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  • Five lessons from the struggle to reinstate Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois
    • Well, a serious person might actually read or listen to what Salaita has said - there is plenty here - as opposed to waging a campaign based on the claims of others with their own agendas. So a full scale witch hunt is now in progress, I take it from your over excited claims.

    • If you had read what I said, you would have noticed that I didn't make any of the claims you impute to me. I explained the climate in which these claims are made, a climate many Palestinians and travellers are only too well acquainted with. I didn't say it happened to everybody or all the time, but it does happen frequently to Palestinian and non Western travellers - it is as simple as putting different coloured stickers on their luggage which channels them to a different, and usually humiliating procedure. I have witnessed it, as have thousands. The IDF members of Unit 8200 recently quoted extensively know they use of humiliation strategies in the occupation, which often involve sexual elements:
      link to theguardian.com

      Nothing amazing there. Best

    • Oh I can read alright - you mentioned the Tablet piece without indicating that you had taken it verbatim, with a slight annotation of your own, as if you had either read the book or had any acquaintance with it. So you post the opinion of a blogger without any indication of context as if it is fact. You back it up with another copy and paste from another blogger with an agenda, Kramer. Incidentally, if you read the recent articles about Israeli surveillance and control from the disillusioned IDF members, you will realise that sexual humiliation is part and parcel of the occupation, one of many weapons of control. Any non-Jew or non white Westerner leaving Israel is subject to humiliating and degrading treatment by the border guards - I have seen it myself, and it was of a sexual/intimate nature. That doesn't mean it is that way every time, but it is common enough, and it is nothing to do with the guards' cultural group - the Stasi didn't behave like they did because they were eastern Europeans, or Slavic or whatever group they identified with.

    • I take the prof hasn't actually read the book in question, since he is relying on hearsay 'evidence' about two footnotes which he appears to think is the sum total of the book's arguments.

    • He's copying and pasting from a negative review by someone called Liel Leibovitz

      link to tabletmag.com

      The prof doesn't do attribution, apparently

  • Yale Jewish center to hold 'intellectual' panel on storm over ousted priest's comments-- without inviting the priest
    • There is no 'storm' other than the one these people have artificially whipped up, so that they can do a bit of moral grandstanding about a fake controversy of their own making.
      There is, however, a real 'storm' over the bigoted, mob-like treatment of an utterly inoffensive statement by the former chaplain, who was clearly concerned about the effect of Israel's actions and the consequences for a two state solution. If these people go into overdrive with their pontificating, sanctimonious censorship every time someone points out the unignorable obvious, then they only further prove the chaplain's point - unreasonable behaviour, silence over the killing and destruction of Palestine, can only damage whatever they imagine is their cause. They are the problem, not the inoffensive and clearly sincere chaplain. Will they ever get it, especially if they lock out the opinion of the one man who deserves to be heard? As good an example as any of the attitude they display - circle the wagons, cover their ears and decry/censor the messengers.

  • Israel surveils and blackmails gay Palestinians to make them informants
    • Ha ha, yes behaving like the Stasi, overseeing and spying on a captive population who you deny rights to - why that's just a minor detail which only 'pettifogging' and nitpicking whiners would even notice. Old Eastern European regimes, despots and dictators everywhere, oppressive, repressive governments - only pettifoggers would dream of criticising these fine examples of democracy and human rights. Focus on the big picture, which is ... us, it's always about us zionists, so poor and downtrodden in our luxury condos and subsidised housing, armed to the teeth and given free money by the US taxpayer - don't you know how oppressed we are?

    • Interesting how these people eventually came to realise the Stasi-like nature of their surveillance and exploitation of other human beings. Even steeped in zionist ideology their revulsion at what passed for normal in their jobs as killers, jailers and humiliators came through in the end. Respect to them for coming out, given the febrile hysteria that prevails in israel. Like Breaking the Silence, they will be despised, attacked and then ignored, but it is a glimmer of hope amongst barbarism. One can only hope that others will listen, although given the herd mentality and the impunity they are granted by the US, it is unlikely. But it is evidence of all we have come to know about the bankruptcy of Israel and its stunningly brutal occupation. Note that Gaza was not considered any different to the West Bank, thus exposing the lie that israel does not occupy Gaza. Pretty weird to try and maintain that you are a democracy in any meaningful sense of the word once you read this stuff. A messianic military garrison state occupying and controlling millions of people without basic human rights has no justification to crow about 'democracy', 'western' values, or anything in fact. A failed state, propped up by a military regime masquerading as a civilian government. A junta, like its partner in crime against gaza.

  • Israeli military demolishes West Bank dairy factory benefitting orphans despite court appeal
    • Milk production is an existential threat to Israel. Its citizens can't sleep at night without worrying about those terrorist cows and their deadly milk. The vindictive lunacy of these sadists is beyond satire. Their excuses are laughable, transparent lies, their only goal is the destruction of an entire people - attacking the weakest, most deserving people in a society who depend on charity is the lowest form of cowardly racist behaviour. Fascist lowlife.

  • Salaita speaks publicly for the first time since firing: 'I am here to reaffirm my commitment to teaching and to a position with the American Indian Studies program at UIUC'
    • And elsewhere, a chaplain who had the audacity to hope for a two state solution, and caution that Israel's actions might contribute towards anti-semitism, was forced to resign:

      link to lobelog.com

      You aren't allowed to think such things, never mind express them. It is pretty amazing that this kind of thought policing is rife at supposed centres of learning and debate, of all places. But hysterical zionism has normalised this mind patrolling to the extent that institutions which supposedly encourage open minds and intellectual enquiry cannot exchange opinion or express diverse points of view. This is not education, it is propaganda masquerading as such. But you pay for it (or at least donate heavily), you get it.

  • Israeli officer tosses Palestinian shepherds from their land so settlers don't have to hear Arabic
    • As is the earlier Palestine with an introduction from Edward Said

    • It's called cognitive dissonance. Like those oh-so-senstivie Jewish students in US universities, they must be protected from the disturbing aspects of the world contradicting their meticulously erected ideology. Palestinians represent everything they pour billions of dollars into repressing - the inconvenient truth about the land and its people they have appropriated. And still it comes back to haunt them - just hearing the native people speak sets off their inner trip wires and the discomfort feels like a threat to the stories they try to reassure themselves with. Palestinians' existence is a daily reminder that remonstrates with their curdling sense of entitlement, so what else to do but criminalise their very existence, lock them up, make them invisible, and make it impossible for them to live where they belong, in the land of their families and ancestors - because people with real connections to the land and its history are an explicit disavowal of every manufactured myth about the immigrants' appropriations of these roots. And language embeds the culture and history they are determined to deny and thus repress. Incidentally what better way to repress it than replace it with a modern resurrected language with which to construct an artificial history?

  • 'I’m 100% certain we won’t receive justice in this racist court': Abu Khdeir family awaits justice that will likely never come
    • Thankyou for exposing the dark racist heart at the core of the Israeli state. They can't hide it, it seeps out and taints everything in their dystopian Orwellian bureaucracy. What has apparently angered them the most is not the act of racist murder, but its consequent publicity and the exposure of their arrogant, smug superiority. It's brutal. All they had to do was treat this family with some respect, they couldn't even bring themselves to manage that. Instead of blaming the family, they should look in the mirror at the ugly reality.

  • 'Provocative political symbol' -- UEFA fines clubs when fans fly Palestinian flags
    • Ha, that would be uninformed, not uniformed. Freudian or what?

    • What is really pernicious about this is the Israeli sponsored drive to criminalise Palestine and its people. They operate as such inside Israel, but their racist endeavour is to spread it everywhere. Minor pipsqueak officials are bullied and harassed to enforce this agenda, with a compliant media dutifully following along. The goal is to make Palestine and its supporters reduced to the margins, tainted with associations of 'terror' and anti-semitism, so that a de facto ban is upheld, with any mention of Palestine ghettoised by the mind police. The aim is, as ever, to silence any platform for justice or support for Palestinians. Israel knows that it would lose overnight in any fair argument or debate in front of largely uniformed people, therefore they must never get to hear the arguments or consider support for Palestine legitimate. Criminalise it all, and it becomes taboo - this is what they are tasking people like UEFA to do, and it is utterly shameful that the petty officials there crumble to such nakedly political pressure, having no idea of what principles are and how public bodies should uphold them. If Palestinian flags and chants of Free Palestine are political it is only because Israel has made them so. Football is about celebrating your identity, there is no reason Palestinians should not be denied the pleasure afforded to every other national and regional group. Only israel could be so full of spite, hate and malice to deny this to people who have a real identity, and not a manufactured one like modern day israelis.

    • At the St Johnstone game the (very short) chanting was pro-Palestinian, i.e. Free Free Palestine. Hardly offensive. Fans note that the fine dished out is far larger than those UEFA dish out for racism, a far worse scourge in the game than flying a national flag. UEFA, like FIFA, are utter hypocrites and run by men who identify with money and chauvinism. I don't see how this would stand for a second in court, unless UEFA were consistent in banning national flags. But the clubs are unlikely to have the appetite or funds for a court battle, which is a pity.

      For a history of Celtic's relationship with Irish republicanism and the support of Palestine see here, with a very nice photo of a large Palestine flag:

      link to celticjournal.org

  • Salaita firing turns into a 'catastrophe' for University of Illinois
    • And in jeff's fantasy battles, the zionists always win. funny that.

    • jeffb loves playing amateur armchair lawyer. I suppose playing super courtroom sleuth diverts from the real issues which concern everybody else.

    • Are you unable to read? It is comprehensively explained in the article why Wise's decision was unethical and more concerned with Jewish (aka zionist) donors than anybody else, not least her fellow colleagues and administrators. Of course it's political, Wise has made it political. If you can't understand both Franke and Robin's eloquent explanations why this decision is nothing to do with academia and everything to do with the lobby and its mania for shutting down discourse, then there is not much hope for your arguments. Both of them run rings around your feeble asinine assertions. As usual you seek to turn it into something else, reiterating your obtuse interpretation of BDS. Can't you come up with anything else, other than this litany of diversions and deliberate falsifications of the arguments, posing as a defender of free speech whilst disallowing it for discussions of Palestine?

  • 'Running:' A haunting video on life in Gaza by Eslam Saqqa
    • Ah, ok, didn't mean to patronise him. It was the mention of the first time he had picked up the camera made me think he was self-educated, and these were his first two films. Looking at this other one, he clearly knows what he is doing, I like the way he mixes footage and genres, it is very fluid and creative. Would love to have the subtitles. He is a very good editor too. Keep them coming, Eslam, I think you have a bright future.

    • Really good. I love how with minimal resources Eslam has fashioned an eloquent statement without any words needed. The two films really go together, a kind of Hope and Despair intertwined. Running captures the experience of Palestinians under siege, always fleeing, nervously looking over their shoulder, being driven to who knows where - the parallels should be obvious to anybody, From Gaza with Love is the flip side, the yearning for simple pleasure in living, undisturbed, by the sea at home in Gaza. Eslam, I hope you keep making films, maybe go to film school and develop your craft, you have a good eye and ear!

  • Israel seizes 1000 acres from 5 Palestinian villages to build new settlement in response to teens' abduction
    • ivri and jeffb appear to have a lot in common. The new hasbeen agenda is to redefine those inconvenient facts and colonialist punishments into nice, tidy bureaucratic jargon. Occupation is now 'internal development' and land theft is 'standard deterrence'. Orwell would have loved these attempts at newspeak in the jewish dystopia. But who do they think are fooling? Themselves, I guess. An obsessive bureaucratic categorisation in order to divide, control and structure society for the benefit of the bureaucrat's masters is of course a characteristic of the despotic and fascist regimes throughout history. People are reduced to statistics and dry, inhuman legalese, subject to the dictates and 'laws' which attempt to disguise and remove the responsibility from the perpetrators, who comfort themselves with their role in merely implementing the system. Sadism, punishment, dispossession, brutality, torture become routine consequences of the bureaucracy of totalitarianism. And ivri and jeffb can trot out their complacent, indifferent rationalisations, as if it was merely an entirely natural aspect of the state system.

  • Alvin Rosenfeld's Holocaust complaint
    • I don't recall the Russians building an apartheid wall. What a demented attempt at comparison. As is Indonesia and Greece. The clutching of straws such as these is pretty desperate.

    • Hitler’s words about the denigrating things Jews say about themselves came to mind as I perused Rosenfeld's words about Holocaust survivors and their families. Defending zionism by attacking the people it made its rasion d'être is about as self-defeating as it gets.

    • Oh Jeffyb would love to tell us what to think, and proscribe the limits of what can be said about his beloved country without borders, a constitution or equal rights. Contrary to his implied smear, though, he will find most people here apply the same criteria of disgust against apartheid, segregation, collective punishment, ethnic cleansing, dispossession, imprisonment without trial, torture, wanton destruction and slaughter - whatever the country responsible. Even though he likes to redefine these things as mere legal technicalities and 'internal management'. And then drag in some entirely irrelevant analogies and home made 'facts'.

  • Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine
    • justicewillprevail August 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      "internal development and management"

      Ha ha, trust old jeff to turn up with his zio translator. A handy guide to redefining those embarrassing words like occupation, apartheid and racism, all of which Israel excels in. We'll just call them some bureaucratic obfuscatory jargon, and hey presto, no occupation, apartheid, racism, dispossession or neo fascism anywhere. Lol. Pull the other one, pedant.

  • Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport
    • justicewillprevail August 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      How can anyone say that Israel doesn't operate an apartheid system? Here is a demonstration of how it works. Classification by a rigid bureaucratic system of people not according to their nationality, but according to their family origins, a system predicated on ethnicity and race. And once that is established, treating them differently, with one group disadvantaged, presumed to be criminals and having no rights, subject to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, restriction of liberty and freedom of movement. All because they have the wrong parents. Disgusting, and completely antithetical to the supposed values and principles of the US, which allows its citizens to be treated like black people in the South fifty years ago. A complete disgrace to the human race, which is the only race. Neanderthals.

  • My life during the war
    • justicewillprevail August 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Just devastating to read, and to imagine the wanton cruelty heaped upon these people. Whatever we can do never feels remotely enough.

  • Rolling in underground tunnels
    • justicewillprevail August 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Well worth a watch.

    • justicewillprevail August 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      A brilliant piece. The use of the land as a symbol of Palestinian rootedness to the region and their deep connection to it, and its converse exploitation by cynical, appropriating zionists who have thereby emptied their religion of any value is incredibly astute. Which is what I would expect from Slavoj.

  • As Salaita's case becomes a cause, U of Illinois issues declarations on 'civility'
    • "not taking moral positions on them"

      that should bar people like Dershowitz and his like-minded rabid zionist self-appointed censors then. Or most of the economics faculty. Not to mention the philosophy and arts, and the politics department.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS
    • justicewillprevail August 22, 2014 at 7:34 am

      They were so 'accommodating' that they drove them off their land and took their homes. Their 'rights' were extinguished by officially making them stateless and subject to martial law. Their national aspirations have been downgraded to ghettos and prison camps. Long before Hamas, which is nothing like Isis. Only the IDF shares the same ruthless fundamentalism.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
    • justicewillprevail August 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      A classic expose of how zionism is so heavily invested in antisemitism as its raison d'être that it makes sense to exaggerate it (nearly all cases in Europe), or in its absence create it. And then it can indulge in an orgy of self-justification, moral grandstanding and most importantly using it as a constant excuse for the savagery it treats Palestinians with. A self-perpetuationg, self-justifiying necessary artifice, which also serves as a convenient ruse to attack everybody critical of you, and never have to listen or answer the criticism. Without it, they might have to behave like citizens of the world, subject to the same norms. Oh, the horror!

  • State Dep't says it's 'not OK' that Israel detained another American teenager without informing us
    • This is like the Mob. They can't get to Tariq, who has the effrontery to speak up about his beating at their hands, so members of his family will be harassed, arrested and beaten for his action. Classy, these klan types.

  • Entitled ideology supporting 'incineration' of Gaza resonates with Nazi ideology -- Siegman
    • justicewillprevail August 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Praise The Lord. Please stick by this resolution.

    • justicewillprevail August 22, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Huh?

    • Now we have zionists openly declaring it is ok to kill children, there can be no doubt where they are headed. They have done everything they can to dehumanise Palestinians, but instead have dehumanised themselves to such an extent they think this behaviour is normal. And of course, the reluctance of governments, particularly the US, to sanction them has allowed them to believe they can get away with anything. Every time they push the boundaries of acceptable behaviour they find no one has the guts to call them out, or stop the money flow, so they are increasingly emboldened to act even more cold bloodedly and savagely. Now they think they are untouchable. Hearing an Isis member calmly justify the killing if innocents is stomach churning enough, what is the difference between that and Netanyahu and co's chilling justifications for the murder of innocent civilians, especially children? Fundamentalists who have lost contact with any shred of humanity they once had. Killing corrupts absolutely, so that it becomes acceptable to do again, especially when there is no sanction or restraint available. They need to be called to account for their crimes, instead of trying to wreck the mechanisms which we're put in place to try and prevent such horrendous brutality. Well said, Henry Seigman, who now can expect a vicious campaign of abuse.
      See also Desmond Tutu's recent article in Haaretz.

  • With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn 'Gaza into Ramallah'
    • Israel is systematically destroying Gaza's economy, from carpentry shops to construction firms and farms, all medium sized businesses employing hundreds of people. There can be no reason to do this other than a deliberate strategy of impoverishment, a refugee camp without hope of a future, leaving little option but to leave for many. Isn't removing any means of a people for surviving genocide in all but name:

      "“Israel is not only attacking civilians and their homes, but also systematically destroyed the economy of the Gaza Strip in order to make people dependent on emergency aid,” Abu Ramadan argued.
      “Now that almost the entire economy is destroyed, people can no longer work, thus cutting their purchasing power dramatically. Now youth wants to emigrate at even younger ages than before. Due to the emigration of young skilled workers the economy is becoming even weaker.”
      “Israel has managed to transform a functioning economy into a third world country through eight years of embargo and three assaults in five years. Without ending the embargo, it is impossible to break out of this vicious cycle ourselves,” Abu Ramadan added."

      Very sad, and the height of callous wicked behaviour by the architects of destruction in their cosy US subsidised offices. It is hard to believe how deliberately cruel human beings can be, and israel has exploited this (natural) unwillingness to the hilt, hiding their sadism behind a barrage of misinformation and useful stooges.

      link to juancole.com

  • Lobbyist tells Eliot Engel he has 'the blood of hundreds of Palestinian children on his hands'
    • Do any of these people do half as much for the people who elected them as they do for a foreign country? How dysfunctional is a system where a foreign government demands and gets their attention and their votes? And how can't they see that? Are they so supine and credulous that they accept the donation in exchange for any integrity they might have had? And don't care about pissing on the people who elected them. Hey, let's siphon off some more badly need tax dollars and give it away to some wealthy foreigners, who will look after us. Great idea. A load of people will get killed, but that's nothing to do with me. I just voted for more missiles and advanced weaponry for my sponsors. What they do with them is not my concern.They tell me it's not their fault, I believe every word they say. That's democracy, folks. You vote for me, then I do what I like, for who I like.

  • Rob Reiner wants to pick Palestinians' leaders for them
    • justicewillprevail August 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Israel is flooded with an alien and hostile people, from Europe, Russia and Brooklyn. Hostile doesn't quite capture the sadistic savagery they specialise in.

      Btw, kudos to clios for an entertaining rip down of jeff's psychobabble. A prodigious effort, which will sail right over his head. Thinnest man at fat camp! Ha ha

  • Witnessing Gaza
    • justicewillprevail August 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

      JeffB, you write screeds of verbose convoluted tortured prose, and still have no idea about your fantasy state. Israel doesn't do citizenship like any other country, to the extent that there is no such thing as an Israeli:

      link to aljazeera.com

      Because to be one would ruin the meticulously constructed apartheid where you are granted privileges according to your mother's culture, even if you have never been to or lived in the region. And of course you are treated like a dog if you don't belong to the elitist group. No other state justifies ethnic cleansing like that, makes artificial distinctions between its citizens based on 19th century notions of race, and treats them accordingly, to the point where millions of them are denied citizenship because it will threaten the gerrymandered identity of the state, which conveniently has one set of borders for them, and another for Jews. Israel gives more rights to people who have never been there than the indigenous people who live under its despotic rule - don't tell us it is like any other state. There is no comparison, please spare us the entirely baseless comparisons you seem to think are relevant. They are irrelevant.

  • 'Bombing the Dead' -- Max Blumenthal in Gaza
    • Why do you need photos of these? May as well ask where are the photos of howitzers, mortars, missiles, F16's, flechettes, helicopter gunships, naval guns of the occupation army. But maybe you missed the point of this article which is about the destruction caused by these generously donated munitions to the israeli army, and its arrogant vindictive, punitive attitude. Maybe you need some pictures of comparable destruction of israel - oh wait, there was none.
      As for your racist comment, it's all of a piece with your laughably self-styled 'ethical' soldiers. They left their ethics on the walls of ordinary people's homes.

  • Lady Gaza comes to Melbourne
    • "Israel may be a relatively small state, but it is the largest per-capita weapons exporter in the world. The Israeli arms companies have the advantage in marketing their products around the world, because they can claim that their products have been tested in actual combat. - See more at: link to middleeasteye.net"

  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • justicewillprevail August 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Americans would love not to give a crap about israel. Unfortunately they are forced to pay billions to the country that doesn't give a crap about them, except when it comes to being a human shield at the UN for these ingrates and entitlement junkies. Get your gangsters out of the US government, and then try the begging bowl routine.

  • Man who saved Jewish boy in Holocaust acts to save Israel from 'racist... quagmire'
    • justicewillprevail August 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      It has become so normalised for them, they think no-one can possibly think otherwise. As I discovered when I went to Israel, the institutionalised racism is invisible to them, while blatantly obvious to visitors. They really think we must all agree with them, because it is 'natural'.

    • Wow, I think we get your implication. And it stinks. Even Holocaust heroes are fair game for the zionist smear industry.

    • You can feel it, as the trickle becomes a flood, washing away the layers of deceit and deception that the zionist narrative has attempted to impose on the outside world (unlike the narrative they have for themselves). I linked to it already, but it is appropriate here to mention the letter from Holocaust survivors and their descendants to The Guardian, after they published the extraordinarily blatant piece of propaganda from Elie Weisel
      link to electronicintifada.net
      link to ijsn.net

      And just to emphasise how zionists are losing any contact with the communities around them, The Jewish Chronicle in the UK was forced to grovel before its readers and apologise for printing an ad for humanitarian aid for Gaza
      link to bbc.co.uk
      (Oh the irony of these two very different papers printing ads which enrage their readers)
      That is bad enough, although entirely indicative of the cult like mentality inside the bubble, but much more indicative of which way the tide is flowing is that the story was broadcast most of the day on BBC bulletins, leading most disinterested people to marvel at this demonstration of cold-blooded inhumanity.
      The Weisel and DEC ads only confirm how far the zionists have become detached from any sense of the territory civil discourse occupies, and the bare minimum of decency the majority of people expect. So entrenched and accustomed have they become to spouting such egregious falsehoods and blatant propaganda that they have no idea of how they are offending people with such naked attempts to bludgeon them into submission. The days are over when they could solemnly intone sanctimonious spin on ethnic cleansing and occupation. Because they don't realise it, they think they can keep up the old routines, but the expansion of the media, as Paul Mason perceptively wrote
      about
      link to blogs.channel4.com
      has drained any authority or credibility they assumed. (His latest piece is also excellent, finding hope in a younger generation).

  • The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing
    • Unbelievably harsh, AG.

    • justicewillprevail August 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Superb letter from the descendants of Holocaust survivors to The Guardian:

      "As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world.

      As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world.
      We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia.

      Furthermore, we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel’s abuse of our history in these pages to promote blatant falsehoods used to justify the unjustifiable: Israel’s wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of nearly 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children. Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water.

      We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. “Never again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!
      Signed,

      Over 300 Survivors and Descendants of Survivors of Victims of the Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel’s Assault on Gaza"

      link to ijsn.net

      link to theguardian.com

    • Dan Glazebrook has a good summary of israel's campaign against the Gazan economy:

      link to counterpunch.org

      Quite sickening when you add up the evidence of the factories targeted - the few remnants of the gazan economy destroyed systematically, as if even a miniscule amount of work and productivity for the impoverished people is not allowed by those grim israeli accountants of human misery. Count the calories, calculate the obliteration of any crumbs of economic life, destroy power and water - comrade, you must be due a medal from the state for this bureaucratic institutionalisation of the inflicting of misery. How proud you must be, such sadistic ingenuity!

  • Question for the American Jewish Establishment: Where does Zionism end and Judaism begin?
    • justicewillprevail August 16, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Ah yes, buying into myths. Very dangerous. Like biblical myths, perchance? Founding myths? Cultural myths? There's a lot of them around.

    • justicewillprevail August 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      "Kill or die"

      Is that John Wayne, Al Capone or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Jeff is so favourably channelling? An example to us all - the armchair cowboy philosopher, big hat no cattle.

  • New J Street platform parrots Likud as membership continues to shift left
    • justicewillprevail August 16, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Ahem, the Arab 'national security elites' (?) go to cocktail parties to discuss rejecting a rejectionist position the MW embraces? My head is spinning with this dynamite information. Who knew? How does one get an invite? What kind of cocktails? And not only that MW has some kind of political denialism which is decried by Shin Bet or something. Is there a cryptographer in the house? Or this is the result of too many of those darned dangerous cocktails (probably anti-semitic ones)?

  • 15 airplanes to fly over NY and NJ beaches with Israeli flags and We Love Israel banner
    • justicewillprevail August 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      They are so inebriated with zionism they don't realise the only message they are sending is "look at us shameless fanatical propagandists". Most people will shrug and feel even more baffled and alienated by the obsessive neediness of the israel lobby. They could be more honest and just put on the banners "Give us more money and look the other way".

  • Hope in the one state solution 
    • justicewillprevail August 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      On a more serious note, just read this Jeff and see if it stems the posturing pseudo-intellectual gymnastics:

      link to theguardian.com

      Some people with something real to say.

    • justicewillprevail August 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      You are a banana supremacist, Mooser. At least that's what I think he's saying. You've been exposed. Jeffy never uses one word when a thousand will do, or one analogy when he's got them backed up all the way to Ruritania. I think he is a big fan of William Burroughs, his homage to the cut and paste school of thought is a marvel. At least 6 arguments and and another six analogies are spontaneously blended there into a simulacrum of thought. Well done, but don't take up shooting as a hobby, Jeff.

  • Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site
    • justicewillprevail August 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Tunnels don't kill people, as Charlton Heston almost said. Have you checked under your bed lately?

    • Here's a nice rejoinder to this nonsense, as Palestinians give Americans advice about how to deal with tear gas:

      link to i100.independent.co.uk

    • You must have scoured the web to find a small, unsourced, unverified article written straight from the IDF press bureau. By a right wing blowhard who spends a lot of his time fulminating against immigration and 'multiculturalism' - a white ethno nationalist who is an Australian immigrant. Remind you of anybody? An impeccable neutral. Not.

    • justicewillprevail August 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      And here is a sober and moving account of the post apocalypse Gaza, heartbreaking but with some slivers of hope among the ruins, mainly from a people who have suffered unimaginably but who still, remarkably, have incredible dignity and forbearance.

      link to newstatesman.com

      They should pierce the hearts of all israelis who cheered on this slaughter, but sadly they will once again not be listened to, or even acknowledged.

    • This ought to be a case study in fear mongering propaganda. We used to be amazed that people would believe the 'reds under the beds' hysteria about the Cold War. But now we have 'terrorists under the kindergarten', a variation on the same theme. With extra bonus 'baby killers'. That a supposedly reputable news organisation can publish this stuff unquestioningly is bad enough, but not to even see the hypocrisy of these empty claims when Israel is actually killing babies, and murdering children in schools and hospitals is beyond belief. But that doesn't warrant hysterical headlines or wide-eyed fear, because they 'deserve' it, so demonised and dehumanised are they by cartoon propaganda of this sort. Reds under the beds hysteria at least had the excuse of limited information and a compliant readership, but the cynical deployment of such cartoon tropes in a far more information-rich age is a reminder how easily people are manipulated by fear and prejudice - the same tactics used since the 1930's.

  • The Walzer Problem
    • Such intellect deployed for such base, unsupportable ideological propaganda. Really this is the same old tedious fiction and stale assertions dressed up to justify mass destruction and slaughter. Does he ever mention the occupation, the siege and blockade, human rights, the history of dispossession and displacement? He apparently knows nothing about the history of the conflict or of Hamas, despite there being ample material available online and in hundreds of books. As a corrective Sandy Tolan has penned a handy summary of the conflict, and its tragically unnecessary and avoidable deaths, mostly caused by Israel's spurning of every opportunity for normalisation. All of it referenced, and should be a first stop for naive, or tendentious, apologists for slaughter, like Walzer.
      link to juancole.com
      I find it quite obscene that a 'moral philosopher' can agonise and contort his apparent intellect in the service of a clearly odious regime and its neo-fascist ideology of blood and soil, and ignore the horrific suffering of people who have, for the most part, done absolutely nothing to deserve such devastating punishment, other than, of course, have the misfortune to be born to the 'wrong' grandparents.
      As an addendum to Walzer's homework, I would advise him to read Donald MacIntyre's report from the ruins of Gaza and reflect on the incalculable cost that his deviously reasoned justification for mass killings of civilians results in.
      link to newstatesman.com

  • We must target our politicians' 'cowardice' in the face of war crimes --Trevor Hogan's impassioned speech in Dublin
    • justicewillprevail August 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Ah yes, that will be 102, when in doubt fall back on the 'clash of civilisations' world war three hysteria blah blah. Make special reference to exaggerated and false European scare stories (impresses the gullible US isolationists). And then top it off with old anti-semitism under the bed routine. voila. Yes, so much to be proud of.

    • justicewillprevail August 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Terrific, heartfelt speech the passion of which will be recognised by anyone who has seen what he has seen. About time the so-called ambassadors were shamed and called to account. Good luck to you Trevor - Irish people can recognise a colonial, repressive regime when they see it, and are unafraid to say so.
      (BTW, the 'unintelligible' word is Dail, the Irish parliament)

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