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JLewisDickerson

B.S. Ga. Tech ~ J.D. (law) Mercer U. [Also see - http://mondoweiss.net/profile/dickerson3870] • One of the reasons I began following developments in the Middle East has to do with the happenstance that I was away from Atlanta visiting my grandfather (with little to do but read) in June, 1967. In that part of Georgia, the television reception with a rotating antenna was much better for the Augusta and Macon stations than it was for the Atlanta stations, but since the programming of the Augusta and Macon stations was not up to Atlanta standards, the television was seldom used. This time though, as luck (or not) would have it, one of the two Augusta stations preempted its daytime programming with the deliberations by the UN General Assembly of proposals that might lessen the likelihood of war. I very much enjoyed watching several days of this, and I was very disappointed when I got up on June 5 and the station had reverted to its customary daytime programming because Israel had bombed the Egyptian air force on the tarmac in Egypt. Needless to say, I did not at all see Israel's action(s) as defensive. All told, this made quite a lasting impression (unfavorable as to Israel) on me! • I recall one particular Six Day War joke that was told by a classmate of mine (not one of my Jewish friends, who were much less chauvinistic) during my senior year of high school here in Atlanta (the year following the Six Day War). Actually, to be more accurate, I only remember the gist of the joke at this point. As I recall the joke (told by a Jewish female), there was a busload of Egyptian children somewhere in the Sinai. The punchline was that the mighty Israeli military virtually vaporized the entire bus full of Egyptian children. [Riotous laughter here, excepting me.] There wasn't a single survivor! ["Ha, ha, ha" (excepting me) ! ! ! ] •Another reason I began paying close attention the Israel/Palestine issue was because Israel's actions/behavior seemed so very much unlike the actions/behavior of my Jewish friends. Consequently, I have spent decades trying to understand the incongruity. • Lastly, since the U.S. unfortunately seems to emulate Israel in many ways (preemptive wars, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, for instance), I have come to be especially concerned about Israel's behavior (which might unfortunately be adopted by our own government). I tend not to worry quite so much (though perhaps I should) that the U.S will emulate Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Belarus or Myanmar/Burma. This "monkey see, monkey do" phenomenon that seems to occur between the U.S. and Israel illustrates my fear that Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of its inordinate sway over the U.S.) with its Revisionist Zionism might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment ! ! !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • RE: “People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces . . . If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die. The children, the youth, the old people – you will all die. We won’t leave any of you alive … Go home or we will gas you until you die. Your families, your children, everyone – we will kill you.” ~ message blared by IDF Jeep through its loudspeaker

      SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL ON THE ART OF USING "POISONED GAS":

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

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

      P.S. OTHER FOND REMEMBRANCES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (I.E., MORE "BRITISH EMPIRE GAMES"):

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

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

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

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

  • Trump response to Charlottesville sugarcoats a rotten morality
    • RE: “We have to come together as Americans, with . . . true affection for each other…” ~ Trump

      MY COMMENT: I hate to disappoint President Trump, but I can't muster any true affection for white supremacists!

  • Megaphones and picnics -- Ron Wyden's limited ideas on the right to free speech
    • P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [Whitney v. California]:

      [EXCERPTS] Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927), was a United States Supreme Court decision upholding the conviction of an individual who had engaged in speech that raised a threat to society. . .

      . . . The Whitney case is most noted for Justice Louis Brandeis's concurrence, which many scholars have lauded as perhaps the greatest defense of freedom of speech ever written by a member of the high court.[1] Justice Brandeis and Justice Holmes concurred in the result because of the Fourteenth Amendment questions, but there is no question that the sentiments are a distinct dissent from the views of the prevailing majority and supported the First Amendment.

      Holmes in Abrams had been willing to defend speech on abstract grounds, believing that unpopular ideas should have their opportunity to compete in the "marketplace of ideas." But Brandeis had a much more specific reason for defending speech, and the power of his opinion derives from the connection he made between free speech and the democratic process. Citizens have an obligation to take part in the governing process, and they can only fulfill this obligation if they can discuss and criticize governmental policy fully and without fear. If the government can punish unpopular views, then it cramps freedom, and in the long run, will strangle democratic processes. Thus, free speech is not only an abstract virtue, but a key element that lies at the heart of a democratic society.

      Implicitly, Brandeis here moves far beyond the clear and present danger test, and he insists on what some have called a "time to answer" test: no danger flowing from speech can be considered clear and present if there is full opportunity for discussion. While upholding full and free speech, Brandeis tells legislatures that while they have a right to curb truly dangerous expression, they must define clearly the nature of that danger. Mere fear of unpopular ideas will not do.

      Justice William O. Douglas believed that had Brandeis lived longer, he would have abandoned the clear and present danger test; Whitney is in fact the precursor to the position Douglas and Hugo L. Black would take in the 1950s and 1960s, that freedom of speech is absolutely protected under the First Amendment. Brandeis does not go that far here, and his views were ultimately adopted by the Court in Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969), which explicitly overruled Whitney.

      Whitney was later pardoned by the Governor of California based on Justice Brandeis' concurring opinion. [citation needed] . . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_v._California

    • RE: "Rather than a strong and expansive view of free speech, Wyden has taken upon himself to define what we can do under our first amendment rights, and it is very limited, ineffectual and lame, but for him, “there is a line to be drawn.” Picnics in the backyard seem to be the pinnacle of free speech for Wyden." ~ Peter Miller

      JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS ON THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH:

      ■ “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)
      • SOURCE - http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Louis.Brandeis.Quote.8F27
      Whitney v. California (full text) :: 274 U.S. 357 (1927) - https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/274/357/case.html
      • WIKIPEDIA - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_v._California

      ■ “No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      ■ “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      ■ “The constitutional right of free speech has been declared to be the same in peace and war. In peace, too, men may differ widely as to what loyalty to our country demands, and <ban intolerant majority, swayed by passion or by fear, may be prone in the future, as it has been in the past, to stamp as disloyal opinions with which it disagrees.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' dissenting opinion in Schaefer v. United States, 251 U.S. 466 (1920)
      • SOURCE – http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/justice+louis+d.+brandeis
      Schaefer v. United States, 251 U.S. 466 (1920) - https://www.scribd.com/document/310948111/Schaefer-v-United-States-251-U-S-466-1920

    • RE: "Rather than a strong and expansive view of free speech, Wyden has taken upon himself to define what we can do under our first amendment rights, and it is very limited, ineffectual and lame, but for him, “there is a line to be drawn.” Picnics in the backyard seem to be the pinnacle of free speech for Wyden." ~ Peter Miller

      JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS ON THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH:

      • “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)
      SOURCE - http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Louis.Brandeis.Quote.8F27
      Whitney v. California (full text) :: 274 U.S. 357 (1927) - https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/274/357/case.html
      WIKIPEDIA - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_v._California

      • “No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      • “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      • “The constitutional right of free speech has been declared to be the same in peace and war. In peace, too, men may differ widely as to what loyalty to our country demands, and <ban intolerant majority, swayed by passion or by fear, may be prone in the future, as it has been in the past, to stamp as disloyal opinions with which it disagrees.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' dissenting opinion in Schaefer v. United States, 251 U.S. 466 (1920)

      SOURCE – http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/justice+louis+d.+brandeis

  • Chomsky still believes in the old Israel. I did too, once upon a time
    • RE: "My issue with Chomsky’s position is what it always was: he operates from a prism that is strongly colored by the Israel that was once upon a time, perhaps 50-60 years ago... Unfortunately, while he clearly processed that Israel has changed greatly, and not for the better, he still tends to lay the blame on the 'occupation' . . . he sounds almost child-like, hanging on to these civilized concepts, as if they were life rafts ..." ~ Danaa Marec

      FRANZ FANON:

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

  • The State of Israel on the nature of poetry
    • RE: "The transcripts reveal the Israeli state’s inquiry into the nature of poetry: What is a poem? And what makes one a poet? Those were some of the questions raised by the state prosecutor in a tribunal that seems somewhere between an academic conference and a Stalinist show trial." ~ Yarden Katz

      MY COMMENT: What a dirty job this state prosecutor has! I'm thankful I don't have to do that for a living.
      That said, such virulent incitement on the part of Ms. Tatour [by daring to use the word “shuhadaa" (i.e., martyrs) without an appropriate disclaimer], whether poetic or not, must be punished if the state is to maintain order!
      Otherwise, the citizenry might lose faith.

      LYRICS - https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/faithnomore/wecarealot194537.html

  • After Israel tries to ban Al Jazeera, critics say the country is 'taking its cues from Arab dictators'
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "How Israel prevented journalists from covering al-Aqsa" | by Ibrahim Husseini | aljazeera.com | August 9, 2017

      [EXCERPTS] . . . On July 23, the Israeli police blocked journalists from entering Bab al-Asbat [Lions Gate (at the entrance to al-Aqsa) ~ JLD] . The police then ordered journalists to stay a distance of several hundred metres away from the gate, effectively restricting journalists from covering the story which was taking place just outside the compound.

      In response, the Foreign Press Association, an NGO representing journalists based in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, tweeted: "FPA protests deplorable situation in Old City Jerusalem where tourists given access while accredited journalists and photojournalists not".

      The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a human rights NGO, criticised the Israeli police's conduct towards the press during the crisis. On July 30, ACRI filed a petition at Israel's High Court demanding that the Israeli police "stop restricting press coverage in the Old City of Jerusalem and harming journalists' ability to perform their public duties".

      The petition stated that the Israeli police conduct "raises concern that the police's intention was to prevent the free flow of information through the media on the events taking place and on the police's handling of those events".

      "The conduct of the police is worrisome and contrary to all the basic principles of democracy," ACRI's petition stated.

      In a recent brazen attack on the media, on Monday, Israel moved to shut down Al Jazeera's operations in Jerusalem. . .

      . . . Amnesty International described the closure of Al Jazeera offices in Jerusalem as "chilling message that Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage".

      ACRI also condemned the Israeli government's move to ban Al Jazeera. ACRI issued a statement describing the decision as "a declaration of war by the Israeli prime minister and the minister of communication against the offices of Al Jazeera in Israel".

      Two months ago, the Israeli Knesset cancelled the Press Ordinance of the British Mandate, which authorised the Minister of Interior to close newspapers, thanks to a petition submitted by ACRI to the High Court of Justice, according to the statement.

      "Now, the new minister of communications [Netanyahu cleverly having found a far-right Druze MK (a supporter of Moshe Feiglin's fascistic Manhigut Yehudit faction, within Likud) willing to do Bibi's dirty work ~ JLD] wants to close a media outlet [Al Jazeera]. This joins a series of steps taken by the government against freedom of expression and against anybody that criticizes [Israeli] government policy."

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/08/israel-prevented-journalists-covering-al-aqsa-170808104512884.html

    • RE: On Sunday Israel’s minister of communication Ayoub Kara said he is banning Al Jazeera from broadcasting, shutting its Jerusalem bureau, and revoking press credentials for reporters with the Doha-based network. . . Netanyahu has backed Kara’s announcement over social media stating, “Following my instructions, he [Kara] took several practical steps today to stop the actions of incitement by Al Jazeera in Israel,” the Jerusalem Post reported. ~ Deger

      PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I SNEEZE: "Ahhh . . . ahhh . . . Gleichschaltung!!!"*

      * 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. . .

      . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu's decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication. [In May of 2017 Netanyahu finally appointed Ayoub Kara as Minister in the communications office. ~ J.L.D.]

      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/

  • McMaster solidifies power at NSC -- and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier
  • Advocate of 'Death to Arabs' is EU's frontman in Israeli PR campaign
    • Thanks, but I know from memory what Streicher's work looks like. I knew at the time I used the reference to Der Stürmer that Mr. Ivri doesn't really resemble Julius Streicher's infamous creations. In fact, he looks fine, but he does have longish hair and a designer beard, and the Haughty Hasbarist doesn't let facts get in the way of his taking great offense any chance he gets. After all, Israeli Prime Minister Yizhak Shamir, famously said that one is allowed to lie for Eretz Israel (the ‘Land of Israel”). And, the IDF soldiers take this one step further: in the name of Eretz Israel, they destroy evidence (unless kryptonite in the form of a camera is present) and intimidate journalists and innocent civilians.

    • RE: "Advocate of ‘Death to Arabs’ is EU’s frontman in Israeli PR campaign"

      THE HAUGHTY HASBARIST SEZ: That dastardly, diabolically clever European Union! When ostensibly making a video to improve the EU's image, it/they knew full well it/they could foster incitement against (and delegitimization of) Israel by using a mangy, unkempt, foul-mouthed Israeli spokesman (seemingly right out of the pages of Der Stürmer) rather than a more wholesome Israeli like Yair Netanyahu). This is further proof (as if it were needed!) of the anti-Semitic, Jew-hating duplicitous nature of the European Union.

      Shame on Mondoweiss and Electronic Intifada [Et tu Brute?] for aiding and abetting the EU in stabbing Israel in the back (and duplicitously doing so under the false pretense of improving the EU's image in Israel). I trust you were well paid (more likely in Bitcoins than "pieces of silver") for your treachery!

  • Jew and Israeli: Solomon Schechter and Shlomo Sand
    • RE: Paradoxically, acceptance is perceived as the twin menace to Jews of the menace of bloody hostility, “eternal Jew hate.” In a sense, the present situation of the State of Israel is that the State ensures that its Jewish citizens are “safely hated.” ~ Abba Solomon

      JAMES BALDWIN (1963):

      "By deciding that they were white. By opting for safety instead of life. By persuading themselves that a Black child's life meant nothing compared with a white child's life... In this debasement of and definition of Black people, they debased and defined themselves."

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

  • BDS ban: Five Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders denied entry to Israel for supporting Palestinian human rights
    • I wonder how long this ban is in effect for the "Interfaith Five"*. Hopefully it is not in perpetuity. I guess this is the ten year exclusion like that awarded to Norman Finkelstein, Hedy Epstein, etc.
      Of course, if the "Interfaith Five" were to send a large shipment of hand-rolled "leaves" and premium quality "pink" as a gift to you know who (i.e., a certain Israeli "friend"), they might just find themselves magically absolved of the inexcusable "sins" that precipitated their having been subjected to the travel ban.

      * Perhaps they should consider giving the Gospel music groups a little interfaith competition.
      Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain

  • Israeli minister says Palestinians are bringing a 'third Nakba' upon themselves
    • RE: "Israeli minister says Palestinians are bringing a ‘third Nakba’ upon themselves"

      MY COMMENT: I shudder to think!
      Come to think of it, I shudder without needing to think.

  • 'Netanyahu doesn't have a vision for peace,' Gillibrand says at town hall aroused by boycott bill
    • RE: ‘Netanyahu doesn’t have a vision for peace,’ Gillibrand says at town hall

      MY COMMENT: Netanyahu appears to be psychologically incapable of actually committing to "peace". There always has to be a qualifier, as in:
      A "DURABLE" PEACE, or
      A "REALISTIC" PEACE or
      A "GENUINE" PEACE.
      Apparently these vague qualifiers are really just placeholders (i.e., Trojan qualifiers) for the many unspoken, specific qualifiers (i.e., negators/dealbreakers) he has in mind.

    • Thanks for your efforts, Mr. Siegelbaum!

  • Kill like an Israeli
  • 'We need to cut their heads off,' Bush said of anti-western demonstrators in Syria in '06 -- Tzipi Livni
    • RE: "Whatever you think of the free-speech issue (and I am a fierce liberal on that issue)" ~ Weiss

      A GREAT QUOTE FROM BRANDEIS:

      "Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears." ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis' concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927)

      P.S. ■ GRAPHIC: iz Quotes

  • Israeli paper investigates 50-year-ago attack on 'USS Liberty,' while US papers leave it in the letters column
    • RE: Adm. Thomas Moorer called the attack “pre-meditated murder.” Capt. Ward Boston said that he was outraged that anyone, let alone “apologists for Israel,” could call the Liberty incident a case of mistaken identity. ~ Les Jordan's letter to the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon

      MY SNARKCASM: Don't you just love the smell of Napalm™ in the morning?!?! Several survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty said the distinctive smell of napalm was unmistakeable during and after the attack.
      Why would the Israelis have used napalm? I can't even begin to fathom an innocent explanation.

      Napalm
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napalm

      [EXCERPTS] Napalm is a flammable liquid used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent and either gasoline (petrol) or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire. Napalm was developed in 1942 in a secret laboratory at Harvard University by a team led by chemist Louis Fieser.[1] . . .

      Development

      . . . "The production of napalm was first entrusted to Nuodex Products, and by the middle of April 1942 they had developed a brown, dry powder that was not sticky by itself, but when mixed with gasoline turned into an extremely sticky and inflammable substance." One of Fieser's colleagues suggested adding phosphorus to the mix which increased the "ability to penetrate deeply...into the musculature, where it would continue to burn day after day."[5]

      On 4 July 1942, the first test occurred on the football field near the Harvard Business School.[5] . . .

      . . . From 1965 to 1969, the Dow Chemical Company manufactured napalm B for the American armed forces.[8] After news reports of napalm B's deadly and disfiguring effects were published, Dow Chemical experienced boycotts of its products, and its recruiters for new chemists, chemical engineers, etc., graduating from college were subject to campus boycotts. The management of the company decided that its "first obligation was the government." Meanwhile, napalm B became a symbol for the Vietnam War.[9] . . .

      Effects on people

      "Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine," said Kim Phúc, a napalm bombing survivor known from a famous Vietnam War photograph. "Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212°F). Napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius (1,500–2,200°F)."[20]

      When used as a part of an incendiary weapon, napalm can cause severe burns (ranging from superficial to subdermal), asphyxiation, unconsciousness, and death. . .

      The Smell of Napalm In the Morning - Apocalypse Now (4/8) Movie CLIP (1979) HD

  • Israel charges UNESCO with 'Fake history'
    • RE: This irrelevant organization promotes FAKE HISTORY”, wrote Israel’s Foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon two days ago concerning UNESCO, after the latter voted on a resolution to include Al-Khalil (Hebron) and the Al-Ibrahimi mosque (Tomb of Patriarchs) as Palestinian World Heritage sites. ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: Israel's Foreign Ministry is always so entertaining. A real barrel of laughs! But, I wish they would tell us more about those ThyssenKrupp submarines!*

      * The Israeli Submarine Scandal: What We Know ~ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/LIVE-1.753695

  • Nadia Hijab on Palestinian options, Jewish allies, and the Zionist crisis
    • P.S. ■ Judgment of Solomon
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Solomon

      [EXCERPTS] The Judgment of Solomon refers to a story from the Hebrew Bible in which King Solomon of Israel ruled between two women both claiming to be the mother of a child by tricking the parties into revealing their true feelings. . .

      IMAGE - Fresco of the Judgment of Solomon, Wallfahrtskirche Frauenberg (de) Frauenberg, Styria

      Biblical narrative

      The story is recounted in 1 Kings 3:16-28. Two young women who lived in the same house and who both had an infant son came to Solomon for a judgment. One of the women claimed that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. The other woman denied this and so both women claimed to be the mother of the living son and said that the dead boy belonged to the other.

      After some deliberation, King Solomon called for a sword to be brought before him. He declared that there was only one fair solution: the live son must be split in two, each woman receiving half of the child. Upon hearing this terrible verdict, the boy's true mother cried out, "Oh Lord, give the baby to her, just don't kill him!" The liar, in her bitter jealousy, exclaimed, "It shall be neither mine nor yours—divide it!"

      The king declared the first mother as the true mother, as a true, loving mother would rather surrender her baby to another than hurt him, and gave her the baby. King Solomon's judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom. . .

      P.P.S.■ The Judgement of Solomon
      Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640
      oil on canvas (234 × 303 cm) — c. 1617
      Museum Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

      P.P.P.S.
      "Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation" Paperback – 7/04/2017
      by Eyal Weizman (Author)

      Acclaimed exploration of the political space created by Israel’s colonial occupation ~ This new edition of the classic work on the politics of architecture—and the architecture of politics—appears on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, which expanded Israel’s domination over Palestinian lands.

      From the tunnels of Gaza to the militarized airspace of the Occupied Territories, Eyal Weizman unravels Israel’s mechanisms of control and its transformation of Palestinian homes into a war zone under constant surveillance. This is essential reading for those seeking to understand how architecture and infrastructure are used as lethal weapons in the formation of Israel.

      KINDLE, HARDCOVER, PAPERBACK - https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Land-Israels-Architecture-Occupation/dp/1786634481/

    • RE: "[W]e’re at risk of throwing out the baby out with the bathwater. We need to hang on to the Green Line. I’m not making a case for two states, I’m making a case to hold on to one of the most effective ways that the international community has to take a position against Israel’s unlawful acts in the occupied territories, and to put pressure on Israel. We have to push for that, irrespective of what the ultimate political settlement is." ~ Nadia Hijab

      MY COMMENT: That's why I profess my support for making Jerusalem an 'international city' pursuant to General Assembly resolution 181 (II) November 29, 1947, which provides for the full territorial internationalisation of Jerusalem: "The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations."

      Netanyahu recently made it clear that as far as he is concerned there will never be a sovereign nation-state of Palestine in the West Bank (with, or without, E. Jerusalem as its capital). Consequently, unless Jerusalem is protected by virtue of its being made an 'international city' administered by the UN, it is just a matter of time before the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque and numerous other historic sites come under existential threat as Israel's radical, extremist nationalists (like Yehuda Glick and Moshe Feiglin of the Temple Institute) become more and more determined to completely "Judaize" the city.

  • 'LA Times' calls BDS a 'classic tool of peaceful political expression'
    • RE: "The editors emphasize that they don’t support BDS, but you get an inkling that they kinda do now that Israel has maintained the occupation for 50 years, and world governments have done diddly to stop it" ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: The tired, old arguments against BDS that once seemed at least earnest, and were therefore given considerable deference (if only "out of an abundance of caution") ring hollow (i.e., sound like double-talk) in the wake of Netanyahu's double-cross on the mixed prayer area at the Western Wall! That might well have been a "clarifying moment" (no matter the ultimate outcome) for a lot of Jews (and some others as well).

  • Radiation and ringworm: a tale of social policy, racism, and health care
  • Israel slams UNESCO World Heritage decision on Hebron as Palestinians celebrate 12-3 vote in favor
    • FROM BRITANNICA.COM [cognitive dissonance]

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

      SOURCE - http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/124498/cognitive-dissonance

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

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

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms [EXCERPTS]

      Level 1: Pathological
      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. . .
      • Delusional Projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature. . . [i.e., characterizing legitimate criticism of Israel as "Anti-Semitism" ~ J.L.D.]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn't exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality. . .

      Level 2: Immature
      These mechanisms are often present in adults. These mechanisms lessen distress and anxiety provoked by threatening people or by uncomfortable reality. . .
      • Fantasy: Tendency to retreat into fantasy in order to resolve inner and outer conflicts. . .[i.e., the belief that the interests of the U.S. and Israel are identical is a nice example of fantasy ~ J.L.D.]

      Level 3: Neurotic
      These mechanisms are considered neurotic, but fairly common in adults. Such defences have short-term advantages in coping, but can often cause long-term problems . . .
      Intellectualization: A form of isolation; concentrating on the intellectual components of a situation so as to distance oneself from the associated anxiety-provoking emotions . . .
      Withdrawal: Withdrawal is a more severe form of defence. It entails removing oneself from events, stimuli, interactions, etc. under the fear of being reminded of painful thoughts and feelings. . .

      Level 4: Mature
      These are commonly found among emotionally healthy adults and are considered mature . . .
      • Thought suppression: The conscious process of pushing thoughts into the preconscious; the conscious decision to delay paying attention to an emotion or need in order to cope with the present reality; making it possible to later access uncomfortable or distressing emotions whilst accepting them. . .

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

    • P.S. EXCERPT:

      . . . First off, it is quite evident that the United States, which for years has been losing internal state legitimacy, is in crisis. (It’s already lost external state legitimacy, the Trump brand reportedly now distrusted by three-fourths of the world.) . . .

      SOURCE - https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/05/political-myth-making-and-state-legitimacy/

    • P.P.S. LOOKING FOR 'SILVER LININGS': If this vote had been taken before the "Time(s) of Trump", the U.S. probably would have succeeded in recruiting the support of enough member states to vote this down. The Trumpsters tried to do this, but their efforts failed ( Haaretz ). The tired, old arguments that worked in the past no longer seem credible when coming from the likes of Trump and his "Pistol Packin' Mama"!

    • RE: "Israel slams UNESCO World Heritage decision on Hebron as Palestinians celebrate 12-3 vote in favor"

      NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART (a feint, of sorts):
      "Go West Native, Young Man, Go West Native!"

      P.S. "Go West, young man" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_West,_young_man

  • Wonder Woman is a hero only the military-industrial complex could create
    • RE: "Wonder Woman is a hero only the military-industrial complex could create"

      MY COMMENT: Notwithstanding her putative gender, I can easily see Wonder Woman attracting a sizable, largely male, mostly misogynistic Neo-Confederate (a/k/a Southern Nationalist) following. It is not at all uncommon for those types to idolise a "Pistol Packin' Mama"!

    • RE: For a while I have been pondering whether to write a review of the newly released “Wonder Woman,” to peel back the layer of comic book fun to reveal below the film’s disturbing and not-so-covert political and militaristic messages.
      There is usually a noisy crowd who deride any such review with shouts of “Lighten up! It’s only a movie!”–as though popular culture is neither popular nor culture, the soundtrack to our lives that slowly shapes our assumptions and our values, and does so at a level we rarely examine critically.
      ~ Jonathan Cook

      TAKE THE CHALLENGE! SEE HOW MANY MINUTES OF THIS YOU CAN WATCH WITHOUT GOING "BARKING MAD":
      [This assortment of TV commercials were broadcast between January and April 1977.]

      P.S. ALSO RELEVANT:
      Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen (2014)
      En inglés: From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

      Focuses on the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) and its 'collective spirit' in cinema. The purpose of film as a cultural tool is examined. Based on celebrated sociologist Siegfried Kracauer's seminal book 'From Caligari to Hitler' (1947).

      Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3908344/
      NETFLIX STREAMING - https://www.netflix.com/title/80017036

      Weimar culture - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weimar_culture

  • Demand to stop prisoner payments is Israeli gambit to avoid peace talks -- PA commission
    • RE: "The Palestinian public is in an uproar over demands made by the United States and Israel to cut payments to Palestinian political prisoners and former prisoners of Israel as a condition of renewed peace talks." ~ Sheren Khalel

      MY SNARKCASM: This must be some kind of innocent misunderstanding, because Netanyahu has said over, and over, and over [continued ad nauseam] that he is ready to meet with the Palestinians at any time, without preconditions, for direct talks. Here is a recent example from an article in Haaretz on September 6th of last year:

      [EXCERPT] "I'm ready to meet with Abu Mazen at any time, without preconditions, for direct talks," Netanyahu said, referring to Abbas. "It's something I've said hundreds of times and I'm saying it again here. I'm not picky about the location – whether it's here in the Netherlands or in Moscow, there's no problem. It can definitely be in Moscow. I said it to President [Vladimir] Putin and I said it to the Russian envoy [Mikhail] Bogdanov only yesterday."

      Netanyahu added that "the main question is whether Abu Mazen's willing to meet without preconditions. We hear conflicting versions about it. Only yesterday, Palestinian spokespeople clarified that they're ready to meet, but they have conditions – the release of prisoners, and they also want to know in advance what the results of the talks will be."

      "If Abu Mazen wants to meet without preconditions for direct talks, I'm ready at all times. I've been calling on him to so for seven years already, and if he agrees to do so there'll be a meeting," the prime minister added.

      Since Netanyahu has always made such a big deal about there not being any preconditions for peace talks, he can't possibly now be insisting on the discontinuation of the prisoner payments as a precondition for the renewal of peace talks. That would be absurd!

  • When Kafka met Orwell: Arrest by algorithm
    • "The first option is to get around the courts: when a Palestinian is detained by algorithm predicting future actions, the security services simply put him under administrative detention. This basically means no legal process: the military commander of the West Bank rubber-stamps an order actually issued by the ISA, and the person is thus sentenced to six months incarceration . . . After six months, the general may rubber-stamp the detention order again, ad infinitum . . . This draws attention, however, and as Brown and Rotem noted, Israeli lawyers of Palestinians noticed a new pattern: when someone is arrested by algorithm, he is charged with 'incitement'. The level of proof required is quite low. Even supporting a Palestinian armed group online may suffice. The smoking gun is what happens in the rare cases when an algorithm detainee is acquitted: then he is almost immediately put into administrative detention, i.e. the one without any judicial oversight." ~ Gurvitz

      THEIR PREDICAMENT IS A BIT LIKE THAT OF JOSEF K IN ORSON WELL'S FILM ADAPTATION OF FRANZ KAFKA'S “THE TRIAL”:
      After months of trial postponement, Josef K goes to court painter Titorelli to ask for advice. He is told to hope for little. He might get definite acquittal, ostensible acquittal, or indefinite postponement. No one is ever really acquitted, but sometimes cases can be extended indefinitely.

      Titorelli: “You see, in definite acquittal, all the documents are annulled. But with ostensible acquittal, your whole dossier continues to circulate. Up to the higher courts, down to the lower ones, up again, down. These oscillations and peregrinations, you just can’t figure ‘em.”
      Josef K: “No use in trying either, I suppose.”
      Titorelli: “Not a hope. Why, I’ve known cases of an acquitted man coming home from the court and finding the cops waiting there to arrest him all over again. But then, of course, theoretically it’s always possible to get another ostensible acquittal.”
      Josef K: “The second acquittal wouldn’t be final either.”
      Titorelli: “It’s automatically followed by the third arrest. The third acquittal, by the fourth arrest. The fourth...”

      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057427/quotes?qt=qt0135410

      The Trial (1962) Trailer

      Kafka: The Trial (M Studio Movement Theatre)

      P.S. Woe be unto anyone who dares to question a divinely inspired algorithm, for G-d will surely smite them with a heightened vengeance! To be on the safe side, it is best to just assume that all algorithms are sacred.

  • Speaking up in times of apartheid, in Berlin
    • P.S. RE: “Israeli diplomat in Berlin: Maintaining German guilt about Holocaust helps Israel” ~ Haaretz article (excerpted above)

      SEE: "Gunter the Terrible", By Uri Avnery, The Palestine Chronicle, 4/13/12

      [EXCERPT] Stop me if I have told you this joke before:

      Somewhere in the US, a demonstration takes place. The police arrive and beat the protesters mercilessly.
      “Don’t hit me,” someone shouts, “I am an anti-communist!”
      “I couldn't give a damn what kind of a communist you are!” a policeman answers as he raises his baton.

      The first time I told this joke was when a German group visited the Knesset and met with German-born members, including me.

      They went out of their way to praise Israel, lauding everything we had been doing, condemning every bit of criticism, however harmless it might be. It became downright embarrassing, since some of us in the Knesset were very critical of our government’s policy in the occupied territories.

      For me, this extreme kind of pro-Semitism is just disguised anti-Semitism. Both have a basic belief in common: that Jews – and therefore Israel – are something apart, not to be measured by the standards applied to everybody else. . .

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

    • Yes, the concept of "virtue signalling"* is also included in the study (and was found to be quite considerably implicated), but I made the decision to only mention the part(s) of the study most relevant to Israel's apparent interest in fostering/maintaining German guilt over the Holocaust.

      In countries other than Germany (and perhaps some of its WWII allies) 'virtue signalling' might well be more highly implicated than the tendency to (over?)compensate for feelings of guilt regarding the Holocaust.

      * The study also showed that sounding off about an issue – aka virtue signalling – helped people’s self-esteem by letting them feel like good people.
      Its results suggest murkier motivations for social activism than those often claimed by its proponents.

      A MORE THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF THE STUDY – http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/01/moral-outrage-is-self-serving

      P.S. A MUCH-NEEDED PALLIATIVE FOR "TTS" (TRUMP TEDIOSITY SYNDROME):

    • RE: "Notwithstanding, the German media’s covering of the event, not only inaccurate but also substandard in terms of journalistic writing, has fully aligned itself with Zionist media and Israel’s state ideology to depict our civil duty as an illegitimate expression of antisemitism. Such an outrageous claim joins a much more disturbing and broader tendency seen over the past years, which includes DIE LINKE and SPD decisions to de-legitimize and oppress a peaceful civil society movement calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel — a state which doesn’t abide by international law." ~ Sinai, Abusalama & Barkan

      ■ 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

      ■ AND SEE - "Study: People Express Moral Outrage to Compensate for Their Own Guilt" | By Heat Street Staff | March 2, 2017

      [EXCERPT] A new study into the psychology of expressing moral outrage has revealed what some already suspected – it is significantly motivated by personal guilt.

      Academics at the University of Southern Mississippi investigated people’s thought processes when they were told about different types of injustice.

      They found that participants’ tendencies to express outrage changed significantly depending on whether or not they felt culpable for a particular wrong.

      The more directly they felt implicated in a given wrong, the more likely they were to displace the blame onto an external agency.

      The study also showed that sounding off about an issue – aka virtue signalling – helped people’s self-esteem by letting them feel like good people...

      CONTINUED AT - https://heatst.com/world/study-people-express-moral-outrage-to-compensate-for-their-own-guilt/

      A MORE THOROUGH EXPLANATION OF THE STUDY -
      http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/01/moral-outrage-is-self-serving

  • JVP calls for US gov't pressure on Israel to end 'dire humanitarian crisis' in Gaza
    • RE "JVP calls for US gov’t pressure on Israel to end ‘dire humanitarian crisis’ in Gaza"

      MY SNARKCASM: Fear not, for help on the way to the "state of Gaza" in the personage of none other than that greatest of humanitarians, namely Muhammad Dahlan! Apparently, Dahlan is one of the surprises Netanyahu had up his sleeve while he was pretending to support Abbas by honouring his request that Israel reduce the amount of electricity provided to Gaza.

      This should represent the culmination of Israel's scheme to completely separate Gaza from the West Bank Judea and Samaria.

      Perhaps next time (in the unlikely event there is one) Abbas will be more careful as to what he wishes for!

      ■ SEE: "Israel, UAE, Egypt plan to install Dahlan Gaza leader" | by Al Jazeera | June 29, 2017

      [EXERPT] An editorial board member of Israel's Haaretz newspaper has said Israel, Egypt and the UAE are planning to install Mohammed Dahlan, the 55-year-old exiled former Fatah official, as Gaza's leader.

      Zvi Barel said in an opinion piece published on Thursday that the plan also aimed to see Dahlan replace the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement - the ruling party in the occupied West Bank - and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).

      He said it was "too early to assess whether this plan will be fully implemented" as the Hamas movement, which rules Gaza, could reject Dahlan, who used to head the PA's security services in Gaza.

      But if successful, according to Barel, Egypt would ease the siege of Gaza by opening the Rafah border crossing and the UAE would fund a power station on the Egyptian side of the border.

      A "state of Gaza" could become a reality with Dahlan at its head, something that, for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is "the plan's key", he said.

      The plan aims to "neutralise" the role of Qatar and Turkey in Gaza, according to Barel.

      But he warns that the Dahlan plan could also see Gaza severed from the West Bank, "especially given the long feud between Abbas and Dahlan". . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/uae-egypt-plan-install-dahlan-gaza-leader-170629140807015.html

  • Netanyahu says Israel's 'hand is outstretched to peace' -- but he makes a fist
    • RE: "This is the real Israel… IIt’s a strong country that is ready to defend itself against any threat. And its hand is outstretched to peace, a genuine peace, with all our neighbors." ~ Netanyahu

      MY COMMENT: Netanyahu appears to be psychologically incapable of committing to "peace". There always has to be a qualifier, as in:
      A "DURABLE" PEACE, or
      A "REALISTIC" PEACE or
      A "GENUINE" PEACE.
      Apparently these vague qualifiers are really just placeholders (i.e., Trojan adjectives) for the many unspoken, specific qualifiers he has in mind.

      As to the identities of the "neighbors" Netanyahu was referring to, I have certainly never heard him refer to the Palestinians as "neighbors".

      P.S. RE: "Oh and here’s the PM’s rapt audience." ~ Weiss

      SEE: Nineteen Eighty-Four; (alt.: 1984)

  • Yakov Rabkin's devastating critique of Zionism: it is opposed to Jewish tradition and liberalism
    • A FEW OTHER VIDEOS:

      1:07:29
      Yakov M. Rabkin "From left to right: Evolution of Israeli society"
      Юдаїка в Києво-Могилянській академії
      2 years ago436 views
      From its inception, Israeli, and more precisely, Zionist society had been seen as an embodiment of leftist ideas of collective endeavour and solidarity. The Kibbutz appeared as the very incarnation of the Zionist dream, earning the State of Israel appreciation and support from socialists around the world. Nowadays, right-wing coalitions govern Israel. During the recent election campaign, the incumbent Likud warned in its final slogan: “It is Us or the Left: only Likud, only Netanyahu.” The Zionist state has become a source of inspiration for right-wing groups in Europe and countries of European colonization. The lector tried to outline and explain this momentous transformation.
      LINK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYDHqpHeAZc

      46:14
      Yakov Rabkin public talk: Can an Observant Jew Also Be a Critic of Israel?
      JewishVoices
      8 months ago174 views
      Yakov Rabkin, an observant Jew, dispels the notion that every Jew is a Zionist and therefore a natural advocate for the State of Israel. In fact, there is a thriving critique of Israel among religious Jews.
      LINK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZtkN4bHj30&t=54s

      1:01:45
      Yakov M. Rabkin “Revolutionary and Evolutionary Trends in Contemporary Jewish History”
      Юдаїка в Києво-Могилянській академії
      2 months ago53 views
      Contemporary Jewish history has been rich in both revolutionary events and more gradual but no less significant evolutionary processes. This talk will look from this perspective at several points in Jewish history, including the growth of Hasidism and the sharp opposition it provoked, secularization and assimilation, the emergence of Orthodoxy and non-Orthodox movements in Europe and North America, Zionism as well as the crystallization of a Jewish nationality in the Soviet Union and the State of Israel. An important and often neglected aspect of this history is the fate of Jews in the lands of Islam in the context of imperial expansion and colonialism.
      LINK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Baz5RJPu3GU

      58:06
      Yakov Rabkin public talk: Christian Zionism and the idea of a "Chosen People"
      JewishVoices
      8 months ago166 views
      The Christian idea of Jews physically returning to the Holy Land predates modern Jewish Zionism by many centuries. The idea that the return is in accordance with biblical prophecy and that the gathering of Jews is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus, dates back to the Reformation. Moreover, some Christian groups in Britain, Germany and the United States have believed that they replaced the Jews as God's "Chosen People."

  • A burning Zionist and non-Zionist debate the settlements
    • P.S. RELATED:

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

      [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]]

      The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

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

      ● FROM ForeignAffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE (PAYWALL) - http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

      ● MAGGIE THATCHER'S OPPOSITION TO USING SANCTIONS AGAINST APARTHEID-ERA SOUTH AFRICA :

      . . . While Thatcher maintained throughout her political career that she "loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it," she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. "In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African," she said in December 1977 . . .

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/supposed-democracy-dictator.html

    • RE: "And if UN and European Foreign Ministers want to go around and call it a war crime, well then, the only thing we get out of that is that the Israelis won’t bother to talk with them, because it’s so absurd." ~ Jonathan Sous

      MY COMMENT: With stunning pomposity, yet another "precondition" to talks is demanded by the Israelis! "We want only carrots, sticks are entirely unacceptable!"
      We've been down this road many times before. It always ends in a dead end!

      SEE: "Is There a Way Beyond Israeli Madness?" [Will the Chosen People and the Exceptional People Go Down Together?] | by John Grant | Counterpunch</i | August 31, 2012

      [EXCERPTS]

      The patient, by the name of Israel, walks into the room and instantly bursts into a tirade of arguments conclusively proving his credentials, and says that he is better than everyone else. - Ofer Grosbard, "Israel On The Couch: The Psychology of the Peace Process"

      . . . The problem Americans have with Israel is that the region it exists in is in the midst of a major political sea change, while Israel is frozen in time and holding on to its militarist, right-wing policies of extending settlements in the West Bank. It’s a policy that harks back to the ideas of the British-trained militarist Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall [now augmented by the US-funded "Iron Dome" - J.L.D.], which is based on the idea a live-and-let-live policy between Jews and Arabs is impossible and, thus, Jews must militarily control and repress Palestinians . . .

      . . . How does a people turn back a racially-oriented demonization program with roots that extend back many decades? How do you ratchet down a nation’s narcissism so people are able to simply see the other as a human being? . . .

      . . . On our part, Americans and the United States need to stop being a permissive yes-man and begin to show Israel some tough love. We need more US criticism of Israel. No doubt this approach will be received with gales of cynical laughter from hardliners … but so what?

      In my mind, the Israeli narcissistic and arrogant mindset would benefit from a little Buddhist detachment, more of the posture that sees the world not of separate individual selves and egos but of human beings as part of a larger flow of life. The Buddhists call the self-obsessed, separatist state-of-mind [i.e. the "pale" of Israel surrounded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall augmented by the US-funded "Iron Dome" - J.L.D.] that Israel thrives on and defends with weapons as “the illusory self.”

      “Once one identifies with a permanent self-concept, the pride and craving adhering to this become the pivot from which an egocentric world arises,” writes Gay Watson, a psychotherapist attuned to Buddhism.

      David Loy puts it this way: “To become completely groundless is also to become completely grounded, not in some particular, but in the whole network of interdependent relations that constitute the world.”

      I’m not suggesting Israel become a Buddhist nation. The point is for Israelis, and more important Americans, to figure a way out of the worsening condition of “us versus them” to avoid the need to obliterate them and set off a war that no one really wants. The point is to re-shape our minds to make “the other” less threatening to permit talking.

      I’m not holding my breath that Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are going to become peace activists.
      But I’m done as an American being a silent stooge while Israeli militarist madness fuels hatred and sets the stage for war.
      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/31/is-there-a-way-beyond-israeli-madness/

    • P.S. RELATED ARTICLES:

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    • RE --- JO: These are settlers which are under control, help, assistance of the Jewish State – it’s a national paradigm.
      PRB: So the responsibility for the situation in Hebron is thus with the Israeli authorities?
      JO: Yes, I would say so, because Israel occupies Hebron.

      MY COMMENT: The settlers in Hebron perform a function for the Government of Israel that is very similar to the function Italy's 'Black Shirts' performed for Mussolini.

      It's gushingly Kumbayah-like for Mr. Sousa to state:

      "They [i.e., the settlers and the Palestinians] should be able to be there together, without throwing raw sewage on each other, without there being a need for soldiers. They should be able to be there as good neighbors, and they cannot, and it is so sad."

      I feel like I'm stating the obvious when I say that most of the settlers in Hebron appear to be psychopaths*. That is why they do such bizzare, unhinged things as throwing raw sewage on the Palestinians. Fences might sometimes make good neighbors, but psychopaths most assuredly do not. Meds might help, but it would necessitate an army of Nurse Ratchets** to see that they are properly/consistently administered.

      The Palestinians can try to reason with the settlers until they are blue in the face, but they would probably have more success trying to reason with a brick wall.

      * PHOTO: Israeli Settler Throws Wine at a Palestinian Woman in Hebron

      ** Medicine time

  • West Bank settlement will build medical school, named after Adelsons
    • RE: "A massive donation and a Sheldon Adelson medical school: Israeli West Bank university to double in size"

      MY COMMENT: Ariel was strategically located far enough to the east in the West Bank so as to make the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state virtually impossible. By helping to double the size of Ariel University, Sheldon Adelson is helping to eliminate the possibility of a two-state solution.
      Way to go, Shelly! Quite a legacy.

  • I was born ideologically, politically, and spiritually in June 1967 -- settler/ambassador Dani Dayan
    • Israel is destroying itself with its settlement policy

      Published on Jan 16, 2013
      http://www.intelligencesquared.com/events/israel-settlement-policy/

      MOTION: "Israel is Destroying Itself With its Settlement Policy: If Settlement Expansion Continues Israel Will Have No Future"

      Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society on 15th January 2013.

      Patriacide. Nationcide. Whatever you want to call it, that is what Israel is doing with its settlement policy: it is killing itself. If ever greater numbers of Jewish settlers are installed on land regarded by Palestinians as the basis for a state of their own, the possibility of a two-state solution grows ever more remote. Yet the single state alternative, involving annexation of the West Bank, would result in a country where Arabs vastly outnumber Jews and then you won't have a one-state or a two-state solution: you'll have a no-state solution. For those who love Israel and wish to preserve a democratic Jewish homeland, as much as for those who hate it, the settlements must stop. That's what many left-wing Israelis and their friends say. But defenders of the settlements see things very differently. The two-state solution has long been a dead letter in their view: why stop building settlements in the name of a peace plan that is frankly unattainable? Whatever the eventual solution -- it could even be a West Bank jointly governed by Jordan and Israel -- there is no good reason why both Israelis and Palestinians shouldn't both expand their settlements in the interim before an eventual peace deal.

    • I'm not certain in exactly what ways, but I am convinced Dayan is in some ways very much like "Ken Doll"(who is originally from Brazil).

      Rodrigo Alves: The Human Ken Doll | This Morning

      Broadcast on 16/05/2016
      Rodrigo Alves has spent over £300K on plastic surgery in order to attain his perfect look. He tells Holly and Ben why, even after his nose collapsed, he's still not stopping.

      Head to Head - Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?

      Published on Jul 6, 2013
      A UN report says Israeli settlements violate human rights and could be prosecuted as war crimes, but many Israeli settlers consider themselves patriots. So what hope is there for peace in the Middle East?In a country where settlers are now one of the biggest and strongest political movements, Dani Dayan, a Netanyahu advisor and the outgoing chairman of the Yesha (Settlers) Council, says there is no two-state solution to the conflict and that he is happy with the status quo.Dayan has been a major in the Israeli army, a successful IT entrepreneur, and a University lecturer. In 1999 he became an executive committee member of the Yesha Council, which represents the settler movement, and in 2007, its chairman until February 2013. He completely revitalised the movement until his resignation to campaign openly for Binyamin Netanyahu.Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Dayan at the Oxford Union, discussing whether Zionism is a colonialist project, whether the so-called apartheid roads are just an urban legend - and more importantly, what is the solution to this protracted conflict?Dayan claims settlements are irreversible but preaches in favour of dismantling the wall. With a lively audience and robust debate from the expert panel, Head to Head is tackling the hard issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Are the settlements a natural extension of the Israeli state or the single biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East? Will the Palestinians ever be able to build an independent and viable state?Joining our discussion are: Dr Ghada Karmi, an academic and the author of The Palestinian Exodus (1999), In Search for Fatima (2002), and Israel's Dilemma in Palestine (2007); Sam Westrop, a former director of the British Israel Coalition, and a fellow of the New York-based Gatestone Institute; and Hannah Weisfeld, the director of Yachad, a pro-peace, pro-Israel NGO based in London.

  • 'Please remember the Montgomery bus boycott'-- letter to Westchester County board before BDS vote tonight
    • In addition to being the 1960s home* to Rob, Laura and Ritchie Petrie of the Dick Van Dyke Show, as well the birthplace in the 1970s of the Scarsdale diet; Westchester County is also home to the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, a very private golf club in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

      I recall seeing something on YouTube fairly recently wherein one of Trump's sons was giving a tour of the Westchester facilities. The highlight was the Gents restroom, lockerroom, showers, etc. where the young Trump proudly explained that the Trump Organization used only 24K gold-plated plumbing fixtures, never 14K or 18K. He was literally beaming with pride as he explained this.

      * located in New Rochelle, Westchester Co. (not nearby White Plains, as I earlier misstated)

  • UN last hurdle before Israel can rid itself of the Palestinians
    • Thinking about "rode hard and put up wet" last night, I realized that although I might have heard it used by motorcycle/biker types, it obviously refers to a horse having "ben rode hard and put up/away wet" because horses sweat like crazy (motorcycles not so much) and if you let the sweat-saturated coat dry without rinsing off the sweat, the horse really looks nasty.

      https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ridden_hard_and_put_away_wet

      ridden hard and put away wet
      English
      Alternative forms
      rode hard and put up wet
      Etymology
      From the inadvisable practice of riding a horse, and then stabling it while it is still coated in sweat, rather than brushing and grooming it properly afterwards.

      Verb
      ridden hard and put away wet

      (idiomatic) Mistreated; not properly cared for.
      Usage notes
      Used as a past participle.
      See also
      driven hard and put away smoking

      https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/shes-been-rode-hard-and-put-up-wet.2304862/#post-11567095

      She's been rode hard and put up wet
      Discussion in 'English Only' started by ribran, Dec 1, 2011.

      There is a very Southern expression that can be used of a rough-looking woman, a woman who has obviously had a tough life; it is "She's been rode hard and put up wet." I doubt it is regularly used outside the South, so what I would like to know is whether it would be understood where you live.

      -Riley
      ribran, Dec 1, 2011

      I've worked as a racehorse "hot-walker" and groom in the past, so I can tell you exactly what is meant by being "put up wet." Just like human athletes, horses that have had a hard workout and are all sweaty need to be walked slowly and have a cooling down period. To properly care for a horse that comes back to the barn wet with sweat, he/she needs to be untacked (saddle removed) and walked for about a half hour on a lead rope, or until the sweat has dried--which is why busy trainers hire people to walk their horses. Once the horse is cool, he/she can be brushed and put up in the stall. Failure to do this will cause stiff muscles and lameness. So the exact meaning of the phrase, as it pertains to horsemanship, is to work your horse really hard and not take time to care for it afterward. For a human, it means you're in pretty rough shape.
      AnitaClare, Mar 12, 2013 #16
      Egmont
      Senior Member
      Massachusetts, U.S.
      English - U.S.

      P.S. Nikki Haley reminds me a bit of Rock Hudson's "butch" sister in Giant (played by Mercedes McCambridge) who had been accustomed to "ruling the roost", and therefore had a difficult time adjusting to an elite Eastern woman calling the shots. Especially one that preferred to "ride English" using one of those silly little saddles. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, she sometimes liked to ride sidesaddle. In Texas, for God's sake! And, not just in Texas, but in West Texas! ! !

    • Al Dexter & his troopers - Pistol Packin' Mama

    • Yes, I was very saddened to see that yesterday.
      Norman Pollack will be sorely missed.

    • RE: "i can’t stand nikki haley’s face. her expressions just irk me to no end." - Annie

      MY REPLY: I agree. I was shocked to see how bedraggled she looked in that photo. To borrow from the motorcycle/biker set: "She looks like she was rode hard and put up wet!"Quite a come down from the new, pistol-packin', stiletto high-heel wearin', Sherriff in town that she claimed to be when she gave her speech to AIPAC.
      I get the the impression from her nonstop complaints about UN bias against Israel, that Haley believes she can dig her spurs in real deep and possibly ride her present position right on in to the White House (initially as VP).

      Oh Nikki you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind!
      Hey, Nikki hey, hey, hey Nikki

      You've been around all night and that's a little long
      You think you've got the right and I think you got it wrong
      Why don't you say goodnight, so you can take me home Nikki
      'Cause when you say you will it always means you won't

      You're givin me the chills baby, please baby don't
      Every night you still leave me all alone Nikki!
      Oh Nikki what a pity you don't understand
      You take me by the heart when you take me by the hand

      Oh Nikki you're so pretty can't you understand
      It's gals like you Nikki
      Oh watcha ya do Nikki do Nikki don't break my heart Nikki!
      Hey Nikki!

      Now when you take me by the hand who's ever gonna know
      Everytime ya move I let a little more show
      That's somethin' we can use
      So don't say no Nikki!

      So come on and give it to me any way you can
      Any way you want to do it I'll take it like a man
      Oh please baby please baby
      Don't leave me Nikki!

      Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - Pistol Packin' Mama 1943

  • Nationwide 'rally against Sharia law' reflects violent surge of Islamophobia since Trump election
    • Only fairly recently have I come to realize that this country has always been extremely racist at its core.
      We seemed to be making some progress in the 60s and 70s, but now it appears that we were just learning how to not let our racist core show quite as much.
      The core obviously remains quite rotten.

      Think about how Trump uses Twitter, and then listen closely to what Huxley says about the possibility of a dictator being able to rule indefinitely by obtaining the "consent of the ruled" through the use of propaganda in a way that bypasses the rational side of man and appeals directly to the subconscious, and to the "deeper emotions" (thereby making those ruled over indefinitely love their slavery).

      Also, recall that Netanyahu has claimed in the past to "know how to move America".

      SCARY STUFF!

  • Gaza residents prepare for the worst amid impending 40 percent power cut by PA, Israel
    • Israel has been working diligently for years to separate Gaza from the West Bank Judea and Samaria. Why? Because when they get ready to annex Area C, they want to have made it as difficult as possible for the busybody Europeans to suggest that it is needed by the Palestinians to relieve overcrowding in Gaza.

      Amira Hass wrote recently that the occupation's success in separating Gaza from the West Bank is the occupation's greatest achievement thus far.

      So, are we to believe that after Israel's having spent so many years working feverishly to separate Gaza from the West Bank, Netanyahu now actually wants to help Abbas reunite Gaza and the West Bank so that the PA rules all of the Occupied Territories?

      Well, I'm not buyin'!

      I think Netanyahu wants to give the appearance (mostly to the U.S. and Saudi Arabia) that he is trying to help Abbas reunify Gaza and the West Bank Judea and Samaria, but there is no way he will actually allow that to happen.

      It will be interesting to see what Netanyahu has up his sleeve.

  • The Jewish Defense League stalwart smearing Linda Sarsour
    • RE: "The Jewish Defense League stalwart smearing Linda Sarsour"

      MY PREEMPTIVE APOLOGY: Since I am contemplating making an unusually callous comment regarding Ms. Geller, I take this opportunity to state that I will be ever so dreadfully sorry in the event anyone takes offense at what I am about to post (i.e., "The Meat of the Matter").

      THE MEAT OF THE MATTER: When I first looked at the photo above, I did not recognize anyone; but when I leaned forward and sqinted a little I did manage to dentify Ms Geller. Oddly though, as I was studying Ms. Geller's face, an eerie sensation washed over me and long-forgotten scenes from George Romero's cult classic "Night of the living Dead" (1968) came vividly (in)to (my) mind.
      I know not why.
      Go figure!

      ■ PHOTO: Living dead Karen Cooper, eating her father's corpse
      .

  • All Palestinian prisoners need is dry bread, a glass of water-- and a bullet to the head
    • P.S. ALSO RE: “Most democratic countries do not treat terrorists as well as we do,” he said. “A terrorist should sit in jail and get dry bread and a glass of water. It is rude to demand studies. Those who want to wage a hunger strike, let them wage a hunger strike. You don’t want to eat, don`t eat.” ~ Committee Chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud)

      Hunger Strike 20 Years On, Insight UTV 2003

    • RE: "Let’s just analyze this slowly. First of all, there’s a huge generalization at play here, that all these prisoners are ‘terrorists’, as a basis for the rest. This is the typical Israeli escape from humanity: if they are all dehumanized, they should be grateful for whatever they get – even that we let them live at all. The irony is, that hundreds of these prisoners are in fact prisoners because they are not ‘terrorists’ – they are imprisoned under the infamous ‘administrative detention’ that allows the security forces to incarcerate people without charge, on the basis of ‘secret evidence’ which they will never see, for renewable periods of 6 months, often renewed at the very last moment. This can go on for many years. The longest so far has been 8 years. " ~ Jonathan Ofir

      ■ FROM BRITANNICA.COM [cognitive dissonance]

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

      SOURCE - http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/124498/cognitive-dissonance

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

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

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

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

      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses [i.e., a refuge from cognitive dissonance - J.L.D.]..[9]

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

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms [EXCERPTS]

      ♦ Level 1: Pathological

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

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

      ♦ Level 2: Immature

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

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

      ♦ Level 3: Neurotic

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

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

      ♦ Level 4: Mature

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

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

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

    • RE: "Most democratic countries do not treat terrorists as well as we do,” he said. “A terrorist should sit in jail and get dry bread and a glass of water. It is rude to demand studies. Those who want to wage a hunger strike, let them wage a hunger strike. You don’t want to eat, don`t eat." ~ Committee Chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud)

      MY COMMENT: Hearing a Member of the Knesset (especially a committee chairman) express such an exquisitely enlightened attitude convinces me that we and the Israelis really do "share the same values". In particular I am reminded of Maggie Thather's England and the good, old days back in the Jim Crow South.

      [■ PHOTO: Maggie Thatcher in all of her radiant spendor ]

      SEE: "The angry letter Bernie Sanders wrote to Margaret Thatcher" | By Ishaan Tharoor | washingtonpost.com | February 19, 2016

      [EXCERPT] As the self-described socialist mayor of the city of Burlington, Vt., in the 1980s, current Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wrote a lot of letters. One of them, as a recent story in Britain's Daily Telegraph publicized, was directed at then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

      In July 1981, Sanders criticized Thatcher's government for its treatment of a group of paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland. The detainees, members of the Irish Republican Army, were on hunger strike over Britain's refusal to recognize them as de facto prisoners of war, which would accord them certain rights under the Geneva Convention.

      Thatcher was adamantly opposed to this special status, which had come into effect earlier in the 1970s when Northern Ireland's "Troubles" flared. "Crime is crime is crime. It is not political, it is crime," she declared.

      In May 1981, Bobby Sands, the most well-known of the hunger strikers, had died after 66 days of not eating. His death sparked an international outcry. Nine others would also perish.

      Sanders, whose constituency in New England comprised many of Irish descent, was irate.

      “We are deeply disturbed by your government’s unwillingness to stop the abuse, humiliation and degrading treatment of Irish prisoners now on hunger strikes in Northern Ireland," he wrote.

      "We ask you to end your intransigent policy towards the prisoners before the reputation of the English people for fair play and simple decency is further damaged in the eyes of the people of Vermont and the United States." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/02/19/the-angry-letter-bernie-sanders-wrote-to-margaret-thatcher/?utm_term=.dc6bb569f567

  • The Israelis
    • Yes indeed, me too! And, despite your having explained this to me one time before (which I vaguely recalled after posting, but it was too late to edit).
      I think I have the book in my digital collection. Unfortunately, I recently got the "blue screen of death" on that computer because the hard drive is apparently not quite "all there". Fortunately, another computer seems to be making progress (very, very slowly) recovering the missing data. A few more days should do it.

    • RE: "These pictures summarize the inescapable facts of Israel’s existence: half the population under its sovereign authority live without rights or with second class citizenship, they’re angry about that, sometimes they resist; and therefore Israelis are armed to the teeth and live in fear. And, it’s permanent: Israelis have no clue how to change the situation." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: And, the Israeli government uses propaganda, fearmongering, separation of the populations (social separation and outright segregation), etc. to see that the situation does not improve.

      SEE: "Rich People Just Care Less", By Daniel Goleman, New York Times, October, 5, 2013

      [EXCERPT] . . . In politics, readily dismissing inconvenient people can easily extend to dismissing inconvenient truths about them. The insistence by some House Republicans in Congress on cutting financing for food stamps and impeding the implementation of Obamacare, which would allow patients, including those with pre-existing health conditions, to obtain and pay for insurance coverage, may stem in part from the empathy gap. As political scientists have noted, redistricting and gerrymandering have led to the creation of more and more safe districts, in which elected officials don’t even have to encounter many voters from the rival party, much less empathize with them.

      Social distance makes it all the easier to focus on small differences between groups and to put a negative spin on the ways of others and a positive spin on our own.

      Freud called this “the narcissism of minor differences,” a theme repeated by Vamik D. Volkan, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, who was born in Cyprus to Turkish parents. Dr. Volkan remembers hearing as a small boy awful things about the hated Greek Cypriots — who, he points out, actually share many similarities with Turkish Cypriots. Yet for decades their modest-size island has been politically divided, which exacerbates the problem by letting prejudicial myths flourish.

      In contrast, extensive interpersonal contact counteracts biases by letting people from hostile groups get to know one another as individuals and even friends. Thomas F. Pettigrew, a research professor of social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, analyzed more than 500 studies on intergroup contact. Mr. Pettigrew, who was born in Virginia in 1931 and lived there until going to Harvard for graduate school, told me in an e-mail that it was the “the rampant racism in the Virginia of my childhood” that led him to study prejudice.

      In his research, he found that even in areas where ethnic groups were in conflict and viewed one another through lenses of negative stereotypes, individuals who had close friends within the other group exhibited little or no such prejudice. They seemed to realize the many ways those demonized “others” were “just like me.” . . .

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

    • RE: "Israeli authorities now surveil social media posts of Palestinians to the point that they contend they can accurately predict who will commit violence, and bring that “evidence” to a judge who will issue an order of administrative detention. “Do you understand the level of control of the population that this means?” says Yossi Gurvitz, the writer. “This is 1984. And you can expect it to come to your back yard in a few years.”

      MY COMMENT: Welcome to the age of the "technodictator"!

    • RE: "Put another way, what kind of lout would brandish a liquor bottle in a militarily occupied Muslim Quarter of a country not his own?" ~ Weiss

      A POTENTIAL ANSWER: An updated version of "The Ugly American"?
      A SUBGENRE: What about those snotty, obnoxious, arrogant, drunken, young American Jews that Max Blumenthal interviewed in a bar in Jerusalem several years ago?

  • Israeli ambassador says he admires and envies Palestinians for keeping refugee issue alive
    • RE: "Arafatbastard"

      MY REPLY: Now is the time for all good patriots to come to the aid of the Mondoweiss community. Please consider joining our new Mondoweis Troll Patrol. It will only take a few hours of your time each week, and as a token of our thanks you will get a very nifty, über gnarly Mondoweis Troll Patrol t-shirt that will have you fending off incredibly hot babes/dudes like you'e a roadie for a new band recently having been formed by the addition of Miley Cyrus to the incredibly buff, steroid-enhaced Jonas Brothers.

      It's unfortunate that it has gotten to the point where it is necessary organize something like the Mondoweis Troll Patrol, but when you start seeing comments by "people" with names like "Arafatbastard", it is time to distribute gas masks, protective gear, etc - at least as a precautionary measure.

      Please note that the Mondoweis Troll Patrol will not carry firearms. Our goal is to get trolls like "Arafatbastard"* to undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment to determine whether they are suitable candidates for an intensive psychiatric outpatient program, or whether they are so at risk of harming themselves and/or others that they need to be involuntarily commited to an institution ("section nined").

      * Perhaps I've missed something, but I don ever recall seeing a comment by smeone using a name like "GoldaMeirFatC**t", or "NaziNetanyahu", or "JewPigLieberman".

      TAKE, FOR INSTANCE, THIS YOUNG LAD WHO APPEARS TO BE HAVING SOME KIND OF "FIT" AS HE REPEATEDLY CALLS A FEMALE PROFESSOR A "NAZI WITCH":

      So sad. So sad. So very, very sad!
      I just wish people would stop teaching their children to be hateful misogynists!
      If the woman repeatedly called a "Nazi witch" was Jewish, she really should try to have the man prosecuted for hate speech.

    • I had forgotten how powerful "Danny Boy" was until I realized it had completely put the kibosh on Le Freak (Freak Out) by Chic (thank God) after my having been held captive by it for two whole days.
      And I thought Abba was addictive!

      THE MOTHER LODE:
      Irish Songs, Music, Lyrics and Midis for Traditional, Drinking and Folk Songs - http://www.ireland-information.com/irishmusic/irishsongs-music-lyrics-midis.htm

    • RE: "This is the shame of American Jewish leaders, that they defer to nationalist crazies." ~ Weiss

      MY TACTFUL REPRIMAND:
      Phil! Stop that! Be nice, now!
      If necessary, take a chill pill Phil.

      Oh Dani boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
      From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
      The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
      'Tis you, 'tis you must go and we must bide.

      But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
      Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
      'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
      Oh Dani boy, oh Dani boy, we love you so!

      And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
      And I am dead, as dead I well may be
      You'll come and find the place where I am lying
      And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

      And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
      And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
      If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
      I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

      I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

      Mario Lanza ~ Oh Danny Boy - http://www.ireland-information.com/downloads/mp3/Mario%20Lanza%20-%20Oh%20Danny%20Boy.mp3
      "Head to Head - Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?"

      Published on Jul 6, 2013
      Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe
      A UN report says Israeli settlements violate human rights and could be prosecuted as war crimes, but many Israeli settlers consider themselves patriots. So what hope is there for peace in the Middle East?In a country where settlers are now one of the biggest and strongest political movements, Dani Dayan, a Netanyahu advisor and the outgoing chairman of the Yesha (Settlers) Council, says there is no two-state solution to the conflict and that he is happy with the status quo.Dayan has been a major in the Israeli army, a successful IT entrepreneur, and a University lecturer. In 1999 he became an executive committee member of the Yesha Council, which represents the settler movement, and in 2007, its chairman until February 2013. He completely revitalised the movement until his resignation to campaign openly for Binyamin Netanyahu.Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Dayan at the Oxford Union, discussing whether Zionism is a colonialist project, whether the so-called apartheid roads are just an urban legend - and more importantly, what is the solution to this protracted conflict?Dayan claims settlements are irreversible but preaches in favour of dismantling the wall. With a lively audience and robust debate from the expert panel, Head to Head is tackling the hard issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Are the settlements a natural extension of the Israeli state or the single biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East? Will the Palestinians ever be able to build an independent and viable state?Joining our discussion are: Dr Ghada Karmi, an academic and the author of The Palestinian Exodus (1999), In Search for Fatima (2002), and Israel's Dilemma in Palestine (2007); Sam Westrop, a former director of the British Israel Coalition, and a fellow of the New York-based Gatestone Institute; and Hannah Weisfeld, the director of Yachad, a pro-peace, pro-Israel NGO based in London.

      Partner rating - No mature content
      Show - UpFront
      Season - 2017
      Episode - 10
      Release date - 4/27/17
      Running time - 25:05
      Producer - Mehdi Hassan
      Category - News
      License - Standard YouTube License

      "Have settlements killed a two-state solution?" - UpFront, Al Jazeera English

      Published on Apr 28, 2017
      In this week's UpFront, we speak to Israel's consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, who defends his country's expansion of settlements, including the construction of its first new settlement in decades.

      In the Reality Check, we look at the dark and fascist origins of France's National Front party, and ask if it has changed.

      And in a special interview, the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Ndileka Mandela, explains why she had to leave her grandfather's political party.

      Partner rating - No mature content
      Show - UpFront
      Season - 2017
      Episode - 10
      Release date - 4/27/17
      Running time - 25:05
      Producer - Mehdi Hassan
      Category - News
      License - Standard YouTube License

  • Dispatch from 'the most ****ed up place on Earth,' Hebron's H2 quarter
    • RE: "Dispatch from ‘the most ****ed up place on Earth,’ Hebron’s H2 quarter"

      MY RANT: How dare dare they! How dare dare they! How dare dare they!
      How dare Zimmerman and Mondoweiss award "the most ****ed up place on Earth" title to Hebron’s H2 quarter without at least giving NYC honourable mention!*

      * SEE: "At NYC 'Anti-sharia' Rally, White Nationalists and Conservative Jews Find Common Ground" | by Taly Krupkin (New York) | Haaretz.com | Jun 10, 2017

      NEW YORK - Dozens of protestors, many of them wearing “Make America Great Again” baseball caps, gathered in downtown Manhattan on Saturday to denounce what they call the threat of sharia law in the United States. The rally was one of 29 similar protests taking place in major cities across the country. In New York, the event attracted a small but eclectic crowd, which included supporters of President Donald Trump, so-called "alt-right" white nationalists, conservative Jews and gays and a right-wing militia which vowed to protect the participants.

      Members of Identity Evropa, a white supremacist organization identified with the alt-right, came to the rally in pressed T-shirts and haircuts that made them look like look-alikes of the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer. The group's speaker, who identified himself as Matt, said he recently participated in the torch march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Spencer and others protested the removal of the statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. He said he supports Spencer and has worked with him in the past. Identity Evropa is “a fraternity and political activity for Europeans of non-Semitic heritage," he said. "We are all over the U.S., and we are growing rapidly since Trump’s election... We are for men and women who want to assert their white European identities and advocate for that.” . . .

      . . . Laura Loomer, a contributor to the right-wing Canadian web platform Rebel Media, took the stage wearing a Star of David. She condemned “liberals who align themselves with sharia law” and read parts of the sharia that are discriminatory or violent toward women, such as “Under sharia Law, women can be beaten.” “There is no such thing as rape culture," she said. "You want to see rape culture? Travel to where ISIS is raping Yazidi girls."

      The event was organized by Act for America, which is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the biggest anti-Muslim organization in the country. ACT’s president, Brigitte Gabriel, a vocal critic of Islam, is a strong supporter of Trump's so-called Muslim ban and has boasted of a close relationship with the president.

      As promotion for the rally, Gabriel has published an article called “War on Girls” in right-wing Breitbart News last week. In it, she presented the event as urgent action needed to protect Muslim girls and women in the U.S. from honor killings. . .

      . . . The reason for the urgency cited in the article was the raised profile of the Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington in January.

      “Radical Islamist and mainstream media darling Linda Sarsour has explicitly expressed a desire to implement Sharia in the U.S, a policy that would not only justify, but encourage, what happened [i.e., an honor killing ~ J.L.D.] to Tina,” wrote Gabriel.

      At the rally, speakers were interrupted with cries of “that will show Sarsour.” Several brought an obscene drawing of Sarsour and displayed it for those in attendance.

      A middle-aged couple arrived holding an Israeli flag, and another protestor wore an Israel Defense Forces T-shirt (although he said that as an American Jew from New York City, he did not serve in the Israeli army). He explained that he came to the rally because of Sarsour’s invitation to speak at the commencement of the City University of New York's School of Public Health. “That was a taxpayer-funded thing, it was a commencement address meant for all CUNY students, it's not right. She is pro-sharia, she is at the very least an Islamist apologist, she has said horrible things about people who are trying to protect ex-Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It is a shame to me that taxpayers' money, people who would never in a million years want their money to support sharia, their money is going to her." . . .

      read more (pay wall) - http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.794962

  • Westchester legislature prepares bill saying BDS 'maligns the Jewish people,' and opponents organize

    • * ALRIGHT Y'ALL, IT'S TIME TO FREAK OUT! AND THAT MEANS EVERYBODY! THIS IS A MANDATORY FREAK OUT! NO EXCEPTIONS! I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO LISTEN TO ANY EXCUSES!

    • RE: "Next Monday morning in White Plains, NY, the Westchester County Board of Legislators will consider a resolution against the BDS campaign that concludes in alarmist terms . . ." ~ Weiss

      MY FREAKOUT*:
      OMD! OMG! OMG! Buddy and Sally: don't tell me that Rob, Laura and Richie's pristine, white, suburban NYC hometown has become "Occupied Israeli Territory" (to borrow from Pat Buchanan, circa 1970s). Say it ain't so, Mel! I beg of you!

      What's next, Aunt Bee's Mayberry?

      OMG, not Andy's Mount Airy too!

      Somebody do something!

      How about you, Putin?

      Please save us!

      MEANWHILE, REMEMBER WHITE PLAINS THE WAY IT USED TO BE - http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi35562521?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1

  • Interrogating the Qatar rift
    • P.P.P.S. AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST SEE:
      "The CIA and The Muslim Brotherhood: How the CIA Set The Stage for September 11" (Martin A. Lee – Razor Magazine 2004)

      [EXCERPTS] . . . The CIA often works in mysterious ways – and so it was with this little-known cloak-and-dagger caper that set the stage for extensive collaboration between US intelligence and Islamic extremists. The genesis of this ill-starred alliance dates back to Egypt in the mid-1950s, when the CIA made discrete overtures to the Muslim Brotherhood, the influential Sunni fundamentalist movement that fostered Islamic militancy throughout the Middle East. What started as a quiet American flirtation with political Islam became a Cold War love affair on the sly – an affair that would turn out disastrously for the U.S. Nearly all of today’s radical Islamic groups, including al-Qaeda, trace their lineage to the Brotherhood.

      “The Muslim Brothers are at the root of a lot of our troubles,” says Col. W. Patrick Lang, one of several US intelligence veterans interviewed for this article . Formerly a high-ranking Middle East expert at the Defense Intelligence Agency Lang considers al-Qaeda to be “a descendent of the Brotherhood.

      For many years, the American espionage establishment had operated on the assumption that Islam was inherently anti-communist and therefore could be harnessed to facilitate US objectives. American officials viewed the Muslim Brotherhood as “a secret weapon” in the shadow war against the Soviet Union and it’s Arab allies, according to Robert Baer, a retired CIA case officer who was right in the thick of things in the Middle East and Central Asia during his 21 year career as a spy. In "Sleeping with the Devil", a book he wrote after quitting the CIA Baer explains how the United States “made common cause with the Brothers” and used them “to do our dirty work in Yemen, Afghanistan and plenty of other places”.

      This covert relationship; unraveled when the Cold War ended, whereupon an Islamic Frankenstein named Osama bin Laden lurched into existence. . .

      SOURCE – https://ce399fascism.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/the-cia-and-the-muslim-brotherhood-how-the-cia-set-the-stage-for-september-11-martin-a-lee-razor-magazine-2004/

    • P.P.S. AND, IN MEMORY OF 23 PEOPLE WHO RECENTLY DIED IN THE MANCHESTER BOMBING:
      "Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam", By Mark Curtis, Reviewed by Kim Sengupta, The Independent, 7/30/10

      [EXCERPTS] For years, violent Islamist groups were allowed to settle in Britain, using the country as a base to carry out attacks abroad. This was tolerated in the belief that they would not bomb the country where they lived and that, as long as they are here, the security service would be able to infiltrate them. At the same time mosque after mosque was taken over through intimidation by the fundamentalists. Police and others in authority refused pleas from moderate Muslims with the excuse that they did not want to interfere.

      There was even a name for this amoral accommodation: the "covenant of security". We now know that jihadists will indeed blow up their home country and that the security agencies signally failed to infiltrate the terrorist cells while they had the chance.

      The part played by officials in the growth of terrorism in Britain is a relatively small-scale affair compared to what went on abroad. Successive UK governments had nurtured and promoted extremists for reasons of realpolitik often at a terrible cost to the population of those countries. Mark Curtis, in his book on "Britain's collusion with radical Islam", charts this liaison. He points out how reactionary and violent Muslim groups were used against secular nationalists at the time of empire and continued afterwards to back UK and Western interests.

      The price for this is now being paid at home and abroad. I am writing this review in Helmand, where a few days ago I went on an operation with British and Afghan troops against insurgents whose paymasters, across the border in Pakistan, have been the beneficiaries of US and British largesse.

      Curtis points out that two of the most active Islamist commanders carrying out attacks in Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalalludin Haqqani, had particularly close contacts with the UK in the past. Hekmatyar met Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street when he was a favourite of MI6 and the CIA in the war against the Russians. Haqqani, while not the "Taliban's overall military commander fighting the British" as Curtis says (he runs his own network parallel to the Taliban), was viewed as a highly useful tool in that conflict.

      The Western use of the Mujaheddin as proxy fighters is well documented. It resulted in the spawning of al-Qa'ida, the spread of international terrorism, and the empowering of ISI, the Pakistani secret police, who became their sponsors. Curtis examines the lesser known by-products of this jihad: the dispatch of Afghan Islamist veterans, with the connivance of Britain and the US, to the wars in the Balkans and the former Soviet republics in central Asia, and ethnic Muslim areas of China. Vast sums of money from the West's great ally, Saudi Arabia, helped fund the Reagan administration's clandestine war in support of repressive military juntas in Latin America while, at the same time, buttressing the aggressive Wahabi faith embraced by many terrorist groups.

      The use of hardline Islam by the West was particularly prevalent at the time of the Cold War. In many instances, however, the targets for destabilisation were not Communist regimes but leaders who had adopted left-wing policies deemed to pose a threat to Western influence and interests.

      The UK attempted to combat "virus of Arab nationalism", after Gamal Abdel Nasser came to power in Egypt and nationalised the Suez Canal, by forging links with the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation involved in terrorism. The nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company by the democratically elected Iranian government of Mohammed Mossadeq led to a British-American organised coup which was facilitated by Ayatollah Seyyed Kashani, one of whose followers was the young Ruhollah Khomeini. In Indonesia, the removal of Ahmed Sukarno in another military coup by the UK-US was carried out with the help of Darul Islam. Its followers went on to massacre socialists and trade unionists.

      In each of these cases the clandestine backing of Britain and the US strengthened Islamist groups at the expense of secular bodies and moderate Muslims. These groups then went to form terrorist groups whom the West would later have to confront in the "War on Terror". . .

      ENTIRE BOOK REVIEW - http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/secret-affairs-by-mark-curtis-2038691.html

      "Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam" by Mark Curtis @ Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Affairs-Britains-Collusion-Radical/dp/1846687640

      "WEB OF DECEIT: BRITAIN'S REAL FOREIGN POLICY: BRITAIN'S REAL ROLE IN THE WORLD" Paperback – Import, 2003
      by MARK CURTIS (Author) - http://www.amazon.com/WEB-DECEIT-BRITAINS-FOREIGN-POLICY/dp/0099448394

    • P.S. ALSO, SEE THIS BOOK REVIEW:
      Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (American Empire Project)
      Hardcover – October 13, 2005
      by Robert Dreyfuss (Author)

      The first complete account of America's most dangerous foreign policy miscalculation: sixty years of support for Islamic fundamentalism.

      Devil's Game is the gripping story of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism. Among all the books about Islam, this is the first comprehensive inquiry into the touchiest issue: How and why did the United States encourage and finance the spread of radical political Islam?

      Backed by extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss argues that this largely hidden relationship is greatly to blame for the global explosion of terrorism. He follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists to cooperation with Hamas and Saudi Wahhabism. Dreyfuss also uncovers long-standing ties between radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs now dominate the region, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women's rights, secularism--and their former patron.

      Wide-ranging and deeply informed, Devil's Game reveals a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment. What emerges is a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security, ensures a future of blunders and blowback.

      LINK - http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Game-Unleash-Fundamentalist-American/dp/0805076522

    • RE: "True, Iran has given support to Hezbollah and Hamas, but except in Syria not with much effect, and on a scale far smaller than what other actors in the region have been doing to maintain their control and push their agendas. . . The Saudis, along with the UAE and Egypt, have long resented and maybe feared the early willingness of Qatar to give some sanctuary and aid and comfort to various elements of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. It is hardly farfetched to assume that Israel is outraged by the Emir of Qatar’s friendship and earlier support for the Hamas exiled leader, Khaled Mashaal." ~ Falk

      MY COMMENT: The Arab states of the Persian Gulf - Qatar + Egypt + Israel doth protest far too much, methinks!

      SEE: "How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas", By Andrew Higgins, The Wall Street Journal, 01/24/09

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The issue isn't the 'occupation', it's Zionism
    • RE: And we occupied Lebanon for 18 years. We just had to get in there to foil the budding Palestinian ‘peace offensive’ in 1982, and you know how hard it is to get out once you’re in. ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: I'll say!

      ■ SEE: "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. . .

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

      • To attack Lebanon and install a Christian dictator who would serve Israel,
      • Drive the Syrians out of Lebanon,
      • Drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon into Syria, from where they would then be pushed by the Syrians into Jordan.
      • Get the Palestinians to carry out a revolution in Jordan, kick out King Hussein and turn Jordan into a Palestinian state,
      • 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/

    • RE: "Relatively few think about the Syrian Golan when you say ‘occupation’, possibly because there is relatively little interaction with a native population there – an obvious result of having ethnically cleansed some 124,000 of the 130,000 inhabitants in 1967, when we also destroyed some 200 villages there. That’s our model of ‘peaceful coexistence’ – make them disappear and it will all be well." ~ Ofir

      MY COMMENT: I think Ofir might be on to something. During, or shortly after, Trump's recent visit with Netanyahu in Israel, Netanyahu made a statement in English to the effect that he would support negotiations to achieve a "realistic peace". I got the distinct impression from his demeanor that acceptance of this "realistic" qualifier was an absolutely non-negotiable prerequisite to his participation in "negotiations without preconditions". Apparently though, either no one else considers the introduction of this new pre-condition of "realistic" to be significant, or they just don't want to make an issue of it publicly.

      At the time, I had no idea how Netanyahu's "realistic peace" differed from plain, old 'regular peace' or Netanyahu's "durable peace" of twelve years or so ago. Might Netanyahu's "realistic peace" in the West Bank and/or Gaza look somewhat like the "realistic peace" Israel has achieved on the Golan Heights? See the article below regarding making "isolated settlements" (not part of the "settlement blocks") into "Israeli enclaves". I assume some (perhaps most, or even all) of these "isolated settlements" are also "illegal under Israeli law".

      I suspect that Netanyahu's stipulation of "realistic" might be multi-purpose. Under the guise of insisting that any peace must be "realistic", he can make more and more demands until it is apparent that the "realistic" has been used by Netanyahu to finally, yet again, "throw a spanner in the works". In essence, the "realistic" turns out to be a Trojan Horse containing a spanner (i.e., wrench) that can be used by Netanyahu to throw in the works.

      ■ SEE: "Netanyahu Asked Trump to Accept Isolated Settlements as Israeli Enclaves in Palestinian Territory in Future Peace Deal" | By Barak Ravid and Amir Tibon | Haaretz.com | June 11, 2017
      Netanyahu brought up with U.S. officials the 'Belgian-Dutch model,' in which settlements that won't be annexed will remain as Israeli enclaves. This is a harsher position than the one he presented Obama, when he suggested that settlers who wished to stay in their homes would do so under Palestinian jurisdiction

      [EXCERPT] Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told senior Trump administration officials that in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, Israel will seek to allow isolated settlements that won't be annexed to its territory to remain in place as enclaves that would be under Israeli sovereignty.

      This marks a change and a hardening in Netanyahu's position compared to the position that was presented during his negotiations with the Obama administration over its 2014 "framework document" for Israeli-Palestinian peace. As Haaretz reported on Saturday, at the time Netanyahu offered that settlers who wished to stay in their homes would do so "under Palestinian jurisdiction."

      In recent weeks, while preparing for the Trump administration to present a new peace initiative, Netanyahu has been hardening his positions on a number of core issues. Last Tuesday, while giving a speech before the Knesset at an event marking 50 years to the Six-Day War, Netanyahu said that settlements will not be evacuated in any future agreement with the Palestinians.

      "Everyone will have a right to live in their home, and no one will be uprooted," the prime minister declared. Netanyahu wants to avoid the evacuation of tens of thousands of settlers from the isolated settlements mainly because of the political price he and his Likud Party, which relies on support from the settlers, will pay for it.

      Netanyahu raised the issue of the isolated settlements' fate in conversations with a number of officials in the Trump administration in recent months. The last one to hear from him on this issue was U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who visited Israel last week. Netanyahu told Haley that he wants to reach an agreement without evacuating any settlers and that he seeks to leave the isolated settlements as Israeli enclaves within the Palestinian state's territory.

      ● read more (paywall) - http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.795161

  • The Israeli army enters the inquisition business
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel", By Amos Harel, Haaretz, 1/26/09

      [EXCERPTS] During the fighting in the Gaza Strip, the religious media - and on two occasions, the Israel Defense Forces weekly journal Bamahane - were full of praise for the army rabbinate. The substantial role of religious officers and soldiers in the front-line units of the IDF was, for the first time, supported also by the significant presence of rabbis there.

      The chief army rabbi, Brigadier General Avichai Rontzki, joined the troops in the field on a number of occasions, as did rabbis under his command.

      Officers and soldiers reported that they felt "spiritually elevated" and "morally empowered" by conversations with rabbis who gave them encouragement before the confrontation with the Palestinians.

      But what exactly was the content of these conversations and of the plethora of written material disseminated by the IDF rabbinate during the war? A reservist battalion rabbi told the religious newspaper B'Sheva last week that Rontzki explained to his staff that their role was not "to distribute wine and challah for Shabbat to the troops," but "to fill them with yiddishkeit and a fighting spirit."

      An overview of some of the army rabbinate's publications made available during the fighting reflects the tone of nationalist propaganda that steps blatantly into politics, sounds racist and can be interpreted as a call to challenge international law when it comes to dealing with enemy civilians.

      Haaretz has received some of the publications through Breaking the Silence, a group of former soldiers who collect evidence of unacceptable behavior in the army vis-a-vis Palestinians. Other material was provided by officers and men who received it during Operation Cast Lead.

      Following are quotations from this material:

      "[There is] a biblical ban on surrendering a single millimeter of it [the Land of Israel] to gentiles, though all sorts of impure distortions and foolishness of autonomy, enclaves and other national weaknesses. We will not abandon it to the hands of another nation, not a finger, not a nail of it." This is an excerpt from a publication entitled "Daily Torah studies for the soldier and the commander in Operation Cast Lead," issued by the IDF rabbinate. The text is from "Books of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner," who heads the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva in the Muslim quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem.

      The following questions are posed in one publication: "Is it possible to compare today's Palestinians to the Philistines of the past? And if so, is it possible to apply lessons today from the military tactics of Samson and David?" Rabbi Aviner is again quoted as saying: "A comparison is possible because the Philistines of the past were not natives and had invaded from a foreign land ... They invaded the Land of Israel, a land that did not belong to them and claimed political ownership over our country ... Today the problem is the same. The Palestinians claim they deserve a state here, when in reality there was never a Palestinian or Arab state within the borders of our country. Moreover, most of them are new and came here close to the time of the War of Independence."

      The IDF rabbinate, also quoting Rabbi Aviner, describes the appropriate code of conduct in the field: "When you show mercy to a cruel enemy, you are being cruel to pure and honest soldiers. This is terribly immoral. These are not games at the amusement park where sportsmanship teaches one to make concessions. This is a war on murderers. 'A la guerre comme a la guerre.'"

      . . . In addition to the official publications, extreme right-wing groups managed to bring pamphlets with racist messages into IDF bases. One such flyer is attributed to "the pupils of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg" - the former rabbi at Joseph's Tomb and author of the article "Baruch the Man," which praises Baruch Goldstein, who massacred unarmed Palestinians in Hebron. It calls on "soldiers of Israel to spare your lives and the lives of your friends and not to show concern for a population that surrounds us and harms us. We call on you ... to function according to the law 'kill the one who comes to kill you.' As for the population, it is not innocent ... We call on you to ignore any strange doctrines and orders that confuse the logical way of fighting the enemy." . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/idf-rabbinate-publication-during-gaza-war-we-will-show-no-mercy-on-the-cruel-1.268849

    • RE: "Several Israeli Defense Forces conscripts have recently reported (Hebrew) that they have ordered to appear in a ceremony where they were told they need to undergo a giur (conversion to Judaism) and that the IDF would graciously provide them with this service. All of the conscripts are defined by the Israeli Interior Ministry as either Christians or lacking religious affiliation." ~ Gurvitz

      MY COMMENT: I recall reading some articles in the past about the role of the IDF's Rabbis in firing up the troops to "mow the grass/lawn" in Gaza (especially beginning with Cast Lead in 2009). According to some of the more secular Israeli soldiers, the effect of the Rabbis on the more religious soldiers was considerable, and this was at least partially responsible for the savage brutality unleashed by the "World's Most Moral Army" on the people of Gaza. If this was indeed the case, it is easy to see why it might be benefical to convert non-Jewish members of the IDF to Judaism (and the more militant the form of Judiasm converted to, the better) and turn any future military campaigns into "Holy Wars" to the extent possible so that "God's Law" will implicitly trump "silly notions" like "the Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law" that are clearly the work of SATAN ! ! !

      SEE: "'You are fighting a religious war against gentiles': What rabbis told Israeli soldiers in Gaza war", By Mail Foreign Service, The Daily Mail, 3/20/09

      [EXCERPTS] Rabbis in the Israeli army told battlefield troops in January's Gaza offensive that they were fighting a 'religious war' against gentiles, it has been revealed.

      An army commander wrote of the shocking command in an Israeli newspaper today - one day after it emerged that Israeli soldiers were told they could kill innocent civilians during the war.

      'Their message was very clear: we are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land,' the commander said.

      The account by Ram, a pseudonym to shield the soldier's identity, was published by the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper in the second day of revelations that have rocked the Israeli military.

      They were leaked from a February 13 meeting of armed forces members to share their Gaza experiences.

      Some veterans, alumni of an Israel Defence Force (IDF) military academy, told of the killing of civilians and their impression that deep contempt for Palestinians pervaded the ranks of the Israeli forces.

      The institution's director, Danny Zamir, confirmed that Thursday's published accounts were authentic.

      In longer excerpts in its Friday 'Week's End' edition, the daily quoted 'Ram' as saying his impression of the 22-day operation was 'the feeling of an almost religious mission'. . .

      . . . the rabbinate's message imparted to many soldiers the sense that "this operation was a religious war".

      A squad commander from Ram's Givat Brigade, named as Aviv, recounted his misgivings about orders to break down doors with armoured vehicles and shoot anyone inside, floor by floor.

      In the event, the order was amended to include 'operating megaphones' so advancing troops could tell people they had five minutes to get out or be killed.

      Aviv said 'there was a very annoying moment' when he briefed his men and one challenged that order, saying: 'Yeah? Anyone who is in there is a terrorist, that's a known fact. . .

      'And then his buddies join in: "We need to murder any person who's in there, yeah, any person who's in Gaza is a terrorist' and all the other things that they stuff our heads with, in the media,' Aviv said. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1163508/You-fighting-religious-war-gentiles-What-rabbis-told-Israeli-soldiers-Gaza-war.html

    • RE: "I notice one aspect of conversion has not been mentioned. I wonder how that is handled. Full immersion, or just a sprinkle?" ~ Mooser

      MY COMMENT: This is not a biggie (really, it isn't, y'all), but being a lapsed Protestant of the "Methodist persuasion", and the great-great-grandson of a Methodist clergyman, I am fairly certain that Methodists nowadays (especially in the higher-income urban areas) prefer the 'spritz' over the 'sprinkle'. Simply put, it sounds a lot more sophisticated!

  • New website sets Zionist myths vs. the historical record
    • RE: "Since detractors will not go to the National Archives in Kew to see source material for themselves, I decided to make available, online, a selection of documents that I cite." ~ Suarez

      ■ MY COMMENT: The "detractors" are virtually brick walls, but there are many people in the "mushy middle" who will eventually take note, especially of govenment documents that are contemporaneous with the significant historical events.

      ■ FROM BRITANNICA.COM [cognitive dissonance]

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

      SOURCE - http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/124498/cognitive-dissonance

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

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

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

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

      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses [i.e., a refuge from cognitive dissonance - J.L.D.]..[9]

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

      Vaillant's categorization of defence mechanisms
      [EXCERPTS]

      ♦ Level 1: Pathological

      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. . .
      • Delusional Projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature. . . [i.e., perceiving legitimate criticism of Israel as "Anti-Semitism" ~ J.L.D.]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality [e.g., refusing to visit the National Archives in Kew to see source material, or even look at it online ~ J.L.D.] because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn't exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality. . .

      ♦ Level 2: Immature

      These mechanisms are often present in adults. These mechanisms lessen distress and anxiety provoked by threatening people or by uncomfortable reality. . .
      • Fantasy: Tendency to retreat into fantasy in order to resolve inner and outer conflicts. . .[i.e., the belief that the interests of the U.S. and Israel are identical is a nice example of fantasy ~ J.L.D.]

      ♦ Level 3: Neurotic

      These mechanisms are considered neurotic, but fairly common in adults. Such defences have short-term advantages in coping, but can often cause long-term problems . . .
      Intellectualization: A form of isolation; concentrating on the intellectual components of a situation so as to distance oneself from the associated anxiety-provoking emotions . . .
      Withdrawal: Withdrawal is a more severe form of defence. It entails removing oneself from events, stimuli, interactions, etc. under the fear of being reminded of painful thoughts and feelings. . .

      ♦ Level 4: Mature

      These are commonly found among emotionally healthy adults and are considered mature . . .
      • Thought suppression: The conscious process of pushing thoughts into the preconscious; the conscious decision to delay paying attention to an emotion or need in order to cope with the present reality; making it possible to later access uncomfortable or distressing emotions whilst accepting them. . .

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

      P.S.
      I love family meals up at the villa! You just can't beat hearth and home! -

    • A GOOD TIME IS HAD BY ALL:
      "Nazi witch?" Really?
      I just wish people would stop teaching their children to be hateful misogynists!

    • Everyone knows that violinists are the most rabidly anti-Semitic Jew-haters this side of Tehran.
      Except perhaps for the Russian chess players/champions.
      And they're really, really weird.
      You couldn't pay me to go near them.
      Oh, and American Nobel prize-winning molecular biologist/geneticists.
      I'm glad I didn't have the misfortune of discovering the double-helix structure of DNA.
      That sort of thing can really warp your mind.
      Did I mention Billy Graham?
      [ The plaintive wail of a dog is heard in the distance. ]

  • 'The greatest sustained exercise of utterly arbitrary authority world has ever seen' -- Chabon on occupation
    • RE: ‘The greatest sustained exercise of utterly arbitrary authority world has ever seen’ — Chabon on occupation
      AND RE: "Under occupation, every success was really a failure, every victory was a defeat, every apparent triumph of the ordinary was really a gesture empty of any significance apart from reinforcing the unlimited power of Israel to make it. That, more than any roadblock, checkpoint, border fence, or paper labyrinth of permits and identity cards, was the cage that Sam Bahour lived in." ~ Chabon

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

      [EXCERPTS] . . . It was [Ariel] Sharon who pioneered the philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’ that repeatedly extended and then limited the space in which Palestinians could operate by means of an unpredictable combination of changing and selectively enforced regulations, and the dissection of space by settlements, roads Palestinians were not allowed to use and continually shifting borders. All of this was intended to induce in the Palestinians a sense of permanent temporariness. . .

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

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

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

      . . . The demise of the ‘peace process’ has given us a rare moment of clarity: since the release of the Palestine Papers, the fiction underlying it has become clear to everybody. . .

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

  • Settlers taunt Palestinian girl, 16, as she lies dying in road in occupation
    • RE: Footage was released depicting Israeli settlers insulting the young Palestinian as she lay wounded on the ground, calling her a “b*tch” and telling her she deserved to die . . . ~ Ma'an

      MY COMMENT: I just wish Israelis would stop teaching their sons to hate women and call them by hateful names like “b*tch”.
      I thought they were supposed to "share our values"!
      What gives?

  • 'This occupation must end,' Bernie Sanders says, in video to Israelis on 50th anniversary
  • Campaign to stop Linda Sarsour from speaking at CUNY was an epic flop
    • RE: "That same year [Pamela] Geller was the subject of a New York Times profile that noted she went from 'internet obscurity,' days spent uploading images of herself in a bikini . . ." ~ Deger

      MY SNARKCASM: A genuine American Honey (Great Neck, Long Island variety)!

      TAKE IT AWAY, RAZZY:

  • Oren sees 'radical implosion' of US Jewish support for Israel -- then calls Palestinian polygamy 'existential threat'
  • Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival
    • 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 between Egypt and Israel. 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 the UN General Assembly deliberations had been suspended due to Israel having, during the night, 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!

  • Trump's not moving the embassy, and AIPAC and Netanyahu are disappointed
    • FROM WEISS' POST ABOVE [FIFTH PARAGRAPH (NOT COUNTING BLOCKQUOTES):

      Daniel Shapiro, Obama’s ambassador to Israel, says the U.S. should move the embassy later this year.

      Trump was right to issue the Jerusalem embassy waiver today. But I hope it’s the last waiver, allowing the move later this year.
      That will depend on preparing the ground: get I-P talks launched, get Arabs 2 put skin in the game. Use leverage 2 get all sides to play.

    • RE: "what more can they give?" ~ Annie Robbins

      MY REPLY: They can recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights so Netanyahu and Israel can get the benefit of all of that oil!

  • Through 'severe pressure,' U.S. can impose a two-state solution on Israel -- Nathan Thrall
    • Dare I mention Masada?

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

      [EXCERPTS] Masada (Hebrew: מצדה‎‎ metsada "fortress"[1]) is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa. . .

      . . . In 73 CE, the Roman governor of Iudaea, Lucius Flavius Silva, headed the Roman legion X Fretensis and laid siege to Masada.[4] The Roman legion surrounded Masada, built a circumvallation wall and then a siege ramp against the western face of the plateau.[4]

      According to Dan Gill,[9] geological investigations in the early 1990s confirmed earlier observations that the 114 m (375 ft) high assault ramp consisted mostly of a natural spur of bedrock. The ramp was complete in the spring of 73, after probably two to three months of siege, allowing the Romans to finally breach the wall of the fortress with a battering ram on April 16.[10] The Romans employed the X Legion and a number of auxiliary units and Jewish prisoners of war, totaling some 15,000 (of whom an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 were fighting men),[11] in crushing Jewish resistance at Masada. A giant siege tower with a battering ram was constructed and moved laboriously up the completed ramp. Originally, Jewish rebels on top of Masada threw stones at those building and constructing the ramp. To counter this tactic, the Romans put captured Jewish prisoners from previously conquered towns to work at the ramp. The Jewish defenders on top of Masada stopped killing those who were building the ramp, choosing not to kill their fellow Jews, though they understood this might result in the Romans penetrating the fortress.[citation needed] The walls of the fortress were breached in 73 CE.[12] According to Josephus, when Roman troops entered the fortress, they discovered that its defendants had set all the buildings but the food storerooms ablaze and committed mass suicide or killed each other, 960 men, women, and children in total. Josephus wrote of two stirring speeches that the Sicari leader had made to convince his men to kill themselves.[4] Only two women and five children were found alive.[4] . . .

    • Yukio Mishima: The Last Samurai | Tooky History

      Published on Feb 2, 2017
      Yukio Mishima, a pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, was one of the most influential Japanese writers of the 20th century and was considered for the Nobel Prize three times. He voiced his political ideas publicly and was ready to go a long way for his ideas.

    • RE: "Through ‘severe pressure,’ U.S. can impose a two-state solution on Israel"

      IN OTHER WORDS: It would require a U.S. President willing to (at least potentially) commit political seppuku/harikiri!

      Ending of 'Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters'

      Uploaded on Apr 19, 2010
      The ending of Paul Schrader's brilliant 1985 film on the life and work of the writer Yukio Mishima. These last scenes revolve around his ritual suicide on November 25, 1970.

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