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University Student from Canada, name is after my dog. Think the treatment of Palestinians is shameful.

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  • Organizations across Canada oppose government effort to criminalize criticism of Israel
    • Both parties liberal and cons have historically been strong supporters of Israel and that doesn't appear to be change with Trudeau as leader. He recently sent out a tweet condemning Israel Apartheid Week at McGill.

      Trudeau tweeted: The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses. As a @McGillU alum, I’m disappointed. #EnoughIsEnough

      And thomas Mulcair is no better. Canadians For Justice and Peace in the Middle East always gives it's followers a run down on each candidates position and Canada is left without a leader who doesn't favour Israel, sadly.

  • Just like the Nazis, Iran 'plans to exterminate six million Jews' -- Netanyahu
  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • I meant the very last comment comments on BDS. And I think it is important to address why he disagrees. One can't argue for human rights and at the same time deny another's, finkelstein is right (that is what israel is currently doing). So he really should have expanded further. I understand the work it takes to write, I've written hundreds of 20 page + essays, but if I state something, or disagree with a point and then fail to expand on it, well that takes away from the quality of the paper.

      I hope he does at some point expand on his final paragraph.

      My apologizes if my post rubbed the wrong way, it was really a compliment, I enjoy Phil's writing and really respect his view points, so I was just wanting to hear more. Tis all

    • C'mon Phil, if you disagree with someone you have to state why. The onus is not on someone else to argue on your behalf. It is your disagreement, and should express why, In this article.

      I hope to see an update by the end of the day LMAO

      Great article though!!!

  • On Netanyahu's apology to Palestinian citizens of Israel
    • He didn't even apologize. He said he "regrets" his remarks. Regret is much different from feeling sorry. He may regret it for a host of reasons; my guess would be the political fall out that occurred as a result, and not that it was completely racist.

  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
  • Cruz's 'unapologetic' stand for Israel plays well with VA Christians and rightwing NY Jews
    • Alberta is more Texas than Texas. Cruz was born there and Harper got his political start there.

    • He's Canadian LMAO. Ya'll can keep him

      Honestly though, I have about as a much a chance of winning the Presidential nomination as this moron.

      funny that a hardcore christian channels John Lennon who said "Imagine there's no heaven... and no religion too"

      Imagine a president who unapologetically stands up to the apartheid state of Israel. Imagine!!!

  • 'Do US Jews need a Jewish state for our safety?' debate begins in wake of Netanyahu victory
    • That's brilliant, Piotr. If anti-semitsm ever becomes so vile and rampant in the US. It is more than likely the aid and US security guarantee would end. Israel would become very vulnerable making it a dangerous place to live. It's an illogical argument for US jews to make. I wonder if they ever thought about it that way.

  • Netanyahu and the unraveling of the British Jewish consensus
    • Makes me wonder if this was a calculated move by Netanyahu to see if th world would turn. And if they don't then it basically gives them free reign to expand settlements, annex more land, displace more Palestinians etc etc etc. If the world doesn't bat at eye at his honest comment that any knowledgable observer would have known to be true, then he can go a head with his plan of a greater Israel.

      The world better stand up for Palestinians now that it is clearly out in the open what the true goal of Israel is.

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • Netanyahu's father said that his son would never implement or support a Palestinian state. You have to be willfully ignorant if you believe that Netanyahu is in favour of granting the Palestinians a state.

      I hope this is a pivotal moment and now that the true face of Israel is bared to the world real pressure can be put on them, and this inherently unjust, and racist movement known as zionism can enter the dust bins of history, and all those who supported it can account for their standing on the wrong side of history.

  • Neocon meteor Sen. Cotton is funded by Abrams, Adelson and Kristol and loves war a little too much
    • Only people unfamiliar with Strauss' works point to his influence on the Neo Cons.Read his works and you'll see Leo Strauss was a great philosopher and nothing being attributed to him by Tim Robbins, or Shadia Drury (idiot) is representative of his thoughts.

      I would wager good money most neocons have never read a word by Strauss. They certainly have not explained or defended their policy choices by referencing Strauss. And how many these so called neo cons actually studied directly under Strauss? The answer is NONE. Both Kristol and Wolfowitz have said that their political views and political advocacy own nothing to Leo Strauss

      Thought Mondoweiss was above parroting the lies of the mainstream media?

  • Jim Crow's polite sons
    • Dr. King courageously taught us the imperative of connecting the issues with, as he put it, “the fierce urgency of now”. In his words, “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and racism.” In 1967 he declared, “We must restructure the whole of American society. Why are there tens of millions of people living in poverty in America? We are called on to help the desperate beggars in life’s marketplace, but what we need to do is question the edifice that produces beggars in the first place.” -

      This is why MLK was killed. He started threatening the dominant system in America. If he could unite blacks and poor whites, then the system was really in trouble. Therefore he had to be eliminated. Everything was fine when he was simply lobbying for equal rights for blacks, but that all changed when he started lobbying for a change in the economic system of America. Equality for blacks did not/would not change the power structure (we can see that now with the new jim crow) but his call for equality for all could definitely change it.

      R.I.P Martin, you were an ubermensch

  • In Iraq and Syria the US sanctions its allies while its friends back its enemies (got that?)
    • Kathleen, please do not smear Leo Strauss until you have really studied his teachings. He did not condone lying to the masses by the elite. This recent interpretation is way off base. And gets it roots in Platos Republic. And it had nothing to do with lying for political gain. It is about social justice and responsibilty. And it was fully acknowledged as a lie by Plato. Nor did Strauss write esoterically. Not a single neocon actually studied under Leo Strauss. The closest is Kristol and wolfowitz who took a coulple of classes from students of Leo Strauss. Whom both admit that their politics does not stem from Leo Strauss. Leo Strauss never gave us his political thougts, what he gave us where beo thoughts on a variety of philosophers. His thought is too indeterminable to influence policy. So not to sound rude, but stop repeating things you have only heard and know nothing about. Name me one book or essay by Strauss you have read that would support the thesis that he is very influential on neocon policy. When one resorts to falsehoods and exaggerations to support their cause, all it really does is diminish it. Stop blaming an other wise obscure philosopher for a misguided war.

  • Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams 'breach of protocol'
  • Gaza war blowback? Palestinian stabs 13 on Tel Aviv bus.
    • I have to be honest. But I really don't care about Israeli's. And I could care less if they are attacked or killed. They support, and are apart of system that denies basic human rights to millions of people. Maybe when they respect the lives or others, I will feel some solemnity when they are attacked.

      if I feel this way, living 1000's of miles away, imagine how a Palestinian feels who lives with it everyday and grew up with it. Sorry, don't feel bad at all. Makes me think of what Malcolm X said, "chickens coming home to roost never made me sad; they alway made me glad."

    • maybe he was just a bad shot and missed.

  • A Gazan’s wishes for 2015
    • ALaa, thank you for this post. I really do hope you get your language maps very soon!!

      I really appreciate this post cause it sheds a great light on the things we here in the West take for granted, such as a electricity on 24/7, the ability to get simple products delivered to our door and freedom of movement.

      Makes me so fucking angry. All this wonderful girl wants to do is learn, to further her education!!! And the god-damn occupation is preventing her from getting some simple fucking language maps!!!

      My wish for New Years is that Palestinians, no, all peoples, receive justice and freedom this year.

      I also wish there was a way to help you get those maps!!!

      I'm sorry for the foul language, but I am quite angry after reading this. It's the simple things we take for granted, that so many others go without. Thank you again, Alaa.

  • 'Spiral,' 'threat,' 'polarization,' or 'full-scale popular campaign for Palestinian freedom' -- reactions to the ICC move
    • CigarGod,

      You are absolutely correct, African-Americans and Black South Africans did not do it by themselves. Many with no real vested interest, other than an unwavering belief in human rights and justice for everyone, stood with those people. I should have been more concise. What I was trying to say is that I have little faith that an international organization can compel Israel to do what is right, whether that be granting full human rights to all (1SS) or giving the Palestinians a viable state (2SS). I support everyone using whatever tools are available to grant Palestinians their human rights. I whole heartedly support the BDS movement. I am happy about them joining the ICC. It is a tool. I just don't think it will have any teeth, sadly. I guess I am waiting for a cogent analysis of how it will effect change. I am hoping desperately that I am wrong!

      I'm sorry, I am impatient, and I feel like a piece of shit saying that. I watched this movie last night "Inch'Allah' about a French-Canadian doctor working in a women's health centre in the OPT. A scene moved me to weep for about 5 minutes, I had to pause the movie. It was a scene where the friend of the doctor was forced to give birth at a checkpoint. I wrote a paper - not very good, I got a C, partially cause I did not link it to globalization, but I digress - on the challenges to women's health living in the OPT. It just made me angry, sad, and cynical that change can actually happen in a timely fashion. My heart goes out to these people.

    • Annie,

      I'm currently reading a book by John Mearsheimer "Why Leaders Lie" and as he shows, leaders are more likely to mislead their own publics than other states. The point is that lying occurs most often when addressing your own people, for obvious reasons. And like an ex girlfriend once told me, "actions speak louder than words." One can talk a good talk, but if it is not backed up by action it is idle chatter.

      And what does it take for them to step in? Was Gaza not enough? I really don't believe that they would ever step in for the Palestinians. The only way they would engage in war with Israel is if Israel attacked them first. And then it would not be in defence of Palestinians but of their own territory.

      I think it is unrealistic for supporters of Palestine to put their hopes in other nations coming to their defence. It hasn't happened in the past, and it won't happen in the future. Nations do not enter into violent conflict unless it serves their national interest. So unless someone can show me how it serves any the three aforementioned countries national interest I will not put any hope in any nation or military group coming to the aide of Palestinians.

      I think the Palestinians should demand the vote and mobilize the ENTIRE Palestinian community (every man, woman and child) in the West Bank and Gaza in massive non-violent resistance. And if that doesn't work, then mobilize the ENTIRE Palestinian community in violent resistance. And yes, both actions will result in much blood shed. And yes, it's easy for me to say sitting in the comfort of my home in Canada, but blood is being spilt anyways.

      I have no faith in the international community, I have no faith in the ICC, I have no faith in the U.N, and I have no faith in other nations forcing Israel to give Palestinians human rights. I believe they can only do it for themselves.

    • I really don't know why anyone is getting excited. What mechanism is available to the ICC to enforce their rulings, if it ever even gets there?

      Does anyone really think any powerful countries will apply sanctions or use military force against Israel to force them to comply?

      The U.N has passed how many resolutions in regards to Israel? And how many have been enforced? ZERO.

      I"m sorry, the International arena is anarchic, there is no global police force, and no means of enforcing rules or rulings.

      The ICC has convicted only two invididuals since its inception. I really don't see it have any real effects on the ground i Palestine.

      Lets say for instance that the ICC rules in favour of Palestinians; the settlements are illegal and must be disbanded, Israel against the Geneva conventions transferred its population to an occupied territory, that the IDF commits war crimes, and crimes against humanity and that the occupation must end. Who will enforce those rulings? And how? We all know this to be true, but even though we know that, what is in place to enforce it?

    • Taxi, what are you sources for your claims? I am curious, as I would like to peruse them. Thank you!!

      And I really hope that Palestinians are not relying on other nations or groups to step in for their self defence. One of the key tenets of Realism is self-help, that no nation can rely on another for its defence. Usually cause no nation will risk its soldiers life and nations international standing fighting for another state. And I hardly see how it is in the national interest of either Lebanon, Iran, or Syria to step in for the Palestinians. Syria is embroiled in a civil war, they don't have the resources, or will, or man power to fight for Palestinians. Iran is involved in nuclear negotiations, and is suffering from sanctions. Are they going to risk the ire of the U.S and the other P5 during nuclear negotiations to fight for the Palestinians? I find that doubtful. The only country that might have a vested national interest would be Lebanon, but I still don't see Hezbollah coming to the defence of Palestine.

      I may be wrong, and I would enjoy reading your response. Maybe you can convince me to think otherwise

  • A point by point response to Alan Dershowitz’s 'Ten Reasons Why The BDS Movement Is Immoral'
    • A good book that covers the 67 War is "The Six day War" edited by Parker

      Zeev Maoz "Defending the Holy Land"

      NOrman Finkelstein "Image and Reality..."

  • Wall around Bethlehem is Christmas billboard in Atlanta
    • I get the symbolism of the card and quite like it. But my beef with it is that Joseph and Mary were jewish so they would have no troubles traveling through the 'holy land' and jesus was born in nazerath.

  • Israeli officials threaten return to Intifada-era policy of demolishing suspects' homes
    • It's quite clear that Israel's true intentions are to spark a 3rd Intifada; they will use that to try and finish the ethnic cleansing they started in 1947; or they will use it to try and portray the Palestinians as a violent people, not partners for peace, etc etc. The world is not going to buy into (Ihope)

  • Canadian Jewish paper censors piece defending Zionism because it mentions Blumenthal debate
    • I'm so upset I didn't know about this!!!

      I live in Ottawa and Miri Sucharov was a professor of mine for two classes. A fourth year International Relations seminar and 3rd year class on the Israel Palestine conflict. I challenged her in that class about the 1ss or 2ss. Guess that explains why I got a C. HAHA

      And I really have wanted to see Max speak since I read Goliath.

      I would so have been there. So upset!!! Why didn't I know about this!!!!

      Can anyone inquire about finding a video or a transcript or detailed synopsis. Curious about how this went.

  • Revealed: Right-wing group StandWithUs' strategy to combat Israel Apartheid Week
    • sure, it could be described as a 'hate fest'. A hate fest against israel's unjust policies towards the Palestinians as well as African asylum seekers.

  • Fearless authors dance on third rail of US politics...
  • Watch the Scarlett Johansson SodaSteam ad banned from the Super Bowl (not for the reasons you'd hope)
    • What a lame advertisement

      I don't know why someone doesn't invent a better, cooler, and more socially just "soda stream"

      Sorry, Sodastream. Coke will always kick your ass (and pepsi too). I will never use or drink anything by your product.

  • Stephen Harper's Criticizing-Israel-Is-Anti-Semitic screed is exploded on CBC
    • If one is criticizing Israeli policy, such as the occupation, and all the horrors that come with it, such as, house demolitions, checkpoints, extrajudicial executions and like, and one is called anti-Semitic, then the accuser is bizarre. In order for those criticisms to be anti- Semitic the accuser has to accept those violations of international law as inherent characteristics of Jewry. So who is being anti-Semitic here?

  • When you watch football, you are complicit in violent assault
    • Interesting choice of words

      describing football as violent, you immediately have judged sport

      violence always carries with it a negative connotation. I guess it's obvious that are a not a fan

      but football is not violent, nor are watchers complicit in said violence

      Violence has a goal, an intent, which differs entirely from the goals and intent in football. Violence purpose is to hurt, injure, kill, maim etc. Football's goal is to score points, to advance the ball, to win the game. There is no goal to injure, or kill or hurt the other player (and please don't bring up bounty gate, it was an isolated incident that was punished and highly criticized)

      Football is a physical sport, and like all physical sports, no, like all sports there is the chance for injury. But it is not a violent sport. For a sport to be violent then it's stated goal would be to hurt or cause injury, and that is not the goal of any of the 4 major leagues in North America

      if you don't like the game, don't watch it. It will go on without you, long after we are all dead and gone.

      And to those comparing football to gladiators is a fools errand. But I guess it helps to advance your point that football is violent. Except that they are completely different

      These men get paid millions of dollars to play a sport they love, they are not forced to play, they are not out to hurt each other, to kill each other, they are out to win the game, and play within the rules of the game. They know it's a physical sport, they know the chance of injury, and they still love to play the game. To call it violent is an insult to these players and to all players of the sport, whether it be NFL players or little 8 year kids in the community house league.

      You're judging them, you're calling them violent, you are saying something about their character as people, and it is not right.

      Sherman came from violence, he saw real fucking violence, where the goal was to kill, to eliminate the other person, and he made it out the concrete jungle of Compton to attend Stanford University and get a 3.9 GPA average in communications. And you have the audacity to call him, and his sport violent!!!

      Get real. Change the channel. Stick to writing about something you know about.

    • Maurice Richard took a stick to the head, and when he went to defend himself the linesman prevented him from defending himself, so he had to punch the linesman in order to get him to let go of him so he could defend himself.

      Richard was targeted by every goon on all original 6 teams. The league, which was english, did nothing to prevent the star french player from being the target of other teams

      The people in montreal had had enough, their star player was being thrown to the wolves every night and the league was doing nothing about it.

      The suspension was entirely unjust, and unprecedented, and was based on anti-french prejudice.

      The politics in quebec and montreal at the time made for a very tense situation.

      based on all this, the people of Montreal had enough and went to the streets.

      If you really want to disparage hockey fans, why not have chosen the riot in Vancouver a few years back when they lost the cup to Boston and rioted downtown.

  • Stop the Nonsense: Nobody is proposing a boycott of 'the Jews'
    • Geez, Jews sure seem at home in Canada and the U.S

      They are quite successful in these countries too, I might add.

      And isn't it odd that more and more young Israeli's feel more at home in Berlin and other European countries than they do in their so-called homeland

  • Netanyahu: Israel is 'by itself,' 'not bound by this agreement'
    • Apparently Israel is not by itself

      It has the great power known as Canada by it's side

      Here is a link to CBC canada.

      link to

      here is what John Baird, our foreign minister says

      "Past actions predict future actions and Iran has defied the United Nations Security Council, and simply put, Iran has not earned the right to have the benefit of the doubt,"

  • Blumenthal's book draws ire of a one-time Kahane-supporter (and Dershowitz)
    • I got this book 2 days ago, and have not been able to put it down

      It is an important book.

      Really shows what Israel is becoming as a country.

      I read a book In The Garden of Beasts: An American Family Living in Hitlers Berlin

      I must say, That book makes Israel today remind me of Germany in the 30's

  • What Comes Next: Liberating Israelis and Palestinians
    • Actually, he used it correctly.

      From Webster
      1 : to display ostentatiously or impudently : parade 2 : to treat contemptuously

  • Ben White begins North American speaking tour in the face of opposition
    • 4 speaking engagements in the Greater Toronto Area. SMH

      Ben, You should have done 2 in Toronto, 1 in Montreal, and 1 in Ottawa (where I live, would like to have seen this)

  • 'The Onion' uses the k-word
    • Yes, it is, cause although 'Braves' and 'indians' are insensitive in some regard, those words are not actual racist slurs.

      Atlanta Braves this year were forced to change a hat and logo because many felt it was insensitive to First Nations (Indians)

      Redskins suck anyways. Change the name, make a boatload of new merchandise sales and move on

    • How bout we change the team to the Washington Niggers, or any other racist term. I used nigger to illustrate a point, it has been called the most noxious epithet in the english language. I really doubt anyone would come to the defence of a team named that, so why would anyone come to the defence of "redskin"

      You don't see the fuss? the word is highly racist and derogatory.

  • Liberal Zionists call on ADL to cease publishing 'anti-Israel' sh*tlist because it will alienate U.S. Jews
    • I don't think Israel should exist as country. It was founded upon lies and injustice, and therefor in support of truth and justice it should be disbanded and all residents receive equal rights and equal privileges.

      You can call me an anti-semite all you wish. I don't give a rats ass if that's what you think. It makes me laugh.

      If supporting human rights and justice for palestinians is anti-semitic, then I'll wear that as a badge of honour

  • MJ Rosenberg owes Ali Abunimah an apology for false accusations of anti-Semitism
    • A nation is an imagined community, so who gives a shit if it disappears. It's not like the people are actually disappearing.

      "I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Palestinians, but I am not willing to see the only Jewish nation on the planet dissolved in order to fix the problem."

      So Jewish rights trump Palestinian rights? OKAY!!! Racist much????

  • Video shows aftermath of Israeli soldier assault on Palestinian child
    • Are you serious?? what is the matter with you, are you now human? do you not have an ounce of decency in your body? This was a little girl. I'm sorry, but you disgust me, you make me sad for humanity.

  • What Comes Next: A secular democratic state in historic Palestine - a promising land
  • Major 'NYT' piece calls two-state negotiations 'phony'--and catastrophic
    • [quote]Do you know why I like boring people? Because it would never occur to them to shoot at you or to steal your land. Boring people respect the law.
      By the way, Miriam and Hophmi aren’t boring at all…[/quote]

      That made me laugh my ass off

    • Miriam, I have two copies of Ali's book. I would gladly send you one. If you promise to read it with an open and honest heart

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  • The Har Homa Heat?: Meet the settlement-building family that owns the Miami Heat
    • Great Article. Now I can call into sports radio and hate on Lebron and the Heat even more :)f

      Why ya hating on the Heat?? Ask the Palestinians

  • After a week of protests, conditions are ripe for a popular uprising across the West Bank
    • can't take anything seriously from someone who can't even spell the man's name correctly. It's "Gandhi" not "Ghandi"

  • Netanyahu out as PM?: Yair Lapid shocks Likud/Beiteinu in Israeli election
  • MLK would have supported Palestinian protest movement -- Mercury News
  • The reviews are in: 'Zero Dark Thirty makes me hate muslims'
  • Palestinians establish new village-- Bab al-Shams, 'Gate of the Sun'-- in Occupied E1
    • Really? That's too funny!!!

      This is great news. Good for them, I hope this can gain a large following and more people show up.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Stuck inside of Israel with the Diaspora blues again
  • Help keep Mondoweiss strong -- Please give to our end of year fundraising drive today
  • Conversations with my mom in Gaza
  • Where's the debate?
  • Was Obama just doing the rope-a-dope last night?
  • Happy Valentines Day: Anonymous takes down web sites for tear gas company and Bahrain government
  • Hasbara PennBDS wrap-up: Pro-Israel students are ignorant
  • A lull on this site
    • Sweet, but that wasn't my intention. I just always heard it was better to pray for someone else than your self. So why not you, and then you get to take Chaos for a sweet world wide vacation. Seems win win to me. And maybe you'll feel kind enough to buy me a Ferrari and pay off my student loan when I graduate. :)

    • Gives a short atheist/agnostic prayer that Taxi wins lottery :)

  • Beinart to cast Obama as caped hero of two-state-solution in forthcoming book
  • Fatah and Hamas sign historic unity deal, Abbas to head interim government
    • You wouldn't happen to have a link?

      Also, Uri Anery has a column out that says that Hamas agreed to renounce violence and agree to 67 borders

      Here is the link

      link to

    • I read about this yesterday, and how Netanyahu says that they must choose between "peace with Israel and Peace with Hamas"

      If I am not mistaken, is this not opposite of one of the arguments Israel used before, that since there was no unity it would be impossible to negotiate for peace. Someone correct me if I am wrong

  • Trying to save two-state consensus, 'Washington Post' invokes 'demographic' threat
  • Santorum is a one-stater-- he says all of West Bank is Israel
    • There are a lot of replies here, and I don't know if someone has posted this

      but google santorum and see what the first definitions is.


  • 'If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed'
    • GReat Headline.

      It reminds me of a political cartoon a I saw where jesus an co where on mules and they were trying get into bethlehem but were prevented by the wall

      I would love to find that cartoon again

  • 'A matter of justice': Joe Sacco on the Suez war, Gaza, and his future work
    • This is a wonderful book. He also has another great book titled Palestine.

      link to

      "I had considered Palestinians terrorists. Without really paying attention to what was going on in the Middle East, that’s what I was getting from, basically, osmosis. That’s what was filtering down to me without doing any of my own research into it."

      This is interesting, as I can admit to having something similar happen to me. Being too young to actually care about the news, I still somehow remember in the 80's Palestinians being portrayed in a negative light.

  • 'The Social Network' and the Acceptance World
  • New details emerge on IDF interrogation methods of prisoners
  • Assailed on Facebook for Tel Aviv gig, British musician Joker appears to back out
  • Is portrait of Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network' anti-Semitic?
    • This reminds me of the move Boomerrag, with Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, Robing Givens and Martin Lawerence, where they are commenting on Pool being inherently racist.

      People can find racism and prejudice in anything

    • c'mon Phil, this move is not anti-Semitic. His jewishness never even mentioned in the film. One would have to know he was jewish to make that connection.

      I think it is easy to believe that zuckerberg is as bad as he is made out to be.

      He stole the code from the Olympic Rowers

      he fucked his friend totally

      The only redeeming quality about zuckerberg was his work ethic.

      And even sociopaths can like Puppies.

      heck, I heard that Hitler was a big proponent of animal rights.

      mabye I just don't get your argument

  • Israel's war on Christmas --Updated
    • Maybe Witty's first language is not english. It is kinda insulting to criticize someone on their grammar and spelling if english is not their fist language.

      I made a post yesterday criticizing him for his incoherent statements, but then I got to thinking that maybe english is not his first language, and I felt kinda bad.

      I disagree with everything the man has to say cause he's wrong. lol. But I don't think we should disparage his command of the english language, especially if it is not his first.

  • Settlers attack Israeli military base and set fire to Jerusalem mosque
  • A single-state vision must go beyond Israel vs Palestine, and be inclusive
    • I didn't read most of your post following your questions

      if you haven't read it, I suggest you read One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.

      It is a great book

  • Why did it take 6 years to talk about the Israel lobby?
  • David Remnick erases Norman Finkelstein
    • NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: Well, the record is fairly clear. You can find it on the Israeli website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Mr. Indyk is correct that Hamas had adhered to the ceasefire from June 17th until November 4th. On November 4th, here Mr. Indyk, I think, goes awry. The record is clear: Israel broke the ceasefire by going into the Gaza and killing six or seven Palestinian militants. At that point — and now I’m quoting the official Israeli website — Hamas retaliated or, in retaliation for the Israeli attack, then launched the missiles."

      That is the quote Mooser

      And Finkelstein is right.

      The truce was broken on November 4th (By Israel). But Witty probably doesn't remember, something significant in the U.S was happening that day

    • even if this book was true,who gives a shit. The findings are irrelevant. It does not diminish Palestinian claims to their rightful land.

      I understand what she was trying to do, and why people use the book. I just wanted to point out that it doesn't matter.

      Finkelstein is GOAT !!!

      I almost feel sorry for this woman, who wants to be remembered for writing a complete hoax. but, you reap what you sow

    • I have been frequenting this site for years. I am a natural born english speaking Canadian, I am a university student, I have read some tough works, and I still cannot comprehend what Witty is saying.

      could someone please tell me what the hell this means

      "A polemicist is a liar, in the sense of false attribution of authority of knowledge, rather than the rational attitude of humility of knowledge."

  • What are they smoking? Wiesenthal Center lumps Abbas appearance at U.N. with 'neo-Nazis and crackpots'
    • Not at all, you've just got goggles on.

      "... birthplace of Jesus Christ" Now, let me think back to sunday school, thats right. Jesus was jewish.

      you're so caught up in Israel and its supporters are always right that you can't see the forest for the trees.

  • Nabi Saleh not allowed to bury their beloved son in peace
    • What Crime? Murder.

      The soldier fired the tear gas cannister in such away that did not follow IDF regulations when shooting a tear gas cannister

      Stones are not lethal weapons, and pose no threat. THere is the issue of proportionality.

      The occupation is illegal, and any act that occurs as a result of that occupation is a crime

      Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. And these demonstrations are peaceful until met with a violent response from the IDF

      As my boy Tupac said

      They call me militant, racist cause I will resist
      You wanna censor somethin, motherfucker censor this!
      My words are weapons, and I'm steppin to the silent
      Wakin up the masses, but you, claim that I'm violent

  • Mustafa Tamimi has died
    • would anyone say that the throwing of rocks at a bear invading your campsite is a violent act? I highly doubt it. IT would be viewed as a defence measure. It is also a statement; Get the FUCK off my land before you destroy me

    • This brought tears to my eyes. Makes me so angry


      This ruined my fucking night. I'm going to get high and forget about this shit for the night. Can't believe it. Israel is a blight to humanity

  • Iran airs footage of US drone intact
  • The last koffiyeh factory in Palestine
    • So I clicked the link to check out the store and I saw olives. I love Olives. Anyone ever had any Olives from Palestine?

      I don't even know where the heck the olives I eat are from, I would assume Italy

  • Words vs. Israeli soldiers - Demonstration in Nabi Saleh, Palestine
  • Welcome to the new Mondoweiss
  • Six Palestinian Freedom Riders arrested traveling on Israeli-only bus
  • Boycott update: Champion fencer Sara Besbes stands down rather than plays Israeli
    • I bet you didn't say that when The U.S boycotted the Olympics in Russia. Everyone has the duty to stand up for what is right. Not everyone has the same platform, this was hers, and she used it.

      Good on this girl.

  • Lupe Fiasco, member of the human race, takes his stand on Palestine
    • It was on a hip-hip site, ironically, where I was first introduced to the conflict.

      This one dude, kept destroying all the zionist lies and myths, etc. And I asked him to recommend a book for me to read. He recommended Finkelstein's Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict. I read it,and from there is was on.

      I made a thread on Allhiphop trying to find out why the Lupe performance about Palestine was pulled from the front page. If I find out, I will post my findings

    • THe first time I heard Lupe was on Kanye's first album and then I heard this Song "he gets the girl" and it's pretty good. Lupe is a smart guy, not the stereotypical rapper.

      Good on him to bring awareness to this. being involved in hip-hip and posting on a few forums dedicated to hip-hop. Hip Hop heads are already quite aware of this issue and majority support the palestinians. THis is all anecdotal evidence based on my participation in the forums. But I think it would represent a good sample.

      I still would love Jay-z, who has so much star power to take up this issue, or at least release one song with some mainstream appeal that addresses this. He would not be able to be character assassinated. And even if they tried, he'd just brush the dirt of his shoulders. Like someone above suggested, Nas would be another good one to speak up, but doesn't have the same star power as Jigga.

  • Lupe Fiasco performs with a Palestinian flag and Occupy Wall Street shirt at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards
    • I've been posting on ill community for years and years and years. Majority of posters on there adamantly support Palestinian rights. I find it strange that it would be pulled. I created a thread on there asking why it was pulled from the front page. I want to know why.

  • Mourning the Jewish New Year
  • Knesset to vote on full Israeli annexation of the West Bank
    • I suppose Israel has never done unilateral actions eh? GTFOH

      It's too bad there is a comments policy. Cause I would love to tell you how much of a piece of shit you are.

  • Border anxiety in the West Bank
    • awesome, thank you!!

    • Thanks, John

    • Thank You very much Tree et al, much appreciated!!

    • totally off topic, but this topic is getting some traffic.

      I'm taking a human rights class on political repression. For my essay I'm going to write on how Israel reacts to the peaceful protests by Palestinians.

      I remember Phil doing a couple stories about two gentleman imprisoned for being involved in protests. One was a gentleman who was involved in human rights and received an award in Norway. The other I cannot recall any details.

      There was also a video posted here of a distraught man pleading with Israeli soldiers (very moving man) during a protest. I also read on here that he was arrested shortly after that video was posted on here.

      Could someone help me out with the links on here or the names of those guys.

      Thank You

    • I would bet good money, and I really don't have any to bet, that they would do him like they did Chomsky and Finkelstein and forbid him from entering Israel.

    • There over 200,000 Palestinians on the "Israeli side." If the danger comes from Palestinians, how can this possibly be for security?

      Also, since the wall has been erected, there was an increase in attacks.

      And thousands of Palestinians cross through holes, gaps, etc. everyday to work in Israel. Yet, despite this, "terror" attacks are minimal these days.

      It is nothing more than an apartheid wall, to expropriate more land from Palestinians based on the false pretence of security.

  • Obama consulted no Palestinians for his rendition of history
    • COuld someone explain to me how Netanyahu can say the "Palestinians have not offered peace". FIrst of all, how can a people whom are occupied be considered the aggressors and then have the onus put on them to make peace? Second, isn't going to the international community, which largely supports the Palestinian bid the epitome of peaceful actions. Ridiculous.

    • Obama is a fucking douche bag. That speech almost made me puke

      if this whole fiasco is not proof of the strength of the lobby, then I don't know what is.

      I wish Obama would grow some balls, and say "fuck it, fuck the lobby, fuck the politics, fuck worrying about a second term, I am doing what is morally right and voting in favour of a Palestinian state."

      I thought American's were supposed to have pride, proud to be americans, proud to be the sole super-power, but it's starting to become clear who the real super-power is. I'm surprised more Americans are not outraged for looking like little bitches.

  • 9/11 commission prevaricated about prime grievance behind the attack, Palestine
    • I have read that the videos of the Palestinians 'dancing' in the streets was fake and it was really shot in 93 after Oslo signing. Is this true

    • I was just arguing on the internet with someone, saying that I doubted 911 would have happened if the U.S did not give unconditional support for israel at the expense of the Palestinians. Walt and Mearsheimer said something similar to Fisk's in The Israel Lobby.

  • First lady of Palestinian rap features Dead Prez's official video for 'The Kufiyyeh is Arabic'
    • Seham, where can one purchase this artists album? Its great to be exposed by YouTube, but she needs to make some dough

      And props to Dead Prez M-1 for getting on this track. Dead Prez have realeased some real consious rap.

      Some real mainstram Rappers need to get on this. Underground hip hop has spoke on this issue before. Talib Kweli has a few bars about Gaza, but what I would really like to see is Jay-z make a song about this. He has so much star power, and influence in hip-hop and pop culture that it would not affect his career. He would just act like a pimp and brush his shoulders off if he was critisized. Overnight he would make the Palestinian struggle 'cool' to be apart of.

  • 'Commentary' blames Turkey for starting the insurgency in Iraq
    • Chomsky always brings this up about how Turkey actually listens to his citizens. Turks did not want U.S troops to launch an illegal war from their country, and their leaders listened. Good for Turkeys leaders. I wish more leaders would listen to their citizens and act on their behalf

  • Hirsh Goodman hints that he will leave Israel if Netanyahu succeeds
  • 8th-inning thought experiments
  • Where Israel is headed
    • One always hopes that the next generation will bring about change for the better in society, it appears as if Israel will be headed in another direction in the near future.

  • 'JPost' fires Derfner for writing that Palestinians have the 'right' to use terrorism, notwithstanding his apology
  • 104 young Americans reported to go join Israeli army
    • Lmao, Mooser, my dog is a vegetarian.

    • I would definetly, no question about it, save my dog before the life of stranger.

      Humans are evil, vile creatures, hell, this site reports this vileness on a daily basis. A bit nihilistic, I know. But I dont' care, my dog will save me before most humans would. He would not hesitate to save my life, so I grant him the same respect

    • dimadok. Alot of times teh dogs have more than one handler and are not always able to be adopted by their handlers family once combat is over. But alot of times they are. CLick the link I gave to annie, there are some great stories about dogs in war

    • Annie, there is a great weekly blog over at on dogs of war

      link to

      It has some amazing stories of what dogs have done in combat.

      Click the link and it links you to a photo essay, and the first one is of a dog sky diving out a helicopter. From there you can scroll thru and find interesting articles.

  • '92d St Y' cancels appearance by Palestinian doctor whose 3 daughters were killed after Jewish co-panelist drops out
    • I saw this man speak at a writers festival in Ottawa last summer, And I cried just about the entire time he spoke and told his story. This man is a must hear for everyone. His story and philosophy must be heard. If everyone thought like this good Dr. whom has experienced more tragedy in a single year than most of us will have in an entire then there would be peace amongst Israeli's and palestinians.

      The most poignant point he always makes, is that when a patient comes into the hospital, he does not care whether they are Palestinian or Israeli, they are a human and thus deserve to be treated with care and dignity.

      I love this man, he is a hero

  • The settlements are illegal regardless of whether Israel is recognized as a 'Jewish state'
    • thank you both for those great explanations.

    • Could someone help me out with this argument and why it matters, if, in fact it does. I have heard that because 'the' is not preceding 'territories occupied...' from section (i) of res 242 it does not mean that Israel must withdraw from all the territories. I fail to see the significance in this and why it matters at all. I have also heard that it was an act of ambiguity on part of the UN in order for the resolution to pass. I have also heard that in the french version, the french equilevant to 'the' does precede 'occupied territories...' If someone would be kind of enough to clarify this for me, it would be greatly appreciated, as I am in a loss to understand why 'the' would be so significant. It is clear to me, regardless that 'the' is missing to what is meant by that statement; Israel must withdraw from the west bank

  • Goldberg's Goldstone smear
    • I want to post this link to Hybrid states 'New Israeli report on Operation Cast Lead confirms Goldstone report’s main findings'

      link to

      Defense Minister Ehud Barak described it as “false, distorted, and irresponsible“. Information Minister Yuli Edelstein called it “anti-Semitic“. Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said it “insidiously… portrayed the Jews as the deliberate murderers of innocents“. Foreign Minister Lieberman argued that its true purpose “was to destroy Israel’s image, in service of countries where the terms ‘human rights’ and ‘combat ethics’ do not even appear in their dictionaries“. And the US House of Representatives banded together in bipartisan harmony to pass a resolution (344–36) that called “on the President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration” of it.

      For nearly a year now, vicious attacks on the Goldstone report and on Judge Goldstone himself have been the thing for Israel’s numerous apologists to do.

      There is just one not-so-minor problem with this knee-jerk criticism of the report and infinite stream of ad hominem libel against its main author. A majority of the most damning—and damaging—war crimes that are alleged to have taken place have now been confirmed by the IDF’s own investigations into the matter, themselves only conducted in an effort to derail the Goldstone report’s referral to the International Criminal Court.

      IDF confirms over 20 gravest findings of the Goldstone Report
      Several of the most dramatic instances of war crimes, which previously stirred Israel’s defenders into fits, are now publicly admitted by the IDF in the recent update to its official response (which can be found here).

      Some examples of war crimes include:

      White phosphorous in urban areas: This one is probably the most famous admission that emerged after a series of easily disproved lies. Israel’s initial response was one of absolute denial, indeed indignation, that people would suggest it had used banned chemical weapons in densely populated areas. But the steady stream of photos and videos depicting phosphorous burns on children and buildings eventually forced Israel to admit it had used these prohibited weapons.
      The murder of two unarmed Palestinians carrying white flags of surrender.
      The Al-Fakhura Street incident: Israeli mortar fire at a site adjacent to a UN Relief Works Agency compound resulted in multiple civilian deaths.
      The use of innocent Palestinians as human shields: The Goldstone report explains that in order “to carry out house searches as human shields the Israeli soldiers took off AD/03’s blindfold but he remained handcuffed. He was forced to walk in front of the soldiers and told that, if he saw someone in the house but failed to tell them, he would be killed. He was instructed to search each room in each house cupboard by cupboard. After one house was completed he was taken to another house with a gun pressed against his head and told to carry out the same procedure there. He was punched, slapped and insulted throughout the process.” The new Israeli report identifies this anonymous human shield AD/03 and confirms this episode. Other cases of human shield use, e.g. Abbas Ahmad Ibrahim Halawa and Mahmoud Abd Rabbo al-Ajrami, were also confirmed.
      Al-Samouni family massacre: The Israelis attacked two houses of the Samouni family, killing 23 people in total. Subsequently, they prevented the Red Cross and PRCS from providing care to the wounded and dying for three days. Confirmed by Israel and the subject of a military investigation.
      Firing on Al Maqadmah and other mosques during prayer time.
      In total, a quick scan through the IDF’s new report provides direct confirmation of more than 20 of Goldstone’s findings. A number of these are the subject of internal IDF investigations, which are infuriating large swaths of the military. Of course, decent people everywhere should hope that those investigations are conducted in the most unbiased and professional manner possible, and that justice is served appropriately to all those who have committed war crimes. I am not holding my breath, but it’s good to throw this wish out there.

      Israel admits it did not minimize civilian casualties
      The IDF report states: “IDF orders include the obligation to take all feasible precautions in order to minimize the incidental loss of civilian life or property” [emphasis added]. Israelis accept this statement as an article of faith and become unglued at the suggestion that “everything possible” wasn’t done to ensure the safety of innocent people. This expression of faith is often followed by the questions: “What? Do you think Israel wants to kill civilians?” These questions are of course answered far more accurately with data on casualties than with ideological blindness.

      They are also answered, however, through inadvertent slips in the public relations machine that shapes international media coverage of Israel/Palestine. Today, we are treated to a spate of articles across the English and Hebrew-language press (e.g. here and here) about how Israel “promises” to do a better job of not killing innocent human beings next time around.

      “The IDF has … implemented operational changes in its orders and combat doctrine designed to further minimise civilian casualties and damage to civilian property in the future,” it said.

      “In particular, the IDF has adopted important new procedures designed to enhance the protection of civilians in urban warfare, for instance by further emphasising that the protection of civilians is an integral part of an IDF commander’s mission.”

      Perhaps in a future “update” the IDF can enlighten the world as to how it was previously taking “all feasible precautions” and yet finds only now new tactics to protect civilians. Perhaps the IDF spokesperson can further explain how emphasizing to its soldiers that “protection of civilians is an integral part” of the mission is considered an “operational change” from earlier practice. One must presume that protection of civilians has not been given sufficient attention until now, and only Goldstone’s courageous and now confirmed report has forced Israel to reconsider the meaning of “all feasible precautions” and “minimize civilian casualties”. As Magnes Zionist has pointed out, Israel seems to think it can get away with a “I didn’t do it but will try harder next time” approach.

      Or perhaps the IDF’s commanders and soldiers got a bit confused by all this talk of “protecting civilians” and that talk of the “Dahiya Doctrine.”

      But all of this gives the IDF a bit too much credit, too much benefit of the doubt. This new report is nothing more than a desperate tactic to try and avoid criminal prosecution for war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in the ICC. Most of the IDF’s “investigations” have already been dismissed as part of this whitewash, notwithstanding all the irate IDF officers unaccustomed to the pretense of accountability.

      All it teaches us is four concrete things: (1) the Goldstone report did a stunningly good job in identifying possible war crimes despite Israel’s concerted non-cooperation with the commission, (2) Israel has by its own admission failed to adequately protect civilians in war, (3) many people owe Judge Goldstone a sincere, begging apology for the disgraceful manner in which he has been treated, and (4) justice for the Palestinian victims of Israeli terrorism is still far away.

  • Duss 1, Oren 0
    • Despite the unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Israel still maintained full control of Gaza's land, sea, and air crossings. Hence, the occupation of the Gaza Strip by Israel was maintained. Under international law, maintaining control over a region or territory constitutes an occupation. All movement of goods and people between Gaza and the outside world is controlled by Israel, including the transportation of such necessities as food, medicine, and water.

      I would like someone to point out to Oren what the death toll of Palestinians is proportionally equivalent to of the U.S.

  • Help Mondoweiss continue to grow – give a tax deductible donation today
    • Yeah, I read the post. I just neglected to sign up until right now, when you reminded me.

      Can you fill me in on the book a little bit?

      And I must commend you on the iphone compatibility. It's great. It works fantastic and the layout is very good. Much props

      I have you guys on my facebook, twitter and my RSS feed and now the new app.

      As soon as the loan comes in, I will give a couple hundred dollars

    • The Book??

      I will contribute once I receive my student loan for this semester. Really broke right now, and my dog is getting tired of sharing his food with me

  • Maybe it should have been called 'why Israel doesn't care about traffic accidents'
  • Traveler
    • That is hilarious Avi. If I hadn't taken Judaism this past summer semester I would have no idea what a Sukkah was. Thanks for making me laugh

      And Phil, take lots of Pictures

  • 'Do you know how hard I work to control the rage inside of me?'
    • There are too many streets and squares name after Jewish terrorists to count. Two can play this game

    • I too Saw Dr Abulaish at the writers festival here in Ottawa, and I did not have a dry eye the entire time he was speaking. It was one of the saddest personal accounts of the conflict I have heard, and I myself was enraged and would not have blamed him for commiting vengence. He is a stronger man than I am. How this man can retain his rage and anger is beyond me. But he did make a good point. Who is he going to lash out at? The soldier who fired? Israeli citizens? or the government? If more men had the same thought process and rational as Dr Abulaish, peace would have been obtained along time ago. I honestly love that man for his ability to carry on under such adversity. First he loses his wife, and then not even a year later, loses his 3 daughters and niece.

  • White House briefing for Jewish-American leadership outlines strategy for Israeli-Palestinian talks
    • "the US will try to persuade the moderate Arab states to make gestures towards Israel and influence the Palestinians to compromise."

      I think the U.S should try and persuade Israel to compromise. The onus really is on Israel to compromise, since they are the occupying nation, stealing land.

  • Nobody here but us chickens
    • I agree James. I find it hard to find information on what his happening in Canada in regards to IP conflict. Canada is becoming very strong supporters of Israel and it is baffling. I just think of the recent comment that I read in the Globe and Mail "an attack on Israel is an attack on Canada". don't understand what is happenign to this country, we used to be concerned with Human Rights and spoke out against atrocities. I think we should start electing French PM's again, at least they had the balls and gaul to do and say what they think.

  • down time
  • Factchecking Kershner
    • Judaism is the bastard child of the Nile Valley Mystery System. The Ten commandments are a complete rip off from of the 42 Negative Confessions. You're religion is a complete rip off, a fraud and you use it to justify your colonization of Palestine. FUCKIN DISGUSTING.

  • Hubris: Israeli gov't flips off 6 congresspeople visiting with J Street
    • One can hope that this diplomatic diss can lead to withdrawal of the "aid" israel gets.

      What pisses me off the most, is that there aer people starving, 3 billion people and 6 billion goes to this tiny country. Fucked Up is all I can say.

  • 'Birthright' veteran says the debauchery produced dubiety
    • Can non-jews go on Birthright? I wanna get drunk, high and fuck some hot Israeli woman too, as Joe Sacco mentioned in his comic Palestine they have some of the hottest woman in Israel.

  • Who would teargas 'Avatar'?
    • The parrallels between this movie and the real life I/P conflict is astounding. That is the reason why i wanted to see it in the first place. I think it is wonderful that they dressed like the Navi. I hope people/the world/the U.S can soon see that the Palestinians are the Navi and fight for their cause

  • Touring 'Operation Attila the Hun,' Finkelstein tells the schmuck joke
    • I have a lot of respect for Norman Finkelstein. He pulls no punches and tells it like it is, which I highly respect. I have seen him speak a few times and have had brief conversations with him in person and in email, he really is a nice person. I have pre-ordered his new book and am axiously awaiting its arrival.

  • Canadian students launch campaign to divest from the occupation
    • That is my school!! I'm a part of SAIA

      Anyways, Canada just cut its funding for UNRWA, Conservatives cut funding to Kairos - a christian gruop involved in humanitarian efforts all over the world- cause they support BDS and are outspoken of Israel which the conservatives deem anti-semitic.

  • my wife might be falling out of love
    • damn, I thought this would help me broach the subject of falling out of love with my live in girlfriend. Oh well.

      Obama is just another U.S president. What do people expect???

  • Letter from an Israeli jail
  • 'Beautiful resistance' in Bethlehem's Aida refugee camp
    • I think it was on here Adam that your question in the article was answered. You say people ask you why there is no Palestinians MLK or Ghandi, well, it's cause he is in Jail. Pretty sure I read that "joke" on here. If it wasn't so tragic it would be hiliarous

  • Press release: Protesters are being brutalized in Tahrir Square right now - 500+ protesters violently forced into pens, others barricaded in their hotels
    • Lmfao, "I fasted..." I bet they're real thankful for that. What kinda shit is that, that's a cowards move, speak up for christ sake

    • For Canadians who want to call express support for the freedom march you can call The Egyptian Embassy in Ottawa (613) 234-4931 and the Consulate in Montreal (514) 866-8455

      I called them and got hung up on by both. I guess they don't want to hear that they are lacking sovereignty, are just puppets for Israel and the U.S. and are helping contribute to gross violations of Human Rights.

  • Israel must be held to account
    • I appreciate that certain media outlets release stories like this, but to call it a war is absured, call it for what it was, a massacre. No war took place!!!

  • Chronicles of rejectionism (and Oxford American English)
    • Thanks for the response guys. Canada is becoming more similar to the U.S everyday with the Cons in power. The one glimmer of hope I had for this country was that they would not vote along with the U.S on this matter.

      lobby groups up here fought hard to prevent AJE from being licensed to broadcast. Thanks to CJPME and its effort that is no longer the case. Now I don't have to watch it on my iphone

    • I'm Canadian and have seen Norman Finkelstein speak numerous times, and he does bring this up. I also frequent his website and saw this a week or so back. And I saw that Canada had abstained. Could someone please tell me exactly what that means?

  • New York-based foundation supports settler rabbi who justified the killing of non-Jews
    • Its reports like these that more americans need to read, so they can know how some feel about non-jews. digusting, I though one of the ten commandments was thou shall not kill, maybe I'm wrong, I stopped reading fairytales when I was kid

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