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  • Jews made America great so 'we deserve our influence' on Israel policy, Dershowitz tells Scarsdale synagogue
    • Thank you for the injection of humor! The ironic tone is a masterpiece of sarcasm! I love it! Maybe this "bettyberenson" character can be expanded and marketed, like "Mrs. Betty Bower, America's Best Christian"!

      (P.S., the site doesn't appear to be configured properly for secure log-in.)

  • 'NYT' should stop hiding the truth: settlements are illegal under international law
    • Reading today's AP story on the newly-announced Israel-sanctioned settler city of 5,500 units, my head exploded when I read Avigdor Liberman's Facebook comments. I don't know if he said this last week in response to the news of 2,500 units or this week in response to the news of a whole new settler city, but this is a perfect encapsulation of his mentality and its warped nature: "We are in a new period where life in Judea and Samaria is returning to normal."

      The way anyone could say anything like this. It does really have only one meaning, doesn't it? Palestinians=not normal?? Of course, the Palestinians have lived there for thousands of years and are probably more than anyone the genetic, legal, and moral descendants of the ancient Jews who Liberman professes to worship and honor.

  • Trump's anti-interventionism helped him win, says Obama's former Middle East adviser
    • It's an AP story:

      "In a discussion with British officials, Kushner is said to have angrily denounced the United Kingdom's decision to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the expansion of Israeli settlements."

      To me, considering Kushner in toto, "angry denunciation" may correctly be summed up as "yelling" and "babyish rants."

      Anyway, it's basically a throw-away detail in an AP story. One wants a lot more info.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/world-news/report-trump-tasked-kushner-managing-mexico-dispute-border-wall

    • So what's the deal with Jared Kushner supposedly yelling at the British about the Security Council resolution? I'd love to read an article about that here or elsewhere giving some sort of full coverage and context.

      My mind just boggles at the nerve (the gall) and the lack of self-awareness of that. Who does Jared Kushner think he is? I would already have said "He's certainly no diplomat," and then after hearing about his babyish rants I'd say it again.

      Kushner thinks he's such a genius that he can just waltz into a field for which he has no training or aptitude and just do a super-dooper job....

      This guy is Trump's voice of peace and reason in the Middle East?!! Problem solved!

  • Fordham bans Students for Justice in Palestine
    • Does a crank/troll like Hophmi really deserve a voice here? If he wanted to make a valid legal or logical argument that would be one thing, but there are numerous ways in which his diction is sneering and insulting. What kind of person looks at a Web site where people are simply arguing for common, everyday, decency and humanity and says a babyish insult like "bad, bad people"? Oh, no: Bad, bad Hophmi! Bad! Bad!

  • 'Constructed crisis for political ends': anti-Semitism claims are prime weapon for UK Israel lobby, Al Jazeera shows
    • Someone like Joan Ryan just makes me too angry. The level of arrogance and smugness, the entitledness. It's mindboggling. I hope that now that people know what she is and what she stands for they will keep the pressure on her to face her staunch support of war crimes and war criminals from now until the one-state reality of Israel is recognized and Palestinians are given equal rights. (Far too far in the future, I know.) Using a shred of logic, defending one's claims with the tiniest smidgen of proof. Is that too much to ask for? Just keep asking her, and asking, and asking.

  • 'We don’t want to find ourselves in a position like apartheid South Africa': A report from Israel's first national conference against BDS
    • Hilarious - "Co-sponsored by Sodastream." Sodastream: they really do want to be known as the company of exploitation and injustice.

      With the lobby cartoons, it's pretty jaw-dropping to imagine the levels of racism in Israeli society that those are acceptable. I don't know how many blatantly racist cartoons they had up, but at least with the cartoon of the Africans, gee, I mean, that's acceptable in mainstream Israeli society??? And it's wrong on so many levels: the denigration of people wanting to help Africans, the denigration of people wanting to help Palestinians, the slur that people for BDS are just so many superficial sympathy-addict fashionistas, the equation of the starving (and often oppressed) people of Africa with the oppressed Palestinians, the "humor" of starvation victims, the ugly and infantilizing depiction of Africans. On and on....

      I really appreciated the link at the end to the YouTube clip of Max Blumenthal interviewing Gideon Levy. I know that that has informed other articles here, but I had not looked it up before. It's 21 minutes long and it's tough viewing simply because the injustice makes my blood boil, but it's extremely interesting and worthwhile, and I recommend it.

  • Front-page attack in New York Times says BDS movement is driven by minorities' 'hostility toward Jews'
    • The really breathtaking lie that floored me when I read the article was the claim that the 2014 Gaza conflict "killed hundreds of Palestinians." Try about 2,200 Palestinians, most of them innocent civilians. Over 1 in every 1,000 Palestians in the Gaza Strip was killed, and if most of the deaths were in Gaza City, that would be about 1 in every 250 Palestinians.

      And the killing of innocent people and the destruction of their houses is a known goal of the Israeli government, to keep "costs" high for Palestinian terrorists.

      The article quoted UCLA senior Natalie Charney as saying, "Part of what they are hating is central to who I am and what I stand for." Injustice is central to who Ms. Charney is and what Ms. Charney stands for?

      If you read Ms. Charney's other writing online, this sounds of a piece with other arguments that she makes--that BDS isn't against the West Bank occupation. No, it's against all of Israel, all of Israel's Jewish population, all of the Jewish people, period.

      I would wish that Ms. Charney and other supporters of Israel would have as a goal the fair and decent treatment of Palestinians, actions in accordance with international law, and desisting from war crimes.

      Ms. Charney speaks elsewhere of Israel's "vibrant democracy." It's not actually a democracy if it's only available for a privileged subset of the population.

      I would wish that it would be possible to talk with Ms. Charney and the other people interviewed for this article and get them to think reasonably, but I don't think it's possible. Ms. Charney and others' straw-man arguments about BDS people who are out to "deligitimize" Israel, period, are not psychologically normal. They are extremist arguments, immune to reason.

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