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pabelmont

Retired. Married for 24 years to Palestinian-American, Quaker. Myself of Jewish descent, non-religious. Classical musician (cello). Run my own website, 123pab.com, for which I do all the programming (PHP, MYSQL). Favor an international intervention, as a "deus ex machina", to rescue Palestinians, Israelis, and USA from the tail-wags-the-dog AIPAC-et-alius. This probably means doing an end-run around USA's UNSC veto and doing more-or-less coordinated BDS at nation-state level. Non-Action on Global Warming is a far bigger threat to all the world than the 63-year non-action on Israel/Palestine. On this topic, I am truly hopeless: "I cry a tear for the soon to be late humanity."

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  • Israeli president's diagnosis -- 'Israel is a sick society' -- doesn't go viral in the U.S.
  • The rabbi's fridge
    • Every drop of water, every fridge-message, wears away the awful stone of Zionism. But bear in mind, Richard Falk at the annual Edward said lecture at Columbia U. the other evening reminded us that even though we maintain hope against great odds, it would be nice to receive (dear God, send us) a miracle.

      People are living longer these days, especially wealthy Jews who give money for university medical centers. How long must we wait fro the sclerotic old guard to die off? How long, how long, Oh Lord? (How long? too Long).

  • Academic institutions that violate academic freedom deserve to be boycotted
    • "A boycott of Israeli institutions is not the sort of action that we call for lightly. Yet the participation of Israeli universities in violating the basic human, educational, and academic rights of Palestinians and their allies leaves us no other choice."

      The UIUC evidently thinks there is another choice -- civility (= passivity). UIUC governors want to be allowed to do their corporate-style will unhindered and any and all hindrance is dubbed uncivil and, if they can do so, punished. Thus Salaita.

      The boycott of UIUC is a beautiful example of why boycott is exactly the proper way for academics to treat academies which don't conform to academic standards.

  • An exciting night at the opera: 'Klinghoffer' opening dominated by protest and heavy police presence
    • I have a dim memory that when the opera first came out, some people criticized it for trashing Palestinians -- tarring them with the brush of terrorism.

      Be that as it may, clearly, today, a lot of the same people who help keep USA's politics on I/P in place also feel that any depiction of I/P (even an opera) must be slanted their way, must be their propaganda rather than whatever (other propaganda, or other balance) the composer wanted.

      Can we wonder at the horrible coverage of I/P in NYT, NPR, WNYC?

  • 'Another Jew!' Speakers at 'Klinghoffer' rally blame Jews for promoting anti-Semitism
    • Good points. Easy to see why these protesters protest. But also easy to see why Palestinians and their friends and allies might dislike the characterization of Palestinians generally (if that's what the opera does) or of the hijackers.

      Let us not forget that the last time Israel attacked Gaza in force, they killed far more people than a few hijackers killed on the Achille Lauro (as they also did when Israeli fighters hijacked the Mavi Marmara, killing only 9 people).

    • Do these people demand action to prevent CLIMATE CHANGE which could kill more Jews than Hitler did? Or are their toughts and energies focused solely on antisemitism?

      Boy-o-boy, if they can damn Foxman they are crazies beyond crazies, and I thought NRA and anti-abortion folks were single-minded.

  • Indian Summer: An Open Letter to Sayed Kashua on the occasion of his piece in the New Yorker
    • "Stick with Haaretz my friend! They know the facts on the ground a little better".

      Well, I'd say publish these two New Yorker stories everywhere! Americans will never know what the MSM refuses to tell them unless someone else tells them, and these two articles are funny, light, and a far better introduction to the (real) facts-on-the-ground (that too small ground they speak of) than a morose or legalistic (my awful style and viewpoint) discussion.

      These stories have everything: beer, pizza, kids, taxi-drivers. Yes and many essential facts.

  • B'Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child
    • Thank you, lysias. "But one voice echoing popular global sentiment is surprising – the President of Israel. Israel President Reuven Rivlin says Israel has become a “sick society” that lacks human decency and is unable to engage in dialogue with Arabs due to racial animosity and prejudice – a rather stunning indictment by a head of state of his own country." He really said this? Is there proof? in NYT?

      Those cheering settlers say it all. "Death to Arabs". They know, or should know, that the settlements and themselves are present ion OPTs illegally (in contemplation of international law), and yet they celebrate Israel's lawlessness with a showing of a descent into bestiality (of which their cheering of this arrest of an 11-year old is a telling indication). They are saying, (my translation) "We've become savage animals without human feeling, tearing and rending the Palestinians who live among us, and it gives us great joy. This land is ours, all of it, and only ours, not anyone else's, and we are proud that we got it and maintain our control of it ONLY from the barrels of guns. Soldiers, arrest those kids and imprison them and torture them and throw away the key."

  • NYT takes on Europe's recognition of a Palestinian state
    • "For the pro-Israel commentators, recognizing Palestine is “premature” and detracts from Israel’s longstanding position of only allowing for a Palestinian state as the fruit of a negotiated agreement."

      Well, well, again we are reminded that many people feel OK about asserting "Israel's longstanding position" as it it were the be-all and end-all of any discussion involving Israel.

      Well, in that case, to be fair, as we all should be, shouldn't we all say that recognizing Israel is premature unless and until it occur as a result of a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians? And even if we earlier grant Israel's RtE, no recognition of Israel's proper territory can occur before such an agreement occur. So Israel is (at best) left with a territory entirely held by military occupation but without any portion of it held as-of-right the wqay most nations hold their proper territory.

      It almost makes me sad to contemplate dear, sweet, deprived Israel -- until I contemplate the still more deprived Palestine.

      But, returning to the issue -- recognition by EU and UK of the Palestinian State -- the lack of clarity in what it means is no defect: after all, all Balfour said (promised) in 1917 was a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and the lacking detail was fiulled in by later events. same could happen here. That's what BDS (and especially S) is for.

  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
    • Terrific speech. Sows seeds which may germinate and later be harvested. The anticipated harvest is the taking of a proud political position, by himself and others, for UK condemnation of the settlements and a call for actual action (sanctions come to mind) intended to persuade Israeli voters (and Israeli businesses, particularly if the sanctions cut into Israeli trade) to use Israeli democracy to bring about a recall of all settlers, removal of the wall and demoltion of all settlements buildings, and end of the siege on Gaza.

      Let us hope that these seeds are of a fast-sprouting variety. Be nivfe to plant some here in the USA as well.

  • 'I know how the brainwashing works'
  • Does 'the thief of Jerusalem' deserve US aid? (Update)
    • "If U.S. policy prohibits American aid to illegal settlements, why can’t it challenge nonprofits using tax subsidies to fund the takeover of occupied Palestine".

      A good question. But, since money is fungible, and since the GoI "aids illegal settlements" by funding much for settlers in OPTs including subsidies to settlers of various kinds, road building, etc., and also police and army "protection" for the settlers (when it s/b for the "protected persons" a/k/a Palestinians) -- gasp --- then why is not the USA's own contribution to GoI of $3B/year --[ coming up for a vote VERY SOON and at a time when due to sequestration money is being cut out of most federal budgets including the military's which they need to deal with and avoid climate change ]-- also prohibited? Write your Congressperson and Senators!

  • Europe wearies of Netanyahu's diversions
    • Gerald Ford, it was once said, could not chew gum and walk at the same time. The Rt. Hon. Benj, Netanyahu appears to be unable to keep more than one thought, or project, in mind at one time.

      The Rt. Hon. Benj. has in mind the danger -- as he professes to assess it -- of an Iranian nuke and (therefore?) cannot also keep in mind the business of I/P.

      If EU folks are indeed ready to lose patience with these not-at-all-new antics, well and good. After all, they've had quite a while to consider all the Israeli diversions which they have allowed to divert them from the illegality of the settlements and the wall and the siege of Gaza and, as they might come to see it, of the occupation as a whole which appears an effort to take permanent hold of occupied territory by force of arms, contrary to UNSC 242 and UN Charter. They've had quite a while to think about how to react to these illegalities without embarrassment for their own tardiness in making such reaction.

      Better late than never will do, folks, Get on with it, please.

  • 'NYT' can't keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany
    • Maybe you can have both: [1] a resurgence of antsemitism in Germany (perhaps only in some places) and also a flow of emigrants from Israel into Germany (perhaps only into some different places).

      NYT should get its (Oh! so careless) act together and report on facts which will reconcile these two stories (or show as this essay suggests) that the Israeli immigrants into Germany are moving in, apparently happily, even in the face of actual growing antisemitism.

      The meaning of that would be: life in Germany today, even with increasing antisemitism, is better than life in Israel today.

      Could be it's just the price of pudding of course. Maybe they'd think of ASKING the new immigrants why they moved. Ask a lot of them, get a range of answers, I'd suppose.

      Maybe North/Weiss could find someone to do the job for NYT (which would probably be reluctant to do real informative reporting on such a topic anyhow).

      Any sociologist or pollster in the house?

  • AIPAC rabbi calls for 'militant nonviolent resistance' to racial injustice in St. Louis
    • So our unrepentant rabbi says that rockets-out-of-Gaza forced Israel into overwhelming and disporportionate response?

      [Hamas fired rockets] " knowing that Israel would have to return the fire and cause the kinds of heartbreaking casualties in Gaza that turns public opinion and brings in money for aid. The world and especially the press, loves the underdog, and the suffering."

      Israel, dearest rabbi, had many choices. One was to return rocket fire on a one-for-one basis, firing into unoccupied territory for each rocket out of Gaza which landed in unoccupied Israeli territory, etc, and using small rockets like the ones that were in fact fired from Gaza.

      No-one forced Israel into massive response: that was Israel's choice, a choice as to which it appears to be unrepentant. (What does she say about Israel "mowing the grass" and other charming Israeli military equivocations?)

  • As Kerry scrambles to prevent Palestinian action at UN, Israeli govt makes clear it will never accept Palestinian state
    • Israel is NOT eating up the land (except, perhaps, where they have dumped toxic wastes and made the land effectively unusable).

      The Nov 5 initiative is an interesting one. It is not the only one that can be imagined. I'd propose another (which might be easier for UN members to agree to):

      Palestine should define a demand for minimum Israeli compliance with international law of occupation and ask the UNSC to confirm this demand in a resolution with compliance provisions ("teeth"). If I were drafting such a demand I'd set forth: [1] permanent removal of all settlers as residents or even as sojourners from OPTs (within 1 year); [2] destruction without rebuilding of the wall and all settlements within OPTs (2 years); [3] permanent lifting of the blockade of Gaza (immediate).

      And why not float both resolutions simultaneously? One to end the occupation and the other to make it "legal". (Israel would react to the "legality" resolution much as if it were the other resolution, anyhow, IMO).

      But, of course, Palestinian diplomacy may well have floated both draft resolutions and decided which has the best chance of passage. we arm-chair diplomats don't know everything, do we?

  • The Missing Context: 'Islamic State' sectarianism is not coincidental 
    • This entire essay and its comments speaks of strategy (and sometimes also of actions) which amount, as to USA and Israel, of divide and allow to self-destruct. Not divide and conquer.

      Israel has always had strategic thinkers who put stuff on paper, B-G included, but often (as with plan-D) there is denial that the plan was put into effect, or that the plan dictated or guided military action. These denials are not particularly believable but raise a question: was Yinon (Brewer above, from: Israel Shahak) speaking for Israel or merely floating balloons?

      The USA in Iraq seems to me to have been essentially clueless rather than cleverly maleficent (as to divide and allow to self-destruct). Bush-2: wanted his war; was encouraged to that (or even initially motivated to it) by neocons/Israel; was as stupid as they come and as careless (recall there was no plan for "after", and recall the trashing of the Iraqi museum of antiquities; was motivated by the immense profit-making revolving-door of [1] have American troops destroy and [2] let American corporations rebuild. None of this was a plan for Iraqi recovery, for democracy, for peace, or for getting USA out. It was a great splash of profit-making amid otherwise cluelessness.

      But Obama is caught in the same web of bad advice and a bad situation. Our current general Islamic-o-phobia requires blaming ISIL rather than blaming ourselves or blaming the so-called Iraqi government. Obama's possible restraint, currently, may be a sign that he (his advisers) recognize that this mess is not a-gonna get cleaned up easily and we've made enough trouble and should keep out.

  • 'Progressive' rabbi ascribes Roger Waters's concern with 500 Palestinian child victims to rocker's alleged drug use
    • What of the Zionists themselves, especially but not onmly citizens and residents of (greater) Israel (including occupied territories including occupied East Jerusalem)? Hmm? Gideonites all? don't see much in the way of meekness, mercifulness, or kindness to the strangers (earlier occupants) of their land.

    • Anyone ever ask Holocaust-concentrators why they concentrate on "The Holocaust" (capitals some always implied) to the exclusion of, say, Pol Pot's bloody removal of (was it?) 1/4 of the Cambodian population? Or Stalin's starvation of many millions in and near Ukraine (link to en.wikipedia.org).

      It seems that, by some, it's deemed OK to concentrate nearly exclusively on a crime against one's own people but not to concentrate on a crime committed BY one's own people (or against a people that one's own people have deemed enemies [never, never: victims].

    • If the message hurts, shoot the messenger. Did Israelis killed 500 children (recently!), and did Waters say so publicly? Then say he is/was/associated with druggies (or criminals or wife beaters of republicans or democrats -- whatever will move your audience). And ignore what he says.

      Partial disclosure: I never "did drugs" (though I did/do ingest coffee, chocolate, alcohol, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and several more).

  • Israel's Dead Soul: Steven Salaita's critical scholarship explains his dismissal from the University of Illinois
    • Interesting, but difficult work. Some typos and mistakes (as I read them). I've suggested changes in [brackets]

      [1] "I am working form [from] the belief that Israel’s soul died at the moment of its invention"

      [2] "What are the ethical consequences of the [loudly asserted by Zionists, but frequently denied by others] coterminous relationship of Israel and Jewishness? They are many, none of them positive." Comment: this "coterminous relationship" is a claim, not an unassailable fact.

      [3] "What is the point of using multicultural apparatuses to promote Israel as the apogee of Jewishness?" Comment: Agreed, good question. I don't know what "multiculturalism" is, but I wonder if those who practice it (I imagine they do so as an argument for societal, national, and religious inclusiveness) would wish to extend their accepting embrace to enfold and protect ardent advocates of an ideology, call it a religion if you will, that promoted human sacrifice, the genital mutilation of women (or men), or the removal (or killing as the Nazis once did) of whole classes of people from a society. In short, does "multiculturalism" have rules of inclusion and exclusion? If so, what are those rules, and how do they relate to Zionism-in-practice, pro-Israelism-today?

  • Clintonite turns on Netanyahu for trying to bend US 'to his will'
    • Thanks for this good news. We must count on readers to make the mental jump from mild pressure (end certain tax deductibility) to less mild (sanctions to compel Israel to remove settlers, pull down wall and settlements, lift the siege of Gaza, readmit the exiles of "1948").

      Clintonite pols are beholden to Madame Clinton as well as to President Clinton, and she is still to be feared (except by Big-Zion).

  • Israel wields 'significant US domestic power' to foil peace process -- NY Review of Books
    • We must wait to see what the world outside the poor (greatest power on earth) USA fails to do becaues its (oh so powerful) hands are tied. Sweden, UK have taken baby steps. We wait for a strong state to demand (what UNSC 465 and ICJ/2004 demanded): removal of settlers and dismantlement of wall and settlements buildings.

      Recall 1948 when 50% of the Palestinians in all-Palestine became refugees and so many villages were razed? Well, the 10% of Jewish Israel should be removed from their homes (West Bank and Golan) and their buildings razed. The law seems to call for it and anyhow it's only fair.

  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
    • Yes, Phil, we want the EDIT button back. I've got very thick and unruly fingers. I may not be alone.

    • Jack Straw has now said out loud what most realists must long have realized, that Israel has never (and not only under B-N) responded to what I call "mere words" (you know, UNSC resolutions w/o sanctions and the like). Israel will respond to sufficient pressure. The question of "sufficiency" remains to be determined. That's what BDS is all about. Civil society began it with the "B" and "D" but only governments can apply "S" (sanctions).

    • Of course, the House proposes, but the Government disposes, and it has not yrt acted to recognize Palestine and seems unlikely to do so.

      Perhaps, tho, it's just a matter of waiting to see how long a popular mandate can be ignored by a government which -- I imagine -- is, like that of the USA, controlled by a monied oligarchy which consists of people who are either "in bed with" or are actually Zionists.

    • Not sure what Israel's "territory in question" is. Israel has boundaries only by treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and each of these boundaries is more a boundary of the Arab country than of Israel since Gaza lies on the Egyptian line and West Bank lies on the Jordanian line.

      Many people believe that "Israel" means, territorially, the territory Israel held on May 31 1967. But Israel does not say so.

      Some analysts are pointing out, these days, that ISIS is the (claimed) Islamic State without claimed or defined boundaries in the Middle East and Israel is JSIS -- the Jewish State without boundaries in the Middle East.

    • Wonderful vote!

      Dreadful speech in a way by Sir Richard Ottaway. It is almost a full-out pro-Israel speech that absolutely fails to recognize the Palestinians' many injuries and demands -- end settlements, end occupation (not at all the same thing), remove the wall, end siege of Gaza, and end the exclusion of the Palestinian exiles of 1947 and later.

      But OTOH it recognizes the final (for him) slap in the face, one land grab (among many not complained of by him, one might point out). And it recognizes what is too obvious to ignore, the size of the pro-Palestine vote and the support of the UK's people for it.

      A fine fall day.

  • 300 young people to gather in Cambridge to shake off Zionist orthodoxy of the Jewish establishment
    • "Should those who love Israel but worry for its future and are therefore led to support, for instance, a so-called “one-state solution” be excluded from participation in Hillel?"

      And what about those who do not love Israel? In 1914, did very German-American "love" Germany? In 1933? In 1945? and why sho9uld they? And why should every member or visotir to Hillel "love Israel"? (Especially, hem-hem, THIS Israel?)

  • After South African Jewish leader compared Tutu to Hitler, new Jewish group leaped into action
    • When Jewish voices are raised against today's Zionist hate, they empower more Jewish voices and also empower the voices of all others who see the evil of Zionism-in-current-practice and wish to do something about it without risking the slur of antisemitism.

      No Jew can forget that there are real antisemites here and there, but the need to empower all people of good will to stand up for the human and national rights of Palestinians -- as well as for the human rights of those Jews who wish to speak truth to power on this issue -- transcends the need to suppress or fear the antisemites.

  • Wiesel lauds settlers for 'strengthening the Jewish presence in Jerusalem' -- and expelling Palestinians
    • Sukkot is, among other things, or so I believe, a sort of thanksgiving, a celebration of the harvest. The booths are temporary structures which may be and sometimes are set up in agricultural settings.

      The Jews of Israel have a great harvest to celebrate, in these dark times of hatred, a harvest of thorns.

      BTW, my late wife, who grew up in Ramallah, Palestine (Mandate), told me that at harvest time the Palestinian farmers used to set up temporary shelters in their fields partly to be closer to the work of harvesting (not so far to walk from home) and partly to discourage robbers. Her opinion was that this was a practice "from time immemorial" and that the Jewish custom (of booths) might have sprung from ancient customary agricultural practice.

  • Israel and the g-word
    • Too bad we need short names for crimes.

      Is it a "hate crime" to liken Desmond Tutu to Hitler? Perhaps an "abomination"? Has Israel acted -- 1947-present -- in "genocide" or "ethnic cleansing" or "abomination" or maybe something with a different name (or with no name!) but is it not still a crime?

      A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and a crime by any other name would smell as foul.

      If we intend to "go to law" to prosecute alleged actions as alleged crimes, we do indeed need short (statutory) names, such as "violation of section 345.67 of the criminal code" or, more succinctly, "a 345.67".

      But if we mean to inform the public of the nature of acts (as we perceive them), what better than short words?

      Can the Zionists do any better, in this respect of using short words, than in branding Tutu as "Hitler"? Can the anti-Zionists do any better than in using "genocide"?

  • Put a spike in the wheel of injustice
    • This is a splendid sermon. Christians should hear it and read it.

      For one thing it has facts. Unpleasant facts that Christians need to know, facts about oppression and USA's support and enabling of the same.

      For another it has moral force, which Christians need also to hear.

      BUT: "This is where McGrail is moving but the price that Romero and Bonhoeffer paid is high. Is the church that she represents – are the churches collectively, the NGOs, the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority – ready to pay the price?"

      Well, with all due respect, the UN and the PA are not, are NOT, churches. Either are many churches and synagogues these days. Preaching against injustice is not favored everywhere. Nosiree.

      But there are some Christians and some Jews and many others out there who need to hear all this. Broadcast this message.

  • Ofra Yeshua-Lyth and the case for a new Israeli left
    • Sounds good, but won't go far.

      Anyhow, when people speak of a democratic society, they should always (at least in Israel's case) pay attention to the tension between "One Enfranchised-Citizen One Vote" and Israel's decision (1948 and thereafter) about who shall be counted as an Enfranchised-Citizen.

      The exiles of 1948 and thereafter are not merely suffering from human rights abuse; they are also suffering from removal from voting rolls. so are all the Palestinians living in Gaza and West Bank including occupied Jerusalem (East Jerusalem), at least as to citizenship within Israel.

  • NY rabbi implores those in her congregation who are joining Israel's enemies to love the country
    • Unless and until the rabbis who adopt such a cozy touchy-feely view of Israel can address and condemn Israel's very long-term violations of Palestinian human and national rights (to say nothing of violations of international law), I shall characterize their palaver as:

      "The excuse that Israel is so necessary to THE JEWS and so excellent and so marvellous that it should be supported in all things and despite all things, and no-one Jewish or otherwise should be tolerated to point critically and in condemnation to Israel's violations of law and human rights.

      Any people, any country which is necessary and marvellous automatically cannot commit crimes and therefore cannot be accused of doing so."

      Pish-Tush. JVP and others must take this up. disgusting!

  • Academia, the 'battleground' in the Palestinian solidarity movement
    • Anybody keeping a score-card with the names of universities which have interfered with pro-Palestine activities or speech (and descriptions of all that happened, blow-back, etc.)? And those (if any) which have helped (or not hindered) pro-Palestine activities and/or speech?

      I bet the first list is getting quite long about now.

  • It looks like Obama is checking out on Israel
    • Phil: "But Israel hasn’t changed, it’s just gotten more obdurate. The people haven’t risen to Obama’s challenge, haven’t softened their hearts."

      True, and not for the first time. Nor is Israel the only country whose government marches to the beat of a drum other than the people's drum. (UAS and big banks, big defense, big Zion, big fossil fuels).

      However, Israel is a democracy and could -- in principle -- react to pressure on the people and/or on the businesses. Hence the need for BDS aimed generally at Israel.

      Obama will not lead the BDS charge. Sadly. Although he hints at it's power.

      EU begins with glacial (that's the old glaciers, pre-golbal warming) slowness to pressure Israel (Sweden, UK) on Palestine, with Sweden promising to recognize Palestine as a state and UK considering the question.

  • Fineman and Robinson blast Sam Harris and HBO for promoting ignorance about Islam
    • Not sure if acts done "in the name" of a religion are therefore "religious acts". Not sure.

      Was the creation of Israel (in terror and war) a "Jewish" act or an act done by a lot of (mostly socialist, irreligious) people of Jewish ancestry?

      Were the crusades (wars by Christians nominally against Muslims but also against Jews and non-Catholic Christians) "Christian" acts, or merely acts by Christians? How about the 30-years war (wiki: "Initially a war between Protestant and Catholic states in the fragmenting Holy Roman Empire, it gradually developed into a more general conflict involving most of the great powers of Europe,[15] becoming less about religion and more a continuation of the France–Habsburg rivalry for European political pre-eminence.[16]")

      One view has it that ALL "Abrahamic" religions gave (and still give) themselves over to violence against heresies, non-believers, etc. and that all this apparently religiously-based warfare is, indeed, "religious" (and we see Christianity as a major, major practicer of religious warfare. And terror (consider the Russian and Polish pogroms).

      But if, as in the 30-years war, the war was also about the usual -- land, money, power -- we may instead see a war BY religious factions ABOUT land, money, and power.

      In the current round of Middle East wars, insurgencies, etc., I believe we are seeing in part actions by those previously in power (Sunni) against those previously out-of-power but now-in-power (Shia) and, often, all of these against the American and European invaders, colonizers (USA, Israel, UK, France, etc.)

      Just as "turn the other cheek" is a Christian teaching which has not prevailed noticeably to dis-arm the American, European, or any other armies, any peaceable Islamic teachings seem not to dissuade the Islamic fighters.

  • White House is now in open spat with Netanyahu over his 'American values' lecture
    • "It’s American values that have led us to fund and build an Iron Dome system that has protected the lives of countless innocent Israeli citizens."

      This formulation seems to acknowledge that there are non-innocent Israeli citizens. May we hear more about this, please? (Or are they ALL innocent, perhaps, in this administration's view?)

  • Sweden's recognition of Palestine will license activists
    • The Swedish PM should answer Israel's blather about negotiations by saying that, as matters stand, Israel is not prepared to negotiate toward a "just and lasting peace" and in order for Israel to become ready, it must either end its occupation of Palestinian lands or bring its occupations into conformance with international humanitarian law by removing all settlers, demolishing the wall and all the settlements, and ending the blockade on Gaza.

      And he should say this with maximum persuasiveness and publicity to the EU in particular.

  • Knesset shell game: Aid meant for Israeli towns affected by Gaza war sent to illegal settlements instead
    • Is that like the holocaust-reparations (money) from (West) Germany which was delivered to Israel but not by Israel to the holocaust-survivors living in Israel, many of whom went on relief?

      Also, is this part of the inherent racism of the (socialist, Ashkenazi) Israelis who forced newer immigrants (from Arab countries or Africa) to live in "development towns" near the borders of the arab countries where they'd be likely to be caught up in the wars that were anticipated (and caused or started) by those same socialists? (WHO, EXACTLY, IN ISRAEL, ethnographically, suffered from the blast-at-Gaza-2014?

  • Jewish New Yorkers to Schumer and Gillibrand: Enact the Leahy Law and stop US military aid to Israel
    • Where can I sign a petition to that effect?

      But more seriously, folks, how can you cut off funds to part of IDF unless you cut off funds to Israel as a whole? Money is fungible, meaning that money sent to Israel can be spent any way Israel wants to spend it and if they do not spend it on IDF, then they can free-up some other money to spend on IDF.

      We need also to make USA donations to Israel or to settlements, etc., [1] not tax deductible and [2] illegal as donations to terrorists

  • Salaita says UI appeased 'a few wealthy donors' and destroyed his career
    • CIVILITY IN ACADEME? He sent tweets to his prospective class's students? To the university's students? No, to the world and not particularly to UIUC. How can they get away with claiming he was incivil in the academic setting, striking fear into the hearts of (UIUC) university students?

      pfui.

    • JLD:

      These are great lists. Thanks.

      PHIL:

      Could Mondoweiss have a research "section" in which to record
      [1] basic documents,
      [2] useful essays *(such as these above),
      [3] maybe something else

  • Bill de Blasio ruins the liberal Zionists' glorious hour
    • DeBlasio is not progressive, merely a (possibly sometimes progressive) NY-Politico and, thus, at best a PEP.

      This is, like so many things in these end-times, a disappointment but not a surprise.

  • Why must Gaza wait in the dark?
    • What Israel does to Gaza may qualify as "collective punishment" only if it is, first, "punishment". It is certainly collective oppression. What if there were no "crime" (no, for instance, occasional rockets or rock throwing)? Would Israel (in that case) lift the siege? How soon? etc.

      This collective oppression is part of Israel's plan and consistent with its mind-set to "win" against Palestine and, in the mean time, to keep the "West" off its own back.

      BDS is also "collective oppression", but since it is not violent it cannot (I suppose) be called "punishment". The world needs more BDS against every Israeli company, institution, government, culture, sport, academe, etc.

  • Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah
  • Ilan Pappé on Israel’s 'post-Zionist moment' and the triumph of 'neo-Zionism'
    • I have not read the book.

      My guess is that "post-Zionists" are people who once believed that the premise for creating Israel (1930-1948) was correct, that the act of creating Israel AS IT WAS CREATED was also OK, but these people's views changed after the passage of time (hence 'post" Zionism) to the view that:

      [1] the Israel of today (thus the Zionism of today) is not OK (Israel was OK but is no longer OK); or

      [2] the seeds of the Israel of today necessarily grew out of the history up until 1948 or a bit later (Israel was never OK, but we only came to understand that a bit late).

  • Liberal Zionist group Zonszein once worked for paints her as a 'radical' because she likes democracy
    • Sonszein: The Israeli peace camp — which remains obsessively focused on stopping settlement expansion and pursuing the ever-elusive two-state solution while ignoring Israel’s failure to separate religion and state and guarantee equal rights for Arab citizens — has been incapable of challenging this mentality.

      And that's not all: the Israeli peace camp (so it would seem) and the USA and UK etc. all ignore two other things: [1] removal of the settlements and the settlers and the wall from occupied territories where each is present illegally and will remain illegal for so long as the occupation continues (that is, while not superseded by peace treaty) and [2] allowing return to pre-67 Israel of the exiles of 1947 and thereafter who were never allowed to return to their homes.

      Sonszein may not want to talk about these two points, and NYT might have refused to publish her piece had she done so, but the truth is that these two points (among others, I forgot Gaza here) are being ignored by so-called peaceniks.

  • Netanyahu's 'poison' -- latest settlement will distance Israel's closest allies, State Dep't warns
    • Nietanyahu: Nobody in their right mind thinks Israel will move out of E-Jerusalem.

      I'm ever hopeful that Israel will indeed be so required, and will be so BDS'd, and will be so forced: to do exactly that.

      Guess I'm not in my right mind.

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • Cohen says, if I get it right, that IF the Palestinians had managed to accept the UNGA 1947 partition, which the Zionists didn't like, and which chopped the land into (as I recall) 6 pieces with three for Jews and three for Arabs, very separated (like the Bantustans now seemingly proposed for new-Palestine),THEN the Jews (in their 55% of The Land) would not have attacked anybody and would not have evicted anybody.

      Who can believe this theory given the talk of "transfer" and "iron walls" which preceded 1947? I believe that as well as being a nasty piece of post-hoc pro-colonial fluff, it is quite wrong headed even on its own terms.

    • 1948: Jews had more money, more support and friends abroad, more advanced weaponry and more weaponry altogether than the Palestinian Arabs had -- or, indeed, than all the surrounding Arab countries combined had; and knew it. Is this what is meant by "advanced culture"? And is the argument that people with "advanced culture" (such as people whose culture is so very far advanced that they base their claims on a Bible consisting of fictional stories several thousands of years old) have the right to wipe out or displace people with a less advanced culture an idea that had acceptance in 1945-50?

      If so, what (precisely) was Israel's complaint about Germany (with its ever so advanced culture)?

  • Netanyahu at the United Nations: Hamas, Iran, ISIS and 100 cheering Israelis
    • Israel itself (never mind Hamas) has never declared either its own boundaries or its maximal boundaries. It has held for 47 years with no sign of relinquishment, for example, the Golan Heights, part of Syria, which is way outside historic Palestine and of course way outside of "Israel 1948-1966". To criticize Hamas for much less is (to say the least) monumentally hypocritical.

  • NYT's opening to a 'fringe voice' excites rage from Israeli army, journalism, business leaders
    • My guess: NYT likes to "prove" that it is "open" to a variety of opinion (even while slanting the "news" / Rudoren et al.). So maybe Israel is a little intolerant, or a lot -- what I wonder is how intolerant the USA's MSM/political-elite are. As matters stand, AIPAC standing at the ready, USA is very intolerant. And that is not something that NYT will publish.

  • 'Tip of the BDS iceberg': Kuwait excludes Veolia from $750m contract
    • Harry, Exactly! BDS must target all-of-Israel. Imagine, for instance, a revision of occupation in which NO Israeli companies making products do so in OPTs or using materials taken out of OPTs. And all the settlers still there! Then there'd be nothing for OPTs-only-BDS to focus on. And the problems would remain.

      The BDS-for-OPTs-only is a liberal Zionist ploy (or in its style). It makes no sense. and Abbas is apparently caught in the jaws of the usual corruption. He should be joining ICC without talking about it. He should be calling for an end to settlements, entirely, instead of calling for negotiations. Being a puppet of USA/Israel does not grow giants, at least, Abbas is not a giant.

    • I've always doubted the "titanic" idea for BDS, because the process of BDS is usually (or so far) so very gradual. I wish it were faster or more general. I wish its triumphs were better known.

      But what I imagine is that profits will decline, slowly but discernibly, for enough Israeli companies that the capitalists who -- as in the USA -- run things will tell the government that it is time to end the settlements regime, remove all the settlers, destroy all the settlements and the wall, end the straightjacket on Gaza, and maybe more. I imagine this will happen, but not soon, and not in a rush. It will be gradual. Of course that could be the boil-a-frog scenario and never result in the result I desire, but I think businessmen can read the writing on the wall. and can get things done. And of course "democracy" could result in Israeli citizens taking notice of the squeeze of BDS and then either [1] calling on the government to get with the BDS program or [2] calling on the government to get even worse. (You never can tell with democracies. Especially in the presence of an ideology-controlled media.)

  • Netanyahu heads to New York to ‘refute all the lies’ and praise ‘the most moral army in the world’
    • The UNGA or other may censure Israel, but so what?
      Israel never attends to what I call "mere talk", at least they never attend by changing their opprobrious behavior.

      And the nations find that talk is cheap but action is expensive or dangerous or pointless or * * * (even though they have no trouble imposing sanctions on Iran and, in 1990s, on Iraq, USA imposing sanctions on Cuba, etc.)

      It'll be a long time before the hell of Israel (or even merely its occupations, freeze over.

  • The name games
    • As to the "A"-word. Arab, I dare say, not Apartheid. But still.

      Here I sit, as English-speaker born and raised. Am I an American, as I always supposed, or will someone tell me that there are many Anglophone countries (UK, including I suppose Scotland, NZ, Australia, USA, Canada -- pace Quebec, south Africa (or is that an Africans country, you know, among the non-natives).

      What I meant to ask is: Can I call myself an American, even if I am sometimes considered a Jew, no, sorry, an English-speaker (Anglophone)?

      Can an Israeli be a Palestinian (nationality) or an Arab (language of ancestors if not indeed of self), because we know the one thing he cannot be -- in terms of officially recognized nationality -- is an Israeli.

      So delightfully confusing.

  • Netanyahu erases the boundary between world Jewry and Israel in celebration of 'our country'
    • Dan, you seem to agree with what I said at my comment (12:17, above). And you are much briefer!

      But your last line troubles me. The tone of your comment (and mine) is that being Jewish does make us all complicit ("The rank and file in ANY group bear responsibility for the groups actions") and while it also requires us to speak out, and to say "sorry", it more importantly requires us to ACT (make trouble for Israel, for USA, for Jewish orgs, for those blasted big-money-boys who support Israel).

    • Phil, I agree that Israel is not the country of all Jews, no matter how often its leaders, its people, and others may say so.

      But whether all Jews are proper "targets" of non-Jewish wrath at Israel is another question. (Hint: Think "collateral damage", because this is or should be war.)

      I believe that BDS (sanctions, boycotts, trade embargoes, cultural and academic embargoes, travel embargoes, diplomatic embargoes, etc.) should be directed at Israel generally, because Israel is a democracy and its voters (after they "hurt" enough) might direct the Israeli government to do stuff -- stuff such as removing the settlers, demolishing the settlements and wall, lifting the blockade of Gaza, etc. Even making a "just and lasting peace" with the Palestinian people.

      And I intend that Israelis, broadly, should "hurt". How else turn things around? But this means that lefties (if any are left in Israel) and Israeli-Palestinians -- and any non-Zionist Israelis -- would also "hurt". Even though not themselves complicit. "Collateral damage."

      And so, since broadly speaking, American Jews have supported Israel in every way including in its crimes, war-crimes, crimes against humanity, etc., and ditto, ditto European Jews, and since Israel keeps claiming to be the country of ALL Jews, and the non-Israeli Jews fail in significant numbers (or significant NOISE) to deny this, well, then we are -- as a group -- as complicit in Israel's crimes as Israeli citizens are complicit, again, as a group.

      There are many exceptions, of course, but, in each case, as a group, the support for Israel's crimes, and the failures to speak out against them -- and the failure to distance ourselves from Israel -- make us, again, as a group, complicit.

      I am not calling for collective punishment of all Jews nor yet of all Israeli citizens. But I am calling for BDS treatment (non-violent, and thus not collective punishment, although necessarily collective "something") for all Israeli citizens, businesses, institutions, etc. And to be consistent, I should be calling for collective "something" for all Jews, at least until such a day come that Jewish protest against Israel (as it seems to do, but narrowly, at Mondoweiss) becomes so broad that all the world will see it and know, for sure, that Israel-the-middle-eastern-state and Israel-the-Jewish-people are not one.

      What do you think? Especially with the (as NYT claims) upsurge of antisemitism in Europe?

  • Another scholar cancels at U of Illinois, saying school doesn't 'protect faculty from donors'
    • Cicala's letter is priceless. Why should universities have scholarship, academic freedom, discussion of current issues -- if democracy [thanks for the intervening comments!] (at universities called academic freedom) has been shut down in favor of plutocracy (as in USA's governance)?

  • Obama says Muslims bear responsibility to counter radical Islam (so are Jews responsible for Israeli violence?)
    • Does NYT really say, in so many words, that there were Israeli atrocities or Israeli crimes (or war-crimes or crimes against humanity)? My guess, not having read NYT on this, is that they didn't -- getting only as close as "perceived" by anti-Zionists and/or anti-semites.

      If NYT *DID* expressly mention Israeli crimes etc., then did it call upon Israel to STOP DOING IT? (My guess: nope). Did it call on USA to call on Israel to stop? (ditto).

      NYT -- a paper you can rely on, trust, to hold a party line.

  • 'Civility' is for dancing classes, not universities, and is tool of pro-Israel political operatives -- Franke
    • Civility: it is important to remember that the USA, Bush-2 et al, were ever-so-polite when they voted to allow Bush to make war on Iraq, a country that had never attacked or offended the USA in any way. We bombed, shot, maimed, showered with depleted-uranium-dust, and so forth, but always in CIVIL FASHION.

      Israel kills thousands of Palestinians and even kills or means to kill one of its own soldiers possibly captured by Gazan militants, but without ever raising its collective voice, i.e., CIVILLY: link to richardsilverstein.com

      USA decides (with its satelite countries) to impose sanctions on Iran which never broke any laws, but refuses even to discuss imposing sanctions on Israel to force Israel, renowned lawbreaker, to remove illegally-present settlers, settlements, and wall. All decisions made CIVILLY.

      Doesn't matter what crimes you commit as long as you do it quietly and with a smile.

    • I'd like to see an exhaustive list of academics denied a job, denied tenure, etc., because of I/P censorship, Norman Finkelstein (perhaps several times and places) and now Steven Salaita are familiar cases. I imagine there are more. Let's make a standing list to show the "reach" of this anti-academic 5th-column conspiracy.

  • US elites are vulnerable to donor pressure on Israel question
    • This is a fine collection of quotes on the uses of Big-Money by the Zionist project.

      A lot of similar talk is going on about the use of paid-research at universities to keep university scientists from embarrassing folks such as Monsanto, Big-Tobacco (old story), Big-Pharma, etc.

      And a lot of talk about Big-Money being used to keep an Oligarchy going to rule the USA by buying up politicians, media, think-tanks, universities, etc.

      Each of these is a bit different, but the common thread is the well-proved idea that human activity can in many cases be commodified (bought).

    • But Peretz may have supposed (or known) that Jewish big-money pressure was brought to bear to KEEP Summers at Harvard and that it failed. The Big-Money failed. (The banks must also have wanted him to head-up Harvard, just as they wanted him to head-up USA's Treasury (or some such job).

      And Peretz may confuse/confound/confute failure to succumb to Jewish-Big-Money pressure with anti-semitism. I dare sya some Zios think that way since they maintain pro-Zio by their Big-Money antics and call anti-Israelism anti-semitism.

  • No Surprise Dep't: David Brooks's son is in Israeli army
    • More on OLIGARCHY: See Bernie Sanders's report of his (and Rep Ellison's) ikntroduction of a bill to cut SDUBSIDIES to fosil fuels!!!

      link to sanders.senate.gov

      How much chance this bill passes? A Fat Chance.

    • Krauss: And ask also how many shares in BIG-OIL and BIG-BANKS those who own, control, edit, report-for NYT and NPR, et al., have.

      OLIGARCHY is not just about government. It is about media and Supreme Court and universities as well.

      OLIGARCHY is not just about I/P. It is the mechanism by which the USA is governed, and our ability to change-policy on Israel, on fossil-fuels, on banking generally and student loans and credit card debt vis-a-vis bankruptcy and big-PHARMA and on and on, and on BIG-DEFENSE (aka MIC) is limited (or zero) because of the entrenched power of OLIGARCHY.

    • So, media corruption comes not only (unwillingly) by pressure from big-money but also (willingly) from pressure from personal feelings and family members.

      But, as this essay notes, NPR, NYT, etc., often fail to identify the feelings, family connections, ideologies, and of course big-money pushes and pulls which influence their reporting and editorializing.

      NYT and NPR should have some reporters with ideologies and family in occupied Palestine!

  • West Bank settlers exporting dates labelled as 'Made in Palestine'
    • "Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard yesterday called for “taking new steps, including changes to our trade relations with Israel” in order to force it to make concessions in its talks with the Palestinians. Danish newspaper Jyllands- Posten reported Lidegaard calling for “imposing Danish and European sanctions on Israel”, noting the commercial sanctions are “vital”. “If nothing happens in the peace talks this time, and if we don’t see a new pattern of response from Israel’s side, then we will need to discuss the possibility of taking new steps, including changes to our trade relations with Israel"

      Why is it, does anyone suppose, that all these so-timid politicians FRAME this as a matter of negotiations rather than as a matter of compliance with international law and UNSC resolutions and the ICJ decision of 7/2004?

      Why not simply TAKE STEPS to cut trade until Israel remoacves all settlers and removes the WALL and all settlements (or makes peace with Palestine, whichever comes first)?

  • Rabbis want to criticize Israel but fear donors (and 'NYT' buries the news)
    • "who are often the ones with the purse strings. They are not necessarily the numerical majority, but they are the loudest.”

      Money YELLS! This is what Bernie Sanders is openly saying about money in politics (on the subject of BIG-FOSSIL-FUEL preventing action on Climate Change).

      Read 4 letters to New Yorker (9/22/2014, p.12) on same topic, 2 on AIPAC as an instance of big-money: pay-wwall'd: link to meter.newyorker.com

  • Yale official barred discussion of Israeli settlements and apartheid at monthly meeting
    • Shmuel: You ask, I guess about Yale and/or its chaplaincy, "Are there any other questions that must not be raised? Excellent questions, both.

      But the questions should be broader in two ways. First, as to mechanisms for intimidation, mechanisms for censorship, we must ask (about ANY discussion-medium, any forum, which is shut down in part) WHAT IS THE MECHANISM OF CENSORSHIP? And second, what OTHER FORA are shut down?

      Are NPR, NYT, generally the American MSM shut down on various topics? Which topics? which fora? Can (and do) they talk about TOPIC#1: the power of big-money on politics? on media? on universities? on public schools? Is CONGRESS ITSELF shut-down?

      And note: censorship on Israel/Palestine is just one slice of the presumed censorship more broadly of "politics".

  • South Africa High Court rules in favor of BDS South Africa billboard
    • Political advertising, whether about upcoming elections or about a review of politically interesting facts (as here), are always "contentious". Constitutional guarantees of free expression (USA, SA, UK ?, Israel?, elsewhere) are inconsistent with (local) rules forbidding "contentious" matter. Political controversy will often make a group of people uncomfortable.

      I think the court here did the right thing in judging the local by-laws (or whatever) unconstitutional, unenforceable, and judging that private (non-governmental) parties were bound with a "negative" duty not to infringe on publicly guaranteed rights and, thus, not to act in consequence of a local rule which was itself unconstitutional.

  • Warren, Schama, and Lipstadt address Holocaust echoes in Gaza conflict
    • I had an Israeli neighbor, once, in Massachusetts, who said that holocausts (plural) were different and worse than other killing for one reason (which she'd experienced as a child in Europe during WW2): in a holocaust the intended victims know in advance that they are being hunted down by an implacable power intent on (and capable of) torturing and killing them. It was the FEAR of the hunted-for-extermination, not the death itself that made the holocaust special.

      She accorded the same quality to the hunting down of victims of Pol Pot and denied that there was only one holocaust.

      Something to think about. OTOH, knowing that Gengis Khan was heading your way and known to wipe out whole villages and cities upon arrival cannot have been too happy an experience.

    • I'm so pleased that Sen. Warren seems to have turned an important corner. She was formerly so staunch an AIPAC puppet (or, let's more charitably say, a convinced supporter of Israel no-matter-what). She cannot be innocent enough not to know what AIPAC and its friends in the political funding world will do. Therefore she is either brave and martyr-ish, or else sees a corner before her other colleagues do.

      Schama stinks. Someone should ask him if the fact that Warsaw ghetto fighters attacked Nazis gave Hitler the right to kill whatever children were then present within the ghetto. The trouble with off-the-cuff remarks (here, Schama's, and maybe mine) is that there is no back-and-forth for CONSIDERED analysis of the SOUND-BYTE.

  • Rabbi in Ohio U. controversy leads group that denies there's an occupation
    • There seems to be, in many Jewish organizations, a tendency on the part of the big shots to declare publicly that they speak for all the nearby Jews -- and then to wish to silence any nearby Jews who might appear likely to adopt a contradictory stance.

      As if to say, "We Jews speak with one voice and that voice is mine. So shut up already [spoken to on-conforming Jews]."

      It's the same with these feeling of discomfort they go on and on about. some may feel discomfort, and so they should!, but others may get relief from speaking of war-crimes adn occupation.

      And, of course, if it is proper to seek to preserve the comfort of Jewish students, why is it not proper to seek to preserve the comfort of Palestinian, Arab, human-rights-loving, liberal (if that is the right word) students in the same schools?

  • The elephant in the room, in Marin County
    • Israel is surely a large elephant in any USA governmental room. But it is not in there alone.Major corporations and wealthy individuals (Kochs for instance) are in there too.

      Obama is talking up CLIMATE CHANGE but also talking up ENERGY INDEPENDENCE (meaning: support for oil/gas/coal use in the USA).

      I guess I am surprised to hear him talk up climate change. But the increased use of oil/gas (fracking) is no surprise. America is Corporate State in all but name.

      Israel is a big player, but not the only player.

  • Encounter at a post office
    • Yes, and it is not easy to achieve a "normal voice" to say, “Yes, what Israel is doing to Palestine is terrible. I am following the situation closely. I am resisting. I am doing what I can.” Outrage is just around the corner.

  • US Congressman Danny Davis calls for lifting the blockade of Gaza
    • I congratulate all the activists for persevering with Rep. Davis. They have worked a sort of magic.

      It is an old adage of politics, "OK, You've convinced me; now pressure me!". Here it appers that educating and convincing ab honorable man was enough. He is a Congressman. he knows the score. He knows what awaits those who oppose Israel.

      I wish there were a re-election PAC for pro-Palestine folks (and pro-Human-Rights and pro-International-Law folks) to support such people as Danny Davis, Keith Ellison, and Barbara Lee. Anyone know of one?

  • Five lessons from the struggle to reinstate Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois
    • UIUC will try to divide these fine people. And to conquer these groups, one by one. That is what power does.

      The Salaita matter made blatant and very public what "power" (capitalism, big-money political donors, big-money educational donors, who so openly regard themselves the masters of our society that they don't trouble to hide their machinations) does and how it does it.

      These people are right to seek a broad coalition. Power has become absolute power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It's no joke.

      Power, instead, to the people!

  • Moe Diab debates SWU operative Philippe Assouline (Updated)
    • Glad someone on TV in USA is doing it right.

      The "On Point" team need not only to set out the "civility" rules for the debaters but ALSO for the audience if they are talking to anyone who might be expected to go off the rails. And where it is blatant, perhaps never invite him back again.

  • Ohio University filibuster: harangue or free speech?
    • In the broad American context, we believe in (and most support) ONE MAN ONE VOTE (altho voting is being suppressed here adn ther), but I'd like to add: ONE MAN ONE VOICE and note thet BIG-MONEY gives a huge multiplier to a rich man's (or rich corporation's) "voice".

      At this meeting, those that grabbed the microphone to harrangue were practicing ONE OPINION ONE THOUSAND VOICES AND NO LET-UP.

      What a dreadful society we live in where people have appointed themselves (ZIOS) as the controllers of this discussion.

      Glad the discussion is happening anyhow.

  • University of Illinois trustees vote to reject Salaita reinstatement
    • Very sad, but not unexpected. BoD people, like members of Congress and others, live in a sheltered world were things ordinary human beings value -- like ivil rights, academic freedom, decency, etc. -- are mere slogans, of no weights, and are brushed aside in favor of oligarchic interests -- the things big money values, things like the possession and rough exercise of power.

  • J Street can't tie Israel's latest 'illegal land grab' to cutting US aid
    • Come on, guys and gals! Don't be too hard on poor ole J-Street!

      They've now said, it appears, that it is OK (or mandatory?) foir the USA to say that the settlements are illegal. Well, yes, and let's all get on that band-wagon.

      Does J-street hesitate? Sure. Are they caught between a rock and a hard place? Indeed.

      Don't expect the world from J-Street. Welcome and ally with any statement that the settlements are illegal.

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