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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • Democrats who care about Palestine -- prepare to be censored by the media
    • This is the first time in my die hard Dem voting life (45 years of voting) that I have no candidate with a chance to win to vote for. Without Bernie as a contender and cannot stomach voting for a proven and deadly war hawk like Hillary with massive tie$ to Wall Street, promoted fracking around the world as Secretary of State, was for the TPP before she was against, was against the Iran deal before she was for. Just cannot do it.

      Will be the first time I have ever voted for a third party candidate...going Jill Stein at this point.

      Have never voted for such a proven war hawk. Not about to start now.

      Following Muhammad Ali's lead...courage of one's convictions.

    • Thanks Annie.

    • Really did not care so much about my comment not getting through. Knew there had to be technical difficulties. Just seemed likely that others had possibly tried to do so in response to this incredible piece by Phil. So much here

    • Would not go through at all. Wondering if other folks were having same problem. The above comment went through and similar to what I had been trying to get through.

    • Put up a comment yesterday. Did not make it. Clearly with only 6 comments up in response to this incredible piece..something is up.

      Phil this is an incredibly well done and substantive piece. Thank you.

      Matthews has been dipping his toes in a bit for years. Always on the safe side. Always. On MSNBC Dylan Ratigan, Cenk Uygar, Melissa Harris Perry have all gone much farther on the I/P, issue as well as on Iran than Chris Matthew, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Al Sharpton who all play it really safe and dishonest. Those huge multi million dollar paychecks keep them behind the wall of silence so methodically put up and kept in place in our MSM over the decades.

      Melissa Harris Perry went much further than anyone on this issue and providing the public with a wider and more accurate view of the conflict and the deal with Iran by having foreign policy expert Hillary Mann Leverett on many times over the last couple of years. Sure seems like MHP may have been bought off by MSNBC when they sent her on her way. Must have bought her silence on the reasons for her departure out of the MSNBC back door. Tensions boiling over in the Middle East | MSNBC

      link to msnbc.com

      Remember this : Glenn Greenwald and Dylan Ratigan Destroy Neocon Warmongering ...

      Video for Dylan Ratigan Glenn Greenwald Cliff May▶ 12:55

  • NY state senator wants to cut off university funds to SJP
  • Clintonites oppose 'occupation' mention in platform-- as Cornel West says party is 'beholden to AIPAC'
    • Cornell "would you allow/argue for using the word occupation in the platform?"

      Wexler "no"

    • thanks for this Phil. Going to watch whole platform meeting.

      Did you see this one. A caller brings up Israel's nuclear weapons undeclared and uninspected. Flavin while acknowledges Israel's weapons then goes into why they will never agree to declare, be inspected etc.

      Washington Journal Barbara Slavin Iran Nuclear | Video | C-SPAN.org

      link to c-span.org.

  • Michael Lerner brings down the house at Muhammad Ali funeral by standing up for Palestinians and against Netanyahu
    • Watched live and noticed Clinton first laughing in a mocking way, then looking down when Lerner went for the jugular.

      I believer Lerner was challenging all of us to hold Clinton's feet to the fire if she becomes President. Although I believe that will be impossible when it comes to the I/P conflict and other disastrous middle east policy decisions she has been deeply involved in.

      When Lerner was headed to the microphone the host of the event said something about "not ruffling feathers" Lerner answered "we will see about ruffling feathers" He started hitting the nail and kept banging.

      He had the room (Ali's) family up standing for quite some time.

      There were so many incredible speakers. Worth watching the whole event. Moving. What a testimony to Ali's character that this is how he wanted it.

      Like so many my age we started really respecting and loving Ali when he put his own career, finances on the line by deciding not to serve in the criminal Vietnam war. Learned so much more about what a humanitarian he was throughout his life.

    • Totally agree.

  • BDS activists say close American Anthropological Association boycott vote shows 'rising tide of support for Palestinian rights'
    • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." In this case if there were real justice...both people's ultimately win

  • Chuck Schumer 'worried' that his daughter was not marrying a Jew
    • Awhile back on "With All Due Respect" John Heilemann and Mark Halperin were having a repeated discussion about the "racist" statements of Trump about a Judge. Halperin started to say something about how could any official be charged with being so loyal to a country that their heritage is linked to. Heilemann moved rather quickly to shut him down.

      My comment on their fb page.
      "...HRC. Mark Halperin interesting that you almost slipped and said something about how could any official (like the Judge issue you folks are harping on) make a critical decision based on their allegiance to some other country. Helilemann cut you off at the pass. You know we have example after example of our Reps (Senator Schumer) etc making foreign policy decisions, voting on legislation that has to do with supporting Israel no matter what they do over and over again through the decades. Yeah Schumer etc born in the U.s. but is devotion to Israel blinds him even when it comes to U.S. National Security (and really Israel's) when it came to the Iran deal that he pushed back hard against."

    • Phil you have addressed this embedded racism/bigotry in the past. Most who have been around Jewish populations for any length of time will hear these kinds of comments. Yes racism and bigotry exist in the Jewish community in the States.

  • Top donor to Clinton super PAC is Haim Saban
    • Right with you Genesto. Sure seems like Comey more than likely has the goods on Clinton Huffington Pose (USA Today of blogs) dropped the IG findings as fast as they came out. Never made the front and center like every fucking stupid things Trump says, What HP does not seem to get is Trump loves front page Trump negative or positive. He knows how ratings and the majority of Americans attentions work.

      Clinton email's...." report scathing" "worst offender of sloppy practices" Clinton refused to sit for an interview...

      link to charlierose.com

    • I am sure this was one of the reasons to fuel the civil war by supplying arms to rebels

    • So this would be the same James P Rubin married to CNN's Christiane Amanpour who continually repeated the neocons unsubstantiated claims about Iran during interviews and on her past programs.

      You have to wonder about the possibility that there are collectives of psychopaths in powerful positions in our country. Clearly people like Clinton, Rubin, Ledeen, Cheney, Feith (Obama looks like he joined the list by choosing Clinton as his Secretary of State...I was in shock after I had worked my ass off for Obama) etc do not give a rats ass about the people in Iraq, Syria, Libya after we invade, meddle, overthrow Saddam Gaddafi , arm rebels in Syria who they really did not know who they were. Seymour Hersh others have written about how arms from Libya sent into Syria by CIA etc ended up in the hands of IS/Al Qeada.

      Hundreds of thousands dead, injured, millions of Syrians etc are refugees...does anyone think that Clinton, Rubin, Netanyahu etc give a hoot? Some dark, ugly people inside.

      link to psychologytoday.com
      Key traits that sociopaths and psychopaths share include:

      A disregard for laws and social mores
      A disregard for the rights of others
      A failure to feel remorse or guilt
      A tendency to display violent behavior

      Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.

      When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and "con artists" due to their calm and charismatic natures.

    • The wikileaks release of Clinton's emails tells us just who Clinton was working for by pushing for military intervention into Syria. She clearly does not give a rats ass about the results of Israel and Clinton's interest on the Syrian people. Remember way back when the Leveretts were pushing hard for negotiations with Assad. Well Clinton and then Obama would not hear of it. All they kept repeating was "Assad must go, Assad must go" The human tragedy of millions of refugees and a destroyed country does not bother the majority of Americans or Israeli's
      link to wikileaks.org

      Could never figure out how Clinton got away with claiming she initiated the Iran deal. She said this in two debates. What total bs

  • Holocaust survivor and activist for justice Hedy Epstein dies at 91
    • Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you know what you are talking about. Also sounds like you had a very special and sincere friendship with Hedy. I am so sorry to hear that she was harassed for standing up for Allison.

      What a soulful trooper Hedy was. Again thanks for the up close and personal view.

    • Allsion sent this out to her list serve. Allison had her own direct experiences with Hedy. Moving

      " Dear Friend,

      I’m deeply saddened to tell you that our dear friend Hedy Epstein passed away yesterday. She was 91.

      Hedy, a holocaust survivor, was a courageous fighter for justice for all. Below is a full obituary of Hedy by her fellow St. Louis resident and devoted friend, Dianne Lee, who had been like a daughter to Hedy.

      I thought I’d also share a few personal memories.

      I first met Hedy about a dozen years ago when I gave a talk in St. Louis. Hedy, who had already been working for Palestinian rights for many years, came up to me after my talk and was wonderfully encouraging and supportive.

      A few years later I was making a short video exposing Israel’s practice of strip-searching Palestinian women and children. Hedy, who had also endured a particularly cruel example of this treatment, agreed to tell her story on camera.

      I travelled to Hedy’s home, where she recounted her painful and powerful story. At the end of her narrative, Hedy described her deep outrage and feeling that she would never again return to Israel.

      However, Israeli officials had taken on the wrong person when they thought that their perverse treatment of Hedy would diminish her activism. She returned to Palestine many times to take part in the nonviolence resistance movement.

      The next time I saw Hedy was in France in 2007, where I was visiting longtime Palestine activist Greta Berlin. (Greta was in the process of founding what turned into the flotilla movement.) Greta said that Hedy was going to be visiting soon, as was Mary Hughes-Thompson, another longtime activist for Palestine and flotilla founder.
      Me, Greta Berlin, Hedy Epstein, and Mary Hughes Thompson in France at Greta's house Greta suddenly came up with the idea that since random circumstances had caused us to converge, we should take the opportunity to travel to Palestine together. Greta, who did a great deal of traveling for her job, said she would use her airline miles to get us all tickets.

      Before going to Palestine, however, we all visited a Nazi camp where Hedy’s mother had been imprisoned after Hedy’s parents had sent 14-year-old Hedy on a kindertransport to safety in England. Hedy, who had never seen her parents again, had determined to visit each of the camps in which they had been held. I believe this was the only one she hadn’t yet visited. This was an intensely sad experience, but it also seemed to give Hedy some sense of closure. I was glad that Greta had made this possible.

      We then began our trip to Palestine. We were a somewhat unusual team: I was 61, Hedy was 83, and Greta and Mary were in between. Like virtually all trips to the Occupied Territories, we saw tragedy and beauty, violence and courage, joy and grief. We cried and laughed together.

      (I sent some of my photos from this trip to Mary and Greta last month to upload on a special Facebook page honoring Hedy.)

      I remember one time Hedy was almost arrested by Israeli soldiers. They wouldn’t let her through the checkpoint out of Hebron with Palestinians and the rest of us, because Hedy was Jewish. The soldiers insisted that Hedy take the Israeli settlers’ route, which Hedy adamantly refused to do. The soldiers finally gave up, and Hedy, who was about 5 feet tall, triumphantly passed through the Palestinian route.
      The last time I saw Hedy was a few months ago.

      After the JVP-USCEIO attacks on me, Hedy signed the Open Letter supporting me and calling for an end to such destructive and divisive attacks. I was truly honored that Hedy chose to do this, and saddened that she then came under attack herself when she refused to give in to pressure by USCEIO leaders to remove her name. In fact, rather than bend to their demands, Hedy arranged an official library talk for me at the St. Louis Main Library, and the room was full.

      When the attacks on Hedy continued, California activist Jane Jewell, outraged at the way Hedy was being treated, invited Hedy for an extended visit, and held a delightful party for Hedy where a variety of San Francisco Bay Area activists came to honor Hedy. Some of us also took turns driving Hedy to various events and activities, and I was the fortunate one to take Hedy to a demonstration in downtown San Francisco that Hedy wished to join. At 91.

      I’m just one of numerous people around the world who have such memories of Hedy. Hedy stood up for the underdog, opposed abuse of power, and worked valiantly and consistently for a kinder, more just world. And in so doing she inspired multitudes. She was brave, funny, intelligent, and committed. For her, “never again” meant Never Again.

      When justice for Palestinians eventually comes, history will show that Hedy helped bring it about.

      I miss her.
      —Alison Weir

    • I had my own experience with Hedy at one of the anti aipac gatherings in D.C. about 8 or 9 years ago.

      We were in a group of Code Pinkers and others outside of the D.C. convention center marching around the building with our signs, banners etc. I saw this tiny older lady and became worried that someone might accidentally knock her over. I introduced myself and then realized who she was. I asked her if she minded if I spotted her in the crowd. Did not hover too close but stayed close ready to break a fall if need be. Had just been spending hours, days weeks in the senior community my dad was in so witnessed the 80 something crowd falling way too often.

      Later after the rally set up a chair for her under a tree in the park across from the Convention Center where Aipac was holding their yearly event. Brought her some snacks and water and then we talked. She was so sweet, kind and yet so powerful in her convictions. We talked about her life, her parents, what had formed her convictions. I let her know that I so admired those who had come out of such unimaginable tragedy (the Holocaust) with such a commitment to others who were suffering from oppression, racism, theft of property and loss of lives etc.

      I was so moved by her depth of conscience I asked if she would mind if I went looking for some of the young people I had encountered and talked with who were attending the Aipac conference. She agreed. I went hunting and found these students who had been recruited to attend the conference by an all expenses paid trip. Many were involved with their universities student councils etc. Brought them over to Hedy and very long conversations ensued with great and informative dialogue about the occupation, what she had seen with her own eyes and heard with her own ears on her numerous trips into illegal settlements etc. The students who asked questions listened attentively and were moved. Went on for several hours.

      It was a complete honor to be around such a woman with such depth of soul, love, compassion. Hedy was a tiny lady who was incredibly brave and had a spirit so large and inclusive that it was mesmerizing especially given her personal history. I am grateful to have spent those hours with her and am so thankful for her monumental example of humanitarian values that have no bounds.

      May Hedy rest in peace, she certainly deserves it. May her family find peace.

    • So sad that her children "prevented her from seeing her grandchildren over her views" That is so cruel and demonstrates once again how controlling, fearful and cruel people can be when it comes to taking a stand on this critical issue.

      She was a formidable activist.

  • Front-page play for Israel battle shows that Israel has lost the Democratic Party base
  • Clinton campaign is 'nervous' Sanders will push 'divisive' battle over Democratic platform on Israel
  • 'Clinton scares the generals' -- Democratic Party divides over foreign policy
    • Will not vote for a war hawk. Never have, never will.

    • It's not just "young" Sanders supporters who will not be voting for Clinton if she wins the nomination. I am 64 been working on Dem campaigns since I was 16. I will not vote for a proven war hawk like Clinton. Sorry to say but I truly believe a man with her war record could not have gotten out of the starting gate.

  • Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti
    • What Israel does to non violence resistance groups and their leaders. Not the first time. Just that BDS has really captured lots of attention and support

  • Calling Israel a 'modern day miracle' and 'vibrant bloom in desert,' Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic
    • With Hillary you get a tried and true war hawk. Responsible in many ways for the deaths and injuries of millions. Millions of refugees.

      From Trump so far we get dangerous language. From Hillary a proven and deadly war hawk record. Not she cares.

  • Israel announces yet another new settlement, as U.S. plans to join Europe in fresh criticism
    • " But, really, the “tougher tone” is more than half a million settlers too late. "

      Nailed it

  • Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew
  • Anti-Semitism is considered a serious moral failing. But no one calls out anti-Palestinian bigotry
  • Are Clinton and Sanders really all that different on Israel/Palestine?
    • Great piece. Although you fail to mention Clinton's "yuge" role in pushing for Israel firsters push for Saddam, Gaddafi and Assad to be taken out. She has been following the PNAC's blueprint since her vote for the 2002 Iraq war resolution. I believe she supported the Iraq sanctions before that although had no vote but behind the scenes support for those deadly sanctions

      link to news.antiwar.com
      Clinton Email Shows US Sought Syria Regime Change for Israel’s Sake

      link to wikileaks.org
      "Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel's security, it would also ease Israel's understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted. Right now, it is the combination of Iran's strategic alliance with Syria and the steady progress in Iran's nuclear enrichment program that has led Israeli leaders to contemplate a surprise attack — if necessary over the objections of Washington. With Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its, proxies, it is possible that the United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran's program has crossed an unacceptable threshold. In short, the White House can ease the tension that has developed with Israel over Iran by doing the right thing in Syria. The rebellion in Syria has now lasted more than a year. The opposition is not going away, nor is the regime going to accept a diplomatic solution from the outside. With his life and his family at risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's mind. UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015 The Obama administration has been understandably wary of engaging in an air operation in Syria like the one conducted in Libya for three main reasons. Unlike the Libyan opposition forces, the Syrian rebels are not unified and do not hold territory. The Arab League has not called for outside military intervention as it did in Libya. And the Russians are opposed. Libya was an easier case. But other than the laudable purpose of saving Libyan civilians from likely attacks by Qaddafi's regime, the Libyan operation had no long-lasting consequences for the region. Syria is harder. But success in Syria would be a transformative event for the Middle East. Not only would another ruthless dictator succumb to mass opposition on the streets, but the region would be changed for the better as Iran would no longer have a foothold in the Middle East from which to threaten Israel and undermine stability in the region."

      Best to read all. Hillary has been pounding the war pavement for what she and other neocons believe is in Israel's best interest. She is a devoted war hawk with no conscience what so ever. Bernie's conscience appears to be somewhat intact. Far more than Clinton's

  • If it had been up to Hillary Clinton, there would be no Iran Deal
    • Before, during and after the 2008 campaign Clinton often repeated the neocons unsubstantiated claims about Iran. She jumped on to support the Iran deal just weeks before it went through.

      Then during several of the debates she tried to lay claims to initiating the Iran deal. She really deserves her not to be trusted label. She is a proven deadly war hawk.

  • 'Her absurd generals, her military junk' -- Daniel Berrigan's prophetic speech on Israel in '73
    • The Berrigan brothers had a huge influence on millions of us who were growing up Catholic and focused on pro justice and human rights They along with Dorothy Day, Thomas Mertao. Dorothy Stang and many of the Notre Dame nuns I grew up with daily in my life walked the talk of peace and justice.

      He certainly nailed down the MO of Israel early on.

      A great and honorable man. He lived and breathed what was good about the Catholic Church He set the bar for compassion high.

  • Sy Hersh's 'forbidden statement': Sanders's liberation from NY Jewish money could change US foreign policy
    • Great interview. However he went on a bit about Bernie not demonstrating enough knowledge about foreign policy to make him feel "comfortable" or something like that. As if Clinton's foreign war hawk policies would make one feel "comfortable" unless you are part of the PNAC war team.

      This was such a power packed piece by Seymour
      link to lrb.co.uk

  • Beinart's Jewish double-bind: Support oppression or you're out of the family
    • Fighting with my racist father (towards blacks) starting at the age of 14 did not pose a risk that I was going to get booted out of my family. And it did not indicate in some way that I might be somehow approving of a genocide (holocaust)

      While I have never understood why many of my Jewish friends could not look at the I/P issue in a fact based way. Why they were willing to put their heads up where the sun does not shine on this issue. This piece as well as others written by Phil etc try to explain the willingness to stay in the dark or deny..or both.

    • This does explain why Jewish involvement with the pro justice and human rights Palestinian movement is relatively new (last 10 years or so) A good thing. Although always important to point that new development out. Many Jews financially or politically have kept the wall of silence intact over the decades about a decades long human rights issue.

      The possibility of being rejected by family or family members is a tough one. However as many of us did long ago if you had a racist member in your family standing up to that racism ultimately helps them. Standing up to the illness as an addicted and abusive brother can ultimately help them.

  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • Finkelstein: " Noam Chomsky has said that of course he’ll vote for Clinton if she’s the Democratic nominee. Because, although the policy differences between the candidates might be tiny, when you wield so much power, even a tiny difference translates into life and death for many people. That’s a compelling argument."

      Just do not understand how Chomsky and possibly Finkelstein could vote for such a proven and bloody war hawk like Hillary. I mean you don't have to wonder what she would do with power she has all ready demonstrated her willingness to promote horrific "regime change" no matter how many people die, are injured or displaced. Just do not understand how either one of you could support such a die hard neocon?

      Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      Parsing Hillary Clinton’s Disingenuous Foreign Policy Record
      02/12/2016 04:27 pm ET | Updated Feb 12, 20
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath
      02/14/2016 08:41 am ET | Updated Feb 15, 2016 link to huffingtonpost.com

    • That "immoral army" has had the wall of silence kept intact for decades by a complicit and powerful media in the U.S. Along with an organization who should be required to register under FARA... Aipac who has bought and paid for the U.S. congress to not only make sure that "immoral army" and government can operate an apartheid government full speed ahead and never pay any price for it.

    • Reading a second time.. Have to respond to this one now. Finkelstein you nail it once again "Who would have predicted that African Americans would sink the most radical Presidential candidate in living memory?"

      Yes indeed however let's not forget that millions of so called white progressives have also helped sink Sanders. We should not forget our so called white allegedly progressive friends who have gone with proven war hawk Hillary from the very beginning repeatedly saying things like "oh I like Bernie but he just can't make it." So disgusted by how many times I heard things like this.

      Sure would like to hear Norman zoom in on this phenomena. When has such a proven war hawk like Hillary moved so far so fast as a Dem candidate. And why would Chomsky and sounds as if you may too Norman roll over and vote for Hillary if a miracle does not happen for us and Sanders.

      Would so have been on those work buses for Sanders if I were not caught between taking care of grandchildren and an 88 year old mother. Had about six years off between getting youngest into and through college and doing what I wanted (working tirelessly on campaigns). Have done would I can for Sanders in Colorado and Ohio. Know I will not see such an honorable and decent candidate with such integrity, humanitarian record as Sanders in my lifetime. The young people and older folks too that I met in Denver at the rally and on his campaign here in Colorado were as Norman said well thought out, informed and inspired... as Bernie has for so many of us

      So is it through Israeli data mining, companies Amdocs, Comverse Infosys and forensic software companies like Cellirbite that Israel is able to bring down people who report facts like Goldstone?

    • Huge contribution.

  • Donna Edwards ends insurgent campaign by taking on Democratic Party orthodoxy, and supporters vow to continue the fight
    • Keep wondering what happened to the legislation that was passed to keep these types of all expenses paid trips for Reps by special interest groups. Legislation passed after the Ney hanky panky buy him scandal

    • What a shame that Maryland voters could not see through o who owns Van Hollen. Interesting that Clinhton came out in support of Edwards and the Black Caucus did not. What is up with the Black Caucus.

      Bernie being able to put a dent in Clinton's more war plans is going to be almost impossible. She is a diehard neocon.war hawk. No need for Cheney any more, now Clinton is there

  • Sanders 'put everything on the line' for Palestine because BDS movement has changed US conversation -- Peled
    • Thanks Phil but Peled claiming that the racism that many Israeli's feel towards Palestinian being born in recent years is a myth. Edward Said, Illan Pappe, Vanessa Redgrave, Barghouti, Art Gish have all written about the racism that has been alive and well among Israeli's has been around for decades. People now capturing the racist acts and more facts coming out the last 10 years

  • Chabon calls occupation 'the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life' and says he is 'culpable'
    • Agree about the lack of accountability..no punishment. Although I still honor them for stepping up to the plate and often admitting their guilt and shame. Then letting others know. No one holding a gun to their heads. Making a conscious choice. I find this remarkable and healthy.

      Have heard three Breaking the Silence members (former soldiers) speak. Powerful choices. They must suffer personal consequences of some kind

    • Yes let's acknowledge his eyes opening but "honor" is a another issue. As you bring up several times in your piece people who have come late to the movement have more than likely been supporting Israel's decades long human rights crimes. or just had their heads buried in the sand by choice. They truly need to dig deep on that issue. Why? Then of course move forward.

      However ,when one is not willing to honestly reflect about the reasons why there was no outrage before this moment the true nature of that denial and avoidance beast is never acknowledged and never fully known.

      I honor the members of "Breaking the Silence" I hate many of the crimes many of the former soldiers have admitted to committing...I honor their sincere willingness to acknowledge and atone for their crimes by being so brutally honest.

  • Donna Edwards's campaign unsettles the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party
    • Joan Walsh is a huge Hillary supporter. Shocked by how many so called progressives support such a die hard war hawk like Hillary. People willing to close their eyes, to death and destruction in the middle east that Hillary has very much been a part of.

      Great to know about Donna Edwards....compassion and logic applied

    • People in many communities have been waking up via the internet, movements on campus, churches etc addressing the I/P disasters.

  • Another interview on Israeli TV
    • I was taken by what the young man said about a 3 year old Palestinian child throwing rocks at an Israeli tank coming to destroy the child's family home. Powerful...

      Would like to ask Alice what kept her from speaking out earlier than 2004? She is clearly a bright woman and had access to writings by Edward Said, Barghouti etc about the horrific conditions Palestinians were dealt by the apartheid government of Israel. We know that complicity by Jews and others protected Israel from facing themselves and the human rights abuses that have been taking place for decades. What was it that made her choose to help keep the lid on this disastrous and criminal situation? Chosen ignorance, fear, denial...what?

      Clearly what Alice is doing to educate people about the facts on the ground is honorable. Although the need to claim that Jews are heading many of the boycott movements is odd. Better to acknowledge that many Palestinians have been working hard for decades to educate the world about that crisis. Now more than ever before Jews are joining those righteous efforts.

  • Trump, Sanders and the battle of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for blue collar Arabs and whites
    • I do consider it an illness/sickness. To be able to put one foot in front of the other after you have been an integral part to such human disasters. Sick and shameful.

      So shocked by so many Dems being wiling to put her horrific war record aside, If you took the being a woman element out of the race would it be different...I think so. Take the Clinton legacy out of the equation would it be different...I think so. However she is a woman and a Clinton. When you look at her war record one should be horrified in my book

    • Clinton certainly lacks a conscience.

    • Thanks for this piece. Insightful.

      I think many of the Sanders supporters will not go Clinton's way if she gets the nomination. I am 64 started working on Dem campaigns when I was 16. This is the first time I will throw away my vote if Clinton is the choice. I will more than likely vote for the third party candidate Jill Stein Will not vote for a proven and very deadly war hawk like Clinton. Her bloody fingerprints are all over Iraq, Libya, Syria. She is a fundamentalist when it comes to Israel.
      Can't remember such a die hard war hawk getting so close to the Presidency. Clinton seems to thrive on instigating human disasters. In many ways true signs of being a socio path. I mean this. Amazing to me how so many Dems are willing to support her. Guess that says something about Americans

  • Obama's November surprise
    • Clinton would not go along or maintain any such effort. She would drop the ball like a hot potato....

      Hell I don't think Samantha Powers would do Obama's bidding ...bet she would push back hard.

  • Sanders's leftwing base made him take on Netanyahu
    • Let's hope the polls are wrong just like they were in Michigan. If all of the folks who have come to hear Bernie speak vote and get others to vote.....we could be in for a wonderful surprise

      I figure this will be the last time a candidate of Bernie's caliber will get this close to the Presidency in my life time.. The man has his soul intact. ..Go Bernie and New York team.

    • Long time coming. Bernie does it in New York right before an election. The earth moved under our feet a bit even though Carole King knocking on doors in New York for war hawk Clinton. Such a shame.

      Was too bad illegal settlements did not come up ...at all.

  • Clinton propagates false understanding of Camp David
    • My alert button went up when she repeated that falsehood. How about the first time her role in pushing for the disastrous military intervention in Libya and arming rebels in Syria really came on. Then she inferred that Obama had ixnayed the arming of rebels which was another falsehood. She surely committed to more intervention in Syria in that debate. Not much talk about this.

      Was just thinking about how war hawk Clinton is attending a 350,000 dollar a plate fund raiser being put on by war hawk supporter George Clooney. Hell one plate at this dinner cost more than Jane and Bernie Sanders make in one year. Telling and shameful.

  • Introducing Mondoweiss In Print: 'The World the Settlers Made'
    • Settlers just sounds so cozy. We all know that is not the case Will certainly read.

      The New York media "elite" are sure going after Sanders. Hope Sanders adds that term "media elite" back into his lexicon. "Political, corporate and media elite" Had been incorporated in his speeches for awhile. Hope he puts it back in.

      This morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe Mika and Joe opened up their conversation with Clinton with the New York Daily headline focused on Bernie, Sandy Hook, and guns. Not on Bernie's win in Wisconsin.

      Again allowed Clinton to skate on her horrific war record.

      Mika did ask Clinton about how she planned to try to win over the massive amounts of young people supporting Bernie if she won the nomination. At least Clinton has quit smirking.

      What many of these talking heads just do not get is that Bernie represents many values and a record that Clinton does not have. Just start with not accepting Super Pac money and go from there

  • Sanders is in Jewish tradition that rejected exceptionalist nationalism of Zionism
    • This is one of the sentences that does reflect stereotypes.

    • Bernie's no vote on 2002 Iraq war resolution was "yuge." Just because you continue to be unwilling to digest that one that is your choice.

      Then continue to Bernie's reasonable speech for Aipac . He is light years away from Clinton on this issue and "regime change" in the middle east

    • "Our egalitarian commitment was replaced by exceptionalism. Our agitation against war was undermined by ceaseless colonialism in Palestine. Jews have been instructed that the cluster bombs and night patrols blanketing the Holy Land are necessary to preserve our heritage. We have to wonder: Has the shift to militant nationalism robbed us of a Jewish heritage worth preserving? "

      Yowser.

      And MW has been a huge part of helping this ongoing shift of attitudes and awareness to grow.

      The "yuge" differences between Clinton's (die hard neocon) Aipac speech and Sanders Aipac speech (not read at Aipac) demonstrate the massive difference between Clinton's foreign policy leanings (actions in Iraq, Libya, Syria) and Sanders far more reasonable and sane foreign policy leanings

  • As NY primary approaches, Clinton and Sanders separate, somewhat, on Israel
    • Mika has been demonstrating some distance from hawking for Hillary. They have been putting a tiny spotlight on Bernie and his supporters. about 15 minutes on him the other morning. In the opening of the show. Shocking

    • Clearly I communicated questions about Obama's delivery and lack of important questions by the press. Thanks for your input

    • Listened to Obama's overview of the Nuclear security summit. Pakistan and India's nuclear weapons brought up. However once again Israel's massive (un-inspected by the international over sight bodies) nuclear and chemical weapons stockpiles were not brought up at all. Hmmmm

      Obama brought up the use of inflammatory nuclear language by candidates. We know he was talking about Trump. MSM host are doing the same. However no one talking about how candidate Clinton used "dangerous" and "inflammatory rhetoric" having to do with Iran's alleged nuclear weapon program. She said she would "totally obliterate" Iran. another HMMM.

      No one in the press brought up any of these facts up.

      Hell just awhile back even Obama brought up how complicit the MSM continues to be. Once again right there in the press conference having to do with the Nuclear security summit they all keep they all roll over so easily. Pathetic. Where was Matt Lee?

    • Yes put that up here at MW the day Sachs was on Morning Joe again. Not as frequent as he used to be. And they sure did not keep him on long this last time....they have to go cover Trump aud nauseum which they have been doing for months.

      I think I heard during that segment that Sachs is a foreign policy advisor for Sanders. Did I hear that?

      Wish Sanders would take on the Leverett's as advisors. Clinton and the rest of the neocons would flip out.

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