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  • Post Orlando, a Muslim's comment on homophobia within the Muslim community
    • do we have any proof that the Orlando maniac attacked the Gay club simply cause it was a Gay club? Maybe he attacked it cause he had been there before, he knew its layout, and knew it was an easy target.

      I'll give the same answer than to the question "Was it an ideologically motivated murder OR the act of a lone mentally disturbed man?":
      Yes

  • Why don't you share all the good things about Israel?
    • “Why don’t you share good things about Israel, we are many more than these few idiots?”

      Because these few violent idiots have subjugated you.

  • 'Either Assad or we'll burn the country' - An excerpt from 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' (Update)
    • Why should Assad go?

      Why should he stay?
      He's a parasite, whose regime was so busy gorging itself up that it didn't do anything when the worst drought in 900 years wrecked his country. His dynasty's survival from this conflict would only insure that ten, twenty, thirty down the line another uprising begins, one that will likely be even more violent from the get go, and faced by a regime that will only have grown more decadent and inept that it already is, because that's the thing with dictatorships: they never become more competent as time goes by.

      To be blunt, the longer Assad stays, the likelier the Alawis, Christians, and other minorities which in exchange from preferential access to the scraps became the de facto hostages of the regime will end on the receiving end of a genocide fueled by revanchist fury when (not if) his regime collapses.

  • Once, most Jews viewed Israel as the anti-semite's best friend
    • Such characteristics – all too apparent in Israel – include: an exclusionary definition of peoplehood; a need to foment fear and hatred of the other as a way to keep the nation tightly bound; an obsession with and hunger for territory; and a highly militarised culture.

      And, last but not least, a parasitic ruling class keenly aware of the intrinsic frailty of their ethnic supremacist project taking steps to ensure their heirs can quickly evacuate the "hallowed motherland" toward a safe haven where they'll keep living comfortably when the regime collapses.

  • Trump and the war for 'Western Values'
    • Trump doesn’t understand that the United States is not a nation-state. It would be, if it were a state bound to an ethnic or linguistic identity

      Actually, Nations are not bound to ethnic or linguistic identities. The modern concept of the Nation was conceived in opposition to regimes ruled by tiny clades of hereditary aristocrats: at its core lies the idea that the subjects of any given crown form a community of interest that supersedes any other identities. You may not like your compatriots, but more often than not, your prosperity will be more intrinsically intertwined with theirs than with people who share your religion, ideology, or esthetical preferences from the other side of the world.

      What Trump is doing is repeating an imposture propagated by european far-rightists: what they do is childishly simple: they take the herrenvolk regimes they want to establish, and call these "Nation States": these regimes are as much "national" as the nomenklatura-ruled soviet-style dictatorships were "popular", but sheer repetition is often sufficient to spread confusion about the far-right's goal.

      If anything, Trump is simply another manifestation of something that has been taboo for many years: many white westerners hate the "Western Values" and the type of governments they spawned and would rather abolish them and come back to the pre-enlightenment despotic regimes where civilization itself existed only to cater to the whims and demands of a tiny parasitic aristocracy while the rest of society lived short and miserable lives toiling in the mud to sustain their lords and masters' material comforts.

      Trump's supporters, like the supporter of european far-right parties are not dupe about the actual goals of their champion: their folly lies in the fact that they are convinced that they will belong to the new aristocracy Trump wants to establish: they won't, and most of them won't even get the lackey's preferential access to the nobility's scraps.

  • When 'Broad City' Went On Birthright, and taught us all a lesson about American Jews and Israel
    • I know you're trying to derail what I said by denying the palestinian elephant in the room, by the fact is that it's a bit of an open secret that a good chunk of the ashkenazi bourgeoisie holds the Mizrahim in contempt. Kinda like how many rich white Christians feel no sincere kinship toward blue-collared white Christians and depict them behind closed doors as dangerous rabble that needs to be kept in check.

      So to be frank, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that a certain number of Birthrights promoters are not-so-secretly thinking "The Mizrahi plebs are outbreeding us! The Mizrahi plebs are outbreeding us!"

    • you always highlight the tiny number of critics who make the same silly arguments about how the trip pushes marriage on its participants

      [Pedant mode]
      Actually, critics don't argue that birthright trips pushes marriage: critics argue that birthright trips are the brainkids of paranoid white dudes terrified at the prospect of brown-skinned plebs outbreeding them who thought that the best way to "preserve their demographic advantage" is to push teenagers to have unprotected sex with their distant cousins during a state-sponsored summer camps.
      [/Pedant mode]

  • Trump supporters in New York take on ISIS
    • They're already soiling their pants when they see talking-heads pontificating about terrorism on TV, despite the fact that they're all more likely to drown in their own bathtub than being gunned down by Daesh's suicide squads.

    • “I’d bomb the whole place. Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran and ISIS” Ammar said, offering an alternative solution to the compulsory service.

      The cowardice of right-wingers: "I'm willing to support wanton slaughter, but I don't want a single person I know to risk their lives"

  • Israeli journalist Derfner succinctly analyzes the anti-Semitism vs. anti-Zionism debate
    • It's not that the swamp generates support, it's that its denizen used to (and some still do today) pretend they supported Palestinian Rights: it was an attempt to disguise hatred as lofty principles.

      It's not done as often anymore because Islamophobia is the new black, but also because -notably in Western Europe- pro-Palestinian activists have grown cautious over the years: they know the impostors are still lurking and have become much better at defending themselves against entryism: pulling a Rassinier is much harder today than it was back in the day.

    • “The overlap between Western anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is a fraction of that between Zionism and Islamophobia.”

      Not only that, but the two are quite intricately linked: the overlap between Western anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism used to be much larger than it is today because for a few decades after the end of WWII, Jews remained the prime target of the bigoted fraction of the white bourgeoisie. It's only when racism against migrants from the Middle-East and Africa grew to become a political issue starting the late 70s that the balance started to switch.
      In fact, I wouldn't hesitate to say that the ratio of far-rightists judeophobes hasn't changed much: it's just that them, the subjugation of Muslim immigrants takes priority over the extermination of Jews nowadays. In other words, White antisemitism hasn't disappeared, it just temporarily converted to Zionism.

      And that's something that should be remembered by those foolish enough to think they can safely ride the islamophobic tiger: when bashing migrants of Muslim descent became politically expedient, white racists threw their "Natural Allies in the Struggle against Global Jewry" under the bus without shame nor remorse: there is no doubt whatsoever that the day it becomes expedient to do so, white racists will turn on their "Natural Allies in the Struggle against Global Islamization" with cold savagery.

  • First woman President nukes Iran
  • 'We don’t want to find ourselves in a position like apartheid South Africa': A report from Israel's first national conference against BDS
    • Ron Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, told the gathering that, “our enemies have failed to destroy Israel militarily and economically. Having failed, they are trying to destroy Israel politically.”

      I can picture British wealthy men 85 years ago: "Having failed to defeat the British Empire on the battlefield, Gandhi's mob is trying to destroy it politically", to which said "mob" would have answered: "we're not trying"

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      “recently telling me that we can fight Hizbollah, Iran and its nukes but we haven’t yet defeated BDS; it’s a strategic challenge for the Israeli state”

      Well, that makes sense: Hezbollah is busy fighting in the Syrian civil wars and Iranian nukes do not exist: absent and non-existent threats are waaaaay more manageable than criticism.

      ***

      “Settlement products are welcome on the EU market”

      Which is true: Settlers are perfectly allowed to try to sell their products: they just have to be honest about where the stuff comes from and EU citizens are allowed to buy from someone else: you know: free and fair competition.

      Funny how right-wingers start hating capitalism has soon as their rents are threatened.

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      There’s no doubt that draconian legislation against BDS could hamper the movement’s rise in the short term, and BDS leaders could be targeted by political, social or military means.

      In the words of famous Zionist Albert Einstein:
      "Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced"

      The most visible of activists may be harassed, but you can't put a cop behind every shopgoer to make sure they don't read labels and deliberately choose to buy from companies that don't take part in the occupation.

    • Threats on an internet comment section are cheap and easy.

  • Finding 1 'Arab' in Israeli basketball, NY Times espouses Zionist racial theory
    • I think it was Sami Michael who said that no matter their claim, the ashkenazi bourgeoisie had always regarded mizrahi Jews as Arabs. His point was that the loyalty of many mizrahi Jews to the fiction of a jewish ethnicity was one-sided.

      (Of course, it's very far from unusual to have the upper-class regarding itself has the real herrenvolk while pretending to feel kinship with parts of the plebs in order to play divide & rule: middle and working-class ashkenazi Jews most probably aren't held in very high esteem by the israeli upper-class either)

  • Sayed Kashua doesn't want to write in Hebrew for 'Haaretz' anymore
    • Don’t forget that 97%(!) of Jewish Israelis are against intermarriage.

      I wonder how many of these 97% are like American Evangelicals: Chanting "Amen" when they hear bigoted speeches not because they approve, but because "they [don't] yet realize that they [aren't] the only ones in that congregation [who disapprove of] this war, and so feel alone and powerless and intimidated, and fearfully submitted, shout “Amen” along with everyone else, enabling the illusion of unanimity"

  • Saudi court overturns death sentence for Ashraf Fayadh; new sentence is 8 years and 800 lashes
    • petroleum is harmless, except for the trace of poverty it leaves behind

      your mute blood will not speak up 
      as long as you pride yourself in death
      as long as you keep announcing -secretly- that you have put your soul 
      at the hands of those who do not know much.. 

      Haaaa, I see: Not much against God but a lot of his poem where critical of the Saudi's regime. So basically, Ashraf Fayadh is being punished for the crime of lese-majesty.

      From Wikipedia:

      This behavior was first classified as a criminal offence against the dignity of the Roman Republic of Ancient Rome. In the Dominate, or Late Empire period the emperors eliminated the Republican trappings of their predecessors and began to identify the state with their person [...] by the time it was replaced by Christianity, what was in all but name a monarchical tradition had already become well-established.

      No tradition is more proudly Western than aping decadent pagan rulers in the name of a monotheistic faith. The House of Saud is much more similar to our elites than we'd like to admit.

  • After 'tepid' welcome at Israeli Embassy, Obama's pro-Israel speech brought down the house
    • Had Mandela been killed in prison, instead of peacefully transitioning to democracy in 1994, South Africa would have seen its white population genocided 10 years later and people would now be scratching their head, asking "Why didn't the Afrikaner elite see it coming?"

    • When any Jew anywhere is targeted just for being Jewish, we all have to respond as Roddie Edmonds did — “We are all Jews.”

      Obama's right.
      Of course, his sentence implies a larger untold truth: When any Muslim anywhere is targeted just for being Muslim, we are all Muslims, when any Atheist anywhere is targeted just for being Atheist, we are all Atheists, when any LGBT anywhere is targeted just for being something else than conventionally straight, we are all Gays and Queers, When any Brown or Black Person anywhere is targeted just for not being White, we are all Negros, Ragheads and Mongrels... because if we're not, we become nothing more than the abject bullies' lackeys.

  • Israeli mayors initiate boycott of Sweden over foreign minister's criticism
    • BOYCOTT OF SWEDEN? 15 MAYORS HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL THEIR TRAVEL TO A CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY

      If you think that boycotting a country because its chief diplomat said that killing teenagers is wrong constitute savvy PR, you're just not intelligent enough to add anything of value to any conference anyway.

  • 'Little Jewboy' moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel
    • The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state

      Any system solely built upon tribalistic loyalty is fated to devolve that way. Eventually, the community's "gatekeepers" become its de facto absolute rulers (because any leader who disagree with them ends up either thrown out or beaten into submission), then proclaim that any expression of dissent toward their rulership is tantamount to treason. Members of the community are therefore left with few choices: with debate and dissent stifled, they can either cravenly repeat that deers are horned horses, leave their community to join another, cause an internal schism, or finally try to cut the gatekeepers' heads.

      ***

      what happens if “Zionism with a human face” returns to Israel? Livni, Shavit et al, all far more consoling to US Zionists

      They can't "return" for the same reason that he people who wanted "gentler" colonial empires or a "gradual" abolition of slavery in the previous eras failed to impose any meaningful change: in both case, the de facto aristocracies of profiteers sustained by the abusive systems:
      1. Viewed even the meekest voices calling for even the slightest reforms as arch archnemeses to be crushed
      2. Had enough clout, money and firepower to make the threats of burning their whole country to the ground in a final, suicidal ditch of spite very credible
      And effectively bullied into submission everyone apart from the most determined.

      Even if other right-wingers cumulating
      • More moderate personal world-views
      • Awareness of the long-term unsustainability of the Greater Israel & "Ethnically" pure Israel projects
      • Not callous enough to simply think "I'll just get a second passport, get out of here before the final collapse and fuck the fools and the plebs who didn't or couldn't take the appropriate precautions"
      Were to beat the religious-nationalist coalition in the ballot box, the colonization apparatus would almost certainly succeed in forcing them to keep the business as usual approach.

      Something similar can be said about Obama's presidency: what Obama the individual citizen who happened to win two presidential elections thinks on the matter doesn't matter much if the US' security-industrial complex can sabotage the American Republic in retaliation against any attempt to rein them in and limit their privileges.

  • Forty Brazilian diplomats issue statement against Dani Dayan appointment
    • These guys have no idea of diplomacy. But that’s what happens in third world countries like Brazil, where “diplomats” are not real diplomats, but cronies.

      Pssssst: google "dunning-kruger effect", and try to retain this lesson: if you believe yourself cunning enough to hide your lack of knowledge behind a veneer of false confidence and bravado, you're not.

    • Is it fashionable? Pretending that the Western powers aren't keeping the State of Israel afloat, I mean?
      The problem with self-serving, tribalistic bullshit is that if left unchallenged it gains a momentum of its own: eventually a growing number of politicians will feel compelled to play along this fable, and to prove their audience they are *true believers*, they'll base their actual policies on the fable, burn bridges and cripple the network of support their country can't function without.

      (And as Mooser noticed: yeah, you're deliberately confusing Jews, the Israeli elites and the voting block that supports them as if all three where the same thing, which they're not... Now, wasn't there something in Moses' Laws about bearing false witness?)

    • It shows the extraordinary arrogance and autism of Israel, seen at the highest diplomatic levels.

      Oh, I'm pretty sure many if not most Israeli diplomats are suffocated by their government short-sighted and hubristic approach. Unfortunately, the elected officials currently dominating the israeli political class as well as those who vote for them tend to mistake belligerence for strength and are unlikely to back down, because they'd view it at "looking weak".

  • The Rabin distraction
    • There were a lot less settlers when Oslo was signed: building new settlements was a way to sabotage the accord (and to manufacture a captive electorate)

  • Trump calls out Clinton for her support for Israel's separation wall
    • Is that the Jewish herrenvolk?

      I was talking about westerners wanting to enshrine white supremacy in their countries' laws, actually.
      Besides, given the discriminations against Mizrahi Jews, I'd say when it comes to Israel that the local right-wingers seek to establish an Ashkenazi herrenvolk regime, not a Jewish one.

    • The tweet is also a reminder that people know what’s going on over there. Even Donald Trump. Public opinion is shifting. Even the most pessimistic person has to see that. People are aware of the apartheid conditions

      Problem is Trump's tweet doesn't mean "Boohoo, Hillary's a hypocrite": it means "If Apartheid is good enough for Israel, it's good for the US": an while public opinion is shifting, the fraction that's willing to unapologetically demand the establishment of herrenvolk regimes is growing.

  • Israel isn't worried about ISIS
    • Why isn’t Israel concerned? Do they know something we don’t?

      Daesh attacked Paris because it hopes Westerners will react by electing far-rightists who will oppress the Muslim Westerners in order to create a false dichotomy ("it's either us, or the White Man who treats you like shit anyway").

      Israel is already ruled by far-rightists who mistreat their country's Muslim denizens as a matter of course: as a result, it's probably much lower on Daesh's hit list, since it's already doing its bidding.

  • Today's a day to grieve for Paris, not score political points
    • Daesh is not being obliterated by Russia: Russia is mostly bombing places were Daesh isn't present.

      Daesh is being beaten, sure: mostly by the Kurds who recently cut its territory in two by taking Sinjar on the road between Raqqa and Mossul.
      As for what Daesh think they can gain, well, their reasoning is that if the far-right take over France, its new fascist leaders will start by focusing on exterminating the secular and progressive Muslims first, creating a vacuum that they will then fill.

  • Saddam was just a 'neighborhood bully,' Netanyahu says-- 13 years after saying Saddam threatened 'security of our entire world'
  • Bloomberg's int'l editor to host event on 'incredible courage' of Israeli soldiers (including Netanyahu)
    • Funny how Israeli politicians always discover their doubts about Israel's sustainability after their political career is over.

  • Karmah Elmusa rocks Elle Magazine
    • you’re just wrong if you do not think there are “hundreds” of paid zionist commenters out there.

      Propagandists who mail talking points to the faithful, sure, but I'm fairly certain that virtually all those who then copy-paste said talking points and mix these with shoddily constructed variation of the "Arabs are genetically inferior Untermenschen" theme are doing so for free.

    • Is this a tactic? Do they think people with opposing views needs to be drowned out?

      I don't think it's deliberate: it's just the zealots taking over the asylum.

    • I haven’t looked at the comments, but there are hundreds of (paid) Zionist commenters who do this sort of thing.

      I seriously doubt it: why waste money paying racists nutjobs who don't need pecuniary incentives to willingly spew their hatred/authoritarian-fantasies everywhere they're allowed to do so?

  • 'Most-read' article at Washington Post calls Israel 'savage, unrepairable society'
    • Oppressive system tend to develop their own specific form of magic thoughts: Oppression breeds hatred and a desire for revenge: the people who benefit from it realize that, and tend to react by doubling down on the abuse: "If we keep beating the downtrodden, they'll never become strong enough to successfully overthrow us": it's a bully's logic scaled up to Nations.

      Eventually, you see emerging from the privileged class people like Assaf Gavron who realize two things:
      1. The bully's logic is unsustainable: strength is transient and diplomatically isolated rogue states are fated to collapse, usually very violently.
      2. Appealing to their peers sense of decency to convince them to change their behavior is a pointless endeavor: it will at best be ignored or ridiculed, at worst cause the people appealing to them to be banded as traitors and forcefully relegated to the abused class.

      So they try to appeal to their peers' sense of self preservation, try to convince them that it's by doing the right thing that they will ensure their own survival.

    • One recent poll by the newspaper Maariv found that only 19 percent of Israeli Jews think most Arabs oppose the attacks.

      Qui veut tuer son chien, l'accuse de la rage.

      ***

      No matter how many soldiers we put in the West Bank, or how many houses of terrorists we blow up, or how many stone-throwers we arrest, we don’t have any sense of security

      This is something that deserves to be repeated: even if the Israeli government followed its bullying policies though to their logical conclusion and ethnically cleansed Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian diaspora is already 8 million people strong: the Israeli population wouldn't be nor feel safer: there would still be a Palestinian people, more susceptible to revanchist rhetoric than ever: the existential dread would still be here, it would still be exploited by right-wing hardliners whose continuous militaristic one-upmanship would eventually push Israel to bite more than it can chew.

  • Despite global disgust, Netanyahu doubles down on claim that Hitler got idea of Final Solution from a Palestinian
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion in a speech yesterday that Hitler didn’t want to kill the Jews, just expel them,

      So, we're reached that point: an Israeli prime minister is whitewashing Adolph f*king Hitler. For all his pretense that he's the jewish Churchill, it is quite clear that Netanyahu's loyalty lies with the racist (and overwhelmingly non-jewish) far-right and nowhere else.

  • PLO: France to submit Security Council resolution on international protection force at al-Aqsa mosque
    • The Samson Option is a fascist's wet dream, nothing more: the Israeli upper-class view Europe and the US as the haven they'll go to when their crusader state collapse: they won't implement a plan that would effectively close down the road to their golden exile

  • Israeli society is crumbling under the weight of occupation
    • The crowds chanting on a daily basis “Death to the Arabs!”

      How long before Ashkenazi right-wingers start openly stating and acting upon what they always believed: that Mizrahi Jews are Arabs and therefore should be treated like draft cattle and the occasional rapetoy, with the threat of systemic slaughter as the one-size-fits-all manner to keep the uppity plebs in their subservient place?

  • Hectored by Zionist wannabe archaeologists, 'NYT' recasts article on Jewish temples
    • I'm certain that the great many Jews oppressed by the Byzantines as well as the thousands of Jews slaughtered or raped by the crusaders would love it if they knew that their distant heirs decided out of self-serving political expediency to deny the very existence of their many torments.

  • Hey Jews, listen up, Netanyahu is your leader!
  • Which nation spends more on its military: Iran or Israel?
    • Hezbollah (rulers of southern and other parts of the Lebanon) who …
receives billions from Iran …
      Could you provide a citation for this amazing “fact” ?

      "Nadim Shehadi, the director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University, said his research shows that Iran spent between $14 and $15 billion in military and economic aid to the Damascus regime in 2012 and 2013"

      Source

      The Hezbollah itself may not receive billions from Iran, but its Damascene patrons most certainly do.

  • 'Jimmy Carter's cancer is God's punishment,' says leading Israeli newspaper
    • So, God's punishment to a guy who went into a nuclear reactor on the verge of a meltdown is to give him cancer once he reached 90 years of age?

      I think I'll increase my ice cream consumption: If God works the way the Jerusalem Post says, I'll probably get Diabetes for my 115th birthday.

  • Iran is going to nuke your dog, pro-Israel group warns
  • Videos: 'Vanity Fair' story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart
    • he tracked the hundreds of protesters who rushed into the Marais, Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, stopping briefly at an empty synagogue on the Rue des Tournelles, near the Place des Vosges, and then racing, reportedly with iron bars, axes, and flags, toward the Rue de la Roquette.

      Urk: Sammy Ghozlan spewing bullshit... Coming from a guy who can't differentiate Onion-like satire sites from genuine news sources, that's not surprising in the least.

      Ok, here's what happened: There was the Rue de la Roquette fight between the JDL and pro-palestinian protesters, and there was an actual antisemitic assault against a synagogue located Rue des Tournelles the same day.
      Since the two synagogues are only 600 meters away from one another, these two incidents tend to be conflated with one another, but they were distinct events: one was a street brawl, the other a bona-fide antisemitic attack, which involved neither pro-palestinian protesters nor the JDL (extremist jewish bullies and extremist antisemitic bullies tend to avoid each over, as both group prefer preying upon unarmed targets)

      ***

      The fracas caused French President Francois Hollande to ban all further pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France, while reports of this violence as “anti-semitic” spread on social media

      The french government wasn't duped by paranoia-fueling article from tabloid press. The french government was informed by its own intelligence services that antisemites were trying to piggyback off the protests, which was confirmed by the protesters themselves, and that the pro-palestinian organizations lacked security services capable of stopping antisemites from hiding among protesters: the ban was rescinded when the CGT, France's old communist labor union whose security services are used to canalize massive protests, accepted to take charge of the pro-Gaza demonstrations' security.

  • Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state
    • @ just
      In this case: "The Poe is Strong in This One" is all I can say

    • Obama is behind all these lies and is working in concert with antisemitic Europe who still secretly desire to destroy all Jews.

      If Europe and Obama secretly desires to destroy all Jews... How come that the extermination hasn't already happened? The US and EU put together have enough firepower to turn Earth into an oversized lifeless comet and enough economic clout to starve China if they so decided: if the planet two greatest powers really intended to resume the Shoah, no one would be able to stand against that.
      Could you, at the very least, come up with feverish scenarios that aren't so obviously the product of self-righteous mental masturbation?

  • 'Administrative revenge' -- settlers are believed responsible for arson targeting family on outskirts of Duma
    • The fact that its lunatic rationale was announced beforehand does not make it less perversely inane.

    • So, the Israeli government does something they settlers don't like and in retaliation they decide to target members of the israeli underclass?

      Seriously, it feels like schoolyard bullies who used to beat up smaller kids to vent the frustration of being grounded by their parents reaching adulthood without maturing in the slightest and retaining the same type of reasoning and behavior, except with more firepower.

  • The extremism of the center in Israel
    • Both crimes were explicitly condemned by the Israeli Prime-Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who even expressed his “shock and horror” at the events

      Glad to learn Netanyahu knows the classics

    • There is a third option: realizing that pampering extremists did nothing to tame them and that society as a whole has become a collective of lackeys to the far-right whose members would rather burn to the ground the very country that sustain them than renounce their special status as a privileged "vanguard".

      Those who can afford it get out of the bullies' den, the rest just endure, and continue to defer to the far-right's "slaughter the Palestinian into submission" platform because their fear being the first caught in the crossfire should Palestinian society gain enough firepower to start shooting back at the far-right bullies.

  • You be the judge
    • Well, to be fair, one kid will turn into a reliable voter for the pro-patrician-class right-wing parties, while the other will not: it's logical that the praetorian guard favor one of the praetors' future retainers.

  • Greek Syriza-led government makes military deal with Israel that only US has made
    • Greece’s ruling ostensibly left-wing Syriza party signed a “status of forces” accord with Israel on July 19

      Well, Syriza is allied to the far-right party Anel: Panos Kammenos, the guy on the left side of the picture being the party's leader and a proud member of the growing family of pro-Israel antisemites

  • Leading European thinktank increases pressure on Israeli banks over occupation
    • Last week I posted a link to a story on J Post that stated that the GOI had forgiven loans to squatters to the tune of 135 milllion dollars , some of which had 90%of the original loan still outstanding even those loans were issued in the Seventies.These squatters have been living almost for free since then.

      So now we know how to make Europe twist Israel's arms: have european banks lend money to settlers, then watch the ECB and European Commission flex their muscle when they start demanding haircuts.

  • 'If we don't take out Iran,' it will reenact the Holocaust in US and Israel -- Steven Emerson to Times Square rally
    • ‘If we don’t take out Iran,’ it will reenact the Holocaust in US and Israel.

      If Iran powerful enough to be capable of causing a genocide on the US' home turf... Why hasn't it yet steamrolled its neighbours and reconquered all the territories once owned by the Achemenid dynasty?

  • Latest Netanyahu cartoon says west is allowing ISIS to build 'atomic bombs' aimed at US and Christianity
    • Arab MKs are easy prey, but they are only a means to redefining the pact between the state and its citizens on the basis of loyalty to the state’s purported representatives, the far right.

      To pretend at first to be the greatest paragons of patriotism leading a populist revolt against corrupt Powers That Be, only to redefine patriotism as craven obedience to the Powers that Be once in charge is pretty much chapter 1 of the far-right's playbook.
      Should it remain in power for long enough, expect the regime to eventually present the scions of its leaders as inherently more capable and virtuous than the jewish hoi polloi: those whose goal is to reestablish aristocratic privileges always end up presenting themselves as a superior breed.

  • 'Jewish cow' is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says
    • Because the kibbutz were privatized, then sold to an english fund, which then sold these back to a chinese fund, whose owners adhere to the "let's increase margins by as much as possible by abusing our monopolistic positions"

    • [Y]ou got your cell phone? You have Israel in your palm.

      But if you use it to film cops beating palestinian kids or right-wing nutjobs openly expressing their supremacist worldview, you're an evil antisemite

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