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  • Who knew! Israel almost started war with Hezbollah in 2015, IDF officer reveals at NY synagogue
    • "Most unrest in the Middle East is created by Israel to destabilise surrounding states so they become incapable of mounting attacks against Israel."

      Where do you morons get these conspiracy theories from? Yeah, 500,000 people are dead in Syria because, Jews.

    • No one's forcing you, and every one of your stupid comments suggests that you always gave more credence to antisemitic conspiracy sources like RT.

  • In full page NYT ad, liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel
  • Why I single out Israel
  • Why segregation is the single most important issue in Israel, and practical ways to confront it
    • "A person who’d be willing to bet would produce some verifiable stats. "

      Mine are perfectly verifiable. We have fewer African-American doctors in the United States as a percentage of population than Israel does Arab doctors. African-Americans make up 5% of American doctors, and African-Americans are 13% of the population. Palestinian-Israelis are around 20-21% of the population, and they represent 12.5% of the doctors in Israel.

      But there's more to the story. When you factor in the reality that female workforce participation remains the exception, rather than the rule, in the Arab Middle East, including Israel, it shrinks the gap considerably. In Israel, only about 20% of Palestinian women work, while in the United States, the female labor participation rate is about 60%.

      So in Israel, where most Arab women do not work, and the rate of labor participation amongst Jewish women is extremely high (66% in the haredi community and nearly 80% in the secular community), representation amongst Palestinian doctors is roughly commensurate with percentage of population.

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      “I am greeted with a lot of respect,” says Dr. Mahmoud Abo Salwook, an endocrinologist from the Arab village of Kafr Qassem who treats diabetes patients in the ultra-Orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak. He has worked for nine years in clinics in Jewish neighborhoods.

      Anti-Arab remarks from Jewish patients are rare, Dr. Abo Salwook says. “It’s an exception. They usually come from people who are uneducated and closed-minded,” he says. “I get a lot of nice feedback ­– I hear what patients tell the secretaries.”

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    • Lol. As if Lebanon had a choice as Syria's main border state.

      You're completely clueless, Annie. There is widespread discrimination of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

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    • Thanks for acknowledging, Annie, that there is no Arab country today where Jews may live equally.

    • Oh please. That is not a norm. I'd be willing to bet that there is statistically more segregation between Black and White expectant mothers in the US than there is between Arabs and Jews in Israeli hospitals. Not to mention statistically less Black doctors working in them. 12.5 percent of the doctors in Israel are Palestinian in a country where around 20% of the population is Palestinian. 5% of the American doctors are Black in a country where around 13% of the population is Black. Israel is almost certainly less segregated than the United States, which traps large segments of its Black communities in ghettos. #blacklivesmatter

    • Where is the Arab world today can Jews live as equal citizens with full rights without fear?

    • Annie will never admit the truth: the reason that the Lebanese have not extended citizenship to the Palestinians is the same reason the Syria's haven't. They hate the Palestinians. Much more than the Israeli ever will.

    • Endorsing egalitarianism really worked for Jews in Europe before World War II, didn't it?

    • Echinoccus. Another guy who believes that too many Jews in a neighborhood is a bad thing.

    • Israel is the least ethnoreligious segregated state in the Middle East. By very far. What's wrong with you people? Go to Iraq or Syria if you want to find . . . Oh wait. They already ethnically cleansed the Christians there.

    • "I too think that all but complete elimination was and is the intention.'

      Weird how the Palestinian population keeps growing.

  • Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country -- 'Forward' breaks an important story
    • "Although these leftists make up only a tiny percentage of Israelis"

      I.e., not many are leaving. And personally, I cannot stand social activists who navel gaze and lament their own impotence. If Meirav is failing, maybe she should, I don't know, try a different approach that doesn't entail condescending to the rest of the Israeli population.

      I know this site has a vested interest in playing up the idea of Israelis leaving Israel as if it were some deluge, but as of 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, Israel had a positive net migration rate of 1.68, which means that more people are moving to Israel than are leaving. That's higher than several Western states, including Belgium, France, Germany, Finland, and Iceland. None of these countries are involved in conflict of any kind.

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  • Syrian death tolls and the kinder gentler jihadists
    • Notice how it's always the fault of the US for Keith. It's not like Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Venezuela, or the DPRK are helping the Assadists in any way. Whatever is good for Bashar al-Assad, including killing thousands of Palestinian refugees who lived in his country's squalor to begin with, is good for Keith.

  • Months after saying he won't appear at Israeli foreign ministry events, Amos Oz will do just that in Paris
    • Sure. First of all, Mooser, Yoni is quite upfront about his hatred of Judaism. Second of all, you should listen to IDF combat veterans. Which of the 99% that are not like Yoni are you interested in listening to?

    • How is the left crushing liberal Zionism? Note:Angry comments on Mondoweiss aren't the same as crushing something.

    • Did you know this girl? I wonder if she also had Professor Dershowitz. She doesn't see to hate Judaism like you do, YoniFalic.

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    • Your sources? How do you have sources at Harvard? Where is it that you teach? She took one of his classes.

      She grew up in the US and she's given interviews in Hebrew, so it's obviously not "extremely limited."

      You sound like a very unhappy person, YoniFalic.

  • ADL took US cops to Israeli prison, occupied Hebron and settler winery during counter-terror seminar
  • 'Democracy' and 'terrorism' and the parameters of thinkable thought
    • So you expect me to take the view of an ivory tower linguist in Hartford more seriously than someone who lives in a place where his friends and family members have likely been targeted and attacked.

      I can see why he didn't much care for your radical political viewpoints. They're not very credible.

  • Let's talk about Russian influence
    • Hey lonely rico, you're a recent graduate student, right?

      Can you detail for me your work as an advocate for a boycott of Russia based on their illegal invasions of Georgia and Ukraine? You know that we've given Russia billions over the last couple of decades to deal with their aging nukes, right?

      Is there any movement afoot on your campus to boycott Russia?

    • "Last June the Liberty survivors had a memorial after nearly half a century; here’s a write up by an Israeli: The day Israel attacked America – The Unites States Navy most decorated ship (in a single action) "

      On a website that suggests that Noam Chomsky is an Israeli disinformation agent. Thanks, I'll pass. Keep digging that hole you're in.

    • "Not to pick specifically on Hophmi. His type are a dime a dozen. "

      Actually, Emory, I'd say your type is a nickel a dozen, especially in this space.

      "YES! All true and endlessly horrifying. RESIST! BREAK THE SILENCE! SPEAK THE TRUTH WITHOUT FEAR!"

      Use capital letters to sound more right!

      "OMG!!! Powerful states trying to project power onto their neighbors. Unheard of!!! "

      It's not unheard of. It's just the difference between democracy and dictatorship in these countries. But Mr. T, I'm not at all surprised that you prefer Russian-tinged dictatorship to Western-tinged democracy. You guys were never democrats.

      "That and the fact that it was part of Russia historically and the fact that it is the site of a key Russian strategic asset which it has a national interest in controlling it against a hostile Ukrainian government."

      It was part of Russia historically. See? You have no trouble using arguments like this when it's your friends. If it's Russia's historically, international law doesn't matter. Only the might of the Russian military does.

      This is another reason why I people like you have no credibility when you talk about international law. You couldn't care less about it.

      "{point and laugh} Everything’s the 1930’s with you, isn’t it."

      No, I just understand history. Big countries always use the kind of reasoning that Russia uses. We have to invade other states to protect our kind, whether they're Catholics, Protestants, Germans, Russians, Sunnis, Shiites . . .

      The common thread here is that you just hate the West and wish the USSR had never fallen. Most of the older people in radical left activist community fit into that category.

      "But the Zionists get to just take the land of Palestine that they think belong to the world’s Jews just because. Prince of hypocrites strikes again."

      Well, the international community recognizes Israel within the 1967 borders. It does not recognize Russian in Crimea. So when does the boycott of Russia begin? It would have a real impact if we all decided to stop buying Russian oil. Unlike the Israeli economy, the Russian economy is in pretty bad shape, and highly reliant on oil profits.

      "So, if Putin had gotten a couple lackey countries to go along, like the US did, then all would be fine?? "

      It would be different. The international community has long been moving toward decentralization anyway. NATO is a coalition of dozens of countries, most of which are democracies. Of course, that's not the same as a Security Council resolution (which is basically impossible to achieve to stop a genocide, and thus, the reason why the Security Council has lost legitimacy), but it tends to lend the action far more legitimacy.

      But actually, Russian does belong to an IGO that comprises the FSU states called the CIS. If Russian had CIS approval to invade Crimea and Georgia before it, I probably wouldn't oppose it because it would reflect the will of the entire region. But we all know that Russia had no such approval. It was Russia throwing its weight around.

      "LOL. If you don’t think that Russia and the West aren’t both equally to blame (to the extent that “blame” is even a viable concept to countries acting geopolitically according to their national interests) then you’re a sucker. "

      I'm not a sucker. I just give more weight to the United States than I do to Russia. The United States is a democracy with checks and balances. Russia is a dictatorship.

    • "totalitarian mindset."

      Keith is, as usual, projecting. Hey Keith! Russia and Syria are the countries with the totalitarian mindsets. I know that you have a hard time accepting that, because you seem never to have met a dictatorship you didn't like.

      Citizen, you can cite all of the silly articles you'd like from antisemites like GIlad Atzmon and his fellow travelers, like Mr. Polya, who thinks that we invaded Afghanistan because of the "Zionists," and it won't make you any more credible. You guys just cannot seem to stay away from the Holocaust-denial far-right websites. And the moderator keeps letting this garbage through.

    • "Let´s say that I am in the position of knowing the situation, both military and political, between Russia and the West."

      I say nothing of the sort unless you provide some proof of why I should believe that.

      " There is an army of ignorant individuals in the west who still doesn´t realize that the old SU is gone since 25 years, it fell apart into 16 individual countries!"

      I'm aware of basic history. I'm also aware that since that time, Russia has sought to create a sphere of influence in these states, and that Putin has long spoken of the importance of a strong central government and of re-establishing Russia's status as a major power.

      "Russia has less than 150 million inhabitants facing about a billion western citizens who have the mightiest military, the most sophisticated weapons, the most aggressive political institutions and the press. Yet there is not a single day goes by that we do not hear or read how dangerous and aggressive Russia and its leader Putin is"

      There are plenty of articles available that discuss the military prowess of the United States.

      "Putin annected the Crimea after its main naval base was in danger of falling into the hands of ukranian ultra right fascist bands, however only after good 80% of the population voted for it. "

      Sure, because invasion and annexation is totally ok as long as ethnic Russians live there. This is exactly the philosophy Nazi Germany used to annex the Sudetenland. It's not like we live in a world of nation-states. You sound like a Russian shill, dude.

      "We cry foul and demand a withdrawal, although the Crimea never belonged to Ukraina until Hrushchev decided to move borders illegally, without the consent of the High Soviet. "

      Yeah, yeah, old history, but frankly, we live in a world where there is plenty of history like this. Crimea is part of the Ukraine. Russia doesn't get to just take land that it thinks belongs to Russia just because.

      "We took the Kosovo from Serbia with force, after we bombed them for weeks, killing hundreds of civilians. According to our politicians and press it was legal and according to internantional laws, although that area belonged to the serbs for over a thousand years!"

      Paid shill alert. We invaded a country with a NATO coalition that was already responsible for one genocide to keep them from committing a second genocide.

      "We have angst of the russian military, yet is was the NATO who moved to the russian borders, (by the way breaking a silent agreement), have military exercises near to those borders, naval exercises on the Baltic and Black Sea. Russia has such exercises only on their own territory,"

      It's always the fault of the West. Russia's always blameless.

      "This is not to support Russia in any way"

      Come on. That's exactly what it is. We don't need you for this. We can watch RT if we want the Kremlin's POV.

    • War crimes in Chechnya. Threatening the stability of our allies in Europe through oil blackmail and pressuring of pro-Western leaders in FSU states. Killing thousands of innocent people in Syria. Selling nuclear technology to Iran. Russia is a dictatorship where dissenters are regularly murdered.

    • Yonah, it's not worth arguing with these people about the USS Liberty. There have been dozens of investigations of it, and none have found Israel culpable. These folks will never believe anything but the worst about Israelis no matter what you show them, because their main motivation isn't facts; it's hatred of Israelis and Jews.

    • Let's cut and paste our previous posts and complain endlessly about a small country that has little influence on world affairs, instead of my friends the Russians, the world's largest country with a population of 143m people that has the world's second largest nuclear arsenal, runs an antisemitic TV statiom, RT, that features Holocaust deniers, and is allied with Iran, a US enemy that is a chief state sponsor of terrorism.

      Clearly, the tiny state of Israel is more important than our Cold War and increasingly, our current enemy, Russia.

      Clearly, it's important for BDS activists to stand with Bashar al-Assad, continuing the tradition of standing up for genocidal dictators so long as they're opposed to Israel or the United States or both. Clearly, it's important to stand with Putin, another dictator, who killed tens of thousands of Muslims in Chechnya, acquiesced in the killing of hundreds of thousands more in Bosnia and Kosovo, and currently engaged in the killing of hundreds of thousands right now in Syria.

      But let's talk about Israel.

  • A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
    • If you're opposed to violence, then you can condemn Hamas and the Egyptian junta which Islam El-Shehaby represented at the Olympics.

    • Mooser! Take your medicine!

    • Ok, Mooser. Have no clue what you're smoking, but take that medicine; it'll keep you from hallucinating.

    • You're in the wrong place, jsinton. These folks are violent, and they believe in pursuing conflict everywhere. Most of them are privileged Westerners who think that nonviolence means advocating violence for people elsewhere in the world.

    • "It takes courage to follow one’s convictions and do the right thing, as Islam El-Shehaby did last week and will be seen as a hero in Egypt, and I’m sure to a good many outside of Egypt. "

      Yes, what a hero! 80m Egyptians live in a brutal dictatorship that imprisons dissidents and kills people left and right, and did this loser protest any of that? No. He was jerk who refused to shake the hand of a Jew.

      And you Marnie, are standing up for the same brutal dictatorship that El-Shehaby is.

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    • "Secondly, it delivers a potent message towards the rest of the world that Israel is not righteous and should never be tolerated by anyone with loyalties to humanity and justice. "

      Yeah, except that the message the rest of the world got is that athletes from Arab dictatorships are petty losers who care more about slighting Jews than fixing their own backward societies.

    • Yeah, lol. Egypt has about 12 times the population of Israel and it won three bronze medals. Definitely nothing to be afraid from the jewel of the Arab world, a dictatorship of 80m that oppresses religious minorities and shoots African migrants at the border.

    • "I would spit all over my hand first and ask him to shake that. "

      So you're a jerk. What else is new?

    • The world's 200 million Jews? There are 14-15 million, not 200 million.

      "This was an act of courage and resistance to a brutal . never ending occupation and violent human rights crimes against humanity. "

      LOL, from a brute idiot who comes from a dictatorship that he would never protest. You wonder why Arab countries are such a mess. It's because people like that guy are more interested in protesting Israel than in changing their own societies.

  • The omnipresent hawks-in-waiting of the Clinton administration
    • Funny how you can't just admit the truth - you stand with the butcher Bashar al-Assad.

      I guess it's ok when Muslims die, as long as they're murdered en masse by other Muslims.

  • Jill Stein defends BDS in CNN town hall
    • Sure Saudi citizens have a say. They could revolt. There's been plenty of polling. Most Saudi citizens fully support the racist, misogynistic policies of their regime.

    • And, yet another link to Rense, the Holocaust denial website.

      But it's anti-Zionism, not antisemitism, folks.

    • LOL. You're a joke, Citizen, just like this ridiculous antisemitic article. Yeah, Afghanistan and Iraq are "Zionist" wars and Zionists "subvert" America. It's anti-Zionism, folks, not antisemitism.

    • LOL. You mean Iraq? Here, here.

    • It's completely right. And you know it. Israel's a democracy. It's much easier to be an activist there than it is in places like Egypt or Saudi.

    • She's clueless. No one in the activist community is spending the time on Saudi Arabia and Egypt that they're spending on Israel.

      No one is talking about Egyptian and Saudi violations of human rights or international law.

  • The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism
    • "It’s time to let Judaism fall apart psychologically as a failed psychological paradigm which forces narcissistic defenses in the children - See more at: link to"

      Did the moderator actually let this antisemitic comment through?

      Must be anti-Zionist, right? What BS...

  • The breathtaking arrogance of Alan Dershowitz's 'advice' to Black Lives Matter
    • "Those of us that support Black Lives Matter are not particularly interested in anything that he—a serial bully, and heedless flinger of hurtful and grotesquely exaggerated epithets, sycophant to the rich and powerful and arch-apologist for Israel’s long and constant history of ethnic cleansing—says to us. "

      Be honest, Thomas. It has nothing to do with Alan's personality or history. You're not interested in any perspective that differs from your own.

  • Beinart calls anti-Zionists 'revolutionaries'
    • Marnie says, bizarrely, that because a nut stabbed people at a gay pride parade - a gay pride parade the that is held every year - Israel isn't gay-friendly. Great example of how you apply a special standard to Israel. Let me know when that first gay pride parade is held in Mecca. Or Cairo. Or Amman. Or Enable. Heck, let me know when ten gay people have a public meeting in one of these places.

      And Marnie, I do know a number of gay Israelis from across the political spectrum. All feel that Israel is a place where gay people can live freely and openly.

      As non-haters of Israel know, Israel is by far the most gender equal country in the Middle East, and one of the most gender-equal countries in the world.

      Marnie, you're very full of hate.

    • You're blaming the occupation for the failure of Palestinian society to integrate its women? What excuse are you using for the rest of the Middle East?

    • The Palestinians have plenty of weapons, which they've turned on the Israelis before, and they have plenty of well-armed benefactors in the regions who will willingness give them weapons, like Iran.

    • "when you know damn well gay palestinians are targeted for collaboration because they are gay"

      LOL. The only reason they're able to be targeted is because they face persecution in their own society. Here's a great idea: advocate civil rights protections in Palestinian society and say you'll boycott the Palestinians until they institute full gender and sexual equality, and then, at least according to your theory on the effectiveness of boycotts, the Israelis will have no one to target for collaboration.

      "and palestinian women are as fully integrated into palestinian society as jewish women are in israeli society."

      Based on what? According to the UNDP, in 2012, the female/male labor participation rate in Israel is around 84%, 19th in the world. In Palestine it's around 23%, good for 107th. link to

    • I think the label is silly. I don't see either group as revolutionary. BLM may have its radical wing, but I don't think that radical wing has majority support among people who identify with BLM. BDS supporters are not revolutionaries in any sense. They're often reactionaries, actually.

    • OK, Annie. Can you name another state in the region that is either liberal or democratic today? What's their excuse? Can you name another state in the region where there are comprehensive civil liberties protections, where gay people can live openly without fear, where women are fully integrated into the society and serve as its leaders, etc?

    • 1. It is not. The two-state solution has its basis in UNSC 242, a Chapter 7 resolution. Resolution 194 is a GA resolution and is non-binding.

      2. Here's the UN's partition plan map. The plan envisaged a Jewish state and an Arab state. That's what the UN envisaged. Two states, one for Jews, and one for Arabs.

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    • Your analogy with the 1850 compromise is an argument against a one-state solution, not a two-state solution. Just as the solution of combining within the same country the slave-owning South and the free North was ultimately unworkable and led to a bloodbath, a one-state solution would combine Israel, a liberal democratic state, and Palestine, a polity that is anything but liberal and democratic, would be unworkable and lead to a bloodbath.

    • There is nothing loaded about that charge. Kristian David Bailey himself went out of his way to describe BLM as a radical movement on Al Jazeera the other day, and anyone who read the M4BL platform could not possibly say with a straight face that BLM is just about "synchroniz[ing] police behavior within a legal system that already exists."

      The same is true for the anti-Zionists, who have endorsed the radical M4BL platform.

  • Chosen indeed: all 7 letters run by 'NYT' on Mideast article are by Jews
    • I spelled it wrong in six comments. Thanks, Keith, for correcting me. Unfortunately, your errors go way beyond spelling.

    • Oh please. There's one reason, and one reason only, why this happens. It happens when there are few letters from non-Jews. There are non-Jewish voices heard in the Times on this issue all the time.

      This post amounts to a conspiracy theory.

    • You have no clue what a modern campus is like if you think that antisemitism is perceived as the only important form of bigotry. It is exactly the opposite. It is rejected at every turn as a legitimate form of bigotry because Jews are perceived as white victims and because groups like SJP have cynically used campus racial strife to portray Jews as white and Palestinians as people of color, when neither is true.

  • Hundreds of Jews march for 'Black Lives Matter' in New York
  • Israeli settler leader, rejected by Brazil, gets warm welcome in New York
  • Sanders-backed candidate in FL says Wasserman Schultz won't 'protect' Israel
    • "Law professor Tim Canova, a 56-year-old Jew "

      Again referring to the religion of the candidate, and this time, it's not accurate. You're a pretty weak journalist, Phil, and a pretty weak human being too.

  • Black Lives Matter will defeat the Israel lobby (because the lobby can't debate reality)
    • You're very fanciful, Yakov. And very self-righteous and nasty. Nobody could possibly believe in BLM except on M4BL's terms. What BS.

      The price of this stupid, unfocused, retrograde platform, which ignores most of the challenges people of color face throughout the world, but lays on the leftist sloganeering, is that M4BL will hurt their ability to get anything done. They'll be like Occupy Wall Street, a lot of kids with anger and without a real program.

  • Jewish organizations' response to Black Lives Matter platform demonstrates inability to engage with reality in Israel
  • Israel lobby panics about 'spoiled' next generation of American leaders turning against it
    • JVP may well be the fastest growing organization on campus that has "Jewish" in its name. Whether there's anything Jewish about it is another question. It seems like basically a fig leaf for anti-Israel activists to say nasty things about Jews, which JVP Jews then validate, much like Jewish converts to Christianity validated Church antisemitism a few hundred years ago. There is literally nothing that JVP won't validate. They couldn't even bring themselves to issue criticism of Joy Karega, the Oberlin prof who posted antisemitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds on Facebook and blamed Israel for 9/11, and then refused to apology for it. They are the embodiment of the South Park joke about antisemitic Jews who support Haman. See the Jewbilee episode.

      Any rational analysis must conclude that JVP is ultimately inconsequential. Most Jews on campus join no organization. Most of those that do will join other organizations before they'll join JVP. And in terms of growth and clout, young Orthodox Jews are far outpacing JVP Jews.

  • Former AIPAC official says Israel should get no US aid without ending 'oppressive' settlements
  • Anti-occupation activists stand with Black Lives Matter as Jewish orgs attack movement over Israel criticisms
    • Is this a platform for BLM or a platform for some groups associated with BLM? Everyone seems to be conflating the two, even though major BLM leaders like Deray McKesson aren't part of it.

  • The 'New York Times' is dead set on marginalizing Jewish anti-Zionism
    • Did you get turned down for a job at the Times by a Jewish editor? I can't think of another reason for your ridiculous, racist-tinged critiques of the Times.

  • Meet the Palestinian volunteers on the frontline of Europe's refugee crisis
    • Lol. Israaid is one of the most active refugee aid organizations in the region. Just curious; do refugees want to come to Israel?

  • Clintonites knocked out platform references to 'occupation' and 'settlements' in fear of Adelson, Zogby says
    • Once again, a poll on whether a boycott is a legitimate tool is not at all the same thing as a poll supporting a boycott. According to the last poll like this, where you played up the result that a third of Americans saw a boycott as a legitimate tool, you ignored, of course, the finding that the vast majority of Americans found the idea of boycotting Israel to be antisemitic.

  • The sensitive Zionist -- a review of Natalie Portman's new film
    • Do you? I don't think that you do. I think that you view the Holocaust as a nuisance, and something that you'd rather not be reminded of.

  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • Another Mondoweissers supports an "America First" policy without any sense of irony. See what you're creating here, Phil?

    • Cue the Putin supporters. See, it's the West's fault that Ukrainians went out into the street to protest their pro-Putin leader. We should just let Russia retake Ukraine and re-establish the Soviet Union. That's clearly what you pine for. You stand for Assad as well.

      And you wonder why I laugh at you people when you claim to be "human rights activists."

    • I have little doubt that Phil supports dismantling NATO. Most on the radical left see NATO as an extension of American imperial power. Since the Cold War ended (and the radical left lost its ideological moorings), they've always taken Russia's side on this question; they opposed NATO intervention in Bosnia and Serbia (and were perfectly fine with letting a million Muslims die) and they're doing the same thing now by supporting the appeasement of Vladimir Putin. They also adopted his claim of Western "interference" in Ukraine and Georgia (read: they kept me from taking them over without opposition).

      The honest commentators here won't deny these positions. Between a world where America is a unipolar power and a multipolar one where Russia represses democracy throughout the FSU but serves to check Western power, they'll choose the latter, because they are not (and have never been) strong supporters of liberal democracy or democratic values elsewhere in the world, which they see as being the same as advancing Western imperialism.

    • I think that leftists have a bad track record when it comes to apologizing for Russia. And when it comes to apologizing for antisemitism.

  • Bible justifies rape in times of war, despite rabbis' efforts to spin or hide the teaching
    • I have no doubt that you find it highly relevant, Keith. And as usual, in a world where there are many, many scholars of Judaism, you continue to cite Israel Shahak, who was neither a scholar of Judaism nor a well-regarded author on the subject. We all know why. He says the nasty things for you.

    • Jonathan, do you really think that the readers at Mondoweiss care about the subtleties of this exegesis? this is your message, take it to the Orthodox community.

      I think you're doing to Jews exactly what Islamophobes do Muslims; you're suggesting that Orthodox Jews are fundamentally dishonest, and you're doing this in a forum already predisposed to believe the worst about Jews.

      That's pretty weak.

  • 'NYT' editors twist themselves into knots not to say the word 'Jewish'
    • Print it, Mooser. I'm proud of it, and it's true. That's why you obsessively link to it. Or drop the court jester act and tell me what part is wrong. The Middle East is a mess. Is it the fault of Israel? Is it the fault of the Jews? The owner of the Times is a secular assimilated Jew. Maybe it's his fault.

      Or is it because these societies are seriously ill, and, because some of them are fabulously wealthy, they export their illnesses elsewhere? And why is it that the radical left, whose compatriots are often the victims of these ill societies, apologize for them, remain silent, or adopt their diversionary tactic of blaming Israel for their problems?

    • Apparently, Phil is content to let the white supremacists answer for him.

    • Why is it necessary to repeat again and again the religion of the owner of the Times? What is the purpose? There's no evidence that it has anything to do with the Times' coverage of Israel anymore than Rupert Murdoch's Christianity has to do with the New York Post or Wall Street Journal's coverage.

      I'd like an explanation of that. C'mon, Phil, stop hiding behind your sycophants.

    • It is. Look at this piece, and all of the others in which Phil notes that the owner of the Times is Jewish, and suggests that it's not possible for Jews to cover the Middle East objectively. I've never seen him suggest that Christians cannot cover Europe objectively or that Muslims cannot cover the Middle East objectively.

  • Israeli rabbi who advocated rape of 'comely gentile women' during war becomes chief army rabbi
    • Mooser, that isn't remotely what I said, and you're being a super-jerk.

    • I think fake stories like this, which intentionally distort something a religious leader says in order to make it seem as if he means something that he doesn't, play into the Judaeophobic attitudes of people who want to believe the worst about Jews and Israelis in the exactly the same way as those who use decontextualized quotes from Islamic clerics or from the Qu'ran do so to smear Muslims and Islam.

      The passage in Deutoromony doesn't directly discuss rape; it's implied. It discusses what happens when a women is captured. In ancient cultures, that woman was usually enslaved. The Torah forces the captor to marry the woman or to release her. The thirty day period is for the woman to mourn her parents. Rashi, quoting the Midrash, suggested that the idea was that if she cried for 30 days, the captor, initially attracted by her appearance, would be repulsed by her appearance and release her.

      In the context of the time, the idea of not enslaving captive women against their will was progress.

      Jon S has a good answer to your question about Jews and assimilation. It was common in the ancient world for capturing armies to take women captive. Since Jews were sovereigns for a very short time in history, I doubt it happened very often, and it certainly would not have happened in Europe, because Jews were not sovereign in Europe.

    • Not sure what your deal is, Jonathan, but I'm guessing you're secular. If you knew the passage in question, you'd understand why Rabbi Qarim would talk about marriage. At the time of the Torah, it was common for soldiers to take enemy women captive and to then take them as wives. This was a practice the Torah frowned upon, precisely because the assumption was that the captive woman had been forced into the relationship.

      For that reason, the Torah decrees that a man who takes a woman captive must wait at least 30 days before marrying her, in the hope that he'll see the error of his ways and let her go.

      It is clear that Qarim is talking about the Torah here, and not about modern practice, and for anyone to claim otherwise is simply a complete lie.

  • As Dems vote against Palestine, Cornel West warns it is the 'Vietnam War' of our time
    • You're absolutely right, Blaine. Now, perhaps you can admit that the idea that BDS is Palestinian-led is a bit silly.

    • Yeah, Henry, I'm sure you'll do great calling out Barbara Lee for being insufficiently progressive. #fringeelement

    • "No, it’s the moral response to the moral outrage that is the creation of the Zionist state, one of the great crimes of the 20th Century. "

      It says a lot about you that in a Century that featured the Holocaust, the Killing Fields, Soviet repression, and countless other atrocities, you view the founding of a Jewish state as one of the great crimes of the 20th Century.

      "There was a time when it was only leveled against someone who just plain disliked or hated Jews."

      Actually, antisemitism is a philosophy that opposes the influence of Jews and Jewish culture in society. It's completely apropos to describe the paranoia that leads people to worry about the influence of Jews in secular society, or to put it as Keith does, "the Judaization of the elite," because, you see, when Jews are in a position of power, they're in a position of power as Jews, their influence is "Jewish," and they act in their own interest, rather than the interest of the countries they inhabit. That's how that philosophy goes.

      Some people here may find Keith's bluntness a step too far, but he really does a very good job at doing what Phil does in a less nice and even more offensive way. He takes the euphemisms out.

      "I am actually quite proud that you once labeled something I wrote antisemitic."

      I'm sure you are. I'm sure that you feel quite ennobled when you think you're in the right and someone else calls you on your bias and privilege.

      "When your JSIL experiment has run its bloody course I will be proud to point to that if anyone asks me how I stood on this issue."

      I certainly expect that you will, whether Jews are massacred in the process or not.

    • Replace BDS with Nazi, and Phyllis Benni's could have written the same article.

      Big kisses are always cast as victories among radical, who needs to tell themselves these things to keep the charade going.

      But their movement remains a moral outrage that most Americans view as antisemitic.

  • How Israel accidentally validated my activism
  • Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism
    • How about the Aboriginization of the Australian Elite? You need an explanation for that as well?

    • You really need an explanation for why the phrase "the Islamicization of the Imperial elite" is Islamophobic?

    • Even Phil, who writes about the proliferation of Jews in the Establishment, can, I think understand the obviously bigotry engendered in a term like Judaization of the elite, much as his writing seems like a dog whistle for bigots like Keith.

    • Keith was permitted to write about the "Judaization of the imperial elite" on a site that supposedly does not allow antisemitism.

      The moderators here must be very confused people


  • Israel's political crisis wouldn't be happening if not for violent Palestinian resistance
  • Elie Wiesel is Dead
  • Netanyahu's bloody incitement
    • That Iran is one of the world's most closed societies and persecutes minorities, so you have to take what official Jewish leaders in Iran say with a grain of salt?

    • One wonders what would happen if people didn't make stupid, offensive analogies.

      G-d bless.

  • Michael Oren, historian, gets US history wrong to score a propaganda point
  • Palestinian teen is killed after allegedly killing 13-year-old Jewish girl in settlement
    • "How about setting fire to a home while the family was sleeping inside, killing a baby and his entire family, and later celebrating that death at a wedding, pretending to stab the picture of the dead baby?"

      Yeah, how about it? How did Israeli society react to it when it happened? Did they dance in the streets and hand out candy to children?

    • Actually, MrT, it wasn't as much about context and motive as it was about fact.

      No one, including the UN factfinding mission, has ever seriously suggested that the Israelis killed the four boys on the beach on purpose. Almost immediately, the Israelis took responsibility, described the incident as an "unfortunate human tragedy," and conducted an investigation. Israelis didn't celebrate the deaths of the four boys and didn't hand out candy in honor of the soldier who bombed the beach. I'm sure you'll say that the Israelis celebrate their soldiers and it amounts to the same thing. It doesn't. I don't begrudge the Palestinians their right to celebrate soldiers in their own society. I do take issue with their celebration of death cultists whose declared aim is to murder as many Israeli civilians as possible.

      So I don't see the comparison with a terrorist who enters a house, cuts the throat of a child, and becomes a hero to his society for doing so.

      Palestinians are burdened by small coterie of crazy Western activists who offer silly excuses and even condone this kind of thing by calling it resistance as a way of whitewashing the act itself. It severely hurts their cause in the West, even among those who sympathize with the Palestinians. Most of us can understand that the Palestinians deserve a state and some justice, but we cannot understand the motivation of someone who reacts to oppression by slitting childrens' throats and a society that reacts by celebrating acts like these. Annie prefers to ignore the difficult details of how these acts are treated in Palestinian society. Why should she confront it? She's a ceramics artist on the Left Coast and it's someone else's daughter who was just murdered. So, so easy to just identified with your adopted oppressed group and ignore the details.

      I personally think that the context you'd like to explain, which is that this an attack on a settlement, is bogus. Palestinian terrorists have killed plenty of Israeli children who live nowhere near a settlement.

    • With all due respect, nobody gives a rats ass about context and motive when the act is the stabbing of a sleeping preteen in her bed, and nobody believes that, if given the opportunity, the same perpetrator wouldn't have stabbed another preteen in Tel Aviv.

  • The view from Gaza: 'The Turkish government has sold us out and wants us to be grateful'
  • Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead
    • Because, you see, Yonah, when you talk about antisemitism, anti-Jewish bigots with guilt complexs take it as personal criticism. For them, mentioning antisemitism is the same as being anti-Gentile.

      And of course, Yonah, don't you know that there were Jewish communists? That means that there couldn't possibly have been Russian antisemitism. Or at least that if that was any, it was either the fault of the Jews or really Jew-on-Jew violence. And let me tell you, Yonah, these Jewish communists - even though they were atheists who suppressed the religion of their own people - they were Jews, and they must be highlighted as Jews, Yonah. What do you mean you've never heard Keith discuss the Eastern Orthodox religion of the vast majority of the Russians?

    • You appear to feel that because the writer mentioned the length, location, and nature of the antisemitism that Jews experienced, the writer is "anti-gentile."


    • "Quite possibly true and not all that surprising considering Jewish Zionist influence on the doctrinal system in general and the media in particular."

      Typical antisemitic response from Keith. If it comes out his way, rest assured he'll celebrate the outcome. If it doesn't, he blames the Jews.

      Then he cites an article about antisemitism in a Seattle newspaper and calls it "anti-gentile," which is his term for any article that discusses antisemitism in historical perspective.

    • "Maybe try not lying to yourself, don’t get so upset, take a chill pill hops."

      I know you all love that video, but an afternoon convention crowd of die-hard party activists simply does not represent the majority of the party. As you can plainly see, the vast majority of the hall is empty. Honesty would require that you present the prime time videos from the same day, when the hall was packed, where Israel was mentioned repeatedly, and no one booed.

    • "source?"

      It's the same poll. 62% of those asked agreed the statement that "The movement to boycott Israel is a modern form of antisemitism because it seeks to harm the national homeland of the Jewish people."

      link to

      33% agree with statement "Boycotting Israel is justified." 24% say that they'd support actions that lead to boycotting Israel.

      81% of those polled define themselves as pro-Israel and 19% define themselves as anti-Israel.

      So I have no idea why the Democratic Party would endorse something that more than 3/4 of the country opposes in service of a cause than more than 4/5 of the country opposes, and slightly under 2/3 finds to amount to hate.

    • "She is a Zionist pawn" #noeuphemismshere

      "The Zionists have not given up on their dreams to destroy the Mullah regime and Clinton is their tool in this deadly endeavor."

      Clearly, no one else is against Iran, right? #excepttheentireSunniworld

      "She is not interested in the well-being of the man in the street because she is the servant of the military-industrial-financial-intelligence-congressional-media complex" #kitchensinkleftism

      "Forget about the politically meaningless platform and vote for the independent or the green candidate" #wasteyourvote

    • Oh the anger. The anger at finding out that you're not the mainstreamers that you think you are.

    • LOL. Why would the Democratic Party do that? 2/3 of the country thinks BDS is antisemitic. Why would the Democratic Party want to endorse a position that a supermajority thinks is hate speech?

    • "The us govt is bought and paid for and will forever be the bitch of the zionist enterprise."

      The Zionist enterprise controls everything right? #noeuphemismshere

      "In the end, they’ve been played on and the Palestinians are getting an all american F&#@ Y*@ from its next president."

      Maybe try not lying to yourselves about the amount of support your cause has and you won't be so upset when nothing happens.

  • Media accusations of blood libels -- against Abbas and Sanders -- amplify a Jewish tribal fantasy
    • "Seems a bit odd to call Hebrew the national language of the Jews when many Jews do not speak it, but do speak the national languages of the nations they live in and of which they are citizens."

      Will it be odd to call Arabic the national language of the Palestinians, even though Palestinian-Americans speak English?

    • "Was Abbas’s statement innocent or malicious?"

      It was stupid. That's what it was. The only stupider thing is for pro-Palestinian activists to apologize for it.

  • Democratic establishment wants to make Palestinians go poof in platform
    • But the pro-Israel community is not the community shutting down anti-Israel events. It's not invading gay spaces to shut down their events as happened at A Wider Bridge's event in Chicago. It's not asking everyone in the international community to prioritize their issue above all others and offering nothing in return. They're not using antisemitic language and phraseology and then using leftist Jews as a figleaf for their bigotry.

      No one likes the anti-Israel activist community. You're seen as bullies advancing a partisan, violent, nationalist political agenda while disingenuously cloaking yourselves in the language of human rights.

    • Yes,act like complete assholes, pro-Palestinian people! If there's anything that wins you friends, it's nasty and shrill screaming.

  • Smile -- it's the Upper West Side
  • Post Orlando, a Muslim's comment on homophobia within the Muslim community
    • "And Judaism’s exclusivity was off putting, especially after living in Hebron where Palestinians couldn’t walk on certain streets, drive cars and were subject to constant detention, harassment and violence simply because they were not Jewish. The violence in Hebron produced a visceral reaction; despite my Jewish heritage I wanted nothing to do with Judaism. "

      Right, so you converted to Islam, and you now pass nasty judgment on the religion that you were born into, just as Pablo Christiani and others did when they converted to Catholicism, just as some atheists who were born Jewish do.

      I'm just curious. You were born in the United States. You've obviously traveled. The Jews in Hebron number under 1,000 and they're extreme religious fanatics. Why on Earth would you take them as representative of Jews? Clearly, that's not the only reason you'd chuck the religion that you were born into to convert to Islam. There must be other reasons.

  • Marching in the spirit of Nakba
    • "From its first day of operation, the TOI has been a self-declared vehicle for improving the image of the State of Israel."

      Attack the messenger . . .

      "It has even published screeds that call to genocide non-Jews in the land of Israel"

      Pretend you don't know that anyone can blog at Times of Israel, without editing. . .

      "Despite the fact that the accusation that our English subtitles were inaccurate came from a disreputable source"

      Attack the messenger some more . . .

      "despite the fact that this accusation was worded in incredibly insulting language"

      Engage in ironic whining . . .

  • The naked racism of 'Save Jewish Jerusalem'
    • "I think that hophmi’s accusation is a perfect example of antigentilism and supremacism, because it implies that Gentiles can and some do hate Jews, but not a single Jew can and does hate Gentiles. "

      I said nothing of the sort. But it's not surprising that you distort what I say.

    • Annie, you're, as usual, completely distorting what I said.

      "no one here talks about this endlessly"

      The subject of Jewish animus toward non-Jews comes up frequently here. As usual, because you don't care, you're not sensitive to it.

      "off limits to suggest this in a mainstream forum"

      Are you seriously asserting that people can't post things like this on facebook? You must be kidding. Facebook is full of rhetoric like this. By the way, Palestine Info Center is Hamas, so congrats on being friendly with a terrorist organization whose charter says that jihad against Jews is a religious duty and accuses the Jews of being behind a whole host of historical events and of being the merchants of war.

      link to

      "you reserve the right to insinuate anti semitism is an innate permeating feature of our society (heck no it is not “exactly the same” as anti black bigotry so let’s all not pretend jews were enslaved in america for centuries)"

      It's an analogy. Do you understand how analogies work, Annie?

    • "hophmi really wants us to believe that there’s no prejudism or hatred against Nonjews as Nonjews, because that would be … antisemitic"

      Yeah, it is. It's the same as complaining about anti-white attitudes in the Black community. As many African-Americans will tell you, African-Americans can't really be racist because racism connotes power and structure relationships, so accusing Blacks of being anti-white is like blaming the victims and excusing the acts of the racist by suggesting that the bigot is entitled to hate because the target of hate is also bigoted.

      It's exactly the same thing here. Jews are a small minority and were persecuted for a millenia and more in Europe. It's perfectly natural that a few Jews may harbor resentment toward non-Jews because of that history. The vast, vast majority do not, of course. In this antisemitic space, people seem to think that a bias against Gentiles is somehow innate to Jews. So they talk about it endlessly, and the point is to suggest that Jews are responsible for the violence done to them. It's no surprise that the same people who harbor these bigoted views are the ones quickest to doubt that antisemitism is a real problem today and the ones quickest to suggest that the persecution Jews experienced in Europe was somehow routine or the fault of the Jews themselves.

    • Anti-Gentilism is an antisemitic trope. And that's all it is. It should not be permitted on a site that forbids antisemitism.

    • Just a reminder that none of you guys seem to speak Hebrew (, and that, again, you'll believe anything bad about Jews and Israelis. That's your bias.

    • Actually, all Avi did was point out that there were serious mistranslations in the video.

      link to

  • 'Politico' dares to publish Ehrenreich saying occupation fosters terrorism, and 'Camera' goes haywire
    • "Lol, hophmi, how lame! Charles Glass is an internationally respected journalist, documentary film-maker, publisher and consistent advocate of human rights. "

      LOL. Bret Stephens won the Pulitzer Prize. I'm guessing you're not going to appeal to authority with him like you're doing with Glass.

      How much has Glass written about the ethnic cleansing of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria?

    • Lol, good reviews? I see one review from the Star-Tribune and one review by Charles Glass, a longtime pro-Palestinian propagandist. If you're going to complain about who is assigned by the NY Times or the Washington Post to write certain reviews, you shouldn't cite Charles Glass.

  • American Jewish identity: Moving beyond 'love for Israel' and the Holocaust
    • "I would actually place Zionism as being worst than ISIS. "

      I have no doubt that you would. It doesn't matter.

      "In addition, one of the biggest, most influential Jewish organisation in the US, Jewish Voice for Peace"

      JVP is not large or particularly influential in the Jewish community. It is influential in the anti-Israel community because it provides non-Jews in that community with permission to say nasty things about the Jewish community. But one of the biggest, most influential in the Jewish community? Not so much. That doesn't mean that it won't change in the future, but right now, it's not so.

    • Oh, you keep seeing a stabbing ritual? You mean this one? link to

      I talk about shared ritual, and you jerks post an extremist video from some wedding. Yes, that's orthodox Judaism, right Annie? A bunch of people waving knives in the air. It's like talking about Muslim rituals and posting video of a suicide bombing. That's Islamophobia. You're practicing Judaeophobia.

    • "Zionism is to Judaism as ISIS is to Islam"

      Oh please. Mondoweiss rule #5: Zionism must always be compared to the most barbaric ideas known to man. What ridiculous nonsense.

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