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  • Donald Trump is ready to bring Islamophobia into the White House
    • Bannon asked him about those remarks, and said that what Trump really meant was that New York police needed informants within mosques. Trump replied: “That’s right.” That’s cold comfort for Muslim Americans, who, since September 11, have been targeted by both the FBI and the New York Police Department in their places of worship.

      wha? i didn't vote for the guy, but what am i missing? trump's continuing support of practices in place since shortly after 9/11 is proof of . . . ? blownaway hits the nail on the head: trump is yeltsin of a sorts without the gin blossoms or party experience, another revolution around the toilet bowl for america till enough citizens get a lung full of water and start thrashing. the libdem hysteria over this 'watershed', 'historical' election is embarrassing. it feels like an ahistorical moment, if there is such a thing.

  • We are in an era of conservative counter-revolution
    • Yes, I caught that too. Be hard to miss for anyone not irrevocably bound up in their own analytical framework, facts be damned. From Gorbechov to Putin, skipping the dipsomaniac, asleep at the wheel while the country is looted and half the population drinking itself to death in despair. Echoes of the opioid epidemic and clinical depression in many parts of this country. And the contemporary conservative 'counterrevolution' is nonsense. It's been in full swing since at least '68, not withstanding the revolutionary advances of some narrow populations. Even there, there is deep dissatisfaction with strategy and results. Not all are happy with the neccessary adherence to deeply conservative values in order to advance gay rights for example.

  • Let's talk about Russian influence
    • actually the article is about American foreign policy interests and objectives and whether the media should be colluding with elements of the US government and others who are fomenting a hot war with a country which has 'the world's second largest nuclear arsenal'. (and what exactly is an 'increasingly current enemy'?)

    • please. the media has no collective guilty conscience, anymore than there is group fretting over lost virginity in a whore house. some individual 'media' types may hold onto vestiges of an ethical obligation to objectivity, but even in those circles I have never heard any truly anguished apologies for the media's role in the mass atrocity in Iraq, for example, just shoulder shrugging half-admissions of mistaken reliance.

  • 'The Forward' fails to find source of anti-semitism hoax that its reporter concocted (Updated)
  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • "knight to king 4"

      profound. let me just add for clarity's sake: 'king me'; 'you sunk my battleship!'; 'go fish'. i think you catch my drift, mcohen. *wink*

    • What does that even mean? Weiss is actively promoting the 'giving of the Baltics to Russia?' oh, the man's omnipotence knows no bounds. Yes, and the mathematical formula C[onsistency] X T[ime]= short term memory loss. ( I too remember G*d dictating the North Atlantic Treaty to moses.)

  • Afghanistan: The forever war we never question
  • The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting
  • Another Netanyahu lie exposed: Hamas is not ISIS
    • Given israel's encouragement of the growth of Hamas as a counterpoint to the secular PLO, and it's current aid to Isis and other Syrian 'Rebels', perhaps the growth of Isis in Gaza is not a strictly organic process.

  • US spying on Israel reveals cynical heart of the 'special relationship'
    • Yes. But I think the impression left by the news is a bit off. Netanyahu cannot, individually, put a stop to a U.S. Foreign policy initiative. It's his help mates in Congress. I think the surveillance of yahoo was intended to sweep up U.S. citizens who couldn't/shouldn't be 'bugged' directly. There was nothing inadvertent about it.

      As for Goldberg's 'fatalism', he's [email protected] looney. Not only do we have to satisfy Israel's every whim, we have to do it with unconditional love and affection, tears streaming down our face. Like in North Korea.

  • Top Israel advocate uses San Bernardino killings to attack Islam
  • Israeli nukes are finally newsworthy-- as US gov't both releases and gags info
    • "After five decades of pretending otherwise, the Pentagon has reluctantly confirmed that Israel does indeed possess nuclear bombs, as well as awesome weapons technology similar to America’s."

      So says Bill Greider, leaving unanswered the question 'how did Israel's 'awesome weapons technology' come to be so similar to America's'?

  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • I join you, Keith, with another 'no' vote. Cuba/Iran are tactical maneuvers. At best, he is engaged in legacy building for personal purposes and for continuity sake for the democratic party. The Dems smell dissatisfaction in the ranks with the hot mess Obama terms 1 and 1/2 have cooked.

  • We must break out of the paranoid survival myth
    • a mild criticism: although there is a specific reference to the evolution of Zionism, there is a blurring of Jewish history and the special brand of the modern meme of Judaism equals Zionism, and vice versa. Zionism of the Glicks and Gellers seems to be more of a revenge cult than a sincere expression of fear. Revenge and entitlement.

  • Israeli leader turns on US Jewish journalists Friedman, Wieseltier, Remnick and Silvers for disloyalty and anti-semitism!
    • yes, he was on the ropes for a bit during the phone hacking scandal for his outspoken sympathy for the Palestinians. TB are the initials for Tony Blair, not tuberculosis, although you could mistake one for the other.

      His growing confidence could startle. In 2002, Campbell records in his diaries, Rupert Murdoch, James and Lachlan came to dinner at Downing Street. The conversation turned to the Middle East: "[Rupert] Murdoch said he didn't see what the Palestinians' problem was and James said it was that they were kicked out of their fucking homes and had nowhere to fucking live. Murdoch . . . finally said to James that he didn't think he should talk like that in the prime minister's house . . . TB said afterwards he was quite impressed with the way Murdoch let his sons do so much of the talking."

  • The Peter Beinart Double Standard: Why is this boycott different from all other boycotts?
    • I'll second (third?) the Kraussian analysis. My only quibble is that I don't find him all that sophisticated. ('Jewish and Democratic'?) The blind spot to his antics is a product emotion, not intellect, because his wrongly perceived argument effectively produces a middle ground solution for both sides of the debate. But, to paraphrase Krauss, this is a tall glass of bullshit posing as skim milk.

  • Obama's disgust for Netanyahu's 'stink' signals coming era of Jewish persecution in the U.S., says 'Tablet'
    • President Obama? I don’t blame him, but I do think his disgust with Benjamin Netanyahu, which seems almost physical, as if repelled by the stink of the man, has given certain practitioners the sense that it’s safe to come into the open. It’s a frequent topic of conversation among my friends: Do you feel that chill?… Then there’s the Iran deal: To get the papers signed, the president must separate from Israel.

      Cohen is psychotic. Obama hates Netanyahu, as does Cohen, but Obama's hatred isn't intellectual, it's visceral. (Really, why can't the schwarze get it right?) How Cohen knows this isn't entirely clear, but presumably it's his fine-tuned divining rod for ineradicable anti-Semitism, the stirred, not shaken, ancient paranoia in him. The last sentence, though, clarifies the source of his paranoia, which isn't the hyperbolic drama of the rising tide of public practitioners of the dark art of Jew hatred (Cohen can live with that inevitability after all), it's the possibility that Obama can do without the advice of Netanyahu (and Cohen) on matters of US national security.

  • Notes from the Munayyer-Beinart debate
    • got it catalan. a single state will never happen. maybe you should contact the starry-eyed Oily Bennett and Deputy FM Hotlovely since they are both publicly proposing the annexation of the OT. or maybe better yet Netanyahu should contact them since he allegedly retracted his campaign promise to abandon the peace process. there never was a plan for a 2 state solution, at least from the Zionist perspective, so that's one option off the table.

    • 'immigration and public holidays and symbols'. that's a whole lot of ideology packed into a few words. if you tease it out a bit, and that's all Beinart wants, what you have is the religious authority to determine qualifications for full citizenship, the conflation of pseudo-history/archeology and the bible, what some have called Israel's secular religion, which in turn justifies Israel's ongoing expansion of its borders, and on and on. that's a whole lot of advantages.

    • David, (and I know it's not your position) Beinart's 'Czech' argument is superficial. I assume that you are right, that Beinart's point is that less contentious relationships have undermined national unity, but I still don't see how the Czechoslovak velvet divorce says anything about the prospects for a one-state solution. (Beinart doesn't attempt to explain the history, even in brief, of his examples.) Any modern state larger than Andorra has a multitude of ethnic/cultural differences, and yet Spain manages to 'keep it together' with all its regional tensions, the US survived a civil war, and the EU and its member states have managed to take a breather from 1000 years of bloodletting as its physical borders are erased. But, again, a grocery list of superficial histories does not add up to a useful historical analogy.

    • I'm not certain I understand the Czecho-Belgium argument at all, and as for the 'double standard' persecution complex, Russia, Iran, Cuba, N. Korea, and on and on. There are sanctions regimes imposed on many countries, with the support of Israel, much more stringent than BDS proposals. see e.g. SWIFT sanctions against Iranian banks and EU attempt to compel SWIFT sanctions against Russia.

  • People behind BDS are also responsible for 9/11 attack, Israeli centrist tells NY synagogue
    • Which is why Netanyahu is on the verge of a mental collapse. People aren't adhering to his father's brilliant historical script. I fully expect him to go into a nationally televised, spit-flecked convulsion, and that will be his legacy, the dramatic personification of the collapse of political Zionism.

    • BDS linked to the Mufti? Isn't he dead? Is BDS linked via séance? Ouija board? And 9/11? No, Lapid, you ignoramus, the Israeli government is in bed with the Saudi degenerates, the country of origin of the alleged hijackers, not BDSers. (he obliquely makes reference to Syria, also the responsibility of BDS, although he shouldn't pick that scab too vigorously.)

  • Munayyer and Beinart's historic debate on the solution to the conflict
    • i looked, but couldn't find, a clear, concise statement from beinart about his vision of a two-state solution. is it unequivocal support for retreat to pre-67 lines, or is he advocating the 'concessions' line about the need for adjustments to the facts on the ground, Israel's security needs requiring modification of the 67 lines, retention of control over Jerusalem, etc. I'm afraid that there is nothing like a consensus of what a two-state solution looks like amongst liberal Zionists, and frankly still cringe every time beinart falls into his 'jewish and democratic' parrot act.

  • Sam Harris and the dangers of false atheism
    • I'll have to take a look at Asad. Very interesting. Irrational belief systems and the secular modern state.

    • He is stupid, and dangerous, and to call whatever it was that occurred between him and Chomsky an 'exchange' implies a seriousness that doesn't exist. Harris's foot in the door of Chomsky's virtual domicile is the intellectual equivalent of a teenage groupie sneaking backstage to blow the singer in the band. No doubt he will be telling the tale of his relationship with Chomsky years from now as he promotes himself 'gone girl'-style as some radical intellectual, radical now meaning criticism of the state's 'restraint'.

  • The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity
    • I seems to me that the more democratic Arab countries become, the less likely they are to embrace Israel.

      yup. and the other way round too. Israel's closest Arab allies are the most despotic regimes.

  • 'This is where we are, and we are not leaving here' — Notes from BirthWrong
    • Funny that. I thought the Armenian genocide was perpetrated by the secularized Turkish state. How is this part of a unified 'Islamic History'?

    • Page: 20
    • What a silly little article. It effortlessly slides from the story of the controversy over the name of a Spanish village (population sixty f*cking four in 2012) to an indictment of Spain as one of the most Anti-Semitic countries in Europe (according to an unbiased - of course - 2008 Pew poll). Oh, and, yes, Jackdaw, cue dramatic exclamation, Maimonides!, medieval Europe being a utopia of tolerance for all except Jews.

  • Not a single Muslim is quoted in 'NYT' profile of Geller
    • everyone seems to agree, [Geller] has never had trouble speaking her mind”

      the problem is the opposite. it seems she can't stop 'speaking her mind', even when speaking her mind means provoking violence and supporting racism. thank you NYT for the mindless platitudes implying a commitment to honesty, when she is anything but honest.

      But let’s do a thought experiment.

      I'm guilty of this trap as well, but we don't need 'a thought experiment'. Christians and Jews have their own history of committing terrorism in this country.

  • A response to the 'Washington Post' blogger who calls me an anti-Semite
    • Sorry, Annie, Cardinal Rosenberg has excommunicated Weiss. He wasn't a real Jew anyway, but a cheap knock off, apparently made in China.

    • NOBODY expects the Jewish Inquisition! Its chief weapon is MJ Rosenberg and an almost fanatical devotion to Zionism. Oh, bugger. Its chief weapons are MJ Rosenberg and . . .

    • I'm confused, Yonah. Weiss's Passover post had no journalistic pretensions. It was a personal piece, intended to cause reflection, maybe even a bit of parallax. But I guess that's not your real issue. You love to criticize others for being petty and insulting, debasing the debate, and for reflexive resort to the Nazi analogy (when aimed at Israel at least), yet here you are, doing what you do.

    • give Bernstein one point. I probably shouldn’t have used the $7000 a week hotel anecdote straight out of Goodbye Columbus toward the end of the piece. It was shtik-like and cartoonish, and that piece was serious business.

      Please. F*ck him. why you would concede anything to Bernstein is a mystery. His article is a daisy chain of ad hominem attacks, and, as is typical of the reflex screechers, he casually flits back and forth between historical periods as if nothing has changed in the past century.

      He says:

      I find anti-Israel blogger Philip Weiss morbidly interesting, and I occasionally happen upon his blog. Weiss finds his own Jewish background alternately suffocating and infuriating, and yet can’t seem to stop talking about it, and about how he’s trying to overcome it.

      So Berstein is able to make a sweeping assessment of Weiss’s psychology from his occasional reading of the blog? Oh, and ‘morbid interest’: If we’re doing psychoanalysis on the fly, I would swap out ‘morbidity’ for ‘narcissism’, as Bernstein is reading about himself in fact. ‘There is nothing so interesting as me.’

      I’ve made an occasional reference to Weiss or the blog he founded, Mondoweiss, since then. Mondweiss is basically one-stop shopping for anti-Israel news. Anything bad that goes on in Israel will be publicized and exaggerated at Mondoweiss. If you want to know the far-left anti-Israel party line on any recent event, Mondoweiss is the place to go.

      “One-stop shopping for anti-Israel news . . . for the far-left anti-Israel party . . .’ And Weiss is apologizing for his hotel anecdote. How many votes does Bernstein expect the ‘far-left anti-Israel party’ will get in the 2016 presidential election? My guess is none, which can either mean there is no such party, or if it does exist, it is so ineffectual as not to merit mention in the Washington Post. No point in debating the paranoid, however.

      So in a sense it’s understandable that people with an interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict read Mondoweiss, especially if they share the blog’s anti-Israel politics. I keep up sporadically with Mondoweiss largely because its posts sometimes find their way into my Facebook feed from some of my more left-wing friends.

      Yes, again, with the navel gazing, the cute reference to Bernstein’s ‘sporadic’, ‘sometimes’ reading of Mondoweiss. (Yes, and sometimes Bernstein ‘sporadically keeps up with’ barelylegalgangbang.something as it ‘sometimes finds its way into his Facebook feed.’) This dishonesty is even more evident when you read the introduction to the piece, setting the table with a reference to a 2008 Bernstein article on Mondoweiss. Really, what a disingenuous ass.

      But here’s the (drum roll please) dramatic, tabloid-style revelation to be made, leading you by the nose through the end of the article:

      Mondoweiss’ value as a news aggregator, it is also a hate site.

      Despite his clinical diagnosis of the obsessive-compulsive self-hater, it took Bernstein 7 or so years to conclude that the self-hater, hates. Well, I guess Bernstein had to go at his own pace, no rushing a terminal diagnosis. He wouldn’t want Weiss jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge prematurely.

      Mondoweiss tries to preserve a fine line between hostility to Jews and hostility to Israel, but every once in a while, Weiss reminds us that the blog’s entire existence owes to the fact that he can’t maintain that separation.

      That’s an interesting point. Is Bernstein acknowledging that ‘hostility’ towards Israel is justified, until it crosses over into ‘hostility’ towards Jews, or is something else at work? And since Weiss ‘can’t maintain that separation’, suggesting it held up for a time, perhaps he could share an example of Weiss’s justified hostility to Israel, that didn’t tip into unjustified hostility to Jews? No? No.

      The most dramatic example I’ve seen arrived in my Facebook feed last week via a Jewish journalist who passed it along with the comment, “Who thinks like this?”

      Huh? Who thinks like what? According what I’ve read, at least from Bernstein and other defenders of the faith, there is a far-left, anti-Israel party, presumably including like-minded self-haters (we’ll throw in Blumenthal and Horowitz, just to name two) who revel in the neuroses of doubt, guilt, and shame. Hasn’t a whole species of comedy been built on this type? That’s who. But Bernstein, and the anonymous character assassin, have an interest in isolating the virus, plunging Weiss into a narrow vial for further investigation. (Careful, we don’t want to alarm the public.)

      In the course of a typical (for Weiss) rambling, somewhat incoherent post, titled, “Forgving the Anti-Semites,” Weiss makes the following claims, all of which are either unrelated to Israel or are only tangentially related to Israel–unless you believe that whatever Israel’s sins, they are not the “normal” sins of a nation-state, but somehow inextricably tied to the shortcomings of Jews.

      Really, do we have to go on? The obsessive, sometimes, occasional, morbid perusal of ‘typical Weiss defects’, and on and on. But that’s a minor point. The real -issue, and the real pathology, is schizophrenia of the ‘Bernstein’-type. I won’t make anyone re-read the whole string of polished turds, but the intrepid Bernstein lays out the intentionally opaque, two-headed coin of Jewish individualism versus the collective, the conflation of Europe under fascism with the 21st century, etc. So,

      The Jews never had much political power in Europe, but after emancipation they were often, on average, more economically successful than the local non-Jewish population. So Jews aren’t proper Marxist victims, because Marxist dogma requires the victims to be of economically lower status than the oppressors. This is a major reason why European Jews faced with violent jihadist anti-Semitism get little sympathy on the far left–they are economically better-off than the local Muslim population, so only the latter can be proper victims. Thus criticizing Islamist jihadists is “punching down.” (Of course, it doesn’t help that the Jews are perceived as “white” and the Muslims not. That seems largely irrelevant in France, where 80% of Jews migrated to France from the same North African countries as most of the Muslims, but maybe I’m attributing some rationality where there is none to be found.)

      Wait. What? Did 75 years pass in a paragraph with no marker? Politically powerless post-emancipation Jews (Rathenau was assassinated because of his impotence?) are faced with violent jihadist anti-Semites who can’t be criticized, because they aren’t white like the 80% of North African Jews . . . who might make up 1% (5%?) , he doesn’t say, of French Jews. Is BHL under attack because he spends too much time under the sun lamp, bronzing his chest hairs? He might want to lighten up, even if in the interest of self-preservation. Really, that whole passage is a muddle, but nevertheless, yes, I agree for once, expecting rational discourse in matters of race is bound to be disappointing.

      For centuries in Europe, “Jew” simply represented whatever real or imagined foe needed to be combated. It’s not entirely a coincidence that when the European far-left decided that nationalism, racism, and imperialism were the foci of evil in the world, that it was Israel that came to be the primary target for those sins, even if the Jewish connection was unconscious among many of the targeters.

      But thankfully, those days are in the past. Instead of irrational, deluded thinking, we have Zionists begging to please focus, forget the talented (or talentless), amorphous, multi-faceted Jewish collective, and concentrate on white phosphorous, settlements, and skunk juice. Forget that Lenny Bruce could coexist in the same world as Edward Teller, and instead realize that every individual Jew, in every corner of the world, artist, baker, pornographer, mother, is an Israeli, because. One foot always out the door. Even if it hasn’t happened yet, there will be a pogrom in Miami, or Montreal, or Havana. You can’t blame them necessarily. It’s just the way they are, inevitable, irredeemable anti-Semites. And that’s the world in a nutshell for Bernstein: Jews and Jew-haters.

  • MSM's platform for Pamela Geller is equivalent to normalizing David Duke and Nazis
    • “Perhaps it was a dumb idea for her to do it,” he ventured. “Is it good judgment? Does it contribute to a better political or religious dialogue? That’s debatable.”

      no, it's not debatable. it's not intended to 'contribute to a better political or religious dialogue'. (Toobin is a certifiable moron, btw.)

      “imagine . . ."

      imagine muslims in Odessa, texas holding a public conference on the topic of 'Kris Kyle: hero or cold blooded killer?' imagine all the free speech advocates in texas defending the right to host that debate.

  • 'NY Review of Books' says Tony Judt didn't really mean it when he called for the end of a Jewish state
    • Ditto to the New Yorker and NYRB. The coverage of Russia is equally obnoxious. There's only so much nostalgia for Yeltsin and Saint Khodorkovski I can stomach.

  • 'Baltimore Is Here': Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Jerusalem
    • well there you go, JLD. every inner city police department needs a knife fighting expert posing as a medical examiner on its payroll. he's the swiss army knife of cops.

    • A man claiming to be a Baltimore police officer is facing criticism on social media over posts he made on Facebook about the death of Freddie Gray.

      Avraham “Avi” Tasher claimed to be a Baltimore City police officer on his now-deleted Facebook page, according to the website Photography Is Not a Crime. Screenshots of his comments, taken before he deleted the page, have sparked outrage among some on Twitter.

      The city and the police department have not said whether Tasher is a city police officer, but public records show that there is an officer with that name working for the department.

      Tasher’s Facebook posts included anger at CNN for “causing a race riot” in Baltimore and a claim that Gray “broke his own neck.”

    • David Simon

      In these drug-saturated neighborhoods, they weren’t policing their post anymore, they weren’t policing real estate that they were protecting from crime. They weren’t nurturing informants, or learning how to properly investigate anything. There’s a real skill set to good police work. But no, they were just dragging the sidewalks, hunting stats, and these inner-city neighborhoods — which were indeed drug-saturated because that's the only industry left — become just hunting grounds. They weren’t protecting anything. They weren’t serving anyone. They were collecting bodies, treating corner folk and citizens alike as an Israeli patrol would treat the West Bank, or as the Afrikaners would have treated Soweto back in the day. They’re an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy.

    • Israelis are a race? Well, this should interesting.

  • Adelson told Jeb Bush that Baker's speech to J St speech cost him 'a lot of money'
  • 'Israel assassinated my son in cold blood': Hundreds mourn Palestinian teen killed while walking near separation wall

      Israeli rescue planes delivering emergency workers and supplies to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal have returned to Israel with an unusual cargo: 26 infants who were born of surrogate mothers to gay Israeli couples and other nontraditional parents.

      The rescue mission highlights the growing popularity of overseas surrogacy for Israeli couples who can afford it. It also raised questions about the safety of dozens of pregnant surrogates who remain in Nepal amid battered infrastructure and overwhelmed hospitals. The Israeli government has said it would admit the women to Israel to await the births.

  • Avi Shlaim on liberal Zionism, the 'dead' two-state solution, and colonial pizza
    • splitting hairs, I take exception to the Israel as a enthocracy argument. ethnicity is defined by religious authorities, so it's a theocracy. like Iran.

  • Forgiving the anti-Semites
    • Of course your logical acumen is an unattainable standard that we can all strive to emulate. You are right there with Bertrand Russell. It must be fun living in such a logical inner world, free of contradiction or ignorance. Congratulations.

      well, thanks, but since you don't seem to have a basic understanding of history or the English language it's not all that difficult to poke holes in your argument. (just keep swapping out and confusing 'race', 'politics' and 'military advantage' whenever it suits you. only Bertrand Russell will notice.)

    • 1. There is not one thing I have written that is anti-Semitic. But keep playing your minor role in undermining any opportunity for objective analysis of real anti-Semitism.
      2. So the exterminationist program against the Jews was 'unique', but there is no unique term to identify that program? The holocaust may refer to the murder of Jews, or perhaps others? That's just imprecise, sloppy nonsense. For those who wish to distinguish the murder of European Jews during the war, Holocaust is the correct term.
      3. I see, back to the perverse accounting of tragedy ranking, percentages being the key. The murder of 600 million Chinese would be less tragic than the murder of 6 million Jews, because, well, 48% versus 90% divided by something or other. Never mind that various indigenous peoples have been completely obliterated, their percentages are apparently irrelevant.
      4. It's your fellow traveler Catalan who has stupidly tried to divorce race from politics in nazi ideology. Again as with so much you both write, this just wrong, either the result of ignorance or of having to tie yourself into pretzels to reconcile logical inconsistencies.

    • The ignorance is staggering.

      The Roma suffered terribly during the Holocaust, and were the victims of a genocide . . .

      No, the Roma were not victims of the Holocaust. The Holocaust is specifically defined as the genocidal program directed at Jewish victims. Again, this ‘confusion’ over definitions, methods and intent privileges Jewish victims, perverting the history of the war, demeaning the suffering of others. As Anne Appelbaum and others have so ham handedly put it, “The vast majority of Hitler’s victims, Jewish and otherwise, never saw a concentration camp". Yes, Jews and some others. How quaint, as if ‘others’ are the margin of error in a poll, or anomalous data. See also the Jewish Virtual Library which puts it a bit more wordily: The Holocaust is the “destruction of some 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their followers in Europe between the years 1933-1945. Other individuals and groups were persecuted and suffered grievously during this period, but only the Jews were marked for complete and utter annihilation.” Again non-Jewish victims of the genocide are non-descript ‘others’ were ‘persecuted and suffered grievously.’ Having said that, Jewish suffering must be granted the last word, others being subsumed between the Holocaust and the ‘utter annihilation’ of the Jews.

      And this bit of ass backward, muddied historical analysis:

      The killing of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and the mentally ill in Europe was unique in that it was detached from any political or military considerations. It was racial.</blockquote)

      No, the killing of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, was not unique, nor was it detached from any political or military considerations. (I was unaware that the Nazis considered the mentally ill a racial category, but I’d be happy to be corrected.) Tens of millions of Slavs, Poles eastward, were also slated for extermination on account of their race and having taken up too much useful space. Contrary to catalan, the Germans exploited racial theory for political purposes.

    • I saw that story on McClatchy, Citizen. oh, praise be to the most selfless nation!

    • and freud liberally 'borrowed' from nietzsche. I remember a quote, from I don't know where, freud declaring his avoidance of Nietzsche since it was depressing to learn that Nietzsche had already written everything freud had to say. couldn't find it, but these will do for now.

      "[Nietzsche's] guesses and intuitions often agree in the most astonishing way with the labourious findings of [my work]."

      "I have just acquired Nietzsche in whom I hope to find words for much that remains mute in me."

      these quotes contradicting his oft repeated denials of ever having read Nietzsche. i'll leave that for some psychoanalyst or copyright attorney to work out.

    • he is a prolific author. and master of the pan flute. more popular than the beatles.

    • that's really the problem, the last part. the best of Weiss's posts almost always involve the personal, the anecdotal, both of which may strictly be considered 'irrelevant' when discussing big topics. I can't be bothered doing the maths, but my eye ball test tells me that one person is responsible for at least 20% of the volume of commentary in this thread, commentary chock full of non sequiturs, contradictions, diversionary paths, and so on. I don't agree with everything Weiss writes, but until proven otherwise i presume that if it upsets Madame Hysteria, he's got a point.

    • I don't find anything objectionable about Passover, and Weiss wasn't referring to the celebration of Passover. He was talking about an embarrassing orgy of conspicuous consumption and self-indulgence. It seems he is uncomfortable with the lox-filled vomitorium the same way I am by what has happened to many Christian holidays.

    • Israel National News service is in the habit of publishing 'one off' opinion pieces? (do they also publish equally vile opinion pieces from those who advocate pedophilia or take ads for membership drives for Russian castration cults?) so to whom did they think that his op-ed was directed?

    • BTW, just from a public relations standpoint, your comments are becoming more and more shrill, even more condescending and repulsive than in the past. you might want to attend a training session or two to work on your pitch. according to the scientific polls I've conducted, your contributions here are a net negative, with 65% of Zionists posting comments at MW finding you an embarrassment (curiously 13% of those polled were 'unsure' if you were an embarrassment. I don't know what to make of that number.).

    • so your scientific poll of Israeli forgiveness didn't include Ben-Eliyahu?

    • Because Gentiles never spend a lot of money on a vacation, and also because, apparently, you’ve never had to prepare a house for Passover.

      Interesting. Passover is the equivalent of an open bar, all you can eat weeklong buffet. if you say so.

    • "You think the Israelis haven’t forgiven Europe? Based on what?" and buckets of other digital diarrhea.

      [Chen Ben-Eliyahu ] also called on the Jewish people to remember its near destruction at the hands of the Nazis and exact revenge on Germany, now a staunch ally of Israel.

      When the Messiah comes, Ben-Eliyahu wrote, Israel will reverse the Final Solution. “Twenty, thirty atomic bombs on Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Dortmund and so on to assure the job gets done. And the land will be quiet for a thousand years,” he wrote.

      Israel National News refused to comment on the website’s decision to run the op-ed.

  • Accusations of anti-Semitism roil Stanford campus as student coalition denies discrimination charges
    • And doesn't that just sum up zionists' retarded world view, you're either an 'honest' racist or a 'dishonest' racist, hophmi apparently falling into the latter camp since he certainly wouldn't identify with Krause. Oh the warm baby blanket of racism, how comforting.

    • what a comedian. yeah, and as any Pavlov's dog knows, 'the ring of truth' is more important than the meat of the matter. keep salivating, your treat is on the way.

  • Will Graham's gaffe about 'all-Jewish cabinet' get the MSM to talk about pro-Israel money?
    • You're missing the point, Krauss. Graham and other dipsomanic politicians are victimizing the likes of Adelson and Singer. Really, with his two-days-into-a-bender breath, one hand on Adelson's ass, the other in his pocket book. it's chilling. How do you think Adelson feels, dehumanized, reduced to an ATM? Just because he is a corrupt player, in a corrupt system, doesn't mean he's without feelings. And . . . [deep breath] WWII. Yes,'Jewish' money plays an outsize role in politics, but 'the Holocaust', because Adelson would never seek political influence beyond his mighty attempt to prevent the next genocide.

  • Jews of France: should they stay or should they go?
  • Understanding the Jewish National Home
    • Excellent summary, David. This is the sort of background that could be extremely useful in a variety of contexts. The recent Sony wikileaks documents re: Sony's relationship with the US government brings to mind the evolution of the law on public-private partnerships for state propaganda purposes, the legality of the state employing the private 'press', etc. (see the involvement of Judy Miller in military training exercises, for example).

      You mention the embarrassing bits of the Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) Resolution. There is also the accumulative historical embarrassment of these documents in general, their repeated reference to 'Palestine' and 'Palestinians', two non-existent beings according to present day Zionists. From the Carlsbad Resolution:

      "The Zionist leaders and the Jews of Palestine will support the demand that non-Palestinian officials, with the exception of the High Commissioner, the Civil, Financial and Legal Secretaries, and the heads of the Principal Departments, shall be gradually replaced by Palestinians, due regard being had, in the case of District officials, to the Arab or Jewish character, as the case may be, of the population concerned."

      Note to editors: unless I missed it, you could do the courtesy of embedding links to the websites of guest authors in the end of post mini-biographies.

  • Just like the Nazis, Iran 'plans to exterminate six million Jews' -- Netanyahu
    • you are a lost cause in the war against ignorance. yeah, a 'totalitarian state ruled by a . . . .' blah, blah, blah. Israel has a verifiable record of supporting and aligning itself with the most despicable of tyrants, the f*cking Saudi degenerates to name but one, while lecturing the world on the lack of democratic values in the ME. women can drive an effin' car in Syria and Iran, unlike SA, and unlike any ISIS/Al Nusra creation which the Israelis support. go peddle your transparently hypocritical horse bleep elsewhere, you half wit.

  • Obama got Senate to reject 'two of Netanyahu's demands' on Iran (but the 'NYT' won't touch that angle)
  • Pro-Israel group concedes that Tel Aviv bikinis can't match 'justice' as sirensong to brightest young Jews
    • "The true story of the Jewish people is one of the most powerful morally compelling and incredible dramas in human history
      Zionism has been a struggle for liberation against impossible odds."

      Yes, impossible odds. Of course it helped to have the world's hyper power backing you up.

  • Obama's long & passionate Monday with Saban, Foxman, Hoenlein and other Jewish leaders demonstrates power of Israel lobby
  • Gunter Grass became 'persona non grata' for 2012 poem exposing Israeli nuclear hypocrisy
    • Grass advocated against the reunification of Germany to avoid the recurrence of past bad behavior, but that's not important because he said critical things about Israel's nuclear weapons. Criticism is only permitted of its admirable faults, e.g. it's too democratic, too forgiving, too selfless, too restrained . . . .

  • Rand Paul greeted by neocon opposition, in $1 million ad calling him 'dangerous'
    • These campaigns have already devolved into a competition among the sycophantic best of the worst. Ted Cruz vs. Hillary Clinton? jeezus, I have a f*ckin' headache.

  • Iran is 'congenital cheating' 'Islamic power bent on world domination' -- Netanyahu tells US media
    • Mooser, it's the Roger Cohen school of foreign affairs, every atrocity an opportunity for score settling, or at the very least to settle an upset stomach or mild psychological discomfort.

      I am shaking with rage at the attack on Charlie Hebdo. It's an attack on the free world. The entire free world should respond, ruthlessly.

      Quick, kill someone, anyone, if only to calm Roger's nerves.

    • if instead the US would have garnered its strength and anger after 9/11 and focused on Iran

      good god, what casual war mongering. who/what in Iran should have suffered the wrath of US strength and anger? maybe blow up a few nuclear facilities scattering radioactivity through out the region. and what did iran have to do with '9/11'? so instead of inventing meetings between Atta and Iraqi intelligence agents in Prague, someone should have fabricated ties between Atta and the IRG? and military intervention in Iran would have gone much more smoothly than in Iraq or Afghanistan? how about after 9/11 the US reevaluated its relationship with SA, or reevaluated its policy of arming and supporting jihadists against secular regimes, or something else related to 9/11?

  • How Obama won on Iran
    • yes, billy. très deep. it was also the last day of the two-for-one dress shirt sale at Macy's department store. hmm.

      kristol. more like Scheiße.

  • DEAL!
    • roha, the US imports Russian coal for East Coast consumption, and imports are up, because Russian coal emits less sulfur, thus burners have an easier time meetings emissions requirements. and there are a whole host of other EU/Russian, US/Russian energy ventures that one would assume would have been nixed by the sanctions regime. just like the hypocrite Israelis and their need for Iranian pistachios and other Persian goods, the beat goes on.

    • NN, I believe that the US was recently pushing for Russia to be booted from the SWIFT system as well (like Iran)l, but had to walk that back. (Ironically, Russia got a seat on the board of directors last month due to its SWIFT traffic.) Unfortunately I expect a whole lot of myopic, weapons-fortified crazy from the US in the immediate future. We built alot of hammers in search of nails.

  • NFL and AIPAC to team up to polish their brands together
    • bob kraft. yetch. what an effin' DB. caught a bit of his testimony in the aaron hernandez murder trial today while I was in the car. 'a big extended family' was how he described his relationship with the players on the Patriots, a kiss and an embrace to seal each greeting. except he sends his mesomorphic family members off to collide, head-to-head at 25 MPH. his weepy public eulogy after jr. seau shot himself to death due to trauma induced dementia is a study in nuts. kraft then remembered seau for his 'rousing pre-game speeches' before the boys go off to combat. jeezus, talk about pathological hypocrisy.

  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
    • There is no question Churchill wanted America to get into the war early on the side of the allies. There is no smoking memo from Churchill to whomever saying “Let’s let the Lusitania get into trouble.” What you have is a lot of evidence that makes you wonder: why was the Lusitania allowed to travel this route, in this way, without protection?

      I quote Churchill in a footnote, a letter he wrote to Violet Asquith, saying “I know this war is smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment – and yet – I cannot help it – I enjoy every second I live.”

    • lysias, Nicholson Baker's 'Human Smoke' provides a neat, not so flattering chronology of the Allies' bellicose maneuvering leading up to WWII. Portraits of Churchill and FDR painted in their own words are not a pretty picture.

      Which is the best in the lot on Churchill, in your opinion?

  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • roha, perhaps it's short hand of a kind., or simply a mistake. there was no RAF before 1918, (just like there was no separate service USAF until after WWII) but a couple of air units, the abbreviations of which I forget.

    • not to pile on, but his complete lack of a functioning introspection bone (found deep in the nasal cavity as any student of freud and fliess knows) is a medical miracle of sorts.

      this is a neat little summary of the introduction of western liberal values into the ME and Africa at the turn of the (last) century, a review of 'A history of bombing':

      Joseph Conrad was describing the British naval bombardment of African coastal settlements when, in An Outcast of the Islands (1896), he wrote of ‘the invisible whites’ who ‘dealt death from afar’. In Lindqvist’s history, too, aerial bombardment appears as a novel kind of punitive raid. The first bomb ever to be dropped from a plane – an Italian monoplane piloted by Lieutenant Giulio Cavotti – landed among troops encamped at an oasis outside Tripoli on 1 November 1911. It was reported to have had ‘a wonderful effect on the morale of the Arabs’. The Spanish practised the technique in Morocco, as did the French – who also dropped bombs on Syria and even designed a special ‘colonial’ plane which allowed its airmen to ‘sit in the shade with plenty of space for their machine guns and shoot the indigenes in comfort’. The British bombed revolutionaries in Egypt and Pathans on India’s North-West Frontier in 1915. After the First World War, the future of the British Air Force was guaranteed by Mohammed Abdille Hassan, the troublesome ‘mad Mullah’ of Somaliland, who was bombed into submission within a week. Arthur (Bomber) Harris was a squadron leader in the Third Afghan war of 1919, and pioneered the strategy of ‘control without occupation’ in Iraq, which entailed sprinkling fire on straw-roofed huts: ‘within forty-five minutes,’ Harris reported, ‘a full-sized village … can be practically wiped out and a third of its inhabitants killed or injured by four or five machines which offer them no real target.’

      Although bombing didn’t determine the outcome of the First World War, it had already become central to military thinking. In The Aircraft in Warfare (1915), the British mathematician F.W. Lanchester suggested that the critical aim of an act of warfare was to overwhelm ‘the fire-extinguishing appliances of the community’, after which ‘the city may be destroyed in toto.’ Lanchester also came up with the idea of deterrence, predicting that, where bombing was concerned, the ‘threat of reprisal’ would always be more effective than ‘pseudo-legal’ prohibition under international law. The Zeppelins bombed civilian areas, and so, too, did the British Air Force under the command of Hugh Trenchard, who once assured enquiring officials that, far from accurately concentrating on targets like railway stations, his pilots ‘drop their eggs well into the middle of the town generally’. The idea of ‘strategic bombing’, which would later support the ‘bomber dream’ of resolving wars from the air alone by laying waste civilian areas, found its prophet in the Italian Giulio Douhet, author of Dominion of the Skies (1921) – though such bombing had already been defined as a war crime under the Hague Conventions of 1907.

      For General Douhet, it was crucial that war be regarded ‘unemotionally, like a science’. This, as Lindqvist says, is the approach taken by the people who have sat in their laboratories working out how to make napalm burn deeper. In order to establish his own contrary perspective, Lindqvist includes a great deal of autobiography in his history. In 1932, the year of his birth, Stanley Baldwin announced that offence was now the only effective form of defence: ‘you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you want to save yourselves.’ On Lindqvist’s tenth birthday, 28 March 1942, Bomber Harris launched his offensive against German residential areas, striking Lübeck at night with incendiary bombs. As Lindqvist turned 13, Churchill wrote to his chiefs of staff, arguing that Bomber Command’s raids should now be concentrated on ‘military objectives’ rather than on ‘mere acts of terror and wanton destruction’.

      mere acts of terror. not that Churchill followed his own advice.

    • the BDS movement, which, at its core, is rife with Jew-hatred precisely because it has taken on the bad psychopathologies of the Middle East rather than tempering them with the liberal values of the West . . .

      and here comes hophmi to cast Weiss's ethnocentric navel-gazing in a positive light. that's a whole lot of racism packed into one bit of a run on sentence, even for you. so BDS has internalized 'the bad psychopathologies' of the ME rather than tempering them with the 'good psychopathologies' of western liberalism? what I would pay to be your shrink.

    • i don’t care that phil (and others) think these national winds of change on the american conscience happen because there is some sort of permission there.

      annie, whether you care or not, the accuracy of Weiss's statement is important. if he is correct, then essentially we are talking about an internecine battle of the Netanyahus vs. the anti-Netanyahus over the soul of Israel, and other suspect memes. that's hardly an earthshattering development. but you're right on one level: it's possible that a significant number of Americans are coming to the conclusion that jewish sensibilities should be irrelevant when considering solutions to the IP conflict, whether they're given permission to reach that conclusion or not.

    • it's okay, giles. you apparently just glossed over 'official'. an honest mistake. it didn't sound kosher to me at first, but, well, if it's official, what's to argue? after all this signals the reversal of 'the demise of the jewish intellect'.

    • good god, what a nauseating paean to exceptionalism. and who do I thank for this?

      Our politicians and newspapers are speaking out because they are licensed by a segment of the official Jewish community that is deeply troubled by Israel’s behavior.

      say, that's mighty white of you, licensing free speech by politicians and newspapers. is there a licensing fee?

  • I want my country back
    • I see. About a week ago you were whining about the conflation of Netanyahu and Jewish Israelis (there not all Netanyahu, or words to that effect), and now 'the rightwing racist's' views are synonymous with 'the perspective of mainstream Israelis'. ay Chihuahua!

  • World Water Day protest targets Massachusetts-Israel Water Partnership
    • see also faux liberal co-founder of, Massachusetts 'home boy' matt damon, as his teams up with caterpillar. apparently no watercredit micro loans to the OT however.

  • The historic night for the Arab List
    • I don't know if it was 'Arab parties' or individual members of the Knesset, ckg, or maybe the distinction is just semantic. I don't know. the formation of a government, allied with an 'Arab' party in 2015 is a different kettle of loaves and fish I think. in any event, Lee Harvey Amir took care of rabin in '95.

    • The lunatic “Samson Option” might be their suicidal solution to “compromise”

      yes. that's some black hole of super dense irony. dimona is the suicide vest nonpareil.

    • i haven't had a chance to do the maths, but what would the results have been if there had been an 80%-plus turnout of eligible 'Palestinian' voters? an extra seat or two in parliament, or not? with the irremedial likudization of the jewish body politic, playing the democratic game is but one effective tool in the Palestinian kit to further illustrate their plight to western liberal types.

    • it will most certainly get worse. can you imagine the psychotic reaction if it was even learned that Odeh and Herzog were actively negotiating to form a coalition?

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • Yesterday I wrote a piece predicting that the election in Israel would be hugely clarifying for Americans .

      and so it was.

  • Netanyahu won. Now what?
    • brilliant observation hophmi. no, they're not all Netanyahu. some are Bennett and Lieberman and Yishai. but thank you for risking life and limb, continually fighting the good fight against the utterly clueless and completely ineffectual. time well spent.

    • thank you, Avigail. the psychology of murder suicide. I am afraid you're right. I still believe that Jews, Muslims, Christians, could coexist in a single, democratic state, but the unleashing of forces you describe would be the undoing of that possibility.

  • The farewell party of the mezuzah-kissers
    • it is indeed bizarre, and it shows a mind set that is so hard to fathom.

      Weiss used the word elsewhere in this post: nihilism. that's what most people just don't grasp. they think that the tearing down, and on the economic side, the 'laissez faire' nonsense, is a means to some other end. it isn't. the destruction is the goal. unrestrained corporate malfeasance is the goal. psychopaths like senator polyester don't have a solution to the 'Iran problem'. their desire is the continuation of the ME teetering on a precipice.

  • Paris university reverses decision, allows Israeli apartheid event with Blumenthal
    • and why is it upsetting that you have to defend yourself after making silly, simplistic arguments about religion? the 20th century was the century of secularism, science, and technophilia, and a grotesque bloodbath, and Calvinism, or Catholicism, or Islam had little to nothing to do with the mess. it's preposterous that all you new-atheism types foist the ills of humanity on the back of organized religion, the other side of the 'technology will save us' coin. utter horse shit.

      as a Marxist at another site admitted, he'd take one liberation theologist over 100 armchair Marxists any day of the week.

  • WSJ columnist says 'I'm almost grateful' for attack on kosher supermarket that killed four
    • If the Islamic world is falling behind, is the Judaic World at the very forefront of the global system then?

      well, yeah, that's the paradox. (or maybe irony is more accurate). really, who wants to admit intellectual authorship of this [email protected] mess, particularly the States? increasingly inequitable, increasingly corrupt, increasingly ignorant, increasingly incompetent. and, no, this isn't a generational whine about 'kids these days', I am referring to institutional corruption (see education, military, financial sector, and the sciences), the ascendance of wealth as the primary if not sole marker for success and societal worth. this, in my opinion, is part of the reason Weiss has chosen to distance himself from the circle jerk of ethnic self-celebration, where, contrary to that douche bag stephens, many successful people who identify themselves as jewish, and attribute their success to their Jewishness, insist on the public recognition of how 'clever' they are, their wealth being a symbol of cleverness.

  • Media are stunned by Congress's 'loyalty' to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)
  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • got it. there is a direct link from the Esther/Haman fairytale to Netanyahu/Khamenei. and in this 'poignant' historical analogy, Netanyahu is Queen Esther?

    • I’d admit that some things are probably good arguments, such as what is the safe-guard after 10 years etc.

      krauss, with all due respect, that's just a mild variation on the genetic predisposition to 'anti-semitism' meme. (after all, the Persians wanted to annihilate the jews, but queen esther saved them. more of the bible as history. thanks Ben-Gurion.) there is no magic number of years which would placate Netanyahu, as he made perfectly clear that there is nothing to stop the Iranians from violating the 'agreement', whatever that may be. it's not about an agreement (or a 'better agreement' as he pontificated) it's about the everlasting non-agreement, and the implicit threat that Israel will go it alone, militarily. and you don't want the mad dog thrashing about. this speech was a string of one-liners, interspersed with the usual casual dishonesties, and a sprinkling of blackmail. (I had to laugh at his reference to the weak terms of the as of yet written agreement. 'no, you don't need special intelligence to know what the terms of the agreement are. you can just google it.' or words to that effect. iow, yes we have some dual loyalty scum bag leaking us information about the negotiations, but . . . well . . . er. google!)

  • One-state 'fantasy is very dangerous' because it cannot tell us what the military looks like -- Manekin
    • exactly. the 2-S solution is the fantasy. it's a fantasy because Israel has no interest in ceding control over the WB and Gaza, which is a holding tank for the surplus population and aggression. and it's a fantasy because even if the fantastic were to occur, the existence of a Palestinian state aside Israel, Israel cannot function without its minority population, whether it's Palestinians or its gastarbeiter force. nothing will improve for those non-Israeli, Israelis retained to clean the toilets or peel the onions.

  • Americans oppose Netanyahu invite 2-to-1, but Dershowitz is all for it
    • yes, hopmee, 29% support for Israel. that's a real landslide victory for Israel's publicity team. the more accurate way to read the poll is to say that more than 2/3 of americans don't give a rat's ass about the only jewish theocracy in the ME, that when they think about Israel at all (when being asked about it in polls for example) there is no protective reflex or sympathy. frankly, that doesn't bode well as the feds and states cut social spending while sending billions overseas.

    • The yahoos pocketing $1,000.00 in bottle deposits that was supposed to go to the state is just priceless. What a feckin' small time hood. There isn't a single angle they aren't working to squeeze out another shekel. She probably has the staff cracking open parking meters on their lunch break.

  • 'American Sniper' is an antiwar movie
    • And you've made the right connection. Like zerodark30, some flimsy ambivalence is all the opening hopeful lefty types need to embrace the film's 'anti-war' message.

  • No one's talking about peace in Israeli election, U.S. liberal Zionists are warned
  • The left needs to stop hounding Elizabeth Warren on Palestine, says Warren supporter
    • Direct negotiations between Israel and the PA? In other words he can only imagine a negotiating framework in which an overwhelming imbalance favors the Israelis.

    • So are you Ukrainian, DS, and if not does it stop you from worrying about the Ukraine? BTW, your use of 'obsession' gives you away, the intimation of mental defect, which naturally leads to the 'anti-Semitism' smear directed at 'non-interested' parties' interested in I/P. And please note that many in the military, our military, believe that the injustice in Palestine supported by the US, is a significant driver of anti-US sentiment. But you might be correct at one level, since a mere few percentage points of Americans are Jewish or Palestinian, the US, under your theory, shouldn't give a dried fig about what happens in/to Israel.

    • Clinton as a candidate is sunk if she were to do that. Who are her supporters, financial and demographic? She is out of her mind as far as I'm concerned. It's hard to imagine the circumstances in which I'd vote for her.

    • Color me jaded, Steve, but some of these so-called 'refuseniks' are just tools, whether the intent was original or an evolution of sorts. If this DB now supported BDS instead of acting as a gatekeeper that would be a sign of courage. What a feckin' dilettante.

  • Israeli prosecutor calls Bil'in protest 'ideological crime' at Abu Rahmah sentencing hearing
    • One critical omission in Weizman's analysis of inverted public and private spaces as practiced by the IDF (soldiers punching through the walls of apartment blocks, then shooting Palestinian militants in the streets from those apartments): the IDF wasn't simply reconfiguring/repurposing geography. It was also transforming the residents of the apartments into human shields.

    • ach, walid, a day late and a dollar short I am.

      here is a link to the study. i'll watch the vid tonight. weizman is a great resource.

    • don't know if I missed it elsewhere on the site, Kate, but there was a piece on the radio this morning about a study that concluded that the 'checkpoint' system established by Israel actually foments violence. the study found that the construction of checkpoints resulted in greater violence in the areas where the checkpoints were constructed due in part to the emotional reaction of being humiliated by such measures. so, once again, we learn that security measures often have unintended consequences.

  • 'She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace': American hostage killed in Syria remembered for work in Palestine
    • Actually, does it matter if ISIL or Jordan killed Kayla Mueller?

      Well of course it matters. It matters that the press accurately report what occurred, and not ignore those facts because they muddy the propaganda waters. I presume that her family would want to know the truth of the circumstances of her death. It matters from a political/military/intelligence standpoint how her death occurred.

    • also, see this re: hostage trading:

      But as alliances in Iraq and Syria are formed and broken, which groups are willing to trade hostages to whom can change drastically. ISIS and the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (the Nusra Front), dissolved any association in February 2014, which likely ended any potential for prisoner trading. "But evidence suggests there was some transference of hostages prior to the split between al-Nusra and ISIS," says Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, of the generally hawkish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. And recent reports show the two groups may have begun cooperating again, following the U.S. bombing of Nusra militants.

      Complicating matters further, says HRW's Bouckaert, is that "there have been incidents of hostages being traded up or bought by other groups‎, including Jabhat al-Nusra." If that account is accurate, it suggests that Al Qaeda's representative in Syria is following in the footsteps of AQAP and other branches of the organization.

      Kayla was kidnapped in Aleppo in August 2013. that area was not under ISIS/ISIL control. so it is possible that one of the 'good' rebel groups, like those seen posing with John McCain, could have had initial responsibility for her kidnapping.

    • this is how the USA Today timeline of her life summarizes her work in Israel/Palestine"

      2010-2011: Works in India for five months and Tel Aviv, Israel, volunteering at the African Refugee Development Center.

    • I heard some Government PR hack on npr earlier tonight saying something to the effect that 'no matter how she died ISIL is ultimately responsible.' So, Jordanian bombs it is.

      I have to wonder given how frequently that intelligence infiltrates the media, NGOs, etc. that ISIL and others like it now just assume anyone in country is reporting to uncle, leaving the sincere like Kayla hanging out to dry.

  • A cosmopolitan's regrets: Roger Cohen on the Jewish condition
    • Cohen was shaking uncontrollably with blood fever over the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and now this analysis. He is a psychopath. Shoot first, and maybe pick through the gory debris later to sort out the facts. If Weiss is in search of a shred of humanity amongst these liberal Zionist types, he'll have to look harder. The statement that Cohen is somehow 'courageous' for writing about his mother is risible. He's a writer, always on the hunt for material, and the soul searching memoir is constantly writing itself. To paraphrase Bono, 'they kill their inspiration and then sing about their grief.' It reminds me of Susan Sontag, a friend of hers noting the irony of Sontag rushing to the scene of the latest atrocity, wearing an ear to ear grin at the prospect of fresh inspiration. something new.

  • 80+ Cartoonists And Comics Workers Tell Comics Industry: 'No Business As Usual With Israel'
  • It's not the cartoons-- a contrarian perspective from a Muslim cartoonist
    • talk about your irony, lysias. I don't know how that comment can be construed as 'justifying terrorism'. I didn't read your Guardian link but Dieudonne's open letter makes a mockery of France's commitment to liberte. And this from AP"

      France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and those glorifying terrorism and announced Wednesday it was sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to work more closely with the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants.

      nothing says, 'liberte, egalite, fraternite' more clearly than a mass domestic crackdown, coupled with threats of a widening international war. I don't know if Hollande's been waiting for this opportunity, but it would seem to contradict his recent public statements about French policy towards Palestine and Russia.

  • Anti-Semitism at Fordham?
    • oh, and another thing. when the press allows itself to be weaponized, it's should not come as a surprise that they are casualties. and western and western-supported governments directly or through complicity silence unfavorable press routinely, often through violence. Where are the "Yo soy *fill in the dead Mexican journalist here* T-shirts?

      as I intimated above, if Roger Cohen pleads for the violent deaths of whomever, how is he is journalist? how is the NYT a neutral press outlet when it routinely peddles patently false 'news', a significant part of the war effort?

    • I first thought of Merah, too, walid. funny that in both cases the suspects should have been under constant surveillance, given merah's international travel to various hot spots, his alleged involvement in the earlier shooting of French soldiers, and all that the brothers Kouachi had been up to. as for Madame Le Pen, I don't know who benefits most from this, but it sure ain't Muslims. (what with the Total CEO biting it on the tarmac in Russia, and Hollande's recent pleading for compromise with the Russians, it smells like the Great Gamesters trying to pull France back in line. it's like herding cats with these Europeans lately!)

    • bizarre stuff. Hollande says that the French thwarted several other recent terrorist plots. in any event, I didn't see any evidence that 'anti-Semitism' motivated the attack. Which didn't stop Roger Cohen, liberal humanist that he is, from screaming for blood in retaliation. he didn't specify the who, what, when, or where of his threats, just that he's shaking with rage, and that somebody should die (soon) to soothe him. (remind me, was he 'shaking with rage' upon the news of gasoline being force fed to a Palestinian teenager, who was then set alight? no. I don't recall, but I assume that we were treated to the world weary, pensive roger cohen upon news of that atrocity.)

      Roger CohenVerified account
      [email protected] I am shaking with rage at the attack on Charlie Hebdo. It's an attack on the free world. The entire free world should respond, ruthlessly.

      yeah, so strap it on roger, or shut the f*ck up. I'd gladly shoot you out of a cannon pointed in the direction of Yemen. (someone else wrote it earlier, but please do us a favor and stop posting articles from the NYT as if its output was any more enlightening than any other rag.)

  • Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave
    • I still can't get my head around this NPA thingamawhatsit. How do 'you' enter into an agreement with persons not present or knowingly represented during the negotiation of the agreement? (Yes, that's short hand.) 'No potential co-conspirators'. So this means if Hitler didn't die in a bunker in Berlin and was on a plane with Epstein and a gaggle of 12 year old 'models', he'd have immunity. (Or, more realistically, this agreement could grant immunity to a person or persons with previous, serial histories of such activity.) fucking brilliant.

    • Sorry for the truncated comments. My smart pad thingy doesn't do well under the stress of large comment files. In any event, what I was about to finish with before I so rudely interrupted myself, is that we can assume:
      1. That Epstein would not share any of this information with someone who didn't have 'skin in the game', even his lawyer. (And he would have to disclose enough to send a message to prosecutors.)
      2. That Clinton is the real prey here. Dershowitz's head on a pike (after he's afforded his constitutional right to a trial of his peers) would just be an added benefit.

    • Doha, Dershowitz will have the benefit of the presumption of innocence if he is charged and tried in a court of law. Until then, this whole thing stinks of politics, and too bad if some of the smell gets on the fixer. What do we know, unequivocally?
      1. Dershowitz regularly and as a matter of practice slanders opponents of his clients. For example, he and his son were part of a team seeding the press with wholly fabricated charges against Sam Kellner, who brought to light child abuse allegations against Baruch Leibovitz, a Dershowitz client.
      2. Dershowitz was part of the legal team that negotiated the NPA for Epstein, which provided blanket immunity for all of the coven of pedarasts. So, he, as an unindicted coconspirator, negotiated immunity for himself. No, nothing wrong with that.
      3. Epstein was gathering intel on prominent people for a variety of purposes. Dershowitz, as his counsel, would be privy to that information.

    • A certain ex-president whose wife is running for president against the former governor of which state? FLA? Oh, woe to Alan to be caught by the sharp elbow of presidential campaign politics.

    • Dershowitz does not derseve 'the presumption of innocence' or the benefit of any other standard of equity or decency. He is utterly devoid of integrity or humanity. His belt should be taken, and he can hold his pants up with both hands while the verdict is read. After that the prosecutor can put on the case . . . Then off with his head.

      As for Epstein, from what I've read, I'll assume until it's proven otherwise that his meteoric rise in the world of finance has more to do with procuring underage girls than with his skill at picking winners.

  • Caroline Glick melts down with European diplomats
    • She's criticizing her acting, the histrionic channelling of her inner hitler. (That's her behavior, not her 'looks' or womanhood, if that wasn't clear enough.). Only the willfully ignorant could miss the point.

  • We're all anti-American now
    • some of that is part of what I was referring to walid. Ewan Cameron was the psychopath responsible for much of the atrocities. I think it was him who was taking in patients to be treated for depression and the like, only to subject them to massive drug dosages, psychic driving (exposure to repeated recordings while drugged or otherwise restrained) and other shite. Donald Hebb was working at McGill around the same time and he was a pioneer in sensory deprivation studies, although I don't believe that his motivations were the same as Cameron's. I had read that there was some confusion about the role of the two of them, although it seems clear that Hebb's research was exploited by the intelligence services even if that was not his intent.

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