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  • Defying Scottish law, football fans fly Palestinian flags during match with Israeli team
  • BDS is a war Israel can't win
  • Flanked by AIPAC and Israeli consul, Cuomo signs anti-BDS order
    • Rally at Governor Cuomo's New York City Office on June 9

      When: Thursday June 9 5:30 PM
      Where: Cuomo’s NYC office 633 Third Avenue (between 40th and 41st) New York City

      On Sunday Governor Cuomo signed an executive order that would punish groups involved in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement supporting Palestinian rights. This Thursday we will respond to his undemocratic action by holding a rally outside his NYC office. Please join CODEPINK, Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace-NY; and Jews Say No! in telling Cuomo that he may not assault the First Amendment and our right to boycott!

      This week begins the 50th year of the occupation of the West bank and East Jerusalem. We know how crucial the BDS work such as the Remodel RE/MAX and Airbnb Stolen Homes campaigns are, and that is why we must not let Gov. Cuomo get away with attacking our right to boycott!

  • Clinton campaign is 'nervous' Sanders will push 'divisive' battle over Democratic platform on Israel
  • How Eli Lake tricks readers so as to cast realists Walt, Mearsheimer and Freeman as anti-semites
    • Neocon-Bashers Headline Koch Event as Political Realignment on Foreign Policy Continues

      Zaid Jilani

      May 18 2016, 6:21 p.m.

      In the latest example of how foreign policy no longer neatly aligns with party politics, the Charles Koch Institute — the think tank founded and funded by energy billionaire Charles Koch — hosted an all-day event Wednesday featuring a set of speakers you would be more likely to associate with a left-wing anti-war rally than a gathering hosted by a longtime right-wing institution.

      At the event, titled “Advancing American Security: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy,” prominent realist and liberal foreign policy scholars took turns trashing the neoconservative worldview that has dominated the foreign policy thinking of the Republican Party — which the Koch brothers have been allied with for decades.

      Most of the speakers assailed the Iraq War, nation building, and regime change. During a panel event also featuring former Obama Pentagon official Kathleen Hicks, foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer brought the crowd to applause by denouncing American military overreach.

      “We need to pull back, stop fighting all these wars. Stop defending rich people who are fully capable of defending themselves, and instead spend the money at home. Period. End of story!” he said, in remarks that began with a denunciation of the dilapidated state of the Washington Metrorail system.

      “I completely agree on infrastructure,” Hicks said. “A big footprint in the Middle East is not helpful to the United States, politically, militarily, or otherwise.”

      Chas Freeman, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, decried U.S. thinking on toppling foreign governments. “One has to start questioning the basic premise of regime change, whether it is to be accomplished by invasion and occupation or by covert action or the empowerment of NGO activity on the ground or other means,” he reflected. “Frankly, it generally doesn’t go well.”

      “If you want to know why our bridges are rickety … our children are educationally malnourished, think of where we put the money,” concluded Freeman, pointing to the outsized military budget.

      Over lunch, Stephen Walt, the Foreign Policy columnist and Harvard realist foreign policy scholar, said the presidential election is providing evidence that the military-restraint camp is starting to make progress. “On the campaign trail, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have gotten receptive audiences when they questioned certain aspects of foreign policy. Really, Hillary Clinton is the only candidate defending the status quo,” he boasted. “I think those public doubts are not surprising because … our current policy has been a costly failure.”

      Walt dubbed his own prescription for foreign policy “offshore balancing” — a middle ground between full-scale military engagement and isolationism, where the U.S. would engage diplomatically and economically first and foremost, and retain the capacity to militarily intervene only when major power imbalances occur, where one state would be able to threaten global security.

      Mearshiemer, Walt, and Freeman are particularly despised by neocons, and not simply for their starkly different policy prescriptions. Walt and Mearsheimer’s 2006 book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy was critical of the U.S.-Israel relationship, arguing that it was overly influenced by domestic interest groups. Freeman’s nomination to an intelligence post in the Obama White House was derailed by behind-the-scenes accusations that he wasn’t sufficiently pro-Israel.

      Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake, a hawkish supporter of Israeli government policies, expressed horror at their appearance on institute panels in a column on Wednesday, writing that “the Kochs have stayed away from the uglier fringes that blame Israel and its supporters for hijacking U.S. foreign policy. That is, until now.”

      The lone prominent hawk among the panelists was Michael O’Hanlon, the Brookings Institute scholar and liberal interventionist. But perhaps in deference to the audience’s skepticism of nation building and sustained military engagement, even O’Hanlon said we need to be “very selective about when we actually employ military force,” insisting that he preferred utilizing economic sanctions rather than war in possible future confrontations with Russian and Chinese spheres of influence.

      Still unresolved is whether the institute intends to take on neoconservative orthodoxy on a regular basis. “Part of what the Charles Koch Institute can do is to help increase the range of arguments on the table, have that marketplace of ideas, so the best ideas can win so that our country can flourish,” said William Ruger, the institute’s vice president for research and policy. Ruger told The Intercept that numerous additional foreign policy-centric events are planned.

      “I certainly think we’re uneasy with the status quo. It doesn’t seem like the status quo is making us safer, especially given the cost of this to our soldiers, especially given the high expense in terms of our fiscal situation. Also in terms of some of the ways it affects our civil liberties as well as our standing in the world. We want to make sure that we’re not missing opportunities for ideas to be added to this conversation.”

      link to theintercept.com

  • Students explain why they protested Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat at San Francisco State University
    • Because East Jerusalem is not in Israel, we have to ask who is the mayor of East Jerusalem and who elected him or her?

  • 'Forward' columnist and Emily's List leader relate 'gigantic,' 'shocking' role of Jewish Democratic donors
    • The power of Jewish zionists who are in charge of the entirety of our mainstream print and broadcast media which creates American public opinion, complete with racist depictions of Palestinians, contrasts with the puny efforts that "Jewish money" could ever hope to achieve.

  • Attachment to Israel is 'central part of Jewish identity,' Forward editor says
    • Would she agree that synagogues should be taxed now that they have converted themselves from religious institutions into Jewish identy institutions that are obliged to part of Israel's fifth column in the US?

  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
    • Bernie Sanders Delivered A Killer AIPAC Speech ... In Utah
      The pro-Israel group wouldn’t have liked what he said.
      03/21/2016 08:11 pm ET

      Samantha Lachman
      Staff Reporter, The Huffington Post

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declined to speak at the country’s largest pro-Israel gathering in Washington on Monday. Instead, the Democratic presidential candidate, who is the only Jew in the race, gave a speech detailing his belief in a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — in Utah.

      But then the speech he gave would have ruffled feathers before the approximately 18,000 attendees at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The people gathered at a high school in Salt Lake City were at least his supporters.

      AIPAC had invited Sanders and his rival for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to speak. The group also invited businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the three remaining Republican presidential hopefuls.

      Sanders was the only candidate to decline the invitation, citing scheduled campaign events in Idaho, Utah and Arizona, which host their respective caucuses and primary on Tuesday. (He did request to address the conference remotely, which the group decided wasn’t kosher.)

      Presidential candidates who come to AIPAC tend to emphasize their “unwavering commitment” to Israel’s security, with some warm anecdotes thrown in about past visits to the country and how much they loved it. The candidates this year, including Clinton, spent a large portion of their speeches talking about the Iranian nuclear deal, which AIPAC had tried unsuccessfully to torpedo.

      Most White House hopefuls don’t say what Sanders did in Utah, which is that Israel’s government should get serious about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

      “We are obligated to speak the truth as we see it, and that is what real friendship demands, especially in difficult times,” Sanders said. “It is important among friends to be honest and truthful about differences we may have.”

      While Sanders declared his support for Israel’s continued existence as a Jewish state, he also talked about Palestinian unemployment and poverty.

      “When we talk about Israel and Palestinian areas, it is important to understand that today there is a whole lot of suffering among Palestinians and that cannot be ignored,” he said.

      Clinton had mentioned the sensitive issue of Israeli settlements just once in her speech to AIPAC on Monday morning. In contrast, Sanders spent significant time condemning construction of the settlements as counter-productive to the currently nonexistent peace process. He said that peace would require “compromises on both sides.”

      He called it “absurd for elements in [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government to say that building more settlements in the West Bank is the appropriate response” to the most recent round of violence in the country. He argued that new settlement construction ultimately undermines Israeli security and predicted that Israel would have to pull back settlements in the West Bank, “just as it did in Gaza.” And he criticized Netanyahu’s government for withholding tax revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

      This is a stronger position against settlements than that of most American political leaders, who talk about Israel swapping land with the Palestinians to compensate for some large settlement blocs in the West Bank that most assume would remain in Israel’s control under a two-state solution.

      Sanders did not explicitly lay out the parameters for what a two-state solution should look like. But he said that Hamas and Hezbollah would have to “renounce efforts” to undermine Israel’s security and that he’d require “the entire world” to recognize Israel’s right to exist. He also said that Israelis should feel secure from violence and terrorism, while Palestinians should have self-determination and civil rights. He argued in favor of ending the economic blockade of Gaza.

      The senator implicitly criticized AIPAC for lobbying against the Iran nuclear agreement last year.

      “I do not accept the idea that the pro-Israel position was to oppose the deal,” he said. “Preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon will strengthen not only America’s security, but Israel’s security as well.”

      In yet another line that presidential candidates don’t tend to take before the AIPAC crowd, Sanders called on Israel to end “disproportionate responses” to attacks — though he said any attack launched against Israel is “unacceptable.”

      Sanders condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Hamas into Israel proper. But he also mentioned that he had spoken out “strongly against the Israeli counter-attacks that killed nearly 1,500 civilians and wounded thousands more” when Israel responded to rocket attacks by invading Gaza in 2014.

      “It is clear to me that the path to peace will require tapping into our shared humanity to make hard but just decisions,” he said, concluding the Israel-related section of a speech that also touched on the self-described Islamic State and civil war in Syria.

      Sanders’ speech would have made quite a statement at AIPAC, which places more of an emphasis on American-Israeli security cooperation and ignores the settlements issue.

      But he didn’t seem to want even his supporters to know he was giving a speech on foreign policy, although he had long promised one. His campaign tweeted about it just once while he was delivering his remarks, after sending a
      link to watch it live.

      link to huffingtonpost.com

    • Published on
      Monday, March 21, 2016
      by
      Common Dreams
      Critics Aghast at 'Disgusting Speech' Clinton Just Gave to AIPAC

      Democratic presidential candidate speech praises "everything that is bad about Israeli policy and U.S. imperialism"
      by
      Lauren McCauley, staff writer

      95 Comments

      link to commondreams.org

  • 2017 is a crucial year for the Palestine Question
    • In 1917 Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire which ended in 1922. The British government's promise that it would donate at some future time another nation's land to Jews was made as part of the effort to obtain British Jewish support for World War I.

  • 'We wasted 40 years talking about nothing, doing nothing' -- Pappe demolishes peace process
  • New Birthright trip for Jewish law enforcement seeks to counter BDS movement
    • Former IDF camp guard of Palestinian prisoners, Colonel Jeffrey Goldberg will be the perfect tour guide for fellow authoritarians.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg compares Iranian Jews to 'petting zoo' animals
    • Corporal Goldberg has never explained how American Jewry benefited from his service as an IDF camp guard of Palestinian prisoners.

  • Palestine and the anxiety of existence
    • Good news from Illinois.

      U.S. Court Overturns Palestinian's Guilty Sentence for Failing to Disclose Israel Terror Convictions

      Rasmieh Odeh was convicted in November 2014 for failing to disclose that an Israel military court convicted her for two 1969 bombings in Jerusalem, one of which killed two men.
      Mary Wisniewski Feb 25, 2016 9:58 PM

      REUTERS - A U.S. appellate court on Thursday vacated the conviction of a Palestinian activist charged with immigration fraud for failing to tell U.S. authorities she had been imprisoned in Israel for a 1969 supermarket bombing that killed two people.

      Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 68, has said her confession to the bombing was the result of severe torture by the Israeli military, including rape and electric shocks.

      The 6th Circuit U.S. Appellate Court opinion said a lower court should have allowed expert testimony that Odeh was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to torture in prison, and did not know her statements to immigration officials were false.

      The appellate court said the lower court erred by excluding the testimony.

      The expert would have testified that Odeh's PTSD caused her to interpret questions in a way to avoid any thought of her trauma, the court opinion said.

      The three-judge panel also vacated the 18-month prison sentence against Odeh imposed last March, and sent the case back to the district court. Odeh has been out on bond during her appeal, said defense attorney Michael Deutsch.

      "It goes to the heart of the case," said Deutsch of the opinion. "We're happy, because we're still going to be fighting for her rights in court."

      Another judge on the panel wrote that the conviction should be vacated on other grounds.

      If the lower court decides the PTSD testimony is admissible, it will require a new trial. If the court finds another reason to exclude the testimony, the case will go back on appeal, Deutsch said.

      Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit, said the office respects the court's opinion and will argue its position at the evidentiary hearing.

      link to haaretz.com

  • Viral video says BDS supporters want to shoot the bible and Dannon yogurt
    • Mario Vargas Llosa, Michael Chabon Among Writers Collaborating on Book on Israeli Occupation

      Breaking the Silence initiative will bring famous authors to Israel and West Bank, to tell real stories.
      Gili Izikovich Feb 21, 2016 8:22 PM

      A number of famous writers will participate in a book on the occupation to be edited by award-winning author Michael Chabon and his Israeli-American wife Ayelet Waldman. The book will be published in June 2017 by HarperCollins in the United States, and by Books in the Attic (Sifrey Aliyat Hagag) in Israel.

      The book is an initiative of Breaking the Silence to mark 50 years of the occupation.

      The writers will visit Israel and the West Bank for a week before writing their articles. They will come as delegations and their organized tour will include a few days in villages in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and meetings with Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists, intellectuals and legal experts. Each author will choose their focus and study those issues more deeply, including additional visits.

      The first delegation will begin its visit today and includes British authors Hari Kunzru and Taiye Selasi, and Irish novelist Eimear McBride. The other writers will come later this year, including the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, Dave Eggers, Lorraine Adams, Rachel Kushner and Colm Toibin. They will be joined by Israeli and Palestinian authors Ala Hlehel, Assaf Gavron, Raja Shehadeh and Nir Baram.

      Waldman, Chabon and Vargas Llosa wrote to the participants they are not looking for Middle East experts, but storytellers. They said they believed storytellers could give new life to the situation and the conditions so readers could understand it in new ways, through human stories and not through the destructive details they see in the news.

      Chabon and Waldman distributed a document they wrote jointly, which explains the idea behind the project, telling of a visit they made to Israel in 1992, during the period of the Oslo Accords, which was Chabon’s first visit to Israel. They speak of the atmosphere that has changed so sharply since then.

      Gili Izikovich

      Haaretz Contributor

      link to webcache.googleusercontent.com

  • Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! take credit for faux 'NYT' highlighting biased coverage on Israel/Palestine
    • Mooser January 31, 2016, 12:32 pm

      “Too few anti-zionist Jews see this as a Jew versus Jew issue…”

      That is very, very true, Les. I think it’s been pretty obvious that most anti-Zionist Jews do not want to see this as a Jew-versus-Jew issue. Whether it’s “too few” I don’t know.

      But Zionists, you might notice, are very, very eager to put it on that Jew-versus-Jew basis.

      - link to mondoweiss.net

    • More evidence that zionism is a Jew versus Jew issue.

  • Park Slope Food Coop puts up firewall against boycott of Israeli goods
  • 'I cannot support Israel as long as Netanyahu is in office'-- many American Jews are saying
    • If God could give the Pilgrims the land of the American Indians, justifying their extermination, why couldn't God have the same deal with Jews to take Palestinian land and extermiate those who resist?

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    • To RoHa's comment

      “If Netanyahu loses the next election and a Labour leader takes over, …”

      Labor would call not for an end to ethnic cleansing of Palestinians but, instead, for slowing its pace as well as less frequent lawn mowing of Gazans, for the unwanted attention the pace and the frequency cause.

  • Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates
  • As sanctions end over nuclear program, US socks Iran with new sanctions over missile testing
    • U.S. Sidelines Itself in the Rush to Iran

      However, the U.S. trade embargo with Iran remains largely intact -- outside of
      newly created authorizations for the import of Iran-origin carpets and certain foodstuffs and the sale to Iran of commercial aircraft. Under the trade embargo, U.S. companies are barred from engaging in trade with or investment in Iran -- with few exceptions. Violating these U.S. sanctions prohibitions can lead to serious criminal and civil penalties.

      This is a significant loss for the United States. Right at this moment, Europe, Japan, and a host of the U.S.'s closest allies are sending trade delegations to Tehran to connect with their Iranian counterparts and snap up new business opportunities, all the while effectively reintegrating Iran with their own respective economies. Having isolated Iran for the past decade, the United States is now left fencing only itself off from Tehran - an unfortunate consequence of the lack of political will and imagination from which Washington continues to suffer with regards to the Islamic Republic.

      link to huffingtonpost.com

  • Groundbreaking Human Rights Watch report shows how settlement businesses contribute to Israeli occupation
  • 'Netanyahu at War' on PBS was dreadful but not without interest
    • Netanyahu is a sideshow that our media must promote lest people learn why it is that Israel and its zionism are the problem. The pretend oppostion to Netanyahu's antics is a reminder that when Israel's politics was limited to Labor versus Likud, both sides supported the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians with Labor called "liberal" for objecting to the pace of that cleansing (because it drew unwanted attention to what Israel, under both Labor and Likud, was doing to wipe out the Palestinians).

  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
    • 'Anti-Israel' Tweets Land New Jersey Teen in Principal's Office

      Assistant principal tells 16-year-old Bethany Koval Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act may allow for legal action over tweets calling Israel a 'terrorist force.'

      For full Harretz story

      link to haaretz.com

  • Inside GILEE, the US-Israel law enforcement training program seeking to redefine terrorism
  • Krugman's economy: I will spend none of my immense journalistic capital criticizing Israel or its lobby
  • Nate Silver should stop calling Israel a democracy
    • Of, by, and for European Jews exclusively from day 1 to the present, who rule over, not with, all others in and beyond its borders.

  • US spying on Israel reveals cynical heart of the 'special relationship'
    • Corporal Jeffrey Goldberg earned his military title from the IDF while serving as campguard of Palestinian prisoners.

  • The BDS Movement: A 2015 year in review
  • Israel and its lobby lose the Iran Deal all over again, in news of damning wiretaps
    • Long before the internet, the phone, and the first printed book, it was the custom for countries to spy on each other. It is also not new that one country looks for citizens in another country who are willing to commit treason against their own.

      Congressman Jane Harman did not go to jail for her treason but FBI translator Shamai Leibowitz did for going public after the FBI refused to prosecute her.

  • A Palestinian victim rates 23 paragraphs in 'NYT' (because he was shot by Egyptians, not Israelis)
  • Israel's ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods
  • Palestinian family fights effort by settlers and Israeli government to evict them from Jerusalem home
    • It is important to never use the word Jerusalem without making it clear to distinguish that the reporter is referring to either West Jerusalem or to occupied East Jerusalem, just as was done when the entire media always used either West Berlin or East Berlin when Berlin was a divided city. To not make that clear enables the normalization of occupation as is done by NPR, et. al., when referring to the expanding borders of "Jerusalem" or to the mayor "of Jerusalem" which intentionally denies the political reality of occupation.

  • Coming Monday on Mondoweiss — Advertisements
  • NYT's Rudoren says Mondoweiss critique of her recent article is 'nuts'
    • I am sure the German newspaper readers of the time would have agreed that the situation of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto was indeed “complicated” or “challenging.”

    • One wonders what Milbank calls anti-zionist Jews.

    • It makes it easier for our media to choose to omit Arabs who are Christian, whether in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, or Egypt whose Muslims are invariably depicted by that media as big nosed swarthy people.

    • I am sure I am not alone in knowing Muslims who are not abstainers. But then I also know Jews who eat pork.

    • Zionists are indigenous exclusively to Europe and the US.

  • San Jose State University becomes first California State University to pass student government BDS resolution
    • U.S. Women’s Studies Group Votes to Join BDS Movement

      The association condemned injustice and violence against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs; decision sponsored by Feminist for Justice In/For Palestine.
      JTA Dec 01, 2015 3:56 PM

      The National Women’s Studies Association voted to join the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

      The vote on the BDS referendum passed 653 to 86 at the organization’s annual conference earlier this month, the association announced last week. Slightly more than a third of the members voted.

      The recommendation to join the BDS movement was sponsored by Feminists for Justice In/For Palestine, an ad hoc group founded at the studies association’s annual conference in Puerto Rico in 2014.

      In January, the association released a solidarity statement against a litany of injustices, including “settler colonialism.”

      “As feminist scholars, activists, teachers, and public intellectuals we recognize the interconnectedness of systemic forms of oppression,” the recommendation to join the BDS movement reads. “In the spirit of this intersectional perspective, we cannot overlook the injustice and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, perpetrated against Palestinians and other Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, within Israel and in the Golan Heights, as well as the colonial displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the 1948 Nakba [a term that means “catastrophe” in Arabic and refers to the Palestinians’ perception of Israel’s founding].

      “These violations, which severely impact the daily lives and working conditions of Palestinian scholars, students, and the society at large, are also enabled by U.S. tax dollars and the tacit support of western powers, thus making any taxpayer in the West complicit in perpetuating these injustices.”

      Established in 1977, the association, according to its website, “has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.”

      A number of academic associations and unions support the BDS movement.

      link to haaretz.com

  • 'Foreign Policy' says 'Israel lobby' donors are making 'pro-Israel the new circumcision'
  • Leading anthropologists group overwhelmingly passes BDS resolution at Denver conference
    • We should also thank those who brought about the firing of Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois for their effort to bring about this unintended result by his academic colleagues.

  • To the next 'NYT' Jerusalem chief -- Here is your job description
    • The most extreme Jewish zionists call for the extermination of the Palestinians. Not one of the less extreme are moving in the opposite direction.

    • How many Jewish zionists who support all the efforts of Israel to wipe out the Palestinians are not racists? Does the NY Times, as part of its efforts to support Israel's crimes, deliberately promote Jewish racism against Palestinians.

  • 'Allahu Akbar': A Muslim family in suburban New Jersey responds to the Paris attacks
  • Dialogue's Demise: Why the American Anthropological Association should support the boycott of Israe​li​ academic institutions
  • 'I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel': Prominent artists support New York-based campaign for cultural boycott of Israel
  • To help prevent future Paris attacks, stop stigmatizing Muslim communities
    • A huge contributer to the problem is the spillover from the racist depiction of Palestinians by the US media. One person thought he was attacking Muslims when he murdered Sikhs at a mosque in suburban Milwaukeee. Such swarthy looking people must all be Muslim terrorists!

  • Netanyahu: In wake of Paris attacks, world should condemn attacks against Israel
    • "we are not to blame for the terrorism directed against us"

      Robert Parry:

      "Will Obama explain how U.S. “allies” in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, have been fueling this Sunni extremism for years? Will he dare recognize that Israeli repression of the Palestinians is a major contributing factor, too?"

      link to consortiumnews.com

  • Today's a day to grieve for Paris, not score political points
    • Further on Parry writes:

      Will Obama explain how U.S. “allies” in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, have been fueling this Sunni extremism for years? Will he dare recognize that Israeli repression of the Palestinians is a major contributing factor, too?

  • Egypt's destruction of Gaza tunnels leading to economic and environmental disaster
  • I went from Bar Mitzvah to BDS at Temple Emanu-el
  • Park Slope Food Coop censors letters on BDS
    • How many board members are PEP Jews, if they know the term?

      Take note of this anti BDS upcoming event at Temple Emanuel on election day Tuesday November 3 at 7:00 PM?

      Notice the people this synagogue has invited to "discuss" BDS November 3 at 7:00 PM? What Jewish Philadelphia lawyer will argue that the efforts of BDS to get international law enforced is illegal? Probably the same one who would argue that this political activity is a protected religious event and who would argue that a mosque sponsoring a pro BDS event would be not have that protection

      David Harris, Executive Director of American Jewish Committee, will bring a global perspective on this strategy that continues to try to undermine the Jewish state across the globe.

      Panel includes:
      Eric Fingerhut, Executive Director of Hillel International
      David Harris, American Jewish Committee Executive Director
      Lauren Rogers, Activist/California College Student

      Moderated by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson.

      Additional panelists to be announced.

      Jewish BDS supporters owe it to themselves to show up.

      for details:
      link to emanuelskirballnyc.org

  • 'Why I am a Zionist'
    • Real zionists have an obligation to make their aliyah to Israel.

      Those above are the all too common Israeli agents in the US, not to be confused with loyal Americans.

  • 'Most-read' article at Washington Post calls Israel 'savage, unrepairable society'
    • Guess what kind of people Temple Emanuel has invited to discuss BDS on election day Tuesday November 3 at 7:00 PM? What Jewish Philadelphia lawyer will argue that the efforts of BDS to get international law enforced is illegal?

      David Harris, Executive Director of American Jewish Committee, will bring a global perspective on this strategy that continues to try to undermine the Jewish state across the globe.

      Panel includes:
      Eric Fingerhut, Executive Director of Hillel International
      David Harris, American Jewish Committee Executive Director
      Lauren Rogers, Activist/California College Student

      Moderated by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson.

      Additional panelists to be announced.

      Jewish BDS supporters owe it to themselves to show up.

      for details:
      link to emanuelskirballnyc.org

  • Rightwing Zionist fanatics prompt NY official to denounce BDS
  • Two establishment Jews (Harvard and Microsoft) endorse boycott of Israel and 'single state' in Washington Post
    • Guess what kind of people Temple Emanuel has invited to discuss BDS on election day Tuesday November 3 at 7:00 PM? What Jewish Philadelphia lawyer will argue that the efforts of BDS to get international law enforced is illegal?

      David Harris, Executive Director of American Jewish Committee, will bring a global perspective on this strategy that continues to try to undermine the Jewish state across the globe.

      Panel includes:
      Eric Fingerhut, Executive Director of Hillel International
      David Harris, American Jewish Committee Executive Director
      Lauren Rogers, Activist/California College Student

      Moderated by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson.

      Additional panelists to be announced.

      Jewish BDS supporters owe it to themselves to show up.

      for details:
      link to emanuelskirballnyc.org

    • NPR, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and so many many more media owners/operators.

  • Has Netanyahu's revisionism ended the use of the Holocaust as enabler of Israeli injustice toward Palestinians?
    • Guess what kind of people Temple Emanuel has invited to discuss BDS on election day Tuesday November 3 at 7:00 PM? What Jewish Philadelphia lawyer will argue that the efforts of BDS to get international law enforced is illegal?

      David Harris, Executive Director of American Jewish Committee, will bring a global perspective on this strategy that continues to try to undermine the Jewish state across the globe.

      Panel includes:
      Eric Fingerhut, Executive Director of Hillel International
      David Harris, American Jewish Committee Executive Director
      Lauren Rogers, Activist/California College Student

      Moderated by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson.

      Additional panelists to be announced.

      Jewish BDS supporters owe it to themselves to show up.

      for details:
      link to emanuelskirballnyc.org

  • P.E.P. Rally
  • Despite global disgust, Netanyahu doubles down on claim that Hitler got idea of Final Solution from a Palestinian
  • Capitol Hill briefing brings the case for Palestinian right of return to Congress
  • Israeli police evict Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home, give property to settlers for new settlement
    • Support for the Palestians comes from all over the place.

      U.S. investigating report email account linked to CIA director hacked
      By Evan Perez, Tal Kopan and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
      Updated 3:26 PM ET, Mon October 19, 2015

      "The hacker told the [New York] Post he was a high school student who is critical of U.S. foreign policy and a supporter of Palestine."

      link to cnn.com

  • Hamas calls for intifada, takes aim at Palestinian Authority
    • Abbas' security forces are modeled on the Nazi creation and use of Judenrat forces whose sole target was fellow Jews. The sole target of his US sponsored forces are of course Abbas' fellow Palestinians.

  • On Bret Stephens' hate speech
    • We should keep in mind that while Bret Stephens mouths white racism in support of Israel's efforts to eliminate the Palestinian people, it is the 24/7 work of NPR, the New York Times, et. al., that actually deliver the goods.

  • American press coverage grants Israelis all the humanity
  • Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!
    • U.S. Anthropologists' Association Recommends Some Sanctions Against Israeli Academia

      After 1,100 anthropologists signed petition calling for boycott last year, AAA task force presents several options for action.
      Yarden Skop Oct 12, 2015 10:25 PM

      A comprehensive report from the American Anthropological Association released last week deals with whether it is appropriate to boycott Israel and Israeli academia. The report recommends that some action be taken, although it left open a range of options.

      Among the possibilities is an academic boycott of Israeli universities or of “selected” universities, though some task force members opposed a boycott of Israeli universities and said it would not influence Israeli government policy.

      The document levels harsh criticism at Israeli policy and what it alleges is discrimination against Arabs at Israeli research universities. The authors of the report visited Israel and met with Palestinian and Israeli researchers, including supporters and opponents of a boycott. The report includes considerable material on the issue over the years.

      The task force was convened in August of last year after 1,100 anthropologists, many of whom are members of the AAA, signed a petition calling for a boycott of Israel. The task force’s mandate was to look into the implications of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the academic context and more broadly, and to determine whether the AAA has an interest in taking a position on the matter and if so, to recommend what action should be taken by the association.

      “We find that the policies and practices of the Israeli government place significant limitations on academic freedom and have led to substantial deprivations in the health and welfare of Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, as well as within Israel itself,” the task force stated.

      The report proposes a range of possible courses of action to the AAA executive board, but explicitly recommends against no action at all. It also suggests that any action take into consideration the implications of the Israeli anthropology community.

      Among the range of possible academic boycott options noted was refraining from inviting official representatives of Israeli universities to AAA conferences, that AAA members be allowed to refuse to serve as visiting lecturers at Israeli universities and refuse to work on projects funded by the Israeli government, and that the organization could encourage lecturers not to give letters of reference for Israeli university faculty.

      “The main complaint of Palestinian academics within Israel about their Jewish colleagues in anthropology is not that they have actively collaborated with the occupation, but that they have done little to explicitly oppose it, especially as a collective community,” the report states. But it adds: “While this was fair comment at the time we conducted our interviews and our trip to Israel/Palestine, the task force notes that, on June 11, 2015, a few weeks after the delegation visited Israel/Palestine, the Israeli Anthropology Association adopted a resolution condemning the occupation (while also condemning the boycott movement) with 74% of those voting in favor.”

      The report also noted what it said was possible harm to the AAA itself if it declares a boycott of Israel, including one person’s suggestion that there could be nuisance lawsuits against the group and others who warned of possible action by members of the United States Congress “to punish the AAA and the discipline of anthropology for a strong stance on this issue by cutting public support for anthropological research.” And AAA members “who do research in Israel and Palestine are likely to be significantly affected, being barred from the country or denied permits for archaeological research,” the report warns.

      Other than a possible academic boycott of universities in Israel, other proposed options include issuing a statement of censure of the Israeli government, making “AAA members aware of individual economic boycott choices,” working “with sister societies on the problem of the de-politicization of archaeological research results in Israel,” offering “travel or academic scholarships to Palestinian scholars and students,” providing support for visiting scholars to give short courses at Palestinian universities, and lobbying the U.S. government to work for changes in Israeli policy.

      The report also suggests possibly calling directly on Israeli government ministries to change their policy. Among the issues proposed for such an effort is repealing “Israeli laws that make it a crime to speak publicly in favor of a boycott.” It should be noted, however, that in its ruling on controversial legislation providing for civil damage suits for advocating a boycott of Israel earlier this year, the High Court of Justice noted that the legislation does not impose a criminal prohibition on “political expression as such.”

      The recommendations also included urging the Israeli government to eliminate West Bank checkpoints and raids on Palestinian universities, arrests of students and the use of tear gas on campuses, and what it described as granting “the same rights to Palestinian students on Israeli university campuses for gathering and action, including expression of their identity, as Israeli students enjoy.”

      Yarden Skop

      Haaretz Contributor

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  • Inflammatory rhetoric and the volcano of occupation
  • NPR fails to mention occupation-- while Barghouti says in Guardian it is 'root cause' of violence
    • This is the same NPR that never distinguishes between East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem. Did they not distinguish between East Berlin and West Berlin when that was a divided city? Which Jerusalelm has the "mayor" NPR refers to? Which Jerusalem does NPR mean when they refer to Jersalem's "expanding" border?

      NPR well represents the PEP Jews who run the operation.

  • Ha'aretz and New York Times whitewash deadly airstrike on sleeping Gaza family
    • According to our non-partisan media,

      Palestinians "murder" named Jewish victims. Israeli Jews kill no name Palestinians.

  • Video: Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza killing seven
    • Propaganda 101.

      "They were shot by sharpshooters." You know which side the reporters were on since they didn't write, "They were murdered by snipers."

      Sharpshooters versus snipers has a corollary which politicans use. Crowds attend my rallies while my opponent's rallies attract mobs.

  • 'There is no co-existence with cancer': Right-wing Israelis demand gov't give military 'free hand' to fight Palestinians
  • 'It's like military reserve duty': Jerusalem mayor calls on Israelis to carry guns as tension soars
  • J Street names Jewish victims of latest violence, but leaves out Palestinians' names
  • Clashes break out across West Bank after Netanyahu declares ‘an all-out war’
  • 'We want him to speak up on Palestine': Boston SJP statement on being kicked out of Bernie Sanders rally
    • If Jewish Voice for Peace were militant, they would also be insisting that Sanders and his supporters hear from them.

  • Jerusalem at a breaking point
    • Has Abbas told his security forces it is okay to use their weapons against their Israeli occupiers and not just against fellow Palestinian victims, or does Abbas continue to be Israel's chief Palestinian collaborater?

  • 'Third intifada was launched,' Palestinian law student posted before carrying out fatal attack in Jerusalem
    • According to Amira Hass, Abbas is helpless to stop the violence, in part because,

      "What his public sees is the resounding failure of his way and defeatism at best, and conscious collaboration with Israel at worst. Thus, even Abbas, who is out of touch with his public more than any other Palestinian leader, cannot ignore the scorn for him and the descent of his status to an unprecedented low. "

      //www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.678765

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  • Bon Jovi's Tel Aviv gig is upstaged by Roger Waters's incantation of Israeli victims, including Dawabshe boy
    • Our Pilgrim forefathers called America their new home thanks to God's reward of the land for their past mistreatment by fellow Europeans. To enforce God's promise, preachers called for the extermination of the Indian savages.

  • Israeli soldiers can't win war for 'Israel's survival' without American friends fighting with computers and checkbooks
    • This fails to give credit to the critical role of the US media. Who else convinces us that the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto were brave when they took the guns from their secret tunnels to shoot at the Nazis compared to the savage terrorist Palesinians who shoot their toy rockets against their occupier. Who else paints the image of Israel as the land of Jews as white as their American counterparts. Israel with its total domination by European Jewish immigrants is so white our Defense Department moved Israel from CENTCOM to EUCOM leaving a gaping hole in the CENTCOM map. Who is a greater supporter of Israel's white power and its status as our great white hope in the Middle East than our racist media? Name just one of our major print or broadcast outlets that is in oppostion!

  • Israeli citizens for boycott call on Reykjavik to stand by its decision
    • Boutique Golan Winery Responds to BDS by Displaying Israeli Flag on Bottle

      Winery owner Yoav Levy calls on other wineries to follow suit; 'I’m proud of this flag, and I’m Israeli and I’m not ashamed.'
      Liz Steinberg Sep 24, 2015 4:09 PM

      Amid mounting calls in Europe to label and boycott Israeli goods, one winery isn’t shying away from its identity.

      Bazelet Hagolan, a boutique winery in the Golan Heights, recently unveiled new labeling for its bottles for export. All now proudly boast an Israeli flag.

      “I’m proud of this flag, and I’m Israeli and I’m not ashamed,” said winery owner Yoav Levy, calling on other Israeli wineries to follow suit.

      He said the idea came to him to put the national flag on the bottle after seeing that wines from other countries also sported flags. While for most wineries this is merely a matter of national pride, for an Israeli winery, the move comes across as quite political.

      Levy’s winery manufactures 80,000 bottles a year, of which 20% is exported to North America and Europe. The wines are sold in stores that appeal to the public at large, not only kosher markets.

      Bottles with the new labels can already be found on store shelves.

      Levy says that when he initially proposed the new labels, others warned him against it, fearing that it would make his wine a target for boycotts. But that hasn’t happened so far, he said, noting that boycott proponents wouldn’t be buying his products anyway.

      “I’ve received tons and tons of responses, all positive,” he said adding that the winery has only seen an upside from the move.

      European officials have called for labeling Israeli products made in the West Bank as well as the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.

      Earlier this month, the European Parliament called for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in these locations, as well as “differentiating” between the EU’s attitude toward Israel and the settlements. Meanwhile, discussions in the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, on the matter are in their final stage.

      link to haaretz.com

  • The Republican candidates are fostering a dangerous culture of Islamophobia
    • I would challenge anyone to name a single one of our major print and broadcast media that is not doing exactly the same as they choose not to condemn Israel's efforts to wipe out the Palestinians and instead provide the images of Palestinians as barbaric savages. Our media may be drawing on their experience of promoting the genocide of (savage) Indians by our pilgrim fathers with the blessing of god for the Pilgrim quest for Indian lands.

  • Everyone's kicking AIPAC now that it's down
  • Coulter's point is that Republicans pander on Israel to win donors, not voters
  • Long Island synagogue marks High Holidays with thanks to Israeli soldiers in Gaza war
    • Marnie,

      A few years ago Saudi Arabia attempted to spread Wahabism in the US by building American mosques. That effort came to an abrupt end when the Saudis were informed that this was the US where only members of the mosque could decide what was preached there.

    • Zionist Jews have converted most synagogues from houses of worship to US bases of Israel's fifth column. Does anyone care?

  • 'New Yorker' says anti-Zionism is 'firmly rooted' in British left, and it's anti-Semitic
    • Mooser,

      I read this in a collection of Einstein's speeches from the 1920's and 1930's published by Soncino Press with the profits dedicated to the zionist cause which he asumedly supported at the time. His observation was very brief but he compared that fact with the absurd notion that Jewish bankers were major players in German banking. This was a very small part of a speech. I would argue that we have a similar association in the US where Jewish ownership of our media outlets goes unnoticed and Jewish money is grossly inflated not just by ant=Semites but byJews as well.

    • Einstein warned German Jews in the 1930's that they were massively overrepresented in the media. Should anyone be surprised that the New Yorker's publisher is a Jewish zionist?

  • New Yorkers take action on Syrian crisis
  • National Public Radio annexes West Bank to Israel
    • NPR: 24/7 Israeli propaganda by and for PEP Jews. Just another source that AIPAC need not fund from the limited money it has available.

  • You'd think Wasserman Schultz would lose DNC job for bucking Obama on Iran Deal
    • How much money is worth the (respectable?) Times non-coverage of Israel's efforts to wipe out the Palestinians by creating and shaping public opinion with which the Times can then browbeat politicians to conform to the paper's manufactured news? If the Times had to be paid for this how much Jewish money would AIPAC have to raise?

    • I beg to differ. Jewish money is a pittance. Most of our media is owned by Jews who support rather than oppose Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. It's that media not Jewish money that matters.

  • U.S. is even more implicated in Israeli settlement project than we thought
    • Our zealot Pilgrim fathers considered themselves God's "Chosen People" for the religious persecution they had endured which made it easy to justify the extermination of American Indians whose land the Christians coveted. These settler occupiers of Palestine keep the tradition alive complete with claims of sanctity.

  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
  • Tea Party and ZOA team up with Trump and Cruz to oppose Iran Deal
  • Why did a Jewish Day School student cry hysterically when she learned about the Deir Yassin massacre?
  • Calling Herzog and liberal Zionism ‘racist,’ Gideon Levy instigates a reckoning
    • t didn’t take long before America’s Pilgrim fathers, who considered themselves to be God’s Chosen People, to preach from their altars God’s blessing on them for exterminating the Indians whose land God’s Chosen People coveted. Then as now, religion was used to justify racism against the natives because they refused to give up their land.

  • A year after Shipman lost his Yale job for speaking out on Israel's actions, some Jews say the same thing
  • Beinart's fear of 'Israstine'
    • If Israel decided to write a constitution, would its Palestinian citizens be allowed to make any contribution? Would there be any mention of Israel's borders?

  • 'NYT' gives new life to old propaganda -- Terror Tunnels from Gaza
    • Who paid for the Jewish terror tunnels of Warsaw where the guns used against the Nazi occupiers of the Warsaw Ghetto were hidden?

  • Due to Israeli siege, Gaza infant mortality rate on the rise for first time in five decades
    • Nor do I subscribe. I am sure lots of Mondoweiss people will appreciate your tip on how to read the entirety of Haaretz's articles. Thanks again.

    • It's Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid

      I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. Not anymore.
      Bradley Burston Aug 17, 2015 2:23 PM

      What I'm about to write will not come easily for me.

      I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. I was one of those people who could be counted on to argue that, while the country's settlement and occupation policies were anti-democratic and brutal and slow-dose suicidal, the word apartheid did not apply.

      I'm not one of those people any...

      link to haaretz.com

  • Does Obama have Booker? Boteach desperately plays race card and Jewish donor card
    • We should give Phil credit for the very valuable educational tool he has created with this website.

    • Early anti-Semitism included the depiction of Jews with swarthy complexions and big ears which is identical to the depiction of Palestinians and Arabs in today's media to stress their difference from the pale white Jewish Israelis. Why it's wrong to call that anti-Semitism, including when done by Jews, is a mystery to me. Israeli Jews go out of their way to present themselves as white, not so surprising when just about 100% of their leaders are of European origin. As if to underline that it is the great white hope in the Middle East, Israel's fifth column within the US put Israel in Eurocom leaving a gaping hole in the Centcom map. Such are the roots of Jewish racism against Palestinians and Arabs all too common in the US media.

  • AIPAC spending estimated $40 million to oppose Iran Deal
    • Israel with a constitution would mean a state with actual physical borders with laws that apply equally to ALL its people. It ain't going to happen anytime soon! A majority of Jewish Israelis would oppose a constitution.

    • Thanks for the history lesson. What a remarkable bit of information it is!

      And here's a little more about the subject:

      A number of attempts have been made to introduce proposals for a detailed constitution. The latest occurred in August 1987, when the Public Council for a Constitution for Israel, a group of Tel Aviv University professors led by Uriel Reichman, dean of its faculty of law, launched a campaign to enact a constitution. The group argued that the existing Basic Laws were not tantamount to a constitution because such topics as judicial review and a bill of rights were not covered and because most of the Basic Laws were regular laws that could be amended by a simple majority vote of the Knesset. A written constitution, in contrast, would spell out the relationship among the different branches of government and establish a type of secularized bill of rights between the individual and the state. The group advocated three necessary reform measures as essential for a democratic and constitutional state: the direct election of the prime minister; the safeguarding of all Basic Laws so that they could be rescinded only by a two-thirds or three-fifths Knesset majority; and the establishment of a well-defined system of judicial review. While the proposal had little chance of Knesset passage, it aroused renewed interest in the reform of the Israeli electoral, legislative, and judicial systems.

      link to countrystudies.us

    • It's a matter of Israel versus the US.

      Soon we will be able to see which country's constitution members of the US Congress will vote to uphold.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg's melodramatic apology for Chuck Schumer
    • Will someone please inform members of Congress:

      Switzerland announces end to sanctions against Iran

      link to bloomberg.com

    • As an IDF prison guard Corporal Goldberg is a reminder that Jews too feel free to be anti-Semitic provided it is directed towards Palestinians. These are Jews who recognize that their whiteness will be accepted by white non-Jews only by acting out their racism.

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • American Jewry Doesn't Need Israel to Save It

      It's hardly surprising that the Jewish Agency withdrew from Israel's Diaspora initiative; the campaign was deeply misguided.

      Yehuda Kurtzer Aug 12, 2015 9:14 PM

      link to haaretz.com

  • Congressman Ted Lieu, are you really in bed with AIPAC?
  • Photos: New Yorkers rally for, and against, Iran Deal outside Schumer office in midtown Manhattan
    • Inculding so many photos of Schumer supporters gives the impression that they were significant in number. Their numbers were few and their impact insignificant. Check with anyone who was there demonstrating against Schumer including Quakers and others who were sitting and standing on the sidelines.

  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
    • American Jews at the Service of Netanyahu

      Who are U.S. Jewish leaders really representing when they lobby the American president on behalf of Israel’s prime minister? Not their fellow countrymen, for sure.

      Uri Misgav Aug 09, 2015 5:49 PM

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared jihad on the U.S. president and the Iran nuclear accord, bringing things to a climax this past week. There’s no point expecting him to take stock following the debacle or consider its ramifications. Netanyahu doesn’t recognize the concept of introspection or the...

      link to haaretz.com

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