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I'm a Canadian lawyer who is keenly interested in human rights, our planet and pizza (not deep dish). I am also a Catholic Palestinian who was born in Israel after 1948.

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  • Documentary on Israeli-Palestinian dialogue -- 'Pomegranates' -- leaves the viewer even more despairing
    • Ejay- so perfectly worded - whenever I get asked by people that know little about the plight of the Palestinians I break it down, just as you have, to simple basic terms describing the forced dispossession of land, theft of culture, brutal violence, racist laws, etc.

      It is so effective - who can fault any one for being angry and fighting back when "... someone occupied their house and killed the father and raped the mother, etc., and kicked out the children..."

      The oppressed need their stories heard often and everywhere

  • Abbas confirms Trump tried to sell Abu Dis as Palestinian capital, in 'Oslo is dead' speech
    • Saudis are showing their true Zio-cookies. Compatriots like NYT Thomas Friedman are now providing cover for the new House of Saud Bad Boy, affectionately referred to by his initials, MBS. Just a regular guy with great big reformist ideas - Friedman would like us all to believe in MBS and why wouldn't we given its Friedman asking.

      there seems to be a new axis of evil being formed, another unholy alliance, some more strange bedfellows any others to add perhaps in latin?

    • Hear hear

  • What Canadians can do for Palestine this February
    • Nathan - see Misterioso comment which was wonderfully written and informative. Perhaps you can send him a thanks for the free education you are constantly receiving and in desperate need of.

      I'll go first - thanks Misterioso sincerely

    • oldgeezer - An accurate summary. The Green Party leader is why the party did not fully adopt BDS despite the best efforts of senior party members. She almost resigned over the whole pro palestinian push in her party. I was hoping she would.

      It remains to be seen how far the NDP will go but I'm not expecting anything shocking. They are not a player at the federal level but may be in a few years with the right leadership.

      I used to vote liberal but Trudeau is a Zionist stooge and not very bright - his environmental record is also substandard. He's more concerned with how his hair looks than the country or world.

    • Great news coming from one of the three major parties in Canadian politics. The Green Party of Canada (not one of the three) is about as good as it gets in terms of political support for Palestinian rights. They stopped short of endorsing BDS.

      Hopefully the NDP will go even further this coming February.

  • Ahed Tamimi should stay in prison because she might slap again -- Israeli ethicist
    • If Kasher was willing to argue that subjecting Israeli paratroopers to nerve gas experimentation without their fully informed consent was ethical what chance would any Palestinian have in arguing that the most moral army in the world acted unethically/criminally.

  • Vic Mensa's searing piece in 'Time' on Israeli oppression is prefaced by clunky disclaimer re anti-Semitism
    • I agree with your take on this Donald. I believe the author was just being preemptive - understanding that the Zionists would soon be launching their standard smears.

  • Liberal Zionists can't talk about the shooting of Mohammed Tamimi
    • Rabbi Goldstein

      "It was challenging to sit in the living room of a person [Bassem Tamimi] who had been involved in violent uprisings before embracing a new strategy of resistance."

      Ya - it must have been much less challenging for the Tamimi's to sit across from their zionist oppressors that have exacted enormous violence on them and their compatriots.

      "A person who makes videos that promote a kind of anti-Zionism that can so easily cross over into anti-Semitism and make the world a more dangerous place for Jews."

      Zionists make the world less safe for Jews and last I checked are becoming supremely antisemitic - just ask JVPs members.

      "It was difficult to imagine encouraging one’s children to throw stones at soldiers. And it was disturbing to watch the Israeli military respond with tear gas and violent arrests."

      Its always the Israelis responding to Palestinian aggression - never freedom fighters resisting their oppressors - whether children are throwing stones or playing soccer on the beach they are targeted by the most moral army in the world.

      J - Street is full of shit as is Americans for Zionism Now. Bigots - just the gentler friendlier kind

  • A private tour of the Hebron Heights winery
    • Hope the Palestinian wine was delicious. I know they've been making wine in the region for thousands of years.

      Great reporting Leo & Molly. The corporate MSM has much to learn from you both.

  • Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals -- Klutznick, chair of Americans for Peace Now
    • Misterioso - wonderfully informative - thank you

      fabricating ones history is messy business - it requires deceit, denials, theft and more than a touch of arrogance it seems

    • Mooser - lol - true

    • I grew up in Canada, having immigrated there after the 1967 war, just before my 3rd birthday. The Orthodox Christian Ukrainian community was kind enough to allow us Christian Palestinians to pray in the churches (something my parents are forever grateful for). Once enough money was raised we formed our own church which continues today. It was at our church where I began to get a sense of what Palestinians (at least the Christian variety) thought about the proposed 2SS. I can't tell you how many times I heard from them that the 2SS would be a miserable outcome for Christian Palestinians.

      They feared that a Palestinian state under Palestinian rule would be an Islamic state funded by Saudi, the UAE and other Gulf Arabs. True democracy, they believed, would never be granted to the minority Christians or any other minority within this new republic. Many went as far as to say that Christian Palestinians would be better off in Israel proper than an independent Islamic Palestine. What all of them wanted was to return to their olive orchards, to smell the orange blossoms, to pray at their holy sites, to eat their local fare, and unite with family and friends in the land that their ancestors have lived in for hundreds of years. The ONLY way they could achieve this, so I was told, was to be granted equal rights - period.

      Years later in university I heard the same calls from both Christian and Muslim Palestinians. No one ever believed that a carved up Palestine would lead to true justice and a good life for all Palestinians. They called for the bloodshed to stop and for Palestinians in the OT and Israel proper to be given equal rights – period.

      Years after that I began to solicit the opinions of Palestinians who managed to make their way from Palestine to Dubai where I was living and working. I was unsure of whether the opinions of Canadian Palestinians differed from the opinions of Palestinians who had only recently left Palestine/Israel. To my amazement, the differences were insignificant. Instead of being angry and calling for all Zionists to be removed from historic Palestine they, once again, spoke about equal rights for all under the law. They do not want to be herded and corralled into 22% of their ancestral lands - they want to be able to enjoy all of historic Palestine.

      All this to say that the 1SS with equal rights for all has always been part of the discourse for Palestinians. It has never been given the publicity it deserves until recent times. There is a simple reason for that - a 1SS with equal rights for all has a nice ring to it, is easy to understand and is in line with what most colonial settler states have done in their inadequate attempts to right the wrongs of the past. Indigenous populations in N. America, New Zealand and Australia, for example, provide all their citizens with equal rights under the law. Had the 1SS with equal rights message been sincerely presented and often by the MSM, I am certain that the plight of the Palestinians would have had much more popular appeal/support in the West.

      The Palestinians are desperate, made so by the greed and criminality of the Zionist invaders for obvious reasons. The more desperate the Palestinians get the easier it will be to placate them with small offerings (like 22% or less of their historic homeland) so the Zionists hope. This tactic has had some success with many Palestinian leaders calling on their compatriots to be realists and support a 2SS as detailed by the UN. Messrs. Finkelstein and Chomsky (who I both have the greatest respect for) are of the same belief believing that a 1SS has no viable support in Israel or abroad. What they don’t realize is just how desperate the Palestinians (particularly the young) have become and that being a realist for Palestinians in Israel and the OT means realizing that the US was never an honest broker (pigs don't fly), the 2SS is and always has been a sham - a stall tactic that has allowed for the very real confiscation of Palestinian land and the very real denial of basic human rights.

      I, of course, will support whatever the Palestinians in Palestine and Israel want for themselves and will do my best here in the West to assist – 1S or 2S - theirs to decide. When I am solicited for my opinion, I side with the 1SS. Always have.

  • New Orleans adopts divestment measure proposed by BDS campaigners
    • Definitely a significant step forward and I can only imagine how much hard work went into this by NOPSC - amazing work and result - thank you!!!

      It will be interesting to see how the Zionists counter this?

  • From Spinoza to Vilkomerson, Jewish voices for peace have long been banned-- by Jews
    • Perhaps I am being a bit lazy but I've only got my phone this weekend to read from and I'd really enjoy reading up on why many commentators here are suspicious of JVP's relationship/views with and on Zionism. It comes up often and has a couple of times just in this comment section.

      I was upset to read about JVP's stance on If Americans Knew and Alison Weir (which I disagree with whole heartedly) but I've briefly read that JVP has denounced Zionism and did so in their last annual conference.

      Can anyone point me to something recent (2017) that casts a suspicious light on JVP and their commitment to rid the world of Zionism.

    • Marnie

      You may be right about the self destructive nature of a majority of Israeli jews (I sincerely hope you are not as you are). Given these tendancies and the nuclear arsenal Israel has at its disposal, ridding Israel of Zionism may be an apocalyptic endeavour.

      I'm betting there's more bark than bite from the Zionists and enough money to go around to placate the ones that have their finger on the button. Having said that, a rogue nation with nukes is a global threat and one that won't cave easily.

  • What Palestinians can learn from South African anti-apartheid struggle
    • Citizen

      All your points are, IMO, spot on as to why the Palestinian struggle to end Israeli Apartheid is much more difficult.

      Unlike the ruling white racist elites of apartheid SA, the Zionists are everywhere and well established and entrenched in the west and in all the influential industries from mass media to politics. They provide cover and have been keeping the status quo for decades while the hardcore Zionists go about the business of exterminating Palestinians and our culture along with confiscating land. Any push back and out comes the antisemitic card to defame the source.

      Western familiarity with slavery and the struggles the Black community has faced and continues to face did serve to make boycotting aparthied SA much easier to get behind. The history and struggles of the Palestinians are still largely unknown to the average westerner, for now.

      The lack of a united Palestinian political leadership is also a substantial hindrance. There are many reasons for this not the least of which is Zionist money and violence. The Zionists have created a desperate vulnerable population where individuals are easily dealt with. Bribing, jailing or killing political leaders has played a large role in ensuring political disarray.

      But, despite it all, I remain hopeful.

      Liberal Zionists, who I believe make up the great majority of influencers in the West, are starting to turn on Zionism. The more that do the less cover that is provided - the NYT has recently published a couple of articles that suggest Zionism is being sincerely assessed by many liberal Jews. Weaning off of Zionism will take time but we know it's possible and happening more and more.

      BDS is educating young students on the injustices exacted on the Palestinians and leaders like Linda Sarsour have popular appeal with a relatively uncontroversial (or at least familiar) message - equality for all under the law. The plight of the Palestinians is becoming a staple cause in the political left along side the plight of women, blacks, other ethnic minorities and the LGTB community. The Palestinian brand is starting to gain some recognition.

      As far as Palestinian leadership goes, I suspect it will take the informal leaders of the movement to unite the politicians - leaders like Ms Ahed Tamimi may serve to rally all to stand together no matter the consequences. At least I hope so. I say hope because when a leader emerges the Zionists are quick to counter aided by an accommodating MSM that either defames or ignores the person or message. The power of the internet is the only chance the Palestinians have to combat Zionist hasbara and have their stories heard and leaders popularized, praised and followed.

      Zionism has a shelf life but the expiry date is still unknown.

  • Finally a 'New York Times' columnist says liberal Zionism is dead
    • Annie

      "... i know lots of anti zionists who are ex self defined liberal zionists."

      Perhaps something like the 12 step program for addicts is appropriate to wean Zionists off of thier supremacy addiction in faster order. Here is a bastardized somewhat pirated version with one additional step:

      1. We admitted we were powerless over Zionism – that our lives had become unmanageable as bigots
      2. Came to believe we couldn’t solve the problem on our own, but that the group power of non-zionists and Palestinian humanity could restore us to sanity.
      3. We each nominated greater powers to remind us there are things bigger than ourselves – then we began to let go of self-will.
      4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
      5. Admitted without reservation to ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
      6. Every few months made a shortlist of our defects most in need of attention.
      7. Made it a project to minimize one or more of our worse faults and improve our behavior.
      8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
      9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
      10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
      11. Sought through prayer and or meditation to improve our spiritual awareness and our understanding of the non-zionist way of life and to discover the power to carry out that way of life.
      12. We admitted to ourselves and openly proclaim to all zionists that hummus is not an Israeli dish nor is meze, stuffed grape leaves, or tabouli and that Rachel Ray is an idiot.
      13. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to zionists, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

    • "The reason that Israeli liberals are viewed with contempt by the left is that they have more pity for themselves than for the people under the Israeli boot."

      Well summed up - thanks Philip. I would only add that the left is starting to view all "liberal Zionists" with contempt. Linda Sarsour being one of many leading the charge.

      As you rightfully point out, it's not like these liberal Israeli's have seen the light, understand the evil that Zionism is, feel the need to repent, to sympathize with or have empathy for the Palestinians, none of it. They only feel the coming defeat. No remorse. No self reflection. Only the realization that the alternatives are either long gone or too painful or detrimental to entertain.

  • Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of 'Jewish people' is assault on my religion -- Queens rabbi
  • Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel
  • Haass and Kristof can't cross the Zionist Rubicon
    • Bigots discussing what's best for the favoured ruling elites while glossing over the grievances or wants of the primitive indigenous people.

      Instead of championing international law, condemning Israeli crimes against humanity and showing some sympathy for all the suffering endured they speak of what's best for a jewish Israel. Disgusting bigots in tailor made suits and crisp white shirts.

  • Stop talking about Ahed Tamimi's hair
    • Zionisms major support comes from the west. N. America and Europe enact anti bds legislation, shut down Palestinian charities, sideline Palestinian friendly academics, cancel Palestinian focused lectures, and provide funding to Isreal, often under the guise of radical Islam or antisemitism.

      Western looking well spoken and often western educated Zionists like Oren blanket the airwaves with the assistance of the Zio friendly MSM to convince the public that Israel is the one true democracy in the ME and needs western support to combat the radical antisemitic Moslem Palestinian terrorists.

      Swarthy looking young Palestinians wearing their keffiyehs are seen hysterically running around screaming a foreign language while burning tires and the flags of Israel and the US, throwing stones at the most moral army in the world.

      It's a nicely wrapped package and sold well and often.

      In comes a blonde western looking 16 yr old girl who has no fear and a compelling story to tell. Israeli PR has to move into overdrive to spin this - the imagery is off - they need her to look different, to be scared to act, to keep her quiet or change her tune. None of this will happen. What's left is to reach into the Zio toolbox and pull out tried and tested smear tactics - Ms Ahed Tamimi is a terrorist. The war on terror lives in Israel as it does in all western countries - Israel is part of this western coalition so the spin goes. Cook up a story about Ms Ahed Tamimi being a terrorist and perhaps the west will eat what has become familiar to their unsophisticated palate.

      I agree much less if anything should be made of Ms Ahed Tamimi's appearance and I'm sure, for other reasoms, the Zionists would agree.

  • Haaretz smears the Tamimi family to counter worldwide solidarity with 16-year-old Ahed
  • If you genuinely back the Palestinian cause, you must support the right of return
    • LHunter - ancestors not descendants for the foregoing - ooops

    • So well said - thanks Brewer.

      I hope to return one day with my wife and kids and sit under an olive tree dipping bread into Palestinian hummous just as my father and our descendants have done for hundreds of years. I'm even willing to share my bread with my Jewish neighbours just as my father and our descendants have done for hundreds of years .

    • Me three (as my daughter often states)

    • Thanks Talkback

      Dont you wish there were more wdr's in the Zionist camp? it would sure make it easier on us anti-Zionists to refute such rubbish or point out the hypocracy they can't seem to detect.

      The right of return for Jews who have no and never had any ties to historic Israel while denying the same right to indigenous Palestinians who have direct traceable ties to historic Palestine serves as yet another example of Zionisms racist tenets.

  • Shmuley Boteach's unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel
    • Bumblebye

      BBC has long succumb to Zionist scum like Danny Cohen and James Harding - but it's taboo to state that Zionists control the media - makes you an antisemite or conspiracy theorist or both.

      You can claim this newspaper or this author or broadcaster is pro Zionist (based on what they publish) but it's inappropriate to make the claim they are all part of a network that works in concert to push a racist agenda. Zionists float to the top of the media food chain based on their merits not because they are Zionists or Jewish and they never collude with each other to ensure a pro Israel message is distributed. What a ridiculous thing to say.

      Controlled territory and not an occupation - unbelievable - and this by a world recognized and respected impartial news agency. What will the WASPs at the BBC say next?

    • I'm amazed that any one pays attention to the rabbi (who has cleary lost his marbles) and that people parted with their hard earned money to pay for that ad.

      I agree this will only galvanize her current fan base and likley expand it. I never heard of her until BDS reached out to Lorde And now I'm telling all my friends and family to support her.

      Don't know much about the libel laws in the states but it appears that the 1st amendment may make things difficult to pursue a claim. I'm betting Mr. Gupta would have mentioned it if it were relevant.

      Wonder what radio head and nick cave think of all this if anything (both posers). Lines are being drawn for sure in this politically charged world - thanks, in part, to tRUMP (can't remember the name of the Mondo commentator who writes tRUMP this way but I love it).

  • Why Ahed Tamimi's slap is so thrilling to Palestinians
    • Boris

      Then get out of Palestine - the Palisaurs where there first and take your Israeli hummous with you - no ones buying your ziocrap.

      Soon Zionism will be a dinosaur and the words and actions of you and your Zionist flunkies will haunt your families for generations - just ask the Germans.

  • I'm proud to stand with Cindy Corrie in this fight
  • No, Rachael Ray, hummus is not Israeli: How and why Palestinian culture gets erased
  • Israeli journalist who called for unspeakable acts against Ahed Tamimi tries, and fails, to backpedal
    • “Within hours you discover that you’ve turned into Public Enemy No. 1, a modern day pariah; a man who calls for the rape of young girls and destruction of families; a contemporary Nazi. A rare combination of circumstances, a phrase taken out of context, an inaccurate translation and a great deal of evil intention have planted in your keyboard things you never said, and in your brain, things you never thought. All that is left it (is) to chase after the eternal wind in the cyber willows.”

      Am I wrong or does this not sound like something that would be said by reporters/commemtators that cover the plight of the Palestinians - say by someone like Steven Salaita who are routinely villafied, misquoted, taken out of context and sidelined by Zionists and their MSM lackeys.

      The poor "liberal " Zionist caspit is now claiming (insincerely) to be the subject of the same distortions he routinely partakes in as a bigot for Israel. It is impossible, IMHO, to be a Zionist and not distort and mislead. The shock of it for caspit must be unbearable - at least I hope so.

  • A Christmas letter to Nikki Haley
    • Atlanta....

      Wow. What a fool is she. If it wasn't so scary I would be laughing. Who is steering the ship? A US administration of nitwits and sociopaths it seems.

    • DeBunked

      Zionism = racism

      I dumbed it down for you for obvious reasons but I'm open to hearing why you might think otherwise

  • The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away
    • @ Mick

      Once again the liberal Zionists or PEPs (if there's a distinction please let me know) championing the cause of the underdogs, aligning themselves to the left, sympathetic to the victimization and marginalization of various ethnic groups EXCEPT the Palestnians.

      They show up to all the charitable events and galas, shake hands and hand out smiles, make donations, write articles and letters to the editor, attend marches/protests but NEVER on behalf of the Palestinians.

      Dressed in style, well manicured and spoken, highly educated and well positioned - a formidable group of bigots who do, IMO, the most harm in spreading the truth about the history and plight of the Palestinians.

      Those who know little about the I/P conflict are easily swayed by the charm and rhetoric of these PEPs/liberal Zionists who they see as committed to human rights and the elimination of bigotry. Those like yourself, who have availed themselves of the facts/context of the I/P conflict, can not be swayed without being dishonest to yourself and your values.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts/insights.

    • Yet another liberal Zionist dancing and snaking his way through the facts and issues focusing on the less significant, avoiding context, side stepping or glossing over Palestinian grievances while throwing praise at Israel for the smallest of things.

      IMO the biggest obstacle to acheiving freedom and equal rights for the Palestinians are these liberal Zionists who have access to huge audiences.

      Employed openly racist reporters allowed to spin their racist beliefs in an accommodating biased forum. What does that make the NYT? A propaganda rag at best.

  • The never-ending crisis of Zionism
    • So many of us are angered by the term liberal Zionist - I too wish it would fall into disuse. It clarifies nothing and smells of deciept.

      Liberal Zionists are apparently mildly bigoted or sub par bigots or accommodating and understanding bigots or friendlier gentler bigots or sincere trustworthy bigots or western facing democratic bigots or approachable easy going bigots - the huggable variety of bigot I'm assuming.

      It's near maddening to think of any Zionist, liberal or not, as anyone but a bigot no matter how much lipstick you apply - oink oink

  • How Palestinians can transform statelessness into strength
  • McCollum’s bill on Palestinian children’s rights: Now is the time to act
    • "Israel is the only country in the world that systematically tries children in military court"

      All bought and paid from by the American taxpayers.

  • Palestinians celebrate resounding Trump and Israel failure at the UN
    • Just found out our Golden Boy Trudeau abstained from the UN Vote on Jerusalem - no b*lls at all - the US builds fences - Canadians sit on them - might explain the missing b*lls

    • Hopefully part of the beginning of the end to US bullying on the I/P issues. Not sure what if anything comes next regarding steps to a resolution of the conflict.

      The Palestinians will never work with Trump and may never deal with the US as peace broker again. Israel will likely never enter into any negotiations without the US. Without serious sanctions on Israel and a BDS movement in overdrive not sure anything but the status quo can be expected.

      The vote is encouraging but nothing more than lip service.

  • Armed by Israel, Honduras's illegitimate regime returns the favor at the U.N.
    • Another example of Zionist evil propped up by American imperialism. The sale of arms by one rogue state to the other whether it's apartheid South Africa or Honduras dictators it matters not to the Zionists.

  • The case for US government sanctions on Israel
    • Thanks Annie for that link. The article shocked me and only hope it makes its rounds in the black community. Wondering if the Black Lives Matter group has digested this report. I'll check now.

  • Michael Oren says Palestinian activists stage 'kids in American clothes' to provoke Israeli army
    • fake clothes, fake families, fake nationality but a very real racist violent occupation and ethnic cleansing by fake jews

  • US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem, as Muslim states recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
  • 'Trump's a crazy man, but I like it' -- the view from Jerusalem
    • Stephen Shenfield --- 2) “Jewish” may be preferred because “Jew” on its own is felt to exaggerate the importance of being a Jew for a person’s identity. “Jewish” implies that it is just one attribute among others of comparable importance (e.g. American).

      Ya - I always tell people I'm Catholic-ish. I also dont want to exaggerate the importance of being a Catholic.

    • What's not to like about Trump if you're a Zionist?

  • Israeli Jews 'will never accept' giving vote to Palestinians -- liberal Zionist leader
    • Phil - I understand your point. If they have branded themselves as liberal Zionists they should be addressed, referred to as such. I can of course accept their self description but can never accept their racism.

      But I ask you this, if Naftali Bennett started calling himself a liberal Zionist would you accept his self description?

    • Dan - I'm with you on this - liberal Zionism is a strange concept to me and one that I believe muddies the water.

      As ejay has said numerous times including in this comments section (which i completely agree with) Zionists are interested in "preserving Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine."

      Hence, zionism is racism. Dropping in the word liberal is disingenuous and smells like clever marketing clarifying nothing. Liberal Zionists or PEPs (love to hear any opinions on whether these terms mean the same thing) are nothing more than racists - racists against Palestinians.

  • Cuba welcomes 50th anniversary of the PFLP leftist movement
    • The Palestinians I know loved Castro - they loved how he stood up to America, how much he cared for his people and how well he understood and supported the Palestinian cause/plight.

  • 'Will the protesters turn violent?' Deconstructing the media's view of Palestine
  • Trump's Jerusalem speech will foster the liberal Jewish awakening
    • Liberal Zionists are the predominant reason why the Palestinians are still struggling to achieve basic human rights. This "kindler gentler" (but still unquestionably bigoted) face to jewish supremacy allows for the status quo to continue.

      They'd do us all a favour if they showed their true colours or turned colours - the latter may take a while. Hope we can all do a better job of calling a spade a spade - liberal Zionists are racists period. The sooner they realize and confront this the better for all, particularly the Palestinians.

  • Trump's 'Lord Balfour moment' is formal recognition the US was never an honest broker
  • 'Violence on both sides' -- 'New York Times' erases the Nakba
  • Trump intends to move US embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian president says
    • Nelle- I agree trump is arrogant and stupid but I don't believe he is a master at anything else. I honestly believe he is incapable of any deep thinking and makes moves based on his whims including hiring and deferring to idiots like his son in law.

  • Forget pinkwashing, it's brownwashing time: self-Orientalizing on the US campus
  • Bret Stephens equates anti-Zionists with white nationalists in the 'New York Times'
    • Nothing clever about Bret Stephens or his argument.

      JVP and Linda and her lot are demanding equal rights for all regardless of race, religion ........
      Zionists and Bannon are not making any such demands

      Thankfully the world is tiring of convoluted "clever" arguments or slick marketing / PR campaigns all aimed to deceive / dupe the audience.

      If you believe the life of a Palestinian is less valuable than the life of a Jew you are a racist pig. If not, what choice do you have other than to support equal rights for Palestinians in Israel or anywhere else.

  • Netanyahu uses Iranian earthquake to praise Israeli 'humanity' and denounce Iranian 'hatred'
    • No shame - it's what makes the Zionists so despicable.

      Offering aid so that they can send thier mossad agents to do their reconnaissance or execute another Iranian.

  • Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show
    • Jackdaw

      What's your point? We all know what hypocrisy is. Israel continues to operate an apartheid state and a brutal racist occupation. Last I checked Australia does not partake in any of these - Australia offers equal rights under the law

  • R.I.P., Shiksa
  • Anonymous anti-BDS group publishes 'blacklist' of boycott supporters in New York
    • Do you think there will every come a day when people will voluntarily submit their names to the likes of canary mission or outlawbds or be offended that they didn't make the list?

      The scales are tipping

  • The United State of Israel and Palestine
  • The liberal Zionist crisis -- white nationalists are villains, but settlers are 'complex'
  • As many as 1 million Israelis have left for the U.S.
    • mcohon

      It's just a matter of time until the Palestinians are fully represented in all facets of society in Palestine/Israel - whatever it may be named.

      I've always wondered just how badly will the Zionists be viewed and treated when it all comes crashing down like it did for the Nazis.

      Zionism is foddor for anti-Semites - Richard Spencer's latest diatribes prove that. He is now calling himself and his ilk "White Zionists." All this is happening at the same time that the Palestinian movement is being entrenched in the counter left movements with the likes of Linda Sarsour. Interesting times.

      It may just be that those jews who do leave israel (the 80% you refer to) find themselves being chased out of certain communities by the White Zionists who seem to be on an upsurge fuelled in part by the policies of the only "true" democracy in the middle east. As amigo says in this comment section "I could almost feel sorry for them"


  • On boycotts, Palestine, and resistance: a review of 'Assuming Boycott'
  • 'I wanted to change the world, and I did; I made it worse' -- guru Arthur Finkelstein
  • New network leads the fight against fascism on campus
  • On Charlottesville and Jewish memory
    • Way to long for Nathan to read especially if he has any indication that what you offered refutes his earlier post.

      They only come to provoke then scurry away like ....

  • At town hall, Sen. Warren says Israel Anti-Boycott Act 'violates our basic constitution'
    • Warren is a true PEP which makes her a dishonest and insincere champion of human rights.

      You either believe in equal rights for all or you don't. Palestinians should be treated as equals to Israeli jews under all law - if you don't believe that you can't be a true progressive but you can be a bigot.

      Warren is not the future - she is a small stepping stone, perhaps and hopefully, to much better leaders.

  • 'Pummeled' at town hall, Sen. Wyden says Israel Anti Boycott law is needed because 'movement has grown'
    • A perfect example of prevaricating - I've learnt a new word.

      Thank you Elizabeth

    • mcohen - yup BDS puts both sides under the spotlight. One side asks that the light be brighter - the other side tries to shut the light off with anti BDS legislation.

      Wonder why?

  • Zionism is apartheid, and worse
    • Jack - do you believe Jews are superior to Palestinians because they are jews?

      Simple question.

      Be a proud racist and proclaim your bigotry openly - don't muddy the waters by trying to come up with clever arguments or the exception. That only makes you look like a weak cowardly racist. Tell the world what you believe - jews are superior to non jews simply because they are jews right?

      Stop boring us and show your stripes

  • If you can't say 'equal rights,' I can't work with you
    • Jews have a right to return (despite never having lived there) so I imagine Palestinians would have a right to return in a country that provides equal rights for all.

  • McMaster solidifies power at NSC -- and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier
    • Great reporting. I had no idea of McMaster's stance on the Israel Palestine issues. And I'm amazed that someone holding those opinions managed to sneak through to hold the position of National Security Advisor.

      Clearly the Zionists have quite a task at hand in trying to remove him. As the article noted, Trump would look like a fool, correction, even more of a fool if he brought the axe down on yet another General in that post.

      This wouldn't matter to the Zionists. They care for no one but themselves let alone Trump. If there is one thing I have come to learn, never discount the shamelessness and tenacity of the Zionist nutters - nothing phases them and their zeal for supremacy over all of Palestine will not be thwarted by McMaster.

      It's up to all of us to support McMaster's opinions and see to it he has a long and prosperous career as National Security Advisor.

  • Lindsey Graham asks whether AIPAC, which comes to Capitol Hill in 'droves,' is a foreign agent
    • My first take on why Graham said what he said is that he may be trying to soften the argument that Russia is meddling in US affairs.

      Graham is a kiss ass and wants to stay loyal to King Trump so he mentions AIPAC as a possible foreign agent knowing full well that his colleagues would brush this off as ridiculous (which it clearly isnt). Now when the democrats bring up Russia as meddling into US affairs he can simply point at the support the democrats give to AIPAC and say no one thinks Israel is meddling why point the finger at Russia when their agents have done much less meddling than AIPAC has. I may be stretching things here but I can't imagine a Graham that is not completely in bed with the Zionists

  • 'Netanyahu doesn't have a vision for peace,' Gillibrand says at town hall aroused by boycott bill
    • Thank you for your time and efforts Mr. Siegelbaum. Great read - thank you Robert. It's really amazing how far things have moved along - wonder if we are nearing a tipping point

  • Praying for justice won't end the occupation
    • The separation of church (religion) from state - is there a way for religious organization to enter into the political arena without the fear of a progression toward theocracy? Is this a slippery slope type scenario? The right-wing pseudo Christian zealots of America want us slipping and sliding on that slope and are fighting to make America a Christian nation like the Zionists are doing with Jews in making Israel a Jewish state.

      I'm a strong supporter of Palestinian rights and would welcome the inclusion of any individual or group into the movement that advocates for same - but there is a part of me that believes when it comes to organized religions any support should be couched as supporting secular values like human rights because being humane is good for all and the planet not because any of the holy books or texts say so. How likely is it that any religious group would commit to an opinion about the world around them without anchoring that opinion in the word of God or other deity or devine messenger? Not likely, unfortunately.

  • Israel advances bill to conceal its overseas partners in suppressing BDS
    • From Paranam Kid

      "Yet despite these tens of millions of dollars spent combating BDS, Grinstein asked: “why are we not winning?”

      It's amazing to me that Zionists can ask themselves why they are not winning the battle against BDS while their guns are shooting innocents. Do Zionists really believe that a PR campaign can solve their woes - that they can fool all of the people all of the time? If so that would make them the fools. Too much free flow of information to run or hide in today's world.

  • In move to recognize Palestine, South Australia has overwhelming majority of Aussies behind it
  • 'We need to cut their heads off,' Bush said of anti-western demonstrators in Syria in '06 -- Tzipi Livni
    • Your short sightedness is impressive and calming at the same time. The masses of young people are waking up and tuning in - they will form the governments and become the influencers of the future at which point Israel will be no more of a Jewish state than any other.

  • United Methodists in US defend the right to boycott and divest
  • Israeli paper investigates 50-year-ago attack on 'USS Liberty,' while US papers leave it in the letters column
    • I'd like to know if Phil is unsure about whether the attack was deliberate or not and if so why - I'd like to know because I respect his opinion and would hope to gain some insight or information I have missed - an angle that had escaped me and others.

      I myself see little evidence to suggest that this was merely a mistake - On the one side you have proven criminal organizations (USA and Israel governments) spewing an unconvincing story of mistaken identity followed by non-disclosure and on the other side you have the detailed testimonies of the victims, the disclosure by insiders and the well researched findings of third party investigators - why would the opinion of this latter group be stigmatized as conspiratorial?

      What I'd like to know more about is what people think or have found out about the motive(s) behind the attack on the USS Liberty.

    • Emet

      Ignore the overwhelming facts and testimony that clearly put the blame on israel as having diberately bombed the USS Liberty and focus instead on whether a flag was spotted at Mach 1 – do you really think you are convincing anyone? Or just trying to muddy the waters? Either way, you are much too simple minded and disingenuous to have any impact here – peddle your crap to your Zionist flunkies for comfort and reward.

    • Ignore the overwhelming facts and testimony that clearly put the blame on israel as having diberately bombed the USS Liberty and focus imstead on whether a flag was spotted at Mach 1 - do you really think you are convincing anyone? Or just trying to muddy the waters? Either way, you are much too simple minded and disingenuous to have any impact here - peddle your crap to your Zionist flunkies for comfort.

  • 'LA Times' calls BDS a 'classic tool of peaceful political expression'
    • Not an endorsement of BDS - God forbid - but one substantial step forward nonetheless.

      Hope triumphs

  • Church leaders must be willing to pay a price for Palestinian solidarity
    • Nathan "You seem amazed that the Pope doesn’t see things as you do."

      I am amazed that a man of God doesn't do more to ease the suffering of the Palestinians given the overwhelming evidence of Zionist atrocities against the indigenous Palestinian population. You are not?

      "The Arab League peace proposal calls for an agreed and just solution. “Agreement” means that the issue must be negotiated. It also means that justice has to be defined. The Arab League also doesn’t see things as you do."

      Not sure you have any understanding of what the Arab League wants or believes - don't be lazy - read the above article as I did. They see things a lot like I do.

      "You should note that “apartheid” and “occupation” are contradictory terms. If it’s “apartheid” (two legal systems within one state), then there’s no occupation (a state does not occupy its own territory, obviously). If it’s an “occupation”, then it means that a public is under the rule of a foreign state."

      Thank you for the lesson. The UN Report written by two US scholars on international law claims Israel is practicing apartheid on all Palestinians - those living in Israel proper and those living under occupation in Gaza and the West Bank. How is that possible? It all depends on how one views things - "... that’s the world we live in. There are different points of view." The Zionist see the occupied territories as part of Israel (the proof is in the pudding - israel is building residences there for their citizens) - one state. In that geographical area israel practices apartheid according to the authors of the UN Report. Others see the OCCUPIED TERRITORIES (funny choice of words) as being subject to a brutal and violent occupation by Israel. They do not see these territories as being part of Israel proper. Can you see now how it is possible that Israel can be seen as practicing both apartheid and maintaining an occupation? That's why I mentioned apartheid and occupation "in one breath" - I am aware of the varying opinions and wanted to be inclusive.

      If we took your take on the differences between apartheid and occupation as gospel, then I would argue that the Palestinians living in Israel proper are living under an aparthied system of laws and policies aimed at oppressing the Palestinians because they are non-jews (as concluded by the UN Report). And the Palestinians in the OCCUPIED TERRITORIES would be living under Israeli occupation. Apartheid and occupation side by side all brought on by the Zionist criminals of Israel.

      Naftush "To raise a complaint of “apartheid” and “occupation” in one breath means, in the intellectually more honest case, that one envisions the demise of Jewish statehood one way or the other, never mind which, and in the less honest case, that one tosses these words around interchangeably and meaninglessly in the hope that they will somehow cause the Jewish side harm"

      Yes I envision the demise of a Jewish state as I would if it was a Catholic state that treated Jews like the Palestinians are being treated. I'm against discrimination based on race, religion, culture, gender - are you? do you believe israeli Jews are superior to Palestinians? Zionism and Zionists cause Jewish harm not those who believe Israel is an apartheid state and a brutal occupier.

    • As a Catholic Palestinian I have always been amazed that my church has never been specific in their assessment of what is going on to the Palestinians. Why hasn't the Pope come out and said that Palestinians are living under an apartheid system, that the occupation must end, that refugees have a right of return, that Israeli policies toward all Palestinians are grounded in racism, and that the Catholic church supports BDS. Instead, they make general statements about all human life being precious and how we should all work towards peace and not conflict.

      Many Christian Palestinians have been treated with a gentler hand than their Muslim neighbours and have been lulled into a status quo existence. I've personally heard many Christian Palestinians say that their existence is better under Zionist rule than it would be under a Muslim theocratic rule never even imagining a secular democratic society let alone fighting to make that the goal. The fear of life under a Muslim brotherhood type of government is or has been greater than their fear of living under a Zionist regime. When I bring up the idea of a secular Palestinian state with equal rights for all they dismiss the idea as fantasy.

      I'm guessing here (because I haven't lived in Israel since 1967) but it sounds like life has gotten so desperate that they are willing now to gamble on an existence free of Zionism with Jews, Muslims and Christians living side by side in equality. The Zionists have moved so far right that they have not only forgotten about the Christians in their backyard but have purposefully treated them with disdain. There are many articles which have documented/opined on Zionisms need to reign supreme over Christians Palestinians - here is a sample of same.

      Many churches have taken a stance against Zionism and the poor treatment of Palestinians, the latest being the Mennonites -

      Others like the Quakers and Presbyterians support the BDS movement in the hope that a peaceful resolution can be engineered.

      Let's hope that the Catholic church will follow suit and that American Catholics will take heed. I can't even imagine how the battle would be fought with the Catholics, Quakers, Mennonites, and Presbyterians on one side and the Evangelicals on the other ( ).

      Great article - Thank you for sharing Robert.

  • A Declaration for Palestine
  • Israel slams UNESCO World Heritage decision on Hebron as Palestinians celebrate 12-3 vote in favor
    • Great news - brick by brick the Palestinians continue to rebuilt that which was and is being stolen by Zionist invaders.

      Every little bit helps

  • Marching on, beyond pinkwashing
    • DaKar "It will be entertaining to watch the evolution of the hard anti Zionist left fend off the same accusations of Nazism and fascism that pro Zionist, pro Israeli have been dealing with for a while."

      The hard anti-Zionist left is a decentralized multicoloured mosaic of groups and individuals that share a common set of beliefs grounded in equality and human rughts for all regardless of race religion culture or gender - go ahead and lob accusations of fascism - the fending off part couldn't be easier given the divide. One simply has to point to the definition of fascism to render the accusation silly, frivolous.

      What do the likes of you say when you are accused of being a fascist or racist or Zionist? Support your position as being the position we should all get behind. Tell us why Zionism (or racism or fascism) is good for humanity. Is DaBakr worried of being DaBunked?

  • Israeli musicians to Thom Yorke: Canceling Radiohead show will disrupt Israel's 'business as usual' facade
    • I wish Radiohead and other notable bands would hold a concert in support of the Palestinians - how wonderfully humane that would be.

      jd65 - I agree - I think the letter should have been addressed to Radiohead which wouldn't preclude the authors from also addressing Yorke' s previous comments. In another mondoweiss article by Jack Gain you also piped in with some interesting background facts about the wife of band member Jonny Greenwood being an ardent Zionist -


  • Israel's efforts to hide Palestinians from view no longer fools young American Jews
  • An appeal to 'Radiohead,' the band that woke my soul to the Palestinian crisis
    • Thanks for sharing an interesting set of facts - context is everything - tough choice for Radiohead - easy choice for Palestinians (boycott Radiohead)

    • Hoping so - be a better world if so

    • Thanks for sharing Jack. I was unaware that Radiohead had publically taken a stand against Israel by wishing Karma on one of their soldier criminals.

      I was amazed that Roger Waters and other artist were unable to dissuade Radiohead from playing in Israel. I have read the back and forth between Yorke and Waters and found Yorke to be suspiciously defensive and less the man I thought he was. Angry and accusatory with little substance in his defence for playing in an apartheid state. His response to Waters essentially said - we're big boys and can make up our own mind - don't talk down to us - nothing is black and white - noam chomsky and others don't believe in BDS - blah blah blah. Nothing about the facts - about the U.N. concluding that Israel is IN FACT an apartheid state.

      The power of Israeli Hasbara should never be underestimated - even if not completely believable it muddies the waters enough for the likes of Yorke to rationalize the band's presence in Israel.

      Unfortunately I am unable to enjoy Radiohead's music as I once did and wish them nothing more than Karma. History will log their presence in aparthied Israel playing to crowds full of supporters of a colonial racist ideology known as Zionism.

  • Sober anniversaries for Gaza fuel movement building
    • Kaisa

      On paper all the Arabic speaking countries support the Palestinians.

      I lived in the UAE for several years and through my work I was constantly in the company of government officials from all over the Middle East and North Africa. Officially they support the Palestinians but behind closed doors they wheel and deal with the U.S. and Israel whenever it suits their financial needs or their need to maintain power. They pay lip service to the Palestinian cause because they know their citizens are pro-Palestinian.

      At the street level I have rarely come across an Arab who wasn't sympathetic and supportive of the Palestinian cause. Certain religious sects like the Palestinian Druze (who enlist in the Israeli army) or the Christian Maronite Lebanese do battle with Palestinians but their numbers are small and insignificant

      In my opinion, the Palestinians would do well to steer clear of aligning themselves with the dictators and monarchs of the Arab world and focus on building alliances with like minded grassroots movements in the Middle East and across the world (something they are currently doing with success through BDS). Having said that, I know that desperate people may make deals for food and funds with state criminals to survive.

    • It's important to make a distinction between the leaders in the arab world and the arab street. As a Palestinian I can tell you that the arabs for the most part are united, particularly around the plight of the Palestinian people. There are Jordanians and Lebanese that are not fond of the Palestinians because they feel they are a burden on their societies as refugees. A burden created by the Zionist criminals.

    • Agreed. Between Abbas and Bibi things look bad. When a true leader of the people surfaces the Zionists are quick to jail him and minimize his exposure to the outside world. I predict more detentions coming up as BDS grows.

    • Thank you Salena for keeping the light shining on the atrocities committed by Zionists criminals and their lackey Egypt.

  • Start 'Birthright' earlier and hire conservative professors-- to stem 'national security issue' of Jewish kids abandoning Israel
    • Yup that would be indoctrination - oops am I now branded an antisemite? Throw in antizionist as well if that makes you feel better

      The world is changing, faster than you think. Wielding the antisemitic sword for criticising Zionist policies has now become laughable, inane. Back into your Zio-toolkit you go

    • I agree - BDS couldn't have selected a better candidate to do his (their) work

      Keep him on the right side of the cliff for as long as needed - then repel him - pom poms and all

    • The business of deceit. Segmented and targeted cohorts for conversion. Statistics, focus groups, power point presentations, massaging and couching the message, and free trips to ZioLand for the potential born agains.

      Can the truth compete - screw that - overcome such a well contrived assault?

      Thank you Mr. Weiss - great read as usual.

  • Israel's P.R. campaign is failing: the more Americans know, the less favorable they are
    • Wish it was subtitled - I'd love to know more about what was said.

      I've heard Germans shy away from criticising Israeli policies because of what some have called "holocaust guilt."

      The article indicates there may be a change in that regard with more and more Germans critically assessing Israeli policies and actions. Personally i believe Germany's image on the world stage would be much better perceived if they became stalwart supporters and advocates for the oppressed and marginalized Palestinians.

      Do you believe many Germans today shy away from criticising Israeli policies because of this holocaust guilt?

    • A privileged sheltered nitwit with a vile father as a mentor.

      A bunch of bandits have taken over the WHouse - they will feast for the next four years at everyone's expense including the Palestinians.

    • Wonder where the Palestinians rank

    • As a Palestinian who left Haifa at the age of three for glorious Canada (or as my Father calls it - Disneyland), I have always been amazed that North Americans were so ill informed about the plight of the Palestinians - after all - most of their religious beliefs were developed in the Holy Land.

      Most of the few Palestinian Canadians I know attributed the lack of coverage on what they called the "Zionist controlled media." I always shied away from forming or adopting such conclusions choosing instead to believe that the media reports what it feels the masses want (driven by profit) and that with time and the internet the masses would eventually want to know more about the Palestinians. I believed this, but hoped against it, because I believed Israel would continue to flex its muscle and expand its territory which would bring the Palestinian cause to the forefront.

      What I didn't predict was just how skewed the coverage could be even when one of the most powerful militaries in the world were bombing

  • Ehud Barak says a Palestinian state would be 'non-viable'
    • “History will never forgive us if we don’t stop in time the new incarnation of Jewish blind zealousness and bigotry,”

      Not new, perhaps more overt and unabashed. History will forgive once the Palestinians have, and even then likely only to the extent that the Germans have been forgiven. The road map is there already - instead of Shindler's List we will be watching Birnbaum's List. Deja Vu for the Zionists.

      "I call upon everyone. This is an hour of test and crisis before we going to get to fascism… or god forbid to apartheid.”

      I wish God took an active role in forbidding this - by my accounting she/he would be too late though - Israel is a fascist apartheid state. Perhaps Ehud should call upon everyone to realize this first, then we can discuss the 12 step program Zionists should undergo to wean off of their addiction to supremacy.

  • Mondoweiss is necessary—so Israel can’t silence me and other Palestinian journalists
  • Packed room on Capitol Hill hears Palestinian student say he thought three IDs and a separation wall was normal for children everywhere
    • "You are no better than the white man ..."

      Even worse than the white man (I'm assuming you mean Christian Europeans) who has at least found a way to provide equal rights to the indigenous peoples of North America and Australia (at least on paper).

      The Zionist Israelis would never consider that.

  • Memo to Trump: US won't escape Mideast wars till Israel ends oppression of Palestinians
    • Agreed. The one thing Trump ushered in with his win is the belief that anything is possible - perhaps even concessions from Israel.

      The reason I believe it is unlikely is his choices for advisors - Kushner, Friedman and Fox News.

      Having said that, I would be lying if I said I didn't feel a flicker of hope after reading the above. Thank you for that Mr. Weiss.

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