a situation. Their "argument", that they could not do anything for their nationals is nothing less than an unspeakable SCANDAL.
      It goes without saying that it is a blatant LIE. Of course they can do something. The Scandal is that foreign embassies do not even complain and do not forcefully intervene and follow-up with the Government of Israel, iow foreign embassies are effectively complicit with such airport immigration practices and permit them to be continued with impunity.
      I would assume that upon return to Italy Andrea Pesci - or any other traveller having experienced a similar mistreatment at the hands of Ben Gurion immigration staff and have not been given any assistance by their respective embassies - should file a legal case at home against their own Government / Foreign Ministry on grounds of INACTIVITY and NEGLECT of DUTY.
      Such legal proceedings may well raise (with the help of local media) general awareness and put their Governments to shame……. and perhaps also change their shameful complicity with the Government of Israel by being silent and inactive in the face of such BG airport-"welcoming ceremonies" to their nationals. Perhaps. Perhaps not.
      Ceterum censeo:
      if only all Christian Pilgrims to the unHoly Land would BOYCOTT Israel and postpone their pilgrimages until such time that a final and just peace agreement with the Palestinians will have been reached - that will surely stand a better chance and prove to be more efficient to induce a substantive change and end similar experiences like the one made by Andrea Pesci and many others.

  • Eyewitness account of Israeli soldier killing Palestinian judge reveals barbarity of occupation
    • Re: ....It’s disgusting that the acts of these idf barbarians are never exposed in the American media. Damn them for their cowardice and complicity.

      YES -indeed.
      This murder at Allenby Bridge has neither been reported in any media here in Germany. That is routine cowardice of our journalists!! Well established.

      Instead, the German Foreign MinisterSteinmeier condemned in strongest terms, the Qassam rockets from Gaza which did not hurt anyone and had been launched as a retaliation to prior Idf -killings of three Gazans, and three other killings of Palestinians in the West Bank within a time-period of 24 hours only.

  • BDS supporting rock star Roger Waters hits back against vicious smears
    • Another Quote by Mahatma Ghandi from 1938

      Article written in his own journal, Harijan, of 26 November 1938 which labeled the situation in Palestine “A crime against Humanity”:

      It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct … Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home

      — See Homer A Jack (editor), The Gandhi Reader: a source book of his life and writings, By Mahatma Gandhi, Grove Press, 1994, page 218

      Acknowledgement: This quote has been first mentioned here by "Hostage", March 2013

  • State Dept puts American seal of approval on latest Israeli-initiated round of violence
    • The same deplorable Statement by germany's Foreign Minister STEINMEIER

      Translation
      Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier
      Thursday, 13. März 2014 09:20 EST

      Foreign Minister Steinmeier addresses rocket attacks on Israel

      We condemn yesterday's rocket-attacks from Gaza on Israel in the strongest terms. I am glad that nobody has been harmed.
      The calculation of those responsible for these terror acts to torpedo the difficult and still fragile peace process, shall not succeed.
      The negotiations for peace in the Near East are in a difficult phase. It still needs major efforts by all sides. We support with full power the American efforts in their negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians.

      It goes without saying that there has been no official statement - not to speak about a corresponding condemnation in the "strongest terms" by the German Foreign Minister / Ministry with respect to the IDF killing spree in Gaza and the West Bank which occurred PRIOR to the Qassam rockets launched from Gaza.

      Shame-shame-shame!

  • Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi and over 150 other scholars condemn censorship, intimidation of Israel critics
    • Where can i join and add my name to the list of signatories???

      Does anybody know the respective web-link??

  • Obama warns Israel about delegitimization, and Oren suggests annexation
    • Pope Francis' imminent visit to Palestine and Israel

      I am looking forward and wonder what contribution Pope Francis will make during his forthcoming visit.

  • Making visible the Nakba: a US education project
    • Re : The six-part curriculum

      Can one access / download the curriculum??
      If yes, i shall be grateful if you could let me / us have a link, please.

  • Judis says Museum of Jewish Heritage has reinvited him to June 1 appearance!
    • Re: ...The Brits and the Zionists felt that they could shatter Arab nationalism by dividing Muslims and Christians; they preferred a religious conflict...

      Under varied conditions of today, the same strategy has been exercised/ is being followed
      especially in Nazareth: stoking Muslim - Christian animosities.

      Special reference is made to the schemings wrt the construction permission /withdrawal of a mosque before the Church of Anunciation. et al.

  • Truman feared backing Israel would involve US in 'new world conflict' -- Boston Globe
    • 'Special Relationship'

      Yes, indeed.
      This Very Special Relationship has obviously become nothing else than
      a PERFECT allround LIABILITY for the USA.

      It is high time, that the 'land of the free' sets itself free of such self-imposed imprisonment.

  • Derfner: The boycott isn't economic warfare, it's psychological
    • Too early and ill-timed

      I disagree with Derfner's headline : "The boycott isn’t economic warfare, it’s psychological."

      We are not there, where Derfner thinks we are already.

      BDS has barely taken off to exert its influence on Israeli business and the Israeli electirate. Of course, in the very first instance BDS's is -as of now- majoritively an economic instrument in order to create political awareness. And as of now, all efforts have to be directed to massively increase the economic effects of BDS, so that these will really thoroughly and undeniably be felt in Isarael. That is the first priority.... for the coming years.

      Even if "the real power of BDS can’t be measured in dollars, cents, euros, or shekels (alone)..." and even if there is a critical "psychological and political " component to BDS also, Derfner's emphasis belittles the economic component and overrates - at least at this point in time - the psychological and political impact.

      Such lobsided analysis is imho premature and ill-timed, possibly it could even have an (unintended) effect of letting the steam off the BDS-efforts before it runs full steam.
      Global Promotion of BDS in all spheres has utmost priority for years to come, before the collateral pdychological effects on the Israeli electorate and its political awareness will make voters elect another KNESSET and permit -finally - a JUST settlement of the I-P-"conflict".

  • Dutch pension giant ditches Israeli banks over involvement with settlements
  • Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi who went on hunger strike for 266 days is freed
    • Typo?? with or should it not read "Without" ??

      ....administrative detention, the term that refers to the Israeli practice of jailing people with charge or trial.....

  • White House tightens enforcement of Iran sanctions amid meetings with Israelis
    • @ ToivoS assessment

      Agreed.

      Obama Care and Iran will be the 2 major Obama legacies.
      I wished i would be sufficienly confident to add: PALESTINE and GUN CONTROL

    • Additional Designations

      It is a very unnecessary act, unfriendly and not compatible with the nature of the InterimAgreement and surely does not originate from a bona fide attitude.

      However, imo there is no evidence that would justify dramatizing the unfriendly step. It is just playing to the R + D hawks without any real consequence...... hopefully.

  • Israel is uniquely sexy -- Ari Shavit tells Sally Quinn
  • Freezing and canoeing in Gaza
    • US NAVY breaks the BLOCKADE of GAZA - for humanity sake - and provides pumps, fuel, medicines, ......

      Would'nt that be a headline??

      Is it not awful, that we are used to soooo much of lies and propaganda that we suspect the same behind every news that comes our way, both from IDF spokespersons and Israeli media as well as - less so - from Palestinian sources when such news like the above concerning breaching dams reaches us??

      Wrt the natural (and perhaps also additionally man-increased floods?) are concerned, the statement of the UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness who said "that large regions of the Gaza Strip are a “disaster area”, should be reliable enough.

      I recall a natural calamity (few years back only) in Saakaswilli Georgia, when it had been on war terms with Russia, that the US Navy went there and provided emergency relief materials.

      Why not for the suffering Gazans.? One should hardly assume that the Israeli Navy would prevent the US Navy from delivering relief goods to the Gazan shore......... or??

  • Palestinian negotiators angered as Kerry proposes Israeli demands
    • Another Interim Agreement ????

      That is absolutely a NO GO.

      After Oslo and its 5-years perspective for an independent Palestinian state - it is virually unbelievable that the Palestinan negotiators will fall once again into such a gimmick trap.
      They must have learnt their lessons bitterly and thoroughly enough that such a Kerry strategy is BOUND to FAIL.

      Can anyone tell me whether any planned (?) and agreed time schedule in the entire I-P-negotiation- and "agreement"-history had ever been adhered to ????

  • After attending Mandela's memorial, Knesset member's blood rejected in gov't drive because she is African
    • Re German Superlefty:... The criterion is WHERE you lived, not WHAT race you are. Just because she’s black doesn’t mean that she was rejected for racist reasons...

      May i ask : How do you reconcile your statement with the fact that Mrs. Tamano-Shata was born in 1981, came to Israel as a 3yr old (1984) and has since lived in Israel for 30 years???????

  • Shared values: Likud member says Prawer Plan akin to what 'Americans did to the Indians'
    • Re : Mike_K... It is more complicated than that.

      Yes indeed, next to settlements and occupation and apartheid and racism and discrimination, also the issue of a second Naqba for the Bedouins is

      verrrrry, verrrry COMPLEX!

      As nearly everything about Israel is verrrrry, verrrry COMPLEX! indeed.

  • 'NYT' and Wash Post won't tell us why Dems are hurting Obama on Iran deal
    • Are'nt there any younger Democrats?

      who can successfully challenge the sitting Congressmen and Senators as candidates of their "party".

      Being "Dolchstoss" betrayers with respect of Obama's administration's possible biggest (interim-) achievement in foreign affairs should make the party folks and the electorate to show these old hypocrites and AIPAC stooges the red card, no?

  • Obama and Kerry drop talk of Palestinian state for 'state institutions' and 'transition'
    • Please note the A L S O ....

      Re Kerry.."“It will take time to train, build, equip, and test Palestinian institutions to ensure that they’re capable of protecting Palestinian citizens,” he said, continuing, “Their primary responsibility is that – and also of preventing their territory from being used for attacks on Israel.

      I do find it very noteworthy that Kerry starts introducing new, other preconditions for Palestinian statehood. So far that has been Netanyahoo's speciality.

      We ought to remember what the Word Bank, and IMF stated in April 2011:

      "The Palestinian Authority, which is working toward global recognition of its statehood in September, got an endorsement on Wednesday from the International Monetary Fund, which said that the authority was fully capable of running the economy of an independent state." ….

      “If the Palestinian Authority maintains its performance in institution-building and delivery of public services, it is well positioned for the establishment of a state at any point in the near future,” the World Bank says in its report, to be released Thursday.

      Even Fox news reported that Donor Nations attested Palestine's readiness forstatehood.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/world/middleeast/07palestinians.html?_r=0
      http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/19/donor-nations-palestinians-ready-for-statehood/

    • I wonder whether there will come foreward an unambiguous statement of disqualifying such Kerry-verbage by president Abbas.

      It would surely deserve a non-diplomatic rebuttal.
      Shame on Kerry and President Obama hardly deserves any more lenient qualification.

  • Netanyahu ducks Mandela memorial
    • Netanyahoo knows very well what a reception he would get in South Africa by the South Africans. He would be the absolute pariah anong the mourners.

      And that - transmitted by countless TV-stations - before the open eyes of the entire world.

      That is why he shuns going there. He never really intended to attend.

  • Israeli report: Kerry proposed long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley
    • Lot of Balooneys and unsubstantiated Spinning by Israeli Media around these days

      Especially Maariv Newspaper has a formidable record of fake or "misrepresenting" reports.

      Until proven to the contrary i take such news with a POUND of SALT.

  • Shimon Peres on Mandela and Apartheid: Now & Then
    • RE seafoid's little pony, moms and apple pie.....

      If one was to marvle about Simon Peres' salient character feature -
      Go and see what
      Uri Avnery tells about his country's president: No.1 Deceiptful and a hypocrite par excellence.

  • Netanyahu tweets red-telephone picture, to show how happy he is with Kerry
    • EU denies that it would suspend aid to PA if peace talks fail

      ….The High Representative for EU foreign policy spokesperson, Maya Kossianic, told Italian news agency AKI, "The European Union did not make any such announcement. Such a move is out of the question now. The EU strongly supports the peace talks as the best way to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and to achieve security and stability for the region."

      What Israeli newspapers had circulated re discontinuing / reducing EU financial support if Kerry-induced I-P Peace bla-bla talks concluded in failure has obviously been again another
      " SHITHOUSE Baloony PAROLE"

      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/europe/8675-eu-denies-that-it-would-suspend-aid-to-pa-if-peace-talks-fail

    • Recognition of Israel as Jewish State
      Re: John Kerry : ….our deep, deep commitment to the security of Israel and to the need to find a peace that recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, …and that is an important principle with which the Prime Minister and the President and I are in agreement…

      Such a statement by the USA is indeed highly deplorable, indicating that the USA echoes the Netanyahoo newly introduced condition, which is - as we all know - a perfect Killer Condition.

      I wonder why Kerry still travels thousands of miles backwards-forwards under the signum of I-P-"peace" talkings.

  • Netanyahu's 'gift' to Pope: book on Catholic church's persecution of Jews
    • Exchange of Gifts between Pope Francis and Netanyahoo - a little tit for tat???

      His Father#s book about the Spanish Inquisition to Pope Francis i would hold in the first place as : very undiplomatic and RUDE!
      Moreover,it can be taken as a strong indicator for NTY's annihilation obsession, and his father complex.

      The Vatican (or Pope Francis?) has been slightly more creative and subtle wrt the choice of a fitting present for NTY: a bar-relief of St. PAUL !

      Considering that the spread of Christianity and its development into the largest Universal religion is fundamentally due to ST. PAUL's work, like Jesus a Jewish Rabbi, drawing its early Christian followers largely from the Mediterranean /Oriental Jewish community - that seems to me to deserve a chuckle......

      I do not think that there is lots of love lost between the two protagonists.....???

  • Avigdor Lieberman bombs everywhere but in The New York Times
    • RE: What is wrong with the Tourism Ministry, for example?

      That actually maybe a smart move......increasing the efficiency of BDS.

      With Lieberman as Tourism Minister, the Israel tourist- and pilgrim-numbers would certainly plunge.... and the tourism industry would love it!

  • Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: 'The Palestinian struggle is not about independence -- it is about liberation'
    • LIBERATION - not independence

      Dr. Eid's is the STRONGEST and most CONSISTENT plea for the One-State-solution that i have come across.

      We have to go back to the roots of the tragedy: 1948

      Everything else leads us up the garden path.

  • Only sanctions against Israel will end occupation -- Gideon Levy
    • Re fnlevit : i am proud of my country......I wonder if one could publish in NYT a similar call for boycotting US for say its invasion in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc

      I wonder something else, that is :
      whether Gideon Levy won't be in some legal trouble soon - in light of the recent Anti-Boycott Call- Law passed by the Knesset.

      Let us see, how this will play out......

    • Gideon Levy says the obvious

      If only the Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land would boycott -delay their pilgrimages (most likely 5-10years only would be needed!) until a final settlement of the I-P conflict will have been reached -

      that would already have a very beneficial impact.

  • 'NYT' article on Palestinian refugees manages to quote Israeli govt spox but no Palestinians
    • Re Eljay : ...Israel has no right to exist as a(n oppressive, colonialist, expansionst and) supremacist “Jewish State”.

      "Jewish" State

      This quoted line above might well serve well for Mr. Abbas possible (but unlikely) Knesset speech to which Neanyahoo has invited him recently: Something like this:

      " You, Mr. Netanyahoo, ask of me to recognize Israel as the Jewish State, knowing too well that we, the Palestinians, will and cannot comply with such a demand - never.
      However, there is also one more, and not the least reason why i would never do it.

      It would be a gross insult for Jewish Israelis of Conscience to do, because calling their state of Israel a "JEWISH state" which has manifested itself from the days of the Naqba on to this date as an oppressive, colonialist, expansionst and supremacist state, is - as i must see it - a fundamental contradiction to the ethical principles of Judaism."

  • The Siege of the Tel Aviv bus station
    • Israel and Saudi Arabia - the new allies

      To prove the new Alliance - here you are:

      Both democracies see eye-to-eye: Kick them out, them Infiltrators!

  • Klug on Kristallnacht: Opponents in Israel/Palestine debate are locked in an 'acrimonious circle'
    • Re Pabelmont : ... That, to me, extends to the idea that you cannot without antisemitism characterize anything “Jewish”. ...

      As far as i understood his lecture, Brian Klug made it very clear that using the term Antisemite (antisemitic) to rightfully characterize a person or an action or event, it needs a wide range of subjective, objective and circumstantial and individual-motivational parameters to be taken into account. Iow, a comprehensive and judicious assessment of the entire scenario.

      It has been imho indeed a creative, sensitive and smart reply to the ugly ad-hominem slurs thrown at Mr. Brian Klug by a group of "expert-Jewish experts", lead by the Director of the Berlin Internat. Center for the Study of AS, Dr. Clemens Heni. See their joint smear-dossier :

      http://bicsa.org/wp-content/uploads/BICSA-International-Scholars-criticize-Brian-Klug-ZfA-EVZ-Jewish-museum-Berlin-Nov-20133.pdf,

  • Why do US media insist that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Gulf states oppose Iran deal?
    • Re : … The need by so many American journalists to pin opposition to the deal on Arab states is really a manifestation of the Israel lobby. These journalists are trying to take the onus — or the pigeonhole — off forces that are actually far more familiar to them than the Gulf States: Israel and its lobby. ….

      That is a conspicuous, but failed attempt of Israel-Firsters (journalists, Congressmen, Senators and respective Jewish Organisations) to remove the Netanyahoo-Israel out of the danger to be cross-haired as the eternal war-mongerer and notorious grumble pot, while abusing the Iran issue to deflect from their own " Palestine homework" with regard to the simultaneous Kerry-I-P- negotiations.

      And Thomas L. Friedman is one of them as is evident in his recent NYT op-ed of 23-24November, in which he chimes in exactly the same swan song, describing an (alleged) massive and strategic opposition to the recent Geneva 1.step agreement by almost all Sunni Arab States that matter.

      Friedman tries to sell NYT-readers the idea, as if in the first place the Friedman-discerned opposition were a natural clash of the religious Sunni-Shia worlds - with Israel also being named, however, only as one among the many other Arab countries who had their qualms with the 24Nov. Geneva agreement - that might well prove to be/come historic if the good will on both sides will prevail and enable a fair and peace-promoting final agreement in 6months time.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/friedman-oh-brother-big-brother-is-back.html?src=recg

  • (Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to 'defeat' Arab world and Palestinians
    • Re Chu: ....And once the debate about engaging in more military action in the middle east continues to bubble to the surface in the minds of United States citizens, it will be too late for AIPAC to strong arm the congress...

      Moreover, once it dawns on potential congress- or senator-candidates that campaign moneys from AIPAC -sources meanwhile have become a liability, compromising their chances to get elected, then the AIPAC $-bondage has evaporated. Puff.......

      The souvereign, the USA- electorate has matured and increasingly considers honest and bondage-free candidates better representatives to have as Congressmen + Senators.

  • Netanyahu: Israel is 'by itself,' 'not bound by this agreement'
    • I do hope that this first agreement can be seen through up to a consolidated agreement in 6 months time or so.
      There won't be a dearth of attempts to sabotage this welcome process of bringing Iran back into the regional and global discourse; a place which only does justice to a country and people like Iran and Iranians.

      Now, with the Govt.of Israel so totally and profoundly ISOLATED from the rest of the world, this hopefully will be a thorough wake-up call for the Israeli voters.

      They ought to realize that a NTY+Lieberman+Bennet Government is absolutely no good for them, not in any way.
      However, where is the alternative political party to vote for?
      No Nelson Mandela in sight.
      Until then? what can be done?
      For us, citizen of countries the governments of which have remained onlookers and only expressed endlessly hollow concerns about Israel's Occupation and other violations of international law but let 46 years pass without putting any political and economical pressure - we only have : B D S

  • Real estate, racism, and righteousness -- a grim visit to Israel
    • @ Pabelmont: .... I hope Phil is listening (or reading)....

      It seems Phil is not listening.....

    • Re: … I used to resist the term settler colonialism, knowing there was more to Zionism than that…. But when you spend a lot of time in the occupation seeing the expansion and ethnic cleansing, it looks like a straight-up western landgrab. Noam Sheizaf says it is all about real estate. That’s too reductive for me– I think it’s about religion too – but it definitely is about real estate, and the dispossession never ends….
      From the Jewish and the settler colonialists' point of view perhaps there might be something they would like to claim a religious element in their settler-and landgrab motivation. However, from the point of view of those victimised and occupied, who can not share any Judaic Torah dreams or tribal motivation, the "religious element" of their occupiers is absolutely immaterial; for them it is what it essentially is: outright settler colonialism. PERIOD.

      Moreover, Mr. Philip Weiss, if it were "about religion too", may i ask what notion of "religion" you subscribe to here, if you could detect a religious element in occupation?? At best it could be a Judaism debased of its ethical fundamental principles - and this is what conventionally is more accurately identified as Zionism.

      Yes, I see: " it is too reductive" for you! You want to be more subtle and analytically more differentiating? At the cost of diffusing the issue….?
      Do you realize, that such is not a far cry from the classical apologetic Hasbara argument which "argues" that the I-P-conflict, the occupation, or whatever is a very, very, very COMPLEX proposition, which we cannot discuss here in the "required detail", so as to do good justice to the occupiers and landgrabbers…..

  • In Avnery's 'Battle of the Titans,' will anyone bet that the dog wags the tail?
    • Not to be forgotten: The ultimate B I G

      ….The Lobby had deployed 300 people to Capitol Hill in a fruitless effort to convince Representatives to go against the wishes of the constituents…."

      And here Hostage highlights the very one B I G, which in Pabelmont's list is missing: Pabelmont explicitly mentions the BIG-ZION, the BIG-BANKS, or (implicitly) the BIG-MILITARY and BIG-MS MEDIA, and forgets to mention what is the ULTIMATE and OVERALL B I G :
      the US - ELECTORATE and voting citizen.
      The example given by Hostage does prove nicely:
      even in an US "democracy of sorts" and its outdated 18-19th century electoral and constitutional procedures - it is the SOVEREIGN, the CIVIC SOCIETY at large which ultimately holds decisive power (and responsibility) and is in the position to outflank all other BIGs, provided (!) a non-ignorant, enlightened collective makes its position known loud and clearly,and holds their representatives to account, constantly.
      Eventually, they will not be misguided by corrupt party candidates anymore, regardless how much money AIPAC or other BIG-Interest Groups might invest to get them elected.
      People do not want wars, but JUSTICE and Fairness - not only for themselves.

  • Shavit called Gideon Levy an 'enemy of the Jewish people' for wanting secular, democratic state
    • Haaretz promotes Shavit and his interpretation of things Israel - by an email offer dated 20. November 2013 for a Haaretz digital subscription:

      Get a free e-book
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      In his e--book "Does that mean war?" Ari Shavit explains why the Israelis are so concerned about an Iranian bomb.
      Subscribe Now.
      we will be giving thise-book for free toall our new subscribers in the next few days as the bookwillbe available to download between 20-24 November.

      Hurry,hurry if you have not got the free e-book yet..........
      alternatively you may just not!

  • Jewish worshipers seeking access to Haram al Sharif could trigger next intifada, Tibi says
    • great improvement of your original plan!
      Congrats.

    • @ eljay
      Tear it all down and .....

      With Reference to your :-), it seems,eljay, that you did not really mean what you suggest here.
      Whatever, permit me to say, that "jesting" (?) in this context i can only consider utterly misplaced. :-(

    • Provocations today - see also Provocations 1929

      There are striking parallels not only to the process (Sharon) that triggered off the Al Aqsa intifada, but also to the developments which eventually culminated /triggered off the 1929 riots / Pogrom and killings, also known as Western Wall Uprising.

      The principle being: continuous provocations, sometimes small, but persistent to stretch and violate any agreed status quo.

      Palestinians have a profound sense for history and past experiences.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Palestine_riots

  • Why Israel wanted Arafat dead
    • @ Annie re French Polonium Investigation

      I do not know which french Institute / laboratory has been encharged / entrusted with the body-tissue tests. Also a little websearch did not yield any concrete result.
      No,i do not want to cast any doubts on the Swiss results and report; considering that 9 years have passed after Arafat's demise, I think they have done a very diligent job and have worked scientifically rather professionally, including their cautious formulation wrt their conclusions.

      I do not want to speculate as to whether or why French lab results may be withheld. However, i fail to understand why no results have been reported / published so far. That in itself i have no reasonable explanation for, failing which the door to wild speculations remains open.....

      Madame Arafat and the Palestinian Authority are those who have initiated the post-mortem investigation and Polonium testing. Given the prominence of Y. Arafat and the strange circumstances of his death, I trust any test results will become public, one way or the other.

      What is a bit irritating in general is imho the somewhat extraordinary ME foreign policy behaviour of Monsieur L. Fabius.......,last not least shown recently in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran.
      Alas, he has a HUGE Ego, not entirely alien to the Grand Nation..... :-)

    • Re Annie + French bodytissue Laboratory results

      Sorry, i can not find any reference to French laboratory results.

      As far as i am concerned, sofar only the Russians have produced a report and the Lausanne Institute in Switzerland.

      The 9 year-delayed postmortem samples had been given to THREE Labs: 1 Russian, 1 Swiss and 1 French.

    • Persuasive analysis, Mr.Cook.

      I wonder: WHERE are the FRENCH Laboratory results?????
      What might take them soooo long to come up with the results?

      Moreover, I always have wondered as to
      WHY there had been no immediate French post-mortem??

  • Kerry reassures Israel as Congress grumbles about a deal
    • Re Ellen : The long term economic potential of normalized relations with Iran are tremendous. Israel is an economic drain on the US economy.....

      FULLY agreed.
      And that is also the reason why Israel (NTY) is dead against anything that would normalize international relations with Iran. For principal reasons - the nuclear issue is in this respect only pretext and a side-issue.

      For: when the sanctions will begone and the vexing nuclear issue will be satisfactorily off the table and "normality" will take root - what will be then?

      Then Iran with its 60-70 million population will naturally develop and regain into the position that matches its importance. Israel will be dwarfed and loose its regional and importance.
      Peace and fully developing international trade relations with Iran are what Israel must consider a threat to its international standing. Even for the USA and the economic interests of their big companies Iran has to offer MUCH MORE than the Jewish Colony.

    • Netanyahoo = the self-appointed Spokesperson for the International Community

      Quote: …."So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal. This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it."….

      One may wonder whether Netanyahoo realizes that HE has self-catapulted HIS Israel out of this international community that he dares to speak on behalf - long ago, more and more, day by day.

      Does Netanyahoo and for that matter the Israeli electorate realize that their Government gambles away any rest-sympathies which even well intending Israel friends (if any left) still could possibly muster????

  • Right wing finds new way to dismiss Blumenthal: liken him to Dostoyevsky
    • The Reform Movement Total FAILURE in Israel…..

      …has to be considered one of THE major causes which permitted the rabbinical Judaism in Israel to decay into an ugly farce of the moral and ethical principles of the fundamental assets of genuine Judaism.

      Tooo sad! Really.

  • National Security Agency gives data on Americans to the Israeli government
    • It All falls in line : see Haaretz article of 17 May 2009

      It is quite interesting to read what Haaretz wrote way back in May 2009 on the subject of close US-Israeli "coordination" to be discussed with President Obama in the FIRST meeting Netanyahoo had in the WH after Netanyahoo election victory 2009:

      Netanyahu unlikely to back Palestinian state in Obama meet

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to state support for the establishment of a Palestinian state when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Sunday, an aide to the prime minister said.
      However, in a bid to soften edgy relations with Washington, Netanyahu will propose that joint teams draft a new road map for the Palestinian peace process and a new strategy on Iran.…..

      Netanyahu's aides said the preparation talks before the meeting were effective and no conflict was expected at the dialogue with Obama. ….

      Netanyahu will ask Obama to tighten the coordination between the two administrations in defense and state affairs, and to set up communication channels and joint work teams on the Iranian and Palestinian issues, a source in the prime minister's bureau said. .
      …….
      . Netanyahu will also tell Obama that without dealing with Iran it would be difficult to advance the peace process with the Palestinians.
      He will ask Obama to coordinate the American-Iranian dialogue with Israel, and stress the importance of acting firmly against Iran should this dialogue fail. .

      http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/netanyahu-unlikely-to-back-palestinian-state-in-obama-meet-1.276155

    • re seafoid : Israel is totally dependent on a bought Congress...

      Yeah: the best democracy money can buy!

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