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born part Arab part Scots/Irish, worked in training ulema for the european environment/ journalist broadcaster for many years working mainly for bbc. From a faction of euro-islam much favored by the establishment, writer etc nothing really of interest may as well move along.

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  • To condemn, or not to condemn
    • "You know Annie, I probably shouldn ‘t say this, but the way “tokyobk” discourses could serve as the very definition of “pseudo-intellectual”."

      ok Mooser, the "insinuate propose" thing was real class, I cant find the comment despite the heroic amount of alcohol I have drunk, go figure, an internet Tolstoy moment, here's a Jew on Pseudo intellectualism, you have to suspend the innuend, its full-frontal brutal.

      you have Lobachevshyite proclivities, who doesnt.

    • really you two, so what happens when one does wrong things? nothing as in the case of white people and colonists? do tell what would Locke say?

    • " on Gaza’s police graduation ceremony at the beginning of Cast Lead was unlawful"

      when are Police ever legitimate military targets?

      "Asa Kasher, a professor at Tel Aviv university, has for many years worked closely with the Israeli army, for which he produced an "ethical code" in the mid 1990's. He has justified the campaigns of "targeted assassinations" and their inevitable "collateral damage" to the Palestinian population in densely populated zones. He has organized meetings propounding his revised military ethic among staff of the IDF and Israels internal security service, the Shin Bet. In interviews he boasts, not without reason, that "what we are doing is becoming the law".

      In 2005, he together with Major General Amos Yadlin, co-authored an article entitled "Military Ethics of Fighting Terror". Their aim was to revise, from top to bottom, the established principles underlying the ethics and law of armed conflict. The most radical of their attacks concerned the principle of non- combatant immunity."

      "Drone Theory" Chamayou p.151

      anyway heres another perspective, it is of course one of the uses of moral philosophy to justify war, you can not expect the protection of laws you flout, it is Israel after all that insists on setting the rules of the game unilaterally, they are obeying your laws.

    • "Yes, these people were colonists: They were participating in the Zionist colonisation of occupied Palestine. But they were also not taking active part in hostilities, and are protected as civilians under international humanitarian law."

      recall that award winning book "Drone Theory" by Gregoire Chamayou, detailing some amazing Israeli innovations in legal theory that have been instrumental in removing the protection of IHL from individuals in this unfortunate couples situation,

      link to

      now you want to turn the clock back, the poineers of assassination in the post war world now want to cry foul, maybe accord your opponents the protections you wish to enjoy.

  • Settlers gawk as Palestinian woman lies dying at checkpoint (Update)
    • "She was wearing a niqab"

      I give up as regards the Burqa thing, its the perjorative du jours for the way some Muslim women dress.

      Imagine you live in the middle east, kind of dusty place, if perhaps you lived in place with limited water, power, money perhaps a bit tight, even if you are relatively well off there is a horror of wastefulness due to the general privations of the population, one way you can keep you skin and clothes relatively dust free is to wear a loose all enveloping outer garment, it makes sense, keeps wind and heat at bay.

      Also imagine being an 17-18 year old girl having to pass through a check point at the mercy of Israeli young men and of course some women, covering up might be attractive,

      but what business is it of any bodies what Ms. Hashlamoun was wearing? in her own country, of course she who grew up under occupation had no idea how to pass through a check point, her first time perhaps?

      She was shot down like a dog and dragged off to die in the dust, dont you think that remarks about her clothes are disgusting, how is it relevant,

      by the way Richard Dawkins is making a fool of himself over that little Dallas clock boy, but a lot of westerners seem to harbour un-examined reprehensible attitudes, what you gonna do.

  • The Obama administration needs to own up to the quagmire in Syria
    • just for fun what Stefan has got from his reading, an UQAM scholar, the sensitive reader will by the end of this short piece realize why MSM level analysis so often produces disappointing results, its mostly bullshit, as Zaid brusquely pointed out to me we love narrative histories in the ME, which are also quite often plagued issues of accuracy, bullshit in other words, quite a lot of it anyway.

      Allawis in the Ottoman Period

      "One of the most durable myths of Ottoman history is that religious minorities were organized in so-called millets which enjoyed fiscal and legal autonomy within the Empire. In fact no such system ever existed: while individual communities were indeed sometimes mandated to collect taxes and practise traditional law among their members, the vast majority of Christian and Muslim subjects paid their taxes to Ottoman government agents or tax farmers and took recourse when necessary to the imperial shar‘iyya courts.

      As such it is not surprising that the ‘Alawis and other Shi‘i denominations were not recognized as an independent corporation either. So long as they did not engage in overtly sectarian acts (such as calumniating the orthodox Sunni caliphs) they were legally assimilated to the Empire’s Muslim population. Ibn Taymiyya’s fatwa was never referenced by Ottoman jurists, and unlike the Kızılbaş Shi‘is who actively revolted against Ottoman rule in Anatolia in the sixteenth century, the ‘Alawis (Nusayris) and other quietist Shi‘is were never the object of a formal condemnation."

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    • "This whole discourse of Sunni versus Allawites is sectarian from A to Z. And that’s what always was the real colonial plot"

      absolutely, the French had an Alawite state, for sometime.

      (I am busy Bandolero, and was interested in your stuff above will follow links when able)

      the divisions within the Syria Muslim Brotherhood are of course famous, northern and southern Axes and the failure of Attar etc, the ingress of Saudi money and influence to Aleppines, many of whom were naqshbandi's, the simple prism of sectarianism is not very enlightening, in my opinion.

      anyway one aspect of Syrias travails overlooked was the disastrous (for Syria) dawla al wahida Suriya wa Misr, episode, sadly Nassers Egypt in the 1313 days of union did Syria no good whatsoever, my passport still says U.A.R. (united arab republic) , the sound of cosmic laughter rings in my ears whenever i look at it, the Syrians got out just in time.

    • "However, the ascension of the Alawites into the ruling class of Syria was definitely part of a colonial project"

      ok, lets try again, brief and really simple, Dr. Fildis does "Roots of Sunni-Alawi Rivalry", you will notice the absence of a French installed Alawite Autocracy, for the current regime to be a descendant of. Needless to say I have differences with the good professor but we do occupy the same universe.

      there was a throw away line in the Charlie Glass article, re:sunni/shia, which no one picked up on, there are few things as immovable as ignorant assumptions, whatever utility they may have in destroying this months ultimate evil, Assad, to save Syria and Syrians, any one wonder why all those folk suddenly rushed Europes borders, they were in camps, something happen?

      There is a lot that could be said of the whole Arab Dictator meme, any one actually interested who believes that stuff could blow their very own minds with moderate study in English, i cant be bothered to get into any of this anymore, its like Netanyahu's UN cartoon, your knowledge of Syria's political economy is non-existent, this is tedious and silly.

      Do you have anything to show the France-Alawite-Assad lineage of the current regime?

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    • "The whole government body of Syria is a remnant of colonial times where the minority Alawites was put onto power by a foreign force"

      Are you the Louis Proyect Professor of Knowing Stuff About the Middle-East?

      It is requirement of Islam that one not lie, 4:135, except in certain circumstances, and such a stupid puerile lie too, if you argue on the basis that your interlocutors know nothing of a subject and are way too lazy to read then such an idiotic lie may be a good idea, its not an error or a difference of opinion your statement above is a foolish lie with no basis in reality at all, please read, a very shallow though good brief breakdown on the emergence of the Syrian state, it includes context, can you give a timeline of the Alawite domination, you are very foolish, do you read Arabic?

      Can any one tell me what Ideological purity is for, its been worrying me, what does it do.

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  • J'lem mayor warns Palestinians in holy site clashes: 'if they use violence we will hunt them'
    • '' director of the group’s office in the southern West Bank Farid al-Atrash"

      someones parents got a sense of humour, gamil gamal, even if i say so myself

  • Which nation spends more on its military: Iran or Israel?
    • " JudoChristian "

      I was going to post a link to my kenpo school "Judochristian", but you know every everyone is with you

      you the Palestinians are inspiration to billions, for your ability to resist with nothing, with the huge burden of the global hegemon on your backs, we respect you all from the bottom of our hearts, and remember No White God (watch till you see Rabin).

      I want what is rightfully mine....I will not be conquered

      would a white god save me from whitemans oppression

  • In a parallel universe where I am a Syrian refugee
  • Could Syria's revolution have been different?
    • When discussing imperialism sometimes a few facts can help, R2R, the right to rob is a cherished European custom, Gadaffi interfered, you know the rest.

      "Colonial Tax in Billions

      As of January 2014, 14 african countries are obliged by France, through a colonial pact, to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank under French minister of Finance control.They are effectively putting in 500 Billion dollars every year to the French treasury. African leaders who refuse are killed or victim of coup. Those who obey are supported and rewarded by France with lavish lifestyle while their people endure extreme poverty, and desperation.

      There are a number of components of the colonisation pact that has been in effect since the 1950's. The main points being that the African countries should deposit their national monetary reserves in the France Central Bank. France has been holding the national reserves of fourteen african countries since 1961: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

      Despite the two main African banks having African names, they have no monetary policies of their own. In fact France allows them to access only 15% of the money in any given year. If there is need for any more, they need to borrow the extra money from their own 65% from the French Treasury at commercial rates.

      The pact also included claused that Africa had an obligation to make French the official language of the country and the language for education and an obligation to use France colonial money FCFA (the Nordic countries tried unsuccessfully to get rid of this system when they discovered this).Also, they were obliged to send France an annual balance and reserve report. If they refused to send it, they would not be entitled to any money ."

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    • Washingtons blog, Unmasking ISIS

      "Michael Shank – Adjunct Faculty and Board Member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation – warned a year ago:

      The Senate and House Intelligence committees’ about-face decision last week to arm the rebels in Syria is dangerous and disconcerting. The weapons will assuredly end up in the wrong hands and will only escalate the slaughter in Syria. Regardless of the vetting procedures in place, the sheer factionalized nature of the opposition guarantees that the arms will end up in some unsavory hands. The same militant fighters who have committed gross atrocities are among the best-positioned of the rebel groups to seize the weapons that the United States sends to Syria.


      Arming one side of Syria’s multi-sided and bloody civil war will come back to haunt us. Past decisions by the U.S. to arm insurgencies in Libya, Angola, Central America and Afghanistan helped sustain brutal conflicts in those regions for decades. In the case of Afghanistan, arming the mujahideen in the 1980s created the instability that emboldened extreme militant groups and gave rise to the Taliban, which ultimately created an environment for al Qaeda to thrive.


      Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn’t made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies.


      Some armed opposition factions, including powerful Islamist coalitions, reject negotiation altogether. Yet these are the same groups that will likely seize control of U.S.-supplied weapons, just as they’ve already seized control of the bulk of the rebels’ weaponry.


      When you lift the curtain on the armed groups with the most formidable military presence on the ground in Syria, you find the Al Nusra Front and Al Farough Brigades. Both groups are closely aligned with Al Qaeda and have directly perpetrated barbaric atrocities. The Al Nusra Front has been charged with beheadings of civilians, while a commander from the Al Farough Brigades reportedly ate the heart of a pro-Assad soldier.

      Shank’s warning was ignored, and his worst fears came to pass. And since the Obama administration is doubling-down on the same moronic policy, it will happen again …

      And it’s not as if we only started supporting the rebels after the Syrian civil war started. Rather, the U.S. started funding the Syrian opposition 5 years before the civil war started … and started arming them 4 years beforehand.

      And a leaked 2006 U.S. State Department Cable from the U.S. Ambassador to Syria discussed plans to overthrow the Syrian government."

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    • “Insan” is an Urdu word that stands for “human” " its Arabic, the title of a Sura, there is no Urdu in the Quran.

    • for those who want to both learn a little of Syria and political Islam, I recommend the introduction which can read free.

      The Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

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    • "i’m not even sure what that means"

      Renner is making humorous reference to the fact that Gadaffi, a wounded and defenseless 69 year old was sodomized with a bayonet prior to being shot in the temple. You have sense of humour dont you.

  • 'NYT' misrepresents Iran's prediction about 'Zionist regime' to mean 'Israel'
    • "Time and time again history has shown that the most effective way of overcoming oppression is by non-violent civil resistance."

      oh you do provide examples,

      "Examples: "civil rights for black Americans," citizens arguing for their constitutional rights, there was some violence, there was also quite a lot of violence from the Black population, what effect that you will have to explain.

      " majority rule and the end of apartheid in South Africa" Fincham old boy, there was war encompassing the whole southern continent, ever heard of Cuito?

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      , "the fall of Ceaucescu in Romania" you done any research on that one or you just guessing,

      , "power sharing in Northern Ireland", you are kidding old thing, remember the Boys of the Old Brigade

      "the Arab spring inTunisia." a lot more too it than the triumph of non-violence.

      doesn't it occur to you Fincham that while you were doing all that science some of us were doing that resistance stuff, were you useless at science as well.

      "that would make me a racist" you dont think your attitude and language, merely paternalistic for the purposes of this board dont reveal your real viciousness, so surrender on Palestine's behalf, whose consent is required for nothing,

      when will you have concluded your Islamic studies and be in a position to tell us how to do it right or where we have been going wrong,

      Bob Andy wants a word in your shell like,

  • Settler group publishes anti-Palestinian children's book titled 'Occupation Shmuccupation'
    • Humaid is an ex-chief justice of Saudi Arabia, long term allies of Israel any one who doubts this longstanding alliance could dip in to Jesse Ferris' "Nassers Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day war."

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    • why does the Arab have a hooked nose while the other guy, presumably Jewish just looks white,

      Help with the Olive harvest? which upsets leftists, they are insane.

  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII
    • Donald,

      I read a post of yours about you know not bloviating etc, cant find it, in conformity with feminist practice I would like to explain where I am coming from,

      but first if you decide to do other things rather Mondopost, thank you for your company I interact with you for my own reasons, sloppy perhaps but i have very specific objectives, I have nothing but respect for you, you are an exotic entity to me, with whom I can interact because you can do things for me, if its any use to you, great! I always appreciated your WASPish unflappability, I know I am c##t, i have argued with and insulted everyone from Annie, Hostage even Mooser, I always read your posts.

      so this feminist self revelation thing: I dont know if this helps but culturally I am mostly "White Working Class English" thats what my mother was even though she died with a title, her uncle Reg described us as "Semi-Tramp" class, despite my Bedouin Heritage thats me, my white relatives in Londons East End were gangsters, I didnt know i was black until white people told me i was, think lock stock and "nil by mouth" etc, you have no idea how valuable I think speaking to you is.

      so firstly what are the crimes of Assad Pere et Fils that render the destruction of this state positive ( I am very drunk and getting more and more stoned, indulge me) never mind the consequences.

      Like Proyects kill the damn nigga leaders racist libidinous ( yes lascivious also) yearning for the destruction of resistant Arab regimes, (there's a great book out about the Shachtmanites

      link to I dont get it? Its like watching an old man wank into a sock, you think this gotcha style of analysis has any utility?

      You say you are against intervention, fuck me, when will that start, no really when is not intervening in Syria going to start, 12th of never?

    • " other Arab countries absorb them"

      Perhaps Kuwait?

    • "Sloppy as usual, gamal " yes sure you have a point, sorry, let me start at the end.

      It is of paramount importance, in some of our view, that the Syrian state survives this onslaught as it is presently constituted, for which rather than offering any apology we, myself and my Arab correspondents, can offer perfectly rational and blindingly obvious arguments.

      Assad is not an issue, why do you think he is? Syria is the issue.

      But lets just check these figures, I have seen 300,000 dead lets go from there, it is generally agreed that 50% of these are Syrian Army, so the first thing we can tentatively surmise is that the Syrian Army, not Assad, is not fighting according to the American Israeli NATO doctrine of calling in airstrikes and obliterating any scene of resistance,

      They would appear to be fighting by engaging the enemy on the ground in towns and cities etc, this is precisely the doctrine that will minimize infrastructure damage, its their country, and reduce civilian casualties, its their people, arguable isnt it.

      so of the remaining 150,000 it would be fair to say that the rebels while inflicting great losses must have taken some themselves, say conservatively, 80,000.

      So we have 70,000 remaining, now to be clear I would happily work with that but since the Rebels, perhaps "good guys' amongst them, whatever that means, have a great enthusiasm for killing civilians, I think I am entitled to split it,

      So for you Assad ( the Syrian State) may have killed 35,000 civilians ( in what circumstances who knows, who cares) while fighting invasions from the east and north, which have seized half the country, you reduce Syria to the latest 2 minute hate Arab, apathy achieved, of course I am sloppy dont you see their is nothing to engage with, you need to do some work,

      After Algeria, after Afghanistan, after Iraq, after Somalia, during Palestine, the Philippines, Egypt, Eritrea, you not noticing anything, each is worthy of proper research.

      After, Nasser, Arafat, Gadaffi, Hussein, you not seeing a pattern,

      Anyone who uses Syria as an opportunity to discuss Assad, is in my book, sick,

      If Syria fractures into antagonistic enclaves, Iraq is gone shattered, with whatever dire consequences that is going to deliver, Syria's collapse will lead to catastrophes for Palestine and the whole region will lapse in to paranoia, and war.

      Look where Syria is It has been under constant assault from the powers since 1925 at least,

      we want the American assault to fail for the sake of everyone's welfare, if you think that means that we are in some way reprehensible, morally failing who cares?

      You are looking for a way to be bystander to slaughter, Assad aside the Syrian state must survive because the alternatives, here and now, are too awful to contemplate,

      I met Gadaffi twice, shook his hand I was part of a delagation, he talked for eight hours, typical Bedouin, but his fate is side a note, Libya was destroyed because it was succeeding, the regional model is failure abjection and societal collapse, in 2 decades this will all be yours,

      I know i am rude but its you man who are sloppy you talk irrelevantly and do not even seem to know what data you should be accessing so that you might know whereof you speak. Syria.

    • "The operation should’ve been like the French one in Mali"

      "Mali France and the War on Terror"

      "Africa has been demonized in the West for decades. To justify military intervention and imperialist expansion, Africa is today being depicted again as the scene of instability, violence and terrorism. The progressive forces for peace and social justice should mobilize against this planned remilitarization of the continent"

      let the scramble begin:

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      both you and Donald deserve credit for the total incoherence of your positions, they translate in to what action in support of whom? Your ignorance about Syria is only matched by your tone deaf support for ferocious Imperialism in Africa.

      While your remaraks may be fitting for a Walmart car park or the foyer of a US Mega-Church dont you think that those of us who know the history of Syria and Hafez in Syria and Libya and Muammar in Libya are going to detect your utter ignorance, what did Hafez achieve that made him vital to the survival of Syria, it was some time ago as a lot of history is.

      As to moral high ground I worked for an organ of the Libyan state (the jumhurriya, republic) for nearly 30 years, does that make me a bad boy?

      do you really think that any sense can be made of the world looking at from the level of resolution and detail one gets in the MSM?

      Though to be fair your desire to merely anathematize rather than debate makes sense as you know nothing about the issues debate would be best avoided. Also you dont understand what Imperialism is, it is not "incidents" it is the entire system by which the world is managed, it is pervasive.

  • Meet the teenage girls behind the viral photo from Nabi Saleh
    • "whiter than most Israelis" whiteness is its own reward? Or have brown/black Palestinians won something?

      Idiocy and ignorance combined with sneering, you realize that you are only revealing that you fail to understand some of the simple words you are using, your stupidity is eerily self-satisfied.

      Could some one have a word? perhaps Allison could give him a call, some one is going to have to do so. Rather you than me.

  • Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child
    • it could be The Great Insohreckshan, or Forces of Victry but in the end

      Fite Them Back seems most appropriate

    • "Oh, no, not “lascivious” again!"

      oh be quiet man, i always stroke myself while reading M'hem, i am not proud of it but i can not help it, its where my Jew hobbyism intersects with my misogyny and backwardness.

      Are you blind, M'ahem, cant you see what went down, there is a limit to submission, those women will be your Nemesis, like the hundreds of thousands of their sisters, with their ticking time bomb demographic wombs.

    • yes you probably right, sorry, rush of blood to the head, but still I had just read a thing on Matisyahu reggae/rap lyrics and was craving authenticity, my bad.

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    • The Tamimis have a vast and fascinating history, they are all over the region. Search terms are still in the links sorry just indicative of my ignorance

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  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
    • "In fact it will probably be the collapse of Zionism and the split of the Jewish community"

      Jews are united under the banner of Zionism? Like "One ring in the darkness binds them"

      " into the same various camps you find in most groups, that will lead to full normalisation."

      Jews are not normal? when did that happen? I am surprised that anti-semitism of this gravity is permitted here.

      I have enjoyed your other posts attempting to establish a kind of Critical Racism, pace Sleeter et al's Critical Multiculturalism.

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  • One year later, Gaza is still in crisis
  • For the high holidays, Bernie should bring his presidential campaign to Tzedek Chicago
  • How my return to Zimbabwe redoubled my enthusiasm for BDS in Israel/Palestine
    • Talknic your link to the Haaretz article pans out at 26 (25.7) Israeli civilians killed per annum by Palestinians actions for every year of the States existence, whats the annual road deaths?

      The one caveat i would offer is that these are Arabic numerals. Ms estimate of 2500 would give 37 per annum over the same 67 years, not seeing the thousands.

    • do you remember that letter (at link)? what does it put you in mind of? Zimbabwe is not utopia, alas, on another thread they are speaking of Abd Rabbuh, its just a question of, since we are slaves (abd), who is our Rabbuh (Lord), Nkomo writes from Knightsbridge. (which is Londons Palm Beach)

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    • James, goodstuff and all but you recall one Joshua Nkomo and some unpleasantness in Matabele land? how did that come about, why and what were the ramifications?

      it might help with our plea before the Krauss tribunal.

      As regards Palestinian restraint, compared to you murderous barbarians in the USA, it is undeniable.

  • 'There is no Jewish terror': Conspiracy theory that Palestinians committed Duma firebombing spreads among Israelis
    • Thanks Kris what I got from that is:

      "Jews are often stereotyped in the media"

      Anti-semitism, even here, how sad.

  • ‘The strategic implications of these demolitions are clear’: UN slams Israeli home demolitions and settlement expansion
    • Also Arab political poetry,

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      it includes Mattars: Even more Brutal than execution

      "Execution is the least punishment an Arab individual can get

      Is there anything more brutal than this

      Of course

      What would be even more brutal

      Would be living in the Arab world"

      he said

      ""Poetry is not an Arab regime that falls with the death of the ruler. And it's also not an alternative to action. It's an art form whose job is agitating, exposing, and witnessing reality, and aspiring beyond the present. Poetry comes before action. Then poetry catches up. Poetry lights the road, and guides our deeds. Back in the day, Nassr Bin Seyar said, “Indeed, war begins with speech.” In reality, speech surrounds war from its beginning to its end through awareness, instigation, and glorification. Indeed, action needs the influence of sincere speech. Because its absence means filling the space with contradictory speech. And we know that this contradictory speech is always present and active, even while truth exists. So, imagine that the space was entirely void of truth. There is no resistance on the face of earth that would dispense the poet for the fighter. Every living resistance realizes that there is no use for bloodshed without a moral conscience. The history of our people is the greatest witness to the importance of the poet’s role in war.

      The fighter has always sharpened both his sword and tongue.”

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
    • over the years I had 6 Black American students all of whom said the same thing, "Yes I have some problems from being Muslim but they pale in comparison to the problems I face through being black in the USA"

      If a black Ethiopian Israeli emigrated to the US would you think that anti-semitism would be the major problem they would face?

      For TBK to write that in Israel the division is between Arab and Jew as in

      'the divide is not black and white its Jewish and not-Jewish." "its clear which Jews are in charge politically and socially: white Jews from Europe and the US"

      and not a Black White thing

      and yet he belongs to, as he says, to some "Jews of colour" groups, whats the purpose of these groups, well post Ferguson it might be handy i suppose, but what is the purpose of a Jews of colour group? to acclaim uncoloured Jews? swapping recipes? resisting anti-semitism? what is going on here?

  • Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state

      Doesn't it remind you, dear lady, of those lines of Darwish "stripped of my name and identity" from Passport,


      They did not recognize me in the shadows
      That suck away my color in this Passport
      And to them my wound was an exhibit
      For a tourist Who loves to collect photographs
      They did not recognize me,
      Ah... Don't leave
      The palm of my hand without the sun
      Because the trees recognize me
      Don't leave me pale like the moon!

      All the birds that followed my palm
      To the door of the distant airport
      All the wheatfields
      All the prisons
      All the white tombstones
      All the barbed Boundaries
      All the waving handkerchiefs
      All the eyes
      were with me,
      But they dropped them from my passport

      Stripped of my name and identity?
      On soil I nourished with my own hands?
      Today Job cried out
      Filling the sky:
      Don't make and example of me again!
      Oh, gentlemen, Prophets,
      Don't ask the trees for their names
      Don't ask the valleys who their mother is
      From my forehead bursts the sward of light
      And from my hand springs the water of the river
      All the hearts of the people are my identity
      So take away my passport!

      Mahmoud Darwish

  • Radical talent Jowan Safadi's new song - 'To be an Arab'
    • I’ll assassinate you with a monologue

      I’ll commit suicide with the bomb of a dance troupe and I’ll torture you with the beat of drums”

      wow, they deserve real respect for their uncompromising attitude to the Court that takes real guts, but do you think they may have violated some immutable laws of civility? Do they tweet?

      Sadly I will not be able to participate further in this thread because of the rampant anti-emoticonism of some posters here, while i dont use them myself i will defend to the end your right to do so, I also notice that no one has challenged this repellent prejudice which alerts me to your collective turpitude, Unity, unity ..let us Liberate the emoticons from the Special Characters ghetto into the Alphabet.

      Now that I have denounced you I am free to lament your schismaticism, i guess.

    • "i think no one is paying any attention given the other conversations going on"

      no, its because that is one bad bad boy and we are all a bit afraid, Arab taxis are the best, girls and a nargile, being of the despised renders one total freedom, trust me its sweet.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • Hi it is I believe about the shin bet, with whom he had something of a 'relationship', here is a link, in his own words before cancer silenced him etc, very rude of me to be sure.

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    • "It still doesn’t make sense to ally with white supremacists who hate Jews"

      It also makes no sense to ally with white supremacists who don't hate Jews, which is the point at issue here, in your case.

    • "bilabial fricative......Grounds for divorce"

      no man its why we marry

    • " "you don’t (sic) expouse “Discourse Studies”?"

      historical discourse analysis is a very respectable discipline numbering many Jews and even Hungarians amongst it most celebrated practitioners, Philosophers get arrogant in public fora because no one listens to them in Senate, or funds Philosophical Research, if only they weren't cleverer than us.

      in a nutshell

      "After some important revivals in the Middle Ages and the seventeenth
      and eighteenth centuries, however, rhetoric lost much of its importance
      in the curricula of schools and in academic research. The emergence of
      historical and comparative linguistics at the beginning of the nineteenth
      century and the birth of structural analysis of language at the beginning
      of the twentieth century replaced rhetoric as the primary discipline of
      the humanities. Fragments of rhetoric survived only in school textbooks
      of speech and communication, on one hand, and in stylistics or the study
      of literary language, on the other.
      Yet, parallel to this decline of rhetoric as an independent academic
      discipline, new developments in several fields of the humanities and the
      social sciences took place that would eventually lead to the emergence of discourse analysis"

      link to

    • you dont deserve it, but its obvious relevance to the case in point compels me to offer you barbarians a little culture, so, here is samih al qasim on those bats,


      Bats on my windows
      suck in my words
      Bats at the entrance to my house
      behind newspaper , in corners
      trail my footsteps ,
      observing every movement of my head

      From the back of the chair, bats watch me
      They trail me in the streets
      watching my eyes pause
      on books, on young girls' legs . . .
      they watch and watch

      On my neighbor's balcony , bats,
      and electronic gadgets hidden in the walls
      Now bats are on the verge
      of suicide
      I am digging a road to daylight .

      Samih al-Qasim

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • "Yet, Hamas, which you clearly want re-evaluated into legitimate freedom fighters, tacitly argues for an Islamic state."

      yes where is the Palestinian Bernie Sanders.....

      "re-evaluated into legitimate freedom fighters" ? that is a piece of vicious shit, who created and maintains Gaza you vile self righteous idiot.

  • Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott
    • yet more evidence of burgeoning anti-semitism in Europe

      "On August 13th, 2015, Paris-plages (Paris-beaches) will become, for 12 hours, Tel Aviv-sur-Seine. A brilliant idea, and, let us not doubt, a very brave one on the part of the Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. It is especially timely in that it commemorates the Israeli massacre in Gaza in the summer of 2014"

      link to

  • Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby
    • "There are many, many Jews who know full well that the US and Israel do not have the same interests but nonetheless they use the US thoughtlessly to get everything they can for Israel"

      "Jews" ? Surely the majority of people who believe this are not Jews, are you saying that the crushing of the societies of the Arab east is not an American objective? America, Saudi (and sundry Arabians) and Israel have identical interests in respect of the Semitic rabble who inhabit Oilistan.

      "The war in Iraq is but one glaring example of this disconnect between US and Israel interests."

      Naif Hawatmeh, Habash and all the rest of us get that Palestine is an Arab and "Black" issue Palestine will not be free till American power is broken, we all agree.

      Israel is Americas' bitch, you dont think the Arab Kings would finance Israel, 20 billion per annum, to defend them, Israel is the only power that can challenge the USA in the region, she has the kings behind her, but the USA doesnt ramp, Israel is serving the Oligarchs, as we all are,

      America is the problem not the solution. Zionists own the American "political" process with the consent of your owners, enjoy your gilded cages while they last. "Zionism" "Zionists" and "Jews" are being set up to pay for the sins of "Whiteness", Really dont Jews get that "whiteness" has been thrusting them down black throats to defeat anti-racism, Jewish power is a chimera, you serve bigger players and your day is done, we also seem to be doomed, but that's just an illusion, trust me.

  • Leading US Jewish group opposes Iran deal, citing 'baseless hatred' of Jerusalem temple destruction 2000 years ago
    • "Johannesburg b Zakkai has been mentioned – he was a leader of the peace party"

      yes whats the word ? Johannesburg!

  • Understanding the Partition plan
    • dear Dr I have been thinking about your Islamic studies, may i recommend

      "Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy"

      By Jonathan AC Brown

      link to

      I am too lazy to explain why it might be helpful,ahadith, tafsir, polysemony etc, you can look into that if it engenders any interest whatsoever. He is a new breed of scholar rather well read and proficient. Sunnism is never saying "I know".

  • 'We saw the fire eating the house': A report from the West Bank village of Duma
    • “We live this action every day. We want to live. We have children, the same as you. We have people who want to live, the same as you. We are humans, just like you are. For all those who can hear me: We want to live. We deserve to live…Enough is enough. Enough with war.”

      In 1964 Qari Sh. Abdul Basit Abdul Samad read, inevitably, the 56th sura, al-waqiah in Masjid Al-Aksa, what will you leave us, when you are finished with us?

      link to

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • "I defer humbly to your specific experience but in general, with translation, I think its a mistake to translate inaccurately in the name of trying to be more accurate"


      "al-yahood” does not mean Zionist or Israeli."

      you are not deferring then, despite your assurance that you were, what does it mean on the lips of these children?

      Yes Americans and Japanaese, how exact, yes overdubbing is the sine qua of anti-racism, how many Jap soldiers did American civilians have to contend with, have you seen "bad day at blackrock"(there are Jews in it)

      how perfectly it captures the relationship between Israeli's and Palestinians, you have no shame at all, give me gush emunim any day or even ateret cohanim.

  • Leading American writer Abulhawa is denied entry to Palestine
  • Photo Essay: A visit to Bethlehem's Martyr Cemetery
    • Amal Dunqul wrote "Do not Reconcile", its not my bag but very famous and current, which is at link but first a young lady blogger recounts The Jahili poem reference above made me laugh, without ignorance there is no poetry.

      "Mid Ramadan July 2014 Cairo, Egypt Gaza is being massacred again and Cairo feels more Zionist than ever.

      And I'm supposed to be just siting here. They even took away from me my right to speak about Palestine. Once upon a time when -for the first time- direct action was possible and did cause things to happen. That only time I could consider abandoning the feelings of shame for being an Egyptian I grew up with.

      That only time we could actually express how we have always felt about Israel fiercely and openly through direct action. Real actual physical direct actions. Thousands walking and driving towards physical Egyptian/Palestinian borders.. Egyptian youth swimming across the Mediterranean to get there.. Egyptian protesters bringing physical walls built by the US funded junta down, and eventually kicking ambassadors out of the country.

      And what the world thought then didn't matter. This felt so right after years of suffocated, tiny, shy expressions of disagreement.

      How does the world want me to sign up for less than this in 2014? It's 2005 all over again, and Cairo is painfully quiet and too complicit that it feels more Zionist than many other Zionist places around the world.

      The comrades who could do these things are gone or hiding, and the shameful helplessness is back to being as bitter as it has always been."

      link to

  • Angela Merkel makes a 14-year old Palestinian girl cry by telling her she is not welcome in Germany
    • funny you say that I was struck that in the New Europe refugees are welcome only to the bottom the Med, in this center of civilization and humanism.

  • The brave new world of mapping occupied East Jerusalem
    • . "Instead, I’ll have my first dollop of Red Breast for this evening and attempt to educate my son-in-law about the true superiority of Irish whiskey"

      well once you've finished the cheap stuff get a bottle of Midleton "Very Old and Rare", its worth it and has the great virtue of being constructed in Cork.

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