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pineywoodslim

I'm a teacher in a small midwestern community college, and am a member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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  • Who can save Israel now?
    • @ Sycamores

      Unfortunately, I think you are exactly right. There is absolutely no accountability in the US for anything any politician or media pundit does or says, and no consequences to one's career whether in public service or the media.

      The whitewashing of events less than 48 hours old is no different from the airbrushing in or out of old Kremlin photographs in order to create a certain reality that fits the official policy.

  • Palestinian flag is an 'enemy' flag-- Netanyahu's latest crackdown
    • Just to set the record straight on that 3/5th rule, it was the slaveholders who wanted blacks counted as a full person, and the abolitionists who wanted them counted as zero.

      That was simply because counting slaves as full persons for congressional apportionment purposes gave immense political power to wealthy plantation slave holders. One slaveowner of 5000 slaves in Louisiana would receive the same share of congressional representation as 5001 free citizens of Maine.

      Get ten of those slaveholders together and you may well have had enough population for a congressional district--50,000 slaves and 10 free citizen voters.

    • @ Annie

      I may be incorrect on this, but a long time ago I heard that when the Austro-Hungarian Empire emancipated Jews, they were then allowed to take German language names.

      If you had the money and were connected you could pay the registry clerk for a nice name like Blumenthal--"flower valley".

      Obviously, Eisenkot's ancestors got stuck with whatever suited the clerk at the time. Perhaps the clerk not only had a bad day, but was prescient as well.

    • So, if a Jew converts to Hinduism, Christianity, or Confuscianism, does that Jewish gene get passed out like a kidney stone? According to Orthodox doctrine I believe it is.

      And under Israeli law, a Reform conversion does not implant the gene, yet an Orthodox conversion does the trick.

  • 'What is your religion?' question surprises two American visitors to the occupation
    • And yes, up until 1970 or so it was virtually a requirement that a woman entering a Catholic church in the US was expected to wear some sort of head covering.

  • Israel lobby stakes claim for Jerusalem at Supreme Court, but Kagan isn't buying
    • I'm an attorney, DoubleStandard, and know enough about con law to know that the legal issues presented, at least on their face, are not particularly complicated.

  • The UN can bring peace to Jerusalem by moving its headquarters there
    • Obviously, as you imply, there would have to be US approval--or at least no veto--of this move. But that sort of sea change on the part of the US would indicate that the US had already abandoned its role of diplomatic cover for Israel.

      In that case, there would then already be UN enforced international sanctions against Israel, and the zionist project would already be on its last legs, and moving the UN wouldn't be necessary, though I think the idea has a lot of appeal.

      Perhaps if and when justice is achieved in Palestine, Jerusalem would make an appropriate location for the UN.

  • B'Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child
  • Achieving a hudna and ten years of calm in Israel/Palestine
    • Not sure where to post this, but this thread seems appropriate.

      This is an excellent interview of Shir Hever, "an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour", detailing the financial crisis Israel finds itself in as a result of the latest Gaza War, including the effects of BDS on major Israeli corporations.

      link to therealnews.com

  • I see five bears
    • Congratulations on seeing your first bears.

      A couple of years ago, my wife and I drove and ferried all the way from Iowa to Newfoundland and then up the coast of Labrador--supposedly all great bear country with some of the largest black bears in N. America.

      Not one bear to be seen in that great bear wilderness habitat, but . . . . . .

      That is until we were driving back several weeks later and not more than 10 miles from our house in small town Iowa--a bear ran out of the cornfield and across the highway. In Iowa. Which has no wilderness whatsoever and is amost entirely industrial scale agriculture.

      Go figure. Lol.

  • Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport
  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • She didn't get the 2008 nomination primarily due to her support of the Iraq war, a war which had the full support of neocons and zionists.

      But being against that war was not considered a vote against Israel among most of the electorate. Mostly it was weariness with how wrong that war had gone.

      She may not get the 2016 nomination primarily due to her support of neocon, warhawk positions on Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine.

      And being against those positions is not primarily considered anti-Israel, again at least among the electorate.

      So, I don't really think the 2016 nomination will turn on how much the voters approve or disapprove of Israel, but basically on how sick of war those voters are.

      And on that basis, I think she has created some real problems for herself--which are well-deserved.

  • 'Cooking is my politics': Rawia Bishara's Middle Eastern food is all about spreading culture
    • Mmm. Makes me hungry.

      For those of you in the area, another great Palestinian restaurant and grocery is the Holy Land on North Central Ave in Minneapolis.

      I always stock up on my za'atar and Palestine olive oil everytime I go.

  • The member of Knesset who called for genocide -- against the mothers of the 'snakes'
    • And Senor is married to Campbell Brown, former NBC star and daughter of former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown who did time for an insurance scandal awhile back:

      From wiki--

      "In April 2006, Senor married Campbell Brown, then weekend anchor of Today on NBC[28] and host of Campbell Brown, formerly on CNN. They have two children.[29][30] His father-in-law is former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner and Secretary of State James H. "Jim" Brown, a Democrat."

  • Pro-Israel Facebook page is titled, 'Death to Dianna Buttu'

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