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  • Fear that Israel is becoming 'South Africa on the Mediterranean' is expressed in Park Avenue synagogue
    • A short video guaranteed to make you feel good:
      Please watch.

      Nazareth "flash mob," New Year's Eve, 2017.

  • The immaculate conception of Louis Brandeis
    • Jackdaw

      It seems like many others, you have been duped (directly or indirectly) by Joan Peters' long since debunked mountain of mendacity, "From Time Immemorial..."

      To wit:

      Dr. Porath, one of Israel's leading demographic historians, called Peters’ book a "forgery... [that] was almost universally dismissed [in Israel] as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon." (New York Times, Nov.28, 1985)

      Rabbi Arthur Herzberg, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, agreed: "I think that she's cooked the statistics.... The scholarship is phony and tendentious. I do not believe that she has read the Arabic sources that she quotes." (ibid)

      To again quote Professor Porath: “The precise demographic history of modern Palestine cannot be summed up briefly, but its main features are clear enough and they are very different from the fanciful description Mrs. Peters gives.... [S]he has apparently searched through documents for any statement to the effect that Arabs entered Palestine. But even if we put together all the cases she cites, one cannot escape the conclusion that most of the growth of the Palestinian Arab community resulted from a process of natural increase.” (“Mrs. Peters’ Palestine” New York Review of Books, 16 January 1986.)

      For the record, the total Arab immigration into Palestine between 1922 (when the League of Nations British Mandate began) and 1945 amounted to only 40,500 people. (Edward Hagopian and A.B. Zahlan, "Palestine's Arab Population: the Demography of the Palestinians")

  • Mock campaign supporting two-state solution reveals liberal Israeli racism
    • For the record:

      http://forward.com/fast-forward/360128/jared-kushners-east-village-tenants-appalled-at-his-white-house-appointment/

      The Forward, January 16/17
      Jared Kushner’s East Village Tenants Appalled at His White House Appointment

      "Tenants of almost forty buildings that Jared Kushner owns in the East Village are shocked about the appointment of their landlord as special advisor to the president, the Village Voice reported.

      "Kushner has been repeatedly accused of tenant harassment and lack of providing essential services, in one building tenants didn’t have cooking gas for five months.

      “'Kushner has brought nothing but unaffordable, luxury housing to this community and to NYC at large,' the Cooper Square Committee and Fourth Arts Block , who help organize tenants, said in a joint statement. 'While we are in the grips of an intense housing crisis, and homeless rates are at an all-time high … Kushner has converted scores of affordable rent regulated apartments into luxury housing that rent for $3,000-$5,000 per month.'”

      "The two organizations also criticized New York mayor de Blasio who greeted Kushner’s appointment to his father-in-law’s White House and called him a 'reasonable man.'”

      "Tenants complain that Kushner is using aggressive and loud renovation tactics to push them out of their apartment buildings, so that he can then raise the rent. One tenant, Edward Osborne, told the Village Voice he is 'horrified by Kushner going to the White House. 'I don’t think he’s demonstrated very good management principles.'”

  • Video: Support for one democratic state grows as Palestinians lose hope in two-state solution
    • Worth noting:

      To quote Norman Finkelstein: "Now, interestingly, I was surprised when it [Res 2334] says, 'Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.' By using that language they’re calling it a war crime. If they had just said violation under international law, that doesn’t necessarily constitute a war crime. To constitute a war crime, it has to be characterized as either a serious or a flagrant violation of international law..." (http://normanfinkelstein.com/2017/01/04/norman-finkelstein-on-the-un-security-council-resolution-2334/)

  • Kal Penn's primetime shoutout to Palestinian refugees is gift that keeps on giving
    • Kal Penn

      As Duke Ellington used to say when he and his band finished a performance, "We love you madly!!!!"

  • To be successful the French Peace Initiative must be based on international law and human rights
    • The more momentum, the more likely Israel will be dragged before the ICJ and charged.

    • Annie

      Agreed. The winds of change are blowing. People around the world, including Americans and righteous Jews everywhere, are increasingly disgusted with and enraged at Israel for its well documented ongoing dispossession, illegal/brutal occupation and oppression of Palestine's native inhabitants, including violations of hard won international humanitarian law, e.g., the UN Charter, the Fourth Geneva, the Rome Statutes, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc., which are binding on all UN members.

  • Israeli diplomat schemed to 'take down' UK's Deputy Foreign Secretary because he slammed settlements
  • The mainstreaming of Palestinian genocide
    • Holocaust survivors have also been emigrating to Germany for some time:

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3388445,00.html

      "Shoah survivors forced back to Germany due to Israel's lack of restitution laws"

      Ines Ehrlich Published: 04.16.07, 11:32 / Israel News

      EXCERPT:
      "Documentary shows Israel the worst place for Holocaust survivors to live throughout Western world. Hundreds protest outside Knesset, demand government help survivors with financial difficulties

      "Holocaust survivors have left Israel to live out the rest of their days in Germany due to the better conditions they receive there, according to a documentary program broadcast Tuesday night by Israel's Channel 2 television.

      "The documentary, Musar Shilumin (The Morals of Restitution) opened with an elderly woman speaking from her comfortable home in Berlin to two of Israel's best known docu-activists – Orly Vilnai Federbush and Guy Meroz. The woman's fluent Hebrew was spoken with an unmistakable German accent.

      "Minister Isaac Herzog says thousands of survivors live in deplorable conditions: 'Too many organizations thought the responsibility should fall on a different organization'

      "This Holocaust survivor had left Israel to return to Germany to receive the free medication and monthly allowance provided to survivors by the German government.

      "Contrary to Israel, the German government has stipulated that Holocaust survivors in need of housing and medicine are entitled to receive them free of charge. When asked what she thought of the Israeli government's attitude towards Holocaust survivors, she said: 'I would not want what I think to appear in print.' "

    • The good news:

      Israel is digging its grave. Given the racist nature of Zionism, it could only be thus.

    • http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.763443
       
      "Opinion: Increasingly, Supporting Israel No Longer Serves America’s Interests"

      "Obama’s UN abstention was only the most recent manifestation of ongoing strategic changes that Trump too won’t want or be able to reverse."
      Professor Brent Sasley , Jan 07, 2017 - Haaretz.

  • Booker slams UN resolution as 'anti-Israel,' while Saban says it's anti-American
    • In the not so long run Israel and its supporters will rue the day that Netanyahu jumped in bed with Trump. The old adage "lie down with dogs and you get fleas" is applicable to both of them.

  • After Israeli soldier is convicted of manslaughter, Times and Post portray case as isolated incident
    • Ever faster and deeper, Israel is descending into the abyss of fascism.
      It could only be thus.

    • DaBakr

      Conspicuous by its absence is any reference whatsoever in your comment to the important fact that Israel is belligerently, illegally and brutally occupying East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

      A film produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv's use of torture against Palestinian children.
      The film, titled ‘Stone Cold Justice’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uDPeeD_RPk
      Precarious Childhood: Arrests of Jerusalemite Children
      This film addresses the process of arrest, interrogation, and the policy of house arrest and their effects on children. The film provides accounts of children who were arrested in order to highlight a larger policy of persecution and targeting of Palestinian children in Jerusalem.

  • John Kerry picked the wrong timeline for the Jewish state
    • "Whatever happened prior to 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time) is of historical interest."
      "However, it's a relic of the past...."

      No it's not "a relic of the past." The inalienable right of return and/or compensation as per UNGA Res. 194, which must be included in a final peace agreement, includes the 400,000 Palestinians driven out of their homeland "prior to 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time)" and their descendants as well as the additional 400,000 expelled by the end of 1948.

      Admittedly, a final peace agreement will probably include a compromise, e.g., a partial return and/or financial compensation for all the refugees. However, until it is finalized, Res. 194 is applicable in full. The right of return of and/or financial compensation for the 400,000 Palestinians expelled before 15 May 1948 are still on the table, not a "relic."

      Nor is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is binding on all UN members.

    • RoHa

      I apologize. Being unfamiliar with your sense of humour, I didn't realize you were being facetious.

    • For the record.

      The Balfour Declaration was illegitimate because Palestine was still a province of the Ottoman Empire on the 2nd of November, 1917 when it was signed.

      "His Majesty's Government" pledge to use its "best endeavours" to facilitate the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish peoples" amounted to a promise to give to the Zionists what England did not have, in violation of the established legal maxim Nemo dat quod non habet (nobody can give what he does not possess.)

      In discussing the legal basis for the creation of Israel, the highly respected American lawyer and diplomat Sol Linowitz wrote: "...the [Balfour] Declaration was legally impotent. For Great Britain had no sovereign rights over Palestine; it had no proprietary interest; it had no authority to dispose of the land. The Declaration was merely a statement of British intentions and no more." (Sol M. Linowitz, "Analysis of a Tinderbox: The Legal Basis for the State of Israel." American Bar Association Journal XLlll, , 1957, pp.522-3)

      Even Chaim Weizmann knew the Declaration had no legal status: "The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was built on air." (Mallison, "The Balfour Declaration," in The transformation of Palestine: essays on the Origin and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, ed. by Abu-Lughold; Northwestern University Press, 1971 p. 85)

    • The thoroughly documented dispossession and expulsion of about 400,000 Palestinians by Jewish forces between passage of recommendatory only UNGA Res. 181, the Partition Plan, on Nov. 29/47 (in violation of the terms of the League of Nations British Mandate and the Atlantic Charter, never ratified by the UNSC and grossly unfair to the native Palestinian Arabs) and the declaration of the state of Israel by Polish born Ben-Gurion (nee, David Gruen) et al effective 15 May 1948, is hardly a "relic of the past."

      Indeed, for the record, it was only the beginning. Between 15 May and the end of 1948, the IDF expelled a further 400,000 Palestinians from their homeland and destroyed nearly 500 of their towns and villages, including churches, mosques and cemeteries.

      Nor should we forget that as a precondition for UN admittance (after being rejected twice), Israel promised the UNGA and so declared by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol that it would comply with Resolution 194 (based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) calling for the return of or financial compensation for the then 800,000 Palestinian refugees. Needless to say, Israel has not complied. It did however, dispossess and expel an additional approximately 250,000 Palestinians between 1949 and 1967.

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    • Roha

      Although hardly a surprise, It seems like many others of your ilk, you have been duped by Joan Peters' long since debunked mountain of mendacity, "From Time Immemorial..."

      To wit:

      Dr. Porath, one of Israel's leading demographic historians, called Peters’ book a "forgery... [that] was almost universally dismissed [in Israel] as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon."(New York Times, Nov.28, 1985)

      Rabbi Arthur Herzberg, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, agreed: "I think that she's cooked the statistics.... The scholarship is phony and tendentious. I do not believe that she has read the Arabic sources that she quotes."(ibid)

      To further quote Professor Porath: “The precise demographic history of modern Palestine cannot be summed up briefly, but its main features are clear enough and they are very different from the fanciful description Mrs. Peters gives.... [S]he has apparently searched through documents for any statement to the effect that Arabs entered Palestine. But even if we put together all the cases she cites, one cannot escape the conclusion that most of the growth of the Palestinian Arab community resulted from a process of natural increase.” (“Mrs. Peters’ Palestine” New York Review of Books, 16 January 1986.)

  • 'Focus is on Palestinians,' says New York Times, but it quotes only one
    • Setting aside his growing relationship with Syria and Iran, I find it hard to believe that Putin will be stupid enough to pick up America's leavings and alienate what in 20-25 years will be 3 billion Muslims worldwide, 600 million Arabs, including 10-12 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea, as well as 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks.

      It is now evident that virtually the entire world increasingly and correctly views Israel as the victimizer and Palestinians (along with other Arabs) as its victims. For the sake of the region and the world, including Jews everywhere, Zionism's illegal occupations and horror's must end.

      Also, Israel's love affair with Trump will anger thinking Americans and significantly contribute to its downfall. "Lie down with dogs and you'll get fleas."

  • Israeli hysteria over UN vote is solidifying country's new status, as a rogue state
    • "Sleeping" with Trump will prove to be a major factor in Israel's ongoing and accelerating plunge into pariah status. "Lie down with dogs, expect fleas" is applicable to both Trump and Israel.

  • Israel's political left also condemns the UN's anti-settlement resolution
    • Obama has played Netanyahu, the egomaniac, like a violin.

    • It seems Israel's leaders thought they could get away forever with illegally occupying and populating with Jews Palestinian and other Arab lands seized during the war it launched on 5 June 1967. To state the obvious, there is no special provision in international humanitarian law that enables Israel to violate it (e.g., the Fourth Geneva Convention and the UN Charter) with impunity.

      Indeed, the truth of the matter was made abundantly clear to Israel long before passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016.

      To wit:

      In the summer of 1967, "[t]he legal counsel of the Foreign Ministry, Theodor Meron, was asked [by then Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol] whether international law allowed settlement in the newly conquered land. In a memo marked 'Top Secret,' Meron wrote unequivocally: 'My conclusion is that civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.'” (New York Times, 10 March 2006)

      Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,
      “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;.."

      Security Council Resolution 465 (1 March 1980) "determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity...”

      Israel's 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was unanimously rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention."

      On 17 December 1981, the UNSC unanimously passed Resolution 497, which declared Israel’s 14 December 1981 annexation of Syria’s Golan Height “null and void.”

      On 24 February 2004, the U.S. State Department reaffirmed its earlier position in a report entitled Israel and the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] Territories, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: "Israel OCCUPIED [my emphasis] the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War.... The international community does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over any part of the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] territories.”

      In its 2004 ruling, the International Court of Justice unanimously ruled that “No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognized as legal.” The World Court denoted this principle a “corollary” of the U.N. Charter and as such “customary international law” and a “customary rule” binding on all member States of the United Nations.

      British Foreign Secretary William Hague regarding Jewish settlements in the West Bank (5 April 2011): "This is not disputed territory. It is OCCUPIED [my emphasis] Palestinian territory and ongoing settlement expansion is illegal under international law..."

      US Secretary of State, John Kerry: "The US views all of the settlements as illegitimate." (13 August 2013, Reuters Video)
      (http://uk.reuters.com/video/20...

    • For the record:

      Population of and land ownership in West and East Jerusalem in 1947:

      The total population of West Jerusalem (the New City) and East Jerusalem (the Old City) and their environs was about 200,000 with a slight Arab majority. (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, "Plan Dalet," Journal of Palestine Studies, Autumn, 1988, p. 17)

      The total land area of West Jerusalem (the New City) in 1947 was 19,331 dunams (about 4,833 acres) of which 40 per cent was owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians, 26.12 per cent by Jews and 13.86 per cent by others, including Christian communities. Government and municipal land made up 2.90 per cent and roads and railways 17.12 per cent.

      East Jerusalem (the Old City) consisted of 800 dunams (about 240 acres) of which five dunams (just over one acre) were Jewish owned and the remaining 795 dunams were owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians. ("Assessing Palestinian Property in the City," by Dalia Habash and Terry Rempel, Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War, edited by Salim Tamari, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 1999, map, pp. 184-85)

  • Netanyahu ignored US warnings and brought Israel's 'international isolation' on itself -- Ben Rhodes
    • Israel is rotting within and increasingly despised by people around the world, including thinking/righteous Jews. It is also America's number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck and an enormous financial burden. Hard core Zionists are dying off and few Jewish youth are replacing them. Jewish emigration from Israel is soaring while immigration is in the tank. As predicted by many leading Jewish intellectuals and leaders during the early 20th century, Zionism, a 19th century racist/colonialist ideology, is doomed.

      In 20-25 years there will be about three billion Muslims worldwide; 600 million Arabs, including ten to twelve million Palestinians between the River and the Sea; 150 million Turks and 150 million Iranians. Can there be any doubt as to where America and the world's long term geopolitical and economic interests lie. As even Trump will realize, certainly not with Israel.

  • Breaking: UN Security Council passes historic resolution against settlements as two-state solution 'slips away'
    • For the record:

      During late March and early May 1948, Jewish forces dispossessed and expelled 60,000 Palestinians from West Jerusalem.

      As already noted, Jerusalem, (i.e., both Old/East and New/West), Bethlehem and environs were designated as a Corpus Separatum in UNGA 181. It seems to me that whether or not West Jerusalem is currently occupied by Israel has not been finalized is demonstrated by the fact that no major country has located its embassy there. (As we all know, Trump has said he will.)

  • 'Friedman is a warm Jew' -- Israelis approve of Trump's ambassador nominee
  • 'P is for Palestine': Illustrated children's book showcases beauty and strength of Palestinian culture
    • And Palestine is home to the world's mightiest and most beautiful women.
      They are the bedrock of their people.

  • Forced existence
    • Abe Bird

      "The great numbers of Arabs flooded into Western Palestine (as to all the Arab occupied lands all around the Middle East and North Africa. That mass immigrations resembles the nowadays immigration of millions of Muslims to the Western civilization) only after the first Zionists immigration settled on the land."

      For your further edification:

      Obviously, like many others, you have been duped by Joan Peters' long since debunked mountain of mendacity, "From Time Immemorial..."

      To wit:

      Dr. Porath, one of Israel's leading demographic historians, called Peters’ book a "forgery... [that] was almost universally dismissed [in Israel] as sheer rubbish except maybe as a propaganda weapon." (New York Times, Nov.28, 1985)

      Rabbi Arthur Herzberg, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, agreed: "I think that she's cooked the statistics.... The scholarship is phony and tendentious. I do not believe that she has read the Arabic sources that she quotes."(ibid)

      To further quote Professor Porath: “The precise demographic history of modern Palestine cannot be summed up briefly, but its main features are clear enough and they are very different from the fanciful description Mrs. Peters gives.... [S]he has apparently searched through documents for any statement to the effect that Arabs entered Palestine. But even if we put together all the cases she cites, one cannot escape the conclusion that most of the growth of the Palestinian Arab community resulted from a process of natural increase.” (“Mrs. Peters’ Palestine” New York Review of Books, 16 January 1986.)

      Abe, there is no excuse for your appalling ignorance. You've only made a complete fool of yourself.

    • Talknic:

      Well done!!!

      Like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • Sigh. Just so much gobblygook.

      Fundamental truths:

      Zionism is racism. Zionism is theft. Zionism is fascism.

      Foreign Jews had the same right to claim Palestine as Irish Catholics and Mexican atheists, i.e., none whatsoever.

      Israel is a historical anachronism, 68 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.
      It will prove to be only a blip.

      As for today's Arab Palestinians, along with their ancestors they have been living continuously between the River and the Sea for at least 9,000 years.

      To quote the renowned historian/anthropologist and “Holy Land” specialist, Professor Ilene Beatty:
      “When we speak of ‘Palestinians’ or of the ‘Arab population [of Palestine]‘, we must bear in mind their Canaanite origin. This is important because their legal right to the country stems…from the fact that the Canaanites were first, which gives them priority; their descendants have continued to live there, which gives them continuity; and (except for the 800,000 dispossessed refugees of 1948 [along with the further hundreds of thousands expelled before and after the war Israel launched on 5 June 1967]) they are still living there, which gives them present possession. Thus we see that on purely statistical grounds they have a proven legal right to their own land.” (“Arab and Jew in the Land of
      Canaan,” 1957)

  • Friedman pick will force good liberal Zionists to admit the peace process has failed
  • Adelson and Saban were kingmakers, now they're beggars
  • Trump pick for ambassador to Israel supports Israeli annexation of West Bank and calls liberal Jews 'kapos' (Updated)
  • Site being considered for US embassy in Jerusalem is stolen Palestinian private property
  • On '60 Minutes,' Stahl is positive about BDS and suggests Netanyahu is anti-American
  • Jewish brawl on CNN signals breakup of the pro-Israel monolith in the Trump era
    • Good comment.

      As I see it, Trump will not cancel the deal between Boeing and Iran. To do so would blatantly violate his primary public commitment, i.e., get Americans back to work. I am also convinced that a major rift between the Zionists and the millions of American common folk whose votes put Trump in power is on the horizon.

    • Food for thought:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/world/middleeast/iran-boeing-airplane-deal.html?_r=0

      "Iran and Boeing Sign $16.6 Billion Deal on Sale of 80 Aircraft" - New York Times, Dec. 12/16

      Excerpts:

      "The sale includes 50 twin-jet, narrow-body 737 planes and 30 long-range, wide-body 777 aircraft. The first airplanes are scheduled for delivery in 2018, with the entire order being fulfilled over 10 years.

      "In a statement, Boeing said the deal would support tens of thousands of American jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the airplanes, and nearly 100,000 jobs in the broader aerospace industry in the United States."

      Given the huge number of resulting American jobs and spin-offs and Trump's stated objective of putting Americans back to work, the possible implications are obvious, beginning with a very unhappy Israel.

      Who knows? But well worth keeping an eye on.

  • 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' -- Really?
    • "Israel was probably the worst thing that could happen to Judaism."

      Precisely!! 68 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

  • Adelson delivered! Now it's Trump's turn
  • Palestinians in Lebanon remember Palestine
    • "Time and demographics are on the side of the Palestinians." Precisely!!!

      In 20-25 years there will be about 3 billion Muslims worldwide. There will also be over 600 million Arabs, including 10-12 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea as well as about 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. Can there be any doubt as to where America and the western world's long term economic and geopolitical interests lie? Certainly not with Israel, an illegal, brutal occupier, a thoroughly documented serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law and an increasingly heavy millstone around America's neck.
      The handwriting is on the wall. Regrettably, Israel and its supporters refuse to read it.

  • Portland ad campaign links rights violations at Standing Rock and Palestine
  • UN World Food Program in Jordan drops its contracts with G4S
    • Prophetic comments by five eminent Jews:

      Then Secretary of State for India and the British cabinet's only Jewish member, Lord Edwin Montagu's response to Prime Minister Lloyd George following issuance of the 1917 Balfour Declaration: "All my life I have been trying to get out of the ghetto. You want to force me back there."

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: "Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history....The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is... a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light."

      Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: "I cannot...I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state....It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land....I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives." (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

      Albert Einstein, 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

      Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

  • Arab Bedouins expelled for second time to make way for new Jewish community
  • From affordable housing in Los Angeles to illegal settlements in Palestine, Airbnb needs to put people over profits
    • Bingo!!

    • Mabruk Ms. Gold!! Well done!!

      Airbnb is not only perpetrating a crime against Palestinians living under a belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation, it is also a spreading scourge that is dramatically driving up the cost of housing in countless cities around the world and making it impossible for people who actually live and work there to put a roof over their heads.

      Like food, water and clothing, housing is a basic human need and hence, a human right as stipulated in the 1949 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is not a commodity!!!

  • Israeli settlers celebrating weekly Torah portion smash Hebron shop windows
    • I'm at a loss for words other than to state the screaming obvious: These Jewish Zionist settlers/occupiers/thieves racist fascists are disgusting, pathetic and cowardly. The good news is that along with Netanyahu and his gang of thugs, they will ultimately prove to be the death knell for Zionism and Israel. The ugly truth about Israel is becoming increasingly apparent to all peoples around the world, including young and righteous Jews.

  • Video: Israelis look forward to the Trump presidency
    • genesto

      To state the obvious, Jewish non-Zionists should organize worldwide and demand that its leaders cease referring to Israel as the "Jewish state" and stop demanding that Palestinians must do so as a condition for ending the conflict.

    • For the record:

      Population of and land ownership in West and East Jerusalem in 1947:

      The total population of West Jerusalem (the New City) and East Jerusalem (the Old City) and their environs was about 200,000 with a slight Arab majority. (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, Journal of Palestine Studies, Autumn, 1988, p. 17)

      The total land area of West Jerusalem (the New City) in 1947 was 19,331 dunams (about 4,833 acres) of which 40 per cent was owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians, 26.12 per cent by Jews and 13.86 per cent by others, including Christian communities. Government and municipal land made up 2.90 per cent and roads and railways 17.12 per cent.

      East Jerusalem (the Old City) consisted of 800 dunams (about 240 acres) of which five dunams (just over one acre) were Jewish owned and the remaining 795 dunams were owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians. ("Assessing Palestinian Property in the City," by Dalia Habash and Terry Rempel, Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War, edited by Salim Tamari, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 1999, map, pp. 184-85)

    • momo123

      In fact, the Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today's Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as "Rushalimum" (or "Urussalim") appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. (BTW, thus far, no real archaeological evidence or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been discovered that confirm Solomon or King David actually existed.)

      East Jerusalem is belligerently/illegally and brutally occupied by Israel.

      To wit:
      Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,
      “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;.."

      Security Council Resolution 465 (1 March 1980) "determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity..."

      Israel's 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention."

      In accordance with the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, ratified by Israel, and further underscoring the illegality of the settlements, Part 2, Article 8, section B, paragraph viii of the Rome Statute of the International Court (1998) defines "the transfer directly or indirectly by the Occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it OCCUPIES [my emphasis]" as a War Crime, indictable by the International Criminal Court.

      On 24 February 2004, the U.S. State Department reaffirmed its earlier position in a report entitled Israel and the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] Territories, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: "Israel OCCUPIED [my emphasis] the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War.... The international community does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over any part of the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] territories."

      In its 2004 ruling, the International Court of Justice unanimously ruled that “No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognized as legal.” The World Court denoted this principle a “corollary” of the U.N. Charter and as such “customary international law” and a “customary rule” binding on all member States of the United Nations.

      In the summer of 1967, "[t]he legal counsel of the Foreign Ministry, Theodor Meron, was asked [by Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol] whether international law allowed settlement in the newly conquered land. In a memo marked 'Top Secret,' Meron wrote unequivocally: 'My conclusion is that civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.'” (New York Times, 10 March 2006)

  • Here's the gossip: Beinart is about to replace Goldberg as most important Jewish journalist
  • A conversation with Miko Peled
    • "And Israel does not represent Jews or Judaism."

      Then, surely, it is long since time that anti-Zionist Jews organize worldwide and demand that Netanyahu and his ilk cease referring to Israel as the "Jewish state" and no longer insist that Palestinians recognize it as such as a condition for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

    • Yonah

      "The noise of a barking dog is how peled sounds to me. He has heard the siren song of Palestinian suffering and can hear nothing else."

      Gee, I wonder why.

      Australian film ‘Stone Cold Justice’ on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children

      A film produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv's use of torture against Palestinian children.
      The film, titled ‘Stone Cold Justice’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists.

      Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has spoken out against Israeli's use of torture stating that “I am deeply concerned by allegations of the mistreatment of Palestinian children,” Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has described the human rights abuses documented in the film as “intolerable”. But rights groups have slammed this statement, saying that the Israelis are doing nothing to change Tel Aviv's policy to torture Palestinian children.

      Last year, a report by the United Nations International Emergency Children's Fund or UNICEF concluded that Palestinian children are often targeted in night arrests and raids of their homes, threatened with death and subjected to physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault.

      The film has sparked an international outcry about Israel's treatment of children in Israeli jails. However, rights groups have criticized Tel Aviv for not doing anything to create a policy that protects Palestinian children against arbitrary arrest and torture.

      Your comment reminds me of an article in Haaretz, April 3/16:

      "Inside the Mind of the Budding Fascist" By B. Michael

      Excerpt:
      "Along the way to full, official fascism — especially fascism based on religious, ethnic or racial identity — a society must experience two critical stages.

      "The first is the complete dehumanization of 'the Other' — that is, members of a different religion, nation or race. In the mind of the budding fascist, they must cease to be human beings. They must instead be turned into animals without rights, dangerous objects, natural threats. Or, in contemporary language, they must be turned into 'two-legged animals' and 'wild beasts' from the jungle beyond the fence. This makes it easier for the nascent fascist to subjugate and abuse them, to deprive them of their rights and property and ultimately to kill them like pests.

      "Last week Israeli society proved it passed this stage with flying colors. The dehumanization of the Palestinian 'other' is complete. In the neo-fascist Israeli consciousness, the Palestinians are like cockroaches. Even when they lie on the ground, helpless, their heads must be crushed with a slipper, or punctured by a bullet. Such is the fate of the cockroach.

      "But the act of the soldier-murderer in Hebron was not the proof of the completion of the first stage. It was only the last in a long, bloody series of similar acts..."

      "It is fitting that Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman should lead this riff raff. From their perspective, so it would seem, the Palestinians have long become vogelfrei."

  • To resist a 'Muslim registry' we need active solidarity not symbolic gestures
  • Zionists embrace of Trump and Bannon is no surprise
    • Bingo!!

    • http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.754073

      Ha'aretz, Nov. 21/16

      "Suddenly It’s Okay to Be pro-Israel and anti-Semitic"
      By Gideon Levy

      "Palestinians are calling white nationalist Bannon an anti-Semite, while AIPAC and Dershowitz think he’s not such a bad guy. What more proof do you need that Zionism is a face of white supremacy, and ultimately antithetical to Judaism?"

      "All of a sudden it’s not so terrible to be anti-Semitic. Suddenly it’s excusable as long as you hate Muslims and Arabs and 'love Israel.' The Jewish and Israeli right has issued a sweeping amnesty to anti-Semitic lovers of Israel – yes, there is such a thing, and they’re en route to taking power in the United States.

      "So now we know: Not just pornography but also anti-Semitism is a matter of geography and price. Right-wing American anti-Semites are no longer considered anti-Semites.

      "The definition has been updated: From now on, anti-Semites are only found on the left. Roger Waters, a courageous man of conscience without stain, is an anti-Semite. Steve Bannon, a declared racist and closet anti-Semite who has been appointed chief strategist in the Trump White House, is a friend of Israel.

      "Jewish and Israeli activists who left no stone unturned in their effort to discover signs of anti-Semitism, who viewed every parking ticket for an American Jew as an act of hate, who moved heaven and earth every time a Jew was robbed or a Jewish gravestone was cracked, are now whitewashing an anti-Semite. Suddenly they’re not convinced we’re talking about that particular disease.

      "Alan Dershowitz, one of the biggest propagandists in this field, has already come out in defense of the racist Bannon. In a Haaretz piece late last week, Dershowitz wrote that the man whose wife said he didn’t want their children to go to school with Jews isn’t anti-Semitic. 'The claim was simply made by his former wife in a judicial proceeding, thus giving it no special weight,' Dershowitz wrote, with specious logic.

      "After all, Dershowitz’s former research assistant, an Orthodox Jew who later worked with Bannon, assured him that he had seen no signs of anti-Semitism in Bannon. And suddenly that’s enough for Dershowitz. Suddenly it’s possible to separate racism from anti-Semitism.

      "Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Ron Dermer, naturally hastened to join the party. Over the weekend, he said he expects to work with Bannon. And boy, does he expect to work with that racist. After all, they’ll agree about everything: that there’s no Palestinian people, that there’s no occupation, that the settlement of Yitzhar should remain forever, that leftists are traitors.

      "For Dermer – ambassador of the illegal outpost of Amona, friend of the Tea Party and boycotter of J Street; a man who if the bilateral relationship had been normal would have been declared persona non grata by the United States – the new appointments are like the dawn of a new day.

      "He’ll feel so at home with Frank Gaffney, another hater of Muslims who’s likely to receive a senior appointment in the new administration; he’ll be so happy working with Bannon. And Mike Huckabee is exactly his cup of tea. Dermer, after all, was given the Freedom Flame Award by the Center for Security Policy, a hate group that proudly flies the flag of Islamophobia.

      "These racists and their ilk are Israel’s best friends in the United States. They’re joined by the racists of the European right. If you discount the guilt feelings over the Holocaust, they’re the only friends Israel has left. When friendship for Israel is judged solely on the basis of support for the occupation, Israel has no friends other than racists and nationalists. That ought to have aroused great shame here: Tell us who your friends are and we’ll tell you who you are.

      "These racists love Israel because it’s carrying out their dreams: to oppress Arabs, to abuse Muslims, to dispossess them, expel them, kill them, demolish their houses, trample their honor. This bunch of trash would so dearly love to behave as we do.

      "But for now this is only possible in Israel, so it’s the light unto the nations in this field. What happened to the days when Jews in South Africa went to prison with Nelson Mandela? Nowadays Jewish activists in America support the new rulers – the racists and anti-Semites.
      The Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa wrote on Facebook over the weekend: Palestinians are calling white nationalist Bannon an anti-Semite, while AIPAC and Dershowitz think he’s not such a bad guy. What more proof do you need that Zionism is a face of white supremacy, and ultimately antithetical to Judaism?

      "Last summer, Abulhawa was deported via the Allenby Bridge. And she’s right. The United States and Israel now share the same values – and woe to that sense of shame."

  • Donald Trump is ready to bring Islamophobia into the White House
    • Zionism is racism. Zionism is theft. Zionism is fascism.

      Zionism is doomed.

      Israel is an historical anachronism and an increasingly heavy millstone around America's neck.

      As history attests, sooner or later, all countries act in their own best interests and abandon useless, costly, parasitic foreign "allies" or colonies. America will not be an exception.

      In short, when it comes to Israel, America's leaders will inevitably have to heed the sage advice of their country's founding father. In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a “passionate attachment” to another nation, as it could create “the illusion of a common interest...where no common interest exists.”

    • In 20-25 years there will be about 3 billion Muslims worldwide. There will also be over 600 million Arabs, including 10-12 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea as well as about 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. Can there be any doubt as to where America and the western world's long term economic and geopolitical interests lie? Certainly not with Israel.

  • Trump may kill Netanyahu with kindness
    • Bottom line:

      Foreign Jews had the same right to Palestine as Irish Catholics and Mexican atheists, i.e., none
      whatsoever. Therein lies the root cause of the conflict.

  • Trump is fostering breakup of US Jewish consensus in favor of Israel
  • Trump is bad because Israeli Jews will love him and US Jews will see it -- NYT columnist
    • jon s

      Hostilities between Hamas and Israel are a consequence of Israel's illegal occupation of the Gaza Strip and its oppression of the native inhabitants.

      To wit:
      As the respected human rights organization Human Rights Watch declared in 2005: "...Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority - indeed, the word 'withdrawal' does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza's borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, 'A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised'. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will."

      The International Committee of the Red Cross: "The whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

      “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” - Amira Hass, 2015, correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.

      "‘The significance of the [then proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda....' Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’" (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

    • Jon S

      The Goldstone Report declared that Operation Cast Lead (2008) was "directed at the people of Gaza as a whole," not just Hamas militants as Israel claims, that its operations were "carefully planned in all their phases as a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability."

      Goldstone and his fellow panelists also found Israel guilty of attacking residential areas, water wells, rooftop water tanks, agricultural land, citrus groves, chicken farms, greenhouses, business factories and police stations; that "the destruction of food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and residential houses was the result of a systematic policy by the Israeli armed forces."

      The panelists also charged Israel with using phosphorous incendiary shells on a UN compound sheltering more than 600 civilians, using phosphorous and high explosive artillery shells on Al-Quds hospital and they reject Israel’s assertion that Hamas or other militants were using the hospital.

      Israel is accused of attacking a crowded mosque during evening prayers (the panel rejected the contention that armed militants were inside), using flechettes (4-cm metal darts fired from missiles, planes or tanks "that penetrate straight through human bone and can cause serious, often fatal, injuries") and of using Palestinians as human shields during house searches, a "war crime under the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court."

      No evidence was found to support Israel’s contention that Hamas had used Palestinians as human shields. Goldstone urged the UN Security Council to ask both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to conduct transparent investigations and file reports within in six months. If either or both parties failed to do so, the council should refer the matter to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.”

  • 'The era of the Palestinian state is over' -- Israeli right celebrates Trump win
  • 'Dozens of hours of convos with Bibi' convinced Clinton he actively supported two-state solution
    • 50 years of belligerent, brutal occupation, including theft of Palestinians' land and water resources, destruction of their fruit/olive groves, imposition of collective punishments, extra judicial killings, imprisonment without charge, torture, demolition of homes, illegal settlements and overall accelerating violations of hard won international humanitarian law.

  • Lanny Davis's power seder, dedicated to Palestinian-Israeli peace, and Pee Wee Reese
  • 'Ruling class' must regard Trump's rise as response to 'ill conceived wars' -- Matthews
    • Orders from "on high."

    • For the Record:

      Ironically, the best argument against the illegal US led murderous invasion\occupation of Iraq in 2003 was made in 1991 by then Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, regarding the limited 1990-91 Gulf War: "Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you will do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there now. Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime or a Kurdish regime? Or one that tilts toward the Ba'athists, or one that tilts toward the Islamic fundamentalists . How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? How long does the United States military have to stay to protect the people that sign on for the government, and what happens to it once we leave?" (New York Times, 13 April 1991)

  • Clinton on 2005 Palestinian elections: 'If we were going to push for elections, we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win'
    • Speaking of "corrupt autocrats and fascist theocrats..."

      For the record:

      In June 2007, Hamas retained control of the Gaza Strip by carrying out a preventative counter-coup or counter-putsch against a U.S. orchestrated attempt by Fatah, known as the Dayton Plan, to take control by military means. In an article published in Vanity Fair, investigative journalist Peter Rose reveals the details: “Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by [President G.W.] Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by [Fatah’s Mohammed] Dahlan and armed with new weapons at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.) But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S. backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza.” (Peter Rose, “The Gaza Bombshell,” Vanity Fair, April 2008)

  • The dark side of Jewish consciousness: manufactured anti-Semitism
    • Indeed!

      To quote the wise words of renowned Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery:

      "Many good people, who feel no hatred at all towards the Jews, but who detest the persecution of the Palestinians, are now called anti-Semites. Thus the sting is taken out of this word, giving it something approaching respectability.... Not only does Israel not protect Jews from anti-Semitism, but quite to the contrary - Israel manufactures and exports [anti-Semitism] around the world."

  • American Express disowns Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters because of pro-Palestinian views (Updated)
  • New campaign uses racist posters to target Palestinian campus activists by name
  • Israel supporter refuses to share Bard stage with Dima Khalidi and cites stereotypes about Jews smelling bad
    • To quote Marcus:

      “The BDS movement extends age-old anti-Jewish hatreds in new settings… I trace BDS’ origins back to the Nazi boycott of 1933 and beyond. We must remember that the Nazi boycott was one of the first steps in the planned extermination of the Jewish people. ”

      Apples and oranges. To state the obvious, in 1933, Jews were the victims of the Nazis whereas today, Palestinian Arabs are the victims of Zionist Jews.

  • Israel's bogus history lesson
    • Well said!!

      To quote the renowned historian/anthropologist and “Holy Land” specialist, Professor Ilene Beatty:

      “When we speak of ‘Palestinians’ or of the ‘Arab population [of Palestine]‘, we must bear in mind their Canaanite origin. This is important because their legal right to the country stems…from the fact that the Canaanites were first, which gives them priority; their descendants have continued to live there, which gives them continuity; and (except for the 800,000 dispossessed refugees [of 1948 along with the further hundreds of thousands expelled before and after the war Israel launched on 5 June 1967]) they are still living there, which gives them present possession. Thus we see that on purely statistical grounds they have a proven legal right to their own land.” (“Arab and Jew in the Land of Canaan,” 1957)

      In short, today's Palestinians and their ancestors have been living continuously between the River and the Sea for about 9,000 years.

  • B'Tselem calls on world to 'intervene' to stop 'more perfect occupation,' and Netanyahu goes ballistic
  • Trump and Clinton blast UNESCO statement on Jerusalem
    • "Although the antisemitic [sic] resolution was blasted..."
      Anti-Semitic? Spare us this nonsense. The resolution is entirely consistent with international law, e.g., the UN Charter, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statutes, binding on all UN members and ratified by Israel.

    • For the record:

      On October 29, 1947, the day the recommendatory only Partition Plan (UNGA Res. 181) was passed, the total population of West Jerusalem (the New City) and East Jerusalem (the Old City) and their environs was about 200,000 with a slight Arab majority. (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, "Plan Dalet," Journal of Palestine Studies, Autumn, 1988, p. 17)

      The total land area of West Jerusalem was 19,331 dunams (about 4,833 acres) of which 40 per cent was owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians, 26.12 per cent by Jews and 13.86 per cent by others (e.g., Christian communities.) Government and municipal land made up 2.90 per cent and roads and railways 17.12 per cent.

      East Jerusalem (the Old City) consisted of 800 dunams (about 200 acres) of which five dunams (just over one acre, i.e. one half of one percent) were Jewish owned and the remaining 795 dunams were owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians. ("Assessing Palestinian Property in the City," by Dalia Habash and Terry Rempel, Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War, edited by Salim Tamari, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 1999, pp. 184-85)

  • Commemorating the Shatila massacre, 34 years ago today
    • Agreed!!

    • Orchestrated by then Defence Minister Ariel Sharon, between 2,000 and 3.000 Palestinian children, women and old men were massacred in Lebanon's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Israel's Phalangist allies while Israel's occupation forces looked on. With Sharon's full approval, Israel's soldiers provided the Phalangists with night time illumination and bulldozers to dispose of the bodies, served them tea, cookies, and cokes during breaks from their murderous rampage, and prevented the Palestinians from escaping. Sharon paid no meaningful price for his monstrous crime even though Israel's Kahan Commission Report found that he "bears personal responsibility" for the massacres at Sabra and Shatila ((only one of many documented unspeakable atrocities Sharon instigated and/or directly participated in over his career.)

  • After Israeli military clears soldiers of killing families in Gaza, Palestinians call on Hague to investigate
    • The UN Goldstone Report regarding "Operation Cast Lead" charges Israel with using phosphorous incendiary shells on a UN compound sheltering more than 600 civilians, using phosphorous and high explosive artillery shells on Al-Quds hospital and it rejects Israel’s assertion that Hamas or other militants were using the hospital. Using phosphorous for attacks on civilians or combatants is prohibited under international law.

      Israel is also accused of attacking a crowded mosque during evening prayers (the panel rejected the contention that armed militants were inside), using flechettes (4-cm metal darts fired from missiles, planes or tanks "that penetrate straight through human bone and can cause serious, often fatal, injuries") and of using Palestinians as human shields during house searches, a "war crime under the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court."

      No evidence was found that Hamas had used Palestinians as human shields.

      BTW, it should be noted that in April 2011, after his report criticizing Israel was issued and analyzed and he was subjected to a constant barrage of verbal and written abuse by Israel and its supporters, Judge Goldstone final statement on the matter was “as presently advised, I have no reason to believe any part of the report needs to be reconsidered at this time.’’

  • 'Democracy' and 'terrorism' and the parameters of thinkable thought
    • Hophmi

      Duh.

      To the best of my knowledge, Professor Harrington and other citizens of Hartford are not belligerently, illegally and brutally occupying another people's homeland, confiscating their lands and water resources, imposing collective punishments, carrying out extrajudicial killings and torture, destroying their homes and olive/fruit groves, imprisoning them without charge, etc. If the good professor and his fellow citizens were behaving in the same manner as Israel is in occupied Palestine, I'm sure they would also be confronted with escalating resistance and rightly so.

      For the record, eminent Israeli journalist, Bradley Burston, aptly sums up the horrors Israel inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem:

      “Occupation is Slavery”
      EXCERPT: “In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts.” (Haaretz, Feb. 26/13)

  • Scottish football fans raise over 100,000 pounds for Palestine following flag controversy
    • The road ahead is long and difficult, but there is no denying the fact that Palestinians and their supporters now have the momentum. They have history, justice, human rights law, international youth (including righteous Jews), demographics and long term geopolitics on their side. Although it tries to remain cool and unconcerned, the Zionist camp is in panic mode.

  • A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
    • While flying America's newly developed F 35 jets that were gifted to Israel, Israeli pilots launched 70 missiles within twenty minutes at the defenseless inhabitants of the Gaza Strip.

      How can they live with themselves?

    • JustJessetr

      It's your comment that is pathetic. No person in any setting or for any reason should be compelled to shake hands with a citizen of a country that is brutally oppressing and dispossessing a people whom it is belligerently and illegally occupying.

  • After Palestinian takes gold in Rio for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are 'Israeli'
    • For the record:

      There is no such person as an "Israeli."

      To the best of my knowledge, Israel is the only country in the world that differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel's Supreme Court:

      Times of Israel, October 4, 2013.
      "Supreme Court rejects ‘Israeli’ nationality status'"

      EXCERPTS:
      "Allowing citizens to relinquish ethnic or religious identity in the population registry would undermine Israel’s Jewishness, ruling says.

      "Israel’s population registry lists a slew of 'nationalities' and ethnicities, among them Jew, Arab, Druse and more. But one word is conspicuously absent from the list: Israeli.

      "Residents cannot identify themselves as Israelis in the national registry because the move could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s Jewish character, the Israeli Supreme Court wrote in documents obtained Thursday."

  • The Palestine-Israel language trap
    • Boris

      Just curious. Setting aside Israel's current belligerent/illegal occupation and brutal oppression/dispossession of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (yes, Israel still occupies the Gaza Strip under international law), do you also believe that foreign Jews had "'that 'Special' reason" to dispossess and expel well over one million of Palestine's indigenous Arab inhabitants between late 1947 and 1967 in order to create an exclusionary/expansionary "Jewish state?"

      Also, for the record: Today's Palestinians and their ancestors have lived in the region between the River and the Sea since 7000 BCE.

      To quote the renowned historian/anthropologist and “Holy Land” specialist, Professor Ilene Beatty: “When we speak of ‘Palestinians’ or of the ‘Arab population [of Palestine]‘, we must bear in mind their Canaanite origin. This is important because their legal right to the country stems…from the fact that the Canaanites were first, which gives them priority; their descendants have continued to live there, which gives them continuity; and (except for the 800,000 dispossessed refugees [of 1948 along with the further hundreds of thousands subsequently expelled]), they are still living there, which gives them present possession. Thus we see that on purely statistical grounds they have a proven legal right to their own land.” (“Arab and Jew in the Land of Canaan,” 1957)

  • Druze Arabs in the occupied Golan Heights discuss borders, identity, colonialism and war
    • For the record:

      On 17 December 1981, the UNSC unanimously passed Resolution 497, which declared Israel’s 14 December 1981 annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights “null and void.”

    • Zaid
      Very interesting.

      According to a late dear Jaffa born (1922) Palestinian Christian friend who held a key position in the resistance against the Zionists (e.g., defending Jaffa and the Galilee) during the Nakba, the Druze are a mysterious heterodox Islamic sect that came into being during the eleventh century. While most inhabited the mountainous regions of Lebanon and Syria, a significant number also lived in Palestine. The Druze have been able to survive as a small minority for nearly one millennia because they do not permit conversion (to or from their religion) or intermarriage and their faith includes the practice of taqiyah (caution) which allows them to appear to accept the mores of the dominant group in which they find themselves if it is in their interest to do so.

      My late friend also told me that many Druze stood shoulder to shoulder with Palestinian Christians and Muslims during the Nakba and although it was desperately short of weaponry and manpower, also joined the ALA, the Arab Liberation Army.

      It seems that following the Zionists' victory in 1948, the Druze resorted to taqiyah, but as you note, the educated young are now assuming their "Arab/Palestinian Identity."

  • The breathtaking arrogance of Alan Dershowitz's 'advice' to Black Lives Matter
  • 'It's like we're born with guns in our hands': Young Israelis face prison as they resist military conscription
    • DaBakr

      Face reality. Israel is imploding. The Zionist myth is collapsing. Jewish immigration is in free fall and emigration is growing every day. Along with the rest of the world, Jews everywhere, especially youth, are seeing Israel for what it is, a desecration of Judaism and a rogue, pariah, criminal state. It is only going to get worse, much worse.

  • The dark secret of Israel’s stolen babies
    • Jackdaw

      "Israelis don't care about this story."

      No surprise. The truth is ugly, real ugly.

      To wit:

      Whereas Ashkenazi immigrants were provided with ample food, clothing, and adequate shelter while traveling to Israel, Mizrachim were forced to live under the most appalling conditions in transit camps. "The Aden transit camp [for Yemeni Jews] was built for 500 people. The Israeli doctors found 12,000 lying on the sand, without so much as a tent." (Tom Segev: 1949: The First Israelis, New York, The Free Press, p. 182)

      A physician advised Israel's Immigration Department that conditions in the transit camps for North African Jews in Marseilles France were deplorable: "The immigrants from North Africa arrive here utterly destitute, and almost without clothing. During the passage to Marseilles, which lasts three days, they receive no food. Conditions on board are very bad.... In two of the camps there is a great shortage of blankets. People sleep in concrete barracks, on army camp beds, without mattresses, and only a single blanket each. As a result of the bad housing conditions and the recent decline in nutrition, twelve children have died in these camps.... There is a shortage of soap and clothing.... I can't understand why in all the European countries the immigrants are provided with clothes while the North Africans get nothing...." (Quoted by Tom Segev, 1949..., p. 169)

      Once they arrived in Israel the Mizrachim were treated little better than animals. Those from Yemen were shorn of their side locks and they were all sprayed with DDT to "disinfect" and "delouse" them and again crammed into unsanitary overcrowded camps.

      The fair-skinned Ashkenazi immigrants, however, were welcomed with open arms as equals and housed in the homes of dispossessed/expelled Palestinians. (As Soviet immigrants arrived during 1969-70 Prime Minister Golda Meir greeted them at the airport with such statements as: "You are the real Jews. We have been waiting for you for twenty-five years.... You are a superior breed - you will provide us with heroes.")

      After a short while the Mizrachi immigrants were ordered to leave the camps and earn their keep by working at menial tasks in nearby large Ashkenazi settlements. No wonder Ben-Gurion compared them to the Africans who were brought to America as slaves. (Tom Segev, 1949: .... p. 157)

      Israel’s media could be especially cruel to Mizrachi immigrants. On 22 April 1949, Haaretz published an article by journalist Arye Gelblum in which he described them as "...people whose primitivism is at a peak, whose level of knowledge is one of virtually absolute ignorance, and worse who have little talent for understanding anything intellectual. Generally, they are only slightly better than the general level of the Arabs, Negroes and Berbers in the same regions. In any case, they are at an even lower level than what we knew with regard to the former Arabs of Eretz Yisrael.... These Jews also lack roots in Judaism, as they are totally subordinated to the play of savage and primitive instincts." (Haaretz, 22 April 1949)

      The most despicable act perpetrated against the Mizrachi immigrants by the Israeli government was to look the other way while children of Yemenite Jews were kidnapped. Hundreds of Yemeni infants who became ill as a result of the dreadful conditions in the transit camps were taken to hospitals by Israel officials and upon recovery, instead of being returned to their families, they were secretly given up for adoption to childless Ashkenazi couples. The parents, who had been denied hospital visitation rights, were then told their children had died. Many Yemenite parents petitioned the police to investigate the fate of their sons and daughters, but they received no reply and the public did not learn of the loathsome affair until the 1980's.

  • Israel lobby panics about 'spoiled' next generation of American leaders turning against it
    • hophmi

      You live in a fantasy world. Only a fool and/or a Zionist zealot fails to see that Israel is on a rapid downhill slide. One of the main reasons is that increasing numbers of young Jews around the world, including the U.S. , are abandoning Zionism and its spawn, Israel. They are embarrassed, mortified and sick and tired of being associated with a criminal entity known as the "Jewish state." At the same time, more and more non-Jews everywhere, especially youth, are viewing Israel with disgust. It could only be thus.

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: "Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history....The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is... a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light."

      Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: "I cannot...I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state....It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land....I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives." (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

  • For millions of Arab and Muslim American voters, this election is an emergency
    • For the record:

      http://www.salon.com/2016/08/02/khizr_khan_u_s_wars_have_created_a_chaos_in_muslim_majority_countries/

      Salon, August 2/16

      By Ben Norton

      "Khizr Khan: 'U.S. wars have created a chaos' in Muslim-majority countries"

      "The media amplified Khizr Khan's patriotism—but not his criticism of US foreign policy and the 'quagmire' it led to."

      EXCERPTS:
      "Many media outlets have amplified Khizr Khan’s patriotic sentiments. Significantly less attention, however, has been paid to Khan’s criticism of U.S. wars and his lamentation that 'We have created a chaos' and a 'quagmire' in Muslim-majority countries.

      "Khizr and Ghazala Khan spoke on MSNBC’s 'Hardball' on Monday, Aug. 1. Fifteen minutes into the program, after Khan harshly condemned Islamist extremists for 'hijacking' his religion, host Chris Matthews briefly asked Khan about U.S. wars in Muslim-majority countries.

      “ 'What do you think, or feel, when you see us attack Iraq, or go into Afghanistan after Osama bin Laden? Or we go attack, we bombed Libya. We’re bombing Syria now, all Islamic countries,' he said. 'What do you feel, as an Islamic man?' ”

      “ 'As a Muslim American I feel that these policies are not in the interest of the United States of America,' Khan replied, with a look of distress.

      “ 'And we see the result of it,' he continued. 'We are more vulnerable now. We have created a chaos.' ”

      "In total, they only discussed U.S. foreign policy for 50 seconds in the 15-minute 'Hardball' interview.

      "This brief excerpt, in which Khizr Khan criticizes militaristic U.S. foreign policy, is not included in the isolated clips for the episode on MSNBC’s website. One has to watch the full episode to see it."

  • Jews need to study the Torah in order to criticize Israel, Beinart says
  • Democratic Party consultant asked about Palestinian rights: 'Not my problem'
    • "...nobody conceived of such a group during the period in which this quasi-mythic figure supposedly was living."

      WRONG!!

      The first known written reference to Palestinians (Peleset) was c.1150 BCE at the temple of Medinet Habut. They were among those who fought with Egypt in Ramesses III’s reign.

      Jewish historian Josephus's (c.37-100 CE) The Jewish War, Antiquities of the Jews contains copious references to both "Palestine" and "Palestinians."

      Contemporaries of Jesus also routinely referred to Palestine as “Palestine.” In the first decade of the 1st Century, the Roman poet Ovid mentioned Palestine in both his famed mythological poem Metamorphoses and his erotic elegy The Art of Love. He also wrote of "the waters of Palestine" in his calendrical poem Fasti. Around the same time, another Latin poet Tibullus wrote of "the crowded cities of Palestine" in a section "Messalla’s Triumph" in his poem Delia.

      The claim that the Roman emperor Hadrian officially changed the name of the region to "Syria Palaestina" or simply "Palestine," in 135 CE is contradicted by the fact that by then, the term "Palestine" had already been in use for over 600 years.

  • On Jewishness and criticism of Israel
    • Raphael

      Do some basic overall historical research using unbiased, scholarly, well documented and duly foot-noted sources.

      If you do, you will realize - as are ever increasing numbers of Jews around the world - that Zionism is racism, Zionism is theft, Zionism is fascism.

  • In new book, Ilan Pappé says settler colonialism and apartheid best explain Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    • As I see it, the multiple and escalating horrors that the native Palestinian Arabs living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip have endured since 1967 are due to Israel's belligerent, illegal and brutal occupation. Racism, oppression, dispossession, torture, extrajudicial killings, imprisonments without charge, collective punishments, destruction of homes and orchards, etc., inflicted against Palestinians are a direct consequence of the illegal (i.e., in gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention) occupation. (Syria’s Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Shebba Farms are also illegally occupied by Israel.)

      To quote eminent Haaretz journalist, Bradley Burston:

      “Occupation is Slavery”
      EXCERPT: “In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts.” (Haaretz, Feb. 26/13)

      However, Israel proper, i.e., west of the green line, is an apartheid entity.

      To wit:

      Ilan Pappe: "[Israel's] political system [is] exclusionary, a pro forma democracy - going through the motions of democratic rule but essentially being akin to apartheid or Herenvolk ('master race') democracy." ("Jerusalem Report," Feb. 14/2000)

      Ronnie Kasrils, key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence in the current government and a devout Jew: "The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the 'Jewish state', and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid]." (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

      "Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state"
      EXCERPT: "Similarities between the 'original apartheid' as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today 'scream to the heavens,' added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted." (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

      Shlomo Gazit, retired IDF Major General: "[Israel's] legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime." (Haaretz, July 19, 2011)

      One example of apartheid within Israel:
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1134898.html
      Ha'aretz, Dec. 14/09: "Jewish town won't let Arab build home on his own land "
      Excerpt: "Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. 'Don't waste your time,' he reportedly told Suad. 'We'll keep you waiting for 30 years.'”

      "...EU broadside over plight of Israel's Arabs"
      EXCERPT: "The confidential 27-page draft prepared by European diplomats... [shows] that Israeli Arabs suffer 'economic disparities... unequal access to land and housing... discriminatory draft legislation and a political climate in which discriminatory rhetoric and practice go unsanctioned.'" (The Independent, Dec. 27/2011)

      The U.S. State Department's report on International Religious Freedom: "Arabs in Israel...are subject to various forms of discrimination [and the government] does not provide Israeli Arabs...with the same quality of education, housing, employment opportunities as Jews."
      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 Israel and The Occupied Territories, http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2015&dlid=252927#wrapper)

      To the best of my knowledge, Israel is the only country in the world that differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., “Israeli” nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel's Supreme Court:

      "Supreme Court rejects ‘Israeli’ nationality status'"
      EXCERPTS:
      "Allowing citizens to relinquish ethnic or religious identity in the population registry would undermine Israel’s Jewishness, ruling says.

      "Israel’s population registry lists a slew of 'nationalities' and ethnicities, among them Jew, Arab, Druse and more. But one word is conspicuously absent from the list: Israeli.
      "Residents cannot identify themselves as Israelis in the national registry because the move could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s Jewish character, the Israeli Supreme Court wrote in documents obtained Thursday." (Times of Israel, October 4, 2013)

      A few years ago, the Knesset passed the "Citizenship Law," which denies Israel's Arab citizens the right to bring a spouse from the occupied Palestinian territories or any Arab or other country to live in Israel. Jews, however, can immigrate to Israel from anywhere in the world and automatically become citizens with full rights.

      The effect of this blatantly racist law and more than fifty other restrictions (http://adalah.org/eng/Israeli-Discriminatory-Law-DatabaseIsrael's) Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, Palestinian/Arab citizen of Israel: "...dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as 'Jewish and democratic,' ignores the fact that in practice 'democratic' refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship." (Ma'ariv, 1.6.2005)

      Nor should it be forgotten that Ethiopian Jews who are citizens of Israel are also discriminated against.

  • BDS and Normalization: A Palestinian perspective
    • Naftush

      For the record:

      After Israel launched the 1967 war it DID NOT offer to withdraw from occupied Palestinian lands, i.e., the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip. It did, however, offer to withdraw from Syria's Golan Heights, Egypt's Sinai and Lebanon's Shebaa Farms, only to promptly reverse itself weeks before the Arab League's Khartoum Conference. Israel then commenced construction of illegal settlements in the Golan and West Bank, illegally annexed East Jerusalem and extended its city limits. Hence, the Arab League's entirely justified so-called "three no's" accompanied by a declaration to pursue Israel's withdrawal through diplomatic means.

  • Video: 'Gaza in Context' says root of conflict is quest for Palestinian land, without Palestinians
    • Marnie
      Well said!!

      Also:

      In 1925, Vladimir Jabotinsky, a Zionist zealot from Poland, founded the fascistic Betar or Brown Shirts along with the Revisionist Party (origin of today’s Likud) which advocated "revision" of the British Mandate to include forcible Jewish colonization of then Transjordan in addition to Palestine. Such Jewish extremism, along with the racist rants of Rabbi Kook and threats against the Dome of the Rock by Revisionist demonstrators led to the terrible and bloody riots of 1929

      Vincent Sheean, an eminent American journalist who arrived in Palestine as a pro-Zionist just days before the 1929 riots erupted, was shocked at what he saw: As he later wrote: "I was bitterly indignant with the Zionists for having, as I believed, brought on the disaster.... [W]hy couldn't the Zionists leave it [Palestine] alone, it would never hold enough Jews to make even a beginning towards the solution of the Jewish problem; it would always be a prey to such ghastly horrors as those I saw everyday and every night....” (Vincent Sheean, Personal History, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1935)

      Hundreds of Hebron's Jews were taken in and protected by Muslims. Tragically, 64 of Hebron's Jews died, but 650 were saved. Throughout the country 133 Jews were killed and 339 wounded while Palestinians suffered 116 dead and 232 wounded.

      Bitterly ironic is the fact that most Jews living in Hebron in 1929 were anti-Zionist. They were the descendants of the Sephardim who had founded the city's Jewish Quarter near the tomb of the Patriarchs in the 1500's after Jews were expelled from Spain and then welcomed and given sanctuary in the Arab world. Their numbers increased somewhat during the early 1900's with the arrival of Hasidim from Poland who came to study. Many Muslims who were driven out of Spain by the Christians also moved to Hebron. Prior to Zionism, Jews and Muslims lived together harmoniously in Hebron for 400 years with the Jews always forming a small minority. There were very few if any Christians in the city.

      In 1930, a report issued by a British commission of enquiry attributed the 1929 clashes to the fact the Palestinians "have come to see in Jewish immigration not only a menace to their livelihood but a possible overlord of the future." (Another 1930 British report, trying to find a way to reduce tension between Zionist alien Jews and native Palestinians, revealed that there was no additional land available for agricultural settlement by new Jewish immigrants.)

      The friendship that existed between Muslims and Jews in Hebron was attested to by Israeli journalist Chaim Hanegbi, whose great grandfather was the city's last Rabbi: "My grandfather lived very peacefully with his Arab neighbours.... His family joined the grape harvest every year, and the [Muslim] neighbours cooked kosher food so the Jews could share the feasts with them." (Canada's Globe and Mail, February 18, 1997)

      It should also be noted that in the spirit of reconciliation, Hebron's mayor has stated publicly that he and his fellow Muslims would welcome the descendants of the city's Jews if they should choose to return and replace the Zionist fanatics who are now there.

      BTW, according to the Palestine govt. (British Mandate), Jerusalem, 1945, Jews owned a mere one per cent of sub-district Hebron's land. Palestinians owned 96% and state land comprised four per cent.

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