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  • Salaita's hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor
  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • In which case, the big question is: can the lobby stop Rand Paul from getting the GOP nomination?

    • TR was not the last President with Menschlichkeit. FDR was a Mensch. JFK was a Mensch. Jimmy Carter was a Mensch.

    • That's name recognition at work. Killary is better known than the Republican possibilities. Warren, OTOH, is not better known.

      The name recognition advantage disappears quickly once a real campaign gets going.

  • Mr. Netanyahu, what is your endgame?
  • 'NYT' op-ed calls on Jews to abandon liberal Zionism and push for equal rights
    • "The army’s spending demands are so big that treasury officials fear that the budgets over the next three years will be subjugated to military needs at the expense of civilian spending. The problem is made worse by concerns that tax revenues will be smaller than expected amid signs that the economy is slowing. Those concerns become all the more acute if Israel enters into a war of attrition with Hamas, which would both debilitate the economy and increase defense costs."

      Excessive military costs threatening the rest of the economy that played a big role in the collapse of the Soviet Union, apartheid South Africa, and white Rhodesia.

  • Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS
  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
  • State Dep't says it's 'not OK' that Israel detained another American teenager without informing us
  • Entitled ideology supporting 'incineration' of Gaza resonates with Nazi ideology -- Siegman
  • Despite ravages of war, Gaza supports armed resistance to lift the siege
    • "The Hamas"? What's with the "the"? The definite article may be used with "Hamas" in German ("die Hamas") and in French ("le Hamas"), but it is not so used in English. Looking at the Arabic- and Hebrew-language Wikipedia entries on Hamas, it does not seem that the definite article is used with "Hamas" in those languages either.

  • Salaita’s stellar teaching record exposes political motivation behind his firing
  • Ari Shavit calls out every brutality, except the ones Israel is complicit in
  • Dead American soldier in IDF signed up to fight global jihadists plotting 'Holocaust 2.0'
  • 'Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children'
    • Nitpick: hanged.

      The clothes were hung in the closet.

      The man was hanged by the neck.

      Hague doesn't have capital punishment.

    • The U.S. bombing of Germany started out more pinpointed (and ineffective) than the UK bombing, but by 1944-5 it had become just as bad. And the worst bombing took place in the last months of the war. Jörg Friedrich's Der Brand [The Fire], about that bombing is one harrowing read. At least it was for this Vietnam War-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

      And the fire bombing of Japan (almost entirely by the U.S.) was, if anything, even worse. Curtis LeMay and his aide Robert McNamara both said that, if the U.S. had lost the war, they would have been tried for war crimes for what they did to Japan.

      And then there's the atom bomb.

      I remember once, when I was stationed in Berlin with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, a German walked up to me and started berating me and the U.S. for what we were then doing to Vietnam. He had survived the fire bombing of Dresden.

    • 9/11 may well have destroyed democracy and the rule of law in America beyond repair. The jury is still out on that.

    • 1. The Jews: It is an objective and implacable fact that Zionism is the largest and most significant Jewish project in at least 2,000 years, probably more. There are non-Jews who are Israeli citizens, there are Jews who intensely dislike Zionism, there are even a handful of anti-Zionist Jews in Israel. None of these facts can change the fundamental truth: in Zionism the Jews set out to re-create a national existence on the political playing field, in their ancestral homeland, and Israel is its expression, or outcome, or whatever you wish to call it. The fact that about 50% of the world’s Jews live in Israel strengthens this, (the proportion will soon tip over to more than 50%), and the fact that a majority of self-identifying Jews among the non-Israelis are Zionists, bolsters its strength, but doesn’t change it. You can’t have Jews pining for Israel over millennia and then going there, and not have it be the most important development in all those millennia.

      A self-proclaimed top scholar in Nazism should recognize that an apologist (archivist?) for Nazi Germany would have said very similar things about the relationship between Nazi Germany and "the Germans".

  • Amid fierce debate, members of German think tank take a stand on Gaza
  • Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse
  • More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times
    • Judaism, into the time of the Roman Empire, remained a proselytizing religion, like its Christian and Muslim descendants. Then, it ceased to be proselytizing, and made it very difficult for non-Jews to become Jews, so that it became, in theory, at any rate, a religion of one tribe. Isn't that a more fundamental change than any change that Islam, at least, made to the religion?

    • Judaism has had several make-overs. What’s wrong with that?

      I didn't say there was anything wrong with it. It doesn't disqualify Rabbinic Judaism from being a descendant of earlier Judaism, any more than Islam is disqualified just because it made some changes.

    • There’s no reason for Jews to believe that the gawd and the promise they created for themselves would or should apply to a group of people (Muslims):
      - who didn’t exist at the time the god and the promise were created

      If what matters is that one should belong to a group of people who existed at the time that the promise was made, Muslims belong to various groups of people that existed at that time, most notably, believers in the one God of Abraham. What's more, Islam is just as much descended from early Judaism as Rabbinic Judaism is. Why should it matter that in English we happen to use the word "Jew" for one group and not for the other? In what sense is Islam any less genuine a descendant of early Judaism than Rabbinic Judaism is?

      whose religion is a mostly an unimaginative but convenient re-hash of Judaism and Christianity.

      How is that anything other than a subjective judgment of Islam? I take it you don't like Islam. Why should that matter? Why is it not equally possible to make a similarly negative evaluation of Rabbinic Judaism, or of Christianity, for that matter?

    • There’s no reason for Jews to believe that the gawd and the promise they created for themselves would or should apply to a group of people (Muslims):
      - who didn’t exist at the time the god and the promise were created

      You're telling me Rabbinic Judaism existed at that time?

    • So your alleged evidence boils down to the fact that the Palestinians today speak Arabic. Does that mean that I, a descendant of Gaelic-speaking peasants, must be of Anglo-Saxon descent? Does that mean that Frenchmen speaking a language descended from Latin cannot be the descendants of Gauls?

    • Why do Jews who think Palestine was promised to them by God not think that Muslims are included among those to whom the land was promised? After all, Muslims believe in one God, they practise circumcision, they observe (or are at least supposed to observe) dietary laws, they have a complicated religious legal code to follow, they honor the prophets, they believe the Hebrew Bible is divine revelation. There are good grounds for believing that the Palestinians, at any rate, are descended from the ancient Hebrews. What is there about them that means they are not recipients of the promise?

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  • Hundreds of Ohioans say our gov't is on the 'wrong side of history and humanity'
  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney dodges Gaza question (and how long can he get away with that?)
    • A tribune of the plebs (tribunus plebis) under the Republic had the power to veto any action of the Senate. The Caesars, starting with Augustus, were tribunes of the plebs for life, with the same tribunician power (tribunicia potestas) to veto any action of the Senate.

      So the Senate, by concurring with the emperor, only bowed to legal reality.

      Here in America, the legal power remains with the politicians in the executive and legislative branches, not with the fat cats. The politicians only choose not to use that power. For reasons that are not at all clear. Why are they all so fearful of losing office or maybe being killed?

  • Lobbyist tells Eliot Engel he has 'the blood of hundreds of Palestinian children on his hands'
    • Of course, to be fair, it wasn't just the Nazis. We in the United States had our own antimiscegenation laws, not struck down by the Supreme Court until 1967 in Loving v. Virginia.

      And, while the laws struck down by Loving were limited to 17 states in the South (although a South that included Delaware, Oklahoma, and West Virginia), just a few years earlier there had been such laws in 14 other states, almost all outside the South, including California and Oregon. As interpreted by the Arizona Supreme Court in 1942, Arizona's antimiscegenation law (not repealed until 1962) prohibited persons of mixed race from marrying anyone.

      An excellent history of America's antimiscegenation laws is Peggy Pascoe's What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America.

    • It is illegal for a jew to marry a muslim in Israel.

      Same thinking that led the Nazis to declare mixed marriages with Jews the crime of Rassenschande, "racial defilement," under the Nuremberg Laws.

  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
    • No question a USA / Iranian war is in Israel’s interests.

      That's the kind of coldblooded, short-term thinking that will doom Israel. Once a war starts, nobody can predict to what disasters it will lead. Israel wanted the U.S. to invade Iraq. Who has that helped? The centennial year of World War One the fact that wars can be terrible should be obvious.

    • Aren't women disposed not to like wars and belllicosity?

    • Real leaders are able to recognize when circumstances have changed the nature of the game.

    • That's our Killary all right.

      I wouldn't rule out Rand Paul's chances of getting the nomination quite yet.

  • 'Bombing the Dead' -- Max Blumenthal in Gaza
  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • That was also the Nazis' attitude towards women. Note the first word in the motto: Kinder, Kirche, Küche.

      By the way, since the thread where a description of attacks in Berlin-Neukölln on a car carrying an Israeli flag appeared is now closed to comments, let me take the opportunity here, as someone who was stationed in the nearby neighborhood of Tempelhof, to say that Neukölln is a neighborhood largely inhabited by immigrant Muslims.

    • And I believe Fairbanks's Thief of Baghdad was a big hit in its time. It's incredibly racist in how it presents East Asians, as Hollywood movies were at the time. The villain is an East Asian (Chinese?) king. But it is not racist towards Arabs. The hero and heroine are Arabs of Iraq/Mesopotamia, presented as the equivalent of American whites.

  • Man who saved Jewish boy in Holocaust acts to save Israel from 'racist... quagmire'
    • Dr. [Ismail] Zeyada said last month that none of his family members were militants.

      And the family of the four boys Israel killed on the Gaza beach were Fatah supporters (although I understand they have now switched their support to Hamas).

  • Rabbi slams 'militarization' in St. Louis but when it comes to Gaza-- the press 'loves underdog and suffering'
    • And, as Ali Abunimah details in his new book, Israeli militarized training for U.S. police forces has gone far beyond the police chief of St. Louis County. It has, for example, conspicuously included the NYPD.

  • Liberal Zionism has lost its refuge-- a plausible two-state solution
    • A U.S. economic collapse, which looks distinctly possible, even in the short term, could spell an end to Israel's financial support from the U.S.

    • Interesting to be reminded of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. When I got to the Defense Language Institute (aka Army Language School) on the hill of the Presidio in Monterey, California in March 1969, the dirt path up and down the hill that one used to go between the school up the hill and the main base down the hill was nicknamed the "Ho Chi Minh Trail" (and it was then, in March, very muddy, after the rainy season). I doubt if it's called that now. (The complex of new dormitories at Princeton to which I was assigned in my freshman year of 1968 was aptly nicknamed "Stonehenge". When I revisited the campus a few years later, I learned that that nickname had disappeared.)

    • "Fascism is a war against enlightenment and against universal values; Nazism was a war against the human race.”

      A fair enough distinction. But on which side of this divide does the emerging fascism of Israel fall?

  • 15 airplanes to fly over NY and NJ beaches with Israeli flags and We Love Israel banner
    • After those incidents, I believe the federal government made it illegal to do that.

    • For a people to possess nuclear weapons is not exactly a guarantee of its immortality. It can certainly be argued that they make its extinction more likely.

    • At least if they fly west from Farmingdale (towards New York City and the Jersey Shore,) I won't have to see them on Fire Island.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 1, ducks question on Gaza, 2, plans trip to Israel, and 3--
    • The powers that be sure made sure that Lieberman beat Lamont in the general election in 2008, after Lamont won the primary. And then Obama made sure Lieberman (Obama's mentor when Obama took his Senate seat) kept his seniority with respect to committee assignments, so that he even kept a committee chairmanship, so that Lieberman could do the dirty work Obama wanted (like blocking single payer in the health bill), and take the blame for it. Plausible deniability.

  • Israel got tank shell that killed 20 at UN school from US without Obama's approval -- WSJ bombshell
    • You're wrong. There is something he could do. He could go over the heads of the Congresspeople and make a speech to the American people. That's what Ike did in 1956, and that's how he forced Israel to withdraw from the Sinai then.

    • So this Ofer Winter guy thinks the one God Allah of the Muslims and the God of Abraham are not the same God? On what grounds?

    • The military-industrial complex has an interest in seeing weapons used up (so that they have to be replaced). Is Obama willing to defy both the Israel lobby and the military-industrial complex? I don't think so.

    • The Supreme Court has held that the President's powers in foreign policy are not dependent on congressional approval. United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp., 299 U.S. 304 (1936):

      United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp., 299 U.S. 304 (1936),[1] was a United States Supreme Court case involving principles of both governmental regulation of business and the supremacy of the executive branch of the federal government to conduct foreign affairs. The Supreme Court concluded not only that foreign affairs power was vested in the national government as a whole but also that the President of the United States had "plenary" powers in the foreign affairs field that was not dependent upon congressional delegation.

    • This just the latest of many indications that, with respect to issues allegedly connected with "national security", it is the national security state that rules, and not the president.

    • What will the Obama administration do to make that happen, and to educate the American public about the influence of a passionate faction over US policymaking?

      It would be very easy for the Obama administration to make that happen. They would just have to issue a finding that Israel has nuclear weapons, and therefore cannot receive aid under the Symington amendment:

      The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was amended by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976. It banned U.S. economic, and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 101 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

      The Glenn Amendment (Section 670) was later adopted in 1977, and provided the same sanctions against countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology or explode or transfer a nuclear device. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 102 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

  • Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site
    • Sorry, I got the name wrong. The St. Louis County police chief is named Timothy Fitch, but Trita Parsi produced a press release from 2011 stating that Fitch was scheduled for a week's training in counterterrorism in Israel. I assume the training took place.

    • Glenn Greenwald tweeted today that St. Louis County police chief Timothy Dwight was one of those police officials who received law enforcement training in Israel.

    • By the way, Rand Paul had something interesting to say about the police in this country today: The Hill: Rand Paul: Demilitarize police forces:

      Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is calling for the demilitarization of the nation's police forces following severe unrest in Ferguson, Mo., warning in an op-ed for Time magazine of a "systemic problem with today’s law enforcement."

    • Ali Abunimah discusses in his new book The Battle for Justice in Palestine all the training people from local police forces in the U.S. get in Israel.

  • Fraternizing with minorities in Israel
    • You thus confirm Annie's prediction.

    • That Druze colonel was wounded during the fighting and evacuated. I assume that somebody else then took command. And I would guess that most of the slaughter by the Golani Brigade took place after he was wounded, as revenge for the killing and wounding of their buddies.

  • Hamas equals ISIS in 'grisly creeds and grisly deeds,' Netanyahu tells a nodding Cuomo
  • Reading Salaita in Illinois—by Way of Cary Nelson (part 1)
    • Wow, "otiose" is not a word you see that often in English.

      However, "otiose" is correct here. "For" is unnecessary in the sentence. But that does not mean that it is wrong. Either way, with or without "for", is correct English.

  • The Walzer Problem
    • And, interestingly, Costa Rica is a very popular place for U.S. military retirees to retire to. Even they like it there.

    • Your source is the IDF?!!! And you actually cite their figures without any disclaimer, or at least an explanation of the source of the figures. Need I say more?

    • Not just Yassin. The attempted killing of Khalid Meshal happened because he was offering a peace deal to the Israelis, something Netanyahu couldn't handle, as recounted in Paul McGeough's Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas.

    • What is your source for those figures?

    • I was at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1982, and I remember Walzer writing that.

    • I chose the examples I did because I believe there are few people who think that the resistance was not justified.

      As Jeff Klein points out below, the American revolutionary colonists refused to fight war the way the British thought it should be fought: they fired from behind walls and bushes, and they refused to fight in formations. And that is an example that I think even fewer Americans would disapprove of.

    • Does Walzer think that the resistance movements against Napoleonic rule throughout Europe waged "asymmetric warfare"? What about the partisans in Russia and the Resistance throughout Europe in World War Two?

  • We must target our politicians' 'cowardice' in the face of war crimes --Trevor Hogan's impassioned speech in Dublin
    • From now on, I'm going to call her "Killary".

    • Patrick Cockburn was quite emphatic on this morning's Democracy Now! in saying that it was the West's campaign of trying to end Assad's rule in Syria that built up ISIS to its present threatening dimensions.

  • Brothers herding sheep on village lands are struck by Israeli explosive-- one dies
  • Have I failed to acknowledge Palestinian violence?
    • 88 years? I suppose that's the length of time the Crusaders held the city of Jerusalem, but the last Crusader state in Outremer (still the Kingdom of Jerusalem, in its last redoubt of Acre) didn't fall until 200 years after the First Crusade.

  • US branch of the Jewish 'family' owes the homeland 'unconditional love' -- Rosner
    • Donations by private U.S. persons does not constitute foreign aid from the U.S., as that term is normally understood.

    • Easy to imagine a Nazi apologist writing a similar piece about Germans abroad in the 1930's or 1940's, with the same ending:

      On matters of life and death, war and peace, Germans are going to make their own decisions. If they lose the support of some liberal overseas Germans over it, that would be regrettable, but so be it.

  • A month of solidarity in London -- does the BBC get the message?
    • According to Glenn Greenwald, when Al Jazeera America was set up last year, great care was taken to avoid having the new network labeled as "anti-American".

    • Scotsman and former UK Ambassador Craig Murray has things to say about The Guardian under its present leadership: Rusbridger: Handmaiden to Power:

      Rusbridger’s Guardian has become an unrepentant unionist, zionist, and neo-con New Labour propaganda vehicle. Particularly deceitful is their attitude to the security services and the “war on terror”, where Rusbridger stands revealed as a handmaiden to power. He was, a very senior Guardian source told me, particularly upset when I described him as “Tony Blair’s catamite”. Let me say it again.

  • Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
    • I believe I remember them also being called "children" and "kids". (And I think one of them was even in the IDF.)

  • H-P tech conference in Boston draws campaign showing its role in Gaza massacre
    • Edwin Black's IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation-Expanded Edition details the important role IBM played in enabling the Holocaust. Hollerith cards supplied by IBM's German subsidiary -- with the knowledge and encouragement of the parent corporation -- were used to track census data in Germany, so that Jews could be identified, tracked, and, eventually, killed.

  • Goldstone sequel to be co-authored by Amal Alamuddin, Clooney's fiancee
    • Athenian tragedies and comedies, Shakespeare's dramas, Verdi's operas were attended by (and loved by) common people in their respective times. There's no reason why popular entertainment has to be bad art.

    • I very much doubt that Hillary would admit that Israel has committed war crimes.

    • Post-Goldstone interview with Schabas here:

      Hence, I believe that pretending the prosecution of Sudan is not political is a mistake too. Of course it is political. Why are we going after the president of Sudan for Darfur and not the president of Israel for Gaza?
      Because of politics.

      V.T.: A report has been published by Professor Goldstone concerning the Gaza invasion and you have published some information on your blog about it too. What do you think about this report?

      W.S.: Well, I am very supportive of the report. I know all of the people who were on the commission and have great respect for them, particularly Judge Goldstone, who is a very honorable man of great integrity. And they did this investigation under very difficult conditions, in particular without any cooperation from the Israeli authorities and they have come up with a report that is not a judgment, but a finding that there is a likelihood serious crimes were committed by both sides in the conflict and that they should be dealt with by a justice system. I think that when we look at all the crimes committed in Gaza during the conflict at the end of 2008-2009 we find
      that they are probably not, on a Richter scale of atrocity, at the top. And there are many places in the world where worse crimes have been committed. Sri Lanka, for example, in March or April of 2009 was much more serious in terms of the atrocities and loss of life that was committed. So
      there is a tendency I believe for us to think that Gaza was the worst crime. I think that in terms of war crimes, I agree with the findings of the report which make sense to me. But probably, as I say, on the overall scale of things, these are not the worst atrocities that have been committed. I think
      the reason why many people in the world are so upset about the atrocities in Gaza is not because of the bombardment of facilities in Gaza in January and in December of the last year but because of our unhappiness about the general political situation there. It is because the people of Palestine are
      still being denied their right of self-determination. And so, we mix our dissatisfaction with the situation of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank where we have this terrible wall that has been built and the settlements which continue being built even if Obama has told Netanyahu to
      stop. And certainly all these are a violation of international law and absolutely unacceptable. So we mix the issues of self-determination with the very specific war crimes committed in December and January, which were obviously serious but are not on the same scale as the war crimes that are
      being committed in Afghanistan, or were committed in Sri Lanka, and so on.

    • And a forced exodus of Clooney, Bardem, Cruz and others from Hollywood really would be something of a promotion, even with the pay cut.

      It would also be a suicidal act by Hollywood, as it would amount to the creation of dangerous competitors. Whoever made use of these actors would be guaranteed large audiences, and anything they did away from Hollywood would undoubtedly be better artistically.

  • Tough Hillary Clinton says 'dreadful' pictures of dead women and children make it hard to get at truth-- Hamas is to blame
    • I just saw her called "Killary" on another site (wish I could remember which one). The name does fit, doesn't it?

    • As if politicians like Hillary and her husband don't stage-manage coverage of their events?

    • Hillary has looked terrible for a couple of years now. I really wonder whether she is suffering from some disease.

    • Baltimore political reporter Frank Kent wrote the book The Great Game of Politics, published back in 1923. In it, he has chapters on why politicians running for office never tell the unvarnished truth, how telling the unvarnished truth is invariably fatal for a politician. He calls this the price we pay for universal suffrage. Whether or not he's right on where he places the blame, his book does demonstrate how U.S. politicians have been lying as a matter of course for a long time.

      My father voted for Goldwater in 1964 and for McGovern in 1972. (In both cases, I disagreed with him at the time, and it is only with time that I have come to realize that he was right in both cases.) In both cases, his reason was the same: he voted for an honest politician against a crook. But also in both cases, an overwhelming majority of voters did what Kent predicted, and allowed themselves to be deceived by a politician's lies.

      Which raises the question: why don't voters give more weight to a politician's honesty than to most other considerations? (I won't say that the honest politician should always be elected. Hitler was quite open for a politician in saying what he would do.)

  • The West Bank insurrection
    • You don't understand guerrilla warfare. To win, all Hamas has to do is not be wiped out. Like the Algerians, like the IRA. they don't need military victories to win in the end.

  • Hollywood's latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar
    • Maybe it would not have been right to demand of German emigres in the 1930's that they denounce the Nazi regime, but I don't think it would have been too much to demand that they not publicly support it. I would say the same thing about the Soviet Union and various other objectionable regimes. Perhaps even the United States has reached this status now. I must say, I now have very mixed feelings about the many years I spent in the U.S. military.

      Scotsman and former UK ambassador Craig Murray has some interesting things to say about The Guardian under its present leadership: Rusbridger – Handmaiden to Power:

      Rusbridger’s Guardian has become an unrepentant unionist, zionist, and neo-con New Labour propaganda vehicle. Particularly deceitful is their attitude to the security services and the “war on terror”, where Rusbridger stands revealed as a handmaiden to power. He was, a very senior Guardian source told me, particularly upset when I described him as “Tony Blair’s catamite”. Let me say it again.

  • Professor Salaita was fired for disagreeing too vehemently with Professor Nelson
    • It's a question of what the law of contracts on detrimental reliance is in Illinois, but I would be very much surprised if Salaita does not have a cause of action.

  • 'One nation, one state, one leader' -- frightening slogan at Tel Aviv protest
    • Well, actually the official name became "Grossdeutsches Reich" in 1938, after the Anschluss of Austria.

    • Take a look at any coins or stamps from the Weimar Republic. They are labeled "Deutsches Reich". The German defense establishment during the Weimar Republic was called "Reichswehr". "Deutsches Reich" was just the official name of the unified German state between 1870 and 1945, whether under the Hohenzollern monarchy, the Weimar Republic, or the Nazi dictatorship.

    • The idea derives from Herder, who held that every people -- not just the Germans -- has its own peculiar genius. Only later in the history of Romanticism did some Germans restrict the idea to Germans, and there were always those who disagreed with them.

    • "Nation" does not appear in the Hebrew sign in the same position as "Reich" in the Nazi slogan. The Hebrew word that appears in that place is the word for "state", which is not so different from "Reich". Two different words for the state form. "Nation" in the Hebrew appears in the same place as "Volk" in the Nazi slogan. Is that so different?

    • Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!

      Wir wollen heim ins Reich.

      (By the way, the French already under Louis XIV had: Un roi, une foi, une loi.)

    • I wonder if עם can mean "people" in the sense of "Volk".

      Quite a Führer that Netanyahu is. Or do they have somebody else in mind.

  • 'An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they're doing'
    • The way the media follow the U.S. government's lead in the use or nonuse of words like "genocide" and "torture" reveals the extent to which they are controlled media.

  • Looking for the Palestinian Kirk Douglas
    • The evidence seems to indicate that Israeli intelligence, like Pakistani and Saudi, was a junior partner in bringing about the 9/11 false flag provocation. However, prime responsibility undoubtedly belongs to elements within the U.S. government, if not the U.S. government as a whole. Only those elements could have brought about the subsequent cover up. Only those elements could have caused the stand down of U.S. air defense on 9/11. Only those elements could have prevented following up on the leads various FBI people had prior to 9/11.

      Much the same could be said about the JFK assassination.

  • Gaza 2014 has clarified the international struggle
    • I just read in a recent New Yorker that, during the March on Washington in 1963, there was a Justice Department official in attendance who had a recording of Mahalia Jackson singing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" hooked up to the sound system that he would start playing if any of the speakers departed from the prearranged script.

    • Obama just talked about prospective genocide by ISIS in Iraq. He actually used the word.

  • With friends like these...
    • Oops, that should have been "kangalbeyazbash" and "kıvırbeyazbash".

    • Having been kangalkarabash, I have become with age kangalbeyazkarabash.

      Although shouldn't "curly" in these words be "kıvır", thus "kıvırkarabash" and "kıvırbeyazkarabash"?

  • American woman abandons Zionist group after hearing Palestinian describe slaughter of six family members
    • Another technique, perhaps wiser in a case like this, is to ignore the story in the hope that it will have little effect if more attention is not drawn to it.

  • When the smoke clears in Gaza
    • Well, what do you know? Turns out the IDF resumed its historical practice of feces warfare in Gaza: Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti:

      When Ahmed Owedat returned to his home 18 days after Israeli soldiers took it over in the middle of the night, he was greeted with an overpowering stench.

      He picked through the wreckage of his possessions thrown from upstairs windows to find that the departing troops had left a number of messages. One came from piles of faeces on his tiled floors and in wastepaper baskets, and a plastic bottle filled with urine.

      And we're supposed to believe that Israel stands for civilization?

  • Despite potential groundswell, Congress reluctant to recognize Palestinian rights
    • Normally, when C-SPAN can't air an event when it is happening, it will show it at a later time. Will they do that with Tariq's speech?

  • How many Israeli civilians have been attacked from the Gaza tunnels? Any?
    • In Nazi Germany during World War Two, Jews were not allowed into the air raid shelters.

    • So only one Israeli Jew was killed by Hamas, and he was killed by mortar fire, not a rocket. Indeed, the one foreign civilian killed was also killed by mortar fire. The one Israeli killed by a rocket was a Bedouin Arab killed near Dimona, where the Bedouins were not allowed to go to shelters and were told to defend themselves by lying on the ground.

    • The Hamas tunnels into Israel were a weapon, meant to be used in the event of a renewed attack by Israel. Which is precisely how they were used.

      Why doesn't Hamas have as much right to have tunnels as Israel has to have tanks and airplanes?

    • All were reportedly hit by rocket fire.

      The report after the first of those Israeli civilians was killed was that he was struck by mortar fire. Which would make sense, since he was on the border with Gaza, delivering food to IDF soldiers. Hamas didn't need the additional range provided by the rockets.

  • After Gaza
    • Hamas achieved the discrediting of Israel. They also won much more support from the Palestinians.

    • And the result is that the war begins again. Islamic Jihad fires rockets, not joined by Hamas, but Israel responds with more bombing of Gaza. Moon of Alabama: Gaza: The War Is On Again:

      The talks in Cairo during the agreed 72 hour cease-fire failed. Israel and Egypt would not commit to the Palestinian demand to lift the siege on Gaza and to open the border crossings. The Israeli delegation left the talks even before the truce period ended at 8 am local time today (Notice how the Washington Post is lying about this fact.)

      As soon as the 72 hour period ended the Islamic Jihad military wing in Gaza started to launch rockets at Israeli targets near the Gaza border. Hamas did not join in - a signal that there was still a chance for further negotiations. But about an hour later Israel launched new air strikes at northern Gaza. Palestinians near the border areas flee towards Gaza city.

  • On being accused of anti-semitism by well meaning liberals
  • My friends say I'm being too nice to Hamas
    • I think the hasbarists' line is going to continue to be to claim that there is such evidence, confident that a lot of people won't bother to check and learn how threadbare that alleged evidence is.

    • I was comparing Bader-Meinhof gang bombs and the rockets Hamas actually used. They were both capable of killing, and both did, in small numbers. And neither caused a danger great enough to justify disrupting lives.

      Our superiors didn't order us to go into shelters, and we didn't protest when they didn't, because we weren't a bunch of scaredy cats.

    • When I was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Berlin and the Bader-Meinhof gang was laying bombs in U.S. military facilities in Germany (one exploded at the barracks in Heidelberg and killed an officer, one was found and disarmed, with me viewing the procedure, 200 yards from my barracks in Berlin, and another was found and disarmed outside the American high school in Berlin the night of the senior prom,) I quickly learned to put the danger out of my mind, because there was nothing I could do about it and the risk to me was small.

      Israelis were in about the same amount of danger from Hamas's rockets. As Norman Finkelstein has pointed out, the ineffectiveness of Hamas's rockets is shown by how little damage they did to Israeli infrastructure.

      The Israelis should have ignored the small danger. It wasn't great enough to justify the time spent in going to and from shelters and the time wasted within the shelters.

  • 'NYT' is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict
    • You don't have to be a liar to tell Israel what it wants when you're being interrogated by forces of a country that has a history of torture. And that's assuming that he said what Israel claims he said.

    • From Times of Israel story:

      While Hamas denied responsibility for the kidnapping, The Times of Israel has learned that Hussam Kawasme has a brother active in Hamas who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and deported to Gaza. It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.

      Those responsible work under the auspices of former Palestinian interior minister Fathi Hammad with another senior Hamas official in Ankara, Saleh al-Arouri, who are responsible for planning dozens of attacks in the West Bank, The Times of Israel was told.

      According to Palestinian security sources, there is little doubt that the group that carried out the kidnapping is linked to Hamas’s leadership abroad.

      Some evidence you've got there, fella.

      Remember how long the Bush administration stubbornly insisted there were WMD's in Iraq?

  • Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday August 9 Day of Rage
  • Steven Salaita-- unremitting in criticism of Zionism and Gaza slaughter-- loses a job at University of Illinois
    • If I had a nickel for all the times I've heard American academics say or imply that people who support Bush are awful people...

    • Executives at foreign airlines on Tuesday accused Israeli aviation officials of using threatening and inappropriate language after many carriers briefly suspended flights to Israel last month.” Haaretz

      I wonder what the threat was.

    • I have known plenty of nasty professors who got tenure. At Harvard, no less.

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