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  • Countdown to the next round in Gaza
    • Lucky you amigo! He's fantastic and oh so right.

      Another pro- Palestinian activist was attacked:

      "Respect MP George Galloway suffered a suspected broken jaw when he was attacked in the street as he posed for pictures with members of the public.

      He was assaulted, said his spokesman, in Notting Hill, London, by a man who shouted a remark about the Holocaust before punching the MP.

      Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, for treatment to his jaw, severe bruising to his head, and for a suspected broken rib. He was described by his spokesman as being in “a pretty bad way”.

      "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” the spokesman said.

      "It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.”"

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    • Go ahead with the party! The Palestinians are right here:

      'Max Blumenthal @MaxBlumenthal · 7h

      Dancing at post-war children's festival in Deir Al-Balah today: link to'

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    • From the department of very interrresting.....

      "During Operation Protective Edge, seven Israeli civilians were killed as a result of rockets fired from Gaza. Now, Israeli police plan on opening murder investigations (Hebrew) into each of these deaths. The purpose would be to prepare for possible war crimes charges against those militants responsible for killing Israeli civilians. The clear intent is to warn Hamas that joining the International Criminal Court, as it’s agreed to do should the PA apply for membership, is a two-edged sword that could swing back and hit the Islamist group itself.

      There are two ways of looking at this development: the first is that it takes an amazing amount of chutzpah to investigate killings of seven Israeli civilians as war crimes when the IDF killed 1,700 (out of a total of 2,100 dead) civilians in Gaza during the war. That’s 200 times more civilian dead than Hamas caused.

      The second way of looking at this is that Israel is cooking its own goose by investigating the deaths as war crimes. Once Israel accepts the premise that the killing of its own civilian citizens are war crimes it must perforce accept that the killing of Gaza civilians is also a war crime. I don’t know if anyone in Israel bothered to consider this fact. But whether they did or not, I hope they do open such investigations. I’ve always said that there were war crimes committed by both sides of this conflict."

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      (his math is a bit off, but his point is well- taken...)

    • eternal sunshine of the ziomind.........

    • "I don’t think the Gazans have anything to celebrate at this point in time. The future is in a fog and for the damage from iceberg number three to be two thousand dead and tens of thousands homeless i think it is frankly stupid to celebrate. If they were sure of the better future, fine. but with two thousand dead I would not celebrate and I think enough of the Gazans to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that only the zealots are celebrating."

      You still running that poor old meme into the ground, yonah?

      Over the past few days, you have altered it a bit. Before you said that THEY were being forced to celebrate b/c Hamas told them to. You've switched from 'stalwarts' to 'zealots'.

      Today you are handing out your advice like you are their Bubbe Yonah.

      Thank goodness they don't need/want your advice on how they should feel or behave. You're not short of chutzpah. Like most enraptured Zionists, you have an excess of it.

    • @ Mooser @ 1242-- rotflmao!

      Seriously good news about the fish and the fisherman. The fisherman had lost their livelihood and some of them their lives.

      Meanwhile, the Palestinians were on a terribly protein deficient diet, courtesy of the cruel GoI.

      Mother Nature is quite pleased for her beautiful children.

    • Great comment amigo!

      We also need to do what Trevor said:

      "We must target our politicians’ ‘cowardice’ in the face of war crimes –Trevor Hogan’s impassioned speech in Dublin "

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    • " The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out."

      If history is any guide at all, the 'spasm' will begin with Israel. Therefore, Palestinians need to re-arm, and we need to stay busy and vigilant.

      "Si vis pacem, para bellum." is true and it is the only sane thing that the Palestinians must do for their very survival.

    • Peter Beinart thinks he has the answer...

      "The next step for liberal Zionists after Gaza: a Freedom Summer with Palestinians
      In an era of direct action, supporters of the two-state solution must start putting their bodies on the line.

      It’s time for American Jews who support Israel but oppose the occupation to commit to large-scale, direct action of our own. And the most important place to do so is in the West Bank. Palestinians in villages like Bil’in and Nabi Saleh have been protesting, unarmed, for years against the theft of their land. But their efforts receive little attention in American Jewish circles or in the American press. Few American Jews have any idea that under the military law that governs Palestinians in the West Bank, Israel routinely criminalizes freedom of speech and assembly. Or that peaceful protesters can be held in detention for years without trial.

      But if thousands of American Jews joined those protests, American Jews would know. Protesters would return home with videos to show their synagogues; hawkish parents would be appalled by the treatment meted out to their children. And the American media, which covers Jews far more intensively than it covers Palestinians, would follow. The model would be Freedom Summer, Robert Moses’ campaign to bring white college students to help register voters in Mississippi in 1964, and thus draw the nation’s eyes to oppression that garnered little media attention when practiced only against blacks.

      Such an effort would not be simple. The call for Jewish volunteers would have to come from Palestinian activists themselves. There’s a risk that some protesters would throw stones. Even if American Jews came to support a two state solution, some of the people marching with them would not.

      But even if protesters differed on their ultimate goal, the core message—that it is fundamentally unjust to deny people the basic rights that their neighbors enjoy because of their religion or ethnicity—might reach American Jews, and Americans overall, in a way it never has. By facilitating a human connection between Palestinians and Jews—the kind of connection Palestinians rarely make with settlers or soldiers--such a movement would also combat anti-Semitism. It would create the right kind of pressure on Israel: not military pressure but moral pressure, the kind of moral pressure that Washington still refuses to deploy.

      As the Gaza War has shown yet again, Palestinians often remain invisible to American Jews except as killers and haters. And it is because their humanity remains invisible that we so easily justify their oppression. Perhaps if we placed ourselves among them, we might be able to see them as we see ourselves. And in the wake of a war that has brought only misery and destruction, those of us who still believe in a democratic Israel living alongside a democratic Palestine might create a beachhead of hope."

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      (he also celebrates J Street in the article. and I dearly love this: "There’s a risk that some protesters would throw stones")

      I personally feel that BDS and continued activism is the way forward. we can't let up-- now least of all. everybody who cares about justice for the Palestinian people need to make sure that their elected leaders hear about it!

  • The end of 'Operation Protective Edge'
    • I forgot to express my delight at the beautiful pictures of the beautiful Palestinians that you included.

      Your smiles speak volumes.

    • Mabrouk!

      May these days of peace and joy be only the very first of many more. I hope that the rest of your precious lives are finally marked by freedom, respect, justice and peace.

      Thank you for sharing your feelings and your experiences Rana.

  • Thirteen arrested as protesters tell Senators Menendez and Booker: 'No more blank check for Israel's crimes'
    • What a great bunch of people leading by example!

      This is the kind of relentless pressure on our elected shills that is needed-- now, more than ever.

      Many thanks for this Professor Shalom.


  • Occupied Religion
    • I was happy to read that President Carter will be the keynote speaker at that conference. Happy to read of YWCA conference in Palestine and the reading list-- I hope that it will be well attended.

      I very much appreciate this article, Professor Ellis.

      What we are getting here at MW are real testimonies from the victims of Israel's war crimes, and calls to action as well. We cannot go back to the status quo, nor can we ever forget.

  • In Gaza, Palestinians celebrate resistance and credit it with 'victory'
    • It boggles the mind of honest people everywhere. Hamas did not "launch this war".

      Explicit in this kind of propaganda by Israel- firsters are more threats to a truly brave people.

    • From Max yesterday's twitter:

      "Max Blumenthal @MaxBlumenthal · Aug 28

      ICRC volunteer just showed me video of a dying child in Khuza'a asking for water, his intestines fully exposed. "We saw far worse," he says.

      I am not sure what to do with so many of the photos or videos I've seen from Gaza. They are horrific, yet the crimes demand exposure.

      ICRC volunteer tells me he evacuated an 80-yr-old woman who hid for 12 days in Khuza'a in a chicken coop and lived off of bird feed."

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    • yonah- when you finish interviewing "average Gazans" in Gaza, please run back and tell us what 'they' think!

      Absent your investigative journalism, we are better served with the reporting from Gaza and this fact-based journalism from Yousef Alhelou, who 'is a freelance journalist based in Gaza City' !

      Thanks in advance-- do try to stop with your latest meme. It's been ineffective here. I am sure that other sites will welcome you to their choir.

    • Congratulations to the Palestinians for your bravery, your steadfastness in the face of such an assault, your spirit, your strength and your hope. Your cause is just.

      It is truly humbling to share this earth with the Palestinian people.

      End the Occupation & long live Palestine and all of her people!

      Thank you for this article Yousef Alhelou-- it's wonderful.

  • This war was not a war, it was a massacre
    • ;(((((

      Simply beautiful.

    • Anshel Pfeffer:

      "Israeli leaders are rarely popular once the fighting ends. Binyamin Netanyahu is no exception

      The aftermath of a conflict often cuts the careers of prime ministers short. In Netanyahu’s case, though, there is no alternative

      ........The majority of Israelis feel their army acted with restraint and that the blame for civilian casualties lies squarely with Hamas which launched its rockets from heavily built-up areas. They do blame Netanyahu, however, for not using the military might at his disposal to achieve either the toppling of the Hamas government in Gaza or extracting firm commitments to dismantle its rocket arsenal. As Israelis see it, life in much of their country was brought to a standstill for seven weeks, residents of the kibbutzim around Gaza were forced to flee and 71 soldiers and civilians were killed for no gain. Now they’re back where it all started, with no guarantee that another round won’t take place very soon. They see no one else to blame for that except the prime minister. He had their support while the fighting was ongoing – now that he failed to deliver any tangible result, he has lost it.

      This doesn’t spell political demise for him quite yet. The ray of light for Netanyahu in the polls is that there is still no alternative on the horizon to his premiership. In the Haaretz poll 42% of Israelis still see him as the most suitable candidate for the job. His closest rival, Labor’s lacklustre leader Yitzhak Herzog, polled only 12%, while his challengers from the far-right, Avigdor Lieberman and Naftali Bennett, each received 11% and are deemed as too extreme by three-quarters of the electorate.

      Most Israelis don’t love or revere Netanyahu and are deeply disappointed with the outcome of his war. If there was on the horizon a leader they felt was competent enough to replace him, he or she would have a good chance in the next elections. But for now there is no one."

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      The "majority of Israelis" appear to be more than a bit 'sad' to see any respite in the most recent genocidal assault on Palestinians.

    • American-- your link doesn't appear to work, but I had read the article & it's nothing short of an indictment.

      "‘The only possible reason for doing that is to kill a lot of people in as short a period of time as possible … It’s not mowing the lawn. It’s removing the topsoil.’

      a senior U.S. military officer"

      "Senior U.S. officers who are familiar with the battle and Israeli artillery operations, which are modeled on U.S. doctrine, assessed that, given that rate of artillery fire into Shujaiya, IDF commanders were not precisely targeting Palestinian military formations as much as laying down an indiscriminate barrage aimed at cratering the neighborhood. The cratering operation was designed to collapse the Hamas tunnels discovered when IDF ground units came under fire in the neighborhood. Initially, said the senior Pentagon officer, Israel’s artillery used “suppressing fire to protect their forward units but then poured in everything they had, in a kind of walking barrage. Suppressing fire is perfectly defensible. A walking barrage isn’t.”

      That the Israelis explained the civilian casualty toll by saying the neighborhood’s noncombatant population had been ordered to stay in their homes and were used as human shields by Hamas reinforced the belief among some senior U.S. officers that artillery fire into Shujaiya was indiscriminate.

      “Listen, we know what it’s like to kill civilians in war,” said the senior U.S. officer. “Hell, we even put it on the front pages. We call it collateral damage. We absolutely try to minimize it, because we know it turns people against you. Killing civilians is a sure prescription for defeat. But that’s not what the IDF did in Shujaiya on July 21. Human shields? C’mon, just own up to it.”"

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    • Another important account that demonstrates the depraved & criminal acts of the state of Israel.

      While it's painfully true that "Nothing is more expensive than losing your family, your friends, your neighbors or anyone you used to be with.", the Palestinian people have their honor and are due justice, freedom, and life without Occupation and Israeli terror in their own land. We owe them that.

      Thanks to Mohammed and Justin.

  • The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear
  • Elizabeth Warren says killing Palestinian civilians is 'the last thing Israel wants'
    • Or someone could have had this quote handy, read it to her and asked her if she agreed with it:

      "...Au contraire: the morality of war (yes, there is such a thing) is founded on the assumption that there are wars in this world, and that war is not the normal state of things, and that in wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.

      Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”"

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    • Aha! I see that you were already on top of this Philip! Terrific.

      (Did not mean to preempt anything)

      Another one bites the dust.

  • Yale Protestant chaplain says Americans must curb Israel so as to curb anti-Semitism
    • So Rev Shipman can do some real education among the American people.

      a good and necessary service.

    • Firesign was great! I still giggle when I think of it.

      One of my favorites:

    • What else is there to do, richb?

      "It is a tale
      Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
      Signifying nothing.”

      ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

    • From 'The Forward', a professor's ranting and ravings:

      'Moral Emptiness of Holocaust Survivors Who Took on Israel
      The True Face Behind a New York Times Ad'

      By Alvin H. Rosenfeld
      Published August 28, 2014.

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      A thoroughly despicable smear for those that wish to read it.

      (My bet? He'll keep his job.)

    • Well done and written, Philip!

      Reverend Shipman's letter is so simply elegant and "eloquent" and, of course, correct. He's certainly true to his faith-- I knew about this from other Episcopalian friends who are very proud of his words and are in agreement.

      I did not get this from his letter, though: "So Shipman is saying that American Jews have a responsibility to curb Israel’s war crimes because this is feeding anti-Semitism."

      There are many other "patrons" of Israel than American Jews.....

      In other news befitting this section of "US Politics", I found this via the Cape Cod Times:

      "......But when the man in the green Hawaiian shirt stood up, Warren went from voicing her support for those local causes to defending her vote to send $225 million to Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas.

      "We are disagreeing with Israel using their guns against innocents. It's true in Ferguson, Missouri, and it's true in Israel," said Harwich resident John Bangert, who identified himself as a Warren supporter but said the $225 million could have been spent on infrastructure or helping immigrants fleeing Central America.

      "The vote was wrong, I believe," he added, drawing applause from several in the crowd.

      Warren told Bangert she appreciated his comments, but "we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one."

      "I think the vote was right, and I'll tell you why I think the vote was right," she said. "America has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren't many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law. And we very much need an ally in that part of the world."

      Warren said Hamas has attacked Israel "indiscriminately," but with the Iron Dome defense system, the missiles have "not had the terrorist effect Hamas hoped for." When pressed by another member of the crowd about civilian casualties from Israel's attacks, Warren said she believes those casualties are the "last thing Israel wants."

      "But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they're using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself," Warren said, drawing applause.

      Noreen Thompsen, of Eastham, proposed that Israel should be prevented from building any more settlements as a condition of future U.S. funding, but Warren said, "I think there's a question of whether we should go that far.....""

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      (apologies if already posted!)

  • Chancellor Wise, why not accept the scholarly inquiry of your colleagues over the politicized judgment of Salaita's critics?
  • 'NYT' continues using discredited figures suggesting parity between Israeli and Palestinian attacks -- Updated
    • "Update: After I sent three emails, including the link to this article, to New York Times editors and reporters about this issue Tuesday, and had a brief email exchange with Jodi Rudoren late Tuesday afternoon, I found that today’s article was updated late Tuesday evening to read in a more appropriate manner"

      GREAT work, Patrick! Kudos!

    • Another great dissection of the NYT's thoroughly & deliberately biased Israel- centric "reporting".

      I am glad you read it so I don't have to, Patrick. I've even taken to only scanning the Wapo. Too much hasbara in the articles and in the comments.

      On a bright (?) note, we are not alone. Read this by Yarden Katz:

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  • 'Get me out of the rubble, please, I’m alive'
    • alrighty then! Thanks NN!

    • Page: 53
    • "One of the darkest days of the US occupation of Iraq was relived in a Washington courtroom on Wednesday as the prosecution of four Blackwater security contractors accused of killing 14 civilians in a mistaken attack in Baghdad reached an emotional and legal climax.

      Seven years after the bloody shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that left a total of 17 Iraqis dead and more than 20 seriously wounded, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and destruction” that saw “innocent men, women and children mowed down” by private guards working for the US State Department.

      In closing arguments, assistant US attorney Anthony Asuncion claimed three of the four defendants were guilty of manslaughter and a fourth of murder for showing extreme disregard for human life in retaliating against what they mistakenly believed was a car bomb attack on their convoy.

      But the defence summed up its case with a blistering attack on the government for ignoring evidence of alleged incoming machine gun fire at the convoy, which it also accused Iraqi police of helping to cover up.

      The controversial case, which will go to the jury next week, is one of the few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq and has already been abandoned once after an earlier judge questioned the way evidence was gathered.

      But federal prosecutors pulled no punches on Wednesday as the closing stages of the second trial, which has lasted for 10 weeks, saw emotional scenes from attorneys on both sides.

      Pointing at the four accused – Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard – Asuncion said: “These men took something that did not belong to them; the lives of 14 human beings ... they were turned into bloody bullet-riddled corpses at the hands of these men.”

      After he described at length the fate of individual Iraqi civilians attacked by the Blackwater convoy, Asuncion’s voice was shaking, and he was asked to repeat a key line for the court stenographer to hear. “[The witness] opened the door and his son’s brains fell out at his feet,” Asuncio told the jury a second time. “As [the witness] put it, ‘the world went dark for me’.”"

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      There are certainly many, many more that deserve to be put on trial here in the US. I can only hope that many Israelis will face trial somewhere soon for targeting and massacring Palestinian civilians.

    • Joe Catron @ EI:


      "“My ears broke”

      In the hallway outside Thaer’s room, his father, Issam, recalled the airstrike that ended the lives of his wife and four children two days earlier.

      “At 4:00 pm, I was inside the house,” he said. “All the rest of my family was sitting in the front hall. Their mother was standing in the middle of the boys. They were playing as they were accustomed. ”

      “As Rahaf was coming inside, I heard a massive explosion. My ears broke. I saw a huge mass of dust in the area and shrapnel scattered all over the hall.”

      “After the blast, my daughter Rahaf grabbed my neck. She was screaming ‘Father! Where is my mother? Where are my brothers?’

      “Shrapnel everywhere”

      After checking his surviving daughter for injuries, Issam said, he told her to leave the house quickly. Looking at the rest of his family in the hall, he said, “They lay with shrapnel everywhere and a pool of blood around them. It’s like they were swimming in it. There were six of them, five killed.

      “I heard the voice of my son saying, ‘Dad.’ The others were scattered everywhere. You couldn’t distinguish between them because of the heavy shrapnel wounds in their faces.

      “The voice was Thaer. I carried him and left the house quickly. I felt my body cut from the shrapnel as I carried him. Then our neighbors took him and the rest of our family to al-Awda hospital.”

      At the hospital, Issam said, Thaer was alert, asking him for water. “In another bed, I saw my little boy, Usama. He was smiling in his sleep. I tried to hug and kiss him. There was no response.

      “I tried to convince myself that he had returned my smile. And I refused to listen to anybody saying that he was dead.”

      On Saturday, Issam said in passing, he had bought his youngest son a track suit for the winter.

      In another bed, he recalled, “I saw my wife covered by a sheet. I removed it quickly, and saw that she was also dead.”

      His other three children had been transferred to a separate hospital, Kamal Edwan. By the time he arrived to identify them, he said, staff had moved them into the refrigeration units used to store the dead before burial. “You could not recognize the features of their faces and heads.”.............."

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    • You've captured the essence of human suffering with this detailed history, Ishraq. So much struck me forcefully, including this:

      "“I was told that Asma’a, my niece, was yelling to shoulder her, so I hurried to move to Al Shejaiya during a 2-hour truce. ‘Why did none of you come to get me out of the rubble? Get me out of the rubble. Please, uncle, for God’s sake, don’t leave, I am alive.’ Those words were the first and the last of hers,” Talal groaned with waterfalls of tears."


      "Is hunting birds a crime?”"

      No. But hunting humans, torturing them, and massacring them most certainly is, and that is what Israel did/does.

  • Israel's information iron dome
    • Yes, I read it.

      I agree with your post. MW contributors ( and many others) have made a lasting difference with their honest coverage with regard to Palestine/Israel, etc.

    • Ditto! This is bookmarked, for whenever somebody tries to argue that Israel has a "free press"; something that happens with disturbing frequency.

      The US MSM could do with a critical analysis of this caliber. We have much in common, as the author points out with this:

      "The Israeli press most resembles American media in the initial period following 9/11, where a wave of nationalism swept coverage and silenced dissenting voices. The Israeli media is in constitutive ‘9/11 mode’, on steroids, as can be seen in its treatment of dissidents."

      A really superior analysis. Many thanks to Yarden Katz.

  • Palestinians in E. Jerusalem are detained in greatest number, 770, since Second Intifada
    • fyi:

      Ferwana: “More Than 2000 Palestinians Kidnapped Since July 12”

      Thursday August 28, 2014 02:16 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

      "7000 Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel

      Head of the Public Relations Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, stated that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped more than 2000 Palestinians since July 12, after three Israeli settlers went missing, and were later found dead."

      Full info here @ link to

    • Thanks, Kate.

      I was hoping for some justice, any justice, somewhere amidst the innumerable tragedies inflicted by Israel.

    • Kate, thank you.

      And Kate, the illustrated poetry by Khaled Juma is the most powerful art I have witnessed from the very many to emerge from this immense Israeli perpetrated massacre. It should be "front paged" and given the exposure that I believe it deserves.

      As for the arrests, detention, and assaults of Palestinians-- do you have any information on any arrests of Israeli perpetrators of violence?

  • Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade
    • I love that guy, his message, and his request! Thanks Egbert.

      Here's Assaf taking him up on his request.

    • Good! Thanks, Taxi.

      (the hasbaristas in the comments section are truly pitiful! guess the new memo hasn't churned its way thru H. Central yet)

    • so you are trying to tell MW what to report now?

      soothe yourself with Max Blumenthal's latest storify:

      link to

      Rallies by the PEOPLE of Gaza.

    • "Yousef Munayyer @YousefMunayyer · 1m

      WOW ---> Only 29% of Israelis think Israel won the war, 60% think it did not! (HEB) link to …"

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    • "GAZA – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

      After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates. A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days. This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007. "

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    • Interesting you should say that, amigo.

      "In response to discovering an Israeli drone flying over its nuclear facilities, Iran said it will arm Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, an Iranian military official said.

      "Tehran will accelerate arming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying the spy drone over Iran," General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of aerial forces of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said in a statement on its official website.

      "We reserve the right to give any response," he added."

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    • Terrible. Awful news.

      "And what else do we need to know?"

      your point?

    • "and we’re also sorry for the civilian deaths in Gaza, caused by Hamas.
      Hamas celebrate death, so they’re celebrating."

      jon s-- the world knows that is a outright lie. You're going to have to move forward now, and stop the hasbara.

    • As for Israeli war crimes, Max has a detailed and lengthy article in Alternet. Difficult reading, a portion here:

      "Gaza Residents Share Allegations of Abuse, Claim Israeli Soldiers Used Them as Human Shields
      Almost every family in Gaza has been touched by the violence.
      August 26, 2014 |

      Mahmoud Abu Said could hardly speak about what happened to him when the soldiers first arrived to his neighborhood. His eyes filled with tears, the muscles in his face began to twitch, and his voice faltered. As the baby-faced, 19-year-old resident of Rafah in Southern Gaza recounted how Israeli soldiers used him as a human shield, torturing and then kidnapping him, he collapsed into a plastic chair.

      “I feel so afraid,” he muttered. “It’s not normal. I feel weak and I’m not myself.”

      Mahmoud was among several residents of the Gaza Strip who provided me with testimony of being used as human shields by Israeli forces during their ground invasion in July. He is also among the young men from various locations around the besieged coastal territory who told me they were kidnapped by Israeli soldiers, taken to a prison in southern Israel, physically abused and interrogated about activity by armed resistance groups operating in Gaza.

      The Israeli military and its international corps of supporters have accused Hamas of exploiting residents of the Gaza Strip as human shields, hoping to deflect from the whopping toll of civilian casualties they caused. But interviews with Palestinians from Gaza’s border areas revealed the opposite to be true: Israel has repeatedly used defenseless civilians to shield themselves from potential guerrilla attacks, brutally abusing young men like Mahmoud Abu Said during their invasion of Gaza. The practice is not only a war crime that violates international human rights law, it was outlawed by the Israeli Supreme Court in 2005.

      As we stood on the porch of the ransacked home of Mahmoud’s family, a drone buzzed incessantly overhead while squadrons of F-16s roared by. The red tile roof above us had been punctured with gaping holes from Israeli shrapnel; the interior of the house had been trashed by the soldiers who transformed it into a shooting gallery; and the house next door was reduced to a pile of rubble. But nowhere was the damage exacted by Israeli forces more apparent than in Mahmoud’s bloodshot eyes and nearly catatonic expression.

      “Traumatized!” his friend exclaims. “He’s completely traumatized.”

      After a drink of water, Mahmoud managed to pull himself together. He recalled what happened when the soldiers arrived on July 14 during the first stage of Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. The entire Abu Said family had gathered at his spacious home, including 30 cousins. When a platoon of Israeli troops appeared in the dirt road outside the house, the terror began.

      After ordering the family to evacuate the house under the shelling their army had just initiated, the soldiers called for Mahmoud’s father, Abdul Hadi El Said. As soon as he appeared at his doorstep, they shot him in the chest, leaving him to die. Miraculously, after bleeding for two hours, he managed to survive and seek medical help. The rest of the family fled west away from the oncoming troops; however, the soldiers grabbed Mahmoud and refused to allow him to leave.

      Mahmoud said the Israeli troops dragged him back into his house, blindfolded him and wrapped him in a blanket on the floor as they began to blow holes in the walls to use as makeshift sniper slits — what US troops in Afghanistan called “murder holes.” Then the soldiers stripped Mahmoud to his underwear, handcuffed him, slammed him against a wall and began to beat him. With an M-16 at his back, they forced him to stand in front of open windows as they hunted his fleeing neighbors, sniping directly beside him at virtually anything that moved. When they were not using him as a human shield, Mahmoud said, the soldiers left him alone in the room with an unleashed army dog who was periodically ordered to attack him.............."

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      (I apologize for not properly denoting my post @ 0757 as a portion of the article-- missing the edit function!)

    • ........

      "The brilliant Palestinian analyst Mouin Rabbani wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, “When an army reaches the point of destroying apartment buildings as if it were a municipal engineer, it can no longer be considered a serious army.”

      Hamas grew stronger, despite Israeli propagandists’ pathetic attempts to deny this. And (decimated) Gaza also grew stronger: Its fate, at least for a time, will now preoccupy Israel and the world; had it not been for its rockets, nobody would have bothered with it.

      Gaza paid with much blood. Israel also bled, though less. But Israel’s debit sheet also includes a further decline in its international standing, and even worse, open wounds to its weakening democratic regime, which won’t heal quickly. Hamas has become a representative organization, even to Israel, and an exemplar of steadfast resistance, at least to its own people.

      Israel can win this war only by complying with its enemy’s just demands: truly opening Gaza to the world and beginning negotiations over the future of the occupied territories. No more “understandings” that will quickly bring the next “operation,” but a new approach to Gaza, Hamas and the entire Palestinian people. No more photo ops with Mahmoud Abbas, but serious negotiations aimed at making peace with the Palestinian unity government.

      It’s doubtful Netanyahu either can or wants to do this. But over the past 50 days, the Western and Arab worlds have both told him this is the only way; there is no other. Over the past 50 days, Gaza has told him Israel can no longer live eternally by the sword.

      Over the last 50 days, cemeteries filled with bodies and hospitals overflowed with wounded. Rubble piled up and hatred and fear overflowed their banks on both sides. But this cloud could yet have a silver lining: Perhaps Israel, for the first time in its history, will fundamentally change its approach.

      It sounds ridiculous now. But how is it possible to end this cursed war without at least envisioning hope? "

      link to

    • "In the 50-day Gaza war, the two sides have swallowed frogs, but for Israel the experience has been more stomach-turning. Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu will now make a huge effort to portray the outcome as a success. If he believes himself, he will be one of the very few. Quiet will not be exchanged for quiet, but for a lie.

      What Netanyahu and his colleagues have brought down on Israel, in a conflict between the region’s strongest army and an organization numbering 10,000, is not just a defeat. It’s a downfall.

      “Veni, vidi, vici,” Julius Caesar said. “Benny, Bibi, Bogie,” goes the Israeli version — military chief Benny Gantz, Bibi Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon. They came, they saw, they were defeated.

      Netanyahu must make an accounting for the agenda he tried to dictate in recent years, first with Ehud Barak as defense minister, and in the last year and a half without him. There was the Iran craze, which sucked up billions. If Bibi had budgeted for Gaza-area kibbutzim Nirim and Nahal Oz one one-hundredth of what he had budgeted for Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant, Israelis would have been safer. "

      link to

    • "The funny thing is, even Iran is now looking better than Israel."

      They have for a long time.

      Who has Iran attacked and occupied and stolen from? Who has Israel attacked and occupied and stolen from?

      Who has defied international law ad nauseum? Who acts in terrible ways toward other folks with impunity?

    • " Yousef Munayyer ‏@YousefMunayyer

      Netanyahu 24hrs ago: Hamas is ISIS!

      Netanyahu today: I agreed to a negotiated deal with Hamas"

      link to

    • I think your comment is out of line, jpb.

      There's lots of dead and wounded Palestinians surrounded by massive destruction.

      I don't see or know "dumb" Palestinians.

    • Perhaps this might make some 'feel' better:

      "Israel lost the war in Gaza but the struggle for justice goes on

      ... Battle for justice goes on

      Refaat Alareer, the Gaza writer and educator who lost his brother in the Israeli attack, also sees today’s agreement as “a symbolic win over a barbaric colonial power – one step for Gaza and a giant leap for Palestine.

      Alareer adds:

      It is a victory because Gaza did not kneel, because Gaza proved Israel can be deterred and isolated, because Gaza exposed the hideous face of apartheid Israel and that of the US that never stopped sending weapons to Israel, and because more and more people are now uniting all over the world and are more determined to end this injustice by all effective means.

      This is a victory because it united Palestinians and pro-Palestinians from all over the world to fight for Palestine. It’s a victory because the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is now more powerful and more effective.

      It is a victory because a lot more people have decided to engage in the active support of Palestine, by being part of BDS, rather than only sending prayers and good wishes.

      Alareer reminds us that as Palestinians in Gaza begin – hopefully – the arduous road to physical, emotional and mental recovery from the unspeakable horrors Israel has inflicted, the work of justice cannot take a break.

      He reminds us too that Israel could not perpetrate such hideous atrocities without the support and complicity of so many governments, companies and other institutions around the world. The struggle to maintain Israeli occupation and racism is global, which is why the struggle to defeat them – especially BDS – must be global too.

      A ceasefire is not enough. Rebuilding Gaza is not enough. Even ending the siege would not be enough. It would only be the start.

      We have to say never again. Never again must Israel be allowed to massacre Palestinians as it has in Gaza in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 – the years since it decided to turn Gaza into a giant open-air prison.

      It is crucial to understand that such violence is the price of a “Jewish state” in Palestine.

      The only way to stop the massacres is to escalate our work for justice.

      An end to Israeli apartheid and colonization and the founding of a country for all its people – where refugees, no longer excluded by racist laws, return to their land – is the only monument worth building for so many people whose lives were violently stolen."

      link to

      (some happy pictures @ the link)

    • Malki has a good point.

      There has been much "reporting" in US MSM about the foreign nationals fighting with IS, etc.

      Let's hope that people can see beyond their usual hypocrisy.

      (thanks for the tune and for Mads, seafoid-- and all of your other links which I will go back to peruse now!)

    • "people in Gaza have also taken to the streets in celebration."

      As long as they are celebrating, I am glad. I am not going to pick apart anything about the deal.

      I am not surprised at your assessment that "In Israel, the reaction was much more dour."

      Once again, they expose themselves as genocidal maniacs of a "lunatic state". (h/t Norman Finkelstein)

      I hope that justice, freedom and peace for the Palestinians follow soon. Long live Palestine!

  • Gaza goyim jailbreak
    • Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem.

    • I acknowledge that living under Occupation reeks of death, destruction, and injustice.

      Note that the writer only has praise for "Christian Arab Israelis". He denigrates other Arabs, presumably Muslim Arabs. Bedouin in Israel have no shelters, nor protection from 'Iron Dome'-- they aren't worthy, acc. to the GoI. The couple whose marriage was protested by crazed loons of Lehava weren't exactly celebrated, either.

      In short, it was one of the most devious and rotten comments that I have had the displeasure to read.

      And, I'd really love to see a poll of Israeli Arabs.

      And then, there is Sayed Kashua:

      "Sayed Kashua: why I have to leave Israel
      The Arab-Israeli author moved to Jerusalem as a child and has devoted his life to telling Israelis the Palestinian story. But last week he decided to emigrate with his family to the US"

      link to

    • Great and bracing article, Phil.

      So true, and becoming more true every single day. Some of my friends don't even wince when I bring it up.

      I linked to an article earlier about a film that is coming out:

      "Drama about Holocaust survivors' illegal voyage to Palestine sets sail

      Chris Columbus is to co-produce the drama, centered around the 1947 voyage of the SS Exodus from France to Palestine that was intercepted by the British navy"

      link to

      So many pro- Israelis are there expressing their allegiance that it truly smells like desperation in the comments section! One example:

      "26 August 2014 3:33pm

      I holiday with Palestinians (Israeli Arabs) in Eilat and Tiberias. Palestinians are helping me put my house together. If I want a pharmacist invariably its a Palestinian. Christian Palestinins are the single most educated group in Israel - more than Jews.

      Our future is together. The problem is Arab society is very patriarchal and tribal and therefore very backward. It will take time for Arabs to reject these defects and realise that the Israeli way is the best way.

      If you can speak to Palestinians anonymously they will tell you the same. It is telling that no Israeli Arab city wants to be included in a Palestinian state, they all want to remain part of Israel."

      (They've even brought up Zuheir Mohsen.)

  • A glimpse of hope amidst utter destruction 
    • "In an ever-occurring sign of his resilience, love and humanity my father continues to inspire hope to my family and I through his encouraging words and thoughts that transcend prison walls and borders"

      Basil, you, your father and every Palestinian enduring this awful Occupation in all of its' ugliness inspire hope. Not one Palestinian has been allowed a childhood since the beginning of these many terrible decades. Some are, course better than others, but all have been robbed.

      "No chains will last." No, they will not and they can not. This is a most "righteous fight for justice with Israel’s colonial and settler existence."

  • Bay Area gets radio ads about Gaza
  • In occupied Bil'in, there is no P in PTSD
    • "Their’s is a gaze beyond their years, the kind of thousand-yard stare so common to veterans of war, so borne of post-traumatic stress. But the disorder that bears its name — PTSD — does not quite fit here. Here, Israel’s occupation — by the bombs’ bellow or the sniper’s aim — leaves children in constant pain. Here, with nowhere to flee, there is no “P” in PTSD."

      I've said the same thing for a long time now.

      The same goes for many, many people under siege-- so very many of them as a result of US direct and indirect violence.

  • Israel's decades-long effort to turn the word 'terrorism' into an ideological weapon
    • well, here's something 'interesting':

      "In response to discovering an Israeli drone flying over its nuclear facilities, Iran said it will arm Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, an Iranian military official said.

      "Tehran will accelerate arming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying the spy drone over Iran," General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of aerial forces of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said in a statement on its official website.

      "We reserve the right to give any response," he added.

      Israel refused to comment on the incident saying that it does not comment on information obtained through mass media.

      Meanwhile, Hajizadeh warned that if such spying mission was repeated, the Iranian response would be "destructive"."

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    • Great article, Rémi Brulin.

      The lexicon needs to be changed. "The Global War on Terror" is part and parcel of our complicity in, and wholesale endorsement of, the corruptness of 'Israel- think'.

      If one is to combat this, we have to apply the same 'moral clarity' and words to those that seek to de- humanize and de- legitimize resistance fighters. Are the actions of Israel terrorism? By Netanyahu's own definition: “Terrorism is the deliberate, systematic murder, maiming and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear in order to gain political ends.” , one has to answer with a resounding 'yes'.

  • WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is 'gravest threat to the Jewish people'
    • "Published On: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair is threatening to sue the “Free Israel” NGO for using an image posted on Netanyahu Jr.’s Facebook page, showing him with his Norwegian girlfriend Sandra Leikanger.

      Free Israel decided to use Yair’s and Sandra’s picture to push their message that every human being has the right to marry whomever he or she wishes. The campaign came in response to a right-wing campaign launched by an organization called Shalhevet (Flame) against the wedding last night of an Israeli Arab and his Jewish betrothed who converted to Islam.

      But Yair Netanyahu refused to become anyone’s mascot, and he posted the following message on the Free Israel page:

      “Shalom, I am Yair Netanyahu. I demand that you remove my picture which you’ve been using without my permission. It’s a private picture from Facebook which exposes you to a lawsuit. I expect it to come down today. Especially since I disagree with the content of your campaign.”

      Then he added: “If it’s not coming down in the next hour I’m starting legal proceedings.""

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    • That's why you're here, yonah.

      You can tell us what you "think" history all around the world might really be.

    • ""Intermarriage in Israel is simply a catastrophe,” venerated Zionist rabbi, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, told Arutz Sheva Sunday, in reaction to the high profile wedding between an Arab man and a Jewish woman in Rishon Letzion.

      "There is no other word for it but terrible assimilation,” he said. “It is very painful. We feel the pain of intermarriage outside of Israel, in the Diaspora. This phenomoenon inflicts a holocaust upon our nation. So when it happens in the Land of Israel, among us, will we not be pained? Will we not protest this?”"

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    • What do you call the protestors, Gene Shae

      (Or is it g'shrey?)

    • Look, John O:

      "A state rabbinic court in Jerusalem has issued an order prohibiting a woman from bringing her children to meet her female romantic partner.

      Israel’s Center for Women’s Justice filed a petition this week with the country’s Supreme Court on the woman’s behalf challenging the rabbinic court’s order.

      According to the center, the rabbinic court’s order came during divorce proceedings between the woman and her husband. The couple agreed that the woman would have custody of the children, but the husband asked the court to issue an order prohibiting the woman’s partner from seeing the children.

      Without such an order, the husband said he would refuse to grant his wife a get, or a ritual divorce. The court has agreed to his request."

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    • What's also despicable about this affair, is that " Israel's high court refused their application to ban demonstrations outside their wedding reception." And, "He said that hiring the security guards had cost over $4,000 (£2,400), half of which was being paid for by the wedding hall, but the remainder the couple had to find themselves. The court decided that protesters would be allowed to picket the wedding, but only at a distance of 200m."

      link to

      And this:

      "Lehava spokesman and former lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari denounced Jews intermarrying with non-Jews of any denomination as "worse than what Hitler did," alluding to the murder of 6 million Jews across Europe in World War Two. "

      link to

      State- sanctioned racism. And yet Israel is not comfortable with the Apartheid label that they've earned in spades. Thank for highlighting this, David.

      (I apologize if any of this is repetitive-- not all of your links are opening for me right now!)

  • 'We want to exchange our personal experiences of war, Sir'
    • Whew. Glad that your comment came through, gc. I had posted a link to that yesterday. Also, Ken Loach is calling for a cultural boycott of Israel-- he did it at the same film festival.

    • "His anger rising Naji, started firing off questions; “Why do Israelis commit such unspeakable crimes against thousands of our civilians and families? Why do they massacre hundreds and hundreds of our children? Why do America and Europe support Israel blindly? Why do America and Europe provide Israel with such lethal weaponry to kill thousands of Palestinians? Why do they have the right to self defense but we have no rights at all? Why? Why? Why?!

      I tried in vain to answer his questions but Naji cut me off: “I can’t understand! I understand nothing in this silent world of double standards!”"

      These are the questions that need to be answered! Our hypocrisy is disgusting and depraved.

      "“I will never be passive or silent any more about Gaza, Palestine and any place in which international human right laws are violated”."

      I promise.

      “Hello and Salam, all praise to Allah for your safety".

      I hear all of your voices. This is a searingly authentic article you have shared with all of us, Dr. Al-Masri. Many thanks for it, and for bringing your brave students to us.

  • Palestinians search through the remains of their homes after Israel destroys 13-story Gaza apartment building
    • fyi & love the timing!

      "Drama about Holocaust survivors' illegal voyage to Palestine sets sail

      Chris Columbus is to co-produce the drama, centered around the 1947 voyage of the SS Exodus from France to Palestine that was intercepted by the British navy

      The high profile of the case helped create a conversation about the plight of Holocaust survivors and the creation of the Jewish state of Israel – Grauel himself later testified to the UN, campaigning for unrestricted immigration into Palestine. It makes a film about the story politically contentious, given as it comes amid the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians over the Gaza strip and elsewhere.

      Exodus, a fictional film about the events of the period, was made in 1960 by Otto Preminger, starring Paul Newman as the captain of a ship secretly transporting Jews from an internment camp to Palestine."

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      For those who may not remember, from wiki:

      "John Stanley Grauel (1917 – September 1986) was a Methodist minister and American Christian Zionist leader. He was a crew member of the famed refugee ship the SS Exodus-1947 and a secret "Haganah" operative. Grauel is credited with being the key individual who persuaded the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine to recommend for the Partition Resolution of November 1947, creating the State of Israel. In a speech to the Jewish Agency, Golda Meir, referred to his testimony as the first appeal by a “priest, a perfectly worthy gentile, a priori, no Jewish witness was to be believed.”"

      (the Guardian article refers to him as a Baptist- no matter)

    • The Israelis are again bombing Gaza with abandon. Proving again that they are indeed committed to their genocide of the Palestinian people:

      link to

    • "The public's satisfaction with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has dropped dramatically over the course of Operation Protective Edge, according to a poll broadcast Monday on Channel 2.

      US president Barack Obama told The New York Times in an interview published August 8 that Netanyahu's "poll numbers are a lot higher than mine" and "were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza."

      The poll found that 50 percent of Israelis were dissatisfied with Netanyahu and just 38% were satisfied, a 17% drop since a poll broadcast Thursday night, and a massive fall since his approval rating hit a peak of 82 percent on July 23 after ground troops entered the Gaza Strip."

      link to

      You have to ask if the numbers are falling because there were a few days when scores of Palestinians were not massacred. Or perhaps it is because they actually lost a child.

      Cynical, I know. ;((

    • Dan Cohen-- you are doing such amazing work and reporting, and I thank you most sincerely. You've documented innumerable war crimes; my hope is that Israeli impunity will become a distant memory very soon.

      I just posted part of an article I found via your twitter account about Mohammed Deif. Do you have any more on this?

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  • 58 Seconds
    • I hadn't seen it-- thanks so much for sharing it!

      (am still trying to navigate the lovely digs!)

    • "Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel’s mass slaughter of children in Gaza.

      Shawn’s brilliant “translation” of the ad into plain English is below.

      Five hundred and sixteen children are among the 2,142 Palestinians killed by Israel’s current bombardment of the Gaza Strip, according to the latest tally from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

      The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel’s prime minister, justifying Israel’s slaughter of Arab children during her time.


      Shawn’s response, which also appears in The Hollywood Reporter, is masterful. Here is Shawn’s “translation” of Meir’s words, as they were used in the ADL ad (reproduced in full with permission):

      Over the decades, I’ve done quite a bit of work as a translator from various languages, and sometimes when I get home from work, I just can’t stop. Yesterday, for example, I saw an ad in The Hollywood Reporter. It was in English, but its meaning was not immediately obvious at all, so I felt an overwhelming impulse to translate it.

      The ad featured a statement that former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir had made in the 1950s about “the Arabs,” but the ad (which leaves out the words “the Arabs”) suggests that “her haunting words” are “as current as today’s headlines. She could have been talking about Hamas.” The quotation, as it appears in the ad, is as follows: “We can forgive [them] for killing our children. We cannot forgive them from forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with [them] when they love their children more than they hate us.”

      My quick personal translation of this would be: “When we kill the children of Arabs, the Arabs made us do it. They hate us so much, they are so angry, that they do things that enrage us and make us kill children. If they were decent people who loved their children, they would set aside their hatred and stop provoking us, and we would then stop killing the children.”

      Sometimes a translator feels compelled to argue with the text he’s just translated, particularly when, as in the case of this ad, one is confronted by a photograph of the author that makes one vividly feel her presence. In this case, I can only say that despite her wise and thoughtful and grandmotherly face, Golda Meir can be interpreted as saying here that she plans to kill the children of Arabs up until the moment when, in her sole judgment, the Arabs stop feeling “hate” and become sufficiently unprovoking and pacified....(con't..)

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    • Many thanks for this Annie.

      I was over at EI and saw this short film by John Greyson called "Gazonto". I heartily recommend it:

      link to

  • Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport
    • Yeah! What Annie said.

    • We are going to make it "very interesting to most people".

      Americans will not like that their passport is not respected by Israel. Racial profiling is a huge problem right now in the US. Israel will lose this one.

    • PS-- the site looks lovely.

    • ""Welcome to Sarajevo: one director's journey from Gaza to the film festival
      When Ashraf Mashharawi, a documentarian from Gaza, learned he was a joint winner of the Katrin Cartlidge award, he was determined to travel to the Sarajevo film festival to collect it in person. Now, renewed bombing means he doesn't know when he will see his family again. Simon McBurney reports on a moving meeting with the film-maker

      "He was holding his twins," says Ashraf Mashharawi, leaning forward. "All his family around him. They had been able to shelter in their basement. But it was a direct hit and their house collapsed. It took two days to reach them. When we did, I helped to move the rubble from above them. He was sitting in the corner, holding his girls, one under each arm. They were all only slightly injured, so they must have died slowly."

      Mashharawi looks at me again, with concern. "Excuse me for such harshness," he says. "But this is our everyday life".

      The award is a $10,000 (£6,027) bursary from the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation, set up after the actor died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2002. She was my best friend. I know she would have supported the choice of winner, and she would have been delighted that the audience rose as one to applaud Mashharawi as he took to the stage and accepted the award, identifying himself as "the voice of so many, the voice of those who can no longer speak".

      After deafening applause, he turned to me, as a trustee of the foundation, to read Shehadeh's letter. Here is a part of it.

      Greetings from here. Here in Gaza, we welcome you from our vast and abundant sea; a sea of stories, tales, migrations, travels. We are grateful for your dedication and solidarity and to the flow of human conscience, and to an inevitable justice that is surely coming … We welcome you from our vineyards, where the sun sings lullabies of its beginnings, full of colour, casting bronze shimmers as it sets over our eternal, passionate sea. We welcome you from our ancient and ever-renewing olive trees. We welcome you from the Mentar Hills in the south all the way to the highest point, in our Galilee. Our library, our consciousness, our heritage, and our memory is embroidered in all colours … in light, joy and good omens.

      They are shelling our homes, every house a Hiroshima; souls leave us, dreams depart and so do memories. In a moment we become racing numbers on a television screen; a moment before was a moment of life. So I tell the thickheaded fools that know nothing of life this: we are coming, we are ever-present.

      Because it is Gaza's patience that has painted the light of hope, the stories of young women and night lanterns. It will not be much longer for this night, they will not shatter its morning, they will not extinguish its heart. [It is] Gaza the voice that has defeated cannons and battered their tyranny with an all-encompassing hope. We love you, people of the Balkans; our partners in pain and pride. Sarajevo and Gaza are witnesses to the injustice of history, relentless in the conscience of history.

      Mashharawi sits in the sunny square the next day. His friend is, he says, a very poetic man. He gestures around. "That is all we want. To share with others what it is like here. People constantly think everyone wants to get out of Gaza, leave it forever. But we shall never leave. It is a beautiful place.""

      link to


      @ the same festival:

      "Loach has called for a boycott of all cultural and sporting events supported by the Israeli state, and condemned the support offered to Israel by the US and UK. "

      link to

    • And what does the American embassy or ambassador do? Nothing.

      No visa waiver program for the Israelis. NONE, NEVER.

  • Our new look
    • Thanks to all of you wonderful people at MW for the new digs and your hard work/dedication to truth each and every day.

      If it hadn't been for this important thread, I would never have found Kate again without asking.

      I value her compilations so much, and I think that it would improve the site and inform more people if her contributions (and Prof. Ellis') were to appear on the home page along with the other articles-- currently they don't.


    • {{{Mooser}}}

    • Click on the Mondoweiss name at the top-- all will be revealed!

      (many thanks to our hardworking mods-- I see some of my comments are released! :))

    • Did I do something wrong? All of my comments seem to be awaiting moderation.


    • I see that the last 100 comments is trying to return, and when I clicked on the MW name, some recent articles popped up on the right side of the screen. Terrific!

      Many thanks, and I feel for you Ms. Annie and other moderators. It must be frustrating for you, I know I'm shvitzing!

  • 'NYT' journey to Israel/Palestine to be led by Israeli 'expert' who called on countrymen to 'kill and kill' Palestinians
    • "Soffer is a disgusting nasty piece of work and needs to be charged with incitement to murder."

      Agreed, and yet the NYT is celebrating and rewarding him.

    • "I would like to believe, perhaps naively, that publicizing Soffer’s views and his selection as a Times “expert” may lead some right-thinking liberals at The Times and outside to actively oppose his involvement in “Times Journeys.” However, the much bigger and more appropriate question is whether or not The Times will take a deeper look at the related views and attitudes that seem to pervade the paper, that certainly inform aspects of the paper’s reporting on Israel and Palestine, and that led to Soffer being chosen, or whether his selection will simply be written off as a decision made by a new and less well-informed department of The Times."

      Soffer advocates genocide and ethnic cleansing. Strange choice to 'lead' either the blind or the already converted. Another reason why we should have no visa waiver program.

  • Since the beginning of 'Operation Protective Edge' in Gaza, Israeli forces have also injured at least 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank
    • Thanks Kate. I just read this, and thought it worthwhile to post. The hatred of Arabs runs deep, and Israel does nothing to combat it. In fact, the government incites and condones it:

      "The principal of Amal High School in Taibe was shot dead during a staff meeting early Sunday afternoon.

      Local residents told Haaretz that a masked gunman burst into the conference room at the school in northern Israel and opened fire on Yussuf Haj Yihya in front of teachers who were participating in a staff meeting. The gunman then fled.

      According to one paramedic who arrived at the scene, Haj Yihya had several gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Meir Hospital, Kfar Sava in critical condition, and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. "

      link to

  • Salaita's hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor
    • Good article by David Palumbo- Liu:

      "Is criticizing Israel worse than murder at the University of Illinois?"

      link to

    • "This seems to me another demonstration that we cannot come to terms with the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel till we deal with the role of Zionist funding in our political and public life. This is the factional problem identified by Madison in the Federalist Papers; there is no national interest here."

      It is. Wise and her minions certainly appear bankrupt in the things that matter the most.

  • 'NO DISCUSSION of Gaza' -- new Zionist etiquette
    • "There will be NO DISCUSSION of Politics or Gaza."

      What's the point? To stuff their faces and and the truth at the same time?

      Hypocrisy on full display. You can't work for justice here and ignore it there.

      “a youth-led march to end racial profiling, police brutality, and honor the life of Michael Brown Jr.”

      All well and good and necessary.

      But to not recognize and try to stop US sponsored Israeli apartheid, Occupation, and massacres is only condoning it.

      Thanks, Phil

  • Bardem and Cruz don't speak English well enough to understand 'genocide' -- Saban
  • My life during the war
    • Pitiful Shae.

      Really and truly pitiful.

    • "In the biggest blow to Israeli propaganda, which claimed that Hamas broke the ceasefire, former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben Yair has said that "it was Israel who staged the alleged Hamas breach of the ceasefire in order to create the conditions for assassinating Muhammad Al-Daif, Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades.

      The website of Makor Rishon newspaper said that Ben Yair, who also worked as a judge in the Israeli supreme court, tweeted on his twitter account the following: "There is no agreement and hostilities have been renewed, but who is the culprit? Hamas who wants an agreement with accomplishments or Israel who staged the breach of the ceasefire in order to justify the assassination of Muhammad Al-Daif?"

      The significance of this testimony lies in the fact that Ben Yair, by virtue of his former position, had knowledge of the fine details of the secret Zionist intelligence work. He conducted investigations into the various aspects of the activities carried out by Israel's Security Agency, the Shabak, which is responsible for intelligence about resistance leaders named for liquidation."

      link to

      Via Max and Dan Cohen's twitter.

    • The thread is closed now, so I am responding here. kadz-- thanks for posting that video (yesterday @ 1921) of some of Israel's massive and cowardly war crimes.

      link to

      How anybody can support them is beyond belief. What will it take for them to disassociate themselves from the criminal state? The video does not show "self- defense" nor does it make a case for "Israel's security".

    • "Creative Community For Peace" -- more BS.

      What a waste of space and energy.

    • "The ongoing crisis in Israel includes a parenting crisis."

      True. Reminds me of a great speech I heard the other day right here, and one single commenter who disparaged the gentleman's parents.

      link to

      Mother Meir did much damage to the Israeli psyche with her:

      “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

      ― Golda Meir

    • What on earth would we do without Amira Hass and Gideon Levy?

      This is ethnic cleansing and genocide. That is all.

    • ;((

      How I wish a superhero would appear and save the Palestinians from Israeli brutality.

    • Me too.

      "My mom lost her mind. She could barely stand up. Dad ran from the mosque without his shoes."


      "“No, I will not leave my home. This is my land not theirs.”"

      gave me chills as well.

    • "Because Israel is raping my homeland while the United States, the Arab leaders and even human rights organizations remain silent."

      I never thought I would write this, but I must: it's worse than rape.

      Thank you Rana.

  • Rolling in underground tunnels
    • Yep, poor Israelis are suffering from a severe case of 'tunnel-vision'.

      They are also blinded by hate and greed. They need help. Have at it, ivri.

    • Thank you Sabine and Annie. What a great project... I'll see what I can do!

      (imho, nothing is OT when it comes to 'Humanity for Gaza'! ;))

    • This article is akin to a symphony. Thank you, Slavoj.

      "And so it was discovered that the more we attempted to expel them from on top of land, the more the Palestinians united to burrow underneath and wrap themselves in it, like a Jewish prayer shawl. While we thought they were digging themselves a grave, they thought they were digging an opening for life. This is the essence of tsumud [Arabic word for the fidelity of Palestinians to their land], and it’s bigger than all of the factions — bigger than Hamas and Fatah, bigger than farmers and urbanites, bigger than secular and religious alike. In the context of tsumud, it doesn’t really matter who you are. Because at the end of the day, you are Palestinian, a child of this land."

      So beautiful and so very right.

  • The new center
    • That's their "normal" now.

      Israel is without a soul.

    • Thanks Dickerson.

    • many thanks for that Kay24. a wonderful speech by a wonderful man.

    • Israel and the Zionists need to go into a permanent state of atonement and repentance.

      wiki: "According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to "seal" the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero). The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God"

      They've lost their way! How long must the world wait?

    • Two of the best articles on the collective trauma that Israel is and has been inflicting on the indigenous Palestinians.

      PTSD comes later-- this constant trauma needs to STOP!

      "Something here has to rise up and scream: Enough." Gideon Levy is right. Something has to rise up all over the world. Are all of our 'leaders' lacking a soul and any shred of decency? I surely seems so.

      (Looking at that photo of the former humanist turned humorist and opportunist, makes me sad.

      From wiki: "When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind", stating that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps", as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace". Wiesel had delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.[4]"

      He turned away from all of that.)

  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Interesting interview with Cornel West on Obama in Salon via Max's twitter:

      "No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.
      There’s a lot of disillusionment now. My liberal friends included. The phrase that I have heard from more than one person in the last year is they feel like they got played.

      That’s true. That’s exactly right. What I hear is that, “He pimped us.” I heard that a zillion times. “He pimped us, brother West.” That’s another way of saying “we got played.”

      You remember that enthusiasm in 2008. I’m from Kansas City. He came and spoke in Kansas City and 75,000 people came to see him.

      Oh yeah. Well we know there were moments in Portland, Oregon, there were moments in Seattle. He had the country in the palm of his hand in terms of progressive possibilities."

      That’s exactly what everyone was saying at the time.

      That’s right. That’s true. It was like, “We finally got somebody who can help us turn the corner.” And he posed as if he was a kind of Lincoln.

      Yeah. That’s what everyone was saying.

      And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist. It’s like, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that!” I tell you this, because I got hit hard years ago, but everywhere I go now, it’s “Brother West, I see what you were saying. Brother West, you were right. Your language was harsh and it was difficult to take, but you turned out to be absolutely right.” And, of course with Ferguson, you get it reconfirmed even among the people within his own circle now, you see. It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.
      One last thought, I was talking to a friend recently and we were saying, if things go the way they look like they’re going to go and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and then wins a second term, the next time there’ll be a chance for a liberal, progressive president is 2024.

      It’d be about over then, brother. I think at that point—Hillary Clinton is an extension of Obama’s Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, national surveillance, national security presidency. She’d be more hawkish than he is, and yet she’s got that strange smile that somehow titillates liberals and neo-liberals and scares Republicans. But at that point it’s even too hard to contemplate.

      I know, I always like to leave things on a pessimistic note. I’m sorry. It’s just my nature.

      It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different."

      link to

    • You're right-- it should be shown often and in the proper context. It's reminiscent of this video (missing the wicked laughter of course):

    • Thanks Mooser! I still don't understand him, but feel better about it.

      I prefer to deal in the present.

    • With all due respect yonah-- I don't understand what you are trying to teach me.

      I've read and re- read your comments, and I remain in the dark.

    • Your 4 year old is wise beyond his/her years! Your consciousness deserves much credit, gc.

    • How much damage has our "foreign policy" done?

    • MY eyes are on Jim Webb-- no BS nor bootlicking.

    • @ michelle

      ;}} It's all good when we work for justice.

    • @seafoid

      "I have a question about Freedland’s choice. Say you have to choose between Zionism and liberalism – can Zionism still be Jewish ? And what would be the point of Judaism then ?"

      Zionism is not, and never was, liberal. It really has little in common with Judaism. The two need a swift and everlasting divorce, preceded by and with a restraining order.

    • Thank you, seafoid.

      You always connect the dots.

      I have questions that has no 'accepted' answers yet: Why does Israel do misery so well? Why do we embrace and nurture it?

    • I hope that proves true, tommy.

    • I meant to write 'to be cared for'...

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