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Eva Smagacz

White Knight from Britain.

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  • Deconstructing Netanyahu's response to the Iran deal
    • Lets not forget that the money Iran will "get", will be their own money - previously frozen by western banks. While the money Israel gets and will get are American taxpayer money.

      Also, when Netanyahu says that Iran threatens Israel, he refers to links with Hamas and Hezbollah - two organisations that are defending (sometimes more effectively, sometimes less) native people of Palestine and Lebanon from Israel's past and ongoing aggression.

  • You won't find a mix like ours anywhere else in the media!
    • Just donated $100,-

      I have a bad memory about the "Megaphone"

      This in 2006 from Jerusalem Post:

      As Al-Jazeera station takes to the air in English and with other new Arab English-language media initiatives such as the Ramallah-based Palestine Times fresh off the press, Israel has begun effectively using a new weapon in its public diplomacy arsenal to fight the media war on the Web - a locally-developed computer software tool called the "Internet Megaphone." The Foreign Ministry itself is now pushing the idea, urging supporters of Israel everywhere to become cyberspace soldiers "in the new battleground for Israel's image." The Megaphone, which was first reported on in The Jerusalem Post when it made its debut in July during the Lebanon war, alerts activists about polls and articles about Israel on the Internet and enables them to express their support or opposition by e-mail. After just four months, it has been downloaded by more than 25,000 people from the Web site called GIYUS (Mobilization) which stands for Give Israel Your Support. Amir Gissin, who heads the Public Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, has been working behind the scenes to promote the idea. "During the war an initiative began, and we had the opportunity to do some very nice things with the Megaphone community," Gissin recently told the David Bar-Illan media conference in Ariel. "An Israeli company developed a type of software that functions like a beeper from one central place. They send alerts and anyone who downloads the software gets a pop-up with links to an activity. It can be to vote for Israel in a CNN survey or react to an especially nasty article. We still have a long way to go, but this is our future." Among the accomplishments of the Megaphone community during the war, Gissin said, was its role in obtaining an admission from the Reuters news agency that a photograph of damage done to Beirut in an Israeli air strike had been doctored by a Lebanese photographer. The extra smoke in the picture was first noticed by American blogger Charles Johnson who then alerted others, and later won an award for promoting Israel's case. Stewart Purvis, a journalism professor at London's City University who also attended the Bar-Illan conference, wrote in The Guardian last week that following Gissin's speech, he decided to check out the power of the Megaphone by logging onto the Giyus site. "It did not take long for an alert to come through," he said. "A Foreign Office minister, Kim Howells, had issued a press statement condemning that day's Palestinian rocket attack which killed an elderly Israeli and wounded other civilians. GIYUS wanted site users to 'show your appreciation of the UK's response.'" One click took him to a prepared e-mail addressed to Howells and a slot to send a personal comment, Purvis said. He went ahead and did, later confirming with the Foreign Office in London that it had received the e-mails. "In the e-mails, there would be no indication of the involvement of GIYUS, although Howells may have been suspicious that so many people around the world had read the same Yahoo story about him and decided to e-mail him," Purvis concluded. He also noted that GIYUS supporters had claimed success in "balancing" an opinion poll on a pro-Arab Web Site by turning a vote condemning Israel's war in Lebanon into an endorsement. When GIYUS noticed a poll on albawaba asking whether the violence in Lebanon had been an Israeli provocation, it sent a message with a link to the poll to its members and soon the results jumped from an overwhelming yes to a resounding no. The Megaphone was introduced by the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) during this summer's war with the aim of getting the pro-Israel community to respond in real time to developments on the Web. To attract users from around the world, translates polls into English, French, Hebrew and Spanish. Yonit Farago in The Times reported that "Israel's government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. "The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track Web sites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages." WUJS's Jonny Cline said that Jewish students and youth were ideally placed to present Israel's side of the Middle East story. "We're saying to these people that if Israel is being bashed, don't ignore it, change it," Cline said. "A poll like CNN's takes just a few seconds to vote in, but if thousands take part the outcome will be changed. What's vital is that the international face of the conflict is balanced." Gissin has gone as far as sending a letter (posted on the Israel advocacy Web site, that urges supporters of Israel to use the Megaphone. "Dear friends," he writes, "Many of us recognize the importance of the Internet as the new battleground for Israel's image. It's time to do it better, and coordinate our on-line efforts on behalf of Israel. "Please go to, download the Megaphone, and you will receive daily updates with instant links to important Internet polls, problematic articles that require a talkback, etc. "We need 100,000 Megaphone users to make a difference. So, please distribute this mail to all Israel's supporters. "Do it now. For Israel."

  • New online digital mapping tool shows inside story of Israeli assault on Gaza
    • There is nothing to stop Israel to create similar platform to show their losses in the same conflict. I think it would be educational.
      As to your comment that Amnesty International does not show positions of Hamas fighting posts - again - Israel can lead the way by showing Israeli fighting posts around Sderot and in and around kibbutzes in Gaza vicinity.
      And you say that Amnesty International does not show where Hamas fighters lived. Israel can show on its interactive platform where Israeli soldiers were living during the attack on Gaza. We already know that many groups are offered accommodation in kibbutzes, but it would be nice to have better insight.

  • Theodor Herzl wasn't Jewish, according to Israeli minister
    • Tsk, tsk, tsk Mooser,
      You are sailing close to the wind with your Gilad Atzmonesque conspiracy theories.

  • 'A traumatized society is dangerous'
    • The legislation allowing for forceful feeding of the prisoners is now going through Knesset.

  • What I learned crossing the Qalandia Checkpoint
    • Funny, I had another loud, rough, aggressive and guttural sounding language altogether in my mind's eye, when I was reading your post.....
      But hey, I had numerous relatives perish in Auschwitz, so maybe it's just me

  • Israel's race to economic (and moral) bankruptcy
    • BDS will speed this process, the imported service providers ( who are not allowed to interbreed with locals) will slow this down.
      The middle class is already hollowing out, the rate of geniuses and Nobel price production spluttering to a standstill with Russia and Western educated intellectuals retireing.
      The 30 odd "families" that own most of Israel industries and real estate all have several passports each, I expect.
      One day, Dimona will rust through, and USA will stop spare parts for sophisticated weapons.

      Not sure if it all come to pass before or after massacre of Palestinians.

  • Netanyahu under siege, in 'the most embattled democracy on earth'
    • Landie C

      Can people on IDF recruitment list leave the country to seek asylum anywhere else?

  • A banner day for BDS -- though you'd have to read the Jewish press to know it
    • Really momentous story about Orange Telecom - this from The Guardian:

      "The French telecoms giant Orange has indicated that it intends to terminate its relationship with the Israeli company that licenses its brand in the country – and would end the relationship “tomorrow” if it could.

      The comments – made by the company’s CEO, Stephane Richard – have emerged amid a sharp push back by the Israeli government against growing calls for an international boycott of Israel over its continuing occupation of Palestinian territories.

      They were angrily condemned by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who called on the French government to “distance itself publicly from the miserable statement and the miserable action of a company that is partially owned by the government of France.”

      Although Orange only licenses its name to the Israeli company Partner, the threat – if carried through – will be seen as a major success for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement which has been campaigning on the issue in both France and Egypt.

      Orange, in which the French government has a quarter stake, has been under pressure in France as well as in Egypt to terminate its relationship with Partner over its supply of services to Israeli settlements regarded as illegal under international law.

      In a report published in May the group claimed that Partner had built more than 100 telecommunication antennas on confiscated Palestinian land, as well as operating four shops in Israeli settlements.

      Speaking at a news conference in Cairo to lay out plans for the years ahead in Egypt, Richard said that his company intended to withdraw the Orange brand from Israel as soon as possible, but that the move would take time.

      “I am ready to abandon this tomorrow morning but the point is that I want to secure the legal risk for the company. I want to terminate this, once again, but I don’t want to expose Orange to a level of risk and of penalties that could be really sizeable for the company,” he said.

  • Dutch government issues travel warning about 'violent Jewish colonists'
  • Israeli propaganda dominates front page of 'New York Times' today
    • Desalinisation plants require very substantial input of electricity and results in large quantities of salty "brine" that is really, really polluting.
      Gaza would need to have electricity generating capability and means of disposal of effluent from the plant.

      Israel keeps the water from reaching Gaza aquifer - without that little trick there would be no shortage of freshwater in Gaza.

    • With shortage of water in areas of America, the NYTimes front page "infomercial" is designed to promote the Israel's "miracle" of defeating the drought. Just like Israel's weapons and crowd control equipment are "battle tested" so a case is being made that Israel's prowess in water management is "drought" tested.

      I expect lots of contracts for Israeli companies. But I wonder if there is a (very) small print in a contract that says

      You must have access to your neighbour's fresh water aquifers (from which water can be extracted at no cost and with no penalties) to achieve results stipulated in this contract. As a party to this contract, this [Israeli] company cannot guarantee the miraculous results unless the above condition is fulfilled.

  • The totalitarian reign of Sheldon Adelson
    • Shingo, you ask "Why Israel means everything to these individuals?"

      I believe that this is totally a matter of early conditioning. If you are born in a family where certain "truths" are unquestionable, then it is ingrained so deeply in you limbic (emotional) brain, that no amount of processing in your neocortex (logical brain) from facts, data, information can overcome this.

      The imprinting in limbic brain has a social dimension - "it is a truth universally acknowledged" in your community.

      The more isolated your community, the more difficult it is to make inroads to you "truths" in your limbic brain, because those inroads are so conditioned on social connections.

      The way to change the conditioning is to access limbic brain with emotion.

      Hence "love bombing" used by cults, creating irrational boundaries by religious prohibitions that rely on mixture of fears of rejection from co-religionists and God(s): "can't show face to strangers" "can't share meals because its not halal/kosher" "Roman catholic must marry roman catholic" and my favourite: "wife must submit to husband"

      There are windows of opportunity to change limbic brain held believes, and they are at times of great emotional upheavals: when you fall in love, when you have children, when you see horrors brought upon some people close up, when you are shamed or rejected publicly, when you come face to face with death.

      Limbic brain changes, just like limbic brain imprints, have social dimension: the change is facilitated by social interaction, interdependence, closeness and cohesion.

      It goes without saying that there is similarity between religious and political beliefs - hence use of fear and loathing as a favourite weapon to manipulate electorate ("They hate us for our freedoms" and "The Welfare Queen driving a pink Cadillac to cash her welfare checks at the liquor store" "Arabs vote in droves")

  • US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to 'national security threat'
    • "Present you evidence, Eva"

      Evidence of what? I was merely marvelling at the fact how serendipitous was the fact that of all windows of opportunity that FBI had in the last 20 years of investigating corruption in FIFA, they chose to strike two days before very FIFA Congress where suspension of Israel was to be voted on.

      To look at it as more than mere coincidence would be to imply that US might be looking out for Israel's interests and that would be just plain silly of me, wouldn't it?

    • I am sure that FBI raid on FIFA was not meant to put fear in the hearts of all and every one of national FAs representatives (guilty and innocent alike) ahead of vote to suspend Israel.

      I am sure that the timing of arrests was a mere coincidence.

      /sarcasm off

  • Turning Lebanon into Gaza -- Israel's hole card against Iran deal?
    • I remember this image:

      link to

      Somehow I knew, at that point, that the Iraq will be invaded, and that those Iraqis already know it.

      What they wanted the world to see is that weapons inspections were just a pretext and their country ill be invaded no matter what they'll do or say.

      Guess Poland felt like that in August 1939.

  • 'NYT' again acts as Netanyahu's mouthpiece -- wrongly suggesting he wants talks with Palestinians
    • I agree - I don't believe UN had right to create Israel without explicit agreement of native population.

  • West Bank Palestinians stuck in three-hour traffic jam due to Israeli settler bike race
  • The final straw: The real reason why Palestine wants Israel out of FIFA
    • And of course 5 million Palestinian lingering in refugee camps cannot represent Palestine as they also have no right to travel and no chance in hell of returning g to their villages that Israel is deliberately turned to ruin and now grows water thirsty European trees to try and camouflage their ethnic cleansing.

  • Understanding the 'S' in BDS: It's time to demand sanctions on Israel
    • Ongoing Nakba has to be fully understood in the context of Zionist "Iron Walling " - Arabfrei Lebensraum which results in permanent "warehousing" (read concentrating in camps) of deliberately displaced and unwanted Palestinian population into Gaza and refugee camps throughout the region, NOW IN THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION.

  • MSM's platform for Pamela Geller is equivalent to normalizing David Duke and Nazis
  • Two videos to challenge my liberal Zionist friends
  • Avi Shlaim on liberal Zionism, the 'dead' two-state solution, and colonial pizza
    • For me the most chilling part of this debate was the last remark of Shlomo Ben-Ami. He acknowledged that the end construct of Zionist project In Palestine is creating several Gazas.

  • Forgiving the anti-Semites
    • Yeh, nice try..

      " So the idea was if they were broken during the delivery process, they were returnable."

      Therefore, according to the story, the records were not returned because they didn't sell, they were supposedly "damaged in transit" and one can argue, "not fit for their purpose", so subject to "return privilege".

  • Using the dead: the 'NYT' works with Israel to justify military service
    • Are you calling Tzvia Thier bitter and angry and a total hater?

      If you do, I disagree with you. I can see and resonate with her anger - which I believe is justified. But why do you call her bitter? or a total hater? I did not detect anything in her writing that would justify that.

      I want to develop that "bitter" moniker ( using Betty Phillips):

      Just think of a bitter drink and you’ll have sensations of distaste, revulsion and rejection. A bitter person inspires such emotions. Let’s look at some descriptors: unhappy/depressed, angry, hostile, resentful, dwelling on past wrongs, stubborn, wounded, moody, lashing out at others, ranting about wrongs, carrying emotional baggage, stuck in a rut, blaming others, stereotyping and scapegoating, agitated, negative and critical, defensive, holding grudges, raging, malicious.

      Really? is Tzvia Thier coming across as someone showing characteristics as laid out above, or is she showing healthy grief, long term sadness and justifiable anger at people who used her brother, and now use his memory for their political ends?

  • Three asylum-seekers who left Israel were killed by ISIS in Libya
    • "Good to see Jewish culture is flourishing in Israel"

      I find it difficult to come to terms with, how the things are coming full circle:

      Jews are traumatised and embittered that not enough has been done to save them from Holocaust.

      It is a taboo subject that the very segregation that allowed them to maintain their customs , religion and practices for thousands of years, could had a profound negative effect on the amount of courageous generosity and selfless support they could expect from their European neighbours in their hour of need.

      And today the very same segregation that allowed and allows them to maintain their customs , religion and practices for thousands of years, continues to have a profound negative effect on the amount of courageous generosity and selfless support they extend to their Arab and African neighbours in their hour of need.

      Someone asked Phil Weiss, probably more than once: But will your gentile family hide you when they will come for you?

      I want to ask a question: where are those traumatised and embittered Jews when gentiles need to be given sanctuary in a Jewish home?

    • "The passengers on the St. Louis were killed by Germans, not Americans"

      Thank you, lysias.

      Every time I hear about the horrendous treatment of asylum seekers in Israel I remember the Evian Conference, and Hitler's words:

      "I can only hope and expect that the other world, which has such deep sympathy for these criminals, will at least be generous enough to convert this sympathy into practical aid. We, on our part, are ready to put all these criminals at the disposal of these countries, for all I care, even on luxury ships."

      So there you have it: asylum seekers then and now, treated as criminals, by two regimes wishing for them to be gone.

  • Graham and Rubio are dependent on pro-Israel money in bid for White House
    • Just to clarify, that there is no European Union's working definition on anti-Semitism.

      This organisation is trying to give impression that this officially affiliated with European Union. This cannot be further from the truth.

      It is a sort of Hasbara meme, similar to that of " Arafat died of AIDS ", that is a repeated over and over again on the Internet.

  • Israeli racism takes center stage at Manhattan JCC
    • “What I would want [in a two-state agreement] is maximal territory with minimal Arab citizens of that territory.”

      Clear echoes of "Lebensraum" and "Judenrein". The only question is how far are likes of Batya Kahana-Dror and Ethan Bronner willing to go to achieve that.

  • Kristol frets that he walked into Obama's 'trap,' and Rubio says he'll demand Iran recognize 'Israel's right to exist'
    • Walid, I think he said Thirty Year War. And to be fair, a somewhat similar argument has been made by Ray McGovern, if I recall correctly.

  • Who cares what Jeffrey Goldberg and Netanyahu don't like about the Iran deal?
  • Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye
  • 'Walls divide and segregate' -- New Marine video might apply to Israel
    • On the other hand, it has a quality of video game, so it may be reference to game i'm not familiar with. If it will be removed quickly, after a howl of protests, we will know it had dissident undercurrent

    • The sound of goat decidedly makes it Middle East.

      For me the crux of the image is the desolate area in the compound (?) ghetto (?) and green and pleasant land on the other side? Water apartheid, anyone?

  • 'NYT' describes Congress as Netanyahu's wind-up toy
  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • I don't see paean to exceptionalism, I see statement of deeply unpleasant fact.

      By permitting subversion of democracy with money and nepotism/tribalism, we give licence to "a segment of official Jewish community" to control politicians and newspapers.

      We let them become "mighty white". There isn't folk alive on this planet that wouldn't take such a power if it was there for the taking.

      Consider reading how America is no longer a democracy 2014 paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page

      link to

  • Netanyahu's victory ‐ what is the cost?
    • I always felt that Obama is playing it long with Israel and american Zionist supporters. His strategy to concentrate on settlements and bring them to the attention of the world as "illegitimate" was, and is, a great strategy.

      He gave Netanyahu and his ilk all the rope they needed to hung themselves - and in this case - to expose Zionist Lobby and its poisonous interference with American foreign policy and to expose the impossibility of Israel being Jewish AND democratic.

      Who would have thought in the lull after Cairo lecture, that so much will change in the Middle East....

  • Palestinian leaders respond to Netanyahu's Congress speech
  • Hanin Zoabi disqualified from Israeli elections over a mistranslation gone too far
    • I admire Hanin Zoabi enormously.

      She is able to carry on regardless of wall of racism and hate encircling her constantly in her work as a politician. Lesser people would have folded long ago in face of so much hostility day in and day out.

      She must be a real horn in the side of Zionist Israelis: she is female, independent, feisty, self assured, articulate and non-religious.

      All the propaganda about Islam being "male-female apartheid" falls apart when confronted with her image.

      Real role model for women everywhere.

  • AIPAC behind new US/EU trade legislation designed to thwart BDS
    • So, the trade agreement that, according to usual suspects, has no downside for either party, may be derailed by Israel Lobby.

      This will go well with business people, who are already fed up to the gills with restrictions of trade with Iran and Russia.

      But looking at the free trade agreement from another point of view, it is distructive to the extreme to the European way of life and a triumph for the neocons.

      Here is the beef or the matter, as laid out by George Monbiot from Guardian:

      The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue :

      the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections . Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.

      The mechanism through which this is achieved is known as investor-state dispute settlement. It's already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet.

      The Australian government, after massive debates in and out of parliament, decided that cigarettes should be sold in plain packets, marked only with shocking health warnings. The decision was validated by the Australian supreme court. But, using a trade agreement Australia struck with Hong Kong, the tobacco company Philip Morris has asked an offshore tribunal to award it a vast sum in compensation for the loss of what it calls its intellectual property.

      During its financial crisis, and in response to public anger over rocketing charges, Argentina imposed a freeze on people's energy and water bills (does this sound familiar?). It was sued by the international utility companies whose vast bills had prompted the government to act. For this and other such crimes, it has been forced to pay out over a billion dollars in compensation. In El Salvador, local communities managed at great cost (three campaigners were murdered) to persuade the government to refuse permission for a vast gold mine which threatened to contaminate their water supplies. A victory for democracy? Not for long, perhaps. The Canadian company which sought to dig the mine is now suing El Salvador for $315m – for the loss of its anticipated future profits.

      In Canada, the courts revoked two patents owned by the American drugs firm Eli Lilly, on the grounds that the company had not produced enough evidence that they had the beneficial effects it claimed. Eli Lilly is now suing the Canadian government for $500m, and demanding that Canada's patent laws are changed.

      These companies (along with hundreds of others) are using the investor-state dispute rules embedded in trade treaties signed by the countries they are suing. The rules are enforced by panels which have none of the safeguards we expect in our own courts. The hearings are held in secret. The judges are corporate lawyers, many of whom work for companies of the kind whose cases they hear. Citizens and communities affected by their decisions have no legal standing. There is no right of appeal on the merits of the case. Yet they can overthrow the sovereignty of parliaments and the rulings of supreme courts.

      You don't believe it? Here's what one of the judges on these tribunals says about his work. "When I wake up at night and think about arbitration, it never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all ... Three private individuals are entrusted with the power to review, without any restriction or appeal procedure, all actions of the government, all decisions of the courts, and all laws and regulations emanating from parliament."

      There are no corresponding rights for citizens. We can't use these tribunals to demand better protections from corporate greed. As the Democracy Centre says, this is "a privatised justice system for global corporations"

  • New leftwing anti-semitism is when Jews feel 'attacked' over Israel's conduct
  • Chair of Democratic National Committee opposes Jewish intermarriage and MSNBC showing Gaza carnage
  • Zero (0) Palestinians quoted in 'NYT' piece on rift between US and Israel
    • MRW, check out the gallery of pictures called "Israel-Gaza Conflict" that accompanies the article

      link to

      This is the greatest bullshit of a propaganda that I saw in a long time. You could almost cry for poor Israelis. No wonder some Americans feel sorry for Netanyahu's and their ilk.

      I especially liked the picture of fruit " they are not starving, silly" market in Gaza.

      The collection like that cannot be random. This is deliberate falsification of reality. Someone in Huffington Post sat down, and deliberately chose these pictures and withheld pictures coming from Gaza. Those pitifully few pictures from Gaza that ARE chosen, are deliberately inane.

      I am so mad.

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  • The betting line on Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    • May I blow my trumpet and say I was there first:


      less than 25 standing ovations 10-1
      more than 25 standing ovations but less than 40 standing ovations odds on favourite: 4-7
      more than 40 standing ovations: 2-1
      unanimous standing ovation odds on favourite: 3-8
      non-unanimous standing ovation (retiring members of congress not standing/clapping) 100 - 1
      non-unanimous standing ovation (returning members of congress not standing/clapping) 1000000 - 1

      - See more at: link to

  • 'Great American villain' Henry Kissinger faces citizen's arrest inside a Senate hearing room
    • So 90 year old German accused of war crimes against Jews - to be hounded to the end of the earth.
      So 90 year old American accused of war crimes agains Asians - to be shielded as his prosecution (as commented on by pro-Israeli commenter) is a mean, unsavoury action.

      What does it tell you about casual racism and ethnic sense of superiority?

  • 'NYT' and Matthews warn that Netanyahu speech to Congress could lead US to war
    • There are official channels, where politicians say what is expected of them, and there are back channels, where the clearer intentions about outcomes are revealed.

      If Kerry called 50 foreign leaders telling them that the Palestinians joining ICC is undesirable, and against USA wishes, because this would potentially lead to prosecution of Israelis responsible for Gaza massacres , I am not sure if I would ( if I were a foreign head of state) take this as an encouragement to do something against it…… ;-)

  • Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football
    • Betting:

      less than 25 standing ovations 10-1
      more than 25 standing ovations but less than 40 standing ovations odds on favourite: 4-7
      more than 40 standing ovations: 2-1
      unanimous standing ovation odds on favourite: 3-8
      non-unanimous standing ovation (retiring members of congress not standing/clapping) 100 - 1
      non-unanimous standing ovation (returning members of congress not standing/clapping) 1000000 - 1

  • Obama won't meet Netanyahu during 'bizarre,' 'historic,' 'unprecedented' visit (Updated)
    • Funny, when will Israel apologise about turning African refugees away in their hour of need?

    • Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has postponed a planned trip to Israel, after Liberman made it clear that Israel will not provide security for her visit. The papers then called her up on "snubbing" the Israelis, and postponing the visit.

      (background of cooling of relations between the two countries was that Sweden recognised Palestine)

      I would love if Obama could make a similar offer that Netanyahu could not refuse: Like calling out the loyalty of Congress to a foreign leader and foreign interests in a major televised speech or abstaining from the next round of voting for Palestine in the Security Council ( although I assume that he would have to attend the session personally for that)

    • "The Zionist parties will never bring the Arab parties into coalition, ever. The racism is too deeply engrained" +1

    • If evidence for Iranian involvement was flimsy, Alberto Nisman was (is ) worth more dead than alive to those who are trying to stir America into military contflict with Iran.

      Unless, of course, his death will not delay significantly the presentation of his evidence to the authorities. I assume if he was killed a night before presentation, he had all his work completed and his deputies can use his prepared work.

      Having said that, his death allows for the assumption that the flimsy evidence is incomplete, and that Nisman took "reliable evidence" with him to his grave.....

  • Gaza family to daughter studying abroad, 'We do miss you Baba, but don’t come'
    • Dear Tamam,

      I understand so well your bittersweet thoughts about missing home and the dangers associated with crossing the borders.

      During the Cold War, it was common to be worried that one will end up behind the wrong border, unable to return to those that were left behind.

      This particular nightmare, this reoccurring bad dream, is known as Sen emigranta = night dream of an emigrant.

  • 'Protest in the form of a prayer': Dream Defenders demonstration in Nazareth makes connections from Ferguson to Palestine
  • Netanyahu crashes Paris unity march, French gov't fumes
  • Child living in remains of home destroyed by Israel dies from freezing weather in Gaza
    • This is as predictable as it is planned.
      Not all the Jews in Europe died killed in extermination camps. Massive proportion of them have died in ghettos. They died from disease, from being exposed to the weather, of hunger.

      One wonders what the endgame is, about Gaza, in Zionist planning.

  • Fireworks in Ramallah, as Abbas signs treaty to join International Criminal Court
    • Since 2006, due to handywork of Pentagon procurement apparatchik call Keith Rowe, authorisation is no longer required. "Somehow" this agreement didn't reach White House

  • Our Readers Respond: What Mondoweiss Means To Us
    • That's unfortunate, but they cannot help being male and white. Their regular co-workers: Annie, Kate, Allison are female and (I presume,) white.

      You are being unduly harsh.

      These guys are of generation that talked gender equality, but never, exactly, practiced gender equality - just ask Phil's wife about housework!

      They are pioneers in a field of equality - and their ideas and perceptions are evolving in front of our eyes. Where equality of rights becomes norm, equality of opportunity is not far behind.

  • 'NYT' writer takes Salaita's side, saying U of Illinois violated 'intellectual and academic freedom'
  • Our Year-End Campaign: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
  • Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?
  • 'I observe that you are a fascist' -- Zahalka to Feiglin
  • 'Zionism' is now a dirty word for American opinion elite, Frank Luntz concedes
    • Wow Citizen,
      That interview IS awesome. Like going back in history and reading interview with young Goebbels (in fairness to Goebbels, he did not bother with perceptions of foreigners) - selling evil wrapped in fluffy sweetness and brotherly love.

  • Yad Vashem
  • Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government
    • I wonder if he is writing the above, or is this software misbehaving. Annie, ask him somewhere else on the website, where he is commenting.

  • Chickenshitgate: A dissenting view
    • "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

      Upton Sinclair

      Pro-Zionist politicians are bought by Israel Lobby. Simples

  • Ambassador Power to kick off 3-hour event on 'never-ending' genocide of Jews
    • This paranoia based on nothing else but a self serving brain-washing would be laughable, if real people lives were not destroyed by it.

      Just like I would like empty a cold bucket of water over politicians proclaiming that they defend democracy by sending troops to foreign countries to destroy existing power structures, I so would like to do that to Jewish people ( and a sizeable number of non-Jewish people! ) who believe that Jews, their culture and religion is being deliberately decimated to the point of non-existence even as we speak.

  • David Brooks's romance of community
    • And before some of you indignants start being smart in your remarks that its not the same, I believe that white phosphorus eating through the flesh of children in Gaza is worse and more barbaric death than beheading of adults.

    • Brooks said: "He [Brooks's son in IDF] believed in a course, and needed one hard thing......."

      Imagine that American of Islamic faith was to have a son in ISIS: take Keith Ellison being asked:
      What is your son doing? "He jointed ISIS. He believed in a course and needed one hard thing........"

      Can you imagine stampede of vultures?

  • A visit to Auschwitz
    • The idea of "no crematoria" in Auschwitz, maybe badly understood argument between experts whether the specific building now being shown by museum as a gas chambers, was, in fact, used to gas prisoners.

      Zyklon B leaves residue on the walls of the buildings in which it was used, and the building in question has very low quantities of it in the walls.

      As far as I am concerned, it is a legitimate question, and contradictory evidence is well known - for all we know, Russians, who kept Auschwitz as a monument to the evil of Germany, may have provided a gas chamber where none of original survived.

      But it is sickening to use the above as a "evidence" that very idea of gas chambers in death camps is questionable, when it is most emphatically not - just like crematoria, gas chambers are matter of record.

  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
  • A peek inside the Israeli subconscious as revealed at the King Hussein crossing from Jordan
    • This story still hounds me - can't get it out of my mind:

      On July 18, 30-year-old Muath Dureidi crossed the Allenby Bridge into the West Bank, excited to take a job in his native Palestine after receiving word that a local company had accepted his application. His excitement turned to horror, however, after Israeli forces detained him and kept him isolated from the outside world for the next 28 days. By the end of his ordeal, Dureidi had suffered a complete mental breakdown, and today sits completely mute in the Arab Specialized Hospital in Nablus.

      link to

  • NYT takes on Europe's recognition of a Palestinian state
    • I hate not having EDIT button.
      What I meant was that only four comments in total, and none of mine, were ever published under Glick's article

    • I left several comments - especially under Glick's article, but only first four were ever published.

  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
    • That would be fun - Assume London is a good venue?

      Talking of gatherings, I remember a promise to donors of "they will get a book and be invited to a delicious meal at Tanoreen with the Mondoweiss team later this year"

      I would love to go, but heard nothing further, AND need to buy a flight!

    • I can't help remember how Obama Administration opted, very early on, to make settlements the key issue with which to try and rain in Israeli Administration.

      I venture to add that they succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. I think its a good example of political jujitsu. It is Israeli policy of throwing their weight around that suddenly seems to be doing them most damage.

      If politics is the art of possible, then, in this aspect of policy, Obama Administration performed brilliantly - hardly any blame for the summersault in public opinion can be pinned on them - its all "public opinion" driven, but I can't help thinking that someone is working a long con - giving Israel enough rope to hang themselves.

  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
  • British Parliament to vote on recognition of Palestinian state on Monday
    • This sort of overwhelming vote, while "non-binding" puts enormous pressure on Government to follow the prevailing mood of people.

      This really is historic. Many parliamentarians shunned the vote - the discrepancy between the world view of donors and voters is unbreachable - but it makes the disparity between Ays and Nays that much more startling.

    • Vote just in 274 For the motion to recognise Palestine 12 (yes, twelve!) against.

      So happy!!!

    • Same here.

  • Andrew Sullivan should stop giving a pass to Sam Harris and Bill Maher's bigotry
    • Depends what you mean by "excuse" of suicide bombing?

      We seem to accepted as gospel that suicide bombings are uniquely evil, and when you ask why arguments do not stack up - it's one of the things "everybody knows": Jerusalem is undivided, eternal capital of Israel, Capitalism is a best economic system for all, Gays are an abomination in the eyes of The Lord.

  • If you stand up for Palestine in America, 'you're the devil,' Junot Diaz says
    • I don't believe Indians would insist on people leaving, if we acknowledged that America's land belongs to them. Would they be any worse that white people that own the land? I doubt it. What I can believe, is that they would insist on land being treated with much more respect.

  • Proposal for a Direct Action, Yom Kippur 5775
    • Those Ajraabs, so primitive, so disorganised, don't even keep population registry up to date.....

  • Moe Diab debates SWU operative Philippe Assouline (Updated)
    • I think this is a progress. Once the topic stops being taboo, and representatives of Palestinian point of view are allowed to speak, then the confrontation between Zionists and those representing Palestinian point of view will make an extremely good television. So maybe more and more stations will be willing to do it for the viewing figures?

  • Remember the photos on my father’s prison walls  
    • Noor, I followed your fathers prosecution and conviction. I totally agree with you that he is a political prisoner - imprisoned by pro-Zionist government forces out of spite and to scare others to step out of line and present Palestinians as human beings.

      I believe that 9/11 was seized with relish by joined forces of people who were seeking an enemy that would maintain military budgets - and who to this end conjured terrorist threat as a nebulous and shapeshifting and immortal adversary and Zionists who wanted to conflate the above with legitimate resistance by the native Palestinian population.

      I believe that very creation of Communication Management Units is a clue how scared the then political players were of opposing ideas, how utterly threatened by free speech and how undemocratic their own instincts were.

      I also believe that push back against pro-totalitarian political forces is gaining momentum, and that your father's chances of freedom grow in direct proportion to growing enlightenment ( and subsequent revulsion) of American voters as they learn about being taken for a ride (politically and financially) by Zionist neo-cons.

  • ISIS and Israel allies against a Palestinian state
    • DaBakr,

      who didn’t “talk about” ? It was fairly well covered by most international media how those ‘irascible’ Israeli Jews were so ‘shockingly’ unanimous in their support of the 50 Day War. How the cabinet ‘came together’. You know, those crazy Jews who are never 96% on anything…. - See more at: link to

      You will get closer to truth by loosing quotation marks...

  • Photo of six shoveling secretaries needs a caption
  • After 'Operation Protective Edge': Self-healing in Gaza
    • I need EDIT function back! English is not my first language and how am I ever to tidy apostrophes, tenses, and worse?!

    • Sarah, what an epitaph to people of Gaza! The hurts of second world war never really healed and my grandmother would wake up with nightmares up to the day she died, aged 89.

      She hated to talk about the war, but spoke over and over again about the need to work, tirelessly to combat injustice, racism and demagoguery in the politics. She explained that it is the individual people's refusal to be silenced that can make the difference, down the line, to prevent or stop ghetto's and occupation.

      Your writing reminds me that my humble attempts at making my voice heard, far from being insignificant, are part of an important vigil to reduce the evil that sense of entitlement and supremacy can make happen.

      And your writing reminds me that the end of bombing is in no way the end of suffering.

  • I quit my job at the Jewish Community Center over a pro-Israel rally and they called me an anti-semite
    • Charlie, it was a very valiant thing to do. It takes a real civil courage to stand up to your friends and members of your community. This is why shunning in the religious communities and in the cults is so very effective.

  • British pol is beaten by man in Israeli army t-shirt, and the chattering classes are silent
  • Although focus has been on Gaza, Israel's plan for the West Bank is still in place
    • Israel never cancels its settlements. Ever. It merely postpones them, or, on rare occasions, places them at a different spot of stolen Palestinian land.

  • Our new look
    • I don't like it, Piotr. You could have Sheldon A. doing a donation, and we could have troll flooding worse than with Richard Witty, although, I predict, just as thickly incomprehensible and resistant to reason.

    • I found one small bug so far: I cannot tweet the story: the story information does not carry onto tweeter, the new post window does not even open. On the other hand, putting the story on Facebook works correctly. I am using ipad

  • Ceasefire comes to a close -- Mohammed Assaf's 'Raise Your Head High'
  • NY Times describes Israel’s June rampage in the West Bank as a “clampdown”
    • 15/5/2014:Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, and Mahmoud Odeh, 16 of West Bank, were killed by IDF soldiers & little Ali Abd al-Latif al-Awour, 7, of Gaza, on 11/6/2014 was killed by Israeli missile strike - but lives of three settlers killed were worth SO much more, that death of mere Palestinians, (who, by virtue of not being Jewish are hardly considered human) , is not worth mentioning.

  • More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times
    • Hi Dickerson, I quite enjoyed the orientalist treasure trove hidden in your comment, especially black beards of male protagonists, black skin of the servants and whiteness of the skin of odalisques -
      Really, who are we to point finger at Israelis for anti-miscegenation mini riots, and chants "Death to Arabs"! Were we really that much more civilised a mere couple of centuries ago?

  • Question for the American Jewish Establishment: Where does Zionism end and Judaism begin?
  • Daily News publisher, Gov. Cuomo, Yankees president, and NE Patriots' owner are latest to rush to Israel's side
    • Tod77,

      If you read the link, you would notice that the link is gambling. It takes advanced narcissism to refer to any link that involves Jews, as being "definitely" about Jews. In a world outside your tribal blinkers people live lives without pandering to your self obsession.

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
    • Well the alleged killers of settlers were subject to enhanced interrogation techniques according to their lawyer.
      I guess I would have confessed to killing Kennedy.

  • Giving birth under bombardment
    • Gabor Mate, fantastic doctor an amazing human being, who is best known for providing care to dispossessed, and addicted in Canadian slams, when he was reminiscing about his own early years in the war in Europe, he said he remembered his mum telling that she went to see the doctor and told him that her child keeps on crying, the doctor said "all my Jewish children are crying" their mothers as stressed and unsure of future. Mate went on to describe the enormous damage to emotional health, personality development, inability to relate to others, that come from such early tragic experiences. He was not providing exceptionalism excuse for Jews, or Israelis . He was making a universal humanist point that everybody whose childhood has been damaged will struggle for the rest of their lives.

  • How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes
    • Well the handle of being "anti-Semitic" is already not working very well, so new ways of controlling a discourse have to be devised. Accusing someone of being a Holocaust denier still works, to a degree, but people are increasingly queasy about using Holocaust as a shield for unsavoury political stances. Accusing your opponents of supporting resistance does not have that certain moral superiority ring to it.
      But if you can nail them as supporting terrorism the world is your oyster.
      You can throw a Patriot's Act at them!

      So Jon S, nice try, but no banana, ask again once Hamas (or at least their political wing) will be off the terror list. If England can differentiate between Qassam Brigades and Hamas, so can, in the fullness of time, USA.

  • How many Israeli civilians have been attacked from the Gaza tunnels? Any?
    • Tunnels into Israel are the only available and reliable way of moving people between Gaza and West Bank. Wouldn't surprise me if some of the foreign agricultural workers did turn the blind eye for a fee.

  • The forgotten victims of Gaza
    • My God, this is horrendous. I don't have words. It's like living while Palestinian is the crime in itself. Reading about things like that makes me want to hit something, hard.
      On one hand I understand that other Arab countries do not wish assist Israel in ethnic cleansing, so they are extremely careful in not providing Palestinians with a new residence.

      On the other hand Israel's intransigence is taking a tragic human toll. Palestinians are in limbo. They don't have their own country. They are not provided with rights by the occupier. This suits Israel very well, is it slows down the pollution of the master race with a lesser breeds of humans, infesting eretz Israel.

  • 'Dear American Jewish community, It's time to talk about Zionism'
  • Remnick gets the timeline wrong
    • Let's not forget this incident on 15th of May 2014:

      Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, and Mahmoud Odeh, 16 of Beitunia, West Bank, both shot and killed by IDF soldiers outside Ofer prison near Ramallah where surveillance video revealed that they were assassinated while peacefully walking down a street near the prison.

      And little Ali Abd al-Latif al-Awour, 7, of Beit Lahi, who died on 14th of June in the northern Gaza Strip, of wounds suffered in a June 11 Israeli missile attack, which killed his uncle Muhammad Ahmad al-Awour. - these attacks preceded kidnapping.

  • Which crowded cities can you fire into?
    • All this questions, about Hamas hiding between civilian population, while HaKirya, IDF headquarters are placed right bang in the residential district of Tel Aviv, next to Migdal Shalom tower ("Peace Tower") and Ichilov General Hospital, which, if I recall correctly, had maternity wards and services next to military buildings up to 1998.

  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
    • 'Just listened to LtBloodyCol Lerner interviewed again, this stood out (given as a reason for the invasion):
      “Distance the terrorists from our borders”."

      This is why Hamas advises people to stay put: once cleansed (moved) they may never be allowed back : the story of Zionism from day one.

  • As we sat down to break the fast, everything in the house started smashing and flying
    • Well you are either a troll are you really are trying to show us the depth of the cynicism that Zionists can reach.
      What are you trying to do?
      Are you trying to turn Mondoweiss into cyberspace Versailles and yourself into French Queen Mary Antoinette, who, so the legend tells us, when she heard that people in Paris and around France have no bread and are starving, responded, with a question "Why will they not eat cakes?"
      Her words, so the legend says, started a riot that turned into French Revolution and ended up with her, her entire royal family, and most of her aristocratic peers, (who considered themselves to be superior (dare I say chosen?) to the common man) being killed on the guillotine.

  • Terrifying tweets of pre-Army Israeli teens
    • Hopmi, you said "All the more reason they shouldn’t be lobbing missiles into Israeli civilian areas."

      You are aware, are you not, that IDF headquarters are in the middle of Tel Aviv residential district?

      If you don't want resistance to shoot in general direction of your army posts, allow them some guided missiles, to improve their aim.

    • Hopmi,

      These tweets you posted show writers revulsion with Jews - what they do not show, is Palestinians calling for wholesale death of Jews.

      And if it were to be found, don't worry, MEMRI would have found it long ago, and have it plastered on front pages of each and every USA broadsheet.

      Your only point seems to be that people don't see the difference between Jews and Zionists. Understandable, as Zionists use every propaganda trick up their sleeve to conflate the two.

  • Video: Diane Sawyer misrepresents photo of Gazans in aftermath of Israeli bombing as Israeli victims of Palestinian missiles (Updated)
  • White House says US can't stop 'tsunami' of boycott and isolation if Israel won't end 'occupations'
    • I am pretty sure that before they gave Philip Gordon the speech to make Administration, and he, knew that he's in for some heavy long term punishment on the career front. I wonder what made him accept the assignment. Is he Jewish? "Liberal" Zionist? That would explain the emotional commitment needed to make such potentially self-sacrificing speech.

  • SodaStream launches 'mixologist' competition as brand sags
    • "@ DaBakr Uh huh. And how will they get to work from the West Bank?"

      talknic, talknic, talknic, he was not thinking of bonded labour - you see it will be replaced by another bonded labour. He was talking of real people, people who matter, J-positive blood people (sarcasm) who are of correct ethnic-religious category when he was thinking of those poor souls loosing out on work in the industrial park plant.

    • "BDS would constitute illegal discrimination against a nationality"

      I wonder how would you enforce it without giving up on a basic tenet of capitalism which is competition. I would not buy sewage contaminated vegetable for example, and I could argue that the products and services I don't want to use smell to me of a moral decay and I have a gagging reflex I cannot control.

  • In life and death, some are more equal than others at the 'NYT'
    • Right after they went missing there were two pictures floating on the net of an oldest settler: one of him with a weapon, and the second in military uniform. I haven't seen them since the first day or so: maybe the gag order meant that they cannot be reprinted?

  • Israeli army enacts curfew near Nablus and raids eight major West Bank cities
  • Missing!
    • You do know that those FIVE ARAB armies counter attacked Jewish militia turned Israeli Army ethnic cleansing Palestinians OUTSIDE the boarders Israel itself professed to have in its Declaration of Independence?

  • Pardon our interruption
    • Ok, if somebody was to email me the date of that meal at Tanoreen, I could arrange the holiday and buy the ticket for the flight in advance. I could also collect the Gaza kitchen book in person. How cool would that be?

  • Local activists welcome Gates Foundation divestment of all shares from G4S
    • G4S is re-thinking its activities in Israel.

      This from Financial Times:

      G4S has confirmed that it will end all its Israeli prison contracts within the next three years after an annual general meeting that was severely disrupted by human rights protesters.
      Asked by angry protesters whether G4S would withdraw from the Palestinian territories as reported by the Financial Times last year, Ashley Almanza, chief executive, confirmed “no change to that position”.

      “We expect them to expire and we don’t expect to renew them,” he said.
      These include contracts to provide security and screening equipment at military checkpoints, the controversial Ofer prison and a police station in the West Bank, all of which are expected to expire next year.

      But Mr Almanza said for the first time that the move would also include prison service contracts all over Israel.

      Whole article: link to

  • Chris Matthews and David Corn defend Israel against 'slander' of apartheid
    • I absolutely love the ad!

      To have words apartheid and Israel in the same hard hitting ad is a major victory. It will make people question more. It is at such prominent spot, as well. Lets have more ads mentioning apartheid, war crimes, occupation and BDS in the same breath as Israel in the prominent spots on major mass media all paid by pro-Zionist crowd.

      Its jiu-jitsu at its best.

  • Boston subway ads are shocking-- 'and so is the reality on the ground'
  • No Jews allowed
    • Off topic: No Jews were allowed in Warsaw as soon as ghetto was completed. This haunting song is called "My Warsaw, will I ever see you again" it is sung in first person by a young woman that sneaked out of ghetto in search of food.

  • About Mondoweiss
  • Palestinian unity deal pits Netanyahu & Congress against White House
    • Well, in Northern Ireland, IRA split into " IRA " which cooperated with Unionists to end bloodbath in Northern Ireland, and " real IRA " which considered the former to be traitors to the cause.

  • Palestinian citizens of Israel protest draft in Tel Aviv as passersby tell them to die or emigrate
    • Oh give it a rest. It's not always and at every turn about Jews. This idea that world and it's dog obsesses about Jews is a form of communal personality disorder.
      It's the Occupation, stupid.
      You sound like my aunt. She is a narcissist, too

  • 'Violence of Jewish power' in Jerusalem has 'poisoned the Jewish community' -- 'Forward' reports
    • Palikari, for Jerusalem residents, applying for citizenship of Israel, would be complicit in breaking international law, colluding in illegal Israeli Occupation of Holly City, and collaborating with apartheid. You don't ask for much, do you?

  • Israelis and Americans are ho-hum about Palestinian children's deaths
    • jon s,
      Nobody normal "likes" to read graphic descriptions of the murder of ANY children by terrorists, Jewish or otherwise.
      But we write about it, and read about it, to give homage to their young lives, and give us courage and impetus to strive for justice and peace.

  • Commencement meltdown-- students are wisely rejecting elite authority
  • Circular logic: Israel agrees not to discriminate against Palestinian-American travelers -- not that it ever did
    • Pabelmont,
      From my experience, if someone does not want to do something, no amount of extra bureaucratic steps will lift them from their sullen passive-aggressivity.

  • 'We are not second class citizens, we are fifth class citizens': Interview with Educational Bookshop owner Mahmoud Muna
    • Palikari,

      So he should accept Israeli citizenship, help with the whitewash of Nakba, help Israel in its illegal annexation of Jerusalem ( which is legally corpus separatum, remember?), and trade his position from being fifth class citizen to being forth class citizen?

  • When a wedding party is a form of resistance
  • Kerry's Last Ditch Effort
    • World according to hopmi:

      "Because Syrians are dying you must not pay attention to Palestinians.
      If Syrians were not dying, you must not pay attention to Palestinians because.... because..... Igbos are killed in Nigeria, women get raped in Africa and journalists are jailed in Turkey.... .
      In fact, please pay attention anywhere but don't pay attention to Palestinians.

    • "The old dead-people-don’t-matter-unless-Americans-give-money excuse".

      You are just apologising for an Israel like a pro.
      From Jews sans Frontieres:

      The case for Israel is made of four propositions that should always be presented in the correct escalating order.

      We rock
      They suck
      You suck
      Everything sucks

      That's it. Now you know everything that it took me a lifetime to learn. The rest is details; filling in the dotted lines.

      You begin by saying how great Israel is. Israel want peace; Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East; the desert blooms; kibutz; Israelis invented antibiotics, the wheel, the E minor scale; thanks to the occupation Palestinians no longer live in caves; Israel liberates Arab women; Israel has the most moral army in the world, etc.

      This will win over 50% of your listeners immediately. Don't worry about the factual content. This is about brand identity, not writing a PhD. Do you really think BP is 'beyond petroleum'?

      Then you go into the second point: They suck. Here you talk about the legal system of Saudi Arabia, gay rights in Iran, slave trade in the Sudan, Mohammad Atta, the burqa, Palestinians dancing after 9/11, Arafat's facial hair, etc.

      There is only one additional principle you need to understand here. It will separate you from the amateurs. You need to know your audience. If you've got a crowd already disposed to racist logic, go for it with everything you have. But if you get a liberal crowd, you need to sugar coat the racism a bit. Focus on women rights, human rights, religious tolerance, "clash of civilizations", terrorism, they teach their children to hate, etc. Deep down your audience WANTS to enjoy racism and feel superior. They just need the proper encouragement so they can keep their sophisticated self-image. Give them what they crave and they'll adore you! But be careful not to 'mix n match,' because it will cost you credibility.

      When you're done, there will always be dead-enders insisting that abuse of gays in Iran does not justify ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Take a deep breath, and pull the doomsday weapon: You suck!

      You're a Jew-hater, Arab-lover, anti-Semite, you're a pinko, a commie, a dreamer, a naive, a self-hater, you have issues, your mother worked for the Nazis, Prince Bandar buys you cookies, you forgot you were responsible for the holocaust, etc. The more the merrier. By the time you end this barrage, only a handful would be left standing. For mopping them up, you use the ultimate postmodern wisdom: Everything sucks.

      War, genocide, racism, oppression are everywhere. From the Roma in Italy to the Native-Americans in the U.S., the weak are victimized. Why pick on Israel? It's the way of the world. Look! Right is only in question between equals in power; the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. Ethics, schmethics. Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Eat, drink! Carpe diem! The Palestinians would throw us into the sea if they could. Ha ha!

      Trust me, that's as far as words can go. If you followed this method faithfully, you've done your work. You should leave the few who are still unconvinced to the forces of order.

      You are now ready to
      apologize for Israel like a pro.

  • When Yitzhak Rabin met Marek Edelman: A story for Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Friedman says Iran's friends include BDS and Jews in Open Hillel movement
    • Hi Annie, I loved that sentence as well and thought it hilarious;
      "My hands made me steal, your honour" type of defence.

      The answer to this, is of course Matthew 18:8

      "And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire."

  • 'NYT' readers who objected to calling Abbas 'defiant' have a point, public editor rules
    • Pabelmont,

      "the danger of peace has receded" is such a perfect quote, encapsulating the zeitgeist in Israel just now, that I went for a hunt for a reference, and can't find anything but a secondary source. I emailed Adam Keller, and hope he will give me specifics.

  • Both Sides: Anti-BDS concerns on campus vs. life in the occupied territories
  • 'I'm reminded of Jackson, MS, closing all public pools rather than integrating them' -- Franke on Barnard's Banner-gate
    • Powerful arguments.

      Pity they do not inflame your sense of justice when Palestinians in particular, Arabs in general and Islam in its entirely are slated as terrorists, barbarians and bloodthirsty fiends.

      Then, with a shoe on the other foot so to speak, ethnic tension, this delicate flower of Jewish sensibilities, is somehow in a rude health and you are not so upset.

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