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  • U.S. is even more implicated in Israeli settlement project than we thought
    • "If Phil Weiss wanted to reduce the flow of young American orthodox Jews to Israel, he’d propose a workable education plan; day school tuition today is probably the biggest motivator of aliyah among young Modern Orthodox families."

      And Hophmi makes Judaism pay off again, with public funds for private Jewish religious schools.

    • "As far as American settlers coming from an idealist left-wing background: that may have been true a generation ago, but it’s hard for me to believe that that remains the case. Most of the people I know who are making aliyah from the United States today are Modern Orthodox. -"

      ROTFLMSJAO! Hophmi, gosh darn it, Phil was trying to be nice about it. Okay, then we'll have it your way, they are religious extremists.

      "As far as the young families, while there is an ideological bent to their aliyah, they tend to be motivated more by the high cost of living in the United States,"

      ROTFLMSJAO! Yes, housing is expensive in the US. Why buy when you can steal? -

  • NY's Center for Jewish History to host Ayelet 'Little Snakes' Shaked in conversation with Bret 'Hiroshima' Stephens
    • "You’re not interested in seeing any antidote."

      Hophmi, nobody doubts your antidotes on you. Maybe you can get her to write a post, after the event, saying that Shaked and Stephens didn't say what they most plainly said?

  • Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child
  • God is on Israel's side, but not the United States, says Israel's new U.N. ambassador
    • “Essential to even a basic understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures is recognition of the connection between a specific area of land and a specific people in COVENANT with God. ”

      Oh no, not that old antisemitic trope again. Why don't the Moderators do something... oh, wait, sorry.

      "I guess Danon did not read the conditions...."

      Yes, that really puts the frosting on it. Maybe I'm overlooking some mitigating factor or something, but Danon seems to promulgate a classic antisemitic understanding of Judaism.

    • "Normalizing apartheid. Hmmm"

      All in a day's work for WaPo.

    • "It’s how Jews survived the ghettoes of Europe without assimiliation for centuries. "

      I'd need a boxcar to unpack all the bullshit in that sentence.

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  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
    • "However, you can also consider that what Ben (Toky) has just said that he would do – invite Weir to speak"

      Were he still around. But since he's "not doing that anymore" it really doesn't make much difference.

    • "…..israel is the reason american jews have managed to gain a seat at the table in the first place…..":

      That's right, and still, today, there are 60,000 Israeli Jewish colonists in the US, helping to expand US Jewish settlements, and increasing Jewish political power in the US.

    • "it will be up to the military to ensure the political process proceeds peacefully and with purpose to israel becoming a secular democratic state for all its citizens"

      Shorter "mcohen": 'Israel should be a military dictatorship. What a liberal idea!'

    • "and moreover I can see how people as different as me, Keith, Phil could all be considered Jew hobbyists."

      Wow, for a word ("hobbiest") you started out not knowing how to spell, you have sure fallen in love with the term. You'll do anything but give it up. Generalize it into meaningless, maybe, but you are gonna hang on to it. I don't think it will come into general use. It gets 9 entries on a Google search, most of them you.
      And BTW, I believe this is Phil's full-time (with mandatory OT) job, not a hobby.

    • "I find Jew-hobby a useful term because it can describe someone who..."

      Oh, really? You (and nobody else in the fucking world, unless you want to cite it?) find certain epithets and generalizations "useful"?

      Well, so can Keith, then, huh?

    • "Were I still around I would have no problem hosting a debate with almost anyone of your Jew-hobby heroes, even Mr. Atzmon, certainly Israel critics who are perhaps on the line of some old school Jew clustering such as has been accused about Weir (I don(t know her work)."

      "Jew-hobby heroes" "old school Jew clustering" "such as has been accused about Weir (I don(t know her work)".

      Dude is nuts.

    • I still think that "Jew hobbiest" (sic and you can add a "k" to that) was one of the more antisemitic tropes to be introduced around here, lately.

    • "Oh please. The way antisemites like you..."

      Gee whillikers Mr. Wilson, Hophmi just made a direct (and completely unsupported) accusation of antisemitism. Now that's outreach!

  • On the Road to Tantura: Interview with Hala Gabriel
    • "Israel, Schmisreal. It doesn’t do all that much for the US either."

      Well, I was trying to concentrate on the dual-loyalty problem he might care about.

    • "4.On the Nakba, I think that the role of the Palestinians (primarily their leadership at the time) should be discussed. For instance , their decision to reject the UN partition plan, and to take up arms to prevent its implementation, and the consequences of those decisions." - See more at: link to

      No denial there. Nope, none.

    • "Of course I’m not a Nakba denier" "Jon s"

      Okay, let's look at the 12 times "Jon s" mentioned the Nakba, out of 2250 coments:

      "The ban on what you call "nakba denial" prevents any meaningful discussion of the events of 1948." - See more at: link to

      "Section 2 of the Comments Policy already severely limits discussion of the events of 1947-48, under the guise of "nakba denial"" - See more at: link to

      Ah, but he does, in spite of that unfair comment rule, explain himself:

      "Anyway, I still don't think that I ever said or implied a denial of the Nakba. Obviously, the Palestinians suffered a catastrophe ("nakba" ) in 1948, but the question is who bears, or shares, the blame for it." (the rest of that one is a doozy) - See more at: link to

      "Of course I don't "deny" the nakba. Nakba means catastrophe , and no reasonable person would deny that the Palestinians suffered one in 1948. But -as far as I understand it - the policy here is that pointing out the Palestinians' role in the events of that period is a no-no." - See more at: link to

      Oh, the rest of the twelve times out of 2250 or so? They were comments denying he was a denier. He doth deny too much, if you ask me.

    • "Of course I’m not a Nakba denier...."

      Nah, of course not. Actually, God nearly doubled the area of Palestine so you would have a place to live without taking it from anybody.
      "Jon s" you deny the Nakba with every step you take and every breath you breathe.

      Until, of course, it all goes sideways and you scurry back to the USA. Jeez, divided loyalties like that are terrible for a country. A group of foreigners who only want to exploit the place and take off. Dual-loyalty like yours will probably destroy Israel.

    • "As a teacher, I think that we should feel mature enough, and self-confident enough , not to ignore controversial and unsavory chapters in our history, and in our present-day reality. Doing so would be both morally wrong and ultimately futile." "Jon s" - See more at: link to

    • "Mmmm….. No answer. jon s must have crawled back under that ol’ rock"

      You have to understand, "Jon s" has a dual-loyalty problem. He'll never be loyal to Israel, because he can scurry back to the US after he steals whatever it is he thinks he wants Palestine. Israel can't survive people like that.
      Of course, he'll have the satisfaction of knowing he's ruined it for every Jew who might have desired to live in peace in Palestine, so I guess that's something he'll take pride in.

    • "Nor does Hala tell us whether her parents witnessed a massacre. Odd."

      That's right, "Jackdaw". Jump in it, dance around, and make sure to rub it all over yourself.

    • "mooser you crack me up"

      Well, if you need to keep a straight face, or even want to sob a bit, just think about "Jon s" being a friggin teacher of "Israeli history".

    • "How about one example?"

      "Jon s" just because we are against discriminating against people with disabilities, it doesn't mean we want to see the blind leading the blind.

    • They just loooove to find every pile, jump in with both feet, and rub it all over themselves. I will never, ever follow them through the no-leash area.

    • "Please proffer your evidence."

      Squelch! Ewww, did somebody step in something?

  • Why did a Jewish Day School student cry hysterically when she learned about the Deir Yassin massacre?
    • 'It is really rather obscene, however, to suggest that Jews would lie about having relatives who died in the Holocaust,"

      So you have found that Jews are more truthful than other people? People lie about all sorts of things, if they think they can gain advantage, but not us. Okay, nice to know. Got any water-front occupied-territory lots you want to sell me, Hophmi?

    • "Mooser: a Holocaust survivor is generally defined as any Jew who lived for any period of time in a country that was ruled by the Nazis or their allies."

      But a little while ago, you said:

      "There are many American Jews who were Holocaust survivors, and many more whose parents were, so the notion that American Jews experienced the Holocaust vicariously is just utterly, completely wrong."

      Good old Hophmi.

    • "I know it gets hophmi worked up, but I really do not understand why it is so terrible to suggest that attitudes towards a group might be partly influenced by the behaviour of that group."

      Wait a minute, RoHa, isn't that ("attitudes towards a group might be partly influenced by the behaviour of that group") exactly what "Hophmi", "Jon s" and the rest are constantly telling us about the Palestinians and/or Arabs?.

      I would think that Hophmi would be very comfortable discussing things on that level.

    • "For a rational discussion of what the imagined Palestine..."

      That's it Yonah, you go have "a rational discussion of what the imagined" might be. Don't forget to take your pilpuls, and gracefully let go of anachronistic Zionism and embrace equality.

    • Hophmi, hows about you tell us what you consider a "Holocaust survivor" so we know where we are starting from?
      Who are you including in the group "Holocaust survivors"? Would you mind telling us that?

    • The next Gaza 'war' will be won on the playing fields of Jewish Day Schools!

    • "Another question is whether Palestinian teachers are willing to deal with unsavory aspects of their history, how they deal with massacres perpetrated by their side. I imagine that many of them feel that the time for that kind of reckoning will be in the future , after the occupation is brought to an end ."

      Good ol' teachin "Jon s" What the hell are you talking about, "Jon s"? Could you drop the Orientalist tropes about "that kind of reckoning" and link or cite some of those "massacres perpetrated by their side" So they are "massacres" but you can't name any?

      God, Israel is so fucked with part-timers like you. Your dual-loyalty to Israel will kill it. Talk to us when you renounce your US citizenship. Til then, you are nothing but a freebooter, out to take advantage of Israelis, and then leave.

      "As a teacher, I think that we should feel mature enough, and self-confident enough , not to ignore controversial and unsavory chapters in our history, and in our present-day reality."

      "Jon s" you are so full of it. Why don't you go over to the thread on Tantura, and teach the Ziobots there "not to ignore controversial and unsavory chapters in our history, and in our present-day reality." You are completely, from bottom to brim, full of it, "Jon s".

    • Shorter "Jon s": 'Why should Jewish children ever have to grow up? All they need to do is listen to me!'

      We are not infants, "Jon s".

    • "I hope Chabad opens one on your street."

      I hope so too. I love all kinds of ethnic food, and Shish Chabads are among my favorites. Maybe they could get a permit for a food-truck.

    • "Annie sez,
      “mooser is on a roll today”
      Obviously you’ve seen his belly!"

      Annie, that may not seem very funny to you, but believe me, it's much funnier in English.

    • "Go on, RoHa. You’ve wondered out loud many times whether Jews in Europe should be held responsible for their own persecution."

      And because RoHa may be guilty of a thought infraction (does it even rise to a misdemeanor, let alone a crime? And unsupported by a quote, of course.) we can't hold Zionism responsible for anything!
      Such a deal. You can't beat it.
      No wonder Hophmi calls us "my people". He's found so many ways to make us pay off.

    • “I’ll ignore the fact that the makers say they “love” Israel in their p.r. material” because the opposite is true."

      I know "Grubber" it's awful. Why are we Jews plagued with so many turncoats, traitors, people who say they "Love Israel" but really don't! You can tell! Gee, "Gober" why do we have so many backstabbers and kapos among us?
      Gee, by our standards (I'm right there with you, "Glubber") a good 75-90% of Jews are no good, won't pray right, won't eat right, and they schtup non-Jewish girls (of the opposite, I refuse to even conceive!) every chance they get. Where have we gone wrong? Why are we cursed with so many mosers? Hell, given all that out-marriage, a great many Jews aren't even Jews any more!

      Oh shit! (smites forehead) that's right, we aren't supposed to discuss this in front of the, uhs,, ummmm... others! I shoulda kept my mouth shut!

      Hey, look over there, it's Tribal Unity, and she's wearing a bikini, and dancing the hootchie-kootchie!!

    • Yup, this article shows me why, even tho I know what Alison Weir does wrong, what JVP and others object to, I can't get too exercised about it. That's the game we wanted to play, essentialization, attributions, a "Jewish" point-of-view, well, welcome to the playing field.

    • "my own community"

      Hophmi, pull your head out of your butt. If you won't believe me, will you believe a nice Jewish girl?

    • "I remember what a shock it was to me, a retired U.S. naval officer, to learn about the torture at Abu Ghraib."

      Well, I guess with all that radar and sonar and GPS, nowadays, there's no real need to open your eyes.

    • "mooser is on a roll today"

      Annie, many years ago I had a couple of Madrasa sport-jackets I very much fancied myself in. I like patterns woven into fabric, they remind me there's always another day to dye.

    • "What is the Hebrew word for “Madrasa?”

      Oh, everybody knows that! "Madrasa" was the site of a sort of Jewish Alamo, were a group of fanatical Jews committed suicide rather than have their kids go to public schools.

    • "Your comment proves you don’t known a damned thing about Jewish Day Schools."

      Except that they turn out real mensch's like you, "Grubber"!
      Oh well, we all had our glory days. Did you letter in Dreidel?

    • There was a lot of hope in America, and a possibility for change. Then came Reagen.

    • Marnie, the desegregation of American public schools was a great opportunity for all kinds of private-school hucksters.

    • "Jewish Day Schools popped up so a child can live a Jewish life without having to struggle or miss out while living a Jewish life."

      Grover, I've heard that some Jewish kids in the US have to go to Catholic schools, and learn about mitzvahs in the back of a Dodge. The lessons hadn't gone too far. The Rabbi wanted to be an actress, and McCohen was going to learn to fly...

      On the other hand, the public schools were being integrated. And almost all the African-American kids were Gentiles!

    • Gee, I gotta wonder, did the network of Jewish Day Schools spring up in the late 60's and 70's for the same reason the network of private Christian (church-affiliated) schools did? Fleeing public education for private, why?

  • Calling Herzog and liberal Zionism ‘racist,’ Gideon Levy instigates a reckoning
    • "You goddam simpleton"

      Whoops, sorry, "dabakr". I must have slipped and typed exactly what I was thinking.

    • Yonah, what the heck is wrong with you? Mathew Taylor is not attacking Zionists personally! He is only pointing "out the moral flaws in the ideology of Zionism while simultaneously showing a new, just path forward, and a way to gracefully let go of anachronistic forms of Zionism and instead embrace equality."

      Don't you want to "gracefully let go of anachronistic forms of Zionism and instead embrace equality." Yonah?

    • " I studied spiders for years and know quite a lot about what it takes to weave a web to catch all the progressive arachnophobic anti-Zionists out there."

      Ah yes, what a tangled web you weave. I've noticed all the success you are having here. You goddam simpleton.

    • "Our goal should not be to attack Zionists as a group, but instead to point out the moral flaws in the ideology of Zionism "

      While the Zionists stand there, wide-eyed with disbelief, and say "That's not a 'moral flaw', it's a feature!"

      And if Matthew Taylor hasn't noticed, Zionist most certainly do embrace "equality". They think they should have an equal chance to commit any atrocity or crime from all of recorded history.

    • "I’m really so hurt and insulted."

      Good! And don't think it doesn't show, "dabakr", cause it very clearly does. You whine like a whipped cur.

    • "Not kosher..."

      Huh? I'm almost certain none of Bornajoo's comments contain any pork or shellfish.

    • "Levy is very much like the 1930s liberal assimilated German Jew who kept insisting that only 10% of Germans are Nazis"

      Gee, "dabakr" what was that guy's name, it's right on the tip of my tongue...

      Anyway, "Dabakr" try and show a little goddam grace while giving up your "anachronistic Zionism".

    • "But an Arab majority in Israel can do much in very little time to change the lives of every Jew living in their ancestral homeland."

      You are absolutely right "Dabakr". Yes, the Jews are indeed living, as you point out, in the Palestinian's ancestral homelands.

    • ," and a way to gracefully let go of anachronistic forms of Zionism and instead embrace equality."

      You bet! Why, it'll be just like splitting up a gold mine!

  • 'A better relationship with Iran' is the deal's secret promise, but supporters can't say so
    • "How else to explain the wildly disproportionate level of Jewish wealth and power except as a consequence (at least partially) of a form of ethnic gild system which produces birthright Mandarins? The rise of Zionist inspired Jewish tribal solidarity and unprecedented American Jewish success go hand in hand."

      You tell 'em Keith! And I bet there isn't a Zionist alive who wouldn't whole-heartedly agree with you! Without Zionism, and all that goes with, we Jews would be sunk! You won't get a Zionist to disagree with that.

  • A year after Shipman lost his Yale job for speaking out on Israel's actions, some Jews say the same thing
    • "But, for him seemingly its just one dot on a long unbroken line."

      Oh, I get it, "tokyobk"! So, we can essentialize Jews as Zionists and a superior group of people and turn our religion to the service of a cruel and illegal colonial project, but everybody else is supposed to make all kinds of nice little distinctions about the Jewish religion, Zionism, Jewish culture, etc?
      Well, forget it, "tokyobk". We sold that little birthright for a mess of pottage.

    • "There are affirmative ways to be Jewish that are not tied to armed nationalism or anchored to either a positive or negative stereotype."

      "tokyobk" go tell it to the Zionists!

    • "Though, strangely, Witzelsucht begins with a “W."

      Oh, I see, we are going there "tokyobk"? Well then, you sucht, too!

    • . "In the Jewish example, from the myths, Esther and Exodus both depend on this combination."

      And, more to the point, certainly, they both begin with an "E"!

  • Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel clarifies position on campaign to cancel Matisyahu show
    • "Personally I think that would look terrible"

      Well I thought it might lead to navel escalation, so I decided I would continue to rely on my pocket battleship for defense. It's a hipper class of vessel, and always a lot of fun on a spree.

    • " but I know very little about reggae."

      Me neither. I tried growing dreadnoughts, but couldn't do it.

  • One year later, Gaza is still in crisis
    • "But since when does the number of your casualties and the extent of the destruction on your side prove the justice of your cause?"

      And what, may I ask is Gaza's "cause"? Please tell us "Jon s" what Gaza's "cause" is, apparently a cause so awful even the disproportionate destructive doesn't ameliorate its awfulness?

  • Etgar Keret sometimes worries about what's happening to Palestinians
    • “What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival”

      or: 'It's a long way from Portnoy's Complaint, to Keret's Kvetch'.

  • For the high holidays, Bernie should bring his presidential campaign to Tzedek Chicago
    • "I’m no spring chicken..."

      Still, your writing stays, in the very best sense, "forever young". If you don't mind a compliment from an old capon.

    • Holy Moley, I just hope Blumenthal is going over his presentation with a fine-tooth comb. I mean, he doesn't want to come off like a weir-do or something.

  • Videos: 'Vanity Fair' story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart
    • "Mooser, are you suggesting that Tokyobk is a Goy Hobbyist?"

      I am mystified, or more likely not capable, of understanding what "tokyobk" is trying to accomplish.

    • "They are grounded in the Zioverse, and represent truths accessible only after consumption of large quantities of Ziocaine(TM)."

      Pssst! RoHa, that should be 'accessible only during certain phases of a Ziocaine Syndrome episode'. It's a syndrome, a collection of psychological and physiological events in response to certain stimuli, not a chemical intoxicant. Naturally, early researchers thought "those shmegeges be high on something". This erroneous but mistaken belief later became known as 'the Bud Libel'. Smoking pot never made anybody act like a Zionist!

    • "are you on your lil hunt tonight tokyobk? out to catch an anti semite?"

      Annie, everybody needs a hobby.

    • "you cannot expect to be taken seriously by anybody serious"

      Gosh, I hate it when that happens. I remember how all the "serious" people said we had to invade Iraq.

      "Irvi" do you deliberately set out to make a parody of yourself?

    • " and besides it doesn’t need its own term since to call it something special is a hostile act since #allracismmatters."

      You make me feel a lot better, "tokyobk"! When I look at it that way, as one among all the hostile acts, hostile acts against Jews aren't much to worry about. Certainly, by any measure, they hardly rise to the level or number of hostile acts perpetrated in the name of, if not under the auspices of the Jewish State and Jews.

    • "Hophmi" that is a very harrowing account of the bigotry faced by North African Jews in France. Maybe they can move to Israel where they will be treated right!

  • How my return to Zimbabwe redoubled my enthusiasm for BDS in Israel/Palestine
    • "You can’t end your diaspora by starting my diaspora."

      Hophmi is not part of a diaspora. He is a perfectly secure United States citizen, and unlike many, in fact the great majority of US citizens, he's got a second country which will always welcome him, and make him an elite citizen.
      Of course in the US, he's only a regular citizen, the equal of anybody else, even Afro-Americans, and perhaps he considers that a form of antisemitism, but he's damn-sure not in a 'diaspora'.

    • . "In south africa the blacks today are worse off than under white rule. "

      Let me make sure I understand you, "Rafi". Are you saying the Palestinians are better off under Jewish rule?

    • "and now i don’t even care to address your conflation of ‘jews’ with ‘israelis’."

      That doesn't bother me as much as his conflation of 'jews' with Hophmi.

      You know, 'his people'. Tell 'em, Leslie

  • Beinart's fear of 'Israstine'
  • Racism is part of the landscape in the southern Israeli town of Dimona (Updated)
    • "Does anyone outside of Israel even use the term “Jewess”?"

      Thank you for bringing that up "abc"! You don't know how tempted I was to post a song parody which began: "If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, don't make a...."(okay, you can figure out the rest) or maybe a music hall song from the Yiddish theatre:

      "Don't you dare even think of a Jewess!
      When looking for girl-friend or wife.
      Such tsuris her family will give you,
      You'll never have peace in your life!"
      (and etc, etc. Detailing each in-law)

      But that would be flippant, mere persiflage, so I didn't.

  • Omar Barghouti on Matisyahu: 'Perfectly reasonable to oppose performance by any bigot'
    • " I remember seeing him in Chicago touring with Sting when he was a Lebuvitcher Chasid."

      Oh yes, the"Lebuvitcher Chasid" phase all Jewish rappers go through. It's sort of like payin' your dues on the chitlin' circuit for a blues musician.

    • Hey "Jon s", I gotta go to the dentist, but let me introduce a startling idea to you. Did you ever think people might be more amenable to protestations of religious fervor or ethnic solidarity when you are explaining why you must sacrifice something, or be unusually charitable as opposed to always trying to tell people why you are entitled to things because of your religion or whatever? Especially, you know, their things?

      Okay, ridiculous, I know, so you just keep on telling people why being Jewish entitles us to stuff. I'm sure that's just what they need to hear.

    • "In the end, he faced the Palestinian flags and sang “Jerusalem, if I forget you…”

      Yeah, yeah, "Jon s", we know, first his palm got all hairy and then his hand fell off. We know the drill. Zionism as self-abuse.

    • "Mooser, do you happen to know how much he paid, and when he paid it?"

      He didn't pay, he inherited us, like serfs.

    • "So why would someone here spend time on you?"

      Why? Well, let's let "Hophmi" himself tell us:

      "I can see the world for what it is and people for what they are, and my people especially owe nothing to anyone when it comes to caring about others besides us." - See more at: link to

      That might be one reason why we must all wait on "Hophmi"s judgement. Another might be:

      "The world allowed Hitler to kill six million of my people," - See more at: link to

      Damn it, "Hophmi" has a right to know:

      "Because I'm Jewish, and there are relatively few of us, and my people share traditions, cultures, and customs, and the vast...." majority of us - See more at: link to

      We are "Hophmi"s people, and he has to be consulted concerning anything which concerns his people!

      "For me, it is about survival and the right of my people to self-determination" - See more at: link to

  • Jimmy Carter says Netanyahu has turned his back on peace
    • "that he takes a perverse pleasure in provoking Mondoites into outrage."

      Yes, one would think, wouldn't one, that Mondo readers would have more compassion for a man in the process of self-poisoning with powerful distillates:

      "Being shickered up is the only way a reasonable person can fathom an Israel hatin' Yidlach such as yourself." - See more at: link to

  • Netanyahu Asks GOP Candidates: What kind of contortions will you do for Israel?
    • "More crappy art from Katie Miranda."

      Certainly, it's not at all the artistic success achieved by the artist who drew a Star-of-David and wrote "administrative revenge" out of a spray can on a burnt-out Palestinian home. And Michelangelo thought he had it rough on the roof at the Sistine Chapel!

  • End of lockstep US Jewish support for Israel is a triumph not a tragedy
    • "when no leaders (or country with a leader, depending on how you read) with the (surely essential) assonant names have as yet appeared?"

      Of course not. I thought somebody-or-other swept down upon the Assonantarians "like the wolf upon the fold" or something. They're not sticking their heads up again.

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
    • "Because while American Jewish political power is both legitimate and necessary," Beinart

      See! See! I told you that the American Constitution is anti-semitic! It makes no provision for "American Jewish political power" at all. In fact, there's even some grossly Judeophobic crap about "no religious test shall be required for office" which has been interpreted in such a way as to exclude any legitimate American Jewish political power at all!

    • "I am going to celebrate this auspicious occasion..."

      Ah, here we go, there's the 'jocosity'. And the other three stages will be along presently.

      At any rate, thanks for proving my point. And by the way, about that "full-time job" I mentioned? You're fired.

    • "– cutting to the chase, not mincing words"

      Well, I just don't see how I could be anybody's "hobby". To me, I'm almost an obsession. "Hobby"? I'm a full-time job!

    • Thanks, "Blaine"! Interesting and informative comment. I didn't know about the NYTs ad. The entire ad, and its list of signers, can be read at the link.

    • "Why do Zionists think they need a “Jewish state”? Most of them think it is a necessary safe haven from something. . . I can’t remember. . . that thing that people keep debating whether it exists. . . Hitler was pretty into it. "

      I'm sorry, Jennifer, but that is very, very insulting to the Zionists in my family, at least!
      Much of my family was Zionist, an d they weren't afraid of anything! They made a cold, clear-eyed calculation that through violence and political manipulation, they could get in on the ground floor of a colonial-settlement enterprise opened up by British imperial motives , and people get rich that way, and get land for themselves. To call them cowards, afraid of anti-semitism is INSULTING! They weren't afraid of anybody, certainly not Palestinians. How dare you!

    • "In fact, I am starting to wonder if Weir isn’t a Zionist agent directed to stoke fears of antisemitism."

      Squelch!! Ewwww! Gee, by all the laws of common sense, where might we expect to find Zionist influence? JVP or IAK? Gee, which one is more open to being subverted by Zionism?

      Better go use the Scruffee, Jennifer. You really stepped in it.

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