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  • On sixth Friday of Gaza protests, Israeli snipers shoot 70, but kill none
    • Amazing accuracy indeed! Telescopic rifles, within a couple of hundred metres. Like shooting fish in a barrel of water. I think the negative public relations you are getting throughout the rest of the world, even from Jewish Americans (JVP for example) might have something to do with it. Your "soldiers?" are within hearing distance of the unarmed Palestinians. Wow! A real shooting gallery.
      PS: I'm an 81-year old Canadian who has plans on visiting Jerusalem next year to protest the Jewish Israeli apartheid government. Are you going to shoot me too?

  • Israeli snipers shoot 6 Palestinian journalists, killing one--making international headlines
    • After about 15 Gazans had been killed and very little mentioned of it in the local (British Columbia, Canada) papers, I wrote a letter to the editors within my region with an explanation of the situation. When I asked why it wasn't printed (and I don't normally have a problem with that), I was told that the topic was too "sensitive." These papers are not owned by the big three or four (Blackstone Press, etc.), so that wasn't the reason. So, I sent the same letter to a paper in the center of evangelical supporters for Zionism in the province of Alberta (which is a real centre for evangelicals) and it was printed there without question.
      We are as unfortunate as are the Americans who have a president that is an Israeli supporter, as our present Prime Minister also kow-tows to Yahoo as if he is some sort of demi-god.

    • I have a DVD video that was made by some Israeli photographers that were caught inside Gaza during the war and couldn't get out. It was pretty graphic. Perhaps you might try YouTube to see what is available.
      Sorry, I can't help you at the moment with the title of that DVD, I have so many on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Perhaps later. :)

    • @ Kev
      A rough Google translation:
      Anyone who thinks he can hide behind the lenses of our troops is wrong, we see you clearly, and we will not allow anyone to just try to touch the security of Israel and its citizens. Adequate naiveté and self-endangerment.

  • 'Israel-related censorship' on Upper West Side is deplored by 40 Jews, including Beinart, Hirschmann, Peratis, Zellner
    • You missed:
      Ignorant, as it pertains to the lack of knowledge of most Israelis about their history

  • Story of Israel's influence shadows the Russian influence story
    • A very nice way of putting it.

    • There is already a very good documentary out which goes to great length about the Israeli control of American media and Congress -- called the Occupation of the American Mind, it gives a lengthy expose' of who is calling the shot in the Middle East. Well worth watching, as is the reading of THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND US FOREIGN POLICY by Mearsheimer and Walt

  • Trump's line on 'shithole countries' is a mainstream view in Israel
    • So, How do you condense a lengthy article like this down to the 500 word limit of most letters to editors?

  • Liberal Zionists can't talk about the shooting of Mohammed Tamimi
    • I admire your courage to go boldly into the innermost sanctuary of the Jewish people and start questioning their knowledge of current events in Israel. Well done.
      There has to be a better way to get church leaders, and rabbis, directly involved in a situation that has become untenable. We need these leaders of every denomination to become better informed and to start making what is happening a part of their sermons.
      I'm a long-standing atheist, so I don't have a clue as to how this could be done. :))

    • For the benefit of readers who can't read Dutch -- a weak translation:
      The Israeli army daily goes out of their way against the Palestinian civilian population. Even Palestinians who have been killed are exposed to it.
      Israeli soldiers have smeared a poster in the Palestinian village of Dayr Nizam with a photograph of Musab al-Tamimi, who was shot on January 3rd. According to a publication by Ma'an News Agency, the Hebrew texts that were written would mean "whore," and "death."
      Also on the poster, a raised middle finger was drawn, and crosses marked the places where Musab apparently should have been hit by Israeli bullets: in his sleep and neck. The 17-year-old young man was shot at the beginning of January by an Israeli soldier in what appeared to be an announced execution.

      It is good that truths, rather than omissions, are deemed obligatory in European newspapers, but are completely ignored in the press in the US.

  • 'We should exact a price' from Ahed Tamimi 'in the dark,' Israeli journalist says
    • Quite right. There are so many stories in the Old Testament that exhort Jews to kill, kill, kill. They finally killed one person too many and it brought down the condemnation of the world on them.
      As a peace-loving atheist, I abhor war, fighting and racism. It seems the IDF is taught all of that.

  • 'My aim is not to resolve the conflict' -- former top Israeli negotiator
    • It all goes back to who has 'THE BOMB.'
      When you hold that kind of power over people you can do and say anything you want. The United States has never really confronted anyone who has The Bomb. It just gets involved in smaller countries which it knows it can exploit.
      As a Canadian, I am pissed that my Prime Minister recently continued to support Israel as did our previous PM. Canada was the only other country to support the US against the United Nations' 15 most recent resolutions targeting Israel.
      I'm sorry.

  • AIPAC and Federation officials criticize Israeli leaders for being clueless about U.S.
    • Thanks, Kathleen, for the videos and the news articles. I believe they are pertinent to the discussion, but have probably been viewed by all who frequent this site.
      I think Israelis and American Jews are probably among the best of the best when it comes to psychoanalyzing the American people, the US gov't, European gov'ts, and those who pretend to run them. IMHO, the US is run by its military, its media, its one-percent, and the elected congressmen and women who have been forced to kowtow to groups like AIPAC who contribute money to their elections. What you read in the article above is simply another ploy to play the innocent, to get the sympathy of Americans. Those who tend to believe any BS that comes their way, eg. religious fanatics, will fall for this as well, as did the many idiots that stood up and applauded Yahoo's speech.

  • 'American Jews are losing it bigtime' -- Netanyahu gov't official slams '80 percent' assimilation rate
    • To Paranam Kid:
      Unfortunately, it will take too long for this rot to set in -- perhaps in two generations or so you might see sufficient change in Israel's far right attitude, but by then it would have been too late. The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is continuing unabated. See Jonathan Cook's comments on what is happening in Jerusalem.

    • We, I, Canadians, in general, hear a lot about the dumbing down of Americans, a lot having to do with your educational system or lack of education. Perhaps this applies to just a minority, as we know you also have some great higher-level college and universities. But, as you know as well as I, that your media is largely responsible for this “dumbing down,” keeping Americans ignorant or apathetic of what is happening in the Middle East. How many readers of this newsletter or blog? Of JVP letters? Of Jonathan Cook’s amazing insight into what is happening in, around his town and the Westbank? How many, even the American’s who would like to be half-assed involved (Jewish Americans) in what is happening in Palestine/Israel have read any of the books by Cook, Pappe, Sand, G. Smith, Mearsheimer & Walt or watched any of the videos by Weir, Finklestein or Max Blumenthal?
      I sympathize with the Jews in Israel or in the US who are anti-Zionist, but still want to hope that Israel can remain a state, but I empathize with the Palestinians who were driven from their homes, as my family was driven from their homes in the Ukraine after WWI. As an atheist, I have no truck with the religions of either group. As a Canadian, I wholly support those nations who condemned what Israel is doing to the Palestinians. There has to be a better way.

  • Netanyahu, say hi from me to the penguins in Antarctica
    • There are also the other groups:
      a) Those leaders who think the above mentioned are funny
      b) Those leaders who think that the above mentioned will go away if they are ignored.
      c) Those people, like the majority of the world, who just don't care, and who, by sitting on their asses, let it all happen without saying a word. Fortunately, that is not the case for a few people who have the fortitude to come out and say it like it is, even if it means losing their jobs. Thank goodness for people who write columns like this and for a few people who write letters to editors expressing their opposition to apartheid countries. That's why I support Mondoweiss.

  • Israeli military order will violate 20-year-old peace treaty in Hebron
    • I guess all we can do is rage against what is a sick, sick society. Most of the Israelis under "Yahoo's" wing are fundamentalists, and most of those are under the wing of their rabbis. I cannot to this day understand how a supposedly intelligent people can act so harshly against an indigenous people. I hope more and more Jews in Palestine/Israel will stand with the history professor, Dr. Shalmo Sand, in his renunciation of his ethnic and religious background.
      In the United States, you need to denounce the support your gov't gives to Israel as well as those individual Jews who are the mainstay of that support.
      But mostly, don't give up. Join those groups of people who are supporting the Palestinian cause -- some of those like Jewish Voice for Peace, are Jews.

  • US Ambassador blames Obama for 'absolute betrayal' of Israel, and Palestinians for killing the peace process
    • Right on, John O!
      And then there is another comment:
      The settlements are "still under 2% of the territory."
      Of course, the fact that they are mostly located on the hill tops, making attacks on the Palestinian villages very easy with Israeli armed forces ignoring those.
      I also very much doubt the 2% figure. Looking at maps showing the settlements you get the impression that it is more than 50%.

  • Wyden turns himself into a pretzel on free speech and Israel Anti-Boycott bill!
    • As mentioned, the support for Israel is a natural for Congressmen and women. All you need to do is read Grant Smith's BIG ISRAEL or Mearsheimer and Walt's THE ISRAEL LOBBY & US FOREIGN POLICY to understand the influence the ACLU has on your government. I say "your government," since I'm Canadian. I wonder how many people in the States have actually read those two books, or how many Congressmen have read it. I have. They should. Ask your Rep.

  • Ensconced at New York Times, pro-Israel advocate Bari Weiss smears Sarsour as a 'hater'
    • A lot of tit-for-tat in here as each poster tries to one-up the other. Rather than relying on the NYT for all of your obvious one-sided commentaries, I suggest that you start reading some books on Palestine/Israel to get to the nitty gritty of all the issues involved in their dispute. I have in my small library of books the following two which will settle for all times the ludicracy of who is a Jew and who isn't, and in turn, should settle for all times the stupidity of who in that country is the racist and who isn't. Here they are:
      Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Land of Israel
      Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People
      I'm awaiting a copy of his third book in which he denounces his affiliation with the Jews, but meanwhile, you can read a short article he wrote in The Guardian, which, to me, is a far superior source of news than the NYT:

  • Lindsey Graham asks whether AIPAC, which comes to Capitol Hill in 'droves,' is a foreign agent
    • More Americans should read Grant Smith's "Big Israel -- How Israel's Lobby moves America," and Mearsheimer and Walt's book, "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy" -- both of these books outline the control of Congress by lobby groups like AIPAC.

    • I'm not an American (thank goodness:))), so I rarely watch anything from there -- tv, newspapers, or otherwise -- but I read somewhere that six corporations control all of the media in the USA. If that is the case, it would be interesting for someone to do an ownership check of those corporations and see how many of them are zionist controlled. This would account for the lack of "tiny, unimportant" details like this. Just sayin.

  • Packed room on Capitol Hill hears Palestinian student say he thought three IDs and a separation wall was normal for children everywhere
    • The same silly, inane arguments over and over again.
      You read like a bunch of school girls or boys out on a playground.
      This is no debate.
      There never has been a debate about what is right or wrong.
      Israelis know, or should know, what they have to do to make all their problems go away.
      Give the land back to the people that were there to begin with, who you stole if from.
      You are no better than the white man in North America, in Africa, in Australia or anywhere else in the world, where the indigenous peoples were killed and their land taken away from them.
      You, Israelis, are destroying yourself and your hope of ever being taken seriously as a democracy. You don't know the meaning of the word.

  • Abbas fears the prisoners’ hunger strike
    • I'm not that familiar with the procedure of elections over there. Did Palestinians vote for this guy? If popularity doesn't count, what does?
      I can imagine that Abbas's meeting with Trump will also be attended by Trump's son-in-law. That should be a one-sided conversation.

  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
    • No freaking wonder I'm an atheist!
      How anybody in his right mind could listen to an hour's sermon from this guy is beyond me.
      I also happen to belong to JVP as one of their few Canadian, non-Jewish atheists.
      I congratulate JVP for getting on this guy's nerve! I am, however, sad that JVP members don't take stronger action against the Israeli Lobby in Washington.
      I hope to go to Israel as one of the things on my 80-year-old bucket list. But I'll be going on a tour led by the journalist Jonathan Cook, the writer who lives in Bethlehem, in which I hope to see a few of the former Palestinian villages taken from them by the crooked manipulation of Zionist Jews.

  • All Palestinians can become Israeli citizens, but they can't vote, says lawmaker in Netanyahu's party
    • I have an idea for the future tear-down of the walls (if anyone hasn't mentioned it before). Use them to build the new roads for the new Palestinian citizens of Israel. Or perhaps they could replace the walls of all the homes bulldozed by their former oppressors and now their new citizen sisters and brothers.

  • Obama's failure, and achievement, in Palestine
    • As a Canadian, I had such high hopes for the States when Obama came into office. But the fact that he did not get rid of Bush's Zionist lackeys immediately portrayed a weakness that was maintained throughout his term of office.
      "Follow the money" is a phrase that explains just about everything he did: kowtowing to the Zionist Lobby (he may have read the M and W book, but he didn't do anything about it); kowtowing to the industrial/military complex; continuing the funding of Israel while Israel was beating the hell out of Gaza; allowing Israel to continue its settlements; surrounding Russia with his military bases in the west as well as the east;, etc.

  • Daniel Berrigan's 1973 prophecy: Israel is becoming 'the tomb of the Jewish soul'
    • Re Raphael --
      You can not argue with a rock, except with a sledge hammer!

    • "Israel needs to be and do what the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and every other nation founded through colonisation and immigration are and have done."

      You need to go back a little further than "modern" history as written by the "white" man. All of these countries were colonized by British (and Dutch) states with the use of their military, which is exactly what Israel is presently doing. There so-called constitutions (by the way, where is Israel's?), never created countries with equal rights. The indigenous people are still fiercely discriminated against to this day as are the Palestinians in Palestine, without a hope of ever reaching equality under the oppression of the Israeli's.
      I concur with your thoughts, Amy.

  • 'Why do you have Arabic in this notebook?': 17-year-old American student strip searched and interrogated in Ben Gurion airport
    • One of the items on my bucket list (80 years old) is to go on a tour to Israel/Palestine with the journalist/tour guide from Bethlehem, Jonathan Cook. I hope to visit with Israeli as well as Palestinian families.
      I'm a Canadian who has travelled extensively. Even in the 1980's, I had little trouble checking into or out of Russia (via Moscow) and travelling extensively within Russia on tours or privately. I went in with an excessive number of jeans, traded those for free taxi rides through border crossings, bought a lot of souviners (sp), even purchased a set of tires for a cousin's car at a Barioska (sp). Would have enjoyed myself much more if they would have had decent food, but that was hard to come by at that time even for people that lived there.
      I've done a lot of reading in preparation for my visit to I/P so I have a good idea of what I want to see. I hope to be taking a lot of pictures and movies (which I did in the Soviet Union without any trouble), buying a lot of Palestinian goods without the apparent hassle that this young lass suffered.

  • Netanyahu distorts a Palestinian's helpless reaction to occupying soldiers to dehumanize Palestinian parents
    • A timely reminder. There are daily reminders in Mondoweiss about children who are jailed for the simple act of stone-throwing, the only refuge they have against a totally armed apartheid regime. It would be, oh, so nice if the Palestinian children had the playgrounds, the teachers, the libraries, the swimming pools that are part of the life style of Israeli children. But, they don't. It is easy enough for a well-heeled gov't agent to sit in his nice office and pontificate and moralize about a situation his own children would never have to experience.

  • Video: Palestinian swimmer overcomes Israeli restrictions to prepare for Rio Olympics
    • If the Israelis were smart, they might want to sponsor Mary. Who knows? She might turn out to be the only winner they have. What bragging rights!!! And, it could make one of those many Palestinian kids think twice about throwing rocks.
      Just kidding -- it would never happen.
      From a Canadian Atheist.

  • After attack, Netanyahu gov't pours money into rightwing settlements
    • Not all reporters are under the thumb of their editors. For example, Gideon Levy published regularly for Haaretz in his column “Twilight Zone” for over 20 years. Read his book, THE PUNISHMENT OF GAZA, for some honest reporting. I comment Haaretz for having the guts to publish Levy's writings.
      Canadian Atheist

  • Remembering Elie Wiesel, who inspired me to write about Palestine
    • My family, of Dutch/Germanic ancestory, living in the Soviet Union during the 2nd world war could be considered among the "others" of the 5 million who died as a result of Hitler's invasion of Russia. Many spent their time after WWII in Russian forestry or mining camps, after a failed attempt at being rescued by the Germany army as it retreated back to its home country. We have never attempted to seek indemnity from Russia for the confiscated lands and factories, the schools and the churches. These were properties that were purchased in the 17 and 1800's so we would have considerable justification, particularly moral justification, in asking Putin for a huge settlement.
      Two books to put on your reading list:
      1. Finkelstein, THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY
      2. Mulhall, AMERICA AND THE FOUNDING OF ISRAEL, An Investigation of the Morality of American's Role.

  • Israeli siege brings life to a halt in the southern West Bank
    • Ignoring the events of the Middle East by Americans can be somewhat justified by the lack of their media not keeping them abreast of what is happening there. They are ignoring the whole of Africa as well, where death is even more commonplace. The Americans are having their own problems, as well, with the near weekly massacres of either black or whites. If a country can't settle its own problems they can hardly be blamed for ignoring what is happening in other parts of the world. Having said that, however, much of the blame in Israel/Palestine can be put on the heads of American government and military as well as those people responsible for not dealing with gun control in their own country. But, in a way, it is also the responsibility of other European and Anglo countries to take the US to task whenever it condones Israel Zionist activities that play to the detriment of the politically and economically impoverished Palestinians. Even though I'm not an American (god forbid!), I support people like Jonathan Cook, Alison Weir, and groups like JVP in the States -- hoping beyond hope that they can convince lobby groups like AIPAC just how wrong they are.

  • 'NY Times' publishes op-ed writer's blatant falsehood about Palestinians without blinking an eye
    • If you have access to (and I would recommend this to all the commentators) a new Video called THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND, it would give you a real insight as to how the Israelis are using a form of propaganda to influence Americans that their occupation of Palestinian Territory and their repeated invasions of the Gaza strip, that their transgressions against the captive Palestinians are necessary for the existence of a Jewish state

  • Bernie Sanders' record on Palestine
    • I think, if I may express it a little more bluntly, Sander's appears to be more pro-Israeli than he is pro-Palestinian. It appears to me that a lot of his information comes from newspaper clippings, rather than having read the books by people like Pappe, Sand, Finklestein, Chomsky, Peled and the many others who have lived in modern "Israel" and who are more aware of the real situation there than he does. Having spent a few months long, long ago in a kibbutz does not give him any kind of a realistic picture of what is going on there now. To put it even more bluntly, his suggestions for peace in that area are never going to happen unless, as president, he totally negates his pro-Israeli stance, and sees the Israeli administration, and the 75% of its people that support it, in light of their aggressive policies.

    • Excellent rationale!
      Very few people see it in your light, and that is the problem. We must do everything we can to elect people to office, not only in the US, but everywhere else in the world who see the problem of Global Warming as a priority. Everything else, including peace in the Middle East is secondary.

  • Introducing Mondoweiss In Print: 'The World the Settlers Made'
    • I prefer to buy all my books from Amazon (I know, I know) where I don't have to give out my card number every time and the second-hand books are usually 1/10th the price of the shipping (or new ones).
      In this case, the book cost me $23.00 Canadian. I'm not going to buy too many extras at that price.
      I've just finished a book, Contested Land, Contested Memory, by Jo Roberts, who tries to look at the Palestinian/Israeli situation from both sides. I recommend it, as well as Max Blumenthal's book, Goliath.

  • 'We wasted 40 years talking about nothing, doing nothing' -- Pappe demolishes peace process
    • Sorry to be making a comment so late in the game. I came to a conclusion, also late in life, that there are many people who take themselves far too seriously. Some of the early comments (I admit to skimming a lot of them which seemed quite repetitive), dwelled on how important their family was to them, and how glad they were to have survived, etc. It is my humble belief that we place far too much emphasis on ourselves, our families and, in your case, your Jewishness, because I am not one, your families, and your religion (I don't have one). Think of yourself as a mass of atoms, of dust, if you will, because that is all we all are. There are very few of us who are important in the big picture, least of all are those who think they are. It really wouldn't have made an iota of difference if you, or I, had not been born -- EXCEPT -- if during your life you made it miserable for someone else; if you had caused the death of someone else, even if it was because you donated money to a cause, just for example, Zionism, that caused injury or death to a Palestinian man, woman, or child. You and I are nothing, and despite anything you may think to the contrary, that is exactly how we will end our time on earth. IMHO

    • @ Mooser -- Very much an insult to Mennonites. :) But Mennonites, unlike most other religious-ethnic groups are noted for turning the other cheek.
      As probably the only atheist of Mennonite extraction reading this blog site, I can say without a doubt that you have obviously confused whoever you were thinking about with the Mennonite ethnicity.
      I've been spending a lot of time in the last ten years reading Israeli/Palestinian history. Ilan Pappe's book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, along with Shlomo Sand's book, The Invention of the Land of Israel, Peled's book, The General's Son, and Jonathan Cook's Disappearing Palestine, should form the basis of good reading on the topic. Sacher's two-volume History of Israel, is of interest, but too one-sided and needs to be taken with a large dose of salt.

  • Video: Palestinian laborers on why they work in Israel despite checkpoints and danger
    • I was just listening to an on-line lecture by Ilan Pappe on the morality of the Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people. He said that the Israelis have no shame in what they are doing. They have been indoctrinated since they were very young that they were the "chosen" people, that Arabs were no better than dogs, etc. etc. There is a very small portion of the Israeli population, perhaps those that have had a chance to travel, who have seen, in particular in some of the more democractic countries of Europe, that other nationalities have accepted people of Arab desent on an equal basis, and are therefore less biased than the majority of Israelites.
      However, when you have people like "Star Blue Bright" as someone who is perhaps espousing the traditional propaganda of the Israeli gov't under the leadership of a Yahoo, you can understand why a Palestinian would be willing to risk his life on a knife v.s. gun attack on an IDF soldier.

  • Nadler says his vote against Iraq war caused some to question his 'commitment to Israel'
    • No one is going to read this, but I have to make this comment anyway. This is now Feb 5th, 2017.
      I got a chuckle out of all of you that mentioned "Is it good for the USA?"
      I'm from Canada so I guess I can sort of sit on Canadian laurels of having some independence from the good ol' USA. Not much, but a little.
      Is Trump good for you down there? You have given a lot of us up north a real chuckle. You got exactly what you deserve for interfering in the lives of so many people in so many countries.
      Is it good for the USA? Is it good for all the corporations and military that control the US gov't? I would guess it has been and it will continue to be. Largely because you have so many un- and under-educated people in your country. People who can't read or write. People who are ignorant enough to be trapped into volunteering for the military -- oh, yeah, guns is fun, killing is even more fun. Stupid!
      So you have people like Nadler with some common sense. You also have people like Yahoo who is smart, but also without common sense.
      I support Mondeweis. I'm also one of the few Canadian atheists who belong to Jewish Voice of Peace. I support BDS by buying Palestinian products (which have to be shipped through a Jewish kibbutz, my god!) I'm totally against NATO! I am against any Canadian involvement in any of the American wars -- unfortunately, l am but one voice. :(

  • Stephen Walt: publishing 'Israel lobby' ended any thought of serving in US gov't
    • "... eventually, the truth will out."
      A very belated comment, but as a non-American, I would be very interested in getting at the truth, shall I say, of JFK, 9/11, the death of Arafat, and on and on.
      Not in my life time unless the dumbing down of the Americans is discontinued within the next 10 years.
      When, and if, the people of Israel ever allow the Palestinians to return to their promised land given to them by the United Nations (again vetoed by the US), then perhaps we can live in peace -- at least for a while. while the US gov't (controlled by the corporate giants and its military) searches for a new war someplace else.

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