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Part time activist. Participated in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

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  • Israeli 'human interest' matters a lot more than Palestinian 'human rights' in Washington Post
    • For the best documentation of the extreme bias in the Western, especially US, media towards Israel and against the Palestinians, check out Alison Weir's body of work as founder and leader of 'If Americans Knew'.

  • Fordham bans Students for Justice in Palestine
  • The immaculate conception of Louis Brandeis
    • Sibiriak, are you an historian? I, too, would like to see at least 3-4 examples of Weir's so-called distortions in her book. Meanwhile, I'll put my trust in a REAL historian's views, like those of Mr Sniegoski (see below).

    • Hey, hophmi, shouldn't we be focusing on the MESSAGE instead of the MESSENGER?? ENOUGH about a point of interest being ignored simply because it shows up on some white supremacist's web site! After all, we read and report what racist Zionists have to say all the time, don't we??

    • Not to mention Alison's chronicling of Brandeis' leadership of the secret Parushim society and the impact it had on developing Zionist leadership.

      Thanks for this post, Ronald. It's high time to stop marginalizing all of the great work Alison has done for the movement, particularly when she's on the same page here as far as exposing Brandeis as a Zionist acting against the better interests of his own country, apparently to advance his own political objectives.

  • The untold story of how the killing of Abdulfattah al-Shareef was taped
    • My apologies. I misunderstood that, for some reason, ISM was not being given proper credit. Now I understand that there was misinformation from the beginning. Thanks, by the way, to Mondoweiss for publishing the article.

      Anyway, now that this has been cleared up, hopefully ISM can get some much-needed funding for this critically-needed program.

    • BTW, what was the problem with mentioning Norcal ISM as the source from the beginning, Phil??

    • Pardon me if I beat my chest a little, but I am part of the Northern California organization, Norcal ISM, that paid for and delivered the cameras given to the activists. With all of the negative news we get from Gaza and the West Bank, it's reassuring that we are making at least a modicum of a difference in this seemingly intractable cause.

      As for how any of you can help purchase more cameras, first go to the web site, http://www.ism-norcal.org, hit the 'Donate' button, then make your donation. Separately, you can request that the money go towards purchasing more cameras by expressing that wish by pressing the 'Contact Us' button and writing a memo in that regard.

      Thanks and good luck!

  • Israeli settlers attack Palestinian videographer of Hebron shooting in attempt to 'silence documentation and resistance'
    • ----- as well as the vampire, Hillary Clinton, who has zero sympathy for ANY of the Arab deaths, let alone Palestinians, for which she shares responsibility. Streep is one of the greatest actresses of our generation, but she is also hypocrite.

  • New poll shows sharp partisan divide on UN settlements resolution, and between Jews and African-Americans
    • Not only that, but considering the way the settlements are disbursed dis-contiguously throughout the West Bank, they are, by themselves, really a security nightmare for Israel to protect. Remember that the real reason for the Gaza withdrawal of 8000 settlers was because of the headache and expense of providing security for them. It was purely a strategic decision on Israel's part.

      The whole notion of the settlements actually providing protection for the Jewish state is patently absurd!

  • Democratic politicians want no part of Obama's courage at the U.N.
    • Indeed. Question is, 'How can this be changed?' Maybe we have to get back to pushing as hard as possible for campaign finance reform to limit the power of the lobby on this issue, as well as its negative influence on US Mideast policy. That seems like the only possible hope to correct this destructive course on which we've been set. Campaign finance reform, along with a major change in Americans' understanding of, and support for, Israel's destructive role in all of this (already underway), is our only hope.

    • And where was my Congressional Rep, Barbara Lee on this? This so-called leading progressive voice was AWOL, as usual, which explains why I gave up trying to enlist her help on this issue many years ago.

      The power that the Israel lobby has had for many years now is becoming ever more frightening. Progressive Dems, seeking higher office, have been given the choice of playing ball with the lobby or, if they express even the most timid of support for human rights for the Palestinian people, losing the campaign money they desperately need from this most powerful group of rich, Zionist Jewish donors. I don't know how this is ever going to turn around in my lifetime (estimated 20 years left).

  • Kerry, interrupted
    • I, too, value your posts, Jonathan, and this is one of your best. Laying out the brutal truth against the disingenuous political speak we've been forced to listen on this subject for decades now is very effective. If only we could find a way to penetrate the mainstream media with this unvarnished honesty, maybe we can hasten the movement already underway that's beginning to see Israel for what it really is and allowing people to gradually speak out about its crimes against the Palestinian people.

      Keep up the great work. As Representative Barbara Lee once told me, history is on our side.

  • 'Friedman is a warm Jew' -- Israelis approve of Trump's ambassador nominee
  • With US reportedly poised to abstain on U.N. resolution slamming Israel, Egyptians withdraw it under pressure
    • 'Security Council likely to vote on settlements Friday despite Egyptian reversal, - The Times of Israel'

      So, the US has another chance to do the (relatively) right thing today by at least not vetoing this resolution. Should be interesting!

    • If Obama had any real cohones, he would threaten to hold back aid to Egypt if it refused to submit the resolution to the UN before the end of his tenure in January.

  • New anti-Semitism legislation may stifle campus activism for Palestinian rights
  • 'Make this my dream as well' -- in historic appearance, Palestinian offers one-state vision to a NY temple
    • I, for one, want to carry this dream of a single state with equal rights for with me always. It's much too easy to become a cynical, burned out ex-activist after so many years of bitter disappointment. We need the hope that this story provides to keep going, even as things seem to be getting more grim by the day. Thanks, Phil, for relating this wonderfully inspiring story.

  • Video: Israelis look forward to the Trump presidency
    • I think we all need to be a bit careful here and not lump all Israeli Jews together in this trash bag. I prefer to separate Zionist Jews, particularly of the Israeli variety, from non Zionist and anti Zionist Jews, like my wife for example. That way we avoid the slippery slope of you know what.

  • General under consideration by Trump for Defense has slammed Israel for impending 'apartheid'
    • Yeah, but in this current, Trump-led Bizarro world we live in, you can make fun of Jews and, as long as you blindly support Israel, you're not considered an anti-Semite.

  • Dershowitz backs down, concedes Bannon's 'anti-Muslim, anti-women' bigotry disqualifies him for high office
    • Actually, he started going downhill with the Claus von Bulow case, more than 10 years before the Simpson trial. Dirshbag, one of Israel's most notable apologists, made his bones in the legal industry by defending some of the most despicable people in the world. For D, it's always been about fame and fortune, winning above principle. Glad to see that he moved to Israel and got the hell out of here!!

  • Gaza writes to Standing Rock: Your story is our story
    • This is so beautifully written, articulate and eloquent. Yes, the struggles of the Palestinians are the struggles of the native Americans, of blacks, of Arabs and Muslims, of women and of all other marginalized and oppressed groups here and around the world. I'm 70 years old now, but still dream of the day when the Rainbow Coalition Jesse Jackson spoke of so powerfully in the 1980's will finally come to pass. When it does, when all of these groups come together from having seen the commonality of their struggles, true justice for all WILL be secured, for the rich and powerful will not be able to resist such an all-powerful force.

  • Trump will have 'minimal interest in foreign affairs' -- Israeli gov't forecast
    • Trump's policies in the Middle East may have a lot to do with the extent of influence Putin may have over him. Trump seems to be aligned, more or less, with Putin's plan to destroy ISIS and not remove Assad at any cost. If Putin can also get through to Trump re: the Palestinian situation, maybe, just maybe, we'll no longer have a slavish tie to the Jewish state. It might be like Nixon's establishing relations with China, long overdue and coming from the most unlikely of sources.

      Hey, this is like the beginning of baseball season, where we can ll hope that our team win's the World Series!

  • 'Because of the high volume of emails, at this time we are unable to respond'
  • American Express disowns Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters because of pro-Palestinian views (Updated)
    • Have despised Citibank, for both corporate and personal reasons, and am skeptical about its sponsoring Roger's tour. But, if it goes through, I'll support Citibank while not having anything to do with American Express.

  • 'My solution is just equality for all of the people': Israeli activist Renen Raz dies at 28
  • Why I left the cult
    • Beautifully written, Avigail! What you say challenges even the most sacred of the myths surrounding the birth of the Jewish state. For this, I'm sure you have been, and will be, viciously attacked. Freedom, as you well know, comes with a price - sometimes a very costly one.

      My heart goes out to you for making such an honest and courageous statement. I'll make sure my Jewish wife, who is already an enlightened anti-Zionist and has also paid a price for her alienation from the Tribe, reads this. I'm sure it will bring a tear to her eye.

  • 'Beholden to AIPAC' -- progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama's actions
    • And the anti-Zionist Zionists continue to deny the existence of the tremendous power that the Israel lobby exerts over our government. When will they ever learn.

  • Two women's boats set sail for Gaza in effort to break blockade
    • While I am always hesitant to criticize the heartfelt and determined efforts of others in the movement to bring justice to the Palestinian people, I fail to see how the practically non-existent chances of any flotilla reaching Gaza, or of even raising a peep in the international press, justifies the time and expense involved. I was part of the 2010 Freedom Flotilla which, because of its scale and the murder of the 10 Turks aboard the Mavi,seriously questioned the prevailing misconception at the time, at least in the Western world, that Israel was the eternal victim of the Palestinians' violence against them. Since then, however, all that's happened with the flotillas that have followed is relatively quiet seizures of the vessels, a short period of detainment of the passengers, and loss of anything of value to the captors, particularly the vessels.

      Would someone please enlighten me as to how this advances the cause? I truly want to believe that there is real benefit to these continuing, but seemingly futile, efforts.

  • Why I single out Israel
    • Excellent article and argument by Noah. My response to that tired old question of why I single out Israel is two-fold. First of all, as much as I'd like it not to be, it IS personal with me since I am of Arab descent and I see Zionism as a cancer to be wiped out not only for the sake of the Palestinians but for that of ALL Arabs and Muslims who have suffered due to Zionist-led attacks on our cultural and religious heritage. The second answer I have is that I, and my progressive friends, care about ALL human rights issues worldwide and choose our focuses based on our individual passions. However, I love Noah's comeback question asking why the Zionists single out Israel over other nations. Of course, we all know the answer to that question. But it does serve as a powerful retort.

  • Netanyahu's 'ethnic cleansing' video earns strong rebuke from State Department
    • Another worthless State Dept. statement that Israel's action - in this case, Bibi's video - is 'unhelpful' to the peace process. Each of these statements, along with $1.25, will buy you a cup of coffee!

  • New call for US investigation into killing of Palestinian-American teen in West Bank
    • And we are still waiting for justice for US/Turkish citizen Furkhan Dogan's murder at the hands of the Israeli navy during the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack in 2010. Instead of true justice, the Zionist-controlled State Dept. deferred to the Israelis to investigate. That's about as absurd as the reason the Israeli authorities gave us for arresting us and putting us in prison for that humanitarian effort - that we were illegally entering Israel!! Seriously, folks, that's what we were told.

      The Israel lobby has such a stronghold on our government that Israel can say and do what it wants, even with our own citizens, and not be held accountable. Israel can even make up absurd charges against us, while our own government cowers in fear before it.

    • The best you can hope for is 'concerning' from the Zionist-controlled State Dept.

  • Israel's plan to retool occupation includes color-coding 'good' and 'bad' Palestinians
  • Pro-Israel groups close in on anti-BDS victory in California legislature
    • We should be focusing on bringing this argument to the American people, highlighting the free speech and financial costs to the nation caused by these terrible bills.

  • A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
    • Thanks, ritzl. As they say, 'We are all Palestinians'.

    • "Around the world, the Palestinian flag—almost like the kuffiyeh—has taken on a dimension beyond nationalism to signify progressive politics, a collective stand against systemic violence, and anti-colonialism everywhere." THIS, IMHO, is the most inspiring and important message to take from this excellent article.

  • Zionists and anti-Zionists march together for two hours in New York
    • Let's put it simply - these groups cannot truly coalesce to support BLM's struggle for equality. The reason is that, for Zionists, Jewish lives matter more than those of non Jews. Exceptionalism, after all, is the essence of the Zionist ideology.

  • Sanders-backed candidate in FL says Wasserman Schultz won't 'protect' Israel
  • Palestinians salute the Movement for Black Lives emphasizing common struggle against racial oppression
    • Looks like, just maybe, the rainbow coalition is finally starting to come to fruition. The power elite, though, is frightened to death of the notion of oppressed people everywhere coming together to fight their common foe, and will do anything and everything to try to stop it from happening.

      When oppressed white people finally get it and join the movement, it will be unstoppable!

  • Obama Justice Dep't is representing Elliott Abrams against suit by Palestinians opposing settlements
    • Shame on Obama, yet again, for showing his weakness to govern, this time by caving to the Israel lobby in a particularly despicable way. It's one thing for, say, someone like Adelson or Saban, true Zionist believers, to behave in this matter. It's quite another, however, for someone like Obama who is not part of the 'tribe' to go against his own beliefs for political expediency.

      This is deplorable! I'd be celebrating the end of Obama's rule, if it weren't for the fact that we are in for much worse regardless of who wins!

  • Israel lobby panics about 'spoiled' next generation of American leaders turning against it
    • Intelligence doesn't always translate to wisdom. The greatest Zionist minds don't ever seem to understand that THE REASON FOR THE RISE OF ANTI-ZIONIST JEWISH GROUPS IS THAT THE ZIONIST IDEOLOGY IS INHERENTLY IMMORAL AND SELF-DEFEATING! Instead of facing this irrefutable truth, once and for all, these 'brilliant minds' instead focus on pursuing what is essentially censorship combined with much better public relations strategy. This 'putting lipstick on a pig' approach is simply not working with the new generation of Jews that have a much more realistic, clear-eyed vision of the world than do their Zionist forebears.

      The cat is out of the bag, Mr. Goldberg, Dershowitz, et al, and it's too late to try to shove it back in!

  • Meet Ali Kurnaz, young Democratic leader who lifted Palestinian flag on convention floor
    • He won't have a future in the Democratic Party as it's presently constituted, but he will have a future in the progressive movement which, hopefully, will bring the Party with it.

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  • Support for Rep. Hank Johnson following mischaracterization of his remarks on settlements
    • Right on all counts! JVP and the USCEIO ARE tepid, because they still feel the need to cater to the 'sensitivities' of liberal Zionists that still form a significant portion of their base, as well as their leadership (and their major sources of funding??). Otherwise, why would both organizations refuse to publicly acknowledge that Zionism is racist, something that is irrefutable.

  • 'Once we realize how much power we hold, we can start a political revolution': Protesters refuse to fall in line on first day of DNC
  • 'Does he believe in a God'? -- DNC leaders wanted to undermine Sanders
    • News flash - Debbie is finally gone from the Convention (although she certainly didn't leave quietly)! I consider this a win for the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party and, therefore, a win for our cause as well!

      Can't wait to see what Bernie's supporters will do with this now!

    • "We have the problem of assimilation. We have the problem of intermarriage". These are words that could have come from the mouth of an outspoken racist against Blacks or Latinos in this country and there would have been a major outcry. However, this was Debbie speaking back in February of this year about this 'problem' within the Jewish community - and the media totally ignored it!

      This woman is a racist Zionist, as well as a political dinosaur and liability that should never have gotten her position in the first place. Now she has potentially ruined the Dems convention, to the utter delight of the RNC and Mr. Trump. But, the self-destructive Dems STILL haven't learned their lesson - she is still scheduled to open and close the convention! How utterly STUPID is that??

      As George Bernard Shaw once said, “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve”. Right on!

  • Hillary Clinton gains backing of neocon megadonor who funds Islamophobic groups
    • The Democratic establishment may have sustained her career to this point. But, ironically, it now stands in the way of her winning the Presidency. All the money in the world can't erase the disdain and contempt this country has for this woman, in great part because of who sustains her financially and why. Of course, she is also disliked because of her lack of trustworthiness and the terrible, expediency-driven, political decisions she has made throughout her career.

      If, indeed, she were to experience a spiritual epiphany in the next couple of months and embrace a true progressive platform (purely hypothetical as is this notion), I think she would substantially enhance her chances of winning, even though she would lose much of her financial backing in the process.

      As it stands now, I'm afraid I have to agree with Michael Moore, who just predicted a win for Donald Trump.

  • Outside RNC, Cornel West has inspiring words for the Palestinian people
    • OK, I get the sexism and elitism charges against me for my snide remarks about Melania. I'm only trying to say that the Presidency, and therefore the country, is better off having a First Lady that can be a powerful force for good in the country, since she has the bully pulpit at her disposal. Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama are two examples that immediately come to mind. Maybe Melania, despite her modest background, can fit this role. I don't know, and I apologize if my seeing her as just a trophy wife for Mr Trump is unfair. After all, my mother was an intelligent and powerful woman, with whom I could have insightful political discussions, even though she only had an 8th grade education.

    • Hey, at least the campaign people stopped her before she could give her next speech! That one started off, "Four score and 7 years ago ----". :-{)

      Anyway, I'm preparing for the worst, i.e. Trump becoming President - and having a First Lady that's a college dropout, jewelry designer! :-{(

      (Note: just thought a little gallows humor could get help get us through this nightmare. Please forgive me if I'm wrong).

  • Democrats and GOP are in a race to the bottom on Israel
    • I'm with Jill Stein too - especially after Bernie had what appears to be a major brain fart in endorsing HRC , even saying she would be a great President. And I though he was a 'young' 74!

      Vote Jill Stein, and try to get all your disaffected friends to do so too, even if they live in swing states! Really, how much more of a disaster is the crazy fascist Trump vs the lying, warmongering corporate shill that is Hillary? Right!

  • In latest pander to Israel lobby, Clinton smears Max Blumenthal's criticism of Wiesel as 'hateful'
    • Bernie has proven that you DON'T have to grovel and beg for money from these despicable characters. However, you do have to have integrity and an ability to inspire the masses. Too bad, Hillary!

    • Can't lose what you've long since sold off - for corporate, Neocon and Israel lobby money by the multi-millions! They call Trump the Deal-maker, but HRC has been hollowed out spiritually from all of the deals she has made over the last 30+ years to attain her vast wealth and power.

      Trump would certainly challenge Bush as the worst President of all times. But HRC, with her blind ambition, lust for war and dangerously poor judgement, might not be far behind.

      What a nightmare we all face in this upcoming election!

  • Israel's political crisis wouldn't be happening if not for violent Palestinian resistance
    • The ANC in South Africa, the 1960's civil rights movement int he US, and even Ghandi's so-called non violent movement to secure freedom from colonial England, relied on violence to some extent for their success.

  • Video: All hell breaks loose in Knesset as Zoabi demands apology following Israel-Turkey agreement
    • She's been one of my heroes ever since I first met her on the Turkish Airlines plane that rescued us from Israel captivity in 2010. This diminutive woman has more guts than anyone I have ever met and, as long as she's allowed to sit in the Knesset (which, I fear, may not be much longer), she will be THE major thorn in the side of the most self-deluding members of the Zionist leadership in Israel.

      What national conscience still remains in Israel is embodied by this amazing woman!

  • Harvard scholar calls for US-Israel treaty to 'lock in' special relationship before young Democrats end the romance
    • Not sure that's true. In any case, the UN Partition Plan was never ratified because, as I understand it, NEITHER side wanted it - Israel, because it would have inhibited its goal to take more territory in the future, and the Palestinians, because it was so patently unjust.

    • Right on! Isn't that the reason why we don't already have a defense treaty with our 'special friend' already in place? Israel, for obvious reasons, won't commit to any established boundaries. 'Israel' covers whatever space it wishes to cover at any particular time.

      To quote one of my all-time special SNL characters, "Now, isn't that just SPECIAL?"

  • Dershowitz approves Clinton's 'muscular foreign policy,' and Sen. Warren is a 'surprising Israel hawk'
  • The view from Gaza: 'The Turkish government has sold us out and wants us to be grateful'
    • The writer is right on! This is a TERRIBLE deal! I was part of the 2010 Flotilla. Keep in mind that, not only were 10 people murdered, but scores were injured, and 466 of us were kidnapped and imprisoned with all of the cargo and our valuables stolen - including, except for the Mavi, all of the boats. With this deal, the criminals responsible will escape prosecution, at least in Turkey, which practically assures that similar crimes will be carried out in the future until Israel is finally held accountable for them. Worst of all, though, the siege, instead of being lifted, is now being 'normalized', just like the rest of the Occupation. Meanwhile, for a payment of only $20 million (which US taxpayers will cover?) Israel stands to gain billions in trade deals with Turkey. Finally, if you believe that Israel will allow critical materials and supplies into Gaza as a result of this deal, guess again!

      It will be very interesting to see what the families of the victims say and do about this 'deal'. My guess is that they will reject it outright and keep fighting for REAL justice, even if it means fighting their own government to secure it!

      Stay tuned.

  • Despite Turkish posturing, detente with Israel won't change the Gaza blockade
    • As a participant in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, I'm especially angered by this agreement! It is, essentially, no different than the offer Israel has made a number of times previously. It's no more than a payoff to avoid prosecution of the criminals responsible for the murder of 10 Turks, and for the injuries inflicted on dozens of others. It also relieves them from any accountability for the illegal kidnapping and incarceration of over 460 of us, and the theft of all of our valuable possessions. What this agreement actually does is REWARD Israel for its part in this international crime and paves the way for more such crimes to occur in the future.

      Already, the IHH has condemned this agreement. I would expect the families of the victims to do so too. Israel may think it has bought its way out of trouble (BTW, do US taxpayers get to pay for this too?) but this isn't over yet!

  • Turkish humanitarian organization responsible for Gaza flotilla rejects reconciliation deal with Israel
    • As a participant in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, I am particularly incensed with the 'deal' Turkey has made with Israel over the incident. For a mere $20 million (likely to come out of our military aid to Israel), Israel gets to maintain the siege of Gaza, protects the murderers from prosecution (thereby practically assuring more such crimes will occur in the future), and gains all the benefits from a normalization of relations with Turkey. I cannot believe that the victims' families will settle for this. After all, they have objected to similar 'deals' since the beginning. I hope, and trust, that they will continue to fight for justice for the death of their loved ones (not just blood money) as well as for the end of the siege of Gaza.

  • Letters to Hillary
    • Hillary reminds me so much of Claire Underwood in 'House of Cards', so consumed by blind ambition to be President that she has lost her humanity in the process. Trump may potentially be the most dangerous President we have ever had, but Hillary isn't far behind!

  • Civil rights groups seek documents relating to Cuomo's order blacklisting BDS supporters
    • I'd love to see JVP finally take up the cause of exposing the Israel Lobby's history of increasing control of US Middle East policy,especially as it relates to Israel/Palestine. But, of course, that would mean acknowledging the findings of Alison Weir in her groundbreaking, and increasingly commercially successful, book, "Against Our Better Judgement". Unfortunately, that's not going to happen until the gatekeepers in the organization are removed from power.

  • Michael Lerner brings down the house at Muhammad Ali funeral by standing up for Palestinians and against Netanyahu
    • I've known Michael for about 16 years now. We've talked about Israel/Palestine on a number of occasions, and I've followed him closely as he has, I would say, evolved from considering one staters like myself anti-Semitic to his staunch and public support of Judge Goldstone following issuance of his famous report (at least until the judge recanted to relieve the Zionist pressure on him and his family). Michael has actually come a very long ways from full blown support of the Zionist state back in the 1980's, but he has not yet come far enough. His death grip support of the two-state solution is in direct opposition to his call for freedom, justice and equality for all other peoples in the world. He cringes when people call him a liberal Zionist now, but his unwavering support of the two-state solution, long since abandoned as a viable option by those that truly desire justice and equality for Palestinians, paints him as such.

      I still hold out hope that, one day, he will be able to take this last, most difficult step in abandoning this call for a two-state solution and simply call for justice and equality, here and now, for all Palestinians in the diaspora, under Occupation or living as second class citizens in Israel proper.

  • Please boycott us, Governor Cuomo
  • Green Party candidate for president endorses BDS
    • Jill Stein has asked Bernie to join the Presidential race. If the anti-Trump Republicans split and support an independent candidate, as Bill Kristol is urging them to do, it would make sense for Bernie to become the Green Party candidate with Jill as his Vice President. He would likely have the best chance of winning among the then 4 candidates. However, if Bernie doesn't run as an independent, we all need to support Jill here in California, where our vote will not really affect the outcome one way or another (the Democrat will win by a huge margin).

  • Activist meets with the White House and Congress to stop Israeli demolitions in the West Bank
    • Donna is a good friend and a true hero in the movement. I urge all of Mondoweiss' readers to heed her call for contacting your Representatives in Congress, urging them to protect against these demolitions. From my own experience, I can testify that, indeed, Israel will tend to back off these types of actions as long as the public, i.e. the American people by way of Congress, is paying attention. So, it's not only essential to contact your Reps, but also to pay constant attention to what Israel is doing and keep following up with Congress. This is effective, as long as we activists stay with it.

  • Clinton forces dig in against changes to Democratic platform on Israel
  • Top donor to Clinton super PAC is Haim Saban
    • So, we have as our 'choices' for President this year: a ticking-time-bomb, professional huckster, or; a corporate warmonger who's one of the biggest threats to world peace. Helluva choice! Here's hoping that James Comey has the integrity and cahones to indict Ms Clinton, and soon, and that this paves the way for Bernie to get the Democratic nomination and defeat Trump in the election.

      Otherwise, we are all f**ked!!

  • Holocaust survivor and activist for justice Hedy Epstein dies at 91
    • Thanks, Joe. I was criticized for using this forum for bringing this up. I, and apparently you too, think it IS appropriate. Alison is still being attacked and impeded from carrying her message. So I felt that this might be a good time to finally put these attacks behind us and move on. I know that's what Hedy would have wanted.

    • By the way, I haven't seen anything here, or anywhere else, from JVP or USCEIO honoring Hedy's memory.

      Hmmmm.

    • What a special human being she was! We were honored to have her visit us at our home when she came to the Bay Area a few months ago. Besides all of the accolades given in the memorial above, we especially loved that she stood up to the bullying that she received for supporting Alison Weir as she was, and is, being attacked by so-called Palestinian justice activists. She was able to see through the fear and ignorance behind these attacks and fully appreciate the honesty, integrity and courage that Alison brings to the movement in trying to expose the destructive power of the Israel lobby in our country.

      I hope, as part of her legacy, we can understand and embrace her vision together in moving forward.

  • Tom Friedman needs to get an inoculation (attacking BDS) before he can say how bad Israel is
    • Hey, have a little sympathy for old Tommy Boy. He' s just trying to come to grips with the fact that he has become totally irrelevant in the conversation. His inflated ego just can't handle it!

  • 'Why should we give Israeli investigators a gun to shoot the victims again?': B'Tselem ends cooperation with Israeli military citing total lack of accountability
  • Hard times: Pro-Israel group will pay young Jews $100 to watch its movies
    • I can just see the Birthwrong people jumping on this opportunity to get an easy $100 by simply sitting through this hasbaracrap, using cheat sheets (provided by previous viewers) to pass the exams (thereby affording them an opportunity to get some work done on their smartphones or catch some shuteye), then waltzing off with the money for a first class night out!

  • Clinton campaign is 'nervous' Sanders will push 'divisive' battle over Democratic platform on Israel
    • PLEASE, Democratic Party, shift to Bernie's position, AND STAND BY IT - even to the point of critically examining the foolish 'two-state solution'! Clinton's stand is the worst I can ever remember a prospective US President taking on this issue, and it worries me no end.

  • Netanyahu-Lieberman deal tears 'mask off face of Israel' -- but 'NYT' keeps the mask on
    • I'm with Gideon, and have been for some time, that the mask be torn off and Israel completely exposed for the fascist, racist rogue state it really is. There will be more suffering, but Zionism will meet its bitter end sooner.

      Why, already there is progress with Lieberman calling for an end to the PA!

  • Michael Ratner was dedicated to radical social change, with humor and humility
  • Don't say the Z-word
    • Vera,

      No need to be ashamed of your Jewish background. My Jewish wife celebrates the beautiful part of her heritage, along with her Goyim husband, while distancing herself from the shameful, Zionist - albeit Zionist lite - connection she once had.

    • Ditto! May I have permission to use this expression in the future? It's beautiful!

  • Reebok backtracks on Israel Independence Day-inspired sneaker (Updated)
    • Once again, the product or organization that we target for BDS - or, at least, consider for such because of its ties to the Occupation - is crap. Reebok, like Caterpillar in the construction industry, can't hold a candle to its competitors.

      I'd like to see an analysis of this by someone, or some group, that has the time to do so, i.e. a careful look at the quality of the BDS target when compared to others in the respective industry. I believe you'll find that there is a close correlation between poor quality and ties to the most Zionist elements in the struggle.

  • Anti-Semitism is considered a serious moral failing. But no one calls out anti-Palestinian bigotry
    • Isn't anti-Palestinianism, as the author calls it, part of the larger problem of Arab racism and Islamophobia prevalent in the US and Israel, and the underlying cause of our wars of choice in the Middle East? It's interesting to look at the Palestinian part of this problem, and give it this clever name. But I believe the solution will come when these countries recognize and address the overriding issue of Arab racism and Islamophobia inherent in these respective cultures .

  • Sanders's leftwing base made him take on Netanyahu
    • Thanks for the advice, Mooser. I do believe I can sympathize with their torment over this issue as much as a non Jew possibly can at this point. I don't bring the subject up when I'm around them, preferring to continue to live with the proverbial elephant in the drawing room. But, I also continue to hope that, one day, they will see the light and free themselves of the terrible burden of having to defend Israel at all costs.

    • Thanks, Mooser, for dredging up my earlier comments. Like Echinococcus, I tend to be pretty cynical when it comes to national politics, especially Presidential campaigns. But, Bernie seems like the real deal. I can see why so many young people love him and are working so hard in his campaign. I just wish the old farts like me, that are resigned to voting for Clinton, would cast off their own cynicism and 'Feel the Bern"!

    • If it was anyone else running, I'd tend to agree with you but, as crazy as it might seem, I do believe that Bernie has been painfully ignorant on this issue for the greater part of his life, and that he is really just beginning his awakening. Unfortunately, I've run into a number of people in my activist travels who are otherwise very intelligent, world-wise individuals but that have a bind spot on this issue. This includes my two stepchildren, a son and a daughter from my Jewish wife. Both are very bright, quite successful attorneys that can carry on thoughtful and intelligent conversations on many subjects, but are like ignorant little children when it comes to this one. Fear, I suppose, of facing a serious identity crisis should they begin to question what they were taught as children is what keeps them ignorant - despite the fact that one is 40 and the other 53.

    • Hate to say I told you so, but, I told you so! Bernie's cousin, Carol, who resides in Berkeley, told me quite some time ago that Bernie was, essentially, quite ignorant of the Palestinian narrative until recently, which explains his unwavering support for Israel in the past. Carol and friends, along with Bernie's progressive base, have finally begun to open his eyes to the real story behind the I/P conflict. He still has a ways to go. But, what you are seeing is a more enlightened Bernie - one whose opinions on I/P are becoming much more closely aligned with his core principles and general worldview. Let's pray that he continues to grow, and brings the country along with him.

  • Shocker: 'NYT' forum on anti-Zionism tilts toward equating Zionism with racism
  • Sanders is in Jewish tradition that rejected exceptionalist nationalism of Zionism
    • ----- and that growth in awareness still has a ways to go. Zionism is, always has been and will continue to be, a racist ideology. Period!

  • National Lawyers Guild and human rights activists call for IRS investigation into charity status of Jewish National Fund
    • Every time I visit my stepdaughter's house and see the JNF contribution can, I cringe. While my Jewish wife is enlightened on the subject (thanks to me), my stepdaughter and her husband remain unabashed Zionists. In the interests of keeping peace, I keep my mouth shut and, if her children (two small boys) ask me to contribute, I gently demur and change the subject.

      I do intend one day, however, to tell the boys about what's behind this fund so that, hopefully, they will investigate for themselves the history of Israel and come to their own, independently determined understanding of the issue. I've been able to start this process with the children (both in their early 20's) of my stepson (also a Zionist) and it's starting to pay off. I do run the risk of permanently alienating my two stepchildren. But, the liberation of their children from the yolk of Zionism makes it worthwhile.

  • What if Bernie Sanders had delivered his speech at AIPAC!?
    • Let's not forget that Bernie is liberal Zionist, as evidenced by his call for a two-state solution and his insistence on recognizing Israel's 'right to exist' - whatever the hell that REALLY means. And many of us believe that liberal Zionists, in the long run, may be worse than the hard right ideologues that control organizations like AIPAC, as well as the rest of the Presidential candidate pool.

      The best that we can hope for from a Bernie Presidency is support for a 'kinder, gentler' Occupation. I leave it up to the reader as to whether that, indeed, advances the cause or, like the insidious 'peace process', actually delays the realization of true peace and justice for the Palestinians.

  • 'NYT' finally mentions 'Goliath' -- in rightwing ad smearing Max Blumenthal
    • I stopped subscribing to the Times years ago because of its heavy pro-Zionist slant. This attack on Blumenthal, his book and his family, just reaffirms my decision.

      So much for 'all the news that fit to print'!

  • Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?
    • AIPAC WELCOMES hate and bigotry, as long as it's directed against Muslims and Arabs and not against Jews.

  • Hillary Clinton once dreamed of 'revenge' on Kissinger for Vietnam 'carnage'. Then she got over it
    • Over the past 25 years or so, Hillary has become totally corrupted by politics. She is now the classic expedience-over-principle politician. Even worse, she has become as hawkish as any of her Republican adversaries, seemingly to overcome the sexist notion that, as a woman, she would not be tough enough to lead the country.

      Hillary is a dangerous person that must be denied the Presidency. Unfortunately, so is every potential Republican candidate. I think it's time for all of us to 'feel the Bern', despite his shortcomings regarding the Israel/Palestine issue.

  • Video: Scenes from a bloody Sunday in Palestine
    • "----Justice Ministry department for the investigation of police officers, which has launched an investigation." And we can expect them to 'round up the usual suspects' and 'exact justice on the perpetrators' .

      Why do the Israelis even bother to put out this bull*%&t? Who, but the most self-deluding morons, really take this stuff seriously?

  • The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting
    • Second the votes for Alison Weir and the Corries. These would be excellent choices, since they are most likely to get to the core of problem of deep-seated Zonist influece in this country.

  • Activists call on Taylor Swift to 'shake off' Lev Leviev for human rights abuses
    • Winfrey is a hypocrite and Swift is a vacuous, starry-eyed and overrated performer who will listen to her Zionist-loving handlers before she ever listens to her heart on this issue.

  • Three Joint List MKs suspended from Knesset over visit to Palestinian attacker's homes
    • Haneen has been one my heroes ever since I met her on the Turkish Airlines jet that was preparing to take us out of Israel to Turkey after our 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla experience. I remember her then as relatively quiet and unassuming, belying her fierceness and courage which she has displayed regularly as the most vocal and courageous representative of the oppressed Palestinian minority in Israel. Here, again, she has put her career, and maybe her safety, on the line to do the principled thing. Bravo!

      She is truly an inspiration that would be garnering worldwide acclaim, if only she wasn't a Palestinian woman.

  • Anti-Zionist protest at LGBTQ conference was smeared as anti-Semitic
    • Really? And what bit should be free and what bit not? And how much of a bit are you talking about?

      Better to either object to the phrase completely or embrace it. There is no in between that makes any sense.

  • Bernie Sanders' spirituality is resonating with young religious 'None's
    • Perfect answer! This reminds me of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's recent remark that intermarriage is a problem for the Jewish people. Well hear this, Debbie et al, I'm an Arab American who is married to a Jewish American woman. We've been together for 16 years now. This is her third marriage (first 2 were to Jewish men) and my second (my first was to a Thai woman) and I would say that our relationship is excellent, and far better than our previous ones.

      It's well past time to put aside all of our arbitrary, tribal differences and, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, judge people, "not for the color of their skin but for the content of their character".

  • Generational sea change within the Democratic party will also include policy towards Israel
    • According to my friend, Carol Sanders, who is Bernie's first cousin, Bernie has been mostly ignorant on the issue. He, like many of his generation it seems, has preferred to fall back on the narrative he was taught from the time he was a child, without giving it much independent, critical thought. However, I do believe he is a fundamentally decent man who, hopefully, will listen more and more to his progressive base, figure out what's really going on and act accordingly - or, at least as much as the power structure and the prevailing mood in this country allow him to.

  • After 'tepid' welcome at Israeli Embassy, Obama's pro-Israel speech brought down the house
  • Clinton baits Sanders over 'destruction of Israel'
    • The more I hear from Clinton, the more I fear that she could, potentially, be more dangerous than even the dull-witted George Bush! Her close 'relationship' to right-wing Jewish establishment figures, like Haim Saban, her hawkish resume' and, now, her seeming need to be tougher than the guys to win and govern make her likely to engage us in even more military action as President - possibly, even, in a war with Iran.

      She must be stopped!

  • My one word interrogation at Ben Gurion airport
    • Adam, did the agent also ask you if you were interested in meeting a nice Jewish girl and settling down in Israel? As you might recall, that's what happened to Max Blumenthal in his Goliath book, to which he blushed and shyly, and disengenuously, responded that it was a possibility. In fact, he was on his way to chronicle the rampant, deep-seated racism in Israeli society, which became the book. But, because he is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, no one interrogated him to determine his real motive for entering Israel. Now, that's REAL exceptionalism - and racism - at work!

  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
    • Good for her! This may be a lttle too trite and old school, but I have to say, "You go girl!".

      I still remember when I returned home from participating in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010. I feared a backlash from friends (soon to be ex), clients (I have my own business) and the public in general. To my utter surprise, the overwhelming amount of reaction was positive and supportive. The negative reaction was generally limited to stone cold silence, from those whom I confronted directly, and, of course, visceral hatred from the lobby foot soldiers on social media. More than a few Jews came up to me and, under their breath, voiced their support but, clearly, chose to remain quiet about it. We all know why.

      The point I'm trying to make is that there is a great deal more support for Palestinian justice in the general public than we all might think. So, don't be afraid to lose a few so-called friends and speak out whenever and wherever you can for Palestinian justice.

  • The candidates debate the U.S./Israeli relationship
    • Obama has no use for Bibi and the Israeli government, but lacks the will to stand up to it unequivocally. Instead, he has picked his spots, so to speak, to fight Bibi. The best example of this is his resisting Bibi, even to the point of embarrassing him, on the Iran nuclear deal. That's not to defend Obama nor say that Obama hasn't fallen far short of what we would hope to see from him on this issue. He most definitely has. However, I believe this speaks volumes to the power of the Israel lobby in this country.

  • Nate Silver should stop calling Israel a democracy
    • Blumenthal's polling has been equal, or superior, to that of Silver in the past. However, while Silver is the 'rock star' that gets all the attention, Blumenthal has been relegated to the sidelines. I'm sure their opposing positions on Israel/Palestine has at least something to do with it (witness the mainstream media's completely ignoring Blumenthal's last two books that rightfully condemn Israel for its brutal treatment of the Palestinians and other minorities in Israel and the Occupied Territories).

  • Brazil and Israel square off in diplomatic showdown over settler envoy
    • Israel's finding out the hard way that it cannot buy nor bully its way to world legitimacy while it maintains the Occupation. And its hold on Western governments (US and Eurpope) is becoming more and more tenuous as it's society moves closer and closer towards right wing extremism.

  • Adam Sandler says he's devoted to Israel because of his parents
    • Maybe I'm a bit biased, but it seems to me that all of the BDS-boycotted products, as well as all of the arch-Zionist, Hollywood celebrity supporters of Israel, have one thing in common. They are all of poor quality. As for Sandler, he is a toilet-humor level comedian whom you would suspect needed to secure a lot of help in getting to where he is in the industry. His Zionism aside, I think he's basically unwatchable.

      The bottom line - all one has to do is avoid poor quality in the products he or she buys, and in the entertainment he or she follows, to be a BDS supporter.

  • It is becoming ordinary for writers to speak about Palestine
  • Even as Clinton opposes sanctions over Israeli settlements, new poll shows her Democratic base is for them
    • It doesn't matter what the public thinks - about anything! It's all about campaign donations, which, with regard to Israel/Palestine, are coming primarily from wealthy, Jewish donors insisting that their candidate to show full support for the Israeli government. This is yet another example of the ever-growing disconnect between our government 'leaders' and the citizenry.

  • 'Untenable one-state reality' is taking hold, Kerry tells Israel supporters
    • Exactly! None of these 'leaders' ever bother to explain just what recognizing Israel as a Jewish state really means. If you are asking non-Jews to formally recognize Israel as a Jewish state, then you are effectively asking them to formally accept their second-class-citizen status. This would be the same as asking Jews here to formally recognize the US as a Christian country. No self-respecting Jew would do such a thing, so why expect any self-respecting Christian or Muslim in Israel to do so?

  • Israel's 'security' wall has provided little security
    • OK, so here's what Israel can do to solve its 'security' problem. I'll state two options:

      1. Build an impenetrable, transparent bubble to cover the entire state, supported by an expanded security wall around its perimeter (whatever that may be) and various structural support systems within the country.
      2. Remove all of the non Jews from Israel and subject the Jews that remain to a very rigorous loyalty test, something on the order of what Syrian refugees must pass currently to enter the US.
      3. Keep a close watch on who enters and who leaves the country from that point on.

      or

      End the Occupation and the constant, unequal and increasingly abusive treatment of the non Jews, both inside Israel and in the OT, by making a serious attempt at peace and reconciliation.

      I guarantee this second option to be much more effective, more gratifying for all affected - and a hell of a lot cheaper!

  • Academics both 'pleased and concerned' with Salaita settlement with University of Illinois
    • Here's the problem with the monetary settlement. It's the same problem we have with financial settlements for police brutality cases, i.e. that the perpetrators go free and leave the taxpayers - or, in this case, the university's insurance company - holding the bag. This means there is little disincentive for the perpetrators to do the same in the future.

  • 'NPR' and 'NYT' present Netanyahu as a-- moderate
    • Beware of Hillary Clinton, my friends. She will kowtow to the Israel lobby as much as anyone we've ever seen in the White House. And, we can count on her to get us embroiled in even more military conflicts in the world, as she attempts to show that she is 'man' enough to lead the country.

      She may not be as dangerous as any ot the Republican candidates. But, she is certainly dangerous enough!

  • The NY Mets and the Hebron Fund
    • Unfortunately, ther are a lot of Zionist, Yankee front office people and fans too. Growing up an Arab American, Red Sox fan in Boston, there is no way I could ever support either the Mets (still smarting from the 1986 World Series) or the Yankees. So, I took particular pleasure in seeing the Kansas City Royals win the Series, 4 games to 1, all of them comeback victories. Take that, Mr. Wilpon!

      As a supporter of Palestinian rights and a strong critic of racist Zionist ideology, I have to settle for small victories like this until Zionism completely rots away, as I trust it will one day.

  • For the 'New York Times,' #PalestinianLivesDoNotMatter
    • Is anyone that knows anything about coverage of this issue in this country - particularly in the NY Times - really surprised? Oh, occasionally there will be something pro Palestinian in the Op Ed pages to show how 'fair and balanced' the Times is on this issue. But, for all intents and purposes, the Times has been a Zionist mouthpiece practically from Day 1.

  • Why is the U.S. mainstream press hiding Israeli Colonel Ofer Winter?
    • That this Hitler clone is revered as a great hero in Israel, rather than the blatant war criminal that he really is, speaks volumes to the degradation of Israeli society which, ironically, will doom the Jewish state. One can only hope that a TRUE democracy eventually rises from the ashes.

  • Haaretz's Or Kashti on the rightwing religious takeover of the Ministry of Education
    • At the end of the day, it's up to the citizens of Israel, the Jewish majority that is, to face the truth that Israel is becoming more and more like Nazi Germany by the day. It's a rude awakening that the citizenry must experience, and take the necessary steps to correct, before it experiences the end of Israel as even the semblance of a democracy and its devolution to little more than a rogue country rivaling the most hate-filled, racist nations in the world.

  • 'Jimmy Carter's cancer is God's punishment,' says leading Israeli newspaper
  • Pappé on apartheid, ideology, Chomsky, and the contradictions of "liberal Zionism"
    • Thanks, Henry, for posting this critically important interview. This is must reading for the so-called soft Zionists who continue to resist abdicating their tribalism while diligently working for Palestinian rights. These soft Zionists, the same ones who have viciously attacked Alison Weir and her supporters recently, have severely hindered efforts to expose the overarching influence that the Israel lobby has had on our ill-conceived Mideast policies for generations now. The result has been to give Israel the necessary cover it needs to carry on its increasingly brutal, racist treatment of non Jews both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories. Ilan has much wisdom to impart on how to completely liberate oneself, once and for all as he has done, from the Zionist grip on one's psyche and become a true champion of human rights, not just for Palestinians but for all of the peoples of the world.

  • Netanyahu Asks GOP Candidates: What kind of contortions will you do for Israel?
    • Wish I could laugh wholeheartedly, but I'm starting to fear that one of these characters could actually BE our next President, given Clinton's weakness as a candidate and Bernie' s inability to win 48 states in the general election. Hell, the Dem's are starting to look seriously at 70+ year old, perennial loser, Joe Biden for help! Oy!

      I didn't think anyone could be worse than Nixon, and along came Reagan. Then I didn't think anyone could be worse than Reagan, and along came Dubya. Now, I'm deathly afraid, we've yet to reach bottom!!

      Anyway, kudos to Katie who, if she wasn't focused on this issue, would have to be considered one of our nation's foremost political cartoonists by now.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • You'd better believe that Alison's book is what's really behind these attacks! Right now, according to a connection I have in JVP, there are efforts being made to go through all of Alison's references in the book in the hopes of finding enough errors to completely discredit it. I think its telling, however, that no such point by point critique has yet surfaced, despite the book's being out in the public for quite some time now. It could be that Alison's exhaustive, fact-checking efforts have rendered JVP's attempt impossible. Anyway, the ball is in JVP's court to prove that Alison's work is deeply flawed rather than based on historical fact, as we must assume until proven otherwise.

    • 'And ask yourself how helpful some of her positions are for persuading Americans, most of whom are Zionists themselves and very sympathetic toward Jews and Israel overall. How important and helpful is it to write a book focusing on how a Jewish “elitist secret society” allegedly pressured the US government to support Israel’s founding? Even if it was true. Of all the things we could be focusing on and talking about to raise awareness of Israeli oppression of Palestinians? '

      First of all - you should be asking Palestinians, particularly those who are keenly aware of the power the Israel lobby has in the US and how it uses this to perpetuate and expand the Occupation - this question. Alison provides critically important, historical background to explain how we have reached a point where US policy vis a vis Israel/Palestine is completely under the control of the Israeli government - even to the point where our country's military leadership has complained about how much this has hurt US' own interests in the Middle East. We can go on and on, seemingly forever, decrying Israel's increasingly abusive treatment of the Palestinians (not to mention all other non-Jews in the country). But NOTHING will change until our country understands the depth and breadth of this power and serious steps are made to reverse it. THAT'S what Alison brings to the table and why her work is so important. And THAT'S what the soft Zionists are afraid to discuss openly.

    • 'But anyone who had done significant activist work in the Palestinian solidarity movement would have to admit that the movement does occasionally draw a few unsavory characters here and there, including people who come out of the woodwork online, to defend figures like Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Greta Berlin, and now Alison Weir. - '

      Not only is she off base including Alison in this list, she has no idea what she is talking about with Greta. Greta is one of the most courageous activists in the movement and one of the founders of the very successful Flotillas project. She has taken risks that some of these critics pretending to be supporters of Palestinian justice can only dream about. The attacks on her, from the same cast of characters, were unfounded and based on false information. And oh, by the way, she was married for many years to a Jew - and, no, not a self-hating one - , hence the last name It was he who first encouraged her to become an activist many years ago.

  • 'Bernie, what about justice 4 Palestine?'
  • The Flotilla didn’t make it to Gaza, but Israel didn't win
  • We must break out of the paranoid survival myth
    • - "Zionism started once by idealistic Communists and Atheists as a liberation movement. "

      Please tell me what was so 'idealistic' about an ideology that, from the beginning, has had at its core the ethnic cleansing of a native population??

  • Munayyer and Beinart's historic debate on the solution to the conflict
    • The importance of this conversation is that it forces liberal Zionists to address the 'why' of the situation - to explore, to its roots, Zionist ideology. Once this is done, courageously and completely, anyone who truly cares about justice and human rights will have to abandon Zionism once and for all.

  • 'Heart-wrenching, harrowing, transfixing' -- NYT needs to end blackout on Blumenthal
    • Blumenthal - along with Scahill, Greenwald and a few others - is among the best of the modern day American journalists. He is principled, courageous, and puts in the hard, time-consuming work necessary for true, hard-hitting investigative reporting. Yes, it's high time the NYT gives this man his due. But, given that the NYT is little more than a mouthpiece for Zionist Hasbara, I don't see this happening in the near future.

  • It’s time to boycott Ben & Jerry’s
    • Boycotting Ben and Jerry's, like boycotting Coke, accomplishes two things. It supports Palestinian justice in a meaningful way, and directs people away from what is essentially fattening junk food with no nutritional value. It's a win-win situation!

  • The Emperor's Nuke Clothes
  • Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated)
    • I would worry. I'm sure the Israeli authorities will take this under investigation and that justice will be served. :-{)

  • The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare: A letter to Jewish students
    • I see the rude awakening many Jewish children experience in learning about the true history of Israel as part of the natural maturation process. Unless one is intentionally 'shut down', he/she will reach a time in life when the teachings of his/her elders must be questioned. Once critical thought is applied to these teachings ,a person is able to come to his/her own conclusions and make well-considered and heartfelt decisions. By going through this process, one much more able to understand and empathize with others, including those whom he/she has been taught to fear or even despise. However, those who resist this critical part of the maturation process continue to live in a sort of arrested development state of fear and ignorance, a tormented existence that can never lead to the inner peace we need to live a truly good life.

  • Israeli army kills 14-year old Palestinian with U.S. citizenship
    • This family will receive the same 'justice' as did the Corries, the Doghans, the Andersens and all the other families of US citizens murdered or maimed by 'the most moral army in the world'. Until there is an outcry loud enough for our criminally complicit government to hear, nothing, unfortunately, will ever happen!

  • An open letter to J Street: Let's talk
    • Wake up! Israel never has had, doesn't currently have and, in the absence of a much more enlightened leadership, never will have established borders! That's why the US doesn't/can't have a formal defense treaty with Israel. Where would it start? Where would it end?

      Get you head out of the sand - you and all the others that have lived a deluded life with regard to Israel and Zionism. Wake up, and soon, before you'll witness your precious Jewish state disintegrate into ruins - or simply disappear!

  • In Philly, rightwing Zionists call Dershowitz anti-Semitic for opposing settlements
    • Just more evidence that 'liberal Zionism' (kind of like 'kinder, gentler conservatism', i.e. an oxymoron) is dead. Good riddance! Nothing has contributed more to preserving and expanding the Occupation than 'liberal Zionism'. With its death, now we can see Zionism for what it really is, and the two sides of the issue will become much more clearly defined. Oh, and this will hasten Zionism's ultimate demise. The world will be a much better place once that happens.

  • Video: #Flagwoman protester raises Palestinian flag on Israeli military vehicle outside Ofer prison
    • Congratulations to Rana and her activist brothers and sisters. The more the world sees how Israel, through its IDF henchmen, behave, the sooner will Zionism die away and peace an justice prevail!

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