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  • Three settlers stabbed to death and three Palestinians shot dead in turmoil over security measures at al-Aqsa mosque compound (Updated)
    • @Mayhem

      Bullcrap!!

      Reality:

      As a belligerently/illegally/brutally occupied people, Palestinians (the indigenous inhabitants of the lands between the River and the Sea) have every legal and moral right to resist.

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

      Israel's 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was unanimously rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity AND CONSTITUTE A FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION [my emphasis.]"

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

      UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

      “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

      “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,….”

      “1. 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 and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

      “2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

      “3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;..”

      There is no special provision in international law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.

  • Haymarket Books' plan to buy Chicago mansion is latest battleground over Zionism/anti-Zionism
    • Apropos your disgusting nom de plume:

      For the record:

      As he revealed during a speech delivered in Jerusalem, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter held Arafat in high regard:

      "I personally think that Yasser Arafat did the best he could for peace. Not many of my countrymen agree. I knew him quite well. He took a heroic action in the Oslo agreement for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. For the last 3 ½ years, as the elected President of the Palestinian people, he was kept in prison in disgrace and still expected to command the full authority of his people and he was held responsible for acts of violence."

      "More recently, we’ve seen an abandonment of the fair and objective and balanced role of the U.S. government in the negotiations between Israel and her neighbours and sometimes enemies. Lately in particular, our president [George W. Bush,] has totally complied with the desires of the Israeli Prime Minister [Ariel Sharon] to the detriment of the Palestinians and the detriment of their hopes for the future." (From the text of the comments delivered by U.S. President Jimmy Carter on 10 January 2005, at a meeting in Jerusalem organized by the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel)

  • Schumer and Macron equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism so as to target BDS
  • Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community
    • DaBakr

      Don't count on the "love for Israel among the population of US Christians and Catholics" continuing indefinitely. As with the rest of the American population, they (especially all important youth), are becoming increasingly aware of and disgusted with brutal occupier/ethnic cleanser Israel's continuous and well documented crimes committed against Palestine's indigenous essentially defenseless Arab inhabitants. So are young Jews. Thanks to a massive propaganda campaign (e.g., Leon Uris's fictional "Exodus") Zionism has had the support of most Americans born during and shortly after WWll. However, they are dying off and today's youth in the US and around the world are learning the ugly truth. They are also anxious to become informed.

      It's really very simple. Zionism will not survive because it is inherently racist and based on theft and lies. Also, not enough Jewish Israeli babies along with falling Jewish immigration to Israel and increasing emigration. The handwriting is on the wall. You should read it.

    • @DaBakr

      No, but to my knowledge, none of the countries you list is receiving well over $10 million in aid each and every day from American taxpayers (much more when private donations from individuals and organizations are included) as well as access to America's most sophisticated aircrafts, missiles and other weaponry. Also, I remind you that the US and other countries have invoked sanctions against North Korea, Russia, Iran and Cuba.

    • @DaBakr

      Dream on.

      Reality:

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/bds-winning-admits-top-israeli-sabotage-strategist

      BDS is winning, admits top Israeli “sabotage” strategist.
      Electronic Intifada - 21 April 2017
      EXCERPT: “The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded.

      “At the ‘Ambassadors Against BDS’ conference in New York last month, former Israeli government advisor Gidi Grinstein said that ‘in 2016 our community probably invested 20 times … more resources in dealing with this problem compared to what we invested in 2010.’ Yet despite these tens of millions of dollars spent combating BDS, Grinstein asked: ‘why are we not winning?’

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/leaked-report-highlights-israel-lobbys-failures?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=6a6fca5d39-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-6a6fca5d39-290675021

      "Leaked report highlights Israel lobby’s failures"
      Excerpts:
      “The Reut Institute, founded by former government advisor Gidi Grinstein, has conceded in a secret report jointly prepared with the ADL that Israel’s efforts to thwart the Palestine solidarity movement have failed.

      “Key Israel lobby groups have conceded that they have failed to counter the Palestine solidarity movement, despite vastly increasing their spending. The admission is contained in a secret report that The Electronic Intifada has obtained.”

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/dysfunctional-israeli-leadership-failing-utterly-in-battle-against-bds-state-watchdog-warns/
      Times of Israel - May 24, 2016 - By Raoul Wootliff
      “Dysfunctional Israeli leadership failing utterly in battle against BDS, state watchdog warns

      EXCERPT:
      “Highlighting dismal propaganda performance during 2014 war, comptroller cites lack of overall strategy, absent funding, divisions between ministries, failure to coordinate with IDF.”

      To quote Patrick Martin, Canada’s Globe and Mail correspondent in Israel:
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/parliament-votes-to-reject-campaign-to-boycott-israel/article28863810/

      Globe and Mail, Feb. 23/16

      EXCERPT:
      “Israel is increasingly concerned with the successes of the boycott and divestment efforts. In 2014, foreign direct investment in Israel dropped 46 per cent from the previous year, in part, a United Nations report said, because of BDS efforts.

      “These initiatives are taking hold at North American universities, churches and trade unions, where many institutions are dropping investments in Israel or Israel-connected companies. In Europe where hundreds of academics and entertainers are personally boycotting Israel, major companies such as telecom Orange and water company Veolia are pulling out of Israeli ventures, and some EU governments are putting warning labels on products produced in Israeli West Bank settlements.”

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/dysfunctional-israeli-leadership-failing-utterly-in-battle-against-bds-state-watchdog-warns/
      Times of Israel - May 24, 2016

      EXCERPT:
      "Dysfunctional Israeli leadership failing utterly in battle against BDS, state watchdog warns

      http://freespeechonisrael.org.uk/pensionregulationsillegal/
      "Judge tells Government: allow BDS" by Mike Cushman June 22/17
      "A High Court judge has ruled that the Government was exceeding its power in trying to direct Local Government Pension Funds to ignore calls for BDS and abandon ethical investing. The Government, he said: 'has acted for an unauthorised purpose and therefore unlawfully'.“

      "Jamie Potter, Partner in the Public Law and Human Rights team at Bindmans LLP said: 'This outcome is a reminder to the Government that it cannot improperly interfere in the exercise of freedom of conscience and protest in order to pursue its own agenda.' This goes beyond a welcome victory for BDS campaigners. All supporters of the right to free expression and the right to oppose Government policies will welcome this push back against executive over-reach."

      June 22/17
      “[British] Government acted unlawfully over council boycott restrictions, High Court rules”
      “Activists herald a ‘victory for Palestine’ after court rules that attempts to prevent local government ‘ethical’ boycotts of Israel are unlawful.”
      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/adri-nieuwhof/swiss-parliament-blocks-attempt-criminalize-israel-boycott?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=a1e09eabe6-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-a1e09eabe6-290675021

  • The children of Nabi Saleh in Israeli prisons: a conversation with Bassem Tamimi
    • @amigo

      The struggle will be long and hard, but we have and will maintain the momentum.

    • @jackdaw

      More just released news:

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/irish-president-meets-leader-of-anti-israel-boycott-movement/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=f7ea0c5a0e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-f7ea0c5a0e-55607481

      The Times of Israel, July 19/17
      By Raphael Ahren

      "Irish president meets leader of anti-Israel boycott movement"

      "Israel protests after Michael Higgins shakes hands with Omar Barghouti at trade union conference and praises organizers for inviting him."

      EXCERPT:

      "Ireland’s president met with Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a move Israel denounced.

      "Michael Higgins shook Barghouti’s hand and warmly acknowledged him at a conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the largest civil society organization on the island of Ireland with 80,000 members.

      “'You give a great example of your internationalism by organizing fringe events and by inviting Omar Barghouti who will speak on the challenge ahead for Palestine,' Higgins said during a July 4 speech at the organization’s biennial conference, which take place in Belfast.
      The conference delegates endorsed the BDS movement."

      HOW SWEET IT IS!!!
      "In Dublin, fair city, where the girls are so pretty," sanity and justice prevail!!

    • @Amigo

      BINGO!!

    • @jackdaw

      Breaking news:

      https://www.mintpressnews.com/scottish-court-rules-opposing-zionism-is-not-racism/229942/

      "Scottish Court Rules Opposing Zionism Is Not Racism"

      By Yvonne Ridley, July 19/17

      "The SPSC has faced repeated efforts by pro-Israel lobbyists and Scottish prosecutors to criminalize the group’s pro-Palestine activities."

      EXCERPT:

      "In yet another landmark legal victory, members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign emerged from court victorious today after being accused of racism. Their 'crime'? Standing up to Zionism.

      "The trial ended three years of speculation and pressure for SPSC members whose robust defense of their actions won the day in Glasgow Sherriff’s Court when the verdict was announced on Friday.

      "Five days of evidence and cross-examinations earlier this month focussed on the actions of two SPSC members who faced charges of racism and aggravated trespass for a protest against Israeli company Jericho cosmetics, which operates around the Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank. The protest was held in the wake of Israel’s 2014 military offensive against Palestinian civilians besieged in the Gaza Strip. More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed by the Israelis during the offensive, including 550 children, before in the war ended on 26 August. During the demonstration on 13 September 2014, the SPSC protesters denounced the killings."

  • 'Irreplaceable bedrock' of U.S. backing for Israel is threatened by -- intermarriage
    • http://jewishcurrents.org/israels-one-religion-state-creating-riffs-with-american-jews/

      "Israel’s One-Religion State Creating Rifts with American Jews"

      By Alan C. Brownfeld

      Jewish Currents, July 16/17

      EXCERPT:

      "ISRAEL CALLS ITSELF a 'Jewish' state. Yet for non-Orthodox Jews, who represent the vast majority of the American Jewish community, there is less religious freedom in Israel than anyplace in the Western world.

      "While American Jews believe in separation of church and state, Israel is a theocracy. Orthodox Judaism is the state religion and is supported by the Israeli government. Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist rabbis cannot perform weddings and funerals in Israel, and their conversions are not recognized. There is no such thing in Israel as civil marriage. Jews and non-Jews who wish to marry must leave the country to do so.

      "Even many Orthodox rabbis in the U.S. are considered less-than. Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has compiled a list of overseas rabbis whose authority the body refuses to recognize when it comes to certifying as Jewish someone who wants to marry in Israel. The list includes prominent Orthodox rabbis, including a colleague of the rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump, a Canadian rabbi friendly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and a rabbi in New York who has advocated for greater rights for women. The list names 160 rabbis in 24 countries."

    • Well and truly stated!!

      Zionism is rotting within and its spawn, Israel, is increasingly viewed by peoples around the world, including Jews, especially youth, as racist, an illegal, brutal occupier and a serial violator of international humanitarian law, (e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute), which came about in large measure because of the crimes committed against Jews by the Nazis.

    • https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/intermarriage-conservative-judaism/533637/

      ‘We’re Headed Toward One of the Greatest Divisions in the History of the Jewish People’

      "A small, vocal group of Conservative rabbis is pushing the movement to accept marriages between Jews and non-Jews. The fight is really about the future of the religion."

  • 'You are thieves of history!' Hotovely tells Palestinians, waving books at them
  • My latest encounter with a stranger
    • Russia ain't stupid either.

    • For the record:

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

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

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

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

    • "..perhaps then to learn Mandarin."

      No chance. China will not pick up America's "dirty laundry." Its leadership knows full well that to be a "sponsor" of rogue/pariah Israel would be a major geopolitical blunder.

  • Israeli paper investigates 50-year-ago attack on 'USS Liberty,' while US papers leave it in the letters column
    • Bingo!!!

    • @yonah fredman

      Nonsense. Whatever the reason, Israel's massive assault against the Liberty was deliberate.
      Do some serious research!!!

    • Annie, Citizen, jd65 and yours truly!!

    • For the record:

      In 1985, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, former Chief of U.S. Naval operations, and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff declared: "Israel continues to insist that the attack was a case of mistaken identity. This claim simply does not hold water. There is simply no way that the Israeli pilots and torpedo boat crews could have concluded that it was anything other than a U.S. ship.... Before as well as subsequent to the attack on the Liberty, the U.S. Congress has investigated in depth just about every incident of a similar nature in which the military forces participated. At the very least the Congress, in deference to the families of the men who died on board the Liberty, should once and for all clear up the uncertainties, speculations, and the unanswered questions surrounding this tragedy, which still is thought by many to be a deliberate cover up on the part of the Government of Israel as well as the Government of the United States." (Quoted by Charles Curtiss in "A Changing Image...," p. 87)

      Concrete evidence that Israeli pilots knew before they attacked the Liberty that it was an American ship was finally revealed on November 6, 1991, when American columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak "discovered that the U.S. embassy in Beirut had intercepted Israeli radio traffic [on 8 June 1967] in which an Israeli pilot reported: 'It's an American ship.' The Israeli command ignored the report and ordered the pilot to press his attack." The accuracy of this information was confirmed by Dwight Porter, the American ambassador to Lebanon during the 1967 war. (Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Washington Post, 6 November 1991; cited by Paul Findley, "Deliberate Deceptions," p. 41)

      To quote retired Navy Captain Ward Boston who had served as the chief counsel for the Navy's 1967 court of inquiry regarding the attack on the Liberty. In October 2003, Boston issued a public statement declaring "that the Navy admiral [Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd Jr.] who investigated the incident had been ordered by President Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to conclude it was a case of mistaken identity, despite evidence to the contrary.... I didn't speak up earlier because I was told not to." (James W. Crawley, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 17, 2004.)

  • Canada order stores to deshelve settler wines with 'made in Israel' label
    • For the record:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (K) UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,
      “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,
      “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,….”
      “1. 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 and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;
      “2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;
      “3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;..”

    • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/thomas-woodley/flip-flop-on-west-bank-wines-decision-betrays-canadian-consumers_a_23030031/

      Once again, Canada is complicit with Israel in its violation of international law.

      Truly disappointing that Trudeau, etal are gutless when it comes to Israel, a well documented criminal state. The hypocrisy is overwhelming, e.g.., Canada's imposition of sanctions against Russia for its invasion/annexation of Crimea, etc., while Israel gets away with belligerently, illegally and brutally occupying the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, Lebanon's Shebaa Farms and annexing Syria's Golan Heights along with illegally, brutally occupied East Jerusalem.

    • The banning of such wines is applicable only to the province of Ontario, not Canada as a whole.

  • At NY premiere, David Grossman will join Netanyahu minister who boycotts Darwish
    • @yonah fredman

      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.

  • London's Palestine Expo defies smear campaign attracting more than 15,000
    • @Panama Kid

      Well said!!

      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.

  • Theater artists ask Lincoln Center to cancel Israeli government-sponsored performances
    • "Boycotting" and constantly revealing the ugly truth about Israel and Zionism "will win, eventually."

  • Marching on, beyond pinkwashing
    • Bingo!!

    • I forgot to include this important recent news item:

      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

      ​"I​t appears that the more Americans learn about Israel, the less they like it."

    • Page: 6
    • It should not be forgotten that currently, 1.75 billion Muslims worldwide do not "support Israel" and in 20-25 years they will number about 3 billion. There will also be over 600 million Arabs, including 10-12 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea as well as about 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. Can there be any doubt as to where America and the world's long term economic and geopolitical interests lie? Certainly not with Israel.

    • @DeBakr

      Speaking of "the hard anti-Zionist left...quickly embodying fascist and Nazi-like tactics to distinguish themselves.... and fending off "accusations of Nazism and fascism," it seems
      the "anti-Zionist left" is in sync with more and more eminent Israeli Jews, including the following.

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-is-becoming-a-fascist-state-US-cant-save-the-day-497775

      Jerusalem Post June 24, 2017
      "'Israel is becoming a fascist state, U.S. can't save the day'"
      "Opposition leader Isaac Herzog doesn't think the American efforts to revive the peace talks will bear fruit and warns that Israel is slowly slipping into fascism."
      by Joy Bernard

      EXCERPT:
      "Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Issac Herzog warned on Saturday that Israel was headed toward fascism and that its fate as a democracy was at stake.

      "'We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,' Herzog warned while speaking at a cultural event in central Israel. 'Whoever is wary of the country's fate and would like to prevent the fascistization has to support the transition into one big and moderate political bloc in order to change this trend,' he said."

      "'We have to change the regime in order to save the Israeli democracy from the fascistization that is threatening it,' Herzog continued."


      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-professor-Todays-Israel-similar-to-Nazi-Germany-497731
      Jerusalem Post June 23, 2017
      "Hebrew U professor: Israel today similar to Nazi Germany"
      "Dr. Ofer Cassif of Hebrew University faces heavy criticism after his students leaked a video recording from his political science class."
      By Yocheved Laufer

      EXCERPT:
      "Hebrew University Professor, Dr. Ofer Cassif, compared recent Israeli legislation, both proposed and passed, to those of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany, reported Channel 2 on Thursday as a recording of his class became public.

      "The statement occurred in a Politics and Government course as part of a preparatory college program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem."

      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.”

      Also, it seems that support for Israel is in decline in the U.S., especially among all important youth. No surprise!!

      “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%.

      The handwriting is on the wall. Around the world, Israel is increasingly viewed as a rogue/pariah state, an illegal, brutal occupier and a serial/escalating violator of international humanitarian law. It could only be thus.

  • Amazon pulls blank 'History of Palestinian People' -- which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate
    • Bingo!!

    • @Emet

      "And lets not forget that the local non-Jewish population in the region has never ruled Jerusalem, ever."

      Reality: Over the centuries, along with many Jews, the "local non-Jewish population," including Christians, merged/intermarried with the Muslim population and converted to Islam. They "ruled Jerusalem" for centuries. Jews, however, ruled Jerusalem for only about 77 years prior to their current illegal occupation.

    • @Emet

      "eljay, so what did King David rule over?"

      For your further and much needed edification:

      The Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today's Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as "Rushalimum" (or "Urussalim") appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born.

      Thus far, no archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations have been discovered that prove Solomon or David actually existed. To quote renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 -
      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

      Furthermore, no archaeological evidence has yet been found that proves the "Jewish Exodus" from Egypt actually took place.

    • @Emet

      Sigh

      Au contraire. To state the obvious, my previous posting attests that the Muslims were entirely "worthy."

      Let's consult a real expert, renowned Professor David J. Wasserstein, who also happens to be Jewish.

      Audio of his lecture delivered in May, 2012:

      https://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/events/jordan-lectures-in-comparative-religion/14may2012-opening-lecture-how-islam-saved-the-jews.html

      "So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews? - How Islam Saved the Jews."

      David J Wasserstein is the Eugene Greener Jr. Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University.

      Excerpt:
      "Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth. The argument for it is double. First, in 570 CE, when the Prophet Mohammad was born, the Jews and Judaism were on the way to oblivion. And second, the coming of Islam saved them, providing a new context in which they not only survived, but flourished, laying foundations for subsequent Jewish cultural prosperity - also in Christendom - through the medieval period into the modern world."

      An uncomfortable truth for a Zionist zealot like you obsessed with demonizing Muslims, I'm sure!!

      To quote Dr. Ella Habiba Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies and Women's Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY), a self described "Arab Jew" born in Israel of Iraqi ancestry now living in the United States:

      "Our history simply cannot be discussed in European Jewish terminology. As Iraqi Jews, while retaining a communal identity, we were generally well integrated and indigenous to the country, forming an inseparable part of its social and cultural life. Thoroughly Arabized, we used Arabic even in hymns and religious ceremonies. The liberal and secular trends of the 20th century engendered an even stronger association of Iraqi Jews and Arab culture, which brought Jews into an extremely active arena in public and cultural life. Prominent Jewish writers, poets and scholars played a vital role in Arab culture, distinguishing themselves in Arabic speaking theatre, in music, as singers, composers, and players of traditional instruments.

      "In Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Tunisia, Jews became members of legislatures, of municipal councils, of the judiciary, and even occupied high economic positions. (The finance minister of Iraq in the '40s was Ishak Sasson, and in Egypt, Jamas Sanua--higher positions, ironically, than those our community had generally achieved within the Jewish state until the 1990s!)" ("Reflections by an Arab Jew" - http://www.bintjbeil. com/E/occupatio n/arab_jew.html )

      Needless to say, when Zionism, a 19th century European racist, colonialist ideology infected the entire region in the 20th century and led to the dispossession and expulsion of well over one million native Palestinian Muslims and Christians between late 1947 and 1967, relations between Arabs and Jews deteriorated and led to conflict. No surprise!!

      Also, bearing in mind the fact that both Caliph Omar, in 637, and Saladin, in 1187, liberated Jerusalem from brutal oppressors (i.e., Byzantine Christian zealots and the Crusaders) and invited the exiled Jews to return and practice their faith freely, it is easy to understand why Palestine’s indigenous Arab Jews were among Zionism’s most ardent opponents.

      To quote Rabbi Menachem Froman, chief rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, a champion of inter-religious reconciliation: "[E]very Jew who learns the writings of the great sages - who, at the head of them all stands Maimonides - knows that our great thinkers wrote in the Arabic language, lived in Islamic states and participated with the great Muslim thinkers in the effort to explain the words of God, according to the paths of the sages and amidst the difficult bloody battles that we have had since the beginning of Zionism with the Muslims."

      "We know... that the war between the Jews and the Muslims is the work of the cursed devil. We know that Islam is named after peace." (Haaretz, September 18, 2006)

      GET EDUCATED!! YOU'RE DROWNING IN HASBARA!!
      BYE BYE

    • @Emet

      Primarily, they spoke Aramaic.

      Re: "Both in [sic] these Temples of course stood on the spot the Muslims conquered and later built a mosque."

      Some relevant facts:

      Jerusalem was captured from the Byzantines in 637 CE, by Arab Muslims under the command of Caliph Omar bin al-Khattab (the second caliph after Muhammad.) By the next year they ruled all of Palestine and would do so until 1085, when Turkish Seljuk Muslims took control for fourteen years.

      As Muslims considered it a holy city, Omar treated Jerusalem with great respect and its residents with compassion. "Never in the sorry story of conquest up to that day, and rarely since, were such noble and generous sentiments displayed by a conqueror as those extended to Jerusalem by Omar." (Report by Sir William Fitzgerald on the Local Administration of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Government Printer, 1945, p.4)

      After he cleared and purified the location of the ancient Jewish Temple (used as a garbage dump under Christian rule) Omar built Jerusalem's first mosque, a simple wooden structure. Between 688 and 691, the Mosque of the Dome of the Rock was constructed by Caliph Abd al-Malik and behind it his son al-Walid built the Mosque of al-Aqsa during his caliphate (705-715.) To this day the entire site is known as the Noble Sanctuary.

      Caliph Omar opened Jerusalem to Jews (who had been denied residency by the Byzantines), granted Christians full religious freedom as well as unrestricted use of their churches and the right to build new ones and encouraged European pilgrims to visit the holy places. In 638, Omar also signed what is still referred to as the Covenant of Omar or Al-Uhda al-Omariyya, a document little known outside of the Christian and Islamic communities in Palestine in which he pledged to Sophronius, Jerusalem's Christian patriarch, to protect Christians along with their properties and churches and right of worship. The covenant guarantees that Christians would "not be coerced in their religion."

      Except for outbreaks of anti-Christian fanaticism in 966 (in which Jews took part), and 1009, when Al Hakim, the insane Caliph burned down the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (rebuilt by his successor) the three faiths shared Jerusalem in peace.

      Although the great majority of Palestinians eventually converted to Islam, many Christians kept their faith as did most Jews. "The inhabitants of Palestine seem to have prospered during much of this period from the Muslim conquest to the appearance of the Crusaders.... Muslim rule was generally unobtrusive.... Friction among the religious communities and the official sanction of violence against one group or another were infrequent." (Professor Charles D. Smith, Palestine And the Arab-Israeli Conflict, p. 9)

      Muslim rule was interrupted by the Crusaders who occupied Palestine in 1099 and established the short-lived Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. They massacred not only Muslims and Jews, but Christians as well, referring to them as "pagani and barbari." (The Arab Christian: A History in the Middle East, by Kenneth Cragg, Louisville KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991, p. 111) The small Jewish community in Palestine was almost completely wiped out by the Crusaders. "A Jewish pilgrim, Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela, who visited Palestine in 1170, found only 1,440 Jews in the whole country." (R. Garaudy, The Case of Israel: a Study of Political Zionism, Shorouk International, 1983, p. 35)

  • Israeli musicians to Thom Yorke: Canceling Radiohead show will disrupt Israel's 'business as usual' facade
    • JustJessetr

      "Normalization is the way to go."

      Hmmm.

      To be brief:
      Call me naïve, but I find it difficult to see why the Palestinians would or should pursue "normalization" with an entity that is belligerently/illegally/brutally occupying them, seizing their land and water at an accelerating rate, subjecting them to collective punishments, torture, imprisonment without charge, destroying their homes and fruit/olive groves - all in blatant violation of hard won international humanitarian law, e.g.. the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute, etc., which are binding on all UN members.

    • @DaBakr

      Bottom line: If Radiohead does perform in Israel it will be condoning racism and fascism.

      1.
      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-is-becoming-a-fascist-state-US-cant-save-the-day-497775
      Jerusalem Post June 24, 2017
      "'Israel is becoming a fascist state, U.S. can't save the day'"
      "Opposition leader Isaac Herzog doesn't think the American efforts to revive the peace talks will bear fruit and warns that Israel is slowly slipping into fascism."
      by Joy Bernard
      EXCERPT:
      "Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Issac Herzog warned on Saturday that Israel was headed toward fascism and that its fate as a democracy was at stake.

      "'We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,' Herzog warned while speaking at a cultural event in central Israel. 'Whoever is wary of the country's fate and would like to prevent the fascistization has to support the transition into one big and moderate political bloc in order to change this trend,' he said."

      "'We have to change the regime in order to save the Israeli democracy from the fascistization that is threatening it,' Herzog continued."

      ‎2.
      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-professor-Todays-Israel-similar-to-Nazi-Germany-497731
      Jerusalem Post June 23, 2017
      "Hebrew U professor: Israel today similar to Nazi Germany"
      "Dr. Ofer Cassif of Hebrew University faces heavy criticism after his students leaked a video recording from his political science class."
      by Yocheved Laufer
      EXCERPT:
      "Hebrew University Professor, Dr. Ofer Cassif, compared recent Israeli legislation, both proposed and passed, to those of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany, reported Channel 2 on Thursday as a recording of his class became public.

      "The statement occurred in a Politics and Government course as part of a preparatory college program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem."

  • Israel's efforts to hide Palestinians from view no longer fools young American Jews
    • Professor 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.)

  • Israeli victory in '67 was manufactured in western Europe, not by 'Jewish geniuses' -- Guy Laron at Wilson Center
    • @RoHa

      Well and truly stated!!!

    • @fatbastard

      "Egypt was definitely planning to invade."

      Utter nonsense!! This myth has long since been debunked!!

      Prime Minister Menachem Begin, former Minister without portfolio in PM Levi 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.”

      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."

      On May 26, in reply to Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba 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.” (Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, p. 139)

      Furthermore: According to Patrick Seale, highly regarded historian and journalist, Israel had been meticulously preparing for another war against the Arabs since its 1956 invasion of Egypt: "In the decade since the Suez campaign Israel had built up forces that could move fast and hit hard: mobile armoured units able to cover long distances, mechanized infantry, heliborne and naval paratroopers for use behind enemy lines, and above all an air force of Mirage and Super-Mystere interceptors and Mystere fighter-bombers of unchallenged superiority. The main lesson Israel had learned from the [1956] Suez war was the importance of air dominance not only to neutralize Arab air forces but also for use as flying artillery against infantry and tanks." (Patrick Seale, Asad..., p. 117)

      Ezer Weizman, former commander of Israel's Air Force confirmed in his memoirs that Israel spent years meticulously planning the attack against Egypt: "For five years I had been talking of this operation, explaining it, hatching it, dreaming of it, manufacturing it link by link, training men to carry it out." Recalling how he felt at 7:30 A.M. on 5 June 1967, Weizman wrote: "Now in a quarter of an hour, we would know if it was only a dream or whether it would come true...." (Donald Neff, Warriors for Jerusalem..., p. 202)

  • Yakov Rabkin's devastating critique of Zionism: it is opposed to Jewish tradition and liberalism
  • Thousands in Jerusalem protest abduction of Yemenite babies following disclosure some were experimented on
    • gamal

      Greetings.
      Thank you for the link to Dilmun. Very interesting. I remember hearing about it some time ago, but thanks to you, I can learn much more.

      Incidentally, archaeological evidence found at ancient sites such as Jericho, founded by the Natufians, indicates that communities well advanced in agriculture as well as arts and crafts were thriving in Palestine as far back as 7000 BCE. These first settlers were joined by migrants from the Arabian Peninsula around 3500 BCE, (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 1990, p. 68)

    • Prior to Islam most Arabs were nomadic and pagan. Many, however, had adopted Judaism when Jewish travelers - especially during the two centuries before Christianity - were energetically proselytizing in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa, e.g., the Falasha of Ethiopia and the “black Jews” of Malabar. (Max L. Margolis and Alexander Marx, A History of the Jewish People, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1927, p. 525, cited by Alfred Lilienthal, What Price Israel?, p. 6)

      The Himyarites, ancestors of the Yemenite Jews, were converted from paganism to Judaism in the late fourth century C.E. by itinerant Jewish missionaries.

      Eager converts to Judaism were also found in North Africa, mainly among the Berbers and as a result, "In all the great cities strung out along the southern Mediterranean littoral, Jewish communities were numerous, powerful, rich and highly cultured. From this rich stratum the later communities in Muslim lands and in Europe were to draw abundantly." (Michael Rice, False Inheritance, Kegan Paul International, London and New York, 1994, pp. 62-63)

    • For the record:

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

      A physician advised Israel's Immigration Department that conditions in the transit camps for North African Jews in Marseilles France were deplorable: "The immigrants from North Africa arrive here utterly destitute, and almost without clothing. During the passage to Marseilles, which lasts three days, they receive no food. Conditions on board are very bad.... In two of the camps there is a great shortage of blankets. People sleep in concrete barracks, on army camp beds, without mattresses, and only a single blanket each. As a result of the bad housing conditions and the recent decline in nutrition, twelve children have died in these camps.... There is a shortage of soap and clothing.... I can't understand why in all the European countries the immigrants are provided with clothes while the North Africans get nothing...." (Quoted by Segev, "1949: The First Israelis," New York, The Free Press, 1986, p. 169)

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

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

      Israel’s media could be especially cruel to Mizrachi immigrants. On 22 April 1949, Haaretz published an article by journalist Arye Gelblum in which he described them as "...people whose primitivism is at a peak, whose level of knowledge is one of virtually absolute ignorance, and worse who have little talent for understanding anything intellectual. Generally, they are only slightly better than the general level of the Arabs, Negroes and Berbers in the same regions. In any case, they are at an even lower level than what we knew with regard to the former Arabs of Eretz Yisrael.... These Jews also lack roots in Judaism, as they are totally subordinated to the play of savage and primitive instincts." (Ha'aretz, 22 April 1949, quoted by Joseph Massad in "Zionism's Others;" Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXV, Number 4, Summer 1996, pp. 57-58.)

      The fair-skinned Ashkenazi immigrants, however, were welcomed with open arms as equals and housed in the homes of dispossessed/expelled Palestinians. As Soviet immigrants arrived during 1969-70 Prime Minister Golda Meir greeted them at the airport saying "you are the real Jews. We have been waiting for you for twenty-five years.... You are a superior breed - you will provide us with heroes." (Quoted by Joseph Massad, Zionism's Others ...Journal of Palestine Studies, Summer 1996, pp. 61-62)

  • A burning Zionist and non-Zionist debate the settlements
    • @Jane Porter

      For the record re al-Andalus:

      Video:
      January, 2016

      "The Golden age of Jewish Culture: Watch our Birthwrong trip to Spain"

      The Golden Age of Al-Andalus, a province of the Islamic Empire (established in 756 by the exiled Syrian Prince Abd al-Rahman), lasted for well over 400 years. During these centuries under Muslim rule the three Abrahamic faiths lived in friendship and developed the world's most advanced centre of learning and the arts, challenged only by Baghdad.

      "[By] laying the foundations of their power in a system of wise and equitable laws, diligently cultivating the arts and sciences, and promoting agriculture, manufactures and commerce, [the Muslim Arabs] gradually formed an empire unrivalled for its prosperity by any of the empires of Christendom.... The cities of Arabian Spain became the resort of Christian artisans, to instruct themselves in the useful art. The Universities of Toledo, Cordova, Seville, and Granada, were sought by the pale student from other lands to acquaint himself with the sciences of the Arabs and the treasure lore of antiquity." (Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra, GREFOL,SA, La fuensanta, Mostoles, Madrid, 1990. pp. 52-53 as quoted by Akbar S.Ahmed, Living Islam, BBC Books, a division of BBC Enterprises Ltd. 1994, p. 67).

      Andalusia's first caliph, Abd al-Rahman III, who ruled Andalusia from 912-961, appointed Hasdai ibn Shabrut, leader of the kingdom's Jewish community and one of history's most outstanding Jews as his foreign secretary, chief advisor, and closest confidant. In this tradition, Samuel Hanagid, a Jew, who commanded a great army in the mid-eleventh century, was made a prince under the Arab caliphate.

      Jewish business people, artists and intellectuals thrived in Andalusia (and elsewhere in the Arab world). Among them were the poet Judah Halevi, the influential philosopher Moses Maimonides and writers Rebi Isaac Hacohen and Sayed Alfassi, who was published under the nom de plume Harif.

      It was in Andalusia (known in Hebrew as Sefarad) "that the profoundly Arabized Jews rediscovered and reinvented Hebrew; there that Christians embraced nearly every aspect of Arabic style – from the intellectual of philosophy to the architectural styles of mosques….

      "... al-Andalus was, from these beginnings, the site of memorable and distinctive interfaith relations. Here the Jewish community rose from the ashes of an abysmal existence under the Visigoths to the point that the emir who proclaimed himself caliph in the tenth century had a Jew as his foreign minister." (Maria Rosa Menocal, Ornament of the World; Little, Brown and Company, 2002, pp. 11 and 30)

    • @amigo

      "Well, that dream came true, But!!!!"

      Precisely!!

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-professor-Todays-Israel-similar-to-Nazi-Germany-497731
      Hebrew U professor: Israel today similar to Nazi Germany
      By Yocheved Laufer
      Jersualem Post, June 23, 2017  

      Excerpts:

      "Dr. Ofer Cassif of Hebrew University faces heavy criticism after his students leaked a video recording from his political science class."
       
      "Hebrew University Professor, Dr. Ofer Cassif, compared recent Israeli legislation, both proposed and passed, to those of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany, reported Channel 2 on Thursday as a recording of his class became public."

      "He also explained to his students that the comparison is a matter of fact rather than opinion. His personal thoughts on the matter are even far more reaching.

      "Cassif further criticized the current state of affairs in Israel saying, 'those who refuse to see the similarities between what is happening in Israel, specifically in the past two years, and Germany in the 1930s, has a problem and will be responsible for the potential situation of the state.'

      "Cassif drew specific parallels from recent Israeli legislature regarding Arabs and Jews, to policies of Nazi Germany.

      "The Hebrew University professor stated that the proposed Israeli nation-state law is similar to 1930s Germany's methods of creating a hierarchy of citizens according to classes.

      "Cassif also criticized recent legislation passed legalizing 4,000 homes in the West Bank, stating that this this law, 'allows Jews to take over Palestinian-owned land for themselves, just like Aryans in 1930 Germany were allowed to kick Jews out of their homes.'

      "Cassif's next comparison was regarding the recent legislative proposal pushed by Netanyahu to ban funding from foreign NGOs. Cassif explained to his students that this bill is similar to laws passed in Nazi Germany limiting organizations that criticized the regime."

  • Start 'Birthright' earlier and hire conservative professors-- to stem 'national security issue' of Jewish kids abandoning Israel
    • Anyone with an IQ over room temperature "will cry 'indoctrination.'"

    • Israel: 69 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

      Despite the $millions upon $millions the Zionists have poured into its hasbara campaigns, 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, especially among all important youth, including more and more Jews. Zionism is in big trouble. No surprise.

      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.... 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)

      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.”

  • New Israeli 'ethics code' for academia seeks to combat BDS
  • Iftar on the rubble
    • Bingo!!

    • And he/she spews forth his/her nonsense alongside fatbastard.

    • @Emet

      The Palestinians have zero historical claims to the city."

      Really?

      Reality, 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)

    • @Emet

      Reality:

      The Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today's Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as "Rushalimum" (or "Urussalim") appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born.

      BTW, thus far, no real archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations have been discovered that prove that Solomon or David actually existed. To quote Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 -
      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

    • @Emet

      "We have been saying all along that a large majority of Palestinians now in Israel came from neighboring areas."

      Sigh.

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

      To wit:

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

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

      To 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.)

    • Palestinians are indeed "resilient." While conquerors and occupiers have come and gone, they and their ancestors have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 9,000 years.

    • Indeed!!

      For the record:

      In 1929, Einstein replied as follows to his friend Chaim Weizmann (then president of the British Zionist Federation) who had written to him about the Jewish Zionist question: “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.” (“When Albert Einstein was a Holy Land Ladies’ Man,” Haaretz, February 3, 2015, by Gili Izkovitch)

      In 1939 he prophetically wrote: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people.... We must strive for a just and lasting compromise with the Arab people.... Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

      It is unfortunate that the Truman administration ignored the wisdom expressed by Einstein in his testimony before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in January 1946. When asked whether 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."

      In his Out of My Later Years, Einstein reiterated his views on partition, which was then reality: "I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from the practical consideration, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain - especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already to fight strongly, even without a Jewish state." (Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years, Citadel Press, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1956; p. 263)

      .

  • Canada Park, a popular picnicking spot for Israelis, created upon the rubble of Palestinian homes
    • Jon66

      Apart from her book, I learned of Professor Beatty from eminent Professor emeritus of the ME Studies department at Harvard, Dr. Walid Khalidi, who holds her in high regard. I assume you are familiar with Professor Khalidi. If not, I highly recommend him to you.

    • @Emet

      Sigh.
      To be brief:
      Palestinians rejected the Partition Plan (UNGA Res. 181, Nov. 29/47) for entirely justified reasons based on international law. While Jews made up just 31% of the population (90% of foreign origin, only 20% had become citizens, thousands were illegal immigrants) and privately owned only between 6% and 7% of the land (whereas Palestinian Arabs privately owned 48%), the Partition Plan (recommendatory only, no legal foundation, contrary to the British Class A Mandate and the Atlantic Charter, never adopted by the UNSC) outrageously recommended they receive 56% of Palestine (including its most fertile areas) in which Palestinian Arabs made up 45% of the population. (10% of Palestine’s Jewish population consisted of native Palestinian/Arab Jews who were anti-Zionist.)

      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.

    • @fatbastard

      Yes, following their invasion (circa 1184 BCE) Jews established a minor kingdom (the United Kingdom of Israel) between the River Jordan and the Sea that lasted a mere 77 years (about 1004-927 BCE) and never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza. Even the Hasmonean Dynasty under the Maccabees lasted only 70 years (about 140 – 70 BCE) and it was under Roman tutelage.

      By way of comparison, apart from about 200 years when the Crusaders occupied Palestine in whole or in part, Egyptians ruled the region between the River and the Sea for 615 intermittent years, including the era of the Muslim Mamelukes and the Romans ruled the region for 677 continuous years. It was also ruled for several centuries by two other peoples: the Arabs (Muslims), for 447 continuous years (638-1085) and the Ottoman Turks (Muslims), for 401 uninterrupted years (1517-1918.)

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

      By 1947, 48% of the total land area of mandated Palestine was privately owned (‘mulk khaas’) by Palestinian Arabs. Total Jewish privately owned land was only between 6% and 7%. About 45% of the total land area was state owned, i.e. by citizens of Palestine – only 20% of the Jewish immigrants had taken out citizenship - and it was comprised of Communal Property (‘mashaa’), Endowment Property, (‘waqf’), and Government Property, (‘miri’.) (The British Mandate kept an extensive land registry and 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.)

    • @fatbastard

      "...the villagers all had Jordanian citizenship.... They were Jordanian, not Palestinian."

      Wrong. To enable Palestinians living under its rule to travel to other countries, Jordan granted them passports, but not citizenship, thereby not jeopardizing their rights as refugees set forth in UNGA Resolution 194.

      The Jordanian parliament also acknowledged the right of Palestinians to self-determination by stating that Jordan's annexation of the West Bank was done "without prejudicing the final settlement of Palestine's just case within the sphere of national aspirations, inter-Arab cooperation and international justice." (New York Times, April 25, 1950)

  • Israel cancels 250,000 Palestinian permits to enter Israel during Ramadan after deadly attack
    • @oldgeezer

      Re "fatbastard"

      Love it!!

    • @Mayhem

      Perhaps the following will help explain why those pesky dispossessed, illegally/brutally occupied Palestinians won't roll over and accept their fate.

      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.

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

    • Arafatbastard

      Reality:

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

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

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

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

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

  • 'I am not your goy' -- chaos at a liberal Zionist conference
  • Packed room on Capitol Hill hears Palestinian student say he thought three IDs and a separation wall was normal for children everywhere
    • Arafatbastard

      Sigh. More nonsense. But keep it up. With advocates like you, Israel needs no critics or enemies.

      Oh, BTW:

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

      UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

      “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

      “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,….”

      “1. 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 and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

      “2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

      “3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;...”

      I can assure you that there is no special provision in international law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.

  • The Jewish Defense League stalwart smearing Linda Sarsour
  • Just 1 of 12 Westchester County legislators stands up against anti-BDS bill -- Alfreda Williams
    • Arafatbastard

      "BDS is a racist movement"

      Au contraire, BDS is a movement against Israel's rampant racism.

      To wit:
      “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)

      “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)

      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 [my emphasis] 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.

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

      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.

      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)

      P.S.
      To point out the obvious Arafatbastard, your nom de plume is a classic example of racism.

  • The Israelis
    • @hophmi

      "There's a reason Israel ranks among the happiest countries in the world."

      Really?

      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."

      Of the near one million Israeli Jews who have emigrated, thousands are moving to Germany, including Holocaust survivors who receive much better treatment there than in Israel.

      "[Shoah] Survivors' protest makes foreign journalists gasp, security vanish"
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/survivors-protest-makes-foreign-journalists-gasp-security-vanish-1.226913

      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 the 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."

  • Israeli soldiers shoot from towers across fence into Gaza protest, killing Palestinian
    • Precisely!!

      Rumour has it that as these brave Israeli soldiers were shooting at the defenseless Palestinian demonstrators they were laughing and yelling "what fun, its like shooting fish in a barrel."

      Israel: Ever faster and deeper into the abyss of fascism. It could only be thus.

  • Dispatch from 'the most ****ed up place on Earth,' Hebron's H2 quarter
    • Emet

      During the 19th century (CE!!) , my great grandfather was driven off his land in Ireland by the British and was forced to flee to America. According to you, as a descendant, I have the right to go to Ireland and forcibly remove the current inhabitants from what was my great grandfather's land and claim it as my own.

      In short Emet, you are peddling utter nonsense. And please don't trot out the racist and moronic argument that because you were presumably born into a Jewish family, you have a "God given" right to seize the lands of and dispossess/expel the indigenous Palestinian Arab inhabitants of historic Palestine because Jews had a minor kingdom between the River and the Sea thousands of years ago that lasted a mere 73 years.

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

    • Sigh

      What is truthful and relevant regarding Hebron:

      In 1947, 96% of Hebron 's land was privately owned by Palestinian Arabs. Less than 1% was privately owned by Jews and 4% was state owned. (Village Statistics, Jerusalem: Palestine Government)

  • How 1967 changed American Jews
    • @catalan

      To be brief:

      To quote Patrick Martin, Canada’s Globe and Mail correspondent in Israel:
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/parliament-votes-to-reject-campaign-to-boycott-israel/article28863810/
      Globe and Mail, Feb. 23/16
      EXCERPT:
      “Israel is increasingly concerned with the successes of the boycott and divestment efforts. In 2014, foreign direct investment in Israel dropped 46 per cent from the previous year, in part, a United Nations report said, because of BDS efforts.

      “These initiatives are taking hold at North American universities, churches and trade unions, where many institutions are dropping investments in Israel or Israel-connected companies. In Europe where hundreds of academics and entertainers are personally boycotting Israel, major companies such as telecom Orange and water company Veolia are pulling out of Israeli ventures, and some EU governments are putting warning labels on products produced in Israeli West Bank settlements.”

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/bds-winning-admits-top-israeli-sabotage-strategist
      BDS is winning, admits top Israeli “sabotage” strategist.
      Electronic Intifada - 21 April 2017
      EXCERPT: “The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded.
      “At the ‘Ambassadors Against BDS’ conference in New York last month, former Israeli government advisor Gidi Grinstein said that ‘in 2016 our community probably invested 20 times … more resources in dealing with this problem compared to what we invested in 2010.’ Yet despite these tens of millions of dollars spent combating BDS, Grinstein asked: ‘why are we not winning?’

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/dysfunctional-israeli-leadership-failing-utterly-in-battle-against-bds-state-watchdog-warns/
      Times of Israel - May 24, 2016 - By Raoul Wootliff
      “Dysfunctional Israeli leadership failing utterly in battle against BDS, state watchdog warns
      “Highlighting dismal propaganda performance during 2014 war, comptroller cites lack of overall strategy, absent funding, divisions between ministries, failure to coordinate with IDF.”

    • @hophmi

      "No wonder BDS is a constant failure."

      Ha, ha, ha.

      If it were in fact "a constant failure," you would not keep bringing it up.

    • For the record:

      According to Patrick Seale, highly regarded historian and journalist, Israel had been meticulously preparing for another war against the Arabs since its 1956 invasion of Egypt: "In the decade since the Suez campaign Israel had built up forces that could move fast and hit hard: mobile armoured units able to cover long distances, mechanized infantry, heliborne and naval paratroopers for use behind enemy lines, and above all an air force of Mirage and Super-Mystere interceptors and Mystere fighter-bombers of unchallenged superiority. The main lesson Israel had learned from the [1956] Suez war was the importance of air dominance not only to neutralize Arab air forces but also for use as flying artillery against infantry and tanks." (Patrick Seale, Asad..., p. 117)

      Ezer Weizman, former commander of Israel's Air Force, confirmed in his memoirs that Israel spent years meticulously planning the attack against Egypt: "For five years I had been talking of this operation, explaining it, hatching it, dreaming of it, manufacturing it link by link, training men to carry it out." Recalling how he felt at 7:30 A.M. on 5 June 1967, Weizman wrote: "Now in a quarter of an hour, we would know if it was only a dream or whether it would come true...." (Donald Neff, Warriors for Jerusalem..., p. 202)

  • Making the crossover from Elie Wiesel to Marc Ellis
    • A quick note on Elie Wiesel: He rightfully protested the desecration of Jewish graves anywhere in the world, but had nothing to say when the Arab cemetery at Deir Yassin was bulldozed along with hundreds of others throughout Palestine. Nor did Mr. Wiesel publicly mention that from November 1947 to January 1949, he worked as a journalist for the Irgun newspaper, Zion in Kamf (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, October/ November 1997) and was surely informed by his employers of what occurred at Deir Yassin on 9 April 1948.

  • The '67 War called Tony Judt to Israel -- where he found an 'anachronism' he 'intensely disliked'
    • @Yonah

      "...the idea of Jewish independence in the homeland ."

      Homeland? Utter nonsense!!

      Foreign Jews had the same right to historic Palestine as Irish Catholics and Mexican atheists, i.e., none whatsoever!! Zionism is racism; Zionism is theft; Zionism is fascism.

  • New website sets Zionist myths vs. the historical record
  • Oren sees 'radical implosion' of US Jewish support for Israel -- then calls Palestinian polygamy 'existential threat'
    • @sehsane

      Well and truly stated!!

      Although, for obvious reasons, he does not mention it, Oren's fear of the Palestinians winning the demographic war stems mainly from the fact that Jewish immigration to Israel is less than a trickle while emigration is steadily increasing. Of course, his fear is enhanced by the fact that Palestinian women have one of the world's highest fertility rates. Palestinian Arabs already outnumber Jews between the River and the Sea and over 25% of the population of Israel proper (i.e., west of the "green line") is comprised of non-Jews and it is also the most rapidly growing segment. The handwriting is on the wall.

  • Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival
    • hophmi

      For your much needed edification:

      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, Zacharia 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, former Minister without portfolio in PM Levi 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)

      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 Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba 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.” (Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, p. 139)

  • Trump's not moving the embassy, and AIPAC and Netanyahu are disappointed
    • hophmi

      Obviously, you have not lived in the Arab world. As one who did for five years, I can assure you that the "Arabs" , i.e., the Arab people, do not "hate" the Palestinians. Indeed, they support the Palestinians wholeheartedly in their entirely justified struggle against Israel's belligerent, illegal and brutal occupation. Needless to say, however, there are Arab "leaders" such as Egypt's Sisi and the Saudi royal family who contrary to the what their people want, kowtow to the US and look the other way.

      Surely, it should not come as a surprise that the "Arab street" detests Israel for its criminal dispossession and oppression of Arab Palestinians, the indigenous inhabitants of historic Palestine.

  • How Israeli moves in Jerusalem are scotching Trump's 'ultimate deal'
    • RoHa

      Enjoy the Zionists' obscene, disgusting, inhumane, illegal, blood drenched party. The U.S. will inevitably have no option other than to end it.

  • In groundbreaking resolution, California Democratic Party decries US support for Israeli occupation
    • echinococcus

      Poor analogy.

      History and logic are on my side. As France set Algeria adrift, Belgium said "bye bye" to the Congo and Britain cut off Rhodesia, etc., so the U.S. will have no option other than to do the same regarding Israel. Israel is a parasite on America's body and Zionism is beginning its death throes. The entity known as "Israel" must and will be abandoned by America.

    • @catalan

      Feeble response. Unworthy of further comment.

    • @catalan

      Inevitably, in pursuit of its own best geopolitical and economic interests, the United States will set Israel adrift. Israel is America's number one foreign liability, a millstone around its neck, an international pariah, a useless "ally" and the root cause of so many of its problems. The history of colonialism has many precedents.

    • @Annie

      "my memory is a little rusty, but there’s some zionist leaders who thrive on anti semitism as a sort of glue that binds jews together. "

      Perhaps you're thinking of this:

      Theodor Herzl was the first to realize how useful anti-Semitism could be to Zionism: "Anti-Semitism has grown and continues to grow - and so do I." (Herzl, The Complete Diaries, Vol. 1, p. 7 )

  • On Gaza and the horror of the siege
    • For the record:

      Video:
      http://obliteratedfamilies.com/en/story/shuheibar/

      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.

  • From 'Avalon' to Madoff: What 'The Wizard of Lies' reveals about contemporary American Jewish identity
    • @hophmi

      A trilogy seems appropriate. I suggest the third movie be about the life of Sheldon Adelson. It would be riveting.

  • Liberal Jews stage sit-in to block annual 'Jerusalem Day' march into Muslim Quarter
    • @Mayhem

      Get used to it .

      Israel is increasingly losing Jewish youth everywhere and it's only the beginning.

  • Clashes erupt as Mike Huckabee leads 2 a.m. rush of 4,000 right-wing Israelis to pray in West Bank
    • MHughes

      As I'm sure you know there has been considerable debate as to whether or not the Tel Dan inscription does in fact refer to the biblical David.

      However, as the inscription is the only alleged physical "evidence" of David thus far presented and given the fact he is not referred to in the writings of contemporaneous civilizations, including Egypt, like Avnery and many others, I remain convinced that the existence of "King David" is a myth. The same for Solomon.

      Perhaps time will tell.

      BTW, my interest is purely academic. To state the obvious, the existence or non-existence of David is irrelevant to the dispossession, expulsion and brutal oppression of Palestine's native Arab inhabitants during the 20th and 21st centuries.

    • For the record:

      The Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today's Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as "Rushalimum" (or "Urussalim") appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born.

      No archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations have been discovered that prove Solomon or David actually existed. To quote the renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 -
      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

  • Trump may want a deal, but Israeli Jews are not interested
    • @Mayhem

      “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
      “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)

      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.

      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.


      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)

  • Israeli settler passes out candy to celebrate killing of Palestinian
    • asherpat

      Thank you. Your comment further confirms that Zionism and Israel are doomed. We know it keeps you awake at night. Such is the fate of thieves, thugs, racists and murderers. The world is increasingly wise to you and your fellow fascists. It's only going to get worse, much worse for you and your friends.

  • Internet 'redresses' Miri Regev's 'capture of Jerusalem' themed gown at Cannes
    • Catalan, you live in a hasbara induced fantasy land.
      The entity know as "Israel" is rotting ever faster within and increasingly viewed by people around the world, including Americans and enlightened Jews everywhere, especially all important youth, as a pariah, a blight on humanity.

    • Memo to Miri Regev:

      Prime Minister Menachem Begin, former Minister without portfolio in Levi 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)

      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 Februrary 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 Israeli Foreign Minister Abba 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)

      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.” (Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, p. 139)

    • Such unabashed blatant evil!! Miri Regev is sick, sick, sick.

  • Here we go again! Netanyahu disputes Trump administration, urges him to 'shatter Palestinian fantasy' about Jerusalem
    • For the record:

      The Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today's Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as "Rushalimum" (or "Urussalim") appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. No archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, prove that Solomon or David actually existed. To quote the renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 -
      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

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

      Contrary to what Netanyahu and his fellow thugs believe, there is no special provision in hard won international law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.

    • Netanyahu and his ilk are digging Israel's grave.

  • Dershowitz defames Gertrude Stein, Daniel Berrigan and Omar Barghouti
    • talknic, et al

      Save this for future reference.

      https://detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com/dennis-ross-more-detail/

      "Dennis Ross Propagandist" for Israel by Jeffrey Rudolph

      Dennis Ross was the director of policy planning in the State Department under President George H. W. Bush, was a leading Middle East peace envoy under President Bill Clinton, served as a special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and served two years as a special assistant to President Barack Obama.
         
      As Ross has been deeply involved in shaping US policy toward the Middle East for over 25 years, and may again play an important role in a future administration, his geopolitical views are worth examining.

      For a less detailed version of this article, and for other articles, go to: https://detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com/

      Jeffrey Rudolph was the Quebec representative of the East Timor Alert Network and presented a paper on its behalf at the United Nations. He was awarded the prestigious Cheryl Rosa Teresa Doran Prize upon graduation from McGill University’s faculty of law; has worked at one of the world’s largest public accounting firms; and, has taught at McGill University. He has prepared widely-distributed quizzes on Israel-Palestine, Iran, Hamas, Terrorism, Saudi Arabia, US Inequality, the US Christian Right, Hezbollah, the Israeli Ultra-Orthodox, Qatar, and China.

  • Pro-Israel group bullies Church of Scotland over its 'sensitive' commemoration of Balfour centenary
    • I hate to nitpick, but.....

      The entity known as "Israel" is not "Jewish." Over 25% of its population is non-Jewish and also the most rapidly growing segment.

      Also, the entity known as "Israel" is not a "state" (or a country), i.e., it has yet to officially declare its borders and have them accepted as such by the international community.

  • Charges against 'Israel Victory Caucus' protest show dissent is being criminalized under Trump
    • Agreed!

      Ms. Gold demonstrates why in the long run, WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS!!!

    • For the record:

      To quote Daniel Pipes from the article above: “Palestinians will have to pass through the bitter crucible of defeat, with all its deprivation, destruction, and despair as they repudiate the filthy legacy of Amin al-Husseini and acknowledge their century-long error…there is no shortcut.”

      Hounded throughout the Middle East by Britain for leading the Palestinian Great Rebellion of 1936-39, the Grand Mufti, Amin al-Husseini, found sanctuary in Hitler's Berlin. Whatever he may have done for Germany during the war (including, apparently, encouraging Bosnian Muslims to join the German army) in exchange for refuge, was considered to be so unimportant that he was never considered for indictment at Nuremburg. The Mufti lived to be an old man in Beirut.

      Daniel Pipes should be much more concerned with the following:

      After WWII, a memorandum dated January 11, 1941, was discovered in Ankara. Prepared by the German Naval Attaché in Turkey, it revealed that Naftali Lubentschik, a representative of the Stern Gang (one of the Yishuv’s terrorist organizations) led by Avraham Stern, had met with German Nazis, Otto Von Hentig and Rudolph Rosen in Vichy controlled Beirut and proposed that in exchange for military aid and freedom to recruit European Jews for Palestine, the Sternists were prepared "...to take an active part in the war on Germany's side...and [this cooperation] would also be in line with one [of Hitler's recent speeches which] stressed that any alliance would be entered into in order to isolate England and defeat it."

      The proposition presented to the Nazis pointed out that "the establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis and bound by a treaty with the German Reich would be in the interest of maintaining and strengthening the future German position of power in the Near East." (Quoted by Klaus Polkehn, "The Secret Contacts: Zionist-Nazi Relations, 1933-1941" as well as Lenny Brenner, Zionism in the Age of Dictators, Westport, Conn., Lawrence Hill & Co., 1983, p. 267 and Yediot Aharnot, February 4/1983). Fortunately, the Nazis rejected the Sternists' proposal.

      Following Stern's death at the hands of the British in 1942, three of his lieutenants (one of whom was Yitzhak Shamir, a future prime minister of Israel) took over leadership of the Gang. It is revealing to note that despite Avraham Stern's ignominious record and his flirtation with the Nazis, Ben-Gurion later referred to him as "one of the finest and most outstanding figures of the era."

      Also:
      "Adolf Hitler, who took his racism seriously, applied it to all Semites. He could not stand Arabs either. Contrary to legend, he disliked the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had fled to Germany. After meeting him once for a photo-opportunity arranged by the Nazi propaganda machine, he never agreed to meet him again." (Uri Avnery – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1424446157)

  • Senator on Intelligence Committee says Jews in Diaspora are spies for Israel
    • wdr

      "....successful establishment of Israel?" Dream on!

      The entity know as "Israel" is neither a country nor a state, i.e., it has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

      Israel is however, an apartheid entity (i.e., west of the green line) and a brutal occupier of Palestinian lands (i.e., the West Bank, East Jerusalem as well as the Gaza Strip in contravention of the UN Charter and the Fourth Geneva Convention.) Israel is also belligerently, illegally and brutally occupying Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon's Shebaa Farms.

      No wonder Israel is increasingly viewed by people around the world, including Americans and righteous Jews as a pariah.

      In short, after 70 years, hardly a success story.

  • Jews made America great so 'we deserve our influence' on Israel policy, Dershowitz tells Scarsdale synagogue
    • This event that Haaretz describes is beyond words and further proof that Israel is rotting within.

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.788573

      Editorial "Protecting Our Children" Haaretz, May 11/17

      "In wake of the case of Elor Azaria, it is particularly incomprehensible that the police would demonstrate shooting and confirming the death of a prostrate man."

      EXCERPT:

      "'Has someone there lost his mind?' wondered, justifiably, the father of a third-grader who attended a police community relations event in Ramat Hasharon that included a demonstration of a confirmed 'kill' of an 'assailant.' As hundreds of third- and fifth-graders from all of the town’s elementary schools looked on, four officers from the Special Patrol Unit rode up on motorcycles and began shooting at an 'assailant.' When he fell to the ground, they dismounted and continued firing at the supine 'assailant,' in order to 'confirm the kill,' as the children were told."
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.788573

    • bettyberenson
      Read and heed:

      https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2017/05/09/is-the-international-community-unfairly-biased-against-israel/

      Foreign Policy Journal
      "Is the International Community Unfairly Biased Against Israel?" May 9/17
      By Colter Louwerse

      EXCERPT:

      "Self-proclaimed ‘supporters of Israel’ have pointed every which way in search of the source of Israel’s ever-worsening public relations debacle. It seems they’ve considered every possibility but the one staring them in the face: a 50 year old military occupation and the ongoing flagrant denial of Palestinian self-determination.

      "When those end, so too will Israel’s status as an international pariah."

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