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  • Besieged in Gaza from birth to death
    • Yes, thank you Dan.

      The horrible siege of Gaza, and the cruel and grinding Occupation of Palestinians and their lands will end one day. Those responsible for the myriad crimes against the Palestinians will be held accountable.


  • Israel detains Palestinian National Football Team one day after Netanyahu promised FIFA to facilitate travel of Palestinian athletes
    • I meant kudos to amigo! Sincere apologies. It happens when jumping from thread to thread.

      (though talknic does deserve many kudos as well!)

    • Well done, talknic.

      There's a few more rules.

      Palestinian footballers must be willing to be shot in the feet/legs or killed.

      Little Palestinian boys playing football can be murdered on the beach. Their families need not complain.

  • Obama equates Israel's creation to African-Americans gaining right to vote
    • "And we can have a debate, and we can have an argument. But you can’t equate people of good will who are concerned about those issues with somebody who is hostile towards Israel."

      No, WE can't! Everything that is debated about Israel is cloaked with false charges of antisemitism. And the President walked into the trap.

      Israel does not represent the Jewish people of the world. At least, I hope that it doesn't.

    • "There’s a direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and to feel safe and free of discrimination and persecution, and the right of African Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law. And I think it is true to Israel’s traditions and its values—its founding principles—that it has to care about those Palestinian kids."

      Huh??? What about the people living under the criminal Occupation that cannot vote? Not the "Palestinian kids", but those parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters of voting age~ you know, the ones that survived the massacres and the daily Israeli terrorism! What about the African refugees @ Holot? What about the Ethiopian Jewish 'others'? What about the Bedouins? What about everyone 'else'?

      I'm also sickened that President Obama would engage with a former IOF prison guard named Jeff.

  • Sheesh: A conservative response to the special relationship
    • Like this whining kid that Professor Finkelstein put in her place?

    • +1, Bumblebye!

    • This also demonstrates that all the screeching about Iran by Netanyahu et al was only Zionist screeching. Now the screechers plan on extorting the US taxpayer by getting more killing machines.

      Iran never posed a threat to Israel nor the US. You wrote that "Daddy should impose a bit of discipline." I think that "Daddy" should slam exacting sanctions on Israel asap while speaking loud and clear about the threat to humankind that comes from Tel Aviv and the US' complicity in it.

      Thanks for covering this, Phil and 'friend'.

  • Zionism is tired
    • Absolutely correct, amigo and abc.

      Many people are at your side, bintbiba. Together, we shall overcome.

  • Maybe next time it's Arab Americans who will be interned by U.S. gov't -- Rand Paul launches filibuster
  • Letter from Baltimore
    • "But the article above was thoughtful and important. Baltimore is no more a ‘local’ issue then -and this may seem far-fetched to conservatives-Kent State was a ‘local’ issue."

      I agree with you, DaBakr.

    • Page: 103
    • Ditto, gamal.

      It's a tremendously rich article, Allison. Your pictures are amazing, and give an added dimension to your profound words.

      Thank you.

  • US press blacks out Israeli defense minister's citation of 'Nagasaki and Hiroshima' as model for dealing with Iran
    • Many thanks for choosing to highlight this, Phil. I'm still in shock from his admissions of war crimes and his promise of more to come! Neither the MSM nor the ICC has made a peep or a murmur about anything.

      The MSM fails the public over and over again in order to provide cover for Israel. Israel, a place from which endless, horrible, and real and realizable threats are made by the Minister of Defense and the PM and his new cabinet!

      Yet the MSM continues to misquote Ahmadinejad.

      This is a huge story. People deserve to know about it, make their own assessments, and hold their governments accountable for committing their tax dollars, their euros, and their allegiance to this genocidal "ally".

  • #Revenge: Excerpt from the new book 'Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age'
    • "Here, Israelis were demanding immediate retribution, summoning reprisal attacks against Palestinians. And tragically, with the Gaza offensive of that summer, the state would comply. "

      "The state" and its leaders incited, nurtured, and encouraged the 95%. They still do. Just have a look at the "new" government in Israel!

      The good news is that millions already know it, and a change is gonna come.

  • Understanding the 'S' in BDS: It's time to demand sanctions on Israel
    • Thank you for this important and vital clarion call, Amjad. The US has imposed crippling (and killing sanctions) on many countries, but never once held Israel responsible for any of their myriad crimes. In fact, the US and its 'allies' have only enabled and financed Israel's reign of terror over the Palestinian people and their land. It's past time for sanctions on Israel.

      I'm grateful that you're here @ MW. I very much appreciated your previous and recent contribution, "Israel’s state ideology tantamount to the ongoing Palestinian Nakba" - See more at: link to

  • Civil Rights Groups Tell Gov. Pence: Don’t stifle free speech -- Support for BDS is not Anti-Semitism
  • Netanyahu eulogizes settler movement founder convicted of manslaughter
    • Thanks Bumblebye, abc, and Marnie.

      As for sklein, please read what this man has to say, although it's still not harsh enough:

      "The man who called me “the grandfather of all impurity,” whose mouth let loose small salvos of saliva because he was so angry when I demanded that he stop reciting the Shmona Esrei (“18 benedictions” prayer) in the middle of the busy street in Hebron; the rabbi whose wife, Rabbanit Miriam, slapped the face of my colleague, the deputy governor; the man whose son, today the head of the Kiryat Arba Regional Council, passed water in the Tomb of the Patriarchs; the man who brought wine into a place that is as sacred to Muslims as it is to Jews; whose disciples poured raspberry juice on the head of the IDF's Central Command when he tried to arrest their leader; who scorned the army because the doors of the defense minister and the prime minister were open to him, and when locked, broke through them with the sheer force of insistence – this man was not only a messianic idealist with sad eyes. He invented a method.

      With over 40 years of hindsight, it’s impossible not to salute the madness brought about by that slender person, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, who passed away this week. Here’s another example of the Stockholm Syndrome.

      Levinger’s method was simple and effective: He removed the word “no” from the vocabulary. When all the military and political courts of law rejected his demand to retake Beit Hadassah in Hebron, he stood with his disciples at the entrance to the building, blocked the main road, began to recite the long Shmona Esrei – and when soldiers came to evacuate him he resisted forcefully.

      In that way, day after day, the residents of Hebron knew that they had better refrain from walking down the main street during the “Levinger show.” It succeeded. In the end the rabbi settled in the large building with his family and began planning his next objective.

      The Avraham Avinu neighborhood started out as “the site of the Avraham Avinu synagogue,” which Levinger demanded to have cleaned up. The cleanup developed into a larger rehabilitation project, after which the rabbi’s disciples took over the local wholesale market. When they arrived there en masse, on Rosh Hashanah, then-Defense Minister Shimon Peres kicked and screamed and demanded that the army remove them; afterward, as usual, he backed down, and an official permit also followed.

      The impressive Jewish neighborhood blocked entire streets and removed hundreds of families from their homes. And the army? It added Beit Hadassah and Avraham Avenue to its list of guard duties, and placed itself at “the rabbi’s” disposal.

      Levinger conquered the Tomb of the Patriarchs much earlier. Not much was left of the meticulous division of the prayer areas for Jews and Muslims. Room after room, corner after corner, “the rabbi’s” settlers seized the complex and magnificent building that has seen more than a few violent and murderous conflicts over the years.

      But Levinger did not only complete the conquest of Hebron. He brought about a revolution in the pyramid of authority in the territories. In his eyes the army was a sacred tool, and as such it must be commanded to be absolutely at the disposal of the rabbi and his settlers. He treated the military governors like clerks and the government ministers like his subordinates. He would decide whether and when to report to their summons, and suggested to soldiers that they disobey orders in order to be soldiers in the "army of God."

      The Hebron model was successfully replicated in other settlements, whose establishment was also led by his disciples. And the IDF saw and internalized. The education Levinger gave it made it clear to the army that there was no point obeying feeble orders intended to stop the settlements and the settlers. Because after all, there was a government and there was Levinger, and it was preferable to obey those with real authority and power – and they weren’t the ones sitting in the government ministries. And what commander would want to make a laughingstock of himself, or worse, .......

      Levinger was not only the originator of a strategy, but also the inventor of the culture of clashes with the IDF. A culture that at least three generations grew up on, one that is still going strong. A culture that turned the IDF into an obedient and loyal army. An army of “Yes, honored rabbi.”

      That’s a legacy. That’s a leader."

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    • Yes, RockyMissouri and Annie.

      ( I thank my lucky stars that Ms. Annie is back!)

    • I waited to remark on this hideous murderer until he was safely in the ground. I wasn't surprised to see him praised and eulogized by so many... it's further evidence of a deep rot.

      Kate's compilation yesterday included this bit of history:

      ..."He was also a prominent leader of the settler movement known as Gush Emunim, a violent group dedicated to the expulsion of Palestinians from the occupied territories and the establishment of a Talmudic kingdom. Levinger openly praised the perpetrator of the Hebron massacre of 1994, Baruch Goldestein, calling him a great saint. When reminded that 29 innocent human beings were murdered by Goldestein said “I am sorry for the death of 29 flies as well.” Levinger said on several occasions that Palestinians ought to be given three choices, either enslavement by Jews as water carriers and wood cutters, or expulsion, or physical extermination." - See more at: link to

      No surprise that Daniella Weiss sang his praises, too.

      "Daniella Weiss, former mayor of Kedumim in the West Bank and an activist in the settler movement, said, “The rabbi taught us not to leave a single piece of land without Jews. I met many people who tried to solve the riddle of the rabbi — whether he was a man of thought or a man of action. The answer is that he was both,” she said."

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      I am sure that all of the illegal "settlers"~ especially the really violent/virulent ones like Daniella and Anat Cohen~ in Hebron and everywhere else in the Occupied Palestinian lands are grateful to him.

      For more on Cohen, there's this: "Go to Auschwitz!: Extremist settler confronts injured ISM volunteer in Hebron" - See more at: link to

      Thanks, Allison.

  • 'NYT' obit turns the murderous settler rabbi into a 'contentious firebrand'
    • Kudos to amigo. You have a good memory.

      Lame response (#Fail) from catalan. No surprise from a joyless spammer.

    • I very much appreciate you bringing this important issue up, StanleyHeller.

      I've been doing what I can since it happened, I promise. Thanks for the link. Dan Fischer and Gregory Williams are my kind of heroes~ they appear to be good and peaceful human beings. They should be celebrated and supported.

      There are many people that deserve punishment. Fischer and Williams certainly do not. There are many people that should be ashamed, but aren't.

    • "Contentious and firebrand both have positive implications."

      Yes they do. But hey, he was only a murderer and advocate of genocide...

      Compare and contrast with Kershner's bosom buddy Rudoren's characterization of "Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian leader among the throngs who fulminated over Ms. Shaked’s new role, said it “is not only a threat to peace and security, but generates a culture of hate and lawlessness.”

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  • The Missouri History Museum's Palestine Exception: A case study on how the St. Louis Jewish establishment exercises power & privilege
    • Many thanks for digging into this further, Anna Baltzer, Michael Berg, and St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace.

      fyi, Phil Weiss had an article about this back in March.

      "Emails show Missouri museum canceled ‘Ferguson to Palestine’ event under pressure from Jewish group "- See more at: link to

  • The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity
    • Absolutely, aiman.

      Many thanks, Brewer and oldgeezer.

      "...and I am getting old for when I read of this atrocity I wept old man’s tears. Nothing in my studies of History steeled my imagination for a crime so heinous."

      So well told that it brought tears to my own eyes, Brewer.

    • You can blame PNAC and their Zionist supporters, including our governments. All of them, including "the Jews" in Israel. It was only one disastrous play in the complex "chess game" toward regional hegemony. Phil is pointing out the obvious. The Israeli government "warned" against the war on Iraq, while quietly chortling. Same thing happened with 9/11 when Netanyahu declared that the tragedy was good for Israel.

      "The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

      "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor.""

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      Who is PNAC?

      "The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative[1][2][3] think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy. It was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997, and founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.[4][5] The PNAC's stated goal was "to promote American global leadership".[6] The organization stated that "American leadership is good both for America and for the world," and sought to build support for "a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity".[7]

      Of the twenty-five people who signed the PNAC's founding statement of principles, ten went on to serve in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz.[8][9][10][11] Observers such as Irwin Stelzer and Dave Grondin have suggested that the PNAC played a key role in shaping the foreign policy of the Bush Administration, particularly in building support for the Iraq War. ...

      ...Signatories to Statement of Principles[edit]
      Elliott Abrams[5]
      Gary Bauer[5]
      William J. Bennett[5]
      John Ellis "Jeb" Bush[5]
      Dick Cheney[5]
      Eliot A. Cohen[5]
      Midge Decter[5]
      Paula Dobriansky[5]
      Steve Forbes[5]
      Aaron Friedberg[5]
      Francis Fukuyama[5]
      Frank Gaffney[5]
      Fred C. Ikle[5]
      Donald Kagan[5]
      Zalmay Khalilzad[5]
      I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby[5]
      Norman Podhoretz[5]
      J. Danforth Quayle[5]
      Peter W. Rodman[5]
      Stephen P. Rosen[5]
      Henry S. Rowen[5]
      Donald Rumsfeld[5]
      Vin Weber[5]
      George Weigel[5]
      Paul Wolfowitz[5]"

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      And if you still stubbornly accept and accede to your brainwashing, listen to General Wesley Clark. Perhaps he can help you:

    • No kidding, oldgeezer. It's exhausting.

      Thank you and Mooser, too!


    • Bingo, Philip.

      I remember US reservists assuring me that they would never be "called up", too.

      I remember training suddenly taking place in places like right outside Yakima, WA. I remember being told by a very few folks that the US was planning for wars in deserts, not in jungles. I remember being told that a "new world order" was what was in the wings.

    • O/T, but not unrelated at all, a reminder that tonight is the premiere of Frontline's

      " 'Secrets, Politics and Torture'

      From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk (United States of Secrets, Losing Iraq, Bush's War, The Torture Question) comes the dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did -- and whether it worked."

      Link to view online and schedule is here:

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    • Good grief, John O! That makes perfect sense wrt Blair, doesn't it?

      I went looking around when you posted, and found this:

      "After 30 years as a closet Catholic, Blair finally puts faith before politics

      His spiritual awakening goes back at least 30 years, to his time as an undergraduate at Oxford, but due to political considerations Tony Blair's conversion to Catholicism has been a long time coming.
      He has been attending Catholic mass, often with his family but also occasionally alone, since long before he became prime minister. His wife, Cherie, is a lifelong and practising Catholic, and in accordance with church rules their children have been brought up as Catholics and were sent to church schools.

      More than 10 years ago Mr Blair was slipping into Westminster cathedral and occasionally taking communion, until the late Cardinal Basil Hume told him to stop because it was causing comment as he was not a Catholic - an injunction that bemused him at the time. ...

      ...Mr Blair, like President George Bush, ignored the condemnations and warnings of the Pope and all other church leaders over the war in Iraq. ...

      ...The criticism of Ruth Kelly when she was education secretary because of her membership of the lay sect Opus Dei - at a time when the novel The Da Vinci Code had made the group more widely known - also showed that the old prejudice could still be deployed. Mr Blair probably thought he could do without the extra hassle.

      He has kept his personal religious views largely out of his political life. Ostentatious religiosity does not go down well in Britain. He dropped his wish to end a prime ministerial broadcast on the eve of the Iraq invasion with the words: "God bless" on the advice of Alastair Campbell, who famously told him "We don't do God"."...

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    • That's the million dollar question, isn't it?

      From the link to EI:

      ..."The two ECU rulings highlight just how often the BBC provides an unchallenged platform to Israel’s spokespeople.

      Montague’s interview with Yaalon on the current affairs radio program Today was shocking in that a supposedly impartial journalist remained completely silent as the defense minister told lie after lie on air, including the outrageous claim that “the Palestinians enjoy already political independence … And we are happy with it.”

      In his first response to complainants, George Mann, assistant editor of Today, wrote via email: “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Sarah Montague’s interview with Moshe Yaalon … Having listened back [to the interview], I feel she challenged him well.”

      There were, however, no challenges from Montague to Yaalon’s propaganda, so Mann’s statement was deluded at best, an act of complicity in defending the bias at worst.

      After being challenged again, Mann continued to defend his presenter and so complaints were made to the ECU, which, in the BBC’s complaints system, is one stage away from the BBC Trust.

      Last week, all complainants received an email message from Fraser Steel, the BBC’s head of editorial complaints, on behalf of the ECU.

      Steel, announcing that he would be upholding the complaint, wrote: “Mr. Yaalon was allowed to make several controversial statements … without any meaningful challenge, and the program-makers have accepted that the interviewer ought to have interrupted him and questioned him on his assertions.”

      Steel then tries to excuse Montague’s appalling silence as Israel’s defense minister took over the BBC airwaves by claiming that Montague was badly briefed by researchers and didn’t have much time to make the recording.

      He concludes: “The result was that the output fell below the BBC’s standards of impartiality.”"...

      I go back in time to last summer's massacre of Gaza by Israel, and the seemingly unending coverage on US MSM with the Israeli reps both in the US and from Israel. It was entirely pro- Israel and biased commentary from them with their "right to self- defense" being regurgitated ad nauseam. It took the video of the 4 little boys being shredded to make some people look a bit shaken. Ayman Mohyeldin was temporarily re-assigned by MSNBC for telling the truth until the furor over that decision rose to a fever pitch and MSNBC relented.

      "On July 16, 2014, Mohyeldin witnessed and reported via a series of tweets, the death of 4 Palestinian children who were playing soccer and hide-and-seek on a Gaza beach during the 2014 conflict.[11] The first missile killed one child and the second killed the other 3. The killings were witnessed by many in the international press. Just moments earlier Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball with these boys in front of his hotel.[12][13]

      Although Mohyeldin was a live witness to the event,[14] NBC correspondent Richard Engel reported the story from Tel Aviv. NBC followed by pulling Mohyeldin from Gaza and terminating his reporting duties from Gaza indefinitely. Engel was sent to replace him in Gaza.[15] NBC has been subsequently criticized by independent media outlets for removing Mohyeldin. NBC has not explained its actions[16] and reasons for pulling Mohyeldin.

      Mohyeldin was returned to Gaza on July 18, 2014, after NBC received heavy criticism[17] for pulling him out of Gaza. NBC has offered no justification for either pulling him from Gaza, nor sending him back. On Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 Ayman announced via social media that after 4 weeks on the road he was "taking time to be with family.." Less than 48 hours later, Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease fire."

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    • Maybe it adds nothing to any conversation, but what took them so long?

      I very much appreciate Matthews linkages here:

      "Matthews: The reason I go back to that is there’s a consistent pattern: the people who wanted that war in the worst ways, neocons so called, Wolfowitz, certainly Cheney.. it’s the same crowd of people that want us to overthrow Bashar Assad, .. it’s the same group of people that don’t want to negotiate at all with the Iranians, don’t want any kind of rapprochement with the Iranians, they want to fight that war. They’re willing to go in there and bomb. They have a consistent impulsive desire to make war on Arab and Islamic states in a neverending campaign, almost like an Orwellian campaign they will never outlive, that’s why I have a problem with that thinking. … we’ve got to get to the bottom of it. Why did they take us to Iraq, because that’s the same reason they want to take us into Damascus and why they want to have permanent war with Iran."

      So why is this unprecedented to hear on MSM, including MSNBC? Why now, instead of before "shock and awe" and the deaths of millions of Iraqis from sanctions and the all- out military aggression by the "coalition of the willing"?

      It's because the media was and is a crucial member of the "coalition of the willing" and handmaidens to the neocons and pnac. They still don't tolerate any deserved criticism of Israel~ a grotesque and unwavering hypocrisy that is noted throughout the rest of the world.

      Only this morning I read this from EI:

      "Softball interviews with Israeli ministers breach impartiality code, BBC admits

      A BBC investigation has found that one of its senior presenters, Sarah Montague, breached the organization’s editorial standards on impartiality in a radio interview she conducted with Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon in March.

      The investigation was carried out following allegations of pro-Israel bias against Montague’s interview by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and a number of concerned individuals who complained to the BBC.

      The ruling against Montague is the second time in recent months that the BBC has upheld a complaint initiated by the PSC.

      In the first ruling, the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) agreed with complainants that an online BBC article about Gaza’s tunnels had breached the organization’s accuracy guidelines by presenting its pro-Israel author, Eado Hecht, as an “independent” defense analyst.

      The two ECU rulings highlight just how often the BBC provides an unchallenged platform to Israel’s spokespeople."...

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      It's only the tip of an enormous iceberg......

      Thanks, Phil.

  • Why Ship to Gaza is sailing again
    • @ ivri "The world has no patience and attention-slack left for such childishly fabricated “dramas”."

      "Israeli navy forces fire at Gaza fishermen
      GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 18 May — Israeli navy forces on Monday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza", - See more at: link to

      "PCHR Weekly Report on Israeli human rights violations in the oPt (7-13 May 2015) Shootings During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 18 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 3 photojournalists, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Eleven civilians were wounded in the West Bank, 9 of whom, including 2 children and 3 photojournalists, were wounded during peaceful protests, while the other 7 ones, including a child and 4 fishermen, were wounded in the Gaza Strip" - See more at: link to

      "Soldiers open fire on farmers and fishers in Gaza IMEMC/Agencies 16 May — Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Saturday morning, on Palestinian farmers in their own lands, east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, while navy ships opened fire on fishing boats in southern Gaza". - See more at: link to

      Just a tiny sample of your horrible and "childishly fabricated “dramas”" from the last few days. Oh and btw, they are all violations of the "ceasefire" that Israel constantly breaks.

    • "in Israeli war terminology “Hamas” is just another word for anything Palestinian, any living thing in Gaza."

      That's it, in a nutshell. Well done!

      "People are being forced to run for their lives from war and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa. Cynical traffickers are cashing in on highly hazardous transportations in unseaworthy vessels. In another part of the region–Gaza–people aren’t even able to flee from their bombed-out homes. The Israeli/Egyptian siege is virtually complete.

      In that way, the catastrophe on the Mediterranean and the catastrophic blockade of Gaza are related. Both are caused by misanthropic policies, despotic regimes, crumbling states. Both are caused by an “international community” that prefers to look the other way rather than take its responsibility."

      The linkage is undeniable. Thank you for stating it so well.

      Ship to Gaza's 2nd demand that "2. the port in Gaza City is opened and made functional" is a good one, but I seriously doubt that the news report this morning, "Israel conducting talks with Hamas about possible floating port for Gaza" is proof that Israel is planning anything that amounts to justice or freedom for the Palestinians of Gaza! Here's part of the report:

      "Israel is conducting talks with Hamas about the possible construction of a floating port between Turkish Cyprus and the Gaza coast that would allow goods to be transferred the Palestinian coastal territory, the Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour reported Tuesday, quoting Western diplomatic sources.

      According to the report, the talks, described as direct, have been ongoing in various European capitals with guarantees provided by Turkey, which has also been trying to advance dialogue between the two sides.

      The report also noted an idea to expand Gazan territory into the Sinai Peninsula. The report does not quote any source by name, and has not been confirmed by either Israel or Hamas.

      It should be noted that since Operation Protective Edge, headlines have surfaced claiming that Hamas and Israel have been in contact through international mediation from the UN and Qatar with regards to a long-term truce in exchange for lifting some of the restrictions on the Gaza Strip, which might also include the construction of a seaport in the Gaza seas. But none of those contacts has amounted to anything that could be called an agreement.

      According to international officials, Israel is in no rush to reach understandings as long as it is free from obligations and quiet remains in the south. Moreover, Israel currently has almost exclusive control on what enters the Gaza Strip, without commitment, and sees no reason to sign some kind of binding agreement or understandings in exchange for Hamas' guarantee for quiet."...

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      Call me cynical, but I don't believe everything that I read. It is through actions such as yours, (and the former actions of the Flotillas and others) that justice and freedom for the Palestinian people will come. It must be imposed upon Israel. It cannot be done from within Israel, that much is clear and has been apparent for nearly 7 decades now.

      So thank you Ann Ighe, Mikael Löfgren, and your fellow travelers on the good ship Marianne of Gothenburg. Thanks also to Christopher Pastorella for the translation to english.

      Fair winds and following seas to all.

  • International calls rise for FIFA to suspend Israel
    • "Emmanuel (with his lovely accent), studying in Jerusalem was given many moments to spout.

      The Palestinian, Ahmed, was dismissed and not even thanked for his participation.

      The BBC is still doing what they've done forever.

      "Softball interviews with Israeli ministers breach impartiality code, BBC admits"

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    • Many thanks, Bumblebye! Folks can listen here:

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    • "Fifa president Sepp Blatter proposes Israel v Palestine ‘peace match’
      • Blatter in Middle East to persuade PFA to drop proposal to suspend Israel
      • Fifa president meets Netanyahu, will see Palestinian officials on Wednesday

      Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

      Blatter, the Fifa president, appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and said he was “on a mission of peace”. He meets the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Palestine FA chief, Jibril Rajoub, on Wednesday.

      The PFA accuses Israel of hampering its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel cites security concerns for the restrictions it imposes.

      Although Blatter declined to detail what was said in his meeting with Netanyahu and the Israeli FA chairman, Ofer Eini, concerning the Palestinian agenda item at the Fifa congress on 29 May, he said he could reveal his plan for a “peace match”.

      “One item I can tell you that I spoke about with [Netanyahu] … to arrange a match for peace between the national teams of Israel and Palestine and Fifa would be happy to organise it,” Blatter said.

      He added that Netanyahu promised he would attend such a fixture but, with enmities between Israelis and Palestinians running high, it is hard to envision such a match taking place in the foreseeable future."...

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      What is Schlep Blather doing? Does he really expect Netanyahu or any Israeli in power to make peace of any kind? Or does he want the Pope to award him a medal and call him an "angel of peace"?

    • "Israel Football Association halves Beitar Jerusalem's punishment for racist misconduct

      Jerusalem soccer club originally docked two points after their fans chanted racial abuse at a rival team's Arab player.

      An Israel Football Association appeals court on Monday halved a two-point punishment for misconduct against Beitar Jerusalem after their fans chanted racial abuse at a rival team's Arab player.

      The court said it had deliberated long and hard before deciding to reduce the penalty and was giving the club one final chance to prove that their fans had learned their lesson following many previous punishments. The incident cited in the referee's report involved a section of Beitar's supporters shouting racial abuse at Hapoel Kiryat Shmona's Ahmed Abed, who scored a late winner for the visitors in a league match this month.

      "After considering the matter, we have decided - and not without hesitation - to give the club and its fans one final opportunity to show that they have indeed learned the required lessons and that from now on they will work to eradicate any racist chanting," the ruling said. "...

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      Only more proof that IFA needs to be kicked out. Israel's courts, even the football courts, cannot be trusted to hold any of their racists accountable for anything. It was a paltry "punishment" in the first place, and now they've "halved" it!

      btw, I checked through the "Red Card Israeli Racism" website this morning. It's quite impressive, and I thank you all for what you are doing. Here's the link: link to

    • Ben White:

      "Israel fears FIFA red card, as Palestinians’ campaign gains momentum

      ...Israel's belated diplomatic offensive was kick-started on March 31, at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs-convened meeting with the IFA and military officials. After the meeting, "a classified message was sent to all Israeli ambassadors, calling for total mobilization", with diplomats urged to "use their connections, and personal and professional skills in order to draw a line in the sand."

      The sense of panic has meant weekly government meetings "to review progress", with "hundreds of diplomats at the ministry's headquarters in Jerusalem and abroad" devoting time to the issue. On April 2, another classified message told Israeli diplomats "to meet with or talk by phone to government sports ministers and the respective heads of soccer federations."

      Israel's PR messages are that the Palestinians are seeking to 'politicise' sport, as well as implicating Palestinian football players in 'terrorism', and attempts to smear Jibril Rajoub. Interestingly, Israel's response has also included steps to address the Palestinians' complaints, such as easing "as much as possible" the travel of players between Gaza and the West Bank.

      FIFA has a history of suspending a number of members for various reasons, including South Africa in 1961, part of what became a widespread boycott of the apartheid regime until its collapse. Israel is now worried that suspension "could set a precedent that might encourage similar moves at other international organizations, accelerating the imposition of boycotts on Israel."

      With some in Israel describing the mere presence of the suspension request on the FIFA congress agenda as "an unprecedented Palestinian victory", it is clear that whatever the result in Zurich – and Israel is certainly pulling out all the stops in its fightback – moves to hold Israel to account for its occupation and colonisation of Palestinian lands are gaining in frequency and prominence."

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      Dave Zirin:

      "Israel and Palestine Agree: Keep Politics Out of Soccer

      We have before us a point of agreement between Netanyahu's Israel and the militarily vivisected area of land at times referred to as the Palestinian territories: the idea that sports and politics should not mix. Tragically—not unlike words such as "life," "liberty," and that whole "pursuing happiness" thing—the phrase means far less as it journeys from abstraction to reality. ...

      ...Both sides want to keep sports and politics separate, which makes this a fascinating look at what people mean when they make that kind of a plea. In sports it is very common to hear this sentiment from owners, media, and fans but it is rarely if ever used to critique the hyper-militarization of sporting events or the use of public funds to build stadiums (or, in a recently exposed synthesis, the use of public funds to celebrate the military). In other words, it is not sports and politics that they want to keep separate but sports and a certain kind of politics. "Keep sports and politics separate" morphs into code for ‘just shut up and play.'"

      In this case, the Israeli Football Association is saying, "Do not use sports as a way to argue for statehood. Sports is not the place for that kind of rhetoric." The Palestinian FA is saying, "We can't compete because the politics of the Israeli occupation makes developing soccer a near-impossibility." This is a very tough argument for the Israeli FA to win. If sports and politics were truly kept separate, then the Palestinian Football Authority would be able to travel freely, receive foreign visitors, and enter international tournaments without the fear of not being able to show up. As I've argued here many times, attacking the ability of Palestinian soccer to develop is also about attacking fun, play, and hope. While the Palestinian FA has facts on their side, no observer expects them to win 75 percent of the vote. But if Blatter even prevents this from even being raised on May 29, it would be an ugly gesture from an ugly individual. FIFA is hardly a moral force in this world, but soccer certainly can be. It is the closest thing we have to a united global obsession that links every country. FIFA's sole organizational obligation is to make sure that everyone has a chance to play. What worries Netanyahu is that discussing this issue in soccer then becomes like pulling a thread on a sweater. If soccer is warped by occupation, then what about education, healthcare, or basic staples of civil society? That's a question the Israeli FA is now scrambling to see unasked."

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      ( the "huge diplomatic campaign" link doesn't work for me)

    • Yay!

      Sanctions now! Sideline 'em! Boycott their games! Thanks so much for this and for the great graphic, Stephanie Westbrook!

      Kate has posted many articles on this subject, and Bornajoo kindly posted Gideon Levy's latest, "Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card", yesterday:

      "The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA. On May 29, a move might be made that could become a game changer. It could start a chain reaction whose end is hard to predict. If soccer’s governing body shows Israel a red card, as the Palestinians demand, it could mean that soccer becomes the source of transformation.

      It would mean the time has finally come for Israel to pay for the crimes of its occupation. That Israelis begin to be penalized for what is done in their name, with their involvement, their agreement and their funding. That Israel’s continued breaking of international law – arrogantly and crudely thumbing its nose at it – has a price. And what better price than banning Israel from international soccer games until it changes its conduct? It worked amazingly well in the past with Israel’s mentor in a number of areas, South Africa – the international boycott of apartheid sports was one of the decisive elements that led to the fall of the regime – and it could work with Israel as well.

      The first response to any decision to suspend Israel will, of course, be Israel calling foul, playing the victim, unifying the ranks and launching a counterattack: look what they’re doing to us, those anti-Semites, those Israel haters; we are a nation that dwells alone, the whole world is against us! Of course, use will be made of the memory of the Holocaust. Politicians and wheeler-dealers will try to outdo each other with outraged statements. Zionist Union chairman MK Isaac Herzog will announce that, in such matters, there is no opposition and coalition, just one people. Israel will declare Palestinian soccer illegal by dint of an Israel Defense Forces general’s directive: every boy with a soccer ball will be arrested; perhaps a stadium in Gaza will be bombarded on the grounds that it is a weapons storehouse; Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub’s office in Ramallah will be flattened (not for the first time).

      The Czech Republic and Canada will suggest holding friendlies against Israel; Shimon Peres will organize a game between Micronesia and the Palestinians.

      But a few months after that, dried out and discouraged, without international soccer or an international diplomatic horizon, questions and doubts will arise. What can Israel do to return from Devil’s Island? Why did they really do all that to it? And, above all, was it worth it? Is it worth continuing the occupation and paying the price, which will only continue to grow? Are the settlements of Itamar and Yitzhar worth being ostracized over?

      The sanctions and bans won’t stop at Zurich: FIFA will sound the opening whistle, which some of the world is just waiting for.

      Then, when the price becomes intolerable, more and more Israelis will awaken from their indifference. There’s no chance they’ll do this beforehand: they have no reason to – life is good, society is in denial and brains are washed.

      A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

      Can anyone deny that it has been shown the yellow card countless times and continued as if nothing had happened? Should it not be shown a red card over the imprisoning of millions of Gazans, including Gaza’s soccer players?

      Does FIFA President Sepp Blatter remember the soccer player whose brilliant future he predicted – Mohammed al-Qatari, from the Al-Amari camp, a student at the Blatter Soccer Academy in Ramallah? Does he know Qatari was killed by an IDF bullet straight to the chest from 70 meters away, while protesting the last war in Gaza? Was that not a crime?

      Israel is now wearing its insulted and shocked diplomatic face and trying tirelessly to prevent the evil edict. It might even succeed this time, too. But isn’t it time we all asked, how much longer?"

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      - See more at: link to

  • Hundreds of academics call on State Dept to revise its definition of anti-Semitism, respect criticism of Israel as protected speech
    • You have a point, Donald.

      I'm interested to know who in the State Department is charged with making sure that nobody is running around “demonizing,” “delegitimizing,” and “applying a double-standard to the"
      Palestinian people.

      Perhaps "John Kerry, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman, and Ambassador at Large for the Office of International Religious Freedom David Saperstein" could let us know.

      (is there a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, too?)

  • Gush Shalom: Abolish 'Jerusalem Day' - the settler holiday
    • True. Poor doggy, typical of man's/woman's best friend.

      (very un- shellfish, too)

    • omg!

      "Jewish man from Montana was charged with attempted murder for shooting a bartender who served him a non-kosher drink.

      Monte Leon Hanson, 59, allegedly shot Joe Lewis, who is also his neighbor, and killed Lewis’ dog the morning after the bartender made Hanson a red beer — beer and tomato juice — at his Hamilton bar using the Clamato tomato drink rather than tomato juice.

      One of the ingredients in Clamato is clam broth, which is non-kosher as it is made with shellfish.

      When Hanson learned the drink was made with Clamato he became angry, saying it was against his religion...

      Early the next morning, on May 9, Hanson reportedly followed Lewis when he left their apartment building to take out his dog. Another neighbor then heard four to six gunshots. He found Lewis holding his dog, dead from a gunshot wound to his head. Lewis also was injured from the gunshots.

      Lewis had been carrying the dog, who had a leg injury, which protected him from some of the bullets. Hanson’s bail was set at $250,000."

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      that's taking tref/kashrut/kosher to a new low level. RIP, poor doggy.

    • "100 housing units built in Gaza with Maldivian aid"

      Huge thanks to those that made this possible!

      "Khader Adnan refuses to take medical tests, continues strike"

      Gideon Levy has an article about this gentleman:

      "...His full name is Khader Adnan Musa, but for some reason his surname never appears in any of the legal documents. He was released in the wake of that prolonged strike on April 17, 2012, when fears loomed that he would die.

      Khader did a “restart”: He returned to his wife and three children – now there are six, as last December his wife gave birth to triplets – to his pita bakery in the village of Qabatiyah, and to looking after his elderly parents, who live in the same building, on the main street of Arraba.

      This week we visited his home again. Khader, 37, is once more an “administrative detainee” and is again conducting a hunger strike in jail. His mother, is very ill and bed- and wheelchair-ridden. His sister, Maali, who lives in British Columbia, is here on a visit. She was with her brother the last time he was arrested, on her previous visit to her homeland.

      The date was July 8, 2014, during Ramadan, the holy Islamic month. Khader suggested to his sister that they go to Nablus to buy knaffeh, the popular cheese pastry soaked in sugary syrup, for dessert after the evening meal at the end of the daytime fast.

      The Israel Defense Forces had set up a few surprise improvised checkpoints on the road. They were probably intended for him, Khader told his sister; they took a roundabout route. Israel was then in the process of conducting Operation Brother’s Keeper, during which security forces rounded up and arrested hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad members in the West Bank, in response to the murder of the three teenage yeshiva students. It was also the first day of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

      A few months earlier, Khader had received a summons – handed to him at a checkpoint where he was randomly stopped – to report for questioning by the Shin Bet security force, but he had refused to go.

      On their way home from Nablus, shortly before the two reached Arraba, soldiers with rifles at the ready suddenly emerged from an ambush and stopped the car. Maali was holding her infant son on her knees. Her brother was pulled out of the car, bound and blindfolded. The soldiers exulted and hugged one another when they recognized him, she recalls now, “as though they had received a gift or won a prize.”

      Maali and the baby were not allowed out of the car for some time. That was the last time she saw her brother. “May God protect you,” she called out to him, and then he was taken away. ...

      ...Last week, a few days before the scheduled end of Khader’s latest term of imprisonment, a relative of an inmate called the family and said that Khader had told his friends that if his jail term were extended again, he would go on a hunger strike until he was released. The morning he was scheduled to be freed, the prison authorities informed him that his incarceration was indeed being extended again. Administrative detainees never know until the last minute whether they will be freed – another twist of the knife by Israel.

      Last Wednesday, at 6 A.M., Khader Adnan Musa started his fourth hunger strike. This week, when we visited his family, they had no information about his condition or whether he was still at Hadarim, other than the fact that he had been placed in isolation. A lawyer was permitted to meet with him only earlier this week.

      In response to a request for comment, the spokeswoman of the Israel Prison Service this week confirmed to Haaretz that Musa was on a hunger strike, adding that “conducting a hunger strike is a violation of prison rules, for which the prisoner has been tried and sentenced to solitary confinement.”

      The family’s primary concern now is the health of Khader’s 75-year-old mother, Nawal. In the past they tried to arrange for her to be taken by ambulance to visit her son in prison, but it turned out that in her condition this would have required a medical escort. What they fear, of course, is that Khader will never see her again. They are certain that this time Khader will continue his hunger strike until he is released, or until he dies."

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      I was horrified, but not surprised at the ugliness, violence, and vociferous racism of the Israelis, the illegal "settlers",and their supporters yesterday.

      As for the criminal Levinger, who said these horrible things, and lived this horrible way:

      "Levinger openly praised the perpetrator of the Hebron massacre of 1994, Baruch Goldestein, calling him a great saint. When reminded that 29 innocent human beings were murdered by Goldestein said “I am sorry for the death of 29 flies as well.” Levinger said on several occasions that Palestinians ought to be given three choices, either enslavement by Jews as water carriers and wood cutters, or expulsion, or physical extermination. ...

      The world is rid of a very bad human. It's a shame and a crime that he influenced so many to follow his evil ways while he was here on earth. I trust that his afterlife is already decided.

      Thanks, Kate.

    • wrt to Pope Francis:

      "In Adelson's paper, Bibi's man says Pope helping Palestinians crucify the Jews

      Top Israel Hayom columnist implicates the Palestinian people, and, by extension, the Pope and his Church, in a mirror-image version of one of history's more ancient libels.

      ...Considerably less restrained was a lead columnist for U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Israel Hayom newspaper, Dror Eydar, who has doubled as a well-paid speechwriter and adviser on Christian affairs for the Prime Minister's Office.

      In a Sunday column headlined "An open letter to Pope Francis," Eydar signals that in signing a treaty with what the columnist calls an "Arab-Palestinian state," the Vatican has made a "pathetic decision" which is lending aid to "the latest attempt to nail the entire Jewish people to the cross.""...

      ...He concludes with a warning to Pope Francis and the Church about the treatment he says Christians in Muslim-ruled lands can continue to expect, whether or not the Jews as a people are crucified or otherwise annihilated by the Islamic caliphate which Eydar maintains will immediately occupy the West Bank if Israel agrees to compromise with the Palestinians.

      According to Eydar, "deep in your hearts you know that peace won't be any closer as a result of this pathetic decision, and Christians will go on being murdered, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam. Your decision [the Vatican-Palestinian treaty] will pave the way for the disgrace.""...

      read the rest. it's terrible @ link to

  • Congress and state legislatures are on the warpath against BDS
    • "Perhaps that’s a cultural thing, but here in the U.S. it is not socially acceptable to bring up Palestine, Kashmir, or Sudan at the grocery store. Maybe on the east coast people do such things, it’s been a while. In Albuquerque, commenting on a stranger’s purchases for political reasons will certainly mean you are mentally ill."

      What bs! What a silly comment from one who is not shy, and constantly brays about their "brilliance".

      Speaking about justice is not an east coast thing! It's common to people of the north, south, east and west. You should visit your local psychiatrist, persona muy loca.

    • Goodness gracious!

      I will be dancing and singing with joy the day that you are "front- paged" here at MW, Hostage.

    • dang, Mooser!

      You could have at least continued your honor to him by linking... RIP, Warren Zevon.

    • Have I told you recently how grateful I am that you're back, Hostage?Because I really am.

      I very much appreciate your vast knowledge and the facts that you always share so magnanimously.

    • This has a peculiar but familiar stench to it:

      "ICC co-founder Cherif Bassiouni under fire for violating Israel boycott

      A key figure in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing harsh criticism from Palestinians over planned lectures at Israeli universities this month in violation of the growing international boycott.

      The noted Egyptian-American jurist Cherif Bassiouni is scheduled to speak on Thursday at Tel Aviv University on “The role of the ICC as justice mechanism: Does it enhance the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace?”

      He is also scheduled to speak on 25 May at Hebrew University, which has also faced persistent criticism for its complicity in the Israeli occupation.

      Bassiouni chaired the drafting committee that wrote the ICC’s founding statute in 1998.

      An emeritus professor of law at Chicago’s DePaul University, he has held dozens of high-profile UN positions including chair of the commission to investigate war crimes in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Bassiouni also chaired commissions of inquiry for Libya and Bahrain in 2011.

      “Persistent collusion”

      In response to inquiries from The Electronic Intifada, PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said it had been “shocked to learn” that Bassiouni would speak at Tel Aviv University “in defiance of the guidelines set by the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement for the academic boycott of Israel.”

      PACBI said that Bassiouni’s insistence on making the speech “comes even after we shared with him irrefutable facts about Tel Aviv University’s persistent collusion in Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.”...

      ...PACBI had been unaware of Bassiouni’s Hebrew University speech at the time of The Electronic Intifada’s inquiry, but has previously called on international scholars to boycott that institution as well.

      “Academic freedom”

      Bassiouni’s Chicago office told The Electronic Intifada on Monday afternoon that Bassiouni had already left for Tel Aviv. An emailed request for comment through his assistants went unanswered by midday Tuesday.

      But PACBI says that in response to its private appeal to him, Bassiouni had cited “academic freedom” as a rationale for appearing at Israeli institutions."...

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    • As usual, you bring sunlight to the issues. I checked out Meron's wiki page, it does appear that he has a chequered legacy with regard to the cases of Yugoslavia and Rwanda as well.

      link to

      Looking further, I found this:

      "Gutting international justice

      ...The epicenter of the controversy – and a mystery – is Judge Theodor Meron, the 83-year-old president of the U.N. tribunal. A holocaust survivor, Meron has worked for decades to create international war crimes tribunals.

      But Meron is being harshly criticized for writing recent appeals court decisions that overturned the convictions of two top Croatian and a senior Serbian general for aiding and abetting war crimes. After Meron’s rulings, other tribunal judges acquitted two top Serbian secret police officials, Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, of aiding and abetting war crimes as well.

      This surprise decision found that the two Serbian secret police leaders had trained, paid and supervised Serb paramilitary combat units that for years carried out widely-publicized war crimes across Bosnia and Croatia. Yet the judges said a conviction required evidence that the leaders “specifically directed” their aid be used to commit war crimes, something critics say virtually no commander is foolish enough to do.

      A spokesperson for the tribunal said that Meron, like all judges at the tribunal, declined to comment on specific decisions.

      Critics accuse Meron, who was born in Poland and worked as an Israeli diplomat before immigrating to the U.S. in 1977, of pressuring other judges to endorse legal precedents that make it virtually impossible to convict senior commanders for human rights abuses. Defenders say he exerted no such pressure and is being unfairly attacked for decisions reached by a majority of judges in each case.

      In an extraordinary breach of protocol, a Danish judge who serves at the tribunal emailed a scathing letter criticizing Meron to 56 lawyers, friends and associates. In the letter, which was leaked to the Danish press, Judge Frederik Harhoff accused Meron of putting “tenacious pressure” on judges to acquit commanders and speculated that U.S. and Israeli military leaders could now “breathe a sigh of relief.”

      “Have any American or Israeli officials ever exerted pressure on the American presiding judge (the presiding judge for the court that is) to ensure a change of direction?” Harhoff wrote. “We will probably never know.”

      Before the acquittals were issued, the CIA and some former American military officials submitted letters of support for some of the defendants, citing their close work with the United States during or after the conflict. But U.S. officials denied pressuring Meron or other judges to make the rulings.

      The two former tribunal officials said there was no evidence that Meron acted at the behest of American or Israeli officials. Instead, they argued, the judge was implementing his conservative view of international humanitarian law.

      “It’s about ego,” one of the former tribunal officials said. “Leaving his mark on how the law will be interpreted for generations to come.”

      David Kaye, a University of California at Irvine law school professor who has worked with Meron, said it was unfair to label him “conservative.” Kaye said Meron and his peers were interpreting laws crafted by states that wished to limit the court’s reach."...

      more @ link to

    • Interesting, to put it mildly, and wrt the Geneva Convention.

      Here's Gershom Gorenberg in today's Haaretz:

      "Israel knew all along that settlements, home demolitions were illegal

      New evidence shows government's adviser on international law said in 1968 that demolishing terror suspects' homes violates Geneva Convention.

      It was March 1968. Yaakov Herzog, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, received a memo marked "Top Secret" from the Foreign Ministry’s legal adviser, Theodor Meron. As the government's authority on international law, Meron was responding to questions put to him about the legality of demolishing the homes of terror suspects in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and of deporting residents on security grounds.

      His answer: Both measures violated the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians in war. The government's justifications of the measures – that they were permitted under British emergency regulations still in force, or that the West Bank wasn't occupied territory – might have value for hasbara, public diplomacy, but were legally unconvincing.

      The legal adviser's stance in 1968 is important today precisely because it is unexceptional. It's the view of nearly all scholars of international law, including prominent Israeli experts. The memo shows that from the very start of the occupation, central figures in the Israeli government knew that deportations and demolitions violated Israel's international commitments, and not just in the eyes of outside critics.

      Yet both measures have been used ever since. If any later Israeli leaders saw Meron's opinion, they ignored it, and so misled the public and Israel's supporters abroad about the legality of their policies. If later leaders did not see the document, they nonetheless engaged in deliberate naivete, convincing themselves of the hasbara line in the face of the evidence.

      ...In 2006, I published another of his legal opinions, which I found in the late Prime Minister Levi Eshkol's declassified office files. Written in mid-September of 1967, about three months after the Six-Day War, it responds to a query from Eshkol's bureau about the legality of establishing settlements in the West Bank and Golan Heights.

      He answered, "My conclusion is that civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention."

      Central figures in Israel’s government at the time – Eshkol, Foreign Minister Abba Eban, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and Justice Minister Yaakov Shimshon Shapira – all received that legal advice. A week and a half later, the cabinet approved settlement in the West Bank for the first time. Ex post facto, a few scholars have manufactured the justifications for settlement that are regularly cited for hasbara purposes. But their legal gymnastics have never convinced anyone who was not trying hard to be convinced.

      About Theodor Meron: Born in Poland, he spent his early teens in a Nazi labor camp. After he arrived in Palestine, he made up for his lost school years, then completed a law degree at Hebrew University, a doctorate at Harvard and a fellowship at Cambridge, both in international law.

      Then he joined Israel's foreign service. A decade after writing the legal opinions described here, he returned to academia to teach international law at New York University. In 2001, as a U.S. citizen, he was appointed a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Today he is president of that court and one of the world's leading authorities on humanitarian law in war.

      After his 1967 opinion on settlement became public, he told The Independent that he "would have given the same opinion today." The reason is clear from his 1968 opinion on demolitions, in which he dismissed "narrow, literal" interpretations of the Geneva Convention. The convention, he said, "is a humanitarian convention that aims to protect the rights of a civilian population."

      Put differently, the convention can't be interpreted by splitting hairs and forgetting real human beings. Its point isn't to protect states. It is to protect people from a state whose army has conquered the land where they live and before whose power they are otherwise defenseless. If it is ignored, their basic rights will be trampled.

      The discovery of Meron's memo on demolitions and deportations is additional evidence that the regime under which the West Bank is governed began in deception and has been maintained by self-deception – by the government, by the hasbara machine and sometimes by our Supreme Court.

      That memo has already been submitted to Israel’s High Court of Justice by the Center for the Defence of the Individual and other human rights groups, in support of their request that an expanded panel of justices hear their challenge to the policy of demolitions. The court should accept that request, which gives it a chance to end the deception and put a stop to an unjust policy – one that should have ceased the day the memo reached the Prime Minister's Office 37 years ago."

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    • That will be a wonderful day, indeed.

      (I can't wait until it's time to pop the corn)

    • It seems that attempts to outlaw BDS are indeed self- defeating.

      From your link, it seems that BDS is also absolutely necessary since corporations and governments have not ceased nor desisted on their own from doing business with and in the illegal settlements and with the military Occupiers.

      Thank you for that link that I've bookmarked for future reference. ;-)

    • Pope Francis' official title with regard to Vatican City is Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City. (wiki) He is the Head of State. I guess one can't expect US Congressmen to know that. King and Gohmert are dumb and dumber.

      As I said the other day:

      "Some folks all around the world are experiencing Ziopoplexy from his pronouncements!" - See more at: link to

    • +1, Shmuel!

    • It's good of you to share these facts, Hostage.

    • You're so wrong, "shalom". The right of return is not up to you.

      Anyway, I went to the PSLS link and found this as well:

      "False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Used to Silence Advocacy for Palestinian Rights on U.S. College Campuses

      May 18, 2015, New York and Chicago – Today Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (Palestine Legal), in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), released findings on the rising trend across U.S. college campuses of conflating criticism of Israeli policies with anti-Semitism in order to silence advocacy in support of Palestinian rights.

      In the first four months of 2015, attorneys with Palestine Legal responded to 102 requests for legal assistance from students and faculty on college campuses across the country, including from Palestinian rights advocates smeared as “terrorists” or “supporters of terrorism” based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy.

      During this period, Palestine Legal documented:

      60 incidents involving accusations of anti-Semitism made against students or faculty, based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy.
      24 incidents involving accusations of support for terrorism made against students or faculty, based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy.
      “The smearing, harassing and intimidation of Palestinian rights advocates has serious consequences,” said Dima Khalidi, founder and director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Not only does it harm the reputations and careers of students and scholars, but it also encourages censorship of students and scholars, thereby trampling their First Amendment rights and limiting debate and the free exchange of ideas at our nation’s schools.”

      The findings include snapshots of incidents that took place on various college campuses since January 2015,...

      “False accusations of anti-Semitism are being employed as a strategy to pressure campus authorities to suppress speech that is critical of Israel,” said Maria LaHood, deputy legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. “This is troubling not only from a constitutional standpoint, but also because it detracts from and undermines the fight against true anti-Semitism.”

      As part of combatting this troubling trend, more than 250 members of Jewish Voice for Peace‘s Academic Advisory Council delivered a letter to the U.S. State Department today demanding that it “revise its definition of anti-Semitism to reflect its commitment to opposing hate and discrimination without curtailing constitutionally protected freedom of speech.” The definition, recently endorsed in resolutions by student government bodies at UC Berkeley and UCLA opposing anti-Semitism, incorporates common criticism of Israel’s human rights abuses, as Palestine Legal explained in a recent FAQ."

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    • To the comment that BDS "impedes the peace process by opposing constructive dialogue between Israel and Palestinians"

      check this out:

      "Netanyahu puts minister Silvan Shalom, who opposed Palestinian state, in charge of talks with PA

      Shalom has never publicly supported a two-state solution, and has even expressed his support for West Bank settlement construction.

      ...The responsibility Shalom was given is an empty title at this stage. The peace process has been deeply stalled since talks with the Palestinians exploded in April 2014 and remained stuck. Last year, contact with the Palestinians was mostly handled by Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, IDF coordinator of government activities in the territories. On a few isolated occasions it was handled by Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho. These talks did not deal with renewing peace negotiations, but with ongoing issues, such as tax revenues. ...

      ...In May 2012, during a meeting with Likud activists in the city of Rehovot, Shalom said the heads of the Likud are opposed to the founding of a Palestinian state. "We are all against a Palestinian state, there is now question about it."

      In September 2014, during a tour with the heads of the Yesha council of settlements, Shalom said that "Judea and Samaria are the bullet-proof vest of the State of Israel." In recent months, it was Shalom who held up for a long time the new West Bank city of Rawabi being connected to the water supply. He did this despite the fact that Israel's defense establishment had approved hooking up the new metropolis."

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      BDS, BDS, BDS!!!

      (excuse the typos in my former post, please)

    • One could argue that it is anti- semitic to oppose BDS. I think I will do that from now on.

      It's also antithetical to democracy to legislate against it.

      As for B'nai Brith International's statement that "applauded" the benighted Illinois reps for :

      "taking such a strong stance against a movement rooted in anti-Semitism that ultimately impedes the peace process by opposing constructive dialogue between Israel and Palestinians.”"

      I guess they didn't notice that there is no "peace process", and that the PM and his cabinet don't do peace or dialogue. Israel never has been constructiv;, they only expand the construction of illegal settlements and are committed to the destruction of all things and people that are Palestinian.

      Thanks, Alex. I think these actions reek of desperation/ flop sweat. They're really afraid of BDS!

  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem was always the capital 'of the Jewish people alone'
    • Well done, zaid.

      Thank you.

    • +100, Mooser!

    • Bingo!

      Thanks , Mooser @ 3:10!

    • The original Kook may be dead, but it seems that lots of other kooks have eagerly taken his spot.

      Take for instance, JeffB @ 12:02 right here, on this thread.

      Anyway, thank you Marnie & Mooser,

    • Here's the link to Siegman's article, "Give Up on Netanyahu, Go to the United Nations":

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    • Thanks for linking to Prof Cole's excellent article, Kay24!

      (I had just finished reading it)

    • +10, Shmuel!

    • Thanks Shmuel and tree.

      Like I said before, "The world is rid of a very bad human. It’s a shame and a crime that he influenced so many to follow his evil ways while he was here on earth. I trust that his afterlife is already decided."

      It's also a telling disgrace that the "leaders" of Israel celebrated him.

    • It was an especially ugly day in Jerusalem. The Occupiers led by Netanyahu, the illegal "settlers", and their supporters defiled the beautiful city, abused the Palestinians, and disgraced themselves.

      Meanwhile, Netanyahu and Rivlin eulogized and gave praise to the wholly despicable Levinger:

      "President Reuven Rivlin attended and was among those who eulogized Levinger, who founded the Gush Emunim settlement movement in 1974 and started the present-day Jewish community in Hebron.

      “Hebron is a sister city to Jerusalem — that is what David Ben-Gurion wrote in a letter to the people who recreated the Jewish community in Hebron and to you, the leader, Rabbi Levinger,” the president said, referring to Israel’s first prime minister.

      “It is hard to say goodbye to you,” Rivlin continued, noting the juxtaposition with Jerusalem Day, when Israelis celebrate the military victory of the 1967 Six Day War.

      “It is said that you were not a man of consensus, and that is true,” he said, according to the Ynet news outlet.

      Born in 1935 in Jerusalem to a family of German origin, Levinger studied in his youth under Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook, the spiritual father of religious nationalism.

      Shortly after the Six Day War, in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Levinger and a group of like-minded people decided to settle in the territory. Their goal was to create a Jewish presence in Palestinian cities which are important sites from Jewish history, such as Hebron and Bethlehem.

      In a written letter of condolence to Levinger’s family, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “saddened” by the rabbi’s death, also noting the symbolism of its timing.

      “Rabbi Levinger’s name will be forever linked with the movement for renewed Jewish settlement in Hebron and other areas of the country where our patriarchs walked thousands of years ago,” he said. “He was an outstanding example of a generation that sought to realize the Zionist dream, in deed and in spirit, after the Six Day War.”

      Netanyahu continued, “Our return to the holy places of our people in the defensive war and war of deliverance 48 years ago stirred our hearts. Our eternal capital Jerusalem was a united city once again. Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs, where our patriarchs and matriarchs are buried, again became centers of prayer for myriad Jews. I am proud of the fact that they are included in the government’s list of national heritage sites, given their religious and educational importance of the highest order.

      “There is great symbolism that Rabbi Levinger passed away on the eve of Jerusalem Day; he leaves behind him a well-established legacy and many students who are dedicated to taking root in our Land.”

      Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hebron, said in his eulogy for Levinger that “a great deal of what we were privileged to receive in the liberation of Jerusalem is the work of Rabbi Moshe, who pushed and worked for the redemption of portions of our country,” Israel National News reported.

      Daniella Weiss, former mayor of Kedumim in the West Bank and an activist in the settler movement, said, “The rabbi taught us not to leave a single piece of land without Jews. I met many people who tried to solve the riddle of the rabbi — whether he was a man of thought or a man of action. The answer is that he was both,” she said."

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      I found out from reading Kate's compilation today that

      "Levinger openly praised the perpetrator of the Hebron massacre of 1994, Baruch Goldestein, calling him a great saint. When reminded that 29 innocent human beings were murdered by Goldestein said “I am sorry for the death of 29 flies as well.” Levinger said on several occasions that Palestinians ought to be given three choices, either enslavement by Jews as water carriers and wood cutters, or expulsion, or physical extermination." - See more at: link to

      What we saw yesterday was/is very much in line with that rabbi's way of thinking/preaching.

      Thanks, Ben.

  • 'Jerusalem Day' and the sacralization of propaganda
    • Thanks Ian.

    • Here's your "religious freedom" and "moral superiority":

      "Western Wall gender barriers locked to stop women reading from Torah

      Police detained a male worshipper trying to pass a Torah scroll to Women of the Wall activists over the partition separating men's and women's sections.

      To prevent women from reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall, police took the unprecedented step this morning of locking the partitions that separate the women’s and men’s sections and stationing barriers all along it.

      A male worshipper trying to pass a Torah scroll from the men’s section to the women’s section, over the partition, was detained by police. The barriers were set up at the instructions of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, an Orthodox-run organization the controls prayer regulations at the site, in order to prevent a replay of last month’s events.

      At their monthly Rosh Chodesh service in April, Women of the Wall, a group fighting for freedom of worship at the Western Wall, fulfilled a longstanding goal of reading from a full-size Torah scroll at the Western Wall. It was the first time since the group was founded 25 years ago that it had read from one of the full-size public Torah scrolls available at the Kotel.

      The Torah scroll had been passed to the women by male supporters who simply moved the partitions separating the two sides.

      The Western Wall Heritage Foundation keeps dozens of Torah scrolls in the men’s section but allows them to be used only there.

      As an act of protest, members of the multi-denominational women’s prayer group on Tuesday morning stood on plastic chairs next to the partition during the prayer service and held out their arms to symbolize their desire to obtain a Torah.

      The man who was detained was released soon thereafter. He was identified as Nitai Giron, a Women of the Wall supporter and graduate of the Conservative/Masorti youth movement in Israel.

      Six young girls celebrated their bat mitzvahs at Tuesday’s Rosh Chodesh service organized by Women of the Wall.

      Upon entering the holy site and noticing the locks on the partitions, Anat Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall, said: “Rabbi Rabinowitz treats the Kotel as it if belongs to him and enforces ultra-Orthodox customs. It is insulting not only for Women of the Wall but to every woman wherever she is that all women are treated like second-rate citizens at the holiest place to the Jewish people."...

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    • "Jerusalem is actually a good example of Israels moral superiority over their neighbors and the Palestinians."

      "Israel" is increasingly devoid of "morals"~ just look at the PM and his cabinet! The fact that 95% of Israelis supported the massacre in Gaza is proof of the fact that Israel has lost all "moral" standing! Israel's only superiority lies in its military might, courtesy of the "West's" lack of morals and their profound hypocrisy, and Israel's own nefarious and secret acquisition of nuclear weapons.

      "Israel has done little to restrict access to Jerusalem, and for the most part left control of religious places up to their worshippers."

      A complete lie. What planet do you live on? In what galaxy? Sounds as though you frolic in the black hole of supremacist Zionism.

      There's everything wrong with what you wrote, but right now I don't care to respond to it all. Actually, I should have let your lies rot on the vile vine that you planted.

    • Thank you, Michael Lesher.

      Yesterday was ugly in Jerusalem, courtesy of the Occupation, the illegal "settlers", their supporters, and the IOF. It was a desecration and more.

  • Israeli military attacks Nakba Day protests with live fire
    • Digging tunnels? It's ok, if you're the right sort of lad.

      "Haredi boy's amateur archeological dig unearths 1,400-year old wine press in Jerusalem link to"

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    • He's absolutely correct! Thanks, Bornajoo.

      "The sanctions and bans won’t stop at Zurich: FIFA will sound the opening whistle, which some of the world is just waiting for."

      It's totally possible that the football/soccer ball can help to bring the Occupation and cruelty to an end. Wouldn't that be a beautiful thing? It could indeed be the harbinger for BDS to take off like a gorgeous winged flock migrating toward peace and justice and equal rights for the Palestinians!

    • Thank you for bringing Gideon here, Bornajoo.

      Only this morning, I was wondering why there are so many Israeli celebrations/holidays...both secular holidays and religious holidays and commemorations ad infinitum.

      And then I think of the Palestinians whose Ramadans, Christmases, and Nakba days are all marked by Israeli violence.

    • "Clashes erupt between Jews, Palestinians at Jerusalem Day march

      Tensions high in the capital as Jewish 'flag march' through Muslim Quarter begins; Netanyahu: Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people alone.

      Clashes erupted on Sunday between Jews and Palestinians at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, as a flag-bearing march began to mark Jerusalem Day.

      Dozens of Palestinians threw rocks at policemen, injuring two officers. One of the officers sustained head injuries. Earlier, police stopped a brawl between Jews and Palestinians and arrested one Palestinian.

      In the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Sharet, ultra-Orthodox children threw rocks at firemen. In Silwan, firemen were also pelted with rocks, and Border Police arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian. Border Police also arrested a Palestinian man suspected of throwing rocks in Isawiya in north Jerusalem."...

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      The Inciter- in- Chief does it again.

      Al- Quds/Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel!

    • As anticipated, Israeli racism is the hallmark of "Jerusalem Day" 2015:

      "VIDEO: this is what the scene looks like"

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      "Police trying to force journalists out as hundreds of Israeli youth chant that Arabs are sons of bitches in the street"

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      more @ link to

    • I should have written "the time is long overdue".

      Sideline them. Now.

    • I've been following the plea for FIFA to suspend the Israeli teams for a while now~ again.

      I think that in the current climate, the time is right and perhaps it will be the straw that finally broke the camel's back...

      "FIFA chief Blatter seeks Israeli concession in Palestine dispute"

      Forget it, Blatter. Listen to these good humans instead:

      "Super call:

      “The Palestinian Football Association will present a motion to Fifa’s annual congress…, calling for the suspension of the Israel FA. We urge delegates to pass the motion. Palestine took to the pitch at January’s Asian Cup to standing ovations from football fans of all nations. Their very appearance at the tournament was a heroic achievement in light of the obstacles faced by the team. No thanks are due to the IFA. It has stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel’s murderous regime while Palestinian footballers have been shot, beaten, bombed, and incarcerated along with their fellow citizens. And its only response to the day-to-day obstruction of travel, tournaments and the development of facilities has been to repeat the much-abused mantra of “security concerns”.

      The IFA welcomes teams from illegal settlements into its leagues and competitions. It has racially segregated part of its national children’s league, incurring legal action. It has never once disciplined Beitar Jerusalem FC for that club’s longstanding apparent ban on the hiring of Arab players, or taken serious action to curb the notorious anti-Arab violence of its supporters. Two years of diplomacy have failed to secure change, and Fifa must now take punitive action in defence of its humanitarian ethos. Its 30-year exclusion of South Africa from its ranks provides a precedent for the action that is required. The lesson, surely, is that there can be no “positive engagement” with apartheid – only principled opposition.

      Fifa owes it to all Palestinians to uphold their right to fully access football by supporting the call from the Palestinian FA for suspension of the IFA.”

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      Signed by these great folks: John Berger, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Breyten Breytenbach, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Pat Gaffney, Rev Garth Hewitt, Ronnie Kasrils, Aki Kaurismaki, Bruce Kent, Ken Loach, Michael Mansfield, Miriam Margolyes, John Pilger, Bob Russell, Salman Abu Sita, Ahdaf Soueif, Jenny Tonge, Benjamin Zephaniah"

      - See more at: link to

    • I can't believe what I just read, but it is clear that it's all part of el- Sisi et al's coup:

      "Former Egyptian President Morsi sentenced to death

      Death penalty handed down for prison break, as well as passing along state secrets. Punisment must be sent to Egypt’s mufti, a religious official, for review.

      ...Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Egypt for sentencing Morsi to death, saying the country was returning to the "old Egypt" by rolling back democracy.

      Erdogan on Saturday also criticized western nations that he accused of not speaking out against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, who ousted Morsi, or against death sentences being handed down to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

      Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned the ruling against Morsi and dozens of Palestinians, calling it "a crime against the Palestinian people". Hamas is an offshoot of the international Muslim Brotherhood movement.

      Amnesty International also blasted the Egyptian court's decision, calling it "a charade based on null and void procedures" and demanded his release or retrial in a civilian court. ...

      ...Last month, Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, marking the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader.

      Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group swiftly rose to power in elections after Mubarak's ouster, only to find themselves behind bars a year later when millions protested against them for abusing power and the military overthrew the government.

      But as Mubarak and members of his government increasingly find themselves acquitted of criminal charges, Morsi and the Brotherhood are at the receiving end of heavy-handed sentences."

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    • The Nakba is ongoing, and it is to our collective shame!

      Always, there is Sumud:

      "It is a case of eternal love, of an unbreakable bond. (Naji al-Ali)"


      "Palestinians, however, wherever they are scattered, live in Palestine:

      “Zionists and co will never comprehend….They will never comprehend that it’s a clear-cut case, a hopeless case: it is a case of eternal love, of an unbreakable bond…. It is a case of a people, a land, an identity… it is a case of Palestine, her culture and people…. It is a case of being Palestinian. Zionists and co will never comprehend that it is a hopeless case of eternal love because Palestine is us and we are Palestine.” — Reham Alhelsi"

      I really encourage folks to read Vacy Vlazna's riveting piece, "The Nakba: Israel’s catastrophe" that Kate has included today:

      "...And the same perverted brush tainted the UN and Western governments as collaborators of the sickest and most sadistic society in the world … Today is Nakba Day, as was yesterday and all days back to the 1922 British Mandate with its broken legal obligations to hold Palestine in trust until independence. Daily, the Zionist war crimes of illegal demolitions, evictions and squatting in Palestinian homes occur. The imposed torture of fear, stress and loss [on] the Palestinian families is unimaginably cruel." - See more at: link to

      ...To mask their crimes, in cahoots with Western mainstream media, notably Foxnews, CNN, BBC, the Zionists spew out endlessly regurgitated Goebbelsian hasbara (propaganda):

      Israel is a victim-Lie; Israel is a democratic state-Lie; Israel has the most moral army in the world- Lie. Israel avoids civilian casualties-Lie; Israel is only defending itself- Lie; Palestinians don’t want peace-Lie; criticizing Israel is anti-Semitism-Lie: dissenting Jews are self-hating Jews- Lie; BDS intends to destroy Israel- Lie; The Palestinians are the problem, they started it-Lie…

      Lies lies lies ad nauseum that decent people no longer fall for. "

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      Kate~ thank you, and may this compilation be filled with much better news by next Nakba Day.

  • Siege on Gaza prevents children from receiving needed medical formula
    • Yes, Kris. PKU is devastating indeed, but compassion is not one of their strong suits, to put it mildly! That is, unless it involves adverts (hasbara), helping al- Nusra fighters, and rescuing "Israeli" children born to surrogate Nepalese mommies, aka rented wombs.

      JeffB was over here, writing this yesterday:

      "Before the Zionists got to Palestine it was a malaria ridden dirt poor Turkish colony with a migrant serf farming population from the Levant." - See more at: link to

      They do it deliberately~ by bombs or by Occupation & siege, this is the plan.

    • True, Keith.

      On a happy note, I found out via Rania Khalek that a Happy Birthday is in order for Dan Cohen!

      "@RaniaKhalek thank you! Here's my bday selfie. Thanks for the headgear @P_Strickland_ "

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      So, Happy Birthday Dan! I wish you much happiness, good health, and many blessings.

    • Thanks, Dan.

      It is a crime that of seige and heartless indifference that "The formula used to be available, but the Israeli/Egyptian siege has suffocated the economy, rendering it simply out of reach for Palestinians in Gaza."

      As you write, "The disease is easily treatable in wealthy countries — PKU requires a medical formula that is often in the form of milk as well as a carefully planned diet — but in the Gaza Strip, where 80% of the regular diet is detrimental to PKU patients, this formula is impossible to find." Foods that are detrimental to people with PKU in "wealthy countries" are also clearly labeled with warnings, and safe food, medications, and access to care (and wheelchairs!!!) are readily available.

      But it is also true that in "wealthy countries", conservative or not, "such cases are often seen as a source of shame. “In this society people treat them like they are awkward. If he wants to play outside, people treat him like he has a special disease and they don’t play with him — as if he’s not a normal child,”". From what I have witnessed throughout my life, people everywhere can be very heartless to those that are developmentally challenged in any way. I'd bet that Palestinians are considerably kinder~ it's just who they are!

  • The burden of remembering
    • Ah yes, a darling of the Zionists.

    • My sincere condolences, Amer. As I read of your personal pain and the the story of your family, it sounded so unique yet so familiar.

      In it, I can hear the echoes so many.

      "...67 years later, they both died in exile. Palestine is not liberated, and my grandmother did not get to walk back to see Haifa. To die in exile is a painful thing, but the thought of living and dying in its confines pierces the heart.

      I was not left with a key to a house like many other Palestinians; my only inheritance is their memories. Memories handpicked like sweet grapes from their vineyard to compose a memory book; our passport for return, and a burden to never forget the 6 olive trees, the jasmines and the water well."

      - See more at: link to

      Never forget. I won't.

      (Good luck with your studies.)

  • 'NYT' public editor faults paper for failing to quote Jews who support BDS
    • You're very kind, Rodneywatts. ;-)

      Every little bit does help! I loved BB well, but that's another story. RIP.

    • LTE in NYT has one from the Israeli Consul for Media Affairs in NY, USA, and one from Eric Fingerhut.

      They also published letters from BDS supporters, including JVP members...

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    • ..."The news of the treaty drew a critical response from Israel.

      “Israel heard with disappointment the decision of the Holy See to agree a final formulation of an agreement with the Palestinians, including the use of the term ‘Palestinian state’,” said an Israeli foreign ministry official.

      “Such a development does not further the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct bilateral negotiations. Israel will study the agreement and consider its next step.”"...

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      "Study" it all you want, Israel! It's done.

    • About Pope Francis, and a great big shout- out for and to Palestinians everywhere:

      "Pope Francis: Abbas is an 'angel of peace'

      Meeting with Palestinian leader comes days after Vatican finalized treaty with the 'state of Palestine', explicitly recognizing Palestinian statehood

      AP - Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See's warm relations with the Palestinians.

      Francis made the compliment during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. He presented Abbas with a medallion and explained that it represented the "angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war."

      Francis said he thought the gift was appropriate since "you are an angel of peace." During his 2014 visit to Israel and the West Bank, Francis called both Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres men of peace.

      Abbas is in Rome for the canonization Sunday of two 19th-century nuns from what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine. The new saints, Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, are the first from the region to be canonized since the early days of Christianity.

      Abbas on Saturday offered Francis relics of the two new saints."...

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      Some folks all around the world are experiencing Ziopoplexy from his pronouncements!

      In memory of the great BB King:

    • Seems that McCleary is of a similar mind:

      ..."'What about the others?

      McCleary also expresses dismay that Sullivan “doesn’t address complaints that the piece and indeed the title itself is a blatant example of race-baiting, other than to have the editor responsible for the piece claim that it actually isn’t divisive.”

      He also finds it ironic that his “personal concerns” with the story were addressed while no attention was given to the specific complaints by other SJP members – especially Palestinians.

      For McCleary, this is yet another example of the Times’ “bias toward addressing the concerns of Jewish students while ignoring those of other students.”

      Omar Zahzah, Agatha Palma and Rahim Kurwa, members of SJP at UCLA, published a detailed critique headlined “Why Readers Interested in a Balanced Coverage of Student BDS Initiatives Should Avoid the New York Times.”

      Despite his criticisms, McCleary hopes that Sullivan’s intervention represents “a positive step toward more balanced coverage of BDS and Palestine solidarity,” but acknowledges “we still have a long way to go.”"

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    • As I said this morning:

      "Excuses, excuses, excuses! Still very focused on Jewish- only voices. No mention of the rest of it, including their exclusion of SJP, Palestinian voices, or the other “minorities” that they refer to." - See more at: link to

  • On Nakba day, Palestinian civil society in besieged Gaza decries collective failure to ensure accountability for Israeli massacre 
    • He's an abomination.

      Thanks, amigo.

    • It's endless violence, and those pictures by "amateur photographer Ahmad Nazzal" tell a story with a silent scream that's very hard to ignore. Sometimes, words alone don't do justice to the evil actions of the IOF. Many thanks for passing it on, Kris.

      In related news, from David Sheen:

      "“Jews are souls! Arabs are sons of whores!” - Israeli mob “celebrates Jerusalem Day” by attacking non-Jewish journos link to "

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      "Israeli security forces assault Palestinian journalists with great frequency but today they allowed Jewish Supremacist mobs to do it instead"

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    • amigo, I haven't seen a follow- up from Dan yet on this thread.

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    • Have you seen this yet, amigo? From Kate's compilation yesterday:

      "Israeli forces chase 5-year-old with skunk water"
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      In pictures:

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    • And how!

      That pretty blue posy isn't covering up the stench of freshly laid hasbara dung and its concomitant 'skunk water', either.

      Here, GFDU~ have a look at horses in Gaza:

      "...There are many pictures of the human toll on her feed, and we begin with a couple of them. But this post also demonstrates the onslaught by showing what happened to animals. The images of horses and donkeys echo Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica, commemorating the 1937 fascist bombing of Guernica that killed hundreds of civilians during the Spanish Civil War." –Phil Weiss - See more at: link to

      Here's a clip from the Karama gala film festival in Gaza just this past week: link to

      Try this, too: "Israeli military attacks Nakba Day protests with live fire"- See more at: link to

      (gotta bring your own popcorn!)

      This is hot off the presses:

      "On May 11, Dan Cohen reported on how the the Najjar family is one of many families in the Gaza village of Khuza’a are being forced to live in shipping containers because reconstruction has not yet begun following last summer’s Israeli assault. Here is a follow-up on one member of the Najjar family who is not able to receive medicine due to the siege on Gaza." - See more at: link to

      From the May 11th article, Dan Cohen wrote:

      "Two-year-old Ahmad Najjar scooted on his rear end across the dirt in front of the shipping container he and his family live in the Gaza farming village of Khuza’a. Unable to walk because of a genetic condition and lacking a wheelchair, Ahmad resorts to dragging himself by his hands. His grandmother, who also can not walk and is blind, sat and wailed inside the container in sweltering heat. “I’m so hot! God help me,” she moaned while rocking back and forth." - See more at: link to

      Dan Cohen wants to get the tyke a wheelchair.

      "For anyone who wants to help buy Ahmad a wheelchair, I'm working on getting a proper size to Gaza. I'll update ASAP."

      Do you want to contribute? You do?

      Follow here:

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    • A most honorable and emergent call to action!

      "...This is an Israeli-made “tsunami” that can be stopped if enough people of conscience around the world would hold Israel to account and pressure their institutions and governments to do so. Israel must pay a heavy price for its criminal behaviour.

      If ever there was a right time to isolate a rogue regime to prevent it from committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, it is now. We, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organisations in Gaza, call for urgent and effective measures of accountability, including boycotts, divestment and meaningful sanctions, against Israel and the corporations that are complicit in its serious violations of international law to save hundreds of thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza from a fate of unspeakable suffering and slow death."

      Amen. I want to thank Mondoweiss for giving so many the space to express their solidarity with Palestinians. I am especially grateful today, Nakba Day 2015, to read so many fine articles by and about Palestinians. More and more people are learning the truth from this fine place. The truth can no longer be hidden, nor can the false narratives put forth by Israel persist as long as good people readily combat them with facts. This is one of those places that have made this enormous change possible.

      Thank you.

  • Memory (on Nakba Day)
    • That's right, bintbiba.

      You and yours, Mariam Barghouti and her family, and millions of other Palestinians cannot ever be "erased". The memories, the scents, the images, the stories, the real ties that bind you cannot be broken. It also certifies the very rightness of this struggle against the cruel colonialists~ today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

      Who can forget what this wonderful Palestinian woman has already been through, courtesy of Israel?:

      "Skinny jeans, cockroaches and a kangaroo court—Mariam Barghouti’s diary of a Palestinian in an Israeli prison" - See more at: link to

      "American citizen, translator and student—Mariam Barghouti arrested and detained in West Bank" - See more at: link to

    • Thank you for this, Mariam.

      "This oral narrative passed on through generations acts as a compass for dispossessed Palestinians."

      Oral, written, and pictorial remembrances such as this are hugely important so that the "collective memory" cannot be mutilated, no matter how hard those that try to do so would have it. It cannot be done.

      "We are Palestinians and our memory remains. It is the reminder that we will continue to dig our existence to reclaim our right to scream and echo this is home. "

      I'll scream with you. Many more will join until it becomes a deafening chorus, impossible to ignore.

      (Good luck with your studies~ you write beautifully.)

  • What if the Times had sent Rudoren to Selma in 1965?
    • A thoroughly distasteful comment, JeffB.

      "Thought you were just a self righteous American liberal looking to prove their radical-chic bonafides by insulting the imperialist Jewish empire."

      Your wild assumptions about others, and your denigration of people who disagree with your rabid Zionist, revisionist, and false history and present is nasty.

      (iirc, you live in the US)

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