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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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  • 'We are losing the next generation' -- rabbis describe crisis over Israel in their congregations
    • RE: "It’s very uncomfortable especially for lay leaders in many places to say, Hi, I’m with J Street." ~ Weiss

      TWELVE STEP PROGRAM MEETING: "Hello everyone, my name is Joel. As of today, I've been Ziocaine*-free for three whole weeks!"

      *Ziocaine is a registered trademark of The Mooser Corporation, U.S.A.

    • P.P.S. What's the use in being "judgement proof" if you don't say whatever the hell you damn well want to?!?!

      YOU'RE NEXT, BIG BOY:
      Donald Trump: A True Narcissistic Sociopath

    • P.S.
      Here is a nice photo of "The Littlest Dictator" in his palatial office atop the Venetian (hotel-casino) in Las Vegas. [He just sent Miriam to get some darts to use for target practice.]

    • RE: "I am protecting the rabbis’ identities because while the session was on the record, I don’t think any rabbi in the room thought a reporter was there recording them; and I aim to be kind." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Kindness is its own reward, notwithstanding the likelihood that it would also be extremely counterproductive to "out" these concerned rabbis!

      SEE: "Israel’s sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson", by Brad A. Greenberg, JewishJournal.com, June 27, 2008

      "He gives more money to Israel than the U.S. government.”

      A friend, who has worked for Sheldon Adelson, the third-richest man in the United States, behind Buffett and Gates, offered that analysis recently. It’s not quite accurate—no one provides more aide to Israel than the United States—but it wasn’t far off either.

      Adelson’s Israel-related charity is overwhelming to the point that it could whitewash even the most blemished biography, not to make any implications of Adelson’s. Fifty-five million dollars to birthright israel over the past two years to finance first trips to the Jewish state for tens of thousands of diaspora Jews; $25 million to the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem; $4.5 million for a think tank.

      But 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. . .

      . . . 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://jewishjournal.com/uncategorized/64532/

  • BDS Movement: 'Racism and racial discrimination is the antithesis of freedom, justice and equality'
    • RE: "Adhering to the UN definition of racial discrimination, the BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia." ~ Palestinian BDS National Committee

      HASBARA RESPONSE (DELIVERED WITH EXTREME SNARKINESS):
      Well, of course, you WOULD say that, wouldn't you!

  • Human rights lawyer: Israel's new anti-BDS travel ban violates international law
    • RE: "Israel’s new anti-BDS travel ban violates international law"

      MY COMMENT: International law? That will have them laughing hysterically in Netanyahu's office and the Knesset!

      "Netanyahu orders reprimand of Belgian ambassador" | Reuters | Feb 8, 2017

      Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered the reprimanding of the Belgian Ambassador over a meeting between Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel with representatives of two Israeli rights groups.

      Israeli Channel Ten reported that Michel had met with representatives of Israeli human rights group B'tselem and Israeli advocacy group Breaking the Silence during his visit to the region.

      Both organizations have become popular targets for right wing politicians who accuse them of damaging Israel's reputation abroad and putting Israeli soldiers and officials at risk of prosecution.

      "Israel views with gravity the meeting held today," a statement from Netanyahu said. "Belgium must decide whether it wants to change direction or continue with an anti-Israeli line."

      Netanyahu had met with Michel on Tuesday in Jerusalem.

      Breaking the Silence, which collects testimonies from Israeli war veterans and B'tselem are highly critical of Israeli policies and practices towards the Palestinians.

      In 2016 Israel passed a law requiring NGOs that receive more than half their funding from foreign governments or bodies to provide details of their donations. The legislation was largely seen as targeting left-wing organizations such as B'tselem and Breaking the Silence and drew international criticism.

      SOURCE - http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-belgium-idUSKBN15N2RA

  • Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu
    • RE: "grin cheesily at Netanyahu"

      ■ LIKE THIS?

    • [Dis]Honourable mention should perhaps go to King Leopold's holocaust in the Congo!

      Congo Free State
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Free_State

      The Congo Free State (French: État indépendant du Congo, lit. "Independent State of the Congo") was a large state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908, which was in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium under Leopold II. Leopold was able to procure the region by convincing the European community that he was involved in humanitarian and philanthropic work and would not tax trade.[2] Via the International Association of the Congo he was able to lay claim to most of the Congo basin. On May 29, 1885, the king named his new colony the Congo Free State. The state would eventually include an area now held by the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Leopold's reign in the Congo eventually earned infamy due to the increasing mistreatment of the indigenous peoples. Leopold extracted ivory, rubber, and minerals in the upper Congo basin for sale on the world market, even though his nominal purpose in the region was to uplift the local people and develop the area. Under Leopold II's administration, the Congo Free State became one of the greatest international scandals of the early-20th century. The report of the British Consul Roger Casement led to the arrest and punishment of white officials who had been responsible for killings during a rubber-collecting expedition in 1903.

      The loss of life and atrocities inspired literature such as Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and raised an international outcry. Debate has been ongoing about the high death rate in this period.[3] The boldest estimate concludes that the forced labour system led directly and indirectly to the deaths of 20 percent of the population.[4] During the Congo Free State propaganda war, European and US reformers exposed atrocities in the Congo Free State to the public through the Congo Reform Association, founded by Casement and the fervent humanitarian journalist E. D. Morel. Also active in exposing the activities of the Congo Free State was the author Arthur Conan Doyle, whose book The Crime of the Congo was widely read in the early 1900s. By 1908, public pressure and diplomatic manoeuvres led to the end of Leopold II's rule and to the annexation of the Congo as a colony of Belgium. It became known thenceforth as the Belgian Congo. In addition, a number of major Belgian investment companies pushed the Belgian government to take over the Congo and develop the mining sector as it was virtually untapped.[5] . . .

      Death toll
      A reduction of the population of the Congo is noted by all who have compared the country at the beginning of Leopold's control with the beginning of Belgian state rule in 1908, but estimates of the death toll vary considerably. Estimates of contemporary observers suggest that the population decreased by half during this period and these are supported by some modern scholars such as Jan Vansina.[35] Others dispute this. Scholars at the Royal Museum for Central Africa argue a decrease of 15 percent over the first forty years of colonial rule (up to the census of 1924).[citation needed]

      According to British diplomat Roger Casement, this depopulation had four main causes: "indiscriminate war", starvation, reduction of births, and disease.[36] Sleeping sickness was also a major cause of fatality at the time. Opponents of Leopold's rule stated, however, that the administration itself was to be considered responsible for the spreading of the epidemic.[37]

      In the absence of a census providing even an initial idea of the size of population of the region at the inception of the Congo Free State (the first was taken in 1924),[38] it is impossible to quantify population changes in the period. Despite this, Forbath claimed the loss was at least five million[39] Adam Hochschild, and Isidore Ndaywel è Nziem, 10 million;[40][41] However, no verifiable records exist. Louis and Stengers state that population figures at the start of Leopold's control are only "wild guesses", while calling E.D. Morel's attempt and others at coming to a figure for population losses "but figments of the imagination".[42]

      Nevertheless, Hochschild cites several recent independent lines of investigation, by anthropologist Jan Vansina and others, that examine local sources (police records, religious records, oral traditions, genealogies, personal diaries), which generally agree with the assessment of the 1919 Belgian government commission: roughly half the population perished during the Free State period. Since the first official census by the Belgian authorities in 1924 put the population at about 10 million, these various approaches suggest a rough estimate of a total of 10 million dead.[43] To put these population changes in context, sourced references state that in 1900 Africa as a whole had between 90 million[44] and 133 million people.[45] . . .

      Genocide question
      In the aftermath of the 1998 publication of King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild, where he had written "the killing in the Congo was of genocidal proportions", but "it was not strictly speaking a genocide",[49] The Guardian reported that the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Brussels would finance an investigation into some of the claims made by Hochschild. An investigatory panel announced in 2002, likely to be headed by Professor Jean-Luc Vellut, was scheduled to report its findings in 2004.[47] Robert G. Weisbord stated in the 2003 Journal of Genocide Research that attempting to eliminate a portion of the population is enough to qualify as genocide under the UN convention. In the case of the Congo Free State, the unbearable conditions would qualify as a genocide.[49]

      In the aftermath of the report, an exhibition was held at the Royal Museum for Central Africa entitled The Memory of Congo. Critics, including Hochschild, claimed that there were "distortions and evasions" in the exhibition and stated "The exhibit deals with this question in a wall panel misleadingly headed 'Genocide in the Congo?' This is a red herring, for no reputable historian of the Congo has made charges of genocide; a forced labor system, although it may be equally deadly, is different."[4] An early day motion presented to the British Parliament in 2006 described "the tragedy of King Leopold's regime" as genocide and called for an apology from the Belgian government. It received the signature of 48 members of parliament.[50] . . .

      P. S. On second thought, perhaps the U.S. is more deseving of [dis]honourable mention than is Belgium's Leopold II.

    • I almost always find Beinart's commentaries to be exceptionally perceptive!

    • Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words (or perhaps even more). Note the smile on Jared Kushner's face: Everything must be going according to plans.

    • RE: In November, Yaron London, a popular TV host, welcomed Trump’s election, pointing out that “a worldview which supports white supremacy matches our [Israeli] government’s interests.” ~ Jonathan Cook

      THE PROPHETIC HERZL: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.”

      SEE: "Zionism and the Ethnic Cleansing of Europe", by Siddhartha Shome, Stanford University, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] The Holocaust was by far the worst genocide in human history and has understandably attracted much scholarly interest. However, the Holocaust did not happen in isolation. As the term ‘final solution’ indicates, it was intended as the culmination of a broad effort to ethnically cleanse(1) Europe of its Jews – an effort that preceded the Holocaust and continued even after it ended. This paper argues that in a curious ideological relationship, Zionists(2) and their supporters embraced much of the ideological framework of European anti-Semitism, and, except for its most intense manifestation in the form of genocide, implicitly endorsed the effort to ethnically cleanse Jews from Europe and make Europe judenrein (free of Jews). . .

      . . . Zionism arose in Europe within the milieu of völkisch and ethnic nationalism and in reaction to the racist anti-Semitism that accompanied it(6). Instead of directly challenging the core ideological assumptions and narratives of völkisch nationalism, mainstream Zionists(7) sought to find an accommodation that would carve out a secure niche for Jews within the overall framework of völkisch nationalism. In so doing, Zionists, whether out of genuine convictions or otherwise, seem to have accepted and even internalized some of the core values and assumptions of völkisch nationalism. Jews, claimed the Zionists, constituted a nation, or a ‘Volk,’ united by ties of blood, with its national homeland located in Eretz Israel (the land of Israel). The solution to the ‘Jewish problem,’ they declared, lay in transferring the diaspora Jewish population to their national homeland, the only place where Jews could establish the organic blood-and-soil links necessary for any nation to flourish. Theodor Herzl, considered by many to be the father of the Jewish state, believed that European anti-Semites and Zionists would cooperate with each other to advance their mutually complementary goals of cleansing Europe of its Jews and transferring the Jewish population to Eretz Israel. Partly quoting Herzl, one author describes Herzl’s reasoning,

      [Herzl] predicted that the anti-Semites would be Zionism’s best supporters: “the Government of all countries scourged by anti-Semitism will be keenly interested in assisting us to obtain [the] sovereignty we want.” … Furthermore, “honest anti-Semites … will combine with our officials in controlling the transfer of our estates.” … He unapologetically affirmed: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.” (Massad 178)

      In the early years of the Third Reich, Zionists were quite eager to cooperate with the Nazi regime, even though its anti-Semitic credentials were never in doubt. The most famous example of the Nazi-Zionist cooperation is the Haavara Agreement, which facilitated the transfer of German Jews to Palestine. There were many other avenues for cooperation as well. In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt quotes Hans Lamm, a leading member of the German Jewish community, “it is indisputable that during the first stages of their Jewish policy the National socialists thought it proper to adopt a pro-Zionist attitude” (Arendt 58). Arendt then goes on to explain why this was so:

      It was in those years a fact of everyday life that only Zionists had any chance of negotiating the German authorities, for the simple reason that their chief Jewish adversary, the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, to which ninety-five percent of organized Jews in Germany then belonged, specified in its bylaws that its chief task was the “fight against anti-Semitism”; it had suddenly become by definition an organization “hostile to the State.” (Arendt 58)

      What is unsaid, but implied in Arendt’s comments, is that the Zionists did not consider the “fight against anti-Semitism” their chief task, and perhaps, not their task at all.

      According to the logic of Zionism, the root cause of Jewish suffering was not anti-Semitism per se, but the Jewish exile from their national homeland. In this view, anti-Semitism was no more than the inevitable consequence of the Jewish exile, which had severed the organic bond between the Jewish people and their homeland, and had eroded the Jews’ moral fiber, reducing them to a ‘parasitic’ existence, thereby arousing the ill-will and hatred of their ‘host nations.’ The Zionists thus accepted and endorsed the notion, advanced by völkisch anti-Semites, that Jews in Europe were alien parasites. The Zionists then called upon Jews to rectify this dire situation by ‘returning’ to their homeland, shedding their ‘parasitic’ disposition, and becoming self-reliant and valorous farmers and warriors. David Ben-Gurion describes the task at hand:

      The very realization of Zionism is nothing else than carrying out this deep historical transformation occurring in the life of the Hebrew people. This transformation does not limit itself to the geographical aspect, to the movement of Jewish masses from the countries of the Diaspora to the renascent homeland – but in a socioeconomic transformation as well: it means taking masses of uprooted, impoverished, sterile Jews, living parasitically off an alien economic body and dependent on others – and introducing them to productive and creative life, implanting them on the land, integrating them into primary production in agriculture, in industry and handicraft… (Avineri, 200) . . .

      ENTIRE PAPER (PDF) - http://www.academia.edu/16928242/Zionism_and_the_Ethnic_Cleansing_of_Europe

  • More than a feeling: Jews and whiteness in Trump’s America
  • 'BDS is a terrorist movement' - exposing David Collier
    • RE: Greenstein notes that “the idea that the Jews who died in the Holocaust were being punished for their own sins is a common one amongst the religious Orthodoxy – both Zionist and anti-Zionist.”

      MY COMMENT: I find the notion that "the Jews who died in the Holocaust were being punished for their own sins" to be extremely offensive. In my book it constitutes Holocaust Denial. If a person is "punished" for their own "sins", isn't that "just"? So the Holocaust was "just"? Damn, that's really sick! REALLY, REALLY SICK! ! ! Incredibly revolting! ! ! I almost need to puke!

      P.S. I suspect that some "Christian Zionists" harbor something akin to this really sick notion. Some of the "Alt Right" as well.

      P.P.S. SEE: "Inside CUFI's 2011 Washington 'Summit'", Special to JewsOnFirst.org, 07/29/11
      ● Our eyewitness report on Christians United For Israel's annual Washington conference

      [EXCERPTS] Over this past July 17th – 20th, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held its 6th annual Washington Summit in the nation's capital to rally its staunch, militant support for Israel. . .

      . . . There were also some newcomers to this year's Summit from the conservative end of the pro-Israel spectrum. These included Elliot Chodoff, a major in the IDF reserves; Colonel Ben Tzion Gruber, also from the IDF reserves; Commentary Magazine editor, John Podhoretz; conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager; the ultra-hawkish blogger Jennifer Rubin; and, of course, conspiracy theorist and former Fox News personality, Glenn Beck. . .

      . . . CUFI seems quite clearly disinterested in the concerns of Liberal Jews, and although touting itself as an organization dedicated to allowing Israel to choose for itself what it wants to do, this notion has yet to be seriously tested considering the current Government in Israel shares identical earthly aspirations to Christian Zionists (the other-worldly aspirations, are of course, different).

      And this is the rub – Christian Zionists love the idea of Jews – not Jews as they actually are, but as representatives of God's ongoing truth and impending Christian salvation. They love religious Jews who, through the conflation of American and Israeli identities, many seem to think of as sharing the exact same values as them, minus Jesus. Whether it is CUFI on Campus students excitedly Tweeting "there are so many Jews here!" or women fawning over their new Star of David necklaces and sharing stories of possible Jewish lineage, it seems that actual interaction with Jews of diverse opinions is significantly lacking.

      So while conversion attempts are waning (some attendees expressed the idea that God is creating "one new man" with Christians and Jews as they are) there is still a need for conversion to the political philosophy of Christian Zionists. And this is where those Jews who are strong supporters of CUFI come in handy. They can criticize Jews to a far greater degree than any Christian Zionists would be willing to do. Conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin [of the "Washington (Neocon) Post" - J.L.D.] spent a great deal of her talk slamming her co-religionists for being naively liberal, and referencing her fellow panelist's father’s book – Norman Podhoretz's "Why are Jews Liberal?" – as a way to try and explain that they have fallen away from God and been captivated by the "religion of liberalism" to which the audience expressed considerable dismay. Rubin and others are useful for this kind of criticism because it allows them to express contempt for their fellow Jews, which coming out of the mouth of anyone else would, quite rightly, be considered anti-Semitism. . .

      ENTIRE REPORT - http://www.jewsonfirst.org/11a/CUFI2011a.aspx

  • Banksy's 'Walled Off Hotel' is a form of gentrification
    • LA DOLCE VITA:

      Fine Dining ("Bon appétit", as Julia Childs used to say! - J.L.D.)

      Fine Dining comes with a standardized questionnaire i.e menu that CIA case officers fill out. The questionnaire is used by the agency's OSB (Operational Support Branch) to transform the requests of case officers into technical requirements for hacking attacks (typically "exfiltrating" information from computer systems) for specific operations. The questionnaire allows the OSB to identify how to adapt existing tools for the operation, and communicate this to CIA malware configuration staff. The OSB functions as the interface between CIA operational staff and the relevant technical support staff.

      Among the list of possible targets of the collection are 'Asset', 'Liason Asset', 'System Administrator', 'Foreign Information Operations', 'Foreign Intelligence Agencies' and 'Foreign Government Entities'. Notably absent is any reference to extremists or transnational criminals. The 'Case Officer' is also asked to specify the environment of the target like the type of computer, operating system used, Internet connectivity and installed anti-virus utilities (PSPs) as well as a list of file types to be exfiltrated like Office documents, audio, video, images or custom file types. The 'menu' also asks for information if recurring access to the target is possible and how long unobserved access to the computer can be maintained. This information is used by the CIA's 'JQJIMPROVISE' software (see below) to configure a set of CIA malware suited to the specific needs of an operation.

      Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed - https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/

  • In Jerusalem, Cuomo says the more people try to separate NY and Israel, the closer we get
    • PROVERB: "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." ~ often attributed to H.L.Mencken, but not found in his writings

      PUT ANOTHER WAY: Americans, as a group, are not especially intelligent and can be readily entertained or fooled to produce financial benefit for someone.

    • Zion Oil and Gas SCAM Update January 2015

      Published on Jan 18, 2015
      Zion oil fraud, see this before you invest. John Brown exposed. Zion oil and gas Inc. 2015. Since the making of this video about Zion oil and gas, untold thousand of Christian investors have been scammed by John Brown to invest in Zion Oil and gas Inc.

      Look at the date I made this video about Zion oil and Gas and see that Zion Oil and Gas Inc. has lost over 80% of its value. John Brown knows full well he will not find oil becasue that is what he said, that oil will not be discovered by Zion oil until he meets a super spiritual person that God will bring to his life and then the oil will be discovered.

      I am willing to testify in court that John is knowingly and willfully deceiving people into buying Zion Oil and gas stock in order to keep paying his hefty salary. Dig into the financials of Zion oil and you will discover that the top leadership sold of significant portions of there holdings which speak louder then the mantra of John Brown for the last five years , that "this is the year we discover oil" such statements are deceptive and may even violate SEC federal laws.

      Watch more exposure of Zion Oil and Gas investor fraud and Zion Oil and Gas INC. scam exposed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVxeu6Z4Yhg&feature=youtu.be

      Basically we are speaking of affinity fraud, to use false statements for the purpose of getting an affinity group to invest in your company, in this case Christians. My video has not been well received judging by the thumbs down and yet since my video Zion oil and Gas Inc exploration company has lost over 80% of its value. Christians who invest in this company largely are not interested in supporting Israel but rather to make a financial killing.

      To learn more about Zion oil and gas Inc. scam visit our wix site at http://zion-oil.wix.com/zion-oil

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Donald Trump's New Fundraiser's Israel Connection" | Haaretz | May 26, 2016
      The vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, Elliott Broidy, was removed as chairman of the Tel Aviv-based venture capital firm Markstone Capital Partners after paying bribes to pension fund managers.

      Elliott Broidy, the American-Jewish venture capitalist and the deposed chairman of Tel Aviv-based Markstone Capital Partners, has been appointed deputy chairman of a fundraising organization for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign.

      Broidy was removed as chairman of Markstone Capital after admitting to paying nearly $1 million in bribes to pension fund managers in New York State. He is still thought to have extensive political ties in Israel.

      Broidy's appointment as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee sponsored by Trump and the Republican National Committee, comes just weeks after Steven Mnuchin, a Jewish Hollywood film producer and former Goldman Sachs executive, was named Trump's national finance chairman.

      About a decade and a half ago, Broidy decided to combine a Zionist act and a business opportunity in establishing a major venture capital fund that would operate in Israel. He used his ties with Alan Hevesi, the New York state comptroller at the time, who was also active in the Jewish community, to raise $250 million for the fund from the New York State pension fund, which had $100 billion under its management in the time.

      The stated Zionist mission of the fund as well as Broidy's ties meant that there was a lot of politics involved in establishing Markstone Capital. In mid-2003, when Israel's finance minister, and now prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited New York and met with finance officials from New York's state government, the matter of the establishment of Markstone also came up.

      Following that visit, the chairman of Israel's Histadrut labor federation at the time, Amir Peretz, approached American labor union leaders asking for their help with the new fund. That brought in an additional $50 million for Markstone.

      In the end, however, Markstone turned out to be one of the most resounding financial failures in the history of the Israel capital market. Broidy was removed as its chairman in late 2009 after being accused of paying bribes to New York pension fund managers, allegations that he ultimately admitted to, acknowledging giving nearly a million dollars to state officials in return for the pension funds' investment of roughly $250 million in Markstone Capital.

      Broidy, who invested in the past in several Israeli startup companies, is understood to have extensive political ties in Israel. He was also a regular dinner partner of the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

      SOURCE - http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/.premium-1.721712

    • P.S. SEE: "Former Markstone Capital chairman Broidy pleads guilty to bribery" | By Christine Williamson | pionline.com | December 3, 2009

      [EXCERPTS] Private equity manager Elliott Broidy today pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to a felony charge that he paid about $1 million in bribes between 2002 and 2006 to four officials employed in the office of then-State Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

      The bribes were made to secure an investment by the $126 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said today.

      Mr. Broidy's crime was “a plain, old-fashioned bribery scheme,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference, and is unrelated to the pay-to-play scheme involving private equity placement agents that his office has been investigating for two years.

      Mr. Broidy, co-founder and former chairman of Markstone Capital Group, admitted to bribing the four officials in the state comptroller's office to secure a $250 million commitment from the pension fund in Markstone Capital Partners, which invests in Israeli-based companies. The state retirement fund, which has invested in the Markstone fund since 2003, remains an investor in the fund. . .

      . . . Mr. Cuomo would not identify three of the four officials who allegedly accepted Mr. Broidy's bribes because they have not been charged and because the investigation is ongoing. Mr. Cuomo acknowledged that David Loglisci, formerly chief investment officer for the state retirement fund, who faces state criminal charges in connection with the pay-to-play scheme, was the fourth recipient of Mr. Broidy's bribes. None of the officials still works in the state comptroller's office, he said.

      Mr. Cuomo said Mr. Broidy's bribes included a concealed $300,000 gift to Mr. Loglisci's family for the production of a film; payments to friends of the state comptroller's office officials; a sham consulting contract awarded to the relative of one of the four officials; and luxury travel in Israel and Italy provided to one of the officials and their relatives. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.pionline.com/article/20091203/ONLINE/912039987/former-markstone-capital-chairman-broidy-pleads-guilty-to-bribery

    • RE: "In Jerusalem, Cuomo says the more people try to separate NY and Israel, the closer we get"

      MY COMMENT: Talk about a sleazy pol. Something's very rotten in the state city of Denmark Albany.
      Cuomo is obviously running for the 2020 Democratic nomination. I suspect the fix might just already be in (as it was for H. Clinton).
      On the bright side, he might be just the man to finish off the Democratic Party once and for all.

  • A Palestinian state has always been a fiction for Zionists
    • P.P.S. You will recall that it was Netanyahu's mentor, the terrorist Itzhak Shamir, who (as the leader of Lehi) in 1948 ordered the murder/assassination of Sweden's Folke Bernadotte.

      Folke Bernadotte
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folke_Bernadotte

      [EXCERPT] Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (Swedish: Greve af Wisborg; 2 January 1895 – 17 September 1948) was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman. During World War II he negotiated the release of about 31,000 prisoners from German concentration camps including 450 Danish Jews from the Theresienstadt camp. They were released on 14 April 1945.[1][2][3] In 1945, he received a German surrender offer from Heinrich Himmler, though the offer was ultimately rejected.

      After the war, Bernadotte was unanimously chosen to be the United Nations Security Council mediator in the Arab–Israeli conflict of 1947–1948. He was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948 by the militant Zionist group Lehi while pursuing his official duties. Upon his death, Ralph Bunche took up his work at the UN, but was removed from the post around six months after Bernadotte was assassinated, at the critical period of recognition of the fledgling state. . . SOURCE - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folke_Bernadotte

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

      [EXCERPT] Lehi (Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈleχi]; Hebrew: לח"י – לוחמי חרות ישראל‎‎ Lohamei Herut Israel – Lehi, "Fighters for the Freedom of Israel – Lehi"), often known pejoratively as the Stern Gang,[9][10][11][12] was a Zionist paramilitary organization founded by Avraham ("Yair") Stern in Mandatory Palestine.[13][14] Its avowed aim was to evict the British authorities from Palestine by resort to force, allowing unrestricted immigration of Jews and the formation of a Jewish state, a "new totalitarian Hebrew republic".[15] It was initially called the National Military Organization in Israel,[1] upon being founded in August 1940, but was renamed Lehi one month later.[16] It defined itself as a terrorist group.[17][18]

      Lehi split from the Irgun militant group in 1940 in order to continue fighting the British during World War II. Lehi initially sought an alliance with Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, offering to fight alongside them against the British in return for the transfer of all Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine.[2] Believing that Nazi Germany was a lesser enemy of the Jews than Britain, Lehi twice attempted to form an alliance with the Nazis.[2] During World War II, it declared that it would establish a Jewish state based upon "nationalist and totalitarian principles".[2][19] After Stern's death in 1942, the new leadership of Lehi began to move it towards support for Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union.[1] In 1944, Lehi officially declared its support for National Bolshevism.[6] It said that its National Bolshevism involved an amalgamation of left-wing and right-wing political elements – Stern said Lehi incorporated elements of both the left and the right[2] – however this change was unpopular and Lehi began to lose support as a result.[20]

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

    • P.S. THAT PHOTO, I should have pointed out, was taken during the famous ‘peace process’ in Madrid in 1991. Shamir had pretty much put his protege Netanyau in charge of the Israeli delegation.

    • RE: "I have always respected honesty and sincerity. Gideon Levy has both." - just

      REPLY: Not to mention his delightfully keen sense of humor!

      Rapier wit - a sharp intellect, making points so deadly they are like a french rapier sword in fencing duels
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    • RE: "Journalist Gideon Levy suggests an 11th point, to perfect the plan . . ." ~ Ofir

      MY ADMONITION: Now you behave, Gideon! Enough of your insolence!

      Two-State Solution Debate | Gideon Levy | Proposition

    • RE: "The 1st Intifada was already on its way, a predominantly unarmed civil uprising– met with bone-breaking policy by Defense minister Yitzhak Rabin." ~ Ofir

      Fact Sheet: 25th anniversary of the First Intifada
      By +972 Resources | Published December 10, 2012
      Twenty-five years ago this past weekend, a large-scale popular uprising by Palestinians began against Israel’s then 20-year-old military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Sparked by an incident in which four Palestinians were hit and killed by an Israeli driving in Gaza on December 8, 1987, Palestinian frustration at living under repressive Israeli military rule and Israel’s growing colonial settlement enterprise erupted, grabbing international headlines and drawing attention to the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. On this 25th anniversary, the IMEU offers the following fact sheet on the First Intifada.

      By The Institute for Middle East Understanding

      [EXCERPT] During the First Intifada, Palestinians employ tactics such as unarmed demonstrations, including rock throwing against soldiers, commercial strikes, a refusal to pay taxes to Israeli authorities, and other acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. They are coordinated largely by grassroots ad hoc committees of Palestinians in the occupied territories rather than the PLO leadership abroad.

      In response, Israeli soldiers use brutal force to repress the mostly unarmed popular rebellion. Then Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin implements the infamous “broken bones” policy, ordering security forces to break the limbs [WARNING: Graphic video] of rock-throwing Palestinians and other demonstrators.

      More than 1000 Palestinians are killed by Israeli forces during the First Intifada, including 237 children under the age of 17. Many tens of thousands more are injured.

      According to an estimate by the Swedish branch of Save the Children, as many as 29,900 children require medical treatment for injuries caused by beatings from Israeli soldiers during the first two years of the Intifada alone. Nearly a third of them are aged ten or under. Save the Children also estimates that between 6500-8500 Palestinian minors are wounded by Israeli gunfire in the first two years of the Intifada.

      In 2000 it is revealed that between 1988 and 1992 Israel’s internal security force, the Shin Bet, systematically tortures Palestinians using methods that go beyond what is allowable under government guidelines for “moderate physical pressure,” Israel’s official euphemism for torture. These methods include violent shaking, tying prisoners into painful positions for long periods, subjecting them to extreme heat and cold, and severe beatings, including kicking. At least 10 Palestinians die and hundreds of others are maimed as a result.

      Approximately 120,000 Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel during the First Intifada. . .

      SOURCE - https://972mag.com/fact-sheet-25th-anniversary-of-the-first-intifada/61798/

    • Thanks for the update. I really haven't kept up with recent developments.
      I suppose I should ease up on Freedland. I agree with him on almost everything except Likudnik Israel.

    • RE: "[I]n mid-1970’s, the PLO was making steps which very seriously approximated the international consensus on Israeli withdrawal to June 4, 1967 lines, proposing a Palestinian state within the remaining 22% of historical Palestine. Israel thus stepped up its belligerence to avert this Palestinian ‘peace offensive’ as Israeli strategic analyst Avner Yaniv called it (see 1981-2 Fez plan). The averting of this ‘peace offensive’ meant of course Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982 . . ." ~ Ofir

      YOU'RE 'ON', URI: "The War of Lies", by Uri Avnery, gush-shalom.org 09/06/12

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

      Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.

      From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.

      THE LIES started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      . . . Sharon had a dangerous mental mixture: a primitive mind unsullied by any knowledge of (non-Jewish) history, and a fatal craving for “grand designs”. . .

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

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

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

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

    • POPPIN' THAT PINK CHAMPAGNE ! ! ! OH, YEAH ! ! !

    • P.S. I bet The Guardian's Johnathan Freedland would like some "pink"!

    • RE: "trouch!" ~ moi (from above)

      MY COMMENT: Where the hell did that 'r' come from? I didn't type that!
      Nice work Mossad/Unit 8200, but payback's gonna be a real bitch ! ! !

    • P.S.
      I. F. Stone he (i.e., Jonathan Freedland*) most certainly is not!!!

      * Can you say narcissist? Sure you can!

    • Jonathan Freedland will be the death of The (Manchester) Guardian (once one of the truly great U.K. newspapers).
      Zionists kill everything they trouch!
      It just comes naturally to them.

    • P.S.
      ● Herzog on secret peace summit: Netanyahu ran away from historic opportunity ~ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.772702
      ● Exclusive Kerry offered Netanyahu regional peace plan in secret 2016 summit with al-Sissi, King Abdullah ~ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.772531
      ● Following Haaretz exposé, Netanyahu says he initiated secret summit with Kerry, Sissi and King Abdullah (LOL! - J.L.D.) ~ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.772582

    • RE: "HIS DESPICABLE PROTOGEGE" ~ moi (from above)

      SEE: "EXCLUSIVE Netanyahu offered opposition leader to push together for regional peace initiative – and then backtracked" | By Barak Ravid | Haaretz.com | Mar 05, 2017
      Netanyahu and Herzog reached dramatic understandings six months ago; a joint declaration in Cairo, including readiness for territorial compromise and curb on settlement building, was set to be followed with announcement of unity government. But Amona crisis crashed talks.
      LINK - http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.775258
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.775258

    • RE: "When Israel and the Palestinians embarked upon the famous ‘peace process’ in Madrid in 1991, Prime Minister Itzhak Shamir coined the ‘teaspoon policy’: endless negotiating sessions at which countless teaspoons amounting to mountains of sugar would be stirred into oceans of tea and coffee, but no agreement would ever be reached." ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: Sometimes a PHOTO truly is worth a thousand words (or perhaps even a billion) ! ! !

      MORE PHOTOS OF YITZHAK SHAMIR AND HIS DESPICABLE PROTOGEGE
      (I.E., THE SCOURGES OF MANKIND) - https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17191235_10211504055533667_8270738302358937968_n.jpg?oh=d627c45abafed9fac939ffd290a33bd7&oe=59370634

  • Sanders suggests giving Gaza a portion of $38 billion US military aid to Israel
    • P.S. ALSO SEE:
      Gaza Strip
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip

      The Gaza Strip (/ˈɡɑːzəˈstrɪp/;[4] Arabic: قطاع غزة‎‎ Qiṭāʿ Ġazzah [qɪˈtˤɑːʕ ˈɣazza]), or simply Gaza, is a small self-governing Palestinian territory[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea . . .

      Gaza blockade
      Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade of the Gaza Strip, although Israel allows in limited quantities of medical humanitarian aid. The Red Cross claimed that the blockade harms the economy and causes a shortage of basic medicines and equipment such as painkillers and x-ray film.[154]

      Israel claims the blockade is necessary to prevent the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. For example, in 2014, a Panamanian-flagged ship claiming to be carrying construction materials was boarded by the IDF [more than a thousand miles away from Gaza, and heading not for Gaza but for Port Sudan ~ J.L.D.] and was found to contain Syrian produced rockets.[155] Israel maintains that the blockade is legal and necessary to limit Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on its cities and to prevent Hamas from obtaining other weapons.[31][32][29][156][157][158]

      Director of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Yuval Diskin did not oppose easing trade restrictions, but said that smuggling tunnels in Sinai and an open seaport in the Gaza Strip endangered Israel's security. According to Diskin, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had smuggled in over "5,000 rockets with ranges up to 40 km (25 mi)." Some of the rockets could reach as far as the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.[159]

      Israeli spokesman Mark Regev described Israel's actions as "sanctions," not a blockade, but a Gazan legal consultant for UNRWA called the blockade "an action outside of international law.”[160]

      In July 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."[161] In response, the spokesman for the Israeli embassy in London said, "The people of Gaza are the prisoners of the terrorist organization Hamas. The situation in Gaza is the direct result of Hamas' rule and priorities."

      The Arab League accused Israel of waging a financial war.[162] The IDF strictly controlled travel within the area of the crossing points between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and sealed its border with Gaza. U.S. government travel guides warned tourists that the region was dangerous.

      Facing mounting international pressure, Egypt and Israel lessened the restrictions starting in June 2010, when the Rafah border crossing from Egypt to Gaza was partially opened by Egypt. Egypt’s foreign ministry said that the crossing would remain open mainly for people, but not for supplies.[163] Israel announced that it would allow the passage of civilian goods but not weapons and items that could be used for dual purposes.[164] In December 2015, Egypt asked Israel not to allow Turkish aid to get through to the Gaza Strip.[165] Benjamin Netanyahu said that it is impossible to lift the siege on Gaza and that the security of Israel is the primary issue for him. He confirmed "that Israel is the only country that currently sends supplies to the coastal enclave".[166]

      In January and February 2011, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) assessed measures taken to ease the blockade[167] and concluded that they were helpful but not sufficient to improve the lives of the local inhabitants.[167] UNOCHA called on Israel to reduce restrictions on exports and the import of construction materials, and to lift the general ban on movement between Gaza and the West Bank via Israel.[167] After Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak resigned on 28 May 2011, Egypt permanently opened its border with the Gaza Strip to students, medical patients, and foreign passport holders.[167][168] Following the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état, Egypt's military has destroyed most of the 1,200 tunnels which are used for smuggling food, weapons, and other goods to Gaza.[169] After the August 2013 Rabaa Massacre in Egypt, the border crossing was closed 'indefinitely.'[170]

      Israel has alternately restricted or allowed goods and people to cross the terrestrial border and handles vicariously the movement of goods into and out of Gaza by air and sea. Israel largely provides for Gaza's water supply, electricity, and communications infrastructure. While the import of food is restricted through the Gaza blockade, the Israeli military destroys agricultural crops by spraying toxic chemicals over the Gazan lands, using aircraft flying over the border zone.[171][172] Also Gaza's agricultural research and development station was destroyed in 2014 and again in January 2016, while import of new equipment is obstructed.[173]

      Movement of people
      Because of the Israeli–Egyptian blockade, the population is not free to leave or enter the Gaza Strip. Only in exceptional cases are people allowed to pass through the Erez Crossing or the Rafah Border Crossing.[2][174][175][176] In 2015, a Gazan woman was not allowed to travel through Israel to Jordan on her way to her own wedding. The Israeli authorities found she did not meet the criteria for travel, namely only in exceptional humanitarian cases.[177]

      Under the long-term blockade, the Gaza Strip is often described as a "prison-camp or open air prison for its collective denizens". The comparison is done by observers, ranging from Roger Cohen and Lawrence Weschler to NGOs, such as B'tselem, and politicians and diplomats, such as David Cameron, Noam Chomsky, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, David Shoebridge and Sir John Holmes[178][179][180][181][182][183][184][185] In 2014 French President Francois Hollande called for the demilitarization of Gaza and a lifting of the blockade, saying "Gaza must neither be an open prison nor a military base."[186] . . .,

      An anonymous Israeli analyst has called it "Israel's Alcatraz".[187] While Lauren Booth,[188][189] Philip Slater,[190] Giorgio Agamben[191] compare it to a "concentration camp". For Robert S. Wistrich,[192] and Philip Mendes,[193] such analogies are designed to offend Jews, while Philip Seib dismisses the comparison as absurd, and claims that it arises from sources like Al Jazeera and statements by Arab leaders.[194] . . .

    • Sanders asked Friedman whether “a portion” of the $38 billion in defense aid to Israel over the next 10 years “should be directed toward measures that would facilitate a much greater flow of humanitarian and reconstruction materials” to Gaza.
      Consequently, this could simply mean Israel allocating more resources to clearing humanitarian and reconstruction materials for transit into Gaza through the Erez Crossing (not actually giving Gaza anything).

      Erez Crossing - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erez_Crossing

    • RE: "Sanders also asked Friedman about his commitment to a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Friedman has previously written multiple op-eds against the two-state solution but recently retracted those remarks during his senate confirmation hearing in mid-February." ~ Deger

      SEE: "David Friedman will say (almost) anything to become U.S. Ambassador to Israel"
      http://www.haaretz.com › Israel News
      Feb 16, 2017 - At the Senate confirmation hearing, an unrecognizable Friedman goes back on contentious past remarks on settlements and peacemaking, but stops short of full-throated apology for insulting Jewish leaders. . .
      LINK - http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.772346

  • Video: 'Apartheid has been here for ages. It doesn't really bother us' -- Israeli comedian says in closing act
    • P.S. ■ PREMIERE: Terrence Dixon - Untitled [Out-ER]

    • NETFLIX:
      The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 R 1hr 42m
      Average of 34403 ratings: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

      In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter) plays small-time gunrunner Eddie "Fingers" Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates (Breaking Away) of George V. Higgins's acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free.

      Cast: Robert Mitchum, Richard Jordan, Peter Boyle

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      * The commentaries on most of the Criterion DVDs are outstanding!

    • RE: "The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Harel’s show aired on Channel 10 and was recently canceled. 'Good night' was known for its political content, and fined once for accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of capitalizing off of the death of his brother, Yonatan Netanyahu, a commando killed in the 1976 Operation Entebbe. In 2016 Harel received more than 300 death threats related to his liberal show." ~ Allison Deger

      SEE: "Who Will Save Israel" | by Uri Avnery | zope.gush-shalom.org | May 23, 2015

      [EXCERPTS] The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. . .
      . . . Now the situation inside Israel proper is about to change drastically.
      Two facts attest to this.
      First of all, Ayelet Shaked has been appointed Minister of Justice.
      One of the most extreme right-wing Israelis, she has not made a secret of the fact that she wants to destroy the independence of the Supreme Court, the last bastion of human rights. . .
      . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu's decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication.
      This ministry has always been disdained as a low-level office, reserved for political lightweights. Netanyahu's dogged insistence on retaining it for himself is ominous.
      The communication Ministry controls all TV stations, and indirectly newspapers and other media. Since all Israeli media are in very bad shape financially, this control may become deadly.
      Netanyahu's patron – some say owner – Sheldon Adelson, the would-be dictator of the US Republican party, already publishes a give-away newspaper in Israel, which has only one sole aim: to support Netanyahu personally against all enemies, including his competitors in his own Likud party. The paper – "Israel Hayom" (Israel Today) – is already Israel's widest-circulation newspaper, with the American casino king pouring into it untold millions.
      Netanyahu is determined to break all opposition in the electronic and written media. Opposition commentators are well advised to look for jobs elsewhere . . .
      . . . One cannot avoid an odious analogy. One of the key terms in the Nazi lexicon was the atrocious German word Gleichschaltung – meaning connecting all media to the same energy source [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia - J.L.D. ]. All newspapers and radio stations (TV did not yet exist) were staffed with Nazis. Every morning, a Propaganda Ministry official by the name of Dr. Dietrich convened the editors and told them what tomorrow's headlines, editorials etc. were to be.
      Netanyahu has already dismissed the chief of the TV department. We don't yet know the name of our own Dr. Dietrich. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1432296815/

    • P.P.P.S.
      Ossain
      [EXCERPT]
      History of Ossain’s origins
      Ossain is one of the Orishas that is part of the Candomblé religion. As said in the article tittled Candomblé this religion was originated in the city of Salvador which is the capital of Bahia. This religion is based on the rituals that are performed by the Orishas. Another component of this religion is rituals and offerings. This religion was founded with the understanding of the African priests. Candomblé was not a very well known religion and even the Catholic Church did not accept it. Regardless all of the withdraws this religion faced it was able to survive and nowadays many of the attributes, gestures, movements are still present in the 21st century.

      [IMAGE]

      Ossain the God of the Herbs
      As said in the internet source named, Ossain or Ossaniyn, Ossain is well known as being the God of the herbs; he had the power over the medical leaves. He did not like to work with plant that grows from a garden; he only works with the wild plants. Also as describe as the Herbalist Warrior because not only does he use the plants for the benefits of others he also uses them to make the poison that people use for their arrows in order to defend themselves from the enemies. Not only is he such an important god, but without him no ceremony can take place. His presence is needed while a ceremony is taking place. Ossain knows the power that many herbs have, for example some of the herbs help people with having luck, misery or accidents. Many of the other Orishas did not have any power related with the plants, this means that they depended on Ossain to have a healthy life. Ossain seems to be one of the most important Orishas and plays the role of being the curer of all the other Orishas. In a way this means that he plays the role of a doctor as it would be called nowadays. Although he is in chanrge of looking out for the health of the other Orishas not all of them seem to be gateful. This was the case with the Orisha named Xangó who get the possession over Ossain’s leaves. This gives the understanding that some of the other Orishas may have envy his power to the point that they wanted to have the power and to know the secrets of cure that is behind the leaves. Ossain is the one and only owner of the knowledge that it is required to have in order to released the power and benefits of the leaves. Because he is the only one that knows the secrets of the leaves he has become a figure to be well known as not only a doctor, but also as a doctor. . .

      CONTINUED AT - http://chassdance.blogspot.com/2009/05/history-of-ossains-origins-ossain-is.html

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      ■ Halal
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halal

      Halāl (Arabic: حلال‎‎ ḥalāl, "permissible"), also spelled hallal or halaal, is any object or action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term covers and designates food and drink as well as matters of daily life.[1] It is one of five Ahkam—fard (compulsory), mustahabb (recommended), halal (allowed), makruh (disliked), haram (forbidden)—that define the morality of human action in Islam.[2] Mubah is also used to mean "permissible" or "allowed" in Islam...

    • RE: "Video: ‘Apartheid has been here for ages. It doesn’t really bother us’ — Israeli comedian says in closing act"

      MY REPLY: One good video deserves another (which happens to just be audio).

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      Autarky
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autarky
      Not to be confused with Autarchism.

      [EXCERPT] Autarky is the quality of being self-sufficient. Usually the term is applied to political states or their economic systems. Autarky exists whenever an entity can survive or continue its activities without external assistance or international trade. If a self-sufficient economy also refuses all trade with the outside world then it is called a closed economy.[1]

      Autarky is not necessarily an economic phenomenon; for example, a military autarky would be a state that could defend itself without help from another country, or could manufacture all of its weapons without any imports from the outside world.

      Autarky can be said to be the policy of a state or other entity when it seeks to be self-sufficient as a whole, but also can be limited to a narrow field such as possession of a key raw material. For example, many countries have a policy of autarky with respect to foodstuffs[2] and water for national security reasons. . .

  • Justin Trudeau's choice
  • Israel's neverending occupation is bringing 'infamy' to Jews worldwide, making Jewish life 'precarious' -- Tony Klug
    • "Coherence" doesn't amount to diddly-squat in Trump's America! ! !

    • P.S. RE: "The ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt says what he is paid to say by the ADL’s 'major donors'. ~ me (from above)

      TAKE IT AWAY, JOEY: “Fire Foxman” | by Joey Kurtzman | Jewcy.com | July 8, 2007

      [EXCERPT] . . . What’s surprising is how unabashedly forthright Abraham Foxman [erstwhile CEO of the ADL] has become about what motivates him and his institution [i.e., the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)]. In October of 2005, Foxman addressed a classroom of Jewish students at New York University. Young heads nodded and brows furrowed as Foxman riled them with his customary rhetoric: Isn’t it antisemitic for pro-Palestinian groups to seek divestment only from Israel, ignoring the far greater crimes of regimes like Sudan or North Korea? How do we describe this sort of selective flagellation of the world’s only Jewish state, if not as antisemitism? “

      What if the campus Free Tibet club campaigned for divestment from China? Would that be anti-Chinese bigotry?” asked Asaf Shtull-Trauring, a 20-year-old student and conscientious objector from the Israeli army.

      Of course not, answered Foxman, but it was preposterous to compare the two conflicts, what with the Jews’ experience of two millennia of murderous persecution. Shtull-Trauring responded with two questions: Did Foxman mean that selective treatment is okay so long as it’s not directed at Jews? And where did the Anti-Defamation League get off telling Jewish university students which opinions about Israel were acceptable and which verboten?

      The dialogue spiraled into a confrontation. Shtull-Trauring says Foxman, frustrated and under attack, placed his cards on the table, angrily retorting: “I don’t represent you nor the Jewish community! I represent the donors.”

      Foxman’s outburst was surprising not because of its content, but because of its candor. Foxman needn’t bother himself with the trifling concerns of American Jews who happen not to be multimillionaire philanthropists. If he makes the Jewish community less appealing to young Jews, if his theatrics turn us off and turn us away, that’s all beside the point. Foxman’s job is to keep the millionaire benefactors happy: the rest of us can go jump in the Kinneret.

      Without a meaningful mission to pursue, the ADL has resorted to scaremongering to fill its coffers and justify its existence. These efforts have grown increasingly bizarre and damaging. . .

      ENTIRE POST – http://www.jewcy.com/post/fire_foxman

    • MY REPLY: The ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt says what he is paid to say by the ADL's "major donors".

      SEE: "The 'Israel First' Industry and CEO Profiteering" | by James Petras | dissidentvoice.org | January 16th, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] During the first half of the 20th century, socially conscious Jews in the United States organized a large network of solidarity and charity associations financed mostly through small donations, raffles, and dues by working and lower middle class supporters. Many of these associations dealt with the everyday needs of Jewish workers, immigrants, and families in need. . .

      . . . Over the past fifty years a far-reaching transformation has taken place within Jewish organizations, among its leaders and their practices and policies. Currently, Jewish leaders have converted charities, social aid-societies and overseas programs for working class Jews into money machines for self-enrichment; converted charities funding health programs for Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism into the funding of colonial settlements for armed Zionist zealots intent on uprooting Palestinians; and organized a powerful political machine which buys US Congress people and penetrates the Executive in order to serve Israeli military aims. From defending human rights and fighting fascism, the leaders of the principle Jewish organizations defend each and every Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights – from arbitrary arrests of non-violent dissidents to the detention of children in ‘cages.’ Israel’s Kafkaesque prolonged administration detention without trial is approved by contemporary leaders. In the past Jewish leaders, especially labor and socially-engaged activists had joined forces with Leftists in opposition to political bigots, McCarthyite purges and blacklists. Today’s leaders practice the very same bully, blackmail and blacklist politics against critics of Israel and its Zionist appendages.

      In the past Jewish leaders of social aid organizations received modest salaries . . .

      . . . The moderately social liberal Jewish weekly, The Forward, recently completed a survey of the salaries of Jewish “not-for profits” leaders, with the aid of a professor from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). Among the leading profiteers was Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) earning $688,280, Howard Kohr of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — $556,232, David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) — $504,445, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) — $435,050, Janice Weinman of Hadassah — $410,000, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (PMJO) — $400,815, Mark Helfield of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society — $268,834 and Ann Toback of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring — $185,712. These salaries and perks put the Jewish leaders of non-profits in the upper 10% of US incomes — a far cry from the not-too-distant past. According to the analysis by the Forward and the Wharton team, ‘most leaders (CEOs) are vastly overpaid – earning more than twice what the head of an organization of their size would be expected to make”.

      While the membership has declined in many organizations, especially among working and lower middle class Jews, the funding has increased and most important the plutocratic leaders have embraced a virulent militarist foreign policy and repressive domestic policies. Forward describes Abraham Foxman as “diverting the ADL from its self-described mission of fighting all forms of bigotry in the US and abroad to putting the ADL firmly on the side of bigotry and intolerance.” . . .

      . . . The overwhelming response of the Jewish readers to the Forward’s survey was one of indignation, disgust, and anger. As one reader commented, “The economic disconnect between their (CEOs) salaries and the average incomes of those who contribute to their charities is unacceptable”. Another indignant reader remarked succinctly: “Gonifs! (Thieves!)”. Many announced they could cut off future donations. One formerly orthodox reader stated, “I would rather give to a street beggar than to any of these”.

      The drop-off of donations from lower-middle class Jews, however, will have little effect in reducing the salaries of the ‘non-profit’ CEO’s or changing the politics of their ‘non-profits; because they increasingly depend on six and seven digit contributions from Jewish millionaires and billionaires. Moreover, the contributions by big donors are linked to the politics of repression at home and securing multi-billion dollar military aid and trade programs for Israel from the US Treasury. The billionaire donors have no objection to funding the millionaire leaders – as long as they concentrate their efforts on buying the votes of US Congress members and aligning their politics with Israel’s war aims. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/01/the-israel-first-industry-and-ceo-profiteering/

    • RE: "While Israel continues to rule over the West Bank (i.e., "Judea and Samaria"), there are bound to be ever more frequent and more intensive acts of resistance by a population that is feeling encroached upon by a spreading pattern of Jewish colonization... As long as Israel continues to govern that territory (i.e., the West Bank "Judea and Samaria"), she will have little choice but to retaliate in an increasingly offensive fashion just to keep order." ~ Tony Klug's 1977 pamphlet

      STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S ORIFICE: Netanyahu: “We Will Forever Live By The Sword”, Indefinitely Control All Palestinian Territory | By IMEMC News | October 27, 2015

      [EXCERPT] Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his plan to control “all of the territory” and “live forever by the sword.”

      The remarks were reported in Haa’retz newspaper, according to PNN, in an article by journalist Barak Ravid.

      Mr Ravid wrote: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn’t want a binational state, “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.”

      MKs who took part in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting – today (Monday) – reportedly told Mr Ravid that Netanyahu had turned to the politicians present and said: “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword – yes.” . . .

      SOURCE - http://www.mintpressnews.com/netanyahu-we-will-forever-live-by-the-sword-indefinitely-control-all-palestinian-territory/210700/

  • Rabbi Sacks endorses religious crimes in video against BDS
    • Granted, "British Jews" are still "Jews", but they are "good Jews" (i.e., "the right kind of Jews"). Somewhat akin to "handkerchief heads" (i.e., Aunt Jemimahs & Uncle Bens). ~ https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-lewis-dickerson/-a-welsh-celt-in-the-new-world/10210201302325651

    • RE: "Board of Deputies of British Jews"

      MY COMMENT: The use of "British Jews" harkens back to the days of the "British Empire". It is not likely to gain much favour from the people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, India, Burma, Egypt, Palestine, etc., but I doubt that "The Board" could possibly care less!

    • It's all about using the "correct" language! And, of course, good visuals are like rich vanilla icing on the hegemonic cake.

    • And, like Lola, whatever "The Board" wants, it almost always gets!

    • Actually, in the UK it would probably be "the Board" (i.e., the Board of Deputies of British Jews).

      ■ Board of Deputies of British Jews - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_of_Deputies_of_British_Jews

      ■ Israel lobby in the United Kingdom - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_lobby_in_the_United_Kingdom

    • RE: "Surely he [i.e., Rabbi Sacks] would deny that any latter-day adherents of ancient Canaanite religions could assert a superior claim to the same territory — in fact, he would regard that, rightly, as a form of fanaticism. How, then, can he defend Israel for using Judaism as a pretext for usurping the rights of the indigenous population?" ~ Michael Lesher

      SEE: "Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945

      [EXCERPTS] . . . All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians [not to mention summary, extra-judicial executions - J.L.D.] — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side. . .

      . . . The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. For quite six years the English admirers of Hitler contrived not to learn of the existence of Dachau and Buchenwald. And those who are loudest in denouncing the German concentration camps are often quite unaware, or only very dimly aware, that there are also concentration camps in Russia. Huge events like the Ukraine famine of 1933, involving the deaths of millions of people, have actually escaped the attention of the majority of English russophiles. Many English people have heard almost nothing about the extermination of German and Polish Jews during the present war. Their own antisemitism has caused this vast crime to bounce off their consciousness. In nationalist thought there are facts which are both true and untrue, known and unknown. A known fact may be so unbearable that it is habitually pushed aside and not allowed to enter into logical processes, or on the other hand it may enter into every calculation and yet never be admitted as a fact, even in one’s own mind. . .

      SOURCE ("Notes on Nationalism", by George Orwell, 1945) - http://orwell.ru/library/essays/nationalism/english/e_nat

  • Wave of bomb threats renews charge that anti-Semitism is fueled by BDS
    • THE ROMAN EMPIRE: CALIGULA and 1400 Days of Terror

    • Allan Nairn and Stephen Kinzer: US Foreign Policy

      Published on Oct 21, 2016
      Journalists Allan Nairn and Stephen Kinzer criticize US foreign policy and supportive media at the Breaking Through Power Conference September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is a 58 minute edit for cablecast on public access stations.

    • RE: "Hoenlein is nothing but a very highly paid hack." ~ moi (from above)

      CLARIFICATION: Hoenlein is a very highly paid political/PR hack. As to the efficacy of his managerial skills, I wouldn't want to hazard a guess. Finally, as to his fundraising abilities (i.e., the care, feeding, ego-stroking, etc. of "major donors") I'm satisfied that Hoenlein is very highly skilled (i.e., quite the barn burner), but not quite on a par with the ADL's former CEO, Abe Foxman, and his $688,280 per annum!

    • Ancients Behaving Badly - Caligula

    • P.P.P.S.
      Morris Berman: Is There Hope for Donald Trump's America?

    • To say the least, Arthur Green (who accused Rety of anti-Semitism) is not what I would call a "stand-up guy". I would like to think he did time, but the odds are that he pretty much got off scot-free.

      [EXCERPT] . . . Thursday`s judgment comes on the heels of a November 1985 federal indictment against Green and his company`s vice-president, Barry Adelberg, in what the government said was a scheme to illegally import hundreds of thousands of pounds of ``cheap foreign sugar.``

      The indictment said the men received more than $18 million in gross revenue for illegally marketing the foreign sugar in the United States.

      Green pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy and violations of U.S. import laws, [and] faces a possible prison sentence. He has been ordered to forfeit the $18 million in sugar or pay its value.

      Southern Commodity, a Miami manufacturer of liquid sugar for industrial use, was one of the major commodity firms in the southeastern United States. The company filed for protection from its creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 1985.

      SOURCE - http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1986-02-21/news/8601110682_1_punitive-damages-epoque-libel

    • P.S. I'm beginning to view Donald Trump as our Caligula (i.e., Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) ! ! !

      Incitatus
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incitatus

      Incitatus (Latin pronunciation: [in.ki.ˈtaː.tus]) was the favored horse of Roman emperor Caligula (reigned 37–41 AD). His name is a Latin adjective meaning "swift" or "at full gallop".

      According to Suetonius, in the Lives of the Twelve Caesars (121 AD), Incitatus had a stable of marble, with an ivory manger, purple blankets, and a collar of precious stones. Dio Cassius has indicated that the horse was attended to by servants and was fed oats mixed with gold flake. Suetonius also wrote that it was said that Caligula planned to make Incitatus a consul,[1] and that the horse would "invite" dignitaries to dine with him in a house outfitted with servants there to entertain such events.

      The accuracy of the received history has been questioned by historical revisionists such as Anthony A. Barrett. . .


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    • I always assumed there was a very substantial, residual vein of anti-Semitism in this country; but I am shocked to see how close that vein is to the surface, and how easily it can be unearthed.

      It is truly frightening!

      FROM RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH’S 1992 FILM “CHAPLIN”:

      [This scene takes place behind the HOLLYWOODLAND sign, to where they had ridden their horses.]

      • Douglas Fairbanks: "Charles, you're a foreigner; you're still an outsider. You've never understood this country."

      • Charlie Chaplin: "It's a good country underneath, Doug."

      • Douglas Fairbanks: "No, it's a good country on *top*. Underneath, that's what starts showing when we're scared."

      NOTE: The use of "*top*" means that top was said with emphasis.

      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103939/quotes

    • RE: "It’s easier for Hoenlein to attack BDS than go after someone like Ann Coulter,the Trump supporter who commented publicly about 'f#cking Jews'" ~ Maghlawatan

      HERZL: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.”

      SEE: "Zionism and the Ethnic Cleansing of Europe", by Siddhartha Shome, Stanford University, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] The Holocaust was by far the worst genocide in human history and has understandably attracted much scholarly interest. However, the Holocaust did not happen in isolation. As the term ‘final solution’ indicates, it was intended as the culmination of a broad effort to ethnically cleanse(1) Europe of its Jews – an effort that preceded the Holocaust and continued even after it ended. This paper argues that in a curious ideological relationship, Zionists(2) and their supporters embraced much of the ideological framework of European anti-Semitism, and, except for its most intense manifestation in the form of genocide, implicitly endorsed the effort to ethnically cleanse Jews from Europe and make Europe judenrein (free of Jews)...

      . . . Zionism arose in Europe within the milieu of völkisch and ethnic nationalism and in reaction to the racist anti-Semitism that accompanied it(6). Instead of directly challenging the core ideological assumptions and narratives of völkisch nationalism, mainstream Zionists(7) sought to find an accommodation that would carve out a secure niche for Jews within the overall framework of völkisch nationalism. In so doing, Zionists, whether out of genuine convictions or otherwise, seem to have accepted and even internalized some of the core values and assumptions of völkisch nationalism. Jews, claimed the Zionists, constituted a nation, or a ‘Volk,’ united by ties of blood, with its national homeland located in Eretz Israel (the land of Israel). The solution to the ‘Jewish problem,’ they declared, lay in transferring the diaspora Jewish population to their national homeland, the only place where Jews could establish the organic blood-and-soil links necessary for any nation to flourish. Theodor Herzl, considered by many to be the father of the Jewish state, believed that European anti-Semites and Zionists would cooperate with each other to advance their mutually complementary goals of cleansing Europe of its Jews and transferring the Jewish population to Eretz Israel. Partly quoting Herzl, one author describes Herzl’s reasoning,

      [Herzl] predicted that the anti-Semites would be Zionism’s best supporters: “the Government of all countries scourged by anti-Semitism will be keenly interested in assisting us to obtain [the] sovereignty we want.” … Furthermore, “honest anti-Semites … will combine with our officials in controlling the transfer of our estates.” … He unapologetically affirmed: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.” (Massad 178)

      In the early years of the Third Reich, Zionists were quite eager to cooperate with the Nazi regime, even though its anti-Semitic credentials were never in doubt. The most famous example of the Nazi-Zionist cooperation is the Haavara Agreement, which facilitated the transfer of German Jews to Palestine. There were many other avenues for cooperation as well. In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt quotes Hans Lamm, a leading member of the German Jewish community, “it is indisputable that during the first stages of their Jewish policy the National socialists thought it proper to adopt a pro-Zionist attitude” (Arendt 58). Arendt then goes on to explain why this was so:

      It was in those years a fact of everyday life that only Zionists had any chance of negotiating the German authorities, for the simple reason that their chief Jewish adversary, the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, to which ninety-five percent of organized Jews in Germany then belonged, specified in its bylaws that its chief task was the “fight against anti-Semitism”; it had suddenly become by definition an organization “hostile to the State.” (Arendt 58)

      What is unsaid, but implied in Arendt’s comments, is that the Zionists did not consider the “fight against anti-Semitism” their chief task, and perhaps, not their task at all.

      According to the logic of Zionism, the root cause of Jewish suffering was not anti-Semitism per se, but the Jewish exile from their national homeland. In this view, anti-Semitism was no more than the inevitable consequence of the Jewish exile, which had severed the organic bond between the Jewish people and their homeland, and had eroded the Jews’ moral fiber, reducing them to a ‘parasitic’ existence, thereby arousing the ill-will and hatred of their ‘host nations.’ The Zionists thus accepted and endorsed the notion, advanced by völkisch anti-Semites, that Jews in Europe were alien parasites. The Zionists then called upon Jews to rectify this dire situation by ‘returning’ to their homeland, shedding their ‘parasitic’ disposition, and becoming self-reliant and valorous farmers and warriors. David Ben-Gurion describes the task at hand:

      The very realization of Zionism is nothing else than carrying out this deep historical transformation occurring in the life of the Hebrew people. This transformation does not limit itself to the geographical aspect, to the movement of Jewish masses from the countries of the Diaspora to the renascent homeland – but in a socioeconomic transformation as well: it means taking masses of uprooted, impoverished, sterile Jews, living parasitically off an alien economic body and dependent on others – and introducing them to productive and creative life, implanting them on the land, integrating them into primary production in agriculture, in industry and handicraft… (Avineri, 200) . . .

      ENTIRE PAPER (PDF) - http://www.academia.edu/16928242/Zionism_and_the_Ethnic_Cleansing_of_Europe

    • RE: "It’s easier for Hoenlein to attack BDS than go after someone like Ann Coulter,the Trump supporter who commented publicly about 'f#cking Jews'" ~ Maghlawatan

      MY COMMENT: Hoenlein is nothing but a very highly paid hack. He says what his paymasters pay him to say.

      SEE: "The 'Israel First' Industry and CEO Profiteering" | by James Petras | dissidentvoice.org | January 16th, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] During the first half of the 20th century, socially conscious Jews in the United States organized a large network of solidarity and charity associations financed mostly through small donations, raffles, and dues by working and lower middle class supporters. Many of these associations dealt with the everyday needs of Jewish workers, immigrants, and families in need. . .

      . . . Over the past fifty years a far-reaching transformation has taken place within Jewish organizations, among its leaders and their practices and policies. Currently, Jewish leaders have converted charities, social aid-societies and overseas programs for working class Jews into money machines for self-enrichment; converted charities funding health programs for Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism into the funding of colonial settlements for armed Zionist zealots intent on uprooting Palestinians; and organized a powerful political machine which buys US Congress people and penetrates the Executive in order to serve Israeli military aims. From defending human rights and fighting fascism, the leaders of the principle Jewish organizations defend each and every Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights – from arbitrary arrests of non-violent dissidents to the detention of children in ‘cages.’ Israel’s Kafkaesque prolonged administration detention without trial is approved by contemporary leaders. In the past Jewish leaders, especially labor and socially-engaged activists had joined forces with Leftists in opposition to political bigots, McCarthyite purges and blacklists. Today’s leaders practice the very same bully, blackmail and blacklist politics against critics of Israel and its Zionist appendages.

      In the past Jewish leaders of social aid organizations received modest salaries . . .

      . . . The moderately social liberal Jewish weekly, The Forward, recently completed a survey of the salaries of Jewish “not-for profits” leaders, with the aid of a professor from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). Among the leading profiteers was Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) earning $688,280, Howard Kohr of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — $556,232, David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) — $504,445, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) — $435,050, Janice Weinman of Hadassah — $410,000, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (PMJO) — $400,815, Mark Helfield of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society — $268,834 and Ann Toback of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring — $185,712. These salaries and perks put the Jewish leaders of non-profits in the upper 10% of US incomes — a far cry from the not-too-distant past. According to the analysis by the Forward and the Wharton team, ‘most leaders (CEOs) are vastly overpaid – earning more than twice what the head of an organization of their size would be expected to make”.

      While the membership has declined in many organizations, especially among working and lower middle class Jews, the funding has increased and most important the plutocratic leaders have embraced a virulent militarist foreign policy and repressive domestic policies. Forward describes Abraham Foxman as “diverting the ADL from its self-described mission of fighting all forms of bigotry in the US and abroad to putting the ADL firmly on the side of bigotry and intolerance.” . . .

      . . . The overwhelming response of the Jewish readers to the Forward’s survey was one of indignation, disgust, and anger. As one reader commented, “The economic disconnect between their (CEOs) salaries and the average incomes of those who contribute to their charities is unacceptable”. Another indignant reader remarked succinctly: “Gonifs! (Thieves!)”. Many announced they could cut off future donations. One formerly orthodox reader stated, “I would rather give to a street beggar than to any of these”.

      The drop-off of donations from lower-middle class Jews, however, will have little effect in reducing the salaries of the ‘non-profit’ CEO’s or changing the politics of their ‘non-profits; because they increasingly depend on six and seven digit contributions from Jewish millionaires and billionaires. Moreover, the contributions by big donors are linked to the politics of repression at home and securing multi-billion dollar military aid and trade programs for Israel from the US Treasury. The billionaire donors have no objection to funding the millionaire leaders – as long as they concentrate their efforts on buying the votes of US Congress members and aligning their politics with Israel’s war aims. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/01/the-israel-first-industry-and-ceo-profiteering/

  • Power of donors over Israel discussion in Jewish community is 'the $60 million question'
    • RE: "Power of donors over Israel discussion in Jewish community is ‘the $60 million question’"

      SEE: "The 'Israel First' Industry and CEO Profiteering" | by James Petras | dissidentvoice.org | January 16th, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] During the first half of the 20th century, socially conscious Jews in the United States organized a large network of solidarity and charity associations financed mostly through small donations, raffles, and dues by working and lower middle class supporters. Many of these associations dealt with the everyday needs of Jewish workers, immigrants, and families in need. . .

      . . . Over the past fifty years a far-reaching transformation has taken place within Jewish organizations, among its leaders and their practices and policies. Currently, Jewish leaders have converted charities, social aid-societies and overseas programs for working class Jews into money machines for self-enrichment; converted charities funding health programs for Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism into the funding of colonial settlements for armed Zionist zealots intent on uprooting Palestinians; and organized a powerful political machine which buys US Congress people and penetrates the Executive in order to serve Israeli military aims. From defending human rights and fighting fascism, the leaders of the principle Jewish organizations defend each and every Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights – from arbitrary arrests of non-violent dissidents to the detention of children in ‘cages.’ Israel’s Kafkaesque prolonged administration detention without trial is approved by contemporary leaders. In the past Jewish leaders, especially labor and socially-engaged activists had joined forces with Leftists in opposition to political bigots, McCarthyite purges and blacklists. Today’s leaders practice the very same bully, blackmail and blacklist politics against critics of Israel and its Zionist appendages.

      In the past Jewish leaders of social aid organizations received modest salaries . . .

      . . . The moderately social liberal Jewish weekly, The Forward, recently completed a survey of the salaries of Jewish “not-for profits” leaders, with the aid of a professor from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). Among the leading profiteers was Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) earning $688,280, Howard Kohr of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — $556,232, David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) — $504,445, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) — $435,050, Janice Weinman of Hadassah — $410,000, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (PMJO) — $400,815, Mark Helfield of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society — $268,834 and Ann Toback of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring — $185,712. These salaries and perks put the Jewish leaders of non-profits in the upper 10% of US incomes — a far cry from the not-too-distant past. According to the analysis by the Forward and the Wharton team, ‘most leaders (CEOs) are vastly overpaid – earning more than twice what the head of an organization of their size would be expected to make”.

      While the membership has declined in many organizations, especially among working and lower middle class Jews, the funding has increased and most important the plutocratic leaders have embraced a virulent militarist foreign policy and repressive domestic policies. Forward describes Abraham Foxman as “diverting the ADL from its self-described mission of fighting all forms of bigotry in the US and abroad to putting the ADL firmly on the side of bigotry and intolerance.” . . .

      . . . The overwhelming response of the Jewish readers to the Forward’s survey was one of indignation, disgust, and anger. As one reader commented, “The economic disconnect between their (CEOs) salaries and the average incomes of those who contribute to their charities is unacceptable”. Another indignant reader remarked succinctly: “Gonifs! (Thieves!)”. Many announced they could cut off future donations. One formerly orthodox reader stated, “I would rather give to a street beggar than to any of these”.

      The drop-off of donations from lower-middle class Jews, however, will have little effect in reducing the salaries of the ‘non-profit’ CEO’s or changing the politics of their ‘non-profits; because they increasingly depend on six and seven digit contributions from Jewish millionaires and billionaires. Moreover, the contributions by big donors are linked to the politics of repression at home and securing multi-billion dollar military aid and trade programs for Israel from the US Treasury. The billionaire donors have no objection to funding the millionaire leaders – as long as they concentrate their efforts on buying the votes of US Congress members and aligning their politics with Israel’s war aims. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/01/the-israel-first-industry-and-ceo-profiteering/

  • Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?
  • Sports and the Palestinian BDS struggle: Palestine v. Israel at FIFA
    • P.S. Can settler demolition derbies in the West Bank Judea and Samaria be far behind? ? ?

    • RE: "Sports and the Palestinian BDS struggle: Palestine v. Israel at FIFA"

      SOMEWHAT RELATEDLY SEE: "Settlers building race track inside IDF live-fire training zone" | By Edo Konrad | 972mag.com | February 27, 2017

      [EXCERPT] Israeli authorities have been laying the groundwork for a state-of-the-art RallyCross race track, in what they say is a response to the growing demand for motor sport recreational facilities and areas. The only problem? The track being built is partially inside an IDF live firing zone in the occupied West Bank — a designation Israeli military authorities often use to displace local Palestinian populations. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - https://972mag.com/settlers-building-race-track-inside-idf-live-fire-training-zone/125476/

  • While Justin Trudeau continues to aid and abet Israel, Canadians awaken to the reality that the peace process was a charade all along
    • As much as I loathe the bully Netanyahu, Stephen Harper is an even more despicable human being.
      I will eventually have to decide exactly where to put Trudeau on the Netanyahu-Harper axis.

  • Israel and Palestine: Settler colonialism and academic freedom
    • RE: "To silence anyone for teaching about settler colonialism or ethnic cleansing in Israel and Palestine, or further researching about it, is a grave violation of academic freedom and free speech... To fire someone or stop employing someone on the basis of such intellectual curiosity in Germany is an insult to the past and successful efforts to build a free and democratic society there. Unfortunately this is what is happening currently in Germany." ~ Ilan Pappé

      MY COMMENT: German guilt!*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Name the six countries the U.S. is bombing in the Middle East
    • RE: "Abrams. . . The Jewish-American lawyer" ~ Ran HaCohen

      MY COMMENT: OMG, I had no idea Elliott Abrams was an attorney in addition to being a genocidal a-hole! That is truly icing on the cake !
      But, surely he was disbarred for having lied to Congress. At least, I pray to God he was disbarred and is no longer a lawyer!
      Obviously, unlike the Trump Administration, the CFR has absolutely no minimum standards.

    • P.S. ONE OF MY FAVORITES :
      "Was Elliott Abrams Hitler’s Senior Advisor?" ~ by Ran HaCohen, Antiwar.com, 9/16/11

      [EXCERPTS] Probably not: Abrams was born 2.5 years after Hitler died. But then again, who knows. . .

      . . . The Jewish-American lawyer and policy analyst who served in foreign policy positions under Reagan and George W. Bush, currently a senior fellow at the CFR, cannot claim innocence nor ignorance. He knows the Middle East better than many others. So when he says the Palestinian State "would be the first to officially prohibit Jews or any other faith since Nazi Germany, which sought a country that was judenrein, or cleansed of Jews," Abrams knows what he is doing. And what he is doing is much dirtier than the manipulative title I gave this column.

      Abram’s malicious demagoguery was triggered by the words of Palestinian ambassador to the US Maen Erekat, quoted saying that "after the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated." That’s what Erekat said; he didn’t say no Jews would be allowed into Palestine; he didn’t say all Jews would be butchered and their corpses sliced and pickled; he didn’t say all Jews would be annihilated or gassed. He just said it would be in the interest of the two peoples to be separated...

      . . . Abrams is reported to have met several times with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington

      Now you may wonder: how can that be true? How can Abrams, who finds a moderate call for separation between Palestinians and Israelis a despicable anti-Semitic manifesto unprecedented since Nazi Germany, how can this idealistic person meet several times an official representative of a state that officially prohibits Jews from entering its borders, where even Jewish-American soldiers (stationed there to defend the backward — but US-friendly — dictatorship) have to hide their identity and carry false "Protestant ID cards" for a rainy day?

      Well, you’ll have to ask Abrams about that. While you are at it, do ask him if he didn’t happen to be Hitler’s close advisor after all. You never know.

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://original.antiwar.com/hacohen/2011/09/15/was-elliott-abrams-hitlers-senior-advisor/

    • RE: "The terminology has changed in my lifetime. There used to be a geographic classification of Near East (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Arabian Peninsula, maybe Iran), Middle East (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indian sub-continent countries, maybe Tibet and Myanmar), and Far East (the rest up to the Pacific, but not South of Indonesia.)" ~ RoHa

      MY REPLY: Thanks, quite interesting. I had entirely forgotten about the "Near East". By the way, I always enjoy your commentaries at Antiwar.com. I just wish there were more of them!

      "Israel: Neither Democratic or Jewish"
      by Ran HaCohen, March 03, 2017
      LINK - http://original.antiwar.com/hacohen/2017/03/02/israel-neither-democratic-or-jewish/

    • One of GG's very best! ! !

    • Technically, I suppose, Pakistan would more likely be considered part of Asia (or the Far East) rather than the "Middle East".

  • Breaking the cycle of violence and inequality: an end to individualism and the hope in collaboration
  • How to love Israel: 'Sometimes it'll hurt-- bad, but I will not walk away! I will not let you go!'
    • RE: How to love Israel: ‘Sometimes it’ll hurt– bad, but I will not walk away! I will not let you go!’ ~ Mika Almog, grand-daughter of Shimon Peres, at J Street Conference

      MY COMMENT: Israel as Brokeback Mountain!

      BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: "I wish I knew how to quit you!"

      ■ 🔞🔞🔞WARNING🔞🔞🔞: Explicit language! ! !

      Ennis Del Mar: I'm gonna tell you this one time, Jack f^^^in' Twist, an' I ain't foolin'. What I don't know - all them things that I don't know - could get you killed if I come to know them. I ain't jokin'.

      Jack Twist: Yeah well try this one, and I'll say it just once!

      Ennis Del Mar: Go ahead!

      Jack Twist: Tell you what, we coulda had a good life together! F^^^in' real good life! Had us a place of our own. But you didn't want it, Ennis! So what we got now is Brokeback Mountain! Everything's built on that! That's all we got, boy, f^^^in' all. So I hope you know that, even if you don't never know the rest! You count the damn few times we have been together in nearly twenty years and you measure the short f^^^ing leash you keep me on - and then you ask me about Mexico and tell me you'll kill me for needing somethin' I don't hardly never get. You have no idea how bad it gets! I'm not you... I can't make it on a coupla high-altitude f^^^s once or twice a year! You are too much for me Ennis, you sonofawhoreson bitch! I wish I knew how to quit you.

      Ennis Del Mar: [crying] Well, why don't you? Why don't you just let me be? It's because of you Jack, that I'm like this! I'm nothin'... I'm nowhere... Get the f^^^ off me! I can't stand being like this no more, Jack.

      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388795/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

  • Elor Azarya's 'normative' support for genocide
    • P.P.P.S. ■ Dialectic of Enlightenment - Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer
      PDF - https://archive.org/details/pdfy-TJ7HxrAly-MtUP4B

      Dialectic of Enlightenment
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectic_of_Enlightenment

      [EXCERPT] Dialectic of Enlightenment (German: Dialektik der Aufklärung) is a work of philosophy and social criticism written by Frankfurt School philosophers Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno and first published in 1944. A revised version appeared in 1947.

      One of the core texts of Critical Theory, Dialectic of Enlightenment explores the socio-psychological status quo that had been responsible for what the Frankfurt School considered the failure of the Age of Enlightenment. Together with The Authoritarian Personality (1950; also co-authored by Adorno) and Frankfurt School member Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man (1964), it has had a major effect on 20th century philosophy, sociology, culture, and politics, inspiring especially the New Left of the 1960s and 1970s.[1] . . .

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Suspected German Islamist 'used to be neo-Nazi'" | By Ben Knight | dw.com | February 27, 2017

      [EXCERPT] . . . This is not the first time that an individual has switched extremist groups. In 2012, Bernhard Falk, a former member of the leftist "Anti-Imperialist Cell" who converted to Islam while in prison, published a document calling for attacks on the Ramstein US military air base in Germany, after having apparently pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. Most famously, Horst Mahler, a founding member of the leftist Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist group, later turned to far-right extremism.

      These examples illustrate why Thomas Mücke, head of the Violence Prevention Network, an organization that runs de-radicalization programs in Germany, was not surprised by Sascha L.'s story. "Whatever extremism is concerned, it's always about marginalizing other people, seeking out a homogenous community opposed to democracy," he said. "The ideologies of far-right extremism and religious extremism are very similar."

      Thomas Mücke believes far-right and religious extremism share a common ideological structure
      "If there is no basic acceptance of human rights, they either stay in their scene or switch to another problematic scene," he added.

      Psychology or social conditioning
      Michaela Glaser, who runs a Halle-based research unit on preventing violent extremism at the German Youth Institute (DJI), thinks a tendency towards extremism is less about psychological patterns and more about social conditions:

      "It's a combination of someone's experiences out of which certain things become plausible," she told DW. "Of course that has something to do with the individual and their needs, but 'psychological patterns' makes it sound too mechanical. There are certain socialization experiences that people have, that lead to extremist options becoming generally more attractive."

      "There are very different motives as to why people join such groups, but among those motives are definitely compensating for a lack of appreciation, a lack of a sense of belonging, a search for clarity, for knowing where you stand," she said. "And those are things that those ideologies always cater to. They do it differently, and of course they belong to different social groups. For example, it's obviously a lot more difficult for someone with an immigrant background to access a far-right extremist group."

      Glaser argues that what all extremist ideologies offer people is a clear distinction between good and evil and a sense that its adherents belong to a special, chosen group - and that a sense of self-worth is imparted through belonging to the group. In other words, whereas far-right extremism works by making distinctions between race, Islamist extremism functions by dividing people between believers and non-believers. But the structure is similar.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.dw.com/en/suspected-german-islamist-used-to-be-neo-nazi/a-37739074

    • RE:
      · Elor (the murderer): "Bibi you transvestite what ceasefire? Penetrate their mother!!!"
      · Charlie (the murderer Elor's father): "All strength we need to penetrate the mother of their mother."
      · Elor (the murderer): "Yes kill them all."
      · Charlie (the murderer Elor's father): "Kahane the righteous was right, may there be a next generation to Kahane."
      · Oshra (the murderer Elor's mother): "Death to anyone who harms Jews. Enough with being humane, if necessary also women and children should be killed . . ." ~ Facebook, July 2014

      MY COMMENT: Why must the Israelis "teach their children to hate"?!?!

      Collective narcissism
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_narcissism

      [EXCERPT] Collective narcissism (or group narcissism) is a type of narcissism where an individual has an inflated self-love of his or her own ingroup, where an "ingroup" is a group in which an individual is personally involved.[1] While the classic definition of narcissism focuses on the individual, collective narcissism asserts that one can have a similar excessively high opinion of a group, and that a group can function as a narcissistic entity.[1] Collective narcissism is related to ethnocentrism; however, ethnocentrism primarily focuses on self-centeredness at an ethnic or cultural level, while collective narcissism is extended to any type of ingroup, beyond just cultures and ethnicities.[1][2] Some theorists believe group-level narcissism to be an extension of individual narcissism, though others believe the two to be independent of each other.

      ● Development of the concept
      In Sigmund Freud's 1922 study Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, he noted how every little canton looks down upon the others with contempt,[3] as an instance of what would later to be termed Freud's theory of collective narcissism.[4] Thereafter, Wilhelm Reich and Isaiah Berlin explored what the latter called the rise of modern national narcissism: the self-adoration of peoples.[5] "Group narcissism" is described in a 1973 book entitled The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by psychologist Erich Fromm.[6]

      In the 1990s, Pierre Bourdieu wrote of a sort of collective narcissism affecting intellectual groups, inclining them to turn a complacent gaze on themselves.[7] The term "collective narcissism" was highlighted anew by researchers Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Aleksandra Cichocka, Roy Eidelson, and Nuwan Jayawickreme in 2009 in their study "Collective Narcissism and its Social Consequences".[1]

      Noting how people's desire to see their own groups as better than other groups can lead to intergroup bias, Henri Tajfel approached the same phenomena in the seventies and eighties, so as to create social identity theory, which argues that people's motivation to obtain positive self-esteem from their group memberships is one driving-force behind in-group bias.[8]

      ● Characteristics
      Collective narcissism is characterized by the members of a group holding an inflated view of their ingroup.[1] It is important to note that collective narcissism can be exhibited by an individual on behalf of a group or by a group as a whole.[1] Fundamentally, however, collective narcissism always has some tie to the individuals who make up a narcissistic group.[1] Collectively narcissistic groups require external validation, just as individual narcissists do.[9] Organizations and groups who exhibit this behavior typically try to protect their identities through rewarding group-building behavior (this is positive reinforcement).[9] According to Golec de Zavala and colleagues, collective is an alternative form of narcissism, not altogether connected to individual, where most characteristics of individual narcissism apply, but are manipulated to include the word "group" where "self" might be found. Golec de Zavala et al. state some parallels between individual and collective narcissism . . .

      P.S. ■ Erich Fromm: The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness (PDF, Text, Torrent) - https://archive.org/details/ErichFrommTheAnatomyOfHumanDestructiveness

  • Israel bars Human Rights Watch director from entering country, calls org 'Palestinian propaganda'
  • The curious red line for Milo Yiannapoulos
    • RE: "White nationalist journalist Milo Yiannapoulos . . . defended sex between adult men and underage boys."

      Rufus Wainwright
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufus_Wainwright

      [EXCERPTS] Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an A merican-Canadian[2] singer-songwriter and composer.[3] He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson.

      Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, to folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.[4][5] His parents divorced when he was three, and he lived with his mother in Montreal for most of his youth. His father is a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the 17th century Dutch governor of New Netherland, the later New York. . .

      . . . At age 14, Wainwright was sexually assaulted in London's Hyde Park after picking up a man at a bar.[11] In an interview years later, he described the event: "I said I wanted to go to the park and see where this big concert was going on. I thought it was going to be a romantic walk in the park, but he raped me and robbed me afterwards and tried to strangle me".[12] Wainwright states that he survived only by pretending to be an epileptic and faking a seizure.[13] He has been reported to have stated that he remained celibate for five or seven years after the incident, and eventually became promiscuous.[9][11][12][13] . . .


      P.S.
      Wainwright
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wainwright

      A wainwright or cartwright is a trades person skilled in the making and repairing of wagons and carts. The word wainwright is the combination of the archaic words "wain" (a large wagon for farm use) and "wright" (a worker or maker). A master wainwright employs several craftsmen, including wheelwrights, blacksmiths and painters.[1]

  • From life in prison to 1.5 years - the Elor Azarya 'manslaughter' sentence
    • RE: "There are also cases of murder by Israeli security personnel which entailed absolutely no legal consequence whatsoever, such as the Bus 300 affair in 1984. The execution of two of the four Palestinians who had hijacked the bus was committed by Israeli Shin Bet (internal security) agents, smashing their heads with metal bars and stones, after they were arrested (the other two hijackers were killed during the rescue operation). The execution was ordered by the highest levels . . ." ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: Speaking of the executions in the Bus 300 affair having been ordered by the "highest levels", Yitzhak Shamir (i.e., Netanyahu's mentor) was Israel's Prime Minister at the time.

      Bus 300 affair
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_300_affair

      [EXCERPT] . . . In June 1986 a little-known judge, Yosef Harish, took over as Attorney General and President Chaim Herzog issued a blanket pardon to Shalom and four other Shin Bet officers.[31][32] These pardons were challenged in the Supreme Court. During the appeal papers were revealed in which Shalom asserted that all his actions were "authorised and approved." This implicated the Prime Minister at the time of the killings – Yitzhak Shamir.[33][34] . . .

    • PETER B. COLLINS PODCAST ~ JANUARY 17, 2017

      In-Depth Interview: MondoWeiss Contributor Jonathan Ofir Talks About Israel/US, Obama, Trump and More [AUDIO, 54:25]

      Jonathan Ofir, an Israeli living in Denmark who is a frequent contributor to MondoWeiss, joins us to talk about Israel, Netanyahu's skill at propaganda, Obama's history and Trump's future relations with Israel. Ofir is a professional classical musician and conductor who served in the Israeli Defense Force. . .

      . . . We open with some biographical information on Ofir, and his perspectives on Israel, the Netanyahu government, apartheid and democracy vs. theocracy.

      We discuss the recent truck-ramming on January 8 in Jerusalem, which was immediately labeled and Islamic State terrorist attack, despite no evidence. We compare it to the Mavi Marmara attack and the kidnapped Israeli boys whose abduction was used to justify the attack on Gaza.

      We also talk about the recent abstention by the US in the UN Security Council vote that criticized illegal settlements, Trump's laughable claim that he is "neutral" on Israel and Hillary Clinton's response, and Trump's appointment of David Friedman his bankruptcy lawyer, as ambassador to Israel.

      There's much more in this wide-ranging conversation.

      ● LINK TO OFIR INTERVIEW - https://www.peterbcollins.com/2017/01/17/in-depth-interview-mondoweiss-contributor-jonathan-ofir-talks-about-israelus-obama-trump-and-more/

      ● THE PETER COLLINS SHOW - https://www.peterbcollins.com/

  • Natives and the blessings of progress
    • RE: “It is difficult to imagine how Jews, who have lived in the great world, in the great modern cities of Europe and America, and who should go back to Palestine, could take a place side by side with the Arabs who are 2,000 or 3,000 years behind the Jews in civilization.” - AJC board member Cyrus Adler in February of 1918

      Collective narcissism
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_narcissism

      [EXCERPT] Collective narcissism (or group narcissism) is a type of narcissism where an individual has an inflated self-love of his or her own ingroup, where an "ingroup" is a group in which an individual is personally involved.[1] While the classic definition of narcissism focuses on the individual, collective narcissism asserts that one can have a similar excessively high opinion of a group, and that a group can function as a narcissistic entity.[1] Collective narcissism is related to ethnocentrism; however, ethnocentrism primarily focuses on self-centeredness at an ethnic or cultural level, while collective narcissism is extended to any type of ingroup, beyond just cultures and ethnicities.[1][2] Some theorists believe group-level narcissism to be an extension of individual narcissism, though others believe the two to be independent of each other.

      ● Development of the concept
      In Sigmund Freud's 1922 study Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, he noted how every little canton looks down upon the others with contempt,[3] as an instance of what would later to be termed Freud's theory of collective narcissism.[4] Thereafter, Wilhelm Reich and Isaiah Berlin explored what the latter called the rise of modern national narcissism: the self-adoration of peoples.[5] "Group narcissism" is described in a 1973 book entitled The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by psychologist Erich Fromm.[6]

      In the 1990s, Pierre Bourdieu wrote of a sort of collective narcissism affecting intellectual groups, inclining them to turn a complacent gaze on themselves.[7] The term "collective narcissism" was highlighted anew by researchers Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Aleksandra Cichocka, Roy Eidelson, and Nuwan Jayawickreme in 2009 in their study "Collective Narcissism and its Social Consequences".[1]

      Noting how people's desire to see their own groups as better than other groups can lead to intergroup bias, Henri Tajfel approached the same phenomena in the seventies and eighties, so as to create social identity theory, which argues that people's motivation to obtain positive self-esteem from their group memberships is one driving-force behind in-group bias.[8]

      ● Characteristics
      Collective narcissism is characterized by the members of a group holding an inflated view of their ingroup.[1] It is important to note that collective narcissism can be exhibited by an individual on behalf of a group or by a group as a whole.[1] Fundamentally, however, collective narcissism always has some tie to the individuals who make up a narcissistic group.[1] Collectively narcissistic groups require external validation, just as individual narcissists do.[9] Organizations and groups who exhibit this behavior typically try to protect their identities through rewarding group-building behavior (this is positive reinforcement).[9] According to Golec de Zavala and colleagues, collective is an alternative form of narcissism, not altogether connected to individual, where most characteristics of individual narcissism apply, but are manipulated to include the word "group" where "self" might be found. Golec de Zavala et al. state some parallels between individual and collective narcissism . . .

      P.S. ■ Erich Fromm: The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness (PDF, Text, Torrent) - https://archive.org/details/ErichFrommTheAnatomyOfHumanDestructiveness

  • Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state
    • RE: "Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state"

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tom Friedman begs Trump to 'save the Jews' from themselves
  • Trump is putting the crunch on liberal Zionism

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