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

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

  • Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?
    • "WATCH: Joe Scarborough Says Trump Asked Adviser, 'Why Can't the U.S. Use Nuclear Weapons?'

      Former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough, recalled an incident live on air in which he claimed "several months ago, a foreign policy expert went to advise Donald Trump and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons.""

      read more: link to haaretz.com

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

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

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

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

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

      Thank you Doctor Rothchild~ for everything you do.

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

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

      "discriminatory"~ how ?

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

      Ridiculous Ziobubblespeak.

      Thanks annie and thanks to Adalah- NY et al.

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

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

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

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

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

      It's a crying shame that is hopefully reparable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thanks Kate.

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

      link to breakingthesilence.org.il

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

    • Try this one Max:

      link to jpost.com

      or many, many more like this:

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

      link to middleeasteye.net

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

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

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

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

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

      #hasbara fail.

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

      Today`s bully is tomorrow`s coward."

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

      Thanks for that.

    • Thank you Amjad.

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

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

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

      Problem solved.

    • It's the MIC in action, JWalters!

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

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

      Beautiful.

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

      (thanks, annie!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Congrats on spreading awareness and on your persistence!

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

    • Thanks for this, Wilson.

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

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

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

      After Orlando, this happened:

      "Muslim man reportedly beaten outside mosque attended by Orlando gunman

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

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

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      I also posted this that same day:

      Meanwhile:

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

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

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

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

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

    • Thanks, Stephen~ I was aware.

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

    • It is truly excellent. Thanks, Kali.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      link to foreignpolicy.com

      More historical truth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      link to rt.com

      "Corbyn's statement on the Chilcot report

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

      He says the report should not have taken this long.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      link to theguardian.com

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

      Well said, bryan.

      I am following Blair's presser here:

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

      link to theguardian.com

      It's bizarre in the extreme.

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

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

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

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

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

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      btw, anyone else see this?

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

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

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      He's smuggled before.

      "Netanyahu implicated in nuclear smuggling from U.S. — big story in Israel" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

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

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

      link to theguardian.com

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

      "Diplomatic ties help Israel defang international criticism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      much more @ link to yahoo.com

    • heh, amigo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      read more: link to haaretz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Much more @ link to maannews.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

      read much more: link to haaretz.com

    • lololol, Annie!

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

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

    • Spot- on! Thank you, Marlene.

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

      Might as well, eh?

    • Thanks, Bumblebye.

      "Interesting" timing, eh?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      %$#@*!, and then some.

    • Thanks, Froggy.

  • Pregnant Palestinian woman, 27, is killed in Hebron
    • "After shooting a Palestinian with Down syndrome, Israeli soldiers fled without looking back" - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      So many heartbreaking stories~ this one brought new tears of rage today. Truly soulless, cowardly and immoral IOF! They shoot pregnant women, children, disabled folks, and people with Down's syndrome too.

      RIP, sweet Arif. Thank you Gideon and Kate.

    • Meanwhile:

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

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

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      hmmm...

    • wrt Orlando:

      "Muslim man reportedly beaten outside mosque attended by Orlando gunman

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

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

      more @ link to theguardian.com

  • As occupation enters its 50th year, draft Democratic platform won't say the word
    • ta-da!

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

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

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

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

      link to theguardian.com

  • Netanyahu's bloody incitement
    • O/T:

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

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

      link to theguardian.com

      A great loss.

    • This makes me smile:

      "Foreign Funds at Center of New Police Investigation Against Netanyahu

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

      read more: link to haaretz.com

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

    • Oh my! Truth!

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

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

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

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

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

      read more: link to haaretz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

      BDS!

  • Israel's 'mistaken identity' embarrassments
    • Headline news:

      "Israeli troops 'mistakenly' kill Palestinian teenager

      Military says 15-year-old died and four others were wounded in West Bank after soldiers mistook them for stone-throwers ..."

      link to theguardian.com

      So in this admission they are telling the world that it is A- OK to shoot and kill "stone- throwers".

      hmmm. As to the rest of your very important article Jonathan, my mom always taught me to never judge a book by its cover. It's worked for me.

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

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

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