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  • Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect
    • Personally, I am sick of every tragedy like this that involves a Jewish person being shamelessly by "lovers of Israel". Now they are using it to smear Blumenthal as well, blaming him for inspiring this nut. The obvious response to this-at least to me-is if you want to look for Jews who are inspiring anti-Jewish violence, you don't have to look further than the Knesset.

  • Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?'
    • Studying this guy's political writings makes as much sense as analyzing John Hinckley's film critiques of Jodie Foster. He was no advocate for Palestinians, as his writings indicate that he wishes America was more like Israel. But even that observation does not deny the fact that there was a lifetime of insanity that led up to this crime. Personally, I think the fact that he targeted an older woman and a grandfather and grandson. It reminds me of how the snipers around Washington D.C. targeted happy black families-and it turned out to be two lost souls who were black and felt left out of all the family joy. I believe-and I have read several dust jackets of Freud's works-that he was bitter about left behind in his life because of a screwed up family and that got mixed up with Jews in his psychotic milieu.

  • To reach the 'moveable middle' in Jewish life, you must be inside the tent
    • I would be interested in asking these people if they can point to any specific successes with their strategy of creating change by going along with the flow. I don't see anything coming out of the Israeli side that would indicate they are under some kind of moderate influence.

      I suspect the reason a small number of slightly moderate groups are included in the conference is similar to the reason that a small number of Arabs are allowed to vote in Israel-to give the whole thing the appearance of inclusion and democracy.

  • 'There's a lot of anti-Semitism out there' -- Johansson reviews her role as 'new face of apartheid'
    • Apartheid is an important point of reference, but my point was that it is different way that is actually worse for Palestinians. In South Africa under Apartheid, things were kept as bad as whites could keep them but still have blacks stay and work in the mines. Under Zionism, the goal is to make life absolutely impossible for Palestinians.

    • The use of apartheid as a synonym with modern Israel is used a lot here, but there are some fundamental structural differences. First of all, the Israeli perception of a demographic time bomb wasn't as prevalent in Apartheid South Africa. True, whites severely restricted the rights of blacks, but they accepted that they were the minority. Israel explicit policy is to keep the Palestinian population down through onerous laws and restrictions. This aspect adds an ominous dimension to Palestinian existence. Not only is the Palestinian future being erased, but so is their past. As far as I know, there was no South African policy to erase the fact that blacks had been living there for centuries. Finally, Israel's policy of expansion is taking the form of more or less moving in on top of existing Palestinian communities to the extent that they will eventually have nowhere to live. South African Whites merely wanted their victims out of sight, not out of the country.

  • Journalistic malpractice: Washington Post suggests Abbas doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist
    • Trevor:
      That is an interesting recap of the creation of Israel. When I was growing up, two details were included in that story that you omitted: 1. The Jews begged the Arabs to stay. 2. Despite this, the Arabs insisted on leaving-as if by a miracle-presumably so they wouldn't be in the way while the 843 Arab armies massacred the Jews. Why do you think those details have been quietly dropped from Zionist folktales?

    • So let's see: several hundred uninterested, uninformed people are interrupted at dinner and asked to judge Obama's ability to read Abbas's mind about what he would do if he had the power to confer on Israel the right to exist. And the results are useful in what way?

      First of all, Abbas is President of the PA and in the election that chooses that position, Israel and the United States get 51% of the vote. Abbas will be amiable to the people who installed him in office, or not only will he be removed from the presidency, he very likely will be removed from the planet. If we want to know what the Palestinian people want, we have to listen to the government THEY elected.

      And honestly, I don't know why the Palestinian side always gets sucked into debating Israel this way the conflict is articulated. What does it mean? It sounds like there's a court somewhere deciding whether to drop an atom bomb on Israel.

  • BDS' big night: Loyola student government passes divestment, U. Mich votes it down
    • Well, at least in the time you took to post how useless BDS is, you could have been bulldozing a house or uprooting olive trees...so at least some good was accomplished. Furthermore, next time you have a clean shot at kids playing soccer, you may think about BDS and hesitate long enough for him to get away.

      Yep, BDS is young and still finding its legs, so it will take a while to get more effective. I do have a complaint about it though: There doesn't seem to a role for someone who doesn't go to an Ivy League college or who doesn't sit on a board of directors of a big church...Maybe there should be a companion BDS, something like Bumper stickers, demonstrations, and speaking up to give something for people to do who aren't connected to an elite institution.

  • US Jewish leaders blast Harvard students on pro-Israel trip for taking photo at Arafat's tomb (Update)
    • Annie:

      All that may be true, but it is still a racket. I just checked on Wikipedia, and the budget for Birthright Israel is 650 million a year. They send over under 40,000 kids a year. That works out to over $16,000 a vacation. That seems a little pricey, even for Ivy League kids who expect the finest accommodations.

      Charity scams are nothing new-even if it is billionaires who are being soaked....although is this case, terms like "charity" and "philanthropist" don't seem appropriate...I mean, after all it is billionaires paying for vacations for kids of millionaires for the most part.

    • My first impression of the picture was more like they were posing with a trophy, not paying their respects. Maybe I've been reading these blogs too long...or maybe all the grinning faces threw me.

      I think this whole thing is a turf war in the aliyah racket, as in this new outfit is moving into Birthright Israel's territory so there has to be some kind of controversy to say they are soft on the Arabs. There is only a limited number of super rich fanatical Zionists who are willing to bankroll these trips, so competition has got to be pretty tight. And I wonder how much money was raised to send these fifty kids to Israel. I don't know, but I suspect a lot more than the cost of air flight and hotel rooms. There has got to be a lot of cash and nice salaries floating around.

      And the whole thing is a farce anyway. These kids don't need charity to go to Israel. They're Harvard students, for crying out loud! They're loaded! If they were true blue Zionists, they wouldn't want to study books in the Ivy League. What kind of new Jew is that? They would have quit school, picked up a shovel and start digging irrigation ditches in Israel!

  • Slim Peace’s slim chances for justice
    • Hophni:

      The people here as well as BDS are into dialogue. You just don't like what they have to say. You would rather the dialogue be about losing weight. They want to talk about the occupation and the refugees. But don't worry, I believe once the odious system of separation, discrimination, and exclusion is replaced with a modern democratic state, Palestinians will be willing to share all their diet tips in a nice friendly shmooze.

    • Who wouldn't want two enemies to come together and talk about common human problems everyone shares? But with the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, along with the "put Gaza on a diet" comment the author mentions, this whole thing seems like a sick joke...like Hermann Goering getting weight loss tips from Anne Frank.

      It's perfectly fine if some Arabs and Jews want to get together and lose weight, but please don't try to make it a substitute for a real solution to the occupation and refugee problems. The naive idealist propose that once they talk about losing weight, then they will talk about the important issues. But they don't realize the Israelis and Palestinians have been talking for years. The Israelis usually say something like: We are bulldozing your home today. You have ten minutes to get some things and leave. And the Palestinians say something like: We aren't going far and we intend to come back.

  • Johansson got career boost from 'comic farrago' over SodaStream -- 'New Yorker'
    • I'm not sure if it is me who talks "to" little with real people, but I think you were trying to insult someone. Perhaps it is your experience with advanced academia that makes you incapable of expressing a simple idea-an interesting autobiographical tidbit to include in the context of accusing someone of trying to impress people.

      As to your suggestion that anyone should rehearse a comment on a blog, there is already far too many rehearsed comments and prepared statements. There should be somewhere where people can write off the cuff how they are feeling or what they think about what's going on in the world. The comment section of a blog is a good forum as any.

    • Citizen:
      I don't think you give Scarlett enough credit. Someone has to be very focused and very smart to know how to avoid learning about the Israeli occupation of Palestine. You have to know which Palestinians to talk to-because the overwhelming majority do not aspire to work at an Israeli seltzer bottle factory on land that was stolen from them. You have to know which scholars not to talk to, and which websites not to visit. You have to not to give in to the temptation to google certain words, such as Palestine, West Bank, etc. Crooked politicians call this "plausible deniability"-like how Governor Christie of New Jersey's staff was punishing towns whose mayors did not endorse him, and it was supposedly done without his knowledge....
      It is really our job to put the history and facts about Zionism and Palestine out in the open as much as possible, so people like Scarlett do not have plausible deniability.

    • If Scarlett finds resistance to occupation "comic", the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising probably had her rolling in the aisles laughing.

      I guess time will tell if Palestine becomes a popular cause. (And if you think that is impossible, I have two words to say to you: gay marriage.) If it does, then Scarlett's career will indeed suffer.

      Anyway, at least I learned a new word today: farrago. So it wasn't a total waste of time.

  • 'Forward' lives up to its name, bashing denial of Palestinian narrative and donors' control of Hillel
    • I was looking for a chance to post this link to the Forward in a thread where it would have some relevance. This is a video of a settler who climbs onto a Palestinian's roof in Hebron to take down a Palestinian flag-and he got stuck in the barbed wire the Israelis put up...and he needs the Palestinian homeowner to free him. It's quite an enjoyable video...and fairly allegorical to the situation Zionists are in now...tangled up in their own barbed wire.

      link to blogs.forward.com

      There may be hope for the Forward after all. Emily Hauser, who reported the incident represents the real peace movement among Jews far better than IDF sniper JJ Goldberg.

  • Johansson sees greater wrong in Oxfam than Israeli settlement
    • I don't agree with the people here who say that Johansson is not smart. I have dealt with many people who are very intelligent but work to maintain a willful ignorance on this subject. Take, for instance, where she says:

      Until someone has a solution to the closing of that factory to leaving all those people destitute, that doesn’t seem like the solution to the problem.”

      All she would have to do would be to Google "Palestine" to see there are other ways to cure the destitution of the Palestinians. ...like allowing the right of return with compensation. There are other solutions to their plight besides making seltzer bottles for Israel. Someone has to have some brains to be so involved with the West Bank and know how not to be confronted with that fact.

      Part of her brand is being a role model for young liberals. This episode is damaging her brand, It will discourage similar celebrities from being so publicly identified with Israel. In that way, it can be counted as a win for BDS. My one comment is that so much attention has been paid to Oxfam that the Palestinians are getting lost in the shuffle. They are her real adversary...after all, she is cashing in on resources that were stolen from them.

  • Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State?: An excerpt from Ali Abunimah's 'The Battle for Justice in Palestine'
    • Reading this analysis, I can't decide if the Palestinians' is a civil rights struggle or a national liberation struggle...or in other words, whether the one who will solve the problem will be a Martin Luther King or a Ho Chi Minh. Having grown up in late 20th Century America, and being influenced by what was happening, I lean toward Martin. But the Palestinians, who have had a different perspective.

  • A War on Campus: 'Democracy Now' covers the Northeastern SJP suspension (Updated)
    • Dersh forgot to mention Jewish collaborators, such as the Jewish Councils, Ghetto Police, and others. I guess when he considers the implications of that-using his logic-his hair catches on fire.

    • In that case, yonah, you must find Zionism's obsession with Jewishness absolutely confounding

  • Anti-Defamation League exploits fear of Muslims to undermine anti-gay bill
    • It's amazing how short people's memories are. I grew up in a Jewish suburb of Philadelphia in the 1970s and I can tell you if there was a rumor that someone was gay, his life was hell. Really, you could say anything or do anything to him. I remember a popular pretty mean girl challenged this effeminate kid to a fight and the whole school showed up to watch it. Of course, no one told any teacher. The pretty girl kept slapping the effeminate kid and he couldn't do anything or he would really get beat up...then there was a game called Smear the Queer...and the best a gay kid could hope for if his secret got out would be that it would be a big tragedy. It's just so slimy that they are picking gays as the big humanitarian issue to champion forty years after the fact. How about championing people who no one pays attention today...like Palestinians?

  • Gov. Jerry Brown brags on signing historic agreement with Netanyahu in Silicon Valley
    • The label "progressive" sneaked back into political discourse a few years ago, and there is no clear definition of its principles. As far as I can tell, it's a euphemism for liberal...so right off, there is a little deception-not a very good start. And the reason the label "liberal" fell out of favor, despite its humanitarian rhetoric, is that its practical program is: We will keep all the power and wealth...if you defy us here or abroad, we will crush you economically or militarily. However, we aren't selfish people, and we will share a few things we don't want, as long as we aren't inconvenienced in any way and can make a profit...and for that we heartily congradulate ourselves over and over and over again.
      So why the shock that a progressive politician isn't worrying about Palestinians?

  • Thought experiment. Dateline Ukraine
    • But to what end, sir or madam, to what end? Those types of historical explanations never make sense to me. I call it the "no soap, radio" school of history because everyone pretends to understand but no one does. Were the Western powers sympathetic to the Ottoman Sultan or was it more of a scenario like one hyena(Russia) trying to keep a mortally wounded wilderbeast(Ottoman Empire) from other hyenas(European Alliance) so he could have a big meal all for himself? And of course, the other hyenas were not interested in the well being of the wilderbeast, but wanted a dinner for themselves. And lo and behold, even as we speak, hyenas are still fighting over the leftovers.

    • I think something like this happened in the 1850s with the Crimean War. Europe saw the Ukraine as a vulnarable part of the Russian Empire and the Russians disagreed. I don't really understand that war, except as a clash of empires under the pretext of religious rights and other noble causes.

  • Jewish day school student first learned about 'occupation' when he got to college
    • Yonah-
      The young lady was not in a flood, or an inferno for that matter. She went to Hebrew Day School-not the most pleasurable experience, to be sure-but one that led to her "love" was a result of indoctrination-not being rescued from a traumatic experience.

      And to answer your question-in that scenario you present-Yes, the love for the boat would be a fetish-and that wouldn't be a problem-unless the boat belonged to someone else and you wouldn't return it.

    • I think you can a love a city, land, or country, particularly if you have cherished memories with loved ones that happenned there. However, in this context, when her love for the country comes via ideological indoctrination, I have to wonder how much of the love is for the ideology. And I am sure she made good friends who she loves, but if the friendship is based on adhering to the ideology, how much of a real friendship is it? It's like having a drinking buddy, and when you stop drinking, you may discover all you had in common was booze.

  • Jewish community commits intellectual suicide before our eyes
    • yonah-
      If that is how you ignore someone's comment, I wonder how you respond when you have something to say. When discussing the Christian narrative, it usually is stipulated that the New Testament is generally accurate-because it is the only version of the events described-no writings from Jesus-apparently he was illiterate-no records from the Romans-not even a tweet from the crucifiction. But within that context, it should be remembered that besides the Roman occupiers, everyone in the story is Jewish: the working people, the lepers, the prostitutes, the good guys, the bad guys....So it can't really be called anti Jewish. The goyem really like this story, which speaks to the universality of the themes expressed...truth versus power, greed versus charity, etc., good guys being punished, need for foregiveness.

    • yonah-
      Thank you for your reply to my comment. Now take a deep breath and go back and read what I wrote. I didn't say that all Jewish intellectuals who made a large impact were crucified or excommunicated. I wrote that for most, the continuum of their association to the Jewish establishment generally ranged from minimal involvement to outright conflict. Certainly, if a quote here or a fundraising letter there can be dug up from a Freud or an Einstein, the main body of their work has nothing to do with Jewishness or the Jewish community, except for Jesus, whose interpretation of the Bible was at odds with the establishment...and look where it got him. I would also postulate that if a Freud of an Einstein was totally intellectually loyal to the establishment, their breakthroughs never would have happened. And after they die, the establishment claims them as great Jews.

    • Who knows Phil, maybe in a hundred years the Jewish establishment will claim you, and your work will be held up as an example of Jewish humanitarianism.

    • I think you fail to make a distinction between the organized Jewish establishment and Jewish intellectuals....or more accurately, intellectuals who happen to be Jewish. Many in the Jewish establishment point to such giants as Einstein, Freud, Jesus, Spinoza, and others as examples of Jewish intellect...but all of these, as well as many others in the arts and academia were disowned by the Jewish establishment, were in conflict with the Jewish establishment, or at the very least could hardly be called active members of the Jewish community. Of course, after their dead and their accomplishments are embraced by the world, then they become retroactive Superjews. So if the sensibilities of rich donors influence the intellectual discussion in the Jewish community, it is nothing new...or unique to this particular group.

  • Scarlett Johansson's 'scholarship' and 'intelligence' cited by Mike Huckabee
    • I wonder what the governor would have to say about Scarlett's scholarship on other issues...gay rights. for instance.

      ...but I would say this endorsement could be considered a small victory for BDS because it helps to define the Israel/Palestine conflict in a light that would not be Zionist-friendly to the type of person who would buy yuppie seltzer. They would prefer the vision of Israel as a secular, modern, progressive state, not one championed by a far right wing windbag.

  • 10,000 Israeli teens follow mother-hen of extremist settler movement in anti-Kerry protest
    • I wonder how Texans would react if 10,000 Mexican teenagers marched into Texas and claimed it as their homeland. So many people have guns down there that all the teenagers would be shot before the Army had a chance to do it. ..and the TExans would be considered heroes....But I know the situation is different in the Mideast....I just don't remember why.

  • At Sochi Olympics, Israel is in... Europe!
    • Sir or Madam:
      I assure you I do not hate Europe or any other land mass. First, to respond to the history lesson you generously shared with me, true, Europeans did not create the institutions I mentioned-which is true of much else they are given credit for. However, they did carry out plans of imperialism and exploitation to a degree that ancient emporers could not even imagine. And they did so using cruelty andgunpowder, justifying it with twin ideologies of racism and religion.

      But it is true that genocide and enslavement have occured without European involvement, but my comment was made in the context of Israel wanting to maintain the status of being a European country. If they wanted to claim they were an Ausralian country, my speculation about their reasoning would be different.

    • Why shouldn't Israel be considered European? After all, "Europe" is an ideology(of racism and world domination)-it certainly isn't a continent. Anyone who looks at a map sees that it is an Asian peninsula. The barbarian hordes that raped and pillaged their way through Europe were eventually able to establish kingdoms and dominate the world through ruthlessness, the creativity of their sadism, and later, gunpowder. Their status as a continent is really the most benign result of their rise to power. Look at everything they have shared with mankind: imperialism, racism, exploitation, and more!. At least they learned that taking a bath wouldn't kill them(which they did for centuries).

      ...anyhow, Zionism is one of the most European ideologies I can think of. So why not?

  • France to perform CPR on Scarlett Johansson's image -- award for film career!
    • Just:
      The choice isn't between begging celebrities to notice people suffering or doing nothing. And right now BDS is pretty much doing nothing. Its whole focus is what not to do-with no way to express support.

    • I don't know how much depends-or should depend- on the whims-or more likely, career calculations-of some high priced actress Hollywood actress, even if she has a humanitarian image. Even if this whole chapter damages her brand, there are several dots to connect before it has any positive effect on the lives of Palestinians. Other stars will probably avoid the whole Palestinian issue quietly rather than make a stand for Palestians-unless the paycheck is fat enough. And if there is a silent boycott of A list celebrities in Israel, how will that help Palestians. I see a similar flaw in much of the BDS project-there are a lot of things we aren't supposed to do, but how is not buying Sabra hummus sending a clear message? There's a lot of reasons why someone wouldn't buy Sabra hummus.

  • (Updated) Senator Chuck Schumer promises more Iran sanctions, vows to 'defeat' Arab world and Palestinians
    • "The one existential threat to Israel’s existence is a nuclear Iran.”

      I think Strunk and White would have a fit if they saw this quote. The word " existential" is redundant and unnesseray. Israel supporters like to use that word a lot I notice, probably because they think it makes them sound smart. I guess it works though, because they keep inserting it wherever they can.

  • 'Quietly, with no fanfare,' Israeli army delivers Philippine baby alongside NBC's Dr. Snyderman
    • If Israelis want that good feeling, they don't have to wait for a typhoon-the Gaza Strip is right there and there are boatloads of good deeds they can do for people in need.

  • Max Blumenthal responds to latest critique of his book, in the 'Forward'
    • It bugs me the way Goldberg positions himself as some kind of Bohemian intellectual in the Forward with his cheap suits, sporting a goatee in his column picture, essays on popular music, and the inclusion in his biography that he once drove a cab in New York-as if it gives him "street cred." But for all his intellectual pretensions, he never questions Zionism-and ridicules and belittles anyone who does. He sort of reminds me of a Jewish intellectual version of a Christian Heavy Metal band-an imitation of his opposite in order to trick people into following an ideology.

      And I find it distasteful that during his youthful search for himself he moved across the world to become a sniper, shooting at the native population. The whole image brings to mind the 19th Century European colonialists who shot Africans for sport. I guess that is why he is afraid to really address Zionism-because in all liklihood, he has crossed the moral Rubicon in his role as sniper, and killed a man to serve his ideology.

  • Pat Boone sells tiny plots of Israeli land to Christian Zionists
  • Natalie Portman and Woody Allen see anti-Semitism as pervasive
    • I actually see things completely opposite as Woody-I believe unqualified support for Israel is a cover for anti-Semitism. You take all the stereotypes about Jews being clannish, ruthless, devious, etc.-accept them-then turn it into something positive. The attitude is that it is better to have such a cunning race on your side since you can't beat them. That is why when I hear an Evangelical say how much he loves the Jewish people and loves Israel I am a bit dubious.

      On the other hand, while people like David Duke suddenly have loads of compassion for Arabs because of Israel, I take it as a sign of respect when someone is willing to speak honestly about Zionism.

  • Hillel director slams Birthright for refusing students' requests to meet Palestinians and see checkpoints
    • I don't see why if these students want to meet Palestinians they need to have the visit arranged by Birthright Israel and have someone there to hold their hand. I'm sure there are many Palestinians who would love to share their stories with potential Israeli immigrants...And these students who spoke up are the most couragous and clear thining of the crew. Most of these kids don't give a thought about Palestinians except as a security risk.

  • Jews without Israel
    • Maybe you should look up "wandering Jew". Whatever you call people who have Jewish parents or grandparents and don't participate in any Jewish activities, I think there's a lot more of us than those who have following Jewish traditions as a big priority in their life. I don't even know how a poll could measure a trend like this. But where are all these wandering Jews? Well, forget about that recovery rhetoric. Start with Jews For Jesus, then maybe the Communist Party, then try your locar ashram or punk rock show, basically anywhere. Although Phil and AIPAC disagree on much, they seem to agree that you don't count as a Jew if you don't belong to some organization with Jewish in the title and make a point of announcing you're Jewish at least 43 times a day.

    • Religion-not just Judaism - seems to be about money and power. And it seems to attract more than its share of perverts, especially for such a godly institution. And when it gets down to the actual practices, they usually seem either pointless or ridiculous to me, unless things get scary...but every once in a while I think I must be missing something, and I look into Judaism, which is where my roots are-sort of-it just seems too close to Zionism for me. For instance, when the internet first came out, I looked up the Kaballah and I found a site that explained it in easy to understand terms, and I could see why Madonna was so enthralled by it. Then I looked to see who published the web site-and it was a settler group from Hebron. And I thought to myself, no matter how interesting the insights the Kaballah might be to read, these settlers do nothing but study it and they act like a--holes. And on Forward.com, they had this app to find a New Year service close to where you live-and when I looked to see who put it up there, it was Birthright Israel. I don't like the feeling I'm being tricked into supporting a political ideology I disagree with by doing a benign activity like attending synagogue.

  • John Kerry invokes apocalyptic 'domino theory' in call with House Democrats
    • First of all, if we attack, probably ten times the ammount of people will end up dying than if stay out. And if our attack was successfull, we would just install our own dictator and the Syrian people will be where they were when this whole uprising started.

      Second of all-and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned more often-can we afford another war? I mean, can the country literally survive one? Twelve years of war, and a half century of global conquest has really depleted this country financially and morally. Even though lately the wars have been kept largely out of sight, the effects on the country cannot be ignored-from the huge cost, the dead and wounded soldiers, the corruption to the political process in order to keep the wars and hostile involvement in other countries going-as well as the corruption of the media to the economic and social problems that are being ignored because of the focu$ of the government on world domination. Another quagmire could mean big trouble for us.

      And it will only be a short involvement if they don't respond.

  • Israel's dancing soldiers
    • Judging from the exagerated enthusiasm of the Palestinians and the awkwardness of the soldiers, my opinion is that when the soldiers came in the club the Palestinians dealt with it by being extra gregarious to put the soldiers off their gaurd a little-and the soldiers got swept up in the moment. The sad fact is that because of the underlying relationship of the people involved, if someone made a wrong move the whole thing could have ended tragically.

    • I got a kick out of the video also, but something didn't seem quite right about it. Maybe it was the gun or that the soldier seemed a little stiff. And the Palestinians seemed too happy that he was dancing with them. Was it a case of people reaching out to people or was it bored teenagers with a lot of power crashing a party? This comment on the video by a former IDF soldier may add a different perspective on the video:
      link to thedailybeast.com

  • Alice Walker reinvited to speak at U of Michigan, which regrets her dis-invitation
    • I think in one way this episode can be considered a victory for the Palestinian cause-it not only shines some public light on their plight-it also exposes the bullying and intimidating tactics used against anyone who speaks up. The disrespect shown to one of the most respected African American women authors will not be soon forgotten. She earned this respect through producing an incredible body of work and it cannot be erased because she refuses to close her eyes to the suffering of her fellow human beings.

  • Reaching the age of entitlement
    • I am as responsible for this obnoxious display of wealth as an East End scullery maid is as responsible for the ostentatious royal weddings everytime one of the royal dysfunctionals find someone suitable to mate with. I couldn't even get within shouting distance of that bar mitzvah before I was stopped by security guards. And unless you have some secret stash of millions of dollars, the same thing applies to you too, Phil. And that's all very fine with me-I can't stand bar mitzvahs-the ceremony or reception. Even humble ones.

  • (Updated) For calling Israeli speaker a war criminal, Boca Raton school forces 3 students to take 'reeducation' program from Zionist org
    • At least you only had to attend one workshop-most Jewish kids have to endure years and years of that crap. It's pretty annoying, isn't it? At least you didn't have to have a bar mitzvah.

  • Israeli liberals call for federation of two equal peoples
    • ...or else they could start a state with 10 million equal people. Of course, some effort would have to be made to mitigate the fact that half of those people were robbed of everything by the other half. And there would be some psychological adjusting while former enemies are forced to mix on a daily basis-but it's better than the endless fighting and cruelty.

  • A solution to the conflict won't come from the Israeli Jewish public
  • Jews are smarter, and funnier too
    • There are a lot of Jewish comedians. I think part of the reason is tangental to the centuries of being peddlers in Europe. If you were dragging a cart of rags from town to town trying to sell them, being able to make people laugh with a few jokes would help with sales...and survival. Eventually, the humorous banter became a tradition to itself and some Jews didn't need to even have rags to sell if they were funny enough.

  • Video: Israeli soldier suffering 'flashbacks' brutally attacked Palestinian workers near settlement
    • The two month sentence speaks to Israel's enlightenment and humanity, taking the soldier's PTSD into account and tempering justice with mercy during his sentencing. I just wonder if that enlightenment will be evident if one of the victims of his rampage has his own battle with PTSD and throws a stone at a car sometime in the future. Or does PTSD only effect those who commit attrocities, and not their victims?

  • Jewish success-- is it ever a story?
    • Phil-Thank you for reading my comment and taking time to reply. I'm not really sure what a materialist is in this context, and I'm not trying to talk past you. First of all, at this point I am not sure who is even considered a Jew anymore. There are family members who I am not sure if they are officially Jewish or not. I don't even know if I am considered officially Jewish. I don't think I have any papers. They probably got lost over the years. So first of all I don't know who you are considering to be a member of this very influential group.
      Also, you imply that the only Jewish people who count are the ones who live a statistically typical existence. This absolutely typical Jew is as mythical as the typical suburban family with 2.5 children. And anyway, it's not the typical people that really matter-it's what's going on around the edges where change is first noticeable.
      Finally, there is a lot that the statistics you rely on for your argument leave out. Jews may not be quite so remarkable as some of us think. While Jewish income may be marginally higher on average while compared with the national average, it would be interesting to see what happens to that margin if only other white people were included in the sample. Also wouldn't the few extremely successful Jews bring up the general income average for the mass of Jewish wage earners, thus skewing the numbers higher. Finally, many ethnic groups have followed a similar path-start poor, work your way up, then try to balance a liberal viewpoint with being invested in the system.

    • I have issues with Lawrence Summers, Ben Bernake and some of the others you mention not because they are Jewish but because they help perprtrate a system where so many live in poverty and so many others are struggling to stay out of poverty. Most of the people you mention are really paid functionaries, front men, or propagandists for the very rich. And some of the very rich are also Jewish, Phil may note also. But a lot more aren't. And to pick a few extremely successful people and say they are typical of all Jews is just as silly as saying Einstein had the typical intellegence of a Jew. This ethnocentricism is really a distraction and in bad taste. It would be like if a UN reporter started writing about the breast size of the female diplomats-it has nothing to do with anything important.

  • Kagan went hunting, and assimilating
    • Being Jewish isn't the determining factor on why every Jewish person does everything. Although I've never hunted, there were a lot of things-some stupid-I did as a young man, not so much to break out of Jewishness, but to break out of childhood. Kagan is screwing around with guns for the same reason that Clinton did(remember the photo op of him duck hunting)-to make their political decisions about guns more acceptable to gun hobbyists.

  • Why so shy, Lieutenant T?
    • They used to make Golda Meir type statements about how much they hate being forced to kill their enemies...now they don't even pay that type of rhetoric lip service. These guys are nothing but happy to be dropping bombs on people. My one question is: We know how Lt. R learned he enjoyed heights and adventure-carving up the slopes on snowboard...but when did he discover he enjoyed killing people?

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