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  • The end of 'Operation Protective Edge'
    • Rana, this is the most beautiful piece of writing that I have ever read. I am in tears. I am a Palestinian here in the U.S., but my family is in Gaza and my heart and mind are with you always. Allah yi7meekum, habibitalbi. May God bless you and protect you always.

  • After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge
    • es1982: " Second, his house arrest isn’t a “sentence” – he was remanded to house arrest, which is something that happens to suspects who haven’t been convicted all the time, including in the United States."

      Not without charge, it doesn't.

  • Israeli government tries to undo image of Pope at the wall
  • Elliott Abrams calls Chuck Hagel an anti-Semite
  • NYT's Rudoren: Gaza funeral 'didn't feel incredibly human to me'
    • I suppose if Palestinians were wailing and sobbing and gnashing their teeth, Rudoren would think that we were overly emotional savages incapable of reigning in our emotions like civilized people, who know innately exactly to what degree emotion is appropriately displayed. We're damned if we do and we're damned if we don't. The plight of the oppressed indigenous person never changes. I don't know why she's wasting her time explaining herself so much; she could save vast acres of time by merely cutting and pasting some passages from any number of European books on the strange ways of the savages in America in the 1600s. It's just the same tired colonialist crap over and over and over again, and swallowing it over and over has become quite the unappetizing ordeal. Did she think for a minute that maybe over-expressing anguish over the loss of a child in a place where many, many people around you have lost a child would be conceived as insensitive or somehow disrespectful to the grief of others? In my culture, you don't make a big display so as not to demean the similar grief of those around you. We are all in it together. We are a grieving people, but also a fighting people, and without the belief that all these children are dying for something, the senselessness and violence of it all will become unbearable. If constantly putting yourself in the place of others isn't human, then I am proud to call myself a savage.

  • US Embassy to American in trouble in Israel: 'You're not Jewish? Then we can't do anything to help you'
    • Congratulations on your brand spankin' new degree from Hollywood Upstairs Law College, Fredblogs. I thought your "understanding" of the first amendment was laughable, but it turns out your understanding of immigration law is even more preposterous. Kudos! The only question the U.S. Embassy needs to ask is if an individual is a citizen of the United States. If the answer is yes, the United States is obligated to assist that individual regardless of race or religion. I know that concept must be foreign to a bigot like you.

  • 'Hath not a Palestinian eyes?': Protesters disrupt Habima performance at Globe
    • Fredblogs, you are such an authoritarian dimwit. The whole point of civil disobedience is to be DISOBEDIENT. You protest DESPITE the rules, not within the rules. You speak whenever and wherever the hell you want. If you are arrested, it is all the better. You suffer the consequences in support of your cause. That is what civil disobedience is all about.

      You say: The rules are different in the UK, more things are unprotected, but putting on a play in your own venue is still pretty solidly protected from intervention by the government. So your protesters were infringing someone else’s right to speak.

      Yes, protected from intervention BY THE GOVERNMENT. The government did not stop Habima from doing or saying anything, as far as I can tell. The right to freedom of speech does not give an individual a cause of action against another individual for the act of interruption. It limits the government's ability to suppress content-based speech. The actors' rights to free speech were in no way violated by anyone.

  • 'Where is my children’s democracy?' The Jilani family speaks out two years after the execution of Ziad
    • Iman, arguing with Fredblogs is a gigantic waste of time. It's almost, but not quite, as effective as the peace process. Just look at his argument! He thinks your brother deserved to be shot in the face because if one Palestinian was a terrorist, it is fair to assume that all Palestinians are terrorists. Everyone knows that Palestinians regularly strap themselves up with bombs and fake car accidents to blow up the members of The Most Moral Army In The World. It's just part of our nature. Maybe it's even in our genes. It's best to just murder us all, for safety reasons, of course.

      I mean, just read this, "As for shooting him in the head. I don’t know whether that seemed necessary to the guy that did it." Who the hell says things like that??? It almost seems like high farce. Zionists are so utterly and completely out of touch with reality, that they don't even realize how cuckoo they sound to the rest of us. It's like listening to someone trying to explain that the Earth is flat.

      I am so sorry about what happened to your brother. I know that nothing will ease the pain of losing him, but I pray that your family will know justice. My heart aches for you and his wife and children.

    • "LOL. Fredo might not be the smartest Corleone in the family, but his problem is a lack of ethics and morality."

      Maybe just the frontal lobe, then? Or a microscope slide containing Fred's tiny, tiny heart? Not that Fredblogs would mind; Dr. Hiss is Jewish after all, and whatever he does, surely it is excusable and for a higher purpose.

    • I think we can all agree that the only explanation for Fredblogs is that Dr. Hiss removed his brain and buried it.

    • His children are so beautiful. The picture of him with his youngest daughter breaks my heart into a thousand pieces.

  • Video: #Flagwoman protester raises Palestinian flag on Israeli military vehicle outside Ofer prison
    • Samuel T. Jackass takes a quick break from his job as an editor at the Ministry of Truth to write:

      "I encourage you to open your eyes, your minds and your hearts toward what is TRUE. Not what supports a particular, even twisted, contrived perspective.
      This was a stunt, self-promotion and wreaks with the same authenticity of “reality TV shows” featuring Kim Kardashian and Company."

      Oh, you are so right and ever so convincing. Since your post wreaks of actual authenticity (or something), I went back and watched the video again and, Samuel T. (for truth?), you are absolutely correct. A truth-seeking person can't decipher anything concrete from that video. I mean, do we even know where this was filmed? Or when? It doesn't look like Palestine or Israel to me. It kind of looks like Rock Springs, Wyoming. And that military truck thing....it doesn't have a Star of David on it or anything as far as I can tell. Doesn't Israel usually plaster all of its weapons and machinery with religious symbols? I think that truck thing must be owned by the Palestinians. Or maybe the Italians. Yep, definitely Italians; it even looks like the Italians sprayed tomato sauce in the faces of the "protesters" at one point in this indecipherable video. I put "protesters" in quotes not because I don't know how to use quotes like someone who shall remain unnamed (let's just call him "Samuel T. Jackass"), but because, well, do we really know if these people are protesting something? Do we even know if they are people? If they are Palestinian, they probably don't even exist. For all we know, they might be Jewish. Maybe they are atheists, and if they are atheists, then can they be Jewish? What does it mean to be Jewish? Oh, Samuel T, this is giving me such a headache! I thought this video was so clear and so simple, and now I am so confused!

      Before I even attempt to comprehend the events "documented" in this video, I would like to see the uncut footage, examine the recording device, interview all of the people filmed (unless they are Palestinian, Christian, Muslim, non-Jewish, non-Zionist, non-military, European, American, African, Asian, or some other inherently untrustworthy source), and then run it by His Excellency Michael Oren, the ADL, Netanyahu, the Knesset, AIPAC, the U.S. Congress, and the New York Times for their opinions as to what actually occurred. After that, I'll try to figure out if the Holocaust had anything to do with it. If it still looks like some Israeli police sprayed some Palestinian non-violent protesters at point-blank range in the face with pepper spray after they exhibited courage and humanity, I will send it to you post haste so you can send it down the Memory Hole as quickly as possible. I think all truth-seeking people can agree on this course of action.

  • Reflections After the Harvard One State Conference
    • Oh, don't worry, poor scared little OlegR! Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and minorities are treated very well there. It's all in the Constitution, right? It also has the most moral army in the world, so if the minority gets uppity, I'm sure they will be treated fairly and with humanity.

  • Hadad (mourning)
    • Me too, Chaos. I am almost never surprised, but always horrified, disgusted, ashamed, and afraid of what's to come. I feel so useless.

    • What shocks me is how not shocked I am by those comments. We see this racism and this hate in practice, against Palestinian children, every single day. Why are the words more shocking than the facts? Children imprisoned and tortured, pregnant women and babies shot to death, mothers and babies dying at checkpoints, schools and playgrounds destroyed, bombs and white phosphorous dropped on houses, hospitals, and schools, children prevented from obtaining life-saving medical care, soldiers printing and wearing shirts with targets over women and children on them....the heinous expressions of hatred and racism go on and on and on and on and on and on and ON. What shocks me is not those words on Facebook, but the silence of the world in the face of such horror.

  • A regular commenter on this site seeks a more temperate comment board
    • what is really off putting to arab commentators is that this double standard, we must be polite while our whole world is being pounded to bloody dust, is unnoticed or unremarked.

      Gamal, you are exactly right.

    • Thank you for this post, kalithea. You literally made me cry. Sometimes, it is only people like you who give me hope and faith in humanity, and I agree completely with everything that you said. I also agree with your comment below about supporting a member of the tribe versus supporting an outsider. I love this blog, but I have to admit that I do feel like an outsider here. I don't think anyone here does that purposely to Palestinian commenters, but it happens just the same. I think it's probably natural because Palestinians are not the intended audience. It is a little disheartening that most of the comments on this site are in response to articles about the Jewish identity while the daily round-ups on the horrors occurring in Palestine and Israel against Palestinians are often met with silence, but I think that maybe most everyone here feels what I feel reading those, and that is disgust, sadness, horror, and exhaustion. I do agree with you that the best comments are the ones that are passionate. I think it is easier to post on Mondoweiss in a passionate way about what is happening because the level of knowledge of the conflict amongst most commenters is so high. It makes it, for lack of a better word, safer to use a certain vocabulary about what is happening than it is on other sites. I appreciate that, and I would be sad if that changed. I think it is more upsetting to me when people try to be fair and lukewarm about what is happening than when they are passionate one way or the other. There is no fairness here whatsoever, and to speak about the conflict in a fair and balanced way perpetuates the entire Zionist myth of the history of the region and peoples. There is a time to be calm and evenhanded and there is a time to be outraged. Thank you for your outrage. It gives me hope.

  • Can I dare?
    • Eyad, I am so glad that your son wasn't hurt. My thoughts and my prayers are always with you and with all of the people in Gaza. I don't know if there was any motivation for this other than to kill yet more Palestinians.

  • Israel isn't good for the Jews anymore
    • eee, you can talk and talk and talk (and talk and talk and TALK) all you want, but everything that comes out of your mouth, no matter its disguise, shows you for what you are: a racist and a supremacist. Even if every Palestinian in the world converted to Judaism and adopted Jewish cultural traditions and values, you would still consider us all to be less human than you, less worthy of rights in your crumbling Israel, and just as far from "chosen" as before the conversion. This is about race and you are nothing more than an average, run-of-the-mill racist, with all of the small-mindedness and lack of intelligence that average, run-of-the-mill racism entails. What I mostly feel for you when I read your posts is pity.

    • Mooser, you are wonderful. I mean that sincerely.

  • Pregnant Pulitzer prize winning American photojournalist humiliated as Israeli soldiers 'watched and laughed'
    • One of my very first asylum cases was for a Palestinian man who was one of five sons born to a family in the West Bank. The IDF systematically and routinely called in the sons for questioning and viciously tortured each of them, including one brother who had Down's Syndrome, because a member of their family had been mayor of the town. I have handled hundreds of asylum cases from all over the world in the last twelve years since I had that case, and the torture of a young man with Down's Syndrome is still one of the most evil, sadistic examples of torture that I have ever had.

  • Caption contest
  • Rachel Abrams says Palestinian children are 'devils' spawn'-- while Israeli children play with Transformers and draw your heart strings
    • Comments like those of Rachel Abrams should never be banned. This pure, unadulterated racism and hate needs to be publicized far and wide for the whole world to see. Abrams and eee and their ilk perform a very valuable service. They expose Zionism for what it truly is.

      Speaking of our delightful little eee, when is he going to finally show up on this thread? I can't wait to see how the person who supports the torture of Palestinian children explains this one. I think it will go something like this: Palestinians hate Jews and want to throw them into the sea, so why shouldn't we throw them into the sea first? How is it immoral to torture the children and people who want to kill you and who deny your right to exist? Did you complain when the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Japan? Rachel Abrams's uncle/brother/fifth cousin twice removed/pet hamster knew someone whose daughter/cousin/chihuahua rode a bus in Tel Aviv once, and Palestinians blew up buses during the Second Intifada. Her feelings towards Palestinians are thus understandable and human. If you think she is a racist, you are an anti-Semite. Just you wait until you have to live through an intifada, you silly naive Americans!

      End scene.

  • Don't just stand there, let's get to it, strike a pose, there's nothing to it
    • Chaos, I was literally coming here to ask asherpat if he fell through a portal from another dimension and you totally beat me to it! Great minds think alike, I guess. /high-five.

    • I can't get enough of it either, Taxi. I think the reason that it is so powerful is the determined look on Tilda's face. She almost looks as if she is daring someone to call her anti-Semitic or to question her political beliefs. I'm not sure why, but somehow I don't think this will harm her career in the least. In fact, maybe I am naive, but I have this feeling that this photo will give other people the courage to do the same.

  • Boycott update: Champion fencer Sara Besbes stands down rather than plays Israeli
  • Kol Nidre in Cairo. Not
  • Study finds Israeli occuption costs Palestinians $6.9 billion a year in lost commerce
    • I'm sure DBG still doesn't see it, justice. He probably thinks Sharon's dismantling of the Jewish settlements in Gaza was ethnic cleansing, never mind that it paved the way for the slow and ongoing genocide of the 99.3% Muslim population and the .7% Christian population of Gaza. My aunts and uncles and cousins are part of that .7% Christian population, DBG. They are experiencing what Israel is doing firsthand, and I'm pretty sure they didn't vote for Hamas, so that old collective punishment trope doesn't really work on them. Also, in case you need more, my father was ethnically cleansed from Gaza in 1967. He was in law school in Egypt in 1967 and so Israel stripped him of his right to return and he has been separated from his family and his home ever since. I guess it doesn't really matter if you see it or not; the world is starting to see, and you are helping every time you post here.

    • You're right. What's happening in Gaza is worse than ethnic cleansing.

    • justice, I'll just answer for eee and save him the trouble:

      Who cares if it is “illegal” or not? Who is the judge in this case, the UN that can’t pass a resolution about Syria? Yeah, we should listen to them. It is against Israeli interests and that is why Israel attempts stopping it.

      Getting wheelchairs and medicine and food and vital building materials is against Israel's interest in ethnically cleansing Palestine of Palestinians, so who cares? And if you don't like it, you can pool your assets and buy a dingy and try to stop the all-powerful Israel. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • No, the Yanomamo. I don't think he thinks "the Jews" are "your people" since all you do is trash "the Jews" who don't agree with your political opinions on this site each and every day. The great irony of this site, which you claim is "Anti-Israel", is that the only people who consistently lump all Jews together into one group here are the Zionists.

  • The death throes of Greater Israel
    • I must say, eee, I really enjoy the patronizing tone that you always seem to use with me. I can't decide if it's because you hate Arabs, Americans, or women. It's probably a combination of all three. That's what makes conversing with you such a consistent delight.

      So, you think these non-violent activists should have known better than to help a Palestinian because obviously it would provoke the settlers into violently attacking them? And beating non-violent activists, attempting to stab them, sending them to the hospital, and verbally haranguing them with insults of being traitors, Arab-lovers, and whores is merely "quite unwise" on the part of the settlers? You are a piece of work. You know, here in the United States, our government gives asylum to people who are persecuted on account of their political opinion by groups that their government is unwilling or unable to control. But according to you, those activists should just be happy they weren't killed, as they would have been had they provoked Arabs. Isn't that what you're saying with your ever so clever Iraq analogy?

    • I didn't see her push a camera into anyone's face. And I didn't see anyone bothering the settlers; they were helping a Palestinian man plant trees on his own property when the mob arrived to stop them. What you are saying is that this woman's political opinion, in and of itself, was enough of a provocation to earn her a violent assault. The settlers left their wonderful, hard-earned homes, knowingly purchased on stolen land, with the intent of harming the activists on account of their political opinion. These people were helping a Palestinian man plant trees on his own, rightfully owned, property. To you, anyone who expresses or harbors a political opinion in contravention to that of the right-wing extremists deserves to be beaten. Their mere existence is a provocation and an existential threat to the State of Israel, much like the cameras that they possess. She deserved to be beaten, just like Palestinian children deserve to be tortured.

    • eee, what was it about her behavior that was so provocative?

  • 'Rocks Falling from the Sky': Settlers attack Palestinians and internationals in Dura al-Kara
    • eee: Stones are stones. They can kill you. They are a dangerous weapon. The sooner you wake up to this fact the better. Neither side should use them.

      Time to round up all the children in the settlement in the middle of the night and torture them until they give up the perps, right eee?

  • Anwar al-Awlaki's extrajudicial murder
    • You are so right, LanceThruster. It's amazing (and sad....and disconcerting) how many times a day I think about Nineteen Eighty-Four.

  • Obama's impossible dilemma--and ours
    • Taxi, eee is right. There is no way the Israelis would sell the kidneys of their own family members. Why would they when there are so many Palestinian kidneys walking around? The better plan is to kill some Palestinians, who aren't making good use of their kidneys anyway, and sell THEIR kidneys to pay for Israel's existence. Duh!

  • Abbas brings Tahrir to New York, and some of our media seem to be on board
    • Thanks! I will take being called beautiful as a people any old day. It is refreshing, especially as compared to what we are usually called. And I love Phil's optimism. I think the little things make a big difference. Even though I think things will get worse before they get better, I know they will get better in the end. The truth always finds a way to come out, and the more effort being put into suppressing the truth, the more powerful it is once it comes out. That's why the Zionists hate this website and the Irvine 11 and the children of Gaza and their art so much. It's kind of sad to think about how much time and energy and money they spend on suppressing such things, and beautiful to see how it always backfires. I share Phil's optimism. I think everything is changing, and what happens at the UN is irrelevant. What matters is that people are talking, and the conversation is very different from what it was even months ago.

    • It's okay. We are pretty hot. I think it all the time.

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