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  • The 'Pallywood' smear: Viral images of Palestinian boy's brutalization brings backlash
    • Pallywood is the equivalent of Jewywood? Please. The Palestinians are not a religion or an ethnic group. They're a nationality. The equivalent term for the Israelis is hasbara, which you throw around here all the time.

      The reality is that this is all political theater, and that international activists do indeed encourage the kids not only to protest, but also to throw stones. (Followers of Gandian non-violence don't throw stones, by the way.) That's the problem with international activists - they not only call attention to the conflict; they take part in it and stoke it. And they do it from a position of privilege; if this were the US Army at an Iraqi checkpoint in 2005, Mohammed Tamimi would be dead right now. The Tamimi family has long used their children as tools for the their agenda, coaching them on what to say to journalists, and sending them out there to endanger their lives by throwing stones.

      The question is this: if Nabi Saleh wasn't saturated with journalists, would these encounters happen? Probably not. Why is Nabi Saleh saturated with journalists when, right next door to the West Bank, hundreds of thousands of people are dying in the world's bloodiest conflict? Because covering Nabi Saleh is much easier than covering just about any other place in the Middle East right now, including Syria, where Palestinians actually are dying in droves.

      You're also fooling yourself if you think that this video is going to have some long shelf life; the last Ahed Tamimi viral video is barely remembered today. Most people understand that there is a conflict in the Middle East, and that, unfortunately, that conflict hurts children on both sides, whether they are Mohammed Tamimi, or Daniel Traegerman, who never threw a single stone, and was murdered by mortar shell fired from Gaza.

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  • Obama and the Zionists
    • "eljay, hops keeps making this 40% claim."

      It's not my "claim." It's CRIF's statistics, which rely on hate crime stats from France's Interior Ministry. Here's a piece from a source that is not especially pro-Israel. The rate of antisemitism in France is 7 times what it was in the 1990's, and that's regardless of whether the conflict in the Middle East is hot or not.

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      "a country where the law allows recognized anti-racist associations to initiate criminal proceedings even when the public prosecutor declines to do so . "

      This has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the statistics.

      "nd what happens to people who make racist charges against jews in france? they have a private militia (JDL) that meters out retribution as they see fit."

      Do you have a SINGLE IOTA OF EVIDENCE to back up your ridiculous claim that the LDJ systematically takes revenge on people who make accusations against Jews in France? Even if you did, how on Earth is that a response to the fact that Jews in France are the victims of racist violence out of all proportion to their percentage of the French population?

      "of all incidents of violent crime in france, what percentage are jews the victims? do you know? – he doesn’t think it’s important"

      That's because the question is offensive, ridiculous, and completely beside the point.

      ", nor is he even curious.

      of course there is racism against jews in france"

      What? I'm not curious because it's an established fact that there is racism against Jews in France. They're 40% of the victims of hate crime violence! Antisemitic acts doubled from 423 to 851 from 2013 to 2014. Thousands of them are leaving the country every year! What the hell is wrong with you? Why is it that you think being pro-Palestinian means denying antisemitism?

    • "I believe that the solution to acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews is the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality."

      Are we anywhere close to this? No. We are not remotely close, and Jews should not have to wait until then and be asked to live as if this era was already upon us.

    • "Even as he protests that he loves Israel and will do nothing to damage the special relationship between the countries, the average American is getting to see a sickening spectacle, the political access granted to groups that only care about Israel’s security"

      Which average Americans watched the webcast and were sickened? Is there polling on this?

      "The State Department warned Roosevelt and Truman that setting up a Jewish state would lead to endless unrest in the Middle East"

      They did not predict that it would lead to endless unrest everywhere in the Middle East, and even if they had, the unrest throughout the Middle East is a legacy of British and French colonialism, not of the creation of Israel. Without the creation of Israel, do you know what we'd have? A bigger Jordan and a bigger Egypt, and no complaining about Palestinians.

      "How much of the turmoil in the Middle East is a result of Israel’s presence?"

      None of it.

      "I believe"

      You can believe what you want. The President has a difference of opinion with the Israelis on Iran. In just about every other way, the President has been deeply supportive.

      "I see Jews as empowered actors on the American stage."

      You have trouble dealing with anyone who isn't visibly downtrodden because you have a black and white view of the world. At the end of the day, whether Jews are "empowered" or not, and I think that this Iran deal has shown that they are not nearly as empowered as you've suggested they are, they remain a tiny minority. Jews are quite "empowered" in France, and yet, they're 40% of the victims of racist violence there. Jews in Sweden have been essentially forced out of Malmo, Sweden's second largest city. Throughout Europe today, Jews are advised not to walk around with their heads covered because it's dangerous. You've written nothing on this topic, and the followers of your blog have denied that there's a problem.

      Minorities are necessarily dependent on the good will of the majority to survive. Jews have learned from history that they can never depend completely on that majority for their survival.

  • Ben and Jerry won't tell you who's trying to kill Iran Deal
    • Not sure the $100 million number is correct. It's not sourced in the articles you linked. Jacob Kornbluh's article is the only one I've seen that makes the claim, and he hasn't provided a source for it.

  • U.S. is even more implicated in Israeli settlement project than we thought
    • "Wtf does it matter where these Americans are going?"

      Because there's a difference between places like Modi'in Illit, which is right near the Green Line and which most Palestinian leaders have no problem swapping out in the context of an agreement, and Kiryat Arba, which is in the middle of the West Bank.

    • No, Fritz, you're incorrect. Non-Jews would are the spouses of Jewish aliyot are eligible for citizenship through the Law of Return. Otherwise, non-Jews can and do apply for citizenship in Israel through naturalization. Citizenship is available to non-Jews who have been residents for three out of the previous five years.

      As far as the determination of who is a Jew for purposes of the Law of Return, it's not the Rabbinate, but the Jewish Agency who makes the recommendation, where it is acted upon by the Interior Ministry. The requirement is simply a letter from a congregational rabbi. The rules are liberal, and meant to mirror Nuremberg Laws, which classified as a targeted Jew anyone with a Jewish grandparent; the idea is to provide protection for the same class.

      Most of the issues olim have with the Rabbinate occur with regard to issues handled by the rabbinate, such as marriage, but not to citizenship. This is beginning to change in Israel, as more and more people, including Modern Orthodox Jews, bypass the rabbinate.

    • That is not why there is a strong Azeri-Israeli connection, Piotr. There is a strong Azeri-Israeli connection for many reasons, including the fact that Azerbaijan has a large Jewish population that has been treated exceptionally well by the Muslim majority in Azerbaijan.

    • Nah, you're just uninformed. The Israeli rabbinate's rules on conversion have nothing to do with who is accorded citizenship. All that is required is a Jewish grandparent, or marriage to someone with a Jewish grandparent.

    • I'd like to see the breakdown in her numbers in terms of which settlements Americans are going to.

      As far as American settlers coming from an idealist left-wing background: that may have been true a generation ago, but it's hard for me to believe that that remains the case. Most of the people I know who are making aliyah from the United States today are Modern Orthodox. They usually make aliyah either at the end of high school or college, or they are make aliyah when they are young families. Single people often go to West Jerusalem neighborhoods, and they span the political spectrum; I know a few who are left-wing social activists. As far as the young families, while there is an ideological bent to their aliyah, they tend to be motivated more by the high cost of living in the United States, especially by day school tuition. Many of them are moving to places like Modi'in. Meirav Zonszein complained about these American aliyot; American aliyot have helped to make the cost of living in Israel unaffordable for many Israelis. link to

      If Phil Weiss wanted to reduce the flow of young American orthodox Jews to Israel, he'd propose a workable education plan; day school tuition today is probably the biggest motivator of aliyah among young Modern Orthodox families. And no, calling for people to assimilate isn't going to cut it.

  • Israeli minister says IDF should have fired on unarmed Palestinian protesters for humiliating a soldier
  • NY's Center for Jewish History to host Ayelet 'Little Snakes' Shaked in conversation with Bret 'Hiroshima' Stephens
    • You could display an iota of honesty and journalistic ethics and mention that she's coming as part of an exhibition at CJH on Shmita to discuss Israel's approach to the Shmita year, and not to discuss her political activism.

      You could also do some background research, which would enable you to learn that CJH is actually five separate institutions, one of which is Yeshiva University's Museum, and that it's that institution that is bringing her to speak.

      You're not interested in seeing any antidote. You just want another platform for Max Blumenthal, who has more than enough platforms to spout his vitriol about how Jews and Nazis are the same without being given another one within the Jewish community.

      And despite what you say, Walt and Mearsheimer's antisemitism isn't mainstreamed, not remotely. If it were, you wouldn't devote post after post on this blog to raising BS complaints about the New York Times.

  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
    • "and he wonders why we don’t believe 40% of the racism in france comes from anti semites."

      Who said that 40% of the racism in France came from antisemites? I said Jews were 40% of the victims of violent racist incidents, not that 40% of the racism in France came from antisemites.

      It really makes no difference whether you choose to believe in reality; reality doesn't care.

      It does make a difference when people of privilege have trouble seeing the difference between their concerns and the concerns of people who are part of a small minority. That's a serious problem with some here. As I've said before, it's really not that different from what the Catholic Church used to do with Jewish converts to Catholicism, using them as the most strident critics of other Jews. The same thing happens with the African-American community; conservatives love to celebrate Black people who sound white and take positions against affirmative action (see Connerly and McWhorter). So, yes, Jews have many reasons to be cautious when division exists in our community not because disagreements are inherently bad, but because there are lot of bad people out there who would like nothing more than to exploit them for their own purposes, whether they are partisan people who confront inconvenient statistics by disbelieving them, or evil people who simply which the Jewish community ill.

    • Oh please. The way antisemites like you react is the reason Jews get uneasy when there are public disagreement. Vultures like you exist to exploit those divisions.

  • Why did a Jewish Day School student cry hysterically when she learned about the Deir Yassin massacre?
    • Not when he reads it out of context, he isn't. Do me a favor, before you respond, actually read what I write.

    • "A Holocaust survivor is someone and -only – someone who was in the camps and who lived through it. Period."

      OK. I think you're very wrong. We wouldn't refer to a survivor of the Rwandan genocide as only people who survived machete attacks. The category encompasses Hutus who were in Rwanda at the time of the genocide, because they were the targets. And that's because the event caused them to behave in survival mode - to hide, to smuggle food, perhaps to join an underground movement, perhaps to watch as others, including close family members, were murdered or taken away, and maybe most damaging of all, to feel the guilt that survivors often feel for being alive when those close to them were killed. All this was part of the experience of Jews living in Nazi-occupied lands who were not in concentration camps or death camps.

      Of course, the experiences of those who were in the camps are incomparably worse, as books like Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz illustrate.

      "I don’t know one Jewish person I have ever met in my life in any capacity, even for a fairly minimal length of time who has ever 1) not brought it up and made the claim or 2) waited for the topic to come up and if it did, say, “I really don’t know,” or “No one in my family was was in a camp”. or “All my family had already emigrated to the US.”

      I don't even know what to do with a statement like this, it's almost beyond ridicule. I have met very many Jews in my life, and with the vast majority of them, I have not discussed their family's experience during the Holocaust, and with those I have had such a discussion with, I've come across plenty whose families were in the United States before the war, including myself and my wife. I don't know who you hang out with, but if you think that Jews are eager to claim that they lost family members in the Shoah, to the point that they'd lie about it, you are very, very much mistaken, sir.

      It is true that most Jews who came to the United States from Poland, where 91% of the 3 million Jews died during the Shoah, are likely to have relatives who died, though they may be cousins, rather than direct relatives, depending on when they came. That's just the way it is.

      It is really rather obscene, however, to suggest that Jews would lie about having relatives who died in the Holocaust, and frankly, I think it's a form of Holocaust denial and should not appear here.

    • "The children of survivors weren’t there. It wasn’t their experience. Their parents aand grandparents were/are the victims."

      Really. So what is your experience with the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors that you're able to opine on how they feel and what they experience? Have you read the literature? I grew up with a number of the grandchildren and know some of the children. You think that when someone is asked to shovel a dead body into an oven, or watches his friends die of starvation, or watches children marched into a gas chamber, or goes through living in a Nazi ghetto, that it doesn't have an effect on the way they raise their children?

      Mooser: a Holocaust survivor is generally defined as any Jew who lived for any period of time in a country that was ruled by the Nazis or their allies.

      Keith: Goldberg is not a sociologist. He's a journalist. And journalists are not great with statistics. This is one example.

      An analysis of pretty much the same studies Goldberg uses suggests that Jews in the 1980s were worried about future antisemitism, because at that time, while antisemitic attitudes were down, antisemitic incidents had risen. They also note that the statistics have to be taken in context; the statistics show that Jews worry about antisemitism, and not that they think that there is a great deal of antisemitism. Antisemitism was certainly not at the top of the list of concerns for most Jews; most ranked church-state issues higher.

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      "but have no compunction about trotting it out at a moment’s notice to counter any and all criticism of current Israeli government policy or actions."

      Nonsense. Jews do not "trot out" the Holocaust to counter criticism of the Israeli government and its actions. But if that bothers you, then maybe you should criticize the far more common practice of anti-Israel activists trotting out the Holocaust to justify their critiques of Israel.

    • "And when a group of Americans regards themselves as a separate 'us'"

      So, RoHa has a problem with every minority group in the United States, since they all speak collectively,

      "with a history that is not only distinct from that of other Americans"

      So, RoHa isn't reading, because I clearly linked the history of the Holocaust to American history, which includes World War II, participation in liberation of concentration camps, and the experiences of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the United States,

      "and peddled in the service of a foreign country"

      Nonsense, since the only people who believe that Holocaust survivors who tell their stories are doing so in the "service of a foreign country" are bigots,

      "I am inclined to think that this is the sort of behaviour that will give other Americans a poor impression of the group"

      Something which heretofore hasn't happened.

    • "Hold on, there. Aren’t these supposed to be Americans speaking? If so, why is just one (distorted) bit of European history “theirs”?"

      Because a lot of these kids have grandparents who are Holocaust survivors, maybe. Or maybe their grandparents were Americans who helped liberate the camps. Or maybe the lesson many Jews took from the Holocaust and legacy of European persecution is that Jews are never completely safe as a minorities, even post-Enlightenment.

      Go on, RoHa. You've wondered out loud many times whether Jews in Europe should be held responsible for their own persecution. It's no secret.

    • The premise is misleading. There are many American Jews who were Holocaust survivors, and many more whose parents were, so the notion that American Jews experienced the Holocaust vicariously is just utterly, completely wrong. As of 1990, eight percent of American Jews were either survivors or children of survivors (the number obviously diminishes as time goes on), and close to 30 percent of those children suffered depression or PTSD during their lives.

      Survivors also tend to come disproportionately from the religious Jewish community, which is the community most likely to send their kids to day school.

      Nevertheless, the notion that it is at the center of American Jewish identity is also completely incorrect. I went to day school just like the kids in the documentary. We certainly did commemorate the Holocaust, which for many, if not most, of us meant commemorating an event that took the lives of our direct descendants. But it was not at the "center" of our education.

      Like a lot of collectively-experienced traumatic events, there's always a school of people who push for deemphasis in order to avoid a communal focus on victimhood. I frankly think the notion that Jews focus overmuch on victimhood is silly; we don't sit around discussing the Holocaust all day, and as I and other here have shown many times, the reaction of most young Jews to the collective memory of the Holocaust is to engage in general social activism, Tikkun Olam. But I wonder whether people here would ever dare to tell African-Americans not to talk so much about Jim Crow, segregation and slavery, since it's "the past," and since it cultivates a victimhood culture. I frankly doubt it, though it's a conservative trope and we hear it all the time. I certainly wouldn't.

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    • I can, unlike most here, admit when my own community is doing something wrong. When it comes to Israel education, most Jewish secondary schools do not take an academic approach to the conflict.

      If you believe, however, that it's any different in the Muslim community, you are either truly fooling yourselves.

    • "The reason for this is simple – it’s an absurd claim."

      It's actually not absurd at all. It's common sense. Why would it be surprising? Palestine is one of the most important issues in the Muslim community. Why wouldn't they teach their kids to be active on the subject? Maybe next you'll tell me that Imams never talk about Palestine in their sermons.

      "Palestine is not a mere Muslim issue"

      No one said it was, but for Muslims, it clearly holds a special significance. I'm not sure why you would deny that.

      "Being an activist for Palestine is siding with an oppressed disenfranchised people trying to resist being wiped out from history."

      Right, I get that think your side is right is that the other side is wrong. That's sort of the point. Real education means teaching complexity, rather than indoctrination. Clearly, you think that the right path is to indoctrinate students to be activists for Palestine.

    • It's informative and largely accurate. Now tell me when Muslim day schools are making their documentary about how they were educated to be activists for Palestine. Because exactly the same thing happens there. But I doubt you'll write about it.

  • Calling Herzog and liberal Zionism ‘racist,’ Gideon Levy instigates a reckoning
    • "[Levy] wants the Jewish minority between the Jordan and the sea to be swallowed up by the Arab majority, so that after 67 years we turn the lights out on the state…
      And if the Islamic State decided to run for the parliament of Isra-stan, then what? One man, one vote? Why not? If we’re talking democracy, then democracy all the way, no?
      That doesn’t sound like a captivating idea or vision that sparks the imagination. It’s the dream of the messianic right wing and [Hamas leader Ismail] Haniyeh.
      What Gideon Levy proposes is not hope. Which sane Israeli would choose to live in a state with an Arab majority?"

      So lovely for you to be able to stand back from a position of privilege and call statements like this racist when the truth is, Matthew, that you wouldn't live in a state with an Arab majority either, particularly if that Arab majority was represented by a party dedicated to the murder of Jews. If I've said anything incorrect, Matthew, let me know by affirming that you would, in fact, live in an Arab majority state as a Jewish minority. Perhaps you can signify your willingness to do so by moving to a state with an Arab majority. Let me know when you have your bags packed. What? You're not leaving the United States? But I thought you were so eager to live in a state with an Arab majority. Guess you're just a racist.

      In Europe today, people can't seem to live with an Arab minority of 5 or 10 percent. That small minority has led to the rise of the far-right in Europe, and policies meant to keep out a few hundred thousand migrant refugees from the Middle East; I hear Hungary is building a wall and that a few dozen refugees died in truck in Austria yesterday. We'll see if that gets 1/10th the coverage Israel's treatment of African refugees gets here. In the United States, the Republican frontrunner speaks about expelling 11 million brown people from the United States, or about 3% of the US population. Even the Democratic Party here can't seem to find it in their hearts to just do the easiest and most commonsense thing - have a general amnesty and get these people on the books.

  • A year after Shipman lost his Yale job for speaking out on Israel's actions, some Jews say the same thing
    • "The fact that so many Jews can address this question without any career damage, and it’s kryptonite for a non-Jewish clergyman (of considerable experience and gravity) is a sad reflection on the American discourse. In fact, it’s a form of ethnic discrimination. And it’s unfair. It’s one thing if only members of a persecuted minority get to comment on that minority; I understand that ancient prohibition. But when you have power– a lot, I say; or a “modicum of power,” as Foxman says — then you should be able to take some criticism."

      You're simply incorrect on this. Jews don't have "a lot" of power as a community, and even if they did, their situation is completely different from that of a majority with power. Jews constitute roughly one-fifth of one percent of the world's population. Muslims and Christians each constitute over 20 percent of the world's population. Surely, both have far more power than Jews do.

      In the United States, Jews are less than two percent of the population. In France, they're less than one percent. In Great Britain, they're roughly three-tenths of the percent of the population. Criticism of the kind you level leads, rather directly, to violence against Jews in those countries, regardless of what power they have; in France, Jews are the victims of 40 percent of racist crimes in France, 40 times their proportion of the population. Criticism of Jews as "too powerful," an old antisemitic trope, will also lead to violence against them here.

      Real human rights activists would speak out against these outrages. Here, they're denied.

  • Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel clarifies position on campaign to cancel Matisyahu show
    • Still waiting for that list of Rototom performers whose political affiliations were examined and who were asked to sign statements regarding their political views. There isn't one.

      This is a defense of antisemitism, pure and simple. And it will hurt the BDS movement in a major way.

  • Videos: 'Vanity Fair' story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart
    • Actually, it isn't. Communal organizations work differently in Europe than they do in the US. Like other countries in Europe, Frnace funds religious and communal institutions. So CRIF has an interest in muting criticism of the state.

    • I have no idea, but why don't you explain to me why it's relevant? Jews are 1 percent of the population and 40% of the victims of the racist violence. That should shock you, rather than inspire you to ask non-sequitor questions.

    • "When you lie about people, slander them, make accusations against them (and others) that are exagerated or untrue, and diminish the sufferings of others, don’t expect people to like (or trust) you."

      When you write stupid things about how Jews couldn't be experiencing antisemitism because they look like other French people, don't expect to be taken seriously anywhere else except Mondoweiss.

    • "The vast majority of those Jews who leave are immigrants from North Africa and their children."

      Yeah, I think I've said that many times. The Jews from North Africa didn't arrive in France yesterday. They've been there for a long time. So the notion that they are leaving because they "don't feel European" is extraordinarily offensive.

      The North African Jews also happen to be the Jews who are most likely to attend Jewish schools and synagogues in France and also the ones most likely to live in or near Arab communities in France.

      "Looking at a bunch of kids walking home from school, how can anyone determine which kids are Jewish and which kids are goyim?"

      Maybe they wear kippot. Maybe they're the ones leaving school. Maybe they have a mezuzah on their door. Maybe they live in the same community as Muslims, and their attackers know they're Jewish, in the same way people in Vichy France knew which people to turn over to the Nazis. Maybe the attack is on a Jewish institution, like the Molotov cocktail that was thrown at the synagogue in Garges-Lès-Gonesse. You said the same thing before. Do you think Jews in France are making all of these attacks up? Do you think that it's all just a big coincidence? What on Earth is your point?

      I read the Guardian article that you linked to. It's true enough to say that people leave France for multiple reasons, but you've got your head up your behind if you think that there's no correlation between the huge rise in antisemitic incidents in France and rise in emigration. The linkage is really very clear. Tens of thousands of people don't suddenly leave a country like France over the economy.

      "of all incidents of violent crime in france, what percentage are jews the victims? do you know?"

      The statistic I cited are violent crimes. Jews are the victims of 40% of the violent racist attacks in France. Read the article I linked to.

      "i’m not really in the mood to focus on his obsession. he’s never going to consider any agency for anyone in the jewish community (in france or israel or anything) for any of the racist violence going on. ever."

      So, let me get this straight. According to you, because a few JDL thugs chanted racist slogans, Jews are responsible for the fact that they're experiencing 40% of the racist attacks in France. Do I have that right? And the 40% isn't the Jewish community's number. It's France's number.

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      You go on and on about the JDL, known in France as LDJ. According to the numbers I've seen, there have been 115 violent incidents involving LDJ members since 2001, mostly vigilante responses to antisemitic incidents. But of course, still completely wrong and deplorable.

      That would work out to an average of about eight a year, or less than 1/6 the violent racist incidents Jews experienced in 2014 alone. So I have no problem at all acknowledging LDJ or the horrible things they do, but it's not the main story here.

      As far as your changing the subject to the IDF, it's typical enough that you'd hold European Jews hostage to your views on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. That's your moral cowardice.

    • " but i think it’s very possible (if not probable) that the ones who are leaving may just not feel that european or may feel out of place. "

      Yeah, that's why. It couldn't possibly be the fact that their neighborhoods have become unsafe places to live. No, it's just because they just don't feel very European. Suddenly, tens of thousands of people from families who have been in France for decades, including nearly 7,000 in 2014 alone just leave France because they "don't feel European." Amazingly enough, the number of those leaving seems to go up as antisemitic violence goes up. Do you ever listen to yourself, Annie? Do you realize how stupid you sound and how offensive you are?

      Maybe, just maybe, it's because Jews are the victims of 40% of the racist incidents in France. Maybe's it's because they're afraid their children aren't going to come home from school alive. Maybe you should stop living in denial.

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    • "You are completely callous regarding the French lives that were lost, unless those French lives were Jewish lives."

      Oh please. Give me a break. No one is ignoring the fact that other French lives have been lost or that Mohammed Merah killed other people before killing Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi in Toulouse. We're talking about antisemitism here. Is it supposed to change reality somehow if Merah attacked Jewish schoolchildren allegedly because he couldn't find a soldier to kill? The man shot three Jewish children at point blank range, including one as he crawled away on the ground. Are you honestly trying to tell me that he attacked the school by coincidence. Yeah, it's all a big coincidence. Toulouse is a coincidence. Hyper Cacher is a coincidence.

      You're unable to accept the reality of antisemitism in France.

    • Froggy, maybe you should stay silent, since the last time you got involved on this issue, you made a giant fool of yourself by claiming that the North African French Jews who were leaving were "Maghribis" who didn't want to be "French" (both antisemitic and racist at the same time), link to

    • The same people, included the Jewish Establishment in France, which is supine and beholden to the French government, denied that France had an antisemitism problem when Marie Brenner first wrote about it in 2002. They were wrong then, and they're wrong now. What you don't understand is that there are really two Jewish communities in France. One is the official community as represented by CRIF, a group of highly assimilated Jews who are interested in preserving their close connections with the French government, and the other is the North African community, which actually has experienced most of the antisemitism because they live in the banlieues alongside poor North African Muslims. It's primarily Jews from the North African community who are leaving.

      Brenner's source for a lot of this is Sammy Ghozlan, a North African immigrant who was also featured in her 2002 article. Ghozlan runs an organization that actually records antisemitic incidents.

      Do an image search for hypercacher and quenelle, and you'll find pictures of people standing in front of the market sticking up their middle finger with the caption, "Allahu Akbar," and another with a picture of the ISIS flag.

      The quenelle has also been performed in front of the Toulouse school where several Jewish children and a rabbi were murdered in 2012. link to

      There are, to date, zero instances of Jews from the JDL or any other Jewish organization in France, killing Muslims, and precious few of Jews attacking Muslims in any way. The story in France is crystal clear. It's the Jews who have security issues, not the Muslims.

      You've either been completely silent here on French antisemitism, or, when the subject has been raised, you've questioned every account. It's just another example of your callousness toward the lives of Jews in Europe.

      In any event, even if activists like you are too cowardly to do anything about it, the French government seems finally to have gotten the message (of course, it took terrorist attacks targeting French citizens, rather than just Jews for it to happen, but better late than never).

  • How my return to Zimbabwe redoubled my enthusiasm for BDS in Israel/Palestine
    • It is not an exaggeration. And your over-the-top attempt to suggest otherwise is indicative of your lack of care for the lives of Israelis. You don't pay attention unless and until people die. Perhaps more Israelis need to die for you to care. It would explain the support here for Hamas.

    • How callous people here are to refer to the murders of thousands of people as "superhuman restraint." Wonder what the Palestinians have to do to be human to all of you, or to show non-restraint.

    • "Wikipedia offers a summary total of 804 killed in the entire history of suicide bombings (which of course included foreigners and non-Jews) and a summary total of 33 killed from rocket attacks in their entire history (which again includes non-Jews) so Hophmi again exaggerates more than ten-fold."

      I said thousands, and it is no exaggeration. The Palestinians successfully murdered well over 800 people, but they've attempted to murder many times that number. James North apparently thinks that these murders are an example of "superhuman restraint."

      And although others died (including non-Israelis), the dead were overwhelmingly Jews, and Jews were (and are) the target. So let's cut the BS about that.

    • "I do know that the Palestinian people have demonstrated superhuman restraint in their fight for freedom."

      LOL. Killing thousands of Jews with suicide bombs and firing rockets into Israeli civilian areas is "superhuman restraint"? What does it look like without superhuman restraint, James? Are the Palestinians other than human for you, James?

      You seem dedicated to be the stereotype of a Westerner who thinks that it's his business to be more radical than the radicals he apologizes for.

  • Beinart's fear of 'Israstine'
    • Constitutions don't usually talk about borders, but since Constitutions have to be ratified, why wouldn't Palestinians be entitled to contribute and vote on it as they do with other questions in Israeli society?

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