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I am really cheesed over the complete lack of coverage of the news within the mainstream media. The US and Canada is just filled with people whose political beliefs come from sound bytes rather than from analysis of the news event.

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  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
    • And this is the "most moral army in the world" that takes care to protect civilian lives, as described in mainstream media. I believe that AGAIN, we have descended down the rabbit hole.

  • Anti-semitism charge against Mearsheimer failed
    • Oh my, poor, poor, misunderstood Josh. Sorry to be politically incorrect and insensitive, but the first thing that popped into my head was either lack of breastfeeding or cessation of breast feeding far before little Joshie was ready (perhaps his mother didn't want to schlep herself up to U of M to continue this practice).

      "Why were objections from school board members, which I learned were raised again in 2012, also deemed to be insignificant?"

      Perhaps because the "objections" were found to be fictitious and had no "umph" behind them.

      I can guarantee you if Josh marries, he will certainly make future wife (or husband for that matter) miserable, his future employer will rue the day that he hired him, and those he considers his friends will roll their eyes behind his back so much that they will need to have glasses. I wonder if he is available to play the young Dershowitz if a movie is ever made of that pompous ass's life?

  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth activist Mahmoud al-Titi, 22, near Hebron
    • "Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas militant".

      Is Israel using the same criteria the US drone justification; "all adult males killed by strikes as militants" model? I thought he was a Titi graduate of journalism and media of the Palestine Technical College. Stupid me.

  • UN report finds errant Palestinian fire responsible for child's death during Gaza fighting, but parent and human rights group maintains Israel is responsible
    • Whereas the PIRA's change in direction to implement change through political pressure and non violence is lauded, the point I was making is that continued oppression, desperation leads to desperate acts. Locking a whole population in an open air prison with only one exit via Egypt is what creates "terrorists." When the Israeli's do it, it is considered self defense, even when they break a ceasefire, conveniently while the world has their attention directed on the American Presidential elections

      It isn't Judaism they are fighting, it is oppression through a brutal military occupation (and if you are going to argue that Gaza isn't occupied, then there is absolutely nothing to discuss), it is land expansionism and it is the violations of basic, fundamental human rights. To base the Hamas response to Islamic extremism is historically selective and limited in nature. It fails to take into account of the Israeli strategic tactics in regard to the conflict.

      “Israel low-intensity strategy was based on escalation dominance, that is disproportionate responses to provocations, as well as military initiatives not in response to specific provocations. At that same time, Israeli strategy tried to walk a fine line between outmatching the challenge with excessive force, on one hand and deflecting blame for escalating minor incidents to all-out wars”. [Maoz, Zeev, Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s Security & Foreign, University of Michigan Press, pg. 18]

    • I think that perhaps lobby $s is what blinded the US Congress, President, Administration. One can certainly hate the actions of a state and not be an antisemitic. What, do you love the practice of Apartheid, oppression of a whole population and land theft?

    • Whether it was a rocket from Gaza that fell short or it was Israel's missile, does it really matter? You can't put the screws to the people for decades and expect them not to react to being oppressed, crapped on and attacked. What makes me absolutely crazy is that the whole image of the IDF as the most moral army in the world is reinforced, as if this hasn't happened before. Did they forget about Abdel Rahman Majdi Naim, aged 2, killed during the Pillar of Defence? Did they forget about the predominantly civilian population, including many other children killed and maimed? To actually promote the belief that a military force from a country that openly practices Apartheid and is guilty of multiple war crimes as the moral barometer makes them just as guilty as those who perpetuate this misery upon a whole population. What is so damn moral about the oppressor holding a higher moral bar for those they oppress which they themselves continually fall short of?

  • NY synagogue banishes panel on Israel, saying BDS discussion is 'forbidden'
  • Ann Lewis, former Clinton adviser, dismisses concern about segregated buses in West Bank
    • "It doesn’t mean that Israel is perfect, but I don’t know of any perfect country, including mine."

      My response to Ann Lewis is as follows:

      Dear Ann, supporter of segregation:

      The one thing you definitely are right about, is that Israel isn't perfect. In fact, it is far from perfect and this latest implementation of the racist model again just reinforces its "imperfections". We can add it along to the long list of "imperfections" Israel is mastering such as humiliation at the checkpoints, shooting non violent protesters with live and rubber bullets, throwing tear gas the face of human beings, arbitrarily arresting people...the list goes on. People like you, Ann, only allows Israel to act with complete impunity and your silence on this matter makes you just as guilty as them.

  • 'J Street' leader hints that 2013 is make-or-break for two-state solution
    • We keep on hearing about the last chance for a two state solution, but what is there left to make a viable Palestinian state with? We keep on thinking this is even a possibility anymore. It gets harder, not easier as time goes by. The occupation becomes more and more entrenched and if a two state solution came about at this point, it will be created of bantustans officially called the Palestinian State.

  • Two social critics who used Nazi analogy-- Mark Rudd, Betty Friedan
    • Does anyone remember the Adbuster photo essay that showed pictures of the Warsaw Ghetto on one side and then the Occupation on the other? It was pulled off of the shelves at all of the Shopper's Drug Marg (Canada's equivalent of Rexall - Pharmacy National Chain) in about two seconds after the Canadian Jewish Congress complained.

  • 'America and Israel are in it together,' Clinton declares-- and nary a word about settlements
    • Mark 8:36
      For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul.

      I am not religious, but find this quite apt.

    • When I was reading Hillary's commentary, I realized that this made me more angry than probably anything else I have read. To demonize whole populations while shamelessly pandering to secure campaign funding and the "Jewish" vote is appalling. This is what America wants in another President?

      What bothered me the most was the implication that the Palestinians should have accepted the 1947 partition plan with no acknowledgement that no population would have accepted it. I am so disgusted with Hillary Clinton at this moment.

  • Don't 'target our Israeli ally'-- Schumer warns Palestinians
    • Maybe Ron Prosor can tell me why schmucks; like Abby Leichtman born in bred in Jersey, want to make aliyah to the "homeland" and rediscover her "Jewish roots" while some Palestinian family gets kicked out of their house in the middle of the night by the IDF for settlement building? To see the article by Abby Leichtman "Her Dream...My Catastrophe"

    • "·eliminates American foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority if the International Criminal Court adjudicates any matter proposed or supported by the Palestinian Authority."

      Isn't it lovely to know that Chuck Schummer is willing to blackmail the PA to ensure that Israel is not hauled up in front of the ICC. I am not making an analogous leap from the sins Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Jewish people to the plight the Palestinians under a brutal, military occupation. With that said, what world would we be living in if the Nuremberg trials never occurred due to underhanded back room haggling fully exposing the horrors of the Holocaust so that even generations after, rational, sane human beings still say "Never Again". Are we going to deny the Palestinians their small measure of justice and just expect them to forget? If that is the case, I give up, we then have definitely sold our humanity out to the likes of a-holes like Chuck Shummer.

  • 'We lost Europe,' says Israeli official
    • There was a time, pre-Harper days, when Canada usually stayed pretty even handed in this. Then we voted in a douche bag, who has prorogued our government twice in a year, is now buying F-35s (yes, 65 of them) which until yesterday's vote I had no idea what we were going to use them for. It seems of late, we are starting to make many enemies.

  • Thankful to be alive in Gaza: My family’s story of survival
    • This is what is referred to as the threat, people praying to survive, yet another Israeli assault on a helpless civilian population? I know that if the shoe was on the other foot, just basic joy to be alive wouldn't be demonstrated. Demand for reprisal, collective punishment, systematic destruction of infrastructure would be the call of the day. Oh, I forgot...they already call for this and do this.

  • 'NYT' predictably comes under attack for reporting Israel targeted journalists in Gaza
    • Why are we surprised by this? Israel has no qualms targeting civilians, scientists and now journalists. I gather reporters are now "terrorists" when they challenge the Israeli narrative. What is next, pregnant woman who may be carrying a "terrorist". Forgot, they already do that too.

  • Israel rejects truce and escalates fighting in Gaza with assassination of Hamas leader; 10 killed, 90 wounded in Israeli attacks
    • Just a thoughts, from Zeev Maov (Professor of Political Science, director of the International Relations Program at the University of California, Davis, Distinguished Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, President of the Peace Science Society (International) former Head of the Graduate School of Government and Policy, Tel-Aviv University, former Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (1994–1997), Academic Director of the M.A. program of the National Defense College of the IDF (1990–1994), and as former Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa (1991–1994).

      “Israel low-intensity strategy was based on escalation dominance, that is disproportionate responses to provocations, as well as military initiatives not in response to specific provocations. At that same time, Israeli strategy tried to walk a fine line between outmatching the challenge with excessive force, on one hand and deflecting blame for escalating minor incidents to all-out wars”. [Maov, Zeev, “The Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s National Security and Foreign Policy"].

      Israel's Record on War
      "Israel's war experience is a story of folly, reckessness and self-made traps. None of Israel's war with the possible exception of the 1948 War of independence was what Israel refers to as a war of necessity. They were all wars of choice or folly." [Maov, Zeev, Maov, Zeev, “The Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s National Security and Foreign Policy", p. 551].

      Israel's Record on Peace
      "Israel's decision makers were as reluctant when it came to making peace as they were daring and trigger happy when it making war. The official Israeli decision makers typically did not initiate peace overtures. Most of the peace initiatives in the Arab/Israeli conflict came either from the Arab word, from the international community or from grass roots or informal channels." [ibid].

      Sound familiar?

    • All we hear is of Israel's security and Israel's right to defend themselves. Aren't Gazans afforded the right to self defense? Aren't Gazans allowed to be concerned with security. Considering Israel breached the Gazan borders, I would think that the aggressor is definitely Israel. Hasn't it ever occurred to the blind supporters of the criminal State of Israel that every war since the War of Independence of 1948 has taken place on someone else's land? How many this time? 500? 1,000? 1,500? All of them? It again doesn't surprise me that this too takes place at a time when the world's eyes are focused on an American Presidential Election while an Israeli election is about to take place. It is pretty pathetic, immoral and condemnable to kill a whole bunch of people to gain the popular vote.

  • Barak says he would want nukes if he was Iran
    • I love it how Zionists continue to perpetuate mythical mistranslations of statements made by those who they do not like. As for the comment made by Barak, " with “no way to hold any discipline about non-proliferation" what gall for Israel to even mention non-proliferation. That is truly laughable.

  • Phoenix Jewish columnist says Obama's complaint about Netanyahu made American Jews feel unsafe
    • More perpetual victim. How in the world does American Jews feel unsafe because Obama (and France to boot) are fed up with Bibi's shenanigans? Maybe American Jews should rethink making aliyah. It seems the recent slate of discriminatory legislation no longer just targets Palestinians.

  • They can never shut me up
    • Such wisdom, bravery and honesty in such a young girl. I look at my daughter, 15, carefree, no worries, teenage angst about boys, schools, friends and more boys and see this young girl so wise, so strong, old beyond her years. I admire her so, but wonder what she has seen in her young life to make her so, so old.

  • Dare to struggle, dare to win, dare to live together and build a paradise
    • I want to say this with respect and admiration, Tamimi is a real mensch. If those in Israel who supported the occupation heard him speak, maybe there would be much less support for these Israeli policies.

  • Truth Matters: The Vanguard Leadership Group is wrong
    • Maybe they could provide a well rounded education and include a trip to Gaza. I bet their tune would change very quickly.

    • Debunking the apartheid myth?

      From the website you directed us to "The fact that Israel’s Declaration of Independence – and founding document – promises to “uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex,” proves that Israel rejects racism and by definition cannot be accused of Apartheid."

      DBG - You can actually read that statement with a straight face? Where is Israel upholding the full social and political equality of all of its citizens?

      A Israeli Jewish student of school age is allocated $300 more in annual educational funding than an Israeli Palestinian.

      Israeli Jewish welfare recipients receive more in assistance than Israeli Palestinian welfare recipients.

      I have a whole list, these are only two small examples. You call this equality????

  • ‘Light a Candle for Gaza’ –the rabbis’ piece the Washington Post refused to publish without major changes
    • I am speechless....

      "and that the high number of deaths were a consequence of Hamas using human shields" WTF, I guess whichever paper it was, it didn't read the Goldstone Report.

      " 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, according to some estimates." They could go on the B'Tselem website and actually read the names of thepalestinians killed by Israeli security forcesduring Operation Dreidel.

      " Among the dead were hundreds of more than 700 Hamas fighters..."

      Really?? According to B'Tselem, of the 1,396 Palestinians massacred, 763 Palestinians were killed who did not partake in the hostilities, 32 Palestinians where it could not be determined if they were part of the hostilities or not, 2 Palestinians killed that were the target of an operation, 351 Palestinians who took part in the hostilities and 248 Palestinian policemen killed within a police station. Hundreds of more than 700?????

      These people actually call themselves journalists?

  • Tom Friedman says Israel and Salam Fayyad deserve credit for Arab revolutions
  • Mona Eltahawy’s speech signals shift in mainstream discourse that Zionists don’t want
  • Livni prescribes international law for Arabs-- but refused her own medicine
    • Sorry, I was so pissed of. "They were men to restore Israel’s deterrence and did restore Israel’s deterrence” should have read "The were meant..." and Is she now taking on medication?? should have reaad Is she now taking medication?? My apologies.

    • Without swift action, this concept risks being overtaken by events. A universal standard, applied to all states, that empowers those truly committed to democracy and disempowers the extremists who seek to abuse it, offers an opportunity to advance the free world's hopes, confront our fears and answer the call of thousands throughout the Middle East.

      This is from Livni? Is she now taking on medication??

      This is the same woman who said Israel demonstrated real hooliganism during the course of the recent operation, which I demanded" She later stated that she was proud of the decisions she made during the invasion, would do the same thing again and "they were men to restore Israel's deterrence and did restore Israel's deterrence".

      After complete disregard of international law, participated in the war crimes Israel perpetuated upon the Palestinian civilian population she wants international standards???? There are international standards, it is called international law which Israel has disregarded from day one.

  • Netanyahu seems as delusional as Qadhafi
    • This is where I got the figure of 1,318 Palestinian children's death at the hands of the IDF:

      Fatalities until operation Cast Lead

      Palestinain minors killed by Israel Security Forces
      September 29, 2000 - December 26, 2008.

      Gaza - 634

      West Bank - 317

      Israel - 3

      Total - 954

      Fatalities during operation Cast Lead

      Palestinain minors killed by Israel Security Forces
      December 27, 2008 - January 18, 2009

      Gaza Strip - 344

      West Bank - 1

      Israel - 0

      Total - 345

      Fatalities since operation Cast Lead

      Palestinain minors killed by Israel Security Forces
      January 1 2009 - January 31, 2011

      Gaza Strip - 12

      West Bank - 7

      Israel - 0
      Total - 19

      Add them all up, you get 1,318 Palestinian minors killed from September 29, 2000 through January 31, 2011

    • I must have missed this from above "At any rate, even if it existed, you’re not going back to “Palestine” because it never existed in the first place and you lost the war you started. "

      Who started the war?? I am assuming you are referring to the 6 day, 1967 war. HELLLOOOOO????

      Ze'ev Maoz (pretty credible Israeli political scientist/historian) on Israel's Israel's Record on War

      "Israel's war experience is a story of folly, recklessness and self-made traps. Non</b? of Israel's war with the possible exception of the 1948 War of independence was what Israel refers to as a war of necessity. They were all wars of choice or folly."

      Israel's Record of Peace

      "Israel's decision makers were as reluctant when it came to making peace as they were daring and trigger happy when it making war. The official Israeli decision makers typically did not initiate peace overtures. Most of the peace initiatives in the Arab/Israeli conflict came either from the Arab word, from the international community or from grass roots or informal channel."

    • B'T Selem Statistics.

      Also, I did cross reference B'Tselem's stats against other reports in order to ensure its veracity. If you wish, I can also provide you with the names of each and every Palestinian child killed and every Israeli child killed in that time period, along with the nature of each death.

    • Where is this a libelous lie? Ante up some proof refuting it. Considering everything that I post is based upon Israeli history written by Israelis, statements made by Israeli leaders, I guess the only people I am parroting is them.

      You do very well at acting mentally deficient, I am sure you don't even have to practice. Your complete disregard for the historical record doesn't make me lazy, it makes you. Your viewpoint comes directly from reading hasbara websites or blogs. Have you ever actually done any research, read a book written by a credible historian? Don't think so. You are the epitome of a "sheeple".

    • "I bet you’re not even pro Israel, but some anti Semite trying to make Zionists look bad."

      jjs is to zionism as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donell are to the Republican party. In other words, they don't help the already crappy image.

    • @eee You state "The tactic is as old as it is despicable. The mark of a barbaric populace. Children should not ever be allowed to join demonstrations where they can be hurt".

      Since September 29, 2000 to January 31, 2011, 1,318 Palestinian children have been killed by the state of Israel at the hands of the IDF, attired stylishly in their favourite t-shirts which depicts a pregnant Palestinian woman centered in crosshairs with the slogan "one shot, two kills".

      This, in itself, is despicable.

      BTW, Bravo Seham. What a passionate, well written piece!

  • An army against children -- a story that might just cause the scales to fall from my good friend's eyes
    • HELLLOOOOO is starting to become my most utilized word.

    • "“Why don’t they report that here?”

      "HELLLOOOOO"

      I was thinking the exact same thing when reading "Life under he Occupation" by Kate just prior to reading this. I think the the al-Ghirayib family of the article was featured in a documentary and I believe it was The Iron Wall. This documentary has been out for quite sometime, but has only hit the mainstream media (msnbc, huffington post, washington post, etc) today. I certainly agree with the sarcastic "HELLLOOOOO".

  • 'Washington Post' says repeatedly, the West Bank is part of Israel
    • @fuster - International Law doesn't count??? Considering Israel is a signatory to the 4th Geneva Convention, I would think that Article 47 would apply.

      "Protected persons who are in occupied territory shall not be deprived, in any case or in any manner whatsoever, of the benefits of the present Convention by any change introduced, as the result of the occupation of a territory, into the institutions or government of the said territory, nor by any agreement concluded between the authorities of the occupied territories and the Occupying Power, nor by any annexation by the latter of the whole or part of the occupied territory."

      Or does this just not apply to Israel?

    • Ariel is now part of Israel, settlements are not illegal, but illegitimate, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza , the IDF is the most moral army in the world and Palestine was an empty land without a people. And yes,Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

  • Obama plays catch-up on popular movements in Egypt and Tunisia
    • It never ceases to amaze me. The US either creates the conditions which led to oppression or blatantly supports it. When the oppressive regime is toppled, the US fails to acknowledge their part in the assistance or outright creation of the conditions. Do they really believe that our memories are so short?

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