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  • 'Another Jew!' Speakers at 'Klinghoffer' rally blame Jews for promoting anti-Semitism
  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
  • Judt on Brooks and Friedman's role in pushing the criminal invasion of Iraq
    • No shit, Sherlock. Felled by what Ron Unz calls the mediocracy.

    • I miss him, too. I used to call him occasionally before his pain got too bad to gnash my teeth and commiserate with him. He had that knowing little grunt.

    • One minor observation though: I was disappointed to see Judt brandish all and everyone who wasn’t a neocon an “isolationist”.

      He didn't. Reread it the post, since you haven't read the book yet.

  • Europe wearies of Netanyahu's diversions
    • I would be (pleasantly) shocked to read a sympathetic article to Israel in the FT, The (London) Times, The Guardian or The Economist. To be fair this attitude is also present in other (West) European countries

      Ya' think that might be a clue?

    • It's called NSA conversations.

    • ivri, or is it inri?

      Get off Masada.

    • Yeah, but "Europe" has these little irritants called voters.

    • Israel is a theocracy with a messianic complex.

    • Don't forget that Ford and Carter became great friends after Ford's presidency until Ford's death. Carter does not suffer fools. Walter Cronkite said in 2003 when asked who was the smartest Prez of the seven he covered: Carter, by far, he said. Cronkite said that Carter's grasp of macro and micro issues was so prodigious that he had to study for two days before interviewing him. Only President that he had to do that with.

    • Gerald Ford, it was once said, could not chew gum and walk at the same time.

      Because the White House Press Corps specifically and purposefully spent two years destroying him because they were pissed he pardoned Nixon. They used photographic outtakes to make him look like a bumbling fool when, according to Teddy White, Ford was the most physically coordinated and graceful President of the 20th C. They did it on purpose, and crowed afterward that they "made Chevy Chase's career."

    • Everybody is fed up with Israel. It's like a rampaging friend or relative you finally want to march into a shrink.

    • Good points, amigo.

    • OT, but not.

      I highly recommend Christa Tippett's On Being interview this weekend with French-American anthropologist SCOTT ATRAN —
      Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear
      link to onbeing.org

      An antidote to the screeching pro-Netanyahu/Bennett American extremists we have here in America (note to foreigners here on MW) who have become so tedious, to the Sam Harrises and Bill Mahers that spout Islamophobia to the hoi polloi from their media perches, and to the small-mindedness we exhibit as Americans because we can't imagine an advanced civilization.

  • The Center for Jewish Life is stifling free speech at Princeton University
  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
    • Shmuel,

      I'm not a committee man, but surely you remember the discussion some years ago here about the American Jewish Sephardic tradition doing combat with the newly arrived Ashkenazi tradition in 19th C American Jewish religious life. The Ashkenazis won, btw.

      The Sephardics, (Sephardim) who made up the majority of American Jews from the early 1500s to the mid-1800s, and who were descendent from the migration out of Spain of the noble and educated Jewish class, didn't believe in The Other. Their readings of the Talmud and Torah didn't set up this dichotomy; they resisted and resented the Ashkenazi pilpul because it 'wasn't scientific and rational'. I can't reference files I have in my library about this because they have been wiped from the web. They are from years of reading David Shasha's monthly email newsletters (in an annoying .doc format ;-)) in which he published Jewish Sephardic scholars discussing these arcane points. Extraordinarily thoughtful commentaries.

      Anyway, I think you accused American unfairly of racism. That's all I sayin', my friend.

    • Shmuel, "I see the frustration and the logic, but fighting racism with racism is counter-productive. "

      On this side of the pond, we call it satire . . . we're not as good at it, nor as subtle, as the Brits, but our coarseness gets the point across.

    • But it acts as a testing of the waters. Even though there are 650 MPs, as Boomer quotes Juan Cole below, the public reaction to this will tell the tale. Count on the hasbara teams to go into high gear. Their problem is the revulsion against what happened this past summer. And the fact that the number of Millennials globally ain't gonna' buy it.

  • Andrew Sullivan should stop giving a pass to Sam Harris and Bill Maher's bigotry
    • @Donald,

      . . . it would be a great step forward if people like Sullivan would go so far as to admit that suicide bombings and beheadings are no worse than the preferred Western methods of killing innocents . . .

      I could not agree more. I find that as I age, my lack of patience with the sophistry of nationally sanctioned murder stabs me with visceral derision and disgust. I heard a show on NPR with Millennials this past week, and how they reject the American Exceptionalism poobah and doodah; I do too. The bleating, the highhandedness, the self-righteous presumption that we can end lives because we exist über alles, because we're Americans, leaves me cold, leaves me repulsed by our lack of moral character.

      We've now bought the concept of The Other that we can do anything to when this country was formed on the idea that we are a nation of Others governed by law.

  • Wiesel lauds settlers for 'strengthening the Jewish presence in Jerusalem' -- and expelling Palestinians
    • Smart comment.

    • @Mooser,

      Yeah, I alluded to it here nearly four years ago. I never expected my friend to go first. link to mondoweiss.net

    • Boomer, I wrote about this story, too, above: link to mondoweiss.net

      I didn't know that 'The British guy' was Tim Judah. But it wasn't a "female Arab reporter." It was the Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa. She was promoting her new film, The Decent One.

      It was a remarkable exchange, wasn't it.

    • Tweet

      Guardian: British MPs likely to recognise #Palestine as a state in symbolic vote. link to t.co pic.twitter.com/r727SK06LL

      — Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) October 10, 2014

    • OT-ish, but related to this.

      To all who live in NYC, You might want to see this film. You have until October 14.

      I just listened to a BBC World Service (show: Weekend, Oct. 11) interview of Vanessa Lapa, an Israeli documentary filmmaker, who made The Decent One...but wait until you hear what she said! First the blurb from NYC's Film Forum website:

      We can have but one desire as to what is said about us: These German officers, these German soldiers – they were decent.” – Heinrich Himmler. A recently discovered cache of hundreds of personal letters, diaries, and photographs belonging to the Nazi Gestapo chief seems to reveal a thoughtful, loving husband and devoted father to his daughter, Gudrun. The documents were hidden in Tel Aviv for decades and sold to the father of the Israeli documentary filmmaker, Vanessa Lapa. She has fashioned a fascinating case study: a portrait of the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War, who thought of himself in heroic terms. Psychologists, historians, and moralists have long debated how seemingly ordinary people can do monstrous things. The jaw-dropping discrepancies Lapa discovers between Himmler’s self-image and his historical role cast a new, piercing light on the human capacity for self-delusion.

      She is showing it across the US.

      In the interview (which we can't access online from the US) with the BBC announcer and another British guy, she says that--and this is a rough paraphrase--considering all that Jews went through in the Holocaust, it is stunning to her that the Israelis would treat the Palestinians as they do. She was describing the reactions to her film before Berlin and Tel Aviv audiences, how it hit them in totally different ways. She said Israelis couldn't see the similarities in themselves.

      Apparently the film is riveting. The British guy had seen it and described it effusively. But when Lapa said that it was imperative for Israelis to realize that what they were doing to the Palestinians is no different than what the 'decent, loving Germans' had done during WWII, the BBC announcer asked the other British guy to comment. Mr. British guy said, "I'm not going there!" Lapa said this is an essential conversation to have and that we must have it. She said that we cannot shove our history under the rug because it's unpleasant. Mr. British guy said, "Well...I...I, I, I...don't agree with many of the things you're saying." Clearly caught off guard and awkward moment, especially with hundreds of millions of BBC listeners are on the other end. Lapa was not being passionate; she was quiet and reflective.

      She kept it up saying that maybe she will be able to provoke a conversation in Los Angeles 'because it must be had' until the BBC announcer managed to get her to change the subject.

      THE DECENT ONE
      12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15
      Through Tuesday, October 14
      209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave.

    • My friend, Elie Wiesel's nephew, died last Sunday night in Romania. Now I can say what Elie's family from Sighet (Romania, where Elie was born) told me to my face. Elie Wiesel was never at Auschwitz and he made up Night. "He's all bullshit," they said. They laughed at him, and at "the stupid Americans" for believing him.

  • Fineman and Robinson blast Sam Harris and HBO for promoting ignorance about Islam
    • Fascinating lecture. Thank you.

    • And Tomasky can put down his iPhone, which is only possible because of discoveries in Islamic Science.

    • Correction: this should read: "An extreme example are the camel-driven tribes of Saudi Arabia deciding over 200 years ago to create Wahhabism, and hating the Sufis until after the start of the 21st C.

    • I agree with Fineman. I watched that painful Maher/Harris glennbecky routine on Islam and cringed at their ignorance, and the always-there-to-make-America-go-along-with-you statement about "women's rights."

      Newsflash. The right and necessity of treating women equal to me is enshrined in the Koran, and has been there since Day One of its writing. The only Abrahamic religion to do so.

      From Dr. Aftab Ahmad Khan's explanation about Muslim women and their religious rights:

      The right in inheritance, 12 centuries before it dawned on European Christians and Jews:

      "Unto the men (of a family) belongeth a share of that which parents and nearer kindred leave, and unto the women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be little or much - a legal share" (Koran 4:7)

      Ending the pre-Islamic act of female infanticide when a daughter was considered inauspicious:

      "He hideth himself from the folk because of the evil of that whereof he hath had tidings, (asking himself): Shall he keep it in contempt, or bury it beneath the dust. Verily evil is their judgment" (Koran 16:58-59).

      Education for both men and women is a mandatory requirement in Islam:

      "Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Are those who know equal with those who know not? But only men of understanding will pay heed" (Koran 39:9)

      Forced marriages, "honor" killings, and women's confinement to the home have no endorsement in Islam:

      "O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from them twain hath spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty toward God in Whom ye claim (your rights) of one another, and toward the wombs (that bear you)" (Koran 4:1)

      There is no priestcraft in Islam, no hierarchy, no Pope, rabbis, pastors, or bishops. They only have scholars. Islam is the relationship between you and God (Allah) and the words of the Koran. There is no idolatry--a big no-no--which is why they get so pissed at people attempting to produce a face of Mohammed.

      The myriad of different sects is the result of groups of like-minded people getting together and saying X passage in the Koran means Y. An extreme example are the camel-driven tribes of Saudi Arabia deciding to create Wahhabism, and hating the Sufis until after the start of the 21st C.

      On the other hand,

      The Kingdom of Morocco under the leadership of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah, known as King Mohammed III, was the first country in the world to recognise the United States of America as an independent nation in 1777. This historic act by the North African Muslim kingdom highlights the relationship then existing between America’s Masonic leaders and the Moors. Before exploring this strange connection further we need to understand the part played by the Moors in the transmission of knowledge to Europe.

      Moor is the classical name in Europe of the Muslim people of North Africa. In Spain, where Muslims ruled for over five hundred years, Arabs are still called Moros. The term “Moor” came to be synonymous with “Muslim” in many contexts, for example the Muslim communities in the Philippines are known to this day as Moros. The Supreme Wisdom of the Moors, much of it derived from ancient Egypt, has come to be known as “Moorish Science”.

      The Moors provided the vital link between ancient and modern civilisation. The light of knowledge which illuminated the Moorish lands of Spain and Sicily was instrumental in dispelling the gloom of ignorance that enveloped mediaeval Europe.

      “It was under the influence of Arabian and Moorish revival of culture,” writes Robert Briffault in The Making of Humanity, “and not in the 15th century, that the real renaissance took place. Spain and not Italy, was the cradle of the rebirth of Europe. After sinking lower and lower in barbarism, it had reached the darkest depths of ignorance and degradation when the cities of the Saracenic world Baghdad, Cairo, Cordova, Toledo, were growing centres of civilisation and intellectual activity. It was there that the new life arose which was to grow into a new phase of human evolution. From the time when the influence of their culture made itself felt, began the stirring of a new life.”

      The Orientalist Stanley Lane-Poole acknowledged the great impact Moorish civilisation had on Europe when he wrote:

      For nearly eight centuries under her Muslim rulers Spain set to all Europe a shining example of a civilized and enlightened state. Art, literature and science prospered as they then prospered nowhere else in Europe. Students flocked from France and Germany and England to drink from the fountains of learning which flowed only in the cities of the Moors. The surgeons and doctors of Andalusia were in the vanguard of science; women were encouraged to devote themselves to serious study, and a lady doctor was not unknown among the people of Cordova.1

      1. Stanley Lane-Poole, Studies in a Mosque

  • Bill de Blasio ruins the liberal Zionists' glorious hour
    • DC will be the last place to change, and politicians will only change when they hear from their constituents. All the donor money in the world means nothing if no one will vote for you.

    • But I’m done as an American being a silent stooge while Israeli militarist madness fuels hatred and sets the stage for war.

      Yep. That's how everyone I talk to these days feels, except they haven't spoken out yet. It's going to be a 'hundredth monkey' or 'tipping point' kind of thing, but they've already crossed the rubicon (small r).

    • “Where are you?” and me answering, “by the Kotel, in Jerusalem, in Israel.”

      (1) As if the person calling you wouldn't know that?

      (2) You would have to add "in Israel?" Reminds me of when every seven-year-old discovers, "I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North America, Northern Hemisphere, Planet Earth, Milky Way, The Universe.

    • The way to take it on is to oppose the root cause, the ideology of Jewish privilege. Liberal Zionists can’t do that.

      But Gentiles can and will. It's already happening sotto voce--believe me--out of ennui and disgust (Gaza). The issue is whether Liberal Zionists (1) understand the need for it, (2) will allow it, especially without the usual label and career-killing cudgels, (3) can embrace the populist American value to expose issues and create transparency, and (4) can endure it without feeling threatened. I doubt it.

  • Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah
    • "Is it good for the Jews?" ;-)

    • Just because Western politicians and media outlets are (belatedly) paying attention to the group doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

      Just because Western politicians and media outlets ignore Israel's massacre of citizens and white phosphorous barbecuing of babies doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

    • The rabbi exemplifies either insanity or stupidity: there are 1.4 billion Muslims on the planet, one-fifth the world's population; mostly in places far removed from the Middle East. What he is doing in this country, however, is the rabbinical equivalent of sedition.

    • One thing I noticed about Lewis’s lengthy sermon was that to him it was perfectly self-evident that everything wrong in the world was somebody else’s fault. . . . Am I the only one who feels a certain level of despair about this?

      No, you aren't.

    • Moose, why aren't you there today? ;-)

    • Tribal unity is what done it!

      Yep. And what does it.

    • He sounds like Adelson's daughter; what a mouth on her.

    • Bryan, thoughtful comment.

      Economists of all political stripes will tell you that Marx wrote the most intelligent and enduring explanation of capitalism, and that it stands up today. Einstein had to escape Europe after the uproar across the continent in 1921 (check out The Times of London archives) of his alleged plagiarism of other scientists' relativity work; the Nobel committee had to postpone his announced prize as a result until 1922 to find something else to give him a prize for (they chose the photovoltaic cell). The director of the Freud institute or foundation in NYC discovered in Freud's diaries and letters in the 1970s or 80s that he was a pedophile, and called him a phony; this was a New York City revelation that was squashed and didn't make it much past the Hudson.

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • l“Jewish State” can only be a religion-supremacist construct primarily of and for Jews.

      Or like Iran, only less accommodating of other religions.

    • "but let’s be real."
      How true.

    • It’s useful to have someone lifting the veil and showing how little difference there is between some ISIS thug and their Western counterparts.

      Good line and accurate.

    • Monoculture is stupid IMO. Cuts out too much potential. Spain shouldn’t have expelled its Jews- England didn’t and England did much better in the 17th century.

      Spain expelled first its Muslims (1480s), then its Jews (1492), because Isabella wanted the Pope to relocate The Holy See to Spain. She thought it would burnish Spain's Catholic bonafides. Her real purpose, of course, was in extending her husband's empire.

  • NYT's opening to a 'fringe voice' excites rage from Israeli army, journalism, business leaders
    • In 1967 Nassar was openly calling for the elimination of the Jewish population of Palestine and moved his army up for that purpose.

      What an absolute crock! Complete BS.

      British journalist Alan Hart, who reported for ITN's Panorama throughout the 1967 war, wrote:

      For more than two years previously Dayan had been in the political wilderness. After a number of threats to do so, he had resigned as minister of agriculture in November 1964. The main reason for his departure from government was his opposition to Eshkol’s Sharett-like moderation in general and, in particular, Eshkol’s refusal, supported by Chief of Staff Rabin, to be interested in the Greater Israel project. By responding swiftly and positively to a suggestion from King Hussein for a secret dialogue when he became prime minister, Eshkol had demonstrated that he did want Israel to live within its existing borders and to make peace with the Arabs on that basis. The developing dialogue between Jordan and Israel was, of course, a red rag to Dayan’s bull because it signalled that, in Eshkol’s vision of the future, the West Bank including East Jerusalem (if it was not internationalized by peace) would stay in Arab hands. It would not be up for grabs by gut-Zionism if Eshkol had his way. This view was reinforced by the policy statement that came with Rabin’s five-year plan for the IDF which, as I noted in the previous chapter (in Volume Two), declared that Israel could realise its national goals within existing borders.

      The political wilderness into which Dayan went was not so lonely a place. He had Ben-Gurion and Peres for company after they formed a breakaway party. The three of them had hoped that it would be the vehicle through which, by democratic means, they could oblige Eshkol to do their bidding or resign.

      On the day before Dayan was imposed on Prime Minister Eshkol as minister of defence, I was waiting with my ITN camera crew to doorstep him as he left the office where he devoted time to his hobby, archaeology. Because of the quality of my sources (former DMI Chaim Herzog was one of them), I knew that Israel’s one-eyed warlord was about to become minister of defence. I did not expect him to say anything newsworthy on camera but it was worth a try. He was alone when we filmed him walking towards us to his car. If I asked him, “Do you think there will be war?” he would have said “No.” So I settled for, “How do you see the future?” I asked the question as he was passing the camera without the intention, it seemed, of answering.

      The enigma stopped and smiled. There was no mistaking the conspirator’s twinkle in his one eye. Then, to illustrate the four little words he was about to utter, he made a come-hither gesture with the index finger of his right hand. “The desert is beckoning.” I said to my film crew, “That means Israel will go to war in a matter of days, probably on Monday morning.” (Which would be 5 June.)

      For Dayan the war of 1967 was the unfinished business of 1948-49.

      The main point is that the creation of a Greater Israel, the second Zionist fait accompli, did not come about by design. When it went to war, the IDF’s objective as determined by the government was not the creation of Greater Israel. That just happened on the battlefield as Dayan seized opportunities as they opened up. The opportunities were there because the Arabs were not intending to attack Israel; because of Israel’s overwhelming military superiority; because the Johnson administration delayed a Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire; and because of what the IDF did to prevent the Johnson administration limiting Dayan’s war aims once the fighting was underway.

      The Great Cover-Up of the 1967 Arab–Israeli war had to do with the IDF’s attack on the American spy ship, the U.S.S. Liberty, and the cold-blooded murder, by Israeli forces, of 34 members of its crew and the wounding of 171 others, 75 of them seriously. It is impossible to make sense of what really happened in June 1967 without understanding why Israeli forces attacked the Liberty.

      The Six Day War marked a turning point—the embrace of Israel by the Jews of the world, who were misled to believe that the Arab Goliath was intending to slay the Israeli David.

  • Netanyahu erases the boundary between world Jewry and Israel in celebration of 'our country'
    • Yeah, I was just going to say that he's comes off as a pope, with an out-of-touch idea of his own importance. He's passing himself off as King of the Jews, isn't he? And making it foundational that all Jews hence forth shall be blamed for the sins of Israel, whether they participate in its policies or not, because Israel--now his world empire--is the virtual nation of all Jews on the planet.

      As long as the host country keeps coughing up. . . .

  • Another scholar cancels at U of Illinois, saying school doesn't 'protect faculty from donors'
    • “This is a book of great importance to our society. It deserves to transform our understanding of integrity and achievement and success. William Deresiewicz is a genuine humanist with a profound faith in the promise of democracy, and he has an uncommon gift for wisdom without platitudes. Excellent Sheep is a withering analysis of the transactional spirit that rules American education and American life, and an inspiring example of a better ideal. A true teacher speaks here. He has my admiration and my gratitude.” (Leon Wieseltier)

      “William Deresiewicz’s book is in and of itself a higher education, and to read it is to learn what’s a college for. The author is an inspired teacher, and his lesson is of a truth sorely needing to be told.” (Lewis Lapham)

      "It might surprise the countless students competing for admission to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford that they could be fighting for a dubious prize. But in this probing indictment, a former Yale professor accuses America’s top universities of turning young people into tunnel-visioned careerists, adept at padding their résumés and filling their bank accounts but unprepared to confront life’s most important questions. . . . An urgent summons to a long-overdue debate over what universities do and how they do it." (Bryce Christensen Booklist (starred review))

    • William Deresiewicz's new book (9/16 pub date?) Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life is one of the more fascinating books I've read in a long time. I'm two-thirds of the way through it, and I'm enthralled. Didn't expect it at all.

  • 'Civility' is for dancing classes, not universities, and is tool of pro-Israel political operatives -- Franke
    • American,

      They attack people like a pack of hyenas , defame, slander them, lie, cost them their jobs. And then demand everyone else be ‘civil’

      Got that right.

      The articles were from Dr. Norman Doidge (correct spelling), who wrote the book The Brain That Changes Itself.

      Doidge said that new neuroscience proved: Our behavior creates the culture, and culture rewires the brain. And not the other way around as was thought throughout the 20th C.

  • US elites are vulnerable to donor pressure on Israel question
    • Jeremy Hardy:

      The world would be a fair more peaceful place if foreign office staff had contented themselves with drawing pudendum on portraits of reigning monarchs, instead of carving out the world from a desk in Whitehall.

      ;-)

    • Should we call it Jewish money? I disagree, because I don’t like lumping all Jews, even if it’s all rich Jews, into one group.

      It's Jewish money. Tell the truth.

      People have no problem labeling a pile of dough "American money" or "Christian money" or "Mafia money" even though it's lumping Americans, Christians, or mobsters into a group. Why should Jews get a pass? That's the question you should be answering.

  • No Surprise Dep't: David Brooks's son is in Israeli army
    • I agree. It matters a lot, especially when it's not talked about, hidden from discussion by the NYT and NPR/PBS, as if it has to be handled delicately.

      It's dual loyalty, and Brooks deserves to be confronted about it.

  • Russell Tribunal on Palestine: Delegitmisation of Israeli apartheid has to happen in the courtroom too
    • This is the story from that link you gave, Mayhem. You have misrepresented what Eva Jasiewicz was doing there, and merely copied the opinion of the writer of the article above.

      Yesterday, Israeli and Polish activists met in the ruins of Warsaw’s old Jewish Ghetto.

      The activists sprayed ‘Liberate All Ghettos’ in Hebrew, followed by ‘Free Gaza and Palestine’ in English on a wall of an original block in the ghetto. The block is across the street from the last fragment of the remaining perimeter wall of the Ghetto. They also hung Palestinian flags from the wall.

      This was first time such an action took place in the ghetto.

      Yonatan Shapira former Israeli Air Force captain and now refusnik and BDS activist said:

      ‘Most of my family came from Poland and many of my relatives were killed in the death camps during the Holocaust. When I walk in what was left from the Warsaw Ghetto I can’t stop thinking about the people of Gaza who are not only locked in an open air prison but are also being bombarded by fighter jets, attack helicopters and drones, flown by people whom I used to serve with before my refusal in 2003.

      I am also thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis. Maybe if they see what we wrote here today they will remember that oppression is oppression, occupation is occupation, and crimes against humanity are crimes against humanity, whether they have been committed here in Warsaw or in Gaza’.

      Ewa Jasiewicz, activist with Kampania Palestyna and one of the co-ordinators of the Free Gaza Movement who just returned from participating in the Freedom Flotilla said:

      `Yonatan could have been the pilot in the Blackhawk that dropped commandos onto the Mavi Marmara that killed nine activists from our flotilla. I could have been one of them. Poland is full of the ruins of ghettos and death camps and shrines to those who sacrificed their lives in the defence of not just their communities but in resistance to fascism.

      People here need to wake up and realise that occupations and ghettos did not end with the end of the second world war. These tactics and strategies of domination and control of other people and lands are present in Palestine today and are being perpetrated by the state of Israel. We have a responsibility to free all ghettos and end all occupations’.

    • s it really a big name jury, though? It has people like Vandana Shiva and Roger Waters on the panel. Now Ms Shiva has more gravitas than waters, but her expertise does not lie in war crimes

      Juries are not filled with subject matter experts. It is a jury of your peers, regular folk, although in this case 'big name'.

    • Vandana Shiva views herself primarily as a physicist, which is her training.

  • Keffiyehs in Harlem in 'Ghetto to Gaza' rap
  • The rabbi at the shitshow
    • @annie,

      they even have more concise words to describe this human condition*: link to answers.yahoo.com

      There's an even better word. The Greek word "idiotes."

      “The original Greek word “idiotes” referred to people who might have had a high IQ, but were so self-involved that they focused exclusively on their own life and were both ignorant of and uncaring about public concerns and the common good.”

      [...]
      In the old Greek City States a man who looked after his own affairs exclusively, and did not bear any share of the burdens of public responsibility was called an idiotes.

  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • That's because the Irish read, amigo. Americans don't read history unless it's a university course. Irish high school education is university level here. You wouldn't believe what we're pumping out now.

    • I thought I read somewhere that her Harvard professor husband, Bruce Mann, was heavily involved with Israel, but I can't find a link.

  • The elephant in the room, in Marin County
    • Not too far off, Shmuel. The trunk could hold a US Treasury Credit Card.

    • I think it needs a caption on the bottom for those who won't get it, and it should be plain-speaking:

      What We're Not Allowed To Talk About
      (according to the Israel Lobby)

  • Yale president's office was involved from the gitgo in blowup over Yale chaplain's letter
    • Moreover, it speaks strongly to the Israeli Lobby corruption of American life, values, and intellectual freedom over the last 30 years. We're nearing a tipping point, I fear. How can the Lobby not see that everyone is taking note of this piling on, and that one day it's going to explode? As Andy Dufresne said to the Warden in The Shawshank Redemption, "How can you be so obtuse?"

  • 'Stop$30Billion' coalition unveils new digital billboard in Albuquerque, NM

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