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  • A peek inside the Israeli subconscious as revealed at the King Hussein crossing from Jordan
  • Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers
    • JERUSALEM — The Israeli eyeglass-shop owner accused of burning an Arab teenager alive last month led a “hunting expedition” to kill a Palestinian to avenge the murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, prosecutors say.

      ...

      Ben-David’s attorneys have suggested that their client is mentally ill. Israeli police reports say he was taking medication for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Court filings show he was arrested briefly in 2012 after he told his therapist that he thought about strangling his infant daughter.

      In a recent courtroom appearance, Ben-David proclaimed, “I am the messiah!” — an outburst that the families of his Arab victims fear was a calculated attempt to evade justice with an insanity defense.

      The crime has roiled the deeply conservative, ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof, where the defendant’s father, a prominent rabbi named Saadiah Ben-David, raised 13 children and teaches classes in Jewish law at a yeshiva."

      link to washingtonpost.com

      Monstrous monster.

  • B'tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child
    • ugh.

      Same as the Israelis cheering and drinking to the slaughter of Gaza.

      "As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.

      Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks."

      link to theguardian.com

      Monsters.

  • Chomsky at 85
    • "The moral choice is to resist the OCCUPATION."

      The US, the 'Anglosphere' and their allies are at fault for Israel's continued intransigence, not Professor Chomsky.

      Both Said (RIP) and Chomsky are national treasures imho. Thank you for sharing this, Prof.

      (btw, i'm not ever going to eat 'Sabra' hummus or baba ghanoush. I make my own.)

  • 'I know how the brainwashing works'
  • The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ passes divestment resolution
  • Europe wearies of Netanyahu's diversions
  • Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy
    • I prefer the olive trees that the GoI and sponsored settlers demolished/burned/uprooted.

      Thanks anyway.

    • Well said Shingo.

    • "Can a path to peace and two states be developed through the reconstruction of Gaza and the gradual enhancement of freedom of movement for the people of Gaza in return for the demilitarization of Hamas? Unlikely, but possible, with enough prayers and enough balls… -"

      Nuclear Israel needs a collective smack on the kippah and 'demilitarization'.

      Then "a path to peace" and justice can be realized.

    • Implanting non-indigenous trees while burning, bulldozing, and annihilating indigenous and ancient/sapling olive trees.

      I guess it follows that Israel targets & murders the elderly and young Palestinians in order to pay a family from Brooklyn to have the keys to a Palestinian home in Palestine.

      Thank you Ilan and Samer.

  • As Kerry scrambles to prevent Palestinian action at UN, Israeli govt makes clear it will never accept Palestinian state
  • Palestinian boy, 13, killed by Israeli forces raiding West Bank village
  • The Missing Context: 'Islamic State' sectarianism is not coincidental 
    • "the sectarian division in iraq wasn’t a mistake, it was a strategy to break/decimate iraq."

      A deliberate & nefarious strategy at that.

    • It totally was the strategy of 'the coalition of the willing' to create this now mythic sectarianism.

      So many places in the ME were secular until we arrived with our shock and awe and billions and coups.

    • The PNAC 'evildoers' are another branch of the architects for this terrible present.

      That's not going to be captured in one article; there will be volumes written about it one day. This article is an opening and beginning.

    • "Of course, there is nothing funny about it when seen in context. The entire American nation-building experiment was in fact a political swindle engulfed by many horrifying episodes, starting with the dissolving of the country’s army, entire official institutions and the construction of an alternative political class that was essentially sectarian. "

      Hallelujah! I love the truth. This article conveys a wealth of it.

      Thank you Dr. Baroud.

  • 'Progressive' rabbi ascribes Roger Waters's concern with 500 Palestinian child victims to rocker's alleged drug use
    • LOLOLOL!

      (ahem)

    • I am still anticipating that interview! Hope I get it today.

    • well said!

      For another 'wacko', see this:

      "D.C. Rabbi Charged With Voyeurism Took Cross-Country Trip With a Woman Other Than His Wife
      Barry Freundel was busted for allegedly spying on female congregants. Last year, he booked a trip with a woman who's not his wife, which is prohibited under Orthodox law.

      One of the most powerful Orthodox rabbis in America was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying on nude women in his synagogue, but possibly sinful behavior by Barry Freundel may be more damanging.

      Documents reviewed by The Jewish Channel and The Daily Beast reveal that Freundel was booked on a cross-country trip with a woman who was not his wife this year, which is prohibited under Orthodox laws of yichud. It’s not clear when they met or what the exact nature of their relationship was."

      link to thedailybeast.com

      "Rabbi Barry Freundel counts Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former senator Joe Lieberman among his congregants at Kesher Israel synagogue."

      (Haaretz)

    • The Rabbi most probably never understood the music of Roger Waters anyway.

    • Interesting that the 'progressive, egalitarian' Rabbi thinks that one has to be 'on drugs' to care about the deliberate murder of hundreds of children and others.

      Says much about him.

      None of it's good.

  • Israeli settlers set West Bank mosque aflame in 'price tag' arson attack
    • Shmuel-- spot on, as Silverstein also reports:

      "Settler Illiterates Expert at Arson, But Not Hebrew

      This post will offer a bit of cheer and irony for those deprived of humor in the face of the dreariness of the overall situation of the Mideast. But if you don’t want to read sarcasm at the expense of Israeli settlers, read no farther, because tonight’s their night.

      Yesterday, settlers proved once again their proficiency in lighting matches, burning mosques and desecrating Qurans. In this, they seem to be the equal of “Pastor” Terry Jones. Except that here Jones is considered a buffoon, and the arsonists in Israel run the government and hence the country.

      These protectors of the Jewish race defaced the Aqraba mosque wall with the following graffiti:

      Price tag. Tapuach is Kahane.

      Except there were a few problems. Not with the arson attack. They executed that as well as can be expected. The problem was with the Hebrew graffiti. They made the following errors: the gimel in ‘tag’ actually was reversed (and so was really a zayin) so it spelled “taz,” not “tag.” “Kahane” is also spelled wrong (correct spelling: no “hey,” but instead an “aleph“). So five Hebrew words and two mistakes.

      The evildoers were so bold as to even name their hometown, Tapuach, a known den of settler hate and violence. However, Itamar, a settlement whose residents have killed and injured many Palestinians (and where the Fogel family was murdered) is only two miles from Aqraba. My money is on Itamar, not that it will make any difference.

      There’s obviously an answer explaining the errors: either the miscreants are illiterate; or they’re Americans (or Russians) whose Hebrew is faulty. This proves one thing: they know how to kill Palestinians, but not how to write a Hebrew sentence.

      David Ha-Ivri, a well-known settler PR promoter, tweeted his disapproval of the act, but seemed mostly disturbed by the felons’ illiteracy. Ronen Shoval, he of Im Tirzu fame, seemed to imply the suspects must be Palestinian provocateurs, because no Israeli Jew could be so stupid as to not know how to write a proper gimel."

      link to richardsilverstein.com

    • "the case “should be treated as terrorism”."

      They are terrorists. They would not get away with this anywhere else on the planet.

      Sir Alan Duncan explained much in his speech wrt 'settlements':

  • The Center for Jewish Life is stifling free speech at Princeton University
    • 'academic institutions' like Bar Ilan U?

      "Professor Weiss teaches, where else, at Bar Ilan University. That’s also the home of such other wunder-mensches as Mordechai Kedar, who advocates raping Palestinian women as a deterrent to terrorism; and Gerald Steinberg, that convicted libelist who runs the fraudulent NGO known as NGO Monitor.

      Here is what Weiss posted on his Facebook page:

      Listen, Abu Mazen: you aren’t a people and therefore there can be no genocide [against Palestinians]. To exterminate you like a simple rabble is a mitzvah and it will be fulfilled finally despite the fact that the government of Israel still doesn’t accept its responsibility for raising mendacious international recognition of you [Palestine]. [This process] started with Begin ended with Gal-On. It contributed to the deception of the entire world and [increased] the popularity of these monsters [Palestinians] who rose up due to our weakness and lack of faith.

      The quicker you [Abu Mazen] can concede that you are not a people and that your place is nowhere within the borders of the land of Israel, the better off you will be…as long as you evacuate the country of your own volition."

      link to richardsilverstein.com

    • Is the infection spreading, are folks becoming more desperate, or are these issues just coming to light?

  • Clintonite turns on Netanyahu for trying to bend US 'to his will'
    • hear, hear!

      big ditto, Horizontal.

    • "Mind you, someone who swallows the Gaza massacre whole but whose stomach is turned by a few more settlements has a rather funny digestive system.

      touché!

      I prefer my cup of honest tea made with Waters rather than that muddled brew of Ginsberg myself.

  • How Israel relies on Islamophobia
  • From Schindler to Gaza-- two evenings at the Lensic theater
    • Thanks Tanya. Powerful and true.

      “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

      ― Edmund Burke

      Worse than doing nothing is contributing to the demonization/dehumanization of the Palestinian people-- an indigenous people who had nothing to do with the Holocaust and are still enduring the Nakba. There are too many doing that-- in and out of Israel.

  • Hamas is Nazi Germany and Israel is valiant and desperate England -- explains Canadian Jewish leader
    • ;(((((

      Thank you.

    • Alan Duncan spoke of the heinous signs in Hebron in his speech yesterday:

      "Walking Hebron's Ghost Streets

      Graffiti messages are scrawled on Palestinian homes and former shops throughout the H2 district, declaring "Kill All Arabs" and "Exterminate the Muslims." We passed by a rusted, welded-shut door to a Palestinian shop that contains chilling words in black spray paint: "Gas the Arabs," signed by the Jewish Defense League. A nearby plaque declares, "This land was stolen by Arabs" and is signed, "The Jewish Community of Hebron." Use of the word "Arabs" not only denies the national identity of Palestinians, but also the existence of the vast numbers of Arab Jews."

      link to truth-out.org

    • "Commander’s Combat Material for “Solid Rock” Operation [a.k.a. “Protective Edge]

      Dear commanders and fighters,

      It has been our great privilege to command and serve in the Givati Brigade at this time. History has chosen us to be the sharp edge of the bayonet of fighting the terrorist enemy “from Gaza” which curses, defames and abuses the God of Israel’s battles. We have practiced and prepared for this time and we take upon ourselves the mission with full humility, and being willing to endanger ourselves and give our lives to protect our families, our nation and our homeland.

      We will act together forcefully and with resolve, with initiative, and with deceptive tricks and aim for contact with the enemy. We will do everything to live up to the mission and wipe out the enemy and remove the threat from the Nation of Israel. Nobody here returns without performing.

      We will act and do everything to return our lads safely. Using all means at our disposal and with all required force.

      I trust you, each and every one of you, to act in that spirit, in the spirit of Israeli fighters who are the pioneers leading the camp. The spirit of Givati. I turn my eyes to the sky and call with you “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” God, the Lord of Israel, make our path successful, as we are about to fight for Your People, Israel, against an enemy who defames your name. In the name of the IDF fighters and in particular, the fighters and commanders from the Brigade, make the phrase “For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” come true, and we shall answer: Amen.

      Together and only together we will win.

      Ofer Winter, Colonel
      Commander of the Givati Brigade"

      link to electronicintifada.net

      "Despite the Palestinian blood on his hands, or more likely because of it, Winter has emerged as a hero in Israel, completely revered within the military and adored by the public.

      Asked about his earlier complaints that the political and military establishment was holding him back from finishing the job in Gaza, Winter told Yediot Ahronot that he is ultimately satisfied with the outcome of the onslaught and then proceeded to brag about the carnage.

      “There are hundreds of terrorists who were killed,” he boasted. “That is the message – no matter what we do, we’ll go in wherever we want to go. It is important that the enemy know this.”

      “We shredded them. We can do it much worse, and it’s best for them that we not do it,” added Winter. “We gave them a much stronger beating than in Cast Lead.”

      “When the Palestinians return to their home they will understand the scope of the damage Hamas has inflicted on them. Hamas used them,” he said.

      Winter clarified that the enemy is not just Hamas but all of Gaza.

      “This population is a hostage, but I think it is also a partner. I don’t exonerate them of responsibility so quickly,” said Winter of the 1.8 million Palestinians who inhabit the besieged coastal enclave, half of whom are children.

      “True, there are some pitiable people there, but in many cases the terrorists are the children or relatives of the people who live there. In almost every home there is a son or other relative that is a partner in terror. How do you raise children in a home with explosives? In the end, everyone gets what they choose.”"

      link to electronicintifada.net

      Remind me, who's 'Nazi'- like again?

  • Israel wields 'significant US domestic power' to foil peace process -- NY Review of Books
    • thanks gracie fr.

      astonishing.

    • To be expected. They're not used to hearing or speaking the truth.

      The proverbial cat is out of the bag now. Genie is out of the bottle. Toothpaste is out of the tube.

      The emperor has no clothes, etc.

  • Islamophobia, liberalism and the dangers of Interfaith ignorance
  • British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a 'bully'
    • Hello Walid.

      ;-)

    • Bravo IT!!!

      "needs to be told that it can not hold the issue hostage"

      Neither should anyone be complicit in holding the Palestinians hostage to the evil GoI, its 95%, and the 'settlers'.

      thanks amigo.

    • Walid!!! I have missed you-- please stay around.

    • Coming to a overstock discount store near all of us next!

      LOL Kay!

    • The epic classic worked its magic.

      Thank you.

    • You are always one step ahead.

      An article by Shasha just went up here:

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • "The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described the destruction in Gaza from the recent conflict with Israel as “beyond description” and a source of “shame to the international community” as he visited the war-devastated coastal strip on Tuesday.

      ...

      “I am here with a heavy heart,” Ban told a press conference. “The destruction which I have seen coming here is beyond description,” he added.

      Ban said the damage was far worse than what he had seen after the previous conflict – Operation Cast Lead – that took place in 2008-09.

      The UN chief was driven through the ruins of Gaza City’s Shuja’iya neighbourhood and visited a school in nearby Jabaliya refugee camp, scenes of some of the heaviest Israeli shelling in this summer’s conflict.

      Two classrooms at the UN school were hit by shells, killing at least 14 people sheltering there. Relatives of the dead held up posters showing their loved ones, while waiting to catch a glimpse of the UN head.

      Ban saved his strongest language for the deaths of about 500 children during the war. “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 were killed in the fighting – many more were wounded. What did they do wrong? Being born in Gaza is not a crime.”"

      link to theguardian.com

    • Video of Alan Duncan's speech at RUSI:

      link to youtube.com

      A very fine speech indeed! A humdinger.

    • So many truths spoken-- finally, out loud and with careful consideration. Many thanks to the good people in and out of the House of Commons who made this happen.

      Compare and contrast with John Kerry's speech at the donor's conference.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      Shameful silence about the Occupying Massacrists/Marauders and those who suffer from their heinous, brutal and illegal actions. Fully informed consent given to Israel.

  • 'Do not plan our expulsion!': Activists protest Palestinian businesses involved in Bedouin relocation plan
  • Katie Miranda's 'tele-summit' for Palestinian freedom
    • Katie!

      Incredible-- I've watched all three now. I keep telling folks about this treasure trove of truth and I hope they take advantage of your gift.

      I LOVE your necklace!

    • Oh my heavens! Superlative opportunity and action!

      Thanks Katie and MW!

      (that's a great cartoon!)

  • How 'Open Hillel' created a new community by challenging the Jewish establishment

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