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  • A conversation with Miko Peled
    • "The Zionist narrative, which claims its roots in biblical stories of the ancient Hebrews, is taught as history, although little or no historical proof exists to substantiate it.

      "The Zionist narrative is a 'value' that goes hand in hand with democracy, freedom and tolerance, while the Palestinian narrative is associated with lies, hatred, violence and bigotry."
      ----- Miko Peled, National Press Club, Washington DC, Apr. 10, 2015

  • AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal
    • "On Middle East policy, Congress behaves like a bunch of trained poodles, jumping through the hoop held by Israel's lobby."
      ---- U.S. Undersecretary of State George W. Ball, Sept. 5, 1985.

      "In the U.S.-Israeli relationship the United States has provided absolute support, but Israel has repeatedly engaged in actions that have contradicted American interests -- often significantly harming them."
      ---- Cheryl A. Rubenberg, in 'Israel and the American National Interest,' p. 330-31.

  • It's not about nukes, it's about the US shifting the power balance -- Parsi
    • Perversely... wouldn't it be more beneficial for the U.S. and other world players to actually ENCOURAGE Iran to develop nuclear weapons -- as a deterrent to Israel's deadly arsenal of 80-150 nukes that now threaten all of the Middle East with near-instant annihilation?

      The current situation, in which Israel is the only nuclear power, is inherently unstable. With a nuclear Iran, Israel would be checked. And isn't this, as Dena Takruri discloses in her video, especially with the quote from Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council, the real issue -- Netanyahu's dread of changing the power equation?

      Parsi: "The issue is the geopolitical balance of power in the region; the fear that the United States striking a deal with Iran will legitimize Iran as a regional player and that it will reduce the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel, to the security of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other states that have been traditional allies in the region."

      Iran is actually following the Japanese model of nuclear development -- a peaceful program for electric power, medical uses and research... but with the potential for a bomb. But there is one important difference: Iran is being inspected by the IAEA every step of the way.

      Let's help Iran develop the bomb, and reshape the interplay of forces in the region so that there is a standoff in the nuclear "balance of terror," and everyone has a commitment to the security of everyone else, not just to Israel. This will give Israel a strong incentive to finally get serious about peace.

  • 'NYT' perpetuates myth Israel was 'fighting for its very survival' during 1967 war
    • eljay..... "Political language can be used to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable."
      --- George Orwell, 1946

  • Phila Inquirer publishes a lie: 'Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are one and the same'
    • The usual suspects: Benjamin Weinthal, with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, an alleged 'think tank' founded by the notorious neocon Clifford D. May, and Asaf Romirowsky, with Middle East Forum, a similar outfit run by neocon Daniel Pipes, who also created Campus Watch that monitors and tries to intimidate student groups and university professors who don't tow a pro-Israel line. It is regrettable (but not surprising) that this crowd actually gets an airing in the mainstream press, including the "Philadelphia Enquirer."

      But to their false equating of Zionism with anti-Semitism:

      "Trampling on the rights of the Palestinians in the name of our exclusive right to the country, and by dint of a divine decree, is an ineradicable stain on Jewish history. Anyone who becomes entrenched in these views will end up bringing about the international ostracism of all of Israel, and if that happens, it won't be anti-Semitism."
      --- Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell

  • Meet the Falics: West Bank settlement funders, Netanyahu backers, and owners of Duty Free America
    • Regrettably, but not surprisingly, the Falics are following a well-worn yet highly-lucrative script.

      In 1958 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion appointed super-lobbyist Abraham Feinberg as North American coordinator to raise funds for Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program. Feinberg was a logical choice. He had bundled Israel lobby funds for the Democratic presidential campaign of Harry S. Truman, and later would do the same for Lyndon B. Johnson.

      In the 1940s Feinberg led the charge to successfully beat back Justice Dept. attempts to prosecute a labyrinthine network of false front organizations illicitly smuggling surplus U.S. WW II weapons and equipment to Jewish fighters in Palestine for Israel's "War of Independence."

      On the nuclear front, Feinberg chaperoned U.S. charities channeling hundreds of millions of tax-exempt donations into Israeli research organizations -- such as the Weizmann Institute of Science -- working on the bomb. A 1987 U.S. Defense Dept. study found that the Weizmann Institute worked on lasers to enrich uranium used in Israel's nuclear weapons.

      This outrageous abuse makes a strong argument for scrapping the tax code for individuals and abolishing ALL itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction. At minimum, the charitable deduction must somehow be strictly limited to legit, benign, domestic charities (such as those listed in the comment above) that are tightly regulated and carefully monitored.

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