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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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  • Israel cancels 250,000 Palestinian permits to enter Israel during Ramadan after deadly attack
    • How about the truth? Netanyahu did not revoke permission for West Bank males over 40 to enter Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.
      Whilst terrorism and violence occurs, spurred on by the incitement of Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks, Israel is totally justified in undertaking whatever security measures it sees fit. Especially after Fatah had the gall to call the killing of the Palestinian attackers a "war crime". Such despicable endorsement of terrorism by Fatah deserves to be punished.

  • Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival
    • UN Peace Keepers are a sorry joke. Their record in preventing conflict is shockingly poor. The recent war in Sudan is a case in point. It would not have been sensible for Israel to invite these no-hopers to protect their side of the border.

    • @Ossinev, you spout pure anti-semitism and nobody at MW could even care .

    • @maghlawatan, the surrounding Arab states would love to see a rapprochement with Israel and the opportunity to share in Israel's innovation and technology revolution. For Middle East Peace, Look to Israel’s Arab Partners

    • YoniFalic you are dead wrong (as usual).
      The Camp David Agreement signed between Israel and Egypt in 1979 emphasises the right of freedom of navigation through the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba. Article V of the agreement reads: “The Parties consider the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba to be international waterways open to all nations for unimpeded and non-suspendable freedom of navigation and overflight. The Parties will respect each other’s right to navigation and overflight for access to either country through the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba.”

  • Triumphalist light show in Jerusalem weaponizes the city walls to celebrate 50th anniversary of Jewish conquest
    • Philip Weiss continues to prove he has no idea what he is talking about.
      "With no real concern for the other religions that have a stake in this beautiful city".

      Maybe he should refer to this JPost editorial 'Europe and religious freedom' and try to avoid making nonsense statements that keep proving his credibility is zero.

      "Israel should be held up as an example of how it is possible for a country to maintain a strong religious identity while at the same time upholding the religious rights of minorities. Muslims and Christians enjoy extensive religious freedom in the State of Israel. There is no contradiction between ethnic-basic or religious-based nationalism and liberalism. In fact, the opposite is true. Those who have pride in their own ethnicity or religious tradition are more able to appreciate this sentiment in others."

      But not in Europe where there are campaigns to ban circumcision, ritual slaughter and the wearing of religious head gear.

      "Despite its many security challenges, Israel manages to maintain a robust and vibrant democracy that respects the religious rights of minorities. Europeans have much to learn from the Jewish state about upholding religious rights under difficult conditions."

  • Liberal Jews stage sit-in to block annual 'Jerusalem Day' march into Muslim Quarter
    • Excommunication could be:
      You don't invite them to participate in community events. You don't accept their membership at a synagogue. You publicly expose the fact that they are Jews to be disdained. You refuse to circumcise their male offspring etc etc.

    • @talknic, to prove my point after doing your Google search - Man charged over alleged protest during Anzac Day dawn service
      If you have pride and honor for your country and its values you don't behave offensively like these left-wing Jews have.
      If you disagree with what Israel is doing there is an appropriate way to protest and Israel being the democratic country that it is provides the freedom to do so. You can't say the same for the despotic regimes that surround it in the Middle East. We all saw how the so-called Arab Spring become the Arab Winter.

    • In Australia if protesters would take to the streets to oppose ANZAC Day they would be lynched. I have always felt that it is unfortunate that Jews don't practise excommunication because these left-wing deluded Jews deserve it.

  • Leonard Cohen song is anthem of Jewish exclusivists
    • Maybe I can strike a deal here. I can get rid of my Pink Floyd albums in exchange for copies of Leonard Cohen's records.

  • Wall of shame
    • Not impressive - vicious and aggressive. Lesher emotes when he spitefully mentions that Naftali Bennett happens to be a Jew who wears a yarmulka. Would he ever refer to an imam who incites his congregants to go out and stab Jews as a radical wearing a sack on his head? Full of spite, contempt and a lack of appreciation that Jerusalem was finally unified by Israel in 1967. If he has no respect for the religious significance of the Western Wall for orthodox Jews is that good reason to use his prejudice and hostility to forge an argument that relies on his pointy opinionation?
      Would he prefer to put the city in the hands of the Waqf that has permitted an archaelogical crime of huge dimensions to occur, where bulldozers were allowed to dig up and destroy the historical heritage buried in the ground on the Temple Mount. Jewish archaelogists have scoured the rubbish dumps produced by this sacrilege to rescue and preserve the remnants.
      Would Lesher say anything about the Mohammedian mythology surrounding the city of Jerusalem ? He leaves that aspect totally aside to lambast his own religious origins. He needs to face up to the religious lies constantly trumpeted by Muslims who have manufactured a connection to Jerusalem based on a political ideology and a Koran replete with Jew hatred.

  • Trump may want a deal, but Israeli Jews are not interested
    • @eljay, making things up to suit his agenda.
      Economic woes dominate Iran's presidential race - note the source.
      And then he quotes a reference to supposedly suggest that there are other countries that resemble the level of democracy that exists in Israel when in fact it just proves my point. Moreover his reference stresses the level of freedom in Israeli society that is only matched by Tunisia.
      @eljay, uses the fact that the flavor of the democracy that Israel strives for doesn't match his anti-Israel bias and uses the concept of Western democracy as a measuring stick when it is not directly applicable to the Middle East.

    • There are no other countries in the Middle East that can claim any semblance of democracy. When Israel struggles to find a way to create a blend of democracy and being a Jewish state the naysayers come out with their hypocritical utterances. Israel continues to prosper despite all the shit that is thrown at it.

  • New charter, old politics
    • Hamas terms it liberation. I think the correct word is subjugation.

    • "However, the “change” that seems to get most of the attention is Hamas’ acceptance of the two state solution along the 1967 borders. "
      I understand that in the 'new' charter Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.
      This hardly signifies that Hamas’ is willing to accept a two state solution in any form.

  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
  • Why I'm keeping my child home from school in Israel on Holocaust Day
    • @MHughes76, you wouldn't by any chance be referring to this defilement:

      " The monthly payments, which totaled $173 million in 2016, are doled out to relatives of “martyrs” — the families of terrorists who have murdered Israelis, as well as those wounded or killed in any confrontation with Israelis.

      It’s a splodeydope pension.

      According to Muhammad Sbeihat, the Secretary-General of the National Association of the Martyrs’ Families of Palestine, a non-governmental umbrella group, members of his organization are asking for the payments to be linked to the cost of living in the Palestinian Territories.

      “In the upcoming period, the allowances of the martyrs’ families will be linked to the cost of living index, which will cause an improvement in these allowances, if only slightly,” Sbeihat said last Tuesday.

      Maybe they should pay families whose members don’t murder innocent people.

    • These commemorations are as important as ever to make sure we remain aware of people with views like yours Keith who would happily concur with the destruction of the Jewish state.

    • This subject area is more commonly known as genocide studies these days where students learn about the Holocaust in a broad framework. For example at a university near me.

    • @Mooser, it seems as deranged as ever. 'Seminal' means "influential, important, formative, pivotal etc". The Jewish population in the world has still not returned to pre-WWII numbers. The Holocaust deflection on MW is sickening.
      In our part of the world Australia people get very angry when naysayers denigrate the memory of the ANZACs. They, like any normal respectful human beings, see the imperative of commemorating seminal events that shaped our/their history.
      But I keep forgetting I am not dealing with normal, respectful human beings around here.

  • Israel packs seven lies into one statement on the Palestinian hunger strike
    • International law has become an international joke. Why would Israel want to succumb to the sickness that is flaunted under the banner of 'international law'?

    • @eljay, I thought you were anti-violence. These prisoners are advocates for violence and any defence of them cannot be justified. Your hypocrisy is fortified by your anti-Israel agenda.

  • It's 7-0 against BDS on 'New York Times' opinion pages
    • "Israel’s massive surge in settlement activity in the past ten years "
      How we like to exaggerate to support our biased agenda.
      Israel has not built a new settlement in more than two decades.

  • J Street attends rightwing anti-BDS summit-- and gets called 'anti-Semitic'
    • "The great human rights activist Bassem Tamimi of Nabi Saleh"

      You really have to be kidding.

      Tamimi is both cousin and uncle to Ahlam Tamimi, the murderer of innocent children (Sbarro restaurant bombing 2001 in Jerusalem) and to her husband, Nizar Tamimi. (There is a strong preference for cosanguinity and marrying cousins in the Tamimi clan. Ahlam Tamimi is married to her first cousin.)

      Amnesty took Bassem Tamimi around America on a "human rights" roadshow in 2015, and he obliged them by delivering a hate-Israel, understand-terrorism message. He has now been banned from entering the US for falsifying his visa application.

      He has been trying to get into Australia to spread his message of hate and violence via a petition that should have failed given Bassem Tamimi's criminal record but has not. This is not the end of this matter.

      Bassem Tamimi is the stage manager and producer of the weekly violent confrontations in the Tamimi clan's home base, Nabi Saleh. In addition, he's the father of Ahed Tamimi, a young girl better known as Surly Temple or Shirley Temper who is disgustingly used as a child weapon for propaganda purposes.

  • Sports and the Palestinian BDS Struggle (Part 3): Looking Ahead
    • Sportsmen and women from Muslim countries who refuse to compete in sports against Israeli athletes are committing a hate crime that warrants the expulsion of the offending nations from international sports federations. But these bodies don't have the guts to expel the offenders because of the political pressure they are under from the anti-Israel camp. In the same way as the Olympic movement never properly commemorated the murder of the Israelis at Munich by Palestinian terrorists.

  • Apartheid wears a veil
    • The Working Definition of Antisemitism gives as one example of antisemitism “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”. The definition was created in 2004 by the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), now known as the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union. It has received widespread international use, for example in its adoption by the US Government for the State Department Report on antisemitism, and in its adoption by the British Police as part of their Hate Crimes Operations Guide. The London Declaration of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism, signed by members of Parliaments from all around the world have adopted the Working Definition and encourage its widespread use.
      @Ossinev, you are being called out for anti-semitism by making a snide remark that compares Israel to the Nazis but I don't expect that would bother you.

  • 'BDS is a terrorist movement' - exposing David Collier
    • David Collier addressed Ofir's deflections on his edifying blog. He accused Collier of bias but I could catalogue Ofir's own bountiful bias if I wanted to bother. Awaiting Ofir's lamentable rejoinder ...

  • Campus wars
    • " clamping down on support for Palestinian rights" -
      Is preventing SJP factions from abusive anti-semitic attacks, is fighting the rampant hatred and bigotry directed at Jews, is drawing attention to the swastikas appearing on Jewish fraternity houses, is condemning mock “apartheid walls” which disseminate mendacious Hamas propaganda, is opposing nasty anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolutions, is drawing attention to angry and sometimes violent attempts to shut down pro-Israel speakers, are these defensive actions impeding Palestinian rights? Get real.
      America’s universities have become a new fount of Jew hatred which then leeches into our broader culture and parades itself on MW.
      This is what is actually going on - In the Safe Spaces on Campus, No Jews Allowed
      Nobody has any entitlement to practise abusive, racist behaviour. Any cause that resorts to all the vituperations to which I have alluded is bankrupt and unworthy of support.

  • To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism
    • "home for centuries of – guess who? The Palestinians" Where is there a shred of evidence for that? It is all surmise and supposition that is ideologically driven by Pallywags. If anything, the name "Palestine" is fundamentally connected to the Jews. In the years leading up to the rebirth of Israel in 1948, those who spoke of "Palestinians" were nearly always referring to the region's Jewish residents. Arab leaders repeatedly rejected the notion of a unique "Palestinian Arab" identity, insisting that Palestine was merely a part of "Greater Syria."

    • @JohnO, you seem to be happy to turn the facts upside down to suit your political fancies. The Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine (as proven by archaeology) and the newly manufactured 'Palestinians' are mere usurpers. There is no solid body of evidence for a Palestinian Arab identity until the Jews arrived to stake their claim, when the xenophobic local Arab population got 'shirty' about a Jewish sovereign presence in their midst.

    • If you reckon that "a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel." is unjust and immoral then you yourself are unjust and immoral denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so.

    • Left wing diversionary tactics. Left-wing anti-Semitism is more pervasive and dangerous than alt-right anti-Semitism. Refer Yes, The Left’s Anti-Semitism Is More Pronounced Than The Alt-Right’s
      "1. Members of the alt-right generally do not hold teaching positions in academia. Education is of prime import. As such, the opportunity to shape the minds of our country’s future generations is unparalleled in its influence. Left-wing anti-Semitism is, to be sure, alive and well among the professoriat—and its students and Mondoweiss of course.
      2. Alt-right anti-Semitism, like right-wing anti-Semitism, in general, is overt and stupid (meaning literally vulgar) and, therefore, is much easier to be tracked and combatted by law enforcement, nonprofits, and private citizens concerned with fighting bigotry. Left-wing anti-Semitism, on the other hand, too often is afforded a pass because it’s given an intellectual veneer by masquerading under the façade of anti-Zionism. "
      and I would add
      3. The spike in anti-semitic incidents around the world has been inspired by the Left and their Muslim buddies. There is no particular reason (no new driving factors) for there to be any increase in right-wing inspired anti-semitism at the moment.

  • Rights group: Israeli online incitement towards Arabs doubled in 2016
    • "If most of 900,000,000 people in Israel". @Mooser, it is now apparent you have reached a state of innumerate dementia.

  • Why the Personal Has Always Been Political: an Iranian-American reflects on the Trump executive order on refugees
    • The point is that the MW troops muster to complain about the Trump edict about refugees but have never winced at the fact that 16 Muslim nations have banned Israelis from entering their countries for years. The MW hypocrisy and double standards are clear.

    • Not a word of concern over the fact that most of the countries covered by the Trump ban have a total exclusion on the admission of Israeli citizens. The sheer hypocrisy of the anti-Trump brigade is rife.

      Israeli citizens are currently banned from entering 16 states including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Mr Trump’s executive order temporarily barred travel to the US from all of those countries.
      The other countries which ban Israeli citizens are Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Signs you may be a 'normalizer'
    • @Annie, so activists demanding to sever all contact between Palestinians and Israelis is note - not according to this comprehensive article titled 'The anti-Israel movement’s ‘anti-normalization’ campaign'.
      I tried to comment about Eljay's particular gripe with Zionism and immediately I detect a raw nerve when my remarks were censored - a couple of times. It seems that lauding Zionism, whilst condemning Islam is verboten. Can't have one of MW's favorite Israel bashers being slagged!

    • A voice of reason in a wilderness of retributive, belligerent negativity, Dajani asserts that the anti-normalization campaign is preventing progress in advancing coexistence and achieving peace.
      Anti-normalization "fails to see that the Palestinian cause must be won inside of Israel and that normalization is an essential step in the process to end the conflict. For that to be achieved, Israel and the Palestinians should sit at the negotiation table and, in good faith, reach painful compromises that are agreeable to both sides. This will only happen if the Israeli public is won to the cause of peace. Advancing the anti-normalization campaign only makes this improbable, if not impossible."

  • 'NYT' bias amazes: long article about online incitement in Israel/Palestine only blames Palestinians
    • Enter "facebook incitement israelis palestinians" into Google and start reading the posts that come up; all about facebook incitement by Palestinians against Israeli Jews. Face the fact that Palestinians specialise in this kind of stuff.

  • I hereby chuck my right to Jewish national self-determination
    • In immigrating to Israel the ongoing aspiration of Jews was not to exchange their Jewish identity for an Israeli identity, but to come to Israel to give the Jewish component of their identity the possibility of more complete realization, also in public life.

      This aspiration has driven the Zionist movement from the start. This aspiration stands at the basis of the struggle for preserving the Jewish character of the state. This aspiration is recognized in international law as the right of nations to self-determination. It is this right the Palestinians (and Roha) must recognize if they want to get beyond the current stalemate.

      Refer The Right to Self-Determination

  • More than half of US aid 'to entire world' goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements -- Kerry
    • Kerry said, "But I do believe that Israel, because of decisions that are being made on a daily basis quietly and without a lot of people seeing them or fully processing the consequences, is heading to a place of danger."
      There is nothing quiet about illegal settlement activity; one can read in the daily press about how the courts in Israel are continually thwarting the establishment of illegal settlements like Amona.
      In today’s ever more treacherous Middle East, Israelis need more persuasion than ever that relinquishing territory will bring guaranteed tranquility, Gaza being a case in point. And Kerry by his constant badgering of Israel over settlements to the exclusion of the other major road blocks to peace and reconciliation that exist could never have succeeded.

  • It is time to imagine how one state-- one person, one vote-- will work
    • The total stupidity of this discussion is that there is no direct mention of what many believe is the main obstacle to peace and reconciliation, which is deep-rooted Islamic anti-semitism and the fundamental unwillingness of Islam to accept a sovereign Jewish presence in the Middle East. No Jew living in Israel in his right mind can trust Palestinians hell-bent on Israel's destruction, Palestinians who are inciting violence every day and constantly aiming to obliterate the Jewish historical narrative and replace it with lies and fabrications.

  • Israeli military takes computers and servers from Palestinian NGO in night raid
  • Sheldon Adelson, Trump's billionaire backer, is committed to 'the Jewish people' and believes Palestinians are a 'made up people'
    • @zaid, the Turks ruled over Palestine during the Ottoman Empire but doesn't give them any particular entitlement. In the same way as the Filastin caliphates 1200 years ago gave their rulers no special entitlement. The present day Arab Palestinian identity is a 20th century invention.
      This quote, from PLO leader Zuheir Mohsen in the 1970’s, sums up the subversive strategy:
      “Between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese there are no differences. We are all part of ONE people, the Arab nation. Look, I have family members with Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian citizenship. We are ONE people. Just for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of national interest for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians to balance Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity.”
      And by the way your reference to Israel as a Nazi state is outright anti-semitism and therefore is in breach of MW comment guidelines.
      I wouldn't worry though zaid because MW has no genuine moral principles and gives tacit approval to anti-semites like you.

    • @mooser, I get it now - you must be referring to the Muslim behemoth.
      What particularly stake do they have in Palestine?
      The Arabs maybe but they keep on letting hatred get in the way of better judgement.

    • @eljay, it would have been supremacist of the Jews if they had not allowed those who weren't born into the privilege of being Jewish to convert to Judaism. If any Palestinian wants entitlement it is only a conversion away!

    • @rosross, any credible references?
      White settlement in Australia was a full-blooded colonial project and it is bedded in concrete today with nobody suggesting that the aborigines (local inhabitants at the time of white settlement) should be given a country of their own.
      In Israel's case the Jews have the Jewish historical heritage that goes back thousands of years. The Jews stem from the true indigenous population of Palestine going way way back. Therefore they have an entitlement that goes way beyond what sufficed for the colonial enterprises in Australia, US, Canada etc.

    • @mooser, 1.8 billion people?
      Surely we need more than a moose's hunch that the Palestinians are "a people".
      Historically it appears that they only defined themselves very recently as a xenophobic reaction to the Zionist project where their own real credo is the destruction of Israel.

  • 'Trump shows America's dominant ideology': A Palestinian take on the US election
  • Youth shot at busstop outside Israeli settlement is 238th Palestinian killed in wave of attacks
  • Israel paints fighter jet pink to raise breast cancer awareness while preventing cancer patients in Gaza from receiving treatment
    • The sick mentality of those who can only concoct anti-Israel hate propaganda and never acknowledge what Israelis don't have to do. If Hamas let their health system deteriorate so it can't serve its people and prefer to build attack tunnels instead then their people pay the price.
      Israelis are under no particular obligation to help an enemy that is sworn to destroy them.
      In fact thought Israeli volunteers go out of their way to assist Palestinians in need of special medical attention by shuffling to hospitals to their own magnificently equipped facilities.

  • Palestinians across the political spectrum express outrage over cancelled elections
  • Gaza farmers rebound despite Israeli siege
    • "The biggest obstacle is the Israeli siege of Gaza, which restricts imports and exports and keeps out medicines for plants. Second to that, there’s the high salt content of the groundwater."
      First of all there are no particular restrictions on pesticides as this article testifies, so I don't know what the author is talking about when referring to 'medicines for plants'.
      As for the second big issue - the high salt content of the groundwater, one can thank incompetent agricultural mismanagement. Inefficient irrigation techniques are used that not only waste water, but also permit fertilizer to get into the aquifer. Gaza uses 65% of its available water for agriculture, in what is largely an urban area, placing huge strain on an overburdened source.
      Furthermore there are more than 12,000 wells in which only 2,500 went through the permit and inspection process which has led to the over-pumping of the aquifer. When wells were not dug properly, as is overwhelmingly the case, contaminants and impurities have percolated into the aquifer.
      There is also the failure to treat sewage which is seriously damaging the overall water quality.
      The greatest problem though for Gaza's water future isn't the fertilizer, pollutants, or human waste leaching into the soil it's the fact that that the water table has dropped as a result of an overuse of limited water resources. The salinity of the aquifer grows as salty seawater comes in to rebalance the underground water situation.
      [Source: "Let There be Water" by Seth Siegel]
      It's oh so easy to blame the Israelis for problems that are essentially of Gaza's own making.

  • Trump and Clinton blast UNESCO statement on Jerusalem
    • @Shingo, I remember so fondly your dismissive remarks about the Syrian conflict many moons ago when you made a total fool of yourself by discounting the significance of what was happening there relative to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, which has claimed a mere fraction of the casualties compared to this Islamic inferno going on in Syria.
      Certainly your views aren't worth pandering to.

    • Gamal, are you trying to rewrite history to your benefit. The Cave of Machpelah translated from Hebrew as the "cave of the double tombs" reflects the very old tradition of the double tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, considered the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people, who are all believed to be buried there.
      Whichever you look at the Holy Land the Jews were everywhere long before Islam came on the scene.

    • This is high farce pandering to Muslim sensibilities with tokenistic gestures to both Jews and Christians.

  • Israeli government projects 'ethnic cleansing' on Palestinians
    • "Netanyahu is apparently discussing a claim that is not new, but three years old"
      In fact it is much before that we heard Abbas sprouting his 'ethnic cleansing' wish when he said "I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land" (July 28, 2010, speaking to Egyptian media).
      As the Arab countries have virtually cleansed their societies of Jews since the birth of Israel as it became completely untenable to live as a Jew in Arab society, now the Palestinian Arabs want to achieve the same end. Even if Jews (Israelis) were interested in living in a Palestinian run state it would eventually become insupportable.

  • Why segregation is the single most important issue in Israel, and practical ways to confront it
    • @amigo, as usual inane remarks devoid of content and full of abuse. You won't convince anyone with such diatribe.

    • For those with thick skulls Netanyahu could have not have expressed it better. and the US wets its pants in response.

      I look forward to greeting the first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia next year. Of course the intolerant left are bound to get very frenzied over this.

    • MW always avoiding the nub of the problem. This is what Saeb Erekat said a couple of years ago:
      "Anyone who says he wants to keep settlers in the Palestinian state is actually saying that he doesn’t want a Palestinian state. No settler will be allowed to stay in the Palestinian state, not even a single one, because settlements are illegal and the presence of the settlers on the occupied lands is illegal."
      All this left-wing quibbling about the character of Israel (ever been in an Israeli hospital and witnessed the demonstrably equal treatment of Jew and Arab?) when on the other side we have the makings of a totally racist society where Jews will not be permitted to live at all.

  • Gaza 2 years on: These children are now gone forever and an empty space remains
    • Q1. There were many parts of Gaza that were not under attack by Israeli forces during Operation Protective Edge
      Q2. Obviously Hamas's military suppliers were and are still having problems smuggling weapons through their tunnel network; that's doesn't stop them wanting to kill as many Israelis as possible. Their intent is clear and if Israel loosened the security controls over Gaza Hamas would be quick to take advantage of it.

    • Mr.T please post details of your campaign to request all colonial powers who settled somewhere in the third world during the last few hundred year to withdraw and go back to where they came from. But I suspect that with typical anti-Semitic aplomb that it's only the Jews you are concerned about.

    • According to a PressTV report Saeb Erekat has claimed that the number of children killed was 487, not 550.
      How many of this lesser number were killed by Hamas militants misdirecting their fire?
      How many were being used as human shields?
      Israel went to unprecedented lengths to minimize civilian casualties but war is war.
      Hamas had been firing thousands of rockets at Israel for years; I don't read one jot of criticism here about Hamas, a proscribed terrorist organisation and their primary responsibility in this whole affair.

  • Months after saying he won't appear at Israeli foreign ministry events, Amos Oz will do just that in Paris
    • It seems like Philip Weiss has nothing worthwhile to say any more so he is now lapsing into complete bullshit. The emblem he suggests is representative of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the Emblem of the State of Israel and there has been no suggestion by Amos Oz that he opposes Israel itself in any sense.

  • After Palestinian takes gold in Rio for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are 'Israeli'
    • Jordan is Palestine.

    • Dishonest reporting - milking this story with as much anti-Israel venom as can be mustered . Reading the Jewish Telegraphic Agency story mentioned one gets an impression of a real good news story:
      "Jordan won its first-ever Olympic medal — a gold — thanks to the performance of a Palestinian taekwondo fighter ..."
      "Abu Ghosh is considered a model of coexistence between Israeli Jews and Arabs"
      "under public pressure and protest by left- and right-wing Israelis over what was perceived as an unjust and ungrateful move, most of Abu Ghosh’s residents were allowed to resettle there by 1950."
      "Today, Abu Ghosh is one of a few Arab-Israeli villages with Jewish residents."
      But MW finds a way as usual to twist a story of celebration into another anti-Israel hate binge.

  • Olympian at the checkpoint: why a Palestinian swimmer couldn't train in Jerusalem
    • The Palestinians disgraced themselves with the Munich massacre back in 1972. The Olympic movement has embarrassed itself ever since by never properly acknowledging this massacre at the Olympic Games. The world has been bullied into accepting the Palestinians by the pro-Palestinian propaganda machine; to do otherwise would be to invite terrorism and threats of intimidation to your nation's doorstep.

    • Palestinians competing at the Olympics are an embarrassment. They don't have the wherewithal. Their presence at Rio has nothing to do with them having any sporting prowess; they are showing up just to win propaganda points.

      Mohammed Abu Khoussa, the first Palestinian runner to compete in the 100-meter event in the Olympics ran the worst time 11:89 of all competitors in the heats of the event. He had hoped to beat his current best time of 10:55, especially after just having completed 10 months of training on the African Island nation of Mauritius.

  • Out of 1.8 million Gazans, 250 over age 50 are allowed to travel to Jerusalem to pray
    • @YoniFalic, surely you know that the Temple Mount was relinquished after the 1967 war by Dayan and "the heavy limitations it (Israel) imposed on itself there, contravened in many ways everything that believing Jews pray for every day."

      Dayan’s most significant act on the Temple Mount, which sparked controversy over the years and was widely criticized, was to forbid Jewish prayer and worship there, unlike the arrangements that have emerged at the Machpelah Cave in Hebron where there is also a functioning mosque.

      Dayan decided to leave the mount and its management in the hands of the Muslim Wakf, while at the same time insisting that Jews would be able to visit it (but not pray at it!) without restriction. Dayan thought, and years later even committed the thought to writing, that since for Muslims the mount is a “Muslim prayer mosque” while for Jews it is no more than “a historical site of commemoration of the past…one should not hinder the Arabs from behaving there as they now do.” (I say very gracious indeed).

      The Israeli defence minister believed that Islam must be allowed to express its religious sovereignty – as opposed to national sovereignty – over the mount; that the Arab-Israeli conflict must be kept on the territorial-national level; and that the potential for a conflict between the Jewish religion and the Muslim religion must be removed. In granting Jews the right to visit the mount, Dayan sought to placate the Jewish demands for worship and sovereignty there. In giving religious sovereignty over the mount to the Muslims, he believed he was defusing the site as a center of Palestinian nationalism."

      In other words Dayan was well aware of the propensity of the Muslim clergy to create hysteria at the drop of a hat so he made a sacrifice for the sake of keeping the peace but this in way diminishes the Temple Mount as a site of deep religious significance for Jews.

      That didn't prevent the lies and deceit that emerged in this latest round of Palestinian incitement where Muslim clerics used well-worn libels to stir up anger and hatred in the Palestinian community with unfounded fears of threats to Al-Aksa.

      Read "The Al-Aksa is in Danger" Libel: History of a Lie"

    • How many Jews are permitted to pray on the Temple Mount?
      Answer: 0

  • Video: Israeli soldier throws 8-year old Palestinian girl's bike into bushes
    • @Mooser, the Jews have never compelled Muslims to convert to Judaism. It is Muslims who have given the Jews in Muslim society three great choices - convert to Islam, die by the sword or live as a dhimmi.

    • @Roha, so you say "Don’t settle there, then. No-ones forcing you to.". How about trying the same sentence on the Palestinians who have their claws on Jerusalem?

    • @talknic,

      “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

      ― Socrates

    • @Shingo, you are obviously delighted to tout canards that aren't true if they advance your Pallywag cause.

    • @talknic you should bury you legalistic gobbledegook once and for all because this isn't where the conflict exists today. At its core it has become an existential dispute and the squabbling over territory is only a ruse to feed to the West who can't fathom that a dispute can be over anything beside terrority.

    • I am entitled to live in Australia because I am Australian. Jews are entitled to live in greater Israel because they are Jewish; this is where their roots lie and Israel is the Jewish state.

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