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JLewisDickerson

B.S. Ga. Tech ~ J.D. (law) Mercer U. [Also see - http://mondoweiss.net/profile/dickerson3870] • 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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  • Israel detains Palestinian teen with severe head injury, again
    • "KILLING GAZA" IS NOW AVAILABLE 'ON DEMAND' AT VIMEO, AND IT'S INCREDIBLY WELL DONE!
      Stream the whole film on demand here:
      'ON DEMAND' LISTING -https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killinggaza

      P.S. “Killing Gaza” captures culture of resistance
      By Max Blumenthal | The Electronic Intifada | 17 May 2018
      LINK - https://electronicintifada.net/content/killing-gaza-captures-culture-resistance/24321

    • Yes, the poor guy is such a major klutz! He can't even manage to ride a bicycle without constantly falling off.
      SO SAD!
      SO BIGLY SAD!
      A REAL LOSER!
      LOSER! LOSER! LOSER!
      UNLIKE THE ALL-TIME WINNER DONALD TRUMP!

    • RE: Dawoud Yusef, advocacy coordinator for Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, told Mondoweiss that Israel’s tactic of forcing Palestinians into a constant rotation in and out of Israeli prisons is meant to “make the individual feel that they are never safe from the forces of the occupation.”

      PUT ANOTHER WAY: Israel’s "tactic of forcing Palestinians into a constant rotation in and out of Israeli prisons" is in keeping with their philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’, which is meant to to induce in Palestinians a sense of "permanent temporariness".

      FROM ALISTAIR CROOKE, London Review of Books, 03/03/11:

      (EXCERPT) . . . It was [Ariel] Sharon who pioneered the philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’ that repeatedly extended and then limited the space in which Palestinians could operate by means of an unpredictable combination of changing and selectively enforced regulations, and the dissection of space by settlements, roads Palestinians were not allowed to use and continually shifting borders. All of this was intended to induce in the Palestinians a sense of permanent temporariness. Maintaining control of the Occupied Territories keeps open to Israel the option of displacing Palestinian citizens of Israel into the Territories by means of limited land swaps. It also ensures that Israel retains the ability to force future returning refugees to settle in their ‘homeland’, whereas a sovereign Palestinian state might decline to accept the refugees. It suits Israel to have a ‘state’ without borders so that it can keep negotiating about borders, and count on the resulting uncertainty to maintain acquiescence. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n05/alastair-crooke/permanent-temporariness

  • Life in Gaza
  • Protesting is not enough
    • P.S. JVP

      SENATORS: INVESTIGATE ISRAELI VIOLENCE!
      No one should be killed for taking part in a peaceful protest. It’s up to us to call on progressive Senators to investigate Israel’s massacre in Gaza that killed over 100 Palestinians wounded 12,000 others.

      LINK ~ https://secure.everyaction.com/hq79Lxd62kuQiIWfAcfVKA2

    • RE: "Protesting is not enough"

      Tell Your Senators: Stand against settlements to stand for peace

      While billed as the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act," S. 720 would be more appropriately titled "The Settlement Anti-Boycott Act," because it attempts to shelter Israeli settlements from international accountability measures as well as domestic political criticism. This bill legitimizes settlements, which are illegal under international law.

      This legislation would impose penalties against people, businesses, and international governmental bodies that challenge illegal Israeli settlement policies, by conflating the boycott of Israeli settlement products with the movement for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS),instituting new penalties for those who boycott settlement goods. Settlements obstruct prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, because building settlements requires the seizure of Palestinian land. The United States should actively oppose settlements, as has been official U.S. policy for nearly half a century, rather than criminalize efforts to do just that.

      Please show your senators that their constituents stand for peace and against settlement policies

      TO SEND EMAILS (FCNL) - https://cqrcengage.com/fcnl/app/write-a-letter?3&engagementId=336873

  • Donald Trump is a hero to Jewish Israelis
    • "How White Evangelicals Sold Their Soul to Donald Trump To Bring About Armageddon"
      Thom Hartmann Program
      Published on May 21, 2018
      Frank Schaeffer, former Evangelical explains how white evangelicals in the United States put faith before country, before human rights, in making a "Devil's Bargain" to support Donald Trump despite his less than Christian actions, for a handful of policy and power goals, namely moving the United States embassy into deputed Jerusalem, all of this to bring about the end of days foretold in the book of Revelations, Armageddon!

    • "Religious, Political Reasons Behind President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Decision"
      AM Joy | MSNBC I Published on Dec 11, 2017
      Donald Trump stating that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel likely pleases pro-Israel GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, plus Trump’s Christian right supporters, for purely religious reasons. Joy Reid and her guest [i.e., Frank Shaeffer] discuss the deeper background.

    • Al Jarreau Sticky Wicket

      Al Jarreau Lyrics ("Sticky Wicket") --- https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/aljarreau/stickywicket.html

    • RE: "[F]rom this side of the world . . . [w]e don’t need a conference to tell us that Americans are nuts. We’ve known it for years." ~ RoHa

      MY REPLY: Self(-)diagnosis is a much stickier wicket!

      ● Sticky wicket - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sticky_wicket

      ● A sticky wicket - https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/334550.html

    • ALSO SEE: ■ “Trump's Abortion Gag Order Is Already Hurting Health Care in Developing Nations"
      Sunday, May 20, 2018 | By s.e. smith, Care2 | Report
      LINK ~ http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44536-trump-s-abortion-gag-order-is-already-hurting-health-care-in-developing-nations

    • P.P.P.S.
      The Donald Trump Phenomenon: A Psychological Analysis
      86,788 views
      OffshoreAlert
      Published on May 5, 2016
      Recorded live at The OffshoreAlert Conference on May 3, 2016.
      Donald Trump is leading a political revolution in the United States. This session will involve a psychoanalysis of Trump and his supporters, an explanation of his popularity, and what it says about the USA.

    • P.P.S.
      Protests and Corruption Grow In Israel
      Watching the Hawks RT
      Published on May 16, 2018
      Protests in Gaza hit a violent high this week with dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and over 1,000 reportedly injured following the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem. Journalist Max Blumenthal joins Sean Stone and guest host Ashlee Banks to discuss the protests, as well as Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption scandal and electoral prospects.

    • P.S. ALSO SEE:
      "In Jerusalem, Christian Zionists Seal the Deal With Netanyahu"
      Friday, May 18, 2018
      By Bill Berkowitz, Truthout | News Analysis

      (EXCERPT) For right-wing Pastor John Hagee, it was a glorious day. In his view, Bible prophecy was being fulfilled and his personal comeback was complete. Here he was delivering the closing prayer at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Less than 60 miles away, the Israeli military was slaughtering unarmed Palestinian demonstrators. How could Hagee not be thinking that this event -- engineered and staged by the Trump administration, in coordination with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu -- might be the launching point for the greatest battle ever: the "End Times"?

      "We thank you, O Lord, for President Donald Trump's courage in acknowledging to the world a truth that was established 3,000 years ago -- that Jerusalem is and always shall be the eternal capital of the Jewish people," Hagee said. "Jerusalem," he prayed, "is where Messiah will come and establish a kingdom that will never end."

      Earlier, in an interview with Breitbart News, Hagee said he told Trump that he would win "political immortality" for moving the embassy from Tel Aviv. . .

      CONTINUED AT ~ http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44515-in-jerusalem-christian-zionists-seal-the-deal-with-netanyahu

    • RE: “It’s hard to believe, but he has been very good to us, Trump,” Nehama, a well-coiffed 47 year old with her son, said. “We [Israelis] have never been in such good position in the world. I think God puts the words in his mouth. I believe there is someone who manages the world” – and Trump in that belief is the instrument. ~ from Phil's post above

      SEE:
      "Trump’s Cruel Cuts to Palestinian Refugee Aid"
      By Karl Honegger | libertarianinstitute.org | April 14, 2018
      I believe the true answer to the defunding of UNRWA lies in the ability of Christian pro-Zionist leaders to make US foreign policy bend to their will.
      LINK ➤ https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/trumps-cruel-cuts-to-palestinian-refugee-aid/

      "Pro-Israel NGO puts pressure on UNRWA for aiding Palestinian refugees"
      by Alex Delmar-Morgan | MiddleEastEye.net | 7 March 2016
      ▪ Campaign by UN Watch to pressure US to cut $400m funds for UN's Palestinian refugee agency could have devastating impact on its work
      LINK ➤ http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/pro-israeli-ngo-puts-pressure-unrwa-aiding-palestinian-refugees-1755634396

      Trump’s Jerusalem Move Caters to Religious Extremists
      TheRealNews
      Published on May 16, 2018
      The opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem featured billionaire Sheldon Adelson and prominent far-right evangelical Christian leaders John Hagee and Robert Jeffress. We discuss the alliance between Trump, Netanyahu, and far-right extremists in both the US and Israel with journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen

  • Canadian doctor: Israeli soldiers shot me in both legs as I was treating injured protesters in Gaza
  • Murder as a way to make a political point
  • Gaza massacre ends American political oath: Israel support is bipartisan
  • West's failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre
    • P.S.
      10 Traits of a Psychopath
      3,417,150 views
      Psych2Go
      Published on Aug 24, 2016
      Superficial charm, a grandiose notion of self-worth, the need for stimulation and impulsiveness, pathological lying, the ability to manipulate others and a lack of remorse and empathy.

    • RE: "Handwringing is not enough. It is time for anyone with a conscience to act." ~ J Cook

      NARCISSISTIC PSYCHOPATHS/SOCIOPATHS WANT TO KNOW:
      A conscience? What the hell is that?

  • 'Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people': one American Jew's response to the Gaza massacre
  • Nikki Haley blames Iran, Hamas for deaths of Palestinian protesters, as UN officials call to investigate Israel
  • Here are the questions any journalist talking to the Israeli military should ask
    • RE: Israeli leftists on social media wondered today why the IDF always has a particularly gun-happy posture when it comes to Gazans. The answer, I’m afraid, comes from the nether realms of national psychology: Gazans remind Israelis of the Nakba by their very existence, they are the ghost which keeps haunting the silenced “great nights of horror” of 1948. They are ghosts reminding Israelis that their country is built on a massive graveyard; hence they must be silenced, in any way possible. ~ Gurvitz

      PUT ANOTHER WAY: The Gazan "Great March of Return" represents a 'narcissistic injury' to narcissistic Likudnik Israel; resulting in Likudnik Israel's 'narcissistic rage' as evidenced by the massacre of Gazans.

      Narcissistic rage and narcissistic injury
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_rage_and_narcissistic_injury

      [EXCERPTS] Narcissistic rage is a reaction to narcissistic injury, which is a perceived threat to a narcissist's self-esteem or self-worth. Narcissistic injury (or narcissistic scar) is a phrase used by Sigmund Freud in the 1920s; narcissistic wound and narcissistic blow are further, almost interchangeable terms.[1] The term narcissistic rage was coined by Heinz Kohut in 1972.

      Narcissistic injury occurs when a narcissist feels that their hidden, "true self" has been revealed. This may be the case when the narcissist experiences a "fall from grace", such as when their hidden behaviors or motivations are revealed, or when their importance is brought into question. Narcissistic injury is a cause of distress and can lead to dysregulation of behaviors as in narcissistic rage.

      Narcissistic rage occurs on a continuum, which may range from instances of aloofness and expressions of mild irritation or annoyance to serious outbursts, including violent attacks and murder.[2] Narcissistic rage reactions are not limited to personality disorders and may be also seen in catatonic, paranoid delusion and depressive episodes.[2] It has also been suggested that narcissists have two layers of rage. The first layer of rage can be thought of as a constant anger (towards someone else), with the second layer being a self-aimed wrath.[3] . . .

      • Kohut and self psychology
      Heinz Kohut explored a wide range of rage experiences in his seminal article "Thoughts on Narcissism and Narcissistic Rage" (1972).[17] He considered narcissistic rage as one major form among many, contrasting it especially with mature aggression.[18] Because the very structure of the self itself is weakened in the narcissist, their rage cannot flower into real assertiveness;[19] and they are left instead prone to oversensitivity to perceived or imagined narcissistic injuries resulting in narcissistic rage.[20]

      For Kohut, narcissistic rage is related to narcissists' need for total control of their environment, including "the need for revenge, for righting a wrong, for undoing a hurt by whatever means".[21] It is an attempt by the narcissist to turn from a passive sense of victimization to an active role in giving pain to others, while at the same time attempting to rebuild their own (actually false) sense of self-worth. It may also involve self-protection and preservation, with rage serving to restore a sense of safety and power by destroying that which had threatened the narcissist.[21]

      Alternatively, according to Kohut, rages can be seen as a result of the shame at being faced with failure.[22] Narcissistic rage is the uncontrollable and unexpected anger that results from a narcissistic injury – a threat to a narcissist's self-esteem or worth. Rage comes in many forms, but all pertain to the same important thing: revenge. Narcissistic rages are based on fear and will endure even after the threat is gone.[23]

      To the narcissist, the rage is directed towards the person that they feel has slighted them; to other people, the rage is incoherent and unjust. This rage impairs their cognition, therefore impairing their judgment. During the rage they are prone to shouting, fact distortion and making groundless accusations.[24] In his book The Analysis of the Self, Kohut explains that expressions caused by a sense of things not going the expected way blossom into rages, and narcissists may even search for conflict to find a way to alleviate pain or suffering.[25] . . .

  • How Durham, NC became the first U.S. city to ban police exchanges with Israel
    • RE: Alice Walker, born the daughter of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, compared systemic oppression in Palestine to that of Jim Crow. “Wherever you see people who are being humiliated it is our duty as human beings…to speak.” ~ Zaina Alsous and Sammy Hanf

      FROM AN EARLIER TIME AND THIRTY OR SO MILES AWAY FROM EATONTON:

      Amanda America Dickson (1849-1893)
      Original entry by Kent Anderson Leslie, Decatur, 03/10/2003
      Last edited by NGE Staff on 08/20/2013

      Amanda America Dickson, the daughter of a slave and her owner, became one of the wealthiest black women in nineteenth-century America when the Georgia Supreme Court upheld her claim to her father's contested will. Dickson inherited his estate in Hancock County upon his death in 1885.

      She was born on November 20 or 21, 1849, on the Hancock County plantation of her father, the famous white agricultural reformer, David Dickson (1809-85). Her birth was the result of the rape of her slave mother, Julia Frances Lewis Dickson, when Julia was twelve years old. At the time, David Dickson was forty and the wealthiest planter in the county. Amanda America Dickson spent her childhood and adolescence in the house of her white grandmother and owner, Elizabeth Sholars Dickson, where she learned to read and write and play the piano—the survival skills of a young lady but not ordinarily the opportunities of a slave. According to the Dickson family oral history, David Dickson doted on Amanda, and Julia quite openly became his concubine and housekeeper. . .

      CONTINUED AT- http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/amanda-america-dickson-1849-1893

      ALSO SEE:

      Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America Dickson, 1849-1893 | by Kent Leslie (Author) - https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Color-Daughter-Privilege-1849-1893/dp/082031871X

      David Dickson - https://www.britannica.com/biography/David-Dickson

      Jean Toomer (1894-1967) - http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/jean-toomer-1894-1967

      Cane - http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/cane

  • Israel distorts timeline of events to play victim in the dangerous escalation with Iran and Syria
    • P.P.P.S. CNN Taps Out with Max Blumenthal

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE:
      "The Israeli Government Role in Promoting Islamophobia Internationally"
      by Paul Larudee / DissidentVoice.org / May 9th, 2018

      LINK ➤ https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/05/the-israeli-government-role-in-promoting-islamophobia-internationally/

    • P.S. ALSO SEE:
      "CNN’s Iran Fearmongering Would Make More Sense Coming Directly From Pentagon"
      by Adam Johnson | Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) | May 10, 2018
      · Barbara Starr has a long, storied career of acting—in effect if not in name—as a Department of Defense spokesperson

      [EXCERPT] Why doesn’t CNN Defense Department reporter Barbara Starr just leave CNN and instead work directly for the Trump DoD?

      On Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), Starr (5/8/18) rushed to publish an anonymously sourced and transparently propagandistic press release for the Trump administration and Pentagon. Wouldn’t it be easier if Starr just skipped the middleman and just worked for the DoD?

      In her 513-word piece, “US Officials Growing Increasingly Concerned Iran Could Attack Israel,” Starr mindlessly repeated “concerns” by unnamed US Department of Defense and Israeli Defense Force officials that Iran might directly attack Israel and/or Israeli positions in occupied Syria—something that has never happened in recorded history . . .

      CONTINUED AT ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/10/cnns-iran-fearmongering-would-make-more-sense-coming-directly-pentagon

    • RE: The mainstream Western media is falling into Israel’s propaganda trap. Most reports are treating the Iranian rockets as the original provocation, and framing Israel’s massive air strikes as the (understandable) response. ~ North

      MY COMMENT: Not all of them are innocently falling into Israel’s propaganda trap! In the following video notice how Jake Tapper parrots the propaganda of the very biased "UN Watch". He knows very well what he is doing!

      ■ Jake Tapper's WORST FAIL EVER As He Defends Trump On Jerusalem
      NSFW (contains some profanity towards the end)

      UN Watch
      From SourceWatch.org ~ https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/UN_Watch

      UN Watch, a Geneva-based group, was founded in 1993 to monitor the performance of the United Nations and with a stated mission of promoting human rights, but with an prime emphasis on the coverage of Israeli violations of human rights. It is an accredited non-governmental organization with the UN ECOSOC and has affiliate status with the UN DPI.

      It has been founded and funded by the American Jewish Committee since 2001. UN Watch led the largest NGO coalition at the UN Human Rights Council special session on Darfur in December 2006.

      ● Nexus to AJC
      Ian Williams, a journalist covering the UN for many years and former president of the United Nations Correspondents Association, summarizes UN Watch’s role:

      UN Watch is an organisation whose main purpose is to attack the United Nations in general, and its human rights council in particular, for alleged bias against Israel.[1]

      UN Watch has been funded by the American Jewish Committee since 2001. It claims to have ‘complete independence’ from the AJC.[2]

      However, a press release from its site notes that UN Watch is to become ‘fully integrated’ into the AJC. The release concludes:

      Eighteen months ago, the American Jewish Committee and the World Jewish Congress reached an agreement, approved by the international board of UN Watch, to transfer full control of the organization to AJC, an agreement that went into effect on January 1, 2001.[3]

  • 'Rather than trying to hide the occupation from the world – end the occupation': Israeli orgs respond to gov't deporting Human Rights Watch director
    • P.P.P.P.S. CNN Taps Out with Max Blumenthal

    • P.P.P.S. ALSO SEE:
      ■ "Pro-Israel NGO puts pressure on UNRWA for aiding Palestinian refugees"
      by Alex Delmar-Morgan | MiddleEastEye.net | 7 March 2016
      ▪ Campaign by UN Watch to pressure US to cut $400m funds for UN's Palestinian refugee agency could have devastating impact on its work
      LINK ➤ http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/pro-israeli-ngo-puts-pressure-unrwa-aiding-palestinian-refugees-1755634396

    • P.P.S.
      UN Watch
      From RightWeb.irc ~ https://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/un_watch/
      last updated: December 1, 2011

      [EXCERPTS] UN Watch is a Geneva-based organization closely associated with rightist sectors in the United States and Israel that claims to monitor compliance of the United Nations with its charter. According to its website, UN Watch "serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system."[1]

      Despite efforts to paint itself as an independent watchdog group, UN Watch has repeatedly been accused of having a staunchly “pro-Israel” bias and on outlook on Middle East peace that is closely in line with that of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party. For many years, the group was funded by the American Jewish Committee (AJC)—publisher of the neoconservative flagship journal Commentary . . .

      . . . Much of UN Watch’s work involves critiquing criticism of Israel expressed by members of the UN Human Rights Council and promoting hardline views toward Islamic countries. This frequently entails campaigns against the inclusion of anti-Israel countries on the council, including recent initiatives against Syria under Bashar al-Assad[3] and Libya under the late Muammar Gaddafi.[4]

      UN Watch director Hillel Neuer has penned numerous op-eds aimed at neutralizing the UN body’s criticism of Israel by pointing to human rights abuses elsewhere. Shunting aside the council’s work on Israel and taking aim at Libya in a March 2011 op-ed, for example, Neuer wrote that “Until the United Nations’ highest human rights officials exorcise their Israel obsession and fix their broken moral compass, murderers like Gadhafi will continue to enjoy impunity.”[5] In a comparable January 2011 piece for the NY Daily News, he charged that the UNHRC’s Advisory Committee was “dominated by apologists for the world's worst dictators.”[6]

      Observers argue that the group is biased when it comes to the rights situation in the Middle East. In his Guardian blog, commentator Ian Williams argued that UN Watch has been as "guilty of hypocrisy" as some Human Rights Council members. He wrote: "Anyone carrying a hypocrisy detector through the UN would be distracted by its continuous beeping, as one would expect in places filled with politicians and diplomats. But passing UN Watch's office would set it beeping as well. If the organization could point to a single occasion when it had condemned manifest Israeli transgressions of the human rights of Palestinians, it would give itself a secure platform from which to criticize the human rights council. UN Watch rightly criticizes Sudan's refusal to let in a human rights council delegation into Darfur. But then how, with a straight face, can it avoid criticizing Israel for refusing to allow in rapporteurs from the same council?"[7] . . .

    • P.S.
      UN Watch
      From SourceWatch.org ~ https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/UN_Watch

      UN Watch, a Geneva-based group, was founded in 1993 to monitor the performance of the United Nations and with a stated mission of promoting human rights, but with an prime emphasis on the coverage of Israeli violations of human rights. It is an accredited non-governmental organization with the UN ECOSOC and has affiliate status with the UN DPI.

      It has been founded and funded by the American Jewish Committee since 2001. UN Watch led the largest NGO coalition at the UN Human Rights Council special session on Darfur in December 2006.

      ● Nexus to AJC
      Ian Williams, a journalist covering the UN for many years and former president of the United Nations Correspondents Association, summarizes UN Watch's role:

      UN Watch is an organisation whose main purpose is to attack the United Nations in general, and its human rights council in particular, for alleged bias against Israel.[1]

      UN Watch has been funded by the American Jewish Committee since 2001. It claims to have 'complete independence' from the AJC.[2]

      However, a press release from its site notes that UN Watch is to become 'fully integrated' into the AJC. The release concludes:

      Eighteen months ago, the American Jewish Committee and the World Jewish Congress reached an agreement, approved by the international board of UN Watch, to transfer full control of the organization to AJC, an agreement that went into effect on January 1, 2001.[3] . . .

    • Jake Tapper's WORST FAIL EVER As He Defends Trump On Jerusalem
      NSFW (contains some profanity)

    • RE: "… Israel’s decision to deport a Human Rights Watch official, and the growing list of people to whom it denies entry for criticizing of the occupation, place Israel squarely on a list of disreputable states. …" ~ Human Rights Groups

      MY SNARKASM: I need to hear what Jake Tapper and his ilk have to say.

  • Video: 'If you keep waving the stick, we will shoot you'
    • RE: ‘If you keep waving the stick, we will shoot you’

      MY COMMENT: Don't you just know the IDF sharpshooters are all dying to 'bag'* a pregnant Palestinian woman?

      * bag (verb)
      BrE /bæɡ/ ; NAmE /bæɡ/
      Verb Forms
      bag something (informal) - to catch or kill an animal
      We bagged ten fish in two hours.

  • Every day Jewish settlers attack us
    • RE: GREENSTEIN'S POST

      The Flat
      2011 NR Rated NR1hr 37m
      Our best guess for you: 4.3 stars
      Average of 131977 ratings: 3.4 stars
      When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos.
      Cast: Arnon Goldfinger, Gertrude Kino, Leopold von Mildenstein
      NETFLIX DVD - https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Flat/70241257

      ENTIRE FILM [1:37:01] on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X45W1-XFn_g

    • RE: "Our lives have become unbearable after the settlers violently moved into our area with the protection of the Israeli army. We are subjected to repeated attacks on us at home and the settlers through rocks to break the glass of our houses.” ~ Badee Dwaik

      MY COMMENT: As I see it, these settlers serve a purpose quite similar to fascism's Blackshirts (Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale - MVSN) and Brownshirts (Sturmabteilung - SA) back in 1920s-30s Italy and Germany.

  • The remarkable disappearing act of Israel's car-bombing campaign in Lebanon or: What we (do not) talk about when we talk about 'terrorism'
    • RE: On August 29, 1982, Ariel Sharon took to the opinion pages of the New York Times to argue that Israel’s “most immediate achievement” following its invasion of Lebanon had been the “crushing defeat” of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). As a result, the Israeli Defense Minister explained, Katyusha rockets had stopped raining down on Israeli villages “from terrorist sanctuaries in Lebanon.” ~ Brulin

      SEE: "The War of Lies" | by Uri Avnery | gush-shalom.org | September 06, 2012

      [EXCERPTS] Thirty Years ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.

      Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.
      From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.

      THE LIES started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.
      If one asks Israelis now, 99.99% of them will say with all sincerity: “We had no choice. They launched katyushas at the Galilee from Lebanon every day. We had to stop them.” TV anchormen and anchorwomen, as well as former cabinet ministers have been repeating this throughout the week. Quite sincerely. Even people who were already adults at the time.

      The simple fact is that for 11 months before the war, not a single shot was fired across the Israeli-Lebanese border. A cease-fire was in force and the Palestinians on the other side of the border kept it scrupulously. To everybody’s surprise, Yasser Arafat succeeded in imposing it on all the radical Palestinian factions, too.

      At the end of May, Defense Minister Ariel Sharon met with Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Washington DC. He asked for American agreement to invade Lebanon. Haig said that the US could not allow it, unless there were a clear and internationally recognized provocation.

      And lo and behold, the provocation was provided at once. Abu Nidal, the anti-Arafat and anti-PLO master terrorist, sent his own cousin to assassinate the Israeli ambassador in London, who was grievously wounded.

      In retaliation, Israel bombed Beirut and the Palestinians fired back, as expected. The Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, allowed Sharon to invade Lebanese territory up to 40 km, “to put the Galilee settlements out of reach of the katyushas.”

      When one of the intelligence chiefs told Begin at the cabinet meeting that Abu Nidal’s organization was not a member of the PLO, Begin famously answered: “They are all PLO”.

      General Matti Peled, my political associate at the time, firmly believed that Abu Nidal had acted as an agent of Sharon. So do all the Palestinians I know.

      The lie “they shot at us every day” has taken such a hold on the public mind that it is nowadays useless to dispute it. It is an illuminating example of how a myth can take possession of the public mind, including even of people who had seen with their own eyes that the opposite was true.

      NINE MONTHS before the war, Sharon told me about his plan for a New Middle East. . .

      . . . His design for the region, as told me then (and which I published nine months before the war), was:

      • 1. To attack Lebanon and install a Christian dictator who would serve Israel,
      • 2. Drive the Syrians out of Lebanon,
      • 3. Drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon into Syria, from where they would then be pushed by the Syrians into Jordan.
      • 4. Get the Palestinians to carry out a revolution in Jordan, kick out King Hussein and turn Jordan into a Palestinian state,
      • 5. Set up a functional arrangement under which the Palestinian state (in Jordan) would share power in the West Bank with Israel.

      Being a single-minded operator, Sharon convinced Begin to start the war, telling him that the sole aim was to push the PLO 40 km back. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1339170910/

  • Kovel's 'Overcoming Zionism' was ahead of its time
    • RE: "Ariel Sharon, the third Israeli terrorist PM, was actually found guilty by an Israeli court for permitting the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon in l982, where as many as 3000 Palestinian refugees were killed." ~ Michael Smith

      MY COMMENT: Yes, apparently the Sabra and Shatila massacre was part of Sharon's plan to "drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon into Syria"*, but unfortunately his "Christian" Phalangist henchmen got carried away and went so far overboard that the massacre attracted far too much international attention for a second Nakba (this time in Lebanon) to be succesfully executed (unlike Deir Yassin and the original Nakba, thirty plus years earlier).

      * SEE: "The War of Lies" | by Uri Avnery | gush-shalom.org | September 06, 2012

      [EXCERPTS] Thirty Years ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.

      Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.
      From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.

      THE LIES started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.
      If one asks Israelis now, 99.99% of them will say with all sincerity: “We had no choice. They launched katyushas at the Galilee from Lebanon every day. We had to stop them.” TV anchormen and anchorwomen, as well as former cabinet ministers have been repeating this throughout the week. Quite sincerely. Even people who were already adults at the time.

      The simple fact is that for 11 months before the war, not a single shot was fired across the Israeli-Lebanese border. A cease-fire was in force and the Palestinians on the other side of the border kept it scrupulously. To everybody’s surprise, Yasser Arafat succeeded in imposing it on all the radical Palestinian factions, too.

      At the end of May, Defense Minister Ariel Sharon met with Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Washington DC. He asked for American agreement to invade Lebanon. Haig said that the US could not allow it, unless there were a clear and internationally recognized provocation.

      And lo and behold, the provocation was provided at once. Abu Nidal, the anti-Arafat and anti-PLO master terrorist, sent his own cousin to assassinate the Israeli ambassador in London, who was grievously wounded.

      In retaliation, Israel bombed Beirut and the Palestinians fired back, as expected. The Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, allowed Sharon to invade Lebanese territory up to 40 km, “to put the Galilee settlements out of reach of the katyushas.”

      When one of the intelligence chiefs told Begin at the cabinet meeting that Abu Nidal’s organization was not a member of the PLO, Begin famously answered: “They are all PLO”.

      General Matti Peled, my political associate at the time, firmly believed that Abu Nidal had acted as an agent of Sharon. So do all the Palestinians I know.

      The lie “they shot at us every day” has taken such a hold on the public mind that it is nowadays useless to dispute it. It is an illuminating example of how a myth can take possession of the public mind, including even of people who had seen with their own eyes that the opposite was true.

      NINE MONTHS before the war, Sharon told me about his plan for a New Middle East. . .

      . . . His design for the region, as told me then (and which I published nine months before the war), was:
      1. To attack Lebanon and install a Christian dictator who would serve Israel,
      2. Drive the Syrians out of Lebanon,
      3. Drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon into Syria, from where they would then be pushed by the Syrians into Jordan.
      4. Get the Palestinians to carry out a revolution in Jordan, kick out King Hussein and turn Jordan into a Palestinian state,
      5. Set up a functional arrangement under which the Palestinian state (in Jordan) would share power in the West Bank with Israel.

      Being a single-minded operator, Sharon convinced Begin to start the war, telling him that the sole aim was to push the PLO 40 km back. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1339170910/

  • Roseanne Barr says she will fight Jews supporting BDS by educating them about Torah
  • Another distorted 'NY Times' report on Gaza focuses on 'blazing kites' instead of Israeli snipers
    • With each day that passes, Israel becomes more and more like Mad Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's absolute monarchy/theocracy, Saudi Arabia!

    • RE: "Rights groups say Israeli open-fire regulations are unlawful because they permit troops to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters. Israel’s Supreme Court is currently weighing a petition by six rights groups to restrict or ban the use of live fire on the border." ~ North

      MY COMMENT: Passage of the 'Override Law' will teach Israel’s Supreme Court to mind its own business and forget about silly notions like human rights for non-Jews!*

      * SEE: ■ "Under cover of Iran, Netanyahu just took three new steps toward fascism"
      • For Israel's rickety democracy, already shot through with holes, the worst may well be dead ahead
      By Bradley Burston | Haaretz.com | May 1, 2018

      [EXCERPT] . . . A Netanyahu-endorsed bill, coming up for consideration at the beginning of this coming week, may in practice be the closest to enabling fascism. How do we know?

      Because the only Israeli NGO which an Israeli court has actually ruled can be likened in some respects to fascism [i.e., Im Tirtzu], just took out a full-page ad in Israel Hayom, warning that we Israelis – and Netanyahu – had better pass the bill, which has the misleadingly benign name of the Override Law.

      The bill, in its most extreme form, would enable the Knesset to invalidate any decision of the Supreme Court by a 61-vote parliamentary majority. In the near term, rightists hope to use the bill in order deport thousands of African asylum seekers, circumventing court-ordered restrictions. In the longer term, hardliners hope to use the law to enable full legalization and eventual annexation of settlements.

      It is a bill so obvious and dark in intent that Israeli Chief Esther Hayut [Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel] personally told the prime minister on Sunday that it constituted "a danger to democracy." . . .

      SOURCE - https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-under-cover-of-iran-netanyahu-just-took-three-new-steps-toward-fascis-1.6049854

  • Philadelphia Jewish groups try to stop publication of article critical of Israel, insist on BDS training for Inquirer editors
    • RE: Bykofsky also said that . . . there are some separate roads for Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank “to thwart attacks.” ~ Weiss

      SEE: "US Funds Apartheid Roads on West Bank" ~ by Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service, 5/24/10

      [EXCERPT] RAMALLAH - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping Israel to construct an apartheid road infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by financing nearly a quarter of the segregated road system primarily for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

      USAID's figures state that the agency has financed 235 km of roads in the West Bank in the past decade, and is preparing to add another 120 km by the end of this year, reported Nazareth-based journalist Jonathan Cook in the United Arab Emirates paper ‘The National'*.

      According to an April report released by the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), USAID has helped build 114 km of segregated roads in the Palestinian territory despite assurances from Washington six years ago that it would not assist in the construction after the Palestinian Authority (PA) protested.

      Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem reports that 170 km of roads in the West Bank are either off-limits to Palestinians or highly restricted.

      After the Oslo Peace Accord in 1994, Israel requested the international community to finance 500 km of roads for the Palestinians, later termed ‘fabric of life' roads, including upgrading agricultural tracks and constructing many underpasses and bridges, at a cost of 200 million US dollars, reported Cook.

      However, donor countries rejected this request due to PA's protests that the entrenched apartheid-system infrastructure would strengthen the settlements and make their presence a permanent fixture while justifying more expropriation of Palestinian land.

      But it would appear that the PA has been railroaded, at the behest of Israel, into accepting USAID in a take it or leave it scenario. . .

      CONTINUED AT - http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/05/mideast-us-funds-apartheid-roads-on-west-bank/

      * SEE: "US funds 'apartheid' road network in Israel" | By Jonathan Cook | TheNational.ae | May 15, 2010
      LINK - http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/us-funds-apartheid-road-network-in-israel

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "Palestinian Roads: Cementing Statehood, or Israeli Annexation?"
      By Nadia Hijab and Jesse Rosenfeld | The Nation | April 30, 2010
      New evidence indicates that the PA's ambitious road-building program--heavily funded by the United States and Europe--is being used by Israel to facilitate settlement expansion.
      LINK - https://www.thenation.com/article/palestinian-roads-cementing-statehood-or-israeli-annexation/

  • Major bike race will kick off in Jerusalem Friday even as snipers line up on Gaza border
    • P.S. SEE:
      "Israel threatens Giro d’Italia protesters"
      by Ali Abunimah | ElectronicIntifada.net | 4 May 2018

      [EXCERPT] Israeli police are calling Palestinian activists in Israel and threatening them should they protest against the first stage of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race that started in Jerusalem on Friday.

      The threats were revealed by PACBI – the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel – which tweeted that “activists will hold Giro d’Italia responsible if anything happens to them.”

      Israeli authorities have boasted that their full repressive apparatus, developed over decades to enforce military occupation and other restrictions on Palestinians, was being deployed to secure the race against protests . . .

      LINK ➤ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-threatens-giro-ditalia-protesters

    • Hey y'all, I've been thinkin'.
      Do y'all remember those "monoliths" in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), and how they could single-handedly make or break whole civilizations?
      Well, the reason I asked y'all is because it seems that more and more people are beginning to attribute similar capabilities to this modern-day "monolith" (of sorts)!
      I wonder how it would fare in the Giro d’Italia beginning this Friday. Probably not very well, I'm guessing. At least, not without some really good 'doping'!
      Well, I hate to 'opine and run' y'all, but it's time for me to get back to more of my really serious thinkin'.
      No tellin' what I might come up with, y'all.

  • Umm Al Hiran is ethnically cleansed 'voluntarily'
    • RE: "[T]he notion of ‘voluntary’ and ‘willing’ has been a central, and demonstrably false, means of denial by Zionists." ~ Ofir

      FOR INSTANCE:
      "Israel’s Ultimatum to African Refugees: Leave Voluntarily or Go to Prison"
      https://fanack.com/refugees/israel-african-refugees/
      Feb 6, 2018 - The Israeli government has now given the African refugees an ultimatum: leave voluntarily by April 2018 or go to prison. Refugees will reportedly receive $3500 and an airline ticket to their country of origin or a third country.

  • Remembering Joel Kovel, a restless explorer
    • P.S. JOEL KOVEL (1-20-13):

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.

      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

      SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

    • RE: "He [i.e., Kovel] rebelled against the soulless pride of neoconservatism and the new Jewish establishment." ~ Weiss

      SEE:

      "Turning on Russia"
      By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | consortiumnews.com | April 29, 2018
      In this first of a two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould trace the origins of the neoconservative targeting of Russia.
      LINK ➤ https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/29/turning-on-russia/

      "Turning on Russia", Part Two
      By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | consortiumnews.com | April 30, 2018
      In the second part of this two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould explore how neo-conservatives, behind the scenes, took control of U.S. foreign policy.
      LINK ➤ https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/30/turning-on-russia-part-two/

  • Is the Saudi Prince becoming a Zionist?
  • Rightwing video says New Israel Fund supports 'foreign agents' who persecute Israeli soldiers
    • RE: what are the officially declared borders of this so-called “Jewish State” . . . ?

      REPLY: The "Nation-State of the Jewish People" might very well cover the entire globe.*

      * ■ "Israel's Rabbinical Courts May Soon Have Unprecedented Power Over non-Israeli Jews"
      by Or Kashti | Haaretz.com | May 05, 2018
      Government pushing bill that would punish foreign Jewish men who refuse to grant a divorce and would also apply to some Israelis married outside of the rabbinate

      [EXCERPT] A government bill giving Israeli rabbinical courts the authority to punish foreign Jewish men who refuse to grant their wives a religious divorce is advancing through the legislative process.

      The bill would allow these courts to prevent non-citizens in these circumstances from leaving Israel after a visit, or even to jail them. Such steps against foreign nationals are thought to be unprecedented.

      The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee is slated to discuss the bill, which was jointly sponsored by the Justice Ministry and the Religious Services Ministry, next week.

      Numerous organizations and experts have warned against the legislation. The official justification for the amendment is the problem of Jewish women overseas whose husbands refuse to grant them a religious divorce. Currently, the bill’s explanatory notes say, there is no overseas agency that can force the husband to grant the divorce, so the women remain trapped in unwilling marriages.

      To solve this problem, however, the government has proposed a significant expansion of the rabbinical courts’ powers with almost no oversight. . .

      SOURCE - https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-rabbinical-courts-may-get-new-power-over-non-israeli-jews-1.6054204

    • P.P.P.P.S. INSIDE STORY S2018 • E77
      "What's behind Israel's 'Jewish State' bill?" | Inside Story

      Al Jazeera English
      Published on Mar 17, 2018
      Israel's right-wing government is fast-tracking a bill that will define the country as a 'nation-state' for the Jewish people.

    • P.S. FASCISM'S FUNDERS:
      "Jewish Agency PR Flack Defends Hagee Gift to Im Tirtzu"
      August 21, 2010 By Richard Silverstein

      [EXCERPT] A few days ago the Israeli financial blog Calcalist published an expose on a $3-million gift by John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel, which was passed through the Jewish Agency via the Houston Jewish federation where it originated. I’ve reported in the past on the beneficiaries of tens of millions of dollars of Hagee/CUFI largess which are often settler projects and major settlements. The gift Calcalist was most interested in was $120,000 transmitted to the far-right Israeli group, Im Tirtzu.

      Among other violations of Jewish Agency procedure concerning this gift and noted by the Israeli blog was that its funding is supposed to support educational projects, which it does in many cases. But the notion that there is any educational component to Im Tirtzu’s agenda is laughable. It is a purely partisan entity characterized by bare-knuckle, brawling-style political activism as evidenced by its scuzzy attacks on the New Israel Fund‘s Naomi Hazan and its nascent campaign to sack the leadership of Ben Gurion University’s political science department for alleged “anti-Zionist” tendencies.

      Israel has (or once had, before major cuts in the national education budget) a fine higher education system developed over decades and nurtured in the principles of academic inquiry and the freedom to pursue knowledge in diverse ways. Im Tirtzu, if it had its way, would turn the Israeli educational system into cheerleaders for an ideologically correct pro-Zionist agenda. They would destroy the notion of academic freedom which is the pillar of any good university. And the Jewish Agency is willing to financially pimp on behalf of this garbage.

      Just after I published my post on this, I noticed that Haviv Rettig Gur asked to friend me on Facebook. I remembered he was at one time a Jerusalem Post reporter, one of the interchangeable set which vent their noxiousness under the tutelage of queen bee neocon ranter-editor, Caroline Glick. I wondered why he wanted to friend me. After I confirmed him as a friend I received a message from him on my Wall sternly admonishing Calcalist and, by inference, me for “profound and irresponsible ignorance” in our reporting on Hagee’s gift.

      In his initial message he wanted to make the point that the Jewish Agency wasn’t endorsing Hagee’s gift or Im Tirtzu, but was merely providing “philanthropic oversight,” which in a later message he described as follows:

      In order to enable contributions to charities and Israeli civil society from abroad, the Federations, the UIA and the Agency provide a special program of financial oversight. This program is trusted by the American authorities, so that when we say the money arrived at its destination and is used for its intended purpose, they believe us and the donor back home can receive the tax benefits of his or her donation.

      Translation: the Jewish Agency passes money from Hagee along to Im Tirtzu. Further, the Houston federation sends the check to the JA, which in turn transfers it to Im Tirtzu. Which means the Agency, in doing so, gives Hagee and his dirty anti-Semitic money an Israeli-Zionist heksher in addition to a 501c3 designation making it tax-deductible. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2010/08/21/jewish-agency-pr-flack-defends-hagee-gift-to-im-tirzu/

      NOTE: SUBSEQUENTLY, JOHN HAGEE/CFI AND THE HOUSTON JEWISH FEDERATION SUPPOSEDLY DISCONTINUED THEIR FUNDING OF IM TIRTZU. ~
      https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2010/08/22/houston-jewish-federation-and-hagee-end-funding-for-im-tirzu/

      P.P.S. AN EYEFUL OF IM TIRTZU (SUCH NICE YOUNG FASCISTS) - https://www.google.com/search?q=IM+TIRTZU&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj12vWm5ufaAhUO0lMKHZ73AdoQ_AUIDSgE&biw=1431&bih=629

      P.P.P.S.
      By Joseph Dana | 972.com | Published August 20, 2010
      "Revenge of the nerds: partying with the boys of Im Tirtzu"
      This piece was co-authored by Max Blumenthal
      LINK ➤ https://972mag.com/revenge-of-the-nerds-partying-with-the-boys-of-im-tirtzu/967/

    • SPEAKING OF FASISTS/FASCISM:
      "Under cover of Iran, Netanyahu just took three new steps toward fascism"
      • For Israel's rickety democracy, already shot through with holes, the worst may well be dead ahead
      By Bradley Burston | Haaretz.com | May 1, 2018

      [EXCERPTS] . . . All eyes were on Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv Monday night, as Benjamin Netanyahu literally unveiled his magician's cabinets, the glittering CDs and snaggle-toothed binders holding what he said were 55,000 pages and 183 discs of Iran's nuclear secrets.

      As the prime minister spoke, however, as a war-anxious nation and an attentive, approving White House hung on his every word, a little over 30 miles up the road, in Jerusalem, a mortal threat to Israel was being assembled under our very noses. In the Knesset, no less. A set of three time bombs, complex, deadly, radioactive.

      Each of them a step toward annihilating Israel as we have come to know it. Each of them a step toward dictatorial rule, toward fascism. Each of them approved by – spurred by – Netanyahu himself.

      - The Knesset approved the first of three votes on the Jewish Nation-State Law, which, among other provisions, effectively undermines equality and democracy as guiding principles for Israeli law; effectively downgrades the status of Israel's Arab citizens by downgrading Arabic, presently an official language of the state; and effectively enshrines segregation in Jews-only communities.

      - The Knesset gave full approval to an amendment, pushed into passage by Netanyahu, which grants a prime minister "under extreme circumstances" the power to declare war alone, with only the "consultation" of his defense minister. Until now, a declaration of war was a decision for the full cabinet.

      - While it is still unclear if the final version of The Nation-State Law will include a provision which would instruct the justice system to give Israel’s Jewish character preference over its democratic one in cases where the two are at odds, a third law passed on Monday may provide a back-door path to the same goal. The law urges judges to turn to Jewish law and tradition in interpreting legislation open to question. Opposition lawmakers said the law paved the way to a dictatorial, Jewish-nationalist theocracy. Zionist Union MK Merav Michaeli said the law "does not recognize equality, not between Jews and non-Jews, and not between men and women."

      From Netanyahu's standpoint, the best part of all of this was that most Israelis - dazzled or dismayed by the prime minister's performance at the Kirya military compound – had no idea that any of the legislative activity was going on. . .

      . . . A Netanyahu-endorsed bill, coming up for consideration at the beginning of this coming week, may in practice be the closest to enabling fascism. How do we know?

      Because the only Israeli NGO which an Israeli court has actually ruled can be likened in some respects to fascism [i.e., Im Tirtzu], just took out a full-page ad in Israel Hayom, warning that we Israelis – and Netanyahu – had better pass the bill, which has the misleadingly benign name of the Override Law.

      The bill, in its most extreme form, would enable the Knesset to invalidate any decision of the Supreme Court by a 61-vote parliamentary majority. In the near term, rightists hope to use the bill in order deport thousands of African asylum seekers, circumventing court-ordered restrictions. In the longer term, hardliners hope to use the law to enable full legalization and eventual annexation of settlements.

      It is a bill so obvious and dark in intent that Israeli Chief Esther Hayut [Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel] personally told the prime minister on Sunday that it constituted "a danger to democracy." . . .

      SOURCE - https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-under-cover-of-iran-netanyahu-just-took-three-new-steps-toward-fascis-1.6049854

  • Two officials of Center for Constitutional Rights are detained by Israel, then deported
    • RE: "Two officials of Center for Constitutional Rights are detained by Israel, then deported"

      MY COMMENT: I guess this is Israel's way of "upping (or raising) the ante"!

      https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/up_the_ante
      up the ante
      English
      Verb
      up the ante (third-person singular simple present ups the ante, present participle upping the ante, simple past and past participle upped the ante)

      (poker) To raise the stakes of a hand of poker
      With three aces and two jacks, he thought it was safe to up the ante.
      (dispute) To take an action that raises the stakes, i.e. that increases the chances of conflict.
      (idiomatic) To make something more desirable.
      The school system cannot raise teachers' salaries, so they are providing better benefits as an effort to up the ante.

      QUOTATIONS:
      2011 November 3, Chris Bevan, “Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport‎[1]:
      After a slow start, it was the home side who began to up the ante. Gokdeniz Karadeniz caused Spurs problems with his raids down the right and Alan Kasaev fired narrowly over from one of his pull-backs.

      Synonyms
      sweeten the pot
      raise the stakes

  • Netanyahu's cheap theatrics fall flat, but alas, he has an audience of one -- Trump
  • Israeli radio host fantasizes about rape and murder of leftist 'filth' who called soldiers 'terrorists'
    • RE: "Notice the 'go to Gaza' expression – which has long been one of the worst epithets you could hurl at another Israeli (long before Hamas) . . . " ~ Ofir

      SEE: "How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas" | By Andrew Higgins | The Wall Street Journal | January 24, 2009

      [EXCERPTS] Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor's bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile's trajectory back to an "enormous, stupid mistake" made 30 years ago.

      "Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation," says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel's destruction.

      Instead of trying to curb Gaza's Islamists from the outset, says Mr. Cohen, Israel for years tolerated and, in some cases, encouraged them as a counterweight to the secular nationalists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its dominant faction, Yasser Arafat's Fatah. . .

      . . . When Israel first encountered Islamists in Gaza in the 1970s and '80s, they seemed focused on studying the Quran, not on confrontation with Israel. The Israeli government officially recognized a precursor to Hamas called Mujama Al-Islamiya, registering the group as a charity. It allowed Mujama members to set up an Islamic university and build mosques, clubs and schools. Crucially, Israel often stood aside when the Islamists and their secular left-wing Palestinian rivals battled, sometimes violently, for influence in both Gaza and the West Bank.

      "When I look back at the chain of events I think we made a mistake," says David Hacham, who worked in Gaza in the late 1980s and early '90s as an Arab-affairs expert in the Israeli military. "But at the time nobody thought about the possible results." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html

  • Young Jews won't cry over the end of the Zionist dream, Beinart says
    • RE: "Groupthink is very hard to reprogram. It will probably be Masada 2.0 and a lot of people may die." ~ Maghlawatan

      MY REPLY: You virtually took the thoughts right out of my brain. I was planning on returning to the comments under Ofir's harrowing "Israeli radio host fantasizes about rape and murder of leftist ‘filth’ who called soldiers ‘terrorists’" and say that I have become convinced that Israel passed the existential tipping point some time ago, and the cataclysmic die has consequently been unalterably cast. Click on the graphic below for a taste.

      📷 [ GRAPHIC ] ~ comments under the article "StandWithUs demands that NYU show 'zero tolerance' for BDS violations of students' rights" at JPost.com, dated April 27, 2018

    • Misty In Roots - Poor & Needy 12"

      Jah
      Deliver the poor and needy, out of the hands of the wicked.
      Deliver the poor and needy, out of the hands of the wicked.
      Jah, Jah
      Foundations of the earth are out of course
      Man so blind, they neither see nor understand
      They walk in darkness
      They walk in darkness
      Jah, Jah
      Deliver the poor and needy, out of the hands of the wicked.
      Deliver the poor and needy, out of the hands of the wicked.
      Jah, Jah
      Jah standeth in the congregation [of the mighty]
      Jah rules among the gods.
      How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?

    • "People just want to be free!" ~ said Buddy Miles (Hendrix's drummer), whose mind was goin' through so many changes, he was goin' right out of his mind (after Hendrix's "Foxy Lady")!

  • IDF claims most Gazan casualties were 'accidental'
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  • Welcome the doubting liberals
    • P.P.P.S. RE: Earlier, when told by his teacher that he will be departing soon to prepare a home in heaven for his followers, who will be joining him there one day, the practical-minded Thomas says, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” (John 14:5). [SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED BY AN ASTERISK]

      MLK JR (paraphrased): “Faith is taking the first step up even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/palestinian-christians-communities/#comment-914648

    • P.S. It's even worse than I thought!

      READ IT AND WEEP:
      72 CE: Thomas the Apostle is murdered in India
      ▪ According to common Christian tradition, 'doubting' Thomas, a practicing Jew, was killed by jealous Hindu priests of Kali. (Or a peacock hunter.)
      By David B. Green | Haaretz.com | December 21, 2015

      December 21 in the year 72 C.E., is the day of the martyrdom of Thomas the Apostle, according to the tradition of a number of Christian churches.

      Like all of the 12 apostles, or disciples, of Jesus, Thomas was a practicing Jew, and was given the mission by his mentor to spread his teachings, both among the Jews and the Gentiles.

      In both the Book of John, one of the Gospels of the New Testament, and in the apocryphal Acts of Thomas, Thomas is described as “Thomas, who is called Didymus,” a redundancy, since “Thomas” comes from the Aramaic word teoma, meaning “twin” (in Hebrew, it’s te’om), for which the word in Greek is didymus.

      It is not clear either from the Gospels, written at the end of the 1st century, or from the Acts of Thomas, from the 2nd century, just whose twin Thomas was meant to be, but there are several references in classical sources that suggest that he was the brother either of the Apostle Jude (son of James) or of Jesus himself.

      None of the sources tell us about Thomas’ origins, but like the other apostles, he is presumed to come from the Galilee, like Jesus, and to have returned there to teach after Jesus’ death.

      • Have you believed?

      Thomas was the first “doubting Thomas,” because he refused to believe the reports of sightings of a resurrected Jesus until, according to John 20:25, "I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the print of the nails, and place my hand in his side” (Revised Standard Version).

      A short time later, Jesus appears to Thomas, and the latter calls him “my Lord and my God,” and Jesus seems to mock him gently when he responds, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John 20:29).

      Earlier, when told by his teacher that he will be departing soon to prepare a home in heaven for his followers, who will be joining him there one day, the practical-minded Thomas says, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" (John 14:5).

      The assignment of December 21 as the date of Thomas’ death is derived from a tradition that anyone who fits the description of a “doubting Thomas” might have some difficulty giving credence to.

      • Priests of Kali

      A late tradition sees Thomas as having carried the gospel of Jesus to the Indian subcontinent, first to the northwestern kingdom of Gondophorus. Then, according to the third-century Acts of Thomas, in the year 52, the apostle sailed, in the company of a Jewish traveler named Abbanes, to the southern tip of India, to the port of Muziris, present-day Pattanam, in Kerala state.

      Kerala was home, even at that time, to a Jewish community. A 17th-century work called Thomma Parvam (Songs of Thomas) says that he converted 40 Jews upon his arrival, along with 3,000 Hindus of Brahmin origin.

      Modern historians believe that Christianity actually arrived in India several centuries after the era of the historical Thomas, with the arrival of Christians from Syria and from Perisa.

      The martyrdom of Thomas, however, took place not on western coast of India, but on the other side of the subcontinent, in the southeastern city of Mylapore, near latter-day Chennai. There, Thomas came into conflict with the Hindu priests of Kali, who killed him for insulting their deity – or simply for converting many of their followers. (Marco Polo, in the 13th century, heard that Thomas had died, more than a millennium earlier, when an archer out hunting peacocks had accidentally shot him.)

      His bones were then brought into the city of Mylapore and buried inside a church he had already built there, where in the 16th century, Portuguese explorers built the San Thome Basilica, which was rebuilt by the British in 1893.

      Today, December 21 is still observed as the feast day of St. Thomas in some Protestant churches, and among traditionalist Catholics. In the Roman Catholic Church, however, the feast day was moved, in 1960, to July 3, so as not to interfere with the days leading up to Christmas, on December 25.

      SOURCE - https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/72-ce-thomas-the-apostle-is-murdered-in-india-1.5379553

      * As MLK, Jr. said: “Faith is taking the first step up even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” - http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/palestinian-christians-communities/#comment-914648

      P.P.S. Methinks the "doubting Thomas" might very well have been an Aspie!

    • RE: "Welcome the doubting liberals"

      MY ADMISSION (I.E., BARING MY SOUL/SOLES): That might be easy for you to say, but while I certainly welcome "doubting liberals", please don't ask me to welcome "doubting Thomas" liberals! I'm very sorry, but it's a personal foible of mine that I do not fully understand. I'm beginning to suspect it might have something to do with an ancient, and very bitter, apostolic feud.
      Don't laugh! Once upon a biblical time Jesus might very well have tried to smooth many a feather ruffled by one or another of his Apostles by saying to the offended party something akin to: The members of my apostolic entourage "are (just) people*, my friend"!

      * somewhat like modern-day corporations, but not nearly as greedy!

    • At last! Someone who really knows their geography (and considerable zoology, to boot). I owe you a box of very expensive, hand-rolled, Cuban cigars and a case of the very finest pink champagne! If you will kindly deposit to my PayPal account the paltry $534.27 in shipping charges . . .

    • RE: "Palestinian justice is an uphill battle, and it will not be won by mimicking Zionism’s rearguard actions." ~ Marilyn Garson

      MY COMMENT: Very well put!

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    • RE: "The validity of a community’s cause can persuade people who notice it – but injustice is not sufficient to get a community noticed. Before the justice comes the work of being seen and heard. That work is more difficult, of course, when it confronts a widely-held narrative. I wish it were otherwise, but those who are out of sight, really are out of mind." ~ Marilyn Garson

      ABOUT THAT "WIDELY HELD NARRATIVE":

      ■ FRANZ FANON:

      “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” ~ Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

      ■ FROM BRITANNICA.COM [ cognitive dissonance ]

      cognitive dissonance - the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in a person is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: the person rejects, explains away, or avoids the new information, persuades himself that no conflict really exists, reconciles the differences, or resorts to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in his conception of the world and of himself. The concept, first introduced in the 1950s, has become a major point of discussion and research.

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