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  • Balfour Declaration, now 100, was 'gun pointed at heads' of Palestinians -- Khalidi
    • Netanyahu and his cohorts won't sleep tonight.

      The Palestine Liberation Organization

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      September 27, 2017

      "Dr. Ashrawi welcomes Interpol’s decision to admit Palestine as a full member and receives New Zealand’s new representative to Palestine

      “'We welcome Interpol’s decision to admit the State of Palestine as a full member in its organization, and extend our gratitude and appreciation to the seventy-five countries that upheld their principles and voted in favor of Palestine becoming a member of Interpol. Such an acceptance sends a clear message to the Israeli government that we are not population centers at its mercy; we believe in a system that is based on the global rule of law and due process, and one which enforces accountability and cooperation at the international level. We will persist in our efforts to seek membership in other multinational agencies and organizations; this is consistent with the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and statehood.'

      "PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi made these comments after her meeting with New Zealand Representative to Palestine, Barney Riley, and his team, as well as Palestinian Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Izzat Abdulhadi, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.

      "At the start of the meeting, Dr. Ashrawi welcomed Ambassador Riley to Palestine and expressed her appreciation to New Zealand for being one of four countries to sponsor UNSC Resolution 2334 last December and for its continued support of Palestinian self-determination and freedom.

      "Both parties discussed the rapid escalation of Israel's flagrant violations of international law and conventions.  It is worth noting that Israel is planning to approve hundreds of illegal units in and around Jerusalem in the coming weeks.
         
      "The meeting also focused on the current political, regional and global developments and the prospects for peace and the two-state solution.

      "Dr. Ashrawi also briefed Ambassador Riley on the latest Palestinian moves in the international arena, as well as the internal situation and the serious efforts to end the division and enable the rejuvenation, reformation and revitalization of the Palestinian political system.

      "In the context of reviewing opportunities to strengthen mutual cooperation and coordination, Dr. Ashrawi called on the New Zealand government to recognize Palestine as a demonstration of its firm commitment to the two-state solution and a just peace.”

    • "Those who supported Zionism in the international community were of the opinion that the Jews were returning to their ancient homeland (to their native soil)."

      To quote the 1919 King-Crane Commission: “…the initial claim, often submitted by Zionist representatives, that they have a `right’ to Palestine, based on an occupation of two thousand years ago, can hardly be seriously considered.” Or as Lord Sydenham declared before the British House of Lords on 21 June 1922: “If we are going to admit claims on conquest thousands of years ago, the whole world will have to be turned upside down.” (Hansard)

      The King Crane Commission noted that the Balfour Declaration did not call for a Jewish state in Palestine and it could not be achieved without denying the “civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities….” The commissioners also found “…that the Zionists looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants.…” and recommended that “Jewish immigration should be definitely limited”, that “the project for making Palestine a Jewish commonwealth should be given up…” 

      The Balfour Declaration was also opposed by Gertrude Bell, one of the era’s greatest Arabists, a colleague of T.E. Lawrence and a member of British intelligence in Cairo. Realizing what the Balfour Declaration could lead to, she wrote the British cabinet of PM Lloyd George advising it that “an independent Jewish Palestine” was impractical because “[Palestine]…is not Jewish; ” the native population would not “accept Jewish authority…. Jerusalem is equally sacred to three faiths and should not be put under the exclusive control of any one….” (Sanders, The High Walls of Jerusalem, p. 585, quoted by Donald Neff, Fallen Pillars, p. 14)

      By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the 1922 League of Nations British Class A mandate for Palestine did facilitate Jewish immigration to “secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home,” but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. This was made very clear in the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the British Mandate: “[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”

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

      Ben-Gurion, however, had a different outcome in mind: On 12 June 1938, he declared before the meeting of the Jewish Agency Executive: "I support compulsory transfer [of Palestinian Arabs], I don’t see in it anything immoral." (Protocol of the Meeting of the Jewish Agency Executive with the Political Committee of the Zionist Actions Committee, 12 June 1938.) 

      To make it absolutely clear, in May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state, and declared Great Britain “could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country.” It called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the “Jewish National Home” in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required. While Palestinians were suspicious of its proposals, the Zionists categorically rejected the White Paper as a breach of the Mandate and vowed to prevent its realization. 

      Chaim Weizmann, who became Israel's first president, supported transfer of the native Palestinian Arabs. During a meeting in 1941 with Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador to London, he stated "...if half a million Arabs could be transferred, two million Jews could be put in their place.  That, of course, would be a first installment; what might happen afterwards was a matter for history." ("Short Minutes of Meeting Held on Thursday, January 30th, 1941, at 77 Great Russell Street, London W.C.1.," Chaim Weizmann Archive)

      While speaking before the Jewish Agency Executive on 7 May 1944, Ben-Gurion stated: "The transfer of Arabs is easier than any other transfer.  There are Arab states around [Palestine]...and it is clear that if the Arabs are dispatched [out of Palestine], this will ameliorate their situation, not the contrary." (Protocol of the Meeting of the Jewish Agency Executive of 7 May 1944.)

      Consistent with the terms of its Class A Mandate and the MacDonald White Paper, Britain abstained on the UNGA vote regarding the recommendatory only Nov. 29/47 Partition Plan.

      ("..because in the end, as we have seen, they won’t take 'yes' for an answer").  Nonsense!!

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

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

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

      Along with all Arab states and the PLO, Hezbollah and Iran have also accepted the Arab League’s 2002 Beirut Summit Peace Initiative. (In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.)

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

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

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

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

      Enough said.

  • Samuel Freedman extols Jewish 'love affair' with Jewish state-- while decrying 'dogma of white supremacy'
    • https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/ireland-deportations-and-harassment-of-irish-group-traveling-to-west-bank/

      September 26, 2017
      Deportations and Harassment of Irish Group Traveling to West Bank
      By Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin,

      EXCERPT:
      "A trip to Palestine resulted in deportations and harassment by security as the Israel authorities step up attempts to intimidate or frighten future travelers to the area. During our trip we experienced CS gas, checkpoints, apartheid in action and military harassment of Palestinians. Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin relates his experiences as a member of the group."

    • @Nathan

      The ugly truth about Zionism and Israel:

      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.814266

      "Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres Against the Rohingya"

      By Chaim Levinson - Haaretz, Sep 26, 2017

      EXCERPTS:
      "The state's lawyer tells the High Court that it shouldn't interfere in Israel's foreign relations"

      "The state has not said that it will stop selling weapons to the military junta in Myanmar, despite recent reports and United Nations data on massacres the country’s military has perpetrated against the Rohingya minority, as well as systematic rape and expulsions.

      "Responding on Monday to a petition in the High Court of Justice from human-rights activists demanding an end to the arms sales, Shosh Shmueli, representing the state, said the court should not interfere in Israel’s foreign relations. That was a repetition of the preliminary response issued in March by the Defense Ministry, according to which the court had no standing in the 'purely diplomatic' matter."

  • Ten days of awe: standing with whom?
    • @Emet

      "Your cousins would have returned to Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, to name a few."

      It seems like many others, you have 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.)

      "Where did you get this from? Last time I checked I see they declared war on the Jewish State, with the intention of wiping it off the map, and they still work for this to happen. Wake up man."

      Reality:
      In 1988, the PLO recognized Israel as a sovereign state within the borders of the 1947 recommendatory only UNGA Partition Plan, Res. 181 (which, for the record, violated the terms of the British Class A Mandate for Palestine and the Atlantic Charter, was never adopted by the UNSC and was grossly unfair to the indigenous Palestinian Arab inhabitants.)

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

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

      Along with all Arab states, the PLO, Hezbollah and Iran have also accepted the Arab League’s 2002 Beirut Summit Peace Initiative. (In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.)

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

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

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

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

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

    • Meanwhile:

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.813966

      "Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements"

      "Government postponed planning meeting two weeks ago at request of White House, to ensure it didn’t sabotage Trump-Abbas meeting in New York"
      Barak Ravid. Sep 24, 2017, Haaretz

    • Nonsense.
      Israel is belligerently, illegally and brutally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands.
      Neither Palestinians nor other Arabs are occupying lands belonging to Israel.

    • 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).”

    • Worth noting:

      Ahad Ha'am (nee, Asher Ginsberg) observed while in Palestine in 1891 (when Jews privately owned less than one per cent of the land), that "throughout the country it is difficult to find fields that are not sowed.  Only sand dunes and stony mountains that are not fit to grow anything but fruit trees - and this only after hard labour and great expense of clearing and reclamation - only these are not cultivated."  (Quoted by Rashid Khalidi, "Peasant Resistance to Zionism" in Blaming the Victims..." ed. by Edward Said and Christopher Hitchens, London & New York: Verso, 1988, p. 216)                                                                                                     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      In 1930 (when Jews privately owned only about four per cent of Palestine), Arthur Ruppin, a pivotal figure in political Zionism wrote that displacement of Arab farmers was inevitable because "land is the most necessary thing for our establishing roots in Palestine.  Since there are hardly any more arable unsettled lands in Palestine, we are bound in each case of the purchase of land and its settlement to remove the peasants who cultivated the land so far, both owners of the land and tenants."  (Rashid Khalidi, in Blaming the Victims)                                                                                                                  
      In 1930, Britain's Shaw Commission concluded: "The plain facts of the case are that there is no further land available which can be occupied by new immigrants without displacing the present population." (Palestine Royal Commission Report, July 1937, Cmd. 5479, p. 176; cited by Alan George, JPS, #30, Winter, 1979, p. 91.) This situation caused the Shaw Commission to propose placing "limits on Zionist land purchases and on immigration to Palestine." (Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, 1990, p. 19)                                                                                         
       
      The views of the Shaw Commission were echoed by John Chancellor, Britain's high commissioner for Palestine. In a memorandum to Colonial Secretary Lord Passfield dated 17 January 1930, he called for a complete suspension of Jewish immigration and land purchase to protect Arab agriculture, pointing out that "all cultivable land was occupied; that no cultivable land now in possession of the indigenous population could be sold to Jews without creating a class of landless Arab cultivators."     

    • @Boris

      Give it up. You're only making a complete fool of yourself.

  • High holidays? Meh
    • @Eva

      As well as suppressing Arabic spoken by Mizrachim immigrants, Ben-Gurion and his associates also wanted to minimize the use of Yiddish, the language of Eastern European Ashkenazi immigrants. Thus, it was decreed that a modernized version of Hebrew would be the official language of Israel.

      After arriving in Israel, Ashkenazi Jews, especially those in public life, Hebraized their names as Ben-Gurion (born David Gruen) and many others had done: Yitzhak Shamir, born Yitzak Yzernitzky in Poland; Golda Meir, born Golda Mabovitch in the Ukraine, married Morris Meyerson in the U.S.; Ariel Sharon, born Ariel Shinerman; Yigal Allon, born Yigal Faikovitch; Moshe Sharett, born Moshe Shertok, Shimon Peres, born Shimon Persky. The adoption of the Hebrew language and Hebrew surnames also served to establish a link between the modern Jewish state and the ancient Israelites, albeit a fictitious one.

      As a consequence of being cut off from their Yiddish and various (primarily Arabic) linguistic roots, Israeli Ashkenazi and Mizrachi Jews have paid a high price in terms of history and culture. "The quick empowerment of Hebrew over the languages of the immigrants caused the loss of Jewish cultural memory and dramatically narrowed its scope, cutting connections to the cultures from which these immigrants came and impoverishing the society that could no longer draw on these cultural roots. Most Israeli Jews, secular and orthodox alike, had hardly read the rich sources of Jewish culture; at the same time, most Israeli Jews have been exiled from non-Jewish cultural arenas in which their grandparents felt so much at home." ("100 Years of Zionism, 50 Years of a Jewish State," by Ariella Azoulay and Adi Ophir, Tikkun, March/April 1998, p. 69)

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

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

  • Why the split inside the Democratic Party over BDS needs to happen
    • To be brief:

      By late March 1948, the superiority of Israeli forces and the territorial objectives of the Jewish Agency were known to British and American officials. "Harold Beeley, a British representative at the United Nations (specializing in Palestinian affairs), reported to Loy Henderson, the State Department official responsible for the Middle East, that the Israeli forces were markedly superior and that it was their plan to exploit that advantage in an effort to expand beyond the territory allotted to them in the [Partition Plan]." (George and Douglas Ball, The Passionate Attachment, p. 24)

      George Marshall, the United States Secretary of State and author of the Marshall Plan for Europe, assessed the Arab states' degree of military preparedness.  (As a former United States Army Chief of Staff he was certainly qualified to do so.)  On May 12, he stated that "internal weaknesses in various Arab countries make it difficult for them to act. [Iraq can] send only a handful of troops; [Egypt has] insufficient equipment [which in any case is needed] for police duty at home."  He described Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia as militarily unimportant and pointed out that "jealousies between Saudi Arabia and the Syrians, on one hand, and... Transjordan and Iraq, on the other, prevent the Arabs from making best use of existing forces."  (Foreign Relations of the United States  Documents  1948, vol. 5,part 2, p. 1158; quoted by Simah Flapan, The  Birth of Israel... p. 191-92  and  Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 118). 

      General John Bagot Glubb (Glubb Pasha), the British commander of Transjordan's Legion, calculated that the total number of troops committed by the Arabs on 15 May 1948 was 21,500 and those of the Jews numbered 65,000 (i.e. Haganah plus others).  (Simah Flapan, The Birth of Israel....p. 195-96) 

      Just how unprepared for war the Arab regular armies were (other than Jordan's experienced, but inadequately armed small Arab Legion), is well illustrated by the comments of Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, Egypt's foremost journalist and political commentator: "[On May 15] I went to Gaza....There I found that the Egyptian army had entered Palestine.  But no one seemed to realize that they were entering a war, nor were there enough maps of Palestine for the troops.  Worse, the troops were transported in old and broken tourist cars provided by a travel agency.  They did not know the directions, so they were forced to follow the railroad track.  The Egyptian army entered the war without really knowing what it was facing." ("Interview with Mohamed Hassanein Heikal: Reflections on a Nation in Crisis, 1948;" Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XVlll, Autumn, 1988, p. 117)      

      On May 15, a total of just under 14,000 soldiers from Egypt (2800), Syria (1876), Jordan (4500), Iraq (4000) and Lebanon (700) along with a token contingent from Saudi Arabia under Egyptian command entered Palestine to join forces with poorly armed ALA volunteers and nearly 2500 Palestinian irregulars, bringing the total number of Arab troops in the country to slightly more than 20,000. 

      Waiting for the Arab forces were at least 27,000 first-line Haganah troops (including 8000 in the Palmach). The Jewish Agency also had under its command an additional 90,000 fighters made up of some 55,000 second-line reserves in the Settlement Police, Youth Battalions and Garrisons along with about 35,000 in the Home Guard, the Irgun and the Stern Gang.

      Except for a minor defensive bridgehead established and held by Syrian forces in the upper Jordan valley, the Arab state armies never managed to successfully carry the battle into the Partition Plan's designated Jewish state throughout the entire war.  (Jon and David Kimche, Both Sides of the Hill; London Secker & Warburg, 1960, pp. 172-73;  Balls, The Passionate Attachment, p. 318) 

      So much for the Zionist canard that Israel faced mortal peril at the hands of the Arabs.          

  • 'I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push wheelchairs' -- Israeli commander to Palestinians
    • "Captain Nidal's" threat to "intentionally disable Palestinians" is consistent with past statements by Israeli prime ministers and military officers:

      Prime Minister Golda Meir declared during an interview with the foreign editor of the London Sunday Times that "it was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine...and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist." (Sunday Times, London, June 15, 1969)

      Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir: "From this mountain top and from the vantage point of history I say that these people [the Palestinians] are like grasshoppers compared to us." (The Independent, April 1988, from Reuter, Tel Aviv; cited by Michael Rice, False Inheritance, Kegan Paul International, London and New York, 1994, p. 127).

      While delivering a televised address to his Likud party in 1989, Shamir further maligned Palestinians by describing them as "alien invaders of the Holy Land.... They are brutal, wild alien invaders in the land of Israel that belongs to the people of Israel, and only to them." (New York Post, February 6, 1989)

      During a speech to the Knesset, Menachem Begin, Israel's sixth prime minister, referred to Palestinians as "beasts walking on two legs." (New Statesman, 25 June 1982)

      Regarding Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank, Raphael Eitan, Israel's IDF Chief of Staff declared: "When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.... We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours. "(New York Times, 14 April 1983)

  • Jews have religious commandment to support Israel and fight BDS -- American Jewish Committee
    • @Boris

      "I believe Ireland has the right of return."

      If one is of Irish descent, it helps him/her to become a citizen of Ireland.

      However, unlike those foreign Jews who poured into Palestine before and during the British Class A Mandate and thereafter, those seeking or granted Irish citizenship are not permitted to kill, dispossess, brutalize, oppress, imprison without charge, torture and expel the native Irish or seize their homes and other properties and destroy their towns and villages. In short, your response is utterly inane.

      I am fully aware that "...not every Jew chooses to live in Israel." Indeed, more and more of them are abandoning Zionism and Israel and becoming dedicated supporters of the Palestinian people.

      As for your ridiculous and long since debunked assertion that "...it is the Jews who are indigenous to the Land of Israel AKA Palestine," I again refer you to among many other genetic studies:

      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.

      BTW, The Jebusite/Canaanites, ancestors of today's Palestinians, founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as "Rushalimum" (or "Urussalim") appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. (Thus far, no archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been found that prove Solomon or David actually existed. Nor has any evidence been discovered to confirm that the Jewish exodus from Egypt ever occurred.) To quote the renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 -
      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

      Enough said. You live in a Zionist fantasy world.

    • @Ossinev

      Well said!!

      BTW, my great grandfather was dispossessed and driven out of Ireland by the British during the 19th century. Do I have the right to go to Ireland and kick out the present occupants of what was my great grandfather's land and take it over? Certainly not!! It would never enter my mind or that of any sane person. The Zionist argument that today's Jews are descendants of the ancient Hebrews (long since disproven) and thereby had the right to dispossess and expel well over one million indigenous Palestinian Arabs between late 1947 and 1967 and create an expansionist, racist, apartheid, occupier "Jewish state" argument is utterly ludicrous and racist to the core.

    • JeffB

      Pure bull crap!! Unworthy of further comment.

    • JeffB

      Whatever the position of American Jews is, there is no special provision in international law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.

      As a UN member, Israel is bound to obey the UN Charter, the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Rome Statue, etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (K) UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,
      “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,
      “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,….”
      “1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;
      “2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;
      “3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;..”

    • @Boris

      Patent nonsense.

      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.

      Furthermore, for the record:

      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).”

  • Netanyahu, say hi from me to the penguins in Antarctica
  • Read Netanyahu's UN speech, which praises Trump to the skies and matches his North Korea hyperbole on Iran
    • @fatbastard

      Israel "is in Syria."

      Apart from Palestinian lands, Israel is illegally occupying Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms/Kfarshuba hills.

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

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

      New York Review of Books, May 27, 2010
      "An Open Letter to Elie Wiesel”
      By Avner Inbar and Assaf Sharon

      Excerpts:

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Netanyahu's son became the poster boy for white supremacists
  • Young Gaza musicians break the Israeli siege – by accident
    • I have no doubt that if the 6 million Jews who perished during WWII could have somehow risen from the dead, they would have been the first to condemn Zionism and its spawn, fascistic/racist/expansionist Israel.

  • New York TV stations smear Roger Waters-- who praises BDS as 'one of most admirable pieces of resistance world has seen'
    • @Ms. Reality

      Needless to say, in my previous posting I meant to write "Israel: nearly 70 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole."

    • @Ms. Reality

      Sigh. More Hasbara nonsense.

      To be brief:

      Today’s Jordan (referred to as Transjordan by the Allies after WWI) was not part of Palestine. As Ottoman maps attest, it was administered separately from Palestine, the dividing line being the Jordan River. Known to locals as Al Baqa, the area east of the Jordan River, which became the Emirate of Transjordan in 1923 (as partial fulfillment of Britain’s pledge in the July 1915 to March 1916 Hussein/McMahon correspondence to grant the Arabs independence – including Palestine – in exchange for what proved to be their invaluable assistance in defeating the Turks during WWI) was part of the Turkish vilayet (province) of Syria. The area west of the river was governed by the Ottomans as three sanjaks (sub provinces), two of which (Acre and Nablus) formed part of the vilayet of Beirut, while the third was the independent sanjak of Jerusalem.

      Apart from the fact that what became known as Transjordan was not part of historical Palestine, the League of Nations and Britain never considered including it permanently as part of the Palestine Mandate given the fact that its population was very much ethnically different from that of Palestine. Palestinians were primarily a settled people (800 villages and 24 towns) dependent on an agricultural economy. The inhabitants of Transjordan (largely desert and steppe with a narrow strip of cultivable land and little urban development) were descended from the Arab tribes of the northwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula and were largely nomadic.

      I also remind you that it was reliably estimated at the time that the number of Jews living permanently in the Ottoman province that became know as Transjordan was three at most.

    • @Nathan

      You neglected to note the all important fact that Palestinian Arab Muslims and Christians already outnumber Jews between the River and the Sea. Also, despite the dispossession and expulsion of well over one million Arab Palestinians (the native inhabitants of historic Palestine) between late 1947 and the end of 1967, non-Jews now constitute over 24% of Israel's population (i.e., west of the green line) and are also the most rapidly growing segment.

      Furthermore, it is abundantly clear that in the past decade or so, ever increasing numbers of people around the world, including more and more enlightened Jews, are seeing Israel for what it truly is, i.e., a racist/apartheid/fascistic, expansionist oppressor, an illegal and brutal occupier and a thoroughly documented violator of international humanitarian law. Hence, it and Zionism, a racist 19th century colonialist ideology, are rapidly losing their allure for Jewish immigrants. No surprise!!!

      The world is sick and tired of Israel. The handwriting is on the wall. It comes as no surprise, however, that you and your ilk refuse to read it.

    • @Ms. Reality

      Israel: 60 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.
      Historic Palestine has known many invaders and occupiers. The Zionist venture will one of the briefest. Although it may yet be preceded by two states, the inevitable outcome is one state between the River and the Sea with an Arab majority.

    • Bingo!!

    • @Ms. Reality

      You really should get out more.

      With each passing day, increasing numbers of people around the world, especially all important youth, including Jews, are seeing Israel for the racist, expansionist, oppressor, illegal/brutal occupier, ethnic cleanser, serial violator of international law it is.

      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.”

      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.

      Also, support for Israel is in decline in the U.S., especially among 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.’”

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

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

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

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3388445,00.html
      “Shoah survivors forced back to Germany due to Israel’s lack of restitution laws” Ines Ehrlich Published: 04.16.07, 11:32 / Israel News
      EXCERPT: “Documentary shows Israel the worst place for Holocaust survivors to live throughout Western world. Hundreds protest outside Knesset, demand government help survivors with financial difficulties “Holocaust survivors have left Israel to live out the rest of their days in Germany due to the better conditions they receive there, according to a documentary program broadcast Tuesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 television.”

      GO ROGER GO!!!

    • Video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnzOWSF1vE4

      Roger Waters visits Michael Moore on Broadway - Sept. 15/17

  • Israel lobby is never a story (for media that is in bed with the lobby)
    • @Ms Reality

      You neglected to note that Russia, Britain, France, China, Germany and the EU, are also signatories to the agreement with Iran and are happy with it.

      Netanyahu and his fellow Zionist thugs see the handwriting on the wall: Israel is increasingly the "odd man out." It's "in the way," and its hold on America is weakening. It's only a matter of time.

    • @Citizen

      Eventually, all nations act in their own best interests. The U.S. will not be an exception. It is abundantly clear that Israel is America's number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck.

  • Ayelet Shaked and the fascist ideology
    • @JeffB
      Further to my last comment, I accidentally erased the following:

      As for the volunteer, poorly armed Arab Liberation Army (ALA), under the command of Fawzi al-Qawukji, it was no match whatsoever for the well armed Yishuv forces even with the assistance of local Palestinians and a small number of neighboring Arab volunteers whose weapons were ancient.

      To repeat, enough said.

    • @JeffB

      "The killing started Nov 30, 1947. Prior to the declaration of statehood the Arab Liberation Army (Syria), Arab Legion (Jordan) and Army of the Holy War (Palestinian / Egypt) were all involved."

      Curious response, i.e., you previously stated that "Palestinians had brought in multiple foreign armies to invade their country so as to advantage their side in the civil war.” Pure bunk.

      Arab state armies had no option other than to intervene. At least 400,000 Palestinians had already been dispossessed and expelled and they were fleeing into neighboring countries, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a consequence of the massive attacks on Haifa, West Jerusalem and Jaffa as well as massacres, e.g., Deir Yassin. Also, the Arab countries could hardly sit by and watch the horrors being perpetrated against the defenseless Palestinians by Jewish forces as per Plan Dalet.

      Apropos your statement: "The killing started Nov 30, 1947."
      In his 13 December 1947 dispatch to London, Sir Alan Cunningham, the British High Commissioner to Palestine blamed the Yishuv for the deteriorating situation, including loss of life: "The initial Arab outbreaks were spontaneous and unorganized and were more demonstrations of displeasures at the UN decision than determined attacks on Jews. The weapons initially employed [by Palestinians] were sticks and stones and had it not been for Jewish resource to firearms, it is not impossible that the excitement would have subsided and little loss of life caused.... [T]here is reliable evidence that the Arab Higher Committee as a whole and the Mufti in particular, were not in favour of serious outbreaks." (MEC: Cunningham Papers, box 2, file 3)

      Ben-Gurion agreed with Cunningham. In a letter dated 15 December 1947 to Moshe Sharett, head of the political department of the Jewish Agency, he stated: "The [Palestinian] peasant masses are not taking part in the riots." (Three months later, in a letter to Sharett and Golda Meir he observed: "The [Palestinian] Arabs in their great majority are not seeking war with us.")

      Shortly after Britain's announcement that it intended to withdraw from Palestine beginning 15 May 1948, Ben-Gurion directed the Irgunists, Sternists and Palmach to increase the ferocity of their strikes against Palestinian Arabs. He ordered that "in each attack, a decisive blow should be struck, resulting in the destruction of homes and the expulsion of the population." (Ben-Gurion's Diary-in Hebrew, vol. 1, 19 December 1947)

      Enough said.

    • @JeffB

      "When the Zionists destroyed Palestinian society it was in the context of an ethnic civil war where the Palestinians had brought in multiple foreign armies to invade their country so as to advantage their side in the civil war."

      You neglected to mention that when Polish born David Ben-Gurion (nee, David Gruen) et al. declared the “Jewish State” of Israel effective 15 May 1948, Jewish forces had already dispossessed and expelled 400,000 Palestinians – e.g., 30,000 from West Jerusalem in March (and a further 30,000 in May), 60,000 from Haifa in April, 75,000 from Jaffa in late April and early May.

      When war then erupted due to necessary intervention by reluctant outnumbered/outgunned Arab state armies to stem the accelerating expulsion of Palestinians, a US proposed cease-fire was accepted by the Arab League but rejected by Israel.

      During the war Israel seized 78% of Palestine (22% more than the Partition Plan recommended, including large portions of the proposed Palestinian state, e.g., Jaffa), expelled 400,000 more Palestinians for a total of about 800,000 and went on to destroy over 500 of their towns and villages, including churches, mosques and cemeteries.

      In 1949, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) conducted a methodical survey that determined at least 726,000 Palestinians were made refugees during and prior to the 1948 Arab/Israeli war. As this figure did not include several thousand unregistered refugees, the generally accepted total was revised to 750,000. However, according to an official with Israel’s government at the time, even this number is too low: Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, referred to the UNRWA registration of 726,000 [refugees] as “meticulous” and believed that the “real number was close to 800,000." (Norman Finkelstein, "Debate on the 1948 Exodus" Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXI, number 1, autumn, 1991, footnote #4, p. 86.)

      It was only the beginning of the Zionist's conquest of Palestine and the expulsion of its essentially defenseless indigenous Arab inhabitants through armed might, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation.

      BTW, as a precondition for UN admittance (after being rejected twice), Israel promised the UNGA and so declared by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol that it would comply with Resolution 194 (based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) calling for the return of and/or financial compensation for the then 750,000-800,000 Palestinian refugees. Needless to say, Israel has not complied.

      Furthermore, just prior to and during Israel’s first invasion of Egypt in 1956 (in collusion with Britain and France), the IDF expelled about 25,000 more Palestinians and during and after the war Israel launched on 5 June 1967, the IDF expelled a further approximately 250,000 Palestinians.

  • 'Voice of boycott' was heard in Montgomery and South Africa, why not Israel? Roger Waters writes in 'NYT'
  • Senator Cantwell, are you listening?
    • For the record, it should be noted that In its report, the 1919 King Crane Commission pointed out that the Balfour Declaration did not call for a Jewish state in Palestine and it could not be achieved without denying the "civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities...." The commissioners also found "...that the Zionists looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants...by various forms of purchase..." and recommended that "Jewish immigration should be definitely limited", that "the project for making Palestine a Jewish commonwealth should be given up..." (Howard, Harry N., The King Crane Commission, Beirut: Khayats, 1963; quoted by Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest, pp.17-18.)

      The King-Crane Commission made it clear where it stood regarding the Zionist's historical claim to Palestine: "...the initial claim, often submitted by Zionist representatives, that they have a `right' to Palestine, based on an occupation of two thousand years ago, can hardly be seriously considered." ("The American King-Crane Commission of Inquiry, 1919" quoted in From Haven to Conquest, p. 217, edited by Whalid Khalidi) Or as Lord Sydenham stated before the British House of Lords on 21 June 1922: "If we are going to admit claims on conquest thousands of years ago, the whole world will have to be turned upside down." (Hansard)

      The Balfour Declaration was also opposed by Gertrude Bell, one of the era's greatest Arabists, a colleague of T.E. Lawrence and a member of British intelligence in Cairo. Realizing what the Balfour Declaration could lead to, she wrote the British cabinet of PM Lloyd George advising it that "an independent Jewish Palestine" was impractical because "[Palestine]...is not Jewish; " the native population would not "accept Jewish authority.... Jerusalem is equally sacred to three faiths and should not be put under the exclusive control of any one...." (Sanders, The High Walls of Jerusalem, p. 585, quoted by Donald Neff, Fallen Pillars, p. 14)

      Whatever was being discussed behind the scenes, the resulting 1922 League of Nations CLASS A Mandate for Palestine and the 1939 MacDonald White Paper prohibited the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine or any form of partition.

      What happened during the count down to and following passage of the recommendatory only 1947 Partition Plan (UNGA Res. 181) is another story.

    • @JWalters

      Well and truly stated!!

      Also, for the record:

      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," the Balfour Declaration violated the well established legal maxim, “Nemo dat quod non habet” (nobody can give what he does not possess.)

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

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

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

      By incorporating the Balfour Declaration the 1922 League of Nations British Class A mandate for Palestine did facilitate Jewish immigration to “secure the establishment of the Jewish National Home,” but it did not call for the creation of a sovereign Jewish state or homeland in Palestine or any form of partition. This was made very clear in the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the British Mandate: “[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”

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

      To make it absolutely clear, in May 1939, the British government issued the MacDonald White Paper, which in accordance with the Mandate, ruled out any possibility of a Jewish state, and declared Great Britain “could not have intended Palestine should be converted into a Jewish state against the will of the Arab population of the country.” It called for a Palestinian state in which Jews and Arabs would govern jointly based on a constitution to be drafted by their representatives and those of Britain. The constitution would safeguard the “Jewish National Home” in Palestine and if good relations developed between Jews and Arabs, the country would be granted independence in ten years. Land sales to Jews were to be restricted and the annual level of Jewish immigration was to be limited to 15,000 for five years, following which, Palestinian Arab acquiescence would be required.

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

  • Israeli support for Myanmar is the natural alliance of regimes based on ethnic supremacy
    • @Jack Green

      Re: "...so if Israel were really racist & genocidal..."

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

      Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uDPeeD_RPk
      Precarious Childhood: Arrests of Jerusalemite Children

      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.

      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)

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

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

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

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

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel 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)

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

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

    • @Jack Green

      "Just moving America’s Mideast strategic weapons depot from Israeli soil where it now sits for free would cost more than the U.S gives Israel in annual aid – assuming America could find another dependable, safe country in the region to relocate it to."

      Nonsense. Israel's liabilities far outweigh its alleged benefits for America.

      To wit:
      In its 2004 report, the U.S. Senate 9/11 Commission declared that "mastermind of the 9/11 attacks," Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's "animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel."

      In its 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...."

      “[The U.S.] no longer seems to see Israel as a ‘special’ or ‘extraordinary’ state in the Middle East, with which the U.S. must maintain a different dialogue than with other states. ‘The feeling is that the dialogue and coordination with the Arab states and with Europe is today no less important to the U.S. and perhaps more so than with Israel,’...” (Ha’aretz, 8 May 2009)

      I remind you of 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.

      In short, when it comes to Israel, America's leaders will inevitably 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.”

      As went France and Algeria, Britain and Rhodesia, Belgium and the Congo, so will America and Israel.

    • @Annie Robbins

      You are entirely correct. Also, the US is rapidly approaching the point at which it will have to set Israel adrift. Israel is a useless ally costing American taxpayers $12 million every day in aid, a geopolitical liability and its actions are a major source of justified animosity directed towards America. As history attests, sooner or later, all nations act in their own best interests. The US will not be an exception.

    • @Bont Eastlake

      "The US is Israel’s ally because both are founded on similar principles..."

      Nonsense!!

      The US was founded on the basis of a constitution. Israel does not have a constitution.

    • Ah yes, more proof that Israel is indeed "a light unto nations [not.]"

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.810390?utm_content=%2Fopinion%2F.premium-1.810390&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-daily

      "As Violence Intensifies, Israel Continues to Arm Myanmar’s Military Junta"
      Haaretz, Sept 6/17

      EXCERPTS:

      "Militia members continue to commit crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious violations of human rights around the country, particularly against minority groups that are not even accorded citizenship. Since Myanmar’s military launched operations in Rakhine last October, a number of sources have described scenes of slaughter of civilians, unexplained disappearances, and the rape of women and girls, as well as entire villages going up in flames. The military has continued to commit war crimes and violations of international law up to the present.

      "Advanced Israeli weapons.
      Despite what is known at this point from the report of the United Nations envoy to the country and a report by Harvard University researchers that said the commission of crimes of this kind is continuing, the Israeli government persists in supplying weapons to the regime there."

      "The head of the Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate — better known by its Hebrew acronym, SIBAT — is Michel Ben-Baruch, who went to Myanmar in the summer of 2015. In the course of the visit, which attracted little media coverage, the heads of the junta disclosed that they purchased Super Dvora patrol boats from Israel, and there was talk of additional purchases.

      "In August 2016, images were posted on the website of TAR Ideal Concepts, an Israeli company that specializes in providing military training and equipment, showing training with Israeli-made Corner Shot rifles, along with the statement that Myanmar had begun operational use of the weapons. The website said the company was headed by former Israel Police Commissioner Shlomo Aharonishki. Currently the site makes no specific reference to Myanmar, referring only more generally to Asia.

      "On June 5, in answer to a parliamentary question by Knesset member Tamar Zandberg on weapons sales to Myanmar, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel 'subordinates [itself] to the entire enlightened world, that is the Western states, and first of all the United States, the largest arms exporter. We subordinate ourselves to them and maintain the same policy.'

      "He said the Knesset plenum may not be the appropriate forum for a detailed discussion of the matter and reiterated that Israel complies with 'all the accepted guidelines in the enlightened world.'

      "Lieberman's statement was incorrect. The United States and the European Union have imposed an arms embargo on Myanmar. It’s unclear whether the cause was ignorance, and Lieberman is not fully informed about Israel’s arms exports (even though he must approve them), or an attempt at whitewashing.

      "In terms of history, as well, Lieberman’s claim is incorrect. Israel supported war crimes in Argentina, for example, even when the country was under a U.S. embargo, and it armed the Serbian forces committing massacres in Bosnia despite a United Nations embargo."

  • Marwan Barghouti's wife is reportedly barred from visiting him in prison for two years
  • Anonymous anti-BDS group publishes 'blacklist' of boycott supporters in New York
    • @LHunter

      "The scales are tipping."

      Agreed!! AND EVER FASTER!!

    • Meanwhile, Roger Waters stands tall:

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/opinion/roger-waters-congress-silencing-advocates.html

      New York Times, Sept. 7/17

      "Roger Waters: Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates"

      EXCERPTS:
      "Pro-Israel groups have for years attempted to demonize supporters of B.D.S. — trust me, I know. I am currently in the middle of a 63-date tour of the United States and Canada. Audiences of tens of thousands are coming together at our “Us + Them” shows, which embrace love, compassion, cooperation and coexistence and encourage resistance to authoritarianism and proto-fascism. These appearances have been greeted by a few sporadic protests by right-wing supporters of Israel.

      "These protests would be of no consequence, if they did not occasionally have truly negative consequences. For instance, the city of Miami Beach prevented a group of school children from appearing onstage with me after pressure from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. I understand that city officials have a democratic right to disagree with my opinions, but I was shocked that they were willing to take it out on kids."

      "Polls show that nearly half of all Americans, and a majority of Democrats, would support sanctions against Israel because of its construction of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Indeed, more and more churches, student groups, artists, academics and labor organizations are backing the tactics of boycott and divestment as a means to pressure Israel to end its abuses of Palestinians. If passed, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act could put them all, from archbishops to altar boys, artists to artisans, at risk of arrest on felony charges.

      "Those who are attempting to silence me understand the power of art and culture. They know the role artists played in the civil rights struggle in the United States and against apartheid in South Africa. They want to make an example of us to discourage others from speaking out.

      "Instead of working to undermine B.D.S., Congress should defend the First Amendment right of all Americans and stand on the right side of history by supporting equal civil and human rights for all people, irrespective of ethnicity or religion."

  • The alleged peace process reaches farcical lows
    • Meanwhile:

      http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/israels-geopolitical-gut-check/

      "Israel’s Geopolitical Gut Check"
      A once favorable balance of power has shifted, clipping Tel Aviv’s wings.
      By SHARMINE NARWANI • September 6, 2017

      EXCERPT:
      “Tel Aviv has had a bad few weeks. A once favorable regional balance of power has suddenly shifted in a direction that clips Israel’s wings—all while adversaries on its borders are making swift strategic gains."

      https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/09/03/1508372/israel-losing-stranglehold-over-us-american-activist

      TEHRAN (Tasnim) – "A peace activist and journalist based in Virginia said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s panic about recent advances of Iran and its allied forces against terrorists in Syria signals that the Tel Aviv regime is 'losing its stranglehold' over Washington.
      “'Netanyahu’s panic and his incessant warnings regarding ‘Iranian expansion’ may be the most hopeful sign that Tel Aviv is losing its stranglehold over Washington,' Janice Kortkamp from Leesburg, Virginia, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency."

      https://www.artforum.com/news/id=70907
      UNESCO Expands List of World Heritage Sites for 2017
      "...Hebron, an ancient city in the West Bank, currently occupied by Israel, was also put on the list as a Palestinian World Heritage Site, though Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called the decision 'delusional.'”

  • 'Nazi stuff': The Israeli government takes on African refugees
  • 'I will shoot you in front of your mother '-- Israeli forces follow through on threat to Palestinian youth
  • Two Chicago pols break over BDS, as U.S. Jews divide over Israel
    • Annie

      Just out:

      http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/israels-geopolitical-gut-check/

      Israel’s Geopolitical Gut Check
      A once favorable balance of power has shifted, clipping Tel Aviv's wings.
      By SHARMINE NARWANI • September 6, 2017

    • Worth reading:

      https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/09/03/1508372/israel-losing-stranglehold-over-us-american-activist

      Tasnim News Agency, Sept. 3/17

      "Israel Losing Stranglehold over US: American Activist"

      EXCERPTS:

      "TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A peace activist and journalist based in Virginia said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s panic about recent advances of Iran and its allied forces against terrorists in Syria signals that the Tel Aviv regime is 'losing its stranglehold' over Washington.

      “'Netanyahu’s panic and his incessant warnings regarding ‘Iranian expansion’ may be the most hopeful sign that Tel Aviv is losing its stranglehold over Washington,' Janice Kortkamp from Leesburg, Virginia, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency."

      "Kortkamp: 'I believe this is an exceedingly dangerous time in the Syrian conflict; Israel is in a panic right now with the victory in the strategic Qalamoun region over Daesh. Israel’s goal has been to keep the war in Syria going indefinitely - for it to bleed to death - to weaken the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) and Hezbollah just as they had wanted the war in Iraq to weaken both it and Iran. The opposite outcome has occurred with Hezbollah stronger and more respected than ever; the alliance and coordination between Syria, Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia also stronger; Iraq is also cooperating in many regards with that alliance, and President Putin is now seen as the predominant global strategist. Another factor is that Prime Minister Netanyahu is under investigation for fraud and corruption and a war would probably distract Israelis from pursuing an indictment. Netanyahu’s emotional entreaties to President Putin seemed to have fallen on deaf ears according to Pravda’s report of August 25 on the meeting, saying Israel’s Prime Minister failed to convince President Putin on the need to stop 'Iran’s expansion in the Middle East.' ”

  • No free speech in Palestine: PA arrests journalist, internationally-renowned peace activist for Facebook posts
    • @Jack Green

      More reality:

      http://www.newsweek.com/israel-condemned-threatening-future-christianity-holy-land-660041

      Newsweek, Sept. 6/17
      World
      "Israel Condemned For Threatening Future of Christianity in the Holy Land"
      By Callum Paton

      EXCERPT:

      "Church leaders in Jerusalem have accused Israel of undermining Christianity in the Holy Land and weakening the faith at a time of severe tensions in the Middle East. The heads of Jerusalem’s major churches—including its Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran denominations, among others—criticized Israel’s lawmakers and its courts following a ruling that mandates the sale of church buildings to a Jewish settler organization. The church leaders protested the transfer of the ownership of three church buildings belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem’s Old City to the Ateret Cohanim Association."

    • @Jack Green

      Reality:

      http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/20/israeli-christians-fear-greater-violence-after-vandals-attack-churches-holy-sites/

      Canada’s National Post, 20 September 2012
      EXCERPTS:
      “JERUSALEM — After a series of attacks by vandals on Christian holy sites in Israel, normally tight-lipped Roman Catholic officials are beginning to speak out, publicly appealing to authorities to take a stronger stand against the violence.”

      “The monastery was targeted shortly after Israel evacuated an illegally built West Bank settler outpost. In recent months, two other monasteries and a Baptist church were vandalized. It is not clear why the vandals have targeted Christian sites. For years, Christian clergymen also have been spat at by ultra-Orthodox seminary students in Jerusalem’s Old City.”

      "The Teachers Union of Ireland calls for Academic Boycott of Israel in unanimous vote; first academic union in Europe to do so: At its Annual Congress on Thursday 4th April 2013, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic union in Europe to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel. The motion, which refers to Israel as an 'apartheid state', calls for “all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel,..."

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4391835,00.html?utm_source=Canadian+Friends+of+Sabeel+List&utm_campaign=98d2087a5c-CAF&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_35bf167a76-98d2087a5c-412347741

      Ynet, June 13, 2013
      "Christian cemetery in Jaffa desecrated"

      "Graffiti reading 'revenge' and 'price tag' found on tombstones in Christian Orthodox cemetery. Jaffa's Arab residents outraged over government inaction"
      By Hassan Shaalan

      EXCERPTS:
      “Unknown vandals desecrated the Christian Orthodox cemetery in Jaffa and spray-painted the words 'revenge' and 'price tag' on several tombstones. 'Price tag' graffiti was also found on a residential building near the cemetery where Tel Aviv District Judge Khaled Kaboub resides.”

      “Jaffa's Arab residents were outraged after learning of the vandalism and criticized the government and the police for failing to curb the phenomenon.”

      “Jaffa resident Mahmoud Aghabria said, 'This is a criminal act that mustn't be ignored. Racism in Jaffa is spreading and we fear that the government and the police are not doing anything to those who are behind the 'price tag' acts. If Arabs had desecrated a Jewish cemetery I'm sure arrests would have been made within hours.'"

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9529123/Vatican-official-says-Israel-fostering-intolerance-of-Christianity.html
      The Telegraph
      "Vatican official says Israel fostering intolerance of Christianity"
      EXCERPTS:
      "The Israeli government's failure to respond adequately to Jewish extremist attacks against churches and monasteries is fostering a climate of intolerance towards Christianity in the country, a senior Vatican official in Jerusalem has warned."

      "Police inaction and an educational culture that encourages Jewish children to treat Christians with 'contempt' has made life increasingly 'intolerable' for many, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Custodian of the Holy Land, said."

      "The door of [Latroun's Trappist] monastery was set fire to and its walls were covered with anti-Christian graffiti that denounced Christ as a 'monkey.' "

      "...[There has been a] series of acts of arson and vandalism...targeting places of worship, including Jerusalem's 11th century Monastery of the Cross, built on the site where the tree used to make Christ's Cross is held to have been planted."

      “Slogans reading "Death to Christians" and other offensive graffiti were daubed on its walls."
      "...Michael Ben Ari, an Israeli legislator, publicly ripped up a copy of the New Testament in the country's parliament, the Knesset, and threw it into a rubbish bin after denouncing it as an 'abhorrent' book.

      "A second legislator called for Bibles to be burnt.

      "Although Mr Ben Ari was criticised by the Knesset's speaker, he faced no official sanction despite protests from the church."

  • Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen's struggle
    • @fatbastard

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

      To wit:
      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)

      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...."

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

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

  • Eisner and Greenblatt refuse to see Israel's face in Richard Spencer's mirror
    • Regarding Israel, "a light unto nations [not]."

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.810390?utm_content=%2Fopinion%2F.premium-1.810390&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-daily

      "As Violence Intensifies, Israel Continues to Arm Mayanmar's Military Junta"

      Haaretz, Sept. 4/17

      EXCERPT:
      "The violence directed at Myanmar’s Rohingya minority by the country’s regime has intensified. United Nations data show that about 60,000 members of the minority group have recently fled Myanmar’s Rahine state, driven out by the increasing violence and the burning of their villages, information that has been confirmed by satellite images. But none of this has led to a change in the policy of the Israeli Defense Ministry, which is refusing to halt weapons sales to the regime in Myanmar, the southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma.

      "On Thursday, the bodies of 26 refugees, including 12 children, were removed from the Naf River, which runs along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Of the refugees who managed to reach Bangladesh, many had been shot. There were also reports of rapes, shootings and fatal beatings directed at the Rohingya minority, which is denied human rights in Myanmar. The country’s army has been in the middle of a military campaign since October that intensified following the recent killing of 12 Myanmar soldiers by Muslim rebels."

    • What if "things go south" for Jews in America?
      Israel will lose its protector in the international arena, major arms source and $12 million per day in aid from US taxpayers.

      I don't think Israel would serve as "the Jews' backup country."

  • US Ambassador blames Obama for 'absolute betrayal' of Israel, and Palestinians for killing the peace process
  • Gideon Levy calls out Israel's fundamental, racist religion: Zionism
    • In the long run, one state is inevitable.

    • @DaBakr

      Fundamental truths well worth remembering:

      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.”

      Zionism contains the seeds of its own inevitable collapse.

  • Are you an auto-anti-Semite? Take this simple test
    • @yonah fredman

      Meanwhile, ever increasing numbers of all important young Jews around the world are seeing the light and opposing Israel's accelerating violations of international law, including apartheid and racism:

      http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.810189?utm_content=%2Fus-news%2F1.810189&utm_medium=email&utm_source=smartfocus&utm_campaign=newsletter-weekend

      "Jewish Voice for Peace Urges Young Jews to Boycott Birthright Israel"

      "Campaign #ReturnTheBirthright declares 'it is fundamentally unjust that we are given a free trip to Israel while Palestinian refugees are barred from returning to their homes'"

      By Allison Kaplan Sommer, Sept. 02, 2017, Haaretz.

      EXCERPTS:
      "A 'pledge' on its website takes the form of an online petition in which young Jews declare: 'We will not go on a Birthright trip because it is fundamentally unjust that we are given a free trip to Israel, while Palestinian refugees are barred from returning to their homes. We refuse to be complicit in a propaganda trip that whitewashes the systemic racism, and the daily violence faced by Palestinians living under endless occupation. Our Judaism is grounded in values of solidarity and liberation, not occupation and apartheid. On these grounds we return the Birthright, and call on other young Jews to do the same.'”

      "Birthright Israel sends Jewish young adults on a free ten-day trip to Israel with the goal of strengthening Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish state. The trips are funded through a partnership between the state of Israel and a group of North American donors. The original funders of the program were Michael Steinhardt and Charles Bronfman, but in recent years, Sheldon Adelson, casino billionaire, Republican mega-donor and supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has showered $250 million on the program, becoming the its largest benefactor."

  • Changing the narrative, from BDS to antifa
    • MHughes976

      I respectfully disagree. Israel is rotting within and ever increasing numbers of all important young Jews around the world are learning the ugly truth and abandoning Zionism and Israel.

    • @yonah fredman

      Zionism is racism, Zionism is theft, Zionism is doomed.

  • Conan O'Brien frolics with Netanyahu and the Israeli army
    • RIGHT ON!!!

    • Bingo!!

    • @just

      Let's not forget that Israel invaded Syria's Golan Heights during the June 1967 war, expelled over 150,000 Syrians and after annexing them, has been illegally occupying the Heights since.** (Israel is also still illegally occupying Lebanon's Shebaa Farms.}

      To quote Moshe Dayan:
      "'I made a mistake in allowing the conquest of the Golan Heights. As defense minister I should have stopped it because the Syrians were not threatening us at the time.' The attack proceeded, he went on, not because Israel was threatened but because of pressure from land-hungry farmers and army commanders in northern Israel. 'Of course [war with Syria] was not necessary. You can say the Syrians are bastards and attack when you want. But this is not policy. You don't open aggression against an enemy because he's a bastard but because he's a threat'." (Quoted in an editorial, "Israel and Syria: Correcting the Record," by Stephen S. Rosenfeld, The Washington Post, 24 December 1999)

      Two other well known Israeli generals wondered why Moshe Dayan ordered the invasion of Syria at 11:30 A.M. on June 9 - a full four days after Israel launched the war and four-and- one-half hours after Damascus had agreed to abide by the UN Security Council's demand for a cease-fire. "[General Yitzhak] Rabin wrote in his memoir that he has 'never grasped the reasons' for Dayan's decision to launch the assault. [General] Ezer Weizman, who likewise could give 'no explanation' for Dayan's action, rhetorically asked years later, 'if indeed the Syrian enemy threatened to destroy us, why did we wait three days before we attacked it?" (Quoted by Norman Finkelstein, Image and...pp. 133-34)

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

    • Apparently, Conan is not familiar with the old adage "lie down with dogs and you'll get fleas."
      He will profoundly regret jumping in bed with fascists and racists.

  • Israel seeks 'Jewish' non-Jews in numbers battle with Palestinians
    • https://electronicintifada.net/content/rabbi-who-urged-gaza-genocide-excused-rape-soldiers/21566

      "Rabbi who urged Gaza genocide excused rape by soldiers"

      David Sheen The Electronic Intifada 1 September 2017

      EXCERPT:

      "A prominent Israeli rabbi known to have advocated genocide in Gaza also advised that soldiers may rape during wartime, it has emerged.

      "Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safad in present-day Israel, approved rape by the military in a 2002 article that has gone largely unnoticed.

      "Writing on Kipa.co.il, a popular Hebrew-language website catering for religious Jews, Eliyahu contended that Israeli soldiers would lose their motivation to wage war if they are not allowed to rape non-Jewish women.

      "The comments were made five years before Eliyahu recommended that Israel should use massive force in Gaza.

      "In 2007, he said that Israel 'must kill 100,000, even a million' people in Gaza if that was necessary to stop Palestinian resistance fighters from firing rockets."

    • A relevant and excellent read:

      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/ home/en/channels/avnery/ 1504285130

      Gush Shalom -  02/09/17

      "Crusaders and Zionists"  by Uri Avnery

      EXCERPT:

      "But given all the differences of time, the comparison [between the Crusaders and the Zionists] is still valid, and provides much food for thought – especially if you sit on the shore of Caesaria, the imposing Crusaders' wall just behind you, a few kilometers from the port of Atlit, where the last Crusaders were literally thrown into the sea when it all came to an end, just 726 years ago."

  • Teenage girls in Gaza lament a 'double siege'
    • @Jack Green

      You're right Jack, Jews are "just people." Indeed, it's most gratifying to see that more and more Jews all over the world are becoming dedicated supporters of the Palestinians. It's the Zionists who are the thieves, thugs, mass murderers, illegal/brutal occupiers, ethnic cleansers and serial violators of hard won international law.

    • @fatbastard

      At least you're consistent, consistently wrong.

      To wit:

      Hostilities between Hamas and Israel are a consequence of Israel's illegal occupation of the Gaza Strip and its oppression of the native inhabitants, e.g., inflicting Collective Punishments in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is binding on all UN members and has been ratified by Israel.

      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) http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...

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

    • @Annie

      I've had the great honour and pleasure to meet several Palestinian girls and women.
      In short, they are the backbone of their people!!

  • Blunt references to Israeli apartheid are published by 'Peace Now' and 'The New Yorker'
    • @ignasi orobitg gene

      "The Israeli government treats the Palestinian People as Nazi Germany dealt with their ancestors."

      And it always has.

      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." (Sir Bagot Glubb, A Soldier with the Arabs, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1957, p. 81; cited by Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest, p. 85)

    • @eljay

      Well said.

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

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

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

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel 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)

      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)

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

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

    • @rhkroell

      Also:

      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)

      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.)

  • One little sentence, so many lies
    • The only solution is for the UNSC, the U.S. and the world community to demand that the conflict be ended through full application of international law, e.g., the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute, which came about as a result of the crimes committed by the Nazis during WWII and are binding on all UN member states.

      There is no special provision in international law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.
      If Israel does not comply, the international community must be prepared to impose severe sanctions and international isolation, cut off funding (e.g., the near $12 million every day from U.S. taxpayers), suspend its UN membership and in general, treat it like the rogue pariah it is.

    • “He fled his home in the British Mandate of Palestine at the age of 10 during the war that accompanied the creation of Israel.”

      When Polish born David Ben-Gurion (nee, David Gruen) et al. declared the “Jewish State” of Israel effective 15 May 1948, Jewish forces had already dispossessed and expelled at least 300,000* Palestinians – e.g., 30,000 from West Jerusalem in March (and a further 30,000 in May), 60,000 from Haifa in April and 75,000 from Jaffa in late April and early May. Hence, although outnumbered, outgunned and reluctant to do so, Arab state armies were forced to intervene in order to stem the accelerating expulsion of Palestinians.
      *(Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1988, p. 145.)

  • American Legion calls on Congress to finally investigate 'USS Liberty' attack, 50 years after
    • @yonah fredman

      "the uss liberty had been commanded to leave the area. it disobeyed its command."

      Reality:

      The USS Liberty was in the eastern Mediterranean on June 5 when Israel attacked Egypt, which prompted Commander McGonagle to ask Vice Admiral Martin at Sixth Fleet headquarters to "send a destroyer to accompany the Liberty and serve as its armed escort and auxiliary communications centre." (James E. Akins The Israeli Attack...Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Dec. 1999)

      On June 6, Admiral Martin replied: "LIBERTY IS A CLEARLY MARKED UNITED STATES SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, NOT A PARTICIPANT IN THE CONFLICT AND NOT A REASONABLE SUBJECT FOR ATTACK BY ANY NATION. REQUEST DENIED." (Quoted by James E. Akins, ibid)

      "By the evening of June 7, the Liberty was 13 miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip, still in international waters. Due to transmission foul ups Commander McGonagle never received messages from Sixth Fleet headquarters ordering him to withdraw first 20 miles and then 100 miles from the coast." (ibid)

      On Thursday, June 8, a sunny day with calm seas, the Liberty, still unaware that it had been ordered out of the area, was cruising off the Egyptian coast at about five knots. "Shortly after the minaret in the Sinai town of El Arish came into view at 9:30 A.M., a lookout shouted: 'Airplane passing astern, sir!' A single jet flew past on the starboard side too far away for its markings to be discerned. It made only one pass and disappeared."
      One of "the civilian electronics experts aboard concluded the jet 'must be Israeli because what else is flying out here at this point in the war and also it's coming from the direction of Israel and it's going back to Israel, so it was obvious it was Israeli. I didn't think much of it. They were just out there checking us out. That's what I'd do too'." (Quoted by Donald Neff, Warriors for Jerusalem, p. 249)

    • @Stephen Shenfield

      In 1985, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, former Chief of U.S. Naval operations, and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff declared: "Israel continues to insist that the attack was a case of mistaken identity. This claim simply does not hold water. There is simply no way that the Israeli pilots and torpedo boat crews could have concluded that it was anything other than a U.S. ship.... Before as well as subsequent to the attack on the Liberty, the U.S. Congress has investigated in depth just about every incident of a similar nature in which the military forces participated. At the very least the Congress, in deference to the families of the men who died on board the Liberty, should once and for all clear up the uncertainties, speculations, and the unanswered questions surrounding this tragedy, which still is thought by many to be a deliberate cover up on the part of the Government of Israel as well as the Government of the United States." (Quoted by Richard H. Curtiss in A Changing Image: American Perceptions of the Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1986, p. 87)

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

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

  • Netanyahu declares West Bank is Israel 'forever,' as liberal Zionists cry out for 'make-believe peace process'
    • @JWalters

      A "sham" indeed.

      To wit:

      Following Britain's commitment to end its mandate and passage of the Partition Plan, the Haganah immediately called upon all Jews in Palestine aged 17 to 25 to register for military service; the Yishuv reached an agreement for the future purchase of weapons from Skoda (a Czechoslovakian arms supplier) and Zionist terror shifted its sights from the British to the Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

      Also, and most significantly, on December 5, Ben-Gurion ordered "immediate action to expand Jewish settlement in three areas assigned to the Arab state: the South West (Negev), the South-East (Etzion bloc) and Western Galilee." (Political and Diplomatic Documents of the Jewish Agency, 1947-48, no. 12; quoted by Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 40). Thus, Ben-Gurion revealed that the Jewish Agency had no intention of abiding by the terms of the Partition Plan and was preparing for the conquest of Palestine.

      In his December 13 dispatch to London, Sir Alan Cunningham, the British High Commissioner to Palestine blamed the Yishuv for what had become a deteriorating situation and loss of life: "The initial Arab outbreaks were spontaneous and unorganized and were more demonstrations of displeasures at the UN decision than determined attacks on Jews. The weapons initially employed [by Palestinians] were sticks and stones and had it not been for Jewish resource to firearms, it is not impossible that the excitement would have subsided and little loss of life caused.... [T]here is reliable evidence that the Arab Higher Committee as a whole and the Mufti in particular, were not in favour of serious outbreaks." (MEC: Cunningham Papers, box 2, file 3; cited by Michael Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, Faber and Faber, London. Boston, 1987, pp.35-36)

      As of December 1947, the Haganah, left alone by the British, had a well-trained and well-armed army. Total Jewish forces (including reserves, the home guard, the Irgun and Stern Gang) numbered between 60,000 and 70,000. They were armed with late model high calibre weapons much superior to those of Arab state soldiers whose governments were unable to purchase weapons because of a stringent arms embargo imposed by the Western Powers. (The same embargo theoretically applied to Jews, but they overcame it by smuggling weapons into Palestine.)

      Shortly after Britain's announcement of the date it intended to withdraw from Palestine, i.e. 15 May 1948, Ben-Gurion directed the Irgunists, Sternists and Palmach to increase the ferocity of their strikes against the Palestinian Arabs. He ordered that "in each attack, a decisive blow should be struck, resulting in the destruction of homes and the expulsion of the population." (Ben-Gurion's Diary-in Hebrew, vol. 1, 19 December 1947; cited by Palumbo, TPC, p. 40) The Zionists were implementing what they called Plans A, B and C or Tochnit May (Plan May), more commonly known as Plan Gimmel. Its objectives were to buy time for the mobilization of Jewish forces by seizing strategic points the British vacated and to terrorize the Palestinian population into submission. (Prof., Harvard, Walid Khalidi, From Haven to Conquest, p.lxxix)

      From December 1947, until the end of March 1948, tens of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee, primarily from the major cities of Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem (including its suburbs) as well as villages on the coast. Many moved back to their home towns or to all-Arab cities such as Nablus while others, with the financial means found refuge in neighbouring Arab countries.

    • It cannot be over emphasized that the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Syria's Golan Heights and Lebanon's Shebaa Farms are belligerently, illegally and brutally occupied by Israel in gross violation of international law, e.g., the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute, which are binding on all UN member states.

      In 1988, the PLO recognized Israel as a sovereign state within the borders of the 1947 recommendatory only UNGA Partition Plan, Res. 181 (which, for the record, violated the terms of the British Class A Mandate for Palestine and the Atlantic Charter, was never adopted by the UNSC and was grossly unfair to the indigenous Palestinian Arab inhabitants.)

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

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

      Along with all Arab states and the PLO, Hezbollah and Iran have also accepted the Arab League’s 2002 Beirut Summit Peace Initiative. (In its revised Charter ,April, 2017, Hamas agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Prominent Israeli rabbi preaches rape in war time
    • Fat Bastard and Nathan have the day off. Jack Green is back flailing away and tripping over himself.

    • @Jack Green

      "It just means that Israel has freedom of speech."

      Setting aside the thoroughly documented litany of horrors Israel inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied Gaza Strip, I suggest you take note of the following regarding reality west of the green line.

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

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

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

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

      In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel 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)

      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)

      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)

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

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

    • @Jack Green

      Sigh.
      Inane comment. With supporters like you, Israel needs no critics. Back to Hasbara Central for more instruction

    • I'm at a loss for words other than to state the obvious: Israel is an evil entity, a monster forced on Arab Palestine by foreign thieves, thugs, murderers, liars and poseurs. It is headed for history's dumpster.

  • 'Auto-anti-Semitism!' Naftali Bennett declares war on Jewish self-hatred in Israel
    • @DaBakr

      Food for thought:

      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."

    • "...Israel is insane."

      Precisely!!

      Jews everywhere better wake up and face the horrible truth before it envelops them.

  • The US Jewish debate over white Jewish privilege in Israel
  • The United State of Israel and Palestine
    • "As history has demonstrated, the Palestinians/Philistines died out as a race thousands of years ago."

      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

      Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic
      (20000-10500 BCE) SHOWED REMARKABLE RESEMBLANCE TO MODERN DAY PALESTINIANS [my emphasis.]

      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).”

      Also:
      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.

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

      By about 1300 CE there were virtually no Jews in Palestine, which 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.

      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.”

      To quote the Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the League of Nations Class A 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.”

  • In Yoaz Hendel's revenge fantasy, Palestinians play the Nazi parts
    • "Here Hendel seems to be peddling the Mufti-Hitler connection, which plays strongly in certain Zionist circles..."

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

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

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

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

  • As many as 1 million Israelis have left for the U.S.
    • @catalan

      "... Gaza is not really a part of the Israeli state." True.
      However, neither is the Palestinian West Bank, nor Palestinian East Jerusalem.
      Nor should we forget that the Golan Heights are part of Syria, not Israel. Also, Israel is illegally occupying Lebanon's Shebaa Farms and the Kfarshuba hills.

      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;.."

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

      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."

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

      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;

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

      "Third, Israel has many ways to reduce the growth of the Palestinian population in the West Bank – for example, by regulating water, utilities, medical services, checkpoints and so on. Indeed, that’s what it is likely to do if the situation continues to deteriorate."

      Spoken like a true fascist.

      "But this is a new age now with powerful countries like India, Chia, Brazil, and Russia who are interested in economics and are not keen on participating in boycotts and so on."

      In 25 years there will be three billion Muslims worldwide; 600 million Arabs; 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. Obviously, the long term geopolitical and economic interests of the world community do not lie with racist, apartheid, brutal illegal occupier, rogue/pariah Israel.

      The handwriting is on the wall. It's only a matter of time.

    • @Juan R

      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.”

      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.

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

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

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

      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.'”

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

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

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

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3388445,00.html
      “Shoah survivors forced back to Germany due to Israel’s lack of restitution laws” Ines Ehrlich Published: 04.16.07, 11:32 / Israel News
      EXCERPT: “Documentary shows Israel the worst place for Holocaust survivors to live throughout Western world. Hundreds protest outside Knesset, demand government help survivors with financial difficulties “Holocaust survivors have left Israel to live out the rest of their days in Germany due to the better conditions they receive there, according to a documentary program broadcast Tuesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 television.”

  • 'We came to school and found the school destroyed': Israeli forces demolish West Bank school hours before children's first day
    • @Vera

      Israel is finishing itself. It's only a matter of time.

    • @Jack Green

      Bottom line: The school was located in belligerently, illegally, brutally occupied Palestinian land. By destroying the school, Israel is also in flagrant violation of the "Fourth Geneva Convention," which is binding on UN member states and has also been ratified by Israel.

      You should be hanging your head in shame!! Then again, what can we expect from you and your disgusting, cowardly ilk?

      No wonder Israel is increasingly viewed by peoples around the world, including more and more Jews, as a rogue/pariah.

    • Monsters digging their grave.

  • Im Tirzu, Israeli movement 'with fascist elements,' to meet at Jerusalem center with links to Reform movement
    • Short video:

      "Israelis occupy a Palestinian house." July 27/17

      https://www.juancole.com/2017/08/confiscation-occupied-palestinians.html
      Article:
      "Israel argues confiscation of occupied land benefits Palestinians" August 23/17

      EXCERPT:

      "BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli government defended the legality of the outpost 'Regularization law' at the Israeli Supreme Court on Monday, and said that the expropriation of Palestinian-owned land would benefit Palestinians because they would receive financial compensation for it, reportedly describing Palestinian laws prohibiting the sale of land to Israelis as “'racist.'”

  • 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)

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