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  • Trump's ambassador says the unspeakable: Uprooting settlers could 'cause civil war'
  • Iran wants to annihilate 6 million Jews -- Netanyahu's Munich rant, interrupted
  • Mixing of food supplies, confiscating cameras, and storming of villages -- crimes of occupation in Hebron 2017
    • For the record:

      Hebron, 1945: 96% Palestinian privately owned, less than 1% Jewish privately owned, 4% state owned.

      (Source: Village Statistics, Jerusalem: Palestine Government, 1945; subsequently published as United Nations Map no. 94b, August, 1950. Also, "Before Their Diaspora," by Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard.)

  • Abbas warns Security Council, Palestinians could become 'refugees or terrorists in Europe'
    • For the record:

      https://forward.com/opinion/394903/american-jews-have-never-needed-israel/
      Forward - February 21, 2018

      "American Jews Have Never Needed Israel"
      By Michael Robin

      EXCERPT:
      "In a recent Forward article about a new study on young American Jewry, Batya Ungar-Sargon explains that Israel’s far-right turn has left young Jews increasingly disconnected from modern day Israel, and even the idea of a Jewish State itself. While highlighting some important developments that make clear the urgent need for justice in Israel/Palestine and a change of course in the American Jewish establishment’s approach to Israel advocacy, the article relies on some foundational assumptions about what young Jews want and what they need in order to remain engaged with Jewish communities and Jewishness."

  • 'NYT' writers slam left for intolerance of dissent-- on Israel panel that excludes anti-Zionists and Palestinians
    • @Nathan

      "....it would be uncommon to find an article that calls for the undoing of Israel."

      Israel is doing a superb job of "undoing" itself.

  • Sex, lies and corruption: Israeli politics from Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu
    • @Paranam Kid

      For the record:

      "By direct order of the White House, every form of pressure, direct and indirect, was brought to bear by American officials upon those countries outside the Muslim world that were known to be either uncertain or opposed to partition. Representatives or intermediaries were employed by the White House to make sure that the necessary majority would at least be secured" (Welles, Sumner, We Need Not Fail Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1948, p. 63.)

      “On November 22nd, 1947, the UN rejected the partition of Palestine. A second vote, four days later, also rejected partition, so Truman asked that the final vote be delayed for three days, until after Thanksgiving. Truman had entered the White House only on Roosevelt's death in 1945 and needed American Zionist support to win the 1948 election. Over the next few days, he bullied five of the weaker UN members into changing their vote. That is how partition was passed on November 29th, 1947.” (James Bowen Irish Times 8 December 2007)

      To quote James Forrestal, then U.S. Secretary of Defense: "The methods that had been used....to bring coercion and duress, on other nations in the General Assembly, bordered closely onto scandal." (Millis, Walter [Ed.] "The Forrestal Diaries " [New York: The Viking Press, 1951, p. 363)

      The UNSCOP majority report was accepted and on November 29, the General Assembly passed Resolution 181 recommending acceptance of the Partition Plan by 33 to 13 votes with 10 abstentions (including Britain). It was to come into effect two months after the end of the British Mandate and called for the creation of a Jewish state on 56 percent of Palestine (including its most fertile lands), an Arab state on 42 percent with the remaining 2 percent to be allotted to Jerusalem and adjacent communities (including Bethlehem) as a corpus separatum. Notably, the General Assembly dismissed the fact that Palestine’s indigenous Arab Jews were emphatically opposed to partition.

      48% of the total land area of mandate Palestine was privately owned ('mulk khaas') by Palestinian Arabs. Total Jewish privately owned land was between 6% and 7%. About 45% of the total land area was state owned (i.e., by its citizens)* and it was comprised of Communal Property ('mashaa'), Endowment Property, ('waqf'), and Government Property, ('miri'.) The British Mandate kept an extensive land registry & the UN used the registry during its early deliberations. It has in its archives 453,000 records of individual Palestinian owners defined by name, location & area. *Only 30% of Jewish immigrants had taken our citizenship and tens of thousands were illegal immigrants.

      Although the Philippines initially opposed partition and Liberia and Haiti wanted to abstain, the United States and the Zionists pressured these countries to vote in favour, thereby gaining the necessary two-thirds approval. "Under threat of a Jewish boycott of Firestone rubber and tire products, Harvey Firestone told Liberia that he would recommend suspension of plans for the expansion of development there if Liberia voted against partition." (Michael Cohen, Palestine and the Great Powers, 1945-1948, Princeton, N.J., 1982, p. 295-300)

      David Niles, the Zionists' point man in the White House, managed to minimize the influence of the State Department on formulating the U.S. position in the debate over the Partition Plan: "...David Niles was able to have Truman appoint a pro-Zionist, General John Hilldring, to the United Nations' American delegation to offset the views of the appointees from the State Department. Through Hilldring, Niles established a direct liaison between the United Nations and Truman; indeed, U.S. positions were occasionally relayed directly from the White House without the State Department's having been consulted. Thus, for example, after a private conversation with Chaim Weizmann, Truman phoned the U.N. delegation and told them to reverse American backing for the Arab claim that the Negev (southern Palestine) should be part of an Arab state; the United States would support its inclusion in the Jewish state as recommended in UNSCOP's majority proposal." (Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab/Israel Conflict, p. 139)

  • Sarah Silverman stands by Ahed Tamimi: 'Do you wonder where her rage comes from?'
    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/02/13/im-ahed-tamimis-cousin-israel-needs-to-stop-imprisoning-kids-like-her/?utm_term=.02b46b35333a

      "I’m Ahed Tamimi’s cousin. Israel needs to stop imprisoning kids like her."

      By Nour Tamimi February 13 Washington Post

      Nour Tamimi is a journalism student and activist from Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank.

      "I had barely fallen asleep when I woke to find an armed Israeli soldier hovering over my bed. He told me to get up quickly and put on a jacket. Half asleep, I was handcuffed, thrown into an army jeep, and taken to be interrogated. They had already taken my 16-year-old cousin, Ahed, the night before, and now it was my turn.

      "A few days earlier, the Israeli army raided our town of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank to suppress our weekly demonstration against the illegal Jewish settlement built on our land and the theft of our fresh-water spring by settlers. During the demonstration, a soldier shot our 15-year-old cousin Mohammad in the face from close range, shattering his skull. He was rushed to the hospital and had to be medically induced into a coma. About half an hour later, still traumatized by what happened to our cousin, we found soldiers in the front yard of Ahed’s home where we were sitting and tried to get them to leave. For demanding they leave, my unarmed cousin is now facing charges for confronting an armed soldier.

      "When a video of the encounter was shown in Israel, it went viral and many Israelis demanded that we be punished. So, the following week, soldiers came to Ahed’s home in the middle of the night and she was taken away to prison. The next day, her mother Nariman was also imprisoned when she went to check on Ahed. Later that night, I was arrested as well.
      I was released on bail after 16 days, but Ahed has now been languishing in prison for nearly two months, as has her mother. On Jan. 31, she spent her 17th birthday in a cell. The start of her trial in a military court has been delayed several times. The latest postponement came on Tuesday, when it was rescheduled for March 11. In a blatant attempt to avoid the scrutiny of the international media, the judge also ruled that journalists will be barred from attending. The charges that Ahed faces carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. I still face charges as well.

      "In prison, we were treated very badly. After being arrested, Ahed was taken into a basement cell and interrogated without a parent or lawyer present. She and I were repeatedly moved from one prison to another, held with regular Israeli criminals, and subjected to sexist and degrading verbal harassment. The army knows how to place psychological pressure to break you. They deprived us of sleep and food, and I was forced to remain seated in a chair unable to move for long hours at a time.

      "When we were brought to military court for a hearing, it was very hard seeing our parents sitting in the back feeling worried and helpless. My uncle Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, and my own father know firsthand what Israeli prison feels and smells like. Both have been imprisoned multiple times because of their nonviolent resistance to Israel’s occupation. Bassem was named a prisoner of conscience twice by Amnesty International, which has also called for Ahed’s release. They know that we were held in a freezing-cold cell as we waited for our hearing. They know the pain of the handcuffs as they are tightened on our wrists and ankles, and how dirty the cells are, and the smell of rotten food. They understand what it feels like to be isolated in a cell — completely alone, cold and frightened, unsure of what will happen to you. Like her parents and siblings, I fear for the well-being of Ahed and the more than 300 other Palestinian children currently imprisoned by the Israeli army.

      "Ahed and I are the second generation of Tamimis to spend our whole lives under Israel’s oppressive 50-year military rule. We grew up under the constant watch and control of Israeli soldiers. At a young age, we had to learn resilience, determination and persistence. In order to survive, we had to be acutely aware of our surroundings at all times. Even the most basic things, such as being able to move freely or take a day trip wasn’t a possibility because of military checkpoints and other impediments. We had no room to breathe — sometimes literally, as clouds of tear gas fired by soldiers engulfed us and filled our homes.

      "Sadly, we are used to soldiers forcing their way into our homes, their cameras clicking as they take photos of the males in the family, documenting how many windows and doors we have, and stealing and destroying our personal belongings. There is no privacy. In addition to my father, my mother and brother have also been imprisoned. Ahed’s uncle was shot and killed by soldiers during a demonstration in 2012, while her mother was shot in the leg during another march and developed asthma because of the tear gas.

      "We have had our childhood stolen from us, never knowing the feeling of safety, security, and quiet. The unfortunate truth is that this isn’t only the reality of Ahed and I, or of Nabi Saleh. It is the reality of most Palestinians, especially the young ones.

      "Each year, Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in its military courts, which have a conviction rate of more than 99 percent. Israel’s two-tiered legal system in the occupied West Bank has been condemned as “separate and unequal” by human rights groups. Settlers, including minors, are subject to Israeli civilian law while Palestinians of all ages are subject to martial law.

      "Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons endure systematic abuse — including threats and physical violence — and are pressured to sign confessions in Hebrew that they can’t read, all while being interrogated without a parent or lawyer. These abuses have been well-documented by human rights groups, and even members of the U.S. Congress are now taking action to stop them with a bill that’s intended to make sure American aid doesn’t fund Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinian children or violations of their rights.

      "We cannot stand up to Israel alone. The international community and all people of conscience must also stand for justice and not tolerate Israel’s abuses of our rights, especially against children. I imagine my life without the hardships of Israel’s military rule, enjoying the simple liberty of being able to make it to class on time because there is no checkpoint closing my town. Not having to worry about me or my loved ones being killed, injured, or thrown into a military prison for standing up for our rights. Like all people want, we simply want to be able live in freedom."

    • @eljay

      ME TOO!! BRAVA SARAH SILVERMAN!!!

      The incident leading to Ahed's arrest, her imprisonment and pending trial further confirm how completely f***ed up the entity known as "Israel" is. I'm at a loss for words. The good news is that "Israel" is digging its grave.

  • The emperor's new terrorist
  • 'I faced my Jewish racism' -- an alumnus's call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week
    • @Jon66
      Jordan granted citizenship to Palestinian refugees and their descendants under its control “without prejudice to their legitimate rights…in accordance with United Nations resolutions, and particularly General Assembly Resolution 194 of 11 December 1948…. Nationality does not invalidate their political and historical rights, since their inalienable and inviolable right to return or to receive compensation is guaranteed by international law and conventions.”

    • Regev should return to his real homeland, South Africa.

    • @Jon66

      Bullcrap!!

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

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

      Israel: 68 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

      To state the screaming obvious, Israel is increasingly viewed around the world as a pariah, a brutal/illegal occupier, oppressor, ethnic cleanser and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law.

      At an increasing rate, along with more and more average Americans, Israel is being abandoned by enlightened Jews, especially all important youth. Indeed, Jews are now among the most dedicated and effective supporters of Palestinians.

      No wonder Israel's Jewish immigration is in free fall and Jewish emigration is rapidly growing. To wit:
      The Forward, March 22, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff
      “A third of Jewish Israelis would leave the country if they could, according to a poll conducted by Masa Israeli, a group looking at the divisions of Jewish society in Israel."

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806869
      EXCERPT:
      “More Israelis Left Israel Than Moved Back in Six Year Record. 16,700 left and 8,500 came back in 2015, in first year since 2009 that more Israelis exited than returned.” By Lior Dattel. Aug 15, 2017, Haaretz.

      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel -news/.premium-jewish-agency- chief-warns-young-u-s-jews- more-turned-off-to-israel-1. 5751616
      Haaretz - Jan 22, 2018, by Judy Maltz
      “Young American Jews Increasingly Turning Away From Israel, Jewish Agency Leader Warns”
      “The Jewish Agency's CEO and director-general called the trend 'extremely worrisome,' and said that a new strategy must be undertaken to engage young American Jews with Israel.”

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20982'%20style='color:#000;
      The Real News, Jan. 25/18
      “US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows”
      “The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States.
      “A new study by the leading polling agency the Pew Research Center has found that the partisan divide in Americans’ sympathies for Israel or the Palestinians is the largest it has been in 40 years."

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-vast-numbers-of-california-jews-disengaging-from-israel-survey-finds-1.5821675
      Haaretz, Feb. 14/18
      “Vast Numbers of Progressive California Jews Are Disengaging From Israel, Survey Finds.” By Judy Maltz.
      EXCERPT: “Only a minority of young Jews in San Francisco’s Bay Area believe a Jewish state is important and only a third sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians.”

      Israel is America's number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck. Inevitably, (like France and Algeria, Britain and Rhodesia, Belgium and the Congo) the US will have to pursue its best interests and set Israel adrift. No other country will replace America as Israel's protector and financier (courtesy of US taxpayers, now well in excess of $10 million per day.)

  • Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians planting olive trees
  • 'Preparing the hearts' - how the Temple Mount movement works towards their goal of building the Third Temple over the ruins of Al Aqsa
    • For the record:
      More on comedian Sarah Silverman expressing support for Ahed Tamimi:

      https://forward.com/fast-forward/394635/sarah-silverman-calls-on-jews-to-stand-up-for-palestinian-ahed-tamimi/

      Forward, February 16, 2018
      "Sarah Silverman Calls On Jews To Stand Up For Palestinian Ahed Tamimi'
      By Nathan Guttman

      "The arrest of Ahed Tamimi, a 17-years old Palestinian girl arrested after being filmed slapping an Israeli soldier near her West Bank home, has evolved into an international debate, pitting human rights groups against the government in Jerusalem and pro-Israel groups.

      "Now, comedian Sarah Silverman is weighing in on Tamimi’s side and urging fellow Jews to do the same, even if it means parting with the Israeli government. 'Jews have to stand up EVEN when — ESPECIALLY when — the wrongdoing is BY Jews/the Israeli government,' Silverman tweeted Thursday.

      "Silverman promoted an email campaign launched by Amnesty International which called on supporters to write to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and protest Tamimi’s detention. 'There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 17-year-old child,' Amnesty wrote in its appeal."

    • @Maghlawagan

      The forced creation of the racist, fascistic, expansionist entity known as "Israel" in historic Palestine by Jews of foreign origin was brought about by their violent, brutal dispossession and expulsion of the indigenous Arab inhabitants while most of the world looked the other way. It was and remains the number one geopolitical blunder of the post WWII era.

  • Former president of Modern Language Association resigns following decision to ban debate on BDS
  • Zionism's tailspin: Stark minority of young California Jews are 'comfortable with idea of Jewish state'
    • @John O

      Speaking of the "UK," here's a burst of sunshine:

      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/liverpool-fans-embrace-mohamed-salah-muslim-chant-180216105515770.html

      EXCERPT:
      "Liverpool Football Club fans have embraced Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian player, with a new chant that celebrates the 25-year-old forward's faith.

      "'Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, if he's good enough for you, he's good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I'll be Muslim too,' fans have been filmed chanting from the stadiums to the pubs as they watch Salah's footwork at play.

      "The rhyme continues: 'He's sitting in the mosque, that's where I want to be.'

      "Saleh, who also plays for Egypt's national team, is quickly becoming a darling of the English football community.

      "In 2017, he was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year.

      "On Wednesday, he became the thirteenth player in Liverpool FC's 125-year history to score his 30th goal in a season in a match against Porto, prompting some to compare Salah with Argentina's footballing legend, Lionel Messi."

    • @Annie Robbins

      Breaking news:
      Feb. 16/18

      https://twitter.com/SarahKSilverman/status/964329047386832896

      "Comedian Sarah Silverman endorses Amnesty call to Free Ahed Tamimi"

      "Jews have to stand up EVEN when — ESPECIALLY when — the wrongdoing is BY Jews/the Israeli government."

    • @Annie Robbins

      Support for the entity known as "Israel" is on an irreversible, accelerating downward slide in the U.S. (and around the world.) Americans, especially youth, including enlightened Jews, are increasingly angry at being played for suckers by Zionist racist, fascistic thugs and their bought and paid for U.S. politicians. Needless to say, this change has come about in large measure by the ease at which the horrible reality of the "Israel" - Palestinian conflict can be learned and viewed thanks to today's communication technology, e.g., the Internet. It's only the beginning!!

    • @Annie Robbins

      http://www.palestinechronicle.com/boomerang-effect-netanyahu-made-israel-american-issue-lost/

      "The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost"
      The Palestine Chronicle, Feb. 14/18
      By Ramzy Baroud

      EXCERPTS:
      "Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans.

      "Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well – a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government.

      "The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."

      "It was on that date that the affinity between Israel and the US purportedly grew to unprecedented levels, since both countries claimed to be fighting 'Islamic terror.' In reality, the attacks, the ensuing media discourse and subsequent wars have all coagulated the support of Christian Evangelists behind Israel, as they saw the widening conflict in the Middle East as part of a long-awaited prophecy.

      "It was precisely then that the support of Israel by American Liberals, especially those identifying with the Democratic Party, began to weaken.

      "With time, supporting or not supporting Israel became a partisan issue, which is, itself, unprecedented.

      "While the Israeli government under Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, exploited every opportunity to maximize support for Israel in order to achieve objectives deemed important by the Israeli right wing, ultra-right and religious parties, Netanyahu’s conceited and confrontational style has alienated many Americans, especially Democrats.

      "Worse, Netanyahu’s policies of entrenching the Occupation, blocking any peace efforts and expanding illegal Jewish settlements, also began to shift the kind of support that Israel has historically taken for granted, that of American Jews."

      "For decades, Israel was considered the only issue that united all Americans regardless of their political and ideological affiliations. That is no longer valid, and Netanyahu has played a major role in this."

      "Netanyahu has shoved Israel into the heart of polarizing American politics, and although he has achieved his short-term goals (for example, obtaining US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel) he has irrevocably damaged the decades-long consensus on Israel among Americans, and in that there is a great source of hope."

  • Jewish activists launch project to tackle anti-Muslim racism
  • Israel’s Justice Minister endorses apartheid -- the Jewish state 'at the expense of equality'
    • Heads up!!

      http://israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org/

      "The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference," March 2, 2018, at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C."

      "Just before the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference and mass congressional lobbying day in Washington, DC, the 'Israel Lobby and American Policy 2018' conference will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the National Press Club.

      "This educational event is open to the public and will examine the strategies, tactics and policies of Israel and its U.S. lobby. Key questions to be addressed by invited experts..."

      To learn who the speakers will be, go to this site:
      http://israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org/speakers/index.html

    • @eljay

      No argument other than to note that Sternhell does acknowledge that the entity known as "Israel" is increasingly becoming fascistic, racist and Nazi like.

      I call that progress for our side.

    • @festus

      Israel: Ever faster and deeper into the abyss of fascism. No wonder so many Israeli Jews are emigrating and immigration is declining.

      https://www.haaretz.com/opi...

      Zeev Sternhell**
      Jan 19, 2018 - Haaretz

      Opinion: "In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism"
      EXCERPT:

      "I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?"

      ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world's leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and writes for Haaretz.

  • 'Fake News!': the view from Israel’s occupation
    • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/palestinians-die-israel-refuses-medical-permits-180213122412689.html

      "54 Palestinians die' as Israel refuses medical permits"
      by Farah Najjar - 13 Feb 2018

      EXCERPT:

      "Israel was responsible for at least 54 Palestinian deaths last year as it rejected hundreds of medical permit requests it received from Gaza residents seeking treatment outside the besieged strip, rights groups have said.

      "In a joint statement on Tuesday, the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), highlighted the immediate need for Israel to end its decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip."

    • @LHunter

      Well and truly stated!!

      However, the Zionists are finding it increasingly difficult to suppress the truth.

    • @MHughes976

      A Canadian friend of mine told me that CBC Television News and radio also gave extensive/lengthy coverage to Ahed Tamimi.

  • In propaganda coup for Israel, NYT frontpager ascribes Gaza's misery to Palestinian infighting
    • @dimadok

      Reality:

      The Gaza Strip is still belligerently and illegally occupied by Israel.
      To wit:

      Human Rights Watch, 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)

      Furthermore, Hamas has long since agreed to conclude a peace agreement with Israel based on the June 4/67 borders, i.e., a mere 22% of historic Palestine:
      “Ismail Haniyeh, addressing a rare news conference in the Israeli-blockaded enclave, signaled a softening of Hamas’s long-standing position prohibiting the ceding of any part of the land of what was British-mandated Palestine until 1948.”

      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      Needless to say, Israel rejected the 2010 overture and refused to use it as an opening for discussions as it did with Hamas’s recent offer based on its 2017 revised Charter. (http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/hamas-charter-1637794876)

  • High-profile actors, artists, athletes, and activists join Dream Defenders in supporting Ahed Tamimi
  • Israeli publisher slams US ambassador for 'perpetuating apartheid' in West Bank
    • @hophmi

      If I were you, I'd be most concerned about the exodus of Jews from Israel and its rapidly declining image abroad, including among Jews:

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/why-jews-flee-to-europe-or-at-least-half-of-it/article15446274/

      Why Jews flee to Europe (or at least half of it)
      By Doug Saunders,
      Canada’s Globe and Mail, November 16, 2013

      EXCERPTS:
      “Have you heard about Europe’s Jewish exodus? Amid growing tensions and tough economic conditions, tens of thousands of educated middle-class Jews are fleeing every year – not out of the continent, but rather from Israel into Europe, and especially to Germany, which has become the chief destination (after the United States) for the half-million Israelis who have left the country amid its much-discussed ‘brain drain.’

      “This has taken both Israelis and many Europeans by surprise – and offended some Israeli leaders. Last month, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, during a visit to Budapest, took to Facebook to denounce the growing wave of Europe-bound Jews who have become known in the Israeli media as the New Yordim (emigrants, or literally, ‘fallen’).”

      “European countries are seen by Israelis as stable, egalitarian and safe, while in an Israel governed by hard-line regimes, the zealots and the Orthodox seem destined to prevail. ‘With all due respect,’ Jerusalem Post columnist Susan Hatis Rolef recently wrote, ‘I think it is physically safer for a Jew to live in Berlin these days than in Jerusalem, though I do not belittle the emotional difficulty involved for a Jew to do so, given the not-too-distant history.’”

      “She listed the reasons for the exodus: ‘loss of hope that peace will ever prevail … discomfort with the lack of determination of Israel’s leaders to make a serious effort to separate religion and state … and the feeling that life in Israel frequently feels like life in a pressure cooker.’”

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806869
      EXCERPT:
      “More Israelis Left Israel Than Moved Back in Six Year Record. 16,700 left and 8,500 came back in 2015, the first year since 2009 that more Israelis exited than returned.” By Lior Dattel. Aug 15, 2017, Haaretz.

      Support for Israel is in decline in the U.S., especially among youth:
      “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study” – The Forward, June 21/17
      “The Brand Israel Group, a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.

      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’ Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel. While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%.”

      Furthermore, regarding the USA: http://forward.com/news/ national/376097/study-israel- losing-support-among- democrats-minorities- millennials/ The Forward July 2, 2017
      ”Study: Israel Losing Support Among Democrats, Minorities, Millennials ‘It appears that the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they like it.’”

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20982'%20style='color:#000;
      The Real News, Jan. 25/18
      “US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows”
      “The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States.
      “A new study by the leading polling agency the Pew Research Center has found that the partisan divide in Americans’ sympathies for Israel or the Palestinians is the largest it has been in 40 years.

      Also, support for Israel among American Jewish college students and Jewish youth in general is in decline:
      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel -news/.premium-jewish-agency- chief-warns-young-u-s-jews- more-turned-off-to-israel-1. 5751616
      Haaretz - Jan 22, 2018, by Judy Maltz
      “Young American Jews Increasingly Turning Away From Israel, Jewish Agency Leader Warns”

      “The Jewish Agency's CEO and director-general called the trend 'extremely worrisome,' and said that a new strategy must be undertaken to engage young American Jews with Israel.”

      The handwriting is on the wall. Sooner or later, you will have to read it.

  • Israeli ambassador devotes much of his speech to small group of protesters outside
    • "'The Arab citizens of Israel are not segregated, there aren’t laws preventing their access to public services and institutes, and they enjoy full civil rights. Therefore, calling Israel ‘an apartheid state’ is wrong and misleading.'”

      Reality:

      “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)

      Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyyUvxHLYr4

      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)

      “Construction, Not Destruction”
      “While Israeli Arabs constitute 20 percent of the population, Arab communities’ jurisdictions occupy just 2.5 percent of the state’s land area, and the process of approving new construction in Arab towns takes decades.” (Haaretz Editorial, April 4, 2017)

      One example of apartheid within Israel:
      “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.’” (Haaretz, 14 December 2009)

      Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence 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)

      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)

      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.

      The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi,
      "…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)

      Eminent Jewish 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)

  • Israeli diplomat calls on American students 'to restore the honor' of vilified word-- Zionism
    • @eljay

      Well said!!!

    • @Ossinev

      Also:

      Alistair Dawber, “Israel Gave Birth Control to Ethiopian Jews without Their Consent, ”Independent, January 27, 2013, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-gave-birth-control-to-ethiopian-jews-without-their-consent-8468800.html.

      Ali Abunimah, “Did Israel Violate the Genocide Convention by Forcing Contraceptives on Ethiopian Women?” Electronic Intifada, January 28, 2013,http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/did-israel-violate-genocide-convention-forcing-contraceptives-ethiopian-women.

    • Dayan: “Zionists are similar to the Algerian revolutionaries in that they prevailed over colonial ‘oppressors.’” “’Israel was liberated from the British rule,’ just as India and Pakistan were liberated from the British.”

      Utter nonsense!!!

      Palestine was not a British colony. From 1922 to 1948, Palestine was administered by Britain in accordance with the terms of a League of Nations Class A Mandate, which while allowing Jewish immigration, prohibited the creation of a Jewish state or any form of partition. This fundamental fact was reiterated in the British 1939 MacDonald White Paper, which declared that “[Great Britain] could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country.”

      However, from the get go, the Yishuv (the vast majority of foreign origin) and its leadership, e.g., Polish born David Ben-Gurion (nee David Gruen) were intent on creating a Jewish state in Palestine by expelling the native Arab inhabitants. According to Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, by late 1948, Jewish militia and the IDF had dispossessed and driven out about 800,000 Palestinians, (including 400,00 before 15 May, the effective date of the establishment of “Israel.”) This was accomplished by force of arms, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation. Well over 500 of their towns and villages were destroyed and Jewish forces seized 78% of historic Palestine. It was only the beginning.

      It is also important to note that the Zionists were hatching a master plan to dispossess and expel the indigenous Palestinian Arabs as far back as the late 19th century – over 20 years before the beginning of the British Mandate.

      In classic colonialist fashion, Theodor Herzl contended that his “Jewish state” would protect Europe and its superior culture from the uncivilized East. “We should there [in Palestine] form a portion of the rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilization as opposed to barbarism.” (Theodor Herzl, Judenstaat, The Jewish State, 1896, p. 26)

      Herzl’s diaries not only confirm that his objective was the establishment of a “Jewish state” in Palestine, but that it would be an expansionist state. In the year of his death he described its borders as being “…in the north the mountains facing Cappadocia [Turkey], in the south, the Suez Canal [Egypt] in the east, the Euphrates [Iraq].” (Theodor Herzl, The Complete Diaries, 11 p. 711)

      Even more revealing as to how Herzl intended to deal with the Palestinians is the “Charter for Zionist Colonization of Palestine and Syria” which he drafted sometime between the summer of 1901 and early 1902. Much to his disappointment, however, he was denied the opportunity to present it to the Ottoman Sultanate. Article Vl of the charter called for Istanbul to grant the Zionists, in the form of the Jewish-Ottoman Land Company (JOLC), “complete autonomy, guaranteed by the Ottoman Empire” while Article III gave them in effect, the right to deport the native population to other areas of the empire. Article 111 “[pertained] to the Palestinian and other Arab owners and inhabitants of the three categories of land to be purchased/owned by the JOLC – the large and small private landholdings, the Sultan’s state domain, and the land for which there is no title.”

      Israel Zangwill, the influential Anglo-Jewish essayist and Zionist, first believed that the Palestinians would simply “fold their tents and slip away.” It was Zangwill who first voiced the lie that Palestine was a “land without a people, waiting for a people without a land.” (Zangwill, Israel, “The Return to Palestine,” New Liberal Review 11, Dec. 1901 p. 627, quoted by David Hirst, p. 19)

      In 1905, Zangwill contradicted himself during a talk in Manchester when he observed that Palestine was “already twice as thickly populated as the United States…. [W]e must be prepared to either drive out by the sword the [Arab] tribes in possession as our forefathers did or to grapple with the problem of a large alien population….” (Zangwill, Speeches, p. 210, quoted by Nur Masalah , Expulsion of the Palestinians…., 1992, p. 10)

      In 1918, Ben-Gurion described the future borders of the Jewish state as: “to the north, the Litani River; to the northeast, the Wadi’Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into the Sinai at least up to Wadi al-`Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan.” (Teveth, Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs, pp. 34-34; cited by Masalah, Expulsion…, p. 87)

      In 1920, Zangwill proposed in The Voice of Jerusalem, that there should be an “‘Arab exodus’…based on ‘race redistribution’ or a ‘trek like that of the Boers from Cape Colony,’ which he advocated as ‘literally the only way out of the difficulty of creating a Jewish State in Palestine.'” He continued: “We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic reconstruction….To fold their tents and silently steal away is their proverbial habit: let them exemplify it now.” (Zangwill, The Voice of Jerusalem, p. 103, quoted by Masalha, EOTP pp. 13-14)

  • BDS movement nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 'Killing civilians is unheard of' -- Israeli propaganda gets red carpet reception in US press
    • http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-implications-president-trumps-jerusalem-ploy-24192

      "The Implications of President Trump’s Jerusalem Ploy"

      By Henry Siegman ,
      The National Interest, January 23/18

      EXCERPT:

      "The question whether 'liberal Zionism' can survive the far right trends that now dominate Israel’s political life was raised forcefully in the New York Times by its columnist Michelle Goldberg. It was prompted by Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which Goldberg described correctly as 'another nail in the coffin of ‘liberal Zionism’.”

      "While the reactions to Trump’s initiative have not yet fully played out, much is already evident. To begin with, they have exposed the stunning level of ignorance and misinformation that exists on this subject. Trump tried to soften the destructive impact of his declaration by insisting it would not affect any of the final-status issues that are to be the subjects of the peace talks he is trying to restart. He is obviously unaware that Jerusalem is exactly that—a final-status issue. Indeed, it is the most sensitive of the final-status issues. Unlike the others, it led Mahmoud Abbas, the most moderate of Palestinian leaders, to break off relations with the Trump administration."

    • @John O, et al.

      Speaking of Canada, I just received this "must listen" CBC interview from a friend in Toronto. Host of "The Current," Anna Maria Tremonti, interviews young Palestinians and Jewish Israelis. I urge everyone to listen to it. I doubt that such a revealing and informative interview would be heard on mainstream US media.

      http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&mediaIds=1155670083618

      The interview begins at the 22 minutes, 33 seconds mark and continues after the half hour news break for another twenty minutes.

  • Wilkerson says 'Israel's security' was motive for Iraq war-- though not in NYT op-ed
    • Perhaps the best argument against the US led 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)

  • Kindergarteners in Hebron protest Israel's detention of 350 children
    • https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-demolishes-another-eu-funded-school?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=a899f14b6f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-a899f14b6f-290644433

      The Electronic Intifada

      Israel demolishes another EU-funded school
      Tamara Nassar Rights and Accountability 6 February 2018.

      EXCERPT:
      "Israeli occupation forces demolished two school buildings in the Abu Nuwwar community on 4 February, located in the so-called E1 area of the occupied West Bank, east of Jerusalem.
      The destruction leaves more than 25 children in the third and fourth grades without a place to learn.

      “'The demolition of educational buildings is one of the means Israel uses in its attempt to expel Palestinian communities from their homes, so that it can concentrate the residents in enclaves and use the territory for its own needs,' the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem stated.

    • @JosephA

      They will "get their comeuppance one day." It is inevitable, given the accelerating shift in how the world, including more and more Jews, views Israel, i.e., as a criminal, racist, apartheid entity, a rogue and a pariah, the very epitome of evil.

      However, it obvious that Netanyahu, Sheldon Adelson and their gang of fascists will take full advantage of the fact that an immoral, utterly corrupt moron is currently in the White House and he doesn't give a damn about human rights for anyone, let alone Palestinians.

    • https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2018/2-february/news/world/israeli-treatment-of-minors-censured#.WnR-Py0iiDA.facebook

      Church Times, Feb. 2/18

      "Israeli treatment of minors censured"

      "A campaign to end the detention of Palestinian children is gathering pace. Earlier this week, Nick Davies visited the military courts."

      EXCERPT:

      "This week, Ahed Tamimi turns 17. She recently came to global attention after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier who was standing on her family’s property went viral on social media. She is now under arrest, and, with one provocative act, she has become the face of hundreds of Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel every year.

      "This week, I visited the child military courts at Ofer, on the West Bank. I was taken there by the NGO Military Court Watch. The courts are a series of Portakabins within a maze of wire-mesh fences. We arrived by car through checkpoints and walled roads built for Israeli settlers. Many of the children who arrive there have a less comfortable journey.

      "Typically, they are picked up in night-time raids. Children as young as 12 are handcuffed, blindfolded, and taken on a journey of up to ten hours, on the floor of a jeep, to a dedicated children’s interrogation centre. Questioned without lawyers, few are advised of their right to silence. Often their traumatised confession is the only evidence submitted."

    • http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/45-palestinian-schools-under-israeli-demolition-threat/1054358

      "45 Palestinian schools under Israeli demolition threat"

      EXCERPT:
      "The United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Sunday that at least 45 schools in Palestine were facing the threat of destruction by the Israeli authority.

      "In a released statement, the OCHA acting Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories Roberto Valent pointed out that a Palestinian school in East Jerusalem was destroyed by Israeli soldiers, and added: 'The demolition was carried out on grounds of lack of Israeli-issued permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain.'

      “'As in Abu Nuwar, hundreds of children attending one of at least 45 schools in the West Bank (37 in Area C" and 8 in East Jerusalem) with pending demolition orders are living in instability, with the specter of school demolition ever-present, threatening their access to education,' Valent said in the statement.

      "According to the statement, Israeli soldiers destroyed two classrooms serving 26 Palestinian school children in the Bedouin and refugee community of Abu Nuwar, located in Area C on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

      "The education of the children at the school was financed by the European Union, it said noting that the demolishing happened without permission."

  • 'Death to Ahed Tamimi': Israeli settlers vandalize Nabi Saleh
    • @Marnie

      More and more of vitally important U.S. Jewish youth are comprehending the horrors Israel is inflicting on the Palestinians and are speaking out.

      https://www.juancole.com/2018/ 02/letters-solidarity-tamimi. html

      ​Informed Comment - Feb. 4, 2018 ​

      "Young US Jews Write 700 Letters of Solidarity to Ahed Tamimi"
      By Juan Cole.

    • @Marnie

      They are digging Israel's grave. This is 2018, not 1948 or 1967. The world knows too much about Zionism's hideous truth and is learning more every day.

    • http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48732.htm

      "Four Days in Palestine: My Time with Bassem Tamimi"

      By Miko Peled.

      Bassem Tamimi: “Israeli forces killed more than twenty of my family members, arrested and tortured me, shot my son and now they are holding my wife and daughter, what do you say to that?” The reporter admitted he had no reply.

      EXCERPT:

      "When you encounter face to face the systems of oppression as they are imposed by Israel on Palestinians, the shock leaves you searching for words. The dirt roads, dusty in summer and muddy in winter; the cold iron gates; the cement blocks; the metal revolving doors that start and stop abruptly, even violently and as you try to pass through; and the darkened windows from which orders are barked at people. The waiting areas where you sit waiting endlessly, knowing that the authorities have complete control of your time and you have no recourse, exposed to the elements, too hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. Life under Israeli rule means total disregard for your humanity and dignity. It means that any rude kid with a gun can and will control your life. Living as I do in the sphere of the privileged, I encounter this each time I travel to see my Palestinian friends."

  • Pro-Israel Democrats concede 'human rights' issue is killing the brand
    • @Jack Green

      "There would have been no Holocaust if majority-gentile countries would have allowed in Jewish refugees who were escaping from the Nazis."

      The ugly truth:
      "In 1938, a thirty-one nation conference was held in Evian, France, on resettlement of the victims of Nazism. The World Zionist Organization refused to participate, fearing that resettlement of Jews in other states would reduce the number available for Palestine." (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, as quoted in "The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict," second edition, published by Jews for Justice in the Middle East, Berkeley, California, p. 21.)

      The Jewish Agency in Palestine was very concerned about the implications of the Evian Conference. "It was summed up in the meeting [of the Jewish Agency's Executive on June 26, 1938] that the Zionist thing to do 'is belittle the [Evian] Conference as far as possible and to cause it to decide nothing.... We are particularly worried that it would move Jewish organizations to collect large sums of money for aid to Jewish refugees, and these collections could interfere with our collection efforts'.... Ben-Gurion's statement at the meeting: 'No rationalization can turn the conference from a harmful to a useful one. What can and should be done is to limit the damage as far as possible.'" (Boas Evron, Jewish State or Israeli Nation? as quoted in "The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict," by John Quigley, second edition, p. 21.)

      That saving Jews from the Nazis was not the priority of American Zionists was clearly shown during the war. When President Roosevelt became aware of the dire circumstances of European Jews (who were thought at the time to be about 80% of the total number of refugees), he sent his close friend Morris Ernst (a key member of the Democratic party and leader of the New York Jewish community) to London during the middle of the war to see if England and the Commonwealth would join the United States and other countries in taking in a half million Jewish refugees through a generous worldwide policy of political asylum once Hitler was defeated. (Roosevelt felt he could sell the plan to the American Congress if Britain agreed.)

      Ernst returned home jubilant and advised the President that Britain agreed to "match the United States up to 150,000." Roosevelt replied:"150,000 to England - 150,000 to match that in the United States - pick up 200,000 or 300,000 elsewhere, and we can start with half a million of these oppressed people." One week later, however, the President informed Ernst that the program had to be abandoned because "...the dominant vocal Jewish leadership of America won't stand for it...the Zionist movement knows [that it] can raise vast sums for Palestine by saying to donors, `There is no other place this poor Jew can go.'"

      Ernst refused to believe Roosevelt and went about seeking the support of American Jews for the plan. Their response shocked him: "I was thrown out of parlours of friends of mine who very frankly said, `Morris, this is treason. You are undermining the Zionist movement'. [I found] a deep genuine, often fanatically emotional vested interest in putting over the [movement in men] who are little concerned about human blood if it is not their own." (Morris Ernst, So Far So Good, Harper & Brothers: New York, 1948, pp. 172-177)

      The Zionists made it very clear to Truman that their backing would only be forthcoming if he did not impede their efforts to take possession of Palestine by allowing European Jewish refugees to immigrate to the United States. "...an aide sympathetic to Zionism [advised Truman] not to offer haven to Jewish displaced persons in the United States as this would dilute the argument that an independent Jewish state was required to absorb them." (Charles Smith Palestine And The Arab Israel Conflict, p. 128)

      Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Agency were preventing European Jews who had found temporary sanctuary in Palestine during the war from returning to their homes. Britain was well aware of this and Lord Halifax, British Ambassador to the United States made a point of informing Secretary of State Byrnes "that the Zionists were using every possible form of intimidation to stop Jews from leaving Palestine to go back to Europe and play their part in its reconstruction." (FR: 1945, Vol. Vlll p. 775; cited by Lilienthal, The Zionist Connection, p. 52)

      During an interview in 1951, one of America's most renowned theologians, Dr. Louis Finkelstein of the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan declared that he had always felt "if United States Jews had put as much effort into getting [Jewish] D.P.'s admitted to this country as they put into Zionism, a home could have been found in the New World for all the displaced Jews of Europe." (Quoted by Lilienthal, WPI?, p. 36)

      BTW, historic Palestine was/is not the "homeland" of Zionist Jews. It was/is the homeland of Palestinian Arabs who along with their ancestors have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for over 15,000 years. (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full
      Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087)

  • Who would not slap a soldier after years of trauma and direct assaults? -- an interview with Lynn Gottlieb
    • "Gottlieb: 'Zionism is a failing ideology for many younger Jewish people. They see the oppressive conditions facing most Palestinians under the banner of Zionism and are frustrated by the mainstream community, which is in denial of the oppression of Palestinians by Israel. I believe this trend will continue as the gap between what Zionism claims and what it practices widens.'"

      BINGO!!

  • Israeli lawmaker tells BBC he'd put Ahed Tamimi 'in the hospital' by kicking her face
  • Israeli paper's publication of BDS ad marks beginning of society's return to sanity
  • Thomas Friedman justifies slaughter of Arab civilians by 'crazy' Israel
    • BREAKING NEWS!!

      From: Mads Gilbert
      Date: Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 8:46 AM

      "Breaking news! The BDS Campaign is formally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2018!"

      EXCERPT:

      Dear friends!

      "The International BDS campaign was yesterday formally nominated as a candidate for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

      "Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize can be made by several formal nominators, among them members of the Norwegian Parliament.

      "The Party Red's new MP Bjørnar Moxnes was elected last fall, and he is the formal nominator.

      In solidarity,

      Dr. Mads

    • @John O and Talkback

      During my years living in the region I met several United Nations observers. Everyone one of them considered Israeli soldiers to be inferior to Arab soldiers when it came to combat on the ground. (Lebanon and Gaza leap to mind.) In their informed view, Israel's "victories" were due to its vast array of sophisticated modern weaponry, including phosphorous incendiary shells, flechettes, high explosive artillery shells, missiles, drones and aircraft paid for and supplied in large measure by the U.S. and its taxpayers.

    • https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/meet-spies-injecting-israeli-propaganda-your-news-feed?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=0f2f2a06fd-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-0f2f2a06fd-290675021

      The Electronic Intifada

      "Meet the spies injecting Israeli propaganda into your news feed"
      By Asa Winstanley Activism and BDS Beat 24 January 2018

      EXCERPT:

      "When Sima Vaknin-Gil took over as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs at the start of 2016, a crucial fact went largely unnoticed.

      "For years, she had been a high-ranking officer with an Israeli spy agency. This means that for the last two years a former intelligence officer has been running Israel’s global war against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

      "Her ministerial boss is Gilad Erdan, a key ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
      They were last month revealed to have spent huge sums creating anti-BDS propaganda targeting social media and news media.

      "It should be a big wake up call to all defenders of free speech and human rights when a peaceful civil society campaign is targeted by spy agencies responsible for hacking, torture, kidnapping and murder in Palestine and around the world."

    • @CigarGod

      Friedman has always been a member of "the mob."

    • Friedman is a punk propagandist for Israel. Like Trump, he receives his marching orders from Sheldon Adelson and his gang of bloodthirsty thugs, including Netanyahu.

    • @traintosiberia

      Yes, Friedman is "worried." And so are his masters. In fact, they are panic stricken. Israel's image around the world is in accelerating free fall and all important young Jews are increasingly abandoning Zionism and the "Jewish state."

    • @Annie

      "... the majority of lebanese like the protection hezbollah provides especially considering they were under occupation by israel for 20 years."

      Let's not forget that Israel is still occupying Lebanon's Shebaa Farms and Kfarshuba hills
      seized during the war it launched on 5 June 967.

  • Trump calls Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkey and Jordan 'enemies of America' for Jerusalem vote
    • @mondonut

      Utter rubbish.

      To be brief:

      UNSC Resolution 242, in accordance with the UN Charter:
      "Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war...."

      East Jerusalem was illegally annexed by Jordan prior to 1967. However, unlike what is happening at an accelerating rate under Israel's belligerent, illegal, brutal 50 year occupation, the native Palestinian Arabs were not being dispossessed, having their homes and olive/fruit groves demolished, their water resources seized, expelled, brutalized and oppressed. In short, apples and oranges.

      In accordance with the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, binding on all UN members and 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 " as a War Crime, indictable by the International Criminal Court.

    • @LHunter

      Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer worries as Israel rots within and is increasingly viewed by people around the world, including all important young American Jews, as a rogue and a pariah.

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/how-trump-accelerating-israels-loss-support?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=0f2f2a06fd-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-0f2f2a06fd-290675021

      The Electronic Intifada

      "How Trump is accelerating Israel’s loss of support"
      Ali Abunimah - 23 January 2018

      EXCERPT:

      "Lobby leaders are once again bemoaning the fact that support for Israel is eroding rapidly among key constituencies in the United States, this time young American Jews.
      In fact, the Trump presidency may be accelerating the trend as support for Israel becomes increasingly associated with the kind of right-wing and Christian Zionist fanaticism Vice President Mike Pence brought to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on Monday.

      "Alan Hoffman, CEO of the Israeli-government backed settler-colonization organization the Jewish Agency, bemoaned the 'extremely worrisome' finding that support for Israel among American Jewish college students has plunged 32 percent between 2010 and 2016.
      This is according to a new survey by the Brand Israel Group, and it confirms trends that the consortium of pro-Israel lobbyists has found in earlier polls.

      “'In the year since Trump was elected, the situation has only been exacerbated,' Hoffman told a gathering of Israel lobby leaders in New York on Monday, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. 'Jewish college students in the United States, not including those who are Orthodox, see Israel, justifiably or not, as something opposed to their basic liberal and progressive values.'

      The numbers, Hoffman said, are 'like nothing we have ever seen before.'”

    • @Maghlawatan

      My years of living in the region impressed upon me the fact that Israel is hated by the "Arab street" everywhere. No surprise, entirely justified.

    • @HarryLaw

      BINGO!!

      By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Trump has condoned Israel's systematic and accelerating violation of international law, including the UN Charter, which prohibits the acquisition of territory by war and is binding on all UN members. East Jerusalem has been under belligerent, illegal and brutal occupation by Israel since it launched the June 1967 war. Israel has also urged and enabled hundreds of thousands of foreign Jews to relocate to and build illegal settlements in East Jerusalem as well as the occupied West Bank and Syria's occupied Golan Heights. (Israel also still illegally occupies Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms and Kfarshuba hills.) Hence, along with the UN Charter, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump has made the U.S. an accomplice to Israel’s violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute, which are also binding on all UN members.

    • @Maghlawatan

      I know Egypt well. You are correct: "The [Egyptian] people hate Israel."

      And Trump is most certainly "a fucking idiot."

    • @Citizen

      "... gifting Jerusalem to tiny Israel, which has never fought alongside USA in any war."

      Well and truly stated!!

      Israel is not a U.S. ally or a strategic asset. It is a millstone around our neck, a major geopolitical liability that costs us well over $10 million per day and its belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands, (e.g., dispossession, oppression, imprisonment and torture of the native inhabitants, including children), creates enemies of America whose anger at us is entirely justified.

  • Federal judge blocks Kansas law punishing BDS supporters
    • And at the same time, along with more and more people around the world, including Jews, Americans are increasingly seeing Israel for the monster it is.

  • Laith Abu Naim, 16, fourth Palestinian minor shot dead by Israeli forces so far in 2018
    • @Ossinev

      "Fascism in all its splendid Zionist glory."

      Precisely!!

      There can be no doubt that the entity known as "Israel" is fascistic and it should always be described as such.

  • A Jewish 'sickness': Israeli journalist explains young American Jews' support for Palestinians
    • https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed_global_loc/?fmhGTjb

      Sign the petition to FREE AHED TAMIMI!!

      Sign the letter to world leaders:
      "We demand the release of Ahed and all Palestinian children wrongly held in military prisons.

      "The international community must put an end to the detention and ill-treatment of children in these prisons. Enough is enough.

      https://avaazpress.s3.amazonaws.com/Child+Detention+Fact+Sheet.pdf

      "To Ahed and all the children in Israeli military jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. "

    • @Jerry Hirsch

      News flash!!:

      http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full
      Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087

      "The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish"

      EXCERPTS:
      "Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians."

      Furthermore:
      “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.”

      “Overall, the combined results are in a strong agreement with the predictions of the Irano-Turko-Slavic hypothesis (Table 1) and rule out an ancient Levantine origin for AJs, which is predominant among modern-day Levantine populations (e.g., Bedouins and Palestinians). This is not surprising since Jews differed in cultural practices and norms (Sand, 2011) and tended to adopt local customs (Falk, 2006). Very little Palestinian Jewish culture survived outside of Palestine (Sand, 2009). For example, the folklore and folkways of the Jews in northern Europe is distinctly pre-Christian German (Patai, 1983) and Slavic in origin, which disappeared among the latter (Wexler, 1993, 2012).”

  • Israel advances death penalty legislation for those carrying out 'terrorist operations'
    • @John O

      This news brings to mind the tactics used by the Nazis during WWII to suppress resistance in France and elsewhere in occupied Europe.

  • Zionists should be excluded from left-oriented protests
    • @Emet

      Give it up!! You're only making a complete fool of yourself.

    • @hophmi

      "...[Zionism] is [a] national liberation movement."

      Nonsense.
      Zionism is racism, Zionism is theft, Zionism is fascism.

      Ahad Ha’am (nee, Asher Ginsberg) observed while in Palestine in 1891 (when Jews privately owned less than one per cent of the land), that “throughout the country it is difficult to find fields that are not sowed. Only sand dunes and stony mountains that are not fit to grow anything but fruit trees – and this only after hard labour and great expense of clearing and reclamation – only these are not cultivated.” (Quoted by Rashid Khalidi, “Peasant Resistance to Zionism” in Blaming the Victims…” ed. by Edward Said and Christopher Hitchens, London & New York: Verso, 1988, p. 216)

      The mistreatment of Palestinians by Jewish settlers caused Ahad Ha’am (nee, Asher Ginsberg) great distress. In 1891 he wrote: “They treat the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, unscrupulously deprive them of their rights, insult them without cause, and even boast of such deeds; and none opposes this despicable and dangerous inclination.” (Ha’am, Ahad, by Am Sheideweg, Berlin 1923, vol.1, p.107; quoted by Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, p. 24)

      Ha’am concluded that this aggressive behaviour on the part of Jews stemmed from anger “…towards those who remind them that there is still another people in the land of Israel that have been living there and does not intend to leave.” (Hans Kohn, Zionism Reconsidered, Michael Selzer, ed. London: 1970, p. 195; quoted by Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians…, p. 7)

      Theodor Herzl’s diaries not only confirm that his objective was the establishment of a “Jewish state” in Palestine, but that it would be an expansionist state. In the year of his death he described its borders as being “…in the north the mountains facing Cappadocia [Turkey], in the south, the Suez Canal [Egypt] in the east, the Euphrates [Iraq].” (Theodor Herzl, The Complete Diaries, 11 p. 711)

      In true 19th century colonialist fashion, Herzl contended that his “Jewish state” would protect Europe and its superior culture from the uncivilized East. “We should there [in Palestine] form a portion of the rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilization as opposed to barbarism.” (Theodor Herzl, Judenstaat (The Jewish State), 1896, p. 26)

      Even more revealing as to how Herzl intended to deal with Palestinians is the “Charter for Zionist Colonization of Palestine and Syria” which he drafted sometime between the summer of 1901 and early 1902. Much to his disappointment, however, he was denied the opportunity to present it to the Ottoman Sultanate. Article Vl of the charter called for Istanbul to grant the Zionists, in the form of the Jewish-Ottoman Land Company (JOLC), “complete autonomy, guaranteed by the Ottoman Empire” while Article III gave them in effect, the right to deport the native population to other areas of the empire. Article 111 “[pertained] to the Palestinian and other Arab owners and inhabitants of the three categories of land to be purchased/owned by the JOLC – the large and small private landholdings, the Sultan’s state domain, and the land for which there is no title.”

      Israel Zangwill, the influential Anglo-Jewish essayist and Zionist first believed that the Palestinians would simply “fold their tents and slip away.” It was Zangwill who first voiced the lie that Palestine was a “land without a people, waiting for a people without a land.” (Zangwill, Israel, “The Return to Palestine”, New Liberal Review 11, Dec. 1901 p 627, quoted by David Hirst, p. 19)

      In 1905, Zangwill contradicted himself during a talk in Manchester when he observed that Palestine was “already twice as thickly populated as the United States…. [W]e must be prepared to either drive out by the sword the [Arab] tribes in possession as our forefathers did or to grapple with the problem of a large alien population….” (Zangwill, Speeches, p. 210, quoted by Nur Masalah , Expulsion of the Palestinians…., 1992, p. 10)

      In the February 1919 issue of the League of Nations Journal, Zangwill proposed that the Palestinians “should be gradually transplanted” in Arab countries and at a public meeting in the same year he remarked that “many [Palestinians] are semi-nomad, they have given nothing to Palestine and are not entitled to the rules of democracy.” (Jewish Chronicle, Dec. 12 1919, quoted by Masalha, Expulsion…, p.14)

      In 1920, Zangwill proposed in The Voice of Jerusalem, that there should be an “‘Arab exodus’…based on ‘race redistribution’ or a ‘trek like that of the Boers from Cape Colony,’ which he advocated as ‘literally the only way out of the difficulty of creating a Jewish State in Palestine.'” He continued: “We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic reconstruction….To fold their tents and silently steal away is their proverbial habit: let them exemplify it now.” (Zangwill, The Voice of Jerusalem, p. 103, quoted by Masalha, EOTP pp. 13- 14)

      Other Zionist leaders saw the future Jewish state in Palestine not only free of Arabs, but the first step towards the creation of a much larger country. In 1918, Ben-Gurion described the future borders of the Jewish state as: “to the north, the Litani River; to the northeast, the Wadi’Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into the Sinai at least up to Wadi al-`Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan.” (Teveth, Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs, pp. 34-34; cited by Masalah, Expulsion…, p. 87)

      In 1930 (when Jews privately owned only about four per cent of Palestine), Arthur Ruppin, a pivotal figure in political Zionism wrote that displacement of Arab farmers was inevitable because “land is the most necessary thing for our establishing roots in Palestine. Since there are hardly any more arable unsettled lands in Palestine, we are bound in each case of the purchase of land and its settlement to remove the peasants who cultivated the land so far, both owners of the land and tenants.” (Rashid Khalidi, in Blaming the Victims)

      In 1930, Britain’s Shaw Commission concluded: “The plain facts of the case are that there is no further land available which can be occupied by new immigrants without displacing the present population.” (Palestine Royal Commission Report, July 1937, Cmd. 5479, p. 176; cited by Alan George, JPS, #30, Winter, 1979, p. 91.) This situation caused the Shaw Commission to propose placing “limits on Zionist land purchases and on immigration to Palestine.” (Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, 1990, p. 19)

      The views of the Shaw Commission were echoed by John Chancellor, Britain’s high commissioner for Palestine. In a memorandum to Colonial Secretary, Lord Passfield, dated 17 January 1930, he called for a complete suspension of Jewish immigration and land purchase to protect Arab agriculture, pointing out that “all cultivable land was occupied; that no cultivable land now in possession of the indigenous population could be sold to Jews without creating a class of landless Arab cultivators.”

    • Agreed!!

  • In 'NYT,' Israeli minister calls BDS activists 'enemy soldiers' and compares them to Nazis
  • Israeli poet apologizes for comparing Ahed Tamimi to Anne Frank

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