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Age 59 for a little while. Canadian. Left wing socially, conservative economically. Not right wing tho ;)

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  • Settlement opponents appeal to Massachusetts Democratic Party to pass resolution tomorrow
    • Very well said. People of good conscience can't continje to bury or ignore this issue. The protection of these state crimes must end.

  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
    • @steve

      Jewish people are thriving. In every country where they exist. They could thrive in Israel as well without stomping their boots on the necks of others.

      Jews have given this world as much or more than any other group. Too bad the racists and bigots of the group represent the majority of Israelis

    • @annie

      Steve was always a little slow. If the majority have no interest in what they have to say then the majority have heard of it.

      Granted, my argument presumes the majority aren't running around with their fingers in their ears shouting 'la la la la' to avoid hearing anything.

      I admit that is a weakness to my position. If steve is a typical individual in that grouping then all things are possible. Next time I am in Chicago I will look for hordes doing just that. I'm just amazed he doesn't have back problems given the location of his head. Very flexible but not intellectually.

  • Hasbara-steria: Netanyahu ministers charge NYT with 'journalistic terror attack,' hunger striker with 'suicide terror attack'
    • @eljay

      lawfare.
      diplomatic terrorism.
      mass murder of women and children = self defense.
      a woman's womb is an existential threat.

      The world is filled with violent murderous people. Jihadists. Dictators. Empires. Israel is a beacon to the the lowest of the low.

      And that applies to Israel and the average Israeli supporter. The settlers are a breed that are much lower on the ladder of humanity.

      Victimhood perfected.

    • @eljay

      They think they're tough because with advanced weapons they can slaughter unarmed women and children. As long as they're mikes away or thousands of feet up. They wouldn't last against a comparably equipped force.

  • The bulldozers of Shavuot, 1967
    • @yonah

      Who wouldn't have wished to avoid the 67 war. Such an inconvenience wasn't it. If only everyone had bowed to their masters it would have so much easier and cleaner. It was truly barbaric that the moral and mighty Israelis were forced to kill and expell the others. So terrible of that the most moral idf were forced to slaughter innocents. Antisemites the lot of them.

      You could create a yonah branded line of barf bags with your line of utter cr@&

      It was a war of choice. That is on the record. The celebrations are over the desire to kill and steal. No moral issue. The antithesis. The dregs of humanity. Explain the difference between jsil and daesh if you ever find a credible line.

    • @yonah

      You make it sound so sanquine. Oh but for others you would do things properly

      But your hands are tied due to circumstances beyond your control and doubling down on murder and oppression are your only options. You are a victim of circumstances. But a victim for sure.

      It is every bit as disgusting as the prime perpetrators. Excusing yourself is a delusion as people continue to suffer and die.

  • I am not a jew
    • @jon 's

      Not sure why you question it so much Jon. It is generally accepted that it exists. I had a photographic memory in my youth. I remember sitting in exam rooms, closing my eyes and reading text book pages. Including images and their captions. It came naturally and easily. I lost that ability gradually between the ages of 20and 45. Now I forget where my car keys are and when I find them where exactly I parked my car at the mall.

      Eidetic memory or not there is no reason a traumatic or horrific event can't be firmly imprinted on one's memory making them unable to forget. I doubt many holocaust victims ever forget. I doubt many soldiers forget either. The lucky ones might. I know I will never forget a single split second of sitting by the side of my first two wives as they died. Never. Not even a slight dulling. All I can do is try not to think about it. Or my dad as well for that matter. Even 25 yrs later.

  • Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti's op-ed calling Israel 'moral and political failure' is buried in int'l edition of 'NYT'
    • @hophmi

      It was a show trial worthy of the old USSR where even the presiding judge was making prejudicial statements in court.
      It was a farce. It was a violation of international law and the geneva conventions.

      It is typical of the rogue and pariah state in it's racist zeal to oppress the indigenous peoples of the land.

      You're full of it as usual hophead.

  • Academic boycott campaign is growing fast at Trinity College Dublin
    • @jeffb

      It was known as early as Jan 2015 that a large number of these calls were coming from Israel. 2015. Yet Israel just couldn't cracked the case.

      I doubt the fbi taught the Israelis anything either Jeff. They were just content to let the terror continue, once the fbi showed up the jig was up and it had to be solved.

      Throw a few more under the bus.

    • @JeffB

      And one Jewish Israeli is reported to have called in thousands of threats over the past couple of years. Israel, that hi tech marvel of the world, unable to find him until the fbi taught them some simple basics.

      Why one could think the GoI didn't mind the fears and terror those calls created.

  • Sean Spicer needs to go to a Holocaust center
    • @jon s

      Just curious jon s

      Do you hate the supposed double standards used to demonize Israel as much as the double standards used to protect Israel from it's evil acts?

      In the live news conference today it was amusing to see tillerson demonizing assad for using cluster bombs. Not just because of Israel but because of it's own actions.

      Israel is every bit as immoral as a ME dictatorship considered beyond the pale. It is evil and immoral. It's nuclear weapons protect it from punishment but there is not one single thing to be proud of in such a vile criminal state.

      Israel ... No worse than a criminal dictatorship.

      That should be your nations motto. I suggest you work on that change once you come to grips with living on the the graves of those slaughtered to enable your presence in that house you claim you own.

      My apologies to Syrians as Israelis get to choose their evil regimes.

    • @jon s

      What's relevant is that they used it.

    • @Citizen

      Sorry to reply twice but the use of wp in civilian areas is also a violation of the 1980 Treaty on the use of certain conventional weapons. Primarily Article III which dealt with Incendiary weapons.

      http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/ccwc

    • @Citizen
      "Apparently, it’s not among the officially banned CW under international law. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/spicer-holocaust-center/#comment-176462"

      I've seen this many times and it's a deflection from the truth. While the OCPW does list a few specific formulations it's drafters knew that it was faced with a situation similar to that we see with modern designer drugs. Tweak a molecule here or there and you have a new chemical compound. It would be impossible to ever create a comprehensive and effective list.

      For that specific reason the generic definition of a chemical weapon was

      (a) Toxic chemicals and their precursors, except where intended for purposes not prohibited under this Convention, as long as the types and quantities are consistent with such purposes;

      (b) Munitions and devices, specifically designed to cause death or other harm through the toxic properties of those toxic chemicals specified in subparagraph (a), which would be released as a result of the employment of such munitions and devices;

      The definition is given here https://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention/articles/article-ii-definitions-and-criteria/

      Using wp to provide a smokescreen would not be a violation of the ocpw. Using it against personnel would indeed be a use of a chemical weapon not only due to it's burning effect on people but also because the gas produced in that process is also toxic and potentially lethal to humans.

      I'm neither a lawyer nor chemist but the use of wp against civilians as we saw in both Iraq and Palestine is a defacto use of chemical weapons. Air burst shells which were seen are not use to create a smokescreen. The laughing US officer referring to the tactic as shake and bake also makes quite clear why the chemical was being used.

  • Passover has become little more than an act of communal hypocrisy
    • @jon 's

      Universal? Not in Israel.

      You only get your knickers in a knot when you imagine turnabout.

      Whether a bullet in the back or the result of deprivation over the long term Palestinian are treated worse than livestock.

      Wipe away your crocodile tears and wait for the next man to be kicked to death by a mob for not having the right appearance. A foul foul state. Racist to the core.

    • @jon s

      Nothing bloodthirsty about talknic's comments. As this type of evil act is pepetrated on the Palestinian people repeatedly clearly it is an acceptable type of act by Israeli citizens.

      Don't Israelis desrve to be treated the way they treat others. Both good and bad? I thought you would be on board with equality. Perhaps Israelis also want medics who will finish off the wounded?

  • 'This miracle, this gift, this jewel' -- Obama's ambassador to Israel declares he's a Zionist
    • @talknic

      I admire your tenacity and civility. You are not alone in your opinion and position. I would have been giving the one or two finger salute long before now.

      And not related to the thread but a prop to eljay whose opinions reflect reality and morality.

  • Israel’s ‘right to exist’ and the Palestinian right to resist
    • @Sibiriak

      All well defined but a wasted effort at cut and paste. Israelis know this and in the normal course of life and moral choices know this. It is really pretty simple. Simple enough for someone even as dense as catalan or dabakr to figure out. Hophmi.... not so much. I don't doubt his iq but he is buried in victimhood.

      It is an issue of priority. Catalan is good because he is doing ok. He cares not a whit but for himself. Doughbaker cares for nothing but the tribe and will embrace pure evil for the tribe. He sees himself as a warrior in embracing evil for the tribe. Again hophmi
      .. he is just lost to any normal human emotions. Sad but a waste of space. The carbon savings are the best he will ever be able to offer i won't say the sooner the better as no one will notice quite frankly.

  • The liberal double standard on boycotting North Carolina and boycotting Israel
    • @dabakr

      Yeah... as if Israel gave a crap about the gender of a Palestinian when it drops a bunker buster and turns them into a member of the pink mist society.

      Some called Israel's propaganda pink washing. It shouldn't be ignored the pink represents vaporized Palestinians.

    • @jeffb

      And there is no comparison between Israel and NC. we aren't talking about bathroom privileges or even water fountain access in the case of Israel.

      Murder, theft, disposession, state terrorism, denial if any human rights except those Israel wishes to dispense.

      Israel isn't being demonized. It is being called out for the vicious barbaric state it is.

      You may have thought you had a point but you failed on a grand scale to comprehend the evil reality Israel imposes on millions of humans.

      Rivlin was beibg a supporter when he called Israel a sick society. It is much much worse than that.

  • Trump's new war has neocons, Clintonites, and Israelis applauding, but left and realists dismayed
    • @Kay24
      I am not sure what is to get about. There was never anything more moral about the US. The US has been on this trajectory all my life. If you have power you use it.

      @Walker

      Sadly quite true.

      @both
      I don't see any solution until enough people actually care about other humans as individuals.

    • @Kay24

      In all my years on this planet I have yet to see a US not involved in a war or trying to start one. The death toll is literally in the many millions. The world is not a better place for any of it.

      I have many friends in the US. I have family there as well. Some for several generations.

      I can't reconcile the actuality of the US with what those citizens perceive themselves to be on the world stage.

      I just don't get the absolute disconnect.

    • @Keith

      No need for nazi comparisons. zionists are just as vile on their own merits.

      The US and Israel violate every humanitarian principle known. The US army is know as the most efficient killing machine in the world. Not necessarily the most effective.

      It really doesn't matter what nazis did. The two of them are just as bad without a comparison.

      Who cares who they liquidate or evaporate. We're number one.

      WP is so much more humane than sarin. In fact the US general laughingly described it's use to the world as 'shake and bake'. I do mean laughingly literally.

      Beyond comprehension and explanation. Exceptional only as a form of evil.

    • @Keith

      zionists ask for nuance but they don't actually understand it. They have redefined the dictionary. Balanced means lopsided in their favour.

    • I hear you amigo. Do some people enjoy the kill just because they can or because they can and also get away with it.

      The moral high ground is several thousand feet below the majority of humanity.

  • A show of weakness: The 'Israeli Peace Movement' marches in Jerusalem
  • Israeli police kill 17-year-old suspect rather than arrest him
    • @just

      I can't even imagine walking in those shoes let alone a mile. I wouldn't tolerate it. I don't know anyone who would. Yet Israel and it's supporters believe that they are the victims since the oppressed don't meekly accept their lot.

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  • 'New' Netanyahu policy on settlements promises Trump less building, and Israeli settlers more
    • I fail to see how nutty has in any way given a promise to reduce settlement building. There are so many vague words and conditionals that the statement has no substantive meaning. It's really just giving the middle finger to the issue.

      We will only build in, or next to, or close to, existing settlements if we feel that is what we can and want to do. Otherwise....

  • With white nationalism on the rise in the US, JCC bomb threats stoked fear and solidarity
    • @just

      They either knew or they decided there was no real threat given the originating location of the calls and the benefits of creating an air of antisemitism beneficial to their cause.

      It is not remotely conceivable that they could not have apprehended the individual. The assistance provided by the fbi amounted to a we are watching now so you can't ignore solving this case.

      As you note Israel is quite hitech. And when it comes to internet activity they actually have more data at their disposal than the fbi.

      Something is very rotten in this case.

      As to his inability to know what he was doing, the steps he took to conceal his identity and refusal to cooperate is evidence that he knew what he was doing. There is no inability to tell the difference between right and wrong. One sick little punk. Of course when your entire life has been based on crimes against humanity and your superiority over others it's not that surprising.

    • Well lucky the fbi stepped in. The hitch wonder child of the world couldn't accomplish it for two years. Go figure. Funny how that works.

    • @AddictionMyth

      According to one report I have seen at either jpost or ToI he is an IT person.

    • Thank you.

  • JDL member arrested for attacking Palestinian-American teacher ran anti-Muslim website
    • @Ossinev

      Dabakr comsiders himself to be representative of mainstream thought. Your rebuke won't dent his sensibilities.

      And perhaps he is mainstream in Israel which only goes to prove how correct Rivlin was when he pointed out that Israeli society is sick.

      Twisted. Sick. Racist. Genocidal. Barbaric. Brutal.

      A beacon to anyone they are not. Not even to the hell holes they like to compare themselves with.

    • @asherpat

      No. Dead wrong. Beating up people is wrong. You threw in the innocent qualification.

      It is simply wrong. No justification for ot.

      We have laws to deal with people who are guilty of crimes. These jdl members are thugs. No more than that
      Digging out old police records adds nothing to the situation.

      Only two were arrested but the video attests to the fact that quite a few more acted as mere street gang members and willingly joined in on beating amd stomping a single defenseless man.

      No excuses. Common street thugs. Scum of the earth. A blight unto humanity.

  • 'Jerusalem' on Gaza TV set is as close as many Palestinians will get to real thing
    • @catalan

      Of course minds change. You say some really naive and juvenile things but that takes the cake. Yours may not change. Some others may not change. Normal people adjust their opinions/minds as they gain additional information.
      Really catalan, regardless of your other mindless posts this one that you made is mind boggling stupid. Monkees amd even rats learn but apparently you seem to think humans can't. Maybe not you but that's your call.

  • J Street attends rightwing anti-BDS summit-- and gets called 'anti-Semitic'
    • @annie

      Jeff is lying regardless. The left accepted Israel's concerns for o er 30 years. It resulted in the racist state being emboldened and increasing the rate of dispossession and severity of oppression.

      Of course zionists have no agency and are only victims according to zionists.

  • Palestinian-American teacher brutally attacked by Jewish Defense League outside AIPAC conference
    • @Misterioso

      Too funny in a very sad way. A sick racist ideology born in the same period as so many other similar racist ideologies.

      https://torontotrollgallery.wordpress.com/

      Weinstein even gets his own page

      https://torontotrollgallery.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/meir-weinstein/

    • @Kay

      You are correct that the jdl was listed as a (right wing) terrorist group.

      The interesting question is who took it off the list and why.

      The individual representing the jdl in an interview is a canadian right wing extremist who is/was head of the jdl Canada and now claims to be head of the jdl North America.

      He has a bit of a checkered history but when in trouble claims he is acting on his own and not as a member of jdl. Hells Angels play that game too amongst other organizations. I don't recall any criminal convictions against him but it has been a few years since I came across him

  • The rabbi's daughter isn't buying AIPAC's defense of Israel on apartheid charge
    • @Mooser

      No doubt some inventive method can be found to reduce the herd size the others.

      With faith all things are possible.

    • @eljay

      Absolutely!

    • @eljay

      Also fair enough.

      I tend to view it from the practical angle that Israel does exist. Yeah... I have problems with the defining of the state in other terms and should have picked up on that. Mutual recognition of existance should suffice.

    • @eljay

      I disagree slightly...
      "… How do I explain to my daughter that there’s a fundamental need for a state of Israel … - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/daughter-defense-apartheid/#comment-176232"

      If there was a fundamental need the question would not need to be asked by anyone of average intelligence or better.

      "… that Israel is a nation whose Arab neighbors have never acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state … - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/daughter-defense-apartheid/#comment-176232"

      Just as Israel has never acknowledged their right to exist in any form. When people such as Nutty have publicly claimed support for carving new states out of the territory of existing states.

      The Arabas have offered peace however. Offers which Israel has rejected out of hand without counterproposal.

  • Will assassination lead to war?
    • @talknic

      Catalan acts as an apologist for zionist criminals sometimes. And he has shown himself to be a zionist on others.

      I think his overriding interest is himself and he would sell anyone and anything for his personal interests.

      He even tries to convince others that doi g so is normal.

      Luckily for humanity (and even zionists) he's wrong. He is not alone in the world but he is on the freak fringes.

      Hey catalan... no you aren't a good parent when you're raising kids with twisted venal values.

    • @Elizabeth.

      I could not agree more. The massacres occur with an army on one side and what could be best called a civilian militia on the other. Given their lack of weapons I think it's a stretch to even call them a militia.

      If Israelis or zionists insist on calling it a war they should be quickly reminded that waging war against a civilian population is a crime against humanity. Not that they will care as they long ago abandoned all morals.

  • 'Negation of the diaspora' as Zionist antisemitism: The JCC bomb threats came from an Israeli Jew
    • Let's not go to pieces over the definition.

    • @hophmi

      There's no evidence of any mental illness at this time. A tumour, even if it exists, is not a form of mental illness.

      Zionists do it all the time in any event labelling demoralized and oppressed people as terrorists.

      hophmi... A rank apologist for terrorism perpetrated against jews by jews. Then zionists have a long history of that too.

    • From a philosophical viewpoint that may be the big issue but from a practical perspective there needs to be a better explanation of how he was able to make these calls for a two year period without being arrested. Tracking him down takes some science but it wasn't remotely impossible regardless of the methods he used.

      This is insane... he was allowed to keep terrorizing people and someone needs to be held to account for permitting the reign of terror.

  • History will make us pay for this
    • @catalan

      And the options are to be subjugated and abused?

      I'm sure the Palestinians know much better than we do how vile and mendacious zionists are.

      It is their right to struggle for their freedom from oppression. It won't be painless but primarily because they are up against a heavily armed racist and evil society which has no compunction about mowing the grass even if only to gain votes at the polls.

      They are warming the lawnmowers once more as we post.

  • Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: 'it's exactly like what the what the Old South was in America'
    • @doughbaker

      I slightly disagree with lyn117. I don't think the difference is really all that material.

      Jewish nationalism has been realized in the form of Israel. Perhaps not all of the criminal desire for Eretz Israel.

      Palestinian nationalism has not been realized.

      Palestinian nationalism has been conditioned by an oppressor upon accepting terms favourable to them. The oppressor goes berzerk at the mere thought of Palestinian nationalism

      Israeli/Jewish nationalism may upset some Palestinians and supporters but that is not relevant as it exists.

      Palestinian nationalism cannot deny Israeli/Jewish nationalism no matter how much they wish to. Israeli/Jewish nationalism has denied Palestinian nationalism for well over a half century.

      If you can't see why it is the Jewish/Israeli nationalism is the one condemned then you are simply a lost cause.

      One is the oppressor. One is the oppresse. Israel/Jewish nationalism is not the oppressed.

      Get your boots off of their necks. You have no right to have them there in the first place. Vile criminal racists the lot of you.

  • BDS co-founder: Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti next step in ‘war against BDS movement’
    • @catalan

      How many Israeli atm suppliers operate in the west bank
      What is their market share
      What would their market share be estimated to be absent of BDS
      What percent of the market does his company have as boycott also benfits them
      Givem that the boycott is world wide what significance does the existance of his company have in any boycott in the first instance
      Given that no atm suppliers are listed as targets of the boycott how many people are aware of the roots of any atm suppliers or providers
      Given the fact that west bank people cant freely enter Israel to use Israeli atm's what is the relevance of your comment
      How does barghouti benefit from my decision not to buy either Israeli or settlement goods

      I am sure googme can supply some of the answers but basically you just supplied your zionist racist street creds again as you have since the beginning. No slur too great. No evidence needed. A man of peace and justice you aren't. A bigot you certifiably are.

      I await your answers and typical goal post moving to paint yourself as something less vile than you truly are.

    • @jackdaw

      The charges may be valid. Time will tell possibly.

      The problem is that in the case of a country which is so utterly criminal and corrupt there is little likelihood olfor the possibility of a fair trial. Particularly given the public comments made about him in public.
      In Isral the law may be diferrent. We know it will be applied differently. In my country the charges would be thrown out of court due to the public political statements. And so they should be. But probably not in a racisr state such as Israel.

    • @catalan

      Heavy on the incidentally with an added layer of not necessarily at all.

      Now you are stretching beyond the breaking point. But it is a funny comment. I will grant you that.

  • Palestinians say much of the money from PLO fund deemed a terrorist organization by Liberman goes to Israel
    • Liberman has a point. Maybe with his precedent we can grab all the jnf and nif assets as they are fundibg violations of the GC and other ongoing crimes.

      Nah... Israel isn't just barbaric and racist. It's sadistic.

  • Countering Islamophobia means ending the structural silencing of Muslim voices-- including their critique of Israel
    • @boomer

      The serious illness line would appear to be largely BS unless the illness is normally referred to as DAD.

      His father was also arrested on suspiscion of having made some of tbe calls.

      All i want to know was the motivation creating racial conflicts, manufacturing antisemitism, encouraging aliyah. Some combo of the above.

    • @RoHa

      And a US/Israeli (Jewish) individual has been arrested and believed to be the perp of the majority of bomb threat calls against JCC etc. And apparently his father as well. Not totally surlrised by this. While it was speculation in part i did find it suspiscious when the authorities were saying that spoofibg made tracing the calls difficult.

      http://m.jpost.com/#/app/article/484990

  • 'Destruction of Israel' is its abandonment by American Jews, in novelist's imagining
  • Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim posters on UIC’s campus
  • Sports and the Palestinian BDS Struggle (Part 3): Looking Ahead
  • Young Jews resist AIPAC-- even as Democrats' 'progressive' thinktank sends a crew to speak there
    • @RoHa

      Well personally I find I like higher quality wines while watching corny (or otherwise) shows now.

    • @RoHa

      It was always silly but I loved it too. Instead of it becoming silly I would suggest you were older and more mature in tastes.

      Illya was the cool one.

  • No room for Zionism in any movement for justice
    • @Mooser

      Ps

      'Offence' :)

    • @Mooser

      Lol well I guess I have zero investment in my skin colour. Yet another tribe I am not a member of. I kind of identify with Groucho on that issue.

      I confess I can be mistaken for an ultra nationalist during international sporting events such as the olympics or world hockey championship. But it is only a temporary condition.

      On a serious note for just a second there is no doubt I benefitted from white privilege without even trying. Not having to fight an uphill battle against racism and therefore being judged solely on my abilities is indeed a privilege many people don't get.

    • This blog can be read around the world but at the same time in most western nations white nationalism/supremacism is both easily identified and accepted as a form of racism. I don't think there is anything with the original comment using that as a reference due to that. Additionally both zionist and white racism infect many countries and can wield significant power.

      As a white person i certainly don't take offence that white racists are highlighted.

  • Feel-good co-existence story on NPR fails to point out that one side lives under occupation
    • @talknic

      I don't know the basic tenets. I am not a student of theology.

      I know right from wrong. Aloetse is someone who thrives in the wrong. Might makes rigjt. Screw morality. Screw humanity. What's in it for me.

    • Dialogue and coexistance are essential for peace in the region. The only other long term solution is genocide and that shouldn't be on the table.

      That said in order to have dialogue working there needs to be equals conducting the conversation. When one side is the oppressed and the other the oppressor it merely serves as an excuse for the abuse and crimes to continue.

      Dialogue with Israel has only served to further their theft and crimes against humanity. A half century of actual facts on tbe ground proves that.

  • Defying settlers and Islamophobic legislators, Palestinians build 240-foot minaret in Jerusalem
  • Apartheid wears a veil
    • @mayhem

      The definition was written by tbe AJC and placed on the EUMC site for comments. It was never adopted prior to it's removal and the FRA had had nothing to do with it.

  • UN bowed to 'fearmongering and threats' from powerful governments to cover up 'painful truth' of Israeli apartheid -- UN official's resignation letter
    • @ismail
      Can't be bothered. There is no upside to arguing opposing speculations on the alternate realities in this case. It is what it is.

    • @Ismail

      In normal circumstances I think you are correct about firing versus resigning. This isn't normal. News coverage when it exists is often distorted. I personally think a firing would have given them an opening to spin the issue in many more unsavoury ways.

  • Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an 'apartheid regime'
    • @jon s

      I have to confess i was being quite facetious and rhetorical in my previous post. My bad.

      As an atheist, born a christian... and who could deny they are born christian anymore than someone could deny being born a jew? I consulted the religious side of my family and discovered that we can trace our roots back to beersheba but sadly your house is on the land we owned.

      I am just happy you buy into and understand that when the cat D9 shows up tomorrow evening to flatten your squat to allow my return to my historic homeland you will be understanding that it is moral and just that i be permitted to do so.

      Just as your jewish ancestors where dispersed throughout the world so were mine prior to their conversion.

      Just like you i only wish to live in peace. The bulldozimg of all you possess is merely my reclaiming my historical right.

      I am sure you are on board with this given your comments but be aware any attempts to prevent me from taking what my family considers to be it's religion says is mine will justify murder of your immediate family and the persecution of any grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Sorry but that's how it works and should be. Right?

      You have no more claim to a single grain of sand in the middle east than I do. But that is what you expect Palestinians to accept if there is karma your house will be bulldozed.

      If there is karma it would be worse in my opinion.

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

    • @talknic

      In all fairness why do you bother. If Ech wants to be Don quixote then let him flail away at windmills

    • @jon s

      RoHa raises an important point wrt to Judaism and Christianity. Jesus was a Jew and early Christians were Jewish converts.

      In every sense it is also the homeland of Christians. The indigenous rights weren't extinquished by converting.

      No same person would use this to argue that it is the homeland of all Christians. Zionists would scream at the thought.

      For the same reasons it is not the homeland of all Jews.

      Hopefully once the racism comes under control in that rogue state it can be the home of all Israelis and include all who actually do have a right to call it their homeland and not just some.

    • @jon s

      Fact is jon that for immigrants that is what you feel and believe. I won't argue against feelings.

      The actual reality is that no matter what you feel or believe it was someone elses and Israel murdered and terrorized them so you could steal it.

      Your feelings don't outrank reality. Your beliefs are based on a lie.

      You have trod on the graves of people to steal what you have.

      Got any people volunteering their heads for footie practice these days?

  • AIPAC underwrote Islamophobia in the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party too
    • In the current environment Obama is considered to have committed treason against Israel. Assange treason against the US.

      Reality has no role to play. The lunatics are running the asylum.

  • Victim's daughter responds to anti-Arab attack in Oregon: 'I don’t want this to be considered a hate crime'
    • I can't add to your wisdom or grace Layla. A simple thank you for speaking what I feel is the truth. And for your ability to deal with this situation in a truly beautiful (stuck for the best or proper word) way.

    • @Bumblebye

      I don't agree that hatred is necessarily a part of the human condition. It is too negative and consuming. I do think you can be driven to hatred. My negative emotions on this would be better classed as disgust at mans inhumanity to man. My language may be over the top at times but mostly to mirror zionist language to Palestinians and Arabs. If those are words that espouse hate they should reflect on their language.

      Anger can be confused with hatred. The two are not the same. Anger is transient. Hatred, like love, is essentially enduring.

  • Trump's 'America First' budget puts Israel right up there, too
    • @catalan

      Universal single payer health care is a different debate so you merely evaded the point. As such it still stands.

    • @catalan

      I am happy for your teeth catalan.

      Yet many millions of Americans don't have basic health care. Not that you give a darn about them. Screw em, let's subsidize a racist war mongering state instead.

      I'm alright jack!

  • Remembering Rachel Corrie, 14 years after the Israeli military killed her in Gaza
    • And in current news Israel threatens to destroy all Syrian air defenses if it ever dares to use it against Israelis violating Syrian airspace again. How dare Syrians try to protect their country!

      Yes Israel is a threat to peace.

      Finkelstein was overly kind when he termed Israel a lunatic state.

  • UN agency labels Israel 'apartheid regime'-- and Israel likens organization to Nazis
    • @Bumblebye

      That saves me the trouble. For anyone who actually wants their own copy there is a download option on the viewerplugin. Might depend on what you are using as a pdf viewer though. There is ">>" on the top hand right corner of the report frame. Clicking on that shows a download option.

    • I have a full copy saved but can't do much with it this evening. If anyone is still looking tomorrow I can make it available. Or maybe mondo can put up a copy of it.

    • As of 10:00pm March 15th the msm is going nuts with Israel's and it's pet US reaction to this report and no detailed laying out of the reports findings.

      Zionism in and of itself may not be complete racism. Zionism as it has been implemented and enforced is not merely racism but evil and a crime. That includes liberal zionists who only offer well meaning sound bites while furthering it's agenda which is evil and criminal. Yes zionism is as evil as the other evils in human history. There is no free pass for we didn't murder 6 million people we only oppressed 2 to 7 million people.

      You either have a spark of humanity in you and accept the equality of all people or you are a total racist. You should ve proud to be recognized as such.

      BDS. Let Israelis simmer in their own stew. A better app, stint, or generic copycat drug is not a free pass to standing on the heads of other people. They do try to argue that though. Which is further evidence of their lack of conscience and humanity.

    • @pabelmont

      I have never felt queasy about it. If it looks like a duck etc.

      You take the reality of the status over there and combine it the peonouncements of their leaders and it is the only point you can arrive at.

      By design zionism is racism. The anecdotal exceptions do not change that fact. With a right wing gov zionism is racism on steroids and a danger to the world.

    • I have always thought nazi analogies were inappropriate. That said I have become more open to the thought of using them the more that zionists and the GoI use them. Apparently it's not cheapening the memory or significance that bothers them as.much as trying to undeservedly reserve it's use as an attack for their own criminal enterprise.

  • 'There is a deep state,' Snowden says, contradicting the liberal press
    • @pixel

      Let me throw in echelon.

      While much is made of the current monitoring of the internet by the nsa and five eyes the truth is we have been monitored for over half a century. None of us are trusted as citizens.

  • Zionism and feminism are incompatible, leftwing voices say
    • @dohbaker

      Lol you are a riot. Between shows so i won't address everything

      As a mathematician and computer scientist with over a half century of hands on experience I would love for you to explain this computer internet thingie to me. It would be enlightening. (I also have significant accounting and auditing experience)

      Yes some Arab societies are tribalistic. No that does not justify Israel denying Palestinian rights. Get your boots off their necks you tribalistic racist thugs.

      I looked. I am not tribalistic. I am not a leftist although such simplistic groupings must appeal to simple minds.

      Yes you are a racist. Yes it is equally vile. Worth repeating for sure..

      You still sit in a chair to use a computing device? Luddite.

    • @dabakr

      Take your inane drivel up with your fellow middle school grads.

      Yes Israel is equally as vile. Yes you are a hardcore racist.

      Didn't waste my time reading further. You represent such an absolute waste of oxygen.

    • @yonah

      Behind it is. Great choice of words haha

    • @yonah

      Since you accept dietary advive exists you must be a moderator now. Since my posts along those lines were either moderated out of existance or edited.

      Interesting. And annie is out now.

      Makes it very interesting.

      Will this make it through?

    • @yonah

      Oh yes the turmoil in the Arab world. Let's ignore the turmoil caused by israel. Let's ignore the boots of the idf thugs onn their heads grrinding them into the dirt. It is the Arabs i tell you! The arabs!

      Pathetic of you yonah. You could choose humanity and strive for equality for all. Instead you seek to deflect away from extremely grave crimes against humanity. The extreme and overt racism shows the serious nature of the situation. And yes the racism does go both ways. But yes the oppressor is held to a higher degree of responsibility.

      Arabs have their problems. All groups do. None of them excuse us from trying to change things for the betterment of all. And we can multitask. It doesn't justify a we aren't as bad as type of defense. It takes a morally bankrupt person to defend such a system.

    • As i have been moderated for doing so twice so far i havr echoed your dietary advice. Not sure if it is due to illiteracy or different mods.

    • @yonah

      Why should it bother you yonah? These white racists and supremacists are merely wanting to emulate the Israeli success story. Aren't white racists entitled to the same rights and benefits as Jewish racists? Pick your side. Humanity or tribe. I will take the former thanks.

      Oh and by the way, despite our severe differences my humanity would include you.

      Frankly it would include all Israelis too. They just wouldn't be entitled to disenfranchise others which is what they have done for well over half a century.

      You regularly post in support of that society while occassionally pretending to not be fully in agreement with it.

      The most comical things are postings like dabakr's claiming Jewish support for equality for blacks is subject to Jewish interests. Complete with warnings if they don't adhere to that.

      Dabakr is not an outlier. He is Israeli society. Even Rivlin sees it. And while it can't be compared to nazis it is equally vile and evil.

      I don't see you in that group but I do think the degree of difference is tiny.

  • Some Jews support BDS 'from a place of love' for Israel, says AJC official
    • @yonah

      After 70 years of oppression what is your basis for blaming them.

      You reap what you sow. Maybe now would be a good time for Israelis to behave as decent human beings and knock off the oppression and territori acquisition.

      You expect the other side to do that first?

      Suck it up sunshine. No humans like having someones boot on their necks. You want friends in the region then behave like friends. No don't waste your breath as Israel has never tried to coexist.

  • Cuomo told Netanyahu he doesn't understand why 'fringes' of Democratic Party are turning against Israel
    • Dear mr cuomo

      Because israel is a racist rogue and pariah state which has no respect for human rights or it's neighbours sovereignty. It openly discusses which human rights violation is the preferred alternative and not alternatives which don't violate human rights.

      It is ranked by the people of this world down with north korea. It's you that has lost touch with reality. Israel is engaged in a race to the bottom of the septic tank. It's supporters are sitting on the bottom waiting to cheer for it.

  • If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn't either
    • It is more than silly that such a distinction was ever made. It certainly isn't one I have ever made or been willing to consider.

      The GoI is the planner, promoter, funder and facilitator of the illegal settlements. It is not alone in all roles but it is the key enabler at all stages.

      The GoI directly benefits from the economic activity of the settlers. Israelis in Israel proper also directly and indirectly benefit for those same reasons. All Israelis benefit from the cheap labour pool that is available and more importantly from the resources stolen. Israelis also benefit from the lack of pressure on housing prices in the country which would skyrocket if the settlers contended for the available housing within Israel.

      It's all one and the same. To pretend that the settlement activity is something seperate is just plain silly. All of Israel should be subject to boycott, divestment and sanctions.

  • I am a proud Palestinian woman and a humanitarian. I am also the mother of the youngest Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail.
    • The God's treatment of Palestinian children is pure evil. The sentence is extreme and fosters hate and not order. That is likely the plan. Hatred and fear feeds the zionist agenda. Despicable.

      I worry for your son's health.

  • 'We are losing the next generation' -- rabbis describe crisis over Israel in their congregations
    • @Maghlawatan

      Surely this is a nonstory. Given the adl states that part of it's mission is to ensure respect for all within Israel it is only a matter of minutes before greenblatt issues a press release which is publicly supported by netanyahu lieberman bennet and shaked denouncing these words. Tomorrow they will move to have hazan stripped of his knesset privileges and that will be supported by all GoI members.

      Meanwhile back on earth.....

  • Trump's pick for amb. to Israel funded settlements in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter
    • And today the US has invaded syria in violation of international law.

      As it has over the past few years it will no doubt support the genocidal head choppers. Ut will ignore the wishes of syrians. Americans will gnaw a bit then head off to amusements while their money is used to aid in the butchering of innocents.

  • 'BDS is a terrorist movement' - exposing David Collier
    • Thanks for the article. I became aware of collliers report about a week or so ago when it was trumpeted on some right wings sites. I had intended to read it but I doubt I will bother now.

      Of course there is nothing investigative or scientific about his findings. It is anecdotal at best.

      Your article did entice me to look at his web site however. I guess I could only hope he would be considered a right wing extremist in Israel and zionist circles. If he isn't then clearly the majority are extremists and wingnuts.

      He essentially denies the the nakba and posts that Israel expelling the majority of the indigenous inhabitants in creating the state as "pure fantasy". The site is littered with racist remarks and he even has Jonathan Hoffman articles, an individual who has been caught outright manufacturing antisemitic incidents.

      Further collier says that if your facebook page newsfeed contains certain antisemitic posts then you should reconsider your friends, etc. Considering the racist crap he has in his articles and user comments he should do the same.

  • Open Letter: Against the blacklisting of activists and writers
    • @jon66

      It is truly amazing how you will use the freedoms in America to justify the lack of basic rights and freedoms in the hellhole called Israel.

      It isn't hypocrisy. Israel. At best an ethnocracy. More suitably called a tyranny or dictatorship.

      A country where words or cartoons will earn you a multie year jail sentence. Where children are tortured and jailed.

      You fool no o e jon except perhaps yourself. I give you more credit than that. I don't believe you are that dimwitted. You do know the difference. You are just that twisted that you don't care. Your end result justifies any means. No doubt the kings torah tells ypu that is moral

      Save it jon. No rational person will buy it. It's like two week old fish. It isn't going to pass the smell test.

    • @jon66

      Don't give us this here in america crap. You support a country which denies millions of people their basic human rights. A country which steals their homes. Imprisons and tortures children. Does not have a truly free press. Denies entry to people based upon speech and political belief.

      You're an absolute fake and no one but you is buying it. To your credit I don't think you buy it either. You just think you're being cute when you're being a troll.

    • @jon66

      Nice try but no cigar jon.

      Who said free speech except for zionists. Not me. You.

      I said i support free speech and would fully support an Israeli supporting speaker making such a presentation.

      This isn't just a supporter. This is a person actively involved in and directly responsible for crimes against humanity and flagrant violations of the geneva conventions.

      The only reason he should be allowed in the country is to arrest him and try him for war crimes.

      The only thing we should be wondering about what he will say is guilty or not guilty.

      You support them all you want. The reality is that they are no better than the terrorists they decry. Surely they can spend their time better by abusing some kid.

    • @jon66

      I have to say I agree with amigo on this. I do believe in free speech but that is different than giving criminals a lecturn to propagandize from.

      Had it been someone supporting Israel giving the talk I would have supported it. If the institution insists and pro Palestinian event must have the oppossing view presented for balance then so should any pro Israeli event.

      The individual presenter in this question was an official of a government which is in violation of dozens of UN security council resolutions and which is actively involved on violations of international law, IHL and the GC. Giving them the platform is ludicrous. It is involved in a brutal and cruel oppression of millions of people. To quote Pappe, the "most cruel and criminal occupation in the world".

      If we replay the 50's I can the leader of North Korea being permitted to send reps to institutions to announce how wonderful they are. Not.
      And no doubt you would support Hamas being given the lecturn along with the GoI rep. Not.

  • A Palestinian state has always been a fiction for Zionists
    • @JLewisDickerson

      These days freedland is just a contributing op ed contributor.

      That said the paper hasn't improved since he left his position at the paper. It is still propaganda all the time. They haven't met an arab country the don't want to smash regardless of the millions of lives destroyed and lost.

      (Wahhabist sunni states not included. Yet.)

  • Character assassination as a tool to silence a Palestinian activist
    • Oh silly me. Apart from typos I left out the fact that they murder children.

    • When the political system in a country, supported by a majority of it's citizens is willing to condone the imprisonment and torture of children then it's a no brainer to destroy you or your character. Zionists have huge form for attacking children and young people. From canary mission to the occupation itself.

      It would be reasonable to say they have an unreasonable and unhealthy focus on children.

  • Wave of bomb threats renews charge that anti-Semitism is fueled by BDS
    • @citizen

      One of the more interesting parts of that is that they have said that the process of tracing the calls is difficult due to the level of spoofing involved.

      This is of course wrong on the face of it. Either they don't want the makers of the calls to know they are on to them or they don't want to say who is making those calls for some reason,.

      Spoofing a call has nothing to do with the placing or routing of a call. Nor does it impact on even the billing records for said call.

      We shall see as the story unfolds.

  • Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?
    • @yonah

      What are you smoking dude.

      I couldn't care less if you use the phrase. Or anyone else. But that doesn't mean i have to associate with you if you do use it. Not even remotely forbidden ya twat.

      Similarly what's this can't say a good word about Jews crap. If you are conflating Jews with the rogue state of Israel or with zionists who support the criminal acts over the past half century then you are the one who is wrong.

      Jewish people have made wonderful contributions to our societies and our life on this planet. They even spawned two other equally great religions. And I say that as an atheist

      When it comes to any individual person I will judge them individually.

      As usual you're blowing smoke. Try to cut down. It is bad for your lungs. And apparently your mental health.

    • @yonah

      That there is and was a concept of a Jewish face held by racists is something we can agree on. That was never the question that was posed.

      Apart from that you're just blowi g hot air but that's par for the course for you. There still pools of ignorance arohnd and dear ole boris is waist deep in it. Anyone with more than a single digit iq now knows that stereotypes are false and misleading.

      I would like you to expound on the Jewish ethnic reality given that Jewishness spans many ethnicities. Perhaps you are using some different meaning of the word ethnicity. Just like Israelis use a different meaning of the word democracy than the rest of the world.

      (Note to site... what's up with the lack of https and insecure logins? Any estimate on when it will be corrected?)

    • @boris

      I can't answer for ossinev but when i hear someone say that expression i know i am conversing with an ignorant buffoon (if not a racist) and it's time to get away and stay away from them.

      Their stupidity might be an explanation but it isn't an excuse.

    • @boris

      With all due respect you have shown yourself to be a self indulgent ignoramus. And a twat!

  • Sports and the Palestinian BDS struggle: Palestine v. Israel at FIFA
    • FIFA as an organization is corrupt from top to bottom. While it would be nice to get a decision from them I doubt there is much of a chance of that happening. And if it did then even a symbolic victory is hard to celebrate over given the history of FIFA.

      That said the attempts to get one and keeping the facts in the public view is critical. For too long israel has been given a sweet deal amd exemption from rules laws and regulations.

      Despite a half century of appeasement they are becoming a greater hell hole every day. Except for their Jewish citizens.

  • While Justin Trudeau continues to aid and abet Israel, Canadians awaken to the reality that the peace process was a charade all along
    • As a Canadian I had some very minor hopes that Trudeau would represent some improvement over Harper.

      So far that hasn't occurred and I am not totally surprised given his pre-election comments wrt to BDS. They have reinstated UNRWA funding which is a small baby step but unfortunately they continue to side with the oppressor who is in violation of the law, ICJ rulings, IHL.

      Canadians expect and want better. Like a lot of countries which claim to be democratic the electorate have little say in that decisions and actions of those that govern them.

      Sad to say it took me this long to make a post as I find it to be a total embarrassment. As a canadian it's a(nother) black stain in our history.

  • Elor Azarya's 'normative' support for genocide
    • As nasty as this little genocidal racist is (his parents are worse imho) the main point is this jerk is a hero in Israel and adored by the political leadership publicly.

      Cue whining insincerity about Palestinians making heroes out of terrorists.

  • Palestinian children get longer sentences for throwing stones than Israeli soldier got for killing a Palestinian
    • @talknic

      Out of context here but i would really like to know historically the groups which have believed that miscegenation was a wrong or evil which needed to be stopped or at least curtailed. Oh and what is dennis ross doing these days.

    • @talknic

      Yet to say that Israelis are infantile bullies educated on a foundatuon of lies and taught that immorality is virtuous is quite true.

    • Lt. Wm. Calley.

      I doubt I am thought of as a defender of Israel (except by ech maybe) but the light nature of the sentence should not be a surprise nor should it be a black mark worn solely on Israeli shoulders. Two wrongs never make a right. Nor do a dozen. It is typical of states which are militaristic and enjoy a degree of immunity due to the advanced state of their armed forces and/or weapons systems.

      The sentence is an abomination. The call by Israelis and the members of the GoI for a pardon an indicator of the unlimited depths of their utter depravity. A sick racist murderous society but upon a common exception for their own evil.

      It is not unprecedented.

  • Campus wars
    • @mayhem

      It is wrong to hate Jews just as it is wrong to hate any other group.

      It is not wrong to hate an immoral racist belligerent human rights abusing expansionist state and all who support it no matter what their religion is. It is not only not wrong it is the only moral choice that can be made.

  • Israel bars Human Rights Watch director from entering country, calls org 'Palestinian propaganda'
    • @dabakr

      It's hard to know if Bernstein thinks he is being honest or if he is merely writing as propagandist or PEP. If he thinks he is being honest he needs some assistance in logic or a shrink.

      He claims that HRW was established to pry open closed societies, support dissidents, and advocate basic freedoms.

      Open societies may commit abusesbut have the means to self correct in his estimation. That claim is without any justification or even example.

      So far not a single acknowledge that Israel does, or may, commit abuses. Nor that it has denied basic freedoms to almost half the population it controls.

      He then goes on to criticize HRW wondering how they can determine that war crimes have been committed when access to military and political personnel has been denied. HRW has to rely upon witnesses who may have political motives.

      Not for a second has it dawned on him that Israel is functioning as a closed society, those witnesses are dissidents

      There is nothing intrinsically moral or immoral about a country which is a democracy (Israel is not a democracy by any reasonable definition). War crimes are war crimes.

      Kemp is not credible. Period.

      Whatever Bernstein is he is not a defender of human rights.

  • The curious red line for Milo Yiannapoulos
    • @Atlanta

      Maybe I missed something here but what is your basis for claiming that people aren't as offended by others making similar statements. I would be/am. No matter who you name. If I am appear not offended it is due solely to being unaware. Honestly I have never seen a full quote of either persons supposed comments but if it is true it is beyond repugnant.

      Are you really suggesting that some people here don't care or is it merely a deflection? If so then who are they?

  • Saying ‘I Am Muslim, Too’ is not standing in solidarity with Muslims
  • DNC debate batters Trump-- but Israel support must be 'bipartisan,' says Ellison
    • Maybe it's time to update that pledge of allegiance.

      It is so ludicrous to watch people essentially forced to pledge allegiance to a foreign state. If I was a US taxpayer I would be embarrassed and work hard to defeat this supine gutless politicos.

  • Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state
    • It was an interesting show but apart from criticism of Nutty she didn't really display anything new in terms of Israel wanting peace. I suspect if she got elected as PM it would be more of the same but more carefully done. Israeli verbal support for a 2SS is a farce.

      Oh... Today is was an Iranian on the show and that was very very interesting.

  • The challenges of being Palestinian in East Jerusalem
    • I think the Jewish support for Muslims in the recent attack in Quebec shows it works both ways.

      Sadly Israeli Jews want territory more than they want peace or coexistance.

  • Palestinian who filmed shooting says Azaria sentence ‘is a joke, not justice’

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