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  • New poll shows sharp partisan divide on UN settlements resolution, and between Jews and African-Americans
    • [email protected] January 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm with 8 replies

      At the same time most democrats are very happy to point the fingers now at foreign (Russian) involvement in US elections. The democrats are quite correct to see foreign influence on a US election as corrupting. BUT. Mr. Saban is an Israeli citizen as well as US, as is a top contributor to the Clinton campaign. His and other contributors to both parties, are to influence the US in favor for a foreign government. They're open about their politics. And like the Russian influence it has the smell of influencing US foreign policy in such a way as to condone actions by those who undermine fundamental human rights. Also take note that in both cases, the scale of the foreign meddling is massive not a few bucks here or there. Yes, in my case I voted for Clinton, even as this whole hoopla over foreign influence and incredulous behavior over Putin, betrays the fact that both parties are a party to some foreign influence peddling in direct contradiction to our constitution. Trumps victory did not come in a vacuum of clean and sterile environment in the US. The fact that people are willing to vote as they did sorts supports the reality that basic aspects of our system here in the US are quite broken. And now we have politicians who can't figure out who to love more. Putin or Bibi. It's just a matter of time before a horse becomes a US senator.

    • [email protected] January 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks for publishing raw data that don't make liberal zionists happy as they like to portray themselves as the silent Jewish moral majority. However, some of your reported data gives me pause. For example, the 47-42 Jewish opposition to the resolution. This Judaism does not include Jews who classify themselves as nones or non-practicing. And as you point out, the nones overwhelming supported this resolution and Jewish people in particular were the least likely to have a "Don't know" response to the question. So in essence, if the complete Jewish community were asked, different results would have been obtained suggesting a significant majority support for the resolution.

  • Why a Texas rabbi keeps losing a debate over Israel with a white nationalist leader
    • [email protected] December 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm with 2 replies

      People keep attacking Spencer in the replies. Why? I see him as morally consistent. He wants racism and a ethno-supremism here and admires it in other places. That is a valid world view. Yes of course, it is facististic but it applies rules that are universal. The rabbi on the other hand is deplorable. Clearly he is so confident holding up Torah as an example of universal love and radical inclusion. But he has nothing to say because he endorses the very same racism and echo-supremism when it suits his purposes. Spencer should win the argument because his views are defensible in the sense they are universal and apply to all peoples in all places. The rabbi has nothing to say as his views are that of a hypocrit. Public displaces of universal love and piety hiding behind the same world view of Spencer. In short Spencer has integrity and rabbi doesn't .

  • 'Make this my dream as well' -- in historic appearance, Palestinian offers one-state vision to a NY temple
    • [email protected] December 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      His children were killed by Israel, but there is more to the story then that. As photos show, his children were next to his apartment window which for anyone who has lived under Israeli occupation is shocking. I've lived where Israeli tanks rumbled up and down streets. Us children were instructed to quickly move towards the center of the building. AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS. He let his kids stay near the windows because unlike virtually all other Palestinians, he did not fear Israeli tank fire, he worked for the people who shot his kids. Tank fire and yes, gunfire follow the laws of physics, not politics. It is akin to a parent allowing a child to play on a highway. Neither the child or the car on the highway, nor the parent want anything to happen, but if you play on a highway, bad things will happen. While this story is extremely sad, this person allowing his children in such an unsafe area is a major part of the story. Yes, Israel killed his kids and yes Israel is ultimately to blame, but a responsible parent who didn't work for Israel TV would have made sure his own kids were in a much, much safer location.

    • [email protected] December 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm with 2 replies

      A good talk with views not commonly shared in a Westchester Temple. However, the article itself has views that are problematic. One is that Palestinians just need to be invited into Jewish spaces. As if we are interchangeable from one another. MLK said to judge each other from the content of ones character, not the color of the skin.
      Many Palestinians who support Israeli views, such as "Arabs for Israel" those funded by Christians United for Israel, and additional influential people in the PA, regularly speak to Jewish and American audiences to confirm the prevalent AIPAC style status quo. I wouldn't mention this in its particulars but since the author wrote his name. Dr. Izza Abuelish , is certainly in this Kosher approved category. He worked for Israel television and was Israel's voice inside gaza during their "operations". To share his name and Johnathan Kuttab as if they equally representative Palestinian views is scandalous at least to my Palestinian ears.

  • FL State Sen. Dwight Bullard opposed an anti-BDS measure -- and lost his job
    • [email protected] December 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      There are few political organizations that are friendly to Palestinians. As we have few friends, I agree we should do better with potential friends that take risks to support us. But who is truly our friend is the $64,000 question. Allison Weir and lately Mikko Paled have been denounced by Jewish Voice for Peace as well as US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Both denunciations had petitions with thousands of signatures objecting to these actions to exclude some of our best, steadfast defenders of basic human rights. In those petitions supporting Weir and Paled, many, many of the signers had Palestinian last names. So in other words, Palestinians know who are true friends are. If I had a nickel for every person I met who said they supported Palestine, but when pressed, merely thought whatever Israel does is right and generous, I'd be very well off. A crazy president elect with fascist and authoritarian tendencies likely won't make things much worse for human rights is a bigger indictment of our system than a unanimous bipartisan decision in Florida's state government showing contempt for basic rights granted by our Constitution. That so much pressure was brought to bare on one state legislator for assuming his duty was uphold the right to protest and boycott says so much. The way to go is continuing to work with Unions, students and progressive people of all faiths to promote BDS. The author unwittingly makes a very good argument why going door to door and raising funds for political candidates is an injudicious use of our limited energies as activists.

  • I'm not worried about anti-Semitism
    • [email protected] November 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm with 4 replies

      Look folks, trumps daughter is an orthodox jewish person and clearly Trumps rejection of Chris Christie is out of major allegiance to his new Jewish relatives. Also look at Facebook websites like CUFI, Christians United for Israel. That is 1.3 million Christians who are rabidly pro Israel and rabidly pro trump. Though their lens is warped as they see support for Israel through a rather bigoted reading of the bible, Jews are the last people they are going to try to offend. They are Jewish supremacist in the same way they are White supremacist. Israel is a model society with dealing with its racial unwanted in their eyes. So most Jewish folks are in a unique position here. They are voting against trump yes, but because his main supporters are in their eyes needing to fulfill biblical prophecy by supporting Israel, Jews will remain safe and not touched as the neo-facism hits other groups. Of course time could change all that too but for now, as the author points out, other groups (blacks, hispanics, and Muslims) have far more to worry about

  • Necessary Transformations: Ending the claim to exclusivity
    • [email protected] October 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm with 4 replies

      "No religion would condone behavior of any people that occupies, steals lands, kills innocent civilians, lies to justify those killings, and are accused of human rights violations. If there is any religion out there that will support such “sins” I would like to know." Well hello, we are all living in the USA or possibly Canada. Manifest Destiny which how America was WON from the natives, and I do use that term pejoratively, is steeped in Christianity. Our whole election at the moment is also immersed in racism, with the vast majority of evangelicals voting to justify if not glorify past present and future human rights violations. So Israel is not so special. The only real difference is that the progressive community is still enamored with Jewish privilege and supremacism and so is the conservative. One has to be an outlier to advocate on Palestinian human rights.
      Lastly, the Jewish ethical tradition is a misnomer. For thousands of years, Jews had no self determination or independent power. Israel is new in this sense. An ethical tradition without power is easy. Once you have power or the power over others, then your real tradition shows through. Again, not unique to Israel. What makes Israel so special is that it's use of power, for better or usually worse, is protected by the World's only superpower. It's about power and not ethics. It is wise not to confuse the two.

  • In Brookings poll, most Dems say $38 billion aid package to Israel is 'way too much' while the GOP is split
    • [email protected] September 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      I think a bit more info about the brooking institute and its "center for middle east policy" should be included in this article. This center formerly known as the "saban" center is funded by Mr. Haim Saban. He recently was instrumental in getting a certain Hillary Clinton on board against BDS. I don't know if the numbers in the poll are correct, but when Mondoweiss publishes things from an organization that clearly has a stake in the results of its own poll, relevant info regarding the taker of the poll needs to be included.

  • Critiques not fit to print: Students and allies respond to 'NYT' coverage of Palestine activism on campus
    • [email protected] August 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I do believe I was one of the only Pals who did manage to get at least a letter published in this particular NYT article. It seems that interest groups do manage to get their viewers to flood the positive feedbacks on any topic of their choosing. My letter is C Barghout, at least one post from a past participant of dialogue groups and how they have been misused was printed.

  • Presbyterian and UU breakthrough votes on Palestine
    • [email protected] June 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm with 1 replies

      Mondoweiss usually does a great job at exposing truth and scratches the surface to reveal the truth underneath. Not so in this article, everything regarding the Presbyterians is true, not so with the Unitarians. The UU's of which I am a member have on many many occasions defeated resolutions calling on Israel to uphold human rights., for example in 2010 when they would not condemn Israeli settlements and the siege of Gaza. Their previous resolutions would say something like the Palestinians have a right to want a state somewhere. Even the Israeli far right would agree to that.
      The Unitarians let no Palestinians speak, only Jewish folks. Nothing wrong with Jewish folks but when the whole discussion is between one side and the other is not even invited to the table it smells and is foul. Rabbi Jacobs, President of the Union of Reform Judaism spoke to all 3700 people and let them know that BDS was anti-semitic which is to be expected. No one from the other side got any right to speak to anything but a small fraction of delegates. In addition, during the voting process where there was supposed to be an open microphone to speak, procedural excuses used up all the time so that virtually no one who supported BDS was allowed to speak. In addition the Unitarians held panels, again with no Palestinians, where only proponents of US policy and all panelists were committed ZIonists.
      All claims can be verified with those attending the UU general assembly and the list of panelists and speakers is in the program as well as video broadcasts of the entire event The Presbyterians and others have done the work to help bring about human rights for all peoples. I do wish I could include Unitarian Universalists on this list, but alas it is very far behind most other progressive movements for social justice.

  • Democratic establishment wants to make Palestinians go poof in platform
    • [email protected] June 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Just as I know that not all Jewish people from this site support Israel, it should be clear that just because someone is Muslim, they would naturally support Palestine. The committee is 10 Clintonites to 5 for Sanders so the deck is stacked to begin with. So Ellison, not a great supporter of Palestinians decides to agree to a Pro-Israel letter that meets J-Street parameters. Hey, throw the Pals under the bus. The liberals in his district are not going to bolt and bringing in a pro-Israel lobby is going to secure benefits for him now and down the road. Politics pure and simple, and naturally the oppressed get screwed in the process.

  • Post Orlando, a Muslim's comment on homophobia within the Muslim community
    • [email protected] June 23, 2016 at 12:36 am

      Folks, Homophobia can and has been measured in various religious communities here in US including Islam by Pew research. It's nice to debate everything about Israel-Palestine, and I'm guilty of doing that myself, but certain things can be and have been measured. Facts are in. Islam is neither the worst or the best when it comes to GLBTQ people but is somewhere near the middle. Go to the website and numerous articles regarding the changing LGBTQ landscape are researched.

  • 'What certainly influenced me' to support Iraq war, Clinton says, was Bush's billions of aid to NYC
    • [email protected] March 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Ok, I'll take Hillary at her word. (2016). Money influences her vote. That's it in a nutshell in terms of Israel-Palestine-USA too. There is a lobby like AIPAC, that has lots of money and influence. So the politicians do what they are told to get their money and please powerful lobbies. Going to war and letting thousands of Americans die and spending 100's of billions doesn't Trump (excuse the pun) Hillary's vote. Money in Clinton's own words rules. And our media is somehow perplexed why Americans are so angry?

  • Resisting anti-Semitism does not contradict resisting the Israeli state
    • [email protected] February 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      An interesting letter with both clear highs and lows. Highs would be to form a distinct counter and separation within the Jewish community to the prevailing requirements at Mcgill that all Jewish students must stand with Israel and Zionism. Another high is that one should attempt to stand with the oppressed regardless of tribal and religious affiliation. Some lows are the statement that "The rightful claim of Palestinians to a land of their own renders occupation profoundly unjust. " This limits Israel's transgressions to 1967 and reduces Palestinian claims to injustice to a non-specific land somewhere and sometime. Another low is the students claim, one they know is made by 171 Palestinian organizations in 2005, "BDS puts pressure on companies that profit from the creation of settlements illegal under international law and that design military equipment used in ongoing assaults on the West Bank and Gaza." This again twists the clear language of the BDS call to only corporations that profit off of settlements. Please read the actual call for BDS in 2005 to what these students say it means. Very different birds. So, in short, the students are on the right path but surely are still grappling with the notion that Palestinians are real people and deserve the same rights all other people deserve. Is the glass half full or half empty? Since the glass was completely empty just a few years ago, I'll choose to be the optimist. It's half full.....:)

  • Palestinians took over in the afternoon, at the Haaretz NIF conference
    • [email protected] December 16, 2015 at 11:56 pm with 2 replies

      Not so impressed by Palestinian speakers in this post. The Palestinians sited are all deeply involved with Israeli Apartheid in assisting it. Examples are as follows, Saeb Erakat, claimed to provide the signature moment in this conference is a known Normalizer who has made a name for himself with the Palestinian Papers as well as known normalization projects such as Seeds of Peace. Jarrar Farah and his organization receive much of their funding from Zionist groups; New Israel Fund and George Soros. Rula Jabreal is married to a Jewish individual which entitles her to a higher of privilege then other Palestinians by way of her marriage. Though Ayman Odeh is an elected Palestinian citizen of Israel, and admires MLK as an earlier Mondoweiss article mentions, he squanders his opportunity to move beyond feel good moments of mutual shared futures. MLK, through the civil rights movement and voting rights act, had a very clear "ask" and spoke truth to power. MLK was imprisoned by American Segregationists and wrote his Birmingham papers from a jail cell. In other words, MLK put his money where his mouth is. Odeh, in contrast, flatters Zionist oppressors and as this article points out, gets a standing ovation for feel good comments that only slightly challenge the status quo. Finding willing accomplices among those occupied is a well trod path of colonialism. I would had hoped that Mondoweiss would have seen these speeches for what they are.

  • Brookings conference on 'future for Israelis and Palestinians' featured zero Palestinians
    • [email protected] December 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I think not inviting Palestinians is an honest admission that they are only concerned about Israeli voices. The Haaretz, NIF gathering in as far as Palestinians is concerned is a who's who of people who collaborate with Israel. From Saeb Erekat to Just Vision, to American Task Force for Palestine. Not bothering with Palestinians is honest, inviting known appeasers is far slimier.

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