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James Michie

James Michie lives in Bethesda, MD

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  • Israeli soldiers shoot 3-year-old Palestinian child in the head during West Bank military training exercise
    • Thank you, Mondoweiss, for this thorough compilation of news on Palestine's longstanding human/civil rights crisis. I am forwarding this to David Halbfinger, Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times, to show him how derelict he his in covering Zionist Israel's human rights crimes.

  • Finally a 'New York Times' columnist says liberal Zionism is dead
    • A footnote to my previous comment: Will this "one-state" bring about a true democracy and abolish the existing apartheid theocracy and, if so, would the existing "government" be required to demolish the hundreds of miles of those 26-foot concrete walls chopping up Palestinian lands in West Bank and East Jerusalem, abolish the hundreds of military checkpoints restricting Palestinian travel, allow all highways and roads accessible to Palestinians, end the Zionist Israeli siege/blockade imprisoning 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza, end Zionist Israeli restrictions and attacks on Palestinian fishermen, release the 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners, and end all fascist apartheid "policies" and military occupation of Palestinian villages, neighborhoods, farm lands and other Palestinian assets and, if so, specifically how would all of these criminal activities and human/civil rights violations be ended and how long will it take for all of this to be accomplished? Permit me to be charitable in suggesting that bringing true democracy to the "Jewish State of Israel" can not happen in the foreseeable future. What say you, Mondoweiss?

    • A question for you, Mondoweiss: You folks have indicated for a couple of years that the "two-state solution" was dead and now you are advocating a "one-state" obviously controlled and governed by the "government" in place, the brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, land-stealing Zionists led by Benjamin Netanyahu, a ruthless individual and pathological liar: so how is all of this decades-old horrendous, galactic unlawful "behavior" going to be corrected, and how long with this "transition" last while Palestinians continue to suffer incalculable misery--pray-tell? Look forward to your response. Better yet, why don't you folks do a piece on this and give the Palestinians a great deal of "comfort"--something they haven't enjoyed for six decades.

  • Israel's prosecution of Ahed Tamimi is blaming the victim
    • "[Zionist] Israel claims Ahed is a violent and dangerous criminal." Typical and always expected empty cry from Zionists who falsely and criminally have portrayed themselves as the "victims" over the past 60 years of Zionist Israel's brutal, ruthless, racist, terrorist, fascist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, land-stealing evil regime controlling Palestine!

  • Ahed Tamimi has polarized western opinion -- but stirred some liberals to solidarity
    • Outstanding use of a video portraying typical daily obnoxious and fascist "behavior" of Zionist Israel's "soldiers" in threatening, frightening, intimidating Palestinians in their on neighborhoods and on their own property. Zionism "practiced" in Palestine is brutal, ruthless, terrorist, fascist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing and land-stealing for the past six decades! FREE AHED TAMIMI!

  • The trauma of being Palestinian
    • Thank you, Mohammed. Your piece is extremely meaningful to me and to my wife, Edie, as we continue to follow the tragedy of Palestine's human rights crisis--especially in Gaza. We are among what I perceived to be a very small number of Americans who have learned from our Gaza Facebook friends how desperate are life and conditions in the world's largest concentration camp. Prior to Zionist Israel's merciless three-month war on Gaza, we were privileged in March 2014 to meet on Facebook and to soon afterwards "adopt" as our Gaza granddaughter a 19-year-old English language student at Islamic University of Gaza. We soon learned that Shrouq ("Sunrise" in Arabic) Al Aila was extraordinarily bright, courageous, strong of mind, determined, loving and caring. We began to help Shrouq through emails with her English composition and met two of her English professors on Facebook. And then came the murderous and destructive war on Gaza in the summer of 2014. Shrouq would provide us with frequent email reports on the loss of life, devastation and carnage at the hands of Zionist Israel. Following the war, Shrouq was recruited by Pam Bailey as a writer for "We Are Not Numbers" and wrote several excellent pieces for posting. There is so much more to share with you about our dear Hafeeda. Perhaps we'll find you on Facebook and befriend you as we have with more than 200 Gazans. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Very touching.

  • Ahed and Nour Tamimi charged with assault, Nariman Tamimi charged with incitement for broadcasting encounter on Facebook
    • An excellent compilation of what Palestinians are forced to endure at Zionist gunpoint day after day and financed by the ugly old USA to the hideous tune of $3.8 billion annually stuffed in the pockets of brutal, ruthless, racist, terrorist, fascist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, land-stealing Zionist Israel. This type of report should be posted weekly, including more use of videos and photos. CONGRATULATIONS, Mondoweiss!

  • Ben Cardin, free speech, and the art of the dodge
    • As a member (in absentia) of the racist Zionist Knesset, Ben Cardin should move to racist Zionist Tel Aviv to continue his practice of discrimination and opposition to freedom of speech and not in the State of Maryland. Ben Cardin displays utter contempt for all that is fundamental to democracy and is a disgrace to the U.S. Senate!

  • Napoleon, Hitler and the economy -- David Brooks hints that Trump is losing his mind
  • Tour Israel first-class with 'New York Times' cheerleader Jodi Rudoren
    • No surprise, indeed, Phil! Your labeling of Jodi as "biased" toward Zionist Israel is grossly charitable. Jodi Rudoren was no less a huckster for the brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionist regime controlling Israel. Lest we forget, her successor, Peter Baker, a highly respected reporter, stayed little more than three months as the Times Jerusalem bureau chief when he decided to vacate that "venue" and return to DC as the Times White House correspondent. Need we wonder why? "Biased" hardly describes the New York Times longstanding defense of indefensible Zionist Israel and its countless outrageous violations of human and civil rights of its "neighbors", the Palestinians, for the past 50 years!

  • 'I am not your goy' -- chaos at a liberal Zionist conference
    • A far better headline for this piece: "I Am Not Your Ni**er"! After all, Zionist Israel is known for its brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing and Palestine land-theft in longstanding persecution of its "neighbors", the Palestinians. And isn't this the way the colonists of America and all that followed have treated Native Americans and other people of color? Perhaps something all of us to ponder.

  • If Trump is serious we may be seeing the most significant step in 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations
    • OMG! Yossi, you most assuredly will be choking on that popcorn! Haven't you read anything at all about the world's premier narcissistic megalomaniacal pathological liar? So much for "wishful thinking"!

  • Apartheid wears a veil
    • VEILED? You've gotta' be kidding, Jonathan. The six decades of racism, brutality, ruthlessness, genocide, ethnic cleansing and raw fascism of Zionist Israel in Palestine is as plain as the nose on your face and mine. Veiled? REALLY?

  • Netanyahu's 'ethnic cleansing' video earns strong rebuke from State Department
    • This so-called "prime minister" is a fascist terrorist creature from HELL and needs to be heavily sedated, restrained in a straight jacket and Hannibal muzzle, and locked away in a padded cell for life!

  • Chosen indeed: all 7 letters run by 'NYT' on Mideast article are by Jews
    • "What does it take to get into the club"? First of all: you need to be a Zionist who unquestionably supports Zionist Israel's brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing fascist rule over the State of Palestine and its people (for the past 68 years, and counting); second, you must never criticize the so-called "policies" of Zionist Israel in persecuting its "neighbors", the Palestinians; and, third, the New York Times must continue its charade of claiming it publishes "all the news that's fit to print", while shielding and defending indefensible Zionist Israel! So what else is new?

  • The dark secret of Israel’s stolen babies
    • An excellent piece, Jonathan Cook! But what is missing is the fact that these "founding fathers" of Zionist Israel were Zionists who felt no pangs of conscience as they began in 1947 to massacre and destroy hundreds of Palestinian villages. This pillage, theft and rape of Palestine continues to this day as brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionist Israel is bent on taking whatever it wants and in any way possible through countless violations of the human and civil rights of the Palestinians. The Zionists are determined to "own" all of Palestine! So, please Jonathan, let's properly identify these Zionists for what they really are.

  • Solidifying behind Clinton, foreign policy establishment gins up a cold war with Russia/Iran
    • "Gins up a cold war"? Mike Morell is a latecomer, Phil. Obama and his neo-cons renewed the cold war with Russia when he executed that coup in Ukraine, financing it with $5-billion; and then activated the NATO war mongers to "gin up" more sales for the arms/munitions manufacturers in the ugly old USA (yuuuuuuuuge contributors to both the corrupt Republican and Democrat parties and their lackeys).

  • Google blames bug for removing 'West Bank' and 'Gaza' from Israel/Palestine map
  • Palestinian mayor explains high death toll in small village: ‘Pressure births explosion’
    • Welcome to brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing fascist Zionist Israel, invaders of the State of Palestine for the past 68 years--and countin!

  • Anti-occupation activists stand with Black Lives Matter as Jewish orgs attack movement over Israel criticisms
    • Perhaps not, Annie, so I think I'll make that suggestion at the next webinar. Hope to see you there. Cheers!

    • Well, Annie, I see that you killed my comment on this piece and I'd like to know why? Is it because you don't like the thought of Jewish Voice for Peace coming up with a banner and movement, "Palestinian Lives Matter", or "Palestinian Independence Matters", or Palestinian Freedom Matters", or Palestinian Justice Matters", or Palestinian Equality Matters"? And especially since these suggestions came from me, one of your "favorite" commenters, Jim Michie, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace? So what's your problem, Annie?

    • HEY! That's GREAT, Jewish Voice for Peace! Now how about a banner and movement for "PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER"! If you can support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Zionist Israel, why not support "PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER", as well as "PALESTINIAN INDEPENDENCE MATTERS" and "PALESTINIAN FREEDOM MATTERS" and "PALESTINIAN JUSTICE MATTERS" and "PALESTINIAN EQUALITY MATTERS"!

      Why not, Jewish Voice for Peace?

      Jim Michie, Member, Jewish Voice for Peace

  • Five US citizens detained, interrogated, denied entry to Israel
    • Typical of a fascist state, Zionist Israel! Yet, Phil and Adam, you've given up on fighting for an independent State of Palestine, hoping that somehow, the brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionists in control of Zionist Israel and all of what remains of Palestine will turn away from fascism and begin practicing Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a

      Please, don't hold your breaths!

  • Are comparisons of South African apartheid and Israel useful?
    • "Are comparisons of South African apartheid and Israel useful?" Jon and Sean, I would suggest that, like me, there are many, many readers of Mondoweiss who know anything at all about the brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist Zionist Israel military occupation and rule of what little remains of Palestine wonder why some academic writers continue to raise question over whether Zionist Israel is "apartheid", or racist.

      Permit me to suggest that those of us who have come to know about the horror of Zionist Israel's 68 years of barbarism in the grand theft of the entire nation of Palestine, massacre and destruction of hundreds of Palestinian villages, along with wholesale violation of international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and fundamental human rights find pieces like yours to be counterproductive in the longstanding global human rights cause for freedom, justice and equality of Palestinians.

      Further, permit me to suggest that the headline for your piece should read:

      Comparison of South African apartheid and Israel racism is useful

  • Netanyahu-Lieberman deal tears 'mask off face of Israel' -- but 'NYT' keeps the mask on
    • Hey Phil, this reader is curious to know why Mondoweiss did not feature the Gideon Levy piece instead of giving Levy an "also-ran" third position in this piece, below Jewish Voice for Peace and JPN? You should have led with Levy instead of mediocrity.

  • A brief history of the 'Nakba' in Israel
    • As a footnote to my earlier response:
      Those few people in the West, especially in America, who have learned of what Zionist Israel has done to, not for, Palestinians, in spite of the pro-Zionist Israel "news media" propaganda, do not appreciate at all these academic pieces on "Nakba discourse in Zionist Israel" and couching Zionist Israel's countless human rights crimes in "softer language". Zionist Israel's horrific six-decade brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule of Palestine begs, really cries out, for the Jewish community, in Zionist Israel and worldwide, to admit the ugly raw truth and work diligently to end these egregious crimes against humanity! A high ranking Zionist military officer encapsulates a second "holocaust" perpetrated by Zionists claiming to be Jewish on the Palestinians:

      Why Would That General Compare Israel to 1930s Germany? Hmm...

    • "WH" I think you need to be reminded of the fact that Zionist Israel's six-decade brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule of Palestine needs a bit more than "soft language" which can be construed as longstanding Zionist damage control.

      Relating to your condescending observation, the title of this piece, "A Brief History of the 'Nakba' in Israel" is deceptive to the reader who is not as "well read" as you are. My point again: brutal, ruthless, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist Zionists perpetrated the Nakba on Palestine, not Israel. Your excuse for Eitan, that "the use of 'softer' language is generally in keeping with the 'softer' views being described," fits right in with continuing Zionist damage control! An all too clumsy, transparent effort, "WH".

    • For starters, Eitan, the "Nakba" was in Palestine, not in Israel. Your headline should have read: A Brief History of the 'Nakba' in Palestine.

      You also apparently did your best to not use terms that accurately describe how the armed Zionists practiced barbarism, brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing and other fascist tactics in the Zionist grand theft and takeover of Palestine, a nation at peace prior to Zionist invasion.

      An example of your artful soft-pedaling of Zionist treachery and terrorism: "As the events became more distant history, and while intensely working towards building the newly formed state, settling newcomers, and preventing the return of Palestinian refugees, the naive attitude addressing the Nakba openly was abandoned."

      "As the events became more distant history . ." "Events"? Really, Eitan? Truly a nebulous term to move past the telling of hideous Zionist massacres and destruction of hundreds of entire villages that continues to this day, especially in besieged and war-torn Gaza; racism in today's Zionist Israel and in what little remains of Palestine subjected to six decades of grand theft of Palestinian lands, and brutal (and sometimes barbaric), racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist Zionist military occupation and rule of the defenseless Palestinians.

      Indeed, Eitan, your soft-pedaling of what Zionists have done to Palestine in no way advocates freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians, especially for those living in Gaza, Zionist Israel's concentration camp and testing ground for new weapons, as well as for the millions of Palestinian refugees forced at gunpoint out of their homes and country with no right of return.

      You even failed to cite that the Zionist military occupation and rule of Palestine violates international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention:

      Illegal occupation: U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 of November 22, 1967 emphasizes “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war” and called for withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the Palestinian territories occupied [by Israel] in the 1967 conflict.

      Illegal “settlements”: Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Article 85 of the First Protocol to Fourth Geneva Convention further stipulates that “the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory, in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Convention” shall be regarded as one of the “grave breaches of this Protocol” that “shall be regarded as war crimes.”

      As a journalist, by schooling and practice, I sense a common thread running through much, if not most, of the global Jewish community, as well as in Zionist Israel: a deep seated bent toward abject denial and a clinging to cognitive dissonance in accepting the almost seven decades of persecuting the Palestinians. Sad, very, very sad indeed, Eitan.

  • Israeli settlements 'screwed up' Kerry peace talks, Indyk says--but U.S. is still Israel's lawyer!
    • I continue to be curious in wanting to know why Mondoweiss refuses to label Zionist Israel's illegal colonist settlements "Illegal". Your failure to do so, only serves to legitimize Zionist Israel's continuing grand theft of Palestinian homes farms, businesses and lands.

      The headline for this piece should read: Israel's Illegal settlements ‘screwed up’ Kerry peace talks, Indyk says–but U.S. is still Israel’s lawyer!

      I hope you give this due consideration, Phil and Adam. Thanks.

      Jim Michie

  • The Making of Israel: Zionist settler colonialism in historic Palestine
    • Phil and Adam, your "visualizing" map is not visualizing on my computer screen. The screen remains a dull gray.

      That aside, again, I would suggest that you cease legitimizing Zionist Israel grand theft of Palestine land and territory. Ethnic cleansing deserves to be labeled what it is--"ETHNIC CLEANING"!

      Your headline, "The Making of Israel: Zionist settler colonialism in historic Palestine", should read: The Zionist grand theft and ethnic cleansing of a country, historic Palestine.

      As you know, Phil and Adam, the Zionists who "founded" Israel did not purchase Palestine from its rightful owners, the Palestinians. The "founding" of Israel is grounded in massacre, brutality, racism, ethnic cleansing, ongoing grand theft and horrific military occupation of virtually all of Palestine.

  • Don't say the Z-word
    • Zionists are accomplished in playing the "Anti-Semitic card", as they wrap themselves in the Star of David and claim to be Jewish when they are NOT! Zionism = brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing and FASCISM.: the epitome of galactic hypocrisy! The tens of thousands of Zionist murders of Palestinians and grand theft of Palestinian lands does in no possible way bespeak of Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a.

      So much for madman Benjamin Netanyahu's Fascist "democracy"!

  • Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew
    • "bleeding heart liberals"? Oy Vey, Phil, did you borrow this descriptive phase from my favorite Zionist propaganda rags: the Jerusalem Post, the Time of Israel, the Washington Toast, or the New York Times?

    • Hey hoya, you'd better check that Pew survey again and get a grip on yourself. In spite of the "mainstream media" obscene bias in favor of brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist Zionist Israel, most Americans are now depending a great deal on the internet for TRUTH in news of the Palestinian crisis. Zionist Israel is on a path to self-destruction which obviously will lead to peace in the Middle East and a far more stable world.

  • Are Clinton and Sanders really all that different on Israel/Palestine?
    • Thank you for your response, Professor Tolan. I did read your piece several times. If my perception was incorrect, you might wish to read both your piece and my comment again and perhaps come to appreciate my perception of what you wrote. I am relieved to hear that you are not a "closet" Hillary supporter. I would be doubly relieved to hear that you are a true practitioner of Judaism, as is Bernie Sanders, and not a supporter of Zionist Israel. I do look forward to your response "at greater length".


      Jim Michie

    • Professor Tolan, your veiled bias in favor of Hillary-for-president is quite clever—somewhat opaque, but discernable. You attempt to diminish the Bernie Sanders position on Palestine and Israel to bring it more in line with Hillary’s unconditional support of Zionist Israel. The absence of historical context in your piece further establishes your bias in favor of Zionist Israel by failing to reveal much of that rogue state’s six-decades of brutal, ruthless, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule over what little remains of Palestine. You even failed to acknowledge that Zionist Israel is an “apartheid state” (polite for “racist”), as seen by most of the world.

      Moreover, you fail to point out that Zionist Israel’s unlawful “colonization” of Palestine has been in violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention since 1967:

      Illegal occupation: U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 of November 22, 1967 emphasizes “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war” and called for withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the Palestinian territories occupied [by Israel] in the 1967 conflict.

      Illegal “settlements”: Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Article 85 of the First Protocol to Fourth Geneva Convention further stipulates that “the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory, in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Convention” shall be regarded as one of the “grave breaches of this Protocol” that “shall be regarded as war crimes.”

      Anyone who has taken the time to learn the history of how Zionist Israel came about and compares Hillary Clinton’s record with that of Bernie Sanders on the Palestine-Israel longstanding and ever-worsening crisis would find the Sanders position far more humanitarian in advocating freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians. Indeed, Professor Tolan, there is a vast difference between the Sanders and Clinton positions on the Palestine-Israel crisis.

  • Advice to British leftwingers on kicking racism out of their anti-Israel rhetoric
    • Oy Vey, hoya, you got it right! Genocide goes hand-in-hand with ethnic cleansing, racism, brutality, ruthlessness and FASCISM perpetrated by Zionist Israel as it continues the grand theft of what remains of Palestine! And by the way, your Zionist Israel's indiscriminate merciless massacre of Gazans--most of whom WERE civilians, 565 of them children--is viewed as GENOCIDE around the world.

    • Absolutely incredible, Robert Cohen, the way you dismiss Zionist Israel’s six-decade brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule (control, if you like) of Palestine and its defenseless people by stating “. . the Palestinians are having a hard time.” Really?

      Not that it matters to you, but I view your piece as a clever, but highly transparent, attempt to shift and quell some of the rapidly growing heat being felt by your Zionist Israel (of its own making) from around the world.

      Moving right along, “Occasionally, very occasionally,” you state, “and only in very skillful and sensitive hands, a comparison between the actions of the Nazis and the behavior of Israel can be compared with some ethical integrity. I’m strongly recommending you drop this particular line of rhetoric.”

      Balderdash! “Fascist state” is a short, accurate and legitimate term describing your Zionist Israel. My definition of a “fascist state”: brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal and ethnic cleansing. Like it or not, Robert, so was Nazi Germany and so is Zionist Israel to its “neighbors”, the Palestinians.

      And then you state incredulously: “Remember, one person’s Settler Colonial project of land appropriation is another person’s expression of national self-determination.” Far more accurately stated: Wholesale grand theft of the land of an indigenous people by a foreign armed force is acceptable in national self-determination.

      Lest we forget Robert, Zionist Israel’s ongoing grand theft and colonization of what remains of Palestine violates international law and the Geneva Conventions—countless times over the past six decades:

      Illegal occupation: U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 of November 22, 1967 emphasizes “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war” and called for withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the Palestinian territories occupied [by Israel] in the 1967 conflict.

      Illegal “settlements”: Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Article 85 of the First Protocol to Fourth Geneva Convention further stipulates that “the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory, in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Convention” shall be regarded as one of the “grave breaches of this Protocol” that “shall be regarded as war crimes.”

      Again and again, Robert, you attempt to dispel the long recognized fact that your Zionist Israel is a racist apartheid state, a long-established trait of fascism:

      “But if you’re going to talk about Zionism it’s pointless (and counter-productive) to paint it as nothing more than another version of fascism, a racist ideology no better than National Socialism or the white 19th century colonialists of Southern Africa.”

      Globally, your Zionist Israel has come to be known as “another South Africa” and, in the words of South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "Israeli treatment of Palestinians is worse than South African apartheid.” As distasteful and abhorrent as you may find it, Robert, “Zionism” = racism, and has finally come to be known so around the world.

      Early on, in your piece, Robert, you state: “For Hitler, the Jews were sub-human carriers of disease and corruption.” And, as you and most of the world know now: for Zionist Benjamin Netanyahu, his minions and too many of his predecessors, Palestinians are “sub-human and terrorists”. That’s racism, Robert. When it comes to Zionist Israel’s horrific military occupation and control over Palestine, I see no evidence of Benjamin Netanyahu and far too many other Israeli Jews practicing Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a Worst case by far, Robert, is Zionist Israel’s on-going 10-year siege/blockade of Gaza from its sister territories of East Jerusalem and the West Bank and the rest of the world. Surrounded by concrete walls, barbed wire, Zionist troops and armor, 1.8 million Palestinians are imprisoned in this small piece of land, five miles wide and 25 miles long, bordered by Zionist Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. Gaza is the world’s largest concentration camp. Subject to merciless attack by Zionist Israel, some 2,200 Palestinians, 565 of them children, were massacred and thousands more wounded in Zionist Israel’s 52-day brutal assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014. Yet, you have the chutzpah to state in your piece: “even [illegal Israeli] Settler Colonialists (and their descendants) deserve human rights.”

      You end your Israel’s-not-so-bad piece with: “Once you start talking about Zionist control of anything you’re deep into some of the oldest expressions of antisemitism. Criticise the lobbyists by all means but don’t succumb to conspiracy theories. It’s the politics of fools.” Really, Robert? Well it sounds to me like you’re politicking for Zionism status quo. In other words, we should never criticize Zionism for its brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist control of what remains of Palestine, or we’ll be labeled “anti-Semitic”. Now that’s what I call a raw catch-22, Robert! So go ahead and label this gentile “anti-Semitic” because I truly am anti-Zionist and all of the ugly treachery it stands for. And, by the way, I pride myself in not being a “fool”!

      As a footnote (meant to be constructive): Could it be, Robert, that you, like so many other Zionists, suffer from abject denial and cognitive dissonance, in light of what Zionists have done to—not for—the Palestinians?

  • 'Forward' columnist and Emily's List leader relate 'gigantic,' 'shocking' role of Jewish Democratic donors
    • Amazing, not shocking, but absolutely amazing, hophmi, that you and other Zionists are so "deft" at stepping over entirely the hideous fact of Zionist Israel's six-decade oppression of Palestine and its people. But what should be extremely shocking (but isn't) is how this panel of seven distinguished individuals who happen to be Jewish can sit for so long a time and not deal with the horrific reality of Zionist Israel's six-decade (and counting) brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing military occupation and rule of an ever-shrinking Palestine, as unlawful colonial Zionist "settlers" aided by their Zionist "government continue to steal at gunpoint Palestinian villages and lands for still more unlawful colonies. This clearly points to a continuation of abject denial and cognitive dissonance within the Jewish community. Tragic, very, very tragic and chillingly ironic, since Zionist Israel's "government" and "army" continue to use some of the very same tactics in occupying what remains of Palestine that were used by the Nazis against the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. Yes, hophimi, when it comes to Palestine, the Jewish community has a great deal to atone for--whenever it gets around to it.

  • 'Anti-Zionism = anti-semitism' is a formal logical fallacy
    • WRONG headline, Phil and Adam. It should read: "Anti-Zionism = anti-racism, anti-brutality, anti-genocide, anti-ethnic-cleansing, anti-fascism, anti-grand-theft." Yes, I know that it's a lengthy headline, but it speaks TRUTH to those who support and fund Zionist Israel's brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation, the grand theft of Palestinian lands and rule over defenseless Palestine!

  • Zionism is not really secular
    • "Thus I reach my conclusion, that Zionism is a kind of religion, masked as mere secular nationalism." Your point is well taken, Jonathan, which prompts me to offer this observation:

      If "Zionism is a kind of religion," it follows that it obviously cannot be Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a. Hence Zionist Israel is anything but a "Jewish" state. Rather it cloaked itself in the "Star of David" as it went about for the past six decades imposing brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule over its neighbors, the Palestinians, rightful owners of their land and property stolen at gunpoint by the Zionists. So much for Zionist Israel's claim of being "Jewish" and of being a "democracy"!

    • Well don't feel left out, hophmi, Mondoweiss trashed one of my comments earlier this week--no reason given. So how about emailing to me your comment on Jonathan's piece at [email protected] Thanks and thanks for correcting my comment yesterday on another piece.

  • Bernie Sanders' record on Palestine
    • You've done exhaustive research, Nicolas, to show that Bernie Sanders is by far not your perfect idealist in solving the Palestinian crisis. Yes, Nicolas, it is a crisis, not a "conflict". But not a word about Hillary, a bosom pal of madman Benjamin Netanyahu, who has declared repeatedly that she will be "Israel's best friend ever!" My advice: be careful of what you wish for. This piece would have been far better if you had contrasted "the Hillary" with Bernie and their positions on Zionist Israel and its victim, Palestine.

  • Attachment to Israel is 'central part of Jewish identity,' Forward editor says
    • WOW! Now that's what I call a robust putdown--and well deserved! What was on my mind? Was it the Jerusalem Post, the Washington Toast, the Times of Israel or maybe the New York Times? I owe a robust apology to the Forward. Sorry Forward. And thank you, hophmi. I obviously needed that correction!
      Jim Michie (whose mind was wherever?)

    • Oh for Heaven's sake, Phil, you know all too well that Forward is a Zionist publication--always has been: Always Israel, right or wrong! The sooner the Jewish population, here in the U.S. and elsewhere, come to accept that Zionism is a political movement responsible for the "dream of Israel" morphing into the current-day nightmare of brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and fascism imposed on its neighbor, Palestine, the sooner will there be peace in the Middle East.

      There is but one fundamental law in Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a

      The sooner the State of Israel converts from Zionism to Judaism, the sooner will the Palestinians regain their freedom, justice and equality!

  • Introducing Mondoweiss In Print: 'The World the Settlers Made'
    • Again, and in good humor, I'll point out that the title of this piece would have been far more accurate and appropriate if it read: "The Land That Settlers Stole."

  • Liberal Zionists are losing control of US discourse, and they know it
    • A highly transparent effort, Fred, to evade the questions on defining the behavior of a "kinder gentler" Zionist. Also an apparent admission that you are in no rush to quell Zionist Israel's six-decade brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule over what remains of the State of Palestine not yet stolen by the Zionist land thieves.

    • "pivot to a kinder gentler Zionism"? So what does this mean, Phil? Would "kinder gentler" Zionists cease using those skunk trucks that spray raw sewage into Palestinian homes and villages as a Zionist method of driving out still more Palestinians? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists acquiesce to permitting the millions of Palestinians brutally driven at gunpoint from their homes and their country over the past six decades to return to Palestine? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists accept the boundaries set after the 1967 war for an independent State of Israel and an independent State of Palestine? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists vacate their illegal colonial "settlements" in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and return the lands to their rightful owners, the Palestinians? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists tear down those 26-foot high concrete apartheid walls snaking through East Jerusalem and the West Bank that make travel for Palestinians in their own land virtually unbearable so as to "encourage" further Palestinian departures from their lands? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists cease stealing wells and water in the West Bank to fill their swimming pools while depriving Palestinians water for their crops and other essential uses? Would "kinder, gentler Zionists remove their 10-year-long blockade/siege of Gaza, Zionist Israel's own concentration camp for 1.8 million Palestinians who are cut off from their sister territories as well as from the rest of the world? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists cease their extra-judicial executions of Palestinians in the streets of Palestine's East Jerusalem and the West Bank and in the Palestinian farmlands near the border between Gaza and Zionist Israel? Would "kinder, gentler" Zionists cease shooting Gaza fisherman and allow them the freedom to fish in international waters? And finally, would "kinder, gentler" Zionists end their brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule over Palestine's East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza? Please respond and enlighten us, Phil, on what can be expected of "kinder, gentler" Zionists in restoring freedom, justice and equality to Palestine lost six decades ago!

  • We were not allowed to hear Palestinian peers -- Rachel Sandalow-Ash on American Jewish censorship
  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
  • Sanders will not attend AIPAC, offers to share remarks
    • Sharing with you, Adam Horowitz, my tweet to Sanders: You have a far better reason for not speaking to AIPAC. Speak truth to Zionist Israel's brutal, racist occupation of Palestine!

      As a "supporter" of Bernie Sanders, I am very disappointed in his failure to speak truth to AIPAC, an organization that should be registered as a foreign agent. Appears to me that Sanders is going Zionist-light on us, when he ought to know that he can't have it both ways with those Americans who have taken the time to discover just how despicable Zionist Israel really is! Zionism is racism!

  • Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month
    • I must ask, Phil Weiss and Adam Hororwitz, is Allison Deger a "moonlighting stringer" from the New York Times? An all too obvious attempt to levy guilt on the Palestinians for "attacking" Israelis--and without any context whatsoever. No mention of the many extrajudicial executions since last October by Israeli forces of alleged Palestinian "attackers". Not a word about cases where knives were planted on Palestinian victims lying dead in the street. Nothing said about Israeli forces allowing Palestinian victims to bleed to death and not allowing Palestinian medics to tend to the victims. Worst of all of these blatant omissions of context is Zionist Israel's six decades (and counting) of brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule over defenseless Palestine and its people. And is it possible for anyone, yes, anyone to wonder why there is anger among young Palestinians? Incredible, absolutely incredible that Mondoweiss would post such a piece attempting to levy guilt on the Palestinians--of all people!

  • Understanding the fundamental roots of conflict and suffering: An interview with Rich Forer
    • Thank you, Katie, for this outstanding interview! Would that the world's leading news media (print, electronic, internet), especially those in Israel, Palestine, America and all in the West, could publish/post this interview with Rich Forer. It needs to be read by all! Again, thank you!
      Jim Michie
      Bethesda, MD 20817

  • Clinton's date to pander at AIPAC leaves an opening for Sanders, you'd think
    • Well now, Phil Weiss, I would presume that you would have gotten "the Bern" by now and, if so, when are you and Mondoweiss going to endorse Bernie as did Nation Magazine? Response?

  • It will take more than a political revolution for Bernie Sanders to 'level the playing field' in Israel/Palestine
    • Okay, Eamon, now it's time for you to shred Hillary Clinton and her staunch, come-what-may, support of Zionist Israel and its six-decade brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist military occupation and rule over Palestine. Should I "hold my breath" as I await your "missive" on "The Hillary"?

  • New discriminatory legislation being considered by Knesset 'narrows the meaning of democracy' in Israel
    • Dear Rugal, are you suggesting that the different sects/races of Judaism do not practice and hold with the definition of Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a?

      Again, I will make the point that Zionist Israel can never be a "democracy", unless and until it converts from the political Zionism to Judaism. Thank you.

    • ". . continue to shed Israel’s remaining facades of democracy"? Oh come on, Dan, are you going "Zionist-light" on us, along with Mondoweiss? Zionist Israel, from its very beginning, strives to morph all of Palestine (most of it stolen at gunpoint by Zionists, beginning in 1947) into an ethnic theocracy and, therefore, never was and never can be a "democracy". "Remaining facades of democracy"? Really" Tell that to the Palestinians who have suffered immeasurably under the brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist rule of Zionist Israel for six decades!

  • Most Jews want to expel Palestinians -- Pew's ugly portrait of Israel
    • "Most Jews want to expel Palestinians"? Excuse me, Phil and Adam, but wasn't that the core "objective" of establishing a Jewish state, beginning in 1948, by stealing and/or destroying at gunpoint Palestinian villages, homes, businesses, farms and property and either killing and/or driving out Palestinians from their lands? Here's a more accurate headline for your piece: "Pew Survey confirms 1948 purpose of establishing a 'Jewish state".

  • Israeli 'left' comes up with plan to segregate and disenfranchise 200,000 'enemy' Palestinians
    • So, Phil Weiss, the New York Times and one of its infamous Jerusalem Bureau "correspondents" throws you an exceptional "bone", after years of shielding and defending indefensible Zionist Israel--and you call it "excellent". Well do yourself a favor, Phil, don't hold your breath for another "excellent" piece from the insufferable New York Times Jerusalem bureau! Also, Phil, is racially segregating the Palestinians from their brutal racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionist rulers what you had in mind when you stated that a one-state solution--obviously Zionist Israel--is inevitable?

  • Jeffrey Goldberg compares Iranian Jews to 'petting zoo' animals
    • I'll expand just a small bit on your "whys", Danielle, regarding Jeffery Goldberg: He's a Zionist!

  • The occupation is over, isn't it?
    • OMG! Fred, I think you just broke a record in loading up layer, after layer, after layer, after layer of “lipstick” on your Zionist Israel and its six decades (since 1947) of brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing fascist grand theft at gunpoint of Palestine. Your Zionist Israel for decades has employed in its hideous fascist rule of Palestine some of the very same tactics used by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. The irony is overwhelming!

      Crowning your “lipstick” layering of your Zionist Israel, you state:

      “It is possible though, that a kinder, gentler form of Zionism will eventually prevail, and some type of shared sovereignty or pluralistic society may emerge. In my view this is the likely outcome.”

      You further postulate that this “transition” to a “kinder, gentler form of Zionism” probably will take decades, not hundreds of years in the case of the ugly old USA.

      So in the meantime, Palestinians can look forward to a “kinder, gentler form of Zionism” just three or four generations down the road. Right, Fred? WRONG!

      Your layers of “lipstick”, however thick you paint them, can never disguise what your Zionist Israel has done to Palestinians. Your attempts to present a farcical facade of “Zionist-light” is wholly transparent and could have blinded most Americans a decade ago, Fred, but no more!

      Moreover, Fred, your “arguments” for the world, and especially the Palestinians, to be patient for the next 30, 40, 50 or 60 years, while Zionist Israel and its “citizens” (claiming to be Jewish) decide to cease their abject racism, brutality, genocide and ethnic cleansing in their fascist rule over Palestine, are at best, ludicrous, and at worst, still more fascist Zionist propaganda!

  • 'NYT' article on roots of recent violence in Israel/Palestine fails to use the word 'occupation'
  • Did dodging foreign policy doom Bernie Sanders?
    • WOW! Peter, you wasted no time in trashing Bernie, an all too obvious signal that you don't and never did like him as a candidate or a person. "It is unfortunate that the Democrats do not have better choices to vote for"? Really, Peter? As Bernie would respond, "That's a low blow," Peter. Oh! And you accuse of Bernie being a "Zionist"? Really, Peter? Well, "Pontius Pilate", I do believe that Bernie Sanders is practicing the Judaism that he apparently has practiced all of his life, and I believe that he would practice that same Judaism in dealing with brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist Zionist Israel. So, Peter, please take your pessimism and flush it down the toilet! Thank you!

  • Exclude and observe -- the violence of settler sovereignty in Palestine
    • Hey, Jimmy, a great piece on the historical development of the Zionist "settlement" or "colony", whichever you like, but why not the accuracy of calling the grand theft of Palestinian lands what they really are: illegal/unlawful Zionist colonies on Palestinian lands? Also, your term "fundamentalist ideologues": why not label them accurately as Zionist "terrorists"? Why not, Jimmy?

  • Obama kisses up to foreign leaders who lobbied against his signature achievement
    • Could it be that this "kiss-and-make-up" meeting with Zionist Israel's Ambassador is meant for the benefit of Barack Obama's chosen presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton? After all, she is in an unexpected tight race with Bernie Sanders and has stated that she will be a "better friend to Israel" than anyone else. So much for that "kiss-up"--for Hillary and Zionist Israel!

  • Video: A glimpse of Palestinians living under occupation in Hebron
    • Your "commentary" is bizarre at best, and horrific at worst! You, Ivri, like far too many individuals claiming to be "Jewish", but really are Zionist, or Zionist sympathizers, suffer from abject denial and cognitive dissonance. It is my hope and my prayer that you and your Zionist brethren some day will decide to convert to Judaism and practice and hold to the morals and values of: Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31:a

      So, Ivri, look beyond the end of your nose and accept the fact that Zionist Israel's brutal, barbaric racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing forced military occupation of Palestine for the past five decades is both criminal and unacceptable to all of humankind--and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

  • US university defeated BDS by hiring three Israeli soldiers to talk up 'love' for Israel
    • A bit of a correction, eljay: "Human rights" only matter to "Barack Obama" when his boundless lip service only serves himself!

    • Sorry, Mondoweiss, but I think you are far too charitable in stating that Barack Obama is "fighting back", when he, a recipient of the "Nobel Peace Prize", stood by in the summer of 2014 as Zionist Israel massacred more than 2,200 Palestinians, at least 500 of them children, in that 51-day merciless, indiscriminate war on defenseless Gaza, Zionist Israel's concentration camp holding prisoner 1.8 million Palestinians, Christian and Muslim.

      Outstanding in Barack Obama's response to this unbridled barbarism: "Israel has a right to defend itself." Moreover, Barack Obama even replenished Zionist Israel's supply of bombs, rockets, bullets and other munitions as Zionist Israel's IDF (Israel Destruction Force) bombed and shelled thousands of homes, mosques, hospitals, schools, farms, manufacturing plants, Gaza's only power plant, sewage treatment plant and other infrastructure. "Israel has a right to defend itself." Indeed! Recipient of a "Nobel Peace Prize"? Indeed!

      Barack Obama stands out in my mind as a disgrace to any thought or semblance of human rights in the face of Zionist Israel's brutal racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing forced military occupation of what remains of Palestine, after Zionist Israel's destruction of hundreds of Palestinian villages, farms, businesses and continued theft of Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem and the West Bank over the past five decades.

      Adding to his galactic hypocrisy, Barack Obama reportedly is increasing "foreign aid" to $5 billion annually for Zionist Israel.

      Would that Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi could speak from their graves, need anyone wonder what they might say about Barack Obama and his "fight" for human rights?

  • Netanyahu's 44 seconds of silence at UN are being widely mocked -- 'pathetic,' 'creepy'
    • Rabid hypocrisy was also blatantly displayed by this racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing "person"-gone-mad. Perhaps it wouldn't have fit in with the peg for this piece, but Netanyahu's blusterous theatrics over the Iran deal were ludicrous in the face of Zionist Israel "secretly" amassing a growing nuclear arsenal ("thanks" to France and U.S.) of upwards of 200 hydrogen, neutron and atom bombs over the past 30 years. Compounding this galactic hypocrisy is the fact that Zionist Israel refuses to sign on to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and submit to U.N. inspections, along with the responsible world nuclear powers--not to mention that Iran is a signatory to the NPT and subject to U.N. inspections. I would hope that, sooner than later, the many Jewish citizens of Zionist Israel who do practice and hold to the traditional morals and values of Judaism will break their "deafening silence" and retire the longstanding extremist right-wing Zionist "government". Only then can Israel establish peace, freedom, justice and equality for its "neighbors", the Palestinians.

  • How Israel legitimizes vigilante terror
    • "They encourage them". A starkly revealing piece on the mindset of the "Zionist". Thank you, Dan Cohen. But having covered America's Civil Rights Movement as a journalist back in the 1960s, when the traditional, righteous morals and values of Judaism were so clearly evidenced by Jews in the vanguard of that movement, I keep asking the question: whatever happened to Judaism in Israel. How can Israel be so racist, so brutal, so cruel, so murderous, so inhumane to their "neighbors" the Palestinians, for God's sake, how can this be! I do wish someone could respond to my extreme puzzlement!

  • Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child
    • This is an everyday crime against humanity, in Palestine and in Israel, as terrorist Zionist "soldiers" claiming to be "Jewish" terrorize Palestinian children and their families! The objective: use of terrorism and fear to drive out all Palestinians from their own country and lands! These terrorists dressed as "soldiers" and their fascist "government" are the "chosen" to go to HELL!

  • God is on Israel's side, but not the United States, says Israel's new U.N. ambassador
  • Israel's destruction of Mamilla cemetery part of effort to remove Palestine from Jerusalem
    • The irony of all of this is far too palpable for me! How can a people have suffered and endured so much at the hands of Nazi Germany, and 60 years later brutally impose much of the same inhumane, demonic treatment on another people--racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, all done at the point of a gun and with complete impunity in Palestine! And now even the dead in Palestine, a nation literally stolen at the point of a gun in 1948, must face yet another indignity as an historic Palestinian cemetery in Jerusalem is destroyed and replaced with Israel's "Museum of Tolerance". Absolutely Kafkaesque!

  • Jimmy Carter says Netanyahu has turned his back on peace
    • Jimmy Carter speaks unvarnished TRUTH to Zionist Israel and its extremist right-wing fascist prime minister! He is the only president in modern history that does so, and that is why he is so hated by the Zionists in Israel, Amerka, and around the world. Would that we had a "Jimmy Carter" for president today instead of an "African American" who cowtows to the "Nutty-yahoos" of this world and funds racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing fascist Zionist Israel with $$$BILLIONS yearly to massacre still more thousands of defenseless Palestinians, and to steal what is left of Palestine!!

  • Iran Deal Latest: AIPAC lies and, in a first, Schumer runs from the cameras
  • Episcopal Church rejects BDS resolutions citing fears divestment would hamper church in Jerusalem
    • Not yet, but I do intend to, and will continue to ask Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry where he stands on the BDS issue and how did he "vote" in the House of Bishops to trash all three BDS resolutions. The Episcopal General Convention is a triennial event, meaning that the church officially cannot take up the issue of BDS or any other non-violent protest of Apartheid Israel's brutal 48-year-long--and counting--forced military occupation until 2018. The question: in the meantime, how many more merciless massacres in Gaza (three in the last 6 years) and continuing denial of freedom, justice and equality in all of the State of Palestine must Palestinians suffer and endure!

  • Support Palestinian human rights with the 'fierce urgency of now': An open letter to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
    • Thank you so much, Shrouq, our adopted granddaughter in Gaza, for sharing your thoughts with us. Edie and I are so Blessed to have you, your brothers, Mohamed and Basil, and our many other Facebook friends to keep us informed about conditions in Gaza, and it means a lot to us to have you call us Sito and Sido (grandmother and grandfather). We are doing our best, and so are a growing number of Americans, to educate those Americans-- and there are many-- who know very little about the Palestine-Israel crisis and what all Palestinians, Christian and Muslim, continue to endure with so much courage under Israel's brutal apartheid forced military occupation since 1967. We hope and pray that the Episcopal Church will approve all three BDS resolutions under consideration at the church's General Convention. And we thank you and your brother, Mohamed, for Skyping with us this evening. Seeing you and hearing your voices gives us all the more incentive to work for Palestine's freedom, justice and peace. Insha'Allah!
      Ramadan Kareem! And we send our love, prayers and hugs to you, your family, friends and all of Gaza. Cheers!
      Your Sito and Sido in Bethesda, Maryland

    • The Presiding Bishop has not responded to any of my emails and letters to her.

  • US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to 'national security threat'
    • So here we have an example set by America's "African American" president to support the demonic "cause" of racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Ziionist Israel to yet again defeat the Palestinians' legitimate cause to win their FREEDOM, JUSTICE, PEACE, EQUALITY AND DIGNITY in slipping the hideous bonds of Zionist Israel's brutal six-decade-long forced military occupation of Palestine's Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. I never thought I'd ever see the day when an African American would pressure any nation to deny another nation fundamental human rights! This is far beyond the pale and a galactic insult to all of humanity!

  • Israel detains Palestinian National Football Team one day after Netanyahu promised FIFA to facilitate travel of Palestinian athletes
  • Obama equates Israel's creation to African-Americans gaining right to vote
    • A rhetorical question: I wonder how Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers would respond to Mr. Goldberg's questions?

  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem was always the capital 'of the Jewish people alone'
    • Whom Does Jerusalem Belong To?

      Posted on May 18, 2015

      By Juan Cole

      Far right Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commemorated Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” with a speech in which he said, “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people only, and no other,” and warned that Muslim terrorism menaced it.
      Jerusalem, Daru Shalem, was founded sometime between 6500 and 5500 years ago, by the proto-Canaanite people long before Judaism existed. It was dedicated to the god of dusk, Shalem.
      The first mention of it was after 2000 BC, again, before Judaism existed, in an Egyptian text.
      So I think we may conclude that the City of Shalem the god of dusk was probably the capital of a lot of peoples long before there was any religion called Judaism.
      Roughly 1500-1200 BC, Jerusalem was ruled from Memphis in Egypt by the pharaohs, but the Canaanites remained their proxies.
      Petty Canaanite kings continued to dominate the region after Egyptian control lapsed. Some of them over time gradually adopted practices later associated with Judaism, but many other streams of Canaanite belief remained. Probably there were petty tribal chieftains named David and Solomon after 1000 BC, but Jerusalem appears not to have been populated 1000 to 900 BC. and so they didn’t have a palace there.
      Whatever the character of the various Canaanite tribal confederations in Palestine, including the proto-Israeli, in 900-770 BC, in the latter year the region fell to the Assyrians.
      In 597 BC the Babylonians conquered Palestine and later transported at least some of its population to Babylon. Likely it was there that the Jewish religion became fully elaborated.
      In 539 BC, Babylon falls to the Iranian Achaemenid Empire, which emancipates the Jews. The Achaemenids rule most of the civilized world, from Egypt to what is now Pakistan. Palestine is ruled by Iran for nearly 200 years, until 330, when Alexander defeats the Achaemenids.
      The Greek Ptolemaic dynasty held sway over Palestine until 198 BC, when the Seleucids conquered it.
      In 168 the Maccabean Revolt established a small Jewish state in the area. Aside from the Israeli clans of the pre-Assyrian period, this was the only premodern Jewish state to have Jerusalem as a capital. Even so, they were vassals from 40 BC to the Iranian Parthian empire. Herod became a vassal of the Romans in Palestine in 6 of the Common Era (AD).
      Jerusalem was Roman/ Byzantine until 614 CE, when the Iranian Sasanid Empire again conquered it.
      In 629 the Byzantines took it back.
      The Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 638 and ruled it until 1099, when the Crusaders conquered it it. The Crusaders killed or expelled Jews and Muslims from the city.
      The Muslims under Saladin took it back in 1187 CE and allowed Jews to return.
      So I think probably Jerusalem was the capital of, like, the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. for several decades.
      Muslims then ruled it until the end of World War I, or altogether over a millennium.
      So Iran ruled Jerusalem altogether for some 250 years, and the Crusaders for about 200 years, and it was the capital of lots of peoples, including Canaanite kingdoms and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was also often a provincial capital under Muslim empires.
      In the Sykes-Picot agreement between France and Britain during WW I, which shaped the Middle East, Jerusalem was awarded to Russia.
      Lenin was outraged when he found the agreement in the Romanov palace after the 1917 October Revolution, and he had it published. He withdrew Russia from the war and forewent the prize of Jerusalem.
      The city was awarded the British by the Versailles Peace Conference, as part of the British Mandate of Palestine.
      In the 1947 UN General Assembly partition plan for Palestine, Jerusalem was designated a “Separate Body” to be administered internationally. It was not awarded to Israel by the UN. Although propagandists for Israel are always going on about how they accepted the UN partition plan, they did not, of course. They conquered a lot of territory that the GA did not award them, including West Jerusalem.
      It was Jewish settlers in British Mandate Palestine who used violence to grab part of the city, disregarding international law and agreements. The city was mostly populated by Palestinians in any case, what with being a Palestinian city and all.
      In 1967 the Israeli army took East Jerusalem, and ever since has squeezed the Palestinian population, driven them into poverty, usurped their property, and surrounded them by squatter settlements. There is no warrant in any part of any international agreement or law for the Israelis to behave this way toward the people who inhabited Jerusalem for over a millennium (and who are in any case almost certainly descendents of Palestinian Jews who converted to Islam). Violence is still a big part of the way Israel rules East Jerusalem, so Netanyahu warning of Muslim violence is rich.
      Muslims consider Jerusalem the third holiest city of Islam. Despite Westerners constantly telling them they have no right to do that, they seem pretty attached to the doctrine. There are 1.5 billion of them, and their nerves are raw after centuries of Western colonialism during which they were told their religion was useless and backward. The occupation of Jerusalem was given by al-Qaeda as one reason for its attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The insistence of Jewish extremists on angering the Muslim world by invading the Aqsa mosque from time to time, and threatening to demolish it, is like those old Warner Bros. cartoons where the foolish little boy keeps teasing a tiger in its cage.

  • 'NYT' public editor faults paper for failing to quote Jews who support BDS
    • BRAVOS and KUDOS to Mondoweiss and a "shaking-of-the-head" and a "why-has-it-taken-you-so-long" to the Times "public editor", Margaret Sullivan, who apparently could no longer endure the humiliation and rank embarrassment heaped upon her by her own newspaper and its galactic bias in favor of Zionist Israel. Oh yes, New York Times, your shielding and defense of indefensible racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing Zionist Israel is beginning to take its highly deserved toll on you!

  • Senator Cardin's double standard on nukes in the Middle East
    • Yes, pabelmont, I am a lifelong voting Democrat, helped vote Cardin into office and voted to keep him in office last election, but no more. Senator Cardin is far too much of a Zionist sympathizer. And please keep in mind my distinction between Zionism and Judaism. Zionism is largely political and Judaism is religious. Have a nice day.

  • When it comes to untrustworthiness, the U.S. trumps Iran
    • HEAR! HEAR! The history of the ugly ole' USA is replete with lie after lie, deception after deception and war after war! Little wonder why Zionist Israel behaves so despicably! Zionist Israel is replicating the US track record! Both, on the international scene, are rogue nations!

  • Iran is 'congenital cheating' 'Islamic power bent on world domination' -- Netanyahu tells US media
    • This sociopathic megalomaniac needs to be heavily medicated, restrained in a straight jacket, fitted with a Hannibal muzzle, and institutionalized for life before he has another tantrum, starts another war, unleashes his undisclosed nuclear arsenal, and massacres thousands more, in Palestine and elsewhere in the world!

  • American Voices: What lies ahead for the rocky US/Israel relationship?
    • Zionist Israel has skillfully used the United States to carry forward its unlawful determination to either drive out or kill all Palestinians from their native land in order to become the only "religious" ethnic theocracy in the World--not a democracy. Zionist Israel, in reality, is a rogue "state" in hourly, daily violation of international laws and Geneva Conventions for the past six decades--and counting! It is an Apartheid "state" relying on the abject ignorance of most Americans to continue receiving more financial aid--$$$BILLIONS yearly--from the U.S. than any other nation in the world. Zionist Israel holds the record in recent history for militarily occupying another people's land the longest--more than 47 years to date and counting. Zionist Israel has had nuclear weapons since the 1980s, but will not admit it and refuses to sign on to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as have all of the other nations with such weapons of mass destruction. The perpetual philosophy of a present-day typical Zionist: "What's mine is mine, and what's yours in mine for the taking!" Will Zionist Israel ever become a democracy in the true sense; will it ever come to realize that its "neighbors", the Palestinians, are equal humans who must be set free, given justice and peace, and accorded dignity? Not of Zionist Israel's own making!

  • Bearing witness in Gaza, Kristof can't see the bigger picture
    • Thank you, Mondoweiss, an excellent incisive analysis of a "columnist" doing the thinly veiled bidding of his master, the New York Times, which is intractably bent on shielding and defending indefensible Israel, the Apartheid "state". Kristof knows all too well this distorted "philosophy" of the Times and writes to it very carefully.

  • Factchecking Netanyahu: An annotated guide to the Israeli P.M.'s speech to Congress
  • Report accuses Israel of targeting Gaza's water facilities
  • Report from Bethlehem: An American moment
    • A very nicely written piece, Mark, declaring dead Palestine's absolute right to have an independent state of its own--free of the racism, apartheid, collective punishment, ethnic cleansing, torture, and cold-blooded murders and massacres, along with continuing theft of Palestinian villages, homes, businesses, farms, water rights, and property--all of this protected by Zionist Israel's Isreaeli Distruction Force (IDF) for the past 47 years (and counting). Yet, all of this in complete violation of Zionist Israel's "constitution", as well as international law and the Geneva Conventions. As I am sure you know, the Palestinians, Christian and Muslim, have been attempting to exercise their "civil rights" with non-violent resistance for decades, while at the same time Zionist Israel has crushed this non-violent resistance with still more violence.

      Please take into account that Israel is not South Africa and, as one of your collegues stated, the apartheid in Israel is far worse than what existed in South Africa.

      I contend that you are wrong in declaring that a "two-state solution" is dead. In doing so, you are giving Zionist Israel open license to speed up the process of illegal land seizures and increase their demonic oppression and persecution of Palestinians. In reaching your conclusion, you fail to state that Zionist Israel is an extremist ultra-right-wing racist population and "government"-turned fascist. I am providing you with a video-clip sample of what Palestinians in their homeland, YES, THEIR HOMELAND, must somehow endure at the hands of Zionist Israel! A Palestinian family living under siege from illegal Israeli squatters (settlers)

  • For CNN and NYT, Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian ones
  • British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a 'bully'
    • Your headline should read, "British Parliament Sends a Message to Obama: The People See Israel As a Racist Bully' It is outrageously despicable that Barack Obama, a person of color and winner of a "Nobel Peace Prize" continues to send $$$billions to Israel in its "campaign" to drive out and/or murder any and all Palestinians from their own territories!

  • Reborn from the womb of my destroyed house
    • My wife, Edie, and I live in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburban community of Washington, DC. We both are retired and in our mid-to-late 70s. Prior to March of this year, we, like most Americans, didn't have a clue about Zionist Israel's decades-old dehumanizing oppression and persecution of Palestinians. We didn't even know what Zionism was all about. We do now! We began to learn from a 20-year-old English language student, Shrouq Aila, at Islamic University of Gaza. We met her on Facebook and Twitter, a very bright young person who lost her mother when she was nine. We soon began helping her with her English composition. At the same time, as a Journalist by schooling and experience I began googling Palestine and Israel, subscribed to Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss and other Web sites--and then the merciless Israeli war on Gaza began in July. Shrouq would send us via Facebook reports on what was happening in the bombing and shelling. In the months to come, we befriended on Facebook Denny Cormier, English Professor Mosheer Amer, another English language student named Njoud, and finally I saw the Mondoweiss story on the bombing of Dr. El-Nabih's home in which he was seriously injured. Reading this story impressed me to no end in realizing what the 1.8 million Palestinians were going through during that 51-day Israeli blitzkrieg in Gaza. I saw it then and still see it now as a living hell on earth: thousands upon thousands massacred and wounded/injured in Zionist Israel's indiscriminate targeting of homes, businesses, mosques, hospitals, high-rise apartment buildings, and Gaza's only power plant. My God! I thought to myself, these Israelis always bring up the horrors of the holocaust, but they are using many of the very same tactics against Palestine and its people that were used by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s against the Jews in Europe. Zionist Israel seven years ago created the world's largest concentration camp--GAZA, where 1.8 million Palestinians are imprisoned and isolated from the rest of the world and from their own sister territories of occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Not a day goes by that Edie and I don't think about and pray for Dr. El-Nabih, his family and all of Gaza. We sorrowfully imagine that the psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), must affect Dr. El-Nabih, his family and all of Gaza after having somehow gone through the planned and executed massacre of more than 2,150 Palestinians, 546 of them children, and the wounding and injuring of thousands more. The evil of it all is beyond our comprehension! Adding egregious insult to this deadly and destructive act of genocide is the fact that Zionist Israel, after three months of cease fire, has not fulfilled any of the six commitments it made in the cease fire settlement--not a single one. Consequently, Gaza continues to suffer from critical shortages of medicines, medical supplies, food, potable water, building materials, electricity and sewage treatment. Edie and I so much wish that we lived near enough to the suffering people of Gaza so that we could lend a hand in the recovery. This story about Dr. El-Nabih's survival is testament to the extraordinary courage and resilience of the Palestinians as they and their sisters and brothers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank continue to endure the gross inhumanity of Zionist Israel. Edie and I send our love, our prayers and our hugs to all of Palestine. God Bless you all! Insh'Allah!

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