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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.

      link to consumer.healthday.com

      link to csmonitor.com

      “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.”

      link to haaretz.com

    • 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.

      link to electronicintifada.net

    • 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.

      link to indexmundi.com

  • 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.

      link to today.law.harvard.edu

    • 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.

    • "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 mondoweiss.net"

      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 hdr.undp.org

    • 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.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • 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

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