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  • Israeli outpost is evacuated without a shot, even as settlers throw stones
    • @Jack Green

      "The settlers aren’t trying to exterminate another people."

      Come now, Jack. What you really meant to write was:
      "The settlers aren’t trying to exterminate another people [yet. They are currently concentrating on stealing/confiscating their land and dispossessing/expelling them by means of an illegal/brutal occupation, terror, collective punishments, imprisonment without charge, murder, torture, beatings, etc. Eventually, those that manage to remain on their native land will be exterminated."] Such is the essence of Zionism.

  • 'The Israeli military said,' the New York Times reports
    • @American Perspective, et al

      Let's cut to the chase:

      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" Canada's Globe and Mail,
      by Doug Saunders, May 15/18

      EXCERPT:
      “'You have made history,' Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, said to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday as the two leaders, flanked by a discomfiting alliance of far-right politicians, ultra-Orthodox rabbis and evangelical preachers who have declared that Jews are doomed to burn in hell, officiated over the U.S. embassy’s move to the contested city of Jerusalem.

      "On Tuesday, the world learned just what sort of history had been made. May 15 is known to Palestinians as Nakba ('Catastrophe') Day, to mark the 1948 expulsion of Arabs from newly created Israel. On this 70th anniversary, viewers around the world recoiled at a gruesome series of funerals, as Arabs buried some of the about 60 Gaza residents who were killed by Israeli Defence Forces bullets while the two leaders went about the business of congratulating one another.

      "For Mr. Netanyahu, this mixture of human tragedy and empty ceremony was the culmination of a Faustian political bargain, in which he has purchased political support for his right-wing coalition at the price of the world’s respect and his country’s peace and security.

      "If Monday horrified the world, Tuesday drove home the nature of this bargain, as both leaders were all but silent on the killings, and on the scores of other deaths, and thousands of injuries, inflicted by IDF soldiers on Palestinians protesting the embassy move over the past month (there were reports of more killings after the funerals on Tuesday)."

      London Review of Books , Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018
      "The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy" By Rabbi/Professor Henry Siegman, former Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America.

      EXCERPTS:
      "During the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, Israeli security forces, using high-powered rifles and live ammunition, have killed forty Palestinians (and counting), and wounded more than five thousand. B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have all accused Israel’s government and its minister of defence, Avigdor Lieberman, of targeting reporters and mostly unarmed civilians. Lieberman replied that there are ‘no innocent people’ in Hamas-run Gaza."

      "Lieberman’s opinion of the value of the lives of Palestinians mirrors the view expressed by Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s minister of justice. A year before her appointment in 2015, Shaked posted on her Facebook page an article by Uri Elitzur, a settler leader, in which he said that Israel should target not only militants but the ‘mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which the snakes were raised. Otherwise more little snakes will be raised there.’

      "Shaked is a member of the settlers’ political party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), whose leader, Naftali Bennett, is Netanyahu’s minister of education. In 2013 Bennett said during a cabinet debate: ‘If you catch terrorists, you simply have to kill them.’ When Israel’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, pointed out that this would be illegal, Bennett retorted: ‘I have killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that.’

      https://www.counterpunch.or...
      Counterpunch, May 16, 2018
      “Kill and Kill and Kill,”by Saree Makdisi
      EXCERPT:
      “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.”

  • Ireland: A special case of Palestine solidarity
    • While living in the Middle East, I often heard Arabs, especially Palestinians, say they have a lot in common with Irish folk, i.e., they were both "screwed by the British."

  • Israeli army arrest Hebron band over 'incitement' music
  • Laurie Anderson screams in Jerusalem, but has nothing to say about Gaza
    • For the record:

      https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/un-votes-to-condemn-israel-for-excessive-use-of-force-in-gaza/

      "UN votes to condemn Israel for excessive use of force in Gaza" June 14/18

      EXCERPT:
      "The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an 'international protection mechanism' for occupied Palestinian territory.

      "The General Assembly adopted a resolution with 120 votes in favor, eight against and 45 abstentions. It was put forward in the General Assembly by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member U.N. Security Council earlier this month."

    • @Annie Robbins

      Laurie Anderson is a "scab" and also desperate for gigs.
      She is also a wanker musician.

  • The Knesset officially declares that Israeli democracy is for Jews only
    • @inbound39

      "Yes Ossinev, they have merely succeeded in creating a self built prison like Warsaw."

      Agreed!!
      Your comment brings to mind the following prophetic words by an eminent British Jew over a hundred years ago:

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

    • @Ossinev

      The departure of the "colonial rats" from "Zio-land" is now a flood.

      http://www.newsweek.com/2018/0 5/18/israel-brain-drain-techno logy-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." By Yardena Schwartz

      "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."

      "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."

      Also:
      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.”

  • 'Every bullet has a precise address' – another Israeli journalist justifies the massacre
    • @just, et al

      "From this position, the events looked a bit different than from the Karni crossing near Nahal Oz. Now I am convinced, more than at the beginning of the fighting about 10 weeks ago, that the massive shooting at the beginning of the battles [sic] has saved many Palestinian lives, and of course, first and foremost, lives of Israelis.”

      And this two-bit neo-Nazi fascist probably wonders why Jews around the world, especially youth, are increasingly divorcing themselves from Zionism, abandoning Judaism and choosing to assimilate. No surprise! Zionism is Judaism's curse.

      To wit:

      https://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page//.premium-future-of-u-s-jews-keeps-me-up-at-night-israeli-minister-says-1.6172892

      "Future of U.S. Jews 'keeps me up at night,' Israeli minister tells Jewish gathering"

      "Naftali Bennett tells AJC conference that his main goal as diaspora affairs minister is 'saving the Jews' and warns of 'losing millions of Jews to assimilation.'"
      By Judy Maltz | Jun. 12/18 - Haaretz.

      EXCERPTS:
      "Addressing the annual conference of the American Jewish Committee, he said: 'If there’s one thing that keeps me up at night, it’s not Iran but the future of the Jews in America, and we have to fix this together.'”

      “'If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation,' he told more than 2,400 AJC delegates from six continents around the globe who were attending the conference. It was the first time in its 112-year history that the AJC – one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world – held its large annual event outside the United States.

      "Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told a large Jewish gathering in Jerusalem on Tuesday that he feared for the future of the American-Jewish community because it was losing its connection to both Israel and Judaism."

  • Don't expect Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris to be critical of Israel
    • @American Perspective

      Nonsensical comment. Apples and oranges.

      Unlike, as is the case with the entity known as "Israel," along with several other benefits, including, providing sophisticated weaponry and protection at international forums (e.g., the UN), American taxpayers are not pumping in over $12 million per day to support the regimes governing Mexico, China, Iran or Syria. Nor, unlike the entity known as "Israel," do these countries have super wealthy Americans (e.g., Sheldon Adelson, and Haim Saban) along with for instance, AIPAC, determining our foreign policy by bribing our politicians (e.g., Donald Trump) with hundreds of $millions to ignore and/or support their crimes against humanity.

  • Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid
    • @American Perspective

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

      EXCERPT:
      “The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish”
      “Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.”

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

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

    • @American Perspective

      "The takeaway is that Israel is a great democracy...."

      Israel, i.e., west of the green line, ** is not and has never been a "democracy."

      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

      Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

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

      Video, 2017: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: "Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid"
      https://www.youtube.com/wat...

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, published in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

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

      One example of apartheid within Israel:
      “Jewish town won’t let Arab build home on his own land ”
      Excerpt: “Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ he reportedly told Suad. ‘We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.’” (Haaretz, 14 December 2009)

      Adi Ophir, professor of philosophy, Tel Aviv University: "...the adoption of the political forms of an ethnocentric and racist nation-state in general, are turning Israel into the most dangerous place in the world for the humanity and morality of the Jewish community, for the continuity of Jewish cultures and perhaps for Jewish existence itself." (1998 issue of "Theory and Criticism," published in Israel)

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

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

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

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

      The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, “…dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

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

      Nor should we forget Gaza:
      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.

      https://www.counterpunch.or...
      Counterpunch, May 16, 2018
      “Kill and Kill and Kill,”by Saree Makdisi
      EXCERPT:
      “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."

    • @American Perspective

      To be brief:
      Surely, it is obvious to any reasonably informed person that given the nature of its leadership before and after its "founding," the entity known as "Israel" could only be fascistic and racist.

      To wit:

      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.

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

      Zionism/fascism defined:
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-farm-terror-palestinian-vineyard-annihilated-with-chainsaws-1.6115888?utm_term=20180524-18%3A53&utm_campaign=Gideon+Levy&utm_medium=email&writerAlerts=true&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=www.haaretz.com%2Fisrael-news%2F1.6115888

      “A Palestinian Vineyard Annihilated With Chainsaws, With a Chilling Message in Hebrew. Vandals slashed hundreds of mature grape plants near Hebron, and the odds that the culprits will be caught are slim.” By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac. May 24/18 – Haaretz.
      EXCERPT:
      “The grapes are shriveled. The vineyard is dead. Reduced to a large, dried-out, yellowing stain in the heart of the verdant region along Highway 60 where the road runs past the town of Halhoul, north of Hebron. The ‘yellow wind’ that David Grossman wrote about 30 years ago is a dying vineyard here. Two plots of land, with hundreds of vines that were slashed, their stems and shoots sawed off – and within a week everything here had withered and died.

      “This is a particularly horrible sight because all the damage was wrought by the hand of man. A wicked, loathsome hand that hates not only Arabs but despises the land itself. In fact, we can assume that it wasn’t just one individual who raided and destroyed this vineyard late Tuesday night last week. To saw off that many plants in such a short time requires a few pairs of nasty hands. And someone also had to smear the threatening words in Hebrew on a rock: ‘We will reach everywhere.’ All before first light illuminated the dark deed.

      “When dawn broke, the owner of the vineyard, Dr. Haitham Jahshan, a hematologist, arrived and couldn’t believe his eyes. His vines had been ravaged. First he saw one sawed trunk, then another and another – a sea of butchered vines, whose grapes were grown to be eaten, not for wine – until the full scale of the calamity hit home.”

  • Palestinians protest in Ramallah against the 'Authority of Shame'
    • Two articles of note regarding Palestinian women:

      http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176435/tomgram%3A_shammalah_and_marlowe%2C_the_return_of_the_women_of_gaza/

      Tomgram: Shammalah and Marlowe, "The Return of the Women of Gaza" June 12/18

      EXCERPT:
      "We know her name but not, as the courageous Israeli journalist Amira Hass has pointed out, the name of the Israeli sniper who shot her down in cold blood during an unarmed demonstration at the blockaded Gazan border as she ran to aid a man struck in the head by a tear gas shell. She was 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar, a volunteer emergency medical worker, who, reported the New York Times, wanted to prove in an increasingly conservative Gaza Strip that 'being a medic is not only a job for a man.' Wearing a white coat clearly identifying her as medical personnel, she was shot through the chest and died in a Gazan hospital later that day. (Two other medics were wounded in the same set of incidents.) She was the second medic to die (while a reported 29 or more medical personnel were wounded by live fire) during the weeks of Palestinian protest called the Great Return March that just ended. The other was 36-year-old Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, wearing a white medic’s vest."

      "The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza.
      Why Palestine’s Feminists are Fighting on Two Fronts"
      By Fadi Abu Shammalah and Jen Marlowe
      “'I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor.' Fifty-seven-year-old Um Khalid Abu Mosa spoke in a strong, gravelly voice as she sat on the desert sand, a white tent protecting her from the blazing sun. 'The land,' she says with determination, 'is honor and dignity.'

      "She was near the southern Gaza Strip town of Khuza’a, the heavily fortified barrier with Israel in plain sight and well-armed Israeli soldiers just a few hundred meters away. Abu Mosa’s left arm was wrapped in a sling fashioned from a black-and-white-checkered kuffiyeh, or scarf, and a Palestinian flag. Israeli soldiers had shot her in the shoulder with live ammunition on March 30th as she approached the barrier to plant a Palestinian flag in a mound of earth. The bullet is still lodged in her collarbone. Three weeks later, however, she’s back at the Great Return March, a series of protests organized around five encampments stretching along a unilaterally imposed Israeli buffer zone on the 37-mile barrier between the Gaza Strip and Israel."

    • "Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah city Sunday night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) end its sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip that have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the small Palestinian enclave."

      Good news!! The Palestinians are one people. Therein lies their greatest strength and it is being increasingly enhanced by their young men and women stepping forward en masse, taking the reins and gaining more and more allies, including Jews, around the world.

      Meanwhile, the entity know as "Israel' is sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss of fascism and the world is increasingly viewing it with disgust.

  • Israeli drones drop Ramadan blessings leaflet on Gaza-- before four more are killed
    • @Jackdaw

      What's really "sick and disgusting" is your failure to comprehend the fact that the past and present thoroughly documented monstrous crimes inflicted on Palestinians (the indigenous inhabitants of the lands between the River and the Sea) by Zionist Jews of foreign origin is an unforgivable betrayal of the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis.

    • John O, et al

      Let's take a break and remember Anthony Bourdain, a true friend and dedicated supporter of the Palestinians:

      All short videos:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=phJE7QtC_oI
      Anthony Bourdain has traditional Palestinian meal in Gaza.

      He also had great respect and admiration for Iranians:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysYGCtGYGdc
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGWhGCy1CNE
      Two videos re his visit to Iran: "The land of secret recipes"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53pRNV8wAws&feature=youtu.be
      Anthony Bourdain speaks about Palestinians while receiving the MPAC Media award.

    • @Jackdaw

      "'If the intent of the Great March was to relieve the blockade or kickstart negotiations with Israel, or to increase international pressure on Israel, than the Great March is an utter failure.'"

      Sigh. You have to get out of your mother's basement and/or Hasbara Central.

      A brief sampling of reality:

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/protest-against-netanyahu-shuts-down-champs-elysees?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=01a129456d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-01a129456d-290675021
      The Electronic Intifada, June 8/18
      "Protest against Netanyahu shuts down Champs-Élysées"

      http://nyebevannews.co.uk/ labour-party-leader-jeremy- corbyn-tells-israel-we-cannot- turn-a-blind-eye-to-these- repeated-and-dangerous- breaches-of-international-law/
      NEW Bevin News, June 5/18 ​ ​
      "Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tells Israel: 'We cannot turn a blind eye to these repeated and dangerous breaches of international law.'”

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/eu-foreign-policy-chief-cancels-jerusalem-visit-1.6157982
      "EU Foreign Policy Chief Cancels Jerusalem Visit"
      "Mogherini's attendance at AJC conference on Monday, following Jordan visit, canceled due to 'agenda reasons.' Netanyahu's bureau says he was unable to meet her, while sources add that 'her positions are very hostile.' By Noa Landau. Jun 08/18 - Haaretz.

      http://jewishnews. timesofisrael.com/spains- third-largest-city-joins-bds- and-declares-itself-free-of- israeli-apartheid/
      The Jewish News (Britain's largest Jewish newspaper) - June 8/18
      "Spanish city joins BDS and declares itself ‘free of Israeli apartheid’"

      "Leader of Spain’s third-largest party Podemos calls the Jewish state a 'criminal country' as a major city backs boycotts of Israel."

      "Pablo Iglesias Turrión, leader of the Podemos far-left party, said this in an interview earlier this week on RTVE. 'We need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel,' said Iglesias Turrión, whose party in 2015 won 20 percent of the votes in the general election just one year after its creation.

      'Last week, a motion promoted by a local fraction of Podemos on the city council of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, was passed declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia a 'Israeli apartheid-free zone.'

      "Podemos has called for a blanket boycott of Israel and has accused its government many times of pursuing apartheid-like policies. However, calling Israel’s existence illegal is a new development."

      Wake up Jackdaw!! the Palestinians have the momentum and the international image of the entity known as "Israel," is going down the toilet.

    • @Jackdaw, et al

      Ah, yes, once again Jackdaw, the raving Zionist, crawls out of his hate filled hole and true to form, spews forth nothing but bilge. He must enjoy making a fool of himself.

  • Celebrating in Jerusalem, killing in Gaza, pandering in Sacramento
    • More regarding the murderous monster Zionism created between the River and the Sea.

      https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6644/rr-0

      "The Gaza shootings: a massive orthopaedic crisis and mass disability"

      6 June 2018
      By Dr. Nafiz Abu-Shaban, Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Shifa Hospital, Gaza.
      EXCERPT:

      "I am the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza and I am writing in follow-up of the rapid response 'The Maiming Fields of Gaza' of 4 May. (1) As of 18 May, the death and injury toll, rising every day, is 117 dead, including 13 children, and no less than 12,271 injured. 6,760 have been hospitalised, including 3,598 with bullet wounds. 19 clearly identified medics have been shot to date. (2)

      "The humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been operating in Gaza and says that people have been shot with bullets that have caused fist-sized wounds of 'unusual severity.' Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, head of MSF Palestine says in their report that 'half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverised bone'. (3) This is what we are facing. I have seen a great deal of physical trauma in Gaza following Israeli attacks but have not seen these kind of injuries before. From the appearance of the wounds there appears to have been systematic use by Israeli Defence Force snipers of ammunition with an expanding ‘butterfly’ effect.

      "There are currently between 300 and 350 high energy compound tibial fractures in Gaza as a result of live fire. These are the most difficult of all open fractures to treat. Complex lower limb injuries of this severity may require between 5 and 7 surgical procedures, with each operation taking 3-6 hours. Even with state-of-the-art reconstruction, healing takes 1-2 years. Most of these patients will develop osteomyelitis. A steadily increasing toll of secondary amputations is inevitable. They will also need intensive rehabilitation, but the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza was destroyed by Israeli bombing in 2014 and has not been re-built. Mass lifelong disability is now the prospect facing Gazan citizens, largely young, who were merely gathering in unarmed protest about Israeli occupation and siege that has rendered their political and social futures impossible.

      "To reconstruct such injuries is entirely beyond the capabilities of Gazan medical services already depleted by the 12 year Israeli siege described in the earlier rapid response. Shifa hospital is anyway swamped and there are no beds. Moreover the level of expertise required for such reconstructive surgery is beyond that generalist orthopaedic surgeons, requiring dedicated Limb Salvage Teams. I am sure that if over 6000 injured patients, more than half with bullet wounds, required admission to hospitals in London over a short period of time, your services would be stretched even though you are fully resourced. I am told that no single limb reconstruction service in the UK has ever been confronted with such mass leg casualties. How are we here in Gaza to manage this situation?

      "I understand there is now the question of an investigation by the International Criminal Court.

      "We in Gaza cannot but ask why has no European government spoken out about events which if they had happened elsewhere would surely have been called an international outrage and probable war crime?"

  • 'New York Times' teams up with Israel to smear slain medic Razzan al-Najjar as 'complex,' not innocent
    • @mondonut

      "Absolutely. If masses of Israelis attempt to cross into Gaza to 'take back' what they erroneously claim as their own, then sure, fire away."

      Moronic comment!!

  • 'I'm targeted by the Israeli army,' Razan al-Najjar said before she was killed
    • @Kay24

      Well said!! Do not despair! The fascistic entity known as "Israel" is digging its grave.

  • Israeli army frames slain medic Razan al-Najjar as 'Hamas human shield'
    • https://medium.com/@MatthewZGindin/todays-attempt-by-the-idf-to-excuse-the-shooting-of-a-palestinian-medic-d2d90537baca

      "Today’s Attempt By The IDF To Excuse The Shooting of A Palestinian Medic"

      Medium, by Matthew Gindin, June 7/18

      EXCERPT:
      "The IDF released a video which shows al-Najjar throwing a tear gas canister (it is not clear in what context- is she disposing of one thrown at Palestinians? Is she throwing it at the IDF? We don’t know) along with an interview in which she says she is there at the protest 'as a human shield.'

      "The problem is that the IDF has edited the original interview so as to stop her in mid-sentence. In the original, she says, as translated by Israeli journalist Mairav Zonszein, 'I am here as a rescuing human shield to protect and save the wounded on the front line.'

      "So what the IDF has done here is released a deceptive video in order to retroactively justify their shooting of a medic- a shooting they say was accidental. So the message, then, would be: 'Yes, we accidentally shot a medic, but she was doing bad things, so it’s ok.'”

    • Any reasonably informed person with an IQ over room temperature knows the army of the entity known as "Israel" is lying and makes a habit of it.

  • 'Israel has no choice' -- 'NY Times' columnists largely line up behind Gaza massacre
    • https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180607-report-kushner-reproached-kuwait-over-pro-palestinian-proposal-at-unsc/

      "Report: Kushner reproached Kuwait over pro-Palestinian proposal at UNSC"

      Middle East Monitor, June 7/18

      "US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner has had 'a very brief and stormy meeting' with Kuwait Ambassador to America, Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al Sabah, during which he conveyed the US administration’s annoyance with Kuwait’s position at the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories', Al-Rai newspaper reported informed US sources as saying.

      "The newspaper reported yesterday that Kushner reproached Sheikh Salem saying: 'The Kuwaiti behaviour at the UN Security Council has embarrassed him personally in front of US administration officials as well as allied US countries which support our efforts to resolve the crisis.'

      "According to the source, Kushner revealed during his meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador that 'he was working with Saudi Arabia and Egypt on a joint Arab-American statement on the situation in Gaza', adding that he did not know that Kuwait holds a different opinion to the Arab consensus, although it claims to represent the Arab bloc at the UN Security Council.
      Last week Kuwait submitted a draft resolution at the UNSC demanding an international mission be set up to protect Palestinian civilians. The US used its power of veto to quash the plan."

    • What Thomas Friedman was really saying:

      “'I get why Israel has no choice but to defend its border with Gaza with brute force. [If I don't say so, I could lose my job.]'”

  • Argentinian soccer team boycotts Israel -- and 'NY Times' whitewash fails to quote a single player
    • @Maghlawatan, et al

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-if-israel-persists-argentina-soccer-fiasco-will-only-be-the-beginning-1.6154703

      Analysis: "Israel Should Stop Playing Into BDS' Hands or Argentina Soccer Fiasco Will Only Be the Beginning"
      By Chemi Shalev, June 6/18

      "Israeli sports minister’s intervention and agitation has handed the movement a moral victory that could spur South Africa-style sports boycott."

      EXCERPT:
      "The decision of Argentina’s national soccer team to cancel its friendly against Israel on Saturday gives the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement a dramatic victory in its own war against Israel.

      "The cancellation garnered unusually large international attention because of its proximity to the opening of the World Cup in Russia next week, and as a direct consequence of the irresponsible intervention of Israel’s flamboyant culture and sports minister, Miri Regev.

      "The game itself was of no importance, and Israeli fans of Lionel Messi will soon get over their disappointment and outrage. But the danger of the Argentine cancellation lies in the precedent it sets: It bestows legitimacy on other foreign clubs and national teams to follow in Argentina’s footsteps. The BDS movement’s moral victory could spur it to concentrate on a sports boycott against Israel, and to try to emulate the successful tactics adopted by the Anti-Apartheid Movement from the 1950s onward.

      "The South African precedent should trouble all Israelis – including those who reject any analogy between the Israeli occupation and the repressive and racist white government that ruled South Africa until the early ’90s. The sports boycott began in 1956, with the decision of the International Table Tennis Federation to expel the all-white South African team, and expanded throughout the next two decades to include cricket, rugby, soccer and the Olympic Games."

    • Furthermore:

      https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5279844,00.html

      "Report: Messi personally pushed for cancelation of Argentina-Israel soccer match"
      Ynet - published, June 6/18 ,

      "The Palestinian Federation's President in south America, Rafael Araya Nasri, said Wednesday that Argentina national football team's star Lionel Messi had personally pushed for the cancelation of the warm-up soccer match that was scheduled to take place between Israel and Argentina on Saturday in Jerusalem along with his teammate Javier Mascherano and the team's manager Jorge Sampaoli.

      "'We'll never forget this, they are champions in humanity,' Nasri added."

  • Jewish Israeli activists call for Palestinian right of return, hang portraits of protesters murdered in Gaza on Apartheid Wall
  • Liberal Israeli human rights organizations need to learn how to listen
  • Netanyahu used 'leadership of American Jewish community' to block Obama policy -- Ben Rhodes
  • Israeli forces shoot and kill Izz al-Din Tamimi in Nabi Saleh
    • @Jack Green

      Speaking of "Agricultural terrorism"

      Over the years Israel's Jewish National Fund (JNF) planted about 260 million pine trees (not indigenous to Palestine) on confiscated Palestinian land. At the same time, the JNF uprooted millions of indigenous Palestinian olive trees. The JNF's chief purpose was to hide the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages and their history.

      Predictably, the pine trees were unable to adapt to Palestine's dry climate.
      According to JNF statistics, 60% of the pine saplings did not survive. The pine trees that did survive soon constituted firetraps and lead to deadly, massive forest fires by the end of each summer.

      Rather than admit their utter stupidity, Israel's leaders, including current PM,
      Netanyahu, choose to blame the inevitable catastrophe on the native Palestinians.

    • @Jack Green

      Have another drink. It will clear your head.

  • Israeli lawmakers kill 'equality for all citizens' bill before it is even introduced
    • @mondonut

      However, the racist , apartheid entity known as "Israel" is NOT a "Jewish state." Well over 20% is non-Jewish and ever increasing.

      For the record:

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

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

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

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel [published in 2016] and the occupied Palestinian territories, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

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

  • Israeli police arrest Ramadan wakers in Jerusalem
    • How well I remember the call of the "dawn awakeners" during Ramadan while living in the Arab world. Although I was awakened, it was intoxicating. I love it as I do the call to prayer. Soon thereafter, I would fall into a deep sleep knowing that although not religious, I was connecting with the magnificent history of the Muslims who established what is undeniably one of the world's greatest civilizations and laid the foundation for Europe's emergence from the Dark Ages.

  • Israeli army says the killing of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar was 'just an accident'
    • @biggerjake

      Sooner or later all nations must act in their own best interests and the U.S. will not be an exception. As surely as Britain set Rhodesia adrift, France ended its colonization of Algeria and Belgium abandoned its colony in the Congo, so will America end its "special relationship" with the entity known as "Israel."

    • @Terry Heaton

      They are thoroughly indoctrinated (from childhood) racists, fascists and neo-Nazis. Zionism has created a monster between the River and the Sea, but it will not survive.

  • Cal State, East Bay student govt unanimously passes BDS resolution
    • Also:

      "Argentina Cancels Jerusalem Soccer Match With Israel Following Palestinian Pressure"

      "Palestinian soccer official urged Argentina to call off the match after it was moved to Jerusalem."

      By Uzi Dann, Noa Landau, Jonathan Lis and Reuters Jun 06/18

      EXCERPT:
      "In a letter on May 28, Palestine Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub urged the Argentine Football Association to call off the game after it was moved to Jerusalem from Haifa following 'political pressure' by the Israeli government. Rajoub specifically mentioned Culture Minister Miri Regev.

      "'This is a decision that, given the current context, the Palestine Football Association utterly rejects and condemns,' Rajoub wrote, adding that Israel was trying to use the match to help celebrate its 70th birthday.

      "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Argentine President Mauricio Macri late Tuesday, at Regev's request, in an attempt to prevent the cancellation. But in a follow-up conversation, Macri told Netanyahu that he could not influence the final decision, sources close to the prime minister said."

  • Democratic leaders grow fearful that Israel will divide the party
    • For the record:

      https://www.haaretz.com/ israel-news/.premium-knesset- council-bans-bill-to-define- israel-as-state-for-all- citizens-1.6145333

      Haaretz - June 4, 2018

      "Knesset Council Bans Bill to Define Israel as State for All Its Citizens"

      "In unusual move, ​the ​bill ​was ​disqualified before being discussed on Knesset floor because it 'seeks to deny Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people​.​'​ Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon noted that the bill 'includes several articles that are meant to alter the character of the State of Israel from the nation-state of the Jewish people to a state in which there is equal status from the point of view of nationality for Jews and Arabs.'

      By Jonathan Lis

      EXCERPT:
      "A bill submitted by three Joint List MKs calling for Israel to be defined as a state of all its citizens was disqualified by the Knesset presidium on Monday before it even reached the Knesset floor for deliberation.

      "Seven MKs supported the decision to ban debate on the Basic Law: 'A Country of All Its Citizens,' submitted by MKs Jamal Zahalka, Haneen Zoabi and Joumah Azbarga; two MKs opposed it (Esawi Freige from Meretz and Ahmad Tibi from Joint List); and MK Bezalel Smotrich from Habayit Hayehudi abstained.

      "This is the first time proposed legislation has been disqualified before being discussed in the plenum during the past two Knesset terms."

      "Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon clarified in a statement that, 'both in the theoretical plane and in the specific one, it is hard to not see such a proposal as one that seeks to deny Israel’s existence as the state of the Jewish people, and therefore, and in accordance with Article 75(e) of the regulations, the Knesset presidium is qualified to prevent its submission.'”

      The bill, Yinon noted, “includes several articles that are meant to alter the character of the State of Israel from the nation-state of the Jewish people to a state in which there is equal status from the point of view of nationality for Jews and Arabs."

  • 'I’m an Islamophobe' and 'Arabs lie' – former chief of Israeli Government Press Office
    • One example of a monumental lie by the entity known as "Israel" that must not be forgotten:

      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 (binding on all UN members), calls for the repatriation of and/or compensation for the then near 800,000 Palestinian refugees, who as determined by Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, were dispossessed and expelled by Jewish militas 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 unwarranted presumption of Israeli soldier innocence in the killing of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar
    • Must read!!

      https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n10/henry-siegman/the-two-state-solution-an-autopsy-

      "The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy" By Henry Siegman
      London Review of Books, May 24/18

      Henry Siegman is president emeritus of the US/Middle East Project and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

      EXCERPT:

      "During the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, Israeli security forces, using high-powered rifles and live ammunition, have killed forty Palestinians (and counting), and wounded more than five thousand. B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have all accused Israel’s government and its minister of defence, Avigdor Lieberman, of targeting reporters and mostly unarmed civilians. Lieberman replied that there are ‘no innocent people’ in Hamas-run Gaza. The new US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, reassured Israelis that ‘the United States is with Israel in this fight. And we strongly support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.’ That this support applies not only to its confrontations with Iran but also to Israel’s turkey shoot of Palestinians in Gaza was established when President Trump’s envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have investigated the Gaza killings. This was justified on the same grounds: Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself. The invocation of Israel’s ‘sovereign right’ is the big lie at the heart of America’s responsibility for the collapse of the peace process. In Gaza, as in the West Bank beyond the pre-1967 armistice line, Israel is acting not in accordance with its sovereign right to protect itself, but to protect its occupation. What Israel’s military restores when it quells Palestinian protests is not law and order, but illegality and repression, reinforcing its theft of Palestinian territory in order to preclude the possibility of a Palestinian state, a goal it has achieved.

      "Lieberman’s opinion of the value of the lives of Palestinians mirrors the view expressed by Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s minister of justice. A year before her appointment in 2015, Shaked posted on her Facebook page an article by Uri Elitzur, a settler leader, in which he said that Israel should target not only militants but the ‘mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which the snakes were raised. Otherwise more little snakes will be raised there.’

      "Shaked is a member of the settlers’ political party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), whose leader, Naftali Bennett, is Netanyahu’s minister of education. In 2013 Bennett said during a cabinet debate: ‘If you catch terrorists, you simply have to kill them.’ When Israel’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, pointed out that this would be illegal, Bennett retorted: ‘I have killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that.’ Israeli Jews, who overwhelmingly support the IDF sharp-shooters picking off unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, presumably agree with Bennett that there’s ‘no problem’ with these extra-judicial killings. (I am not aware of any case in which an IDF soldier has aimed his weapon, much less fired it, at an unarmed right-wing Jewish protestor.)

      "Pompeo, Haley and the Israel lobby – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) and allied organisations – are probably unaware of, or simply refuse to know about, the extent to which terrorism and war crimes marked the creation of Israel. Those who are told about this history dismiss it as a fabrication. What they deny or ignore is that these charges have been fully documented not only by historians, including Israeli ones, but by Israel’s own military. The point of recognising this history is not to justify terrorism by either Israelis or Palestinians, but to acknowledge the outrageous double standard that has been applied to the two parties and has undermined the possibility of a peace accord. Without knowing that history, it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the extent to which Israeli propaganda has succeeded in shaping a narrative about the creation of Israel that presents the Palestinians who were brutally expelled from their homes as the aggressors and the Jews as their victims. Without that history, it is impossible to understand the outrage Palestinians feel over having been portrayed as the bad guys for so long."

    • @Nathan

      "As a dedicated reader of this website, I’d like to use it in order to give my modest criticism to the Palestinians (because I care about them):"

      BULLCRAP!!
      It's patently obvious that you don't give a damn about the Palestinians!!

      "It would be much better to declare your willingness to end the conflict with Israel. You should negotiate with Israel and reach an agreement with her. Life is very dear."

      We can be certain that there was a smirk on your face as you wrote "Life is very dear."

      In fact, Hamas has made several overtures of peace to the entity known as "Israel," only to have them ignored.
      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.”
      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) No response from the entity known as “Israel.”

      ** By calling for a “resolution of the issue of refugees,” Haniyeh was in accordance with Res. 194, which calls for financial compensation as an option for the refugees rather than their “Right of Return.”

      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. No response from the entity known as “Israel.”

      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.”

  • How to tell when defending Israel is actually racist
    • @yesspam

      Well said.

      The truth is that during the first three decades of Israel's existence when it received a net import of capital totalling $31.5 billion (Maariv, 1 July 1977) and had the use of modern agricultural equipment as well as sophisticated farming techniques, its record of land cultivation was quite poor. "[T]he area within what became Israel actually being farmed by Arabs in 1947 was greater than the physical area which was under cultivation in Israel almost thirty years later.... The impressive expansion of Israel's cultivated area since 1948 has been more apparent than real since it involved mainly the 'reclamation' of farmland belonging to the refugees; this is probably as true for the Negev desert as for the rest of Israel." (Alan George, "Making the Desert Bloom...", p.100)

  • Heralded by Palestinians as 'angel' and 'merciful martyr,' Razan Al-Najjar is an afterthought in western press
    • @Ossinev

      "BTW It is not a border. It is a concentration camp fence."

      Precisely!!

      For the record:
      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)

      https://www.counterpunch.or...
      Counterpunch, May 16, 2018
      “Kill and Kill and Kill,”by Saree Makdisi
      EXCERPT:
      “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.”

    • @DaBakr

      A desperate bull**** rant by a two-bit Zionist, racist, neo-Nazi fascist in support of the murder of an innocent young Palestinian female nurse whose life was taken by a cowardly sniper while she tended to her wounded brothers and sisters. How do you and your ilk live with yourselves?

      The entity known as "Israel" - 70 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. And the end result? A Jewish ghetto utterly dependent on the U.S. and increasingly detested by the rest of the world. It's only a matter of time before America will have to scrape Israel off its shoe.

  • 'Disappearing Palestine' maps must spotlight Jaffa
    • @Nathan

      Reality:
      Palestinians rejected the Partition Plan (UNGA Res. 181, Nov. 29/47) for entirely justified reasons based on international law. While Jews made up just 31% of the population (90% of foreign origin, only 30% had become citizens, thousands were illegal immigrants) and privately owned only between 6% and 7% of the land, the Partition Plan (recommendatory only, no legal foundation, contrary to the British Class A Mandate and the 1941 Atlantic Charter, never adopted by the UNSC) outrageously recommended they receive 56% of Palestine (including its most fertile areas) in which Palestinians made up 45% of the population. (10% of Palestine’s Jewish population consisted of native Palestinian/Arab Jews who were vehemently anti-Zionist.)

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

      Despite massive immigration of foreign Jews, Palestinian Arab citizens made up at least 69% of the population and privately owned 48% of the land. However, the Partition Plan recommended they receive only 42% as a state. (The 2% of Palestine comprised of Jerusalem and Bethlehem was to be placed under international control, i.e, a corpus separatum.)

    • @Modonut

      "Jordan 'returned' what they did not possess to a people that never had it in the first place."

      Patent nonsense!! I know it's difficult for indoctrinated Zionist, racist thieves like you to comprehend, but given the fact that Palestinians are the indigenous inhabitants of the West Bank (and the rest of historic Palestine), it belongs to them.

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

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

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

      UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,
      “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

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

      “1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

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

    • @DaBakr

      "Otherwise known" to deluded and/or lying Zionists as "The Map that Lies."

    • @Jerry Hirsch

      Jordan's occupation of the West Bank was illegal and in 1988, King Hussein returned it to the Palestinians. Also, in 1949, Egypt assumed administration of the Gaza Strip and officially declared that it did so on behalf of its owners, the Palestinian people.

    • @Jon s

      Reality:

      In 1947, 48% of the total land area of mandated Palestine was privately owned (‘mulk khaas’) by Palestinian Arabs. (Total Jewish privately owned land was only between 6% and 7%.) About 45% of the total land area was state owned, i.e. by citizens of Palestine, and it was comprised of Communal Property (‘mashaa’), Endowment Property, (‘waqf’), and Government Property, (‘miri’.) (The British Mandate kept an extensive land registry and the UN used the registry during its early deliberations. It has in its archives 453,000 records of individual Palestinian owners defined by name, location & area.)

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

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

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

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

      Despite massive immigration of foreign Jews, Palestinian Arab citizens made up at least 69% of the population and to repeat, privately owned 48% of the land. However, the Partition Plan recommended they receive only 42% as a state. (The 2% of Palestine comprised of Jerusalem and Bethlehem was to be placed under international control, i.e, a corpus separatum.)

      No wonder Palestinians rejected the Partition Plan. Indeed, it proved so unworkable that when Polish born David Ben-Gurion (nee, David Gruen) et al. declared the “Jewish State” of Israel effective 15 May 1948, after Jewish forces had already dispossessed and expelled 400,000 Palestinians (e.g., 30,000 from West Jerusalem in March and a further 30,000 in May, 60,000 from Haifa in April, 75,000 from Jaffa in late April and early May), the UNGA was in the process of shelving the Partition Plan in favor of a UN Trusteeship.

    • @Jerry Hirsch

      However, in 1988, Jordan's illegal annexation of the West Bank was declared null and void by Jordan's King Hussein and he correctly declared that it belonged to the Palestinian people.

      Nor should we forget that unlike what has taken place since June 1967 under Israel's illegal and brutal occupation, during Jordanian rule the Palestinian inhabitants of the West
      Bank and East Jerusalem were not dispossessed, expelled and brutalized.

    • @just et al

      A brief look at Jaffa, late April and early May 1948:

      On or about April 29, a delegation representing Jaffa's leaders got through to Damascus and met with Ahmed Bey Sharabati, the Syrian Minister of Defence. The delegates pleaded with him to send arms for the defence of Jaffa. Sharabati explained to them "...with all frankness the hopelessness and impossibility of defending Jaffa militarily, as it was surrounded by Jews on all sides and keeping it would require a big army and a safe line of communication. Therefore, he would advise the population of Jaffa to leave their city as its fall had become imminent." ("From Citizens to Refugees," by Erskine B. Childers in The Transformation of Palestine; ed. Abu-Lughod, p. 191)

      The Palestinians of Jaffa fled because they were terrorized by four days of relentless and indiscriminate mortar attacks. With their defenders unable to strike back and casualties mounting, they feared for their lives and given the massacres at Deir Yassin and elsewhere, the men were especially concerned about the fate of their women and girls when Jewish troops entered the city. (As Israeli historian, Benny Morris, has confirmed, rape was a tactic used by Jewish militias to panic the Palestinians into flight.)

      Shmuel Toledano, an officer with Haganah intelligence and later a member of Israel's Knesset, took part in the attack on Jaffa. He later revealed the truth as to why the Arab inhabitants fled: "First, because the Etzel [Irgun] had been shelling Jaffa...before the Haganah entered, making the Arabs very much afraid; some already began to leave as a result of that shelling by Etzel. Then there were rumours, based on the Etzel's reputation - many Arabs were under the impression that the minute the Jews entered the town, the inhabitants would all be slaughtered." (Torn Country, An Oral History of the Israeli War of Independence by Lynne Reid Banks, Franklin Watts, New York/London/Toronto/Sydney, 1982, p. 124)

      Menachem Begin also understood the reason why Jaffa's population fled. In his biography he wrote: "[T]he information that the attack was being made by the Irgun had thrown the population into a state of abject fear. The second factor was the weight of our [mortar] bombardment." (Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 89)

      About 75,000 Palestinians were forced to flee Jaffa and they were never permitted to return.
      Tens of thousands wound up in the Gaza Strip where they and their descendants still remain imprisoned by Israel.

      After falling to Zionist forces Ben-Gurion made it very clear what Jaffa's future would be. In his diary he wrote that "Jaffa will be a Jewish city.... War is war." (Tom Segev, 1949, The First Israelis, p. 75)

      In order to accomplish Ben-Gurion's objective, the just declared state of Israel effective 15 May 1948, set up a housing authority that was to assign Palestinian houses and apartments in Jaffa to Jewish immigrant families on an orderly basis, but the plan was ignored and the abandoned residences were taken over by who ever grabbed them first. Within a short time 45,000 Jewish immigrants moved into the homes of Jaffa's Palestinians. (ibid)

      Most of the stately Arab villas of classic Islamic and Palestinian design in Jaffa (as well as the rest of the country) seized by the Zionists were preserved and are now considered to be among Israel's most valuable. According to The Opinionated Tourist Guide, which is given to tourists to read about Israel, "...the most beautiful homes in the country are the old Arab ones made of stone, built in the early part of the century, that dot the capital [i.e., occupied Jerusalem] and some streets of Haifa and Jaffa.... They cost a fortune, however - $1 million is not uncommon - and there aren't many of them for sale." (Russell Harris, "Letter from Tel Aviv," Middle East International, Jan. 7, 1994)

  • Palestinian medic, 21, is killed by Israeli sniper as she tends wounded in Gaza
    • @Marnie, et al

      The blatant murder of this brave, dedicated, young Palestinian medic, Razan al-Najjar, by the IDF has enraged me.

      It's long since time that we recognize screaming reality: Zionists are fascists, neo-Nazis, racists, pure and simple. They are a betrayal of Judaism and the six million Jews who perished at the hands of Germany's Third Reich. As the Nazis subscribed to the "Aryan Myth," Zionists believe they had/have a "God given" right to "return" to what they erroneously believe to be their "home land" and dispossess, expel, slaughter, oppress, imprison the indigenous Palestinians without charge and subject them to collective punishments and ghettoization, e.g., the Gaza Strip, the world's largest outdoor prison.

      Palestinians' suffering is only going to get worse as they increasingly become the majority between the River and the Sea and the Zionists become more and more panic stricken, even more so with falling Jewish immigration, soaring emigration and international condemnation for their thoroughly documented crimes against humanity.

      Right now, they have America in their pocket more than ever with multi-billionaire, casino magnate, ultra-Zionist, Sheldon Adelson, pulling Trump's strings and determining US policy in the region. The good news is that thanks to Mondoweiss and other advocates for Palestinians, a rapidly growing number of Americans, especially youth, including more and more Jews, are comprehending the immense harm Zionism is inflicting not only on the Palestinians, but America as well.

  • How an anti-Semitic US law helped bring about Israel's creation
    • Worth noting:

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

      On 7 December 1938, during a meeting of the Mapai Central Committee (precursor of the Labour Party), David Ben-Gurion revealed his true feelings regarding the plight of German Jews: "If I knew it was possible to save all the [Jewish] children in Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second..." He attempted to explain his twisted reasoning by adding that he would make such a choice "...because we face not only the reckoning of those children, but the historical reckoning of the Jewish people." Ben-Gurion also expressed his fear that "'the human conscience' might bring various countries to open their doors to Jewish refugees from Germany. He saw this as a threat and warned: 'Zionism is in danger!'" (Tom Segev, The Seventh Million, Hill and Wang, New York, 1994, p. 28.)

      On 27 November 1942, the Yishuv newspaper Davar published an article that referred to the extermination of European Jews as "'punishment from heaven' for not having come to Palestine." (Tom Segev, p. 98). As Ben-Gurion so callously put it on 8 December 1942, during a Mapai meeting: "'They did not want to listen to us' ....in their deaths they had sabotaged the Zionist dream.’" (David Ben-Gurion at a gathering of Mapai workers, 8 Dec. 1942; quoted by Tom Segev)

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

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

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

      In 1947, Representative William G. Stratton introduced a bill to the Congress aimed primarily at Jewish refugees which would have admitted up to 400,000 displaced persons of all faiths into the United States. Shamefully, however, the Stratton Bill never got past hearings of the House Foreign Affairs Committee because it was ignored by the Zionist lobby, which wanted nothing to interfere with the flow of Jews into Palestine.

      The Zionist campaign to force European Jews to go to Palestine (and later Israel) after the war while doing everything possible to prevent them from finding new homes in the United States, did not escape criticism by all American Jews. The Yiddish Bulletin wrote: "...by insisting that Jewish D.P.'s do not wish to go to any country outside of Israel; by not participating in the negotiations on behalf of the D.P.'s; and by refraining from a campaign of their own - by all this they [the Zionists] certainly did not help to open the gates of America for Jews. In fact, they sacrificed the interests of living people - their brothers and sisters who went through a world of pain - to the politics of their own movement." (Yiddish Bulletin, Free Jewish Club, May 19, 1950)

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

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

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

      On 2 May 1948, in a report delivered to the pro-Zionist American Jewish Conference regarding "Jewish Displaced Persons in the American Occupied Zone of Germany," Jewish Chaplain Klausner (himself a dedicated Zionist) stated that "The Jews as a group are not overwhelmingly desirous of going to Palestine...we may predict that perhaps 30% of the people will go to Palestine." (Lilienthal, WPI? p. 260)

      Klausner concluded that the displaced Jews "... must be forced to go to Palestine.... By 'force' I suggest a program. It is not a new program. It was used before, and most recently. It was used in the evacuation of the Jews from Poland and in the story of [the refugee ship] the `Exodus'." Klausner went on to explain what his "program" would involve: "The first step...is the adoption of the principle that it is the conviction of the world Jewish community that these people must go to Palestine. The second step is the transmittal of that policy to the Displaced Persons. The third step is for the world Jewish community to offer the people the opportunity to go to Palestine...."

  • Genesis Prize threw Natalie Portman under the bus to protect Netanyahu
    • @DaBakr

      "Y’all think being a Zionist is a smear..." Correct!! And for good reason!!

      Here's an example of typical Zionist behaviour.

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-farm-terror-palestinian-vineyard-annihilated-with-chainsaws-1.6115888?utm_term=20180524-18%3A53&utm_campaign=Gideon+Levy&utm_medium=email&writerAlerts=true&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=www.haaretz.com%2Fisrael-news%2F1.6115888

      "A Palestinian Vineyard Annihilated With Chainsaws, With a Chilling Message in Hebrew
      Vandals slashed hundreds of mature grape plants near Hebron, and the odds that the culprits will be caught are slim."
      Gideon Levy and Alex Levac. May 24/18, Haaretz

      "The grapes are shriveled. The vineyard is dead. Reduced to a large, dried-out, yellowing stain in the heart of the verdant region along Highway 60 where the road runs past the town of Halhoul, north of Hebron. The 'yellow wind' that David Grossman wrote about 30 years ago is a dying vineyard here. Two plots of land, with hundreds of vines that were slashed, their stems and shoots sawed off – and within a week everything here had withered and died.
      This is a particularly horrible sight because all the damage was wrought by the hand of man. A wicked, loathsome hand that hates not only Arabs but despises the land itself. In fact, we can assume that it wasn’t just one individual who raided and destroyed this vineyard late Tuesday night last week. To saw off that many plants in such a short time requires a few pairs of nasty hands. And someone also had to smear the threatening words in Hebrew on a rock: 'We will reach everywhere.' All before first light illuminated the dark deed.

      "For his part, Musa Abu Hashhash, a field researcher for the B’Tselem human rights organization, says he’s never seen an act of so-called agricultural crime on this scale.
      When we visited on Monday, Highway 60 was as busy as ever: As the major traffic artery running the length of the West Bank, it serves both Palestinians and settlers. The vineyard lies right next to the road, which has very narrow shoulders at that point. West of the highway looms a fortified Israel Defense Forces observation tower, an Israeli flag flapping above it, where soldiers are present day and night to protect all the local residents and safeguard their property. A network of security cameras covers the road from all directions – yet apparently no one saw anything on that night last week, no one heard the insidious infiltrators or the sounds of the sawing."

  • Conflicting dreams and realities: Amos Oz in Rochester
    • BREAKING News:
      "Razan al-Najjar, a 21 year-old Palestinian woman and volunteer paramedic who was providing medical aid to participants in the Great Return March, was shot and killed today near Khan Younis in Gaza by Israeli military snipers. According to the health ministry, she was wearing the white uniform of a medic when she was shot in the chest." (Rachel Corrie Foundation For Peace and Justice, June 1/18)

    • @LHunter

      "Jewish folklore, hopes and dreams have no room for Palestinians just like German Nazi folklore, hopes and dreams had no room for Jews."

      Well said.

      It never ceases to amaze me that Zionists either cannot see or refuse to acknowledge the glaring similarity between Zionism and Nazism.

    • @fivshmail

      http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/05/26/bardawil-meant-to-say-that-hamas-members-are-willing-to-sacrifice-themselves-he-did-not-mean-to-say-that-there-were-more-hamas-members-at-the-protest-because-its-not-true/

      "One mistake that was made, you’ll agree with me, was when Hamas leader Salah Bardawil went on TV and boasted about how 50 of those killed last Monday were members of Hamas."

      “'It was a huge mistake. And it’s untrue. Some of those killed were part of Hamas, but to say that the majority were? It’s simply not true. We tried to speak with Hamas and the other parties as much as we could, asking them to step aside. They are constantly in the spotlight, this was our turn. I think that what Bardawil meant to say was that his movement’s members are willing to sacrifice themselves, he did not mean to say that there were more Hamas members at the protest, because it’s not true, and no one can claim that. His statement was meant more for the public in Gaza in order to promote his party’s image, and I do not think that he thought about the consequences of his statement and what the Israelis would do with it.'”

  • 'No one is happy with 60 killed' -- Ehud Barak comes to redeem Israel
    • Barak is responding to the increasing worldwide disgust with the entity known as "Israel" as a result of its inexcusable mass slaughter of Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza Strip.

  • Joyless in Zion
    • @Mooser, et al

      In 1925, Polish Zionist, Vladimir Jabotinsky founded the Revisionist Party in Palestine, 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 did not provide its full hearted support, Jewish forces should be mobilized to be used against British troops.

      Jabotinsky's chauvinistic, militaristic and authoritarian views appealed mainly to young Jews, including those in Europe, where he had formed youth groups known as Betar whose practices such as wearing brown shirts and using distinctive salutes were taken from Italian fascism.

    • Zionism is rapidly approaching its death throes.
      Here's a brief sampling of reality:

      “Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. 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.” (NEWSWEEK – 5/10/18)

      Why Jews flee to Europe (or at least half of it)
      By Doug Saunders,
      Globe and Mail, November 16, 2013
      EXCERPTS:
      “Have you heard about Europe’s Jewish exodus? Amid growing tensions and tough economic conditions, tens of thousands of educated middle-class Jews are fleeing every year – not out of the continent, but rather from Israel into Europe, and especially to Germany, which has become the chief destination (after the United States) for the half-million Israelis who have left the country amid its much-discussed ‘brain drain.’

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

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

      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”

      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”

      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.

      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

      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

  • Republican Jewish Coalition emerges as Trump's hub for raising money, and making foreign policy
    • Some good news:

      Jewish Voice for Peace: May 29/18

      "It’s just been confirmed that Shakira will not be performing in Israel anytime soon!
      Media reports last week trumpeted a Tel Aviv concert as her first appearance in Israel. But after a massive global outcry, including by almost 15,000 JVP supporters, her concert promoter tweeted that no concert was on the cards.

      "THIS. IS. HUGE.
      Shakira is sending a super-star powered message: she’s choosing freedom, for Palestinians and all people, over apartheid and occupation.

      "This isn't just celebrity gossip, it's a real lever of power. When celebrities stay away, the Israeli public feels the pinch, and puts their politicians under pressure to fix it!

      "It couldn’t come at a more important time. Last night (in the US), the IDF bombed Gaza at least 30 times. 25 projectiles were fired back into Israel. And this morning the IDF intercepted a boat carrying medical supplies trying to break the naval blockade.

      "But in spite of those signs of war, nonviolent protests continued last Friday at the fence that walls Gaza off from the world. And we have to re-dedicate ourselves to our own nonviolent movement for justice alongside them.

      "The exact sequence of how the concert was called off is not clear, with her promoter tweeting: 'the media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer.' But one thing IS clear: Shakira never has, nor has plans to, perform in Israel. That’s no coincidence for a global superstar who champions the rights of children.

      "One day, hopefully soon, Shakira will perform in a free and equal Tel Aviv. I truly believe that. And the next specific step to get there is to make sure as many people hear about this fantastic news as possible -- and that Shakira and her team get the backup they need in the face of certain backlash."

    • @Just

      Well and truly stated. And Phil, a stellar report!!!

      "Are these people really and truly American citizens? Their agenda, allegiance, and action begs the question… their foreign policy is and has been disastrous for the US."

      They are traitors, pure and simple. Like the entity known as "Israel," the U.S. is rotting within.

  • Tom Friedman has advice for Palestinians: Embrace Zionism
    • As we all know, the image of the entity known as “Israel” is taking a major worldwide hit as a result of its slaughter and mass wounding of imprisoned, long suffering Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including children, demonstrating for their human rights. Also, of major concern to the entity known as "Israel" is that increasing numbers of young Jews around the world are abandoning Zionism. Furthermore, Jewish immigration to the entity known as “Israel” is plummeting and emigration is soaring as its economy continues to deteriorate: "Israel has one of the highest poverty rates and levels of income inequality in the Western world. 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." (NEWSWEEK - 5/10/18) Meanwhile, the Palestinian Arab population continues to grow between the River and the Sea and already outnumbers Jews.

      Hence, true to form, along with other obedient Zionist media lackeys (see: https://thenib.com/new-york-times-warsaw-ghetto-edition), Thomas Friedman blames the ghettoized Gaza Palestinians and Hamas for their deaths and horrible plight. He writes: “If Hamas had chosen to recognize Israel and build a Palestinian state in Gaza modeled on Singapore,….” and “[w]hat if all two million Palestinians of Gaza marched to the Israeli border fence with an olive branch in one hand and a sign in Hebrew and Arabic in the other, saying, ‘Two states for two peoples: We, the Palestinian people of Gaza, want to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish people–a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed adjustments.’”

      Not only is Friedman a gutless, unprincipled Zionist toady, he also blatantly misrepresents the truth by omission.

      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.”

      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) No response from the entity known as “Israel.”

      ** By calling for a “resolution of the issue of refugees,” Haniyeh was in accordance with Res. 194, which calls for financial compensation as an option rather than their “Right of Return.”

      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. No response from the entity known as “Israel.” Still no response.

  • Israeli Supreme Court supports military's use of live fire on Gaza protesters
  • 'Our stones are stronger than their weapons': thousands in Gaza demonstrate for the ninth straight Friday
    • @Stephen Shenfield

      I understand where you're coming from, but you're way off base. Be realistic. Only an idiot, the grossly uninformed or an avid supporter of Zionism would equate dispossessed, imprisoned, long suffering, desperate, defenseless Palestinian stone throwers supported by international law, (e.g., the Fourth Geneva Convention) with snipers armed to the teeth with high powered rifles, etc., given permission by their leaders and Supreme Court to use them without hesitation. As recent events attest, even if they were not throwing stones, demonstrating Palestinians, including children, would still be shot, killed and wounded.

    • Some good news from Canada:

      http://elizabethmaymp.ca/publications/2018/05/16/statement-condemning-the-targeting-of-civilians-in-gaza/

      Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada's federal Green Party: Statement condemning the targeting of civilians in Gaza - May 16th, 2018 in Press Releases, Publications

      (OTTAWA) — "Since March 30, Israeli Defence Forces have targeted and killed 110 Palestinians, including 12 children, with more than 12,000 injured. Today marks the final day of the Palestinians’ mass protests demanding their right to return to their original homes.

      “'Targeting civilian protesters is in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which both Israel and Canada are signatories,' said Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). 'We call on the Liberal government to join us in demanding that Israel immediately stop targeting civilians.'

      “'We again call on the government to cease all arms shipments to Israel, and to join with the international community in demanding an independent investigation into the recent killings. If we want to see international law respected, we must hold those who violate it accountable.'

      "Palestinians around the world mark today as their 'day of catastrophe,' commemorating the displacement of over 700,000 people from their homes and properties leading up to and following the creation of Israel.

      "The rights of all people in the region must be respected in the context of two viable states — Israel and Palestine — living side by side in peace and prosperity."

  • They prayed for Gaza's dead. Now it's time to say the mourner's prayer for Zionism
  • Israeli ambassador lodges anti-Semitism complaint against Dutch song mocking Israel's human right record
    • "Sandifort’s reference to 'Dollars and cents' seems to refer indirectly to the US, but that’s not strange, as the US has been the major player in this Jerusalem-legitimization move, violating international law on behalf of Israel, for more violators to join the party. It could also be noted that USA is a major patron for Israel’s oppression with its 3.8 billion Dollar annual military aid – constituting more than half of its global military aid."

      Perhaps it's time to revisit the following video exposing fanatical Zionist and casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson's role in bribing US politicians to kowtow to Israel. No doubt, Canadians will be interested in revelations revealed regarding former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's devotion to Israel:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=BwLaXxSQi80

      "The Godfather" – Canada's CBC exposé on Sheldon Adelson's influence on Trump, Harper, & Mideast policies" Provided by If Americans Knew

      "Prominent Canadian news broadcaster Wendy Mesley exposes the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian politics in general.

      "Adelson, the tenth richest man in the world and the GOP's largest donor, is known to use his money to influence policies on behalf of Israel.

      "After trump tore up the Iran agreement, Adelson donated an additional $30 million to the Republican party, possibly the single largest single donation in U.S. history.

      "Adelson also influenced former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who endorsed Trump's embassy action and anti-Iran move.

      "Mesley interviews New York Times reporter Ken Vogel, who says that Adelson has private meetings at the White House with Trump, Vice President Pence, John Bolton, and others. Israel is at the heart of Adelson's donations, who has been influenced by his Israeli wife. Vogel explains that Adelson is 'the enforcer' for Jewish American donors who give a lot of money to Republican politicians. People are afraid to cross him.

      "The report was broadcast on CBC's news program "The Weekly with Wendy Mesley" on May 20, 2018.

      "See a related video about Adelson: "Sheldon Adelson regrets having worn an American uniform rather than an Israeli one"
      youtu.be/2TFi-9wnspk

      Additional information about Adelson is at iakn.us/2IE3rHE

    • @Kay24, et al

      Zionism is racism; Zionism is theft; Zionism is fascism; Zionism is doomed - its only a matter of time.

      Zionism defined:
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-farm-terror-palestinian-vineyard-annihilated-with-chainsaws-1.6115888?utm_term=20180524-18%3A53&utm_campaign=Gideon+Levy&utm_medium=email&writerAlerts=true&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_content=www.haaretz.com%2Fisrael-news%2F1.6115888

      "A Palestinian Vineyard Annihilated With Chainsaws, With a Chilling Message in Hebrew. Vandals slashed hundreds of mature grape plants near Hebron, and the odds that the culprits will be caught are slim." By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac. May 24/18 - Haaretz.

      EXCERPT:
      "The grapes are shriveled. The vineyard is dead. Reduced to a large, dried-out, yellowing stain in the heart of the verdant region along Highway 60 where the road runs past the town of Halhoul, north of Hebron. The 'yellow wind' that David Grossman wrote about 30 years ago is a dying vineyard here. Two plots of land, with hundreds of vines that were slashed, their stems and shoots sawed off – and within a week everything here had withered and died.

      "This is a particularly horrible sight because all the damage was wrought by the hand of man. A wicked, loathsome hand that hates not only Arabs but despises the land itself. In fact, we can assume that it wasn’t just one individual who raided and destroyed this vineyard late Tuesday night last week. To saw off that many plants in such a short time requires a few pairs of nasty hands. And someone also had to smear the threatening words in Hebrew on a rock: 'We will reach everywhere.' All before first light illuminated the dark deed.

      "When dawn broke, the owner of the vineyard, Dr. Haitham Jahshan, a hematologist, arrived and couldn’t believe his eyes. His vines had been ravaged. First he saw one sawed trunk, then another and another – a sea of butchered vines, whose grapes were grown to be eaten, not for wine – until the full scale of the calamity hit home."

  • 'What did you do when Gaza was dying?' A visit with the freedom flotilla in Copenhagen
    • https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/05/propaganda-101-how-to-defend-a-massacre

      "Propaganda 101: How To Defend A Massacre"

      "An introductory course in massaging your crimes and dehumanizing your enemies…"
      by Nathan J. Robinson, May 21/18 - Current Affairs.

      EXCERPT:
      "If you are a human being, as you probably are, you might think it would be difficult to explain away the massacre of several dozen people. And you might think that it would be difficult to get justifications for mass murder printed in one of the world’s leading newspapers. You would, however, be mistaken. Propaganda defending murder is both simple to produce and alarmingly common in major media outlets.

      "In order to understand how people can defend acts that should shock the conscience, today we’re going to examine and dissect a particularly galling example. Last week, 60 Palestinians were killed, and 1700 wounded (including being permanently disabled) by the Israeli military during the Nakba protest, when Palestinians attempted to breach the fortified wall surrounding Gaza. Much of the news coverage in the New York Times was already disturbingly one-sided, and the paper ran a front-page story on how Palestinians’ deaths made Israelis feel (they 'hoped every bullet was justified') while suggesting that Gazans exploit their own suffering for 'political' ends (it’s a place 'where private pain is often paraded for political causes'). But yesterday, the paper topped itself, running an op-ed from Jewish Journal editor Shmuel Rosner titled 'Israel Needs to Protect Its Borders. By Whatever Means Necessary.'

      "Rosner fully justifies the massacre, with no apologies, regret, or second thoughts. He believes the killing of these Palestinians was correct, and that they deserved to die. Now you might, as I do, think this attitude is so self-evidently barbaric that even to debate it is to surrender a little bit of one’s humanity. But Rosner’s position is not a fringe one, and the good liberals at the New York Times consider it within the boundaries of reasonable discourse, so unfortunately we have not yet achieved the kind of world in which such thinking is 'self-evidently' immoral. (This reflects very badly on all of us.) I’d like, then, to go through Rosner’s argument paragraph by paragraph, to show how he constructs his defense of murder, why it might be persuasive to people, and why it fails and should horrify everyone."

  • Being Palestinian
  • Haifa activists vow to continue protests following 'brutal' police crackdown
  • Gaza killings are rending the Jewish community
    • @pabelmont

      For the record:
      Speaking of holocausts, I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of 10-12 million Congolese by “Christian” Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and owner of what was then known as the Congo Free State. One of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.

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

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

    • @Kay24

      Excellent. Thank you!! Hayley is a monster.

  • Documenting Palestinian invisibility for 40 years -- an interview with James Zogby
    • @Annie Robbins

      "[P]alestinians have yet to be defeated. or haven’t you noticed."

      Right on!!!

      While throughout history their country has known many invaders and occupiers, as recent DNA evidence conclusively attests, its indigenous Palestinian habitants have lived there continuously for about 15,000 years.

      As is well know, Netanyahu's greatest fear is that the Zionist occupation will be one of the shortest. He is obsessed with the worry that it will not last more than 80 years, i.e., the brief, less than a blip, life span of the biblical United Kingdom of Israel.

      Meanwhile, as is well documented, Jewish immigration to Israel is plummeting and emigration is soaring. Indeed, Palestinians, who have the world's highest fertility rate, already outnumber Jews between the River and the Sea.

      If Nathan lives in Israel and is relatively young, he would do well to learn Arabic.

  • 'NYT' columnist says killing Palestinian civilians is... good for Palestinians
  • Rob Malley and Chris Hayes can't talk about Adelson's influence in scrapping Iran deal
    • And the sun shines through!!:

      https://otherwords.org/the-lesson-i-learned-growing-up-jewish/

      "Other Words,"

      "The Lesson I Learned Growing Up Jewish"
      By Jill Richardson, May 16/18

      "I was told again and again to stand up when someone's being mistreated. So I realized I had to stand up for Palestinians."

      "Now that Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian protesters in an obviously gross human rights violation, can we get something straight? You can criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic.

      "I grew up Jewish, in an environment strongly supportive of the Israeli state. But I don’t support the way Israel treats the Palestinians, particularly when they slaughter unarmed people as they did this week.

      "My parents sent me to 13 years of Jewish Sunday school, complete with a Bat Mitzvah and all. I don’t really consider myself Jewish as an adult, but an entire childhood of religious education still made its mark.

      "Half of Jewish holidays revolve around the theme that some people oppressed us or tried to wipe us out just for being Jewish, and we suffered but we survived.

      "We were told again and again that when you stand silently when someone is being mistreated — whether it’s a kid getting bullied on the playground or an entire people suffering genocide — you are part of the problem.

      "If there’s one single lesson I learned from growing up Jewish, that’s it.

      "Unfortunately, that lesson can be at odds with another one we commonly get growing up: that Israel is our homeland. Whoever you are, if you are Jewish, when you go to Israel, you are home.

      "Sadly, nobody in our synagogue ever mentioned that the Palestinians should have rights, or even questioned whether Israel was treating them justly.

      "I internalized a belief that Israel was the land of the Jews, and when the Jews came back to reclaim it in the 20th century, the Palestinians were in the way. So they should leave. (Also, they were terrorists.)

      "At 18, I finally went to Israel. But Israel didn’t feel like my home. It felt like a blend of Middle Eastern and European culture. I felt just as foreign there as I did in Italy, Greece, or Egypt when I visited those places.

      "I saw a small snapshot of how badly the Palestinians were treated by the Israeli government. I also saw that the Palestinians were people too, mostly just trying to live their lives.
      For the first time, I questioned what I’d been told about Israel. My principle of opposing injustice meant that I should stand for Palestinian rights, even if it meant disagreeing with the Israeli government.

      "I thought being Jewish was synonymous with supporting Israel, so after my trip I decided I was no longer Jewish.

      "Looking back, it was a mistake to equate Judaism with unquestioning support of Israel’s government. I know now that I if I chose, I could be Jewish while remaining critical of the Israeli government.

      "Many Israelis oppose their own government’s treatment of the Palestinians. Left-leaning Israelis vote against Prime Minister Netanyahu, and they oppose Trump’s inflammatory decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The same is true of millions of Jews here in the United States.

      "Of course Palestinians protest. Life has gotten worse for Palestinians since I visited, particularly in Gaza. Some call Gaza an 'open air prison' and compare Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to South Africa’s apartheid. If Israel has a problem with Palestinians protesting, improving those conditions makes more sense than killing people.

      "Calling anyone who critiques the Israeli government’s policies and actions “anti-Semitic” may be a useful way to silence dissent, but it’s not at all accurate.

      "Israel is not Judaism. We can and should have a healthy debate about Israel’s policies and U.S. policy on Israel, just like we debate anything else in politics."

    • @Steve Grover

      "Sometimes Mooser you just gotta amuse yourself."

      I'll take your word for it, but please do so behind closed doors!!

    • Re: Canada’s CBC Television’s Wendy Mesley interviews NYT reporter Ken Vogel on Sheldon Adelson and Stephen Harper, et al, about their support for Israel.

      Use this link:

    • I am once again posting the following video re Sheldon Adelson. Very informative!!!

      Canada’s CBC Television’s Wendy Mesley interviews NYT reporter Ken Vogel on Sheldon Adelson and Stephen Harper, et al, about their support for Israel

      After the three commercials, go to the 6:08 mark.

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/ theweekly/the-weekly-with- wendy-mesley-may-20-2018-1. 4671369

  • Israeli military shot over 500 Palestinians in the head during Gaza protests
  • Hundreds of New Yorkers take to the streets in support of Gaza
    • @Marnie, et al.

      Here's some good news from my Canadian friend:

      These two articles regarding Palestine and Palestinians were published by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW.)

      https://www.cupw.ca/en/nakba-commemoration-may-15?utm_source=CUPW+STTP&utm_campaign=ff3ec7d9d3-CUPW_eDigest&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4d5dc8fced-ff3ec7d9d3-210000969

      Nakba Commemoration of May 15/18
      EXCERPT:

      "Nabil Marouf, Palestine Representative
      Canada Office
      18 The Driveway
      Ottawa, ON K2P 1C6

      Dear Mr. Marouf;

      "On behalf of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Palestine Postal Service Workers’ Union, I am writing to recognize the Nakba commemoration of May 15 and extend our hope that the Palestinian people and nation will finally receive the human and social justice so deserved. We regret any Canadian support, either directly or through silence, about the ongoing atrocities occurring on your occupied lands. We cannot condone any support for a regime of hatred based on continuing land theft and human rights abuses. In reality, the Nakba has never really ended.

      "On the day of May 15 we will not only remember the Nakba but also recognize that Palestinians are still standing with dignity even though terrorized Palestine still expresses their rightful claim for justice and respect. In this way, Palestine has taught the world a lesson in human dignity by refusing to disappear or abandon your nation under grave circumstances.

      "Our Union will publicize this day with our membership across the country. We are part of a growing movement in Canada and globally that understand the problems of Palestine did not begin in 1967 but rather is part of a long-term strategy to occupy all of Palestine."

      https://www.cupw.ca/en/what-happening-palestine-nakba-–-70th-anniversary-palestinian-catastrophe?utm_source=CUPW+STTP&utm_campaign=ff3ec7d9d3-CUPW_eDigest&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4d5dc8fced-ff3ec7d9d3-210000969

      "What is Happening in Palestine? - Nakba – 70th Anniversary of the Palestinian Catastrophe"
      Monday, May 14 2018

      "Every Friday since March 30th, the media have been reporting on what is happening at the wall between Gaza and Israel: the deaths, the injured, the human rights violations, and each and every one of us is asking 'Why?'

      "THE FACTS
      To truly understand the events in recent weeks, we need to go back to the origins and review the facts. What really happened in Palestine in 1948? Here is what history tells us: NAKBA began the day after November 29, 1947, when the United Nations divided Palestine into two parts, one to create a country for the Jewish people (56% of historic Palestine) and another (44%) to create a country for the Palestinians. Throughout 1948, the Jewish Army Militia, using a plan dating back to at least 1936, forced out of their homes the Palestinians living on their territory. More than 750,000 Palestinians were thrown onto the streets and became refugees, and 531 villages or city neighbourhoods were completely destroyed. The same militia also began acquiring by force of arms the lands that the United Nations had set aside to create a country for the Palestinians, to the point where, in just one year, Palestinians were left with only 22% of historic Palestine. The creation of the State of Israel was proclaimed on May 15, 1948.

      "On December 11, 1948, the United Nations adopted resolution 194 recognizing Israel, provided Palestinians could return home or be fairly compensated. This 'right of return' was confirmed more than 110 times by the United Nations, but was always rejected by Israel.

      "THE GREAT MARCH OF RETURN
      This is the context in which we must look at the events happening in Gaza – a situation exacerbated by Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The 'Great March of Return,' as it is now called, is to protest 70 years of occupation and colonization of Palestine by the State of Israel, as well as 70 years of resistance by the Palestinian people. Palestinians are simply asking for the respect of the resolutions adopted by the United Nations, i.e. the right to return.

      "WE MUST TAKE ACTION
      That is why, as workers and citizens, we cannot remain indifferent. That is why CUPW supports the international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel until it respects international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including withdrawing from the occupied territories, ending the blockade on Gaza, destroying the Wall, recognizing that all citizens are equal and allowing refugees to return."

      In Solidarity,
      Dave Bleakney
      2nd National Vice-President

    • Meanwhile,

      http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=28438&SEO=brazilian-singer-son-writer-gilberto-gil-cancels-show-in-israel

      Prensa Latina - May 21, 2018

      "Brazilian Singer-song writer Gilberto Gil Cancels Show in Israel"

      "Brasilia -- Prominent Brazilian singer and composer Gilberto Gil canceled the show he would offer in Israel on July 4, in rejection of the Palestinian massacre perpetrated by that nation's army in Gaza.

      "The information was amplified here today by the digital newspaper Brasil 247, which recalled that in 2015, Gil and Caetano Veloso were criticized by the human rights activist and former Pink Floyd Roger Waters leader for appearing in Israel.

      "On that occasion, it added, the Brazilians performed the show, but criticized the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

      "By the middle of this month, the Zionist army attacked a demonstration of Palestinians in Gaza Strip that demanded their right to return to the mother land. The balance was more than 60 dead and thousands injured.

      "In an official note, the Brazilian government limited itself to expressing that it was accompanying with great concern the increase in violence in the Gaza Strip, to demand moderation from the parties, and to urge Israel to respect international humanitarian law."

  • 'Likudism' invades the academy: continued Zionist attacks on activism and scholarship at SFSU
    • @Maghlawatan, et al

      The latest missive from Professor Lawrence Davidson:

      http://www.tothepointanalyses.com

      "In Our Age of State Crimes - An Analysis" (21 May 2018) by Professor Lawrence Davidson

      EXCERPTS:
      "There is a legal construct known as 'state crime. As the title implies, these are crimes that are committed in the name of, and/or by the forces of, the national state. Given that such crimes can have behind them the force of national bureaucracies, they are, historically, the worst sort of crimes on record: genocide, organized campaigns of torture, war crimes and the like. Also, as the International State Crime Initiative notes, while there is little doubt that such behavior violates both international law and the national criminal law of most states, 'state crime is under-acknowledged by popular and academic authors.'"

      "Let’s take a look at a couple of recent examples of state crimes. There is no lack of perpetrators:
      — Myanmar (Burma): According to Amnesty International the government of Myanmar has brutally driven over half a million men, women and children of the Rohingya (Muslim) minority out of the country - an effort that was accompanied by 'widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning.'

      — Egypt: According to reports produced by Human Rights Watch, the regime of 'President' Abdel Fattah al-Sisi maintains power through a campaign of mass torture. 'Political detainees are routinely tortured and sometimes raped.' By the way, al-Sisi is a military officer who pulled off a 2013 coup against Egypt’s first and only fairly elected government, and then, in 2014, had himself elected 'president' in a rigged election.

      "One can go on like this for quite a while: there is Zimbabwe (which has only recently rid itself of its long standing dictator Robert Mugabe), Uzbekistan, North Korea, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, China (where the Party leader has just been given power for life), Syria, Laos, and on it goes. This is by no means an exhaustive list

      "And then there is Israel: Please note that I have listed a slew of criminal states before mentioning the Zionist state. This is because supporters of Israel are always lamenting that their state is being picked on by people who ignore the crimes of others - creating a case of double standards. Oddly, their complaint implicitly accepts that Israel is also guilty of criminal behavior, but otherwise should not be singled out. Not wanting to have to bother with this diversionary Zionist tactic, I introduce the criminal state of Israel, at this point.

      "According to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, B’tselem (Israel’s own human rights organization), and literally dozens of United Nations resolutions, Israel consistently acts as a criminal state. It has an ongoing policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, which also involves the establishment of illegal colonies on militarily occupied land. It uses lethal violence against unarmed protesters, as the recent massacres along the Gaza border have prominently demonstrated. It imprisons large numbers of Palestinians including children for acts as simple as protesting Israeli violence. It goes after civilian targets in its wars against Gaza and Lebanon. It purposely destroys civilian infrastructure on the West Bank and Gaza. It runs a regime that segregates out non-Jews from Jews in terms of housing, job preferences, and benefits and tries to cover up the resulting apartheid reality with a thin veil of tokenism. And it does all this while claiming to be the 'only democracy in the Middle East' - which is false but persistent propaganda. Is Israel really a criminal state? Well, you know the old saying, 'if it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.'”

    • Brief summation of the Likud Party's 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.”

  • UN head says Gazans 'caged in a toxic slum from birth to death' as human rights council votes to investigate Israel

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