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  • One rocket from Gaza outweighs 6 Israeli incursions and 67 attacks
    • As usual, Israel ignores another cease fire agreement which it expects Hamas to uphold. In view of the powerlessness of the Gazans, this seems like sadism to me.

  • Forgiving the anti-Semites
    • HOPHMI- "It is a very well-documented event in fairly recent human history. It’s natural that many films should be made about it."

      Using your links, I find it interesting that there are many more narratives and documentaries about the Holocaust now than soon after it occurred. So that in the 1950s there were a total of 8 narratives and documentaries about the Holocaust. In the 1960s there were 20, in the 1970s there were 21, things exploded in the 1980s with 47, then in the 1990s there were 102, declining to 86 in the 2000s. Seems to me to be a pretty close correlation to the rise in Jewish Zionist power.

      Hophmi- "You know what there are far more American movies about than the Holocaust? Vietnam. Wonder why. It must be the fault of the Jews."

      Creating more myth history? Beginning in the 1960s when Vietnam became more relevant, we find 52 American produced narratives on the Holocaust plus 60 documentaries for a total of 112 American produced Holocaust films. For the same period there were 69 American produced narratives on Vietnam plus 23 documentaries for a total of 92 American produced films on Vietnam. If we include foreign film makers, then the Holocaust wins 284 to 129. And how many of these Vietnam films are sympathetic to the Vietnamese? How many show the Vietnamese as victims? And yet you are going to continue to insist that this has nothing to do with Jewish Zionist power and to the sanctification of the Holocaust and never ending depiction of Jews as victims, the ideological core of Zionism.

    • KRIS- Thanks for bringing this up. Europe and the US have a long and exceptionally bloody history in regards to Third World peoples, yet few in the West acknowledge this or feel any responsibility for the consequences of colonialism, imperialism and neo-colonialism. Even now, most folks seem unaware of the consequences of neoliberal globalization or that US/Europe bear significant responsibility for the disasterous state of much of the planet.

  • UN: 'Not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt' in Gaza since Israeli war last summer
    • 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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  • Accusations of anti-Semitism roil Stanford campus as student coalition denies discrimination charges
    • HOPHMI- "Krauss has always been one of the honest antisemites here."

      Mondoweiss should charge you $1 for every time you call someone an anti-Semite. Put up or shut up.

  • Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace
    • CATALAN- "What's the point of getting angry, say, over the recently made call here that I step away from the accounting profession because there are too many Jews in it and I am upsetting the balance of the universe?"

      Did someone literally say that or are you being your usual dishonest self? Interesting how you attempt to spin a legitimate question about the social distribution of power and privilege into an implied instance of anti-Semitism with you the victim.

      Actually, according to Hophmi, it was Ben-Gurion who said “But the real mischief of that statement lies rather in the second part of the sentence, denying us the privilege of being “hewers of wood and drawers of water”; we consider this as a great, true privilege. It was denied to us in many countries and many generations, when we were forced to live only in the cities, and in the cities we were confined to a limited number of occupations. We were forcibly divorced from work on the soil, and if there was an ideal, in addition to the love for our country, which animated the tens of thousands of Jewish youth who came to Palestine, it was the ideal of becoming hewers of wood and drawers of water, to do all kinds of hard physical work with their own hands, to live by the sweat of their brow.” - See more at: link to

      So Catalan, I don't want either you or Hophmi to think that we Gentiles are restricting you to the traditional Jewish professions and denying you the privilege of doing " all kinds of hard physical work." That is what Israel is all about and as a Zionist I am sure that you, like Ben-Gurion, long to see a more socially balanced choice of occupations for Jews so that they are not forced into such a narrow social role. That was a real concern of the early Zionists, you know. Seriously.

      On the other hand, perhaps you and Hophmi share a more feudal perspective.

  • In defense of Cornel West's prophetic voice
    • JOEMOWREY- "Sure, West has some wonderful things to say. But he rakes in an extraordinary income for the effort."

      I wouldn't be so quick to judge, Joe. First of all, his speaking fees are in line with his stature. Oliver North gets $20K-$50K, Newt Gingrich gets $60K-$70K, Sean Hannity gets over $100K, etc. I don't know how much in total speaking fees Cornell West gets, nor what he does with the money. Is he a major contributor to progressive organizations? I have no idea. Neither do I believe that "progressives" should take a vow of poverty to prove themselves. I don't think that zeroing in on his speaking fees exclusively to imply hypocrisy is helpful, particularly when he is being attacked for speaking out against Obama's abysmal record. He may have supported Obama initially, but when Obama failed to deliver, West spoke out. And that, in essence, is what he is being attacked for. Had he not been attacked, Marc Ellis would not have provided his personal perspective. Below is a quote and a link to Glen Ford at the "Black Agenda Report," a radical black website.

      "The true purpose of his elongated smear of Dr. West is to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton’s camp that Dyson remains a loyal Democratic Party operative who is available for service to the new regime." (Glen Ford)
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  • Dead End
    • PETER FELD- "I think what Odeh did was respectful...."

      Respectful of the people who have their boot on the Palestinian neck? And why should the Palestinians lend their voice to the sanctification of the Holocaust, the appeal to which is used to justify Israel's actions? Odeh's ingratiating servility bespeaks of a symbiotic relationship with Zionism and the status quo. Do you really think that joining in Israel's exploitation of the Holocaust will pay dividends for the Palestinian struggle? I agree with Marc Ellis that "Such appeals become forms of enablement...."

    • HOPHMI- " a time of rising European antisemitism...."

      Do you think that US/Israel's support for Ukrainian neo-Nazis is contributing to this "tide of rising European antisemitism?" What "Jew of madness" would support such a thing?

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    • PABELMONT- "I approve what Odeh did...."

      Servility as a form of resistance?

    • DANAA- "...the Holocaust remembrance days come across as a celebration of Jewish power...."

      Yes, that is what they are, a celebration and a weapon. This is the work of empire Jews, not peace and justice lovers.

  • Understanding the Jewish National Home
    • HOPHMI- "But again, you miss the point here. Zionism was about Jews being able to control their own destiny in a country of their own, after hundreds and hundreds of years of these expulsions, takings, slaughters, etc."

      No, I don't miss the point at all. You are peddling a bogus Jewish myth history to justify Zionist power seeking. By and large, the segregation of Jews from the surrounding Gentile community was usually part of Jewish separatism and exclusivity, a group strategy that worked well for the Jewish elites. That the Jews positioned themselves between the monarch and the peasants frequently resulted in conflict, however, when the dust settled, the Jews were still in better shape than the majority of Gentiles. Suggested reading for those interested (obviously not you) is "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," by Israel Shahak. In fact, Israel constitutes the ultimate Jewish self-imposed ghetto.

    • HOPHMI- "You got anything else, Professor, other than old discredited communist screeds about Zionists and Nazis and complaints about Begin that are 70 years out of days and weren’t true when they were made 70 years ago?"

      The facts concerning Begin are at least as relevant as your red herring about the Mufti, a British appointed marginal figure. Incidentally, I find it curious that Israel would lend support to the Yugoslav Muslims who, as part of WWII greater Albania were aligned with Hitler and contributed one Waffen SS division towards the Nazi war effort. Should we bring up Adolph Eichmann's first visit to Jerusalem prior to the war as a guest of Zionists? You have heard of Feifel Polkes haven't you? How about Dr Rudolh Kastner? You know what they say about people who live in glass houses? As far as Begin's fascist and terrorist credentials, perhaps you think that Hannah Arendt and Albert Einstein are lying anti-Semites? I provide a quote and a link to a letter to the editor they sent to the New York Times in 1948 in regards to Begin's history. I am reasonably sure that you are aware of this and are, once again, deliberately falsifying the historical record.

      "Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

      The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents." (Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein, et al)
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    • HOPHMI- "...the same people who cut deals with Hitler?"

      You mean like the pre-World War II Zionists? Have you ever read "Zionism in the Age of Dictators?"

      Hophmi- "Stop apologizing for the Mufti."

      Start apologizing for Menachem Begin who early on was a highly visible fascist. Begin wasn't appointed by the British and the Mufti never became a Prime Minister. In toto, Your dishonesty on this thread exceeds anything I have heretofore encountered. Your confidence in your ability to lie and slander with impunity indicates the degree that you are secure in your Jewish Zionist power. A victimizer not a victim.

    • HOPHMI- "Your antisemitic comment about Wall Street is duly noted."

      Didn't you claim to be a lawyer working on Wall Street? My comment was directed specifically at you. If you are not a Wall Street lawyer, let me know and I will drop the Wall Street reference.

      Hophmi- "Ben-Gurion is talking about European Jews, who were systematically kept from engaging in certain forms of manual labor...."

      Certain forms of manual labor? What forms? What he said was: “But the real mischief of that statement lies rather in the second part of the sentence, denying us the privilege of being “hewers of wood and drawers of water”; we consider this as a great, true privilege. It was denied to us in many countries and many generations, when we were forced to live only in the cities...." Hophmi, I am unaware of any period in European history when Jews were denied the "privilege" of being the hewers of wood and the drawers of water. Furthermore, the notion that Jews were forced out of the countryside and into cities is preposterous. What next, that Jews were forced to be tax collectors? Throughout their history, Jews have been relatively privileged compared to most of the surrounding Gentile community, a nascent middle class. And it was this which caused the early Zionists to want their own country where Jews, by necessity, would be forced into the lesser occupations permitting a more balanced development. As usual you attempt to interpret privilege as victimhood and to label honest folk as anti-Semites because the bottom line is that you have no intellectually honest argument, only lies and smears.

    • HOPHMI- Quoting Ben-Gurion: "But the real mischief of that statement lies rather in the second part of the sentence, denying us the privilege of being “hewers of wood and drawers of water”; we consider this as a great, true privilege. It was denied to us in many countries and many generations, when we were forced to live only in the cities, and in the cities we were confined to a limited number of occupations. We were forcibly divorced from work on the soil, and if there was an ideal, in addition to the love for our country, which animated the tens of thousands of Jewish youth who came to Palestine, it was the ideal of becoming hewers of wood and drawers of water, to do all kinds of hard physical work with their own hands, to live by the sweat of their brow."

      First of all, Ben-Gurion is a shameless Zionist liar in the Alan Dershowitz mold. Secondly, this description is a parody of historical reality. Are you suggesting, for even a minute, that American Jews have historically been prevented from engaging in farming and other forms of manual labor? That Gentiles forced Jews to become Doctors, Lawyers, Financiers, Educators,etc? Well Hophmi, anytime you want to say goodbye to Wall Street and head west to become a migrant laborer living by the sweat of your brow, don't let me or any other Gentile stop you! The very notion that Jews would have preferred to be peasants is ludicrous.

  • Netanyahu played 'decisive' role in Senate bill aimed at stymieing Iran deal
    • HOPHMI- "Iran also said that it wanted sanctions lifted before anything happens."

      A wise precaution in view of Uncle Sam's history of violating treaties. The US signed several hundred treaties with the American Indians and broke every one of them. And, of course, there is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty where the US solemnly committed itself to the elimination of nuclear weapons and has flouted ever since, America planning on spending up to $1 trillion over the next three decades to upgrade its nuclear arsenal.
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  • Just like the Nazis, Iran 'plans to exterminate six million Jews' -- Netanyahu
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Giles- Your inclusion of Ukraine as a goal of war by the Zionists is the tip off. you’re unbalanced."

      Apparently you are unaware of the role played by neocon Victoria Nuland and Sayanim Bernard-Henri Levy in supporting the Ukrainian neo-Nazis? Or of the Eastern Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky who holds Israeli citizenship and funds a neo-Nazi militia? You may be surprised to learn that Israel has been heavily involved in Eastern European affairs including the "color revolutions" and training the Georgian army. Not necessarily instigating things, but supporting the empire and profitable militarism.

  • Does Schumer have any idea how angry his constituents will be if he torpedoes his president on Iran?
    • MOOSER- "The world will tremble at the size and power of his Zionism! Which he will indecently expose for us. Behold!

      If Steve Grover isn't the very personification of "Israel Man" then I don't know who is!
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  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • CATALAN- "I also have not accused anyone of antisemitism...."

      I stand corrected and I apologize. You are the first Zionist to take umbrage at my commenting on Jewish success and power without calling me an anti-Semite. Hophmi does it routinely.

      Catalan- "You think it results from bias and favoritism, I think it results from education and hard work."

      We have already covered this. The extent of Jewish elite over-representation in positions of power and influence is so extreme that meritocracy seems obviously inadequate. Groups which comprise the elite virtually always claim meritocracy as the reason for their good fortune, your claim is nothing new nor anymore valid than that of the WASPs who said the same thing. It also forms the core of white racism and the white man's burden. I see also that you have changed your tune (nothing new there!) about "natural difference(s) of skill" being a significant factor, now only education and hard work being the difference. And I never said nor implied that Jewish success resulted only or even primarily from bias and favoritism, but that these are significant factors which provide an added push for those who seek power. Furthermore, the implication of "meritocracy" as the primary causative factor implies Gentile inferiority. Apparently, you feel that among the 98% of the population, most are uneducated or slothful. And yes, it might be interesting to see an analysis of Jewish success versus comparably educated Gentiles, however, I am in no position to perform this analysis. Furthermore, I predict that it will be a cold day in Hell before any unbiased scholarly study is performed. The very possibility of unfavorable results would cause Abe Foxman and the whole Zionist juggernaut to scream anti-Semitism to the high heavens. Hophmi does it now for one measly paragraph. This is an interesting topic but not that interesting and we have already talked it to death. Mondoweiss concerns the war for ideas in the Middle East, hence, this will be my last comment on this thread.

    • CATALAN- "The claim is that Jews are engaged in a vast conspiracy to discriminate against Gentiles."

      I claimed no such thing, and you have once again misrepresented me in your typically intellectually dishonest fashion. In fact, on this thread alone your dishonesty is excessive even by Zionist standards. Curious, how with four claimed master's degrees you seem incapable of making any coherent argument, resorting instead to constructing strawmen which you can attack. Perhaps a few more master's degrees would permit some intellectual integrity to seep in? Or do you only choose professors who share you worldview that truth is what works?

      Catalan- "Thomas Pickety wrote a whole book full of numbers to prove his claims on inequality."

      This is just priceless. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes (author unknown): "It takes an unusual mind to undertake an analysis of the obvious." Even Abe Foxman is willing to admit Jewish over-representation in the media, but not you! One has to be willfully blind not to notice Jewish over-representation in positions of power and influence. Certainly a valid topic for discussion, not to be squelched with cries of anti-Semitism. Furthermore, it is not up to me to prove anything. It falls on you to explain and justify this obvious imbalance. Now if you feel that society benefits from Birthright Brahmins just say so and we can discuss that interesting perspective. Bringing in Pickety's statistical examination of econometric data is a red herring, as I am sure you are aware.

      Catalan- "I will be sure to tell my son to study little so that he doesn’t offend Keith’s sensibilities of too many Jews in prominent positions."

      Good grief! Now you are playing the victimhood card? A Gentile dares to question an important aspect of political economy, and your son's future is in the toilet? By the way, for a high-powered manager such as yourself with master's degrees too numerous to count we at Mondoweiss are grateful that you can find so much time to share your wisdom with us, even though your "wisdom" consists of gross misrepresentations and vile anti-Semitic labeling.

      Catalan- "You can force equality but there is a natural difference of skill among men. Why some cultures are so much more successful than others...."

      Thought you could sneak that one through, didn't you? So the over-representation of Jews in positions of power and influence is due to the "natural difference of skill among men?" One of your few honest comments indicating how you really feel. And if we try to "force" equality, what? Atlas gonna shrug? Affirmative action as reverse discrimination? You then extend your argument to successful cultures with nary a mention of the effects of imperialism and colonialism. You seem to have little, if any, concern for those less fortunate than you, the impoverished masses getting pretty much what they deserve, their fate attributed to "natural difference(s) of skill" and cultural influences. I doubt that you believe that much of the world-wide violence and poverty is a direct consequence of imperial policies and that we, as citizens of empire, have a responsibility to make changes in the global political economy to redress the consequences Western actions. No, you approve of the way things are and act as a Zionist attack dog going after those who even broach the subject. You and Hophmi, birds of a feather.

    • CATALAN- “I think your allegations that Mrs. Janet Yellen obtained her position due to some kind of ethnic or religious networking actually constitutes libel.”

      What an outrageous distortion! What did I actually say? "Were the last three Federal Reserve Chairmen Asian-Americans?" Based upon this, you are implying that I "libeled" Janet Yellen? You, like many of your Zionist cohorts have zero intellectual and moral integrity. You should be ashamed of yourself! But, of course, you are not. If one can justify ongoing mass murder, a little smear regarding libel is small beer.

    • CATALAN- "I think your allegations that Mrs. Janet Yellen obtained her position due to some kind of ethnic or religious networking actually constitutes libel."

      Your kind of like Hophmi, aren't you? You put words in people's mouth misrepresenting what they say. I made no such "allegation." I have not commented on individual instances, an impossible task, rather I have consistently referred to the macro level where statistically speaking Jewish over-representation is painfully obvious. I have stated my opinion that this strongly suggests bias and favoritism. I have no way of knowing the extent to which this influenced Janet Yellen's appointment. The deciding factor may have involved her prioritizing Wall Street's agenda over the 99%. You have consistently tried to re-direct the issue away from the "kinship" effect, which was the gist of the article. And no, I am not worried about being sued for libel by Janet Yellen, an outrageous assertion on your part to imply that what I said was in any way libelous.

    • HOPHMI- "Antisemitism at Mondoweiss, everyone. Jews control the economy and use their “power” to “control the discourse and silence competing voices” and they discriminate against Gentiles."

      Anti-Semitism at Mondoweiss? In your typically vile and intellectually dishonest fashion, you make my point that "Claims that voicing this reality constitute an anti-Semitic trope are, in effect, a demonstration of Jewish power and the ability control the discourse and silence competing voices." You neither acknowledge nor discuss the issue of Jewish power, instead you label those that do as anti-Semites in order to squelch the discussion, just as I said.

      Hophmi- " Jews control the economy...."

      Who said that, except you? You wear your intellectual dishonesty on your sleeve. Yet another of your shameful misrepresentations.

      Hophmi- "...they discriminate against Gentiles."

      Still another shameless misrepresentation. The full quote is: "And the very notion of de facto anti-Gentile discrimination will likely raise the self-righteous hackels of those who benefit from the current situation." The degree to which any group favors the members of their group results in de facto discrimination against those who are not members of their group. Surely you would agree that WASPS favoring their fellow WASPS resulted in de facto discrimination against Jews? Now, are you really going to claim that there is no Jewish "kinship" favoritism? That Jews, such as yourself, who believe that the Goyim have abused and murdered Jews for 2000 years and will likely do so again if the circumstances permit, don't show favoritism to their fellow Jews? Give me a break! If you really believe that Gentiles are out to get you (ANTI-SEMITISM), then you would be stupid not to discriminate wouldn't you. If I thought that you or your ilk were out to kill me if given the chance, do you think that I would hire you? Who the Hell are you kidding? Given the nature of Zionist ideology, anti-Gentile discrimination is virtually inevitable. Now among non-Zionist Jews, that is another story. The non-Zionist Jews which I have been associated with have been very nice, not fundamentalist haters such as yourself.

    • CATALAN- "The class admitted to Harvard in 2015 was 17.8 Asian Americans. Asian Americans constitute about 5 percent of the general population. Is that preferential treatment?

      Interesting how you ignore the big picture. Are Asia-Americans significantly over-represented in the centers of financial power? Is the Federal Reserve packed with Asian Americans? Were the last three Federal Reserve Chairmen Asian-Americans? Are Asian-Americans a significant presence on Wall Street? Do Asian-Americans dominate the New York centered news media? Have you detected significant Asian-American bias in the main stream media? Are the higher level executives in Hollywood and the recording industry predominantly Asian-Americans? Are Asian-Americans the major source of campaign funding for both political parties? Do Asian-American Think Tanks dominate the beltway? Does AIPAC stand for Asian-American Interests Political Action Committee? Are Republican candidates standing in line to kiss Shogun Adel-Sun's Hibachi?

      Catalan- "What I said is that there are too few Jews almost anywhere outside of New York City for them to be able to execute a plan of preferential treatment."

      Actually, you didn't, but let us put that aside. Is white privilege the result of a master plan or is it the result of pervasive bias? Is nepotism the result of planned preferential treatment or the consequence of perceived self-interest among the relatives? Something difficult to prove, although the result is fairly obvious when the linkages are exposed. Zionism's capture of organized Jewish life has enabled a network of power and influence beyond the centers of Jewish power such that Jewish money can be mobilized to support the Zionist agenda well beyond New York. Also, the ability to withdraw funding from Universities and other donor dependent organizations deemed insufficiently supportive of Zionist interests. And, of course, there is the all-pervasive influence of the doctrinal system which is heavily influenced by the Jewish intelligentsia. The numbers speak for themselves and cannot be denied, nor can they be explained away by exclusive reference to meritocracy.

    • CATALAN- "Hiring decisions generally go through so many levels of review that it is generally very hard to show preferential treatment. People don’t risk their livelihood to help others,and Jews don’t differ."

      Well there it is. The gist of all of your comments is that favoritism and bias play no part in the hiring process. Even contacts are of little value. Your experience has been that of a practically perfect meritocracy. Promotions as well? Cream rises to the top and the untermenschen simply need to work harder. Organizational politics? What is that? Ah, the Ashkenazi man's burden. Suffice it to say that your insistence that meritocracy trumps organizational politics is seriously out of touch with reality. In the tooth and claw fight for power and influence, justifications are easy to come by.

      So rather than acknowledge the statistical improbability of massive Jewish over-representation without some sort of preferential treatment, or even acknowledging Phil's and Norman's personal experience, I am supposed to give specific examples proving discrimination, something we both know is impossible. I seriously doubt that this level of documentation was required to require affirmative action plans to eliminate gross and obvious patterns of discrimination. Affirmative action plans which helped to enable the Jews to eliminate barriers to Jewish advancement. Programs which, having achieved their purpose insofar as Jews are concerned, are now opposed as reverse discrimination.

      The bottom line, Catalan, is that in your comments to me and in other comments you have made, you seem to me to be clearly a tribalist not a universalist. The status quo suits you just fine and you vigorously defend it. The notion that a statistically obvious de facto caste system represents a social problem does not enter your thinking. Power justifies itself, wealth providing the credentials to make it appear reasonable. It wasn't always so. Jews used to be in the vanguard of the fight for social justice. That was before the 1967 war and the crumbling of the barriers to Jewish upward mobility. Nowadays, Israel and Zionism have succeeded in stifling universalism and recreating an intense and active tribalism. And, being a loyal Zionist cadre, you feel threatened by any discussion of power and privilege.

    • CATALAN- "Please tell me where this door is. I am going in as as soon as I know!"

      The implication being that because you don't feel that you have personally benefit from special treatment that favoritism doesn't exist? This is a common fallacy, one commonly used to deny ongoing racial discrimination. By coincidence, over at CouterPunch Allan Johnson discusses this very issue as regards white privilege. Simply substitute "Jewish" for "white" and the logic remains unchanged.

      "In other words, “If there really is white privilege, where’s mine?”

      But systems of privilege don’t work that way. They guarantee nothing for individuals. No one can predict the life of a baby who happens to be born white or of color.

      What systems of privilege do instead is load the odds one way or the other. You can be white and still not get the job you’re qualified for, or go to school and work hard your whole life and have little to show for it, or be stopped (or shot) by police when you’ve done nothing wrong, or be followed around a store as if you can’t be trusted.

      But in a system of white privilege, the odds of such things happening to white people are much lower than for everyone else." (Allan Johnson)
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    • WALID- "Isn’t that what 40 million American WASPS do every Sunday under their mega-sized air-conditioned revival tents?"

      Normally, when one talks about the "WASPS" one is referring to the 1% of the Ivy League Protestant elite who were conspicuously successful beyond their numbers. The white Anglo-Saxon protestants who crowd these revival tents are not the same wasps.

    • CATALAN- "In western Europe, Canada, and the U.S., being Jewish “opens many doors and it closes none.” – Keith

      I am quoting Phil paraphrasing and quoting Norman Finkelstein. Your question should be directed to them. Phil has written about his personal experience of bennefitting from being Jewish. Are you calling him a liar? Are you suggesting that there is no favoritism? That Jews who believe in eternal and irrational anti-Semitism don't favor their fellow Jews over "Jew Hater" Gentiles? Perhaps you can share with us your opinion as to why so much of the media has a wildly disproportionate number of Jews? Seriously, defend why the East Coast Ashkenazi have been so successful. If you think that Gentiles are significantly less competent than Jews, just say it. You dispute organizational politics and networks of influence? And if you are looking for open doors, just join a Jewish organization and ask around. I'm sure that you will be presented opportunities not available to others. Of course, when it was the WASPs calling the shots, this sort of favoritism was a terrible thing. Nowadays, however, any attempt to break through the Kosher barrier is reverse discrimination. My, how times have changed.

    • PHIL- "Far from being a liability, being Jewish brings “cachet,” he said, tapping people into “networks of privilege and power.” In western Europe, Canada, and the U.S., being Jewish “opens many doors and it closes none.”

      I agree completely and feel that exploring this reality - both the causes and consequences - is an important aspect of understanding the functioning of our political economy. Claims that voicing this reality constitute an anti-Semitic trope are, in effect, a demonstration of Jewish power and the ability control the discourse and silence competing voices. The notion that all of this can be explained away by the invisible hand of meritocracy flies in the face of the real world of organizational politics and networks of influence. In this meritocracy fantasy world, success, in effect, justifies itself. Historically, it represents the ideological core of the white man's burden where white superiority was self-evident by virtue of white domination of the "coloreds." Nature thrives on diversity and any system in which a de facto caste system perpetuates itself is inherently unwholesome. And the very notion of de facto anti-Gentile discrimination will likely raise the self-righteous hackels of those who benefit from the current situation.

  • Italian BDS activists call on Unicef to pull out of cartoon festival honoring Israel
    • MARIAPALESTINA- "A bit O/T but I couldn’t let the day pass without mentioning it was 67 years ago that the Deir Yassin massacre happened."

      I think it worth mentioning that Deir Yassin was selected specifically because they had good relations with the surrounding Zionist colonists. This was to send an unambiguous message to the rest of the Palestinians that having good relations with Jews would afford no protection. The Jewish state would need to terrorize the Arabs into fleeing so that they could be the great majority and could therefore afford the nominally democratic trapping to be able to claim to be Jewish and democratic. The democratic image was seen as essential to receiving ongoing Western support. Menachem Begin defended the massacre claiming that there would not have been an Israel without it.

      "The massacre at Deir Yassin was widely publicized by the terrorists and the numerous heaped corpses displayed to the media. In Jaffe, which was at the time 98 percent Arab, as well as in other Arab communities, speaker trucks drove through the streets warning the population to flee and threatening another Deir Yassin. Begin said at the time, "We created terror among the Arabs and all the villages around. In one blow, we changed the strategic situation." (William Martin)
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  • Rand Paul greeted by neocon opposition, in $1 million ad calling him 'dangerous'
    • JLEWISDICKERSON- "SEE: “How America Became an Oligarchy”, by Ellen Brown...."

      Bless you for this comment. I have been looking for an opportunity to link to this and you have provided it. In addition to the link (I am linking to CounterPunch), I am providing quotes to (hopefully) whet some appetites. I strongly recommend that folks follow one of our links and read this article. This is perhaps the most condensed and clear primer about our financial system, something which is critically important to understand if one ever hopes to understand the current political economy. Read it, read it, read it!

      "The influence of money was greatly enhanced by the emergence of private banking. The banks are able to create money and so to lend amounts far in excess of their actual wealth. This control of money-creation . . . has given banks overwhelming control over human affairs. In the United States, Wall Street makes most of the truly important decisions that are directly attributed to Washington." (John Cobb)

      "Today the vast majority of the money supply in Western countries is created by private bankers. That tradition goes back to the 17th century, when the privately-owned Bank of England, the mother of all central banks, negotiated the right to print England’s money after Parliament stripped that power from the Crown. When King William needed money to fight a war, he had to borrow. The government as borrower then became servant of the lender.

      If governments are recalling their sovereign powers, they might start with the power to create money, which was usurped by private interests while the people were asleep at the wheel. State and local governments are not allowed to print their own currencies; but they can own banks, and all depository banks create money when they make loans, as the Bank of England recently acknowledged." (Ellen Brown)
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  • Finkelstein on God and Dershowitz
    • CHUCKCARLOS- "and that’s good enuf for me!"

      It would appear that your attempt at sarcasm was less than obvious to some of your fellow commenters. That is always a risk, you know.

  • Hurt by the Israel lobby, Obama kisses it goodbye
    • HOPHMI- "Yes, perhaps. Perhaps I should also ask why the United States also supported the Shah. Perhaps."

      Yes you should and it is highly suggestive that you don't. The US and Israel are militaristic birds of a feather working together to sow chaos throughout the Middle East. Both supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria and now Yemen. Your problem is that the empire is Israel's indespensable patron and it is unwise to bite the hand that feeds and protects you. Without imperial patronage, Israel would have to reduce its hegemonic ambitions, end its support of the Arab Monarchies, and try to reach some accommodation with progressive movements (if there are any left) throughout the region. Of course, an Israel at peace with its neighbors would be viewed by you and your ilk as an existential threat to tribal unity. So, I am happy to see this rare implied criticism of the empire, and would love to see more. As a US citizen you have a responsibility to criticize policies which you disagree with. Since Mondoweiss deals primarily with the Middle East, perhaps you could begin by condemning US duplicity and Israeli intransigence in regards to implementing a nuclear weapons free Middle East, which Iran supports.

    • HOPHMI- "Your analytical skills are deficient if you seriously believe that Israel is the only reason Iran wants nuclear weapons...."

      You seem unaware of the history of Iran's nuclear program. Perhaps a quote and link will bring you up to speed.

      "Iran’s nuclear program was founded in 1957 as part of U.S. President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” initiative. As part of this deal, the United States helped provide the training, technology and infrastructure allowing Iran to become a nuclear power. It was America that built Iran’s first nuclear reactor in 1967, subsequently providing them with the highly-enriched uranium to power it.

      Soon thereafter, Iran began researching how to weaponize the technology. Ironic from today’s vantage point, Israel played a pivotal role in helping Tehran develop this capacity–much to the chagrin of the United States at the time. Washington would soon see further “Atoms for Peace” investments in India, Pakistan and Israel translated into weapons programs—with these latter three refusing to sign onto the U.S.-sponsored Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and eventually obtaining the bomb. In a further irony, all three have emerged as critical U.S. allies in the region despite these maneuvers.

      For his part, Reza Shah did sign onto the treaty in 1968, although this did not end his ambition for weaponized nuclear capacity, which was ultimately brought to a halt by the 1979 Islamic Revolution which drove him from power." (Musa al-Gharbi)
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    • HOPHMI- "I don't know why, Phil, you and others are so supportive of a theocracy that is anti-progressive, antisemitic, and anti-democracy."

      Perhaps you should compare the current government of Iran with that of the Shah, and then tell us why Israel supported the brutal dictatorship of the Shah of Iran, including helping establish and train the Savak, the Shah's notoriously brutal secret police?

  • Conservative revolutionaries and the echo of German fascism
    • "Rather than continuing with this “strategy,” driven by our own modern Conservative Revolutionaries...."

      This rather long and elaborate piece of propaganda is an attempt to blame so-called "Conservative Revolutionaries" for the bi-partisan policies of empire. Barack Obama is the most prolific warmonger-as-President we have ever had, but it has nothing to do with Leo Strauss, et al. The imperial neoliberal globalization project has its roots in our corporate oligarchy and financial system, not in the ravings of useful ideologues. Our problems primarily flow from the nature of the financial system and the fact of empire. Anyone who looks to Obama and/or the Democrats to save us from neoliberalism is delusional. In fact, the next two years of the Obama presidency will be his worst ever, a total disaster.

  • 'NYT' addresses pro-Israel donors' influence over Congress
    • PABELMONT- "Here he suggests, with interesting facts from Europe re: penalties for sanctions-breaking, that sanctions hurt big business and therefore the USA's oligarchy (except big-Zion) will tend to support the IranDeal. Makes sense."

      Makes sense? Not to me. If big business is so opposed to sanctions, why would all of these odious "trade" agreements such as TPP utilize sanctions to penalize for non-compliance? US big business has hardly suffered as a consequence of US imperialism. Sure, you can find an incident here and there, but overall? Sanctions and economic warfare are an integral part of administering a global empire, more efficient than traditional warfare. No doubt that some European businesses are chafing under imperial sanctions against Russia. After all, a Russian-German alliance would have permitted a European counterweight to US domination of Europe, therefore, all of these measures are designed to prevent such an alliance. This is how empires maintain discipline among the vassals. When you are dealing with the Godfather, putting your faith in Economics 101 is a poor strategy.

      Getting back to the question of this alleged opposition of big business to empire's use of sanctions, I find it interesting that so many Mondoweiss commenters feel qualified to act as spokespersons for the needs and desires of big business. What does the business press say? Is the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, etc. up in arms over imperial sanctions against Iran? Russia? Etc? As you yourself have said, Peter, the "Bigs" more or less call the shots. And if most of the "Bigs" oppose a policy then that policy is likely to be changed.

    • PIOTR- "My theory is that "GoldmanSachs/Citicorp", i.e. major financial companies, investors and executives, is not opposed to a negotiated settlement with Iran."

      I think it would depend upon the conditions and in particular how the settlement would effect the petro-dollar and the status of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Eventually, the dollar will become one of several reserve currencies, however, timing is everything. A near term abandonment of the dollar would effectively cause a collapse in the global financial system. Preventing this is an important component of imperial geostrategy. In fact, economic warfare is an integral part of imperial hegemony. The global financial system is what makes globalization possible. Some folks are taking a much too narrow view of what is good for business, particularly in view of the financialization of the global economy.

    • ANNIE- "i take that back, you don’t have a reading comprehension issue hops, you have a point scoring issue and you’re shown time and again your willingness to twist and manipulate someones words to serve your hasbara fix."

      That is exactly correct. Hophmi seems to pattern himself on Israel's American legal apologist Alan Dershowitz. In "Beyond Chutzpah," Norman Finkelstein includes a few Dershowitz quotes. I think Hophmi has taken the following advice to heart: "Almost all criminal defendants - including most of my clients - are factually guilty of the crimes they have been charged with. The criminal lawyer's job, for the most part, is to represent the guilty, and - if possible - to get them off." (Alan M. Dershowitz, "The Best Defense") It would appear that 'Hops' and the 'Dersh' share the same moral and intellectual values.

  • The epic season of spinning Iran deal begins!
    • MAXIMUS- "No, I’m not joking."

      I find that worrisome. We all understand that there are businesses that would welcome the lifting of sanctions for business reasons. What you seem to be saying, however, is that the business community writ large, and especially big business oppose the Iran sanctions, and that these sanctions represent a schism between US foreign policy and business wishes. Furthermore, that this schism is the result of AIPAC power and influence which has caused the US government to ignore the consensus opinion of the dominant transnational corporations and global finance. Furthermore, global capital needs to be more assertive concerning these sanctions in order to counter AIPAC, thereby permitting access to markets resulting in massive profits. That about it?

      Good Lord, Max, what have you been smoking? Is this what you have been reading in the business press? Fat chance. Here is how you can defend your position and show me up for a nincompoop. Simply quote some editorials in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the sanctions as bad for business and attacking AIPAC for interfering with the free market. Because, Max, if "Businesses the world over have long chafed under the Iran sanctions," then this would be reflected in the business press. Also, The Council on Foreign Relations is the primary big business organized influence on imperial foreign policy. The US government is staffed with current or former members of the CFR. The major corporations and financial institutions are represented. Their flagship magazine is "Foreign Affairs," check it out.

    • MAXIMUS- "My hope is that, just this once, big business will get its way."

      You're joking, right? We live in a world of globalized capitalism effectively run by big business/big finance. The US empire has morphed into an American led transnational corporate/financial empire. US foreign policy is designed to promote Western business interests and to destroy any and all threats to Western hegemony. An independent Iran is a potential threat to global imperial control and will not be tolerated, if possible. If US foreign policy ever deviates significantly from the business/financial consensus on their perceived interests, the policy will be changed. An unlikely event in view of the enormous input the global elites have on policy formation. Is the Council on Foreign Relations upset? Wall Street? The Military-Industrial Complex? Big media? Etc, etc, etc?

  • How Obama won on Iran
    • SYCAMORES- "if there is an end of sanctions the price of oil will drop dramatically. in other words there are plenty of other players besides the US congress and Israel who would love to scupper this deal."

      I agree that there are a lot of folks who would like to scupper this deal, however, the impact on the price of oil is uncertain. The current price is a result of the US and Saudi Arabia intentionally flooding the market for geostrategic reasons. Both Russia and Venezuela have been hit economically. This is a clear cut demonstration of the awesome strategic value inherent in the control of access to oil, long a part of US geostrategy. Any further reduction in prices for any significant length of time would require US/Saudi collusion and would have far reaching and unpredictable consequences, perhaps the intentional collapse of the global financial system to permit new financial architecture to replace the current system. The final two years of the Obama administration will be marked by increasing conflict and instability.

    • WALID- "Not being discussed in the open is surely America’s insistance on Iran not getting on Putin’s BRIC bus of mucking around with the by passing of the US dollar."

      I trust you realize that you have just described "divide and conquer?" Unless Russia, China and Iran hang together, they will most likely hang separately. Ending dollar hegemony is essential to ending imperial financial control. Without the dollar as the reserve currency, all of these sanctions would be ineffective. Globalization has created a system of financial control whereby financial warfare has significantly replaced actual warfare as the preferred instrument of imperial control. My whole point being that the empire wants to establish and maintain significant control over Iran. If they can do it through one-sided negotiatiions and agreements, they will avail themselves of the opportunity. Only time will tell if the empire has been successful. As Michael Hudson says: "This financial warfare is trying to achieve the same thing that military warfare did in the past. It’s aim is to grab the land, to grab control of the public infrastructure, to grab control of governments themselves. But it’s doing it financially rather than militarily." (Michael Hudson) link to

    • WALID- "If Obama is so intent on hitting Iran, he would have have done it a long time back."

      Nonsense! I see no indication that the empire has abandoned its ultimate objectives of either bringing Iran back into the vassal fold or destroying it. Obama already is engaged in an overwhelming number of interventions, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela and now Yemen to name a few, that he needs to build support for increased sanctions and/or military intervention in Iran. The empire is on a militaristic rampage, destroying country after country. Don't hold your breath waiting for Obama to do the right thing. He is an imperialist to the core, and Weiss is an imperial apologist to the core. I don't buy this sunny side of life idealism excuse, he is supposed to be a journalist attuned to realistic assessments of current events. I'm tired of the excuses and the BS. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the US will seek a nuclear weapons free Middle East leading to the essential elimination of nuclear weapons. Time will tell. I'm not optimistic, are you?

    • JOEMOWREY- "IMHO, this deal is more Kabuki theater on the part of ObamaCon, the Wizard of Guile."

      I agree. Apparently, Phil is still hung over from all of the wild celebrating he did over the "Arab Spring" and the upcoming Middle Eastern Age of Aquarius.

    • PHIL- "The Iran deal is done."

      Oh, Lord, here you go again with yet another Pollyannaish overreaction. The only "deal" is an agreed upon framework for a final agreement to be reached no later than June 30. Since Iran's nuclear program was simply a pretext for the sanctions, etc. this could simply be a ploy to make Obama look like a peace maker who is forced to resort to force when the Iranians fail to comply to US satisfaction. Also, it provides a brief period of Middle East stability to facilitate the destruction of Yemen. Much too soon to uncritically break out the champagne. I see no evidence that the empire has changed its spots, only its tactics. Below are two quotes and links on two aspects of the Iran situation which are quite pertinent.

      "The punishing US and EU sanctions that have halved Iran’s oil exports since 2011 and frozen it out of the world banking system will be “suspended”—not permanently removed. Moreover, their suspension will begin only when Iran has made good on all parts of the deal that are immediately applicable." (Keith Jones) link to

      "Failure by Iran to comply fully with IAEA demands undermine Tehran’s efforts to win the lifting of crippling UN, US and other sanctions, which currently prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran and deny access to the global financial system. Media coverage of the negotiations regularly emphasize Amano’s claims of Iran’s insufficient responses to IAEA’s demands. It is thus worth inquiring just who is this man Amano.

      In 2009 Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano became the head of the IAEA. What the Western media routinely fail to remind its audience is that a US embassy cable of October 2009 (released by Wikileaks in 2010) said Amano “took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded the [American] ambassador on several occasions that … he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.”
      (William Blum) link to

  • Video: Max Blumenthal on the ways Zionism exploits anti-Semitism
    • DAN- "Are you suggesting that lt Is Abunimah’s Zionist upbringing that leads him to that conclusion."

      As far as I know, Abunimah didn't have a Zionist upbringing. In your quote Giles was referring to Max Blumenthal. My comment to you still stands. You have yet to make any defense of your anti-Semite smear. Since you seem to place so much credence in what Ali Abunimah says, does that mean that you agree with him on BDS and are an anti-Zionist?

    • YONAH- "Keith- What do you think of using the Jews killed Christ meme against Zionism? do you consider that kosher?"

      Yonah, it is comments like this which make it hard to take you seriously. I am not religious and don't care who killed Jesus of Nazareth. Zionism is a kind of secular religion based upon a mishmash of blood and soil nationalism and selected parts of Classical Judaism. It is a reaction to the enlightenment and assimilation and the splintering of the Jews into reform Jews, Conservative Jews, Orthodox Jews and secular Jews. Its purpose is the re-establishment of tribal solidarity. It has been very successful in exploiting the Holocaust to achieve its objectives. I am unaware of any comments on Mondoweiss linking Zionism with the crucifixion, an utterly preposterous assertion.

    • DAN- "Even Palestinian leaders of BDS (Abunimah and others) have denounced Atzmon as an anti Semite racist."

      So, an anti-Semite is someone who Ali Abunimah denounces as an anti-Semite? He also denounces Norman Finkelstein and Greta Berlin. So what? There is a lot of politics in the BDS movement in which Ali Abunimah partakes. How convenient for a Zionist shill such as yourself.

    • TOKYOBK- "...Atzmon does not consider himself Jewish...."

      Interesting point, well worth discussing. I'm a little surprised by the response, particularly Mooser: "Like he has any say in the matter!" I seem to recall Mooser previously saying that being a Jew was optional. This brings up the old question of who exactly is a "Jew." Once upon a time, it simply referred to those who followed the Judaic religion. Then along came blood and soil nationalism, the Zionists and the Nazis and the notion of a racial component took hold. There seems to be considerable support the notion of a Jewish race in Israel, however, in the US there is the concept of Jewish tradition and peoplehood. Zionists tend to claim that Jewishness is inherent at birth, a fate which cannot be changed as demonstrated by the Holocaust. This is obviously a self-serving definition which utilizes fear to breed support for Zionism and Israel. As for Atzmon, if we can refer to ex-Catholics, why not former Jews? In the final analysis, Jewishness is a state of mind, consistent with the opinions of relevant others. You, for example, have a rather strong Jewish identity along with a sense of Jewish victimhood and concern with any sign, no matter how trivial, of anti-Semitism.

    • HOPHMI- "Sorry, here are some Atzmon quotes for Mooser, Giles, and whomever else who is misguided here...."

      See, there is something that you and Max Blumental have in common. You are both tribalists to the core. While you two may differ on Palestine, both of you resist any discussion of the relationship between Zionism and the concept of Jewishness, and how this ideology of victimhood underpins Jewish solidarity (kinship) and Jewish success. Perhaps you could review your Atzmon quotes to show Jew hatred?

      I have mixed emotions about Atzmon, some of what he says is insightful, however, he seems to be intentionally provocative as a means of self-promotion. He also appears, to me at least, to overrate himself as a philosopher and intellectual. Yet, I think that his inquiry into certain aspects of Jewish ideology is valid, certainly nothing to be squelched as you and Max seek to do. Much of what Atzmon says is consistent with Israel Shahak's observations, although Shahak is much less provocative. And before you toss about the anti-Semitism slur, you should review the writings of the early Zionists whose writings far exceed anything Atzmon has said. Furthermore, both Atzmon and Israel Shahak are/were speaking from their experiences in Israel where anti-Gentile sentiments and anti-Arab hostility are much more open. And the very notion of eternal and irrational anti-Semitism is anti-Gentile chauvinism pure and simple.

  • Clinton and Cruz both betrayed Obama's foreign policy yesterday
    • Let us pursue this Obama as seeker of peace misinformation which you guys are trying to sell. You guys are supposed to be journalists, not propagandists. As such, do you not think that an analysis of the US negotiating team might be appropriate? Care to explain how having militant Jewish Zionist Wendy Sherman as head of the negotiating group indicates a President seeking peace and justice? Seriously. Simply asserting something doesn't make it true. I have decided to help you two journalists out by providing some background information courtesy of James Petras.

      "Israel knows that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program (as does Washington). The US government uses this as a pretext to secure political concessions from Iran, to degrade its regional influence, and to secure their support in policing the Middle East."

      Sherman, as head of the US negotiating group, has access to all the details of daily discussions, proposals and concessions by the US and Iranian negotiators. Moreover, Sherman is in a position to translate Netanyahu’s demands on Iran into key agenda items and proposals. Sherman is a lifelong zealous Zionist and according to one sympathetic writer, is ‘widely considered one of Israel’s most supportive high level friends’.

      Sherman shares Netanyahu’s visceral racist ideological contempt for the Iranians. She publicly told a US Senate Committee that, “we know deception is part of their (Iranians) DNA.” This was clearly a crude remark designed to provoke the Iranian government and undermine the negotiations before they began!" (James Petras)
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    • JAMES/PHIL- "The Obama administration is doing its utmost to sign a deal with Iran right now, and Israel is upset about it."

      The US "doing its utmost?" Perhaps you could share with us your reliable intelligence sources? No, not BS public statements by selected officials. Personally, I always felt that the nuclear issue was a pretext for the sanctions which, in turn, were a form of economic warfare to either destabilize Iran or force them back into the US sphere of influence. And Netanyahu's warmongering is primarily designed to make Obama's warmongering seem reasonable by comparison. From December of 2014, here is Gareth Porter's take on the administration's efforts:

      "But an even more important, the evidence indicates that the administration feels that it has no incentives to reach an agreement with Iran, because it is getting most of what it wants already under the status quo." (Gareth Porter)
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  • Netanyahu says US is part of new 'axis'!
    • PIPPILIN- "W"?

      Not even close. To all of the wars that Obama has started, you can now add the Saudi led assault on Yemen (aided by Israel) which the US supports.

      "Make no mistakes about it: the war on Yemen is also Washington’s war. The GCC has been unleashed on Yemen by the US." (Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya)
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    • PHIL- "The pressure is increasing on Obama over his foreign policy; and it’s time for supporters of peace to line up behind him."

      You have some chutzpah to suggest that anyone support the foreign policy of this President who recently had the audacity to claim that Venezuela was an "...unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States...." What President has been a bigger war monger than Obama? Seriously, name me one. As for the Iran negotiations, there shouldn't even be negotiations or sanctions. Unlike the US, Iran has not violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Furthermore, Iran supports a nuclear weapons free Middle East, which the US pretends to support but actually scuttles. Is it your intention to spread fear about Netanyahu's "bad cop" in order to garner support for Obama's "good cop?" As far as I am concerned, the empire is on a rampage and you are effectively supplying aid and comfort to this insanity. Mondoweiss may have more in common with J-Street than either would care to admit.

  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
    • PABELMONT- "Maybe testing helps USA’s military also, because USA sure does support Israel and it’s not just because of AIPAC.

      Right you are, Peter, there are extensive US/Israel linkages. Below, a quote and a link.

      " The US and Israel are more like a very sophisticated high-tech partnership that collaborates on the frontiers of physics and other sciences in order to yield the gee-whiz weaponry that now define modern warfare. Back in the 1980s, the two nations were sharing and cross-pollinating their defense research at a very advanced level." (William Greider)
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  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
    • HOPHMI- "Making a deal with a country that finances terrorism all over the Middle East, and is basically at war with US allies...."

      So nice of you to acknowledge that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the fundamentalist Gulf Monarchies are US/Israel allies to be defended. Middle East terrorism is overwhelmingly the consequence of US/Israel actions, including ISIS, all of which you defend as befits your status as self-selected empire Jew.

  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • MOOSER- Hophmi says: "And it is usually the self-haters who cause the worst damage to the Jewish community, precisely because of how small it is."

      Is he actually accusing Phil of being a traitor? One can only wonder how many Zionist lawyers on Wall Street favor brown shirts.

    • EVA SMAGACZ- "Consider reading how America is no longer a democracy 2014 paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page."

      No longer a democracy? The link you provided indicates that there is empirical data to demonstrate that the US is a money driven, money controlled society. Where, exactly, does it show that the US was ever other than an elite controlled society?

    • SIBIRIAK- "So if a two-state solution is impossible due to Jewish Israeli opposition, then, a fortiori, a single-state solution is impossible as well."

      I agree that a single state of all Israeli citizens with equal justice, etc, is quite impossible at the present time and in the foreseeable future. This is why I think that arguing over one state versus two states is a waste of time. The near term goal should be to lift the siege of Gaza and fight for human rights. Right now, another Gaza assault is virtually inevitable as Israel, once again, violates the terms of the most recent cease fire, a recurring pattern. If you can't get the siege lifted, don't even bother talking about a one state solution.

    • PHIL- "In 1967, American Jews fell in love with Israel and made a solemn promise to protect the country through thick and thin."

      True enough, but why and how does this relate to taking back their power from Israel? Was not this alliance between Israel and American Jewish Zionists based in the US? Is not Israel primarily a quasi-metaphysical symbol of the secular religion known as Zionism? Is not Zionism the secular equivalent of Classical Judaism insofar as it is the ideological unifier of Zionist Jews? And as such, do not the American Jewish Zionist elites influence Israel at least as much as Israel influences them?

      I maintain that the notion of Israeli control over American Jewish Zionists is a serious misreading of the situation. The love affair between American Jews and Israel began after the 1967 war in which Israel destroyed Nasser and pan-Arabism, a huge service to empire which established Israel as a prime strategic asset, at least initially. It also established Zionist bonafides as reliable blood and soil nationalists as opposed to radical socialists and reformers. In no small measure, Zionism and Israel is the means by which the Zionist elites control organized American Jewry for the benefit of empire and themselves. Empire Jews, not Marxist radicals. It was primarily this fact which eliminated the barriers to Jewish penetration of the upper echelons of power. There is no power to take back because it was never given away. Now, American Jewish Zionists may come to abandon Israel as a unifying symbol, however, at this point in time Israeli actions largely reflect the wishes of American Jewish Zionist fat-cats like Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban and the Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations.

    • GILES- "Anybody else see a problem with the idea that the 98% plus of Americans who are not Jewish seem to have no say in American foreign policy in the Middle East?"

      Since the 99% have at best a negligible effect on foreign policy, there is no significant difference when it comes to the Middle East. And surely you are not suggesting that the majority of American Jews have a significant impact on US Middle East policy? As with most things, the elites determine policy based upon their perceived self-interest and manufacture consent through the doctrinal system. That is why Obama can get away with audaciously "declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela."
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  • I want my country back
    • DANAA- "BTW, I have been fine, thank you. Just busy with a case of deep despondency syndrome (DDS)."

      DDS? A dentist? Look at the bright side, we have entered what could be a golden age for gallows humor. Feeling better?

    • MOOSER- "Well, it has occurred to me, and I'm about the same age as Phil, that I was around to see the country get lost, but I'm not sure I'll live to see it taken back."

      Both you and Phil were alive during Shays Rebellion? Who knew?

    • PHIL- "I want my country back"

      For cry sakes, gimme a break! So much hysteria over this fundamentally inconsequential spat between Obama and Netanyahu. Unless you can show that a significant segment of the imperial elite are at odds with each other, then this is most likely a contrived distraction from the truly important events occurring, like the Ukraine and the TPP. Or possibly a jockeying for power among the various elites with Obama and Netanyahu as proxies. In any event, the MSM is mostly propaganda frequently designed to distract the unwary with infotainment. I don't read the NYT and I don't care what Jodi Rudoren says.

      As for the US relationship with Israel, Netanyahu's election changes little if anything. The same with Iran, the Ukraine, the TPP, climate change, the elimination of nukes, etc. At this stage of the game, Israel is an integral part of empire, something which you should write about. Below is a quote and a link to an article by William Greider which discusses the synergistic relationship between the US and Israel's militarism:

      " The US and Israel are more like a very sophisticated high-tech partnership that collaborates on the frontiers of physics and other sciences in order to yield the gee-whiz weaponry that now define modern warfare. Back in the 1980s, the two nations were sharing and cross-pollinating their defense research at a very advanced level." (William Greider)
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  • 'Do US Jews need a Jewish state for our safety?' debate begins in wake of Netanyahu victory
    • PHIL- "I don’t think Milbank’s attitude is risible; I think it flows from the Holocaust, from having half of European Jewry exterminated. But being the result of trauma 70 years ago, that attitude is deluded and anachronistic, and does not reflect our real American lives. But countless elite columnists and politicians hold those views."

      Do you really believe that Dana Milbank and Peter Beinart are suffering some sort of trauma regarding the Holocaust? Seriously? Do you also think that they are stupid? Israel needs the Diaspora more than the Diaspora needs Israel, except for the Jewish Zionist elite who profit from the group solidarity manufactured by Zionist ideology. Based upon your readings and observations, do you believe that either of these guys are truly living in fear of a future Holocaust? Are they afraid because of all the unarmed Jews who have been gunned down by racist police? Is the wildly disproportionate number of Jews incarcerated in our prison system their cause for concern? Is it the exclusion of Jews in government, business, finance and academia? Perhaps the unfavorable treatment of Jews in the media?

      Come on Phil, this talk of a potentially unsafe future is Zionist hasbara, perhaps believed by the faithful followers, but intended both to justify support for Israel and to imply de facto eternal, irrational anti-Semitism, the mother's milk of Zionism. This is an intrinsic part of Zionist ideology which has replaced Classical Judaism as the unifier of the Jews. And it has worked well, hasn't it? Who can deny that Jewish "kinship" (nice euphemism) has contributed to Jewish success? Not the only thing, but significant nonetheless. So, the new WASPs are fearful for their future? Afraid of a peasant revolt? I doubt it. They know that they have little to fear and, in fact, act rather fearlessly in their quest for power. Besides, Israel could hardly be a refuge, something for which it was never intended. No, they repeat their Zionist mantra because it has worked so well for them.

  • A response to Michael Douglas
    • IRISHMOSES- "If I was using “Jew” in a pejorative sense, e.g. “another Jewish banker”, it would have been anti-Semitic."

      Which one of those words indicates Jew hatred? In the absurdly successful Zionist propaganda, any criticism or discussion of Jewish power and/or privilege and/or tribalism is labeled a trope and equated with anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism, of course, is continually associated with pogroms and the Holocaust. The end result of all of this is to discourage discussion of the political economy insofar as Jewish Zionists oppose the discussion. Too many folks are following the Zionist framing of this issue. To me, anti-Semitism means Jew hatred, a form of racism. Racism and prejudice are not the same thing. And prejudice may in fact comport with experienced reality. When one thinks of Jews, does one think about janitors, bus drivers and factory labor? Of course there are Jewish janitors, bus drivers and factory workers, however, Jews are disproportionately represented in the professions such as doctors, lawyers and, yes, bankers. Recognition of that fact hardly indicates Jew hatred. Likewise, discussing the ramifications of a de facto economic caste system in the political economy is hardly illegitimate, nor a cause for worry concerning a new Holocaust. The danger lies in the suppression of discussion of the power relationships within our society. In view of the very low level of US anti-Semitism, the term "anti-Semitic" is overused and much abused. Of course, Jewish Zionists love the term for obvious reasons, however, too many anti-Zionists are giving de facto aid and comfort to highly successful Zionist propagandists.

    • TAXI- "I find the whole thing propagandistic and the timing of the release of this op=ed fishy-fingered."

      I agree. Doesn't it seem strange that this apparently isolated instance of a movie star's privileged son being upset over verbal insults results in an op-ed in the LA Times decrying anti-Semitism? As you say, "fishy-fingered."

    • GILES- "It speaks to the insanity of the Zionist culture that he views himself as a victim of society."

      Ah, but there is a method to the madness. No need to justify your power and privilege, nor feel pangs of guilt when you can claim victimhood and expect sympathy from the 99%! As for this unseemly, ongoing over-emphasis on negligible anti-Semitism, Norman Finkelstein had this response. In replying to a question about "What are your views on the state of Jews in Europe? Are they safe, and what do you think the future holds in store for them?" Norman replied: "In the face of so much ineffable suffering in the world today, I couldn’t care less about the “state of Jews in Europe”. Would any of these “suffering” Jews want to change places with a refugee from Gaza, or Africa or Syria or Afghanistan or Iraq? Enough with this solipsistic navel-gazing!"
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  • The historic night for the Arab List
    • CITIZEN- "PS: 90% of Bibi's campaign donations were given by American Jewish wealth--half of those donations were by a handful of superrich American Jews."

      What I found even more shocking is how little money was involved. One million shekels ($250,000)? Jeez, that is more in line with running for the Seattle City Council. No joke. If you are looking to buy influence, these Israeli politicians work cheap!

  • New York Times published piece about Netanyahu’s racism, then rewrote all of it
    • MOOSER- "After all, we are what we eat."

      Thanks for the straight line, however, I doubt that the vulgar punch line would pass moderation. Maybe next time.

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • HOPHMI- "The only thing it means is that when your population is being attacked by rockets, you'll favor your government doing what it can to stop the rocket attacks."

      You mean like honoring the terms of the previous cease fire?

  • Netanyahu won. Now what?
    • HOPHMI- "That’s why the first world leader to congratulate Netanyahu was the Prime Minister of India, with whom Israel is developing a close trade partnership."

      So, the first leader to congratulate Netanyahu was the anti-Muslim, Hindu fascist Modi? You think that this is a harbinger of things to come and take pride in it? Once again, Zionists working together with fascists. I'll just bet that you are a fan of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis too. Victorian Nuland is. So is Bernard-Henri Levy. Birds of a feather. Israel uber alles.

  • Sheldon Adelson is not the problem
    • JLEWISDICKERSON- "Personally, I’m in favor of changing Thanksgiving Day to ‘Oligarch Appreciation Day’! ! !"

      Not a bad idea! One of the problems we face is that our use of democratic vocabulary helps sustain the illusion of democracy. I think it would help if we altered our vocabulary to reflect actual social reality. For example, it seems obvious (to me at least) that the fat-cats are a form of capitalist nobility, hence, Lord Gates, Lord Buffet, Lord Adelson, etc. Since the larger corporations are more powerful than the individual oligarchs, they would be Great Lords. So, Great Lord Microsoft, Great Lord Google, Great Lord Goldman Sachs, etc. Perhaps due to organizational affiliations we would refer to Lesser Lord Dershowitz? This would more honestly reflect real power relationships now that we are headed toward neofeudalism. We have come full circle from an ideological based royalty to a capitalist nobility which derives its justification, power and privilege from money.

    • INTERESTED BYSTANDER- " I did say “Foreign Policy” magazine; I misspoke, the article appeared in Foreign Affairs."

      Oy vey, worse yet! Foreign Affairs is the magazine of the Council on Foreign Relations, the ultimate fat-cat think tank and power broker. These are the instigators and justifiers of imperial policy whose views and actions absolutely reflect the goals and objectives of the 1% as you are probably aware. This is your source of inspiration?

      Interested Bystander- "I don’t think the argument he’s making–that support for Israel is widespread and deep, far beyond the 1.8% of American Jews, or the 1%–is “laughable.”

      What is this, bait and switch? In the quote which you provided, he claims that US support for Israel "represents the power of public opinion to shape foreign policy." That isn't true. Foreign policy is shaped by elites to reflect their perceived interests. They then use the tremendous resources at their disposal to manufacture consent. To suggest that the elites calling the shots are responding to the will of the people is laughable the first time, somewhat perverse to keep insisting that US policy towards Israel is in response to popular sentiment, as if oil, geostrategy and the Lobby were insignificant factors. And as for popular support for Israel, in view of the distorted media message, what can we expect? We have been inundated with pro Israel propaganda since about 1967.

      Interested Bystander- "Hagee has 62 stations broadcasting to 150 million households it is claimed. 150 million viewers who take that kind of talk seriously. This is the reason Netanyahu gets 29 standing ovations in Congress...."

      Not only is Congress the loyal servant of the people, but they are under the influence of Pastor Hagee! Lobby? What Lobby? Campaign donations? What campaign donations? As for Netanyahu getting standing ovations prior to Adelson, the Israel Lobby has been around long before Adelson became notorious. As I indicated in my comment, Adelson is just one rich guy, the Lobby reflects the combined wealth and organization of a lot of rich guys. And, of course, you have the military-industrial complex, etc.

      Interested Bystander- "I have no views on whether he’s a nice guy, or not."

      Good Grief, Roland. Do you not even bother to read what you wrote? Remember saying this: "Fact is, Adelson is an American success story. He came from humble background and he built, and re-built his empire from the ground up. He has swagger, but he also has a twinkle. He has a strong and accomplished woman for his second wife. You’ve got to admire that." Sounds like praise to me!

      Interested Bystander- "How do we change the politics?"

      We are a money driven, money controlled society. Money is power, economic power in fluid form, the primary instrument of social control. In the long run, money overwhelms all opposition. Neoliberalism is global class war which the oligarchs and corporations have effectively won. We have traveled so far in the wrong direction that I personally have little hope of staving off disaster. The financial system is an unmitigated disaster. A private, debt-money based system that requires growth or privatization to avoid default. Wealth is wildly, excessively concentrated, the oligarchs and corporations a form of capitalist nobility. What little hope I have is directed toward Third Party candidates. Your opinion that very rich guys are just part of politics is part of the official mythology which you feel the need to promote, perhaps in an attempt to find employment within the doctrinal system which justifies an unjust system. So, Adelson by himself is but a part of the problem. THE SYSTEM IS THE PROBLEM!

    • ROLAND NIKLES- (quoting Mead) “In the United States,” says Mead, “a pro-Israel foreign policy does not represent the triumph of a small lobby over the public will. It represents the power of public opinion to shape foreign policy in the face of concerns by foreign policy professionals.”

      While you are quoting Mead, his views as expressed in an article in the 2008 issue of Foreign Policy Magazine appear to closely reflect your own. Foreign Policy magazine was founded by Samuel Huttington, it's current CEO is David Rothkopf, as such, its views represent the self-serving mythology of the 1%. The notion that imperial foreign and domestic policy reflect the will of the 99% is laughable. In case you haven't noticed, the global empire responds primarily to the perceived needs and desires of the transnational corporations, most significantly the financial institutions which have establish themselves as the guiding lights of empire. Support for Israel is based upon strategic considerations as well as the perceived interests of some very powerful oligarchs. Adelson is one of several Jewish Zionist billionaires who, along with other wealthy Zionists, form an extremely powerful Israel support network. This, along with other elite domestic support, accounts for the extraordinary degree of US support for Israel.

      I find it interesting that you seem to find Adelson so admirable. I personally find concentrated power to be socially dysfunctional and would love to see the tax laws changed to eliminate all oligarchs, and curb the corporations. You, like David Rothkopf, seem to be an apologist for the current political economy and for the fat-cats who are laying waste to the planet. So, yes, Adelson by himself does not dictate imperial policy. However, trying to paint the Founding Fathers as Zionists (pre Herzl, I might add) is a bit of a disingenuous stretch, don't you think? I mean, let us not put all of our eggs in the Walter Russell Mead basket. And US feelings of exceptionalism are not so freely shared with others, at least not prior to 1967.

  • Separating anti-Semitism from anti-Zionism
    • MHUGHES976- "I think of anti-Semitism as prejudice against at least some things characteristically Jewish...."

      I would suggest that when used by Zionists and other organized Jews, it has a much darker meaning. As used by these overlapping groups, anti-Semitism is tied in with Jew hatred, pogroms and the Holocaust. As such, anti-Semitism is widely believed by many Jews as an indicator of real danger. This becomes part of the siege mentality which Zionists seek to foster on Jews as a key component of group solidarity. Therefore, casual references to mild prejudice as anti-Semitism is likely to be misinterpreted. My own view is that real anti-Semitism is a relatively insignificant problem which is wildly overemphasized on Mondoweiss.

      Norman Finkelstein has, I think, a realistic assessment of the relative "danger" of anti-Semitism: “Jews are tapped into the networks of power and privilege,” he said. “You marry a Jew, it opens doors,” because Jews are “the richest ethnic group in the United States”. Maybe there was some little stigma, sometimes, directed at some Jews, but so what? It’s not nice, but it is “socially inconsequential”.
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  • UC Berkeley Israel group wants to ban imaginary word rhyming with intifada as 'triggering, terrifying'
    • HOPHMI- "Bears for Israel is being silly...."

      You consider the entire response to Din's use of #DINTIFADA to be silly? That this orchestrated hysteria and intimidation is just a big joke? That the death threats and vilification on the Stand With Us Facebook page are funny? Silly? No big deal?

      Hophmi: "Antisemitism on campus has Jews extra frightened right now...."

      Oh, the Brown Shirts are cowering in fear? This is typical Zionist intimidation which you are shamelessly trying to misrepresent. Your comment is a perfect example of you defending the Zionist tribe, facts be damned. You are one sick puppy.

  • The U.S. sells out a brave, democratic Muslim leader -- again (Updated on March 13)
    • JAMES NORTH- "Once again, some combination of cowardice and incompetence at the U.S. State Department is jeopardizing the freedom — and possibly the life — of a dynamic, progressive Muslim leader in the global south."

      Cowardice? Incompetence? The empire is at war with anyone and everyone in the Global South whose actions are not to the liking of the Western corporate/financial oligarchy. Dynamic, progressive Muslim leader? Clearly someone the empire desires eliminated. And surely you are aware of the reality, so why the liberal whining about good folks lacking courage and/or making mistakes? Why not just cut the crap and tell it like it is? Do you really think that the elites will be influenced by your entreaty that they take their own rationalizations and pretexts at face value and act accordingly?

  • Paris university reverses decision, allows Israeli apartheid event with Blumenthal
    • HOPHMI- "They mimic very old antisemitic tropes. And they are untrue. And until they are examined, and rejected, by the BDS movement that promotes them, I will continue to point out the similarity."

      First of all, I am unfamiliar with these so called anti-Semitic tropes used by the BDS movement. Any examples? Furthermore, any honest evaluation of the reality of these "tropes" will inevitably result in you accusing the commenter of anti-Semitism and/or Jew hatred and/or "mimic(ing) very old antisemitic tropes." By the way, care to comment on the use of these tropes by the early Zionists?

    • HOPHMI- "It is common on the far-left on sites like this...."

      Mondoweiss far left? Have you lost your mind? Mondoweiss is barely left of center, safely "liberal" in the perjorative sense of the term.

      Hophmi- "I have a problem with people who take that and suggest that not only are these elites in control of our country, which is ridiculous enough, but that they exercise that control not in the American interest, but in their own interest as Jews."

      While they are not a majority of the imperial elites, nonetheless, Jews are a significant and integral part of the elite oligarchy which runs things. If by "American interest(s)" you mean the best interests of the 99%, then few, if any, of the elites, neither Jew nor Gentile, works to promote the interests of the citizenry. In fact, neoliberal globalization is intended to weaken the 99% and solidify elite control in a form of neofeudalism. Virtually all of the elites pursue their own power-seeking interests. For Jews this would usually involve actions to reinforce tribal solidarity which provides a competitive advantage vis a vis non-Jewish elites.

      Hophmi- "You can't deal with this reality because it's too uncomfortable for most of you to think that you might have gone over to the dark side here."

      Dark side? The dark side is supporting warfare and empire. Supporting the ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is the dark side. Supporting imperial destabilization in the Ukraine is the dark side. Supporting the ongoing attempt to destabilize Venezuela is the dark side. Supporting US/Israel nuclear blackmail is the dark side. Supporting neoliberal globalization is the dark side. Are there any of these which you don't support?

    • HOPHMI- "...rather than contextualizing Jewish campaigns for in-marriage as simply an attempt by a very small people to preserve their religious traditions, it is presented as a belief in Jewish supremacy."

      Religious traditions? When a secular Jew (why still considered a "Jew"?) "intermarries" with a non-Jewish atheist, Rabbis are rightfully upset because this threatens their "religious traditions?" Two atheists marrying is a threat to Judaism? When the mostly atheist founders of the "Jewish State" founded Israel it was because they wished to preserve their religious traditions which they ridiculed in private?

      In your ongoing propaganda offensive, you bounce between Jews as followers of the Judaic religion, or Jews as a discreet ethnicity, or Jews as maintaining some sort of tradition, depending upon which characterization is more effective to make your point. Interestingly, Israel Shahak considered Zionism as a throwback to Classical Judaism as a unifier of world Jewry and a reaction to the enlightenment and assimilation which posed an existential threat to the tribal ideology. I agree. Zionist Jews seek to maintain Jewish tribal solidarity as a group strategy. Obviously, an effective one if power accumulation is the goal.

    • ANNIE- "keith, david duke didn’t say (unless i missed it) the bolded part: Jews use their networks to advance themselves and keep others down."

      No, Hophmi said it. He implied that it was, in effect, what both David Duke and Mondoweiss are saying. Part of the problem with Hophmi always referring to David Duke is that you have to rely on Hophmi's accuracy. That is part of the problem. To verify any of this would require reading David Duke, something I don't plan on doing, although Hophmi seems to be a big fan of the Duke. Doesn't it seem strange that Hophmi, TokyoBK, et al, seem to be so knowledgeable about David Duke and Stormfront, etc? Who reads this shit other than Zionists trolling for examples of anti-Semitism?

    • HOPHMI- "All points made here at Mondoweiss. Jews are tribal, and their support of Israel is tribal, and Jews use their networks to advance themselves and keep others down. Phil has claimed that he and many of his generation have benefited from such networking."

      If we are referring to organized Jewry, particularly East Coast Ashkenazi, then the statement, as quoted, is essentially true. The fact that David Duke may have said the same thing doesn't make it false. Additionally, your continued attempt to label what Phil and others say as something David Duke would say is a dishonest attempt to link Phil and others with David Duke. Frankly, I am not that familiar with David Duke, however, the quotes you selected seem fairly reasonable and hardly indicate anti-Semitism. Unless, of course, you have cherry-picked the more reasonable ones in the hopes of tarring Phil and Mondoweiss with other unseen quotes. Let us take one quote as an example:

      "Duke: "We have many, many Jewish organizations, very powerful organizations in this country working for what they consider to be the Jewish agenda or the Israeli agenda."

      You dispute this? What, exactly, do you think the mission of the Conference of the Major American Jewish Organizations is? Do you think that perhaps they may pursue a Jewish agenda? Support for Israel? Are you seriously denying the reality of the existence of powerful Jewish organizations? Or that their activities benefit Jews? That they support Israel? That they are politically active and that their membership is a significant source of campaign contributions? Are you suggesting that it is anti-Semitic to discuss the role of organized Jewry in the political economy? Can you even engage in any sort of discussion without charging anti-Semitism or labeling folks as David Duke? Let us be honest, you are basically a Zionist attack dog labeling people as anti-Semites for even discussing Jews and power. An Alan Dershowitz wannabe.

  • Netanyahu's consciousness-raising
    • DABAKR- "Once Pyongyang was ready to come out as a nuclear power, it threw out the nuclear inspectors, opened the sealed nuclear sites, vacated its signature on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and began testing nuclear bombs."

      North Korea and the US had negotiated certain agreements which the US then proceeded to actively sabotage. Then North Korea resumed its nuclear program, its main deterrent to a hostile empire intent upon global hegemony. Chomsky explains:

      "In September 2005, under pressure, the United States did agree to negotiations, and there was an outcome. September 2005, North Korea agreed to abandon -- quoting -- "all nuclear weapons and existing weapons programs" and to allow international inspection. That would be in return for international aid, mainly from the United States, and a non-aggression pledge from the US and an agreement that the two sides -- I'm quoting -- would "respect each other's sovereignty, exist peacefully together and take steps to normalize relations."

      Well, the United States, the Bush administration, had an instant reaction. It instantly renewed the threat of force. It froze North Korean funds in foreign banks. It disbanded the consortium that was supposed meet to provide North Korea with a light-water reactor. So North Korea returned to its weapons and missile development, carried out a weapons test, and confrontation escalated. Well, again, under international pressure and with its foreign policy collapsing, Washington returned to negotiations. That led to an agreement, which Washington is now scuttling." (Noam Chomsky)
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    • PHIL- "Jim Fallows is doing a smashing job at the Atlantic to counter Netanyahu’s hysteria."

      Jim Fallows: "I don’t know the best response to the Iranian threat, which I take seriously."

      "Smashing job"? For cry sakes, Phil, this is nothing but liberal propaganda. Serious threat? The only threat Iran poses is to US/Israel hegemony. How about a nuclear weapons free Middle East which Iran supports and the US and Israel oppose? How about the US take meaningful steps to eliminate nuclear weapons as required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty rather than the planned upgrading of the US nuclear arsenal? Let us be honest, the primary threat for using nuclear weapons resides in the US with Israel close behind.

  • 'NYT' reports 'surge of hostile sentiment against Jews' nationwide -- on what basis?
    • TREE- Daily Bruin: "The undergraduate student government recently took down a YouTube video of a controversial council meeting after several council members received death threats and hate mail accusing them of being anti-Semitic."

      First of all, thank you for taking the time to research this and inform us of this aspect of the situation which most of us would otherwise be unaware of. This is raw intimidation by a group of Zionists who can be honestly described as Zionist Brown Shirts. This is organized harassment by those who whine about eternal victimhood. Who are the victims here? This is not an isolated incident. Both Israel Shahak and Noam Chomsky were harassed, Shahak enduring slurs along with attempts to get him fired, Chomsky receiving death threats. This is part of a pattern of intimidation which also serves the purpose of reinforcing Jewish tribalism. Targeted Jews will be propagandized about a rise in anti-Semitism, while Gentiles will react to blatant Jewish hostility. Perceived anti-Semitism is the mother's milk of Zionism, good relations between Jews and non-Jews an existential threat.

    • STEPHEN SHENFIELD- "Talk of a "surge" of anti-Semitism is a sort of magical spell by means of which they hope to conjure more anti-Semitism into existence."

      While these types of anti-Gentile recriminations by Zionists undoubtedly lead to increased anti-Semitism, their primary concern seems to be the creation of PERCEIVED anti-Semitism in the minds of the targeted population of Jews. Obviously some low level actual anti-Semitism makes this task easier, however, the perception is the key. Relatively safe and empowered Jews fearful of their non-Jewish neighbors and committed to PERCEIVED defensive action are a valuable resource to be utilized by Jewish Zionist elites.

    • HOPHMI- "Even in a situation as obvious as this you can't acknowledge the pervasiveness of antisemitism."

      Anti-Semitism as in Jew hatred? Jeez, Hophmi, I can almost feel your fear. Perhaps one day you will be able to flee your Wall Street Ghetto and make your way to Harlem where you will be free, free at last!

  • Do not let this opportunity for peace with Iran pass
  • 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)

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