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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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  • Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?
    • @Kay24, great 'shoot your own foot' comment at the end. Take out the double negative and you have "With Hamas they have an excuse" or in other words Israel is justified because Hamas is to blame.

  • The New York Times can't even report on the Eurovision Song Contest without resorting to Israeli propaganda
    • BDS activists and organizations had been active across social media platforms in the runup to the Eurovision with efforts to convince the voting countries not to support Barzilai in protest of the occupation and Israel’s alleged violations of human rights.

      In pro-Israel Twitter parlance, Barzilai’s victory - and their defeat - was a major #BDSFail. To make it sweeter, it came on the heels of Israel’s hosting of the Giro D’Italia bicycle race which featured participants from around the world, including teams representing the Gulf States.

      BDS is clearly losing the battle but BDSers won't admit it.

  • 'Superpowers will not give us freedom so we will take it with our own hands': scenes from Gaza's final Friday protest at the border
    • The people of Gaza can have their freedom if they would devote their resources to health, education, social welfare and stop persisting with a culture of victimhood that is only making their situation worse. Hamas stands firmly blocking the way of freedom. Easy to blame Israel for what is essentially your own problem.

  • By wrecking Iran deal, Trump politicized Israel
    • @Misterioso, who has established military bases in Yemen and Syria? Who is undermining the stability of Lebanon? Does Israel have any military bases on foreign soil? You can only view the world it seems through your hate of Israel, oblivious to the full picture.

    • @Ossinev, spreading fake news that there is a real threat to Al Aqsa when the utterances of extremist settlers hold no political weight. Your fear-mongering just highlights your preparedness to make inflammatory remarks that support an extremist anti-Israel position.

    • "suddenly the world was less safe"
      Philip willfully ignores the bellicose moves being made by Iran to establish a powerful hegemony in the Middle East connected all the way through Syria into Lebanon where its terrorist proxy Hezbollah operates. There has been no de-escalation of the military threat posed by Iran since 2015, in fact we have seen the opposite.
      Iran needed to be curtailed and it took Trump to acknowledge the fraud of the JCPOA and impose sanctions on a dangerous regime that has been going about de-stablising the region in its own militaristic, nefarious interests.

  • The end of exclusivity
    • We don't need an ethereal entity to hold us as special; we have proven we are on our own accord and continue to do so.

    • This article is just about intersectionality but Elia avoids any reference to this unfavorable term. Intersectionality, the preferred designation of the Left, is simply a descriptor for self-defined group victimhood based on feelings not facts. If you feel your lot in life is not fair then you are a victim.
      If you feel you have been marginalized in any way - you are a victim. If you feel your Palestinian identity is not fully expressable - you are a victim. If your opponents do things you do not like (e.g. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capital) then you are a victim. This is fundamentally a child's view of the world.
      From Intersectionality: Leftist Politics Designed to Fail

  • Israeli government justifies killing child protesters in Gaza: They're not in school
    • Jews don't fly planes into buildings, blow themselves up indiscriminately in order to kill innocent people, fire rockets indiscriminately into civilian areas or use children as human shields. Jewish children aren't instructed to throw rocks at people but sorry, I forgot, most people at MW don't consider Israel soldiers to be human beings so it would seem they are legitimate targets for the new generation of Palestinian child warriors.

    • Every time a single Palestinian gets killed there is a general hue and cry calling for an international investigation. This amounts to a singularly perverse obsession with everything that Israel does, digging for dirt at every opportunity, oblivious to whatever else that is going on around us.

  • Revealed: Israeli Justice Ministry directly involved in international 'lawfare' activities against BDS movement
  • Natalie Portman’s cancellation: Inching towards the tipping point
    • Elia claims that Portman is a proud Zionist and that it is Zionism, which dispossessed Palestinians seventy years ago. This is totally wrong.

      First of all Portman's sense of Zionism is up the creek - Natalie Portman is wrong about Israel.

      "It’s hard to imagine that a woman who once worked as Alan Dershowitz’s research assistant could get this so wrong. Portman holds dual citizenship, and she, more than most Americans, should understand that Israel’s founding was the rebirth of a nation. The creation of the modern state of Israel was not a result of the spontaneous outpouring of sympathy from world powers aghast at what befell the Jews during World War II, but the product of many years of hard, determined work. Zionism as a political movement far predated the creation of the state, and that movement came centuries after the Jews were exiled from their national homeland."

      It’s a shame that 70 years after Israel’s creation the most basic facts of its existence are unclear even to those who were born within its borders."

      And for Elia to blame Zionism for dispossessing the Palestinians is deny the right of the Jews to self-determination giving the Palestinian some kind of exclusive, privileged right which trumps that of the Jewish people. This kind of unwillingness to accept that Zionism is a legitimate expression of the Jewish people is tantamount to anti-semitism.

  • Great March of Return organizers: Israeli claims that Hamas is behind protests are lies
  • Thousands demonstrate at Gaza border in 'Burn Israeli Flags' Friday
  • Contextualizing the Great March of Return
    • @George, you clearly don't get it.
      Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar vows to ‘breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa’ and 'We Will Tear Out Their Hearts'.
      These are unambiguously the words of a warmonger and in the circumstances Israel is entitled to resist with all the force necessary to quell those whose fundamental intention is to destroy it.
      Change the language, change the education system, introduce freedoms and democracy, stop the wasteful expenditures on militarisation and the digging of attack tunnels, renounce terrorism and accept Israel's well-established right to exist as a Jewish state and the situation will change for the better for the people of Gaza, who are captive to a bloody-minded leadership which exploits its people as political pawns.

    • World War 2:
      Americans lost 405,000
      Germany 6,600,000-8,800,000
      so according to these figures Robbins would have backed Germany over the US,

    • One cannot measure the entitlement of one side over the other by comparing the number of casualities.

  • The Gaza protests are challenging every facet of Israel's dispossession of the Palestinian people
  • Jews must ditch Zionism, now
  • Thousands demand the right to return as smoke envelops Gaza on a new 'bloody Friday'
    • These people in Gaza really have no brains.
      Black smoke from the tyres, set alight by people is apparently 13 000 times more toxic than emissions from a coal-fired power plant, according to research done by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
      The liquids and solids left behind after the tyres have been burnt can pollute the soil, surface water and ground water, and it's possible that the pollutants can settle on pasture, food crops and in water, and accumulate in animal tissues, including meat, fish and eggs.
      As though the plight of the people in Gaza is not bad enough as it is.

  • Seven things you need to know about Israel's latest attack on Gaza
    • The author doesn't get this right:
      "Israel is not going to stop killing and maiming Palestinians until it has no choice in the matter. "
      Israel already has been put into the invidious position of having to kill Gazans because they are willing to become martyrs, egged on to do so by bribes. If the Israelis don't stop the Gazans from breaking through the fence the consequences could be very drastic indeed.
      Moreover bus drivers in Gaza have been compelled by Hamas to drive people to the border or face jail if they refuse to comply.

  • Killing Palestinian protesters turns into a PR debacle for Israel
    • @eljay, "malevolent Zionism that has been working hard for 70 years to destroy their country". Despite the 'Palestinians' who are doing everything they can to drag Israel back to the Stone Age, Israel the ONLY country in the Middle East that shines the beacons of creativity, freedom and democracy providing equal opportunity for its Arab citizens to reach the pinnacles of society, fighting against the bloody-minded naysayers who have just one thing on their mind, the undermining of Israel and the sacrificing of it to Islamists and left-wing provocateurs who have only their failed ideologies at heart.

    • Shameful, "Mooser", mir ton nit darfn eydn vi ir

    • @amigo, since when does any offer by a terrorist organisation bent on Israel's destruction have any credibility?

    • Here we see people supporting the repressive police state instead of the free, democratic state. Israel is used to this hue and cry from those who use perverse inverted logic to criticise a country defending itself from those intent on one thing only, its destruction. Given that malevolent intent Israel is justified in standing up against such murderous threats. If these violent protests were not blocked with full force, of which the Gazans were amply forewarned, then they would continue in the same vein undeterred. Now Hamas might think twice before trying another propaganda ploy in which they are willing to sacrifice their citizens as political pawns.

    • @amigo, check out the maps that the 'Palestinians' produce which don't show Israel at all. With their bloody-minded menace they are obsessed with annihilating Israel.

    • "But the media narrative is hardening, Israel went way too far. "
      Israel is too willing to listen to the clamouring, mindless media and has not gone far enough to eliminate what remains a constant bellicose threat.
      Israel doesn't need to excuse the simple fact that it has the obligation to protect the country's sovereignty and its citizens.
      This was not a peaceful protest and consequently Hamas bears the responsibility for rallying people to oppose Israel's existence. Hamas is deliberately distracting its own people from the fact that Hamas has created a social environment in which many of its own people are struggling to establish a livelihood.
      When will Hamas divert its wasteful military expenditures (much to the consternation of Fatah with whom its partnership is very tenuous) to the true benefit of its own people?

  • A brief, unhappy history of Israeli massacres
    • Unsubstantiated refutations re the use of human shields by Hamas as further elucidated here are meaningless and only go to demonstrate the rank poverty of the pro-Hamas anti-Israel argument.

    • @zaid, how about the full story?
      From wikipedia:
      Speaking about the Bahr el Baqar incident, Egyptian commander Abdelatim Ramadan said: "Actually, two targets were hit by the Israelis. The first target was a group of military bases about 30 km. from the Suez Canal, which were targeted before, on the night of 18–19 December 1969. The second target was the Bahr El-Baqar primary school. [ ... ] There comes a time to acknowledge an important fact in this area, that at those black days of Israeli bombing, the military targets were mixed with civilian targets. We can even say that in many cases the military targets were hiding behind civilian targets."
      Ergo the oft-used tactic of using civilians as human shields as Hamas does time and time again.

  • 'We will not wait 70 years more': scenes from Gaza's March of Return
    • Palestinians don't have some special privilege to redeem land that they have lost in war and return to their former homes. Where is there an example in the world of a defeated antagonist being granted the entitlement to bring back its people to land lost in internecine conflict?

  • Israeli forces shoot unarmed protesters from across Gaza security fence, killing at least 15
    • Twice now censored because I am just pointing out that the actions by the Gazans were masterminded by terrorists using the so-called 'peaceful' protests as cover for their violent actions. Most of those killed were Hamas militants engaged in blatant attacks against Israel.

    • @Misterioso said,
      "You neglected to note that the Gaza Strip is still illegally and belligerently occupied by the entity known as “Israel.”"
      You neglected to point out that Egypt has been doing exactly the same to keep the terrorists in Gaza from running amok.

    • "The Israeli military exchanged fire with two armed Palestinians who approached the border fence and opened fire toward Israeli soldiers. The IDF targeted three Hamas positions with tank fire and Israel Air Force fighter jets in response." (Haaretz)
      What any country would do to protect its sovereignty.

    • From what Abbas has been saying this is all about challenging Israel's very existence, not about settlements and all the other periphersl issues. The cloak masking the true malevolent intent of Fatah and Hamas has been revealed.

  • The problem with Passover
    • No reference to the key phrase which rings so true today with the swelling tide of unabated anti-semitism in the world and fostered by MW, "“In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us. And the Holy One, blessed be He, rescues us from their hands.” as was mentioned in a previous MW article knocking the Passover.
      The Passover metaphor rings so true for Jews today facing forces denying their historical and religious roots.

  • 'Such a state is not a democracy': Israeli citizens respond on proposed amendments to Anti-Boycott Law
  • There are only two kinds of Jews, Schumers and Feinsteins
  • Dear Prince William, if you have to go, make it count
    • Some perspective - a former editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, David Landau, wrote in 2012 that the royal snubs were “part of this nasty, petty British intrigue to deny Israel that rankling vestige of legitimation that is in their power to bestow or withhold”. Now Britain cannot deny the reality of Israel as is happening with the Arab world too, which is showing greater acceptance of Israel and a growing willingness to co-operate with it.

  • New billboard campaign raises awareness about child prisoners held by Israel
    • The segment 'Stone Cold Justice' has been discredited in an article by one of our leading journalists in our major newspaper 'The Australian' titled Evil and deeply untrue

      "... the Four Corners program was a disgrace, a crude piece of anti-Israel propaganda that revived some of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes. In the year 2014, are we really going to allege again, on the basis of the flimsiest non-evidence you could imagine, that Jewish soldiers systematically physically crucify innocent children? Is there a school of anti-Semitism 101 operating out there? Do you not think that before you would air an allegation like that, if you had any real sense of editorial responsibility, you would be 100 per cent sure that it was true; you would track down the people alleged to have done it and get their testimony? .... The whole program was full of uncorroborated and intensely unlikely allegations."

  • Schumer and Dems outdo Trump at AIPAC-- there's no peace because 'Palestinians don't believe in Torah'
    • Acording to Noor Dahri, the director of Pakistan Israel Alliance (PIA) and Editor in Chief of the Newspaper Pak Israel News it is mandatory upon all Muslims to support Israel and her right to exist in the holy land because the holy book of Islam, the Quran supports Israel. There are many verses in the Quran which support the divine right of Jews on the land of Israel and he quoted just three to justify the right of the existence of Israel. The first verse of the Holy Quran stipulates:

      “And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land” (Quran: 17:104)

      and the second orders the people of Bane-Israel to enter the Holy-Land:

      “O my people (the Jews)! Enter the Holy Land, which God has assigned unto you”, (Quran: 5:21)

      while in the third verse, Allah Almighty orders the children of Israel to scatter and says:

      “And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, ‘scatter and live all over the world… and when the end of the world is near we will gather you again into the Promised Land” (Quran:17:104)

      Refer Islam Supports Israel’s Right of Existence by Dahri.

  • Nine reasons Israel is not a 'progressive paradise'
    • @Jackdaw, the naysayers bring up Saudi Arabia as though it is the only country to be compared to Israel. If you go to Mapped: The world's most (and least) free countries you see that Israel is the ONLY country in the Middle East classified as FREE. Lebanon and Jordan are considered PARTLY FREE. All the remaining countries in the region are consider NOT FREE.
      Hamzah Raza's tired list of propaganda points does not address reality - he is just venting his biased purview.

  • 18-year-old fisherman killed by Israeli forces off the coast of Gaza
  • Mohammad Tamimi: 'They beat me into confessing'
    • @LHunter, take off your blinders and take a look at the Middle East in its entirety. Israel is the biggest success story by far in the region preventing a small fraction of this part of the world from sinking totally and irreparably into an Islamic abyss.

  • Video: East Jerusalem Palestinians fear new Damascus Gate checkpoint marks change in status quo of the city
    • @echinococcus, @mooser - lovely snide hypocritical comments. When are you going to join the rock throwing propaganda brigade in Nabi Saleh?

    • I don't like all the concrete bollards going up around my city in Australia but that's "just another face of the same coin."

  • Israeli forces detain 10 members of Tamimi family, including teenager previously shot in the face
    • Throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers is non-violent resistance?

    • All of this just goes to show the belligerent, despicable character of the Tamimi clan. Bassem Tamimi is spouting a lie when he suggests that his clan epitomises nonviolent resistance, and he strives constantly to feed the anti-Israel behemoth with propaganda.

  • Iran wants to annihilate 6 million Jews -- Netanyahu's Munich rant, interrupted
    • @John O, it's generally a good idea to read what you post to make sure you aren't shooting yourself in the foot.
      "That's a big worry for a country that has lately faced nationwide street protests largely blamed by most observers on growing economic hardship, particularly in the provinces."

    • If as Robbins suggests the choice is just between an islamic caliphate and Assad that goes to show that Syria has been destroyed as a viable modern state. That has always been a side-show to the main event involving Israel, despite the fact that the scale of the two conflicts are orders of magnitude apart.

    • Ofir, actually I’m wondering about your motives. You pay lip-service to what the Iranian regime is doing to destroy the economic fabric of its own society and the welfare of it own people as its leaders spend big on their hegemonic ambitions. What is going on in Iran is almost irrelevant compared to your pet hate. You play the cheap game of deflection. You resort to cheap shots at Netanyahu suggesting he would use Iran as foil for the corruption scandals he is facing, when Netanyahu has been speaking out aloud about Iran for a very long time before the scandals took hold.
      You suggest that the alliance that Syria has with Iran is just as valid as the alliance of Israel with US. Your perverse view of the Middle East where all that is going on that reeks of medieval brutality can be overlooked because Israel is your enemy number one demonstrates the lack of morality in your position. You conveniently forget about the manoeuverings of Iran's proxy Hezbollah. You stand for a cause riddled with malignant intent that ignores reality, preferring a revisionist interpretation that won't face up to what would most likely be the consequences, if Israel were not the balancing force in the Middle East politik, that prevents the whole region from descending into a cataclysmic Islamic inferno.

  • Israelis disfigure Damascus Gate with steel watchtower
    • @Mooser, are you planning to apply for the role of MW court jester?

    • Phil, the color of your money is plain obvious. Did you express any concern when thousands of years’ worth of fragile and irreplaceable Jewish archaeological antiquities were surreptitiously and violently dug up by Arab bulldozers at Judaism’s holiest site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, to build an entrance to a subterranean mosque?

      The resulting thousands of tons of invaluable debris – believed to contain over 1 million artifacts dating back to the First Temple period – were then carted off in dump trunks and discarded like garbage to a nearby landfill in Jerusalem’s Kidron Valley.

      Have you ever winced about how the Jordanians destroyed much of the Jewish Quarter (whatever was left after the battles during the siege) between 1948 -1967. They also shelled the Israeli side of the border on a regular basis and Jordanian snipers on the walls of the old city would regularly shoot Israeli citizens walking in the streets on the Israeli side. Even though the 1947 UN decision mandated that Jews would be allowed to visit their holy places, this became impossible under Jordanian rule for 19 years.

      No it's only what Jews do to defend and protect themselves that bothers you.

      Can't you recognise your hypocrisy?

  • Sarah Silverman stands by Ahed Tamimi: 'Do you wonder where her rage comes from?'
    • @Emory, perhaps you need the watch a short video the chilling joy of a terror-massacre mastermind to get you to take back your false statement "I find no evidence that most Palestinians 'delight' in the killing of Israeli kids — would seem to be projection on behalf of the Roths."

    • Robbins, extraordinary that the decision by the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem is supposed to be grotesque, while on the other hand the bellicose manoeuverings of the Iranian regime aiming to eliminate Israel don't even raise an eyebrow around here. The double standards at Mondoweiss are appalling.

    • In criminal law, incitement is the encouragement of another person to commit a crime. Depending on the jurisdiction, some or all types of incitement may be illegal. Where illegal, it is known as an inchoate offense, where harm is intended but may or may not have actually occurred. (Wikipedia definition).
      Plenty of grounds here to charge Ahed Tamimi by her own words and actions.

    • Actor Martin Freeman, who doesn’t lack socialist chops, says that, unlike his Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, he doesn’t think that it’s a good idea for actors to hold forth on politics. “It’s deeply annoying to have someone like me, who doesn’t know everything, bang on,” says Freeman. “Actors can be pompous and we can overestimate our importance.”

      I’m sure most activist-actors mean well, but the droning self-importance makes my face itch. It’s great that they want to put their celebrity to good use; but someone should tell them – fame alone is not enough. Fact is, some thespians are smart, well informed and interesting, and others only manage to portray such sterling qualities. Don’t actors need to realise that when you say something ill informed, idiotic, and sanctimonious in real-life, you can’t do it again, there’s no “second take”, it’s just out there… for ever?

      (above remarks by Barbara Ellen - Observer columnist)

      BTW, to refer to the parents of a child taken from them by a filthy-minded terrorist as online bullies because they continue their fight for justice demonstrates a complete lack of compassion and understanding, but what can one expect at Mondoweiss.

      Further on this matter we see how the slanted media get sucked in by Ahed's performance and aid her cause. In Australia ABC journalist Sophie McNeill whose has a reputation for producing pro-Palestinian propaganda has deliberately sliced off part of an interview with Ahed Tamimi that shows how she has been sucked in by Tamimi.

      McNeill deliberately stopped the footage mid-sentence, editing out the rest of Tamimi’s words (in full below) thus altering the meaning and interpretation of what Tamimi says. The actual monologue with the missing words in italics:

      "Trump has declared the decision and they have to take responsibility for whatever their reaction is whether it’s stabbing attacks, or suicide attacks, or stone throwing, everyone must do things so we can unite this way so we can get our message across in the required way, and get this result, that is the liberation of Palestine, Allah willing."

    • Accusing Silverman of “exploiting” her fame, the Roths, who lost their daughter at the hands of one of Ahed Tamimi's relatives, have responded, “Sarah, did you stand up for our daughter Malki and the other 15 Jewish lives extinguished by Ahlam Tamimi, Ahed’s cousin and role-model-in-life?”

      The Roths hit back at Silverman writing: “Entertainers exploiting their fame are often a poor choice for clarifying what’s moral or good.”

      They then tweeted a picture of Malki, and got a response from Silverman saying: “Awful. For every story like this, might there be a Palestinian one? I’m genuinely asking – this is not snark.”

      They replied that there are child victims on both sides, but the difference is that their daughter’s killer delights in her acts. They warned the comedian, “You see us as two sides of a coin? Don’t.”

      Everybody, they said, must “make moral judgments even when the facts seem confusing”.

      More than 1500 other people commented, and eventually Silverman chickened out of the topic saying she has come to the realisation that what is “true” and “just” is “wildly subjective”.

      Great waffle-speak from Silverman.

      “Healthy societies don’t turn to stand-up comics to calibrate their moral compass,” Arnold Roth said. “If she thought about our response, fine. But it’s enough if her fame prompts scores of thousands to think, define their own stands, reject hers and realise #AhedTamimi is a performer too.”

  • Roger Cohen misses the Palestinian reality
    • You are so far off the money when you castigate those like Roger Cohen who are quite sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians. There will never be a ground swell driven by hard-edged extremists or the grim world of the marginal as Gamal puts it.

  • 14-year-old girl forced alone into Gaza is another example of the Israeli occupation's cruelty
  • No, hurting Palestinian refugees doesn't help peace
    • Is the author here really concerned about helping peace?
      Are the current machinations of the PLO wanting to disengage from Israel helping peace?

    • "After Palestinians made a historic compromise in recognizing Israel on nearly 80 percent of historic Palestine, the framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shifted to the two-state solution, whereby Israel would withdraw from the remaining 22 percent of the land"

      Conveniently twisting of history by the author. It is the Jews who have had to make the big sacrifice.

      In July 1922, the League of Nations entrusted Great Britain with the Mandate for Palestine. Recognizing "the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine," Great Britain was called upon to facilitate the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine-Eretz Israel (Land of Israel). Shortly afterwards, in September 1922, the League of Nations and Great Britain decided that the provisions for setting up a Jewish national home would not apply to the area east of the Jordan River, which constituted three-fourths of the territory included in the Mandate and which eventually became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

      And today the propped up Kingdom of Jordan is 80% Palestinian and there is barely a murmur about that from those who only focus on Israel and the Jews.

  • Israeli lawmaker tells BBC he'd put Ahed Tamimi 'in the hospital' by kicking her face
    • The Western media concentrate solely on Haaretz for their window into what is supposedly going on in Israel. The effect of that, like the antics of media organisations like the BBC and its copycat the ABC in Australia , is that a ridiculously biased representation of the facts reaches us in the West which helps to color in the Palestinian propaganda handbook.

  • Palestinian activists shut down Bethlehem meeting with US officials: 'you are not welcome anymore!'
    • UNRWA just perpetuates the Israel-Palestine conflict. Its critics have been saying that for a long long time. Finally the Trump administration acknowledged that fact and acted on it. The Palestinians typically reacted to the danger of losing their free handouts.
      The Trump administration won't kowtow to threats and intimidation like “This was a message for the American administration that they are not welcome here anymore in the Palestinian territories until Trump withdraws his declaration on Jerusalem and his continued threats against UNRWA.”
      It's time that Palestinian supporters wake up to the reality that these kind of bullying tactics are doomed to failure today.

  • I'm blacklisted and banned from Israel, but for many others this is nothing new
    • @Talkback, free speech is not a free licence for hate speech.

    • The BDS movement on American university campuses illustrates the true nature of BDS, with repeated shout downs of pro-Israel and free speech advocates. The spread of this BDS tactic shows the movement is a major proponent of intolerance. Like the concept of ‘intersectionality’ and ‘anti-fascist’ protests, these paths inevitably lead to conventional left-wing antisemitism. In this sense BDS exacerbates already yawning gaps in American politics and culture.

  • Netanyahu has taken a wrecking ball to Israel's favorability ratings among Democrats
    • Sorry guys but a Gallup poll released on Tuesday found a surge in American support for Israel that hasn’t been seen since the early 1990s.
      Seems like your Israel bashing is falling on deaf ears.

    • Actually with the Republican support going from 50% to 79% and Democrats support decreasing from 38% to 27% since 2001 simple math tells us that Palestinian support has been declining despite aĺl the hoohaa over Netanyahu and Likud.

  • Why Ahed Tamimi's slap is so thrilling to Palestinians
  • Israeli journalist who called for unspeakable acts against Ahed Tamimi tries, and fails, to backpedal
    • Hate speech.

    • @Robbins, the 'armed resistance' which you justify without hesitation (even rock-throwing) has gone way beyond expressions of discontentment over 'occupation'. It generally operates under the premise of wanting to dismantle Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

      Gone too far to the point that the actions are counter-productive, mostly because they stimulate (actively stimulate, maybe even intentionally stimulate) the fear of “what will they do if they are in power?”

      The significance of assiduously moral forms of resistance, non-violent in the meaning of non-harming not just in range of tactic, is that the actions stimulate admiration, rather than generating rational fear.

      Ahed Tamimi has crossed a line. The option is certainly there for those who choose to go beyond the limits. However there is ultimately no impunity for those who look to practise 'armed resistance' and cause harm.

    • A Little Village in the Hills, and the Monsters it Spawns
      How a Family Became a Propaganda Machine
      Adeh Tamimi, a child exploited as a political weapon, indoctrinated from birth by a family with close links to terrorism. Her father banned from entering Australia earlier this year.

  • Pop star 'Lorde' honors BDS call, cancels Tel Aviv concert
    • After being bullied, cajoled, intimidated and threatened she now says this on social media:
      "hey guys, so about this israel show - i've received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and i think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show. i pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and i had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but I'm not too proud to admit i didn't make the right call on this one. tel aviv, it's been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and i'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. i hope one day we can all dance. L x"
      Does this do anything to break the deadlock? This only aggravates the situation re Israel and Palestine and BDS supporters deserve a pat on the back for their on-going idiocy.

  • The never-ending crisis of Zionism
    • Philip Weiss contends "The Palestinian experience today is a lot like the Jewish experience of pogroms 100 years ago and more in eastern Europe. "
      How can people accept this nonsense, drawing fake equivalence between Jewish and Palestinian victimhood? The Jews were totally subjugated by brutal anti-semitic regimes that conducted pogroms against them. The Palestinians instigate attacks against Israelis driven by state-sponsored hate and incitement because they can't get their way and having learnt from the regimes that were fuelled by anti-semitic fervour against Jews they now follow suit.
      The 'Palestinians' missed the boat by reneging on frequent opportunities to strike a peace deal with Israel and now they are coercing the world on the international stage with the implicit threats spread by their Muslim and Left-wing mates around the world to maintain their rabid campaign to get rid of Israel.
      [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22nTShaXCfg&w=640&h=360%5D

    • Israel doesn't have to justify actions to prevent bloody-minded 'Palestinians' from destroying it, adopting whatever security measures necessary to protect its people. That's nothing to do with Zionism as such - it is all about self-preservation, the right and entitlement of any sovereign nation dealing with enemies that are as implacable as ever.
      Yet again there is nobody to negotiate with as Hamas and Fatah are bound to be at each other's throats again sòon.
      Palestinian unity deal is collapsing

  • In video tours of Palestine, Nas Daily plays native informant
    • @Robbins can't tolerate cultural appropriation but there is nothing wrong with it; the much lauded idea of multiculturalism is to be celebrated. Three Cheers for Cultural Appropriation

    • According to the opiniated Salaita there’s no such thing as “Israeli” hummus and he doesn't like the tenor of Nas Daily. Clearly his contempt stems from his own intransigent views and lack of tolerance for a Palestinian voice that doesn't echo bloody-minded Pallywag mantras day in and day out.

  • US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem, as Muslim states recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
  • Detained Palestinian teen in viral photo to be sentenced in a court with a 99.74 percent conviction rate
    • " 99.74 percent of all cases brought to Israel’s military court end in a guilty verdict, according to the court’s own internal documentation."

      Congratulations to the author for linking to a Haaretz article that is more than 6 years old. The statistic is based on a single year of data, which is now seven years old.
      Moreover the explanation for the high conviction rate can be found here.

      "Colonel Hirsch explained that, in the Israeli military system in the West Bank, a defendant who is acquitted is entitled to both damages and attorney's fees. Such an award, of course, would be paid from the public purse, and would be in addition to the waste of public resources in the form of the prosecutor's own time spent on a failed prosecution.

      For this reason, IDF prosecutors are extremely careful about which cases they bring, and they only bring indictments in cases in which they have a high chance of success. Colonel Hirsch told CAMERA that during the time that he was in charge of the military prosecutors' office, his instruction to his prosecutors was, “if you have any doubt, don't bring an indictment.”

  • How Israel represses the internet in Palestine
    • @Mooser, how's this for a nonsense conclusion by Mr Mohamed " Considering that Israel is widely known as an exporter of sophisticated technologies, perhaps one of the most advanced in the world, the security argument does not hold up" intended to deflect the argument that is talked about in the article I linked to. Mohamed doesn't even mention incitement because he doesn't want to talk about the elephant in the room.
      This story is yet another example of how Palestinian bloody-mindedness comes back to bite them.

    • An article on this subject without mentioning how Palestinians use the internet for incitement and mounting security threats is completely one-sided and vacuous.
      Israel eyes law to remove online content inciting terrorism

  • Palestinian officials say, Trump 'destroyed' the two-state solution
    • @oldgeezer, you are fishing to substantiate a link between the Palestinians and the Canaanites and the best you can do is report from articles that state there is high % of DNA matching with the Canaanites that has been found in the Lebanese population.
      Pray tell what that has to do with the 'Palestinians'.

    • @oldgeezer, heard of genetic fallacy? As it’s name suggests, the genetic fallacy results from attacking the source or origin of information, rather than the information itself. If you think about that for a second, the reason for the confusion becomes clear. By condemning the source in your attempt to counter my comment you have immediately lost the argument.

    • @Misterioso, I didn't have to read much of your diatribe before it was evident that the mud you were slinging was blowing back in your face.
      "The Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today’s Palestinians" - absolute poppycock, refer Palestinians, Jebusites, and Evangelicals.

    • @eljay, the Jewish people have the right to decide that Jerusalem is as significant as it is. Furthermore Israelis have the right to decide where their capital shall be.

      Jews of all backgrounds are familiar with the phrase “le-shanah ha-ba’ah bi-Yerushalayim,” “Next Year in Jerusalem.” It makes two appearances annually in Jewish liturgy: at the conclusion of the Passover Seder and at the conclusion of the Ne’ilah service of Yom Kippur. The custom to say “Next year in Jerusalem” on Passover existed as early as the 13th century, and the phrase itself appears even earlier in piyyutim (liturgical poems) for both Passover and Yom Kippur.

      There is no question that West Jerusalem will remain a part of Israel. There was nothing that Trump said that negates any final status decisions regarding Jerusalem and a Palestinian state.

      The Muslim connection to Jerusalem is built on denial of Jewish heritage, religion and historical entitlement to Jerusalem.

      The Palestinians are the ones responsible for the failure of the two-state solution with Arab opposition to the presence of Israel as a sovereign state going back to 1948 with the foreboding signs for the continuing conflict having been well-entrenched within Islam long long before that.

  • Why a children's book has Zionists losing their minds
    • There is no “P” in the Arabic alphabet used for the Arabic language. Native Arabic vocabulary does not contain a “P” sound which makes the claims of Palestinians to Palestine rather ludicrous when generally they can't even pronounce it properly.

      P is a standard letter in Persian which explains why the Iranian author can say it.

      But more to the point this kind of a book is all about indoctrinating young impressionable children into a view sympathetic to the Palestinian cause before they are old enough to understand the political realities and judge for themselves. It's aim is to win the hearts and minds of the next generation before it is appropriate to do so.

      Take the letter 'I' which according to this little book stands for "I is for Intifada, Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!” which plainly is promoting violent insurrection.

      The real title of the book should be 'P is for Propaganda'.

  • American Jewish visitor forced to sign loyalty oath in order to get tourist visa to Israel
    • Every country does this. Undesirables who are primarily out to disrupt and dissension are considered unwelcome. Being "Jewish" is no free ticket to cause trouble.

  • Dispatch from Gaza on reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority
    • @eljay, you resort to the same old quips and remarks without addressing the substance of what I have said. Take off your blinkers and you might see the world differently.

    • @eljay, have to face the sad facts for a change?
      You forgot to mention that Hamas are also unwilling to stem terror attacks.
      The Gaza Strip’s border crossing with Egypt that was due to reopen last Saturday will now remain closed until further notice following the bloody terrorist attack in neighboring Sinai that killed more than 300 people.
      As the author of this article said, "Egypt’s involvement in the agreement lends legitimacy", but that vital support from Egypt now hangs in the balance.

  • A music lesson from Palestine, for Nick Cave
    • New Palestinian Authority textbooks teach “martyrdom as a life goal”

      "Radicalization is pervasive across new curriculum, and much worse than before.

      For years we’ve been covering incitement on the part of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its failure to prepare Palestinian society for a resolution of the conflict via non-violent means.

      The PA is viewed by the West as the ‘moderate’ Palestinian body and Israel’s supposed ‘partner for peace’, but as we’ve repeatedly highlighted, its officials routinely demonize Israel and glorify terrorists as national heroes. Young people are exposed to this radicalization, as schools and educational programs justify and condone the use of violence.

      The sad reality is that a whole generation of Palestinian children is learning in schools and playing in sports fields and arenas named after mass murders."

      Herein lies the nub of the problem - not whether Nick Cave plays Tel Aviv or not.

  • No way to treat a child
    • @oldgeezer, it was mandated on the PA in the Oslo Accords to address the key issue of the incitement propagated via their education system. There is no equivalence with the education system in Israel which does present information about the history and situation with the Palestinians if you bother to read the IMPACT-se report. In fact the PA is in breach of international law for not adhering to the Oslo accords on this.

    • @amigo you can't compare state-sponsored incitement and terrorism with reactive, nationalistic behaviour from Israeli fringe groups. Furthermore the videos you provide are nothing more than propaganda that fail totally to appreciate the real situation. This article by Lisa Goldman 'Putting Things into Perspective' sums it up nicely:

      "The little girls shown drawing with felt markers on the tank missiles are residents of Kiryat Shmona, which is right on the border with Lebanon. And when I say "on the border," I'm not kidding; there's little more space between their town and Southern Lebanon than there is between the back gardens of neighbouring houses in a wealthy American suburb.

      No, how close is it really?

      Well, there's a famous story in Israel, from the time when the Israeli army occupied Southern Lebanon: a group of soldiers stationed inside southern Lebanon used their mobile phones to order pizza from Kiryat Shmona and have it delivered to the fence that separates the two countries.

      Anyway.

      Kiryat Shmona has been under constant bombardment from South Lebanon since the first day of the conflict. It was a ghost town, explained Shelly. There was not a single person on the streets and all the businesses were closed. The residents who had friends, family or money for alternate housing out of missile range had left, leaving behind the few who had neither the funds nor connections that would allow them to escape the missiles crashing and booming on their town day and night. The noise was terrifying, people were dying outside, the kids were scared out of their minds and they had been told over and over that some man named Nasrallah was responsible for their having to cower underground for days on end.

      On the day that photo was taken, the girls had emerged from the underground bomb shelters for the first time in five days. A new army unit had just arrived in the town and was preparing to shell the area across the border. The unit attracted the attention of twelve photojournalists - Israeli and foreign. The girls and their families gathered around to check out the big attraction in the small town - foreigners. They were relieved and probably a little giddy at being outside in the fresh air for the first time in days. They were probably happy to talk to people. And they enjoyed the attention of the photographers.

      Apparently one or some of the parents wrote messages in Hebrew and English on the tank shells to Nasrallah. "To Nasrallah with love," they wrote to the man whose name was for them a devilish image on television - the man who mockingly told Israelis, via speeches that were broadcast on Al Manar and Israeli television, that Hezbollah was preparing to launch even more missiles at them. That he was happy they were suffering."

      @amigo, I suggest you go read the rest of the article and think a little bit next time before you chuck propaganda at us.

    • Even in Australia the government is talking about introducing anti-terror plans that could see 10-year-olds held without charge. These measures relating to children are not indicative of brutal regimes rather the growth of terror-related activities amongst young people. In the case of Palestinian children they are egged on by an education system that encourages incitement and violence.

  • UK minister forced to resign over secret Israel meetings as questions continue to swirl
    • @amigo, if you want to know I would have preferred their supposedly Arab brethren to take them in but that would have diminished the pressure on Israel. With the complicity of UNRWA 'Palestinian' refugees have been kept on tap as pawns to help exacerbate the conflict.

    • The Annie Robbins blindspot?
      "aid could be given to refugees in Golan Heights, Syria, through the Israeli Army"

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