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  • Jews argue whether Zionism is racism -- in the Forward!
    • @Jon66

      "In 1947, at the time of partition, Einstein was supportive of the establishment of Israel as a Jewish state."

      The letter you quote from Einstein to Nehru makes no reference to a "Jewish state."

      Furthermore:

      To repeat a portion of what I have previously posted:

      To quote from Einstein’s testimony before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in January 1946 when he was asked whether refugee settlement in Palestine demanded a Jewish state, he replied: “The State idea is not according to my heart. I cannot understand why it is needed.  It is connected with narrow-mindedness and economic obstacles.  I believe it is bad. I have always been against it.”     

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

    • Well worth reading:

      https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2016/11/14/benny-morriss-untenable-denial-of-the-ethnic-cleansing-of-palestine/

      "Benny Morris’s Untenable Denial of the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"

      By Jeremy R. Hammond, Foreign Policy Journal – Nov. 14, 2016

    • @Nathan

      Re: Einstein

      In 1929, Albert Einstein responded as follows to his friend Chaim Weizmann (then president of the British Zionist Federation) who had written to him about the Jewish Zionist question:  “'Should we be unable to find a way to honest cooperation and honest pacts with the Arabs, then we have learned absolutely nothing during our 2,000 years of suffering and deserve all that will come to us,'” he wrote, adding, 'Should the Jews not learn to live in peace with the Arabs, the struggle against them will follow them for decades in the future.' ” (“When Albert Einstein was a Holy Land Ladies’ Man,” Haaretz, February 3, 2015, by Gili Izkovitch)  

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

      To quote from Einstein's testimony before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in January 1946 when he was asked whether refugee settlement in Palestine demanded a Jewish state, he replied: "The State idea is not according to my heart. I cannot understand why it is needed.  It is connected with narrow-mindedness and economic obstacles.  I believe it is bad. I have always been against it."     

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

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

      “[Einstein] formulated his fascinating insights after he returned to his home in Berlin, and many years later, when he immigrated to the United States, and when he had to turn down Ben-Gurion’s offer to be the first president of Israel. 

      “In a letter to his friend Ezriel Carlebach, he wrote that he would not be able to perform the duties of the office according to his conscience, and that he would have to tell the Israeli people things they ‘would not like to hear.’ ”  (“When Albert Einstein was a Holy Land Ladies’ Man,” Haaretz, February 3, 2015, by Gili Izkovitch)

    • @mcohen

      You live in a fantasy world. Zionism is the very essence of racism.

    • @Jon66

      Zionism is and has always been racism and theft, i.e., dispossession and expulsion of Palestine's native Christian and Muslim inhabitants.

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

      It was Zangwill who 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 May 1911, Arthur Ruppin, one of early Zionism’s leading proponents proposed to the Executive of the Zionist Organization, a “population transfer” of the Arab peasants from Palestine.

      In the February 1919 issue of the League of Nations Journal, Zangwill proposed that the Palestinians "should be 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, Zangwill proposed in The Voice of Jerusalem, that there should be an "'Arab exodus'...based on 'race redistribution' or a 'trek like that of the Boers from Cape Colony,' which he advocated was 'literally the only way out of the difficulty of creating a Jewish State in Palestine.'" He continued: "We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic reconstruction .... To fold their tents and silently steal away is their proverbial habit: let them exemplify it now.”

      In 1937, when the Jewish Agency’s Transfer Committee was established by Yosef Weitz and others. The committee’s purpose was to devise a plan that would lead to the “transfer” of the Arab population out of Palestine so that Jews would become a large majority. This would be accomplished by “promoting measures designed to encourage the Arab flight.” Weitz did not mince his words: “…there is no room for both people together in this country….The only solution is a Palestine…without Arabs. And there is no way than to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighbouring countries, to transfer all of them; not one village, not one tribe, should be left.” (Yosef Weitz, My Diary and Letters to the Children, 1965).

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

      In 1944 and 1947, the basis of Plan Dalet was formulated by Israeli staff officer Yigal Yadin. He described its top priorities as “the destruction of Arab villages near the Jewish settlements and the expulsion of the inhabitants [along with] the domination of the main arteries of transportation that are vital to the Jews and the destruction of Arab villages near them. [Plan D also called for the] siege of Arab towns that are located outside the [Jewish] state created by the UN resolution [e.g., Acre and Jaffa].”

      In December 1947, a Jewish official with the Palestine government was asked by Glubb Pasha, the British commander of Jordan’s Arab Legion if he was concerned about the fact that the Jewish state would have so many Arab inhabitants. The official replied: “Oh no! That will be fixed. A few calculated massacres will soon get rid of them.” 

      According to The Official History of the Haganah, Plan D instructed the Haganah that “[Palestinian villages that resist] should be destroyed…and their inhabitants expelled beyond the borders of the Jewish state. [As well,] Palestinian residents of urban quarters which dominate access to or egress from the towns should be expelled beyond the borders of the Jewish state in the event of their resistance.”

  • Jews are safer in Israel than U.S. because our kids drop their M-16s on the sofa -- NYT op-ed
    • Food for thought:

      Indoctrinate them while they're young, very young.

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

      Editorial “Protecting Our Children” Haaretz, May 11/17

      EXCERPTS:

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

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

  • Video: 'Very fine people on both sides'
    • @Kay24

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.807833?utm_source=smartfocus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=opinion/.premium-1.807833&utm_campaign=Gideon+Levy&utm_term=20170820-04:44&writerAlerts=true

      "The Hebrew neo-Nazis"

      "Why Israelis are remaining silent about U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about 'many fine people' taking part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville"
      Gideon Levy. Aug 20, 2017, Haaretz.

      EXCERPTS:

      "Israel has no moral right to judge U.S. President Donald Trump over his forgiving remarks about the neo-Nazis in his country. First, Israel wasn’t really shocked by what he said. After all, it is willing to accept anything from anyone who supports the Israeli occupation. That’s axiomatic at this point. Whether it’s a Hungarian fascist or an American neo-Nazi, as long as they support the occupation – even if they secretly hate Jews – they are considered friends of Israel and moral people.

      "The best of the 'friends of Israel' today are fascists and evangelicals, xenophobes and Islamophobes. What’s most important is that they support the occupation. It’s only opponents of the occupation who are anti-Semites, and we will mount a special effort to combat them. We will forgive everyone else."

      "The Israeli alt-right is not neo-Nazi. But a thousand neo-Nazi flowers bloom on its margins that no one thinks about weeding out. Fascism in Israel has long been accepted. Neo-Nazis haven’t, but the distinction between the two is vague. If the extremist Lehava organization isn’t neo-Nazi, what is? If Beitar Jerusalem’s La Familia fan group isn’t neo-Nazi, what is? If the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family home in the West Bank village of Duma and the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir aren’t neo-Nazi acts, what are? And what about the Arabic-language highway sign near the settlement of Halamish declaring: 'This area is under the control of the Jews. The entry of Arabs is forbidden and constitutes a risk to your life!' ”

      "In the West, most contemptuous efforts are directed against foreigners. In Israel, they are directed mostly against the people who are native to the country. Complaining about Trump? That would already be the height of hypocrisy."

  • Netanyahu's diplomatic charm offensive in Africa is bound to fail
  • Charlottesville is moment of truth for empowered U.S. Zionists (who name their children after Israeli generals)
    • @Italian ex pat

      I thought the same thing.
      Zionism is doomed. It's only a matter of time.

    • @Paranam Kid

      Well and truly stated!!

    • @Jack Green

      "The idea of Zionism was that Jews would return to their homeland....."

      "Their homeland?"

      Nonsense!!

      During the 19th century (CE!!), my great grandfather was driven off his land in Ireland by the British and forced to flee to America. Do I have a right to go to Ireland and forcibly remove the current inhabitants from what was my great grandfather's land and claim it as my own? Certainly not.

      FURTHERMORE:

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

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

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

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

      In short, you are peddling utter nonsense. And please don't trot out the racist and moronic argument that because you were presumably born into a Jewish family, you have a "God given" right to seize the lands of and dispossess/expel the indigenous Palestinian Arab inhabitants of historic Palestine because Jews had a minor kingdom (the United Kingdom of Israel) between the River Jordan and the Sea that lasted a mere 77 years (about 1004-927 BCE) and never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza. Even the Hasmonean Dynasty under the Maccabees lasted only 70 years (about 140 – 70 BCE) and it was under Roman control.

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

    • @jon s

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2017/aug/17/why-americas-antisemites-can-hate-jews-but-still-claim-to-admire-israel

      "Why America’s anti-Semites can hate Jews but still claim to admire Israel"
      By Giles Fraser, The Guardian, August 17/17

      EXCERPTS:

      "If Israel’s PM has trouble denouncing US neo-Nazism, it’s possibly because the far right of both countries support the concept of a secure homeland based on race."

      "A problem for the Israeli right is that there are quite a few, especially on the outer fringes of right wing politics in the US, who don’t much care for Jews, but purport to admire and support Israel because of its commitment to maintaining a particular racial majority within its borders.

      "Speaking on Israel’s Channel 2 News on Wednesday, the alt-right’s Richard Spencer, one of the leaders of the Charlottesville rally, gave an astonishing example of this 'anti-Semites for Israel' philosophy. 'Jews are vastly over-represented in what you would call ‘the establishment’ and white people are being dispossessed from this country,' he said of the US. Yet he continued: 'An Israeli citizen, someone who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me who has analogue feelings about whites. You could say I am a white Zionist – in the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel.' ”

      "This is staggering stuff. Richard Spencer is the man who chanted 'Heil Trump' during a Washington rally. His followers responded with the Nazi salute. Praise from a man mired in the worst sort of anti-Semitism should prompt soul-searching on the right of Israel’s political establishment. These are not admirers that they should want.

      "More shocking, some concede that Spencer and his like have reason to find common cause with some of Israel’s outer political fringes. As the former PM Ehud Barak said of Charlottesville: “You can’t say you don’t see things here that bear a certain similarity – when you look at the Lehava demonstrations or La Familia activity, or the ranting against journalists covering Netanyahu investigations.”

      "Lehava is an acronym of the Hebrew for “Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land”. It is especially against mixed marriages (like mine) between Israeli Jews and non-Jews. And it also wants to rid Israel of Christianity. La Familia are fans of the Beitar Jerusalem football team. A few months ago I went to see them playing an Israeli Arab team from Galilee, Bnei Sakhnin – though the Sakhnin fans were not allowed into the ground. My remedial Hebrew was not enough to make out what they were singing to the rows of empty seats opposite. 'We are going to burn your village down,' was how my friend translated it.

      "Barak is right, the parallels with Charlottesville are sometimes difficult to avoid. And the problem everywhere with these outer fringes is that they are getting less and less outer. Frightening, isn’t it?"
       

  • Trump support for racists forces Israeli leaders to take sides, but which side will they choose?
    • "Birds of a feather......"

    • @JLewisDickerson

      Greetings
      Regarding the following statement you quote made by Yair Netanyahu, aka,Jesse Natan, son of Bibi:

      "There is no such thing as a Palestinian state. It is part of Israel. There never in history has been a Palestinian state. There is no such state and I hope there never will be. Palestinians are Arabs who settled in our country, but who emigrated from other Arab countries less than 100 years ago."

      I write the following response to Yair/Jesse with the hope that a Zionist who monitors Mondowiess will forward it on to him. His ignorance is appalling.

      1.
      Re: "There never in history has been a Palestinian state."

      Reality;
      The first known written reference to Palestinians as a people (Peleset) was c.1150 BCE at the temple of Medinet Habut. They were among those who fought with Egypt during Ramesses III’s reign.

      The region between the Jordan River and the Med. Sea was referred to as "Palestine" by the Greek historian Herodotus ("the father of history") during the 5th century BCE.

      100 years later, in the mid-4th Century BCE, Aristotle referred to Palestine while discussing the Dead Sea in his Meteorology. "Again if, as is fabled, there is a lake in Palestine...."

      Jewish historian Josephus's (c.37-100 CE) The Jewish War, Antiquities of the Jews contains many references to both "Palestine" and "Palestinians."

      Contemporaries of Jesus also routinely referred to Palestine as “Palestine.” In the first decade of the 1st Century, the Roman poet Ovid mentioned Palestine in both his famed mythological poem Metamorphoses and his erotic elegy The Art of Love. He also wrote of "the waters of Palestine" in his calendrical poem Fasti. Around the same time, another Latin poet, Tibullus wrote of "the crowded cities of Palestine" in the section "Messalla’s Triumph" in his poem Delia.

      The Zionist claim that the Roman emperor Hadrian officially changed the name of the region to "Syria Palaestina" or simply "Palestine," in 135 CE is contradicted by the fact that by then, the term "Palestine" had already been in use for over 600 years.

      When the Muslim Arabs arrived in Palestine in the 7th century CE (and liberated its Jewish population from Byzantine oppression), they retained the administrative organization of the territory of Palestine as it had been under the Romans and later, the Byzantines. They referred to the territory as Filastin (no “P” in Arabic.)

      To quote the opening sentence of the section entitled “Filastin” that appears in the book “Dictionary of the Lands,” written by geographer Yaqut ibn Abdullah al-Hamawi in 1225: “Filastin: It is the last one of the regions of Syria in the direction of Egypt. Its most famous cities are Ashkelon, Ramle, Gaza, Arsuf, Caesaria, Nablus, Jericho, Jaffa and Beit Guvrin.”

      By about 1300 CE, Palestine was a recognized geographical concept using coinage with “Filistin” written on them. There were diaries of Palestinian travelers who said they missed “Palestine” and a distinctive Palestinian dialect of Arabic had evolved. From 1300 on, the vast majority of people who lived in Palestine were Christians and Muslims.

      In 1603, Shakespeare wrote in his play Othello: “Emilia: I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.” (Act IV, Scene iii.)

      In 1863, The Religious Tract Society of London published its "Pictorial Journey Through the Holy Land; or Scenes of Palestine." In this work Beersheba is described as the southern limit of Palestine. Beersheba lies south-east of Gaza on the northern edge of the Negev desert. Palestine is described as "south of Lebanon."

      European tourist books of the nineteenth century refer to "Palestine," as did Theodor Herzl in his correspondence and the 1917 Balfour Declaration as well as the 1922 Class A League of Nations British Mandate.

      To quote the Winston 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.”

      2.
      Re: "Palestinians are Arabs who settled in our country, but who emigrated from other Arab countries less than 100 years ago. "

      Reality:
      It seems like many others, Yair/Jesse has been duped by Joan Peters' long since debunked mountain of mendacity, "From Time Immemorial..."

      To wit:

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

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

      To again quote Professor Porath: “The precise demographic history of modern Palestine cannot be summed up briefly, but its main features are clear enough and they are very different from the fanciful description Mrs. Peters gives.... [S]he has apparently searched through documents for any statement to the effect that Arabs entered Palestine. But even if we put together all the cases she cites, one cannot escape the conclusion that most of the growth of the Palestinian Arab community resulted from a process of natural increase.” (“Mrs. Peters’ Palestine” New York Review of Books, 16 January 1986.)

  • Netanyahu is silent for 3 days over neo-Nazi violence, while his son says Black Lives Matter and Antifa are the real threat
  • On Charlottesville and Jewish memory
    • @Keith

      Re Jabotinsky:

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

      Jabotinsky's chauvinistic, militaristic and authoritarian views appealed mainly to young Jews, especially those in Europe, where he formed youth groups known as Betar whose practices such as wearing brown shirts and using distinctive salutes were taken from Italian fascism. Revisionist Zionism was becoming more popular during the late 1920's and much to the dismay of Palestinian Arabs, Betar groups were being formed in Palestine.

      Jabotinsky did not mince his words: "We Jews, thank God, have nothing to do with the East.... The Islamic soul must be broomed out of Eretz-Yisrael." (Ya'acov Shavit, "The Attitude of Zionist Revisionism towards the Arabs." in Zionism and the Arab Question (Hebrew) p. 74; as quoted by Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians, p. 29.)

      Nor did he hide his racism. To him, Palestinian Arabs were "yelling rabble dressed up in gaudy, savage rags" (Joseph Schechtman, Rebel and Statesman: The Vladimir Jobotinksy Story, the Early Years, New York: T. Yoseloff, 1956, ibid.) and in his view the colonization of Palestine by European Jews would "push the moral frontiers of Europe to the Euphrates." (Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism, p. 180; cited by Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, faber and faber, London. Boston, 1987, p. 13).

    • @jon s

      Setting aside the abundance of statements by other leading Zionists that I quoted regarding their intention to dispossess and expel Palestine's native inhabitants, Herzl's statement in 1895 in effect summed up what he perceived their fate would be following his convening of the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897.  

      Herzl's diary entry for September 3, 1898: "Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly it would be this: at Basel I founded the Jewish state.... If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter.  Perhaps in five years and certainly in fifty, everyone will know it." (Quoted by David Hirst, in The Gun and the Olive Branch, p. 20)

      His diaries not only confirm that his objective was the establishment of a "Jewish state" in Palestine, but that it would be an expansionist state.  In 1904, the year of his death he described its borders as being "...in the north the mountains facing Cappadocia [Turkey], in the south, the Suez Canal [Egypt] in the east, the Euphrates [Iraq]." (Theodor Herzl, The Complete Diaries 11 p. 711 quoted by Wright, Facts and Fables, p. 107)

      Even more revealing as to how Herzl intended to deal with Palestinians is the "Charter for Zionist Colonization of Palestine and Syria," which he drafted sometime between the summer of 1901 and early 1902. Much to his disappointment, however, he was denied the opportunity to present it to the Ottoman Sultanate.  Article Vl of the charter called for Istanbul to grant the Zionists, in the form of the Jewish-Ottoman Land Company (JOLC), "complete autonomy, guaranteed by the Ottoman Empire" while Article III gave them in effect, the right to deport the native population to other areas of the empire.  (Walid Khalidi, "The Jewish-Ottoman Land Company: Herzl's Blueprint for the Colonization of Palestine," JPS, Vol. XXll, No. 2, Winter 1993, pp. 32-34)                                                                                                       

      Although unsuccessful in pursing his JOLC Charter with the Turkish sultan, Herzl never discarded it. "On 14 May 1904, in the penultimate entry of his Diaries, he addresses a memorandum to a senior Austrian foreign ministry official.  In this note, he solicits the participation of the Austrian government in an international effort to persuade Turkey to grant a charter very much along the lines of the JOLC.  He adds a detail absent in the JOLC version examined above: he envisages 'a settlement area in Palestine and the vicinity large enough for five to six million Jews.'" (Khalidi, ibid, p.42)              

      Enough said.

    • For the record:

      It is important to remember that the Zionists were planning the dispossession and expulsion of Palestine's native Arab inhabitants decades before the Holocaust occurred.

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

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

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

      In 1918, David Ben-Gurion, described the future borders of the Jewish state as: "to the north, the Litani River; to the northeast, the Wadi'Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into the Sinai at least up to Wadi al-`Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan." (Teveth, Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs)

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

      Although its origins can be traced back to Herzl and other early Zionists, Plan Dalet (Plan D)began to take concrete form in 1937, when the Jewish Agency's Transfer Committee was established by Yosef Weitz and others. The committee's purpose was to devise a plan that would lead to the "transfer" of the Arab population out of Palestine so that Jews would become a large majority. This would be accomplished by "promoting measures designed to encourage the Arab flight." Weitz did not mince his words: "...there is no room for both people together in this country....The only solution is a Palestine...without Arabs. And there is no way than to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighbouring countries, to transfer all of them; not one village, not one tribe, should be left." (Yosef Weitz, My Diary and Letters to the Children, 1965).

      Ben-Gurion, 1937: ""[a] partial Jewish state is not the end, but only the beginning. The establishment of such a Jewish state will serve as a means in our historical efforts to redeem the country in its entirety."

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

      In 1944 and 1947, the basis of Plan D was formulated by Israeli staff officer Yigal Yadin. He described its top priorities as "the destruction of Arab villages near the Jewish settlements and the expulsion of the inhabitants [along with] the domination of the main arteries of transportation that are vital to the Jews and the destruction of Arab villages near them. [Plan D also called for the] siege of Arab towns that are located outside the [Jewish] state created by the UN resolution [e.g., Acre and Jaffa]."

      In December 1947, a Jewish official with the Palestine government was asked by Glubb Pasha, the British commander of Jordan's Arab Legion if he was concerned about the fact that the Jewish state would have so many Arab inhabitants. The official replied: "Oh no! That will be fixed. A few calculated massacres will soon get rid of them." 

      According to The Official History of the Haganah, Plan D instructed the Haganah that "[Palestinian villages that resist] should be destroyed...and their inhabitants expelled beyond the borders of the Jewish state. [As well,] Palestinian residents of urban quarters which dominate access to or egress from the towns should be expelled beyond the borders of the Jewish state in the event of their resistance."

      Ben-Gurion knew what had to be done to drive out Palestine's native inhabitants. At the beginning of 1948, he wrote in his diary: "During the assault we must be ready to strike a decisive blow; that is, either destroy the town or expel its inhabitants so our people can replace them." (Yoram Nimrod, "Meetings at the Crossroads: Jews and Arabs in Palestine During Recent Generations," in Hebrew, Haifa: University of Haifa, 1984). 

      According to Plan D, areas outside of the UN proposed Jewish state, including Jaffa and the towns and villages of Qalqilyah, Tulkarm, Acre, Nazareth, Lydda, Ramleh, Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Hebron were to be put under siege and occupied. Also, all of the villages between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and the Palestinian sections of the Holy City, including its environs were to be conquered. (Benzion Dinur, ed. Sefer Toldot Ha-Haganah).

  • Racial supremacy and the Zionist exception
    • @Matt McLaughlin

      "The Zionists don't represent all Jews." Lord Sydenham 1922,

      Indeed!! And Lord Sydenham was not alone:

      Prophetic comments by five eminent Jews:

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

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

      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.”

  • Bay Area stands with Reem's Bakery in face of pro-Israel attacks
    • @eljay

      The Zionists are running scared and for good reason:

      http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Israel-dramatically-losing-support-among-Jewish-college-students-in-US-497605

      "'Massive drop in US Jewish college students' support for Israel'" 
      By Danielle Ziri
      Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2017
        
      EXCERPTS:
      "As anti-Israeli fervor intensifies in US colleges, researchers warn against losing the next generation." 

      "NEW YORK – Support for Israel has dropped 27 percentage points among Jewish college students in the US since 2010, a study released by Brand Israel Group at the Herzliya Conference this week revealed.

      "According to the research, in 2010, 84% of US Jewish college students leaned toward the Israeli side of the conflict with the Palestinians. But in 2016, only 57% did, believing Israel falls short with values such as human rights, tolerance and diversity.

      "In addition, Jewish college students grew increasingly supportive of the Palestinians, with a jump from 2% in 2010 to 13% in 2016."

      It's only a matter of time.

  • Video: Under protection from Israeli forces, settlers take over Palestinian home in Hebron's Old City
    • @James Canning

      "Too few Americans are even aware of the situation."

      Yes. However, many more are aware today than there were ten years ago and their numbers are increasing rapidly, especially among all important youth, including righteous Jews.

    • For the record:

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.806869

      EXCERPT:
      "More Israelis Left Israel Than Moved Back in Six Year Record
      16,700 left and 8,500 came back in 2015, in first year since 2009 that more Israelis exited than returned."

      By Lior Dattel. Aug 15, 2017,  Haaretz.

  • Chomsky still believes in the old Israel. I did too, once upon a time
    • @mcohen

      "Time is on israels side as technology begins to change the balance of power.that is what chompsky was referring to when he suggested nuclear power opposing bds."

      Au contraire, time is not on Israel's side.

      To be brief:
      America is Israel's only financial backer and principle protector in the international arena. However, Israel is also America's number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck. As the US military has repeatedly indicated, Israel is a useless ally. (BTW, as I write, Saudi Arabia is making overtures to Iran with Iraq as the "middle-man.")

      Meanwhile, the world is becoming increasingly disgusted and enraged at Israel for its well documented accelerating violations of international humanitarian law. Its stature in the U.S., including among Jews and youth generally, is steadily dropping and worldwide Jewish immigration to Israel is in free fall while emigration is soaring. ( Non-Jews now constitute about 25% of Israel's population and are also the most rapidly growing segment.)

      In 20-25 years there will be about 3 billion Muslims worldwide, including around 10 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea, 600 million Arabs, 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. Can there be any doubt as to where America and the world's long term geopolitical and economic interests lie? Certainly not with expansionist, racist Israel.

      Also, for what should be obvious reasons, the use of nuclear weapons by any country in the region would be a disaster for all of its inhabitants.

      Most significantly, you also fail to note that it is the Palestinians (and other Arabs) who are the victims. They are belligerently/illegally/ brutally occupied, oppressed, tortured, imprisoned without charge, subjected to "collective punishments" and dispossessed by Israel, their victimizer.

    • Must read:

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/11/why-i-cannot-be-a-zionist-an-open-letter-to-emmanuel-macron/

      AUGUST 11, 2017
      Why I Cannot be a Zionist: an Open Letter to French President, Emmanuel Macron
      by SHLOMO SAND

    • @mcohen

      Re: "That is the problem. israel withdrew from gaza and what followed surely is not only the fault of the israeli side."

      Reality:

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

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

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

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

    • @amigo

      Re: "Where and when did Ben Gurion say “expel them”?” Jon S."

      BINGO!!

      Also:

      Ben-Gurion did not want to formally approve expulsion during the meeting with the army officers, preferring to keep his decision unrecorded. As Benny Morris puts it: "Outwardly, he [Ben-Gurion] continued until very late in the day to pay the requisite lip service to the grand humanist-socialist ideals.... On the ground, however, he made sure that what he wanted done got done, and he carefully avoided leaving tracks; his name rarely adorns an actual expulsion directive." (Benny Morris, "The Eel and History," Tikkun, January-February, 1990, p. 82; quoted by Norman Finkelstein, "Debate on the 1948 Exodus: Finkelstein," J of P S, Volume XXI, Number 1, Autumn 1991, p. 77)

      That same afternoon an order signed by Yitzhak Rabin was sent to the commander of the Yiftah Brigade occupying Lydda. It read: "The inhabitants of Lydda must be expelled quickly without attention to age.... Implement immediately." "[A] similar order was apparently communicated to Kiryati Brigade [occupying Ramleh] at about the same time." (Benny Morris, ibid)

      The paramount objective of the Israelis was the expulsion of all Arab inhabitants of Lydda and Ramleh, including those of "military age" who had not yet been rounded up. Lydda's railroad workers, however, were not to be expelled or taken prisoner. They were needed to keep the trains running.

      In the early evening of July 12, Ramleh's inhabitants began to stream out of their town, most in Israeli driven trucks and other vehicles, but many on foot and some on camels. The following day Haganah loudspeaker vans announced the final order for expulsion of all residents of both towns.

      How the Zionist leadership saw the situation during the expulsion of the Arab inhabitants of Haifa, was clearly revealed by Ben-Gurion during a visit to the city on May 1. After witnessing the departure of Arabs the head of the Jewish Agency proclaimed it "a beautiful sight" and later he told a group of the city's Jewish leaders that "It is not our duty to see to it that the Arabs return." He also criticized a Jewish official who was trying to convince Arabs to remain (as labourers, no doubt) by asking, "Doesn't he have anything better to do?" (Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 76)

  • Both political parties are fighting openly over Israel's role in our policy-making
    • 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.”

      It's only a matter of time.

  • Lessons from Finkelstein: International Law and equal rights should be the focus for Palestine solidarity
    • @Boris

      "People in glass houses...."

    • @Annie Robbins

      For the record:

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

      Section 11 also calls for the establishment of a Palestine Conciliation Commission (PCC) consisting of three member states to take over the role of the United Nations Mediator and the Truce Commission. It then "Instructs the Conciliation Commission to facilitate repatriation, resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment of compensation, and to maintain close relations with the Director of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees and, through him, with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations."

      I personally know many Palestinian refugees of the 1947-48 conflict. Virtually everyone of them has no desire to return to what is now Israel. They will settle for adequate financial compensation for their losses.

      The financial losses incurred by the 800,000 Palestinians made refugees as a consequence of the 1948 war (al Nakba) and events leading to it during the previous five plus months following passage of the recommendatory only UNGA Partition Plan (Res. 181, 29 October 1947), including the expulsion of about 400,000 Palestinians, has been carefully arrived at as follows: In 1994, during a conference on refugees held at Georgetown University, Professor Atif Kubursi of the Economics Department at Ontario's McMaster University announced that through diligent research he had determined the total financial losses incurred by Palestinians made refugees as a result of the 1947-48 war to be $199 billion in 1994 U.S. dollars. In 1996, after including an adjustment for inflation since 1948 and a modest 4% rate of return, he revised the figure to $235 billion. ("Compensation for Palestinian Refugees," by Terry Rempel, Journal of Palestinian Studies, Vol. XXIX, Autumn 1999.) On 8 April 2000, at a conference on refugees held at Boston University Law School, Professor Kubursi declared that after amending the total to include loss of income and psychological stress, he determined the losses incurred to be: property losses – $146 billion; lost income – $300 billion; and psychological losses - $281 billion. (ADC [American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee] Times, April/May 2000, p. 5)

  • American Jews have a right to resist Israel as Jews
    • @DaBakr

      In other words, the truth is getting to you. You ain't seen anything yet!!

    • DaBakr

      Reality:

      "Why Do A Third of Israelis Want To Leave The Country?"
      The Forward, March 22, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff
      “A third of Jewish Israelis would leave the country if they could, according to a poll conducted by Masa Israeli, a group looking at the divisions of Jewish society in Israel.

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

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

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

      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

      Also, it seems that support for Israel is in general decline in the U.S., especially among all important youth. No surprise!!
      “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study” – The Forward, June 21/17

      "The Brand Israel Group, a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.

      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’” Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel.

      "While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%."

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

      The handwriting is on the wall. Around the world, including within the Jewish community, Israel is increasingly viewed as a rogue/pariah. The handwriting is on the wall. It's only a matter of time.

  • Israel would use nuclear weapons to keep refugees from returning -- Noam Chomsky
    • @just

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

      Following World War II the right of return was further enshrined in international law when in accordance with its Charter, the United Nations adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which Article 13(2) states: "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country." The United Nations adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948 (Resolution 217 A III), the day before Resolution 194 was passed.

      After being denied admittance twice, Israel again sought UN membership in 1949. This time, however, in order to be considered, Israel formally agreed at the United Nations to obey the UN Charter and comply with General Assembly Resolution 194, which is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Israel also signed the Lausanne Protocol at the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference and thereby reaffirmed its commitment to Resolution 194.

      Israel’s pledge to abide by the terms of Resolution 194 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.

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

      Needless to say, Israel's refusal to comply with Res. 194 should have long ago resulted in suspension of its UN membership.

    • Agreed.

  • The deep, and endless, occupation
    • http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-is-becoming-a-fascist-state-US-cant-save-the-day-497775
      Jerusalem Post June 24, 2017
      "'Israel is becoming a fascist state, U.S. can't save the day'"
      "Opposition leader Isaac Herzog doesn't think the American efforts to revive the peace talks will bear fruit and warns that Israel is slowly slipping into fascism."
      By Joy Bernard

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

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

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

      ‎2.
      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-professor-Todays-Israel-similar-to-Nazi-Germany-497731
      Jerusalem Post June 23, 2017

      "Hebrew U professor: Israel today similar to Nazi Germany"
      "Dr. Ofer Cassif of Hebrew University faces heavy criticism after his students leaked a video recording from his political science class."
      By Yocheved Laufer

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

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

  • Palestinian-American denied entry to West Bank for summer skateboard program
    • @fatbastard

      In fact, there is no such person as an "Israeli."

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

  • 'Pummeled' at town hall, Sen. Wyden says Israel Anti Boycott law is needed because 'movement has grown'
    • @hophmi

      Sigh.
      Give us a break. Shut up!! You just keep digging your hole deeper.

    • @Annie Robbins

      Breaking news!!!

      http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.805759

      Haaretz, August 8/17

      "U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Comes Out Against anti-BDS Bill"
      By Amir Tibon

      EXCERPTS:

      " 'I think the boycott is wrong, but I think outlawing protected free speech activity violates our basic constitution,' she says."

      "U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, one of the leading progressive voices within the Democratic Party, said on Monday that she opposes the controversial Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Civil rights groups have warned that the bill could hurt free speech by imposing penalties on U.S. citizens for supporting boycotts of Israel and the settlements."

  • Zionism is apartheid, and worse
    • @Jack Green

      "Odious’ to compare Israel to apartheid South Africa"

      Well, let's check in with a real expert:

      To quote the following observation made by Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Desmond Tutu (who certainly knows apartheid when he sees it), in a letter to student leaders at the University of California regarding the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: "I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government."

    • @Down under girl

      You blew it. With supporters like you and your ilk, Israel needs no critics.

    • @Jack Green

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

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

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

      http://www.jonathan-cook.net/2012-10-24/israels-formula-for-a-starvation-diet/
      "Israel’s formula for a starvation diet"
      24 October 2012
      EXCERPTS:
      "Six and a half years go [2006], shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official [Dov Weisglass, then a advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert] described Israel’s planned response. 'The idea,' he said, 'is to put Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.' ... few observers treated his comment as more than hyperbole.."

      "[Last week, ] after a three-year legal battle by an Israeli human rights group, Israel was forced to disclose its 'Red Lines' document. Drafted in early 2008, as the blockade was tightened..., the defence ministry paper set forth proposals on how to treat Hamas-ruled Gaza.

      "Health officials provided calculations of the minimum number of calories needed by Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants to avoid malnutrition. Those figures were then translated into truckloads of food Israel was supposed to allow in each day."

      "...While the health ministry determined that Gazans needed daily an average of 2,279 calories each to avoid malnutrition – requiring 170 trucks a day – military officials then found a host of pretexts to whittle down the trucks to [just 67.]"

      "There can be no doubt that the diet devised for Gaza... was directed at every man, woman and child...."

    • @Jack Green

      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 over a thousand 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.

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

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

      "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)

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

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

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

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

      Re Khaled Abu Toameh:

      http://www.redressonline.com/2013/01/israels-palestinian-propagandist/

      "Khaled Abu Toameh, Israeli hasbara agent"
      By Nureddin Sabir
      Editor, Redress Information & Analysis

      EXCERPTS:

      "I discovered that Abu Toameh is symbiotically linked to some of Israel’s and the United States’ most right-wing, anti-Arab and neo-conservative bodies. One of these is The Jerusalem Report, which comes under the corporate umbrella of the Israeli right-wing Jerusalem Post Group.

      "Another of the organizations for which Abu Toameh writes is the Hudson Institute, a think-tank based in Washington DC. "

      "According to Wikipedia, Abu Toameh is listed as a speaker for the Hasbara Fellowships, an organization that brings students to Israel and trains them to be effective pro-Israel activists on college campuses. The Fellowship in fact brought him to more than a dozen talks at various university campuses.

      "In addition, Abu Toameh has given numerous talks sponsored by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization based in Los Angeles with branches in New York, Denver, Michigan, Chicago, Seattle, Orange County, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, the UK and Israel. Among these talks was one given at their annual conference in Los Angeles in 2008."

  • Dershowitz and Chomsky agree on one thing
    • @catalan

      "Israel will continue to destroy the enemy with an iron fist and without mercy. I love it."

      You missed your calling. You would have had a brilliant career serving Germany's Third Reich.

  • McMaster solidifies power at NSC -- and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier
    • @hophmi

      You live in a fantasy world. The U.S. military views Israel as a useless "ally."

    • @Annie

      To be brief: Bottom line - Israel is an increasing major geopolitical liability for and a leading cause of international animosity directed at America. The current struggle between Zionists and American BDS proponents, the related sanctity of the Constitution's First Amendment, together with plunging approval ratings for Israel among Americans, especially youth and the military, convince me that we are approaching its day of reckoning. It's only a matter of time. Sooner or later, all nations act in their own best interests. In the not so long run, America will not be an exception.

    • @wfleitz

      For the record:

      In its 2004 analysis of terrorism, the Pentagon's Defense Science Board of the U.S. Defense Department concluded that "Muslims do not hate our freedom,...they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority object to what they see as one-sided support in favour of Israel and against Palestinian rights...."

      Nor should we forget the shocking briefing given to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen by senior military officers in 2010. The team was dispatched by Commander General David Petraeus to brief the Pentagon on intelligence that Israeli intransigence in the peace process was jeopardizing American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and that America was perceived as weak, ineffectual, and unable to stand up to Israel.

      Ha'aretz, January 13, 2012:
      “‘Israel is supposed to be working with us, not against us,’ ” Foreign Policy quoted an [American] intelligence officer as saying. ‘If they want to shed blood, it would help a lot if it was their blood and not ours. You know, they’re supposed to be a strategic asset. Well, guess what? There are a lot of people now, important people, who just don’t think that’s true.’”

      Ha’aretz, July 28, 2012
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/former-u-s-officials-say-cia-considers-israel-to-be-mideast-s-biggest-spy-threat-1.454189
      "Former U.S. officials say CIA considers Israel to be Mideast's biggest spy threat"

      EXCERPT:
      "...despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat.

      "In addition to what the former U.S. officials described to AP as intrusions in homes in the past decade, Israel has been implicated in U.S. criminal espionage cases and disciplinary proceedings against CIA officers and blamed in the presumed death of an important spy in Syria for the CIA during the administration of President George W. Bush.

      "The CIA considers Israel its No. 1 counterintelligence threat in the agency's Near East Division, the group that oversees spying across the Middle East, according to current and former officials."

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.763443

      “Opinion: Increasingly, Supporting Israel No Longer Serves America’s Interests”

      “Obama’s UN abstention was only the most recent manifestation of ongoing strategic changes that Trump too won’t want or be able to reverse.”
      Professor Brent Sasley, Jan 07, 2017, Haaretz.

  • 'Disappointed' AIPAC targets Gillibrand for removing her name from boycott bill
  • Israel’s siege on Palestinian music
  • Missing the Mooch: 'we lost a strong supporter of Israel,' says ZOA's Morton Klein
  • Head of American Jewish Committee is Israel's 'Foreign Minister,' said Netanyahu minister
    • @Betty

      "AIPAC conferences are made up of hundreds of high school college students, so the wish that the younger generation will stop supporting Israel is greatly exaggerated."

      Meanwhile, in the real world:

      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

      “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study” – The Forward, June 21/17
      The Brand Israel Group [BIG], a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.
      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’” Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel.

      While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%.

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

      The trend is also worldwide.

    • @Betty

      Sigh. Wow, you are really out of touch.

      To wit:

      “Support for Israel on Campus Drops by ‘Devastating’ 27%: Study” – The Forward, June 21/17
      The Brand Israel Group [BIG], a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists, has released a survey that shows a significant decrease in Israel’s approval rating among Americans.
      “’The future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values. This is huge! Devastating,’” Fern Oppenheim, a co-founder of BIG, told The Times of Israel.

      While approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys, Israel’s approval rating among all Americans dropped 14 points, from 76% to 62%.

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

      The trend is worldwide:

      https://ricochet.media/en/ 1685/poll-canadas-politicians- out-of-touch-with-public-on- mideast
      Ricochet February 16, 2017
      Poll: Canada’s politicians out of touch with public on Mideast
      EKOS survey reveals Canadians feel government is biased towards Israel
      by Dimitri Lascaris

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLhvPB4lyc4dRsUIot_-FGrhWgoE9YgNzC&v=OdgyT9PJIUs
      Survey Shows Support Growing For Palestinians Among Canadians

      April 7/17
      "Support for Palestine surges in Australia — poll"
      "A new poll finds that 55 percent of Australians see boycotting Israeli goods and services as a reasonable way to apply pressure in support of Palestinians rights."
      "That is up from just 31 percent who expressed support for the boycott of Israel in 2014."

      The Forward, March 22, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff
      “A third of Jewish Israelis would leave the country if they could, according to a poll conducted by Masa Israeli, a group looking at the divisions of Jewish society in Israel.
      "Israel’s global standing is continuing to deteriorate, a new report from some of the country’s top strategists concludes.
      “Israel’s image in Western countries continues to decline, a trend that enhances the ability of hostile groups to engage in actions aimed at depriving Israel of moral and political legitimacy and launch boycotts,” the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University states in its 2016-2017 Strategic Survey for Israel.
      The 275-page report, authored by a who’s who of figures from Israel’s political, intelligence and military establishment, was presented on Monday to Israeli
      President Reuven Rivlin by INSS director Amos Yadlin, a former air force general and head of Israeli military intelligence.

      Times of Israel, June 21/17:
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/devastating-survey-shows-huge-loss-of-israel-support-among-jewish-college-students/

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

  • As Israeli soldiers crushed Gaza, world Jewry united, and sent Ben & Jerry's ice cream to the front
  • Uncritical Jewish identification with oppressive Israeli policies fuels anti-Semitism -- Klug
    • DaBakr

      Utter nonsense. Obviously, you have not lived in the Arab world. As one who has for nearly five years, I can assure you that the "Arab masses" are very much aware of and vehemently opposed to Israel's loathsome/barbaric/racist occupation and brutal dispossession/oppression of the indigenous Palestinians.

      " It can be proven so many times over that the Jewish state had done more to improve Palestinian lives then any other Arab/muslim state."

      You live in a fantasy world.

      Reality:
      Film ‘Stone Cold Justice’ on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children

      A film produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv's use of torture against Palestinian children.


      Precarious Childhood: Arrests of Jerusalemite Children
      This film addresses the process of arrest, interrogation, and the policy of house arrest and their effects on children. The film provides accounts of children who were arrested in order to highlight a larger policy of persecution and targeting of Palestinian children in Jerusalem.

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

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

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

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

      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)

      Enough said.

    • @Paranam Kid

      "Zionism has fomented antisemitism around the world..."

      Indeed!!

      "Anti-Semitism has grown and continues to grow - and so do I." (Theodor Herzl, The Complete Diaries, Vol. 1, p. 7

  • Video: Peaceful demonstration at checkpoint leads to nightmarish response
    • More proof that Zionism is rotting within and its spawn, Israel, is doomed.
      In short, 69 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

  • Debunking the 2 claims: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, and BDS unfairly singles out Israel
    • @Tony Greenstein

      Well and truly stated!!

    • Heads up!!

      1.
      New website:

      https://bdsmovement.net/what-is-bds

      "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity."

      2.
      http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/

      "BDS, Human Rights and the Jews – An Analysis" (29 July 2017) by Professor Lawrence Davidson

    • @Eljay, JosephA and Talkback

      Well and truly stated!!

      Food for thought:

      http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/

      "BDS, Human Rights and the Jews – An Analysis" (29 July 2017) by Professor Lawrence Davidson

      "Part I – BDS at Twelve"

      EXCERPTS:
      "As of July 2017, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli racism and apartheid is 12 years old. This means that over the last dozen years, a worldwide grassroots movement has grown up – a movement of civil society – that has organized active opposition to Zionist racism and Israeli oppression. While the vast majority of governments have either ignored or assisted Israel’s violations of international law and the basic principles of human rights, millions of 'civilians' have refused to follow their leaders on this issue.

      The BDS movement is now far ranging. It presses for divestment from companies that support or do business with Israel, particularly those that operate in the Occupied Territories. It urges the boycott of all Israeli products, from foodstuffs to cosmetics. It protests the appearance of Israeli cultural organizations outside of Israel. It urges the boycott of Israeli academic institutions that lend support to the state (an effort that, in 2015, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin called a 'strategic threat of the first order'). And, it discourages tourist and artist visits to Israel, particularly by well-known celebrities. For more information about specific BDS achievements over the last 12 years, go to website of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

      "In all these efforts the movement has proved increasingly successful. Some surveys have suggested that as many as one-third of Americans and eighty percent of Canadians support BDS. The movement is also strong in Western Europe and growing in Australia and Latin America. Thus, no one should sell this ongoing campaign short. Certainly, the Israeli government does not. Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy devotes a lot of time and money to 'push back' against the BDS movement. Israel’s attempt to counter this growing popularity is grounded on a simplistic, libelous campaign that seeks to identify the BDS movement as a new form of anti-Semitism.

      "At least among the general population, there are two things that make this a very hard sell: (1) a lot of BDS supporters are Jewish, underlining the fact that the Zionist state and Judaism are not the same thing, and (2) the State of Israel continues to reinforce the BDS characterization of it as a racist state by public acts of discrimination against Palestinians.

      "As more people come to support BDS, fewer people support Israel. A survey released in mid June 2017 by an organization known as The Brand Israel Group, “a coalition of volunteer advertising and marketing specialists” who consult for pro-Israel organizations, indicated that 'approval of Israel among American college students dropped 27% between the group’s 2010 and 2016 surveys' while 'Israel’s approval among all Americans dropped 14 points.' Brand Israel’s conclusion: 'the future of America no longer believe that Israel shares their values.' This is the case not because of any big increase in anti-Semitism, but due to ever-growing evidence of Israeli racism."

      "That support can extend to becoming Israel’s ally in the effort to defame and then try to destroy BDS. The argument that BDS is a modern form of anti-Semitism has become the backbone of an effort to make it illegal. As noted above, the BDS movement is not anti-Semitic. It is anti-Zionist, which in fact makes it anti-racist. There is plenty of evidence that the Zionists do indeed practice racism in Israel and its Occupied Territories, and therefore, in truth, the Zionist charge against BDS creates a paradox. It requires you to accept that a supporter of BDS can simultaneously be anti-Semitic and anti-racist. Alas, in the absence of voter pressure, this absurdity does not matter to most U.S. politicians. Nor does the fact that outlawing BDS constitutes an obvious violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

      "Despite this Zionist contention that Israel and the Jews are equivalent, we know that this cannot be literally true. Israel’s sins cannot be the sins of the Jewish people as a whole. At the beginning of this essay I indicated that increasing number of Jews are actively supporting Palestinian rights and thus opposing both Israel’s undermining of the principle of human rights and its erosive effect on the moral status of the Jewish people.

      "However, the logic of the situation does make one thing literally true, and that is that the Zionist ideology, as it has evolved in practice, is a dangerous enemy of Jewish morality. As long as Zionism stands against human rights while at the same time insisting that Israel stands in for the Jews, it must be the enemy. Ignorance of this logic is also an enemy. Therefore, it is time to heed the call of Rebecca Vilkomerson, head of Jewish Voice for Peace: 'Seventy years into the ongoing dispossession and displacement of Palestinians, fifty years into Israel’s military occupation, and ten years into the siege of Gaza, we think it is time for American Jewish communities [and those in the rest of the world as well] to have some really uncomfortable conversations.' ”

    • All so predictable.

      Prophetic comments by five eminent Jews:

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

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

      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.”

  • 'Transferring' Palestinian citizens of Israel to a Palestinian state goes from outrage to Netanyahu policy
  • 'You are a Jew, you need to stand with the Jews': Peace activist Ariel Gold assaulted by settlers in Hebron
    • @oldgeezer

      The Palestinians also called:

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

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

      EXCERPTS:

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

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

    • @Boris

      You are one sick puppy!!

  • Video: Israeli lawmaker says he wants to 'execute' the relatives of Palestinians who killed police officers
    • Re Deir Yassin:

      In an article published in the 29 April 1972 issue of Yedot Aharanot, Colonel Meir Pa'il declared that "After the Palmach men left the village, the men of [the Irgun and Stern Gang] started a shameful massacre of the inhabitants - men, women, old people and children, without distinction, standing the inhabitants against walls and in corners in the houses.

      "There is photographic evidence of this. It is true that most of the people were killed with firearms; it is true that the killing took place spontaneously immediately after the end of the battle and it is true that the officers were not controlling their men, and showed no inclination to do so....

      "[The massacre] was carried out...when the village was in Jewish hands, and without the inhabitants having taken any provocative action that could have justified the shooting. It was not a question of cleaning up houses, but of entering them to kill and plunder." (Quoted by Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest, pp. 87-88)

      Reuben Grinberg, a member of the Irgun who took part in the butchery later admitted there was "considerable torture and 'playing with the Arabs'." (Quoted by Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 56)

      “Whole families were riddled with bullets… men, women, and children were mowed down as they emerged from houses; individuals were taken aside and shot. Haganah intelligence reported ‘there were piles of dead. Some of the prisoners moved to places of incarceration, including women and children, were murdered viciously by their captors…” (Israeli historian Benny Morris as quoted by Ramzy Baroud in “A Hundred Deir Yassins and Counting,” Dissident Voice, 17 April 2013, http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/04/a-hundred-deir-yassin-and-counting/)

      The commander of the Haganah, Zvi Ankori described what he witnessed:
      “I saw cut-off genitalia and women’s crushed stomachs. It was direct murder. Soldiers shot everyone they saw, including women and children. Parents begged commanders to stop the slaughter, to please stop shooting.” (Lenni Brenner, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revolutions From Jabotinsky to Shamir, (Zed Books, Ltd. 1984). P. 97. And Ralph Schoenman, The Hidden History of Zionism, (Veritas Press, Santa Barbara, California, 1988) p.33.

      The Irgunists and Sternists paraded the surviving men of the village through the Jewish quarters of Jerusalem and then as Colonel Pa'il disclosed in the 4 April 1972 issue of Yediot Aharanot, murdered them all. "...some 25 men had been brought out of the house; they were loaded onto a freight truck and led in a victory parade, like a Roman triumph, through the Mahneh Yahuda and Zikhron Yosef Quarters [in Jerusalem]. At the end of the parade, they were taken to a stone quarry between Giv'at Sha'ul and Deir Yassin and shot in cold blood." (Quoted by Hadawi, Bitter Harvest, p. 87)

      The women and children who had survived the slaughter "were stripped and with their hands above their heads, paraded in three open trucks up and down King George V Avenue in Jewish Jerusalem, where spectators spat on them and stoned them." (Quoted by George W. Ball and Douglas B. Ball, The Passionate Attachment, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, London, 1992, p. 29)

      Many survivors of Deir Yassin fled to the neighbouring village of Silwan where on 14 April, they were visited and interviewed by a British officer accompanied by a doctor, a nurse and a translator. The investigators were very patient and understanding while questioning the women who were in a state of shock and naturally very reluctant to discuss what had happened to them. The interrogating officer, Assistant Inspector General Richard Catling concluded: "There is no doubt that many sexual atrocities were committed by the attacking Jews. Many young girls were raped and later slaughtered. Old women were also molested." (Quoted by Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 54)

    • Look on the bright side. With politicians like Oren Hazan, Israel is digging its grave.

  • Israel is losing the battle for public opinion thanks to honest journalists, and platforms like Mondoweiss
    • @Nathan

      "Nasser made some serious mistakes. He regarded Israel to be the enemy. He promised revenge for the defeat in 1948. He moved his army into Sinai, and asked the UN to remove the peace-keeping forces therein. Perhaps, that sounds aggressive, but it’s just the beginning. He announced that the Straits of Tiran are closed to Israeli shipping, even though he understood that this is causus belli for Israel (i.e. he understands that now there will be war – sooner or later). On June 2, the Jordanian army was placed under his command. (I understand that you can’t imagine what Israel makes of all these actions – but give it a try. Let’s put it together: Moving the army into Sinai + closing the straits + public commitment for revenge + two fronts facing Israel + Egypt’s use of poison gas in the recent war in Yemen… What would you make of it?)"

      To be brief and to state the obvious:
      Your response is pure hasbara, i.e., shooting the messenger.
      I have merely provided sourced quotations of what various individuals "in the know," including Israeli leaders, stated regarding the 1967 war. They disagree with you. Your dispute is with them, not me.

      Enough said.
      Bye, bye

    • @Nathan

      Further to your false assertion regarding Nasser:

      In fact it was Palestinians who were driven into the sea by Jewish forces during their assault on Haifa which began at 10:30 AM on April 21/48, i.e. , 24 days before Polish born David Ben-Gurion (nee, David Gruen) et al declared the establishment of Israel.

      Aware of the atrocities Jewish forces had committed elsewhere, Haifa's Arabs feared massacre and rape if they fell into the hands of the invaders. Thus, panic stricken and screaming "Deir Yassin" (as Irgun leader, Menachem Begin proudly recalled in his memoirs), thousands of men, women, and children in "whatever transport they could find, many of them on foot - men, women, and children - moved in a mass exodus toward the port area...." (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel..., p. 60)

      The Arab defenders were poorly "...armed with British and French rifles, mostly of World War 1 vintage, and chronically short of ammunition. The entire garrison possessed only fifteen sub-machine guns, an essential weapon in urban warfare. In contrast, Haifa was the home and recruiting base of the 2,000 strong Carmeli or Second Brigade ... [which had] armoured cars, two-inch and three inch mortars, machine guns, Sten and Thompson sub-machine guns, rifles and grenades - all in plentiful quantities and with virtually unlimited supplies of mortar shells and ammunition." (Prof. Walid Khalidi, Harvard, "Selected. Documents..." Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXVll, No. 3, Spring 1998")

      As well as Davidka mortars with sixty-pound shells, the Carmeli Brigade used Barrel bombs (nicknamed Barak Bullets) which were "converted oil barrels and spherical sea mines filled with explosives [that were] rolled down onto the Arab quarters from the higher Jewish areas." (Khalidi, ibid, pp. 87 & 89)

      Tens of thousands of horrified Arabs, choked by the smoke from burning buildings ran to the harbour in order to escape by sea. A British officer, Colonel John Waddy was there at the time and he later recalled that "As the Jewish action against the Haifa Old Town stepped up from acts of terrorism to mortaring, many of the Arabs started to evacuate the town, as indeed the Jews wanted them to do." (David Palumbo, The Palestine Catastrophe, p. 65)

      British officials who were in Haifa at the time, later testified that as Palestinians fled down the narrow alleys towards the docks the Haganah opened fire on them with "indiscriminate and revolting machine gun fire...on women and children [which] led to considerable congestion [of] hysterical and terrified Arab women and children and old people on whom the Jews opened up mercilessly with fire." (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel..., p. 60)

      Israeli historian Benny Morris: "The 3-inch mortars 'opened up on the market square [where there was] a great crowd...a great panic took hold. The multitude burst into the port, pushed aside the policemen, charged the boats and began fleeing the town.' British observers noted that 'during the morning they [i.e. the Haganah] were continually shooting down on all Arabs who moved both in Wadi Nisnas and the Old City. This included completely indiscriminate and revolting machinegun fire and sniping on women and children...attempting to get out of Haifa through the gates into the docks.... There was considerable congestion outside the East Gate [of the port] of hysterical and terrified Arab women and children and old people on whom the Jews opened up mercilessly with fire.'" (Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Problem, 1947-1949, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988, p. 85f.; quoted by Norman Finkelstein in "Debate on the 1948 Exodus: Rejoinder," J of P S, Volume XXI, Number 2, Winter 1992, p. 63)

      It will never be know how many hundreds or thousands were slain in the streets, but less than 24 hours after the attack began nearly 60,000 of Haifa's Arabs had been forced to flee for their lives by sea to nearby Acre with many continuing on to Lebanon. The horrific scene at the port as they crowded on every type of vessel to escape was described by an eye-witness: "Men stepped on their friends and women on their own children. The boats in the port were soon filled with living cargo. The overcrowding on them was horrible. Many turned over and sank with all their passengers.” (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, "Selected Documents... JPS Vol. XXVll, No. 3, Spring 1998, p. 89)

      The Jewish assault on Jaffa began on April 25 with the same results that had occurred in Haifa.

      To be brief:
      With Jaffa cut off from the rest of Palestine by advancing Jewish forces who controlled the Jerusalem highway, civilians could only escape the relentless mortar barrage by sea. Shell-shocked and panic stricken, thousands of them jammed the port looking for any type of craft (even row boats) that could take them to Gaza or Lebanon and while they waited, many were cold-bloodedly murdered by Irgun snipers.

      Scores of those who managed to get on the overcrowded boats, yachts, and other vessels, fell overboard and drowned. Iris Shammout, who was then 12 years of age, recalled the scene vividly. "'...bullets went through the bodies of people standing by the seashore.... Women and children were weeping and screaming' as they filed into small boats in an effort to reach a Greek steamship that they hoped would take them to safety. Many people were drowned because the tiny fishing vessels could not hold the multitude. Babies fell overboard and mothers were forced to choose which ones to save. The Shammouts were luckier than most since all members of the family were able to get aboard the Greek vessel which eventually reached Beirut. But many of those who attempted to sail to Gaza or Beirut in small boats were lost at sea. Their bodies were washed up along the coast of Palestine." (Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, pp. 89-90)

      These terrible events were witnessed by British observers in the harbour. They noted in their reports that as had occurred in Haifa, "[r]efugees [were] fired on by Jewish snipers as they moved off." (Palumbo, TPC, p. 90)

      When it was over, 75,000 Palestinians were expelled from Jaffa.

    • @Nathan

      Re: "I don’t why you are incredulous about Nasser’s intentions. This is not some story from the Middle Ages or from Biblical Israel. I heard with my own ears his declaration that he will drive the Jews into the sea."

      This classic example of misrepresentation by omission was a key tactic in what proved to be a successful propaganda campaign by the pro-Israel lobby to convince Americans and much of the western world that Israel’s June 5/67 invasion of Egypt was justified.

      Nasser’s full statement to the Arab world on Egyptian radio during his May 26th address to the General Council of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions regarding the possibility of war with Israel was as follows:

      "If Israel embarks on an aggression against Syria or Egypt, the battle against Israel will be a general one and not confined to one spot on the Syrian or Egyptian border. The battle will be a general one and our basic objective will be to destroy Israel." (Translated by the Foreign Broadcasting Information Service, a U.S. agency in Washington; Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, The Zionist Connection: What Price Peace?, Middle East Perspective, Inc., New York, 1979, p. 553)

      Clearly, Nasser’s speech confirmed he did not intend to initiate a war against Israel. He left no doubt, however, that if Egypt or its mutual defense pact ally Syria were attacked by Israel, he would respond with total war. (Jordan signed a mutual defense pact with Egypt on May 30.)

      Regrettably, the only portion of Nasser's speech quoted by leading American television commentators, including Huntley and Brinkley and Walter Cronkite, and in articles published in newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune was the last eight words. As a result, Nasser was falsely portrayed to the American public and the western world as thirsting to start a war of annihilation against Israel. (Dr. Alfred Lilienthal, The Zionist Connection..., p. 553)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      As the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) Commander, Major General Idar Jit Rikhye, revealed, Nasser was not enforcing the blockade of the Tiran straits: “[The Egyptian] navy had searched a couple of ships after the establishment of the blockade and thereafter relaxed its implementation.” (Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, p. 139)

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

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

  • 'Lack of hope' drives Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks, State Department says
    • catalan

      As you and your ilk's obsession with BDS and the huge shift in public opinion taking place around the world, including America, attest, Palestinians are winning. Regrettably, they are still suffering under the boot of an illegal, brutal, racist occupier.

  • Sorry, American Jews, you don't have a birthright
    • @Boris

      "Jews from all over the world are united by common history. This history teaches us of our common vulnerability. This vulnerability teaches us to support Israel – the only Jewish state existing in our ancestral land. God has absolutely nothing to do with it."

      Reality:

      http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full
      Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087
      The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish

      EXCERPT:
      Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic
      (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.
      EXCERPTS:

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

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

    • CigarGod

      Could be. Zionist propagandist Elie Wiesel had a similar hairdo.

  • BDS ban: Five Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders denied entry to Israel for supporting Palestinian human rights
    • @Boris

      Wake up and smell the coffee. Israel is doing a first class job of destroying itself.

  • Israeli minister says Palestinians are bringing a 'third Nakba' upon themselves
  • Boteach likens Jews pushing for Palestinian state to Jews who helped Nazis
    • However, Boteach further confirms that the Zionist zealots are in panic mode. Jews around the world, especially all important youth, are realizing they have been duped, that Zionism is an evil fraud.

  • 'Netanyahu doesn't have a vision for peace,' Gillibrand says at town hall aroused by boycott bill
    • @Atlantaiconoclast

      I made no reference whatsoever to whether or not Russia "interfered in our election."

      Setting aside whether or not Russia illegally invaded/occupied/annexed Crimea, perhaps I should have written:

      Why is it okay for America and its allies to institute sanctions against Russia for what they consider to be its illegal invasion, occupation and annexation of Crimea** while doing nothing of real consequence in response to Israel’s 1967 invasion and now 50 year belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands or its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and Syria’s Golan Heights?

      **
      http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/

      Enough said.

    • Agreed.

      Also, why is it okay for America and its allies to institute sanctions against Russia for invading/occupying and annexing Crimea while doing nothing of real consequence in response to Israel's 1967 invasion and now 50 year belligerent/illegal/brutal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands or its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and Syria's Golan Heights?

  • Avishai's prophetic 'Tragedy of Zionism' was denied by Jewish community 32 years ago
    • @Elizabeth Block

      The Balfour Declaration refers to a "national home for the Jewish peoples...," which is neither a "homeland nor a "state."

      When the Balfour Declaration was issued, Palestine was still a province of the Ottoman Empire. Hence, by viewing "with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish peoples," it violated the well established legal maxim, “Nemo dat quod non habet” (nobody can give what he does not possess.)

      In discussing the legal basis for the creation of Israel, the highly respected American lawyer and diplomat Sol Linowitz wrote: “…the [Balfour] Declaration was legally impotent. For Great Britain had no sovereign rights over Palestine; it had no proprietary interest; it had no authority to dispose of the land. The Declaration was merely a statement of British intentions and no more.” (Sol M. Linowitz, “Analysis of a Tinderbox: The Legal Basis for the State of Israel.” American Bar Association Journal XLlll l957, pp. 522-3)

      Even Chaim Weizmann knew the Declaration had no legal status: “The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was built on air.” (Quoted by Mallison, “The Balfour Declaration,” in The transformation of Palestine: essays on the Origin and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, ed. by Abu-Lughold; Northwestern University Press, 1971 p. 85)

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

      During the April 1920 San Remo Conference, the allies formally abandoned their promise made during WWI (in the Hussein/McMahon correspondence) to grant the Arabs independence. They agreed that mandatory rights would be given to France in Syria and Lebanon and Britain in Palestine and Iraq. (Egypt, Aden, Oman, the Trucial States and Kuwait were already British protectorates and in exchange for ceding Syria and Lebanon to France, Britain was given Iraq with its recently discovered vast oil wealth, which was then in great demand, especially by the Royal Navy).

      By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the 1922 League of Nations British Class A mandate for Palestine did facilitate Jewish immigration to “secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home,” but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. As I noted in a previous posting, 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.”
      Also, regarding the British Mandate, as approved by the Council of the League of Nations, the British government declared: “His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State.” (Command Paper, 1922)

      To make it absolutely clear, in May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the League of Nations British Class a Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state or homeland in Palestine.

    • @Talkback

      I just read your comment again and am confused by your reference to "the British White Book, (1939)."

      I think you meant the 1939 MacDonald British White Paper, which in accordance with its League of Nations Class A 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.)

      The 1939 White Paper contained no reference to a "Jewish homeland" (or state) in Palestine.

      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.

      BTW, it should be emphasized that 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."

      Also, 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)

    • The June 1967 War:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      As the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) Commander, Major General Idar Jit Rikhye, revealed, Nasser was not enforcing the blockade of the Tiran straits: “[The Egyptian] navy had searched a couple of ships after the establishment of the blockade and thereafter relaxed its implementation.” (Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality, p. 139)

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

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

    • Bottom line:

      As I've said before, foreign Jews had the same right to Palestine as Irish Catholics and Mexican atheists, i.e., none whatsoever!! Therein lies the root of the conflict.

    • @Talkback

      Well and truly stated!

  • Critics of U.S. 'Israel Anti-Boycott Act' say even requests for information could expose citizens to penalties
    • http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.803037?utm_content=%2Fus-news%2F1.803037&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-most-read

      "Democrats in Congress Rethink Anti-boycott Bill in Wake of ACLU Warning"
      Amir Tibon (Washington, D.C.) Jul 24, 2017, Haaretz.

      "Rep. Joe Kennedy is among the first of the bill's co-sponsors to say he is reviewing his position on the draft law, which critics say would criminalize support for boycotts of Israel or the settlements."

      EXCERPT:

      "WASHINGTON — Democrats on Capitol Hill are re-examining their support for a bipartisan bill intended to fight boycotts against Israel and the settlements after the American Civil Liberties Union warned U.S. senators last week that it endangers free speech in the United States and could lead to citizens’ going to prison simply for expressing a political opinion.

      "Two Democratic staffers who are involved in discussions over the legislation told Haaretz that over a dozen Democrats in both houses of Congress have already began to reconsider their positions in light of the letter the ACLU sent to U.S. senators. One of the first members of the House of Representatives to publicly announce such a review is Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a Democrat representing Massachusetts. Kennedy, a grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is considered a rising political star in the Democratic Party and is one of 240 co-sponsors of the bill in the House.

      "The controversial Israel Anti-Boycott Act was proposed in the both the Senate and the House in March, but it only garnered national attention after the ACLU issued the letter last week expressing strong opposition to it. The leading civil rights organization warned that under the bill’s current language, U.S. citizens could face fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and potentially even go to prison for up to 20 years, simply for expressing support for boycotts of Israel and the settlements."

    • https://medium.com/@SenatorBenCardin/setting-the-record-straight-nothing-in-the-the-israel-anti-boycott-act-restricts-constitutionally-13bfa7428d8

      Setting the Record Straight: Nothing in the Israel Anti-Boycott Act restricts constitutionally-protected free speech

      U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent the following letter to the American Civil Liberties Union in response to their concerns about S. 720, The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which amends a 40-year-old law to include international governmental organizations such as United Nations agencies or the European Union.

      July 20, 2017

      Mr. Faiz Shakir
      National Political Director
      American Civil Liberties Union
      915 15th Street NW
      Washington, DC 20005

      Dear Director Shakir:

      We write in response to your letter regarding the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Our offices have a long history of defending the civil rights of all Americans, including their right to constitutionally-protected free speech. Because of that history, and because we would not support legislation that infringed on those rights, we welcome the opportunity to correct some fundamental misunderstandings about the bill.

      We cannot state this strongly enough: the bill does not “punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs.” Nothing in the bill restricts constitutionally-protected free speech or limits criticism of Israel or its policies. Instead, it is narrowly targeted at commercial activity and is based on current law that has been constitutionally upheld.

      In particular, as you know, Congress has the authority to put limits on international commercial conduct. Pursuant to this authority, Congress amended the Export Administration Act (EAA) in 1977 to prohibit U.S. persons from complying with unauthorized foreign boycotts — specifically, the Arab League Boycott of Israel — and authorized penalties against violations. Courts have consistently upheld the Arab League Boycott provisions of the EAA.

      The bill makes one small but important change in current law. The EAA currently prohibits U.S. persons from complying with unsanctioned foreign boycotts imposed by foreign countries. The new legislation would extend this prohibition to unsanctioned foreign boycotts imposed by international governmental organizations such as United Nations agencies or the European Union. For example, if the United Nations Human Rights Council requests information from an American company about its business dealings in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories as part of an effort to compile a blacklist of companies doing business with Israel, the bill would prohibit the company from responding.

      Because of the breadth of concerns raised in your letter, it may also be helpful to note conduct that the bill does not address.

      The bill does not prevent U.S. companies and individuals from expressing their points of view, speaking in favor of boycott, divestment, or sanctions (BDS) activities, engaging in boycott activity of their own accord, or being critical of Israel. Individuals who “actively avoid purchasing goods and services” because of their own political viewpoint would not be subject to the bill. Similarly, the bill does not regulate civil society organizations who are critical of Israeli policies or prevent them from speaking in favor of BDS. The legislation does not encourage or compel persons to do business with Israel, nor does it punish individuals or companies from refusing to do business with Israel based on their own political beliefs, for “purely pragmatic reasons,” or for no reason stated at all. Any suggestion that this bill creates potential criminal or civil liability for these actions is false.

      We also note that you referenced the Export-Import Bank Act in your letter, and implied that the Export-Import Bank Act penalizes U.S. persons for complying with unsanctioned foreign boycotts. This is not correct. The Export-Import Bank changes in our bill apply to the charter of the Export-Import Bank and the policy considerations the Bank must take into account when evaluating certain financial or credit applications.

      We believe we have — and have long held — similar goals and beliefs when it comes to First Amendment protections. Consistent with those goals and beliefs, this bill does not limit the rights of American citizens or organizations to express their views on Israeli or American foreign policy. Nor does it introduce any core legal principles that have not already been upheld in court. We welcome a healthy dialogue with you and any other interested parties about the purpose and importance of our legislation, and sincerely hope that this letter has addressed your concerns.

      Sincerely,

      Benjamin L. Cardin
      Rob Portman
      cc: Ms. Susan N. Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union

  • Three settlers stabbed to death and three Palestinians shot dead in turmoil over security measures at al-Aqsa mosque compound (Updated)
    • McHughes976

      "I must admit that I might get quite annoyed, even driven to wild rage, if I couldn’t visit a cathedral without being searched by Muslim police who offer moral lectures."

      Well said!!!

    • @McHuges976

      To be brief: Not only is Israel's occupation belligerent, i.e., opposed by the occupied, it is also flagrantly illegal, e.g., as made clear in the quotations I provided, in gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is binding on all UN members and has been ratified by Israel.

      Needless to say, the occupation has been thoroughly documented as brutal.

      Yes, as did the French during WWII, Palestinians have the right to resist by all means. I remind you that the occupation has been in effect for 50 years.

    • @Albert Westpy

      I'm sure you meant to write "Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived in that area WITHOUT major problems until the zionists came in great numbers from Europe and began to colonize Palestine."

    • @Mayhem

      Bullcrap!!

      Reality:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • National movement to silence BDS disguises itself in MA legislature as 'No Hate in Bay State' act
  • Haymarket Books' plan to buy Chicago mansion is latest battleground over Zionism/anti-Zionism
    • Apropos your disgusting nom de plume:

      For the record:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • @DaBakr

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

    • @DaBakr

      Dream on.

      Reality:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Globe and Mail, Feb. 23/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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