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  • P.S. Romney omitted Ramadan
    • Good Friday -- a Christian day of mourning -- is certainly considered a holy day within Christianity, and it has been a legal holiday in many jurisdictions with Christian majorities, including 12 U.S. states currently.

  • Israeli govt to provide grants to build hotels in West Bank settlements
    • OT, Bibi's popularity has plummeted, so I guess we can expect another war soon. Ha'aretz: Poll: Support for Netanyahu plummets following economic edicts:

      Support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has plunged to an all-time low due to the economic diktats the government announced this week.

      For the first time since Netanyahu set up his second government in April 2009, the proportion of survey respondents satisfied with his performance has fallen to just 31 percent, while 60 percent expressed dissatisfaction.

      . . .

      In this atmosphere it is clear that Netanyahu has no interest in holding an early election. On the contrary, he will strive to put an election off as much as possible and change the government's agenda, so it focuses on strategic security-related issues ahead of an election.

  • The GOP’s Muslim 'southern strategy'
    • Funny, I thought a lot of Southerners were proud of having Celtic roots. I wonder what they made of that "great Anglo-Saxon Southland" phrase.

    • You're right. Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 made Nixon agree to the "Compact of Fifth Avenue," which committed the Republican Party to an advanced civil rights position.

  • Jon Stewart on Romney's painfully oblivious racism against Palestinians
  • Romney backs Israel in the battle of the Iran red lines
    • I'm sure Romney thinks Mormons of Anglo-Saxon background also have an inherent ability to make money.

    • The U.S. military in Vietnam could certainly have made use of a junior officer with fluent knowledge of French in the lat 1960's and early 1970's. The job wouldn't even have been particularly dangerous (liaison with ARVN officers).

    • If Reagan had just been an airhead, he wouldn't have rejected the advice of some of his advisers and gone ahead and ended the Cold War in cooperation with Gorbachev.

  • To understand the history of Palestinian dispossession look to the words of Zionist and Israeli leaders
  • Why Obama shouldn't go to Israel
    • Then there's the other rumor that's been out there for days now that Prince Bandar was assassinated. Every further day that goes by without Prince Bandar making a public appearance makes that rumor more believable.

    • I remember attending a conference in D.C. a few months before the Kosovo War started where a U.S. Army major spoke up and said he did not want to have to fight on the side of the KLA and bin Laden. I don't know if the major ended up having to, but a few months later the U.S. Army was indeed fighting on the same side as the KLA and bin Laden.

      Bill Clinton approved that war. And I heard Susan Rice defend it a few months after she and Bill Clinton left office.

    • Yes, if that report turned out to be false, why not just report that the rumor was false?

      Funny how the thread on the story in Daily Kos mysteriously disappeared.

  • Romney bombs at the King David
    • He was a bishop (head of a congregation in Belmont, MA) and then a stake president (head of all the Mormons in the Boston area) while he was in Boston.

    • opens up questions about Romney’s racial views in general.

      Especially given Romney's history as a big shot in the Mormon Church.

    • OT, Forward has an article today on where Armin Rosen is coming from. Circle of Pro-Israel Writers Rises: Shalem Center Boosted Right-of-Center Journalists:

      They’re under 30, mostly right-of-center on Israel and writing for some of the pre-eminent publications in America.

      A new crop of young pro-Israel writers is on the ascent. And many of them got their start at the same place: a collection of small university journals seeded by the Shalem Center, a prominent Zionist think tank in Israel.

      The rising Middle East commentators include several alumni of Columbia University’s quarterly journal, The Current. Armin Rosen, for instance, is a fellow at Atlantic Media, where he recently penned an article attacking the anti-Zionist blog Mondoweiss for having the “appearance of an anti-Semitic enterprise.” David Feith, son of George W. Bush Pentagon appointee Douglas Feith, is an assistant editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he has inveighed against the Palestinian Fatah party, Israel’s negotiating and security partner in the occupied West Bank. Jordan Hirsch is an editor at the prestigious quarterly Foreign Affairs and recently defended the legacy of right-wing Zionist ideologue Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky in Tablet, an online Jewish magazine. And Bari Weiss, a senior editor at Tablet, has written for The Wall Street Journal about the Middle East and Israel.

  • CIA considers Israel the largest counterintelligence threat in the Middle East
    • During the attack, the Israelis jammed U.S. Navy radio frequencies (as well as the International Distress frequency, jamming which is a war crime). I don't think the claim that they thought the ship was Egyptian bears scrutiny.

    • James Jesus Angleton, the CIA counterintelligence chief whom retired Army intelligence officer and university history professor John Newman identified as the man who organized the JFK assassination in the paperback edition of his book Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK, had as one of his organizational titles being the liaison between the CIA and Mossad.

    • Lots of articles like this use to be published in the early 1980s and even before that.

      But since then?

    • There's a good chance this story leaked with the approval of the Obama administration. It's perhaps not so surprising that unnamed officials would leak the story, but it is rather surprising that the AP would dare to carry it.

    • If the story was in yesterday's print Washington Post, I missed it. More likely, WaPo put this AP story up on its Web site, but did not put it in the print newspaper. They often do that with AP stories.

  • Romney visits Western Wall, ignores question, Does Israel have a right to annex West Bank
    • Just about all adult male Mormons are classed as "priests" (Until the change in doctrine, blacks could not be priests.) So Romney certainly was and is a priest.

      But, beyond that, during his time in Boston he was not only a Mormon bishop (the head of a congregation, sort of like a pastor), but also a "stake president" (head of the church in a geographical region, like a bishop in other churches).

      So I'm sure he must be familiar with just about everything about the Church of Latter-Day Saints. The Romney family has a long history of being one of the leading Mormon families. Romney himself apparently owed his appointment as head of the Salt Lake City Olympics to networking with leading Mormons.

  • Russia's foreign minister claims US justifies terrorism in Syria
    • The U.S. plan in the Bay of Pigs was to establish a bridgehead that the invaders controlled, where an insurgent (puppet) Cuban government could be installed. Then the U.S. planned to recognize that new government.

    • So you admit that the attack in Fort Hood was not terrorism?

      What's the evidence that al-Awlaki wanted to murder millions of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world?

    • Watch Russian RT television for a bit, and see how much more sense it makes than American mass media.

    • So without condoning these tactics by any means, because we don’t condone violence of any kind, and we did condemn the bombing at the time, I would note that these were not civilians. These were the organizers of Assad’s military campaign who lost their lives.

      I guess the attack on the soldiers in Fort Hood wasn't terrorism either.

      Again, what was the justification for assassinating al-Awlaki?

  • Diane Rehm gets chatty on Syria, asks how assassinations of regime officials occurred
    • Same thing has happened to the BBC.

      I listen to RT more and more.

    • I thought Rehm's people were Lebanese Christians, but no, according to her Wikipedia entry, "Diane Rehm was born in Washington, D.C. to Wadie Aed and Eugenie Zouekie, ethnic Assyrian/Syriac Christians from Mersin, Turkey."

      The Assyrian Christians of Iraq were the victims of a genocide at the orders of the Young Turk government at the same time that the Armenians of Anatolia were, in 1915. I don't know if the Assyrians in Mersin would also have been subjected to such treatment at the time, but I would be surprised if they were not.

    • but it's all heresy at this point.

      I think that should be "hearsay".

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Revered to radioactive: peace gardens of the world beware!
    • Richard Steigmann-Gall details in his book The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945 how Luther was much admired by several leading Nazis.

  • Susan Abulhawa demolishes Itamar Marcus
    • One possibility if the US dropped support for Israel is that Israel would dump India for China . . . becoming a full fledged Chinese proxy.

      Just what would be in that for China? Why should China risk its energy supplies in that way?

    • Why do you say Israel became a U.S. ally in 1961? There was never any treaty of alliance between Israel and the U.S. France continued to be Israel's main arms supplier in that year, and up until the 1967 war. JFK tried strenuously to block Israel's nuclear weapons program, and RFK ended the tax-exempt status of AIPAC's predecessor a year before JFK's assassination. Ben Gurion resigned as prime minister of Israel because of his strained relationship with JFK.

      It makes a lot more sense to say that Israel became a de facto U.S. ally (although still without a treaty of alliance, as remains the case today) on the date of JFK's assassination, Nov. 22, 1963. Unlike JFK, LBJ was a pretty unqualified supporter of Israel's policies.

    • Marcus's Wikipedia entry mysteriously does not mention his New York origins, but I found them confirmed here:

      Itamar Marcus is originally from New York, moved to live in an illegal Efrata settlement/colony that was built south of Bethlehem in 1982 on the 1967 Occupied Palestinian land. He physically attacked Prof. Siri Nussauba, the President of Al-Quds University while the later tried to enter a building to give a talk in the US. As a result of the serious criticism and mistakes found in the report on Palestinian school books, Itamar Marcus was expelled or forced to resign as the director of the CMIP.

    • May not be that mainstream yet, but Thom Hartmann said on his show on RT the other night that RT is now the most watched news show on line.

  • 'NYT' describes ethnic cleansing by another name
    • Publicly, the Nazis called what was going on in the Holocaust "Umsiedlungen [resettlements]".

  • EU upgrades Israel because 'nobody wants fuss' with Jewish community or Washington
    • The editors of Newsweek and the Washington Post who broke the Lewinsky story had already sat on it for a few days and could have continued to sit on it, as they had sat on many sex stories about politicians through the years. Those co-owned publications had and have a long history of being extremely pro-Israel in their reporting.

    • a shill for the waning tinpot dictators and brutal regimes.

      You seem not to have noticed how authoritarian and brutal the U.S. and its allies have become in recent years. And in that development Israel has led the way.

    • Joining NATO would require Israel to sign and adhere to the North Atlantic Treaty. CIA veteran Ray McGovern has said that Israel refused a mutual defense treaty with the U.S. when LBJ offered it because such a treaty would have required Israel to define its boundaries. (Any such treaty would have to make clear exactly what it is that the treaty partners are agreeing to defend.) The North Atlantic Treaty is a treaty of mutual defense.

  • The latest... African migrants are funding Hamas
    • But it does serve as an effective excuse for rounding up the African migrants and expelling them.

    • migrants are used as money launderers by terror organizations wanting to move cash in and out of Israel, and into the West Bank.

      And just what have those terror organizations managed to accomplish with all that money in Israel and the West Bank in recent years?

  • Sacha Baron Cohen settles with Palestinian he slandered as 'terrorist'
    • pat dicicco (brocolli’s cousin and mobster)

      So the creator of the James Bond movies was related to a mobster?

      Maybe that explains it.

    • I borrowed Borat from Netflix, but I couldn't watch more than the first half hour. I didn't find it one bit funny.

  • Who is wiping who off the map?
  • Netanyahu seeks war with Iran so he can ethnically cleanse the West Bank -- Machover
    • I'm reminded of Heydrich's line in the German Wannsee Conference movie. I forget his exact words, but he says something like, "Im Krieg wird manches unmögliche möglich [In war many impossible things become possible]."

    • Can Israel's preferential trade position with the EU survive a large-scale ethnic cleansing? Wouldn't such an ethnic cleansing give a big boost to BDS throughout the world?

  • It's a lie that Ahmadinejad took responsibility for Bulgarian attack
  • Netanyahu thinks Chris Wallace is Mike Wallace-- but he's 'absolutely rock solid' Iran was behind Bulgarian terrorist attack
    • On Monday, Shimon Peres basically admitted that Israel was behind the assassinations of Iranian scientists, although he went on to deny that this represented terrorism. Peres: Iran in ‘Open War’ With Israel:

      Speaking today in an interview with CNN, Israeli President Shimon Peres claimed that Iran is in a state of “open war” against his country, citing last week’s Bulgarian bombing, which officials have tried to blame Iran for.

      Peres, as with other Israeli officials, declined to provide any evidence for the allegation, but did claim that Israel had “enough” evidence of its own to feel comfortable blaming Iran for the attack.

      Beyond that, the interviewer asked if Peres thought the bombing was “retaliation” for Israel’s ongoing assassinations of Israeli scientists. Peres ducked the question, insisting that Israel had never officially claimed credit for the assassinations. It should be noted that unlike Iran, which has denied the Bulgarian bombing, Israeli officials have refused to do so about the assassinations, with Peres again hinting at culpability, claiming a “right” of self-defense.

      Peres went on to say that even if Israel had assassinated the Iranian scientists it was part of a policy of “prevention” and was not terror because, in his estimation, Israel doesn’t engage in terror.

      If Israel does it, it isn't terrorism.

    • Of course Russian is easy for Bulgarians. Bulgarian is a Slavic language. I imagine it's as easy for a Bulgarian to learn Russian as it is for, say, an Italian to learn French.

      But I don't imagine there are many Bulgarians in Hezbollah.

    • The CIA has been a similarly unsuccessful intel organization.

    • Many Hezbollah operatives speak Russian.

      Do you have any evidence for this assertion? It seems unlikely to me that many members of a militant Shiite organization in Lebanon would learn enough Russian to appear fluent to a speaker of Bulgarian, also a Slavic language. Russian is quite a difficult language, and is probably even more difficult for a native speaker of Arabic, which is not Indo-European.

    • Bulgarian report: Burgas Suicide Bomber Spoke Russian - Report:

      The suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in the Bulgarian city of Burgas last Wednesday spoke Russian fluently, according to a local media report.

      A taxi driver who drove the suicide bombing suspect from the town of Ravda to the town of Pomorie has claimed that he spoke Russian.

      The taxi driver in question has declined invitations to talk to the media.

      However, some of his colleagues have reported his statement to the news website.

      On Monday, reports surfaced that Bulgarian police are investigating the involvement of two more accomplices involved in the deadly July 18 bus bombing at the airport in the resort city of Burgas.

      Does make a Hezbollah connection seem distinctly less likely. A Mossad connection, on the other hand. . .

    • Wallace didn't ask Netanyahu what evidence he had for asserting that it was Hezbollah/Iran behind the attack in Bulgaria.

  • Syria watch
    • The reality is the Sunnis are 80 % of the population and are ruthlessly ruled over by the Allawite population who represent less than 20 % of the population.

      So the 10% that is Christian doesn't exist?

    • How does stirring up trouble in Syria win any support from the people in Peoria?

    • Oops, I meant "its allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar".

    • Not Mike Wallace, but Chris Wallace. (I made the same mistake Netanyahu did in the interview!)

    • The U.S. can stop supplying so-called nonlethal aid to the rebels in Syria and stop its allies Saudi Arabia and Syria from furnishing arms to those rebels. Perhaps in return for a deal in which the Syrian government limits its responses to the rebels.

    • Netanyahu also talked about the possibility of invading Syria to secure the chemical weapons in his interview with Mike Wallace this morning. See the transcript that Phil has posted in another thread.

  • 3 stories without legs
    • And a diary on this alleged assassination attempt by Daily Kos front-page diarist Jed Lewison appears to have been censored by Daily Kos. Doing a Google search for stories with "hillary assassination israel" that appear on the Daily Kos site, link to,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=f70d779f6f2aed86&biw=1024&bih=567 , this was my first result:

      Daily Kos: Hillary Clinton attacked in Israel
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      Jed Lewison

      by Jed Lewison - in 328 Google+ circles - More by Jed Lewison
      12 hours ago – It was reported once in Israel and then nothing. I googled 'Hillary Clinton assassination' and got a number of hits. The best coverage seems to ...

      However, when I followed the link to the Daily Kos story, this is what I got:


      The error was:
      You do not have permission to view this diary.


      Time: 2012-07-19T15:37:09

      If this message does not make sense to you, please copy and paste the above, along with a description of what you were doing before the error, and submit it to the helpdesk for assistance.

    • There seems to be a blackout on the story of the attempted assassination of Hillary Clinton in Israel yesterday. You'd think the story would be reported, even if only to shoot it down, if it is false. Breaking/Confirmed: Sec Clinton Assassination Attempt in Israel (updated):

      Israeli radio and Reuters broke the story then went mysteriously silent, an assassination attempt inside Israel, on Secretary of State Clinton.

      Soon afterward, Iran’s national network, al Alam went public with a translated version which is being boycotted by news services.

      . . .

      The real story as we have been able to learn is this; About 16 hours ago, Secretary Clintons convoy, traveling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, was attacked. There would have been a minimum of 3 to 5 vehicles, with Clinton probably traveling in a bulletproofed Chevy Tahoe or Israel built Toyota Land Cruiser.

      . . .

      A white Citroen DS, a French car built (assembly plant in Israel) drove alongside the convoy and opened up on Clinton’s vehicle with automatic weapons fire.

      Normal security procedures should have prevented any vehicle on open regions from coming within 200 meters of Clinton. Additionally, the Secretary of State would have traveled with Apache helicopter air support above while on open highway.

  • Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Mistake to blame 'any country or organization' for Burgas attack at this point
    • It would be nice to have a link to those "Bulgarian media" stories.

    • Meanwhile, look who the Syrian government is blaming for that suicide bombing in Damascus that killed the Syrian officials: Al-Assad wounded, wife in Russia: Report:

      Syrian Information Minister Umran al-Zuabi, speaking on state TV yesterday, vowed that those behind the attack would be held accountable even if they were outside the country.

      He also said the bombing was orchestrated by Turkish, Qatari, Saudi Arabian and Israeli intelligence.

  • 7 dead in terrorist attack in Bulgaria
    • If it's a bum story, it's strange that the media aren't reporting that it is an untrue story, so that people who saw the original reports are left free to continue to believe that it's true, and many people will speculate that there's censorship at work.

      It's strange that the Daily Kos diary wasn't left up, with an update stating that the story turns out not to have been true.

    • And a diary on this alleged assassination attempt by Daily Kos front-page diarist Jed Lewison appears to have been censored by Daily Kos. Doing a Google search for stories with “hillary assassination israel” that appear on the Daily Kos site, this was my first result:

      Daily Kos: Hillary Clinton attacked in Israel
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      Jed Lewison

      by Jed Lewison – in 328 Google+ circles – More by Jed Lewison
      12 hours ago – It was reported once in Israel and then nothing. I googled ‘Hillary Clinton assassination’ and got a number of hits. The best coverage seems to …

      However, when I followed the link to the Daily Kos story, this is what I got:


      The error was:
      You do not have permission to view this diary.


      Time: 2012-07-19T15:37:09

      If this message does not make sense to you, please copy and paste the above, along with a description of what you were doing before the error, and submit it to the helpdesk for assistance.

    • This morning’s Democracy Now broadcast played a clip of Israeli Defense Minister Barak, saying that the attack was “initiated by probably Hezbollah, Hamas, [Islamic] Jihad or any other group under the terror auspices of either Iran or other radical Muslim groups.”

      I.e., he doesn't have the slightest idea who did it.

    • @ColinWright:

      Why wouldn't they have been supposed to succeed? If the purpose is to justify an attack on Iran, wouldn't dead teenagers be a much better casus belli than a failed attack?

    • @edwin:

      If China and Russia come to the aid of an attacked Iran, that's not a world war?

    • While Germany within days secretly gave Austria a blank check to punish Serbia for the Sarajevo assassinations in 1914, I don't think she publicly blamed the Serbian government at the time.

    • I thought Iranian responsibility for that attack in Argentina was highly dubious.

      I wonder how many days of the year are there that are the anniversary of something that can be associated with Iran.

    • Netanyahu appears to be threatening a military response:

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that "Iran is responsible for the terror attack in Bulgaria, we will have a strong response against Iranian terror."

      Well, he's been looking for an excuse to attack Iran. I'm reminded of the Abu Nidal attack on the Israeli ambassador in London that Begin chose to blame the PLO for and that served as the casus belli for the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

  • New Israeli policy calls for segregating and testing African migrants in hospitals
  • The crisis of Jewish identity
    • I've always felt it's wrong to criticize someone for citing from or linking to a site that may be objectionable. After all, any site can come up as the result of a Google search, and citing from it need not imply support for the site as a whole.

      Better to criticize the matter that's cited, if you think it's wrong.

    • I thought that the term "anti-Semitism" referred to animus against the race, whereas animus against the religion is called "anti-Judaism".

    • Shylock's daughter Jessica, who converts to Christianity and marries Lorenzo, is, if memory serves, treated quite sympathetically in the play. So, whatever we see in The Merchant of Venice, I don't think it amounts to racial anti-Semitism.

    • Some books you might read: Richard Steigmann-Gall, The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945 ; Robert Ericksen, Theologians Under Hitler; John Cornwell, Hitler's Pope.

    • The Christian churches in Germany were entirely too guilty of complicity with Nazism, and after 1945 the German public was well aware of this fact.

    • Only followers of Judaism BELIEVE that people are born Jewish.

      Actually, the Nazis believed that as well.

    • The defeat of 1945 led to the shriveling of German nationalism and of Christianity in Germany.

  • 'Atlantic''s Rob't Wright says Alex Kane deserves an apology
  • Announcing a new partnership between Mondoweiss and Salon
    • RT would be a good place to start. Then maybe Democracy Now!. They both have Glenn Greenwald on frequently.

  • Responding to 'the Atlantic' smear on Mondoweiss
    • Without the Israel lobby, wouldn't more Democrats have opposed the invasion of Iraq, and might that not have made the invasion impossible? Remember, Democrats controlled the Senate in 2002.

  • Disney heir on Ahava: 'I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources'
    • Coming to a city near you: privatized security a la the West Bank.

      Craig Murray on the police state conditions now materializing in London for the Olympics:

      The extra 3,500 military personnel it was today announced will be used at the games cover a shortfall in Group Four personnel. Group Four were providing 4,000 paid staff and 6,000 unpaid volunteers. It is the unpaid volunteer numbers which are short by 3,500.

      Most people are not stupid. They may volunteer happily for sport or for charity, but to work for nothing to make tens of millions of pounds of profit for Group Four as it exploits them, plainly does not have universal appeal. Those 2,500 who have volunteered to work for nothing for G4S are the idiots in this story. How gullible can you be?

      Bob Russell, MP for Colchester, today in parliament made the excellent point to Teresa May that Group Four (or G4S as they now call themselves) should not be employed because of their role in aiding and abetting Israel’s illegal activities in the West Bank and human rights abuse there. With breathtaking chutzpah Teresa May replied that it was this kind of valuable international experience that made Group Four the right company to provide security for the games.

  • NY assembly member urges censorship of maps ad, citing offense to 'a multitude' of Jewish orgs
  • At 'Daily Kos,' a liberal Zionist calls for BDS
    • I wonder if this thread could have gone ahead without support from higher-ups in the Democratic Party.

      I guess we'll find out when Gershon (aka The Troubadour) either is or is not banned from DK.

    • Volleyboy1, head of Team Shalom, still opposes BDS. But Winston Smith, people here may be interested to learn, now supports it.

  • Backer of NY ads exposing Palestinian land-loss says response has been 'astounding' and news 'coverage is pouring in'
    • When one authoritative text (in this case, the French version) is unambiguous, whereas another authoritative taxt (here, the English one) is ambiguous but permits the meaning of the unambiguous text, the ambiguous text is interpreted to have the meaning of the unambiguous text. This rule of interpretation is used all the time in various fields of law, notably contract law, but also in my field of expertise, pension law.

  • Judge orders Stand With Us-backed plaintiffs to pay $160,000 in Olympia Food Co-op BDS case
    • Boycotting apartheid South Africa was once considered a fringe cause.

      Like abolitionism once upon a time.

  • 'Levy Report' fallout felt in DC, and online
  • 'IDF Ranks' transforms pro-Israel Facebook users into 'virtual soldiers'
    • PEPCO, the power company here in the D.C. area, has been spending money on PR instead of on infrastructure. With each power failure (like the multiday one that just ended here) they become more and more hated. I think they are now rated as the most unpopular company in the country.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Traveling Jewish
    • If violence has been with Christianity since its founding, it is a stretch to call it heretical.

      Christianity has certainly been guilty of plenty of violence since it became allied with state power with the conversion of Constantine. However, I cannot think of any Christian violence before then, in the first three centuries of Christianity. I would have thought that at that time Christianity was exceptionally nonviolent. Am I forgetting or ignoring something?

  • Exclusive: Garcia says, Let's call this occupation exactly what it is
    • German U-boats were not sinking U.S. ships before the U.S. entered World War Two. Actually, Hitler avoided responding to U.S. naval provocations in the months before Pearl Harbor. (Once war was declared, German U-boats then proceeded to sink a lot of U.S. shipping.)

  • Jewish theologian says Christian discourse on divesting from occupation contains 'latent anti-Semitism'
    • I have referred to that French phrase (la valise ou le cercueil [suitcase or coffin]) here on a number of occasions, and my point has always been the same: the Jews of Israel would be well advised to come to terms with the Palestinians before that is the choice with which they are faced, as it was the choice that the pieds noirs European settlers in Algeria were faced with on Algerian independence in 1962. Far from wishing such an event to happen, I wish there to be a peace that forestalls it. And that has been my point.

  • The country with the fourth largest Jewish population in the world isn't even a country
  • 'Terror is part of a political war... its task is a major one' --Shamir
    • Collins would have been horrified by the suggestion that he served as a model for anything like Deir Yassin.

    • One of the code names Shamir chose in the Stern Gang (a militant group also known as Lehi) was “Michael,” in tribute to Michael Collins of the Irish Republican Army, who Shamir esteemed as a role model in resisting British occupation.

      Whatever British propaganda at the time may have said, Michael Collins was hardly a terrorist, certainly not one along the lines of Shamir. The people his IRA attacked were almost exclusively British military, police, and civil servants.

  • Harvard student describes her 'birthright' trip: endless discussion of 'the Arabs' but god forbid you should talk to one
  • Democratic Congressman's aide who said there are no Palestinians says he wasn't speaking for his boss
    • Alcee Hastings's district is heavily African-American. It was drawn up precisely to be a minority majority district. Does he need this kind of aide?

  • 'Goldstone Report will pale' next to damage we will do to Lebanon, says senior IDF official

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