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  • Welcome to the resistance
    • I was delighted to learn that at a recent forum held by the American Enterprise Institute, Bill Kristol announced that he was joining the Resistance. Taking a stance in solidarity with the Woman's March, BLM, and the ACLU, the neconservative intellectual luminary declared his support for the movement against the racist, patriarchal white working class in favor of immigrants and oppressed people of color:

      "Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in? Seriously, you can make the case—this is going on too long and this is too crazy, probably, and I hope this thing isn’t being videotaped or ever shown anywhere. Whatever tiny, pathetic future I have is going to totally collapse.

      You can make a case that America has been great because every—I think John Adams said this—basically if you’re a free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled—whatever. Then, luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed and really want their kids to live better lives than them and aren’t sort of clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on and meanwhile grew up as spoiled kids and so forth. In that respect, I don’t know how this moment is that different from the early 20th century."

      - Quoted at the AEI's event “It Came Apart: What’s Next for a Fractured Culture” 2/07/17.

  • Progressive foreign policy missing from revised Sanders revolution
    • If these Progressive Democrats really prioritize foreign policy and issues of war and peace, they won't even consider voting for Clinton.

      The Sanders campaign and this election cycle in general demonstrates the left's vacillating interest in anti-war activism. During most of the 1990's anti-war sentiment was quiescent despite the Clinton administration waging multiple military interventions, expanding NATO and the military industrial complex despite the end of the Cold War, and crushing Iraq under a sanctions regime which softened up the country for the 2003 invasion.

      It was only with the latter war of imperial aggression that the left converted temporarily into an anti-war movement. And then under Obama anti-interventionism once again retreated to the margins of the left's agenda to be replaced principally by identity politics.

  • Trump and Clinton campaigns both send message that Muslim loyalty to US hinges on condemning terrorism
    • I know that I and most readers here can't agree with this. How could we, when we rightly accuse American Zionists of dual loyalty? Do we need to earn the loyalty of Abe Foxman, Bill Kristol, and Haim Saban?

  • Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Zionism and Black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy are crucial to building a just world
    • "Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Zionism and Black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy are crucial to building a just world"

      Notice the incongruity here. On the one hand, BLM and their allies are engaged in a battle against White supremacy. On the other hand, Palestinian anti-racists are resisting Zionism. The fair comparison would be between a Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Jewish supremacy and a black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy. Meanwhile, the article doesn't mince words in describing specifically Jewish support historically for civil rights for African Americans.

      You can't credibly claim credit as a group for your contributions to society and then recoil from accepting blame for the harms you've inflicted.

  • Libertarian candidates say US policy has only made Middle East more dangerous
    • The raison d'etre of the Johnson campaign is to play the spoiler for the titular representative of the Republican Party. Why else would the Libertarian candidate be the recipient of such generous media attention, be afforded not one but two CNN town halls, and be courted by - of all people - neoconservatives like Bill Kristol?

      This election offers the peculiar spectacle of both the Democrats and the Libertarians being in many ways more hospitable to neoconservativism than an isolationist and xenophobic Republican candidate.

  • Israel lobby panics about 'spoiled' next generation of American leaders turning against it
    • "vaunted European mind", "vaunted white mind", "vaunted Anglo-Saxon mind", etc.

      You'll find similar sentiments in the yellowed pages of racialist tracts from a century ago, in books like Madison Grant's "The Passing of the Great Race" (1916).

      If even progressive anti-Zionists harbor such attitudes, then we may have to conclude that the Jewish people are generations behind their gentile white peers in confronting their own racial chauvinism.

  • In the 'NYT,' fear of Trump's police state
    • Much of the Jewish intelligentsia and middle class opposition to Trump seems to echo the old WASPish antipathy towards Jewish politicians, namely that he's of the wrong sort of people. Snobbishness of a similar sort motivates much of the media's coverage of Christian conservatives. We're dealing with an amalgam of sentiments which include liberal piety and progressive righteousness as well as patronizing superiority and self-regard. You can oppose a man and his politician strain out of a combination of high and low motives, as is plainly the case here.

  • Israel isn't worried about ISIS
    • "Israel isn’t that worried about ISIS. It’s far from the Israeli border and it has limited military capability."

      Wait a second. ISIS is much further from French and U.S. borders yet we're supposedly vulnerable to attack. By comparison, ISIS is on Israel's doorstep.

      Why isn't Israel concerned? Do they know something we don't? Well, we know Israel has treated Syrian jihadis in their hospitals. It's been reported that Israel has a quid pro quo with al-Nusra. What's Israel's relationship with ISIS?

  • Mourning hate crimes from South Carolina to the Sea of Galilee
    • Exactly, the comparison only results in highlighting the difference. An overwhelming majority of white Americans reject the Charleston assailant. Can the same be said about Israeli Jews regarding their own mass murderers?

  • Spanish Jews resisted oppression in tunnels and, exiled, clutched their keys
    • Your comment implies that there were no native Iberian converts to Islam or that there was no intermingling of indigenous and and North African populations over centuries of Islamic polities in Al Andalus - both of which are false.

      In addition, I find it ironic that Muslims are being cast in an unedifying light here when it was the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Bayezid II who deployed his naval forces to evacuate both Muslims and Jews from Spain, declaring edicts welcoming the latter group to settle in his domains.

  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • Walid: "Isn’t that what 40 million American WASPS do every Sunday under their mega-sized air-conditioned revival tents?"

      America's churches aren't nearly as segregated as they used to be. The percent of white churchgoers who attend all-white churches has halved in the last two decades. I think non-Christians might be surprised how much immigration has changed the membership of many churches these days.

  • What we talk about when we talk about ISIS
    • "Iraq’s political order was a parasitic autocracy which would have eventually collapsed under the weight of its own corruption"

      No, we cannot make any confident assertions about Iraq if the March, 2003 invasion never occurred. It's ludicrous to even try. Suppose North Korea's government was overthrown over a decade ago, it'd be easy to assume it'd be gone by now in any event.

      The destruction of a nation-state, as we witnessed in Iraq in the 2000's, is a genuinely rare thing. Normally, regimes are simply replaced by successor governments along the same approximate borders and with the same approximate bureaucracies. The 2003 invasion led to something more cataclysmic - the violent disaggregation of Iraq and subsequently neighboring countries by ethnic-confessional lines, in keeping with the Yinon plan.

  • 'Protest in the form of a prayer': Dream Defenders demonstration in Nazareth makes connections from Ferguson to Palestine
    • You hear this type of rhetoric all the time at Palestinian solidarity rallies in the U.S.

      Speaker after speaker will step up to the microphone, and instead of talking about the siege of Gaza or settlement building in the West Bank, will pontificate upon police brutality in communities of color, gay rights, feminism, etc.

      Many left-wing activists seem eager to submerge the Palestinian solidarity movement into identity politics.

    • OyVey's words are indelicate, but I substantially agree with him here.

      Consider - Palestinian solidarity activists routinely compare Israel to apartheid South Africa.

      By the transitive property, I suppose we should put an equal sign between Ferguson and South Africa under white rule.

      I don't buy it. One hopeful day, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians live side by side in Palestine under formal de jure equality, then this type of solidarity campaigning will make sense. In a hypothetical future one-state, issues of economic injustice, racism, and police misconduct will rise to the fore in Palestine, but first things first.

  • Chris Hughes brings down the curtain on neoconservative New Republic
    • Dreher is a fanatical Christian Zionist for whom Israel can do no wrong.

      His presence at The American Conservative seems like a way of inoculating the little-read magazine to accusations of anti-Semitism.

  • Pro-Israel billionaires Adelson and Saban muse over buying the New York Times
    • It's simple - after his comment disparaging democracy, taking Adelson's campaign donations should be political suicide.

      The media would cover this were Adelson the spokesman for any other nation's lobby.

  • Another New York Times' reporter's son is in the Israeli army
    • Incredible.

      We have to interrogate the NY Times' coverage not just of Israel but of U.S. foreign policy in general.

      What should we make of the Gray Lady's positions on America's habitual military interventions when it seems as if more of its journalists have children in the IDF than in the U.S. military?

  • Shlomo Sand resigns from being Jewish. Totally. Mostly. Almost
    • I guess I find it odd that the left is normally so supportive of people freely adopting new identities, yet reacts violently when someone like Shlomo Sand says he no longer considers himself a Jew.

      A man can consider himself a woman and vice versa, mostly Caucasian people can identify as belonging to tribal nations, mostly indigenous Mexicans can identify as Caucasian, a half-white President can call himself black, yet a Jew cannot call themselves a gentile.

      Why? Is the left secretly ethnocentric?

  • Where is the antiwar movement?
    • The underlying reason why the antiwar movement is MIA is that the small left-wing, Marxist parties which were the organizing force behind previous waves of protest are in steep decline.

      Basically, the 2003 antiwar protests were the final expression of the 60's generation New Left.

      The same people in Trotskyist and Maoist parties who organized the Iraq War protests are too old and tired to be effective today. Many in fact are now extremely ambivalent about U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria. For example, many Marxists support arming Syrian Islamists and some even favor U.S. bombing there.

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • Consider what you're saying.

      Ethnocentrism goes both ways!

      Are you saying that non-Jewish Spaniards weren't up to snuff intellectually or commercially?

      That may be, but say it bluntly please.

      Let's bring racialism out of the closet.

      P.S. If late 18th century Spain (America's ally in the Revolutionary War by the way) was like Iraq today, does that mean that it also was subject to a Zionist-inspired invasion around that time?

    • Cohen's comments are vivid proof that the normal rules don't apply for Zionists in America.

      Sure, he talks about other historical cases of ethnic cleansing, but let's be real.

      If he praised gentrification as a justified ethnic cleansing of blacks, for example, he'd be off the NY Times and the mainstream media for good. And yet, as much of an injustice it is, gentrification does not even approach the moral depths of the Nabka.

  • US friends of Israeli army stage fundraisers with NBA teams and NY rabbi
    • "Pertinent to all of this seems to be that “Subprime Dan” Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the founder of Quicken Loans, is a massive financial supporter of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. They even gave him an award. "

      Interesting. This helps explain why Cleveland hired David Blatt as their new head coach.

      Blatt was a Jewish kid out of Massachusetts who went to Princeton who was recruited to play basketball in Israel. After his playing career was done he moved on to coaching, eventually running the Israeli national team.

      I have no doubt that Blatt's a talented coach, but to think that politics didn't play a role in his hiring is naive.

  • Burke and Lincoln would have hated the special relationship
    • "The US media and political class conditioned the public to view not just Palestinians but all Arabs and even Muslims as savages by publicizing the crimes of just one side of the conflict."

      How much has anti-Arab and anti-Muslim propaganda merely been a vehicle for legitimizing anti-Palestinian prejudice?

  • Israel surveils and blackmails gay Palestinians to make them informants
  • ISIS, 9/11, and the terrorism time loop
    • "If we genuinely want to defeat ISIS"... we don't. ISIS, like Al Qaeda, is just the pretext.

      How soon we forget, after 9/11 we invaded Afghanistan but quickly moved on to Iraq. Why? Rumsfeld complained that there weren't enough good targets in Afghanistan.

      If we were so flip about moving from a terrorist group that attacked us to launching an aggressive war on a secular Arab state that had never attacked us, why would it be so surprising that we would make that switch again?

  • Israel's right wing Zionists, Palestine's militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughter
    • One quibble - America's indigenous population isn't as small as people think. In fact, they make up about 1.7% of the population, which is close to the Jewish percentage.

      Of course, American Indians are pretty much invisible in the national culture.

  • 'Common Dreams' website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
  • Rob Reiner wants to pick Palestinians' leaders for them
    • The anti-Tea Party sentiments of Hollywood liberals like Reiner is motivated more by condescension towards rednecks and bible thumpers than it is by a genuine commitment for the poor and minorities. This fact helps explain how PEPs like meathead can simultaneously crusade against racists in the US and on behalf of racists in Israel.

  • Rabbi slams 'militarization' in St. Louis but when it comes to Gaza-- the press 'loves underdog and suffering'
    • Notice how even with the St. Louis situation she's playing games. Why single out "white anarchist groups" to begin with? Presumably these are people who are sympathetic to the local community, however wrong-headed they may be.

      I question the sincerity of PEP's like Talve. If you support apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and colonialism abroad, it's hard to believe you're genuinely concerned about police militarization and racial profiling in America.

  • Bob Schieffer in a 'world gone mad'
    • "That is quite interesting, though I notice that there’s a 15:65-odd negative view of Palestinian actions against Israel."

      My sense has long been that anti-Zionists would make much more headway criticizing Israeli actions, and U.S. and European support of Israel, rather than trumpeting the cause of the Palestinians.

      It's sad and even pathetic, but Americans have been indoctrinated to dismiss the rights and concerns of Arabs and Muslims around the world. There's no need to rehabilitate the public image of Palestinians, however - it'll be easier to demolish the idealization of Israel, considering how remote it is from reality.

  • 'NYT' gives Israelis the opportunity to shoot and explain (why not Hamas?)
    • Indeed. Consider how few Israeli civilians are killed in Hamas attacks versus the period when they used suicide bombings (which was nevertheless a tiny proportion of Palestinians killed by Israel).

      Hamas barely kills any Israeli Jews anymore, and in fact like Hezbollah makes it a point *not to*, whereas Israel slaughters more Palestinians than ever.

      Yet the public perception is that Hamas is as much a terrorist outfit as it ever was whereas Israel is perpetually acting in self-defence.

  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
  • Observations on the Met’s cancelation of the 'Klinghoffer' simulcast
    • It's not just public relations Walid.

      Don't kid yourself. People in the West, in the U.S., the average man or woman on the street, is more likely to favor Israel, because at a deep-seated, gut level, they often value Jewish lives more than Palestinian and Arab lives.

      It's an ugly subject to broach, and it may be beyond the scope of this blog, but there it is.

      It helps explain American support for Israel, the invasion of Iraq, and much else besides.

    • I strongly disagree.

      The fact that educated people of a certain age will know the name Klinghoffer but might not even be able to name a *single* Palestinian civilian killed by the IDF is proof-positive of the power of Zionism.

  • The most interesting journalist in the world
    • Goldberg's article and visit with Fidel Castro is from 4 years ago.

      Why would Fidel ask for a visit from a neoconservative journalist?

      To be honest, I think this reflects the weakness the Marxist and socialist left has always had on Israel. It doesn't make sense to criticize the former Iranian president's views on the Holocaust, or to denigrate the Islamic Republic as a religious state, without noting how Israel is maintained on the basis of a racial and religious supremacist ideology.

  • Israelis are in Nigeria to help search for girls -- Susan Rice
    • We've seen this type of intersection between Zionism and African interventionism several times recently, not just with the current Nigerian kidnapped girl saga, but also with the Joseph Kony manhunt and the secession of South Sudan.

      Both Israel and the U.S. with the creating of a separate African military command seem to be stepping up military involvement on the continent. While the U.S. condemns Russia for meddling in Ukraine we somehow manage to butt our nose in every distant corner of the globe.

  • Now that Israel has killed the two-state solution, will liberal Zionists support equality or ethnocracy?
    • Bilal - I agree. A one-state solution isn't a cure-all for the Palestinians, far from it.

      It's a massive first step, but it has to be followed by a generational civil rights struggle.

      Even in South Africa with an overwhelming black majority, whites still possess grossly disproportionate economic power. Imagine if white South Africans were half the population, if high security white gated communities covered half the country, how free would blacks there really be?

  • Now Rand Paul wants to 'Stand with Israel'
    • It's almost an historical law that the sons of major politicians are much less principled than their fathers. In recent American history we have many father-son pairs which demonstrate this law: George Herbert Walker and George W. Bush, George and Mitt Romney, Birch and Evan Bayh, Mario and Andrew Cuomo, and now Ron and Rand Paul.

      The heir is a pale reflection of the father and by the third generation the dynasty peters out.

  • Walter Benjamin's theory of fascism
    • What other currently or historically oppressed groups need to issue this proclamation? Do Native Americans need to declare the Holocaust more heinous than the genocide against their people? Do blacks need to solemnly affirm that it was worse than centuries of slavery? Do Dalits in India need to organize a press conference admitting that their caste-based oppression is dwarfed by anti-Semitism?

      When does the demand for the recognition of historical wrongs veer off into a form of modern-day privilege?

  • Snowden revealed a world of conspiracies I once would have scoffed at-- Bryan Burrough
    • Yes, Terry Gross has made her reputation by asking salacious and superficially provocative questions of celebrities precisely in order to get a rise out of them. How that makes her one of the best interviewers around, is beyond me. I will give her credit for having an excellent radio voice.

      The thing about Fresh Air is that it's seemingly hosted by Dave Davies as much as it is by Gross these days. Yet, instead of getting the accurate billing of co-host, Davies is forced to tell audiences he's filling in for Terry Gross.... even though he seemingly fills in for her on a weekly basis. I'm sure it's up to Gross to give Davies the co-hosting gig he's already working at.

  • To reach the 'moveable middle' in Jewish life, you must be inside the tent
    • If the "backbone" of pro-Israeli policy in the U.S. was evangelicalism, we wouldn't expect the pro-Israel lobbies to be so dominant in the UK, Australia, France, Canada, etc. In Britain the Conservative Friends of Israel and Labour Friends of Israel operate very well without the support of an evangelical base.

      Christian Zionists magnify the power of the U.S. Israel Lobby and increase its potency and virulence in the Republican Party. But they don't explain Democratic support for Israel and thus don't explain the unique power of the lobby, which is above partisan politics.

  • 'It was clear to me as a black person just what I was seeing around me': Report from an African-American delegation to Israel/Palestine
    • Like I intimated, black America was more interested in foreign affairs in the past. In the era of decolonization, black intellectuals turned their eyes to people like Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, and Julius Nyerere. Likewise, black militants saw parallels between their struggles and revolutionary movements beyond Sub-Saharan Africa in Asia and Latin America. These trends all occurred when black America was much poorer and marginalized under segregation than today. Maybe these were elite phenomena, but that only begs the question why black leaders aren't speaking up much more on behalf of Palestine today.

    • I used to wonder how it was that African American leaders are not, as a group, at the forefront of the struggle in this country against America's support of Israeli apartheid.

      But, to be honest, you don't get the sense that the black community in the U.S. is interested in foreign conflicts and crises in general. This isn't the Cold War or era of decolonization - even African affairs do not loom large in black America. Seen from that point of view, it's not very surprising at all. If you're interested exclusively in your local community, city, or congressional district, it makes sense to play with the power brokers and take their line on affairs of seemingly remote import.

  • Thought experiment. Dateline Ukraine
    • I think it is worth discussing the U.S. government's support for Svoboda.

      I don't believe that Nuland or Kerry and the rest of the administration is unaware of the anti-Semites in Svoboda and in the Maidan protests. They knew the type of people they were funneling money and support to during the lead-up to this coup.

      So how could it be that arch-Zionists and supporters of Israel in the U.S. are nevertheless supporting anti-Semites in Ukraine?

      But the reverse is also true to an extent - why would anti-Semites not just be accepting funding from Zionist politicians but even taking their marching orders from them?

      It's an intriguing question. The whole situation is extremely suspicious. I don't believe for one moment that the version of events we're currently receiving in the media even remotely approximates the truth.

  • Do Americans want to know that Israel is waging war on Africans?
    • Not true Grumpy Man.

      Genetic data indicates that the majority of people in the Middle East and North Africa have significant Sub-Saharan African ancestry.

      This shouldn't be a surprise, considering the region's history, which includes extensive Arab migration into Africa and importation of African slaves.

      So, in fact Africans have every right to claim the land of Israel. At least, that's true if you buy into the historical school of justification for modern immigration policy. As for me, I simply take the human rights perspective.

  • In occupied Jerusalem, an Arab-Jewish couple see their home demolished
    • "Palestinian medical sources reported on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 that a Palestinian child was injured after being rammed by an Israeli settler’s vehicle near the Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank. The sources said that the child, Ahmad Naim Borqan, 7 years of age, was struck by the settler’s car in al-Masharfa neighborhood, south of the mosque."

      We constantly hear accounts of settlers driving their cars into Palestinian children.

      I'm trying to picture the settler who decided to ram his car into a seven year old child. Perhaps he's a devoted family man and later that day bought toys for his children and flowers for his wife. Over dinner he'll talk about his day and mention as an aside that he tried to run over a Palestinian boy and got away with it.

  • Jewish community commits intellectual suicide before our eyes
    • "The Jewish community is rebranding Jewish culture, from the brave civilization that gave us the greatest minds of the last 100 years, Einstein, Marx and Freud, as my mother used to brag to me, to a community that’s scared of Israel’s shadow. "

      Prideful statements like this are part of the reason why Zionism retains its allure.

      If someone grows up believing in their heart of hearts that their culture is of a higher intellectual caliber than all others then it's not such a great leap to then support the creation of a homeland for your people. For that matter, you could even justify Zionism purely in terms of tikkun olam on this basis - the most intellectual people can help repair the world from their homeland in Israel.

      In fact, part of the reason why non-Jews support Israel is because they implicitly accept such boasts about Jewish excellence and conclude that such an exemplary race therefore deserves Palestine more than the Palestinians.

  • Truman feared backing Israel would involve US in 'new world conflict' -- Boston Globe
    • It's always tempting to consider counterfactuals and alternative histories when it comes to Truman, the accidental president.

      But, if Roosevelt had died sooner while Henry Wallace was V.P., the U.S. would probably have supported the creation of Israel anyway. Unlike Truman, Wallace was a true believer in Zionism.

      For that matter, Truman's opponent in '48, Dewey also supported recognizing Israel.

      My conclusion is that the Israel Lobby was already extraordinarily formidable prior to the creation of Israel.

  • Princeton restaurant promotes night of Israeli wine-- from occupied Golan
    • It's a shame, I won't be going back there again.

      I have no doubt some of the people drinking wine at the restaurant that night will identify themselves as supporters of the Syrian people in that nation's civil war, yet nevertheless support the annexation of Syrian territory in the Golan.

  • Judis's scholarly book on Truman's decision gets the Jeffrey Goldberg treatment
    • I fail to see how even the truncated quote is supposed to sound anti-Semitic. Is criticizing someone else for racially-based thinking a bad thing? Asquith seems to be bemused that a fine intellect would become so racially driven.

  • 'NPR' praises Israeli assassination program in faulting US one
    • NPR is a joke.

      My local affiliate has been running their pledge drive.

      Often I feel the moral tug to contribute. But how can I? How can I support Morning Edition and All Things Considered? How am I supposed to give my seal of approval to Terri Gross and Fresh Air?

      It's a shame, because there are many programs on NPR that I enjoy. But their news and political reporting and commentary is horrendous.

      We deserve a public radio outlet that offers a genuine diversity of views. For the time being, each of us has to curate our own collections of podcasts to achieve this.

  • PA: Israeli police release dogs on Palestinian teens near Jerusalem
    • Here's an excellent piece by Natasha Roth in the London Review of Books. The hypothetical Britain she portrays would be a pariah state:

      "Israel’s Asylum Seekers

      Natasha Roth 3 February 2014
      Imagine if a prominent Member of Parliament openly declared Pakistanis a ‘cancer in our body’. Shortly afterwards, she apologises for this remark – to cancer victims. Not only does the MP keep her job, she escapes any official rebuke at all. At around the same time, Molotov cocktails are thrown through the window of a nursery school attended by the children of asylum seekers in a poor part of London. A month later, there’s a violent riot against asylum seekers on a bloody night of looting, assaults and broken glass. Taxis and buses are stopped and searched for ethnic minorities; one of the rioters wears a T-shirt saying ‘Death to Pakistanis’; women voicing support for asylum seekers are told they should be raped; agitators make monkey noises at a group of black asylum seekers; and throughout, during the beatings and window-smashing and racist chanting, the police stand aside, looking on."


  • 'NYT' fails to disclose that Op-Ed author arguing Israel's case against BDS is husband of 'NYT' reporter in Israel/Palestine
    • I agree with unverified.

      It does matter, frankly. We want to draw parallels with apartheid South Africa, but seem unwilling to go all the way.

      Well: if there was a substantial Afrikaner community in the U.S. and it was dominated by a pro-Apartheid majority (while at the same time having a vibrant anti-Apartheid minority), it would be reasonable to observe how many Afrikaners were in the media and how they seemed to monopolize coverage of South Africa.

      That observation wouldn't be anti-Afrikaner anymore than unverified's comment is prejudiced.

  • 'I'll believe a corporation is a person the day it gets a colonoscopy'
    • Socialism, if it's to be taken seriously again, needs to demonstrate that it can be efficient, that it can produce sustained economic growth, and technological progress.

      It used to be that socialists took for granted that not only could it match capitalism in these areas, but vastly outstrip it. This was a particularly popular idea during the 1930's, when the U.S. and Europe were in depression and Stalin was, ruthlessly and through forced labor, rapidly industrializing the Soviet Union. But even until the 1960's, this was a tenable view.

      But today, not even socialists for the most part argue that their system will bring economic growth and sustained material progress. Instead, they try to erase their history of making such bold claims for building up the forces of production by making their failure into a virtue. So, socialism is needed not in order to bring material plenty and progress, but in order to create a sustainable zero or low growth society. The latter amounts to a liquidation of socialism and its submersion into anti-technological Deep Ecology radical environmentalism. These days, one gets the sense that socialism has ditched industry, the workers, and all talk of modes of production in favor of Malthusian environmentalism and relentless dehumanizing identity politics.

  • 'That tyrant whose seat you're in? We took him out' (The Egyptian revolution continues)
    • Honestly, the Sisi regime isn't even a run of the mill dictatorship.

      The death toll since July 2013 is worse than any similar period under Mubarak, Sadat, or Nasser, nevermind Morsi. General Sisi is the most oppressive leader in modern Egyptian history. Not only that, but the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood and other opponents in August 2013 is one of the worst mass killing of protesters since Tienanmen Square.

  • Deconstructing Scarlett Johansson’s statement on SodaStream
    • Off topic, but more evidence that Mark Kleiman is a pretty despicable Zionist:

      "Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller – who has gotten his share of crap in the past from people who think that support for Israel requires hatred for Palestinians – reports on a speech at UCLA by Omar Barghouti, one of the big machers in the anti-Israel Boycott, Diversture, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. (Here’s another account of the same speech.) According to both accounts, Barghouti proclaimed that there is no such thing as a “Jewish people.” (Ironically, or perhaps deliberately, this echoes the line that used to be popular among the Greater Israel crowd – and still may be, for all I know – denying the peoplehood of Palestinian Arabs.)"

      Hear that? It may "still be, for all I know" the claim of Zionists that there are no Palestinian people?

      How can he support a supposed Jewish state without knowing the elementary fact that Israelis continuously deny Palestinian nationhood in word and deed and ridicule the notion that Palestinians are anything other than Arabs.

  • 'Economist' pulls cartoon showing Obama shackled to Congress bearing Star of David
    • If this cartoon dips from a "poisoned well" then that can be blamed on the Israel Lobby.

      When people act in accordance with odious historical stereotypes, then any honest calling out of their misbehavior can be easily described as prejudiced. In fact, the way then to avoid this accusation is to water down your accusations to the point where they lose all potency altogether.

      The blame here lies with those who do egregious wrong - in this case the Israel Lobby in the U.S.

    • Foxman called the cartoon an "anti-Semitic canard".

      Why is the word canard always used in connection with anti-Semitism?

      To tell the truth, I can't even remember the last time someone used the word canard outside of debates on the Israel lobby and Zionism.

      My suspicion is that the intention is to make certain stock phrases so familiar that they become common sense. As in - anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism = a canard, i.e. an unfounded rumor or belief.

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