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I don't mind admitting I am a Zionist, but would like to say there are Zionists and there are Zionists.

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  • In wake of January attacks, French Muslims have been demonized in manufactured 'clash of civilizations'
    • @robbins, have you compared the death tolls between islamophobic attacks compared to anti-semitic attacks? The plain truth is that the viability of Jews in much of Europe is under serious threat while the Muslims have nothing REALLY to worry about.

    • @mooser, I wouldn't want you to miss out on the facts - it might perturb your world view. See Jews in France have seen a shocking 84% rise in anti-semitic attacks.
      This Blumenthal article is typical of the kind of politically distorted obsession that dogs the Left. For example there is more interest in every single Palestinian casualty when there are hundreds more and worse happening elsewhere.
      So reminiscent of the blindsidedness of the Left when it was in the thrall of communism because it was taking on the evil America meantime ignoring the tyranny of communism.

    • The Left jump quickly to the defence of their Muslim allies but don’t give a damn about the Jews. Blumenthal is a case in point – despised by most Jews for his special brand of anti-Judaism. All this hype about Muslims facing a 28% increase in Islamophobic incidents, while on the other hand Jews in France have seen a shocking 84% rise in anti-semitic attacks since 2014.
      And who pray tell are the main perpetrators of this spate of anti-semitism? ANSWER: certain practitioners of the same religion as the Muslims whom Blumenthal seems so concerned about.
      Yes I agree that we shouldn’t be picking on those Muslims that aren’t anti-semitic but what is that percentage? I suspect it is much smaller than it should be.
      Furthermore Blumenthal and his ilk like to obsess about the political sideshows. The Islamic religion is very much to blame for the strife rampant across our globe today and the Muslims who pursue their religion strictly are frequently bound to cause great problems for others, especially the Jews.

  • Obama gets on the same page with Iran ('we don't have to be imprisoned by the past')
    • @lysias what terrorist proxies does Saudi Arabia nurture?

      Iran is pushing the deal so as to fight “extremism” in the region

      What sort of puffery is this? Nobody heard of Hezbollah?

  • US only country to oppose UN holding Israel accountable for war crimes, yet again
    • The US is the only nation amongst a bunch of superficially minded countries that showed that it has principles:
      “… the United States devoted considerable effort to forging peace in the Middle East and believed that the ultimate solution to the conflict was the creation of two States to live side by side. The status quo was not a solution. The draft resolution focused exclusively on alleged Israeli violations and did not talk about violations committed by Palestinians even though they were specifically mentioned in the Commission’s report.”
      Yes votes came from those nations who played right into the hands of the Palestinian cause, not facing up to any real responsibility in dealing with a true resolution of the conflict. Easy to compose words that don’t promise any concrete, practical and fair solution but self-rightous indignation instead.
      France voted yes even though it thought that the draft resolution should have mentioned the rocket attacks by Hamas. Gutless.
      “The United Kingdom, in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said that the report underscored the importance of achieving a two-State solution. Targeting civilian populations was a serious violation of international humanitarian law. Israel had the right to defend itself, but its response had to be proportionate.” Did the British use the proportionate response argument when they were defeating Nazi Germany? Hypocrites.
      “The United Kingdom urged all sides to take all measures to protect the civilian population and comply with international humanitarian law. The allegations outlined in the Commission’s report had to be fully investigated by all involved parties. The United Kingdom would prefer to have seen a text that gave more weight to Israel’s right to self-defence, but it would nevertheless vote in favour.” Gutless.

  • 'Why this bullsh-t?' Video of Israeli navy flotilla takeover
    • So Hostage, more legalistic gobbledegook to defend the previous set! The UN bodies, to which Hostage has referred, have already clearly demonstrated that unprincipled bias against Israel by passing more resolutions against it than virtually all the rest of the world’s nations combined. Their edicts against Israel are intended to bash Israel into submission. The aggressive exploitation of the tenets of international law as a weapon used exclusively against Israel can be only be viewed as contemptuous, disingenuous attempts to undermine the viability of Israel as a nation.
      Hostage has not dismissed the validity of the principle contained in para 18 USC §7 where it refers to “Any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation with respect to an offense by or against a national of the United States.” There were Israeli nationals on board the Marianne – enough reason for Israel to be justified in apprehending the vessel, about to enter Gaza - a state to all intentions purposes still at war with Israel.
      As for Hostage’s attempt to discredit the clause on universal jurisdiction he fails to take into account the qualifying phrase for other crimes and the essential principle of this broad clause on universal jurisdiction. Crimes in support of Hamas, which has now been shown to be in collaboration with ISIS after the massacre of Egyptian police and military officers in Northern Sinai a couple of days ago, would be considered “indisputably heinous” by anyone with decent, honest moral values. Hostage, don't you have no concern about preventing a massive outbreak of hostilities under the auspices of Hamas and it Muslim Brotherhood cronies in the region, who are seeking to establish new liaisons to further their dangerous and subversive Islamist cause?
      Would Hostage also say it was not permissible to stop vessels attempting to smuggle weapons into Gaza? Could Hostage say with 100% certainty that these vessels in this propaganda flotilla did not have any arms on board? And all his prejudiced accusations about collective punishments and deprivation of the Gazan people are pure hype not based on reality, as Israel continues to allow bountiful humanitarian aid to reach Gaza. Read how the Israeli aid to Gaza is 500,000 times more than the aid that was on the flotilla.
      The Palmer Commissions and Turkel Commission reports were political exercises and the recent UN Gaza report about the 2014 war was not a cynical political exercise? Give me a break.

    • Hostage shrouds many misconceptions and falsities with his verbose legalese.
      Extraterritorial Israeli jurisdiction applies to the apprehension of a vessel on the high seas for these reasons:
      (1) The passive personality principle, which is jurisdiction based on the nationality of those injured by the conduct. An example is 18 USC §7, a statute by which the U.S. asserts jurisdiction "[a]ny place outside the jurisdiction of any nation with respect to an offense . . . against a national of the United States."
      (2) Universal jurisdiction. According to Henry Kissinger, "the doctrine of universal jurisdiction asserts that some crimes are so heinous that their perpetrators should not escape justice by invoking doctrines of sovereign immunity or the sacrosanct nature of national frontiers." Under the relevant treaties, any State can board a ship on the high seas if the ship is suspected of piracy, transporting slaves, or broadcasting illegally. A ship and its occupants can be arrested for piracy and illegal broadcasting by a warship of any State. For other crimes, the arresting State must get the consent or assistance of the flag state. Also, a ship that flies two flags (flags of convenience) or a ship flying no flag may be visited for further inquiry by any State's ships. Ships without flags, and those that fly flags of convenience are subject to the jurisdiction of any State. While some scholars disagree, national courts have upheld convictions based on such arrests.
      It is also extraordinary that he tries to dismiss the report of the Palmer Commission and the two Turkel Commission reports as political exercises when he himself dredges up stuff from Lancet that is overtly political, as well as being dated.
      Lancet has come under intense fire in recent months, with critics warning its platform has been misused in a highly irresponsible manner spruiking anti-Israel hatred for “political purposes.”
      I have been amused by the report in The Washington Post in which a photograph from a member of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition showed the humanitarian aid being brought for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip - one solar panel and one nebulizer aboard the vessel Marianne.
      BTW, apparently the Gaza flotilla organization sent four boats, three of which turned around before arriving in the vicinity of Israel. What happened to these other boats - did they run out of gall?

  • Photo Essay: Crossing Qalandia, and the Wall, during Ramadan
  • Palestinian family says alleged attacker being held on false evidence
    • The thing with Israel is that they’ll take anyone from the street and issue any charge they want. There’s nothing any of us can do to stop it.

      Just take a moment and think how illogical this brazen lie is. The Israeli authorities would definitely want to arrest the perpetrator of a particular crime as that is the best way to ensure that person can't do it again.

  • In effort to thwart BDS, some Israel supporters urge partial settlement freeze
    • @talknic your link took me to nought. Your constant harping about international law also takes us to nought. You clearly are just aiming to delegitimize Israel using lawfare as a weapon. There is nought in what you propose that will responsibly, morally, ethically and securely provide any resolution to a conflict that will only worsen if Israelis are put under more intolerable pressure.

    • @Robbins, it would reasonable to expect the Palestinians to do more than they did when Israel froze the settlements in 2010 for 10 months. They could start with recognising Israel as a Jewish state.

    • BDS advocates are not going to be satisfied with anything short of Israel's capitulation to its raison d'etre of being a Jewish state. The freezing of settlements would enable Israelis who are striving for a resolution to the conflict to claim the high moral ground as Shavit likes to express it. If there is no reciprocal gesture from the Palestinian side then they get exposed for their unwillingness to aim for an equitable solution.

  • UN report on Gaza war is 'tepid,' 'unserious' and exhibits 'anti-Muslim bigotry' -- Finkelstein
    • Not

      one mention of the targeting of mosques

      comes the Finkelstein bleat.
      What about the 80 estimated mosques that the Tunisian government says are operating outside state control, that have been slated for closure as the Tunisian Government struggles to respond to the worst ever terror attack on its soil?
      Israel was in an equivalent bind where it was being attacked by militants from Gaza sheltering in mosques and it gets hammered, but do we hear Finkelstein complaining that the Tunisian government is anti-Muslim? No we don't because he is a damn, disingenuous hypocrite only interested in targeting Israel.

  • Interview with a suicide bomber
    • First of all Robert Pape's pronouncements are nearly 10 years old. Referring to the Islamic juridpudential ruling from the Maliki School of Islamic Jurispudence:
      As for the means of attack, there are five basic possibilities, one of which is to 'attack the enemy using oneself as an "intelligent" bomb'.
      The Tamil Tigers may have invented suicide bombings whilst fighting a secular nationalist cause. Since then it has been introduced among the Muslims through Hezbollah from where it spread to the Palestinians and then to Al-Qaeda.
      Who is to say that Zaidan does not subscribe to the 72 virgins hadith?

    • @talknic, claims "the majority of Palestinians have lived their whole lives under occupation"
      He loves to perpetuate the myth of perennial Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israel.
      In fact about 1.7 million Palestinians live under Israeli control at present, with 3.24 million in Jordan, 0.63 million in Syria and 0.5 million in Chile with a further large smattering of the Palestinian diaspora to be found across the rest of the world.
      @talknic, so much for your long-suffering Palestinian oppressed majority that you keep exploiting as your anti-Israel battering ram.

    • So bryan reckons the Palestinians = Philistines. I might agree that the Palestinians are philistines but would strongly suggest that they bear no proven historical connection whatsoever to the Philistines of the biblical genus.

  • Video: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs ridicules foreign press in cartoon defending Gaza attack
    • I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on pearls of wisdom hidden behind a paywall.
      "Given our examination of the cause of Operation Protective Edge, it would be indefensible to argue that Israel wanted it, initiated it or sustained it, or that Israel acted in anything other than defence of its citizens. On this basis alone, Israel’s war was just. It will be interesting to see if the imminent UNHRC report and the ICC inquiry can deliver fairness. Many do not understand it is not illegal to kill civilians in war as long as that is not the purpose of your actions, hence the appalling term “collateral damage”. Unlike our fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, Israel fights repeatedly in the same neighbourhood, and so its understanding and its intelligence is far superior to anything that I have enjoyed in similar targeting decisions that I have made.
      "While acknowledging the tragedy of death in war and given the immense capability of the IDF, it stands to Israel’s everlasting credit that far more did not die. But from the very top of the command chain down to the infantry and pilots, the personal moral position that individuals took was mirrored in the targeting processes, decisions on the ground and in the real care taken.
      "War can brutalise, but the Israelis scrupulously “cared” for the Palestinians. By contrast, Hamas was an enemy whose central strategy was to directly target the Israeli population and who repeatedly used their own population as human shields, both of which in any fair system would constitute major war crimes."

    • @Annie, I wouldn't expect a closed mind to be interested in anything that proves your views are wrong.
      "Israel's position was supported by the High Level Military International Military Group, a group of senior international military and diplomatic officials, including retired Australian Major General Jim Molan, that visited Israel last month for a fact-finding mission and meetings with army and government officials.
      "In war... mistakes are made, including errors of judgment, confusion and technical failure," said that group's report, acknowledging that at times individual soldiers acted unlawfully. Funded by a pro-Israel lobby group called the Friends of Israel Initiative, according to the ABC, the group's report found that overall, Israel "not only met a reasonable international standard of observance of the laws of armed conflict but in many cases exceeded the standard".
      See Sydney Morning Herald article. and also Molan's article in The Australian newspaper.

  • The Adalah database of 50 discriminatory laws in Israel
    • We keep obsessing about Israel when there are many countries far worse when it comes to the Social Progress Index.
      Israel is 40th in the list and many many countries below it, but Israel is always the focus for those with an agenda.

  • What I Was Told: Arabs hate Jews
    • Skeptics should check out Kooshyar Karimi's revealing memoir I Confess where he expounds on how he was tortured by the brutal Iranian regime that fears that every Jew could be a closet Zionist. He was Jewish ("If your Mum is a Jew, you are a Jew"), which in Iran made him a member of a tiny, reviled minority. "I grew up with this sense of being unclean."
      As for Robbins shrill, ignorant mockery of the concept of a "“Liberal Jewish Upbringing” I look forward to her next propaganda piece about "Ahmed" with his liberal Muslim upbringing and his admiration for Jews (the perfect formula to bring any Muslim into disrepute in his own community).
      But wait! Is there some hope?
      This week I will attend a public lecture at a local university in Melbourne where Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees, will speak.
      "He resigned from his posts at the university following the uproar resulting from leading 27 Palestinian students to Auschwitz in March 2014. This visit was part of a joint effort of three institutions—Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Tel Aviv University, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Wasatia, an NGO founded by Dajani back in 2007 to promote moderation, tolerance, and justice. Dajani is the author of numerous books and in 2012 co-authored the only book in Arabic which deals with the Holocaust from a human perspective Holocaust Human Agony: Is there a way out of violence?"

    • An empty feel-good piece of de-politicised nothing. Not one concrete specific statement - writing totally oblivious to reality. What was her mission in Syria? No doubt the Syrian people would welcome do-gooders who don't threaten them. Foreign visitors to their miserable country must be a rarity, a welcome sight in their blighted war-torn country.

  • 'NYT' says blockade of Gaza is justified by need to defend Israel from tunnel attacks
  • ‘They said we drink the blood of children’—Netanyahu goes off the deep end after FIFA campaign
    • @Annie, there is no parallel between the situation of the Jews and the Palestinians in that the Jews have established their state with UN recognition, the Palestinians have not. Jews don't have to migrate from the United States because that isn't necessary for achieving any unfulfilled purpose. Jordan presents itself potentially as the nation state of the Palestinians. It should be considered as a prime candidate to become the basis for a Palestinian state.

    • All this donkey talk aside the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has described Jordanian and Palestinian Arabs as "one people living in two states," during a meeting with the head of the Jordan Football Association on Tuesday.

      Abbas met JFA head Prince Ali Ibn al-Hussein in Amman, to discuss last week's FIFA congress vote in which the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) dropped a motion to expel Israel.

      The Jordanians are reportedly angry that the PA did not vote for their preferred candidate for FIFA President, and there are calls in Jordan to strip PFA head and senior PA leader Jibril Rajoub of his Jordanian citizenship.

      Let's agree with Abbas. Time for the Palestinians to be given their state. Time to move their offices to Jordan to be with the rest of the Palestinians.

  • US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to 'national security threat'
    • Wrong as usual Shingo. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Israel comes in 37th place out of 175 countries i.e there are 138 countries more corrupt than Israel.

  • Netanyahu eulogizes settler movement founder convicted of manslaughter
    • Deger is keen to propagate falsehoods. Levinger was never convicted of manslaughter.
      He was charged with "manslaughter, causing bodily harm in aggravated circumstances and intentionally damaging property". His trial began in August 1989, despite protests by 13 right-wing Knesset members and hundreds of supporters. Levinger pleaded not guilty to the charges but accepted a plea-bargain to the lesser charge of negligent homicide. He was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment and 7 months suspended, of which he served 92 days.

  • International calls rise for FIFA to suspend Israel
    • Yeh eGuard how they have tried to write Israel out of the history books. Israel which is a former host and winner of the Asian football tournament was left out of an official video posted on the federation website.

    • And those countries that have refused to compete with Israel should be thrown out of their respective confederations, whether it be FIFA, the Olympics or whatever. Such boycotts are fundamentally against the rules and principles of all these hypocritical confederations.

  • 'So wait, the Nakba is…?': Listening to Israelis discuss the Nakba
    • I didn't make up this term - my first link went awry. I have only mentioned a behaviour that has been widely acknowledged and recognised; the usual suspects at MW can't help themselves and fly off the handle.
      The term "Holocaust envy" has come into controversial parlance in contemporary cultural criticism, referring to efforts to seek recognition and redress for other, less prominent genocides.
      I note no concern whatsoever about what Abbas and the Palestinians have to say about the Holocaust on their side of the ledger.

    • This drumming up of recognition for the Nakba is partly but significantly a manifestation of "Holocaust envy" which describes envy towards the Jews, due to the perception that the international community has endorsed the Jewish people since the Holocaust.

      The Holocaust has been a political factor up to present day, as there are Jews and non-Jews who use it to support the claims that Israel is needed as a Jewish homeland. Holocaust denial can be traced to Holocaust envy. By denying that the Holocaust has happened, one can try to bereave the Jewish people of international support.

      And the flip side of the coin ...
      Holocaust Denial Still Rife Among Palestinians
      Few, if any, Palestinians agree with PA chief Mahmoud Abbas' newly stated position that 'the Holocaust is the most heinous crime' of modern times. Many on the Israeli side have poured scorn on Abbas's muted recant, pointing out his long history as a Holocaust denier, having entitled his Ph.D. dissertation "The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.”
      On dozens of Arabic-language web sites, the overwhelming opinion of Abbas' comments acknowledged the Holocaust were negative, many saying that Abbas had either been brainwashed, or had become a “turncoat” who is “enslaved by the lies being spread by the Zionists.

  • Putting Israel's cynical humanitarian work in Nepal in the proper context
  • Bedouin village razed 83 times must pay $500,000 for demolitions, Israel says
    • No doubt Qualtrough armchair anti-Zionists like you have not seen for themselves what has been going on in the Negev for decades - an area where Bedouin squatters have built as far as the eye can see, causing severe damage to nature, the landscape and Israel's heritage in the process. Rather than facing up to the facts related to this topic readers seem to prefer to embark on anti-Israel bashing by bringing up everything else they can think of that is not germane to the current topic
      "Significant tracts of land in the northern Negev are being taken over by those whose goal is indeed "to tear them away from us": Bedouin who, with no planning and no permits, settle in every part of the Negev suitable for habitation. But the authorities - the police, the legal system and the interior, national infrastructure and environmental protection ministries - have done nothing, aside from setting up an inquiry committee every few years.
      Refer to Green extremism threatens Israel's future in the Negev which discussed how Bedouin advocacy organizations and academics, especially from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, are stirring up opposition to Jewish settlement in the Negev for political reasons.

    • These Bedouin settlements are eye-sores - a blight on the landscape. They cause ecological damage, including destruction of natural habitat, disruption of ecological corridors, introduction of exotic and weedy species, introduction of domesticated species.

      The potential impacts of such uncontrolled Bedouin settlements are:
      - they damage the amount and continuity of open space
      - they cause ecological damage, including destruction of natural habitat, disruption of
      ecological corridors, introduction of exotic and weedy species, introduction of
      domesticated species
      - they lead to an inefficient use of infrastructures, as individual settlements require high per/capita investment in roads, electric wires, and water pipes that are an unwarranted strain on limited economic resources.
      - they represent environment injustice, in that public lands become effectively privatized and the broader public loses access to land.
      While far more politically sensitive, the environmental impact of Bedouin settlement, similar to that of low density Jewish homesteads, is arguably far broader in scope due to sheer numbers. In general, the conflict between land ownership and the people who live on the land, together with the difficulties in managing marginal, economically and politically isolated minorities leads to rapid environmental degradation.
      In Israel, the proliferation of illegal building within the Bedouin sector is a striking and environmentally significant outcome of this conflict and it underlies the importance of linking environmental management to broader issues of social and environmental justice, which the pro-Palestinian brigade don't consider, preferring to concentrate on their single-minded, insanely anti-Israel political agenda.

  • Human rights activists thank Lauryn Hill for canceling upcoming concert in Israel
    • BDS targets Jews explicitly and therefore is anti-semitic. It is definitely reasonable policy of a Justice Minister to be aiming to outlaw discrimination that promotes anti-semitism.
      Jewish students on university campuses will be compelled to defy BDS boycotts in order to obtain kosher products of which much comes from Israel.
      Jews will have to face the stigma and intimidation that comes from being associated with Zionism, which is central and fundamental to the beliefs of the large majority of Jews.
      If BDS catches on Jewish societies will be pressured to cut ties with Israel.
      The trenchant view of Jews as a fifth column, disloyal and dishonest is already spreading. Open anti-Semitism more and more brazenly rears its head across Europe, its proponents bothering less and less to make any distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
      Jews cannot walk the streets of France anymore wearing a kippah. BDS exacerbates the political and social circumstances that help to foster insidious anti-semitic views, that are frequently disguised so as to not be so blatant.
      Woody Allen once said: "“I do feel there are many people that disguise their negative feelings toward Jews, disguise it as anti-Israel criticism, political criticism, when in fact what they really mean is that they don’t like Jews.”

    • @just, most interesting are remarks made by Norman Finkelstein in 2012, who,like you, has made it his business to pursue hatred for Israel. In 2012, however, he declared that the BDS movement is a “hypocritical, dishonest cult like the Munchkin cult in Oz” that tries to pose as human rights activists while in reality their goal is to destroy Israel.

      “I’m getting a little bit exasperated,” he said, “with what I think is a whole lot of nonsense. I’m not going to tolerate silliness, childishness and a lot of leftist posturing. I loathe the disingenuousness. We will never hear the solidarity movement [back a] two-state solution.”

      He also declared that the BDS movement has enjoyed few successes, and that, as in a cult, the leaders pretend they are hugely successful even though the general public rejects their extreme views. Because there have been few victories for the BDS movement, at every opportunity BDS supporters are dishonestly proclaiming triumphs.

    • @Miriam, this trumpeting of a fake victory - it's the name of the dishonest game that is BDS. Any excuse to wave the anti-Israel BDS flag.
      Supporters of BDS movement claim that it seeks to advance human rights and justice for disenfranchised Palestinians without harming the rights of Israelis. MW stalwarts can refer back to this Mondoweiss interview that Haider Eid, a Palestinian academic based in Gaza and leading BDS advocate, delivered in December 2013.
      “Eid openly admitted that he favoured the elimination of the existing State of Israel, and its replacement by an Arab majority state of Greater Palestine. He termed the alternative proposal for a two-state solution a "racist solution" because it included - wrongly, in his opinion - a recognition of the national rights of Israeli Jews.
      He added that Jews were a religious group, not a nation. For Eid, ideals such as human rights and democracy only deserved to be applied to Palestinians, but not to Israelis.
      Similar nationalist zealotry was espoused by the BDS movement's leading spokesperson, Omar Barghouti, in a recent issue of Settler Colonial Studies.
      As with many BDS advocates, Barghouti's principal anger is directed not at Israeli and Jewish hawks who deny the legitimacy of Palestinian aspirations, but rather at left-wing Zionists and others who support a two-state solution that recognizes both Israeli and Palestinian national rights. Like Eid, Barghouti fondly cites ideals such as freedom, justice and equality, but he only supports their application to Palestinians not Israelis.
      The complete disinterest of Eid and Barghouti in any strategies to progress Israeli-Palestinian peace and reconciliation arguably takes us back to the rejectionist views of much earlier times. The famous Arab summit held at Khartoum in August 1967 proudly trumpeted: "No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel." Similarly, as we argue in our new book, Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The Progressive Path to Peace between Palestinians and Israelis, the BDS movement rejects any dialogue or normalisation of relations with Israel, as well as any prospect of a win-win solution for both Palestinians and Israelis. Rather, Palestinian rights and interests can only be advanced according to the BDS movement by ending Israeli statehood.”
      Refer article about new book slamming BDS.

  • One rocket from Gaza outweighs 6 Israeli incursions and 67 attacks
    • Israeli attacks on Gaza during a nearly 4 month period with ZERO projectile fire

      There are constant efforts being made by Hamas to rearm itself.
      The false suggestion here is that the only actions that Gazans try to inflict upon Israel are firing rockets.
      Nobody is privy to the security issues and threats that keep occurring in Gaza. Israel is not conducting raids into enemy territory for the fun of it.

  • Forgiving the anti-Semites
    • @eljay, the Nazis in their negotiations with al-Husseini had plenty planned for the Jews living in Palestine at the time, which would have potentially done a lot to damage Israel and Israelis. Note that in law a crime intended and foiled is nevertheless a punishable crime.

  • UN: 'Not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt' in Gaza since Israeli war last summer
    • @talknic, you really are proving to be a total ignoramus. Only 5 days ago this news report that
      Iran is transferring large amounts of cash to Hamas military wing
      The cash is coming in all right but being diverted into Hamas's favourite anti-Israel pastime - rebuilding their tunnel network and replenishing their supply of medium-range missiles.

    • @blah chick, from what do the Gazans have to defend themselves? Don't they realise that Israel would leave them alone if they hadn't been lobbing thousands of rockets into Israel with the purpose of killing as many innocent Israeli civilians as possible.
      Israel left Gaza unilaterally in 2006 and Hamas decided to turn Gaza into a launching platform for attacks against Israel instead of building a viable society there. Smuggling weapons into Gaza is hardly conducive to establishing any kind of a peace.
      BTW, the true bully on the block is across the river in ISIS land. Hamas aspires to be like ISIS.

    • Chris Gunness is nothing more than a propaganda apologist for Hamas and an advocate for UNRWA that has a vested interest in highlighting and maintaining the plights of Palestinian refugees to help stock its coffers. During the last Gaza war his organisation was implicated when rocket caches were discovered in three UNRWA schools.
      Blaming Israel for Gaza’s reconstruction delays is wilful ignorance and of course the usual suspects at MW are happy to lap up this kind of deceitful propaganda.
      As of January, Israel had dispatched some 50,000 tons of construction material, and in February probably 20,000 tons more - and they were delivered to residents directly under the COGAT protocol that Israel and UNRWA had worked out.
      It seems that Gaza residents who lost their homes are preferring to resell their construction materials to rebuilding their homes. Indubitably much of that material is being used to rebuild terrorist tunnels - something Hamas and Islamic Jihad are bragging about.
      Based on the photos coming out of Gaza, not only are no houses being built - but the heavily damaged buildings haven't even been removed!
      Hamas knows quite well that the photos of Gaza devastation translates into cash that will be donated for reconstruction - for materials that Hamas will end up using for terror. So Hamas has no real incentive to help rebuild Gaza.

  • Non-Jewish Israelis remain faceless, nameless, voiceless in 'New York Times' coverage
    • A document prepared by the UNSCOP (The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine) in 1947proposed a Partition Plan to divide Palestine into two independent, democratic states – a Jewish one and an Arab one. As we all know, a democratic Palestinian state – and certainly not a democratic one – never did come into existence.
      Referring to Israel's Declaration of Independence one can throw some light on to the character of the state of Israel:
      "ACCORDINGLY WE, MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE'S COUNCIL, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ERETZ-ISRAEL AND OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT, ARE HERE ASSEMBLED ON THE DAY OF THE TERMINATION OF THE BRITISH MANDATE OVER ERETZ-ISRAEL AND, BY VIRTUE OF OUR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RIGHT AND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL. "
      "WE APPEAL - in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions. "
      One can conclude that Israel is a flawed democracy as are all democracies anyway and it's being a 'Jewish' state does not preclude it from being classified as a democracy.

    • Nothing is stopping any of the other countries in the Middle East from donating their help to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal but .....
      And the last time I checked Israel is a Jewish state notwithstanding all the efforts by the Palestinians to deny that fact.

  • EU must take stronger action to sanction Israel following high court decision banning boycott
    • The US Senate Finance Committee has unanimously voted in favor of an amendment to discourage European participation in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.
      "The amendment, which was tacked onto a larger piece of trade legislation that establishes Congressional trade objectives, is intended to apply specifically to an emerging free trade agreement between the U.S. and Europe.
      "While the language of the amendment does not directly specify punitive action toward countries that boycott Israel, the implication is that U.S.-E.U. free trade relations are conditional upon European countries abstaining from the BDS movement.
      "The senate committee's amendment specifically targets an E.U. decision to cut economic support for Israeli settlements. In 2013, the European body submitted policy guidelines that required any Israeli entity seeking economic cooperation or funding from the E.U. to file a declaration asserting it is not linked to the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.
      "The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has been working with members of Congress since at least last year to draft legislation that would discourage Europe from continuing these policies. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the author of the amendment, first offered the anti-BDS language as a separate bill, which he announced at AIPAC’s annual policy conference in March.
      “When you have a boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, you’re discriminating against Israel,” Cardin told a packed auditorium at the pro-Israel gathering. “And the United States should take a stance to make sure other countries that want trade agreements with the United States do not participate in BDS against Israel."
      On Wednesday, several lawmakers described E.U. policy as the latest form of discrimination against Israel. “From the time it was founded, Israel has been the target of a lot of attacks,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a co-sponsor of Cardin's original bill. “From military or terrorist groups, but now there’s also this other attack. And in a way it's more pernicious because it is economic warfare.”
      Before casting his vote, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it was “appalling” that E.U. members boycott Israel but not other countries in the region with poor human rights records. “They just pick out Israel. Even though Israel is a democracy and has far greater provisions for human rights and protections of all people than any of the surrounding countries do,” he said.
      "Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) described the European policy as anti-Semitic. “As the son of parents who fled Nazi Germany in the '30s, I have been troubled by the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world,” he said. “We shouldn’t let American trade policy be used in any kind of fashion that would in some ways show a tolerance for that kind of anti-Semitism."

  • Jews of France: should they stay or should they go?
    • anti-Semitic attacks in Europe are correlated with violent Israeli assaults

      An escalation in retribution by the Nazis against the Czech people in WWII can also be correlated with the assassination of the SS ‘Butcher of Prague’ Reinhard Heydrich, so should one have said to the Czech people to not carry such actions against their enemy?

      Anti-semites use events like the Gaza war as an excuse to accelerate their efforts. To think that placating the Nazis would have lessened their murderous actions is as naïve as suggesting that endemic Muslim judeophobia, which has blossomed into the full-blooded new anti-Semitism of today, would lessen its venomous actions against Jews if they were to fawn to Muslims as they were compelled to do in the dhimmi days.

      The writing is sadly on the wall.

    • to call for an end to Gaza calamities in their own self-interest: such an argument might actually save some lives

      If Hamas had agreed to a ceasefire that had been proposed by Egypt and agreed to by Israel when the death toll of Palestinians had been at 200 then further loss of life would have been avoided but they didn't, preferring to sacrifice the lives of their citizens to continue attacking Israel.

    • An excerpt from an article written by my French Jewish friend who ended up emigrating to Australia.

      "When I started junior high school in 1985, the Arab kids found out, I assume from my surname, that I was Jewish. I have never been religious, and never spoke about religion, but they knew.

      They called me 'the Jew'. It started in the play area where I faced a lot of intimidation and nasty remarks. On the bus home, they would regularly stare at me and talk about how much they hated my ‘race’. I never defended myself, they were older, stronger and I was afraid. It was limited to verbal abuse – they never touched me. I still hated going to school because of them. In the late 80s the Arab community was still a minority in the school.

      I was a good student, and probably from a wealthier family than them. I think they mostly hated me for that; the fact that I was Jewish just gave them a reason to express their hatred. Islam didn’t seem important to them at the time. I think they were raised with traditional anti-Semitism through their parents, which was quite common among the North African Arabic community.

      One of my friends who went to a very good public high school in a posh suburb told me that he was also called 'the Jew' by the rich French kids there. Traditional anti-Semitism among the French Catholic families also existed. I was told by some kids who attended Catholic teaching at church that the priest had taught them that the Jews killed Jesus.

      The school environment degraded by the end of my 4 years of junior high school. Kids became more violent, there were fights between Arabs and 'skin heads', small gangs within the school, even gangs of girls, racketeering etc. I certainly didn’t want these new kids to know I was Jewish; they were far rougher than those picking on me before.

      When my brother, 5 years younger than me, started at the school, he was attacked by a kid with a machete. His heavy winter jacket protected him. The offender was evicted and sent to a special school where, a year later, a teacher was killed.

      In year 10 I started senior high school, located just across the street from the junior school. The principal of the high school was a terrifying man and he ran his school with an iron fist. He managed to filter out the bulk of the bad elements and had the best final year results for the area. The few Arab students there were mostly from good families and I never had any issues with them.

      The only difficult moments for me occurred at lunch time. The canteen was located at the junior high school. As I walked past the school, I was bullied by kids hanging outside. Not because I was Jewish - they didn’t know - but because I was white, female, and nicely dressed. One held a pellet gun to my head in one instance, ‘for fun’.

      I did have issues with the anti-Israel and anti-American pamphlets distributed by the Communist youth group at the gate in 1990. I think we all know now what really hides behind anti-Zionism but at the time, it was not commonly heard of. It was mostly expressed by those political minority groups and some leftist teachers. My history teacher in year 12 told us that the Jews kicked the Arabs out of Israel in 1948. I disagreed but was quickly shut up by the teacher and one of the communist kids. Those same kids called me a 'Bourgeoise', because my family had some money, a nice house, and also probably because I was good at school. Social racism. It was unpleasant but I wasn’t afraid of them."

      link to jewsdownunder.com

      Stories like this exemplify the poor prognosis today for European Jewry.

  • Jewish and Palestinian women are segregated in Israeli maternity wards -- Chomsky
    • @John O, I was only offering up some information about a movie related to the topic, not a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sorry.

    • Check out the movie The Other Son for an interesting account of what happens in a maternity ward when two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

    • In Israeli hospitals, Jewish and Arab patients are treated equally — and even save each other's lives. Read at http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/crossover-transplantation-israelis-palestinians.html##ixzz3XZp3OIfY 

      This kind of post by Philip aims solely at being divisive; it is just about digging for dirt to chuck at Israel and is nothing more than slander. All hospitals is a false propaganda catch cry.

      Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/world/middleeast/11iht-letter11.html
      about Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem particularly where "it is the hospital’s policy to treat patients equally regardless of their religious or ethnic background."

      You will never hear of any Arab hospital that would be even willing to take a Jew as a patient.

  • French philosopher who shut down Paris BDS event as 'anti-Semitic' and one-sided will lecture in NY on 'Free Speech'
    • So we have selective free speech i.e. Mondoweiss double standards preventing me from responding to a comment made about a post of mine. Pure hypocrisy!
      @mooser, whatever I might say if it didn't endorse your position you would call it hasbara. This is the classic pro-Palestinian cop-out strategy - if you have nothing to counter a pro-Israel argument you just say the word hasbara.
      I suppose that is not as bad as tossing back at me a pallywag i.e. a pro-Palestinian concoction based on lies or propaganda.

    • Philip bleating about the denial of freedom of speech to BDS advocates is hypocritical.  It is the BDS move­ment that is inher­ently pred­i­cated on the sup­pres­sion of speech and “free exchange of ideas”. Sup­port­ing boy­cotts of Israeli aca­d­e­mics, diplo­mats and per­form­ers is not con­sis­tent with free speech val­ues.  Fur­ther­more, anti-Israel stu­dents can­not legit­i­mately claim to sup­port a “free exchange of ideas” when they reg­u­larly dis­rupt and heckle pro-Israel speak­ers on cam­pus.

      An increas­ing num­ber of anti-Israel groups do not sup­port a free exchange of ideas and explic­itly argue that the pro-Israel voice does not even deserve to be heard. This tac­tic, known as anti-normalization, is increas­ingly being felt by pro-Israel groups on cam­puses across the coun­try whose coun­ter­parts refuse to engage in dia­logue with them and often try to dis­rupt or shut down pro-Israel events. The BDS movement’s supposed com­mit­ment to free speech and an open exchange of ideas is just a one-way street.

  • Iran is 'congenital cheating' 'Islamic power bent on world domination' -- Netanyahu tells US media
    • Do the Iranians get to counter these claims?

      Are you serious Phil? Haven't you signed up for Iran TV? Don't you listen to Iranian official broadcasts or keep up-to-date with the propaganda that they spout in their other state-sponsored media channels?

      Has Iran ever said it is bent on world domination?

      Maybe not world domination but to be a major power player in the Middle East is certainly at the very top of their agenda.

      Why are you so enamored by a framework that is full of vagaries and inconsistencies?

      How does Iran get away with having illegally built the underground Fordow facility?

      Why is nothing in the agreement to stem the Iranian support for their terrorist functionaries in the region?

      Plainly Netanyahu and the rest of the 'free' world has good reason to express serious concerns over a framework that seems to be just serving Obama's wish to get the Iran issue off the table so he can spend more time playing golf.

  • 'She speaks the truth:' Palestinian leftist parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar arrested in early-morning Israeli raid
    • The IDF said it had arrested Khalida Jarrar, a senior political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) due to “substantial concerns about the safety and security of the region.”

      The PFLP organization has been behind a number of attacks on Israeli civilians over a period of some 40 years. Last year, the military confined Jarrar’s movement to the city of Jericho and its surroundings. The army said the restraining order was based on her “incitement and involvement in terror.” Jarrar had persistently flaunted the Israeli ban.

      As recently as November of last year the PFLP took responsibility for a terror attack in which five people were shot and hacked to death with meat cleavers in a bloody assault on a Jerusalem synagogue.

      Sounds like Jarrar might have earned herself a prison sentence.

  • In Israel, the mask is finally off
    • @yonah, you're bang on - Glick is just about propaganda.
      Netanyahu hasn't done anything "to thwart the emergence of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state" because such an emergence is impossible in the current political circumstances. As Netanyahu rightfully said:
      "I think that anyone who goes about establishing a Palestinian state today and vacating territory is giving attack territory to extremist Islam to be used against the state of Israel. That is the real reality that has been created here in recent years. Whoever ignores this is putting his head in the sand.”

      And Arafat could be believed? And Abbas has the confidence and support of the Palestinians to carry through with any kind of deal? Plainly NO.

      And of course the following statement is true

      logic of Zionism doomed those negotiations from the very beginning

       

      not because of Zionism per se but because of the inability of the Palestinians, ever since Zionism established a foothold in Palestine, to accept any kind of  governing Zionist entity i.e. Israel in any part of Palestine.

      So what about the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative with a supposed promise of recognition by the Muslim world? Israel could never trust such a ploy, as peace offered by the Arabs would only be a manouevre to eventually get rid of Israel when the opportunity would present itself. In 2013 defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon dismissed the Arab initiative as “a spin” and “a dictation” that would force Israel to make great concessions before being able to present its own demands.
      Israel could never go back to indefensible borders. Israel got a peace agreement with Egypt and where did that get Israel - hardly the kind of situation that would make Israelis feel confident that conflict with Egypt has been totally eliminated.
      International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz in the last Likud government, who principally accepts the idea of a (demilitarized) Palestinian state, justifiably has been less than enthusiastic about the Arab Peace Initiative.

      “Every peace initiative is welcome but no peace initiative can replace bilateral negotiations between us and the Palestinians. We need to worry about genuine peace with genuine security — these items are not included in the Arab  Peace Initiative.”

      Steinitz was unwilling to even consider the proposal as a framework for peace talks. "Negotiations are supposed to be bilateral, between Israelis and Palestinians", he said. “There are bilateral issues and it would not be right to discuss them with the entire Arab world, such as demilitarization and security arrangements that are essential for us."

      The Arab League may have endorsed the eponymous peace initiative but, beyond that, has never played a significant role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace track. The Arab League has not been able to make peace in the Arab world — between Algeria and Morocco, between Libya and Sudan, Iraq and Kuwait, and so on and so forth. Why should anyone trust the Arab League with peacemaking?

      Peace can only be made with countries with which one is in a territorial conflict, a veteran diplomatic official concurred. “Peace is a worthwhile objective, yet all promises of regional peace are futile and groundless,” he said. "Negotiations and agreements occur when two parties sit down and try to resolve their conflict", he asserted. "It is true that every time the Palestinians entered negotiations with Israel they did so with the encouragement of Arab states such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and at some point also Morocco", he allowed. "But while those countries were able to make a difference in the past, the Arab League as an umbrella organization has never done so."

      And with the widespread dissension across the Arab/Muslim world today one can safely extrapolate the last statement much further to state that it never will in the foreseeable future.

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