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, senior citizen, born of Palestinian , Christian parents. activist anti war, social struggles.

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  • Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar
    • American. Hamas uses " donkeys as suicide bombers". Where does one get that information. ? I will not accept anything from Mark Regev, or any other Hasbarists. Please some admission or evidence of this.

  • Survivors of massacre in Khuza'a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields
    • The People Putting Innocents in Danger are the Israelis

      Gaza, Israel and ‘Human Shields’


      What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the Second World War, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy’s humanity. It appeals to the compassion and mercy of the combatant that they not slaughter the innocent in order to avenge their target. The ‘shield’ is not the human bodies surrounding the ‘guilty’ party, the shield is the clemency that mankind instinctively affords the innocent. The shield evaporates only when confronted by an enemy who is not merely a fellow solder locked in a power battle, but a psychopath unconcerned with the pain of others. Such is the case with the Hamas. They are faced with an enemy who is willing to obliterate pregnant women, babies, kids, handicapped people, schools and crowded hospitals in order to smash their target. The Israelis repeatedly demonstrate a pathological disregard for any life that is not a Jewish life, and it is for this reason alone, that the Hamas are utterly incapable of ever using ‘human shields.’

      However, Netanyahu, pro Israeli media and Zionist supporters can’t resist endlessly recycling their trope that the Hamas use civilians to guard their rockets. They are clearly flummoxed as to why this assertion does nothing to quell the snowballing international outrage at the massacres they are committing. Their argument attempts to plant in our minds the notion that the Hamas actively invite the Israeli military to slaughter and maim innocents and, in doing so, prove that their savagery deserves to be annihilated. Paradoxically therefore, according to the twisted logic of Zionists, the more innocent Palestinians that die, the worse the Palestinians are. As a collective they are guilty of being innocent.

      But this propaganda ploy doesn’t work. Not only does it not work, it boomerangs completely. Every time a Zionist apologist repeats their ‘human shield’ accusations they merely advertise their own deficit of basic humanity. They tell us ‘the Hamas think we have empathy for our fellow human beings, but if you look at the casualty figures, you’ll see how mistaken they are.’

      The other issues at play here are the rights of the Palestinians to defend themselves and the pragmatics of warfare in a refugee camp. Israel is extremely fond of telling the world that they have the right to defend themselves. They enjoy a nuclear arsenal, cutting edge American weaponry and the formidable Iron Dome technology. Yet, although Israel constantly brags about its own egalitarian credentials, for some reason Israel refuses to grant the Palestinian people this same intrinsic right to defense that it demands for itself. Palestinians are not allowed to protect themselves. They are not allowed to fight. Instead we are invited to imagine that it is somehow acceptable for the Palestinians to have no weaponry whatsoever, no army, no solders, no rights. We are lead to believe that the only way for Palestinians to prove their integrity, is to lie down like lambs and quietly live out the unspeakably miserable lives of squalor, poverty and despair that Israel has designed for them. In short, Israel wishes the Palestinians were suicidal but, inconveniently, they keep proving to us that they are not.

      Obviously asking a people to passively embrace their own ethnic cleansing is implausible. One would hope that the Jews, more than anyone, might be capable of grasping such a fundamental truth – but sadly not. Given then, that the people of Gaza, like any other human beings, have right to defense, where exactly should they store their weapons? In the rolling valleys and tumbling hills of Haraat al-Daraj? Amid the fauna-filled acres of Shuja’iyya? Gaza is home to approximately 1.8 million people, it is 25 miles long by 5 to 7 miles wide and sealed by both an Egyptian and Israeli blockade. It is the most crowded open air prison on earth. The only place to feasibly store weapons is inevitably in the proximity of the people forced to live there cheek by jowl. Israel has now ordered some 43% of the territory to be evacuated. But where to? The Kafka-esque request to insist people go, knowing there is nowhere to go to, is clearly there to benefit Israeli PR, not save lives. And it doesn’t fool anyone. There are currently hundreds of thousands of displaced. The schools that have opened to receive those fleeing are already overflowing and Palestinians that endured the bombings of schools during Operation Cast Lead, know that even a so-called ‘refuge’ can not guarantee safety. Let’s be clear: the only people putting the Palestinians in danger are the Israelis. The only people killing innocent people are the Israelis. Hamas may not be the party that the chattering classes of the West would want to govern them, but they are democratically elected and they have as much right as Israel, Britain, France and America to fight against an oppressor that quite literally wants to ‘wipe them off the map.’ They face a tough job, but one thing they can’t do is use human shields against an enemy that doesn’t recognise them as human.

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  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • Annie, some questions , doubts. I do not believe Netanyahu is , somehow, less to the right than his Likud partners. To keep his coalition he privately gives them assurance as to his priorities while he , at times , publically , seems to accept some western powers benign conditions. As for prisoners, he agrees to release some knowing that at the opportune time ,he will conveniently re arrest them. . He has said in the past , we can always bring in prisoners/hostages but we cannot concede land . Never give up the land is his most fervent belief. Difficult to reacquire in this day and age. Netanyahu has taken on his father's persona with a guile that is needed in the 21rst century. . The old man , a proud terrorist , has been known to sprout the most racist rants about Palestinians and proudly stated before his death that his son, Bibi, will , surely follow his lead. Eretz Israel, no Palestinian State, accept being slaves or the ethnic cleansing from Eretz Israel will be the final stage for the remaining Palestinians. Do not doubt that Netanyahu does not aspire to achieve those goals while covering his political tracks.

  • Oren's charge that networks showcase Palestinian dead at behest of Hamas is 'obscene' -- Penhaul
    • Oren ," claimed that Hamas wanted to draw Israelis in to kill civilians to make headlines." So , apparently according to Oren, Israel came into Gaza to kill civilians but blame Hamas for making them do just that "to make headlines." That doesn't say much for the Israeli's "concern for the sanctity of life", in particular, innocent civilian life.

  • Controversial, illegal, and documented: Israeli military strategies in Gaza
    • Amira Hass of HaAretz;
      I’m fed up with the failed efforts at competing with the abundance of orchestrated commentaries on Hamas’ goals and actions, from people who write as if they’ve sat down with Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh, and not just some IDF or Shin Bet security service source. Those who rejected Fatah and Yasser Arafat’s peace proposal for two states have now been given Haniyeh, Hamas and BDS. Those who turned Gaza into an internment and punishment camp for 1.8 million human beings should not be surprised that they tunnel underneath the earth. Those who sow strangling, siege and isolation reap rocket fire. Those who have, for 47 years, indiscriminately crossed the Green Line, expropriating land and constantly harming civilians in raids, shootings and settlements – what right do they have to roll their eyes and speak of Palestinian terror against civilians?

    • The Zio's here , on the media, in Israel are truly without shame., logic or conscience. But we grant them credence when we respond to their idiotic self serving assertions. "Human shields", "tunnels", "want their children to die". Throughout the years listening to the Israeli spokesman, Regev, trying to explain Israeli's flouting of international law had to leave any sane person doubting his own sanity. I realize people who stand for justice want to always appear open minded and try to respond to any query no matter how ridiculous on the face it may be. I have tried this route also. It doesn't work. The Zionist hasbarists don't believe their BS. Its just to change the subject. To make the average decent people see the "other" side. Their PR people in their offices in Tel Aviv , New York and London must laugh as they see their spokesmen and spokeswomen and the media, and politicians follow their lead, their "talking" points. Does anyone really believe Netanyahu values "the sanctity of life."? Israeli Jewish life , I would imagine, but certainly not Palestinian life and , most likely , not any non Jewish life , for that matter. Their is no other side to this Zionist/Palestine question. Since 1947 and before one side has stolen the land of the indigenous people of Palestine, the Palestinian people. In Israel's, illustrious history they have committed atrocities, massacres one after the other, year after year. Invaded and occupied country after country. The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, slowly but surely, continues. Even Jews are now "shocked" at the fascist, racist hatred they exists in the land of the Chosen. This country with the most modern weapons of destruction , 4th largest , strongest Armed forces in the world , have, once again unleached its might against a defenseless , civilian population of Palestine{Gaza}. The world sees children blown to pieces, men, woman old young bombarded in their homes , mosques, schools, UN buildings., hospitals, ambulances. On the streets in the shelters. Told to run , they are hit with tank shells and artillery. Stay at home , blown to bits with their missiles. The UN gives the exact coordinates of their schools where woman and children, refugees again, are quartered, believing that this would make them safe from Israel's wrath. Assuming Israel will not attack a shelter for fleeing women and children. Please , as so many Rabbi's have preached, every Palestinian should be killed, women because they give birth to "snakes" And children because they will grow up to be" terrorists." Rabbi's give their blessings to soldiers to kill "all" the enemy. Instead they are blown to bits , body parts of women and children strewn across the courtyard. So a besieged, people , in an open air prison/concentration camp, no outlet to the outside world, air, sea and land. Shot at while they farm, fish, walk, drive a car, or eat a meal in their home. And now invaded for the third time in 5 years while the world watches silently. But GOD forbid, they have built a "tunnel". Headlines , all over our "free, independent" press. We should , on this site at least, just ignore these inhuman beings rants.

  • 'Heartbreaking' is U.S. government's talking point for Gaza massacre
    • Oh, BTW.. Almost every Israeli family has a soldier or reservist in their residence. As these soldiers sit down for dinner with their parents would those soldiers, reservists be considered "operating" in a civilian setting.? Would that home be a legitimate target for destruction. Israeli's and the mainstream media would never countenance such a notion. Nor should we.

    • True, True, True. The Israeli's are the party that attacks civilian areas deliberately, uses human shields , targets ambulances, hospitals, churches, mosques. Without a "war" as an excuse they have destroyed thousands of homes.. But the Hasbara says just the opposite and the repetitiveness confuses many Americans . Lets not add to the confusion.

    • Philip. I value Mondoweiss and the great work that you and your staff are doing, But your statement , "P.S. I have no doubt that militants are operating in civilian settings", troubles me. First the meaning. Hamas , the fighters, commanders are part of the Palestinian people. Do you mean that if they are in their homes with their wife and children and other family members eating dinner they are then considered "operating " in civilian settings? They are part of the population. Israel itself proudly states they bomb the homes of these "militants" considering them legitimate targets . I hope you don't agree. The Israeli constant hasbara BS about Hamas using "Human Shields" has been discredited by Human Rights groups and UN sources going back years . The Hasbara always states , , Embedded, Human Shields, we do not target innocent civilians, we value the Sanctity of Life. During the last Lebanon war of aggression, Israel said the same thing about Hisballah . This too was discredited by the UN and Human Rights organizations. The lies of Israel, as Mondoweiss has recorded, go back generations. Repeated constantly it gains a credibility. But we should not give their Hasbara any credence. Has there been any incident where there BS is justified? . Probably. But over they years, tens of years it has been their {Israel} way to justify the massacres and violence they so easily commit and should not be accepted.

  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
    • Eljay: Right on.

    • Words are important as is their meanings. In taking an invading soldier prisoner the word used should be "Captured" not "kidnapped". Israel is adept at kidnapping as when they rampage through neighborhoods and take men woman and children ,in the middle of the night to be imprisoned, usually without charge. Soldiers on the battlefield are "captured" not "kidnapped".

    • r. "I give lots of respect to the IDF soldiers who, although conscripted, speak out in Breaking The Silence." In Israel everybody over the age of 18 does mandatory service in their armed forces.{ except for some of the Orthodox persuasion} We are talking over the years of millions of willing Jewish men and women, Breaking the Silence , a very laudable group, consist of , 1-200 people. The vast , vast majority of Israeli conscripts and enlisted men and women, serve loyally and without questioning the propriety of their duties. Many , if not most , serve in the occupied territories , where , as Breaking the Silence documents, acts of humiliation, beatings, torture, murder are common are the norm, are orders, are accepted, are encouraged. The Golani Brigade are an "elite" unit. Elite if you mean completely unhinged, violent, and known for their total disregard of human rights, laws of war. To equate , somehow, the deaths of willing Israeli soldiers, who have invaded once again the occupied territory of Palestine{Gaza} worthy of commiseration , I understand as a moral , humane person. But they are soldiers INVADING , illegally, a besieged , occupied, oppressed civilian population, inflicting horrific violence and death and destruction to the impoverished people of Gaza, 50% children , and almost entirely a civilian, entrapped people. Your sympathies should be with these defenseless people facing the horror of the mightily armed Israeli soldiers who , from all accounts , show no mercy , and obey the orders. Being sympathetic to soldiers who die in battle , as I said, is understood as a humane moral quest. However, I find it hard to sympathize with any armed force , soldiers that matter openly destroy homes, hospitals, mosques, schools, electric grids, water sewage plants, crops, chicken farms, and homes of defenseless human beings.
      As for the two US citizens who lost their lives as enlisted men in the service of a foreign government. Of course they and the Israeli soldiers have been nurtured, apparently, on the hasbara , and possibly the teachings of their community leaders and schools. Their loyalty to a foreign govt. obviously was more important than to the land of their birth, They too were part of this Zionist force that was, is , besieging the occupied people of Palestine.
      My humanity bleeds for all but I must say not equally. The unarmed men women and children of Palestine deserve your sympathy and attention and understanding foremost before the armed, enforcers of this brutal regime called Israel.

  • As we sat down to break the fast, everything in the house started smashing and flying
    • JustJessier. your bringing up of the wonderful protection provided by the Vietnamese and Koreans for their people against the onslaught of the United States is quite warped to say the least. The Vietnamese lost some 3, ooo,ooo dead and wounded , the whole country a "free fire zone", dikes blown up, a massive extermination of a people. The "tunnels " mentioned were for the resistance armed forces of the Vietnamese. The "North" Koreans suffered the same faith, million dead, dikes blown up, cities and villages fire bombed. In both the Vietnam and Korean conflicts the vast majority of the dead, wounded, maimed were , of course, civilians , men , women and children. As a senior citizen, I don't remember the people running to air raid shelters or those protective "cement enclosures" you apparently dreamed up. When a third world people face a first world military superpower, there is no mercy and no protection. Especially an occupied people oppressed for decades. In particular in Gaza against a helpless civilian population, occupied, starved, blockaded by the air, sea and ground. An open air prison teeming with refugees and their descendants of the past 67 years, 50% under the age of sixteen. Since you care so much about the safety of the Palestinian people how do you justify the deliberate bombing of their electrical cord, water wells, the whole of the infrastructure that your Israeli moral force conveniently bombs. You haven't lost your humanity. I dare say you have none.

  • Soul-crushing video shows Gaza father unable to accept his little boy's killing
    • "I wonder which religion would condone this bloody murder spree." Since Netanyahu , the King of the Jews, says Israel is a Jewish State, and has the audacity to speak of the sanctity of life, the vast majority of Jews in Israel obviously support the massacre of Palestinian men, woman and children, books are written by Rabbi's justifying the murder of babies {snakes}, leading Jewish politicians, Rabbi's incite their followers with racist rants quoting Torah/Talmudic exhortations . It appears to these fanatical cultists the religion of Judaism condones this behavior. Are they all so blatantly ignorant of what their Yeshiva's , Rabbi's, teach them , or are they correct in their understanding of their faith that leads them to support such murderous, horrific , violence on a defenseless people.?

  • Terrifying tweets of pre-Army Israeli teens
    • Please, the last 67 years has been a mistake. A disaster , a catastrophe, a Nakba, a genocide, an earthquake , the making of the innocents, of victims into terrorists. Today the mighty moral Israeli armed forces are in a turkey shoot upon that poor , isolated land of Gaza . One million , 800,000 people, half under the age of 16, children, being bombed, killed, maimed, homes , schools, hospitals , destroyed. And we are told by the US govt. led by our moral President , that Israel has every right to "defend"itself. The 4th. strongest army in the world, a nuclear power, in violation of dozens of United Nation resolutions once again , proudly, loudly, proclaiming to the world we are the VICTIMS, and shall righteously slay, strike down the evil doers, the children of of Palestine. And the world stays silent. Shame.

    • The moral collapse of Israeli society came long before the "occupation" in 1967. How about 47/48 the "Nakba". Maybe Herzle's dream of "spiriting the helpless Palestinians" into neighboring countries in order for there to be a Zionist State of Israel for Jews only . That was said in the late 1900's/ early 20th century. As Mooser states," if Zionism didn't produce an amoral society, there wouldn't have been an occupation in the first place. "

  • Murdered teen laid to rest, as tensions flare in Shufat
    • The silence of Abbas is deafening. And I doubt that Obama will give his "as a father of two children" spiel condemning violence against Israeli Jewish children to the Palestinian family of the child burned alive and his cousin , a US citizen, brutalized by Israeli Jewish deranged settlers and soldiers.
      Of course Israeli officials will "investigate " and bring to justice the perpetrators of these heinous crimes by threatening the families of the children, by confiscating security cameras , and by their well known regard for justice to Palestinians.

  • Chomsky supports portions of BDS agenda, but faults others, citing realism and int'l consensus
    • Hostage. I was, obviously, commenting on Chomsky's point that UNGA resolutions are "recommendations", "conditional" and not of legal standing without a concurrent Security council resolution in support. Chomsky also states "nor is it {Right of Return}dictated by International Law". May I ask with or without UNGA or UNSC resolutions doesn't the Universal Declaration of Human Rights state that all refugees disposed from their homes during war, conflict have a right to return. From what I can ascertain you disagree with Chomsky on this.
      My point about the legal status of the creation of the Israeli State being "dubious" was , again, obviously to the point Chomsky makes that General Assembly Resolutions are conditional and just a recommendation without a Security Council Resolution affirming it. A Security Council Resolution affirming the creation of the State of Israel never took place. And one of the requirements, recommendation by the UN for the acceptance of the State of Israel into the UN was for the Return of the Refugees to homes lost through war and conflict. Prime Minister David Ben Gurion agreed to this stipulation and Israel was accepted into the UN based on this . However, as we know, Israel never permitted the Return of Refugees .
      With this history how can Chomsky be so cavalier to dismiss the right of return with, apparently, just a smirk.

    • Chomsky writes, 3). While there is near-universal international support for (1), there is virtually no meaningful support for (3) beyond the BDS movement itself. Nor is (3) dictated by international law. The text of UN General Assembly Resolution 194 is conditional, and in any event it is a recommendation, without the legal force of the Security Council resolutions that Israel regularly violates. Insistence on (3) is a virtual guarantee of failure.
      The UN General Assembly Resolution recognizing the Partition of Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel also was a recommendation without the legal force of a Security Council Resolution. Apparently when it comes to Israel even its founding legal status is rather dubious.

  • Killing without consequence
    • Seafoid states..."The inhumanity of Zionism goes against everything Judaism strives for". Please tell what Judaism strives for? It appears that much of the Racist, prejudice, violent hatred directed toward the Palestinian people , verbal and physical, come from the most religious of Jewish , men , woman and children, in particular, their venerated Rabbi's and religious scholars. Much of their beliefs and teachings they say come from the sacred creed of the Torah/Talmud, the most Sacred of Religious texts. Max Blumenthal in his classic book , Goliath, shows the extreme racism and violence of supposedly, religious, God fearing people who , purportedly, quote from these texts. Israel Shahak, the outstanding Jewish Scholar, in his classic "Jewish History, Jewish religion", quotes Karl Pepper approvingly who stated in his book, The Open Society: Historical Judaism and its two successors, Jewish Orthodoxy and Zionism are both sworn enemies of the concept of the open society as applied to Israel. A Jewish State, whether based on its present Jewish Ideology or, if it becomes even more Jewish in character than it is now, on the principles of Jewish Orthodoxy, cannot ever contain an open society. Becoming an open society is dependent on a honest examination of its Jewish past, on the admission that Jewish Chauvinism and exclusivism exist, and on a honest examination of the attitudes of Judaism towards the non-Jews.
      Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late.

  • Fire Thomas Friedman
    • "Idiotic" should not be the word/term used to describe the US invasion of Iraq. I would think "criminal. illegal, Supreme Crime of Aggression" more applicable. As for the "catastrophe " it brought to US taxpayers, one would think that the "catastrophe" suffered by the Iraqi people and to its land , with millions killed, maimed, refugees, destruction of all its health, educational services , infrastructure , and now this madness of extremism brought about by the US invasion should be of more consequence than what US taxpayers have suffered.

  • Fiddler on the Nakba
    • Zach S: At this time and place "mainstream" American consciousness is absent the Palestinian narrative of their "historical and political" journey not because of the lack of intellectual and artistic excellence. The strong influence of Zionists,Jewish and non Jewish in our publishing houses, mainstream media, Theatre, film industry, higher educational institutions limits any attempt to present the narrative of expulsion, {The Nakba} to the general population. As others have noted the pressure is so intense that people of conscience are silenced or demonized . Professors lose tenure, small theatres lose funding, art exhibits are cancelled. Yes someone is "stopping them".

  • Video: Israeli soldiers detain 6-year-old child on his way to school in Hebron
  • Obama and Kerry are spurred by 'vainglory' in pursuing talks -- Finkelstein
    • Keith, Much truth in your analysis. "Persuasive" , indeed. It is difficult for me to read the words "Liberal Zionist". To equate Aaron Miller, Dennis Ross , and Indyk , as "liberal" in the context of Zionism is , to me, an oxymoron. Zionism as practiced is a racist, oppressive, belief in the superiority of one particular people over all others. Since those three Zionists seem to accept the fact that there "are" Palestinians in the land of Palestine, I guess , they could be considered "Liberal" in comparison to the much beloved Golda Meir, who stated , "There are no Palestinians."

  • Slim Peace’s slim chances for justice
    • Hophmi and the other "liberal" Zionists who see "normalization," projects so appealing , showing a "positive " image of Israeli Jews which will lead us to the promised land finally. How do these "humanistic' endeavors negate the images a Palestinian,man woman , child see every day, checkpoints, beatings, nightly raids, lack of water and food, imprisonment , demolishing of homes, businesses, villages, curfews, Walls. Daily violence, shootings by the IOF and racist fanatic settlers. Hard to put a "positive " light on these occurrences no matter how many pounds one loses. "Normalization" that will succeed in allowing Palestinian Muslims and Christians to see the Israeli Jews in a positive manner would be to respect International Law and leave the Palestinian territories, apologize to the indigenous Palestinian people and allow them to , finally, live in peace and security.

  • Shira Robinson explains the DNA of Israel
    • I thank you also, Shira Robinson And Philip Weiss for a most informative interview. Will certainly get the book. Shira Robinson's point that all of the land of Palestine that became the State of Israel in 1948 is a "settler" nation certainly is a valid and potent assertion. The passage of time does not make Israel less a settler, Colonial State . I can understand why the "hasbarists" on this site are quite upset at Shira Robinson's research and the conclusions that she reaches. Equal rights for all should not be so hard to digest in the year 2014, should it.?

  • Review of recent 'NYT' corrections raises doubts about paper's commitment to getting the facts right in Israel/Palestine
    • "War, War". ? "Palestinian armed forces".? A conflict between a well organized , well trained Army, modern, arms , armed by the West and East Europeans, and a Palestinian civil society with no army , a few WWl weapons trying to defend their homes. Trying to equate a modern Army with the backing of the strongest powers against a civilian population should not be called a "War". Add to that the terrorists of the Messrs. Begin and Shamir, Irgun and Stern Gangs, who committed many massacres and boasted of them quite openly. Actually the NYT wrote of these massacres and David Ben Gurion condemned them at that time. Of course, Mr. Ben Gurion went on to give the orders to cleanse the land of the indigenous people , the Palestinians.

  • Barnard removes SJP banner calling on students to 'Stand for Justice, Stand for Palestine'
    • :"Rational" Zionist: The Golan is occupied Syrian land. I don't see it on the map in question as you seem to. However Israeli politicians say the Golan is an integral part of Israel. Annexed , I believe. Does this disturb you. Gaza is and has always been Palestinian land. As Shira Robinson writes all Israel should be considered a " settler" "colonial" State. .The land of Palestine consists of 2 people in one State. Equal rights for all. Is that rational to you. Maybe even just.

    • German Lefty: The color "Green" is a major component of the National flag of Palestine. I don't understand why you call it :Hamas green". Maps of Palestine shown in numerous articles, books, flyers and on Mondoweiss reflect the color Green.

    • German Lefty, You take things much to literally. I don't see the banner speaking , necessarily, for Palestinian Statehood but for Justice for Palestinians. That would include , of course, right of return, equal rights for Palestinian, Christians and Muslims in Israel{Israeli citizens}, freedom for the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. There is only so much one can put on a banner. I believe the people who sponsored this banner are fully committed to justice for Palestinians in every way.

  • Why is the American elite scared of BDS?
    • My bad, Iraq II was after 9/11/2001. But it certainly wasn't fought for the "freedom of Americans."

    • "The post-9/11 American state no longer stands for the freedom of Americans, and therefore it is no longer for the freedom of Americans that the members of the U.S. military now risk their lives."
      Do you truly believe that before 9/11/2001 , members of the US military risked their lives for the "freedom" of Americans? Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Cuba, Chile, Yugoslavia, Grenada, Iraq I and II and many other covert and overt wars were not waged for our "freedom". When we honestly critique the policies of the State of Israel for its oppression and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian people and the many ways its Zionist supporters and "Occupied Congress" try to suppress resistance to such injustice, we must not sugar coat the US policies since the end of World War II. Most germane is its almost total and complete subservience to Israel's policies and actions toward the Palestinian people. Hopefully we are seeing the stirrings of change.

  • Is Obama punting on Kerry's peace plan?
    • Just like the Native Americans. "Controlled and oppressed by the Israelis for a few more decades". How many, 3, 5 , 10 decades. ? That is what you are saying ,proudly. Your lack of compassion and any semblance of justice is stunning. I don't believe the Zionists on this site can match your lack of empathy for a people who have lost everything and face, daily, a most oppressive , violent, humiliating occupation.

    • "put off justice for the Palestinians for another few decades" "might be the best solution". "The US did its best and now we should sit back and let nature take its course." If not for the outrageous support the US has given the State of Israel these past 50-60 years , economic, military, and diplomatically, and a veto over any just solution, there would be a Palestinian State some many years ago. Let "nature" take its course, the gradual destruction , genocide of the Palestinian people and its land .

    • "It was the right thing to do because the American people wanted to go to war after 9/11" ? ToivoS, please you can't mean that. The "right thing to do"?. Forget International Law. The Constitution? What did the people of Afghanistan do to warrant an invasion. The Taliban ? They allowed Osama Bin Laden access to their country. Who financed and fostered Osama Bib Laden's entry into Afghanistan. ? The Taliban , BTW, offered taking Bin Laden to court if the US provided some information as to his guilt on 9/11. The US refused. If tomorrow a poll showed majority of Americans desired to go to war against Iran would you feel comfortable justifying that as a valid reason for wr. Please. . Is the rant USA USA USA enough to send our children to war?

  • John Kerry's framework proposal sets the stage for the ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank
    • Hostage.
      I just deleted my comments about Abbas and Erekat "accommodation and collaboration" over the years by mistake. Could not retrieve. Will post tomorrow hopefully.
      I do respect your knowledge and value your comments as it pertains, especially, to the injustice that has befallen the Palestinian people. Your consistent support of the Abbas/Erekat Fateh faction does befuddle me however.
      I do value your knowledge and imput on Palestine.

    • Abbas has got a guaranteed majority in the General Assembly for a Namibian-style case, e.g. “Legal Consequences for States of the Continued Presence of Israel in Palestine, notwithstanding UN resolutions”. It’s a slam dunk.
      "slam dunk", without a doubt. But to still believe that the Abbas/Erekat quisling duo is going to the UNGA and/or the ICC/ICJ and give up its US favored status belies their years of accommodation and collaboration.

  • Kerry threatens to delay Palestinian prisoner release if PA refuses US/Israel demands
    • Jpb and citizen: thank you..
      not "holding good cards" does not negate the fact of their obvious subservience to their US/Israeli masters, being the security force for Israel, massive corruption of their Fatah faction, and adhering to the pretense of honest negotiation, with Jewish Zionists, Indyk and Mackovsky , "neutral; unbiased honest brokers" . If it wasn't so sad it would be laughable. As Abbas and Erakat travel to Paris, Washington, Riyadh, and hobnobs with their leaders, all enemies of Palestinian independence and freedom, his people see their land being taken dunam by dunam, their homes demolished, farms , trees burned, children beaten and imprisoned, and murdered. They do hold three important, if I may so, most important cards. International Law, World opinion and Justice. Go to the COURTS.

    • As usual the collaborationist regime of Abbas and Erakat feign outrage at yet another proposal, demand. that Obama/Kerry insists upon. Erakat, who has supposedly resigned half a dozen times , these past few years, is once again denouncing this new demand. Just as Abbas/Erakat has dozens of times said no negotiations if settlements continue. This traitorous duo have watched and sat on their hands as Israel has continued this land grab, ethnic cleansing policy of Netanyahu and all the preceding Prime ministers of Israel. Jerusalem, the promised Capital of the Palestinian "State" to be is being cleansed of its Palestinian Christian and Muslim inhabitants. Its homes taken over, when not being demolished, by religious fanatics , many from Brooklyn NY. Where is Abbas/Erakat as this continued destruction of Palestine goes on ?. Does he ever go to Jerusalem as a Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King would do and defend his people. No, he has his US/Israeli trained and armed security force putting down, imprisoning, torturing, killing any one dissenting from his amoral prostrating at the hands of the US and Israel. This is an unelected pawn of the US/Israel cabal yet I continue to read some commentators give credence to this supposed "President" of Palestine. As one commentator stated , even when they release some prisoners, the next week they incarcerate them again while dragging dozens more , including women and children , to their dungeons. Many commentators keep assuming that Abbas will turn to the ICJ . After Palestine's new status at the UN this was supposed to be the next step leading to justice to the Palestinian people and sanctions to Israel . Of course he avoids that because the US/Israeli rulers will not approve such a venture. Abbas/Erakat will be out on his heels if ever he goes against US dictates. Abbas /Erakat will never deviate from the US not withstanding various statements , comments, speeches he makes for the his forsaken people. They both are quislings, pawns, traitors, who enjoy the , so called trappings of power, bestowed upon him by the US/Israel .
      So after this quisling regime has seen Palestine being chopped into little pieces, Jerusalem cleansed of its longtime inhabitants, , Palestine dismembered , thousands of homes demolished, over a million olive tree destroyed, IDF and settlers running wild, Abbas/Erakat are now going to make a stand over 26 people. I don't think so.

  • Another AIPAC man joins State Dep't negotiating team
    • Philip Weiss; To use the word "liberal" {liberal side} as pertaining to the Palestine/Israel situation to Makovsky and Indyk and Ross truly boggles the mind. I understand the way the word "liberal" has been transformed from its original meaning in politics and diplomacy . But is Makovsky liberal toward a just solution to Palestine/Israel? Please. I guess you can say they are liberal in the context that they seem, only seem, to accept that Palestinians do exist unlike Golda Meir and numerous leading Israeli politicians and Rabbi's who equate them to "cockroaches", "cattle", "vermin". If Im not mistaken Makovsky and his wife have been strong proponents of middle east wars , in particular Iraq, and I would consider a strong , neoconservative Zionist in full standing.

  • Reports say peace process is 'fantasy' and 'worst' since Oslo-- but blame falls on Israel this time
    • "Its too brutal and too mendacious to make it long term". I wish it were so. The brutality and mendaciousness has lasted since the 1920's. It gets worse every year. And with the Abbas and Erekat Vichi so called "government", US/Israeli collaborators and enforcers, in power, no equitable , just solution will prevail.

  • Two-state advocates are on the defensive in debate on Capitol Hill
    • " Apartheid" is much to mild a term for the way the Zionists have treated the Palestinians and the land of Palestine as asserted many times by leaders of the South African freedom movement. And to ascertain some religious mandate and the Holocaust for justification to the destruction of the land of Palestine and its inhabitants lives , culture and history is obscene if one believes in a just God.

  • Video: Another Problem from Hell? Adelson and Wiesel laud Rwanda's Kagame
    • being a "good German" means obeying the government and being "orderly", because the government ordered a ban on opposition.
      Most "Americans " remain "orderly" as its Government has caused the deaths of millions of innocents this past "seven decades" that Obama has extolled as US "Exceptionalism". Must I mention, Korea, Vietnam,Iraq 1 and 11. , overt, covert operations, assassinations, , support of Dictators who murder their own with US support , encouragement, arms I.E. Indonesia, East Timor. And all of us here in the US have more ways to confront this government than the Germans did under the Nazi's. Will history speak of "the Good Americans" one day as we speak of the German people. ?

  • Egyptian massacre exposes US hypocrisy in Israel and Palestine
    • "Muslim Brotherhood denies the rights of minorities and seeks to obliterate its opponents." Isn't that what The Zionist State of Israel has been doing to its opponents, Palestinian Muslims and Christians , for the past 65 years.?

  • McCain and Graham flipflop on aid to Egypt-- after AIPAC speaks up
    • James Canning, "Some specifics, please." All of the above. Other commentators have shown the inaccuracy of your statements. Specifics coming from you is truly laughable . As I said you regurgitate the obvious, "McCain and Graham follow the AIPAC line". No shit. {pardon the expression}. The Gulf States care about the welfare of the Palestinians. Saudi's were against the invasion of Iraq. Bandar a great humanitarian . When other commentators show your words do not reflect history or reality you respond to the critics as if they agree with you.. As I said please desist.

    • Please ,Please, Mr. Canning. It is so difficult to read your comments . I am a most polite and generous man and I believe, hope, you mean well but you are all over the place regurgitating the obvious, contradicting yourself from one comment to the other, remaking historical events. Please desist. Thank you.

  • Never Surrender: A Palestinian-American recounts harassment and discrimination during trip to Israel/Palestine
    • I agree, totally.

    • "Besides, if he seriously believes that the USA values freedom, liberty, justice and equality, then he is just as brainwashed as the Israeli teenagers whom he mentions in his article."
      German Lefty, I must admit that you make a good point. I, too, wonder why so many intelligent, incisive commentators equate their anti Zionism with their pride in being born, by accident of birth, in the US and/or to US citizens. Forgetting the massive hypocrisy, mythology , violence that has made the US this "Exceptional" State shining upon the Hill might give that person a good feeling , "we are good", as we decry the massive crimes of Israel.. But the US ,in its history , and most recently in its perpetual war, its imperialism, and enabler of Israel's crimes against humanity certainly is not a country to be revered.

  • Dershowitz calls Hawking an 'ignoramus,' a 'lemming,' and likely an anti-Semite
    • The problem was that Palestinians realized , belatedly, that the Zionist project was to turn that 3% to 30% to 50% eventually to 100% Jewish only Palestine . Before Zionism and Zionists intruded into the Palestinian discourse, Muslims , Christians and Jews did live in peace and tranquillity as PALESTINIANS. The intention of some Jewish immigrants might have been "honorable". But the mass migration of Jews to Palestine in the 1920's , 30's and 40's was pushed and funded by the leaders and followers of the Zionist project which was to attain complete "sovereignty" in "Eretz Israel"., i.e Palestine. Would any Nation /State/People not object to a people from all over the world coming to their shores and openly profess the desire to turn their land into the " State of and for the Jewish " people in which the native Chritians and Muslims would be "spirited " across the land into the neighboring Arab States. To conveniently forget the Zionist imperative in the mass immigration of Jews to Palestine shows one's ignorance or dishonesty.

  • Land swaps in Israel/Palestine (and a bridge for sale in Brooklyn)
    • By your comments[, James Canning, you are either grossly uninformed about the historic Palestine/Israel situation , naive or , a liberal Zionist {probably of Christian background, or just another {undercover} Hasbarist. Your respect for "Arab leaders" and their hypocritical utterances about their Palestinian "brothers" , your comment " Bravo Erekat ", your belief in the US , Israel, the Arab League and the puppet Abbas and Erekat to negotiate a deal of "equal value" and "sensible" borders only betrays your naivete, ignorance and/or hasbarist tendencies. Please don't try so hard to be "even handed'" be true to yourself.

  • Palestinians should abjure Obama-led talks because they're a 'figleaf' for Israel, says Peace Now board member
    • Annie, "Billions" ? Some millions were released. These funds went to pay for the "security" forces trained and armed by the US/Israel/Jordanian gvernments that collaborate with Israeli securty, Shin Beth and other Israeli death squads. and keep Abbas in power. Netanyahu knows full well the value of keeping Abbas in power. He occasionally has to put Abbas to task, withholding of Palestinian funds, for his own domestic reasons just as Abbas has to put up a bold front for his own Palestinian audience periodically. But Netanyahu "relents" and always releases the funds. They play the "game". When Congress was ready to cut off funds for Palestine, Netanyahu appealed to the "Israeli Occupied" congress to desist. Of course they did. The PA, {PLO} faction governing Palestine is similar to the Vichy government during the occupation of France. Why do the commentators on Mondoweiss who speak well of Palestine and freedom and Democracy lend legitimacy to Abbas. His "Presidential" term expired in 2009. He is still in office because he is a useful tool of the US and Israel.

  • How do you say, 'Let them eat cake' in Arabic?

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