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

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  • What MLK's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' tells us about Ahed Tamimi in a cold Israeli cell
    • MLK might also have been talking about the gatekeepers we confront in the movement, i.e. those who claim to fight for Palestinian justice, but refuse to go beyond a certain point in questioning the root causes of the problem, including the possible religious basis for Zionism, or investigate the degree of influence the Israel lobby has had in our society for over 100 years. These same gatekeepers also refuse to publicly denounce Zionism as a racist ideology.

      You know who you are.

  • After New Orleans City Council implicitly endorses BDS, officials say resolution was not about Israel
    • I suspect the Israel lobby fell asleep on this one and didn't catch it until it passed. Usually, it's very attentive in forestalling resolutions like this from passing in any manner. But, in the end, it did catch it and, once again, the lobby rules.

    • Yep, walked right into it, didn't they? Basically the JFGNO is saying, "No, wait. We didn't mean for this to apply to Israel. They are the EXCEPTION to this resolution."

  • Vic Mensa's searing piece in 'Time' on Israeli oppression is prefaced by clunky disclaimer re anti-Semitism
    • I applaud your distaste, Phil, for what amounts to gratuitous opening comments about the author not being anti-Semitic. But, like others responding here, I can live with this as long as what follows is the unvarnished truth about the evils of the Occupation and Zionism itself.

      And much love and support goes out to Vic for taking such a courageous, potentially career-destroying stand for Palestinian justice.

  • Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals -- Klutznick, chair of Americans for Peace Now
    • Nobody ever seems to mention that hundreds of thousands of settlement Jews would have to be relocated from the land that would constitute this now mythical Palestinian state. Considering all the weeping and gnashing of teeth over the so-called liberation of Gaza years ago, when a mere 8000 settlers had to be removed - only to be relocated to the West Bank, with a lot of extra money in their pockets - it's impossible to imagine any scenario where the 2SS could possibly occur. Just because current Israeli society is still too traumatized to even consider a single state doesn't mean that things can't change in the future. They certainly did in South Africa.

  • New Israel Fund's Daniel Sokatch exposes the bankruptcy of liberal Zionism
    • You're right, Yoav. Israel does privilege only Zionist Jews. Anti-Zionist Jews, and even liberal Zionist Jews, are considered 'lefties', a derogatory term meant for those Jews that don't toe the hard-right Zionist line. Those Jews in Israel who dare criticize the government on this issue are ostracized, even imprisoned, while diaspora Jews, supposedly part of the worldwide Jewish 'nation' represented by the Jewish state, are banned from even visiting Israel if they show sympathy for BDS.

  • From Spinoza to Vilkomerson, Jewish voices for peace have long been banned-- by Jews
  • Finally a 'New York Times' columnist says liberal Zionism is dead
    • 'Goldberg’s apostasy is a reminder that the most disputed space in the conflict is the space between American Jews’ ears'

      Priceless insight, Phil! just wish I, as a non Jew, could parrot this.

  • Shmuley Boteach's unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel
    • Very well done, Amith!

      As one of my favorite T-shirts says, "If you haven't been called an anti-Semite, you're not working hard enough for Palestinian justice!" Congratulations to Lorde for joining our ever-expanding society of anti-Zionists unfairly charged as anti-Semites by, ironically, the worst of the anti-Semites themselves.

  • Why liberal Zionists have nothing to say about Ahed Tamimi's slap and arrest
    • What about Judaism's connection to the Covenant, i.e. God's promising the land to a future generation of the Israelites? Am I missing something here, or isn't that the very basis for Zionism?

  • A most unlikely martyr: matriarch Hamda Zubeidat, killed in the night by stun grenades
    • I'll be 72 in a couple of months. But, I'm not sure any of us can really know what it means to live in constant fear under occupation. I'm also not sure that I could ever measure up to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, given what they have to endure on a daily basis. They are a truly remarkable and inspirational lot.

  • Zionism didn't have to turn out so badly for Palestinians, says Roger Cohen
    • But, what about the Covenant in the Bible, promising the land to the Israelites? How is that not connected to Zionism?

  • Israeli lawmaker calls Palestinians visiting relatives in Israeli prison 'beasts' and 'human scum'
    • This is all good! The more these creeps express their outsized racism openly the worse the Zionists appear in the eyes of the world. It really is just a matter of time before the rot of this despicable ideology finally cumbles completely and disappears.

  • Pop star 'Lorde' honors BDS call, cancels Tel Aviv concert
    • So happy that the Zionazis are quoting Roseanne Barr! No better way to lose credibility than to quote someone with serious mental problems!

  • New Yorkers rally in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi
    • 'These Zionist morons really have no idea how ugly , bizarre , grotesque and medieval they have become.'

      Let's not forget 'paranoiac'. THAT'S the most embarrassing thing about this whole incident, i.e. that an unarmed, 16-year old Palestinian girl can strike so much fear within the world's 5th largest military!

    • In the video, it seems clear that the soldier slapped Ahed first, just before she slapped back. Was I imagining this? If not, why hasn't anyone made a point of it?

  • Palestinians celebrate resounding Trump and Israel failure at the UN
    • Abstentions, in this case, are certainly better than voting no, but not quite as forceful as voting yes. Abstentions,for most of these cases,are probably justified.

    • Finally, someone on the same page with me re: Jerusalem! Yes, in my perfect world at least, Jerusalem becomes the capital of a single, truly democratic state (including Gaza and the West Bank) with equal rights legally assured for ALL of its citizens (It doesn't really matter what this state is called). Over time we would hope that non Jews receive equal treatment in this state. All of Jerusalem's religious sites would be preserved and protected, while worshippers would be free to come and go as needed for their respective practices.

      Say what you want about this being too naive. But, I can't seem to come up with another, more realistic scenario that secures a just and lasting peace for everyone involved.

  • One in a Thousand: The Art and Wit of Carlos Latuff
  • Times super-Zionist Bret Stephens commits fallacy and falsehood, on Jerusalem
    • How about the notion of Jerusalem as the capital of a truly democratic state of Israel with equal rights - at least by law - for ALL of its citizens, including those in the formally annexed Gaza Strip and West Bank? Of course, the city would have to respect its religious sites and be accessible to worshipers from all over the world.

      Any thoughts out there on this?

  • The world's anger toward Trump gives Palestinians a clear path for action
    • If you have 12 million Mandelas in Palestine, mobilize just 10% of them and march en masse to the Israeli border, demanding an end to your illegal and inhumane treatment. If you wait for BDS to really take hold, you may be waiting decades. A march on the border can happen tomorrow. Certainly there will be casualties, probably many, but you WILL get the Jewish state's attention and just may be able to make real progress towards your goal of freedom and justice for all your people.

      One thing's for sure, you'll scare the hell out of the Israeli Jews, hopefully for the better long term.

  • One Palestinian killed, hundreds injured during protests in West Bank, Gaza
    • Two things. First of all, congratulations to Trump for laying bare the brutal honesty of the situation, i.e. the US was NEVER an honest broker for peace and very likely never will be as long as the Israel lobby continues its stranglehold on our government. Remember that Obama, Clinton and Biden – indeed, the US Congress in 1995 – ALL proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but backed off making the formal move of the embassy for security reasons.

      Secondly, these clashes, ultimately, won’t change the status quo. In fact, historically, when Palestinians have rampaged, the IDF has responded with ferocity, engaging in collective punishment against a Palestinian population that, in its mind, needed to be put back in its place. The only way there can be progress made out of this crisis is if the Palestinians en masse – and I mean by the hundreds of thousands – march to the border demanding justice. I’m talking about more than justice over the status of Jerusalem. I’m talking about ending the oppression of the Palestinian people once and for all. Sure there would be many casualties stemming from this, but it may be the only chance the Palestinians have to lift the yoke of the Occupation off their backs and finally be free.

  • Palestinians clash with Israeli forces across the West Bank following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement
    • Two things. First of all, congratulations to Trump for laying bare the brutal honesty of the situation, i.e. the US was NEVER an honest broker for peace and very likely never will be as long as the Israel lobby continues its stranglehold on our government. Remember that Obama, Clinton and Biden - indeed, the US Congress in 1995 - ALL proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but backed off making the formal move of the embassy for security reasons.

      Secondly, these clashes, ultimately, won't change the status quo. In fact, historically, when Palestinians have rampaged, the IDF has responded with ferocity, engaging in collective punishment against a Palestinian population that, in its mind, needs to be put back in its place. The only way there can be progress made out of this crisis is if the Palestinians en masse - and I mean by the hundreds of thousands - march to the border demanding justice. I'm talking about more than justice over the status of Jerusalem. I'm talking about ending the oppression of the Palestinian people once and for all. Sure there would be many casualties stemming from this, but it may be the only chance the Palestinians have to lift the yoke of the Occupation off their backs and finally be free.

  • US embassy move to Jerusalem would spark 'fanaticism and violence' and end US status as negotiator -- Arab leaders
    • Right! This is nothing but hand waving by the Arab leadership throughout the region that's looking for whatever face-saving it can muster with the Arab street. This is the same leadership that has sat silently by and watched the Judaisation of Jerusalem, along with the Occupation in general, continue unabated for many years.

      There will be no wave of 'fanaticism and violence' if Trump does this, at least no more than we already are witnessing The spoiled bully-brat, Israel, will continue to get its way until the international community, first and foremost the 'leader of the free world (US)', grows a collective spine.

      Don't hold your breath!

  • The education of Kamala Harris
    • Harris, like Corey Booker, are the worst kind of hypocrites, caring far more for their political careers than taking principled stands against injustice when there's a political price to pay.

      These characters are the heirs to the HRC legacy! Ughhh!!

  • Bret Stephens equates anti-Zionists with white nationalists in the 'New York Times'
    • My response to liberal Zionists that demand of Palestinians acknowledgement of Israel's right to exist - meaning, of course, as a Jewish state - is simple. I ask if they would be willing to sign a document formally acknowledging the US' right to exist as a Christian country. Of course, they would not. Then, I ask, how could you expect the same of the Palestinians, thereby formally relegating themselves to second class citizen status in the Jewish state.

      No self-respecting Palestinian nor American Jew would do either! Case closed!

  • First ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced to U.S. Congress
    • I'd prefer to see the positive in this. Sure, under the present circumstances, the chances are slim to none that the bill will pass - and slim just left the building! However, in the face of increasing power and pressure being exerted by the lobby to eliminate, under threats of fines or imprisonment, any criticism of the Jewish state, I think it's more than admirable that some members of Congress, at least, are finally addressing Palestinian rights. This follows the rise of the progressive movement among the Democratic Party base that is pushing hard for recognition of Palestinian rights within the Party.

      Sure, we have a long way to go. But, I feel the tide has definitely turned in this country.

  • The Weinstein effect drags in Israel
    • You mean you haven't agreed with me any other time? I'm crushed!!

    • "--- the Clintons washed their hands of Weinstein nearly a month ago."

      Gee, only a month ago? So, HRC, the world's leading feminist (gag),had no clue about this creep before a month ago? Riiight!!!

      Just one more in a plethora of reasons to rid this country of this blight known as Hillary Rodham Clinton!

  • Gerard Butler, Gene Simmons, and Pee Wee Herman help raise $53.8 million for the IDF
    • Until reading this, I was an old Pee Wee Herman fan. I particularly remember his skit reading children's' letters, particularly one from little Shlomo from Israel who said, "I'm only 7 years old and I've already been in the Israeli army!" I took this to be a criticism of Israel's militaristic society and wondered if his downfall was brought about in part because of the efforts of the Israel lobby. This still is a possibility. But, in any case, he's clearly joined the dark side.

    • Doesn't matter, as long as they bring in the dough! Zionist leadership is completely shameless, taking support from wherever it comes - even white nationalists!

  • 'Daily Californian' cartoon of Dershowitz dripping blood unleashes another furor over anti-Semitic canards
  • My journey away from Zionism
    • 'My own experience cause (sic) me to take quite an interest in stories of people who escaped cults. It’s funny how complicated the internal de-programming process is. It’s never actually completed.'

      This, I think, is critically important for both Jews and non Jews in the movement to understand. Some anti-Zionist, non Jews, like myself, sometimes get impatient - and even angry - with Jews in the movement that seem to have trouble with being as open and honest as we feel we need to be to fight Zionism with all the strength and zeal we must to exceed. This creates conflicts, even misunderstandings of the seeming reluctance to take the questioning of Zionist-nurturing Jewishness beyond a certain, redline boundary.

      We who haven't been raised with the burden of Zionism, and the difficult task of extricating ourselves completely from its spell, need to be more patient and understanding of this towards moving forward in the unified manner essential to our success. On the other hand, Jews in the movement who are still, say, a 'work in progress', also need to be prepared to accept that we may already be at a place to which they are heading, and not simply insensitive to their unique and personal history growing up as Jews.

  • The Russia influence story just crashed into the Israel influence story
    • Trump has no use for the Palestinians, nor any other predominantly Muslim people for that matter, and he really doesn't give a damn about Jews either. That leaves it up to his son-in-law, Kushner, and the billionaire Zionist donors mentioned to fill this 'empty vessel' with whatever they want towards creating a foreign policy with a heavily pro-Israel bent. Unless, and until, someone or some group can convince him that his bending to Israel's wishes to such a great extent will hurt him politically, we can expect the rest of the Trump presidency to be the friendliest, most accommodating, towards Israel that we have ever seen.

      We can also expect this to result in the expenditure of even more blood and treasure in the Middle East with the goal of hegemony in the region for the Jewish state.

  • In order to receive hurricane relief, Texas town requires residents to reject Israel boycott
  • The problem with Miko Peled's 'Holocaust: yes or no'
    • Maybe I'm mincing words here, but I would say he simply expressed a typical anti-Semitic trope while not actually agreeing with it. It is true that, when a member of a minority does something wrong that fits a negative stereotype, he, or she, adds credence to the stereotype, fuel to the fire so to speak. This is just a fact of life. My wife is a proud, secular, anti-Zionist Jew. So, when a prominent Jew, particularly a Zionist, behaves badly, it makes me angry for my wife and kids since it gives strength to the purveyors of anti-Semitism which potentially reverberates against them.

      Having said this, I will agree that he either shouldn't have said it or at least qualified it by using 'Zionists' instead of 'Jews'. However, we shouldn't be directing our anger at Miko, but at the party at fault for his, or her, bad behavior. I think we all agree that anti-Semitism would be far less of a problem if the state of Israel behaved itself with regard to its treatment of the Palestinians.

  • In decertifying Iran deal, Trump caves to Israel. But who will say so?
    • Yeah, this is mind-blowing that the AIPAC-occupied US government would sign ANYTHING that would compel it to attack Israel under ANY circumstances (no matter how justified it may be).

    • Hope you're right, but I fear that Trump's hatred of Muslims and Muslim countries will 'trump' any other considerations. We'll soon see.

    • Correction. The Republican Party has always needed a foreign enemy, at least going back to Barry Goldwater.

  • One of Puerto Rico's biggest creditors is also big funder of Israeli propaganda
  • 'Forward' finally publishes Stephen Walt -- ten years too late
    • Right on about the 2SS. It's amazing to me that this point, i.e. the ridiculousness of the notion that something like 400,000 to 500,000 could be moved out of the land set aside for such a state, is not made more often. The 2SS is as farcical as it gets.

      I think the end will come from the implosion towards which Israel's increasingly right wing Zionist society is heading. Already, Israel seems to be giving up on the liberal, particularly younger Jews while focussing more on recruiting the Orthodox. Israel will continue its movement to the right to its utter demise, at least as anything remotely resembling a functioning democracy. The current majority in the country has even said that it doesn't want to be a true democracy! At least they are honest!

      As they say, evil eventually undoes itself, and pure evil is what Israel is fast becoming!

    • I invite all readers to join in the debate in the Comments section of this article in the Forward. So far, there has been only me and an Israeli anti-Zionist Jew arguing for days now against the typical swarm of Zionists that regularly populate the site. We're doing OK, but could certainly use some help.

  • Video: Senator Chris Van Hollen announces opposition to Israel Anti-Boycott Act
    • Something to be said for that. A part of me was/is hoping this proposed legislation makes it to the Senate floor for open debate. As you say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. We should welcome any and all forums for bringing attention to the issue of Palestinian justice.

      Zionists try to avoid open discussions and debates at all costs for the simple reason that they cannot win such challenges.

  • My congressman, Ted Lieu, supports human rights everywhere but Palestine
    • Right. We should ALWAYS assume that politicians will respond in the most politically expedient way. On rare occasion, one will place principle over political ambition. But don't hold your breathe, especially when it comes to I/P.

  • Israeli soldier-medic-killer 'endured a lot' -  so short sentence is cut by four months
    • Azaria is a national hero, likely to be rewarded for 'enduring' his time in prison with a rapid climb up the IDF career ladder. After all, for the massacre in Qibya and his responsibility for the massacre of thousands in Shatilla and Sabra, Ariel Sharon was eventually awarded his position as prime minister.

      Kill an Arab - go to the head of the line!

  • High holidays? Meh
    • You're just growing as a human being, Phil. It looks like it's just a matter of time before you eschew religion entirely. After all, religion, by its very nature, is divisive, and you have an inclusive spirit. No matter how progressive any particular religion may try to be, every one of them claims exclusivity to knowing 'the truth and the way' to salvation. All other religions are assigned to second-class status, at best, and to condemnation, at worst.

      Take it from me, a born-again agnostic who gave up Catholicism for Lent as a 17-year old, it can be lonely at times not belonging to a religious group. But, it's so wonderfully liberating!

  • Why the split inside the Democratic Party over BDS needs to happen
    • Ditto. But I choose to support what JVP does right despite these misguided attacks on some of our most courageous and effective activists. I encourage the JVP leadership to do the same by appreciating, and supporting, the great work being done by Alison Weir and her organization, 'If Americans Knew'.

  • Rachel Maddow's lineup of crazy U.N. speeches spotlights Arafat-- and leaves out Netanyahu!
    • Rachel is just an entertainer with a successful show, so she assiduously avoids anything that would anger the Zionist crowd and jeopardize her ratings. She's far from being the serious-minded, in-depth journalist many portray her to be. Instead, she does segments like this that don't add anything to the discourse. I stopped watching her years ago.

      When I watch a news program I want NEWS, not entertainment!

  • Read Netanyahu's UN speech, which praises Trump to the skies and matches his North Korea hyperbole on Iran
  • New York TV stations smear Roger Waters-- who praises BDS as 'one of most admirable pieces of resistance world has seen'
    • Rachel just doesn't want to lose her highly popular show. That's all. It's very simple. It's really the same as Gillibrand not wanting to torpedo her chances to be president in 2020, or even my representative, B.Lee, to not want to risk becoming a pariah in the Democratic Party by denying military aid to Israel while it uses the money illegally to buy weapons to use against the Palestinian people.

      Unfortunately, it takes someone like Roger Waters, whose fame, wealth and international reputation allow him to stand up to the Israel lobby and not worry about having his career destroyed, to speak truth to the lobby's power. And there aren't a whole lot of Roger Waters running around!

  • 'Voice of boycott' was heard in Montgomery and South Africa, why not Israel? Roger Waters writes in 'NYT'
    • I happen to be a Pink Floyd/Roger Waters aficionado from the 60's, and a huge admirer of Roger since he took on the issue of Palestinian justice some years ago. To my knowledge, he's the only celebrity that has not backed off one inch once attacked by the Israel lobby - in fact, he has come on even stronger! Of course, he's a billionaire with a huge international following who can tell all the Zionists where to go and not be concerned about having his career destroyed. However, I still think of him as one of the heroes of our movement , as well as a great artist, who deservers all of our support.

      Along with that, I encourage any rock fans reading this to go and see his "Us + Them" performance. I saw it in Oakland a few months ago and was truly blown away - particularly by the performance of Oakland school children that performed in the supposedly controversial 'Resist' piece. I promise you, you'll NEVER see a show of this magnitude again - and you'll put more money in Roger's coffers to fight the Zionists who fear him and will go to any lengths to try to destroy him.

  • Are you an auto-anti-Semite? Take this simple test
    • Can't wait to tell my Jewish wife that she passes with flying colors (except for the contempt for Jewish traditions and customs part. She, and I, actually like a lot of these)!

      She'll be thrilled - and she'll love her new name!

  • Blunt references to Israeli apartheid are published by 'Peace Now' and 'The New Yorker'
    • Now, THAT'S one brave man! I'd like to know what happened to him in the aftermath of this incident. Nothing good, I'm sure.

  • 'We came to school and found the school destroyed': Israeli forces demolish West Bank school hours before children's first day
    • Took the words right out of my mouth, Misterioso! Kudos to all the courageous soldiers and government officials who saw fit to attack a bunch of nine-year-old children by destroying their school! Meanwhile, our fine government is denying aid to Egypt for human rights abuses while continuing to turn its back on things like this, just because it's our 'special friend' that's responsible.

      Makes me sick to my stomach!

  • Jews argue whether Zionism is racism -- in the Forward!
    • I particularly enjoyed watching Ms Eisner tie herself up in knots when I read this piece in the Forward a couple of days ago. All liberal Zionists try desperately to reconcile the dichotomy between so-called Jewish democracy and equal rights for all in Israel.

      I love to ask the libs, like the J Street gang, how they would feel living in the US if it memorialized all of its laws to privilege Christians to the detriment of all non Christians. Of course, none of them could stand for that. But, they have absolutely no problem treating non Jews in the same unjust way in Israel.

      Sometime I find the hypocrisy overwhelming!

  • 'Progressive' NYC official compares cancellation of Israel-sponsored event to neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville
    • Nice going, Amith! This is an excellent story to pursue. It gives us the golden opportunity to conflate the white supremacy movement in the US with the Zionist supremacy movement in Israel, further exposing Zionism for the exceptionalist and racist ideology it really is.

      White supremacy and Zionism are now open subjects no longer to be swept under the rug. Though the struggles against both will become more bitter and divisive in the short term, with more violence likely to result, the cathartic effect it will have will give us more hope for realizing lasting long-term solutions.

  • Pressure builds on Booker, Gillibrand to get to Yes on Israel Anti-Boycott Act (for sake of 2020)
    • She is NOT supporting us! She realizes, as does the lobby at this point, that the legislation overreaches to an extent that opens her to attacks from the left. She wants to find a middle ground that allows her to pacify both the lobby and the left, so that her presidential ambitions are not derailed by either.

      As for there being no excuse for being bullied by AIPAC, all one needs to do is consider the fact that 10 of the top12 donors to the Democratic Party in the last election are wealthy American Zionists - people like Haim Saban who put loyalty to Israel above all else. Unless you choose to go the Bernie route, i.e. raise tremendous sums with small donations from the masses (an approach I'd like to see popularized, certainly), I'm afraid you DO have to bullied by them, or lose to well-funded, Koch-backed Republicans.

  • Both political parties are fighting openly over Israel's role in our policy-making
    • 'Ziocracy', hmmm. I like it!!

    • I, a non Jew, have no problem calling out the American Jewish establishment, the Israeli government or, my favorite, Zionism and Zionists. Of course, you have to be prepared to be called an anti-Semite, terrorist, etc., but that becomes commonplace after a while. I find that it really helps to be prepared to counter with charges of Arab racism when Zionists call me an anti-Semite. It usually catches them off guard.

      I invite all non Jews to join me.

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