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  • Netanyahu speech was 'very dark day for American democracy' -- Matthews
    • MOOSER- "Phil, I would timidly venture, is being somewhat ironic."

      Phil ironic? Egads, the possibility never occurred to me. Perhaps I should have actually read the article before commenting on Stephen's comment. You know, Moose, if I have to actually read these articles before commenting it could be quite time consuming!

    • STEPHEN SHENFIELD- "Why does a compassionate person even have to acknowledge that there exists such a thing as a Jewish "collective psyche"?

      You raise an interesting point. To the degree a "collective psyche" (loosely defined) exists, it is a product of group ideology. The "Holocaust Religion" and the cult of victimhood are mechanisms of establishing internal cohesion among Zionist Jews which received great emphasis after the Six Day War in 1967. Somewhat similar to jingoistic patriotism in the US and the cultivation of irrational fear following 911. And while the phenomenon may exist as a part of group think, I am not sure what "compassion" has to do with our understanding of the manufacture of group solidarity.

  • Factchecking Netanyahu: An annotated guide to the Israeli P.M.'s speech to Congress
    • MOOSER- "I’d give field commanders tactical nuclear weapons, and tell them they are only for the direst of emergencies."

      As far as I know, American field commanders have that prerogative. Russians too. Presidential authority to use nukes applies to STRATEGIC weapons only. Tactical nukes (no more than 100 kilotons) can be introduced by a three star general. Unless we eliminate all nuclear weapons it is only a matter of time until the big one. We have come extremely close several times already, however, Russian caution saved the day. Obama, anti-nuke talk notwithstanding, is planning on upgrading the US nuclear arsenal in yet another US violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which requires all of the existing nuclear powers to make good-faith efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons while the US does just the opposite. And the hypocrisy regarding Iran which is in compliance with the treaty and supports a nuclear weapons free Middle East which existing nuclear powers US and Israel oppose. I am afraid that the sorrows of empire may soon include nuclear annihilation.

  • Netanyahu's speech and the American Jewish condition
    • TOKYOBK- “I like much of Phil's article but it is an invitation to the Vdare, occidental observer , and stormfront readers....”

      Ben, you fascinate me. As I recall, Phil met you at some Jewish social club at Columbia(?).
      You have a PhD in history, specializing in Asian(?) history. A putative “scholar” (Phil's words). You seem to be trying for some sort of scholarly evaluation of Mondoweiss articles/comments, yet your peer group bias comes through loud and clear. If you adopt Phil's perspective, you will be ostracized from from this group which forms a core of your identity. One consequence is that rather than objectively discussing the issues, you resort to name calling. Until I began commenting on Mondoweiss, I had never heard of stormfront until some East Coast Ashkenazi anti-Zionist implied that it was my inspiration. I had never heard of Vdare or occidental observer before your comment. Doesn't it strike you as odd that websites which 99% of Gentiles have never heard of are so popular with Jews? Seeking out confirmation of victimhood, are you?

      Tokyobk: “Jews are vastly over-represented by US population in the Ivy's (about 24%)...(Asians are also "over-represented").

      Thanks for the info. We gentiles usually find out about this from Jews who keep close track of this sort of thing. Gentiles doing likewise would be labeled anti-Semites extolling tropes, etc. So, Jews who are 2% of the population account for 24% of the Ivy student body? That is a 12X ratio to population. Are Asians also over-represented 12 to 1? I doubt it. Who cares? Anyone who is interested in a just society rather than a caste system. One problem in most societies is the lack of social mobility resulting in a lack of diversity. Unless you believe that various groups are significantly different biologically (I don't), then the perpetuation of an underclass and an elite class represents socially dysfunctional environmental factors. Yet, you, the scholar, seem less interested in examining this phenomenon than in justifying it.

      Getting back to the labeling and name calling. Perhaps you might consider educating us anti-Zionists on your version of historical reality, rather than dismissing us as anti-Semitic fans of stormfront. Surely you can conceive that we are merely misinformed rather than rabid Jew haters as Hophmi maintains. And you don't want to lumped together with Hophmi, do you? Research should be right up your alley. In addition to Joan Peters and Alan Dershowitz, you should also consult Israel Shahak, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and others, along with your own, unbiased research. The results may prove interesting.

    • KATHLEEN- "There have been wealthy and privileged people who operate out of sense of equanimity."

      Perhaps at the micro level, however, I am aware of virtually no member of the power elite that opposes empire, and that includes the so called philanthropists who engage in private social engineering so long as it does not threaten their power and privilege. Most of the elites are power hungry and ruthless. They wouldn't have succeeded if they weren't. But you are correct that the current level of abuse of power is extreme.

    • HOPHMI- "Those who believed in it most strongly were not European elites, but Eastern European peasants...."

      What Eastern European peasants? The Jews as a group were city folk and tradesmen, not peasants. Many Eastern European Jews may have been poor as a consequence of there being too many Jewish tradesmen for the peasant society to support, but nonetheless they were above the mass of Gentile peasants. As for your continual carping about anti-Semitism from those who try to discuss political economy vis a vis Jewish kinship, you may wish to review the writings of the early Zionists who saw the "Jewish problem" as one of imbalance between the Jews and the surrounding Gentile communities. That was one justification for the creation of Israel, to enable Jews to become more evenly dispersed throughout society rather than dominating certain historical niches. You are probably aware of this, but being a Zionist ideologue choose to ignore it while tossing about labels. A big fan of Father Coughlin, are you?

    • HOPHMI- "And while there are certainly some people who think this way (and who could blame them given the last 150 years of history)...."

      Based upon your parenthetical comment, it is clear that you are one of those people who "think this way."

  • Oxfam says Gaza reconstruction will take a century to complete due to Israeli blockade
    • WALID- “Maybe it should be re-named the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.”

      Please, let us not ignore the elephant in the room. The blockade would not exist without US support, both US governmental support and US Jewish Zionist fat-cat support. If Netanyahu was, by some miracle, inclined to behave decently to the Palestinians and end the blockade, he could kiss 90% of his US Jewish support goodbye. American Jewish fat-cats have at least as much clout in Israel as they do in the US. Both are business-run societies.

    • MAYHEM- “And what about the Egyptian blockade?”

      Egypt, under el Sisi, is a US vassal state, as I am sure you are aware. Additionally, el Sisi is a loyal ally of Israel, something which you are probably also aware. The “Egyptian blockade” is part of the US/Israel blockade. As an aside, Israel has very good informal relations with all of the Gulf monarchies, including Saudi Arabia, and is a key player in keeping the Arab 99% powerless and subjugated by empire.

    • "Six months have passed since a ceasefire on 26 August 2014 ended over seven weeks of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinians, however the Israeli-imposed blockade continues, the political process, along with the economy, are paralyzed, and living conditions have worsened.....A return to hostilities is inevitable if progress is not made and the root causes of conflict are not addressed, said the agencies."

      Well,well. Surprise, surprise. Once again Israel blatantly ignores its obligations under the cease fire agreement. And when Hamas finally retaliates, there will be another slaughter which will be blamed on Hamas by these Zionists of no conscience or morals. Gideon Levy agrees:

      "The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There’s already a plan to evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.

      The commitment to negotiate lifting the blockade on Gaza – the only way to avoid the next war and the one after it – has also been broken. Nobody talks about it." (Gideon Levy)
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  • 'Large group' of indigenous Indians are cleared to immigrate to Israel and convert to Judaism
    • WALID- "Another indication of who are ISIS’ pals."

      I am glad that you keep reminding people of this. Someone simply cannot understand what is happening if they believe all of the lies and pretexts. A more realistic assessment of ISIS (ISIL, etc) is as follows:

      Is there anyone sentient who still believes that the “terrorists” are the enemies of the empire? Is there anyone who still doesn’t see that the “terrorists” are the equivalent of the einsatzgruppen of the Hitlerite SS?" (Luciana Bohne)
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  • Hate in the aftermath of Chapel Hill
    • WALID- "There was trouble with racism all last week in Seattle with the Hindu community."

      There was? Why wasn't I informed? I hadn't noticed anything in the Seattle Times which I just skim, so I went to the trusty web to see what this weeklong racism was all about. The only references I found involved some graffiti on a local Hindu Temple and school. On the school it had a swaztika with the words "Moslems get out." I don't know that I would attach too much significance to this. Graffiti happens.

  • White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks-- as Obama officials shun Netanyahu
    • JOEMOWREY- "Before we rejoice too much about this latest play on the part of the Obama administration...."

      Indeed, Joe, this may be yet again another "good cop, bad cop" performance. The notion that the Obama administration is not attempting to destabilize Iran is preposterous. Anytime the US wants to establish a nuclear weapons free Middle East, all it has to do is agree with the UN proposal which Iran supports, and then figure out how to get Israel to go along. Actually, the US has been in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for quite some time, upgrading its nuclear arsenal rather than eliminate nuclear weapons as the treaty requires and which human survival depends upon.

  • Dershowitz's comments are 'shockingly vicious and sexist,' says Harvard Law Record article
    • OLDGEEZER- "Regardless of the validity of the accusations dersh seems intent on destroying his own reputation as quickly as he can."

      Don't hold your breath. Dershowitz has been telling outrageous lies for most of his career and it hasn't hurt him a bit. He went so far on his Harvard website as to call Norman Finkelstein's mother a Kapo. I have included a link to Finkelstein discussing Dershowitz and his lies.
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  • One-state 'fantasy is very dangerous' because it cannot tell us what the military looks like -- Manekin
    • LARRYDERFNER- "Mooser, you are a goddamn fucking idiot, and you should get run over by a bus."

      Larry, apparently you are unaware of the paucity of bus service on the Kitsap peninsula. Would you be willing to settle for a bicycle instead?

  • Closed-door debate on divestment by U of Toledo student gov't to include officials from Jewish Federation
    • PABELMONT- "What does prevail is the exercise of power and money-is-power...."

      The truly unique feature of capitalism is its ability to monetize power. The ramifications of this are significant.

  • Warriors for 'the ultimate truth' gather in New York
    • JEFF B- "Every sink in a restaurant has a cup for doing the netilat yadayim blessing. The bus schedule on Saturday is organized around when the 3rd star appears in the sky. For a women where ever you are on shabbat there will be candles to light. Well over 1/2 the restaurants are kosher. I have to carry a kippah at all times, in America twice a year needing one would be pushing it. etc…"

      Are you engaging in self-parody? If this be true, then I imagine that the "Jewish" Zionist Atheist founders of Israel must be rolling over in their graves! Except, of course, for those who were cremated, their ashes spread by the winds across the entire Middle East. The original Jews sans frontiers! (I put that in for Mooser)

  • French immigrants are recruited to West Bank settlements
    • "The West Bank settlement council of Samaria is targeting potential Jewish immigrants from France, encouraging them to move to five specially selected settlements in the northern West Bank."

      Welcome to New Algeria! There is a bit of history regarding French Jews and Algeria that we all should be aware of. Uri Avnery explains:

      "When the Algerian war of liberation broke out in 1954, the Jews there had to choose sides. Almost all decided to support the colonial power, France, against the Algerian people.

      That had a historical background. In 1870, the French minister of justice, Adolphe Cremieux, who happened to be a Jew, conferred French citizenship on all Algerian Jews, separating them from their Muslim neighbors.

      The Algerian Liberation Front (FLN) tried very hard to draw the local Jews to their side. I know because I was somewhat involved. Their underground organization in France asked me to set up an Israeli support group, in order to convince our Algerian co-religionists. I founded the “Israeli Committee For A Free Algeria” and published material which was used by the FLN in their effort to win over the Jews.

      In vain. The local Jews, proud of their French citizenship, staunchly supported the colonists. In the end, the Jews were prominent in the OAS, the extreme French underground which conducted a bloody struggle against the freedom fighters. The result was that practically all the Jews fled Algeria together with the French when the day of reckoning arrived. They did not go to Israel. Almost all of them went to France. (Unlike the Moroccan and Tunisian Jews, many of whom came to Israel. Generally, the poorer and less educated chose Israel, while the French-educated elite went to France and Canada.)

      What we see now is the continuation of this war between Algerian Muslims and Jews on French soil. All the four “French” Jews killed in the attack had North African names and were buried in Israel.

      Not without trouble. The Israeli government put great pressure on the four families to bury their sons here. They wanted to bury them in France, near their homes. After a lot of haggling about the price of the graves, the families finally agreed." (Uri Avnery)
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  • 'American Sniper' is an antiwar movie
    • DONALD- "Maybe Phil should close the blog down and ask Clint to do a movie about the experiences of an Israeli sniper in the Gaza War."


    • PHIL- "...Kyle’s murder seems a foregone conclusion. He lost his soul in Iraq."

      Wow! Israeli storm troopers shoot and cry, whereas, imperial storm troopers stoically lose their soul. And the trauma! How can these Arabs be so cruel to force our sons and daughters to kill them by resisting our invasion? And that is the important thing isn't it, how this whole empire business affects our troops! No use trying to depict how the destruction of Iraq affected the Iraqis, what with the clash of civilizations and all.

      Phil- "American Sniper is a powerful antiwar movie."

      Are you joking? Hollywood has traditionally been a strong glorifier of war and militarism, creating the mythology which enables empire. Only rarely does it deviate such as the LATTER stages of Viet Nam AFTER the business community decided to terminate that particular imperial adventure. Currently, empire is on a rampage fully supported by Hollywood's glorification of militarism. There is very little chance of a truly anti-war movie at this point in time. I continue to maintain that Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment media, including video games, play a bigger role in manufacturing consent than even the news media.

  • The client state and the U.S. arms industry
    • JIMMY JOHNSON- "The stipulations that come with U.S. funding and the relations between the U.S. weapons industry and Israel demonstrate Israel’s client state relationship with the U.S."

      First of all, I am very pleased to see this article on Mondoweiss which provides some information which most Mondoweissers are unfamiliar with. Having said that, I personally disagree that Israel is a US client state. Due both to the Israel lobby broadly defined, and to the power of significant numbers of Israel friendly Jews among the imperial elite, the relationship is both complex and somewhat unique. There appears to me to be a sort of perverse synergistic entanglement, with an ongoing jockeying for power and influence between the US, Israel and American Zionist Jews. I discuss this in "Perverse Triangle" on my blogspot and am not going to go into it here. The two areas I would highlight, however, are the significant integration of Israel into empire and the immense influence which US Jewish Zionists have over Israeli policy. Unfortunately, this influence is mostly negative. A couple of quotes and links from Avnery and Chomsky follow.

      "The US military and intelligence regard Israel as a major base. In fact, one of the more interesting WikiLeaks exposures listed the Pentagon ranking of strategic centers around the world which were of such significance that we have to protect them no matter what, a small number. One of them was a couple of miles outside Haifa, Rafael military industries, a major military installation.

      That’s where a lot of the drone technology was developed and much else. That’s a strategic US interest of such significance that it ranks among the highest in the world. Rafael understands that, to the extent that they actually moved their management headquarters to Washington, where the money is. That’s indicative of the kind of relationship there is.

      And it goes way beyond that. US investors are in love with Israel. Warren Buffet just bought some Israeli enterprise for, I think, a couple billion dollars and announced that outside the US, Israel is the best place for US investment. And major firms, like Intel and others, are investing heavily in Israel, and continue to." (Noam Chomsky)
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      "The real ruler of Israel is one Sheldon Adelson, 81, American Jew, Casino king, who was rated as the world’s tenth richest person, worth 37.2 billion dollars at the latest count. But who is counting?

      "Both Adelsons are fanatical supporters of Israel. Not just any Israel, but a rightist, supremacist, arrogant, violent, expansionist, annexationist, non-compromising, colonialist Israel." (Uri Avnery)
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  • 700 UK artists pledging not to go to Israel include Soueif, Ali, Waters, Eno, Leigh, Churchill
    • MAXIMUS- "Freedland is even more despicable than I previously believed, and that’s saying something.

      Perhaps I can lower your opinion even further? I have provided a link to a Znet article by Jonathan Cook about how arch Zionist Freeland set up George Galloway for abuse on one of his BBC Question Time shows. With friends like the Guardian, who needs enemies?

      Link to Galloway/Guardian/Freeland dispute:
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  • Three Muslim-Americans murdered in North Carolina by gunman (Updated)
    • WALID- "...the scenario is being set up with the help of the press, as usual, for a major hit on Syria under the pretext of going all out to eliminate the ISIS that has been initially nurtured by the West."

      I fear that you are probably correct. The empire is in full attack mode as we approach the culmination of neoliberal globalization. Both military (Syria and Ukraine) and financial/economic (Russia, Venezuela, China and Africa). Things seem to be going from bad to worse.

  • Stanford petition misrepresents resolution to divest from occupation
    • JEFFB- "The Gazans initiated the Israeli / Gaza war."

      No they didn't. As has been the case from the beginning, Israel both ignores its obligations under previous cease fire agreements, then engages in provocations until Hamas finally retaliates. In the most recent case, Israel, using the killed teens as a pretext, engaged in a massive assault on Hamas, including killings. Noam Chomsky describes what happened:

      "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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      I have posted this information before in response to Hophmi's ongoing propaganda. Of course, you and he will continue to resurrect the big lie whenever you can. The situation in Gaza is clear: Israel is a brutal occupier and you and Hophmi support Israel's mass murder, which you attempt to justify by lying.

  • Israel: Schabas resignation cannot ‘whitewash’ bias in UN war crimes inquiry
    • JEFFB- "Well if you are going to start arguing that you know their real thoughts based on the psychic friends network and not based on their public or private writings and speeches then their isn’t much I can say."

      I am not a psychic who can determine what their "real thoughts" were, nor do I place much credence on their public statements, nor on selected snippets of their private writings. The facts on the ground speak for themselves. This, along with elementary logic, tells me that there was a rather obvious intent to expel the indigenous Arabs to create a Jewish state. When Herzl, in selling his idea to Western imperial powers including anti-Semites, described the future Israel as a villa in the jungle, it takes a rather warped mind to suggest that he proposed to share this Western oriented villa with the natives. Deny all you want, provide selected quotes all you want, but the fact remains that the facts on the ground are only consistent with expulsion and colonization.

    • JEFFB- “Zionism never did and does not call for “colonization” of any land (in a sense of expelling other people from it)."

      The early Zionist leaders most certainly did have plans for colonization which they lied about in their public statements. How would it be possible to have a Jewish state without expelling Arabs? Are you seriously suggesting that it was some sort of accident? Jabotinsky was at least honest about it.

  • A cosmopolitan's regrets: Roger Cohen on the Jewish condition
    • CHU- "...but then you call Sean an anti-Semite."

      No I didn't and you are incredibly dishonest for saying that I did. I get that you don't like me, but I would appreciate it if you would stop lying about me. I noticed that you tried to sneak in your BS comment long after the thread was dead and I am lucky that I caught it. Apparently, I am going to have to keep track of your comments to see what other BS you might have in store for me. To review: the original comment which Bruce quoted referred to Zionists and Zionism, not to Jews and was NOT anti-Semitic as your dishonestly claim. My comment to Sean did not call him an anti-Semite as you falsely claim.

    • CHU- "Keith taking SeanMcBride to the woodshed! Funny Keith, i remember years ago how David Green(?) found some screed you wrote against the Jews on your blog and posted it here. Then you were doing damage control."

      Your memory is faulty. Not an unusual circumstance when it involves me. Curiously, however, the example you misrepresent makes my point quite well. Let us begin by noting that when I first began commenting on Mondoweiss, I had a little blogspot which, as far as I knew, had few if any readers. In a moment of outrage and frustration I posted a 3 paragraph polemic titled "ZIONazis." It was a vitriolic condemnation of Zionism and the potential consequences thereof. Since the language was incendiary, it would have been totally inappropriate to publish it on Mondoweiss and I would have been irresponsible to do so. But it made me feel good to write it so I did then forgot about it.

      When I began commenting on Mondoweiss, I noticed that my screen name appeared as blue, but was unaware that it was a hyperlink to my blogspot. It never occurred to me that someone could easily access my writings looking for dirt. Well that is what Bruce Wolman did. He copied and pasted my three paragraphs on Mondoweiss without my permission, an act of incredible moral and intellectual dishonesty. The actual facts contained in those three paragraphs are beyond dispute, however, the language is inappropriate for Mondoweiss and I never intended to post it here. I have included the link to Bruce's posting on his commenter profile for those interested. You might want to refresh your memory, Chu, as my comments were directed against Zionists and Zionism, not "Jews" as you disengenuosly state. Those interested may also wish to peruse Bruce Wolman's Mondoweiss comments to get a feel for who I was dealing with.
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      Chu- "Keith taking SeanMcBride to the woodshed!"

      That is not how I would characterize it. I don't think that Sean was aware of how that one aspect of his comment could be interpreted and/or misrepresented by those who gain from doing so. A big part of what Debbie Schlussel does is to try to piss off gentiles in order to create the semblance of low level anti-Semitism. I don't think it wise to give too much publicity to these provocateurs.

    • JEFF KLEIN- "Cohen’s latest column on Ukraine is full of militant bluster, historical ignorance and vacuous sloganeering that did not escape the notice of many commenters:"

      It is this awesome hypocrisy which truly offends. Jerks like Cohen can decry the anti-Semitism of the Nazis while simultaneously providing encouragement and support for the Ukrainian neo-Nazis who are proxies for empire. The audacity to support neo-Nazis then decry the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe! Of course, it fits a historical pattern doesn't it? The collaboration of the Zionists with the Nazis during World War II is the dirty little secret that dares not speak its name. The Zionists need to read "Zionism in the Age of Dictators" by Lenni Brenner.

    • SEAN MCBRIDE- "Top comment: “Words fail me here. There is no amount of snark or belittlement that would do justice in this situation. Sometimes I think I these people are an entirely different species from the rest of humanity. . .”

      Why, Sean, Why? Hophmi shoots himself in the foot with yet another of his wild anti-Semite allegations and you come along to rescue him? Because, my friend, although the reference to who "these people" are is unclear, the comment can obviously be interpreted as anti-Semitic. Not only that, but regardless of who "these people" refers to, it is flat out wrong. Hate mongering and mass murder are a large part of human history, and pretending that this type of behavior is abnormal is a distortion of reality. In fact, at the beginning of World War II, an American general said much the same thing about the Japanese. The question is what can be done to control elite power-seeking and consequent mass murder. Debbie Schlussel is but a symptom of a larger problem.

    • HOPHMI- "Did some Jew turn you down for a job, Keith?"

      Nope. In fact, my personal relations with Jews has been very positive. In trying to reconcile my personal experience with the blatant anti-Gentile chauvinism which I encountered on Mondoweiss, I concluded that you East Coast Ashkenazi are markedly different from the Jews that I have personally encountered. Take you, for example. I suspect that your first spoken word was "anti-Semite." It appears to be your explanation for everything.

      Hophmi- "Um, no, Keith. I don’t believe Cohen (or anyone else here) has said that. You said that, because, well, you’re an antisemite...."

      Reading comprehension is obviously not your forte, a serious handicap for a lawyer. I led off with a quote which says exactly that. It is a slightly different way of saying eternal and irrational Jew hatred, is it not? And how about you calling me an anti-Semite? Would you not describe an anti-Semite as an enemy of the Jews? In calling me an anti-Semite you are saying that in your opinion I am your enemy. And since you conceive of anti-Semitism as irrational, then clearly in your and Roger Cohen's view it is an unavoidable fact of nature. It is part of your Zionist ideology.

      HOPHMI- "...that Jews historically have been unable to rely on their Gentile brethren for communal safety and protection...."

      With the possible exception of the Holocaust, I have no reason to believe that Jews have been any less safe than other ethnic groups. For most of its history, Europe was an extremely violent place, mass murder the norm. In fact, historically, the Jews have been more privileged than the overwhelming majority of Gentiles. Yet, the only concern you ever express is about the fate of the Jews. You never put the situation of the Jews in perspective relative to the times and to the nature of Classical Judaism and its relationship to the surrounding Gentile communities. You don't engage in discussion or analysis, you simply spew forth hateful Zionist propaganda. Who is your idol, Alan Dershowitz?

      HOPHMI- "...Gentiles have managed to maintain an entire continent of states that are more homogeneous Christian than Israel is Jewish."

      What does your comment have to do with what I said? Your argument here is incoherent and irrational. Anyone who describes the US as a homogeneous society is seriously out of touch with reality. This, perhaps, is an inevitable consequence of lumping all non-Jews together as Gentiles and then acting as if "Gentiles" represents one humongous tribe of anti-Semites. Rather than engage in a rational discussion of Zionist fixation on anti-Semitism, you revert to your typical name calling mode. Since PERCEIVED anti-Semitism is the mothers milk of Zionism, your actions are logical in an unprincipled, hateful sort of way.

      HOPHMI- "Did some Jew turn you down for a job, Keith? Is that what this antisemitic lunatic raving is all about? Did you miss out on something a Jewish colleague got, and did it fill you with anger and resentment?"

      Your whole comment to me is nothing but you, once again, accusing someone (me, in this instance) of anti-Semitism for questioning Judeo-Zionist ideology. You attempt to give your outrageous assertions the semblance of substance by concocting ludicrous scenarios which you project onto me. You are one sick puppy. I leave you with the final two sentences from my initial comment. I grow weary of all of this East Coast elite whining about how tough they have it. This jerk (Cohen) is part of the doctrinal system which justifies empire and all of the suffering and injustice which results.

    • ROGER COHEN- "The Jewish experience over millennia demonstrates that no amount of scholarly questing, of religious devotion, of determined emancipation, or of proud patriotism and service could provide security. People and entire nations might turn on you…"

      Roger Cohen elevates Judeocentric obsession to a perverse level. He seems blind to the history, lives and fate of Gentiles except insofar as it relates to Jews and Jewish well-being. In this regard, I can only assume that his frame of reference is Jewish myth-history. If a Jew feels that Gentiles are his natural enemy, is it any wonder that Gentiles will come to reciprocate? Anti-Semitism the natural consequence of Jewish kinship and anti-Gentile solidarity? Once again, perhaps I should more specifically refer to East Coast Ashkenazi power-seeking ideology and justification? Finally, I grow weary of all of this East Coast elite whining about how tough they have it. This jerk is part of the doctrinal system which justifies empire and all of the suffering and injustice which results.

  • In historic vote, UC Student Association endorses call for divestment in support of Palestinian rights
    • JON S- Swastikas painted on a Jewish fraternity house following a divestment vote. How convenient. Photos in the local papers and in Haaretz. How predictable. Cui bono?

  • Ros-Lehtinen removes pro-Palestinian activists from Congressional hearing on punishing PA for joining ICC
    • ROHA- "They do seem to follow the strategy of the Protocols...."

      I read the Protocols out of curiosity, but was unable to discern any real action plan. Simply stating that the goal is to control the media and the banks and other powerful organizations is tantamount to wishful thinking. How any of this would have been remotely possible in Czarist Russia is brushed aside. I was somewhat shocked by how crude it was, as well as repetitious and boring. The author(s) seemed to have little understanding of real world political economy. Anyone reading this in the hope of helpful advice on how to make money will be disappointed. That the Protocols represent some sort of secret action plan for young Jews is laughable.

  • Chair of Democratic National Committee opposes Jewish intermarriage and MSNBC showing Gaza carnage
    • MOOSER- "We broke up, but I never needed pain pills from the dentist again, since she taught me to transcend dental medication!"

      Pay no attention to oldgeezer, I liked it!

      Mooser- "If a joke gets conceived, it gets delivered!"

      Have you considered using condiments?

    • HOPMHI- "There is no documentation supporting the reverse, ie, Jews targeting Muslims."

      Are you serious? what do you think that the whole "Clash of Civilizations" meme is about? The entire Judeo-Christian imperial juggernaut has declared war on Islam for geostrategic reasons. The empire, of which you are a part, has slaughtered literally millions of defenseless Muslims, either directly or by proxy or by sanctions. And our doctrinal system vilifies Islam constantly. And you feign surprise at the resulting blowback?

    • HOPHMI- "Fischer’s entire resume as one of the world’s most distinguished economists...."

      And who better to make that assessment than you? No favoritism here folks, just your standard meritocracy. Why any unbiased look at all of the Zionist Jews in positions of power and finance can only conclude that Zionist Askenazi are the most meritricious group in all of history. What other explanation could there be? Jeez, they even had to entice this wunderkind back from Israel and their central bank.

      Hophmi- "This is another example of how this site trades in neo-Nazi memes."

      Neo-Nazi? Have Victoria Nuland and Bernard-Henri Levy come out in support of Phil? Why wasn't I informed?

    • HOPHMI- "When she says assimilation is a problem, she's not arguing that Jews shouldn't speak English, go to Ivy League schools, eat hot dogs and hamburgers (and kale) and drive SUV's."

      There is a huge difference between integration and assimilation. Undoubtedly Wasserman-Schultz wants American Jews well integrated in society, however, she rather obviously opposes assimilation insofar as it impinges upon Jewish kinship and solidarity. This is all about Jewish elite power-seeking, as I am sure you are aware but steadfastly deny. Perhaps, for accuracy sake, I should refer to East Coast Ashkenazi elite power-seeking.

      Hophmi- "She's talking about Jews who have no engagement with Judaism at all...."

      Yeah, sure, just like the early atheist founders of the "Jewish" state. They could have cared less about the Judaic religion, it was assimilation, in the true sense of the term, which they feared as an existential threat to the tribe. Jews practicing Judaism but not antagonistic to non-Jews? Unacceptable to Herzl, Ben-Gurion, Wasserman-Schultz and you.

    • HOPHMI- "In 1999, NYPD killed an orthodox guy who was wielding a hammer, but whom most agree posed no serious threat to police."

      So the short answer to my question is "none." But look at how much effort you go to spin this to conform with your "Jews are victims" hasbara. Sixteen years ago an Orthodox Jew yielding a hammer and refusing to drop it after lengthy appeals, strikes a police officer 4 times on the arm with the hammer and is then shot. Which is not to say that the shooting was justified. I agree that they probably should have been able to disarm him without shooting him. However, the fact remains that one hammer yielding victim in 16 years looks pretty tame compared to what happens to other groups.

      Hophmi- "My point was that racism has to do with skin color, and not head coverings. I do not believe that a yarmulke would make a difference to people who are acculturated to seeing black people differently than people of other races."

      Oh really? Nothing but racism operating here? Okay, substitute "wearing a suite and carrying a briefcase" for yarmulke. Same answer? No effect? Don't tell me that you are unaware that a primary function of the police is to keep the underclass in line. Racism is a factor, however, cops are aware of who has power and who doesn't, and are much more reluctant to use force, particularly lethal force, if they have reason to believe that it could come back to haunt them. And if a couple of Jews were gunned down while reaching for their wallets, you better believe that someone would pay a price. Not that they shouldn't mind you, but I think it is arguable that wearing a yarmulke (the symbol of a powerful group) just might afford poor blacks some protection. At least until Abe Foxman sued them for impersonating a Jew.

    • HOPHMI- "None."

      None? In the last ten years, how many unarmed Jews wearing yarmulkas have been shot to death by police? I'll bet that seeing a yarmulka would cause a cop to hesitate before pulling the trigger because he would realize the potential for serious consequences. The notion that we are all equal before the law is BS, and you as a lawyer should be aware of that.

    • STEPHEN SHENFIELD- "The Zionists WANT to be “hated for what they are.”

      You got that right! Perceived anti-Semitism is the mother's milk of Zionism.

    • KRAUSS- "This is why its safer for Jews in Poland to wear a yarmulke than it is for one in Paris or in London."

      I can't help but wonder how many unarmed US Blacks who were shot to death by the police would be alive today if they were wearing a yarmulke?

  • The New England Patriots and Israel
    • HERB GLATTER- "Your blind Jew hatred...."

      Whoa, partner. Don't you think that you are overstating the case a bit? What do you call this latest pogrom? Kristallnachos?

  • Lawrence Summers says BDS movement is 'persecuting' Israel
    • LYSIAS- "...the U.S. government should use “cognitive infiltration” to combat such theories...."

      Jeez, I'm glad that you brought this up. Many folks wrongly think that the internet and social media represent some bright new day of citizen information sharing and empowerment. Not me. I firmly believe that the internet and social media have become yet another valuable tool of the power elite to manufacture consent. Now the message can be tailored to specific target audiences, along with supporting commenters.

  • Since when is the Southern Poverty Law Center a pro-Israel organization?
    • PHIL- "As for the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is a leading organization in the U.S. civil rights movement, founded in Montgomery, Alabama, 44 years ago."

      At one time the SPLC was arguably an effective civil rights organization. It would appear that this is no longer true. Like many progressive organizations which start out pure at heart, the SPLC nowadays seems more concerned with fund raising than civil rights. As such, it naturally follows that it is a friend to Israel. To appear otherwise would be to jeopardize its funding. A couple of quotes and links follow.

      "... during its earlier years when its co-founder, Atlanta civil rights activist Julian Bond, was still involved, the SPLC achieved an admirable record in helping bring to justice those accused of racially based murders, lynchings, and beatings.

      Forty years later the SPLC has evolved into the cash cow of the civil rights movement and behaves as though it were the left-wing equivalent of the John Birch Society, a right-wing, 1950’s anticommunist group which was certain that behind every bush was a card-carrying communist. Today anyone with whom the SPLC happens to disagree is assumed to be either a racist or guilty of a hate crime." (Thomas Naylor)
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      "As of October 2008 the net assets of the SPLC were $170,240,129, The merchant of hate himself, Mr. Dees, was paid an annual $273,132 as chief trial counsel, and the SPLC’s president and CEO, Richard Cohen, $290,193. Total revenue in 2007 was $44,727,257 and program expenses $20,804,536. In other words, the Southern Poverty Law Center was raising twice as much as it was spending on its proclaimed mission. Fund-raising and administrative expenses accounted for $9 million, leaving $14 million to be put in the center’s vast asset portfolio." (Alexander Cockburn)
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  • Netanyahu speech could allow Obama to 'take on the Jewish lobby' as he took on Cuba lobby -- Indyk
    • PHIL- "This is the wisest analysis I’ve seen about the fiasco."

      Gag me with a spoon! This whole Netanyahu business is nothing but political theater and a distraction from actual policy and actions.

  • Auschwitz revisited
    • AMERICAN- Well said and spot on.

    • "If anything, today’s school children are in danger of thinking that Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin went to war against Hitler because of what was happening to the Jews."

      Indeed, Holocaust "education" is a mandatory part of the high school curriculum in several European countries. Needless to say, the curriculum dwells upon the Nazi holocaust rather than the many "holocausts" caused by European imperialism, some of which, such as the mass-murder in the East Congo, continue with Western support. I sometimes wonder what the results would be of an honest survey of high school students concerning casualties in World War II. I am sure that many would be aware of the 6 million Jewish deaths, but how many would know about the over 20 million Soviet deaths or the 60 million total deaths? Those with the power tell the story.

  • 'NYT' perpetuates myth Israel was 'fighting for its very survival' during 1967 war
    • JUST- “This is the essence of so much…now the false narrative is FINALLY being dispelled.”

      Don't hold your breath. Useful lies never go away. I can almost guarantee that down the road Hophmi will resurrect this little piece of propaganda. And if he doesn't, someone else will. Poor Tree has had to correct the record numerous times. She probably feels like Sysyphus.

    • HOPHMI- “This old chestnut is from a Begin speech to Israel’s war college. It is dishonest to quote this line to support the view that Israel did not face an existential threat in 1967....”

      Not as dishonest as you singling out the Begin quote while ignoring the Peled quote. What does he say?

      “I am convinced that our General Staff never told the government [of Levi Eshkol] that there was any substance to the Egyptian military threat to Israel, or that we were not capable of crushing Nasser’s army which had exposed itself, with unprecedented foolishness, to the devastating strikes of our forces…. While we proceeded towards the full mobilization of our forces, no person in his right mind could believe that all this force was necessary for our ‘defense’ against the Egyptian threat….To pretend that the Egyptian forces concentrated on our borders were capable of threatening Israel’s existence not only insults the intelligence of any person capable of analyzing this kind of situation, but is primarily an insult to Zahal [the Israeli Army].”

      He says that there was no existential threat to Israel and that Israel knew it could crush Nasser's army right from the get-go. American intelligence concurred that it would be a totally one-sided war, regardless of who attacked first. Compared to the surrounding Arab states, Israel was overwhelmingly powerful militarily. Yet you dishonestly (what else is new?) try to justify this instance of Israeli aggression. I might add, that Israel had US support and approval in their plans to attack and destroy Nasser, the symbol of Pan Arabism and a thorn in the side of both militarist nations.

  • Shit dead rabbis say about gentiles
    • “The Gentile does not want anything. He waits to be told what the Jew wants!”

      Compare this to Hophmi's never ending assertion that Gentiles want to hurt Jews. Compared to Hophmi, Schneerson is positively pro-Gentile!

  • Finkelstein on Joan Peters's legacy (and Dershowitz's legal troubles)
    • As an aside, historians classify periods of human history based upon the prevailing historical determinant- the bronze age, the iron age, etc. Honest future historians will undoubtedly refer to our period as the bullshit age.

    • BILAL A - "who financed the epstein sex slave / blackmail enterprise? how does a stock broker become a billionaire in five plus years?"

      Well now, that is a critical question,isn't it? I have always suspected, but cannot prove, that many of these hyper successful "entrepeneurs" have been helped by, and have become agents of, the intelligence services and the deep state. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both went to Harvard, hardly a computer software powerhouse, yet the prime CIA recruiting depot, and wound up software billionaires. With a little help from their friends? With strings attached? Ah, privatization! Google has intense linkages with both the State Department and the Council on Foreign Relations. Who is on top of the organizational chart is anybody's guess. Epstein? If there isn't a Mossad and/or CIA linkage, I would be surprised. Our system is incredibly corrupt, markets routinely manipulated. Why anyone believes in the myth of individuals without powerful connections zooming to the top on "merit" is beyond me.

  • French Jews, surrender to terror in the baguette capital and move to the land of legal terror!
    • ANNIE- "Here is the inspired performance artist Natalie Cohen Vaxberg...."

      I agree. This is the best performance we have seen to date. Something about her face and those huge red lips is positively unsettling. Hard to look away.

    • HOPHMI- "I wonder if you would have said the same to Jews living in Germany in 1935 or Jews living in Poland in 1939."

      Are you seriously equating the situation of French Jews in 2015 with " Jews living in Germany in 1935 or Jews living in Poland in 1939."? Seriously? You have given thought to this and honestly feel that a 2nd Holocaust of Jews is imminent? Intellectually, you feel that you can present a compelling case that this is so? Or is this your stock boilerplate?

  • Menendez bags on Iran sanctions, and congressman says AIPAC demands deference to Israel over US
    • ANNIE- "they already have and it’s ongoing"

      Why wasn't I informed? Why weren't WE informed. For a website concerned with the serious business of the Middle East, this is big news, yet I (and I am sure others) know nothing about it. Code Pink is making a big push to force the US to actually work towards a nuclear weapons free Middle East? Yet, while I am unaware of this major effort to influence imperial geostrategy, I am painfully aware of Code Pink's effort to get Democrats to 'support the President!' How strange. Not really. Defend them all you want, Annie. The day Code Pink becomes a significant thorn in the side of empire is the day you will never see.

    • ANNIE- “do you mean nuclear free or nuclear weapons free?”

      Nuclear weapons free.

      Annie: “because code pink does support a nuclear weapons free middle east.”

      Then why are they “organizing an email campaign to pressure Democratic senators to support Obama on Iran negotiations.”? These negotiations are a fraud. US/Israel pressuring Iran to curtail nuclear power when both have nuclear weapons. How does one support Obama and empire in this hypocrisy? If Code Pink really was serious about a nuclear weapons free Middle East, then logically they would be organizing an email campaign to pressure Obama to pursue a nuclear weapons free Middle East. Also, to staunchly oppose the upgrade of the US nuclear arsenal. This is what I am talking about, their progressive credentials are largely rhetorical. They don't back up their rhetoric with deeds, Israel/Palestine perhaps the one exception. They may be at the fringes of the mainstream, but they are mainstream nonetheless and part of the problem, just like the big environmental and feminist organizations. Supporting Obama in these “negotiations” is effectively supporting the US position in these “negotiations” (ultimatums?) which are probably designed to fail and to provide a pretext for US escalation. As you should be aware, Iran is in compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty which the US is in non-compliance and Israel didn't even sign. The US has no business applying sanctions against Iran or even engaging in negotiations. Support for these negotiations is de facto support for US Middle East imperial policy, and is about as anti-progressive as you can get. And notice how “Just” seems to support increasing sanctions on Iran if these negotiations fail, as defined by us. This is BS. And it is part of the process of manufacturing consent for imperial policies.

    • “Oh and Code Pink is organizing an email campaign to pressure Democratic senators to support Obama on Iran negotiations.”

      It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at this. Yes, yes, let us show our support for the “good cop” in his valiant efforts to save us from the “bad cop.” This is why I have no respect for “liberal” organizations like Code Pink, who fundamentally support the very system which inevitably produces the specific instances of injustice that they claim to oppose. Instead, why doesn't Code Pink call upon the US to support a nuclear free Middle East, which Iran supports and the US and Israel oppose? How about opposing Obama's plan to modernize the US nuclear arsenal? I am really sick and tired of these “progressive” organizations whose primary commitment to progressive change is to whine about the Republicans and urge support for the Democrats.

  • Former Obama aide's thinktank calls for 1/4 of French Jews to move to Israel
    • TREE- “Again, the US could have done more....”

      Yes, of course, but as you correctly pointed out again and again (which I appreciate) the way that this has been presented by the Zionists is that the West discriminated against the Jews relative to Gentiles. This is simply not true, the reality being that the West discriminated in favor of German Jews relative to many Gentiles, in spite of Zionist complacency bordering on hostility to Jews going anywhere except Palestine. Correction, to young Zionist Jews going anywhere other than Palestine, the older, more vulnerable European Jews abandoned to their fate. Yet the Zionists continue to brazenly misrepresent history to support Jewish/Zionist mythology about ongoing Gentile anti-Semitism. As far as the US doing more, when has empire ever done other than try to implement imperial geostrategy? If the empire gave a rats
      you-know-what about the 99%, neoliberalism would not exist. Have the Zionists ever criticized empire about anything other than not giving them everything they want? Yet, no matter how many times you and others correct their brazen lies, they simply bide their time and then repeat the same BS. They have neither shame nor intellectual integrity.

    • WALID- "To his credit, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper apologized to the Jews for not having let them in when they really needed it."

      And did he apologize to the Ukrainians and Poles (which Tree mentioned in my quote) for not letting them in? If not, why not? Can it have anything to do with the current distribution of power? Harper is a jerk. The apology has little to do with morality and everything to do with power. Are Third World people escaping the consequences of neoliberal globalization welcome in Canada? Harper a rabid supporter of Israel, even more than the US. Canada is Zionist occupied territory and pandering to Zionist Jews is the new normal. Deal with it.

    • 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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  • End the silence -- Support Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk
    • I find it curious that yet another article appears on Mondoweiss claiming that the situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp is all or mostly Assad's fault. The failure to discuss the consequences of the imperial destabilization campaign against Assad has obvious implications. What next, ISIS and the Takfiris as freedom fighters? This recurring de facto support for imperial objectives is troubling. As to the facts of the matter, I have nothing to add to the several comments already made which demonstrate the astonishing bias of the author.

  • 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:
      link to

  • '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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