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  • Why did Netanyahu respond to chickenshit with 'grassy knoll' remark?
    • Looking at the comments on the site the story comes from, I see it probably is political satire. Sure had me fooled.

      Si ce n'est vrai, c'est bien trouvé.

    • Somebody with this mentality might be provoked to do something crazy just to show he's not chickenshit. Having delivered this implicit threat, he might feel obliged to carry it out.

    • If it is what he meant, let us hope that the U.S. government takes this as its opportunity to reveal the truth about the assassination to the American public. Although somehow I doubt if it will. The oxen of too many important institutions -- like the CIA and the Pentagon -- would also be gored.

    • I've posted this twice on this forum in the past couple of days, but I think it belongs here too:

      Bibi's shrink killed himself in 2010 because he was despondent over having failed to cure Bibi of his delusional thinking. Psychiatrist of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Commits Suicide :

      The first of Yatom’s strokes occurred when Netanyahu offered his opinion that the 911 attacks on Washington and New York “were good.” The second followed a session in which Netanyahu insisted that Iran and Nazi Germany were identical. And the third occurred after the Prime Minister declared Iran’s nuclear energy program was a “flying gas chamber,” and that all Jews everywhere “lived permanently in Auschwitz.” Yatom’s efforts to calm Netanyahu’s hysteria were extremely taxing emotionally and routinely ended in failure. “The alibi is always the same with him,” complained another diary entry. “The Jews are on the verge of annihilation at the hands of the racist goyim and the only way to save the day is to carry out one final massacre.”

      That kind of mentality might well stop at nothing.

    • Of course, we don't know who said "chickenshit". Wouldn't it be great if it had been Obama? (Although personally I strongly suspect it was Biden. Seems more in character for him. And I doubt if stuffed shirt Kerry would have made his prissy criticism of the language if it had been Obama.)

    • Unless Bibi used the English words in his comments in Hebrew.

    • And don't forget all the indications that Israel and its supporters were involved in the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. The evidence is discussed quite fully in Col. John Hugh-Wilson's JFK: An American Coup D'etat: The Truth Behind the Kennedy Assassination

  • 'Exalted anti-Zionists' are now driving the conversation
    • Apartheid South Africa had that problem when it was about to end apartheid and create a situation where blacks would have political power, and it found a solution: it disarmed itself of its nukes before apartheid was ended.

  • 'Chickenshit' attack enrages Netanyahu and lobby, but will it stir voters against Obama?
    • And now stuffed shirt Kerry has more or less admitted that the quote is genuine: Kerry: ‘Chickens---' remark 'disgraceful':

      “It is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging, and I think neither President Obama nor I — I’ve never heard that word around me in the White House or anywhere,” said Kerry during an appearance at The Atlantic’s Ideas Forum on Thursday.

      “I don’t know who these anonymous people are who keep getting quoted, but they make life much more difficult,” he added.

      Yeah, sure, John, we believe you.

    • The administration has not called the quote unauthentic, which I would imagine they would do if it is not genuine. Especially a week (and now less) before the offterm elections.

    • Looks like it's still business as usual. Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on U.S.-Israel Consultative Group Meeting (Oct. 30, 2014):

      National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hosted Israeli National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen and senior Israeli and U.S. officials today at the White House for the semi-annual meeting of the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group. These ongoing constructive and intensive meetings cover a range of bilateral and regional security issues.

      The delegations discussed pressing issues, including ongoing efforts by the United States and coalition partners to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

      On Iran, the U.S. delegation reaffirmed our commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The two sides discussed the ongoing diplomatic efforts of the P5+1 and EU to reach a comprehensive solution that peacefully and verifiably resolves the international community’s concerns with Iran’s program. The delegations pledged to continue the unprecedented coordination between the United States and Israel as negotiations continue.

      The U.S. delegation included CIA Director John Brennan, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of the Treasury David Cohen, Under Secretary of Defense Christine Wormuth, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East Phil Gordon and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.

      National Security Advisors Rice and Cohen agreed that the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group continues to be an effective forum for strategic interagency security consultations between the U.S. and Israeli Governments and will continue to meet regularly in Washington and Jerusalem.

    • Perhaps in its reply, the Swedish government ought to mention Israel's strange failure to prosecute Yehoshua Cohen, the man who was known to have assassinated Count Bernadotte (a member of the Swedish royal family) and in later years a close friend (and bodyguard) of Ben Gurion's.

    • Yeah, the Democrats might suffer serious losses in the imminent election, but that's short-term. In the long term, as Israel is more and more discredited, it will be those who have supported its crimes who will suffer politically.

  • 'Take your Ebola ass and get out': L.A. confrontation highlights relationship between Zionism and anti-black racism
    • Here's the critical paragraph from that posting:

      The first of Yatom’s strokes occurred when Netanyahu offered his opinion that the 911 attacks on Washington and New York “were good.” The second followed a session in which Netanyahu insisted that Iran and Nazi Germany were identical. And the third occurred after the Prime Minister declared Iran’s nuclear energy program was a “flying gas chamber,” and that all Jews everywhere “lived permanently in Auschwitz.” Yatom’s efforts to calm Netanyahu’s hysteria were extremely taxing emotionally and routinely ended in failure. “The alibi is always the same with him,” complained another diary entry. “The Jews are on the verge of annihilation at the hands of the racist goyim and the only way to save the day is to carry out one final massacre.”

    • This is inevitably going to end very badly.

      Especially since Israel has so many nukes. Did you read my posting the other day about how Bibi's psychiatrist kiled himself in 2010 over despair when he was unable to cure Bibi of his irrational thinking?

  • Why the Salaita case matters, outside the United States
    • If he really does think we're all such jerks, I wonder why he bothers to waste his time posting here.

    • Instructions for filing a complaint with the North Central Association (the accreditor for UIUC) are to be found at link to ncahlc.org .

    • What's even funnier is observing somebody with an arrogance as overweening as yours.

    • DoubleStandard, your intemperate language suggests that you are not quite so confident of the cogency of your argument as you pretend to be.

    • Whatever the legal merits of Salaita's case, where he can win is by challenging the university's accreditation status. Someone who has standing to bring a complaint to whatever body accredits this particular university should make a complaint to it about Salaita's treatment.

  • As AJC and CAMERA go after Jebreal for writing up Israeli 'hate policies,' 'NYT' backs her up
  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
    • Horizontal, that's exactly why Israel so desperately wants Iran not to have nukes.

    • Given the White House reaction, I strongly suspect the unnamed source was Biden.

    • Goldberg can't make war with Iran happen, but Israel and/or elements within the U.S. government can, through a false flag operation that it is politically necessary to blame on Iran, create a situation in which war with Iran cannot be avoided, as a practical political matter.

  • Normalizing occupation, NYT runs whimsical story on time zones
  • US-Israel relationship is still 'strong and formidable,' says State Dep't
  • Under pretext of restoring calm, Netanyahu government is escalating Israel’s war on Palestinians in Jerusalem
    • Bibi's shrink killed himself in 2010 because he was despondent over having failed to cure Bibi of his delusional thinking. Psychiatrist of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Commits Suicide :

      The first of Yatom’s strokes occurred when Netanyahu offered his opinion that the 911 attacks on Washington and New York “were good.” The second followed a session in which Netanyahu insisted that Iran and Nazi Germany were identical. And the third occurred after the Prime Minister declared Iran’s nuclear energy program was a “flying gas chamber,” and that all Jews everywhere “lived permanently in Auschwitz.” Yatom’s efforts to calm Netanyahu’s hysteria were extremely taxing emotionally and routinely ended in failure. “The alibi is always the same with him,” complained another diary entry. “The Jews are on the verge of annihilation at the hands of the racist goyim and the only way to save the day is to carry out one final massacre.”

  • Another New York Times' reporter's son is in the Israeli army
    • Foreign Fighters bill now being considered by Australian parliament would forbid Australians fighting in other foreign militaries, but not in the IDF.

    • It was probably what the Pattersons believed anyway, but it was also good business for the Daily News to adopt these politics. These were the politics of most of its working-class largely Catholic readership.

      Similarly, it was -- and probably still is -- good business for the New York Times to be as pro-Israel as it is. I believe I've read that the Sulzbergers dropped their former anti-Zionism because they came under pressure from advertisers, especially the big department stores. And the readership of the paper has long been disproportionately Jewish. (I say that although I and my father were long readers of the Times, at least after the demise of the Herald Tribune in 1966. The Herald Tribune had been New York's WASP rival of the Times, but my father, although Irish, perhaps because of his conservative politics and dislike of what he considered the anticlericalism of the Times, read the Herald Tribune for as long as it survived.)

    • The Irish Catholic Patterson family, which founded and long ran the New York Daily News, ensured that it espoused the politics of many Irish-Americans. Until Pearl Harbor, it was isolationist and anti-British. After World War Two, it was fiercely anti-Communist and backed Joe McCarthy when he was riding high.

    • I believe I read some place that the book Blitzer wrote early in his career about the Pollard case very much played down the Israeli government's role in what happened, i.e., amounted to damage control. I haven't read the book, so I can't confirm this. I have no desire to read a book written (or at least ostensibly written) by Blitzer.

    • The Times has Jewish ownership, the Sulzberger family, which maintained a policy in the 1950s and 60s of only assigning non-Jewish reporters to Jerusalem lest the paper might appear to be exercising bias in favor of the Jewish state. That policy was reversed in the 1970s; and today some call that policy anti-Semitic.

      One wonders if the policy was reversed during A.M. Rosenthal's stints as managing editor (1970-77) and executive editor (1977-88). He was a much more committed Zionist than the Sulzbergers, wasn't he?

  • Kerry just snubbed a gov't minister who calls for segregated bus lines. And that's a bad thing?
  • Chomsky used to need police protection when he spoke about Israel, no longer
    • The policy of ambiguity was agreed upon by Israel and President Nixon in 1969 so that the U.S. would not be exposed as failing to follow U.S. law on nuclear weapons.

    • And Chomsky didn't even mention the Symington Amendment, which bans U.S. economi, 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.

  • ExxonMobil and Apartheid South Africa have 'no right to exist,' Gitlin says
    • And I was also the head of Harvard-Radcliffe alumni and alumnae…against apartheid campaigning to elect pro divestment representatives to the Harvard board of overseers.

      Against apartheid. Not against South Africa.

  • Recognizing Palestine—and political reality
  • Israeli president's diagnosis -- 'Israel is a sick society' -- doesn't go viral in the U.S.
  • The rabbi's fridge
    • Falk was interviewed at length on Democracy Now! yesterday.

      Not all of us oldsters are on the wrong side. Falk audited the Elementary Italian course at Princeton when I was in it in the spring of 1965. He was a junior professor at the time. I guess that means I'm getting up there in years too.

  • The ice floe
    • Democracy Now! played an interview with Noam Chomsky this morning. He said there has already been a massive shift in the thinking of American students on the I/P issue. He said that, in past decades, whenever he's said anything that could be considered anti-Israeli, he has had to be protected by campus security, even on his own campus of MIT. Now, however, none of that security is needed, and his audiences support what he has to say enthusiastically.

    • Christopher Boyce, the protagonist of The Falcon and the Snowman who eventually sold classified information to the Soviet Union, became disenchanted with the U.S. intelligence community because of messages that he saw in his intelligence job showing how the CIA was trying to depose Whitlam as prime minister.

    • Whitlam, by the way, was the Australian Prime Minister who began Aboriginal land reform in Australia by giving the Gurindji people of the Northern Territory title deeds to part of their traditional lands in August 1975, shortly before he was dismissed from office. The Whitlam government also drafted an Aboriginal Land Rights Act, which was not passed before he was dismissed from office, and which was passed in a severely diluted form by the right-wing government under Malcolm Fraser that followed. (Whitlam also granted independence to Papua New Guinea.)

    • Speaking of Rudd, Gough Whitlam, that other Australian Prime Minister who was irregularly removed, that time by U.S. influence, has just died. Since Democracy Now! had a piece yesterday about the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, on the same day that the Washington Post ran Whitlam's obituary, and since both events occurred in the same year, 1975, it occurred to me that they were probably connected, so I decided to check the chronology more closely. Sure enough. Whitlam was removed from office on Nov. 11, 1975. East Timor declared its independence from Portugal at the end of November. On Dec. 5, Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger visited Jakarta and gave Suharto a green light for invading East Timor. The next day, Indonesia invaded East Timor. It seems to me highly probable that one of the main reasons Whitlam was removed is that he would have objected to the invasion of East Timor.

  • An exciting night at the opera: 'Klinghoffer' opening dominated by protest and heavy police presence
    • I have seen both movies. If you doubt that the IRA figures prominently (and is treated sympathetically) in both of them, I suggest you read the Wikipedia entries on them.

    • I read someplace a few years ago that Abu Abbas was secretly working for Israel and that the attack on the Achille Lauro happened because the Israelis told Abu Abbas to have his people did something particularly outrageous. I think it was in Gordon Thomas's Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad. Anybody know whether there's any truth in that story?

    • Or movies about the IRA like The Wind That Shakes the Barley or Hidden Agenda.

    • Thanks for the report. I have seen the opera on DVD, and was impressed by it. I am disappointed I will not hear a radio broadcast of this performance on Live at the Met.

  • 'Another Jew!' Speakers at 'Klinghoffer' rally blame Jews for promoting anti-Semitism
    • Alice Goodman refused to write the libretto for Adams's Doctor Atomic because it was originally conceived (the conception was later dropped) with Oppenheimer being a latter-day Faust, and she thought that any opera along those lines would have to be anti-Semitic. I'm not sure that I agree. To me, that sounds like a very interesting idea for an opera.

    • Anybody who thinks the New York Times ignored the Holocaust during World War Two should read Edwin Black's IBM and the Holocaust, which cites in detail many times that the New York Times did report on it at the time. Black's point is that IBM CEO Thomas Watson, in New York, had to have been aware of the Holocaust. But the point stands for other purposes too.

  • B'Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child
  • NYT takes on Europe's recognition of a Palestinian state
  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
    • Speaking of restaurants, here's an article from The Jewish Daily Forward about an Israeli-style hummus restaurant in Berlin: Berlin's Hummus Entrepreneurs:

      I soon discovered that Zula was just the tip of the chickpea. In fact, Berlin has become a hotbed of hummus entrepreneurship, with joints like Zula, Sababa and Djimalaya popping up in its most popular neighborhoods. Much of the Berlin hummus buzz is — unsurprisingly — connected to the mass immigration of Israelis to the city. The German capital has an estimated 20,000 Israeli-born residents, most of whom have arrived since the beginning of the decade.

    • If you think the Tories are left-wing, and are willing to consider voting for UKIP, that speaks volumes about your judgment.

  • The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ passes divestment resolution
    • I'm reminded of how Team Shalom on Daily Kos used to harass and sometimes even get banned who merely linked to a site they objected to. When the link might merely have been the result of a Google search when somebody wanted to find a site that reported a certain story. And of course Mondoweiss (aka Mondofront) eventually became one of those prohibited sites.

      It's all guilt by association.

    • The United Church of Christ was formed in 1957 by the union of the Evangelical & Reformed Church (basically made up of German-American Calvinists) and the Congregational Church, which had been the established church in most New England colonies (not Rhode Island), and then of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire in their first years as states after the Revolution. The Connecticut Chapter is thus the lineal descendant of what had been the established church in Connecticut, until it was disestablished in 1818.

  • Judt on Brooks and Friedman's role in pushing the criminal invasion of Iraq
    • Timothy Snyder has very much disappointed me by taking sides for the coup government in Kiev. In his recent historical work, he has also very much played down the contemptible (fascistic, pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic, and genocidal towards the Poles) behavior of the progenitors of the present right-wing forces in Ukraine.

  • Europe wearies of Netanyahu's diversions
    • Roger Stone's new book Nixon's Secrets claims Ford was blackmailed into pardoning Nixon because Nixon was threatening to reveal at a trial everything he knew about the JFK assassination, which would have included not only the CIA's (and LBJ's, if he was involved) involvement in the assassination, but also the way Gerald Ford on the Warren Commission lied about the position of one of JFK's entry wounds.

    • The target of the neo-Nazi Sweden Democrats (who unfortunately came in third in the recent elections) is Muslim immigrants. Some of the leaders of the Sweden Democrats are Jews.

    • I wonder if all the violence that football players have recently been guilty of has been a result of damage to their frontal cortex, resulting in a loss of inhibition and self-control. Apparently blows to the head in football result in injury similar to that of soldiers subjected to the explosion of an IED.

  • 'NYT' can't keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany
    • Here's an article from The Jewish Daily Forward about an Israeli-style hummus restaurant in Berlin: Berlin's Hummus Entrepreneurs:

      I soon discovered that Zula was just the tip of the chickpea. In fact, Berlin has become a hotbed of hummus entrepreneurship, with joints like Zula, Sababa and Djimalaya popping up in its most popular neighborhoods. Much of the Berlin hummus buzz is — unsurprisingly — connected to the mass immigration of Israelis to the city. The German capital has an estimated 20,000 Israeli-born residents, most of whom have arrived since the beginning of the decade.

    • I have the impression that anti-Semitism in Germany -- and especially in Berlin -- is limited to marginal groups of Muslim extremists and neo-Nazis. German experiences during and immediately after World War Two were enough to totally discredit Nazism for the great bulk of the German population. And this is particularly true of Berlin, which never voted for the Nazis, was not particularly enthusiastic about Nazi rule even when the Nazis were in power, and has a long history of harboring leftist German youth (who could escape conscription during the Cold War by living in Berlin -- when I happen to have lived in Berlin myself for a couple of years.)

  • Palestinian boy, 13, killed by Israeli forces raiding West Bank village
    • I just watched a British movie about the Rwandan genocide, Beyond the Gates. It shows how Hutu propaganda called the Tutsis "cockroaches" before and during the genocide.

  • The Missing Context: 'Islamic State' sectarianism is not coincidental 
    • Hasn't there always been the potential for exteme puritans within Islam? Aren't the Almoravids and Almohads in Spain and the Maghreb early examples of it?

  • Clintonite turns on Netanyahu for trying to bend US 'to his will'
    • Henry Wallace was committed to the establishment of a separate Jewish state of Israel much sooner than Harry Truman was.

  • Hamas is Nazi Germany and Israel is valiant and desperate England -- explains Canadian Jewish leader
    • I remember one time, when I was stationed in Berlin with the U.S. Air Force in the early 1970's, a German walked up to me and started berating me and the U.S. for the bombing of Vietnam, describing what he had gone through during the fire bombing of Dresden. I didn't know what to say to him then. I now think I should have assured him that he was quite right.

    • And Howard Zinn, who had been a bombardier in the Eighth Air Force that bombed Germany, was undoubtedly thinking in part about himself in saying that. His excellent The Bomb, published just after he died, describes his feelings about that part of his past.

    • So you're unimpressed by Dupuy's statistics. I can only add that U.S. Army veterans of the war in Europe to whom I spoke while I was in the military (I'm a retired naval officer) all spoke highly of the bravery of Wehrmacht soldiers.

    • Actually, a lot of soldiers in the Wehrmacht were very brave indeed. Col. Trevor Dupuy, who wrote several books where he tried to quantify the military effectiveness of soldiers of various nationalities in various wars, concluded that Wehrmacht soldiers, man for man, were much more effective than soldiers of the American, British, and Red Armies.

  • British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a 'bully'
    • There was also British imperialism involved. The British government wanted to settle near the Suez Canal a population that they expected would help them to hold the canal. And then, there was the desire to outbid the German government (which itself was preparing to issue its own version of a Balfour Declaration) for Jewish and American support in World War One. Apparently, negotiations between the Zionists and the British government for the Balfour Declaration were well advanced by the time the U.S. declared war on Germany.

    • Both the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations Mandate contain the words: "it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine".

    • Montagu, as Secretary of State for India, was primarily responsible for the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms which led to the Government of India Act in 1919, committing the British to the eventual evolution of India to dominion status. He thus played a key role in India's eventually becoming independent.

    • I heard Rifkind say on the BBC a couple of months ago that stuff that Snowden was saying was wrong, claiming special expertise because of his parliamentary position. He (Rifkind) was lying through his teeth.

    • On Churchill, Madhusree Mukerjee's book Churchill's Secret War, about Churchill's responsibility for the famine in Bengal of 1942-3, which killed some 3 million people, is a really horrifying read. Both Viceroy Lord Linlithgow and Secret of State for India Amery urged Churchill in the strongest terms to send food to Bengal, but Churchill insisted on having it sent to Britain instead.

    • Thanks. I notice Ian Paisley's son in that list.

      Surprising to see a LibDem, but I believe Beith has announced that he is standing down at the end of this Parliament.

    • Are the 12 MP's who voted against the motion listed anywhere?

  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
    • I don't know if Ed Miliband was in the chamber when debate began, but he certainly did vote for the motion: The Guardian: MPs vote to recognise Palestinian state, adding to pressure on Israel: Ed Miliband among MPs who back symbolic move in emotional debate in House of Commons:

      MPs including the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, have voted to recognise Palestine as a state in a symbolic move that will unnerve Israel by suggesting that it is losing a wider battle for public opinion in Britain.

      The vote of 274 to 12, a majority of 262, on a backbench motion has no practical impact on British government policy and ministers were instructed not to vote. Labour decided to impose a one-line whip, and the Liberal Democrats, like the Conservatives, gave their backbenchers a free vote.

      With Straw joining Miliband in that vote, I think we can take it that Labour was speaking its mind. If a Labour government follows the next election, as is quite possible, that government is likely to adopt policy in line with this vote.

    • Failure to resist Hitler might have put off the Holocaust for a while, but anybody who reads Mein Kampf realizes Hitler would have gone on to proceed to that ultimate objective as soon as he thought it could be done. In the meantime, if Britain had acquiesced in Hitler's conquest of Poland, that would have meant acquiescing in German hegemony over the continent of Europe. Conquering Lebensraum (Mein Kampf again) would have soon been on Hitler's agenda. And he would have found some way, violent or not, to reduce France to subservience (yet again, Mein Kampf). And once he had really established German control of Europe, Hitler would certainly have gone after the Jews.

  • Is ISIS a crisis for the so-called Jewish state?
    • Conversion to Judaism, far from being rare, was extremely common in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Shlomo Sand presents the evidence, but I can attest to familiarity with some of the primary evidence myself, from my 10-year job cataloguing the Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Anatolia (Asian Turkey) and the offshore Greek islands.

  • Wiesel lauds settlers for 'strengthening the Jewish presence in Jerusalem' -- and expelling Palestinians

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