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I am an anti-war activist, a prisoner rights activist and an advocate for Palestinian rights.


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  • Can we just retire the phrase 'relative calm'?
    • Even better, how about we retire the NYT and any and all references to it? Especially as concerns creatures like Kershner and Rudoren. They are just two among many shills writing for the Times who with any luck will one day be brought before Truth and Justice Commissions (okay, so I'm an optimist) for their "work" supporting the many war crimes of the U.S. and Israel.

  • Don't let's go to the war of civilizations again
    • Brilliant article. Almost!

      Why in the world taint this excellent analysis by using a quote from the master hypocrite and war criminal, John Kerry? It's like using a line from Charlie Manson, who may well have said some true stuff in his lifetime. But would we quote him on anything for any reason?

      There are so many other honorable and dependable sources which could have been used to point out that "the Palestinian conflict is a material source of terrorist violence." John Kerry?! Oh, please. Can we just stop already with legitimizing characters of his ilk by making them part of a rational discussion?

  • 'NYT' reporter says Palestinians must make 'concessions... they have long avoided'
    • "The New York Times should have provided this context, so we could judge how well these investigations are likely to go."

      Once again, a writer who assumes that the NYT is something other than a blatant propaganda tool. Why we continue to legitimize this rag is beyond me. The only thing that should be written about the Times, the only time it should be quoted or referenced as concerns Israel or any foreign policy issue, is to point out the lies and misinformation that are its stock in trade. North does this, but then he reinforces the notion that the Times is an actual News source by suggesting that all we need to do is remind them that they should provide a context for their propaganda smears. This is particularly true of any thing written by Judi Rudoren. To even suggest that she is a journalist is offensive. Her articles are so absurdly transparent as to be downright criminal. She should be ridiculed and dismissed out of hand.

  • Couldn't there be just one 'NYT' columnist who was critical of Israel? (No)
    • Again, to reiterate, my objection to the NYT is not because they don't "think like I do." It is because they actually print lies that promote war and racism. Your snarky remark suggesting that I only read those that are my "replicas" is uncalled for. You have no idea what I read. Please leave the personal attacks behind.

      And what is clear to me is that if an attitude which refuses to legitimize lies and blatantly destructive propaganda were to become common, the world would be a better place. We can still support alternate points of view and alternative levels of bias. But we should insist on at least a basic level of truth in journalism. And we should certainly shun publications who lie us into wars. The Times, like any newspaper, is entitled to its own opinion and perspective. But they aren't entitled to their own set of facts.

    • The point being, there are lots of places we can get good coverage of genetics, and other such issues, without supporting a publication which lies us into wars and blatantly supports a racist, apartheid regime such as exists in Israel. I think we can agree that the Times attitude and perspective on Zionism goes far beyond the notion that "everyone has a bias." Sure, everyone has a bias, including me. But I don't fabricate stories that foment racial hatred to promote my bias.

      And please, I respect your comments here at MW, Krauss. So I would appreciate it if you wouldn't resort to personal attacks on me. You have no idea how "well-read" I am. In fact, I am quit well-read and well informed. Thank you.

    • My advice: Quit reading the NYT. Quit quoting the NYT. Quit referring to the NYT as anything but a blatant tool of corporate and Zionist propaganda. Anything short of this only legitimizes that disgusting rag which is not fit to line my garbage can.

      There are so many other sources of information available to us. Why do we persist in engaging with the Times? I'm mystified.

  • Fireworks in Ramallah, as Abbas signs treaty to join International Criminal Court
    • As CloakAndDagger points out below, signing these letters is a far cry from acting on them. Abbas is a snake in the grass. He works for Israel and the U.S. Everything he does is calculated to postpone any advancement for the Palestinian people. I hope no one is going to hold their breath waiting for him to act. And even if he does manage to take some kind of action, the hurdles are many and he knows this in advance. As usual, he can look like he is doing something without there being any possibility that anything will come of his actions.

      Suggesting that it is better that Abbas forced a vote too early (one he knew he would lose) so that he could then sign these treaties is somewhat disingenuous. He should have waited to call for the vote, AND signed the treaties. Why are people implying that it was an either/or choice?

  • Palestinian resolution fails at the Security Council, U.S. votes against 'staged confrontation' at the UN
    • Absolutely. This creature Abbas is and always has been a traitor to his people. He works for Israel and the U.S. We can only hope there is a special place in hell for him one day.

  • Sony email chain on behalf of Israel joined Russell Simmons and Michael Lynton with rightwing Zionists
    • Yes. Eleven million is often used also. The reason we only hear about "the 6 million" is because of the Zionists' exclusive focus on the Jewish victims, which totaled approximately 6 million. The loss of memory about the other 5 to 6 million says a lot about the exploitation of the Holocaust by Zionists for their own, Jewish-centric purposes. Remember, for hard core Zionists, only Jewish lives are important.

  • You're on a roll, Mr. President, so abstain from vetoing the Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council
    • This is the second article here at Mondoweiss to imply that Obama's policy change toward Cuba is some sort of enlightened awakening and that somehow this now means he will change his tack toward Palestine. Sorry. Reality encroaches once more.

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      Here is a link to a fine article from Ron Ridenour. There are others our there. The fact is, the change in policy toward Cuba is nothing more than a change of strategy to accomplish regime change there and install (re-install, since the dictatorship which ruled Cuba before the Castro "revolution" was a U.S. installed puppet theater) a government friendly to U.S. Corporations.

      So unless a change in policy toward Israel might somehow benefit the corporatocracy, it ain't gonna happen. Certainly not as a result of some sort of "enlightenment" on the part of our war-mongering sociopathic Assassinator in Chief.

  • NY Times says a Palestinian majority would 'endanger Israel's democratic ideals'
    • I can always be counted on to point out that the NYT is a blatant propagandistic enterprise, not just as concerns its biases on Israel, but as concerns it's international and foreign policy coverage as well. This begs the question, why do we keep writing about it, quoting it, and pretending it is a legitimate news organization? This is a waste of time and a useless intellectual exercise that only enables the Times' often criminal program of disinformation.

      Can we just stop now?

  • We're all anti-American now
    • Thanks Phil. The awakening process can be a long a painful one. I laud you for your continued process over the years. But as Keith points out, you have a lot of catching up to do.

      You might begin by not congratulating Feinstein for doing what she took an oath to do, protect and defend the Constitution. Instead, this war-mongering hypocrite usually protects her own interests first and foremost. She is a despicable war profiteer, among other violations of U.S. law and her oath of office. Perhaps I am being overly cynical, but it wouldn't surprise me to discover that the 'courage' you suggest she has demonstrated is in some way benefitting her financially. Certainly she must view it as of some use to her politically. Otherwise she wouldn't bother.

      During her time as leader of the Senate's Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (2001-2005) she and her husband, Richard Blum benefited enormously from decisions she made directing appropriations to two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by her husband.

      She has also been a staunch defender of the many illegal domestic spying programs rubber-stamped by our absurd FISA court system. Oh, well she did get a little upset when the CIA was caught spying on her and her committee! How dare they!

      Her support of all of our illegal and immoral wars of aggression is also a crime.

      Anyone who has reached the level of power and influence represented by membership in our Senate is by definition a criminal and a corrupt hypocrite. That's the very nature of our fetid corporate political system. Once we all realize that, then some real awakening will begin to occur.

  • Mamdani's 'holistic' challenge: Anti-Zionists must persuade Jews they can only be safe by dismantling the Jewish state
    • Right. All those poor Jews living as a "scattered minority" across the United do they ever survive in such an unsafe environment? They should unite and form a Jewish State here, then pass laws privileging them and giving them dominance over all the non-Jews. That would make them much safer, no doubt.

  • Whew! Likely DefSec nominee said U.S.-Israel relationship has never been stronger
  • 'You don't want us to breathe!': Video captures everyday frustration of life under occupation in East Jerusalem
  • Sea change down under: Ex-Australian Foreign Minister announces himself a 'Friend of Palestine'
    • Right Steve,

      We see this a lot from politicians. It says they were bought and paid for while they were in office. Now that they have their pension and their investments sewn up, hey, why not pretend to have principles? It will help the cause, but it's pretty disgusting on its face.

  • Ambassador Power to kick off 3-hour event on 'never-ending' genocide of Jews
    • "Ms. Power is one of the most despicable people on the world stage today. She is the living, breathing definition of hypocrisy."

      So true, Maximus. Which begs the question, why does someone like Phil Weiss feel he has to suck up to her with stuff like he says in this article?

      To repeat what I always say, Phil has done amazing work with this site, but he has what at times can only be called a mind-boggling penchant for fawning over people in power. No pun intended. Reference his remarks about Brooks in an article yesterday, his comments half-praising Judi Rudoren and other pro-Zionist propagandists at the NYT.

      Can't live with him, can't live without him. It's the inconsistency I find distasteful.

      But keep up the good work anyway, Phil. Just try to use better judgement in your choice of individuals to laud. Powers is truly a sociopath and a monstrous war criminal. Please take her off your list of people whom you think show courage and leadership. Yuck!

  • David Brooks's romance of community
    • Donald, thanks for pointing this out. As much as I admire Phil Weiss and appreciate the amazing work he does with this site, he still has a tendency to fawn over guys like Brooks.

      "I’ve always liked Brooks because he’s actually interested in meaning and he’s such a clear writer."

      The only "meaning" Brooks is interested in is the meaning of his pay check. He's a pandering yellow journalist (though one hates to use the word journalist in conduction with Brooks), at best. At worst, he's a scheming propagandist. Why anyone would give him even a moments encouragement or suggest that he has any legitimacy at all is beyond me.

  • Another New York Times' reporter's son is in the Israeli army
    • Here is a link to a good article from Jeffrey St. Claire at CounterPunch about this penchant those of us on the left have for quoting the Times, over and over again, no matter how biased and absurd we realize its coverage is.
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      The substantive quote from the article:

      "Chomsky taught two generations how to read the paper of record, how to detect the warps in its stories, the subtle biases and false constructions, the decisive elisions of context, and servility toward elite power. What Chomsky could do not was to teach us how to stop reading the New York Times."

      And how to stop legitimizing it by using it as a reference as if it were an actual news organization. We'll see plenty of criticism of the NYT pro-Zionist coverage, but then the very next article we read will be littered with quotes from the Times.

      I believe a good term for this paradox is "epistemic closure: In US political debate, a reference to closed systems of deduction that are unaffected by empirical evidence." In other words, despite the overwhelming evidence that the NYT is nothing more than a propagandistic rag, we continue to refer to it as a source for real information.

  • Sweden's recognition of Palestine will license activists
    • "America’s apparent inability to stop the slaughter…" in reference to the 2008/2009 massacre, and "Washington’s impotence in the face of Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza," in reference to this summer's carnage is so far off base as to be laughable. To suggest or imagine that the U.S. is anything but a partner and willing participant in these bouts of ethnocide that take place in Gaza is absurd. We aren't unable, nor are we impotent. As Glenn Greenwald points out in the article linked here, we are financing, encouraging and participating in the slaughter.

      Ahmed Moor knows better. So why does he make these ridiculous remarks in this article?

  • Abbas calls on UN Security Council to end the occupation
    • And no doubt, despite his empty rhetoric at the UN, Abbas, the traitorous collaborator, will do everything he can to obstruct any effort on the part of the Palestinians to accede to the Rome Statute. Let's hope there is a special place in Hell for creatures like Abbas. He is the Palestinians worst enemy.

  • Rosh Hashanah After Gaza
    • Wow. Perfect. This is the best call for realism in the Jewish community I have seen in a while. The notion that the kind of tepid middle-of-the -road moralism expressed by Rabbi Jacobs will accomplish anything is absurd. Yet so many writers continue to endorse it.

      "Rabbis need to simultaneously address the very real fears of those of us with loved ones in Israel,…"

      The "very real fears" would evaporate if Rabbis would demand justice and call Israel to account for the horrors they have unleashed against the Palestinian people. Would she suggest that a rapist's fear of his victim's defensive response is some sort of "very real" and justified concern?

      Address the crimes being committed, Rabbi Jacobs, and the rest of your apologist rhetoric will be unnecessary.

  • US elites are vulnerable to donor pressure on Israel question
    • Great piece. But I feel obliged to add that the entire analysis loses credibility when it uses Thomas Friedman and the New York Times as sources.

      It's well past time we quit enabling the propaganda rag that the NYT is. And Friedman? Come on. This buffoon should be run out of town on a rail, not quoted as if he has some kind of legitimacy.

      There is plenty of credible information in this article without resorting to these yellow-journalism sources.

  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • Hophmi, those of us who support human rights for everyone are not "anti-Israel fanatics." We are human rights and social justice fanatics!

      Also, when we hrasjf's hold so-called Progressive politicians to account for supporting U.S. war crimes and the crimes of the Zionist regime in Israel , it's because these types of candidates generally accomplish little or no advancement of liberal agendas anyway. If their support for death and destruction can be so easily bought and paid for, how can we possible expect them to have enough integrity to support any real Progressive agenda? History has proven that we can't.

    • "Remaining silent was one thing, but repeating Likud talking points was worse."

      This notion that it's kind of okay to be silent on issues of war and peace is part of the problem with so-called Progressives. "Many of Warren’s progressive supporters, who had been urging the senator to speak out on war and peace issues, were shocked." There are only two possible reasons why they could possibly be "shocked" by Warren's statements, or by her continued support for U.S. wars of aggression around the globe. One is because they haven't been paying attention; Warren has been giddily pro-war and pro-Zionist from the get-go. The other (and more likely reason in my opinion) is that they are too willing to compromise their core values just to get these kind of faux-liberal candidates into office. It's a familiar "Don't ask, don't tell" strategy on the part of Progressives which has brought us the likes of Barack Obama.

      Bernie Sander is another example of a heartily pro-war, pro-Zionist politician who continually gets a pass from "liberals" because they buy into his sham populist rhetoric. Even a cursory look at Warren's or Sanders' voting records makes it clear that neither of them is a Progressive. The same could be said of Obama (well before Progressives elected him, not once, but twice).

      Looking the other way when it comes to war, just to make what they perceive to be "gains" on a few Progressive wedge issues, is a tried and true tradition for many on the Left. Of course, as history has proven, they wind up losing on all fronts because they are supporting con artists who have no principles in the first place. It's a failed strategy that will be repeated this coming election cycle.

  • Front-page 'NYT' piece on foreign influence on D.C. thinktanks leaves out Israel
    • I'm not sure why anyone still expresses amazement at the lengths the NYT will go to to propagandize Israel, or any other foreign policy issue for that matter. Robert Parry has an excellent piece out about the blatant whitewashing being done by the Times as concerns the Nazis extremists in the Ukraine.

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      Isn't it high time we accepted the fact that the NYT is nothing more than our own Empire's version of the Soviet era Pravda? By constantly writing about this rag as if it were anything else, and by constantly quoting it and referring to it, we are only legitimizing and enabling its lies and misrepresentations. The NYT should be left out of any serious discussion because the information it publishes is pure fictional nonsense, intended to confuse and misdirect.

  • Israel has three years to end the occupation -- Abbas
  • The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear
    • I hope the moderator will check out the link Pixel supplied and post it to the main Mondowiess page. Here it is again, just in case, and for those who couldn't get the other one to work. This should be viewed as widely as possible.

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      How can any rational human being pretend that there was a "terrorist" with a rocket launcher hiding under every one of these destroyed homes and buildings? What a perversion of reason and logic. More proof that Zionism has demented the intellect of its supporters. It is a form of mental illness.

      I was somewhat surprised that whoever put this amazing slide presentation together (I didn't see any credits) repeatedly used the word "conflict" to describe this devastation. Clearly this was a maniacal killing spree by a people bent on revenge.

  • Elizabeth Warren says killing Palestinian civilians is 'the last thing Israel wants'
    • And yet, just watch as so-called Progressives flock to the polls to support her no matter what office she runs for. This woman makes my spine crawl. Her "benign Granny" persona masks the true warmonger she is. But following the Obama model, she will lure Progressives into her lair with false rhetoric and outright lies. This is a very scary person. I think I fear her more than Hillary. At least Hillary makes no bones about her thirst for blood.

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Phil expects too much intelligence from voters. The patterns are always the same. Fear wins, rationality loses. That's Hillary's ticket to the White House.

      IMHO the creation of the Islamic State is an intentional strategic machination of U.S. foreign policy in order to maintain the maximum level of instability in the Middle East in order to maintain U.S. public support for Israel regardless of how bloodthirsty the Zionists become. The more violent and threatening the Islamic State becomes, the less import will be the more "liberal" voices of what Phil considers to be the Democratic base. Fear mongering the American Sheeple is a tried and true election-year tradition. This coming Presidential cycle will be no different. The hotter the situation in the middle east, the more irrationally frightened the Sheeple will be. They will be chomping at the bit to vote for Hillary. The more of a battle ax she is, the better her chances. And those who cant' bring themselves to be the warmonger type will vote for her because she is a woman.

  • Jodi Rudoren loves a winner
    • I'm keeping this article so I can refer to it the next time someone writes a piece here at Mondoweiss and suggests Rudoren "deserves credit" (or some such nonsense) when she accidentally lets some small item of truth about Israel slip through. This woman is a brazen propagandist, not to mention a disgusting human being. She should be put on trial for incitement against Palestinians.

  • Conflict Resolution 101: Talk to Hamas
    • As is so often the case with well-intentioned and heroic activists such as Benjamin, she is having a conversation with herself based on nonsensical, magical thinking.

      "For the past month, Secretary Kerry has been traveling around the Middle East trying to negotiate an end to the violence."

      As Glenn Greenwald points out in his recent article, the notion that the U.S. has even the slightest interest in trying to negotiate an end to the violence is absurd.

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      In fact, the U.S. is part and parcel of the problem, which would not exist without U.S. support and funding of Israel, and is part and parcel of the current rampage in Gaza which would not be happening if the U.S. had not given Israel a green light to proceed.

      "You can’t presume to be a mediator and then exclude one key party because you don’t like them."

      More importantly, you can't presume, as Benjamin does, that the U.S. is interested in being a mediator. That's just crazy talk.

      It's not about whether U.S. strategy in excluding Hamas makes sense, or whether the U.S. is or is not effectively attempting to be a mediator. That suggestion is Orwellian, at best. The U.S. is not interested in mediating anything. The U.S. is interested in promoting and defending Israel, period. Any suggestion to the contrary, which is what Benjamin's article is about, it pure fantasy.

      Include Hamas? Include Hamas in what, Israel's and the US's collusion to dispossess and oppress the Palestinian people? Of course the counterproposals Hamas has put forward are reasonable. Of course including Hamas in any supposed negation or peace process is logical. But reason and logic have no bearing on what is being done in Palestine. Israel and the U.S. have no interest in "getting at the underlying systemic problem." So there is no use in making suggestions about how they might accomplish that. It's the wrong conversation.

      Much as I admire many of Media Benjamin's direct actions and her courage and willingness to put herself on the line physically, she should quit with this sort of "here's how we can all just get along" thinking. We can only all get along when we all want to get along. Neither Israel nor the U.S. has or ever has had any such intention. That is the issue which should be addressed.

  • The selected writings of Samantha Power
    • Powers is just one more example of the type of sociopath who rises to positions of influence and power in our society. She has no social conscience, lacks the ability to empathize, and will say and do whatever it takes to advance and support her own interests and belief structure no matter what the cost to others. The way she crafts her statements for the greatest pro-Zionist (and pro-Samantha) impact while attempting to give the appearance of compassion and objectivity is chilling. Yet she probably considers herself a normal, dedicated functionary of the system. She personifies the banality of evil.

  • The killing fields
    • So, hophmi, are you suggesting that the killing of civilians in Gaza is okay because civilians are also killed elsewhere? Or is it the fact that so many more civilians have been killed elsewhere compared to the massacre in Gaza which makes it okay? Pretty gruesome logic.

      This kind of moral-equivalency argument used by defenders of Israel is one of the more disgusting hasbara tactics. The "Yea, but look what they do" justification. Or the "why don't you criticize them as much as you do Israel" rejoinder. All loss of innocent life is abhorrent. It's not our job when addressing the situation in Palestine to also mention every other injustice on the planet.

      You can try to defend Israel's conduct if you want to, but please don't try to suggest that what they are doing isn't immoral just because everyone else is doing it. If you are willing to set your moral benchmark so low, then what has defending Israel cost you?

      And Kay24 makes an excellent point. I second his/her "Get real" remark.

  • Breaking: Israel shelling hospital in Beit Hanoun, injured Palestinians and internationals trapped inside
    • I agree with your suggestion that we are being occupied by Israel. But Obama's hands aren't tied by anything more than his own lack of empathy. He has no other election to win, no social agenda to try to pass through Congress since his agenda is wholly corporate and wholly supported by our corporate Congress no matter what he does. He has no heart and he requires no spine because clearly he is a sociopath, just like every other US President. You don't get to hold the office if you have a conscience. He has no problem untying his hands to unilaterally order drone strikes around the globe, killing innocent men women and children on a whim.

    • Not ever, Just? I guess you must be excluding the actions of the US over the last 60 years or so. We are responsible for what some estimates say is more than a million deaths in Iraq alone. Not to mention the complete destruction of their infrastructure and political and social structure. In Vietnam, over 3 million were slaughtered. Israel will have to try much harder to even come close to the level of indiscriminate carnage and destruction old Uncle Sam is responsible for. But I guess Israel gets some extra points for the utter cruelty and sheer bloodlust of their "work" in Gaza. But than again, what about the Phoenix project in Vietnam?

      Once our empire (as MLK said, "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world…") collapses, Israel will cease to exist. Let's hope both events occur sooner rather than later. We have tens of generations of healing ahead of us yet before the horrors of these two monstrous nations are forgotten.

  • Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
    • "Jews of conscience must organize with one foot inside the Jewish community and one foot outside it."

      When Jews, and all other racial, ethnic, nationalistic, genderistic, ageistic and divisive "ism" and "istic" oriented groups, put both feet inside the earthling community and leave the tribalism and otherism behind, that's when the world will finally begin to heal. This "us and them" stuff is the core of the problem with the human condition. Okay. I know. Dream on. And now I have to go attend my local Celtic separatist gathering. Because as everybody knows, it's we Irish who are really better than everybody else. Go Leprechauns!

  • Sawyer blunder indicative of noxious bias against Palestinians in American journalism
    • :...even if the images to accompany the story were switched after the copy had been written,…"

      What? The copy itself is a bald faced lie and an intentional misrepresentation of the situation. There are no images of "an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can" or “one woman standing speechless among the ruins,” because there are no "ruins." The pitiful rockets the are "raining down" on Israel rarely cause even minimal amounts of damage. There has been no loss of life in Israel in recent days.

      Here's what qualifies for a headline at Ynet. "Rocket explodes in Sdot Negev Regional Council causing damage to a structure." Ooh, damage to a structure. Meanwhile hundreds of tons of sophisticated and massively destructive bombs have been dropped on the people of Gaza.

      Neither ABC News, Diane Sawyer, nor any of the other disgustingly biased and slanted corporate media deserve "the benefit of a doubt" this author is willing to give them. They run propaganda like this knowing that even if someone catches them in the lie and the are forced to present a retraction, the damage is done. Very few of the 7 million viewers who saw this blatant piece of misinformation will remember any apology. What they will carry in their minds is the false image of bombed out Israel homes. That was the obvious intention of the "error" on the part of ABC. Oh to be a fly on the wall of some corporate office at ABC. It wouldn't surprise me if someone is getting a bonus and a promotion for this clever "mistake."

      Funny isn't it, how there are never seem to be any "blunders" which benefit Palestinians in any way, or anyone poor and downtrodden. They always seem to benefit the power elite. What a coinkydink.

      These so-called news outlets are nothing more than pro-Zionist propaganda mouthpieces, just as they are pro-corporate propaganda mouthpieces. What they air has no bearing on reality and in no way represents actual human actions or interests. Their function is to blatantly misinform people and obscure anything even remotely resembling the truth. Treating them as anything but Orwellian spin machines is not only a strategic error, it is a moral error.

  • 'Jewish' or 'Israeli' -- NYT, BBC, and CNN make different word choice
    • Of course I am opposed to home demolitions. The point of my comment was that Israel uses this barbaric tactic only against Palestinians, not against Jews. I assume the point of your question to me, hophmi, was to deflect from that reality.

    • Yes.

      And by the way, hophmi, do you expect the homes of those alleged Jewish perpetrators will be demolished (especially now that several of them have apparently confessed) as were the homes of the Palestinian "suspects" in the abduction of the three Israeli teens? Gee, I'll bet not, despite Netanyahu's claim that they will face "the full weight of the law,” insisting, “We do not differentiate between the terrorists."

      Once again, apartheid law enforcement by an apartheid state.

  • In 'NYT' tale of two mothers, the occupation is a human-relations problem
    • Every time I see it, I will have to comment on it. "...and all to Rudoren’s credit."

      Nonsense. None of the blatant propaganda Rudoren spews out is to her credit. Saying so is a mistake, strategically, morally, and just plain common sense wise. Her misuse of the press to indoctrinate simple minds and poison rational discussion borders on the criminal. Unless we say so at every turn, and unless we quit giving her "credit" as if she has made some positive contribution to the dialogue, we are working against our own best interests in the struggle for Palestinian rights and social justice.

      It's a simple concept which seems lost on many otherwise brilliant and heroic writers and journalists.

  • Can a neocon change his spots (and come back as a liberal interventionist for Hillary Clinton)?
    • "Eric Alterman has a column at Salon blasting Bill Kristol for banging the war drum again."

      Even though we know Eric Alterman is a wack-job pro-Zionist zealot, as revealed on this site repeatedly, people continue to site his opinions about other issues as if they mean something. It's this kind of inconsistency that hurts our strategy. Either we acknowledge and reject lunacy or we embrace it and enable it. You can't have it both ways. Any use of the New York Times as a "journalistic" outlet falls into the same category. On and on and on we go. And so the truth becomes relative rather than relevant.

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  • The cost of fear: a night on the West Bank
    • Just,

      You have made such an excellent point. In my travels in the West Bank, it was rare for me to receive anything but gracious smiles and overwhelming generosity. At worst, I might be ignored at times, as anyone on a busy street might be by passersby intent on their own errands and thoughts. From the taxi drivers to the merchants to even strangers passing by I always felt welcome and safe. At times, it was difficult to imagine these were people who have been crushed by a brutal and unrelenting occupation for generations. Friends of mine who are Jewish (and in most cases very Jewish looking) and have traveled in the West Bank have reported the same experience as mine.

      In Israel, where admittedly I spent very little time, I was lucky to get even an occasional glance or a smile from strangers. In stores and on buses, I always felt unwelcome as if I was being excluded. . When people did bother to interact with me, it was usually with a brusqueness bordering on rude dislike. The overall atmosphere struck me as one of anger and arrogance. I generally felt like I was the "other," and a lesser other at that. At first I was taken aback. Then it dawned on me that I am clearly not Jewish looking (Irish looking as a clover leaf) and though obviously I can't know for sure, I assume this was the reason for the hostility. I was experiencing racism first hand, being disliked because of my ethnicity, or lack there of in this case.

      Very sad.

  • 'Washington Post' conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism
    • "Perhaps some of what is reported is very real (I assume much of it is; the New York Times ran a similar piece the same day)"

      Sorry, but using the New York Times as some sort of bench mark for the truth is getting to be a real nonstarter, especially as concerns anything to do with Israel or anti-semitism. Since the Times has proven itself to be nothing more than a propaganda rag for Zionism, it would seem more appropriate to assume that the information is exaggerated or slanted to be pro-Zionist than to assume that "much of it is" real. And how "coincidental" is it that similar articles would run in the Washington Post and the Times on the same day? Can you say Zionist lobby manipulation of these very willing propaganda outlets?

  • Human rights activists are 'out front' of others and 'thank goodness they are' --Hillary Clinton
    • Seafoid, thanks for pointing out that Clinton is responsible for unconscionable amounts of carnage. Unfortunately, the vast majority of so-called progressives will forget all about her war crimes (not to mention her unflagging support of corporatism as well as Zionism) when it comes election time, just like they did for Obama in his second run. After all, she's a Democrat and a Woman! Disgusting. She belongs on trial in the Hague. IMHO, any commentary on her (including this article) which does not mention her crimes is specious at best.

      And compliments for Terry Gross? That's gross indeed. She is brilliant alright; a brilliant propagandist. If we aren't telling it like it is about people like this then what we are doing is enabling their chicanery.

  • 'NYT' calls Shimon Peres 'outspoken advocate of peace'
  • Netanyahu says Jews invented the idea of 'honoring your father and mother'
  • On the day two Palestinians are killed, 'NYT' reporter flashes snark
    • " I looked on the story as a step forward for the Times, because the Nakba was at last being covered…". No, as Munayyar points out, this was not "coverage" of the Nakba, this was another Rudoren propaganda tool disguised as journalism. We (and in particular you, Phil) need to quit giving Rudoren and the Times credit for these obvious and disgusting pro-Zionist articles. It is not a step forward to have anyone disguise Israel's role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Why give it any legitimacy at all? Call it what it is, cheap propaganda and an insult to the notion of actual journalism.

  • Open recriminations begin over failure of peace talks
    • Again, an article which suggests that Obama and crew are somehow unaware of what just happened in this latest "peace talk" charade. The unnamed official who said, "Indyk knew that building in the settlements would continue throughout the nine-month US-led negotiations period." is certainly correct. Did any of these fraudsters go into this thing believing it to be anything other than another delaying tactic to give Israel more time to continue to ethnically cleanse Palestine? Of course, Indyk knew about the settlement expansion. That was a part of the plan from the beginning.

      IMHO, to pretend that now there is some sort of, "gosh, look what happened and how can we spin it" strategy being employed is simply naive. This is all part of a larger program which has been outlined from the get go, just as the "peace process" machinations have always been choreographed through a combined U.S. Israel effort for decades. Nothing new to report here and, as always, a mistake to assume any innocence or ignorance of this process on the part of Obama or any of the other partners in this ongoing dance of deception.

  • Beinart predicts J Streeters will tackle immigration before thinking critically about Israel
    • The point isn't "Where does he get off, saying what he said?" The point is, why are people still listening to Beinart and enabling his tired, self-serving rhetoric? Of course he won't take any principled stand on anything, not until he knows which way the wind is blowing and how that wind can best serve his own interests.

      It's long past due time for everyone to ignore this punk and to quit pretending his opinions have any validity.

  • Simon Schama's Israel whitewash
    • "...and makes the case that the history of the persecution of the Jews justified the creation of the state of Israel, an argument I agree with…"

      So, let me get this straight. Because Jews were persecuted and genocided by an ultranationalist ethnocracy, they created their own ultranationalist ethnocracy in order to be safe. Right. Who could have foreseen any problems with that plan?

      I'm always amazed when intelligent people so offhandedly suggest that Zionism is a good idea. And exactly how many ultranationalist ethnocracies have succeeded over the course of history? Oh, but this time it will be different.

      Sounds like crazy talk to me.

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • so·ci·o·path [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-]
      noun Psychiatry.
      a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

      And to further clarify the definition:
      an·ti·so·cial [an-tee-soh-shuhl, an-tahy-]
      opposed or detrimental to social order or the principles on which society is constituted: antisocial behavior.

      Much has been written about the rise of sociopaths to positions of power in our society, and indeed to positions of power around the globe. It is difficult to believe one could achieve these levels of power and influence and be in possession of what most of us consider a "normal" conscience. Power is only one in a long list of examples of "progressives" willing to sacrifice the lives of others in order to advance their own careers and agendas. And she is a minor player who may only be mildly afflicted by this disorder. Imagine the level of derangement necessary to order the overthrow or invasion of entire countries, or to order hundreds of drone attacks on "suspected" militants.

      Our world is run by dangerously mentally ill individuals.

  • An open letter to J Street: Let's talk
    • When I have given presentations about Palestine, I have focused primarily on the human rights aspect. My answer to those in the audience who claim my presentation is "one sided" is to ask, "What exactly is the 'other side' to a human rights discussion—defense of the abuse of human rights? Should we defend all abuses of human rights, or only Zionists' abuses?

      Defenders of Zionism often claim that Israel is being singled out for criticism, yet they would have us single out Israel by allowing it to defy international standards of social justice and human rights. And no, saying "Look what the Arabs do in their countries" is not a justification, it is a rationalization.

      If Zionists are willing to dispense with human rights in defense of Israel, what does that say about the culture they have created there?

      Of course, this same statement holds true for the U.S., bigtime. We have demonstrated that as a society we are willing to ignore any and every abuse of international law and human rights perpetrated by our government. What does that say about us?

      Exceptionalism portends the end of morality in any culture.

  • Why I didn’t make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day
    • Okay, this is nothing but a personal conspiracy theory. But has anyone else considered the possibility that our own State Department/ White House/ Pick-your-favorite-agency may have put the Egyptians up to this? This sends a clear message to heroic people like Medea Benjamin that resistance will not be tolerated. Not even our most fascist police forces could likely have gotten away with what was done to Benjamin. She's too high profile. But our proxy totalitarian regime in Egypt didn't bat an eye. And what a coincidence, no one from the US Embassy stepped in. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

      Kinda reminds one of the way Settler thugs in Palestine are used to abuse and murder Palestinians while the IDF (the most moral military in the world) stands by and watches.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown brags on signing historic agreement with Netanyahu in Silicon Valley
    • Absolutely. Even if we put aside their pro-Zionist panderings, if we are to define Bill de Blasio or Jerry Brown as "progressive," then the definition of that term has lost all meaning. Which really is the whole problem with our political culture at present. True Progressives are too eager to compromise their core values and endorse corporatist faux-progressive candidates simply for the sake of being able to claim an election win or two.

      No one with any actual progressive conscience or mindset would ever have voted for either of these two fraudsters. Their presence on the political scene is just more evidence of the damage lesser-of-two-evils voting has caused.

  • 'NYT' reporter treats boycott as immoral and anti-Semitic, reminiscent of Nazis
    • After this latest disgusting piece of pro-Zionist garbage Rudoren has spewed out, can we finally quit using lines like "To her credit…" to describe anything she writes? Please! Endorsing, even in a minor way, a person who is so clearly a paid propagandist for Zionism is a self-defeating strategy. She should be condemned on every level and at every turn as the unprincipled shill she is. When we legitimize her we legitimize blatant racism.

  • De Blasio's leftwing base is enraged by AIPAC moment
    • All anyone had to do (before the election) was take a cursory look at de Blasio, his background and his connections to the Clintons and Goldman Sachs, to know that he is anything but "leftwing" or "progressive." Yet once again, so-called "liberals" who elected him feign outrage after the fact. Shades of Obamakinism here. People who choose willful ignorance deserve what they get.

  • White House calls out warmongers in Congress, as lobby turns screws on Wasserman Schultz
    • "White House calls out warmongers." Wow, the irony never ends.

      Just another example of the pot calling the kettle black, or in this case, one war-mongering hypocrite calling a bunch of other war-mongering hypocrites war mongers. How seriously can we take White House statements accusing members of Congress of wanting to incite a war with Iran when Barack Obomber has started more direct and proxy wars than any other president in our history. Sort of like Ted Bundy accusing John Wayne Gacy of being a serial killer.

      Just yesterday the Washington Post let us know that our Imperial War-monger-in-Chief has been illegally killing people in Somalia since October (not to mention at least 5 other countries), boots on the ground, killer drones, etc.. Of course, it's a bit late for the Washington Post to finally be reporting on facts most of the planet has known about for quite some time. But that's the insane world we live in. We are obliged to refer to mass murderers as "President" and to quote corporate propagandistic rags as if they represent actual "journalism."
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  • Rachel Maddow calls out AIPAC for pushing war with Iran
    • Ellen,

      Thanks for pointing out the obvious. This was really nothing but a weasel move similar to the fluff pieces she occasionally does criticizing Obama and the Dems. Just enough to maintain her creds as a so-called liberal while not stepping too hard on any important toes (or jeopardizing her paycheck). Maddow is a hypocrite and the ultimate sellout. Her tepid use of the AIPAC word shouldn't impress us.

  • 'Foreign Policy' blames AIPAC for warmongering Iran bill, but Maddow won't tell you that
    • Shingo,

      When she had her radio show back during the Iraq war she would often open her show with a litany of military and civilian deaths as a result of what she termed Bush's "illegal" war in Iraq. That was back when she was looking to ingratiate herself with the anti-war movement and make a name as a big-time "liberal." Nowadays she's more concerned with maintaining her seven figure salary.

      When she starts opening her MSNBC show with a litany of those murdered by US drones in the half a dozen illegal wars Obama is waging around the globe, then I'll cut her some slack. Granted, she does the occasional fluff piece mildly critical of Obama (strictly for effect in my view), but then it's back on to the "shill for the Dems" bandwagon as per usual. She's a hypocrite, plain and simple.

    • Maddow is the ultimate sell out. She was a hardcore anti-war, anti-Bush activist when she was with Air America Radio. Once she got called up to MSNBC and began making the big bucks she became an ardent mouthpiece for the Dems. She is a dyed-in-the-wool Obamakin and gives Obama and his gang of thugs a complete pass on all of the war crimes, financial crimes and crimes against the constitution for which she so readily derided Bush and Company. She is dripping with hypocrisy, not to mention the blood of the many innocents killed by U.S. drones. Not to mention the blood of the many Palestinians killed by the Zionist regime in Israel. Truly a disgusting individual IMHO.

  • Swarthmore Hillel should invite Blumenthal and Abulhawa into the schoolhouse door
    • "Swarthmore Hillel should now heed Obama’s lesson at the Mandela memorial, that words mean nothing next to action…"

      Sorry, but I just can't let that little gem slip by. What lesson of Obama's should Swarthmore Hillel or anyone else heed? The lesson that gross hypocrisy is an acceptable behavioral norm on the international stage? The fact that Obama, who clearly supports the world's most egregious apartheid regime (among his many other international crimes and violations of human rights) would even attend a memorial for Mandela should sicken us on every level.

      Lynn Washington has a good piece at TCBH highlighting another aspect of the hypocrisy of Obama's presence at the memorial.

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      The United States (the CIA to be specific) was responsible for the initial betrayal of Mandela to the South African government which resulted in Mandela being imprisoned for 27 years.

      When are we going to get it that we can't talk about Palestinian rights while enabling (even in a small way with an offhand remark) those who blatantly defy those values? There is really no finer example than Obama of someone who repeatedly uses words that indeed mean nothing next to his actions. He has elevated that strategy to an art form.

      If the reference in the article is to Obama's handshake with Castro (just guessing here) let's remember that Obama has done everything in his power to continue the criminal embargo against Cuba. Once again, the lesson is one of gross hypocrisy, nothing more.

      So let's hope that Swarthmore Hillel does not follow Obama's example. If they do, chances are they will talk eloquently about allowing anti-zionists to speak, but then follow those words up with the exact opposite behavior.

  • On the death of Nelson Mandela: a dissenting opinion
    • Denis, you clearly have no idea of the personal and career sacrifices Jonathan Cook has made in order to support the cause of Palestinian rights, not to mention truth in journalism in general. It's hard to imagine anyone less interested in trying "to show the world what a spiffy, out-of-the-box thinker" he is than Cook.

      Also, Cook was born in 1965, so your assumption that he is too young to know about SA apartheid delegitimizes the rest of the "rubbish" in your post. If you are going to attempt to smear someone, at least google the guy so you don't stumble over basic lack of knowledge about your target.

      Your uninformed petulance suggests you know as little about Mandela as you do about Cook.

  • Avigdor Lieberman bombs everywhere but in The New York Times
    • I hope people are done giving Rudoren a pass. Her absurd whitewash of Lieberman makes it's more clear than ever that she is nothing more than a paid propagandist for Zionism. And a truly despicable one at that. Her name should not even be mentioned in the same sentence (or the same paragraph for that matter!) with the word "journalist."

  • Preaching to the choir: reflections on Max Blumenthal's 'Goliath'
    • Excellent, Betsy. When circumstances are dire, as they are in the case of Palestine (as well as for the fate of our planet and our species in general) moderation is just another form of capitulation. Dumbing down our strategy to appeal to the dumbest among us is a very bad idea and has been proven to be a bad idea time and time again in our history. Like you, I say, "It’s amazing to me to hear the repeating patterns."

    • This essay has the typical underlying flavor of liberal-Zionist apologism. Zionists' racist colonialism is supposedly different than most forms of racist colonialism because the Jews suffered so much. Jews' circumstances are unique, so the injustices inflicted on Palestinians (and the world) by Zionism have to be viewed through the prism of that underlying sense of exceptionalism. And when we tell the cold ugly truth about the horror that is the Israeli state, we need to say it carefully and gently so we don't alienate those fragile Jewish liberals here in the U.S. who can't bear to face reality.

      Codling the centrists (and the so-called Liberals and Progressives for that matter) in order to try and bring them around to a rational point of view has proven to be a failed strategy in relation to so many causes. It is a form of compromise which results in the capitulation of our core values; it diminishes the desperate reality we face. The fact is, there just isn't time to "gently" persuade the self-absorbed and willfully ignorant masses around us to wake up and smell the coffee. By the time they rub the sleep out of their eyes and actually stand up and do something, it will be too late.

      If a rude slap in the face, which is essentially what Blumenthal's book is, doesn't do the trick, then we are doomed, not just as concerns the issue of Zionism, but as concerns all of the most pressing issues or our time. If the insistent shouting of a few committed (and necessarily impolite) individuals doesn't become the catalyst for a true, non-violent social revolution, (and soon) we might as well pull up a lawn chair, fix ourselves a nice strong gin and tonic, and sit back and watch the coming apocalyptic show.

  • Liberal Zionism ends with a pinch
  • Beinart: Saving Israel took too much time away from my writing career
    • “Beinart is an excellent analyst,…”

      In response to that remark, I’ll repeat what I said yesterday concerning Beinart.

      He was a cheerleader for the criminal war of aggression waged by the U.S. against Iraq. He made serious policy arguments in favor of a war based on blatant lies and driven by a media propaganda campaign so transparent that even a child could see through it. Myself and tens of millions of other thinking human beings around the world understood that a heinous crime was being committed against the people of Iraq. We had the courage to stand against it. Beinhart made his living promoting it.

      What Beinart is about is summed up in Phil’s remark concerning the timing of Beinart’s launch of Open Zion being “coincidentally timed to the publication of his book.”

      Again, I have to ask, why do we keep giving this arrogant punk an audience? He is "excellent" at managing his career to make as much money as possible spewing ideological nonsense, that’s for sure.

  • Video: Israeli soldiers detain, terrify young Palestinian boys in Hebron
    • Shuki,
      Regardless of what the kids were doing, children should never be treated in this way, EVER. This is the work of thugs with a gang mentality, not soldiers doing police work. If you saw a video of Palestinian policemen treating Jewish children in this manner I wonder if you would ask, "…what the kids were doing" before they were taken. Why do I think not?

  • Beinart is leaving 'Daily Beast,' and 'Open Zion' is closing
    • Sorry to have to keep beating this drum against Beihart, but I'm always amazed when people like him continue to be taken seriously as pundits and policy analysts. He was a cheerleader for the criminal war of aggression waged by the U.S. against Iraq. He made serious policy arguments in favor of a war based on blatant lies and driven by a media propaganda campaign so transparent that even a child could see through it. And yet Beinart is still allowed to teach journalism and political science at a major university.

      I'm no policy "wunderkind," (a term which has actually been applied to this arrogant punk) and yet myself and tens of millions of other thinking human beings around the world understood that a heinous crime was being committed against the people of Iraq. We had the courage to stand against it. Beinhart made his living promoting it.

      So now we are supposed to grant him credibility regarding any views he may have on foreign policy issues? He should be laughed off the stage wherever he appears. Instead, people buy his books and applaud his absurd ideological blatherings. It's sort of like saying, "Well, just because he used to believe in Santa Clause doesn't mean we shouldn't trust him now."

      Wow, what a world we live in. The irony takes ones breath away.

  • 'The Onion' uses the k-word
    • Hmm… I wonder how Foxman would respond if the Palestinian National Football Team (yes, there is one, recognized by FIFA in 1998) was to name their team the Hebes. No doubt he would consider it "hurtful and offensive" but would suggest the final decision on wether or not to change the name should be left up to the team's owner and fan base.

  • MJ Rosenberg owes Ali Abunimah an apology for false accusations of anti-Semitism
    • Guys like Rosenberg and Alterman are clearly lunatics who have become so fanatically obsessed with Israel they should no longer be considered a rational part of the discussion. It's not about Rosenberg "apologizing." He should be shunned and his views on this subject should be disregarded. How many articles do we need to see analyzing and refuting this kind of craziness? We have more important issues to explore.

  • Eric Alterman on Palestine and Israel, part 1: The liberal Zionist dilemma
    • Rosenberg is another so called liberal Zionist who makes my point for me. Really, just a nut-ball when it comes to Israel. The fact that people give him a platform and take anything he says on this subject seriously is just plain silly. We should just guffaw and tell him to go away. There are important issues to be discussed around the issue of Palestine. Why do we let people like this waste our time?

    • There are some supporters of Israel with whom one can at least engage in reasonable dialog. We should do so with as much respect and understanding as possible. But many pro-Zionist zealots have abandoned rational thought when it comes to Israel. Among those zealots are more than a few so-called liberal Zionists such as Alterman. They embrace a type of fanaticism which in essence is a new religion called Israelism. Any lie or any denial of the truth is justified, as long as it is in support of Israel. Defense of the Jewish state takes precedence over even the most basic concepts of human rights and social justice, and certainly it takes precedence over any "liberal" values they may espouse when it comes to other issues.

      In my view, these individuals deserve nothing from us but disdain. They should be rebuked, then excluded from the conversation. Even ridicule is not unwarranted in these cases. We can’t counter their illogical assertions with any rational argument because they are extremists who have moved beyond reason. Hence, my use of words like “nut-balls” and “crazies” to refer to such people. Sure, it’s a bit mean spirited, and okay, name-calling is not exactly part of a constructive argument. But really now, read even a small part of Alterman's review and tell me that he is engaging in rational analysis based on factual observations or critical thinking . Refuting his bizarre harangue is a waste of our intellectual energy. We should dismiss his views on this subject out of hand because he has forfeited any right to be taken seriously.

  • Israel lobby group counters Palestinian dispossession with-- Jewish creationism
    • Unfortunately, given the willful ignorance and gullibility of most people in this country, nonsense graphics like this will probably be very effective. I've had conversations with people who actually believe, and will insist, that it's the Palestinians who are occupying Israel, not the other way around. Let's not forget, the absurd "Land without a people for a people without a land" slogan is still in wide use and is accepted unquestionably by many people. Outright lies are often a more effective form of propaganda than subtly twisted half truths.

  • Updated: Iran's president urges Obama to ignore 'warmongering pressure groups'
    • How many times does he have to say one thing and then do another before people quit drooling over this con man's ridiculous, lie-filled speeches? Remember the Cairo speech, reaching out to the Arab world? That was before attacks since then on how many Muslim countries? Remember Senator Obama promising to personally filibuster any telecom bill that provided immunity for the telecom industry? That actually was the same Senator Obama who not only voted for the ensuing bill, but actually worked overtime to insure its passage. Remember Obama telling us in his cute, folksy way, how he would put his tennies on and walk the picket line with striking workers? That's was the same Obama who has turned his back on labor time and time again since being elected.

      Here is a link to an article by Andrew Levine outlining just a few of Obama's reversals.

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      By now, surely even the most optimistic observers understand that the more eloquent the speech by ObamaCon regarding any course of action, the more likely it is that the opposite course of action will take place.

      How about we wait and see what our Assassinator in Chief actually does on the matter of Syria and Iran before we award him another Nobel Peace prize based on what he tells us he might do.

  • Obama's greatest achievement-- blinking on Syria
    • Taxi,

      Let's hope you are right.

      And for anyone still reading this thread, here's an article indicating what the U.S. is really up to with this chemical weapons agreement. Just looking for a backdoor into their war. So much for the idea of Obama "blinking" on Syria. We don't blink, we bomb.

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    • Taxi,

      I certainly hope you are right and I am wrong. But just as we can't forget about the Russians in any consideration of future wars, we also can't forget that we aren't dealing with rational human beings when it comes to the sociopaths who are in power in the U.S. or in most places in the world for that matter. I believe this is particularly true in the U.S. and Israel because of the cult of exceptionalism which exists in these two rogue nations. Inciting World War III would mean nothing to them. The would feel they are entitled to such irrationality. And they would probably assume they would "win," no matter how devastating the conflagration might be for humanity and the planet.

      These people are megalomaniacal maniacs, many of whom are, in my opinion, actual psychopaths who truly relish the thought of being able to order the bombing of cities and the slaughter of innocent people. Some say I go too far in making that kind of statement. But if the people who give these orders and create this kind of havoc around the world have any conscience at all, it's certainly not the kind I'm familiar with. In our day to day world, we call people who behave this way deranged killers. On the national and international stage, they are called "leaders."

    • "The White House and the Pentagon have repeatedly ruled out "boots on the ground" in Syria, but { Defense Department officials were less certain Thursday on whether U.S. military personnel might be sent to help secure or destroy Syria's chemical weapons. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little gave a vague answer} when asked if U.S. troops were prepared to assist should an international agreement allow Russia to take control of the tons of chemical weapons believed to be in the stockpiles of President Bashar al-Assad."

      I bracketed the items in this paragraph from the article which are of import to my analysis. I think it's fair to say that the DOD being "less certain" about "no troops on the ground," and giving a "vague answer," is a good indication that there will be troops on the ground at some point. It's a familiar form of doublespeak which is all too common to the history of U.S. lies and subsequent actions concerning incursions in other countries. There are far too many examples of this for us to pretend it isn't more likely than not.

      And how is it that "In fact, it’s certain that The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be conducting the inspections and supervising the turnover of materials." Because the governments involved in crafting this agreement tell us so?

      The point of my post was that I believe Obama is conning us with this chemical weapons agreement. It isn't a change of heart or a change of plans. It's only a con to take them closer to their goal of war with Syria and then Iran. Time will tell. My $10 bet still stands. Bombs away over Syria by Christmas. Well, okay, maybe they'll wait till spring.

      If you've read the PNAC documents (Project for a New American Century) you'll see that the program for full spectrum global dominance on the part of the U.S. is moving ahead as planned. Remember that Libya was on the list of countries we need to overthrow, as is Syria and Iran. It doesn't matter who is in the White House. These plans will continue to be implemented.

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      Here is a link to an article by Finian Cunningham which also suggests this latest circus is little more than another stepping stone toward war with Syria. I'm not the only one entertaining this notion. Again, only time will tell. But if the past is any indicator or future events, I think my bet is a pretty safe one.

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      Once again, so many well-intentioned commentators underestimate Obama's mastery of the long con. As the above link indicates, surprise surprise, there will be "troops on the ground" needed to enforce the sham chemical weapons agreement. That's a big win for Obama since prior to this, the notion of troops on the ground was a major stumbling block for his war efforts. In addition, with an internationally recognized agreement in place concerning Syria's chemical weapons, the next false flag operation using those weapons (which of course will be blamed on the Syrian government) will give Obama a "legitimate" reason to bomb the hell out of Syria.

      So here is what Obama's "blink" on Syria will accomplish for him and his gang of war mongers: U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, ready to follow up on the shock and awe bombing of that country which will ensue once the Syrian government allegedly "violates" the chemical weapons agreement which is being put in place. It's a win win situation for Obama, not a blink or a backing down or any kind or a change in his bellicose war-mongering foreign policy designs.

      Doesn't anyone get what Obama and company are up to? They will have their war on Syria, followed by an eventual war on Iran. Bet on it. Ten bucks says it will be bombs away over Syria before the end of the year.

  • Mainstream press openly addresses Israel lobby's role in US policy re Syria
    • "Yet there were no outward signs on Sunday that Israel would attempt to influence the outcome, and numerous experts on the Israel-American relationship said it would be deeply dangerous to try…"

      As always, Rudoren, even when she appears to be acknowledging reality, can't help but then give it a Zionist spin. Suggesting that Israel/the Lobby is not attempting to influence U.S. policy on Syria is kind of like admitting (finally) that the sun does indeed rise in the East, but then saying that the sunlight has no effect on the weather.

      Rudoren is a shill, first and foremost. It's a shame to see her repeatedly getting so much credibility here at Mondoweiss. Any mention of her at all should only be pointing out her blatant role as a Zionist propagandist.

  • Jodi Rudoren intentionally obscured reality in her recent piece on Beit Ommar
    • Like I said before, in a comment on a previous article (an article suggesting that Rudoren should be "congratulated" for referring to Israeli settlements as illegal, and that we should "sympathize" with her because some rabid pro-Zionists wrote nasty letters to her when she happened to mention an actual fact in one of her articles) this woman is nothing more than a paid shill for Zionism. To refer to her as a journalist is a serious mistake. To encourage her or complement her in any way is just plain wrong. She should be exposed at every turn for the sleazy propagandist she really is. Let's face it, she wouldn't have the job she has if she were anything but.

  • 'NYT' capitulates to rightwingers, declaring settlements not illegal
    • "Congratulate" Judi Rudoren? "Sympathize" with her? This is the Judi Rudoren who just wrote that lovely little piece characterizing Palestinian stone throwing as some kind of quaint rite of passage, never once mentioning the occupation or pointing out that, duh, Palestinians just might have a few reasons to throw stones.

      Sorry, but Rudoren is a propagandist, first and foremost. The fact that she let slip with the "I" word concerning Israeli Settlements (Colonies is a more appropriate term) is nothing to congratulate her for. Certainly not given the pro-Israel slant of most of her writing. And with the amount the Times pays her (not to mention speaking fees, etc.) she sure doesn't need anyone's sympathy when she gets a few nasty letters from the very Zionist she supports and encourages. There is no courage or integrity in her performance at the Times. She is a well-paid hack and a shill for Zionism. There are a lot more deserving places to put our sympathy and congratulations.

  • Obama told friends he reneged on progressive promises out of fear of assassination -- former CIA analyst
    • Yes. Sad to see McGovern playing the Obamapologist role. Obama does what he does because he gets paid to do it, or will in the long run. Not to mention the fact that, in my opinion, the guy is a sociopath. I suspect that once people like him get into power, on some level they learn to enjoy the killing, the lying and subterfuge.

  • Turkish PM raises Mavi Marmara at White House press conf, calls grow for Obama to investigate killing of Furkan Doğan
    • A very illuminating graphic, which can be seen at the following link link to explains why we can no longer expect "newsworthy" to be a reason for information to be made available to us by our corporate media. Six corporations control 90 of what we are told. The illusion that we live in a democracy with a "free" press is just that, an illusion.

      Another example of this is the article at Common Dreams recently link to pointing out that even though 97% of the scientific community understands that climate change is caused by humans, only 42% of Americans have a clue. (It's actually pretty amazing that the figure is that high. A very encouraging statistic, really.) Our diet of information is strictly controlled. We are the most ignorant and misinformed nation on the planet. People really have been convinced that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. It makes having a rational conversation with the vast majority of Americans nearly impossible.

  • Close Guantanamo now
    • Obama has absolutely no problem violating U.S. and international laws regarding the extrajudicial assassination of people around the globe. But when it comes to violating a law passed by Congress which he claims prevents him from closing Guantanamo (a law, which by the way, he signed), well golly, his hands are tied. What disgusting bull roar.

      He is more than willing to send a bunch more psychos down there to force feed these poor people, an action which is clearly a form of torture and has been acknowledged as such by the UN and other international bodies. The fact that it is torture makes it a violation of U.S. law. So here's the raw truth: this sociopath is choosing to break the law by torturing these guys rather than choosing to break the law by closing that hell hole and letting these guys go. He is choosing it. Get that? The man is not "weak" or "a poor negotiator." He is a monster. Face reality. Quit apologizing for him.

  • Apartheid, Bantustans and Obama's empty words (Walt and Miller agree)
    • On the contrary, Barack Obama is well into his depth. He is doing exactly what his corporate paymasters hired him to do, on every front. This notion that he is somehow just a weak-willed pawn who gets "shoved around" is nothing more than self delusion on the part of those who still can't bring themselves to accept what a grand master of the long con Obama is, and that in fact, they are the ones being conned.

      I don't see anyone "shoving around" our poor, helpless Assassinator in Chief when he meets in the Oval Office every Tuesday with his gang of murderous, sociopathic thugs to determine who will be obliterated by our international fleet of killing drones.

      Barack Obama and his cadre or fascist war mongers has done more to bring us to the brink of open totalitarianism than any previous President. Thanks to his "leadership" we now live in a country where anyone can be imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial, U.S. citizens included. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can be killed on the whim of one man, with no oversight or accountability. At the same time, he is consciously and willingly waging more direct and proxy wars than any previous President. He is a serial liar, a war criminal, and a shill for corporate America. He is anything but naive. Clever like a conscienceless fox is more like it.

  • Obama gets it
    • Carl K is absolutely correct. Nothing Obama says means anything, other than that he is a very skilled and articulate liar. And most importantly, as Carl says, agonizing over the lies Obama tells so easily and with such conviction is truly a waste of time.

  • Chris Hayes-- who broke barrier on Palestinian guests-- gets primetime slot at MSNBC
  • American Jews asking Netanyahu to end occupation are barking up wrong tree
    • Yes. Like all political lobbying, it has nothing to do with any "community," Jewish or otherwise, pressuring anybody. Unless that community has bunches of money to put into the pockets of our "leaders," via organizations like AIPAC, their voices are marginal at best. Money talks; peaceful demonstrations, letter writing and petitions walk. For instance, 30,000,000 people in the streets worldwide couldn't stop the war of aggression on Iraq. $30,000,000, properly distributed among members of our craven Congress, might have.

  • Obama scared AIPAC into silence, then defeated it
    • Hagel groveled. He reversed himself on every Lobby-offending remark he has ever made. And they were only remarks. In practice, he has been a reliable shill for the status quo his entire career. He will continue to toe the line on U.S. foreign policy, just as Obama has. These guys wouldn't be in positions of power if they weren't committed to advancing the cause of Empire.

      "But will Hagel’s presence make a difference? Who knows?"

      Really? I think we all know quite well. Hagel's presence will make about as much difference as Obama's presence has made. Ask a Palestinian about that.

      One day we'll be thanking guys like Hagel and Obama for imprisoning us indefinitely at Guantanamo without charge or trial. Wow, what a great victory. They didn't kill us and our families with drones.

  • Int'l pressure builds: Human Rights Watch calls for end to 'abusive' administrative detention of 178 prisoners
    • And then there is the U.S., which doesn't even bother with sham policy definitions like "administrative detention." We currently have 171 people locked up indefinitely at Guantanamo without charge or trial, many who have been there for the entire decade of shame since its creation. Incredulously, 89 of these people have actually been cleared for release, yet they still are being held in conditions which demonstrate the true barbarity of our so-called liberal society and our faux moral posturing to the rest of the world.

      Oh, but it's not Obama's fault. Congress won't let him close it. Now there is a huge stinking pile of Progressive manure. Here's a guy who claims the kingly right to assassinate anyone he chooses, anywhere in the world, including U.S. citizens. But he doesn't have the power to release the innocent men he is imprisoning at Guanatnamo? Oh, right. Congress won't approve the funding. How about if Barry uses a little chump change from the billions he's spending on his fleet of killer drones.

      The fact that so-called Progressives continue to support this monster on any level is a disgrace which we can only hope will one day come back to haunt everyone who voted for and supported Obama and his criminal Presidency.

      Not nice of me? Not polite? I believe it was here at Mondoweiss we read that some issues are too important for politeness.

  • Future Democratic leaders at Harvard are 'infuriated' at Israel, 'Haaretz' reports
    • Just to be clear, though apparently Dan does, I do not consider people who post anonymously to be cowards. Everyone has there reasons for anonymity. It's a choice. But I do believe our opinions carry more weight when we are willing to put our names where our mouths are, so to speak. How much impact would Carter's use of the word 'apartheid' have had if his book was published under an author's name of "anonymous," or some cute nickname, instead of his own. (Not that I consider Carter to be any kind of hero. In fact, he is a war criminal, like all U.S. Presidents, and should be on trial in the Hague.)

    • "Haven’t we seen enough of “Ivy league lefties” to know they’re by definition, full of shit? “Will” will be a consultant for SDK Knickerbocker in a couple of years, and he’ll be laughing at his “righteous indignation” phase."

      I agree with Dan. Once "Will" grows up and smells the Lobby (and DNC) coffee he'll be towing the line like all good Ivy league so-called lefties. That's how he has been conditioned throughout his educational life here in Corporatastan (the U.S.) . Bluster away with a few semi-intelligent objections now and then to make it look like you understand the concept of critical thinking, but in the end, tow the line so you can cash in by being a shill for the status quo.

      I also heartily agree with Dan about the whole "anonymous" thing. As someone who uses my name whenever I comment anywhere, (and it is my real name) I find it absurd (if not sad) that so many commenters at this and other feisty sites use "handles" instead of their actual names. What is this, CB radio land? If you have an opinion you aren't ashamed to express, why hide behind a funny nick name? Courageous people like Phil and Adam and Annie sure don't. (At least we assume they are using their real names!)

  • When loving Israel is a social credential
    • " The issue is too important for me to be polite. "

      My feelings exactly about this issue and also about the issue of U.S. wars of aggression and empire. This is exactly what I tell people when they say I'm being "too aggressive," or "too negative." Politeness has its place. but so does directness and passion. People are suffering and dying. How "polite" are we supposed to be in the face of that reality?

  • Dershowitz's hypocrisy and dishonesty over Brooklyn College BDS conference
    • Talknic,

      In this day and age, anyone with access to the internet can discover the truth in a matter of hours. So if it's not hypocrisy or denial, that leaves willful ignorance or sheer laziness. The true victims are the people who suffer because of lack of initiative on the part of those who could well learn the truth and stand up for it, but choose not to.

    • Let's face it, hypocrisy and dishonesty are necessary core values for anyone who defends Zionism. Either that or a serious ability to live in a state of self delusion. You can't defend racism and ethno-religious nationalism if you are being honest, with yourself or anyone else. I choose to believe that most of the intelligent, seemingly rational, so-called "liberal" Zionists fall into the self-delusional category. Hmmm...which category does that put me in?

  • Eric Alterman's bias revealed as he warns against the 'red menace' of BDS
    • Alterman claims to want equality and justice for everyone in Palestine. But he also wants Israel to exist as a Jewish (in this case, Zionist) state. The two things are mutually exclusive. When the dominance and relative exclusivity of one ethno-religious group over all others is the foundation for the social and political policies of a nation, human rights and social justice will necessarily be secondary to this ethnocentric ideology. 

      For Israel to exist as a Jewish state, exclusionary policies have to be implemented in order to maintain a Jewish majority. That has always been the stated objective of every Zionist government since Israel’s inception. Zionism, by definition, is antithetical to true equal rights for anyone other than Jews.

      The inescapable conclusion is, if there is to be equality and justice in Palestine, Israel can no longer exist as a Jewish state. Israel is either a state based on equal rights for all it’s people, regardless of ethno-religious demographics, or it is a Jewish state. It can't be both.

      So yes, I guess one could claim, as Alterman does, that since the goal of BDS is to achieve equality and justice for Palestinians, then indeed, the goal of BDS is the "destruction" of Israel as a Jewish state. Of course, his use of the word "destruction" is purposefully misleading and intended to inflame negative emotions in the reader.

  • 'Jewish Press' piece sees 'Gatekeepers' as evidence of rising Jewish anti-Zionism
    • Thanks, as always, for providing us with another revealing glimpse at the deranged mindset of the rightwing Zionists. The last line of her piece says it all, not just about her attitude, but about Zionism in general. "The film, “The Gatekeepers” directed by Dror Moreh, will cause Israel great harm, great damage." In other words, Zionism is incompatible with the truth and cannot tolerate its light. The two concepts are mutually exclusive.

  • Hillary Clinton showed more spine with Netanyahu than Obama has
    • As I pointed out in my previous post concerning the original article addressing this issue, no one seems to have the "spine" to point out that Clinton, like all our national "leaders" is a sociopath who will lie and change her story to suit her ambitions. She has and will continue to (given the chance) implement policies that result in the deaths of innocents around the globe.

      As long as we continue to pretend these are normal, rational actors running out country, we will continue to see the same old irrational behaviors and policies being implemented. At some point, someone (as in "all of us sane, rational human beings") has to begin to shout out that the Emperors have no clothes, no conscience, and no legitimacy in a rational moral universe.

      I'll go first. Reality has to begin to unfold somewhere.

  • Report: Hillary pushed for Middle East peace deal, Obama wasn't interested
    • No one seems interested in mentioning that Hillary Clinton, like so many people in our government, should be on trial in the Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity, not being bandied about for possible Presidential aspirations. We talk about these monstrous sociopaths who wage war and reek havoc, death and destruction on people all around the globe as if they were normal human beings like you and me. Did you ever see the clip of her chortling about the prospect of bombing Iran? This lady is deeply disturbed.

      We're having the wrong conversation. It shouldn't be, "Gee, what's Hillary up to," so much as it should be, "What terrible things might Hillary do in the future if we don't stop her now."

      But then, that's just me.

  • Drone warfare panel brings home the civilian carnage U.S. policy produces around globe
    • Thanks for putting this subject on the front burner here at Mondoweiss. How can we even begin to imagine achieving justice in Palestine when our own government is being run by murderous thugs and racketeers who are slaughtering people all around the globe? These guys are nothing more than a bunch of two-bit gangsters, but with the power of the most militarized nation in the history of the planet at their disposal.

      This isn't about Democrats or Republicans or the Lobby or any of the other distractions we often spend so much time discussing with such passion. The real problem is our rogue empire (regardless of which party is at the helm) and its blatant disregard for the rule of law. As Marin Luther King said so many years ago, we are the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. And the sad thing is, those Americans who are even mildly aware of this fact seem not to care.

  • Israeli election revealed 'a total lack of political mobilization against' the occupation
    • JeffB,

      Ah yes. How do we "deal" with Al-Qaeda? Your comment suggests you actually believe that randomly killing people we deem to be a threat makes us "secure." Oh, and if a few of their innocent neighbors die in the process, gosh, sorry about that. The bloody history of European and Western intervention and destruction of Muslim/Arab countries and their cultures aside (in answer to the question, "Why do they hate us?") the fact is, slaughtering people we "suspect" are "terrorists," along with their inconveniently placed wives and children, only produces more "terrorists." It is not just an immoral and barbaric behavior unbecoming of civilized cultures, it is a counterproductive strategy.

      "They" don't "hate us for our freedoms" (which are ever diminishing, by the way). They hate us because we rape and pillage their countries, their cultures and their economies, then kill their families.

    • Much the same as elections in this country revealed a total lack of mobilization against war, extrajudicial assassinations, extraordinary rendtition, etc. etc. The societies in both Israel and the U.S. have at their core a narcissistic mind set. Just one of the "shared values" we hear so much about.

  • Don't believe the (liberal Zionist) hype: Israel's elections ratified the apartheid status quo
    • This is the same form of delusion that so-called progressives in the U.S. suffer from concerning Obama. It's a guilt thing. They can't admit they have supported something (and/or someone) which is so obviously contrary to their core values and beliefs. So liberal Zionists support Zionism and progressives support Barack Obama. Rather than accept how mistaken they have been, they live in la-la land and pretend this will bring about change. Sad, really.

  • In choosing Hagel, an antiwar president gets backup from the new Israel lobby
    • I have to agree with Dan Crowther. and I'm not usually one to use the "S" word. But it is indeed shameful to refer to Barack Obama in any context as "anti-War." He is currently waging more direct and proxy wars around the globe than any previous president in U.S. history. Every Tuesday, he gets together with a gang of murderous thugs to decide who they will assassinate this week. Oh, and though it kind of flew under the radar, Obama's "Kill List" is now officially named the "Disposition Matrix." No, I'm not making this up. Google it if you don't believe me. That's Orwellian enough to qualify as the perfect compliment to Phil's suggestion that Obama is an anti-war president. Take it back, Phil! It tarnishes what is otherwise a very intelligent analysis (albeit, one I don't completely agree with).

  • Exile and the Prophetic: A Christmas tree at Auschwitz
    • Maybe I'm misunderstanding your argument, but you seem to be suggesting that because Jewish history makes Jews sensitive to Christian imagery we should cut the Israeli rabbinate some degree of slack for trying to prohibit the display of Christmas decorations in Israel.

      I'm right there with you concerning the violence and atrocity which has been spawned by Christianity, (not to mention U.S. empire) and the effect certain cultural symbols can have on people. But it seems reasonable to assume that the Israeli rabbinate and the Mayor of Upper Nazareth want to prohibit the use of Christmas decorations because of racism and religious bigotry, not because of any touchy-feely sensitivity to the role Christians played historically in the suffering of Jews.

      You make a good academic point about religious and secular iconography, but I'm not sure that is "the point" of Cook's article, or that a consideration of religious symbolism throughout history explains the disgusting situation Cook documents in his piece. Even if it does explain it on an intellectual level, we shouldn't excuse it. (I'm not suggesting that you do excuse it.) Perhaps we need to quit blaming history for people's bigoted attitudes and hold the individuals themselves accountable in real time for their hateful actions.

  • 'Lincoln' is an argument for equality in Israel and Palestine
    • link to

      Phil's analysis of the parallel's between the two situations is fine by me. But, just for the record, here is a link to an article which provides some perspective on Lincoln. Albeit, the author is a libertarian (more or less), but he reminds us that our school-book mythology about Honest Abe, much like Spielberg's film, bears little relation to the actual facts of history. Like all expressions of U.S. exceptionalism it should be taken with a grain of salt. I haven't seen the film yet, but I do understand that it is intended to be entertainment, not a strict documentary.

  • Scott Roth joins Mondoweiss as publisher
    • This may be a little off topic for the typical thread on this site, but I hope you are willing to post my remarks concerning the addition of Scott Roth so that other readers might respond to what is a genuine concern on my part.

      I'm a long time reader, occasional commenter, and great admirer of Mondoweiss, so I say this with only the best intentions. Be careful of the long tentacles of the Nation Magazine. There is a bevy of Obama faithfuls there whom I feel have a less principled vision than they do a commitment to the Democratic Party establishment. If we start seeing nearly daily posts here from John Nichols and Katrina vanden Heuvel, or other unquestioning support for the policies of the Democrats, we should be concerned about the integrity of this site.

      In my opinion, the Nation has had a very negative influence on another excellent site, Common Dreams. I have no way of knowing what exactly the connection is between CD and and the Nation, but the frequent appearance of Nation writers (as well as writers faithful to the Nation Magazine) at that site seemed to marked a substantial change in the editorial tone. Again, that's just my personal view and analysis. It could just be a coincidence. Common Dreams is still a valuable information source, but I felt that the amount of pre-election fawning they did over Obama (who is anything but a friend to the Palestinian people or the cause which Mondoweiss champions) was unconscionable.

      In the interest of full disclosure, I have been banned from commenting at Common Dreams because I questioned what I thought was the obvious infiltration of the site by Nation Magazine shills for the Dems, and asked, quite innocently one day, if there might be funds coming into CD from the Nation. That post never appeared. I was blocked, without explanation, and never received a response to several appeals I made to the editors there.

      I respectfully ask the same question here. Is the Nation Magazine going to be helping to fund Mondoweiss? If so, I hope Phil and Adam will maintain their usual high standards and not succumb to the influence of the Nation Magazine's Democratic Party leanings at the expense of the editorial integrity we have come to admire here.

  • Video: What if you built a refuge for a persecuted people in a place where another people already lived?
    • Yonah,

      So, you believe ethnic cleansing was "militarily indicated." Does this include the slaughter of unarmed men women and children in documented massacres such at took place at Deir Yassin? I guess this tells us a lot about your moral compass. By the way, many Holocaust deniers and apologists for the Nazis claim that exterminating the Jews was "militarily indicated."

    • Emma,

      My bad. I should have put 'partition process' in quotes to indicate it was not my language, or otherwise qualified that statement. You are correct. There was no legal partition of Palestine.

    • Very well done, with one important exception. When it says, "...several Arab states invaded the new state of Israel," this fails to acknowledge that one of the reasons the Arab states intervened was because the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, the erasure of "over 400 villages and towns," had begun in earnest in December of 1947 and was well under way before any Arab country "invaded."

      Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian civilians had already been driven off their lands by a campaign of violence and terror on the part of the Zionist militias (not yet soldiers of what was at that point the undeclared state of Israel). The British troops who were obligated to "maintain order" during the partition process stood by and watched as helpless men, women and children were being murdered and/or driven out of their homeland.

      Note that the massacre at Deir Yassin, just one of many such events, took place on April 9, 1948. The end of the British mandate and the unilateral declaration of statehood by the Zionists occurred a month later.

  • Rudoren is a step in the right direction
    • I agree with Peeesss,

      I doubt Rudoren would have gotten the job if she wasn't thoroughly vetted concerning her commitment to the task of weaving every piece of Palestinian misery together with subtle Zionist hasbara. It may take her some time to rise to the level of mastery Bronner achieved at this, but I doubt she'll last long in the position if she starts telling the truth on a regular basis without managing to spin it correctly.

      As I pointed out in a previous post, you have to read her rhetoric carefully. But do notice that any mention of Palestinian suffering will more often than not be accompanied by at least one (two to one is preferable) hasbara spin point. Below is my previous post giving a shining example of this technique.

      But then again, I suppose we could be optimistic and hope she has an awakening. But it won't matter. If she does, she'll be fired or "reassigned," hounded out of the limelight, and her career will be destroyed.

      Previous post:

      “…12 people killed the day before in the single deadliest attack since the latest hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip began Wednesday after months of Palestinian militant rocket fire into Israel.”

      Gotta love the amount of Zionist spin she can cram into one sentence to offset the fact that 12 innocent people were blown apart. “…hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip…” implying your average fair fight between two warring countries. As if. Then, “…began…after months of Palestinian militant rocket fire into Israel.” Oh, of course, these equally-balanced “hostilities” are only taking place because of Palestinian rocket fire. More than 60 years of Zionist oppression, dispossession and ethnocide against the native population of Palestine has nothing to do with it.

  • NYT's Rudoren: Gaza funeral 'didn't feel incredibly human to me'
    • "...12 people killed the day before in the single deadliest attack since the latest hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip began Wednesday after months of Palestinian militant rocket fire into Israel."

      Gotta love the amount of Zionist spin she can cram into one sentence to offset the fact that 12 innocent people were blown apart. "...hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip..." implying your average fair fight between two warring countries. As if. Then, "...began...after months of Palestinian militant rocket fire into Israel." Oh, of course, these equally-balanced "hostilities" are only taking place because of Palestinian rocket fire. More than 60 years of Zionist oppression, dispossession and ethnocide against the native population of Palestine has nothing to do with it.

      No one will ever match the devious propagandistic mastery of Ethan Bronner, but Rudorin ain't half bad at it herself.

  • United Methodist Reverend brings the struggles of Wadi Foquin to Washington DC
    • I've been to Wadi Foquin. In fact, the sewage from Betar Illit's waste treatment plant which "seeps in" to the fields of Wadi Foquin comes from an overflow pipe which is deliberately engineered to come out of a hillside above the village and spill down directly into the village's farm lands. On a fairly regular basis, partially untreated effluent from the plant is pumped onto Wadi Foquin's fields. In this instance (and in many similar situations around the West Bank) the Zionist settlers are literally shitting on the Palestinians. Like so many aspects of the colonization of Palestinian land, this disgusting behavior in almost impossible to believe. But I've seen it with my own eyes.

  • Obama's victory highlights a bad night for the Jewish right
    • Sumud is correct. Obama is anything but incompetent. In fact, he may be the most cunning war criminal to occupy the White House in decades. And if anyone thinks Obama's re-election means there won't be an attack on Iran (by either Israel or the U.S. or both) don't bet the ranch on it. War is what we do as a nation. It is essentially our only export. Our Presidents are hired to promote and incite global violence. Obama is just another shepherd of empire. He will do what he is told to do. Only now he will do it with a "mandate" from progressives. How sad.

  • Goldberg ignores decades of consistent Iranian statements on nuclear weapons for the sake of propaganda
    • "Obama is a politician a lawyer a product of a free society, a democrat. I think those are reasons enough to trust Obama..."

      Wow. The list of lies Obama has told since his arrival on the political scene is too long to reproduce here. For just one choice example, remember when Senator Obama promised to personally filibuster any bill which included amnesty for the telecoms for assisting our government in spying on us? You know, the bill he later voted for and helped shepherd through the Senate? Being a politician and a lawyer are reasons enough to distrust anyone in my opinion.

      And as for our "free society," what country have you been living in? Our President (whoever that may be in the future) now has the right to imprison you indefinitely without charge or trial. He can assassinate you too, just because your name is "on a list." And in case you havent noticed, ain't nothing "free" in our public arena. It's going to cost about a billion dollars for the keys to the White House. And neither Romney nor Obama will hold those keys. That privilege is reserved for the power elite who buy one or the other of them and pay them to represent the interests of corporate Amerika.

      How many countries has Iran invaded, bombed preemptively, overthrown through covert operations, destroyed with economic sanctions, targeted with drone aircraft, etc. in the last 200 years? I'm thinking Zero! As for that same question about the U.S., again the list is too long to reproduce here. So who is it you're giving your trust to?

      We'll have a free society when we free our minds from the myth of U.S. (and Israeli) exceptionalism.

  • In front of global audience, Netanyahu draws his red line (on his ridiculous bomb cartoon)
    • This one goes into the history books right alongside Colin Powell's cartoon illustrations of the "mobile weapons labs" in Iraq. And just like those absurd claims, Bibi's nonsense will be bought, hook line and sinker, by the pro-Zionist U.S public, which is who this speech was for.

  • Cable stations cut away from Abbas but show Netanyahu in full
    • Good point about anti-Arab racism in the U.S. But calling Abbas an Arab moderate is a bit of a stretch. Let's not forget that he is no longer the elected President of the Palestinian National Authority. His term expired in 2009 and he now serves at the pleasure of the U.S. and Israel. If he were ever to do anything other than provide cover for their interests he would be gone in a jiffy. Let's hope there is a special place in someone's hell for people like Abbas. And frankly, I think giving either him or Netanyahu an international forum is absurd. But that's the world we live in. We always let the sociopaths run our planet.

  • Michael Moore says Palestinians have gotten a 'raw deal'
    • Michael Moore will occasionally mention the injustices in Palestine, but he will never take a strong stand on any issue which may threaten in any meaningful way the control the Democrats has over so-called progressives. He is, first and foremost, a shill for the Democratic party. From his support for Wesley Clark in 2004 to his current campaigning for a President who claims the right to assassinate U.S. Citizens, no war criminal is too bloodthirsty for Moore, as long as that criminal is a Democrat.

      Over the past 40 years, it's not the Right which has brought us to where we are. What rational, progressive-minded person would support the extremist policies of our current government, unless, of course, those policies were implemented by a Democrat? It took a Democratic administration to turn us into the Assassination Nation. It's faux-liberals like Moore with their lesser-of-two-evils blind loyalty to the Democratic branch of our war-mongering corporatist government which has facilitated our decline into madness.

      Tens of millions of so-called liberals who claim to be believers in human rights and social justice will go to the polls in November and cast their vote for one of the most secretive, pro-corporate, militarist Presidents in our history, with guys like Moore cheering them on. The Right could never have accomplished this. And yet, the illusion is that only Republicans vote against their own interests. Wow.

  • The future of Zionism
    • Obamacare is a gift to corporate america. It comes as no surprise that Roberts would support it. The notion that this decision marks some historic change in Roberts' pro-corporate agenda is just plain silly.

  • VP's daughter ties knot with a Jewish guy
    • I'm surprised no one has mentioned that this ceremony could not have taken place in Israel unless Ashley had converted to Judaism. Unless something has changed recently, only Rabbis are allowed to perform state-recognized marriages in Israel for Jews and they are prohibited from marrying a Jew to a non-Jew. As of 2010, Civil marriage is allowed on a limited basis, but only for couples with no declared religious affiliation. Joe "I'm a Zionist" Biden would have had to give his daughter away in Cyprus, the wedding location of choice for many "unrecognized" couples in Israel. Either that, or she and her groom would have had to disavow their respective religions. Ouch.

  • Beinart's Blindspot: Israel has always been a non-democratic apartheid state
    • Bravery isn't a word which should be used to describe Beinart. Opportunism would be more suitable. He's made his fame and fortune being the darling of the pro-Zionist-liberal crowd. Now he's going to make even more money pretending he's had a sudden awakening. I'll bet the advance he got for his latest book was easily in the high six figures. To suffer punishment like that, where do I sign up? He's probably laughing all the way to the bank about how he has "knowingly exposed himself to a mountain of vitriol." (per Matthew Taylor). What he has knowingly exposed himself to is an avalanche of money as the controversy surrounding his book sends the sales through the roof.

      At one point, someone referred to Beinart's new book as a form of "penance" for having supported the Iraq war. Some penance. Perhaps a more appropriate "penance" for Beinart would be to have to give all the proceeds from his latest book to the people of Palestine. Call me a cynic, but I'll bet he wouldn't be nearly as "brave" if he wasn't making a bundle of dough for the effort.

  • 'What do you want from a 5 year old girl? She threatens your state?': Israel raids a house in Nabi Saleh
    • Wow Denis,

      Basically polite? Just "following orders?" Is there anything "polite" about this invasion of these people's privacy? Would you defend the actions of masked gunmen (actually "kids," as you point out; kids given too much power and abusing it too willingly) if they invaded your home in the middle of the night and wanted to question your sleeping five-year-old daughter? Think about what you are saying. How would you respond if these were Palestinians invading a Jewish home? And what purpose do the masks serve, other than to terrorise these people whose home their are defiling with their presence. Polite, my keester. These are thugs, plain and simple. If any one of them were my son I would be ashamed of their behavior.

  • Ethnocentrism and journalism (Beinart's double standard for Israel and Iraq)
    • "One reason I admire Beinart is he is a reflective man who has done penance for his Iraq mistake."

      Sorry, but I can't buy into the notion that those who supported the war in Iraq deserve admiration for having finally opened their eyes to reality. It would be like praising someone for admitting that the world is indeed round, not flat. You might reward a child for such an admission, but people like Beinart are supposedly intelligent, thinking adults. If he were truly "a reflective man" he would never have supported that illegal and immoral invasion in the first place. There was never any rational justification for our war of aggression against Iraq. It was so obviously based on lies and deceptions, and there were so many cogent and informed voices pointing out that fact, even a child could have seen through the web of propaganda which was spun to initiate such a nightmare.

      Also, the notion that Beinart has "done penance for his Iraq mistake" is more than a little disgusting. Millions of people have either died or suffered immeasurably because of the arrogance of talking heads such as Beinart. Like so many other arm-chair warriors, he is an ideologue who bases his policy positions on his own narrowly defined self-interests. He was willfully ignorant to the point of criminal complicity when it came to Iraq. He is similarly ignorant and ideologically motivated in his policy positions on Palestine.

      An appropriate penance for Beinart might be a few years of unpaid community service in Baghdad, or perhaps Hebron, to help relieve the suffering he promotes through his mindless and very unreflective foreign policy bloviations.

  • The video that pushed Peter Beinart to speak out against the occupation
    • Who are these people we give so much credence to? Beinart is one of those so-called liberals who was gung ho for the war of aggression against Iraq. Oh, but later he changed his mind when he found out there were no weapons of mass destruction. Now he is "pushed" to partially acknowledge reality in Palestine (and only barely at that) because he finally bothered to look at a few YouTube videos. What will it take to convince him and others like him that the world is round, not flat. Will he need to sail to the "edge" and find out he didn't fall off?

      What a punk this guy is. Just another hypocritical ideologue who should be laughed off the public stage, not listened to as if he had anything meaningful to say. But I guess that's the world we live in. The witless become our valued pundits, and we become their idolatrous fools.

  • Obama victory over Netanyahu gained support, time
    • Opaleye,

      Optimism is good. Maybe sanity will over ride greed this time around. I won't say "Let's hope so," because that word is no longer in my vocabulary! It's all a question of where and how the most money is to be made by those pulling the strings behind the scenes.

      For a very in depth look at what Obama and his gang are up to when it comes to war-mongering precedents, check out this article today by Tom Engelhardt. He is generally pretty milk toast himself when it comes to Palestine. But he has some sharp incites in this piece. Obama is just another shepherd of Empire. The game plan is always the same, only the names of the players change now and then.

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    • Perfect post from Keith. What's going on here? So may familiar Mondoweiss voices suddenly drinking the Obama Kool-Aid. This charade by Obama is laughingly transparent. It's embarrassing to have to point it out. Gee, now which voters do you think he is winning over by pretending to stand up to Netanyahu? Of course, it is the so called Progressive anti-war base he needs to get re-elected. But once the coronation is over, it will be war-mongering business as usual. Did we learn nothing from the 2008 election cycle? Obama will say anything. But he won't deliver on any of it. Please give me some examples of any instance when this was not the case over the last three years.

      This weapons deal is very much like the behind the scenes maneuvering Obama did before his previous coronation. He promised Israel a fast track for some much needed weapons in exchange for an end to Cast Lead (golly gee what do you know) just in time for his inauguration party. The cynical disregard for human life this type of chicanery illustrates should make us all sick to our stomachs. Don't forget, this is the same guy who now claims the right to kill anyone he wants, appointing himself the sole arbiter of "due process."

      Waiting until after the election to give Israel the bunker buster bombs it will use on Iran is no concession at all. Quit pretending there is anything new in this recent round of three card Monty. We're still going to lose our twenty bucks. There ain't no queen to be found. Just more slight of hand from ObamaCon, Wizard of Guile.

  • Advice to Zionists from a fellow loser
    • "Eric Holder struck a brave blow against these out of step ideas when he stood up against the film."

      And this same Eric Holder struck a craven blow against the U.S. Constitution when he gave his recent speech claiming that the opinion of the President as to whether or not someone deserves to me assassinated amounts to due process.

      We have to quit lauding criminals and racketeers for single instances of principled behavior. These are not good people. They are gangsters and war mongers. Let's keep our message consistent as we struggle to achieve social justice for everyone.

  • Christmas greeting from Palestine 2011
    • "War erupted between Israel and the Arabs..."

      Really? How about, "After Zionist militias implemented a program of ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people from their native lands during which hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children were forcibly expelled from their homes before even a single soldier from the surrounding Arab states officially took up arms against the Zionist colonial machine, Arab nations declared war on the newly unilaterally-declared state of Israel in a disorganized, underfunded, and under armed (and largely insincere and self-serving) attempt to prevent the advancement of this agenda of ethnocide in Palestine."

      That reality (despite the run-on sentence) is just slightly different, isn't it? Let's be careful not to advance the Zionist narrative with careless language.

  • One day in the State of the Jewish People, a 'light unto the Nations'
    • "I must admit I have been a "liberal Zionist," a supporter of the right and possible need for the Jewish people to have their own state. Just not this one. Can we start again?"

      Start another racist state, expecting different results? We all know Einstein's definition of insanity. Any course of events which leaves a Zionist state in place is nothing more than a time bomb. Racism is not the basis for a functional society. It's time to abandon the notion that there can be such a thing as a "liberal Zionist." Liberalism and racism are mutually exclusive.

  • Kristallnacht is memorialized w shattered mirrors
    • And yet, it's considered anti-semitic to make comparisons between the racist violence unleashed against Jews in Germany and the racist violence unleashed every day against the Palestinians by religiously insane settlers in the West Bank. I would say Jews learned much from the Nazis. But then again, Jews seem to have learned nothing at all from their own history. How sad.

  • Reasons for hope
    • "A sustained non-violent movement on a massive scale in Palestine would be no passive Kumbaya sit-in. It would involve serious danger and horrible risk, and it would require many people to die while others would be forced to watch and do nothing but continue to protest peacefully."

      A similar statement could be made about the situation here in the U.S. And until we do begin to embrace such a strategy there is little or no hope for us or the Palestinians. Once the Empire (the U.S.) is toppled, oppressed peoples around the globe will begin to rebuild their cultures and nations. Not until.

  • 'Forward's ad director says he's chosen not to visit Israel because it's gone 'so far afield'
    • Thanks for that bit of sanity, Dex. This notion that if we coddle Zionists in just the right way we can win them over is absurd. Zionism will unravel when the entire world rejects it and all of its supporters. No exceptions. Hand-holding these willfully ignorant exceptionalists only enables them. You don't sit down and have a drink with an alcoholic in order to engage them in a discussion about why they should stop drinking. You tell them, "Don't call me until you are sober."

  • Amazing grace-- Mpls Lutheran forum will put Zionist Jews, JVP and IJAN on same stage!
    • How about that. Four Jewish groups discussing ideas for "resolving the Israel/Palestine conflict." Hmmm. Has it occurred to anyone that a Palestinian voice might be useful in this discussion?

      A real sign that "the mess that we made" through the Zionist colonization of Palestine is on the road to being cleaned up will be when Jews everywhere finally realize that they are not the center of the universe. That's the core of the problem, after all. Somebody forget to tell the collective Jewish community of the world that they and their culture/religion are not the Sun that the Earth and all it's inhabitants revolve around.

      No, I'm not being anti-semitic, I'm being pro-Earthling. It's about "the other," stupid. Until there is no "us and them" there will be no justice and hence, no peace. Fat chance, I know. But somebody's got to dream.

  • Another crack in the wall: Senator Leahy wants to defund Israeli military units b/c of human rights violations in Gaza and W.B.!
    • Don't get too excited about Bernie Sanders. He is a sham progressive. Ten bucks says he'll be waving the flag for Obama come election time. He is also a staunch soft-Zionist (that's being generous). Here's a link to a fine analysis of this so-called Socialist by Ashley Smith.
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      Sanders is all talk and no action. He's been feeding at the Congressional trough for nearly two decades now. Anyone care to make a list of the progressive milestones he's achieved?

  • Egypt opens Gaza border, and Kadima blames Netanyahu
    • Yes, this is purely a propaganda ploy on the part of the Egyptian military. It's not difficult to imagine Israel is behind it. The Rafah crossing is not "open" by any definition of the word. But already we're seeing how this sham language will be used to discredit the Flotiilla. I can hear the Zionists now: "This Flotilla is nothing more than a deliberate confrontation. Haven't you heard that the Rafah crossing is 'permanently open.'" It's a shame so many, including many in the Arab world's press, are buying into this. Let's hope those organizing the Flotilla will have sense enough to counter this nonsense with some accurate publicity concerning the truth about this "opening," then continue with their plans to challenge the blockade.

  • An angry Obama warns the lobby that the 'world is moving too fast' (to preserve a Jewish state)
    • With all due respect, Phil, you must be drinking the Kool-Aid. Maybe someone put something in your water. This entire dance between Bibi and Barry is a scripted scam. In the end, nothing will change for the Palestinians other than that their situation will continue to deteriorate. Mark my words. ObamaCon, Wizard of Guile, lies like he breathes. Like all sociopaths (remember, he kills people with drone aircraft on a nearly a daily basis, yet still can sleep at night), the only sincerity or empathy he can muster is a mockery of true emotion.

  • Bias in the 'Times'
    • Then there is this piece from Associated Press Deconstructed about Matti Friedman, the AP correspondent whose article was originally deconstructed by APD.

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      He's another Hasbara specialist along the lines of Ethan Bronner. Though in my opinion, Friedman is not nearly as skillful at his devious twistings of reality as Bronner. Just one more propagandist for Israel posing as a journalist.

  • Israel provides 1 mental health clinic for 290,000 Palestinians-- and 13 for the 500,000 Jews of Jerusalem
    • Sorry to pick nits here, but "Israel has a thriving democracy for Jews" is way off base. The Ethiopian Jews who are discriminated against on a daily basis would disagree. Norman Finkelstein and other Jews who criticize Israel and are banned from entering the country might also have a different perspective. Maybe that statement should be clarified as, "Israel is a thriving democracy for whitish-looking Jews who love Israel without question."

      But thanks for pointing out just one more of the myriad of inequities facing Palestinian citizens of Israel. Mondoweiss is a powerful voice for Palestinian rights.

  • When hope is lawful
    • It was clear in 1947 that the UN partition was a sham which the Zionists would embrace only until they could seize more Palestinian land than was already unfairly allotted to them. They proceeded to do so immediately. The suggestion that had the Palestinians accepted partition the situation which exists for them today would be any different is disingenuous. To quote Jeff Halper from his most recent article, "...all Israeli governments are unwaveringly determined to maintain complete control of Palestine/Israel from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, frustrating any just and workable solution based on Palestinian claims to self-determination."

      This has always been the stated intention of the Zionist movement. No amount of capitulation on the part of the Palestinians, in 1947, now or in the future, will change that fact. To believe that the Palestinians, by giving up any part of their land, their culture or their national identity, might derail the Zionist juggernaut is the real delusional hope. Until Israel is de-Zionized, no just solution can be implemented.

  • 'We are not in Israel': Close encounters at the entrance to the Nokdim Settlement
    • This attitude of entitlement, believing that all of Palestine is "Israel," is deeply ingrained in Israeli culture and society. Every Israeli soldier I encountered during my brief visits to the West Bank seemed convinced that the "Arabs" were occupying Israel, not the other way around. Unfortunately, that attitude, or perhaps just that level of ignorance, also exists here in the U.S. thanks to our corporate media.

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