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  • To reach the 'moveable middle' in Jewish life, you must be inside the tent
    • So I don’t see why the Naderites should be absolved of responsibility for the Iraq horror (and the deregulation of Wall Street, and the decimation of the economy, and the splintering of the social safety net)

      Why stop there, Dan. Include the Indians. ;-)

      FYI, it was CLINTON and his ignorance about how the federal economy works (he applied state economics to the federal level without having a g.d. clue what the consequences would be) that decimated the economy. It was a little delayed by the dotcom and housing bubbles, but Bubba did it.

      Here's a leetle picture to help you see it. See that red triangle above the zero line in the 1999-2000 timeframe? That was Clinton's surplus, and that is what caused the financial crisis, along with killing Glass-Steagall in Oct 1999, making it against the law to regulate derivatives (Dec 15, 2000 262-page budget amendment), and having the idiot Jack Lew--the guy currently destroying this economy--create the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Go back and look at the chart. Can you see what it produced? Bloomberg crowed at the time that the last time we saw a surplus like that was in 1927-1930, yahoo. It's a teeter-totter, Dan. If the government is in surplus, the private sector is going to be in deficit. Every. Fucking. Time. There is no reason for the US government to ever be in surplus or have a balanced budget when it issues its own currency and it is the world's reserve currency (which means we will have a trade deficit because global countries obtain our currency by selling us stuff). We’ve had seven surpluses or balanced budgets in 225 years, and each one was followed by a depression.

      The real crooks from that time were Alan Greenspan and Robert Rubin who went to Clinton two weeks before his first inauguration and told Clinton--a veteran of state economic politics where you do have to balance the budget--and lied through their teeth to the incoming president. They told Clinton that he was inheriting a huge government deficit, and if he borrowed any more money to pay for his promises, interest rates would rise, people would stop borrowing and spending, and there would be an economic disaster. It's at minute 12:20 in Part 2 of The Trap by Adam Curtis.*

      Maybe Rubin believed the tripe, but Greenspan was the head of the Federal Reserve and knew better, or if he didn’t, he should never have been the head of the Fed. Two weeks later and Greenspan would have been guilty of lying to a sitting president. Of course, he told the truth here in 2011 when he was trying to regain his reputation: link to

      * BBC made youtube take down the video. Copyright issues. The Trap is a series of three films by Bafta-winning producer Adam Curtis that explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom. It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom. This model was derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War to control the behavior of the Soviet enemy.

      Episodes included: 1. Fuck You Buddy, 2. The Lonely Robot, and 3. We Will Force You To Be Free.

    • Naderites? Brother Flesher can't read inside that tent? No light? Here's part of a conservative Utah 2008 op-ed 'splainin' what Daniel must have known before the war started when he presumably could have done something about it because the diddling for it was done in his tent:

      According to a report by the Inter Press Service, a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Philip D. Zelikow, said the Iraq war had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction, the main reason cited to go to war. IPS said Zelikow told a crowd at the University of Virginia on Sept. 10, 2002:

      "Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us? I'll tell you what I think the real threat (is) and actually has been since 1990 - it's the threat against Israel.

      "And this is the threat that dare not speak its name, because the Europeans don't care deeply about that threat, I will tell you frankly. And the American government doesn't want to lean too hard on it rhetorically, because it is not a popular sell," said Zelikow.

      Zelikow was right. I was one of those people who bought the WMD hook, line and sinker along with Congress, which authorized action based on erroneous British intelligence reports of nuclear bomb capacities that threatened the U.S. I even thought control of oil reserves could have been motivation to go to battle. (In part, that's true.) But if you want to know the real reason behind the Iraqi war, it was the pro-Israel, neo-conservative influence of the Bush administration that lobbied for invasion of its primary regional enemy.

      Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., acknowledged that sentiment in May 2004 when he said the U.S. invaded Iraq "to secure Israel" in several published accounts.

      The op-ed was about Orrin Hatch stopping by The Spectrum news office in Cedar City, UT and admitting that the Iraq War was for Israel. Nader had nothing to do with it.

  • Simon Schama's Israel whitewash
    • @Dabakr, you are several years behind in your MW archive reading.

      "While the Israelis NEVER set out to destroy Arabs and their culture"...and all your zioblather about Indians.

      Start with Hostage's archive because no one has the time or energy to correct new ones like you with facts and docs except Hostage, who was involved with Middle East issues as a military international lawyer. For the rest of is, it's the tedium of confronting willful ignorance.

      And your knowledge of Indians and Wounded Knee is from the movies. Keep your Israeli history to yourself and stop poaching ours. There is no comparison; our history with the 500 Indian tribes extends back over 500 years, and our form of representative government comes from Indian government.

    • @DaBakr,

      and the desire for Jews to ethnically cleanse the entire partition of ALL but Jews.

      You mean like Israeli historian Benny Morris wrote?

    • MDM, read Israel Shahak?

  • Australia opposed Palestinian UN bid because foreign policy was 'subcontracted to Jewish donors' -- report
    • Then you should dial this message up a notch or two because it's true:

      So long as journalists won’t talk about a real effect in our politics, then these rich rightwingers and politicians won’t be embarrassed, the public remains uninformed, and nothing changes.

  • Brandeis retracts plan to honor anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Outspoken Rahm Emanuel goes off-the-record when asked about Israel
    • John Nichols wrote a great piece in The Nation ("Trade Wars") wiping the floor with this guy. This was around the time that Lou Dobbs was doing his anti-immigration pieces for three years in the service of the Lobby via CIS (And Stephen Steinlight) on CNN whipping up the anti-immigration foes. This was after Goldman-Sachs, which represented Mexico in 1995, destroyed the Mexican Peso shortly after Rahm Emanuel pushed NAFTA over the goalposts in 1994, as he bragged to Nichols, and ruined the mom-and-pop farm businesses in northern Mexico that led to massive immigration a few years later. Clinton promised to make Goldman Sachs whole in 1995/96, which he did on Emanuel's suggestion. Whole. No one in this country noticed. After the destruction of the mom-and-pop establishments in 1996/97, Emanuel through a year-long series of op-eds in the WSJ convinced the US companies operating in northern Mexico to leave $2.22/hr Mexico for $0.60/hour China by begging for China's entry in the WTO.

      What was supposed to be protected and promoted by NAFTA within our regional trading area was destroyed by this creep. And they later used Lou Dobbs to cover their deeds and turn Americans against their own best interests...not that most would know what those are, jingoism is so easy to pass for completion of a high school education in this country that any argument will do.

    • Exactly.

      BTW. Newsflash. This?

      we can say anything we like about Israel in Israel, but we can’t do so here, because we can’t count on non-Jews to support Israel unless we keep our thumb on the scale.

      Their thumbs on the scale are losing them more than non-Jewish support for Israel.

  • Apathy in Ramallah as negotiations with Israel dive
    • If one of the intentions behind the ex-IDF involvement in the Ukraine coup (like the guy called Delta who runs with Svoboda) was to help set up the upcoming sale of offshore Israeli gas to the EU, then sanctions will be prohibitive for Israel. A lot of investment has gone into the offshore project which is not expected to come online fully until 2018 (I think, although production has already started) and that timing competes with when South Stream is supposed to come online. Initially, Israel wanted to export to China and South Korea, but Russia is now supplying China via a monster pipeline. This is all speculation on my part.

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • The access and all-eyes-on-her/him must be what's so seductive to new officials. Representatives hit the DC floor fund-raising for their two-year renewal. The unelected (appointed) have their heady elevation to maintain, and every minute in DC is a reminder. The silence their words are met in. The best tables. The limos automatically arranged to get them to insider parties, and the slight bow the White House gate gives in lieu of ID.

      Ain't no way fuckin' policy gonna' rip that up, babee. Trappings contain their own restraint.

    • Maybe Cass Sunstein can nudge her back to the reality based community.
      If he knew where it were.

    • Krauss, look who she married.

  • An open letter to J Street: Let's talk
  • Both Sides: Anti-BDS concerns on campus vs. life in the occupied territories
  • It's the borders, stupid
  • Let Pollard go. But first get answers from Tel Aviv
    • I heard (1991) approximately 1500, 2500 with their families included.

      In other words, about half of what we're told were US soldier deaths in Iraq.

    • They are mainstream sources. You didn't look and you didn't consult the footnotes.

    • There were no plausible meaningful threats towards the USSR proper since Israel didn’t have the ability to penetrate Soviet air defenses.

      Wrong. See my comment here: link to and here:
      link to

    • I'm about to watch the Greenwald clip, W.Jones. I hope he hasn't said what you say he said, and I have no reason to doubt you. Because if he has, that's it for me for Greenwald. Would Greenwald campaign for the release of Hanson, Ames, and Pelton?

    • I have a strong suspicion that one reason the CIA cares this much is that he’s a big embarrassment to them

      And their colleagues and families died as a result of what Pollard did. I heard 2500 (including family members) back in 1991. These were CIA assets and NOC agents.

    • unless you believe ex parte memoranda heavy on unproven allegations not shown to defense counsel should be the basis for sentencing.

      "unproven allegations?" Made up out of whole cloth. You have no idea what was in the memo. We have other people who have confided in reporters telling us. It was identified as a national security memo to the Judge at the time because Weinberger wanted the death sentence.

      Former UPI Intel reporter Richard Sale wrote on October 2, 2010 Pollard 2 – A Brief Comment Richard Sale

      I was quite taken aback by the posted comment that “Pollard's defense claims Weinberger made a statement before his death that The Pollard Affair was a relatively minor matter.”

      I talked with Weinberger, who was up at his residence in Maine, over a period of years until just before his death. I won’t quote him, but his reaction to Pollard’s treason was consistently one of implacable outrage. Let me add that anyone who would believe the declaration of a defense attorney about anything appears to be someone who suffers from the disease of mental gullibility. If a defense attorney told me the time I would immediately look at my watch.

      Former senior DOD and CIA officials told me that Weinberger gave a secret statement to the court, before Pollard’s sentencing, that detailed the trading of stolen US data to the Soviet Union and the extent of the damage that trading had caused.

    • Not to mention giving a face to the dual loyalty charge that actually harmed the US and its citizens, and killed hundreds of its national security assets.

    • @Yitzgood,

      You weren't alive in the mid-80s when this happened or you were in kindergarten? Scroll up and read the Allan C Brownfeld article I link to and educate yourself.

    • JeffB, Israel put 13 nukes into service during the Yom Kippur War (one at Egypt, another at Damascus) and was threatening Russia. That's why Kissinger had to fly to Moscow the weekend of Oct. 20, 1973--the same day as the Saturday Night Massacre--to get Brezhnev down off the wall, and Russian nukes out of the Bosporous.

    • He's not eligible for parole. The laws at the time he was sentenced allowed time off for good behavior. They got rid of that law because of Pollard.

    • There is no evidence Pollard thought he was giving secrets to the Soviet enemy but rather to an American ally and friend.

      Baloney. He was selling info to Pakistan, South Africa, and one other country before he even approached Israel.

    • They are savaging the administration, it’s 99-1 against the release of Pollard.

      And well they should. Read Allan C. Brownfeld's 1998 article, The Strange Campaign to Secure the Release of Convicted Spy Jonathan Jay Pollard

      So damaging to U.S. security was Pollard’s role that Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger told Israeli Ambassador Meir Rosenne in 1987 that Pollard should be executed. Joseph di Genova, the prosecutor who handled the Pollard case, said that the damage he did to U.S. security was “beyond calculation.” [...] In an affidavit, Secretary Weinberger said: “It is difficult for me, even in the so-called year of the spy, to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by the defendant in view of the breadth, the critical importance to the U.S. and the high sensitivity of the information he sold to Israel.”

      The U.S. government said that the damage resulting from Pollard’s spying exceeds that caused by Ronald W. Pelton, a former NSA employee, who was convicted in 1986 of selling classified electronic surveillance secrets to the Soviet Union.


      Ronald Pelton was sentenced to three life terms plus 10 years for selling secrets to the Soviet Union about electronic eavesdropping that he learned in 14 years as an NSA technician. A memorandum prepared by U.S. government prosecutors Leeper and David Geneson said: “Pelton disclosed no classified documents to the Soviet Union. Rather, following his retirement, he met with Soviet agents on approximately nine occasions over a five-year period during which he orally relayed classified information he could recall.”

      Pollard, on the other hand, delivered a 6' x 6' x 10' cube of highly classified documents that contained--and this is only what was being admitted to at the time--our global nuclear missile sites, launch codes, NATO missiles sites, our complete nuclear defense plan, the names of all CIA assets behind the Iron Curtain, and our NOC agents.

      You want him to go to Israel? Send him there in a pine box.

      Just for the record, Brownfeld notes:

      Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro [Jewish], U.S. Navy (Ret.), who was director of naval intelligence when Pollard began his work with that organization, sharply criticizes those Jewish groups seeking his release.

  • Pollard was in it for money, and sold so many dox Cap Weinberger wanted the death penalty
    • Pollard is not up for parole. Because of a law in place when he was sentenced, since removed from the books, he can get off early for good behavior. Has nothing to do with parole.

    • giladg, bullshit.

    • Donald, tens of hundreds of US assets died, and their families. This was the greatest breach of US security and intelligence in the country's history, according to quiet reports in the early 1990s. George Tenet threatened to resign if Clinton pardoned him, and with him the top level of the CIA. Caspar Weinberg went apoplectic at the mention of his name even in retirement (google Richard Sale's excellent report on this) long after Weinberg begged the court to issue the death penalty in a still-classified 58-page brief of the damage he did to this country. Four former directors of Naval Intelligence wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in the late 90s that the US releases Pollard at its peril.

      In short, you have no idea, no clue what you're talking about, with all due respect. I gave some links to the history of it in the comments here.

    • Pollard worked for Naval Intelligence. Here are four former past directors of Naval Intelligence, William Studeman, Sumner Shapiro, John L. Butts and Thomas Brooks in an editorial in the Washington Post on December 12, 1998.
      link to

      "Release Pollard At the Nation's Peril"

      "Jonathan Pollard is serving a life sentence for stealing massive amounts of highly classified and extremely sensitive U.S. national security information. In terms of sheer volume of sensitive information betrayed, [Note: the volume of documents was 10' x 10'] Jonathan Pollard rivals any of the traitors who have plagued this nation in recent times. Nobody is clamoring for the release of traitors like Aldrich Ames, John Walker or Jerry Whitworth, but Pollard, by manipulating his supporters and conducting a clever public relations campaign both here and in Israel, has managed to generate a small but vocal movement advocating that he be released and allowed to emigrate to Israel, where he expects to be something of a national hero.

      We, who are painfully familiar with the case, feel obligated to go on record with the facts regarding Pollard in order to dispel the myths that have arisen from this clever public relations campaign aimed at transforming Pollard from greedy, arrogant betrayer of the American national trust into Pollard, committed Israeli patriot.

      Pollard pleaded guilty and therefore never was publicly tried. Thus, the American people never came to know that he offered classified information to three other countries before working for the Israelis and that he offered his services to a fourth country while he was spying for Israel. They also never came to understand that he was being very highly paid for his services -- including an impressive nest egg currently in foreign banks -- and was negotiating with his Israeli handlers for a raise as he was caught. So much for Jonathan Pollard, ideologue!"

      Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger begged the court for the death penalty. Dershowitz got that reduced to a life sentence if Israel would return the documents, which it never did.

      Both Pollard and Israel are traitors to the US. Don't even dare insert Snowden into this crime.

  • 'NYT' editorial writer savages Republicans for 'pro-Israel, philo-Semitic' curtseys to Adelson
    • I agree. Nothing brave, unusual, or savage about any of it. It's faux outrage after holding a wet finger to the air upon hearing Mark Levin went first.

  • Wait, did a 'Washington Post' columnist just call Netanyahu a bad guy?
    • Krauss, Bezos' effective father (stepfather from age of 4) is Cuban. Not political? You're making sweeping statements about Bezos that have no relationship to reality. He and his wife are intimately involved in the political issues of Seattle and have been since they arrived there from NYC in the early 90s. I remember them spearheading same sex acceptance within the state.

  • A British Jew warns US Jewish orgs to heed rapidly-shifting world opinion
  • 'The clash of civilizations’ theory is absolutely and completely dead
    • it all felt like a crudely crafted neocon script to me that had been developed in the 1980s and 1990s by the Commentary crowd

      It developed because the Baby Boomers, of which I am one, were not paying attention. Didn't educate ourselves. Didn't consider the consequences of thought. We were dismissive of government, and let an unelected group of policy wonks infect the body politic.

    • Regarding Saudi culture: how would you characterize it?

      As Wahhabist, and a definite outlier, if you know its 200-year history. Sort of like looking at Christianity only through the filter of the Dispensationalists or Pentacostals. In other words, ignorant.

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    • If one can sell this hokum to the public...

      Then Israel can develop its weapons sector.

    • @James
      I remember brunches on the westside in the fall of 1990 when we all sneered at the 'clash of civilization' idea Lewis was advancing in an article in The Atlantic Monthly about Muslim rage. Guffaws over the bagels. Russia was breaking up, the German wall was down for about a year (IIRC) and we all rolled our eyes that this was going to be the next big thing that the neocons were going to stoke.

  • Liberal Zionists are the new front line against BDS
    • Great point, ANTIVICTORIA.

    • That's going to make for some great town halls. We get to grill the candidates on their love of Israel over the USA?

    • Looks like it's going to be up to the Gentiles to say you can't do that to the Palestinians, and they may well do it by turning on the Jews who think it's OK to persecute them.

    • Friedman and his “world is flat” – he never saw Lehman coming either .

      Lehman was in his flat pack.

    • @Citizen says:
      March 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      ✓ ✓ ✓

    • I'll second that, Krauss.

      Phil wrote above; "MJ used to tell me not to refer to Jews as 'my people'. I wonder if he’s changed his view on that." No, he's aged, so now he's thinking the way his parents did when he was five, and his mind is closing in. I'm noticing the weirdest thing about my friends as they age. They revert to how they thought and the kind of people they were when they were five or thereabouts. I'm noticing the same thing in myself. I was a hellion who had a real spidey sense for injustice and bullshit--which my parents beat out of me--and I took notes (!) because I knew how to write at age four, lol. It's coming baaaack. My aunt showed me the letters I would write her. Hysterical.

  • JJ Goldberg says Adelson's influence fulfills anti-Semitic belief
  • Liberal Zionists turn on media darling Ari Shavit for promoting Netanyahu's bluff
  • D.C. scribes party with red wine, vinyl, and image of a terrorist
  • Is the U.S. quietly imposing travel sanctions on Israeli officials?
    • And charging hundreds of dollars for their dreck. My niece got taken in by them for over $750 for two or three products. When I pointed out that the ingredients were mainly food-grade silicon that she mistook for some instant skin-softening ingredient, she was crestfallen. Then I showed her how she could have bought the same shit on Amazon for $28; she was livid.

  • 'Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared': An Italian tourist's Ben Gurion nightmare
  • Veolia, Mekorot and the struggle for Palestinian water rights
    • Blue Gold is a great movie for neophytes to watch about these issues.

    • Schneiderman (Vassar) needs to get in touch with Susan Koppelman. Why isn't Koppelman being asked to go on their water trip? What better 'cruise director' than someone who lived there and studied the water situation for years.

    • Veolia is Rothschild. The nomenclature tree is fascinating over the last century. They keep changing the name every time their actions are besmirched.

  • Randi Zuckerberg to headline event for new AIPAC 'technology division'
  • Ululating at Vassar: the Israel/Palestine conflict comes to America
    • Thots:

      And given the liberal establishment’s marriage to Israel (from Pelosi to de Blasio to Jerry Brown to Vassar)

      All white Boomers.

      They laughed at me, I felt trivialized, I felt my opinions not being validated.”

      Poor babykins. Try being a Palestinian.

      Schneiderman also sought to extenuate Israeli conduct by saying, “We have our own occupation here when it comes to native Americans.”

      wow. Revert to type. And I’m sure Schneiderman has been working on that issue like everyone who whips that analogy out to include all Americans in their 2014 racism.

      None of this is going to breakup without discomfort on both sides. Real discomfort. Where is it written that Jewish groups get to feel the most comfortable about their positions and can’t have their sense of serenity ruined…or trivialized. I take all this as a good sign.

  • Israel wages war on universities because it's lost control of the narrative -- Hedges
  • Johansson sees greater wrong in Oxfam than Israeli settlement
  • Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State?: An excerpt from Ali Abunimah's 'The Battle for Justice in Palestine'
  • United Methodist General Board of Church & Society issues call to boycott SodaStream
  • Marty Peretz's message to Chris Hughes: Keep 'The New Republic' on Israel's side
    • You beat me to it, bilal a. He's just showing off for this IDF boy toy. That he still has the juice. Can influence NYC. And he's probably ODing on Viagra.

  • Evangelicals who dissent from Christian Zionism wear 'stain of indelible infamy,' Israel says
  • Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi and over 150 other scholars condemn censorship, intimidation of Israel critics
  • Gov. Jerry Brown brags on signing historic agreement with Netanyahu in Silicon Valley
    • Thank you, RoHa. It's "brags about" not "brags on." AP Style Book and the OED. "Brags on" is a peasant colloquialism.

  • 'NYT' dismisses Wieseltier attack on Judis as tempest-in-a-teapot
    • I’m 3 generations removed from Ukraine. The idea that I should enjoy a right-of-return to Odessa is ridiculous.

      So is claiming that God gave Israel to the Jews 3,000 years ago.

  • Wesleyan president slams NY Jewish community for suppressing differences over Israel
    • seafoid,

      They have to go back and make God the central part.

      Got that right.

    • seafoid,

      I think it’s a super article

      It is. Brownfeld is always spot on, imo. But the words of Rabbi Jacob Neusner, Daniel J. Elazar and the issues of Breira did not take. I remember their words and points being discussed in my Jewish mentor's house. He agreed with them 100%; his wife did not. Her view prevailed with the Jewish NYC public, as it does today and runs the yammer-jammer of media slant. But there is a great swath of people across America, silent still, who are resentful of that slant, and think it's bullshit. But that resentment is going to come to pass. The result of which, I maintain, is going to be painful open dialogue for Jews and non-Jews alike.

    • Short-form Brownfeld: That pissant piece of sand has nothing to do with Judaism.

    • I suggest he’s objecting because Butler is Jewish

      And he has a friendship. End of story.

    • I agree with Krauss, who can smell these phonies at 100 yards. No offense, Phil, but jesus you give these guys so much latitude. Can't you lock and load your balls and clear the room?

  • Political Zionism is destroying a culture and a people, and intentionally so
    • JeffB,

      From Allan Brownfeld's review entitled Explaining the Long — and Largely Untold — History of Jewish Opposition to Zionism
      link to

      An important new book, "A Threat From Within: A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism" by Yakov M. Rabkin, Professor of History at the University of Montreal, sheds significant light on Jewish religious opposition to Zionism. After completing his university education, Dr. Rabkin studied Judaism with rabbis in Montreal, Paris and Jerusalem. He brings a lifetime of study and experience to his subject.

      In the forward, Joseph Agassi, professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, notes that, “The author raises questions about the myth that Israel protects the Jews around the world and constitutes their natural homeland. This book rightly shows that this myth is anti-Jewish. Most Israelis mistake this myth for Zionism and argue that we can only reach independence once all the Diaspora Jews gather here. The Jews must therefore decide whether the interests of the State of Israel coincide or conflict with their own interests. However this question is taboo in the context of today’s Zionist ideology. Moreover, this ideology deems anti-Semitism unavoidable and Israel the only place where a Jew can be safe. This view is essentially undemocratic: it denies a priori any value of the emancipation of Jews in the modern world.”

      Agassi notes that Professor Rabkin “mobilizes little known historical data in order to make distinctions between the following concepts: Zionism and Judaism; Israel as a state, as a country, as a territory and as the Holy Land ... this creates a real and dangerous confusion between faith and nationality ... One need not be religious in order to protest the exploitation by Israel of religious concepts. I am not religious and am not part of the current fad to find fault with Zionism and its history. But as an Israeli patriot and a philosopher, I find it imperative to make Judaic anti-Zionism a part of the badly needed debate about Israel’s past, present and future.” [...]

  • 144 Irish educators pledge boycott-- as Karmi says, We gave up waiting on governments for help
  • Jewish community commits intellectual suicide before our eyes
    • Einstein one of the greatest minds for discovering the law of the photoelectric effect? He didn't get a Nobel for e=mc2, because he didn't discover or invent it. Check

    • seafoid,

      According to this, it's more than just a touch, it's active involvement. "Ukraine Protests: Israeli Ex-Officer 'Leads Militant Group'"
      link to

    • Judaism has this weird dichotomy of intellectual curiosity and shtetl thinking. Zionism is shtetl -it is basically a cult where loyalty comes before intelligence.
      It’s run by thugs. So when the memes are in shreds they impose obedience.
      Like it’s going to make a difference.

      On fire today.

    • Interesting post, seafoid. I didn't know that about the Alawi. And it's been years since I heard anyone use that great word, "nous."

    • "Time for others in the Jewish Communities (and not just this site) to say that enough is enough."
      They won't.

    • It’s tragic, and embarrassing.

      And dragging American culture down with it.

  • Truman feared backing Israel would involve US in 'new world conflict' -- Boston Globe
    • I especially love this piece because it invites a discussion of all the damage that the special relationship has helped to foster

      Add the militarization of our state and local law enforcement. Those Star Wars uniforms? The heavy hand? The loss of community policing? All exported (and peddled) from Israel, as Jeff Halper described in a Seattle interview four years ago.

  • Effort to remove Jews from West Bank is akin to Nazi slaughter -- settler spokesman
    • Effort to remove Jews from West Bank is akin to Nazi slaughter — settler spokesman

      Except this time they signed on for it. No settler can get or occupy a house in the WB without signing a document that says they might be asked to leave, and if so, must do so.

      Don't have a link for it. In the archives somewhere.

  • Scholar explodes 'canonic' American Jewish belief: Russian Czar was behind 1903 massacre
  • Goldberg slams Kerry for mentioning boycott-- though he saluted it as 'smart strategy'
  • EU Prez Martin Schulz wreaks havoc during speech at Knesset
    • As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Trying to educate a bigot is like shining light into the pupil of an eye—it constricts," and they run out of the room claiming someone is trying to blind them.

  • Goldberg and Cohen stoke fears of BDS
  • Avigdor Lieberman: 'Our Oscar goes to Scarlett'
  • Surviving anti-Semitism smear, Walt and Mearsheimer seem to have influence in high places
    • Didn’t Walt and Mearsheimer get a 400,000 dollar advance from a major publishing house for writing their book? That right there makes a mockery of the paranoid notion of an all powerful Jewish lobby controlling the media.

      Because the "all powerful Jewish lobby controlling the media" is Jewish? (No Gentile owns or controls a major publishing firm these days.)

      In any event, an advance against future earnings is de rigueur in the publishing industry, has been for over a century in this country, and 400Gs is not excessive for two guys with a publishing history writing a book. Or are you hand-waving again at the theatre EXIT door?

      The only people who praise it are activists, not experts

      Guess you must have been snoozing under a rock in the West Bank when the LBR article, the precursor to the book, came out, because its sensation among experts led to the book contract. But hey, Israelis can be forgiven for not being the sharpest knives in the drawer; that's why you had to let Russians in to fuel your Start-Up Nation.

    • The typical Congress Critter, too timid to defy the Lobby in public, is not going to provide real leadership on this crucial question.

      Because we elect idiots.

    • Mearsheimer's article is superb. Read it. Download it. Pass it around.

    • "terrified Israelis?" I thought they were busy being the new technological/LGBT/feminist/democratic haven on the planet. Who has time for terror?

    • You beat me to it, annie. Goldberg's boo-boo aside in the middle of the paragraph broke his argument and revealed his venality, but the beauty thing is that Americans are not buying his style of horseshit anymore. Not out here. But I won't say anymore. I want Goldberg on his high horse. I want Netanyahu clumping up his shoes in excrement.

    • Good points, Krauss. But don't forget, Mearsheimer can only publish in places where he is a member. You haven't seen him on the op-ed of the NYT in the last eight years years, have you? Not a chance.

    • ‘spawn of satan’. He's identifying with the Evangelicals.

    • Otherwise, re-institute the draft.

      The only way to correct the attention. Should be done now.

  • Free it or f--- it, Palestine comes to Los Angeles
    • The Workmen’s Circle is a progressive secular organization focused on maintaining the Yiddish language and developing a progressive, secular, Jewish culture in the United States.

      Then why the foreign flag of a country where Yiddish is not the official language?

  • Kerry's wingmen Friedman and Beinart praise boycott, to pressure Netanyahu
    • Mearsheimer is on TV? When was this?

    • AIPAC wants their midnight mushroom status returned, not to mention the sincere and deep anger among ordinary Americans--yes, even among those who understand zip about what's going on--if diplomatic efforts with Iran are thwarted. Only Israel, AIPAC, and Israel-Firsters want war with Iran, and that's something AIPAC can't erase from common knowledge here. If anything untoward happens to Iran that involves the US, Israel is to blame. Period. At this stage, Joe Q Public knows it. We've cut food stamps, unemployment benefits--we're impoverishing our people--but we're still giving billions to Israel. This is a powder-keg.

    • Don't whack Krauss too hard, annie. He's making important points about 'liberal Zionists'. The 'Ah c'mon, Phil' stuff is frustration.

  • SodaStream stock sinks, and Bloomberg cites 'sanctions over Jewish settlements'
    • The altitude of London is 14 metres or 49 ft.

    • seafoid, who wrote this shit? Some scientific ignoramus? "Weather systems under-950 hPa are rare?" You kiddin' me?

      Weather systems under-950 hPa are rare but there have been several since Mid-December.

      One hectoPascal (hPa) = one millibar of atmospheric pressure. 950 hPa is about 600 metres altitude.

      Go here:

      Click on the word 'earth'. Look at 'height'. Click on 1000 hPa or 850 gPa--both above the surface--and see the weather systems globally, including merry old England. [250 hPa is the Jet Stream. Click on it. Then click on 'earth' again to see the result.] is a stunning website that an Italian put up about three months ago using a supercomputer to give us wind and temps in real time.

      Whoever wrote that stuff on the Guardian is an effing idiot, but it seems to be typical of what the Guardian does in the climate area.

    • seafoid,

      Likud is slowly being encircled by the logic it thought was no longer necessary in the heady ferment of 1977.

      ;-) brilliant.

  • Do SodaStream's workers have the right to vote? Roger Waters asks Scarlett Johansson
  • 'FT' blast on settlements will strike fear at Hasbara Central (if not among liberal Zionists and 'glitzy blondes')
  • Fearless authors dance on third rail of US politics...
  • Open Letter from NY Jews to Mayor de Blasio: 'AIPAC does not speak for us'
    • Good for them. I like the brevity and clarity, makes it much more powerful than the endless litany of the 'values' the dissent is representing. They're basically telling de Blasio to suck face.

  • 'I'll believe a corporation is a person the day it gets a colonoscopy'
    • As Warren Mosler wrote in that link I gave above:

      What a good economy should look like

      I just want to say a quick word about what a good economy is because it’s been so long since we’ve had a good economy. You’ve got to be at least as old as I am to remember it. In a good economy business competes for people. There is a shortage of people to work for business. Everybody wants to hire you. They’ll train you, whatever it takes. They hire students before they get out of school. You can change jobs if you want to because other companies are always trying to hire you. That’s the way the economy is supposed to be but that’s all turned around. For one reason, which I’ll keep coming back to, the budget deficit is too small. As soon as they started tightening up on budget deficits many years ago, we transformed from a good economy where the people were the most important thing to what I call this ‘crime against humanity’ that we have today……

      So what you do is you target full employment, because that’s the kind of economy everybody wants to live in. And the right size deficit is whatever deficit corresponds to full employment…

    • Another guy who's a problem: Peter Shiff
      link to

    • Oh, great. Aging Baby Boomers with zero imagination or capability, it seems, to create a new language for what's needed, so they fall back on socialism , a word freighted with meanings they will have to spend 3/4 of their time trying to redefine.

      It shows a lack of thinking. New thinking creates new language.

      It shows, also, that they don't know what the problem is. Not one of those people on that stage could tell you in 20 sentences or less how federal accounting works. And therein, lies the problem.

      Want to read a smart guy? Try this. He's talking to a group in Italy about how to fix their Euro problems, but he's also talking about the American monetary system.
      link to

  • Stephen Harper's Criticizing-Israel-Is-Anti-Semitic screed is exploded on CBC
    • The Current audio is good. You'd never hear this on NPR; the announcer would cut the guests off. Joseph Ben-Ami is doing pilpul, and he has the balls to say that Israel does not privilege Jews?

  • Rabbi raises 'dual loyalty' question-- and all hell breaks loose in DC Jewish community
    • Ron,

      I’m saying, stay out of the nuances of loyalty discussion as it pertains to Jewish identity and Israel/Palestine. Instead, call out unacceptably horrible loyalty, as such, then and there.

      But the issue isn't the philosophy of universal loyalty, or curing the faults of loyalty as if were a national health epidemic.

      The issue is dual loyalty, and it involves Israel currently dictating against American interests. The issue is powerful American Jewish pressure on the US Congress (using money and career/reputation threats) to screw US foreign policy, the US President, and upset a peace deal that would work if they stopped it. The issue is specific American Jewish warmongering to benefit Israel whether it risks world war, or costs more US treasure. This is dual loyalty; MJ Rosenberg has the description right.

      The stakes are real, and the outcome could be catastrophic. This isn't the time to braid the short-and-curlies over a word that offends the perps. These people need to be stopped; moreover, what they are doing identified…accurately. They are not doing this for the benefit of the United States of America. Or you or me.

  • Oxfam expresses 'concerns' over Scarlett Johansson's support for settlement product
    • All this tells me is that her involvement with OXFAM was suspect. She didn’t know what she was doing. What? She smiled at some black guys in Africa? That was advocacy?

    • annie,

      but i hope she comes to her senses, and fast.

      Nah. They'll wait until the SuperBowl ad runs and assess the tweets.

  • Cracks in the lobby: Wexler warns Netanyahu not to be 'cavalier' about US support
    • Wexler has it right. The lack of support among Gentiles, previously iron-clad, is now extraordinary, but deadly silent. I wrote previously on MW that support for Israel nationwide was 3000 miles wide but an inch deep. I can report from anecdotal evidence that it's now 1/8" to probably 1/16" deep, bordering on anti-semitism. A war with Iran would bring it out overnight. I think you can take that to the bank, and no one would regret their sentiments about it. That's how fed up people are.

  • Update: 'Blood bubbles' -- mainstream media turn on SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson
  • 'Guard the state, no surrendering to Kerry' -- right-wing Israeli campaign
    • The settlers aren't net-savvy enough to know what they're doing, and consequences aren't something baked into Jewish thought (only imperatives). I say applaud the settlers in their efforts. Make their screeching louder.

  • 'New Yorker' says Scarlett Johansson's relationship with SodaStream may hurt her image
  • Sharon's death is 'perfect time' for settler siren's new Miley Cyrus parody, ode to Gaza settlers
  • Zionism Unsettled: Presbyterian network pushes a new dialogue on Zionism
  • Europeans with 'no legitimate claim' to America wiped out indigenous people -- 'totally different' from Israel (Harris)
  • The self-hating goy
    • Las Vegas concierges tell of Saturdays spent sending people up and down to guests' hotel rooms to turn on lights, turn them off, run the bath, do this, do that. They hate Saturdays.

    • Or their God's real estate deed.

  • Thug
    • Ben Gurion thought Sharon was "a gangster" and scoffed at the idea that he could ever become PM. (Source: Ben Gurion said this directly to my mentor when he lived in Israel in 1967/69).

  • Ariel Sharon, whose political career was unhindered by civilian massacres, dies at 85
  • 'Haaretz' says many Orthodox are taught to see non-Jews as 'not quite human'
    • Elliot and Walker,

      I agree, Walker: excellent point, Elliot.

      And you expand on it, Walker, with this:

      In my opinion these guys’ backgrounds and activities might have been given a pass by Jewish publishers and editors out of a desire to avoid embarrassing the Jews.

      Add that specifically to Elliot's point which I expand upon in bold

      The Us vs. Them construction that justifies all manner of wrongdoing comes inevitably from this carefully constructed and rigorously enforced sense of “us”. The damage done to US foreign policy is a function of the power of [this] community. In the US, they are using this to justify starting a third World War.

  • Update: Israel cages Palestinian children in outdoor holding pens during freezing storm
  • Should dual citizen of US/Israel be vice chair of our Federal Reserve Bank?
    • Krauss,

      Canada is a constitutional monarchy. Canada's Head of State is the Queen of England.

      Fischer is a neoclassical macroeconomist. His textbook is full of nonsense. There is no evidence of his monetary policy prowess; he got US dollars to play with in Israel and moved them among bank accounts. And fiscal policy is not the Fed's business; that's reserved for Congress by law.

    • Another point to bring up when you call the White house to complain (202-456-1111). See my long post above (assuming it gets by moderation).

      if Fischer is drawing an Israeli pension:
      Violation of US Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8

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