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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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  • Bret Stephens equates anti-Zionists with white nationalists in the 'New York Times'
    • RE: "If Israel is going to retain mainstream political support, it cannot allow itself to become the pet cause of right-wing bigots and conspiracy theorists." ~ Stephens

      SO: Israel should not take advantage of the zealous support of "right-wing bigots and conspiracy theorists", but it is perfectly kosher for Bret Stephens to take advantage of said "right-wing bigots and conspiracy theorists" to smear JVP. *

      * RHETORICALLY ASKED (WITH SEVERELY PURSED LIPS) : "Well, isn't that special?"** (frequently followed by "How con-VEEN-ient!")

      ** ANSWER: I'd say its more like "too clever by half", Church Lady.***

      *** WIKTIONARY:

      ■ too clever by half - https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/too_clever_by_half
      English
      Adjective
      too clever by half
      (idiomatic, of a person, plan, theory, etc.) Shrewd but flawed by overthinking or excessive complexity, with a resulting tendency to be unreliable or unsuccessful.
      ▲ quotations
      • 1890, Henry James, chapter 47, in The Tragic Muse:
      [H]e had a damnable suppleness and a gift of immediate response, a readiness to oblige, that made him seem to take up causes which he really left lying, enabled him to learn enough about them in an hour to have all the air of having converted them to his use. . . . He was at all events too clever by half, since this pernicious overflow had wrecked most of his attempts.
      • 1914, E. W. Hornung, chapter 8, in The Crime Doctor:
      The poor devil was too clever by half, and made a big mistake for each of his strokes of genius.
      • 1993 March 21, Robert Dallek, "Roosevelt Unbound," New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2012):
      Historians generally agree that Roosevelt was too clever by half, and that he miscalculated badly in assuming that he had the political muscle to alter the size of the Court.
      • 2011 April 28, David Prosser, "Did Barclays' own executives see the bank coming?," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 26 July 2012):
      Still, the thing about being just a little too clever by half is that it tends to catch up with you.

      P.S. (I.E., PARTING SHOT)
      RE: "How con-VEEN-ient!"
      QUERY: Cognitive dissonance much, Bret?

  • Israel denies entry to Amnesty International staffer due to alleged 'BDS activities'
    • P.S. I might be stupid, but in no way am I "stupider than stupid"!
      Consequently, I think might have figured out how that inane strategy for (supposedly) discouraging support for BDS was devised.
      Also, I will shortly be publishing an earth-shattering exposé revealing yet another "Russian connection" (hint: neither Stravinsky, nor Sikorsky) - - in this instance being responsible for President Donald Trump's increasingly "erratic" behavior.

    • RE: "Israel denies entry to Amnesty International staffer due to alleged ‘BDS activities’"

      MY COMMENT: I must really be stupid, because, for the life of me, I can't figure out how this is an effective strategy for fighting against BDS. In fact, I'm so stupid that this actually seems like a strategy for encouraging BDS.
      Am I stupid, or what?!?!
      Come to think of it, I'm so stupid, I should be in Guinness.
      No, not that Guinness, this Guinness!

      Madonna - "I'm So Stupid"

  • UN rapporteur urges sanctions on Israel for driving Palestinians 'back to the dark ages'
    • ■ AUDIO (90 min): "Can an Occupation Become Unlawful? Israeli practices in the Palestinian territories and third party responsibilities"
      LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science

      Speaker(s): Professor Michael Lynk, Dr Valentina Azarova, Dr Federica Bicchi, Dr Victor Kattan, Hugh Lovatt
      Chair: Professor Toby Dodge

      Recorded on 15 June 2017 at Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
      [Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast.]
       DownloadMP3 Audio

      The Israeli-Palestinian conflict presents us with a paradox. While it has generated notable developments in international law, it seems to be unaffected by international law.

      Closing this apparent gap requires an examination of what international law stands for in the current situation, when Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territories shows every sign of permanence. What has UN Security Council Resolution 2334 added to the debate? How should we assess the lawfulness of Israeli practices in the occupied territories? Has Israel’s prolonged occupation become illegal? And what does this mean for Palestinian rights and third state responsibilities? This lecture, followed by the discussants’ comments and Q&A, will be the opportunity to analyse concepts and issues from an academic perspective.

      • Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario.

      • Valentina Azarova (@ValentinaAzarov) is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Public Law, Koç University, Istanbul.

      • Federica Bicchi is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.

      • Victor Kattan (@VictorKattan) is Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute and an Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore.

      • Hugh Lovatt (@h_lovatt), Policy Fellow and Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator for ECFR’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

      • Toby Dodge (@ProfTobyDodge) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Middle East Centre at LSE.

      The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 89th year, making it one of the oldest, and largest in the world.

      Event posting

       MP3 ► https://richmedia.lse.ac.uk/publiclecturesandevents/20170615_1830_canAnOccupationBecomeUnlawful.mp3

      SOURCE (WITH PLAYER) ► http://www.lse.ac.uk/website-archive/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=3844

    • RE: "[T]he international community recoiled from answering Israel’s splintering of the Palestinian territory and disfiguring of the laws of occupation with the robust tools that international law and diplomacy provide. International law, along with the peoples of Palestine and Israel, have all suffered in the process." ~ Lynk's report

      DRAMA: It's possibly a matter of 'do or die' for the entire concept of 'International Law'.
      To blow the conch, or not to blow the conch: that is the question.
      A nascent Global Plutocracy is 'waiting in the wings'.

  • Leon Wieseltier on the Jewish people sounds a lot like Richard Spencer on white people
    • P.S. ALSO SEE:
      ■ "Preliminary study of the impact on indigenous peoples of the international legal construct known as the Doctrine of Discovery" (PDF). United Nations Economic and Social Council. | 4 Feb 2010. ► https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/E.C.19.2010.13%20EN.pdf

      ■ ‘Doctrine of Discovery’, Used for Centuries to Justify Seizure of Indigenous Land, Subjugate Peoples, Must Be Repudiated by United Nations, Permanent Forum Told | 8 MAY 2012 ► http://www.un.org/press/en/2012/hr5088.doc.htm

      ■ ‘Concluding Session, Permanent Forum Says Impact of Racist ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ Endures Today, but Indigenous Rights Declaration Offers Framework for Redress | 18 MAY 2012 ► https://www.un.org/press/en/2012/hr5099.doc.htm

    • RE: "That is, in fact, exactly what Richard Spencer says about the United States. Christian Northern White Europeans are a people, they founded America, and its their nation state. We in the U.S. have a pesky problem of minorities–but nothing that can’t be managed by excluding Muslims and people of color from the country, favoring Christianity ('saying Merry Christmas again', as Trump puts it), and perhaps shipping Jews off to their nation state–Israel. " ~ Nikles

      AND IT'S ALL PURRFECTLY LEGAL (TO RICHARD SPENCER'S WAY OF THINKING):

      Discovery doctrine
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_doctrine

      [EXCERPT] The Discovery doctrine is a concept of public international law expounded by the United States Supreme Court in a series of decisions, most notably Johnson v. M'Intosh in 1823. Chief Justice John Marshall justified the way in which colonial powers laid claim to lands belonging to foreign sovereign nations during the Age of Discovery. Under it, title to lands lay with the government whose subjects travelled to and occupied a territory whose inhabitants were not subjects of a European Christian monarch. The doctrine has been primarily used to support decisions invalidating or ignoring aboriginal possession of land in favor of colonial or post-colonial governments.

      The 1823 case was the result of collusive lawsuits where land speculators worked together to make claims to achieve a desired result.[1][2] John Marshall explained the Court's reasoning. The decision has been the subject of a number of law review articles and has come under increased scrutiny by modern legal theorists.

      History

      The Doctrine of Discovery was promulgated by European monarchies in order to legitimize the colonization of lands outside of Europe. Between the mid-fifteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, this idea allowed European entities to seize lands inhabited by indigenous peoples under the guise of discovery. In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas declared that only non-Christian lands could be colonized under the Discovery Doctrine.

      In 1792, U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson declared that the Doctrine of the Discovery would extend from Europe to the infant U.S. government. The Doctrine and its legacy continue to influence American imperialism and treatment of indigenous peoples.[3]

      Johnson v. M'Intosh

      The plaintiff Johnson had inherited land, originally purchased from the Piankeshaw tribes. Defendant McIntosh claimed the same land, having purchased it under a grant from the United States. . .

      ALSO SEE:
      Inter caetera, 1493 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter_caetera

      ■ Treaty of Tordesillas -
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tordesillas

  • Canadian columnist is latest to say, Israel is 'an apartheid state'
    • RE: Yesterday Neil Macdonald, a columnist and longtime DC and Middle East correspondent for Canadian Broadcasting, wrote that it’s time to call a duck a duck: “Israel already is an apartheid state.” . . . When are liberal Zionists going to be half this honest about a stark reality? ~ Weiss

      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)

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      .
      FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 2/27/14:

      Defence mechanisms
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://web.archive.org/web/20140227185512/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_mechanisms

      [EXCERPTS] . . . In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms are psychological strategies brought into play [primarily ~ J.L.D.] by the unconscious mind[4] to manipulate, deny, or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses to maintain one's self schema [and to minimize cognitive dissonance - J.L.D.].[5]

      These processes that manipulate, deny, or distort reality may include the following: repression, or the burying of a painful feeling or thought from one's awareness even though it may resurface in a symbolic form;[3] identification, incorporating an object or thought into oneself;[6] and rationalization, the justification of one's behavior and motivations by substituting "good" acceptable reasons for the motivations.[3][7] Generally, repression is considered the basis for other defense mechanisms.[3]

      Healthy persons normally use different defences throughout life. An ego defence mechanism becomes pathological only when its persistent use leads to maladaptive behaviour such that the physical or mental health of the individual is adversely affected. The purpose of ego defence mechanisms is to protect the mind/self/ego from anxiety and/or social sanctions and/or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.[8]

      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses.[9] . . .

      . . . The list of defence mechanisms is huge and there is no theoretical consensus on the number of defence mechanisms. . .

      ● Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms [EXCERPTS]

      ♦ Level 1: Pathological

      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. . .

      • Delusional Projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature. . . [i.e., perceiving legitimate criticism of Israel as "Anti-Semitism" ~ J.L.D.]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn't exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality (for example, convincing oneself that all of the Palestinian/Arab prisoners in incarcerated by Israel are "terrorists". . .
      • Distortion: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs.

      ♦ Level 2: Immature

      These mechanisms are often present in adults. These mechanisms lessen distress and anxiety provoked by threatening people or by uncomfortable reality. . .

      • Fantasy: Tendency to retreat into fantasy in order to resolve inner and outer conflicts. . . [i.e., the illogical belief that the interests of the U.S. and Israel are identical is a nice example of fantasy ~ J.L.D.]

      ♦ Level 3: Neurotic

      These mechanisms are considered neurotic, but fairly common in adults. Such defences have short-term advantages in coping, but can often cause long-term problems . . .

      • Intellectualization: A form of isolation; concentrating on the intellectual components of a situation so as to distance oneself from the associated anxiety-provoking emotions . . .
      • Withdrawal: Withdrawal is a more severe form of defence. It entails removing oneself from events, stimuli, interactions, etc. under the fear of being reminded of painful thoughts and feelings. . .

      ♦ Level 4: Mature

      These are commonly found among emotionally healthy adults and are considered mature . . .

      • Thought suppression: The conscious process of pushing thoughts into the preconscious; the conscious decision to delay paying attention to an emotion or need in order to cope with the present reality; making it possible to later access uncomfortable or distressing emotions whilst accepting them. . .

      CURRENT WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_mechanisms

  • US Jews need to stop criticizing Israel if they want two-state solution -- Israeli liberal
    • RE: "That’s how mindsets in Israel work. You cannot criticize Israel outside, because it weakens Israel. So the way that the moderate Jewish community in the United States needs to be involved with Israel is to tone down the criticism– that’s my personal opinion . . ." ~ Bronstein

      SEE: [Opinion] "American Jews: If You Really Want Pluralism in Israel, Drop the Palestinians" | By Daniel Goldman | Haaretz.com | Oct 09, 2017
      Fighting for an unpopular pro-Palestinian agenda that's easily framed as disloyalty fatally weakens liberal U.S. Jews' push for religious pluralism in the Jewish state

      [EXCERPT] How do the Union of Reform Judaism, and American liberal Jewry in general, calibrate the importance of Israel’s relations with the Palestinians and the peace process (or lack of it), versus questions of state and religion in Israel and, specifically, the recognition of Judaism's liberal streams?

      I've heard passionate arguments declaring each is the single most important factor impacting the future of Israel as both a democratic and Jewish country.

      But fighting on two fronts simultaneously doesn't work. The time has come for U.S. Jews to make a decision: Push for peace with the Palestinians, or push for a pluralistic Jewish state. There's only room for one item on the agenda. . .

      LINK (PAYWALL) ► https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.816338

  • Trump plays to the neocons and Netanyahu to get some establishment support
    • RE: In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” Netanyahu said

      MY QUESTION: So, would that include speeches given by Netanyahu in his 30 years of experience with the UN? Is Netanyahu admitting that Trump's speech was "bolder and more courageous" than any speech Netanyahu gave during his 30 years of experience with the UN?

  • Video: Gaza taking a 'wait and see' approach to Palestinian reconciliation
  • Eli Valley lost work at Jewish paper for savage cartoons of Foxman and Dershowitz (but only the Israeli press cares)
  • The real reasons Trump is quitting Unesco
    • John Lewis-Dickerson‏
      @DICKERSON3870
      Replying to @BarakRavid

      ■ Does the U.S. expect to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-ember observer while being in the arrears by nearly $500 million?
      Chutzpah much?

      12:09 AM - 13 Oct 2017

      LINK - https://twitter.com/DICKERSON3870/status/918690164058210304

    • RE: Q - “Maximum Impact?” Is that one of those “New Age” religions? A - "Sort of, in a manner of speaking." - from above

      ■ Here's the pièce de résistance*:
      "In a manner of speaking
      I just want to say
      That I could never forget the way
      You told me everything
      By saying nothing"
      * originally: "the most substantial dish in a meal" | more recently: "the prize item in a collection, group, or series"
      Nouvelle Vague [New Wave] - "In A Manner Of Speaking"

      "In A Manner Of Speaking" Lyrics - http://www.metrolyrics.com/in-a-manner-of-speaking-lyrics-nouvelle-vague.html

    • Q - "Maximum Impact?" Is that one of those "new age" religions?
      A - Sort of, in a manner of speaking.

      Living Colour Lyrics

      Look in my eyes, what do you see?
      The cult of personality
      I know your anger, I know your dreams
      I've been everything you want to be
      I'm the cult of personality [fathered by malignant narcissism]

      KICK IT GUYS, ESPECIALLY FOR "THE DONALD"

      Cult of Personality Lyrics – https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/livingcolour/cultofpersonality.html

    • RE: "Trump’s confected indignation at Unesco, and his shrugging off of its vital global programmes, serve as a reminder that the US is not an “honest broker” of a Middle East peace. Rather it is the biggest obstacle to its realisation." ~ Jonathan Cook

      MY COMMENT: Truer words were never spoken! If you have any doubts take another look at this photo. Study it very closely!*

      * P.S. Knowing precisely how to provide a malignant narcissist with his requisite "narcissistic supply" is like having the key(s) to "The Kingdom (That Cometh)".
      Oh nonsense, John (if I may call you that)! It's true that such knowledge can be used to considerable advantage, but you really need to dispense with the far too cute religious analogies if you want to have maximum impact.
      You do want to have "maximum impact"; don't you, John?
      John?

  • Balfour at 100: A legacy of racism and propaganda
    • RE: This article extends from a longer piece, entitled “Remembering Balfour: Empire, Race and Propaganda,” which the journal Race & Class is publishing to mark the centennial of the Balfour Declaration. The journal’s editors have lifted paywall restrictions to make that article widely accessible for the centennial, and it is available in full here.

      MY COMMENT: The longer piece, entitled “Remembering Balfour: Empire, Race and Propaganda" is very good as to both I-P and empire/colonialism.
      LINK➤ http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0306396817733877

      P.S. How about that portrait of Scottish novelist and politician John Buchan, later, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875-1940). Is that an especially fine set of epaulets, or what?!?! They are truly to die for! Those Brits really know how to do uniforms right.
      [Rufus T. Firefly, President of Freedonia, should have a uniform like that!]

      [National Seal of Freedonia]

      TO: Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom, and Whomever Else It May Concern

      The people of Freedonia and its government view with favour the return of that portion of Ireland now designated as Northern Ireland (and currently considered to be a part of the United Kingdom) to the Republic of Ireland, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this objective, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Catholic communities in Northern Ireland.

      Effective as of October 11, 2017
      By Order of Rufus T. Firefly, President of Freedonia
      Attested to by Mrs. Gloria Teasdale, Freedonia's National Benefactress and Special Assistant (for External Affairs) to President Firefly

      P.S. Freedonia's being a relatively small nation (for the time being) does not mean we do not know how to play "The Great Game".

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  • The pedagogy of apartheid
    • I could swear I've been sitting here for the longest time!
      I distinctly recall periodically looking at the clock and thinking "I've been sitting here for the longest time!"
      I further recall periodically agreeing with myself that "yes, John, you have been sitting here for the longest time. I'm absolutely certain of it! In point of fact, there's not the slightest doubt in my mind."
      Wait.
      O.K., its coming back to me now.
      I remember thinking that I had better check the definition of pedagogy at Merriam-Webster, just to be on the safe side. I was pretty certain I knew what it meant, but it didn't look quite right, so I decided to check on it anyway.
      OK, so now I'm going to check on the definition of pedagogy at Merriam-Webster.
      Wish me luck!

    • I think I might be getting a migraine.
      NO, for God's sake don't anyone dare say/type anything.
      One Angel can dance on the head of a pen. Two Angels can dance on the head of a pen. Three Angels can dance on the head of a pen. Four Angels can dance on the head of a pen.
      Five Angels can dance on the head of a pen, but only if there is no "dirty dancing".
      Am I "good to go", now?
      I guess so.
      Praise be to Allah!

    • RE: "Racist state, racist values, racist laws, and overtly racist education. That’s Israel anno 2017." ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: Smells like teen spirit Jim Crow (circa 1937).

  • Trump's speech on Iran deal is an orgy for Israel and its US friends
    • RE: “Fix it or nix it” ~ Netanyahu's cutesy tag line

      MY COMMENT: Frank Luntz should be ashamed of himself, if he couldn't come up with something better than “fix it or nix it". It's downright embarrassing. The first time I saw it I thought it was a joke, and asked if perhaps a "nip and tuck" would do the trick (i.e., cure whatever flaws the agreement contained per Netanyahu). It is really difficult to take "fix it or nix it" any more seriously than I would take a dentist who advertised that he liked to "drill 'em and fill 'em"! Isn't that a knee-slapper! Perhaps I missed my calling (calling as in Mad Men).

    • RE: "Trump’s speech on Iran deal is an orgy for Israel and its US friends"

      PHIL: Obviously this isn't a big deal, but you have that screen capture at the top showing Netanyahu in speech mode (note hand/fist gestures), and then right above Netanyahu's head is the word "orgy". Definitely NOT a good combination for me!
      ME: Image of Netanyahu + the word "orgy" = a really sick phobia-like feeling, bordering on a panic attack with severe breathing difficulties, acute chest discomfort/pain that spreads to the left arm, dizzyness/lightheadedness, profuse sweating, etc.

      I hope this doesn't mean I'm going to start having "problems in the bedroom" too now. Not to mention that when I finally got up the courage some months ago to ask my internist whether my heart was "healthy enough for sex" just like the ads suggest, he gave me a really ugly look, and said quite tersely that he was happily married with two children. So I don't even have a prescription for Viagra!

    • RE: "So it is clear as ever who is against the [Iran Nuclear] deal. Israel and its lobby. That’s all, folks. . . . Trump’s base of disaffected white voters in red states don’t care about Iran. The pro-Israel wing does. Trump’s “billionaire donors”– three rightwing Israel supporters [the troika of control freaks - J.L.D.]– care." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson invested very heavily (at least $15 million) in Donald Trump's candidacy. Since Trump won the election, to the victor's financial backers inevitably must go the spoils. First among the spoils is surely Shelly's pride and joy in the form of Trump deciding to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal. More mundane among spoils is the latest, showy, overly dramatic exit of the U.S. in the lastest fit of pique from U.N.E.S.C.O. (i.e., skipping out with an arrearage of a cool $500 million). It should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Trump family tastes as typified by their ("goin' on up; goin' on up, to the . . .") deeee-luxe über-gilded apartment in the sky, that the U.S. doesn't feel comfortable being associated with a cultural agency (or anything else having to do with "culture"). A gun club is much more our style, with a lot of hot babes serving as hostesses wearing their finest Daisy Dukes and and a Boss Hog or two chain smoking cheap cigars for comic relief.

      Notwithstanding the possibility or even likelihood that the Adelsons persuaded Trump to decertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement, I would not want to leave MBS and the Saudi Royals off the list of the usual suspects who might have somehow played at least a supporting role in convincing Trump to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal.

      It's quite possible that the Saudis worked their magic on Trump during his stay in Riyadh by giving him the most impressive desk, including him in the sword dance or by giving him some extra time with the glowing orb. Whatever the case, perhaps Trump fell so head over heels for MBS that he just couldn't resist giving him an advance copy of the letter he will be sending to Congress to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal.

      Pray tell, when in the thrall of a budding bromance, what else might the President of the U.S. make as an offering (to a Crown Prince who has virtually everything) that would so tickle the fancy of the Crown Prince?

      As to Netanyahu's obligatory snarkiness in regards to UNESCO, I seriously doubt that he and the missus would know the difference between the The Theatre of the Absurd (French: théâtre de l'absurde) and the Oberammergau Passion Play. In any case, Netanyahu's accusing UNESCO of distorting history rather than preserving it is almost as lame as Netanyahu's "fix it, or nix it" campaign in regards to the Iran Nuclear Deal. Far to cute for serious matters of life and death. Surely Frank Luntz can do better than that!

      I might add that the coordinated PR /hasbara campaigns during the last few days by Israel and the U.S. on both UNESCO and the Iran Nuclear Deal are very reminiscent of the U.S. and apartheid South Africa campaigns back during Reagan's constructive engagement of the 80s.
      Of course, that does not conclusively prove that Israel today is just like apartheid South Africa used to be, but if the shoe fits . . .

    • Reagan "Tuesday Team" ad 1984

    • God Bless The USA | Donald Trump

    • RE: "Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal is sad news of course, though there are some silver linings." ~ Weiss

      [CUE MUZAK]
      It's morning the crack of dawn in America,
      and President Trump is going to make us GR*R*REAT again. How?
      By eliminating what's left of the estate tax (i.e., the part Reagan wasn't able to get rid of),
      so that the 3,000 or so of America's wealthiest families
      who have estates in excess of $11 million
      will no longer have to pay any estate tax (i.e., "death tax" per Frank Luntz's playbook).
      which will mean these "moneyed interests" will have
      mo' money, mo' money, mo' money!
      to use for buying our elections
      [JUMP CUT]
      Ditto for the businesses that will no longer be taxed at a 35% rate (minus deductions)
      thanks to Donald Trump's reducing the maximum corporate rate to 20%

      P.S. President Reagan, as to that "magnificent house" behind you, do you have any idea who actually built such a fine place for our presidents? Coolies, as was the case with the railroads? No, I think they came later. Just wonderin'

  • Wichita teacher sues Kansas for denying her work because she boycotts Israel
    • RE: "Wichita teacher sues Kansas for denying her work because she boycotts Israel"

      "What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America"
      Hardcover – June 1, 2004
      by Thomas Frank (Author)
      LINK➤ https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Matter-Kansas-Conservatives-America/dp/0805073396

      One of “our most insightful social observers”* cracks the great political mystery of our time: how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans

      With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank turns his eye on what he calls the “thirty-year backlash”—the populist revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment. The high point of that backlash is the Republican Party’s success in building the most unnatural of alliances: between blue-collar Midwesterners and Wall Street business interests, workers and bosses, populists and right-wingers.

      In asking “what ’s the matter with Kansas?”—how a place famous for its radicalism became one of the most conservative states in the union—Frank, a native Kansan and onetime Republican, seeks to answer some broader American riddles: Why do so many of us vote against our economic interests? Where’s the outrage at corporate manipulators? And whatever happened to middle-American progressivism? The questions are urgent as well as provocative. Frank answers them by examining pop conservatism—the bestsellers, the radio talk shows, the vicious political combat—and showing how our long culture wars have left us with an electorate far more concerned with their leaders’ “values” and down-home qualities than with their stands on hard questions of policy.

      A brilliant analysis—and funny to boot—What’s the Matter with Kansas? presents a critical assessment of who we are, while telling a remarkable story of how a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs came to convince a nation that they spoke on behalf of the People.

      *Los Angeles Times

    • It is difficult to imagine a case having better factual circumstances for use in challenging an anti-BDS law like this one in Kansas (i.e., requiring all state contractors to certify that they aren’t boycotting Israel). The case also has great potential for generating favorable press coverage.

      P.S. In case you have any interest:
      ■ CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT: RONALD REAGAN‟S PROBLEMATIC POLICY
      OF APPEASEMENT WITH SOUTH AFRICA [100+ page PDF] - https://repository.library.georgetown.edu/bitstream/handle/10822/557645/Hipp_georgetown_0076M_11569.pdf;sequence=1

  • In Ireland, a Palestinian is understood
    • [National Seal of Freedonia]

      TO: Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom, and Whomever Else It May Concern

      The people of Freedonia and its government view with favour the return of that portion of Ireland now designated as Northern Ireland (and currently considered to be a part of the United Kingdom) to the Republic of Ireland, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this objective, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Catholic communities in Northern Ireland.

      Effective as of October 11, 2017
      By Order of Rufus T. Firefly, President of Freedonia
      Attested to by Mrs. Gloria Teasdale, Special Assistant (for External Affairs) to President Firefly

      P.S. Just because we are a small nation, does not mean we do not know how to play "The Great Game".

  • US quits UNESCO over 'anti-Israel bias' and Israel follows suit
    • RE: "US quits UNESCO over ‘anti-Israel bias’ and Israel follows suit"

      MY COMMENT: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson invested very heavily (at least $15 million) in Donald Trump's candidacy. Since Trump won the election, to the victor's financial backers inevitably must go the spoils. First among the spoils is surely Shelly's pride and joy in the form of Trump's decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal. More mundane among spoils is the latest, showy, overly dramatic exit of the U.S. in the lastest fit of pique from U.N.E.S.C.O. (i.e., skipping out with an arrearage of a cool $500 million). It should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Trump family tastes as typified by their ("goin' on up; goin' on up, to the . . .") deeee-luxe über-gilded apartment in the sky, that the U.S. doesn't feel comfortable being associated with a cultural agency (or anything else having to do with "culture"). A gun club is much more our style, with a lot of hot babes serving as hostesses wearing their finest Daisy Dukes and and a Boss Hog or two chain smoking cheap cigars for comic relief.
      As to Netanyahu's obligatory snarkiness, I seriously doubt that he and the missus would know the difference between the The Theatre of the Absurd (French: théâtre de l'absurde) and the Oberammergau Passion Play. Nor, I suspect, would they grasp the concepts of "the irrational or fictive nature of reality and the essential isolation of humanity in a meaningless world" which they would undoubtedly dismiss as something akin to examples distorted history"(as though there is history that is free from distortion).

  • The low-rent bullying of the Zionist ideologue
    • RE: "No other political interest group that I know in the US regularly demands, through the profligate employment of interpersonal bullying, social and professional slander, and orchestrated campaigns of ostracism, that we accept their particular ideology as per se legitimate and lovable." ~ Harrington

      MY COMMENT: I agree in most respects, but I think there probably are some "political interest groups" in the US that "regularly" make such demands. Think about the alt-right generally, and some of its affiliated groups and/or sub-groups.

      Why Do Members of the Alt-Right Love Polos and Khakis So Much? ~ https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/10/12/alt-right-clothing-style/

      ■ C. VANN WOODWARD (1938):

      . . . The submissive loyalty that the leaders of the New Departure commanded in Georgia conformed to a pattern found in all Southern states after home rule was restored. “The ‘Solid South,’ ” wrote Henry Watterson in 1879, “is a reaction against proscription, attended by misgovernment, and a protest against the ever-recurring menace of Federal interference.” 25 Thus the new discipline was feudal rather than democratic. It was based upon fear—fear of the Negro menace, the scalawag menace, the Federal menace, menaces real and imaginary. As the price of protection, it demanded unquestioning allegiance. White men could not divide on lines of class interest, nor could differences over measures and candidates be expressed at the ballot box. Such matters were settled by the small clique that ran the machine. Democratic forms were observed, but their observance was entirely perfunctory. Party platforms contained nothing but such platitudes as all white men could agree upon. Incompetency and weakness in candidates had to be overlooked for the sake of white solidarity. Suspected graft in public office could not be exposed for fear of Negro domination. Ballot-box stuffing had to be tolerated when white supremacy was threatened. Such was the moral intimidation of this feudal discipline that it was widely felt that to scratch a ticket was “treason to the white race,” and to make open declaration of independence was “an effort to africanize the state.” . . . ~ from page 57 of “Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel”, by C. Vann Woodward - https://archive.org/details/AgrarianRebel1938BiographyOfTomWatson

  • Miko Peled on free speech and Zionism
    • RE: I really do not understand how anyone can claim to believe in free speech yet claim that “holocaust deniers” are criminal. ~ Peled

      MY COMMENT: I would like to point out one scenario to watch for. Namely, it would be a situation where the holocaust denial is part of a campaign designed to precipitate (or perhaps likely to precipitate) actual anti-Semitic attacks.
      In such a case the "holocaust denial" can no longer be defended as free speech, and this particular "holocaust denier" might indeed be a criminal.

  • Anti-blackness and the core logic of Zionism
    • RE: 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. . .

      MY COMMENT: There are some very good reasons why we prefer not to mix law enforcement and military functions in this country, beginning with the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps Sheriff Ortiz really would be much happier in Eretz Israel.

      Posse comitatus
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_comitatus
      [EXCERPTS] Posse comitatus is the common-law or statute law authority of a county sheriff, or other law officer, to conscript any able-bodied man to assist him in keeping the peace or to pursue and arrest a felon . . .

      . . . In the United States, a federal statute known as the Posse Comitatus Act forbids the use of the United States Army, and through it, its offspring, the United States Air Force, as a posse comitatus or for law enforcement purposes without the approval of Congress. A directive from the Secretary of Defense prohibits the use of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps for law enforcement.

      No such limitation exists on the United States Coast Guard, which can be used for all law enforcement purposes (for example, Coast Guardsmen were used as temporary Air Marshals for many months after the 9/11 attacks) except when, as during World War II, a part of the Coast Guard is placed under the command of the Navy. This part would then fall under the regulations governing the Navy in this matter, rather than those concerning the Coast Guard.

      The limitation also does not apply to the National Guard when activated by a state's governor and operating in accordance with Title 32 of the U.S. Code (for example, National Guardsmen were used extensively by state governors during Hurricane Katrina response actions). Conversely, the limitation would apply to the National Guard when activated by the President and operating in accordance with Title 10 of the U.S. Code.[9] . . . </blockquote

    • RE: “In Atlanta, as in other cities, BDS is focusing on cutting the ties between local police and the Israel Police . . ."

      MY COMMENT: An excellent idea! We have a constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Israel does not. Consequently, we do not necessarily want our police to take their cues from the Israeli police (especially where it would result in police procedures that are unconstitutional in this country.)

      SEE: "Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel", by Eva Ruth Moravec | mysanantonio.com | 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. . .

      SOURCE - http://blog.mysanantonio.com/police/2011/07/sheriff-ortiz-goes-to-israel/

    • RE: "Black women who were raised in the Jim Crow South, surrounded by church bombings, segregation, police violence, and systemic poverty . . ." ~ Devyn Springer

      MY CONCERN: Granted as to all those undesirable qualities associated with the Jim Crow South, but would it be asking too terribly much to hope there might be at least a smidgen of appreciation for our legendary mint juleps, s'il vous plaît?

  • Netanyahu announces unprecedented settlement expansion in the West Bank
    • RE: "Netanyahu announces unprecedented settlement expansion in the West Bank"

      ■ 2008 ARTICLE: 'Do Settlements Matter? An American Perspective", by Daniel C. Kurtzer
      This article (written about the time Obama was elected president) contains a nice review of U.S. policy regarding the settlements and their growth.
      LINK ➤ http://www.mepc.org/journal/do-settlements-matter-american-perspective

      From the archives: The Settlers’ Lawyer (or, Elliott Abrams Is At It Again)
      by Lara Friedman 07/31/16
      (Originally posted on June 25, 2009, on an earlier version of the APN website)
      LINK ➤https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=19413#.WeGBHLJ96vY

  • Jewish Historical Society channels Joe McCarthy, and cancels JVP event on Balfour
    • RE: Apovitz mentions “moneyed interests.” That’s the dead hand of the past inside the Jewish community. But it’s not going away anytime soon. ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: These "moneyed interests" were considerably empowered by Reagan's "Morning in America" changes to the tax code back in the 80s. Now the Republicans are planning on doing more of the same under Trump.

  • 'A blot on Judaism, Jewish history and ethics' -- British Jews regret the Balfour Declaration
    • [National Seal of Freedonia]

      TO: Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom, and Whomever Else It May Concern

      The people of Freedonia and its government view with favour the return of that portion of Ireland now designated as Northern Ireland (and currently considered to be a part of the United Kingdom) to the Republic of Ireland, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this objective, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Catholic communities in Northern Ireland.

      Effective as of October 11, 2017
      By Order of Rufus T. Firefly, President of Fredonia
      Attested to by Mrs. Gloria Teasdale, Special Assistant (for External Affairs) to President Firefly

      P.S. Just because we are a small nation, does not mean we do not know how to play "The Great Game".

  • It's easier to be a vegan than an anti-Zionist in Israel
    • It's not quite as gruesome when a bit of (not so) modern technology is used.

      ■ Stunning
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stunning
      Stunning is the process of rendering animals immobile or unconscious, with or without killing the animal, when or immediately prior to slaughtering them for food.

      ■ Captive bolt pistol
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_bolt_pistol
      A captive bolt pistol or gun (also variously known as a cattle gun, stunbolt gun, bolt gun, or stunner) is a device used for stunning animals prior to slaughter.
      The goal of captive bolt stunning is to inflict a forceful strike on the forehead with the bolt in order to induce unconsciousness. The bolt may or may not destroy part of the brain.

      IN THIS CLIP THE COEN BROTHERS GIVE VIEWERS A LITTLE PREVIEW OF A (CAPTIVE BOLT) STUNNER BY HAVING JAVIER BARDEM USE IT ON A DEADBOLT LOCK (SETTING UP THE VIEWERS TO BE STUNNED WHEN IT IS USED AS INTENDED )

  • From Greta Gerwig to NYU, Israel has deep reservoir of cultural support in U.S.
    • RE: "So any slight to Israel must be countered; but anti-Palestinian bigotry is acceptable. ~ Weiss

      PUT ANOTHER WAY (h/t to American Express): "Membership has its privileges."

      I get all teary listening to this ad and thinking about the (national) childhood we (50 & older) had together thanks to "Morning in America". It almost makes me want to crawl back into the national womb! I would remember that part of my life as an incredibly warm and fuzzy (i.e., cozy) time (i.e., a bonus childhood, of sorts), had I not had the misfortune of hearing about all the blood that was spilled back during that time by us and our proxies down in Central America. Oh well, I guess it was fun while it lasted.

  • Palestinians banned from entering Ibrahimi Mosque during Jewish holiday of Sukkot
    • RE: " Severe restrictions for Palestinians — including denied access to the Ibrahimi Mosque — are typically implemented by the Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes …" ~ Ma'an

      SEE: "Permanent Temporariness", by Alastair Crooke, London Review of Books, 03/03/11:

      [EXCERPT] . . . The emphasis on ‘trust-building’ with Israel has coloured the evolution of the political process since 2003. The general movement towards providing ‘law and order’, security co-operation and ‘institution-building’ is well known. But the ‘state-building’ project as a whole should be understood in the context of counter-insurgency – as tangled up with Israel’s unique approach to the collective management of Palestinians – rather than as part of any genuine effort at ‘good governance’. Security action against ‘insurgents’ is only one small element of an American counter-insurgency doctrine which dates back at least to General J. Franklin Bell’s campaign of the early 1900s against Filipino ‘rebels’. Its principles include building a ruling elite to carry out the occupier’s plan; establishing security services accountable only to that elite; concentrating economic control within that elite; and setting up a generous aid policy which sustains a ‘trickle-down legitimacy’ for that elite. The underlying rationale, from the Philippines to Vietnam, has been to instil acquiescence. In the Palestinian case, the doctrine hopes to facilitate close collaboration with Israel and the dismantling of Palestinian resistance. In return, the Palestinians have been promised a depoliticised ‘state’ hardly worthy of the name and subservient to Israel. Perhaps, in such a state, a new Palestinian middle class might live more comfortably; perhaps the visible tools of occupation and control over Palestinian life would be more discreetly concealed; but such ‘statehood’ would amount to little more than a more benign occupation.

      The reason that both the West and the Ramallah leadership have embraced the ‘security first’ doctrine is that they were convinced that a two-state solution would eventually emerge, come what may, because it is in Israel’s ultimate demographic interests that it should; therefore one should first placate Israel by agreeing to its demands. The root premise is that Israel is intent on having and maintaining a Jewish majority within Israel, and that with time – and a growing Palestinian population – it would have to acquiesce to a Palestinian state simply in order to maintain its Jewish majority. But over the last 19 years – despite many opportunities – Israel has come no closer to withdrawing to the 1967 borders, the essential precondition for the creation of a Palestinian state. The question is: if the demographic logic is indeed so compelling, why hasn’t it done so? The answer, I believe, is that the premise is wrong.

      At a January 2008 negotiating session with Ahmad Qurei and Saeb Erekat which is described in the Palestine Papers, Tzipi Livni spelled out Israel’s strategy:

      Israel was established to become a national home for Jews from all over the world. The Jew gets the citizenship as soon as he steps in Israel, and therefore don’t say anything about the nature of Israel … The basis for the creation of the state of Israel is that it was created for the Jewish people.

      ‘Israel is the state of the Jewish people,’ she had stressed a couple of months earlier, ‘and I would like to emphasise the meaning of “its people” is the Jewish people, with Jerusalem the united and undivided capital of Israel and of the Jewish people for 3007 years.’ ‘Your state,’ she said to the Palestinian negotiators, ‘will be the answer to all Palestinians, including refugees.’ Erekat interpreted her definition as a matter of linguistics and told her: ‘If you want to call yourself the Jewish state of Israel – you can call it what you want.’ He passed on to the Americans his working premise that ‘Israelis want the two-state solution … sometimes more than Palestinians themselves.’ But what Livni was saying was that she wanted Israel to be a Zionist state based on the Law of Return and open to any Jew. To secure such a state in a country with very limited territory means that land and water must be kept under Jewish control, with differential rights for Jews and non-Jews – rights that affect everything, from housing and access to land, to jobs, subsidies, marriages and migration. The fear is that if Israel became a Jewish majority state with fixed borders, the inevitable demand for full equal rights for minorities would herald the end of Jewish special rights and of Zionism itself.

      A two-state solution therefore does not solve the problem of how to maintain Zionism, it compounds it. The size of the non-Jewish population of Israel would be reduced from 40 or 50 per cent to 20 per cent if a Palestinian state were created, but the inherent contradiction of a non-Jewish minority with equal rights would undermine it as a Jewish state. Israel’s only answer is to keep its borders undefined while holding on to scarce water and land resources, leaving Palestinians in a state of permanent uncertainty, dependent on Israeli goodwill.

      A decade ago, I was a member of Senator George Mitchell’s staff on his first foray into the region, after he was asked to head a ‘fact-finding committee’ into the causes of the second intifada. Even then, Livni’s vision was evident in the Israeli strategy of excluding Palestinians from the body politic while making them subject to its methods of control. The Occupied Territories assumed an elastic, shifting geography in which the rule of law was suspended under cover of the law. 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.

      Israel’s vice-premier, Moshe Ya’alon, was candid when asked in an interview this year: ‘Why all these games of make-believe negotiations?’ He replied:

      Because … there are pressures. Peace Now from within, and other elements from without. So you have to manoeuvre … what we have to do is manoeuvre with the American administration and the European establishment, which are nourished by Israeli elements [and] which create the illusion that an agreement can be reached … I say that time works for those who make use of it. The founders of Zionism knew … and we in the government know how to make use of time. . .

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

  • In decertifying Iran deal, Trump caves to Israel. But who will say so?
    • RE: "As for that 'crisis' among Republicans over the deal, how much does that have to do with the mother’s milk of politics, money? At Lobelog, Eli Clifton says that Trump is caving to three billionaire donors: Bernard Marcus, Paul Singer, and Sheldon Adelson. " ~ North & Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Didn't someone refer to the three of them as "a troika of control freaks?" I wish I had thought of that.
      As to Trump's obsessive/compulsive determination to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal, there is a bit of a silver lining in this case. This will hopefully alert most reasonably sane countries that there is a very serious risk of the U.S. doing severe damage to itself or to others. That's enough to have an individual involuntarily committed to a mental facility. Perhaps the international community will give some thought to whether some kind of intervention is warranted under such circumstances, and devise a plan for such an intervention that cannot be stymied in the case where the individual in need of the treatment also happens to control a veto on the Security Council. I'm not certain what kind of mental illnesses our country and/or Mr. Trump might be suffering from, but its not just a matter of a few eccentricities, or something of very short duration like a 'bad brain' day.
      As WWI began, the Ottoman Empire was referred to as "the sick man of Europe". It might have been worn out, feeble and unable to satisfactorily complete its daily routine. But, at least, unlike Trump, it had a daily routine!
      The Dynamic Duo of Trump and Netanyahu scare the living hell out of me! Whatever happens, I hope there are enough survivors to start over again.
      Meanwhile, we're left guessing as to whether Trump is following the orders of a major billionaire donor like Adelson; or perhaps he just can't bring himself to say no to Netanyahu (his stern, disapproving father-figure with nightmarish, apocalyptic premonitions); or maybe on the Saudi trip during that sword dance (or, perhaps that glowing orb did the trick) Trump fell so head over heels for MBS that he just can't resist giving him (as "a very, very special gift, for a very special Crown Prince") an advance copy of the letter he will be sending to Congress to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal.
      While in the thrall of a budding bromance, what else could Trump possibly give MBS (who has virtually everything) that would be virtually guaranteed to tickle the Crown Prince's fancy?

    • RE: "UN ambassador Nikki Haley, (who’s said says she’s going to kick Israel’s foes in her high heels)" ~ North & Weiss

      MY COMMENT: And she will not be kicking them with just any high heels. She'll be kickin' 'em with her sexiest pair of Stilletos!* That's why I've designated her my very own Pistol Packin' Mama!
      Hey, wouldn't it be a blast if the Dixie Chicks' archnemesis Toby Keith put on his extreme pointed toe cowboy boots and joined with Nikki Halley to form a tag team? They could use the tag line: "There Will Be Blood!"

      * Trump defends Melania for wearing stilettos while traveling to hurricane area - http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/352015-trump-defends-melanias-choice-to-wear-heels-she-dressed-for-the-white

      P.S. I still can't believe how aggressively Halley is criticizing the government and military of Myanmar. Their most reliable supplier of weapons, namely the Jewish nation-state of Israel, can't be very happy about that.

    • RE: "Tom Cotton got elevated to the Senate from the House in Arkansas in 2014 in part through a $1 million campaign contribution from Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel. Cotton immediately became the neocon horse in the Senate, battling the Iran deal at every turn." ~ North & Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I'm pretty certain Consumer's Report would rate that all-time "✔Best Buy"!

  • Moshe Machover and the battle for the soul of British Labour
    • RE: "These comments do not reflect anti-Semitism in themselves. In fact, the reason they are taken issue with is that they reflect badly on Zionism. " ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: I continue to get a bit of a vague feeling that although these actions that are seen as "offensive" are complained of under the rubric of anti-Semitism, they would more accurately be objected to as the type of offense associated with "race traitors" (but, for a myriad of reasons, the offensive actions have been objected to on the basis of anti-Semitism).
      I only say that I get a vague feeling about it because I don't have a sufficiently broad/deep knowledge base to form a definitive conclusion.

      Race traitor
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_traitor

      [EXCERPT] Race traitor is a pejorative reference to a person who is perceived as supporting attitudes or positions thought to be against the interests or well-being of that person's own race. For example, one or both parties to an interracial relationship may be characterized as "race traitors." As another example, a person who supports affirmative action or other policies that allegedly benefit races other than his/her own may be characterized as a "race traitor." The term is the source of the name of a quarterly magazine, Race Traitor, founded in 1993.[1]

      During Apartheid in South Africa, in which the white minority held exclusive political power, white anti-apartheid activists where characterised as "traitors" by the government.[2]

      Thomas Mair, who murdered British MP Jo Cox in 2016, regarded Cox as a "traitor" to the white race. Mair had also published letters criticising "white liberals and traitors" in South Africa who he described as "the greatest enemy of the old apartheid system".[3]

      .

      ■ C. VANN WOODWARD (1938):

      . . . The submissive loyalty that the leaders of the New Departure commanded in Georgia conformed to a pattern found in all Southern states after home rule was restored. “The ‘Solid South,’ ” wrote Henry Watterson in 1879, “is a reaction against proscription, attended by misgovernment, and a protest against the ever-recurring menace of Federal interference.” 25 Thus the new discipline was feudal rather than democratic. It was based upon fear—fear of the Negro menace, the scalawag menace, the Federal menace, menaces real and imaginary. As the price of protection, it demanded unquestioning allegiance. White men could not divide on lines of class interest, nor could differences over measures and candidates be expressed at the ballot box. Such matters were settled by the small clique that ran the machine. Democratic forms were observed, but their observance was entirely perfunctory. Party platforms contained nothing but such platitudes as all white men could agree upon. Incompetency and weakness in candidates had to be overlooked for the sake of white solidarity. Suspected graft in public office could not be exposed for fear of Negro domination. Ballot-box stuffing had to be tolerated when white supremacy was threatened. Such was the moral intimidation of this feudal discipline that it was widely felt that to scratch a ticket was “treason to the white race,” and to make open declaration of independence was “an effort to africanize the state.” . . . ~ from page 57 of “Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel”, by C. Vann Woodward - https://archive.org/details/AgrarianRebel1938BiographyOfTomWatson

      ■ ALSO SEE: “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia - J.L.D. ]

      All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis. [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) [[Race traitors? ~ J.L.D.]] He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .

      . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/04/israels-weird-elections/

  • As battle rages in UK Labour Party, Moshe Machover expelled after asserting 'Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism'
    • RE: "A strange, if largely obscured feature of the supposed anti-semitism crisis – set out at length in my first Mondoweiss article – is that so many of those accused and convicted in Labour of this hate crime are Jews. The latest person accused by the party of anti-semitism – and this week expelled – is Moshe Machover, a mathematician and philosophy professor at the University of London. He was born and raised in Israel." ~ Jonathan Cook

      MY COMMENT: I get the feeling that although the lingo used may sound like that used when discussing hate speech/crimes or anti-Semitism, in actuality they are accusing Jews like Machover of being "race traitors". Of course, if you tell them that they will be greatly offended, absolutely deny it, and say that your accusing them of viewing someone as a "race traitor" is one of the worst anti-Semitic attacks they have ever been subjected to.

      Race traitor
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_traitor

      [EXCERPT] Race traitor is a pejorative reference to a person who is perceived as supporting attitudes or positions thought to be against the interests or well-being of that person's own race. For example, one or both parties to an interracial relationship may be characterized as "race traitors." As another example, a person who supports affirmative action or other policies that allegedly benefit races other than his/her own may be characterized as a "race traitor." The term is the source of the name of a quarterly magazine, Race Traitor, founded in 1993.[1]

      During Apartheid in South Africa, in which the white minority held exclusive political power, white anti-apartheid activists where characterised as "traitors" by the government.[2]

      Thomas Mair, who murdered British MP Jo Cox in 2016, regarded Cox as a "traitor" to the white race. Mair had also published letters criticising "white liberals and traitors" in South Africa who he described as "the greatest enemy of the old apartheid system".[3]

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      ■ C. VANN WOODWARD (1938):

      . . . The submissive loyalty that the leaders of the New Departure commanded in Georgia conformed to a pattern found in all Southern states after home rule was restored. “The ‘Solid South,’ ” wrote Henry Watterson in 1879, “is a reaction against proscription, attended by misgovernment, and a protest against the ever-recurring menace of Federal interference.” 25 Thus the new discipline was feudal rather than democratic. It was based upon fear—fear of the Negro menace, the scalawag menace, the Federal menace, menaces real and imaginary. As the price of protection, it demanded unquestioning allegiance. White men could not divide on lines of class interest, nor could differences over measures and candidates be expressed at the ballot box. Such matters were settled by the small clique that ran the machine. Democratic forms were observed, but their observance was entirely perfunctory. Party platforms contained nothing but such platitudes as all white men could agree upon. Incompetency and weakness in candidates had to be overlooked for the sake of white solidarity. Suspected graft in public office could not be exposed for fear of Negro domination. Ballot-box stuffing had to be tolerated when white supremacy was threatened. Such was the moral intimidation of this feudal discipline that it was widely felt that to scratch a ticket was “treason to the white race,” and to make open declaration of independence was “an effort to africanize the state.” . . . ~ from page 57 of “Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel”, by C. Vann Woodward - https://archive.org/details/AgrarianRebel1938BiographyOfTomWatson

  • Liberal Zionist hero Barak brags that Israeli left 'liberated' the occupied territories for Jews
    • DUE TO MY KNACK FOR MAKING TYPOS THAT HAPPEN TO CONSTITUTE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS, I lost the continuation in its finished form and what follows is my effort at reconstructing it from various snippets I found of preliminary drafts. Despite my feeling that it is very inferior to the final form that was lost, it does contain many of the same elements and I am submitting it so that I can try to forget about this whole sorry episode of spending way too much time on a(except for trying to figure out whether there is way to prevent future occurrences of this type).

      THE CONTINUATION (as unsatisfactorily reconstructed):

      THE FOUNDING FRAUDSTERS DECREE SELF-EVIDENT TRUTHS
      I readily confess to being in awe of a spokesperson for the U.S. who is audacious enough to decree that "only the parties themselves can settle the I-P dispute by engaging in face-to-face negotiations" with such piety that one would be easily justified in assuming it had been certified as a "self-evident truth" by the land speculators most commonly known known as the "Founding Fathers", but more accurately known as the "Founding Fraudsters". The spokesperson apparently does not see any need to explain why that is the only way the I-P dispute can be settled, rather it is as though "everyone knows" that this decree is apparently being made by the U.S. pursuant to powers divinely vested in it (since the U.S. can't admit that, as "everyone knows", it is what Israel insisted upon because it benefits them and further disadvantages the Palestinians).

      A LOVE OF BANTUSTANS ~ IN PRAISE OF HOLDIN' PENS
      Then, when a pesky reporter dares to ask how the U.S. can defend Israel's ongoing colonization and settlement expansion that "everyone knows" as a practical matter amounts to the U.S. defending Israel's unilateral actions that in not too many years will have established so many Israeli facts on the ground that only a few disconnected bantustans will be left that Israel has not colonized. These areas were not not colonized only because they had historically been Palestinian population centers that were made more densely populated in 1948 as refugee camps were established for the Palestinians coming from Israel, and consequently there were far to many Palestinians (and too few natural resources) in those areas for Israel to have any better use for them than as holding pens for the Palestinians. These population centers are also places to which Palestinians could move if they were "squeezed out "of the areas Israel was colonizing through the building and growing of settlements, thus making the population centers quite helpful in thinning out the Palestinian population in areas as Israel colonized them. Palestinians who were being surrounded by Israeli settlements often experienced unpleasant consequences like the settlements directing their sewage towards the Palestinians' lands rather than treating it, having their trees frequently uprooted or burned by mysterious outbreaks of grass fires, and otherwise harassed in a multitude of ways. Consequently, they sometimes decided to give up and move to the population centers (i.e., holding pens). The U.S. knows full well that Israel is determined to take most of the land and resources of the West Bank, without having any responsibility for the majority of the Palestinians who have been concentrated into the holding pens and "depend on the kindness of strangers" (the EU, the UN, etc.).

      EVERYONE KNOWS ~ THE "NEW REALITIES"
      For the U.S. to decree "only the parties themselves can settle their dispute by engaging in face-to-face negotiations" followed by the the farcical "everybody knows" any peace agreement will make the settlement blocs part of Israel ["in recognition/acknowledgement of new realities on the ground" (i.e., submit to the superior power Israel has mostly as a consequence of the US's seemingly unlimited support).] The only way this possibly made sense was if the U.S. was going along with it because Israel had either privately agreed with the U.S. that the settlement blocs were the most it could hope for, or that Israel at least understood/acknowledged that the U.S. would not support their keeping any more than that. Otherwise the U.S. is assuming this will be the inevitable outcome due to "new realities on the ground" despite the "new realities" having been purposefully built by Israel in violation of international law, ostensibly over U.S. objections and often to reduce the possibility of a peace agreement being agreed to by the parties (moral hazard?).

      "NEW REALITIES" OR THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD?
      Even if "everyone knows" Israel will keep the settlement blocs in any peace agreement, does "everyone know" that a peace treaty will for certain come to fruition? After all, Abbas is 80. What if he is replaced with a firebrand? Or, is that already taken care of? What if, through growth and other, Israel has so many new realities on the ground in the West Bank, that the GOI no longer has (if it ever did) any interest in a peace treaty? Then the U.S. will be seen as having allowed growth predicated on the eventuality of a treaty, but the growth that was allowed by the U.S. was sufficient for the Israelis to be satisfied with the "new realities" they had created on the ground and saw no reason to pursue a peace agreement. So, by allowing Israel to have growth predicated on expectations for the peace agreement, Israel was able to create enough "new realities" so that they see no benefit to a treaty (meaning that by allowing Israel's settlements to grow, the U.S. destroyed any chance for a peace agreement). That's the U.S. leaves itself open to when, in order to satisfy Likudnik Israel (she's been the ruin of many a poor boy) the U.S. has to assume there will be a peace agreement, and Israel will be allowed to keep the settlement blocks in the peace agreement in order to justify their permitting Israel to continually promote/approve new growth [in other words, what "everyone (really) knows" is that Israel will be able to keep the settlement blocs because the the U.S. has enabled their growth using the excuse of inevitability that is only inevitable due to the actions of the U.S. So what "everyone (actually) knows" is that the settlement blocs will become part of Israel not because "everyone knows" they will, but because, as "everyone knows" but dare not say, it is the inevitable outcome of the US's actions/policies (i.e. acting as Israel's enabler). Put even more simply, "everyone knows" that Israel will keep the "settlement blocks", because "everyone knows" that "the fix is in".

      EVERYONE KNOWS! ~ A GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT
      So, how does the U.S. spokesperson defend U.S. support for this ongoing colonization? He merely says with a tone of dismissal that "everybody knows that Israel will keep the settlement blocs according to any peace agreement." The only way the farcical "everybody knows" predetermination by the U.S. might have possibly made any sense was if the U.S. was going along with it because Israel had either privately agreed (let's call it a Gentlemen's Agreement) with the U.S. that the settlement blocs were the most it could hope for, or that Israel at least understood/acknowledged that the U.S. would not support their keeping any more than that (including the remote settlements).

    • RE: Barak’s difference with the rightist settlers is rather pedantic in this respect – it’s about the isolated settlements that are not in the ‘settlement blocs’, which Barak sees as not contributing to security, but rather existing only to observe the religious commandment “to settle the land”. ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT (A BIT IN THE STYLE OF A DOCCUDRAMATICAL TEXT): Netanyahu recently boasted to the settlers of a great victory in that he had convinced "the Americans" that it was no longer useful to distinguish between "settlement blocs" and "remote settlements". I suspect they will soon both be referred to as "deeply rooted, bucolic suburban neighborhoods nestled in the Judean/Samarian hills". (I can almost hear the sounds of bird's chirping, children playing and babies so hungrily/agressively sucking formula from their 'baby bottles' one can't help but be reminded of the 'power boost' button on a vacuum cleaner touted as helping to reach the dirt/debris that has been ground deep down into the carpet in those high traffic areas (but is probably more of a placebo).

      I assume that Netanyahu's rationale is that Israel and the U.S. no longer need to defend new construction in the settlements with the customary recitation: "Everyone knows that any peace agreement will confirm that the settlement blocs are to become part of Israel . . ." Of course, the reason yet one more regurgitation of this irksome mantra (professing to be a recitation of what 'everyone' already supposedly knew in such an imperious manner as to be reminiscent of the exaggerated importance with which official proclamations were made in Munchkinland) seemingly placated/mollified anyone is that it was the equivalent of a re-acknowledgement/reiteration of an unstated but implicit quid quo pro: namely, that the "isolated settlements" would not be allowed to grow because "everyone knew" they would never be made a part of Israel (i.e., never be incorporated into Israel).

      For much of the EU, the existence of this unspoken/unacknowledged understanding was so obvious, natural, logical, etc. that only a vigorous, official denial of its existence by the U.S. would have convinced them otherwise. It appeared to them that the U.S. was careful to stay a safe distance (adding a considerable extra distance to be on the safe side) away from the subject, and they saw this as a virtual confirmation of the existence of such an understanding between Israel and the U.S. that was somewhat akin to "the love that dare not speak its name", and to "the nuclear weapons possessed by a certain country in the Middle East" that constantly keeps issuing a canned disclaimer to the effect that it "will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East." According to an article accompanied by stealthily taken photos that was published by the pre-Murdoch London Times several decades ago, the nuclear arms were designed and then manufactured on a couple of sub-basement levels beneath the lowest known basement level of a building complex adjacent to the nuclear reactor operated by a certain country in the Middle East. The sub-basement level where the nuclear weapons were manufactured and designed could only be reached using a special elevator that could be entered from the basement of the building complex and could be quickly hidden by putting some specially built modular wall sections in front of the recess containing the elevator.

      Most of the European countries were cognizant of the complete lack of any attempt by one or another of them at coyly "insinuating" to the U.S. or Israel that it or some other European country might know a thing or two about an understanding between the U.S. and Israel that had not been made public. The total absence of any attempt at all to precipitate some kind of a little slip up or admission by Israel or the U.S. that might confirm to a degree the existence of the U.S. - Israel understanding about the remote settlements was seen as confirming its existence to the extent the European countries were confident enough of the existence of the U.S. - Israel understanding about the remote settlements that they were not willing to take on even a very modest risk in an effort at obtaining more direct, concrete, detailed confirmation. The Europeans assumed that any outing of a sub rosa "understanding" between the U.S. and Israel could inure considerably to Israel's benefit by giving Israel an excuse to renege on any commitment it made to the U.S. as part of the understanding. [TO BE CONTINUED]

  • 'NYT' leaves out Dennis Ross's charge to US Jews: 'We need to be advocates for Israel'
    • RE: "The dogma lives loudly within you,” [Senator Dianne] Feinstein said. “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I certainly would not want to seem like an inhospitable nitpicker, but I feel compelled to draw a line in the sand, Georgia red clay or perhaps indelibly on the flat screen monitor about a foot in front of my currently uncorrected, pitifully near-sighted eyes.
      THE DRAWING OF THE LINE: An oft-used idiom customarily used in a different context goes as follows: "two is company, and three's a crowd." Consequently, I must beg the indulgence of both my own personal dogma, as well as my own personal doppelganger, and kindly request they cease any encroachment upon my physical being.
      I am saddened to confess my failure to glean from my doppelgänger even the most insignificant insight into myself, and I accept full responsibility for this outcome due to my lacking the requisite chutzpah to disingenuously employ a logically flawed, irrational and/or irrelevant rationale in a pathetic, self-abasing attempt to shift the blame to individuals not proven to be responsible.

  • High holidays? Meh
  • Is Yiddish the language of the Jewish soul?
    • P.S. 2ND AVENUE EL & 3RD AVENUE EL MOVIE FOOTAGE:

      steelo
      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.

    • NETFLIX DVD:
      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 ➤ https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Golden-Age-of-2nd-Avenue/70122495?strackid=6fafc3fed8962411_1_srl&trkid=201891639

  • 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] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bic0m3P3a6I
      698,824 views
      Published on Jul 18, 2012
      Fantastic documentary on the life of Goebbels based on his diaries.

      NETFLIX DVD:
      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.
      LINK - https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Goebbels-Experiment/70041019

      IMDb:
      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.
      LINK - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458375/

      MOVIES | FILM REVIEW
      "From the Revealing Journals of a Propaganda Mastermind"
      By Jeannette Catsoulis | NYTimes | August 12, 2005
      LINK - http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/12/movies/from-the-revealing-journals-of-a-propaganda-mastermind.html

    • 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
    • P.S. ON SAM SEDER'S MAJORITY REPORT:
      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?
      LINK TO AUDIO ➤ https://majority.fm/2017/09/18/918-born-anxious-the-lifelong-impact-of-early-life-adversity-w-daniel-p-keating/

    • 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
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.805520

       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 ➤ http://www.salon.com/2016/08/10/dareen-tatour-palestinian-poet-imprisoned-by-israel-for-social-media-posts-shares-her-story/

    • 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

      SHELDON ADELSDON'S RESPONSE:

      “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?”

      SOURCE - http://forward.com/news/209072/sheldon-adelsons-dismissal-of-israeli-democracy-dr/

    • 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.
      LINK - http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/01/israel-education-system-ensures-terrified-170110120105356.html

    • 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 - http://www.jinsa.org/events-programs/about-jinsas-flag-general-officers-trip-israel

      ● The Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) - http://www.jinsa.org/events-programs/law-enforcement-exchange-program-leep/about-leep/about-law-enforcement-exchange-prog

      ● Support Our Troops - http://www.jinsa.org/events-programs/support-our-troops/support-our-troops-jinsa%E2%80%99s-campaign-provide-assistance-american-s

      ● U.S. Military Study Program - http://www.jinsa.org/events-programs/us-military-study-programs/all

      SOURCE - http://www.jinsa.org/about-jinsa

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

      FROM THE VIRTUAL JEWISH LIBRARY ( http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/ ) :

       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) ~ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/American-law-enforcement-delegation-learn-anti-terror-tactics-from-Israeli-experts-415757
      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). ~ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/US-police-train-in-counterterrorism-in-Israel-attend-911-memorial-504231

  • 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):

      [TAKEN OUT OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER & CONTEXT]
       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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_v._California

    • 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

      JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS ON THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH:

      ■ “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 - http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Louis.Brandeis.Quote.8F27
      Whitney v. California (full text) :: 274 U.S. 357 (1927) - https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/274/357/case.html
      • WIKIPEDIA - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_v._California

      ■ “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 – http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/justice+louis+d.+brandeis
      Schaefer v. United States, 251 U.S. 466 (1920) - https://www.scribd.com/document/310948111/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 – http://www.essence.com/james-baldwin-quotes#1081624

  • 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 | Haaretz.com | 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: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.812460

    • 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 | Haaretz.com | Sep 17, 2017
      Trend appears related to new practice of re-examining and revoking religious status of citizens already recognized as Jewish
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.812610

    • 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!)

      * IN THE WAR TO PROTECT MASCULINITY, HAMAS AND ISRAEL MAKE STRANGE BEDFELLOWS - http://voicemalemagazine.org/in-the-war-to-protect-masculinity-hamas-and-israel-make-strange-bedfellows/

    • 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. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/the-next-intifada/

      ALSO SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?” | By Uri Avnery | Antiwar.com | 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 – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/06/12/netanyahu-stupid-like-a-fox/

  • '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 | antiwar.com | 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 . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2012/12/27/naftali-bennett-the-david-duke-of-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 | nytimes.com | 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)]

      ENTIRE ARTICLE ➤ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/08/science/space/guide-to-black-holes.html?mcubz=0

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "Black Hole Hunters" | By Denis Overbye | nytimes.com | 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 ➤ https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/09/science/black-hole-event-horizon-telescope.html

  • 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
      nightmares
      ~ 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 ➤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg4qnyUGxg&list=PLtPP_-rkrT3CmuUxjezhbewL5C8fcI1Fv&index=1

      P.S. ARCHIVE.ORG:
      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 OPTIONS
      download 3 files H.264 (mp4)
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      download 3 files WINDOWS MEDIA (wmv)
      TO DOWNLOAD OR STREAM ➤ https://archive.org/details/ThePowerOfNightmares-AdamCurtis

  • 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 | Haaretz.com | 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 - http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.693639

      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 Haaretz.com:
      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.693528

  • 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 | onlineathens.com | 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 . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://onlineathens.com/stories/071811/jac_858627408.shtml

    • 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 | mysanantonio.com | 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. . .

      SOURCE - http://blog.mysanantonio.com/police/2011/07/sheriff-ortiz-goes-to-israel/

    • 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 - http://www.essence.com/james-baldwin-quotes#1221764

      * Writer James Baldwin at home in Saint Paul de Vence, South of France, in 1985. - http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/02/05/513144736/did-i-get-james-baldwin-wrong

      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] ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeoS41xe7w

  • 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 - [http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.610368

      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 - http://www.essence.com/james-baldwin-quotes#1081624

  • 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 | CounterPunch.org | August 17, 2017
      LINK ➤ https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/17/the-story-of-charlottesville-was-written-in-blood-in-the-ukraine/

      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 - https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/summer-entertainment/joni-mitchell-both-sides-now/article12557726/

      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.” . . .

      SOURCE - https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2011/07/12/netanyahu-familys-racist-history-like-father-like-son/

    • 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"?

  • The 'vertical apartheid' of the Israeli occupation
    • AN ICONIC PHOTOSHOP➤ Hollow Land a/k/a "Tinseltown"

      HISTORYNET:
      Manifest Destiny
      Manifest Destiny summary: In the 19th century US, Manifest Destiny was a belief that was widely held that the destiny of American settlers was to expand and move across the continent to spread their traditions and their institutions, while at the same time enlightening more primitive nations. And the American settlers of the time considered Indians and Hispanics to be inferior and therefore deserving of cultivation. The settlers considered the United States to be the best possible way to organize a country so they felt the need to remake the world in the image of their own country.

      Many Americans believed that God blessed the growth of American nation and even demanded of them to actively work on it. Since they were sure of their cultural and racial superiority, they felt that their destiny was to spread their rule around and enlighten the nations that were not so lucky. The settlers firmly believed in the virtue of American people and the mission to impose their virtuous – mainly Puritan – way of life on everybody else. This rhetorical background served to explain the acquisition of territories or reasons to go to war, such as the war with Mexico in 1840s.

      Manifest Destiny Goes Global
      Outside the United States, the effects of manifest destiny were being seen in U.S. intervention in the Spanish-American war when Spain ceded the Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam to the U.S. This was an expansion of U.S. territory as colonies rather than states and was another demonstration of growing U.S. imperialism.

      The term of ‘Manifest Destiny’ first appeared in a newspaper article on the annexation of Texas in edition from July/August of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review in 1845. The author, John L. O’Sullivan used it to describe what majority of Americans at the time believed was their mission from God: to expand to west and bring the United States government to unenlightened people.

      SOURCE - http://www.historynet.com/manifest-destiny

  • Sponge rounds, rubber bullets, and tear gas -- how Israel's non-lethal munitions can kill
    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Winston Churchill: the Imperial Monster" | by Michael Dickinson | CounterPunch.org | January 28, 2015

      [EXCERPT] . . . In 1920 Churchill advocated the use of chemical weapons on the “uncooperative Arabs” involved in the Iraqi revolution against British rule.

      “I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas,” he declared. “I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. It would spread a lively terror.”

      As Colonial Secretary, it was Churchill who offered the Jews their free ticket to the ‘Promised Land’ of ‘Israel’, although he thought they should not “take it for granted that the local population will be cleared out to suit their convenience.” He dismissed the Palestinians already living in the country as “barbaric hoards who ate little but camel dung.”

      Addressing the Peel Commission (1937) on why Britain was justified in deciding the fate of Palestine, Churchill clearly displayed his white supremacist ideology to justify one of the most brutal genocides and mass displacements of people in history, based on his belief that “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph”:

      “I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”

      In fact, many of the views Churchill held were virtually Nazi. Apart from his support of hierarchical racism, as Home Minister he had advocated euthanasia and sterilisation of the handicapped. . .

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