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  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
    • 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 illegal 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.”

  • Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the world
  • Why I'm keeping my child home from school in Israel on Holocaust Day
    • @hophmi

      "Why on Earth would Israel not teach the Holocaust? It is a seminal, enormous event in Jewish history."

      Israel should put its money where its mouth is:

      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.'”

      Also:
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/survivors-protest-makes-foreign-journalists-gasp-security-vanish-1.226913

    • @hophmi

      "Why on Earth would Israel not teach the Holocaust? It is a seminal, enormous event in Jewish history."

      Israel should put its money where its mouth is:

      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, 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.'”

    • Speaking of Holocausts, perhaps it would be a good idea if Israelis were reminded of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of about 10 million Congolese by Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and owner of what was then known as the Congo Free State. One of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.

      The unspeakable horrors Belgium inflicted on the natives of the Congo, which also included amputations of arms below the elbow and beheadings, were prompted by pure greed and chronic racism, i.e., to force them to work like slaves in order to harvest natural rubber on rubber tree plantations, which prior to the invention of the synthetic version, was in huge demand in Europe and America to manufacture tires for the burgeoning automobile industry.

      Written by Adam Hochschild and published in 1998, "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa," provides an excellent source to learn about King Leopold II and his monstrous crimes against humanity.

  • When it comes to Syria, our press is full of moralizing and propaganda, and short on analysis
    • Must read re Syria:

      http://www.tothepointanalyses. com/3907
      To the Point Analyses  -  25 April 2017

      "A Dilemma For the Intelligence Agencies" 
      by Professor Lawrence Davidson

      Excerpt:

      "Part I – The Dilemma
      Government intelligence agencies, particularly those in the United States, have a problem. Its nature was spelled out by the retired British diplomat Alastair Crooke in an article entitled 'Trump’s 59-Tomahawk Tweet,' appearing 8 April 2017. As the title suggests, Crooke was reacting to President Trump’s precipitous attack on a Syrian government airbase, following the chemical weapons episode of 4 April 2017 at the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

      "Crooke notes that U.S. intelligence had raised doubts as to the Syrian government’s responsibility for the release of poison gas. It seems likely that the Russians had alerted U.S. forces that the Syrian air force was going to attack a rebel warehouse in Khan Sheikhoun that was allegedly full of explosives and weapons. Unbeknownst to the Russians, the Syrians, and the Americans, the warehouse also held a poisonous mix of organic phosphates and chlorine. There is also evidence suggesting that whatever released the poison gas came from an explosive device placed on the ground. Wherever the resulting gas cloud came from, and a Syrian government bomb is certainly not the only possibility, it spread over a local neighborhood and killed a number of exposed residents.

      "The American mass media nevertheless immediately blamed Damascus for an attack using chemical weapons. Trump, also immediately, believed the mass media. He is, after all, increasingly known as the Fox TV president. Taking his cue from the media, he paid insufficient heed to his own intelligence agencies’ doubts. As a result, as Crooke puts it, 'the Tomahawks flew.' ”

  • 'Why do I not cry out for the right of return?' -- an exchange between Uri Avnery and Salman Abu Sitta
    • Zionism is already rotting within:

      Why Do A Third of Israelis Want To Leave The Country?

      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.

      “It found that secular Jews were the most likely to want to emigrate, with 36% saying they would leave the country if they could. Orthodox Jews were the least likely to want to emigrate; only 7% said they would leave. The poll, which was reported by the Walla! news site, found that while 44% of secular Jewish Israelis identify as Israelis foremost, 83% of traditional and 90% of religious Jewish Israelis identify as Jews foremost.

      “The poll was conducted ahead of a conference called the 'Israeli Journey to Change' in the Knesset which is looking for common ground in Israel.

      “ ‘The survey data indicates a problem with a sense of identity, connection and belonging to the people, to the land and to the state among a growing part of society in Israel and that reality already has created a rift and split in all of Israeli society,’ said Masa Israeli director, Uri Cohen.”

    • For the record:

      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." (Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, The Zionist Connection, pp. 35-36. Also see Morris Ernst, So Far So Good, Harper & Brothers: New York, 1948, pp.172-177)

      Some American Jews publicly criticized the Zionists for using their influence to prevent the admission of Jewish refugees into the United States. Among them was Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times who called for a reversal of Zionist policy that put statehood first, refugees last: "Admitting that the Jews of Europe have suffered beyond expression, why in God's name should the fate of all these unhappy people be subordinated to the single cry of Statehood? I cannot rid myself of the feeling that the unfortunate Jews of Europe's D.P. [Displaced Persons] camps are helpless hostages for whom statehood has been made the only ransom." (New York Times, October 27, 1946; quoted by Lilienthal, What Price Israel?, p. 37)

  • Three years after Israeli attack that ended their careers, ex-soccer players call on FIFA to protect Palestinian rights
  • The war for 'The New York Times'
  • Beyond apartheid: Fragments from the West Bank
    • 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)

  • 'We need revolutionary visions and radical imaginations' -- a report from JVP
  • 'This miracle, this gift, this jewel' -- Obama's ambassador to Israel declares he's a Zionist
    • DaBakr

      “Also, twice now the PLO had turned down two very good but limiting offers of land, With generous land swaps but their leaders said, ”

      Reality:

      In 1988, the PLO recognized Israel as a sovereign state within the borders of the 1947 recommendatory only UNGA Partition Plan, Res. 181 (which, for the record, violated the terms of the Class A British Mandate for Palestine and the Atlantic Charter, was never adopted by the UNSC and was grossly unfair to the indigenous Palestinian Arab inhabitants.)

      By signing the 1993 Oslo Accords, the PLO accepted UNSC Res. 242 and thereby agreed to recognize a sovereign Israel within the 1949 armistice lines, i.e., as of 4 June 1967 – 78% of mandate Palestine.

      The PLO also agreed to the US/EU/UN supported 2002 Arab League Beirut Summit Peace Initiative, which offers Israel full recognition as a sovereign state (per UNSC Res. 242, i.e., within its June 4/67 boundaries with possible minor and mutually agreed land swaps), exchange of ambassadors, trade, tourism, etc., if Israel complies with international law and its previous commitments. Fully aware of Israel's demographic concerns, the Beirut initiative does not demand the return of all Palestinian refugees. In accordance with Israel's pledge given to the UNGA in 1949 and by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol to abide by UNGA Res. 194 regarding the then 800,000 Palestinian refugees as a precondition for admittance to the UN (after being rejected twice), the Arab League's Initiative "calls upon Israel to affirm" that it agrees to help pursue the "achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem..."

      Along with all Arab states and the PLO, Hezbollah and Iran have also accepted the Arab League’s 2002 Beirut Summit Peace Initiative. In its revised Charter (April, 2017) Hamas agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders.

      Regrettably, then Israeli PM Ariel Sharon summarily dismissed the Arab League's peace overture, as did Israel in 2008 and thereafter.

      As for the much touted 2000 Camp David Summit, working in tandem, Barak and Clinton tried to shove a very bad deal down Arafat's throat. It could only be rejected. Suffice to quote Shlomo Ben-Ami, then Israel’s foreign minister and lead negotiator at Camp David: "Camp David was not the missed opportunity for the Palestinians, and if I were a Palestinian I would have rejected Camp David, as well." (National Public Radio, 14 February 2006.)

      The "offer" made in 2008 by then Israeli PM Ehud Olmert was never seen as serious because it lacked cabinet approval, he was under indictment with only a few weeks left in office, had a 6% favorable rating, and, therefore, couldn't have closed the deal, even if the Palestinians had accepted it. (Olmert is now imprisoned.)

      Unfortunately, Israel's response to every peace overture from the Palestinians and Arab states, has been an escalation of illegal settlement construction in belligerently/illegally/brutally occupied Palestinian and other Arab lands.

    • Agreed!!!!

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    • JeffB

      "...for most Jews experiencing a Jewish state is amazing."

      As for the indigenous Palestinian Arabs:

      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 Stone Cold Justice 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.


      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.

      Gaza 2014
      http://obliteratedfamilies.com/en/story/shuheibar/

      Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

  • Israel’s ‘right to exist’ and the Palestinian right to resist
    • Israel is neither a state nor a country as it has yet to officially declare its borders and have them accepted as such by the international community. (The entity referred to as "Israel" is also belligerently/illegally/brutally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands.)

      Nor is Israel a "Jewish state." Over 25% of its citizens are non-Jewish and also the fastest growing segment of the population. Meanwhile, Jewish immigration to Israel is dropping and emigration is rising dramatically.

      http://forward.com/fast-forward/366561/why-do-a-third-of-israelis-want-to-leave-the-country/
      Why Do A Third of Israelis Want To Leave The Country?
      The Forward, March 22, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff
      Excerpt:
      “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."

  • The liberal double standard on boycotting North Carolina and boycotting Israel
    • JeffB

      Give it a rest. Get educated. You're only making a complete fool of yourself.

    • JeffB

      Apples and oranges.

      Foreign Zionist Jews emigrated to historical Palestine with the stated intention of dispossessing and expelling the indigenous Palestinian Arab inhabitants - see Israel Zangwill, Herzl, Ben-Gurion, Yosef Weitz, et al. Only 30% chose to become citizens of Palestine. They eventually drove out well over one million Palestinians between late 1947 and 1967 and also seized/confiscated/occupied all of mandated Palestine (as well as Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon's Shebaa Farms.)

      To state the obvious, Mexicans who emigrate to the US have no intention of dispossessing and expelling those non-Mexicans already here. Indeed, their goal is to become American citizens and bring about a better future for their children.

  • Trump makes war, and everyone swoons
    • Well and truly stated.

      America's response to the ever growing litany of horrors Israel has inflicted on Palestinians and other Arabs is $10 million per day in aid from US taxpayers (i.e., not including the $millions in tax deductible contributions from individuals and organizations) and a "Special Relationship." Utterly sickening, hypocritical and as is becoming increasingly obvious, contrary to America's interests.

    • http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/air-strikes-in-syria-new-bq-leader-vigilantism-intergenerational-choir-1.4053578/why-do-we-think-only-wars-make-presidents-syrian-priest-nadim-nassar-responds-to-u-s-air-strikes-1.4060378

      Listen: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/why-do-we-think-only-wars-make-presidents-syrian-priest-nadim-nassar-responds-to-u-s-air-strikes-1.4062820?autoplay=true

      The Sunday Edition (CBC National Radio)   April 09, 2017

      Why do we think 'only wars make presidents?' Syrian priest Nadim Nassar responds to U.S. air strikes.

      This week, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered air strikes on a Syrian government air base in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children.

      "No child of God should ever suffer such horror," he said.

      As he watches from England, Syrian priest Father Nadim Nassar says he doesn't understand why previous atrocities in Syria's civil war have not provoked a similar emotional response from world leaders.  

      Why now, 70 people, made the whole world stand up and suddenly see it as a horrific thing? Yes, it is horrific. And the 700,000 who died before? Are they the children of a lesser God? Are they less human?  - Father Nadim Nassar

      Nassar is the only Syrian priest in the Church of England. He co-founded The Awareness Foundation, a charitable peace group that addresses religious violence. He was in Syria in December and plans to return later this month.

      He tells guest host David Gutnick that he is frustrated with media commentators like CNN's Fareed Zakaria, who said "Donald Trump became president of the United States" when he ordered the air strikes.

      I have a question to this journalist. If Trump met Putin, and decided, both of them, to end the war in Syria ... Would he also have become a  president? Or are we so used to the fact that only wars make presidents?

      - Father Nadim Nassar

      On Palm Sunday — and the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge — Nassar calls on world leaders to use dialogue and diplomacy to end the crisis in Syria, rather than military might.

      "Today, we are remembering one of the most brutal battles in the first world war," he says. "Today, we should remember also what is happening in Syria is the most brutal civil war, proxy war, that happened in history."

  • IfNotNow is promising, but not without its problems. Here’s how it can improve.
    • America's Double Standard, i.e., Israel vs. Syria:

      Regarding Israel’s Chemical and Biological Weapons (CBW):
      Israel signed the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), but didn’t ratify it. It never signed the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Its policy is CBW ambiguity.

      In 1993, the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment WMD proliferation assessment included Israel as a nation having undeclared offensive chemical warfare capabilities. In 1998, former Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Bill Richardson said:  “I have no doubt that Israel has worked on both chemical and biological offensive things for a long time. There’s no doubt they’ve had stuff for years.”

      To cite one of many examples:
      During its 2008/09 "Operation Cast Lead" assault on the Gaza Strip, Israel illegally used white phosphorous, which burns flesh to the bone, in attacks against civilians along with flechettes, i.e., 4-cm metal darts fired from missiles, planes or tanks "that penetrate straight through human bone and can cause serious, often fatal, injuries." (It has also used cluster bombs during its attacks against and invasions of Lebanon.)

      In response to Israel's "Operation Cast Lead,"  the United Nations Goldstone Report 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 it rejected Israel’s assertion that Hamas or other militants were using the hospital. Israel was also accused of attacking a crowded mosque during evening prayers (the panel rejected the contention that armed militants were inside), using flechettes 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.

      In a report issued on 2 July 2009, Amnesty International states that “more than 3,000 homes were destroyed and some 20,000 damaged in Israeli attacks which reduced entire neighborhoods of Gaza to rubble and left an already dire economic situation in ruins. Much of the destruction was wanton and could not be justified on grounds of ‘military necessity.’" Amnesty also noted that “During Operation ‘Cast Lead’ Israeli forces made extensive use of white phosphorus, often launched from 155mm artillery shells, in residential areas, causing death and injuries to civilians. Homes, schools, medical facilities and UN buildings – all civilian objects – took direct hits.” Neither Amnesty nor Human Rights Watch accused Hamas of using "human shields." Amnesty, however, accused Israel.

      To quote eminent Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy, “[Israel] has already used weapons prohibited by international law - white phosphorous and flechette rounds against a civilian population in Gaza, and cluster munitions in Lebanon - and the world did not raise a finger." ( "'Moral superpower'? Give me a break," Haaretz, Sept. 1, 2013)

      In response to these and countless other horrors it has inflicted on Palestinians and other Arabs, Israel receives over $10 million dollars per day in aid courtesy of American taxpayers and Netanyahu is received with open arms in Washington.

    • Bingo!!

  • Israel, naked under the microscope in Cork
    • Gush Shalom

      This week's  ad​:​

      The Arab Summit offers
      “A historic reconciliation
      With Israel”.

      Hamas accepts
      The 1967 borders.

      Trump considers calling
      A peace conference.

      Netanyahu hopes
      It’s all fake news.

  • It happened! Cork conference overcomes academic censorship!
  • Read the full translated text of the leaked Hamas charter
    • eljay

      To cut to the chase:
      As you surely know, Israel has always feared that Hamas would accept the two state solution based on the June 4/67 borders because the ball would then be in Israel's court and needless to say, Israel has no intention of withdrawing from those belligerently/illegally/brutally occupied Palestinian lands (and other occupied Arab lands, i.e., Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon's Shebaa Farms) it seized during the war it launched on 5 June 1967.

      The ball is now in Israel's court and the world is watching.
      Enough said. Bye, bye.

    • eljay

      From the revised charter:
      "And the creation of the Palestinian independent state with its sovereignty, with Jerusalem as its capital, on the borders of the 4th of June 1967, with the return of the refugees to their homes from where they were displaced is a common national consensual formula, and it does not mean the recognition of the Zionist state or the surrendering of Palestinian rights."

      I recommend you watch this just released video featuring an interview with Dr. Imad Alsoos, an expert on Hamas. He states: "they accept a two state solution based on the '67 borders."

    • For the record:

      Haaretz, December 1, 2010 - Reuters

      "Hamas Vows to Honor Palestinian Referendum on Peace With Israel"

      EXCERPTS:

      "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. "

  • The Jewish revolution
  • With white nationalism on the rise in the US, JCC bomb threats stoked fear and solidarity
    • Worth noting:

      "Anti-Semitism has grown and continues to grow - and so do I." (Theodor Herzl, The Complete Diaries, Vol. 1, p. 7, quoted by David Hirst, in The Gun and the Olive Branch, p. 160)

  • 'Jerusalem' on Gaza TV set is as close as many Palestinians will get to real thing
    • For the record:

      Late 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)

  • Palestinian-American teacher brutally attacked by Jewish Defense League outside AIPAC conference
  • The rabbi's daughter isn't buying AIPAC's defense of Israel on apartheid charge
    • Correction:
      The first paragraph of my comment should have read as follows:

      Palestinian citizens of Israel, i.e. west of the green line, may have the vote, but it is virtually ineffective given the fact they are forced to live under the boot of Israel’s apartheid regime and their elected representatives are mistreated and mocked by other members of the Knesset.

    • Palestinian citizens of Israel, i.e. west of the green line, may have the vote, but it is virtually ineffective given the fact they are forced to live under the boot of Israel's apartheid regime and are mistreated and mocked by other members of the Knesset.

      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)

      "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)

      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)

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

      The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship 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, “…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)

    • For the record:

      After being denied admittance twice, Israel again sought UN membership in 1949. This time, however, in order to be considered, Israel formally agreed at the United Nations to obey the UN Charter (prohibition of the acquisition of territory by war), comply with General Assembly Resolution 194 regarding the repatriation and/or financial compensation for the then about 800,000 Palestinian refugees, which is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, binding on all UN members. Israel also signed the Lausanne Protocol at the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference and thereby reaffirmed its commitment to Resolution 194.

      (Israel also agreed to accept Res. 181 as a basis for negotiations, but it is no longer applicable given the PLO's acceptance of Res. UNSC 242, i.e. a Palestinian state comprised of a mere 22% of their homeland.)

      Israel’s pledge to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 and the UN Charter was made legally binding by including it in General Assembly Resolution 273 (11 May 1949) granting it UN membership.

      Israel is the only state admitted to the UN on the condition that specific resolutions would be obeyed. Needless to say, Israel has refused to comply with its commitments to do so. Its UN membership should have been suspended decades ago, but thanks to US support, it has not.

    • Also, Israel is not a "Jewish state." About 25% of its citizens is comprised of non-Jews and they are the most rapidly growing segment of the population.

      Nor should we forget that Jewish immigration to Israel is a trickle and emigration is soaring .
      Indeed, it was revealed last week that one-third of Israel's Jews are seriously thinking of leaving.
      No surprise!!

  • AIPAC speakers say the enemy is BDS, while 'biggest Jewish-led protest' surges outside
  • Hamas shuts down Gaza crossing, blaming Israel for assassinating leader
  • Broad coalition attends teach-in on Israel lobby ahead of AIPAC conference
  • Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: 'it's exactly like what the what the Old South was in America'
    • Zionist's creation of a "Jewish state" in historical Palestine, which was accomplished by the dispossession and expulsion of well over one million of its indigenous defenseless Arab inhabitants between late 1947 and the summer of 1967 through armed might, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation, remains the number one geopolitical blunder of the post WWII era.

      To state the obvious: 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.

    • Annie

      BINGO!!

  • The dispossessed
    • As history will attest, Zionism and its spawn, Israel, are digging their graves.
      Increasingly, the world, including Americans and righteous Jews everywhere, are seeing Israel for what it truly is - an illegal, belligerent brutal occupier whose 68 years of behaviour are the very definition of fascistic. It's only a matter of time. No wonder at least one-third of Israeli Jews want to emigrate.

  • Open Letter to Theresa May: On 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration recognize an independent Palestinian state
    • To quote Reverend, Dr. Alex Awad:

      "I discovered that in 1917, the British Foreign Secretary sent a letter, later called the Balfour Declaration, to Lord Rothschild and Zionist leaders, promising to support the creation of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine."

      In fact, the Balfour Declaration did not promise "to support the creation of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine." It viewed "with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish peoples and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this objective...."

      A "national home" is neither a "homeland' nor a state.

      When the Balfour Declaration was issued, Palestine was still a province of the Ottoman Empire. Hence, by promising to "facilitate" the creation of a "national home for the Jewish peoples" in Palestine, The Balfour Declaration violated the well 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 l957, pp.522-3)

      Even Chaim Weizmann knew the Declaration had no legal status: "The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was built on air." (Quoted by 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)

      It should also be noted that although the Allies managed to have the Balfour Declaration mentioned after World War 1 in the aborted Treaty of Sevres, there is no mention of it in the final treaty that was signed with the Turks at Lausanne on July 24, 1923. This is important in international law because Turkey did not agree to the idea of a "Jewish national home" in Palestine when it surrendered sovereignty to Britain.

      By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the 1922 League of Nations British Class A mandate for Palestine did facilitate Jewish immigration to "secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home," but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. This was made very clear in the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the British Mandate: "[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”

      Furthermore, regarding the British Mandate, as approved by the Council of the League of Nations, the British government declared: "His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State." (Command Paper, 1922)

      To make it absolutely clear, in May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state, and declared Great Britain "could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country." It called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the "Jewish National Home" in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required.

      Hence, consistent with the terms of its Class A Mandate and the MacDonald White Paper, Britain abstained on the UNGA vote regarding the recommendatory only Nov. 29/47 Partition Plan.

  • The explosion hidden inside the UN Apartheid report
  • No room for Zionism in any movement for justice
    • Let's be clear. The Zionist master plan for the dispossession and expulsion of Palestine's indigenous inhabitants was well laid out decades before WWII and the Holocaust.

      To be brief:
      "We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border....Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." (Theodor Herzl, diary entry, 12 June 1895)

      In May 1911, Arthur Ruppin, one of early Zionism's leading figures proposed to the Executive of the Zionist Organization, "a limited population transfer" of the Arab peasants from Palestine.

      In 1905, Israel Zangwill, an influential Anglo-Jewish essayist and leading Zionist, declared 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...."

      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)

      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 was '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.”

      Although Herzl, Zangwill and other early Zionists planted Plan Dalet's seed, it began to take concrete form in 1937, when the Jewish Agency's Transfer Committee was established by Yosef Weitz and others. The committee's purpose was to devise a plan that would lead to the "transfer" of the Arab population out of Palestine so that Jews would become a large majority. This would be accomplished by "promoting measures designed to encourage the Arab flight." Weitz did not mince his words: "...there is no room for both people together in this country.... The only solution is a Palestine...without Arabs. And there is no way than to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighbouring countries, to transfer all of them; not one village, not one tribe, should be left." (Yosef Weitz, My Diary and Letters to the Children).

      During a meeting of the Jewish Agency Executive on 12 June 1938, Ben-Gurion again advocated expulsion of the Palestinians: "I support compulsory transfer. I don't see in it anything immoral." (Benny Morris, "Refabricating 1948")

  • Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an 'apartheid regime'
    • UPDATE:

      https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/265712.pdf

      A U.S. government human rights report released this month [March 2017] highlights grave violations against Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation. The annual country reports on human rights practices, which include a specific section covering the situation of human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), raises a number of issues related to ill-treatment of Palestinian child prisoners and denial of fair trial rights in Israeli military courts. It notes other grave violations against Palestinian children, including unlawful killing and excessive use of force against Palestinian children by Israeli forces.

    • Brava Rima Khalaf!!!

      Apartheid is and always has been rampant in Palestinian lands occupied by Israel and within Israel “proper,” i.e., west of the "green line."

      To quote an expert: Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

      “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)

      “…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)

      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.

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

      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)

      The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship 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, "...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 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)

  • Trump's 'America First' budget puts Israel right up there, too
    • A large proportion of those who voted for Trump are both anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish. They are very also resentful of the $10 million Israel receives each day from American taxpayers.

  • Clinton says two-state-solution would have entailed 'a lot of blood, gore, turmoil in Israel'
    • Precisely!!

      The Camp David summit failed primarily due to the fact that Barak and Clinton made no offer to the Palestinians that provided a credible basis for negotiations.

      "In July 2000, at President Clinton's Camp David retreat, he [Barak] laid before Arafat his take-it-or-leave-it historic compromise. In return for his solemnly abjuring all further claims on Israel, Israel would acquiesce in the emergence of a Palestine state. Or at least the pathetic travesty of one, covering even less than the 22% of the original homeland to which he had already agreed to confine it; without real sovereignty, East Jerusalem as its capital, or the return of refugees. Most of the detested, illegal settlements would remain." (David Hirst, The Guardian, 11 November 2000.

      The contention by Israel and its supporters that Arafat and his negotiators failed to come up with any proposals of their own regarding key issues is contradicted by the facts. As Robert Malley and Hussein Agha note regarding the Palestinians' readiness to negotiate a solution to the refugee issue that would not threaten Israel's majority: "No other Arab party that has negotiated with Israel, not Anwar el-Sadat's Egypt, not King Hussein's Jordan, let alone Hafez al-Asad's Syria ever came close to even considering such compromises." (Robert Malley and Hussein Agha, "Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors," by Robert Malley and Hussein Agha, The New York Review of Books, 9 August 2001)

      Arafat and his team also put counter proposals on the table. Regarding the very difficult matter of East Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Minister and chief Israeli negotiator at Camp David 2000, Shlomo Ben-Ami, revealed that "he spent considerable time after Camp David trying to explain to Israelis that the Palestinians indeed did make significant concessions from their vantage point. 'They agreed to Israeli sovereignty over Jewish neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem, 11 of them', he said. 'They agreed to the idea that three blocs of the settlements they so oppose could remain in place and that the Western Wall and Jewish Quarter could be under Israeli sovereignty.' " (Deborah Sontag, "Quest for Mideast Peace: How and Why It Failed,", New York Times, 26 July 2001)

      BTW, even before the summit began Arafat expressed serious concern that it might fail as not enough time had been devoted to preparation. Nevertheless, he agreed to attend following President Clinton's assurance that he would not be blamed if negotiations collapsed. According to Palestinian negotiator Abu Ala'a (Ahmed Qurei), as quoted by New York Times columnist Deborah Sontag, "[w]e told [Barak that] without preparation it would be a catastrophe, and now we are living the catastrophe. Two weeks before Camp David, Arafat and I saw Clinton at the White House. Arafat told Clinton he needed more time. Clinton said, 'Chairman Arafat, come try your best. If it fails, I will not blame you.' But that is exactly what he did." ("Quest for Mideast Peace: How and Why It Failed," Deborah Sontag, New York Times, 26 July 2001.

      In short, working in tandem, Barak and Clinton tried to shove a very bad deal down Arafat's throat during the 2000 Camp David Summit. It could only be rejected. Suffice to quote Shlomo Ben-Ami, then Israel’s foreign minister and lead negotiator at Camp David: "Camp David was not the missed opportunity for the Palestinians, and if I were a Palestinian I would have rejected Camp David, as well." (National Public Radio, 14 February 2006.)

  • If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn't either
    • Well and truly stated!!

    • As apartheid is rampant not only in the occupied Palestinian West Bank/East Jerusalem, but in Israel proper as well, i.e., west of the green line, it is entirely appropriate for BDS to be applied to both.

      "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)

      "...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)

      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.

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

      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)

      Eminent Jewish Israeli journalist Bradley Burston aptly sums up the horrors Israel inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and 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)

  • 'We are losing the next generation' -- rabbis describe crisis over Israel in their congregations
  • Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu
  • Liberal newspaper Haaretz calls 1937 Palestine 'pre-state Israel,' in article by gov't employee
    • @Marnie

      You are absolutely correct.

      To wit:

      The 1922 League of Nations British Mandate for Palestine was a Class A Mandate, i. e, Palestine was to be administered by Britain AS A WHOLE until its citizens were able to assume democratic self-rule.

      By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the mandate did facilitate Jewish immigration to "secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home," but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. This was made very clear in the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the British Mandate: "[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”

      "Furthermore, regarding the British Mandate, as approved by the Council of the League of nations, the British government declared: "His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State." (Command Paper, 1922)

      To make it absolutely clear, in May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state, and declared Great Britain "could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country." It called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the "Jewish National Home" in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required.

      Hence, consistent with the terms of its Class A Mandate and the MacDonald White Paper, Britain abstained on the UNGA vote regarding the recommendatory only Nov. 29/47 Partition Plan.

  • Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?
    • Some pertinent facts:

      Land ownership by Sub-district in all of mandated Palestine in 1947:
      Acre: 87% Palestinian Arab owned, 3% Jewish owned, 10% state owned; Safed: 68% Palestinian Arab owned, 18% Jewish owned, 14% state owned; Haifa: 42% Palestinian Arab owned, 35% Jewish owned, 23% state owned; Nazareth: 52% Palestinian Arab owned, 28% Jewish owned, 20% state owned; Tiberias: 51% Palestinian Arab owned, 38% Jewish owned, 11% state owned; Jenin: 84% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 16% state owned; Beisan: 44% Palestinian Arab owned, 34% Jewish owned, 22% state owned; Tulkarm: 78% Palestinan Arab owned; 17% Jewish owned, 5% state owned; Nablus: 87% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 13% state owned; Jaffa: 47% Palestinian Arab owned, 39% Jewish owned, 14% state owned; Ramleh: 77% Palestinian Arab owned, 14% Jewish owned, 9% state owned; Ramallah: 99% Arab Palestinian owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, less than 1% state owned; Jerusalem (West and East): 84% Palestinian Arab owned, 2% Jewish owned, 14% state owned; Gaza: 75% Palestinian Arab owned, 4% Jewish owned, 21% state owned; Hebron: 96% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 4% state owned; Bersheeba (Negev): 15% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 85% state owned. (Village Statistics, Jerusalem: Palestine Government, 1945; subsequently published as United Nations Map no. 94b, August, 1950)

      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)

      Apart from its illegality (e.g., in violation of the League of Nations Class A British mandate, recommendatory only, never adopted by the UNSC), the Partition Plan was also grossly unfair to the native Palestinian Arab citizens. Despite massive immigration during the British Mandate, which included tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, by 1948, Jews made up just 31% of the population and only about 30% of them had taken out Palestinian citizenship. Around ten per cent of the Jewish population consisted of native Palestinian Arab Jews who vehemently opposed Zionism. Arab Palestinians comprised 69% of the population and privately owned (‘mulk khaas’) 48% of the land area of mandated Palestine. Jews privately owned between six and seven per cent of the land. About 45% of Palestine’s 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'.)

      In short, Palestinians were entirely justified and in full accordance with international law when they rejected the Partition Plan.

      Rubbing salt into the wound, the United States quashed a proposal based on international law put forth by Arab delegates at the UN that a referendum be conducted in Palestine to determine the wishes of the majority regarding the Partition Plan. The United States also thwarted their request to have the matter referred to the International Court of Justice.

  • Palestinians in Hebron plead for international intervention to stop settler violence
    • Those who lived in Hebron were descendants of the Sephardim who had founded the city's Jewish Quarter near the tomb of the Patriarchs in the 1500s 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.

      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)

    • For the record:

      On 29 November 1947, when the recommendatory only Partition Plan (Res. 181) was adopted by the UNGA, 96% of Sub-district Hebron's land was privately owned by Palestinian Arabs. Less than 1% was owned by Jews and 4% was state owned. (Village Statistics, Jerusalem: Palestine Government,
      subsequently published as United Nations Map no. 94b, August, 1950)

  • Palestinian Americans find Trump’s stance on Israel/Palestine, Friedman appointment ‘severely distressing’
    • Oblivious to reality, the Zionist zealots are digging Israel's grave. With each passing day, its pariah status around the world is growing ever faster.

      All so predictable:

      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.”

  • Natives and the blessings of progress
    • I agree.

      The only good thing about Zionism is that it contains the seeds of its own demise.
      Rapidly increasing numbers of people around the world, including Americans and righteous Jews everywhere, are now comprehending the inescapable truth that Zionism is racism, Zionism is theft and its creation, Israel, is falling faster and deeper into the pit of fascism.

    • For the record: The Zionists' master plan to expel Palestine's indigenous Arab inhabitants and create an exclusivist, expansionist "Jewish state" was well in place decades before WWII and the Holocaust.

      To wit:
      "We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border....Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." (Theodor Herzl, diary entry, 12 June 1895)

      Israel Zangwill, the influential Anglo-Jewish essayist and Zionist, 1901: "[W]e must be prepared to either drive out by the sword the [Arab] tribes in possession...or to grapple with the problem of a large alien [sic] population...."

      In May 1911, Arthur Ruppin, one of early Zionism's leading figures proposed to the Executive of the Zionist Organization, a "population transfer" of the Arab peasants from Palestine. 

      In the February 1919 issue of the League of Nations Journal, Zangwill proposed that the Palestinians should be "transplanted" in Arab countries and at a public meeting in the same year he declared 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).

      In 1918, David 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")

      Unfortunately, the Truman administration ignored the wisdom of Albert Einstein expressed in his testimony before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in January, 1946. When asked if refugee settlement in Palestine demanded a Jewish state, he replied: "The State idea is not according to my heart. I cannot understand why it is needed.  It is connected with narrow-mindedness and economic obstacles.  I believe it is bad. I have always been against it." 

      Renowned historian and eminent Jewish American, Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, related a personal conversation with Einstein: "Dr. Einstein told me that, strangely enough, he had never been a Zionist and had never favored the creation of the State of Israel. Also, he told me of a significant conversation with [Chaim] Weizmann [leader of the World Zionist Organization.] Einstein had asked him: 'What about the Arabs if Palestine were given to the Jews?' And Weizmann said: 'What Arabs? They are hardly of any consequence.'" (What Price Israel? p. 131)

      To again quote Professor Einstein: “Should we be unable to find a way to honest cooperation and honest pacts with the Arabs, then we have learned absolutely nothing during our 2,000 years of suffering and deserve all that will come to us,” he wrote, adding, “Should the Jews not learn to live in peace with the Arabs, the struggle against them will follow them for decades in the future.” (Quoted by Gili Tzkovitch, Haaretz, February 3, 2015.)

    • Speaking of Sigmund Freud:

      When approached to sign a petition to support the settlement of Jews in Palestine, Freud politely declined: "I cannot do as you wish.... 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. But I know that such a rational viewpoint would never have gained the enthusiasm of the masses and the financial support of the wealthy.... I concede with sorrow that the baseless fanaticism of our people is in part to be blamed for the awakening of Arab distrust.  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." ((Freud's Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 26 February 1930). 

  • Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state
    • Food for thought:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-palestine-israel_us_58ad283de4b04a0b274e18ed?

      Huffington Post, Feb. 22/17

      "Trump Is Right On Palestine: A Two-State Solution Is No Longer Viable"

      By Graham E. Fuller, Former Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council.

      EXCERPTS:

      "During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump publicly stated that he could support a divergence from a two-state solution in Palestine. He is the first United States president in recent memory to question that sacred article of U.S.-Middle East policy. But while the announcement came as a shock to many, indeed, a serious rethink is long overdue in recognizing the defunct 'two-state scheme.'” 

      "The harsh reality is that Israel, through a relentless process of 'creating facts on the ground,' is now decades deep into the process of taking over illegally, step-by-step, the totality of Palestine. Israel has scant regard for any international law in this respect, and never has had any. Washington, apart from a few periodic pathetic bleats, has ended up functionally supporting this cynical scheme all the way, perhaps unwilling to confront the painful reality of what is really taking place, along with its dangerous political repercussions at home."

      "Israel is extending day by day its control ― indeed ownership ― of Palestinian lands through expansion of illegal Jewish settlements and the dispossession of the rightful owners of these Palestinian lands. Put simply, there is little left of Palestinian land out of which ever to fashion a 'two-state solution.'”

  • Trump is putting the crunch on liberal Zionism
  • The emergence of the Just Jew
    • @hophmi

      American taxpayers are currently funding Israel - a thoroughly documented belligerent/illegal/brutal occupier and serial/accelerating violator of hard won international humanitarian law - to the tune of about $12 million per day, 365 days a year and Obama committed another $38 billion just prior to the end of his presidency. Obviously, the first priority of Americans should be to demand that their government cut off all aid, set Israel adrift and establish a precedent for other nations by imposing a variety of harsh sanctions.

  • Banned from Jerusalem (for trying to pay respects to my grandmother)
  • Fordham retaliates against student for protesting SJP ban
    • Precisely!!

      Also, for the record:

      The 1922 League of Nations British Mandate for Palestine was a Class A Mandate, i. e, Palestine was to be administered by Britain AS A WHOLE until its citizens were able to assume democratic self-rule.

      By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the mandate did facilitate Jewish immigration to "secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home," but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. This was made very clear in the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the British Mandate: "[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status."

      Furthermore, regarding the British Mandate, as approved by the Council of the League of Nations, the British government declared: "His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State." (Command Paper, 1922)

      To make it absolutely clear, in May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state, and declared Great Britain "could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country." It called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the "Jewish National Home" in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required.

      Hence, consistent with the terms of its Class A Mandate and the MacDonald White Paper, Britain abstained on the UNGA vote regarding the recommendatory only Nov. 29/47 Partition Plan (UNGA Res. 181)

  • Trump's dim view of Palestine-Israel
  • Palestinians express mixed reactions to Trump's shift from two-state solution
    • America went to sleep and a self-adoring moron became president.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/world/middleeast/nikki-haley-israel-palestinians-two-state-solution.html?_r=0

      NYTimes.com/MyAlerts 

      U.N. Envoy Says U.S. Still Backs Palestinian State
      By SOMINI SENGUPTA
      FEB. 16, 2017

      EXCERPT:

      UNITED NATIONS — "Twenty-four hours after President Trump swatted away at a broad international consensus on how to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, his United Nations envoy sought to assure the world on Thursday that his administration supports Palestinian statehood but wants a 'thinking out of the box' approach."

      “ 'We absolutely support a two-state solution,' the American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, said in answer to a question after a United Nations Security Council meeting devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

  • Israel demolishes home of 100-year-old Palestinian woman leaving her homeless
    • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/opinion/sunday/israel-bulldozes-democracy.html?_r=0

      "Israel Bulldozes Democracy," by Ayman Odeh

      New York Times Sunday Review, Feb. 11/17

      Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Hadash party, leads the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament.

      EXCERPTS:

      "Arabs make up one-fifth of Israel’s population, yet only 2.5 percent of the state’s land is under Arab jurisdiction. And since the founding of the state, more than 700 new towns and cities have been built for Jews, while no new cities have been built for Arabs.

      "In Arab towns, the government has made building permits so difficult to obtain, and grants them so rarely, that many inhabitants have resorted to constructing new housing units on their properties without permits just to keep up with growing families that have nowhere else to go. As a result, Arab communities have become more and more densely populated, turning pastoral villages into concrete jungles."

      "Treating the Arab population as an enemy within is racist in itself, but it is also a political maneuver. Mr. Netanyahu knows that his opponents on the left will not regain power without cooperating with Arab parties. The opposition Labor Party knows this, too. But instead of acting with integrity, Labor has mimicked Mr. Netanyahu’s strategy, treating us not as valued allies but as untouchables."

  • 'We go to heaven, you go to hell': Israeli settlers caught on video threatening to kill Palestinians in Hebron
    • "What a country, ...."

      To be entirely accurate:

      What country? The entity known as "Israel" has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

  • Israel's efforts to erase Palestinian history reflect 'incremental genocide,' Ehrenreich says
    • Speaking of Holocausts, I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of about 10 million Congolese by “Christian” Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and owner of what was then known as the Congo Free State. (One of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.)

      The unspeakable horrors Belgium inflicted on the natives of the Congo, which also included amputations of arms below the elbow and beheadings, were prompted by pure greed and chronic racism, i.e., to force them to work like slaves in order to harvest natural rubber on rubber tree plantations, which prior to the invention of the synthetic version, was in huge demand in Europe and America to manufacture tires for the burgeoning automobile industry.

      Written by Adam Hochschild and published in 1998, "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa," provides an excellent source to learn about King Leopold II and his atrocious crimes against humanity.

  • Despite fawning praise in press, Batsheva receives a cold welcome in Brooklyn for complicity in occupation
    • Ditto.

      Israel and its supporters seem oblivious to the fact that it is now viewed by the majority of people around the world as a fascistic pariah. Israel is on a downward slide from which it will never recover. The Zionists' party is coming to an end. It's only a matter of time.

  • 'Israel receives more US military aid than every other country in the world combined' -- New York Times reveals
  • Jewless Holocaust. Israel first.
  • The Palestine Philharmonie -- an orchestra is born in Bethlehem
    • Agreed!! Absolutely wonderful and inspirational!! I lack the words to fully express myself.

      Thank you Tom!!

  • Netanyahu's tweet for Trump suggests two leaders have cut a deal on Jerusalem or Iran, says former ambassador
  • Palestinian teen in Gaza dies after refusing to serve as a collaborator for Israel in exchange for medical care
  • Obama 'betrayed' American Jews and Trump is a 'swineherd' -- Bernard-Henri Levy
    • Meanwhile:

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel- news/1.698833

      Haaretz - Jan 21, 2016

      "Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State"

      "Xi Jinping addresses Arab League in Cairo before planned visit to Iran, announces millions in aid to Palestinians."

    • Yonah

      "Misterioso: the June 11th commitment by eshkol is news to me. Quick Google found it unsourced. Do you have a source?"

      Source: Lyndon Johnson, The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.

      To quote President Johnson: “As my advisers and I interpreted it, [the content of Eshkol’s May 30th cable] meant that we had about two weeks to make diplomacy succeed before Israel took independent military action. This judgment was strengthened by information from other diplomatic sources."

    • The June 1967 War:

      At 7:45 AM on 5 June 1967, Israel attacked Egypt and thereby, Jordan and Syria who each shared a mutual defense pact with Egypt. The attack took place just hours before Egypt’s VP Mohieddine was to fly to Washington for a prearranged June 7th meeting with the Johnson administration to defuse the crisis between Egypt and Israel based on an agreement worked out in Cairo between Nasser and Johnson’s envoy, Robert Anderson. In a cable sent to Johnson on May 30, Israel’s PM Eshkol promised not to attack Egypt until June 11 to give diplomacy a chance to succeed. However, on June 4, when it heard about the June 7th meeting and the distinct possibility that it would rule out war, Israel’s cabinet ordered its armed forces to attack Egypt the next day. In short, the war was another massive land grab by Israel.

      Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Minister without portfolio in Eshkol’s cabinet, while addressing Israel’s National Defence College on 8 August 1982: “In June, 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.” (New York Times, 21 August 1982)

      Meir Amit, chief of Israel’s Mossad: “Egypt was not ready for a war and Nasser did not want a war.” (Dr. Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, pp. 134-5)

      Israeli Chief of Staff Rabin: “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.” (Le Monde, 25 February, 1968)

      Prime Minister Eshkol: “The Egyptian layout in the Sinai and the general military buildup there testified to a military defensive Egyptian set-up south of Israel.” (Yediot Aharonot, l8 October 1967)

      Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defence: “Three separate intelligence groups had looked carefully into the matter [and] it was our best judgment that a UAR attack was not imminent." (The Vantage Point, Lyndon Johnson, p. 293)

      An article published in the New York Times (4 June 1967) just hours before Israel attacked notes that Major General Indar Jit Rikhye, Commander of UNEF in the Middle East, "who toured the Egyptian front, confirms that Egyptian troops were not poised for an offensive." (Dr. Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, p. 134)

      On May 26, in reply to Eban’s assertion that according to Israeli intelligence, "an Egyptian and Syrian attack is imminent," Secretary of State Dean Rusk dismissed the claim and assured Eban that Israel faced no threat of attack from Egypt. On the same day, during a meeting at the Pentagon, Eban was also told by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and his aides that "...Egyptian forces were not in an aggressive posture and that Israel was not opening itself to peril by not attacking immediately. The contrary was true, Eban was told.” (Donald Neff, Warriors for Jerusalem, pp. 140-41)

      BTW, as the UN Emergency Force (UNEF)Commander, Major General Idar Jit Rikhye, revealed, Nasser was not enforcing the blockade of the Tiran straits: “[The Egyptian] navy had searched a couple of ships after the establishment of the blockade and thereafter relaxed its implementation.”

  • Trump 'promise' to move US embassy to Jerusalem stirs international furor
  • 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!!!!"

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