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  • Sanders slams Clinton for ignoring Palestinian needs and thinking Netanyahu is 'right all the time'
    • It's an important symbolic milestone that the humanity of the Palestinians was finally recognized in a presidential contest and whether or not the candidates approve of Israeli actions against Palestinians. I wonder if Bernie will make an issue of the 4 billion in aid we will give to Israel this year. That's more of an old time left wing meat and potatoes type issue...and it fits into the whole theme of his campaign about lobbyists bribing corrupt politicians into giving huge welfare payouts and special favorites to the super rich-and Israel is the wealthiest country in the region.

  • What Bernie Sanders should say at AIPAC (and cause a political revolution)
    • Thanks for filling in the back story for the folks unfamiliar with it, Steve. Yes, there is always strategic calculations made in politics, and the strategy of bluntly stating recently taboo-but latent popular- opinions seems to be working these days. We will find out tomorrow if loudly denouncing the Mayor of Chicago helped him or hurt him. Maybe a similar statement in response to an invitation might tap into what a lot of people really feel: Why should we keep giving billions of dollars in aid to the richest country in the Mideast, especially when they are using that aid to destroy Palestinian society? I think we should at least get the right to vote on that issue.

    • ...or he could take the approach he took with Rahm Emanuel: I don't want AIPAC's endorsement because by its very definition it pursues the interests of a foreign government-which incidentally is guilty of closing schools, killing unarmed civilians and many other or the same crimes that make me denounce Rahm's endorsement.

      Frankly Phil, I believe most voters are a little tired of Jewish /Zionist self exploration and navel gazing.

  • Bernie Sanders's God is a lot like John Brown's
    • I suppose anyone of us, John Brown included, could receive a diagnosis of a mental disorder using the DSM V, but the kind of enthusiastic religious writing you reference was common among 19th Century reformers. What made John Brown crazy in the eyes of conventional historians was that he armed slaves and other negroes.

      As it turned out, slavery was only ended with "verry much blood", so how does that make him crazy? And he knew there was a risk he was going to die if his plan didn't work. But the plan was for the other guy to die.

    • Brown was a violent megalomaniac...

      I'm just curious what your source for this is. My understanding is that he was considered perfectly sane during his lifetime-if controversial-admired by many, vilified by the powerful. His actions were in retaliation to pro slavery terrorists trying to rid Kansas of "free soil" settlers in the midst of a mini-civil war. It was only long after his death that the story about him being crazy started being told in order to marginalize his importance.

      Bernie had to fill a few minutes of air time speaking about religion during the debate even though he doesn't really care about it. I think he did an acceptable job without being a hypocrite.

      I like Bernie and I hope he gets in-knowing full well he is in danger of following in the steps of Lyndon Johnson-having an ambitious vision for a better society destroyed by trying to continue an aggressive, intrusive foreign policy in regions that are no longer able to be colonized or controlled.

  • Video: 'I killed for you, with these hands!' cries Israeli veteran with PTSD
    • Palikari-
      The context of this video actually underscores the moral bankruptcy of the results of the Zionist endeavor. The perceived injustice being debated is not the fact that this man massacred his neighbors, but that the government isn't willing to help his family alleviate the resulting trauma. It reminds me of the disputes that would arise during slavery when who would incur the cost of a slave if one was killed by someone other than the owner.
      I would actually say if his family bought into the idea of reviving the ancient semi-mythical kingdom of Israel, and moved to Palestine to act like biblical warriors, then his family is largely responsible for the trauma resulting from chasing that fantasy.

  • Coulter's point is that Republicans pander on Israel to win donors, not voters
    • This incident is representative of a fracture in the American right wing that goes deeper than ordinary election year rhetoric. I guess it could roughly be called Christian nationalism vs. Corporate bullyism. It's tempting to cheer on one side or another if a few words here or there happen to coincide with an issue we care about. But in reality, we don't have a dog in this particular fight. Things will not go any easier for Palestinians if Coulter gains any more influence. The only relevance or this quarrel to people who care about peace and justice is if the Left can take advantage of the Right wing in-fighting and push through some real world changes...unfortunately, I don't really see that happen because the Left itself is unfocused. For instance, is Black Lives Matter about instituting a more humane type of policing(body cams, etc.), or is it about sharing true power, wealth and opportunities that have been denied minorities in our country too long? Similarly, is BDS about instituting a more humane type of occupation and changing the location of a fence here or there, or is it about the right of return and full and equal rights-including long denied property rights-for Palestinians in Palestine?

  • #IStandWithAhmed: Story of Muslim-American teenager arrested for bringing clock to school goes viral (Updated)
    • Sure, the educators of Irving seem a bit unsophisticated because their knowledge of bomb making comes from Dick Tracy cartoons..but compared Netanyahu-whose knowledge of bomb making comes from Bugs Bunny cartoons-they look like NASA scientists.

      The only thing I can think of to compare this incident to would be if a Jewish kid would be suspended for usury because he brought a calculator to school.

  • Israeli gov't used my image for propaganda purposes without my consent
    • From the picture, one would get the idea that Mukarram and her guard have quickly developed a close intimate friendship. Why, Mukarram is positively beaming to be in the presence of an IDF soldier. I haven't seen such bliss since pictures of darkies in the old South beaming when their master comes to the field to see how the cotton harvest is coming along.

      BTW, welcome to America Mukarram. I hope your studies go well here.

  • Hundreds of academics call on State Dept to revise its definition of anti-Semitism, respect criticism of Israel as protected speech
    • I wonder where all of the Pamela Geller free speech advocates went off to? It is so telling that they only get worked up about the First Amendment when it protects their right to espouse anti-Islamic bigotry. They don't even try to pretend that their campaign is about anything else but hating on Muslims. If they bothered to read the First Amendment before wrapping themselves in it, they would see that the State Department officially stigmatizing some speech is a much bigger threat to the First Amendment than the way the government handles two groups of crazies looking for an excuse to try to kill each other. (Although strictly speaking, the First Amendment prohibits only Congress making laws against free speech, so Ithe State Department can officially call anyone they want an anti Semite, an a--hole, or anything else).

      Also, those guidelines are self contradictory. They prohibit holding Israel to a double standard, then gives it extra protections. If questioning a government is tantamount to expressing bigotry against the majority religion of the country, then criticizing Iran is the same as hating on Islam.

  • It’s time to boycott Ben & Jerry’s
    • So BDS is taking on two icons of Happy Hippy Capitalism...In fact, they are taking on the basic foundation of Happy Hippy Capitalism-that the way to save the planet and humanity is to let nice guys like Ben and Jerry to make decisions that affect everybody because they thought of a clever way to market expensive ice cream....And believe me, there is going to be a lot of push back if you tell people that eating Jerry Vanilla ice cream will not bring about world peace.

      The whole new style of capitalism was created in the cultural melting pot--or perhaps cultural"salad bowl" would be a more appropriate metaphor-of social change movements, drug dealing, and all the new commercial opportunities brought about by the hippie movement: everything from rock music to bell bottoms to swingers clubs. The whole protest/counter culture was streamlined into mainstream consumer culture. The ethic of self awareness devolved into self centeredness, all the things that denoted protest became commodities. That's all very good, but it is all meaningless and built on a weak foundation if most of the world is left out of the fun.

  • 'Forward' reports what 'NYT' covers up: Jews for BDS
    • Doublestandard: Ah, you bring up one of the most disgusting aspects of Zionism-the eugenics aspect of the whole project. Even before I ever heard of Palestinians, I was totally turned off to any government's input to who I could be in a relationship with. I have no idea why anyone would submit to an ideology that intrudes so completely into their personal life. I guess it appeals to people who have no idea of who they are as an individual. So is that it? Does Israel existmainly to act as a giant petri dish to isolate and purify Jewish DNA? Do Zionists bring babies into the world as a biological expression of their racist ideology? ...But if having a Jewish mate is that important to you, there is always J Date. There is no need to impose your preference on me or any other Jew, much less exile, imprison, and kill millions of Palestinians.

  • Netanyahu appoints Ayelet Shaked—who called for genocide of Palestinians—as Justice Minister in new government
    • The contrast of Frau Shaked's natural physical beauty with her genocidal adherence to a mystical/racial ideology makes her remind me of Manson Follower Susan Atkins. I wonder if she will suffer the same fate as Atkins forty years from now: begging for forgiveness as she withers away behind prison bars. Or possibly she could be like Pamela Geller, traveling around Texas peddling snake oil hatred to paranoid psychopaths... with layers of makeup grotesquely caked on her face in a fruitless attempt to hide her hideous wrinkles,, Personally I hope Shaked...and Geller...are forgotten in forty years time by everyone except a few graduate students who are studying this sad period in history,

  • MSM's platform for Pamela Geller is equivalent to normalizing David Duke and Nazis
    • These constitution defenders have as much trouble reading the 1st Amendment as they have reading the 2nd Amendment. The 1st Amendment has something in there about freedom of religion along with freedom of speech, just like the 2nd Amendment has something in there about a well ordered militia along with the freedom to bear arms.

      Insulting a minority religion is absolutely protected by the 1st Amendment, and those people had a right to put up those childish cartoons and chuckle at them, but really, if the whole point was to prove that they have the right to insult whoever they want, then they could have had any other number of contests to see who could be the most insulting to Jesus, Chris Kyle, or any other number of sacred cows in our country. It is really pretty cowardly to gang up on Muslims here, where Christianity is the main religion. But Geller and company have a right to do it. And I have a right to call them bullies and cowards..

  • Annals of the lobby: Edwards is a bad girl, Zakaria posterizes Saban
    • Citizen:
      It is true that Israelis are helping us out with tactical training and technology to control the unruly parts of our population, but there have been all types of tactics since the start to control large groups of people here-from slave patrols, to lynchings, to Indian reservations, to mass get the picture. i would say that if a good portion of wealthier Americans knew everything Israel does to control Palestinians, rather than shrinking in horror, they would want some of that stuff to use on their less fortunate neighbors-as long as they didn't have to actually see it.

    • I think there is real change in the air lately, not just about Palestine, but it does not have a lot to do with liberals opening their minds. They feel the change and don't want to be left behind. However, if they manage to bully their way into the driver's seat like they have so many times before, real change will be watered down and eventually reversed.

      The real news in this piece is that a representative from Baltimore is not totally on board with the Israeli agenda. As far as the gathering in Beverly Hills(!) where eyebrows were raised when a slight breach of decorum occurred, well, frankly, eyebrows have been rising in Beverly Hills, the Upper West Side, Harvard, Georgetown, and many other places where the elite go to have their intellects tickled-but in reality, every eyebrow in all those places can rise from now until doomsday, but it will not free one square inch of Palestine-well maybe one square inch, but not much more.

      But the fact that a politician from a normal place is speaking out indicates that a change of attitude is seeping into the grass roots and politicians are reacting to it.-and perhaps even being chosen because of it. It is significant that Rep. Edwards is from Maryland, where police brutality is such a major issue currently. The Palestinians don't have to be humanized for her constituents to know that it is wrong for soldiers or cops to smack people around or shoot them if they feel like it. Rep. Edwards stance, along with Baltimore States Attorney Mosby throwing the book at the cops who broke Freddy Gray's spine, shows that at least in Maryland, this "change in the air" might actually be turned into government policy.And what started in Ferguson and Baltimore is going to spread across the country...which is good news for Palestine, because if we don't have a racist, brutal, exploitive country, we will stop exporting that way of doing things to the rest of the world.

  • Palestinian teenager is shot dead at a checkpoint outside Jerusalem
    • And, catalan, I find it stunning how some people can consider themselves well informed on current events, and not be aware of what is going on right around them. The fact that you boast of how thriving Baltimore and DC are shows your awareness of the actual communities you live in. There are large areas of those cities that are ghetoized war zones. You can vomit out the same old cliches about how even the poorest Americans have it better than the wealthiest people in other countries, but you have no idea about how the poor in this country exist. It shows by the way you dismiss the suffering of tens of millions of people with such a lame cliche.

      It is true that all caste systems have different ideologies, convoluted system of rules, and ruthless and devious methods of enforcement. But at their heart, they are always unfair, and violently resistant to change.

    • When looking over these stories, it struck me how with many of them, if you change the location and a euphemism or two, the events could be taking place in the United States. Some journalists and activists have been pointing out the similarity in United States domestic policing tactics and Israeli occupation tactics lately, but I believe the similarities in the two situations go much deeper. Symptoms of the deep divisions in this country surface in the news when there is a video of police brutality, but the base reasons of why some communities are separated, disadvantaged, and thus victims of extra police scrutiny, are also very similar to the reasons Palestinians are separated, disadvantaged and victims of Israeli brutality. community planning for the benefit of the privileged, urban sprawl, gentrification, and other government policies have created dozens of little Gaza Strips all over the country. Will the people of Ferguson, Baltimore, Oakland, etc. be able to find common cause with the people of Gaza and the West Bank, join their efforts-and rock the world from the bottom up? I don't know. If I think of a way, maybe I'll quit my day job. But somehow I think something more than BDS alone is needed-because, frankly, a lot of people in these distressed communities don't have anything to divest.

  • Accusations of anti-Semitism roil Stanford campus as student coalition denies discrimination charges
    • If nothing else, UCLA and Stanford now know how Molly's and Rachel's attitude toward being Jewish will affect their behavior-they will become hypersensitive tattletales and invite organized, well financed bullies onto campus if the subject comes up. The question itself isn't necessarily antisemitic in itself. They could have answered that question with standard liberal rhetoric: "It would make me more sensitive to the concerns of other minorities on campus" or with ethnocentric prose: "Justice and truth are the foundation of Jewish tradition...."

      And speaking of intimidation, in the context of the Gaza massacre, strolling around campus in an IDF t shirt would be as troubling to Palestinian students as a noose being hung outside a black fraternity.

  • Love letter to a Zionist: NYU project seeks to bridge Israel divide within Jewish families
    • Some of these letters read like they are part of an intervention or like a mental health worker trying to talk some nut off a ledge. Therapy may work here and there, but it won't solve the root of problem...besides Israel offers fellowship and hugs to soldiers who are traumatized after shooting up a soccer's kind of the same type of thing.

      One thing I don't understand when I read these confessions from former Zionists is that they were all so captivated by the dream until they found out about the Palestinians. I always thought the whole thing was kind of weird even before I understood the issue. I thought of my neighbors and relatives who were really into Israel as if they were in some kind of odd but harmless subculture-like Civil War reenactments or Star Trek Conventions. Israel itself seemed like some kind of Spartan Catskills retreat where part of the fun was that you could help dig latrines and clear rocks off the desert while Arabs were shooting at you. I know now all about the Nakba and the other side of the story, but I still don't understand why so many people find this dream so inspiring and are so devastated at the thought it may be a lie.

  • Baptism of Kardashian/West daughter moves celebrity press to place Jerusalem to Israel
    • This was predicted in the Book of Revelation when it was prophesied that two moons would appear in the sky in the End Times It was clearly referring to Kim Kardashian's backside sitting in a luxury airline seat as the plane is flying over Jerusalem. ...I admit it is unfair to take cheap shots at Kim... She is as intellectually responsible for this trip as a sack of potatoes Kanye would have brought with him. Kanye is the man of principle who speaks truth to power-if it is in the days after the Katrina aftermath or if he is making an ass of himself during Taylor Swift's Grammy Award ceremony. He is so full of himself that I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted North baptized in Jerusalem because he is sure thata child of his must be the messiah-and if you think North was a dumb name for their kid, it's better than their first choice: Whichwayis...The ultimate justice for this ego inflating trip would be if the next time Kanye wins an award, Taylor Swift would jump up on stage, grab the mic and say, "Kanye West doesn't care about Palestinians!"

  • Rand Paul's antiwar populism should be celebrated, not scorned
    • It is truly a case of myopia and wishful pick out a few quotes from Dr. Senator Paul's rhetoric and present him as some sort of man of the people or champion of peace. I'm sure you could find a few insightful quotes in Dianetics, but that doesn't mean I'm ready to give L. Ron Hubbard the keys to the store.

      If he gets out of the single digits during the primary season, he will be more and more indistinguishable from the other Republican candidates in style and substance, and the contest will be who will be the biggest, toughest, most ignorant a..hole.

      And anyway, Dr. Senator Paul's idea idea of "liberty" is corporate owned schools, prisons, roads, police forces. If you are all for "religious liberty" laws like they had in Indiana, then you will will love Dr. Senator Paul. Just think how wonderful it will be, you won't have to serve gays...or Muslims...or your gas station in the desert. And privatizing foreign policy is also a wonderful idea. Blackwater was so beloved by the Iraqi people while it solved all the security issues in Iraq, we may as well do away with the Defense Department and just contract out our wars to private corporations. I'm sure Sheldon Adelson would be interested in investing in a private army.

  • White House 'trolls' Netanyahu by co-opting infamous UN cartoon to sell Iran deal
    • @Annie: Nonetheless, it is still obnoxious and condescending behavior, something RoHa may not be aware of. In addition, besides stifling debate, it indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of language, which is constantly evolving-or devolving, depending on your point of view because of many factors, not least of all are the users' laziness and ignorance. If this was not the case, we would all be talking like we were out of the Canterbury Tales.

    • It is obnoxious and condescending to correct grammar in a comment section-and pretty much anywhere else except an English class-even if you are not a Zionist.

    • I guess it looks good that Obama is belatedly commenting on the silly UN bomb cartoon now. But just think: if he would have pointed out that the emperor had no clothes in 2012, all those people who were killed last summer in Gaza may have been spared.

  • Rand Paul greeted by neocon opposition, in $1 million ad calling him 'dangerous'
    • Annie:

      I sound like a nut, huh? I won't say what you sound like. Norman Finklestien already has. My original comment had to do with the editorial decision to include stories like this in a site that supposedly reports relevant news about the Mideast. The comment about his hair was a reality check on what people really vote about. You just drew me into a little debate about hair, somehow., asking me to clarify this or that. Just to set the record straight, i don't care about Rand Paul's head-what's in it or on top of it-because he is an oily politician who is just trying to capitalize on his father's fifteen minutes of fame.

    • Annie, I understand you are an issue oriented voter, as I am...well, more often than not, I'm an issue oriented non-voter. And when I heard Ron Paul had a son who was a politician, my main interest was in how he was going to distance himself from his father's libertarianism once he had exploited the elder Paul's following for all he could. But young Paul's hair was so unusual for a politician-in Washington or anywhere else....and it was intentional-unlike Chris Christie's girth, for instance...he does something very involved with his hair to make it look like Mr. Brady's, but why?...I have curly hair and it would only look that way if I sloshed a bunch of chemicals on it. ...and if you think my comments on this matter are a reflection on how seriously I take Rand Paul's positions on Palestine...or anything'd be correct. However, if you believe my comments are a reflection on how interested I am in hair styles, you'd be mistaken.

    • @eljay: Sure he cuts his own hair...his one hair. Actually, there is probably a good reason his hair is managed privately, such as the regimen he goes through to make himself appear fully folicled.

    • Annie-I did a web search for Rand Paul's hair-an admittedly misuse of the internet-and the bigger controversy is whether he is wearing a toupee or not. Now when I see him on tv, all I can do is look for that toupee line and can't concentrate on what he's the way, you can see where he plopped the rug on top of his head in the picture at the top of this article.

    • If anyone thought Ron Paul offered any hope for the Palestinians, they were chasing a dream, If they think the same thing about Rand, they are delusional. Besides, he doesn't have a chance. He looks all puffy lately, like he has been drinking a lot of gin since he became a senator-....He was so svelte just a few years ago....And that perm may work in Kentucky, but anywhere else it makes him look like a shyster...and I'm not being biased-I felt the same way about Al Sharpton back in the day.

  • Now Obama needs to 'compensate' Netanyahu -- NYT pipes Israeli propaganda (Update)
    • I have a pretty good idea of who they are planning to have compensate Israel for their perceived humiliation. The Palestinians compensated Israel for the Holocaust, Soviet anti-semitism, and all other Jewish tragedies...I don't see why this should be any different.

  • Liberal Democrats sympathize with Palestinians over Israel by 68-60 -- Pew
    • Here's what I get out of those numbers: First, there is a sharp decline in sympathy for Israel in each age group as they get younger. This does not translate into more sympathy for Palestine, however. Nonetheless, if I was Israel, I'd be worried about that trend.

      Also, all segments are generally ambivalent to the whole situation except Old White Evangelicals, who are solidly behind Israel. Palestine has no segment behind it the same way. Generally speaking, the poll would indicate there is waning enthusiasm for Israel, but not most people can't make that leap from ambivalence and/or apathy to feeling some pity for Palestinians.

  • DEAL!
    • I wonder how this deal will affect the Palestinians. Probably not in a good way, at least in the short or medium term. First of all, there is probably some type of deal or understanding that because of this concession-for lack of a better word- by Israel, that they will have a free hand in the occupied territories, especially because of the heightened focus on security. I wouldn't be surprised if there are large scale expulsions and land seizures because-you know, these suicidal Iranian puppets might try to smuggle an atom bomb through one of the tunnels. On top of that, whenever Netanyahu needs to gain some prestige he kills a bunch of Palestinians. So he is probably looking for an excuse to look tough now.

  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
    • I was trying to remember what the good professor's essay reminded me of...then it hit me: George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party in the 60s, wrote a children's book about an evil chicken that looked very Jewish, who all the animals kicked off the farm. The essay and the children's book are similar both in the use of the animal metaphor, and in the way they torture the metaphor to death, dragging a dumb idea out in a way they they think is clever, but actually makes the authors seem a little crazy, besides being hateful and a bad writer.

      I think a better comparison than the ordeal over Dr. Salatia's tweets would be the fraternity from Oklahoma who were chanting about how they would like to "hang a nigger from a tree", with the only difference being that the Palestinians are actually being caged and put down, while those frat boys were just being nostalgic about days gone by. I wonder if they claimed their chant was political speech, as the professor claimed, they wouldn't have been quarantined from the campus like they had ebola.

      All this being said, if he is a good professor and can get his students interested in philosophy, then he should be able to keep his job-although there is a good chance he will have a lot of free time in the near future he will have a lot of time to put all that philosophical training to good use.

  • Israelis go to the polls today--and nobody knows who will win (Updated)
    • Here is what this election means for the Palestinians: If Bibi wins, the current reign of terror and intimidation against the Palestinians will continue, probably reinvigorated. On the bright side, the kooks he has in his government will continue to keep this issue in the news because they keep saying things like how they should behead their enemies. On the other hand, if Herzog wins , there will be a softening of rhetoric, perhaps a minor change of tactics-perhaps allowing a few more morsels of food into Gaza-or allowing a few more privileges to selected Arabs(which would aid dividing and conquering Palestine as well as sanitizing their image). This softer image will appease liberals and cause Palestine to drop off the world's radar-and a slow silent strangulation will continue until there are a few colonies of cheap laborers left in historic Palestine.

      It is a tough choice...actually, one not worth making.

  • Israel's Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it's not anywhere in the New York Times
    • One of the effects of statements like this is that anyone in Israeli politics who is to the left of Atilla The Hun seems like a "moderate", but when you look at the reality of the situation, Lieberman is actually the moderate. He is suggesting that only the actual dissidents one at a time, while last summer, thousands of people were bombed and shot to death-and you can be sure there were several heads blown off...and it wasn't only the actual dissidents who were blown to pieces, but anyone who lived nearby.

  • Paris university reverses decision, allows Israeli apartheid event with Blumenthal
    • Considering the West's respect of the right of free speech no matter who it offends, I guess it is only a matter of time before we start seeing a lot of "je suis Max" signs around.

  • 'American Sniper' is an antiwar movie
    • From what I can tell, Citizen-since I didn't see the movie-it's about Dirty Harry as an angry old man...and The Bridges of Madison County is about Dirty Harry stopping off during a road trip to bang some housewife.

    • Personally, I don't think I'll ever take two hours out of my life to see a Clint Eastwood movie. He said everything he has to say in Dirty Harry...everything else is commentary. Besides, nothing is more cringe worthy to me than when a perfectly fine entertainer like Jerry Lewis, Stephen Spielberg, or Woody Allen decides to show the world his serious side.

      And it is hard for me to get past the fact that the movie is based largely on fiction. It would be like if Jane Fonda made a movie about a fictional Charles Manson, a sensitive older folk singer who was trying to mentor wayward teenagers, but he was unsuccessful-and guilt ridden he couldn't stop the murders. No matter how good the film was, I'd be wondering why Jane made this movie in the first place.

      Then there is the whole thing about feeding into anti Muslim violence....Sure, Birth of A Nation was about the character of Nathan Bedford Forrestor, and the plight of ex-slaves didn't really have anything to do with his bravery...but a lot of black people were lynched in the climate that film helped create.

  • The moral hysteria of Je suis charlie
    • It is ironic that in this time of celebration of free speech in France, it would probably be pretty dangerous to go out on the street wearing a sign that says, "I am not Charlie."

  • Sony email chain on behalf of Israel joined Russell Simmons and Michael Lynton with rightwing Zionists
    • You can get an idea about how much these people actually read about these issues by the misspelling of "Holocaust". I'm not a stickler about spelling, but when someone can't even spell the thing they are most concerned about, it leads me to believe they don't see the word written out because they don't do a lot of reading about it. Rather than developing an informed opinion, they are operating from a place of pure emotion.

  • Israel has always been crazy
    • I realized something was seriously off-crazy, if you will, many years ago during the first Intifadah when Rabin-the dovish alternative to Likud was voted in, and he ordered the army to break the bones of protesters instead of shooting them. That was his big humanitarian gesture...and he was shot because he was too easy on the Arabs.

  • West Bank protesters cross separation wall in effort to get into Jerusalem
  • Pittsburgh's 'Conflict Kitchen' is latest battleground over Palestine, free speech and criticism of Israel
    • As 2014 is nearing its end, Zionists must feel pretty good about how the year has gone-They managed to close the Conflict Kitchen, they got Steven Salatia fired, they destroyed half of Gaza, including an historic mosque, killing 2,100 people including over 500 "little snakes", plus they created the "fog of war" in Jerusalem where anything can happen. On the other hand, in the next few years they will have to say they really didn't mean any of it and can we try to form some type of Palestinian-Jewish government and all try to lead normal lives.

  • Malala and the Nobel Peace Prize: Why Rachel Corrie would never win
    • Her 50,000 dollars may be a drop in the bucket, but she had millions of supporters around the world-from affluent liberal feminists to rural schoolchildren-and a lot of them will follow her example-and they can truthfully say they gave because of Malala, and not because of Hamas propaganda. There are a lot of people who never heard of BDS, Nakba, Palestine Solidarity, etc...but they did see films of the devastation in Gaza and they just want to help-and in a sense, Malala gave them permission to.

    • Malala's story WAS devoid of controversy. No more. She is very influential and a lot of people respect her. And I don't know if I'm thinking she is more clever than she is, but a definitive statement in support of Palestinian civilians had to wait until after her Nobel, or she never would have got she just held her tongue until the opportune moment.
      I just wonder how the usual suspects will go after her. Will she get the Tutu treatment where they call her a Nazi and antisemite? Maybe they will say this is proof that no Muslim can be trusted...or they may say she had brain damage by the bullet she survived...My guess, though, is all her phony admirers in government and the media will just ignore the f--k out of her.

  • 'Village on the volcano' is latest effort to change the subject from the occupation
    • "Village on a Volcano"? What happened to "A good kid in a bad neighborhood"? I guess after Gaza calling Israel "a good kid" is a bit of a stretch....besides, they blew up the neighborhood.

  • Allegations of anti-Semitism used to cover up anti-Palestinian hate crime in Brooklyn
    • Hophni: If you ever watch boxing, you know that not every punch is captured by every camera angle. A famous example of this is a "phantom" knock out punch thrown by Ali against Frazier at 4:03 of this clip:
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      Also, the shock of the assault and robbery may have made her thought an unintentional jab was a punch. It is hard to tell what is happening in much of the video-since the one taking the video was intentionally obscuring the identity of the assailants. He wasn't entirely successful and around 3:06-3:10 in the video it is possible to freeze the screen and get a look at the assailant. It's a bit blurry, but it certainly looks like Petlakh-enough to wonder what he was wearing that night.

      The video also shows that Petlakh lied to the police, arena security, the press when he said there was a group of protesters waving a flag and cursing and he merely asked them to move out of the way. I can't help wondering how much more of the story is a hoax. Did he report the punch in the nose at the scene or did he wait? Also, I am interested to see the emergency room records from that night....and speaking of hoaxes, there is nothing about Petakh on the Hunter College website and no reviews of him as a professor anywhere. It turns out he co-taught a class on Jewish History,,,supposedly.

      The end of this case will probably bring another big settlement to Shraeder because of his treatment at Barclay's and the way he was extradited back to New York-six detectives for a brawl outside a sports arena. I think before anyone involved wants to explain how that and other decisions and policies happened, they will quietly pay for the case to go away.

    • On second 39 of the video, if you freeze the video at the right instant you can get a good view of the guy who snatches the flag. I have my opinion of who it looks like-Petlakh-does anyone agree? There are lots of pictures of him on Google.

  • Israeli rightists wave ISIS-style flags in protest of African asylum-seekers
    • The #JSIL hashtag started as a satire of sorts just a few days ago. It's getting harder and harder to satirize Israel.

  • Desperately seeking Jewish settlers, at $136 a day, to colonize Palestinian neighborhood
    • Getting paid $136 a day to sit there and be Jewish-now I understand why they can celebrate a holiday every two weeks and still have time to harass Palestinians.

  • Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah
  • 'Jews Against Genocide' take the blood bucket challenge at Yad Vashem
    • Jon s,
      You are parroting Israeli propaganda by ignoring the thousands of deaths caused by the IDF onslaught, and snickering at hypothetical Palestinian friendly fire incidents. Furthermore, you parroted the old canard that Palestinians kill their own children to make Israel look bad. The ratio of IDF casualties to Israeli civilian deaths speaks for itself, as far as your charge that Palestinians target civilians.

      And in terms of me parroting Hamas propaganda-first of all, I never read any Hamas propaganda. Second of all, my original post was a criticism of a very public protest against Israel. That is a very poor example, in my estimation, of someone who goes along with the crowd.

      I don't remember reading any of your posts where you bemoaning the fate of Gazans. I just know what you posted here. And that post speaks for itself.

    • jon s was kind enough to give an example of the idiotic way "lovers of Israel" absolve Israel of responsibility for its crimes and blames its victims. Thank you Jon...the parroting of official propaganda, the complete lack of empathy, the total ignorance really captures the way Zionists can be so annoying.

    • Honestly, I like this better as a protest against stupid fads like the ice bucket challenge. And I think I know why-pouring a bucket of blood on yourself kind of fits into the whole Israeli wail that they aren't to blame for the bombs being dropped on Gaza-the Palestinians are in essence dropping bombs on themselves-which I find kind of infuriating. Anyhow, it still keeps the message out there.

  • Netanyahu heads to New York to ‘refute all the lies’ and praise ‘the most moral army in the world’
    • When I first saw that picture I thought it was Sandra Bullock with the Prime Minister coming to Israel to show her support for the Jewish State.

  • Champaign-Urbana holds Rosh Hashanah service for Professor Salaita
    • Mooser:

      What I meant was the Amish had a religion that forced them to separate from mainstream society, and in the years that they lived separately they developed a distinctive way of life. In that way they are similar to the Yiddish.

    • Ziusudra:

      I guess I am using the words Jewish and Yiddish interchangeably, which is usually done in America. Yiddish applies to the Jewish community from Eastern Europe. Yiddish is Yiddish for Jewish. Their religion was Judaism, but since they lived separately from Gentiles, they developed a distinctive culture-partly their own, partly borrowed from their neighbors. For example, when spoken the Yiddish language resembles German, but it is written with Hebrew letters. Perhaps the situation is similar to the Amish.

    • Mooser:
      When I say theoretical, I acknowledge that there is a difference between having a prayer for Israel into a Passover Service and having your house blown up and your sons taken to prison.

      Well now a big part of Jewish culture is making excuses for Israel, but I am old enough to remember my great aunts and uncles playing pinochle in the kitchen, telling jokes in Yiddish, with the smell of chicken soup in the air...

    • It's a little melodramatic to compare the plight of Palestinians to the intellectual dilemma of non-Zionist Jews, but on a purely theoretical level Zionism has colonized Jewish culture as much as it has colonized Palestine...and in that scenario services like this are the Gaza Strip of Judaism.

  • 'Civility' is for dancing classes, not universities, and is tool of pro-Israel political operatives -- Franke
    • This sudden clamor for "civility" on campuses seems orchestrated and has the focus group stench. Having worked briefly in market research and also having been paid fifty bucks to participate in a focus group about long distance service, I can imagine market research professionals trying out different words to a carefully selected sample of the group they are trying to reach. My guess is they are trying to figure out the best word to get middle class educated Jews to tune out Palestinian voices. I can almost hear the discussion about how "civil" scores against another vague word like "respectful".

  • The pinkwashing of 'Out in the Dark'
    • I don't want to judge this film without seeing it because it does seem like it could have some classic when Roy comes out to his parents and tells them his boyfriend is a Palestinian living illegally in Israel. In my mind I picture Shelley Winters and Sid Ceaser as the parents.

  • Israel carries out extrajudicial killing of two Palestinians suspected in Israeli youths kidnapping
    • Assuming Israel had the right to kill these men, will someone please tell me what the pulverization of Gaza was about?...oh yeah, terror tunnels, raining rockets, and other alliterations as yet unthought of.

  • The rabbi at the shitshow
    • What a hip rabbi! She cusses! She hangs around young people! She leads demonstrations on campuses! All the window dressing a self anointed progressive youth leader needs. Who would have thunk that someone like that would support mass murder of unarmed civilians in Palestine, stifle free speech on campus, bully students, and in general bring the Zionist occupation to Ohio? Who would have thunk all that? Only anyone who has been following Israeli PR campaigns for the past few years.

  • Hamas is just as bad as ISIS and worse than Boko Haram -- Israeli government propaganda
    • amigo-
      You write like Shakespeare in that I need foot notes to understand what you are saying.

    • JJ Goldberg wrote a column about ISIS and I wanted to comment, but most of my comments are removed by the moderator there. I think I would have made a good point. The first paragraph is:

      Something absolutely astonishing is going on right now in northern Syria along the Turkish border: refugees streaming on foot across the barbed-wire frontier by the tens of thousands, fleeing the advance of the terrorist army known as the Islamic State. As many as 100,000 refugees, mostly Kurds, have crossed the border in the past week — up to 60,000 on Saturday alone — while ISIS enters and occupies village after village with tanks and heavy artillery.

      My comment was:

      Funny how history repeats itself:

      Something absolutely astonishing is going on right now in Palestine along the Egyptian border: refugees streaming on foot across the barbed-wire frontier by the tens of thousands, fleeing the advance of the terrorist army known as the Jewishc State. As many as 100,000 refugees, mostly Moslems, have crossed the border in the past week — up to 60,000 on Saturday alone — while Israel enters and occupies village after village with tanks and heavy artillery.

  • The end of 'Operation Protective Edge'
    • I know there is a show of euphoria in Gaza now, and a sense of victory because they withstood the Israeli onslaught=but we must remember how this trauma will continue to effect people for years to come. We can see the demolished buildings and many of the physical wounds, but we cannot see the emotional scars that millions of people now carry inside them. I have been following this 51 day rampage on Twitter through the posts of Gazans in the middle of the slaughter. They seemed like rocks to me, reporting what was being bombed around them, how close the bombs were falling, some type of new weapon they had never seen before...Now these same people are saying they have insomnia, headaches, nightmares...The buildings of Gaza will be rebuilt in the next 20 or 30 years, hopefully in the context of a free and equal state, the euphoria of survival will wear off a lot sooner...and when it does, there will be a lot more tears.

  • Dead American soldier in IDF signed up to fight global jihadists plotting 'Holocaust 2.0'
    • Ok, if he was so offended by Poles giving Nazi salutes, why did he join up to kill Palestinians? If that sight caused an ethical homicidal rage to boil up in him, he should have killed the people giving the salute...No this brave soldier went to volunteer for one of the most highly armed forces in the world thousands of miles away from the incident, ...which makes as much sense as donating money or giving aid to the wealthiest country in the region.

  • 'We are all Palestinian'
    • I just saw that Obama ordered the bombing of ISIS in Iraq to free a besieged civilian population. I wonder if these protests will inspire him to bomb the Jewish separatists besieging civilians in Palestine...actually, I wouldn't like that...I'm tired of America bombing everywhere.

  • A Palestinian defends violent resistance to occupation
    • The thing is, discussing Palestinian violent resistance is largely theoretical. Except with resistance fighters engaging in combat with invading murderous soldiers, we are usually talking about the threat of violence-which rarely hurts anyone, but tends to interfere with people's daily routine and has the actual effect that most civil disobedience actions have-stopping traffic and slowing down commerce. When Hamas shoots rockets blindly into Israel, even if no one gets hit, everyone has to stop their car and lay down on the ground. A pain in the ass to be sure, but is it violent? Borderline, in my opinion. Even when kids throw stones at soldiers, the effect is to interfere with the routine of occupation. The soldiers aren't going to get hurt unless they engage the protesting civilians-and even then, they are most likely only to get bruised.

      If we are going to discuss violence, we should be less generic-or else we fall into the trap of conflating suicide bombings with throwing rocks.

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