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  • Why the Salaita case matters, outside the United States
  • As AJC and CAMERA go after Jebreal for writing up Israeli 'hate policies,' 'NYT' backs her up
  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
    • Thanks again for that, gracie.

      I just saw this:

      "Belal Dabour - Gaza @Belalmd12 · 6h 6 hours ago

      Alaqsa mosque has just been announced by the Israeli police to be "closed for Muslims until further notice!" This will not go well."

      and

      "MK Moshe Feiglin, who has incited for genocide of Palestinians, calls for mass demo at Al Aqsa at 8 AM: link to twitter.com …"

      link to twitter.com

      Frightening times.

    • bingo, Shingo!!!

    • thanks Annie.

      I can think of many more accurate words to describe the odious PM.

      He isn't a c/s when it comes to hurting/slaughtering Palestinians or stealing more of their land. If it was used as a taunt to make him launch strikes on others, it was a dumb one. If it was used in the article by some unknown agent with an agenda via Goldberg to incite folks for the midterms, I honestly don't think it will really work with the average voter who cares about many other things.........it will generate 'noise' on the Sunday circuit, but that's about it.

      it was fun while it lasted, though.

    • The picture up top is sooo much better and worthy of top billing than that of the grinning IOF goon-thugs!

      Can you replace this with that photo?

      Please?

    • could very well be, Mooser!

    • I really disagree.

      We actually need Iran-- now, more than ever.

    • Thx for that too Horizontal!

    • Bless you Shmuel! I needed that laugh.

    • He was buds with Obama after Hurricane Sandy and endured the wrath of the Repubs.

      He's now a schmuck with a scandal under his belt.

    • It's priceless. The chicken and Netanyahu appear to be wearing the same expression.

      (what breed is that bird anyway?)

    • And the Big Chris' FP bonafides/creds are what again?

      remember back in May when he groveled to King Adelson?

      'LAS VEGAS – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Sheldon Adelson in a meeting Saturday for stepping on a fault line in Middle East politics during a speech he gave earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with the conversation.'

      link to politico.com

    • Israel has failed at provoking Obama to attack Iran & Syria flat- out, unlike they provoked Bushco to attack Iraq.

      Israel never does the 'heavy lifting'-- ever, except for Gaza.

      Obama isn't going to attack Iran. Israel won't either. Goldberg cannot make war happen.

    • I'm sure it was given the good whitehousekeeping stamp of approval.

  • Normalizing occupation, NYT runs whimsical story on time zones
    • And what about the innumerable insults toward the President of the US and John Kerry by the GoI? Are they 'hurtful' toward millions of US citizens all over the world?

      lol to your 7:01 comment seafoid!

  • Shimon Peres gets one tough question -- on illegal settlements -- and Colgate University censors it
  • Blockade continues: Gaza fishing boats are targeted with gunfire inside six-mile zone
    • So Israel continues to violate the terms of the 'ceasefire' with continued impunity.

      The UAE and Egypt are aiding and abetting Israel as well.

      Thanks Kate.

  • A conversation with Abu Yazan, one of the founders of Gaza Youth Breaks Out
    • Thanks for that, Walid.

      I am wary of criticizing the movements/ideas of the Palestinian people.

      It's important context that you remind us of.

    • Yep.

      Gideon Levy:

      "What is a Palestinian to do in such a situation?

      There are two possibilities. The first is to accept, give in, give up. The second is to resist. Whom have we respected more in history? Those who passed their days under the occupation and collaborated with it, or those who struggled for their freedom?

      Imagine you’re a Palestinian. You have every right to resist. In fact, it’s your civil duty. No argument there. The occupied people’s right to resist occupation is secured in natural justice, in the morals of history and in international law."

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • I like the idea of passive resistance as well, of course. Palestinians have tried that too. Israel (with the support and complicity of the US) has met that with continued violence and oppression, etc. If Palestinians march in protest, they are met with IOF violence. If they pray or seek to pray, they are harassed or worse.

      I can't say what the answer is. I do know in my gut that until and unless the US stops enabling Israel that resistance must continue. It is not Gaza that breaks the 'ceasefires'.

      The Occupation has to end.

    • Thanks for this article about another inspired and inspiring Palestinian.
      Mrs. Broomstick and her actions are awesome-- little wonder her son is who he is.

      I turn to "Three Little Birds" all the time, and have for years...... both in sorrow and in joy.

  • Rivlin commemorates Kfar Qassem massacre and speaks of 'equality'
  • US-Israel relationship is still 'strong and formidable,' says State Dep't
    • So am I, gracie, so am I.

      the Israeli provocation, vis-à-vis intensified heinous actions, is immense and intense.

    • mebbe they'll build a prison barracks for them so that they don't have to travel at all...

      ahem

    • The chicken has already flown the coop...no official would have said it if it had not been approved.

      Just sayin'.

    • superb.

      the 95% over there and the ardent supporters over here need to pay attention. I only hope and pray that this is just the tip of the iceberg of a change in the 'special relationship'-- the one that Netanyahu 'cherishes' but holds in contempt/takes for granted too much of the time.

      wonder how soon the ADL et al will call this antisemitic.......

    • "The remarks are particularly telling in having been made to Goldberg, a Washington insider who has interviewed both Obama and Netanyahu, and who warned US-Israeli relations were in a “full-blown crisis” that could only get worse after the midterm elections.

      Speaking to the Israeli parliament – the Knesset – a few hours after the comments were revealed, Netanyahu angrily insisted he was “under attack simply for defending Israel”, adding that he “cherished” Israel’s relationship with the US.

      “When there are pressures on Israel to concede its security, the easiest thing to do is to concede,” he said. “You get a round of applause, ceremonies on grassy knolls, and then come the missiles and the tunnels.”

      The Obama officials’ comments underline the dismal state of relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu after a series of damaging announcements by Israel – including again this week – regarding its determination to push ahead with settlement building in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

      The temperature of relations plunged again last week when Israel’s defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, was pointedly snubbed by senior administration officials during a visit last week to Washington, which itself followed a public warning from the White House that Israel risked alienating its “closest allies”.

      Despite the deepening frustration in Washington, Netanyahu continued to hit back over the latest settlement announcement, saying US criticism was “detached from reality”, even on the eve of the publication of the latest remarks.

      “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” said one official quoted in the Atlantic. “The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states.

      “The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”"

      link to theguardian.com

      1) He certainly doesn't seem to mind slaughtering Palestinians

      2) what "grassy knolls" is he talking about???

      3) he does not want peace

    • Yonah-- excuses, excuses, excuses.

    • "for·mi·da·ble
      ˈfôrmədəb(ə)l,fərˈmidəb(ə)l/
      adjective
      adjective: formidable

      inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
      "a formidable opponent"
      synonyms: intimidating, forbidding, daunting, disturbing, alarming, frightening, disquieting, brooding, awesome, fearsome, ominous, foreboding, sinister, menacing, threatening, dangerous "

    • An abomination.

      Thanks to Matt, Said, Elise, and Arshad for exposing the grotesquerie.

      She says she hasn't read the reports! She'll get back to us. Really? We are supposed to trust in our embassy in Israel to do anything???

      "You spin me right round, baby
      Right round like a record, baby
      Right round round round
      You spin me right round, baby
      Right round like a record, baby
      Right round round round"

  • 'It's going to be rad': Amman skaters work to build 7Hills Skate Park
    • What an uplifting story!

      I especially appreciated these bits:

      “It’s not easy to be a young person in this part of the world,” he says. While warfare and revolts have upturned many neighboring cities, tensions over the flooding refugee population, high unemployment, and regional insecurity are rampant in Jordan. “Many of our skaters, and the new kids we hope to bring in to the park, come from broken homes or refugee families. We want to give them a healthy, free, accessible resource to enjoy life.”

      and

      "In skating, if you’re not falling, you’re not trying. I guess the reason I’ve stuck with it this long is I don’t mind failing.”

      and

      “Let’s go get some hummus.”

      Thank you Sarah.

  • How Israel is turning Gaza into a super-max prison
    • "Where else in the world apart from the Palestinian territories would the international community stand by idly as so many people suffer – and not from a random act of God but willed by fellow humans?"

      This is the essential question that every real human being in the world needs to ask themselves. All the while, US pols were calling the deaths in Gaza "heartbreaking"-- I reserve heartbreaking for natural disasters, etc., not for man created events. I can't think of anywhere else that this would be allowed to happen. The destroyer, the Occupier paves the way for more misery followed by more misery...
      This was not 'willed by fellow humans', Jonathan-- Israel and its supporters have/are acting in distinctly inhuman ways.

      "Security needs" of Israel is beyond tiresome-- they are armed to the teeth with WMD, nukes, and a cruel IOF. End the OCCUPATION.

  • University of Exeter students vote to boycott Israeli settlement products in a landslide
    • Well done! A resounding victory indeed!

      Thanks Andrew.

      “They appropriated the Palestinian flag and purported to know what is best for Palestinians,” said Francesco Amoruso, a postgraduate student at the university. “This colonial mindset must be stopped in its tracks. They need to move aside so that Palestinians can speak for themselves.”

      So important that they were called out on this as well. All the way is the way to do it.

  • Jebreal debunks Netanyahu's 'American values' claim in NYT piece on 'hate policies'
  • Israeli committee to consider plans to build first city for Palestinian citizens in country's history
    • Israel should be made to rebuild Gaza without any donations from anyone.

    • "Report on project describes it as ‘affirmative action"

      It's segregation and apartheid and more Isr bs.

      Rania Khalek's article is spot- on.

      As far as Abdul-Rahman Shalloudi's accident-- I was suspecting all along that it might have been just that. But the IOF shoot to murder reaction to Palestinian's is ingrained.

      Your entire compilation is devastating, Kate-- the cruel assault has continued unabated.

  • Under pretext of restoring calm, Netanyahu government is escalating Israel’s war on Palestinians in Jerusalem
    • Totally awesome.

      Thanks, eljay!

    • PS-- Netanyahu et al continue to incite-- there may be no bombs by Israel, but there is no 'ceasefire' either.

      (I nearly jumped out of my skin when I started hearing that video as I was reading!)

    • A superb article, Dan.

      I just had a conversation with a learned person about nearly everything you write so eloquently about.

      I very much appreciate this, because it can be spread far and wide! Not everyone will engage with me for hours.....

  • Another New York Times' reporter's son is in the Israeli army
  • UCLA Hillel partners with PR firm to fight BDS movement
  • Resistance is our duty, too
    • Leave it to Berkeley to blaze the trail!

      yay!

    • You're right-- he keeps repeating 'silly' ideas about justice/injustice and other things.

      He's got a motherlode of facts that he exposes.

      "From Israel`s point of view the fact that this can take place it is a clear demonstration in what it differs from many countries in the world, including ALL of them in the region, and ironically this very fact belies a great deal of his negativism – the fact that Israel can deal with that with no problem "

      That's why he has to have bodyguards, right?

      Your comment is nuts, ivri.

    • I read Levy's column this morning. I am so glad that you chose to profile it here.

      Bless Gideon Levy.

  • Kerry just snubbed a gov't minister who calls for segregated bus lines. And that's a bad thing?
    • The Anglosphere and those in their pockets rule again against human rights!

    • It's weird, I admit-- really quite odd. Diplomatic doublespeak??

      what about this bit from the article:

      "The paper said that US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, had exerted pressure on the non-permanent members of the Security Council to stop them from supporting the PA initiative.”

    • How's this for "fortitude"?

      "Secretary of State John Kerry, who played a key role in persuading the PA leadership to delay its Security Council bid, made it clear that the move would embarrass Washington by forcing it to veto the proposed resolution.

      Kerry reportedly told the PA leadership that a US veto would have a negative impact on American-Palestinian relations.

      Al-Quds also revealed that the PA has failed to win the backing of nine members of the Security Council for the proposed resolution, which envisages the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital on all the territories captured by Israel in 1967.

      The paper said that US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, had exerted pressure on the non-permanent members of the Security Council to stop them from supporting the PA initiative."

      link to jpost.com

      "Poor Samantha Power had to meet with the racist."

      She doesn't look bothered at all! Or were you using sarcasm?

      (btw-- that picture of the racist monster and killing machine should never, ever be shown to children-- especially at this time of year!)

    • I think that they are drinking Ziocaine.

  • Israeli army kills 14-year old Palestinian with U.S. citizenship
    • Great comment and response annie!

    • My hope is that the WH did this not because of Ya'alon's "criticisms" but because of his and Israel's cruel and illegal actions this summer and beyond.

      From your linked article, Kay:

      "Ya'alon condemned the way the U.S. was dealing with Iran in harsh terms, going as far as implying that President Barack Obama was avoiding taking action, preferring instead to leave the matter to his replacement. "People know Iran cheats," he said, “But comfortable Westerners prefer to put off confrontation. If possible, to next year, or the next president. But in the end, it will blow up.”

      At the same conference Ya'alon said that if the administration continues to show weakness on the international stage, American national security would suffer a great blow. “If you sit and wait at home, the terrorism will come again,” he said. “Even if you hunker down, it will come. This is a war of civilizations. If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman. I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.”

      On Saturday, Finance Minister Yair Lapid commented on what he termed a crisis in relations between Israel and the U.S. "These are vitally important relations for Israel, and we must do everything we can to solve the crisis and resume good relations," Lapid said in an event in Tel Aviv.

      "Sometimes you need to know how to say thank you, and we should treat the relations between Israel and the U.S. with responsibility and respect.""

      No insight, no sense of responsibility, only more aggression from anyone in the GoI... saying "thank you" ain't gonna cut it.

      As Bornajoo says below, these monsters should be arrested.

      (the comments in the Haaretz article are a hoot-- and not a good hoot)

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