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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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  • The message of the hunger strike: No power can break us
    • 1981 Irish hunger strike
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_Irish_hunger_strike

      [EXCERPT] The 1981 Irish hunger strike was the culmination of a five-year protest during The Troubles by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. The protest began as the blanket protest in 1976, when the British government withdrew Special Category Status for convicted paramilitary prisoners. In 1978, after a number of attacks on prisoners leaving their cells to "slop out", the dispute escalated into the dirty protest, where prisoners refused to leave their cells to wash and covered the walls of their cells with excrement. In 1980, seven prisoners participated in the first hunger strike, which ended after 53 days.[1]

      The second hunger strike took place in 1981 and was a showdown between the prisoners and the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. One hunger striker, Bobby Sands, was elected as a Member of Parliament during the strike, prompting media interest from around the world.[2] The strike was called off after ten prisoners had starved themselves to death—including Sands, whose funeral was attended by an estimated 200,000 people.[1] The strike radicalised Irish nationalist politics, and was the driving force that enabled Sinn Féin to become a mainstream political party.[3] . . .

      Hunger Strike 20 Years On, Insight UTV 2003

  • Leonard Cohen song is anthem of Jewish exclusivists
    • First We Take Manhattan
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_We_Take_Manhattan

      [EXCERPT] "First We Take Manhattan" is a song written by Leonard Cohen. It was originally recorded by Jennifer Warnes on her 1986 Cohen tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat, which consisted entirely of songs written or co-written by Cohen.

      Meaning

      Cohen explained himself in a backstage interview:[1] "I think it means exactly what it says. It is a terrorist song. I think it's a response to terrorism. There's something about terrorism that I've always admired. The fact that there are no alibis or no compromises. That position is always very attractive. I don't like it when it's manifested on the physical plane – I don't really enjoy the terrorist activities – but Psychic Terrorism. I remember there was a great poem by Irving Layton that I once read, I'll give you a paraphrase of it. It was 'well, you guys blow up an occasional airline and kill a few children here and there', he says. 'But our terrorists, Jesus, Freud, Marx, Einstein. The whole world is still quaking.'" . . .


      "For trying to change the system from within
      I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
      First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

      "I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
      I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
      I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
      First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin . . . "

    • I didn't realise Leonard Cohen was such a devotee of the Neighborhood Bully!

      P.S. What with the baby boomers beginning to reach old age, "shaky cam" cinematography is very avant-garde!

  • Trump skips Nativity Church during brief visit to Bethlehem as Palestinians protest potential renewal of US-led ‘peace process’
    • RE: "I truly believe if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process for peace in the Middle East,” Trump said during the conference. “Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Netanyahu has promised the same. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace.”

      MY COMMENT: I don't believe Netanyahu promised quite the same. He ominously referred to a "durable realistic peace".
      A DURABLE REALISTIC PEACE!
      A DURABLE REALISTIC PEACE!
      A DURABLE REALISTIC PEACE!
      God only knows what that means, but I can make a pretty good guess. Does anyone remember the old "durable peace" meme from 15 or so years ago?
      Let the word games continue!

  • Wall of shame
    • RE: "For the record, I visited the famous Wall on the first night of my one visit to Israel some years ago. I was unsettled by the theme-park look of the place – the beaming floodlights, the polished stone 'plaza' built to accommodate crowds of tourists – and by the proximity of the elevated parapet marking off the Al-Aqsa mosque . . ." ~ Michael Lesher

      MY COMMENT: I recall reading an article in the New York Timesback in the mid-’70s by the excellent architectural critic Paul Goldberger about the “plaza” Israel had created at the Western Wall after the ’67 war. He wrote about how before 1967 a person would wind their way through a maze of residential streets before the ‘Wall’ would suddenly loom up above them. He considered that drama to be a very important part of the experience of visiting the ‘Wall’.

      I got the distinct impression that Goldberger did not think very highly of Israel’s new “plaza” adjacent to the Western Wall!

      ALSO SEE: "Jerusalem Skyline: Morels Not Necessarily Better" | By Paul Goldberger | nytimes.com | July 8, 1975

      JERUSALEM—Mayor long ago Mayor Teddy Kollek enthusiastically showed visitors the new structures on the way up in this ancient city. Now he seems to point with as much pride to the projects he has helped to prevent. And, he talks of the city's need to “learn from its mistakes.”

      An Appraisal

      Jerusalem, which a 1968 master plan foresaw as an American vision of skyscrapers and freeways, has now begun to change its mind. Plans for highways that were to cut through old residential neighborhoods are being dropped, permits to build high‐rise structures are beingless readily granted and Mayor Kollek talks of his desire to make his multicultural city “a mosaic, not a melting pot.”

      The change in mood is due in part to the recession, in part to generally scaled‐down ambitions since the 1973 war. But it is also a result of continued international criticism of the ways of city planning here.

      In 1970 a group of international experts, known as the Jerusalem Committee, was invited by the city to evaluate its planning. The group denounced the master plan as appalling and, in so doing made the physical future of Jerusalem an issue of world concern.

      At that time, the Israelis of Jerusalem, eager to assert the new prosperity that came after the city's unification in 1967, were on a vast building spree. Skyscraper hotels altered its classic skyline; housing projects covered the once empty hillsides, aggressively injecting the Israeli presence into former Jordanian lands.

      The recent turnaround has not been easy for Mayor Kollek, a jovial figure who might be called the LaGuardia of Jerusalem. An ardent civic booster, he helped line up a great deal of the city's new construction. Now he seems to have conceded that much of the building has not been in Jerusalem's long‐term interest. And he makes no secret of his distaste for the most conspicuous recent addition to the Jerusalem skyline, the 17‐story Plaza Hotel, a bloated version of a Miami Beach tower that sits in Independence Park.

      The Plaza is one of the saddest legacies of the city's nineteen‐sixties planning approach: Its land had been set aside for a city hall, and when that project was postponed, Government officials, eager to promote the Israeli economy at any cost, turned the land over to hotel developers.

      More Towers Rising

      More towers are still on the way up in Jerusalem, so the skyline, dramatically altered since 1967 will change more. But city officials point out that building permits for these structures were issued years ago and cannot be rescinded . . .

      CONTINUED AT - http://www.nytimes.com/1975/07/08/archives/jerusalem-skyline-more-is-not-necessarily-better-jerusalems-skyline.html

      P.S. The Western Wall Plaza: National and Architectural Controversies (PDF) - https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiow-_Q0IbUAhUJ8CYKHY9NAtoQFghAMAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.acsa-arch.org%2Fresources%2Fproceedings%2Fuploads%2Fstreamfile.aspx%3Fpath%3DACSA.Intl.2001%26name%3DACSA.Intl.2001.74.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGHYzXhTilu_dQisrG2GYQoM7K-FQ&sig2=ZWX7PCgSj1Gd7DYXES0l4Q

  • Trump's Jerusalem
    • RE: "Christian Zionist ad for Trump near King David Hotel, May 21, 2017" ~ caption below this photo (from above)

      SEE: "Who's Behind the Dozens of pro-Trump Billboards Around Jerusalem?" | by Judy Maltz | Haaretz.com | May 22, 2017
      An influential Christian Zionist and fierce opponent of the two-state solution spent $100,000 to remind the U.S. president to make good on his promises

      [EXCERPT] When U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, huge billboards proclaiming “Trump is a Friend of Zion” and requesting “Trump Make Israel Great” will greet him.

      It will be hard for the American leader to avoid them. Altogether, 42 billboards featuring intertwined Israeli and American flags have been erected around the city at a total cost of $100,000.

      So who’s behind this big campaign? The billboards bear the name Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem, but in fact, the initiative is really the brainchild of one man – Mike Evans, the founder of this institution and among the first Christian evangelical leaders to declare his support for Trump's presidential run.

      Evans wants Trump to know that he intends to ensure that the president makes good on his campaign promises. In a statement issued through a local spokeswoman, he said: “Donald Trump won the election because of a historic evangelical voter turnout – the largest in American history. Evangelicals tend not to be monolithic except on two issues – the Supreme Court and Israel. President Trump promised us he would recognize Jerusalem and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. We wholeheartedly believe that this promise is non-negotiable and will happen while he is president.”

      What do we know about Evans? He is the founder and chairman of the Friends of Zion Museum, which opened two years ago in Jerusalem and pays tribute to Christians who helped Jews throughout history, with a special focus on Christian Zionists. He is also a member of Trump’s executive evangelical advisory board. He declined a request for an interview with Haaretz.

      Evans, who claims among his close friends the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is a fierce opponent of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . .

      CONTINUED AT -
      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.790730

  • Trump may want a deal, but Israeli Jews are not interested
  • Beyond the 50th anniversary of the occupation: marking the 100-70-50-10 anniversaries with 'Together We Rise' curriculum
    • ■ Flobots
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flobots

      [EXCERPTS] The Flobots are a hip hop and rock band from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. . .

      ● Current members

      Jamie "Jonny 5" Laurie – lead vocals (2000-present)
      Stephen "Brer Rabbit" Brackett – lead vocals (2005-present)
      Jesse Walker – bass guitar (2005-present)
      Kenny "KennyO" Ortiz – drums (2005-present)
      Mackenzie Gault – viola, vocals (2005-present)

      ■ Br'er Rabbit
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%27er_Rabbit

      [EXCERPTS] Br'er Rabbit /ˈbrɛər/ (Brother Rabbit), also spelled Bre'r Rabbit or Brer Rabbit or Bruh Rabbit, is a central figure as Uncle Remus tells stories of the Southern United States. Br'er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, provoking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit. . .

      ● African origins

      The Br'er Rabbit stories can be traced back to trickster figures in Africa, particularly the hare that figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in West, Central, and Southern Africa. These tales continue to be part of the traditional folklore of numerous peoples throughout those regions. In the Akan traditions of West Africa, the trickster is usually the spider Anansi, though the plots in his tales are often identical with those of stories of Br'er Rabbit.[1] However, Anansi does encounter a tricky rabbit called "Adanko" (Asante-Twi to mean "Hare") in some stories. The Jamaican character with the same name "Brer Rabbit", is an adaptation of the Ananse stories of the Akan people.[2]

      Some scholars have suggested that in his American incarnation, Br'er Rabbit represented the enslaved Africans who used their wits to overcome adversity and to exact revenge on their adversaries, the white slave owners.[3] Though not always successful, the efforts of Br'er Rabbit made him a folk hero. However, the trickster is a multidimensional character. While he can be a hero, his amoral nature and his lack of any positive restraint can make him into a villain as well.[4]

      For both Africans and African Americans, the animal trickster represents an extreme form of behavior that people may be forced to adopt in extreme circumstances in order to survive. The trickster is not to be admired in every situation. He is an example of what to do, but also an example of what not to do. The trickster's behavior can be summed up in the common African proverb: "It's trouble that makes the monkey chew on hot peppers." In other words, sometimes people must use extreme measures in extreme circumstances.[5] Several elements in the Brer Rabbit Tar Baby story (e.g., rabbit needing to be taught a lesson, punches and head butting the rabbit does, the stuck rabbit being swung around and around) are reminiscent of those found in a Zimbabwe-Botswana folktale.[6]

      Folklorists in the late 19th century first documented evidence that the American versions of the stories originated among enslaved West Africans based on connections between Br'er Rabbit and Leuk, a rabbit trickster in Senegalese folklore.[4][7] The stories of Br'er Rabbit were written down by Robert Roosevelt, an uncle of US President Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his autobiography about his aunt from the State of Georgia, that "She knew all the 'Br'er Rabbit' stories, and I was brought up on them. One of my uncles, Robert Roosevelt, was much struck with them, and took them down from her dictation, publishing them in Harper's, where they fell flat. This was a good many years before a genius arose who, in 'Uncle Remus', made the stories immortal." . . .

      ● Cherokee origins

      Although Joel Chandler Harris collected materials for his famous series of books featuring the character Br'er Rabbit in the 1870s, the Br'er Rabbit cycle had been recorded earlier among the Cherokees: The "tar baby" story was printed in an 1845 edition of the Cherokee Advocate, the same year Joel Chandler Harris was born.[8]

      Rabbit and Hare myths abound among Algonquin Indians in Eastern North America, particularly under the name Nanabozho. The Great Hare is generally worshipped among tribes in eastern Canada.

      In "That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community" by Jace Weaver, the origins of Br'er Rabbit and other literature are discussed. To say that a story only originates from one culture and not another can only be true when a group of people exist in complete isolation from others. Although the Cherokee had lived in isolation from Europeans in the remote past, a substantial amount of interaction was to occur among North American tribes, Europeans, and those from the enslaved population during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is impossible to ascertain whether the Cherokee story independently predated the African American story.

      In a Cherokee tale about the briar patch, "the fox and the wolf throw the trickster rabbit into a thicket from which the rabbit quickly escapes."[9] There was a "melding of the Cherokee rabbit-trickster ... into the culture of African slaves."[10] . . .

    • Flobots play "Rattle The Cage" at CPR's OpenAir

    • . . . Rise, together we rise
      Together we rise, together we rise
      Together we rise, together we rise
      Together we rise, together we rise
      ~ Flobots, 2008

  • Collective post-traumatic stress disorder – Jews, apartheid and oppression
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Trump and the Resurgence of Colonial Racism" | by Nozomi Hayase | CounterPunch.org | May 22, 2017

      [EXCERPTS] From Brexit to the victory of Donald Trump, the world order established in the post-cold war is now being shaken up. . .
      . . . Trump’s White House reawakened colonial racism. It is a triumph of nationality over our humanity, where one’s identification with a particular group or race is heightened. . .
      . . . So, what created this compulsive plunge back into the return of the old? As modern life has gone through industrialization, colonial practices of domination and subjugation of one people to another has been moved into the economy, by way of extreme capitalism. . .
      . . . Corporate America’s hollowing out of culture has created what psychologist Phillip Cushman (1995) described as the “empty self”, marked with a “pervasive sense of personal emptiness” that produces “values of self-liberation through consumption” (p. 6). This internal emptiness was tapped to create a ravenous consumer economy, where people are driven to chase after material happiness to soothe their hunger. . .
      . . . With a global crisis of legitimacy unraveled in the 2007-8 financial meltdown, this dominant cultural narrative and consumer-based identity is beginning to crumble. As the American middle class shrinks, the void that used to be filled with products and commercial transactions is beginning to reemerge. This is now exploited again for political means.

      ● Trauma at the Root of Identity

      Resistance against Trumpism -this regression back to a colonial identity requires all to tend toward this emptiness inside and understand what makes us vulnerable to these identity politics. What is it that makes us cling to these identities that are given from outside and this external valuation imposed by hierarchy?

      Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature Michael Nagler once said, “There is something deeper than our culture (at the root of the problem) and that is our spiritual predisposition, which means who we think we are”. Colonial identity disconnects us from the roots of our humanity. Frantz Fanon (1952/2008) who explored the black psyche in the white world in the context of the Algerian resistance to French colonialism, shared his own experience of colonial identification:

      “I arrive slowly in the world; sudden emergences are no longer my habit. I crawl along. The white gaze, the only valid one, is already dissecting me. I am fixed. Once their microtomes are sharpened, the Whites objectively cut sections of my reality. I have been betrayed. I sense, I see in this white gaze that it’s the arrival not of a new man, but of a new type of man, a new species. A Negro, in fact!” (p. 95)

      In his own account, Fanon revealed how the idea of Western civilization was an effort to remake the world by the order of hierarchy, where European cultural values are made superior and white came to be synonymous with being human. Fanon concluded with his indictment of colonialism, reminding that “The misfortune of the man of color is having been enslaved. The misfortune and inhumanity of the white man are having killed man somewhere” (p. 205).

      In efforts to ‘civilize’ itself, with its dark history of colonization and genocide of natives, Europe has cut itself off from its own lifeblood – indigenous cultures that remained connected to the earth. This separation from nature created a sense of alienation and loss of connection to our essence. Canadian physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté describes this disconnect as a kind of trauma. Unrecognized trauma is passed on from generation to generation. It freezes us in the unaccounted memory of violence that intrudes on the present. The old colonial logic is repeated by means of financial terrorism and corporate plunder.

      ● Healing of the Past

      The loss of connection to our humanity is a wound that many of us have become numb to. The pain drives us to engage in a power struggle. People fight to claim their racial and national identity, because in this colonial hierarchy, these differences, without being acknowledged in their own uniqueness, are pitted against one another and used to deny the other’s connection to their own humanity.

      Radical nationalism is a symptom. It is an adaptive response to trauma. We are seeking for a connection to our authentic self. Yet, being paralyzed in this pain that we don’t know exists, we may be acting out and looking for answers in places where we can’t ever find them. By defending our identification with a particular nation, race or cultural values, we are perhaps trying to compensate for the loss of who we really are. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/22/trump-and-the-resurgence-of-colonial-racism/

    • RE: "Humans have been able to manipulate fears and anxieties as weapons of population control . . ." ~ Yoav Litvin

      How Fear Plays a Role in American Life: The History of a Political Idea (2004)

  • Israel tutors its children in fear and loathing
    • RE: "[T]he education minister, Naftali Bennett, leader of the settlers’ party, has barred dissident groups like Breaking the Silence. He has also banned books and theatre trips that might encourage greater empathy with those outside the tribe. Polls show this is paying off. Schoolchildren are even more ultra-nationalist than their parents. More than four-fifths think there is no hope of peace with the Palestinians." ~ Jonathan Cook

      MY QUESTION: I have the sickening feeling that scenes in Israel like this might not be very far away.
      But then again, come to think of the Dixie Chicks . . .

  • Marty Federman, a quietly-inspiring leader, passes on
  • Pro-Israel group bullies Church of Scotland over its 'sensitive' commemoration of Balfour centenary
    • RE: "So here my message to the Church of Scotland - Be proud of the report you’ve written. It’s balanced and just and lives up to your values . . . Don’t be bullied If you are accused of antisemitism, or even close to it, go on the offensive. Seek urgent clarification, demand an apology from the Board . . ." - Robert Cohen

      HERE'S WHAT THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NEEDS TO AVOID:

      Battered person syndrome
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battered_person_syndrome

      [EXCERPT] Battered person syndrome is a physical and psychological condition of a person who has suffered (usually persistent) emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from another person.[1] It is classified as ICD-9 code 995.81 "Battered person syndrome" not elsewhere classified (NEC).

      The condition is the basis for the battered spouse defense that has been used in cases of physically and psychologically abused spouses who have killed their abusers. The condition was first researched extensively by Lenore E. Walker, who used Martin Seligman's learned helplessness theory to explain why abused spouses stayed in destructive relationships.[2] . . .

      ● Symptoms

      When battered person syndrome (BPS) manifests as PTSD, it consists of the following symptoms: (a) re-experiencing the battering as if it were recurring even when it is not, (b) attempts to avoid the psychological impact of battering by avoiding activities, people, and emotions, (c) hyperarousal or hypervigilance, (d) disrupted interpersonal relationships, (e) body image distortion or other somatic concerns, and (f) sexuality and intimacy issues.[7]

      Additionally, repeated cycles of violence and reconciliation can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:[8]

      · The abused thinks that the violence was his or her fault.
      · The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
      · The abused fears for her/his life, and/or, the lives of loved ones whom the abuser might or has threatened to harm (e.g., children-in-common, close relatives or friends).
      · The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.

      ● Causes

      The syndrome develops in response to a three-stage cycle found in domestic violence situations. First, tension builds in the relationship. Second, the abusive partner releases tension via violence while blaming the victim for having caused the violence. Third, the violent partner makes gestures of contrition. However, the partner does not find solutions to avoid another phase of tension building and release so the cycle repeats. The repetition of the violence despite the abuser's attempts to "make nice" results in the abused partner feeling at fault for not preventing a repeat cycle of violence. However, since the victim is not at fault and the violence is internally driven by the abuser, this self-blame results in feelings of helplessness rather than empowerment. The feeling of being both responsible for and helpless to stop the violence leads in turn to depression and passivity. This learned depression and passivity makes it difficult for the abused partner to marshal the resources and support system needed to leave.[9] . . .

  • The 'nation state of the Jewish people' bill is just more Apartheid with a veil
  • 'Pizza Hut' and Israeli army radio join in grotesque attacks on Marwan Barghouti
  • 'Bullies, bigots and thugs led by Netanyahu' shut down synagogue event-- in suburban Detroit
    • RE: “I’m saddened and outraged to see that this aggressive campaign of silencing, which we know too well from the extremist fringe in Israel, has made its way to the American Jewish community as well.” ~ Achinoam “Noa” Nini

      THE CAMPAIGN OF SILENCING IN THE U.K.
      Ilan Pappe: "Timidity and Intimidation; Researching Palestine in Britain"

  • A Republican plan for peacemaking: 'break the will' of the Palestinians and force them to 'accept defeat'
    • RE: Israel should “convince the Palestinians that they have lost,” said the head of the Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes, who spoke at the event. The caucus says it will not focus on historical compromises or division of territory. Instead, it asks Palestinians to accept Israel’s goals. “Victory means imposing your will on your enemy so that he no longer wants to fight, and I think that’s the essence here,” Pipes said. “Winning doesn’t mean slaughtering your enemy, but it means imposing your will on your enemy,” he continued.

      MY COMMENT: Likewise, it is time for the U.S. to acknowledge that it has finally lost to the C.S.A. (i.e., the Confederacy), for The South has arisen as promised!
      SUBMIT YANKEES, or suffer the horrendous consequences!
      You can start by returning our great-great-grandmothers' silverware.
      Then you will pay us Treaty of Versailles-like reparations.
      We fully intend to bleed you Inglourious Basterds dry!
      Consider your empire kaput.

  • Israel's proof that Marwan Barghouti is a terrorist – a cookie
    • RE: "But is there a doctor out there that may ever be able to heal the sick Israeli society, led by populist propaganda ministers that have not a shame in the world? " ~ Johnathan Ofir

      MY SUGGESTION: It's a long shot, but perhaps Dr. Faustus, working in collaboration with Dr. Mabuse, would do the trick.

      Doctor Faustus (play)
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Faustus_(play)

      [EXCERPT]The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe's death in 1593. Two different versions of the play were published in the Jacobean era, several years later.[1]

      The powerful effect of early productions of the play is indicated by the legends that quickly accrued around them—that actual devils once appeared on the stage during a performance, "to the great amazement of both the actors and spectators", a sight that was said to have driven some spectators mad.[2] . . .

      Doctor Mabuse
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Mabuse

      [EXCERPT] Doctor Mabuse is a fictional character created by Norbert Jacques in the novel Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler and made famous by the three movies director Fritz Lang made about the character; see Dr. Mabuse the Gambler. Although the character was designed deliberately to mimic villains, such as Dr. Fu Manchu, Doctor Nikola, Fantômas, or Svengali, the latter of which was a direct inspiration, Jacques' goals were commercial success and to make political comments, in much the same way that the silent movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) had done just a few years previously.

      • Description
      Dr. Mabuse is a master of disguise and telepathic hypnosis known to employ body transference, most often through demonic possession but sometimes utilizing object technologies such as television or phonograph machines, to build a "society of crime.". Mabuse rarely commits his crimes in person, instead operating primarily through a network of agents enacting his schemes. Mabuse's agents range from career criminals working for him, to innocents blackmailed or hypnotized into cooperation, to dupes manipulated so successfully they do not realize that they are doing exactly what Mabuse planned for them to do.

      Mabuse's identity often changes; one "Dr. Mabuse" may be defeated and sent to an asylum, jail or grave, only for a new "Dr. Mabuse" to later appear, as depicted in The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. The replacement invariably has the same methods, the same powers of hypnosis and the same criminal genius. There are even suggestions in some instalments of the series, that the "real" Mabuse is some sort of spirit that possesses a series of hosts. . .

      ● PROPAGANDA - Dr. Mabuse (Das Testaments Des Mabuse) (Original 12" Mix)

  • Some Palestinians dress as prisoners in solidarity marches for hunger-strikers
    • RE: "Some Palestinians dress as prisoners in solidarity marches for hunger-strikers"

      MY COMMENT: I'm certainly no 'clothes horse', but that's a fashion trend even I (but probably not Ralph Nader*) could go for.

      * unless there's a prison uniform that comes in "basic (solid) black". Those big stripes are way too stylish for the über-ascetic Nader!

  • 100 senators throw their bodies down to end UN 'bias' against Israel
    • RE: "100 senators throw their bodies down to end UN ‘bias’ against Israel"

      PUT ANOTHER WAY: 100 senators prostrate themselves before the altar of AIPAC!

      ■ pros·trate
      ˈprästrāt/
      verb
      1. lay oneself flat on the ground face downward, especially in reverence or submission.
      "she prostrated herself on the bare floor of the church"
      synonyms: throw oneself flat/down, lie down, stretch oneself out; throw oneself (at someone's feet)
      "he prostrated himself on the altar mat"

      P.S. Prostration - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostration

      P.P.S. LYRICS:

      You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
      You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
      You may be working in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
      You may be somebody's mistress, may be somebody's heir.

      But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
      You're gonna have to serve somebody,
      Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
      But you're gonna have to serve somebody . . .

  • After mob attacks alternative Memorial Day ceremonies, Israeli education minister criticizes ceremonies not mob
    • RE:"But Bennett seemed to spit in their face with his tweet, and what’s wrong with a little spitting? Why so sensitive?"

      THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN THINGS:
      Hidden Meaning in A Clockwork Orange – Earthling Cinema

  • True independence on Nakba Day: accountability and healing as an Israeli aggressor
    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE:
      The Donald Trump Phenomenon: A Psychological Analysis

      Published on May 5, 2016
      Recorded live at The OffshoreAlert Conference on May 3, 2016.

      Donald Trump is leading a political revolution in the United States. This session will involve a psychoanalysis of Trump and his supporters, an explanation of his popularity, and what it says about the USA.

      SPEAKERS
      JOSEPH BURGO Psychotherapist & Author (Colorado)

    • P.S.
      RE: Kubrick told film critics Philip Strick and Penelope Houston that he believed Alex “makes no attempt to deceive himself or the audience as to his total corruption or wickedness. He is the very personification of evil. On the other hand, he has winning qualities, . . . which I might add, . . . he shares with Richard III.” ~ from the above Wikipedia excerpt

      MY COMMENT: I'm beginning to think of Donald Trump as Alex DeLarge!

    • RE: "True independence on Nakba Day: accountability and healing as an Israeli aggressor"

      A Clockwork Orange (film) ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clockwork_Orange_(film)
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      [EXCERPTS] A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick . . .

      . . . Alex (Malcolm McDowell), the main character, is a charismatic, antisocial delinquent whose interests include classical music (especially Beethoven), rape, and what is termed "ultra-violence". He leads a small gang of thugs (Pete, Georgie, and Dim), whom he calls his droogs (from the Russian word друг, "friend", "buddy"). The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via controversial psychological conditioning. . .

      . . . Two years into the sentence [i.e., Alex's prison sentence], Alex eagerly takes up an offer to be a test subject for the Minister of the Interior's new Ludovico technique, an experimental aversion therapy for rehabilitating criminals within two weeks. Alex is strapped to a chair, injected with drugs, and forced to watch films of sex and violence. . .

      • Psychology

      Another critical target is the behaviourism or "behavioural psychology" propounded by psychologists John B. Watson and B. F. Skinner. Burgess disapproved of behaviourism, calling Skinner's book Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971) "one of the most dangerous books ever written." Although behaviourism's limitations were conceded by its principal founder, Watson, Skinner argued that behaviour modification — specifically, operant conditioning (learned behaviours via systematic reward-and-punishment techniques) rather than the "classical" Watsonian conditioning — is the key to an ideal society. The film's Ludovico technique is widely perceived as a parody of aversion therapy, which is a form of classical conditioning.[9] Author Paul Duncan said of Alex: "Alex is the narrator so we see everything from his point of view, including his mental images. The implication is that all of the images, both real and imagined, are part of Alex's fantasies".[10] Psychiatrist Aaron Stern, the former head of the MPAA rating board, believed that Alex represents man in his natural state, the unconscious mind. Alex becomes "civilised" after receiving his Ludovico "cure", and the sickness in the aftermath Stern considered to be the "neurosis imposed by society".[11] Kubrick told film critics Philip Strick and Penelope Houston that he believed Alex "makes no attempt to deceive himself or the audience as to his total corruption or wickedness. He is the very personification of evil. On the other hand, he has winning qualities: his total candour, his wit, his intelligence and his energy; these are attractive qualities and ones, which I might add, which he shares with Richard III."[12]. . .

  • Warren and Sanders stand firmly behind Trump officials -- on guess what issue?
    • P.S. "Bibi And The Yo-Yos"

      Hey kids, shake it loose together
      The spotlight's hitting something
      That's been known to change the weather
      We'll kill the fatted calf tonight
      So stick around
      You're gonna hear electric music
      Solid walls of sound

      Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
      But they're so spaced out, Bibi and the Yo-Yos
      Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
      Oh Bibi he's really keen
      He's got electric boots a mohair suit
      You know I read it in a magazine
      Bibi and the Yo-Yos

      Hey kids, plug into the faithless
      Maybe they're blinded
      But Bibi makes them ageless
      We shall survive, let us take ourselves along
      Where we fight our parents out in the streets
      To find who's right and who's wrong . . .

      [Instrumental]

      . . . Bibi, Bibi, Bibi and the Yo-Yos
      Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi and the Yo-Yos
      Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi and the Yo-Yos
      Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi and the Yo-Yos
      Bibi, Bibi, Bibi and the Yo-Yos

    • RE: "This Senate letter of last Thursday, signed by all hundred senators, berates the UN Secretary General over criticism of Israel at the U.N. and supports Ambassador Nikki Haley’s determination to root out 'anti-Israel bias' and 'anti-Semitism in all its forms' — which means undue focus of Israel." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Über cynic that I am, I assume Netanyahu arranged for the issuance of this letter by his "yo-yos"* in the U.S. Senate as part of his ongoing campaign to avoid being indicted for corruption (by demonstrating how valuable he is as Israel's prime minister).

      * SEE: "Bibi and the Yo-Yos", by Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 05/26/11

      [EXCERPT] It was all rather disgusting.

      There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu.

      It was worse than the Syrian parliament during a speech by Bashar Assad, where anyone not applauding could find himself in prison. Or Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death.

      What the American Senators and Congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?

      The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the Leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.

      The most depressing part of it was that there was not a single lawmaker – Republican or Democrat – who dared to resist. When I was a 9 year old boy in Germany, I dared to leave my right arm hanging by my side when all my schoolmates raised theirs in the Nazi salute and sang Hitler’s anthem. Is there no one in Washington DC who has that simple courage? Is it really Washington IOT – Israel Occupied Territory – as the anti-Semites assert? . . . [ANSWER: Yes, it is; and there are many other "occupiers". Like the military-industrial complex. And, the NRA. And, Big Pharma. And, the too-big-to-fail banks. And, Wall Street. And, the Chamber of Commerce. And . . . (continued ad nauseam) ~ J.L.D.]

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/05/25/bibi-and-the-yo-yos/

  • No self-determination
    • RE: "What is clear is that what unifies the Israeli Jews or Hebrews is, like other settler groups, their antagonism to ‘the other’ – in this case the Palestinians." ~ Tony Greenstein

      MY COMMENT: Better yet, another ‘good wholesome war’!*

      * SEE: "Israel’s Trauma Psychology and the Attack on Gaza", By Avigail Abarbanel, Sunday 4th January 2009

      [EXCERPT] . . . Israel has been itching for a ‘good war’ for a while now. The botched attack on Lebanon in 2006 was a psychological disappointment that did not fulfil its purpose, and only led to a deepening chasm between the political and military arms in Israel. An Israeli friend told me in disgust the other day, that there is an atmosphere of ‘national orgasm’ in Israel about the prospect of attacking Iran. While people are being bombed in Gaza, all Israelis can talk about is the coming attack on Iran. But there is a link between the two.

      Israel’s social problems have grown exponentially over the past 15 years. It’s a very different Israel now than the one I grew up in. There is more violent and organised crime than ever before, and more domestic violence and abuse of children than ever. There are more drugs and drug use, and they have drunk-driving, something I have never encountered while I was still living there. This is reflected in official reports as well as in the daily newspapers. My brother who lives in Israel described to me how soldiers who spend their military service in the Occupied Palestinian territories implementing Israel’s brutal occupation, come home on weekends only to get involved in drunken armed brawls and murders. This was unheard of in my time.

      Israelis have never been particularly kind to each other. It’s one of the reasons I left actually. In my late twenties I started to grow weary of the unkind, harsh and unforgiving atmosphere around me. It was a tough place to live in not because of our ‘enemies’ but because of how people treated one another. You would believe that we were all enemies rather than people who have some kind of a shared heritage. The only thing that could unite people and temporarily brought out more kindness and a sense of cooperation was a feeling of being under collective threat, and in particular a ‘good wholesome war’ . . .

      SOURCE - https://web.archive.org/web/20090203202919/http://www.avigailabarbanel.me.uk/gaza-2009-01-04.html

  • Letter to the mayor of Frankfurt, from a refugee of that city
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Gunter the Terrible", By Uri Avnery, The Palestine Chronicle, 4/13/12

      [EXCERPT] Stop me if I have told you this joke before:
      Somewhere in the US, a demonstration takes place. The police arrive and beat the protesters mercilessly.
      “Don’t hit me,” someone shouts, “I am an anti-communist!”
      “I couldn't give a damn what kind of a communist you are!” a policeman answers as he raises his baton.
      The first time I told this joke was when a German group visited the Knesset and met with German-born members, including me.
      They went out of their way to praise Israel, lauding everything we had been doing, condemning every bit of criticism, however harmless it might be. It became downright embarrassing
      , since some of us in the Knesset were very critical of our government’s policy in the occupied territories.
      For me, this extreme kind of pro-Semitism is just disguised anti-Semitism. Both have a basic belief in common: that Jews – and therefore Israel – are something apart, not to be measured by the standards applied to everybody else. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.palestinechronicle.com/gunter-the-terrible/#.UpTfHMSsh8E

      ■ THE GREAT LEONARD COHEN:

    • RE: "The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is facing opposition in Germany. Last month under pressure from the Israel lobby, a pro-BDS speech was cancelled in Bonn, and a June conference commemorating 50 years of occupation and featuring pro-BDS speakers lost its venue [i.e., in Frankfurt] . . ."

      MY COMMENT: First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin, Bonn and Frankfurt!

      SEE: "Israeli diplomat in Berlin: Maintaining German guilt about Holocaust helps Israel" | By Nir Gontarz | Haaretz.com | Jun. 25, 2015

      [EXCERPT] A spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in Berlin recently told Israeli journalists it was in the country’s interest to maintain German guilt about the Holocaust, and that it isn’t seeking full normalization of relations between the governments.

      Embassy spokeswoman Adi Farjon made the comments in a closed briefing session with journalists at the embassy.

      “We were all in shock,” said a female journalist present at the briefing. “The spokeswoman clearly said it was an Israeli interest to maintain German guilt feelings. She even said that without them, we’d be just another country as far as they’re concerned.”

      Others present at the event confirmed the journalist’s account.

      Some added that the Israeli ambassador himself, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, was present for some of the briefing, as were other embassy workers who don’t speak Hebrew. Another journalist commented, “It was so awkward. We couldn’t believe our ears. We’re sitting there eating peanuts, and behind the spokeswoman there are two German women sitting there who don’t understand a word of Hebrew – and the embassy staff is telling us they’re working to preserve the German guilt feelings and that Israel has no interest in normalization of relations between the two countries.”

      “I don’t remember saying that,” Farjon told Haaretz in response. “I can’t vouch for any particular quote, she added. “It was an off-the-record conversation, a briefing talk. The way I speak with Israeli journalists is a little different. These things aren’t intended to get out. I can’t reveal the principles I work by. For example, I don’t say who I go to in order to get good stories out here, or who I pay for things like that.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.662962

  • Bill Kristol celebrates 'normal' foreign policy -- with Russia replacing Iraq in the new 'axis of evil'
    • RE: Bill Kristol celebrates ‘normal’ foreign policy — with Russia replacing Iraq in the new ‘axis of evil’

      Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics

      Paul Craig Roberts: 'It's OVER For Trump; Anti-Russian Neocons Are In Charge; Business As Usual'

  • The selective concern for beautiful babies
  • Trump's Gambit: Sacrificing a fascist for establishment approval and Israeli propaganda
    • RE - "Trump’s Gambit: Sacrificing a fascist for establishment approval and Israeli propaganda"`

      MY SNARKCASM: One can't help but be in awe of Donald "Caligula" Trump's incredibly devious machinations. What a despicable cretin he is!
      It almost makes me want to become a terrorist. Fortunately however, I'm much too old for that sort of thing.

      LEONARD COHEN:

      They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
      For trying to change the system from within
      I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
      First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

      I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
      I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
      I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
      First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin . . .

      Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan (complete, German TV, February 17, 1988) [Euro-disco-influenced quasi-synthpop version}

  • Trump makes war, and everyone swoons
    • P.P.S.
      Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game
      Published on Apr 8, 2017
      Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the cynical politics behind the attack and the decay and dysfunctionality of the American state

      TRANSCRIPT - http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18838

    • P.S. ■ LEONARD COHEN:

      They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
      For trying to change the system from within
      I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
      First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

      I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
      I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
      I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
      First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin . . .

      Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan (complete, German TV, February 17, 1988) [Euro-disco-influenced quasi-synthpop version}

    • RE: "There’s nothing like firing 59 million-dollar missiles at a foreign country to make the U.S. foreign policy elites swoon."

      MY SNARKCASM: I'm so thankful we now have a "man of action" President like Donald "Caligula" Trump instead of that pussy-footin'* Barack Obama!

      Long live Raytheon's Tomahawk® cruise missle!

      FROM TED RALL, 07/22/10:

      . . . Umberto Eco’s 1995 essay "Eternal Fascism" describes the cult of action for its own sake under fascist regimes and movements: “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.” . . .

      SOURCE – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/07/22-1
      *■ Obama Stop The PUSSY-FOOTING AROUND!

      *■ It's About Surviving': Judge Jeanine Says U.S. Must 'Stop Pussyfooting' in Terror Fight...

  • You know your country's in trouble when you're afraid to put on a bumper sticker
    • RE: "The January 2013 campaign, the first of the decade, was also the first in which the question of the occupied territories, and of war and peace in general, was not disputed between the large parties." ~ Derfner

      URI AVNERY ON HOW THE ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN "BRAINWASHED":
      “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.) 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. . .

      . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.

      If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.

      This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.

      The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”, the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.

      How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.

      If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

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

  • 'New sheriff in town' Nikki Haley is gonna kick anyone who objects to latest Jewish settlement
    • P.P.S. RE: She vowed to defend Israel with her heels: “I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick ’em every single time”.

      MADAM SHERIFF:
      ■ image
      ■ image
      ■ image

    • RE: “There’s a new sheriff in town,” said US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley at the AIPAC convention last week.

      MY SNARKCASM: Oh great, a new rootin' tootin' sheriff to enforce American hegemony! Just what the world needs.

      ■ DAF - "Der Sheriff" (unzensiert) with English Subtitles
      A searing and pithy allegorical statement about U.S. imperialism by Deutsch Amerikanische Freundshaft (DAF).

      P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA: A few months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq D.A.F. released “The Sheriff" . . .

  • In gratitude and hope: A message from Omar Barghouti
  • 'New' Netanyahu policy on settlements promises Trump less building, and Israeli settlers more
    • RE: "Operating at times in flagrant protest of the government, settlers have established at least 100 illegal outposts in that time [i.e., the 25 or so years since the Oslo Accords], according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem." ~ Deger

      SEE: "Fighting Settlers’ Impunity and Immunity", by Pierre Klochendler, Inter Press Service, 12/16/11

      [EXCERPT]. . . The Israeli occupation, particularly the future of wildcat settlements built by settlers without formal government approval has been a simmering issue ever since their creation during the 1990s.

      In 2005, former head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department Talia Sasson published a landmark report* on the question. Commissioned by then prime minister Ariel Sharon, the report found the Israeli government guilty of "institutional lawbreaking" and of the theft of private Palestinian land to covertly establish over a hundred "illegal outposts".

      The damning irony is that the "outposts" were a 1997 initiative by none but Sharon himself, then foreign Minister under Netanyahu, who’d urged settlers to seize hilltops in order to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

      The report recommended criminal investigation against those allegedly involved in the scheme, but it was shelved. Repeated injunctions have since pressed successive governments to address the issue. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://original.antiwar.com/klochendler/2011/12/15/fighting-settlers-impunity-and-immunity/

      * ■ Sasson Report
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasson_Report

      [EXCERPT] The Sasson Report is an official Israeli government report published on 8 March 2005 that concluded that Israeli state bodies had been discreetly diverting millions of shekels to build West Bank settlements and outposts that were illegal under Israeli law. The report was commissioned by the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and was headed by the former head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department Talia Sasson. Talia Sasson would later run for the Israeli elections as part of the left wing party Meretz.

      The report

      The report detailed how officials in the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Housing and Construction and the settlement division of the World Zionist Organization spent millions of shekels from state budgets to support the unauthorized outposts. The Sasson report called it a "blatant violation of the law" and said "drastic steps" were needed to rectify the situation. It describes secret cooperation between various ministries and official institutions to consolidate "wildcat" outposts, which settlers began erecting more than a decade ago. Sasson added that the problem was ongoing, saying "the process of outpost expansion is profoundly under way."

      The report states:

      · The housing ministry supplied 400 mobile homes for outposts on private Palestinian land.
      · The defense ministry approved the positioning of trailers to begin new outposts.
      · The education ministry paid for nurseries and their teachers.
      · The energy ministry connected outposts to the electricity grid.
      · Roads to outposts were paid for with taxpayers' money.

      The report mentioned 150 communities in the West Bank with incomplete or nonexistent permits, but Sasson cautions that this list was not exhaustive, due to the lack of cooperation of some ministries and government offices which, according to her, failed to hand over some important documents. . .

  • JDL member arrested for attacking Palestinian-American teacher ran anti-Muslim website
    • RE: "The group [i.e., JDL] was most active in the 70s and 80s. They are responsible for planning bombing in the office of a congressman of Arab heritage and a mosque, and planting explosives in Carnegie Hall set to dentate during an orchestra performance." ~ Deger

      MY COMMENT: The JDL is also suspected of having planted the bomb that killed Alex Odeh of the ADC back in 1985.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Alex Odeh]:

      [EXCERPTS] Alex Odeh (April 4, 1944 – October 11, 1985) was an Arab-American anti-discrimination activist who was killed in a bombing as he opened the door of his office at 1905 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, California. Odeh was west-coast regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

      Born into a Palestinian Christian family in Jifna, the West Bank, Odeh immigrated to the US in 1972.[1] He was a lecturer and poet who recently had published a volume of his poetry, "Whispers in Exile".[2] . . .

      . . . Irv Rubin, who had become chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) the same year, immediately made several public statements in reaction to the incident. "I have no tears for Mr. Odeh," Rubin said. "He got exactly what he deserved."[7] . . .

      . . . Four weeks after Odeh's death, FBI spokesperson Lane Bonner stated the FBI attributed the bombing and two others to the JDL. . . In February 1986, the FBI classified the bombing that killed Alex Odeh as a terrorist act. In July they eased away from their original position, saying the JDL was "probably" responsible for this attack and four others, but that final attribution to the JDL or any other group "must await further investigation." . . . The JDL denied any involvement in Odeh's killing.[7][10]

      Immediately after the 1985 assassination the FBI identified three suspects, all of them believed to be affiliated with the JDL, who fled to Israel. Floyd Clarke, then assistant director of the FBI, claimed in an internal memo that key suspects had fled to Israel and were living in Kiryat Arba, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. . .

      . . . On August 27, 1996, the FBI announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Odeh’s killers. JDL members heckled the FBI spokespersons announcing the reward.[13][14] The reward is still in force.[15]

      In 2007, the FBI revealed they had received information from a deceased informant, believed to be former Jewish Defense League member Earl Krugel, who had been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for 2001 plots to bomb a Southern California mosque and office of an Arab American congressman. It is believed that Irv Rubin, who died in prison while awaiting trial on the same charges, revealed to Krugel the names of those responsible for Odeh’s death and Krugel shared those with the FBI before he, too, died in prison. The bombers are believed to be Manning and two other JDL activists, Keith Fuchs and Andy Green, who also fled to Israel and are believed to be living in Kiryat Arba.[16][17] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Odeh

      P.S. ALSO SEE: "The California Murder Case That Israel Is Sweeping Under the Rug" | By Robert I. Friedman | latimes.com | May 13, 1990
      In 1985, Alex Odeh was killed by a pipe bomb in Orange County. The FBI has three suspects, but they are in Israel; extradition is unlikely.
      LINK - http://articles.latimes.com/1990-05-13/opinion/op-61_1_pipe-bomb

  • J Street attends rightwing anti-BDS summit-- and gets called 'anti-Semitic'
    • J Street is a bit like the offspring of a "planter" by one of his (or his mother's) female slaves (back in the Old South) who is never completely accepted (despite having great wealth) by either the whites or the blacks.

      ■ Amanda America Dickson - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_America_Dickson

    • RE: [W]hen J Street reps said they were against the occupation, South Carolina State Rep. Alan Clemmons, a longtime opponent of BDS, called out from the stage, “You’re anti-Semitic.” ~ Weiss

      S.C. STATE REP ALAN CLEMMONS' GLASS HOUSE:
      I can't help but recall the time recently when a couple of Republican county chairmen in the great state of South Carolina wrote in a newspaper op-ed:

      “There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves.”**

      ** SEE: "2 South Carolina Republicans Apologize for Reference to Jews" - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/us/21carolina.html?_r=0

      P.S. ONE OF CAROLINA'S "GOOSE CREEK MEN":

      James Moore (South Carolina politician)
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Moore_(South_Carolina_politician)

      [EXCERPTS] James Moore (c. 1650 – 1706) was the English governor of colonial Carolina between 1700 and 1703. He is best known for leading several invasions of Spanish Florida during Queen Anne's War, including attacks in 1704 and 1706 which wiped out most of the Spanish missions in Florida.[1] . . .

      . . . Moore was the grandfather of American Revolutionary War Brigadier General James Moore, and great-grandfather of Major General Robert Howe.
      The Moore family imported over 4,000 slaves into the Carolinas, mostly for its own extensive plantations and farms in and around the Cape Fear area of what later became North Carolina. James Moore also had a house in Charleston and another in the Goose Creek area near Charleston. . .

  • Will assassination lead to war?
    • RE: "Another youth named Murad said Israel committed this latest killing to send a message that Hamas is not capable of protecting its people, thus inspiring a revolt."

      MY COMMENT: During this particular period, I suspect that when a decision is being made to execute an operation of this type, a key consideration is whether the operation might help Netanyahu stave off indictments for corruption (for all the pink champagne, expensive Cuban cigars, etc., lavished upon the Netanyahus at their request by a certain Hollywood "movie mogul").

      Am I being overly cynical?

      Wag the Dog ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog

  • 'Scariest part' of Trump's draft peace plan promises he will be 'personally involved'
    • RE: "3, The Palestinians would be promised continued financial and technical support in return for full cooperation with Israel if they end incitement and resume their counterterrorism cooperation…"

      MY COMMENT: Of course, "incitement" (in the sense Israeli officials use the word dozens of times every day in regards to the Palestinians) can be just about anything - from sneezing/coughing to logging on to the internet. Much of what Israeli officials consider to be Palestinian incitement would be the Palestinians' constitutionally protected "free speech" here in the U.S.

      ■ Definition of incite
      incited; inciting
      transitive verb
      : to move to action : stir up : spur on : urge on
      SOURCE - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incitement

      Consequently, requiring that the Palestinians "end incitement" as part of Trump's "peace plan" is in the nature of a Pandora's Box, Trojan Horse or petard/bomb [for the Palestinians to be 'lifted up on' (i.e., blown up into the air by)]. It insures that not only will the "peace plan" fail, but that (perhaps even more importantly) the Palestinians will be blamed for the failure. Palestinian blame for the failure of the "peace plan" will ultimately be used by Israel and the U.S. to justify Israel's unilateral imposition of its plan for resolving the "dispute" --- namely, the annexation of most of "Judea and Samaria".

  • President of settler group who called left-wing Jews 'kapos' confirmed as US ambassador to Israel
    • RE: "President of settler group who called left-wing Jews ‘kapos’ confirmed as US ambassador to Israel"

      MY COMMENT: I imagine Trump would love to add a prestigious Jerusalem property to his portfolio. Perhaps Friedman will hear of an owner willing to sell to Trump or perhaps pay Trump handsomely to use the Trump name.

      I can easily imagine a garishly lit Trump sign dominating the nighttime Jerusalem skyline. Might Jerusalem finally be ripe for the return of the "money changers" in the form of a Vegas-type casino? Will we see hordes of tourists wearing T-shirts emblazoned with: "I found religion playing the slots at Trump's Jerusalem?"

      Stay tuned!

  • Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: 'it's exactly like what the what the Old South was in America'
    • P.S. ■ PHOTO: Israeli Settler Throws Wine at a Palestinian Woman in Hebron

    • RE - Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: ‘it’s exactly like what the what the Old South was in America’

      MY COMMENT: If an Israeli Arab posted something like that on Facebook, the Israelis might very possibly arrest him/her for "incitement". Fortunately for Gere, the Israelis are not yet quite crazy enough* to do something like that to him because they are not quite yet so far gone that they can't appreciate the damage that would result from all the bad publicity.

      * At the rate things are going, five or so years from now the Israeli authorities might well be crazy enough to arrest someone like Gere for the nebulous offense of "incitement".

  • Palestinians say much of the money from PLO fund deemed a terrorist organization by Liberman goes to Israel
    • RE: “The fund serves – inter alia – as a . . ." ~ Defense Ministry spokesperson

      MY COMMENTS: "Inter alia"! ! ! Everybody got that? Apparently, Israel's Defense Ministry has a team of Philadelphia lawyers working for their hasbara department.
      I wonder what Dershowitz is up to these days.

  • Countering Islamophobia means ending the structural silencing of Muslim voices-- including their critique of Israel
  • Young Jews resist AIPAC-- even as Democrats' 'progressive' thinktank sends a crew to speak there
    • P.P.P.S.
      Sam Rolfe (I) (1924–1993)
      Writer | Producer | Soundtrack
      Sam Rolfe was born on February 18, 1924 in New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. L.(1964) and Have Gun - Will Travel (1957). He died on July 10, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
      Born: February 18, 1924 in New York, USA
      Died: July 10, 1993 (age 69) in Los Angeles, California, USA
      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0738222/

      P.P.P.P.S.
      ■ A SPECIAL 'DO-LANG' MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO OUR 45TH PRESIDENT, DONALD J. TRUMP:
      "He's a soft-spoken guy, but he can't shy away forever!"

      P.P.P.P.S.
      Everyone has a "bad hair day" every now and again.
      Before harshly judging President Trump, please first put yourself in his toupée (and take a good, hard look at yourself in the mirror).

    • P.P.S. ■ Storyline
      Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are the two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (i.e., U.N.C.L.E.), who fight evil (primarily an organization of Bad people called, THRUSH) and use charm, wit, and a never ending assortment of gadgets.
      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057765/

    • P.S. ■ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Trailer

    • RE: "I’ve been denied press credentials to AIPAC yet again this year." ~ Weiss

      MY SNARKCASM: I have a call in to Shelly and Miriam to see if they can lean on AIPAC hard enough to make them cry U.N.C.L.E..

      Also, since you live in N.Y., you can always give Cuomo a call and ask him to intercede in your behalf. I'm confident AIPAC owes him big time!

      It's just a matter of supplying the requisite amount of political muscle.

      We can do this thing, as they say in the Mafia!

  • AIPAC underwrote Islamophobia in the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party too
    • RE: Howard Wolfson sent Neera Tanden an email linking the article and saying simply: “For the love of God!”

      MY COMMENT: My God*, that seems perilously close to "taking the Lord, thy God's name in vain". Of course, it is just a case of using the Lord, thy God's name in the form of a "minced oath", rather than using it in language strong enough to qualify as cursing/swearing. So, the issue at hand is whether using the Lord, thy God's name in the utterance (or publication - electronically, or otherwise) of a mere "minced oath" qualifies as "taking the Lord, thy God's name in vain", and therefore constitutes a violation of one of the Ten Commandments ~ specifically the Third Commandment.

      ■ BAD NEWS: How do you define the sin of taking the Lord's name in vain?

      Well that's a quote from the Ten Commandments: "Don't take the name of the Lord your God in vain." The idea of vanity (and I think the Hebrew carries this connotation) is "don't empty the name."

      So it doesn't just refer to a certain tone of voice or a certain use of the word. It's dealing with God and speaking of God in a way that empties him of his significance.

      This includes both throw-away words—like "God!" or "Jesus!"—as well as speaking about him in trifling and flippant ways. Not just swear ways but cheap ways, low and insignificant ways that just treat him like a commodity. And when you hear them you sense that there is no weight to that sentence, no corresponding emotion to that statement. It seems to have just been gutted. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-you-define-the-sin-of-taking-the-lords-name-in-vain

      ■ IT GETS EVEN WORSE: . . . So important is the name of God that it is guarded solemnly in the Ten Commandments by a prohibition on taking His name in vain (Ex. 20:7). Violation of this law is a capital offense: “Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death” (Lev. 24:16). Leviticus cites a variety of examples of what such misuse of God’s name includes: offering children to Molech (18:21), swearing falsely (19:12), and priests’ shaving the edge of their beards (21:5–6). The sheer variety of infringements of the command shows that taking the Lord’s name in vain involves not merely speaking it badly, but includes living it wrongly. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-it-mean-take-lords-name-vain/

      P.S. In case you're wondering, I might arguably qualify as (metaphorically) "living in a glass house" (or, at least, living in what once was a glass house), but I'm pretty certain there is not even one pane or plate of glass in the entire house that is not seriously damaged. Indeed, many have been busted (or fallen) completely out. Hence, after considerable thought, I have concluded that the admonition against "throwing rocks" no longer applies to me due to my having experienced such severe metaphor degradation that I don't really have anything of significant value to lose (metaphorically speaking).

      * Jethro Tull - "My God"

  • Gerald Kaufman – From Labour Zionist to Israel's bitterest critic
    • RE: "Entering the House of Commons in 1970 for the constituency of Ardwick (later Gorton) in Manchester, he was known for his eccentricity of dress." ~ Greenstein

      MY COMMENT: Eccentric or not, that tie has beaucoup cachet!

      SPEAKING OF "ECCENTRICITY OF DRESS":

  • Banksy's hotel isn't gentrification, it is an invitation for people to come see the occupation for what it is
    • RE: "Banksy’s hotel isn’t gentrification, it is an invitation for people to come see the occupation for what it is" ~ Rory Evans

      MY COMMENT: I respectfully concur!

  • For Purim, costume contest celebrates soldier's killing of a Palestinian (free vacation on the line)
  • Israel detains one activist and deports another, amid int'l outcry over boycott ban
  • 'Unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people' -- Michael Sfard
    • P.S. A LITTLE "ELEVATOR MUSIC":
      JPATTERSSON - Elevator (live at 3000Grad Festival)

    • RE: "I’d be curious to know more about what happened. If people are not punished then it comes off as a fatwah and is more likely to escalate." ~ AddictionMyth

      REPLY: The excerpts below might give you an idea as to how serious Israel is about punishing Jewish terrorists.

      Lehi (group)
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehi_(group)

      [EXCERPTS] Lehi (Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈleχi]; Hebrew: לח”י – לוחמי חרות ישראל‎‎ Lohamei Herut Israel – Lehi, “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel – Lehi”), often known pejoratively as the Stern Gang,[9][10][11][12] was a Zionist paramilitary organization . . .

      . . . Lehi and the Irgun were jointly responsible for the massacre in Deir Yassin. Lehi assassinated Lord Moyne, British Minister Resident in the Middle East, and made many other attacks on the British in Palestine.[21] On 29 May 1948, the government of Israel, having inducted its activist members into the Israel Defense Forces, formally disbanded Lehi, though some of its members carried out one more terrorist act, the assassination of Folke Bernadotte some months later,[22] an act condemned by Bernadotte’s replacement as mediator, Ralph Bunche.[23] After the assassination, the new Israeli government declared Lehi a terrorist organization, arresting and convicting some 200 members.[24] Just before the first Israeli elections,[24] a general amnesty to Lehi members was granted by the government, on 14 February 1949. In 1980, Israel instituted a military decoration, an “award for activity in the struggle for the establishment of Israel”, the Lehi ribbon.[25] Former Lehi leader Yitzhak Shamir became Prime Minister of Israel in 1983. . .

  • Michael Walzer wonders if Israel 'will let me in'
    • Yes, you are most likely correct as to Walzer, but if he is truly principled, he will not even try to enter Israel as long as the new travel ban is in effect.

    • RE: "Michael Walzer wonders if Israel ‘will let me in’"

      MY COMMENT: You just never really know. Likudnik Israel likes to keep you guessing. "Maintained uncertainty"* and "learned helplessness"** aren't just for Palestinians anymore!

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

      [EXCERPTS] . . . 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 regulation, 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. . .
      . . . It suits Israel to have a ‘state’ without borders so that it can keep negotiating about borders, and count on the resulting uncertainty to maintain acquiescence. . .

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

      ** ■ FROM WIKIPEDIA [Learned helplessness]:

      [EXCERPT] Learned helplessness is behavior typical of an organism (human or animal) that has endured repeated painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it was unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails to learn escape or avoidance in new situations where such behavior would be effective. In other words, the organism seems to have learned that it is helpless in aversive situations, that it has lost control, and so it gives up trying. Such an organism is said to have acquired learned helplessness.[1][2] Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from such real or perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation.[3] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness

  • Steve Bannon's Judeo-Christian 'Camp of the Saints'
    • RE: "Steve Bannon’s Judeo-Christian ‘Camp of the Saints’"

      SEE: "Has Jared Kushner Become A Steve Bannon Groupie?" | By Daniel J. Solomon | Forward.com | February 14, 2017

      [EXCERPT] Jared Kushner is widely perceived as a moderate in President Donald Trump’s White House — a socially liberal New Yorker hailing from a family of Democrats. But that impression might be wrong, according to reports that he’s become a backer of chief strategist Steve Bannon’s nationalist-populist agenda.

      The latest court gossip reports that Trump’s son-in-law - far from being furious about the Muslim ban - in fact supported it, Vanity Fair alleged based on an unnamed source said to be friendly with Kushner. The anonymous individual told the publication that Kushner has “always been far more defensive of Donald and their policies than the general public has believed. Most of the time, he is defending everything in the administration.” Kushner has even proposed knocking down the walls between his and Bannon’s office, a sign of how close the two are, the magazine claimed. . .

      LINK - http://forward.com/fast-forward/363107/has-jared-kushner-become-a-steve-bannon-groupie/

  • See 'The Settlers,' an important documentary about the destruction of the two-state solution
    • NETFLIX:
      The Settlers
      2017 NR Rated NR

      Bringing a human face to the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine, this documentary provides an inside look at the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, examining the people who live there and the geopolitical debate surrounding them.

      NETFLIX LISTING (not yet available) - https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Settlers/80097473

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      IMDb:
      The Settlers (2016)
      1h 47min | Documentary | 16 June 2016 (Israel)

      An intimate look at life inside the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
      Director: Shimon Dotan
      Writers: Oron Adar, Shimon Dotan
      LINK - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5278914/

  • FIFA slammed by human rights defenders for failure to expel Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements
    • RE: "FIFA slammed by human rights defenders for failure to expel Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements"

      MY COMMENT: This is part of the reason I do not pay any attention to professional sports.

  • The White House puts lipstick on the Muslim ban
  • Hate crimes in America: either a trap or an opportunity for Palestine advocates
    • RE: "[The Zionists] promote a Jewish-only settler-colonialist 'villa in the jungle' as an anti-Muslim, Western stronghold and a means to salvation in the form of the second coming (Christian Zionists) or the construction of the third temple (Jewish Zionists). " ~ Litvin

      Prof Jerry Kroth: Holy Wars, Israel, World War III, & Collective Insanity
      August 5, 2016

      Published on Sep 9, 2016
      Fanatic Jews, fanatic Islamists, fanatic Chritians - 3% of the world population - are capable or setting off WWIII.

      Prof. Jerry Kroth discusses the most volatile 35 acre site on planet earth, Haram-al-Sharif or what Israeli's call the Temple Mount. While rational and sane negotiations proceed to resolve conflict at a snail's pace, there are four collective, dark forces which impose themselves on this area: extreme Islamic fundamentalism, militant messianism, radical Christian evangelism, and the "inspired lunacy" of territoriality. These 'four horsemen of the apocalypse' predispose the entire region to nuclear annihilation.
      More at http://collectivepsych.com/Home.html

  • Cuomo told Netanyahu he doesn't understand why 'fringes' of Democratic Party are turning against Israel
    • RE: "Governor Cuomo did a lightning visit to Israel last weekend and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . . ." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Netanyahu is calling in all of his chits in a desperate attempt to avoid being indicted for corruption! The sleazy Cuomo is only too glad to help.

  • David Friedman faces Senate vote, as leading rabbi calls him a 'bomb' (and not in a good way)
    • RE: "David Friedman thinks he’s been named settlers’ ambassador to US, not US ambassador to Israel" ~ original title

      MY COMMENT: That is exactly the way would-be world dictators Sheldon Adelson and Mort Klein want it!

      RE: "David Friedman faces Senate vote, as leading rabbi calls him a ‘bomb’ (and not in a good way)" ~ current title

      MY COMMENT: A bomb is exactly what would-be world dictators Sheldon Adelson and Mort Klein want, and the bigger the better. Thermonuclear if possible!

  • Legal organizations condemn anti-BDS bills fast-tracked in New York Senate
  • Mr Friedman, where do you stand on demolition of Palestinian village and school alongside Israeli settlement?
    • RE: Mr Friedman, where do you stand on demolition of Palestinian village and school alongside Israeli settlement?

      MY COMMENT:
      Oh, Donna . . .
      Dear Donna . . .
      I . . .
      Ummm . . .
      I don't want to appear overly pessimistic, but . . .
      Well . . .
      You see . . .
      Errr . . .
      How shall I put this . . .
      Well, here goes (arguably nothing) . . .
      I'm just going to throw caution to the wind . . .
      Donna, I'm afraid you're barking up the wrong, dead, petrified tree (to use a good mixed idiom).
      But, bless your heart, you knew that all along, didn't you?
      God, I just love exquisitely subtle sarcasm!

      P.S. Perhaps Jared Kushner might have a more sympathetic ear.

  • If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn't either
    • "Size" is in the eye (i.e., mind) of the beholder. ~ moi

      “The old world is dying and the new world struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters.” ~ Antonio Gramsci

      "Not everything that is faced, can be changed, but nothing can be changed, until it is faced." ~ James Baldwin

      "Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth." ~ Stubb in Moby Dick

    • RE: "With its new law (actually based upon the 2011 anti-boycott law which was meant mostly for ‘internal’ purposes), Israel is equating in no uncertain ways itself with its settlements. It does not matter if one is selective – the settlements, which are considered illegal by international law, are a one piece with the state." ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT : A couple of days ago news articles related that the Trump administration had warned Israel that there would be an “immediate crisis” between Israel and the U.S. if it annexed the West Bank. However, Isreal's new anti-boycott law amounts to a tacit claim by Israel that the West Bank Judea and Samaria are already part of Israel!
      In essence, Israel is saying "suck on this, Donald Trump": We don't need to annex Judea and Samaria, they are already part of (the Land of) Israel!

      "A day late and a dollar short", Trump administration.
      Oh, the delicious irony!

  • 'Center for Investigative Reporting' omits human rights violations in report on Israeli wall
    • P.S.
      Trump's "bad hombres" = brown-skinned men who dream of grabbing our white women by their "pu^^ies" without even saying pretty please!
      SAD! REALLY SAD! ! !

      P.S. Trump learned everything he knows about Mexicans from Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summers!

    • If Trump were really serious about keeping out all of those "bad (Mexican) hombres" [how embarrassing, but I guess we're lucky Trump didn't call them "wetbacks"], he would dig a trench along the border and fill it with hungry 'gators particularly fond of spicy Mexican food. That would teach those "bad hombres" to stay in Mexico where they can get decent-paying jobs (including benefits) with the CIA-affiliated drug cartels!

  • 'We are losing the next generation' -- rabbis describe crisis over Israel in their congregations
    • I will grant you it can be reasonably argued that the U.S. (as a whole) is a sociopathic nation.

    • RE: "So you are saying he’s just like all the other presidents?" ~ RoHa

      MY COMMENT: Actually, "a true narcissistic sociopath" is what the person who posted the video to YouTube said.
      Certainly U.S. Presidents have been overwhelmingly narcissistic, but I doubt that many of them have also been full-blown sociopaths.

      YOU BE THE JUDGE/THERAPIST:

      http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

      Profile of the Sociopath

      This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

      Glibness and Superficial Charm

      Manipulative and Conning
      They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

      Grandiose Sense of Self
      Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

      Pathological Lying
      Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

      Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
      A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

      Shallow Emotions
      When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

      Incapacity for Love

      Need for Stimulation
      Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

      Callousness/Lack of Empathy
      Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

      Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
      Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

      Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
      Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

      Irresponsibility/Unreliability
      Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

      Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
      Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

      Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
      Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

      Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
      Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

      SOURCE - http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

    • P.P.P.S. EXCERPT:

      . . . In the first chapter of Plato’s masterpiece The Republic, there appears a character named Thrasymachus. Socrates engages this character in a debate about the nature of justice. Thrasymachus argues that justice is ultimately whatever the stronger party says it is, and he tries to bully Socrates into agreeing with him. He is uninterested in Socrates’ opinion or the logic of his argument while intent on dominating the conversation. When Thrasymachus is unable to get his way he becomes sullen and rude.

      Plato’s effort to construct an ideal state, governed by so-called “philosopher kings” – that is, people who, in Plato’s opinion, have the ability to accurately understand the world – can be understood as a reaction to a world that has become governed by the likes of Thrasymachus. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/07/trump-and-the-anti-semites/

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