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  • Tony Blair's Middle East speech: dangerous and anti-Muslim
  • Federal agencies express concerns about Israel's entry into the Visa Waiver Program
    • Oh my, our congresscritters, who are more devoted to 'young' Israelis and other Israeli Disneyland & 'real' MM fans than they are to 'reciprocity' and the letter of the law (never mind the spirit of the law!) are parading their vomitrocious hypocrisy again.....and somebodies are calling them out. Yeah!

      Don't they already live in 'Disneyland' with an armed-to-the-teeth Goofy in charge? The same one who commissioned the cartoon bomb drawing for show and tell at the UN?

      Vote these cretins out.

  • Max Blumenthal's guilt by association – with Jewish ethics
  • Southern Poverty Law Center takes Blumenthal's side against smear campaign
    • "demonstrates how tenuous and contrived the connection is."

      It was an ill- contrived smear. Nothing unexpected from the zionutter wing of the planet. Pipes is a PNAC warmonger extraordinaire and Islamophobic creep of the highest order of the lowest on the planet.

      Thank you SPLC, Alex, MW and Phan. Bravo to Max and his Herculean efforts, edging all of us toward the truth and justice.

  • Mohammed Al-Azza tells Dublin why Aida camp resists occupation
    • "He answered that the Israelis want the Palestinian to leave, that they want the land. But he also spoke of the strong community spirit–”sumud”–or steadfastness. He said he could leave but would not. And that others in the camp could leave but would not."

      The Israelis want it ALL, and will continue to commit any and all crimes to achieve their hideous goals. They want no reminders nor rejoinders to their horrific behaviors... ergo, cleanse the land of the indigenous people, by hook or by crook. But the Palestinian people have "right" on their side, and will live to tell their history to their children, and grandchildren. We need to have the very same steadfastness in supporting them and theirs, and to spread the truth. The "Key" is a wonderful remembrance and symbol -- a call to remember, and to never forget, and to always support a thoroughly just peace and freedom for the Palestinian people.

      Many thanks, Geoff. (I cannot get the video to play-- I'll try again later, and look forward to it!)

  • Tensions rise on Temple Mount as rightwing Jews seek to hold Passover rituals there
    • Oh, please, carbonfree10.

      Israeli provocation/incitement/disrespect toward the Palestinians ( Muslim and Christian and otherwise) is the design and 'flavor of the day' of these many decades.........by the apartheid state. Remember Sharon?

  • 'Israel is the home of all Jews,' declares a right-wing official
  • 'NYT' abided by Israeli gag order even as 'EI' scooped it repeatedly
    • Ms. Sullivan is on the right path..... it's welcome news.

      Ms. Rudoren, on the other hand, is wholly wayward and owned by Israel. Her obeisance to the apartheid state should be grounds for a very public dismissal from the NYT. (I'm sure she can find work elsewhere.)

      Rudoren should state clearly that she is Tel Aviv's bureau chief-- not Jerusalem's.

      "“We probably would have written a modest story or brief about this arrest earlier if there had not been a gag order.”"

      This statement is so very telling, eh?

  • The Book of Exodus and the Book of Palestine
  • Palestinian youth say the talks with Israel are futile
    • Thanks Kay24. By the way, it's against Jewish halachic law to destroy these trees........

      from 2004:

      "The Israeli army has destroyed hundreds of thousands of Palestinian olive and citrus trees throughout the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent years. Yet in a startling admission, a staffer at the Jewish National Fund for Israel (JNF) has written that, “it is against Jewish halachic law to uproot fruit bearing trees.”"

      link to electronicintifada.net

      and....

      "Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.

      Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the door of a mosque in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was damaged overnight and the house of worship was sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti.

      He said on Friday that the attack appeared to be the latest "price tag" incident. The phrase is used by a small group of Jewish extremists to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies. He said police were investigating.

      Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted by the vandals in recent years. The acts have been condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum."

      link to abcnews.go.com

      Apparently, condemnation is just a word. No punishment, no accountability, no responsibility. It, therefore, ain't no "fringe group".

  • Updated: Remote-control gun installed atop wall near Bethlehem -- Ma'an
    • One more thing, ymedad.....your comment to Hostage is complete bs. Hostage's comments are fully informed and sourced. You simply cannot "handle the truth"-- you have nothing to contribute to Hostage's comments except vituperation, vitriol and very old fairy tales.

      Indeed, it must be "difficult" for you.

    • ymedad: read this by Prof. Ellis, published here this very day:

      "Scriptures should evolve to include what is done in God’s name after the forming of faith communities. Expand the Passover story to include the modern state of Israel. Shall we call it the Book of Palestine? Or we could recite both histories together – the Book of Exodus and the Book of Palestine.

      On the Jewish side of the Book of Palestine are plenty of authors up for the task of narration. Think of Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, Josh Ruebner and Max Blumenthal combining their expertise and insights. On the Palestinian side, think of Edward Said, Nur Masala and Joseph Massad.

      History has to be our guide. Whatever religion can say after history is in place – proceed. What religion can’t say after history, religion has to leave behind.

      When religion has to take the history challenge only fragments survive.

      Along with the traditional story, in the last few days of Passover begin reading the Book of Palestine. Now read it out loud with other Jews.

      Hear who we have become.

      As you raise the matzah to your lips note the sound of Star of David helicopter gunships in the air.

      You’ve asked the four traditional Passover questions for years. Now ask the fifth."

      link to mondoweiss.net

  • China Miéville: It's become a cliche to talk about Palestine as a dystopia, but when you see Hebron you know where the cliche is coming from
    • Horrible, horrible, horrible.

      There will be comeuppance for Israel and the IOF.........hopefully soon, in full view of the entire world, most especially-- the US of A.

      Many thanks for this very important clip. The Palestinian people are so very resilient and steadfast-- remarkable in every way.

  • Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?'
    • Nope, they won't.

      THe GWOT is the single stupidest 'war' the US has fought since the 'war on drugs'.

      We've never been very good at introspection or truth or honesty.

    • Another American psycho with a gun.

      ugh.

  • You know Israel's in trouble when 'NYT' runs op-ed saying it's replacing Iran as isolated theocracy
  • Why are two Republican congressmen doing a walkabout on the Temple Mount?
    • So what do these buffoons and goons think about this?

      "Christians: Israel violates Palestinian religious freedoms each Easter
      BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 6 Apr — A group of Christians from East Jerusalem on Sunday said that Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian mobility resulted in violations of religious freedoms. The statement, signed “Palestinian Christian Organizations in Occupied East Jerusalem,” complained that Christians are often denied access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Easter holidays. Each Easter, checkpoints are erected “at the Gates and in the alley, thus preventing the worshipers from free access to the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the vicinity of the Christian Quarter.” Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian Christians are a part of larger strategy of Judaization in Jerusalem, the statement said. “The restrictive measures constitute grave violation on the freedom of worship, and amount to discrimination against Christians because the occupation authorities want to negate Christian presence and create the impression of a Jewish-only city.” Both Christians and Muslims are often “unable to worship freely and to be with their families and friends” during religious holidays because of Israel’s actions, the statement went on to note. The organizations called on Christians to make attempts to attend Easter celebrations in Jerusalem despite the countless restrictions."

      link to mondoweiss.net

  • About that special relationship...
  • Two desperate anti-Semitism charges, from Foxman and Boteach
    • I think of this fable so often...almost exclusively wrt Israel and its many minions and worshipers.

      It's devolved into a charnel house of horrors-- horrors heaped upon the departed and oppressed, and a pall of miserableness hangs over it all.

  • Israel's brand rides high on NPR
    • yes, Kathleen.

      Meanwhile Shuki is here, n'est ce pas? Why bother, if there is "no effect"?

      lol.

    • I remember it, James. It was/is pathetic. Reminiscent of how the brigade trumpets Miss Israel............

  • 'No decision has been made on Jonathan Pollard,' says State Dep't
    • And then the Israelis will hunt and re-imprison all of the prisoners all over again. The stench of rotting 'roses'-- fear/Israeli terrorism/backtracking/harassment will again fill the air.

      This whole "shooting fish in a barrel", "catch and release" only to 'catch' again meme is as old as the ILLEGAL Occupation.

      Pollard needs to stay put. Period. All I know for sure is that more Americans need to know what he did to hurt them and benefit himself.

      Then perhaps we can talk about Snowden in an intelligent way.

  • 'Not a single person in this room would accept living as Palestinians do, generation after generation'
    • "Israel has not yet legally acquired ANY territories it has acquired (illegally) by war. No one has been able to show me where, how, when and by what agreement territories captured by Israel 1948-49 became sovereign to Israel."

      great point. I'd love an answer to this as well......

    • My goodness-- Ibish nails it yet again! He's done so twice lately-- once in print, just a couple of weeks ago in Haaretz:

      "“Many commentators, including this author, have carefully picked apart the myriad problems involved with Israel’s new demand that the Palestinians formally recognize it as a “Jewish state.” But at least one of its most problematic aspects has been significantly under-examined and underappreciated. The new demand negates, both in effect and intention, the greatest of Palestinian concessions, their 1993 recognition of the State of Israel.

      There is an international consensus in favor of a two-state solution, and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman now say they, too, support this goal after long careers opposing it. And in the quarter-century campaign to achieve a conflict-ending two-state agreement through direct talks, there remains a dangerous anomaly. One side, the Palestine Liberation Organization, recognized Israel up front. All other details aside, they have long since performed the sine qua non of a two-state agreement by recognizing Israel. The other side, Israel, has never recognized a Palestinian state or, in any formal, written, or legal sense, even the Palestinian right to a state.

      (and)

      What has yet to be fully recognized is that the single most significant impact of this “Jewish state” demand is that it effectively dismisses and reverses the 1993 Palestinian recognition of Israel. This concession made it ridiculous for anyone to argue that the core of the problem was Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel. But now, hey presto, it is once again possible to present Palestinian recognition of Israel as a major issue, because it wasn’t recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state.”

      It doesn’t matter that no one ever asked the Palestinians to do so until 2007, or that there are a great many complications, ambiguities, and grave difficulties associated with it. It has become a mantra of much of the pro-Israel constituency the world over that the 1993 recognition of Israel by the PLO is all but irrelevant, and that until Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” their intention to end the conflict and live in peace remains very much open to question.

      So, this new demand solves the problem that one side is lived up to its core commitment under a two-state solution – recognizing the statehood of the other party – while the other side has not. It pushes the diplomatic, psychological, and political clock back before 1993, to an era where Palestinians are once again being asked to demonstrate their willingness to live in peace with Israel by uttering some magic mantra.

      It elides the fact that, from a Palestinian and Arab point of view, the 1993 recognition of Israel was the mother of all concessions: a recognition that Palestinians were surrendering their political claim to around 78% of what had very recently been their country, in the sense that they were a large majority there until 1948. So now we are left negotiating over the territories conquered by Israel in 1967, without even touching the areas that became Israel in 1948. The enormity of this vast concession, this overwhelming – almost impossible – agreement by the Palestinians, was never fully recognized by Israel or the international community. And now, with the Jewish state demand, it’s dismissed altogether as almost totally irrelevant.” "

      link to mondoweiss.net

      He's taken the "gloves" off. Speaking comprehensible and comprehensive truth. Super& steady 'reveal'.

  • 6 DC heavyweights tell Kerry, Netanyahu in West Bank is like Putin in Crimea
    • I don't see the comparison between "Israel’s occupation of the West Bank to Russia’s occupation of Crimea".

      One is weeks old (never mind that the Crimeans are not suffering the same unconscionable atrocities that the Palestinians have been, and that they voted to join Russia and break from Ukraine ), the other is decades old and has been FULLY supported by our government. I see Crimea mentioned once in the article. Russia not at all. Israel and Palestine-- plenty.

      Perhaps this article is more about the grotesque Israeli Occupation, the illegality of Israeli 'settlements' and Israel's continued intransigence than anything else. Oh, yeah-- and our complicity and enabling of same.

      Or maybe I am wrong.

  • 'Poof' -- Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
    • "Unfortunately, the prisoners weren’t released on the Saturday they were supposed to be released. And so day [one] went by, day two went by day three went by and then in the afternoon when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem. And poof! That was sort of the moment."

      For me, this is stunning in its entirety. A synopsis of the delay, delay, lies, lies by our 'allies' over these many decades ending in a 'poof'.

    • Hope they slept well last night..........

      heh. heh. heh.

    • Agreed, Taxi.

      From what I've read thus far, though, it's a 'poof' heard 'round' the world.

      Not a pffft behind closed doors, or a pssst on an open mike.

      Blame, finally, squarely where it lies.

    • Yay!

      Spin it, twist it, munch it MSM et al-- finally the truth is out!

      Poof- aha! Can't put that genie back in the bottle...

      Thanks Phil.

  • 'Each tree was like a member of the family' --Olson on Palestinians and the land
  • Where is Sarah Ali?
    • Wonderful! A genuinely wonderful moment of 'familial' love and kindness-- best of luck to her and her family.

      I guess that her falafel, her hummus, her pita, her imagination and talent, etc. were awesome and actually original.

      Wasn't there a recently crowned Miss. Israel that was Ethiopian, or something?

    • Incredible and heartbreaking, isn't it?

      It could not be more blatant.

      Thank you Refaat.

    • "Sarah remains in Gaza, with only a cardboard cut out sitting on stage in her place."

      Shame on the Israelis-- but everyone knows that...they don't care, they want to keep all Palestinian humans prisoner, or worse.

      Sarah's voice becomes increasingly powerful because of their heinous actions.

      Thank you Lora.

  • 'For me, Palestine is paradise': An interview with Leila Khaled
    • It ain't 'propaganda', Mayhem

      Apparently you don't understand the meaning of the word 'refugee', nor its implications.

      Then again, why would you?

  • Friedman says Iran's friends include BDS and Jews in Open Hillel movement
    • He's inciting against Iran, period.

      All the while trying to "save" the status quo in Israel and the immovable Adelson by playing earnest. He's just calming buffing his nails-- knowing that he's gonna get more face time on tv.

      Schmuck. Dangerous schmuck with Pulitzers.

      from wiki:

      "Awards, recognition, and criticism

      Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times:

      1983: for his coverage of the war in Lebanon. A distinguished example of international reporting[citation needed]
      1988: for coverage of Israel: a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs[citation needed]
      2002: for his commentary illuminating the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat[citation needed]

      Additionally, in 2005 he was elected as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.[25]

      American journalist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald, writing for Salon on July 25, 2012, commented: "His status among American elites is the single most potent fact for understanding the nation's imperial decline."[26]

      Another American academic and commentator, Haroon Moghul, has described Friedman as hating Islam, stating that: "he hates Muslims enough to want to bomb them."[27]
      Writing style

      Some critics have derided Friedman's idiosyncratic prose style, with its tendency to use mixed metaphors and analogies. Walter Russell Mead described his prose as being "an occasionally flat Midwestern demotic punctuated by gee-whiz exclamations about just how doggone irresistible globalization is – lacks the steely elegance of a Lippmann, the unobtrusive serviceability of a Scotty Reston or the restless fireworks of a Maureen Dowd and is best taken in small doses."[28] Similarly, journalist Matt Taibbi has said of Friedman's writing that, "Friedman came up with lines so hilarious you couldn't make them up even if you were trying – and when you tried to actually picture the 'illustrative' figures of speech he offered to explain himself, what you often ended up with was pure physical comedy of the Buster Keaton/Three Stooges school, with whole nations and peoples slipping and falling on the misplaced banana peels of his literary endeavors."[29]

      In a column for the New York Press, Alexander Cockburn wrote: "Friedman exhibits on a weekly basis one of the severest cases known to science of Lippmann’s condition,--named for the legendary journalistic hot-air salesman, Walter Lippmann, and alluding to the inherent tendency of all pundits to swell in self-importance to zeppelin-like dimensions." Cockburn goes on to demonstrate how Friedman's hubris allowed him to pass off another war correspondent's experience in Beirut as his own.[30]"

  • Bill de Blasio gives Avigdor Lieberman the Big Apple
  • Israeli restrictions over Palestinian movement violate Christian religious freedom during Easter
    • "And I wonder if we are going to hear a peep from all the right-wingers in the US who are always prattling on and on about Christianity and whether they will condemn this dastardly activity by the Israelis"

      I've never heard any peep from them about any outrage committed against Christians by Israel-- never mind Muslims! They excuse it away -- wringing their collective hands about "Israel's rights and SECURITY".

      (they're free to visit anyhow-- they have the bona fides of the ignorant and entitled and non- indigenous)

    • Both of you are awesome. I so appreciate all that you do to inform all of us.

      I really want to know what the Pope thinks of this......"crusade". What will he say?

      I guess the only Christians welcome to visit are those from here and there with bulky wallets.

  • Apathy in Ramallah as negotiations with Israel dive
    • Sounds like the Palestinian negotiators got the better of Indyk et al, uh I mean Israeli negotiators.

      Indyk squirms like the worm he is.

    • Quite the disgusting old joke. I read the article this morning and harrumphed.

      (trying to be polite)

    • I don't think that will happen, peterfeld.

      The world is speaking aloud now......it's time for the US of A to get aboard the train to freedom and peace for the indigenous Palestinians, and for Israel to be held to account.....

    • How I wish! I would dearly love to see sanctions imposed-- yesterday, but tomorrow will do!

    • Thanks for the encouraging news!

  • When Anja Niedringhaus went to Gaza
    • James Canning-- why do the IOF practice murder/mayhem/harassment/terrorism so very freely in the Gaza Strip if they withdrew?

    • That picture is so haunting. And you are right when you write this:

      " It said more about civilian deaths than 100,000 human rights reports, more than anything we could write about the slaughter. It said more about Palestinian refugees than any of the innumerable texts on the matter."

      RIP to a really amazing photojournalist.

  • Adelson would install Netanyahu in the White House if he had his druthers -- Avnery
    • I never bother to read Friedman anymore........he's F.O.S. He sounds reasonable to some, but he writes to incite, and create controversy.

      Still inciting against Iran in what he and his readers think clever. He might get a few or many more teevee events.

      Thanks for the information, though.

    • Page: 28
    • makes sense. scary, isn't it? Thanks for exposing this.

      (I apologize if I did not give credit! It's a fine article.)

    • I wonder why they are all "former Israeli citizens". I guess they possess dual citizenship then-- or did they give up their Israeli citizenship???

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • I only noted her two-faces......

    • There's really something really wrong about calling any religious "leader" a celebrity, imho.

      Kinda like the Evangelicals with their mega- churches and mega- millions and mega- sheeple.

    • What a two-faced creep we have as an Ambassador. One answer to Tina Brown, and another to DWS, and Congress.

      "she said she has a monthly meeting with the Israelis to look out at the sea of international bodies, and threats."

      Wonder if she meets with the Palestinians monthly to look at the same issues.....

  • Narendra Modi, a politician who presided over anti-Muslim pogrom, may be India's next leader, and U.S. cozies up to him
    • "I’ve noticed that for some people, their dedication to the party in control of the IP conflict has bled over into other areas like hatred of Muslims in general, while 70 years ago they probably would have promoted all round interfaith tolerance."

      Oh, you should read the hate- filled comments thus far wrt to the Afghan elections today......disgusting. And I betcha that all of them were all for the war...I was not.

      link to reuters.com

    • "How will India’s 138 million Muslims – and other Muslims around the world – react as America lets Narendra Modi in from the cold?"

      they'll have further evidence of our complicity and hypocrisy.

  • 'NYT' readers who objected to calling Abbas 'defiant' have a point, public editor rules
    • I think that what you write is very true, dbroncos.

      I also think that it all proves that the internet and access to places like MW have made an enormous and positive difference. The exposure to sham 'journalism' and bias is very widespread now-- internationally and nationally.

  • No thanks for Zionist 'chaperones' --Wesleyan declares itself an Open Hillel
  • Israel hears Palestinian objections to archaeological project in Jerusalem and -- approves it!
  • 'NYT' stamps Jimmy Carter 'radioactive' and not 'a force for good'
  • Israeli troops fire live ammunition on protest in support of Palestinian prisoners
    • Good question, Les.

      "Over 1,500 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000, the Palestinian Authority minister of social affairs Kamal al-Sharafi said on Saturday.

      In a statement marking Palestinian Children's Day, Sharafi said that 1,520 Palestinian children have been killed and approximately 6,000 injured by the Israeli military in the past 14 years, the Ma'an Palestinian news service reported.

      More than 10,000 Palestinian children have been arrested, al-Sharafi added, and 200 are currently being held in Israeli prisons. "

      link to haaretz.com

      Monstrous.

  • Ultra-Zionists push back as Jewish establishment tacks toward center
    • "This was my favorite part: Hen Mazzig-”My job was to protect the Palestinians’ human rights, coordinate humanitarian aid, and tend to the needs of civilians living in the West Bank.”"

      Mine, too. They did it like this today:

      "Israeli forces open fire on protest for Palestinian prisoners

      Israeli troops fired on Palestinian protests today outside Ofer prison in the West Bank with live ammunition. At least 12 protesters were sent to the hospital, some with serious injuries. Israel recently cancelled an agreed upon prisoner release as part of the US-led peace process. "

      link to mondoweiss.net

      Please read the news, hophmi-- or look at the pics. Pictures don't lie.

  • Oren says Pollard 'sacrificed himself for the Jewish people'
    • Too funny, Annie! I was gonna write yech, but 'gag me' works better.

      This article is very good. I especially appreciated this:

      "My people are Americans. Pollard didn’t sacrifice himself for my people but for a militant religious state that has depended for the 66 years of its existence on support from the U.S."

      Krauss-- great comment.

  • Both Sides: Anti-BDS concerns on campus vs. life in the occupied territories
    • JeffB--I cannot wait to read how you've defended the rights of Muslim/Christian Arabs and other Other's rights right here in America...

      $$$$$$$$ seems to be your underlying argument in your overarching argument for continued denial of free speech by students on campuses here, there and everywhere by people standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people and cause. Yep, and you don't like BDS one whit, but you'd surely scream the loudest if someone tried to douse free speech for Jewish students anywhere. Maybe even louder than the ADL, etc.

  • Israeli bulldozers destroy mosque and medical center in East Jerusalem
    • "Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977.
      Protection of cultural objects and of places of worship

      Article 53 [ Link ] -- Protection of cultural objects and of places of worship

      Without prejudice to the provisions of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 14 May 1954, and of other relevant international instruments, it is prohibited:

      (a) to commit any acts of hostility directed against the historic monuments, works of art or places of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples;

      (b) to use such objects in support of the military effort;

      (c) to make such objects the object of reprisals."

      link to icrc.org

      Just one more terribly wicked violation of international law by the Apartheid state. What does our Secretary of State, our President, and our Ambassador to the UN say?

      Nothing, nada, zip!

      We are complicit-- their silence speaks volumes.

  • UN Human Rights Council resolution warning companies to 'terminate business interests in the settlements' or face possible criminal liability gets watered down
    • "This is Richard Falk’s last stand and a testament to the man he is. It’s his legacy and we thank and honor him. Falk’s 6 year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur expires on May 1st. UNHRC decided to delay a vote on 18 incoming special rapporteurs by one month, so it is not clear who Falk’s successor will be."

      What a "last stand" he's taken! Bless him, and shame on us-- again. (I wonder if Desmond Tutu has the time to take over the UNSR role... or Rosalynn and/or Jimmy Carter)

      Go BDS! Thanks Annie, Hostage, and MW!

  • Obama's European message-- self-determination, equality, dignity-- is null and void in Palestine
    • Great video, Bumblebye!

      Mr. Colbert-- play it! You can do it! Yes, you can!

    • Great article. Makes me sad, ashamed, and want to puke.

      "He cites the UN and human rights law, the very institutions that his administration undermined in the aftermath of the Goldstone Report on the Gaza slaughter.

      And our enduring strength is also reflected in our respect for an international system that protects the rights of both nations and people — a United Nations and a Universal Declaration of Human Rights; international law and the means to enforce those laws."

      We ain't got no "enduring strength", "we" have no respect for international law or human rights. We "enforce" those laws only when it comes to others-- not us, and not Israel........check our veto and aggression.......

      Shame, shame, shame.

  • Liberal Zionists turn on media darling Ari Shavit for promoting Netanyahu's bluff
    • Thanks adele.

      Same old message, bundled up in prettified. loverly, mellifluous jargon and timbre.

      I feel sorry for his "two young sons" , and the older one that he speaks of here:

      He sounds pretty sane and concerned, eh? Yet, he celebrates every Zionist principle.

      yech.

      (What's a "victorian Jew"???) blah, blah, blah.

      "Genius"/not.

  • U.S. intel analysts doubt Israeli claim that captured weapons were headed to Gaza
    • Wanna bet Netanyahu is wearing a codpiece behind the podium?

      This was bs from the gitgo.......I am happily surprised to see that Reuters published the truth, and exposed the false flag operation by the government of Israel-- a government that seeks to undermine any and all peace efforts anywhere, and stabs the US in the back, slaps our face, kicks us in the nether regions as a matter of course-- all the while violating international laws and taking our billions with glee.

      our totally crazy relationship with the apartheid state is a threat to our national security, among many other things.

  • U of Michigan student gov't meets tonight, amid anticipation of divestment vote
    • I hope that the vote is overwhelmingly in support for divestment.

      And pabelmont, perhaps Iymen Chehade would agree to teach. It's a great idea-- one whose time is long overdue, and is definitely ripe........

  • Ohio State Hillel member calls Desmond Tutu a 'neo Nazi' for criticizing Israel
    • This Desmond Tutu?

      "South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on "the God of surprises" — how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped:

      “There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love. You and I and all of us are incredible. I mean, we really are remarkable things. That we are, as a matter of fact, made for goodness.""

      link to us4.forward-to-friend.com

      A great human. Too bad that Misha the Racist does not know this.

  • A movement grows in a Georgia church basement
    • How uplifting to know that he is teaching with his solid sense and passel of facts.

      Thanks Adam. All the best to Josh. I think the change has come, and will snowball.

      I especially loved this: ""It’s hard to argue against equal rights”, I said. She smiled and nodded as if that was the most common sensical thing in the world."

  • Israel pays journalist $61,800 for good press during Pope's visit
    • LOL! hophmi-- you do provide some good comic relief.

      Thanks.

    • Sounds like business as usual. They pay hasbarists don't they?

      You know I see ads begging for donations to give money so kids don't go hungry, will have a happy Purim, to pay for the EMS to save Jewish lives... not enough money to provide for their people, but plenty for the propagandists......

  • Activists shut down Israeli checkpoint in response to Jenin killings while militants promise 'painful' retaliation
    • We slapped killing sanctions on Iraq. Hell's bell's, we went in after that and killed untold numbers of Iraqis. We were nefarious and helped Saddam to kill Iranians via Iraq..........

      Oh, and now sanctions on Russia. Cuba has been punished for most of my lifetime...........

      Gross hypocrisy. No moral standing at all.

      Thanks Kate for compiling this sad report. I always hope that it will change, but it only seems to get worse.

  • Ariel Sharon and Juan Gelman: Two responses to the legacy of the ghetto
    • And Israel sends the desperate and fleeing Africans back to their home countries or to Uganda -- the rest languish in detention............but it'll pay to have the right folks make aliyah.

      ah, well.

    • Ditto.

      Many thanks for the article, David Álvarez . I never read Mr. Gelman's poems, I will now. Your students are very fortunate to have you. I think you have done his legacy a great and deserved honor.

      Simply beautiful. A good soul, quite obviously. Thanks for the introduction.

  • Israeli embassy pressured Amnesty to cancel launch of 'apartheid' book -- Ben White
    • whataboutery? I read nothing about Turkey or the Armenian genocide in the piece.

      There is an ongoing genocide happening before our very eyes, all due to brutal Israeli Occupation.

  • 'Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared': An Italian tourist's Ben Gurion nightmare
    • I know one thing, Citizen. Some in our Congress want everybody from Israel to get a free pass and a hug.

      "The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) suffered a defeat Friday when Congressional members went on winter recess without passing a bill that would have codified discrimination against Arab- and Muslim-American travelers to Israel/Palestine.

      AIPAC had been pushing the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act since their last policy conference in March. The bill, sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), had come under withering attack from a coalition of groups. "

      and

      "The act, backed by dozens of U.S. officials, would waive the need for Israeli travelers to possess a visa to enter the U.S. The countries that have this arrangement with the U.S. usually extend those same privileges to American travelers to their countries. But AIPAC had been pushing for language that would exempt Israel from reciprocity. Under the current version of the legislation, Israel would be allowed to deny American visitors entry if Israel said they posed a “security” risk to the state. The majority of those denied entry into the territories Israel controls–which includes occupied Palestine–are Arab- and Muslim-American travelers, as well as activists who work on Palestine."

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • "At that stage nobody knew where I was, nobody. I was simply disappeared.

      "an Italian official told me “once you are in that place we cannot do anything, you simply don’t exist for us if you are in that place”"

      Every citizen from any country needs to know this horrible truth-- the truth that every indigenous Palestinian does experience every moment of their life.

      That "place" is hell on earth. I am watching "Catch a Fire" just now-- the similarities are stunning.

      Man thanks, Andrea Pesce.

  • 'NYT' music piece strikes false note on Mehta and Israeli politics
    • Many of them have done it despite the Occupation and no 'rights' to speak of...

      They may just outshine/outrun the rest and best of us, 'given an equal opportunity'.

    • Always a dullard, our hophmi.

      Sometimes I just wonder if it's deliberate racism and ignorance, or just dumb luck.

      (what's with "western vestige"???)

  • British architects vote to ban Israeli group from industry association over expanding settlements
  • Some pro-Israel images to ease you into the weekend
  • Eyewitness account of Israeli soldier killing Palestinian judge reveals barbarity of occupation
    • "Israeli guard pointing his gun against poor Palestinian man in his 38th years, & his only guilt to be killed was just because he told the Israeli soldier do not insult me, he was just smoking out the bus & the soldier pushed him cruelly so once he said no for that he killed him as if he is killing an animal , I saw his hand it didn’t shake at all while he was killing that poor man with out any mercy, who is the only son for his family & who didn’t enter Palestine for 3 years ago to return on that day Monday 10th Mar killed on the hands of those who never been humans, after all that they pulled him on the ground from his legs away & they ignored him for more than half an hour they left him bleeding with the blood almost covered all his body till he left the life. "

      I feel sick all the way to my core. I've been wondering where the video is-- you know the one that Israel is hiding. Now I never have to see it with my own eyes...I've seen it through her horrified and weeping eyes.

  • Kerry isn't satisfied by Israeli minister's non-apology for calling Obama a wimp
    • You folks might be on to something.........

      Bring it on, Israeli government.

    • Agree totally.

    • Ya'alon has indeed insulted all Americans, just like his boss and so many other ziofreaks. It is way past time to blow this charade and sickening 'relationship' wide open.

      Actually, the time is ripe for cutting the parasitic cord-- it will do the world and the US a lot of good.

  • Israeli settlements depend on 500-1000 Palestinian child laborers
    • Whoah! Richard Falk drops an enormous bombshell of truth!

      "A UN human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.

      He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks and accelerating Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which Palestinians say is dimming their hope of establishing a viable state on contiguous territory.

      Israel says Palestinian refusal to recognize it as a Jewish state is the main obstacle. U.S. President Barack Obama this week pressed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to help break the impasse, saying both sides must take political risks before the April 29 deadline for a framework deal.

      Richard Falk, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, told a news conference that Israeli policies bore "unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing".

      "Every increment of enlarging the settlements or every incident of house demolition is a way of worsening the situation confronting the Palestinian people and reducing what prospects they might have as the outcome of supposed peace negotiations."

      Asked about his accusation of ethnic cleansing, Falk said that more than 11,000 Palestinians had lost their right to live in Jerusalem since 1996 due to Israel imposing residency laws favoring Jews and revoking Palestinian residence permits.

      "The 11,000 is just the tip of the iceberg because many more are faced with possible challenges to their residency rights."

      This compounded the "ordeal of this extended, prolonged occupation", according to Falk, an international law expert and professor emeritus at Princeton University in the United States. "

      and

      "Falk, an American law professor who is Jewish, has come to the end of a six-year term in the independent post and the U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to name a successor soon.

      He has long drawn controversy in Israel, in 2008 comparing Israeli military strikes against Hamas in Gaza - during which 1,400 Palestinians were killed and there was widespread destruction in densely populated areas - to those of the Nazis.

      Last June he said critics who called him anti-Semitic sought to divert attention from his scrutiny of Israeli policies.

      He is to address the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, but it was not clear whether Israeli delegates would attend due to an ongoing strike by Israeli foreign ministry staff."

      more here:

      link to haaretz.com

      Bravo, Mr. Falk!

    • Thanks for the exposé, Phil.

      Another one of the myriad of international laws that Israel breaks with impunity. These children are enslaved in their own land by squatter thieves.

  • Slim Peace’s slim chances for justice
    • Ah, for the good old, bad old days.

      Nice to see you admit to ethnic cleansing, though!

      " The ethnic cleansers were a minority within the Haganah they did not have universal or even majority support."

    • Sounds like a sure way to engender a smidgeon of empathy.............or a soupçon of reality.

  • The battle over Palestine is raging--and Israel is losing: Ali Abunimah on his new book
  • Israeli teens dressed as KKK and in 'black face' for mock lynching at school Purim party
    • A worthy exploration indeed, Ellen.

    • "But the Jews will still need a holiday of masks and drunkenness and Purim will remain that holiday"

      Why do the 'Jews' need this? Why?

      Every day, Israel acts in a debauched way-- on holiday wearing a mask of 'democracy' that does not hide its Apartheid. The IOF kills with less than sober impunity. Israel is in need of a serious 12 step program. Its settlers steal land and resources and then crow with delight over their excesses and treasure and their perceived entitlement.

    • Um, I wonder how many of those kute, kushy kids are actually of US roots.......

      I'm betting more than a few are. They know the KKK.

      From the article we learn: "Photographs of over a dozen teens from Harel High School in Mevasseret Zion, a cushy suburb west of Jerusalem..." You gotta have the bucks/ shekels to live in kushyland.

    • A "Purim prank" like this???:

      link to nytimes.com

      So freaking shameful.

    • omg. they are the present, and the future.

      doomed.

      "‘The costume created an interesting and important discussion,’ Rina Even-Tov said, according to Channel 2 News."

      I can imagine the "discussion" Look at those happy, smiling, self-satisfied teens and read the words of their "principal".

      yech.

      Meanwhile, in the US, universities are attempting to silence BDS and SJP.

      What a psychotic universe this Israel/US is.

  • Now the US is trying to 'delegitimize' Israel's defense minister
    • Real change will happen when the average American wakes the heck up and realizes that they are being kicked in their nether regions and their pockets by the state of Israel. Israel acts like a sociopathic teen, one who beats his parents regularly and then stuffs dinner in his mouth and steals everything that his parents have worked for their entire lives-- everything, including love, respect, money and peace.

    • "The wall part is between Gaza and Egypt".

      Nope. The illegal wall is all over Palestinian lands. Stop blaming Egypt for Israel's crimes. (although they, too, have been complicit!)

      Yech-- if there is one thing I cannot stomach, it is a liar.

    • It ain't no fence.

      wiki:
      "The Israeli West Bank barrier is a security and separation barrier (see "Names of the barrier") under construction by the State of Israel along and within the West Bank. Upon completion, the barrier's total length will be approximately 700 kilometres (430 mi).[1] 90% of the length of this barrier is a fence with vehicle-barrier trenches surrounded by an on-average 60 metres (200 ft) wide exclusion area, and 10% of the barrier is an 8 metres (26 ft)-tall concrete wall.[2] As of 2012, 439.7 km (273.2 mi) of barrier (62.1%) have been built, 56.6 km (35.2 mi) (8%) are under construction and 211.7 km (131.5 mi) (29.9%) are projected but construction hasn't begun.[3] The barrier is built mainly in the West Bank and partly along the 1949 Armistice line, or "Green Line" between Israel and Palestinian West Bank.[4] According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, 8.5% of the West Bank area will after completion be on the Israeli side of the barrier, and 3.4% partly or completely surrounded on the eastern side.[5]

      Israel argues that the barrier is necessary to protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian terrorism, including the suicide bombing attacks that increased significantly during the Second Intifada.[6] There has been a reduced number of incidents of suicide bombings since the construction of the barrier. According to statistics published by the Israeli government, between 2000 and July 2003, when the "first continuous segment" of the barrier was built, 73 Palestinian suicide bombings were carried out from the West Bank, killing 293 Israelis and injuring over 1,900. However, from August 2003 to the end of 2006, only 12 attacks were carried out, killing 64 Israelis and wounding 445.[7] Supporters argue that this is indicative of the barrier being effective in preventing such attacks.[8]

      Opponents of the barrier object that the route substantially deviates from the Green Line into the occupied territories captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. They argue that the barrier is an illegal attempt to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security,[9] violates international law,[10] has the effect of undermining negotiations (by establishing new borders),[11] and severely restricts Palestinians who live nearby, particularly their ability to travel freely within the West Bank, including to and from the lands on which their subsistence depends,[12] and to access work in Israel.[13] In a 2004 advisory opinion resulting from a Palestinian-initiated U.N. resolution, the International Court of Justice considered that "Israel cannot rely on a right of self-defence or on a state of necessity in order to preclude the wrongfulness of the construction of the wall". The Court asserted that "the construction of the wall, and its associated régime, are contrary to international law".[14]

      Two similar barriers, the Israeli Gaza Strip barrier and the Israeli-built[15] 7–9 meter (23–30 ft) wall separating Gaza from Egypt (temporarily breached on January 23, 2008), which is currently under Egyptian control, are also controversial.[16]"

      and

      "World court tells Israel to tear down illegal wall
      The Guardian, Friday 9 July 2004 19.02 EDT

      The world court yesterday branded Israel's vast concrete and steel barrier through the West Bank a political not a security measure, and a de facto land grab. The judges told Israel to tear it down and compensate the victims.

      The International Court of Justice at The Hague said signatories to the Geneva convention, such as Britain and the US, are obliged to ensure Israel upholds the ruling.

      It condemned what it described as the widespread confiscation and destruction of Palestinian property, and the disruption of the lives of thousands of protected civilians, caused by construction of what Israel calls the "anti-terror fence". It also called on the UN to consider measures against Israel. Sanctions appear unlikely in the face of US opposition, but Palestinians hailed the ruling as a landmark judgment that could mobilise international opinion.

      "Israel is under an obligation to terminate its breaches of international law; it is under an obligation to cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall being built in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated," the court ruled.

      The decision, endorsed by all but the American judge on the 15-person bench, is non-binding. But the Palestinian leadership said it would use the ruling to seek UN action against Israel. "

      link to theguardian.com

      10 years later, things have only gotten worse. Can you say ILLEGAL?

    • "The drama queens in Jerusalem".

      Krauss-- the drama queens hail from Tel Aviv, and from far- flung cities and banks. They only wish they were firmly ensconced in Jerusalem.

      ain't.gonna.happen.

    • Geller is the 'virtual' settler on ziocaine............kinda trashy, eh?

      She's just an embarrassment to women everywhere. Following in the 'virtual' footsteps of Daniella Weiss-- both of them all cozy with their schtick-- making moola on the backs of dead children/women/men-- people.

      See the coy and malevolent Weiss here:

      link to images1.ynet.co.il

      Would you want to hug either of them?

    • Oh seafoid-- I thought the very same thing.

      Perhaps all from extra- special Mossad education...........or from the CIA or from Rosetta Stone.

      LOL

    • Happy Nowruz to everyone who celebrates this wonderful day.

      Enough with the "Israel is opposed to bloodshed everywhere in the world". Take a peek over the illegal and odious WALL into Gaza!

      Peres might just be receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, you know.

      "The Senate on Thursday evening passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) to award Israeli President Shimon Peres with a Congressional Gold Medal. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and now awaits passage by the House of Representatives. If the bill is enacted, President Peres would be the first sitting President of Israel to receive this prestigious award.

      The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States and is awarded to individuals, organizations, or events that have made a tremendous contribution to the history and culture of our country."

      link to jpupdates.com

      PS-- where/how/when did Shimon learn Farsi?

    • Not to the uninformed. Some folks really believe what their government tells them and never question as long as they think, (wrongly) that it doesn't affect them. Islamophobia is the flavor of the recent decades, preceded by the red scare, etc............

      Some folks even believe Jimmy Inhofe, et al who say that climate change is a myth......fill 'er UP! Burn, baby, burn.

    • "We maintain – the United States maintains an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security."

      This mantra needs to be stopped! It makes me sick to my stomach to hear it ad nauseum-- just once can someone in our government say that they maintain an "unshakeable commitment" to our Constitution and our security, and mean it? Could they for once, admit that our relationship with Israel and our complicity with their crimes is a threat to our security? Could they also please address the silencing of voices of the SJP on campuses and the deportation of CODEPINK and other women who were headed to Gaza?

      Lastly, Ya'alon is just parroting Netanyahu and the rest of the ziomaniacs in power.

  • D.C. Metro ads target US aid to the Israeli occupation
    • BDS here, there and everywhere.

      Waiting for the sanctions and expulsions to begin in earnest.

      (sorry I can't see the video....won't play here 'in this country')

      Here's that good song without the video:

    • yee-haw, lysias!

      I wonder what & when the treasure trove will finally be revealed about US/Israel complicity/hypocrisy.

    • I'm buying it. I have adult friends/family/co-workers and kids that need this book very badly!

      Thanks for introducing me to "The Very Silly Mayor"! It's never too early or too late to start the conversations........

    • And you reminded me of the lessons that I was taught as a child when I read that story about the 'star bellied sneetches', seafoid. I will never forget learning that @ a young age, nor your reminder of my earliest lessons wrt the absolute wrongness of discrimination when you re- introduced me to the story...on youtube.

    • Well said.

      Speaking of 'hearts' (or lack thereof):

    • Now, THAT's gonna get some emotions and some head-scratching going! Bring it on!

      Brilliant.

  • Randi Zuckerberg to headline event for new AIPAC 'technology division'
    • wow, marc b-- an amazing post. I especially appreciated this:

      "But even Bezos, with his overdeveloped brain stem and his tongue-darting lizard ethics"

      you have a gift-- thanks for sharing it!

    • I guess the days of "discovery" of talent and Lana Turner are gone. No more sleeping with the king/queen/star- makers, either. (We've come a long way, baby... or not)

      One only needs to 'belong' and have access to big $$$. The game has changed, sorta.

      (I do apologize for my error in posting twice below. ;( )

    • Really.

      Who gives a flying fart who AIPAC chooses to endorse or celebrate???

      Krauss, with all due respect, what do you mean to convey with:

      "I actually think she can sing well. And I also happen to think that she is beautiful in a very classically Jewish way, very Semitic. But of course, I am biased."

    • Really.

      Who gives a flying fart who AIPAC chooses to endorse or celebrate???

  • Presbyterians on Israel lobby junket visit SodaStream but fail to see life under occupation
    • Many thanks for this article, Jeff.

      You get directly to the 'heart' of the issues......I very much appreciate your reportage of the facts.

      Do you speak to your congregation about these issues? I just wonder how they respond.
      You really do "good works".

  • Israel wages war on universities because it's lost control of the narrative -- Hedges
    • Another attempt to 'reclaim' the narrative:

      "The American Jewish Congress has bestowed its annual lifetime achievement award on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

      The former U.S. first lady and secretary of state spoke at the group's gala Wednesday night in New York City.

      Clinton emphasized the longstanding relationship between the United States and Israel and spoke about the negotiations process with Iran.

      She says the coming months will be "crucial" for the region in the attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and in efforts to make sure Iran doesn't develop nuclear weapons. "

      link to haaretz.com

      Harry Truman was also a recipient "back in the day"...........

  • Detained, Deported, but not Deterred: Report from CodePink's Int'l Women's Day delegation to Gaza
    • "It made me realize that in this fight to speak the truth and shed light on the countless injustices committed against the Palestinians by the Israelis, we cannot do it alone – we must join as many hands as possible and lift up our voices together."

      This is the ONLY way that we can change the situation. My heart is filled with thanks for your solidarity with the people of Palestine. When our voices are raised in a veritable, deafening, and demanding choir for justice, then not only will the Palestinians be lifted up, but those responsible for this horror and those that carry water for them will be drowned out in their own execrable excrement.

      Thank you Cayman. I hope that you know your disappointing journey made a difference-- a big one!

  • 'What's being done to Palestinians is wrong,' evangelical Christian says on NPR religion show
    • Thanks to Brian McLaren for standing up for the people of Palestine.

    • It's springs from 'the endowed with great wisdom' preachers/pastors/proselytizers who hold their incurious congregants in thrall by picking and choosing words written by mere mortals.

      Sorry. It's true. And then they give a great 'Amen" and 'God Bless America' and perhaps a 'go forth and sin no more' (today) while celebrating the grand success of preaching/following and doing some 'lip- service' to being good folks.

      And they get to hold their head up high, because the rapture is a- coming!

      Now, lots of religions are contorted by 'leaders' and do similar things, but I find the Christian/Zionist thingy so freaking weird................Who is exploiting who, and why? Are they just natural allies in the new age of Islamophobia?

  • Israeli high school student leader calls youths' refusal to serve 'declaration of war'
    • "“If they endorse ways of peace, they should not act in ways of war. What they do when they declare themselves to be draft refusers amounts in fact to a declaration of war.”"-- 'Annie, Git Yer Gun and War On, Gal'

      I would urge the students of Israel to elect a new leader-- perhaps they can find someone who has a brain. That is one of the stupidest declarations that I have ever read.

  • Johansson sees greater wrong in Oxfam than Israeli settlement
    • Danes did 'Homeland' and received much acclaim.

      Another in a long line of Islamophobic garbage. Based on an Israeli's series "Hatufim".

  • State Dept puts American seal of approval on latest Israeli-initiated round of violence
    • A really meaningful editorial, imo. There's much more at the link.

      "Nor would I forget that several of the leaders in the struggle for freedom and democracy in communist Poland were Jews, among them Marek Edelman, a leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, who said about the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo: “That’s how it was with the Jews in the ghetto. That’s how it is now in Kosovo. If you kill only a thousand people because they are Muslim, that’s a Holocaust too.”

      If I were an American Jew, I would conclude that this was a time of emergency. It’s not the Iranian threat that endangers Israel’s survival, it’s the moral and ethical collapse of its society.

      And I would recall March 1933, about two months after Hitler came to power, when in an emergency meeting, Jewish leaders in the United States decided to call for a boycott of German goods. That was a hard decision. There was a fear that the Jews would be accused of hurting their country’s economy, which would exacerbate the anti-Semitic atmosphere.

      The person who led the decision was Rabbi Stephen Wise, a founder of the American Jewish Congress and later the president of the Zionist Organization of America. Wise said: “The time for prudence and caution is past. We must speak up like men …. What is happening in Germany today may happen tomorrow in any other land on earth unless it is challenged and rebuked. It is not the German Jews who are being attacked. It is the Jews.”

      Such a sense of emergency does not exist today among the millions of Jews worldwide. Amid the awareness that Israel is sliding toward an apartheid regime, their silence is deafening. They don’t dare break with the consensus and take action against the injustices being perpetrated in Israel. This is a traditional policy of Diaspora Jews, who since the establishment of Israel have set a basic rule: We are not citizens of the Jewish state and therefore we have no right to intervene in deciding its future.

      But if the vision of an open, egalitarian and peace-loving Israel is important to Jews around the world, they can’t leave the chances of fulfilling it in the hands of the Israelis alone. The racist cancer, after 47 years of occupation and domination of another people, has spread deep into Israeli society.

      World Jewry must help Israel be cured of it. It must speak out and act. It must come out openly and sever any economic, cultural or political tie with any person or organization that promotes turning Israel into a racist apartheid state, whether a settler, a rabbi who preaches violence, or a politician who promotes racist legislation.

      And Jews must cooperate with the shrinking groups of Israelis who have not yet lost hope that it’s possible to stop this downslide toward the abyss.

      Daniel Blatman is a history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem."
      link to haaretz.com

  • Tony Benn, who said there is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber
  • Northeastern president is urged to restore SJP's First Amendment rights
    • Many thanks for this letter, Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area Chapter. Some supporters of the actions say that NU is private and can do as it pleases.........but you are correct, the Constitution still holds some sway, especially because NU receives funds from the federal government.

      Maybe Mesdames Feinstein and Boxer would like to sign up with your group...

  • Peace Now board member jokes about owning a SodaStream
    • Thanks Henry. I don't think being 95 and alive means that she forgot. She's still speaking her mind.

      I only wish that she would acknowledge that her statement: "Through APN we can trumpet the message, at least with regard to Israel, that we will not give way to excess – the rational moderation that exemplifies APN is the way to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict." is totally weird. The Israelis never wanted a 2 state solution, or peace with the indigenous Palestinians. Israel is, and has always been, about "excess"-- excessive force, excessive cruelty, excessive theft, and more. The "conflict" was one designed by Zionists and the hand-wringers (handmaidens) of the west, and perpetuated by the same folks TODAY. The Palestinians never did one damned thing to the Jewish people until and after the ongoing Nakba. They were not responsible for the Holocaust, but they have been made to pay...endlessly, with their blood, their lives, their land, their water, their freedom, and their future.

  • Kerry tries to get out of Jewish-state trap set by Netanyahu and the lobby
    • Wow, ritzl-- you've given me a lot to think about as well.

      I'm kinda hoping for "C" myself. (Please let it be "C".)

    • Thanks for this article. It seems that both Obama and Kerry stepped in it-- willingly, with eyes wide open (or shut). jmo.

      I posted this earlier, and think it also might serve the discussion on this thread.

      just says:
      March 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

      I don’t always agree with Hussein Ibish, but he nails it here:

      “Many commentators, including this author, have carefully picked apart the myriad problems involved with Israel’s new demand that the Palestinians formally recognize it as a “Jewish state.” But at least one of its most problematic aspects has been significantly under-examined and underappreciated. The new demand negates, both in effect and intention, the greatest of Palestinian concessions, their 1993 recognition of the State of Israel.

      There is an international consensus in favor of a two-state solution, and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman now say they, too, support this goal after long careers opposing it. And in the quarter-century campaign to achieve a conflict-ending two-state agreement through direct talks, there remains a dangerous anomaly. One side, the Palestine Liberation Organization, recognized Israel up front. All other details aside, they have long since performed the sine qua non of a two-state agreement by recognizing Israel. The other side, Israel, has never recognized a Palestinian state or, in any formal, written, or legal sense, even the Palestinian right to a state.

      (and)

      What has yet to be fully recognized is that the single most significant impact of this “Jewish state” demand is that it effectively dismisses and reverses the 1993 Palestinian recognition of Israel. This concession made it ridiculous for anyone to argue that the core of the problem was Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel. But now, hey presto, it is once again possible to present Palestinian recognition of Israel as a major issue, because it wasn’t recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state.”

      It doesn’t matter that no one ever asked the Palestinians to do so until 2007, or that there are a great many complications, ambiguities, and grave difficulties associated with it. It has become a mantra of much of the pro-Israel constituency the world over that the 1993 recognition of Israel by the PLO is all but irrelevant, and that until Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” their intention to end the conflict and live in peace remains very much open to question.

      So, this new demand solves the problem that one side is lived up to its core commitment under a two-state solution – recognizing the statehood of the other party – while the other side has not. It pushes the diplomatic, psychological, and political clock back before 1993, to an era where Palestinians are once again being asked to demonstrate their willingness to live in peace with Israel by uttering some magic mantra.

      It elides the fact that, from a Palestinian and Arab point of view, the 1993 recognition of Israel was the mother of all concessions: a recognition that Palestinians were surrendering their political claim to around 78% of what had very recently been their country, in the sense that they were a large majority there until 1948. So now we are left negotiating over the territories conquered by Israel in 1967, without even touching the areas that became Israel in 1948. The enormity of this vast concession, this overwhelming – almost impossible – agreement by the Palestinians, was never fully recognized by Israel or the international community. And now, with the Jewish state demand, it’s dismissed altogether as almost totally irrelevant.”

      quite a bit more @

      link to haaretz.com

  • Lebanon 'affirms right' of citizens to resist Israel
    • Thanks, Walid.

      Annie-- that is a stunning photo up top!

    • You're right, talknic.

      Posters like ivri could care less, though. Disproportion is their normal.

    • ivri-- do you really think that all people on this planet are so dumb?

    • ivri--"I am afraid you missing the real context here. In practice this is clearly a meaningless move"

      This is "meaningful". Enough is enough. Nobody in the region trusts or believes Israel anymore. Israel, through its ugly and egregious actions, has worn out everyones' patience. Tell your fellow citizens to wake up and smell the coffee.

      I read this article in Haaretz this morning. Thanks to Annie, it is here now.

    • All I can say is..

      It's fair in the face of state sanctioned aggression practiced by Israel and supported by the US.

      I'm reminded of that saying: "what goes around, comes around." Israel has demonstrated over and over and over again that they have NO interest in peace with their neighbors. NONE.

      The complicity of the US in Israel's crimes does not leave us inviolable, either.

  • Palestinian teen in critical condition after being shot by Israeli soldiers during West Bank protest
    • Hi pookieross-- it's been linked to more than a few times 'round here.

      It's solid reporting, and here's the link:

      link to abc.net.au

    • Don't know how I missed this by Elliot, The Liar, Abrams:

      "Israel gets no credit from Obama for a year of moderate settlement construction"

      "Last week’s meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama must have been tense. Two days before the meeting, the president publicly accused Israel of more “aggressive settlement construction . . . than we’ve seen in a very long time.” Only hours before the meeting, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published a report that cited a massive increase in settlement construction during 2013.

      But the president had his facts wrong, and a careful reading of the CBS data proves it. The pace is not “aggressive,” and almost all of the construction took place within the major settlement “blocs” — areas that past negotiations have recognized would remain part of Israel (to be compensated for with land swaps). "

      (and)

      Why doesn’t the U.S. president understand this, and why doesn’t Netanyahu explain it more clearly? The irony is that Netanyahu can’t publicly admit this policy because it would alienate his right-leaning political base. The settler lobby, which has a strong footing in the Likud Party, constantly criticizes Netanyahu for not permitting “sufficient” construction. To placate them, it appears that Netanyahu’s government has boosted construction in the major settlement blocs as well as in Jerusalem, which in turns buys him flak from the Israeli left, the Palestinians — and the U.S. president.

      International coverage of the recent report entirely overlooked these nuances. A New York Times editorial flatly stated that “2,534 housing units were begun in 2013 compared with 1,133 the previous year.” The BBC echoed the report, citing “a large increase in the pace of new settlement construction in the West Bank in 2013 over the year before.” But a more careful reading of the tea leaves suggests that it is the settlers who should be worried by these recent trends in de facto government policy, rather than supporters of partition into two states.

      Too often the debate over settlement construction is a proxy for other positions — toward Israel, the two-state solution or the Netanyahu government. But the numbers tell their own story, and that is the one that deserves the most attention. "

      link to washingtonpost.com

    • "Israeli midfielder Rafi Dahan will probably have to postpone his wedding after a horrific tackle by Maccabi Haifa's Ruben Rayos.

      In Sunday's Israeli Premier League game between Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa, Rayos slammed into Dahan with a two-footed tackle, leaving him on the ground in excruciating pain.

      Dahan's wedding is only three weeks away.

      Bnei Yehuda were leading 2-1 at the time, but Maccabi Haifa managed to score in the 96th minute of injury time, leaving a final score of 2-2.

      “Rayos tried to end my career… I will never forgive what he did to me. It's a crime,” the midfielder said. "

      link to haaretz.com

      waaah! ahem.

      What will FIFA do?

      I wonder what the brutalized Palestinian soccer players are thinking.....perhaps something like this:

      Israel tried to end our careers… We will never forgive what they did to us.
      It's a crime.

      Are you listening wide world of SPORTS?

  • Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State?: An excerpt from Ali Abunimah's 'The Battle for Justice in Palestine'
    • thanks, talknic.

    • I don't always agree with Hussein Ibish, but he nails it here:

      "Many commentators, including this author, have carefully picked apart the myriad problems involved with Israel's new demand that the Palestinians formally recognize it as a "Jewish state." But at least one of its most problematic aspects has been significantly under-examined and underappreciated. The new demand negates, both in effect and intention, the greatest of Palestinian concessions, their 1993 recognition of the State of Israel.

      There is an international consensus in favor of a two-state solution, and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman now say they, too, support this goal after long careers opposing it. And in the quarter-century campaign to achieve a conflict-ending two-state agreement through direct talks, there remains a dangerous anomaly. One side, the Palestine Liberation Organization, recognized Israel up front. All other details aside, they have long since performed the sine qua non of a two-state agreement by recognizing Israel. The other side, Israel, has never recognized a Palestinian state or, in any formal, written, or legal sense, even the Palestinian right to a state.

      (and)

      What has yet to be fully recognized is that the single most significant impact of this "Jewish state" demand is that it effectively dismisses and reverses the 1993 Palestinian recognition of Israel. This concession made it ridiculous for anyone to argue that the core of the problem was Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel. But now, hey presto, it is once again possible to present Palestinian recognition of Israel as a major issue, because it wasn't recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state."

      It doesn't matter that no one ever asked the Palestinians to do so until 2007, or that there are a great many complications, ambiguities, and grave difficulties associated with it. It has become a mantra of much of the pro-Israel constituency the world over that the 1993 recognition of Israel by the PLO is all but irrelevant, and that until Palestinians recognize Israel as a "Jewish state," their intention to end the conflict and live in peace remains very much open to question.

      So, this new demand solves the problem that one side is lived up to its core commitment under a two-state solution – recognizing the statehood of the other party – while the other side has not. It pushes the diplomatic, psychological, and political clock back before 1993, to an era where Palestinians are once again being asked to demonstrate their willingness to live in peace with Israel by uttering some magic mantra.

      It elides the fact that, from a Palestinian and Arab point of view, the 1993 recognition of Israel was the mother of all concessions: a recognition that Palestinians were surrendering their political claim to around 78% of what had very recently been their country, in the sense that they were a large majority there until 1948. So now we are left negotiating over the territories conquered by Israel in 1967, without even touching the areas that became Israel in 1948. The enormity of this vast concession, this overwhelming – almost impossible – agreement by the Palestinians, was never fully recognized by Israel or the international community. And now, with the Jewish state demand, it's dismissed altogether as almost totally irrelevant."

      link to haaretz.com

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