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  • No room for Zionism in any movement for justice
    • "That only certain types of Jews are considered, by a non-Jew no less, to be OK..."

      Sort of like the Zionist effort to convince non-Jews that all good Jews are Zionist?

    • "Israel did not pop up out of a desire for raw materials but out of the human need for security and self respect."

      Right you are, "Yonah", that indeed was the need for many of the Jews of Europe and Russia.
      But just because that was the need, and Zionism was the answer, doesn't make Zionism anything but a bad answer, fished from the same sewer that antisemitism comes from.

      And whether Zionism was a good or bad answer, it could not deliver . And looks less and less likely to do so. Why can't Zionism change to meet new conditions?

      (Oh BTW, "Yonah" the "raw material" we were seeking was the land itself, remember? And simply 'redeeming that land for the Jews' would solve all the problems, remember?

  • Feel-good co-existence story on NPR fails to point out that one side lives under occupation
    • "I quit watching NPR years ago."

      It's boring. Sometimes I can see the woofer vibrate a bit, but that's it.

    • "…but probably natural jewish growth will surround them…"

      Oh sure, you bet. We got nothing better to do anywhere else.

  • Apartheid wears a veil
    • "The Working Definition of Antisemitism gives as one example of antisemitism “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”."

      Really? Well, if that's the case, "Mayhem", better brace yourself. There's gonna be a whole lot of antisemitism.

  • UN bowed to 'fearmongering and threats' from powerful governments to cover up 'painful truth' of Israeli apartheid -- UN official's resignation letter
    • "My, and didn’t Obama do one heck of a job there"

      No he did not. . Why Obama ever believed any of that "we can use drones, sir" is beyond me. For one thing. But don't get me started. And Trump will be even more malleable than Obama.

      Trump will be easy meat for the Deep State or MIC, and will badly, badly, need distractions. And there's plenty of places other than Russia to fight.

    • "I still have some hope that Trump’s ineptitude will inspire resistance and slow down the imperial juggernaut somewhat."

      Really? My impression during my post WW2 life has always been that it takes a capable and powerful US President to avoid war, and limit intervention.
      War is the easiest thing for a President to do, and the Pres. is C-in-C no matter how unpopular he is, or how unacceptable his domestic policy is.

    • "Hilary? Hilary??? Do you mean Hillary?"

      You, sir, are determined to launch me on a hi-way to "L". (which has two "L's" just like "Hillary")
      Perhaps the song wil hellp me remember.

       (♫ to the tune of "Dallas" ♫♪)

      'We call her Hillary!
      A big "Hi" double "L" ,
      And an a-r-y!'

    • "Israeli soldiers do need aid — to help them stop being soldiers."

      Israel does not have the resources to discard the two generations devoted to the occupation.

    • "It would appear that Samantha Power changed her name to Nikki Haley and became Trump’s UN ambassador."

      I think I see where you're coming from, "Keith". On a clear day, I can see it from my house.
      But there's one thing I wish you would explain: If Trump gets the US in even worse trouble militarily than Bush, Obama and Hilary have been able to manage, will it be more Obama's fault or more Clinton's fault?

  • Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an 'apartheid regime'
    • "This land is the homeland..."

      Enough about the heimat already, Mr. Rosenberg

    • "This land is the homeland of two peoples. That’s the conflict in a nutshell."

      See the Jews went away on a long vacation, (during which we remained perfectly chaste and didn't mix, and didn't gain or lose anything) and now we are back and find somebody living in our house.

      "Jonny s" where do you get the idea that the word "homeland" has such magical and legal properties?

    • "You live on stolen land. You oppress others to keep it. You justify murder to pretend you are a victim"

      Yes, but "Jon s" knows that doesn't matter if you're smart enough, good-looking enough, and godammit, people like you!

      Plus, "Jons" is very sportsminded.
      And who couldn't like someone who explains Judaism so beautifully and with such resonance?

    • "Are you saying that this land is NOT the Jewish historic homeland?"

      What's grey and carries a trunk? Okay, some Jews may be related to some people who came from that area long ago. So friggin what?

      Let me ask you this "Jon s": If Zionism had the power it needs, and was able to deliver on its promises to anybody would you be the least bit concerned what Internet commenters think of Jewish "ancestral" rights in the area?
      You are, as always, intent on making a Jewish and Zionist failure somehow everybody elses fault, and everybody elses responsibility. Have a great Masadadammerung.

    • "2. Two, Israeli and American."

      Of course! One is his "ancestral" homeland, and the other is just where his emergency passport comes from.

      Jews are entitled to two homelands.
      It's because of our +15 IQ, you see.
      It gives us the intelligence to balance the needs of both of our homelands, to the benefit of both!
      Ordinary (you know who you are) people can't do that. But we can! Ordinary people might get confused about whether the principles which have worked so well for Jews in America might work for Jews in Israel.

    • "Fact is, Jews are not interlopers or blah, blah, blah"

      ROTFLMSJAO!! Uh, "Jonny S" did it ever occur to you that if you actually believed that bit of nonsense, you wouldn't come here?

      Your insecurity about Israel's status shines through every comment loud and clear.

      Here's a suggestion, "Jon S" why don't you concentrate on trying to believe it. You might be able to do that.

      And why is it so important to you to make us believe it? Oh wait, let me guess, you are doing your tikkun olam. Repairing us.

  • AIPAC underwrote Islamophobia in the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party too
    • Perhaps an intervention is warranted. "Jeffb" is showing all the signs of a serious pilpul overdose.

    • "JeffB", what's grey and always carries a trunk?

    • "JeffB" is betting on the American public being very, very, philo-semantic.

    • "Humans traded a good neck for a lousy neck prone to chocking on food in exchange for being good at coordinating. Coordination is one of the defining characteristics of all human society. Of course the powerful negotiate with each other about how to govern the society."
      (From "JeffB" Explains it All, The World, the Universe, and EVERYTHING!)

    • "Ossinev", my favorite little schtik plucked from the latest logorrhea-jam on "JeffB's" stream-of-unconsciousness is:

      "When is the last time you saw lots of people upset about the existence of the Taiwan Lobby or China lobby?" (4:50 pm)

      Oh, by all means bring up the "China Lobby"!

      (Although I'm not sure Sara Netanyahoo makes an adequate substitute for Soong Mei-ling. I suppose the NYTimes could stand in for "Life" magazine pretty well)

    • "AIPAC only manipulates government policy"

      Hey, you bet! As the nation's first Cherry-tree-chopper told us his own self: "All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship."

      And gosh, I can't think of a better way to use ours. What could go wrong? What could happen which won't leave us looking smart and smellin' 'mighty lak a rose'.

    • One thing for sure, nobody will ever accuse "JeffB" of being anti-semantic.

  • Victim's daughter responds to anti-Arab attack in Oregon: 'I don’t want this to be considered a hate crime'
  • Trump's 'America First' budget puts Israel right up there, too
    • "I am actually against aid to Israel as it is a wealthy country."

      Really? Okay, accountant, explain to me how Israel can afford its own security without US billions?

      And after you've done that, explain to me why Israel takes so much money from the US if it doesn't need it?

    • "They are very also resentful of the $10 million Israel receives each day from American taxpayers."

      Oh yes, I well remember the chants of "Get the money back from Israel" at the Trump rallies when he brought it up.

    • "Each of us is going to die, many of us will suffer to the point of agony in the process; that’s natural..."

      And since you're the one that's got to die, when it's time for you to die, so you should live your life, the way you want to!
      White-collared conservative, flashing down the street;
      they're hoping soon, your kind will drop and die!
      But you're gonna to wave your freak flag high! High!!
      Wave on, wave on. Sing on brother.
      Play on drummer!

    • BTW, notice the size of the document. When was the last time the US Federal Government had a budget which could be saddle-stitched?

      It's not a budget, it's another campaign document. Where's the rest of it?

    • "I would say that for us, the United States is the promised land."

      "The United States is the promised land"? Not Israel? So what is Israel, an asylum?

      "American Jews are for the most part an extremely tough group of people"

      Remember "catalan" being "tough" (even "extremely tough") isn't enough. You have to be smart too.

  • The lying King
    • "There is only one solution, we must send all priests, rabbis, mullahs, ministers to the Sahara,"

      Martin and Lewis will straighten those clerics out.

    • "If mixed marriages are an indicator, I have it that the mixed marriage rate for Reform Jews is on the order of 50%,"

      Yeah, that's true. Most of the time it works out to one of each.

  • A US veteran reflects on protesting alongside Palestinian human rights activists in Hebron
    • "Great Palestinian hasbara piece."

      How is it "Palestinian", "DaBakr"?

      The man who wrote it, Matthew Hoh, is an American, a former State Department official and US Marine Corps company commander.

  • UN agency labels Israel 'apartheid regime'-- and Israel likens organization to Nazis
    • "As for me defending Israel, why in the world would I do that?" -

      Shorter "catalan" 'I've been wasting your time all along. Aren't I clever?'

      And then "catalan" goes all Cheshire Cat on us. Everything fades away except a sickly smile. And then he's gone.

  • 'There is a deep state,' Snowden says, contradicting the liberal press
  • Zionism and feminism are incompatible, leftwing voices say
    • "Yes some Arab societies are tribalistic."

      Gee, you know, it's been a year, maybe more, since any Zionist even tried to compare Israel favorably with Western societies. The new fallback position is 'not as bad as the worst things we can find in "Arab societies"'.

    • "and let’s put cryptic talk behind us."

      Oh, wow, "Yonah"! You have been "listening a lot to malcolm x recently".
      Burns, baby, Burns! And Allen.

    • "I’ve been listening a lot to malcolm x recently."

      Right on, "Yonah"!

    • "Neither do I think that the left knows how to talk to identity valuing jews."

      "Identity valuing Jews"?

  • Now is not the time to be intimidated by Israel's activist travel ban
    • "israel should be doing a better job monitoring the web to find those who should be kept out"

      Wouldn't it be easier just to publish a list of all those allowed in to Israel? Why take chances? Limit entry only to those who have pro-Israel Facebook pages! With recent entries.

  • For Purim, costume contest celebrates soldier's killing of a Palestinian (free vacation on the line)
    • "Their job is not to read. It’s to spread misinformation. lie, obfuscate"

      Like I said, "talknic", every one of us is a leader.
      No followers in Zionism, only leaders.

    • "I’m sure it is. Party on. :-)"

      And always remember "eljay": There are no followers of the Jewish religion. We are all leaders! Every one of us speaking glat cathedra.

  • Israel detains one activist and deports another, amid int'l outcry over boycott ban
  • The 'Times' runs propaganda about how moral America was till Trump got in charge
    • Lose my "stipend"? "Or become persona non grata at the Clinton Foundation"?

      I think you may be drinking too much coffee, "Keith". Makes some people jittery and nervous.

    • "Trump is turning out to be as big a warmonger as Hillary."

      Well, what do you know! What a surprise.

    • "Trump following advice from Putin? We should be so lucky."

      Sure. Bannon can install Eurasianism in the US..

      And Trump will certainly follow Putin. After all, Trump owes his soul to the GUM.

    • "Our only hope is that the buffoon-in-chief will be an inept bull in the imperial china shop"

      Well, as long as Trump does what Putin tells him, there shouldn't be too much broken crockery.

  • 'We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,' 172 scholars write
    • "How to alienate people seems to be the art form for Israel"

      Maybe Zionists think Jewish exclusivity makes for painless irredentistry?

    • "any non-leftists on this list?"

      Maybe one, depending on who you ask, but he got kicked off.

    • "Ossinev", glad you noticed the correction.

    • "Ossinev" please see the "Editor's Note" now attached to the list.

      And there are a lot of names which might have been appended to the list which would escape detection a lot longer than "Adolf Hitler". They need to watch it. What if an " Prof. Alfred Rosenberg" signed it?

  • No space for Zionism
    • "When the civil rights movement threatened Jewish interests"

      "The civil rights movement threatened Jewish interests"?

      Sure, you bet.

      Every one of those civil rights laws indirectly threatened our ability to evade legal or financial protection in the US. Every time they passed one, we would say "Oh no, next it'll be us Jews the US wants to integrate, or extend legal and constitutional protections to!"

      The civil rights movement threatens our ability to stay persecuted! Threatens the Jewish right to be prevented from voting. In short, it threatens the God-given right of Jews to be second or third-class citizens.
      First they do it to the African-Americans, the next thing you know they will do it to the Jews.

    • "As for your other question about warning about what, a warning that Jews can flip on racial issues in America and do when their interests are threatened."

      Right you are, "JeffB".
      When liberalism and support for civil rights in the Jewish community threatened the Jewish establishment, they made sure to let Jews know they have a"Negro Problem."

    • Israel cannot bear the cost of any of the atrocities they threaten. Israel cannot even bear the cost of a change in policy.

    • "When there were Jewish citizens of Arab countries. there were (and still are) actual apartheid laws that kept them out of those positions"

      I'm confused, "sharonsj"

      Don't you think those laws were developed in accord with our Jewish desire and need to "remain aloof" and preserve purity? Why are you complaining about them? Weren't they what we wanted? You know what happens; when the mixing starts, the pieces of assimilation fall into place.

      After all "sharonsj" , look what happened to the Jews in America, when equality was offered us! A "silent Holocaust" began!

    • "Uh..clem" the only thing which can stop "JeffB" is the [...].

    • "Now let me start off by saying I wasn’t in some sort of full solidarity with you beforehand."

      "JeffyB" thinks we have more to gain by adhering to the Brownsville Conventions.

    • "Fascists were divided on Jewish repression and extermination with many opposed."

      Gee, maybe Jews should give Fascism a chance. With our numbers, it's a natural.

  • Steve Bannon's Judeo-Christian 'Camp of the Saints'
    • "but I’m no philosopher."

      Oh shoot, it's no wonder you noticed.

    • "You are no philosopher."

      Darn, I was hoping you wouldn't notice.

    • "Use our own intelligence to evaluate the news?
      I don’t think that’s allowed any more."

      Of course it isn't, "RoHa"! As you explain here:

      "Annie, “hate” and “hateful”* are buzz words to go along with “anti-Semite”, “racist”, “bigot”, “misogynist”, and so forth. These are all valuable accusations to make" (and etc and etc)," "RoHa":

      the only logical and ethical choice is to take everything at exactly its own valuation, and not make any value judgements.
      Sounds like a cheap excuse to me, a cowardly excuse, but I'm no philosopher.

    • "It does not fit with the official reasons given by the foreign intruders, who, of course would never identify themselves as imperialist exploiters or colonialists"

      It's just soooo hard to tell the difference between imperialists and immigrants and refugees, isn't it?

    • "Recently Bannon was discovered sitting in an airport lounge, reading The Best & The Brightest. Now let’s spin off from there… "

      Oh, that makes a lot of sense, "Citizen" Steve Bannon is all David Halberstam's fault.

    • "as long as they can offer the ‘Christian Whites’ that “advance post of civilization against barbarism”, then all will be well for them – at least that’s what some seem to believe"

      We Jews have nothing to worry about. Those racists will never turn against us.

      You can't make a sow's ear out a slick purse.

  • Some Jews support BDS 'from a place of love' for Israel, says AJC official
    • "The commenter archive function seems not to be working"

      Okay! My faith in the+15 is restored. The full +15, and not a point less!

    • "A few years ago, never mind for what purpose..."

      Like the work itself doesn't make it obvious what the "purpose" is?

    • 10) The wonderful Beersheba Purim Festival, where the kids play soccer with an Eritrean.

    • "That won’t happen. Furthermore, if we’re talking about any kind of settlement on that scale there will be constitutional safeguards and guarantees that no one group can determine the fate of the other in that way "

      So you are saying that you can guarantee that enough Jews will stay in Israel under the changed conditions to keep Israel viable?
      I really doubt that.

    • " surely it can be conceded to those who, whether or not Jewish, reject the Zionism to which BDS is a response that we may not be ignorant, prejudiced, irrational or vicious."

      I don't see what you are worried about.
      If Zionism had the resources to finish the Zionist project, do you think they would care what your attitude is toward their ideology?

    • "Surely misogyny is the oldest"

      They seem to have a real grudge against us guys, too.

    • "and they dissed prescient warning of the future impact of chain migration "

      "Citizen" , do me a favor. We'll forego finding out who the "they" are in the sentence, if you please, please tell me what "chain migration" is.

      "In 2015 the NYT wrote that the USA would have a completed non-white majority by 2042"

      Huh? That's easy to fix. All we have to do is define "white" as a bit tanner than it used to be. Problem solved.

      Edit: Sorry "Citizen". I didn't really understand the implications of your post. You are warning us that this "completed non-white majority" will almost surely all be fervent Zionists, and make the US a lackey of Israel?

  • See 'The Settlers,' an important documentary about the destruction of the two-state solution
    • "Those children have no choice but to be there. They, too, will suffer the “whatever”, even though they don’t deserve it"

      How is moving away from an illegal and dangerous situation, full of hate and paranoia, circumstances any child-health advocate would condemn, to "suffer"?

  • Israeli lawmakers advance bill to ban Muslim call to prayer
    • "US is sole Western country doing routine secular baby boy circumcision"

      There's gonna be hell to pay for that. I don't even like to think about it.

  • Hate crimes in America: either a trap or an opportunity for Palestine advocates
    • "The one distinction I would make is that Islamophobia in one form or another has the backing of ” respectable” people and the government"

      Sure, but is that a distinction which makes any difference?

    • "none of the Whites I personally know think Jews are non White"

      Well then, as long as we can fool the "Whites" into thinking we are one of them, things will be easier, plus, we like to marry the girls.

      , "but I have read a number of Jews who argue that they are not White"

      It's just a matter of jumping to the winning side when Helter-Skelter comes down.

    • "the notion that Jews are not White is largely a Jewish one these days"

      Now, now, you can't blame people for wanting to be more than they are.
      Everybody has their pretensions.

      But somebody needs to tell those Jewish people not to get any funny ideas about not being " not White".

    • Maybe it is easy to rush into the trap at this time because the acts of antisemitism seem so tentative, compared to the acts of bigotry taking place towards minorities and Muslims and immigrants.

      Almost as if the perpetrators are probing to see how far it is safe (so to speak) to go, or possible to go, under the changing circumstances.

  • If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn't either
    • catalan: … "I think I would be unrecognizable as Jewish because my features are North European … "

      "catalan" what about your speech-patterns, word-choices and affect? Not to mention your tone of voice.

      Those things identify, more surely than looks, in the first few sentences you speak or write.

  • 'We are losing the next generation' -- rabbis describe crisis over Israel in their congregations
    • "Who are the followers?"

      "Followers"? Who needs them?

      In Judaism we are all leaders.

    • ." They’ve just had to confront the fact their congregation isn’t getting any younger."

      Or the younger congregation isn't getting richer, or not at the rate which endows Temples.
      And is still subject to lose a battle of wills, too.

  • Human rights lawyer: Israel's new anti-BDS travel ban violates international law
    • "This Knesset Law must be appealed before the Supreme Court and annulled."

      No! Never! We can not compromise on the purity of Israel! Keep Israel glat! Support the Knesset Bill!
      Why should anybody who doesn't support Israel be allowed to sully the land?

    • "But he can always get on the next flight to his other ancestral homeland where he will proudly present his us passport."

      Oh well. Zionism will never redeem the ancestral homeland with people like "Jon s".
      Why should he make the hard choices involved in consolidating a colonial effort into a secure state? If "Jon s" doesn't like the choices Israel makes, he can go.
      So if Israel isn't to "Jon s" liking, and doesn't meet "Jon s" ethical and religious standards, he can just leave.

      You can't make a State out of that kind of wishy-washy, hare-today-goon-tomorrow material.

    • "According to this horrible law, I would be banned from entering"

      Only because you are large, grey, and always carry a trunk.

    • "Theo feigns stupidity

      You are no faker, "Jackdaw." Your stupidity is the real thing. Just like mother makes.

  • Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu
    • If I am only for BDSing the settlements, can I go in as far as my knees?

    • "Yakov" I don't have the necessary disinterestedness to critique your broadcast. It is incumbent upon me to consider Hasbara Culture as a mass or social manifestation of co-dependent Ziocaine Syndrome episodes.

  • More than a feeling: Jews and whiteness in Trump’s America
    • . "Is “jewish publicist” a new racial category in the US?"

      Gee, I don't know. Is "Jewish" a racial designation?

    • "All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship."

      "All", Mr Washington? Anyway, it pleased them ("a right to applaud themselves") to extend it to Jews.

      And then it was up to us how to use the "liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship".

    • "places where some other group, any non-white group, can be seen strutting around like they own the place"

      Yes, "Citizen" I understand your resentment, you can't threaten to open fire on them unless they are actually on your own lawn.

    • Gosh, "Stopgumber"! You know people so much better than they know themselves.

    • Well, if I am not mistaken, the basic "personhood" and citizenship which also included in many aspects the "whiteness" discussed in the article was extended to the Jews in the US pretty early.

      "The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy — a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship."

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