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  • Obama's 2 guests on Air Force One to Israel/Palestine both undermine his policy
  • Obama has done nothing to alleviate 'explosive' occupation -- eminent Europeans
    • "Obama has done nothing to alleviate ‘explosive’ occupation"

      True, and as a matter of fact, his recent trip made things worse by validating the Israeli government and their intransigence, imho.

      One of the two biggest disappointments that I have with Mr. Obama.

      The other is 'Gitmo'.

  • The Palestinian narrating, and the Jew listening -- a new film about the Nakba
    • "The Palestinian narrating, and the Jew listening"

      May I just say that I love this idea, in and of itself...............

      Thank you, Ms. Rothchild.

  • Preparing for Iran?: US on verge of $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE
  • Boston Marathon bombings unleash a new wave of Islamophobia
  • Colbert: 'Let's fix Palestine'
    • They could have stopped with "Let's Stop Apartheid".

      ( I do appreciate the effort, though-- it's another crack in the wall. Kudos.)

  • Chris Matthews suggests that Boston suspects are Arabs
    • Bless you Philip-- I could not stomach it.

      I read Mondoweiss instead, and am a bit more informed than I was this morning. Thank you.

  • Which lobby is more powerful?
    • AIPAC is more powerful because nobody dares say it.............


      Pols & the media fall all over themselves pledging fealty to Israel as our "best ally", and most of the US of A lines up at the trough and gobble and snort.

  • Entering Gaza by 'subway'
    • "It felt as though I was in a romanticized war-against-terror movie, and that at any moment someone who looks like our driver would jump out and begin to spray us with bullets from an AK-47 or at the very least kidnap us. This romanticized version of reality would have to end with brave American or Israeli commandos armed with the finest modern weapons, rushing in to save us in a scene that would conclude with dead Arab bodies lying all around.

      “Why am I thinking this?” I was amazed at how well conditioned I was to equate poverty and Arabs with irrational violence. People in this particular place suffer poverty and lawlessness due to violence inflicted upon them by Israel and neglect by corrupt Egyptian officials who fail to provide them with law, order and services."

      What you say here is so succinct and true. It is the "conditioning" that is the crux of this. Thank you for speaking out.

    • Mr. Peled:

      I cannot thank you enough for this detailed saga-- (and, it IS a very important saga)-- but, I also want to thank you for your passionate humanity and empathy. It means much to so many.

      I look forward to passing this on and on-- just as I have shared your talks and your book.

      (Much the same as I recommend Mondoweiss!)

  • Boston, Baghdad & Birmingham
    • Well said, pabelmont.

      I have been talking about this for years now -- to anyone that will give me 5 minutes. Most here in the US will not hear it. Many here say to me: "they hate us because of what we have and how wonderful America is". (I try not to puke)

      My friends abroad feel much the same way that you, Shakeel and I do.

      I feel just awful about what happened in Boston. And I feel sick about what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan because of our actions. I feel sick about what is happening in the Occupied territories with our blessing. I could go on and on and on...........but you both know it well.

      We are exploiting the Boston tragedy and continue to ignore the daily tragedies that are happening every moment-- in our name.

      Thank you for this article, Shakeel.

  • Al Haq: Palestinian prisoners subjected to war crime of deportation
  • Israeli joke: On Memorial Day we mourn our Jewish dead, on Independence Day we give thanks for theirs
    • Disgusting display of hubris, and a complete lack of humanity and empathy.

      De rigueur, and mimicked daily by far too many of our own citizenry here in the US. I cannot say that I am celebrating this day of "Independence".

      I predict a promotion for Ben Chamo {and his wife.}

  • Innocent until proven Muslim
    • Yep. Well said. We are also responsible for the incarceration, the horrific maiming, and the creation of chaos and despair for millions of people.

    • Well, Bush and Cheney's plan worked.

      The vast majority of Americans are rampantly Islamophobic and ignorant. Most don't know history, have no clue about geography or geopolitics, and have no idea about culture or religions. They remember everything about yesterday and this morning, and that is about it. They've traveled only as far as the nearest Disney, or an all- inclusive, 'safe' resort in the Caribbean far away from the scary 'natives', and that is their high point in teaching their children. They come back from Europe and they complain bitterly about the people that aren't civilized enough to speak English to them.

      (I know there are exceptions-- many due to Mondoweiss & a few other sites, and clear thinking, educated folks with humanity).

      So, thank you Mondoweiss & Roqayah Chamseddine.

  • Reflecting on bombings in Boston and Iraq
    • Since the terrible tragedy yesterday in Boston, the MSM has covered nothing else. I had to turn it off. I am so grateful for the regular folks, the runners, the medics, the docs and nurses, the firefighters and police who saved lives. I have heard about the poor child who perished over and over and over again. What about all the other children all over the world who perish from bombs, drones, and other horrific weapons? Nothing-- silence.

      It's like the rest of the world does not exist. People all over the world suffer this tragedy daily-- and worse. I really feel that we in America and Israel believe ourselves and our lives more exceptional and valuable than others.

      We are exploiting this tragedy.

      (You should see some of the vitriolic and hateful comments I have read today with regard to the tragic loss of life after the enormous earthquake in Iran.)

      Thank you for this post.

  • Israeli reporter seeking birthday wishes for his country in NY gets comments about Palestinians and media brainwashing
  • Mondo co-editor to speak in Cambridge tomorrow night
    • Super news, Philip. Congratulations!

      Hilda sounds like a inspirational and transformative giant. You are carrying her torch, and I am sure she is proud.

  • Israeli military refuses to investigate deadly Gaza strike that killed 12 civilians
    • Israel's Code: Never take any responsibility or accountability.

      And does their 'ally'-- the US-- ever, ever encourage them to do the right thing?

      NO, and therefore, we are complicit in and responsible for these endless crimes.

  • In bill discriminating against Arab- and Muslim-Americans, Boxer and 17 other senators serve Israeli gov't over their own -- Greenwald
  • Illegal settler gets more than 4 times as much water as Palestinian neighbor -- and US signed off
    • More disgusting criminal and inhumane behavior supported by the US.

      How can we allow the deprivation of the very basic need for life..........water?

  • 'It is time to guard our house!': Nazareth Illit mayor promises to prevent a Palestinian school in order to 'stop the demographic deterioration' of the city
  • 'Obies' urge Ben & Jerry’s to end complicity with occupation
  • Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh sentenced to 5 months in prison
    • Heaven knows that there is terrible injustice, cruelty, apartheid, theft and illegal occupation in Palestine.

      This is so sad and wrong. His work is unbelievably beautiful.

  • Amira Hass brings justification of stone-throwing against violent occupier to US
  • Ben & Jerry's free-cone day is greeted by Free Palestine demos
    • I enjoy pistachio ice cream-- B&J's makes the best.

      Iranians love pistachios as well, but cannot afford them due to the sanctions.

      Pitiful, and I have not had my very favorite ice cream from B&J's since.

  • All that furor over Carter at Cardozo, and who shows up? Jews for Jimmy!
  • Jimmy Carter to receive award from law school with Jewish affiliation; and opposition arises
    • And how many lives have you saved, IL1948?

    • Thank you Philip and Alex.

      All I know is that Jimmy Carter is a wonderful man-- he and his wife, Rosalynn, have contributed much to humanity.

      (and so did their grandson!)

  • Hiroshima epiphany
  • The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian voices from the Israeli gulag
  • 'NYT' runs another piece warning people not to intermarry during delusory secular interval of 30s and 40s
    • Not only the mutual spirituality, but also the love, respect and justice that each feels and shows for the other.

      Perhaps that recipe "ripens" with age and experience.

  • Rawan Yaghi heads to Oxford
    • Goodness gracious-- it is a scarf and she chooses to wear it.

      May the good Lord rescue women from dumb men.

    • I hope the same, Bumblebye.

      All the best, Rawan!

    • I don't think I can stop crying........... Rawan's poem/prose is devastatingly beautiful and heartbreaking. (Uniquely and hauntingly lovely and somehow reminiscent of Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou)

      Blessings to Rawan and her deserved scholarship.
      Thanks to The Jesus College Junior Members’ Scholarship, and to you, Annie, and to Mondoweiss.

  • Just another Shin Bet interrogation
    • Awad Abdel Fattah--- thank you!


      But I insisted on explaining: “We are struggling not only to liberate the Palestinian people from the occupation and from Israel’s racist apartheid regime, but also to liberate you from the illness of racism, so you can stop inflicting harm on me and on millions of people who are the natives of this country. And then we can live together equally and peacefully.”

      He shifted uncomfortably to the left and right, while the other man returned to searching my bag, thrusting his hand deep inside.

      He found a booklet, and asked what it was about.

      I said: “I wrote this recently to explain how I and others think the Arab Palestinians and the Israeli Jews should live together under one democratic regime in a single state. It is a humanistic and democratic alternative to your occupation, colonization and apartheid. By the way, you can take it as a present.”

  • Israeli military kills two Palestinian teenagers near Tulkarm in the West Bank
    • Richard Silverstein has a bit to say:

      "In the aftermath of the death of Palestinian prisoner, Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, from cancer, unrest spread throughout the West Bank, leading to youth protests against Occupation forces. In one of those protests outside Tulkarem, several teenage boys were throwing rocks at an IDF “pillbox.” In the midst of this, the soldiers manning the position, who hail from an ultra-Orthodox unit known to include many ultra-nationalist settlers, used live fire and killed one of the boys instantly. The others fled, pursued by soldiers who ran out of their fortified position to track them down. In this pursuit of unarmed boys, another was shot and killed by the IDF. He was shot in the back. Yet the soldier who killed him claimed he did so out of fear for his life. You don’t shoot an unarmed boy in the back because you fear for your life.

      The justification offered by the IDF for the killings was that the youths were throwing fire-bombs at them. The only reference I’ve heard from the Palestinian side that supports this is one of the survivors who said that while he was throwing stones, he noted a “bottle” (not a firebomb) next to Amar Nasser’s body. We may presume he intended to use this as a firebomb, but clearly since it was next to his body it hadn’t been thrown. Which means that someone may or may not have thrown firebombs at this position. It may or may not have been one of the murdered boys. The only way to answer the question is for the IDF to release video footage (unedited) of the incident. This will corroborate the army’s story if true.

      Palestinians who attempted to approach Nasser who lay wounded (three bullets in the chest) at the scene were forbidden from doing so. A Palestinian ambulance was prevented from attending to him for 30 minutes, during which he died. Allowing the boy to bleed to death was a deliberate act of murder. The wounded survivor of the group said that he searched for the second boy who died but his body was not found till the next day. This leads him to believe that he was apprehended by the IDF and similarly killed or shot during a pursuit. The fact that no one found his body till the next day is a mystery the IDF should explain.

      The army has also claimed that a lookout told the unit that he had heard weapons fired by Palestinians. Again, we don’t know if there was such a report or whether this is made up after the fact. But even if it there was, the report turned out to be false. As a result, two precious (at least to Palestinians, if not the IDF) lives are lost unnecessarily and the West Bank is thrust to the bring of a third Intifada.

      By the way, can anyone explain to me why there needs to be an IDF presence at this particular location? Why does there need to be any IDF presence on the West Bank in areas populated by Palestinians? Isn’t that why there’s Palestinian security forces? So to all those who will argue in the threads about how heinous it is to attack Israeli soldiers and you get what you deserve if you do so I respond: the existence of IDF position in the West Bank is itself an unnecessary provocation. If the IDF wasn’t there, there would be nothing to protest. If however the IDF wants to provoke Palestinians to violence, then putting its positions right in the midst of Palestinian population centers is a great idea.

      Further, stationing the most extreme of Haredi settler soldiers in such an exposed position is another disaster waiting to happen. What do you expect such a boy to do when faced with Palestinian resistance of even the most limited sort? Do you think he will exercise caution? That he will think of the consequences of his actions? That he will forebear using his weapons to wipe out the perceived threat?

      The IDF has announced an “investigation” of the incident: good luck with that!"

  • When it comes to North Korea, everyone's a coldblooded realist
    • Yes, piney.

      It seems that we are not 'happy' unless we have, and perpetrate, demons. Never mind that we launched 2 grisly wars on Iran's borders............................quite recently.


  • Rashid Khalidi on the Israel lobby
    • Danaa- you are astute, and I thank you for your assessment.

      (the schtick is awful, btw)

    • Mr. Khalidi was on Charlie Rose last night-- interesting.

      (so was Thomas Friedman-- not so interesting.)

      Btw, tonight's scheduled folks look interesting: "Women in the World with Tina Brown, Zainab Salbi and Shoma Chaudhury"

      (Brookings ought to pay attention.........)

    • Exactly correct, James. I guess it is all about the US' and Israel's desire for regional hegemony and entitlement. Iran and the US and the rest of the world could and should be allies, imho.

    • "Khalidi responded to this point. He said that the U.S. was changing swiftly, far more swiftly than he could have imagined even ten years ago-- chiefly on campuses."


      Yet, Khalidi dismisses the "lobby". Methinks he is delusional, and underestimates the power of the 'internets' and the brains of sentient humans.

  • Israel cuts off water to ten Palestinian villages outside Jerusalem
    • Water.

      Essential to life.

      It's past time for present day Israel to be sanctioned for their crimes against humanity.

  • For Brookings talk on Arab women-- no Arab women!
    • It is April and they are Fools.

      It's another part of the eternal nightmare that people who are working for peace and justice, like all of the folks at Mondoweiss, reveal everyday.

      Thanks again.

    • This stinks, but is not at all surprising.

      I'm sure you are all aware of this : (from wiki)

      "Some liberals argue, however, that despite its left-of-center reputation, Brookings foreign policy scholars were overly supportive of Bush administration policies abroad.[29][30] Matthew Yglesias, a liberal blogger, has pointed out that Brookings's Michael O'Hanlon frequently agrees with scholars from conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute, The Weekly Standard, and the Project for a New American Century.[29] Similarly, Brookings fellow and research director Benjamin Wittes is a member of the conservative Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law.[31] Brookings scholars have served in Republican and Democratic administrations, including Mark McClellan,[32] Ron Haskins[33] and Martin Indyk.[34][35]"

      I wish they had asked Queen Noor, Hanan Ashwari, or any of many other women.....

      Forbes could have helped them out:

      "Forbes Middle East Announces the Most Influential Arab Women"

  • Amina Tyler's naked activism
    • It might well be "brave and provocative", but better suited to Hollywood imho.

    • I think she could have been a tad less provocative..........just a tad. Not sure that she is really helping the cause of women and girls given the society she lives in. I am glad she is safe and has a family and lawyer that care about her.

      I find that the photo of WomanUnveiled is much more intriguing and arresting, but that's just me.

  • 'Do you know any Arabs in London?' Israeli airport authorities grill British photojournalist before kicking him out
    • Get over it???

      Are you serious? Have some more drinks.

      I missed the part where Mark was allowed anything -- including his meds, his freedom or an explanation for his imprisonment (no lounge with "stiff drinks", either)

      And your comment that "Israel doesn't need you" speaks volumes about you, Obsidian.

    • Exactly my thought, but I thought I should keep it to myself.

      It is Gestapo, and it is as horrible now as it was then.

      Thanks for 'speaking' it aloud, tgia.

    • Such a welcoming 'democracy".

      It's the manifestation of a psychotic paranoia borne of the terrible oppression and Occupation of others.


      Thank you Mark.

  • My 72 depressing hours on Obama's trail
    • I hope you are correct, Sumud.

      However, SA and Israel are quite different when viewed through the "world lens". The ME has oil, SA has diamonds. Geographically they are different. And, sadly enough, no "white" nation really ever gave a minute of time worrying about people of color.

      The Judeo/Christian nations have done a verrrrrrrrrrry fine job of demonizing the Muslims. (Hardly anyone I know realizes that all 3 religions are Abrahamic and that they do have more in common than they do have differences-- they just think that all Muslims are 'jihadist terrorists'!)

      Until we change that propaganda and get rid of it, not much will change. Ignorance is not only bliss to some, it is agony and bloodshed to far too many. Again, that is just my opinion.

    • Please eljay, with all due respect, tell me why it is an "immoral and unjust construct"?

    • There are many Palestinians "in sight"! Nothing "smells" except the oppression of millions of Palestinians.

      There are many potential leaders and peacemakers always from all sides, but when the US is obviously so tethered to only one side-- well then, what?

      It takes two to tango, and in this land, perhaps three-- all are brothers and sisters. I/P has become the most uncivil of all "civil wars", and it must come to a just resolution for all.

      But then, that is just my opinion.

    • All good questions that should be asked (yelled) from the rooftops....

      (I thought I already did that... oh, well, plow ahead)

      Yell more loudly! BDS! 1S1P1V!

    • 1S1P1V indeed!

      Well said, Ramzi!

    • Alex-- thank you for validating my impression of the grand tour of Obama's Obeisance.

      Also, thank you for your searing honesty-- this article is one I can definitely pass on to even the most undereducated of US folks. (too many to count!)

  • Overwhelming Israeli force demolishes protest villlage hours after Obama departs
    • Thank you Allison, Alex and Mondoweiss.

      Yes, it's Passover, Nawruz, and Easter.

      (It's mind- boggling how much people have in common, isn't it? Yet they seldom care to remember that.) It's Spring.............. Good luck to all of the oppressed and Occupied.

  • Witnessing oppression Gaza leaves a vivid impression on the heart and mind
    • " Helping to relieve the suffering of children is profoundly humbling and rewarding; their gratitude never fails to move us but what we can provide is a drop in an ocean of need."


      Thank goodness for all of you that are doing this brave and holy work. I know that taking care of the children and youth is extremely important, but so is taking care of the suffering parents, grandparents ,aunts and uncles who have witnessed so much horror.

      Thank you again. Every drop does indeed matter.

  • Zionists thrill that Obama will recognize ancient Jewish connection to 'homeland' (undoing his Cairo error)
  • Vivian Gornick stashed book critical of Israel lest she 'commit literary suicide'
    • How very sad-- all of it, especially this:

      "There is no hyphenated [American-]Jewish experience anymore. I have two nieces who are both Ivy League babies and they’re in the ruling class. There’s nothing they can’t do. Nothing. So there’s nothing to talk about. There’s really nothing to write about. Yet you have young people who keep on doing it. All I’m saying is, it doesn’t count."

  • Pamela Olson starts book tour of Palestine memoir in CA
  • On the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death her parents urge supporters to take action, change US policy in Israel/Palestine
    • And may our best spirits hold Mr. Philip Munger up for his kind and beautiful tribute and cantata to dear Rachel.

      "The Skies are Weeping"

    • Blessings winging their way to the Corrie family. Your angel, Rachel is with you and all of us who pray for peace and justice.

      I love and respect you and your message : "Use this trip to a deeply troubled and divided place to remind the world that Americans believe all people “are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Then, make this first principle of America’s existence the foundation of his foreign policy for the next four years."

      This is precisely the truth that Mr. Obama needs to take to I/P.

      You are great humans and wonderful parents to Rachel. May she rest in the arms of angels forever and ever, with God's gentle gaze caressing her.

  • Row breaks out in chambers as Aussie Parliamentarians criticizes 'study tour' of Israel
    • Kidney stones can and do make grown women and men cry out in agony..

      Imagine children screaming in pain, and their parents trying to comfort them without access to pain meds or lithotripsy.

      Imagine trying to water your ever- diminishing crops and livelihood and the lives of your family with SALT water.

    • awesome expose of a liar.

      Increasingly, bit by bit, every day it is becoming easier to call out the liars-- the stench of zio-liars is getting stronger and more astringent.

      It's a bit like lancing a festering boil................a relief, to say the least. I do feel for the many, many wonderful Jewish people that are yearning for peace and justice for all.

    • Thank you and bless you Green Legislative Councillor David Shoebridge, Labor Legislative Councillor's Shaoquett Moselmane, and Lynda Voltz! And, thank you Annie for bringing this to light!
      It's terribly important and wonderful.

      Mr. Obama-- please take note. Pope Francis-- you, too.

      from wapo/AP this morning:

      "VATICAN CITY — Like his predecessor, Pope Francis reached out to Rome’s Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to continue to strengthen the increasingly close ties between Catholics and Jews."

      No mention of any other "outreach" to any other religious group.

  • Gaza takes NY (we're talking hummus and seafood)
    • No-- people in the OPT are starving and thirsting.

      btw, susan-- how was your veal, chicken, beef and horse last week?

      How is your puppy and kitty that are better fed than children in many parts of the world? (including the USA)

    • How very wonderful-- great strides in restoring history.

      I'm quite sure there will be olives, olive oil, dates, pine nuts, raisins, grapes, bread (pita), rice, chickpeas, sesame, salad, lamb, chicken, yogurt..................and lovely apricots and citrus. In my dreams, there will be plenty of milk for the children and grandmothers and grandfathers and for all of those in between.

  • Family reports Samer Issawi on 'verge of death' after refusing liquids and vitamins 236 days into hunger strike
    • Blessings and prayers for Samer, for his family, and for the valiant & suffering Palestinian people.

  • Israeli claims of West Bank 'terror cells' fly from Jerusalem to D.C. and back again
  • Double standard
    • Stephen--

      I suppose you use the same "logic"/explanation when it comes to identify Muslims.?....

      Or Christians......

    • Yes, Phil. You (and all of the folks at Mondoweiss that inform us) are asking the questions that need to be asked. If Charney and American Apparel were Muslim or employed Muslims, you can bet that NPR would have revealed it.

      Thank you.

  • Anti-semitism charge against Mearsheimer failed
    • Poor underprivileged Josh-- he needs another hobby.

      "The median income for a household in the village was $84,744, and the median income for a family was $100,182. Males had a median income of $65,938 versus $46,029 for females. The per capita income for the village was $39,441. About 1.8% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over"

      (wiki-- Croton- on- Hudson)

  • Chris Hayes-- who broke barrier on Palestinian guests-- gets primetime slot at MSNBC
    • The Pope's election also made me hopeful-- something "stirred" in me. We'll have to wait and see..............

      As for Chris Hayes-- go get 'em, sir. Tell the truth to the snoozing and complicit Americans, and be a force for justice.

  • Khalidi, Walt and Blumenthal on Obama and the two-state delusion
    • RJL @ 1657-- you make very little sense. You wrote " haven’t seen anything, other than wishful, politically correct comments, to address this live or die dilemma."

      It's clear that most zionists want domination, ownership of all the land (by hook or by crook) and the indigenous Palestinians gone. They have proved that they don't care if it must be accomplished with hasbara and lies or formidable armaments (including undeclared nukes). Millions of people tried and succeeded in defeating Adolph and save the Jewish people, the gays, the Gypsies, and the "broken" and disenfranchised.

      The gays, the Gypsies, the broken and disenfranchised are still suffering.

      Please, follow in the steps of the caring humans rather than in the boots of the oppressor/occupier.

    • I especially appreciate Khalidi's message!

      Walt is correct, so is Blumenthal.

      I fervently hope that Mr. Obama is 'listening', that Mr. Biden got the message and that things change and quickly. I always thought that it would take a 2nd term for Mr. Obama to be honest, just, and serious about the I/P situation-- please do not disappoint us and most of the world with the status quo.

      Perhaps Mr. Obama should ask Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu for some guidance. Then he should confirm this with his higher power, and do the right thing-- NOW. It's not too terribly difficult to see what is right and just, though breaking bad habits can be a challenge. The world is waiting.....................the Palestinians have waited for what must seem an eternity. We must end our hypocrisy.

  • At protest concert, 'NYT' music critic singles out Palestinian's message as 'divisive'
    • Thanks Phil and Max, for exposing the terrible status quo.

      Divisive? Perhaps Jon needs to spend some quality time in Gaza.

      Thanks to Shadia Mansour and her wonderful lyrics, as well.

  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth activist Mahmoud al-Titi, 22, near Hebron
    • Murdered. Another light extinguished. RIP, Mahmoud.

      Whatever soul that the zionists had has been thoroughly corrupted, and their hands drip with the blood of innocents struggling to survive and be free.

      (btw, I feel much the same about our heinous wars and behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our not so silent support of Israeli actions-- we are complicit)

  • Letter to Obama: Don’t visit Nativity Church in Bethlehem, witness Separation Wall & refugee camps instead
    • Thank you Munther Isaac! You are, of course, exactly correct.

      I actually don't want Barack Obama to go at all to Israel and pay homage to/reward the Netanyahu.

      I fear for his safety/security amongst so many settlers and others who hold grudges and maintain agendas that are antithetical to the US and our stated devotion to democracy. And, believe me, I in no way am implying that we are anything even close to perfect; we have our very own serious flaws, including hypocrisy in our words and actions.

      If he does go, he should do precisely as you suggest. I would like for him to speak the real truth-- not the normal platitudes of 'best ally, only democracy in the ME, our 'soulmate' "-- because none of those are TRUE.

  • UN report finds errant Palestinian fire responsible for child's death during Gaza fighting, but parent and human rights group maintains Israel is responsible
    • There is no "exculpatory evidence" Obsidian. Did you even read the article???

      You are a real hoot!

      (by the way-- were you party to the "initial" investigation that discovered the 'exculpatory evidence' that you cite??? Do you mind sharing?)

  • In photos: Gaza International Women's Day rally for Palestinian detainees
    • Thanks for the translations, Avi.

      Thank you for the pictures and the post, Joe. They are beautiful, and the children's eyes especially are haunting and quite simply, wise-- old and young at the same time. I know I am not expressing myself very well, but you have touched much more than my brain, you touched my heart.

      You've managed to capture the hope and spirit of a united people seeking justice. Some smiles, some solemnity, all with their eyes wide open with nothing to 'hide'.

      Shireen's message is beautiful as well.

      "I ask you to join me in celebrating the incredible pillar of strength that is my mother, Laila Issawi. She continues to give me the hope that, one day, we will live in dignity and in freedom. My only wish is that my brother Samer will live to see that day."

      I surely shall celebrate the courage of these women and men and children, and also pray that Samer will live in free Palestine one day soon.

  • Ann Lewis, former Clinton adviser, dismisses concern about segregated buses in West Bank
    • RJL--

      Israel does not want peace with the indigenous Palestinians.

      The Palestinians have NOBODY to negotiate with, and don't bother to bring up the "settlement freeze". All they have done is to constantly "compromise" (leave, die, never complain). I absolutely reject the hasbara lies that are spread so thickly all of the time, all over the internet and by complicit and complacent Congresscritters, the other mouthpieces of the President's administrations, the Evangelicals, and the cowering MSM.

      Israel, as it exists now, wants the Palestinians gone-- by any nefarious and cruel and illegal means necessary. The much- deserved and delayed justice and peace for the Palestinians runs through the UN and the ICC. The US needs to join with the majority of the world and end the veto that shields Israel and engenders contempt for us in the rest of the world.

      We are not an "honest broker" at all.

      End the Occupation, End Israeli Apartheid, End the Illegal Settlements, Stop Obstructing the Palestinian Efforts in the UN, Stop Killing/Torturing Palestinians, Stop the Theft of Land and Resources, and Start Being Honest @ long last. It's past time for Israel to admit their crimes, and be the ones to "negotiate" and "compromise."

  • 'Get me to the checkpoint on time!'
    • Thanks for reporting this travesty. Another chapter in 'The Zionist Guide to Apartheid' and 'The Zionist's Book of Lies' published by the current Israeli gov't and sanctioned /blessed by the Ultra Orthodox rabbis.

      First, we hear of Mr & Mrs Shapiro's plight while their baby is due soon, and now people cannot even be married. If this is not apartheid, ethnic cleansing, etc., I don't know what it is. It has zero to do with safety or security. More provocation-- the powers that be in Israel really want a violent response from the Palestinians-- the rock throwing is just not cutting it for them-- they and the IOF/Shin Bet are so frustrated that they are murdering and torturing "rock throwers".

      Thank Heavens that more and more people are waking up.

  • Israelis flock to Berlin-- some for 'multicultural vibe'
    • Perhaps they know nothing of the extraordinary lengths that the Danes and the Norwegians went to in order to rescue/save Jewish folk during WW2.

      Oh well.

  • South African groups launch 'Israeli Apartheid Week' at Jo'burg memorial to apartheid
    • It's never wrong to use Nelson Mandela's image wrt to apartheid.

      Sorry hophmi-- as one of the victims of SA apartheid, and as one of the founders of the ANC and past President of same as well as President of SA, I am quite sure that he can speak for himself.

      He has spoken out loud and long and vociferously against Israeli apartheid.

      Your judgement of this "use" of Nelson Mandela's image is misplaced and rather strange, imho. It's time for folks who deny Israeli apartheid to look long and hard into each others eyes, in the mirror, and into the eyes of the oppressed and occupied.

    • Beautiful.

      (I teared right up, and have goosebumps).

      A Change is Gonna Come

      I was born by the river in a little tent
      Oh and just like the river I've been running ever since
      It's been a long, a long time coming
      But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

      It's been too hard living but I'm afraid to die
      Cause I don't know what's out there beyond the sky
      It's been a long, a long time coming
      But I know a change gonna come

      Well, I go to the movies and I go downtown
      Well, some people don't want me to hang around
      It's been a long, a long time coming
      But I know a change gonna come

      And then I go to see my brother
      And I ask him to help me please
      And he winds up knockin' me
      Back down on my knees

      There been times that I thought I couldn't last for long
      But now I think I'm able to carry on
      It's been a long, a long time coming
      But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

      It's been a long, a long time coming
      But I know a change gonna come, change gon' come, change gon' come

      RIP Sam.

  • 'NYT' landmark: Jewish philosophy prof says we 'really ought to question' Israel's right to exist
    • Thank you Mr. Levine, Phil and Donna Nevel.

      This gives me hope. I sincerely hope that many from both sides of the I/P "issue" read this.
      I cannot wait for many people to be "stunned" at how many folks discard the odious and barbaric status quo.

      The more that Jewish folks "come out" against apartheid, the false entitlement and the unsustainability of the present zionist state of Israel, the better off the world will be.

  • West Bank funeral highlights Israel's use of live ammunition to provoke violent resistance
    • Palestinians have had a long history of tragedy, coupled with a love of their heritage and the denial of both of these by the US and Israel is what holds the Palestinians together.

      That is my belief anyway. The human spirit is awesome to behold, at times. I feel quite the same about the Afghan people who have lived with brutal war for 3 decades. No matter how hard the oppressors try, some refuse to be vanquished. The same goes for Haitians & for Africans in so very many countries who still hold hope in their hearts that peace and justice will one day be theirs.

      "RIP Muhammad Asfour. People (and more people) do care about what’s happening to you and yours."

      Beautifully said, ritzl. I echo your sentiments.

  • Will weary Obama utter bromides about peace to Israelis, or a challenge?
    • I'll try again, Citizen.

      March 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

      He’s my hero– truly. I just re-read his book the other day… it’s on my shelf next to Gandhi and other books about hope..............................

      That was a serious mistake on my part. My most sincere apologies, I focused on the negative, rather than the positive. My bad.

    • He's my hero-- truly. I just re-read his book the other day... it's on my shelf next to Gandhi and other books about hope...........................

      That was a serious mistake on my part. My most sincere apologies, I focused on the negative, rather than the positive.

    • Yep.

      Here's another thing-- one rarely hears of the Palestinians ever evoking their "religion"-- they are first and foremost concerned about life and the lives of their fellow Palestinians. They are concerned about their property, their resources, their education, access to health care, their lack of freedom, their incarceration and lack of self determination, and their safety & lives-- all of which are being denied them by their oppressors/occupiers with our blessing.

      These same Occupiers and Enablers (us) spout religion at every turn, using it to justify our horrible acts, all the while demonizing the 'rock throwers' as barbarians and terrorists. When someone has the temerity to call them on it, why then all of the deflect, deflect, deflect hasbara comes welling up-- "look @ Syria, look @ Egypt", etc.
      and they attack Islam itself.

      All Israel is doing is provoking the Palestinian people. They said they wanted no more armed violence, they got it. Now they and the media are complicit in calling rock throwing armed violence, and painting the Palestinians as the aggressors.

      They never, ever accept responsibility. Worse, they are never held accountable.

    • "Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, said that he counseled the president to emphasize the Jewish connection to the land."

      The claim to the "land" is crazy, based on texts written by MAN. All of those holy texts-- all of them-- were written by men. The oral "history" passed down as the word of God and, because humans were involved, they morphed into a human told story. All 3 Abrahamic religions have much more in common than they have differences, but nobody evokes their claim to land like the hardcore Israelis-- Orthodox, settlers, hasbarists and Israel firsters here.

      The Palestinians have a right not to have their land taken from them, & they have a right to return to the lands that were stolen from them, imho. There is no respect shown to the Palestinians by Israel nor the US. There is no justice. The US is largely to blame, and Mr. Biden has already shamed us; please, Mr. Obama, do not do the same!

      Something is so broken that we give a free pass to heinous acts by the Israelis, we tolerate espionage by the Israelis, etc. It's grotesque, and the entire world sees it and understands the hypocrisy. This hypocrisy is a root cause of much/many of our problems with other nations and their citizens. We may never, ever have "the moral high ground" & we certainly don't stand for democracy or "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all folks. Our government condones apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

      So far, Hagel had to kowtow, Congress always kowtows, Biden did kowtow, and I fear that Obama will as well. What other country on earth gets access to our government officials and our treasury like Israel??? Even American citizens do not.

      When will these officials meet with CAIR, Code Pink, NAACP, etc?

      When will they become honest? Because no President has wrt I/P in my lifetime.

  • Celebrating 911
    • "Overreaction"? "Clever"? Really, broadside?

      Yeah, I noticed how all of American MSM picked up the story & ran with it, and allowed the world to see this travesty and encouraged them to "overreact"/ NOT.

      It's in no way clever or funny. It's grotesque.

    • Ecru-- why yes he was, indeed.

      The picture and story broke in Murdoch's very reputable tabloid "The Sun", iirc.

    • You are kidding, right, jon s?

      You have to be-- nobody can be that 'numb'.

      You call these costumes an "example of insensitivity and poor taste", and then pretend that you speak for "most Israelis."

      Such hubris and arrogance from a self- described "older" man.

    • omg. This is unconscionable! So Israeli parents "playfully" teach their children to hate Arabs & poke fun at the tragedy that happened to 3000+ people.......Dov must be impressed.

      The biggest celebrant of 9/11 was and is Netanyahu.

      This is beyond sick, and not the behavior of allies.

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