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Frankie P

I'm a human rights junkie. I believe all humans are chosen and equally treated by their creator.

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  • Champaign-Urbana holds Rosh Hashanah service for Professor Salaita
  • Six arrested in civil disobedience at Federation offices in Philly
    • Did these following two paragraphs strike anyone else as being a bit problematic, or is it just me? Dan? Benny, am I whispering again, or is there some cognative dissonance going on here?

      "Many years ago after I gave a talk on Jewish sexuality at a synagogue in Montgomery County, a woman asked a question that has remained with me all these years. “I don’t care who you sleep with,”she said. “That’s none of my business. But how can you as a rabbi support the Palestinians?”

      I assume she would ask me the same question today, with even greater urgency: how can you as a rabbi belong to Jewish Voice for Peace, how can you support the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanction movement, and especially how can you praise these protesters who criticize Israel at this time of crisis? Don’t you know we are alone? Don’t you know they want to destroy us?"

      Dear Rabbi Rebecca Alpert,
      So you gave a talk on "Jewish sexuality" at a synogogue. Mooser always says that there is no organization to Judiasm, it's made up of the whole spectrum of humanity: the brightest, the dregs, the peacemakers, the war-mongers, and I believe him. How then, can the sexuality of Jews be differentiated from the sexuality of the rest of humanity, a group that also includes the usual suspects that I listed above. I have heard many speeches about human sexuality, but not so many about tribal sexuality. You, dear Rabbi, wonder how this woman could wail about she, you, and your fellow tribalists being alone and the rest of the world (okay maybe she was being more specific and meant the Palestinians, oh! sorry, she wouldn't utter that word, it might imply that the Palestinians were a people who had a territorial claim, I mean the ARABS!) wanting to destroy the whole lot of you. And yet, your speech, on "Jewish sexuality" - is it not designed to separate those good Montgomery County Jews from the rest of humanity in the most fundamental sense? That such day-to-day, routine activities (well, when I was younger it was daily and routine, the equipment isn't as cooperative these days) as sexual relations must be dissected according to tribal issues is saddening to me, and it appears to just harden the concepts that "we are different, alone, apart, under attack."

      FPM

  • How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes
    • @jon s

      Since you posted this question on an open comments thread, I will respond, even though I am NOT a Mondoweiss editor or staff member.

      I support the right of Hamas and all Palestinians to resist the Israeli oppression and occupation of their lands.

      Now we all know what jon s means when he says "goals and methods", so let's steal his thunder and address his complaints pre-emptively. First, jon s sees Hamas' "goals" as the destruction of world Jewry, wherever they are!, because, damn it, that's what it says in that outdated and subsequently superseded Hamas charter. The talking points of hasbara say we must focus only on the Hamas charter, and ignore all later official statements and offers for long-term truces from the leadership of Hamas. Hammer the charter!!! will be our slogan!!! Ignore the fact that Hamas would gladly follow the will of the Palestinian population as a whole if they wanted to accept a reasonable offer of peace from Israel. Hammer the charter.

      Now, the methods. Jon s wants the methods to be framed as follows: Hamas shoots rockets into Israel, with the sole intention of killing civilians; Israel, of course, must retaliate. Hamas digs tunnels into Israel, with the sole intention of killing civilians (specifically, they dig the tunnels to find kindergartens.) More hasbara that needs to be demolished. In fact, the Hamas rockets are the retaliation, not the original action. In addition, Hamas KNOWS full well that their rockets are inaccurate and will cause little or no civilian death. The rockets are a statement: you are killing us, and we shall do what we can to scare and inconvenience you, shake things up a bit. As for the tunnels, well let's look at the results. Hamas has killed many Israeli soldiers by gaining entrance to Israel from the tunnels, and from ambushing Israeli soldiers who dare to enter the tunnels. I haven't read much about them attacking civilians, because Hamas has NOT attacked civilians from the tunnels.

      The Warring Scorecard from the latest and ongoing mowing of the lawn is revealing: Dead Palestinians: approximately 75% civilian. Dead Israelis: approximately 95% soldiers.

      Now, jon s, the ball is in your court.

      Do you support Israel? I'm referring to both goals and methods.

      FPM

    • @Ramzi Jaber,

      Thanks for that injection of optimism in the midst of the horrible massacres going on in Gaza. May the world continue to close in on these criminals until breathing becomes difficult for them and they are forced to face up to their crimes, make amends to the Palestinians, and start serving their sentence.

      FPM

  • Gaza war gives rise to new Jewish group targeting Jewish institutions that support occupation
    • @Donald "J Street, as I recall, showed its true colors fairly soon. Or the leadership did. I vaguely recall reading (maybe at this blog) that some of the rank and file were not in line with the leaders, but if I were them, I would move on to some other group, Jewish or not, if I cared about the Palestinians."

      Well Donald, if the old quick display of true colors is accurate, why did it take so long for these two to jump ship. (see quote below from article) @Dan Crowther, you Sir, are certainly not an asshole, although your sarcasm at being considered one on this site for expressing your reservations evokes a broad smile. There is an inconvenient fact here that people don't talk about, perhaps because we are not allowed to talk about it on this website. Thou shalt not equate Jewishness and Jewish political identity with Zionism (unless you're a Zionist Israeli or supporter), thou shalt not question or comment on Jewish identity politics in any way; what a conundrum, since Zionism and all its trappings grew out of Jewish identity politics, and Zionism is supported blindly by the vast majority of Jews in the diaspora. These groups, from the list that Dan Crowther provided to a whole host of others, are gatekeepers of the discourse. They allow criticism of Israel, they criticize Israel, they allow criticism of rich, powerful American Jews who are "dual loyalists" (I put that in quotes because they really only have ONE loyalty, and it isn't to the US.), they even criticize old Shelly Adelson and his ilk. However, even Phil and some of the most ardent anti-Zionist Jews on this site refuse to address and admit the fact that they act in many ways out of a concern and worry that all of this BFM (big fucking mess) in the Middle East may end up with a boomerang that will smack Jewry as a whole in the US. And it may; it has worked that way for centuries, why would it change now? Has human nature changed?

      FPM

      "J Street, as I recall, showed its true colors fairly soon. Or the leadership did. I vaguely recall reading (maybe at this blog) that some of the rank and file were not in line with the leaders, but if I were them, I would move on to some other group, Jewish or not, if I cared about the Palestinians."

      "Carinne Luck, who joined J Street before its launch in 2007 and left in 2012, when she was the group’s vice president of field and campaigns, and Daniel May, director of J Street U, the group’s university arm, from 2010 through 2013."

  • Israel, your brand is tanking
    • Hophmi is a wonderful example of the moral depravity of Israel and its right-or-wrong supporters, especially those in the Israel lobby. You see, they have no interest in asking a fundamental question that many, if not most people, ask before they take action, while acting, and when analyzing their own past actions. That question is: Is what we are doing ethical / moral / right? Is what we did ethical / moral / right? No, there is no interest in addressing this basic issue that should inform all human activity. Instead, their sole interest lies in the analysis, manipulation and manufacturing of the perception of others of their past, ongoing and planned actions. This is a sickness, for it is an admission that they are aware of the moral bankrupcy of their actions, but have no plans to make amends, nor more importantly to make changes. This is a form of collective mental illness.

      FPM

  • 'Dear American Jewish community, It's time to talk about Zionism'
    • "Dear American Jewish community, it’s time to talk! And talk, and talk, and talk. Because the more we talk, the more we try to give the impression that Zionism answers to Jews, and can be persuaded, the more space and time Zionism buys."

      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      We're American Jews, we know what those in Israel do, let's
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      We need to talk, just you and us, lots of room on our little Jewish bus, let's
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      They're committing genocide, but hey, we're all in the same damn tribe, let's
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      The only issue we agree, is beware when the goys come for you and me, let's
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,
      Talk, talk, wring, wring hands,

      @Mooser,

      Your use of humor to highlight ridiculous reality is heart-warming, and there is no sarcasm intended here. The farcical nature of this essay by Benjamin Silverman is too much to face.

      "When we have argued for human rights and international law, we have been ostracized and excluded from all aspects of mainstream Jewish life. When we have argued against an exclusionary, segregationist regime, we have been attacked with the most vicious of slanders; “self-hating Jews,” “Nazi collaborators,” and worse. When we have tried to stand up against colonialist violence and occupations, we have been met with angry rejection from our closest friends and family."

      So, what's new Ben? What has changed? Do you think that your plea to Israel right or wrong Zionist American Jews, by far the majority of American Jewry, is going to elicit an invitation to dialog? Shouldn't your plea be directed to Americans as a whole, who could have a real effect in taming the monster Israel?

      FPM

  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
    • @jrfinkel,

      "Rabid racism, which was always present but considered too impolite for general public discourse, is now open, common, and prominent. What was once said behind close doors (“Kill the Arabs”) is now shouted in the streets and in the Knesset."

      And where were the progressive/left/sane Jews, and what was their reaction when they were exposed to the rabid racism and the behind-doors calls for genodice of the Arabs? And how could those Jews be considered progressive, left, or sane if they allowed that behavior to go on unchallenged? I grew up in the US, a country that has seen and continues to see much racism, but if I had been exposed to calls for the genocide of blacks, native-Americans, or any other race in my youth I would have spoken out strongly against whoever expressed such racist ideas. As a matter of fact, nearly all my friends and families, progressive, conservative, anarchist, or Martian, would have done the same. Sick country you speak of, Sir.

      FPM

  • Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach
    • @daniel rich,

      tokyo ben doesn't live in tokyo.

      tokyobk,

      As you said before, we make our choices what to focus on. As you also said, you've chosen to try to sniff out any hint of anti-semitism in the comments section of mondoweiss rather than focus on the ongoing extermination of the Palestinians in Gaza. I agree; that's your choice - knock yourself out. Don't be surprised, however, if you find that your choice is upsetting Mooser; I know that it burns me up to see people like you focusing on what you consider traces of anti-semitism in the MW comments section in the midst of serious Israeli war crimes and ongoing ethnic cleansing. So excuse me if your "enormous human empathy for the people of Gaza and Palestinians" seems to me a bit insincere in light of the fact that since the beginning of this round of the every-two-year Israeli Gaza turkey shoot your comments at MW have focused more on anti-semitism than on the plight of the dying Palestinians. You build your own image, even if you are blind to that fact.

      FPM

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more)
    • @yonah fredman

      "I was born Jewish, so I root Jewish. It is my side against your side. I value my side; you value your side. That's how war works."

      Yonah, yonah, you are drawing lines placing Jews on one side and the rest of the world on the other side. I'll try to break it to you gently. The odds will be stacked against the Jews, and you will lose the war. Try being a human, and try to see this I/P conflict through the lens of a human, not as an Israeli, and certainly not as a Jew, for the country known as Israel does NOT represent global Jewry. The best thing for Jewish humans in the so-called diaspora (hate that term) would be to cut themselves free of an identity that is based on a state that they see as an insurance plan in the Middle East, just in case the goys go anti-semite again.

      FPM

    • "American voices – and especially Jewish American ones – are probably the most critical voices in the world right now."

      Dear Eran Efrati and JVP,

      If you are counting on Jewish American voices to stop this genocide, you will be sorely disappointed. American Jews are not a collective, but the majority are firm supporters of Israel, right or wrong. If we examine the American Jews with big money and big power, we find that they are even more extreme than Netanyahu (Please don't call him, Bibi, it makes him sound like a human chihuahua, and he is neither a chihuahua nor human). JVP is a tiny voice of reason in a shouting contenst of hate and deception - hatred of the Arabs, and deception by the Mainstream Media in the US. You need to call upon HUMAN voices everywhere, especially non-Jewish voices, to stop this murder. Yes, Jewish voices are important! However, we see how the machine works to delegitimize Jewish voices who criticize Israel, we see how the "self-hating" smear works as well on Jews as the "anti-Semite" smear works on gentiles. Your acknowledgement that the crisis in I/P stems from the belief that Jewish lives are worth more than Palestinian lives is an important first step, but you have to follow it up with a call to all humans, telling them that their voices are as important as, or more important than Jewish voices. It's time that this ongoing crime is taken out of the hands of what you call "the most critical voices in the world" and put in the hands of more responsible humans who don't have an ethnic interest in the conflict. Otherwise, you end up looking like gatekeepers, trying to keep things in the community. You should be Human Voice for Peace.

      FPM

  • Beating of Florida teen in Jerusalem is getting attention in U.S.
    • @abierno

      This transcends the verbs “to kill” or “to burn”. "

      Let's try nouns then. He was a human conflagration, a human holocaust.

      FPM

  • Fear of anti-semitism accusation did not stop Presbyterians from witnessing occupation
    • Could it be a new Hasbara strategy? Take the name of a well-known, well-respected Palestine solidarity activist who does brilliant research and writes excellent articles for Mondoweiss (sorry Phan Nguyen if I'm laying it on too thick, but it's true!), change a few letters in the first name, and voila, a new commenter appears to defend the apartheid state and attack the regulars here, perhaps leaving some wondering if it really is that P. Nguyen. Well, I'm here to tell you that it ain't! As to whether it is or isn't a new strategy, well I'm sure most of the folks here wouldn't be surprised in the least...

      Frankie P.

  • Public debate on Zionism sets a crucial precedent
    • Max B.:
      “You’ve seen what happened here. Israel wasn’t destroyed. Nothing scary happened. We had a talk, we had a chat, and that was it. I don’t know what people are so afraid of.”

      Frankie P.: I do, Max. They are afraid of the truth.

  • The U.S. continues to appease Narendra Modi
    • The Indian people are looking for economic recovery; it's simple. They voted for the candidate they believed would take the correct actions to bring back the kind of economic growth they expect. The US is tickled pink that Mori is in power; he, like Abe in Japan, will be an important partner in the US's planned Asian containment of surging China. Therefore, Krauss is right and he's wrong. Krauss' framing makes it appear that the Indian people voted for Mori because he presided over a pogrom. They did not, and he, by the way, he did NOT preside over a pogrom. At the same time, Krauss joins North in ignoring geo-political trends, shifts in power, and alliances. This is a common illness among people in the west, especially Americans.

      Frankie P

  • 'Today at 0800, Israeli bulldozers came to the fertile valley where we planted fruit trees--'
    • Er, you guys are only telling one side of the story. Those apricot trees threw pits at settlers passing by; we had to destroy them. Those pits really hurt; they can send a full-grown IDF coward to the hospital with a concussion if there's a direct hit. The apple trees had also taught their seedlings jew-hatred and we just couldn't let them grow up to be suicide apple pies. Really, you shouldn't post things like this without some kind of balance to the story...

      Frankie P

  • From Portland to Portland, and Amman to Lahore, 'NYT' letter-writers are sharper than 'NYT' writers
    • @James North,

      And you and Phil play right into their bullshit, effectively condoning and seconding their argument, by feeling the need to include disclaimer sentences like the one in Don's quote above. Advocates of justice for Palestine, be they Gentile or Jew, do not need to produce Jewish or Philo-Semitic bona fides to refute the lies of Hasbarists, who day by day dig themselves deeper and deeper into a hole of lies that becomes easier and easier for the common people to discern and ridicule. This routine action of the part of MW leaves one with the unpleasant feeling that the site considers the views of Jews more important than those of Gentiles.

      FPM

  • Boteach stops reporter from videotaping Columbia University debate
    • @yonah fredman,

      The fact that you would call your comment "humor" is a stinging indictment of yourself. That you would joke about calling someone an anti-semite, unfortunately one of the most serious accusations in modern Western civilization, a denunciation that has ruined countless careers and even lives, shows that you really don't see traditional anti-semitism as a threat to Jews, but rather a weapon to use against those who oppose the ideology of Zionism and any who would call for a curbing of the crimes and opression perpetrated by Israel. I have seen calls by other commenters on this site for legal action to be brought against those who frivolously use this charge, and I'm beginning to think that they are correct. For what defense can one have to being called a hater?

      FPM

    • @tokyobk, I'm sorry for mixing your name up, even though you kind of like the name. I admire your offer to set up an open, taped discussion between Boteach and Weiss, and I would love to watch it.

      @tree, thanks for correcting my egregious mistake, mixing up Shmully Hecht with Boteach. It is certainly a sign of the decline of mental faculties that comes with age.

      @yonah fredman, although I agree that it's pretty bad to mix up two different Rabbis, even if they share a first name, is that a sign of anti-semitism, as you seem to be implying? I'll leave it up to the moderators and other commenters on the site. You have already given your opinion, but to be honest, having read many earlier comments, the accusation of anti-semitism from you and your ilk carries very little weight with me. It is a knee-jerk reaction to delegitimize critics of a) Israel and b) a segment of organized American Jewry that is more loyal to Israel than to their country. As far as your comment implying anti-Shmuelism, there is an articulate commenter on MW named Shmuel; he is Israeli, Jewish, well-educated and informed about the I/P conflict, and he and his views, while not always the same as my own, look very different to me from the other two Shmuels I confused.

      FPM

    • Not quite the kind of reception he gave you at Tokyo Ben King's brownstone, was it Phil? But then, that was at a time when slick Shmuely thought he could still redeem your eternal Jewish soul with a bucket of red wine and a reference to your "real" name. I wonder if he was calling you that name during this event.

      Frankie P

  • A Jewish Christmas message to the unsaved world
    • @Walid,

      "He has since edited his piece to make it somewhat a bit “softer”."

      Telling, isn't it?

      FPM

    • @MHughes,

      Yes, Professor Ellis' new missive, like so many of his other writings, seem to shine more light on his own prejudice and bias than on those he attacks - in most cases Christians. This last article is all over the road - a few lines about the Pope's message morph into Handel's Messiah, the corruption of the world, and then ultimately, the weird, the wonderful, the "prophetic", as if Ellis' "prophetic" is going to cure the "world of dislocation and death." Christians, in Ellis' demented view, can be distilled to their essence, and his description of every component of that essence drips with contempt: "Handel’s Messiah" "anti-Jewish content" "covered with blood" among "the endless Merry Christmas greetings", a "process theology gloss" driving through "the intersection of American Department Store Christianity and Christmas Tree Lighting Bethlehem Christianity" that results in a terrible accident that will "send you into Christian shock therapy".

      So, Dr. Ellis, if you would like to take "a more sober approach" without all the gobledygook spilling out of your view of Christianity, maybe you should watch Charlie Brown's Christmas one more time, and maybe you'll see how some people who are Christians are looking for their prophetic voice and innocence, hoping that they can find salvation and redeem the world. Remember, these are individuals, searching like you are for a better way; they are NOT all parts of some monolithic "church" that strives to "assimilate to power". Some of them might even be prophets.

      FPM

  • The woman on the plane
    • Phil:
      “A friend of mine explained this place a long time ago. Everyone in Israel is orthodox Jewish,” she said. “And I agree with that.”
      “Orthodox religious?”
      “No. Orthodox Jewish. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be there. They believe strictly in Judaism. It goes beyond religion.”

      I don't know why you give these supporters of Gilad Atzmon thought an outlet for their ideas when you have banned the man himself. This is classic!

      Frankie P

  • Echoing Netanyahu, Ted Cruz slams Kerry and calls on Iran to recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'
    • @American,

      I'm wondering if you are aware of IMF forecasts that say that India, which you call a "lesser", will have the largest population of middle class consumers in the world by the year 2030. If you believe that consumer markets rule global commerce, you must also believe that the world in 20 years time will be a very different one from the one we live in today. For in 20 years time, Indonesia will have more middle class consumers than the US. That's not saying that the number of US middle class consumers will decrease; indeed, it will be the increase in Indonesian middle class consumers that will be responsible. Additionally, the Indonesian middle class consumers will be at the bottom of the range what is considered by the IMF as "middle class", disposable income of approximately US$10 - 100 per day, while the US will still be in the higher ranges. That said, imagine the implications of the global shift in power from Europe and the US to Asia. Mind boggling.

  • Join Mondoweiss on Facebook
    • I thank you, Annie Robbins.

      FPM

    • Shoutout to danaa, MRW, and whoever else has availed themselves of the blog, can't for the life of me remember its name, that covers related issues that may infringe on comments rules of mondoweiss. Please reply with the name, and I thank you in advance for your help.

      FPM

  • De Blasio is hawkish on Iran, and his bundler funds Israeli army
    • Yes, hophmi, we all realize that driving automobiles is like a gateway drug. Today, you're driving cars, tomorrow you are gaining nuclear weapons.

      FPM

  • Roger Waters says Israel's wall is '100 times more horrifying' than Berlin wall
    • @Ludwig

      Israel puts the Star of David on airplanes, bombs, and tanks that bomb innocent Palestinians. How can it get away with that? I am shocked and apalled. Airplanes dropping dollar signs can't compare with airplanes dropping massive munitions on civilians. I listen to Roger Waters and will continue to do so.

      FPM

  • Major 'NYT' piece calls two-state negotiations 'phony'--and catastrophic
    • Ramzi,

      You write English very well, and your posts are meaningful, coherent, and full of useful information. That said, you need an intensive course in sarcasm. Don't you read the comments of others here? Shmuel has commented on MW for years, and I have seen your comments here for some time. Do you actually think that Shmuel, with his long history of balanced, humanitarian commenting, could hold views like the ones he pillories in that sarcastic comment about your name? Not a racist bone in the man's body, and we should all admit that doing away with those nasty racist bones is a life-long effort.

      FPM

  • Our indigenous preoccupation
    • @Danaa,

      Your commentary is accurate like a laser, but I must point out that it distracts Prof. Ellis, who seems to believe that enough introspective preoccupation with his Jewish navel will result in the extraction of the Jewish prophetic from said belly-button.

      FPM

  • Yom Kippur's ancient extremity
    • I'm with Shmuel. The whole idea of an individual declaring himself "______ of Conscience" leaves a rancid taste in my mouth. It's a cop-out, an exclusionary tactic designed to place the speaker in an exalted position where he can analyze and criticize the minions below. Talk to me like I'm human, Prof. Ellis.

      FPM

  • National Security Agency gives data on Americans to the Israeli government
    • Another red line has been crossed. I am left wondering how many more red lines need to be crossed before the US public bombs Washington.

      FPM

  • Helen Thomas dies
    • @Annie,

      "even at the announcement of her death you can’t leave it alone. they’ll be no place free of your ptv today for those of us who really liked her."

      Classic. Annie, I really love your comments, even though I have criticized you in the past for gatekeeping. You are a class act. Keep it up. I wanted to say that to you a long time ago, but better late than never I guess.

      @tokyobk,

      '“The Jews” should be anywhere they want to be as long as it is in equality and with respect to others living there.'

      So in other words, HT was right. They should get the hell out of Palestine, because they have surely demonstrated since 1948 that they are unable to live in equality and respect to the indiginous population there.

      "I think Jews moving legally to Palestine and setting up strong social and business networks to protect themselves and their interests, cultural centers, synagogues would have been and should be fine."

      Speak the truth man! What you mean to say is "I think Jews moving legally to the US and Britain and setting up ethnocentrist business networks to generate great wealth to influence foreign policy to protect the runt state of Israel is fine."

      Finally,

      "I think that she said something really stupid that goes to the heart of why some Jews think we need and army."

      I know I'm being presumptuous, and I will understand if you choose not to answer this question, but I seem to recall that you are an American, part Japanese ancestry, living in Boston, hobnobbing with the likes of Boteach. I know that you are also part (perhaps half) Jewish. Do you have Israeli citizenship? How do you reconcile your use of "we" in this quote, "we need an army." I know you will state that your preface "some Jews believe" does not mean that you believe, but really, does worldwide Jewry need an army? Would you join the global Jewish army? I think that you should inform your Jewish friends who believe that "we" need an army that without the massive support of non-Jews, their army would be pretty skimpy. Additionally, non-Israeli Jews who joined said "Jewish army" would unleash a strong anti-Jewish reaction in the countries in which they live, don't you think? tokyobk, I think you should make aliyah and join the IDF.

      FPM

  • 'Arabs, this way'
  • 'I was not a party to, and never will be, to the planting of trees on expropriated and stolen land': Former South African Ambassador to Israel rejects JNF trees planted in his name
    • @alfa,

      One listen to that quavering, internalized Arabic-sounding sax line brought me to the conclusion that it is, indeed, Gilad Atzmon. A visit to the production notes and then credits for the film's website confirmed my suspicions. Original music: Gilad Atzmon and Desert Rose.

      FPM

  • Weiner should be 'hounded' for his support for apartheid
    • @annie,

      Unfortunately, for all your desire to act as the ultimate gatekeeper of opinions: "so i won’t let you do it.", the fact is that frankier is accurate in his opinion

      The Jewish community, collectively, supports apartheid, either by inaction or positive action directed at the removal of the Palestinians from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and send them to Jordan.

      YOU are also correct in your predicated opinion:

      The american community, collectively, supports apartheid, either by inaction or positive action directed at the removal of the Palestinians from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and send them to Jordan.

      So now where do we go?

      FPM

  • An interview with Ben Ehrenreich, author of 'extraordinary' Nabi Saleh piece in 'NYT Magazine'
    • "Q. Are you telling me that the only interview you did was with that Chicago radio station?
      The only interview I did was that one radio station.
      Q. Why do you think that is?
      I don’t know. There’s obviously been a great deal of hesitation among editors and producers to grapple with this issue at all. They did have a news hook: Obama was in the West Bank.
      Q. Did this surprise you?
      Not terribly."

      Neither Ben E. nor Phil W. care to delve too deeply into the answers to these questions. Ben mentions the hesitation of editors to grapple with the issue, but neglects to address why editors hesitate, and what the consequences of such grappling could mean to their careers. He says it doesn't surprise him, but doesn't mention why it doesn't surprise him; I would think many media outlets, if independent and searching for true news stories about a volatile region, would be lining up to interview Ben. Oh, what's that you say? They are not independent and searching for true stories of human Palestinians?

      Ben, you wrote this, and in my eyes, it alone makes you a hero and a rare truth searcher: '["Zionism is the problem"] in which I argued that a principled opposition to Zionism had been a mainstream stance within Judaism for most of the twentieth century and in which I made the case for an ethical, Jewish critique of Zionism.'

      Turn your laser eye now to the American scene, and search for the truth about why the American people are not often permitted to see the kind of truth in your article for the NYT Magazine.

      FPM

  • Celebrating Israel's birthday, '2 luminary philosophers' to explore whether Zionism and liberalism are 'complementary identities'
    • @Sibiriak,

      Please note that I do NOT condone or recommend that the future Palestinian state seek revenge or retribution for the wrongs perpetrated, shot, beaten, and dropped onto them these 65 years. I simply point to a notion that has permeated human affairs for thousands of years; it's been codified, acted out and expressed in any number of proverbs, sayings, and literature: you reap what you sow.

    • @Tokyo Ben K,

      "I would go further, imo Palestine will flourish if Tel Aviv high tech and the gay pride parade endure."

      What a ridiculous statement!! Do you feel that maintaining the high tech industry and gay community in Tel Aviv are issues even remotely on the radar of a people whose land, homes and water are being stolen? a people whose movement is curtailed? a people who are NOT afforded equal treatment in the distribution of government services? a people who are shot or beaten for speaking against the injustice? You rail against the word "hasbara", and yet you practice it at every turn. If the Palestinians as a majority in the future choose to treat Jewish Israelis less fairly than brothers, would it surpise you in light of the treatment they have received? Additionally, you fail to mention that the world has a right to judge the REAL, CURRENT Israelis as well as your projection of how future Palestinians may choose to behave. The world is judging the Israelis more and more severely, and unless the behavior of Jewish Israelis changes, the judgement and subsequent consequences will become harsher and harsher.

      FPM

    • @Nevada Ned,
      While this is absolutely true,

      "Phil Weiss is one of a small but growing number of American Jews (who) are willing to face up to the realities of Israeli policy without flinching, evasion, or hypocrisy. I hope that the number will continue to grow. The Mondoweiss website provides a valuable service. Phil and his comrades deserve our support."

      your challenging of Citizen as "be(ing) so sure of Phil Weiss’ motivations and thought processes." is a misrepresentation. Citizen is actually quoting words that Phil said in a discussion with G. Atzmon. Apparently I was not the only one who was extremely surprised to read these words, and I feel that discounting the motivation for any person's actions is a grave error.

      FPM

  • Hopeful reading: Obama will go over Israeli leaders' heads to youth and say regime must change
    • I was scrolling through the comments, hoping that I'd see one from Dan Crowther. I was not disappointed. Dan, are you becoming a realist? Two points about Phil Weiss and his Mondohope. First, the youth of Israel are not some subjugated base of liberalism that has been hidden under a blanket by their fascist elders. The youth in Israel are as fascist, if not moreso, than the older generation. They have been carefully trained to be so. Second, Obama has proven unable to make real contact with the youth in his own country, a youth that is slowly but surely trending towards ideals of small government libertarianism as they see their future prospects destroyed by big government and bigger debt.

      I put forward a motion to change the name of the site: Mondohope (less).

  • Obama scared AIPAC into silence, then defeated it
    • @Oklahoma farmer,

      M.J. Rosenberg does NOT need to rethink his thinking again. People who read him need to understand his thinking. M.J. Rosenberg would like Israel to retain its position in regards to the "special relationship." He would like Israel to continue to receive billions in US taxpayer dollars that are sorely needed at home. M.J. Rosenberg wants Sen. Chuck Shumer to become leader of Senate Democrats. M.J. Rosenberg has a great fear that the great unwashed American population of goys is going to suddenly wake up and then all American Jews, even "good Jews" like himself, Phil Weiss, etc. will be in trouble. So basically, M. J. is a "liberal Zionist." He wants to have his cake and eat it too. And to continue eating the cake, and to allow Israel to continue eating America's cake, he feels that it is necessary to throw two groups under the bus: the first group is Netanyahu and his fascist land-grabbers in Israel, and the second is the Israel first, fascist, right wing American Jews like Bill Kristol and his Emergency Committee For Israel or Sheldon Adelson and his Republican Jewish Coalition. In M. J.'s eyes, they go too far. He actually believes that if Israel returned to the pragmatic, centrist policies of past Labor governments, there would be a chance for peace, ignoring the fact that past Labor governments NEVER had pragmatic, centrist policies or acted in a pragmatic, centrist manner towards the Palestinians. He seeks to draw clear lines between the "evil, right wing" ethnocentrists, and the "liberal, humanitarian" ethnocentrists. I know, I know, you can't be a "liberal, humanitarian" and an ethnocentrist at the same time, but there it is.

      FPM

  • Video: Celebrating 20 years of the peace process!
  • Who knew! Donkey fellator is anti-Semitic trope
    • Question for you, Abe Foxman: When telling the truth makes me an anti-Semite according to your definition, should I stop telling the truth and start lying?

  • When will liberal Zionists give up on their dream?
    • @Mooser,

      It IS some serious conditioning. Serious enough to cause Phil Weiss to say:

      "I feel American before I feel Jewish. I think that's the achievement of my life, to have flipped those identities, and Jewish is second."

      That must be some mondoconditioning if Phil calls it the achievement of his life to put his identity as an American before his Jewish identity. So what would make this seemingly natural prioritization such a monumental task? What is the main avenue of this cultural conditioning? What would you think it would be? Primarily, it would start with the nuclear family, then the extended family, the community, etc. Maybe you could explain the conditioning process if you feel that you have experienced it. I must admit that I feel Sean shows terrific restraint in not calling you out on your constant belittling and minimizing of his raising of serious issues.

      FPM

    • @Phil Weiss,

      "I meant: that even these lib Zionists fear the rise of anti-Semitism in the west and therefore think they need a Jewish state. I think we need to interrogate this belief."

      This is one of the most important sentences I have seen on this website. Please post more articles that interrogate this belief. I believe that this interrogation can eventually lead to a path that could solve the I/P issue.

      FPM

    • "No-one but hard-line Zios would oppose it."

      Nonsense! Joel Kovel's mother would oppose it. Phil's mother would oppose it. A huge number of American Jews who on other issues are progressive left-leaners would oppose it, not because they fear some kind of civil war in Israel, as Patrick mentions, but because they would see it as "Not good for the Jews". Until these neurotic fears of the eternally murderous goyim are better understood and overcome, there will be no peace.

      FPM

  • Hagel is right, Israel must negotiate with Hamas -- Slater
    • Of course Hagel, and all those who have been saying that Israel must negotiate with Hamas, is correct on this issue. Israel also knows that it must eventually negotiate with Hamas. They prefer to emphasize the word "eventually" in this sentence; more time is needed to establish "Jewish communities" in the West Bank, bargaining chips in an eventual (damn, it's that word again) agreement. Foot dragging by Israel on any and all chances for peace or a peace (piece) process has been an ongoing tactic; it's time that the world sat up and took notice, and action.

      FPM

  • Not skipping a beat, Israeli embassy alludes to 'another Gaza' over Palestinian UN bid
    • I don't know if you saw it, but I slowed down the video and noticed Netanyahu painting polonium onto Abbas' dinner plate!!!

      Frankie P

  • IDF spokesman posts blackface photo of himself as Obama, then issues non-apology
    • "There have been attempts to make use of private photos from my Facebook profile in order to publicly misrepresent my opinions."

      Sorry, Israeli army social media official Sacha Dratwa, but if you are an official for social media, you should understand that nothing posted in Facebook, a public forum, is private. Incompetence?

      FPM

  • 'Jewish political community' supported Iraq war, but now divides between neocon funders and liberals -- Alterman
    • Thank God for cool heads like that of Citizen C, who made an excellent comment above, and I have to say that Phil Weiss seems to have his head further and further up his, well we won't go into that. PW: "thanks. helpful. it’s a reactionary community on this issue" WTF is that supposed to mean? As if you didn't know that, as if you didn't know the figures regarding American Jewish support for Cast Lead, not to mention the slower burning day to day ethnic cleansing that is Israel and the Palestinian territories that she controls. Here's an excellent piece by Alterman, indeed. We only look at the first sentence and wonder how or why Phil Weiss would not challenge and yes, even laugh out loud at this sentence:

      "while Jews remain liberal and dovish—even on Israel—many Jewish funders and neoconservative pundits do not."

      When will you realize, Phil Weiss, that most Jews in America, contrary to your wishes, dreams, and invocations, do NOT think like you in regards to Israel. Jews in America are NOT dovish on Israel, though they may be dovish on other issues, especially domestic ones.

      And then Alterman's "excellent piece" moves in the direction we have come to expect, namely that of Jewish sensibilities and sensitivities, especially regarding the dreaded peddlers of anti-Semitic imagery. Ho-hum. Alterman then comes to the brilliant conclusion, totally wrong, of course, that "this brand of Jewish McCarthyism is no longer associated with the word “liberal.”" Yeah, tell Greta about that, and we'll see if she agrees with you.

      FPM

  • No room for racism in a movement working for equality and freedom
    • @Danaa,

      Again, I find myself unable to express my ideas more clearly than you just did in this post. I thank you again. Please get working on that book! The world needs to hear your views.
      FPM

    • @Annie,

      "this is horribly sad but do not mistake who made this commotion here. it is an impossible situation expecting this to dissolve unscathed. it won’t go away and the world is watching."

      Fuck this commotion and fuck the watching world. They are watching the wrong thing. Your world may be watching this little tempest in the teapot of "anti-zionism", but I'm watching and bitching about how Israel continues to oppress Palestinians and how my country enables it. This whole episode serves as evidence of Atzmon's claims about Anti-Zionist Zionists and their gatekeeping, and I'm shocked and appalled at how many here are fitting that bill perfectly.

      FPM

  • Stoking fear of 'genocide,' an academic pushes Israel to war
    • Folks,

      You're missing the point here. Congratulations on blowing the entirely flawed argument of one Mr. G H Stanton out of the water. It wasn't a difficult task for the likes of a group of people who are educated and informed on the I/P issue, the Middle East, etc. Now why don't you focus on Mr. G H Stanton, a man who also has to earn a living, raise a family, take care of his own, etc. There are countless like this who focus on, when push comes to shove, one issue: bread / butter. Who is buttering his bread?

      Frankie P

  • Adelson is punching bag for Axelrod, but Axelrod doesn't dare mention Adelson's big issue
    • @Ranjit Suresh: "David Axelrod, by his silence on the issue driving Adelson, is making one thing crystal clear: there is one sphere of politics for Americans as a whole and another level entirely for the leading members of America’s Jewish community."

      Right On! The surprising thing about it is that Phil Weiss acts as if this is surprising. "funnily enough, the email says nothing about Adelson's #1 issue...support for greater Israel" Our Mondoweiss "guru" (just kidding, I don't think Axelrod's a guru either) should know we would only be surprised and shocked if Axelrod DID say anything critical of Adelson's support for greater Israel. Phil still likes the imaginary right / left divide among American Jews when the issue is Israel. Shout out to Mooser: has anyone gotten back to you yet on your plea for the names of Jewish congregations who are speaking out about curbing Israeli land grabs and oppression of the Palestinians? I think you asked for this information three weeks, two days, and seven hours ago. Why the silence? Where are the responses? Oh, still waiting.

  • AP reported anti-Islam film that sparked protests was made to help Israel, but questions surround producer of the film
    • "Is this the relationship America wants with the Islamic world?"

      Indeed. And how long will Joe Six-pack be oblivious to these clowns who are instigating this? How long will it be before he gets fed up with having "Sam Bacile and the Jewish Donors" headlining as the band representing him?

  • Open letter from Ismail Hanneya to Occupy Charlotte protesting the DNC: 'We salute you'
    • Is it not conspicuous and illuminating that this post, containing a letter of solidarity from the elected Prime Minister of Palestine, has generated only two comments on this blog? Meanwhile, the focus remains on the faux choice election coming up, meaningless DNC platforms, and the endless navel gazing and internal stuggles of American Jews. It's absolutely no wonder we are getting no closer to a solution to this tired problem.

      Frankie P

  • Jimmy Carter on Corrie verdict: 'The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.'
    • @asherpat,

      I agree! "Total disregard and indifference to gentile life" would be a much more suitable way to articulate it, but you know, that takes up so much column space.
      The "Israel bashers", by the way, are in reality people like the driver of that bulldozer, Judge Oded Gershon, Benjamin Netanyahu, and all the blind supporters of the ongoing crimes carried out by the "Jewish State." And yes, I count you among that crowd. The whole lot of you bash the credibility and respect that some people in the world once had for Israel, and uncover the true evil inherent in the Zionist project.

  • Judith Butler responds to attack: 'I affirm a Judaism that is not associated with state violence'
    • Phil,

      Your dissent isn't really dissent. Jesus Christ, Spinoza, Gilad Atzmon - that is dissent. Your dissent is one informed by the idea that we must stop the war crimes and oppression perpetrated by a state that claims to represent us so that we can retain our specialness. Now I'm all with you in the battle to stop the state of Israel in its ethnic cleansing and dispossession of the Palestinian people. I guess its our motivation that differs; you seem to be motivated and informed by a desire to save the Jews and make them into your ideal image; others are motivated by a more humanistic, inclusive ideology.

    • @Mooser,

      What is apparent, however, is how little you have to deviate from the Zionist line to be smeared and persecuted. Can you imagine what the reaction would be if she said: ‘Frankly, the Zionists will never change or deviate from their plan unless something more powerful than they are forces them to do it. Now let’s get busy and put that force together and give it the power it needs to get the job done!’

      The moose is loose!! Mooser, you are spot on - the Zionists WILL NEVER CHANGE OR DEVIATE from their plan unless something more powerful than they are forces them to do it. Sorry, I had to repeat that, as its veracity is so blindingly obvious. Now let's get busy!!!

      Frankie P

    • @American,

      I agree that it is a sad indictment of American academia that Professor Butler feels the need to write a number of paragraphs establishing her Jewish bona fides and a paragraph in opposition to Jews "disavowing thier Jewishness" before she gets to a defense of her very humanistic views. Indeed, standing up for human rights and values is enough, whether it stems from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, or Martian (honorary humans) upbringing.

      Frankie P

  • Sam Harris, uncovered
    • @Woody,

      It's an alarming trend, the way so-called "atheists" are trying to change the definition of the word!!! Atheism is a belief that there is no God. The position you describe, "there is insufficient reason to believe that there is a god", is defined as agnosticism. I have seen militant atheists on the web also claiming that deists are actually atheists too. Can anyone explain why atheists need to try to blur the lines?

      FPM

  • 44 Senators, including many Democrats, sign AIPAC letter to Obama against Iran negotiations
    • I think the methodology is more subtle with Phil. He's already totally marginalized as far being in the "Mainstream", but he has strong ties to his Jewishness, a vulnerable spot that can be exploited. Therefore, the ranks of Chabad and Tokyo Benny will continue to call and invite, plying our man with booze and serenading him with traditional monikers and songs about "his people." We know that Phil has their number though, and we are certain that he will stand up for all humanity and continue the struggle.

      Frankie P.

  • Fear, the African refugees and the cost of maintaining Israel as a Jewish state
  • Obama's selective view of the struggle for human dignity
    • Yes, I've been considering an approach to the government of the People's Republic of China, suggesting that they build an American Slavery Museum and Native American "Trail of Tears" Museum in Beijing. I'm sure the good citizens of the United States will be happy to see a foreign power remembering the wrongs their country has perpetrated against its own people, and they were people, regardless of the fact that the white citizens did not see them as such at the time.

      FPM

  • '60 Minutes' profiles Palestinian Christians, Michael Oren falls on his face
    • A classic example of pre-traumatic stress syndrome. It's almost as if these people want to prove Gilad Atzmon right again and again. And still the "pc left" want to leave him out of the tent.

      FPM

  • Assange's first guest on RT world premier: Nasrallah says US & Israel seek civil war in Syria
    • @eljay,

      Sorry, I misinterpreted your comment. I wasn't flaming you either, I just thought that you were attributing Nasrallah's statements as spin to please his audience:

      "nothing more than a nice little bit of PR"

      I agree that religious people, especially leaders, never encourage people of their faith to embrace other faiths. It would be a contradiction, as they see their faith as the true path to God. That said, I don't think that Nasrallah panders to the audience in this, or any other interview. His statements are thought out and heartfelt.

      FPM

    • @eljay,

      You attribute the constant spin and manipulation of PR exercised by western and Israeli politicians to Nasrallah in saying that his faith is Abrahamic. He claims that there is only one "god" and one truth, and that we're one big happy family, but he never said anything about abandoning faith. I see this man as speaking from his heart without the need to manipulate his audience. He sees the truth as enough of a weapon; he doesn't need nor want spin. It goes against his grain. He has always done so, and it's not surprising that when he makes a public speech that is videotaped, Israelis watch it to learn the truth that is not forthcoming from their own politicians.

      FPM

    • Contrast Nasrallah's sane, rational analysis and his goals of protecting his country and facilitating human and civil rights for the people of Palestine with the hate speech and warmongering of Bibi Netanyahu. Remind me now, who is the terrorist?

      FPM

  • Israeli celebrity says she enjoyed video of IDF attacking Danish activist because he looked like a Nazi
    • "especially considering what the Danes, whose underground was granted a blanket designation as Righteous Among the Nations for their efforts during World War II to rescue the Danish Jews."

      I question the need to point out the righteousness of the Danes in the context of WWII. This woman, Irit Linur, with her smearing of the goyim as anti-semites, now because of a head of golden hair, is an outrage and she is certainly a sick individual. This should be said regardless of how the Danes behaved with regards to Jews during the Holocaust.

      "But I don’t’ want to talk about the black chasm in my soul that is haunted by anti-Semitism and Nazism."

      Dear Ms. Linur,

      I regret to inform you that the black chasm in your soul has appropriated characteristics of a black hole; that is, it has sucked everything else in your soul into it, negating and destroying it, leaving only the chasm itself.

      Sincerely,
      FPM

  • 'Tribefest' excommunicates group of young Jews who dared to speak about ethnic discrimination
    • @piotr,

      You blatantly misrepresent Gilad Atzmon, who has NEVER said that he "basically detests all self-proclaimed Jews". Please go and read what he actually says. And if you can, please try to make me understand why so many people have this attitude of "Atzmon rules", followed by the cringing caveat of "I approve 'excommunication' of Atzmon." What does he rule, the prison block?

      FPM

    • @Keith,

      They do fit right in, and the following statement is really telling:

      "We need your support to tell them that young Jews will go elsewhere if communal institutions increasingly reject and marginalize us."

      Yes, they should go elsewhere - they should join the human race, and move from category three (Jewish-ness above all else) to become category two Jews - humans who happen to be Jewish.

      FPM

  • 'Tablet' describes American veterans of IDF experiencing 'dual loyalty' issues
    • @Annie

      "madam chiang" was the wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, and I'm sure you had him dancing the spin in his grave by saying that she was married to Chennault, a dreamer who was unable to face the fact that at the time, having air power over an area without control of the land was useless. Chennault claimed in a letter dated October 8, 1942, that with only 105 modern fighters and 30 medium and 12 heavy bombers, he could "accomplish the downfall of Japan...probably within six months, within one year at the outside." The actual downfall of Japan required three more years and the efforts of the air power of nine air forces operating from India, China, the Pacific and Alaska, a Naval air force which in 1945 amounted to 90 carriers and 14,847 combat aircraft, and ultimately two atom bombs.

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