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Rashers2

European living 8 years in Arabia. Intolerant of racism, bullying and subjugation.

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  • Trump and the ever expanding Israeli occupation of Palestine
    • For several years, each time Yehudah Glick or another Temple-Mounter engages in acts of deliberate provocation at the Haram al-Sharif, I’ve pondered the consequences of some Zio-stremist blowing up the Al Aqsa/Dome of the Rock complex; or even of the Israelis annexing it on “security” grounds and finding some pretext, “legitimately” to destroy the third-holiest place in Islam (preparatory, of course, to erecting on the site the monstrosity the Temple Mount Society proudly depicts - Fascist-Stalinist architecture of the finest, mid-20th Century school).
      Such an act would outrage the whole of Islam and, I suspect, would force Egypt, Jordan and the presently covertly pro-Israel, Sunni autocracies in my area to fall in behind their populations in the interests of self-preservation, thereby bringing about a major re-alignment in the greater Middle East. Sentiment among ordinary Muslims would combust and, short of invoking the “suicide option” (which I would not put beyond the Zionist ideologues, so sick and warped is their world-view and their spurious sense of entitlement to be where they are and behave as they do), the IOF could quickly be brought to its knees by the sheer weight of a bottomless reservoir of angry, spiritually-fired, common men.
      It’s impossible to foresee the event or series of events which will catalyse the collapse of the house of cards but I’m bold enough – or foolish enough – to make one prophecy about Al Quds/Jerusalem: the Third Temple will never be built.

  • Hasbara-steria: Netanyahu ministers charge NYT with 'journalistic terror attack,' hunger striker with 'suicide terror attack'
    • "Israel is a beacon to the the lowest of the low." Aptly put, @oldgeezer, although I might raise a teeny, tiny questionmark against your final assertion: are you SURE that the settlers are human at all? Many behave as if they'd been possessed by alien creatures, incapable of differentiating right from wrong, which - one night soon after 1967 - emerged from the sewers beneath Brooklyn.

  • Israel celebrates 50 years as occupier
    • “They know no shame.” Indeed, @Kay24. Unusually for so devout an agnostic as me, you sent me on a brief Google-hunt for the Biblical origin of the expression, which rang a faint and distant bell; it's from the ninth of the 12 “minors”, Zephaniah (Ch. 3):
      “4. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. 5. The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.”
      A commentary reveals the [“she” and] “her” of Zephaniah 3’s reproof to be none other than Al Quds/Jerusalem, whose decadence, depravity and injustice under her corrupt kings bring about her conquest by the Babylonians and the enslavement of her populace. In addition to knowing no shame, the Zios lack any sense of irony; a deficiency which may, in future, be a cause for regret.

  • Sean Spicer needs to go to a Holocaust center
    • Very annoying that the Cohen YT video has been "disappeared". Now, I REALLY, REALLY want to WATCH it! P*sses me off when Google, CNN or some other owner of copyright or information distribution channels decides that something which WAS public domain material should no longer be - smacks of "real-time revisionism" - if it never existed, how can its alleged content be valid? Any MW-er providing an alternative route to Prof. Cohen's interview will earn my gratitude.

  • Why so many are twisting Ken Livingstone’s words about Hitler and Zionism
    • I said in response to Ossinev that Zionism (more correctly, perhaps, anti-Zionism) did bizarre things to people. Following almost any link to an article in the "Morning Star" is not something I'd have done even six or seven years ago. Walter Wolfgang's piece pretty much renders others' comments superfluous - straightforward, cogent, no "padding"; his arguments stand up on their own. Well said, Mr. Wolfgang!

    • Zionism does bizarre things to people: politically, Ken Livingstone occupies a point of the political compass that’s, if not 180° then certainly 160°, away from mine; I find him, too, rather unlikeable. Personal feelings, however, don’t diminish my disappointment at his treatment by the MSM or by the Witchfinders-General among the Zio-apologists within his own party. I have gained respect for both Livingstone’s and George Galloway’s willingness to articulate the “unsayable” on Zionism/I-P.
      No, Ossinev, the main “culprit” is not Jeremy Corbyn. His craven attitude to Livingstone’s “Hitler-gate” and the whole “Labour is riddled with anti-Semitism” case of induced hysteria didn’t deck Corbyn with glory; neither, however, did it cause the issue, which arises from the machinations of the Israel lobby (for it exists in Britain, too) and the collusion with the lobby of the MSM. "Hitler-gate" parallels the convenient and now almost universally believed myth/lie about the Iranians’ desire to obliterate Israel: when Ahmadinejad (who was quoting Ayatollah Khomeni) said, “This occupation over Al Quds (Jerusalem) must vanish from the page of time,” became, “Iran wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.” That good, old Göbbels principle, again....
      Earlier, when the AJ docu-series about the phantom of rampant anti-Semitism in the Labour Party (and, en passant, the desire of the Israelis to unseat a senior Conservative minister) was aired, I was disgusted by the treatment the Zio-lobby meted out to Jackie Walker (a pro-Palestinian Labour M. P.); and at the spectacle of Labour’s lobby whipping itself into an onanistic frenzy of outrage at perceived (how genuine was that perception?) – and, subsequently, grossly distorted – anti-Semitic “tropes”, as the dreadful Joan Ryan (a Labour M. P. and distorter-in-chief) labelled them.

  • Name the six countries the U.S. is bombing in the Middle East
    • Apols. to my Nepalese friends - I omitted Nepal, Bhutan & the Maldives when listing S. Asia's constituents.

    • "Technically", JLD, so might Afghanistan. Both countries are now usually lumped together as parts of "South Asia" (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan), although a map might suggest "Central Asia" more appropriate. The USA's activities in Pakistan are linked with those in Afghanistan and in the M-E so Theo has a point irrespective of geographical designations.

  • 'The way they arrested him was savage': Israeli forces violently detain 14-year-old disabled Palestinian boy
    • Sadistic, cowardly thuggery! Q: “Why behave like that? A: “Because I can.” Lo, the Most Moral Army in the World!

  • To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism
    • @Mayhem, the inherent contradiction about Israel and its “rights” and ultimately, therefore, about Zionism is that it is, “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation IN WHAT IS NOW ISRAEL” and was previously Palestine. The myth of Israel as “a land without a people for a people without a land” is exactly that – myth. Israel is superimposed on Palestine, home for centuries of – guess who? The Palestinians. The fact that Zionist politicians like Golda Meir have over decades denied the existence of a “Palestinian people” is evidence of absolutely nothing. She was a politician and did what politicians do: she lied.

      As for a “Jewish nation”, here the terrain becomes bumpier because it depends on how the user of the expression thinks of “Jewishness”. It cannot be an ethnicity because, if a geneticist mapped the genomes of four random Semitic (Mizrahi), African, Iranian and Ashkenazi Jews, the genetic maps would reveal four distinct genotypes. So “Jewishness” must be defined by a religious criterion. This is borne out by Israel’s own immigration policies, which officially permit the immigration of anyone from anywhere in the world, provided they’re Jews; and the test of this is based on the faith/religious identification of the immigrants’ antecedents.

      Please therefore explain to me why Jewish people, unique among the world’s minor faiths, need a nation state established through mass expulsions, dispossessions, terrorism and subjugation, built on top of other people’s land; but Seventh Day Adventists, Anabaptists, Zoroastrians and other groups which identify themselves through their religious adherences apparently feel no such compulsion to steal other people’s countries in order to establish their own nation states defined primarily by the religious adherence of the colonists.

    • Just a minor, semantic quibble with Dr. Litvin's piece: he uses the "-ism" form of Fascism, nationalism, Zionism, anti-Semitism as descriptors of various, irrational belief sets (anti-Semitism; racism generally) or political ideologies yet uses the term "white supremacy". Supremacy is variously defined as "the state of being supreme", "lordship", "leading or controlling position", etc. The irrational belief that those of Caucasian heritage are supreme, surely, is "white supremacISM"? The myth of white supremacy, i. e. that white people really ARE supreme, was comprehensively laid to rest in recent times by George Walker Bush.....

  • Israeli soldier who 'mistakenly' killed Palestinian teen will not face manslaughter charges
    • I didn't intend to suggest Trump had inaugurated an era of "fake News". My implicit point was more that, in the past, "fake news" may have been constructed rather more carefully and with more selectivity when it came to the use of supporting "evidence". Today's fake news differs, IMHO, in that there appears to be utter disregard for whether any supporting evidence or "facts" adduced as corroboration are true, credible, false or incredible; viz Trump's claim about "Muslims" having been spotted on 9/11 on the Jersey Shore apparently jubilantly watching the collapse of the Twin Towers, whereas every report I have hitherto read about this macabre but quite well-documented spectacle has suggested that the individuals were Israeli Jews....... Muslims, Jews; who cares? It's whichever fits my narrative.....

    • Thanks, Kate, for the news’ digest: most of it depressing, some of it [still] shocking but none of it surprising. However the Zio-spinners at Hasbara Central may trash reportage from sources like Maan, AJ, Haaretz and, of course, the much-reviled UNWRA, there is an intangible quality to the individual stories: they all share the “ring of truth”. Each is a short stanza in an epic litany which chronicles the disease that is Ziopathy, the visible and invisible but always palpable manifestation of the Zionist political philosophy. The impassive cruelty, the vindictive and capricious abuse of power, the humiliations, the contempt for “lesser” people’s dignity, the wanton destruction of the means of livelihood, the deliberate pollution of human and pastoral habitats, the gratuitous interference with legal pursuits – all symptomatic of Ziopathy. Today’s purpose in putting cyber-pen to cyber-paper, however, was not to philosophise about the evil which Zionism has spawned.
      It was rather to wonder - in the Trump/Netanyahu world where criticism is damned as “fake news” but fake news is forged minute-by-minute within the seats and corridors of power, where populist politicians and their acolytes no longer even bother to lie (which implies conscious concealment of the truth) but merely cite “facts”, “facts on the ground”, urban myths, comprehensively debunked myths and discredited, faulty analyses to subvent whatever point it is that they are seeking to ram home - whether future recipients of “news” will even develop the ability to discern the “ring of truth” when they have been exposed to a diet of deception, obfuscation, revisionism and disinformation. If anyone doubts this, they need only think back a couple of weeks to Mr. Spicer’s already-infamous “alternative facts” – that “alternative facts” is an oxymoron should offer a clue......
      Elsewhere, today, on MW I was reminded of Mr. Mileikowsky’s preposterous and historically totally discredited “Mufti-gate” myth which, last autumn, oozed from his mendacious lips in a woefully misjudged attempt to ingratiate himself with Angela Merkel on a visit to Germany. This is no surprise. Commonsense would suggest that the contempt and ridicule heaped on him from all quarters of the globe might have deterred him from defending or revisiting this particular “turkey”: quite the contrary. Ideologues and demagogues (Mileikowsky is both) have no truck with old-fashioned dichotomies like truth and falsehood; they merely seize whatever is near to hand that usefully conforms with or reinforces their narrative; whether it happens to be true or partly-true; or is demonstrably untrue is of no relevance to the user.

  • Netanyahu's tweet for Trump suggests two leaders have cut a deal on Jerusalem or Iran, says former ambassador
    • Is the Mileikowsky Tweet really so significant and redolent of some secret "deal" already cut? Or does it merely show one demagogue and ideologue who has difficulty engaging his brain prior to opening his mouth, opening his mouth about another demagogue (altho' not an ideologue!!) who suffers from the same problem? I wouldn't be surprised if, following the "honeymoon", relations between POTUS and Mileikowsky deteriorated rapidly: Adolf, contemporaneous accounts tell us, became frustrated and annoyed by Benito's personal vanity and his bombastic pretensions to a political importance and sway that Israel's (oops, Italy's!) circumstances and relative weakness didn't at the time justify.....

  • Signs you may be a 'normalizer'
    • It's what's know in medicine as "combination therapy". Deflection doesn't work on its own; you need at the same time measured intakes of pharmaceutical-grade projection and conflation to maintain the perception that wrong is right, that aggression is self-defence, that gratuitous, psychopathic cruelty is normal and that you're the victim of any Jew-hater who says otherwise.

  • Leading Clintonite worries that Trump will sell out Israel in forging deal with Russia
    • David Ignatius, the Washington Post columnist, affirmed Flournoy’s view, saying a grand bargain with Russia could be “dangerous to Israel”: "Part of this rapprochement with Russia would include some understanding with Russia’s allies in Syria, Iran. That’s a very dangerous strategy for all the reasons we discussed, dangerous to Israel."
      Roll on a "grand bargain with Russia", eh?

  • The dismal cartography of Trump's pre-fascist state (and opportunities for progressive populism)
    • Words are cheap; but no-one forced him to say them.

    • Aged (?) nine, I recall one cold morning standing in front of an open fire, dressing for primary school and listening to BBC radio's 8 o'clock news' reporting of Gov. Wallace, arms akimbo as a human barrier, in front of the portals of the University of Birmingham to bar the first black students from entering, in defiance of Federal judgments. I realised that this was something profoundly immoral although, at nine, I had never consciously met a non-Caucasian and we socialised with only one Jewish family. Lest we forget, however, that redemption may be rare but is possible, "I have learned what suffering means. In a way that was impossible, I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness." - George Corley Wallace, 1979; "I was wrong. Those days are over, and they ought to be over." - George Corley Wallace, 1979. Amen.

  • Israeli diplomat schemed to 'take down' UK's Deputy Foreign Secretary because he slammed settlements
    • Annie, I was being sarcastic..... I don't for a second buy Pfeffer's cr*p in Haaretz about junior 'loose cannon'. Hopefully, the upcoming screenings themselves will make it impossible for the MSM in the UK not to give this a bit more space altho' I don't expect them to look properly at the underlying issues of the pro-Israel lobby in Britain; or why the GoI tries to control everything except the behaviour which provokes such as Sir Alan Duncan's criticisms.

    • ...so that's all alright, then. It's all the fault of the Israeli government's underfunding of the Israeli legation in London, nothing to do with the "professional" diplomats there and not even down to Al Jazeera's inherently anti-Semitic bias. That's really good to learn and I'm sure Sir Alan, Mr. Corbyn and other elected representatives will sleep more easily in the knowledge that they've been the targets of maverick nonentities acting solely on their own account. Anshel Pfeffer must think we all floated "up the Lagan in a bubble" as Ossinev so delightfully put it.

  • Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
    • For a few seconds, I was bemused by Bar Kochbar’s meandering, deflective cr*p, which appears intended as some kind of apologia for the Zionist project. I then realised that, faced with reliable, credible historical sources mustered into a cogent case leading to Mr. Suarez’s inevitable conclusion, this was probably about the best one could expect from the Ziopaths, since the indefensible is quite simply that: incapable of being defended.

    • Further; later. First, congratulations on to Mr. Suarez on one of the best articles/addresses I've read courtesy of MW; and thanks to Baroness Tonge for providing Tom Suarez with an appropriate platform for his speech.

  • Alan Dershowitz has threatened to leave the Democratic Party if Keith Ellison becomes chair
    • I couldn’t care less whether Dershowitz remains in or leave the Democratic Party; or even whether the Democratic Party decided that Dershowitz’s public pronouncements didn’t represent its position and decided to rescind his membership! What exercises me about the odious, alleged sexual miscreant is that a man who advocates “torture warrants”, who defends the every violation of the greatest serial offender against international law and abuser of human rights, can remain Professor of International Law at one of the world’s most prestigious seats of learning.
      There are, surely, some “absolutes” in academe which, irrespective of an institution’s propensity to prostitute itself for donations or endowments, simply do not allow an incumbent’s fitness for a particular tenure to be continuously ignored? A professor of comparative religion who spent his leisure time burning Qurans and desecrating churches could not show more contempt for his discipline than Dershowitz does for his.

  • Israeli hysteria over UN vote is solidifying country's new status, as a rogue state
    • Positive news as was the UNSC vote on settlements in the OPT I fear that our founder may be detecting a false dawning and that the black bat, night, is not yet ready to fly.

      However pathetic, infuriating and - at times - laughable is the outraged hyperbole spewing from the lips of Mileikowsky, Bennett and their fellow stamping butterflies towards those treacherous, Jew-hating countries which had the effrontery to vote in favour of the UN resolution and in support of international law, I’m not convinced that public opinion on I-P is about to undergo a seismic shift.

      “Public opinion”, after all, is largely formed of what it is fed by the MSM. The MSM aren’t about to forsake the long-discredited shibboleths concerning Israel (“ally; beacon of democracy in a sea of tyrants...; yada, yada, yada”) when they realise that to do so could diminish the value of their current, multipurpose demon, Islam. Muslims, as far as the MSM in the USA and Europe are concerned, are the “new Jews”; and very convenient they are, too, to the media, to populist demagogues and to Israel’s pretensions to a legitimacy that its behaviour daily contradicts. This post is not the place to examine the major factors in the rise of “radical Islam”; or indeed to conclude that the USA and its blind subvention of the Zionist colonial enterprise must shoulder much of the blame for this. It may, though, be a place to question whether the MSM are truly ready to adopt a more even-handed approach to I-P, which could help to reshape widespread public perceptions.

      I hope that my scepticism is misplaced and that the court of public opinion swiftly determines that Israel should be left to wither alone in an isolation of its own creation to the point that repentance becomes its only avenue of survival; but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Theresa May adopts a definition of anti-Semitism that demonizes Israel's critics
    • Sometimes, “gallows humour” or sharp, waspish words designed to sting - or expressions of outrage, even - seem hollow and too much trouble to muster or construct. This is one such occasion. Predominantly, I feel only a rather resigned sadness at la May’s espousal of this ludicrous definition of anti-Semitism.
      When the Zionist project goes up in metaphorical or literal smoke, as some day all colonial projects should and do, I’ve mused aloud before about the need for re-education for those Zionists who survive the explosion or implosion – a de-Zionification programme analogous to the de-Nazification programme at the end of WW II, in which the perverted morality exemplified in the worldviews of the Ayelet Shakeds, Naftali Bennetts and countless more with no public faces can be exposed to the many who have internalised it over generations for what it is – a moral perversion.
      Now, it seems, I’m about to be on the wrong side of the (bad) laws of my own country. If anyone targeted this site, frequently miss-described by strident, Zionist mouth-foamers as a “hate site”, and those who comment on it, most of us would be pretty easy to identify behind our “handles”. Next time I land at Heathrow I can’t be refused entry; and (unless, over the past 10 years, things have changed even more than I realise) I can’t be “rendered” to one of @RoHa’s Newspeak Secure Academies for Gleichschaltung without first being tried and convicted.
      In earnest, a trial in an open English court of the “right” defendant (not of a no-one like me but of someone with a high profile) for anti-Semitism under Mrs. May’s new definition would probably do a lot of good; not only in causing the definition to be re-visited and either abandoned or re-cast but also as a reminder to legislators that bad laws are inimical to the rule of law because they tend to bring the law itself into contempt.

    • By the way, @AddictionMyth, this link is blocked from the UK & comes up with, “The Amazon CloudFront distribution is configured to block access from your country.” Copyright??? Somewhat against my principles, I accessed it by switching to a DC-located proxy server.

  • A conversation with Miko Peled
    • "it’s important for us.....to be very careful about Shipman-style argument that Israeli crimes cause anti-Semitism, which sounds close to accepting that objection to those crimes is often indeed anti-S[emitic], which in itself it absolutely never is." Forgive me; but arguing that Israeli crimes cause anti-Semitism is light-years away from accepting that objection to those crimes is anti-Semitic. Whilst I freely confess never to having studied logic in the academic sense, the statement doesn't make sense. Shipman and others, I included, subscribe to the thesis that Israel's crimes may, indeed, contribute to feelings of anti-Semitism among those – often young Muslims, some of whom may be susceptible to radicalisation - who identify with the victims of those crimes. Why? Because Israel, its public relations and media apparatus, and Zionism’s apologists around the planet RELENTLESSLY and successfully seek to conflate Judaism with Zionism, identify all Jews with Zionism and claim that Israel and Israel’s policies represent and reflect the views and beliefs of all Jews, everywhere.
      I fail to see that the “Shipman thesis” has any proximity to accepting that objection to Israel’s crimes is anti-Semitic; because it hasn’t.

  • The dark side of Jewish consciousness: manufactured anti-Semitism
    • Thank you, Lillian Rosengarten. "Zionism is not a religion but a political movement," is the central but inexpedient truth, which Israel flagrantly ignores when its politicians seek to portray themselves as acting for and representing all Jews, everywhere. It is no surprise that the self-serving effect of this portrayal is exactly to increase hostility towards all Jews, everywhere - even though many Diaspora Jews will not set foot in Israel, let alone make Aliyah. It is therefore understandable although not excusable that Jewish communities in Europe are targeted by those who hate Israel's actions and policies; and who, ironically, have themselves come to believe Israel's great lie. If a big enough lie is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted as the truth - I wonder who said that.....
      It will be a shameful victory for Hasbara and the Western Israel apologists if governments such as my own enshrine this wholly false conflation between a religion and a political ideology in laws conceived to protect religious and ethnic minorities from persecution and incitements to violence.

  • Calling someone a 'Zionist' is anti-Semitic and abusive, say British lawmakers
    • Earlier in the year, when the Chakrabarty Report was published, I foresaw something like this in the offing; and it makes me extremely angry. The Chakrabarty Report was, I suspect, commissioned by Corbyn only in an attempt to stem a rising tide of spurious pro-Zionist, pro-Israel innuendo and accusations of anti-Semitism against his party and him in particular. In turn, this present tide can probably be traced to Corbyn’s predecessor, Ed Miliband’s, mild parliamentary rebuke to Israel for the use of disproportionate force during its 2014 attack on Gaza, the risibly-named “Operation Protective Edge”. Corbyn’s own criticisms of Israeli policy have added fuel to the Zionist lobby’s fire.

      My “take” on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report is that it has (probably wilfully) overlooked or elided several key points:

      • “Hate speech” against those of a particular racial group or adherents of a particular (legal) religious faith or denomination is unacceptable and it is legitimate for a civilised society to criminalise it;
      • Jews as a whole in society, whether in Britain, Israel or anywhere else, are not members of a specific or identifiable ethnic group. There are white, black, brown and yellow Jews. The issue as far as anti-Semitism goes is thus not one of ethnicity;
      • Jews are, however, a societal group which is defined by faith or, if not currently practising Judaism, by ancestral faith. For this reason, Jews qualify for and are deserving of protection against “hate speech” directed at them qua Jews, along with Muslims, Zoroastrians, Christians, etc. and along with Afro-Caribbeans, Rom, South Asians and any other identifiable ethnicity or ethnic sub-grouping, whose members are attacked by virtue of belonging to a faith or grouping;
      • All “hate speech” MUST be treated equally and even-handedly under the law: the tests to determine whether an accused’s words constitute “hate speech” and therefore whether the speaker/writer may have committed a crime through their utterances MUST be the same. They must also be objective tests;
      • The introduction of a singular, unique and subjective test in the case of alleged anti-Semitic “hate speech” would be wholly unacceptable and would, inter alia, tend to bring any law which enshrined it into disrepute;
      • Zionism is neither a religious persuasion or affiliation nor is it an ethnicity or ethnic grouping;
      • Zionism represents a set of political beliefs, ideals and objectives. It is correctly noted by others here that not only aren’t all Jews Zionists but not all Zionists are Jewish;
      • Zionists collectively CANNOT per se constitute a group of individuals in society which qualifies for legal protections against alleged “hate speech”;
      • By extension, therefore, the originators of such speech cannot be the objects of criminal sanctions under these laws;
      • To grant Zionists protection against “hate speech”, to categorise all anti-Zionist views as “hate speech” and to criminalise the alleged originators would be ridiculous, unjust and the consequences of so doing could be virtually infinite, leaving it open to any political movement, by complaining of “hate speech”, to claim protection from the free expression that runs contrary to its own views, which might include vilifying such movement and/or its aims.

      I hold no brief for the Labour Party and particularly not for its more leftward wing personified by such as Livingstone. It is not an axiom, however, that their views on all subjects are mistaken or maliciously inspired; and certainly not that their views on I/P are informed by any genuine anti-Semitism.

  • Clinton should cut 'how Israel is treating the Palastinians' from DC speech -- Podesta in email
    • Not for the first (or probably the last) time, I'm relieved not to have been born into the Land of the Free; even if some European governments - including my own in particular - are also mightily partisan about I/P.
      A little off-piste in relation to PW’s article itself but, from afar (M-E), I observe with interest and much misgiving the by now quite dramatic resurgence after three-quarters of a century of the far right, nationalist xenophobes in many countries of Europe – and of course, right now, in the USA. Advocates of the Zionist Project habitually use history as a weapon of self-justification but they seem to have learned few real lessons from it. Many such advocates in Israel themselves pursue and support just such policies/ideals, the outcome of which IS the current Jewish State of Israel as oppressor, occupier and abuser of Palestine and the Palestinians. Some outside Israel have latched onto the common, Islamophobic platform which all these groups espouse and now tacitly or privately support these European nationalist movements in their particular countries as being potentially even more partisan in favour of Israel than their incumbent governments.
      The principal lesson of history which these Zionist advocates who empathise with the Islamophobia of the current wave of European nationalist parties have failed to learn is this: far-right, nationalistic groups (for want of a better term, let’s call then “neo-Fascists”) wherever they emerge seek to gain popular support and, ultimately, to achieve and retain political power by generating fear among their constituencies. Whether it’s Mexicans "stealing" jobs in the Rust Belt and Mid-West, whether it’s fences around Hungary or whether it’s Brown-shirt-style attacks on immigrants in rural Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (N-E Germany), the neo-Fascists’ arsenal consists of fear, fear and more fear – fear of the “other” - whichever “other” is the easiest and most expedient target at any given juncture, whether it be, as today, Muslims; or red-heads and brunettes (everyone knows the brunettes are worse than the red-heads*...).
      The Muslims are breakfast. The Jews and other minority groups are likely to provide lunch and dinner.
      * Acknowledgement to the late, great Sir Charles Chaplin

    • "Ally" my a*se (Oxford English orthography)! If all the USA's "allies" treated it with the contempt, perfidy and worse that Israel does, neither the State Department nor the Democratic Party would need to invent "new" enemies such as Russia. It frustrates me beyond words that NO-ONE in MSM has the cojones so spell out to the American public the simple truth about this "special relationship", the damage it does to their country's image and credibility on the world stage, the facts about some of Israel's acts of "friendship" towards America over the decades; and the motivation behind such acts.

  • Who knew! Israel almost started war with Hezbollah in 2015, IDF officer reveals at NY synagogue
    • A thinking person, @hophmi, is "forced" to seek out alternative sources of information if it becomes apparent that readily-available MSM sources provide information which is unreliable, incomplete or is subject to censorship, whether imposed or self-imposed. One; but only one; of my main sources nowadays is Aljazeera because its coverage of M-E and I/P provides counterbalance to the weighted coverage from NewsCorp, CNBC, a now-dumbed-down BBC, et al. Yes, AJ covers the M-E region (unsurprisingly) far more from an Arab perspective and, yes, it covers I/P far more from a Palestinian perspective. That doesn't of itself make it (or RT) "antisemitic" [sic]; but then you had to work that in, didn't you?

  • 'There's no occupation'
    • Turtle Island? Presumably, the old name for the land mass comprising Mexico, 49 of the 50 States of the Union and Canada? Whataboutery at its weakest and most pathetic - go back to Hasbara Central Academy 1st grade and donate a week's trolling fee to BDS.

  • Netanyahu's ghost on 'ethnic cleansing' video is rightwing pollster Luntz
    • I agree with that, John O., but the key clause, the absurdity of which has unsurprisingly bypassed Messrs. Mileikowsky, Luntz and their fellow snake-oil salesmen, is, “...those countries would never tolerate WITHIN THEIR BORDERS” (my emphasis). I wasn’t aware that the illegal settlements in the OWB and occupied East Al Quds were, “WITHIN [ISRAEL’S] BORDERS” – has the UN been informed of this; or even the supine U. S. State Department? The responses to the video suggest not. Mileikowsky is merely treating his audience to more of the “Göbbels' Principle” on the "settlements", namely that if he tells the same lie loudly enough and often enough, it will become accepted as “fact”.

  • New York Times is on the scent of another Russian agent... Julian Assange
    • The key point which appears from this article is that the MSM has sold out beyond the point of no return to the globalist interests of the MIC and their chosen cyphers such as the war-mongering Clinton. THAT is why there is no meaningful coverage of the rigging of the Democratic primaries which it appears Sen. Sanders would’ve won convincingly, absent voting irregularities; THAT is why there is virtually no coverage but rather – it appears – active censorship of the mounting and entirely legitimate concerns over La Clinton’s mental and physical capacity; THAT is why Russia is able now to be cast conveniently as the “new, old” demon, wholly responsible for everything from Wikileaks’ revelations to the situation in Ukraine and – however implausibly – to having an invisible hand up the Trump campaign’s backside... It is why no-one in the MSM or the political establishment seems to give a rat’s a*se about the message emerging from the Wikileaks’ and others’ revelations; but are Hell-bent instead on shooting, metaphorically or literally, the suspected messengers (some, it seems, have already bitten the dust – R. I. P., Seth Rich). I worry for the safety of Julian Assange and others, whose names we don’t know.

      In a “normal”, democratic society, people who rig elections commit fraud and, if they are caught, they are prosecuted and punished. In a “normal”, democratic society, Rep. Wasserman-Schultz and her senior cohorts would be on their way to a trial and, probably, to prison for their rôles in subverting the electoral process; and quite possibly also facing crippling class actions for $ tens of millions by representatives of those many electors who contributed to Sanders’ campaign only to see their contributions - and, indeed, Sanders’ campaign itself - vitiated by the illegal behaviour of the Clinton lobby within the Democratic party.

      In a “normal” democratic society, the mere appearance of “pay-for-play” corruption giving privileged access to La Clinton (and more) for Clinton Foundation donors whilst she was in office would permanently disqualify her from running for any public office. The MSM should be all over these revelations – released not by “Russian hackers” but by the FBI - like a cheap suit.

      Not being by nature a conspiracy theorist, I haven’t paid much attention to those who peddle such theories or to their output; over the past months, however, as scandal after criminal scandal has been exposed and then wilfully ignored or given minimal importance by the MSM, I’m beginning to wonder about whose agenda is being promoted and why. I’m an apologist neither for Vladimir Putin nor Donald Trump but Putin has publicly said to the Western press that he is at his wits’ end how to communicate to the political establishment in Washington and elsewhere in the NATO alliance that they are pursuing policies with regard to isolating and militarily surrounding Russia, which will soon force Russia in its own self-interest to react violently. Putin’s frustration stems from the MSM’s refusal even to write about the current Russian diplomatic impasse, which poses one of the gravest threats to international stability since WWII; they merely join in the establishment’s now-popular game of blaming on nefarious, Russian plots everything from e-mail leaks to the price of bread. When the media won’t discuss something, the public isn’t aware of it and is thus unable to form an opinion; if the public has no opinion it cannot call its politicians to account, thereby – perhaps – prompting greater diplomatic efforts to find peaceable solutions.

      As a gay man with a non-white partner and a liberal, graduate education, I would, if American, hardly be a natural Trump constituent. When Trump entered the presidential race and even after he had won the Republican nomination, I couldn’t have imagined my present position on the US general election, which is that America absolutely MUST elect him to office; and by a margin large enough to defy any attempted vote-rigging in favour of La Clinton. The reasons I believe that Trump to be the only sane option are a) that a Trump presidency would disrupt the established political order in the US and (because of the lessons a Trump victory would carry with it for many Europeans) Europe for at least a generation, thereby challenging and causing to be re-evaluated that same establishment’s distorted view of the rest of the world and its behaviour towards it. By doing this it could, if not save the world, save millions of lives; and b) a Trump presidency could also restore the accountability for the actions of those in high executive office to their electorates: a President Trump’s slightest, least consequential action would be subjected to the most rigorous and critical analysis and scrutiny by the media and by a watching public all over the world; a scrutiny that has all-but-disappeared over the past 25-plus years.

  • 'Everything that we have done since 9/11 is wrong' -- the worldview of Major Todd Pierce (Retired)
    • Difference? "But as soon as they — as soon as we got there, they pretty much just went through, barged through. And we thought we were leading them to where they were going. That’s not the case, we were basically running after them as they went to the office, where they were quite comfortable." It seems that an overweening sense of entitlement is portable, too...
      Be careful, btw, when you use links; you never know where they might lead: "But one of the first things that was said to me was, if you have anything nice to say about the Palestinians, don't say it here."

    • The next two lines also resonate: "They will be master, right or wrong;/Though both are foolish, both are strong." Thanks again for reproducing it here.

    • Myself, I have pondered whether a Trump presidency would sound the death-knell of the declining Empire. For the little it's worth, I believe that a Clinton presidency would do this; but rather more effectively because, barring death, assassination or incapacity (there's always the prospect of a silver lining...), she'd likely be an eight-year president. Trump would screw up so badly on domestic issues that he'd be a four-year man (excepting, again, one of the above permanent interruptions); and he would probably start a new war only by accident. La Clinton would undoubtedly start at least one new war in her first term, probably in the M-E. The prospect of her as president of the USA is unspeakably dangerous and frightening.
      As for the Housman, I've loved the poem since my formative years altho' not happened across it again for a while; so thank you. When he wrote it, I believe he might have had rather specific laws of God and of man relating to private morality in mind, which may not be hugely germane to foreign policy considerations - the sentiments, however, apply to a wide range of circumstances, lending it a universality which denotes great poetry.

  • After Palestinian takes gold in Rio for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are 'Israeli'
    • What hallucinogen do these Zios sprinkle on their morning corn flakes, that makes them think it's perfectly alright to try to bathe vicariously in the glory of people they p*ss all over, every day, for 70 years? Step through the looking-glass, Hoffmann, and let me steal your reflection.....

  • Deporting Solidarity: One activist's experience being detained in Ben Gurion airport
    • My first reaction, indeed, on reading this story: "This is the behaviour of a state in fear." Deep within its subconscious, is there a glimmer of realisation that the Zionist enterprise isn't sustainable?

  • Israeli racism unmasks Netanyahu goodwill video
    • Mayor Moti Dotan’s comments, “I don’t want them at my [swimming] pools. Their culture of cleanliness isn’t the same as ours. Why is that racist?”, which speak volumes more about Israeli society than does Mileikowsky’s fatuous, verbal horse manure, seem to have drawn less attention from the esteemed readership than the presence/absence of religious symbols on nations’ flags (which I can’t see mentioned at all in Mr. Cook’s “National” Article).
      I have no intention of getting into a debate with the Hasbarim (or any others) who frequent this site on the respective merits of the prescribed ablutionary rituals of Islam and Judaism except to observe that the statement strikes me (as someone living for the past nine years in a Muslim society) to be as preposterous as it is overtly racist in character. Sadly, Dotan’s view and the system which gave birth to his belief that he had the right publicly to express it will doubtless resonate with the approx. 80% of his constituency who are not Arab.
      What should be really shocking, however, it that anyone holding or pretending to public office in a “pluralist, liberal democracy” such as that which Lyin’ Regev plucks from his parallel Zio-verse, would even consider uttering Dotan’s words. "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Like the original questioner, Chief Counsel Welch, we already know the answer.

  • Iran deal is still imperilled by deep state-- hardliners, Israel lobby, Hillary Clinton
    • Good comment! The junior Under-Secretary in charge of “terrorism and financial intelligence” – igiK - seems, along with most who even bother to give the matter any thought in the USA, to be blithely oblivious to the extent which the United States’ extra-territorialism vexes foreign governments, the business community and the financial services’ industry; and what the obvious and only response to it will be, which runs something like this:
      “Dear Treasury Under-Secretary,
      For many years now – for the past fifteen with avengeance – your government has assumed the self-appointed rôle of policeman of the globe; and arbiter of business and financial transactions and practices in relation to any nation or group that you, the United States of America, dislikes/mistrusts/regards as inimical, obstructive or potentially unfavourable to whatever it perceives at the time to be its “interest” - whatever that may really mean. Specifically, your government has abused its position of the USA’s being the issuer of the world’s principal reserve currency, the once-almighty US dollar, in order to suborn its banking system into becoming an extension of foreign policy execution.
      Owing to the structure of the present international financial system, which is a legacy of when your country was the richest and most powerful on earth, your fiat has hitherto largely been able to run. Most commodities are historically denominated in $ and all $ must pass through money centre banks in New York; if you choose, you are able to prevent their transfer at will; or at whim.
      The world business community outside the USA, some individual members of which are today economically larger and more powerful that your country and which, collectively, is many times your size, does not appreciate the obstructions to doing business which your present policies represent.
      Irrespective of jurisprudential question marks over the legality of some of the measures you have introduced we, the undersigned, don’t enjoy an uninterested party being able to frustrate legitimate business between two or more third countries – particularly when this frustration is frequently not by any accepted measure of international law or of common sense reasonable or even justifiable.
      Lest you labour under the misapprehension that for the past decade-and-a-half we have been idly accepting of the status quo, please allow us to disabuse you. The leading economies of the old world and the more recently emerged economic Titans of global trade and wealth creation have come together to devise viable ways of avoiding themselves and their leading corporations being unreasonably prejudiced by your unilateral decisions masquerading as laws. You may therefore look forward over the coming decade to your country’s no longer being the clearinghouse for the bulk of international trade and financial transactions. Consequences of this will include the diminution of the stature of the $ as a reserve currency, significant losses to your country’s financial services’ sector of international revenues and the relegation of New York to a largely domestic financial centre rather than the world’s most important centre for international payments.
      Your illegitimate, arrogant and arbitrary abuse of the financial system as an instrument of your foreign policy will thus have opposite and unintended consequences; this will, of course, mark no change to the almost unbroken litany of opposite and unintended consequences which have attended what passes for your foreign policy since the Second World War.
      Congratulations, Mr. Under-Secretary! Swing on this.
      Very truly yours,
      The International Business and Financial Community”

  • Israeli army blows up three Palestinian wells in occupied Hebron
    • Mooser, 'But the purpose of creating a parody-Zionist character like “MaxNarr” (Maximum Narishkeit or “foolishness”) is. And there’s nobody better at it.' Here, I'm clearly missing several strata of subtlety! "Narr"gave me pause to wonder since, unsurprisingly, it means similar in German and Yiddish - fool, in both the modern and Shakespearian senses. If "he" is posting comments satirically, why is "he" treated by MW-ers as if "he" were one of those Zionists who take part-truths, facts-on-the-ground and good old fiction/deliberate misinterpretation of historical facts and bend them to fit a narrative which seeks to rationalise and justify the extremes of the Zionist vision?
      Or are you suggesting that, by conforming to the worst Zionist stereotype, "MaxNarrs" serve the purpose of provoking reactions which are then able to be turned on respondents as being "anti-Semitic"? Not for the first time, I'm at sea...

    • “Israel is not an occupier as claimed.” I thought the purpose of Hasbara was explanation and persuasion, not the incitement of ridicule. I would have ignored your ludicrous post had it not been for your initial comment about the “bias” in the articles above: on what do YOU base YOUR glib assertion that the wells destroyed were “illegal”? - “There is nothing wrong with destroying illegal wells.” "Illegal" is a somewhat subjective concept, considering they're not on your f***ing land!!! Your concern for the environment is touching, though – you may be a purblind little Ziopath, suffused with his own sense of entitlement and superiority; but you care about the environment – aaaah. Try caring about the effects on indigenous agriculture of reckless crop-spraying by illegal settler-growers in the OWB or about the deliberate contamination of Palestinian water sources by hill-toppers from Brooklyn.

    • The story of the wells’ destruction is hard on the heels of the news of the water shortages in the owing to the cutting-off or rationing of piped water supplies to parts of the OWB during Holy Month. Why? The question is rhetorical and the answer seems to be, “Because they can.” Such a mindset is symptomatic in adults of serious psychological disturbance. Small children often pull the legs off spiders; but small children usually grow out of it! Sick.

  • Israel-splaining
    • I thought it more apt than reference to any Congressional committee; I probably should have put the expression into " ".

    • The crusade against “anti-Semitism in the [British] Labour Party” seems to have been and be a canard from its inception to the recent publication of the Shami Chakrabarti report on this “anti-Semitism" and beyond: the real text appears to be, “More elected representatives from the Labour Party than from the Conservative Party voice concerns about the behaviour of Israel vs. the Palestinians and more Labour representatives than Conservative place equal Palestinian rights on their political agendas; Labour is therefore the priority target.”
      The first to admit that I have little idea of what the Labour party looks like from the inside, I don’t have to be an “insider” to recognise an all-too-familiar phenomenon of attempting (successfully, it would appear) to portray the slightest criticism of Israel, its policies or Zionism itself as “anti-Semitism”. The surprise should be that anyone is surprised; and that the original allegations have been dignified with the commissioning and publication of a report, some of the conclusions of which appear distinctly suspect.
      Among the deeply questionable matters in Ms. Chakrabarti’s report is e. g. the conflation of the terms “Paki” and “Zio-” as “racist” epithets. “Paki” is an abbreviation for “Pakistani” and, my distaste for political correctness notwithstanding, I agree that it is – largely because of the contexts in which it is commonly employed and the users – most frequently used in a pejorative and unacceptable fashion; rather as “Pals” is used by some English-speaking Israeli Jews to mean “Palestinians”. Its use is thus unacceptable.
      Someone should’ve explained to Ms. Chakrabarti that Zionism is neither a race nor a religion and that, if someone criticises or denounces Zionism, they are speaking about a political creed or ideology. Political beliefs and egregious acts which may derive from them are not protected against criticism by any form of anti-racist fence or barrier; and, more to the point, neither should they be – ever!
      Any person using the prefix “Zio-” whether my coinage of Zio-path[y]” or other correspondents’ “Zio-caine” or “Zio-logic” in criticising Israel, its Zionist policies or merely describing or conjecturing on a collective psychosis which has brought Israel to its present, depraved condition should be perfectly free to do so without fear either of spurious accusations of “racism” or of being hauled before some kind of McCarthy-ite Star Chamber.
      The authors are correct that a more resolute personality than Corbyn, faced with this entire, manufactured episode, would quite possibly have confronted the complainants, Zionist apologists for Israel, robustly and demolished their arguments rather than feeling compelled to commission a report, the conclusions of which appear to recommend serious curtailments of legitimate political expression.

  • Two Palestinians were executed on Hebron street in March, not just one -- B'Tselem
    • xanadou, some years ago, the mass sociopathy afflicting a majority of Jews in Israel passed the “point of no return”. That the average Joe in Hicksville, Tenn. or Tunbridge Wells who’s a consumer of MSM is unaware of this is attributable largely to the MSM’s biased and tendentious coverage of I/P. Those who, for whatever motive, look behind CNBC, the Post, etc. and try to work out what’s really goes and has been going on in I/P cannot evade the conclusion that there is no longer (if ever there was) a way rationally to “talk back” or reel-in the Zionists’ attitudes and the egregious behaviour which stems from them.

      When a people and its leadership live Through the Looking Glass or in an Erehwon where black is white and white, black; where the moral compasses are either broken or swung to the South Pole; normal means of diplomatic persuasion or even coercion can’t work. The parallels between Nazi-dom and modern Israel become clearer and starker, less fanciful or stretched with each successive act of barbarism by the IOF, each demolition, expulsion or land theft, each capricious, spiteful misuse of power and each piece of new „Gleichschaltung“ legislation introduced by such as Naftali Bennett and Miri Regev. Israel’s is a very sick society.

      Tangentially, what concerns me about BDS is its potential for opposite and unintended consequences. I support BDS and it’s quite difficult to conjure up a plausible case for not doing so; but I worry that it may be predicated in part on a false premise, namely that, when it starts becoming effective to the point that it impacts the standards of living of average, Jewish Israelis, pressure on the leadership to change its policies in ways which would ameliorate the negative effects of BDS will come from below, i. e. from the Israeli electorate. This premise is based on past experience of Apartheid South Africa, where ostracism and economic sanctions helped bring about the conditions for a de Klerk to emerge and begin a process of transition and reconciliation. In South Africa, however, the world was dealing with rational actors who could at least understand (even if reluctantly) the case that the international community was making against Apartheid.

      My fear about BDS and Israel is that, when BDS really starts to bite, the Israeli public’s reaction may not be that for which some hope but that it may rather feed the victim-oppressor psychosis and that, far from causing pressure to be brought to bear from below on an incumbent government to modify its extreme policies so as to invite less international opprobrium, it may be viewed as another example of, “They all hate us because we’re Jewish.” If the latter reaction materialised, the result could be a resolve to accelerate colonising and assimilating the West Bank and East Jerusalem into some mythical Eretz Israel, a hardening of attitudes towards non-Jews in I/P and an even more flagrant, “f*ck you” disregard for any norms of civilised behaviour or for international law.

      In Germany, the Nazi régime had certainly by 1938 ceased to be susceptible to international diplomatic pressure; it had probably passed that point not long following the achievement of power. If one assumes as the start of its incubation period Versailles (1919), the Thousand Year Reich had a span from conception though birth to its death of 26 years. It was ended only by comprehensive military defeat. Israel as a recognised, political entity has been going for the thick end of 70 years.

  • The List: Cuomo's anti-BDS executive order is a first amendment nightmare
    • Re. hophmi’s ludicrous deflection about Israel’s being the safest place in the Middle East for Christians, it’s as untrue as it is irrelevant (well, knock me down with a feather, etc....). Yes, there have been atrocities against Christians, Yazidis, Druze, etc. in Syria & Iraq. Well, there’s a civil war going on in Syria and many people/groups have had atrocities committed against them, including by radical Sunni insurgents given active support by the Most Moral Army in the World’s medical corps in the illegally-occupied Golan. Many other places in the Middle East are safe enough for Christians – where I live, at Easter and Christmas, the local police provide benign crowd-control on public transport and roads near the Roman Catholic church so it’s not exactly an “underground” practice of faith......
      I concede that neither East Jerusalem nor the OWB is in Israel but in those places, Christian churches, some ancient and of immeasurable cultural and historical value, have come under “price tag” attack and been desecrated and vandalised by – guess who? That’s right: illegal, Jewish settlers. You shouldn’t talk through your lower mouth, hophmi, especially when it’s full.

  • 'I am Palestinian and I am human' -- and Leanne Mohamad, 15, is disqualified from UK speaking competition
    • “.....it is fair to conjecture that the level of life in Gaza would be EVEN CLOSER [my emphasis] to the one enjoyed by people in Israel. This is what girls like Leanne should be taught to understand, if the goal is to make Palestinians happy.” You are one delusional, condescending, little Zio-apologist, aren’t you?

  • Religious zealots ready for takeover of Israeli army
    • A friend some days ago pointed out Avnery's article in Counterpunch: it is a good piece but, I fear, over-optimistic - perhaps a function of wishful thinking on behalf of the author, who may be reluctant to concede complete déjà vu, namely that the "Weimar Republic" (to the extent that it has ever really existed in Israel) has already collapsed and Israel is at that stage of uneasy coalition which subsisted in 1933, until the Nazis were able to consolidate their lone grip on the reins of power. The ascendancy of Fascism in Israel has passed the point of no return and the deterioration will continue until external forces (whether physical or economic) bring it to a peaceful or a violent end.

    • Israel is content to provide covert support for those Islamists it perceives to be instrumental in furthering its regional, divide et impera vision. Al Nusra and IS are extremist, Sunni factions opposed to Israel’s hated, Shi’ite Hezbollah. The fragmentation of Syria and Southern Iraq and the eradication of cohesive nation-states in each of these political geographies mightily suit the Eretz Israel agenda – after all, where does Eretz Israel encompass? All the land “from the Nile to the Euphrates”...... It’s not exactly a closely-guarded secret whispered only at dead of night in desolate, Prague graveyards.

  • Zionism threatens to bring anti-semitism full-circle
    • This is an excellent essay by Jonathan Ofir. I’m pleased he cites Edwin Montagu, whose opposition to Zionism I often use as an example of precisely why being anti-Zionist is NOT synonymous with being anti-Semitic. More telling, I believe, than his refutation of the notion of a “Jewish nation” was the prescience of Montagu, when arguing against the Balfour Declaration, in accurately foreseeing (some time before Hannah Arendt foresaw them) the consequences of Zionism on Palestine – religious supremacism, the relegation of non-Jews to second- or third-class citizens in their native land, economic and employment discrimination; and so on. Montagu was the only Jew in Lloyd-George’s War Cabinet and the only top-ranking minister to oppose the Balfour Declaration (which was inspired by élitist NIMBY-ism at its worst on the behalves not only of Balfour but also of Wilson and Clemenceau – they didn’t want their countries to face potentially large influxes of displaced, Middle- and Eastern-European Jews in the aftermath of the Great War and the Russian Revolution). A minor carp: it was His Majesty’s government – George V.

  • Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlers
    • Goldman Sachs financing illegal activities? Surely not? Pass the sal volatile, quick! As an investment banker, btw, a word to Grover on those Israeli gov't bonds: psssst - avoid the longer maturities, habibi.....

  • Hebron settlers file complaint against Palestinian who filmed execution
  • Top Israeli officials who issued directive to execute Palestinians hang Hebron killer out to dry
    • Grover: "Israel does not commit war crimes," my dad was Liberace and my aunt has b*lls so she's really my uncle. Kiss my a*se, I'm checking into a monastery! חג פורים שמח, Grover.

  • Israeli soldier filmed executing wounded Palestinian man
    • It’s said that societies get the armies and police forces they deserve: Israel today bears that out. The IOF is despicable and if the soldier who despatched the injured Palestinian was, indeed, a medic it makes the incident worse. The culture of the “most moral, etc.” (what a sick joke?) starts at the top of Israeli society and it isn’t going to change in a hurry; rather, it will deteriorate further. The twin senses of trigger-happy impunity and entitlement among IOF will lead to complete amorality of behaviour. The only thing which can alter this is an utterly different régime with different values and I’m afraid that’s not going to transpire through any ballot box.

  • Read the speech Bernie Sanders planned to give to AIPAC
    • "If Israel does not like rockets and being attacked then it needs to withdraw to within its legal borders. Until then it can shut up and put up with all the negative aspects of the crapola it created." As a conclusion to a valid comment about Israel's regional machinations and the Genesis of the resistance it encounters, I couldn't've expressed this better; so I shan't try. Thank you.

  • Arsonists attack house of witness in Duma arson attack (Updated)
    • I read that, too, yesterday when I picked up this story from @davidsheen. Could it be that whoever committed the attack realised even through the perma-fog of arrogance which blurs Zionists' vision that, following the previous Duma attack, painting Hebrew "price-tag" slogans & hate messages on the walls of a key witness's house might not be the cleverest tactic? I merely pose the question......

  • El Al captain indoctrinates the passengers, but only in Hebrew
    • Seems an awful amount of dedication, @diasp0ra. You're right (I know from the second language in which I am fluent) that it's more satisfactory to read news and literature in the original; but, if I were going to the effort of learning a new language, it would be an important one spoken by many people in more than one country, such as Spanish or, er..., Arabic (which I assume you already speak). It certainly wouldn't be the synthetic re-invention of a "dead" language, spoken by a few million people in one small place and which, in 50 years' time, probably won't be spoken there!

  • British schoolboy questioned for pro-Palestine badge and pro-BDS pamphlet
    • There are times, when I read things like this, that I'm tempted to renounce my nationality in protest at my successive governments' policies - not just their cynical and craven partisanship on I-P when they and their legal advisers KNOW four-square where right lies; but on their broad, creeping, insidious assaults on civil liberties and freedom of thought. This, from a self-described "libertarian conservative" (small "c"): I don't feel I've moved to the left over the past two decades; but the backdrop of the stage on which I'm standing has for some time been moving to rightwards. Perhaps it's a decade's semi-detachment of distance which makes me perceive my country differently..... Renunciation of citizenship's pure fantasy, of course, since I don't hold a dual nationality so would render myself an "un-person", stateless and within sight of the "third age"! Lol.

  • Video: Scenes from a bloody Sunday in Palestine
    • @MaxNarr, "never" is such a long time, habibi...... I'm an optimist & am fixing on living for at least another 10 or 15 years, destiny permitting; I believe I may live to see the end of the Occupation - or, at least, the beginning of the end. I read once or twice about a "Thousand Year Empire"; if memory's correct, it lasted 12 years.

    • Why do you bother getting out of bed, @MaxNarr, if this is the best you can produce for your employers? In the Ziopathic fantasies of many Israeli leaders, including Mr. M. and most (?all?) of the present Cabinet, Hebron is in the mythic "Eretz Israel", encompassing the whole of the West Bank and Gaza; doubtless extending northward to the Euphrates and southward to the Nile ("Why only as far as the Nile?" - Naftali Bennett). To the rest of the world, it's a major Palestinian town in the illegally-occupied territories.
      Solution to this sort of incident, born or yet-to-be-born: GTF out of Hebron and the rest of the OPT. There would be no military checkpoints for [allegedly knife-wielding] schoolgirls to be shot whilst walking away from them, no "Border Police" to attract pesky, negative PR for abusing disabled people, no hill-toppers needing the most moral army in the world's protection to move around a segregated Hebron - the benefits are almost boundless. Simple enough for you and @Herchel to understand? Glad to be of service...

    • I see the ‘Newsweek’ report quotes Hasbara pin-up boy and part-time matinée idol Micky Rosenfeld, “A few minutes after a TERRORIST ATTACK [my emphasis] had taken place by a WOMAN TERRORIST [my emphasis] adjacent to that area, a crowd gathered and attempted to get into the area where the attack had taken place.” Oh, well; in that case, it must be true..........

  • Obama to sign AIPAC-promoted trade bill that legitimizes Israeli occupation and fights BDS
    • You are such a little Zio-t*sser, @peterpeters, aren't you? I hope Hasbara Central's not paying you for output of a quality that's not merely low, it runs beneath the sewers where the rats breed.

  • NY's Public Theater cancels Palestinian production, 'The Siege,' it agreed to stage in May
    • And you, I take it, are Park Slope Food Coop's resident Zio-troll?

    • I expect the sponsors of NY’s Public Theatre concluded “The Siege” was ‚entartete Kunst‘ (‘degenerate' art). Don’t y’all fo’get to burn theyam there books, while you’re ad it....

    • "The Zionist’s [sic] futile attempt to let the people of the US know what’s happening in Palestine has turned out to be a full scale attack on fee speech, academic freedom and artistic freedom." Shouldn't that be, "The Zionists' futile attempt to conceal from the people of the US what’s happening in Palestine has turned out to be a full scale attack on fee speech, academic freedom and artistic freedom. "?

  • Cartoon: Netanyahu plans fortress Israel to protect against 'wild beasts'
    • La Mileikowsky must be the "employer from Hell"; people who abuse staff say infinitely more about themselves than about their staff. She's a sad case, Zioland's "First Lady" - I put it down to her noxious, daily cocktail of Botox, Champagne (none of the settlement rubbish for her, I'm sure!) and entitlement.

  • Islamophobia and the Election: It's not just Trump
    • @kalithea may be right. We saw the racist stereotyping by the police in the UK in the 1970s & `80s – any young Afro-Caribbean, especially, if sporting the “Rasta’ look”, was liable to stop-&-search, arrest, roughing-up, etc; all on suspicion of being, er.... young and black.
      If it materialises in the USA, it will certainly also materialise in Europe, where a xenophobic right is undergoing an alarming renaissance. In the UK, it's perhaps less overt than e. g. Pegida, Le Front National and their ilk; but equally insidious and fuelled by the MSM; as Lady Warsi (Muslim peeress & former minister) has said, Islamophobia is now acceptable, middle-class dinner party fare in Britain. One way, I suppose, may be to take a leaf out of the Apocrypha concerning King Christian X of Denmark, who allegedly promised that, if Danish Jews were forced to wear the Star of David, he would do the same (the Nazi occupiers didn’t impose this so his resolve was never put to the test). Eccentric it may be and futile it might be but, if a real witch-hunt loomed, I’d don the hatta and thobe to walk around my North London streets, just to demonstrate the stupidity of judging books by their covers!
      @kalithea raises a point which goes way, way beyond I-P and Islamophobia: “All these candidates are going to bring back torture and waterboarding and keep Guantanamo fully occupied and they’ll even build a new wing and we’ll have to endure another chapter of renditions and all that dark Middle Ages crap that comes with it, not to mention new law-dodging inventions like enhanced interrogation.” This is the stuff of nightmares: breakdowns in the Rule of Law don’t start with Joe Street; they start at the top. When governments and the apparatus of the state ignore their own rules and the norms of a civilised society, doing instead as they please in the name of whatever happens to be the current pretext or expediency, Joe sees this and – not unreasonably - asks himself why rules should apply to him when they manifestly don’t apply to those in positions of infinitely greater power and influence. The law slides into popular contempt and Joe decides that, indeed, it doesn’t apply to him either so he follows the politicians’ example of flouting or ignoring it. Almost overnight, the Rule of Law disappears and we wake up from the nightmare into a new Dark Age.

  • To my fellow Israelis: We can stop this
    • Nothing to be added to this open letter; except, sadly, that it won't be heeded and (if read by them) may not even be understood, in the real sense of "understanding", by many of its target audience.

  • BDS movement faces attack in six state legislatures
    • You & @JustJessetr can stamp your nasty butterfly feet as much as you like but BDS ain't goin' away. The severity of the reaction indicates it's already having effects (and seriously upsetting the Ziopaths in T-A, which is a collateral benefit).

    • I don't understand why individual State legislatures in the US are acting as Mileikowsky's pimps and runners on BDS! Then, I don't understand US political funding or whether local elected representatives are also - as the Federal elected representatives on Capitol Hill appear to be - members of the oldest profession who simply sell themselves to the highest-bidding Johns, which currently are those with an "Israel agenda". What gain is there for a State government to introduce laws that are potentially unconstitutional and where there must be a foreseeable probability (at least, material possibility) that the Federal judiciary will set aside such laws? It seems a potential waste of energy, effort and of the legislative calendar on behalf of these States, for no positive benefit. Can one of you nice Americans (or any student of the US political system) explain what key pressures apply to State politics, which mean that State legislatures (whose remits are by definition only State-wide) appear as much in thrall to the Israel lobby as is the Federal legislature; and what's in it for the State governments?

  • Tel Aviv housecleaning service advertises higher rates for European help than Africans
    • "Herchel", "...when you have entire Arab countries with far more discriminatory policies against Jews and Israelis that, of course, [get] a free pass." Apart from the predictable whataboutery you Hasbara'im use to deflect criticisms of sacrosanct Israel, this statement is a nonsense. I assume you refer to the Gulf Peninsula states not all "Arab countries" (which include such as Morocco). Yes, in the Gulf States it is legal to advertise employment and offer services based on the ethnicity of the applicant/provider. Advertisements by migrant residents for their own domestic servants often specify not merely a nationality but a regional provenance for applicants. But, "Arab countries with... discriminatory policies against... Israelis"? I have news for you: the Gulf States don't recognise Israel and there are therefore no Israelis (legally) here, against whom to discriminate. The last time I was aware of any Israelis in the GCC was when they entered the UAE on stolen, Australian passports and stayed briefly at the Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai for the purpose of assassinating someone.
      I have further news for you: the Gulf States do not pretend to be Western or democratic. Where can you point to Sheikh Khalifa or King Salman describing their nations as "democracies"? Israel, on the other hand, never ceases to crow [sic] about being the lone beacon of democracy amid a sea of theocratic tyrants in the Middle East. You cannot have it both ways: if Israel were a 1st-world democracy, the comparisons would be with the standards of other Western democracies; if the valid comparators are the [Gulf] Arab nations then it is an admission of the truth, namely that Israel is at a similar level of discrimination - but with arrant hypocrisy thrown in.

  • Israeli designer eroticizes the Palestinian keffiyeh
    • Read the PPC 2014 report. If true, then it's not only sad but a damning indictment of the IOF; and of what the Ziopaths have spawned.

  • Parody New York Times 'supplement' criticizing paper's coverage of Israel/Palestine distributed on streets of NYC
    • Well said. kalithea! This spoof is in the finest, satirical traditions of "A Modest Proposal", "Candide" and "Erehwon". The Ziopaths don't like it up `em, to borrow a catch-phrase from an old TV sit-com ("it" in the original being a cold, steel bayonet). The trumpeting of unrighteous indignation and howls of "anti-Semitism" are testament to its effectiveness. Whoever produced it gets high fives from me!

  • Can there be poetry after Netanyahu?
    • I think we must've been reading different articles. "......criticism of the Zionist entity, the latter only consisting in a request for more freedom and[/]or state support for Herrenvolk artists because they are 'Jewish'." I didn't get that at all from the above. Has one of you been slipping Ziocaine into my coffee?

  • The Israeli government is as responsible for Duma murders as those who threw the firebomb
    • @Rugal, “Since white people occupy the top position in the power pyramid, you cannot, in any meaningful way, be racist against white people.” Definition of “racism” (Oxford English Dictionary): “The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races;...”
      It is perfectly possible to racist against whites but that’s really beside the point. In your eagerness to comment on Shmuel Eliyahu’s ugly sentiments, you looked at a photograph and omitted to Google the name, an error you now compound by spouting comments like that above through your lower mouth.
      Instead of digging a deeper hole, reflect that it doesn’t matter if someone’s Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Arab or Latino, it's what they say and do by which we should judge them. Judging by what he says, Eliyahu’s a fairly contemptible specimen of humanity and there’s “form” among the Sephardic rabbinate in Israel, as @diasp0ra points out with the reference to the charming Ovadia Yosef.

  • American Jewish Committee agent tries to dig up anti-Semitic dirt in a German refugee housing block
    • The "Shay Report" has a similarly hollow ring and this kind of "journalism" (for want of a better, more apposite term) is symptomatic of Ziopathy: there is a desperate need for affirmation; to find evidence that anti-Semitism lurks round every corner and down every alley throughout Europe, awaiting only some pre-arranged signal known only to the Jew-haters for the start of a second Holocaust. “So, you see, the original Zionists were right and Jews really do need Israel as their "only safe haven"...” The harm inflicted by this kind of reportage in terms of its consciously helping to stoke European Islamophobia is probably regarded by such as Shay & Klein as collateral benefit.
      Shay et al. should remember the lessons from the 20th Century (indeed, from the Israel of today) that the extreme right, if unchecked, tends not to stop at one minority but quickly broadens its focus: Syrians refugees in Germany/Algerians in Paris may be the hors d'oeuvre but be wary who becomes the entrée.

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