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  • Groundswell for Ellison signals end of the era of political assassination by Israel lobby
    • OT, but interesting:

      "Hundreds of Jewish Protesters at Breitbart News Headquarters Urge Trump to Fire Steve Bannon

      Between 300 and 400 protesters organized by the anti-occupation IfNotNow group demonstrated in front of the far-right website's Beverly Hills offices.

      Hundreds of Jews and allies demonstrating in Southern California called on President-elect Donald Trump to fire Stephen Bannon as his chief White House strategist.

      The protesters rallying Sunday in front of Breitbart News headquarters in Beverly Hills also said Trump should denounce Bannon, the former executive editor of the far-right website.
      Between 300 and 400 people attended the rally organized by the IfNotNow movement, CBS Los Angeles reported.

      Members of the Jewish community, leading one segment of the march, accused Bannon of building a political career out of targeting Muslims, immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community and other minorities, according to CBS.

      Protesters carried signs reading “Never is now,” “Bannon = Goebbels,” and “Freedom and Dignity for all.”"

      http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.757343?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • More than half of US aid 'to entire world' goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements -- Kerry
    • Perhaps if some 'other' had sculpted the statue, it would have been labeled 'antisemitism'.

    • "King Bibi for a day: golden Netanyahu statue is toppled

      Tel Aviv residents queue for selfies with work condemned as ‘expression of hatred’, then accept invitation to knock it down

      The nickname King Bibi for Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long been in circulation. It refers to his reputed imperial tendencies, his political gifts and his taste for fine living.

      Now the conceit has been given a new currency via the sudden – if brief – appearance of a large golden statue of Netanyahu in Tel Aviv’s most famous square, satirising the prime minister’s years in office and the allegations of scandal that have surrounded the management of his household.

      Appearing unexpectedly overnight in Rabin Square, the statue, on a white plinth, attracted the attention of scores of residents who waited to take selfies. But Netanyahu’s ministers, rushing to denounce the guerrilla art installation, made clear they were not amused.

      Leading the charge against the work’s creator, sculptor Itay Zalait, was the culture minister, Miri Regev, a leading figure in the right’s culture war against Israeli artists deemed leftwing or too elite. She denounced the statue as an “expression of hatred towards Netanyahu”.

      For their part, Tel Aviv municipal officials ordered Zalait to remove the statue and said they would haul it away and fine him if he refused.

      The artist, who had said the installation depicted “the situation we find ourselves in”, complied, inviting Israelis to help “topple Netanyahu” from his plinth. It was a task which they dutifully carried out, with pictures later showing the statue on its side."

      more @ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/06/king-bibi-netanyahu-statue-attacked-by-israeli-culture-minister

      Ah, well.

    • It's never really OT, ritzl. It's more food for thought.

      Here's Israel slamming the US again, just after the US Senate just passed their latest turd:

      "Israel votes to authorise illegal settler homes in Palestine

      Passage of bill to evacuate one settler site while retroactively recognising others meets with condemnation from UN and US

      Israel’s parliament has voted to retroactively legalise thousands of illegitimate settler homes in outposts built on private Palestinian land, in a highly controversial move described by critics as a “land grab”. The measure, which passed in a stormy Knesset session late on Monday, has been met with international condemnation, and has already strained relations within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing rightwing coalition.

      It comes in sharp defiance of a call on Sunday by the US secretary of state, John Kerry, who urged Israel again to rein in the construction of settlements on West Bank land.

      The bill passed its first reading by 60 votes to 49, and still has to pass a further three votes before becoming law. During the debate, the opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, fiercely denounced the law by equating its adoption to “national suicide”. While the bill seems likely to have support to pass its further readings, it appears inevitable that it will be challenged in court.

      Israeli critics and Palestinians have described the legislation as a land grab that would further distance prospects for a two-state solution to end the long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some high-profile political supporters, echoing that view, celebrated the vote by saying it opened the way to annexation of the West Bank and the end of any prospect of a Palestinian state.

      According to estimates by opponents – including the prominent anti-occupation group Peace Now – the new law, if finally approved, would effectively annex 55 illegal outposts and approximately 4,000 housing units in settlements and illegal outposts."

      more @ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/05/israel-votes-to-authorise-illegal-settler-homes-in-palestine

      Funnily enough, I couldn't find any "condemnation" from the US government, but there is this:

      "The vote was quickly condemned by the UN envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, who said the legislation “has the objective of protecting illegal settlements built on private Palestinian property in the West Bank. It is a very worrying initiative. I encourage Israeli legislators to reconsider such a move, which would have far-reaching legal consequences across the occupied West Bank”."

      How much more can and will the US swallow?

      It seems an infinite amount. History will not be kind.

  • ADL is leading 'witch hunt' against Keith Ellison over Israel comments, J Street exec says
    • "I have traveled with Keith to Israel. I’ve gone to Sderot and talked with the Israeli victims of the rockets from Gaza."

      An amazing statement. The "Israeli victims of the rockets from Gaza" can talk with visitors! I guess it's just bad luck that the dead Palestinian victims of the Israeli massacre of Gaza cannot.

      "We have met with Israelis and Palestinians together."

      Where?

      So disturbing to read that Ben- Ami and Schumer (Shomer) feel that they must come to the defense of this man as though he needs permission to be even a teensy bit "critical" of the government of Israel and the enormous influence that it has over the US government. It just goes to show that this is still true...

      "ADL Slams Keith Ellison’s 'Disturbing and Disqualifying' Remarks on Israel

      Poised to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, Ellison is under fire a 2010 recording in which he criticizes U.S. support of Israel; Sen. Schumer defends Ellison, who says his remarks were taken out of context."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.756569

      Thanks, Phil.

  • Why 'give him a chance' is not an option
    • Thank you so much for this call to action, Dr. Rothchild.

      You nailed it~ it's brilliant! It's a searingly comprehensive assessment. I've been deeply troubled by all the "wait and see" and "give him a chance" chatter and nonsense. To do that is extremely dangerous and stupid. I've seen enough. Do the folks that blithely utter or write that drivel not have a brain, any critical thinking skills, or any knowledge of the words/deeds of these people and history? Or are they just hoping for the best when that is not even an option?

      The time is now.

  • Sheldon Adelson, Trump's billionaire backer, is committed to 'the Jewish people' and believes Palestinians are a 'made up people'
    • "I am not Israeli, the uniform that I wore in the military unfortunately was not an Israeli uniform, it was an American uniform, although my wife was in the IDF, and one of my daughters was in the IDF, and my two little boys — our two little boys one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow… hopefully he’ll come back [to Israel], his hobby is shooting and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF….

      All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart."

      The people who support Trump should be so proud to read this on Veterans Day... or any day. Born in Dorchester... now a really rich and dodgy mogul who has a foreign country in "his heart". He bought GW and brought the neocons into the WH and it appears that he bought casino Trump, too.

  • 'Trump shows America's dominant ideology': A Palestinian take on the US election
    • Thanks for this honest article, Abir. Thanks also to Carlos for his excellent representation of what has happened.

      "Americans have a long way to go. The first thing you should stop doing is preaching to the world about democracy, freedom, values and start dealing with your own, excuse my language, shit. You were/are no better than other nations. Please stop with this “America is the greatest nation”, no you are not! You are like many others, with so many problems and issues you need to deal with.

      It’s actually the opposite, it’s time for you to ask people in the so called “Third World” for advice, because we know your regime much better than you, and because we have been long resisting backward/racist/tyrant/dangerous regimes, that your country has supported, worked with, or sometimes against (depends on your interest) only to bring destruction and disaster. ..."

      Hurrah for speaking the truth!

      I have long been ashamed of and more than concerned with America's hypocritical and massively destructive killing machine of a 'foreign policy'. Perhaps some in America will one day wake up to recognize this. As far as dominant "white supremacy", US exceptionalism, and xenophobia that some wrongly think that only just seized this country~ it has been stoked and tended by many, and ignored by too many others who would rather blame anyone other than themselves.

      I read this in an article this morning:

      "Trump's Victory: The Night White Supremacy Made It to the White House

      ... I thought that the election and re-election of Barack Obama by a coalition of America’s ethnic and religious and sexual-orientation spectrum laid the false religion of white supremacy to rest. Now I realize that Obama’s very presence in the White House, his capability and his dignity, were more than white supremacy could bear. Now my folly and my naiveté are revealed.

      One part of me, looking at the entirely unpredicted election results, cannot help but wonder if Vladimir Putin’s hackers have suborned the voting process. Believe it or not, that conspiracy theory qualifies as optimism. More likely, and far worse, the United States has gleefully hugged evil to its morally contaminated breast. ..."

      http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.752049

      You rightly ask and then answer this important question:

      "What happens if the US is not happy with people’s choice in the rest of the world?"

      Thank you.

  • Israel paints fighter jet pink to raise breast cancer awareness while preventing cancer patients in Gaza from receiving treatment
    • Thanks, Adam. This thoroughly disgusting "literal pinkwashing" needed exposure! Shame on the US and Israel.

      "As far as I remember Israel left Gaza in August 2005. Gaza has some hospitals. Why Hamas doesn’t invest in developing these hospitals and prefer to invest their money on weapons and tunnels and launching rockets over Israel?"

      Hey~ you blew up hospitals and patients and ambulances. Your DM has threatened to destroy all of Gaza.

      "Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that Israel’s next war with Gaza militants would be their last “because we will completely destroy them.”"

      http://mondoweiss.net/2016/10/israeli-minister-completely/

      Get it? Gaza and Palestine and every Palestinian is the target and the victim~ not you.

  • Just World Books publishes second edition of 'The Gaza Kitchen' featuring new culinary specialties
    • Beautiful and great news! Congratulations to all and many thanks for the recipe(s)!

      This preservation and celebration of Palestinian culture, food, history and hospitality is critically and vitally important and very much appreciated. Yay to all of the women, children, and men who support this magnificent and sustaining project!

      Thanks Annie!

  • Cut from Clinton speech: Palestinians 'yearn for freedom... behind checkpoints and roadblocks'
    • Look what some Israel- first Republican congressmen have done:

      "A group of Republican Senators has sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday urging him to suspend ties with UNESCO following a controversial resolution on Jerusalem holy sites.

      “Given that U.S. law already forbids American taxpayer money going to UNESCO, we urge your administration to join Israel in suspending ties to UNESCO,” the letter, signed by Senators Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, Mark Kirk and David Perdue, reads.

      “In 1984, the U.S. severed ties with UNESCO due to disparities between American foreign policy goals and UNESCO’s agenda. Because UNESCO continues to deviate from its founding mission and adopt one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions, it is time for the U.S. to stand with Israel and suspend our ties ....”

      The resolution, entitled “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls,” was approved by secret ballot, with 10 voting in favor, eight opposed, two abstentions and one delegate, from Jamaica, absent. Tanzania and the Philippines reportedly voted against the resolution.

      Haaretz reported that the U.S. helped Israel to try to recruit countries that would demand a vote, thereby enable countries interested in doing so to vote for or against, or to abstain.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday that Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen was recalled for consultations to protest the anti-Israel bias at the UN.”The theater of the absurd continues,” Netanyahu said during a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. “We will decide what to do and what further steps to take against this organization.”

      In the letter sent to the president, the Republican senators, three of which are running for reelection on November 8th, write: “At a time when the Middle East is in turmoil and historical heritage sites are being destroyed by groups such as ISIS, it is imperative that the U.S. stands with Israel, our closest ally and the sole democracy in the region. Recent UNESCO resolutions that deny Jewish and Christian ties to holy sites in Jerusalem not only reinforces the necessity of withholding American funding from this counterproductive UN organization, but also call into question future U.S. membership in UNESCO.”"

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.749442

  • B'Tselem calls on world to 'intervene' to stop 'more perfect occupation,' and Netanyahu goes ballistic
    • Thanks for a good and frighteningly honest answer, abc.

      I'm terribly frightened for the human victims of the MIC, the animals, our climate, and the dwindling numbers of actual humanists who give a *&^%$#@#$!

      The other night I heard again an interview on TRMS from just over 4 yrs ago on PBS. It worth a look and listen... perhaps:

      "Former Justice Souter: ‘Pervasive civic ignorance’ in U.S. could bring dictatorship"

      http://www.rawstory.com/2012/09/former-justice-souter-pervasive-civic-ignorance-in-u-s-could-bring-dictatorship/

    • Thanks for coming back, Mondoweiss.

      Thanks for this important coverage of Hagai El- Ad's important, moving, and truthful testimony @ the UN, Phil.

      I'm quite sure that you've seen this by now:

      "Coalition Chairman Threatens to Strip Citizenship of Israeli Activist Who Criticized Occupation at UN

      B'Tselem CEO Hagai El-Ad 'should find himself another citizenship,' Likud lawmaker Bitan says after head of nonprofit called on UN Security Council to take action against occupation.
      'Hunting season has started,' Meretz chairwoman tweets."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.74860

      This is only the latest unveiling of the despicable Occupiers. Will enough humans care???

  • Shimon Peres, dead at 93
    • Thank you Mondoweiss.

      Here's another piece well worth reading by Haggai Matar:

      "The other, darker legacy of Shimon Peres
      Shimon Peres, the last member of Israel’s founding generation, was feted internationally as a visionary man of peace. His legacy is in fact far more complex, and often nefarious ..."

      http://972mag.com/peres-gump-the-man-who-was-part-of-every-bad-decision-in-Israeli-history/122255/

      (The original version and title of this article when I read it this morning was much more accurate... "Peres Gump: The man who was part of every bad decision in israeli history"~ the title is still embedded in the link)

  • Five US citizens detained, interrogated, denied entry to Israel
    • Another 5 (five) reasons...

      AGAIN~ the US Department of State and its icky ambassador in the US Embassy (Daniel B. Shapiro) do absolutely NOTHING. Your tax dollars at work.

  • Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?
  • America's iron fist in the Middle East
  • Video: Palestinian swimmer overcomes Israeli restrictions to prepare for Rio Olympics
    • Lord willing and the creek don't rise.

      I'm wishing for your good health and presence here, there, and everywhere, Citizen.

    • THE reason to tune in to Rio! Best of luck to Mary and Musa.

      The world will be watching~ perhaps they'll finally act with a big, huge BDS! Thank you Jimmy Hutcheon and Chloé Rouveyrolles.

  • Modern-day lynchings: an international view
    • A searingingly honest and important article that connects the terrible dots.

      Thank you Doctor Rothchild~ for everything you do.

      I often wonder why sound mental healthcare is so underfunded/unappreciated/unnoticed. I think most folks could use a checkup~ not for a label, but to talk with a caring professional who actually gets 'it'. Perhaps society and friends can and need to step up to the plate of caring for one another in lieu of pros and in the face of stigma associated with mental health care.

  • Marching to Cuomo's house (Updated)
    • "anti- peace"~ how ?

      "discriminatory"~ how ?

      How in the heck does a "state" in the US stand "shoulder to shoulder with Israel and fellow states across the nation in condemning this patently prejudiced campaign.” ?

      Ridiculous Ziobubblespeak.

      Thanks annie and thanks to Adalah- NY et al.

      BDS!!! Vote Cuomo and his minions out! pssst~ pass it around!

    • Hurrah and thank you to all of these absolutely splendid humans!

  • Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism
    • Agree with you, Mooser.

      (The loss or inaccessibility of the comment archives is a big loss, that is true.)

      So many people that I've learned from and been invigorated by and because they imparted knowledge, wit, perspective, sanity/insanity, humanity/inhumanity and more.

      It's a crying shame that is hopefully reparable.

    • Good grief~ how and why is this happening in the USA? I guess that it's a positive thing that it's being exposed... thanks, Phil. What now? You write that:

      "More thoughtful Jews need to wrest the Jewish future away from the Aspen Ideas Festival, and remedy elitism with humility."

      Agreed, though I would much prefer to see more thoughtful Americans and humans of all stripes involved in this 'remedy'.

      (thank you MRW and annie for the conversation and follow- up wrt to the lost archives)

  • 'Arabs' saved us, says settler boy whose father was slain
    • "… After the shooting, [victim Rabbi Miki] Mark’s son Pedaya [Mark] gave a similar version of events. “Arabs succeeded in opening the door and getting us out of the car so that nothing would happen to us,” he told Israel’s Channel 2 TV…. "

      Too bad the illegal settler surviving son can't say the word Palestinians (or Palestine).

      The AP headline "In rare twist, Palestinian man rescues wounded Israelis" is abysmal.

      Al-Bayed, from the link: "He said he pulled out a young girl first, and then a boy. His wife, a former nurse, gave them first aid to stop their bleeding. He said he then called the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service. Within minutes, he said Israeli and Palestinian rescue teams were on the scene treating the victims. ... I'm a refugee. My family was driven out from our home and we live in a miserable refugee camp, but we are human beings first," he said. "For me, I practiced my humanity and will always do so."

      Yet another Palestinian also helped immediately: "Dr. Ali Shrokh, a Palestinian surgeon, was among the first to arrive. He said he also was driving by when he saw the overturned car and Israeli police around the area.

      "An Israeli ambulance arrived and I cooperated with an Israeli female doctor who was among the team, and we cooperated in handling the wounded and moving them to the ambulance," he said."

      Thanks Kate.

  • Separation and conquest: Israel's ideological barrier
    • Here you go, Max:

      http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/protective-edge

      Stay ignorant if you must. Most of us prefer sunlight. Cheerio.

    • Page: 127
    • Try this one Max:

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/IDF-soldier-who-shot-subdued-attacker-brought-to-detention-hearing-449178

      or many, many more like this:

      "Gaza beach bombing that killed four boys was legal, says Israeli army
      #GazaAftermath
      The killing of four boys on a beach in Gaza during summer 2014 was ruled as having met Israel's laws by a military tribunal'

      http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-concludes-deadly-gaza-beach-bombing-was-legal-894438693

      I can and will go on and on and on...

    • "Seriously, unless you have experienced what the poor souls in Iraq and Afghanistan have, especially the children, you have no right to judge!"

      Have you gained that terrible "right"? C'mon, be honest for a change.

    • You are a most unfortunate and hateful (hate- filled)l person.

      (btw~I disagreed with the terror unleashed on Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.... you, on the other hand, have no care for others. You only seem to want to be a persistent irritant with no allegiance to anyone or anything, including truth. I 've guessed by now from your comments that you are proudly 'white' and in your PJs munching along while you giggle to yourself. Either way, you are immaterial.)

      #hasbara fail.

    • "They would have to use ground troops as opposed to F16s to do that and this would not resemble 3 a.m. raids on sleeping Palestinian families and the seizure and detention of potential stone throwers from the age of 6 month to 90 years. No this would mean bullets and more !! coming towards them and it is likely that a high proportion would run away crying to their mamas and rabbis complaining about murdering terrorists resisting their moral army.

      Today`s bully is tomorrow`s coward."

      Stunningly honest stuff, Ossinev. You have a gift of being able to distill it to the bare and raw reality.

      Thanks for that.

    • Thank you Amjad.

      I'll share this excellent primer with those folks that I know who stubbornly remain unconvinced of the intentional, evil, and ongoing Nakba.

  • Answering Yair Lapid's (contemptuous) questions about refugees
    • "This is total insanity!"

      Thanks to the filthy Occupation, grand theft of land and resources, worse than apartheid practices, mass imprisonment, collective punishment, daily murdering, the ongoing and relentless Nakba, etc. You have only to allow Palestinians the very freedom, respect, and self- determination in their own land that you have persistently stolen from them @ the point of your weapons and racism.

      Problem solved.

    • It's the MIC in action, JWalters!

      Thanks for this amazing and thorough piece, Jonathan. You continue to inspire and motivate me to continue to break down the obdurate 'walls'. I very much appreciate your voice amd will pass this along.

  • Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi: A study in contrasts
  • In latest pander to Israel lobby, Clinton smears Max Blumenthal's criticism of Wiesel as 'hateful'
    • Thank you so very much Misterioso.

      Beautiful.

    • Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
      And don't criticize what you can't understand
      Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
      Your old road is rapidly agin'
      Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand

      (thanks, annie!)

    • Lots of voters recognize his name. It's awesome that the NYT assiduously avoids his voice because it becomes more important every single day to those devoted to and hungry for truth and justice while the NYT and other MSM continue to pander to the failed & fairy tale past. Voters also recognize the name of Sidney Blumenthal.

      (I'd hazard a guess that your "crystal ball" is cracked)

    • "we’re beyond her command, the old road is rapidly agin’ "

      well said, Annie. The new road is paved with informed people devoted to justice.

      "“She believes they are wrong in all senses of the term. She believes that Max Blumenthal and others should cease and desist in making them,” Sullivan said. "

      Did this bunch ever hear of freedom of speech or thought? Is there anything not Zionist that they CAN tolerate, much less embrace?

      "cease and desist" are fighting words, really. A litigious threat. Poor choice, Jake and Hill~ or didja really mean that? Hmm?

      (btw, I have a hard time reconciling my 'beliefs' with her 'beliefs' or her actions, so I don't really give a hoot.)

    • "And: isn’t becoming president by marrying neoconservatism the definition of a deal with the devil? What does that do to U.S. foreign policy? Is that why she sought power? Is Hillary Clinton even in touch with her soul?"

      1) yes. I believe that Hillary has always been a neocon though.
      2) she's a neocon hawk. Same as Albright et al.
      3) ???

      (I wonder what Sidney has to say about his clear- thinking son.)

  • Philadelphia expands date boycott during Ramadan 2016
    • Insist on Occupation- free dates!

      (Iran has delicious dates and pistachios and, and, and... dates were/are grown in Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestine~ in between the destruction and minefields)

    • Thank you Philly BDS and to all that are complying with your call.

      "Stores that were reluctant to engage in this boycott in the past, this year have shown to be supportive, indicating a shift in consciousness and/or confidence."

      Congrats on spreading awareness and on your persistence!

  • Brooklyn Muslims mark July 4th protesting attack on teens leaving Ramadan prayers
    • Bingo! And De Blasio would be front and center.

    • Thanks for this, Wilson.

      "Zein Rimaoui, director of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, where the march began and ended, said that the Irish and the Italians and the Jews all had all experienced discrimination in their first years as Americans.

      “It is the same for us,” he said. “Everybody goes through it."

      No excuse @ all. Ever since 911 this discrimination, etc. has been occurring. Comparing nationalities and religions is flawed, too. I appreciate Rimaoui's intentions, though.

      After Orlando, this happened:

      "Muslim man reportedly beaten outside mosque attended by Orlando gunman

      Council on American-Islamic Relations says attacker, who used racial slurs, caused head trauma and knocked out victim’s tooth at Fort Pierce Islamic Center

      An Islamic civil rights group said on Saturday a Muslim man was beaten outside the Fort Pierce Islamic Center, which the Orlando nightclub gunman, Omar Mateen, had attended. The group said local authorities ignored requests for increased security at the Islamic center, despite numerous threats. ..."

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/just/#sthash.CqeO14w9.dpuf

      I also posted this that same day:

      Meanwhile:

      "U.S. Gives $20 Million to Jewish, Other Nonprofits for Security Improvements

      The Nonprofit Security Grants Program has already given more than $184 million for security at Jewish institutions over the past decade. ..."

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/just/#sthash.CqeO14w9.dpuf

  • Remembering Elie Wiesel, who inspired me to write about Palestine
    • Thanks for linking to that video, sawah. Hedy Epstein was authentic and a shining example of the best.

      Obviously Wiesel never responded to the pleas in the video... he did not care and was a moral hypocrite.

    • Thanks, Stephen~ I was aware.

      (I still think that it's an opinion unworthy of mention in this otherwise excellent essay. jmho)

    • It is truly excellent. Thanks, Kali.

    • I was reading your article with great interest, and then this stopped me dead in the process:

      "Ghandi’s theories of nonviolent strategy are genius, but from what I have read in his biographies, he really was a total pervert. Great ideas usually come from flawed people, in part because the cost of great ideas and their articulation is the total abandonment of almost anything else. So, I can forgive Ghandi enough to quote him. "

      I'm aghast at that bit. I have read extensively about and from Gandhi. You are stating your opinion (flawed though it may be) , and passing judgement and libel on a man that you have never met (unlike Weisel).

      It is just so magnaminous of you that you can "forgive" this man called Gandhi and deign to "quote him". I wonder why you felt it necessary to write that bit above?

      I do appreciate your article, FOSNA, and wish you luck and continued enlightenment with your dissertation.

  • Israeli officers permitted to open fire on boys with slingshots
    • Really interesting, imho:

      "The President of Uganda Kept Calling Israel ‘Palestine’ During Netanyahu’s Visit

      ... On Monday, 40 years after his brother died in Entebbe crossfire, the younger Netanyahu, who has repeatedly pointed to his brother’s death as a turning point in his own pursuit of a career in politics, flew to Uganda to mark the grim twin anniversary.

      “This is a deeply moving day for me,” Netanyahu said in a speech in Entebbe on Monday. “Forty years ago they landed in the dead of night in a country led by a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists. Today we landed in broad daylight in a friendly country led by a president who fights terrorists.”

      But despite the Israeli leader’s praise for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986 and was controversially re-elected for another five-year term this year, the aging Ugandan leader barely made note of Israel in his Monday speech. That’s because Museveni repeatedly called it “Palestine” in what appears to be an embarrassing gaffe, considering that Netanyahu’s visit was meant to mark the anniversary of his brother’s death at the hands of the pro-Palestinian liberation movement’s hijacking.

      “The sad event, 40 years ago, turned into another bond linking Palestine to Africa,” Museveni said. “I said this is yet another bond between Africa and Palestine because there were earlier bonding events.”

      According to some reports, Israeli radio stations cut off broadcast of Museveni’s speech after his repeated references to Palestine. But Netanyahu, who sat beside Museveni as he made his speech, hardly seemed to flinch.

      A representative of the Ugandan government could not be reached by Foreign Policy Tuesday, but Ofwono Opondo, a Museveni spokesman, reportedly tweeted that the Ugandan president hadn’t made a mix-up at all.

      “The whole of that land was originally known as Palestine so Museveni’s reference isn’t wrong,” he wrote. The tweet was no longer publicly available Tuesday. ..."

      http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/05/the-president-of-uganda-kept-calling-israel-palestine-during-netanyahus-visit/amp/

      More historical truth.

    • Occupation ain't no "b/s", and nobody should "spare you".

      (btw~ check your archives for illegal settler boys and others throwing stones at/attacking the IOF and border police. They are never shot.)

    • I had read many of the articles above before reading your voluminous compilation today, Kate. I was already outraged (as though that does any good!), and now I read all of this and think that this is all- out war on Palestinians. It's not only a grotesque military occupation, it is unrelenting war and the world is sitting on those hilltops, picnicking, watching and applauding as their collective machine rages against Palestinians and Palestine. Israel commits constant terror attacks against all Palestinians, whether by the IOF, illegal settlers, attack dogs, resource theft, Israeli Jewish Knesset members, et cetera ad nauseam.

      I read the account of the 4th of July celebration @ Shapiro's residence in Israel, and it made me sick. As I heard the first volley of fireworks last nite, I put earplugs in and all I could of were bombs falling and guns firing, and to reaffirm that I will not celebrate Independence Day until Palestinians are free in Palestine. I am ashamed of the US, the EU, etc.

      (Maybe it's too much info, but I haven't 'celebrated' the 4th for many yrs now because of US' dastardly/criminal military actions in Palestine and the region as well as the enduring hypocrisy)

      Thanks for the news and for giving me space to vent, Kate.

  • In Photos: Palestinians celebrate Ramadan in Gaza
    • Thought so. Thanks, Joe.

    • What struck me immediately was that there has to be (of course) a home for orphans in Gaza. Then I was struck by the smiles. Then I was struck by the normalcy of seeing Palestinian parents holding their children and feeding them. They even try to make beautiful the camp and everything around them. I wonder if the Al- Rafatay family is dining near where the 4 little boys were executed while playing football by the Israelis 2 summers ago...

      It's a heck of a lot better than Ramadan 2014, but the devastation remains~ both seen and unseen. The world has turned their collective backs on Gaza. I wish all of them a Happy Eid and will never, ever forget their yesterdays or today. Thank you Mohammed.

  • Mainstream obits for Wiesel offer barely an asterisk for his intolerant views of Palestinians
    • "So why is there no similar investigation and report here in the US? After all it was Bush and Cheney who started this disaster which the entire world is still reeling from. "

      That's the trillion dollar question, among others. I don't doubt that there will be fallout here after this damning report~ how much, I can't fathom. I was crushed when Mr. Obama elected to only look forward, especially since he has admitted that the illegal invasion of Iraq led to ISIL, etc.

      "“Two things: One is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,” Obama said in an interview with VICE News. “Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”"

      https://www.rt.com/usa/241325-obama-isis-iraq-bush/

      "Corbyn's statement on the Chilcot report

      Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, begins by paying tribute to those killed, and to their relatives. He met some relatives yesterday, he says.

      He says the report should not have taken this long.

      He says the “overwhelming weight of international legal opinion” says the invasion was illegal.

      It had devastating consequences, he says, fuelling terrorism and war across the region.

      By any measure the invasion and occupation of Iraq “has been for many a catastrophe”.

      He says it has led a break-down in trust in politics.

      While the governing class got it wrong, many people got it right. Some 1.5m people marched against the war, he says.

      He says those opposed to the war did not condone Saddam Hussein. Many of them had protested against him when America and the UK were still supporting him.

      He says we must be saddened by what has been revealed.

      Many MPs voted to stop the war. But they have not lived to see themselves vindicated.

      He recalls Robin Cook. He said in his resignation speech, in a few hundred words, what Chilcot has shown would come to pass.

      Here’s part of what Corbyn said:
      By any measure, the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been, for many, a catastrophe. The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 on the basis of what the Chilcot report calls ‘flawed intelligence’ about the weapons of mass destruction has had a far-reaching impact on us all.
      It’s led to a fundamental breakdown in trust in politics and in our institutions of government. The tragedy is that while the governing class got it so horrifically wrong, many of our people actually got it right. On 15 February 2003, 1.5m people, spanning the entire political spectrum, and tens of millions of people across the world, marched against the impending war, the greatest-ever demonstration in British history."

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2016/jul/06/chilcot-report-live-inquiry-war-iraq?page=with:block-577cf646e4b0dc6aac1d8604#liveblog-navigation

    • "George was the proud owner of Elie Wiezel patented spectacles."

      Well said, bryan.

      I am following Blair's presser here:

      "Chilcot report live: 'I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you can ever believe,' says Blair"

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2016/jul/06/chilcot-report-live-inquiry-war-iraq

      It's bizarre in the extreme.

    • Thanks for this article. I guess he's lionized because it justifies the hypocritical policies that have endured wrt P/I in the West. Thanks to Haaretz and FP for daring to tell the truths. Pretty soon all the actual Jewish victims of the Holocaust will die and all that will be left are the memorials, etc. Selective memory cannot endure when something else is urgently needed, imho.

      One has to wonder why many Jewish Holocaust survivors live in abject poverty in Israel~ forgotten and abandoned while memorials made of stone and glass proliferate. Funnily enough, 2 days after Weisel died, this happened:

      “Following Haaretz Report, Israel Gives 30 Million Shekels to Needy Holocaust Survivors

      Stipends for 11,000 survivors have been held for nearly a year because of a legal dispute. ‘The good of Holocaust survivors is the priority,’ Finance Minister Kahlon says.

      Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon ordered the immediate transfer of some 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) to 11,000 destitute Holocaust survivors on Sunday, after nearly a year in which they hadn’t received their restitution allowances due to a legal dispute."...

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/07/elie-wiesel-is-dead/#sthash.MAW6kwUO.dpuf

      btw, anyone else see this?

      "Bild Publisher Says He Gave Netanyahu Auschwitz Plans to Smuggle Out of Germany

      Publisher of German daily, owner of sketches, reveals he looked for way to transfer them to Jerusalem's Yad Vashem against government wishes – and Israel's prime minister fit the bill."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.729068?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      He's smuggled before.

      "Netanyahu implicated in nuclear smuggling from U.S. — big story in Israel" - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2012/07/netanyahu-implicated-in-nuclear-smuggling-from-u-s-big-story-in-israel/#sthash.Lo46arRr.dpuf

  • Israel's political crisis wouldn't be happening if not for violent Palestinian resistance
    • lol, Annie! Blair may lose more than that. The Chilcot report is supposed to finally come out, and there was this article in The Guardian yesterday:

      "Tony Blair faces calls for impeachment on release of Chilcot report
      Labour and SNP figures consider legal action against former PM to ban him from office over role in Iraq war"

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/03/tony-blair-may-face-impeachment-on-release-of-chilcot-report

      I recommend this report from Reuters in its entirety. It's disheartening, but is actually getting the ugly truth out. Sunlight most welcome:

      "Diplomatic ties help Israel defang international criticism

      JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ahead of the release last week of a report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Quartet of Middle East mediators, the word from diplomats was that it would be hard-hitting, especially on Israel and its settlement building.

      The United States, the European Union and the United Nations were fed up with Israel's consistent violation of international law, which views all settlements on occupied land as illegal, diplomats said. While Russia, the fourth Quartet member, might be more restrained, Israel was set for a serious ticking off.

      Those concerns reached Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office. Officials briefed that he was determined to talk the Quartet down. He flew to Moscow to see President Vladimir Putin, and met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in Rome.

      In the end, after weeks of delay, the report was mild in the extreme. Israeli settlement-building was criticized but not called illegal. The prime focus was on Palestinian incitement. One regional analyst described the overall impact as "banal".

      Palestinians were outraged. Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Quartet had attempted to "equalize the responsibilities between a people under occupation and a foreign military occupier". The international community had given in, he said.

      Among a number of American, European and U.N. diplomats, there is a fair degree of sympathy with that view.

      "There's just no appetite to go toe-to-toe with Israel and deliver a really harsh indictment," said one European ambassador. "No one sees the upside to it."

      Privately, diplomats raise a host of concerns about Israel's actions: its restrictions on Palestinian movement, security clampdowns they say amount to collective punishment, the demolition of attackers' homes, the blockade on Gaza, and settlements. But in public, there is far more restraint.

      Statements from European Union foreign ministers and U.S. officials often express concern about all those issues, but they fall short of threatening action or concrete censure. It is usually much more about carrots than sticks. ..."

      much more @ https://www.yahoo.com/news/diplomatic-ties-help-israel-defang-international-criticism-104008286.html?nhp=1

    • heh, amigo!

      Thanks for this excellent piece, Phil. Of course Palestinians had to assert themselves individually with whatever means, including violence, since Israel is determined to ignore their peaceful resistance and worse, react to it with their wicked ultraviolence. Israel denies them their very existence and humanity, and the US (and everybody else) goes right along and enables their inhumanity and criminality.

      "PA: Netanyahu Doesn't Condemn Israel's Killings of Innocent Palestinians

      Sources close to Abbas says Israel is too busy worrying about PA not condemning recent terror attacks instead of preventing them. ...

      ... Meanwhile, the Palestinian leadership has been very busy on the diplomatic front, particularly with regard to the report of the Quartet (the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations) that was issued Friday, which said that Israel's settlement policy in the occupied territories was eroding the viability of the two-state solution. The PA seems to be convinced that the Quartet report was meant to scuttle the French peace initiative.

      “This is a report that can’t be a basis for anything – a report that compares the occupier to the occupied, doesn’t speak of borders, and still speaks of the need for direct negotiations even though all the obstacles Israel is presenting renders that option not serious,” Shtayyeh said, adding that the Quartet is basically a dead and irrelevant entity.

      PLO Executive Committee chairman Dr. Saeb Erekat was due Monday to address the Quartet report today at a press conference in Ramallah. Palestinian leaders believe he will announce that the Palestinians are severing ties with the Quartet, which after 15 years has, in their view, outlived its usefulness after failing to contribute anything toward ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.728804

  • O Jerusalem -- please forget me
    • Not really O/T:

      "Israeli right-wing outraged over construction plans in Jerusalem-area Palestinian town

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Right-wing Israeli politicians denounced on Monday a decision by the Israeli government to approve construction plans in the Palestinian town of Beit Safafa in occupied East Jerusalem, claiming that the move, despite a spike in illegal settlement construction plans, represented a focus on the Palestinian community to the detriment of Jewish Israelis.

      Israel approved the construction of 600 housing units in Beit Safafa on Sunday, Israeli media reported, more than a month after a court rejected a freeze on the plan, which had initially been approved three years earlier but stalled based on a reportedly secret decision by senior Israeli officials.

      The rare Israeli approval for construction in a Palestinian-majority area has come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved the construction of 800 housing units in settlements in and near occupied East Jerusalem, and 42 new housing units in the settlement of Kiryat Arba in the southern occupied West Bank.

      However, a number of far-right Israeli politicians expressed their severe discontent at the prospect of allowing construction in Beit Safafa, which they seemingly interpreted as coming at the expense of construction in Jewish-only settlements in East Jerusalem.

      "Anyone who cares about a Jewish majority in the capital of Israel can't promote construction for the Arab population alone," Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Israeli Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin as saying.

      Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, of the hardline Jewish Home party, said that allowing construction in Beit Safafa would “divide Jerusalem de facto, a Palestinian arrow in the heart of Jerusalem,” The Times of Israel reported.

      “I call on the prime minister to not allow Palestinian construction alone,” Bennett added.
      According to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), more than a third of Beit Safafa land has been confiscated by Israel since 1967 to the benefit of the nearby settlements of Gilo, Har Homat, and Givat Hamatos.

      The settlements, along with the Israeli separation wall, have effectively cut off Beit Safafa from the West Bank.

      Meanwhile, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat criticized Netanyahu’s decision to approve further settlement construction -- not due to the fact that such policy is illegal under international law, but because of its occurrence in the wake of attacks which killed two Israelis, including a 13-year-old girl.

      “It is a mistake to approve construction in Jerusalem only after a terror attack. We need to build in Jerusalem always,” The Times of Israel quoted Barkat as saying.

      Addressing international condemnation of settlement construction, Barkat added: “I say to our friends in the US and Europe that there is no way that we will approve construction by religion and nationality. Can anyone even consider that we would approve construction for Arabs but freeze construction for Jews?”

      According The Jerusalem Post, Barkat denied that there was any discrimination between Palestinian and Israeli residents of Jerusalem in terms of urban development. ...

      However, master plans for the city have been shown to push for the “Judaization” of Jerusalem, as one master plan reportedly allocated only 2,300 dunams (2.3 square kilometers) of East Jerusalem for Palestinian construction, compared to 9,500 dunams (9.5 square kilometers) for Israeli Jews, favoring densification of the Palestinian population in the area versus the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods. ..."

      Much more @ http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772123

    • A very moving, powerful, graphic, and honest memoir. Thank you, Liz.

      I was there in that enchanted place eons ago, and now I see it again through your eyes. It seems it is just as I feared.

  • Elie Wiesel is Dead
    • "Yet Again, Israel Denies the Armenian Genocide

      Israel is one of the only democratic countries in the world, if not the only one, to do so, and to support Turkey’s stubborn policy of denial. ...

      ... The discussion in the Knesset should arouse great interest in the world, and of course among the Armenians in Armenia and in the Diaspora, and hopefully here too. Those who are fighting for recognition are requesting “a vote now.” Transferring the discussion to the committee was an important step for years, but it has become a cynical political means to conceal the truth. We continue to deny.

      Israeli recognition (which is not anticipated, to my regret) would probably lead to recognition of the Armenian genocide by the entire world. If Israel recognizes it, U.S. President Barack Obama won’t be able to continue to remain on the sidelines either. What is true of genocide is also true of the battle against its denial: Anyone who is not on the side of the victims is on the side of the deniers."

      read much more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.728904?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • lololol, Annie!

    • Exactly. He contributed mightily to the present situation, too. Shame on him.

      I cannot stomach his vaunted quotations nor the flowery tributes. Yes, he suffered mightily and I have sincere empathy for that. So have millions of others. He could have been a force for good and justice, but he chose to discriminate and contribute to the misery, annihilation, and displacement of millions.

    • Spot- on! Thank you, Marlene.

    • That's sick. Kay~ when I first read your comment, I thought it would be lit that way during the 4th.

      Might as well, eh?

    • Thanks, Bumblebye.

      "Interesting" timing, eh?

      "Following Haaretz Report, Israel Gives 30 Million Shekels to Needy Holocaust Survivors

      Stipends for 11,000 survivors have been held for nearly a year because of a legal dispute. 'The good of Holocaust survivors is the priority,' Finance Minister Kahlon says.

      Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon ordered the immediate transfer of some 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) to 11,000 destitute Holocaust survivors on Sunday, after nearly a year in which they hadn't received their restitution allowances due to a legal dispute. 

      During a discussion held Sunday in the office of Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen, the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victim’s Assets (known in Hebrew as Hashav) agreed to sign a commitment that would allow the survivors to get their quarterly grant of 2,750 shekels this month. ...

      ... On the eve of Passover this year, after months had passed without transfer of the allowances, the Finance Ministry decided to provide the funds to the needy survivors as a one-time solution. After Haaretz reported on the situation, Kahlon promised that the money would be paid every quarter to them by the treasury until the dispute was settled. ...

      ...“The good of Holocaust survivors is the priority,” said Kahlon. “We cannot allow ourselves to quarrel on the backs of Holocaust survivors and our moral obligation is to let them age with dignity. This money belongs to the survivors and that’s how we must relate to it.”

      Deputy Minister Cohen added, “I’m pleased that we reached an agreement and that there’s a solution for the Holocaust survivors. It’s too bad that Hashava didn’t give its commitment sooner.”"

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.728726?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      %$#@*!, and then some.

    • Thanks, Froggy.

  • Pregnant Palestinian woman, 27, is killed in Hebron
  • As occupation enters its 50th year, draft Democratic platform won't say the word
    • ta-da!

      "FBI director recommends ‘no charges’ after ending Clinton email investigation

      James Comey criticises ‘reckless and careless’ way in which emails were handled on Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state

      ... “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes … our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” said Comey.

      Critically, the FBI said that other similar cases in which a prosecution had been sought involved evidence “willful or intentional” breaches of the rules, “vast quantities” of data or “indications of disloyalty or efforts to obstruct justice”. “We do not see that here,” he said."

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/05/fbi-no-charges-hillary-clinton-email-investigation

  • Netanyahu's bloody incitement
    • O/T:

      "Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d'Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76

      Celebrated Iranian director, whose Taste of Cherry won Cannes’ top prize in 1997, remained in the country after the Islamic revolution and continued to flourish"

      https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/04/abbas-kiarostami-palme-dor-winning-iranian-film-maker-dies#comment-78207693

      A great loss.

    • This makes me smile:

      "Foreign Funds at Center of New Police Investigation Against Netanyahu

      Channel 2 report says the money transfers under examination took place since Netanyahu resumed office in 2009."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.728929

      Hope this doesn't fizzle. Many people are very likely to be implicated.

    • Oh my! Truth!

      "'Zionist Regime Manipulates Judaism,' Says Tehran Jewish Leader

      Iranian news agency quotes Homayoun Sameyah Najafabadi as saying that Jews attended Quds Day rallies to 'condemn the Zionist regime atrocities against Palestinians.'

      The Iranian news agency IRNA quoted the head of the Tehran Jewish community as saying on Friday that there is no link between Zionism and the Jewish religion and that freedom-loving Jews support the Palestinian people.

      Israel's "Zionist regime is just a political party and there is no link between the Jewish religion and Zionism," Homayoun Sameyah Najafabadi, Executive Director of the Tehran Jewish Committee, is reported to have told the news agency. ...

      ... It said that Najafabadi "called on the world media to be committed to supporting the Palestinians and bringing to global attention the criminal actions by the Zionists against the Palestinians."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/1.728444

      Betcha he supports BDS... What will Bibi say? LOL!

  • Poems: Return is Inevitable and Love Under Apartheid
  • Number of Palestinian refugees in occupied territories has increased by 1 million in the past decade
    • "Palestinians are excluded from the record of the 16 million refugees registered with the United Nations High Council of Refugees. They are uniquely administered under a special department, the United Nations Relief Works Agency".

      Thanks, Allison~ i've never been fully apprised of this. Perhaps it is part and parcel of the root of the problem... this separateness.

  • Smile -- it's the Upper West Side
    • Thank you, Rebecca. You write that:

      "People won’t like it, people will find it annoying, but we’re not doing anything wrong and advocacy for the oppressed is a long held tradition of Christian ministry."

      I see and appreciate your POV, and will add that this is a "long held tradtion" of humanists everywhere. I very much appreciate your efforts.

      BDS!

  • Israel's 'mistaken identity' embarrassments
  • Lawmakers urge Obama to appoint special envoy for Palestinian children
    • Thanks for the information. If he listens and acts, success/ failure very much depends on who he appoints as envoy, doesn't it? I am grateful for their action, and am heartened to find 3 of the Dem platform cmte are among them.

      (Does anyone know why they left out Gaza in the letter?)

  • PEN American Center is unwilling to fulfill its mission when it comes to defending Palestinian writers --Updated
  • Netanyahu agonistes
    • Precisely, ritzl. Thanks.

      Meanwhile:

      "U.S. Defense Chief Puts Pentagon Plane at Disposal of Visiting Lieberman
      On first visit to U.S. as defense minister, Lieberman meets with his counterpart Ashton Carter; will visit Lockheed Martin to see new F-35 fighter on Wednesday."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.726106?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • With administrations and Congresses complicit in this project and unwilling in the extreme to impose law, order and sanctions upon Israel then I have a problem with heaping all the blame on the odious Netanyahu et al (and the Israelis who voted for him, over and over) alone. US 'leaders' of all stripes have shown "contempt" for international laws, to the Palestinian & American people, and to justice. Israel needs sanctions, and they need them badly. Gideon Levy has often said that change must be imposed upon Israel from the outside...

      "Only sanctions against Israel will end occupation" - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/?s=gideon+levy#sthash.AWCWZic0.dpuf

      "United States of Israel’ has compromised U.S. ‘sovereignty’ on Iran policy" — Gideon Levy in D.C. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/sacrificed-sovereigntywashington/#sthash.6FDcV3LI.dpuf

      You write "all these people can’t wait until liberals around the world can support Israel again as in days gone by."

      I don't think that will happen anytime soon. Occupation Zionism's true face and agenda has been fully exposed, and it's not at all pretty. Unless, of course, you mean this definition of "liberal"

      "lib·er·al
      [ˈlib(ə)rəl]
      ADJECTIVE
      open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values ..."

      (Oxford)

      Thanks, Yakov.

  • American basketball coach devotes his time to disabled in Gaza
    • Thanks very much for this article, Isra. Kate included a story about this remarkable American man and the program not long ago in one of her compilations, iirc.

      This program will not only positively impact those with disabilities physically, but will also help them emotionally. Markt is doing the work of angels in Gaza and beyond.

  • 'Unbridled incitement' -- Israeli officer who testified against executioner soldier is threatened
    • "Israel Incapable of Telling Truth About Water It Steals From Palestinians

      Water is the only issue in which Israel (still) finds it difficult to defend its discriminatory, oppressive and destructive policy with pretexts of security and God."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.726350?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      It's surely not the "only issue", is it? The status quo is dire.

    • Well, I'll be...

      "Israel-Hamas Conflict Becomes Hot Question in Hollywood Insurance Row

      Universal had to move shooting of Dig miniseries from Israel to New Mexico because of Hamas' rockets in 2014. But its insurer refused to cover extra expenses, saying it views Hamas' actions as war, not terrorism. ..."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.726148

      So interesting that a truth emerges from this.

    • "MPs pay tribute to Jo Cox's 'humanity, compassion and irrepressible spirit'

      ...Jeremy Corbyn said the death of his colleague should mark the start of a “kinder and gentler politics”, arguing that all politicians had a duty “not to whip up hatred” in the wake of her murder. The Labour leader argued that Cox had been killed in what appeared to be an act of “extreme political violence”.

      “Jo Cox didn’t just believe in loving her neighbour but her neighbour’s neighbour. She saw a world of neighbours and believed that everyone counted equally,” said Corbyn.

      The party leader praised the MP for speaking out for refugees, for the Palestinian people and against Islamophobia. “Her integrity and talent was known to everyone in this house,” he said, as it emerged that Cox’s own constituency and Commons staff had returned to the office to carry on her casework, despite some of them witnessing last week’s atrocity. ..."

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/20/mps-pay-tribute-to-jo-coxs-humanity-compassion-and-irrepressible-spirit

      ~and~

      "Jo Cox killing: Thomas Mair to face judge under terrorism protocols"

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/20/jo-cox-killing-thomas-mair-to-face-judge-under-terrorism-protocols

    • Thanks for the very interesting article by Rana Baker. Smooth sailing and fair winds to the amazing Haneen Zoabi and her shipmates! I don't know if you had occasion to read Hass' other very good article about Yatta and more:

      "The Myths and Facts of One Palestinian Town's Jewish Origins

      What does the news care that every Palestinian who speaks to an Israeli journalist leaves a deposit with her. A deposit of trust, of expectation that their self-evident humanity will also reach the Israeli reader."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.725875

      I was not surprised to read this about another brave woman, either:

      "Israeli Conscientious Objector Sentenced to Sixth Term in Military Lock-up

      Tair Kaminer will have served 170 days in military prison when her current term ends. Omri Baranes, another conscientious objector, handed 30-day sentence."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.726062?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Back in May I linked to a remarkable piece that she penned in Haaretz:

      "Dear Mr. Smith: I'm Wearing Your Uniform in an Israeli Military Prison

      Tair Kaminer, 19, from Tel Aviv, was sentenced on May 3 to 30 more days in an IDF prison for refusing to enlist in the Israeli army, after serving 95 days."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.719198?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Thank you, Kate.

  • The naked racism of 'Save Jewish Jerusalem'
    • You know that is a blatant untruth, hophmi!

      It's a post replete with hate and Avi lies.

    • I'm glad that your excellent article came out today, Annie. I am still trying to digest Dan & David's video without gagging, so your timing is excellent. Your links are great, and I did listen to part of Ayalon/Rose.

      "anyway, what surprises me is that by israeli standards, these are ‘peaceniks’. seriously? it takes more than just declaring you’re for peace and 2ss using a reasonable tone of voice."

      Just like Netanyahu and his predecessors. The Palestinians have never, ever had a 'partner', and the world is able to see this clearly. All of the Presidents, administrations and Congresses are exposed, too. They are fully culpable in this criminal charade.

      Thanks to Ronnie for the translation.

    • Annie~ sincere thanks for highlighting the despicable video and elaborating on the grotesque group (Save Jewish Jerusalem) and their agenda behind it. I watched the video in horror, read Zonszein's article, and linked to it the other day They are all part and parcel of the same old, same old ~JSIL/Netanyahu/Glick et al. I think it pairs perfectly with Dan Cohen/David Sheen's video the other day~ "Worship God By Nakba’: Jerusalem march celebrates Israeli occupation with messianic fervor" - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/jerusalem-celebrates-occupation/#sthash.SoFMI6Qo.dpuf

  • 'Politico' dares to publish Ehrenreich saying occupation fosters terrorism, and 'Camera' goes haywire
    • How I wish that were not so, Annie!

      "EU-backed French Peace Initiative Constitutes a Vote of No-confidence in Netanyahu ...

      Israel’s government is expected to rack up a rare achievement today: It has succeeded in uniting all 28 members of the European Union behind a joint diplomatic declaration. The EU foreign ministers’ summit that will convene in Brussels is expected to back the French peace initiative, which includes convening an international conference attended by both Israel and the Palestinians by the end of the year.

      Israel’s opposition to this initiative, which has the support of both the United States and Russia, and its efforts to sabotage the French move merely underscore its isolation. This failure comes on top of its failed attempt to thwart an EU decision on labeling products of the settlements, as well as EU members’ support for a UN Human Rights Council resolution on preparing a “blacklist” of companies operating in the settlements.

      In response to a statement published in late 2011 that denounced Israel’s settlement policy and attacks by settlers on Palestinians, the Foreign Ministry, then headed by Avigdor Lieberman, declared that Britain, France, Germany and Portugal had “made themselves irrelevant.” Now, the French/European initiative has been launched, bypassing Israel, and made Israel irrelevant to this diplomatic process. ...

      The cabinet’s decision on Monday to give another 82 million shekels ($21 million) of taxpayer money to the settlements is fresh evidence of the fact that Netanyahu’s statements about peace are nothing more than lip service the prime minister is paying to the international community. ... This is another reason to seek a diplomatic agreement that would enable settlers living in the heart of a Palestinian population that has spent almost 50 years under occupation to finally be returned to Israel.

      Indeed, as the cabinet decision stated, the worsening security situation has an impact on many aspects of life, including psychological and social aspects. Therefore, we must welcome any initiative aimed at halting this deterioration and enabling residents of the settlements to develop new lives inside their country’s sovereign borders."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.725934?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Thanks for this, Phil.

      "Israel approves extra $18m for West Bank settlements ...

      The prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said the decision by his rightwing cabinet to allocate the extra 70 million shekels was in response to concerns about the security of existing Israeli settlements.

      According to the Haaretz newspaper, the amount is in addition to $88m already allocated to settlement-related spending.

      Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land Palestinians view as part of their future state.

      The US, the European Union and many others in the international community have called for a halt to settlement building.

      The Israeli government argued the increase was needed due to security concerns. ...

      Speaking at the start of the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the allocation was “an assistance plan to strengthen communities” in the West Bank, saying it would “strengthen security, assist small businesses and encourage tourism”.

      Beyond security, the cash will also upgrade tourism infrastructure, sport facilities and cultural events, ministers said.

      Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary general Saeb Erekat called the move a “slap in the face of the international community”.

      “Israel is doing everything possible to sabotage every effort to achieve a just and lasting peace,” he said in a statement."

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/19/israel-approves-extra-18m-for-west-bank-settlements

      Any bets on how the US, EU and the rest of the world will respond??? Our tax dollars are most likely funding this and so many crimes in Palestine ...

  • Israeli forces takes measurements of accused Palestinian attacker's father's house in order to destroy it
    • "IDF Commander Threatened After Testifying Against Soldier Who Killed Prone Terrorist

      After telling a military court that the soldier’s killing of a Palestinian had been unjustified, the officer found himself targeted and threatened on social networks. ...

      ...Kfir Brigade company commander Tom Naaman, who told the military court that there was no operational justification for the shooting by his subordinate, has filed a complaint with the police after his cell phone number was posted on WhatsApp groups and social networks.

      Police subsequently arrested a settler on suspicion of incitement to violence against Naaman. The suspect, a resident of a settlement in the West Bank, was detained for questioning after writing on Facebook that if Naaman had been his commander “he wouldn’t be able to walk on his feet any more.”

      The suspect’s defense attorney, Itamar Ben Gvir - who regularly defends Jewish radicals suspected of hate crimes or terror acts – said: “This is a young man who criticized the company commander, claiming that he betrayed his soldiers. In a democratic country criticism is permitted, certainly against an officer who testifies against his subordinate.”..."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.725898?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter"

    • Yara Eid's essay is quite amazing~ another very gifted young Palestinian.

      "Anti-Islam Politician Rejects Other Parties' Gesture of Respect, Vies for Slain MP's Seat

      ... The party stands for "Western civilization, Christian values, the monarchy, patriotism and national pride" alongside national sovereignty and identity, and "putting British people first," according to its platform. According to the Mirror, Liberty GB seeks to ban immigration to the U.K. for five years and reverse "the Islamization of Britain."

      Shadow Home Office Minister Jack Dromey said Liberty GB's bid was "obscene, outrageous and contemptible."

      "The immorality of the far Right knows no bounds," he told the Mirror. "Britain will be shocked and they will be roundly rejected in the by-election." ..."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.725869?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Thanks, Kate.

  • Wide-ranging coalition rallies in Albany to demand Cuomo rescind anti-BDS order
    • "Rhode Island to Boycott Companies That Boycott Israel

      The Anti-Discrimination in State Contracts Act, which prohibits state from contracting companies that boycott U.S. allies, was passed June 16 by the Rhode Island House in a 63-4 vote. ..."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.725847

      Sickening. Vote 'em out!

  • Israel extends administrative detention for Palestinian circus performer
    • "Israeli peaceniks release racist video to 'save Jerusalem'

      A new video portrays a ‘nightmare scenario’ in which Jerusalem residents elect a Palestinian mayor. ..."

      http://972mag.com/israeli-peaceniks-release-racist-video-to-save-jerusalem/120049/

      It's despicable.

    • Almost 100% distressing news, dear Kate. And now this:

      "Israel to Commence Construction of Massive Barrier Around Gaza

      The structure would include a massive wall surrounding the Palestinian enclave, as well as underground impediments to prevent tunnel digging in some places.

      ... The plan includes the construction of two fences around the Palestinian enclave, which will limit movement of people under surveillance from military outposts. In certain places around Gaza, an underground barrier will also be constructed – concrete slabs that will be placed underground in specific areas in an attempt to prevent digging tunnels into Israel. ..."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.725466?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      (thank you for your links Bumblebye)

    • A terrible, terrible loss and crime.

      "Brendan Cox, Jo’s husband, has issued a statement about her death. He says she would have wanted everyone to unite “to fight against the hatred that killed her”.

      Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.
      Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.
      She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisionous.
      Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full."

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2016/jun/16/eu-referendum-live-osborne-brexit-budget-leave-tories

  • Cuomo's sliding scale
  • 'Everyone's a veteran' in Israel, says Junger. Well, not really
  • Clinton's foreign policy speech downplays Israel (and leaves out Palestine)
    • "Sanders Seeks 'Compassion' for Palestinians in Changes to Democrats' Policy

      Member of the Democrats' platform drafting committee says desired changes are about more than the two-state solution while Sanders surrogate says she plans to 'act out' if she's excluded from process at convention.

      This article was originally published on Jewish Insider.

      The changes Bernie Sanders is pushing for to the Democratic Party’s platform on Israel are not just about the two-state solution but “compassion” for the Palestinian cause, James Zogby, a member of the platform drafting committee, said on Thursday.

      “This is the first presidential candidate since [Jesse] Jackson in 1988 that has made a point of advocating justice for Palestine and not just a two-state solution that everyone talks about. He talked about compassion,” Zogby said during a campaign rally organized by Arab Americans for Bernie Sanders in New Jersey on Thursday, according to Politicker NJ. “We now have a chance to support a presidential candidate who not only advocates for our issues but has gone out on a limb. We have the power to be a decisive power for him.”

      Pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, a surrogate for the Sanders campaign and one of his 23 New York’s at-large delegates for the convention, told Politico that she plans to “act out” if she feels excluded from the process. “I’m not expecting violence or assaults, but chanting, doing mass walk-outs,” Sarsour said of plans to disrupt the convention from the floor. “It depends on what happens there. What you’re going to watch unfold is democracy. The onus is on the party to make sure our voices are heard.”

      Sanders’ pro-Palestinian supporters expect a discussion on the Israel-Palestine conflict in which, Sarsour said, America “has not been an honest broker in the conflict.”

      In 2012, a last-minute effort to include the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – after heavy criticism for initially omitting it from the platform – was met with loud opposition on the Democratic National Convention floor. ...

      ... “The Democratic Party has always, in the platform, reflected longstanding, strong support for Israel. I don’t expect that to change,” Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and a foreign policy advisor to Clinton, told Jewish Insider last week. “I believe that everybody is in strong support for Israel’s security and I think that Secretary Clinton views about the importance of Israel’s security and the unbreakable bond between the U.S. and Israel is something that is held by all Democrats.”"

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.723023?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      Zogby & Sansour understand the past, present, and future very well. Sherman & Clinton are hopelessly stuck in the past, and are pledging allegiance to a foreign flag.

      Thanks, Dorgham Abusalim.

  • Huffpo writer expresses bigotry against Palestinians by equating battle for equal rights and anti-Semitism
    • Bravo, Annie and JTTG!

      Too bad Sabin chose to serve the other master in so many ways.

      (Hint: opposite of truth and fact)

    • Don't really know why Sabin chose to write this article replete with so much hyperbole with allegations as fact and without sources. She conflates Trump and his supporters with students and anonymous internet commenters along with published media.

      I guess she sat down and decided to pick and choose from the vast array of dishes offered at the buffet de hasbara while only occasionally sprinkling a few grains of truth to spice things up.

      Her headline is certainly explosive and will garner many hits. The ADL et al must be very grateful to her. Google AS/news and it comes up #4 for me.

  • 78% of Israelis support annexing West Bank settlement Ma’aleh Adumim
    • Thank you, Muhammad Ali.

    • I believe that you are right, oldgeezer. I read yesterday that Bibi 'prefers' Egypt's 'plan' to France's (of course, because France's provided timelines, etc).

      Bibi's not at a Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand, and he knows this very well. The PTB need to go cold turkey from their Israel addiction.

      [I accidentally posted two pieces on Kate's previous compilation that I meant to post here:

      "The US and Australia VOTED NO:

      “UN adopts resolution to support Palestinian women

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In a massive effort to tackle issues surrounding the advancement of women, social development, and non-communicable diseases, the UN Economic and Social Council adopted seven resolutions today, one … entitled “situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”."

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/israeli-lawyers-disinterred/#sthash.AYyvvXCI.dpuf

      ~and~

      “Israeli authorities release Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released imprisoned Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar on Friday, after being held for 14 months in Israeli prison."

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/israeli-lawyers-disinterred/#sthash.AYyvvXCI.dpuf

      my apologies]

    • Does anyone in the whole wide world even believe anything coming out of Israel's gov't anymore?

      "... "Only the sides can make peace, but we have to help them," Ayrault said. "We don't want to replace the sides or force solutions on them. There is an agreement that in light of the stalemate it is important to create conditions to bolster trust and renew negotiations."

      After the meeting concluded, Israel called the summit a "missed opportunity." 

      "Instead of urging Abu Mazen [Abbas] to accept the prime minister's repeated calls for immediate, direct negotiations without preconditions, the international community accepted Abu Mazen's demands and allowed him to continue and evade direct, bilateral talks," Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said. "The pages of history will show that the summit in Paris only hardened the Palestinian positions and pushed peace farther away."

      Netanyahu, who has officially rejected the French imitative through an international conference and prefers Egypt's recent regional initiative, called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday night and asked for his help to soften the tone of the concluding statement."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722960

      Hey Israel~ the "pages of history" have been, are, and will be written and it is not the Palestinians who were/ are intransigient, criminal, nor at fault for your intentional failures to honestly seek peace and justice in Palestine.

    • It did come from the JPost's article, Ben...

      "List of Non-profits That Would Be Affected by Proposed NGO Bill Revealed...

      The registrar of non-profit organizations at the Justice Ministry released a detailed list on Thursday of the 27 organizations that would be required, if pending legislation on the subject is passed, to disclose in their official publications that most of their funding comes from foreign governments.

      The disclosure of the list comes after Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi) had earlier refused to disclose the information to members of the committee.

      The bill, which is sponsored by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), would also require representatives of the groups affected by the law to wear identifying tags at the Knesset.

      Prior to the disclosure of the list, critics of the legislation had said that it targets left-wing organizations. The list disclosed on Thursday indeed shows that almost all of the groups that would be affected, due to their foreign government funding, are left-wing rather than right-wing. The bill has caused considerable consternation among some groups and  among European officials who have urged that it be scrapped.

      Twenty-five of the 27 groups on the list are either left-wing or have a human rights or social justice agenda. They include B'Tselem; the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel; the Arab Cultural Association;  Sikkuy – the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality; and Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights. Two other organizations on the list – Midrash Nezer Shlomo and Hesed l’Avraham Netivot-Tov Ayin – are non-profit groups that support religious activities. New Israel Fund President Talia Sasson said about half the groups on the list are supported by her fund. ..."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722917?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • It's mind- boggling, amigo.

      Here's a bit more from IPSC:

      "... “Like everyone who lives on the Gaza strip, Nader and Sami face huge restrictions every day of their lives due to the Israeli blockade. But it is highly ironic that, on this occasion at least, the Israelis were willing to allow them to travel to Derry but it is the UK authorities who have denied them entry.”...

      “Nader is someone who has represented his country at the Olympic Games in Beijing. He’s a previous winner of the Palestine marathon which, ironically, was established to highlight the restrictions on movement faced by Palestinians and here he is now being denied the right to travel to Derry.”

      The ‘Journal’ has contacted the Home Office and is currently awaiting a response."

      http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/anger-as-gaza-runners-denied-derry-marathon-visa
      ~~~~~~~~~
      Fingers crossed that PFLP MP Khalida Jarrar will actually be released....

    • Thanks, Kate. It's neverending and grinding and just plain inhuman how Israel is allowed to continue this horror unabated with US complicity. (Canada, too in this case!)

      "UN ‘buries’ resolution on Gaza’s environmental health crisis under US, Israeli pressure ... The blocking of a UN vote on the Gaza resolution was orchestrated by the US and Israel on the basis of a technicality, which was selectively applied ...

      ...In heated negotiations and a string of informal consultations… it became apparent that Israel’s objections could not be overcome and that the US would rather it be quietly buried,” said Weir. –Sleight-of-hand– Israel eventually demanded a vote on the Gaza resolution late on the final day of the UN talks, surprising many – but the sudden demand appears to have been tactically designed to to permanently block a vote on the resolution."

      "Quietly buried" along with all the dying and dead that Israel has caused those in Gaza RIGHT NOW? Human beings should turn a deaf ear to "Israel's objections" forevermore! Power is a freak of nature. I guess since the US is also responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza 2012/2014, it would prefer not to be held accountable.... aargh!
      ~~~~~~~~~~
      "Two Gaza runners, Nader Al Massri and Sami Nateel, have been denied a visa by the British Immigration authorities to attend a Derry Marathon, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign has revealed. The Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (I.P.S.C.) has branded the decision “inexplicable”. "

      what the hell? Is this some form of retaliation for the nod to BDS that Ireland has given? It is "inexplicable" and cruel.

  • Tel Aviv Gay Pride: Not a cause for celebration
    • TOTALLY awesome!!! Thank you all for this! The article is wonderfully written, the movement /action is fantastic (and natural, imho), and the videos are stellar ~ the clear graphics/imagery along with that very catchy soundtrack.

      You rock, Ramzy and Mikki et al.

  • Clinton forces dig in against changes to Democratic platform on Israel
  • Israel commandeers UN for anti-BDS pep rally
    • Yes, he is. So is Cuomo:

      "N.Y. Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Against BDS

      Executive order requires state agencies to divest from companies and groups that back the anti-Israel boycott. 'We want to take immediate action because we want Israel to know that we are on their side,' Cuomo says.

      New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed an executive order that orders state agencies to divest themselves of companies and organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the State of Israel.

      “In New York, we lead by example. We are also a place of action. We want to take immediate action because we want Israel to know that we are on their side,” Cuomo said during a speech, attended by Jewish leaders, at The Harvard Club. “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

      The executive order – the first such signed by a governor – will command the commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile a list over the next six months of businesses and groups engaged in “boycott, divestment or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary.”

      Once the process is completed, all executive-branch agencies and departments will be required to divest themselves of any company on the list to be made public, according to the draft first published by The New York Times. “The State of New York will not permit its own investment activity to further the BDS campaign in any way, shape or form, whether directly or indirectly,” the order states.

      “New York stands in solidarity with Israel today and always. This state will not stand for the politics of discrimination in any form, and we will continue to demonstrate our unwavering support for the people of Israel in the fight for freedom, liberty and democracy,” said Cuomo. “I’m proud to sign this nation’s leading executive order, which will help protect Israel from the threat of divestment.”

      Cuomo called on governors from all states to follow his lead and take immediate action to fight the BDS movement. According to the governor’s office, Cuomo has been named as the co-chair of the American Jewish Committee’s Governors against BDS initiative.

      “This order sends the message that this state will do everything in its power to end this hateful, intolerant campaign. New York and Israel share an unbreakable bond and I pray that the Israeli and Palestinian people will find a way to live side by side and find peace, prosperity and security,” he said.

      Following his speech, Cuomo marched in the Celebrate Israel parade on Fifth Avenue, alongside a truck blaring Israeli music. “I am the first governor in the country to sign an executive order saying we oppose the boycott of Israel. I am proud of it and I hope other states follow our lead,” Cuomo told reporters before marching. “It is very important that Israel is strong, not just for the sake of Israel but for the sake of all democracies. Israel is an important strategic ally of the U.S. And we have to keep that relationship strong. And even in this difficult time of turmoil, I want Israel to know New York stands with them.”
      '
      Asked if he has responded to President Barack Obama’s April letter requesting to lift state sanctions against Iran as part of the Iran nuclear deal, Cuomo said: “I would have to check. I don’t know if we have.” ..."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.723240

      Where to start? What flag does he salute, anyway? What party does he represent?

    • "Copy BDS tactics, pro-Israel activists told at UN conference

      "When I was in school,” recalled Republican pollster and right-wing propaganda consultant Frank Luntz, “there was no opposition to Israel whatsoever.”

      But today, he warned, “schools across the country have tremendous challenges” because young people are dramatically more liberal, increasingly hostile toward Israel and more sympathetic to Palestinians.

      To defeat BDS, Luntz concluded that Israel’s supporters must adopt language that appeals to the campus left.

      Luntz was speaking on 31 May to a packed conference hall at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where the Israeli mission to the UN and the World Jewish Congress hosted the first international #StopBDS conference.

      An estimated 1,500 people, many of them college aged, attended the summit to learn and discuss strategies for crushing the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement burgeoning on US college campuses.

      Speak young, speak left

      To illustrate his point, Luntz presented polling he said was taken within the last 90 days showing attitudes toward Israel and the Palestinians among US college students.

      He was most troubled that only one in three students considers themselves pro-Israel. Almost a quarter of students support Palestinians over Israel and 39 percent think Israel should return all Israeli land to Palestinians.

      Forty-three percent favor boycott as a means to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights and 44 percent – almost half – view Israel as an apartheid state.

      Luntz sounded the alarm over the decline in support for Israel among US college students.
      “I’m not looking to speak to people who already agree with me,” said Luntz. Anti-BDS messaging, he argued, needs to be tailored to Democrats, women and people under 29 – demographics he identified as most likely to sympathize with the Palestinian struggle for human rights.

      His findings are similar to those of a recent Pew survey that found a dramatic increase in support for Palestinians in the Democratic Party’s liberal base.

      “I want to speak young, I want to speak left and I want to speak to the women,” which requires “promoting equality” and “promoting human rights,” Luntz explained.

      “I want you to focus on democratic language. I want you to focus on language to the left. I want you to imagine when you are communicating Israel that you are speaking to a 21-year-old college Democrat woman,” Luntz advised. “That’s the people that you need to reach out to.”

      Then Luntz abruptly ended his presentation out of fear that his remaining slides would be publicized.

      “There are a couple of people in this room right now who support BDS, who tweet about it, who write about it on social media. I have language that I’d like to show you but I think that I would actually do damage, that people would take photographs of it and put it out,” he said.

      Earlier this year, some of Luntz’s slides from his anti-BDS presentation were leaked.

      When The Electronic Intifada attempted to interview Luntz ahead of his speech this time around, he was upset to learn there was a media presence at the #StopBDS conference. “I didn’t know they were letting journalists in,” he snapped. ..."

      Much more @ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/copy-bds-tactics-pro-israel-activists-told-un-conference

      Love his numbers... they will grow! I think it's probably impossible to teach these folks how "speak" justice~ you have to believe in it.

    • I so respect the man, Ossinev. I read that piece this morning, and those excerpts from his letters made my heart sing. The engineered witch hunt after Labour is doomed to fail. As to his support~ UK friends/family of mine certainly back him unequivocally.

    • Danon did a pretty good Bibi, amigo. I posted this yesterday:

      “Danon Chides UN for ‘Opening the Door to BDS’ at Summit Against Boycott Movement …

      In an international student summit on ways of combating the BDS movement organized by the Israeli Mission to the UN, and held at the UN, Israel’s permanent representative to the UN Danny Danon borrowed from Winston Churchill, promising to fight the BDS movement in campuses, in courts of law and in the halls of the UN, but also used the podium at the general assembly hall to attack the United Nations.

      In front of 15,000 people, Danon praised the American students present for being “the Iron Dome of the State of Israel,” and promised to win the “battle” against the BDS movement, which he referred to as “the true face of modern anti-semitism.”

      “Everyone will hear us, our friends but also our enemies,” promised Danon, and added that BDS protestors are screaming outside, even though if there was a demonstration, it was really hard to spot. “I have a message for those standing right now outside the UN, holding banners and screaming hatful lyrics against the state of Israel – you will never win. Our people have overcome every threat and every enemy. We stand strong, we stand together and we will defeat you, once and for all.”

      The promise to defeat BDS once and for all generated enthusiastic applause, as Danon continued using militarized language to threaten the BDS movement: “We will fight them on campus, we will fight them in the courts of law, we will fight them in the halls of the UN.” However, Danon also used the podium at the general assembly hall to attack the United nations, hinting that the enemy may actually be larger than BDS activists.

      “BDS has already infected the UN, yes even the UN,” said Danon. “Just recently, the UN human rights council voted to blacklist anyone who does business in Judea and Samaria, in Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. With this disgraceful resolution, the UN crossed a red line. Can you imagine, that 70 years after the Holocaust, the UN is creating lists to encourage the boycott of Jewish companies? This is exactly the kind of hatred that the UN was founded to eradicate. When the UN is opening the door to BDS, we have to respond.””

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      War talk, Holocaust, vitriol, anti- semitism, and lies at the UN~ sounds like Bibi, himself. Despicable. Wonder if he got many ovations, and if Matisyahu rocked the GA hall. Funny that no other article that I read mentioned students before this one…

      Huge thanks to all those peaceful pro- BDS folks outside!!!

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/governments-sweden-speaking/#sthash.UihNRTEN.dpuf

      Thanks for the article, Alex.

  • US thinktank report, co-authored by Israelis, urges collecting 'biometric data' on Palestinians
    • Another rotten 'plan'. Somebody actually pays these people to sit around and 'think' up more things that. will. not. work.? I like how you put it, Phil: "a more cosmetic occupation."

      (ooh~ back to craniometry and eugenics perhaps~ biometrics for all Palestinians and others.)

      Thanks very much for exposing this.

  • 'My weekend in Palestine' changed an Australian man's life
    • Agreed.

      I have been racking my brain, trying to remember where I've seen the main video before and then I remembered it was at Taxi's place. Unfortunately, I don't FB so I can't view the others.

      So grateful that he will get more exposure today!

  • Yehuda Glick's meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliament
    • Excerpt from an excellent, relevant article by Asa Winstanley:

      "The growing influence of Israel’s most hard line settlers

      ...While Israel’s founders were mostly secular in their outlook, there was always a strand of religious fanaticism involved. “There is no God, but he gave us the land,” is how the anti-Zionist Israeli historian Ilan Pappe often frames it.

      And now, with Israel increasingly moving to the right, even the secular outlook is increasingly being dropped. The settlers and the religious Zionists are slowly working their way into power. Dan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah at Mondoweiss had on Tuesday a most illuminating account of how this is happening.

      A central figure in this reckoning is Yehuda Glick. With the departure of Yaalon from Israel’s parliament Glick, as the next person down on the Likud party list, now enters the Knesset as a new Israeli lawmaker. Born in New York, Glick is an infamous instigator at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Islam’s third-most-holy site) and leader in the extremist “Third Temple” movement.

      His long term goal is to destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple.

      A settler who lives in the south Hebron hills (part of the occupied West Bank) Glick is the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, and was once director the Temple Institute.

      The latter organization is led by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, an openly racist and genocidal religious Zionist. Last year, Ariel was caught on tape by journalist David Sheen advocating the murder of all Palestinian men that refused to convert from Islam and Christianity, threatening even that Israel should launch wars across the entire region: “We will conquer Iraq, Turkey. We will get to Iran, too. We will impose the seven Noahide laws on all of these places.”..."

      more @ https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160601-the-growing-influence-of-israels-most-hard-line-settlers/

    • B. Michael is a good read today:

      "Yet Again the Jewish People Face Great Danger and the World Is Silent ...

      Yet again the Jewish people face great danger. Not the whole Jewish people. Just part of it.
      The part concentrated in the Middle East. And this time, it isn’t our enemies who are arising to smite us. This time, the ones arising come from within us.

      With our very own hands, we anointed the Huns who rule over us. A wild bunch, malicious, futile and unrestrained, leading their herd head-first into the wall.

      And the world is silent…

      At our head, we have placed a miserly, loudmouthed hedonist. A man defined by his own partner and friend from youth as a liar, fraud and charlatan. A man frightened of his own shadow and, mainly, of his dead father and living wife. And this meager man has smitten us with a government of fools and scorpions – half fools, half scorpions. With a defense minister who ardently supports ethnic cleansing; with a justice minister who sees the law as a club to settle nationalist and political accounts; with a fundamentalist education minister who wants to return us to a religion dating back 1,000 years, to the glorious era of the biblical Joshua, conqueror and destroyer of peoples, to the temple for fattening the god with barbecue cuts, to greedy, pleasure-seeking kings, convinced they had been anointed by the god to rule for eternity.

      Is there any wonder that the rot and corruption are eating us up?

      And the world is silent… ...

      ... The right wing is too stupid, wicked and frightened to understand what it is causing. The left… oy, the left… its remnants huddle in each other’s arms and calculate their approaching end. The opposition, ridiculous thing that it is, is led by one imbecile and one dishrag. And the two may duke it out with each other until the end of time to see which is the imbecile and which the dishrag. All answers are right. ...

      ... Yet it could have been so easy to save us. Demanding a visa applicable to every country in the universe, delicately hinting at cutbacks to stipends, here and there a little veto, practical thought on the model that brought South Africa back to the light… and the State of Israel would have been easily rescued from the morass into which it’s sinking like a submarine. ...

      Start talking, cruel world!

      Because if you persist in your silence, you indifferent world, that will be categorical proof that you really are anti-Semitic, exactly as we’ve always been told.

      In summation, this is all I ask: Please translate my words into every language in the enlightened world and send them to your leaders. Experience has always taught that the world will persist in its silence until it’s too late, but at least, illusion is better than despair.
      And if I am accused of libeling the country, I will make the usual claims in my defense: 1. I spoke the truth. 2. The public has a deep interest in the matter (though it’s an ever-shrinking public)."

      read the whole thing : http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.722656?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • "Yehudah Glick, whom the police have called the most dangerous man in the Middle East," is now a MK.

      Today,

      "Top Jewish Terror Suspect Meir Ettinger Freed From Israeli Detention ...

      The Shin Bet security service's number one Jewish suspect of terrorism was  released on Wednesday after 10 months in administrative detention.

      Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right activist Meir Kahane, was detained following the murder of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Duma last July, and was placed in administrative detention for six months. His detention was later extended ...

      The Shin Bet did not seek to extend the administrative detention order again.

      Ettinger remains under various restrictions, including a ban from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a curfew. He is also barred from making contact with 93 people.
      Following his detention, a judge noted that Ettinger encouraged acts of violence that harmed Israel's security, and that he organized a violent revolt aimed at toppling the state.

      In the original administrative detention order against Ettinger, Justice Avraham Tal noted that "according to intelligence information presented by the Shin Bet, in September 2013 Ettinger founded an organization that aimed to bring forward a violent revolt that would topple the Israeli state by carrying out acts that would hurt the state's weak points. The revolt was meant to include four stages – public relations, recruitment of activists, the uprising's breakout and the disturbances phase."

      It was also claimed that Ettinger was personally involved in the arson of a home in Khirbet Abu Falah in the West Bank in November 2014. "The respondent's actions show the danger emanating from him and the organization that he headed and was the mastermind of… Ettinger encouraged others to carry out violent acts that harmed state security and such acts were indeed carried out."

      The justice's decision shows that he was presented with at least 180 intelligence reports and an 82-pages Shin Bet review."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.722586

      Different strokes for different folks, eh? There are MK's that seek to make laws to oust Palestinian- Israeli members of the Knesset, but Glick is in. Think how many Palestinians are in arbitrary administration detention, and now Ettinger is out and about.

      Remember Yishai Schlissel?

      "6 Stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade by ultra-Orthodox Jewish Assailant

      Suspect was convicted of attempted murder after stabbing three during 2005 Gay Pride Parade; he was recently released from prison. ...

      ... Schlissel was sentenced for 12 years in prison for the 2005 attack after his conviction on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. However, in 2007, following an appeal, the Supreme Court mitigated his sentence to 10 years.

      After his release, Schlissel returned to his hometown, where residents said that he distributed hand-written pamphlets in which he called on "all Jews faithful to God" to risk "beatings and imprisonment" for the sake of preventing the parade. ..."

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.668796

      What would have happened if a Palestinian had done this???

      All three have a lot in common.

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