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jon s

An Israeli history teacher,long-time activist on the Israeli Left.

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  • The never-ending crisis of Zionism
    • amigo,
      I was mainly responding to lonely rico.
      The Palestinian population in Israel is around 1.8 million, and yes, they mostly live peacefully. I admit that I'm not sure what "meaningful" means. How could any life be meaningless?

      I'm not an invader. No Jew is an invader in the Jewish historic homeland . And I'm sure not an "illegal squatter".

  • Making the crossover from Elie Wiesel to Marc Ellis
    • echinococcus,
      I'm not an invader, I live in my people's historic homeland. No Jew is an invader in the Jewish homeland.

      I'm not a war criminal .

      I also support freedom of speech. "Veterans Today" can say whatever they want on their website.
      Including Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

      As for the definition, the standard, conventional , definitions are good enough for me.

      The Webster defines Anti-Semitism as : "hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group".

      The Oxford definition: "Hostility to or prejudice against Jews."

      Besides, Echinococcus, you can always look in the mirror.

  • As Dems vote against Palestine, Cornel West warns it is the 'Vietnam War' of our time
    • Never mind that echinococcus can call me stupid and a murderer and a racist and an invader , all of which is not considered a "vicious personal attack" (see the comments policy) - but what about "Ancient Testament" (=the Bible) as toilet paper? how is that allowed?

  • DC meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia marks end of Arab Peace Initiative and two-state solution
    • echinococcus,
      I'm not murderous or genocidal or an invader.
      I just wrote that our city's team won the championship, and the town is celebrating, pure and simple. Nothing in my comment about Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs. Just an entire city coming together in celebration...

  • Jerusalem at a breaking point
    • Annie,
      YoniFalic has called repeatedly for the "invader population " (=the Jews of Israel ) to be "removed". I wrote that his comments constitute Hate Speech, so he obliged me, and in his very next comment expressed his hatred, even comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.

      Don't misunderstand me: I'm not urging the moderators and editors to censor or ban anyone.
      Comments like that simply illustrate the fact that for the extremists the issue is not the occupation or the settlements, it's israel's very existence, in any borders. It's part of what those of us working for Israeli-Palestinian peace are up against.

  • 'Palestine' is an ancient name, for a land of many cultures
    • 1. At the outset, one thing should be clear: some nations and ethnic groups have been around longer than others. That fact, however, has no bearing on the present-day conflict. In my view all people should enjoy equal rights and whether a certain national identity appeared 3000 years ago or last Tuesday is irrelevant. 2. The Philistines , from whom the name Palestine is derived , may be identified with the invading "Sea Peoples" who appear in Egyptian sources. The root peh-lamed-shin (as in Philistine) denotes "invader". A discussion of this issue can be found here: Robert Drews: The End of the Bronze Age (Princeton,1993).
      3.There are two basic schools of thought regarding nationalism: one, that nationalism is essentially a modern phenomenon (see Benedict Anderson:"Imagined Communities") . This is the concept that Shlomo Sand sought to apply to the Jewish people. The other, (Anthony Smith, for example) that nationalism has been around since antiquity. Of course I'm not going to presume to settle the debate here and now.
      4 American, The Jews as "a small group of Arabs"...If you want to promote a radically different narrative of history from the accepted, conventional , version, them I think the burden of proof is on you.

  • NY ads depicting Palestinian dispossession are termed anti-Semitic by 'Jewish community'
    • The Jews are not foreigners or invaders in Israel because you're not an invader in your homeland. It's not as if the Jews were in the country in ancient times, and then left and forgot about it and then suddenly in the 19th century it occurred to them to manufacture a claim to it. In fact there was a continuous Jewish presence in Israel –albeit as a minority- throughout the centuries between the 2nd Temple period and the advent of Zionism, and that Jewish presence in the country played a significant role in the Jewish world. Moreover, Jews everywhere continuously expressed yearnings for a return to the land.
      Whether or not Jews today are biologically descendents of the Jews of antiquity is irrelevant.

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