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B.S. Ga. Tech ~ J.D. (law) Mercer U. [Also see -] • One of the reasons I began following developments in the Middle East has to do with the happenstance that I was away from Atlanta visiting my grandfather (with little to do but read) in June, 1967. In that part of Georgia, the television reception with a rotating antenna was much better for the Augusta and Macon stations than it was for the Atlanta stations, but since the programming of the Augusta and Macon stations was not up to Atlanta standards, the television was seldom used. This time though, as luck (or not) would have it, one of the two Augusta stations preempted its daytime programming with the deliberations by the UN General Assembly of proposals that might lessen the likelihood of war. I very much enjoyed watching several days of this, and I was very disappointed when I got up on June 5 and the station had reverted to its customary daytime programming because Israel had bombed the Egyptian air force on the tarmac in Egypt. Needless to say, I did not at all see Israel's action(s) as defensive. All told, this made quite a lasting impression (unfavorable as to Israel) on me! • I recall one particular Six Day War joke that was told by a classmate of mine (not one of my Jewish friends, who were much less chauvinistic) during my senior year of high school here in Atlanta (the year following the Six Day War). Actually, to be more accurate, I only remember the gist of the joke at this point. As I recall the joke (told by a Jewish female), there was a busload of Egyptian children somewhere in the Sinai. The punchline was that the mighty Israeli military virtually vaporized the entire bus full of Egyptian children. [Riotous laughter here, excepting me.] There wasn't a single survivor! ["Ha, ha, ha" (excepting me) ! ! ! ] •Another reason I began paying close attention the Israel/Palestine issue was because Israel's actions/behavior seemed so very much unlike the actions/behavior of my Jewish friends. Consequently, I have spent decades trying to understand the incongruity. • Lastly, since the U.S. unfortunately seems to emulate Israel in many ways (preemptive wars, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, for instance), I have come to be especially concerned about Israel's behavior (which might unfortunately be adopted by our own government). I tend not to worry quite so much (though perhaps I should) that the U.S will emulate Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Belarus or Myanmar/Burma. This "monkey see, monkey do" phenomenon that seems to occur between the U.S. and Israel illustrates my fear that Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of its inordinate sway over the U.S.) with its Revisionist Zionism might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment ! ! !


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  • High holidays? Meh
  • Is Yiddish the language of the Jewish soul?

      Published on Jul 4, 2012
      Hosted by the late transit historian Roger Arcara , this film goes on a trip up both the eastside 2nd & 3rd ave. el lines . Going first to QUEENS via the Queensboro Bridge branch, then uptown to the Bronx via the Bergen Avenue Cut-OFF. The second part of this movie takes a trip up the 3rd Ave EL in MANHATTAN & THE BRONX . The 2nd Ave. EL was abandon in two parts , north of 60th st. in 1940, south of 60th st in 1942. The BERGEN AVE. CUT-OFF operation was taken over by the 3rd Ave. line until 1946 , then the structure was torn down around 1950. Not counting some branches which was eliminated in earlier years., the 3rd ave line south of 149th st was abandon in the early to mid 1950's .north of 149th st the mainline of the 3rd ave. line not counting branches was abandon in Apr. of 1973.

      The Golden Age of 2nd Avenue
      1968 NR Rated NR 1hr
      Average of 801 ratings: 3 stars
      This documentary chronicles the early 20th-century halcyon days of Yiddish theater in New York City, featuring photos, music and archival clips from historic Yiddish films, as well as candid interviews with luminaries such as Isaac Bashevis Singer. Narrated by noted Broadway and Hollywood actor Herschel Bernardi, the program also includes performances by Paul Muni, Molly Picon, Maurice Schwartz and other Yiddish theater icons.
      Cast: Herschel Bernardi, Theodore Bikel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, more...
      AVAILABILITY: Very long wait
      LINK ➤

  • Netanyahu, say hi from me to the penguins in Antarctica
  • Netanyahu slathers praise on Trump for making US-Israel relationship 'stronger and deeper'
    • P.S. The way Netanyahu slathers praise on Trump reminds me of the way Goebbels slathered praise on Hitler in his (supposedly private, lol) "diaries".

      ■ ■ ■ Goebbels Biography (The Goebbels Experiment) [VIDEO, 1:44:21] -
      Published on Jul 18, 2012
      Fantastic documentary on the life of Goebbels based on his diaries.

      The Goebbels Experiment
      2005 NR Rated NR1hr 47m
      Average of 193473 ratings: 3.5 stars
      Reading from the diaries kept by Third Reich propagandist Joseph Goebbels between 1924 and 1945, Kenneth Branagh brings the infamous Nazi spin doctor to life, all the way up to his suicide at the end of World War II. Using this primary source material as their canvas, filmmakers Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft paint a portrait of a 20th century figure who was sometimes a success, sometimes a failure and always fascinating.
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      The Goebbels Experiment (2005) 7.4/10 863
      Das Goebbels-Experiment (original title)
      1h 48min | Documentary, Biography, History | 13 April 2005 (Germany)
      Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined.
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      "From the Revealing Journals of a Propaganda Mastermind"
      By Jeannette Catsoulis | NYTimes | August 12, 2005
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    • RE: "Of course some of this is Netanyahu’s play for Trump to end the Iran deal. But maybe it’s true too: the relationship has never been stronger or deeper. So what does that tell you about the Israeli government?" ~ Weiss

      ■ A TRULY TERRIFYING TRIPTYCH: The Three (Fascist) Amigos — ‎with ‎‎Benito Mussolini (Il Duce), ‎Benjamin Netanyahu (בנימין נתניהו‎‎) and Donald J. Trump‎.‎

  • Jewish state of Israel has become Jewish 'city-state' of Tel Aviv -- Rahm Emanuel
    • RE: "When I was growing up, [coming here] obviously two days after the [start of the] Six Day War, [there was] the sense that we were going to explore, and go everywhere, from Beersheba in the Negev to Kiryat Shmona and everything between, and Jews are going to be everywhere. We’re going to go and populate the land of Israel." ~ Rahm Emmanuel

      MY COMMENT: Rahm Emmanuel should be given considerable credit for being open about the fact that Israel never had any intention of giving up the West Bank (i.e., pursuing a "land for peace" policy).

  • Young Gaza musicians break the Israeli siege – by accident
      Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity w/ Daniel P Keating | September 18, 2017

      Daniel P. Keating, a Professor of Education and the University of Michigan and author of Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle, explains how stress gets transmitted, what is epigenetic. The advantages and disadvantages of stress. Why America is becoming more stressed. Generational stress and group oppression. The individual and group implications of heightened stress levels and measuring stress levels, education and inequality. Why all groups are effected by enhanced stress and what are the policy solutions to the stress crisis?

    • RE: "Following a long wait at the border, the musicians were eventually given permission to enter and stay in the West Bank in the custody of the head of the project, Suhail Khoury, who is Executive Director of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music." ~ Ofir

      MY EXCLAMATION: It's a modern-day miracle! A clear case of divine intervention proving beyond doubt God's support for the Palestinians!

  • Israeli rightist Smotrich lays out the vision for apartheid
    • I don't think he would have a problem with it, as long as he was the reigning oligarch! (And he pretty much already is in Las Vegas.)

    • P.S.
       Theater of the Absurd: The Jewish State vs. Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour
      What is a poem, what is a translation and who is a translator: The trial of an Israeli from the Galilee exposes regrettable aspects of local culture
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       Dareen Tatour, Palestinian poet imprisoned by Israel for social media posts, shares her story | by Ben Norton | August 10, 2017
      Dareen Tatour, Palestinian poet imprisoned by Israel for social media posts, shares her story
      LINK ➤

    • RE: The Oslo accords of 1990’s, also enacted by a left-Israeli government, cemented this notion albeit under a supposed ‘temporary agreement’. Rabin had nonetheless assured that whatever would eventually come out of it would be “less than a [Palestinian] state” as he addressed the Israeli Knesset in 1995, shortly before he was assassinated. ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: Uri Avnery believes it is possible that Rabin would have eventually come around to supporting a Palestinian state. We'll never know.

    • RE: But Smotrich realizes he has one huge hurdle to get over: how do you manage such unabashed Apartheid, and still call it a “democracy”? ~ Ofir


      “I don’t think the Bible says anything about democracy,” Adelson said. “[God] didn’t talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state… Israel isn’t going to be a democratic state — so what?”

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    • RE: “I want to be honest without sounding too extreme, God forbid, but if it was up to me I would’ve gone to the terrorist’s house yesterday, grabbed him and his whole family and executed them all together.” ~ MK Oren Hazan (Likud)

      MY COMMENT: How is this not a clear cut case of the "incitement" the Israelis complain so vociferously about?
      Compare it to prosecution of Dareen Tatour !

    • P.P.S.  Lebensborn
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      [EXCERPT] Lebensborn e.V. (literally: "Fount of Life") was an SS-initiated, state-supported, registered association in Nazi Germany with the goal of raising the birth rate of "Aryan" children of persons classified as "racially pure and healthy" based on Nazi racial hygiene and health ideology. Lebensborn provided welfare to its mostly unmarried mothers, encouraged anonymous births by unmarried women at their maternity homes, and mediated adoption of these children by likewise "racially pure and healthy" parents, particularly SS members and their families. The Cross of Honour of the German Mother was given to the women who bore the most Aryan children. Abortion was illegal at this time.

      Initially set up in Germany in 1935, Lebensborn expanded into several occupied European countries with Germanic populations during the Second World War. It included the selection of "racially worthy" orphans for adoption and care for children born from Aryan women who had been in relationships with SS members. It originally excluded children born from unions between common soldiers and foreign women, because there was no proof of racial purity on both sides. During the war, many children were kidnapped from their parents and judged by "aryan" criteria for their suitability to be raised in Lebensborn homes, and fostering by German families. . .

    • RE: "This vein of unapologetic racism has gained popularity amongst the Israeli right, and appears to be the hallmark of the younger cadre of right-wing Israeli lawmakers." ~ Ofir

      SEE:    'It's okay to be racist in Israel'
      An Israeli conscientious objector speaks out about racism and subjugation as the occupation enters its 51st year.
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    • RE: "I refuse to have an Arab midwife, because for me giving birth is a Jewish and pure moment" ~ Revital Smotrich

      MY COMMENT: This sounds worse than the Jim Crow South!

      P.S. I wonder if Revital Smotrich looks as Aryan as her husband.

  • Critics slam ADL for training U.S. police in Israel-- and when Reddit AMA goes off script
    • About JINSA

      JINSA Mission Statement:

      The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.

       JINSA Programs

      ● The Generals and Admirals Program to Israel -

      ● The Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) -

      ● Support Our Troops -

      ● U.S. Military Study Program -

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    • RE "Critics slam ADL for training U.S. police in Israel"


       U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation: Joint Police & Law Enforcement Training

      With the United States on constant terror alert since the events of September 11, 2001, American police and law enforcement officials are taking advantage of Israel's expertise in various facets of counter-terrorism and first response to better protect the American people.

      In 2002, Los Angeles Police Department detective Ralph Morten visited Israel to recieve training and advice on preparing security arrangements for large public gatherings. From lessons learned on his trip, Det. Morten prepared a new Homicide Bomber Prevention Protocol and was better able to secure the Academy Awards presentation.

      In January 2003, thirty-three senior U.S. law enforcement officials - from Washington, Chicago, Kansas City, Boston and Philadelphia - traveled to Israel to attend a meeting on "Law Enforcement in the Era of Global Terror." The workshops helped build skills in identifying terrorist cells, enlisting public support for the fight against terrorism and coping with the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

      “We went to the country that's been dealing with the issue for 30 years,” Boston Police Commissioner Paul F. Evans said. “The police are the front line in the battle against terrorism. We were there to learn from them - their response, their efforts to deter it. They touched all the bases.”

      “I think it's invaluable,” said Washington, DC Police Chief Charles Ramsey about the instruction he received in Israel. “They have so much more experience in dealing with this than we do in the United States.”

      Also, in 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security established a special Office of International Affairs to institutionalize the relationship between Israeli and American security officials. “I think we can learn a lot from other countries, particularly Israel, which unfortunately has a long history of preparing for and responding to terrorist attacks,” said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) about the special office.

      In November 2011, a delegation of senior American law enforcement officials, including police commanders, security experts and FBI agents, went to Israel for a joint training seminar with Israeli counter-terrorism officials sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the program provided the visiting officials with an opportunity to “learn from each other and their Israeli counterparts.”The program covered topics such as border security and media response during crises as well as overviewing strategies for treating mass casualties, performing rescue operations and establishing command and control at the scene of a terror attack.

      Col. Robert Quinn, commander of the New Hampshire State Police, was part of the delegation. "It's really been an eye-opener," says Col. Quinn. "We attend various training in the states on terrrosim and counter-terrosim issues but never have I ever learned as much as I have just by looking and observing as I have been in [Israel]."

      In early September 2012, the New York Police Department (NYPD) opened an Israeli branch at the Sharon District Police Headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Kfar Saba. The NYPD decision to open an Israeli branch rested on the fact that the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact.

      In September 2013, a special team of bomb squad members from cities along the U.S.-Mexico border travelled to Israel in an effort to improve techniques and tactics for dealing with illegal immigration and IED attacks. Sgt. Chris Rogers represented the Pima (Arizona) Regional Bomb Squad - "We engaged the Department of Defense and the technical support group to sponsor the trip. So we could get first hand training and experience from the Israelis who have been dealing with cross border IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) for some time now."

      Some of the training for the group included going to a West Bank military outpost with the Israeli National Police bomb squad and visiting an Israeli port of entry to learn about port inspections as they relate to counter explosives and counter IED operations.

      Fifteen members of U.S. Security agencies and police departments travelled to Israel in September 2015 to engage in counter-terrorism training sessions, led by Israeli counter-terrorism officers. The trip was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, and according to the organization's director, the participants, “learn[ed] lessons from Israel in terms of tactics and strategies and the evolution of terrorism.” Officials hailing from the U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, Oakland and Miami-Dade police departments, participated in this training exercise.

      A diverse group of 52 law enforcement officers from 12 U.S. states visited Israel and participated in joing training sessions with their Israeli counterparts during September 2017. This program, known as the Police Unity Tour, has been held periodically since 1997.

      Sources: Near East Report (March 3, 2003);
      Yaakov Lappin. “US police in Israel for counter-terrorism program,” Jerusalem Post (November 1, 2011);
      Ben Hartman. “AmeMaariv-NRG (September 5, 2012)
      African law enforcement learns anti-terror tactics from Israeli experts,” Jerusalem Post (September 9, 2015) ~
      Daniel Eisenbud. US Police Train in Counterterrorism in Israel, Attend 9/11 Memorial, <a href="http://.....c0m" Jerusalem Post, (September 5, 2017)Jerusalem Post, (September 5, 2017). ~

  • Hundreds of US rabbis blast 'betrayal' by Israel over western wall, but not a word about West Bank wall
    • RE: Mr. Prime Minister, we are Zionists. We have, will and continue to support Israel as the realization of the Jewish dream “lihiyot Am chofshee b’artzeynu – to be a free people in our Land.” ~ 600 Conservative rabbis and leaders, most of them North American in a letter to Netanyahu

      MY COMMENTS As a rule, I do not take a position on "Zionism" generally (although I have expressed opposition to "Revisionist Zionism"), but I have always questioned whether being 'landed' contributes to being 'free'. At one time it possibly did contribute, but I am very skeptical as to whether that is any longer the case.
      Consequently, I question whether it is really possible for Jews to be "free people" in "our land". I see having "your land" in this age more as a form of a modern-day enslavement.

      FROM "GONE WITH THE WIND" (1939):

       Gerald O'Hara: Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts.
       Gerald O'Hara: It will come to you, this love of the land. There's no gettin' away from it if you're Irish.

       Rhett Butler: Why, all we have is cotton and slaves and arrogance.

       Scarlett: I can't let Tara go. I won't let it go while there's a breath left in my body.
       Rhett Butler: Don't give yourself airs, Scarlett.

  • In the backyard of the 'White City': Mya Guarnieri Jaradat reports on refugees and guest-workers
  • Arab League and Palestinian Authority to block Israeli bid for UN Security Council seat
  • Ayelet Shaked and the fascist ideology
  • 'Voice of boycott' was heard in Montgomery and South Africa, why not Israel? Roger Waters writes in 'NYT'
  • Nathan Englander, author of new Israel thriller, wants 'as many passports as I can get'
  • Ben Cardin, free speech, and the art of the dodge
    • P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [Whitney v. California]:

      [EXCERPTS] Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927), was a United States Supreme Court decision upholding the conviction of an individual who had engaged in speech that raised a threat to society. . .

      . . . The Whitney case is most noted for Justice Louis Brandeis's concurrence, which many scholars have lauded as perhaps the greatest defense of freedom of speech ever written by a member of the high court.[1] Justice Brandeis and Justice Holmes concurred in the result because of the Fourteenth Amendment questions, but there is no question that the sentiments are a distinct dissent from the views of the prevailing majority and supported the First Amendment.

      Holmes in Abrams had been willing to defend speech on abstract grounds, believing that unpopular ideas should have their opportunity to compete in the "marketplace of ideas." But Brandeis had a much more specific reason for defending speech, and the power of his opinion derives from the connection he made between free speech and the democratic process. Citizens have an obligation to take part in the governing process, and they can only fulfill this obligation if they can discuss and criticize governmental policy fully and without fear. If the government can punish unpopular views, then it cramps freedom, and in the long run, will strangle democratic processes. Thus, free speech is not only an abstract virtue, but a key element that lies at the heart of a democratic society.

      Implicitly, Brandeis here moves far beyond the clear and present danger test, and he insists on what some have called a "time to answer" test: no danger flowing from speech can be considered clear and present if there is full opportunity for discussion. While upholding full and free speech, Brandeis tells legislatures that while they have a right to curb truly dangerous expression, they must define clearly the nature of that danger. Mere fear of unpopular ideas will not do.

      Justice William O. Douglas believed that had Brandeis lived longer, he would have abandoned the clear and present danger test; Whitney is in fact the precursor to the position Douglas and Hugo L. Black would take in the 1950s and 1960s, that freedom of speech is absolutely protected under the First Amendment. Brandeis does not go that far here, and his views were ultimately adopted by the Court in Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969), which explicitly overruled Whitney.

      Whitney was later pardoned by the Governor of California based on Justice Brandeis' concurring opinion. . .

      SOURCE -

    • RE: And the fact is: The ACLU does NOT retract their original letter concerning this anti-BDS legislation. They stand by their position, which Quereshi articulates in very plain terms. “The bill seeks to punish people for engaging in political boycotts which the Supreme Court has held as constitutionally protected by the first amendment.” ~ Kim Jensen


      ■ “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)
      • SOURCE -
      Whitney v. California (full text) :: 274 U.S. 357 (1927) -
      • WIKIPEDIA -

      ■ “No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      ■ “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      ■ “The constitutional right of free speech has been declared to be the same in peace and war. In peace, too, men may differ widely as to what loyalty to our country demands, and ban intolerant majority, swayed by passion or by fear, may be prone in the future, as it has been in the past, to stamp as disloyal opinions with which it disagrees.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' dissenting opinion in Schaefer v. United States, 251 U.S. 466 (1920)
      • SOURCE –
      Schaefer v. United States, 251 U.S. 466 (1920) -

  • Democratic candidate for Illinois gov'r fires his running mate over BDS
    • RE: "Here is the statement by Jewish Voice for Peace on the fact that BDS has become an issue in the Chicago governor’s race, without mentioning Biss or Ramirez-Rosa by name, but proudly standing up for BDS and rejecting Biss’s claim re 'safety' for the Jewish people . . ." ~ Weiss

      JAMES BALDWIN (1963):

      “By deciding that they were white. By opting for safety instead of life. By persuading themselves that a Black child’s life meant nothing compared with a white child’s life… In this debasement of and definition of Black people, they debased and defined themselves.” ~ James Baldwin, 1963

      SOURCE –

  • US Ambassador blames Obama for 'absolute betrayal' of Israel, and Palestinians for killing the peace process
  • Shooting and crying, in 'The New Yorker'
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Israel Charges Bedouin Medical Student With Grave Security Offenses. His Crime? Passing Out Lecture Notes" | by Almog Ben Zikri | | Sep 16, 2017
      Taer Jouda was held by the security service for a month, denied a lawyer for the first two weeks and rejected efforts to become an informant: 'He just wants to be a doctor'
      read more:

    • RE: "Wonder Woman just hit something like forth or fifth biggest grossing film" ~ DaBakr

      MY COMMENT: Well then, everything's coming up roses (i.e., the "fat lady" must be singing) ! *

      * SEE: "Huge Spike in Number of Israelis 'un-Jewed' by Chief Rabbinate in Past Two Years" | by Judy Maltz | | Sep 17, 2017
      Trend appears related to new practice of re-examining and revoking religious status of citizens already recognized as Jewish
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    • RE: "i captured a screenshot from an episode, a scene where they [gender(s)?] are torchering a palestinian, chopping off his fingers with an ax or something, and in the background the torturers' israeli colleague is all teared up showing her humanity. " ~ Ann ie

      MY COMMENT: I hate to be accused of being a R-A-D-I-C-A-L feminist, but was she "all teared up showing her humanity", or was she "all teared up showing her weak, cowardly, girlish, sniveling, misguided, spineless, estrogen-suffused W-E-A-K-N-E-S-S?" As Netanyahu* (and John Wayne) famously said, "A M-A-N's got to do what a M-A-N's got to do." (Keep the women barefoot and pregnant!)


    • RE: "Israeli veteran and martial arts instructor Nimrod] Astel said that when he hears of American forces dropping a bomb on a wedding in Afghanistan or a Russian aircraft destroying a hospital in Syria he has a hard time taking seriously the moral criticism directed at Israeli behavior in the West Bank. ~ Donald Johnson

      MY QUESTION: That being the case, if Astel ever gets wind of what the Nazis did in the I930s and 40s, he might have a hard time taking seriously any moral criticism directed at any Israeli behavior --- even their using every nuke in their arsenal to pay back Europe for insisting that goods imported from the settlements not be labeled as having come from Israel.

      Or, did the very substantial reparations Germany paid to Israel sort of wipe the slate clean?

    • RE: “The majority of Israelis lost hope in peace,” Issacharoff says. “The average Israeli says that the Palestinians are no partner for peace. The second intifada was a deep wound that you cannot heal.”

      SEE: "The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada", By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.

      This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground. . .


      ALSO SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?” | By Uri Avnery | | June 13, 2011

      [EXCERPT] Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.

      This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.

      No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.

      It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago. After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.

      The new [second] Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”

      The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts. With those our army was on familiar ground.

      I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers. . .

      SOURCE –

  • 'Auto-anti-Semitism!' Naftali Bennett declares war on Jewish self-hatred in Israel
    • RE: Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett could be said to have made a genius triple breakthrough in the fields of psychology, psychiatry and sociology, coining a new term: “auto-anti-Semitism.” ~ Ofir

      SEE: Naftali Bennett: The David Duke of Israel | by Justin Raimondo | | December 28, 2012

      Naftali Bennett is the rising star of Israeli politics, and his party, Jewish Home, is projected to be the third largest in Israel: he is also an upfront racist who has made the presence of Africans in the country a major campaign issue, calling for their immediate expulsion. He’s said he would refuse orders to evacuate Jewish "settlers" from Palestinian lands, and he has a plan to annex most of the West Bank. "Forget whether it’s right or wrong," he says. "We’re here to stay, now what can we do about it? To strive for perfection brings disaster again and again. It’s time for new thinking."

      However, there is nothing new in this sort of thinking: ever since a right-wing nutjob assassinated Yitzhak Rabin and the "settler" movement began openly battling the IDF, the world has been aware of a dangerous and quite unpleasant streak of extremism taking root in the land of Israel. The Jewish Home party, and its charismatic leader, are but the latest incarnation of an increasingly militant religious fundamentalism with deep roots in the history of the Zionist idea. At the core of this ideology is the concept of "Greater Israel," which includes the Palestinian lands known by observant Zionists as "Judea and Samaria." The fundamentalist strain represented by Bennett derives the borders of this expanded Jewish state from the Old Testament, which promises all these lands to the Israelites unto eternity.

      As to how this radical expansion would alter the Jewish character of the Israeli state, that’s a question Bennett prefers not to answer: "What do we do in the long term? I don’t know."

      But of course he does know: he just prefers not to say, out loud, that a future Greater Israel will expel all the "Israeli" Arabs, just like his coalition partners in the former Molodet party have long advocated. His Jewish Home party absorbed the Molodet faction of the extremist "National Union" – which openly advocated ethnic cleansing – at its founding in 2008, and his followers know just what he means.

      Bennett is, in short, an extremist on the order of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose hatred of Arabs (and African refugees) is being cleverly marketed to a younger crowd, and whose foreign policy views make Netanyahu look like a left-winger. Bennett knows Netanyahu well: he served as Bibi’s chief of staff when the Likud leader was in opposition, and the two will no doubt be reunited after the upcoming elections in a new government, where Bennett will probably be in the cabinet as Housing Minister.

      Born in Haifa to American parents who emigrated from San Francisco after the Six Day War, Bennett founded a hi-tech company in New York, where he lived for four years, making millions and then taking off for Israel, where he reinvented himself as an ultra-nationalist political activist. After his stint with Netanyahu, he joined the settler movement – although he prefers to live in a wealthy suburb of Tel Aviv – as head of the Yesha Council, and later joined the National Religious Party after a bitter falling out with Netanyahu over the settlements. He managed to take over the NRP in a primary election, and now seeks to revamp this crucible of ultra-Orthodox obscurantism, rebranding it as "young" and "modern," with a special outreach to American immigrants.

      Friends of Israel among American liberals aren’t fooled. As Jeffrey Goldberg put it:

      "The Jewish Home party advances an ideology that will bring about the destruction (the self-destruction) of Israel. The Jewish Home party seeks to erase the dividing line between Israel and the West Bank; it seeks to build more and more settlements; it seeks to absorb the West Bank’s Arabs into Israel as, at the most, second-class citizens. It seeks to empower Orthodox religious nationalism as the dominant ideology of the state. And its policies would turn Israel into a pariah state, and Israel will not survive for the long-term as a pariah state."

      Sadly, it doesn’t look like Goldberg’s views have any influence in Israel . . .


      Saban Forum 2014 - A Conversation with Naftali Bennet

  • The United State of Israel and Palestine
    • RE: "It [i.e., the Oslo Accord] should be thrown into the dustbin of history, together with Wye River, Camp David, the Road Map, the Quartet, and Tony Blair." ~ David Gerald Fincham

      MY COMMENT: I respectfully disagree. Tony Blair is not deserving of a place in the dustbin of history, or any other dustbin.
      I would humbly suggest that he be disappeared to the Milky Way's one and only true supermassive black hole (SMBH) centrally located (for your disposal convenience) at Sagittarius A* (pronounced "Sagittarius A-star", standard abbreviation Sgr A*).

      SEE: "An Earthling’s Guide to Black Holes" | By Joanna Klein | | June 8, 2015

      [EXCERPT] If you fell into a black hole, it’s not clear how you would die.

      Will gravity rip you apart and crush you into the black hole’s core? Or will a firewall of energy sizzle you into oblivion? Could some essence of you ever emerge from a black hole? First posited by a group of theorists including Donald Marolf, Ahmed Almheiri, James Sully and Joseph Polchinski in March 2012, the question of how you would die inside a black hole is probably the biggest debate in physics right now. It’s called the firewall paradox.

      Based on the mathematics in Einstein’s 1915 General Theory of Relativity, you would fall through the event horizon unscathed before gravity’s force pulled you into a noodle and ultimately crammed you into singularity, the black hole’s infinitely dense core. [GOOD! ]

      But Dr. Polchinski and his team pitted Einstein against quantum theory, which posited that the event horizon would become a blazing firewall of energy that would torch your body to smithereens. [EVEN BETTER!]

      Keep both theories, the physicist Stephen Hawking said in January 2014. Black holes aren’t what we thought they were. There is no event horizon, and there is no singularity. They’re just different.

      According to Dr. Hawking, at the edge of a black hole, the fourth dimension known as space-time fluctuates like weather, making the crisp edge we assume impossible. Instead, Dr. Hawking’s “apparent horizon” would be like a purgatory for light rays attempting to escape a black hole, slowly dissolving and moving inward, but never being pulled into singularity. The event horizon, he says, remains the same, or even shrinks as a black hole slowly leaks energy. Suspended in the apparent zone, you would scramble and leak out into the cosmos as “Hawking radiation.” [THE VERY, VERY BEST! (much better than being consumed by a lake of fire)]


      P.S. ALSO SEE: "Black Hole Hunters" | By Denis Overbye | | June 8, 2015
      Aiming to make the first portrait of the hungry monster at the center
      of our galaxy
      , astronomers built “a telescope as big as the world.”
      LINK ➤

  • In Yoaz Hendel's revenge fantasy, Palestinians play the Nazi parts
    • RE: "In Yoaz Hendel’s revenge fantasy, Palestinians play the Nazi parts"

      MY COMMENT: I can easily see hordes of Israelis flocking to a resort spa in the Negev having Hendel's "revenge fantasy" theme!
      It would probably be popular with Americans as well.
      And Germans, of course.

    • RE:"What few here are considering, is how these 'dreams' play out as Palestinian
      ~ Ofir

      The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear is a BBC television documentary series by Adam Curtis.

      The Power Of Nightmares: Part 1 Baby Its Cold Outside (2004)
      The Power Of Nightmares: Part 2 The Phantom Victory (2004)
      The Power Of Nightmares: Part 3 The Shadows In The Cave (2004)
      LINK ➤

      The Power Of Nightmares - Adam Curtis
      The Power Of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, written and produced by Adam Curtis. Details the rise of the American NEOCONS (Neo-Conservative/Israeli movement and Radical Islam, with comparisons on their origins and strong similarities. Curtis argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organized force of destruction, specifically in the form of Al-Qaeda, (& its later offshoots ISIS, Boko Haram, Free Syrian Army, etc), is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American warmongering NeoCons and their enablers.
      download 3 files H.264 (mp4)
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      download 3 files WINDOWS MEDIA (wmv)

  • The liberal Zionist crisis -- white nationalists are villains, but settlers are 'complex'
    • RE: I am not convinced that “humility” and a “deep commitment” to Israeli society and “sustaining a relationship” to Israel entails lunching with these people [i.e., hilltop youth] and getting to know them and recognizing the “complexities” of their lives. ~ Weiss

      SEE: "Who Taught the Jewish Radical Settler Youth to Celebrate Murder?" | by Samuel Heilman | | December 24, 2015
      It's now clear from the shocking video of hilltop youth celebrating the Dawabsheh infant's murder that incitement to hatred is being taught in Israel's religious Jewish education system.

      [EXCERPT] The news in Israel this morning is filled with shocked reactions to a video broadcast on a national TV channel of celebrations at a wedding attended by the so-called 'hilltop youth'. We see yarmulke-clad young men dancing, their long earlocks flying, some with rifles in the air, and one with a knife with which he is skewering a photo of the infant from the Dawabsheh family who was burnt to death in an arson attack by suspected Jewish terrorists. A number of young people from this same group of 'revelers' are currently under arrest and undergoing interrogation for their part in the murder.

      The claims made previously by right-wingers connected to the hilltop youth, to the effect that the Dawabshehs were killed by a fire caused by an electrical malfunction in their house, or that they were the victims of an intra-Arab feud rather than of Jewish terrorists, are undermined by this film.

      The images suggest that, if nothing else, these dancers see the murder of the innocent Dawabsheh child as something to celebrate, and the use of the knife to hold the picture up as a way of symbolically suggesting that as an act of revenge for Palestinian knife attacks, it is a murder that can be justified. . .

      SOURCE -

      Jewish Radicals Celebrating Wedding by Stabbing Photo of Dawabsheh Baby

      Published on Dec 23, 2015
      Video Shows Jewish Radicals Celebrating Wedding by Stabbing Photo of Dawabsheh Baby - Credit Channel 10
      For the Full article at

  • Ramzy Baroud and Rima Najjar on identity and resistance
  • White Jews: deal with your privilege and call out Jewish support for white supremacy
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief" | By Adina Solomon | | July 18, 2011

      [EXCERPTS] This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.

      "It was an awesome trip," he said. "A trip of a lifetime."

      GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.

      Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.

      The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day. . .

      . . . After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.

      "Hopefully it'll never happen, but in this world, 'never' isn't a word," Wirthman said. "We're not invincible here."

      He's also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.

      Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.

      "I don't know if I could raise my family under those conditions," said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.

      And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said . . .


    • RE: "As Jewish Voice for Peace points out in our Deadly Exchange campaign, the ADL, and other Jewish organizations like the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and Chicago’s own Jewish United Fund all organize police, ICE and Homeland Security training exchanges in which American and Israeli police officers share tactics of oppression, teaching each other the aggressive, militarized police strategies . . . " ~ Lesley Williams

      A NICE EXAMPLE: "Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel" | by Eva Ruth Moravec | | July 07, 2011

      [EXCERPTS] . . . For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders.

      “I’ve always had an interest in Israel,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “It was a great conference.”

      Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program.

      The group toured a hospital’s trauma unit, Israeli Arab villages, sites of terrorist attacks, border crossings, police offices and the country’s security fence. Based on the itinerary, most of the sites and speeches focused on terrorism and security.

      Ortiz said he was impressed by Israel Defense Force soldiers, who he said are trained as soldiers and as police officers.

      “If we ever deploy troops along the Texas border, they should have training in being a soldier and in law enforcement,” he said. . .

      . . . The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said. . .

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    • RE PHOTO: James Baldwin in Istanbul, 1960. (Photo: Sedat Pakay)

      MY COMMENT: Chillin', 1960s style!

      CHILLIN' 1980s STYLE: James Baldwin at his French home* 5/9
      "The fact that we are still here —even in suffering, darkness, danger, endlessly defined by those who dare not define, or even confront themselves— is the key to the crisis in white leadership."
      SOURCE -

      * Writer James Baldwin at home in Saint Paul de Vence, South of France, in 1985. -

      James Baldwin and America's "racial problem"
      Published on Aug 28, 2014
      In the Western world, and especially in America, what is "white" and what is "black"? Here is James Baldwin, prophetic and provocative as ever, talking about race, imperialism and identity. This was filmed in London in 1969, but it's equally relevant today.

      James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965) [VIDEO, 58:57] ~

  • Jews are safer in Israel than U.S. because our kids drop their M-16s on the sofa -- NYT op-ed
    • RE: "Israel-promoter Daniel Gordis is granted an op-ed to say that Jews are safer in Israel than America, because in America, Jewish kids don’t know how to play with guns... The conclusion of the article hammers home the point about Israel being safer for Jews than the U.S. " ~ Weiss

      SEE: "Signs of Fascism in Israel Reached New Peak During Gaza Op, Says Renowned Scholar" | by Gidi Weitz | August 13, 2014
      Israel Prize laureate and renowned scholar Zeev Sternhell fears the collapse of Israeli democracy, and compares the current atmosphere with that of 1940s’ France. The time we have left to reverse this frightening trend is running out, he warns

      [EXCERPTS] At 1 A.M. on a day in September 2008, Prof. Zeev Sternhell opened the door of his home on Agnon Street in Jerusalem, intending to enter an inner courtyard. As he turned the handle, a thunderous explosion rocked the building. Sternhell, who a few months earlier had received the Israel Prize in political science, was lightly wounded by a bomb hidden in a potted plant.

      A year later, the police apprehended the perpetrator of the attack: Yaakov (Jack) Teitel, a resident of a West Bank settlement. At one time, Teitel was an informer for the Jewish Department of the Shin Bet security service. In his interrogation, it turned out that his crimes included the murder of two Palestinians.

      “I chose Sternhell as a target because he is held in high regard, he’s a left-wing professor,” Teitel told the interrogators. “I didn’t want to kill him, because that would turn him into a martyr. I wanted to make a statement.” Teitel was sentenced to two life terms. After the assault, Sternhell said in the hospital that “the act in itself reveals the fragility of Israeli democracy.” . . .

      [Q.] Do you define yourself as a Zionist?

      [STERNHELL:] “I have remained a Zionist, certainly. Maybe foolishly. The aim of Zionism was to create a safe home for the Jews, but for many years we have been living in the most unsafe place in the world for Jews. Zionism aimed to build a safe home for the Jews. But also a home worthy of the name, a decent home that one can be proud of, a home in which you don’t step on anyone’s back or suppress anyone. Already in the 1920s it was understood that the Arabs don’t want us and that the fulfillment of Zionism cannot be dependent on their good will. We arrived at a state of war, we won the war and that was the end of that chapter and the start of a new one.

      “To go on with it for decades after the state’s establishment is the ruination of Zionism. What’s happening now in the territories is not Zionism, it’s a nightmare of Zionism. If the result is one state here, between the sea and the Jordan River, there will either be a devastating civil war or an apartheid state. In both cases, the Zionist state as I understand it and as I want it, will not exist. There will be something else here. My consolation is that I will not be around to see it.” . . .

      SOURCE - [

      P.S. JAMES BALDWIN (1963): "By deciding that they were white. By opting for safety instead of life. By persuading themselves that a Black child's life meant nothing compared with a white child's life... In this debasement of and definition of Black people, they debased and defined themselves."
      SOURCE -

  • AUB Limited
    • RE: "People express shock that such a thing could happen at AUB. I forgive their incredulity. I didn’t think it could happen, either. It was a devastating miscalculation. This sort of miscalculation is common when we limit Palestine to the contours of its own geography or imagine Israel to be a mere fetish of special interest groups." ~ Salaita

      A NICE COMPANION PIECE: "The Story of Charlottesville Was Written in Blood in the Ukraine" | by Ajamu Baraka | | August 17, 2017
      LINK ➤

      P.S. BREATHTAKING: "I know this train of thought is distasteful because it amplifies an unjustified sense of self-importance. My insignificance, however, remains perfectly intact, which only highlights the seriousness of the problem." ~ Salaita

  • Video: 'Very fine people on both sides'
  • Trump support for racists forces Israeli leaders to take sides, but which side will they choose?
    • RE: "Equating the Nazis and white supremacists with their victims has become a national (as well as international) sport, and the promulgators of this “many sides” narrative are getting so excited with the prospect of it, that they are even going further, to regard the leftists as worse than Nazis." ~ Ofir

      A MIDSUMMER EVENING'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the purveyors of new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine™ Inhalable: "Dream-castle Israel is just one exhilarating breath away!"
      "I’ve looked at life from both sides now
      From win and lose and still somehow
      It’s life’s illusions I recall . . ."

      Joni Mitchell: An appreciation of her classic Both Sides, Now -

      In the Mood for Love ~ Yumeji's theme - Shigeru Umebayashi

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Netanyahu Family’s Racist History: Like Father, Like Son"|
      by Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | July 12, 2011

      [EXCERPTS] . . . The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say. Here are a few of the choice racist comments this excellent expose by Uri Blau attributes to Yair Netanyahu via his Facebook page. A few years ago at a time when Ehud Olmert was prime minister, riots broke out in the formerly Arab town of Akko (Acre), when an Israeli Palestinian mistakenly drove into an Orthodox community on Yom Kippur (a day when driving is forbidden). The result was this Facebook page created by the younger Netanyahu which stated:

      As a Result of the Akko Pogroms, I Too Boycott Arab Businesses!

      Those Arab sons of whores desecrated the holiest day of our year. This wasn’t in Syria or in Egypt. It was right here in the State of Israel–the Jewish nation’s only state. Because the leftist authorities won’t do anything regarding this matter and because the media will only trot out [before the cameras] the “poor Arabs,” it is up to us to do the minimum to restore our self-respect by boycotting all Arab businesses and products. Besides, I boycotted these shits even before!

      Despite Netanyahu’s appeal for members to join the group, only 23 did, which seems a pretty lame performance for a soldier who serves now in the IDF international press liaison office . . .

      . . . Returning to his Facebook account, just after the murder of the Fogel family by Palestinian militants, Netanyahu wrote this under the assumed name, Jesse Netan. My editorial comments are in italics, I couldn’t help myself!:

      We Jews and Christians celebrate life and love, you Muslims celebrate hatred and death! I attended the funeral and saw the five bodies including the littlest of the babies [ed., this isn’t truthful as one does not see bodies at a Jewish funeral, only caskets]. When we Israelis accidentally harm a Palestinian boy in Gaza the entire nation mourns for the child of the enemy [ed., what country is he living in??] half the army goes to prison and we pay a lot of money to the family [ed., what planet is he living on??]. We have enough power to destroy Gaza in five minutes, but we operate there with utmost care against terrorists who intend to harm our citizens and to turn their own citizens into human shields.

      Further, after the murder of this innocent family, they danced and celebrated in the streets, precisely like after 9/11!

      Terror has a religion and it is Islam. Not every Muslim is a terrorist but every terrorist is a Muslim. Have you ever heard of anyone killing themselves with a bomb in the name of Jesus or Moses [ed., I suppose he forgot Masada and Trumpeldor]? NO! People blow themselves up only in the name of Allah!

      There is no such thing as a Palestinian state. It is part of Israel. There never in history has been a Palestinian state. There is no such state and I hope there never will be. Palestinians are Arabs who settled in our country, but who emigrated from other Arab countries less than 100 years ago.

      A mere two hours after Blau first turned to the IDF press office for a comment on the Facebook profile it was closed to public view. The army explained that Yair had been told what the expectations of him were and that he could not talk politics on his Facebook account. Of course, the IDF had no problem in general with the specific rage-filled/rejectionist racist views he expressed, only with the fact that they were “political.” . . .

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    • RE: "However the thugs of Antifa and BLM who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.” ~ Yair Netanyahu

      MY COMMENT: I wonder where Yair Netanyahu gets the idea that BLM is becoming "super dominant in American universities and public life"? Might he be confusing/equating 'super dominant' with 'superpredator'?
      Does he perchance want to "bring them (i.e., BLM) to heel"?

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