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

      "Hostage. Didn’t you help support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when you worked with the US military?

      "No."

      You weren't stationed in the KSA?

    • "Yerachmiel Kahanovich Palmach soldier"

      Sorry. No massacre at Lydda. See, Myths and Historiography of the 1948 Palestine War Revisited: The Case of Lydda Author(s): Alon Kadish and Avraham SelaSource: Middle East Journal, Vol. 59, No. 4 (Autumn, 2005), pp. 617-634.

    • @Hostage

      "When Attorney General and current Supreme Court Justice, Elyakim Rubinstein, warned that Israeli Settlers could be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court".

      Yeah. The AG said that 12 years ago and nobody listened and nobody's been prosecuted. You've made my point.

      National leaders, including former President Bush, will defend their countries by all means necessary, regardless of international law.

      Hostage. Didn't you help support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when you worked with the US military? How do you justify having rendered aid to that serial human rights violator?

    • @Hostage@seafoid

      Hostage's posts are confetti, worthless cites to 'international fairy law'.
      International laws are unenforceable, inconsistently interpreted infringements on State's sovereignty.

      Nations obey International Law only when it's in their own interests to do so.

    • 'Imagine the people who died in transit';

      The gradual exodus wasn't the Bataan Death March. The refugees had to trek, at most, 30 to 40 kilometers to get out of the war zone.

      BTW. Many of the local Arab clans had summer and winter villages and it wouldn't be uncommon for entire Palestinian villages to empty as a result of the (sh0rt distanced) migration from their plain villages to their mountain villages.

    • Uri Milstein, former IDF archivist, put the Arab dead at between 9000 and 12,000. Jewish dead were 6,600.

  • 'When I go into the class, I am preparing tomorrow's citizens for the next war'
    • I wasn't aware that the I.D.F beats Palestinian citizens of Israel.
      Please enlighten me.

    • @Walid

      " Arab kids in photo on top appear terrorized by the uniformed instructor"

      Do you mean those blurry faced kids in the backround?

      I took an idiot pill today by mistake so I don't know what picture(s) you are referring to.

    • What prevented Arabs in Israel from fleeing the war zone. Nothing and nobody. The IDF did not use Arab villages as shields. They simply moved troops north near the border where most of Israel's Arabs live. Bad luck, that.

    • Most Arabs in Israel live in private homes that are designed and built by fellow Arabs. The law in Israel mandates construction of 'war rooms' in all private dwellings. Is it the Israeli government's fault if an Arab homeowner doesn't have a 'war room' or if the Arab-run municipality doesn't maintain air raid sirens or if ANY Israeli citizen chooses not to get his free gas mask from the Post Office?

  • Do Americans want to know that Israel is waging war on Africans?
  • Scholar explodes 'canonic' American Jewish belief: Russian Czar was behind 1903 massacre
    • @Phil

      " Your focus — singleminded, it seems to me — on the perfidy of Zionism obscured for you the broader ramifications of what I sought to argue in my talk."

      Zipperstein has your number.

  • A Jew's dead dog has more rights than a Bedouin in the Negev
    • The Negev Bedouin have had their day and court and they lost their case.

    • Not squatter is 'entitled' to water, electricity and sewage.

      Even titled landowners must pay for them.

      Don't pay your utility bills and watch what happens to you and your 'rights'.

    • Allison. A dead Jewish dog has no rights because it's dead.

      An Arab family that squats illegally on Israeli State land has many rights. They have the right to vote. They have the right to peacefully protest. They have the right to assemble. The right to freely worship. They have the right to petition the State to adjudicate their land claim.

      So you see, these Arabs have lots more rights then the Jewish dog.

  • Bill targeting academic groups that boycott Israel halted in New York Assembly
  • I stayed away from Israel just as I stayed away from Nazi Germany -- Hugh Trevor-Roper
    • @seafoid

      A humiliating experience, I'm sure.

      Not to put too fine a point on it, I thought airlines lavatories dispense sanitary napkins?

    • 'Pigs, 'gutter filth', 'nazi barbarians'.

      Woody. What's really missing from your life?
      What void, needs to be filled?

    • @puppies

      I view adulterers as normal and men who seduce their adopted children as deviant. Rape is criminalized, even in Israel.

      Sooooo, I don't follow you.

    • Actually Woody.

      Trevor-Roper worked as a correspondent in Israel in the early 1950's but failed to note young Israel's Nazi barbarism.

    • No Woody.
      The irony is that a obviously flawed human being becomes a 'moral giant' only after he criticizes Israel.

    • A man who is intolerant of Scots probably doesn't care much for Jews either.

    • @seafoid

      Here is the essential difference between you and me.
      I used to be big Woody Allen fan until he seduced his adopted daughter.
      Since that perverse revelation, I've never watched another Wood Allen movie, not even on television, that's how much I loath him.

      You and Phil loathe Israel, but a State isn't a human being. International politics is a little more nuanced than the black and white world you live in.

    • Phil. Your new hero seems to have been a 'Class A' prick.

      "Sisman portrays Trevor-Roper as more Whig than Tory; an anticommunist but no cold warrior, he deplored McCarthyite witch hunts and maintained friendly relations with Marxist historians. He dragged his feet on admitting women to Peterhouse College and harbored several petty bigotries, including against Scots and Catholics. Needlessly spiking his writing with anti-Catholic jabs, he antagonized the Church and its defenders like the novelist Evelyn Waugh, who sniped with Trevor-Roper in the Letters pages of newspapers for decades. "

      "If Trevor-Roper remains known in the United States for anything beyond The Last Days of Hitler, it is for his merciless hatchet jobs on other historians. “I have decided to liquidate [Lawrence] Stone,” he wrote of a former pupil who scooped him on the Elizabethan aristocracy, before writing an article that nearly destroyed that man’s career. Unsportingly, Trevor-Roper himself had thin skin and was quick to call upon the libel courts. His faculty at Cambridge loathed him so much that they would not break bread with him."

      link to washingtonmonthly.com

  • Kerry's framework according to Friedman and Indyk (Updated: Abbas Weighs In)
  • Pete Seeger on Palestine (in 1967)
    • Pete's words that Adam can't man up to.

      “And surely, their ancient homeland, which they remembered for two thousand years, and refused to forget for two thousand years (that’s a long, long time!), surely that would be the logical place.”

      Have you two no shame?

  • Oxfam expresses 'concerns' over Scarlett Johansson's support for settlement product
    • @Philip Munger

      "the NGO’s position on the illegality of settlement products".

      Uhh...How are 'settlement products' illegal?

    • "well, it’s been almost 5 years. any updates on demos in front of starbucks in beirut?"

      You may not have noticed, but Beirut has greater problems right now than where to get a good latte.

      BTW. Doesn't SodaStream employ hundreds of Palestinian plant workers?

  • Update: 'Blood bubbles' -- mainstream media turn on SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson
    • @Hostage

      "Simon Wiesenthal stressed that if Karadzic were ever indicted at least he would know, that if he didn’t immediately face trial, he would be hunted for the rest of his days – and that is exactly what happened".

      Goldstone and Wiesenthal, do not live in the real world.

      Karadzic had no patrons to protect him. The Assad family has big patrons in Russia, Iran and China, who have sworn to protect him so that he will never get even close to a courthouse.

      Real world vs fantasy, fairy law world.

      BTW.Will any of the desert princes funneling arms into Syria see an indictment?
      Will any of the nameless, faceless jihadis face prosecution for their part in the carnage?

    • @Hostage

      Yeah. The ICJ did pretty poor job of prosecuting and, ironically, protecting Milosevic.

      Hostage. How does building a manufacturing plant and paying locals well above the standard wage, constitute 'pillage'?

      Did the Hague Conventions prevent World War I?

    • @Hostage

      "The only thing the Palestinians need to do is set-up their own Wiesenthal-style centers around the globe and go after these criminal scumbags."

      Basta! Neither Birnbaum nor any other Israeli officials is going to be tried in your fantasy auto-da-fe'. Ditto for those involved in the in the Syrian civil war. Keep dreaming.

      For all your 'tilting at windmills', International Law remains 'fairy law', an ephemeral infringement on State's sovereignty, that lacks enforcement and uniformity of interpretation.

      States will, and do, recognize International Law only so far as it's in their perceived self interests. Nothing more.

    • @Hostage

      30% of the land that the soda factory sits on was private owned?

    • @Hostage

      A fizzy beverage producer that employs hundreds of Palestinian plant workers.

  • 'Scarlett letter' -- Social media pillory Johansson for representing settlement business SodaStream
  • While you were neutral about Yarmouk
    • @Hostage

      "I’m always in favor of holding everyone on both sides of an armed conflict criminally responsible for any use of force against civilians who are not talking any part in the hostilities."

      Enough of your ' naked Emperor sitting on a unicorn' talk. Nobody, but nobody involved in the Syrian civil war will ever be held criminally responsible for anything and you know it. Keep dreaming.

      For all your postings, International Law remains 'fairy law', an ephemeral infringement on State's sovereignty, that lacks enforcement and uniformity of interpretation.

      States will, and do, recognize International Law only so far as it's in their own self interests.

      For all your cites and subsections, your just 'tilting at windmills'.

  • Russell Simmons tweets condolences for Ariel Sharon but then takes it back after remembering who he was
  • Ariel Sharon, whose political career was unhindered by civilian massacres, dies at 85
    • @Ellen

      'In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
      As modest stillness and humility:
      But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
      Then imitate the action of the tiger;
      Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
      Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
      Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;'

      --Shakespeare-Henry V

      BTW. Napoleon was a war criminal who'd ordered his men to slaughter thousands of POWs who'd surrendered in Jaffa.
      link to executedtoday.com

    • "Defend the man who got his hands dirty with blood for the purposes of terrorism, ethnic cleansing, oppression, colonialism and supremacism."

      Sharon was never a member of a Zionist terror organization. He was a soldier. I don't believe he played a hand in ethnic cleansing either.
      Colonialism? Sharon was a Sabra, born and raised in Palestine.

      I knew you wouldn't answer my question.

    • @just

      To the extent that Phil has made the I/P conflict the center of his life, who is fixated? Not me. My wife and kids are the center of my life. That's why I have no blog. I merely comment when I have the time.
      I haven't defended Arik Sharon. His actions at Qibya were criminal by even the standards of the day.

      To answer your question, I was a trial attorney in New York. I made aliyah and now I'm a retired trial attorney.

    • @eljay

      Who would you rather have next to you in a foxhole? Sharon or Weiss?
      Be honest.

    • Journalists are the best judges of journalists and soldiers are the best judges of soldiers. Where is the absurdity?

    • " Phil Weiss is a giant among men.."

      Phil Weiss makes a mistake when he offends somebody at a cocktail party.
      Sharon makes a mistake a lots of people die.

      Sharon laid his life on the line ten times over for his country. Has Phil?

      Big difference, as I see it.

    • @Just

      I haven't celebrated anyone. You are 'projecting' for a change.
      I do marvel how people like Phil, who aren't military, much less combat commanders, rush to judge.

    • Warriors don't hide behind defenseless women and children either.

    • Sharon was a professional warrior. His was the blood trade.

      The only time Phil Weiss got his hands dirty, it was with typewriter ink.

  • Palestine, 1927
    • @Sibiriak

      "why would it necessarily be the the “homeland” for a Jew that was born, say, in Poland or Russia?"

      Because history has shown us that a Jew is more likely to survive in the State of Israel than in Poland or Russia, and survival, my friend, is the name of the game.

    • No it says Palestine (Eretz Yisroel).
      You know what parenthesis mean.

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