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Made in GDR, 20-something, socialist, pacifist, pessimist, atheist, anti-Zionist, LGBT rights supporter.

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  • PA to seek UN Security Council resolution giving Israel two years to end the occupation
  • Israel has no answer to BDS, Barghouti tells packed hall at Columbia
  • Lieberman unveils racist peace plan: Pay Palestinians to leave Israel
    • OT - I just read this article on the SPIEGEL website: link to
      Tuvia Tenenbom in Israel: Jewish self-hatred, German self-righteousness
      Israeli-American Zionist Tuvia Tenenbom just wrote a new book titled "Catch The Jew". He travelled through Israel/Palestine to interview different people about the conflict. He played different roles in order to get honest answers from the people. When interviewing Palestinians, Tenenbom pretended to be a German. (How dare he!) He refers to Jewish anti-Zionists as self-hating Jews and to pro-Palestinian Germans as anti-Semitic.

  • The Minds of Others: An interview with Max Blumenthal
    • Mooser, the term "Jewish power" does not imply that ALL Jews are powerful. It only means that the powerful people are Jewish, e.g. Sheldon Adelson or Haim Saban.
      In the same way, the term "Jewish settler-colonialism" does not imply that ALL Jews are Zionists.

  • 'What is your religion?' question surprises two American visitors to the occupation
  • Israel lost the British elite after Gaza onslaught, UK ambassador says
    • @ American:
      What is a Stolperstein?
      Look here: link to
      They are a nice idea. However, putting them on private property without permission is unacceptable.

    • No idea. However, I side with the house owner. It is an impudence that the organisation put the Stolpersteine on his property without bothering about the law or asking for permission. The organisation's behaviour reminds me of the Zionists' behaviour. They, too, believe that because of the Holocaust they are above the law and can do to other people's land whatever they want.

    • You are right, eljay. However, if he is a Zionist, don't expect me to feel sorry for him.

    • OT: A landlord in Berlin wants all seven "Stolpersteine" to be removed from the sidewalk in front of his house. He argues that someone could slip on these tiles and then hold him liable for it. The thing is that the organisation that put the "Stolpersteine" into the sidewalk didn't bother to check if they are on private or public property. Now, the landlord found out that they are on his private property and therefore he demands from the organisation to remove them. He added that the persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazis are not his fault. The organisation, however, refuses to remove the "Stolpersteine" and/or to relocate them to public property. The organisation claims that the "Stolpersteine" are monuments and that monuments are not relocated. The article says that the house owner probably has the right to demand removal.
      link to

    • I just read some other articles about the incident. More details:
      The incident happened on Sunday evening. The tourist is a 22-year-old man. At first, the four men came his way and walked past him, then they turned around and followed him a short while. Then they suddenly attacked him, best and kicked him several times. Afterwards, they fled. The tourist has injuries at the hand and the head. He received outpatient treatment at the hospital. He told the police that the men said something to him in German, but he couldn't understand what they wanted from him. The men are referred to as "strangers". No mention of suspects, arrests, or witnesses.
      link to
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      Again: My comment that perhaps the men heard him speak Hebrew (e.g. on the phone) is pure speculation. Perhaps the men didn't even know that he's from Israel and just beat him up because they were in the mood and he looked like an easy target.

    • OT: I just read on a German news website that four men beat an Israeli tourist to a pulp at a station in Berlin. According to the article, the tourist doesn't speak German, did NOT wear a kippah, and was NOT robbed. The police investigate if the incident had a "political motive".
      I assume that the four men heard him speak Hebrew and therefore thought that he's a Zionist.
      link to

  • US Jewish voters have more favorable feelings about Netanyahu than Obama
    • i don’t think someone from west germany should preach to the eastern europeans who seek a good life in germany that they should leave the past behind.

      Yonah, if you had looked at my profile, you would know that I am from the East. Besides, holding someone's nationality against him in order to try to deny him the right to speak his mind is contemptible.
      Jews in Germany benefit from preferential treatment while claiming that nothing has changed since the Holocaust. This pisses me off. They need to stop terrorising us with their paranoia and start behaving like normal people.

    • Oh, Yonah! You are misusing Nazism to justify Zionism, like so many of your fellow Zionists. Puke, puke! There is absolutely no justification for settler-colonialism and ethnic cleansing.
      By the way, Jews who are too dumb to distinguish between past and present shouldn't be living in Germany.

    • American, I totally agree with you!

    • "So Peter Beinart is little more popular in the Jewish community than Omar Barghouti."

      That comment made me laugh.
      I really wish there were such a survey with German Jews. My guess is that they are even more Zionist than US Jews.

  • Why I confronted Gregor Gysi
    • Hi jd65!
      I like your video and I tweeted about it. The documentary that you mention at the end sounds very interesting, too.
      Regarding the David Sheen quote, we will have to agree to disagree. The words "let alone" and "especially" sound like singling out to me.
      In her latest article, German-Jewish anti-Zionist Evelyn Hecht-Galinski sides with Sheen and Blumenthal and complains that "non-Jews want to explain to [her] what anti-Semitism is". Such a way of thinking really upsets me. I mean, she is a smart woman. Therefore, it should be easy for her to factually explain the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism without playing the Jew card. Instead, her argumentation is something like this: "German politicians and journalists are non-Jews. That's why their definition of anti-Semitism is incorrect. I am a Jew. That's why my definition of anti-Semitism is correct." Zionist Jews argue along the same lines whenever I explain to them that anti-Zionism is NOT anti-Semitic. They respond that I, as a non-Jew, have no right to tell them what anti-Semitism is. So, what many anti-Zionist Jews have in common with Zionist Jews is that both groups claim that Jews have a monopoly on defining anti-Semitism. I think that it harms the credibility of anti-Zionists when anti-Zionist Jews use the same silencing tactics that we complain about when they are employed by Zionists. Anti-Zionists shouldn't resort to the same cheap tactics as Zionists do. We are better than that.

    • RoHa, just a quick inquiry: What did you smoke?

    • Nurit, it's terrible enough that you stalk me on Twitter. Now, you are here on Mondoweiss. Please shut up and leave us alone. We aren't buying your hasbara anyway.

    • "It is contemptible that any person, let alone a German, would baselessly slander a critic of Israel as spreading anti-semitism, especially when that person is Jewish or even Israeli."

      I really have a problem with this statement. Why are you singling out Germans, Jews, and Israelis? You are using the same silencing tactic as the Zionists do, i.e. a German must never ever disagree with a Jew (because of the Holocaust). Zionists regularly claim that non-Israelis don't understand the special threat that Israel faces and that therefore non-Israelis need to shut up.
      Of course, what Gysi did was wrong. However, it wasn't wrong because he's a German and you are an Israeli Jew. Your respective nationality has nothing to do with that. So, there's no reason for emphasising it. Anti-Zionists believe in equal rights and equal treatment. This means: Being slandered by a German should not be regarded as more terrible than being slandered by a non-German. Slandering a Jew or an Israeli should not be regarded as more terrible than slandering a non-Jew or a non-Israeli.

    • One of Max Blumenthal's talks in Germany:
      link to
      link to
      Further videos are available on the same channel.

  • Dempsey bucks Obama line by praising Israelis for Gaza tactics
  • A visit to Auschwitz
    • I have never been to Auschwitz, but I visited Mittelbau-Dora twice and Buchenwald once.

      "But that’s the thing about that place, everything seems just plain and ordinary, in spite of the enormity of the acts that took place there."
      -> I totally agree with that observation.

      "Our guide kept saying that those 'sentenced to death' were murdered in these spaces. I kept thinking that no one really was sentenced to death, not in the way I understand the term. What went on there was a nihilistic orgy of death. Nothing resembling due process resulting in a sentence of death took place there."
      -> To Europeans, due process doesn't make any difference in this context. Either way, it's murder by state and a violation of human rights. A so-called "due process" doesn't make murder by state any more acceptable.

  • UCLA Hillel partners with PR firm to fight BDS movement
    • Elliot: "The Zionist establishment understands that they cannot win the debate with SJP. They are fighting a rearguard action. In desperation, they turn to the 80% ignorant young Jews."

      Right! These e-mails are VERY telling. Zionists rely on ignorance, anti-Zionists rely on education. Zionists use PR, anti-Zionists use the truth.

  • 'Another Jew!' Speakers at 'Klinghoffer' rally blame Jews for promoting anti-Semitism
    • @ eljay & Talkback

      Thanks! Now I see. In Phil's article, it sounded as if the opera depicted Palestinians as evil murderers of Jews. That's why I didn't understand why the Zionists dislike the opera.

    • "I don’t know the opera, I probably shouldn’t ask, but I’m confused… How is the opera ‘anti-semitic’?"

      Oh, good! I am not the only one who is confused.

  • 'NYT' can't keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany
    • OT: Moshe Zuckermann introduces his new book in Berlin (German-language videos):
      link to
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    • My thought exactly, eGuard!

    • "Other forms of anti-semitism are sometimes anonymous graffitis like “Against the Judenrepublik” (jewish republic) which are quickly overpainted."

      I had to look up "Judenrepublik". At first, I thought that this word refers to Israel. Then the slogan would have been anti-Israel, not anti-Semitic. However, it turns out that Germany is meant by that. Strange.

    • It's actually about pudding. The high price of the pudding is a symbol of the high living costs in Israel. See the German-language articles here:
      link to
      link to
      One of the article says, "In Israel, one of the richest countries in the world, 20% of its inhabitants live below the poverty line." And remember, BILD is a conservative newspaper. It's unusual that it writes something negative about Israel. So, apparently, the situation in Israel is so bad that even the conservative media can't turn a blind eye anymore.

  • Sweden's recognition of Palestine will license activists
    • "Recognition of a Palestinian 'state' in a fraction of Palestine actually negates the rights of most Palestinians and conflicts with the Palestinian right of self-determination."

      Yes, that was my first thought exactly!

  • Encounter at a post office
  • On the use of provocative analogies (Nazism, fascism)
    • @AbigailOK

      "They will be the very last part of the globe to see and then utter the likeness of zionism and nazism."

      Actually, that's not true. I don't have the links right now, but I remember two surveys which show that 40 to 50% of Germans agree with the statements "Israel does to Palestinians what the Nazis did to Jews." and "Israel conducts a war of extermination against Palestinians." Furthermore, there was a study about the perceptions of European Jews. A high percentage of German Jews stated that they hear the Nazi comparison very often.
      The mere fact that the Nazi comparison is included in surveys indicates that it is so widespread that it can't be ignored anymore.
      Germans usually don't talk publicly about their opinion on Israel. However, just because Germans don't state publicly that Zionists are like Nazis doesn't mean that they don't think it or don't say it privately.

      "Whoa, it might remind some of their background or past."

      I don't quite understand this statement. Present generations of Germans don't identify with Nazi-era Germans. Old Germans, such as my grandmother, were only innocent children when it happened. They had nothing to do with Nazi crimes. Therefore, the Nazi comparison does not evoke painful memories. The only thing that my grandmother remembers is how US soldiers came and wanted to confiscate the cameras from Germans. My grandmother said, "When the soldiers asked for our camera, my sister was stupid enough to admit that we have one and to give it to them."

    • The German YouTube channel "publicsolidarity" posted a video of anti-Zionist protesters. It shows how the police denied them entry to the rally against anti-Semitism. The protesters are from the German groups "Jewish voice for a just peace" and "Non-Zionist Jews".
      link to

    • Look at the photos of the audience. There are Israel flags everywhere. The chancellor is speaking now. She constantly equates negative criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. For example, she said that it is scandalous when German Jews are attacked for defending Israel.

    • OT: Right now, there's a big rally in Berlin against anti-Semitism. It was organised by the Central Council of Jews in Germany. According to German media, there are thousands of participants. The mayor of Berlin, several ministers, the Chancellor, and the President give speeches.
      You can watch a live stream here: link to
      The logo of the event has a blue Star of David, then it says "raise your voice" in white letters and "Nevery again Jew-hatred" in blue letters. I find the choice of colours very suspicious and disgusting. Blue and white, just like Israel's flag. I assume that the Central Council intentionally picked them to suggest that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism. It's a Zionist propaganda event that is supposed to distract from the real problem, which is Zionist settler-colonialism. There will even be a 45-minute special report about this event on German TV.
      The right-wing publishing house Axel Springer put a huge logo of the event on the wall of their building. See here: link to

    • For example, suppose the French resistance to the German occupation in the 1940s, lacking any other effective means, had sent rockets into Berlin, resulting in German “retaliation” that killed hundreds or thousands of French civilians.

      The analogy isn't quite correct.
      Germany wasn't built on French land. So, Frenchmen sent rockets into other people's land.
      Israel, however, was built on Palestinian land. So, when the Palestinians in Gaza (most of them refugees from the area of Israel) send rockets into Israel, then they merely fire rockets into their own land.

    • It is sufficient for Israel’s purposes merely to impose great suffering on the Palestinians, so as to deter or crush any resistance to Israel’s ongoing colonization of Jerusalem and the West Bank and the continuing repression not just of Hamas but of the Gazan people as a whole.

      There are two reasons why Israel doesn't commit outright genocide. The first reason is the one that you mentioned: Bullying is sufficient in order to get rid of the Palestinians. The second reason is that Israel fears punishment by the international community. It is necessary for Israel to be more subtle than Nazi Germany, because otherwise Israel risks getting the same response as Nazi Germany.
      So, what I am trying to say is that the Zionists hate Palestinians as much as the Nazis hated the Jews. They are equally evil. And it's only for tactical reasons that the Zionists refrain from treating the Palestinians in exactly the same way as the Nazis treated the Jews.

  • I quit my job at the Jewish Community Center over a pro-Israel rally and they called me an anti-semite
    • KEITH - "MaxAJL who used to comment (and contributed posts) was rather quick to play the anti-Semitism card. He considered any mention of Jewish power and influence as anti-Semitic by definition."

      I haven't heard of that dude before, so I can't comment on him.
      Since (1) Zionism belongs to Judaism, (2) Israel is a "Jewish state", and (3) many wealthy Zionist donors to US politicians are Jewish, Zionist power is also Jewish power. Without Jewish power and influence, Zionism wouldn't be as successful as it is now. Pointing out this fact isn't anti-Semitic. It would only be anti-Semitic if someone blamed ALL Jews for Zionism. How can people have an honest discussion about Zionism when they shy away from mentioning Jewish power and influence, one of Zionism's secret to success? Therefore, it doesn't make sense that there are anti-Zionists who demonise any mention of Jewish power and influence as anti-Semitic.

    • MOOSER - "By calling ourselves Jewish, we aid Israel in making the distinction between Jew and not-Jew ... unless one is willing to make plain and visible at all times one opposes it."

      I agree! If I were a Jew, I wouldn't dare to be visibly Jewish for fear of being mistaken for a Zionist and being berated for Zionist crimes. I would only mention my Jewishness in the same breath with my anti-Zionism. However, I am glad that I am spared from such a situation. I think that Zionism turned being Jewish into a burden. I already mentioned this in one of my previous posts, but on a YouTube show some German Jews complained that one of the first questions they get when coming out as Jewish is, "What's your opinion on Israel?" Obviously, they don't want to hear this question because they are Zionists and find it increasingly hard to come up with excuses or justifications for Zionist crimes. They even claimed that asking a non-Israeli Jew about his opinion on Israel is anti-Semitic.

    • "It is the arrogance of the Euro-centric mind and it needs to be squashed."

      OMG! You must be kidding. It's the USA that plays world police and sends killer drones around the world to commit mass murder of Muslims. It's the USA that protects the criminal, settler-colonial state of Israel from punishment by the UN. So, it's US arrogance and Zionist settler-colonialism that need to be squashed.
      This Jew's problem isn't his Europeanness but his Zionism. Zionists are evil or deluded, no matter where they come from. Besides, the mere fact that Charlie happens to be Mizrahi or partiallly Israeli doesn't automatically make her an expert on Zionism. A lot of Israelis are very ignorant.

    • GC - "Many of us just plainly refuse to be labelled gentile or goy or even non-Jew and whatever othering that seems to be accepted within the jewish community."
      -> I don't mind being referred to as "non-Jew", but only if it's relevant to the context. The words "gentile" or "goy" are unacceptable in any case. When Charlie condescendingly refers to non-Jews as "gentiles" and tells them that they need to behave in a more Jewish way (because the non-Jewish way is apparently inferior), then it's no wonder that people react negatively. And then Charlie misinterprets these negative reactions to her comments as "anti-Semitism". That's why there's so much anti-Semitism in her opinion.

      GC - "And how do black christians differ from white christians or are her friends only white christians?"
      -> Right! I found this mention of her Christian friends' race really weird, too. People who put so much emphasis on race creep me out. I am suspicious of them.

    • KEITH: "M.J. Rosenberg is an extreme example of this phenomenon of reckless accusations intended more to intimidate than to discuss."

      Right! But he's not an anti-Zionist. He's a "liberal" Zionist. That's why his paranoia regarding anti-Semitism doesn't surprise me. In Charlie's case, it does. If she's rational enough to see that Zionism is unjust, she should also be rational enough to see that anti-Semitism has almost died out and that - to the extent that it exists - it is mainly caused by the crimes of the self-declared "Jewish state". So, if there's anyone to blame for anti-Semitism, then it's the Zionists.

    • "The Jewish connection to Israel goes beyond race and ethnicity and is part of the Jewish religion."

      So what? The Bible is not a land register. Besides, there are also a lot of non-religious people who self-identify as Jewish for whatever crazy reason. What's their connection to Israel?

    • "Being Jewish means being critical and anti-authoritarian."
      -> Really? Apparently I am Jewish, too. If that's actually your definition of being Jewish, then you seem to believe that non-Jews are uncritical and pro-authoritarian.

      "I’ve had somewhat of a rough time being Jewish, having lived in many places that I can confidently call anti-Semitic."
      -> I highly doubt this. I can't take such a statement at face value anymore. Perhaps you are one of these people who automatically attribute every negative experience to anti-Semitism!? Can you give some examples of the "anti-Semitic incidents" that you experienced?

      "I will always be proud of being Jewish."
      -> Being proud of a happenstance is stupid.

      "There is a lot of anti-Semitism in the contemporary anti-Zionist movement."
      -> A lot of!? You must be kidding. And I have always thought that only Zionists are paranoid when it comes to anti-Semitism.

      "Moving forward, I encourage all of my friends, Jewish or gentile, to live in a more Jewish way. That is, always question authority."
      -> Non-Jews should live in an Jewish way? Seriously? Stop equating "being Jewish" with "questioning authority". That's an insult to non-Jews. And using the term "gentile" is insulting, too. You are way too Judeo-centric.

      "And remember that Zionism is not Jewish."
      -> Whether you like it or not, Zionism is Jewish. That's a fact. During an interview in Germany, Judith Butler stated that "Zionism belongs to Judaism".

  • Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media?
    • OMG! I just read the statement. They actually dare to use the word "justice". Also, I sent a tweet to Sarah Silverman.

  • Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade
  • Our new look
    • I don’t find the categories ”Activism” etc to be very helpful. Many articles don’t fit neatly into the categories, and there’s often overlap.

      Yes! That's why the categories are useless. If you look for a certain article, in which category should you search? One page with all articles listed in chronological order is much more useful.

    • I guess quoting will become a bit more work in future to put away the javascript auto attachment ” – See more at: URL”

      I agree!

    • simply scroll back chronologically to be sure to catch every story [...] the labels like “Israel/Palestine” at the top of the stories aren’t clickable, I have to go back to the corresponding labels near the top

      YES! YES!

    • Yes to an adjustment to the inconsistent moderating system please.

      I agree. And the edit function needs to be back.

    • I am too frustrated by the two day limit to enter any comment – what’s the point?

      I totally agree. To me, the comments on this site are at least as important and enlightening as the articles. That's why I think that there should be equal emphasis on articles and comments.
      What I also miss are the direct links to comments. Previously, when I clicked on the date of a comment, I got the link to the comment.
      Furthermore, I miss the list of articles sorted by date. When I visit Mondoweiss after a few days of abstinence, then I like to see all recent articles in one list without having to click through the categories. I have never actually used the categories.
      The invisible highlighting of texts sucks, too.
      The new design looks better, but looks aren't everything. I miss the functions of the old design.
      As I already stated in previous posts, I would really like to be able to rate comments.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
    • What do "ct" and "ff" mean?

    • @ Annie

      the pro israel groups on campus go to great lengths to place minorities in leadership positions within their college groups to represent them. using race as a calling card, whether as a troll, an advocate, an impersonator, or a as a way to defame, is calculated. just as recruiting christian zionists is calculated.

      And I bet that the supporters of affirmative action (reverse discrimination) totally fall for that. This makes sense because Zionism is reverse discrimination too. A minority rules over the majority.

      we’ve gotten many comment attempts of this variety at MW, they do not get thru moderation which is very time consuming. and sites who do not moderate become targets if they ever start getting traffic.

      I am ambivalent when it comes to moderation. On the one hand, I understand that it's necessary on this site. Without moderation Mondoweiss would be overrun by Zionist commenters and normal discussions would become impossible. On the other hand, moderation is very often used to silence non-mainstream voices. Moderation becomes censorship. Recently, there was a discussion on German TV about when negative criticism of Israel turns into anti-Semitism. You know, the usual crap. The live show was accompanied by an Internet chat, where viewers could post their opinions and questions. I wrote about a dozen comments, e.g. about how the Zionists misuse Jewish symbols and Jewish history. Only two of my comments made it through moderation. And one comment was shortened.
      I wrote: "Why isn't the actual root of the conflict mentioned on the show? Namely the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionists."
      Moderated version: "Why isn't the actual root of the conflict mentioned on the show?"
      Apparently, mentioning the Nakba was taboo. However, I saw that some other commenter managed to get his Nakba comment through moderation. So, I guess it depends on the respective moderator. A lot of commenters complained about the pro-Israel bias of the moderators. The chat was pointless, because one camp was almost entirely silenced.
      I have a suggestion regarding moderation: Only moderate the comments of new commenters or of commenters who are known for breaking the rules. When a commenter has achieved a certain number of decent comments in a row (e.g. 300 oder 500), let his comments pass automatically without moderation.

  • Amid fierce debate, members of German think tank take a stand on Gaza
    • WWII German guilt is a major reason for this.

      I don't think so. That's just a pretext the politicians use to silence the people. The actual reason is arms trade.

      According to a 2012 poll commissioned by German magazine Stern, 60% of Germans said that Germany had no special obligation to Israel. 33% believe that Germany has a special obligation to Israel.
      link to

      Here's a 2007 survey: link to
      Question: Do you think that nowadays we still need to feel guilty about Auschwitz?
      No. -> 74 %
      Yes. -> 20 %
      I don't know. -> 6 %

      So, clearly, German guilt is a myth. And it's very unlikely that politicians feel MORE guilt than the people.

    • Other nations, like the italians, french or greeks have huge demonstrations to fight for their rights, have you ever seen one in Germany?
      Yes, I did. For example, there were demonstrations for Snowden, for Gaza, for gay rights and also against gay rights. However, it's true that in France it's much more common that people take to the streets.
      Perhaps Germans believe that demonstrations are for the most part pointless because politicians ignore the will of the people anyway. Germans tend to be pessimistic. American-style optimism is seen as naive.
      Just take a look at this: link to
      According to a representative survey, 63% of Germans reject a delivery of arms to the Kurds. However, our government plans to do it anyway. Sigh. There is no hope.

      In my opinion the jews at MW fight more for the rights of the palestinians than all the german press together.
      The German press is not the German people. Western mainstream media, in general, don't fight for the rights of Palestinians.
      For Jews, fighting for Palestinian rights is much easier because it's harder to accuse them of anti-Semitism.

      What I find in this land...
      Where in Germany do you live?

    • I can understand the Germans being so reluctant and cautious to make any stand against Israel, considering the unfortunate history

      Really? I don't! If people understand that putting Jews into ghettos and slaughtering them is wrong, then these people must also understand that putting Palestinians into ghettos and slaughtering them is wrong too. That's only logical.
      Besides, by refusing to speak out against Israel (Zionists) because of German history (Jews), our politicans equate Jews with Zionists. If any anti-Zionist equated Jews with Zionists, our politicians would immediately accuse him of anti-Semitism. Total double standard: It's only anti-Semitic when anti-Zionists do it.
      So, don't let Germany (or Israel) get away with Zionism because of former Nazism. One doesn't excuse the other.

  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • "I could not fathom that the Jewish people… could do anything bad, and if they did they must have had a justification for it."

      I just read this article:
      How To Talk to a 10-Year-Old About Gaza
      link to

      Worse, people accuse Israel of a genocide. That hits home. My immediate reaction is to completely and utterly reject any possibility of truth. No Jew would or could ever do anything so horrible. A holocaust is the anti-jew.

    • I'm not sure I could bring myself to touch one.

      LOL. Same here.

  • Question for the American Jewish Establishment: Where does Zionism end and Judaism begin?
    • What happened when a German put an Israel flag on his car
      I'd like to share this report written by a pro-Israel German and published on a German-language Zionist website:

      Monday, 11th August 2014, Berlin-Neukölln
      For reasons of solidarity with the Jews who live in Germany and who were subject to anti-Semitic attacks over the last days and weeks, I put two small flags on my car. One German and one Israeli with the Star of David. That's how I drove to Neukölln to an appointment with my medical insurance company.
      I didn't only receive irritated looks but also insults while waiting at red lights, such as "Jew pig", "murderer", "motherfucker". I locked the car doors from inside. All in all, the occupants of three following cars filmed and photographed me. At a crosswalk, teenagers of Turkish or Arab descent spat on my car. If the traffic lights didn't turn green, they would have torn off my flag. In a street, I saw shops with "Free Palestine" T-shirts on the pavement. A note was attached, "10 EUR as donation for Gaza." Further shirts that show maps without Israel. Before I entered the building of my medical insurance company, I removed the flag from my car. [...] A further appointment in Kreuzberg. I avoided driving through the Kottbusser Tor because of the long waits at traffic lights. Fear.
      On the roadside, three Arab boys, between 10 and 12 years old. They stopped dead in their tracks and pointed at the flag. They berated me. One of them pointed at me and moved his other hand to his throat. I kept on driving. A man with a full beard stopped dead. Then he ran square to me and shouted, "You are dead!" The traffic lights turned green.
      I felt like in enemy territory. [...] Before I drove home, I stopped by a falafel shop. The owner greeted me with the words, "What kind of crap is that? Fuck off!" Okay. [...]
      When I arrived at home, I was angry, desperate, bewildered. I can simply drive home, remove the flag, and be a "neutral" German. But what about the Jews, the Israelis, who are threatened on a daily basis? They can't do that. How must it have been in 1933 when your home country turned into enemy territory?
      I suggest that everyone does this test or a similar test. Put on a kippah, wear a Star of David, or a black coat. And then you can experience the diversity, the dovishness, and the tolerance of Islam. Alone. Without protection.

      link to

    • Where did that happen?

      link to
      Attempted arson attack on synagogue in Wuppertal
      Incendiary material was put in front of the entrance of the synagogue. A resident called the police when she saw burning items in the street near the synagogue. Two of the three suspects were arrested. One is Palestinian, the other is Syrian. Furthermore, unknown persons wrote the slogan "Free Palestine" on the wall of the synagogue. Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jäger emphasised, "We must not tolerate anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in any form anywhere in our society."

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      Arrests in front of the synagogue in Essen
      On Facebook, there was an announcement of an attack on the synagogue in Essen. At the night the attack was supposed to happen, police arrested four men who arrived at the synagogue by car. 14 further suspects were arrested. Since mid-July, security measures for synagogues in the Ruhr area have been increased because of the pro-Israel and anti-Israel demonstrations. The policemen that guard the synagogue in Essen wear bullet-proof vests and carry submachine guns.

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      At night, a drunken man from Algeria shouted "race-baiting paroles" in front of the synagogue in Aachen. Police arrested him.

      In 2011, the German-Zionist website haOlam wrote about a "massive anti-Semitic attack" and a "picture of devastation". What had happened? The panelling of the wall in front of the synagogue in Stuttgart was damaged.
      Photos here: link to

      Ronan Farrow Daily 08/11/14
      Anti-Semitic attacks on the rise?
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    • Israeli Independence Day was celebrated side by side Purim and Pesach. American and Israeli flags where hung side by side in the synagogue

      It's the same in Germany. And then our politicians and media wonder why some pro-Palestinian people attack synagogues.

      I was handed the usual synagogue flyers and announcements, as well as six talking-points on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, such as Hezbollah hides behind civilians while Israel distributes leaflets to warn civilians before bombing. A prepaid postcard was also distributed, addressed to President George W. Bush, thanking him for supporting Israel.

      Wow! Incredible!

      I suppose you could say, the Jewish community ‘lost me’ on Israel. During that war in 2006, all the Jewish organizations I was involved with urged me to support the current policies of the Israeli government.

      During that war, historian Tamar Amar-Dahl decided to renounce her Israeli citizenship and to acquire German citizenship.

      “legitimate and illegitimate criticism of Israel”

      This is an abiding theme in German media, too. You know, because of "German history". By constantly asking how much negative criticism of Israel should be allowed in Germany, German media indirectly equate Jews with Israel and turn German Jews into Israelis.

      Hopefully the Jewish establishment will come to terms with their antiquated views about Israel.

      I certainly hope that, too. However, I wonder why there is so much focus on what non-Israeli Jews think about Israel. This sounds as if the discussion about Israel's crimes should only happen among Jews and non-Jews should shut up. As if our opinions don't matter.

  • How to respond to thoughtful people who can't help saying 'but Hamas'
  • Israeli soldiers carved Stars of David in homes in Gaza, report Blumenthal and Cohen
    • At the rate Israel commits war crimes, it may become as despised as the swastika.

      Yes. I already view the Star of David as a provocation. When I see it, I get aggressive inside. Because it reminds me of Israel's flag and Israel's crimes.

    • Some German dude has a political show on YouTube and he just did an interview with Max Blumenthal:

    • My concern is that we hold Americans to account on Islamophobia when they conflate murderous ideas of radical Islamists with Islam. We expect them to make a distinction between the religion and extremists who cite that religion.

      This is not comparable because the circumstances are totally different:
      Most Muslims are not terrorists, whereas most Jews are Zionists.
      The major Muslim organisations in Western countries distance themselves from Muslim terrorist groups, whereas the major Jewish organisations in Western countries defend the Jewish terrorist state.
      Western governments do not recognise Muslim terrorist groups as representatives of "the Muslim people". However, Western governments recognise Israel, refer to Israel as "the Jewish state", and frequently conflate Jews with Israel by claiming that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic.
      So, the difference between Muslims and terrorists is MUCH more obvious than the difference between Jews and Zionists. Therefore, I expect people to understand the difference between Muslims and terrorists. However, I am not willing to blame people for failing to see the difference between Jews and Zionists.

  • Accounts of Israeli war crimes in Khuza'a, Gaza pile up
    • Results of a survey in Germany about the Gaza war.
      (7th August 2014)

      "What should Germany do in the Gaza war?"
      69% - Stay out.
      10% - More support for Palestinians.
      6% - More support for Israel.

      "Who is to blame for the Gaza war?"
      64% - Israel and Hamas.
      15% - Israel.
      14% - Hamas.

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  • On the Frontiers of a Divided World: Reflections after the 2014 Helix Project
    • this program that offers students-Jewish and non-Jewish-an opportunity to learn
      How great that the program doesn't exclude non-Jews! Very much unlike Birthright.

      we face the reality of towns that were once 60-90% Jewish and are now 90-100% Polish, or Lithuanian, or Belarusian
      I find this phrasing quite problematic because it's like saying that Jews can't be Polish, or Lithuanian, or Belarusian.

      Standing on the site of the Warsaw ghetto, hearing Israeli Hebrew spoken around me, I thought about Gaza.

      The victory of the Zionist idea is a victory for the failure of belief in humanity, it is a complete victory for hopelessness. [...] If the dream of socialism becomes true, then there is no one to run from.
      So true!

  • Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site
  • US branch of the Jewish 'family' owes the homeland 'unconditional love' -- Rosner
  • Where you can donate to help Gaza -- Updated
    • Thanks. I will look at what amount is on my PayPal account and then make a donation to The Jerusalem Fund.

  • "There's nothing exceptional or heroic about a Jew standing against Zionism'
    • I remember the video with Lucas Koerner.

      I recognise the State of Israel, and its right to exist

      That's an empty statement. The problem isn't that a state called "Israel" exists. The problem is what kind of state it is, i.e. a Jewish (supremacist) state. Graham Hancock didn't write that he recognises Israel as a Jewish state. I have no idea if he left out "as a Jewish state" intentionally or unintentionally.

  • 'Dear American Jewish community, It's time to talk about Zionism'
    • Ronan Farrow Daily (08/01/14) praises liberal Zionism.
      Ezra Klein MSNBC policy analyst and editor in chief of and Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center, who’s advised six secretaries of state on the Middle East, join Ronan Farrow Daily to discuss the shifting attitudes toward Israel.
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  • 'The unity is stronger than ever': Report from historic march on Qalandia checkpoint in solidarity with Gaza
    • Interesting interview with Saeb Erekat on "All In with Chris Hayes" yesterday:
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      Chris says that he is very much in favour of a two-state solution. However, he wonders if there is still support for such a solution.

  • U.S. casts lonely vote against establishing war crimes inquiry in Gaza
    • All In With Chris Hayes 07/24/14
      Ted Cruz’s Israel opportunism
      With Cruz’s criticism of the FAA’s ban on flights to Israel, he’s seizing the opportunity to show the pro-Israel GOP base that he’s their guy.
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      Did a third intifada begin tonight?
      As the death toll continues to mount in Gaza, thousands of protesters marched from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli security forces. Chris Hayes talks with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, one of the founders of the Palestinian National Initiative party, and NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin.
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  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
    • RT: "Breaking the Set" hosted by Abby Martin
      Roots of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Who is Instigating Who? | Interview with Alison Weir
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      (particularly 7:50 to 10:15)

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