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  • Imagine the KKK doing a biopic of MLK and you get... 'Fauda'
  • The Knesset officially declares that Israeli democracy is for Jews only
    • Fascism right here:

      "Israel to Bar Activists From Documenting Soldiers in West Bank ...

      The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is expected to approve a bill on Sunday that seeks to ban documentation and distribution of any reports about confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians with the intent either to harm national security or to “break the spirit of Israeli soldiers and inhabitants.”

      The legislation, proposed by Robert Ilatov of Yisrael Beitenu, has won the support of that party’s leader, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Kulanu party, headed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

      The proposal calls for a maximum five-year prison term for anyone photographing, recording or distributing Israel Defense Forces activity on social media with the aim of hurting the “soldiers’ spirit.” The maximum term increases to 10 years imprisonment for those convicted of seeking to harm national security.

      The wording of the bill is vague about what exactly would constitute "breaking soldiers’ spirit" and how the measure would be enforced.

      Sources involved in advancing the legislation told Haaretz on Thursday that an agreement has been reached to allow the measure to win committee approval so that it may be brought to a preliminary vote in the Knesset plenum in the coming days.

      “For many years the state of Israel has witnessed a worrisome phenomenon in which IDF soldiers are being documented," read the bill proposal's explainer. "Via video, stills photography and audio recordings by anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups such as B’tselem, the women of Machsom Watch, Breaking the Silence and various BDS groups. In many instances, these organizations spend entire days near IDF soldiers waiting with baited breath for some action they can document in a biased way in order to slander the IDF. Such documentation generally interferes with ongoing and operational IDF duties, sometimes accompanied by insults shouted at them.”

      The proposal is aimed at providing a response to such cases as Elor Azaria, the soldier filmed two years ago shooting to death a wounded and neutralized Palestinian gunman in Hebron. The incident, documented by a photographer with B’tselem, was published shortly afterwards and kindled a public debate. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for that shooting. He served nine months in prison after his sentence was commuted, and was released a month ago.

      Sources in the Interior Ministry say they had considered applying the bill to protect police operations, but then dropped the idea. The ministry looked into the possibility of implementing a more limited ban on civilians documenting police activity only in instances where it interferes with police operations in the field, but this idea was also dropped.

      B’Tselem says in response: “If occupation embarrasses the government then it should take steps to end it. Visual documentation of life under occupation shall continue. It’s a fact of life that no stupid bill will succeed in changing.”"

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-to-bar-activists-from-documenting-soldiers-in-west-bank-1.6176060?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      So, World, are you gonna keep calling out of control Isr a " Western style democracy with shared values"? You gonna keep lying to yourselves (and stealing taxpayers $$$ while lying to your citizens) by doing horrible shite like arming this apartheid, fascist, murderous, nuclear- armed statei that is in daily violation of international law?

      Or are you going to sanction the heck out of this murderous, fascist, apartheid 'state'? It's grotesque and hypocritical in the extreme to do otherwise, but the World has been doing it for a long time! It's an addiction, I guess. WTH "soldiers' spirit" are you worried about? That the IOF is a state- sanctioned murder machine?

  • 'Every bullet has a precise address' – another Israeli journalist justifies the massacre
    • "Rights Group: Israeli Lethal Force in Gaza May Be War Crime ...

      The statement was issued Wednesday ahead of an emergency UN General Assembly meeting to vote on a resolution condemning Israel’s 'excessive use of force'

      Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks may constitute war crimes. ...

      The Israeli military has said its soldiers adhere to the rules of engagement to defend Israeli civilians and security infrastructure from attacks cloaked by the protests.

      Human Rights Watch contended in its statement that the mostly unarmed protesters didn’t pose an imminent threat to Israeli troops or civilians, and therefore the use of live fire suggests a violation of international law. The organization said eyewitnesses recounted Palestinians were shot from a great distance from the fence, and others who “had not thrown stones or otherwise tried to harm Israeli soldiers” were shot from a closer range.

      Israel has been accused of committing war crimes in its three wars in the Gaza Strip in the last decade. Last month the Palestinians urged the International Criminal Court in The Hague to launch an investigation into Israeli policies and actions in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, accusing Israel of systemic crimes.

      Israel has called the Palestinian move “legally invalid.” Israel is not a member of the ICC and argues the court does not have jurisdiction.

      The ICC has conducted a preliminary investigation since 2015 into alleged crimes in the Palestinian territories, including West Bank settlement construction and war crimes by Israel and Hamas in the 2014 war in Gaza.

      Human Rights Watch’s Mideast director called on the international community to “impose real costs for such blatant disregard for Palestinian lives.”

      “The UN Human Rights Council inquiry should identify and call for sanctions against officials implicated in ongoing serious human rights violations,” Sarah Leah Whitson said."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/rights-group-israeli-lethal-force-in-gaza-may-be-war-crime-1.6174193?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      "MAY constitute war crimes"??? Bunch of cowards, all of them. HRW, ICC, EU, US, KSA, Gulfies, and too many others to list.

      All cowards who only believe the Isr narrative instead of the law and what carnage the murderous IOF leave, and have left, behind for decades now.

      (Anyone remember the Sharpeville massacre?)

    • Thanks, Jonathan.

      I guess any Zionist can perch anywhere if he/she writes in Hebrew... I am disappointed that Haaretz gave him that perch from which to spew his warped and vile views. Perhaps Haaretz readers will rebel, or not.

      (Israel should invest in firefighters and give their snipers and other IOF goons something better to do than murdering Palestinians. I appreciate what Yehoshua Sobol had to say.)

  • Don't expect Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris to be critical of Israel
    • Like this tool of Israel, Annie?

      "Nikki Haley Defends Israel Ahead of UN Vote on Resolution Condemning Gaza Violence ...

      U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has urged countries to condemn Hamas instead of voting for a resolution on Gaza which she called "fundamentally imbalanced," ahead of a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday.

      The UN General Assembly is due to meet and hold a vote on an Arab-backed text on Gaza at the request of the UN's Palestinian delegation and their Arab and Muslim allies.

      The draft General Assembly resolution demands that Israeli forces stop "any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force." It calls for "immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip."

      It also "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas," but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

      The draft asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days "on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation," including "recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism."

      Haley called the proposed resolution "a fundamentally imbalanced text that ignores basic truths about the situation in Gaza," in a letter to UN ambassadors seen by dpa on Tuesday.

      She urged member states to support a U.S. amendment, which would be voted on separately beforehand and condemns the Islamist group Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip.

      "If we are to truly work for the protection of the Palestinian people, the international community must condemn the malign behavior of Hamas without delay," the letter reads. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/haley-defends-israel-before-un-vote-on-resolution-against-gaza-deaths-1.6173164?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      She's a threat to US national security, but she sits there like Power did and makes zero sense to the rest of the world. An abomination, indeed. As if she cares about one single Palestinian........

    • Yep~ A.P. is a sockpuppet. The screen name is a humdinger.

    • Apparently some stuff has been going on elsewhere in the US govt:

      "U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Two Israeli Firms, Citing Kremlin-ordered Cyberattacks

      Treasury Department says the companies assisted Russia's government in carrying out cyberattacks against U.S. targets

      WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Monday that it is placing sanctions on two companies based in Israel for allegedly engaging in cyberattacks in service of the Russian government. One of the companies, Embedi, has an office in Herzliya, while the other, ERPCSAN, has an office in Tel Aviv. Both companies also have offices in Russia.

      According to the Treasury Department, these companies assisted the Russian government in carrying out cyberattacks against various targets in the United States, including energy installations. The sanctions will lead to the freezing of all the companies' assets in the United States, and will make it illegal for American citizens to make business with those companies. ...

      This is the third time in recent weeks that cyber companies based in Israel have made headlines in Washington. Previously, it was reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the involvement of an Israeli cyber company in the 2016 U.S. Election, and that investigators from Mueller's team have visited Tel Aviv and collected evidence.

      In addition, multiple reports last month stated that Black Cube, an Israeli private intelligence firm, tried to conduct a spying operation on former Obama administration officials who were involved in the crafting of the Iran nuclear deal. The company denied the allegations."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-u-s-sanctions-two-israeli-firms-citing-kremlin-ordered-cyberattacks-1.6171049?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      I have to say that I loved this part of the headline: "U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Two Israeli", but the dots have yet to be connected properly, imho. The companies are sanctioned, but only the Russian gov't is blamed. Not the GOI...

    • Aye yi yi. You WERE serious on the other thread.

      (I guess your screen name says a lot~ hmph.) Enjoy yourself.

      Thanks, Phil. I didn't think they would stand apart from the sheep. They are gutless.

      Sadly, I'm still waiting for a miracle.

  • Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid
  • Alumna response to the Beacon School's moment of silence for Gaza
    • Thank you for this Hebh Jamal.

      Citizen~ here's a great article by Grant F. Smith that should infuriate all Americans:

      "The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is just one of a myriad of organizations which make up the Rubik’s Cube that is the Israel lobby. (Courtesy Irmep)

      On Oct. 17, 2012 the National Archives and Records Administration released long-secret U.S. Justice Department files concerning a decade-long battle to regulate the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) as a foreign agent of Israel. The declassified files, released in response to a 2011 Freedom of Information Act request, reveal why the ZOA—a once-formidable entity whose leaders can be linked to major Israeli covert operations within the United States—may have to struggle to regain its IRS tax-exempt status, mysteriously revoked in May of 2011. ..."

      It's superb. It discusses ZOA/WZO and FARA... etc.

      https://www.wrmea.org/013-january-february/will-the-zionist-organization-of-america-regain-its-revoked-tax-exempt-status.html

  • Israeli drones drop Ramadan blessings leaflet on Gaza-- before four more are killed
    • Annie~ it's another stain on the "Jewish state" and an ongoing blood libel that I will remember, too.

      Here's another one that I read yesterday:

      "Police Doctor Failed to Treat Wounded Bedouin Man During Deadly Umm al-Hiran Clashes ...

      A police physician at the scene of the 2017 demolition in Umm al-Hiran claimed in her testimony that she had not seen the wounded body of Yakub Abu al-Kiyan, before he died, and therefore did not give him any medical treatment, contradicting other testimonies, Haaretz has learned.

      Nevertheless, the Justice Ministry’s department for the investigation of police officers and the State Prosecutor’s Office did not question her as a possible suspect, even though Kiyan, a Bedouin man police shot at the scene of the clash during the Bedouin village's demolition, did not die immediately, but bled to death, and despite the fact that other testimonies contradicted her version of events.

      It was also learned that the police delayed submitting all the investigative materials to the department, as a result of which policemen involved were exposed to multiple versions of events and even got to see investigative material before submitting their own testimonies.

      Around a month after the incident the state prosecution closed the case against the policemen involved after concluding there was no reasonable suspicion that any of them had committed a crime.

      After that decision, Haaretz reported that after Kiyan was shot, which led to his vehicle accelerating and hitting and killing policeman Erez Levy, Kiyan was left to bleed to death at the scene without receiving any medical attention.

      Some policemen testified they had thought that Kiyan, who had been shot twice in the back and in his right leg, had been killed on the spot. But the pathology report said he was still alive after hitting Levy, and that he died from loss of blood.

      In turns out there was a police doctor and medical team on the scene at the time, and that Justice Ministry investigators had questioned her about the lack of medical attention given to Kiyan.

      According to a source familiar with the investigation, the physician testified that after being told of the car ramming she came to the scene, but did not see Kiyan and thus did not give him any treatment.

      She said when she came to the area where Levy had been hit, she focused on treating the two injured policemen and had not noticed any other injured person at the scene. She said it was only several hours later that she understood someone had been killed besides Levy.

      But the investigators were suspicious of her testimony, because Kiyan’s body, removed from the vehicle after the ramming, was only a few meters away from the injured policemen. Moreover, the investigators had collected other testimonies that contradicted the doctor’s account. One of these accounts said that the doctor saw Kiyan while she was treating the policemen yet issued no instructions to treat the man.

      Haaretz has learned that police investigators were divided over whether to question the physician again under caution – with an eye to filing charges – given her behavior at the scene. But in the end the department and the southern district prosecutor’s office decided against making such a recommendation.

      It also turns out that although the Justice Ministry had immediately announced it was launching an investigation into the deadly incidents, it took the police four days to hand in its findings, including the testimony and video of policemen taken from a hovering helicopter. Yet the police did release video footage of the incident to the media on the very same day that it occurred.

      Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and other police sources issued media statements containing details about police conduct at the scene in an effort to demonstrate that Levy’s death had been a deliberate ramming attack. These public statements and the delays in transferring other materials significantly undermined investigators’ ability to get at the truth.

      According to several sources, the policemen involved in the shooting had been shown the video by other policemen before it was issued to the media and before they were called on to give testimony to their superiors a few hours later, developments which could well have influenced the version of events that these officers provided to investigators.

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-police-doctor-failed-to-treat-bedouin-man-in-negev-clash-1.6170888?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      (sorry for the length, but this is behind the wall)

      I guess there's a reason that nobody has commented on the article, eh? This continues by all of the IOF forces/medics/doctors. Yet they dare to question the professionalism and heart of Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, while celebrating their murdering & 'brave' snipers and the assassin Elor Azaria, etc. The US and the EU and others continue to pump them up with $$$, terrible weapons, praise, and always turning a blind eye. So does Bensouda. I have believed for a long, long time that Israel wants a perpetual state of war because they can continue the ongoing Nakba and the world says zip. Of course they never wanted peace and I seriously doubt that the great colonial powers did either. It's been a horrific series of daily crimes against humanity and constant violations of international law that only the Palestinians have been the targeted victims of.

      The bedouins of Umm al-Hiran continue to be targeted victims of this horrid and violent state and have been for years...

    • Haaretz Editorial that goes to your point:

      "What Israel's State Prosecutor Ignored at Umm al-Hiran

      In Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Israel, Arabs are presumed to be terrorists unless proven otherwise ...

      The Shin Bet coordinator who conducted the investigation at the scene of the incident concluded that policeman Erez Levy died due to operational errors by the police rather than a car-ramming attack.

      So why did Nitzan ignore this conclusion, even though the coordinator testified about it to the Justice Ministry department responsible for probing police misconduct and submitted a written report, which effectively rejected the possibility that this was a terror attack?

      It’s no surprise that Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich spoke to Nitzan in an effort to influence his decision. Both Erdan and Alsheich have good reasons to want the public to continue believing that Abu al-Kiyan was a terrorist rather than a victim of operational errors by the police.

      As readers may recall, a few hours after the incident, the police commissioner demonstrated a lack of professional responsibility by asserting, without sufficient evidence, that Abu al-KIyan was an “evil terrorist.” Alsheich even accused him of ties to Islamic State. And Erdan, in an act of national irresponsibility, declared that Levy was run over in a terror attack.

      But it’s not just the Shin Bet coordinator, who investigated at the scene and took statements from those involved in the hours after the incident occurred, who rejected the possibility that this was a terror attack. ...

      Despite all this, Nitzan decided to close the case against the policemen; it was only the stain of terrorism on Abu al-Kiyan that he refused to wash away. “There is no significant evidence that could decide this issue unequivocally, with a high level of probability,” he said in his decision issued a month ago.

      This decision blatantly ignored the Shin Bet report, the positions of the senior legal officials who dealt with the case, and even the starting point for every criminal proceeding, which is the presumption that a man is innocent until proven guilty.

      Like Alsheich and Erdan, Nitzan’s behavior shows how, in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel, Arabs are presumed to be terrorists unless proven otherwise. The time has come to put an end to this ugly affair. ..."

      More @ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/what-israel-s-state-prosecutor-ignored-at-umm-al-hiran-1.6171016

    • Thanks for that, Annie. You are spot- on!

  • Argentinian soccer team boycotts Israel -- and 'NY Times' whitewash fails to quote a single player
    • "Israeli Orchestra Uninvited From Spanish City Amid BDS Push ...

      A Spanish municipality disinvited an Israeli orchestra and ballet group from its autumn cultural program.

      Oviedo, saying “Israeli organizations are not wanted” in its premises, canceled the participation of the Netanya Chamber Orchestra and the ballet group last week, the news site IsraelValley reported.

      In 2016, an administrative court in the northern Spanish city ruled that a motion in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel that was passed early that year by the City Council of Langreo, also in the north, was discriminatory and must be scrapped.

      Last month, the City Council of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, passed a motion declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia a “Israeli apartheid-free zone.” A local fraction of the far-left Podemos, Spain’s third-largest party, promoted the motion. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-orchestra-uninvited-from-spanish-city-amid-bds-push-1.6172222

      Happy BDS dance over here... D

    • Another bright spot:

      "U.S. Musician John Maus, Three U.K. Bands Boycott Berlin Music Festival Over Israeli Funding ...

      American singer and songwriter John Maus has canceled his appearance at Berlin’s Pop-Kultur music festival because the festival received financial support from the Israeli Embassy.

      According to the Stereogum music website, the Berlin-based embassy contributed 1,200 euros ($1,400) to cover the travel expenses of several Israeli musicians slated to appear in the three-day festival, in August. As a result, in acknowledgement of its support, the embassy logo appeared on the festival website. ...

      Maus is not the only artist to boycott Pop-Kultur. Three British groups – post-punk band Shopping, Richard Dawson and the Gwenno band – have also announced that they will not perform.

      “As a band, Shopping is and will always be completely opposed to any form of oppression and discrimination, including homophobia, transphobia, colonialism and racism. We stand firmly against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. For these reasons, and in harmony with the principles of the nonviolent, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, we affirm our solidarity with the Palestinian call for BDS,” the band said, in a statement that appeared on the Artists for Palestine UK website.

      Last year, eight individual performers and groups canceled their appearances at the Pop-Kultur event over Israeli Embassy funding, the website noted. ...

      “Israel seeks associations with international festivals, such as Pop-Kultur Berlin, to art-wash its image abroad in the explicit attempt to distract attention from its crimes against Palestinians,” PACBI said in a statement. “For a supposedly progressive festival to accept sponsorship from a decades-old regime of oppression and apartheid like Israel’s is unethical and hypocritical, to say the least.”

      In response, the Pop-Kultur festival stated: “We are not intimidated by boycotts. If there are artists who don’t want to perform at our festival because we receive travel and accommodation support from the Israeli Embassy in Berlin, we very much regret that."

      It added: “However, the boycott, the refusal to perform, is not our decision. We are always open to engaging in constructive dialogue. We believe that discourse and dialogue are the only means through which to deal with conflicts in this world. We as cultural workers have a special responsibility for establishing networks across borders, even when we disagree.”"

      https://www.haaretz.com/life/.premium-u-s-musician-u-k-bands-boycott-berlin-fest-over-israeli-funding-1.6171939?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • And the NYT is so bad that lining a birdcage with it would be an insult to birds.

      Here's some lovely news:

      "Spain’s Third-largest City Votes to Boycott Israel ...

      Following a major Spanish city’s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired by a public television broadcaster.

      Pablo Iglesias Turrión, leader of the Podemos far-left party, made the comment in an interview earlier this week on RTVE.

      “We need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel,” said Iglesias Turrión, whose party in 2015 won 20 percent of the votes in the general election just one year after its creation.

      Last week, a motion promoted by a local fraction of Podemos on the City Council of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, was passed declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia a “Israeli apartheid-free zone.”

      Podemos has called for a blanket boycott of Israel and has accused its government many times of pursuing apartheid-like policies. However, calling Israel’s existence illegal is a new development.

      ACOM, a Spanish pro-Israel group, said that Iglesias Turrión’s statement reflects anti-Semitism because Podemos does not consider any other country in the world illegal but Israel. ACOM also said that it has initiated legal proceedings against Valencia over its vote to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In recent years, ACOM actions have led to the scrapping, annulment or suspension of 24 motions to boycott Israel by Spanish municipalities.

      Tribunals in Spain, including the nation’s Supreme Court in two of its rulings, have voided a total of 16 boycott motions passed by municipalities. Another seven municipalities voluntarily scrapped their boycott motions under threat of legal action by ACOM. One municipality’s boycott motion was suspended by a court injunction.

      Last week, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, which is the country’s second largest, and Podemos passed a no-confidence vote that toppled the government of the center-right Popular Party over corruption charges. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/spain-s-third-largest-city-votes-to-boycott-israel-1.6162976

      Hope that it sticks!

  • Heralded by Palestinians as 'angel' and 'merciful martyr,' Razan Al-Najjar is an afterthought in western press
    • I wish for that day to come and soon, Ossinev!

      Fatou Bensouda and the ICC must stand for something or they should be disbanded and their millions taken away, and some international tribunal be empowered to convene~ a tribunal that doesn't drag its feet and is committed to justice. I am not talking about retrospective/retroactive justice, but real- time justice. The crimes are happening now, they happened last year, and the many decades before now. They are all premeditated crimes and need to be stopped now.

      "war zone justification" is a bunch of zio- poo. Israelis are the only ones who benefit from their constant state of violence against Palestinians. It's an abomination.

    • Thanks, James.

      Blessings to Razan Al-Najjar's mother and father and her family, both immediate and extended (all of Gaza). Omar's painting is breathtaking. Eerily, it bears a striking resemblance to Razan's mother clutching her bloody paramedic coat......

      I appreciate this very much:

      "Israeli sick logic: It did not happen. If it did, it was not us. If it was us he/she was a terrorist. If he/she is not a terrorist, the bullet strayed. If the bullet did not stray, then Hamas is to blame."

      I would be surprised to hear anything at all... Israel will let this assassination pass like so many others. It's bad for their 'most moral army' and 'only democracy in the middle east' schtick. The NYT will follow their lead and in their foul and murderous footsteps.

  • Photo Essay: Gaza buries medic Razan Ashraf Al-Najjar, 21, killed by Israeli sniper
    • If only there were more honest broadcasters like Mike Murphy. I must say that many Irish and Scots have done much to advance the Palestinians plea for justice.

      The US and other western MSM have nada, zip, zero, nothing. All cowards, none of them even cringing as they grasp their paycheck and sit for their makeup artist to provide their disguise as reporters of the 'news'.

      Informed humans all around the world know better.

    • Thank you for allowing us to share the visceral grief that is so horribly necessary after this vicious and heinous Israeli war crime and waste of a gentle Palestinian nurse's life, Mohammed Zaanoun.

      I don't know why, but I can't get the pictures/video of Salem Khaleel Shamaly and Nadeem Nawarah out of my head. This angel joins too many other innocents. It's unbearable to witness, and I am not even present to offer any comfort and apology. I keep trying to change the status quo, but the politicians are stubborn and lazy fools who will be held accountable one day... soon, I pray. America was, and is, essential to the original and ongoing sin(s) of Israel.

  • 'Disappearing Palestine' maps must spotlight Jaffa
    • I will continue to hope that your students are soon and finally liberated from your hasbara and Zionism, jon s. . Teaching false history is fairly common while living in and on stolen land while stomping on the murdered autochthonous peoples and robbing their families of their freedom, isn't it?

      How does it feel to do all this and to teach your students lies all day long?

    • Heartfelt thanks for this, Tom. Jaffa was and is Palestinian.

      To know that the ancient Palestinian port city of Jaffa was ethnically cleansed by Jewish terrorists makes me sick.

      "A half century later, a book published by the Israeli Ministry of Defence justified the ethnic cleansing of Jaffa by calling it “a festering cancer in the middle of the Jewish population.” [4]"

      The only "festering cancer" is decidedly NOT Palestinian. As you wrote so eloquently:

      "That dot is a stolen gem that must be returned to its owners — and its owners returned to it."

      (I can remember my grandfather and grandmother from Northern Europe telling me stories about Jaffa. They ordered precious gems directly from Jaffa~ oranges! They cherished them and had studied about the land and the people from that land that produced these amazing gems otherwise known as the Shamouti orange. Now I can't touch one... I hope that changes soon.)

  • Israel has shot 29 medics at Gaza border, killing two
    • The injustices and brutality that has been visited upon the Palestinians of Palestine has long occupied my heart and soul. So, yes, I spend a lot of time and energy on this particular debacle and the ongoing Nakba. I cannot fathom the lack of justice, either. Neither can I comprehend the seemingly complete factual ignorance & racism of so many Westerners. Is it willful or is it because of effective Israeli hasbara that the western MSM and politicians parrot? I find it fascinating that the Zionists who will post on nearly every other article here at MW seem to never comment on your compilations of facts... wonder why. I still hope that some US politicians would avail themselves of the truths that you post so diligently, Kate. It would do them a world of good and perhaps give them a backbone, prick their conscience, pop their Ziobubble, or give them nightmares to realize what they've done.

    • It's been another very dismal hour, day, week, and month of Ramadan~ again. Nothing good to report. Believe it or not, I had already read most of the misery that you've compiled. I had not read about this recent disgraceful and seemingly illegal development though:

      "Jerusalem municipality confiscates historic Islamic cemetery

      ... The Jerusalem municipality is well known for classifying Palestinian areas as national parks to wrest control over more territory. The parks, like Israeli settlements, stand in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, such as 194, 181, 252, 476 and 478. The area of Bab al-Rahmah is crucial to Israeli settlement plans, which aim to link four concentric circles of settlements, starting with the Old City, followed by the “Holy Basin” (Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah, a-Tur, Mount Zion, and the Kidron Valley), Jerusalem’s annexation border, and finally the West Bank."

      To think that the Israelis are desecrating the ancient cemeteries of Palestinians while murdering/maiming/abducting/terrorizing the descendents of those buried in hallowed ground is untenable, to say the least. It's all about ethnic cleansing and land theft, isn't it?
      Yet the stupid and complicit US moves its embassy to Al-Quds/Jerusalem and can now watch the violations of international law and humanity from its balcony, crowing at its great success.

      From your link:

      "Bab al-Rahmah was included in the Jerusalem municipality’s 1974 Jerusalem Walls National Park plan. In 2009, a High Court ruling empowered Israeli authorities to regulate where locals can bury their dead in Bab al-Rahmah, arguing that because the cemetery had been declared an Israeli antiquities site and part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park, any digging or burial there would “damage antiquities.”"

      They not only appropriated Palestinian food as their own, they also appropriate the dead and buried Palestinians and regulated burial of newly deceased... How in the heck did a Palestinian cemetery become "an Israeli antiquities site"?

      They are a despicable bunch. Karma can't come quickly enough.

      Thank you, dear Kate.

  • Palestinian medic, 21, is killed by Israeli sniper as she tends wounded in Gaza
    • Have you affiliated with Breaking the Silence, Yoni? I am grateful for your honesty, even thoiugh it is a terrible thing that you were brainwashed to be and do... I have known & know members of the US armed forces who have admitted similar transgressions of humanity to me. They are the rare ones, but they exist and for some reason feel comfortable around me enough to admit their profound regret and guilt. It's a bit odd, but they know me for who I am I guess. Without exception, when they 'confessed' to me, they asked me not to tell anyone because they did not tell anyone else and did not want their families, friends, and 'brothers- in- arms' to know...

      To your point about Hamas, Kate posted part of Gideon Levy's column and link @ her compilation today. It is worth a read:

      "Opinion: They’re right. If Palestinians in Gaza don’t shoot, no one listens / Gideon Levy

      Haaretz 1 June — They are the last fighters against the Israeli occupation. While the occupied West Bank behaves like it’s given up, Gaza is not giving up — We have to say it simply and honestly: They’re right. They have no choice but to fight for their freedom with their bodies, their property, their weapons and their blood. They have no choice, except for the Qassam and the mortar. There is no way open to them except for violence or surrender. They have no way of breaching the fences that pen them in without using force, and their force is primitive and pathetic, almost touching. A people that is fighting for its freedom with kites, tunnels, mirrors, tires, scissors, incendiary devices, mortar shells and Qassam rockets, against one of the most sophisticated war machines in the world, is a people without hope. But the only way they can change their situation is with their pathetic weapons. When they’re quiet, Israel and the world take no interest in their fate. Only the Qassam restores awareness of their disaster.

      When do we hear about Gaza in Israel? Only when Gaza is shooting. That’s why they have no choice but to shoot. That’s why their shooting is justified, even if it criminally harms innocent civilians, instills fear and terror in the residents of the south and is intolerable to Israel, and rightly so … It’s clear that their violence is cruel, like any violence. But what choice do they have? Every hesitant attempt they make to take a different path – a truce, a change in leadership or in their political positions – immediately encounters automatic Israeli dismissal and rejection. Israel believes them only when they shoot. After all, there’s a clear control group: the West Bank. There’s no Hamas there and no Qassam, there are barely any vestiges of terror, and what good did that do Mahmoud Abbas and his people? They’re right, because after all the diversions and deceptions and lies of Israeli propaganda, nothing can blur the fact that they have been thrown into a huge cage for the rest of their lives. An unbelievable siege, 11 years without respite, which is the greatest war crime in this arena….

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-if-palestinians-in-gaza-don-t-shoot-no-one-listens-1.6136890

      http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/israel-medics-killing/

    • There you go again, Annie. Delving into the real story... Jack Khoury won't 'go there'. Gideon Levy and/or Amira Hass just might.

    • "Thousands Attend Funeral of Palestinian Medic Killed by Israeli Army in Gaza Protest ...

      Thousands of Palestinians are attending Saturday the funeral of a volunteer medic killed by Israeli soldiers during protests along the Gaza border fence on Friday. The funeral procession for Razan Najjar, 21, departed from her hometown of Khuza'a and will conclude in a cemetery in Khan Yunis.

      According to Palestinian Health Minister Dr. Jawad Awaad, Najjar was shot in the neck. "This is a war crime," he said Friday, saying Najjar was shot while clearly wearing a medical staff uniform. Earlier that day, Najjar gave an interview in which she took pride in the aid she was providing for the wounded, Awaad added.

      Speaking at a convention in Wadi Ara on Saturday, Israeli-Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) called Najjar's killing "a heinous war crime," adding that the U.S. and its envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, who vetoed the Security Council resolution for "international protection" for the Palestinians, bear responsibility for Najjar's death.

      Another 40 people were reported wounded during Friday's protest along the Gaza border. Since the confrontations along the border of May 14, the number of participants has fallen dramatically, and Hamas and other Palestinian factions have set June 5 as the date for a march by tens of thousands to mark 51 years since the Six-Day War, known as Nakba Day by the Palestinians. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/thousands-attend-funeral-of-palestinian-volunteer-medic-killed-by-idf-1.6137984?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      It IS a war crime. But Bensouda is sitting on her butt wrt Palestine. Oh wait, this is what she said last November on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

      "...Today, as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, in strict accordance with the Court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, and on the strength of my Office's Policy on Sexual and Gender-based Crimes and on Children, I reiterate my commitment, as well as that of my Office, to do everything we can, within our mandate and means, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of grave crimes against women and children. We count on the support of the Court's States Parties and the internationality community in the discharge of our mandate.

      We must address reprehensible crimes perpetrated against women and girls in times of conflict. It is a collective responsibility. Our humanity demands it. "

      https://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/item.aspx?name=171124-otp-stat

      Come on Fatou~ how much longer must the Palestinians wait??? Don't you believe your eyes and ears and brain as this massacre and brutal violence continues?

      The US is more than complicit at this point. Nikki Haley is a disgrace to the nation. It's hard to believe she's a mother.

  • Roseanne Barr talked trash about Palestinians and Muslims for years, without regrets
  • How an anti-Semitic US law helped bring about Israel's creation
    • "In its intention and effect, the law, which passed the houses of Congress with overwhelming majorities, blocked people from Southern and Eastern Europe, Catholics, Arabs, and Jews."

      So, it was not only "anti-Semitic", was it? Sounds more as though it was massively and disgracefully xenophobic. They wanted Western Europeans and folks from the British Isles... eugenics was being practiced. A dismal part of US history.

  • Boycott of Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival gains momentum with new cancellations
    • fan-freaking-tastic!!!

      Thank you very much, merci beaucoup, muchas gracias!

      "Despite the cancelations, TLVFest has refused to remove the filmmakers’ films from the festival’s schedule. In a statement to an Israeli daily, the festival director Yair Hochner said, “Whoever canceled, canceled. As far as we are concerned the festival will continue normally.”"

      Denial is their default position... I am sure they can't believe what just hit them, and more importantly, WHY it happened. I hope that they get the message that this is about much more than them.

      More please...

  • IARPP clamps down debate on Palestinian mental health at its conference in NY
    • What the hell?

      What kind of 'mental health professionals' are behind this? What agenda do they really have? Who is behind this effort to "squelch" voices and research wrt Palestine? This appears nefarious...

      Thanks, Dr. Rothchild.

      (the first link does not reveal the press release)

  • Israeli court approves destruction of Bedouin village, despite Congressional and EU protest
    • Another illegal Israeli- engineered tragedy for the indigenous people of Palestine who have lived this way forever. To think it is sanctioned by illegal settler judges is puke- worthy.

      "Abu Khamis, meanwhile, has little hope that the EU will be able to affect Israel’s decision.

      The EU “doesn’t do anything practical. It’s all lip services, conferences and press releases condemning what is happening. But no one is going to take any real action,” he told Mondoweiss."

      ~and~

      "Last week, a group of 74 United States Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him not to demolish Susiya — another Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills under threat of demolition– and called on him not to demolish “other similarly situated Palestinian communities in the West Bank,” which would include Khan al-Ahmar. The eviction of Palestinian communities and the expansion of settlements “abandon our two countries shared values of justice and respect for human rights,” the congresspeople wrote."

      It's ALL "lip service"! I guess none of these cowards/liars/Israel- firsters have heard of sanctions... biting and meaningful Sanctions. If they stopped pushing legislation against BDS, I might take some of them seriously, but they don't and I cannot. Will these Dems give more standing ovations the next time they see Bibi and his criminal gang?

      With regard to US Democrats, I was pleased to read this today:

      "Abbas Refused to Meet Democratic Delegation, Led by Pelosi, That Visited Israel ...

      Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with a delegation of Democratic Members of Congress that visited Israel two months ago, in protest of the Trump administration’s policies toward Israel. Abbas’ refusal to meet the delegation caught its members by surprise, because many of them are constant critics of the Trump administration, and they were hoping to hear the Palestinian point of view about Trump’s policies while visiting the region.

      The delegation, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, visited Israel and Jordan in late March. It included 11 members of Congress, all of them Democrats, including two members of the House Intelligence Committee. They held lengthy meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan. In addition, they met with representatives of civil rights groups in Israel that are fighting against the government’s plan to deport African asylum seekers.

      The delegation also wanted to visit Ramallah and meet Abbas, but to their surprise, he refused to meet them. Palestinian Authority officials explained that following Trump’s speech on Jerusalem last December — in which he recognized the city as Israel’s capital — Abbas decided to halt all political contacts with the United States, irrespective of the official’s party affiliation or branch of government. Abbas has also refused for months to communicate with the team within the administration working on Trump’s proposed peace plan, which Palestinians believe will fully adopt Israeli positions and ignore their own.

      A Palestinian official told Haaretz that Abbas refused to meet the Congressional delegation even though he knew they were all Democrats, and included strong critics of Trump. The decision, this official added, was meant to send a message that despite the Democrats’ criticism of Trump, the party didn’t act in any significant way to oppose the president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy to the city.

      According to this Palestinian official, Abbas reached the conclusion that the Democrats gave their silent blessing to the embassy move. While some Democrats, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have openly and repeatedly praised Trump for moving the embassy, many other party leaders and officials have taken a more nuanced line, saying that while they support the idea of moving the embassy, they find the timing and the manner in which it was done unhelpful and even damaging.

      A Democratic congressional aide who is aware of the incident, told Haaretz that there were two main reactions among the Democrats to Abbas’ refusal to meet the delegation. “Some people said it made them doubt his sincerity to engage in peace talks, because if he won’t even meet a group of Democrats who don’t hesitate to criticize Trump, who is he going to work with? On the other hand, it made everyone understand how much anger and disappointment there is on the Palestinian side towards Trump, and how ridiculous it is to expect his administration to promote peace between the two sides.” ... "

      more @ https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-abbas-refused-to-meet-democratic-delegation-that-visited-israel-1.6136850

      This is not only about Trump, Friedman, Kushner et al, it is about Democrats and their historical unwavering and hypocritical support for Israel above international law, etc.

      Thank you, Jaclynn, Eid Abu Khamis in Khan al-Ahmar, and B’Tselem.

  • Conflicting dreams and realities: Amos Oz in Rochester
    • I saw that horrible/criminal news, Misterioso.

      She was beautiful inside and out.

      http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestinian-nurse-shot-dead-israeli-forces-gaza-1701222793
      ~~~~~~~~~~
      From Amira Hass on May 28th:

      "Along the Gaza Border, They Shoot Medics (Too), Don’t They?

      An ambulance a minute, 1,300 people shot in a day: Gaza’s Shifa Hospital faces crises that would swamp the world’s best hospitals ...

      ... Our brave soldiers also shoot at medical teams that approach the fence to rescue casualties. Orders are orders, even when it means firing at paramedics. As a result, the medics work in teams of six: If one is wounded, two others will carry him away for treatment and the three who remain will continue to work, praying that they won’t be hit themselves.

      On May 14, a paramedic from the Palestinian Civil Defense was killed, shot on the way to rescuing an injured protester. For around 20 minutes, his colleagues tried to reach him but failed, deterred by the heavy gunfire. The paramedic died of lung collapse. In the week of May 13-20, an additional 24 medical personnel were injured — eight by live ammunition, six by bullet shrapnel, one by a tear gas grenade and nine by exposure to tear gas. Twelve ambulances were damaged. Between March 30 and May 20, a total of 238 medical personnel were injured and 38 ambulances were damaged.

      On May 23, following a visit to a hospital and a rehabilitation center in Gaza, UN Relief and Works Agency Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl highlighted the ramifications of the recent events: “I truly believe that much of the world completely underestimates the extent of the disaster in human terms that occurred in the Gaza Strip since the marches began on March 30. ... As many people or even slightly more were injured during a total of seven days of protests than were injured during the full duration of the 2014 conflict. That is truly staggering. During the visits, I was also struck not only by the number of injured but also by the nature of the injuries. ... The pattern of small entry wounds and large exit wounds indicates ammunition used caused severe damage to internal organs, muscle tissue and bones. Both the staff of the Gazan Ministry of Health hospitals, NGOs and UNRWA clinics are struggling to deal with extremely complex wounds and care.”"

      more heartbreak @ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-along-gazan-border-they-shoot-medics-too-don-t-they-1.6119267

    • Thanks for bearing witness and informing all of us here of his presentation (sans Q&A!!!), Mara. I very much appreciate your analysis and your obvious understanding of history and present- day events. Thank goodness that you are willing to share. One has to wonder why there was no Q&A... then again, it is perhaps patently obvious as evidenced by : "No one challenged or rebelled. He walked out a hero."

      Great reporting and wonderful writing, too.

  • 'No one is happy with 60 killed' -- Ehud Barak comes to redeem Israel
    • Thanks, oldgeezer. I read the article with Barak and that was indeed the rounded number on that killing day alone.

      (62 were murdered)

      You are correct, of course. Minimizing any of this most recent massacre is a crime in itself. A crime of complicity.

    • "“No one is happy with 60 people killed. Even six is six too many if they are not involved in terror activities. Some of them probably were but most of them probably not, ...""

      It's surreal in the extreme. He's just another mass murderer without remorse who went on to become PM. Thanks for unpacking this tripe, Jonathan. I am impressed (as always) with your discernment and ability to get to the essence of the situation, etc. I very much appreciate your contributions here.

  • Israel deliberately provoked the latest violence in Gaza, but you won't learn that in the 'NY Times'
    • It's O/T, but it belongs under 'US Politics' and/or 'Activism':

      "Tamika Mallory on Israel: You Needed a Place, Cool, but Don’t Throw the Natives Out ...

      ....Speaking via video at an event hosted by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Justice Delegation – the group of lawyers and civil rights activists, including Mallory, who traveled to the Holy Land last month to learn more about the occupation and the lives of Palestinians – she encouraged Americans to challenge elected officials over the U.S. government funding of Israel.

      “My soul would not rest, standing by and doing nothing about it, to know that the U.S. government – my taxpayer’s money, $10 million a day – is going to a government, a military, that takes the lives of people who were there first,” she told the audience at an event called “Palestine is Everywhere,” where members of the Justice Delegation shared their lessons from visiting Israel with a few dozen friends and allies. ...

      “This is not about stopping one side. This is about ensuring that the native people are able to enjoy the land. They shouldn’t ask anybody for their land! This is their land!” added Mallory, to murmurs of approval from the audience.

      Mallory then addressed the formation of Israel in 1948. “When you go to someone’s home and you need a place to stay, you ask ‘Can I come into your home and can I stay here, and can we peacefully coexist?’ You don’t walk into someone else’s home, needing a place. It’s clear you needed a place to go – cool, we got that! I hear that! But you don’t show up to somebody’s home, needing a place to stay, and decide that you're going to throw them out and hurt the people who are on that land. And to kill, steal, and do whatever it is you’re gonna do to take that land! That to me is unfair. It’s a human rights crime.” ...

      Mallory’s Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour also spoke at Friday’s event. In a speech about pro-Palestinian activism, she addressed the challenges of intersectionality and the recent backlash from Jewish activists and others who have said they feel unwelcome in the progressive movement under Sarsour's and Mallory’s leadership.

      “For people in the social justice movement, all these conversations happen online and offline – people who are apparently very uncomfortable because we talk about Palestine, and [how] it might alienate some people. Well, people are going to have to come to terms with being uncomfortable: Palestine is the global social justice cause of our generation,” said Sarsour.

      “This is apartheid happening in Palestine, funded by our taxpayers’ money,” she continued. “So don’t tell me about North Korea – because, guess what, I don’t fund North Korea’s human rights violations.”

      Sarsour said she is willing to hold conversations with people who feel uncomfortable or have concerns, but that these controversies cannot be allowed to derail the whole progressive movement.

      “Something that’s been happening that’s really bothered me is that we have to stop everything we are doing because a couple of people got some hurt feelings, because they feel uncomfortable. We can’t stop!” she said, without giving any examples of who she was referring to. ...

      “People are being detained! People are being deported! Black people are being killed in our streets! Muslim families are being separated. So those private conversations that need to happen – let’s have them. I want to know why you’re hurt. I want to know why you’re uncomfortable. But the whole movement can’t stop to have these conversations,” she said.

      However, Sarsour said activists who may be feeling comfortable must also assume some responsibility and examine their feelings.

      “If you’re in a space where you’re feeling uncomfortable, it’s not our job to make you comfortable,” she said. “It’s your job to reflect and say, ‘What is it about the space that’s making me feel uncomfortable? What is it about this particular form of injustice that’s making me feel uncomfortable? Why would a Jewish American feel alienated by speaking about the atrocities and human rights violations that the Israeli government is committing against Palestinian people,” Sarsour asked the audience. “Why would it make you uncomfortable?”

      “It really breaks my heart when people say that,” she said, adding that she and her family have been receiving threats due to those accusations. She called on her supporters to challenge accusations of anti-Semitism of the movement, or its leaders, over political disagreements.

      “I want you to challenge people who continue to throw out inaccurate labels against activists and community organizers,”’ she said. “Sisters and brothers, Palestinian rights activism is not your enemy. We are not the enemies of Jews! In fact, as I have said earlier, some of the most staunch supporters, people we have deep and transformative relationships with, are Jewish Americans. They have stood unapologetically and boldly, through their prophetic tradition and their Jewish faith that has told them over and over again that they have to stand up against injustice.

      “So when you hear people calling me an anti-Semite, or saying that the CCR [Center for Constitutional Rights] is an anti-Semitic organization, you have to stand up and say no! Because actually it’s a disservice to Jews to call people like us anti-Semites when there are true anti-Semites in the White House!”

      In addition to Mallory's video appearance, other members of the Justice Delegation took the stage in person to share their experiences and lessons from the trip, which visited the West Bank, Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem.

      The delegation made headlines when two of its members, Katherine Franke and Vincent Warren, were detained at Ben-Gurion International Airport for 14 hours upon arrival. After being questioned, they were refused entry to Israel and flown back to New York the following day. Franke was deported because of her alleged links to pro-boycott organizations, but it was unclear why CCR Executive Director Warren was refused entry.

      Warren also appeared at the event, speaking at length about his detainment. “They questioned me and my colleagues for a long time. But they didn’t beat me, they didn’t threaten me, they didn’t threaten my family, like they [do] with the Palestinians,” Warren said."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-mallory-you-don-t-show-up-to-somebody-s-home-and-throw-them-out-1.6137993?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • In another grotesque move by the US:

      "U.S. Vetoes UN 'Grossly One-sided View' Resolution on Gaza ...

      The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwait-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, criticizing it as a "grossly one-sided view" that failed to blame Hamas for the recent violence.

      "The terrorist group Hamas bares primary responsibility for the awful living conditions in Gaza," Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said ahead of the vote.

      Out of the council's 15 members, 10 voted in favor, including France, and only the United States voted against. There were four abstentions including Britain.

      A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, Russia or China to be adopted. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/u-s-vetoes-un-grossly-one-sided-view-resolution-on-gaza-1.6137880

    • Nikki Haley is not happy:

      "Nikki Haley Slams Security Council Over Gaza Rockets: Hamas Committed to Israel's Destruction

      'It's outrageous for the UN Security Council to fail to condemn rocket attacks,' U.S. ambassador to UN says, adding Gaza residents need protection from Hamas, not from Israel

      U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed the Security Council early Thursday with a defiant speech in the aftermath of the flare-up between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel, saying it was "outrageous for the UN Security Council to fail to condemn rocket attacks" by the Hamas "terrorist organization."

      Haley expressed regret that a statement proposed by the U.S. deploring the attacks from Gaza was blocked, claiming representatives at the council use a double standard when it comes to condemning actions against Israel.

      "We all know that certain actions in and around Gaza receive an enormous amount of attention both here in the Security Council and throughout international media. Strangely, other actions do not receive nearly the same attention that they deserve," Haley said with sarcasm.

      Haley said that the "desired outcome" of attacks directed against Israel was "to maximize civilian casualties." Five Israelis sustained shrapnel wounds and a kindergarten was hit by mortar fire some 30 minutes before it was opened.

      Haley said the "outrageous terrorist attack" carried out by Hamas naturally triggers a reaction of Israel in self-defense, adding that the people of Gaza "need protection from Hamas" and not from Israel. She spoke of a "disconnect" and of "hypocrisy" in relation to the Security Council attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

      "Hamas' stated purpose is the destruction of Israel, aim is to create as much damage as possible and to provoke a response in self-defense that will provoke international condemnation of Israeli action," Haley said.

      During the emergency session, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, who had promptly condemned the launching of rockets into Israel on Tuesday, noted however that "the dangerous escalation" in Gaza can't be divorced from two months of mass protests at the border fence with Israel in which some 110 Palestinians were killed and large numbers injured by Israeli military fire. ..."

      video @ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-haley-slams-un-says-hamas-committed-to-israel-s-destruction-1.6135154

      "UN: Kuwait blocks US resolution condemning attacks on Israel"

      http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/30/un-kuwait-blocks-us-resolution-condemning-attacks-on-israel

      Israel and the US must be writhing... in shock.

    • You're very polite to call it "discourse", Annie. Your discriptors are spot- on though. As for catalan, it's the same old song... I remember how easy it was to identify catalan with the very first posts on the very first day here at MW.

      LOL.

    • One more thing, James. It is always the Israelis/GOI who do the inciting and provoking in spite of what the GOI says. They accuse Abbas/Hamas of the very thing they do so very well and with impunity. It's some kind of sick projection/blame shifting that the MSM greedily laps up.

    • The NYT (and the rest of US MSM) are doing what they do best~ lying to Americans and to themselves. It's a terrible habit that nobody in Congress or any White House has been honest enough to challenge because they have the very same habit. It's disgraceful and Palestinians are murdered, maimed, imprisoned, and brutalized as a result of their deceptions. It seems that they are all addicted to Israel.

      It's bad enough that I can't persuade some folks that I know to read MW and other articles that I provide to them, but it really stinks that MSM won't provide any truth because those same folks might actually avail themselves of the truth if it were printed or spoken about in MSM. So, a huge number of Americans are left behind~ Intellectually lazy and ignorant as hell.

      Thanks, James.

  • Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?
    • "Can the West be shamed into action?"

      Good opinion piece by Nabil Sha'ath pointing out the disgraceful hypocrisy of some in the EU:

      "In the EU's Fantasy of 'Shared Values' With Israel, the Palestinians Don't Exist ...

      "We [the EU and Israel] share the same values. We believe in democracy, the rule of law and human rights. There are fundamental values that we share."

      That was the peak of the recent interview in Haaretz with the EU Representative to Israel, Mr. Emmanuel Giaufet.

      The message delivered by the Italian-born European diplomat was simple and consistent: Europe builds a relationship with Israel regardless of the systematic Israeli violations against the Palestinian people. In other words: carte blanche for Israel. ...

      Evidently when any Palestinian hears an international representative praising Israel for its support for "human rights" or "the rule of law" could only believe that this representative has preferred to ignore the situation of the Palestinian people. Put it in simple terms: Palestinian human rights don’t count. The grave Israeli violations of International Humanitarian Law become, according to the EU representative, "limited diplomatic disagreements," that, as stated in the Haaretz report, "are insignificant compared to the cooperation away from the spotlights."

      I’m aware the views expressed by Mr. Giaufet don’t represent those of all European countries or leaders. I’ve met responsible European diplomats who have done their best in order to balance between their relationships with Israel and the realities of Israel's behavior on the ground.

      His statements also contrast with the work of several European diplomats in Palestine that continue to report on the situation on the ground. Whoever reads the annual Heads of Missions Report on Jerusalem, a pure European document, understands that there are grave Israeli violations of International Humanitarian Law taking place. But Brussels has consistently ignored the recommendations of the report and people like Mr. Giaufet are keen to tell Israel that no action will ever be taken.

      The online interview with the EU representative showed pictures from social media where Mr. Giaufet proudly thanks and appreciates meetings with the crème of the crème of Israeli extremists: From people who have called for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, reposted calls for the genocide of Palestinian women, the annexation of occupied territory, the change of the status quo in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. Needless to say, settlers appear within this "select group." ...

      As Mr. Giaufet is proud of providing cooperation to ministers that have clear agendas to pulverize the rights of the Palestinian people, it is becoming clear that the European policies of "differentiation" between Israel and the territory it occupies since 1967 are ineffective. No matter how extremist the Israeli government might be, Mr. Giaufet has been clear: The EU won't lay down any red lines, but rather will see "the need to adapt to the current situation."

      Here's a reminder: Colonial settlements don’t grow alone. They’re the outcome of the policies pushed by the same decision makers that the European Union have been "adapting to." It goes from PM Netanyahu to Naftali Bennet, Uri Ariel, Ayelet Shaked, Yisrael Katz, Ofer Akunis and even Mr. Steinitz, who just sent the European Union to "a thousand hells" for an extremely diplomatic European statement on Israel’s persecution of civil society organizations and human rights’ defenders. ...

      We would have expected that at a moment where President Donald Trump's administration is encouraging Israeli crimes and violations, the European Union, and its member states, would respond by recognizing the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and taking concrete steps in order to implement their own policies when it comes to Israel and its colonial-settlement enterprise.

      All that Palestine asks from Europe is to be consistent with its policies and values when it comes to Israel and its colonial-settlement enterprise.

      But there you go. The EU Representative thinks that Israel and the EU share the values of human rights and the rule of law. His message to the Palestinian people could not be clearer: No matter the amount of Israeli violations of international law, Israel will continue to be granted carte blanche.

      We refuse to believe that this is the European Union’ official position, and we expect a clear response from Brussels."

      more @ https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-the-eu-s-fantasy-of-shared-values-with-israel-1.6135941

    • RIP Fathi Harb~ I can certainly 'hear' you. This is an enormous tragedy that has been years in the making. The reality that Palestinians face every day must be soul- crushing to many of them. The "world" (through Israel) is responsible for their despair and for Fathi's final and tragic act of "non-violent" protest.

      I very much appreciate this article, Jonathan. As you point out so clearly, no matter what the Palestinians do they are dismissed and attacked while Israel is supported. "Resistance was not only futile, it was denounced as illegitimate" leads directly to Fathi's choice. Gaza remains in ruins, and nobody really seems to care. I have not read an update from the most recent bombing by Israel, but it can't be good. It's maddening to hear Westerners say that the Palestinians must choose non- violence while they themselves have access to all the electricity, clean water, freedom of movement, FREEDOM, etc. that Palestinians only dream of. The Palestinian people have been, and are, peaceful.

      Israel hates non- violent protests so it brings snipers to The Great March and murders and maims innocents at will. But when a few flaming kites make it over the wall, Israel and the West call foul and 'Israel's right to defend itself and its security' above all, and they continue to murder and maim. Never mind that it was and is Israel that incited and provoked ~ again and again.

      There are so many examples of peaceful protesters that it would be impossible to list them all here, but just think of the relatively high profile Issa Amro, Ayman Odeh, Haneen Zoabi (not even in Gaza!!!) and remember what has happened to them during their non- violent protests. Israel cannot abide them.

      Hell, Palestinians are shot for being Palestinian........... and detained, abducted, beaten, tortured, imprisoned, etc.

      Thanks, Jonathan. I'm not sure that the West can be shamed into action, but hope springs eternal as I bear witness to the Sumud and endurance of the Palestinians. So much has been demanded of and taken from them in return for nothing.

      The West is guilty, guilty, guilty.

  • 'A scream to the whole world': Gaza boats carrying students, medical patients, and wounded protesters attempt to break the blockade
    • Thank you, Ahmad.

      It's pretty clear that Israel is determined to maintain the status quo and has never had any intention of allowing peace with justice to happen. They have no respect for other human beings~ no compassion, no empathy, no humanity at all. One has to wonder what they are so afraid of... that their hasbara will not work anymore once folks all over the world meet these brave and too long suffering Palestinian souls who are the salt of the earth?

      Mohammed Asad~ your photos are stunning. Your work is very moving and is such an important documentation of events and people that cannot be erased.

      (editors: can you please check paragraph 7 for typos? thanks so much!)

  • Joyless in Zion
  • Republican Jewish Coalition emerges as Trump's hub for raising money, and making foreign policy
    • "considering how much israel has invested in their pink washing scam trying to promote tel aviv as this gay glam haven, i’d imagine this is a blow."

      Annie, I think this one is going to leave a mark... a big one. Such happy news. I didn't want to rile up too many folks here who ridicule BDS by citing the rest of the article. LOL.

      Quite frankly, I was surprised that Shakira considered playing Israel in the first place given her Lebanese heritage and the fact that she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and one of their global representatives. but I am glad that she has nixed it altogether.

      ( In March 2010, she was awarded a medal by the UN International Labour Organization in recognition of being, as UN Labour Chief Juan Somavia put it, a "true ambassador for children and young people, for quality education and social justice".[162] In November 2010, after performing as the opening act of the MTV European Music Awards, the Colombian singer also received the MTV Free Your Mind award for her continuing dedication to improve access to education for all children around the world.[163])

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakira

    • "Four Guests Nix Participation in Tel Aviv's LGBT Film Festival, BDS Website Claims

      The BDS website says one of the guests who cancelled is Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada, the star of the award-winning documentary film 'Tranny Fag' ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/bds-site-says-4-guests-drop-out-of-tel-aviv-s-lgbt-film-festival-1.6134715?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Thanks for this very detailed and informative report, Phil.

      It is stellar journalism and now much is revealed with many dots connected. You've done the hard work that the MSM has willfully, and disgracefully, refused to do.

      Are these people really and truly American citizens? Their agenda, allegiance, and action begs the question... their foreign policy is and has been disastrous for the US.

      I feel more than a bit queasy!

  • Israeli navy stops boats of wounded Palestinians trying to break siege on Gaza
    • Not sure Annie. Puppy dogs can assert themselves... but I get what you mean. Nikki is quivering and salivating with delight. She's probably bought new spikey heels for the occasion.

      In other news that belongs in Ripley's Believe it or Not:

      "Israel, Myanmar Sign Education Pact for Programs About 'Holocaust and Its Lessons' and Xenophobia

      Accord with country accused of ethnic cleansing will allow each side to edit how it is depicted in the other's textbooks ...

      ... In a somewhat controversial move, the agreement allows the parties to “through their competent authorities, endeavor to mutually verify school textbooks, particularly concerning the passages referring to the history of the other state and, where needed, introduce corrections to these textbooks.” A joint committee will be established to implement the agreement and will meet every three years. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-myanmar-sign-pact-for-programs-about-holocaust-and-its-lesson-1.6132770?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      I guess since both countries are happy active ethnic cleansers, it makes great sense.

    • And now this:

      "10:26 P.M. U.S. calls for emergency Security Council session over Gaza rockets

      The United States has called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council over the firing of rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip. A statement released by the U.S. mission to the UN said it wishes to "discuss the latest attacks on Israel out of the Gaza Strip by Hamas and other militants."

      "The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians, and the Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for what they're allowing to happen in Gaza," it said.

      The statement said the U.S. expects the session to take place on Wednesday afternoon."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-air-force-strikes-gaza-strip-after-rocket-attack-claims-hamas-1.6131634

      So freaking predictable as Israel continues to pound Gaza with super lethal weapons from the US...

    • The IOF/ION will stop at nothing. They are bound and determined to destroy all Palestinian life. This is Zionism, this is Israel. How can they possibly be proud of it and of each other???

      Look how fast this happened today:

      "'Unacceptable to Fire at Civilian Communities': UN, EU Condemn Attacks on Israel From Gaza ...

      The international community condemned Tuesday's rocket fire at Israel from Gaza, which also hit an empty kindergarten, warning it harms peace efforts in the region. A UN envoy called the attacks "unacceptable, and "reprehensible," noting that they were aimed at civilians.

      In a harshly worded statement released in the afternoon, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said he was "deeply concerned by the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards communities in Southern Israel."

      "Such attacks are unacceptable and undermine the serious efforts by the international community to improve the situation in Gaza," he added. In a tweet quoting a portion of the statement, he emphasized the condemnation using capital letters: "It is UNACCEPTABLE to indiscriminately fire at civilian communities!," he wrote.

      ...Likewise, EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret tweeted criticism of the attacks from Gaza. "As kids were preparing for school this morning abarrage of rockets from Gaza fell on southern Israel," he said. "One landed outside a kindergarten. I know the resilience of communities in southern Israel but indiscriminate attacks are totally unacceptable and to be condemned. Unreservedly."

      The French embassy in Tel Aviv also released a statement on the Gaza flare-up. "France roundly condemns the firing at a civilian population," the statement read, saying it's "incompatible with a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and adding that "France is unconditionally committed to Israel's security."

      Jason Greenblatt, the American special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, tweeted condemning the attacks to Israel from the Gaza strip. ...

      "Reprehensible – mortars fired from Gaza at a kindergarten and community in Israel!," he wrote, adding "Hamas has failed – all it can offer is terror. Palestinians in Gaza need real leaders to work on Gaza’s real problems with its water, its economy and so much more." ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-unacceptable-to-fire-at-civilians-world-condemns-attacks-from-gaza-1.6132551?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      So who murdered and maimed all those Palestinian civilians for weeks and weeks and destroyed so much of their property? What does the "international community" do and say about that?

      Nada and *crickets*

      ~~~~~~~~~~~
      I thank you very much for linking to Rim Banna and her mesmerizing voice. The song “Sawt al-Moukawama” is beautiful and KKV is to be applauded for releasing her music.

      Thank you Kate.

  • Tom Friedman has advice for Palestinians: Embrace Zionism
    • "“Sometimes painful compromising is the right course of action”."

      That is ALL the Palestinians have done with zero "compromising" from Israel. Yet still you wish for more "painful compromising" from your victims. They will not succumb to Stockholm syndrome courtesy of the Zionist state nor will they disappear from their land and heritage because you wish it.

      "Too bad for the Palestinians that they don’t have any real friends (BTW, they know that the motivation of their “friends” in the west is really about hostility to Israel)."

      I guess you've polled all of your Palestinian friends, eh? How many have you visited with recently? Have you broken bread and shared tea with them while eliciting their true feelings about 'us' ? Please share, Nathan. I am so curious.

    • TF's "liberal zionist" buddies are whining to the other Friedman:

      "Democratic Lawmakers Say No Democrats Were Invited to Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony

      Six lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. ambassador to Israel saying he was incorrect in saying Democrats were invited

      The Democratic members of the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman expressing concern of a “dangerous effort to politicize the U.S.-Israel relationship.” ...

      The six committee members said in the letter that contrary to statements Friedman gave in an interview with Axios last week, no Democratic members of Congress were invited by the White House to participate in the U.S. Embassy transfer ceremony in Jerusalem earlier this month.

      “We believe it is essential that you, as an American diplomat, have the full set of facts so that your interactions with your Israeli host government don’t leave them with a mistaken impression,” the letter said. “We would deeply regret if the government of Israel was left with the mistaken impression that Democratic lawmakers chose not to attend the event.” ...

      It was signed by Jewish Reps. Eliot Engel, Ted Deutch, Brad Sherman and Brad Schneider, as well as Albio Sires and Tom Suozzi. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/democratic-lawmakers-say-no-dems-invited-to-jerusalem-embassy-opening-1.6132570

      waaaaaaaaaah! We wuv Israel more!

      I guess they all support the illegal move to Al-Quds/Jerusalem... no big surprise there.

    • "... You don’t ever have to acknowledge Palestinian history or experience. ..."

      Somewhat O/T, I was 'shocked' via The Guardian this morning:

      "The next Homeland? The problems with Fauda, Israel's brutal TV hit

      The Netflix smash – about a ruthless Israeli unit hunting down terrorists – has been praised for its evenhanded portrayal of the Palestinian conflict. But are there glaring omissions?...

      ... But none of that gets away from it being overwhelmingly narrated from an Israeli viewpoint, focused on the Israeli protagonists. More so than in the first series, the Israeli occupation is nowhere to be seen – there’s no wall, no settlements or settlers, no house demolitions, only a few small checkpoints and none of the everyday brutalities of life under occupation. Yes, it shows that Palestinians love their mothers, but it also renders them as violent fanatics without a political cause.

      Fauda’s creators have said they want to show that everyone living in a war zone pays a price, but such portrayals of an equality of suffering are ripe for criticism in the midst of an asymmetric conflict, in which one side is under occupation. This is more acutely obvious at a time when international media has focused on Israel opening fire on unarmed protesters near the Gaza border earlier this month, killing 58 Palestinians, including children, and wounding over 1,000 in a single day.

      Diana Buttu, a Palestinian-Canadian human rights lawyer and former spokeswoman for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, points to another problem with Fauda. “If you’re not careful, you find yourself drawn into the assassinations, you get lured into the cat and mouse,” she says, of a series that essentially depicts targeted killings. “The concept of right and wrong gets erased, the illegality gets erased … It just becomes this action-packed show.”

      This kind of blurring brings to mind US war-on-terror films such as Zero Dark Thirty, with its depiction of Osama bin Laden’s capture serving as a PR exercise for the use of torture during interrogations. Meanwhile, Fauda’s Isis storyline stretches credibility, at the same time feeding the worst stereotypes. “It’s a bit lazy. Isis is not really active in Gaza or the West Bank,” says Stern. Buttu adds that the effect is to reinforce the absence of a Palestinian cause. “We don’t have any legitimate grievances. It’s all Islamic-driven,” she says, noting that it “turns Palestinians into irrational figures who want only to kill Israelis”. ...

      For its second series, Fauda’s publicity campaign has ramped up claims of authenticity and popularity among Palestinians as well as the wider Arab world. Columnist, author and TV sitcom writer Sayed Kashua slammed such efforts earlier this year: “You already have military victories and cultural control in marketing the Israeli occupation policy: at least give the Palestinians the option of hating Fauda. Are Netflix, worldwide success, economic growth and serving Israeli PR not enough for them?” ..."

      more @ https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/may/23/the-next-homeland-problems-with-fauda-israel-brutal-tv-hit

    • I am dismayed that this charlatan/warmonger/racist-cum-journalist is still given a platform anywhere. He's never been proven correct in his preposterous navel- gazing and ponificating wrt MENA. Thanks for the analysis, Liz. The Palestinians have already tried his approach numerous times to no avail... Israel denies them respect and acknowledgement every. single. time. Thanks to the illegal settlers and their vicious agricultural violence, there are many fewer olive branches available at this time.

      It is the Israelis who should adopt Friedman's approach. They've never wanted peace & justice with the Palestinians of Palestine, though. It's always been a charade and fraud.

  • Israeli Supreme Court supports military's use of live fire on Gaza protesters
    • "The Scandinavian crew on this ship are all veterans of earlier Freedom Flotillas and attested that they have previously been harassed by other Coast Guards from European countries. Of course, our vessel is in international waters and we are doing nothing illegal – and this is by no means standard procedure. "

      Having sailed through international waters many times many times, I can attest to you that we were on watch only for 'pirates' , not Coast Guards. I can envision those CG(s) using the radio to warn ships of potential dangers and providing assistance if necessary, but not to harass and act like rotten Ben Gurion IOF. Sure they can board if they suspect contraband, but really??? So why are the Germans et al so willing to be complicit with and for Israel???
      ~~~~~~~~~~~
      The new song Fayrouz Eela Mata Ya Rabbou by Reema Rahbany and video is beautiful and haunting. I've listened many times now. Thank you for it.

      ~~~~~~~
      The Israeli barbarians continue their actions with impunity, of course. Legislating violence and theft is the name of the day. Live fire against peaceful protestors~ fine and dandy! Flaming kites~ you're gonna get indicted!

      ~~~~~~~~
      Remember Ramadan 2014?

      Thanks, Kate.

  • 'Our stones are stronger than their weapons': thousands in Gaza demonstrate for the ninth straight Friday
  • They prayed for Gaza's dead. Now it's time to say the mourner's prayer for Zionism
    • I can't believe that she got the show in the first place, but that's Hollywood for you.

      From Haaretz/AP:

      "The comedian who once called Israel a "Nazi state" told a group of pro-Israel activists in 2016 she is now such a Zionist that "she might be moving" to Israel. In an interview with Haaretz in 2016, Roseanne even referred to herself as a 'rabbi.'"

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/roseanne-cancelled-after-star-s-racist-tweet-about-obama-aide-1.6132818

      Maybe she'll go now. She'll fit right in with Lehava, La Familia/Beitar, Yehuda Glick and the current 'leadership' in Israel.

    • Thanks for posting the link to Richard Boyd Barrett, gamal. The 2 featured in the video appear to be mannequins...

      Just last night I was reading from Sadaka's website and listening to Marie Crawley. It is remarkable how other countries and their citizens remain disgracefully silent while Ireland has a vibrant voice that speaks and stands in solidarity with Palestinians and Palestine, and are openly honest and critical of Israel's continued horrors.

      Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is being vilified and witch- hunted for expressing his committment to Palestinian human rights and freedom...

      I found an interesting article in The Guardian yesterday that I found important. It might be of interest to some:

      "US liberal Islamophobia is rising – and more insidious than rightwing bigotry

      We must not ignore the spread of leftists who preach that Islam is inimical to liberal values

      Khaled A Beydoun"

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/26/us-liberal-islamophobia-rising-more-insidious

      Thanks again, gamal.

    • I have to admit that I recoiled a bit when reading the title, Robert. See, I think that prayers of mourning are for those that were alive and now are dead. I never thought, or think, of political movements, including Zionism, that way. I would celebrate the end to such an odious movement~ just as people celebrated the end of Nazism and Fascism.

      Then I read your article and appreciate your thoughts and pov. Good luck on your journey.

  • Israeli ambassador lodges anti-Semitism complaint against Dutch song mocking Israel's human right record
    • Bravo Martine Sandifort!!! It was very well done, imho. She's got heaps of talent.

      Thanks, Jonathan.

  • Video: Who are the Palestinians traveling through Rafah crossing?
    • It hasn't been"worth it" for years imho...............The Nakba continues apace. What baffles me is why so many support this ongoing brutality, immorality, cruelty, illegality, and inhumanity.

      It says a lot about them~ none of it good.

  • Gaza killings are rending the Jewish community
  • West's failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre
    • Ay yi yi ! The zioperp/islamophobe picks an article from 2 weeks ago to make his/her grand entrance! I guess they don't teach site navigation in those classes... sounds "bougus" to me.

      "KGB"?

      LOL.

  • Philadelphia Jewish groups try to stop publication of article critical of Israel, insist on BDS training for Inquirer editors
  • Dear Natalie Portman: I too was once a liberal Zionist
  • Come in, Natalie, the water's fine
    • Join the dust bunnies under your bed, YF.

      btw~

      "Portman Won’t Get to Distribute Prize Money, Claims Philanthropist Who Supplied Half of the Award

      Asked for comment, the Genesis Prize Foundation said it had no decision to report at the moment about the prize money ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/kahn-natalie-portman-won-t-get-to-distribute-her-genesis-prize-money-1.6014767

      Those are your "sharks".

    • Speaking of "Gideon Levy's Way":

      "That’s the Spirit, Ms. Portman, but It's Just a Start ...

      Natalie Portman’s announcement of her decision to boycott the Genesis Prize ceremony was a tremendous shot in the arm. Here it is, coming from the heights of glamor, from a lover of Israel like she is, Jewish, Hebrew-speaking, born in Israel, a citizen of Israel and a source of pride for Israel, who has a lot to lose. Not an anti-Semite or a fundamentalist, not extreme right or radical left, not Roger Waters, not even BDS. From smack in the middle, from the heart of the Jewish center: criticism of Israel, the Biblical “wounds of a friend,” even a kind of boycott.

      While “leftist” Israeli artists are scared of far-right rapper “The Shadow” and especially of their own shadow, an artist of her caliber goes and makes a clear statement about Israel. Together with a conscience, a large helping of courage is required for such a step, especially in the face of Jewish, Zionist, ruthless Hollywood, which will neither forgive Portman nor forget.

      Nor will the Israeli right wing forgive her for this: The minister of war (against the BDS movement), Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, was quick to publish a letter explaining the situation to Portman. What’s happening in Gaza is not because of us, it’s all because of Hamas. The usual propaganda of lies and nonsense, on the very day when Israeli army sharpshooters killed another 15-year-old in cold blood and the photo of Mohammed Ayoub bleeding in the sands of Gaza was made public around the world. It soon turned out that Erdan, like many others, was sure that the slaughter of protesters in Gaza was what lit the fire in Portman’s belly. But that was not the case.

      Portman’s clarification blunted the force of the step she had taken: “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu,” she wrote. A great step forward and a small step backward. Netanyahu is indeed a problem, but he is not the problem over which Portman, as a person of good conscience and a Zionist, must make her voice heard. Netanyahu is Israel.

      Portman has come a long way, not only between her first film and her Oscar, but also between the letter she published in the Harvard Crimson 16 years ago defending Israel and denying its apartheid conditions, and the step she took on Friday.

      The change in her, which has apparently taken place in many Jews, is good news, as is her courage. But the road is still long. Portman wrote that she would not come because of “violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.” Not one direct word about the original sin, the occupation.

      Neither is Portman’s protest directed to the right address. It is self-protective to blame Netanyahu for everything. Like most liberal Jews (and Israelis), Portman considers Netanyahu the root of all evil. And what about his predecessors, those who sowed the seeds of destruction and killing in Gaza and in Lebanon, who imposed a cruel closure on Gaza, who strengthened the occupation in the West Bank and tripled the number of settlers – she shakes their hands, just not Netanyahu’s?

      Portman’s media power is enormous. ... The Jews breathed a sigh of relief, as did many Israelis. Portman is against BDS and against Netanyahu, but she continues to celebrate “Israeli food, books, art, cinema and dance.”

      With all respect, Ms. Portman, Israeli food, dance and cinema are also tainted by the occupation to a greater or lesser extent. We are all to blame for it. The way to end it, which is the first and essential condition for making Israel a more just country, passes through courageous steps like the one you took, but they must address the core of the inferno and not just its edges; the focus of the cancer and not just its metastases. They must become practical steps, like those the BDS movement calls for. That’s the only way to shake Israel out of its complacency.

      I humbly take my hat off to you for your courage, ... . Your direction is the right one; without a tailwind from people like you, nothing here will change. But it’s just a start."

      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-that-s-the-spirit-ms-portman-but-it-s-just-a-start-1.6014090

    • Thank you, Jonathan.

      I found Shalev's recent column interesting. Here's an excerpt:

      "...Still, one wonders what has changed since December of last year, when Portman gushingly accepted the Genesis Prize in the first place. A cursory glance at Google would have informed her that the same Netanyahu whose “horrific and racist” statements she condemned after the 2015 elections is the traditional default central speaker at the awards ceremony. A closer look would have told her that the original funders of the prize, co-sponsored by both the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency, are three Russian oligarchs with close ties to Vladimir Putin, whose Alfa Bank has been mentioned in connection with the ongoing investigation of Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia.

      In fact, on the very same Friday that Portman issued her clarification, the three billionaires filed their second defamation suit in Washington D.C. against their inclusion in Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier as Trump-Putin go-betweens. In a series of exposes published by Franklin Foer in Slate in late 2016, it was even alleged that internet specialists had uncovered a concealed connection between the computer servers at Trump Tower in Manhattan and those at Alfa Bank headquarters in Moscow. ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-portman-s-v-for-vendetta-against-netanyahu-touches-raw-israel-nerve-1.6013647

    • "Portman’s decision to drop the prize was met with predictable fury from Israeli politicians."

      Jonathan~ she "didn't drop the prize". She only decided not to attend the event.

      "She ended her message by stating that she will donate the prize money, worth $2 million, to Israeli charities that will be named in the future."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-natalie-portman-responds-to-genesis-prize-boycott-backlash-1.6013482

      Not to attend only because of Netanyahu is weak, indeed. There's so much much more to protest and to say... imho. She's got a long way to go. Perhaps she'll donate to Breaking the Silence and others who fight for justice. Maybe she'll name a street 'Gideon Levy's Way'.

      Thanks for this.

  • Natalie Portman's criticism of 'atrocities' leaves Israel's advocates silent
    • LOL, Ossinev!

      Not every one of Captain Israel's "advocates" are remaining "silent":

      "... Jeremy Ben Ami, the president of J Street, expressed support for Portman, stating that "Natalie Portman has every right to listen to her conscience and express her concerns when it comes to the current policies and direction of Israel and its government -- concerns that are shared by so many American Jews and supporters of Israel around the world."

      Ben Ami added that "Instead of responding to her decision with indignation, Israeli officials and supporters of Israel should respect this right and encourage Portman to speak out openly and honestly." A similar message was conveyed by Rabbi Jill Jacobs of the left-wing organization Trua'h, who thanked Portman "for this strong statement that support for Israel can and should include opposing the current government and its attacks on democracy and entrenchment of occupation." ..."

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-minister-portman-s-netanyahu-boycott-borders-on-anti-semitism-1.6014423

  • Israeli gunshots are causing 'unusually severe damage' to legs, exit wounds as big as a fist -- human rights group
    • And still they want more! While most here are horrified by the actions of Israel and the IOF, there's this:

      "Israeli Lawmaker: Palestinian Teen Tamimi 'Should Have Gotten a Bullet, at Least in the Knee'

      Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager famed for slapping an Israeli soldier on camera, should have been shot, at least in the knee, Deputy Knesset Speaker Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) wrote on Twitter yesterday.

      “In my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap,” he wrote. “That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life.”

      He was responding to journalist Yinon Magal, who had reposted the footage of Tamimi slapping the soldier along with the text, “I’m watching this clip again and am so glad that Tamimi is still in jail. Sometimes, it’s good that the mills of justice grind slowly.” ...

      ... MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) responded angrily to Smotrich’s tweet. “You should be ashamed of yourself! Should the hilltop youth from Samaria who threw stones at IDF soldiers last week also have been shot?” she wrote on Twitter, referring to violent settlers in the northern West Bank. “Oh, I forgot – the law is different for enemies ...”

      “I don’t accept your excuses and explanations,” she added. “You’re a thug and an inciter.” "

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-lawmaker-ahed-tamimi-should-have-gotten-a-bullet-1.6015411

      P.S. It ain't "Samaria"..............

    • I recall, Annie. Thanks for the reminders.

      Still, the PTB in the whole world remains largely silent.

      "grotesque and sadistic."

      It is, and they are.

    • Amira Hass:

      "Gaza Doctors: Israeli Fire at Border Protests Causing Wounds Not Seen Since 2014 War
      Some 1,700 wounded within month ■ Doctors say wounds 'devastating,' most will result in disabilities ■ WHO: Lack of medical equipment endangering wounded ..."

      article and graphic here @ https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-gaza-doctors-injuries-in-border-protests-worst-since-2014-war-1.6014013

    • It's pretty clear that the IOF wants to kill and disable as many Palestinians as they can~~~ again. They've declared war and ongoing Nakba and genocide on rightful protesters and the world largely stays stuck in the muck of their own making.

      Head and neck shots? Really? Massive injury resulting in amputation(s) to those 'lucky' enough not to get assassinated ? And still they, the Assassins, blame the victims.

      It's too much to bear. Why BDS as usual anymore??? It's past time to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel and its supporters altogether. The EU and the US are completely useless as evidenced by those last pieces in your compilation, Kate.

      My sincere gratitude for your forebearance. I have been reading and watching assiduously, but cannot find the stomach to comment often. Perhaps I can and will today because of your fortitude.

      ;-(

  • Yousef al-Kurnz lost a leg covering Gaza's Great Return March but is not giving up his dream of becoming a photojournalist
    • An update:

      "Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters fourth week in a row

      Israeli forces reportedly kill at least four protesters and wound over 400 as thousands of Palestinians participate in Gaza Return March demonstrations on Friday.

      Update: 7:10 pm

      Palestinian and Israeli media reporting that four Palestinians have been killed during today’s protests in Gaza, among them a 15-year-old boy.

      The Palestinian Ministry of Health is reporting that 445 people have been wounded from live fire and tear gas inhalation during Friday’s protests. ..."

      more horrible news here: https://972mag.com/israeli-soldiers-open-fire-on-gaza-protesters-fourth-week-in-a-row/134804/

    • Thank you Karama Fadel, Abeer Abu al-Naja, and Yousef al-Kurnz.

      How is it even possible to smile so gently, kindly, and brilliantly after all that you've endured and are enduring, Yousef? It must be the Palestinian in you and your inherent Sumud... I will always be privileged to be in solidarity with you and your millions of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children, and grands.

      Keep the faith.

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