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  • UN head says Gazans 'caged in a toxic slum from birth to death' as human rights council votes to investigate Israel
  • Holding Gaza close this Ramadan season and beyond
    • @marc b.

      Yes, it is very important that we remember it is not only in historic Palestine where indigenous Muslims (and Christians) have been and are being killed, dispossessed, persecuted and expelled, (i.e., by Zionist Jews of foreign origin.) It is worldwide.

      For instance, your comment brings to mind the horrors the Rohingya Muslims are now experiencing, which are virtually identical to those that befell defenseless Palestinians when 800,000 were dispossessed and expelled between late 1947 and the autumn of 1948 (according to Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry) by Jewish Zionist militias and the IDF through force of arms, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation. **(see below.) Over 500 Palestinian towns and villages, including churches, mosques and cemeteries, were destroyed by Jewish Zionist forces.

      The same tactics were used by Zionist Jews before and during their first invasion/occupation of Egypt in 1956, when about 25,000 more Palestinians were expelled and during and after Israel launched the June 1967 war, which resulted in the dispossession and expulsion of an additional 250,000 Palestinians.

      BTW, true to form, the entity known as "Israel" is now selling Myanmar much of the weaponry its armed forces are using to brutalize, kill, dispossess and expel the Rohingya.

      **In 2004, when asked by Ha'aretz journalist, Ari Shavit, what new information his just completed revised version of The Birth of the Palestinian Problem 1947-1949 would provide, Israeli historian Benny Morris replied: "It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves." (Ha'aretz, January 9, 2004)

  • Hundreds gather in Boston to protest Gaza killings and 70 years of ethnic cleansing in Palestine
  • Donald Trump is a hero to Jewish Israelis
    • @Maghlawatan

      It seems that neither Netanyahu nor Trump are familiar with the old adage, "lie down with dogs and you get fleas." They are infecting each other.

    • https://mobile.nytimes.com/ 2018/05/14/opinion/jerusalem- embassy-gaza-protests.html

      ​New York Times, May 14, 2018

      ​"A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem"

      By Michelle Goldberg

      EXCERPT:
      "On Monday, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other leading lights of the Trumpist right gathered in Israel to celebrate the relocation of the American Embassy to Jerusalem, a gesture widely seen as a slap in the face to Palestinians who envision East Jerusalem as their future capital.

      "The event was grotesque. It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist evangelicals who believe that the return of Jews to Israel will usher in the apocalypse and the return of Christ, after which Jews who don’t convert will burn forever."

  • Debunking 18 claims justifying this week's Gaza massacre
    • Must read!!

      Hard hitting and truthful!!

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/16/kill-and-kill-and-kill/

      Counterpunch, May 16, 2018
      "Kill and Kill and Kill,"by Saree Makdisi

      EXCERPT:
      "Two spectacles unfolded in Palestine on Monday. In Gaza, Israeli army snipers shot and killed 58 Palestinians—including six children—and injured almost three thousand others amid scenes of smoke, fire, teargas, dust, agony and blood. At exactly the same time, to the tinkling of champagne glasses at a glittering reception barely fifty miles away in Jerusalem, Jared Kushner and an elegant Ivanka Trump oversaw the opening of Donald Trump’s new embassy there. The juxtaposition of these two contemporaneous scenes encapsulates at a single glance the entirety of Zionism’s murderous conflict with the Palestinian people.

      "The Palestinians targeted and executed one-by-one by Israeli snipers had gathered to demand their right of return to their lands and homes inside the rest of Palestine, from the coastal plain up to and including Jerusalem. They or their parents or grandparents were driven from their homes during the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 for the simple reason that they are not Jewish: too many non-Jews in the putative Jewish state would not make for much of a Jewish state after all. ('There could be no Jewish state with a large and hostile Arab minority in its midst. There would be no such state. It would not be able to exist,' the Israeli historian Benny Morris bluntly pointed out in an interview justifying ethnic cleansing with the newspaper Ha’aretz in 2004; 'a Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians . . . [therefore] it was necessary to uproot them'). They have been denied the right to return to their homes ever since for the same reason: they are not Jewish, and their presence would upset the carefully-engineered demographic tables maintained by the state to preserve its tenuous claim to an exclusively Jewish identity. The maintenance of that demographic balance and the suspension of their political and human rights are inseparable from one another: the one enables, produces and requires the other.

      "The demographer Arnon Sofer of Haifa University is the architect of the current isolation of Gaza. In 2004, he advised the government of Ariel Sharon to withdraw Israeli forces from within Gaza, seal the territory off from the outside world, and simply shoot anyone who tries to break out. 'When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe,' Sofer told an interviewer in the Jerusalem Post (11 November 2004); 'Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.' He added that 'the only thing that concerns me is how to ensure that the boys and men who are going to have to do the killing will be able to return home to their families and be normal human beings.'

      "This imperative to kill and kill and kill human 'animals' explains the violence taking place at the gates of Gaza—which has been sealed off precisely according to Sofer’s prescription—for the past several weeks, most calamitously this Monday. The killing now taking place is, in other words, exactly, to the letter, the 'killing and killing and killing' he called for fourteen years ago. Calmly premeditated and intentionally designed by its architect, it is equally calmly and intentionally being carried out by Israeli soldiers (about whose psychological traumas I, unlike Sofer, am not even remotely interested). In response to the current killing and shooting, a senior member of the Israeli parliament, Avi Dichter, reassured his audience on live television on Monday that they need not be unduly concerned. Their army, he told them, 'has enough bullets for everyone.' If every man, woman and child in Gaza gathers at the gate, in other words, there is a bullet for every one of them. They can all be killed, no problem.

      "Remember Kurtz in Heart of Darkness? 'Exterminate the brutes!' The genocidal intent expressed by the likes of Sofer and Dichter—mainstream and senior figures in Israeli politics—is so obvious as to make assiduous interpretation of their words unnecessary. The people of Gaza are exterminable because they are not Jewish: that is what the situation amounts to, not according to critics of the siege of Gaza, but according to its architects, planners, enablers and supporters. For that exterminability, and the ability to calmly and methodically transact it (“kill and kill and kill”) guarantees one thing, according to Sofer (in that same interview): 'it guarantees a Zionist-Jewish state with an overwhelming majority of Jews.' To be clear then: according to its own planners and architects—these are their words, not mine—the maintenance of a 'Zionist-Jewish' state fundamentally requires the Israeli army to prepare itself with a bullet for every man, woman and child in Gaza, and to shoot them one by one if they approach the gates penning them in. And if none of them are left after the smoke clears, well, so much the better; Israeli 'boys and men' will return to their families and sleep better at night for not having to kill them any longer."

      Brava, Saree Makdisi!!! Well and truly stated!!!

    • @Paranam kid

      "Claim 3: Hamas is NOT a terrorist group, it is an organisation that fights for the liberation of the Palestinians from subjugation and genocide. The UN has authorised such liberation struggles with all means possible, incl. armed struggle."

      Correct!!

      Also, Hamas has been trying for several years to achieve peace with Israel. Israel, however has rebuffed all of Hamas' attempts to do so.

      To wit:

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      https://www.haaretz.com/1.5147628
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-hamas-official-muslims-christians-jews-can-all-live-here-together-1.5957399
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.'” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “.... Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

  • Canadian doctor: Israeli soldiers shot me in both legs as I was treating injured protesters in Gaza
  • Murder as a way to make a political point
    • More evidence that Zionism's dam is giving way:

      https://www.theguardian.com/ world/2018/may/16/israel- palestine-protests-american- jewish-groups

      ​The Guardian - 16 May 2018 ​

      "Israel's violent rule increasingly driving liberal American Jews on to the streets"

      "At odds with established Jewish organizations, many younger groups are rejecting the notion of being progressive except for Palestine"
      Tom McCarthy in New York

  • 'NYT' writer who claims Zionism and human rights are intertwined ignores Palestinians
    • Of course "Zionists were always part of the human rights movement."

      Here's just a few examples of their "humanitarianism" when it came to Palestinians:

      In 1891, Jewish philosopher, Ahad Ha'am, described the behavior of Jewish settlers in Palestine: “They treat the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, unscrupulously deprive them of their rights, insult them without cause, and even boast of such deeds; and none opposes this despicable and dangerous inclination.” (Ha’am, Ahad, by Am Sheideweg, Berlin 1923, vol.1, p.107; quoted by Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, p. 24)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Let's, not forget the Revisionist Zionists, precursor of today' Likud, led by Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of the fascistic Betar movement or Brown Shirts: “We Jews, thank God, have nothing to do with the East….The Islamic soul must be broomed out of Eretz-Yisrael.” (Ya’acov Shavit, “The Attitude of Zionist Revisionism towards the Arabs.” (Zionism and the Arab Question (Hebrew) p. 74; quoted by Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians, p. 29.) Nor did he hide his racism. To him, Palestinians were “yelling rabble dressed up in gaudy, savage rags” (Joseph Schechtman, Rebel and Statesman: The Vladimir Jobotinksy Story, the Early Years, New York: T. Yoseloff, 1956, p. 54) and in his view the colonization of Palestine by European Jews would “push the moral frontiers of Europe to the Euphrates.” (Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism, p. 180; cited by Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, faber and faber, London. Boston, 1987, p. 13).

  • Gaza massacre ends American political oath: Israel support is bipartisan
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggJ8bfGJH-Q

      VIDEO:
      Press Conference by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee Member (16 May 2018).

    • @JLewisDickerson, et al

      For the record:

      https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/05/17/news/appalled-trudeau-calls-investigation-canadian-doctor-shot-gaza

      "'Appalled' Trudeau calls for investigation of Canadian doctor shot in Gaza"
      By Mike Blanchfield in News, Politics, The National Observer, May 17/18

      EXCERPT:
      "Justin Trudeau added his voice Wednesday to the calls for an independent investigation into the shootings by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border that killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more during Monday's mass protests.

      "The prime minister said he was appalled by the shooting of a Canadian doctor who was trying to help wounded protesters in Gaza on Monday.

      "In a statement, Trudeau described the reported use of excessive force and live ammunition as 'inexcusable.'

      "'We are appalled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded — along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children,' he said.

      "'We are engaging with Israeli officials to get to the bottom of these events.'

      "Loubani, an emergency physician at Ontario's London Health Sciences Centre and at Shifa Hospital in Gaza, says he was shot in both legs Monday even though his team wore high-visibility jackets that identified them as medical staff.

      "In a statement Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Ottawa said Israel's 'position regarding Hamas and recent events in Gaza is clear.'

      "'We have asked Jerusalem for instructions, as this is a prime ministerial issue,' Itay Tavor wrote.

      "Trudeau called for a thorough examination of the possible use of both excessive force and the incitement to violence.

      "'It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza,' he said.

      "Germany, Belgium and Ireland and several UN Security Council members have also called
      for an investigation into Monday's carnage. But the council has taken no action because the United States, a permanent member, says Israel acted with 'restraint.'

      "Monday's violence erupted as the Trump administration followed through on its campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

      "Canada and its other major allies do not support the embassy move. The government says the future of the Jerusalem needs to be part of a broader negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians — a process going nowhere at the moment."

    • @LHunter, et al

      1. Absolute must watch!!
      https://www.cbsnews.com/video/how-are-palestinians-reacting-to-the-u-s-embassy-in-jerusalem-and-violence-in-gaza/
      Must watch video, Noura Erakat: "How are Palestinians reacting to the US embassy in Jerusalem & violence in Gaza?" CBS news May 16/18

      2. Must read!!:
      https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-as-mass-killings-horrify-the-world-netanyahus-circle-dwindles/
      “As mass killings horrify the world, Netanyahu’s circle dwindles”
      By columnist, Doug Saunders, Canada’s Globe and Mail, May 16/18

      3. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-to-arabs-jerusalem-represents-the-symbolic-denial-of-freedom/
      “To Arabs, Jerusalem represents the symbolic denial of freedom”
      By H.A. Hellyer, Canada’s Globe and Mail, May 16/18

  • After the Gaza massacre, how can Jews sleep well at night?
    • @DaBakr

      Take a rest, or better yet, get a hobby. All you ever manage to do is spew forth bullcrap.
      Zionism is on its way to history's sewer. No surprise.

      Meanwhile, further confirming other news reports of dramatically increasing Jewish emigration from Israel:

      http://www.newsweek.com/2018/05/18/israel-brain-drain-technology-startup-nation-religion-palestinians-economy-919477.html

      NEWSWEEK - 5/10/18

      "More Israelis are moving to the U.S.—and staying for good"

      "Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves​.​" B​y Yardena Schwartz

      EXCERPT:
      "In April, as her family in central Israel prepared to celebrate Independence Day, Rachel Ohal was preparing for what she calls 'every Israeli’s dream.' The next morning, she awoke in her home in Los Angeles and drove to a ceremony to become an American citizen. She is one of at least 1 million Israelis residing in the United States. And if Israel—home to 8.8 million people—doesn’t change course, many more may soon join her.

      "Israel celebrates its 70th birthday in May with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Yet the country is grappling with an existential crisis—one that doesn’t involve Iranian nukes or Palestinian protests. Spurred by the high cost of living, low salaries, and political and demographic trends, Israelis are leaving the country in droves, trying to build their lives elsewhere, mostly in the United States. Many of these young Israelis are moving to big cities, and yet, even in these often expensive places, they see more opportunities to advance."

      "The available data is telling, analysts say. Between 2006 and 2016, more than 87,000 Israelis became U.S. citizens or legalized permanent residents, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That’s up from 66,000 between 1995 and 2005. These figures take into account only those who took the legal route (many Israelis, analysts say, arrive on temporary tourist, student or work visas, then stay). And in addition to the Israelis now living stateside, according to the country’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, hundreds of thousands have moved to Europe, Canada and elsewhere.

      "The country’s brain drain isn’t new. For years, many of its most talented scholars and researchers moved to the U.S., where the salaries are far higher and there are more jobs at top-tier universities. One report by Dan Ben-David, an economist at Tel Aviv University, found that the emigration rate of Israeli researchers was the highest in the Western world. Recently, however, the exodus has expanded to include average young people, many of whom say there’s simply no future in Israel.

      "Though this embattled country has become known as the “Startup Nation”—it has more early-stage tech companies per capita than any other country—the average Israeli has little connection to that prosperous field. According to government data, 8 percent of Israelis work in high-tech, which pays up to seven times the national average salary of $2,765 a month (before taxes). Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. Meanwhile, it also has one of the highest costs of living. Tel Aviv ranks ninth among the world’s most expensive cities, higher than New York and Los Angeles; five years ago, it ranked 34th. The situation is so dire that a 2013 survey by the financial newspaper Calcalist (the most recent Israeli study conducted on this topic) found that 87 percent of adults—many with children of their own—depend on substantial financial support from their parents.

      "In the summer of 2011, these economic pressures spilled onto the streets, as half a million young Israelis spent months protesting against the high cost of living, as well as decaying health and education systems."

      BTW, if perchance you live in Israel and intend to stay there, I would advise you to learn Arabic.

  • For we are God's special victims (an ode to the state of Israel)
    • Just in:

      https://madmimi.com/s/8d5b3c#

      Independent Jewish Voices Canada

      MEDIA RELEASE
      "Canadians Jewish group supports government call for Gaza investigation, opposes Israel lobby, May 17, 2018"

      "Ottawa -- Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) commends the Trudeau government for its statement yesterday, demanding an immediate investigation into the killings of Palestinian protesters by Israeli snipers in Gaza, and rightly calling Israel’s use of excessive force and live ammunition 'inexcusable'.

      “'We are pleased to see Trudeau break his long-held silence on Israel’s reprehensible actions and applaud him for calling for an investigation,' said Corey Balsam, IJV National Coordinator. 'We recommend, however, that the Canadian government look closely at the statements issued by the Canadian Greens and New Democratic Party, who appear to have more of the facts on hand.' Since protests began on March 30, Israeli snipers have shot and killed over 110 civilians, including clearly-marked journalists and medical professionals, and wounded thousands.

      "Meanwhile, a Canadian Jewish-Israel lobby organization is shamelessly defending Israel’s actions. Echoing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and official Michael Oren, recently interviewed on CBC radio, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is attempting to shift the blame away from Israel for its military campaign against civilian protesters. Claiming to represent the 'Jewish community’s concerns' on this issue, CIJA suggests that 'Hamas has left Israel no choice but to use force'. The group demanded a meeting with Canadian PM Trudeau to express their 'deep disappointment' about his government’s statement.

      "IJV strongly opposes CIJA’s position and calls on the Trudeau government to stand firm and let the facts speak for themselves. 'Increasingly, the hawkish language of right-wing Jewish-Israel lobby groups is revealing itself as little more than PR for the Israeli government,' said Balsam. 'The idea that Palestinian demonstrating for their freedom are to blame for getting shot en masse with live ammunition is nothing short of absurd, and people aren’t buying it. CIJA’s claim to represent the concerns of a supposed monolithic Jewish community is also disingenuous. In fact Jews around the world, including in Canada, have been taking to the streets and social media in unprecedented numbers, refusing to stay silent.'

      "IJV also extends sympathies to Canadian MD Tarek Loubani who was shot in his legs while responding to medical emergencies involving bullet wounds and tear gas.

      "'In recent weeks, it has become clear to observers, that the Israeli government does not care about international law and human rights and that much stronger action is needed to put an end to its ongoing assault on the Palestinian people, now in its seventh decade,' said Balsam. 'Trudeau’s statement was a small step in the right direction, but it’s time the Canadian government took a much stronger stance against Israel. We call on the Canadian government to demand an end to the occupation, including the Gaza blockade, and to immediately suspend all military trade with Israel.'"

    • @Maghlawatan

      Wow!! Like the other members of his hasbara gang, Naftush is really running scared. Apparently, he is reading the writing on the wall.

    • @Brewer

      I'm very happy you are reading Professor Walid Khalidi's "All That Remains." I have it as well along with every other book he has written.

      Professor Khalidi is an intellectual giant and a brilliant historian. Indeed, he is one of my heroes.

  • Stars — They’re Just Like Us: Celebs outraged over Gaza are speaking out
  • Nikki Haley blames Iran, Hamas for deaths of Palestinian protesters, as UN officials call to investigate Israel
    • @Jackdaw

      "It's Israel's fault that people are killed?"

      In a word, yes!! The entity known as "Israel" is the occupier and it has also designated 25% of the land along its border with Gaza as a "no go" zone, thereby denying Palestinians access to their best farm lands to grow much needed food. Palestinians, including children, that have ventured into the zone over the years have been shot dead. Furthermore, The IDF is armed to the teeth and as recent events attest, fully indoctrinated as fascists, they are eager to kill and wound defenseless Palestinians, including children, infants, duly attired reporters and doctors (a Canadian doctor was wounded in both legs.)

      At least 100 Palestinians have been killed and 2,700 wounded. IDF casualties dead and wounded: zero.

    • @jackdaw

      "Gazans have shackled themselves to the terrorist monster named Hamas."

      You mean the "terrorist monster named Hamas" attempting for years to achieve peace with Israel, but being rebuffed at every turn?

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

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

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr...
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.'” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

  • Live Blog: Protests continue as Palestinians begin holding funerals for 61 killed in Gaza
    • @zaid

      Thank you!! Well and truly stated!!

      BTW, when Jackdaw, mondonut and their ilk spew forth their lies and venomous hatred, informed and sensible people understand full well that they are running scared. Despite all their rantings and bravado, deep within they know Zionism is headed for history's sewer. It could only be thus.

  • 'America crossed every red line': Palestinians in Jerusalem protest new US embassy
  • Israeli government minister justifies Gaza massacre by calling Palestinians 'Nazis'
    • https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canadian-doctor-shot-by-israeli-sniper-near-gaza-border/

      "Canadian doctor shot by Israeli sniper near Gaza border"
      Canada's Globe and Mail, May 15/18

      EXCERPT:
      "A Canadian-Palestinian doctor was shot in the legs by an Israeli sniper and one of his paramedics was killed on the Gaza border Monday as clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli Defence Forces left dozens dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

      "Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician from London, Ont., who is also an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario medical school, joined medical teams on the Gaza border Monday to care for Palestinians who might be injured in demonstrations against the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

      "Dr. Loubani, who has served as an emergency field doctor in Tanzania and conflict zones such as Iraq and southern Lebanon, said he was wearing a green surgeon’s outfit and standing with several orange-vested paramedics about 25 metres from the protests at the border when he was hit.

      "'I am very seasoned about not being shot at. I know where to stand. I know where to be. I know how not to get shot,' he told The Globe and Mail in a telephone interview from Gaza where he recuperating. 'Snipers don’t reach me because of mistakes. I did everything right. We were all huddled. We were high visibility. It was quiet at the exact moment I got shot. The bullet went through my left leg, through my right leg out and hit the ground.'

      "Had he been closer to the border area, Dr. Loubani, 37, said he believes it would have 'cost me my legs.' The leg wounds will require months of rehabilitation but he said he feels 'incredibly lucky.'”

    • @DaBakr

      Nazis were fascists. As Israel's current slaughter of defenseless Palestinians, including children, who are demonstrating for implementation of their human rights per international law and have been living in an Israeli imposed outdoor prison since 2005 further attests, the entity known as Israel is the very definition of fascistic.

      If the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis could rise from the dead and witness the horrors that have been perpetrated against Palestine’s indigenous Arab inhabitants during the past 70 years by Jews of foreign origin, I have no doubt they would be among the first to condemn Zionism and its spawn, the undeniable racist, fascistic entity known as “Israel.” Zionism is a betrayal of the Holocaust's victims and for today’s Jews, another “golden calf.” SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILK!!!

    • Speaking of "Nazis."

      https://www.haaretz.com/opi...
      Jan 19, 2018 - Haaretz

      Opinion: "In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism" by Zeev Sternhell.**
      EXCERPT:

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

      Also:
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716
      Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz

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

  • Live Blog: Massacre in Gaza as US and Israel celebrate embassy move to Jerusalem
    • @Naftush

      "...the next round of predictable indictments with inevitable references to, surprise-surprise, the Nazis, and the next round of crowing about Israel’s imminent demise."

      We get it. The ugly truth hurts. Well, get used to it. Universal condemnation of the fascist entity known as "Israel" is only going to rapidly increase and get louder and louder. You and your gang of racist lying thugs have fooled the world for 70 years, but your time at bat is coming to an end.

    • @John S, et al

      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/writingfromtheedge/2018/05/why-jews-in-solidarity-with-palestinians-will-win-the-day/

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day"
      by Robert H. J. Cohen, Writing From The Edge, May 14/18

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
      Because it’s not 1933.
      Because the Palestinians are not the Nazis.
      Because we have not been here before.
      Because this is new.

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
      Because you cannot shout about racism here but not there.
      Because you cannot care about refugees here but not there.
      Because discrimination at the Western Wall matters less than the Apartheid all around you.
      Because an Israeli sniper’s bullet is a bigger problem than an anti-Semitic tweet.

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
      Because there’s no safety won by theft
      Because there’s no security built on fear.
      Because democracy for some is not democracy.
      Because a nuclear armed ghetto does not normalise the Jewish condition.

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
      Because those we have dispossessed have not disappeared.
      Because Palestinians are allowed to resist.
      Because you cannot celebrate a catastrophe.
      Because your Bar/Bat Mitzvah trees were planted to conceal a crime scene.

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
      Because our Jewish leaders have lost their way and cannot be trusted.
      Because our relationship with the Palestinian people is the only relationship that matters.
      Because the future of Jews and Judaism depends on this.
      Because there’s only so long you can live in denial.

      "Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
      Because Moses said justice
      Because Micah said justice
      Because Isaiah said justice
      Because if we are the oppressor, then why be Jewish at all?"

      "For Nakba at 70"

  • 'Superpowers will not give us freedom so we will take it with our own hands': scenes from Gaza's final Friday protest at the border
    • http://www.middleeasteye.net/ news/gaza-names-palestinians- killed-israel-us-embassy- 1239370023

      "Fifty-five Palestinians murdered by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday"
      Middle East Eye, 14 May 2018

      "Gaza killings: The names of people shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday
      #Occupation"

      "14-year-old Ezz Eldin Alsamaak is the youngest Palestinian killed in Gaza on deadliest day since Israeli assault on enclave in 2014"

      "Fifty-five people were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the occupied territory to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba."

      Lest we forget!!!!

      "As of Monday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health released the names of 43 Palestinians killed:
      1. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old
      2. Wisaal Fadl Ezzat Alsheikh Khalil, 15 years old
      3. Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, 16 years old
      4. Saeed Mohamed Abu Alkheir, 16 years old
      5. Ibrahim Ahmed Alzarqa, 18 years old
      6. Eman Ali Sadiq Alsheikh, 19 years old
      7. Zayid Mohamed Hasan Omar, 19 years old
      8. Motassem Fawzy Abu Louley, 20 years old
      9. Anas Hamdan Salim Qadeeh, 21 years old
      10. Mohamed Abd Alsalam Harz, 21 years old
      11. Yehia Ismail Rajab Aldaqoor, 22 years old
      12. Mustafa Mohamed Samir Mahmoud Almasry, 22 years old
      13. Ezz Eldeen Nahid Aloyutey, 23 years old
      14. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed Assaf, 23 years old
      15. Ahmed Fayez Harb Shahadah, 23 years old
      16. Ahmed Awad Allah, 24 years old
      17. Khalil Ismail Khalil Mansor, 25 years old
      18. Mohamed Ashraf Abu Sitta, 26 years old
      19. Bilal Ahmed Abu Diqah, 26 years old
      20. Ahmed Majed Qaasim Ata Allah, 27 years old
      21. Mahmoud Rabah Abu Maamar, 28 years old
      22.Musab Yousef Abu Leilah, 28 years old
      23. Ahmed Fawzy Altetr, 28 years old
      24. Mohamed Abdelrahman Meqdad, 28 years old
      25. Obaidah Salim Farhan, 30 years old
      26. Jihad Mufid Al-Farra, 30 years old
      27. Fadi Hassan Abu Salmi, 30 years old
      28. Motaz Bassam Kamil Al-Nunu, 31 years old
      29. Mohammed Riyad Abdulrahman Alamudi, 31 years old
      30. Jihad Mohammed Othman Mousa, 31 years old
      31. Shahir Mahmoud Mohammed Almadhoon, 32 years old
      32. Mousa Jabr Abdulsalam Abu Hasnayn, 35 years old
      33. Mohammed Mahmoud Abdulmoti Abdal’al, 39 years old
      34. Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim Hamdan, 27 years old
      35. Ismail Khalil Ramadhan Aldaahuk, 30 years old
      36. Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Alrantisi, 27 years old
      37. Alaa Alnoor Ahmed Alkhatib, 28 years old
      38. Mahmoud Yahya Abdawahab Hussain, 24 years old
      39. Ahmed Abdullah Aladini, 30 years old
      40. Saadi Said Fahmi Abu Salah, 16 years old
      41. Ahmed Zahir Hamid Alshawa, 24 years old
      42. Mohammed Hani Hosni Alnajjar, 33 years old
      43. Fadl Mohamed Ata Habshy, 34 years old."

    • https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/pro-trump-pastor-who-claims-islam-is-a-cult-picked-to-lead-prayer-at-opening-of-us-embassy-in-jerusalem/

      Mother Jones, May 14/18
      "Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a 'Cult' Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem"

    • https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/14/gaza_israeli_soldiers_kill_30_palestinians

      Video, Gaza: "Israeli Soldiers Kill 50 + Palestinians Protesting Non-violently as U.S. Opens Jerusalem Embassy."

      Democracy Now, May 14/18

    • “Our people have the right to break the walls of this big prison. We are marching to knock down the prison wall and to clearly declare that we won’t accept to die a slow death”– Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, May 14/18

    • @Ossinev

      Well and truly stated. Jack Green is a sucker for punishment.

    • @Mayhem

      "Hamas stands firmly blocking the way of freedom. Easy to blame Israel for what is essentially your own problem."

      Sigh. Dealing with you is like shooting fish in a barrel.

      Reality:

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

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

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr...
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.'” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “.... Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

    • @Jack Green

      "There wouldn’t be any Israelis in the West Bank if Palestinians had not attacked Israel."

      Well, at least your comments are consistent, consistently wrong!!

      For your much needed edification, in fact, the entity known as "Israel" attacked the Palestinians on June 5, 1967 when it seized and occupied the West Bank (along with Egypt's Sinai, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon's Shebba Farms.) The entity know as "Israel" has since withdrawn from Egypt's Sinai but still illegally occupies its other June 1967 conquests.

      To wit:
      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)

      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.”

      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)

    • @jon s

      "I certainly would not burn down the place where essential supplies are delivered to my own people..."

      You smug racist ***hole!! But keep at it. You and your ilk are digging Israel's grave.

      If like the Palestinians in the occupied** Gaza Strip, you had been living under the brutal boot of the entity known as "Israel" and the IDF since 2005, you would be equally desperate to let the world know of your endless and accelerating suffering. That they are enraged and need to strike out at their jailer is hardly a surprise.

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

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

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

      To quote Dov Weisglass, then PM Ariel Sharon's senior adviser:
      "‘The significance of the [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)

  • Elor Azarya returns home to a hero's welcome after 9-month prison term for killing Palestinian
    • @Ossinev

      "The sooner these Zio scum disappear down the sewer of history the better. The tragedy , apart from the ongoing ethnic cleansing and incremental genocide which they are visiting on the innocent native population , is that before that happens, and it will ,many hundreds of thousands of truly moral Jews in Israel and around the world will be tarred with the same brush."

      Well said.

      Here's a timely article just written by Prof. Lawrence Davidson:

      http://www.tothepointanalyses.com

      May 12/18

      "It Is Time For A Palestinian-Jewish Alliance - An Analysis" by Professor Lawrence Davidson

      "Part I - Palestinian Victims"

      "For one hundred years - counting from the 1917 Balfour Declaration - the Zionist process of conquest has ruthlessly gone forward. It has relentlessly displaced the non-Jewish population of Palestine so as to facilitate the 'ingathering of the Jewish exiles.' The processes and behaviors consciously chosen to achieve this end have been consistently brutal, aggressive, and expansionist.

      "The consequences for the Palestinian people are well documented both by Palestinians such as Nur Masalha and Israelis such as Ilan Pappe. There are now millions of Palestinian refugees spread throughout the world. One-third of these people live in refugee camps. Another 1.6 million Palestinians live in Israel under discriminatory, segregationist circumstances. Palestinians in the occupied territories (OT) are just that - under occupation. Gaza is often described as the world’s largest open-air prison. The overall result is the ongoing destruction of a people, its history and culture.

      "Many Israelis don’t so much deny these facts as excuse them. Take for instance the Israeli author Ari Shavit. In his book My Promised Land he confesses that the crimes of the Zionist movement (the example he uses is a 1948 massacre of Palestinians at Lydda) are not sufficient for him to reject its achievement (the founding of the Israeli state). 'I will stand by the damned. Because I know that if it wasn’t for them, the state of Israel would not have been born. … They did the dirty, filthy work that enables my people, myself, my daughter and my sons to live.'

      "Shavit makes too little of 'standing by the damned.' The fact is that the behavior of the damned did not end in 1948. The atrocities continue, and fully half of Israeli Jews would just as soon see the Palestinians cleansed from Israel once and for all. Shavit will see no end to the consequences of his sordid affirmation. Put another way, it is the fate of those who swear loyalty to an empowered racist political ideology to be damned for as long as that belief system guides the exercise of power. Zionists have, essentially, committed moral and ethical suicide.

      "Part II - Jewish Victims"

      "While the Palestinians are certainly the major victims of Zionism - the ones living under apartheid conditions or dispossessed and scattered around the world, the ones shot daily for acts of both violent and non-violent resistance - they are not the only victims.. Jews of conscience, those who believe in international law, in standards of human, civil rights and political rights, daily have to deal with an existential nausea because horrible acts are being carried out in the name of the Jews - they too are victims of Zionism.

      "Let me try to explain what has been done to this second set of victims. Zionism has victimized the Jews of conscience (and indeed all Jews) in two ways: first, it has attempted to tie them to a racist political ideology that glorifies the settler-colonialism of the 19th century and anachronistically carries it into the modern world. This is a process that has proven increasingly harmful to those aspects of international law that have traditionally helped protect Jews and other minorities. The Zionists have not just abandoned this law - their policies are the antithesis of these humane and civilizing rules. Second, in religious terms Zionism has empowered the reactionary and exclusionist orthodox branches of Judaism to the point of fractionalizing the religious community as a whole, and threatening the excommunication of Judaism’s reform movement. Thus, Zionism represents a real threat to any modern ethical interpretation and practice of the Jewish religion - a practice more congenial to the support of human rights.

      "Part III - A Proposal for a Formal Alliance"

      "These parallel processes, aggression against the Palestinians and the moral corruption of the Jews are, of course, intimately connected. The more the Palestinians suffer, the more Zionism demands Jewish complicity. Thus, if the Palestinians disappear as a people, so do Jews of conscience. They have become two sides of the same coin.

      "This connection really makes a formal, international alliance of Palestinians and Jews of conscience a necessity - an alliance that builds on the very important ones that now exist in local venues. What I propose is a preliminary meeting of representatives of Palestinian organizations from Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as the Palestinian diaspora, coming together with representatives of organizations of Jews of conscience from both Israel and the Jewish diaspora. The Jewish groups should be those already promoting Palestinian human, civil and political rights. The object of such a meeting should be to set down united objectives leading to the transformation of Israel from a exclusionist “Jewish state” to a truly democratic state of all its people. Future meetings could work out mutual strategy and tactics for the work of this international united front.

      "The truth is that such a move as this is probably necessary if the horror of Zionist Israel is ever to be overcome. The Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories cannot win this war on their own. Those in the diaspora are struggling mightily but can not yet challenge Zionist influence in government circles. Worldwide civil society has become engaged in promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Christians of conscience also do vital work. Yet, it is the Jews who, most importantly, must be seen to offer a democratic alternative to Zionist racism. And, they must do this publicly, shoulder to shoulder, with the Palestinians. A redeeming future for both people lies through just such an alliance."

    • http://fowardd.com/editorial/unearthing-truths-israel-the-nakba-and-the-jewish-national-fund/

      "Moving Forward - This is not The Forward" May 1/18

      "Unearthing Truths: Israel, the Nakba, and the Jewish National Fund"

      "We present this special issue of Moving Forward to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the Arabic word for ‘catastrophe.’ The Nakba refers to the expulsion and dispossession of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland during Israel’s creation (1947-1949).

      "In this issue, we lay out the historical record of those years to show that the Nakba was the result of a deliberate policy of mass expulsion, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing—a strategy designed to ensure that the Palestinians who had lived on the land for generations would be barred from ever returning. We also zero in on the fundamental role played by the 117-year-old international organization, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), in facilitating that dispossession.

      "Our goal is that there be a serious moral reckoning with this history, and it begins with that icon of innocence, the JNF’s small blue metal box that many of our readers will remember from their childhood, boxes that beckoned us to drop in coins that would help 'make the desert bloom' and build the land of Israel. It was a mission that was legitimized by the governing principle of the Zionist cause: 'A land without a people for a people without a land.' As seductive as that slogan was, it was willfully false, as amply documented in personal testimonies of Palestinians and Israelis, historical records, and scholarly research. How, after all, could 750,000 Palestinians flee 'a land without a people'?

      "From its founding, the JNF was encouraged by the Zionist movement to acquire land in Palestine for the purpose of settling Jews on that land. After 1948, aided and abetted by Israeli land law, the JNF continued to acquire land and also contributed to Israel’s dispossession of Palestinians from their land. This was accomplished by buying swathes of land from absentee landlords and then leasing it exclusively to Jews, by confiscating refugees’ land, and by forcibly—often violently—removing Palestinians from their land, a practice which persists today. By continuing to plant forests that conceal the ruins of Palestinian villages, the JNF seeks to erase history and memory, while hoping to whitewash its political motives and enhance its recent branding as an environmental organization. Ironically, however, it has earned widespread international condemnation for the degradation it has inflicted on the natural ecosystem.

      "While this year marks the 70th anniversary of the catastrophic events of 1948, we also know that the policies that informed Israel’s and the JNF’s actions back then continue to the present. With this issue we hope to expose the relationship between the Nakba and the Jewish National Fund; to encourage deeper conversation about the experiences and realities of Palestinians before, during and since Israel’s creation; and to facilitate among US Jewish communities—and more broadly—honest reflection, analysis, and action toward truth-telling and justice."

  • Busailah's 'In the Land of My Birth' conveys the Palestinian literary culture wiped out by the Nakba
  • Ahed Tamimi's brother detained in overnight raid on Nabi Saleh
  • Israel distorts timeline of events to play victim in the dangerous escalation with Iran and Syria
    • @DaBakr

      "...what Israel wants except the optimal: peaceful border, peaceful neighbor then negotiate a treaty on the Golan."

      Bullcrap!! No negotiation required. The Golan Heights belong to Syria!!!

      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.”

  • Ending seventy years of exile for Palestinian refugees
    • @modonut

      Triple sigh.
      BTW, I did "cut and paste," but from my own university notes.

      To be clear: Apart from internal UN matters, resolutions passed by the General Assembly are recommendatory only. General Assembly resolutions are binding, however, if, as in the case of Resolution 194 (11), December 1948, (calling for the return of and/or compensation for Palestinian refugees of the 1948 conflict), they reflect international law, e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was passed and adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948. Resolutions passed by the Security Council are mandatory or binding, providing of course, that they comply with international law.

      As I previously noted, Israel’s pledge to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 and the Partition Plan was made legally binding by including it in General Assembly Resolution 273 (11 May 1949) granting Israel UN membership. The full text of Resolution 273 is as follows:
      “Having received the report of the Security Council on the application of Israel for membership in the United Nations,
      “Noting that, in the judgment of the Security Council, Israel is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the Charter,
      “Noting that the Security Council has recommended to the General Assembly that it admit Israel to membership in the United Nations,
      “Noting furthermore the declaration by the State of Israel that it ‘unreservedly accepts the obligations of the United Nations Charter and undertakes to honour them from the day when it becomes a Member of the United Nations,
      “Recalling its resolutions of 29 November 1947 [UNGA Resolution 181, the Partition Plan] 3/ and 11 December 1948 (UNGA Resolution 194 regarding repatriation of Palestinian refugees] and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representative of the Government of Israel before the ad hoc Political Committee in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions,
      “The General Assembly,
      “Acting in discharge of its functions under Article 4 of the Charter and rule 125 of its rules of procedure,
      “1. Decides that Israel is a peace-loving State which accepts the obligations contained in the Charter and is able and willing to carry out those obligations;
      “2. Decides to admit Israel to membership in the United Nations.”

      To repeat,Israel is the only state admitted to the UN on the condition that specific resolutions would be obeyed

      Needless to say, Israel reneged on its commitment to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 as well as Resolution 181, the Partition Plan, which the Arab delegation, including Palestinian representatives, had accepted as a basis for peace negotiations at the Lausanne Peace Conference.

      There is no question whatsoever that Israel is legally bound to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 regarding refugees. Only Washington’s protection has prevented Israel from having its UN membership suspended, as happened to apartheid South Africa. Arab and Palestinian acceptance of UN Security Council Resolution 242, 22 November 1967, resulted in Israel no longer having to obey Resolution 181, the Partition Plan, as it was rendered irrelevant. Resolution 194, however, remains fully in effect.

      For the record: Commenting on Israel’s refusal to live up to its commitment to abide by Resolution 194 as a precondition for gaining admittance to the UN, Francis A. Boyle, Professor of International Law, declared: “Insofar as Israel has violated its conditions for admission to UN membership, it must accordingly be suspended on a de facto basis from any participation throughout the entire United Nations system.” (Palestine, Palestinians and International Law, Clarity Press, Atlanta, 2003)

      Paragraph 11 of Resolution 194 resolves "that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible…."

      The Conciliation Commission for Palestine, formed in accordance with Resolution 194 and comprised of United States, France, and Turkey, is instructed by paragraph 11 "to initiate the repatriation, resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment of compensation and to maintain close relations with the Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency [UNRWA] for Palestine refugees and, through him, with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations."

      After careful analysis, the Conciliation Commission for Palestine interpreted paragraph 11 as follows: "The General Assembly has laid down the principle of the right of the refugees to exercise a free choice between returning to their homes and being compensated for the loss of or damage to their property on the one hand, or, on the other, of not returning to their homes and being adequately compensated for the value of the property abandoned by them." (Paragraph 38; UN Document A/AC. 25/W.81/Rev.2, pp. 20-21)

      The UN Secretariat (office of the secretary general) affirmed that Resolution 194 conferred individual rights on refugees by concluding that paragraph 11 "intended to confer upon the refugees as individuals the right of exercising a free choice as to their future." (UN Doc. A/AC.25/w.45, 1950)

      Enough said. Throw away your hasbara handbook and due some basic research.
      To repeat, there is no special provision in international humanitarian law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.

    • @Boris

      "On the other hand, one million Jews had been forced out of Arab/Muslim countries."

      Reality:
      To quote Yehouda Shenhav, of Iraqi Jewish heritage and professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University: “Any reasonable person, Zionist or non-Zionist, must acknowledge that the analogy drawn between Palestinians and Mizrahi [Arab] Jews is unfounded. Palestinian refugees did not want to leave Palestine….Those who left did not do so of their own volition. In contrast, Jews from Arab lands came to this country under the initiative of the State of Israel and Jewish organizations.” (Ha’aretz, 8 October 2004.)

      Eminent historian, Avi Shlaim, born into an affluent and influential family in Baghdad: “We are not refugees, nobody expelled us from Iraq, nobody told us that we were unwanted. But we are the victims of the Israeli-Arab conflict.” (Ha’aretz, August 11, 2005)

      Yisrael Yeshayahu, speaker of the Knesset: “We are not refugees…. We had messianic aspirations.”

      Shlomo Hillel, former minister and speaker of the Knesset: “I don’t regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists.”

      During a Knesset hearing into the matter, Ran Cohen, member of the Knesset: “I am not a refugee….I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land exerts, and due to the idea of redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a refugee.”
      (Ha’aretz, October 8, 2004)

      It should not be forgotten that after having its bid for UN membership rejected twice, Israel signed the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol and declared before the UN General Assembly that it would comply with UN Resolution 194, which, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, calls for the repatriation of and/or compensation for the then near 800,000 Palestinian refugees dispossessed and expelled by Jewish forces and the IDF before and during the 1948 war (including 400,000 between late 1947 and 15 May 1948), as a precondition for gaining UN admittance (see UNGA Resolution 273, 11 May 1949.) Israel is the only country admitted to the UN subject to a precondition. It has since refused to comply with its pledge and should have long since had its UN membership cancelled or suspended.

      The bottom line is that while well over one million Palestinians were brutally expelled from their homeland by Jewish militias and the IDF between late 1947 and 1967, they played no role whatsoever in the emigration of or any ill treatment and or loss of assets that Jews of Arab origin may have experienced in their former homelands. In short, apples and oranges.

    • @mondonut

      "Once again, if you want to claim a legal right, go ahead and tell everyone where that right comes from. Name the law, the treaty, the agreement or whatever you have."

      Sigh.
      Reality:

      On 11 December 1948, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 194 (III) of which paragraph 11 resolves "…refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible…."

      On 11 May 1949, the General Assembly passed Resolution 273 granting Israel admittance to the UN (after being rejected twice.) As a pre-condition, Israel formally agreed at the UN to obey General Assembly Resolution 194. Along with Arab states and Palestinian representatives, Israel also signed the Lausanne Protocol at the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference to the same effect.

      Israel’s pledge to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 was made legally binding by incorporating it into Resolution 273 (11 May 1949) granting Israel UN membership: "Recalling and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by [Israel]...in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions, the General Assembly... decides to admit Israel into membership in the United Nations." Israel is the only state admitted to the UN on the condition that specific resolutions would be implemented.

      Over the years several UN resolutions have been passed affirming the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. One of the most important is General Assembly Resolution 3236 (22 November 1974) which acknowledges that all those made refugees since 1947 have an inalienable right to return. Paragraph 1 refers to the national inalienable rights of "the Palestinian people" and paragraph 2 provides that the General Assembly "[r]eaffirms also the inalienable rights of the Palestinians to return to their homes and property from which they have been displaced and uprooted, and calls for their return."

      Mandatory UN Security Council Resolution 605 (22 December 1987) reaffirmed that all Palestinian refugees, including those of the 1947-48 conflict, have an inalienable right to return to their homes. Resolution 605 refers to "the inalienable rights of all peoples recognized by the Charter of the United Nations and proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

      Throughout history the right of return was so universally accepted that it was not codified until 1215, in Chapter 42 of the Magna Carta: "It shall be lawful in the future for anyone…to leave our kingdom and to return, safe and secure by land and water…."

      The right of return was further enshrined in international law when the United Nations adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) of which Article 13(2) states: "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country." The United Nations adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948 (Resolution 217 A III), the day before Resolution 194 was passed. By gaining UN membership Israel agreed to abide by the Declaration’s terms.

      The next important document dealing with human rights, including the right of return, was the Fourth Geneva Convention (12 August 1949) of which Article 49 states "Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive." Israel is a signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention.

      The legality and sanctity of the right of return was further demonstrated by the vigorous diplomatic and military efforts on the part of Western powers to ensure the return of refugees in Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.

      To sum up: The Palestinian refugees' right of return is an "inalienable" human right. Under no circumstances can it be renounced by their leadership. It can only be surrendered on an individual basis, e.g., as stipulated in Resolution 194, by accepting financial compensation for losses incurred rather than the right of return. Indeed, it is not only the legal right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to insist on their right of return, it is their duty on behalf of all humanity.

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

  • 'Rather than trying to hide the occupation from the world – end the occupation': Israeli orgs respond to gov't deporting Human Rights Watch director
    • @eljay, etal

      Just received from a British friend:

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/08/israel-using-culture-to-mask-brutality-say-film-makers-journalists-and-artists

      The Guardian, May 8/18

      "Israel using culture to mask brutality, say film-makers, journalists and artists"

      EXCERPTS:
      "Cinema, media and cultural institutions should refuse to provide platforms for national celebrations sponsored by Israel, say signatories including Helena Kennedy, Maxine Peake and Juliet Stevenson."

      "While large numbers of unarmed protesters in Gaza are killed or maimed with impunity by Israeli snipers (Report, 28 April), this week the Seret London Israeli Film and TV Festival, co-sponsored by the Israeli embassy and the World Zionist Organisation, will occupy venues in London, Brighton and Edinburgh. It will use the appeal of cinema to promote Israel as 'a melting pot of cultures and religions'.

      "Israel deliberately and routinely denies media freedom to Palestinians. On 6 April, Palestinian cameraman Yaser Murtaja was killed by an Israeli sniper as he filmed the 'Great March of Return' in Gaza. On the same day six other photojournalists wearing press jackets were injured by the Israeli military. Since then photographer Ahmed Abu Hussein has been shot dead. This is not an anomaly. Last year Israeli forces assaulted 139 journalists and detained a further 33. In 27 cases they destroyed or sabotaged equipment. They closed down 17 media outlets. Palestinian journalists and film-makers are thus victims of systematic persecution based on their ethnicity.

      "Art, media and culture are being employed to give an apparently acceptable face to a brutal reality. We, film-makers, journalists and artists, call on our cinema, media and cultural institutions to uphold basic ethical standards: they should refuse to provide platforms for national celebrations sponsored by a regime that is guilty of systematic and large-scale human rights violations."

      Signed:
      Dr Bashir Abu Manneh Academic
      Candace Allen Writer, director
      Leah Borromeo Journalist and film-maker
      Prof Haim Bresheeth Documentary film-maker
      Victoria Brittain Author and journalist
      Liam Cunningham Actor
      Dror Dayan Documentary film-maker
      Helen de Witt Film programmer
      Tam Dean Burn Actor
      Gareth Evans Curator, producer
      Yasmin Fedda Film director
      Simon Fisher Turner Composer
      Maysaloun Hamoud Film director
      Ashley Inglis Screenwriter
      Aki Kaurismäki Film director
      Peter Kennard Artist
      Helena Kennedy QC Barrister, broadcaster
      Michel Khleifi Film director
      Peter Kosminsky Writer, director, producer
      Paul Laverty Screenwriter
      Mike Leigh Writer, director
      Ken Loach Film director
      Hettie Macdonald Film and television director
      Miriam Margolyes Actor
      Laura Mulvey Professor of film
      Rebecca O’Brien Film producer
      Andrew O’Hagan Writer
      Maxine Peake Actor
      Omar Qattan Film producer
      William Raban Professor of film
      David Roger Production designer
      Juliet Stevenson Actor
      Saeed Taji Farouky Documentary film-maker
      Harriet Walter Actor
      Roger Waters Musician
      Susan Wooldridge Actor and writer

  • Jews Say No! publishes 'Moving Forward’ to highlight Jewish National Fund role in the Nakba
    • For the record:

      "Over the past 40 days, over 40 Palestinian protesters in Gaza have been killed by Israeli snipers. Thousands have been injured. According to Amnesty International, the two types of weapons being used to shoot at protesters have been the Israeli-made Tavor rifle and the US-manufactured Remington M24 rifle. The Remington M24 uses 7.62mm bullets that expand inside the body, causing gross injuries." (CodePink, May 10/18)

    • @Boomer

      In fact, a steady major shift regarding Israel is taking place within America, including Jews:

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

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

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

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

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

      EXCERPT:
      “Israel is rapidly losing its hold on young American Jews, who increasingly view the Jewish state as antithetical to their liberal values, a leader of the Jewish Agency warned on Monday.

      “Speaking in uncharacteristically blunt terms for an official in his position, Alan Hoffman, the CEO and director-general of the Jewish Agency, described the trend as ‘extremely worrisome’ and said it was time to take a different approach to engaging young American Jews with Israel.

      “‘I think it’s very important that we move to a new mode and encourage young Jews not only to engage in Israel advocacy and in defending Israel – those are all important things – but also to have them accept the legitimacy of challenging Israel,’” Hoffman said. He was alluding to the tendency among Israeli political leaders to view Jewish students as their ambassadors on college campuses.

      “Hoffman was addressing a conference sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute on Israel’s relations with Diaspora Jewry.

      “He cited a recent study conducted by the Brand Israel Group that showed that support for Israel among Jewish college students in the United States had dropped 32 percent between 2010 and 2016.

      “‘In the year since Trump was elected, the situation has only been exacerbated,’ he said. ‘Jewish student college students in the United States, not including those who are Orthodox, see Israel, justifiably or not, as something opposed to their basic liberal and progressive values.’

      "He added: ‘If I were to target one demographic that is critical for the future of Israel and the Jewish people, it is them.’

      "The growing rift between Israel and American Jewry in general, according to Hoffman, was ‘like nothing we have ever seen before.’”

      Meanwhile, more and more American people, especially youth and the informed in general, are waking up and viewing Israel as a rogue and pariah. It’s only a matter of time before their elected officials see the handwriting on the wall:

      http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20982'%20style='color:#000;

      The Real News, Jan. 25/18
      “US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows”
      “The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States.

      “A new study by the leading polling agency the Pew Research Center has found that the partisan divide in Americans’ sympathies for Israel or the Palestinians is the largest it has been in 40 years.

      “Roughly four-fifths of Republicans sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, whereas just around one-quarter of Democrats sympathize more with Israel.

      “And this partisan divide is growing. Since 2001, the percentage of Democrats who support Israel over the Palestinians has declined from 38% to 27%. In these same 17 years, the percentage of Republicans who support Israel over the Palestinians has increased from 50% to 79%.

      “This is a very significant shift. In the past several decades, it has simply been assumed that both major US political parties and their adherents supported Israel. This bipartisan backing continued despite Israel’’s systemic discrimination against the Palestinians, its illegal five-decade military occupation, and its expansion of settlements in violation of international law.

      “The new Pew study shows Democrats are nearly just as likely to sympathize with the Palestinians as they are with Israel. This has changed rapidly since 2016. The number of self-described liberal Democrats who support Israel over the Palestinians has fallen from 33% to 19% in the past two years. Today, liberal Democrats are almost twice as likely to support the Palestinians.

      “The Pew study also shows that young Americans are more likely to sympathize with the Palestinians. And the more highly educated a person is, the less likely they are to support Israel.

      “The largest base of religious support for Israel comes from white Evangelical Christians, many of whom have an apocalyptic view of the country.

      “Yet while liberal Democrats increasingly support the Palestinians and given Israel’s many human rights violations and extremely right-wing and xenophobic government, at the same time, their elected officials are still overwhelmingly pro-Israel.”

      “This study does show a major shift in popular views among Americans, but politicians are still far from responding to those popular views.

      “Pew polling reveals Israel has become a right-wing issue, with 79% of Republicans supporting it compared to just 27% of Democrats”

      https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-vast-numbers-of-california-jews-disengaging-from-israel-survey-finds-1.5821675
      Haaretz, Feb. 14/18

      “Vast Numbers of Progressive California Jews Are Disengaging From Israel, Survey Finds.” By Judy Maltz.

      EXCERPT: “Only a minority of young Jews in San Francisco’s Bay Area believe a Jewish state is important and only a third sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians.”
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623?utm_campaign=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.com%2Fopinion%2F.premium-progressives-welcome-aipac-is-all-just-gaslighting-1.5871623

      “Why Young Jews and Democrats Are Waving Goodbye to AIPAC”
      “My generation has only known Israel as an occupier. We won’t back anyone who supports that injustice – including the powerful lobby that is AIPAC”
      By Emily Mayer, March 6, 2018 – Haaretz

      https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/ncr-today/support-israel-continues-see-widening-partisan-divide
      National Catholic Reporter
      “Support for Israel continues to see a widening, partisan divide”
      Mar 23, 2018 by Ra’fat Al-Dajani

  • By wrecking Iran deal, Trump politicized Israel
    • @shaun patrick

      We can be certain that Trump has never read the nuclear agreement with Iran.

    • @Mayhem

      Bullcrap!!!!

      In fact, as any reasonably well informed person knows full well, the "dangerous regime that has been going about de-stabilising the region in its own militaristic, nefarious interests" is the entity known as "Israel," the region's well documented, racist, fascistic, expansionist, illegal/brutal occupier and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law.

    • @Maghlawatan, et al

      It's time to revisit this 2013 video featuring Zionist creeps, Sheldon Adelson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=6sCW4IasWXc

      "Sheldon Adelson: 'Attack Iran with an atomic bomb'"

      "Casino mogul, and donor of millions of dollars to Republican campaigns and hawkish think tanks, Sheldon Adelson on Tuesday suggested that the use of a nuclear weapon against Iran could help end Tehran's nuclear program once and for all. Adelson was speaking on a panel called 'Will Jews Exist? Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival,' at Yeshiva University, a private school in New York City. According to video taken and posted by Mondoweiss, Adelson scorned the current talks going on between the international community and Iran as not going nearly far enough to convince Iran not to acquire a nuclear weapon. 'What are we gonna negotiate about?' Adelson scoffed, instead offering a much more direct method of convincing Iran to halt its enrichment activities..."

    • @NorthCascadian, et al

      In the long run, Trump's kowtowing to Sheldon Adelson, Netanyahu and other Zionist gangsters by withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear agreement will prove to be detrimental to the entity known as "Israel." The American people are waking up and comprehending the fact that the entity known as "Israel" is their country's number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck.

      Here's an important news report published just prior to Trump's announcement that received scant attention:

      https://morningconsult.com/2018/05/02/public-support-iran-deal-returns-record-high-ahead-may-12-deadline/

      Morning Consult - Diplomacy:
      "Public Support for Iran Deal Returns to Record High Ahead of May 12 Deadline
      Voters back the agreement by a 30 point margin"

      By Cameron Easley, May 2, 2018

      "56% of poll respondents support the Iran nuclear deal, while 26% oppose it GOP voters are split — 46% for versus 42% against."

      EXCERPT:
      "With 10 days to go until a deadline for President Donald Trump to decide whether to keep the United States in the Iranian nuclear agreement, public backing for the deal matched a record high in a nationwide poll that also shows net support at its highest level.

      "A Morning Consult/Politico survey — conducted online April 26 to May 1 among 1,991 registered voters — shows 56 percent of respondents back the agreement reached in 2015 between former President Barack Obama, Iranian leaders and the heads of five other countries and the European Union to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for its pledge to halt efforts to develop nuclear weapons. That matches a previous high from an April 2017 poll.

      "Net public support is at a record level — 30 percentage points — in the most recent survey. The share of voters opposing the deal — 26 percent — is at the lowest point since Morning Consult began tracking the topic in August 2015."

  • Maybe Israel is interfering in our politics over the Iran Deal? Naaah!
    • @Catalan

      "I thought that Boeing is a BDS target. So then it would be a good thing that they lost the Iran business. Or am I missing something?"

      I don't know if Boeing is "a BDS target." However, even if it is, Trump's cancellation of the Iran nuclear deal (due in large measure to Sheldon Adelson, Netanyahu and MBS) definitely serves the interests of the entity known as "Israel," not the Palestinians. In short, speaking as one, I have no doubt that supporters of BDS are very unhappy with Trump's move.

    • For the record:

      https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/netanyahu-opposition-iran-deal-shared-israelis-55015564

      "Netanyahu opposition to Iran deal not shared by all Israelis"
      By Ian Deitch, Associated press

      "EXCERPT:
      "Shortly before Trump's announcement, the former head of Israel's Mossad spy agency said Iran is 'fully complying with the nuclear deal.' Tamir Pardo told a security conference in the coastal town of Herzliya there 'still will be a need for some kind of deal at the end of the day.'"

    • @Kay24, et al

      Perhaps now is the right time to revisit a video featuring Bibi revealing that he can easily manipulate the US to do Israel's bidding. He didn't known that he was being recorded. ("Netanyahu Unaware of the Camera 'America can easily be moved.'")

    • @Hussein Hammani, et al

      Here's a major negative consequence for America (and France) brought on by the bozo in the White House bending over for Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson, MBS, et al.

      http://fortune.com/2018/05/08/trump-iran-deal-boeing-airbus/

      "Trump's Iran Deal Exit Halts Historic, $40 Billion Boeing, Airbus Deals"
      Fortune Magazine, May 8/18

      "The U.S. withdrawal from a nuclear accord with Iran slams shut what had been a brief opening for historic aircraft sales by Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to the Islamic Republic."

      EXCERPTS:
      "President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S would seek to re-impose sanctions left little hope that the plane making duopolists will be able to consummate $40 billion in aircraft deals struck by Iranian carriers during the brief trade thaw. Both companies’ export licenses to Iran will be revoked, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters."

      "They also represent a lost opportunity for Chicago-based Boeing and Toulouse, France-based Airbus. The European plane maker is subject to U.S. export restrictions to Iran because more than 10 percent of the parts on its jets originate with U.S. companies such as United Technologies Corp., Rockwell Collins Inc. and General Electric Co."

  • Video: 'If you keep waving the stick, we will shoot you'
    • I've said it before and I'll surely say it again.

      THE ENTITY KNOWN A "ISRAEL" IS DIGGING ITS GRAVE!!

  • Every day Jewish settlers attack us
    • Just received:

      http://azvsas.blogspot.ca/2018/05/why-head-of-sss-jewish-desk-baron-von.html

      Tony Greenstein's Blog, 3 May 2018

      "Why the Head of the SS's Jewish Desk, Baron von Mildenstein and top German Zionist official Kurt Tuchler went visited and stayed in Palestine together."

      "When the Zionist Movement was eager to work with the Nazis"

      Greenstein: "My eye was caught by this interesting article that appeared on Ynet, the on-line version of Israel’s largest newspaper, Yediot Aharanot, on 21st January 2018."

    • @JLewis Dickerson

      Well and truly stated!!

      Also, for the record, Jewish fascism had an early start in Palestine:

      In 1925, the Polish born Zionist, Vladimir Jabotinsky founded the Revisionist Party, the precursor of the Irgun and Stern Gang terror groups as well as today's Likud party. It called for the "revision" of the British mandate to allow the forcible Zionist colonization of Transjordan and its union with Palestine to create one Jewish state. Jabotinsky advocated that Zionism should concentrate solely on the creation of a Jewish state encompassing the borders of biblical or Eretz Israel and if London (i.e., the League of Nations British Mandate) did not provide its full hearted support, Jewish forces should be mobilized to be used against British troops in Palestine.

      Jabotinsky's chauvinistic, militaristic, fascistic and authoritarian views appealed mainly to young Jews, including many in Europe, where he formed youth groups known as Betar whose practices such as wearing brown shirts and using distinctive salutes were taken from Italian fascism. Revisionist Zionism became increasingly popular during the late 1920's and Betar groups were being formed in Palestine.

      Palestinians knew that the Revisionists were fascists who intended to expel them, but unlike Weizmann and the Labour Zionists who had the same objective, (see Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians, pp. 30-38) they were up front about it. Jabotinsky did not mince his words: "We Jews, thank God, have nothing to do with the East....The Islamic soul must be broomed out of Eretz-Yisrael." (Ya'acov Shavit, "The Attitude of Zionist Revisionism towards the Arabs." in Zionism and the Arab Question (Hebrew) p. 74) Nor did he hide his racism. For him, Palestinians were "yelling rabble dressed up in gaudy, savage rags" (Joseph Schechtman, Rebel and Statesman: The Vladimir Jobotinksy Story, the Early Years, New York: T. Yoseloff, 1956, p. 54) and in his view, the colonization of Palestine by European Jews would "push the moral frontiers of Europe to the Euphrates." (Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism, p. 180)

      Jabotinsky also considered Arab Jews or Sephardi as they where then known, to be inferior to those from Europe. In an article written in 1919, entitled "Jews of the East" "...he opposed mixed marriages with non-European Jews and the creation of a single Jewish people on the grounds that he did not know whether this would result in 'a brilliant people or a dull race.'" He also insisted that Ashkenazi Jews had to preserve their majority status in Jewish society in Palestine." (Vladimir Jabotinsky, "Jews of the East," 1919, quoted in Ha'aretz, 22 July 1983)

  • The remarkable disappearing act of Israel's car-bombing campaign in Lebanon or: What we (do not) talk about when we talk about 'terrorism'
    • @Maghlawatan

      And David Frum is the pro Iraq war Zionist who came up with the term "Axis of Evil" for G.W. Bush.

    • @shaun partick

      Also, billionaire casino mogul and ultra-Zionist, Sheldon Adelson, Trump's puppet master and chief funder, wants the Iran nuclear deal cancelled.

  • Kovel's 'Overcoming Zionism' was ahead of its time
    • @Naftush

      "We all know nothing of the sort about Einstein."

      Reality:

      It is unfortunate that the Truman administration ignored the wisdom expressed by Albert 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." (Quoted by Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, The Zionist Connection, p. 341)

      Dr. Alfred M. Lilienthal, in What Price Israel?, recounts that on April 1, 1952, in a message to the Children of Palestine, Inc., Einstein "spoke of the necessity to curb 'a kind of nationalism' which has arisen in Israel 'if only to permit a friendly and fruitful co-existence with the Arabs.'" Lilienthal also relates a personal conversation with Einstein: "Dr Einstein told me that, strangely enough, he had never been a Zionist and had never favored the creation of the State of Israel. Also, he told me of a significant conversation with [Chaim] Weizmann [leader of the World Zionist Organization.] Einstein had asked him: 'What about the Arabs if Palestine were given to the Jews?' And Weizmann said: 'What Arabs? They are hardly of any consequence.'" (What Price Israel? p. 131)

      After he immigrated to the United States, Einstein turned down Ben-Gurion's offer to be the first president of Israel. “In a letter to his friend Ezriel Carlebach, he wrote that he would not be able to perform the duties of the office according to his conscience, and that he would have to tell the Israeli people things they ‘would not like to hear.’” (“When Albert Einstein was a Holy Land Ladies’ Man,” Haaretz, February 3, 2015, by Gili Izkovitch)

      In summing up his views during his final days, Einstein quoted his earlier statement regarding partition: "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, published in 1956; p. 263)

    • @jon s

      "...the leaders of Zionism expressed the desire to live in peace with the Arabs, not drive them out."

      You live in a fantasy world.

      Let' take a brief look at the REAL objectives of the "leaders of Zionism."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Roseanne Barr says she will fight Jews supporting BDS by educating them about Torah
    • Roseanne Barr is a nut bar and a fraud.

      She used to be vehemently anti-Israel.

      To wit:
      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-wells/roseanne-barr-says-israel_b_615482.html

      Roseanne Barr Says Israel Must End Their Blockade and Occupation of Gaza

      By Kathleen Wells, J.D., Huffington Post, June 17, 2010

      EXCERPT:
      “'It is time for American Jews to demand that Obama instruct Israel to obey international law.'”

      "Well-known actress and comedian, Roseanne Barr, has been a consistent and persistent voice for decades against some of the acts committed by the state of Israel. Specifically, she has vigorously, unflinchingly, unequivocally, uncompromisingly, and courageously called upon Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza."

      https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/roseanne-barr-views-risky-for-trump-supporters/
      "Roseanne Barr Is a Complete Nut"
      By J. J. MCCULLOUGH - April 5, 2018 6:30 AM - National Review

      EXCERPT:
      "Her views on Jews and Israel fluctuate wildly — in the past, she has called Israel a 'Nazi state' and alleged that Zionism was created by the Third Reich (I challenge you to succinctly summarize the opinions expressed here**) , though more recently she’s taken to accusing Hillary Clinton of plotting Israel’s destruction and labeling aide Huma Abedin a 'Nazi whore.'"

      **
      https://web.archive.org/web/20100817045422/http:/www.roseanneworld.com/blog/2010/08/jews-and-other-cult-victims.php

      "Jews and other cult victims!:"

      "Roseanne Comments," August 6, 2010 2:05 PM
      "Hitler is in drag, eating little burned Palestinian cookies! Aipac translated the picture to mean: I was making fun of holocaust victims. morons, the murderers of the jewish people. Many of the Palestinian people are jewish and became christian after Israel stole their land and homes. They were dark skinned, and so driven out of their homes by a cheney-ized Judeo Christian Bushite America. the jewish american socialists are sending a flotilla from america to break the blockade of the anti-semitic zionists in Gaza! Zionists are German. weird hybrid. In order to defeat euro socialism, Hitler leveraged the rich jewish industrialists against the working class jews. The Russian accounts say that the last trains to Auschwitz were first class, as that is all the leverage left to the jewish oligarchs within the 'reich', (other than the jews like Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler at the top). The scientists of the Reich successfully created a mutant human--a hybrid of Jewish mentality and German Resolve, the Zionist-- He who broke the back of the labor movements and socialism,--- which is the goal of National Socialism---(different word for the American Southern Confederacy-the one Anne Coulter loves)."

    • @JWalters

      "Trump is merely the Governor of Israel’s American province."
      And the real "president" of "Israel's American province" and puppet master of Netanyahu and Trump is billionaire casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson.

  • Another distorted 'NY Times' report on Gaza focuses on 'blazing kites' instead of Israeli snipers
  • Philadelphia Jewish groups try to stop publication of article critical of Israel, insist on BDS training for Inquirer editors
    • @Maghlawatan

      "Israelis are brainwashed."

      I used to think they were "brainwashed," but not any more. They know the ugly, monstrous truth, but choose to ignore it.

    • @DaBakr

      "Just because you don’t understand the love between Philadelphia’s Jewish community and israel doesn’t mean anything."

      Let's not forget that during WWII there was much "love" between many Americans and the Nazis.

    • @Boris

      A true Zionist, obsessed with skin colour.

  • Video: Médecins Sans Frontières clinic overwhelmed by Palestinians wounded during March of Return
    • @Jackdaw

      My reason for providing the above links was to bring to light further completely reputable and overwhelming evidence of the utter barbarism and flagrant violations of international humanitarian law that the fascistic entity know as "Israel" is guilty of on an ongoing basis.

      You, however, are an eager supporter of and hence, an accessory to these monstrous crimes.

    • @jackdaw

      Also:
      https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6644/rr

      BMJ: "The Maiming Fields of Gaza"

      "Since 30 March 2018, Palestinians civilians living as refugees and exiles in Gaza ever since they were driven out from Palestine have been gathering in mass, unarmed demonstration about their right of return to the homeland they lost in 1948. Confronted by the Israeli army, including 100 snipers, the toll of dead and wounded Palestinian civilians is mounting at a shocking rate as we write.

      "There is a background to this. Firstly, there is the ongoing impact of the 12 year long Israeli blockade of Gaza on the care and health of her people, and the degrading of its health services. The violence and destruction inflicted by Israeli military action in Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 marked a distinct turning point in the pauperization of Gaza, against a backdrop of an ever tightening blockade since 2006.That assault in 2014 killed over 2,200 civilians, a quarter of whom were children, wounded 11.000, destroyed 15 hospitals, 45 clinics and 80,000 homes. (1)

      "Since 2014 Israel has further tightened the passage of essential medicines and equipment into Gaza, and of the entry of doctors and experts from abroad who offer technical expertise not available locally. Gazan hospitals have been depleted of antibiotics, anaesthetic agents, painkillers, other essential drugs, disposables, and fuel to run surgical theatres. (2) Patients die while waiting for permission to go for specialist treatment outside Gaza. All elective surgery has been cancelled since last January 2018, and 3 hospitals have closed because of medication, equipment and fuel shortages (3). Medical personnel have been working on reduced salaries. Gazan health professionals find it almost impossible to get Israeli permission to travel abroad to further their training. The regular episodic military assaults on Gaza and the current targeting of unarmed demonstrators are part of a pattern of periodically induced emergencies arising from Israeli policy. The cumulative effects of the impact on healthcare provision for the general population have been documented in multiple reports by NGOs, UN agencies and the WHO. (4).This appears to be a strategy for the de-development of health and social services impinging on all the population of Gaza.

      "The current systematic use of excessive force towards unarmed civilians, including children and journalists, is provoking a further crisis for the people of Gaza. Since 30 March 2018, snipers firing military grade ammunition have caused crippling wounds to unarmed demonstrators.(5) As of 23 April 2018, 5511 Palestinians, including at least 454 children, have been injured by Israeli forces, including 1,739 from live ammunition according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. As of April 27, the death toll has reached 48 and additional hundreds wounded.

      "Even the BBC has shown films of the deliberate shooting of people who were standing harmlessly or running away, including children and journalists (6). The sniper-fire is mostly not to the head, with most of the wounds to the lower torso and legs. Dozens have needed emergency amputation of either one or both legs, and a further 1,300 required immediate external fixations which will entail an estimated 7,800 hours of subsequent complex reconstructive surgery if the limbs are to be saved. This is calculated maiming. More may die or incur life-long disability because of the degraded state of health services and the prohibition by Israel of the transfer for the seriously wounded (7). How is Gaza to survive this situation? And meanwhile, the many that have lost non-emergency healthcare because of the ongoing lack of medicines and energy will be joined by many more now that all scarce resources are going to life and limb saving efforts.

      "Whilst various UN and WHO agencies have condemned Israeli actions, Western governments have not uttered a murmur and thus bolster the impunity Israel seems always to have enjoyed in its treatment of Palestinian society. Others who seek to document and to draw attention to events like this, including in medical journals, are often subject to vilifying ad hominem attacks, as have journal editors (8). These are matters of international shame.
      -------------------
      "Derek Summerfield, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College, University of London," et al.

    • @jackdaw

      https://lphr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LPHR-letter-to-Minister-Burt-re-targeting-of-children-at-the-protests-on-the-Gaza-border-and-monitoring-Israels-investigation-into-its-militarys-use-of-force-2-May-2018.pdf

      "Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights," May2/18

      "To Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Foreign and Commonwealth Office London SW1A 2AH"

      EXCERPTS:
      "Dear Minister Burt,
      Re: Targeting of Palestinian children at the protests on the Gaza border and monitoring Israel's investigation into its military's use of force."

      "We write following our first letter on the Gaza protests on 3 April 2018 to express specific serious concern at the reprehensible targeting of children by live sniper fire. Since 30 March 2018, four children have been shot dead by Israeli forces, three of them by a bullet to either the head or neck. A further 233 children have been injured by live ammunition, with some sustaining injuries that will result in lifelong debilitating disabilities, including through the amputation of limbs.

      "Palestinians participating in the protests, including children, are considered to be civilians whom must be policed using a law enforcement legal framework that respects and protects their fundamental human rights under international human rights law. These include the right to life, the prohibition on cruel and inhuman treatment, and the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Children enjoy additional human rights protections under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child."

      "This is shockingly illustrated by the killing of Mohammed Ayoub, a 14-year-old resident of Al Falouja neighborhood in Jabalia refugee camp in the North Gaza district, who was shot with a live bullet to his head from Israeli forces at a demonstration in eastern North Gaza on 20 April. He is filmed being picked up and rescued from the site of his killing at a distance far away from the border with Israel.

      "We concur with the analysis of the Executive Director of B'Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, who stated in an open letter to the UN Secretary General on 26 April: 'These horrific casualty figures – the 35 Palestinians killed and 1,500 injured by live ammunition – are the predictable outcome of the manifestly illegal rules of engagement implemented during the demonstrations, of
      ordering soldiers to use lethal gunfire against unarmed demonstrators who pose no mortal danger. These orders are unlawful under both international law and Israeli law. Responsibility for these fatal outcomes rests with the policy makers and – above all – with Israel’s prime minister, defense minister and chief of staff.'”

  • Major bike race will kick off in Jerusalem Friday even as snipers line up on Gaza border
    • @Nathan

      "For example, they might want to consider ending the conflict. It’s a very simple idea, but sometimes the simplest idea is the best one."

      Reality:

      In 1988, the PLO recognized Israel as a sovereign state within the borders of the 1947 recommendatory only UNGA Partition Plan, Res. 181.

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

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

      In all likelihood, only a small percentage of Palestinian refugees would choose to return to what is now Israel, i.e., west of the green line. The reason should be obvious., i.e., the vast majority would not want to live in an apartheid state. in accordance with UNGA Resolution 194, they would choose sufficient financial compensation to enable them to build new lives and invest in an independent Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders or emigrate elsewhere.

      Along with all Arab states and the PLO, Hezbollah and Iran have also accepted the Arab League’s 2002 Beirut Summit Peace Initiative. Regrettably, then Israeli PM Ariel Sharon summarily dismissed the Arab League’s peace overture, as did Israel in 2008 and thereafter.

      Re: Hamas:
      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine as per 1949 armistice agreements] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

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

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr...
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.'” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      For the record, other peace initiatives that Israeli governments have rebuffed include: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers’ The Rogers Plan (1969); The Scranton Mission on behalf of President Nixon (1970); Egyptian President Sadat’s land for peace and mutual recognition proposal (1971); U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s call for a Geneva international conference (1977); Saudi Arabian King Fahd’s peace offer (1981); U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Reagan Plan (1982); U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s Schultz Plan (1988); U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s Baker Plan (1989); and the previously noted 1993 Oslo accords signed by Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that unravelled following the latter’s assassination and subsequent return to power of the Likud party from 1996-1999 under Benjamin Netanyahu; continuation of the Taba II negotiations (2001); the unofficial Geneva Peace Initiative of November/December 2003; and the 2014 Kerry Initiative.

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

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

      Unfortunately, Israel’s response to every peace overture from the Palestinians and Arab states, has been an escalation of illegal settlement construction, dispossession and oppression in occupied Palestinian and other Arab lands.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “.... Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

  • Umm Al Hiran is ethnically cleansed 'voluntarily'
    • @Jonathan Ofir

      Well said.

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

    • Kanye is a pathetic drugged up imbecile. That anyone would pay attention to the drivel he spews forth is beyond me. Then again, it's no surprise given America's ongoing and accelerating descent into ignorance, corruption and violence at home and abroad.

  • Is the Saudi Prince becoming a Zionist?
    • During the years I lived in the Arab world, I met many Saudis, including members of the huge "royal family." While a good number were decent folk, most were disgusting brats with $millions at their disposal for the pursuit of all manner of pleasures. As for MBS, he is a soft-handed, gutless, spoiled, not very bright, easily manipulated man-child wrapped in the trappings of ill-gotten power granted by a country that is a medieval anachronism. He is also a tyrant despised by the "Arab street," including the majority of Saudis and the Muslim world. (The Islamic Prophet Muhammad must be screaming from his grave at what he sees and hears.) By cozying up to Trump and Netanyahu, it seems MBS is also unaware of the old adage, "lie down with dogs and you get fleas." By one means or another, MBS will prove to be a "flash in the pan."

  • The 'One Democratic State Campaign' program for a multicultural democratic state in Palestine/Israel
    • @Donald Johnson

      "The Gaza protests are about the right of return,..."

      In the long run, the protests are about full implementation of Resolution 194, which, apart from the "right of return," also calls for financial compensation as an alternative for the refugees.

      Article 11 of Resolution 194:

      "Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live in peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so a the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible;

      "Instructs the Conciliation Commission to facilitate repatriation, resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment of compensation, and to maintain close relations with the Director of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees and, through him, with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations;"

    • @mondonut

      In the long run, Zionism will "surrender." Why? Not enough Jewish babies between the River and the Sea. Time and demographics are with the Palestinians.

  • Rightwing video says New Israel Fund supports 'foreign agents' who persecute Israeli soldiers
    • @Maghlawatan, et al

      Must watch:
      I just received this excellent 2017 video in which French students protest against the appearance of Israel's ambassador, Aliza Bin Noun. It's in French with English sub-titles.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGd1BZmIDLs

      "In an exceptionally intense confrontation, French students confront the Israeli Ambassador who came to speak at the university of Rennes and stand up chanting 'freedom for Palestine!'

      "The visit of the Israeli Ambassador Aliza Bin Noun and former head of the political bureau of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, came in a tense atmosphere marked by the outrage of pro-Palestinian activists at the pressuring of the UN to suppress its recent report condemning Israel as an apartheid regime.

      "Before leaving the lecture hall in an act of boycott of Israeli officials, the students also took this opportunity to restate their demands that the French government repeal the ban on participation in the BDS campaign."

    • @JLewisDickerson

      Re: the "'Jewish State' bill"

      To ask the obvious question, what are the officially declared borders of this so-called "Jewish State" and have they been agreed to as such by the international community?

  • Two officials of Center for Constitutional Rights are detained by Israel, then deported
    • @Maghlawatan

      "Zionism is not stable."

      Precisely!!! And it is increasingly obvious that its adherents are in panic mode.
      Immigration of Jews to the entity known as "Israel" is in significant decline and emigration is soaring. At the same time, Jews living in the U.S., especially youth, are becoming disgusted with and abandoning Zionism in ever increasing numbers. The writing is on the wall and the Zionists are reading it.

  • Subscribers and donors withdraw support from the Philadelphia Orchestra over Israel tour
    • @DaBakr
      I can only conclude that if this was 1941 with Europe firmly under the boot of Nazi Germany, the Philadelphia Orchestra would have no problem performing in Berlin.

  • Netanyahu's cheap theatrics fall flat, but alas, he has an audience of one -- Trump
    • More grist for the mill courtesy of a Canadian friend:

      http://rabble.ca/toolkit/guides/experts-calling-netanyahus-claims-baseless-and-childish

      rabble.ca May 2/18
      "The United States government has long targeted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA) known commonly as the Iran deal or Iran nuclear deal, and currently Michael Pompeo is pushing for the Iran Deal to be dumped. Israel currently lobbying the Canadian government to drop its support for the Iran Deal.

      "Much of what Netanyau presented is old information or worse yet is not accurate information. Here are a few tools which compile information from experts debunking Netayahu's efforts to capitalize on the warhawks in the Trump cabinet:

      1) Paste Magazine has compiled posts from experts analyzing the images presented by Netanyahu and their critiques of his analysis: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/04/listen-to-the-experts-dont-listen-to-the-bloodthir.html

      2) The Real News Network's Sharmini Peries interviewed former US IAEA Nuclear Weapons Inspector Robert Kelley who calls Netanyahu's claims baseless, self-serving, and childish in an informative 20 minute interview: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21700#.WukcJHvM2Go.facebook

      "Of course, there is also the current United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency statement which also debunks Netanyahu's claims.

    • Reality:

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/30/netanyahu-accuses-iran-cheating-nuclear-deal
      The Guardian, April 30/18
      "Nuclear deal: Netanyahu accuses Iran of cheating on agreement"

      “Israeli PM claims ‘new and conclusive proof’ shows Iran hid nuclear weapons, though evidence had been seen by UN watchdog”

      EXCERPTS:
      “…key documents highlighted by Netanyahu had previously been seen by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as early as 2005 and made public by the agency in 2011.”

      “The IAEA judged that substantial work on nuclear weapons development ceased in 2003, and that there was no evidence of weapons research after 2009. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, the task of investigating Iran’s nuclear past was handed to the IAEA.”

      “Olli Heinonen, the former chief inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said his department first saw the documentation that Netanyahu presented in 2005. The safeguards department that Heinonen ran came to the conclusion that the evidence of weapon design work known as the Amad project was credible, but that substantial work on the project ceased in 2003. Heinonen gave a classified briefing on Amad to the IAEA board in 2008.

      “After watching Netanyahu’s presentation, Heinonen said: ‘I just saw a lot of pictures I had seen before.’

      “’Some of the images that we saw I briefed to the board in closed session in February 2008,’ Heinonen said. He added that the IAEA did not see the full archive of Amad documentation, but was given the most important evidence. The IAEA made public some of its evidence on Iran’s past nuclear weapons work in 2011. It found that some research work had continued after 2003, but found no evidence of such research activities after 2009.”

      https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/iran-nuclear-threat-180423110553667.html?utm_source=Al+Jazeera+English+Newsletter+%7C+Weekly&utm_campaign=61dc1120cd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e427298a68-61dc1120cd-214581669
      “Is Iran really a nuclear threat?”
      “Investigative journalist Gareth Porter dispels some of the myths surrounding Iran's nuclear programme.” By Mersiha Gadzo. 23 Apr 2018 – Al Jazeera.

      EXCERPTS:
      “Most recently, the press reported earlier this month that Yossi Cohen, head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, stated he is ‘100 percent certain’ that Iran is seeking to build a nuclear weapon.

      “And yet, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released eight statements over the years confirming that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully.”

      “Al Jazeera: "We heard yet another claim earlier this month, this time from the chief of Mossad, that Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb. You've uncovered a wealth of evidence that proves Iran is not a threat. What are some of the most important pieces of evidence?

      “Gareth Porter [historian, investigative journalist]: I think the most important set of documentary evidence is the so-called ‘laptop’ documents. Those were documents that were supposedly [smuggled out] from a covert Iranian nuclear weapons research programme in the early 2000s, but I was able to show in my book that these documents were in fact passed on to Western intelligence by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), who of course were sworn enemies of the regime.”

      “The Israelis had both the motive and the opportunity to manufacture these documents that Mossad had created, a special programme to circulate ‘information’ about the Iranian nuclear programme to other governments and the news media of the world in 2003. That was just when these documents would have been produced.

      “There are multiple indications that these documents are forgeries - the most important of which are the drawings of what is alleged to be in the documents, a series of efforts to make a nuclear weapon with the Iranian Shahab 3 missile.

      “These drawings actually show the wrong missile warhead. It's a missile warhead that the Iranians are known now to have abandoned by the time these drawings were supposedly brought into existence. It is the most important giveaway that these documents were not genuine; they were fake.”

      “This time the US and allies are concerned with Iran's ballistic missile programme. Why are they focused on Iran's programme when other countries have ballistic missile programmes as well? Have we seen any credible evidence that proves that Iran is a threat that should be carefully watched?

      “Porter: It's absolutely clear that Iran has simply used ballistic missiles as a deterrent far more than any other state in the Middle East because they do not have an air force. They do not have fighter jets or fighter-bombers that could deliver any conventional weapons as a retaliation for an attack on Iran. And that has been the case since the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979.

      “The other major players in the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, both have ballistic missiles that are capable of hitting Iran. This is very clearly a matter of self-defence in terms of deterrence for Iran. And I think the reason for the United States taking a position that it has, has nothing to do with the reality of the situation; this is pure politics - both international and domestic that have governed the position of US government - not just under Trump but under George W Bush and Obama as well.”

  • Israeli radio host fantasizes about rape and murder of leftist 'filth' who called soldiers 'terrorists'
    • @DaBakr

      Sigh. You swing and miss the ball once again. No surprise. As a hasbarat, you've long since proved to be a pathetic failure.

  • Flaming kites mark fifth Friday of Gaza protests
    • @Cazador

      "One day, the shame will be pointed at all Jews for Israel’s wrongdoings since 1948 in Palestine."

      Regrettably, but not surprisingly, it's already happening. Not within most of the media, but certainly increasingly so within the general public around the world. Slowly, but surely, Zionism is proving to be a curse for Jews, a modern Golden Calf. It's only a matter of time.

    • @Boris

      "? All of them"

      Drawing an analogy between Nazism and the entity known as "Israel" is entirely appropriate.

      To wit:
      https://www.haaretz.com/opi...
      Zeev Sternhell**
      Jan 19, 2018 - Haaretz
      Opinion: "In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism"
      EXCERPT:
      "I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?"

      Also:
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716

      Opinion: "Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel's True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West."
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 - Haaretz

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

    • @mondonut
      "The repeated claim (ad nauseam) is that the demonstrations are peaceful and non-violent. Ahmad Kabariti proves otherwise."

      Cite one example of an Israeli soldier being killed or wounded by the Palestinian demonstrators.

      Meanwhile:
      To quote Amnesty International:
      “Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators [some with what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries] who pose no imminent threat to them.”

      “In most of the fatal cases analyzed by Amnesty International, victims were shot in the upper body, including the head and the chest, some from behind.”

      “Eyewitness testimonies, video and photographic evidence suggest that many were deliberately killed or injured while posing no immediate threat to the Israeli soldiers.”

  • Israel needs Palestinian violence to shift world opinion -- and 'The New York Times' helps out!
    • @Donald Johnson, et al

      FYI:
      Just received from my Canadian friend:

      https://nakba70action.org/

      Nakba70Action.org

      "In 2018, we commemorate 70 years of the original Nakba and recognize the ongoing colonization of remaining Palestine in similar pattern of Judaization of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the total siege and destruction of Gaza.

      "Entitled Nakba70Action.org, the primary purpose is to make it quick and easy to organize and implement a Nakba 70th anniversary public commemoration in your city. It is offered as a complete 'action kit' providing the many elements needed to organize and hold a successful event. No longer does each group need to 're-invent the wheel' –

      "Nakba70Action.org, takes a proven action as seen in the highlights video clip and adapt it to your local reality leading to a street performance event in your town or city.

      "Although useful for educational purposes, this site is offered as a public action resource to people and groups across the globe to help them commemorate the Nakba’s 70th anniversary with others in a powerful yet respectful and dignified manner.

      "Using Nakba70Action.org saves valuable time and scarce resources by focusing only on what is needed and providing the materials to organize and implement.

      "It provides powerful words, images and actions which can be taken to public spaces and be noticed by people otherwise ignorant of the occasion or its significance."

      Nakba70 Highlight video:

  • The Gaza border is a theater of cultural resistance
    • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/opinion/march-gaza-friday-palestinian.html

      OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

      "Why I March in Gaza" By Fadi Abu Shammalah

      "Mr. Shammalah is the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers in Gaza."

      New York Times, April 27, 2018

      EXCERPT:
      KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — "Early in the morning on March 30, my 7-year-old son, Ali, saw me preparing to leave the house. This was unusual for our Friday routine.

      “'Where are you going, Dad?'"
      “'To the border. To participate in the Great Return March.'”

      "The Great Return March is the name that has been given to 45 days of protest along the border between Gaza and Israel. It began on March 30, Land Day, which commemorates the 1976 killings of six Palestinians inside Israel who had been protesting land confiscations, and ends on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the mass displacement of Palestinians during the 1948 war that lead to the creation of Israel.

      “'Can I come with you?” Ali pleaded. I told him it was too dangerous. If Israeli military warnings were any indication, the risk that unarmed protesters might be shot by Israeli snipers was too high. 'Why are you going if you might get killed?' Ali pressed me.

      "His question stayed with me as I went to the border encampment in eastern Khan Younis, the southern Gaza town where I live. It remained with me on the following Fridays as I continued to participate in the march activities, and it lingers with me now.

      "I cherish my life. I am the father of three precious children (Ali has a 4-year-old brother, Karam, and a newborn baby brother, Adam), and I’m married to a woman I consider my soul mate. And my fears were borne out: 39 protesters have been killed since the march began, many by sniper fire, including a 15-year-old last week and two other children on April 6. Israel is refusing to return the bodies of two of those slain.

      "Thousands more have been injured. Journalists have been targeted; 13 of them have been shot since the protests began, including Yasser Murtaja, a 30-year-old photographer, and 25-year-old Ahmed Abu Hussein, who died Wednesday of his injuries.

      "So why am I willing to risk my life by joining the Great Return March?"

      "There are multiple answers to Ali’s question. I fully believe in the march’s tactics of unarmed, direct, civilian-led mass action. I have also been inspired by how the action has unified the Palestinian people in the politically fractured Gaza Strip. And the march is an effective way to highlight the unbearable living conditions facing residents of the Gaza Strip: four hours of electricity a day, the indignity of having our economy and borders under siege, the fear of having our homes shelled.

      "But the core reason I am participating is that years from now, I want to be able to look Ali, Karam and Adam in the eye and tell them, 'Your father was part of this historic, nonviolent struggle for our homeland.'

      "Western media’s coverage of the Great Return March has focused on the images of young people hurling stones and burning tires. The Israeli military portrays the action as a violent provocation by Hamas, a claim that many analysts have blindly accepted. Those depictions are in direct contradiction with my experiences on the ground."

  • George Washington student Senate passes divestment resolution as intimidation campaign continues
    • @Pippilin

      I had the same thought. These Zio-creeps should do some research. Then again, their moronic tactics to suppress the truth serve the Palestinians.

  • Adi Shosberger called Israeli soldiers ‘terrorists’ -- and Israel has turned on her
    • @Maghlawatan

      The entity known as "Israel," ever faster and deeper into the abyss of fascism/Nazism. No surprise, given the racist nature of Zionism.

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: "Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history....The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is... a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light." (Quoted by Frank Epp, Whose Land is Palestine?, p. 261)

    • @WebSkipper

      Agreed!! Haneen Zoabi is amazing, a true and courageous champion of her people.

  • Killing of second Palestinian journalist covering Gaza protests draws international condemnation
    • The Gaza Strip, as of April 27:

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/gaza-protest-latest-updates-180406092506561.html

      Al Jazeera, April 27/18

      "Gaza protests: All the latest updates"

      "Palestinians set to protest for the fifth Friday in a row as UN rights chief condemns Israel's use of 'excessive force'."

      EXCERPT:
      "Palestinians in Gaza Strip have protested for the fifth Friday in a row, as part of the Great March of Return movement.

      "Since the protests began on March 30, 42 Palestinians in the coastal enclave have been killed by Israeli forces, with more than 5,500 injured.

      "Here are all the latest updates as of Friday, April 27

      "Since the protests began on March 30, 42 Palestinians in the coastal enclave have been killed by Israeli forces, with more than 5,500 injured.

      "Dozens hurt in latest Gaza protest
      At least 25 Palestinian protesters have reportedly been injured by live Israeli gunfire or have suffocated from teargas inhalation, as demonstrations erupted for the fifth Friday in a row in Gaza, according to reports.

      "The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that at least six Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters, while the rest were hurt because of teargas inhalation.

      "Hundreds of protesters have been gathering at the eastern and northern border of the Gaza Strip on what they called the 'Friday of Rebellious Youth'.

      "UN rights chief decries Israel's excessive use of force in Gaza:

      "UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has condemned Israel's use of 'excessive force' against Palestinian protesters, saying its security forces must be held to account for the many deaths and injuries sustained by Palestinians in the past month.

      "'The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators - not once, not twice, but repeatedly,' Zeid said.

      "In the past four weeks, 42 Palestinians had been killed and over 5,500 injured along the fence in Gaza, with no reports of Israeli casualties."

    • "A video dedicated to the people of Gaza as they struggle to break out of Israel's infernal prison."

    • @shaun patrick

      As its history clearly attests, Israel has never had a "conscience."

  • Welcome the doubting liberals
  • Lieberman, commander of Gaza snipers, arrives in D.C. to take on Iran Deal
    • https://mailchi.mp/a72052cf50b0/protection-of-civilians-weekly-report-4-18-april-544149?e=42115da045

      "OCHA, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territories"

      Jerusalem, April 26/18

      EXCERPT:
      "Today, the Humanitarian Fund for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt HF) announced the release of US$ 2.2 million to address urgent humanitarian needs resulting from the massive rise in Palestinian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

      “'Over the course of four Fridays of demonstrations, far more Palestinians have been injured in the Gaza Strip than in the preceding three years combined' said the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick. 'This staggering rise has had a catastrophic impact on the already-struggling Gaza health sector, and is worsened by violence against health staff providing first aid in the field and the difficulties facing some patients in accessing urgently-needed care outside of Gaza.'

      "Since 30 March 2018, Israeli forces have killed 40 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly in the context of demonstrations. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 5,511 Palestinians have been wounded during the Gaza demonstrations, of whom 1,499 were hospitalized in governmental hospitals following injury by live ammunition."

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