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  • Palestinians have their own Gandhis and Kings
  • Jewish Federations drop JVP leader from 'Heroes' ballot without explanation
    • ...."many in the Jewish community view Jewish Voice for Peace, the Oakland-based organization, as fundamentally hostile to Israel."

      do these same folks ever view anything that israel does as hostile to israel's own best long term interests? do they view the rabbi who is still on the list as favourable to israel?

      it seems to me that some of these folks have a very hostile attitude towards peace, especially the rabbi who is still on the list... this really says something about this umbrella organization and anyone who belongs to it...

  • Operation Enduring Failure: Ten years of war on Afghanistan
    • politicians love playing with the truth... if it was anyone else who said it, i would immediately call them a liar... since it is from a politician, i know there concept of truth is disconnected from reality for the most part and they need to sell something, usually war or spending for war... okay, i'll say it - obama is a liar...

    • annie, i have always been struck by how many americans focus so strongly on how many were killed/murdered during 9-11, but that those who have been killed/murdered and etc. in iraq is always like a small footnote to it all.. the fact is the number of people dead thanks to the usa's wars is very disturbing.. i know many people care.. they are the people trying to stop the madness from continuing...

    • chaos - good for you for recognizing the need for change...

      now seems like a good time to quote smedley butler

      "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."

      In another often cited quote from the book Butler says:

      "I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."

    • ahvee - thanks for articulating a line similar to my own way of seeing this.. the comparision to the norwegian event really throws a light on the media spin from the usa....

      toivo, i have to agree with others here that your rationale for a war in afganistan is a very poor one... i think if americans actually ever have to suffer a war on their own soil in any fashion similar to the wars the periodically inflict on other parts of the world, americans would really question the value and need for war... the fact is a vietnam, iraq, afganastan and etc. etc. etc. have never taken place on american soil...

    • this 2 minute bp oil spill reenactment reminds me of the afgan war... same stupidity at work with no end in sight..

  • Romney and Perry get chummy with the anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian crowd
    • eee- i don't have the numbers, but you might be right on this 1 point.. your other comments on me personally are wrong, but i didn't think for a moment you would have the strength of character to admit any of that..

      i do know the orthodox jews are growing at a fast rate next to the non ortho ones, and i am going to guess if this is the case, they are quite okay supporting a foreign country with their tax dollars and etc so that zionism can reign supreme... if you have some info on this, share it and i will do likewise..

      here is a link with some relevant info
      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • eee, thanks for putting words in my mouth.. you have so many of your own, i guess you need someone elses real estate to use up...

      1) the younger generation of jews are not zionists.. it might frighten you to consider this.. the way of the future is away from zionism and towards something else.. phil and adam are 2 good examples of this... the fact you spend so much time here at mondoweiss is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least your desire to change the direction of the conversation to one of your liking, but one that is not on the side of the future..

      2) i don't remember bringing up ron paul here in any conversation, but you are welcome to cough as much as you want in a post in response to me..

      3) it is quite clear you have a complete disrespect for democracy... i don't make claims about the us public, and you might want to check my posts before you make anymore stupid claims about me.... nonsense is a very good word to describe your response here...

    • eee - do you learn disrespect for the idea of democracy in israel, or is this something you just come by naturally? arrogance on the part of israel and it's zionist advocates will be it's downfall... your post is testimony to this..

  • A society coming apart at the seams: Settlers attack IDF in the West Bank
    • one can quickly imagine if this same event happened with palestinians, as opposed to settlers... 2 tiered system at work...............

  • Rambunctious reporters question US State Dept's double standard on Syrian/Palestinian aspirations
    • i am sure that is in the works already... how to line it up so he is caught in some context where he is framed for pravda (usa media) to report back to the american public how he is anti-semite or something stupid like that...

    • exactly, but some folks might not like israel being portrayed as a pedophile, lol..

  • As UNESCO moves toward Palestinian recognition, Congress threatens to cut funding
    • we are hearing about it more since israels murdering of the turks last may 31st on the flotilla... apparently israel doesn't apologize for anything and turkey doesn't play the role of hypocrite like the usa when their citizens are murdered by israel... as a result of this and more, it seems israel is now involved in a propaganda campaign against turkey... all the hasbarists will be telling us how evil and corrupt turkey is from here on in...

    • wouldn't have anything to do with open israel support for a terrorist group working inside turkey would it? how many palestinians has israel murdered or thrown in jail since 84? i don't suppose you have that number handy too...

      "Leading Israeli defense specialist David Eshel commented in August about the upsurge of Kurdish insurgency in Turkey's eastern provinces:
      "The entire Kurdish people could take advantage of the ongoing Arab Spring and prepare the ground for a long-anticipated Kurdistan, linking up with Iraq's ongoing autonomy, the Iranian Kurdish enclave and perhaps even the Syrian Kurdish minorities ... With the Arab world in total turmoil, lacking any orderly leadership, the Kurds could finally achieve their sacred goal for independence, after decades, if not centuries of desecration and oppression ... the ongoing 'Arab Spring' could eventually shift into a 'Kurdish Summer'".

      Israel estimates, however, that the Kurdish problem makes Ankara vulnerable to American and European pressure tactic and an exacerbation of this could politically weaken Erdogan and bring him to his knees."

      link to mondoweiss.net article from aug 26th - why israel and jeffrey goldberg are championing the kurds.......... go figure dbg....

    • OT - fairly direct comments from erdogan on tuesday regarding israel's possession of the atomic bomb

      link to english.aljazeera.net

  • NYT reviewer: Small group of Bush advisers will take real reason for Iraq war to their (restless) graves
    • i agree mrw.. thanks for saying that.. some of us do have the balls to stand up to these cruelties and we are not afraid of what we might be called...

    • ..."notorious antisemite Gilad Atzmon."

      hophmi October 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      It ain’t true, never was.

      bingo!

    • good comedy even from the resident zionists here at mondoweiss.. who whudda thunk it? lol..

  • Settlers run over two Palestinian sisters, if Palestinians did this their homes would be demolished by now
    • ot - interesting article from haaretz

      The Jewish year 5772 began with grand tidings: The Tel Aviv District Court recognized author Yoram Kaniuk's right to be registered in the state population rolls as "without religion" rather than "Jewish." In his appeal petition, Kaniuk explained that he would prefer to have his nationality status registered as "Israeli," but that this is not yet possible since he cannot produce a certificate of conversion to another religion.

      Is something wrong with this picture? This confounds the most basic logic: If someone declares himself as being without religion, how can he be asked to prove his conversion to a different religion? Kaniuk, author of "1948," concluded that this important ruling means that he has no religion but is Jewish by nationality.

      Is this indeed the case? How and where is there a Jewish nation that is separate and distinguished from the Jewish religion? Israeli law defines a person as "Jewish" who has a Jewish mother and has no other religion. The condition - being born to a Jewish mother - is a condition set by Jewish law. In other words, the condition is religious in nature. The conclusion that the separation of religion and state has been achieved because an Israeli citizen whose mother was Jewish has been allowed to be classified as having no religion remains a fervent wish only.

      link to haaretz.com

    • ethnic cleansing in the unholy city.. go figure... when does the light bulb go off for the zionists in the usa supporting these actions? ever?

    • one law for jews, another one for those of a different religion... welcome to the religiocentric world of israel where the pecking order is based off religion...

  • US aid to PA withheld over statehood bid, Hamas, and 'failure to recognize Israel's right to exist as Jewish State'
    • another question could be presented that goes like this, "if israel is recognized as a jewish state, is it still a state for all of its citizens?" saying israel is a jewish state implies a class system based on religion... wrong religion and you are a 2nd class citizen and worse...

    • mdwss - that is really quite informative.. thanks for sharing all this...

    • i agree shingo... this is just another fine example of the hypocrisy that defines usa foreign policy specifically with regard to the i/p issue... thanks edwin..

  • Israel doubles rate of Palestinian home demolitions and plans to uproot 30,000 Bedouin. Clinton says Palestinians need to be more flexible.
  • Anwar al-Awlaki's extrajudicial murder
    • mrw - here is a quote from the link i left "The Name “Israel”
      It is impossible to clearly understand the subject of Israel apart from a careful study of the Old Testament. The first time the name “Israel” appears in Scripture is when it was spoken to Jacob after his long night of wrestling with a powerful opponent. The heavenly stranger finally said, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Genesis 32:28). Thus the name “Israel” was at first a name of heavenly origin applied to Jacob alone. It represented his spiritual victory over sin, through wrestling in prayer and claiming God’s grace.
      Jacob had 12 sons who later moved into Egypt. The descendants of these sons eventually multiplied into the 12 tribes, which were later forced into slavery by the Egyptians until the time of Moses. Then God told Pharaoh through Moses, “Israel is my son, even my firstborn ... Let my son go” (Exodus 4:22, 23). Note here that the name “Israel” is expanded to include Jacob’s descendants. Therefore, the name “Israel” first applied to a victorious man, then to his people. You’ll soon see why this is a very important point!

    • shmuel, citizen and hughes - thanks for the additional thoughts on this passage from the bible.. i don't know much about the bible, other then i have enjoyed reading jesus's parables which are in the new t first few books.... to me this whole story of jesus is like a psychological or metaphysical drama that has a completely interior meaning that is lost on many who read it... they are too busy taking everything literally... this is why many bozos into christianity around the globe think jerusalem is a 'holy' city for example....

      a better example would be the use of the word 'israel' in the bible which is taken by most to be a 'physical' place, instead of a place where one has overcome 'sin' - spiritual liberation of some sort being 'the place' one would arrive at as opposed to a physical location on the planet... i tried finding someone talking about this sort of idea with google... my first exposure to these ideas happened a long time ago with a book called 'the metaphysical bible dictionary' at a bookshop in vancouver that specialized in metaphysical type literature...

      here is a link outlining the general direction of my thoughts around all this, but the m b dictionary is really a better resource then this link... scroll down 1/4 to the heading 'the name "israel"' and read for a bit if interested..
      link to amazingfacts.org

    • ex-CIA Michael Schuer must be looking for a job promo in the present gov't...

    • the "state secrets" line really grates on the nerves.... i suppose this is a catch phrase for some government type of carpet where everything is swept under it so that once again ''all outer appearances" are hunky dory... the reason the usa gov't want to crucify bradley manning is he made the public aware of just how ugly the event in fallujah and etc. etc. just were and how the usa is not being held accountable for it's actions on the international stage...

      the usa might as well be communist china at this point.. they are acting much the same.......

    • indeed seafoid.. it already is... a lot of folks can't get past the packaging... it looks good on the outside, so it must be good on the inside... actually the idea of what is on the inside or outside is beyond the grasp of these same folks... they take everything literally, including the bible.. jesus prefaced some of his parables with something like ' having ears they hear not, and eyes, they see not'... these are the same folks running the usa, canada and a few other countries at present.. that is how it '''''looks'''' to me...

  • US withholds $200 million from PA for punishment over statehood bid
    • collective punishment of palestinians is all the usa and israel seem capable of...

      it really shows how interested in peace either of these countries are... they are interested in maintaining their power and the thought of it being challenged just makes them more aggressive..

  • Israeli settlers attack Israeli activists & journalists; 19 injured, 3 hospitalized
    • it didn't take much did it? lli is like an immature version of witty in that he speaks spontaneously from time to time... the older version is tongue-tied regularly and one needs a pair of vice grips to untangle the mess of words...

  • Why isn't Kusra killing on the front page of our newspapers?
    • you can imagine how the palestinians feel now can't you? you can probably also imagine why people reach a point where they will do anything to right the wrongs too... they become terrorists.. not overnight, not in a few weeks, but over the course of a lifetime of israels selective punishment for being the wrong race, or the wrong religion...

      if anyone needs to imagine what the roots of becoming a terrorist look like, they don't need to look far with regular examples like this thread depict...

      the mainstream media is bought and paid for by zionism... anyone who wonders why stories like this are not being covered are not looking at the bigger picture here...

  • 'Time' features generational divide over Israel-- when will 92d St Y stage this family affair?
    • mrw - brilliant, lol.... another witty-ism manifests...

      reforming zionism... send zionism to an aa meeting so they can learn to swear off tribalism, lol..

    • witty, putting the words morality, justice, peace and virtue in the same sentence as zionism, is something only a certain kind of person could do... i got to hand it to you!

    • maybe brevik can get a 'get out of jail' free card with a little aipac help or something? oh, dang, he isn't sitting in an american prison, but a european one... guess they will have to hold off on getting brevik to help out the idf...

    • tribalism trumps humanitarianism... this is one of the reasons some folks wait til they are next to dying to ''''get'''' religion...

  • In Gaza, fishermen are under constant attack for trying to make a living
    • link to en.wikipedia.org

      The (National) Post today
      Since Izzy Asper's acquisition of the National Post, the paper has become a strong voice in support of the state of Israel and its government. The Post was one of the few Canadian papers to offer unreserved support to Israel during its conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon during 2006.[3]

      One of its columnists referred to Hezbollah as "cockroaches." Canadian pundits argue whether the Post's support of Israel is a legacy of its late founder's political ideology or a shrewd business manoeuvre.[4]

    • i see now pipes comment is in one of the 2 canadian national newspapers....the national post is a horrible paper that should be avoided at all costs unless you want to get a particular type of brainwashing..

    • pipes was mentioned by the norwegian murderer brevik as an ''inspiration''... it can't get much more sickening then that, but alas morons will continue to read pipes...

      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • yea... one law for jews and another one for everyone else.... where are we seeing this lived out at present, aside from the halls of the us congress? lol....

    • it is called ethnic cleansing and if it requires cutting off a food source, this seems to be a okay with israel and it's zionist handlers...

    • this is what 'terrorist state' countries do... israel is a terrorist state..

  • Imagine if this article was about whites and blacks in the US
    • i had heard that the birth rate for orthodox jews in israel was way up... one doesn't have to imagine the types of politicians they will continue to elect..

      this article is from the us
      "Not only do the Orthodox suffer many fewer losses from intermarriage, but their fertility rate is far above the Jewish norm. As against the overall average of 1.86 children per Jewish woman, an informed estimate gives figures ranging upward from 3.3 children in “modern Orthodox” families to 6.6 in Haredi or “ultra-Orthodox” families to a whopping 7.9 in families of Hasidim. These numbers are, of course, difficult to pin down definitively, but anecdotal evidence is compelling. In a single year, according to a nurse at one hospital in the Lakewood, New Jersey area serving a right-wing Orthodox population, 1,700 babies were born to 5,500 local families, yielding a rate of 358 births per thousand women. (The overall American rate is 65 births per thousand women.)
      link to simpletoremember.com
      the info appears to be from about 10 years ago..

  • Sullivan on Obama's 'capitulation' at the UN
    • the main thing is to label the 'business' of murdering as 'suspected terrorists' which is why this label is so odious.. meanwhile it is the label of choice for politicians and the military industry... it looks doubtful folks are going to wake up any time soon, but more likely wack jobs like obama and netanyahu will continue to dictate murder on unidentified people, behind a front of civility..

  • Israel to the international community: 'This is not a pipe'
    • kursato, thanks for trying to engage your senator.. this person sounds like a bimbo..

      i find this passage particularly offensive, but it seems systematic to the usa political system "Unfortunately, the recent reconciliation agreement reached between Fatah and Hamas presents a serious obstacle to peace. Hamas has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist and calls for Israel’s destruction."

      it is the part about hamas is designated a foreign terrorist organization.. this is what is going on : israel refuses to recognize palestine's right to exist! they realized it would be much better politically to continue to build settlements all the while professing to want peace... their actions and their words have never lined up and for this they need to be defined as a more sophisticated terrorist state in that they dupe everyone regularly with their bullshit words while there actions are 180 to their words...

      tell the senator israels words don't line up with their actions.. their actions demonstrate that israel refuses to recognize palestine's right to exist...

      anyone who doesn't have their hand stuck in a zionist based piggy-bank with half a brain can see this plainly...

    • holy city my ass..................

  • Mourning the Jewish New Year
    • kursato - this is a very good question which many people ask... i don't have an answer for you.. this question shows a level of empathy often missing when contemplating the i/p issue...

    • sin hombre - never trust a person who mouths the peace word in every 2nd or 3rd sentence... assume the exact opposite.. the rabbi being quoted is the proof...

    • great post ahvee 1150am.. thanks for saying all that.. more people need to read your post...

    • thanks for sharing that shmuel.. i admire those who put this together and my prayers are with them..

  • And now a message from our first Jewish president . . .
  • ADL gloats over the cancellation of Gaza children's art exhibit
    • the pro-israel organizations are trying to do the same thing with the coop in olympia wash... it sheds a light on the their concept of freedom and democracy... raise the specter of litigation if things don't go your way, seems more cherished then any thought of freedom and democracy..

    • thanks for the firsthand perspective annie...

      i agree with leper c's comments below as well..

  • An Open letter to President Obama from Israel
    • the letter says a lot but people will choose to take what they want from it and leave the rest... this is the part that stuck in my mind

      "If two people would talk over how to slice a cake, would one keep talking to the other if while talking the other was eating the cake and refusing to stop?"

      that defines the present situation in israel/palestine with regard to the ongoing settlement building..

      i think the writer of this article hits the nail on the head and sees that not only israel, but the usa is not an honest party to any peace process...

      i would be concerned as the writer is for the same reasons he outlines... peace is not in the interest of israel or the usa and this is based on their actions... if you listen to their words, every 2nd word out of netanyahu and obama is about peace.. they are a couple of liars, one very intentional, the other a dupe for a chance at a 2nd term... pathetic..

      tal, you are right on the money with your article here.. thanks for sharing and i hope a solution above and beyond the usa's involvement happens.. it can't happen soon enough..

  • Israeli Consul General wants to rescue US town from 'foreign' influence
    • bizarre! i hope this gets national and international attention... next time i go to olympia, i am stopping in at this store to support them..

      you capture it all in the last 2 paragraphs
      "And so it transpires: A representative of the Israeli government coordinates with an Israel advocacy group based in Seattle, and that leads to a lawsuit against Olympia’s only food cooperative—in order to save Olympia from a “foreign agenda...imposed on them from outside.”

      Curiously, though, the defendants named in the lawsuit are local residents."

  • Let's negotiate over how we divide the pizza while I eat the pizza
    • for christsake, atzmon is a jazz musician.. pushing the boundaries come naturally to jazz musicians.. i can't believe how crazy some of these folks are responding to atzmon's blogging... and, the fact mearsheimer read his book, but didn't go to the trouble to read everything he wrote on the internet is just not something these folks care to consider... they have a big bucket of tar and they want to spread it on anything that looks like it might frighten them...

      shingo i totally agree with you.. these folks need to think about taking off their straight jackets and breathing more deeply... they seem programmed to freak out at the drop of a hat...

    • annie - i thought eee might have offered you some free pizza to side with him on this one, lol...

    • eee's pants have been on fire for so long he's oblivious to being burned for lying... he just wants plenty of stolen pizza to nibble on while his hasbara friends engage in endless rounds of peace talks at yanky doodle dandy's table...

    • eee- this will not end well for that sleazeball goldberg who didn't bother to read anything atzom wrote in the book as he was too busy trying to flame him and mearsheimer with the usual bullshit zionist talking points..

      i didn't think you'd have the imagination to veer from the script...

      stick to eating stolen pizza... you didn't get an invite to mungers party did you? lol...

    • great analogy that only a brain-dead representative for the usa or israel would miss... stock in brain-dead reps is way up over the pass month...

  • Knesset to vote on full Israeli annexation of the West Bank
    • this would seem to be the main problem with a modern state defining itself in religious terms... the country ends up hijacking anyone who happens to share the religion, in spite of the fact many will not be living in israel... then again, perhaps that was the idea - to make sure all those of jewish descent, regardless of their location would have an 'emotional' attachment that would interfere with their ability to look objectively on what the country of israel has done and continues to do in the name of the jewish religion...

  • Ron Paul for Palestinian statehood: 'I believe in self-determination of peoples'
    • that's interesting dan.. i have always admired ron paul for his commentary on the usa banking system from quite a while back.. he is a no nonsense kind of guy as i see it and he seems intent on questioning the purpose of all the military expeditions to faraway lands.. i think he sees the i/p issue in the same framework... i remain open to being wrong, but have generally liked what i have read from ron paul and his position with regard to the federal reserve especially..

    • i think he is thinking the i/p area and not singling out either country...

    • look where all the grand visions for running the world from washington dc have ended up... ron paul brings a certain level of reason to any discussion that is always missing in those with the ''''grand international''' ideas that end up bringing more war or arms sales, and a huge disappointment when the reality check arrives...

  • 'Young, Jewish and Proud' issues challenge to the Jewish community
    • the MSM, like congress, has largely been ''bought"... the idea of a neutral media where news is given to educate and inform people is mostly non-existent... the nyt and wapo are the new pravda.. they have been for quite some time...

    • awesome!

      i think you hit the nail on the head with those questions in the 'could it be' paragraph... the answer is yes to all of that.. in spite of publicity campaigns the truth of those questions is much more powerful than any ad campaign to get people on a particular side.. revisionist history or cultural identity for that matter are not bound up and defined thru a campaign office on a media blitz..

  • White House sells Quartet statement on negotiations as 'a major accomplishment in Israel's favor'
    • you forgot to mention who bought congress.... that little detail skews the crap out of your stolen pizza...

    • thanks hostage... the hypocritical role that the usa has played in the '''''peace'''' process is duly noted by anyone with half a brain who hasn't given the other half over to zionism...

    • only one side can be called terrorists kalithea... it is not allowed to call those who "steal, uproot trees, destroy and demolish property, imprison activists and children unjustly and kill indiscriminately" terrorists...

      this is the way the mainstream media (who have regularly ignored these ''salient'' points) have defined it.. thank you nyt and wapo and etc. etc... when we figure out how to stop the bullshit press, we will be a step ahead...

    • eating someone elses pizza says a lot about the one eating the pizza too... i think someone owes the other the pizza... i thought you folks ate hummus instead of pizza?

    • i agree.. removing peace talks from who have been doing it for the past however many years would be better then what has happened to date... lets see if the international community can get beyond having it's chain yanked by the same powers...

    • when the usa isn't selling peace agreements it is selling military arms... not sure where this country is coming from on the export front...

  • Turkish government releases identities of IDF soldiers who attacked the Mavi Marmara
    • annie when it comes to israel, the name of the game is 'obfuscate'.....

    • hophmi quote "The UN is only relevant when it says things you agree with."

      gee, where have i seen that before? lol..

    • eee - relying on the un now are we? lol...............

      There were surprised reactions to the appointment of Mr Uribe who is accused of responsibility for widespread human rights violations during his period of office as President of Columbia. More relevant here are his associations with Israel. During his term of office Israel was Columbia’s top weapons supplier, [2] while the American Jewish Committee gave him its ‘Light Unto The Nations’ award in 2007. [3] This apparent conflict of interest is not addressed in the UN Panel’s report.

      uribe was a paid stooge for the bush war machine, when he wasn't being a paid stooge for israel...

  • 'NYT' Public Editor lets Bronner off the hook
  • Border anxiety in the West Bank
    • lli quote " As unpleasant as these JDL may be, they haven’t done anything yet." why don't you head over to the west bank, say you are an arab and see what happens? lol.........

      from dickersons post above
      "The FBI has described the JDL as a “right-wing terrorist group” .
      One of its most infamous charter members was Baruch Goldstein who attack unarmed Palestinian Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Hebron in 1994, killing 29 and wounding 125 others. On its website, the JDL says “We do not consider his assault to qualify under the label of terrorism,” in reference to Goldstein’s Hebron attack — they also describe him as “a brilliant surgeon, a mild-mannered Yeshiva-educated man.”

    • i see dickerson up above is mentioning it too... i missed the first memo when it flew by my desk, lol...

    • that was what i was thinking memphis..

    • it would be interesting to get the fbi to make note of how israel is supporting a terrorist group... i thought the usa wasn't going to support countries that supported terrorist groups, or does that not apply to israel?

    • ot - Foreign fighters support Israel's settlements

      link to english.aljazeera.net

      i was unaware of this... i guess the zionists are willing to pay for outside help to maintain their apartheid state...

    • i wonder if the folks at israel customs are aware of the work phil is doing on this website and if they might be a tad unimpressed to the point of causing some hardship over his movement?

  • "Anti-Price Tag Patrol" criticized by Israeli right; settlers demand stronger IDF response
  • Abbas at the United Nations a game changer? Maybe.
    • i am surprised that cheney and bush didn't just re-write the ''arms control act'' so that groups like carlyle and etc. etc. can have no limits on the instruments of death the extended bush family can continue to profit on... have to keep up the great tradition passed down from preston, lol..

    • we have had real problems with toasters of late.. it seems they are all made in the same factory in china and they all break down and have a short life... no guarentees with toasters since they are now all made in china, lol...

    • too bad the un doesn't look into finding an end to the selling of military arms globally... the security council members and countries like israel would be screwed... the rest of the planet might have a chance at surviving another 50-100 years though.... i don't think boeing, lockheed martin and other companies that make this shit care about that though...

    • hi seafoid,
      do you have a link for that, that is in english? sounds french to me... thanks - james

  • Obama approves secret sale of 'bunker buster' bombs to Israel
    • strange silence from biorabbi.... your comments are forcing a wake up call but biorabbi is unresponsive...

    • thanks ahvee... chomsky is a disappointment on the issue of israel, so it is interesting that they give him a hard time in israel.. i guess he is not pushing the ideology strong enough and maybe it is partly due the fact he has noticed how war is a racket that the usa and israel are both adept at..

    • i find it ironic that an institution largely responsible for 'creating' israel is viewed in such a hostile way from this same country.... i know the un isn't jewish, but it is the only reason i can think of why israel has such hostility towards it...

      as for the bombs, it is really quite sickening how the usa has become nothing more then a dispenser of military arms to many of the nations in the middle east, but is unable to act like an honest broker, and some would argue - it never has... if the usa wants to make it's military arms selling the sole focus of it's being, any pretense about being a peace broker just adds to its hypocritical status...

  • A roundup of opinions from a busy week at the UN
    • i liked uri avnery's article near the bottom especially

      "The State of Palestine will come into being. This week it was already clear that this is unavoidable. Obama will be forgotten, as will Netanyahu, Lieberman and the whole bunch.

      "Mahmoud Abbas – Abu Mazen, as the Palestinians call him – will be remembered. The “plucked chicken” is soaring into the sky."

      i really liked Gideon Levy's article too... wow, i ought to read them all!

  • Breaking: 'Irvine 11' found guilty on two charges for protesting Michael Oren
    • ..."chilling student activism and the free exchange of ideas at colleges nationwide..."

      i am sure the laws inside germany in the 30's would have been slanted in a similar manner or worse... welcome to amerika 2011...

      it might be too late for the usa to wake up...

  • Abbas brings Tahrir to New York, and some of our media seem to be on board
    • phil i admire your positive attitude and desire to see positive change in the mid east...

      i don't know if i can be as optimistic as you on this though -> "In months to come, we can expect probing coverage of the occupation at last from the American press, reports on the children seized in the middle of the night, the demonstrators shot, the cisterns destroyed, the olive trees uprooted. "

      i would like that, but after so many years of ignoring the struggles, aspirations and dreams of the palestinian people, it would be hard to imagine a quick 180 like you suggest here..

  • Internationalize this conflict -- Rabbani
    • Mouin Rabbani has got it...

      "Palestinians must now undertake a comprehensive, systematic campaign to internationalize their conflict."

      that is what the bds movement and the movement for statehood at the un are doing too...

  • Obama tells 900 rabbis that resolving I/P 'crisis' is key to peace in Middle East

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