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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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  • Saban confronts Bennett: 'Are you willing to cut commercial ties with Europe?'
    • RE: Saban thanked Bennett for serving in an elite unit of the Israeli army, but he also said, “You and I live in different bubbles and in different realities.”

      SEE: "Religious Fundamentalism in Israel", By Stephen Lendman, warisacrime.org, Aug 12, 2009

      [EXCERPTS] Israel Shahak's (1933 - 2001) "Jewish History, Jewish Religion" argued that while Islamic fundamentalism is vilified in the West, comparable Jewish extremism is largely ignored. . .

      . . . As a leading Israeli human rights activist and Holocaust survivor, [Israel] Shakah reviewed Jewish fundamentalist history, examined its strains, and explained the dangers of extremist messianic ones. They oppose equality of Jews and non-Jews and destroy democratic values by espousing dogma calling Jews superior to all others.

      The earlier influence of fundamentalist Rabbi Abraham Kook (1865 - 1935), or Kuk, was significant. He preached Jewish supremacy and said: "The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews - all of them in all different levels - is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle." His teachings helped create the settler movement, and his son, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, founded the extremist Gush Emunim (GE) under the slogan: "The Land of Israel, for the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel."

      Like the elder Kook, GE sees state power as a way forward to a new messianic era. It believes that God created the world for Jews. Others are lesser beings. Greater Israel belongs to Jews alone, and holy wars are acceptable to attain it.

      Kook was Israel's first chief rabbi. In his honor and to continue his teachings, the extremist Merkaz Harav (the Rabbi's Center) was founded in 1924 as a yeshiva or fundamentalist religious college. It teaches that "non-Jews living under Jewish law in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) must either be enslaved as water carriers and wood hewers, or banished, or exterminated." It gets no more extremist than that and highlights the dangers for Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Their lives and welfare are being sacrificed for a Greater Israel for Jews alone.

      Gush Emunim adherents and other Israeli religious zealots plan it. They're active in politics, hold seats in the Knesset, are Netanyahu government coalition partners (including Shas, United Torah and Yisrael Beiteinu), and are prominently represented in Israel's military throughout the ranks and rabbinate. Chief military rabbi, Brigadier General Avichai Rontzki, called Operation Cast Lead a "religious war" in which it was "immoral" to show mercy to an enemy of "murderers."

      Many others feel the same way, prominently among them graduates of Hesder Yeshivat schools that combine extremist religious indoctrination with military service to defend the Jewish State. . .

      . . . Nearly all Hesder graduates perform combat service for up to six years. Today 41 schools operate throughout Israel. In 1991, Hesder was awarded the Israel Prize (the state's highest honor) for its exceptional service to the nation.

      One commander expressed how many feel in explaining the military's mission:

      "We are the Jewish people. We came to this land by a miracle. God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the Gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land."

      Extremist Israeli rabbis teach this ideology, and in 2003 Rabbi Saadya Grama's book, "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut (The Majesty of Israel and the Question of the Diaspora), argued that non-Jews are "completely evil" while Jews are genetically superior. Reform and conservative rabbis condemned it. Extremist orthodox ones endorsed it. Some more moderate ones also saying Grama advocates separating Jews from an intrinsically hostile anti-Semetic world. Rabbi Yosef Blau called the book "a call for a superior people to withdraw from the world and live in isolation while submitting to its enemies and placing trust in God."

      Others in Israel teach the extremist notion that the ten commandments don't apply to non-Jews. So killing them in defending the homeland is acceptable, and according to Rabbi Dov Lior, chairman of the Jewish Rabbinic Council:

      "There is no such thing as enemy civilians in war time. The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save them....A thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew's fingernail."

      Rabbi David Batsri called Arabs "a blight, a devil, a disaster....donkeys, and we have to ask ourselves why God didn't create them to walk on all fours. Well, the answer is that they are needed to build and clean." Extremist zealots want them for no other purpose in Jewish society.

      In 2007, Israel's former chief rabbi, Mordechai Elyahu, called for the Israeli army to mass-murder Palestinians. In fanatical language he said:

      "If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1000. And if they don't stop after 1000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000. Even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop."

      In March 2009, Safed's chief rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu called for "state-sponsored revenge" to restore "Israel's deterrence....It's time to call the child by its name: Revenge, revenge, revenge. We mustn't forget. We have to take horrible revenge for the terrorist attack at Mercaz Harav yeshiva," referring to an earlier incident in which eight students died.

      "I am not talking about individual people in particular. I'm talking about the state. (It) has to pain them where they scream 'Enough,' to the point where they fall flat on their face and scream 'help.' "

      In June 2009, US Hasidic Rabbi Manis Friedman [Bob Dylan's Chabad mentor - J.L.D.] voiced a similar sentiment in calling on Israel to kill Palestinian "men, women and children."

      "I don't believe in western morality, i.e. don't kill civilians or children, don't destroy holy sites, don't fight during the holiday seasons, don't bomb cemeteries, don't shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)."

      Views like these aren't exceptions. Though a minority, they proliferate throughout Israeli society, and are common enough to incite violence against Palestinians, even when they rightfully defend themselves as international law allows.

      • Religious Extremism Threatens Any Chance for an Equitable Solution to the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict

      Israeli extremists are a minority but influential enough to make policy, and therein lies the threat to peace and likelihood of a sovereign Palestinian state. In his book, "A Little Too Close to God," David Horovitz recalled that before Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, he attended a Netanyahu-sponsored anti-Rabin rally he described as follows:

      "I felt as if I were among wild animals, vicious, angry predators craving flesh and scenting blood. There was elation in the anger, elation bred of the certainty of eventual success."

      In his book, "Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence," Professor Mark Juergensmeyer compared the similarities among religious-motivated extremists, whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or others.

      He related a conversation with Yoel Lerner who was imprisoned for trying to blow up the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim holy site, because he believed that an ancient Jewish temple stood there before it was destroyed.

      He expressed messianic Zionism in saying the "Messiah will come to earth only after the temple is rebuilt and made ready for him," so Jews must assure it's done. These views are prominent in high places and throughout Israeli society; that is, religious fervor for a Greater Israel for Jews only, a Jewish state excluding all Arabs with violence an acceptable tool to remove them, and conflict will continue until they're gone.

      • The Jewish Telegraphic Agency's (JTA) Report on Jewish Extremists

      On June 24, JTA wrote a special report on Jewish extremists in which it described "the face of radical Jewish nationalism in Israel....a movement of settler youths, rabbis, leaders and supporters determined to hold onto the West Bank at any cost." They represent a minority, but are a "vocal and increasingly violent constituency of the Jewish settler movement" rampaging against Palestinians and Israelis, confident that God is on their side, and one day a "Torah-based theocracy (will) triumph over the State of Israel."

      Rabbi Yisrael Iriel is one of its adherents in preaching Jewish superiority and unwillingness to cede any part of biblical Israel to non-Jews. He's one of a "small group of (extremist) rabbis who provide the theological and ideological underpinnings for radical settlers."

      The Israeli human rights group Yesh Din believes they number about 1000 but exert considerable influence nonetheless. They're an extremist fringe element, determined to use violence to achieve their goals, and are supported by other West Bank settlers. One young adherent expressed their agenda by saying "I think God chose a good and beautiful land for us," and we'll fight to keep it. If so, it makes peaceful resolution harder than ever to achieve, especially with political hard-liners in charge and most Israelis supporting them. . .

      . . . Though a minority, Israel's religious community wields considerable influence politically, in the military and society overall. Moreover, synagogues and yeshivas are popular places where people gather to discuss issues of common interest and hear the views of their rabbinical leaders.

      The most extreme believe in Jewish sovereignty over all biblical Israel, so foregoing any of it is unthinkable. Thirteenth century Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman was their spiritual godfather. He wrote that Jews "should settle in the land and inherit it, because He gave it to them, and they should not reject God's inheritance." Our rabbis say it's "a mitzvah (commandment) to settle in the land and it is forbidden to leave it."

      Similar dogma today holds that reclaiming Israel for Jews will foreshadow the coming of the messiah. Rabbi Avraham Kook preached it. Today's most extreme zealots believe that conceding any biblical land will delay or subvert messianic redemption, so it can't be tolerated. Palestinians are called enemies for wanting land of their own. Yielding any violates Jewish law they believe. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://warisacrime.org/node/45138

    • RE: "If as seems likely the Israeli government continues to lurch rightward, we’re going to see some real tumult inside the special relationship, leaving room for politicians to be openly critical of Israel. Maybe almost as critical as the members of the Israel lobby who spoke up at the Saban Forum." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I wouldn't count on our politicians being openly critical of Israel!

      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, 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/

    • P.P.S. And people think Iran is an existential threat! ! !

    • RE: "In an openly-confrontational appearance with leading American supporters of Israel in Washington this weekend, Israel’s economics minister, Naftali Bennett, dismissed global threats of boycott criticisms of Israel, referring to “a little thing called the rest of the world.” ~ Weiss

      URI AVNERY (2009):

      I argued . . . that Nazism was not a specifically German disease, that in certain circumstances any country in the world could be infected by this virus - including our own state. In order to avoid this danger, one had to understand the underlying causes for the development of the disease.
      To the assertion that I am "obsessed" by this matter, that I see this danger lurking in every corner, I answer: not true. For years I have avoided dealing with this subject. But it is true that I carry in my head a little red light that comes on when I sense the danger.
      This light is now blinking.
      *

      * SEE: "A Little Red Light", by Uri Avnery, zope.gush-shalom, April 18, 2009
      LINK - http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1240086714/

      P.S. I wish to hell the Israelis would keep their middle-aged skinheads over there. We already have far too many problems over here in this country.

  • Whew! Likely DefSec nominee said U.S.-Israel relationship has never been stronger
    • RE: "Ashton Carter doesn’t have donkey issues. He went to Israel last year and said the 'fun part' of military training was working with dogs." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Perhaps it's just me, but it seems quite perversely ironic that Israel uses German Shepherds* to to terrorize Palestinians. What's that about? Is it some type of philo-Teutonism?

      * FROM Dog Law Reporter:

      [EXCERPT] . . . In World War I, German shepherds were mobilized by a number of countries and served in national and colonial armies. Between the wars, the breed so quickly dominated law enforcement that in many places it is still just called the “police dog.” The “Germanness” of the dog obviously appealed to the Nazis, who made it into an icon of the Third Reich. They were picking up on the views of [Max von] Stephanitz himself [who is credited with perfecting the breed around 1900], who as noted above had seen the dog as reflecting the character of the Volk and described it, despite its mixed origins and recent breed status, as having an ancient and intimate relationship with Germans. Hitler named his first German shepherd “Wolf.” [German] Shepherds were used by the Nazis to control prisoners of war and guard concentration camps. . . .

      SOURCE - http://doglawreporter.blogspot.com/2010/06/nazi-myth-transformed-german-shepherds.html

  • Israel has always been crazy
    • RE: "Without knowing it, I grew up with classic colonial rhetoric. Colonisers motivated by fear and possibly guilt, have always demonised the people they have hurt." ~

      SEE: "How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War", by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of 'bad guys' to 'savages' lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security -- or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175344/

      AND SEE: "Is Israel a 'Jewish Nation'? Is the US an 'American Nation'?", by Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 1/31/14

      [EXCERPT] . . . All countries define themselves, Hind Khoury, a former Palestinian minister and ambassador, told Rudoren. “Why doesn’t Israel call itself at the U.N. whatever they want to call it — the Jewish whatever, Maccabean, whatever they want. Then the whole world will recognize it.” But, Khoury added, “We will never recognize Israel the way they want, I mean genuinely, from our hearts. ... Why for them to feel secure do we have to deny our most recent history?”
      "For them to feel secure" -- There's the heart of the matter, as Americans should easily understand. Israeli Jews, like white Americans, have always known that their claim to the land they call their own is dubious.
      Ever since the first Europeans arrived in what would become the United States, they have paraded an endless array of papers, all claiming to be treaties signed by native peoples ceding their lands to the conquerors. "You see, we have a right to this land," the whites proudly proclaimed. Never mind that most of the treaties were either coerced, signed by native peoples who did not understand them, or outright fraudulent. They gave at least the appearance of legal right.
      Israel has a somewhat stronger case with UN Resolution 181, passed in 1947, providing for "independent Arab and Jewish States" in Palestine. But the right of the Jews to have their own state in Palestine has still remained a matter of contention (pardon the understatement) ever since.
      Why did so many white Americans find it so important to be able to waive those pieces of paper "proving" their "legal right" to the land? Why do a sizeable majority of Israeli Jews favor the demand that Palestinians acknowledge Israel as "the nation-state of the Jewish people"? Obviously, both peoples are insecure about their right to their land. If they can get the former inhabitants to relinquish their rights, it gives the appearance, at least, that the vanquished concede to the victors a moral right to the land they have taken. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/31-0

  • Lieberman unveils racist peace plan: Pay Palestinians to leave Israel
    • RE: "Rebecca Vilkomerson said in October that there are fascist trends in Israeli society; Max Blumenthal reported this in his book a year ago; the late Fouzi Al-Asmar reported these Israeli tendencies to the west nearly 40 years ago." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Chomsky has long been warning everone about these trends.*

      * ■ Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, By Noam Chomsky, 1983
      Foreword.......................................... 12
      Preface to the Updated Edition.................... 15
      1. Fanning the Flames............................. 36
      2. The Origins of the “Special Relationship”...... 47
      3. Rejectionism and Accommodation ................ 95
      4. Israel and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds.. 174
      5. Peace for Galilee............................. 323
      6. Aftermath..................................... 563
      7. The Road to Armageddon........................ 792
      9. “Limited War” in Lebanon ..................... 855
      10. Washington’s “Peace Process” ................ 884
      LINK TO PDF - http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres5/fateful.pdf

      P.S. BOOK REVIEW - http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v06/v06p240_Rollins.html

  • Thanksgiving: The perfect holiday to ruin with politics
    • P.S. MORE OF A STUDIO VERSION:
      Darrell Scott, The Day Before Thanksgiving [VIDEO, 04:15] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1UznvAFmfI

      ● To download your free copy of Darrell Scott's song, "The Day Before Thanksgiving," which is on his double-album release, A Crooked Road - http://www.darrellscott.com/index.php?page=tday

    • RE: "Thanksgiving: The perfect holiday to ruin with politics"

      FROM the CD A Crooked Road (2010) by Darryl Scott:

      THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING

      It’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m not feeling much of thanks
      Just a low-grade desperation leaves me reeling in the ranks
      Just when I think I’m getting somewhere it’s somewhere further to fall
      It’s the day before Thanksgiving that is all

      I don’t believe the pilgrims sat with Indians for a feast
      A self-proclaimed holy savior doesn’t break bread with his beast
      But then again he had a musket and the Indian had a knife
      And the musket man could make him eat for life

      I don’t believe this country’s manifestering destiny
      Someone just cooked it up and it is fed to you and me
      They tell us who to love in war and never ask for help
      And they cannot stand us thinking for ourselves . . .

      . . . So it’s turkey breast and stuffing with gravy on the top
      Mashed potatoes, peas and dinner rolls, you use them like a mop
      Got my position at the table, got a child to say my grace
      And a wife and boss that keeps me in my place

      It’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m not feeling much of thanks
      Just a low-grade desperation leaves me reeling in the ranks
      Just when I think I’m getting somewhere it’s somewhere further to fall
      It’s the day before Thanksgiving that is all

      Darrell Scott, The Day Before Thanksgiving [VIDEO, 04:17] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1UznvAFmfI

  • Rightwing flamethrowers see a US role in the battle for Jerusalem
    • RE: [Rabbi Steven] Pruzansky refers to “the Arab-Muslim animals that span the globe chopping, hacking and merrily decapitating,” and then writes, “At a certain point, the unrestrained behavior of unruly animals becomes the fault of the zookeeper, not the animals.” So what should Israel do?

      ONE ISRAELI'S ANSWER: When you have a bunch of "unruly Arab-Muslim animals", you go on a "human hunt"* (i.e., a safari) to find Arab-Muslim victims who can then be burned alive as sacrifices!

      * SEE: "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing", by Daniel K. Eisenbud, JPost.com, 8/13/2014

      [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Abu-Khdeir-murder-suspect-recounts-grisly-killing-370911

  • 'Besides not having a job, everything’s great': Steven Salaita on his firing and what comes next
    • RE: “What we cannot and will not tolerate . . . are personal and disrespectful words or actions that demean and abuse either viewpoints themselves or those who express them,” ~ Frau Wise

      MY COMMENT: Spoken like a certain grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri!

  • 'Palestine is an anxiety' for Americans-- Salaita in New York
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  • South African activists reflect on parallels between life under apartheid and Israel/Palestine today
    • RE: "Today if you look at the military industrial complex of Israel, it has made a niche market in high tech security, in sophisticated armaments, in weapons of mass destruction. Gaza, in a terrible way, has become the laboratory to test these weapons. They are being tested literally on the bodies of Palestinian men, women, and children." ~ Salim Vally

      WATCH: ■ Catalan Police in Israel: repression courses "Tested In Combat" [VIDEO, 05:40] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPrNmGcIFpY
      CATALAN POLICE TRAINING IN ISRAEL VIDEO February 16, 2014
      “Public security” training in Israel for police from Catalonia – or how to wage war on your own civilian population to protect the investments of bankster criminals!

      SOURCE - http://roblosricos.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/catalan-police-training-in-israel/

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      P.S. RE: “Tested In Combat” ~ from the above video on Catalan police training in Israel

      MY COMMENT - Here is a very powerful testimonial regarding the impact of Israel's "tested in combat" marketing on policing here in the U.S.
      An Israeli Soldier's Story - Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93hqlmrZKd8
      Published on Mar 8, 2014
      The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

      Bornajoo October 24, 2014, 3:37 pm
      @JLewisDickerson
      That was indeed a very powerful must-watch testimonial. Thank you for the link. More honest and courageous people from within like Eran urgently required
      The digger you deep it just becomes even more hideous, even more grotesque and even more evil.

      MRW October 27, 2014, 12:43 am
      Everyone should see that “An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05].”
      If you can’t stand to watch the whole thing, the last 10 minutes will do it.

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2014/10/there-things-around#comment-717880

    • RE: "So the struggle is an anti-colonial one. This is what we talk about in South Africa, despite attempts by supporters of Israel and also some misinformed people who portray this as a religious struggle." ~ Salim Vally

      MY COMMENT: While I largely agree with this, there are burgeoning religious components both on the Israeli/American side (messianic Judaism* and fundamentalist Christianity) and on the Palestinian/Arab side (fundamentalist Islam like that of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which were once encouraged by Israel and the U.S. to weaken the secular Palestinians/Arabs like Fatah and the Pan-Arabists).

      * SEE: “Why rebuilding the Temple would be the end of Judaism as we know it”, By Tomer Persico, Haaretz.com, Nov. 13, 2014 The current drive of Jews, both Orthodox and secular, to ascend to the site of the Holy Temple and rebuild it, reflects a sea change in the Zionist camp. • LINK - http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.626327

  • 'You don't want us to breathe!': Video captures everyday frustration of life under occupation in East Jerusalem
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Interior minister mulls revoking residency of ‘terror promoters’", TimesofIsrael.com, November 22, 2014
      Following Har Nof terror attack, Gilad Erdan instructs staff to advise whether his authority can be widened to include such a move

      [EXCERPT] Israel’s new interior minister, Gilad Erdan, said Saturday he was reviewing the possibility of revoking the Israeli residencies of East Jerusalem Arabs who support terror.

      Earlier this month, Erdan, a member of governing party Likud, replaced fellow party member Gideon Sa’ar, who announced his departure from political life in September.

      “I have instructed the staff at the Interior Ministry to assess and advise me on how my authority may be widened…to nullify the permanent residency and accompanying social rights of East Jerusalem Arabs who promote terror and incite violence,” Erdan said at a conference in Ness Ziona.

      It was not clear what constituted promotion of terror in Erdan’s view, but his statements appeared to follow similar ones made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Earlier this month the premier said he would “instruct the interior minister to evaluate revoking the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel,” in response to widespread protests and riots among the Israeli Arab community following the police killing of a 22-year-old man in the Galilee town of Kafr Kanna.

      While theoretically possible, changing the law to allow for such action has been described by experts as ethically problematic and a threat to freedom of speech.

      In 2011, the Knesset passed a law, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu MK David Rotem, that allows the Supreme Court to revoke the citizenship of Israelis convicted of terrorism or espionage. At the time, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman praised the move as a step toward “contending with the phenomenon of exploiting democracy in order to subvert it.”

      That law, however, does not apply to people who only speak out against the state.

      Yet more problematic is the prime minister’s apparent intention to transfer the authority to revoke a person’s nationality from the courts to the cabinet. A judge is meant to be an independent arbiter of the law; the interior minister is a political figure who worries chiefly about his party and his popularity.

      The initiative has been described as a radical threat to freedom of expression by Debbie Gild-Hayo, director of policy advocacy at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

      “As is known, the importance of freedom of expression lies precisely in protecting extreme and controversial expressions,” she said earlier this month.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/erdan-to-consider-revoking-terror-supporters-israeli-residency/

    • RE: And when Juan Gonzales asks Amira Hass, how she would characterize the tensions in recent weeks in Jerusalem, (not days mind you, not in the last few days since the synagogue killings, but the build up over the last few weeks) she says the police are “everywhere….daily confrontations with the police. There is more police, or there are more confrontations.” ~ Annie Robbins

      MY COMMENT: Israel's Likudnik commissars agreed several weeks ago* to carry out a campaign of collective punishment against the Arabs/Muslims/Palestinians in East Jerusalem. The collective punishments agreed to did not include deportations (apparently due to resistance from Israel’s Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein) but Netanyahu is quite likely applying pressure in an effort to get Attorney General Weinstein's approval (so that Weinstein can be blamed if Israel ends up in the dock at the International Criminal Court at the Hague).

      * SEE: "Netanyahu tries to deport Arab-Jerusalemites to Gaza", By MEMO, November 07, 2014

      [EXCERPT] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to move Arab Jerusalemites to the Gaza Strip to reduce tensions in the occupied city, an Israeli newspaper has claimed.
      According to Yedioth Ahronoth, during an emergency meeting held by Netanyahu on Wednesday evening, there was a feeling that a “new and effective security operation” should be embarked upon, “something that changes the rules of the game at once, otherwise we will enter into an Intifada”. They agreed that “what doesn’t succeed using force, succeeds using greater force!”
      The newspaper added that the head of the Shin Bet Yoram Cohen, who supports Netanyahu’s plan, has the hardline approach to the situation in Jerusalem. It said he is ” strongly convinced by the effectiveness of [collective] punishments: the imposition of prison sentences and fines for parents whose children throw stones, the demolition of houses, deportation to the Gaza Strip, the collection of taxes by force.”
      The Israeli police headquarters, the newspaper reported, supports Cohen’s position, as does the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat.
      Israel’s Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, opposed the idea of collective punishment, saying he is not convinced that the imposition of such sanctions on relatives and neighbours would be a deterrence, and it may have the reverse effect: “The escalation of hatred and the search for revenge.”
      During the recent war on Gaza, Weinstein supported plans to deport top Hamas leaders from the West Bank to Gaza.
      Recent discussions held at the Israeli Ministry of Justice, with the participation of top experts in international law, concluded with the decision that “deportation is not possible”, because such a step would put Israel in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
      Subsequently, Weinstein summoned Professor Yoram Dinstein, an expert in international law who holds right-wing views, he told the Shin Bet chief: “You should not even think about deportation.”
      Netanyahu asked Weinstein to respond regarding the deportation of Jerusalemites to Gaza, to which the latter replied: “Do not put pressure on me. If you force me to answer, the answer will be negative.”
      The newspaper said that during deliberations yesterday, Netanyahu broached the subject again and Weinstein said that “the subject is complex and thorny”. Netanyahu asked: “Do you still think about it?” Weinstein replied: “Yes.”

      SOURCE - http://jfjfp.com/?p=66014

  • Israeli police ransack homes of 40 Palestinians during al-Shaludi home demolition
    • RE: Peering at concrete rubble that lined the floor of al-Shaludi’s one-time home, Karim al-Shaludi laments, “I feel that this situation will push the people."

      MY COMMENT: The motivation for one recent attack in Jerusalem may have been revenge for the Israeli authorities having just demolished the house of a relative.*

      SEE: "US condemns terrorist home demolition directive", timesofisrael.com, November 13, 2014
      State Department calls controversial practice ‘collective punishment’ after Netanyahu reinstates policy

      [EXCERPT] The US government condemned Thursday the scheduled demolition of homes belonging to Palestinians who carried out terror attacks in Israel, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki contending that such a move amounted to collective punishment and would only heighten tensions in the region.

      Psaki’s statement came hours after the Home Front Command issued an order to demolish the home of the Palestinian man who carried out a terrorist attack in central Jerusalem in August.

      The terrorist, East Jerusalem resident Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis, was shot dead by police shortly after running over and killing a pedestrian and ramming his stolen excavator into a bus. Following the excavator attack, security officials told Channel 2 news that Ja’abis may have been motivated to carry out the attack by revenge, after his cousin’s home was demolished by Israeli authorities a short while earlier.

      In light of the surging violence in Jerusalem and across the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the full reinstatement of a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who perpetrate terror attacks against Israelis, during an emergency cabinet meeting last week. The policy had rarely been implemented in the past ten years. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-condemns-terrorist-home-demolition-directive/

  • David Remnick undermines Israel's one-state president
    • RE: He [Remick] cites examples, including a grizzled description of the revenge killing of 16 year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir... He prominently places the “confession” by the killers of how they regret the act, and how they are really decent human beings.

      MY COMMENT: The ringleader of these "decent human beings" testified that their plan was to "avenge" the deaths of the three Israeli yeshiva students abducted in the West Bank by going on a "human hunt" for "an Arab victim" and then killing him "as a sacrifice" (i.e., a human sacrifice).

      *SEE: "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing", by Daniel K. Eisenbud, JPost.com, 8/13/2014

      [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - "http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Abu-Khdeir-murder-suspect-recounts-grisly-killing-370911

  • Netanyahu's 'battle for Jerusalem' can't end well for any of us
    • P.S. That photo of Netanyahu so reminds me of Peter Sellers playing Dr. Stangelove.
      Personally, I think Netanyahu is an über-sadist (like Dick Cheney).
      Psychopath Netanyahu Lies Again to Lead Us into World War III [VIDEO, 01:30] - http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=946_1348660621
      Prime Minister of Israel and psychopath Benjamin Netanyahu has been dragging, along with his fellows in the US neoconservative cabal, the United States into wars based on the same lie, the threat of nuclear weapons from different nations in the Middle East.
      That lie has been proven false in Iraq back in 2002, why would anyone listen to this guy when Iran has explicitly stated that their nuclear capabilities are ONLY for peaceful purposes?

    • RE: “He [Netanyahu] called on 'the state of the Jews' to unite in a 'battle for Jerusalem'.” ~ Weiss

      NETANYAHU'S BATTLE CRY DECODED: Now is the time for Jews to secure their redemption* by taking full, complete, exclusive possession of the "exalted totem"! ! !

      * SEE: “Why rebuilding the Temple would be the end of Judaism as we know it”, By Tomer Persico, Haaretz.com, Nov. 13, 2014
      • The current drive of Jews, both Orthodox and secular, to ascend to the site of the Holy Temple and rebuild it, reflects a sea change in the Zionist camp.

      [EXCERPTS] There is one overriding question that accompanies the Zionist project, wrote Gershom Scholem, the scholar of Jewish mysticism – “Whether or not Jewish history will be able to endure this entry into the concrete realm without perishing in the crisis of the messianic claim, which has virtually been conjured up.” The entry into history to which Scholem refers is the establishment of the state and the ingathering of the exiles, borne, as they were – notwithstanding their secular fomenters and activists – on the wings of the ancient Jewish messianic myth of the return to Zion. However, when Scholem published the essay “Toward an Understanding of the Messianic Idea in Judaism,” in 1971, the adjunct to the question was the dramatic freight of Israel’s great victory in the Six-Day War, four years earlier. . .

      . . . It is not surprising, then, that the first group advocating a change in the Temple Mount status quo did not spring from the ranks of the religious-Zionist movement. The Temple Mount Faithful, a group that has been active since the end of the 1960s, was led by Gershon Salomon, a secular individual, who was supported – how could it be otherwise? – by former members of the Irgun and Lehi. It was not until the mid-1980s that a similar organization was formed under the leadership of a religious-Zionist rabbi (the Temple Institute, founded by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel) – and it too remained solitary within the religious-Zionist movement until the 1990s.

      Indeed, in January 1991, Rabbi Menachem Froman could still allay the fears of the Palestinians by informing them (in the form of an article he published in Haaretz, “To Wait in Silence for Grace”) that, “In the perception of the national-religious public [… there is] opposition to any ascent to the walls of the Temple Mount… The attitude of sanctity toward the Temple Mount is expressed not by bursting into it but by abstinence from it.”

      No longer. If in the past, yearning for the Temple Mount was the preserve of a marginal, ostracized minority within the religious-Zionist public, today it has become one of the most significant voices within that movement. In a survey conducted this past May among the religious-Zionist public, 75.4 percent said they favor “the ascent of Jews to the Temple Mount,” compared to only 24.6 percent against. In addition, 19.6 percent said they had already visited the site and 35.7 percent that they had not yet gone there, but intended to visit.

      The growing number of visits to the mount by the religious-Zionist public signifies not only a turning away from the state-oriented approach of Rabbi Kook, but also active rebellion against the tradition of the halakha. We are witnessing a tremendous transformation among sections of this public: Before our eyes they are becoming post-Kook-ist and post-Orthodox. Ethnic nationalism is supplanting not only mamlakhtiyut (state consciousness) but faithfulness to the halakha. Their identity is now based more on mythic ethnocentrism than on Torah study, and the Temple Mount serves them, just as it served Yair Stern and Uri Zvi Grinberg before them, as an exalted totem embodying the essence of sovereignty over the Land of Israel.

      Thus, in the survey, the group identifying with “classic religious Zionism” was asked, “What are the reasons on which to base oneself when it comes to Jews going up to the Temple Mount?” Fully 96.8 percent replied that visiting the site would constitute “a contribution to strengthening Israeli sovereignty in the holy place.” Only 54.4 percent averred that a visit should be made in order to carry out “a positive commandment [mitzvat aseh] and prayer at the site.” Patently, for the religious Zionists who took part in the survey, the national rationale was far more important than the halakhic grounds – and who better than Naftali Bennett, the leader of Habayit Hayehudi party, serves as a salient model for the shift of the center of gravity of the religious-Zionist movement from halakha to nationalism?

      How did the religious-Zionist public undergo such a radical transformation in its character? A hint is discernible at the point when the first significant halakhic ruling was issued allowing visits to the Temple Mount. This occurred at the beginning of 1996, when the Yesha (Judea, Samaria, Gaza) Rabbinical Council published an official letter containing a ruling that visiting the Temple Mount was permissible, accompanied by a call to every rabbi “to go up [to the site] himself and guide his congregation on how to make the ascent according to all the restrictions of the halakha.”

      Motti Inbari, in his book “Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount” (SUNY Press, 2009), draws a connection between the weakening of the Gush Emunim messianic paradigm, which was profoundly challenged by the Oslo process between Israel and the Palestinians, and the surge of interest in the mount. According to a widely accepted research model, disappointment stemming from difficulties on the road toward the realization of the messianic vision leads not to disillusionment but to radicalization of belief, within the framework of which an attempt is made to foist the redemptive thrust on recalcitrant reality.

      However, the final, crushing blow to the Kook-based messianic approach was probably delivered by the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, in 2005, and the destruction of the Gush Katif settlements there. The Gush Emunin narrative, which talks about unbroken redemption and the impossibility of retreat, encountered an existential crisis, as did the perception of the secular state as “the Messiah’s donkey,” a reference to the parable about the manner in which the Messiah will make his appearance, meaning that full progress toward redemption can be made on the state’s secular, material back.

      In a symposium held about a year ago by Ir Amim, an NGO that focuses on Jerusalem within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Haviva Pedaya, from the Jewish history department of Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, referred to the increasing occupation with the Temple Mount by the religious-Zionist movement after the Gaza pull-out.

      “For those who endured it, the disengagement was a type of sundering from the substantial, from some sort of point of connection,” she said. “For the expelled, it was a breaking point that created a rift between the illusion that the substantial – the land – would be compatible with the symbolic – the state, redemption.” With that connection shattered, Pedaya explains, messianic hope is shifted to an alternative symbolic focal point. The Temple Mount replaces settlement on the soil of the Land of Israel as the key to redemption.

      Many religious Zionists are thus turning toward the mount in place of the belief in step-by-step progress and in place of the conception of the sanctity of the state. The Temple Mount advocates are already now positing the final goal, and by visiting the site and praying there they are deviating from both the halakhic tradition and from Israeli law. State consciousness is abandoned, along with the patience needed for graduated progress toward redemption. In their place come partisan messianism and irreverent efforts to hasten the messianic era – for apocalypse now.

      And they are not alone. Just as was the case in the pre-state period, secular Jews are again joining, and in some cases leading, the movement toward the Temple Mount. Almost half of Likud’s MKs, some of them secular, are active in promoting Jewish visits there. MK Miri Regev, who chairs the Knesset’s Interior and Environment Committee, has already convened 15 meetings of the committee to deliberate on the subject. According to MK Gila Gamliel, “The Temple is the ID card of the people of Israel,” while MK Yariv Levin likens the site to the “heart” of the nation. Manifestly, the division is not between “secular” and “religious,” and the question was never about observing or not observing commandments. The question is an attempt to realize the myth in reality.

      Assuaging Ben-Gurion’s concerns, Israel remained without the Temple Mount at the end of the War of Independence in 1948. Not until the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967 did it become feasible to implement the call of Avraham Stern, and the ancient myth began to sprout within the collective unconscious. After almost 50 years of gestation, Israel is today closer than it has ever been to attempting to renew in practice its mythic past, to bring about by force what many see as redemption. Even if we ignore the fact that the top of the Temple Mount is, simply, currently not available – it must be clear that moving toward a new Temple means the end of both Judaism and Zionism as we know them.

      The question, then, to paraphrase Gershom Scholem’s remark, with which we began, is whether Zionism will be able to withstand the impulse to realize itself conclusively and become history.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.626327

    • RE: "The perpetrators of the Tuesday attack were 'human animals', Netanyahu said. "~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: In that case, what better time is there to go on yet another "human hunt"*?!?!

      * REGARDING "HUMAN HUNT", SEE: "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing", by Daniel K. Eisenbud, JPost.com, 8/13/2014

      [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - "http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Abu-Khdeir-murder-suspect-recounts-grisly-killing-370911

    • RE: "Did you read Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech following the attack on the West Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday? I found it bloodcurdling. He called on 'the state of the Jews' to unite in a “battle for Jerusalem.” ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Looking at Netanyahu's eyes in that chilling photo (where the Star of David has apparently been oh-so-carefully positioned above his shoulder), I see the eyes of a madman (i.e., a lunatic).

  • Inadequate religion
    • RE: "The end is near. Perhaps it has already arrived. But bloodshed in Jerusalem and beyond won’t be remedied by these prayers and statements." ~ Marc Ellis

      THE "EXALTED TOTEM"* IS A TICKING TIME BOMB JUST WAITING TO EXPLODE!
      * SEE: “Why rebuilding the Temple would be the end of Judaism as we know it”, By Tomer Persico, Haaretz.com, Nov. 13, 2014
      The current drive of Jews, both Orthodox and secular, to ascend to the site of the Holy Temple and rebuild it, reflects a sea change in the Zionist camp.

      [EXCERPTS] There is one overriding question that accompanies the Zionist project, wrote Gershom Scholem, the scholar of Jewish mysticism – “Whether or not Jewish history will be able to endure this entry into the concrete realm without perishing in the crisis of the messianic claim, which has virtually been conjured up.” The entry into history to which Scholem refers is the establishment of the state and the ingathering of the exiles, borne, as they were – notwithstanding their secular fomenters and activists – on the wings of the ancient Jewish messianic myth of the return to Zion. However, when Scholem published the essay “Toward an Understanding of the Messianic Idea in Judaism,” in 1971, the adjunct to the question was the dramatic freight of Israel’s great victory in the Six-Day War, four years earlier. . .

      . . . It is not surprising, then, that the first group advocating a change in the Temple Mount status quo did not spring from the ranks of the religious-Zionist movement. The Temple Mount Faithful, a group that has been active since the end of the 1960s, was led by Gershon Salomon, a secular individual, who was supported – how could it be otherwise? – by former members of the Irgun and Lehi. It was not until the mid-1980s that a similar organization was formed under the leadership of a religious-Zionist rabbi (the Temple Institute, founded by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel) – and it too remained solitary within the religious-Zionist movement until the 1990s.

      Indeed, in January 1991, Rabbi Menachem Froman could still allay the fears of the Palestinians by informing them (in the form of an article he published in Haaretz, “To Wait in Silence for Grace”) that, “In the perception of the national-religious public [… there is] opposition to any ascent to the walls of the Temple Mount… The attitude of sanctity toward the Temple Mount is expressed not by bursting into it but by abstinence from it.”

      No longer. If in the past, yearning for the Temple Mount was the preserve of a marginal, ostracized minority within the religious-Zionist public, today it has become one of the most significant voices within that movement. In a survey conducted this past May among the religious-Zionist public, 75.4 percent said they favor “the ascent of Jews to the Temple Mount,” compared to only 24.6 percent against. In addition, 19.6 percent said they had already visited the site and 35.7 percent that they had not yet gone there, but intended to visit.

      The growing number of visits to the mount by the religious-Zionist public signifies not only a turning away from the state-oriented approach of Rabbi Kook, but also active rebellion against the tradition of the halakha. We are witnessing a tremendous transformation among sections of this public: Before our eyes they are becoming post-Kook-ist and post-Orthodox. Ethnic nationalism is supplanting not only mamlakhtiyut (state consciousness) but faithfulness to the halakha. Their identity is now based more on mythic ethnocentrism than on Torah study, and the Temple Mount serves them, just as it served Yair Stern and Uri Zvi Grinberg before them, as an exalted totem embodying the essence of sovereignty over the Land of Israel.

      Thus, in the survey, the group identifying with “classic religious Zionism” was asked, “What are the reasons on which to base oneself when it comes to Jews going up to the Temple Mount?” Fully 96.8 percent replied that visiting the site would constitute “a contribution to strengthening Israeli sovereignty in the holy place.” Only 54.4 percent averred that a visit should be made in order to carry out “a positive commandment [mitzvat aseh] and prayer at the site.” Patently, for the religious Zionists who took part in the survey, the national rationale was far more important than the halakhic grounds – and who better than Naftali Bennett, the leader of Habayit Hayehudi party, serves as a salient model for the shift of the center of gravity of the religious-Zionist movement from halakha to nationalism?

      How did the religious-Zionist public undergo such a radical transformation in its character? A hint is discernible at the point when the first significant halakhic ruling was issued allowing visits to the Temple Mount. This occurred at the beginning of 1996, when the Yesha (Judea, Samaria, Gaza) Rabbinical Council published an official letter containing a ruling that visiting the Temple Mount was permissible, accompanied by a call to every rabbi “to go up [to the site] himself and guide his congregation on how to make the ascent according to all the restrictions of the halakha.”

      Motti Inbari, in his book “Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount” (SUNY Press, 2009), draws a connection between the weakening of the Gush Emunim messianic paradigm, which was profoundly challenged by the Oslo process between Israel and the Palestinians, and the surge of interest in the mount. According to a widely accepted research model, disappointment stemming from difficulties on the road toward the realization of the messianic vision leads not to disillusionment but to radicalization of belief, within the framework of which an attempt is made to foist the redemptive thrust on recalcitrant reality.

      However, the final, crushing blow to the Kook-based messianic approach was probably delivered by the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, in 2005, and the destruction of the Gush Katif settlements there. The Gush Emunin narrative, which talks about unbroken redemption and the impossibility of retreat, encountered an existential crisis, as did the perception of the secular state as “the Messiah’s donkey,” a reference to the parable about the manner in which the Messiah will make his appearance, meaning that full progress toward redemption can be made on the state’s secular, material back.

      In a symposium held about a year ago by Ir Amim, an NGO that focuses on Jerusalem within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Haviva Pedaya, from the Jewish history department of Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, referred to the increasing occupation with the Temple Mount by the religious-Zionist movement after the Gaza pull-out.

      “For those who endured it, the disengagement was a type of sundering from the substantial, from some sort of point of connection,” she said. “For the expelled, it was a breaking point that created a rift between the illusion that the substantial – the land – would be compatible with the symbolic – the state, redemption.” With that connection shattered, Pedaya explains, messianic hope is shifted to an alternative symbolic focal point. The Temple Mount replaces settlement on the soil of the Land of Israel as the key to redemption.

      Many religious Zionists are thus turning toward the mount in place of the belief in step-by-step progress and in place of the conception of the sanctity of the state. The Temple Mount advocates are already now positing the final goal, and by visiting the site and praying there they are deviating from both the halakhic tradition and from Israeli law. State consciousness is abandoned, along with the patience needed for graduated progress toward redemption. In their place come partisan messianism and irreverent efforts to hasten the messianic era – for apocalypse now.

      And they are not alone. Just as was the case in the pre-state period, secular Jews are again joining, and in some cases leading, the movement toward the Temple Mount. Almost half of Likud’s MKs, some of them secular, are active in promoting Jewish visits there. MK Miri Regev, who chairs the Knesset’s Interior and Environment Committee, has already convened 15 meetings of the committee to deliberate on the subject. According to MK Gila Gamliel, “The Temple is the ID card of the people of Israel,” while MK Yariv Levin likens the site to the “heart” of the nation. Manifestly, the division is not between “secular” and “religious,” and the question was never about observing or not observing commandments. The question is an attempt to realize the myth in reality.

      Assuaging Ben-Gurion’s concerns, Israel remained without the Temple Mount at the end of the War of Independence in 1948. Not until the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967 did it become feasible to implement the call of Avraham Stern, and the ancient myth began to sprout within the collective unconscious. After almost 50 years of gestation, Israel is today closer than it has ever been to attempting to renew in practice its mythic past, to bring about by force what many see as redemption. Even if we ignore the fact that the top of the Temple Mount is, simply, currently not available – it must be clear that moving toward a new Temple means the end of both Judaism and Zionism as we know them.

      The question, then, to paraphrase Gershom Scholem’s remark, with which we began, is whether Zionism will be able to withstand the impulse to realize itself conclusively and become history.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.626327

  • Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea
    • RE: “He’s not crazy! He’s not crazy,” said Amsam Abu Khdeir emphatically. “He planned to kidnap and murder a kid. If you read the whole deposition he talks about exactly what he did,” she said referring to a play-by-play confession Ben-David gave to police before the hearing started."

      MY COMMENT: Helter skelter! As much as I sympathize with Amsam Abu Khdeir, I believe it is pretty well established that some people who are quite capable of formulating a plan and successfully implementing it can also fit the criteria for 'legal insanity' (making them "not guilty by reason of insanity"). A classic example of this is John Hinkley's attempted assassination of President Regan.
      That said, instead of claiming he was trying to impress Jodie Foster, Abu Khdeir apparently testified that the plan was to "avenge" the deaths of the three Israeli yeshiva students abducted in the West Bank and (according to Netanyahu's oft-repeated, vehement, insistent "big lie") killed by Hamas (i.e., "they needed to be avenged" by hunting for "an Arab victim" and then killing him "as a sacrifice"). Specifically:

      We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.” *

      *SEE: "Abu Khdeir murder suspect recounts grisly killing", by Daniel K. Eisenbud, JPost.com, 8/13/2014

      [EXCERPTS] Chilling testimony from the main suspect in the July 2 murder of 16-year-old east Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir confirmed the brutal homicide was indeed rooted in revenge for the three yeshiva students abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in June. . .

      . . . During his testimony, the alleged ringleader behind the kidnapping and subsequent torture of Abu Khdeir, said he first discussed seeking revenge following the funerals of Gil- Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

      “We began talking about what happened, about the kidnapped youths, and decided that they needed to be avenged,” he said in his testimony.

      “I was furious at [the killers] while the entire country was silently praying.”

      According to Ben-David, the three then agreed to go on a “human hunt” for an Arab victim.

      “We planned to hurt a soul, meaning to kill... to torture him and kill him,” he told police, adding that he wanted his victim “to know that he was about to die as a sacrifice for the Jews that were murdered.”

      To that end, Ben-David testified that he filled three empty bottles with the gasoline used to burn their victim alive. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - "http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Abu-Khdeir-murder-suspect-recounts-grisly-killing-370911

  • 'Zionism' is now a dirty word for American opinion elite, Frank Luntz concedes
  • Videos: Jerusalem Skunk
    • RE: “crowd control! yeah right, there were obviously no people there except a car driving by. this is just completely sick weird behavior.'” ~ Annie Robbins

      MY REPLY: Israel's Likudnik commissars are big believers in collective punishment.

      SEE: "Netanyahu tries to deport Arab-Jerusalemites to Gaza", By MEMO, November 07, 2014

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to move Arab Jerusalemites to the Gaza Strip to reduce tensions in the occupied city, an Israeli newspaper has claimed.
      According to Yedioth Ahronoth, during an emergency meeting held by Netanyahu on Wednesday evening, there was a feeling that a “new and effective security operation” should be embarked upon, “something that changes the rules of the game at once, otherwise we will enter into an Intifada”. They agreed that “what doesn’t succeed using force, succeeds using greater force!”
      The newspaper added that the head of the Shin Bet Yoram Cohen, who supports Netanyahu’s plan, has the hardline approach to the situation in Jerusalem. It said he is ” strongly convinced by the effectiveness of [collective] punishments: the imposition of prison sentences and fines for parents whose children throw stones, the demolition of houses, deportation to the Gaza Strip, the collection of taxes by force.”
      The Israeli police headquarters, the newspaper reported, supports Cohen’s position, as does the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat.
      Israel’s Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, opposed the idea of collective punishment, saying he is not convinced that the imposition of such sanctions on relatives and neighbours would be a deterrence, and it may have the reverse effect: “The escalation of hatred and the search for revenge.”
      During the recent war on Gaza, Weinstein supported plans to deport top Hamas leaders from the West Bank to Gaza.
      Recent discussions held at the Israeli Ministry of Justice, with the participation of top experts in international law, concluded with the decision that “deportation is not possible”, because such a step would put Israel in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. . .

      SOURCE - http://jfjfp.com/?p=66014

    • P.S. FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE URGENT NEED TO MAKE JERUSALEM AN 'INTERNATIONAL CITY', SEE: "Why rebuilding the Temple would be the end of Judaism as we know it", By Tomer Persico, Haaretz.com, Nov. 13, 2014
      The current drive of Jews, both Orthodox and secular, to ascend to the site of the Holy Temple and rebuild it, reflects a sea change in the Zionist camp.
      • LINK - http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.626327

    • RE: “It appears Israel’s ongoing incitement of Palestinian children has taken a particularly macabre turn. These videos have surfaced of Jerusalem police driving calmly through quiet empty East Jerusalem neighborhoods drenching elementary schools and residences with a putrid liquid with the stench of feces and rotting animal carcass, commonly referenced as ‘skunk spray'” ~ Annie Robbins

      MY COMMENT: This is yet another example of the the urgent need to finally make Jerusalem an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

    • P.S. ANOTHER GROUNDBEAKING PRODUCT DEVELOPED IN ISRAEL AND COMING SOON* TO A COMMUNITY NEAR YOU:
      "IDF Skunk Cannon Odorizes West Bank", by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/06/13

      [EXCERPT] The IDF routinely uses a truly disgusting weapon of war to maintain the Occupation: a skunk cannon. To the uninitiated, imagine instead of fire hoses and police dogs, Sheriff Bull Connor used a massive stream of raw sewage mixed with skunk oil and let it fly not just on the civil rights marchers but all the citizens and businesses in town. Then imagine you’re one of the victims and it’s flying at you from a truck the size of a small tank. The ostensible purpose of this vehicle is to disrupt protests on the West Bank. Keep in mind, that these are for the most part totally non-violent incidents in which demonstrators are expressing their legitimate opposition to issues like building the Separation Wall, which in itself is an illegal project under international law. In short, the purpose of the skunk cannon is not to break up violent rallies or protect the IDF from the wrath of Palestinians. It is purely meant to suppress the political will of the Palestinian people.
      Ynet reports (Hebrew) that in addition to spraying protesters, those who operate the vehicles randomly spray residential homes and businesses having nothing to do with the demonstrations. This is collective punishment . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/03/06/idf-skunk-cannon-odorizes-west-bank/

      *P.P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [Skunk (weapon)]:

      [EXCERPTS] "Skunk" is a malodorant, non-lethal weapon used for crowd control by the Israeli Defense Forces. Deriving its name from the animal of the same name, "Skunk" is dispersed as a form of mist, fired from a water cannon, which leaves a terrible odor of rot or sewage on whatever it touches. It does not wash off easily and is said to linger on clothes for up to five years.[1] . . .
      . . . It was sprayed in late June 2014 throughout Bethlehem's Aida refugee camp in what residents describe as an 'unprovoked and unexpected' attack, though it is regularly used according to B'tselem, against Palestinian villages where demonstrations are frequent. Among Palestinians, the liquid is known simply as "shit".[4] In rebuttal to a B'tselem report, the Israel Defense Force stated that 'Skunk' is used only when demonstrators become violent or engage in vandalism and detailed the rules of engagement in which it is used.[5]
      According to David Ben Harosh, head of technological development for the Israeli police, the recipe is based entirely on natural organic ingredients, including yeast and baking powder, does not include any harmful materials, and may even be ingested without causing harm. The inventors plan to market Skunk to other forces worldwide. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_(weapon)

    • RE: "It appears Israel’s ongoing incitement of Palestinian children has taken a particularly macabre turn. These videos have surfaced of Jerusalem police driving calmly through quiet empty East Jerusalem neighborhoods drenching elementary schools and residences with a putrid liquid with the stench of feces and rotting animal carcass, commonly referenced as 'skunk spray'" ~ Annie Robbins

      MY COMMENT: Apparently the Jerusalem police learned this tactic from the extremist/macabre settlers!*

      * REGARDING THE EXTREMIST/MACABRE SETTLERS, SEE:“Jews protect Palestinians in harvest of hate” ~ By Donald Macintyre in Awarta, West Bank, The Independent (U.K.), 10/10/08
      • Israelis cross religious divide to shelter olive farmers from settlers’ attacks

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Born in Tel Aviv, Ms Siew served in the army, took a university degree, then a teacher’s diploma. Thirty-six years ago, she took the tough decision to emigrate to London, telling her parents: “I won’t come back until there’s peace.” Ms Siew, who is now 64, remains an Israeli citizen but now lives with her British husband in Hebden Bridge. She has kept to her word, except that each autumn she comes back to stay in her hometown with her relatives and spends each day of the two-month harvest season picking olives on Palestinian farmland in the West Bank.
      And Ms Siew does that for a purpose. Up on the ridge above us, you can see the red roofs of Itamar, a notably hard-line Jewish settlement, and she is here to help protect the Palestinian farmers from the threat of settler violence which has so often scarred the olive harvests.
      . . . Last year, she was in a group in the South Hebron Hills confronted by settlers who fired shots from a pistol and an M16 assault rifle, despite the presence of the army and police. “Then one of the soldiers said, ‘Look, one of them is coming down with a jug of water for you’. The settler emptied the jug over me. It was full of human shit.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jews-protect-palestinians-in-harvest-of-hate-956706.html

  • Why I confronted Gregor Gysi
    • RE: "[W]hat I will not do is agree to be a soft target for baseless accusations of anti-semitism by opportunistic politicians who court favor with the Israeli government and its supporters." ~ David Sheen

      MY COMMENT: Opportunistic politician courting favor with the Israeli government and its supporters, I dub thee "Gunter the Terrible"!*

      * 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

  • 'We will make soap out of you!': Violent right-wing protest against Jerusalem art exhibit reflects rising anti-democratic tide in Israel
    • RE: A few rioters entered the event and threatened attendees. Guy Butavia, who works with the non-governmental organization Tayush, was hounded with threats . . . They have been translated into English below. “They [Nazis] peeled their [your fathers’] skins off and made soap out of them! We will make soap out of you! The Arabs will make soap out of you!” ~ Ben Cohen

      SEE: "New Israeli film debunks myth that Nazis made soap from Jews", By Roy (Chicky) Arad, Haaretz, 6/04/13
      Legend was spread by guards as psychological torture of Jewish inmates, as director Eyal Ballas' movie shows.

      [EXCERPTS] "Soaps," a new film by director Eyal Ballas, searches for the root of the myth that Germans used the bodies of Jews to manufacture soap. Contemporary historians think the Nazis did not produce soap on an industrial scale using dead human bodies, a position shared by Yad Vashem. But the myth continues to hold sway with the big segments of the public.
      The movie shows that in many places in Israel and the world, people light memorial candles beside soaps they believe were created from the bodies of Jews. Chemical analyses show they are actually made of vegetable materials.
      The soap myth dates all the way back to World War I, when Germans were first rumored to be turning bodies into the stuff. During World War II, SS guards often tormented concentration camp prisoners by threatening to turn them into soap.
      At least 10 cemeteries and memorial centers in Israel have graves containing soap either believed to have been made from Jews or used as symbols of Jewish communities ravaged by the Nazis. . . .
      . . . "Soaps" shows that one thing that contributed to the myth was confusion over the markings on some bars of soap. Certain German soaps produced in the Third Reich had the initial "RIF" imprinted on them, which was thought to stand for "Reichs Juden Fett," which means "State Jewish Fat." In fact, RIF stands for "Reichsstelle fur industrielle Fettversorgung, or "National Center for Industrial Fat Provisioning," the German government agency responsible for the wartime production and distribution of soap and washing products. RIF soap contained no fat at all, human or vegetable. The Holocaust Museum in Bat Yam exhibits an RIF soap bar donated by a Holocaust survivor, though the museum's director, Prof. Yuri Lyakhovitsky, does not claim to be sure it is made from Jewish fat. He says the charismatic personality of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal influenced the development of the myth. . .
      . . . At the climax of the film, people who have believed for their entire lives that the soaps are made of Jewish fat are confronted with the overwhelming historiographic consensus that they are not. Even when the believers are told that Yad Vashem has declared the soap myth baseless, they stubbornly refuse to change their minds, arguing that the studies which disprove it were paid for by Germans. Israeli poet Yisrael Har, who is interviewed in the film, says the refutations of the soap myth come from Holocaust deniers and Wikipedia.

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

  • Netanyahu announces return of controversial punitive home demolitions widely viewed as collective punishment
    • RE: Netanyahu announces return of controversial punitive home demolitions widely viewed as collective punishment

      MY COMMENT: Ironically or not, the motivation for one recent attack in Jerusalem may have been revenge for Israeli authorities having demolished a house.*

      * SEE: "US condemns terrorist home demolition directive", timesofisrael.com, November 13, 2014
      State Department calls controversial practice ‘collective punishment’ after Netanyahu reinstates policy

      The US government condemned Thursday the scheduled demolition of homes belonging to Palestinians who carried out terror attacks in Israel, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki contending that such a move amounted to collective punishment and would only heighten tensions in the region.

      Psaki’s statement came hours after the Home Front Command issued an order to demolish the home of the Palestinian man who carried out a terrorist attack in central Jerusalem in August.

      The terrorist, East Jerusalem resident Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis, was shot dead by police shortly after running over and killing a pedestrian and ramming his stolen excavator into a bus. Following the excavator attack, security officials told Channel 2 news that Ja’abis may have been motivated to carry out the attack by revenge, after his cousin’s home was demolished by Israeli authorities a short while earlier.

      In light of the surging violence in Jerusalem and across the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the full reinstatement of a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who perpetrate terror attacks against Israelis, during an emergency cabinet meeting last week. The policy had rarely been implemented in the past ten years. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-condemns-terrorist-home-demolition-directive/

      P.S. "Home Front Command" really creeps me out! It reminds me of the British Empire.

  • Sea change down under: Ex-Australian Foreign Minister announces himself a 'Friend of Palestine'
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "The Palestinian fight to be heard ‘down under’", By Jeremy Salt, MiddleEastEye.net, 27 September 2014
      In an ironic echo of the country's own history, Australians voicing support for Palestinians must battle politicians and media who would rather have them silenced
      LINK - http://www.middleeasteye.net/essays/palestinian-fight-be-heard-down-under-107903544

    • RE: "Ex-Australian Foreign Minister [Bob Carr] announces himself a ‘Friend of Palestine’"

      MY COMMENT: I commend Bob Carr for his courageous stand, but I would encourage him to not be lax in regards to his personal security.

      SEE: "Terror suspect's friends shocked by death", By Mati Safi, sbs.com.au, 24 Sep 2014
      Close friends of the 18-year-old man shot dead by counter terrorism police in Melbourne say they're struggling to understand what happened.

      [EXCERPT] On Tuesday night, Numan Haider was asked by police to come to the Endeavour Hills police station to be interviewed.
      Authorities say the meeting in the carpark of the police station was supposed to put him at ease.
      But it's alleged the teenager stabbed two police officers - one from Victoria Police and one from the Australian Federal Police, before he was shot dead.

      A friend of Haider, who only wants to be known as Ali, said the attack was completely out of character.
      "I was shocked. He was such a nice guy. Everyone loved him," he said.
      "There's not one person you can mention that hated him. He was a very great guy, a very nice humble guy. I never expected him to do something like that."
      Numan Haider was born in Afghanistan, but arrived in Australia as a young child.
      Growing up in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren, his friends said he was just like any other teenager.
      He enjoyed camping, swimming and the occasional barbecue.
      Ali said Haider didn't tell anyone about his meeting with police, and nothing in his behaviour suggested anything out of the ordinary.
      But Haider was upset by the recent decision to cancel his Australian passport, reportedly because authorities suspected he was planning to go to fight with the Islamic State group in either Iraq or Syria.

      Ali said Numan had been planning an overseas trip, but not to Iraq or Syria.
      "He just wanted to go to Afghanistan to get married," he said.
      "He was no part of this ISIS crap. He had nothing to do with all that stuff. This is all propaganda.
      "He showed no signs of terrorism. He was a very happy guy - a normal 18-year-old that loves life... he was going out having fun, and having food every day with his friends. There was nothing abnormal about him."
      Ali said Numan tried to find out from the Foreign Affairs Department why his passport had been cancelled. But the response from authorities only riled him more.
      "He was really upset. He didn't know why. He wanted to know," Ali said.
      "He kept making phone calls to the head office. At the start they were telling him how many days he's got left, but out of nowhere ASIO got involved and said the office people can't tell you anything right now so call the Canberra office.
      "They would tell him something random like nothing that would be helpful to him so he would just get mad even more."
      Ali said Numan was also upset over the way authorities had been monitoring him over the past three months.
      "I think something provoked him," he said. "The government didn't have a reason to take his passport. They took his passport. They kept harassing him.
      "They kept going to random people and asking about him. He felt like he was in prison. He would always talked about him being in a prison." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/24/terror-suspects-friends-shocked-death-

  • New Israel Fund partners with Israel Football Association on racism project as IFA segregates Israeli youth league
    • RE: "Bornajoo, bear in mind that Joel Kovel called Israel 'satanic', and even defended his use of such a term regarding Jews (and coming from a meshumad, no less)" ~ jon s

      MY REPLY: "J'accuse!"

      THE "OFFENDING" QUOTE: “Israel is no normal state, but one governed by the forging of Zionist system-logic into a Satanic ideology. . . .”

      KOVEL'S ELUCIDATION:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . But in what sense is “Satanic” to be regarded? ...I am following the usage, as I do in many circumstances, of William Blake, the chief influence on my intellectual life in general. The signpost here is the phrase “Dark Satanic Mills,” which appears at the beginning of his great long poem, Milton, much of which is devoted to the Satanic. I elaborated on this in a recent essay, which I’ll put on my website, joelkovel.net, as soon as the blasted thing is up and running after being repaired. . . Alas, it’s not an easy read, as it advances the idea that war is more than aggression, weaponry, and imperial possession. It’s also a (Satanic) state of being, Egoic separation from life, replacing life with accusation. Blake calls Satan the “Accuser who is the God of This World.” All of which is close to the cold, cold heart of Zionism."

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nomination-hagel

    • RE: As just said, “Israel is nuts.” ~ ritzl

      REPLY: Or, as Prof Haim Bresheeth puts it, Israel is "a nation of lunatics".*

      * SEE: Is Change possible in Israel? [VIDEO, 07:49] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIj0l6C5VqE
      Prof. Haim Bresheeth tries to answer this question - why can some Israelis change and support the Palestinian cause, but change seems elusive in Israel? Should we wait and hope for such change?

      P.S. In the video, Bresheeth seems to be speaking shortly after the Gaza flotilla raid in which nine (now ten) people on the Mavi Marmara were killed/murdered by Israeli Naval Forces in mid-2010.

    • You are quite welcome. Bresheeth's analysis seems very insightful.* It's a shame it has only been viewed about 3,000 times in the 3.5 years since it was posted.

      * Joel Kovel has a somewhat similar take.**

      ** FROM JOEL KOVEL, 1-20-13:

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

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

    • RE: "The New Israel Fund (NIF) has partnered with The Israel Football Association (IFA) to form a new campaign called 'Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football'."

      FOR AN ESPECIALLY EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE OF RACISM IN ISRAELI FOOTBALL, SEE -
      "Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel", By Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel Online, 6/05/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Football fan Asi, 23, says that he isn't a racist, just a nationalist. "I have no problem with Arabs, as long as they raise the Israeli flag and sing along when our national anthem is played." Lieberman used the same logic to justify a bill he introduced calling for new citizens to deliver an oath of allegiance.
      Asi, who lives in a small village near Caesarea [a town in Israel located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Haifa], supports the Beitar Jerusalem football club. On a Thursday evening, he and other Beitar fans are standing at an intersection in Herzliya. Asi has a friendly face and a neatly trimmed beard. Like his fellow fans, he is here to demonstrate against the club's owner.
      When it was revealed in January that the Club planned to sign two Muslim Chechen players, the stands in the stadium became filled with hateful signs, with words like "Beitar -- Pure Forever." The fans chanted: "We are chosen, we are holy, but the Arabs are not."
      Beitar Jerusalem, says Asi, that's the holy menorah on a yellow background. The team, he says, can only win as a Jewish team, which is why Muslims shouldn't be allowed to play in the club.
      Beitar's management has since cancelled the contracts with the Chechens and sent the two men back home. There were simply too many problems [most especially, Israeli racism - J.L.D.], the club wrote in a statement.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/racist-attacks-against-arabs-increase-in-israel-a-903529.html

    • RE: "The New Israel Fund (NIF) has partnered with The Israel Football Association (IFA) to form a new campaign called 'Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football'."

      LONG TERM, KICKING RACISM OUT OF ISRAELI SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO START:
      "Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain bias" ~ By Harriet Sherwood, guardian.co.uk, 8/07/11
      Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as "terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers"

      [EXCERPT] Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, mother and political radical, summons up an image of rows of Jewish schoolchildren, bent over their books, learning about their neighbours, the Palestinians. But, she says, they are never referred to as Palestinians unless the context is terrorism.
      They are called Arabs. "The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don't pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don't want to develop," she says. "The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer."
      Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years, and her account, "Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education", is to be published in the UK this month. She describes what she found as racism– but, more than that, a racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/07/israeli-school-racism-claim

      VIDEO of interview with Peled-Elhanan (08:48) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t91McXHxiXY

      ● ALSO SEE: Is Change possible in Israel? (VIDEO, 07:49) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIj0l6C5VqE
      Prof. Haim Bresheeth tries to answer this question - why can some Israelis change, and support the Palestinian cause, but change seems elusive in Israel? Should we wait and hope for such change?

    • RE: ". . . the IFA chose to segregate the Israeli children’s national football league in Israel’s Triangle area which is home to the majority of Israel’s Palestinian citizens." ~ Annie Robbins

      FOR THE POTENTIAL IMPLICATIONS OF SUCH SEGREGATION, SEE:
      "Rich People Just Care Less", By Daniel Goleman, N.Y. Times, 10/05/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . In politics, readily dismissing inconvenient people can easily extend to dismissing inconvenient truths about them. The insistence by some House Republicans in Congress on cutting financing for food stamps and impeding the implementation of Obamacare, which would allow patients, including those with pre-existing health conditions, to obtain and pay for insurance coverage, may stem in part from the empathy gap. As political scientists have noted, redistricting and gerrymandering have led to the creation of more and more safe districts, in which elected officials don’t even have to encounter many voters from the rival party, much less empathize with them.
      Social distance makes it all the easier to focus on small differences between groups and to put a negative spin on the ways of others and a positive spin on our own.
      Freud called this “the narcissism of minor differences,” a theme repeated by Vamik D. Volkan, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, who was born in Cyprus to Turkish parents. Dr. Volkan remembers hearing as a small boy awful things about the hated Greek Cypriots — who, he points out, actually share many similarities with Turkish Cypriots. Yet for decades their modest-size island has been politically divided, which exacerbates the problem by letting prejudicial myths flourish.
      In contrast, extensive interpersonal contact counteracts biases by letting people from hostile groups get to know one another as individuals and even friends.
      Thomas F. Pettigrew, a research professor of social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, analyzed more than 500 studies on intergroup contact. Mr. Pettigrew, who was born in Virginia in 1931 and lived there until going to Harvard for graduate school, told me in an e-mail that it was the “the rampant racism in the Virginia of my childhood” that led him to study prejudice.
      In his research, he found that even in areas where ethnic groups were in conflict and viewed one another through lenses of negative stereotypes, individuals who had close friends within the other group exhibited little or no such prejudice. They seemed to realize the many ways those demonized “others” were “just like me.” . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/rich-people-just-care-less/

  • Pro-Israel billionaires Adelson and Saban muse over buying the New York Times
    • P.P.S. FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF “DESPOTIC CONTROL”, SEE:
      "Israel’s sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson", by Brad A. Greenberg, JewishJournal.com, June 27, 2008

      [EXCERPT] . . . Adelson’s reach hasn’t been limited to charity. In fact, some say he uses money to meddle in Israeli politics, pushing a right-wing vision void of a peace process through his connections with American politicians—Bush called the Republican donor “some crazy Jewish billionaire”—and his free daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, which observers criticize as being stuffed with propaganda for Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
      At a formal dinner attended by more than a hundred senior officials of various Israeli and Jewish organizations, guests were offered the opportunity to tell Peres what they considered the biggest challenge facing the Jewish people. Adelson, according to Ha’aretz, declared, “I think Jews should have lots of sex. That is the solution to our demographic problem.”
      After Adelson addressed the conference, Nahum Barnea wrote in his column in Yedioth Ahronoth, “I saw a gambling tycoon from Las Vegas who bought my country’s birthday with three million dollars. I thought with sorrow: Is the country worth so very little? Were the champagne, wine and sushi that were given out for free in the lobby—breaking convention for such events—worth the humiliation?” Barnea went on:

      Adelson is a Jew who loves Israel. Like some other Jews who live at a safe distance from here, his love is great, passionate, smothering. It is important to him that he influences the policies, decisions, and compositions of the Israeli governments. He is not alone in this, either; even back in the days of Baron Rothschild, wealthy Jews from the Diaspora felt that this country lay in their pocket, alongside their wallet. Regrettably, in the latest generation, we are being led by politicians who look at these millionaires with calf’s eyes.

      In Israel, where political, academic, and business leaders tend to be outspoken, there is a striking reticence at the mention of Sheldon Adelson. Even people who are diametrically opposed to his politics refuse to be interviewed. “There is a discernible amount of self-censorship going on,” the liberal Israeli-American writer Bernard Avishai said. “There is no ideological justification for what Sheldon is doing among the Israeli intelligentsia—and a revulsion at an American weighing in so heavily on Israeli politics, in such a crude, reactionary way. But they won’t speak.”

      These details come from Connie Bruck’s masterful and revealing profile of Adelson for this week’s New Yorker. It’s been getting a lot of buzz for its insight into the mindset of a right-wing American Jew whose love for Israel spans from his Lithuanian father too poor to set foot there to his sabra wife. But what really shocked me was a portion a little closer to home for Adelson, whose non-union Venetian was in 1999 being picketed by the Culinary Union:

      Las Vegas’s Temple Beth Sholom was holding a dinner to fête the new mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. Adelson, a member of Beth Sholom, had recently pledged two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to the temple’s new-building fund. The dinner was to be held at the Venetian, but Mayor Goodman said that he would not cross the picket line, and synagogue officials decided to go elsewhere. Adelson excoriated Beth Sholom’s rabbi, Felipe Goodman. Rabbi Goodman told the Review-Journal that Adelson had been “so verbally abusive. I was very upset because no one had ever talked to me like he talked to me.” After the dinner took place at the Four Seasons, Adelson withdrew his pledge to Beth Sholom. He gave large sums to the local Chabad, a branch of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitchers, for the construction of a new center. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/israels_sugar_daddy_sheldon_adelson_20080627

    • P.S. RE: "Despotic control [HINT #1: a certain casino mogul, HINT #2: "Rosebud" ~ J.L.D.] is a compensation for tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable. . ." ~ from "[i]nferiority complex" above

      FOR AN EXAMPLE OF "DESPOTIC CONTROL", SEE: "Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic", By Rick Perlstein, Rolling Stone, 4/10/12

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Adelson's anti-union mania (I would argue) is the most important thing to know about him. For it reveals just how crazy, and how unscrupulous, the man is.
      Let's start at the very beginning. Adelson remembers meeting Gingrich in Washington in 1995, when Gingrich was House Speaker and Adelson was lobbying to get the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Other reports have them being introduced in 1996 by a far-right anti-union operative in Nevada who worked for Adelson. Details of the subsequent courtship are murky, although the huge favor Gingrich did for Adelson in 1996 by turning off a federal investigation of the gambling industry probably did a lot to cement their friendship.
      Two years later, Nevada conservatives sponsored a "Paycheck Protection" ballot initiative – the right-wing term for measures weakening unions by banning them from automatically deducting dues from members' pay. Adelson was gung-ho for it – and "would spend any amount of money," D. Taylor, secretary-treasurer of Las Vegas's Culinary Workers Union Local 226, told me . . .
      . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian, stiffing so many contractors that there were at one time 366 liens against the property. Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that "like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built." Instead, Adelson refused even to talk. All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. "Even when you're having battles, you continue to have talks. Shit, we're talking to the North Koreans right now!" he told me. "The Israelis talk to the Arabs. Talking doesn't necessarily solve anything, but at least you understand the other guy's position." Adelson, not much interested in understanding the other guy’s position, proceeded to launch a campaign against the Culinary Workers that Taylor calls "beyond aggressive."
      Right before the grand opening of the Venetian, in 1999, the Culinary Workers staged a demonstration on the public sidewalk out front. Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official at
      the union at the time, relates what happened next: "I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn't move they'd have to put me under 'citizen's arrest.' I ignored them." The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow. . .
      . . . Did I mention Adelson is nuts? But don't take my word for it – it was George W. Bush who called him "some crazy Jewish billionaire." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/why-gop-mega-donor-sheldon-adelson-is-mad-bad-and-a-danger-to-the-republic-20120410

    • P.P.P.P.S. RE: "Los tres amigos!"

      SEE: "Senate Hawks Eye Veto Power Over Iran Deal", by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, November 09, 2014
      Incoming Senate Leaders Aim to Assure Israel that Deal Won't Be Made

      Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC), the incoming Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Foreign Operations chair, has announced his intentions to push a bill that will give the Senate effect veto power over any nuclear deal reached with Iran.

      Graham and incoming Foreign Relations Committee chair Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN) will cosponsor the bill in January, with Graham vowing to “kill” any deal that he believes is a bad deal.

      Which likely means [he will oppose] any deal, as Graham has been an opponent of negotiations in general, and made the vow before an Israel Lobby faction that similarly opposes any deal. . .

      SOURCE - http://news.antiwar.com/2014/11/09/senate-hawks-eye-veto-power-over-iran-deal/

    • RE: "Adelson was in his element throughout the event, dazzling the crowd with his enlightened perspective on a whole range of topics from Palestinians (the purpose of their existence is to destroy Israel and they should be given 5 years to prove otherwise or get the heck out) to democracy (it’s no big deal, nothing to lose so get used to it people, not even mentioned in the Torah)." ~ Annie Robbins

      FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/28/14 [Defence mechanisms]:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind[4] to manipulate, deny, or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses to maintain one's self schema.[5]
      These processes that manipulate, deny, or distort reality may include the following: repression, or the burying of a painful feeling or thought from one's awareness even though it may resurface in a symbolic form;[3] identification, incorporating an object or thought into oneself;[6] and rationalization, the justification of one's behavior and motivations by substituting "good" acceptable reasons for the motivations.[3][7] Generally, repression is considered the basis for other defense mechanisms.[3]
      Healthy persons normally use different defences throughout life. An ego defence mechanism becomes pathological only when its persistent use leads to maladaptive behaviour such that the physical or mental health of the individual is adversely affected. The purpose of ego defence mechanisms is to protect the mind/self/ego from anxiety and/or social sanctions and/or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.[8]
      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses.[9] . . .
      . . . The list of defence mechanisms is huge and there is no theoretical consensus on the number of defence mechanisms. . .

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms

      Level 1: Pathological
      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. The pathological users of these mechanisms frequently appear irrational or insane to others. These are the "psychotic" defences, common in overt psychosis. However, they are normally found in dreams and throughout childhood as well.[22] They include:
      • Delusional projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature [i.e., perceiving legitimate criticism of Israel's actions as "anti-Semitism" ~ J.L.D.].
      • Conversion: The expression of an intrapsychic conflict as a physical symptom; some examples include blindness, deafness, paralysis, or numbness. This phenomena is sometimes called hysteria.[23]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn't exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.
      • Distortion: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs [i.e., insisting that Israel's best interests are identical to the best interests of the U.S. ~ J.L.D.].
      • Splitting: A primitive defence. Negative and positive impulses are split off and unintegrated, frequently projected onto someone else. The defended individual segregates experiences into all-good and all-bad categories, with no room for ambiguity and ambivalence. When "splitting" is combined with "projecting", the negative qualities that you unconsciously perceive yourself as possessing, you consciously attribute to another.[24]
      • Extreme projection: The blatant denial of a moral or psychological deficiency, which is perceived as a deficiency in another individual or group.
      • Superiority complex: A psychological defence mechanism in which a person's feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority. The inflated feelings of being superior, above the ordinary, and special, along with arrogance lead to difficulties at work and in relationships.
      • Inferiority complex: A behaviour that is displayed through a lack of self-worth, an increase of doubt and uncertainty, and feeling of not measuring up to society's standards. Despotic control [HINT #1: a certain casino mogul, HINT #2: "Rosebud" ~ J.L.D.] is a compensation for tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable. . .

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

    • P.P.S. AND SEE: 'You made it big, you jerk!' ~ By Ari Shavit, Haaretz.com, 3/22/2009

      [EXCERPT] . . . You meet frequently and quite intimately with Israeli and American decision-makers. What do you tell than about the situation regarding Iran?

      "The Iranians are serious. They mean business. Ahmadinejad is not a madman. And every Jew who feels himself to be a Jew lives under the shadow of the Holocaust. That is something that does not leave us. The Holocaust never leaves us. So we are treating Ahmadinejad's declarations like those of Hitler in the 1930s."

      You too?

      "Yes, of course. When I see Ahmadinejad, I see Hitler. They speak the same language. His motivation is also clear: the return of the Mahdi is a supreme goal. And for a religious person of deep self-persuasion, that supreme goal is worth the liquidation of five and a half million Jews. We cannot allow ourselves that. Nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious leadership that is convinced that the annihilation of Israel will bring about the emergence of a new Muslim caliphate? Israel cannot allow that. This is no game. It's truly an existential danger."

      You have a deep knowledge of the United States - will the U.S. take action to stop Iran?

      "President Bush has no capital. He doesn't have the political capital to take a drastic step. We know what the Chinese and the Russians think, and a move by the United States alone - I doubt it. And now, with the Democrats in control of both Houses? I don't believe it will happen."

      If so, Israel will remain alone. Do you think that in this situation Israel should attack?

      "I don't know how much we can do alone. Can our planes refuel in midair? Can understandings be reached with Turkey? I spoke to all kinds of people who know, or claim they know. They say that we will not permit a situation in which Iran goes nuclear, and that we have answers. How do they put it? The problem has an answer. I don't know. We had a tiny problem of Katyushas, and that paralyzed half a country. But maybe we have an answer for the big problems and not the small ones. Maybe we will succeed with the nuclear issue where we failed with the Katyushas. But if there is an answer, then I say yes, certainly. I would try other things first, but if they don't work - then attack."

      Even if the risk is high? Even if the price will be very high?

      "Is there a higher price than two nuclear bombs on Israel? So they will fire missiles, all right then. Iran is not Lebanon, where you pinpoint specific targets: this bridge here, that building, half of that courtyard over there. In Iran you go in and wipe out their infrastructure completely. Plunge them into darkness. Cut off their water." . . .

      ENTIRE INTERVIEW - http://web.archive.org/web/20100316201241/http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/798292.html

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Why (Some) Psychopaths Make Great CEOs", Jeff Bercovici, Forbes.com, 5/14/2011

      [EXCERPTS] British journalist Jon Ronson immersed himself in the world of mental health diagnosis and criminal profiling to understand what makes some people psychopaths — dangerous predators who lack the behavioral controls and tender feelings the rest of us take for granted. Among the things he learned while researching his new book, “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry”: the incidence of psychopathy among CEOs is about 4 percent, four times what it is in the population at large. I spoke with him recently about what that means and its implications for the business world and wider society.

      Are we really to understand that there’s some connection between what makes people psychopaths and what makes them CEO material?

      At first I was really skeptical because it seemed like an easy thing to say, almost like a conspiracy theorist’s type of thing to say. I remember years and years ago a conspiracy theorist telling me the world was ruled by blood-drinking, baby-sacrificing lizards. These psychologists were essentially saying the same thing. Basically, when you get them talking, these people [ie. psychopaths] are different than human beings. They lack the things that make you human: empathy, remorse, loving kindness. . .

      . . . I think my book offers really good evidence that the way that capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy. However, I woudn’t say every Fortune 500 chief is a psychopath. That would turn me into an ideologue and I abhor ideologues.

      Is it an either/or thing? It seems to me, thinking about it, that a lot of the traits on the checklist would be be useful in a corporate ladder-climbing situation. So maybe there are a lot of CEOs who simply have some psychopathic tendencies.

      It is a spectrum, but there’s a cutoff point. If you’re going by the Hare checklist [the standard inventory used in law enforcement, devised by leading researcher Robert Hare], where the top score is 40, the average anxiety-ridden business failure like me — although the fact that my book just made the Times best sellers list makes it difficult to call myself that — would score a 4 or 5. Somebody you have to be wary of would be in early 20s and a really hard core damaged person, a really dangerous psychopath, would score around a 30. In law the cutoff is 29.

      There are absolutes in psychopathy and the main absolute is a literal absence of empathy. It’s just not there. In higher-scoring psychopaths, what grows in the vacant field where that empathy should be is a joy in manipulating people, a lack of remorse, a lack of guilt. If you’ve got a little bit of empathy, you’re kind of not a psychopath. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2011/06/14/why-some-psychopaths-make-great-ceos/

    • RE: "Saban said he would 'bomb the living daylights' out of Iran only he used a more colorful expression calling Iranians 'sons of bitches”. ~ Annie Robbins

      A LITTLE BACKGROUND: “Haim Saban”, by Matthew Yglesias, The Atlantic, June 10, 2007

      [EXCERPT] If you're interested in the foreign policy views of major Hillary Clinton financial backer Haim Saban, there's no need to follow the Atrios path of attempting guilt by association with Kenneth Pollack. He [Saban] discussed his views on the Middle East and Persian Gulf region in great detail in a reasonably recent interview with 'Haaretz':

      "When I see Ahmadinejad, I see Hitler. They speak the same language. His motivation is also clear: the return of the Mahdi is a supreme goal. And for a religious person of deep self-persuasion, that supreme goal is worth the liquidation of five and a half million Jews. We cannot allow ourselves that. Nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious leadership that is convinced that the annihilation of Israel will bring about the emergence of a new Muslim caliphate? Israel cannot allow that. This is no game. It's truly an existential danger." . . .

      . . . Saban was the largest overall contributor to the Democratic National Committee during the 2001-2002 cycle, when the party leadership was backing the Iraq War and Terry McAuliffe was DNC chair, and if Clinton becomes president, they'll be back in the positions of influence they enjoyed back then. I doubt this all means that Hillary Clinton's secretly itching for war with Iran, but it's yet another illustration of the fact that her views on national security policy are too neoconnish for my tastes.

      SOURCE - http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2007/06/haim-saban/40714/

  • What is the vision of Jews who want to replace Al Aqsa mosque with temple?
    • RE: "Our results highlight that self-identification of a majority and cohesion among its members may depend on the presence of a minority." ~ from 'Persistent Anti-market Culture: A Legacy of the Pale of Settlement after the Holocaust'

      MY COMMENT: An interesting (albeit somewhat disturbing) premise!

    • P.S. ALSO RE: "And when I asked a young American named Jeremy, What do you think this country will look like in 100 years? he responded with a religious vision: I see millions of people streaming through these streets to get to the temple to make animal sacrifices." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Sadly, Jeffrey Dahmer will have missed his chance, but "Pastor" John Hagee and his genetically engineered "perfect red heifer" will no doubt be leading the pack to make animal sacrifices at the temple!

      SEE: "Pastor Strangelove", by Sarah Posner, American Prospect, 05/21/06

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Besides his million-dollar compensation package, [John] Hagee has a portfolio of other ventures, including a cattle ranch in south Texas that may have religious significance. Many evangelicals believe that the arrival of a "perfect red heifer" will signal the end times. In the Old Testament, burning a red heifer and sprinkling its ashes is described as a purification ritual for priests entering the temple. Ultra-orthodox Jews believe that the birth of a modern perfect red heifer will herald the arrival of the messiah, leading to a confrontation with Muslims over the Temple Mount, where Jews believe the Temple will be rebuilt. Some evangelicals likewise regard the red heifer as a harbinger of the ultimate showdown at the Temple Mount, which they believe will be the site of the Second Coming. And they believe that time is near.
      To many other observers, the advent of the red heifer threatens to provoke a violent struggle for control of the Temple Mount, with worldwide repercussions. In the late 1990s, a group of unidentified Texas ranchers reportedly bred a perfect red heifer, which generated excitement in evangelical circles until the animal sprouted some black hairs.
      Six years ago, the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust paid more than $5.5 million for a 7,600-acre ranch in Brackettville, Texas, where cattle are raised in a venture with the Texas Israel Agricultural Research Foundation, a nonprofit outfit operated by the pastor. . . Earl [David Earl, Hagee's lobbyist] said that Hagee wants to share information to improve the production of livestock, particularly cattle, with an Israeli research project, but otherwise claimed to be unsure of the particulars. Dr. Scott Farhart, an obstetrician and trustee of the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust (and an elder at Hagee's church), did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the director of the ranch. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://prospect.org/article/pastor-strangelove

    • RE: Much of the demonstration involved the policy toward Palestinians. “We think the response is soft,” Michael Wolfowitz said to me. “Any other normal country” would act to restore calm and quiet far more quickly. ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: So Michael Wolfowitz thinks Israel (with its dreams of animal sacrifice) is a normal country? (LOL)

      FROM JOEL KOVEL, 1-20-13:

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

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

    • RE: "And when I asked a young American named Jeremy, What do you think this country will look like in 100 years? he responded with a religious vision: I see millions of people streaming through these streets to get to the temple to make animal sacrifices." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Jeffrey Dahmer also liked animal sacrifices, but I suspect Ishmael would think it a bit too "frantic"!*

      *ISHMAEL (from Moby-Dick, 1851):

      "I have no objection to any person's religion, be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any other person, because that other person don't believe it also. But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him."

      SOURCE - http://lit.genius.com/Herman-melville-moby-dick-chap-17-the-ramadan-annotated

    • RE: "And when I asked a young American named Jeremy, What do you think this country will look like in 100 years? he responded with a religious vision: I see millions of people streaming through these streets to get to the temple to make animal sacrifices." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Dahmer also liked animal sacrifices, but I suspect Ishmael would think it a bit too "frantic"!*

      *ISHMAEL (from Moby-Dick, 1851):

      "I have no objection to any person's religion, be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any other person, because that other person don't believe it also. But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him."

      SOURCE - http://lit.genius.com/Herman-melville-moby-dick-chap-17-the-ramadan-annotated

  • Evangelical Christians come under attack as more move to oppose Israeli occupation
    • RE: "I would ask advocates for a just peace in Israel and Palestine to recognize the possibility of broadening their alliances to include Evangelical Christians, particularly those who are younger, and recognize this parallels other recent developments, such as the surge in awareness and activism by younger Jews in the US." ~ John Wagner

      MY COMMENT: Amen! One of the most hopeful signs today is the growing number of theological conservatives (including some who might be included among the “Christian Right”) who are viewing the human rights situation in Israel/Palestine in a far different light from that of the "Christian Zionists". I welcome their participation.

  • Root cause of current crisis is Israeli government effort since 1967 to transform East Jerusalem into a Jewish city
    • RE: "Root cause of current crisis is Israeli government effort since 1967 to transform East Jerusalem into a Jewish city"

      MY COMMENT: This is yet another reason that Jerusalem must be made an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

  • After deadly attack Netanyahu vows ‘iron fist’ as clashes and closures rock Jerusalem
    • RE: "After deadly attack Netanyahu vows ‘iron fist’ as clashes and closures rock Jerusalem"

      MY COMMENT: This is yet another example of the the urgent need to finally make Jerusalem an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

  • Did you know radiant beauty could exist alongside vile ugliness?
  • A reverend sermonizes justice in Jerusalem
    • RE: “Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” Reverend Réamonn adds: “For our Gospel reading is no better than our reading from what we call the Old Testament.” ~ Marc Ellis

      VIEW: The Crusades, 1995, NR, 200 minutes
      Average of 17155 ratings: 3.5 stars/ 5 stars
      Monty Python member -- and medieval maven -- Terry Jones serves as host for this fascinating look at the epic holy wars. Filmed in Europe and the Middle East, the Crusades brings the bloody clash of Christianity and Islam to life with an army of innovative techniques, including animated mosaics, restaged battles and stunning computer graphics. Jones' sardonic style adds a touch of humor to the horrors chronicled in this acclaimed documentary.
      Netflix listing - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Crusades-Disc-1/60022158
      Netflix format: DVDs (set of 2)
      IMDb (7.8/10) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111931/

  • NYT sanitizes group that wants to 'remove Muslim shrines' from Old City
    • RE: "The Aksa compound was closed to head off unrest after Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspected of shooting Yehuda Glick, a leader in the movement for more Jewish access to the site." ~ N.Y. Times

      SEE: "The fraud that is the Temple Mount movement" By Larry Derfner, 972Mag.com, October 31, 2014
      Following the murder attempt on Yehuda Glick, the claim is being made – and getting a more sympathetic hearing than usual – that he and his colleagues have been leading a civil rights movement for Jews. Don’t believe it.
      LINK - http://972mag.com/the-fraud-that-is-the-temple-mount-movement/98250/

  • Chickenshitgate: A dissenting view
    • RE: "Obama and Netanyahu don’t like each other, but neither did Netanyahu and Clinton; where there has been no change in policy, there can be no crisis." ~ Eamon Murphy

      SEE: "If Netanyahu Lies, Why Do We Keep Listening?" ~ by Sharmine Narwani (Senior Associate, St. Antony's College, Oxford University), mideastshuffle.com, 11/09/2011

      [EXCERPT] But Obama isn't the only US president to bemoan the constant need to coddle both Israel and its irritating prime minister, in particular. Scroll back to Bill Clinton's presidency, which coincided with Netanyahu's first gig as head of state...
      According to ex-special envoy to the Middle East Aaron David Miller, [President Bill] Clinton was so agitated by Netanyahu during their first meeting in 1996, he exploded: "Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here?"
      Barely a year later, Clinton had to personally wrest from Netanyahu an antidote for the toxin used by Israeli agents in their assassination attempt on Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. "I cannot deal with this man. He is impossible," [President] Clinton allegedly said in reference to Netanyahu, who initially lied about his involvement in the murder plot.
      But these cannot possibly compare to Netanyahu's big "gotcha" moment where he is caught on camera telling a settler family that he deliberately deceived his partners in peace over the Oslo Accords. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://mideastshuffle.com/2011/11/09/if-netanyahu-lies-why-do-we-keep-listening/

    • P.P.S. "Netanyahu has employed essentially the same run-out-the-clock strategy. During the Clinton years he haggled interminably and reneged outright on implementing withdrawal agreements, thereby preventing final-status negotiations within the five years specified by Oslo; at the same time he continued expropriating land and building settlements, moving closer to integrating 'Judea and Samaria' with Israel." ~ Eamon Murphy

      SEE: "New Israeli Government Will Support Settlements", By Geoffrey Aronson, Al-Monitor, 4/05/13

      . . . It is not for nothing that it has long been said that “the Likud will announce 10 settlements and build one while the Labor Party will announce one and build 10.” Leaders from the heart of the Labor Zionist movement — the same one that transformed 78% of Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state — were the principal architects of Israel's post-1967 settlement policies in the occupied territories and employed all the instruments of Israel's national power and authority to place the territorial future of the “liberated territories” beyond Palestinian reach.
      Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, and Ariel Sharon epitomized the leadership of this national effort. They were unabashed supporters of Greater Israel. Recently released protocols of discussions held between US President Jimmy Carter and an Israeli delegation led by PM Menachem Begin in March 1979 recorded Sharon telling Carter, "I don’t see any possibility whatsoever to draw any geographical line which can divide [the] Jewish population and Arab population, because we live here together. Believe me, Mr. President, when I use this figure of one million, saying that in 20 to 30 years I hope that one million Jews will live there, Mr. President, I can assure you, they will live there. There’s nothing to do about it. They will live there, and if we said that we believe that in Jerusalem, what we call the Greater Jerusalem, it is a crucial problem for us, to have one million Jews, they will live there, and they will live in what we call the area of Gush Etzion, in Tekoa, in Ma’ale Adumim. They will live there. There is nothing [you can] do about it.” . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/new-israeli-government-settlement-expansion-support.html

    • P.S. RE: "By his second premiership, Netanyahu had attained the political savvy of your average Labor politician, wising up enough to know more or less how the so-called peace process works: you pair rhetorical support for a Palestinian state with continued actions toward making that outcome impossible (construction in the West Bank, destruction in Gaza). Or, as he put it during a meeting with young Likud supporters in 2013, “What matters is that we continue to head straight toward our goal, even if one time we walk right and another time walk left.” ~ Eamon Murphy

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

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

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

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

    • RE: "Even more disconcerting is the inexplicable illusion that Netanyahu’s hostility to the so-called peace process can be attributed to political cowardice — that he avoids making concessions to the Palestinians in order not to be kicked out of office. This might seem plausible to an Obama apparatchik — someone who works in a White House that has allowed Israel to continue its absorption of the West Bank and immiseration of Gaza despite probably disapproving of these measures — but it betrays complete ignorance of Israeli politics. " ~ Eamon Murphy

      FROM JOEL KOVEL, 1-20-13:

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman [probably like most Obama apparatchiks - J.L.D.] assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

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

  • As conditions worsen in Gaza, residents ask: ‘Where have all the activists gone?’
  • Will BDS become another form of ritualized solidarity?
    • RE: "I am not suggesting that there’s a way out of this conundrum – there isn’t. Nor am I suggesting that BDS should be scrapped – no way. Full steam ahead – to where?" ~ Marc Ellis

      HOPEFULLY:
      Beyond the blue horizon
      Waits a beautiful day . . .
      . . . Beyond the blue horizon
      Lies a rising sun

      Michael Nesmith & the First National Band: Beyond the Blue Horizon [VIDEO, 05:58] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8f5a5nXnfk

  • Ambassador Power to kick off 3-hour event on 'never-ending' genocide of Jews
  • On Balfour anniversary, Jerusalem boils
    • RE: "Balfour declared his support for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and British imperialism in Palestine began. Balfour illegally, and with no right whatsoever, promised Palestine to the Jews, to prevent the Jewish emigration to Britain. Ironically, in the British Cabinet, Lord Montagu, the only Jewish member opposed the declaration . . ." ~ IMEMC

      MY COMMENT: The Balfour declaration had the support of the most anti-Semitic*, racist** devotees of the British Empire!

      * ■ SEE: "How Britain's Biggest Racists Created Zionism", by Mark Burdman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Like Lord Salisbury, Balfour was a public exponent of Zionism — in Balfour's case starting no later than 1906, when doing so was still a relatively rare public thing for a top-level oligarch. In the 1920s, the aging Balfour was still issuing public appeals for the Zionist cause and helping to motivate various international Zionist pressure groups.
      Simultaneously, his dislike for the Jews was quite unabashed. In 1905, as pogroms mounted in Russia, he proclaimed that "the persecutors have a case." In 1917, during the peak of Balfour Declaration manipulations, he responded, "Of course, these are the reasons which make you and me such ardent Zionists" when American Zionist Louis Brandeis confided that "every Jew is potentially an intellectual and an idealist and the problem is one of the direction of those qualities” — i.e., into Zionism and not "revolutionary movements."
      Balfour's Zionist pontifications were legion: on one occasion, he asserted that the "reconstruction of a Jewish kingdom in Palestine" would be an "interesting experiment" and an "even more interesting end of the world." On another occasion he intoned, "I am a great believer in separate nationalities" and moaned that the Romans' destruction of the Second Temple in the first century A.D. was "one of the great wrongs" of history that had to be redressed by "giving the Jews back their ancient home." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.campaigner-unbound.0catch.com/how_britains_biggest_racists_created_zionism.htm

      * ■ ALSO SEE: "An account of the Guardian’s racist endorsement of the Balfour Declaration, by Nu'man Abd al-Wahid, Mondoweiss, April 30, 2012
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/04/an-account-of-the-guardians-racist-endorsement-of-the-balfour-declaration.html

      * ■ FROM WIKIPEDIA [Arthur Balfour]:

      [EXCERPT] Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC, DL (/ˈbælfʊər/; 25 July 1848 – 19 March 1930) was a British Conservative politician and statesman. He served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905, and was later Foreign Secretary in 1916–1919.
      Born in Scotland and educated as a philosopher, Balfour first entered parliament in the 1874 general election. At first seen as something of a dilettante, he attained prominence as Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1887–1891. In this post, he authored the Perpetual Crimes Act (1887) (or Coercion Act) aimed at the prevention of boycotting, intimidation and unlawful assembly in Ireland during the Irish Land War. . .
      • Background and early career
      Arthur Balfour was born at Whittingehame, East Lothian, Scotland, the eldest son of James Maitland Balfour (1820–1856) and Lady Blanche Gascoyne-Cecil (1825-1872). His father was a Scottish MP; his mother, a member of the Cecil family descended from Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, was the daughter of the 2nd Marquess of Salisbury and a sister to the 3rd Marquess, the future Prime Minister. . .
      • Personality
      Balfour was unusual for himself as much as for his politics. He developed a manner well known to his friends, which has been described as the Balfourian manner. Harold Begbie, a journalist of the period, wrote a book called "Mirrors of Downing Street", in which he criticised Balfour for his manner, personality and self-obsession. Begbie wrote as one who disagreed strongly with Balfour's political views, but even his one-sided criticisms do not entirely conceal another facet of Balfour's personality, his shyness and diffidence. The sections of the work dealing with Balfour's personality have been reproduced below:

      This Balfourian manner, as I understand it, has its roots in an attitude of mind—an attitude of convinced superiority which insists in the first place on complete detachment from the enthusiasms of the human race, and in the second place on keeping the vulgar world at arm's length.
      It is an attitude of mind which a critic or a cynic might be justified in assuming, for it is the attitude of one who desires rather to observe the world than to shoulder any of its burdens; but it is a posture of exceeding danger to anyone who lacks tenderness or sympathy, whatever his purpose or office may be, for it tends to breed the most dangerous of all intellectual vices, that spirit of self-satisfaction which Dostoievsky declares to be the infallible mark of an inferior mind.
      To Mr. Arthur Balfour this studied attitude of aloofness has been fatal, both to his character and to his career. He has said nothing, written nothing, done nothing, which lives in the heart of his countrymen. To look back upon his record is to see a desert, and a desert with no altar and with no monument, without even one tomb at which a friend might weep. One does not say of him, "He nearly succeeded there", or "What a tragedy that he turned from this to take up that"; one does not feel for him at any point in his career as one feels for Mr. George Wyndham or even for Lord Randolph Churchill; from its outset until now that career stretches before our eyes in a flat and uneventful plain of successful but inglorious and ineffective self-seeking.
      There is one signal characteristic of the Balfourian manner which is worthy of remark. It is an assumption in general company of a most urbane, nay, even a most cordial spirit. I have heard many people declare at a public reception that he is the most gracious of men, and seen many more retire from shaking his hand with a flush of pride on their faces as though Royalty had stooped to inquire after the measles of their youngest child. Such is ever the effect upon vulgar minds of geniality in superiors: they love to be stooped to from the heights.
      But this heartiness of manner is of the moment only, and for everybody; it manifests itself more personally in the circle of his intimates and is irresistible in week-end parties; but it disappears when Mr. Balfour retires into the shell of his private life and there deals with individuals, particularly with dependants. It has no more to do with his spirit than his tail-coat and his white tie. Its remarkable impression comes from its unexpectedness; its effect is the shock of surprise. In public he is ready to shake the whole world by the hand, almost to pat it on the shoulder; but in private he is careful to see that the world does not enter even the remotest of his lodge gates.
      "The truth about Arthur Balfour," said George Wyndham, "is this: he knows there's been one ice-age, and he thinks there's going to be another."
      Little as the general public may suspect it, the charming, gracious, and cultured Mr. Balfour is the most egotistical of men, and a man who would make almost any sacrifice to remain in office. It costs him nothing to serve under Mr. Lloyd George; it would have cost him almost his life to be out of office during a period so exciting as that of the Great War. He loves office more than anything this world can offer; neither in philosophy nor music, literature nor science, has he ever been able to find rest for his soul. It is profoundly instructive that a man with a real talent for the noblest of those pursuits which make solitude desirable and retirement an opportunity should be so restless and dissatisfied, even in old age, outside the doors of public life.
      —Begbie, Harold (as 'A Gentleman with a Duster'): "Mirrors of Downing Street: Some political reflections", Mills and Boon (1920), p. 76–79 . . .

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

      * ■ SEE: "Zionism versus Bolshevism", by Winston Churchill, Illustrated Sunday Herald (London), February 8, 1920, pg. 5

      [EXCERPT] . . . The National Russian Jews, in spite of the disabilities under which they have suffered, have managed to play an honourable and useful part in the national life even of Russia. As bankers and industrialists they have strenuously promoted the development of Russia’s economic resources and they were foremost in the creation of those remarkable organisations, the Russian Co-operative Societies. In politics their support has been given, for the most part, to liberal and progressive movements, and they have been among the staunchest upholders of friendship with France and Great Britain.

      International Jews.

      In violent opposition to all this sphere of Jewish effort rise the schemes of the International Jews. The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers, and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown, a definitely recognisable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.

      Terrorist Jews.

      There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews. It is certainly a very great one; it probably outweighs all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from the Jewish leaders. Thus Tchitcherin, a pure Russian, is eclipsed by his nominal subordinate Litvinoff, and the influence of Russians like Bukharin or Lunacharski cannot be compared with the power of Trotsky, or of Zinovieff, the Dictator of the Red Citadel (Petrograd), or of Krassin or Radek – all Jews. In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses. The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews in the brief period of terror during which Bela Kun ruled in Hungary. The same phenomenon has been presented in Germany (especially in Bavaria), so far as this madness has been allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people. Although in all these countries there are many non-Jews every whit as bad as the worst of the Jewish revolutionaries, the part played by the latter in proportion to their numbers in the population is astonishing. . .

      CHURCHILL'S ENTIRE ANTI-SEMITIC SCREED - http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Zionism_versus_Bolshevism

      P.S. And shame on Netanyahu for having a picture of Winston Churchill on a shelf behind his desk! ! ! - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/05/king-bibi-is-ready-for-his-close-up-and-time-is-willing-to-oblige.html

      ** ■ SOME CHOICE QUOTES FROM ÜBER-RACIST SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL:

      When Britain lost control of Egypt in 1956, Prime Minister Anthony Eden said he wanted the nationalist president Gamal Abdel Nasser “destroyed, murdered, I don’t give a damn if there’s anarchy and chaos in Egypt.” Those insolent Arabs, Winston Churchill had urged in 1951, should be driven “into the gutter from which they should never have emerged.”

      SOURCE - http://www.nlpwessex.org/docs/BBCSuez.htm

      "I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of American or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place." ~ To the Peel Commission (1937) on a Jewish Homeland in Palestine

      SOURCE - http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill

      What about Gandhi’s nemesis, Winston Churchill? Today we only remember his heroic opposition to Nazism. But while he was against gassing and tyranny in Europe, he was passionately in favour of it for “uncivilised” human beings whose riches he wanted to seize. In the 1920s, Iraqis rose up against British imperial rule, and Churchill as Colonial Secretary thought of a good solution: gas them. He wrote: “I do not understand this squeamishness… I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes.” It would “spread a lively terror”. He was quite clear about why Britain should do this. He explained: “We have engrossed to ourselves an altogether disproportionate share of the wealth and traffic of the world… mainly acquired by violence, largely maintained by force.”

      SOURCE - http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/26/9915

  • 'Let the police mow the lawn': Israeli right-wing demands stronger crackdown as Netanyahu increases attacks on East Jerusalem
    • P.P.P.S.
      ■ ALSO SEE: "Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel", by Eva Ruth Moravec, mysanantonio.com, 07/07/11

      [EXCERPTS] . . . For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders.
      “I’ve always had an interest in Israel,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “It was a great conference.”
      Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program.
      The group toured a hospital’s trauma unit, Israeli Arab villages, sites of terrorist attacks, border crossings, police offices and the country’s security fence. Based on the itinerary, most of the sites and speeches focused on terrorism and security.
      Ortiz said he was impressed by Israel Defense Force soldiers, who he said are trained as soldiers and as police officers.
      “If we ever deploy troops along the Texas border, they should have training in being a soldier and in law enforcement,” he said...
      ...The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said...

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

      ■ AND SEE: "Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief", By Adina Solomon, onlineathens.com, 07/18/11

      This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.
      "It was an awesome trip," he said. "A trip of a lifetime."
      GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.
      Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.

      The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day...
      ...After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.
      "Hopefully it'll never happen, but in this world, 'never' isn't a word," Wirthman said. "We're not invincible here."
      He's also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.
      Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.
      "I don't know if I could raise my family under those conditions," said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.
      And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said..."

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

    • RE: ‘Let the police mow the lawn': Israeli right-wing demands stronger crackdown as Netanyahu increases attacks on East Jerusalem

      MY COMMENT: This is yet another reason that Jerusalem must be made an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Atlanta Police Department Commander Completes International Public Safety Training", Elizabeth Espy, APD Public Affairs Deputy Manager, Atlanta Police Public Affairs News Release

      Atlanta Police Department Commander Completes International Public Safety Training

      News Release

      Zone 4 Major Rodney Bryant learns best practices on counterterrorism

      Atlanta Police Department Major Rodney Bryant completed a two-week public safety program and exchange focused on new public safety techniques and technologies. Organized by the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), Major Bryant along with 16 other senior Georgia public safety officials learned best practices on counterterrorism measures.

      “The Atlanta Police Department has supported the GILEE program since it was founded in 1992. “I am huge supporter of the GILEE Exchange Program since I visited Israel myself as a participant in this program, said Police Chief George N. Turner. “GILEE is an excellent tool to help educate and train our officers about to responding to multiple threats.”

      Major Rodney Bryant is the commander of Zone 4 and has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. The Department regularly participates in global public safety exchanges. The Atlanta Police Leadership Institute is a leadership program that prepares all ranks for promotional opportunities. The APLI program includes training on international law enforcement issues where officers learn tactics on preventing acts of terror, responding to suspicious objects and organizing volunteers for emergency response. Additionally, this year the Atlanta Police Department has hosted several international police agencies including the Nicaraguan National Police and Israel National Police Department. . .

      ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE - http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=672&recordid=2912

    • RE: “The IDF knows how to handle it.” said Im Tirtzu spokesperson Asher Suzin.

      MY COMMENT: And the IDF is training police all around the globe to use their tactics "tested in combat"!

      SEE:
      Catalan Police in Israel: repression courses "Tested In Combat" [VIDEO, 05:40] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPrNmGcIFpY
      CATALAN POLICE TRAINING IN ISRAEL
      VIDEO February 16, 2014
      “Public security” training in Israel for police from Catalonia – or how to wage war on your own civilian population to protect the investments of bankster criminals!

      SOURCE - http://roblosricos.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/catalan-police-training-in-israel/

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      P.S. RE: “Tested In Combat” ~ from the above video on Catalan police training in Israel

      MY COMMENT - Here is a very powerful testimonial regarding the impact of Israel's "tested in combat" marketing on policing here in the U.S.
      An Israeli Soldier's Story - Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93hqlmrZKd8
      Published on Mar 8, 2014
      The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

      • Bornajoo October 24, 2014, 3:37 pm
      @JLewisDickerson
      That was indeed a very powerful must-watch testimonial. Thank you for the link. More honest and courageous people from within like Eran urgently required
      The digger you deep it just becomes even more hideous, even more grotesque and even more evil.

      • MRW October 27, 2014, 12:43 am
      Everyone should see that “An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05].” If you can’t stand to watch the whole thing, the last 10 minutes will do it.

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2014/10/there-things-around#comment-717880

    • RE: "Despite the Israeli government’s brutal violence on Palestinians in East Jerusalem, nothing short of massacres will satisfy the right-wing’s cravings for violence. As the far-right pushes the Netanyahu government to take over the Temple Mount, the possibility exists that heightened resistance may create the pretext needed to carry their bloody fantasies out." ~ Dan Cohen

      TAKE IT AWAY, NORM: "Soft-Core Fascism", by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch.org, Oct 31-Nov 02, 2014

      [EXCERPT] America is in trouble. Its people have never been more supine in the face of, complicit in, indifferent to, the criminality of its policies, both foreign and domestic, yet this does not sufficiently seem to reassure its ruling groups, albeit, not a unified ruling class, but reasonably cohesive as drawn from financial elites, upper industrial and business circles, selected political and military officials, and any of the superrich I may have slighted. There is surprising unanimity at the top, corresponding in degree to the acquiescent in the middle and bottom ranks of society. Of course, radicals don’t like to hear that, but looking at the dimensions of social control, hidden as well as overt, in America, and from that plateau, the commission of war crimes on a steady basis in foreign affairs, one perhaps reluctantly has to admit truth will out: the fascistization of US society is moving right along, if not indeed nearing completion. Yet not to worry, it’s hardly noticeable, what I refer to as its soft-core expression, generally and more effectively under liberal auspices.

      You don’t need the more familiar concentration camp and gas chamber to subjugate a people. Heavy-handed intrusion into their lives combined with their own self-policing of word and deed as the desired consequence, usually is enough. For the object is the security/maintenance and expansion of monopoly capitalism free from blemish (i.e., internal criticism and foreign obstacles). There are infinite gradations of terrorization, the thin line from soft-core to hard-core manifestations of fascism often being hard to determine, especially since they in fact form a continuum and feed on each other. History, culture, and political institutions are often complicating factors, although at bottom terror, real or disguised, is held to be essential as the instrument of choice in reducing people into submission to Authority. Order is the operative term in characterizing fascist structure, ideology, and mental-set.

      Recognize anything familiar, yet? If, as in America, society is doing its job, the answer should be, No—the point of submission is to wrap it in the flag of DEMOCRACY. Lead the people to diversions, whether football, the stock market, fashion and sexual gratification, but not critical thinking, not the exposure of hegemonic planning and practice, the absence of political choice, the never-ceasing processes of wealth concentration and industrial-financial-commercial consolidation. Keep the people off-balance; purge their ranks of dissent. Starting to seem more familiar, fascism as a somewhat painless process (the Nazis had the motto, “Strength through Joy”) provided you have a scapegoat to unify the people?

      Fascism requires an Enemy, even if one has to be manufactured, is fictional, does not exist, or, through government policy and activity, in this case, eavesdropping, broadly conceived to include all modes of breaking down the walls and protections of privacy, is simply implied. For why else would government go to so much trouble if there wasn’t an enemy somewhere out there? Confirmation of subversion because of the effort to track it—hence government can do no wrong. Fascism is not a function of technological advancement, the latter merely a facilitator through more advanced means of creating and disseminating propaganda—as well as the instruments of less gentle social control. With this brief sketch, let’s turn to two items coming to my attention in the last 24 hours, what I might term, archetypal straws in the wind illustrative of a fundamental structural-ideological pattern: one, collective in reach, the other, applying to an individual (which may apply to many more, but who are less resourceful in the discovery of the intrusion on privacy). . .

      CONTINUED AT - http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/31/soft-core-fascism/

    • P.S. Behold The Goddess.
      Worship at the altar of her hydropneumatic suspension.
      All hail The Goddess!

      STREAMS FROM NETFLIX FOR A FEW MORE DAYS:
      The Goddess of 1967, 2000, NR, 1hr 54m
      A young Japanese man comes to Australia to buy his dream car, and ends up on a cross-country journey with the niece of the car's previous owner.
      Netflix listing - http://www1.netflix.com/WiMovie/70059572
      IMDb (7.1/10) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255195/
      Trailer: The Goddess Of 1967 (2000) [VIDEO, 03:20] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt0AldAJv1k
      ENTIRE FILM ALSO ON YouTube [VIDEO, 1:54:19] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7WJplsyE48

    • RE: I met Jeremy Rossman, a 22-year-old settler from New York at a demonstration demanding Jewish dominance of what is known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. “If somebody challenges Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, he’s a terrorist.” Rossman said before adding, “I don’t care if a person throwing a rock is 13, 20, 30 or 70 years old — he needs to be taken out.“ ~ Dan Cohen

      ISHMAEL (from Moby-Dick, 1851):

      "I have no objection to any person's religion, be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any other person, because that other person don't believe it also. But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him."

      SOURCE - http://lit.genius.com/Herman-melville-moby-dick-chap-17-the-ramadan-annotated

  • The UN can bring peace to Jerusalem by moving its headquarters there
    • RE: "Here is my proposal: move the formal headquarters of the United Nations from New York to Jerusalem. . . Back in 1947 the United Nations passed a resolution calling for the internationalization of Jerusalem." ~ Eugene Bird

      MY COMMENT: Needless to say, I concur! Jerusalem should be made an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provided for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

  • 'We are in a violent fight with extreme Islam' -- Feiglin leads rightists to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque
    • P.S. ALSO RE: "Feiglin leads rightists to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque"

      ISHMAEL (from Moby-Dick, 1851):

      "I have no objection to any person's religion, be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any other person, because that other person don't believe it also. But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him."

      SOURCE - http://lit.genius.com/Herman-melville-moby-dick-chap-17-the-ramadan-annotated

    • RE: "Feiglin leads rightists to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque"

      MY COMMENT:
      Behold The Goddess.
      Worship at the altar of her hydropneumatic suspension.
      All hail!

      STREAMS FROM NETFLIX FOR A FEW MORE DAYS:
      The Goddess of 1967, 2000, NR, 1hr 54m
      A young Japanese man comes to Australia to buy his dream car, and ends up on a cross-country journey with the niece of the car's previous owner.
      Netflix listing - http://www1.netflix.com/WiMovie/70059572
      IMDb (7.1/10) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255195/
      Trailer: The Goddess Of 1967 (2000) [VIDEO, 03:20] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt0AldAJv1k
      ENTIRE FILM ALSO ON YouTube [VIDEO, 1:54:19] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7WJplsyE48

    • P.P.S.

      Skinnerbox Bio

      That particular view on a musical future might have been considerably different when Olaf Hilgenfeld (Germany) met Iftah Gabbai (Israel) for first sessions in 2004. The piano player Hilgenfeld used the accordion that time mainly, whilst Gabbai was using all instruments available, a computer among those more-less by chance.
      Only one year later the duo Skinnerbox played regularly on such uplifting, innovative off-partys (Bar 25, Bachstelzen) that came up within the new Techno generation again. That was just the beginning.

      Skinnerbox have developed a purely electronically composed and performed music (partly feat. vocals by Elle_P) – that is not based on loops but improvised, Techno inspired House and Minimal House. The roles in the duo are clearly settled: Olaf Hilgenfeld – Moog synthesizer, Iftah Gabbai – programming/controlling of hardware drum machines & samplers, Max/MSP, and Ableton Live. All these distinct impacts and effects can be heard on their various releases from the last two years, but far better in their live sets. Skinnerbox are an experience, taking you on expedition with paralyzing Minimal, breaking House, hard-edged Techno-Jazz, and ambient Electronica futurism.

      It was a desire to eternalize this play- & colorful diversity, often just caused by the moment, as entire homogeneity. Thus, they needed to leave temporarily their environmental Techno and Minimal House scapes. King Of Spades And Marmalades – the result – is a Jazz Opus wrapped into a Disco suitcase.

      Discography:
      J.A.B.F.L.A (12”, TonKind, TOK008s, 2006)
      PupoDelarosa (12”, TonKind, TOK009, 2007)
      Naked Cowboys (12”, Jato-Unit, JATOA001, 2008)
      Skinnerbox ft. RQM (12”, Neopren, NEO16, 2008)
      Binär Sedentär (12”, Jato-Unit, JATOA002, 2008)
      The PV Sessions (12”, Doxa, MMXA0803EP, 2008)
      several contributions to Bar 25 label (12” v/a, Bar 25, 2007-2008)
      King Of Spades And Marmalades (Doxa, MMXA0903LP, 2009)
      Sam & Earl (Doxa, MMXA1003MS, 2010)

      SOURCE - http://www.doxa.de/?id=35

    • P.S.
      Skinnerbox (Olaf Hilgenfeld and Iftah Gabbai) live, Hasenheide OA (Berlin, Germany) 2008 [VIDEO, 04:17] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN1Zod1eunE
      Skinnerbox: Sese (Original Mix) [VIDEO, 08:10] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyfOSEA3Lkk
      Skinnerbox's stream on SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/skinnerbox

    • Yes, in many ways the U.S. has become an enormous 'Skinner box' (a/k/a Operant conditioning chamber)!

    • RE: "BTW, did the ancient Israelites invent the Go-Pro?" ~ Mooser

      MY COMMENT: Yes, shortly after they created Arabic numerals (a/k/a Hindu-Arabic numerals and/or Indo-Arabic numerals)!

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Up in Arms", By Ian Urbina Tuesday, VillageVoice.com, Nov 26 2002
      Israelis Flock to Buy Guns, Pack Heat at Services

      JERUSALEM—Unemployment and inflation are skyrocketing in Israel, but fear and paranoia are also soaring, and so business is booming for gun dealers and security companies. Israeli society is becoming so militarized that hosts of weddings and bar mitzvahs sometimes can't attract guests unless they reveal the number of armed guards that will be on hand and even what firm they're from.

      It's not just rightists and settlers who are arming themselves. At the Magnum Gun Store in West Jerusalem, a first-time buyer waits in a line that runs out the door and down the block. A 40-year-old lawyer, David moved from Chicago several years ago. "I vote Meretz, and so do most of my friends," he says with a shrug, referring to one of the country's more left-leaning parties. "But to be honest, I think I'm the last person I know to finally get a gun." A balding man next in line is growing noticeably impatient with such dovish sentiments. He wears a T-shirt emblazoned with an F-16 jet streaking across the front, and the message "Don't Worry, America, Israel Will Protect You."

      Inside the store, the aura is unambiguously stars-and-stripes: posters of Harley-Davidsons and Charlton Heston, ads announcing "Smith & Wesson: The American Choice." Other stores are no less surreal. At the mega-mall Kirion, located in Kiryat Bialik, the Arsenal Store sits wedged between a day care center on one side and the remains of a 3000-year-old city named Afeq on the other. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.villagevoice.com/2002-11-26/news/up-in-arms/full/

    • RE: ‘We are in a violent fight with extreme Islam’ — Feiglin leads rightists to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque"

      NORMAN POLLACK: "Fascism requires an Enemy, even if one has to be manufactured . . ."

      * SEE: Soft-Core Fascism, by Norman Pollack, CounterPunch.org, Oct 31-Nov 02, 2014

      [EXCERPT] America is in trouble. Its people have never been more supine in the face of, complicit in, indifferent to, the criminality of its policies, both foreign and domestic, yet this does not sufficiently seem to reassure its ruling groups, albeit, not a unified ruling class, but reasonably cohesive as drawn from financial elites, upper industrial and business circles, selected political and military officials, and any of the superrich I may have slighted. There is surprising unanimity at the top, corresponding in degree to the acquiescent in the middle and bottom ranks of society. Of course, radicals don’t like to hear that, but looking at the dimensions of social control, hidden as well as overt, in America, and from that plateau, the commission of war crimes on a steady basis in foreign affairs, one perhaps reluctantly has to admit truth will out: the fascistization of US society is moving right along, if not indeed nearing completion. Yet not to worry, it’s hardly noticeable, what I refer to as its soft-core expression, generally and more effectively under liberal auspices.

      You don’t need the more familiar concentration camp and gas chamber to subjugate a people. Heavy-handed intrusion into their lives combined with their own self-policing of word and deed as the desired consequence, usually is enough. For the object is the security/maintenance and expansion of monopoly capitalism free from blemish (i.e., internal criticism and foreign obstacles). There are infinite gradations of terrorization, the thin line from soft-core to hard-core manifestations of fascism often being hard to determine, especially since they in fact form a continuum and feed on each other. History, culture, and political institutions are often complicating factors, although at bottom terror, real or disguised, is held to be essential as the instrument of choice in reducing people into submission to Authority. Order is the operative term in characterizing fascist structure, ideology, and mental-set.

      Recognize anything familiar, yet? If, as in America, society is doing its job, the answer should be, No—the point of submission is to wrap it in the flag of DEMOCRACY. Lead the people to diversions, whether football, the stock market, fashion and sexual gratification, but not critical thinking, not the exposure of hegemonic planning and practice, the absence of political choice, the never-ceasing processes of wealth concentration and industrial-financial-commercial consolidation. Keep the people off-balance; purge their ranks of dissent. Starting to seem more familiar, fascism as a somewhat painless process (the Nazis had the motto, “Strength through Joy”) provided you have a scapegoat to unify the people?

      Fascism requires an Enemy, even if one has to be manufactured, is fictional, does not exist, or, through government policy and activity, in this case, eavesdropping, broadly conceived to include all modes of breaking down the walls and protections of privacy, is simply implied. For why else would government go to so much trouble if there wasn’t an enemy somewhere out there? Confirmation of subversion because of the effort to track it—hence government can do no wrong. Fascism is not a function of technological advancement, the latter merely a facilitator through more advanced means of creating and disseminating propaganda—as well as the instruments of less gentle social control. With this brief sketch, let’s turn to two items coming to my attention in the last 24 hours, what I might term, archetypal straws in the wind illustrative of a fundamental structural-ideological pattern: one, collective in reach, the other, applying to an individual (which may apply to many more, but who are less resourceful in the discovery of the intrusion on privacy). . .

      CONTINUED AT - http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/31/soft-core-fascism/

    • MY SUSPICION: Yes, and it was positive for nitrates. But wouldn't you just know it, Feiglin had a receipt in his pocket for a lunchtime target practice session earlier in the day at a nearby shooting range!

      ■ Self Defence Krav Maga - Close Quarter Battle [VIDEO, 05:22] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULcm8NBOF-0

    • RE: "‘We are in a violent fight with extreme Islam’ — Feiglin leads rightists to pray at al-Asqsa Mosque"

      MY COMMENT: This is yet another reason that Jerusalem must be made an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."
      Netanyahu recently made it clear (albeit speaking only in Hebrew) that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judeaize" the city.

    • RE: "Within hours of Glick’s shooting, religious Jews vowed to storm the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a revenge protest, of prayers. At 8 am Knesset member Moshe Feiglin chaired a rally of a dozen faithful. 'We are in a violent fight. From the free world against the evil forces, the most extreme Islam,' he said."

      FOR SOME BACKGROUND ON FEIGLIN, SEE: "Feiglin New Rightist Power Behind Likud Throne", by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 12/27/08

      [EXCERPTS] Gershom Gorenberg has written a stunner of a political appraisal of the role Moshe Feiglin and his far-right allies will play in Likud before and especially after the next national election. Feiglin is an Orthodox extremist settler leader who toiled in the political trenches of far-right splinter parties until he cottoned on to an idea David Duke had some time ago. Instead of laboring in political obscurity, take over the major party nearest to your ideology. In this case it was Likud.
      In the last leadership primary [back in 2008], Feiglin (remember again that his views are somewhat akin to Duke’s in an Israeli context) garnered 25% of the vote to embarrass Netanyahu deeply. In the most recent primary, Feiglin and his allies chipped away further at the party leader: not only did Feiglin place 20th on the list which would’ve made him a certain MK winner (party leaders later used technicalities to move him to 36th), but many of his ideological soulmates placed high in the list as well. Gorenberg argues that no matter how centrist Netanyahu tries to paint the party, the newly empowered extremists will weigh him down like an albatross. The Israeli journalist speculates that even IF (a big “if”) Netanyahu would want to engage in territorial compromise with the Palestinians after becoming prime minister, the rump right wing caucus could muster the support to nix such an initiative or anything that even smacks of craven capitulation to the enemy.

      Here are some of the more shocking beliefs that Feiglin holds:

      On the Jewish Leadership website, [he] proposes principles for a constitution for Israel. It would include a high rabbinic court, chosen only by clergy, that would overturn any legislation it saw as contradicting Jewish religious law. A newly established senate, with a guaranteed Jewish majority of over 80 percent, would have to consult the rabbinic court on all national issues. Israel would lay claim not only to the West Bank and Gaza, but also to all of Jordan.
      . . . He proposes . . . holding a ceremony at every army base in which all non-lethal weaponry would be destroyed. Faced with Palestinian demonstrators, soldiers could only shoot to kill. . . Another Feiglin tract contrasts parliamentary democracy with an “authentic Jewish regime” that would express the “organic unity of the Nation of Israel.” Put simply, Feiglin’s ideology is the meeting point of fundamentalism and fascism.

      Gorenberg concludes his essay with this warning about the false ‘branding’ of Likud under Netanyahu’s leadership:

      The campaign packaging for the Likud will show Netanyahu’s face. In his modulated MBA voice, he’ll try to sell the Likud to voters as a pragmatic conservative party, willing to make peace if only the Palestinians agree to its conditions. Inside the package, however, is a party in thrall to a lean and hungry man offering extremist leadership for Israel. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2008/12/27/feiglin-new-rightist-power-behind-likud-throne/

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