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Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein, is a retired local union president, a long-time Palestine solidarity activist and a board member of Mass Peace Action. He has a blog:

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  • How Chris Van Hollen learned to love Israel
    • What, exactly, is "crazy" about what McKinney says? She recounts that Congressional candidates are pressured by AIPAC of adopt pro-Israel language to post on their campaign web sites -- a fact that has been widely reported, not least on MW. Readers should watch the interview and judge for themselves.

  • 'Say Hello to Zenobia': A report from Palmyra rising from the ashes
    • Too many US "leftists" and others seem to be playing out their own one-dimensional sectarian fantasies with the blood of the Syrians. Heller claims to know all about the situation there from his perch in the US, while dismissing what we saw and heard from actual Syrians.

      This was no "Assad tour" of the country and the participants had varied views on Syria and its government. There were arranged meetings on the trip, but we were also free to walk around, eat in restaurants and talk with whomever we pleased.

      I think it's Stanley Heller who has no clue -- and apparently he doesn't want to have any information that might conflict with his preconceived notions.

    • It seems that you may be replying to a different article than the one I wrote. I made it clear who sponsored the group in the interest of full disclosure, but I am not a member or organizer of their. It was the only way, simply, for a US citizen to get into Syria and see for oneself.

      That said, we met a very wide range of people of varied background and those are the views that I quoted. My opinions are my own.

      You regurgitate the mainstream, even "liberal" view in the US. I am no apologist for Assad, but in my opinion the main threat is now foreign intervention and the possibility of an Islamist regime imposed on Syria. "Democratic forces," which certainly exist, are divided and insignificant on the battlefields, where the future of Syria is being decided.

      Maybe you are indifferent as to whether you prefer to live under a secular authoritarian regime or a radical Salafist state where secular people and religious or ethnic minorities have no place, but most Syrians are not. Neither am I. If there is no other real option for now -- and there appears not to be, practically speaking -- I would prefer the Assad regime, which may hopefully evolve, to a Saudi-Wahhabi religious state any day.

  • Jewish West Bank settlers are as smug as white South Africans in 1980
  • Rightwing Israelis celebrate murder of a Jewish activist (and NYT won't tell you so)
    • Lakin lived in the East Talpiot/Armon HaNetziv settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. It doesn't mean he deserved to die, but neither was he the saint of peace that is described in all the liberal press coverage. It also hints at what many Israelis really mean when they talk about two states and "coexistence." Like the "two-state solution" that was organized for the Navajo, the Seminole or the Sioux in North America.

  • A cosmopolitan's regrets: Roger Cohen on the Jewish condition
    • Facile with words is one thing, but it's no substitute for coherent thinking. Zionism seems to blur that ability -- it makes people stupid -- and not just with respect to Israel. Cohen's latest column on Ukraine is full of militant bluster, historical ignorance and vacuous sloganeering that did not escape the notice of many commenters:
      link to
      Look at the readers' favorite comments.

  • Menendez bags on Iran sanctions, and congressman says AIPAC demands deference to Israel over US
  • Ohio treasurer fights divestment from the 'beacon of American values' in the Middle East
    • Of course, Mandel isn't against Divestment in general. As a state rep he pushed for an Ohio bill to drop all state pension fund stock holdings in companies which did business in Iran as part an "anti-terror investment bill."

      Documents and correspondence released by their offices show that Mandel and Jones... were aided by an array of outside groups and individuals, including Israeli and Jewish lobbyists, hawkish research groups and a growing cadre of money managers who profit from shifting money from "tainted" companies. Those groups have successfully lobbied 10 other states to divest their pension holdings in companies that invest in hostile countries. And yet another 20 or so states are considering doing so. link to

      This was part of a national campaign cooked up by Benjamin Netanyahu and Mitt Romney, as I reported in Mondoweiss in 2012: link to

  • Israel's foundation in a 'terroristic campaign of expulsion, ethnic cleansing and murder' is the 'deep wound in that part of the world' -- Sullivan
    • Yes, it's Sykes-Picot AND the Balfour Declaration, which was shamefully adopted by the League of Nations. The former was not enough to satisfy the British and was cordially re-negotiated after the war ended:

      During a post-armistice stroll though the gardens of his embassy in London, French wartime prime minister Georges Clemenceau turned to his British counterpart and asked:
      “What do you want?”
      “Mosul,” replied Lloyd George.
      “You shall have it,” Clemenceau declared. “and what else?”
      “You shall have that too.”

      December 1, 1918

  • The Walzer Problem
    • And those dastardly "Minutemen" of 1775 hid among a civilian population and kept their arms in homes. Then they had the nerve to fire on British troops from behind walls and trees. . . TERRORISTS!

      On Walzer, I remember that he served as a kind or moral and physical bodyguard for Marty Peretz a few years back when students and community activists were protesting the awarding of an honorary award to Marty Peretz at Harvard. He escorted his racist pal across the campus to shield him and show his solidarity against the demonstrators.

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
    • It's astonishing (but not surprising) that the flood of reporting on the tunnels fails to mention this. At a tiny fraction of the monetary (not to say human) cost of assaulting Gaza, the "startup nation" could easily use existing ground-penetrating radar or magnetometer survey technologies to locate tunnels-- or develop it's own new methods. Not doing this suggests the intention to use the tunnels as an excuse to attack Gaza rather than a real defensive measure.

  • Israel's unending settlements 'mortally wound idea of a Jewish state' -- Indyk
    • This is what Lord Balfour had to say two years after issuing his famous "declaration" in 1917:

      Lord Balfour to Foreign Secretary George Curzon
      November 17, 1919

      “In Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country….The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land…”

      Can anyone defend this today?

  • John Judis's Truman book is a landmark in anti-Zionism
    • Another point of the "pre-history" of the Zionist Lobby before Truman:

      On June 30,1922, the US Congress unanimously adopted the language of the Balfour Declaration and supported the British Mandate in a Joint Resolution.

    • The baleful effects of the Zionist Lobby go back much further than FDR and Truman. Pres. Wilson was persuaded to abandon his own professed principle of self-determination for former colonial peoples by the determined pressure from Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter and Rabbi Stephen Wise. Wilson was convinced to acquiesce to the principles of Balfour and the British Mandate, despite the report of the commission he himself had appointed to look into the issue in 1919.

      Henry King and Charles Crane took the pulse of Arab opinion in April-June 1919 and reported that Syrians and Palestinians were overwhelmingly for independence, with a US mandate as second choice. There was near universal opposition to the Zionist project -- at a time when the Jewish population of Palestine was around 60,000 (less than 10%), with half or more religious folk, rather than supporters of a Zionist state.

      The King-Crane conclusion in August 1919, was prophetic:

      Not only you as president but the American people as a whole should realize that if the American government decided to support the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, they are committing the American people to the use of force in that area, since only by force can a Jewish state in Palestine be established or maintained... nor can the erection of such a Jewish State be accomplished without the gravest trespass upon the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine

  • 'NYT' provides frank descriptions of lobby's power in review of Truman book
    • Yosef Grodzinsky, IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST: The Struggle between Jews and Zionists in the aftermath of World War II (Monroe, ME: Common Courage, 2004) reports that most Jewish survivors in the DP camps expressed a preference to re-settle in the US or the UK. The allies cooperated with Zionist operatives to give them control of the camps and virtually compel the majority -- especially fighting-age men -- to Palestine.

  • 'New Republic''s literary editor attacks its senior editor as nasty, ignorant self-hating Jew
    • The vile Leon Wieseltier characteristically misquoting Rosa Luxemburg writes, “Remember Rosa Luxemburg’s letter to her friend in which she proudly announced that she had no corner of her heart for the Jews?”

      What she actually said, in a letter to her friend Mathilde Wurm (who was also Jewish) written on 16 February 1917 from her cell in Wronke Fortress:

      ‘What do you want with this theme of the “special suffering of the Jews”? I am just as much as concerned with the poor victims on the rubber plantations of Putumayo, the Blacks in Africa with whose corpses the Europeans play catch. You know the words that were written about the great work of the General Staff, about Gen. Trotha’s campaign in the Kalahari desert. “And the death rattles of the dying, the demented cries of those driven mad by thirst faded away in the sublime stillness of eternity.” Oh that “sublime stillness of eternity,” in which so many cries of anguish have faded away unheard, they resound within me so strongly that I have no special place in my heart for the ghetto. I feel at home in the entire world, wherever there are clouds and birds and human tears.’

  • Cary Nelson, the AAUP, and the privilege of bestowing academic freedom
    • Absolutely devastatingly on-target. Bravo!

      A small point of cultural knowledge that should be corrected since pro-Israel folk might use it to discredit the argument.

      The prophet Elijah has a chair waiting at a Passover Seder, not a bris -- however attractive the latter imagery. . .

  • AIPAC fail: Goldberg leads, and Sen. Blumenthal climbs off the war bus
  • 'We can't let Israel determine when and where U.S. goes to war,' says Feinstein, but Hillary is quiet as a mouse
    • Very strong statement by Senator Feinstein! I admit to being pleasantly surprised.
      Meanwhile, Chris Mathews on MSNBC had a good piece on sabotage of the Iran negotiations in Congress-- except that the culprits were. . . the Republicans!

      GOP cannot sabotage peace process with Iran: link to

      The usual self-censorship. Even a commentator as dense as Matthews cannot fail to understand that it is Israel and AIPC. What is Menendez, Democratic chair of the Senate Foreign Relatiions Committee -- chopped liver?

  • On House floor, Gohmert says Blumenthal is anti-Semitic Jew who'd welcome another Holocaust
    • Kachiiing! A speech like that starts the contributions meter running.

      There used to be such a thing as "Court Jews" -- Now there are "Court Goyim" . . .

  • Palestine, 1927
    • Did you even read the Wiki article you cited? Or do you think people are too clueless to even check?

      Here's the paragraph you selectively quoted:

      "In 1913 and 1914, Filastin was suspended by Ottoman authorities, once for criticism of the Mutasarrif (November 1913) and once for what British authorities summarized as "a fulminating and vague threat that when the eyes of the nation were opened to the peril towards which it was drifting it would rise like a roaring flood and a consuming fire and there would be trouble in [store] for the Zionists."[3] Elsewhere, a historical compendium of antisemitism called the cause for Falastin's suspension "racist hate propaganda."[4] Following the suspension, Falastin issued a circular responding to the government charges that they were "sowing discord between the elements of the Empire," which stated that "Zionist" was not the same as "Jew" and described the former as "a political party whose aim is to restore Palestine to their nation and concentrate them in it, and to keep it exclusively for them."[3] The newspaper was supported by Muslim and Christian notables, and a judge annulled the suspension on grounds of freedom of the press.[3]"

      Anyway, the point I made was not to endorse the al-Filastin newspaper, but only to point out that there was a concept of "Palestine" in modern times, even before the British Mandate.

      And yes, I knew that the EY in parentheses after Hebrew "Palestina" abbreviated "Eretz Yisroel" but that isn't the same as asserting (don't believe your lying eyes!) that the inscription on the coin "means" Land of Israel instead of Palestine.

    • It says in Hebrew: "Palestina (EY)"

      The first modern (Arabic) newspaper in Palestine antedated the British Mandate and was founded in 1911 by two Orthodox Christian brothers named 'Issa (Jesus). It was called al-Falastin.

  • Kerry (and NYT) carry water for Netanyahu on 'Jewish state' demand
    • Do Jews get to vote on whether their nation-state is the one where they actually live and hold citizenship, rather than Israel, with which they may have no connection whatsoever? Who gave Netanyahu -- or Kerry -- that right to decide for them?

      This was why the majority of Jews opposed Zionism during its formative years. It undermined their belonging and potentially their rights in their own countries.

  • Veolia, a local BDS target, loses Massachusetts commuter rail contract
    • Anything that sticks it to Veolia is clearly a good thing -- and the intrepid local activists who worked on the BDS effort deserve a lot of thanks. Raising the profile of BDS and undercutting the image of Veolia are worthy activities.

      But. . . there is very little evidence that the BDS campaign, or the allegations of anti-union Veolia management, played any significant role in denying them the contract.

      Today's Boston Globe reports from the final hearing to announce the new contract and BDS was not mentioned. In fact, most of the unions testified to their uneasiness with the proposed change. I don't write this to undercut the BDS efforts in any way. Just in the interest of not overestimating a supposed "BDS victory".

      link to

  • 'Wolf of Wall St' reflects Jewish rise (though Scorsese leaves that out)
    • Brilliant, Phil! I can recount a personal story which illustrates the “prehistory” of this Wall Street era.

      When I was in High School at Brooklyn Tech around 1960 I got a part-time after school job at the Ormont Machine Company on Broadway, just north of Houston St. Ormont – long gone from Lower Manhattan but apparently still operating out of Paramus, NJ --built die-cutting presses and machines to stuff pillows and toy animals. Difficult as it is to imagine now, all those trendy boutiques and lofts were then still the home to a thriving small manufacturing industry.

      The elderly founder of the company was a Mr. Goldberg, known as “Mr. G" to all of us, and his wife Mrs. G. ran the office. Their son was strangely known as Mr. Garwin. It wasn’t until years later that I figured out that the name Ormont was made-up French for “Gold Mountain” or Goldberg, meant to camouflage the Jewish ownership of the firm.

      A very different time.

  • Avigdor's triumph: Israel reportedly wants to transfer northern villages into Palestinian state
    • Sorry, you're wrong. Maybe you are confusing the Taibe in the Triangle with the village Taibe in Galilee (there's another in the West Bank too). Taibe's population is almost 40,000 (and Um el-Fahem is bigger).

    • Look, it's no great mystery. People's opinion about matters like this depends overwhelmingly on their perception of safety and standard of living -- even in the face of discrimination. You think Latino citizens of Santa Fe want to be transferred to Mexican sovereignty? It's not because they have equality or don't face discrimination in the US, but because life in Mexico would be worse.

      It is a rational choice for Palestinian citizens to preserve residence in a developed country with modern infrastructure, and some, even if second-class, civil rights, rather than be transferred to an impoverished bantustan with no rights whatsoever and the constant target of Israeli settlers and security forces.

      By the way, Alex, a small point, but Um al-Fahem and Taibe are CITIES in the Triangle -- or maybe (large) towns if you like, but certainly not "villages".

  • Cory Booker joins 13 other Senate Dems in bucking Obama on Iran-war bill
    • piotr and Toivo:
      I very much hope you are right. The administration lobbied and testified against the previous sanctions bill but did not go to the mat. But 37 votes to sustain a veto would be a major accomplishment and not so easy. Meanwhile Reid has apparently fast-tracked the bill:
      link to
      And Shumer's prominent sponsoring role is meant as a threat to fundraising for Senate candidates who don't play ball. He is a major rainmaker for Wall Street and pro-Israel campaign contributions, especially for the Senate.

    • Are you kidding? The last Iran Sanctions bill that was opposed by the Obama administration (and future Sec. of State Kerry) passed 100-0!

      Getting enough votes to sustain a Presidential veto is not obvious.

  • Rightwingers say Geneva deal is... Munich
    • Let's see:
      At Munich the major European powers agreed to placate an aggressive and rising military country by allowing it to annex a part of it's neighbor. They were reluctant to confront its violation of treaties -- and anyway they expected it to fight a proxy war against their common enemy to the East, rather than against themselves. Of course, the winner of Munich soon grabbed the whole of its neighbor anyway, and there was no stopping its military aggression in the end.

      So today, if it's Munich, just who is who?

  • Why do US media insist that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Gulf states oppose Iran deal?
    • "P.S. Can’t wait for Saudi Arabia to push on a nuclear-free Middle East."

      The countries of the Middle East are all on record supporting the concept of a "Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone" and have been actively pressing to move it forward. Even Israel says it is for this, though in some distant future when there is "regional peace".

      Next month there will be an international conference in Haifa organized by the Israeli Left -- link to -- to publicize and promote the idea, which has received scant notice in the US press. US and Mass Peace Action are sending delegates, of which I am one and I plan to report on it when I return. Maybe write something about it in the next couple of days too.

  • Update: Netanyahu complains to Kerry of incitement and cites-- Mohammed Assaf's lyrics
    • CAMERA has a table of the pre-Oslo prisoners slated for release: link to
      The first four were convicted for attacking an Israeli army base -- and many others for violence against Israeli solders. Not "terrorists" by any reasonable definition, unless by terrorists we include the whole IDF. Not a bad idea!

      And how ludicrous is it for Netanyahu to complain about Palestinian "incitement", meaning complaints about Israel ACTIONS and an unwillingness to accept Israeli colonization as legitimate. . .

  • 'We failed' (In which a Palestinian activist abandons the peace process)
    • Thanks for the comments.

      But you know, if you read carefully, my friend has given upon the "Peace Process" but not on the struggle for Palestinian self-determination. In the face of defeat of the Oslo process, going back to the land is a sensible pause, not surrender. He still volunteers for the Independent Trade Unions, the FIDA Party and other forms of struggle. Unfortunately, the next generation is not so steadfast -- or has fewer illusions, depending on your point of view. I found the second-generation youth on both sides of the Green Line typically less political and more religious.

      I don't think it is permanent, but I find the sense of defeat and de-politicization very widespread. No point if glossing this over. However, taking the long view, as I tied to indicate, the Palestinians are not surrendering and I believe there will eventually be a renewed upsurge of struggle.

  • Syria's faultlines extend into Lebanon and Palestine
    • Thanks for the comments. I would have thought the point about "sectarian war" was obvious enough. Only one side speaks about the conflict mainly in religious terms -- "our" side.

      I was fortunate to be visiting the area accompanied by a local friend. That's probably why people were willing to speak to me. But not everyone! I never met any of the military commanders. Of course it was a moment of great pride in their military achievement at al-Qusayr, so maybe people were feeling less guarded than usual. . .

      Unfortunately, news from Lebanon right now is very bad and possibly getting worse.

  • Invisible Man
    • So "Russian" Israelis belong in Moscow, not Netanya?
      And if immigrants from south of the Rio Grande insist on being called Mexican-Americans we should threaten to deport them? Puerto Ricans? Italian-Americans? Jewish-Americans?

  • Obama White House blew off idea of celebrating Emancipation Proclamation anniversary, says leading Lincoln scholar
    • This is what Obama had to say at the airport when arriving in Israel last month:

      "Why does the United States stand so strongly, so firmly with the State of Israel? And the answer is simple. We stand together because we share a common story -- patriots determined to be e a free people in our land,” pioneers who forged a nation, heroes who sacrificed to preserve our freedom, and immigrants from every corner of the world who renew constantly our diverse societies."

      Irony -- or principle -- is not his strong suit. . .

  • Israel Project 'makeover' shows how U.S. stands between Israel and total isolation
    • From Obama's arrival speech in Israel:

      "Why does the United States stand so strongly, so firmly with the State of Israel? And the answer is simple. We stand together because we share a common story -- patriots determined to be e a free people in our land,” pioneers who forged a nation, heroes who sacrificed to preserve our freedom, and immigrants from every corner of the world who renew constantly our diverse societies."

      Unconscious irony. . .

    • One way would be to sponsor and publicize a poll on aid to Israel. Worded the right way -- with information about the amount, comparison to other countries and the relative prosperity of Israel -- I have little doubt that the numbers would be strongly negative. Why no group has done this yet is a mystery to me. The tribute we pay to Israel thrives mainly in secret, without any public say. The mainstream media might even pick something like that up

      And despite polling which indicates much more support for Israel than for the Palestinians, this support is rather thin. Other polls show that, when given the choice, strong pluralities say to "stay out of it".

  • Day Two of Obama in Israel/Palestine — Obama visits Ramallah and addresses the Israeli people
    • It's funny, but bagpipes are part of the scout (as is Boy Scouts) culture in Palestine and are commonly heard during parades in Ramallah. I imagine the tradition goes back to the British Mandate, maybe further. . .

  • US Jews leave 'Gatekeepers' asking why we give money to Israel -- says Oren, outraged
    • I recently watched the wonderful film "The Time that Remains" by Elia Suleiman for the second time and a certain scene struck me in particular.

      In Ramallah, during the Israeli attack and curfew in 2002, a young mother pushes a stroller with her child past a group of heavily armed Israeli soldiers. One of them yells at her: "Go home!" She replies, simply, "You go home!" and she continues on.

      The history of Zionism in 20 seconds. . .

  • Vivian Gornick stashed book critical of Israel lest she 'commit literary suicide'
    • I have nothing in particular against Jews who want to invite non-Jews to their Seders. However, the type of public Seders I am referring to have a different, and political, character. They occur in every big city, usually sponsored by the local JCRC. And they do constitute "an offer you can't refuse" -- unless you want to risk being marked as a potential anti-Semite, lose Jewish political support or risk being blackballed by Jewish charitable funders. This is particularly the case regarding African-American social service agencies.

      The same with the various Jewish-led "educational" programs. No accident that widespread high-school Facing History curricula -- important for building the right kind of college application -- steer clear of the Palestine issue. Years ago I offered to make a presentation at such a class attended by my son. The very liberal (Jewish) teacher was agreeable at first, but somehow it never worked out, despite repeated reminders from me. Of course they studied the persecution of European Jews in elaborate detail, visited the Holocaust Museum, etc.

    • This reminded me of the raft of "interfaith" and "multicultural" Passover Seders going on the the coming days. Labor Seder, Black-Jewish Seder, International Seder, etc. where Jews "invite" -- I should better say demand -- that people of other (or no) faith attend and acknowledge the Jewish religious/historical experience. I may be myopic, but I do not get the sense that other religious communities make the same demands on faiths other than their own.

      This kind of practice seems to an exercise in celebrating both Jewish victimhood and Jewish power simultaneously. Likewise, the various interfaith Holocaust observations, school visits to the Holocaust Museum and educational programs like Facing History.

      They all make an offer you can't refuse. . .

  • Obama scared AIPAC into silence, then defeated it
    • As my mother used to say: "From your mouth to God's ear."
      The Arabs have a like expression:
      Min tummak la baab issama - "From your lips to the Gate of Heaven"

  • NY Historical Society to host man who smeared Defense Secretary as anti-Semite
  • Dov Hikind dons blackface for Purim party (Updated)
    • I remember years ago when my children were little they were given a set of alphabet blocks as a gift from my father-in-law. The letter "I" had a picture of a Native American "Indian" in feathered"Redskin" headgear. He didn't understand at first when I tried to explain that this was offensive.
      When I wondered how he would feel to see the letter "J" illustrated by a guy with a beard and a broad-brimmed hat, he got the idea. . .

  • Dershowitz's hypocrisy and dishonesty over Brooklyn College BDS conference
    • Thorough -- and lawyerly! -- take-down.

      Thanks so much for the reminder of what a gigantic fraud is "The Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law" at Harvard. This guy is a very smart, very shameless liar. Someday psychology graduate (and law?) students will write studies of his twisted career and twisted mind.

  • Latest Kennedy to go to Congress parrots same old stale Israel talking points on Palestinians
    • The US Congress is the present-day Zionist Masada. Have our "representatives" made a suicide pact as well?

  • US Congress seeks to thwart Palestinian reconciliation -- hearing WINEP testimony based on Israeli army blog
    • Annie, you just don't get the Israeli message filtering through Ros-Leitinen:
      Palestinian disunity is a barrier to peace -- and Palestinian unity is a threat to peace.
      What's so hard about that to understand?
      Zionist think there will be peace when Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish and Democratic state in Biblical Eretz Yisroel -- followed by their self-deportation or suicide.

  • You could become 'another Goldstone' -- friendly warning to Yale prof whose study cleared Palestinian textbooks of demonization charge
  • Chomsky: Obama strongly supported Israel's 2006 Lebanon invasion
    • Obama was also the principal sponsor of the 2007 Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, a law designed to promote state-by-state divestment campaigns. It was clearly an effort to place himself for the 2008 presidential campaign. The house sponsor was mega-PEP Congressman Barney Frank, Enough said.

      The whole Iran divestment campaign was hatched in Israel by Netanyahu and promoted in the US by Mitt Romney -- who was also running for president in 2007.

      link to

  • 'Most moral' army in the world is looking more and more like Bull Connor enforcing Jim Crow
  • Hagel obeyed Senate taboo against criticism of Israel-- 'our most important ally in the entire world'
    • Shared Values?
      Jennifer Rubin, resident Neocon and Israel apologist at the Washington Post, cited an anti-Hagel letter from Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) in which the legislator claimed “As a non-Jewish Senator who strongly supports the State of Israel, let me assure you that my support is rooted in the shared values of our two democracies”. link to
      Perhaps Imhofe had this in mind: Israel admits giving contraceptive injections to Ethiopian immigrant women link to;
      or this: Some Fear a Soccer Team’s Racist Fans Hold a Mirror Up to Israel link to;
      or this Millions disenfranchised in Israeli vote due solely to ethnicity and geography link to

  • Hagel called for all-but normalizing relations with Iran so as to engage it as an ally on Israel-Palestine issue
    • WND is apparently test-marketing another approach to stirring up the wingnuts against Hagel without even mentioning Israel -- that he is an internationalist intent on taxing Americans to send more money to the "Third World". And in an article by virtual -- if not actual -- Israeli agent Aaron Klein (no relation!) written from Jerusalem. . .

  • In Honor of Titans
    • Terrific article!
      I wonder if any participants in the Palestinian uprising can comment on the influence of events in South Africa during the years before the Intifadah? The rebellion in the townships began a few years earlier and seemed to my eyes to preview the unfolding of events in Occupied Palestine. Was the South African Mass Democratic Movement and the process of making the townships "ungovernable" a stimulus or a model? And did the Israelis learn from it too? Their response was much more violent.
      In South Africa, the uprising led eventually to negotiations and the orderly retreat of the Apartheid regime toward democratic majority rule.
      In Israel-Palestine, it led to. . . Oslo and a quieting of mass resistance.

  • Merkel squirms during Netanyahu's love song to 'special relationship'
    • Looked like a marriage counseling session where the wife has already decided to call it quits but agreed to go through the motions -- and the husband is on speed. . .

  • Election results: The Jewish right goes down in the House and Senate
    • And Mass Congressional incumbent John Tierney won in a squeaker, despite allegations of family gambling corruption. Tierney was targeted by Kristol's Emergency Committee on Israel (their TV spot against him is still on line) as one of the relatively few in Congress who expressed misgivings about Israel's criminal attack on Gaza.

  • Eric Yoffie says Jewish leaders can criticize the settlements, but nobody else
    • Notice that when Zionists attack the letter from Protestant church leaders, they rarely provide a link to the text so that people can judge for themselves whether or not the message is "anti-Israel".

      Here is the link:

      The third paragraph of the letter states ( before the proposal to re-examine the appropriateness of military aid to Israel): link to

      "Through this direct experience we have witnessed the pain and suffering of Israelis as a result of Palestinian actions and of Palestinians as a result of Israeli actions. In addition to the horror and loss of life from rocket attacks from Gaza and past suicide bombings, we have witnessed the broad impact that a sense of insecurity and fear has had on Israeli society. We have also witnessed widespread Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinians, including killing of civilians, home demolitions and forced displacement, and restrictions on Palestinian movement, among others. We recognize that each party—Israeli and Palestinian—bears responsibilities for its actions and we therefore continue to stand against all violence regardless of its source. Our stand against violence is complemented by our commitment to the rights of all Israelis, as well as all Palestinians, to live in peace and security."

      Just what more could they have written -- other than refraining from criticizing Israel at all? Of course, as Phil writes, the idea is that they should just shut up. . .

  • Romney must break with neocons, who want to outsource war decisions to Netanyahu -- Simes
  • 'NBC' likens Iran boycott to anti-apartheid struggle
  • J Street sells its soul, completes evolution to AIPAC lite
    • We should also examine whether our $3.5 billion in military aid to the Palestinians passes US legal muster. We can only be even-handed only if we stop our gifts of F-16 fighter planes to Hamas as well as Israel.

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