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  • Former Obama aide's thinktank calls for 1/4 of French Jews to move to Israel
    • PABELMONT- " the USA accepting Jews now (as we didn’t in 1940s)?"

      Mondoweiss' very own Tree has repeatedly commented on this. I take the liberty of copying and pasting one of her previous comments on this subject along with the link.

      TREE COMMENT: "This gets repeated endlessly but it is totally wrong. The US never restricted immigration solely on the basis of religion. In the 1920’s, well before Hitler came to power, and in fact while he was serving time in prison, the US passed laws restricting immigration based on country of origin, in an attempt to maintain the numerical prevalence of Western and Northern European stock over newer Southern and Eastern Europeans, and Asians. German immigration, although limited by quotas, was not banned, and in fact from the 1930’s to early 1940’s its estimated that 140,000 German Jews immigrated to the US, and the total German Jewish immigration to other countries was on the order of 450,000 or 70% of the total German Jewish population of 600,000.

      Jews were not restricted as Jews from immigrating to the US and they were the overwhelming majority of the immigrants arriving in the US from Germany during this time. Overall, from 1931-39, over 20% of all US immigrants were Jews, which was the highest Jewish percentage of any decade in US history. In 1939 alone, over 50% of ALL US immigrants were Jews.

      During this same period, approximately 40,000 to 50,000 German Jews arrived in Palestine. This was only 10% of the total German Jewish immigration. Not only that, but the Zionists in Palestine, who were in charge of determining who exactly was allowed in to Palestine under British quotas had a selection process that put greater weight on whether a particular Jew was a Zionist, in good health and capable of materially aiding the Zionist cause and economy over the need or vulnerability of that particular Jew. Thus, sometimes a Jew from the US or the Americas were given preference over a German or Eastern European Jew, and young adults were given preference over the elderly or young children.

      It should also be noted that during the time of the US immigration quotas, Ukrainians, who were dying in the millions from the forced starvation of the Holodomor, were almost completely cut off from any immigration to the US. Poles, who were as a nation suffering from the Soviet Union’s Great Terror were also nearly completely cut off from US immigration, as were other Eastern and Southern Europeans. The majority of the Europeans who were victimized by the massive curtailment of US immigration opportunities that occurred in the 1920’s and onward were religiously Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.

      It should also be noted that during this time any immigration to the US from Asian countries was COMPLETELY prohibited, and those Asians who had immigrated earlier were prohibited from becoming naturalized US citizens.

      I’m sick and tired of the lie that Jews were singled out for prohibition, and the lie that others were not as negatively impacted by the country restrictions as Eastern European Jews. The US restrictions doomed Ukrainian kulaks, Polish nationalists and others well before they doomed Eastern European Jews." (Tree)
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  • Tell your congressperson: Don't attend Netanyahu's speech
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Proposed: Iran’s nuclear bomb is my enemy."

      Logically, therefore, you would be in favor of a nuclear free Middle East, which Iran supports and US/Israel oppose.

      Yonah Fredman: “mea culpa is the only Yiddish Phil Weiss knows”.

      Somewhat clever phraseology, I found it amusing. I also liked “who do you love more charlie lindberg or gore vidal?” I don't know what it means, but it sounds funny, and that is the important thing.

  • On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
  • How a culture remembers its crimes is important: A review of 'American Sniper'
    • PHILADELPHIALAWYER- “I’m sure PTSD is real....”

      Some additional thoughts. If PTSD is real (and it is) for returning American troops, how should we describe the psychological damage done to the Iraqis who have no ability to eventually escape the ongoing horror of war? And now, the sectarian conflict (ISIS, etc) introduced by the US (the Salvadoran option) into Iraq? Or the complete destruction of the infrastructure of a once relatively modern country? And then, having destroyed their country, their hopes and their relative sanity, criticize them for not being more like us, for withdrawing into radical fundamentalism? The problems of the Muslim Middle East are, in no small measure, the consequence of Western actions, now primarily the US. Is there no end to the hypocrisy of empire?

    • CLOAK AND DAGGER- “This could be the biggest story of our lifetime.”

      Something which hasn't been adequately discussed is the role of Epstein's procurer Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of Robert Maxwell. Robert was a one time Mossad asset/agent. While it has been noted that Epstein was likely collecting material for possible blackmail, the emphasis has been on personal benefit. Methinks that the Mossad's fingerprints are all over this. Also, out of curiosity, I can't help wondering if Epstein/Maxwell ever utilized a Jewish juvenile, or where they always underage Shikses?

    • For those who are interested in seeing a documentary on what really happened in Iraq, I have linked to one about retired Colonel James Steele, a veteran of the Latin American "dirty wars" who was brought in to Iraq to launch the "Salvadoran option" which turned out to be the beginning of the Sunni/Shia internecine fighting. Hollywood is a big myth-making machine that will never be honest about the US empire. All empires are mass-murder machines.
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  • Living in Israel isn't the solution to antisemitism
    • LYSIAS- "...I am unaware that he wanted to pastoralize it."

      I based my comment on something I recall reading in one of Chomsky's books, however, I can't readily find it. What I did locate, however, was reference to Stalin's note of 1952 proposing a united and neutralized Germany. To what degree neutralization would have meant certain curtailments of industry, particularly the armaments industry, I don't know. It is also possible that I am confusing the Morgenthau call for pastoralization with Stalin's call for neutralization. In any event, the US at the time opposed a demilitarized and reunified Germany, a fact not well known. The key point is that post war Germany developed in accordance with US objectives.

      "The Stalin Note, also known as the March Note, was a document delivered to the representatives of the Western allied powers (the United Kingdom, France, and the United States) from the Soviet Occupation in Germany on March 10, 1952. Soviet leader Stalin put forth a proposal for a reunification and neutralization of Germany, with no conditions on economic policies and with guarantees for "the rights of man and basic freedoms, including freedom of speech, press, religious persuasion, political conviction, and assembly" and free activity of democratic parties and organizations."
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    • HOPHMI- "Maybe it was a mistake to allow Germany to exist after World War II."

      You should be aware that after World War II, Russia wanted to pastoralize Germany, however, the US wanted a rebuilt Germany as an anti-communist instrument advancing US geostrategy. To this end, the US utilized the services of Reinhard Gehlen, the Nazi general in charge of intelligence on the Eastern Front, for post war intelligence. He had been removed from the list of war criminals by the US, as had so many other useful Nazis. Eventually, he became the first head of the German BND (CIA). He also played a significant role in the training of the Mossad. None of the US use of former Nazis (Klaus Barbie, operation paper clip, etc) was opposed by either Israel or the Zionists. No surprise there. Israel uber alles?

    • "... 90% of his (Netanyahu's) election funding comes from American Jews, proving that a Jewish diaspora remains an essential support base for maintaining Israeli policies...."

      A couple of comments. First of all, most of Netanyahu's funding comes from American Jewish fat-cats, not some broadly based Jewish Diaspora. This is critically important because it indicates the great importance all Israeli politicians place upon pleasing the US Jewish power elite. In other words, the same elite that has significant influence over US politics has overwhelming influence over Israeli politics. This should be obvious to anyone who understands the nature of capitalism. It logically follows, therefore, that Israel's policies reflect the input of the American Jewish elite who, in turn, support and defend these policies. Israel is more-or-less what the American Jewish Zionists want it to be. As to why this is so, I have touched upon this in the past and don't feel like getting into it now.

  • Diaspora Jews are not in 'exile,' they are at home
    • "French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, “If 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure.”

      France is a Republic? Why wasn't I informed? Crazy me, I thought that the European Central Bank was calling the shots, headed by Goldman Sachs alumnus Mario Draghi. And, boy, are they headed for tough times! The US sanctions on Russia are hurting the EU at least as much, and that is intentional! When it all comes crashing down, the banksters will buy up real assets on pennies on the dollar. I previously mentioned a restructuring of the global financial system, didn't I?

  • The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby
    • What is not being said is the extent to which the social media have augmented the MSM as a significant means of manufacturing consent. Folks who comment on twitter as if it was a personal and private comment are in for a rude awakening. The elites have devoted tremendous resources toward controlling the content of the social media, including monitoring the tweets of high profile people. High profile people who contradict the party line do so at their own peril.

  • Virulent, violent verbal tactics reveal Dershowitz as a bully, says fellow Israel advocate
    • Below is a video it took me a while to find of Norman Finkelstein discussing Alan Dershowitz use of the big lie to defame people and how this is only possible with institutional support:
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    • An example of what I am talking about is provided by "Brewer's" link below to Forbes magazine discussing the legal ramifications of the case. Below a quote from the link.

      " Alan Dershowitz is a high profile emeritus member of the Harvard law faculty, an attorney for (in)famous criminal defendants, and a courageous public intellectual defending Israel against vile international anti-Semitism." (Michael Krauss, Forbes, 1/13/15)

      Alan Dershowitz is "...a courageous public intellectual defending Israel against vile international anti-Semitism?" Hard to believe. This is power talking.

    • Dershowitz couldn't do what Dershowitz does if he was not a member of the organized Zionist elite with full Zionist support and backing. Dershowitz represents power. As such, he may well be above the law just as he was immune to plagiarism charges.

  • To counter radical Islam, we must confront our own hypocrisy
    • BORNAJOO- "Do you think there is any hope that the BRICS, mainly Russia and China could burst the bubble?"

      Extremely difficult to predict, however, my general feeling is that their current efforts are too little and too late and much too halfhearted. Only Russia seems to recognize what is happening, with China clinging to the illusion that they can increase their influence WITHIN the imperial system. Russia needs China to survive, and China needs to assert itself by retaliating for US actions by dumping say $500 billion worth of their reserves of US Treasuries on the market with a threat to unload the rest. Uncle Sam is literally getting away with murder with no significant consequences to show for it. Of course, if the US doesn't cave, then these actions will likely collapse the global financial system along with the Chinese economy, the end result would likely be chaos with unpredictable consequences. The global economy is interdependent and fragile. The next one to two years will be extremely volatile and dangerous. Of course, there is always the slim possibility that the psychopaths who run the empire will come to their senses, but don't hold your breath.

    • Yet another article which obsesses about the symptoms while ignoring the disease. Most of this terrorism is in retaliation for the consequences of imperialism, neo-imperialism and neoliberal globalization. All of society is under attack by the 1%, increased conflict virtually inevitable. Solution? Stop neoliberal globalization, get control of the rogue financial system and demilitarize. Unfortunately, that is highly unlikely in our global oligarchy.

  • Avraham Burg's Israeli vision, and French passport
    • MARC ELLIS- "...the tightening international security noose that makes more likely a confederation in the Middle East that revolves around national security states than inclusive and expanding democracies."

      Spot on! Even now, Israel and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have organizational affiliations with NATO. The global 1% are solidifying control.

  • #JeSuisUnJuifBritannique
    • ZIUSUDRA- Speaking of Norman Finkelstein, below is a link to a video of Finkelstein discussing Alan Dershowitz use of the big lie to defame people:
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    • MOOSER- Linda Ronstadt? Why not Little Feat?

    • MAYHEM- "...helped me understand much better at a meta-level the virulent hate that Jews have faced throughout history."

      Wow! I guess that we Gentiles are pretty rotten human beings! No wonder you have such a "virulent hate" of Gentiles. Any ideas about why 99.9% of humanity turned out so bad? To me, the most amazing thing is how Jews became the most successful ethnic group in the US (the world?) IN SPITE OF all of this rabid anti-Semitism. Jeez, if you guys had a level playing field just think of the results! Talk about meritocracy! In view of these circumstances, I guess that Jews must be truly superior. There, I said it! I'll bet you have thought the same thing from time to time, haven't you? I mean, how could you be like us if we are so rotten? It only stands to reason that Jews have somehow escaped Gentile irrationality. On the other hand, You don't suppose that this book you read is yet more Jewish eternal victimhood mythology? And you a Zionist propagandist trying to incite a little anti-Semitism with your crude anti-Gentile smears?

    • MOOSER- "And who shall we compare ourselves, and the amount of social friction we endure to?"

      This ongoing labeling of Gentiles as Jew haters (anti-Semites) over relatively trivial matters is the issue. And the failure of organized Jewry to reflect upon Jewish anti-Gentile attitudes and how these compare to Gentile anti-Jewish attitudes, and the effect this Jewish anti-Gentile hostility has upon anti-Semitic attitudes is what Israel Shahak is talking about. Not that you and Hophmi care about such things. In view of the relative Jewish power and privilege, the notion that Jews disproportionately suffer negative discrimination is ludicrous. This ongoing measurement is Judeocentric and unwholesome. Perceived anti-Semitism is the mothers milk of Zionism, therefore, I completely understand Hophmi's motivation in engaging in anti-Gentile incitement. As for you, many of you Jewish anti-Zionists can best be described as tribal anti-Zionists. Your anti-Zionism has replaced Zionism as a tribal bond. And your knee-jerk umbrage to any criticism of Jews and/or Jewishness rather makes the point.

    • ROBERT COHEN- "I believe that Israel needs in Britain a strong, self-confident and independently minded Jewish community."

      Ah, a liberal Zionist!

      Robert Cohen: "If you look at the detail of the findings it starts to look a lot less scary than the spun headline that presents half the country as rabid anti-Semitics."

      Curiously, Robert seems relatively untroubled by the fact that Jews continue to label Gentiles as anti-Semites due to relatively mild opinions about Jews. I maintain that these ongoing baseless accusations are prima facie evidence of Jewish anti-Gentile chauvinism. Organized Jewry reeks of tribal myopia, they seem incapable of seeing beyond themselves. As Israel Shahak notes: "Therefore, the real test facing both Israeli and diaspora Jews is the test of their self-criticism which must include [a] detailed and honest confrontation of the Jewish attitude to non-Jews." (p103, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

      I see no evidence of any such introspection in this article nor in the actions of the Campaign Against Antisemitism. Interesting that Jews would take umbrage that 10% of Gentiles would be unhappy if a family member married a Jew, but probably defend the (I'm guessing) higher percentage of Jews who would be upset if a family member married a Gentile. Seriously.

  • Following Paris attacks the National Security State is passé, welcome to the International Security World
    • PABELMONT- "CC/GW is the only big game in town."

      I wouldn't be quite so casual about the prospects for nuclear war. Humanity has more than one option for making the Earth uninhabitable for most forms of life, including humans.

    • MARC ELLIS- "What is at stake here is the future which has already come into being."

      Interesting. Prophetic? To repeat a quote from yesterday, " That’s because prophecy, unlike prediction, has a timeless quality. Its reality is always imminent." (Christy Rodgers)

      As for your statement that "It seems that the conflagration and its aftermath in Paris is just another step beyond the National Security State to the International Security World." I would change "International Security World" to "National Security Empire." Furthermore, it must be remembered that the American global empire is not the same thing as the US nation-state. I fear that the nature of the American global empire is not well understood.

  • Cuba/Palestine -- How Obama can assure his legacy
    • MARC ELLIS- Welcome back! There was a review of "Blade Runner" the other day which made me think of you insofar as the author made reference to the prophetic in describing the film. You may find it interesting, so I provide a quote and a link.

      " That’s because prophecy, unlike prediction, has a timeless quality. Its reality is always imminent. It’s always a reflection of inner understandings more than specific external characteristics." (Christy Rodgers)
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  • It's not the cartoons-- a contrarian perspective from a Muslim cartoonist
    • BILAL A- "True or not, its a great business scam for the elite."

      Absolutely! Carbon trading is a big opportunity for financial gamesmanship and is not the answer to global warming. I provide a quote which you might find amusing.

      "Mommy, where do carbon offsets come from?"

      "Well, you see, honey, when a polluter and a consultant love money very, very much, they come together in a very special way to produce an extremely long piece of paper." (Gar Lipow)

    • PABELMONT- "...the THREAT from global warming/climate change is real, present, and unbelievably enormous."

      Yes it is! Would I be correct in assuming that you are Peter Belmont from Brooklyn who posted the "metaphor" article over at CounterPunch? For those interested, I provide a link:
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  • 'With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in France': Death threats follow publication of cartoon in Israeli newspaper
    • BORNAJOO- "Mooser’s description of “tribal unity” is a very good description."

      Mooser's reference to "tribal unity" was a tongue-in-cheek effort to ridicule the very notion of Jewish tribalism. He also ridicules the very notion, as expressed by MRW and Danaa link to , that many of the Jewish communities during the period of Classical Judaism engaged in voluntary segregation from the surrounding Gentile population. He apparently cannot grasp the notion that the Orthodox Jews are the direct religious decendents of the Classical Jews, and that their lifestyle reflects traditional Jewish life during the Classical period. Mooser can, at times, be hysterically funny, but he can also be quite hostile to even discussing Jewish organization and Jewish power. I think, perhaps, that you misinterpreted his comment

    • JLEWISDICKERSON- “Netanyahu, Lieberman, Bennett All Headed to Paris for Rally”

      This is part of the real story. The incredibly disproportionate response to this crime. Lordy, lordy, just sticking to post World War II, France was/is responsible for mountains of corpses in Algeria, Vietnam, Rwanda, etc., compared to which this crime pales in comparison. Yet, here we are. A prelude to serious warmongering and internal repression? Shock Doctrine anyone?

    • MOOSER- "That old tribal unity just ain’t what it used to be...."

      Sure it is. Groups emphasizing a strong internal cohesion always deal harshly with perceived "traitors." Groups with a weak tribal cohesion are much more tolerant of dissent.

  • Why I am not Charlie
    • DANAA- "BTW, some good pieces you put up on your blog, Keith. You should direct traffic there."

      Thanks for the kind words! So you are the reason that my page views for the last year doubled? (just kidding) Actually, I am not particularly interested in high readership. I write my little mini-essays to clarify my own thinking, as only writing can do. If folks want to read them, fine. If not, I'm not concerned. I suppose I could promote them by pointing out that, for some, they may function as a free sleep aid. As for the rest of your comment, I see that once again we are in agreement.

    • WALID- "Nobody wants to talk about the American SAM that ISIS used to bring down a Jordanian F16 last week."

      Take it a step further. How is it possible for this terrorist group to be so well equipped with American made weapons if the US didn't want them to be well equipped with American weapons?

    • "There is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it." (Scott Long)

      To see this as merely a one-off reaction to some cartoons is to miss the forest for the trees. This is being manipulated into the French 911, with the same implications and ramifications. Whether this is a case of blow-back or false flag or some combination of the two, make no mistake that the media frenzy surrounding this is a huge propaganda offensive to solidify the "clash of civilizations" meme being utilized to justify imperial warfare. Isn't that obvious? Below I provide a quote and a link from the Saker who adds needed perspective to this.

      "Second, there is absolutely zero doubt, none whatsoever, that the AngloZionist Empire is behind the "transnational Takfiri infection" of our planet. It all began during the Cold War and the "brilliant" Brzezinski/CIA plan to unleash the crazies against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. This is when the US literally financed, organized, trained, equipped and, most importantly, federated the Wahabi freaks for the first time. Since, we saw them in action in Chechina, Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, Iraq, and many other places and now we see them "in action" in Paris. Hollande, Sarko and his "unofficial Foreign Minister" Bernard Henri-Levi played a key role in unleashing these monsters against Libya and Syria just as the French "New (pseudo-) Philosophers" like Alain Finkelkraut played a key role in unleashing these monsters against Bosnia. So here is the key point I will stress in bold: the Takfiri maniacs who committed all the murders in France are NOT "children" of the "Islamic Umma" but of the French deep-state and the Anglo-Zionist Empire. They "own" these freaks, not Hassan Nasrallah or Ramzan Kadyrov!" (The Saker)
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  • A tale of two tests
    • WJONES- "As a form of drama, I think that the Breivik attack was on a greater scale because of the elements of the story involved."

      I think you missed my point about media presentation. Much of the "drama" you refer to is a consequence of the way the media presents the story. Some stories are presented in such a way as to humanize the victims and dramatize the events. Others dehumanize the victims and provide the details in a non-dramatic fashion. It is one thing to be touched by the lesser crime in a personal way, quite another to argue that the greater crime is intrinsically less tragic because of your lack of personal involvement, much of which is a consequence of media presentation. I can assure you that there is plenty of "drama" and "tragedy" in the stories of these victims of imperial mass murder. Empires are able to commit huge atrocities in no small measure due to the callousness and insensitivity of the imperial citizenry to the plight of the imperial victims whose massive death toll is somehow less tragic than the Charlie Hebdo murders.

    • WJONES- "The 120,000 deaths of Iraqis is by far the worst in terms of scale, but it lacks that combination of perverse elements."

      Perhaps it is because of the way these events were depicted in the media, however, I find your apparent lack of empathy for the huge number of predictable victims (much greater than 120,000) of imperial mass murder to be shockingly typical. Perhaps the friends and relatives of these "unworthy" victims see things differently. Hard to get all emotional about folks you don't identify with.

  • The moral hysteria of Je suis charlie
    • RITZL- "And more ominously, by those who orchestrate and exploit it."

      BINGO! And the amazing thing to me is how little comment there is on the obvious orchestration and massive scale of these demonstrations! And you better believe that the social media were employed to help create these "spontaneous" demonstrations. Talk about social engineering! I am one of the few Mondoweissers to argue that in spite of its many benefits the internet has permitted the dominant elites to increase social control considerably. That is the big story here, France in the grip of manufactured mob psychology. How better to divert Europe's attention from the consequences of neoliberalism than to create a "clash of civilizations" hysteria?

  • Don't let's go to the war of civilizations again
    • HOPHMI- "The Israelis bombed Gaza because of the rockets that were fired, in violation of international law, into Israeli civilian communities."

      Doesn't it bother you to so callously misrepresent reality? Israel continues its ongoing repression of the Palestinians, targeting Hamas in particular, until such time as Israeli actions escalate to the point of provoking one of Hamas ineffectual retaliatory rocket firings. The siege of Gaza is in violation of the initial cease fire agreement which Hamas observed and Israel violated at will, including ongoing assassinations. Yet, when Hamas retaliates, you make it sound like they started it. Shame on you! Anytime Israel wants to lift the siege of Gaza and begin treating Palestinians like human beings, they can have peace. But that isn't what they want. Israel is a warfare society that needs enemies and warfare to maintain domestic cohesion.

      Below are a couple of quotes and links to Noam Chomsky reviewing the reality of Israel's ongoing efforts to drive non-Jews from the biblical land of Israel.

      "One of Israel’s leading authorities on Hamas, Shlomi Eldar, reported almost at once that the killers very likely came from a dissident clan in Hebron that has long been a thorn in the side of Hamas. Eldar added that “I’m sure they didn’t get any green light from the leadership of Hamas, they just thought it was the right time to act.” The Israeli police have since been searching for two members of the clan, still claiming, without evidence, that they are “Hamas terrorists.”

      The 18-day rampage however did succeed in undermining the feared unity government, and sharply increasing Israeli repression. According to Israeli military sources, Israeli soldiers arrested 419 Palestinians, including 335 affiliated with Hamas, and killed six Palestinians, also searching thousands of locations and confiscating $350,000. Israel also conducted dozens of attacks in Gaza, killing 5 Hamas members on July 7.

      Hamas finally reacted with its first rockets in 19 months, Israeli officials reported, providing Israel with the pretext for Operation Protective Edge on July 8." (Noam Chomsky)
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      "This is, however, just the most recent of a series of ceasefire agreements reached after each of Israel’s periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza. Throughout this period, the terms of these agreements remain essentially the same. The regular pattern is for Israel, then, to disregard whatever agreement is in place, while Hamas observes it — as Israel has officially recognized — until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called “mowing the lawn” in Israeli parlance. The most recent was more accurately described as “removing the topsoil” by a senior U.S. military officer, appalled by the practices of the self-described “most moral army in the world.” (Noam Chomsky)
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    • DANAA- "Alas, at the moment I don't see anything good happening...."

      Look at the bright side! Has there ever been a better time for gallows humor?

    • PHIL- "What is the so-called clash of civilizations?"

      It is a reasonably effective rationalization for the bogus war on terror. Propaganda. A pretext for ongoing militarism. Are you feigning innocence or are you really that dense?

      Phil: "The attack was directly on speech...."

      The notion that this was an attack on "free speech" is a propaganda meme. It will hardly deter "free speech," which is a Western illusion in any event. US violations of free speech, whether domestic or overseas, are sufficiently numerous to require listing. To name just one, over at Znet, Noam Chomsky recalls the US attack on the Serb TV station where "At least 10 people were reported at once to have died in the explosion, with 20 missing, “presumably buried in the rubble.” link to The US claimed the TV station was a legitimate target, the attack justified. I could go on, but why bother? Those who want to see will, those that don't won't.

      No, the outrage is highly selective, an orchestrated propaganda assault by the propaganda machine known as the "free press." The empire is on a rampage and the public is being conditioned for intensified war and strife through the manufacture of threats and fear. Continuing to discuss this as a "free speech" issue is to miss the point entirely. Perhaps intentionally?

  • The 'bait & switch' politics of liberal Zionism
    • HOPHMI- “ this just a talking point for you?”

      Nope. Your comment could be interpreted as implying that Israel is a beacon of racial tolerance so I was interested in how you would reply. Actually, comparing the treatment of Ethiopian Jews in Israel to the treatment of blacks in Europe seems reasonable to me. No trickery intended.

    • HOPHMI- "...and tens of thousands of Black Ethiopian refugees as well."

      And how are they doing, by the way?

  • David Brooks says 'people from around the world' can serve in Israeli military
  • Our top ten viewed posts in 2014 -- and five most prolific commenters, too!
    • DANAA- "And by neocon I don’t mean something particularly jewish other than the intellectual underpinnings thereof."

      I will make a brief last comment. While certainly germane to the discussion, my preoccupation with the global political economy does not directly deal with what Mondoweiss chooses to emphasize, nor with the focus of our fellow Mondoweissers. Once again, I am in agreement with you. Our current policy of hyper militarism and blatant aggression had its formative champions in the reprehensible neocons. Alas, it now appears to be formal imperial policy. All potential rivals are under attack of one form or another.

      The one thing which I would add to your analysis is that the nature of the empire has changed. I think that the Saker (it was you who alerted me to the Vineyard) tends to view the empire from a nationalistic perspective (as does Pepe Escobar). A desperate, fading US empire. I tend to view the "American" empire as an American led transnational matrix of power configurations involving the major corporations and the global financial system. As such, while the US nation state may be in relative decline, the empire itself is more powerful than ever. It becomes a question of who gets to control this destructive beast. I am in the process of attempting to write about this to hopefully post on my blogspot. It is a difficult topic to discuss, even to formulate in my own mind. The writing helps. The empire isn't what it was 20 to 30 years ago, and probably not even conceivable 50 years ago.

      Enough of the doom and gloom. Happy New Year! For what it is worth, I always enjoy reading your comments. Don't forget that you are one of those commenters who we "don’t see much around any longer." Perhaps we will see more of Danaa in the new year?

    • DANAA- "With everyone being so very careful these days, can anyone blame me for missing those other more heady days – a mere two years ago?"

      Interesting observation. To a significant degree I agree, however, I am not so sure that it is a consequence of folks being "so very careful." For me, my interest has waned somewhat as a consequence of the shifting focus of empire along with the total imperial application of full spectrum dominance to achieve uncontested global hegemony during this final brief window of opportunity. The empire is engaged in open warfare, including economic and cyber warfare, against an unprecendented number of potential rivals, including Russia and China. Things appear to me to be headed for a climax in 2015 and/or 2016 which will result in a restructuring of the global political economy, perhaps nuclear war. Under these circumstances, I cannot get enthused about the happenings at Hillel.

  • 'Desperate' Senator Graham promises 'violent backlash' by Congress if Palestinians go to UN
    • KRAUSS- "We are dealing with a situation where the organized Jewish community has completely disengaged from the wider America and become a silo within a silo; a subset of the white power structure of America."

      Empire Jews.

  • Israel should pay 1.4 million Palestinians to leave Gaza, Moshe Feiglin says
    • CITIZEN- "Maybe seanmcbride sees this as asking for American Jews to step up to the plate of ethics and morality that their current disproportionate power in USA corresponds with?"

      I have a great deal of difficulty imagining any imperial elites, past or present, being particularly concerned with "ethics and morality," except perhaps as a useful tool in demonizing official enemies. Any honest examination of the extensive historical record will reveal imperial elites to be power-lusting sociopaths who engage in mass murder to achieve their imperial objectives. There is no such thing as a "good" empire, and I am continually distressed by the number of Mondoweiss commenters who apparently believe in American exceptionalism. Israel/Palestine is but one part of a larger picture of imperial warmongering and subjugation. Odious as the neocons and other Zionists are, there is ample precedent for their immoral and unethical behavior.

      I think it would be wise for all of us to reflect upon what an empire is and what it does.

  • Jordanian-Palestinian resolution to the UN Security Council gives US and Israel wiggle room
    • TOKYOBK- "The West does not support Israel out of Holocaust guilt but out of its perceived strategic interests."

      As important as perceived strategic interests are, let us not short change domestic considerations. American Jewish Zionists have a power seeking agenda in which Israel plays a key role not subject to easy or rapid change. However, in view of the current upheaval in the global political economy as empire seeks hegemony in a new world order, the geopolitical landscape could be quite different in one or two years. The impact on Israel? Hard to predict. We are entering uncharted territory where all bets are off.

  • Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Dems want US to side with Palestine than Israel
    • MOOSER- "Yup, “affirmative action” was all about the Jews. Wow!"

      Listen Jerk, that isn't what I said and I resent you implying that it was. Perhaps you have more in common with Hophmi than either of you would care to admit.

      Perhaps you are unaware that there used to be descrimination against Jews in housing, education and certain types of employment. If memory serves, Chomsky went to MIT because of anti-Semitism at Harvard.

      "The black-Jewish alliance has been a mariage of convenience....From the beginning, both groups had a deep interest in civil rights legislation. Blacks were denied rights, but so were Jews." (p316, "Jewish Power," J.J. Goldberg)

      "The apparent enthusiasm displayed by American rabbis or by the Jewish organizations in the USA during the 1950s and the 1960s in support of the Blacks in the South, was motivated only by consideration of Jewish self-interest...." (p103, Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

      “Individual Jews had been prominent among supporters of black civil rights throughout the century….In retrospect, the romantic image of these idealistic volunteers has obscured the very pragmatic nature of the black-Jewish alliance…..Like everything else in black-Jewish relations, pinpointing the moment when the alliance began to unravel depends on where you stand….’My belief is that it really began with the Bakke case in 1978,’ says former NAACP national chair William Gibson.”

      “The case involved Allan Bakke, a white Christian from Minnesota who was rejected by the medical school at the University of California at Davis in 1974. Bakke sued, charging that the school had admitted less qualified applicants under the university’s minority admissions program….”

      “When the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978, all of the major black civil rights organizations filed amicus briefs supporting the university’s affirmative action program. The Big Three Jewish defense agencies all filed briefs supporting Bakke. It was the first direct, public, head-on confrontation between the black and Jewish communities over a basic civil rights issue. The blacks lost.” (all quotes from JEWISH POWER: INSIDE THE AMERICAN JEWISH ESTABLISHMENT, by J.J. Goldberg)
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    • MOOSER- "“The (civil rights)movement attacked Jewish interests”?

      Come on, Moose, surely you are aware that once affirmative action had broken down the doors to Jewish advancement, the big Jewish civil rights groups did an about face and decided that affirmative action was now reverse discrimination. They are the ones that pushed these law suites against college affirmative action programs using white Gentiles the way they once used Black litigants. I got into this with Hophmi a several years back.

    • MEMO TO PHIL WEISS- You are a die hard Democrat and will likely never change no matter how bad they have become, or how much worse they are sure to be. So, how did Warren vote on that war mongering, anti-Russia resolution?

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a liberal Zionist
    • DANAA- "faith is strongest usually when least supported by fact. By definition (otherwise it would be called 'reason" not 'faith")."

      I agree. Furthermore, those with the strongest faith are the most resistant to fact based challenges to their faith. This is only logical. If we view religion as an ideology with a god-head, then it follows that group beliefs and mythology must deviate from empirical reality in order to create the "us" versus "them" ideological bonding. The greater the difference between group ideology and other group's ideologies, the greater the differentiation between the groups, and the greater the internal group cohesion. In this regard, there is a trade-off between internal group cohesion versus the ability of the group to realistically relate to the external environment, including other groups.

      As for the bible being a "universalist" document, obviously it isn't, and W. Jones is attempting to equate insistence on the superiority of Judaic monotheism (and perhaps, not even that. Israel Shahak discusses this is "Jewish History, Jewish Religion.") with universalism insofar as the non-Judaic world had the option of converting to Judaism. Insisting upon the primacy of one's group ideology is hardly "universalism", W. Jones religious beliefs are coloring his judgement. Furthermore, this discussion would be clearly ludicrous prior to the separation of church and state, back when religion justified the social order, and "heretics" were dealt with harshly.

    • HOPHMI- "Total nonsense written by the head of a tiny org that was always afraid to speak up, even when Jews were being slaughtered."

      The WZO was not a tiny organization and the reason they refrained from giving significant support to European Jews was that they thought that this would interfere with their Zionist goals of establishing a Jewish state. They did try to help their fellow Zionists, but only to the extent that they were good pioneer material, even preferring young American Jews over older, less suited Europeans who were left to suffer their fate. Tree has gone over this in detail in the past, however, you continue to display your characteristic misrepresentation of the historical reality.

    • DANAA- First of all, welcome back! Don't be such a stranger.

      As to your questions regarding liberalism and Zionism, I would suggest that a liberal Zionist is analogous to a liberal imperialist, that is, an American liberal. A liberal is someone who complains about and applies bandaids to systemic injustice while simultaneously supporting the system which inevitably produces these injustices. Liberals mainly represent a certain segment of the ruling elite. They are rhetorically progressive, but nowadays that is about it. The type of people who can talk about Just Wars and Humanitarian Interventions while keeping a straight face. Liberals would be aghast at the notion of fundamental systemic change.

      As for Zionists, I basically agree with Israel Shahak that Zionism is a retreat from the enlightenment back to Classical Judaism, albeit in a secular and distorted form. The primary goal is maintenance of the tribe for the power-seeking advantages that this provides. Israel is primarily of symbolic value as a tribal unifier.

  • We're all anti-American now
    • WALID- "...Putin made a fundamental mistake that others before him tried and ended up in big trouble. Saddam, Gadaffi, Chavez, the Iranians; it was moving away from the petro-dollar."

      Disentangling themselves from the global financial system is essential if Russia, China, Iran,etc, wish to function as independent states. Unfortunately, this may be too little, too late. I don't think that Putin and Russia alone can withstand the full spectrum of forces applied, his only hope being strong support from China which has yet to occur. Agreeing to a pipeline years in the future doesn't cut it. Unless China has the means and the will to dump $500 billion in US Treasuries onto the secondary market with the warning that another $500 billion will be forthcoming if Uncle Sam doesn't back off, I don't see the empire as changing course. I doubt that China is capable of such an act without destroying its own economy. In fact, China appears committed to empire and to enlarging its own role within the imperial architecture. Below, I supply a quote and a link to an interesting article by Andrew Gavin Marshall which discusses these changes to the global political economy. Finally, I think that the US has already achieved its primary goal of blocking potential Russia/EU economic and military cooperation. And yes, the petro-dollar is an essential component of global financial control.

      "First, we must properly address the nature of China’s rise in the world order. What we are witnessing is an historically unique situation. For the first time, the rise of a ‘new’ power is taking place not in the context of rising against the hegemonic powers of the time, but within the hegemonic order. In short, China’s rise has not been a rise against America, but rather a rise within the American world order." (Andrew Gavin Marshall, 2011)
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    • IRVI- "Relax, you have been apparently swallowing too much of those scare-mongers."

      Credit where credit is due, it takes real talent to be this misinformed, assuming that you are sincere. As for Putin, he is not the problem, our neocon inspired empire is the problem. Putin has done a masterful job so far in dealing with US/NATO aggression in view of his relatively weak position. Your comment did, however, provide me the opportunity to provide a link to an excellent analysis by Diana Johnstone.

      "For over a year, the United States has played out a scenario designed to (1) reassert U.S. control over Europe by blocking E.U. trade with Russia, (2) bankrupt Russia, and (3) get rid of Vladimir Putin and replace him with an American puppet, like the late drunk, Boris Yeltsin." (Diana Johnstone)
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    • IRVI- "...there are still other superpowers in the world, as China and Russia"

      Neither is a superpower. Both are under assault from the empire, particularly Russia. The US is engaging in reckless brinkmanship in the Ukraine which may result in the termination of the species. Our war mongering Congress is competing with the war monger in chief to see who can be more reckless. Things are coming to a head and the next two years are going to be extraordinarily dangerous.

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