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  • Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football
  • The Emperor's Nuke Clothes
  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
  • New DC bus ad takes on the special relationship on eve of Netanyahu’s address to Congress
    • It's so wonderful to see the truth advertised. The ad is totally fact-based. The truth will prevail!

      Horowitz, Geller, et al (too many to list!) are lie mongers and rabble- rousers.

      I very much appreciate this:

      "While many view Netanyahu’s speech as disrespectful to the US President, AMP asserts that disrespect is a symptom of the much larger problem of American support for Israeli policies, which contravene international law and deprive Palestinians of their human and civil rights."

      Thanks to Mondoweiss Editors. Thanks to AMP!

  • Right-wing bomb thrower David Horowitz behind anti-SJP posters
  • Israel gives out 'security Oscars' at the UN to Iran, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia and PA
    • "the entire Israeli mythology and idea is based on historical revision."

      Revision and denial.

      (It's also based on a book or two that was written by men and revised, as well...)

    • A fitting follow- up to the Looney Tunes speech and cartoon of a bomb that his PM presented at the UN...

      I hope the UNSC has both a sense of humor and a grip on reality. I hope that they can recognize the irony inherent in his lame attempt to demonize others.

      I wonder if his own Looney Tunes presentation is what prompted Susan Rice to speak to Charlie Rose last night...

      "Netanyahu speech is ‘destructive’ of ‘bipartisan, immutable relationship’ between US and Israel, Rice says" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      I also hope that this signals the end of the eternal US veto at the UNSC!

      Thanks Allison.

  • Netanyahu speech is 'destructive' of 'bipartisan, immutable relationship' between US and Israel, Rice says
    • Bravo, Mr. Kerry! (stay strong, remember the hundreds of thousands of people that died for lies)

      Never forget: link to youtube.com

      Thanks, Pixel.

    • rotflmao!

      It IS a funny shape.........

    • Bingo, amigo and Bornajoo.

      Seems that his wife has a big mouth, too and it's making Likkkud nervous:

      "In the conversation Sara Netanyahu is heard scolding Monique Ben Melech, wife of former Sderot mayor, Eli Moyal, for Moyal’s criticism of the prime minister’s performance during the war in Gaza.

      Moyal confirmed the recording exists Wednesday and said he was in favor of releasing it, but it was up to his wife to decide what to do with it.

      Journalist Ben Caspit published excerpts of the recording in Maariv newspaper last August. The conversation took place after Moyal’s call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign on Channel 2 News one evening. An angry Sara Netanyahu is cited extolling her husband’s virtues: “The man took the entire State of Israel on his shoulders, he sends troops to battle, acts with extraordinary political wisdom, he’s read tons of books, he understands economics, he understands security, he’s got university degrees ... He knows how to talk to world leaders … The whole world worships him … Who’s your Eli Moyal? He can’t hold a candle to Bibi,”"

      link to haaretz.com

      Does she really believe that "He knows how to talk to world leaders...The whole world worships him..."???

      Maybe they don't have tv or the internet in any of their haunts.

    • Absolutely.

      Since Congress does nothing anyway except threaten and obstruct, it would be way cool for a Senator with a conscience and true grit (? LOLOL) to filibuster, and read it over and over and over...a la Mr. Smith Goes to Washington... with a vigorously energized and appreciative audience in attendance. I am sure that any venue would be packed with all kinds of good folks! It would be very educational for those that were less than enthusiastic, and just think how many kids could actually learn something worth being really proud of!

    • "U.S. pro-Palestinian group's latest bus ad to target Netanyahu speech to Congress

      American Muslims for Palestine previously posted ads in New York train stations accusing Israel of apartheid; new ad, like old ones, call for end to U.S. aid to Israel.

      The Washington D.C.-based American Muslims for Palestine on Wednesday unveiled their latest ad, which targets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial upcoming speech to Congress, and which the group intends to run on buses.

      The ad excepts a statement Netanyahu, unaware he was being filmed, made to West Bank settlers in 2001, reading, "America is a thing you can move very easily." The ad then states: "Stop the disrespect – End U.S. aid to Israel."

      It also shows Netanyahu making his "cartoon bomb" speech to the United Nations, but the placard he's holding shows not the cartoon, but rather a checklist he's presenting to Congress, with "Israel agenda" checked off and an X next to "U.S. agenda.""

      link to haaretz.com

      So excellent, perfect timing! Yay AMP!

      Picture of sign is here @ link to twitter.com

    • The Professor is in- I watched it the other day!

      Thanks JDL.

    • Spread it all around, Kris!

      You're welcome.

    • O/T but really humorous, via Rania K:

      "Israeli @ronnie_barkan is in America. He tells me and @samknight1 he's "just visiting the mainland""

      link to twitter.com

      (Great photo at the link. fyi, Ronnie Barkan, Sam Knight, and Rania Khalek have contributed to MW!)

      And another from Max B~ it is to laugh!!!

      "Max Blumenthal
      The Israeli army has uncovered a cache of antique Palestinian terror muskets!

      link to twitter.com

      Not gonna link to the iof, you'll have to find it from his link.

    • "Only if you believe that the American people benefit from coddling a country like Iran. They don’t. Neither do the Iranian people, who will now have a tougher time dislodge the radical regime in Iran."

      This is not "coddling"! I understand that normalization of relations between nations and peace making is not your strong suit. You have no experience with it. Too bad, so sad. And who are you to say what the Iranian people want. I'm aghast at what Israeli people have demonstrated that they want! I think that 95% of Jewish Israelis are extremists, and at least as radical as their regime.

    • Emanuel needs to be shown the door, and it looks likely! Si, se puede, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia!

      "The former White House chief of staff under Barack Obama easily led the five-way race in Tuesday’s contest. However, because he failed to get more than 50%, he and Cook county commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia will run against each other in April for the job.

      The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent who has widespread support from business leaders, national name recognition and millions of dollars in his campaign fund. He participated in half a dozen debates and forums and received a last-minute boost from President Barack Obama.

      Still, Emanuel faced low popularity ratings, particularly after a 2012 teachers’ strike and closing dozens of neighborhood schools.

      One of the most high-profile brands of the Democratic party, Emanuel secured nearly 46% of the vote.

      He now faces a run-off election against Garcia, a former Illinois state senator whose grassroots campaign helped put him in second place with nearly 34% of votes. Set for 7 April, it is the first run-off election in Chicago history. "

      link to theguardian.com

      Thanks for bringing it here, JLD!

    • one guy.

      That's all you got?

    • You bet!

      One for everyone in the US government, too!

    • "One of Israel’s strongest supporters in the Democratic Party, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, issued a rare public rebuke to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday for refusing an invitation to meet with Democratic Senators during his upcoming visit to Congress.

      “His refusal to meet is disappointing to those of us who have stood by Israel for decades," Durbin said.

      Durbin, who initiated the invitation to Netanyahu along with California Senator Diane Feinstein, said: “We offered the Prime Minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker Boehner with a private meeting with Democrats who are committed to keeping the bipartisan support of Israel strong.”

      Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday, amid tensions over his plans to address the U.S. Congress on Iran's nuclear program"

      link to haaretz.com

      You call that a "rebuke'??? I call it pandering. I am sickened by the Democratic 'leadership's" latest licking of the boot.

      'Coffers for Coffins' seems to be the only thing that the US pols are interested in. Israel first, the US (and a whole lot of other people, including Palestinians) last~ prevails.

    • I was reading that the other day for something else I have been working on, lysias.

      Thanks for bringing it here~ it's even more relevant today than ever before, imho.

      Immutable-- unchanging over time or unable to be changed:
      synonyms: fixed · set · rigid · inflexible · permanent · established · carved in stone · unchanging · unchanged · unvarying · unvaried · static · constant · lasting · enduring · steadfast
      (Oxford)

      Not good.

      PS~ Why would we have an "immutable" relationship with an outlaw mutant?

    • I very much want the "bipartisan, immutable relationship" not only seriously debated, but also smashed wide open and given a thorough forensic examination~ an exam that includes microscopy. We need to critically examine the entire out of control organism that has been allowed to grow unchecked (and nurtured) for far too long.

      I wrote this earlier today:

      "Here’s the thing: I don’t care a whit about “bipartisanship” wrt Israel. As a matter of fact, that unquestioned, bipartisan support is exactly the problem! I hope that this is not reduced to a purely ‘political’ ruckus, and that this is a moment in time when reps and the American people can take a cold, hard look at this violent, belligerent, and nuclear armed Occupier who lives entirely outside international law. We must decide if we want to continue aiding and abetting in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, or if we want to preserve and make much better the precious remaining lives, rich heritage, and the culture of a beautiful and historic people." - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      Rather than 'historic people', I should have written indigenous people of historic Palestine.

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • I've seen precious little compassion for the Palestinians of Occupied Gaza or the Palestinians of the Occupied West Bank or those Palestinians from Occupied East Jerusalem or the Palestinians in "Israel" from the people that comment on most sites...

      It's simply disgusting. The ziotroops have been deployed.

      (I'm hoping that karma is not another illusion)

    • This happened in January, Cheyn-Stocks.

      "Salma died of hypothermia. The donor community which pledged 5.4 billion 4 Gaza stands accused link to theguardian.com … "

      After you have a look here link to twitter.com, and determine the cause of death of this baby, perhaps you could read the linked Guardian article. From it's intro:

      "Baby Salma died of hypothermia at just 40 days old. Her body was drenched with freezing rainwater. It was frozen “like ice-cream”. Gaza was hit by a severe winter storm called “Huda” in January. Salma was its youngest victim."

      (Unlike Gunness, I blame Israel first.)

      PS~ are you any relation to this Cheyne- Stokes?

      "Cheyne-Stokes respiration
      n.
      An abnormal pattern of breathing characterized by a gradual increase in depth and sometimes in rate to a maximum depth, followed by a decrease resulting in apnea, usually seen in comatose individuals having diseased nervous centers of respiration."
      (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary)

      Salma probably breathed that way toward the end...

      You couldn't be a relation to Dick Cheney, could you?

    • 80 families.

      Of course you would try to diminish the suffering, hophmi.

      +1 x 2, Bornajoo!

    • Are you being imperious and rude again, hophmi? Are these folks any relation to you?

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • Let's say another country occupied you, stole your land and resources, kidnapped and killed your neighbors and family simply because they felt like it, and they intercepted your paycheck and stole your identity causing you to lose your house, your car and all of your savings.

      Let's say that nobody will take you seriously and see what grievous harm that others have done to you, and you end up on the street, under a bridge that floods every so often because the rich folks don't want their swimming pools to overflow. Often, raw sewage comes floating by.

      Now the forces of the state are harassing you because you no longer 'belong'...

      pffffffffft! You're talking about a perfect world, not about reality under violent and illegal Israeli OCCUPATION. welcome to Mondoweiss!

    • They just did it again!

      "Israel cutting power to parts of West Bank, for second time this week"

      link to haaretz.com

    • "Requests from the government to deduct the Palestinian debt from the tax money the government collects on the PA’s behalf had received a positive response in the past, but this time the government refused. Nor did the PA do enough to pay its debts, in part because of its inefficient collection of electricity bills from Palestinian customers.

      But cutting off the electricity to Palestinian cities cannot be addressed as if it were a pure business issue between debtor and creditor. The PA and parts of East Jerusalem are totally dependent on Israeli power, and cutting off a city means, among other things, directly harming essential services like hospitals, bakeries and manufacturing plants. In a situation where some 500 million shekels in tax revenues that the PA is entitled to has been frozen by Israel as punishment for the PA’s taking steps toward potentially bringing Israel to The Hague on war crimes charges, and when Israel is not prepared to supply water to the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, the electricity cutoff is perceived as another diplomatic punishment, rather than a means to collect a debt.
      ...
      The defense minister, the coordinator of government activity in the territories, and the national security adviser had all opposed the cutoff, understanding the diplomatic and humanitarian implications of such a step. But such recognition without taking action won’t resolve the problem. On the contrary; government indifference allows the Electric Corp. to conduct an independent policy with regard to the PA, one whose results are liable to be paid by Israelis and Palestinians alike.

      The government must find a reasonable solution to the PA’s arrears, hand over the frozen tax revenues so it can fulfill at least some of its obligations to the Electric Corp., and examine the possibility of restructuring the debts. Responsibility for maintaining normal life in the territories rests with Israel, as the sovereign, not with the Electric Corp."

      link to haaretz.com

      Collective punishment is the hallmark of this Occupier. It is also a war crime.

      Is it really too much to ask Bensouda to hurry up, and to do the right thing? The Palestinians have waited way too long for justice. Goodness knows, she has plenty of evidence, documentation and testimony available to her.

    • "Yousef Munayyer
      The "no dams" claim is demonstrably false. There are MANY dams in the negev area."

      "Zoom into this bridge and see for yourself. How does water miraculously stop here?

      link to google.com …"

      "Maybe @Libby_weiss can explain why it seems water is stopped right here by Israel before flowing into Wadi Gaza link to pbs.twimg.com …"

      Munayyer has done the work to disprove Herb's and Dabakr's posts wrt "no dams"

      much more @ link to twitter.com

    • More info from Charlotte Silver's article in EI:

      "The jury awarded the plaintiffs $218.5 million of the original one billion dollars sought in damages. Damages awarded in cases filed under the the Anti-Terrorism Act are automatically tripled, bringing the total amount owed by the Palestinian political bodies to $655.5 million."
      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    • via Max B:

      "48Refugee

      Israel isn't just flooding Gaza, it's flooding homes with untreated sewage, despite freezing weather & rain storms"

      link to twitter.com

      and

      link to twitter.com

      and

      "Yousef Munayyer

      Water "into Gaza from the Naqab decreased as result of Israeli dams that would otherwise flow into the Gaza Strip.""

      link to web.macam.ac.il

      link to twitter.com

    • Where is the money that Israel has (illegally) kept from the PA, Herb?

      Where is the Palestinians' potable water that Israel has been stealing? Why does Israel only dump dirty water/sewage on Gazans?

      Why did Israel bomb the power plant in Gaza during their summer massacre?

      Why hasn't Israel paid for all of the targeted and deliberate destruction, death, and disabilities that its terrorism has wrought on Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem?

      Why?

    • Thanks for this really important and well- done article, Annie. The cruelty toward, and disregard for the lives of Occupied Palestinians continues unabated.

      Reposting here:

      Amira Hass:

      “Will the PA be forced to dissolve? The dangers of Palestinian recession

      The PA cannot guarantee its residents a fair economic subsistence, even under the occupation, due to Israel’s prohibitive policies, which in eight years have cost the authority tens of billions of shekels.

      Between the U.S. court decision against the PLO and the cut off of electrical power to the northern West Bank – the warped logic of the continuing existence of the Palestinian Authority, an entity that should have been temporary but became permanent, reached new heights on Monday.

      From the day of its founding two decades ago, the PA had responsibilities and duties, but was deprived of authority and resources. The Oslo Accords between an organization (the PLO) and a state (Israel) created this asymmetric reality: In it, the occupied bears legal and financial responsibility toward the occupier and its citizens, and it is punished if it rises up against the foreign ruler. The occupier is free to keep ruling and to harm the occupied.

      Monday was a day of bad economic news for Palestinian society. In the background lies an acute recession, added to five years of chronic economic stagnation. Israel continues to freeze the transfer of Palestinian taxes that it collects, so since January 170,000 public service workers have received only 60 percent of their salaries, which are insufficient to begin with.

      The results include a slowdown in commerce in the West Bank, belated payments to institutions and private businesses, and reduction of municipal projects, and therefore a further loss of revenue for the PA, workers who can’t even afford to commute to work, and mounting incidences of burglary.

      Compounding the economic recession and stagnation are the hundreds of millions of dollars that jurors in an American court this week ordered the PLO and PA to pay compensation to Israeli-American victims of Palestinian armed attacks; the danger that the Israel Electric Corporation will continue to cut off electricity intermittently; and the flooding in Palestinian neighborhoods in Hebron and the Gaza Strip due to recent storms. All this comes on top of the emotional and physical destruction in Gaza, whose reconstruction seems farther away than ever.”

      link to haaretz.com

      From the article:

      "This is an entity that has to function without 62 percent of its territory, without control of water resources and the electromagnetic spectrum, without any control at borders and over population registry and citizenship rights, without freedom of movement, and without any control over the fate of existing and potential revenues – from customs duties, exports, mining, fishing, expanding industry or agriculture.

      The World Bank has already determined that the Palestinians are losing billions of dollars annually because of Israeli control over Area C (there was a loss of $3.4 billion in 2011 alone), control that prevents growth and development. And that does not even include losses from Israel’s policy to strangulate manufacture and other productive activity in Gaza, by means of forbidding marketing and exports.

      If the PA could guarantee its residents a fair economic subsistence, even under Israeli occupation – it would be able to demand that they and the local and municipal councils pay their electricity bills. But the enormous debts to the IEC and the PA’s difficulties in meeting other payments, like to suppliers, hospitals and universities, are the direct and natural result of restrictions on the freedom of movement and development that Israel has forced upon the authority: The two million shekels the PA owes the IEC are dwarfed by the tens of billions that the Palestinian economy has lost just in the past eight years because of Israel’s restrictive and prohibitive policies.

      Is the dissolution of the PA a solution? A member of Islamic Jihad told Haaretz last week, “I detest the PA. Its existence is a disaster, but its dismantlement would be a greater disaster.”"

      Compare and contrast with this from 2 days ago. Haaretz had this picture from Israel:

      link to haaretz.com

  • Israel has granted refugee status to 0.07% of African asylum seekers
    • +1 Pauline!

      (nice to see you again)

    • Perfect, lysias!

      Thank you.

    • +100! You are on a roll this morning, seafoid. It's always so welcome.

      Thanks for bringing Akiva Orr back to MW!

    • Thanks for sharing that, sawah. ;( Welcome back, btw. I hope you stay around!

      Thanks, Ben, bringing this to the forefront again. I read this story this morning:

      "After harrowing journey, Sudanese asylum seeker freed from Israeli detention center

      Sadiq al-Sadiq agreed to leave Israel for Ethiopia only to find himself facing deportation to Sudan; he was then forced to return to Israel, where he has been jailed for nine months.

      Israeli authorities were expected Tuesday to release Sadiq al-Sadiq, the Sudanese asylum seeker who agreed to leave Israel for a third country in Africa, found himself in Addis Ababa on the verge of being deported to Sudan, and was eventually brought back to Israel against his will.

      The state argued that he had agreed to return to his native country, but Sadiq insists that he had only expressed willingness to go to a third country. After he was brought back to Israel nine months ago, he was sent to the Holot detention center where he has been held ever since.

      Three months ago the Tel Aviv District Court dismissed Sadiq's petition to be released from Holot, but at the same time criticized the way he was treated by the Interior Ministry's Population, Border and Immigration Authority."

      link to haaretz.com

      "Infiltrators" is such a filthy word for refugees/asylum seekers. You just have to look at how Israel relishes in creating refugees among the Palestinians to understand their twisted mindset. It's an overwhelmingly racist society, seriously lacking in humanity and compassion. I feel sorry for the minority of Jews of conscience who live among them~ they must be heartbroken, and I wager that eventually they will leave Israel, as others have.

  • Al Jazeera publishes leaked intelligence files showing Netanyahu lied about Iranian nuclear threat
    • He's a danger to society. His brand of evil is cult- like.

      The folks that followed his directive should be so ashamed. I hope none of them really gulped his kool- aid.

    • Interesting:

      "An American, an Iranian, and an American of Israeli origin were once in Boston at the same time. Two of them studied, and the third taught, at MIT. Now, two of them are close to an agreement that the third is trying to foil.

      The American is Dr. Ernest Moniz, a professor of nuclear physics and secretary of energy in the Obama Administration; he began teaching at MIT in 1973. The Iranian is Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization; he was at MIT from 1973-77, obtaining his doctorate in nuclear engineering. The third man, Ben Nitay, obtained both a bachelor’s degree in architecture and an MBA in four years, from 1972-76, then started, but never completed, a doctorate in political science at Harvard and MIT.

      In Geneva this week, Moniz and Salehi, along with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, came close to reaching the agreement that the American-Israeli, now better known as Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to thwart. Had it not been clear that he was acting out of personal and political interests – despite what he knows, and not because he isn’t very familiar with the material – one might say that Netanyahu was paying the price for the courses Nitay didn’t complete at MIT.
      .....
      Netanyahu can’t prevent the six powers’ agreement with Iran. But his effort to do so is tantamount to asking American soldiers, for the first time in Israel’s history, to risk their lives in a war where the commander in chief wouldn’t be their own president, but Israel’s prime minister. The residue of this outrageous chutzpah will continue weighing on the relationship long after Netanyahu vacates the Prime Minister’s Office."

      More @ link to haaretz.com

      No mention of the lying liar that is the PM, though.

    • Carrying Netanyahu's water and waste:

      "Mark Levin: I'm going to tell you something that I've only told family and my closest friends, and I've held off from telling you for many, many years because when we've had men and women in the theater fighting in Iraq I believe they should have gotten our complete support. And I believed in what they were trying to do, very much so.

      But here's what I haven't said: I believed we attack the wrong country -- Mr. Producer, I don't think you've ever heard me say this -- we should have attacked Iran. Iran is spreading terrorism. Iran has global designs. Iran is responsible for the murder of American citizen and American soldiers. Not that I was opposed in anyway to taking out Saddam Hussein, I wasn't. Not under the guise of this democracy project, which I always thought was nutty, but because he was a horribly evil man doing horribly evil things."

      link to haaretz.com

    • I am not surprised at the report, Kay24.

      The PM of Israel hates America when it finally, albeit way too gingerly, puts its foot down.

      "Goldberg wrote that Cohen understands that the U.S. is Israel’s second line of defense"

      Since when? The US has been their 1st line of defense forever!

      They do nothing, NOTHING for, or without, the US except to harm US national security. This heretofore unconditional love that the US has shown them has its own brand of 'blowback', and it needs to stop!

      (wrt the PM's abysmal disrespect of this US President and his team, I remain convinced that PM Netanyahu is an actively practicing and card- carrying racist.)

      (On a side note, didn't Phil say he was waiting for Goldberg... well, the former IOF'er has spoken!)

    • Ah ha! ckg and I were discussing this yesterday because sawah informed all of us that the posters were also found at UVA... I thought he and his "Freedom Center" might very likely be behind this campaign when I read his screed!

      link to mondoweiss.net

      I hope that the full force of the law comes down upon him, and also upon his dutiful army.....as ckg said, the SPLC considers his org to be a hate group and have been monitoring him. Here's the link that ckg provided:

      link to splcenter.org

      Thanks, Sycamores.

    • I think it's appalling to give Dershowitz a forum, but this is the WSJ...

      "The Appalling Talk of Boycotting Netanyahu

      Congress has every right, and even an obligation, to hear the Israeli leader speak about the Iranian threat.

      As a liberal Democrat who twice campaigned for President Barack Obama , I am appalled that some Democratic members of Congress are planning to boycott the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 to a joint session of Congress. At bottom, this controversy is not mainly about protocol and politics—it is about the constitutional system of checks and balances and the separation of powers.

      Under the Constitution, the executive and legislative branches share responsibility for making and implementing important foreign-policy decisions. Congress has a critical role to play in scrutinizing the decisions of the president when these decisions involve national security, relationships with allies and the threat of nuclear proliferation.

      Congress has every right to invite, even over the president’s strong objection, any world leader or international expert who can assist its members in formulating appropriate responses to the current deal being considered with Iran regarding its nuclear-weapons program. Indeed, it is the responsibility of every member of Congress to listen to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who probably knows more about this issue than any world leader, because it threatens the very existence of the nation state of the Jewish people.

      Congress has the right to disagree with the prime minister, but the idea that some members of Congress will not give him the courtesy of listening violates protocol and basic decency to a far greater extent than anything Mr. Netanyahu is accused of doing for having accepted an invitation from Congress.
      ...
      Not only should all members of Congress attend Mr. Netanyahu’s speech, but President Obama—as a constitutional scholar—should urge members of Congress to do their constitutional duty of listening to opposing views in order to check and balance the policies of the administration.
      ...
      Another reason members of Congress should not boycott Mr. Netanyahu’s speech is that support for Israel has always been a bipartisan issue. The decision by some members to boycott Israel’s prime minister endangers this bipartisan support. This will not only hurt Israel but will also endanger support for Democrats among pro-Israel voters. I certainly would never vote for or support a member of Congress who walked out on Israel’s prime minister.

      One should walk out on tyrants, bigots and radical extremists, as the United States did when Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust and called for Israel’s destruction at the United Nations. To use such an extreme tactic against our closest ally, and the Middle East’s only vibrant democracy, is not only to insult Israel’s prime minister but to put Israel in a category in which it does not belong.

      So let members of Congress who disagree with the prime minister’s decision to accept Speaker Boehner’s invitation express that disagreement privately and even publicly, but let them not walk out on a speech from which they may learn a great deal and which may help them prevent the president from making a disastrous foreign-policy mistake. Inviting a prime minister of an ally to educate Congress about a pressing foreign-policy decision is in the highest tradition of our democratic system of separation of powers and checks and balances."

      More @ link to wsj.com

      pfffffft!

    • Cartoon in Haaretz:

      "Are we blowing Netanyahu's excesses out of proportion?

      World leaders have resigned over less, but still: The PM’s taste for opulence is chump change compared to Israel’s real problems."

      link to twitter.com

      As with most of them, it's cutesy~ Netanyahu crowning himself with an ermine collared/cuffed purple robe on.

      I guess it depends on who is asked. I hope that the cartoonist had Gaza, all of the Palestinians, the asylum seekers, and his countless lies in mind.

    • I spy Talknic's eye!

      Great article, Annie!

      Thanks to Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and AJ.

      ------------
      "U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, in light of the Israeli premier's opposition to the unfolding deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

      Speaking at a congressional hearing on the U.S. State Department budget, Kerry said that "anybody running around right now jumping in to say, 'Well we don't like the deal,' or this or that, doesn't know what the deal is." Kerry added, "there is no deal yet, and I caution people to wait and see what these negotiations produce.""

      link to haaretz.com

      (To paraphrase the words of the great anniefofani~ please, please, oh please make the deal happen!)

  • Israel's new Asian allies
    • And that's part of the reason that I left that swamp.

    • "Israel is an aircraft carrier of the West in the Eastern Med. It can’t coherently turn its back on the US and think China is an adequate replacement. It will have to take its sanctions medicine and see it as part of God’s plan for straying from the path of righteousness."

      so true!

      As for Jules and his Bible Verse (Ezekiel 25:17.), what can I say except Samuel is one heckuva actor, and you are amazing, seafoid.

      Thank you.

    • Thanks, Jonathan, for this excellent reporting and assessment of the current state of affairs.

      This does not bode well for the planet. It's sad, though not surprising, that India, China and Japan are taking advantage of the situation. Goodness knows that it's taken decades for the western populations to get a clue.

  • No matter who wins the Israeli elections, Palestinians lose
    • Brilliant, seafoid.

      On a related and outrageous note, I'm quite sure that you saw this:

      "A prominent academic and climate change denier’s work was funded almost entirely by the energy industry, receiving more than $1.2m from companies, lobby groups and oil billionaires over more than a decade, newly released documents show.

      Over the last 14 years Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, received a total of $1.25m from Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and a foundation run by the ultra-conservative Koch brothers, the documents obtained by Greenpeace through freedom of information filings show."

      link to theguardian.com

      (I am also quite sure that it was more than 1.2 million dollars)

    • thank you ;-)

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      Naftali Bennett's bff:

      ""To boycott Israel because of its policies and because Israel wants to defend itself is not only anti-Zionist... it's 21st century anti-Semitism," MK Ayelet Shaked tells Haaretz, adding that she believes that boycotting Israel "should be illegal."

      In an interview for "The Candidates," Haaretz's series of conversations with Knesset hopefuls, the Habayit Hayehudi MK tells Aimee Amiga about her party's plan to annex Area C of the West Bank, saying Israel should grant full civil rights to Palestinians living there, and that Palestinians in Areas A and B "should keep having autonomy like they have today" and that "sometime in the future [the areas] could be part of a confederation with Jordan."

      Shaked says she is against the establishment of a Palestinian state and thinks the one-state solution would be "harmful both for the Israelis and the Palestinians.""

      link to haaretz.com
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      "11:31 A.M. High Court allows Yisrael Beiteinu give out free copies of Charlie Hebdo

      The High Court of Justice has decided to allow Yisrael Beiteinu to distribute copies of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

      The ruling overturns a February 4 decision by the Central Election Committee, which issued an injunction against the plan to give out copies of the controversial magazine for free, claiming that it constitutes illegal campaigning.

      Barring the party from giving out the magazine "would excessively violate the freedom of expression," Judge Noam Sohlberg wrote."

      link to haaretz.com

      Sure, Judge Noam Sohlberg, sure.

    • So sorry that I addressed you as "Gentlemen". My error, Jamie. Thank you for this article.

    • Gentlemen~ your article is very good, and it confirms my belief that it is up to the world to keep the pressure on our elected leaders and not to lose the momentum we have gained, gratis of Netanyahu. No leader nor congress/parliament will have the gumption/courage/ethics to do the right thing if we don't demand it, and keep the pressure on!

      This latest massacre, this cruel winter, the lack of attention focused on the suffering of the Palestinians (both in and out of Gaza) all combine to form opposition to any GoI! All of this outrage, and the facts that gave rise to the outrage, must be marshaled and not forgotten... BDS needs our focused attention. Governments need to be pushed to do the right thing. If we stand and act together in solidarity for Palestine and justice, we can make 1S1P1V a reality.
      --------------
      "Tensions between Israel and the U.S. continue to rise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming Congress address. President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that the Israeli premier's March 3 speech is "destructive" to the relationship between the two countries.

      Rice made the comments in an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. The remarks came hours after Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Netanyahu over his opposition to the unfolding nuclear deal with Iran.

      "The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has always been bipartisan and we have been fortunate that the politics have not been injected into this relationship," Rice said.
      ...

      Also on Tuesday, Netanyahu declined an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

      "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters.

      Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday, amid tensions over his planned Congress address."

      link to haaretz.com

      Here's the thing: I don't care a whit about "bipartisanship" wrt Israel. As a matter of fact, that unquestioned, bipartisan support is exactly the problem! I hope that this is not reduced to a purely 'political' ruckus, and that this is a moment in time when reps and the American people can take a cold, hard look at this violent, belligerent, and nuclear armed Occupier who lives entirely outside international law. We must decide if we want to continue aiding and abetting in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, or if we want to preserve and make much better the precious remaining lives, rich heritage, and the culture of a beautiful and historic people.

  • Congress flooded with letters urging members to #SkipTheSpeech of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
    • "ADL calls for bipartisan support on Netanyahu's Congress speech

      Despite PM's 'ill-advised' decision regarding the invite, U.S. lawmakers must come together with Israel's security - and Iran's nuclear program - in mind, says ADL's Foxman."

      link to haaretz.com

      Go jump in a lake, Foxman!!!

    • It IS worse. If they think that this is going unnoticed, they are sorely mistaken.

      Coffers for more coffins keeps running through my mind....

    • merde!

      "REUTERS - Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators during his upcoming visit to Washington, amid tensions over his plans to address the U.S. Congress on Iran's nuclear program.

      Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein extended the invitation "to maintain Israel's dialogue with both political parties in Congress," according to a letter to the Israeli leader obtained by Reuters.

      Feinstein previously told Haaretz that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.”"

      link to haaretz.com

      Still licking the boot.

    • Last stanza:

      "Everyone is fighting for equal rights and justice
      Palestinians are fighting for equal rights and justice
      Down in Angola, equal rights and justice
      Down in Botswana, equal rights and justice
      Down in Zimbabwe, equal rights and justice
      Down in Rhodesia, equal rights and justice"

      PS~ I hope that Reverend Shipman and Yale read the news about the BBC's decision. Professor Salaita and UIUC, too.

    • whoops! Anyone else feel the earth move?

      Thanks, Bandolero!

      Now, many thanks to all involved with #SkipTheSpeech:

      "Roots Action, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink and American Muslims for Palestine."!

      I've been bugging my own Senators and Reps... a lot.

      I wish we could influence them not to attend AIPAC as well. Hopefully, that day will 'soon come'.

  • Cycle '48: Remapping the Nakba
    • Looks like the myths of the Zionists are finally being challenged. More please.

      "Tapestry of conflict: When Jews and Arabs shared an identity

      Historian Menachem Klein's new book 'Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron' adds greatly to our understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its devastating human cost.

      Israel Defense Forces paratroopers stand by the Western Wall, battle-weary, victorious, almost incredulous, after capturing East Jerusalem in June 1967. That image, one of the most potent in modern Zionist iconography, is as telling for what it does not portray: the area around the wall, the ancient Mughrabi neighborhood of 135 homes, two mosques, one of which dated back to the 12th century, and a sheikh’s tomb.

      The Six-Day War ended on June 10, 1967. Mughrabi was levelled the next day to make way for an open plaza. The inhabitants, writes Menachem Klein in his important new book, “Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron,” were forced out even as their houses were demolished around them. The expulsion was so rapid that they were not even given time to pack up their belongings before being relocated to empty apartments elsewhere in the newly conquered city.

      The Israelis, writes Klein, carried out their task with “mystical fervor.” “The members of the demolition crew believed themselves to be the emissaries of the Jewish people charged with ‘purging’ the site and demonstrating Israeli sovereignty.” This process, and the accompanying fervor, continues to this day in Jerusalem, and not just in the Old City.

      The Jewish quarter was next to be purged: The buildings at least would survive, but the Arab inhabitants had to go. Indeed, military forces spread a rumor that it would be best for them to leave. The whispers flowed quickly and effectively throughout the narrow alleys and tiny courtyards. In a dark echo of the biblical Passover story, houses were marked with paint. Their tenants at least were given three days to pack.

      The founding myths of 1948 and 1967, that there was no ethnic cleansing and the Palestinians willingly fled, have already been comprehensively demolished by the work of new historians such as Benny Morris, Tom Segev and Ari Shavit. Israel, like India, Pakistan and any number of post-colonial constructs, was born in war and sin. The Jewish state’s historians seem to have a unique capacity for chronicling the agonies of its birth in such great detail, but most works of modern Israeli history recount the wars and diplomacy through the eyes of generals, politicians and diplomats. Much rarer, and more welcome, are works that focus on the human story of the lives of Jews and Arabs that have been shaped, ruined and sometimes ended by the conflict.
      .....
      A shared native identity

      Klein attempts to debunk the myth of Zionist Orthodoxy that the various groups were always destined for conflict. The accepted scholarly view, he writes, sees Jewish-Palestinian relations only in the light of the conflict between two national communities and movements. It focuses on institutions, parties and politics, and gives a top-down perspective. This is wrong, he argues: A native identity was shared by both communities, and was only finally destroyed by the 1948 War of Independence.

      Nowadays, as Israel’s right wing pushes harder and ever more successfully for national identity to be predicated on being Jewish, it seems hard to imagine a time when the borders between faiths and ethnic groups were fluid and interchangeable. Native-born Jews in Palestine spoke Arabic, often dressed in Arabic clothes, ate Arabic food and lived in houses built around a courtyard.

      Arab-Jewish identity, writes Klein, did not only develop in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron. “It was a fact of life throughout the Arab world. By the end of the 19th century it was a self-conscious identity in the major cities of the east, such as Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad. In these urban centers Jews took part in the Arab cultural renaissance and local national movements.” As Ya’akov Yehoshua, the historian and writer and father of the novelist A.B. Yehoshua noted, “The residential courtyard of the Jews and Muslims were common. We were like one family, we were all friends.”
      .....
      The biblical cities of Hebron and Jerusalem had long been home to Jews, Muslims and Christians. The modern conflict, of politics and ideology, was embodied in the clash and competition between Jaffa and Tel Aviv. Klein traces the birth of the latter and the political/cultural ideology that drove the first Jewish settlers to build a European-style city on the shores of the Levant. Before 1914, Tel Aviv, then just a few streets, had barely 2,000 inhabitants. By the 1930s, the first Hebrew city was home to 75,000 people, most of them immigrants.

      Tel Aviv and Jaffa were neighbors, but were different worlds. Many Jewish immigrants passed through the former, but could not leave fast enough. They wanted to live in a city modelled after a cultured European suburb. “As far as the Jews were concerned, Jaffa was a city that progress had not yet reached – dirty, teeming and unhygienic,” Klein writes. Its Arab inhabitants were seen as both wild and violent, and lazy and passive. This was a neat mirroring of the contradictory anti-Semitic prejudices that had driven the Jews to flee Europe, that they were both rapacious capitalists and dangerous communists.
      .....
      In fact, Jaffa was the cultural and political capital of Palestine, with its own newspapers, radio stations, schools and cinemas. A port city long accustomed to new ideas as well as immigrants of varying backgrounds, Jaffa also adapted to modernity. New modern quarters were built: a downtown area to the east of the Old City, along Butros Street, with apartment blocks. To the south, Ajami and Jabaliya, were home to magnificent villas that overlooked the sea. But its identity remained firmly Arab.
      .....
      “The past,” writes Klein, “was not expunged from the consciousness of the defeated.”"

      link to haaretz.com

    • Thank you, bintbiba.

      I'm always cheered when I see you here.

    • +1 bintbiba!!!

      ( I hope that you sleep well, and that your tomorrow is a better day.)

    • Big ditto! Your effort is much appreciated and needed!

      In pitiful news:

      "A Haifa Cinematheque film festival dealing with the nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe” and the term Palestinians use to refer to their fate when Israel was founded in 1948, has been canceled, with the city and the organizers disputing the reasons.

      The group Zochrot, which organized a similar event at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque in November, said it had arranged to have the Haifa Cinematheque festival in April, just prior to Israel’s Independence Day.

      Zochrot, which aims to make Jewish Israelis more aware of what happened to the Palestinians during the War of Independence, says Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav last week withdrew a commitment to fund the festival.
      ...
      Zochrot’s Rosenberg says the Nakba festival in Tel Aviv attracted capacity crowds.

      In an apparent reference to the large number of Arab residents of Haifa who were displaced by the War of Independence, Rosenberg added, “It’s actually in a city such as Haifa that it is appropriate and important to hold such a festival, first of all as a promise not to forget and not to push the disaster that struck the Palestinians in 1948 to the side, turning 70 percent of the Palestinians into refugees. ...

      “[Yahav’s intervention] is not to the point and is mostly regretful. It is based on panic and fear, and it’s proper for the Haifa public to protest the decision.”"

      link to haaretz.com

  • Inflammatory posters at UCLA call Students for Justice in Palestine 'Jew haters' (Updated)
    • lololol, amigo! very cute.

    • Horowitz is nothing akin to a "Conservative activist" according to SPLC. Check out ckg's link above:

      “the godfather of the modern anti-Muslim movement”

      In the article there is a caption to a couple of pictures that reads:

      "David Horowitz works closely with a circle of Islamaphobes that includes Daniel Pipes and Pamela Geller."

    • It's amusing alright!

      It must be only a coincidence that it reads like a primer of hasbara 101.

      (Luntz must be so proud of all that he's spawned!)

    • I'm sorry for the apparent stubbornness of some of your family, Bornajoo. Maybe they'll come to see the light one day.

      I am so glad that you are here, though!

    • I think it is, too.

      I haven't heard anything from any national student organization, except SJP and this gent from JStreet.

      This is suspiciously "interesting", though:

      "LOS ANGELES (Press Release)– A new campaign has been launched by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to combat rapidly growing anti-Semitism on college campuses in the United States. The campaign, “Jew Hatred on Campus” aims to educate the public about the anti-Semitic acts occurring throughout the nation’s colleges and universities and calls on university administrators to withdraw campus privileges from the hate groups responsible."

      link to sdjewishworld.com

      "Interesting" because the article was published on his website on the 21st and the posters started appearing on the 22nd. Note the name of the "campaign"......... I think it is concerted campaign, and did mention Shmuley the other day wrt to this.....

    • I really am surprised that this happened in Charlottesville... things have changed for the worse. From the article that you linked to:

      'Both SPJP and JStreet — an organization which aims to address both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — have said they suspect the poster is an act of one individual.'

      It sure sounds as though they have a suspect in mind... I hope they bring him/her/them to justice soon. If proven, they should lose their privilege of attending (Honor Code, etc!)

      Thanks, sawah.

      ;(((((((

    • hophmi, I have a question for you.

      Do you think that Islamophobia is real? Do you think that it is on the rise?

      Thanks in advance for your answer.

    • Oh, please, make it stop!

      you left out the rest of my comment:

      "There are, undoubtably, real anti- semitic incidents in the world; doesn’t anyone see that by claiming it in everything, they diminish the real incidents?" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      typical hophmi. The rest of your comment izzzzz a lie. Could you provide citations from the people you referred to as "you guys"?

    • "Study: Over half of U.S. Jewish college students have encountered anti-Semitism

      Online survey of 1,157 students find that 54% say they had experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism within the past academic year."

      link to haaretz.com

      I'm interpreting the results of the 'survey' with a heavy dose of kosher dead sea salt. 'Anti-semitism' is in the eye of the beholder~ never more than now.

      There are, undoubtably, real anti- semitic incidents in the world; doesn't anyone see that by claiming it in everything, they diminish the real incidents?

    • wow, what an update, Alex!

      "Another activist, Maggie Sager, wrote on Twitter that the posters have been found at five campuses in total: Drake University, DePaul, UMass Amherst, University of California, Irvine and the University of California, Los Angeles."

      So it is a concerted effort. I hope that the perpetrators are fully exposed and punished.

      I just read this on Max B's twitter, and I am going to keep using it until Palestinians are free!

      "Zionism is a prison for Jewish minds and Palestinian bodies"

      (I also with that Jewish minds would become more Jewish and lose the Zionism, but I'm not holding my breath for that...)

      link to twitter.com

    • "Like the people who put swastikas on the Jewish fraternity at UC Davis?"

      whodunit???

    • I was going to link to this yesterday, but I didn't want to link to the sites where I found it. Today, Huffington Post has it up:

      "The dominoes are falling one by one. The student governments of major and highly prestigious universities, comprised of giant Jewish student populations, are voting to divest from major companies doing business with Israel.

      The latest to succumb is Stanford University, who this past Tuesday voted in favor of BDS. Stanford, with its large Jewish student body, is a particular blow seeing as it is such a very important university in the world in relation to hi-tech and the Internet as well as the large and influential Jewish presence in Silicon Valley and the Bay area.

      How can this be happening, especially when the SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) groups who loudly influence the passing of these resolutions usually number fewer than a hundred members at their Universities?

      Take UCLA, which voted in favor of BDS a few months back. There are over 3000 Jewish students there. Could they really have allowed their elected student government to vote so unjustly?

      There's an old joke about the professor who was asked, "What is worse? Ignorance or apathy?" To which he replied, "I don't know and I don't care."

      Ignorance and apathy are infecting the Jewish student body politic and allowing Israel to be defamed on campus."

      The entire rebuke to Jewish students, and disparagement of 'others' a la Boteach is here:
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      It ends this way:

      "The Jewish community must launch large-scale and well-coordinated programs that can turn the tide on campus and reclaim the narrative, Campus Maccabees, if you will, PR blackbelts trained in improving the public perception of Israel. It must begin with "An Israel Defense Bible," a short manual that gives students concise, clear, and comprehensive information to fight back.

      We at This World: The Values Network are committed to creating this handbook. Already, This World has carved a unique niche for itself in global pro-Israel advocacy by hosting world-class events, large-scale media campaigns, live debates, lectures, and conferences, garnering international attention and recognition.

      The time has come for each one of us to stand up and defend Israel, the Jewish people, and the universal Jewish values that underpin the western world. Campus is ground zero."

      Did Boteach inspire this poster of lies, deception and hate? Should we ask the ADL? Yesterday, I thought of his screed as inspired by fear. Today, I have a different perspective.

      Thanks, Alex.

  • Ten year old Palestinian boy attacked by settlers and abducted by Israeli soldiers while playing in the snow in Hebron
    • Another shining light right here. He leads a sea of shining lights:

      "My West Bank village marks a decade of civil disobedience

      Bil'in's villagers have become known as the 'Palestinian Gandhis' for our popular struggle against the occupation in general, and the separation fence in particular.

      By Abdullah Abu Rahmeh

      On February 20, 2005, we, residents of the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil’in, set forth, accompanied by supporters from around the world, and marched to the west side of the village. Israeli army bulldozers had begun uprooting olive trees there and wiping out the place that had shaped our memories and those of our ancestors. The occupation regime provided the excuse that the wall that they were building there was for “security reasons,” but the truth was that the real aim was to steal land to build Jewish settlements. Since then, we have organized 521 weekly Friday demonstrations and another 80 at other times.

      The protests are still taking place. We take pride not over the large number of protests that we have held but rather over the fact that we set a goal for ourselves and have accomplished it. We are simple people and are not large in number, but from the first moment, we refused to accept the reality the occupation was imposing on us through the separation barrier, with its route planned to run through Bil’in and neighboring villages. And despite the range of points of view of village residents, everyone agreed on a common goal: persistent opposition to the fence, until it came down.

      Advancing toward our goal required us to cooperate like a hive of bees. The first step involved dividing up the tasks and areas of responsibility and pooling together resources and efforts. The recruitment of our friends from abroad in our struggle made things easier for us — as did the fact that Israeli activists joined us. The village residents, who had never met Israelis who were not soldiers or settlers, had a hard time accepting the Israelis’ involvement at first, but it soon became clear that bullets fired at demonstrations did not discriminate. They hit everyone, without distinction of religion, race or gender, and that held true when it came to arrests as well. Nevertheless, discrimination between Palestinian activists and Israelis and foreigners of course does exist in the military court system in the West Bank.
      ........
      The fifth step involved continuity. Whatever the weather, in heat and cold, regardless of the circumstances, whether sad or happy, and despite the various kinds of collective punishment — the closure, the roadblocks, the curfews — we insisted on holding the demonstrations with our flag held high. One day people asked me why I always carried a Palestinian flag at the demonstrations, to which I replied that as long as the occupation continues, my flag will be held high as a symbol of the continued fight for liberation.

      The Israeli army spared no effort to put down the demonstrations in Bil’in. It used various types of ammunition, some old and familiar, while others were tried here for the first time. They also demonstrated considerable creativity when it came to collective punishment. The army raised the use of nighttime raids into the village to a real art form. Hundreds of residents were arrested in the ten years of protest, and thousands were injured. Two people from one family, Bassem and Jawaher Abu Rahmeh, were killed by the army. None of this diverted us from our goal of liberating our land.

      On this momentous occasion, after ten years of efforts, I was put on trial for a fifth time over a series of false allegations. This is also the fifth time that an Israeli judge has convicted me. Last time it led to 16 months in prison, but there is no punishment that can undermine my sense of the justice of my right to defend my land and my people’s land and our human rights. I will remain loyal to this struggle whatever the price.

      Anyone who has tasted success and victory will always seek to repeat them and preserve them and will not be reconciled to any other reality. The price is steep, but the rewards come later, when you sense the joy, the security and the peace that your activities have provided for everyone. Failure and defeat sometimes make people evade responsibility and assign blame for their circumstances. There are also those who deal with defeat by assimilating the worldview of the victor and acceptance of the new reality. That is another reason why we cannot remain silent in the face of injustice. All of us much act to change the bitter reality.

      The successes and achievements of the village of Bil’in are not exclusively that of one person but rather the result of a collective effort that everyone is entitled to take pride in — Palestinians, activists from abroad and Israeli activists. We therefore share our happiness with all of those who have come to Bil’in since 2005. We will continue to strive for humaneness to prevail. Even those who have not come to the village up to now are invited to join in and taste the sweetness of success."

      link to haaretz.com

      If you can navigate the premium wall, go read the whole thing... I hated to 'edit' it... I've said it before, most recently at his latest sentencing, that it is apparent that Israel really does not want a Palestinian Gandhi, and never did!

      From one of Kate's compilations:

      "At Abu Rahmah’s sentencing hearing took place on Sunday the military prosecutor demanded a harsh punishment consisting of a long prison sentence and a large fine. She further claimed that Abu Rahmah is somebody who commits ideological crimes, thus his chance for rehabilitation is low and he must be given a punishment that will deter him from doing similar things in the future". - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    • Searing truth. The entire article, sans a very few words is a masterpiece of truth, told by Amira Hass:

      The sickest imagination of present-day anti-Semites cannot compete with the handiwork of Israel and its emissaries the settlers in Hebron ......

      The demand for the Jewish return is broken down here into all its raw components: the expulsion of the Palestinians, the destruction of their homes and their cultural legacy, destruction of the economy, extreme ethnic-spatial separation and deranged prohibitions regarding movement and housing, attacks in the name of the Torah, harassment and denial of the other. If gentile foes were to say that that’s how Jews behave, the institutes for the study of anti-Semitism would sound the alarm.

      Today, February 25, is the 21st anniversary of the massacre perpetrated by Dr. Baruch Goldstein against worshipers in the Ibrahimi Mosque (the Cave of the Patriarchs). The prime minister and defense minister at the time, Yitzhak Rabin, could have dismantled the nuclear bombs stored by his colleagues from Mapai (the forerunner of Labor) in the late 1960s - Yigal Alon and Moshe Dayan - when they allowed groups of messianic Jews to settle there and encouraged them by providing military protection and weapons. The evacuation of the settlers from Hebron would have been received with great understanding in 1994.

      But Rabin decided to continue with the traditional policy, which was natural for Mapai, of pampering the settlers, and instructed the army to punish the Palestinians for the massacre committed against them by a Jewish doctor – an immigrant from the United States – with a prolonged curfew, restrictions on movement, the closing of shops and marketplaces, and criminal forgivingness for the violence of the settlers. Since then Israel has continued with its policy of punishing those who are being attacked.

      Twenty-one years after the massacre, the settlers in Hebron have many reasons for celebration. President Reuven Rivlin visited them and gave his approval for the evaporation of the Palestinian community from the center of Hebron. Last week a second representative of the Hebron settlers entered the Knesset, instead of the late Uri Orbach: Rabbi Hillel Horowitz of Habayit Hayehudi, who is joining his colleague and neighbor Orit Strock. And even if it’s only symbolic and for a month or two, there’s a chance that another of their neighbors, Baruch Marzel, who lives in the settlement of Tel Rumeida, will preserve the handsome quota in the next Knesset: two elected officials from a community of several hundred people who have orchestrated one of the most violent and racist realities.

      The Hebron settlers can be credited with several more accomplishments achieved in the past three years: another new promenade connecting Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarchs, an expanded Beit Romano, an archaeological park under construction, the Cave of the Patriarchs as a national heritage site, tours by school students and the main thing – a first settlement site in Hebron in 30 years in “Beit Hameriva” (“the house of contention”) in the heart of the a-Ras neighborhood, after the Supreme Court confirmed that it was purchased legally.

      And among the achievements and festivities, the center of the city is deserted and in ruins. You have to visit there, repeatedly, in order to begin to understand not only how it looks when 120 blockades and checkpoints cut off abandoned streets in the middle, and how it is when young soldiers enforce the prohibition against visiting the family that insists on continuing to live in its home or to walk in the street that’s for Jews only, and how the elderly climb up the incline short of breath, because Palestinian cars are not allowed there.

      The visit is necessary in order to understand this all-Israeli creation: Active and conscious assistance of Labor governments, and conscious support, indifference and the emotional and intellectual laziness of elites and ordinary people, have implemented the most extremist settlement-oriented-messianic-right-wing master plan since 1948."

      link to haaretz.com

      Amira Hass and Gideon Levy are two of the best journalists and reasons for hope that Israel (and the world) is lucky enough to have. May they stay safe and strong.

    • And another:

      "Palestinian hit by settler car south of Hebron

      HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man sustained moderate injuries after being hit by a settler car near the Israeli separation wall south of Hebron, locals and medics said.

      Hasan Abd al-Rahman Badran, 21, from the town of Idhna west of Hebron, was en-route to his work in Israel when he was hit by the settler vehicle near al-Burj."

      link to maannews.com

    • "BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Autopsy results for a young Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces near Bethlehem early Tuesday show that he was shot in the upper body at close range, a forensic expert told Ma'an.

      Sabri al-Aloul said that the autopsy results show that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet that penetrated his body through the left shoulder and struck his lungs before exiting and causing severe bleeding in his arteries and around his spine.

      The killing was "similar to an execution" because he was shot from very close range, al-Aloul said.

      The autopsy was performed between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and adhered to international standards, he added.

      He said the autopsy was significant given that the report could be used to hold Israel accountable in international courts."

      link to maannews.com

      "BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of mourners on Tuesday attended the funeral of 19-year-old Jihad Shehada al-Jaafari, who was shot and killed during a dawn arrest raid in Duheisha refugee camp."

      link to maannews.com

      RIP.

      "JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian girl suffered fractures and bruises Tuesday after being hit by a settlement guard's jeep in the Ein al-Lawza area of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, family said.

      Mariam Karim Dana, 10, was hit as the vehicle was speeding between houses, Dana's brother Amer said.

      He said the car stopped after Mariam fell down, but backed up again, hitting her leg.

      Israeli police arrived at the scene but allowed the driver to leave without being detained or questioned. "

      link to maannews.com

    • "Ghalia Abu-Rediah – kindness followed by execution"

      It was propaganda, Israeli style followed by an execution, Israeli style.

      Thanks to Shawn Robinson and you, Kate, for remembering this victim of a war crime.

    • COMPLETELY agree, eljay!

    • As if it could, it gets worse:

      "The sources added that al-Ja’fary was shot by a live round that penetrated his left shoulder, and lodged in his chest causing a severe bleeding.

      The soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from reaching the seriously wounded man, and he bled to death before the medics managed to move him to the al-Yamama hospital, in Bethlehem.
      ...
      The slain Palestinian was standing on his home’s rooftop, overlooking the main road, when he was shot.

      Eyewitnesses said scores of soldiers invaded the camp in an attempt to kidnap a Palestinian, an issue that led to clashes between the soldiers and local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles on them.

      The army fired gas bombs, rubber-coated metal bullets and rounds of live ammunition, causing several injuries."

      link to imemc.org

    • Amira Hass:

      "Will the PA be forced to dissolve? The dangers of Palestinian recession

      The PA cannot guarantee its residents a fair economic subsistence, even under the occupation, due to Israel's prohibitive policies, which in eight years have cost the authority tens of billions of shekels.

      Between the U.S. court decision against the PLO and the cut off of electrical power to the northern West Bank – the warped logic of the continuing existence of the Palestinian Authority, an entity that should have been temporary but became permanent, reached new heights on Monday.

      From the day of its founding two decades ago, the PA had responsibilities and duties, but was deprived of authority and resources. The Oslo Accords between an organization (the PLO) and a state (Israel) created this asymmetric reality: In it, the occupied bears legal and financial responsibility toward the occupier and its citizens, and it is punished if it rises up against the foreign ruler. The occupier is free to keep ruling and to harm the occupied.

      Monday was a day of bad economic news for Palestinian society. In the background lies an acute recession, added to five years of chronic economic stagnation. Israel continues to freeze the transfer of Palestinian taxes that it collects, so since January 170,000 public service workers have received only 60 percent of their salaries, which are insufficient to begin with.

      The results include a slowdown in commerce in the West Bank, belated payments to institutions and private businesses, and reduction of municipal projects, and therefore a further loss of revenue for the PA, workers who can’t even afford to commute to work, and mounting incidences of burglary.

      Compounding the economic recession and stagnation are the hundreds of millions of dollars that jurors in an American court this week ordered the PLO and PA to pay compensation to Israeli-American victims of Palestinian armed attacks; the danger that the Israel Electric Corporation will continue to cut off electricity intermittently; and the flooding in Palestinian neighborhoods in Hebron and the Gaza Strip due to recent storms. All this comes on top of the emotional and physical destruction in Gaza, whose reconstruction seems farther away than ever."

      the rest @ link to haaretz.com
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      And, from Charlotte Silver:

      "A New York federal jury today found the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization liable for a series of attacks that took place in present-day Israel and Jerusalem between 2000 and 2004, causing the deaths of 33 people and injuries to many more.

      The jury awarded the plaintiffs $218.5 million of the original one billion dollars sought in damages. Damages awarded in cases filed under the the Anti-Terrorism Act are automatically tripled, bringing the total amount owed by the Palestinian political bodies to $655.5 million.
      ...
      In a statement released to the press, PA deputy minister of information Mahmoud Khalifa said the charges are baseless and they will appeal the verdict.

      The verdict creates an interesting situation: the Palestinian Authority receives hundreds of millions of dollars in aid annually from the United States, and Israeli occupation forces cooperate closely with PA forces in order to suppress Palestinian protest and resistance.

      If the verdict stands, it would mean Israel and the United States are funding and working closely with organizations that a US court has deemed responsible for “terrorism.”"

      link to electronicintifada.net

    • For the very lucky in the Bay Area:

      "Dan Cohen
      ‏@dancohen3000
      Bay Area: I will discuss Gaza at UC Berkeley on February 24."

      details @ link to twitter.com

    • "Israel's electric company cut off power Monday to more than 700,000 Palestinians in two major West Bank cities and nearby villages, and warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don't pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt.

      The outage in Nablus, the largest West Bank city, and Jenin, to the north, lasted about an hour, but could become a regular part of West Bank life if the Palestinian Authority and the local electric utilities don't pay their bills, the Israel Electric Corp. (IEC) warned.

      In a reprisal move, Israel has frozen more than $240 million in tax revenues it had collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the last two months, leaving an already cash-strapped government unable to even pay full salaries for its 180,000 civil servants."

      link to latimes.com

      Occupiers aren't supposed to do any of the heinous things that Israel is doing.

      "The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation

      Professor Francis Boyle

      Belligerent occupation is governed by The Hague Regulations of 1907, as well as by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and the customary laws of belligerent occupation. Security Council Resolution 1322 (2000), paragraph 3 continued: “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in a Time of War of 12 August 1949;...” Again, the Security Council vote was 14 to 0, becoming obligatory international law.

      The Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the West Bank, to the Gaza Strip, and to the entire City of Jerusalem, in order to protect the Palestinians living there. The Palestinian People living in this Palestinian Land are “protected persons” within the meaning of the Fourth Geneva Convention. All of their rights are sacred under international law.

      There are 149 substantive articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention that protect the rights of every one of these Palestinians living in occupied Palestine. The Israeli Government is currently violating, and has since 1967 been violating, almost each and every one of these sacred rights of the Palestinian People recognized by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Indeed, violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention are war crimes.

      So this is not a symmetrical situation. As matters of fact and of law, the gross and repeated violations of Palestinian rights by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers living illegally in occupied Palestine constitute war crimes. Conversely, the Palestinian People are defending themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian."

      More @ link to ifamericansknew.org

    • That's chilling, Walid.

      "(CNN)Authorities are investigating the appearance of five drones seen flying over sensitive and well-known areas of Paris overnight, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

      The unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille, Place de la Concorde, Les Invalides and the U.S. Embassy, according to Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office. The drones were seen between midnight and 6 a.m."

      link to edition.cnn.com

      Whodunnit, indeed?
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      "Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed a Palestinian man overnight Tuesday, in a refugee camp outside of Bethlehem.

      According to IDF sources, soldiers entered the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem. Clashes erupted with Palestinians throwing stones and bricks at the troops, One IDF soldier sustained a light head wound and was taken for treatment. The soldiers opened fire, and one Palestinian was hit, then taken to receive treatment.

      According to Palestinian doctors, the 19-year-old victim, identified as Jihad Shehadi el-Jaafari. A was hit by one bullet in his chest, and taken to local clinic where he died shortly after from loss of blood. Palestinian sources said that the clashes broke out as IDF soldiers entered the camp on an arrest mission. One witness stated that Aljaferi was on the roof of his home looking down at the soldiers during the clash."

      link to haaretz.com

    • "Rachel Corrie
      ‏@rcfoundation
      @RaniaKhalek English translation of Israeli Supreme Court ruling dismissing appeal in Rachel Corrie case"

      Link to document (travesty of justice) @ link to twitter.com

      So freaking sad and wrong. Lies, lies, and more lies.

    • Or Cast Lead, or Pillar of Defense, or any of the Palestinians. Lebanese, Iranians, Jordanians, or humanitarian activists, etc. that they've terrorized and killed. Of course, you are right about this, seafoid.

      Yet, the Corries can't even get an apology for the murder of their child, may she rest in peace. No justice in Israel, and none in the US for any victims of Israeli violence. And that's one of thousands upon thousands of innocents killed by Israel. Still, the US funds and arms Israel so that they can kill more innocents with impunity, falsely claiming 'self- defense'. Kafkaesque.
      ;(((

      (PS~ "The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organisation have been ordered to pay $218.5m". Where are they going to find the money?)

    • This gives me the willies, too:

      "The Israel Defense Forces plans to make it harder for soldiers to be released from the army due to psychological distress, in an effort to reduce the number of people dropping out before completing their compulsory service.

      Currently, one out of every six men drafted into the IDF drops out before completing his three-year term. As a result, a task force comprised of representatives from all the army’s main branches, along with the medical corps and the mental health unit, has decided to stiffen the criteria for release on psychological grounds.

      A senior officer in the IDF manpower directorate said that almost 50 percent of soldiers who drop out of the army do so for psychological reasons. The remainder do so mainly due to either medical or disciplinary problems.
      .......
      Nevertheless, former mental health officers said they doubted if it was possible to reduce the number of soldiers dropping out due to psychological problems. Compared to other armies, they explained, the IDF exempts very few people from service on mental health grounds, so more people with potential problems enter the army to begin with.

      “The psychological dropout rate from the IDF fell dramatically a few years ago, and some professionals even thought it fell dangerously,” said Col. (res.) Prof. Haim Knobler, a former head of the IDF’s mental health unit. “The numbers we’re hearing attest to a limited psychological dropout rate – much smaller than the norm in Western armies with compulsory service. I’m certain the IDF professionals know how to prevent the errors of drafting unsuitable people or retaining soldiers who aren’t fit for service.”

      Knobler added that most of the people exempted from service or released early on psychological grounds don’t have real psychiatric problems, but their personality makes them unsuited to army life. “In most cases it’s what we used to call ‘an immature personality,’ and in other cases it’s problems with accepting authority,” Knobler explained. “Most of those released from the IDF on psychological grounds are still released for these reasons, so there’s no point in talking about psychological treatment for the soldiers that would allow them to remain in service in these cases.”"

      link to haaretz.com

      Scary. Forcing psychologically disturbed IOF to continue to have guns and WMD.

    • "Burnt body found in abandoned house in Ramallah

      RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The burnt body of a young man was found in an abandoned house in Ramallah on Monday, police said.

      Police told Ma'an that the body was taken to Al-Quds University's forensic medicine department for an autopsy."

      link to maannews.com

      Police are investigating... this gives me the willies.

    • I love it very much, Kate.

      I was pleased to see the article from Amira Hass, though it left me sad.

      I was also very moved to see that "Hundreds join ‘Open Shuhada Street’ rally despite storm". When you read/see the reality of life in the OPT as you so diligently document here so often and tirelessly, it makes the efforts of good people so impressive and awe- inspiring. I wish YAS would grow in a huge way~ the illegal settlements are disgraceful on their own, but the actions of the illegal, violent and criminal "settlers" are truly a threat to the very lives of all Palestinians... their enabling by the armed IOF, "border" (where?) police, and others is truly a marriage made in hell.

      Why did it take until 2015 for 'Khirbet Khizeh' to be published in the US? Something/someones are rotten in this... Same thing for “Censored Voices” (thanks to Sundance, btw!)

      "Tongue-tied: Arab and Jewish Jerusalemites are flocking to study the other’s language"

      I want to believe that it's a good sign, but my initial reaction is my recollection of people being beaten for speaking Arabic in Jerusalem and of Palestinians being executed for speaking Hebrew during last summer's massacre in Gaza.....

      "PHOTOS: Snow on Jerusalem’s holy and unholy monuments"

      great photos, and the title is spot- on! Here are some more:

      link to haaretz.com

    • Oh Kate. I can barely see to write this. The tears are just pouring. Thank you for the single most beautiful gift that I have received in a very, very, very long time.

      The video, the lyrics, the music, her beauty (in her robe of Palestine), and her voice are perfect in every way.

      It's perfection. It's Palestine. It's Palestinian. It's ethereal.

      I fervently wish that this goes "viral". Miral Ayyad, in this song and video of 'Shawit Haky', has spoken volumes.

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