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The largest member of the North American Deer family, I can weigh 1500 lbs. and possess palmate antlers spreading up to six feet. Smaller animal or birds often lodge there. My natural enemies are hunters, and SUVs.

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  • 'No one is happy with 60 killed' -- Ehud Barak comes to redeem Israel
    • And that is why "hasbara" is becoming a world-wide synonym for bullshit, propaganda, and lies.

  • 'A scream to the whole world': Gaza boats carrying students, medical patients, and wounded protesters attempt to break the blockade
    • "One has to wonder what they are so afraid of… "

      The Zionists are only protecting Israeli Jews from the fate of Jews in the US, where we are a tiny minority.

  • Joyless in Zion
    • "Criticizing a Zionist for posting here-yes- on a website that is anti-zionist is a bit self serving dont you think?"

      Maybe, maybe it is, "DaBakr" but it is only fair to warn them their comments will be published verbatim and stored in a searchable archive.

    • "Sonny."

      Sorry Grandad but us young guys often lose respect for the terminally aged. But that aside, thanks for confirming: Since you lack any ability to talk to Israelis (about your own goddam country?), Mondo provides the two things you need for discourse:

      1) You can't get in a screaming, slapping, spitting fight which might have consequences at Mondo.

      2) You have found a site which has no investment in making Zionism or Zionists look good.

      Shalom, "Jackdaw" you've found a home.

    • "(no sympathy)"

      Watch out for him, "Marnie", he's a real charmer. Remember how he dazzled Avigail Abarbanel. . Just a few comments from "Jon s" and Ms. Abarbanel was calling him " "flat Earth society member @Jon s"

      Oh yeah, that's when "Jon s" is at his unctuous best.

    • “Check out the former Libyan dictators get ups..." "Jackdaw"

      ROTFLMSJAO! Now, that's the kind of 'whataboutery' which encourages me to believe "Jackdaw" is a parody, not some Zionist ego on the half-shell.

    • "You’ll be gone and forgotten soon enough."

      You really should talk to Israelis about it. Did you show everyone your Mondo comments at the pool party? I'm sure every English-speaking person there would admire the way you explicate Zionist ideals in English.

    • 'There, it's perfect!' said "Jon s" as he put the finishing touches on his latest story of Zionist suffering and heroism, "I just don't see how anybody could have any sympathy for Palestinians after they read this!'

      And the relief when we get to "It was a false alarm" is palpable.

      Those "false alarms" must keep you guys pretty spun up.

    • " Jew-obsessed James."

      Okay, which attitude shall we settle on?

      1) 'Come to Israel! Get to know us, learn about us, you'll love us!'

      2) 'You should be banned from Israel! Banned!'

      3) 'If you try to learn anything at all, about Jews or Israel you're "obsessed with Jews"'

      Which is it?

    • Fossil record? Feh! Let's wait and see what the radio-telescopes tell us.
      Jewish suffering began with the Big Klopf!

    • " you’ll get an idea of what Jews and Israelis think of your analysis."

      And if Jews and Israelis don't like it, that settles the matter. Jews and Israel, being omnipotent, need never contend with an unpleasant analysis.
      No trauma 'long us!

    • "Cheap journalistic shtick."

      Cheap? How dare you! Do you have any idea what it cost Mondo to rent that uniform, have all the little doo-dads cast,
      get the flags and pay David Schwimmer to pose?

      Hey "Yonah" do you think that actually wearing that uniform and carrying a little 'swagger stick' shows a "lack of seriousness"?
      Or does that fascist get-up show a serious devotion to Zionism and concern for the Jewish future which Phil can't appreciate?

      But do give us another example of how you can talk yourself into believing everything and anything is Mondo's fault.

    • "... Jewish suffering through eons."

      "e·on ēən,ˈēˌän/Submit noun plural noun: eons

      an indefinite and very long period of time, often a period exaggerated for humorous or rhetorical effect.
      "he reached the crag eons before I arrived"

      ASTRONOMYGEOLOGY
      a unit of time equal to a billion years.

      GEOLOGY
      a major division of geological time, subdivided into eras."

      Jewish suffering, as revealed in the fossil record.

    • "and nobody is going to tell me how not sacred I am"

      And nobody will tell you how scared you are either.

    • "DaBakr" you have the Israeli expertise to settle this; Is that a "riding crop", or a "swagger stick" our Beitar boy is holding?

    • "I think it’s fun to imagine though."

      Apparently "Yonah" doesn't need it. He hears us all just fine. And is always ready to tell us just what he's heard us say.

    • Those hooks, don't scratch, they're part of the tender trap.

      (But don't let Omar's hooks get you, that's part of the tenter trap.)

    • "Marnie", do you think, based on your experience, that "Jackdaw" has any more success discussing these things with Israelis than he does here?
      Of course, he can't get into screaming matches or start slapping or spitting if he's on the Web. That is more than likely the reason he is here.

    • "I bet he doesn’t come. He’s too joyless for a BBQ."

      Yeah! When we rebuild the Temple, we'll show Phil what Barbecue is all about!

    • "Finally, some good news!"

      I hope "Jon s" doesn't see that, he'll kvetch.

      "false alarm"

      Remember "Jon s" last attempt to report a "terrorist attack" in Israel? Which was an Eritrean man shot and beaten to death for walking into Beersheba.

    • "Danaa, when you write about losing your hebrew, i snicker inside, for i know after six seconds you’d be correcting my hebrew and mocking my accent, which shows that i know israel temperament as well."

      I must register for the Mondoweiss Live Chat feature. Hear all the accents.

    • " it’s because Phil is the joyless one, and you know how misery loves company."

      "Hophmi" please don't let this article rob you of the compassion you once had for Phil:

      "This analysis is nothing new. It is typical of Phil's writing, which suggests, as it always does, the Phil has internalized anti-Jewish hatred, and like those secularist Jews in Europe who looked down upon their brethren or converted to Christianity to escape their Judaism, Phil adopts the classic tropes of the self-hater. Self-hatred is a disease. It is a sad disease borne of many generations of persecution, but it is a disease. And Phil is afflicted with it, as many Jews have been in the past. And it is usually the self-haters who cause the worst damage to the Jewish community, precisely because of how small it is." "Hophmi"

    • "These orgs would have made the second decision 25 years ago."

      Well then, the next time 25 years ago comes around, they'll be ready.

    • "Maybe try and stop telling Jews what they’re allowed to believe."

      "Hophmi" please help. Tell me what I should believe. Nobody is paying you, right? Make like Tom Sawyer, and say: "Why, this ain't work!"
      It's your love of Zionism, and your encyclopedic knowledge of same and believing yours is the voice to defend and expound it which drives you, not some kind of emolument.

    • "As far as flags are concerned, I think there was an explosion US flags being displayed everywhere after 9-11."

      Sure was. And then we launched a war on Iraq.

    • "(Let me repeat my stance re:gaza. The strangulation of Gaza in order to punish Hamas is brutal, that’s why I favor a modus vivendi.)"

      Gosh, "Yonah", do you think it's fair that thousands of people have to hunt through Mondo comment threads to get your latest stance.

      Why don't you open a Twitter account, "Yonah"?

    • "As for claim that Israel is an apartheid state, I think Israel should ban Philip Weiss from entry after his 13 visits."

      Gosh, "Jon s" is always suggesting Phil should go there and get to know the people.

      "prove that being Jewish does no offer protection from being treated as an enemy."

      Who ever said that it did? Neither does being Christian, atheist, agnostic, Muslim or Buddhist. Israel can treat anybody as an enemy.
      And gosh, they have so many to choose from, and as you say, what a diverse group.

      Do you think Israel is keeping enough Jews out, "Boris"? Charging enough for visits? After all if it costs an arm and a leg, people will be dying to go there.

    • "They frowned and shook their heads. They knew that the world won’t understand them"

      Or they know the Mossad, or whatever Israel's internal thought police are called, might understand them all too well.

    • "nobody is telling Jews anymore wether they are “sacred or paranoid”

      That's some choice. But you are right, Zionism can't tell us those things anymore.

    • Actually, I used to dress like that a lot, when I was riding a motorcycle in the winter. And the pants go outside the boots, so as not to funnel water down 'em.

    • " I’m living in Israel for 7 years and I have no recollection of an Israeli man splaying his crotch."

      Try spending less time looking at Mondo and imagining what Israel is all about.

    • "Google images “Irgun” doesn’t show anything remotely resembling it. Curious, eh?"

      Looks like a costume for the "Springtime for Bibi" scene.

    • "Not much daylight got..."

      Yeah, sort of serves as a reminder that even 90 million people and all the resources of Germany won't make an ethnic supremacist schtik work.

    • "If you are going to confront Jewish exceptionalism, you have to do it completely."

      I can't. There's nothing, no amount of evidence that will ever convince me Zionism is paying the Ziobots at Mondo.

      I know we're no smarter than anybody else, but this is a value-for-money question.

    • The boots are prescious! What price the 'swagger stick'?

    • Just checked your archive, "Yonah". You have no idea what a modus vivendi" (or "modus operandi" for that matter) is or whether it's even relevant to the situation.

    • "(Let me repeat my stance re:gaza. The strangulation of Gaza in order to punish Hamas is brutal, that’s why I favor a modus vivendi.)"

      "Yonah" why are you prevaricating? Last time, you took a much wider stance.

    • "But I can guarantee that even of those, 85% are devoted zionists at their core"

      "DaBakr", even 100 % of not enough Zionists is still not enough.
      You never had enough to begin with, and the peak has passed.

    • "A man dressed in the uniform of the Irgun, a Zionist militia, on Jerusalem Day, May 13, 2018, in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem"

      No trauma 'long him!

    • Or maybe those orgs. have more than enough funds to smear and harass BDS activists from domestic sources.
      But gosh, not wanting to defy the FARA laws for Zionism? We're going soft.

    • Not just "joyless", according to Josh Marshall (TPM) there has been a "sea change". He is reporting on an article in the Forward (linked)"Jewish Groups Reject Israel Funding For Fear Of Being Branded Foreign Agents"

      Here's the jist:

      "Generations of American Jews have the experience of buying Israel bonds or supporting Israel financially in other ways. Indeed, post-1948 and especially post-1967 many of these groups have it as a central part of their organizational mission supporting Israel both politically and to a degree financially. This is the first example I can think of, certainly at scale, of trying to run the money in the other direction. That is quite striking to me."
      "Most or apparently all the groups turned down the money, (Ed. Money to fund anti-BDS programs) though fundraising is of course a big deal for all these operations. The most immediate concern was that they would have to register as foreign agents under FARA – the law that’s gotten various Trumpers in hot water."

  • Republican Jewish Coalition emerges as Trump's hub for raising money, and making foreign policy
    • Notice, "Annie", the American orgs won't take the money.

      Israel, trying to pay Americans to do Zionism? We used to be able to do that on our own.
      Zionist orgs, concerned about FARA? What is going on?

  • Tom Friedman has advice for Palestinians: Embrace Zionism
    • "There are many examples of non-religious Jewish culture, in literature, art, philosophy…"

      What the f' is your problem, "Jon s"? Too aidel gepochket for bagels? They're not good enough for you?

      And no, a croissant is not a "Gallic Bagel".

    • "the diaspora, is so blind it buggers the imagination"

      Well, like Phil's Mom's best friend in Jerusalem said “When we moved here [in 1968], we went up. You in the Diaspora we call yoredim. You are lower.”

    • "May we have just one example of that, please"

      Sure, no problem. Bagels.

      "Beware of doing part for the whole, though."

      I was including bially's, too.

    • "As for the Israelis leaving Israel and moving here or to Europe, no doubt some will do so for their own reasons..."

      And their "own reasons" of course, will have nothing to do with what's going on in Israel

      "but I don’t see that happening on a large scale. Certainly they aren’t going to empty out the country..."

      Okay then, what is the minimum number of Zionist Jews needed to keep Israel chugging along on it's present course?

      You want to stick around Israel when people are leaving, and find out at which number Israel collapses? I don't think anybody else will either.

    • "I would like to ask whether there is no way of retaining all these things in a situation where the human rights of the Palestinians are restored?"

      You bet, the answer is in your preceding sentence:

      "Yet Judaism, non-religious expressions of Jewish culture and the people identifying themselves via this culture did exist, just as they exist in many places outside Israel now."

      All those things can exist outside Israel, and not hurt the Palestinians at all.

    • Say, "Naftush", when you "unpack" that portmanteau full of components, make sure you dust them off, shine them up, and make them look good. They seem to have lost their attraction.

    • “Unpack the components of nationhood and you find all but one of them for centuries in the Jewish case. ”

      Would that one missing component be the number of people required and the resources to make the colonial exploit a success?

    • "Naftush, your stuff probably looks great in Hebrew but in English it is paranoid."

      "Mag", that's why "Naftush" is here, at a site which has no investment in making Zionism look good.

    • "Top grades will get you one of those nifty sniper rifles"

      Somehow, I doubt it. But I could be wrong.

    • " In your own private life you can see the phenomenon when you tell your son that you think that he doesn’t take his school work seriously." "Nathan"

      "Nate" , just remind him that his grades will have a lot to do with what kind of duty he'll get when he's chucked into the IDF at 18.
      The better the grades, the further from the ugly occupation.

    • “And the animosity towards Israel originates in Diasporic fear and outrage over Jews’ asserting their nationhood." "Naftush"

      Gosh, the way we Jews consistently fail Zionism is a shame. Do we even deserve Zionism? We can't seem to live up to it.

    • "This is not his idea, it is the same words being repeated over and over for decades by Zionists."

      Yeah, like a brocha.

    • "And the animosity towards Israel originates in Diasporic fear and outrage over Jews’ asserting their nationhood."

      ROTFLMSJAO!!! And have you got a plan to deal with that, "Nathan"? It is turning out to be inimical to our interests.
      So that's what it's come to, "Nathan"? The Gentiles support Zionism, it's the Jews who are against it? Ho-kay! Gee, maybe if "Diasporic" Jews converted to Christianity Zionism would get more support.

    • "I don’t think that anyone here really cares about the Palestinians. The real motivation here is animosity towards Israel.”

      Is there a law which says everybody has to like Israel? This is the game of states you want to play, "Jon s", and "Nathan"!

      Maybe people want to get rid of Israel for no better reasons than there were for starting Israel. But I doubt taxing them with their "animosity" will make much difference.

    • "They did this with the confidence that they would control the demographics of their new state."

      And they did, they did! The Laws of Family Purity were strictly enforced.

    • "I'm so tired, I'm feeling so upset
      Although I'm so tired, I'll have another cigarette
      And curse Sir Walter Raleigh
      He was such a stupid get"

  • Portman and Perlman, and the liberal Zionist awakening
  • 'Our stones are stronger than their weapons': thousands in Gaza demonstrate for the ninth straight Friday
    • "IDF could drop stones from helicopters."

      Nah. "Boris" there's a little check-point on the way down known as 'terminal velocity'. You can find it yourself in about eight seconds, give it a try.

      Musta been a big blow to Russian physics when you discovered your real nationality, "Boris".

    • "But that’s not the far left narrative."

      "DaBakr" if you've got complaints about the "left", talk to "Jon s". I think you will see you are not so far apart.

  • They prayed for Gaza's dead. Now it's time to say the mourner's prayer for Zionism
    • " It would be interesting to hear a description of the Jewish future that is not dependent on Israel."

      Oh, the Jewish future is very dependent on Israel. First of all, try chucking a few of those illegal nuclear weapons around, and see what the Jewish future is.

      Or, you could accelerate the cruel genocide of Palestinians, that's bound to have an effect on the Jewish future. We'll dine out on it for years.

      Heck, you could do away with the Palestinians, and be the sovereign lords of Palestine. Won't that have a great effect on the Jewish future.

      Making sure Trump, the Republicans, and Israel are joined at the hip may have some effect on the Jewish future, too.

      Yup, "Nathan", the Jewish future is very bound up with Israel, with millions and millions of Jews around the world looking at Israel and being able to make some choices. The Zionist project is, after all, the most consequential thing we've done in a while.

      " In the process of assimilation, one loses one’s distinctive culture."

      Oh Lord, that is the biggest buncha bullshit.
      Look, I had lot's of Orthodox relatives, lots of Conservative relatives. The fact that they were "assimilated" (were US citizens, had full legal rights, contracts, persons protected, etc) was the reason they had the freedom and means to live their distinctive culture to every extent they wanted to. Synagogue worship, study, Yiddish culture and, oh yes, the ability to support Zionism, were the benefits of assimilation.
      And please remember Jewish assimilation in the US goes back way before there were Reform Jews or white-shoe law firms.

    • " Come back when the exception becomes significant."

      I'm sorry "echin", I wasn't clear. I'm not asking for any exceptions. More the opposite.

    • And everybody remember, when Jews decide we are a "nation", we are entitled to all the protection for our nation-building project as we are for our worship and religious traditions!

    • "Keith", I see no reason why opinion and analysis of Jewish history and present shouldn't be as diverse as it is about any US minority.

    • "Zionism has functioned as a power-seeking ideology for American Jews." "Keith"

      You left out, probably due to haste, which is perfectly understandable, the word "some" or "certain" before "American Jews". We'll take it as understood.

    • “Hardcore” is a gentle and understated description of some of the commenters here, believe me." "Jon s"

      "Jon s's" sarcasm is understandable, he's had one of his legs blown off by a Mondo comment just for coming near certain topics.

    • "Donald Johnson" asks: "Keith, why does any of that matter? . So long as they don’t claim a license to start violating other people’s rights, why does it matter?"

      I think "Nathan" gave a very good answer to that question:

      "The Jewish communities in the west tried to present to themselves a type of Jewish life that is “only religion”. The peoplehood aspect of the Jewish experience was abandoned – and Jewish community life was really quite boring. The centrality of Israel in today’s Jewish life (whether one is pro or con) is proof of the fact that Jewish religious life is simply not enough content (most Jews are quite irreligious). Political activism around Israel served as a reminder that the Jews wish to participate in Jewish history."

      What do you do when you have an "boring" community life, and a religion with "not enough content" (? Judaism?). You turn yourself into a political force. Makes perfect sense.

      Shorter "Nathan": 'What good is being Jewish if you don't get something out of it?'

    • " The centrality of Israel in today’s Jewish life (whether one is pro or con) is proof of the fact that Jewish religious life is simply not enough content (most Jews are quite irreligious).

      ROTFLMSJAO!! Of course, whether we have the population and political resources to make it work is irrelevant.

      "Political activism around Israel served as a reminder that the Jews wish to participate in Jewish history."

      You bet, "Nathan"! See you at the Masadadammerung!

    • "You mention “Jewish ethics”. What are they ? Are they different from universal ethics? What makes them Jewish?"

      What makes them "Jewish ethics"? Simple.
      They're the kind of ethics which don't allow you to fire on, (spot aim and fire in cold blood) at unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, or invent excuses for doing so.
      That's what makes them "Jewish ethics".
      Or would you like to tell us Israel uses "universal ethics" to arrive at its policies and actions? (ROTFLMSJAO: And then define "universal ethics" in terms of the lowest common denominator, that is 'whataboutism'.)

      "Do you -and the group you describe – have a position on a possible solution ? Two states? One state? How can peace be achieved?" "Jon s"

      "Jon s" is an "Israeli history teacher and long-time activist on the Israeli Left. " He's fresh out of solutions, so I'm sure he'll be mooore than willing to listen to Robert Cohen's.

    • " that’s 800 years of backwardness"

      Gosh, "Yonah", I'm not sure if a group as small as us Jews, which has been steadily losing ground demographically, should go around calling other people 'backwards'.
      Maybe we should at least get to replacement level before we do that.

    • "Jews in America was inconceivable to him and seemed rooted in the tininess and fragility of his Jewish community in its surroundings" "Yonah Fredman"

      I'm sorry "Yonah", what has the American Jewish community not done for Zionism so far? Please, tell us where we have failed Zionism.

      What more do you want from us? More money? More effort to twist things Israel's way in the media? More political influence? Maybe something like this this, but for Zionism and Judaism?

    • "Hi Keith, I use the phrase “articulate a Jewish future” because I’m Jewish"

      The idea that anything we might have done maybe sorta disqualifies us from "articulating a Jewish future" doesn't occur to you?

    • "I once had a conversation with a Latin American Jew, I cannot recall where south of the border, maybe Brazil. His pugnacious attitude intolerant of any deviation from unity and the party line among his fellow Jews in America was inconceivable to him and seemed rooted in the tininess and fragility of his Jewish community in its surroundings."

      Yeah, those Latin Americans can be very rigid when it comes to the clave'. It's got to be just right. We tend to 'swing it' a bit more up here, which isn't exactly correct.

    • "It is not enough for you to abandon Zionism. You must stop calling yourself a Jew." "Yonah Fredman"

      Yes, "Yonah", isn't that exactly what you say? After all, it's 'unnatural' for a Jew to not be a Zionist.

    • "Everywhere else I get called a self-hating Jew but here I’m a right wing tribal reactionary. Interesting!"

      You got me there, "Robert". I was thinking "Look, it's "Jon s" but with polish and a better grasp of liberal sensibilities."

    • "Would you call someone “Muslimcentric” for caring about the actions and behaviour of their community?"

      Whatabouting the Muslims, that always works.

    • " and I believe there is personal value in being part of a community with shared history and traditions."

      You mean the mishegos Zionism made up for itself? That "shared history and traditions"?

      " But neither do I want a collective Jewish identity that becomes merely ‘anti-Zionism’."

      Well then, don't do things which are inimical to the interests, and the "shared history and traditions" of the majority of Jewish people in the world, and maybe that won't happen.

  • Israeli ambassador lodges anti-Semitism complaint against Dutch song mocking Israel's human right record
    • "cow·rie kourē/Submit noun

      1. a marine mollusk that has a smooth, glossy, domed shell with a long narrow opening, typically brightly patterned and popular with collectors.
      2. the flattened yellowish shell of the money cowrie, formerly used as money in parts of Africa and the Indo-Pacific area. 'Change' is made using a flat rock and a wooden club.

      This is interesting. I've never heard of a non-kosher currency before.

    • "Also, this website is tiring."

      Yeah, it'll give you a bum voyage.

    • "And no Jew has ever been associated with money."

      That just doesn't seem possible. Money is the most common currency in the world.

  • Video: Who are the Palestinians traveling through Rafah crossing?
    • " I, for one, look forward to it." "catalan"

      Your prospects are even rosier, "catalan". As an affluent US citizen, you are in a position to help bring it about, by supporting progressive causes.

    • . ". The physical universe...unlivable...oceans boiling.... Eventually the sun will absorb the earth, with all of our operas, graves, and arguments burning up in hot helium. However, morality and justice – they will for sure prevail. Why would I be desperate about that – what could be bad about a moral and just world?"

      What could be bad? To find that out, we need only answer one question: "Is this good for the Jews, or bad for the Jews?"

  • 'Israelism' documentary tracks changing generational attitudes of American Jews
    • And the three headline links on that Haaretz page below the main article:

      1) "Cheaper Israeli health care proves a draw for U.S. immigrants"

      2) "Sharp downturn in Jewish immigration from U.S. to Israel"

      3) "Despite anti-Semitic wave, U.S. Jews won't move to Israel anytime soon."

    • "American Jews disproportionately leading the charge in settling the West Bank against international law"

      Yeah, I know a lot of people who have had to move after the various financial collapses of the last decade. Just born pioneers, us Americans.

    • " in addition to all the Saturday schools, the appropriately-named flag-flying Schulen, the post-school cares, the summer get-togethers, the Jewish student and similar associations, Zionist civilian and paramilitary camps and so on."

      No wonder American Jews have moved to the right, we have no evenings left for socialism.

  • Being Palestinian
    • "Being not Jewish in America is one of the worst predicaments a human being can endure."

      Well then "catalan" it is your obligation to make their predicament easier to endure. Oppressing those who are not-Jewish just because you can is unfair. Give 'em a break, "catalan".

  • Haifa activists vow to continue protests following 'brutal' police crackdown
    • "no problem whatsoever..."

      I'm wondering if "Rowan's" 'device' (phone, tablet etc.) is rendering the article correctly, or running the sub-heads into the text or something? That's the only way I can get that "mangling" effect.

  • Gaza killings are rending the Jewish community
    • But Dad, I'm serious! Here I expose the unclean money behind shell corporations.

    • " It’s probably a Mossad operation."

      A very, very, very sophisticated operation. They tried infiltrating other publications first, but the Rolling Stone gathers no Mossad.

    • ." Here, though, the owner of a declaredly tribal web site (tribal as in belonging to the tribe that overwhelmingly supports the enemy )"

      Oh, go see the "about" page yourself.

    • " if the tribe factionalizes into tid-bits of small rebellious connectives that skew towards the far left. "

      "Tribes, "DaBakr" in the plural. It's always been "tribes" (ten or so to start, wasn't it)

      " if the tribe factionalizes into tid-bits of small rebellious connectives that skew towards the far left. thats the theory anyway"

      Yeah, and then we sue Russia to let us back in and re-establish the Soviet Union.

      Here's another theory, "Dabakr"; maybe since the various financial collapses, we are re-considering expensive luxuries like a colonial project. But it's always better, more comforting, to say we are abandoning Zionism because it's wrong.

    • “I got tired of living in a place where no one ever says ‘excuse me.'”

      Like, as in; "Excuse me for implying your website is run dishonestly"?

    • "Definition of keriah. plural kerioth or keriot \-ēˌōt(h), -ōs\ : the traditional Jewish act or ceremony of renting one's garment at the funeral of a near relative as a symbol of mourning."

      Didn't know that. No wonder the obsequies are always so formal.

    • "causing massive dissension and splits between assorted groups of US Jews?"

      "Assorted groups of US Jews"??? This is shocking, "DaBakr"! "Assorted groups" ? Where is the tribal unity?
      How can you imply there are "assorted" (man, that one stung, ) groups of Jews, with different or even conflicting interests?

      We ain't no "assorted" (like a box of M&Ms? ) flavors, we are a NATION, bound, as with bands of steel, to each other as one by our own brand of M&M's: mishpocheh and mishegos! And our prayer: "May it melt in your mouth, and not in your hands"

    • " How isn’t your going, buying food, paying for lodging, Western Jew in Israel, hanging out in hotel lobbies, supporting Israel ..."?

      He doesn't tip while he's there.

    • " it is incumbent upon all Jews to ask themselves if the costs required to maintain the Zionist project in the Levant is worth it."

      Maybe we can't do it. Worth it or not. Just thought I would mention that.

  • Falsely accusing Palestinians of anti-Semitism is malicious
    • "somebody should tell wikipedia! "

      Looks like somebody did, from the article:

      "Semites, Semitic people or Semitic cultures (from the biblical "Shem", Hebrew: שם‎) was a term for an ethnic, cultural or racial group who speak or spoke the Semitic languages.[2][3][4][5]

      First used in the 1770s by members of the Göttingen School of History, the terminology was derived from Shem, one of the three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis,[6] together with the parallel terms Hamites and Japhetites.

      The terminology is now largely obsolete outside linguistics.[7][8][9] However, in archaeology, the term is sometimes used informally as "a kind of shorthand" for ancient Semitic-speaking peoples.[9]"

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