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  • Powerful new game 'Liyla and The Shadows of War' dramatizes 2014 Israeli attack on Gaza
    • Hopefully, the game makes reference to Israel's illegal occupation of the Gaza Strip, i.e., horrific "collective punishment" per the Fourth Geneva Convention, binding on all UN members.

    • Ha, ha.

      Surely, you're being facetious. If not, you're either a Zionist zealot/nut bar or grossly and inexcusably ignorant.

  • Israeli police initiate 'friction activity' on quiet streets in East Jerusalem
    • Brings to mind a comment by Chris Hedges, former bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News in Jerusalem and Middle East Bureau chief for the New York Times, who witnessed children being shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Gaza Strip: "Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered...but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport." ("A Gaza Diary," Harpers, October, 2001.)

  • Israeli scholar refuses to shut up despite university punishment for saying settlers exhibit 'psychosis'
    • All I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

      Israel is messed up beyond words and it is only going to get worse, much worse. No wonder Jewish immigration is plummeting and emigration is soaring.

  • As Dems vote against Palestine, Cornel West warns it is the 'Vietnam War' of our time
    • To quote John H. Davis, who served as Commission-General of UNRWA at the time: "An exhaustive examination of the minutes, resolutions, and press releases of the Arab League, of the files of leading Arabic newspapers, of day-to-day monitoring of broadcasts from Arab capitals and secret Arab radio stations, failed to reveal a single reference, direct or indirect, to an order given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave. All the evidence is to the contrary; that the Arab authorities continuously exhorted the Palestinian Arabs not to leave the country.... Panic and bewilderment played decisive parts in the flight. But the extent to which the refugees were savagely driven out by the Israelis as part of a deliberate master-plan has been insufficiently recognized." (John H. Davis, The Evasive Peace, London: Murray, 1968)

      Mr. Davis’s observations are confirmed by the IDF Intelligence Branch Report dated 30 June 1948, entitled "The Arab Exodus from Palestine in the Period 1 December 1947 to 1 June 1948." After studying the document, Israeli historian Benny Morris stated that "the Intelligence Branch report... goes out of its way to stress that the [Palestinian] exodus was contrary to the political-strategic desires of both the Arab Higher Committee and the governments of the neighboring Arab states. These, according to the report, struggled against the exodus - threatening, cajoling, and imposing punishments, all to no avail." (Benny Morris, "The Causes and Character of the Arab Exodus from Palestine: The Israel Defense Force Intelligence Board Analysis of June 1948: Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. XXII, no. 1, January 1986)

  • Ozick says Obama needs 6-volume history of Jews on his bedside table
    • Keith

      "In Wiesel’s case, it is how he earned his living and got rich in the process."

      And he remained "rich" until he met huckster Bernie Madoff who cleaned him out.
      Poetic justice.

  • How Israel accidentally validated my activism
  • Separation and conquest: Israel's ideological barrier
  • In latest pander to Israel lobby, Clinton smears Max Blumenthal's criticism of Wiesel as 'hateful'
    • In the end, Zionism will cease to exist because, like all fascistic/racist ideologies, it contains the seeds of its own demise.

      Please watch this just released video - 9 minutes, 26 seconds in length

      Shymaa's story from GAZA - "We Are the Ones"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B8w_kdNr24

      Published on Jun 30, 2016

      Shymaa, a 4 yr old girl, laid in a comma in a GAZA hospital during the summer of 2014. She recovered only to learn that her entire family was murdered during an Israeli bombing. Her story sparked the 2 Unite All benefit album with 30 world famed musicians like Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, Stewart Copeland, Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars) and the Love All Love Wins / UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) movement.

  • Remembering Elie Wiesel, who inspired me to write about Palestine
    • Speaking of Holocausts, I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of about 10 million Congolese by Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and owner of what was then known as the Congo Free State. One of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.

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

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

  • Elie Wiesel is Dead
    • http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/01/truth-and-fiction-in-elie-wiesels-night-2/

      Counterpunch
      July 1, 2016
      Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

      by Alexander Cockburn

    • Well and truly stated.

    • http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2010/05/27/open-letter-elie-wiesel/

      New York Review of Books, May 27, 2010

      "An Open Letter to Elie Wiesel"

      Avner Inbar and Assaf Sharon

      Excerpts:

      "In a recent public letter to President Obama, Elie Wiesel urged the President not to 'pressure' Israel to cease settlement activity in Jerusalem. According to Wiesel:

      " 'For me, the Jew that I am, Jerusalem is above politics. It is mentioned more than six hundred times in Scripture—and not a single time in the Koran. Its presence in Jewish history is overwhelming…. To many theologians, it IS Jewish history…. It belongs to the Jewish people and is much more than a city, it is what binds one Jew to another in a way that remains hard to explain. When a Jew visits Jerusalem for the first time, it is not the first time; it is a homecoming…. Contrary to certain media reports, Jews, Christians and Muslims ARE allowed to build their homes anywhere in the city. The anguish over Jerusalem is not about real estate but about memory.' "

      "The views expressed by Wiesel are not shared by a growing movement of Israelis who oppose the continued expansion of settlements and who have been protesting the eviction by the Israeli government of Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. These Israelis have responded to Mr. Wiesel in the following letter. Among the one hundred signers are Israel Prize Laureates Avishai Margalit and Zeev Sternhell, former Knesset Speaker and Jewish Agency Chairman Avrum Burg, Professors David Shulman and Moshe Halbertal, former Knesset member Zehava Galan, and other Jerusalemites, many of whom are prominent intellectuals and academics.
      Avner Inbar and Assaf Sharon

      "Dear Mr. Wiesel:

      "We write to you from Jerusalem to convey our frustration, even outrage, at your recently published letter on Jerusalem. We are Jewish Jerusalemites—residents by choice of a battered city, a city used and abused, ransacked time and again first by foreign conquerors and now by its own politicians. We cannot recognize our city in the sentimental abstraction you call by its name."

      "We invite you to our city to view with your own eyes the catastrophic effects of the frenzy of construction. You will witness that, contrary to some media reports, Arabs are not allowed to build their homes anywhere in Jerusalem. You will see the gross inequality in allocation of municipal resources and services between east and west. We will take you to Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are being evicted from their homes to make room for a new Jewish neighborhood, and to Silwan, where dozens of houses face demolition because of the Jerusalem Municipality’s refusal to issue building permits to Palestinians."

    • [...]
      As for today, eminent Jewish Israeli journalist Bradley Burston aptly sums up the racist, fascistic 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)

      Then there's the Gaza Strip where in blatant contravention of international humanitarian law (e.g., the Fourth Geneva Convention) Israel treats its inhabitants like caged animals, deprives them of basic necessities and continues to kill them en masse, i.e., "mowing the lawn."

    • The fact that Elie Wiesel had the ears of the world and never once stepped forward and spoke on behalf of the Palestinians who have been dispossessed, occupied, oppressed and brutalized for over 68 years by Israel tells me all I want to know about him.

  • Michael Oren, historian, gets US history wrong to score a propaganda point
  • Video: All hell breaks loose in Knesset as Zoabi demands apology following Israel-Turkey agreement
    • http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=79376

      Netanyahu wants MK Hanin Zoabi expelled from Knesset.

      Excerpt:

      "Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke Wednesday afternoon with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the possible expulsion of Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset.

      "Netanyahu’s demand came following Zoabi’s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege.

      “ 'With her actions and lies she crossed every line and she has no place in the Knesset,' ” Netanyahu claimed."

    • jon s

      The world is witnessing the accelerating rot within the anachronistic fascistic entity known as "Israel." Given the nature of its founding and subsequent behavior, It could only be thus.

  • Despite Turkish posturing, detente with Israel won't change the Gaza blockade
  • 'It's a real problem if the thing we get upset about is stones' --Ehrenreich deflects talking points on public radio
    • "They would defend Israel’s/Partition borders from within Partition-borders Israel."

      For the record: When Arafat signed the 1993 Oslo Accords, the PLO accepted UNSC Res. 242 and thereby agreed to recognize Israel as a sovereign state within the 1949 Armistice borders, i.e. 78% of mandated Palestine.

  • Palestinians in North America: Our rent to pay
    • "[I] read somewhere that yasser arafat was Egyptian."

      Yasser Arafat was born in Cairo, but he was not an Egyptian. His merchant father, who was from Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip first relocated to Jerusalem, and then, for business reasons, he and his wife took up temporary residence in Cairo where his son, Muhammed Abdul Rauf Arafat al Qudwa, nicknamed Yasser (lit, "carefree") was born. Children born to parents working abroad is hardly unusual. Arafat was a Palestinian.

      Archaeological evidence found at ancient sites such as Jericho, founded by the Natufians, indicates that communities well advanced in agriculture as well as arts and crafts were thriving in Palestine as far back as 7000 BCE. These first settlers were joined by migrants from the Arabian Peninsula around 3500 BCE, (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 1990, p. 68) and the region’s inhabitants subsequently became known as Canaanites. (The Hebrews invaded circa 1184 BCE.)

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

  • The naked racism of 'Save Jewish Jerusalem'
    • "Of course, none of the antiJewish vitriol from the Palestinian and Arab world matters, only what Israel does matters. Duh!!!!"

      Sigh.
      What's your point?

      As history attests, those (e.g., Israeli Jews, comprising the world's fourth most powerful military power) who ethnically cleanse, illegally occupy, dispossess, expel, kill en masse, brutalize, imprison without charge, torture, oppress and inflict collective punishments upon others (e.g., defenseless Palestinian Arabs) are always subject to vitriol from their victims and supporters for perfectly understandable reasons.

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, endorses academic and cultural boycott of Israel
    • Also:

      http://www.usacbi.org/advisory-board/

      U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

      Honorary Advisory Board Member, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
      Watch Desmond Tutu discussing the Israeli apartheid on Democracy Now!

      Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University

      Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

      Lawrence Davidson, Professor of History, West Chester University
      Read Lawrence Davidson’s “Why The Academic Boycott Is Necessary”

      Bill Fletcher, Jr., Executive Editor, The Black Commentator and immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum
      Watch Bill Fletcher on Al Jazeera discussing the BDS campaign

      Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report
      Read Glen Ford’s “Boycott and Disinvest in Israel, in Solidarity and Self-Defense”

      Mark Gonzales, Educator, Poet, Human Writes Project

      Marilyn Hacker, poet

      Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

      Annemarie Jacir, Filmmaker, Philistine Films
      Read Annemarie Jacir on the Cultural Boycott of Israel

      J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University
      Read J.Kēhaulani Kauanui’s “Educators of Conscience Call for an Academic Boycott of Israel”

      Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History, University of Southern California

      Bill Mullen, Professor of American Studies, Purdue University

      Ilan Pappé, Chair in the Department of History, the University of Exeter and co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies.
      Read Ilan Pappé’s “Just Academic”

      James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York

      Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College

      Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University
      Read Jasbir Puar’s “Israel’s Gay Propaganda War”

      Adrienne Rich, poet, essayist, activist (1929-2012)
      Read Adrienne Rich’s “Why Support the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel?”

      Andrew Ross, New York University

      Michel Shehadeh, Executive Director, Arab Film Festival

      Neferti Tadiar, Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies, Barnard College

      Lisa Taraki, Associate Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University, Palestine and a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
      Read Lisa Taraki’s “Critics of the AAUP Report”

      Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

      Dave Zirin, Writer, EdgeofSports









  • Dennis Ross tells American Jews, 'We need to be advocates for Israel' -- and not for Palestinians
    • There can be no doubt that President Clinton's pro-Israel bias was mainly responsible for the failure of the 2000 Camp David Summit. It is also important to remember that by blaming him for its failure, Clinton broke a solemn promise to Arafat prior to the summit not to do so.

      Nor should it be forgotten that Clinton's Special Middle East Coordinator, Dennis Ross, repeatedly intervened during negotiations on Israel's behalf. (Hardly surprising, given the fact that prior to joining the Clinton administration, Ross was an executive with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel "think tank." )

      According to Clayton Swisher, who interviewed many of the officials present at Camp David, "Arafat was horrified that Barak had persuaded Dennis Ross - who spent 90% of his private time at Camp David with Barak - to alter the wording on Jerusalem. Instead of stating: 'The Jerusalem municipal area will host the national capitals of both Israel and the Palestinian state,' Ross crossed out 'municipal area' and wrote in: 'The expanded area of Jerusalem will host the national capitals of both Israel and the Palestinian state.' 'Expanded area,' of course, meant giving the Palestinians a capital in the suburbs." (The Truth about Camp David: The Untold Story about the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process, Nation Books, 2004)

      "Swisher's story...is a tale of an incredibly ham-handed diplomatic effort. Clinton and his negotiating team come across as a kind of gang that couldn't shoot straight. Swisher describes turf squabbles between Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and most particularly, between an egotistical Dennis Ross and, at one time or another, virtually everyone else. Albright, it comes clear repeatedly, knew virtually nothing about the issues.... The U.S. mediators made little effort to narrow positions before the summits, and there was little of the give-and-take essential in negotiations. One State Department official tells Swisher that at Camp David everything was 'very loosy-goosy,' with no prepared texts and no detailed position papers, because 'that's the way Dennis liked to run things.'..." ((Kathleen Christison, "Camp David Redux," http://www.counterpunch.com/christison08152005.html)

      "At Camp David, Swisher notes, even after seven years, ' [Dennis] Ross was still nowhere near the most basic understanding of what the Palestinians would consider minimally acceptable regarding territory.' Fundamentally, as Swisher points out but Ross has apparently never grasped, as the occupying power with total control over 'the very thing the Palestinians wanted -- a state -- the Israelis would naturally have to be more forthcoming [than the Palestinian side]; this could only occur if the central mediator stood between both parties and demonstrated a willingness to 'swing elbows'.' But neither Ross nor any of his colleagues, including Clinton, saw the need to do this." (Kathleen Christison)

      With Clinton's approval, Dennis Ross, a loyal servant of Israel, did a real hatchet job on Arafat. "[He] actually worked with an Israeli negotiator in the middle of the night before the summit collapsed to draft Clinton's 'blame speech,' casting Arafat as the bad guy and Barak as the courageous risk-taker.... [Ross also] spent four hours with [Colin] Powell during the transition and reportedly told the incoming secretary of state not to believe a word Arafat said because he was 'a con man’." (Kathleen Christison)

      "In voluminous interviews (including with Swisher) and commentaries over the last several years, as well as in his own memoirs, Arafat always figures as the culprit and as Ross's central obsession. The obsession -- fed by Barak, shared to a great degree by Clinton, and magnified by an Israel-centric media in the U.S. -- became a comfortable retreat for Americans who could not acknowledge U.S. responsibility and would not acknowledge Israel's responsibility, so closely bound was the U.S. to Israel. Swisher ends his account with a semi-apology from [Aaron David] Miller, who participated in Ross's four-hour briefing of Powell. 'You don't want to give centrality to how you fucked up,' Miller confessed. 'Dennis [Ross] could have never brought himself to do it, and neither could I.' " (Kathleen Christison)

  • A government blacklist aimed at political beliefs -- NYCLU and UCC come out against Cuomo's BDS order
  • With BDS order, Cuomo imports the anti-democratic spirit, from Israel and France
    • When it comes to Israel, America's leaders will inevitably have to heed the sage advice of their country's founding father. In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a “passionate attachment” to another nation, as it could create “the illusion of a common interest...where no common interest exists.”

    • The "over the top reaction" of your camp further confirms that the BDS campaign IS working.

  • BDS movement: 'Governor Cuomo is among those standing on the wrong side of history'
  • The List: Cuomo's anti-BDS executive order is a first amendment nightmare
  • Why don't you share all the good things about Israel?
    • MaxNarr

      What "Jewish state" are you referring to?

      I remind you that the entity known as "Israel" has yet to officially declare its borders and have them formally recognized as such by the international community.

    • Annie

      BINGO!!!!

    • Angel

      Classic Hasbara, i.e., deflection. It doesn't work.

      Palestinians and other Arabs have been under the brutal boot of fascistic/racist/expansionist Israel for 68 years while due to ignorance of the conflict brought on by a predominantly pro-Israel biased media, most of the world looked the other way. Those days are over.

      Thanks in large measure to the Internet, the truth is now easily available. Ever increasing numbers of people (including more and more enlightened, righteous Jews), especially all important youth, are waking up and realizing that for the good of us all, the horrors that Zionism has perpetrated against Palestine's indigenous inhabitants and other Arabs must end. The handwriting is on the wall. Unfortunately, Israel and its supporters, such as you, refuse to read it. Time is running out for Israel.

  • Happy 100th birthday Bernard Lewis!
    • Edward Said on Bernard Lewis:

      "Lewis is an interesting case to examine because his standing in the political world of the Anglo-American Middle Eastern Establishment is that of the learned Orientalist, and everything he writes is steeped in the 'authority' of the field. Yet, for at least a decade and a half his work in the main has been aggressively ideological, despite his various attempts at subtlety and irony. I mention his recent writing as a perfect exemplification of the academic whose work purports to be liberal objective scholarship but is in reality very close to being propaganda AGAINST his subject material. But this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the history of Orientalism; it is only the latest - and in the West, the most uncriticized - of the scandals of 'scholarship.'" (Orientalism, 1978, Page 316)

  • Clinton forces dig in against changes to Democratic platform on Israel
  • Israel commandeers UN for anti-BDS pep rally
  • 'I am Palestinian and I am human' -- and Leanne Mohamad, 15, is disqualified from UK speaking competition
    • barmalei

      Meet Janna Jihad, 10 years old. She has been reporting from Palestine for two to three years now, sharing with the world the message of “the Palestinian children”.

      A major shift is taking place. The world is waking up and comprehending the horrors Israel has inflicted against Palestine's native inhabitants, including children, for over 68 years.

      One example:

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/20/us-palestinian-israel-children-idUSBRE95J0UJ20130620
      Reuters, 6/20/2013
      "Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel”
      by Stephanie Nebehay

      Excerpts:
      "A UN human rights body accused Israeli forces...of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.

      "Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, are routinely denied registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools and clean water, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

      " 'Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released...' "

      "Kirsten Sandberg, a Norwegian expert who chairs the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, said the report was based on facts, not the political opinions of its members. 'We look at what violations of children's rights are going on within Israeli jurisdiction,...'

      " 'Hundreds of Palestinian children have been killed and thousands injured over the reporting period as a result of (Israeli) military operations, especially in Gaza..."

      "It voiced deep concern at the 'continuous use of Palestinian children as human shields...' "

      BTW, "...last year ['Edgar] Davidson praised English Defence League-founder Tommy Robinson as 'simply a British patriot.' His blog’s ‘Key Readings’ include an article that states 'Palestinians are a fake creation.' ”

      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160530-british-palestinian-schoolgirl-expelled-from-public-speaking-competition/#.V0x0jGZ1CE0.facebook

  • South African Nobelist Coetzee on Israel and apartheid: 'Draw your own conclusions'
    • For the record:

      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)

      http://www.haaretz.com/the-racist-entity-that-is-taking-over-israel-must-be-toppled-1.345929
      “The Racist Entity That Is Taking Over Israel Must Be Toppled”
      Haaretz, Feb 27, 2011 by Sefi Rachlevsky
      “…Israel has built a world where the Jews are citizens and the Arabs are not, both in the occupied territories and in Jerusalem; where a Jewish man is a citizen and his Arab neighbor is not. Most Jewish first-graders attend ultra-Orthodox and religious schools. The majority of them are educated along the lines of ‘The King's Torah.’ A Jew is human. A non-Jew is non-human. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ does not apply to non-Jews. And this is not delivered in the form of incitement, but as a simple statement of a fact. As simple as calling a chair a chair.”

      One example of apartheid within Israel:
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1134898.html
      Ha'aretz, Dec. 14/09: "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.'”

      "...EU broadside over plight of Israel's Arabs"
      EXCERPT: "The confidential 27-page draft prepared by European diplomats... [shows] that Israeli Arabs suffer 'economic disparities... unequal access to land and housing... discriminatory draft legislation and a political climate in which discriminatory rhetoric and practice go unsanctioned.'" (The Independent, Dec. 27/2011)

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for ISRAEL [my emphasis] 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 [my emphasis].” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 Israel and The Occupied Territories, http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2015&dlid=252927#wrapper)

    • For the record re apartheid South Africa:

      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years [actually, for thousands of years]. 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.)

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

  • 'Why is water dangerous?' A Palestinian plea to the US Congress
  • Giving up on political propaganda, Israeli consulate turns to Ted-style inspirational conference
  • Front-page play for Israel battle shows that Israel has lost the Democratic Party base
    • rickaicp

      Nonsense.

      In accordance with the UN Charter and the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war" as emphasized in the Preamble to Res. 242, which governs all that follows, none of the Palestinian and other Arab lands Israel invaded during the war it launched on 5 June 1967 are "in dispute."

      As UNSC resolutions and the US State Department have repeatedly declared, the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem are belligerently and illegally (i.e., in gross violation of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention) by Israel. Also, under international law, the Palestinian Gaza Strip is still belligerently and illegally (i.e., in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention - "Collective Punishment) occupied by Israel.

      Nor should we forget that as repeatedly declared in UNSC resolutions and by the US State Department, Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon's Shebba Farms are belligerently and illegally occupied by Israel. For the record: Approximately 150,000 Druze Syrians were expelled from their native Golan Heights by Israel during the 1967 war.

      BTW, UNSC resolutions have declared Israel's annexations of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights to be null and void.

      Granted, as part of a final peace agreement there may be mutually agreed minor land swaps, but Palestinian and other Arab lands under occupation will not be referred to as "in dispute" for the simple reason that they are not.

      Do you get it?

    • hophmi

      Dream on.

      Reality:

      (A) Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,

      “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;.."

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

      (C) Israel's 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention". The resolution was adopted by 14 votes to none.

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

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

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

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

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

      (I) US Secretary of State, John Kerry: "The US views all of the settlements as illegitimate." (13 August 2013, Reuters Video)

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

      (K) Even the Israeli Supreme Court has declared the West Bank (and Gaza Strip) to be under belligerent OCCUPATION [my emphasis]. In 1979, the court declared "[t]his is a situation of belligerency and the status of [Israel] with respect to the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] territory is that of an OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power." In 2002, the court again held that the West Bank and Gaza Strip "are subject to a belligerent OCCUPATION [my emphasis] by the State of Israel" and in June, 2004, it proclaimed "[s]ince 1967, Israel has been holding [the Palestinian Territories] in belligerent OCCUPATION [my emphasis]."

  • Hard times: Pro-Israel group will pay young Jews $100 to watch its movies
    • Mooser

      Is that "frum" as in David Frum, a loyal servant of Israel?

    • Sally, FYI:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alon-benmeir/a-plea-for-reason-an-open_b_9299400.html

      "Dear Netanyahu: Radical Zionists Like You Cannot Survive"

      Huffington Post, Feb. 24/16, by Alon Ben-Meir, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, NYU

      "A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu"

      EXCERPT:
      "Demographically, the country is facing a grave danger. The number of Israelis emigrating from Israel is roughly equal to the number of those who immigrate to Israel. Nearly one million Israelis, representing 13 percent of the population, emigrated from Israel in the past 20 years. Several polls consistently show that given the opportunity, 30 percent of Israelis would consider leaving the country, mainly for economic reasons and the lack of a prospect of ending the debilitating conflict with the Palestinians.

      "In particular, the immigration of young American and European Jews to Israel is consistently trending downward.”

  • Religious zealots ready for takeover of Israeli army
  • 'This is not an environment to learn': Palestinian college struggles to exist next to IDF training ground
    • Fascism, pure and simple.

      The entity known as "Israel" is doomed. For what should be obvious reasons, no surprise.

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

  • AIPAC event in Connecticut features anti-Semitic humor, from an Israeli editor
  • Arab American diplomat, activist and scholar Dr. Clovis Maksoud dies at 90
  • A brief history of the 'Nakba' in Israel
    • diaspora

      For the record: According to historian Rosemarie M. Esber, "Zionist Jewish military organizations forced more than 400,000 Palestinian Arab inhabitants from their homes in about 225 villages, towns and cities in Palestine" before 14 May 1948 (Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians, Arabicus Books & Media, LLC, 2009)

    • Bettyberenson

      Nonsense.

      To be brief:

      While over one million Palestinians were dispossessed and expelled by Jewish forces and the IDF between late 1947 and 1967 by force of arms, mass rape, several massacres and intimidation, Palestinians had nothing whatsoever to do with the exodus of Jews from Arab lands, i.e., apples and oranges.

    • Well and truly stated.

  • Defying official censorship orders, Brown and RISD students hold Nakba discussion inside Hillel
    • For the record:

      The repeated assertion by Israeli leaders and other Zionists that Palestinians fled their homes and properties because they were told to do so by Arab leaders to make way for incoming Arab armies has long-since been debunked. To quote John H. Davis, who served as Commission-General of UNRWA at the time: "An exhaustive examination of the minutes, resolutions, and press releases of the Arab League, of the files of leading Arabic newspapers, of day-to-day monitoring of broadcasts from Arab capitals and secret Arab radio stations, failed to reveal a single reference, direct or indirect, to an order given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave. All the evidence is to the contrary; that the Arab authorities continuously exhorted the Palestinian Arabs not to leave the country.... Panic and bewilderment played decisive parts in the flight. But the extent to which the refugees were savagely driven out by the Israelis as part of a deliberate master-plan has been insufficiently recognized." (John H. Davis, The Evasive Peace, London: Murray, 1968)

      Mr. Davis’s observations are confirmed by the IDF Intelligence Branch Report dated 30 June 1948, entitled "The Arab Exodus from Palestine in the Period 1 December 1947 to 1 June 1948." After studying the document, Israeli Jewish historian Benny Morris stated that "the Intelligence Branch report...goes out of its way to stress that the [Palestinian] exodus was contrary to the political-strategic desires of both the Arab Higher Committee and the governments of the neighboring Arab states. These, according to the report, struggled against the exodus - threatening, cajoling, and imposing punishments, all to no avail." (Benny Morris, "The Causes and Character of the Arab Exodus from Palestine: The Israel Defense Force Intelligence Board Analysis of June 1948: Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. XXII, no. 1, January 1986)

  • Zionism threatens to bring anti-semitism full-circle
    • To quote Uri Avnery, renowned Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset:

      "Many good people, who feel no hatred at all towards the Jews, but who detest the persecution of the Palestinians, are now called anti-Semites. Thus the sting is taken out of this word, giving it something approaching respectability.... Not only does Israel not protect Jews from anti-Semitism, but quite to the contrary - Israel manufactures and exports [anti-Semitism] around
      the world."

  • Resolution 242 does not mean what you may think it means
    • After having been denied admittance twice, Israel again sought UN membership in 1949. This time, however, in order to be considered, Israel formally agreed at the United Nations to obey the UN Charter, comply with General Assembly Resolution 194, which is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to accept Resolution 181, the Partition Plan, as a basis for negotiations. Israel also signed the Lausanne Protocol at the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference and thereby reaffirmed its commitment to Resolutions 194 and 181.

      Israel’s pledge to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 (as well as the Partition Plan as a basis for negotiations) and the UN Charter was made legally binding by including it in General Assembly Resolution 273 (11 May 1949) granting Israel UN membership. The full text of Resolution 273 is as follows:

      “Having received the report of the Security Council on the application of Israel for membership in the United Nations,

      “Noting that, in the judgment of the Security Council, Israel is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the Charter,

      “Noting that the Security Council has recommended to the General Assembly that it admit Israel to membership in the United Nations,

      “Noting furthermore the declaration by the State of Israel that it ‘unreservedly accepts the obligations of the United Nations Charter and undertakes to honour them from the day when it becomes a Member of the United Nations,'

      “Recalling its resolutions of 29 November 1947 [UNGA Resolution 181, the Partition Plan] 3/ and 11 December 1948 [UNGA Resolution 194 regarding repatriation of Palestinian refugees] and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representative of the Government of Israel before the ad hoc Political Committee in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions,

      “The General Assembly,
      “Acting in discharge of its functions under Article 4 of the Charter and rule 125 of its rules of procedure,

      “1. Decides that Israel is a peace-loving State which accepts the obligations contained in the Charter and is able and willing to carry out those obligations;

      “2. Decides to admit Israel to membership in the United Nations.”

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

      Shortly after gaining UN membership Israel reneged on its commitment to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 (and the Partition Plan), which the Arab delegation, including Palestinian representatives, had accepted as a basis for peace negotiations at the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference.

      There is no question whatsoever that Israel is legally bound to abide by the terms of Resolution 194.

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

  • Israel looks to wall in the BDS movement
    • Also:

      To quote Patrick Martin, Canada’s Globe and Mail correspondent in Israel:

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/parliament-votes-to-reject-campaign-to-boycott-israel/article28863810/

      Globe and Mail, Feb. 23/16

      “Yes, the BDS campaign singles out Israel, quite naturally. It was started by a group of Palestinians, including Mr. Barghouti, to elicit help in dealing with Palestinians’ biggest problems. It was not intended to solve all the problems of the world. Just as the worldwide campaign against apartheid in South Africa did not address the ills of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, or the dictatorship in Somalia, this BDS movement is uniquely tailored to safeguarding Palestinian rights.”

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

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

  • Once, most Jews viewed Israel as the anti-semite's best friend
    • My error. Haste makes waste.

      Henry Morgenthau was former ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and not a Senator.

    • "And missing from the article is the single raw fact that makes Herzl, not the enemy of Jews, but the friend to the Jews: his prophecy. He saw the future and that future was Hitler."

      Herzl was not the only eminent Jew to see the future:

      Thirty-one prominent Jewish Americans presented a petition to President Wilson, which he brought to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. The signers included among others, Senator Henry Morgenthau Sr., former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey; Simon Rosendale, ex-Attorney General of New York; E.M. Baker, President of the Stock Exchange; New York Times publisher, Adlolph S. Ochs and Congressman Julius Kahn. These learned Jews feared that Zionist influence at the peace conference might lay the foundation for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine which they opposed. The petitioners warned against any commitment "now or in the future to Jewish territorial sovereignty in Palestine" and predicted that given the Arab presence in Palestine, Zionist objectives would inevitably lead to a violent struggle between the two groups. In conclusion, they asked the president to argue at the Peace Conference that "...Palestine be constituted as a free and independent state, to be governed under a democratic form of government, recognizing no distinctions of creed or race or ethnic descent....”

      Senator Morgenthau left no doubt as to where he stood on Zionism: "Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history....The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is... a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light."

      The thirty-one distinguished American Jews must have expected that President Wilson would heed their advice as it was consistent with his stated principles for creating a better world. He opposed the annexation of land as spoils of war and was the prime mover in establishing a League of Nations to provide a forum for settling international disputes peacefully. However, as his endorsement of the Balfour Declaration had indicated and future events would confirm, the president's humanitarian vision did not include Arabs.

  • Netanyahu announces 'seminar on Jewish history' in his office-- for European diplomats
    • Juan R.

      I confess, when I first read your comment, I thought it was a joke.

      For your edification:

      Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands.

      (A) Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,

      “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;.."

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

      (C) Israel's 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention". The resolution was adopted by 14 votes to none, with the United States abstaining.

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

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

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

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

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

      (I) US Secretary of State, John Kerry: "The US views all of the settlements as illegitimate." (13 August 2013, Reuters Video)
      (http://uk.reuters.com/video/2013/08/13/kerry-the-us-views-all-of-the-settlement?videoId=247087988&videoChannel=1)

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

      (K) Even the Israeli Supreme Court has declared the West Bank (and Gaza Strip) to be under belligerent OCCUPATION [my emphasis]. In 1979, the court declared "[t]his is a situation of belligerency and the status of [Israel] with respect to the OCCUPIED [my emphasis] territory is that of an OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power." In 2002, the court again held that the West Bank and Gaza Strip "are subject to a belligerent OCCUPATION [my emphasis] by the State of Israel" and in June, 2004, it proclaimed "[s]ince 1967, Israel has been holding [the Palestinian Territories] in belligerent OCCUPATION [my emphasis]."

    • To be brief:

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

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

      Furthermore, In May 1939, after it rejected the utterly unjust and in violation of the terms of the Mandate 1937 Peel Report, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with its Mandate, declared Great Britain "could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country." The White Paper called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the "Jewish National Home" in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. (Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required.)

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

    • For the record:

      To quote John McHugo, Visiting Fellow at the Scottish Centre for International Law at Edinburgh University and acknowledged expert on Resolution 242:

      “It used to be permissible for a state to acquire sovereignty over territory by right of conquest on the termination of a state of war. The right was abolished when the League of Nations was established in the aftermath of the First World War. The abolition of conquest extends to a prohibition of the acquisition of any territory by a state in actions of self-defence. The vexed question of who attacked whom in the various Arab–Israeli conflicts is therefore irrelevant to the analysis contained in this Article. What should be noted is the strength of the word ‘inadmissibility’ which was chosen by the drafters of the Resolution. It suggests that the prohibition of the acquisition of territory by war is a foundation on which the Resolution is predicated....” (John McHugo, “Resolution 242: A Legal Reappraisal of the Right-Wing Israeli Interpretation of the Withdrawal Phrase with Reference to the Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians,” published in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, October 2002, pp. 857-58.)

      McHugo, “...the wording of the Withdrawal Phrase implies that these territories are to be treated as a unity, and a partial withdrawal would only be a partial compliance with the principle.” (ibid)

      Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban revealed at the time that he understood full well that Resolution 242 calls for Israel’s complete withdrawal: “The words ‘in the recent conflict’ convert the principle of eliminating occupation into a mathematically precise formula for restoring the June 4 Map.” During negotiations to determine Resolution 242’s wording, Abba Eban failed in an attempt to delete the phrase “in the recent conflict.” (Comment by Foreign Minister of Israel and Telegram 3164, UK Mission in New York to Foreign Office, 12 Nov 1967. FO961/24)

      Moshe Dayan also realized that Resolution 242 calls for full withdrawal and urged the government to reject it. In June 1968, during a closed session of the Labor Party, he counseled against endorsing Resolution 242 as "it means withdrawal to the 4 June [1967] boundaries, and because we are in conflict with the SC [Security Council] on that resolution." (Daniel Dishon (ed.), Middle East Record, v. 4, 1968 - Jerusalem: 1973)

      Furthermore, as Moshe Dayan revealed in July 1968, Israel’s leaders had no intention of complying with Resolution 242 and were in fact preparing for more territorial expansion: “During the last 100 years our people have been in a process of building up the country and the nation, of expansion, of getting additional Jews and additional settlements in order to expand the borders here. Let no Jew say that the process has ended. Let no Jew say that we are near the end of the road." (Ma’ariv, 7 July 1968; quoted by Clifford A. Wright, Facts and Fables: The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Kegan Paul International London and New York, 1989, p. 108)

  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day, NPR promotes Israeli army but Obama takes a pass
    • Speaking of Holocausts, I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was the worst mass slaughter of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of about 10 - 12 million Congolese by Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and owner of what was then known as the Congo Free State.

      The unspeakable horrors Belgium inflicted on the natives of the Congo, which included amputations of arms below the elbow, was 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 synthetic rubber, was in huge demand in Europe and America to manufacture tires for the burgeoning automobile industry.

      BTW, one of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.

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

  • Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew
    • Hoya saxa

      You live in a fantasy world. Compare the situation today versus 25 years ago when Israel was easily duping the world and riding high. Thanks in large measure to the Internet, the documented truth regarding the Israel-Palestinian/Arab conflict, past and present, is now so much easier to discover. Inevitably, as a result, Palestinians have the momentum while Israel is increasingly viewed around the world, including Europe and America, as fascistic, racist, expansionist, a brutal illegal occupier and a serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law. Most importantly, more and more youth everywhere, including righteous Jews are seeing Israel for what it really is and are standing with the Palestinians. The handwriting is on the wall. It could only be thus.

      https://canadatalksisraelpalestine.ca/2016/05/05/israeli-security-expert-delivers-hard-message-to-ottawa-jewish-community/

      "Canada Talks Israel-Palestine"
      May 5/16

      "Israeli security expert delivers hard message to Ottawa Jewish community"

      Excerpts:

      "Yossi Alpher, former Mossad agent, and now independent Israeli security expert, spoke to a crowd of concerned Jews in Ottawa on May 2nd. He was talking about the future of Israel, and they were clearly disturbed by what he had to say."

      "Reaction from the liberal Jews in the audience was worried. One questioner asked what he could tell his children who are being raised with 'Jewish values' but who are increasingly uncomfortable with what they see of Israel. Another asked about a possible apartheid scenario in which there would be different laws for Jews and non-Jews. (Alpher responded by indicating that Jews and non Jews already live under different laws in the West Bank, and pointed out that Israel regularly treats 'terrorists' very differently depending on whether they are Arab or Jewish.)"

      "Another person asked hopefully whether there was any chance Netanyahu might be replaced by a more 'liberal' politician. Alpher’s response was that Netanyahu is not an aberration. He is well positioned because he actually reflects the thinking of a broad majority of Israelis.

      Alpher did not offer a 'solution' to Israel’s dilemma, other than to try to slow the slide down the 'slippery slope'."

  • DC meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia marks end of Arab Peace Initiative and two-state solution
    • Well said.

      In the long run, however, by jumping in bed with Israel, Saudi Arabia has hastened its own demise. During the years I lived in the Arab world I came to know many Saudis. With rare exception, a despicable, soft handed, spoiled, arrogant, selfish bunch completely divorced from their Bedouin ancestry/heritage. The vast majority of Arabs despise them.

  • Elor Azarya, King of Israel
    • Re Israel's Ethiopian Jews:

      http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/1890-even-in-death-ethiopian-jews-face-racism-from-other-jews

      “Even in death, Ethiopian Jews face racism from other Jews”
      Middle East Monitor, December 28, 2010.

      Excerpt: “An Israeli newspaper has claimed that the racism prevalent between Israeli Jews extends to Ethiopian Jews even after their death. According to Ma’ariv, graves in a Jewish cemetery are separated according to the colour of the corpses; a fence has been built between the graves of Ethiopian Jews and the others in the graveyard.”

      Haaretz, January 27, 2013 - “Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots.”
      EXCERPTS: “A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.”

      “The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community.”

  • Note to Ken Livingstone: The British Labour party has supported Zionism much more than the Nazis ever did
    • This controversy brings to mind the following:

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

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

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

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

  • Saying Israel has no right to exist as a Jewish state is not anti-Semitic
    • hoya saxa

      Regarding Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel:

      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years [actually for thousands of years]. 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 Z!onism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

      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, 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, key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence in the current government 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)

      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)

      http://www.haaretz.com/the-racist-entity-that-is-taking-over-israel-must-be-toppled-1.345929
      “The Racist Entity That Is Taking Over Israel Must Be Toppled”
      Haaretz, Feb 27, 2011 by Sefi Rachlevsky
      “…Israel has built a world where the Jews are citizens and the Arabs are not, both in the occupied territories and in Jerusalem; where a Jewish man is a citizen and his Arab neighbor is not. Most Jewish first-graders attend ultra-Orthodox and religious schools. The majority of them are educated along the lines of ‘The King's Torah.’ A Jew is human. A non-Jew is non-human. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ does not apply to non-Jews. And this is not delivered in the form of incitement, but as a simple statement of a fact. As simple as calling a chair a chair.”

      One example of apartheid within Israel
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1134898.html
      Ha'aretz, Dec. 14/09: "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.'”

      "...EU broadside over plight of Israel's Arabs"
      EXCERPT: "The confidential 27-page draft prepared by European diplomats... [shows] that Israeli Arabs suffer 'economic disparities... unequal access to land and housing... discriminatory draft legislation and a political climate in which discriminatory rhetoric and practice go unsanctioned.'" (The Independent, Dec. 27/2011)

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 Israel and The Occupied Territories, http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2015&dlid=252927#wrapper)

    • Hoyasaxa

      Sigh. Please do not insult our intelligence.

    • It should also be emphasized that the so-called "Jewish State" came about as a result of predominantly foreign born Jews dispossessing and expelling about 800,000 indigenous Palestinian Arabs between late 1947 and the end of 1948. Well over 500 of their towns and villages were destroyed, including churches, mosques and cemeteries. Nor should it be forgotten that just prior to and during Israel's first invasion of Egypt in 1956 (in collusion with Britain and France), the IDF drove out about 25,000 more Palestinians and during and after the war it launched on 5 June 1967, Israel expelled a further approximately 200,000 Palestinians.

  • 'Her absurd generals, her military junk' -- Daniel Berrigan's prophetic speech on Israel in '73
    • "...the antisemitism that pervades Arab societies. "

      Do not confuse entirely justified anti-Zionism with racist anti-Semitism.

      Rabbi Sassoon Kehdouri, Iraq's Chief Rabbi for 48 years, speaking before the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry on Palestine: "Iraqi Jews will be forever against Zionism. Jews and Arabs have enjoyed the same rights and privileges for a thousand years and do not regard themselves as a distinctive separate part of this nation."

      Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president, also addressing the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry: "I would not like to do any injustice. The Muslim world has treated the Jews with considerable tolerance. The Ottoman Empire [of which the Arabs were a major part] received the Jews with open arms when they were driven out of Spain and Europe, and the Jews should never forget that."

      Albert Einstein, 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us.”

    • The wise words of Uri Avnery, renowned Jewish Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, come to mind:

      "Many good people, who feel no hatred at all towards the Jews, but who detest the persecution of the Palestinians, are now called anti-Semites. Thus, the sting is taken out of this word, giving it something approaching respectability.... Not only does Israel not protect Jews from anti-Semitism, but quite to the contrary - Israel manufactures and exports it around the world."

  • Sy Hersh's 'forbidden statement': Sanders's liberation from NY Jewish money could change US foreign policy
    • America will soon have no option other than to join what has become a worldwide trend regarding Israel:

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4797661,00.html

      "Report: Germany considering stopping 'unconditional support' of Israel."

      By Eldad Beck, Ynetnews.com, May 1/16

      Excerpts:

      "Der Spiegel reports senior officials in the German government believe Netanyahu is 'instrumentalizing' Berlin's friendship, while the magazine quotes Merkel as saying she understands 'why President Abbas continually seeks out the Security Council.' "

      "Senior politicians of both ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the joint Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union, told Der Spiegel that there is a concern in Berlin that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was 'instrumentalizing' Germany's friendship. "

      "'Israel's current policies are not contributing to the country remaining Jewish and democratic,' Norbert Röttgen, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, told the weekly.

      "According to Der Spiegel, an evidence of a change in the German Foreign Ministry's attitude towards Israel is the refusal of then-foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to grant Netayahu's request to raise objections to a document authored by the EU's foreign ministers that criticized the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. "

      "Steinmeier, however, ignored the Israeli prime minister's pleas and threw Germany's support of the EU document, which states that 'Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible.'"

      "According to the weekly, this incident points to the weakening influence of Israel's friends within the German Foreign Ministry.

      "The Chancellery has also reportedly lost hope that Netanyahu would work to advance the peace process."

    • "A majority of Americans support Israel."

      For now, yes. However, as average Americans continue to learn the ugly truth about Israel, which is now easy to do, the "special relationship" will deteriorate and eventually end.
      The bottom line is that Israel is an increasingly heavy millstone around America's neck and a useless "ally." The handwriting is on the wall.

  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • While it may be preceded by two states, in the long run, as the Zionist zealots die off and peace reigns, both peoples will see the wisdom of one state as it will best serve their common interests.

    • To quote Dr. Finkelstein:

      "In 2007, I gave a public lecture on this topic at the Judson Memorial Church near NYU. I said that young American Jews are not going to defend Israel’s criminal conduct..."

      "If you’re a young American Jew, you’re probably liberal and idealistic, you’re not going to defend that sort of stuff. You may not come out swinging against Israel, but you’re going to lower your head in embarrassment and shame. I was slowly registering this metamorphosis. Something’s happening here. Younger Jews are changing. Some older Jews too—but not the majority."

      His comments bring to mind the following observations by Alon Ben-Meir:

      "Dear Netanyahu: Radical Zionists Like You Cannot Survive"
      Huffington Post, Feb. 24/16, by Alon Ben-Meir, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, NYU

      "A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu"

      EXCERPT:
      "Demographically, the country is facing a grave danger. The number of Israelis emigrating from Israel is roughly equal to the number of those who immigrate to Israel. Nearly one million Israelis, representing 13 percent of the population, emigrated from Israel in the past 20 years. Several polls consistently show that given the opportunity, 30 percent of Israelis would consider leaving the country, mainly for economic reasons and the lack of a prospect of ending the debilitating conflict with the Palestinians.

      "In particular, the immigration of young American and European Jews to Israel is consistently trending downward.”

    • To quote Dr. Finkelstein:

      "In 2007, I gave a public lecture on this topic at the Judson Memorial Church near NYU. I said that young American Jews are not going to defend Israel’s criminal conduct..."

      "If you’re a young American Jew, you’re probably liberal and idealistic, you’re not going to defend that sort of stuff. You may not come out swinging against Israel, but you’re going to lower your head in embarrassment and shame. I was slowly registering this metamorphosis. Something’s happening here. Younger Jews are changing. Some older Jews too—but not the majority."

      His comments brought to mind the following observations by Alon Ben-Meir:

      "Dear Netanyahu: Radical Zionists Like You Cannot Survive"
      Huffington Post, Feb. 24/16, by Alon Ben-Meir, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, NYU

      "A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu"

      EXCERPT:
      "Demographically, the country is facing a grave danger. The number of Israelis emigrating from Israel is roughly equal to the number of those who immigrate to Israel. Nearly one million Israelis, representing 13 percent of the population, emigrated from Israel in the past 20 years. Several polls consistently show that given the opportunity, 30 percent of Israelis would consider leaving the country, mainly for economic reasons and the lack of a prospect of ending the debilitating conflict with the Palestinians.

      "In particular, the immigration of young American and European Jews to Israel is consistently trending downward.”

  • As right-wing incitement spreads through Israeli society, Netanyahu looks to extinguish fire he has stoked for years
  • Chabon calls occupation 'the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life' and says he is 'culpable'
    • 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)

  • Clinton propagates false understanding of Camp David
    • jrfinkel

      Regarding the Taba II Negotiations:

      Unfortunately, as Aaron David Miller, a key member of the U.S. negotiating team, revealed to author Clayton Swisher (The Truth about Camp David: The Untold Story about the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process, Nation Books, 2004), even at this late stage President Clinton remained poorly prepared and as a result his bridging proposal was ill-defined: "Things got no better as the final months of Clinton's administration went on. Miller confesses to Swisher that the so-called 'parameters' that Clinton finally presented in late December 2000 - the first time the Clinton team had ventured to adopt a policy position - were still being revised the very day they were presented, meaning that, as Miller notes, 'we were not ready.' This was less than a month before the end of eight years in office. Clinton and company lacked a clear strategy and 'dithered' over what exactly the parameters were to define." (Kathleen Christison, "Camp David Redux, Counterpunch, 15 August 2005)

      While his remarks received scant attention in the media, Shlomo Ben-Ami, Israel's foreign minister, set the record straight regarding the suspension of Taba II:

      "Despite reports to the contrary in Israel, however, Mr. Arafat never turned down '97 percent of the West Bank' at Taba, as many Israelis hold. The negotiations were suspended by Israel because elections were imminent [February 2001] and 'the pressure of Israeli public opinion against the talks could not be resisted '...." (("Quest for Mideast Peace: How and Why It Failed," Deborah Sontag, New York Times, 26 July 2001)

    • DaBakr

      Utter nonsense!! Get educated!! Factual accounts of what took place at Camp David 2000 are easily available.

      I suggest you start here:

      “What Went Wrong: The Collapse of the Israeli Palestinian Peace Process,” by Jerome Slater, Political Science Quarterly, summer, 2001; http://www.jeromeslater.com/; http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/1236/jerome_slater.html)

  • As threats against BDS grow, it is time for 'sumoud' in activist communities
    • In 1988, the PLO recognized Israel as a sovereign state within the borders of the 1947 UNGA Partition Plan, Res. 181 (recommendatory only, grossly unjust for the native Palestinian Arabs, never adopted by the UNSC and in violation of the terms of the Class A British Mandate for Palestine as well as the Atlantic Charter.)

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

      The PLO also agreed to the US/EU/UN supported 2002 Arab League Beirut Summit Peace Initiative, which offers Israel full recognition as a sovereign state, exchange of ambassadors, trade, tourism, etc., if Israel complies with international law and its previous commitments. Fully aware of Israel's demographic concerns, the Beirut initiative does not demand the return of all Palestinian refugees. In accordance with Israel's pledge given to the UNGA in 1949 and by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol to abide by UNGA Res. 194 regarding the then 800,000 Palestinian refugees as a precondition for admittance to the UN (after being rejected twice), the Arab League's Initiative "calls upon Israel to affirm" that it agrees to help pursue the "achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem..." Along with the Arab states and the PLO, Hezbollah and Iran have also accepted the Arab League’s 2002 Beirut Summit Peace Initiative. Hamas has also indicated its acceptance subject to a Palestinian plebiscite and a corridor connecting the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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

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

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

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

      Hence, BDS.

  • UN pulls Israeli exhibition claiming Palestinian citizens have equal rights
    • MaxNarr

      The real "truth" came "out" long ago.

      To be brief:

      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years [actually for thousands of years.] 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 Z!onism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

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

      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)

      http://www.haaretz.com/the-racist-entity-that-is-taking-over-israel-must-be-toppled-1.345929
      “The Racist Entity That Is Taking Over Israel Must Be Toppled”
      Haaretz, Feb 27, 2011 by Sefi Rachlevsky
      “…Israel has built a world where the Jews are citizens and the Arabs are not, both in the occupied territories and in Jerusalem; where a Jewish man is a citizen and his Arab neighbor is not. Most Jewish first-graders attend ultra-Orthodox and religious schools. The majority of them are educated along the lines of ‘The King's Torah.’ A Jew is human. A non-Jew is non-human. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ does not apply to non-Jews. And this is not delivered in the form of incitement, but as a simple statement of a fact. As simple as calling a chair a chair.”

      One example of apartheid within Israel
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1134898.html
      Ha'aretz, Dec. 14/09: "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.'"

      "...EU broadside over plight of Israel's Arabs"
      EXCERPT: "The confidential 27-page draft prepared by European diplomats... [shows] that Israeli Arabs suffer 'economic disparities... unequal access to land and housing... discriminatory draft legislation and a political climate in which discriminatory rhetoric and practice go unsanctioned.'" (The Independent, Dec. 27/2011)

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

  • Sanders is in Jewish tradition that rejected exceptionalist nationalism of Zionism
    • For the record:

      Land ownership in West and East Jerusalem in 1947:

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

      East Jerusalem (the Old City) consisted of 800 dunams (about 240 acres) of which five dunams (just over one acre) were Jewish owned and the remaining 795 dunams were owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians. ("Assessing Palestinian Property in the City," by Dalia Habash and Terry Rempel, Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War, edited by Salim Tamari, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 1999, map, pp. 184-85)

  • Video: Meet the brave shoemaker who filmed Israeli soldier executing a Palestinian
  • A 'longtime activist for social justice,' Booker worries his anti-BDS stance will 'rankle' and 'upset' people
  • Israeli soldier filmed executing wounded Palestinian man
    • Know this: The entity known as Israel is panic stricken as the world increasingly sees it for what it is and has always been - a fascistic monster. It is rotting within and being abandoned by ever increasing numbers of Jews. In short, it is digging its own grave. All so predictable, given the nature of Zionism,

  • Back to theatrics: Netanyahu's AIPAC speech, including videos about Palestinians, the IDF
    • Obama's foreign policy is beyond "insufficient." This has been well demonstrated by his refusal, thus far, to forthrightly condemn Israel's for its belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands and its well documented/accelerating violations of international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

      On an optimistic note, It should be noted that Netanyahu and his gang of murderous, racist, fascistic, thieving thugs are frightened to death that in the final two months of his presidency Obama will do the right thing and stand up for America and the long suffering Palestinians by refusing to veto a UNSC resolution condemning Israel.

  • Zionism is finally in the news, as officials seek to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism
    • http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=15951

      Gideon Levy: Americans "Are Supporting the First Signs of Fascism in Israel"

      Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy talks to journalist Max Blumenthal about how the Israeli occupation has poisoned not only the region but much of the world, and how BDS might be the last standing hope to dismantle it - March 22, 2016

    • Prophetic comments by five eminent Jews:

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

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

      Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: "I cannot...I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state....It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land....I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives." (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

      Albert Einstein, 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

      Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

  • Trump abandons 'neutral' Israel position, Sanders adopts it
    • http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/03/walid-phares-makes-comeback-trumps-campaign-team?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motherjones%2Fmojoblog+%28MotherJones.com+%7C+MoJoBlog%29

      Trump Foreign Policy Adviser Has Ties to Brutal Lebanese Militia

      By Max J. Rosenthal
      Mother Jones, March 21, 2016

      Donald Trump has finally announced the names of five of his foreign policy advisers, and at least one member of his new team is sure to raise eyebrows.

      Walid Phares, a Lebanese academic who advised Mitt Romney's campaign in 2012, is one of the five names Trump gave to the Washington Post during a meeting with the paper's editorial board on Monday. As Mother Jones reported in 2011, Phares was a major player in the Lebanese Forces, one of the Christian militias that fought in Lebanon's brutal 15-year civil war. According to Toni Nissi, a colleague of Phares' at the time, Phares helped the group's leader, Samir Geagea, steep its fighters in religious ideology.

      "[Samir Geagea] wanted to change them from a normal militia to a Christian army," Nissi said. "Walid Phares was responsible for training the lead officers in the ideology of the Lebanese Forces."

      The Lebanese Forces are now just one of Lebanon's many political parties, but the group was responsible for one of the war's most notorious incidents, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Lebanon's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982.

      Phares is also well known as an anti-Muslim campaigner. He's appeared on the radio show of Frank Gaffney, the conspiracy theorist who's a foreign policy adviser to Ted Cruz.

  • Read the speech Bernie Sanders planned to give to AIPAC
  • Zionism's long and rich history of delegitimizing Palestinians
    • More on Israel Zangwill, a classic racist and a typical Zionist:

      As noted in the article, Israel Zangwill first voiced the lie that Palestine was a "land without a people, waiting for a people without a land."

      However, In 1905, he contradicted himself during a talk in Manchester when he observed that Palestine was "already twice as thickly populated as the United States.... [W]e must be prepared to either drive out by the sword the [Arab] tribes in possession as our forefathers did or to grapple with the problem of a large alien population...."

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

      In 1920, he proposed in The Voice of Jerusalem, that there should be an "'Arab exodus'...based on 'race redistribution' or a 'trek like that of the Boers from Cape Colony,' which he advocated was 'literally the only way out of the difficulty of creating a Jewish State in Palestine.'" He continued: "We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic reconstruction .... To fold their tents and silently steal away is their proverbial habit: let them exemplify it now."

  • 'NYT' columnist says Hillary Clinton is not pro-Israel enough!
    • Krauss

      Well and truly stated!

      Also, in 20-25 years, there will be about 3 billion Muslims worldwide, about 600 million Arabs, including around 10 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea, as well as about 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks.

      Can there be any doubt as to where the long term geopolitical and economic interests of the world, especially the U.S., lie? Certainly not with racist/rogue/pariah Israel. The handwriting is on the wall.

  • BDS Victory: Ahava moving factory out of occupied West Bank
    • Rugal_b

      You're putting us on, right? Anyone with an IQ over room temperature knows that "these people" standing up to fascism are true and courageous humanitarians, an example for all of "womankind," indeed, humankind, to aspire to.

  • Hanan Al Hroub's 'Global Teacher award' is a victory for all Palestinian educators over Israeli occupation and PA corruption
    • MHughes976

      Agreed, mon ami. Hence, UNGA Res. 181 had no legal status and could only be recommendatory.

    • Whether living in their homeland, resisting a brutal military occupation and caring for their families or advocating for their people while abroad, I never cease to be amazed by the courage and accomplishments of Palestinian women.
      BRAVA Hanan Al Hroub!!

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