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There are all sorts of things that never make it in to the discourse Judaism is not hatred. It's Mensches versus Cossacks. I am with the Mensches. Fairuz is a Mensch. So are the people in Gaza, Hass, Gideon Levy, Yasmin Levy, Gurvitz, Zochrot, Btselem. The only Sabras who have managed to escape the suffocating Groupthink of Zionism are those who had parents who could see what was happening. We have to get Jews back to Menschkeit. The religion didn't survive this long by being asshole focused. "And he is scared," wrote Kol, who has helped advance bills in the fields of children's rights, violence against children, health and education. "I am scared. I am scared that we will continue living like this. And that fear scares me." But in the long run, a hostile region like that cannot be policed, even by a nuclear-armed Israel. It will simply do to Israel what some of the wars have done to us on a smaller scale. Attrite it, tire it, fatigue it, demoralize it, cause emigration of the best and the first, and then some sort of cataclysm at the end which cannot be predicted at this stage because we don’t know who will have what by when. And after all, Iran is next door. It might have some nuclear capability. Suppose the Israelis knock it off. What about Pakistan and others? The notion that one can control a region from a very strong and motivated country, but of only six million people, is simply a wild dream. In the corners there is light That is good for you And behind you, I have warned you, There are awful things

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  • Zionist colonization is not 'exceptional': A Marxist viewpoint
    • Tikva means Hope. Honig is Honey. Parnass may be X rated.

    • I came across an article about Reform Judaism. In the US its core values are "justice, mercy, compassion, peace".
      Israel's core values are injustice, trauma, hatred and fuck you.

      Where did it all go wrong?

  • Israel's proof that Marwan Barghouti is a terrorist – a cookie
    • I wonder what sort of kavanah Mayhem has when he prays. Prayer without kavanah is like a body without a soul. So trace elements I guess.

  • Jake Sullivan seeks to rebrand 'American exceptionalism'
    • Finland is different to Israel. In principle it is a good idea to learn the language. In Finland it helps. In Israel it won't. Language in Israel is a marker of privilege which reinforces the power structure through its unwritten assumptions . English has an old biblical word, shibboleth, which was used in a story about how Biblical Jews identified their enemies . Hebrew speakers say shanah for "year". Palestinians say sanah. Some things never change .

    • Egypt is a basket case. The population growth rate is very high and the neoliberal economy can't produce enough jobs. The Army runs the show.

      Israel is a basket case. The Orthodox population growth rate is very high and the education system can't educate them to contribute economically. TheArmy runs the show.

      US intervention since 1980 has not helped either country.

  • After mob attacks alternative Memorial Day ceremonies, Israeli education minister criticizes ceremonies not mob
    • He reflects the values of the people who voted for him. And ultimately the education system.
      Israel is an experiment in nihilism.

  • Warren and Sanders stand firmly behind Trump officials -- on guess what issue?
  • Yet another young American Jew has had it with Israel
    • Yesha is not irreversible. Even Israel is reversible. Events, dear boy, events.

    • I think American non Orthodox Jews are more likely to become disillusioned with Israel. The US still has an education system. IsraEl doesn't. English speakers are more likely to fall out of love than Hebrew speakers because of exposure to reality. Within Israel secular Jews are most likely. Mizrahi and Orthodox/Haredi less likely . They have most to lose.

  • Once I was lit by moonbeams
  • Gilad Atzmon’s attack against me – the 'merchant of JVP'
    • Donald, 2 million Germans were murdered between 1945 and 1947. Pogroms restarted in Poland after the formal end of fighting. Eastern Europe was a charnel house between 1939 and 1947

    • Anti Zionists are Mensches. If there were no Zionism there would still be Mensches. There would just be fewer deluded Jews ! Being rational should be a mitzvah.

      The golden calf was groupthink. Zionism is groupthink. Zionism is to Judaism as Kool Aid is to fruit.

    • Catalan,
      At least half of the 6 million were shot dead in Poland and the Soviet Union by Nazis and their helpers.
      The book Bloodlands by Snyder is very informative.
      Nukes and ICBMs are stupid. Israeli society is rotting from the inside.
      Do you think it was a good idea to include the Mizrahim in the project?

  • Settlement opponents appeal to Massachusetts Democratic Party to pass resolution tomorrow
    • The best parasites work by controlling the brains of their victims. The settler parasite can do what it wants to Israel, its victim. Nobody will say anything. Israel is locked into a death spiral.
      You can't go tabula rasa with countries. Without a culture to fall back on there is no protection against parasites.
      There are people in Gaza who laugh at Israel. Because it is so obvious.

  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
    • Israel isn't thriving, catalan. It's a long way from hatikva. World capital of Jewish domestic violence. There is a great emptiness at the heart of Israel. If the price of a Jewish state is denying your kids an education how tasty does the hummus feel?

    • Mooser, I find it hard to say anything positive about Jewish political leadership. WW2 was a catastrophe. Israel is a disaster. It is not clear what the problem is. Maybe sidelining dissenting opinions could be a factor.

    • Not sure about Olmert. Israel was more open 20 years ago. Netanyahu incited violence in the run up to Rabin's death. He is one of the major architects of today's dumbed down and hateful Israel.

    • Yonah, I really like Leibowitz as well. Very impressive thinker

    • Jewish means whatever Zionists want it to mean.

    • Masada. Nazism and Japanese militarism show that any people can be taken over by mass insanity which puts everything at risk. 4.9 million Germans died in WW2. The country lost 20% of its territory. Violence is so alluring. And so treacherous.

    • The core takeaways from Jewish history may not be so clear. Powerlessness may lead to catastrophe but what would that say about Jewish leadership? Is that the problem? How do pilot fish manage shark volatility? Why do the Druze do it better ?

      The evidence would indicate that state violence doesnt really suit Jews either. Too many unintended consequences . And the Land is a fantasy. There is no shangri la. Another big question from history is the struggle between observing the mitzvah and respecting the logic behind the mitzvah.

      Such a fascinating community.

    • I imagined Rav Hirsch having a furry homunculus called Hophmi that he shakes around while ingesting some holy weed and getting the homunculus to kvetch.

    • Jews in the diaspora tend to value education. Israelis prefer ignorance. The Jewish self image in the diaspora is very positive. The reality in Israel is not.

    • "What kind of people, what kind of leadership, would tolerate five generations of refugees and blame it all on the Jews?! Would the Jews tolerate leadership like that, that condones generation after generation of Jews, living in squalor, forgotten by their own leadership that presumes to act and speak on their behalf? Would Americans tolerate this? Would the French? The British? -"

      Reminded me of Rumkowski and his "give the Nazis your children " speech. ..

      Holding any people up as exemplars of greatness is for losers.
      And Zionists wouldn't whine for 5 generations about the Nazis now they have Hamas as the new Amalek.
      Zionism is insane.

  • No self-determination
    • Israel is an ethnocracy. It may not be overthrown. It might just collapse. Its key weakness is its dependence on foreign trade while running apartheid . A second weakness is its education system.

      In a parallel universe Palestinians would taunt working class Israelis that the Ashkenazi elites will abandon them. Jewish history suggests that this is certain.

  • Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the world
    • Israel today is Netanyahu's Kingdom. He in part inspired the Rabin murder . He has been PM for a good chunk.of the last 20 years. Israel today reflects him. Deluded, violent, arrogant, groupthinking. And he is an asshole. Netanyahu cut off all escape possibilities for Palestinians. Formaldehyde. Israel deserves BDS. As Mencken said, democracy is the art of giving the people what they want, good and hard .

  • Why I'm keeping my child home from school in Israel on Holocaust Day
    • Mooser, so many subgroups. Which has the big noses ? And which has the most doctors?

    • Marnie

      5 psychological recommendations I came across

      Resolve alone won't get results
       You will make the same mistake over and over.
      Personal and professional are linked
      Ignoring your emotions is pointless
      Choosing the emotions you want is better

      Israel never dealt with the hell of the Holocaust. Resolve was the choice and consequently the Holocaust still dominates Israel. The Wall, conscription, the inability to countenance peace, the wars, the absence of justice.

      Hatikva is the national anthem but there is no hope in Israel.

    • Yonah , the destruction of Judaism in Eastern Europe is a horror story. An Orthodox lady historian by the name of Farbstein was quoted in Ha'aretz last year. The Orthodox still can't talk about it other than about the piety and belief of those who were murdered. Her book is called hidden in thunder.

    • Yonah, let's have a discussion if you want. For many Zionists the destruction of Jewish life in Eastern Europe was good because it meant Zionism was more likely to succeed. If Poland had retained its Jewish population during the war Israel wouldn't have happened . 1967 mythology in Hebrew is tied up with the notion of God rewarding his people after putting them through the mill. Auschwitz made Hebron possible. Even the word Shoah is political. Did the Jews in Lodz know it was all a holy plan ?

    • Kastner exemplified Zionism's attitude to the Holocaust. Today Israeli leaders can say without the Holocaust there would be no Israel. Others will wonder if it was worth it.

    • Don't forget Masada. It was only in 1930 that Zionism adopted the mass suicide site as a positive symbol. Previous generations of balanced Jews ignored it. Zionism is for the birds.

    • I remember a photo from 1996. Israeli soldiers taking a break from shelling Lebanon to remember the Holocaust. What is the point of Israel? Violence to remember the oppressed. FFS

    • How many know any Palestinians, Hoppy? If they weren't paranoid they wouldn't buy IDF recruitment BS

    • Zionists stayed in Palestine while the Nazis suppressed the Warsaw ghetto uprising. No Zionists rescued any of the Hungarian Jews from Auschwitz. Zionism is a cowardly cult.

  • Trump and Pence had a Jewish connection before a political one -- and it's steeped in the Holocaust
  • How grassroots activists defeated anti-BDS legislation in Maryland
    • Masha Gessen of the New York Review wrote around the time of the election that with autocrats everything comes back to the family. They are the only ones who can be trusted. And they run the money scams. The Philippines had Imelda Marcos and her shoes. The US now has the Trump's and the cashflow from Mar a Lago.

  • 'SNL' cracks about man 'so blinded by devotion to Israel he ignores all reason'
    • The way he presented the Palestine situation was as a law of nature, that is just the way it is. And that is how Israelis see it. And when at some time in the future the tables are turned and Jews get the Gaza treatment, how will people respond? The Zionist resort to violence has consequences that will reverberate through time.

  • Anti-settlements resolution could be 'last straw' for many Massachusetts Dems, warns party boss in AIPAC's pocket
    • I think Zionism will kill Judaism. The ideology is the opposite of what a religion should be. It is brutal, hateful and devoid of morality. And it controls Judaism like a thug.

  • Settlers from Kushner family-funded community attack 3 Israeli grandmothers
  • 'Why do I not cry out for the right of return?' -- an exchange between Uri Avnery and Salman Abu Sitta
    • Israel's borders relate to an area defined by Lodz, Vilnius and Kiev. Moving the story to the Middle East was insane.

    • Netanyahu pulls out of a meeting with the German foreign minister

      The groupthink rejected it. Zionism v reality.

    • Zionism fetishises the land but so does Judaism. Every prayer in the land is holier. And the problem with that is that the land is easy to attack cos it is flat. Zionism figured this out in the 50s. Hence the occupation. Which introduces problems of ethics.

      There's a hole in the bucket.

    • Amira Hass told Amy Goodman that she felt like a failure because for years she thought that if she presented the facts to Yossi Israeli there would be a response. So did Avnery. He is pretty much as good as it gets in Zionism.
      But Yossi and Yossita didn't listen to Hass or Avnery.

      Because there is no space for Palestinians in Zionism. And it is very complicated. Not because of the demographics but because Zionism has all of the guns and offers nothing. So the light has to break through somehow else .
      And the war continues on the moral front. Where the guns are useless.
      Maybe if Israel had thrown the Palestinians a few scraps Avnery might have been vindicated.

      But Israel is driven by the trauma of the Shoah, which recognises no reason. You can see no reason cos there are no reasons. Tell me why I don't like Palestinians.

      Benoît Mandelbrot was born around the same time as Avnery . He died in 2010. He was a mathematician who developed the field of fractal maths. In nature objects occur in recognisable shapes which may be replicated in the same form on many different levels. Psychology is similar. And Zionist thinking on all levels is based on the logic that Jew is greater than Palestinian.

      The overwhelming military power is a reflection of the coding. The coding is the source of all the lies. It's why hasbara is necessary. It's why the peace process was a joke.

      Avnery can't admit that Abu Sitta is right. He can't admit that the Zionist fractal is wrong.

      Israel ploughs on. At some stage it will fall over. Another mathematici an, Rüdiger Dornbusch, observed that the crisis takes longer than you would think to develop and then happens much faster than you would have imagined.

  • The war for 'The New York Times'
    • I think Shalev is excellent. Both he and Roger Cohen understand where Israel is going. The NYT can take instructions from the Israeli Government in the manner of a friend buying beer for an alcoholic. Oren may think he is in control. He is not in control.

  • I am not a jew
    • Great stuff. Reminds me of Hass and Finkelstein who got it from decent parents who saw past the groupthink. The groupthink is Hitler's victory.
      Judaism doesn't have a central authority so is vulnerable to charlatans. And Zionism is so much misplaced emotion. It is also proof that violence is a trap. The pity of it all.

      It is like a deal with the devil.

  • Israel packs seven lies into one statement on the Palestinian hunger strike
    • I think that Jews dismissing international law as if it is a luxury is the definition of stupidity.

  • Israel will celebrate 50th anniversary of '67 war in -- an illegal settlement!
    • Swap it for Haifa if ownership counts

    • "and completely changed our strategic situation"

      They mean securing the Jordan Valley but in reality apartheid will destroy Zionism. Groupthink won't prevent that happening

  • Bill Kristol celebrates 'normal' foreign policy -- with Russia replacing Iraq in the new 'axis of evil'
    • Congenital birth defects in Fallujah

      Is Zionism worth it?

    • I would love to see a pistol duel between Kristol and Ann Coulter.

      Trump was effectively an insurgent so he didn't have the time to build up a coherent team with coherent policies. Someone said he is most likely to listen to the last person he spoke to. The GOP is all over the place over Syria. 47000 comments on this Breitbart piece

    • The US has been bombing Afghanistan for 16 years with no sign of success. The Foreign policy establishment is a part of the swamp Trump promised to drain. And the GOP is hopelessly split between Koch suckers, Breitbarters, Tea Party freaks and normal people.
      The US is a complete mess. Long term this is not good for Zionism.

      I met a traveller from an antique land
      Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
      And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
      Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

      And on the pedestal these words appear:
      'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
      Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.[4]

  • Soldiers smash stone memorial to Palestinian girl, 17, shot in Hebron after alleged stabbing
    • Dehumanising Palestinians is what Zionism is all about. They don't have the right to be in their own country. When Herzl started the Zionist moved he couldn't have imagined how the Nazis would provide the key memes.

      Israel really needs someone like the Prophet Ezekiel to join the dots.

  • Academic boycott campaign is growing fast at Trinity College Dublin
    • Typical Zionism. Coopt the leaders. It is the same in the US. No popular base. Not sustainable.

    • The Irish media cover Israel very well so most people are familiar with the bullshit and the bad faith.

      And I was a religious service the other day where Ezekiel 36 was read

       “Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a woman’s monthly uncleanness in my sight. 18 So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols. 19 I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. 20 And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’ 21 I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.
      22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone."

      Some things never change

      Ezekiel 25 made it into the movies

  • Allegory of the 'tough neighborhood'
    • Ehud Barak called Israel the villa in the jungle. It is more like heart of darkness starring Yossi B Israeli as Kurtz .

    • The stories of displaced Palestinians who were shot on sight when they returned to their farms in 1948/49 are heartbreaking.
      The Zionist reliance on violence instead of justice has destroyed so many lives on both sides.

  • Crowdfunder for Gaza writer's library gets support from Pollitt, Chomsky
  • Bret Stephens's greatest hits
    • Stephens wrote a stunner about Climate change in 2010

      He is a Koch sucker

    • The NYT is a power centre running groupthink. Brett Stephens is an idiot who is out of touch with US public opinion. But the NYT thinks it's still 2001.

      "The essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things."

      The Trump vote was partly a revolt against the ineptitude of the foreign policy establishment. Stephens is part of that establishment. The NYT is not on top of what is happening either politically or economically.

      Ya salam.

      I don't think this appointment is a big deal.

    • That tshirt is a sign of how difficult it will be for Israel to manage the conflict going forward. Say the Palestinians were a tribe in Uganda. Israel might get away with it. Gaza is not so important.

      Khan is a Muslim. And she knows what is going on. so do millions of other Muslims and Arabic speakers. Israeli logic doesn't work outside the Zionist spaces.

      And that must keep Israeli strategists up at night.

  • Why prominent Israeli journalist Larry Derfner rejected liberal Zionism in October 2008
    • Also Kaisa, the groups which have had the highest population growth since say 1975 have been settlers, Orthodox and ultra Orthodox and their electoral power has marginalised the secular , educated people. You can see it in the senior politicians today. People like Lieberman and Bennett are neo fascist. In a Jewish State. It's incoherent.

    • The older Israelis were less extremist because they had experience of other societies or lived in Israel before the occupation or before the Likud won in 1977.
      Netanyahu has been a disaster.
      20 year old Israelis have grown up in his world of hatred and war. And most of them live in a Hebrew bubble.

    • We have been relying on the mitzvot for years, Catalan, but they haven't been effective. My guess is that there is a problem with the kavana. Separating meat and dairy while standing with your foot on the head of a kid from Gaza is somehow off. It must be the kavana.

    • I find Israelis unable to talk about the Palestinians without lapsing into hasbara. They have separated them geographically out of sight so they don't come across them but everyone outside knows they are there. The Israeli treatment of the Palestinians overrides all the other achievements. It defines Israel. It is why the army is central to their society. It gets the money. It is why the society becomes ever more extremist.

    • This is why he was sacked

      In a subsequent e-mail to The Lede , Mr. Derfner reflected:
      "I knew that what I was writing was shocking, I wanted it to be shocking — that was my whole point, I thought that shocking the Israeli public, not by my little blog alone, but as a strategy for the Left — might shake people out of their paralysis. It was sort of a reckless, blind conviction — now I see that that’s one of the dangers, if not THE danger of a personal blog: no editor."
      In response to a question about whether he still believes that columnists and bloggers from one side of Israel’s political divide can influence readers who start on the other side, Mr. Derfner replied:
      "I think when you write about such a long-standing, polarized subject as this, you can provoke people who disagree with you to think, but you’re not going to change a right-winger into a left-winger or vice versa — if you’re lucky you can pull a centrist or two to your side. Mainly you buck up your own team. But it’s not why you write. You write because you can’t help thinking, you write because you find something interesting and true — you want to change things, but that’s not your first goal — if it is, you should go into politics. The sad thing in Israel today is that even the politicians who oppose the occupation can’t change things."

      Amira Hass has also written about this. The idea that if Yossi Israeli is presented with the facts that he will be able to join the dots. And Yossi isn't interested. Neither is Yossita.
      It is impossible to break through the brainwash.

    • Derfner really understands the insanity of late Zionism. This is a separate issue to what happened in 1948 because it relates to what Danaa identifies as the hysteresis of the ideology. Even if Israel manages to keep the Palestinians under lock and key for the next few decades it probably won't be able to survive.

    • Here's Mondo's old friend Y Medad of "Shiloh" settlement on Derfner, from 2011, the year he was booted out of the JPost. He really hit a nerve.
      "Should Larry Derfner Be Prosecuted or Just Shunned?
      Here is Larry Derfner's thinking on the killing of Jews:
      Still, I don’t think Hamas and their allies need any more encouragement, so whatever encouragement they might take from me or any other liberal Zionist is coals to Newcastle. What’s needed very badly, however, is for Israelis to realize that the occupation is hurting the Palestinians terribly, that it’s driving them to try to kill us, that we are compelling them to engage in terrorism, that the blood of Israeli victims is ultimately on our hands, and that it’s up to us to stop provoking our own people’s murder by ending the occupation. And so long as we who oppose the occupation keep pretending that the Palestinians don’t have the right to resist it, we tacitly encourage Israelis to go on blindly killing and dying in defense of an unholy cause.

      And by tacitly encouraging Israelis in their blindness, I think we endanger their lives and ours, their country and ours, much more than if we told the truth and got quoted on Hamas websites.

      There’s no time for equivocation anymore, if there ever was. The mental and moral paralysis in this country must be broken. Whoever the Palestinians were who killed the eight Israelis near Eilat last week, however vile their ideology was, they were justified to attack. They had the same right to fight for their freedom as any other unfree nation in history ever had. And just like every harsh, unjust government in history bears the blame for the deaths of its own people at the hands of rebels, so Israel, which rules the Palestinians harshly and unjustly, is to blame for those eight Israeli deaths – as well as for every other Israeli death that occurred when this country was offering the Palestinians no other way to freedom.

      What do you think?

      Is Larry sane?

      Is he criminal?

      Is he an extremist?

      A kook masquerading as a journalist?

      Steve Plaut thinks these addresses might be of interest to you:

      Yaakov Neeman, Israeli Minister of Justice

      Fax 972-2- 6285438
      Email: [email protected]
      Mail Address: 29 Salah a-Din Street
      Jerusalem, 91010 Israel

      The Attorney General of Israel (same mail address)
      Phone 972-2-6466521 or 522 at the end
      Fax 972-2-6467001
      And you can also type your complain into this form:[email protected]

      The form is in Hebrew, but you can write in English. The bottom part of the form is where the complaint goes. The upper part is your name and contact details

      If you fax, send a copy also to the director of criminal prosecution in the Ministry at fax 972-2-6271783"

    • Derfner is a thinker and he didn't go through the Israeli education system so he didn't get the full brainwash. I'm surprised it took him until 2008 to lose his religion. Sharon would have done it for me. It is pretty clear that Israel is not going to turn towards the light. There won't be a happily ever after. But groupthink is so attractive.....

      The % of Jewish Israelis who reject the lunacy is pitifully small. I wonder how Zionism compares to other doomed ideologies.

  • Israeli authorities reveal they lost the bodies of seven Palestinians killed in the second Intifada
  • Sean Spicer needs to go to a Holocaust center
  • Passover has become little more than an act of communal hypocrisy
    • Peter Beinart on "how did Orthodox Judaism produce an asshole like Jared Kushner ? "

      The bigger question is how did Judaism spawn Israel.

    • Yes, Mooser

      In his book “Spiritual Radical,” Edward K. Kaplan tells a story about the Kopitzinitzer Rebbe. One day, a friend introduced the rebbe to a man whom he proudly declared to be shomer Shabbat, observant of the Sabbath rules. The rebbe looked at the man and asked, “Are you shomer hol?” He was asking him how he behaves during the week.

      One could indeed ask Israelis how they behave during turkey shoots

    • "Judaism puts the emphasis not on what you believe, or claim to believe, but on what you do. -"

      And Israel murders kids on an industrial scale every few years in Gaza. But there is a way of ignoring it. Heydrich would approve.

      jon s August 27, 2014 at 12:33 am with 7 replies In Israel the mood is, indeed, somber. We payed a terrible price, with 70 killed, injuries and economic damage. We love life and celebrate life, so we are mourning our dead, and we're also sorry for the civilian deaths in Gaza, caused by Hamas. Hamas celebrate death, so they're celebrating.

    • Yonah

      Jewish continuity is only possible if it is sustainable.
      I am all for Jewish continuity but it has to be reality based.
      "Fuck you" is not sustainable.
      Name one community operating "fuck you" that lasted more than 1 century.

    • Mooser - one of the things about Israel they used to say in the early days was that it had Jewish farmers, Jewish policemen, Jewish hairdressers etc. Now the set is truly complete with Jewish lynchers.

    • "The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt " while running something similar in Gaza

      The seder features

      -salt water to remember the tears in exile
      -A matzo to represent the temple that was destroyed
      -Something else to represent poor quality food in the desert

      Passover in Israel today takes the piss given what Israel is doing right now in Gaza.

  • Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as 'Brand Apartheid'
    • Branding Israel is #hopeless. In another while there will be war in Gaza and Zionist Jews screaming for genocide. LipstickIng that is pointless. And most 20 to 30 year olds in the West know what Israel looks like. Most people in the West know Netanyahu is a liar and a sadist.

  • 'This miracle, this gift, this jewel' -- Obama's ambassador to Israel declares he's a Zionist
    • The first and second exiles are key elements on a lot of contemporary Jewish worship. What I find interesting is that there were invasions both from East and West. Ha eretz, the land, is actually an invasion route from at least 3 directions, which is why the Temple was sacked twice. The Jewish insistence on matrilineage guarantees chaos every so often. There aren't enough people to compete with the economic capacity of the Nile Valley or Anatolia or Mesopotamia. That is what the history says.
      The exiles were a result of the location on an invasion route.

      Zionism is an attempt to defy history and geography . Unfortunately it hasn't been possible to retain Jewish ethics but hey, that's showbiz.

      I don't think that enough attention is paid to the invasion route aspect. Switzerland is not on an invasion route and has been independent since the 13th century.

  • Israel’s ‘right to exist’ and the Palestinian right to resist
    • Israel exists because of violence. So do the settlements. Israel doesn't believe in international law, the Geneva conventions , the laws of war or even the rule of law.

      So the idea of Israel having inalienable rights is laughable. If a bigger thug comes along, it won't.

    • Israel bit off more than it could chew in 1967 and has resorted to ever increasing levels of nonsense to deal with the consequences.
      Zionism never figured out how to deal with the locals. Violence doesn't see to have worked.

      Israel may be nominally Jewish but in reality is run along the principles of trauma.

  • It's 7-0 against BDS on 'New York Times' opinion pages
  • The liberal double standard on boycotting North Carolina and boycotting Israel
    • There was a lot of money and political power behind gay marriage and trans recognition. In the case of Israel/Palestine all the money and power is with the bigots.

    • Israelis are not wealthy. The distribution of assets involves 14 very rich families at the top and widespread poverty at the bottom, especially amongst Ultra Orthodox. Maybe this is a Jewish thing.
      Israel spends very little on social welfare compared to developed countries. The settlers need the money instead. Infrastructure is poor even though the German holocaust money was diverted to it.

  • The real free speech threat
    • It's the end of winter in the northern hemisphere and in the mountains the snow is melting. It always reminds me of empires. Snow melts first where it is most exposed and in the smallest quantities. On sunny slopes. Or steep slopes.
      Where snow is concentrated, melting takes longer. At the level of a field the smallest quantities melt away leaving islands of solidity . These in turn reduce and disappear. Until there is one block left.

      The Zionists are in the process of losing Oz and Europe. The UK will take longer. The last block is the US.

      It is all going one way. Israel can't sell apartheid to the goys.

  • Israel, naked under the microscope in Cork
  • You know your country's in trouble when you're afraid to put on a bumper sticker
    • only sustainable when it oppresses Palestinians . Oppressing Palestinians renders Israel unsustainable. Israel was never planned. It has always been run on emotion. The system is not rational. Kosher plus torture.
      The collapse will be unmissable.

    • Keith, neoliberalism is dying. The velocity of money is ultra low . The 1% own 50% of everything. Debt will either be written off or given the 1950s treatment viz inflation.
      Leaving the EU may be a good idea but it has to be developed and put before the people warts and all. It has to be won fairly and squarely. Brexit is the political equivalent of a one night stand. It was not planned. It is a joke.

    • Roha, 68% in a survey before the vote indicated they would vote leave on condition it didn't cost them anything.
      And Brexit will be VERY expensive

    • Most people in Ireland support justice for the Palestinians ,Jon ,so the bumper stickers will be plentiful.

    • The people were lied to

      - 350 m to the NHS. Actually there is not more money but less in the coffers. Borrowing has to be increased by an alarming rate. And the roughly 400.000 Brits in Spain and France will lose their health insurance after Brexit.
      - Single Market Access will be retained because Germans want to sell cars. Seems the Germans have other priorities.
      - There will be an ambitious Free Trade Agreement in two years. The EU negotiators have said that this will be impossible.
      - The City will not suffer because they need the UK more than the UK needs them. Except that all the banks are now looking for office space on the continent.
      - Britain will still be a great place for business. But the new electric MINI won't be produced in Oxford but Germany, Holland and in the Czech Republic.
      - Immigration will be cut to tens of thousands. Except it won't
      - WTO rules will be just fine. Except that economists assume that Britain's GDP in 2020 will be 3,5 to 5 percent lower.

    • The people didn't win. Brexit is a fantasy. Read the Daily Telegraph
      http://Www.Telegraph. Co.UK

      Brexit was funded by a handful of billionaires.

    • Israel reminds me of Brexit in the UK. The right wing won . But it's groupthink and the country is doomed unless it changes course.

      As Unamuno said to the fascists: Venceréis pero no convenceréis / You'll win but you won't convince

  • Why so many are twisting Ken Livingstone’s words about Hitler and Zionism

      • Sir, I was very surprised by Sebastian Payne’s Instant Insight “Ken Livingstone has no place in the Labour party” (, April 6).I hold no brief for Mr Livingstone, his remarks were certainly clumsy, but it is a matter of historical fact that there were negotiations between the Zionist movement and the Nazis. In addition there has been substantial criticism of the Zionists prioritising the establishment of their state and opposing opportunities to rescue Jews from Nazi Germany.But the big issue at stake here is the intensifying efforts of the pro-Israeli lobby to allege anti-Semitism against any critic of Israel. In my view this is a grave misuse of the horrors of the long history of anti-Semitism in Europe which culminated in the holocaust. Israel is in constant breach of international law and is inflicting terrible cruelty on the Palestinian people with full collusion from the US, UK and EU. The misuse of the charge of anti-Semitism should not be allowed to silence debate on what is to be done.Clare ShortLondon SW4, UK

    • Great article. Zionism operates by shutting down debate and silencing people. This is a further example. They have been doing it since the get go.

      “It was a technique which the Zionists were to employ throughout their struggle. The technique of promoting damaging personal attacks on those who stood in their way rather than trying to counter their arguments.”
      “Such non conformists were subtly made aware that their jobs might be at risk, their books unpublishable, their preferment out of the question, their public reputations vulnerable if they did not renounce the heresy of anti Zionism ”

      Publish it not, Mayhew and Adams, 1975

      Zionism is such a miserable ideology

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