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  • Sheldon Adelson bankrolls NBA player trip to Israel to fight BDS
    • Great coverage, Annie! (no pun intended)

      That video is pretty yucky.

      First the NFL vets disgrace themselves, now the NBA follows suit~ in bathing suits.

      I predict a big backfire. I really do.

      I heart Zirin~ I read his letter the other day. He's such a good guy, and is the best American political sports writer. Maybe he's the only one on the planet who actually does his job. There's a need, because there is politics in sports. Anything that is a multi- billion industry is political.

  • Congressional support for Iran deal solidifies-- and Cory Booker pushes back against friendship ultimatums
    • Y'all ain't ignorant at all, Krendall.

    • I dislike it too, but I just used it in a post here, John!

      I dislike referring to ACA as Obamacare too, and didn't use it forever. Guess what's it's called even though I still say Affordable Care Act? All I ever really wanted and fought for was Universal Healthcare.

      Sheesh. ;-)

    • "Sunni Arab Nations Are Israel's Allies,' Says Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General

      "The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.”

      Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal.

      “What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East,” Gold said of Iran, “and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.”"

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      It's all about regional hegemony, of course. It's all BS, of course. It's divorced from a peaceful reality and future. Check your calendars. It's July 29, 2015 and the odious Dore Gold has made a new surreality .

      OK~ maybe there will be regional peace due to the Iran Deal~ tomorrow. (There was never really any worry about Iranian nukes, anyway.)

    • Nooooooo.

      Yesterday while watching Kerry @ the Foreign Relations Cmte, it was transfixing to hear all the critters worrying and screeching about Israel, Israel, Israel and binding the US together with same. Mr. Kerry mentioned Israel, of course, but he also talked about other allies and regional security. Now, I know the average American doesn't do cspan, but one day (and I think it sooner rather than later) they are gonna be scratching their heads and wondering: why is my rep. so concerned about them and not me. It's clear that the Iran deal is good for the region and good for America.

      War is not.

      I'm doing my best to explain this to folks around me. It's a golden opportunity to talk to your neighbors...

  • Israeli forces kill third Palestinian in less than a week
    • "ICC prosecutor appeals ruling to investigate Gaza flotilla deaths Haaretz 27 July by Barak Ravid — International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday appealed the recent ruling by a special panel of judges that she must reconsider her previous decision not to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces troops when they boarded the Mavi Marmara ship in May 2010. "- See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      This do- nothing cowardly fixture needs to be replaced. iirc, Hostage wrote that could happen...

    • Unholy hell.

      I don't know when I've read a more depressing compilation lately, or maybe I've been keeping a very close eye on things the last few days. After your last one, a grinding fear started again in my guts~ a real one that Israel was up to more provocation than usual. It's one year since the last massacre, Israel is flogging itself from the inside, it's getting condemnation from outside, and BDS is growing. As they say, there's nothing more dangerous than a cornered rat.

      Thanks, Ms. Kate.

      More on the situation in Beit El:

      "A violent clash between hundreds of young West Bank settlers and Israeli police broke out Tuesday evening at the settlement Beit El, where settlers are trying to stop the army from demolishing two illegally-constructed buildings.

      The violence began when the youths tried to stop a police vehicle from bringing in a security fence to be set up around the buildings. Police sought to drive off the settlers, who were being led at the time by Likud MK Oren Hazan, and a violent clash ensued. Two youths were arrested. …

      Before the clashes erupted on Tuesday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett became the latest right-wing politician to make a solidarity visit to the site, where he blamed his rival, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, for the crisis.

      Referring to the army’s dispatch of troops to the area Monday night in preparation for the demolition, which are to take place by Thursday, Bennett, head of the Habayit Hayehudi party, said: “Last night a hasty, provocative, extreme act was taken by a senior member of the government, which flies in the face of responsible, statesmanlike behavior that I expect from this government. We will not lend a hand to this.”

      Clashes had broken out in the morning between police and the the 300 settlers the site; dozens were arrested and soon released. Meanwhile, some 200 settlers rallied at the ruins of the West Bank settlement Sa-Nur, which was destroyed 10 years ago, along with three other West Bank settlements and all 21 in the Gaza Strip, during the “disengagement.”

      At Beit El, Bennett continued, “I want to say state it clearly: Ten years after the disengagement [from Gaza and four West Bank settlements], to the day, and we are here so that things will look different, and they will look different this time. The answer to Palestinian terror is settlement, not cowardice.””

      link to haaretz.com

      Arrested and released. This is surreal in the extreme~ hope the ‘world’ is watching! And this from Bennett makes me gag:

      “The answer to Palestinian terror is settlement, not cowardice.”

      These are built on private Palestinian land.

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      ~and~

      “Clashes erupted Wednesday in the West Bank settlement of Beit El after as security forces began demolishing two illegal buildings, and following a High Court of Justice rejection of an appeal seeking to prevent their demolition.

      Following pressure from Likud ministers and Habayit Hayehudi politicians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced once more the immediate construction approval for 300 housing units in Beit El.

      Some 200 people gathered at the site and hurled rocks at officers and setting fire to tires. Police are trying to disperse the crowd with water cannons.

      Politicians on the right responded fiercely to the High Court ruling, with Justice Minister Ayetet Shaked vowing that the homes will be rebuilt and Habayit Hayehudi’s Moti Yogev calling for the demolition of the High Court. …”

      link to haaretz.com

      Water cannons for these folks~ nothing more. And then the crazy statements from the elected rulers. It’s something to behold indeed. Completely insane.

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

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  • Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes in retaliation for capture of Israeli soldier
    • "Proportionality" is a part of it, but hardly the entirety of it.

      Not at all.

    • Thanks for your tremendous report on this, Ben.

      I am deeply grateful to Amnesty International, their team, and the people who worked with them for actually doing this difficult and unprecedented (afaik) labor in this project.

      Now it's up to see if the PTB will do their jobs. I really can't believe that admitting to willful blindness, complicity, and then changing course is impossible. How can we tell others that they are doing wrong when we are doing much worse, for far longer?

      Is it that hard to 'do the right thing', finally?

    • Ben~ I've just finished watching the ca 15 minute video Black Friday by AI and I didn't see it linked in your piece. If I missed it, please forgive me for re-posting it.

      Going back to read your piece in detail. Thanks.

      (Hope that Fatou Bensouda et al, and the US admin and Congress is paying attention...nah.)

  • Morgan Freeman, Valerie Plame and Queen Noor say Iran deal will prevent nuclear war that will melt Jack Black's frisbee
    • Also O/T, but:

      wth?

      “Report: Israel Strikes in Syria, Five Killed

      Two Hezbollah activists and three Syrian militiamen of the National Defence Forces, were reportedly killed in the attack in the Syrian Golan Heights.”

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      Now what?

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    • So glad you headlined this smart video, Phil! This should actually 'touch' more than a few out there.

      I was so dang happy when I saw this that I actually posted it here, sent it all around, and played it at least 20 times myself.

      It's mahvelous. Queen Noor is, too. Seriously, they went across the spectrum with the voices on the video, and that is smart.

  • 'This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel': A Palestinian-American's story of being detained at Ben Gurion airport
    • ;-((

      You're welcome, Annie.

    • I found this, Annie and Bumblebye:

      "Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn't think I was sufficiently differential. Livid."

      link to twitter.com

      Horrible. So freaking furious with you in solidarity, Susan A.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your own story, funsdead.

      You've got gumption, pep, style, sumud, and are seriously boldly funny in the face of such evil.

    • Agree 100%.

      (I'd dearly love to revisit Palestine, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem though)

    • +10, jwp!!!!!!!

    • Ziosmokes. He's Brad Sherman, after all. Ardent supporter of all things Israel. From wiki:

      "Sherman introduced legislation to exclusively allow Israel to be part of the visa waiver program, which would permit nationals from Israel to enter the US as temporary visitors for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa, without the conditions of reciprocity required for other nations. This led to criticism from some quarters that Sherman is insufficiently concerned with the rights of American citizens in contrast to those of Israeli citizens.[60]"

      From the Wapo article:

      “Even if there is a concern that a small segment of a group will violate their visas, this is no reason to have a policy of presumptively denying visas for an entire group of foreign nationals from one of our most important allies and global partners in the world,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote to Secretary of State John F. Kerry this month.

      Supporters of Israel have questioned whether Israel is being asked to meet an unrealistically high bar.

      “Those who dislike Israel are trying to argue that Israel is discriminatory. That is hardly the case. We have our no-fly list, and they have their no-fly list,” Sherman said.

      “The groups that hate Israel will call Israel racist automatically,” he said. “That’s the default position, and if they say it often enough, I guess some folks at the State Department will listen.”...

      ... But sponsors, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), were stung by criticism that overriding the usual admission procedures for Israel amounted to endorsement of discrimination against Arab Americans.

      Another attempt is expected in the Senate soon, aided by recent assurances from the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it is looking at ways to change procedures for Arab Americans entering Israel."

      And, as Mr. Khoury attests above, nothing has changed at all. c'est la vie.

    • Well done, amigo.

      Thank you for making that effort.

    • I think it's on the back- burner for the reasons cited above in the Wapo article, and perhaps because of Israel's massacre last summer and its continued abuse of American citizens as detailed by Mr. Khoury... Israel expects everyone to accommodate them! They never try to change to meet even the lowest of bars. They are positively hopeless, and so are the legislators trying to push this garbage.

    • Yep. Quite a few articles here:

      "Iran politicking gets in the way of visa waivers for Israelis" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      "Federal agencies express concerns about Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      "Op-Ed: Sen. Schatz, the Israel visa waiver exemption bill promotes a process similar to Hawaii’s own history of colonization and exploitation" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      "Senator Boxer’s far-fetched defense of the visa waiver exemption for Israel" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      There's a few more in the archives.

      Wapo had this article from April 26, 2014:

      "Israel may be one of the closest and most important U.S. allies, but it isn’t part of a special group of countries that get preferred treatment for visas to enter the United States.

      Its request is tangled in civil liberties and U.S. immigration concerns, along with domestic U.S. politics. Now, however, pro-Israel members of Congress are tussling with the Obama administration over what many see as a double standard, and may be gaining ground.

      “Some things are hard just because it’s Israel,” said Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.).

      Israel hasn’t met the criteria to join the U.S. visa-waiver program — particularly a requirement to treat all American visa applicants equally — and won’t be admitted until it does, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last week. The courtesy extended to more than 35 nations allows short-term travel to the United States without a visa, freeing applicants from the delays, hassles and expense of securing that travel document.

      “Any country is required to meet those requirements in order to be considered,” and Israel will not get preferential treatment, Psaki said Tuesday.

      Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Arab descent complain that Israel subjects them to additional, often intrusive, scrutiny when they seek to visit family members or make other visits to Israel or the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

      “For decades, Israel has racially profiled U.S. citizens of Palestinian, Arab or Muslim descent attempting to enter the country,” said George Bisharat, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law.

      “As long as Israel discriminates against U.S. citizens on grounds of ethnicity or religion, it remains an inappropriate candidate for our visa-waiver program,” Bisharat said.

      It is primarily that unequal treatment that makes Israel ineligible for the program, according to the State Department. But the State Department and Department of Homeland Security also cite a pattern of young Israelis overstaying their visas or working illegally while in the United States, and a resulting rise in the numbers of Israelis refused a visa. ..."

      more @ link to washingtonpost.com

    • An astounding evil and abomination. Another in a long line of so many.

      Your Senators and Reps need to know your story asap, Mr. Khoury. So do all that you reach through your vocations. I am certainly going to share it widely.

      Boxer sponsored the Israel visa waiver legislation.

      From 2013:

      "... As a result, at the behest of Aipac, Democrat Barbara Boxer, joined by Republican Roy Blunt, has introduced a bill that would provide for Israel's membership in the program while vesting it with a right that no other country in this program has: namely, the right to exclude selected Americans from this visa-free right of entrance. In other words, the bill sponsored by these American senators would exempt Israel from a requirement that applies to every other nation on the planet, for no reason other than to allow the Israeli government to engage in racial, ethnic and religious discrimination against US citizens. As Lara Friedman explained when the Senate bill was first introduced, it "takes the extraordinary step of seeking to change the current US law to create a special and unique exception for Israel in US immigration law." In sum, it is as pure and blatant an example of prioritizing the interests of the Israeli government over the rights of US citizens as one can imagine, and it's being pushed by Aipac and a cast of bipartisan senators.

      Israel's religious- and ethnicity-based entrance exclusions of American citizens are so well-documented and pervasive that even the US State Department provides an official warning about it in its official travel advisory for Israel, noting:

      Some US citizens holding Israeli nationality, possessing a Palestinian identity card, or of Arab or Muslim origin have experienced significant difficulties in entering or exiting Israel or the West Bank."

      link to theguardian.com

      Feinstein has supported the visa waiver program. Needless to say, I am fiercely opposed to it.

      There should never be treatment of people like this anywhere, by any of US 'allies'. But as far as I know, never once has the US embassy come to the aid of any US citizen in any kind of distress caused by Israel. Thus, the US government is complicit in Israel's treatment of its own citizens. Israel is not a civilized nation, nor a democracy~ but you already knew/know that.

      I am so sorry that you were treated to Israel's unique and legendary form of terror at the gate, and missed your reunion and pilgrimage and vacation. I hope that you can spare some time from your hectic schedule now and then, and come back to visit MW where you'll always be welcomed!

      Thank you, Mr. Khoury.

  • In wake of January attacks, French Muslims have been demonized in manufactured 'clash of civilizations'
    • Thanks, RoHa.

      ('populists' do quite a bit of that in some places. I guess DS thinks it's a dandy idea, one that needs more 'populists'. I dunno where all of these 'populists' are that DS is recruiting~ worldwide?)

    • Thanks for pointing that out that truth, tokyobk.

      After watching the interview, this is what I took away this time:

      There's both antisemitism and Islamophobia at play here as Max clearly states. I believe him when he says that the French are not really 100% friends of the Jews, either.(paraphrasing here) He also said that he thought that the right wing took advantage of the awful attacks to inflame Islamophobia and that it was a transatlantic effort. This is indisputably true! What I did find interesting, because I believe it, is that Jews and Muslims (minorities) should naturally be allied in areas like Sarcelles where there is a community comprised of 1/3 Jews, 1/3 Muslims, and 1/3 other minorities. Instead, the JDL and others are hard at work promoting fear and division, etc. The "leaders" (as usual) are the inciters- in- chief(s). It was also sad to hear the French citizenry firmly hold to their rights to free speech while shutting him down.

      Sad to say, I cannot stream the movie right now. But, the interview was terrific. Looking forward to more discussion of this great effort by Max and James Kleinfeld.

      Thanks Max and MW.

  • Huckabee's 'oven' comment echoes many Netanyahu statements equating Iran to Nazis
    • New, smart video that should appeal to the some of the masses:

      "Actors Jack Black, Morgan Freeman, Natasha Lyonne and other celebrities, including Queen Noor of Jordan, are voicing their support of the nuclear deal with Iran in a new video released on Tuesday.

      The celebrities in the video urge Americans to contact their members of Congress and encourage them to back the deal, which would be up for a vote in September.

      Without a nuclear deal, "ultimately we could be forced into a war with Iran another dangerous drawn out and expensive conflict in the Middle East with many lives lost," Freeman says in the three-minute video, produced by the Global Zero, a group advocating for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

      “Do me a favor, OK, don’t let some hot-headed member of Congress screw this up,” says Lyonne, who stars on “Orange is the New Black.”

      “Playing politics with our national security is actually not all that funny,” Black says.

      The video also includes actors Farshad Farahat, former CIA agent Valerie Plame and retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering. ..."

      video @ link to haaretz.com

    • Really interesting article by Chemi Shalev:

      "10 comments on Mike Huckabee and the purveyors of Jewish hate-porn

      Israel will overcome the Iranian threat - but the American Jewish community could succumb to right wing Inquisitors who aim to tear it apart."

      link to haaretz.com

    • She surely did! She was so enraptured that she couldn't sit still.

    • Kay24 linked to a Huffpo story that was about Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticizing Huckabee for his comments, and now you've informed me that the ADL has too. So I guess it's only ok to use these terrible and wrong analogies if you're Jewish...

      I think this is it:

      " Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called on Huckabee to apologize on Sunday.

      "This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics. Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable," the Florida congresswoman said in a statement. "Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.""

      link to huffingtonpost.com

  • Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu
    • "I wonder if the U.S. government has some way to confiscate the money."

      lysias~ even if the US takes it away, Saban, Adelson, and who knows who else would make sure that he is rewarded handsomely.

    • "Or maybe its because he’s acting as an agent of Israel which perhaps doesn’t qualify under FARA as a foreign power? Ah, that must be it. The special relationship between the US and Israel is so close that it constitutes a legal embrace and obviously there can be nothing foreign about an embrace."

      I think that you pretty much nailed it right there, irishmoses.

      Kris @ 12:02, I think THB was being sarcastic.

    • Nice, W.Jones!

      :-))

    • The picture becomes more focused, and confirms the suspicions of many.

      "Ginsberg is a 52-year-old Jewish lawyer with strong Democratic Party connections to the Clinton and Kennedy families. He has called himself the Time Warner executive “in charge of helping shape the public perception and message of the company to constituencies that we care about. So in my case, it’s the media, potential advertising partners, the not-for-profit world and communities that we serve in that we want to have a better relationship with.”

      Ginsberg told me that he has worked on “a lot” of Netanyahu’s speeches but could not specify the latest one. He also said that he did not get involved in editorial decisions at Time Warner about Israel and Iran coverage. “I’m not an editorial employee, I’m a corporate executive,” he said."

      Uh- huh. So he "shapes", but isn't involved in editorial decisions. Yeah, right. Full contradiction.

      This is huge, imho. Thank you, Phil~ pleased that he granted you an interview.

      And, thanks again, Michael Oren. Now I know who to blame for the off- key and grating "music" in the PM's ridiculous speeches. lolololol.

  • Anniversaries: Who counts?
    • Yay! Thanks, lysias.

      Wish I had seen it, but I was watching Kerry/Lew/Moniz facing the crazy Congress Foreign Relations Cmte. wrt Iran.

    • Doctor Rothchild~ thank you.

      Those, like Hillary, who still pledge love and fealty for the state of Israel that did/and do these horrible things never gave a damn about the Palestinians or Israel's crimes. It's inconceivable to me that anyone could turn a blind eye to Gaza, but so many pols and others do it. I really don't know how they sleep at night or manage to hug their children and family, drive to work in the morning, or eat three meals a day without choking with self- disgust.

      There are millions around the world that will never forget and never stop working for the freedom, dignity, respect, and more that the Palestinian people have been denied for decades, and our numbers are growing. BDS is growing. It is up to us to make our politicians and governments change their awful complicity and enabling. And it is through your work and careful documentation, and that of many others, that this fire will spread and never be extinguished.

  • Rand Paul turned into a hawk on Iran and libertarians are burning his stuff
    • Here's the Daily Beast article that sent Cohen into orbit with a history of the 'event', CG:

      link to thedailybeast.com

      A contract is mentioned...makes for icky reading.

    • You might have had a different pov if you had been chasing him all over NH like I did!!!

    • I agree :-) These Congress critters look abysmal, btw.

      (though Kerry looked very Presidential back in 2004, too) :(

    • Rand Paul is not on the committee, but:

      "John Kerry warns Congress: back Iran nuclear deal or face dire consequences

      The United States risks a collapse in its future negotiating credibility if it walks away from the Iranian nuclear deal, according to US secretary of state John Kerry, who argues Congress now has little choice but to back the plan.

      In his starkest warning yet to critics on Capitol Hill, Kerry also predicted the international coalition behind economic sanctions would quickly collapse and leave Iran even closer to developing an atomic bomb if the US sought to renegotiate terms. ...

      ...“If Congress rejects this, Iran goes back to its enrichment. The Ayatollah will not come back to the table ... the sanctions regime completely falls apart,” he said.

      “We will have set ourselves back. I don’t know how I go out to another country if that happens and say: ‘Hey, you ought to negotiate with us,’ because they will say: ‘Well, you have 535 secretaries of state in the United States. We don’t know who we are negotiating with. Whatever deal we make always risks being overturned.’”

      Asked why the White House did not seek to ratify the deal as a treaty through the Senate alone, Kerry was scathing about its oversight function.

      “I spent quite a few years trying to get treaties through the US Senate, and frankly, it’s become physically impossible,” he said. “You can’t pass a treaty anymore.”...

      ...But the secretary of state was adamant that the deal was the best available and was no longer up for negotiation.

      “If we walk away, we walk away alone,” he said. “Our partners are not going to be with us. Instead, they will walk away from the tough multilateral sanctions that brought Iran to the table to begin with. Instead, we will have squandered the best chance we have to solve the problem through peaceful means.”

      The former Massachusetts senator also dismissed the idea that military strikes were a realistic way of containing Iran’s nuclear potential.

      “Iran has already mastered the fuel cycle,” he said. “They have mastered the ability to produce significant amounts of fissile material. You can’t bomb away that knowledge any more than you can sanction it away.”..."

      More @ link to theguardian.com

      I watched part of it~ he was impressive. You can catch some replay now on cspan 3.

    • Ha, CG. Didja hear the latest about Trump and his lawyer?

      "A lawyer and spokesman for current Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump issued a series of vulgar threats to a reporter on Monday, while falsely claiming that it was legal for a husband to rape his wife in New York.

      Michael Cohen, special counsel for the Trump Organization, threatened Canadian-American reporter Tim Mak of the Daily Beast with untold legal consequences in response to an article that resurfaced allegations that Trump had raped his then-wife Ivana.

      The statements from the real-estate tycoon’s long-time attorney may, campaign watchers said, prove to undermine a campaign that officially began with Trump’s incendiary remarks about migrants from Mexico whom he called “rapists” and has survived a series of increasingly controversial remarks over the following six weeks. ..."

      link to theguardian.com

      Some 'lawyer'. I hope that the reporter sues him. Sorry for the O/T~ I couldn't resist.

    • Chafee is a good and principled man.

      He eclipses Hillary entirely on FP, imho. Bernie, too.

      Good article here on Bernie with a snippet:

      "Bernie Sanders: Savior or Seducer of the Anti-War Left?

      ...Sanders, like his Democratic allies, has supported Israel’s aggressive Middle East policies against Palestinian statehood. He supported HR 282, the Iran Freedom Support Act, which was similar to the resolutions leading to the Iraq War. Indeed, it appears that Sanders is even to the political Right of many liberal Democrats!..."

      link to counterpunch.org

    • Yes, he's "the lesser Paul". This apple fell too far from the tree.

      I always thought he's a stick- his- finger- in- the- wind- kinda- candidate. Completely unimpressive and more than a little dangerous, imho.

      Thanks for the article, Charles. I hope that these supporters don't remain disillusioned, and can find someone that they feel comfortable supporting. The anti- war & correct foreign policy cause is just and right and important.

  • Once we were embattled, now we are insurgent
    • Not very O/T, still about activism! :

      "Pioneer Jewish South African freedom fighter calls Israel 'apartheid state' ...

      Veteran Jewish anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg, whose release after two decades in a South African prison was aided by Israel, and who then lived briefly in the Jewish state before leaving in protest, told a Johannesburg gathering that Israel is an apartheid state, the Middle East Monitor reported ...

      Noting that critics of this view protest that Palestinian citizens of Israel, unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa, vote and serve in their country's parliament, Goldberg said, "You don't need to be like South Africa to be an apartheid state, there is a definition in international law through the UNESCO declaration on apartheid," he said.

      Apartheid exists, he said, in states that enforce laws and policies that discriminate between people on the basis of race or religion, and this holds true in Israel proper as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. He was one of a panel of anti-apartheid activists discussing the lessons that struggle holds for the Palestinian cause.

      Goldberg, 82, one of the original members of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, was sentenced with Nelson Mandela and other activists to life in prison in the 1964 Rivonia treason trial. He was released in 1985 with Israel's intercession, then went to live on a kibbutz, but moved to London months later, denouncing Israel's war in Lebanon, its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and its close ties with South Africa.

      "There is no doubt in my mind that Israel is an apartheid state," Goldberg told the gathering. "Having lived through apartheid in South Africa, I cannot allow in my name the same kind of oppression to go on.

      He added, "I have to be an opponent of the exclusionist policies of Zionism, but let me say straight away that I have to be opposed to the exclusionary policies of the feudal Arab states of the Middle East as well.""

      link to haaretz.com

    • Oh Annie~ you've captured so many of my own feelings, and have expressed it all so well. Thank you.

    • Absolutely superb article, Ahmed!

      "They understand BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, as a moral imperative."

      Absolutely true. When the world 'leaders' aren't willing, then the citizenry must act.

      As so many quote here:

      “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

      Thank you.

  • You be the judge
    • +1, bintbiba!!

      Thank you.

    • Wonder if this is related:

      "Israel Police arrested on Monday a Jewish youth who shouted insults to the prophet Mohammed, in the second such incident in days and amid heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank, police said.

      The religious young man was filmed shouting "Mohammed is a pig" several times in Jerusalem's historic Old City. A young woman was filmed shouting the same phrase on Thursday.

      Jerusalem police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the police would show "zero tolerance" toward such provocations. ..."

      more @ link to haaretz.com

    • That picture is worth a thousand words.

      "Israeli police entered the compound, one of Islam’s holiest places, to tackle suspected Palestinian rioters, police said."

      Why was the likely illegal settler kid there at all? My guess is the entire thing was just another provocation...

  • The great Highway 17 billboard contest
  • Huckabee plays the Iran Holocaust trump card
    • I. can't. stop. laughing.

      omg!

    • Yep.

      So many in Congress and nearly all of the 16 Republican clown contenders have shown nothing close to respect for this President, thereby disrespecting the majority of Americans who voted for this man twice.

    • "Whatever happens to Israel because of these policies is on Israel. "

      Bingo!

      Thank you for covering Ross' outrageous suggestion, and Huckabee's disgusting comments. Thanks for including the picture of the Huckster with Danon on illegal settlement land~ he's obviously more concerned with Israel than he is with the US.

      Thanks, also, for including the link to President Obama's remarks~ good for him!

  • When a U.S. president demanded inspections of a nuclear facility in the Middle East (and failed)
    • Absolutely correct, lysias. It's a disgrace that for some others sentenced to life, they serve it and this treasonous and terrible person gets out after 30 yrs. He's already lionized in Israel.

      Then there's that little question of Netanyahu and some switches.

      Here's an interesting article by Julian Borger from 2014:

      "The truth about Israel's secret nuclear arsenal

      Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean?"

      link to theguardian.com

      Anyway, thanks for the great article, Phil.

      "And some members of Congress undercut Kennedy’s policy in private communications with the Israelis."

      hmmm, some things never change.

      Looks like Kennedy "failed" because his life and Presidency were ended prematurely.

  • Israeli forces enter Al Aqsa mosque compound with gunfire to allow rightwing Jewish tour
    • wth?

      "Report: Israel Strikes in Syria, Five Killed

      Two Hezbollah activists and three Syrian militiamen of the National Defence Forces, were reportedly killed in the attack in the Syrian Golan Heights."

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      Now what?

    • Touché, amigo!

    • amigo~wrt to the disgraceful actions and vociferous rebellion from the elected leaders and Beit El above, can you imagine any Congress person calling for the "demolition of" the Supreme Court and getting away with it? Can you imagine the President trying to defy the SCOTUS without going through the proper channels? Can you imagine any of these in a democracy? Can you imagine stealing and building on someone else's land over and over? Can you imagine any of this?

      I can't.

    • "Clashes erupted Wednesday in the West Bank settlement of Beit El after as security forces began demolishing two illegal buildings, and following a High Court of Justice rejection of an appeal seeking to prevent their demolition.

      Following pressure from Likud ministers and Habayit Hayehudi politicians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced once more the immediate construction approval for 300 housing units in Beit El.

      Some 200 people gathered at the site and hurled rocks at officers and setting fire to tires. Police are trying to disperse the crowd with water cannons.

      Politicians on the right responded fiercely to the High Court ruling, with Justice Minister Ayetet Shaked vowing that the homes will be rebuilt and Habayit Hayehudi's Moti Yogev calling for the demolition of the High Court. ..."

      link to haaretz.com

      Water cannons for these folks~ nothing more. And then the crazy statements from the elected rulers. It's something to behold indeed. Completely insane.

      yech.

    • Updated article:

      "Hundreds of young settlers clash violently with police at Beit El

      Confrontation erupts after protesters try to stop vehicle bringing security fence to be set up around two buildings slated for imminent destruction.

      A violent clash between hundreds of young West Bank settlers and Israeli police broke out Tuesday evening at the settlement Beit El, where settlers are trying to stop the army from demolishing two illegally-constructed buildings.

      The violence began when the youths tried to stop a police vehicle from bringing in a security fence to be set up around the buildings. Police sought to drive off the settlers, who were being led at the time by Likud MK Oren Hazan, and a violent clash ensued. Two youths were arrested. ...

      Before the clashes erupted on Tuesday, Education Minister Naftali Bennett became the latest right-wing politician to make a solidarity visit to the site, where he blamed his rival, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, for the crisis.

      Referring to the army's dispatch of troops to the area Monday night in preparation for the demolition, which are to take place by Thursday, Bennett, head of the Habayit Hayehudi party, said: "Last night a hasty, provocative, extreme act was taken by a senior member of the government, which flies in the face of responsible, statesmanlike behavior that I expect from this government. We will not lend a hand to this."

      Clashes had broken out in the morning between police and the the 300 settlers the site; dozens were arrested and soon released. Meanwhile, some 200 settlers rallied at the ruins of the West Bank settlement Sa-Nur, which was destroyed 10 years ago, along with three other West Bank settlements and all 21 in the Gaza Strip, during the "disengagement."

      At Beit El, Bennett continued, "I want to say state it clearly: Ten years after the disengagement [from Gaza and four West Bank settlements], to the day, and we are here so that things will look different, and they will look different this time. The answer to Palestinian terror is settlement, not cowardice.""

      link to haaretz.com

      Arrested and released. This is surreal in the extreme~ hope the 'world' is watching! And this from Bennett makes me gag:

      "The answer to Palestinian terror is settlement, not cowardice."

      These are built on private Palestinian land.

    • "Netanyahu demands illegal West Bank homes not be demolished

      State given until Thursday to raze two structures in Beit El settlement; settlers clash with Israeli forces set to evacuate the homes.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the Israeli government opposed a High Court order to demolish illegal homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El and was taking legal recourse to prevent such action.

      "We are actively trying to strengthen the settlements, in accordance with the law," Netanyahu said. "Our stance on the houses in Beit El is very clear: We oppose the demolition and are taking legal action to prevent this move. I want the government's stance – that the planning process on the site has been finished and there is therefore no reason to demolish the homes – be brought to the High Court for attention." Netanyahu discussed the matter with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein Tuesday.

      Just prior to Netanyahu's announcement, Habayit Hayehudi chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett demanded that Netanyahu clarify that the houses were not to be demolished.

      "Ten years since the Disengagement, someone seems to have forgotten that the national camp once had political and public force," Bennett told Netanyahu in a telephone conversation. "The defense minister has been dragged into the extremism and the agitation, instead of trying to calm the tension."

      Border Policemen clashed with settlers in Beit El overnight Monday as they moved to take over the two houses deemed illegal by Israeli courts and slated for demolition. Scores of settlers – mostly youths – were arrested overnight after barricading themselves inside the structures.

      The two structures – known collectively as Dreinoff buildings, named after the contractor who built them – were constructed on private Palestinian land and a court demolition order was issued for them in 2010. After a lengthy legal battle in the High Court, the state was given until this Thursday to demolish the structures.

      In the past two weeks, the local settler council has encouraged youths to arrive at the scene and set themselves up in the two houses in an attempt to prevent the demolition. In recent days, fortification efforts were conducted by settlers and barbed wires was placed around the structures' doors and windows, and makeshift metal barricades were set up.

      Fearing the situation would escalate out of control, a large number of security forces were sent to evacuate the structure overnight, ahead of its expected demolition. Nonetheless, the IDF does not necessarily plan to do away with the structures immediately. ..."

      More @ link to haaretz.com

      A disgrace to the world~ a PM that breaks his own laws. Funny how nobody got shot, eh?

    • Well, perhaps the car is garaged at either the US embassy or the PM's house, and the KSA dudes fly in and out on their jets.

    • Ouch, abc!

      (you are so agile and quick and witty, too!)

    • Get this:

      "A fancy Mercedes turned quite a lot of heads last weekend in Jaffa, but not for the normal automotive reasons. The silver luxury car bore the license plates of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

      Jacky Hugi, the Middle East editor for Israel's Army Radio spotted the plates and posted the picture on Twitter. He wrote he saw it on Friday afternoon in Jaffa's Clock Tower Square. "The nuclear agreement with Iran is starting to prove itself," tweeted Hugi.

      Hugi later said someone told him on Facebook they had spoken with the driver in Jerusalem earlier and said he was a Saudi businessman, the Times of Israel reported.

      Whether or not the car is really related to the Iranian question, it is still not the first time Israeli and Saudi officials have met to discuss the issue. ..."

      link to haaretz.com

      well, duh.

    • They're really skilled at provocation, aren't they? They've had years to perfect it...

      Amira Hass has published another article, in addition to the heartbreaking one above:

      "For Israel, it seems Goliath was the victim...

      Goliath also had the right to defend himself against David. That’s what we can understand from the words of MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi), ..., Law and Justice Committee, when he presented the bill seeking stricter punishment for stone throwers. “David killed Goliath, the strongest Philistine of all, with a stone,” said Slomiansky. “In other words, a stone can kill.”

      From the infancy of our state, we required biblical imagery in order to strengthen our hold. To the best of my memory, our teachers in school always boasted that we were David, and that it wasn’t just a slingshot needed to kill Goliath but also brains and agility.

      How great was our Schadenfreude for the huge, clumsy Goliath. Although we were never “David” against the Palestinians, that’s how we pretended to be. Slomiansky gave up on this pretense, and his frankness is commendable. He could quoted the statistics of stone throwing and its breakdown by regions in “Yeshastan.” But he found it difficult to relinquish the founding myth. Rather, he reversed its use and proved who we really are: Goliath. Goliath the victim. The unfortunate Shlimazel Goliath.

      The amended law toughening the punishment for those convicted of stone throwing is not exceptional. It is merely an expression of the 48-year traditional treatment of those we are occupying.

      We refuse to listen to their objections to our rule and the pure logic of their resistance. Instead we respond with harsher means. We answer the Palestinian violence (which was always but always a response to our fundamental violence) with many times greater ferocity. And we define those who resist as criminals."

      link to haaretz.com

      Thanks Kate.

  • Israeli general likens attack on Gaza towers to 9/11 attack, as 'symbol'
    • I guessed that might be the case, ritzl.

      I just seized the opportunity to reiterate the enormity of the war crimes perpetrated against the Palestinians of Gaza in case Fatou Bensouda reads MW.

      ;-(((

    • Israel killed a great many of Gaza first- responders. They were targeted and incinerated. I'm sure that the IOF regards them as 'terrorists'.

      Regular folks rushed to help, many of those bombed to smithereens, too.

      "Report details IDF 'double tap' bombings that hit first responders in Gaza

      Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights authored by a team of international medical experts documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. ...

      The Red Crescent described the “double tap” practice as one of the central factors behind the deaths and injuries of their medical teams. A total of 23 medical personnel, 16 of them on duty, were killed during the war; another 83 were wounded. According to the team of experts, 45 ambulances were damaged by army attacks, including an ambulance station, 17 hospitals and 56 clinics that were entirely destroyed or damaged. And all that was after the UN transmitted to Israel the precise coordinates of every medical facility in the Gaza Strip. ..."

      link to 972mag.com

      Can anyone say war crimes?

    • +1, Abierno!

      "And you wonder why the persons of conscience throughout the world cringe at the mention of Netanyahu’s war."

      The massacre that 95% Israeli supported/celebrated.

    • I remember your excellent report, Dan.

      I guess it's good that Hacohen confirmed your report, if only to dispel the hasbara and other garbage we heard before, during, and since.

      It is chilling to read his words.

      Thank you, Dan~ that photo is iconic.

  • Susiya demolition plans may be halted: 'residents cannot be forced to leave'
    • I hope so too, CG.

      I wish she'd get to know some of the young and innocent in Palestine...

    • I don't know what to say...

      "Senator Feinstein urges Netanyahu not to demolish Palestinian village

      Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to stop Israel's efforts to raze the Palestinian village of Sussia in the West Bank, saying that uprooting the village's residents would further isolate Israel, increase tensions with the Palestinians and provoke unnecessary violence.

      "Demolishing Palestinian homes, displacing residents, and seizing additional Palestinian territory in the West Bank is a step away from peace. To preserve land for a future Palestinian state, your government must not destroy Susiya [sic]," the senator wrote in a letter.

      Feinstein gave a detailed account of Sussia's history and legal battle facing the Civil Administration, noting that the village has existed at least since the 1830s. The Civil Administration should reconsider the village's petition for a master plan "so that the area's Palestinian villagers can live in peace and with legal certainty," Feinstein wrote.

      "I fear that uprooting Susiya's residents before the world's attention would only further isolate Israel, increase tension with the Palestinians and provoke unnecessary violence," she wrote.

      Feinstein concluded by affirming her commitment to Israel, and by urging Netanyahu to refrain from "inflammatory or provocative action. ..."

      link to haaretz.com

    • Thanks, Annie~ it is a great article and photos.

      (just goes to show how much I miss when I'm away~ it's so hard to catch up! ;)

    • "It is unclear from the article when the internal report was written and how long the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration has been sitting on this document, Haaretz just states the document was drawn up “following an inquiry by the Jabor family”."

      Great point, Annie. Great news and article. Thank you so very much! I hope that other 'lost' documents are soon found and validated.

      The picture is so beautiful. Thanks, Allison.

      PS~ so good to know that "hundreds of Israelis joined in" the protest!

  • It's time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped
    • DS~ you seem so angry at Avigail. You resent her telling her truths here, and then you go even further and too far in too many ways.

      Perhaps you are in need of some therapy in your native tongue. Or some kumbaya. I also think that your tribe is your identity and that you feel threatened and scared. I'm sorry for you.

      pssst~ there's nothing about Israel or Zionism that Israelis and Zionists haven't already exposed themselves.

      It's no secret.

    • I so agree, Danaa!

      I'm glad I checked this thread again (can't stay away!) and found some more comments from you. Be safe and have fun out there in the woods. ;-)

    • Thanks irishmoses and CigarGod!

      (golly, this thread is deservedly loooong)

    • ;-) @ Avigail @ 1:41pm

      I can't stop coming back to your articles! I have shared them with many. I guess you've inadvertently extended your 'office' hours!

    • "Top 10, all time, Mooser. ^^^ Imho."

      Absolutely, ritzl.

      (Though when I read Mooser's "You would be the intellectual toast of Tel Aviv!", sadly I thought yeah, he'd be toast in today's Israel because he'd be outside of the cult and the myth and the 'in' crowd.)

    • lolol, Qualtrough!

    • +1, CG!

      (lol)

    • So well expressed, ritzl! Jumping on the bandwagon here.

    • "Avigail has been an amazingly helpful addition, hasn’t she?"

      Oh yes! She has a wonderful spirit, energy, and generosity~ a real inspiration and example.

      Thank you, CG, and you're welcome :-)) You inspire me as well!

    • CG & Avigail~ thank you both so much for your comments and sharing this morning. It has moved me, and confirmed to me the humanity and hope that is so prevalent here and elsewhere.

      I can only say how grateful I am. It says a lot that there are 312 comments on this thread, and is a testament to you, Avigail, and the deep need that so many have to have this kind of discussion. Thank you for your insights and for your kind and involved attention to the discussion, Avigail. You've contributed so much to so many here at MW.

      @ CG: "Isn’t it heart breaking that we often are estranged from family. Especially, when so many people espouse the sanctity of family."

      A resounding yes!

      That goes for the 'human family', too. I often find it curious and profoundly sad that people look to the differences rather than the similarities that we share.

    • oldgeezer~ I appreciated your entire post very much, but this made me LOL:

      "If there’s any left wing in you it’s solely because you ate some bbq’d chicken."

    • Yes, jwp~ thanks so much for that lesson!

      (I totally missed Avigail's query to me~ apologies, though I wouldn't have been able to answer her! ;)

    • Ditto that, Bornajoo! Thanks RHE.

    • Yeah, ok.

      lol, jon s. Have you read Professor Pappé's book?

    • lol, amigo!

    • Danaa's back!!! Great comment~ thank you!

    • Another stupendous article, Avigail!

      I think that many Americans of all sorts have been "duped", but the scales are falling from many eyes now, and when enough voices are raised, there will be change. Your articles and responses echo Gideon Levy's words @ the National Press Club from April~ perhaps you inspire him ;):

      "We have to face reality, and reality is that there is no chance for a change from within the Israeli society. No way… The only hope is for an international intervention, and the only hope is from this place, from Washington, from the United States, from the EU. Only from there.

      Because Israeli society is today by far too brainwashed. Life in Israel is by far too good. Israel is, let’s face, it a society which lives in denial, totally disconnected from reality. Would it be a private person, I would recommend either medication or hospitalization. Because people who lose connection to reality might be very dangerous either to themselves or to society. And the Israeli society lost connection with reality, it lost connection with the reality in its backyard, it totally lost connection with the international environment.

      Really to believe that 5 million Jews know better than 6 billion people of the world? Really believe that 5 million Jews will be able to continue to live on their sword forever? Is the one example in history in which any country lived on its sword forever? Empires! Really believing that in the 21st century it is acceptable to ignore the international law in such a way, to ignore the international institutions and to rely only on the United States — and Micronesia. ..

      ...[W]e are dealing with a corrupting friendship. If there wouldn’t be an Israel lobby, Israel would be a better place to live in, Israel would be a more just place. And I think that if it wouldn’t be the Israel lobby, the US would be a better place and a more democratic place. But it’s not for me to judge the American politics. Still by the end of the day we are dealing with an enigma. Nothing can explain it. Nothing can explain how administration after administration, legislators after legislators are going in the very same way which contradicts U.S. interest in so many cases, which contradicts international law, human rights, moral values, you name it. Can it be only this small group as powerful as it is, is it the full explanation? I doubt it but that’s for you to decide, not for us in Israel. "

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      There's so much more to Phil's excellent article. If anyone missed it, I heartily recommend it! Thanks for this article and your generous participation in the thread, Avigail.

  • Israeli forces kill West Bank man, 53, when he rushes to aid of sons during night raid
    • "Palestinian man dies during attempted arrest by Israeli security forces

      Mohammad Abu Latifa, 20, becomes third Palestinian in a week to be killed by IDF after he was shot and fell from a roof ...

      ... However, Shahdi Awad, who lives in a neighbouring building and said he saw the incident, told Reuters Abu Latifa was shot dead and had not fallen off the roof.

      “He was shot repeatedly on the rooftop, and that’s where he stayed until the soldiers came and took down the body,” he said.

      Palestinians who saw Abu Latifa said he had gunshot wounds in his legs but no clear sign of other injuries. Palestinian doctors said his family’s had refused permission for an autopsy.

      An Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said, “He [Awad] can say whatever he wants. Our account is what happened.”"

      more @ link to theguardian.com

      The brutality and the arrogance is breathtaking... "Our account is what happened." Well, this particular string of murders finally makes it into The Guardian~ no comments allowed.

    • Thanks, Kate.

      The news is just too awful to contemplate most days... seems that some in Europe are moving in the right direction, while the US is stagnant and complicit in the ever- increasing crimes. All of it is foul and terrible!

      "Twilight Zone: The human cost of the IDF’s ‘non-lethal’ ammunition"
      was a devastating read. Again, as Israelis, Gideon Levy and Amira Hass stand out and alone in their ability who see the enormous suffering and injustice done to Palestinian people every single day and report on it. Some other few journalists seem to be 'coming around' in some articles, but they're few and far between.

  • Hundreds of Israelis join protest to save Bedouin village on brink of demolition
    • Great, thorough report and pictures! Thanks, Allison. I echo many of the sentiments here.

      I just have to say that I loved this:

      "Brimming with glee Nasser shuffled off to greet his reinforcements. Around 500 Israeli activists from left-wing human rights organizations bussed in from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to march in 100 degree afternoon heat. “I hope very much that it will have impact,” Nasser said."

      Sadly, it's so rare to read that any Palestinian is "brimming with glee", and everyone working in solidarity for such a just cause.

  • Greece’s Syriza makes military deal with Israel that only US has made
    • LOLOL, RoHa !!

    • Anyone remember this from last year?

      "Tzipi Livni is Israel’s Justice Minister. Five years ago she was afraid to travel because of potential international prosecution for war crimes. But she’s on vacation in a Greek-speaking land, according to her Facebook page. Ofer Neiman translates:

      Tzipi Livni goes on vacation (apparently in Greece, maybe Cyprus), and discovers a “horrible” sign saying “Free Palestine “, with the names of Palestinian cities (Gaza, Jenin, Nablus and Hebron). She says: “I still managed to tear a part of the sign, but it is evident more than ever that the battle ahead of us is in the international arena. We must act anywhere in the world to make it clear who here is the terrorist, and who is the state defending its citizens from terror”.

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

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