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  • 'New anti-Semitism' on college campuses is largely blowback against orchestrated Israel advocacy
    • 'Why is the American Federation of Teachers promoting Israeli apartheid?

      ..........Weingarten fretted about a status quo that “threatens the future of the State of Israel.” She posited herself as a representative of the reasonable middle in a “vast chasm between those who believe: Israel, right or wrong, and never mind the occupation or democracy; and those who believe: Israel is evil and doesn’t have a right to exist, which then justifies BDS, or worse, violence or terrorism.”

      Fighting BDS

      Her attack on BDS – the Palestinian-led campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions – and her attempt to associate it with “violence” and “terrorism,” echoes her earlier condemnation of the American Studies Association for endorsing the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli institutions complicit in occupation and human rights violations.

      Weingarten then began to speak about a delegation of AFT officials earlier this year to “Israel and the West Bank” that she traveled on along with J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami.

      “Hypocritical”

      Weingarten is one of the most influential and high-profile union leaders in the country. But at a time when inner city public school teachers are battling against education cuts and privatization, she is spending her time on advocacy for Israel that has nothing to do with that agenda.

      Without consulting her constituents, she is using her union platform to push a Zionist agenda informed by her view that the Israeli occupation army is the sacred and miraculous answer to the Holocaust.

      Her address to J Street represented precisely the kind of liberal Zionism that Israeli journalist Noam Sheizaf condemned when he appeared on the same stage: full of easy potshots at the bogeyman Netanyahu, but total silence about Israel’s siege and massacres in Gaza."

      much more @ link to electronicintifada.net

    • lol~ I have certainly been accused of 'worse' things, Sycamores! Some close to me have told me that my 'intuition' is fairly accurate and 'powerful'.

      Seriously, it takes all of us to keep up, and thanks for the link to the video.

    • +1 pabelmont!

      Whenever I think of "blowback", I have to remember that Reverend Shipman was demonized for suggesting such a thing in a tiny NYT LTE.

      "We’ve covered the backlash against a Yale chaplain for his letter to the New York Times saying that Israel’s “carnage” in Gaza and its footdragging on the peace process were a factor in growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Well, that three-sentence letter to the Times has now produced the resignation of the chaplain, Father Bruce Shipman, from the Episcopal Church at Yale." - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      I did not see that you had a link to this in your good article, gentlemen. I do apologize if I missed it!:

      "The Anti-Semitism Surge That Isn't

      ...Here’s what we do know: The Anti-Defamation League, which hardly downplays prejudice against Jews and keeps its own, careful statistics, reports that there is a trend: The number of anti-Semitic incidents on campuses in three of the last four years is actually the lowest it’s been since the ADL started keeping track in 1999.
      A deep breath would be a good idea about now."

      Read more: link to forward.com

    • Thanks Jeff and Dick. More Islamophobia cloaked as US patriotism on the rise as evidenced by the following story.

      Here's a false flag for you, Sycamores:

      "‘Patriot’ Terrorist Frames Muslims With Quran Bomb

      The Georgia man who planted a bomb was willing to see innocents die so that people would blame Muslims. And he called himself a ‘patriot.’

      I thought I had seen every imaginable way to stoke the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. There have been countless people on Fox News, certain Republican elected officials, the professional bigots, and even some right-wing “Christian” leaders serving up hate in various ways.

      But these people all pale in comparison to Michael Sibley. You see, Sibley wasn’t content to just giving us the same old right-wing crap like Muslims wants to impose Islamic law so say goodbye to bacon cheeseburgers and whiskey and say hello to lamb kebobs and strong coffee served in small cups.

      Nope, this self-described “patriot” planted a bomb at a national park in Georgia in the hopes that the public would think a Muslim did it. And yes, I know most haven’t heard about this incident. There’s not even a need to mention how different the media coverage would be have been if the bomber had actually been Muslim. I already detailed that scenario earlier this week in my article about a non-Muslim man that attacked federal officers at a U.S. airport with poison spray and a machete while carrying six homemade bombs in a duffel bag.

      Sibley, who is 67 years old and lives in Roswell, Georgia, told FBI officers that he planted this bomb because in his view, “no one was paying attention to what was going on the world.” Apparently as a “patriot” he was going to maim or even kill his fellow Americans to wake them up to the threat facing America...

      ...And while the threat of Muslim-related terrorism attracts headlines, per a 2014 report, only 37 Americans have been killed by such terrorism since 9/11. Meanwhile, in just the last six years, 63 Americans have been killed in the United States by people connected to right-wing hate groups.

      But these statistics mean little to those like Sibley who believe that America needs to “wake up” to the threat of Muslim violence, an expression I have seen on numerous anti-Muslim websites. My fear though is that with more Muslim bashing expected in the coming presidential election from some on the right, we may see even more Sibleys who would literally sacrifice other Americans to achieve their goal of inspiring anti-Muslim bigotry."

      read the whole thing here @ link to thedailybeast.com

  • A pessoptimistic view of the Israeli elections
    • "To her surprise I had to admit that my impression was that such afflictions were not outstandingly high and neither were psychosomatic diseases or suicide.......... Over time, such victorious marauders faded into the local Palestinian substrate to add one layer after another of humanity that further colored the cumulative genetic mix of “the locals.” That is a cookbook recipe for hardiness and resilience. Gravity works to the advantage of those rooted in the ground. No wonder Palestinians don’t crack up all that easily, I explained."

      So right, Dr. Hatim! It's Palestinian sumud~ I love that you about gravity and being rooted in the ground.

      Any psychosis is on the other side of the Green Line and in the minds of Israel- firsters the world over.

      "What if Netanyahu, Lieberman and their ilk decide to stop the six-day march? Will we be able to bear their wrath?"

      I don't think that the millions of us "out here" will stay silent. Then again, I am a "Pessoptimist".

  • I want my country back
    • a pitiful LTE in The Guardian in a section titled "Sanctions will not bring peace to Israel" [wth?]

      "The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s call for sanctions against Israel in response to Binyamin Netanyahu’s desperate election day comments would be counterproductive (Letters, 25 March). Netanyahu has already retracted the comments and should be judged on his actions. These show pragmatic concessions to Palestinians, such as the Wye agreement and the release of 1,024 Palestinians for Gilad Shalit. Netanyahu should be wooed and wheedled, coaxed and cajoled. For it is only rightwing politicians like Menachem Begin and Netanyahu (or military heroes like Yitzhak Rabin) who can persuade the majority of Israelis to support concessions for peace with the Palestinians. Sanctions would increase Israeli paranoia and distance peace prospects.

      As a pro-Arab Jew who has devoted a lifetime to improving relations between both peoples (and who chaired a major public meeting in Manchester about the elections), I know that Netanyahu will progress the peace process if the circumstances make it to his advantage to do so. As with French-German relations after the second world war, Israeli-Palestinian relations will advance if we nurture their inter-related economic development, so that “they beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks”.

      Andrew Rosemarine (former fellow of the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Jerusalem)"

      2 other letters by hasbarists can be found here: link to theguardian.com

      "Netanyahu should be wooed and wheedled, coaxed and cajoled."

      no, no, no, and NO!

    • "Parasites are fascinating, Just. Such a key part of nature. Why wouldn’t similar processes work on our brains ? Plutocrats and their memes- exactly the same"

      Indeedy!

      (National Geographic has been a gift to me throughout my life.

      Sir David Attenborough is a world treasure.)

    • lololol!

      ahem. I am sorry for your troubles, John.

    • re hophmi's "It is a “Memo from the Jerusalem.” If you read the NY Times, you understand that a “Memo from” column is usually an analysis/human interest column written by a foreign correspondent about the place that they cover that is not just straight reportage."

      So, as Jerusalem Bureau Chief, why doesn't she write an"analysis/human interest column" from and about "mainstream Palestinians"? I can't remember one! The last time she got near Gaza was when she exploited the "terra tunnels":

      "Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)"

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      Then again, she is Rude- oren:

      "Jodi Rudoren, Another Member of the Family: Meet the New York Times’ New Israel-Palestine News Chief....

      ......The most recent person to be chosen for this powerful post at arguably the most influential newspaper in the United States is Jodi Rudoren. She takes the place of Ethan Bronner, who was preceded by Steven Erlanger, who was preceded by James Bennet, who was preceded by Deborah Sontag. All, according to an Israeli report, are Jewish.

      Most Americans — particularly those who would object to only white reporters covering racial issues or only male reporters covering gender issues — are reluctant to discuss the potential bias in such a profoundly un-diverse system, having been conditioned to fear that such discussion would be “anti-Semitic” or would open the commentator to this extremely damaging accusation.

      In Israel, however, it is considered appropriate to discuss the Jewish roots of American politicians and journalists since Israel was created specifically to be “the Jewish state,” Jews have elevated status in it, and the vast majority of Israeli land is officially owned by “world Jewry” (although some individuals have publicly opted out).

      An article on the Jerusalem Post website, a major Israeli newspaper, focuses on this aspect. The article, “Judaism at the New York Times”, reports that “all New York Times’ bureau chiefs for at least the last fifteen years have been Jewish.”

      The article’s author, Ashley Rindsberg, notes that “the Times doesn’t consistently send Russian Americans to its Moscow bureau... or Mexican Americans to lead its Mexico City bureau...” and asks, “Why does the New York Times consistently send Jewish journalists to head their central office in the Jewish State?”

      Rindsberg, who like many conservative Israelis considers the Times’ reporting anti-Israel, provides a somewhat convoluted answer. The Times’ Jewish owners, Rindsberg posits, are uncomfortable with their Jewish identity. Therefore, he claims, they “would just as soon as not have reporters who could be identified for their Jewishness. And to prove it, they send Jews to the Jewish State to report in a most un-Jewish way.”"

      The piece includes her bio: "Who is Jodi Rudoren?"

      Much, much more here: link to ifamericansknew.org

    • so right, seafoid.

      (your knowledge is vast, and your brain is so nimble!)

    • wrt the Iran negotiations, I recommend this clip:

      "Untangling the complicated Middle East web
      It’s make or break time for the Iranian nuclear deal. Hillary Mann Leverett, Fmr. State Department official and co-author of “Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran” joined the panel to discuss."

      link to msnbc.com

    • "The UN's top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to step up and lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the international community should seriously consider presenting a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."

      Robert Serry in his final briefing to the council also sharply criticized Israel's illegal settlement building, saying it "may kill the very possibility of reaching peace on the paradigm of two states for two peoples."

      "I frankly do not know if it is already too late," Serry said.....

      .......The council has long been blocked from taking action on the crisis, as United States is a top Israeli ally whose veto power as a permanent council member has been used to protect Israel for years. In late December, the council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years.

      France, another permanent council member, has said in recent days it is willing to revisit the idea of a Security Council resolution.

      Diplomats on Thursday, however, said the United States expressed no hint of Obama's stance during their statement in closed-door consultations after Serry's public briefing.

      The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, told reporters he agrees with Serry's comments.

      "We hope the Security Council will ... take that responsibility very seriously," Mansour said. He said he wants to see a resolution with a timeframe for ending the Israeli occupation and with terms of reference for the peace process.

      But the Palestinian envoy asked whether "key players" on the council would allow such a resolution to go through, a reference to the United States.

      Mansour also said Netanyahu does not support a two-state solution, "regardless of his backpedalling" on his comments.

      Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor criticized the Palestinians for pursuing "empty resolutions" and insisted that his country's bond with the United States is strong."

      link to haaretz.com

      It IS too late, and Prosor's words are poison. Was Power- Sunstein even there?

      Next?

    • "Amazing that these people would accept a gift from a criminal to build a museum in Jerusalem , (occupied territory).It is to be named “The Museum of tolerance” and is to be run by the Simon Wiesanthal centre.Well , I can see why they call it a museum of tolerance."

      ah, the old Zioirony!

      "Tolerance" should be struck forever from their lexicon!

    • That must be in reference to the IOF and Dershowitz et al, too!

      "Money for nothin' and chicks for free."

    • I can't believe that it was 4 years ago, seafoid.

      I hope you are right when you write: "Obama has played Netanyahu like a violin. The shouty small dog versus the wily fox."

      I know you are right with this: "Netanyahu has been relentless, the asshole."

    • Good catch, irishmoses! It's terribly "disjointed".

      "Do I detect the beginnings of panic about the dual loyalty issue?"

      It's long overdue, imho. This proverbial "third rail" needs to be rendered safe for people to talk about. So do many others wrt "ally" Israel.

    • Oh, go ahead and add Leon Panetta to the list~ he's being interviewed by Mrs. Greenspan.

      "Iranians cannot be trusted" he says. He pulls out his bonafides as former Sec Def and head of the CIA as if it justifies his statement... he reduces the relationship with Israel to "personality differences" and says it's terribly important to repair the relationship for our security.

      pfffffffft!

    • Thanks, Annie. I remember that article and the great photos of Ahmed Talat Hasan... Ettinger poses a clear and present danger to Palestinians, ergo he's not to be incarcerated.

      from the linked MW article by you and Kate:

      "International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reports photographer Ahmed Talat Hasan, who shot all the photos in the article above, was “kidnapped” by the Israeli military yesterday." - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      Here's a link to his twitter.

      link to twitter.com

      He's still doing amazing photography.

    • Since the speech, the racist spew, the election and more, the US has either vetoed or boycotted 2 UN issues wrt Israel/Palestine.

      "The UN Commission on the Status of Women has approved a resolution blaming Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory for "the grave situation of Palestinian women."

      ..........The 45-member commission on Friday adopted the resolution, which was sponsored by Palestine and South Africa, by a vote of 27-2 with 13 abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it while European Union members abstained."

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      ~and~

      ““The United States strongly and unequivocally opposes the very existence of Agenda Item 7 and any UNHRC resolutions that come from it,” the US Ambassador to the UNHRC Keith Harper said on Monday. He explained that his country had joined Israel in boycotting the debate.

      ......Still on Monday five EU countries — Sweden, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Ireland and Malta — broke rank with that policy and censured Israel. .........."

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      You can add Indyk, Ross, Power, Bolton, Albright, Kirkpatrick et al to "the entire israel lobby enterprise". But, you know that.

      ".....how much are we supposed to take before we decide to bite back? ever, anything? when? 9 months of wasted negotiations months of diplomacy completely down the tubes because israel refused to budge. "

      You rightly ask "how much more", Annie!

      If not now, when?

    • O/T but for hophmi. Here's an article about an Israeli from an Israeli newspaper:

      "State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan has refused a request from Israeli security forces to place the grandson of the late far-right leader Meir Kahane in administrative custody, even though the army and Shin Bet say he endangers the security of the region.

      The request was made about a month ago.

      Instead, the prosecution has banned Meir Ettinger, the 23-year-old grandson of the founder and leader of the extreme right-wing Kach party, from the West Bank — where he lives — for a year, and from Jerusalem for six months. He has also been banned from speaking to six of his friends for half a year.

      Ettinger, who lives on the West Bank outpost of Givat Ronen, has an extensive criminal record and is on the Shin Bet’s priority watch list. He is believed to be involved in throwing a firebomb at a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Khirbet Abu Falah in November. The residents fled the house unharmed.

      Shin Bet intelligence indicates that Ettinger also encourages youngsters to take part in violent activity against Palestinians. Two years ago he was imprisoned for six months after he was convicted of gathering information about Israeli soldiers’ movements in order to obstruct settlement evacuation.

      Ettinge[r] recently published essays arguing that the state must act on the basis of Jewish values, not national ones."

      link to haaretz.com

      Meanwhile, of course:

      "Israel placed 81 Palestinians under administrative detention since early March

      .....Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law. B’Tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights stressed that, “International law stipulates that it may be exercised only in very exceptional cases – and then only as a last possible resort, when there are no other means available to prevent the danger.” In the case of Palestinian detainees, Israel routinely uses administrative detention against Palestinians. Statistics show that over the years, thousands of Palestinians have been held in Israeli custody as administrative detainees for extended periods of time."

      ~and~

      "Palestinian journalist receives a 4-month administrative detention order" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      Care to comment?

    • "Or it’s just an article giving the perspective of mainstream Israelis"

      It is a US newspaper. The title does not indicate that it was about your claim above. We already know "the perspective of mainstream Israelis". The Israeli election informed the world, and so did your PM.

    • "John Mearsheimer once said that the fight against pro-Israel ideologues was “mortal combat,” and I take his point. I call on others with any spine to decry the influence of the lobby in our politics, to challenge anyone who is serving Israel’s aims against the president."

      Heaven help us help this country, and help save the Palestinians from the Israel- firsters here! The souls of those few Westerners who stood up (and were attacked for it) who have gone before us demand it, as do the precious souls of the Palestinians who have been lost to the ongoing Nakba! All my life, this terrible influence has been evident and in my face. It's not insidious, it is plastered all over the newspapers and television. It proudly sits at the highest levels of Western governments.

      The other mortal combat is occurring all over MENA. Last night, KSA and the Gulf states bombed the heck out of Yemen~ opposing the Houthis and defending the Western- backed leader. The US provided 'logistical' support. Meanwhile the US provided air support to Iran ground troops in Tikrit at the request of Iraq. When has KSA offered help to Gaza/ Palestinians or anyone? And Syria is being bombed all the while. It seems that many want to derail the Iran "deal"! Iran has not launched any war in over 200 years. Can America and the "coalition of the willing" and Israel say the same?

      I need to stop and breathe. Thanks, Phil.

  • [1]-[2]-[6]-[20]: A regional strategy for sustainable peace for Israel/Palestine
    • When I first read that sentence, I made a mental note to go back and comment on it negatively.

      Then I re- read it, and it makes sense to "disprove" the traditional myths and the so far successful narratives assigned to "Arabs and Palestinians and any others" of the anti- peace Israelis and their supporters in the west.

    • Great comment in its entirety, pabelmont!!!

      (I also very much appreciate your article at the link)

    • My first reaction, after my first read, is bravo and thank you, Professor Galtung. I have long admired your work and you~ you're a credit to Norway and the world.

      This struck me as essential:

      "To wit: Working on the sub-state-level would surely include disproving the visceral prejudices against Israel in the proverbial Arab Street."

      Your plan is detailed and comprehensive. It could well work. I hope that the US government and the Israelis will heed your sage advice:

      "Indeed, it is in the best interest of Israelis of all creeds for the region to act constructively and cohesively along the lines described above now. The key here is to understand that no peace will be attained through the obsession with “security” policies, but rather, security and saftey will flow from institutions and patterns of peaceful cooperation."

      And I have to absolutely agree with pabelmont when he writes:

      "Peace and statehood for Palestine should permit enumeration of issues BY Palestinians who are closer to the issues than outsiders are and NEGOTIATION of those issues. That is why a dictated “peace treaty” written and enforced by USA or UNSC or anyone else would be worse than a peace negotiated by the parties."

  • On Netanyahu's apology to Palestinian citizens of Israel
    • "The fact that Arab voters worry Likud is just a testament to democracy in Israel."

      You're as much of a racist as your PM. Any "mask" that you might have had is also gone. Nobody's going to forget this~ not ever.

      Israel is NOT a democracy. Your PM said as much, and he's demonstrated worse.

    • Must see TV:

      "Where Israeli Arabs stand post-election
      In a last-ditch effort to drum up right-wing support right before the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Arabs were voting in "droves." Aluf Benn of Haaretz and Max Blumenthal of Alternet join to discuss the backlash from critics, who've said the comments were divisive."

      link to msnbc.com

    • "Arab mayors on Wednesday said they rejected last week an overture made by mediatory forces to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      A statement published by the Committee of Heads of Arab Local Authorities said that they had refused to meet Netanyahu and that they reject his remark on Election Day, in which the prime minister urged voters to go to the polls because "the Arabs are voting in droves."

      The committee's statement said that the Arab citizens who took part in a meeting with Netanyahu earlier this week, in which Netanyahu apologized, "do not represent Israeli Arabs and their official institutions."

      According to sources in the committee, the day after the elections they were approached by Haim Bibas, the chairman of the Union of Local Authorities who is considered close to Netanyahu, who offered to set up a meeting between Netanyahu and all of Israel's heads of Arab local authorities. The committee rejected the offer, they said, because it was not clear what the purpose of the meeting was.

      "There is no problem sitting with the prime minister and other cabinet members in an official meeting, but only after the government is formed," they said.

      The statement, signed by 63 Arab heads of local authorities, said that the committee does not rule out a meeting between panel members and Netanyahu after the formation of a government, but noted that the Arab population in Israel does not accept the prime minister's apology. It stressed that words were not enough and that they expect a change in policy."

      link to haaretz.com

    • "Not surprisingly and quite typical of any colonial autocrat, Netanyahu orchestrated his apology before a group of truly authentic “natives”; elderly men clad in the archetypical exotic dress of the Orient and who thereby perforce represent the country’s Arab population."

      It's classic 'Orientalism' as Edward Said (RIP) wrote and spoke about decades ago...

      It's still alive and well among colonialists.

      And Netanyahu is a liar, a thief, and a racist.

      The majority of Israelis voted for continued and prolonged Zionist violence and colonialism/ Occupation.

      Thanks, Scott.

  • Israel spying scandal comes to light one week before Iran negotiation deadline
    • Yes, Walid.

      Never mind that the US is supporting Iranian ground efforts in Tikrit at the request of Iraq.........

      "Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practise to deceive.”

      ― Walter Scott, Marmion

    • lol !

      It's good news, eh?

    • Is that leaking or spying? Thanks, Sycamores.

      Anyway, I sure hope that the EU means business, and not business as usual.

      In other news, via Max B. :

      "More than 700 academics back Southampton free speech stance

      More than 700 academics have signed a statement in support of the University of Southampton, in response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups to cancel a conference next month.

      The signatories include distinguished professors, researchers and lecturers from the world's leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Yale, University of California, University of Toronto, and many more.

      The statement, first circulated on Sunday, garnered more than 200 signatures in just 24 hours.

      Writer Ben White, who initiated the statement, believes that the "overwhelming response" indicates the level of concern "about attacks on free speech by those wanting to shield Israel and make certain topics off-limits.""

      link to middleeastmonitor.com

      ~and~

      "Divestment passes! RT @SJPLoyola1: SPEAKER VOTES IN FAVOR OF RESOLUTION #LoyolaDivest"

      link to twitter.com

      "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOYOLA DIVEST PASSES THROUGH STUDENT GOVERNMENT OF LOYOLA CHICAGO"

      link to sjployola.com

    • Ayman Mohyeldin:

      "US says it has carried out airstrikes on #ISIS targets in #Tikrit. US Air Force now providing air cover for #Iranian-backed ground forces"

      link to twitter.com

      I think that we have a more important relationship with Iran...

      While Israel helps the ???

      (please let the innocents be spared! This is what GW started with the assent of most of almost all of the repubs and too many of the dems in Congress... link to en.wikipedia.org.)

      From wiki: "The Iraq War[nb 1] was a protracted armed conflict that began with the 2003 invasion of Iraq led by the United States. The invasion toppled the government of Saddam Hussein. The conflict, however, continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government.[43] The United States officially withdrew from the country in 2011, but the insurgency and various dimensions of the civil armed conflict continue.

      The invasion began on 20 March 2003. The U.S., joined by the United Kingdom and several coalition allies, launched a "shock and awe" surprise attack without declaring war. Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed as U.S. forces swept through the country."

    • Thanks lysias. From the linked article:

      "What is most striking about all of this is the massive gap between (a) how American national security officials talk privately about the Israelis and (b) how they have talked for decades about the Israelis for public consumption – at least until the recent change in public rhetoric from Obama officials about Israel, which merely brings publicly expressed American views more in line with how U.S. government officials have long privately regarded their “ally.” The NSA refused to comment for this article."

      This charade needs to stop. The government needs a fully informed electorate.

      Eamon, thanks for this article. The republicans and the Israelis continue their assault on, and undermining of, this President and administration, Their unholy alliance puts the national security of the US and the entire MENA at risk.

  • In Israel, the mask is finally off
    • It is haunting and simply beautiful, seafoid. Just as bintbiba says.

      "That is continuity. The music is part of that. There is so much knowledge in the music. Palestinians have the continuity too. Israelis do not. One reason they are so vulnerable to demagogues and Biblical horseshit."

      Well said.

    • "American Jews prosper because they study for decades and learn how to design houses and create new medicines and fix teeth."

      rotflmao!!!!! ziocaine- induced exceptionalism at its best!

      "Don’t be so envious, come to this country instead and you can be “comfortable” as well."

      And here I was remembering that you always suffer:

      "I have always been squeezed and lived among the squeezed. I am living the affluence here in the States but inside I will aways be a 7 year old boy with boogers waiting in line in the cold for the once a year oranges." - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      seafoid really does not appear to need your advice on where to travel..

    • Well said, sawah. His poetry and essays are treasures.

      The Lysistrata Project is such a wonderful place to meet new ideas and people.

      "The Lysistrata Project is a portal of educational resources dedicated to the transformation of consciousness necessary to sustain Peace."

      link to lysistrataproject.org

    • John~ wrt a cult, Avigail and seafoid had a fascinating 'conversation' just the other day about the issue. Here's what Avigail had to say:

      "To understand the concept of Jewishness you have to understand the social-psychology of cults. Cults are insualr, inward looking and fearful. They tend to be obssessed with their own survival in what they perceive is a very hostile world out there. They thrive on a mentality of specialness and differentness and on ‘us vs them’. Since Jews were persecuted, this makes Jewish people feel justified in their cultish belief system. All cults believe that they have only themselves to rely on and that no one outside their group can be trusted.

      To review and critique Judism and Jewishness and change them, would mean that they will transform and no longer be identifable as what they are. To those on the inside this is the very definition of annihilation. Being Jewish and surviving means passing on the principles and belief system of the group to subsequent generations. Many Jews, religious or not, feel a strong sense of tribalism and feel that it is belonging to the group that defines their identity. It makes them feel safe as well as real as people. In cults it is not the individual that is the centre of the group but the group itself. The individual is only valuable in as much as he or she is an organ of the whole collective.

      Survival as a Jewish people (religious or not and whatever that even means) is the most important principle in Judaism and by extension in Jewishness (which is a sense of identificantion with the group that is not based on religion as such). This is a really big deal.

      Israel is a state that was created by, and belongs to a cult. As such, anything truly democratic, universal, any openness to others, to the outside world, is by definition in conflict with the very essence of the cult. In Jewishness and in some sections of Jewish religion, everything and anything is permissible for the purpose of the survival of the group, including inflicting harm on others.

      In Israel, where I grew up, empathy to the ‘other’, the ‘outsider’ (Palestinians included) is actively discouraged and suppressed. The outsider is never to be trusted and represents an existential danger to the group. Only empathy, the recognition of our shared humanity, can mitigate fanatical tribalism in any group and any individual. It is much harder to hurt another even to save ourselves if we can feel empathy.

      If you can get the majority of Israeli Jews to wake up and feel empathy to the Palestinians, everything will change. But I am not holding my breath for all the reasons I explained above.
      Indeed therapy on a national scale is needed but once again I am not holding my breath…

      – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net"

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      The entire article and thread is interesting.

    • point taken...

      "I was thinking about American middle class Jews in universities whining about their sense of victimhood"

      The Princes/Princesses of Eternal Victimhood.

    • Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury is an astonishing and beautiful actress, indeed. She's one of my very favorites. I read a review of the play the other day and it is highly acclaimed~ no surprise!

      Have you been lucky enough to see it?

      Danielle Darrieux is of the same greatness and grace, of course.

    • Thanks, truth2power.

    • Those Sneetches sure are relevant.

      "Now, the Star-Bell Sneetches had bellies with stars.
      The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
      Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
      You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.
      But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches
      Would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
      With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort
      “We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!”
      And, whenever they met some, when they were out walking,
      They’d hike right on past them without even talking......."

      I hope that one day it's no longer such an apt metaphor for Israel/ the 95% of Israelis/ Zionists anywhere.

    • Thanks for this, David. It's lovely to hear from a truly sane and gifted person... especially one who does honor to the surname of 'Glick' and a member of JVP!

      This is an article that should be passed around to many of those still sitting on the fence.

      Your analysis dovetails beautifully with Avigail Abarbanel's assessment:

      link to mondoweiss.net

      (I believe that you have a typo here: "But the truth is that Israel has been treated with kid clothes by the West since its inception.")

  • Jeb Bush bashes Iran talks as 'foolish' and hails Israeli settlements as 'new apartment buildings in Jerusalem'
  • 30 Palestinian children have been shot with live ammunition in protests last 3 months
    • Wow, on so many levels:

      "Palestinian rams car into tree to escape 'kidnapping' by IDF soldier

      Military Police investigating incident in which Israeli soldier ordered Bader Yasser to drive him to a nearby settlement, ultimately resulting in his injury.

      A Palestinian was wounded on Thursday when a solider serving in the Golani Brigade ordered him to stop his vehicle and drive him to the nearby settlement Yizhar.

      According to a report on the Israeli website "HaKol HaYehudi," the Palestinian man, Bader Yasser from the West Bank town of Burin, thought he was being kidnapped and intentionally rammed his car into a tree.

      After the accident both Yasser and the soldier fled the scene.

      Yasser sustained light injuries in the accident but managed to make it home on his own."

      link to haaretz.com

    • What are you trying to say, Rob Roy?

      That's just weird, and I can't make sense out of it...

    • Yes.

      Those are some "dumbed down" college students. I'm sure that their parents support them in their endeavors.

      ;-(

    • Oh no...

      "Palestinian teen dies of injuries a week after clashes with Israeli forces

      Hospital says Ali Safi, 17, was shot in the chest; Israeli forces had responded to stone-throwing at a protest against the West Bank separation barrier, witnesses say.

      The Israeli military had no immediate comment."

      link to haaretz.com

      I have a comment for the IOF: you are murderers.

      To Ali Safi's immediate family I offer my condolences. I offer my sorrow to them, and to Ali Safi's greater family of Palestinians all over the OPT, in refugee camps and all over the world. May he rest in peace.

      I guess this is one of the last photos of Ali Safi alive and grievously wounded...

      "The martyrdom of Ali Safi 20 years , after #IOF shot him in chest a week ago in #Jalazoun refugee camp. #ICC4Israel"

      link to twitter.com

    • Good news, and thank you Saeb Erekat:

      "French firm pulls out of controversial Jerusalem cable car project

      Palestinian Authority complained to Paris about Safege’s involvement in the project. French finance and foreign ministries warned the company about the legal risks, and it pulled out.

      Safege of France, which was slated to play a key planning role in the Jerusalem cable car project, has canceled its participation after being warned against it by the French finance and foreign ministries, a Wednesday media report said.

      To “avoid giving any political interpretation,” Suez Environnement “has decided not to continue,” Le Figaro on Wednesday quoted a spokesman for Safege’s parent as saying.

      Another French company that was mentioned in connection with the Jerusalem cable car has also declined to get involved.

      The project, described in detail in Haaretz three weeks ago, is expected to encounter much opposition for its political as well as environmental and urban-planning implications. Many observers are skeptical that the plan will ever come to fruition.

      Erekat’s initiative

      Le Figaro reported that on March 10, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, contacted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to complain about the French company’s willingness to take part in building the cable car in East Jerusalem.

      “The plan will lead to the illegal expropriation of private property, some of which belongs to the Waqf,” Erekat wrote to Fabius. The Waqf controls the major Islamic sites around the Old City, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

      more @ link to haaretz.com

    • "The sites should screen the comments for these trolls, in my opinion – after all, some people who don’t know what really goes on in Palestine might believe what they say."

      It certainly does the victims an enormous disservice to have the hasbarist trolls proliferate on news sites. Perhaps that's why none of the hardcore Israel defenders here comment on your compilations...

      Their lack of compassion and humanity is grotesque. They never ever address nor deal with the endless Israeli violence being reported .

    • That's absolutely correct, Kate.

      Thanks.

    • Kate~ As if your first story is not horrific enough, I read so many monstrous comments @ Ma'an's version:

      link to maannews.com

      “To be honest, what I saw was hell,” she said of the last Gaza war in August 2014, when she stayed for 40 days documenting the effects of Israel’s bombardment. “Every day I went out to photograph I thought the next day could not possibly be worse but somehow it was. It was endless and shocking.” - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      To be honest, nothing has gotten better, except bombings and strafing aren't occurring... yet. Wondrous Palestinian sumud remains, but destruction, death, thievery, kidnappings, Israeli violence~ settler, IOF, and extremist~ continues and has never abated. This is what the bulk of Israelis voted for. ;-(

      Thanks, Kate.

  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
    • Bornajoo~ a very worthy effort, indeed!

      Bravo.

    • MoCHo~ if you find the answer to that lady's question please promise me that you'll let me know asap! It's a question that I've asked myself so many times...

      Kudos on your discussion group~ "just grassroots" is how you make things take root, bloom, and grow!

      "Oh, and I want to come Sit Shiva when Zionism dies, too!!"

      btw, welcome to this place of sanity. There's plenty of room!

    • "Making a deal with a country that finances terrorism all over the Middle East, and is basically at war with US allies,"

      hophmi~ you are showing your extremism. Just 'cause your PM does, doesn't mean you have to follow suit! KSA finances terrorism and so does Israel. Who has Iran attacked? Nobody in over 200 years.

      "Arab coalition fights Yemen rebels, but the real battle is against Iran

      Even Sudan, a traditional ally of Tehran, has joined the Sunni axis assembled by the Saudi king in a feverish effort to halt Iranian influence in the region."

      link to haaretz.com

    • (via Ali Abunimah)

      Dan Simpson has some ideas:

      "Dan Simpson: Retaliate against Israel for sucker punching us
      The United States should not let Netanyahu derail its policies

      ........First, the United States should expel from Washington Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican Party operative, as persona non grata. He helped organize with House Speaker John Boehner the March 2 Netanyahu speech to Congress. He was born in the United States. It would be educational for him to go live in Israel. A country can “png” another’s ambassador without breaking relations.

      The U.S. government also could simply isolate Mr. Dermer, granting him no appointments with U.S. officials. Let him talk to his friend Mr. Boehner, which should be a real treat.

      Second, the United States should eliminate its $3 billion in annual aid to Israel, a prosperous, developed country in any case.

      Third, the next time Israel gets into a war, with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon or whomever, as is its wont, and asks for more U.S. arms, remind it of its March 2015 madness and sit on the request.

      Neither people nor countries respond well when their bad behavior turns out not to have consequences for them. Mr. Netanyahu’s attack in Washington on U.S. and international negotiations with Iran, his promise to the Israeli people that there would be no Palestinian state if he were re-elected and the racist tactic he employed against Israel’s Arab voters were all bad behavior in terms of U.S.-Israeli relations. It is time to strike back, hard."

      more @ link to post-gazette.com

      (fyi, from wiki: Daniel Howard Simpson is an American former Foreign Service Officer. He was the United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Special Envoy to Somalia and the United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as undertaking other overseas assignments in Burundi, South Africa, Zaire Iceland, Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also served as the Deputy Commandant of the United States Army War College and on the Board of directors as the Vice President of the National Defense University for the United States Institute of Peace.)

      Of course, there's much more that can and should be done~ for the Palestinians!!!

      Citizens' pique should also be directed at the "leaders" that have either quiescently or actively gone along with this "peace charade". What Israel has done to the Palestinians is beyond shattering and criminal, and these decades and the victims will never be forgotten. The west's complicity with Israel's crimes will not be forgotten, either.

    • Great. I can't wait to see Yousef do what he does so well~ tell the truth!

      Perhaps Peter merely got very confused~ the names of Palestinians (and all those "others") are so "foreign" to him, for crying out loud!

      Related to "they all look alike"...

      "Why do 'they all look alike'?

      It's not that people can't perceive subtle differences among those who belong to other racial groups. Rather, they code race first, then don't explore a person's more distinguishing features, a new study suggests."

      link to apa.org

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