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Eva Smagacz

White Knight from Britain.

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  • Sorry American Jews, you don't have a birthright
  • BDS ban: Five Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders denied entry to Israel for supporting Palestinian human rights
    • Boris, Boris....
      It's a Russian name, isn't it?
      Remind me, which great country, which is no longer with us, had a habit sending its dissidents to psychiatric institutions as disagreeing with prevailing political orthodoxy was considered a sign of mental illness?
      16/16

    • Boris,

      How exactly being on flotilla to Gaza is against Israel?
      15/15

    • Most countries (all countries?) have a rule, that if airline will bring the person to an airport upon landing at it's destination, then that same airline MUST remove them at their (airline's) expense.
      This makes airlines very keen to adequately screen passengers before the take - off. So don't blame airlines. They would be refused landing rights if they did not sign such undertaking.14/14

  • Avishai's prophetic 'Tragedy of Zionism' was denied by Jewish community 32 years ago
  • Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community
    • I support BDS.

      My name is name in my passport.
      When will government of USA apply for my extradition? 11/11

  • The spirit of '68 lives on! Palestine advocacy and the indivisibility of justice
    • Wow, this bully tactic is undoubtedly horrendous to experience on an individual level.

      Reminds me of dissidents in Soviet Union, and their persecution, smears, loss of jobs and homes, and frequent arrests for wrong take on political issues.

      Having said that, there is an effect on society, when they can see those who raise their head above the parapet: It opens their minds onto the possibility of existence of another view, separate from "official viewpoint".

      Of course, the official reason for picking on people is to send the warning, that the stand will cost you (and your family, if you have dependants). It is no different from gangsters beating you up with a baseball bat. The principle is the same:

      Standing up to bullies is painful.

      But a wonderful thing sometimes happens: the silent majority, without making the grand stand, makes dozens of small gestures of support, and slowly, the clout of a bully is diminished.

      I wish you all the best in your work to bring social justice to USA and to Palestine.

      8/8

  • Israeli paper investigates 50-year-ago attack on 'USS Liberty,' while US papers leave it in the letters column
    • Presence or absence of government coverup is directly related to amount of time and money spent on official investigation.

      The more it stinks and the more it needs to be buried, the narrower the scope, and tighter the purse..

      10/10

  • Novelist Houellebecq was wrong about rise of Muslim Brotherhood in France
    • Spot on - is it
      less moral to take pin out of granade and perish with it, in knowledge that it's the only way to stop the enemy, as Russian soldiers used to do for "matierii Rassija" [mother Russia]

      Than to press buttons on the computer console somewhere on the outskirts of Sderot, before returning to doing manicure?

      9/9

  • Israeli suit against family of Palestinian attacker takes collective punishment to new extreme
    • Palestinians must brush up on the slavery / debt bondage rules in Old Testament:

      Exodus 21:1 “These are the laws you are to set before them:

      Hebrew Servants

      2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
      5 “But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

      7 “If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do. 8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.

      20 “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, 21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.

      Lev 25:1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai…

      Lev 25:39 ” ‘If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave. 40 He is to be treated as a hired worker or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 Then he and his children are to be released, and he will go back to his own clan and to the property of his forefathers. 42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves. 43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.

      44 ” ‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      47 ” ‘If an alien or a temporary resident among you becomes rich and one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells himself to the alien living among you or to a member of the alien’s clan, 48 he retains the right of redemption after he has sold himself. One of his relatives may redeem him: 49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in his clan may redeem him. Or if he prospers, he may redeem himself. 50 He and his buyer are to count the time from the year he sold himself up to the Year of Jubilee. The price for his release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired man for that number of years. 51 If many years remain, he must pay for his redemption a larger share of the price paid for him. 52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, he is to compute that and pay for his redemption accordingly. 53 He is to be treated as a man hired from year to year; you must see to it that his owner does not rule over him ruthlessly.

      54 ” ‘Even if he is not redeemed in any of these ways, he and his children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, 55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

      7/7

  • 'LA Times' calls BDS a 'classic tool of peaceful political expression'
  • 'Dissidents like me depend on Mondoweiss': an Israeli describes challenging apartheid from within
    • DaBakr,
      You are showing your intolerance to dissent by trying to underline how lucky the dissidents are that they do not reside in North Korea.
      In truly democratic country majority does not feel obliged to point out their largesse in allowing minority opinions being voiced.
      Israel plummeted in the recent years in the press freedom index, and is currently 91/180.
      More tolerant countries are: Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Niger, Senegal and Madagascar.
      https://rsf.org/en/ranking

      6/6

  • What does it take to support excellent journalism in Israel/Palestine?
  • When Kafka met Orwell: Arrest by algorithm
    • This two days ago in Independent:

      "How UK police are turning to Israel for help stopping 'lone wolf' terror attacks"

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/uk-anti-terror-israel-lone-wolf-attacks-help-islamists-advise-westminster-palestinians-london-bridge-a7817286.html

      Titbits:

      "But even if human intelligence begins to dry up, Israeli officials point out that they built up wide ranging communication and surveillance system. In addition, no fewer than a thousand members of the police force 29,000 strong are involved in monitoring the Internet and social media sites.

      Israel has rapidly expanding export sales in surveillance. The country’s leading defence electronic contractor, Elbit, showcases a nationwide database system called "WIT" (Wise Intelligence Technology) which can be used in conjunction with cameras, "Skyeye", mounted on drones or helicopters. It draws in information from signals intelligence as well as open sources such as Facebook and Twitter and can automatically alert emergency services if a terrorist attack is underway. "

      Obviously, UK democracy is more democratic than Israeli "democracy" preventive detention is not yet used for pre-crime, like in Israel, or Turkey, although it has been tried on Samina Malik in UK in 2007.

      2/2

    • Very "Minority report" - Israel, start up nation, is well ahead of 2065:

      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3232936729

      1/1

  • US Jews must oppose Palestinian boycott, but boycott Israel and bring it to its knees over prayer at western wall
    • Bont Eastlake:
      America is indeed a Christian-supremacist nation just Israel is Jewish-supremacist and ISIS is Islamosupremacist.

      I just discovered a latest weapon in Zionist hasbara:

      If Israel's actions are no longer defendable, try to change meaning of the words.

      Above we have exhibit B:
      Trying to make word "supremacist" miningless

      exhibit A, of course, is a word "terrorist".

      3/3

  • In war against 'cell phones,' Israeli launches social media app
    • Act.il app is a subject of an exposé in The Intercept

      https://theintercept.com/2017/06/30/israel-propaganda-hasbara-app-security-flaw-rallyware-maccabee/

      Titbits:
      "A propaganda app connected to the Israeli government failed to include basic privacy and security protections, putting the email addresses of at least 1,900 of the Israeli government’s most ardent supporters at risk. The vulnerabilities in the app, called Act.il, were discovered by an independent security researcher, who disclosed the flaws to the Intercept."

      "But not everyone on the app was a mere volunteer. A review by the Intercept of the email addresses that became available through the security flaws suggested that dozens of Act.il’s earliest users have email addresses connected to organizations that funded or developed the app. That means Act.il, which purports to be a grassroots campaign, was essentially seeded with paid activists."

  • Amazon pulls blank 'History of Palestinian People' -- which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate
    • Aramaic, of course.
      Is there even much of an argument about that?

      And language does not always define people.
      Look at the fate of Yiddish.

  • 34 House Dems condemn Israeli charges against Issa Amro -- follower of civil rights movement and Gandhi
    • Number of congresspeople willing to go against Israel Lobby is doubling every few short years. To reach majority of congresspeople (both houses) it just needs to double three more times.

      Also remember the silent supporters of Palestinians, who will show as soon as there will be solid strength in numbers. Golden number is minority reaching 10% or more and speaking publicly - then behaviour/political view is no longer considered extreme and the change afterwards is swift.

      We seen it with apartheid in South Africa, out of wedlock children, divorce, same sex marriage, people accepting global warming....

  • Israel's efforts to hide Palestinians from view no longer fools young American Jews
    • Some of us write, and like YoniFanic, spent time creating heartfelt and well reasoned arguments but our ink turns to water on occasion. (I know this concept was better known in soviet Russia).
      Yoni should read up on Jim Boyling and Bob Lambert, which would point him in a right direction in his quest for understanding of very recent history that has puzzled him.

    • YoniFalic,

      I agree wholeheartedly with your remarks, even if it may not be clearly visible. If you go back through my recent comments you may get a glimpse or two of the insight into difficulties.
      Fighting for truth to come out is a game of cat and mouse, with stronger party usually winning.
      One of the ways to overcome that difficulty is to move "theatre of war" to a different area.

      This is why I am using my full name, and I am in a phonebook. I believe in Palestinian cause, and am astounded how supporters of Israel can be found exerting influence, even in places you least expect them. I hope that scientist in you will understand what I mean.

  • Israel's P.R. campaign is failing: the more Americans know, the less favorable they are
    • This from Noam Chomsky:

      Ambassador to the United Nations, Abba Eban, (...) He advised the American Jewish community that they had two tasks to perform. One task was to show that criticism of the policy, what he called anti-Zionism — that means actually criticisms of the policy of the state of Israel — were anti-Semitism. That’s the first task. Second task, if the criticism was made by Jews, their task was to show that it’s neurotic self-hatred, needs psychiatric treatment.

  • Attacks on Israeli police in East Jerusalem are not terrorism
  • Support Mondoweiss to keep brave journalists reporting news
    • Bont Eastlake, you wrote:

      "Problematic ideals and concepts must be identified and chipped away from the raw political conciousness".

      And this job has been delegated to moderators. This is not a job that Phil does himself.
      This is what I mean when I say that Mondoweiss has changed.

      I totally agree with you when you say "Zionism (...) fights dirty and hard."

      This is clearly visible in changing nature of comments. Anyway, I already wrote about it in late April.

    • Mondoweiss had a raw honesty to it at the beginning. I remember stumbling upon it very very early on and being blown away at the writing.
      Then I was blown away at the intensity and engagement of the comments.
      As the number of people got involved, it started changing from personal site to a site that has more, shall I say, corporate feel to it?
      And the fact that I have to constantly self-monitor and self-adjust what I am writing in comments and wonder if anyone would read it , is something that is new and different.
      One does not need to go more than few of my comments back to know what I mean.

    • Mondoweiss has changed.

  • Israel cancels 250,000 Palestinian permits to enter Israel during Ramadan after deadly attack
    • Imagine the sense of supreme power, when one nod of an Emperor can change the life of 250 000 helots.

      Gengis Khan had it, Caligula had it, Peter the 1st most certainly had it.
      ( I won't mention the second world war)
      Do not stand up to those men goes conventional wisdom,

      But maybe you have no choice but to stand up, as your children are going to die unless you do. This is why Irish understand Palestinians.

      Absolute power et cetera...

  • Campaign to stop Linda Sarsour from speaking at CUNY was an epic flop
    • Whatever it is, and in whatever language you describe it, if it is not stolen from other people by colonial conquest and not acquired by committing war crimes, you are certainly free to keep it.

  • In groundbreaking resolution, California Democratic Party decries US support for Israeli occupation
    • Jeremy Corbyn refuses to allocate elevated status to anti-semitism, and always says that he condemns "anti-seminism and all other forms of racism".

      The idea that anti-semitism is no more and not less than racism does not lay well with people convinced that racism against Jews is more special than racism against other groups of people.

      He also does not believe that robust criticism of Israel is necessarily anti-semitic.

      The whole "Labour Party is institutionally anti-semitic" smear campaign only got going in the media since Jeremy was elected to be a leader, and, scarily, was shown not to be a pushover.

      When Democratic Party in America will declare itself for Palestinian rights, it will be accused to be "institutionally anti-Semitic" as well. I guarantee that.

  • Speaking of Palestine and academic freedom
    • From my experience, the best censorship is the one where not only topic of consorship is scrubbed, but also any mention of censorship itself.

      In that respect Eastern Europe was less illiberal than the West, or, to the chargin of Soviets, "better at it (invisible enforcement of the limit of the discourse).

  • Trump and Pence had a Jewish connection before a political one -- and it's steeped in the Holocaust
    • Echinococcus,

      The Poland is being called out for NOT making it easier for Jewish survivors - which means that so far, the law of restitution remains the same for anyone.

    • echinoccus,

      Please read Therezin Declaration, which resulted from Holocaust Era Asset Conference in Prague, Czech Republic in 2009.

      Especially this section of Declaration:

      Immovable (Real) Property

      Noting that the protection of property rights is an essential component of a democratic
      society and the rule of law,

      Acknowledging the immeasurable damage sustained by individuals and Jewish communities
      as a result of wrongful property seizures during the Holocaust (Shoah),

      Recognizing the importance of restituting or compensating Holocaust-related confiscations
      made during the Holocaust era between 1933-45 and as its immediate consequence,

      Noting the importance of recovering communal and religious immovable property in reviving
      and enhancing Jewish life, ensuring its future, assisting the welfare needs of Holocaust
      (Shoah) survivors, and fostering the preservation of Jewish cultural heritage,

      1. We urge, where it has not yet been effectively achieved, to make every effort to provide
      for the restitution of former Jewish communal and religious property by either in rem
      restitution or compensation, as may be appropriate; and

      2. We consider it important, where it has not yet been effectively achieved, to address
      the private property claims of Holocaust (Shoah) victims concerning immovable (real)
      property of former owners, heirs or successors, by either in rem restitution or compensation,
      as may be appropriate, in a fair, comprehensive and nondiscriminatory manner consistent
      with relevant national law and regulations, as well as international agreements. The process
      of such restitution or compensation should be expeditious, simple, accessible, transparent,
      and neither burdensome nor costly to the individual claimant; and we note other positive
      legislation in this area.

      3. We note that in some states heirless property could serve as a basis for addressing
      the material necessities of needy Holocaust (Shoah) survivors and to ensure ongoing
      education about the Holocaust (Shoah), its causes and consequences.

      4. We recommend, where it has not been done, that states participating in the Prague
      Conference consider implementing national programs to address immovable (real) property
      confiscated by Nazis, Fascists and their collaborators. If and when established by the Czech
      Government, the European Shoah Legacy Institute in Terezin shall facilitate
      an intergovernmental effort to develop non-binding guidelines and best practices
      for restitution and compensation of wrongfully seized immovable property to be issued
      by the one-year anniversary of the Prague Conference, and no later than June 30, 2010,
      with due regard for relevant national laws and regulations as well as international
      agreements, and noting other positive legislation in this area."

    • Poland has the same law for all claimants, irrespective of race or religion, in reclaiming properties lawlessly taken over by third parties between start of the war and fall of the communist regime.

      Jewish groups argue for a special treatment that will provide them with more rights in reclaiming properties than rights of ordinary Poles.
      This is very unpopular in Poland.

      Equally unpopular, but much less known, is demand that the properties, or compensation, (where direct descendant cannot be found) is to be given to International Jewish Zionist Organisations, and not to existing Jewish organisations and communities in Poland.

  • Freed to travel, Barghouti will receive Gandhi award on Sunday at Yale
    • I'll believe it when I see it. Not before.
      Has decision to forbid him from entering Israel been lifted?

      This is separate from permit to leave West Bank

  • Hasbara-steria: Netanyahu ministers charge NYT with 'journalistic terror attack,' hunger striker with 'suicide terror attack'
    • I am sure Palestinians would not thank you for it. They really do not need any more colonial immigration to Palestine.
      You may think that some people do not deserve American passport, but do not impose them on the rest of humanity. Mind you..... Yemen may agree to take them if accompanied by humanitarian food supplies

  • The bulldozers of Shavuot, 1967
    • Arenda systems I learned about at school also have to do with history of agriculture and not with IT, but my discussing the subject would surely raise the heckles of Yonah.

  • I am not a jew
  • Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti's op-ed calling Israel 'moral and political failure' is buried in int'l edition of 'NYT'
    • Marwan Barghouti is an internationally recognised figure, capable of reconciling Fatah, Hamas and Palestinian refugees.
      He is very person able to reconcile all Palestinian factions.
      Of course he is known to anyone who has midiocum of knowledge and understanding of Palestine.

    • Pabelmont,

      This double face is not new - International version of NYTimes has frequently shown itself more liberal and more equal handed than domestic version, much to frustration of those of us who are aware of real and long standing editorial difference.

      I believe this is so as not to antagonise European market, readers and advertisers both.

  • Love of Israel + Defense of Trump = Meshuggeneh
  • Crowdfunder for Gaza writer's library gets support from Pollitt, Chomsky
  • Passover in the era of permanent Jewish occupation
  • Against Trump’s request, Israel moves to build first ‘official’ new settlement in two decades
    • Poor Trump to experience the baptism of Israel Lobby:
      He will be shown a finger by Netanyahu and Lobby will ensure that he can do bugger all about it.
      Netanyahu was asked to reduce the colonies (settlements) and promptly arranged for a new one to be established.
      Just to remind Trump who is in charge of American Foreign Police.

  • AIPAC underwrote Islamophobia in the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party too
    • JeffB

      "A foreign agent is someone paid by a foreign government to act on their behalf ."

      Because money have to exchange hands?
      You are deliberately trying to narrow the definition of " foreign agent"
      to prevent Israel Lobby to be recognised as having rather more than less of attributes of such agent.

      I would argue that all traitors are foreign agents, but not all foreign agents are traitors.
      It really depends where your loyalty lies and who you do not hesitate to exploit.

  • Gerald Kaufman – From Labour Zionist to Israel's bitterest critic
    • Like Theo,
      I kept going back to that speech of Gerard Kaufman in Parliament, whenever my faith in humanity was diminished. I remember dark, dark days of Cast Lead and visceral, palpable rage and impotence I was feeling.
      His words made such a difference. There was little censure about Israeli assault until this point in the public sphere.

  • Banksy's hotel isn't gentrification, it is an invitation for people to come see the occupation for what it is
    • Rory,

      You write:
      "Think of all the gay men lured to Tel Aviv by Israel’s relentless LGBT marketing campaigns who leave with the impression Israel is some kind of human rights mecca"

      Reality, of course, has nothing to do with it:

      ISRAEL'S LGBT HUB TEL AVIV SEES LAST GAY BAR CLOSE ITS DOORS

      As reported by Haaretz, Newsweek and numerous LGBT publications last year.

      Israel's propaganda about Israel all too often has little to do with reality in Israel.

  • If baseball coverage of Team Israel is 'the story of Israel itself,' then we should not forget the Palestinians
    • Maghlawatan:

      "there has never been a government minister"

      You..... you..... Anti-Semite !!!!!! (/sarcasm)
      There was!
      There WAS!!
      THERE WAS!!!

      ONE minister, ONCE, in 70 ( thats seventy ) years.

      Briefly minister of culture (or was it sport) and then made to be a minister without portfolio. His name is Rajab Majadele.

      See - one can meet Unicorns if one looks long enough. Truly Israel is a country of miracles.

      Yep

  • Israel detains one activist and deports another, amid int'l outcry over boycott ban
    • "As a Christian" I am outraged that far right and increasingly fundamentalist regime in Israel presumes a right to prevent me me from visiting Holy Land based on their censure of my opinions and beliefs.

      There was (and patently is) a very good reason why Jerusalem is considered corpus separatum under the international law.

  • Michael Walzer wonders if Israel 'will let me in'
    • This is good news, although this may not feel like it for Prof. Michael Walzer.

      It requires him, and others in a similar position, (like Peter Beinart) to examine the origin, progress, aims and responses to BDS.

      When you are put, even against your will, in the same sack as other people, all of you indelibly connected by being targeted for you opinions and beliefs, you cannot but try to find out more about why they are in a sack with you.

      Possibly the first opportunity ( even if forced on them) for many pro-Israeli Jews to see the Israel from non-Zionist perspective.

  • See 'The Settlers,' an important documentary about the destruction of the two-state solution
    • RoHa, you said:

      "But the settlers have children. Those children have no choice but to be there. They, too, will suffer the “whatever”, even though they don’t deserve it. " "

      This is very true. This colonial enterprise creates dynamic for so much current and future suffering. Of course, current suffering, like that of Gaza, which population is 53% children, or West Bank is now and ongoing, and as yet unspecified future suffering of settler's children can still be mitigated by right parental choices (like parents moving to Israel inside 1947 green line).

  • The White House puts lipstick on the Muslim ban
    • What I found extremely telling, was that many people DID not applaud the idea of equality.

  • Hate crimes in America: either a trap or an opportunity for Palestine advocates
    • Any one who is surprised that xenophobia and racism spills over to include Jews, despite their considerable progress towards being recognised and considered Caucasian/White and part of the Judeo-Christian family, must have their head examined.

      It was entirely predictable.

      The gamble that some Jewish circles took, that, by stoking up Islamophobia, they will gain support and understanding for Israeli racist policies from the racist Republican right, was a bet with a very poor odds and entirely foreseeable consequences.

  • If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn't either
    • Well Catalan, if this makes you feel a bit safer for a bit longer, keep this wishful thing going.
      If privately, selfishly, people would not boycott Israeli goods, then what is the problem?

      Why do you think Israel protests so shrilly against the very idea?

  • I am a proud Palestinian woman and a humanitarian. I am also the mother of the youngest Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail.
    • They released him for 8th of March ( and it would be lovely to see the source of this news)
      Idea was, no doubt, so that the spearing news got cut short before the outrage people feel was to
      explode into conscience of women around the world.

      Give it a week and they will rearrest him again.

  • The emergence of the Just Jew
    • I feel your pain - I think what happens to your writing - is a deliberate way to steer and guide the conversation in a way that early readers did not experience, and I am not sure Phil wanted when he set out and had no collaborators helping him.

  • Dennis Ross's advice to Trump is 'bullshit, delusional or lying,' to gut two-state concept -- Peace Now
    • Funny, I only know the phrase " Thats mighty white of you" in it's latest, snarky meaning : Take your European colonial sense of moral superiority and entitlement to decide what is good for non-whites and shove it where the light don't shine...."

    • Norman Finkelstein have raised legitimate points about this outcome (one state) :

      1. This will prevent any of the refugees from being able to return to anywhere in Palestine.
      2. Zionists will be able to consider their treatment of Palestinians as a internal matter for Israel, and the international community will have less /no opportunity to allocate funds to Palestinians to redress the balance in any way.

      There are many other concerns, but these were main ones.

      I can add from myself:

      3. It will be Zionists who will decide who votes and who counts those votes.

  • Netanyahu's tweet for Trump suggests two leaders have cut a deal on Jerusalem or Iran, says former ambassador
    • There is no greater injury to narcissistic ego than having to bow to another narcissist.
      I am so looking forward (does that makes me a sadist?) to Netanyahu meeting with Trump.

      On the other hand - I am a bit scared.

      Wrong move by Netanyahu and Trump can be revengeful.
      Then the only thing that will keep Jews from being treated on par with Muslims will be Jared Kushner satisfying Ivanka Trump in his role of the husband.
      Jared Kushner in the role of biblical Esther......

  • 'Come all ye faithful' and 'Kiss my Jewish ass, Donald' -- sacred and profane mix at NY demos
    • Stogumber,
      So you think Trump is a normal person. And you assuming that people with personality disorders must be "freaks".

      There is a glaring hole in your black and white view:
      Many people with personality disorders belong to "functioning" variety. They function without the need to be committed.
      Which means that they do function in the society despite being far from normal.

      They rarely have non transactional relationships with other people.

    • No. Trump, like all narcissists, turns on charm and charisma to get admiration from people around him, but, to feel loved, he shuns and blanks out anyone he senses is not at awe of him. If he cannot remove them, he attacks them. If they make attack personal, he will carry grudge forever (or until they grovel satisfactionarily).
      Narcissism is a personality disorder sharing characteristics with psychopathy.

  • Rallies at White House and airports across the US as outrage builds over Muslim ban
  • American Jews will 'divorce' Israel if it is at peace -- Foxman
  • Obama 'betrayed' American Jews and Trump is a 'swineherd' -- Bernard-Henri Levy
    • Poor misunderstood, victimised Rabbi Yehudah (/sarcasm alert).
      Surely, allowing his pupils to mistreat a non-Jew was never, ever, a good enough reason to be in turn mistreated by a non-Jew, who, on top of having a good memory, had a chutzpah to raise above his station.
      Outrage!! Total outrage!!

  • Antisemitism and its useful idiots
    • Hi Annie, I can re-apply to join Labour Party in one year.

      I was also allowed to challenge their ruling, but couldn't be bothered. Appeal process is lengthy and by the time it were to be completed, it would have served its purpose to keep many pro-Corbin members out of leadership vote.

      It was a very crude attempt to reduce pro-Palestinian faction in "Corbin anti-Semitic Labour Party".

    • When Jeremy Corbyn became a leader of UK Labour Party, I applied for the membership and, with thousands of others, was rejected.

      The internal Labour party opposition to Corbyn was incredulous about the number of new members that his leadership attracted.

      This coincided with a witch hunt for "anti-semitism in Corbyn's Labour Party" that we now know was orchestrated by Israeli Embassy.

      So Corbyn's opponents did a background check on all pro-Corbyn new potential members ( officially to keep rif-raf, anarchists, marxists, fundamentalists, and anti-semites out).

      This also was designed and allowed them to try and gerrymander leadership elections, when Corbyn was challenged for the top spot.

      Challenge did not work: His support between rank and file is solid and growing.
      But I found myself caught in a net, and joined "rif-raf, anarchists, marxists, fundamentalists and anti-semites" who didn't get permission to join Labour Party.

      The reason were my tweets during attacks on Gaza (don't remember which one).
      I still cannot find anything racist in my tweets, but they were hostile to Israel, and that was enough.

  • It turns out Jews are as stupid as everyone else
    • Echinococcus asks:
      "Catalan (...) What is your point?

      I think Catalan specialises in Step 4 of Hasbara as defined by
      Gabriel Ash on his blog Jews sans Frontiers 8 years ago:

      Here are the steps :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.

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

    • "Israeli physicists of note"
      Notice that overwhelming majority of them has been educated in Russia, or had teachers, academic teachers and research colleagues who were educated in Russia.
      This little snippet of information never gets revealed.

  • Origins of a golden shower
    • Steele did not release the dossier.
      His job was to collect dirt, gossip and salacious details using his contacts in Russia.
      Which he did.
      He then submitted the dossier to M16 and FBI (or rather his client did), as these are right people to separate wheat (if there are any) from chaff.

      His company is way too small to be able to verify and fact-check such a material, and I am sure Trump's Democratic enemies who
      originally commissioned dirt digging exercise did not feel
      the need for verification.

      Most of the research (or spying) in foreign countries is about gossip, unconnected bits of information and not least, an innuendo and scandals. Those peaces of information go through a number of sieves, before grains of truth are gleaned.

      The leak of original dossier happened in USA, after FBI was given dossier for assessment and verification.

      Don't blame Steele. He did his job.

      Whoever leaked it to Guardian and Washington Post
      made sure that real impact of few damaging facts has
      been diluted by obvious rubbish.

  • Democrats' sympathy for Israel has crashed nearly 25 percent in last nine months -- Pew
    • Since Russians snookered Neo-cons with its engagement in Syria, it's handling of Ukraine, its support for detente between West and Iran, and it's ability to befriend reactionary governments in Europe, not to mention Trump, the sources of threats that would be a "nice little earner" for military industry dried up.

      This, for me, is a reason why Russia is being resurrected as an "Enemy no.1" in media, after being written off by Obama Administration as a much smaller threat than China dragon flexing it's muscles in Asia (Stephen Walt of Israel Lobby fame has a very good take on China-USA relations now and in the future).

      Obama's sanctions being put on Russia are, in my opinion, a bone thrown to neo-cons.

      Trump, of course, offered not a bone but a feast to military industry, by saying that USA's nuclear arms must be modernised, if not upgraded.

  • Israel plans to build settlement on site of Jerusalem home of Palestinian attacker
    • Israeli attack on Syria is undoubtedly a diversion. Missiles hit properties near the airport, but not airport, planes or runway itself.
      It resulted in fire (nice photo - op opportunity) but there were no casualties.

      Does anybody believe that Israeli military forces are unable to carefully choose the targets of their military strikes?

  • Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem will strengthen the far right, and may also further isolate Israel
    • Moving American Embassy to Jerusalem breaks the international law.
      Remember that Jerusalem is corpus seperatum according to the same General Assembley vote that Israel used as a base for proclaiming its creation.
      This is why people born in Jerusalem have "Jerusalem" as their place of birth and not "Jerusalem, Israel".

  • The truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem was not 'terrorism'
    • Jonathan,

      This inability to see Palestinians as fellow human beings is, for me, the most scary aspect of Jewish-Israeli racism.
      Not to mention that it is another, and essential, step that brings the majority of Israelis towards possible genocidal actions against natives. (see Stanton's Ten Stages to Genocide).

      The venom with which Zionist Jews treat Palestinians is comparable to treatment of Jews in Europe of old.

    • Thank you for this.
      I absolutely agree with your take on "terror" being used to smear resistance movements legitimate attack at the military targets. I remember this from IRA "terrorists" killing british military personnel in Ireland.

      Resistance movements (not all) are known as to use terrorist acts and perform illegal attacks at the civil targets.
      This cannot ever be morally justified.
      But if you have military personnel, or militia, donning civilian cloths, then they are still legitimate targets.

      Vast majority of targets during "Knife Intifada" is Israeli military personnel, attacked in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Putting forward this point of view in the comment sections of various american newspapers causes all sort of abuse, but absolutely no rebuttals on the facts of the matter.

      And I believe that the battle for american public opinion will be won in those comment sections. People who accept the "official viewpoint" will rarely know how to find contrary points of view on the internet. (they don't know that they don't know that there is more to the official story).

  • Israeli diplomat schemed to 'take down' UK's Deputy Foreign Secretary because he slammed settlements
    • Guardian is pursuing the story, but seems to be the only national newspaper that is:

      "Israeli diplomats in London issued a warning that attempts to “operate” British Jewish organisations from Jerusalem could be unlawful several months before an embassy official was caught on film talking about “taking down” MPs and setting up political groups in the UK.

      In a cable to the Israeli foreign ministry, the diplomats also cautioned that operations being run by the country’s strategic affairs ministry could be dangerous and counterproductive.

      “The strategic affairs ministry must understand that ‘operating’ organisations directly from Jerusalem by email and telephone isn’t good for their health,” warned the cable from London. “It’s not clear that the strategic affairs ministry understand the local law with regards to the activities of charities.”

      Shai Masot, an official at the Israeli embassy in London, was caught on film boasting about setting up several political organisations in the UK, whose links to Israel he had apparently tried to obscure."

      More in: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/09/israeli-diplomats-cautioned-against-operating-british-jewish-organisations

  • After Israeli soldier is convicted of manslaughter, Times and Post portray case as isolated incident
  • Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
    • I always had this urge to self-rule in Iraq, between Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where Bible says Eden was located. My name, Eva, and my religion, Christianity, make me a paid up member of "urge" brigade.

  • Resolution for 2017: Stop substituting 'the occupation' for 'Zionism'
    • Another issue that gets forgotten as we are directed to discuss Israel using Zionist parameters, is an issue of right to return.
      The double standard is very clear if you compare the attitude towards Yugoslavia refugees, and Palestinian refugees:

      This is from Annexe 7 of Dayton Peace Agreement: https://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/or/dayton/52592.htm

      All refugees and displaced persons have the right freely to return to their homes of origin. They shall have the right to have restored to them property of which they were deprived in the course of hostilities since 1991 and to be compensated for any property that cannot be restored to them. The early return of refugees and displaced persons is an important objective of the settlement of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Parties confirm that they will accept the return of such persons who have left their territory, including those who have been accorded temporary protection by third countries.

      2. The Parties shall ensure that refugees and displaced persons are permitted to return in safety, without risk of harassment, intimidation, persecution, or discrimination, particularly on account of their ethnic origin, religious belief, or political opinion.

  • The NY Times attempts to isolate Kerry from Obama
    • Kerry is taking a gamble. He may be heading into the oblivion of Jimmy Carter, and become a persona non grata in any public Democratic gathering. What was missing from his speech was explanation of Israel Lobby relentless pressure on politicians and people running for office.

  • 'NY Times' trivializes UN abstention, reducing it to 'tense and tetchy' relationship between Obama and Netanyahu
  • Israel threatens to toss Antony Loewenstein after he asked Lapid question about apartheid
    • Hello Elizabeth - I profoundly disagree with you on the impropriety of "rape victim in a basement" comparison.
      I think it's a very good analogy to the situation that Palestinians find themselves in. In both cases there is complete disregard of humanity and suffering of the victim by the perpetrator, and both get off on exercising power and inflicting humiliation.

      The analogy works, because in both cases perpetrator does something that makes decent human beings recoil, and the only difference is that one perpetrator ( rapist) chooses his victim because she is of different sex, while another (Zionist) chooses his victims because they belong to incorrect ethni-religious category.

  • The lynching of Dwight Bullard
  • To resist a 'Muslim registry' we need active solidarity not symbolic gestures
    • The repeal of Patriot Act AND Citizen United is needed to prevent country from sliding into fascism. When you compare number of deaths by terrorists with number of deaths caused by forces of law and order you wonder who the real threat is.

  • Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election
    • I keep an open mind about the Trump - Netanyahu relationship.

      Remember this from Slate 2012?:

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has never worried much about what foreign dignitaries think of him. Barack Obama is certainly not the first American president to find him a tough customer. In 1996, Bill Clinton remarked privately after his first meeting with Bibi, "Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here?"

      Trump, like all narcissist is acutely tuned in into any perceived slight or luck of respect ( Now, that he is a most important person on earth, is far removed from before, from when meetings in Israel could help him with his wheeling and dealing). Netanyahu, on the other hand, is full of disdain towards America, carries his supremacist prejudice just below the surface and may not be able to hide it.

      I hope for real, long term loathing, and Trump spilling his feelings on twitter

  • Clues to the end of the world shared during final 2016 presidential debate
    • lysias,

      It really does not matter if this is four minutes or eight minutes, or even 20 minutes.
      Once the order is given, it is too late.

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