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  • ‘Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences’ to be held in Harvard Square
  • 'The other side of the Siege' -- the IDF takes on the Jenin Freedom Theatre
    • Hope that you read Phil's very good article here, Jesse Rubin:

      ".... Here’s the listing for Lotan. Right at the beginning of the run: an event titled, “The Other Side of the Siege”.

      Colonel Lior Lotan, chief Israeli negotiator in the Siege of the Church of the Nativity, will speak on his experiences immediately following the screening [of a PBS documentary on the siege].

      Lotan was till recently a spokesman for the Israeli army. He has argued that Israeli forces should kidnap 200 Palestinian militants for every Israeli soldier captured, so that Israel can have a “full hand” during negotiations for release of prisoners.

      So, just to be clear: NYU can’t stage the Palestinian point of view without needing to counter it with an Israeli military official. Art is answered with propaganda! ..."

      I appreciate the pictures of the back of the heads of the attendees! I also smiled at this:

      "... A half-hour into his talk, the crowd had dwindled to about 30 people, at least one of whom was asleep. ...Except that Sunday night, very few people were listening."

      Thanks, Jesse.

  • Balfour at 100: A legacy of racism and propaganda
    • "... It is also a product of a history of racism and empire that extended across most of the West. On this centennial of the Balfour Declaration, reflection on this shared culpability should serve as a reminder of the responsibility for the political action that comes with it."

      Well said. Thank you for this thoughtful essay, Dan Freeman-Maloy. There's so much Western complicity with/enablng of Israel's crimes and continued and frenzied demonization of others and the victims of their crimes.

      Here's a case in point:

      Pence to Attend Israeli Event Marking UN Acceptance of 1947 Partition Plan

      U.S. ambassador to UN Nikki Haley will also attend event organized by Israeli UN mission, to take place at site where the UN historic vote took place

      Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, announced Pence's participation on Sunday, writing that the Israeli delegation is "honored" that he will be joining the event.

      ... Pence has been the Trump administration's most senior representative at other Israel-related events associated this year, such as the AIPAC annual conference in March, and a reception in honor of Israel's Independence Day in May. Pence also spoke at a conference organized by the Republican Jewish Coalition in February. ..."

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  • Danish pension fund blacklists four Israeli companies linked to settlements
    • Ali Abunimah delivers a well- deserved, comprehensive, and stinging rebuke to the EU wrt to the "Unprecedented Move" :

      "How the EU mocks the victims of Israel’s crimes"

    • Good article here:

      "‘A legal shield for the Palestine movement in the U.S.’

      Pro-Israel organizations are increasingly using the law to target Palestinian solidarity groups in the United States. Dima Khalidi, head of Palestine Legal, speaks with +972 Magazine about the ‘Palestine exception’ to free speech, and what her organization is doing to fight back. ..."

      Much more @

    • "Funny how no one boycotts the white blonde people. Instead, they go after the Jews."

      I guess you know zero about the successful boycott of, divestment from, and economic sanctions on South Africa...

      Lots of "white blonde people" there.

    • Some rather good news, but infinitely sad that it is "unprecendented":

      "In Unprecedented Move, Eight European Countries to Demand Compensation From Israel for West Bank Demolitions ...

      Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.

      A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter, which is the first of its kind, was expected to be delivered to senior Foreign Ministry officials within a few days.

      According to the European diplomat, Belgium was leading the move. The other countries involved in drafting the letter are France, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Denmark. All eight countries are members of the West Bank Protection Consortium, a body through which they coordinate humanitarian assistance to Area C.

      The countries were protesting the confiscation of solar panels they had installed in Bedouin communities and the demolition of mobile structures that were financed in various Bedouin communities to serve as classrooms.

      The existence of the protest letter was first reported by the French newspaper Le Monde. In the letter, the eight countries stressed that if Israel does not unconditionally return the equipment it seized, they would demand compensation. The demolition and seizure of humanitarian equipment, including school infrastructure, and the interference in the transfer of humanitarian assistance contravenes Israel’s obligations under international law and causes suffering to the Palestinian residents, the letter said. ...

       According to a senior Foreign Ministry official, Belgian Ambassador to Israel Olivier Belle said during the meeting that if Israel did not return the equipment it had seized, his country would formally demand compensation. Belle was the only one at that meeting to raise the issue of compensation, but in the ensuing weeks he apparently managed to persuade his colleagues to turn the demand into a joint agreed-upon position that would be officially conveyed to Israel.

      Israel categorically rejects the demand for compensation. Israel’s position is that the European activity in Area C is not humanitarian assistance but illegal development that is being done without coordinating with Israel and with the aim of strengthening the Palestinians’ hold on Area C. The European position is that under the Geneva Convention, Israel is responsible for dealing with the everyday needs of the Palestinian population in Area C, and since it is not doing so, the European states are stepping in with humanitarian aid."

      Then there's this weird tidbit:

      "U.S. firm to build solar plants in blackout-plagued Gaza ...

      GAZA (Reuters) - The Gaza Strip will have three new solar energy plants operating by April, the U.S.-based energy firm behind the project said on Tuesday, providing the territory with some relief from daily blackouts but far from meeting its severe power shortages. ..."

    • Superb!

      Hope it goes viral. Too many people in the West, 'world leaders', Parliaments, and Congress need this very basic education.

      Merci beaucoup, Misterioso.

    • Thanks for sharing, Dan. Thoroughly despicable of course, but expected and zionormal.

      Thanks for some good news, Sheren. It's a shame that Denmark via Sampension and their pensioners were ever involved in these crimes at all. Hopefully, more will be exposed all over the world and then heed the call to BDS. Danwatch is doing really good work.

  • In Ireland, a Palestinian is understood
    • Highly doubtful, amigo!

      I hope that you and yours are managing well with the tempest Ophelia.

    • This essay is a veritable treasure, Professor. I've now read it 3 times and it continues to tease and tempt me back... Profound thanks and kudos for giving it life.

      Love your comment and sentiments, amigo.

  • US quits UNESCO over 'anti-Israel bias' and Israel follows suit
    • I really appreciate Ali Abunimah's video and comments including the one you cited. Here's another one:

      "On Friday I spoke to Aaron Maté of The Real News about the decision by the United States and Israel to pull out of UNESCO over claims that the United Nations cultural body has an “anti-Israel bias.”

      I explained that these claims are based on lies from Israel and its supporters that recent UNESCO resolutions deny Jewish connections to heritage sites in East Jerusalem and Hebron, both of which are in the occupied West Bank. ..."

      Then I read this @ Haaretz:

      "Jerusalem’s Long-lost Ancient Roman Theater Revealed in Old City Excavations

      Archeological dig under Wilson’s Arch also uncovers eight previously unknown layers of Western Wall stones..."

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      So, the Old City is being excavated and exploited by Israel ... again. Nifty, eh?

      I appreciated this comment from tom hall on EI @ the above link:

      "Thanks for this excellent exposition. There's no reason to expect the latest pact between Hamas and Fatah to produce a result that previous agreements failed to deliver. The contradictions are just too fundamental. And when the breakdown occurs, Israel will use the occasion to launch another savage attack on Gaza.

      As for Israel's departure from UNESCO and the U.S.' refusal to pay its agreed subvention, the pair of them would be doing the world a favor if they withdrew altogether from the United Nations. In a world made up of corrupt and murderous states, those two still manage to sully any gathering with their own unique compound of lawlessness and hypocrisy."

  • The low-rent bullying of the Zionist ideologue
    • "As to Iran and Hizbullah- they were responsible for the single deadliest anti-Jewish atrocity since WW2, the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires."

      Please prove that...

      "The Zionist movement didn’t push for depopulating Palestine. Mainstream Zionism sought to live in peace with the non-Jewish population, not replace it."

      Those words are lies and you should (but probably will not) be banned for your denial of the ongoing Nakba.

  • The 13 questions on life in Palestine that non-Palestinians always ask me
    • This is a good primer for the vast numbers of uninformed (deliberately or otherwise), Inès! It's all so terribly sad and incalculably unjust. Thanks to my elders, I have been educated to the truth from childhood and have been able to travel far and wide.

      I loved this comment of yours: "This is not an attempt, yet again, to explain the whole Israeli-Palestinian conflict in ten bullet points (although I have been asked zillion times “so what do you think about the conflict?” in between two bites of cheese, with expectations of a one-minute easy answer), as it would result in some level of demagogy and oversimplification."

      "in between two bites of cheese", indeed!

      Brilliant. I hope that you enjoy being home.

  • Jewish Historical Society channels Joe McCarthy, and cancels JVP event on Balfour
    • Why are they so afraid? It makes no sense at all. It's a crying shame that no conversation is allowed other than pro- Israel, anti- Palestine.

      In good news from Samer Badawi:

      "ACLU launches first major challenge of anti-BDS legislation

      The lawsuit offers the most stark example yet of how anti-BDS legislation threatens Americans’ First Amendment rights.

      The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday that it had filed suit on behalf of a Kansas public school educator who was asked to disavow a boycott of Israel as a condition for payment. The case comes amid growing concerns that recent state-level legislation across the United States is chilling free speech among proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

      The Kansas law, which came into effect on July 1 of this year, directs the state to “require written certification from all individuals and companies with which it enters into contracts” that they are “not engaged in a boycott of Israel.”

      “The First Amendment prohibits the government from using its financial leverage to impose an ideological litmus test,” said ACLU attorney Brian Hauss. “This law is an unconstitutional attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate by coercing people not to express their beliefs, including through participation in a political boycott.”

      A member of the Mennonite Church, Esther Koontz “decided not to buy consumer products made by Israeli companies and international companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the ACLU said. Her decision is in line with the church’s July 2017 resolution “to avoid economic support for the military occupation of Palestinian territories.” ...

      A nine-year veteran of Wichita public schools, Koontz, a math teacher, now develops school curricula and trains teachers. She had been asked to sign the anti-boycott certification as part of her engagement with the Kansas Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnerships program.

      The ACLU complaint asks the court to strike down the state law and bar the Kansas Department of Education from requiring the anti-boycott certification. Legal experts cite as precedent a 1982 Supreme Court decision that reversed a hefty financial judgement against the NAACP for its seven-year boycott of white merchants in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Writing on behalf of the court in that case, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens affirmed “the right of individuals to combine with other persons in pursuit of a common goal by lawful means,” calling that right one of “the foundations of our society.”

      According to Chicago-based Palestine Legal, 21 U.S. states have enacted anti-BDS laws. Of these, the Kansas law appears to be the most egregious for its requirement that individuals and companies certify their stance on BDS.

      Although other states’ anti-BDS laws vary in their severity, most fall into one or more of three categories, according to Palestine Legal. Some, like those introduced in New York, call for blacklists of individuals, organizations, and companies engaged in boycott. Others prohibit states from entering into contracts with these entities. And still others require state pension funds to divest from “companies that boycott Israel,” including, in some cases, “territories controlled by Israel.”

      The state-level campaign to silence BDS activists is part of a nationwide push, backed by groups like StandWithUs and the Emergency Committee for Israel, to combat growing support for the BDS movement — or activists’ right to advocate for it. The drive is supported, in part, by the Israeli government, which, among other measures, has committed millions of dollars to marketing products targeted by the boycott, including those produced on illegal settlements in the West Bank.

      Despite these counter-measures, the BDS movement, which grew out of a 2005 call from Palestinian civil society organizations, has continued to gain steam. The LA Times editorial board last year called boycotts of Israel “a protected form of free speech,” and Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters last month penned an op-ed for the New York Times voicing his opposition to a draft federal bill that would punish BDS supporters with up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

      The ACLU and other groups have also been at the front lines of combating the federal bill, known as the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.” Although its proponents have argued that it simply “updates” a 1979 law that prohibited participation in the so-called Arab boycott, Palestinian activists and their supporters have successfully framed the legislation as a threat to free speech. (The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, for example, offers talking points and further links here.) ..."

      A Change Gonna Come...

  • 'A blot on Judaism, Jewish history and ethics' -- British Jews regret the Balfour Declaration
    • I am very much looking forward to seeing that film. Thanks so much Misterioso and Annie!

      ("The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" was truly superb, Mooser!)

    • Nicely done, amigo!

      (Iran does not belong in the bottom of the pile, imho. But they didn't call me...)

    • Wow, my comment just went *poof*!

      Good for these folks from IJV! It's a wonderful start and I thank you very much for sharing this here, Phil.

      The mountain that the US needs to climb to do something similar seem insurmountable, though. When you have a Senator like this (and too many more all over Capitol Hill, Pennsylvania Ave. and beyond) that seem to care more about Israel than the US and their own state's constituents, it feels perfectly awful and abysmal. Has everyone seen this?

      "Senator Schumer Slams Trump Over 'Indecisiveness' on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

      The U.S. Senate minority leader calls on the president to keep his campaign promise to 'show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel's capital'"

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      Remember he's the self- proclaimed 'shomer' for Israel:

      "Schumer: I’m on a Mission From God (to Be Israel’s Guardian in Senate)

      Sen. Chuck Schumer told a New York radio station last week that after the Obama administration hit Israel hard on its settlement policy, “I called up Rahm Emanuel and I called up the White House and I said, ‘If you don’t retract that statement you are going to hear me publicly blast you on this.’”

      He added that there were two groups within the White House. One would give Israel the usual pass and the other wants the US to put pressure on Israel (and Palestinians).

      “We’re pushing hard to make sure the right side wins and if not we’ll have to take it to the next step,” he said.

      He concluded that God, himself, deputized him to be Israel’s man in the Senate:

      “You know, my name .... comes from the word shomer, guardian, watcher. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov. And I believe Hashem [Orthodox for God] actually gave me that name. One of my roles, very important in the United States senate, is to be a shomer — to be a or the shomer Yisrael. And I will continue to be that with every bone in my body ...”"

      People need to vote these Israel- firsters out and seek justice and peace and life for the Palestinians and so many others that are being targeted. Tax- exempt status need to be removed from any church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious groups that proselytize and speak of politics on their premises.

      I am quite sure that mosques are carefully surveilled and monitored in the US... not sure about others.

  • Leading journalists call 2nd Amendment an anachronism -- but spare Zionism
    • " Terry Gross, David Brooks, and Bret Stephens are all Americans…"

      Are they solely Americans first, or dual Irsraeli/'Americans' first? Are they folks that support the US , and yet still support the malignant relationship with The Apartheid, Occupying State that the US has shamefully been complicit with its neverending violence toward the People of Palestine?

  • In decertifying Iran deal, Trump caves to Israel. But who will say so?
    • I agree, Annie.

      The US is planning on arming this murderous regime~ again:

      "The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday in a statement citing Iran among regional threats.

      Saudi Arabia asked to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars.

      "This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats," the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation agency said in a statement.

      Iran has one of the biggest ballistic missile programs in the Middle East, viewing it as an essential precautionary defense against the United States and other adversaries, primarily Gulf Arab states and Israel.

      THAAD missile systems are deployed to defend against ballistic missile attacks. ..."

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    • Here's a pretty good article:

      "European Officials Join Campaign to Keep Iran Deal

      Supporters of the deal say its collapse could trigger a regional arms race and worsen Middle East tensions

      As the U.S. Congress faces a possible fight over the future of the Iran nuclear agreement, European ambassadors and officials from President Barack Obama's administration are making their case for preserving the pact directly to U.S. lawmakers. 

      The British, French, German and European Union ambassadors to the United States will participate later on Wednesday in a meeting on Capitol Hill with Democratic senators organized by the Senate's number two Democrat, Richard Durbin, congressional aides and embassy officials told Reuters. 

      Former Undersecretary of State and lead Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman will also attend and former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate via videolink, an aide to Durbin and another congressional aide said. 

      The meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Democrats in Congress and other officials who support the nuclear pact to bolster support for the deal by spelling out the consequences of its collapse as Republican President Donald Trump faces an Oct. 15 deadline for certifying the agreement or placing its fate in the hands of Congress. 

      A British embassy official said Ambassador Kim Darroch was in Congress on Wednesday with his French, German and EU counterparts meeting with both Democrats and Republicans "to provide information on the European position on the JCPOA," using an acronym for the nuclear agreement. 

      An EU embassy spokesman confirmed that EU Ambassador David O'Sullivan and others would attend, to explain that the deal is a multilateral agreement that is working and that the European Union will do everything it can to ensure it stays in place. ..."

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      He'll have to go against 'his generals', too.

    • This is 'interesting':

      "U.S. Ambassador’s Adviser Ran 'Dark Money' Nonprofit That Donated $1m to Right-wing Israeli Group

      Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone has been working for U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for several months, but previously worked at Shining City, which gave millions of shekels to Im Tirzu from unknown sources ...

      Im Tirtzu defines itself as a Zionist movement, but is best known for its media campaign at the end of 2015 when it branded various artists and human rights organizations as foreign agents.

      In June, Haaretz revealed Lightstone’s involvement in Shining City, which is what is known as a “dark money” organization. The nonprofit was registered under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(4), which gives a special tax-exemption status to nonprofits involved in promoting social welfare goals, and also enables them to use part of their capital to promote political objectives – without revealing their sources of funding.

      Shining City was founded in Virginia in late 2014 to educate the public on “relations between Israel and the USA,” and America’s political relationships in the Middle East, according to organization documents.

      It was registered by the Virginia law firm Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky. According to a December 2012 Bloomberg report, the law firm was previously involved in registering companies that donated over $250 million to campaigns connected to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, calling it a “nexus of Republican secret money and power.”

      Shining City operated mostly during the 2015 Knesset election campaign in Israel, when the nuclear agreement between six world powers and Iran was under discussion in the United States. At the beginning of 2015, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address Congress on why he was against the accord, the nonprofit promoted his speech on social media and lauded Netanyahu.

      During that year Lightstone was listed as the executive director of Shining City, and the only one receiving a salary from it ($73,750).

      Haaretz also traced U.S. public records indicating that Lightstone filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in the name of Shining City, being particularly interested in records concerning the Iran deal.

      He asked the U.S. Treasury Department for “all the records from January 1, 2015 to December 4, 2015 concerning Treasury and other government entities regarding the implementation day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.” He also requested a “signed copy of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached on July 14, 2015 by the P5+1, the European Union and Iran.” ..."

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  • Moshe Machover and the battle for the soul of British Labour
    • "Moshe Machover’s article which led to his expulsion is exquisite."

      It certainly is, Jonathan. Shame, shame, shame on Labour Head of Disputes Sam Matthews et al and JLM.

      "...And I will keep writing about this, for sure. Because what I “feel and know” is, that what is happening here is very wrong."

      I am very grateful for that.

      I wonder if you've seen this:

      "Palestine was the issue at Labour Party conference

      Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received his longest and loudest standing ovation at his party’s conference when he called for an “end to the oppression of the Palestinian people” and Israel’s “50-year occupation and illegal settlement expansion.”

      This was just one of the ways popular support for Palestinian rights was highly visible at the main UK opposition party’s annual gathering last week. ..."

      much more @

  • Journalist and former Mossad agent Herbert Pundik turns 90 – and Denmark celebrates  
    • I have that article about Adi Farjon (speaking in Hebrew in a closed briefing ) archived, Jonathan. I believe that I shared it here... it floored me.

      As for Pundik, his commentary and dominance in Danish "journalism" may explain why I have had innumerable conversations cut short/disagreements with Danish folk. He's good at shutting his own eyes/mind to his own sins when it suits him. He's also very good at practicing and spreading Islamophobia.

      Thanks for your reportage. I'm going to try and share this with some of my friends in DK... We'll see how that goes!

  • Feel-good Gaza poster in NY window draws feel-bad response from neighbor
    • My last comment is in response to 'Jack Green's' "Palestinians rockets have killed or wounded 2,000 Israelis. Israel has every right to defend itself.".

      Sorry that I misplaced it. Waiting for an answer... Perhaps he can read my previous quotation and gain some insight (or not). *sigh*

    • Sure they do, but they are always acting offensively.

      So, huh?

      "Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands[1][2][3][4] of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip as part of the continuing Arab–Israeli conflict. From 2004 to 2014, these attacks have killed 27 Israeli civilians, 5 foreign nationals, 5 IDF soldiers, and at least 11 Palestinians[5] and injured more than 1900 people,[citation needed] "

      Doncha think that the "1900 people" need to be verified? Who are they?

      Oh, and by the way:

      "Rocket Fired From Gaza Towards Southern Israel, IDF Confirms

      All of the rocket fire and shelling from Gaza this year were not orchestrated by Hamas but rather by small Salafist-Jihadist organizations in the enclave

      A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Sunday evening. Warning sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council communities next to the Gaza border. According to Israel Defense Forces, no injuries or damage was reported.

      The rocket, which was fired from southern Gaza, most likely exploded near the Strip’s border with Israel. The army, after working to identify where the rocket fell, later reported that it apparently exploded in Gazan airspace. ..."

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      And another btw: Please state honestly how many Palestinians have been murdered, bombed, maimed, expelled, imprisoned with no charges, shattered since forever by Israel. Thank you in advance.

    • It may come as no surprise that I love that sign/graphic and the letter disgusts me with its lies and libel and harassment. I am happy that the caring human that has the sign in his window is a friend of Phil's.

      I just read this opinion piece in Haaretz that might provide clarity for those that represent Israel/Zionism as the victim . It's behind the 'wall', and I apologize for the length, but it's well worth the read:

      "Imagine if Jews Were Locked Away Behind Concrete Walls for 11 Days ...

      My team in Gaza were especially fond of one brand of Israeli honey cookies.  We gorged whenever we spotted them, a Hebrew label among the Arabic. I dawdled over that label one morning, imagining Hebron settlers sipping coffee with Gaza strawberries.

      My colleague misunderstood my reverie, and helpfully reminded me, "It’s just a cookie. It’s not politics." The settlers with the red-stained fingers vanished.

      Living in Gaza, the rest of the world could look absurd.
      Newt Gingrich, an American politician, disparaged Palestinians as "an invented people". A Gazan colleague flounced into my office. Hands on hips, she demanded, "Isn’t everybody invented?"

      Israelis and Gazans had such basic, human things in common. At funeral after funeral, they both said, "Those boys were everyone’s boys. I have lost one more son."

      Some people preferred the safe distance of binary distinctions. One Tel Aviv taxi driver insisted, "We can’t live together because we’re human beings and they’re not."
      When we cannot even imagine living together, we underestimate all the creativity, the money, the technology and infrastructure, and the hard work that has gone into keeping us apart. 

      We slip down the self-referential slope: it’s all about us. We see only our suffering and our reasons, and we brandish the license of our losses. History becomes a litany of gestures made to straw men, who inexplicably rejected each one because they only understand violence. How could we live with straw men like that?

      So the leaders of two nations with long memories wait for the other to forget, or be punished enough, or just go away.

      Israel insists on its good motives but cannot ascribe the same to Palestinians. Palestinians are judged by their actions, overlaid with malevolent intentions. 

      Israelis at home are civilians; Palestinians in their homes are human shields. Dead Israeli civilians are victims of terror, while dead Gazans can only be collateral damage, because the IDF has its purity of arms. An IDF poster from the 2014 war made it simple: Israel uses weapons to protect civilians, while Hamas uses civilians to protect its weapons. There’s no living with people like that. 

      These are not the first belligerents to lie, or to wilfully refuse to see the humanity of the other side. As a witness in Gaza from 2011 to 2015, I was outraged by the asymmetry and the tactics of this conflict, and the failure of imagination – but I’m not Israeli. And I’m hardly the first Jew who has waded through the fission-fusion-fission reaction of recognizing Israel as a state rather than as a religion. 

      I was left with the dismay I might feel if my sister erupted in repeated, violent road rage. I didn’t do it. However, she is a part of me. The name on the warrant is also mine.

      So it is, when Israel’s elected government attaches Judaism to its apparently inalienable right to dominate. In the name of religion, they withhold from others precisely the human rights that we Jews claim for ourselves. Their religious appropriation makes us more than witnesses. 

      Netanyahu seals the gates of the West Bank and Gaza for eleven days, to enjoy Sukkot. How flagrant, to confine millions of people in the name of a holiday that celebrates the flimsy, temporary nature of our walls.

      If Jews were herded behind concrete walls and locked away for eleven days, so that someone else might enjoy a Jew-free holiday, would we shrug that off?

      We tolerate a nationalism which withholds from others precisely the political rights that we claim for ourselves. Have we forgotten that statelessness was the problem statement of Zionism? Jews felt vulnerable and voiceless in a world comprised of states – yet we avert our eyes from the stateless peril of others. 

      We accept the straw men they show us. If Jewish nationalism requires this domination, we assume that Palestinian aspirations must be as lopsided.  Their rights would necessarily be realized at our expense, wouldn’t they?  We leave every better possibility unexamined, because we have already decided that we cannot live together. We’ve been primed.

      Naturally, Netanyahu is preventatively foreclosing on Palestinian reconciliation. 

      We’ve seen this. In 2014, this was one of the last way-stations before a calamitous and (according to Israel's State Comptroller) avoidable war. First there was no Palestinian interlocutor who could deliver all of Palestine. Then, overnight, at the prospect of reconciliation, there was no acceptable Palestinian interlocutor because someone might represent all of Palestine. The risks of war are more tolerable than the risks of compromise.

      Why do we permit it? Netanyahu invokes the spectre – they all want to kill us. They always, only, want to kill us. That’s why we can’t live together, because Israel’s strength is the only Jewish safety. Be very afraid. Build walls. Then build more walls.

      The Global Militarization Index ranks Israel as the most militarized country on earth, a distinction it has held for 17 of the past 25 years (Israel was ranked second from 1999 – 2006). Israel has imprisoned itself, and still finds it necessary to spend another $800 million, on yet more walls, to hide itself from immiserated Gaza. 

      So, um, are we safe yet? 

      No. There is no separate safety in our entropic time. Jews, and everyone else, will become safe in a tolerant world, when Jews enjoy the same rights as those human beings behind the walls.
      Call all this brick-laying 'Israeli', if that is what you want ‘Israeli’ to mean. But do not call it Jewish, because oppression is not the content of Judaism.  Value life, and resist its waste. Seek justice – that is the content I understand. We are failing at it."

      Marilyn Garson lived and worked in Gaza from 2011 – 2015, as the Economic Director of Mercy Corps and the Business and Livelihoods Consultant to UNRWA.  She is a co-founder of the Gaza Gateway social enterprise.  She now writes from New Zealand.  Her blog is Transforming Gaza.

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      Seems that she may have refined and yet repeats some of her ideas from this:

      An evolution continues?

  • Can't discuss Palestine on campus? Then disaffiliate.
    • She's a veritable 'bouncing Betty"!

      Professor Salaita is spot- on, and thank you very much for your thoughts, sir.

      Q: I wonder if anyone else read this disgusting item and can try to compare this to another 'nation's' ongoing genocide/ethnic cleansing/apartheid of Indigenous People:

      "A Canadian publishing company has recalled a children’s workbook after critics accused it of “whitewashing” the treatment of First Nations following the arrival of European settlers in Canada.

      The workbook, designed as supplementary material for school-age children, recasts the dispossession of First Nations peoples as voluntary, with no mention of lands not signed away through treaty or government policies that sought to starve First Nations peoples in order to move them to reserves.

      Under the heading Moving Out, the book claims: “When the European settlers arrived, they needed land to live on. The First Nations peoples agreed to move to different areas to make room for the new settlements.”

      The First Nations peoples moved to reserves, the workbook later notes, “where they could live undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of the settlers”.

      The passages – which surfaced on social media this week – sparked anger across Canada.

      “Please do not gloss over the way the white Europeans stole the land from the First Nations people and inflicted terrible murders and damage to them,” one commenter told the publisher on Facebook. Another noted, “You need to stop this white washing immediately! Tell the truth! Both the good old US of A and Canada committed heinous acts against Native Americans.”

      Others drew links between the misinformation and Canada’s fledgling efforts to confront its historical mistreatment of the country’s indigenous peoples. “This is why the majority of people are so clueless when it comes to the reality of the suffering, oppression and injustice that First Nations (Aboriginal) Peoples have been subjected to for decades … How are people supposed to begin trying to heal when the future leaders of our country are being exposed to this nonsense?” said one Facebook post.

      The publisher of the workbook, The Popular Book Company, initially responded to concerns by saying that it would revise the section in upcoming reprints. On Tuesday, after one of the country’s largest book retailers said it would remove the book from its shelves, the company issued an immediate recall. ..."

      more @

      A: It's the Nakba, and it is still in progress, supported by the US gov't and way too many others. A totally criminal act.

      Thanks again, Mr. Salaita.

  • What Killed Mohanned?
    • Thank you, RoHa.

      In no way do I mean to dimish this tragic story by Mr. Moussa, so today I offer my congrats to Kazuo Ishiguro and Mr. Moussa (hopefully the next Nobel Laureate in Literature!):

      "...Ishiguro’s fellow Booker winner Salman Rushdie – who is also regularly named as a potential Nobel laureate – was one of the first to congratulate him. “Many congratulations to my old friend Ish, whose work I’ve loved and admired ever since I first read A Pale View of Hills,” Rushdie told the Guardian. “And he plays the guitar and writes sings too! Roll over Bob Dylan.”

      According to the former poet laureate Andrew Motion, “Ishiguro’s imaginative world has the great virtue and value of being simultaneously highly individual and deeply familiar – a world of puzzlement, isolation, watchfulness, threat and wonder”.

      “How does he do it?” asked Motion. “Among other means, by resting his stories on founding principles which combine a very fastidious kind of reserve with equally vivid indications of emotional intensity. It’s a remarkable and fascinating combination, and wonderful to see it recognised by the Nobel prize-givers.”

      Permanent secretary of the academy Sara Danius described Ishiguro’s writing as a mix of the works of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, “but you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix, and then you stir, but not too much, and then you have his writings.

      “He’s a writer of great integrity. He doesn’t look to the side, he’s developed an aesthetic universe all his own,” she said. Danius named her favourite of Ishiguro’s novels as The Buried Giant, but called The Remains of the Day “a true masterpiece [which] starts as a PG Wodehouse novel and ends as something Kafkaesque”. ..."

      It's worth celebrating, imho.

    • Thank you, gamal. It's quite the poem and quite the truth.

      "... because we are one and Gaza is ours and so are all of you."

      Thank you very much.

    • A profound tragedy. His father and Israel killed him. I would be careful not to be a patient of this heartless and irresponsible physician.

      Please keep writing, Mohammed. You have a great gift and have written a very compassionate, tragic, and authentic piece. What you "think" in your last paragraph is all too true. Thank you.

  • My congressman, Ted Lieu, supports human rights everywhere but Palestine
    • "What you saw in that video is the flip side and the effect of this:"

      No, it most certainly is not. I heard no call for genocide/ethnic cleansing. Remi Kanazi is correct and only calls for justice and equality, but you apparently cannot hear him due to the blood and racism and hate pounding in your head.

      btw, Ben Norton has highlighted this film here:

      "When Empire Files host Abby Martin visited Jerusalem's Zion Square, she met one Israeli after another who responded to her question about how best to end the conflict with the Palestinians with calls for extermination and ethnic cleansing.

      Ironically, the Jerusalem Municipality has dubbed Zion Square -- the site of numerous brutal mob assaults on Palestinian workers and youth -- a "square of tolerance."

      "We need to kill Arabs," declared one woman with a big laugh. She added that Israel must "kick out the Arabs."'

      "Israelis have to take over, and they have to kick them away," an Israeli man said of Palestinians. He added, "Islam is a very bad disease. Not just for Israel, for all around the world."

      Some Israelis suggested the genocidal extermination of Palestinians.

      "I dont think there's any answer to it. There's only one way: I would carpet bomb them. It's the only way you can deal with it," a young Israeli man insisted. "I don't trust them; you can't trust them," he said of Palestinians. "The only way is just to stop it completely."

      "The Jews should have rights to hate them," he said of Arabs. "I think we have the right to hate them. I don't see any reason why not. I wouldn't trust any of them."

      Many of the Israelis interviewed by Martin were Americans who were born in the U.S. and only moved to the Middle East later in life.

      "We know who the threat is, and it's not coming from anyone random," one young American woman said. "We know who our enemy is," she added, condemning people for being "politically correct."

      A young Israeli with an American accent angrily declared, "You can't deal with these people; there's no need to try; there's no need to talk to them." ..."

      I really can't remember being "freaked out by the facebook posts"... And, eternal shame on "young Israelis" for not bothering to "know" any Palestinians.

    • Thanks for the pathetic news, Charlie.

      Perhaps you can share this with your Rep and ask him why he supports this:

      "Video: Everyday Israelis express support for genocide

      “I don’t think there’s any answer to it, there’s only one way, I would carpet bomb them,” a young man offers as a solution for Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.

      “The Jews should have the right to hate [Arabs],” the man adds. “I think we have the right to hate them.”

      He’s one of a number of everyday Israelis in the streets of Jerusalem interviewed in the video above by Abby Martin, for TeleSUR’s The Empire Files.

      Many of them are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, from the United States.

      “I think that we need to … kick out the Arabs,” says a young woman who, struggling to express her genocidal thoughts in English, turns to a friend for help.

      “We need to kill Arabs,” she manages to say in English, as she and her friend giggle.

      “Islam is a very bad disease, not just for Israel, all around the world,” says one man, who later boasts about Israel’s “gentle” treatment of Palestinians and its respect for human rights. ..."

      more @

      It does feature Ronnie Barkan as a very sane and honest voice, and Dan Cohen worked on the film.

      Here's the video:

  • Do not turn the Balfour Declaration into a holy Jewish text
    • More truth and theft from Netanyahu:

      "Netanyahu backs annexation of 19 West Bank settlements

      Israeli PM’s support of bill to bring Jewish areas into Greater Jerusalem shows refusal to revive peace process, say Palestinians

      Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has backed legislation that would in effect annex settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that are home to between 125,000 and 150,000 Jewish people.

      In comments made at a meeting of his Likud party at the large settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, Netanyahu said he would support the “Greater Jerusalem” bill. The bill, pushed by rightwing MPs, would annex 19 settlements around Jerusalem, placing them within the city’s municipal boundaries.

      The legislation, drawn up by Yisrael Katz, a member of Likud and minister in Netanyahu’s coalition, is expected to be introduced in the winter session of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

      Ma’ale Adumim is a settlement of roughly 40,000 people just east of Jerusalem. It is considered strategic because it lies in the centre of the West Bank, and making it part of Israel could greatly hinder Palestinian statehood aspirations.

      “Ma’ale Adumim will always be part of Israel and in addition I support the Greater Jerusalem bill,” Netanyahu said during the meeting. He added that he was considering including Ma’ale Adumim within the same plan.

      “I am also weighing placing Ma’ale Adumim within the boundaries of Greater Jerusalem within the context of the Greater Jerusalem bill,” he said.

      “We will build thousands of housing units here,” he said. “We will add the industrial zone needed and the expansion needed to allow for the advanced development of this place … This place will be part of the state of Israel.”

      Observers have noted an increase in visits by Netanyahu to settlements in the occupied territories since Donald Trump was sworn in as US president in January.

      Since Trump took office – and despite requests by the US president to hold back on settlement building – an emboldened Netanyahu government has pushed forward with a steady stream of announcements on settlement building. ..."

      Tell me why Americans support this rogue, genocidal, apartheid, and nuclear- armed state. Where are the consequences? BDS, BDS, BDS!

  • US bans Palestinian runner from Chicago Marathon days before race
    • "The 27-year-old runner said he was not sure if politics were behind his denial, but accepted that it was a possibility."

      Certainly. Absolutely.

      America is no longer recognizable as a sane place. AFP is most foul.

  • Three megadonors (who just happen to love Israel) are pushing Trump against Iran deal
    • Check this out:

      "US defense secretary breaks with Trump in backing Iran nuclear deal

      James Mattis said it was in the US national security interest to remain in the agreement during a Senate hearing, making it harder for Trump to withdraw ...

      ... Mattis was asked at a hearing of the Senate armed services committee whether he believed it was currently in the US national security interest to remain in the agreement.

      After a significant pause, the defense secretary replied: “Yes, senator, I do.”

      At the same hearing, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford agreed that Iran was abiding by the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which he said had delayed Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Last week, Dunford said the US should uphold the agreement, in the absence of a clear Iranian breach, or risk losing credibility when it came to signing future agreements.

      Trump has repeatedly lambasted the JCPOA – one of the most important foreign policy legacies of his predecessor, Barack Obama – most recently at the UN general assembly last month.

      “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you have heard the last of it, believe me,” he said, raising expectations that he would not endorse the agreeement.

      Mattis is arguably the most powerful member of Trump’s cabinet and the president has been wary of contradicting him in public, something he has clearly no compunction about doing in the case of the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

      Even if Mattis does not immediately sway Trump’s position on the JCPOA, his opinion is likely to carry weight with senators, who would be called on to decide the fate of the date, if the president did not certify it on 15 October.

      Asked later in the committee hearing to explain his view on the deal, Mattis said. “The point I would make is if we can confirm that Iran is living by the agreement, if we can determine that this is in our best interests then clearly we should stay with it,” Mattis added. “I believe at this point in time absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying with.” "

    • Agreed, Annie. Then again, Trump is trump. I don't believe I've ever witnessed him listen to anyone with smarts. I hope he listens to this gent:

      "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday Iran was complying with the pact curbing its nuclear program and warned that any American decision to walk away from it would make other nations less likely to enter into agreements with the United States. ..."

      much more @

    • Thanks for the article and analysis, Phil.

      Obama/Kerry did the right thing with Iran. Period. Sanctions should have been imposed on Israel decades ago for a multitude of reasons.

      Wonder if you saw this latest expression of rapture and concern :

      "Jewish Congress Members Rebuke Netanyahu Over Israel's Treatment of non-Orthodox ...

      On the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, a group of 18 Jewish members of U.S. Congress sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing "profound concerns" over Israel's treatment of Jews from the non-Orthodox denominations. 
      The members of Congress, all of whom belong to the Democratic Party, wrote to Netanyahu that recent decisions by his government "seem to call into question the legitimacy and equal status of non-Orthodox Jews, the vast majority of whom live in the United States." The 18 members added that their concern is connected to their strong support for Israel over the years.

      The group specifically mentions two recent decisions by the Israeli government – one, to freeze the plan to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, and the second, to promote a bill that would give the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate oversight over all Jewish conversions in Israel. The members noted that the latter, known as the conversion bill, has been put on hold for the time being, and expressed hope that its suspension would lead to a different kind of resolution, one that "respects and tolerates the totality and diversity of klal Yisrael." 

      "In addition to our own personal Jewish roots, each of us represents significant Jewish constituencies," the members note. Among those who signed the letter are some of the most veteran and senior Jewish members of Congress, such as Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey and Jerry Nadler, all three of whom are Democrats from New York; Adam Schiff and Brad Sherman, who are both Democrats from California; Brad Schneider, a Democrat from Illinois; and Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan. All of them are considered strong supporters of Israel. 

      Their unusual message to Netanyahu over the High Holidays joins a previous letter sent to the prime minister by a group of seven Jewish senators, who also asked Netanyahu to reconsider his government's recent decisions in light of their effect on Israel's relationship with the American Jewish community. "

  • Seeing 'tranquillity' on West Bank, 'New York Times' whitewashes the occupation
    • This is such S****! :

      "Israel only occupies 2% of West Bank, says US ambassador ...

      The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has made a second dramatic intervention in US Middle East policy, suggesting that only 2% of the West Bank is occupied by Israel and that the international community always intended for Israel to keep some of the land it seized during the six-day war in 1967.

      The comments, made in an interview with the news channel Israeli Walla, came a day after rightwing Israeli politicians celebrated 50 years of Israeli settlement building, prompting condemnation by Palestinian officials.

      “I think the settlements are part of Israel,” Friedman said, in comments that seem at odds with decades of US foreign policy.

      “I think that was always the expectation when resolution 242 was adopted in 1967,” he said, referring to the UN security council resolution made at the end of the six-day war, when Israeli forces occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip. ...

      “The idea was that Israel would be entitled to secure borders,” he told Israeli Walla. “The existing borders, the 1967 borders, were viewed by everybody as not secure, so Israel would retain a meaningful portion of the West Bank, and it would return that which it didn’t need for peace and security. So there was always supposed to be some notion of expansion into the West Bank, but not necessarily expansion into the entire West Bank.

      “And I think that’s exactly what Israel has done. I mean, they’re only occupying 2% of the West Bank. There is important nationalistic, historical [and] religious significance to those settlements, and I think the settlers view themselves as Israelis and Israel views the settlers as Israelis.”

      Resolution 242 demanded the “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict” while “emphasising the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”.

      While the figure of 2% has been used in the past by Israeli officials to define occupation as the physical footprint of settlement buildings, “area C” – the part of the West Bank under Israeli administrative and security control – accounts for 60% of the West Bank.

      In addition, reports compiled by the UN and NGOs suggest up to 39% of all land in the occupied West Bank is under the control of Jewish municipalities, local authorities and regional councils, with Israel effectively prohibiting Palestinian construction and development there.

      Nabil Shaath, an adviser to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said: “Sometimes ambassadors can be ignorant and sometimes they can be biased but this is completely ignorant, not just of US policy but the fact that the occupation refers to the whole of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It also shows a complete ignorance of resolution 242, in which there is no reference to settlements.

      “If this is a preview of President Trump’s ultimate deal, I shudder, but we have a situation where decision-making capability and soundness of judgment is totally lacking.”

      Another Palestinian official said: “Israel occupies 100% of the West Bank. If I was a US citizen I would be extremely concerned that my ambassador in Israel is using his position to try to emphasise the importance of settlements to Israel.” ..."

  • 'NYT' leaves out Dennis Ross's charge to US Jews: 'We need to be advocates for Israel'
  • Balfour Declaration, now 100, was 'gun pointed at heads' of Palestinians -- Khalidi
    • " “Yeah, you have to wonder about these guys that say “next year in Jerusalem” but never actually go.”

      Golly “Keith”, cut the man a little slack. Herzl died in 1904, long before there was an Israel. How could he go there?"

      lol !

      This brings to mind an excellent article that I read this morning by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man @ +972:

      "Forget Friedman. The State Dept doesn't know how much of the West Bank is occupied either

      While disavowing the American ambassador’s erroneous assertion that only 2% of the West Bank is occupied by Israel, the State Department spokesperson isn’t able to answer how much of the territory is actually occupied. (Hint: All of it.)"

      It includes the video of President Bartlet showing his gift from Charlie of The Map of Palestine from 1709 to folks:

    • Such great news, Misterioso!!!

      In other good news:

      "UN Sent Warning Letter to 150 Companies for Doing Business in Israeli Settlements

      Israeli officials say some of the companies responded to the UN human rights commissioner by saying they won't renew their contracts in Israel ...

      The UN's Human Rights Commissioner began sending letters two weeks ago to 150 companies in Israel and around the world, warning them that they are about to be added to a database of companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, senior Israeli officials and Western diplomats involved in the matter told Haaretz.

      The Israeli official, who requested to stay anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, noted that the letters, sent by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said these firms were doing business in the "occupied Palestinian territories" and could thus find themselves on the UN blacklist for companies acting in violation of "internal law and UN decisions." The letters, copies of which also reached the Israeli government, request that these firms send the commission clarifications about their business activities in settlements.

      A Western diplomat, who also requested to remain anonymous, noted that of the 150 companies, some 30 were American, and a number are from countries including Germany, South Korea and Norway. The remaining half are Israeli companies.

      The Washington Post reported in August that among the American companies that received letters were Caterpillar,, TripAdvisor and Airbnb. According to the same report, the Trump administration is trying to work with the UN Commission on Human Rights to prevent the list's publication. Israel's Channel 2 reported two weeks ago that the list includes some of the biggest companies in Israel, such as Teva, Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, Bezeq, Elbit, Coca-Cola Israel, Africa-Israel, IDB, Egged, Mekorot and Netafim.

      Senior Israeli officials said the Israeli fear of divestment or scaled-down business due to the blacklist is already becoming a reality. They said that the Economy Ministry's Office of Strategic Affairs has already received information that a number of companies who received the letters have responded to the human rights commissioner by saying they do not intend to renew contracts or sign new ones in Israel.

      "These companies just can't make the distinction between Israel and the settlements and are ending their operations all together," the senior Israeli official said. "Foreign companies will not invest in something that reeks of political problems – this could snowball."

      An inter-ministerial committee comprising the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Strategic Affairs, Justice and Economy is still working to try to prevent the list's publication. Nonetheless, the assessment among most of those involved in the government's efforts is that it is inevitable and that the list will likely be made public by the end of December.

      As part of an attempt to minimize its potential damage, Israel is attempting to reach out and hold talks with the foreign companies named on the list, stressing that it is non-binding and insignificant. It also told them it is reaching out to foreign governments to inform them that using the list is tantamount to cooperating with a boycott of Israel. ..."

      read more:


  • Samuel Freedman extols Jewish 'love affair' with Jewish state-- while decrying 'dogma of white supremacy'
  • Israeli rightist Smotrich lays out the vision for apartheid
    • Interesting:

      "South Africa’s ANC: Israel was established ‘on basis of apartheid

      Ruling party in Pretoria says Israel was established ‘on basis of apartheid.’
      South Africa’s ruling party condemned Israel as a nation founded on the basis of apartheid, and branded the establishment of the state a crime against humanity.
      The allegation was made in a statement issued over the weekend, as South Africa’s anti-Israel lobby planned to protest a conference Sunday held by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) in Johannesburg.

      “As the Alliance we are now heightening our campaign aimed at boycotting and isolating Israel as a state founded on the basis of apartheid, which according to international law and several UN conventions is a crime against humanity,” read the statement, which was co-signed by African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

      The members of the Alliance — the ANC, the Communist Party, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African National Civics Organization — pledged “ongoing solidarity with the people of Palestine” and endorsed the movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. ..."

    • Ali Abunimah writes this at EI:

      "EU refuses to condemn Israeli genocide plan

      ... Genocide
      The plan adopted by the conference very likely meets the international legal definition of genocide.

      It states that its objective is “to dismantle the Palestinian national collective.”

      The international convention on preventing genocide defines genocide as any of a number of acts carried out “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.”

      Although in the popular understanding genocide is equated with physical extermination of a group of human beings, its legal definition includes a broader number of acts. The key issue in defining an act as genocidal is the intention of its perpetrator.

      Proponents of the plan explicitly state that existence of the Palestinians as a people is an obstacle to fulfilling Jewish ethnic-religious domination, and that they intend to target Palestinians because they are members of a particular national group.

      “We do not assume that there are two narratives here that are equal,” Smotrich explained. “There’s one side that’s correct, and another that is undermining the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.”

      Values of the German SS
      Daniel Blatman, a professor of Holocaust studies at Hebrew University, wrote in May that Smotrich takes inspiration for his plan from the biblical Book of Joshua, which describes the wholesale slaughter of a people by the “children of Israel.”

      Blatman called Smotrich, a deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament the Knesset, “the most senior government figure to date to say unabashedly that the option of genocide is on the table if the Palestinians don’t agree to our terms.”

      “Smotrich’s admiration for the biblical genocidaire Joshua bin Nun leads him to adopt values that resemble those of the German SS,” Blatman, a fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, added.

      There is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion Israel is already committing genocide.

      Israeli politicians have long promoted the forcible transfer of the Palestinians, and the idea has enjoyed broad and consistent public support.

      EU silence
      Last month, Vera Jourova, the European Union’s justice commissioner, recalled her visit to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

      “We need to be the ones taking the message against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism for future generations,” she wrote on Twitter.

      “This is the EU,” Jourova added, raising the moral responsibility to speak out to a defining European value.

      In keeping with this spirit, The Electronic Intifada asked the office of European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini if it would offer a clear, unambiguous and specific condemnation of the transfer plan and of its endorsement by Israeli government ministers, including, implicitly, by Netanyahu.

      But the EU refused to do so. Instead, a spokesperson provided a robotic, general statement that the “European Union supports a two-state solution and has consistently expressed that compliance with international law, including international human rights law, is a cornerstone for peace and security in the region.”

      So much for moral leadership. ..."

      More @

    • Horrible news, Annie!

      This is timely, from this very day:

      "Part 1: Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS is One of "Most Admirable" Displays of Resistance in the World

      Part 2: "The Occupation of the American Mind": Documentary Looks at Israel's PR War in the United States

      Part 3: Roger Waters Criticizes Senate Bill Criminalizing BDS & Radiohead's Recent Concert in Tel Aviv"

      The entire program is well worth a visit and more, but this video should go viral imho:

      Perhaps the sleeping masses and/or the wilfully ignorant can open their eyes, hearts, and minds...

    • Yes, many thanks for writing this here, Jonathan. As I wrote yesterday, this is "zionist~ styled ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and genocide". I really shudder to think that "world will stand by and watch" this, Annie. What will the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back be and when will it happen? It's been forever, hasn't it?

      “After a hundred years of managing the conflict, the time has come for a decision… "

      Agreed. "The world" certainly must make a change and a decision to finally end their complicity with and enabling of this horror. There is no other path to justice. Think how many countries have suffered the wrath of the US et al with sanctions, yet Israel gets a free pass and mucho dinero from millions of taxpayers. The US Congress is trying to pass anti- BDS legislation that would criminalize free speech of folks in the US~ the very same ones that pay the taxes! It is unconscionable in the extreme.

      But, today:

      "U.S. Sanctions 11 People and Companies for Iranian Activities"

      The hypocrisy is revolting.

  • Critics slam ADL for training U.S. police in Israel-- and when Reddit AMA goes off script
  • Ayelet Shaked and the fascist ideology
    • Moomins and Zionists have little in common, though.

    • "The big problem for Zionist is that the Palestinians despite their self serving leaderships are proving to be infuriatingly resilient and latterly some of Shaked`s fellow travellers I believe are increasingly mooting the idea of paying them lots of money to emigrate somewhere ( not sure whether they see this as coming out of the Israeli budget or from US (Western) taxpayers . The even bigger problem for them is yes you have guessed it – it is 2017 = smartphones/internet/social media."

      Thanks, Ossinev. Check this out:

      "Israeli Party Approves Annexation Plan to Coerce Palestinian Departure

      With a stamp of Netanyahu approval, right-wing party conference discusses their plan to annex the Palestinian territories and offer a surrender-or-transfer ultimatum

      ... “The vision of the decision plan is not new,” Smotrich said. “These are the foundations on which Zionism was erected. We do not assume that there are two narratives here that are equal. There’s one side that’s correct, and another that is undermining the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.”

      Smotrich added, “We have to engrave in the consciousness of the Arabs and the entire world that there is no chance of establishing an Arab state in the Land of Israel.”

      The Smotrich plan presents a kind of surrender-or-transfer ultimatum to the Palestinians in which “two alternatives will be offered to the Arabs of the Land of Israel:

      “1. Anyone who is willing and able to relinquish the fulfillment of his national aspirations will be able to stay here and live as an individual in the Jewish state.

      “2. Anyone who is unwilling or unable to relinquish his national aspirations will receive assistance from us to emigrate to one of the Arab countries.
      There is also a third option.

      “Anyone who insists on choosing the third ‘option’ – to continue to resort to violence against the Israel Defense Forces, the State of Israel and the Jewish population will be determinedly handled by the security forces with greater force than at present and under more comfortable conditions for us.”

      The plan further calls for a “settlement decision.”

      Smotrich proposes offering “self-government” to the Arabs in the occupied territories, who “would be divided into three regional municipal governments that will vote in democratic elections,” based on districts.

      According to the plan, “These governments suit the cultural and extended-family structure of Arab society.” The objective is “to dismantle the Palestinian national collective.” It is stressed that “the Arabs of Judea and Samaria will be able to conduct their own daily lives, but in the first stage will not be able to vote for the Israeli Knesset.”

      As Smotrich himself wrote in the past about the plan, “The big challenge in this context will be the democratic challenge; the need to persuade the world that among all the different alternatives, the alternative of democratic rights without the right to vote for the Knesset is the least bad alternative. It is indeed a challenge, but we can meet it.”
      Racists? Us?

      National Union members seem offended when asked to explain why their plan isn’t racist. “God forbid,” said party secretary Ofir Sofer. “It’s clear that there are difficulties in discussing this using the concepts we have today. But it’s not racist,” he said.

      Sofer added that although the plan uses the term “the Arabs of the Land of Israel,” it does not mean that Israeli Arab citizens would lose their citizenship. ..."

      read more about zionist~ styled ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and genocide @:

      (P.S. Thanks for the video & laughs!)

  • In my last year of university, the First Intifada undermined my Jewish identity
    • Thanks for these reflections and for the sage advice that you've shared, Robert. I hope that your target audience will heed...

      I just read this interview before I read your essay. I hope folks find it as engrossing as I do:

      "War crimes and open wounds: The physician who took on Israeli segregation

      On the occasion of her 80th birthday, Ruchama Marton, the founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, talks about the atrocities she witnessed as a soldier, the enduring power of feminism, and why only outside help has a chance of ending Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.

      ... As a psychiatrist with years of experience, I want to start with what I think is the big question. Why are we so obsessively attached to dehumanizing Arabs? Why does it seem as if the greatest desire of this place is to deny the Palestinians any kind of recognition and legitimacy? After all there is no practical purpose for that at this point, we’ve already won.

      “What do you mean it doesn’t serve a practical purpose? That’s nonsense. It serves all of the Zionist interests. Each and every one.”


      “First of all, we are colonialists. Zionism is colonialist. And the first thing a good colonialist does is dispossess. Dispossess of what? Of anything he can. Of what is important, of what serves him. Of land. Of natural resources. And, of course, of humanity. After all, it is obvious that in order to control someone else you have to take away their humanity.”

      But hasn’t that project ended? It’s not as if we are in a war now and are about to conquer new territory. The War of Independence ended long ago. We won. We have already drawn borders. Why do we still need that mentality?

      “What borders? There are no borders, there will be no borders, and I don’t see that there is any intention to draw them now. But beyond that, dispossession is an unending task. Those occupied people, those dispossessed people, whether they are inside the Green Line or outside of it, they do not agree. They do not give up. They don’t agree to be dispossessed of their land, of their water, of their humanity. As Hannah Arendt said: without political rights there is no human being. Political rights come before everything else. Before the right to property, movement, assembly. Those are all very nice but they are secondary. Without political rights, everything you do is charity. Without political rights, there is nothing ... .”

      ...I always thought, and still think, that the normal moderate Revisionist Right is the camp with the best chances of treating the Arabs humanely.

      “I don’t want humane treatment of the Arabs. I want political rights. After that you can be humane or whatever you want. Without political you continue to be a colonialist, an occupier, an apartheidist.

      “A human rights organization that is not willing to fight for that is howling at the moon. It is meaningless.”

      In a sense you are also talking about yourself. This is also a personal reckoning.

      “That’s right. I’m talking to you after 30 or maybe 50 years of fighting the occupation. We need outside help. And I’m talking mainly about one thing: BDS.”

      Working in Israel for that cause is not easy.

      She laughs. “It’s a matter for traitors, and today’s traitors are tomorrow’s heroes. Anyone who is not willing to pay that price does not know how to fight. If you don’t pay a price you are fighting only for your own beautiful image. As long as the occupation continues, as long as apartheid continues, it doesn’t matter if you are a little more or less beautiful.”"

  • Democratic candidate for Illinois gov'r fires his running mate over BDS
    • Buh~ Bye, Dan Biss and Hello, Carlos Ramirez Rosa!

      wow, from MJ Rosenberg:

      "Progressive Illinois Candidate Knocked Off Ticket For Israel Views

      For Democrats, including progressives, Israel is the one issue on which no deviation from a lobby’s line is permitted.

      Bad news, Democrats. There is no such thing as courage on Capitol Hill. As a guy who worked as a legislative aide to Democratic House and Senate members for almost 20 years, I should know:

      Let me explain. You know how we often applaud our favorite legislators for their “courage” on choice, GLBTQ issues, guns, immigration, civil and equal rights, and climate change?

      Just stop.

      With few (if any) exceptions, these heroes are only courageous on issues that won’t cost them a dime in campaign contributions. In other words, these senators and House members (invariably from progressive states and districts) are only courageous on the cheap. They only get away with it because progressives either don’t know or don’t care that virtually all of them are cowards on the Israel-Palestine issue, taking their orders from AIPAC (the Israel lobby) in order not to jeopardize the campaign donations they get from its members.

      Now maybe you don’t care about Israel/Palestine, or just look away when Israel is bombing the hell out of Gaza or working to undo President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. (In the case of the latter, two top Democrats, both tied at the hip to AIPAC and its affilated donors, Chuck Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland, joined the Republicans in a failed to attempt to defeat their own president’s initiative.) Even if you don’t care about that, you should care when supposed progressives can so easily be bought on a critical issue. After all, if they sell out on one issue to please donors now, what will they sell out on next? How are they different than Republicans who toe the NRA line to please that lobby and its donors? For Democrats, AIPAC is the NRA.

      Examples of progressive cowardice are all around us. Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders defended Israel’s 2014 bombardment of Gaza which resulted in the deaths of 1,462 civilians of whom 495 were children. Both opposed any action by the Obama administration to stop the killing, refusing to support any cuts to Israel’s massive aid package over Gaza, settlement expansion, routine human rights abuses or anything else.

      To be fair, Warren and Sanders are far from the worst progressives on this issue. In fact, they are better than most Democrats who offer full-throated support to anything Israel does. A list of Israel shills in Congress would fill up all my space so suffice it to note that when Keith Ellison, a true hero on this issue despite all the threats from AIPAC, tried to get the House progressive caucus to join him in a letter to then Secretary of State Kerry calling for a ceasefire, only 5 of 57 members joined him. No senator spoke out.

      And now the latest outrage.

      In Illinois this week, State Sen. Daniel Biss dropped Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate in his campaign to become governor of the state. Ramirez-Rosa, 28, was a Sanders delegate to the Democratic convention and proudly calls himself a Democratic Socialist. His choice for the #2 slot was viewed as a big step forward for the progressive wing of the party.

      But then Brad Schneider, a congressman from suburban Chicago, heard that Ramirez-Rosa’s progressiveness did not stop at Israel’s borders. In fact in 2014, Ramirez-Rosa said the following:

      You know, for too long the U.S. government has subsidized the oppression of the Palestinian people, and it’s time that that’s stopped, And we have seen a shift internationally in favor of justice for the Palestinian people. You know, people stand with Israel, but they also want to make sure the Palestinian people have [justice].

      Schneider, one of AIPAC’s top lieutenants in the House went ballistic, instantly demanding that Ramirez-Rosa be kicked off the ticket. His ostensible reason was that Ramirez-Rosa was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America movement which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Accordingly Ramirez-Rosa had to go:

      “Following conversations with Senator Biss and Alderman Ramirez-Rosa, I have informed the campaign of the withdrawal of my support,” Schneider said. “I remain hopeful that as Alderman Ramirez-Rosa learns more about the importance of the U.S.-Israel partnership to both our nations, the unique challenges Israel faces as the only democracy in a very dangerous neighborhood, and the commitment of the vast majority of the Israeli people to peace and a two-state solution, he will reconsider his position.”

      Seventy-two hours later Ramirez-Rosa was kicked off the ticket. Gubernatorial candidate Bliss said that if he knew of his former running-mate’s position on Israel, he never would have chosen him.

      No doubt that is true. For Democrats, including progressives, Israel is the one issue on which no deviation from a lobby’s line is permitted. In fact, Democrats are worse than Republicans whose support for the occupations and bombing Palestinians fit in with their hawkish and Islamophobic worldviews. Their support for everything Israel does is not bought (it doesn’t have to be). Democrats, however, sell their souls for AIPAC dollars.

      And they will continue to do so until progressives tell them that regardless of their other positions they will not have progressive support in Democratic primaries until and unless they apply the same standards to Israel that they apply to the rest of the world, including to our own country. Progressives must stand for equal rights and equal justice everywhere in the world, including in the Middle East. That means standing with brave Israelis and Palestinians who are fighting injustice, not with those who fight to preserve the ugly, immoral status quo. If your “progressive” representative doesn’t understand that, he is nothing but a hack ..."

  • Youtube sensations, the Khaldi twins, explain 'why Eid is special' from Gaza City
    • Great comment, Phil.

      Thanks so much for introducing us to Asmaa and Saja Khaldi, Allison. They radiate such joy.

      I posted this on Ahmad Karabiti's great report a couple of days ago. It stands in stark contrast to your offering:

      "I just read this @ Haaretz by Muhammad Shehada:

      “Opinion ‘All the Colors Have Been Washed Out of Our Celebrations’: My Family’s Eid in Gaza

      My mother spent two days cleaning and baking maamoul on her own, then waited for a knock on our door. But none came. After years of the blockade and its privations, those who are left won’t visit empty-handed – and they have nothing to bring …

      On top of the day-to-day hardships that Gaza’s people face there’s other, painful losses born of that hardship threaten to become irreversible: the social and cultural ties between its people. There’s only one clear and simple way to save Gaza from losing its social cohesion: Open the borders, rather than finding reasons to keep them closed. Those ‘reasons’ have no evident justification apart from punishing the entire population of Gaza.”

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  • Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen's struggle
    • A devastating read. Thanks so much for bringing it here to MW, Charlotte, Khalid Hashem Abu al-Jedian's words and his art speak volumes.

      Kate on MW regularly posts about the fishermen of Gaza and the awful and regular violent attacks by the IOF/ION. Thank you for your work toward justice, Ms. Kates.

      Gaza's blue is so much more beautiful than the blue of Israel... Thanks for the link to Khalid's amazing work!

  • Eisner and Greenblatt refuse to see Israel's face in Richard Spencer's mirror
    • No mention in this article of Israeli support for and enabling of this other genocide of Muslim civilians and their hatred/using of the UN. The UN should kick them out! Shame, shame, shame:

      "Myanmar blocks all UN aid to civilians at heart of Rohingya crisis

      Exclusive: Military offensive against insurgents leaves thousands stranded without life-saving supplies..."

    • It's grotesque in the extreme, Misterioso.

      I read this last week:

      "Forget Trump: Israel's sordid history of supporting dictatorships

      Netanyahu’s silence in the face of the White House’s anti-Semitism should surprise no one. From Argentina to Rwanda, Israel has a sordid history of providing weapons and support to murderous dictatorships. ...

      By Eitay Mack (translated by Ofer Neiman)"

      More, from January 22, 2017:

      "Despite war crimes, Israel insists on selling arms to Myanmar

      The heads of Myanmar’s army had a shopping spree with the Israeli security industries, even meeting with the president and the Chief of Staff. Despite ongoing war crimes, Israel continues to maintain extensive security ties with the South East Asian country.

      By John Brown* (translated by Tal Haran)

      Israeli human rights activists are petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court, demanding it force the Ministry of Defense to explain why it does not put an end to Israel’s trade agreements with Myanmar’s military, following reports of crimes against citizens and ethnic minorities, including possible crimes against humanity.

      The petition, filed by Attorney Eitay Mack and a list of human rights activists, specifies a series of crimes committed and still being committed by the regime, including proof thereof, such as evidence of the extensive ties between the heads of the Myanmar military and senior officials in the Israeli government and military, as well as with Israeli security industrial firms.

      Ever since Myanmar (also known as Burma) gained its independence from Britain in 1948, a ceaseless civil war has taken place in various regions of the country. In November 2015 Burma held democratic elections, won by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. However, the government is not in actual control of either the state’s security forces or the private militias, which still do the bidding of the junta that controlled the country until those elections. These persist in their crimes against humanity, war crimes, and serious violations of human rights throughout the country — especially against ethnic minorities, some of which do not even have citizen status. ..."

      BTW, what/why is Aung San Suu Kyi doing/saying nothing?


      "Myanmar faces international condemnation over Rohingya

      A chorus of international criticism aimed at Myanmar is growing over the violence against Rohingya Muslims. ..."

  • Gideon Levy calls out Israel's fundamental, racist religion: Zionism
    • Levy and Levac pen another brutally honest article today with photos:

      "A Southern Israeli Village's Fate: Bedouin Out, Jews In

      Eight months ago, Yakub Abu al-Kiyan was killed by police during a protest against the demolition of Bedouin houses to make way for Jewish ones; his widow and 10 kids are living in a tent next to the rubble of their home ...“They killed Yaakov and Musa,” he says, referring to his uncle and to his grandfather, Musa, Yakub’s father, who died 21 days after his son was killed, possibly from heartbreak. ...

      ... “We’ve lived here for 62 years without getting a thing from state, which settled us here. And now the state rewards us with murder – a state that employs all its force against its citizens,” Raad says. “We asked for a partner who would come and talk with us. Who would bring a real offer. But they don’t want an agreed-upon solution. They want to do things by force. Why is there only an enforcement unit that operates against the Bedouin, the [Israel Police’s] Yoav Unit? Is there a unit against people from the Caucasus? Against the Russians? The Ethiopians? Why is there an enforcement unit only against us?

      “We suggested that we live together, one next to the other,” he continues. “But the Hiran charter states that the community will be only for Orthodox Jews. Why did Yakub and Musa have to be killed in order to bring Yaakov and Moshe instead? It’s no small thing, what happened on January 18. The world knows what happened here. Now they want to do things by force again, but without anyone noticing. To remove Umm al-Hiran from the ‘front,’ to soften things, so it’s not felt – and then to expel us. We don’t know what to expect, but we haven’t lost hope. A hope that’s 2,000 years old.”

      Adds Raba: “Aren’t we citizens? I tell my friends from Hebron: You live better than us. You have land. We don’t even have that.”

      Her daughter, Maryam, points to the concrete ceiling that lies crushed on the ground. “This is where we did our homework, and here’s where we played, so we wouldn’t bother Dad, who liked quiet.”

      Every month Raba visits Yakub’s grave, at nearby Tel Shoket. She was there early this week, too, with two of her children. What do you tell her husband in his grave? “That God will help.” "

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    • Thank you, Jonathan. I respect your work and analysis very much.

      Gideon Levy is indefatigable in his honesty and quest for justice.

      "In Arab East Jerusalem: Zionism's Model Apartment ...

      There’s one like it in every construction project, the model apartment. Anyone who wants to see what the building will look like when it’s completed, comes to see the model apartment. The up-to-date Zionist project also has a model apartment – on Kunder Street, not far from Nablus Road, in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. It’s worth visiting.

      This apartment is where they should bring all the Birthright participants, to show them what the Zionist project, in whose name they are brought here by the tens of thousands, really looks like. Other guests of Israel, those who ask whether there’s apartheid here, should also be brought to the house on Kunder Street.

      This is where their questions will end. This is where the Shamasneh family lived for 53 years, as renters. This is what it’s like in Zionism’s model apartment.

      This act of eviction is nothing new, of course. It’s as old as the entire Zionist project. Eight family members, including an 84-year-old man in a wheelchair, were evicted from the apartment because before 1948, its owner was Jewish. Now the house has been returned to the owner’s heirs, the descendants of the late Haim Ben Sulimani Yan’i.

      What could be more just than that? There was a house, it was restored to its owners. Even the Supreme Court (which the libelous right sees as “post Zionist”), Israel’s lighthouse of justice, whose beacon shines afar, legitimized the eviction four years ago when it denied the family the right to appeal. The three justices at the time, Edna Arbel, Hanan Melcer and Noam Sohlberg, may have squirmed in their seats before writing their verdict, it was so difficult for them, but that’s how Supreme Court justices always acted in occupation issues, before making the abomination kosher.

      Ultimately they were relieved. They denied the appeal request “with a heavy heart” and stated: “These matters cannot raise any principled legal issue.” They also said: “The pretext of distorting justice doesn’t exist.” Then they ruled: “Indeed, it isn’t easy to evict a person from his home, all the more so when it’s an elderly man who has lived in the property for many years.”

      Not easy, but it can be done. In a humanitarian gesture the justices gave the family 18 months to leave their home. Where else can you find such merciful judges but in Jerusalem? They too, of course, are part of the Zionist project – evicting and moaning; evicting and uttering sanctimonious statements. At Umm al-Hiran and at Sheikh Jarrah.

      The house on Kunder Street is the Zionist project’s model apartment, because here you get it all in a refined, condensed form. Here Israel says, without stammering: Entrance for Jews only. Exit for Arabs. Not only the right of return, but the right of property is also exclusively for Jews. A Jew who lost his home in 1948 will have his house returned to him with all respect. A Palestinian – and there were hundreds of thousands of them – has lost it forever. Two justice systems on an ethnic basis. In other languages it’s called apartheid. There’s no other name for it.

      The court will say in its defense that it only dealt with the question of whether the renter was a protected tenant. The simplistic, narrow view is always good in these issues, even in the Supreme Court. Most Israelis would say it’s all legal, the court approved it, didn’t it? What more could we ask of a Jewish, democratic state of law? The heirs will also feel that justice has been done as far as they’re concerned, and have already leased their house to the new settlers – right-wing, ultra-Orthodox, well guarded activists. Another dunam and another goat, as the Zionist saying goes, and Sheikh Jarrah will be Jewish. Another dunam and another goat, and the transfer will intensify and the apartheid state will stand on legal foundations.

      This is the state of all its Jews. There’s no other way to excuse the brazenness in which Israel declares that correcting the injustices of 1948 is for Jews alone, while most of the victims were Palestinians.

      Justice can only exist in one format: equality for everyone. But Zionism continues to say “no” to this singular justice. To say that in 1948 there were only Jewish refugees is an especially insolent version of Nakba denial. For what is the difference between the heirs of the owners of the land on which my house is built, on the ruins of Sheikh Munis, and Haim Yan’i’s heirs? In the model apartment on Kunder Street, all shame has been lost."

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  • Conan O'Brien frolics with Netanyahu and the Israeli army
    • Yes, amigo.

      He's now a televangelist for Zionism and the Apartheid State. This is not just a crying shame, he is now repugnant (to be polite) to me. I've been nauseated since I discovered his delirium over Israel. Thanks to MW for exposing this and giving the world another platform for discussion.

      About his visit to the "Syrian victims", he goes gaga:


      How many times has Israel bombed Syria anyway? How many anti- Assad 'fighters' have they supported and treated and paid?

      I could go on (and on and on). I'll end with this. A lot of "American dogs" I've met eat veg , including cukes. Perhaps, and obviously, Oy'Brien's canine associates only like red meat...

  • Israel seeks 'Jewish' non-Jews in numbers battle with Palestinians
    • "That is the great appeal to the die-hard one-staters like Netanyahu and Bennett. They need willing footsoldiers in the battle to steal Palestinian land, trampling on internationally recognised borders and hopes of peace-making."

      Blood- curdling, really. Thank you for the article and your honest reporting, Jonathan Cook. I still cannot believe they need more "willing footsoldiers" and immoral supporters than they already have (and have had) since and before the Nakba.

      "Trump's ambassador to Israel refers to 'alleged occupation' of Palestinian territories

      David Friedman, who also opposes two-state solution, appears to adopt a stance more in line with Israeli settlers in Jerusalem Post interview ...

      ... Demanding clarification from the US a Palestinian official said: “Our understanding is that when someone has an official position, like being an ambassador, this person does no longer speak in a personal capacity. Mr Friedman should realise that denying facts doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. He has an extensive record of attacks against the national rights of the Palestinian people, including funding illegal colonial-settlements and participating in celebrations of the Israeli occupation. We call upon the US administration to clarify their position.”

      The legal status of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem – captured during the six-day war in 1967 – is recognised by the United Nations, most countries and by Israel itself in its use of institutions such as military courts to try Palestinians in the West Bank.

      The US state department itself also refers unambiguously to the “occupied territories” in its own reports, including in a human rights report earlier this year.

      Friedman has kept a relatively low profile since arriving in Israel earlier this year. His appointment had been met with a chorus of criticism over his suitability for such a sensitive diplomatic post given his complete lack of foreign service experience and his history of supporting far-right Israeli causes, including the hardline settlement at Beit El.

      The US ambassador’s comment follows hard on the heels of recent remarks by state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who said a recommittal by the Trump administration to the two-state solution would show “bias” to one side.

      In the interview with the Jerusalem Post Friedman suggested that his personal views had not much changed and while his tone may have softened his ideology had not.

      “I don’t want to suggest that my views have really changed very much. Maybe the rhetoric has changed,” he told the paper. “Obviously, you become a diplomat. You change your rhetoric. You have an official job. You work for the United States government. You respect the chain of command. Of course that’s different.”

      Friedman – a former bankruptcy lawyer for Trump – has called President Barack Obama an antisemite and suggested that US Jews who opposed the Israeli occupation of the West Bank were worse than kapos, Nazi-era prisoners who served as concentration camp guards." ..."

  • Teenage girls in Gaza lament a 'double siege'
    • A little O/T. (Only a little):

      "Jewish Voice for Peace Urges Young Jews to Boycott Birthright Israel

      Campaign #ReturnTheBirthright declares 'it is fundamentally unjust that we are given a free trip to Israel while Palestinian refugees are barred from returning to their homes' ...

      ... Ben Lorber, JVP campus organizer, said that the new national campaign grew out of a number of local anti-Birthright initiatives on individual campuses, which inspired the group to take the movement to campuses across the country.

      “This is something that Jewish students have been talking about and acting on for a while,” Lorber said. “It is a fundamental injustice that we as young Jews are offered these free trips and can become citizens of Israel if we choose to later on, while our Palestinian friends and classmates are denied the same connection to the land their parents or grandparents come from.”

      The campaign, he added, is, in addition to students, aimed at young Jewish adults post-university who may be thinking of travelling on Birthright. Lorber, in his late 20s, said that he personally had chosen not to travel on Birthright during the years he was eligible.

      “It was a conscious decision. I was very disappointed at the advertising I saw telling me, ‘look at this happy free trip, you can go to the beach, hike on Masada, connect your homeland,’ while the Palestinians I knew had relatives who were being bombed in Gaza, and couldn't visit Jerusalem.”

      In contrast, the head of another Jewish student organization, J Street U, which bills itself as “pro-Israel, pro-peace” said he did not believe young Jews should be dissuaded from travelling to Israel through Birthright.

      Ben Elkind, J Street U director, said that for him, taking a Birthright trip was “an important piece of my engaging around Israel and the broader Israeli Palestinian conflict” and that he believes “it is important to encourage students to engage rather than not engage” with the issue. ..."

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    • A truly and achingly wonderful report, Ahmad. Thank you very much for this.

      I just read this @ Haaretz by Muhammad Shehada:

      "Opinion 'All the Colors Have Been Washed Out of Our Celebrations': My Family's Eid in Gaza

      My mother spent two days cleaning and baking maamoul on her own, then waited for a knock on our door. But none came. After years of the blockade and its privations, those who are left won't visit empty-handed - and they have nothing to bring ...

      On top of the day-to-day hardships that Gaza's people face there's other, painful losses born of that hardship threaten to become irreversible: the social and cultural ties between its people. There's only one clear and simple way to save Gaza from losing its social cohesion: Open the borders, rather than finding reasons to keep them closed. Those 'reasons' have no evident justification apart from punishing the entire population of Gaza."

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  • Prominent Israeli rabbi preaches rape in war time
    • "Nonsense! It just means that Israel has freedom of speech."

      Like this???

      "WATCH: Settlers sexually harass Palestinian woman, soldiers stand by
      Settlers in Hebron use loudspeaker to disparage Islam and sexually harass a Palestinian woman in the middle of the night.

      The settlers of Hebron have never been known for their manners. This time, however, it seems that they have sunk to a new low — even by their standards.

      Last Thursday night, settlers from the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba approached the neighborhood of al-Hariqah and used a PA system to curse Islam as well as the local Palestinian population, in both Arabic and Hebrew.

      A Palestinian volunteer for Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem documented parts of the incident from the window of her home (full disclosure: I am a member of B’Tselem’s board). When the settlers realized she was filming, they began cursing and sexually harassing her using racist and misogynistic language. According to the volunteer, soldiers who were present at the scene did nothing to stop the settlers.

      This video should come with a trigger warning, since the language used in it is too despicable to quote:

      More here:

      What would happen if someone not Jewish did something similar? Stop with your fantasies (lies) about freedom of speech for all, please.

  • Israeli forces injure 8-year-old Palestinian and detain 7-year-old in clashes in occupation
    • The illegal "settlers" are pretty good at "persecuting" and killing Palestinian children, too:

      "Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler car

      Relatives doubt Israel police will properly probe killing of eight-year-old, whose family home was about to be seized.

      An eight-year-old Palestinian girl who was run over by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank was buried on Sunday.

      Aseel Abu Oun was killed a day earlier by a settler who drove his car near where she lived in the Foroush Beit Dajan village, in the Nablus district.

      She was leaving a supermarket around noon with a friend when she was struck.

      Haaretz, the Israeli daily newspaper, reported that police detained the driver of the vehicle for questioning.

      Police said they opened an investigation, Haaretz reported, but did not specify whether the settler had been released. ...

      "We are used to the Israeli police and their ways of dealing with settler aggression or attacks on Palestinians," Jawdat Abu Oun, a relative of Aseel's, told Al Jazeera.

      "We have asked for an independent, non-biased actor to oversee the investigation, but we don't think it will go anywhere," he said, adding that he believed it was likely the settler had already been released.

      Tareq Abu Oun, the girl's father, witnessed his daughter being run over and, with the help of other men, managed to stop the car from speeding away.

      "The settler was armed, and they took his weapon from him until the Israeli police arrived," Jawdat said.

      While it is legal for settlers to carry weapons in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians are banned from being armed.

      'Aseel hoped for a better future'

      The victim's short life was heavily affected by the Israeli occupation.

      After moving his family from the village of Jaba to Foroush Beit Dajan, Abu Oun worked in agriculture but was plagued by constant visits and orders by the Israeli army to demolish his house.

      Aref Daraghmeh, an expert on settlement affairs and Israeli violations, told local media that he had visited the 10-member family on Friday to document their suffering - the day Israeli forces officially notified them that their home would be seized.

      "I spoke to Tareq [Abu Oun] about the threats the Israeli authorities made to him about demolishing his home and dispersing his family," Daraghmeh said. "Aseel was sitting on the floor, holding papers, and was full of hope for a better future for her and her family." ...

      ... Incidents of Jewish settlers running over Palestinian children in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem are not uncommon and are rarely investigated, even in fatal cases.

      In 2014, five-year-old Inas Khalil and her friend Touleen Asfour were walking home from their nursery school near a village in Ramallah when they were hit by a settler's car. Inas died a few hours later.

      Two weeks ago, four Palestinian boys – all six-year-olds – were severely injured when a settler mounted his car on a pavement in the East Jerusalem town of Silwan and struck them. The boys were all transferred to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem."

    • Thank you, Kate.

      "Family of Halamish Terrorist Convicted for Not Preventing Attack

      Israel military court finds attacker Omar al-Abed's mother, father, two brothers and uncle 'knew about his intentions' but did not notify security services"

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  • Andrea Mitchell suggests State Dep't staged 'fake news' in Jerusalem with Kushner, Netanyahu and no press
    • This finally might be examined more closely because it might be discovered that Trump's US/Russia/and Israel might just try to trash everybody else while trying to foment/continue a few more wars or only maintain the ugly/unstainable status quo, Who are, what is, more dominant or complicit?

      Felix Setar[3][4]
      Felix Slater[5]
      Felix Sader[5]
      Haim F Sater[5]
      Hai Ying Sater[5])

      Who needs so many aliases?

      "Early life and family[edit]

      Sater was born in Moscow into a Russian Jewish family, the son of Mikhail Sheferovsky and Rachel Sheferovskaya. He has a sister, Regina. The family immigrated to Israel when he was 8 years old to avoid religious persecution in the Soviet Union, and eventually came to the United States, living in Baltimore, Maryland before settling in Brighton Beach, New York in 1974.[4] Felix and his sister adopted the surname Sater. Mikhail Sheferovsky (also known as Michael Sheferofsky) states that the family name used to be Saterov at some point (Сатаров).[9] According to the FBI, Mikhail Sheferovsky was an underboss for Russian Mafia "boss of bosses" Semion Mogilevich and convicted of extorting local restaurants, grocery stores, and a medical clinic.[10]"

      much more @

      I have my own thoughts about this... yours?

  • Ramzy Baroud and Rima Najjar on identity and resistance
  • 'We came to school and found the school destroyed': Israeli forces demolish West Bank school hours before children's first day
    • Exactly, Mooser! You made me actually have to hold in my tea from escaping my mouth! Merci.

      (The First Cut is the Deepest)

      Formally Cat Stevens. Now Yusuf... Always himself.

    • You have no shame at all, Jack.

      "Arab women in Israel live longer than Arab women in any Arab country.
      If Israel were finished, the Arab women in Israel would die younger."

      They already do.

      "Arab-Jewish gap in life expectancy in Israel."

      (a bit of the old blame- the- victim included, too.)

      "Arab babies in Israel have lower infant mortality than Arab babies in any Arab country."

      Yeah, right. Ask the odious, racist Revital Smotrich, the wife of MK Betzalel Smotrich, about their feelings.

      About the folks in Palestine, Occupied Gaza and the West Bank that Israel is responsible for under International Law(s), how come those stats aren't included here???


      I think that honest and good people know the answer.

      As for "honor killings" in Israel, some Jewish folks have their own issues.

    • "Would it be better to allow children to attend a school that was built without a building permit & then in a few years while the school is full of children it collapses or catches fire because it wasn’t built to code?"

      LOLOL! Your faux concern is absolutely fantastical and you are so incredibly deluded.

      The IOF would much prefer to bomb schools and hospitals and innocents with continued impunity.

      "US 'appalled' by 'disgraceful' Israeli shelling of Gaza UN school"

      (not "appalled" enough, though.)

      "(Jerusalem) – Three Israeli attacks that damaged Gaza schools housing displaced people caused numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. In the first in-depth documentation of the violations, Human Rights Watch investigated the three attacks, which occurred on July 24 and 30, and August 3, 2014, and killed 45 people, including 17 children.

      “The Israeli military carried out attacks on or near three well-marked schools where it knew hundreds of people were taking shelter, killing and wounding scores of civilians,” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch. “Israel has offered no convincing explanation for these attacks on schools where people had gone for protection and the resulting carnage.”..."

      "GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli forces fired a tank shell at a hospital in Gaza on Monday, killing at least four people and injuring 40 others, health officials said.

      It was the third hospital Israel's military has struck since launching a ground offensive in Gaza last week.

      The four people killed at al-Aqsa Hospital on Monday included one patient and three visitors, health officials told NBC News...."


      btw, aren't you similarly concerned about these settler illegals and thieves?

      "Israeli settlers set up illegal caravans on Palestinian village lands near Bethlehem

      ... Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
      The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.

      Meanwhile, although Israeli settler outposts -- unapproved by the Israeli government -- are considered illegal even under Israeli law, earlier this year, Israel passed the outpost Regularization law, which would pave the way for the retroactive legalization of dozens of Israeli settler outposts."

  • 'I wanted to change the world, and I did; I made it worse' -- guru Arthur Finkelstein
    • "But I said, I wanted to change the world. And I said, I did; I made it worse."

      That is absolutely true. The list of those that he 'helped' includes many unhumanitarians and more than a few war criminals.

      (Luntz et al. have learned and capitalized well, eh?)

  • First reported death from swimming in Gaza's polluted seas is a 5-year-old boy
    • "Israeli Soldier, You Never Had a Chance

      The video clip shows what you know: It doesn’t matter how polite you are at 1:30 A.M. in a Palestinian house in the occupied territories; you shouldn’t be there at all

      It’s hard to turn one’s eyes away from the six-and-a-half-minute video clip that has been running around social media in recent days. This time, it doesn’t show the liquidation in lukewarm blood of a dying terrorist by a combat medic in Hebron. Instead, it shows soldiers from some unknown unit at 1:30 A.M. on some night paying a “visit” to the house of some Palestinian family for the sake of “showing a presence” of some kind in some village in the West Bank.

      It’s hard to turn our gaze away from this clip, because this “gaze” is part it: The clip was filmed by the father of the family, who used his camera to document the incident from beginning to end, and the soldier who’s the protagonist of the film is aware of the camera’s presence; he actually speaks to it – that is, to us, the viewers. And as in any reality show, the viewers are the judges.

      And therefore, dear Israel Defense Forces solider, you sweet, disciplined, funny, silly, polite, nice, sensitive little boy – you’ve lost.

      Contrary to what has been implied in comments on social media, your behavior isn’t an example of the banality of evil or a display of sadistic mastery (not even when you told them you were there because they had thrown stones at “our roads,” when you were talking about a road that belongs to them). It’s clear there’s not a drop of evil in you. Your mother can be proud of you; you look like a delightful young man. ..."

      read more:

      This is a revival of a 'must- see' video by Al Jazeera that was actually from a few years back:

      "Published on Aug 20, 2017

      Israeli night raid in Nabi Saleh

      A Palestinian father filmed an Israeli army night raid on his home. Watch until the end.

      (Footage provided by Bilal Tamimi, 2012)"

      Carolina Landsmann's article was published today in Haaretz with the video, but I linked to AJ for those without access.

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