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Retired 70 year old medical school Professor - still working part-time - born in Ireland - sick of Zionism and its malign influence on US politics

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  • Rand Paul warns neocons will 'scurry in' with Abrams, and Kristol says that's anti-Semitic
    • From the recent publication of Abrams in Mosaic -
      "Perhaps the Israeli and American Jewish communities will drift farther apart, and perhaps the level of criticism will rise. Work should be done, by all means, to prevent or minimize such trends. But the problems with which we are dealing won’t be solved by casting blame on Israelis or their politics. The problems begin at home, and so do the solutions."

      Many Zionists help to further the myth that it will not help to criticize Israel. This is the last resort of these irrational thinkers in the goal of protecting Israel from criticism and perpetuating the colonization of all Palestine. Abrams is exactly the same. My theory is simple. If we cast enough blame then people will accept our condemnation and turn their backs on Israel forcing them to accept a just solution to the Palestinian issue.

  • US Jews adopted 'deferential' relationship to Israel, and tabooed dissent so as to preserve US gov't support
    • unverified__5ilf90kd May 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      The title of this article is "" US Jews adopted ‘deferential’ relationship to Israel, and tabooed dissent so as to preserve US gov’t support"".

      I wonder if many US Jews may have also adopted a ‘deferential’ relationship to US government policies in general and tabooed criticism of the US government as an additional strategy to preserve US government support for Israel ?

  • Did dodging foreign policy doom Bernie Sanders?
    • unverified__5ilf90kd February 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I have given Bern's campaign $100 but I have stopped there. Until he says something stronger about Israel and/or foreign policy I will remain ambivalent about his future and will withhold further financial support. I know that a lot of his fans agree with me. This article sums it all up. Well done. Bernie is just a Trojan Horse designed to suppress a lot of so-called progressives and eventually present them to Clinton is a state of submission. JStreet does the same thing for AIPAC.

  • After 10 years of ignoring an important story, 'NYT' finally gets to 'Breaking the Silence'
    • unverified__5ilf90kd December 26, 2015 at 10:33 am

      In recent years I wrote a critical letter to the public editor at NYT every time Rudoren wrote a biased article about Israel or anything related to Israel/Palestine. I hope that contributed to her transfer but I doubt it. Ron

  • 'Allahu Akbar': A Muslim family in suburban New Jersey responds to the Paris attacks
  • The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism
    • unverified__5ilf90kd November 17, 2015 at 8:38 am

      "the biggest impediment to both the reform of Islam and peace in the Middle East that Americans have the ability to remove, is our support for a militant Jewish ideology that few Arabs and Muslims have ever accepted."

      Phil, you finally said it. You have been making your way to this statement for several years. Congratulations.

      You also said "Americans have the ability to remove (is) our support for a militant Jewish ideology that few Arabs and Muslims have ever accepted. " This is indeed the elephant in the room, the emperor with no clothes. It does not account for the entire problem but it is highly significant.

      At least in these pages we are analyzing "the militant Jewish ideology" with unprecedented honesty and clarity, but this openness is still not found in the MSM. Similarly, the MSM does not allow us to ask the questions "Why did they attack us on 9/11?" or "Why did they attack Charlie Hebdo?" or "Why did ISIS attack Paris?" The MSM usually glosses over these answers with simple platitudes about our freedom and Western morals not being acceptable to Muslims. It is taboo to mention Israel in this context, except as another victim of Islam.

      The reason why the MSM avoids asking the questions above and fails to explore the causes and effects of Militant Jewish Ideology is because ultimately many Jews and others in the MSM realize that the answers will not reflect well upon the reputation of Israel, the integrity of her supporters, and the honesty of the MSM. But it is becoming abundantly clear that our national failure to analyze the elephant in the room (Israel) is causing us severe problems that are compounding daily.

      The problem of course is in essence that we are not defining the problems with us or with Islam that cause the pathology behind the war against us. In other words, who are we fighting, why are we fighting them, why do they hate us and how can we plan to heal this wound? We simply cannot get into detail about these issues without inciting the wrath of most Israelis and their supporters. Too many in the MSM are reluctant to expose themselves to this hostility, either because of personal bias or because of fear of the consequences. This lack of integrity is astounding and its existence is also suppressed.

  • Today's a day to grieve for Paris, not score political points
    • unverified__5ilf90kd November 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Judith Miller did not take your advice - on Twitter she immediately used the Paris attack to trivialize the behavior of US students - probably at Mizzou and Yale in recent days.

      Judith Miller [email protected] Nov 13
      Now maybe the whining adolescents at our universities can concentrate on something other than their need for "safe" spaces…

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      Ronald J Bradley [email protected] now
      @JMfreespeech Are you referring to those Jewish students who fear Palestinians (and their supporters) ?

  • Netanyahu: 'We need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future'
    • unverified__5ilf90kd October 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Israel is a destructive force. Their goal has been to destroy all the countries around them, using the USA as a proxy force in a misguided attempt to protect their security. They have almost succeeded but now Putin has stopped them at Syria. Similarly they are destroying their intimate neighbors, the people of Gaza and the West Bank.

  • State Dep't slams Netanyahu's Hitler story as 'inflammatory' and against 'scholarly evidence'
    • unverified__5ilf90kd October 26, 2015 at 8:27 am

      If you can blame the Palestinians for anything, then you can absolve yourself from the guilt of treating them so cruelly. This is the irrational and thoughtless nature of many Israelis and their supporters. And of course, if you can blame them for the holocaust then you can absolve this guilt right from the beginning of the Nakbah. It is a natural intellectual goal for those who think like Netanyahu and his father the historian.

  • Goldberg says the root of the conflict is the Palestinians' anti-Jewish 'narrative'
    • Goldberg defines the problem as "the refusal to accept that Jews have an ancient connection to the land of Israel, the adherence to “a worldview that dismisses the national and religious rights of Jews.” it's not that simple - the Palestinians know that Jews lived there 2000 years ago and that they know that Jews do think that they have religious rights and national rights in Palestine. However, the Palestinians do not believe that this ancient connection is relevant in this modern age. It happened too long ago for modern Jews to be forced on the Palestinians today. Therefore, the Palestinians ideally would like the Israelis to go away and take their national and religious rights with them. It is that simple. But the Israelis are unlikely to go away and the current status quo must be dealt with. However, the Palestinians might accept the status quo of the late 1980s that Phil describes, if the settlement issues and land swaps are worked out fairly. The good thing is that we are getting around to saying this in public. Due to disinformation jockeys like Goldberg and the disproportionately Jewish media, the real issues are never hashed out. But this is changing right now in front of our eyes.

      The US government and our population believes that truth must be covered up at all costs, yet we parade around the world acting as if Washington is the white knight for 
“bringing freedom and democracy to the world.” Similarly, Israel covers up its vicious behavior towards the Palestinians and tries to convince the world that it is all the fault of the Palestinians who are refusing the colonizer's generous offers of thoughtful coexistence. When world leaders like Putin stand up in the UN and openly point out to the US that the "Emperor has no clothes", then the penny will soon drop in Israel as well. This is what Phil is saying. I agree with him. Goldberg is afraid of the truth.

      "Goldberg is just doing disinformation." You said it. That is his role. Doing disinformation for Bibi and the Israeli right-wing. But there is too much truth and reality on the internet. People are waking up to the smoke and mirrors and finding out that the politicians, government and media are less thoughtful, more stupid and more corrupt than they had anticipated. A sea change is underway. Mondoweiss is playing a very important role in this.

  • On Bret Stephens' hate speech
    • Stephens understands everything about the current situation. He is merely a liar for Israel, one of many such Zionist apologists who occupy important positions in the media. Three cheers for Mondoweiss who expose all of his distortions and falsehoods. Millions of people are reading Mondoweiss every year and the truth about Israel is building in acceptance and momentum. The African/American Comcast repairman who came to my house recently mentioned Obama so we had a political discussion. He told me that he was enlightened because he got his news from rt.com - in fact, he knew more about Syria than Hillary Clinton revealed last night. He knew that a US imposed no-fly zone in Syria would be total BS. My point is that despite Stephens pontificating about his love for Israel in the WSJ, the people are turning to the internet in vast numbers and the WSJ is becoming more irrelevant every day.

  • American press coverage grants Israelis all the humanity
    • The Main Stream Disproportionately Jewish Media (MSDJM) in the USA including the NY Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, all work cleverly to make sure that the truth about Israel/Palestine is not reported. The goal is to convince the reader that the problem is caused by the Palestinian terrorists who for no good reason other than inherent evil and anti-Semitism, continue to attack the innocent Jews. The words occupation, settler and colonization are used as little as possible as the truth is concealed from the naive Americans and international laws are violated. The emperor has no clothes and most people are afraid to point it out, such is the intimidation and viciousness of the Zionists and their vice-like grip on the arbiters of information.

  • Netanyahu did everything but use the 'n-word' against Obama to stop the Iran Deal -- Susan Rice
    • unverified__5ilf90kd October 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Hopefully, millions of people will not be voting for Hillary if they think that Dennis Ross will be part of her administration. He is definitely a loser for Israel. Like his friend Bibi, he has no intention of giving a inch to the Palestinians and is only working to achieve a greater Israel from the sea to the river.

  • 'New Yorker' says anti-Zionism is 'firmly rooted' in British left, and it's anti-Semitic
    • Corbyn said "our friends from Hezbollah" - everyone in the UK knows that this is polite way of saying "the people from Hezbollah". It is nothing more than this. But as usual some Jews and others in the UK and the USA are trying to use this to slime him. They are upset with him because he cares about the poor and marginal in society. They also want to punish him because he criticizes Israel honestly and supports Palestinian solidarity and BDS. As a UK citizen it is my opinion that he would agree with our Mondoweiss group about nearly everything. We would find him to be an admirable colleague. Ron

  • Netanyahu Asks GOP Candidates: What kind of contortions will you do for Israel?
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

      These are brilliant cartoons. Very talented artist. Thank you. Today in Haaretz.

      "The Shameful Jewish Silence on Trump’s Anti-immigration Incitement" Good point. The Jews are going easy on Trump. Perhaps they see him as good for the Jews. But in the past most other people who spoke out about immigration like Trump did recently, have surely been slammed by the Jews.

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      In Haaretz today Peter Beinart says that by accusing Obama of anti-semitism and dog whistling etc "They are seeking to magnify AIPAC’s power by making criticism of it taboo. It’s important that they fail. Because while American Jewish political power is both legitimate and necessary, unaccountable Jewish power is not. It’s not good for American national security. It’s not good for American democracy. And it’s not good for us."

      Let's hope that more and more prominent supporters of Israel will call out those who make criticism of Israel a taboo subject.

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    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Jhitchcock wrote above that Palestinian BDS leaders, including Abunimah, Barghouti, and many others very forcefully and publicly disavow the antisemitism of anti-Zionists.

      In a recent Mondoweiss post I wrote that some who call out antisemitism in fellow travelers could be rewarded. This is not necessarily untrue or disingenuous.

      "1) An attempt to control the narrative and/or suppress the influence of others (who have ideas that compete with or conflict with the accuser’s narrative) by falsely labeling the competitor as an anti-Semite and thus silencing him. Note that this strategy can even extend to the point where the desire is to stop the victim spreading his message because this will feed anti-Semitism (see below). In this case the critic is protecting the group from criticism and its negative consequences. The critic could even feel that the claims of the victim might trigger anti-Semitism.
      2) Some may feel guilty about their perceived anti-Jewish or anti-Israel behavior and look for legitimate ways to atone within their group. The easiest way is to jump on to some visible bandwagon that labels a prominent person (a threat to the Zionist narrative) as an anti-Semite. For example, write an article saying/implying that Jimmy Carter or some prominent person or author is an anti-Semite. This can be a form of atonement or reaffirmation of group affiliation on the critic’s part for daring to speak against the group. Therefore, the critic could get some immediate positive feedback or reinforcement from the group that has already been primed that this prominent victim is an anti-Semite. Calling out anti-Semites could have a significant protective effects for those who criticize the group. It is a way of showing support for the group."

      Similarly, a Palestinian or any non-Jew could also use this same strategy in order to further his cause, gain support and build up protection from assault. It is obvious that criticizing antisemites could be a powerful way to claim respectability and demonstrate uncontroversial qualities. I am not saying that anyone is insincere but I want to present the complexities of human behavior. To attain credibility is this area is fraught with risk; group membership, affirmation and acceptance is critical for support and survival. In caution, I must point out that when someone of the status of John Mearsheimer praises a book as fascinating and provocative, it is disturbing when many others criticize the book and Mearsheimer too, as antisemitic. The problem is the vague interpretation of antisemitic motives and the mutating meaning of words like antisemitism. In this area of activism it is not hard to get enthusiastic people to sign petitions and letters without much thought. I am reminded of the AIPAC employee who implied that 70 senators would promptly sign his napkin. The words Cuckzionist and Cuckantizionist come to mind given the recent national prominence of the word Cuckservative.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Annie - this is a very cogent analysis - thank you - The event that really got the attention of the partisans was the "First American National Summit Reassessing US-Israel relations" at the National Press Club on March 7, 2014. Phil and Alison were speakers as well as Stephen Walt and many strident critics of Israel. It is all up on C-SPAN and it was a stunning conference, shunned by the MSM - or as I call it The Mainstream Disproportionately Jewish Media (MSDJM). I was actually amazed that it could happen in DC. In particular, Alison was one of the most articulate and effective speakers at this conference. I had never hear her speak before and I was riveted to the chair. Thousands of people who did not know her before, became admirers or critics.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

      I don't see Ta-Nehishi Coates name on there. But Cornel West signed it.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • "Oh, some moaning isn’t so irritating."

      Mooser - that is like something Trump would say.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      You quote Alissa Wise of JVP on her analysis of antisemitism.
      http://palestiniantalmud.com/2015/06/09/rabbi-alissa-wise-at-friends-of-sabeel-na-conference/
      In this article she says "anti-Semitism manifests institutionally, like the quotas at US universities that were in place until the 1970s."
      But this is an incomplete picture - in fact, the Jewish portion of Harvard’s entering class dropped from nearly 30 percent in 1925 to 15 percent the following year (still very high compared to the demographic) and remained roughly static until the period of the WW2 when it started to rise again. In 1946, Jewish enrollment at Harvard was already at 6 times parity and has steadily increased to nearly 12 times parity in 2014 for both Yale and Harvard. Today Jews are at least 25% of the student body at Harvard, Yale and Columbia according to Hillel.
      These old time quotas applied to the Jews before WW2, are now being used against Asians who apply to Ivy League Schools. The percentage of college-age Asian-Americans attending Harvard peaked around 1993, and has since dropped by over 50 percent, a decline somewhat larger than the fall in Jewish enrollment which followed the imposition of secret quotas in 1925. Even while Asian-American academic achievement trends were rising dramatically, the relative enrollment of Asians at Harvard was plummeting, dropping by over half during the last twenty years, with a range of similar declines also occurring at Yale, Cornell, and most other Ivy League universities. Columbia, in the heart of heavily Asian New York City, showed the steepest decline of all. In fact, altogether 4 percent of college-age American Jews are currently enrolled in the Ivy League, compared to just 1 percent of Asians and about 0.1 percent of whites of Christian background.
      This implies that Jewish enrollment at Ivy League schools is roughly 600 percent greater relative to Asians than should be expected under a strictly meritocratic admissions system. At Harvard in 2014 that is an amazing 12 times parity for Jewish students.
      CALTECH the school which admits students based on the strictest, most objective academic standards has by a very wide margin the lowest Jewish enrollment 5.5% for any elite university. I got a lot of my information in this detailed statistical analysis by Ron Unz and in books that he quotes.
      http://www.unzcloud.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/jewishenrollment-large.jpg

      Top 25 Schools by Percentage of Jewish Students (Hillel 2014)
      The following are the top 25 schools with the largest percentage of Jewish students to the total undergraduate student population.
      JTS List College: 200 Jewish Students, 100%
      Yeshiva University: 3080 Jewish Students, 96%
      American Jewish University: 110 Jewish Students, 92%
      Brandeis University: 1750 Jewish Students, 50%
      Muhlenberg College: 750 Jewish Students, 35%
      University of Hartford: 1,500 Jewish Students, 33%
      Barnard College: 770 Jewish Students, 33%
      Sarah Lawrence College: 400 Jewish Students, 33%
      Tulane University: 2250 Jewish Students, 32%
      Columbia University: 3,000 Jewish Students, 30%
      Emory University: 2,100 Jewish Students, 30%
      Goucher College: 450 Jewish Students, 30%
      George Washington University: 3,000 Jewish Students, 29%
      Oberlin College: 850 Jewish Students, 29%
      New York University: 6,000 Jewish Students, 28%
      Boston University: 4,500 Jewish Students, 28%
      Yale University: 1,500 Jewish Students, 27%
      CUNY, Brooklyn College: 3,500 Jewish Students, 27%
      University at Albany: 3,500 Jewish Students, 27%
      Queens College: 4,012 Jewish Students, 26%
      University of Pennsylvania: 2,500 Jewish Students, 25%
      Harvard University: 1,675 Jewish Students, 25%
      Washington University: 1,500 Jewish Students, 25%
      Tufts University: 1,250 Jewish Students, 25%
      Wesleyan University: 680 Jewish Students, 25%

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Well done - you understand it all. The real "dog whistles" are the irrational accusations of antisemitism, designed to silence the innocent because of their activism.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Yes - the Rachel Corrie foundation is speaking out against Alison Weir in support of USCEIO. It may be some partisan in the foundation or some propaganda that has influenced the foundation deceptively. This is typical of the current campaign of innuendo and guilt by association. So ironic that the parents had also appeared on the program themselves. I have noticed in my reading that there has been an incitement of many organizations to speak up against Alison Weir in support of USCEIO. Again, the problem is merely the definition of antisemitism which is not rigorously upheld even by our own site. A definition that is allowed passively to meander into the realms of magical thinking, innuendo and irrational thought processes.
      Antisemitism is prejudice against, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as an ethnic, religious, or racial group. Antisemitism is widely considered to be a form of racism.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 15, 2015 at 11:11 am

      You asked about Phil and Max. Phil has two articles about her in Mondoweiss that I have read. They are very respectful and polite with no significant attacks. However, Max apparently thinks the worst which can be seen in his Twitter posts. See below:

      @MaxBlumenthal
      .@US_Campaign presents copious evidence of Allison Weir's trafficking in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories & bigotry http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4510
      7:00 PM - 16 Jul 2015
      and
      [email protected] 3h3 hours ago
      .@scottishpsc endorses @US_Campaign's repudiation of Allison Weir & white nationalists/anti-Semites in Pal solidarity http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/25-info/about-spsc/what-we-stand-for/1712-letter-from-spsc-to-us-campaign-to-end-the-israeli-occupation

      Actually, the Scottish PSC do not mention the Alison Weir spectacle in this article.

      I personally do not agree with Max on this one.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Good point Kathleen - it all apparently started at JVP - there would be a person from JVP who was on the board at USCEIO - perhaps this person informed USCEIO what was going on over at JVP - I wonder is this person still at JVP?

    • Please note that The Free Palestine Movement has resigned from the USCEIO/ETO because of their treatment of Alison Weir. The detailed reasons and resignation letter can be found at their web site. http://freepalestinemovement.org

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      jhitchcock - thank you so much for your challenging contribution to this amazing and timely roundtable that has elicited so much activity in the posts - it must be record-breaking. A lot of fascinating topics have been released from suppression and it is my hope that we will become more discerning in our evaluation and definition of anti-Semitism along with other racist tropes. There is so much need for analysis rather than thoughtless name-calling which only elicit an emotional response and rejection.
      With regard to your first point, I agree; but I personally fear that the universal antiracist principles of the movement can be invoked by an abnormal outlier for the sole purpose of excommunicating an ally, in this case Alison Weir. I do not feel that her modest activities could damage the credibility of the movement and associated organizations for their target audiences. In fact, I suspect that the JVP and the ETO have been hoisted on their own petard and Weir is getting a lot of well-deserved publicity for her activities. I don't question Weir's approach at all, I question the people at JVO and ETO who started this witch-hunt. It is their pathology that I find more damaging and which I have tried to explore in my last post.
      You say "And Weir has been by far the loudest and most prominent voice on the attack in this situation." Your statement here is unfair in my opinion. She is only responding to the unwarranted attack by others. I would say that the original indictments by ETO and JVP are the loudest and most prominent voices in this incident. The letter Alison received announced "Jewish Voice for Peace has chosen not to work with you because our central tenet is opposition to racism in all its forms, and you have chosen repeatedly to associate yourself with people who advocate for racism." JVP communicated this "decision" to their chapter leaders.
      In her article after yours, Susan Landau writes "Allison Weir, who took her defense to the public domain, presumably feeling under attack with no other recourse." In my opinion, it is a reasonable analysis that Alison had no other alternative but to take her case to the public or else take her beating in submission, and accept her classification as a racist.
      I do appreciate your reassessment of Counterpunch. Thank you. With regard to your redefinition of Counterpunch as publishing some questionable articles, you could say the same about the NY Times. I question every article I read but please remember that nowadays the word questionable means controversial. I am a Prof at a Medical School - dozens of my colleagues read Counterpunch and prefer it to the NYT, although we read the NYT. The word questionable is merely part of the lazy innuendo along with words like controversial, dubious, problematical and unfortunately, "anti-Semitic".
      Finally, the bottom line is that you think that Alison is showing some subtle signs of anti-Semitism but I think that you are showing some subtle signs of prejudice against her. I think that you have been influenced by all the innuendo that preceded you. The more important point is that we have bigger fish to fry in order to influence the Palestinian's plight. Ron

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      You have said it all very eloquently. Thank you. I have exactly the same feelings. The word anti-Semite has a lot of excess baggage and people need to think twice before using it. It is a very serious accusation that is used so lightly and carelessly. Perhaps there is a legal remedy for this slur in the future as in the case of Salaita.

    • Thank you sincerely for covering this unfortunate development. It is important that we try to analyze this conflict. In my opinion, it is a widespread problem due to the careless use of the word anti-Semitism which has powerful emotional significance and often has highly significant negative consequences for the victim.
      The first article of the three is reminiscent to the innuendo and "guilt by association" that has already done the damage to Alison Weir. As evidence that Counterpunch (which published Alison Weir's articles) is "a questionable publication in its own right" the first article of the three quotes a blog.
      http://meldungen-aus-dem-exil.noblogs.org/post/2015/07/19/counterpunch-or-suckerpunch/ In my opinion, to call Counterpunch or even Mondoweiss a questionable publication is as unsustainable and inappropriate as calling Alison Weir an anti-Semite. As mentioned in the posts for this article, Gilad Atzmon is another prominent critic who is often called a racist. I read Atzmon's recent book after seeing Mearsheimer's review describing the book as "fascinating and provocative". I totally agree with him. A very stimulating book in my opinion. Im not sure I agree with everything in it but I do not rush to call him an anti-Semite or a racist like so many who do not even appear to have read the book. After studying the book it is clear to me that Atzmon like Weir is not a racist.
      The next two articles are very informative and helpful in understanding the significance of the word anti-Semite in our struggle for Palestinian justice. The second article points out that it is better to solve these issues by discussion and understanding rather than by public flagellation. The third article succinctly confirms my own analysis that Alison Weir is not an anti-Semite.
      Antisemitism is prejudice against, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as an ethnic, religious, or racial group. The real problem that we are dealing with here, is that the definition of anti-Semitism has at times morphed into something much more trivial, qualitative and irreproducible. We need to come to grips with the fact that very few Americans are classical anti-Semites who hate Jews as a group. It is actually possible to disagree with the Israel government, Zionism or AIPAC's behavior without hating Jews. I personally do not hate Jews at all but I have some very negative feelings about aspects of Israel, AIPAC and some consequences of Zionism. Israel is not Judaism - Zionism is not Judaism - and AIPAC is not Judaism. But the Israel-partisans subtly change the definition of anti-Semitism so that anti-Zionism or criticism of Israel becomes anti-Semitism, even by law if certain Zionist organizations have their way. It is almost at the level of "we say you are an anti-Semite, now you must prove that you are not". The complex jargon of variations including canards, tropes, dog-whistles and Jew Baiting is enough to make my head spin even as an observer rather than a victim. The accusations and insinuations of anti-Semitism can even be used to suppress criticism of Israel and change the subject.
      In my opinion these attacks on Alison Weir are largely innuendo and guilt by association. It is not appropriate to reject our allies on such flimsy grounds. The bar for being labeled as an anti-Semite is set so low (as we are finding out in the case of Alison Weir and Steven Salaita) that there are (were) few risks involved in invoking the slur. It could hurt at least as much as being called a child-molester but no legal proof have usually been required although this may change given the success of Salaita in advancing his case. I see two possible reasons for this inappropriate behavior by the accusers.
      1) An attempt to control the narrative and/or suppress the influence of others (who have ideas that compete with or conflict with the accuser's narrative) by falsely labeling the competitor as an anti-Semite and thus silencing them. Note that this strategy can even extend to the point where the desire is to stop the victim spreading his message because this will feed anti-Semitism (see below). In this case the critic is protecting the group from criticism and its negative consequences. The critic could even feel that the claims of the victim might trigger anti-Semitism.
      2) Some may feel guilty about their perceived anti-Jewish or anti-Israel behavior and look for legitimate ways to atone within their group. The easiest way is to jump on to some visible bandwagon that labels a prominent person (a threat to the Zionist narrative) as an anti-Semite. For example, write an article saying/implying that Jimmy Carter or some prominent person or author is an anti-Semite. This can be a form of atonement or reaffirmation of group affiliation on the critic's part for daring to speak against the group. Therefore, the critic could get some immediate positive feedback or reinforcement from the group that has already been primed that this prominent victim is an anti-Semite. Calling out anti-Semites could have a significant protective effects for those who criticize the group. It is a way of showing support for the group.

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • Exactly Phil - great article - thank you - you are letting it all hang out - Zionism is not Judaism - Israel is is not Judaism - AIPAC is not Judaism. Therefore, it is not justified to label someone as an anti-Semite for criticizing Israel, AIPAC or Zionism. This is our most powerful and far-reaching argument. The people who deny this argument should be named and shamed. They are the problem. The use and significance of calling someone an anti-Semite has been amplified by powerful marketing strategies and for innocent critics it can be a punishing event with far-reaching consequences. Many Jews and others in the US media condone this unfair characterization of critics obviously in order to protect Israel from criticism. For this reason, many Jews and gentles are afraid to say anything negative about Israel, Zionism or AIPAC. The courageous Walt and Mearsheimer were crucified by the MSM. If they had not been tenured Professors at famous universities, they would have been ruined.

      But unfortunately a large number of US Jews and others support Israel and AIPAC unconditionally and fund our politicians if they agree to do the same. Israel is the only country in the world that is against the deal with Iran only because Israel wants to be top nuclear dog in the Middle East. Right now AIPAC are spending 40 million dollars in the USA in order to change public opinion to join them in defying Obama and opposing the Iran deal. This is an epic moment in our history. If Israel fails in this shameless exercise, its deceptive and mendacious role in US foreign policy will be checked. What is good for Israel and what is good for the US are two different things.

  • The enemies list
    • I regret that they would also add at least Alison Weir, Gilad Atzmon, Ron Paul, Phil Weiss, Pat Buchanan, Peter Beinart and many others. Probably none of the candidates for President in 2016 would make the list. That is why they are the candidates.

  • Celebrating Hiroshima, WSJ columnist insinuates US should nuke Iran
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Some of these Israel-partisans are quite dangerous. Those against the Iran deal keep telling us about the crazy clerics in Iran and how they might nuke someone if they had a bomb. In my opinion I see the people you describe in this article and their right wing colleagues in Israel as much more dangerous, unpredictable and pathological. I am constantly amazed about some of these people who appear to be highly educated and sophisticated but when it comes to Israel they are irrational and unhinged. Excellent article about even more outrageous examples of irrationality for Israel. Thank you very much.

  • Israel's 'blame the hand' excuse for settler violence
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you very much - brilliant article - you are pointing out a very important concept - the Israeli government is the criminal. They support and guide the settlers.

  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
    • You wrote "That’s a no brainer, and it has nothing to do with Schumer being Jewish. It’s simple politics."

      You are right, his actions should be punished whether he is Jewish or not. In that respect it does not matter that he is Jewish.

      But, if you want to examine why he did it, you have to ask, did Schumer do this simply because he is Jewish? He is probably the Senator in this district because he is Jewish and he is probably supporting Netanyahu because he is Jewish. If we want to analyze this and understand it, we have to examine his particular brand of irrational pro-Israel logic (or deceit) that was used to reach this unfortunate decision. It may be treason for a Senator to support the government of another country at the expense of his own country.

    • You wrote "If Natan Sharansky, an Israeli closely allied to Netanyahu, gets to write in the Washington Post, “Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran,” I’m allowed to ask why the Washington Post is running appeals to Jewish American dual loyalty."

      The answer is that the Washington Post is controlled by Jews who support Israel at the expense of America under certain conditions. We are a constant victim of what I call the MSDJM - the Mainstream Disproportionately Jewish Media. We have mostly been too intimidated by Jewish power even to raise the subject. But the Iran deal is finally forcing the pathology into the open. It is actually the Jews who are revealing the pathology because they have felt the need to further intimidate their unruly critics who have recently been bolder than ever before, even originating in the White House. The weak logic of their case against the Iran deal, coupled with the weak logic of defining anti-Semitism as a criticism of that logic, makes a sad spectacle that will not advance their irrational causes. We are seeing up close the strength and toxicity of their power in ways that never before were revealed for public consumption.

  • Shocker: 'NYT' runs front page press release for AIPAC warning Obama to cool his jets
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Jew baiting - tormenting the Jews.

      From all the recent vitriol I detect that "Jew Baiting" is being marketed by Israel as the new "anti-Semitism". If we use the words "President baiting" against them, that will neutralize the use of the words "Jew Baiting" used against Obama; although it is good to see the words anti-Semitism abused less often. I also think that in recent times it really is the Jews tormenting the WH rather than vice versa.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 9, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Yes. Tastless on my part. Sorry, I am a Francophile. And the quenelle is a repartee to the canard in some circles.

    • I just saw this in the TABLET - they are accusing Obama of being an anti-Semite and a Jew baiter in order to get his way with the Iran deal - I guess a Jew baiter is some sort of advanced anti-Semite who torments Jews ? They are doing a full court press to punish Obama for his audacity to take them on. Fantastic ! They are truly becoming unhinged and out of control. Like a 3 year old kid. I assume that Jew baiter is the new canard or is it quenelle.

      "What we increasingly can’t stomach—and feel obliged to speak out about right now—is the use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political deal, or to smear those who oppose it. Accusing Senator Schumer of loyalty to a foreign government is bigotry, pure and simple. Accusing Senators and Congressmen whose misgivings about the Iran deal are shared by a majority of the U.S. electorate of being agents of a foreign power, or of selling their votes to shadowy lobbyists, or of acting contrary to the best interests of the United States, is the kind of naked appeal to bigotry and prejudice that would be familiar in the politics of the pre-Civil Rights Era South.

      This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White House and its representatives. Let’s not mince words: Murmuring about “money” and “lobbying” and “foreign interests” who seek to drag America into war is a direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty card. It’s the kind of dark, nasty stuff we might expect to hear at a white power rally, not from the President of the United States—and it’s gotten so blatant that even many of us who are generally sympathetic to the administration, and even this deal, have been shaken by it."

    • Now the Jews in the Congress, Sherman, Schumer, Engel, Deutch, and Lowey have all come out against the Iran deal.
      I wonder will there ever be a US election between a Gentile and a Jew where the Gentile says "Don't elect the Jew, he/she will only vote for Israel instead of supporting your interests and the United States".
      Last year it might have been anti-Semitic to say such a thing but next year, would it still be anti-Semitic ?

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 8, 2015 at 10:36 am

      These people at the NYT like Davis and Rudorum are using lies, distortion and trickery to protect Israel from criticism and turn the US public against the Iran deal. They are false Americans who are primarily loyal to another regime in Israel and do everything in their power to use American resources for support of the illegal activities of their Israeli masters. I am fed up with this elephant in the room. If you criticize them they call you "controversial" or "antisemitic". They have cleverly used all of Madison Avenue's deception to make this word "antisemitic" a formidable weapon. We all need to fight against their underlying false claim that the US and Israel have similar goals and needs. We are different countries and the crimes of Israel have already tarnished the USA for long enough.

  • Iran Deal Latest: AIPAC lies and, in a first, Schumer runs from the cameras
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Dear Cal3bg - you inveigh against acting to "portray him (Buchanan) as some sort of victim of the Israeli Lobby". But my position would be that there are many examples of such people victimizing Buchanan as an anti-Semite and on very flimsy grounds. The use of this word anti-Semite has been completely delegitimized and degraded in recent times by the indiscriminate labeling of Israel's critics as anti-Semites. Here is a glaring example of how innuendo is used to fuel this perception.

      It is a piece in Salon in 1999 by Jake Tapper - "“There’s no doubt he (Buchanan) makes subliminal appeals to prejudice,” says conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, one of the few members of the news media willing to speak out about Buchanan’s bigotry. “He tries to be subtle, the comments are not direct appeals to prejudice, which is one of the reasons he gets away with it.” But the subtle appeal, Krauthammer argues, “is very much heard by his audience.” Subtle, but not too subtle. You knew who Buchanan was talking about, for example, during the week of the Iowa straw poll when he blamed the farm crisis on “New York bankers” and “the money boys up in New York.” He didn’t say “money-grubbing kikes,” but it was there, lurking in the subtext."" http://www.salon.com/1999/09/04/pat/

      Is this the evidence for the "traditional anti-Semitism" that you say accounts for Buchanan's dislike of Israel? Many claim that a significant proportion of modern anti-Semitism is caused by Netanyahu's behavior and Israel's violent pathology. This has little to do with white supremacism, Pat Buchanan or David Duke.

    • I am delighted that you mentioned Pat Buchanan. For 20 years Pat has been saying milder versions of these facts about Israel but was finally excommunicated by the MSM a few years ago. He has been one of the more eloquent and incisive critics of Israel. They call him a racist but he is more factual than Trump. They excuse Trump perhaps because he praises prominent Jews, which Pat never did. I call them the MSDJM (Mainstream disproportionately Jewish media). This occasionally avoids labeling me instantly as an antisemite. Pat has always been exactly right about AIPAC even when he was severely punished for his scorn. His treatment is an excellent example of the way the MSDJM have gamed the system for Israel. In addition to such blatant and inappropriate suppression there are other examples of Gentile and Jew bashing by the liberal Zionists and anti-ZIonists. Take for example the recent witch-hunt and removal of Alison Weir by JVP and USCEIO for consorting with white supremacists. She is clearly not a white supremacist and was an early pioneer (and victim) in doing what we all have achieved in recent weeks of agitating. http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/03/the-case-of-alison-weir-two-palestinian-solidarity-organizations-borrow-from-joe-mccarthys-playbook/ The bile (and antisemite label) against Gilad Atzmon by well-know contributors is another anomaly in our midst. Even our hero John Mearsheimer thought that Gilad's last book was "fascinating and provocative" and he reviewed the book positively. Then Mearsheimer too was widely labeled as an antisemite and had to defend himself on Stephen Walt's blog. Mearsheimer stood by his endorsement of Atzmon’s book even though he was scorned by a number of prominent commentators, among them Jeffrey Goldberg etc. Many people now think of all these victims as subhuman antisemites but they are not being treated fairly. I am fed up with the sickening spin, including such words as "dog-whistling", "canard", "antisemitic tropes" etc Because the Israeli partisans abuse these words as well as the word antisemitic, all we can do is use their words to describe "them" - that will dilute the impact of their slurs or canards or their trope and dogwhistles.

      What a shame and embarrassment for rational people to bear, and for so many years. Is the enlightenment coming? Ron

  • Senator Blumenthal-- do the right thing and support the president
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Every Jew who votes against Obama on the Iran deal should be shamed and purged from the Democratic party for the treasonous act of supporting another government against the USA. I personally want nothing to do with a party that welcomes these miscreants. They are a disgrace to our democracy and our party. The one good thing about all this is that the event has allowed them to reveal their pathological motivation for all to see in public. The forthcoming decisions of Blumenthal and also Wasserman Shultz will be particularly revealing in this respect.

  • Defying Obama on Iran deal, Schumer cites Hamas
    • Lets face it - Schumer, Engel and Israel etc are Jewish traitors to their Democratic President. That is how they will be remembered. This dramatically exposes the Israeli-firster mentality that allows them to do their best for Israel and their worst for the USA. More Americans are understanding this every day. It will have a good effect in the end. The interests of Israel and the USA are not the same and these three miscreants are working surreptitiously for a foreign government that does not have the best interests of the American people at heart. The USA has been gamed and cheated by Israel and the reputation of the USA has been damaged by Israel's unending criminality. We are being blamed for Israel's horrific genocide and apartheid against the Palestinians and the theft of their land and resources.

  • Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby
    • Phil is right. There is a great change underway. People have been so intimidated by the fear of being called antisemites that they are even afraid to saying the word "Jew". I have seen the same thing in my community where white people are even afraid of saying the word "black". No kidding. But Mark Shields on PBS last night (with the despicable anti-Iran David Brooks) said the words "the Jews" twice. This is indeed a breakthrough. Even white people these days feel emboldened to talk about "the Jews" who are causing so much fuss and bother for Obama's attempt to lead us into the 21st century in foreign policy.

    • Phil wrote "Israel supporters who will distort policy at every turn out of the sincere misguided belief that the US and Israel have the same interests” Sincere misguided belief, really ? Phil is being too kind, too diplomatic and too timid. There are many, many Jews who know full well that the US and Israel do not have the same interests but nonetheless they use the US thoughtlessly to get everything they can for Israel. The war in Iraq is but one glaring example of this disconnect between US and Israel interests.

  • The day after 9/11, Kagan father-son duo said 'take the war' to Palestine
  • Obama tells Americans it is 'abrogation of my constitutional duty' to defer to Israel on Iran Deal
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      The NYT has an editorial today entitled "Obama Takes On Opponents of the Iran Deal". They define the opponents as Congressional Republicans, Mr. Netanyahu and other opponents. Not once does the word AIPAC appear. What a whitewash as usual. No wonder antisemitism is on the rise.

  • Leading US Jewish group opposes Iran deal, citing 'baseless hatred' of Jerusalem temple destruction 2000 years ago
  • Israel orders new demolitions for Bedouin community located in strategic Jerusalem corridor
    • This only makes us sad and makes us loathe, even more, Israel and those who support this illegal strategy of Israeli to demolish and occupy. We will never forget. Israel and her supporters are corrupt, smug and arrogant, but we have stamina and justice is always on our side. Israel is a pariah and a rogue State. In the end Israel will lose this battle.

      Iran has now been partially freed from the US/Israeli yoke - Iran will be our ally, speaking out about the illegal behavior of Israel towards the Palestinians. This is the real reason why Israel is still desperately trying to undermine the Obama deal with Iran. But it is too late. The UN and the EU have already approved the deal and set it in motion. Israel has lost the first major battle and the defeat is being amplified by Israeli madness and displayed for the sane world to savor.

  • AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Iran is the only harsh critic of Israel in the local area. Iranians understand and loathe the illegal and grossly uncivilized behavior of Israel towards the Palestinians. Therefore, Israel has tried every unethical trick in the book to delegitimize, suppress and ruin Iran. But, thanks to Obama, this has not been successful. The deal is done. The US and EU have already signed off and Iran has partially thrown off the yoke of domination and has gained added legitimacy to criticize Israel even more aggressively. Israel tried to block Obama's Iran deal - but Israel has already lost the battle- now they are trying to punish the USA - they have destroyed the GOP and now they will destroy the Democratic party which is dominated by Israel partisans who will embarrass and delegitimize America in order to please Netanyahu, all for money.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

      The outrageous over-reach manifested by this trip confirms the worst distortions of Jewish stereotypes. Hopefully, this will clearly point out the inappropriate nature of the Israeli Government's interference with US politics and US foreign policy. Personally, Israel makes me puke.

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Robert writes "So perhaps the children of Gaza are antisemitic. If so, we have given them a great many reasons to be so.

      There is no "perhaps" about it. There are oceans of horrible Jews in Israel. But of course not all Jews are horrible. The word antisemitism has been ruined by the horrible Jews, some of them even in the USA and elsewhere. They have used the word antisemite without thought and reason, in order to intimidate and silence good people who criticized them. So if the kids in Palestine call them Jews they are correct and justified in doing so as far as I am concerned. The word antisemite means nothing in the current Israel and Palestine, given the current behavior of the Israeli government. Spitting hairs about who is an antisemite is total joke when an IDF Colonel jumps out of his truck and shoots a Palestinian stone-thrower in the back. If this Colonel called me an antisemite I would be proud.

  • When a U.S. president demanded inspections of a nuclear facility in the Middle East (and failed)
    • The potential role of Israel in these assassinations is well explored in several books. Perhaps the best is the book by Michael Collins Piper in 1998 entitled "Final Judgment - The Missing Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracy". I lived in Louisiana for many years and given my personal experiences, I was particularly impressed with his analysis of the many colorful players from Louisiana and Texas and how they were connected to Meyer Lansky and various international Zionist figures. This book is a must read in my opinion. I found it to be enlightening in many areas even though I had previously read dozens of other books about the JFK assassination. Piper's theory is that the plot was carried out by Meyer Lansky's mafia cartel in cooperation with the Mossad and other Zionist forces who were all angry with JFK. The CIA passively supervised the entire operation with the blessing of the military/industrial machine. The Kennedy family feud with organized crime in the liquor business and other areas also plays a role combined with JFK's obvious lack of zealotry for Israel and his disposition towards peace as opposed to war. The basic revelation in this book is that JFK and his father Joe had a lot of diverse enemies including ZIonists, Mafia, military, political, CIA and industrial. Secondly, Meyer Lansky was more of a overall mafia kingpin than is widely appreciated, with huge international skills and abilities. And thirdly, Lansky was prominently and financially connected to Israel and Zionist networks at the highest level. Piper's book does not make strident claims, it just explains a lot of connections in great detail and in a new light, that astonished even me. He explores the Mossad, Zionist, Israel connection in a very well informed, sophisticated but uninhibited way.

  • Scenes from a Sanders presidency
    • Chris Hedges does not support the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. As Hedges explained in a recent interview on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Sanders’ candidacy lends undeserved credibility to the thoroughly corporatized Democratic Party. Sanders has pledged that he will support the corporatist military hawk Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general presidential election. Sanders stirs up legitimate progressive energy and popular anger and then “funnels it back into a dead political system,” Hedges observes. Sanders fails to confront the American Empire and military state, and, Hedges adds, has unforgivably “abandoned the Palestinians and given carte blanche to Israel.”

  • Press can't justify red carpet for Oren tract and blackout for Blumenthal's 'definitive account' of Gaza
    • Many Jews have these opinions about Max - this is the madness that we are fighting - perhaps because of the behavior of people like this and the lunatic Israeli government/Knesset, we should simply ignore the word anti-Semitism until further notice. The word anti-Semitism has been distorted to the point that it is no longer useful. Lets think of a new word that is more appropriate and untarnished.

      http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/07/20/hillary-clinton-and-anti-semite-max-blumenthal-dont-ignore-the-association/

    • The people you mention - three out of five are Jews (Todd, Mitchell and Friedman) - Pletka is a neocon - she is close to two famous pro-Israel Jews, Dennis Ross and particularly to fellow Australian, Martin Indyk. I think that the majority of this group see the issues predominantly from the Israeli point of view rather than the American point of view. Anyway, the danger of a conflict of interest is huge IMHO. Why not pick people who have a more balanced point of view you may ask ? My opinion is that the entire group is designed to please people like Sheldon Adelson who are rich and pay the bills.

    • I'm sorry - it is just quicker to write "The Jews" instead of "the vast majority of Jews." I really mean to say "Most Jews". I will try to do better. I know that there are a small number of Jews who agree with me.

      Someone wrote "The problem isn’t “the Jews”–its Zionism."

      Just as the word anti-Semitism can be used inappropriately to label and intimidate those who criticize Israel, the word Zionist can also be used to protect Jewry and Israel from criticism. Indeed, there are some Zionists who are not Jews, just as there are some Jews who are not Zionists; but I believe that a majority of the Zionists who are responsible for treating the Palestinians so unjustly, are in fact Jews. Therefore I feel that it can be misleading to refer to this group as Zionists. Otherwise some might think that Jews represent a minority of Zionists and this would be inaccurate. It is therefore misleading to conflate the words anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel and it is also misleading to conflate the words Zionist and Jew.

    • Let's say it like it is. Max is unique and amazing. Superlatives do not exist to praise him as he deserves. The problem is that the MSM is heavily Jewish or controlled by Jews and they do not want to say anything critical about Israel. Even Michael Oren agrees with me about the control of the media. They want us to rationalize this critique by thinking that Israel has a reason that justifies these actions, so there is really nothing to criticize. So why bother telling us about it?

      There are many problems in the Jewish diaspora involving this type of group distortion or irrational thinking, but the Jews and their MSM have been able to arrange things so that if you try to merely point out the elephant in the room, you will be attacked and neutralized using lies and worse. But there is some good news. If I had said this even 12 months ago, it would have been dismissed as an anti-Semitic rant from a questionable person. Remember Walt and Mearsheimer? The Israelis, Jews and MSM had to respond to them because they were famous professors at Ivy League Universities. The critics of Walt and Mearsheimer tried every trick in the book to destroy them and without evidence labeled them as crazies, questionables, and anti-Semites. But Walt and Mearsheimer had presented only the facts and irrefutable logic because they are brilliant experts in foreign policy and international affairs with immense credibility. Nonetheless, Walt and Mearsheimer were injured by the lies and distortions of this insubstantial but widespread attach. The treatment of Walt and Mearsheimer by the Jews will remain as a dramatic episode in history like the Dreyfus affair. Many years later the two are still famous Professors and although they may be distrusted by the original attackers, they are fully restored in the minds of rational and honest people. The amount of world-side resentment created by this onslaught of distortion and innuendo on Walt and Mearsheimer, is huge and increases every day.

      It is amazing how few Jews or others have the courage to even mention Max in the MSM. Max has been totally boycotted by the MSM. This anomaly calls out the real problem for all to see. It is a coordinated and disingenuous effort to suppress criticism of Israel that represents a serious conflict of interest. Lets hope more people recognize this pathology and give Max the attention he richly deserves.

  • Israel's real fear about the Iran deal: It puts pressure on the occupation
    • unverified__5ilf90kd July 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      The only plausible objections that the Israelis could have about the Iran deal, is to question how we can punish Iran suitably for violating the terms. But Israel have consistently violated the terms of the agreement that gave them their State. They have illegally occupied the West bank, stolen the Golan Heights and cruelly blockaded Gaza with intolerable destruction and slaughter. It's like the pot calling the kettle black. Netanyahu has no credibility.

  • Bombers, Blood, and Teddy Bears: Posters from the 2014 war on Gaza
    • unverified__5ilf90kd July 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

      This is a magnificent article. I truly enjoyed looking at these wonderful posters and so many of them. We should sell some of these posters to make money for Mondoweiss and BDS.

  • Lies, smear, and two-steps -- Why did organizers really cancel the Feis?
    • As an Irish citizen I would say that it is highly unlikely that any Irish person would go to Israel for a Feis. This incident is clearly an example of BDS in action of which I am very proud. In Ireland there is almost unanimous support for the long- suffering Palestinians and a heart-felt loathing for everything Israeli. The reason is that the Irish see themselves as having been victims of the British in the same way that the Palestinians are currently victims of the Israelis and their irrational supporters who are mostly Jewish. This identification has resulted in tremendous hostility against everything Israeli. All these Irish people are Nationalists and sympathize with the Nationalism of the Palestinians which has been suppressed by Israel in unspeakable and violent ways. There is a small number of Protestants in Northern Ireland who are British and the enemies of the Irish Nationalist majority. Some of these Protestants tend to support Israel mainly because it is the opposite and antagonistic viewpoint to the Irish Nationalists. The average Irishman is much better read than an American and thinks that Israel is a rogue state and a pariah that wants to be treated like Denmark. Therefore, anything Israeli makes him angry. When I wear my BDS t-shirts in Ireland I uniformly receive warm compliments and praise.

  • Carter says Israeli rejection of 2-states forced US to withdraw as mediator 'for first time in modern history'
    • Lets call a spade a spade. Carter was crucified by the Jewish MSM because he had the audacity to speak out honestly against the madness of Israel. I think that he was one of the best and most honest US Presidents.

  • Cultivating megadonors, Clinton waffles on Iran and stands by Netanyahu
    • Good news. Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant and Israel-partisan Frank Luntz.

      Detailing the survey results to The Times of Israel on Sunday, Luntz called the findings “a disaster” for Israel. He summed them up by saying that the Democratic opinion elites are converting to the Palestinians, and “Israel can no longer claim to have the bipartisan support of America.”

  • 11 Palestinians injured in protesting settlement linked to killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir
    • unverified__5ilf90kd July 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Israel supported Hamas in its infancy
      The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange recently accused Israeli authorities of supporting Hamas group at its early stages in order to divide the Palestinian resistance.
      "Our cables reveal that Israel supported Hamas in its infancy, that Hamas was used as an instrument to divide the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] and the Palestinian resistance," Assange told an Argentinian paper recently. From rt.com

  • 'Jewish cow' is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says
  • When will justice's 'thunderbolt' come for Palestine?
    • I am an immigrant US Medical School Professor from Ireland. Several things have always enraged me about the USA. 1) Ignorant treatment of gays and blacks in the US 2) Lack of affordable health care 3) Blind support for Israel's wars because of rich Jews bribing our politicians and a total domination of our media by Jews and some Evangelicals who are dishonest for the sake of Israel. Two out of the three have been addressed very aggressively in recent days. As Phil says there is finally hope that the third subject of Israel will soon be under the microscope. Brave leaders like Phil and Max are making it happen. Thank you! Even people like Beinart who are still somewhat" Israel irrational" like the rest, are nonetheless raising long-overdue questions and starting to question the Israeli occupation and brutality. It is all adding up to the likelihood of a sea-change is our uncritical treatment of Israeli crimes.

  • 'Six Jews sitting in the White House discussing the Palestinian state'
    • Oren described "six Jews sitting in the White House, three Israelis and three American Jews, discussing the Palestinian state. It happens all the time. Very often the only non Jewish person in the room was the vice president or the president".

      If I had said this last year I would have been drummed out of town as an antisemite even thought the statement is the truth. Dylan Roof, the Charleston killer, in his manifesto recently said that "if we could turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening". Really not much difference in what these two outliers are saying but currently, the antisemitism canard is still used to shut people up when they try to explore these remarkable statistics.

      I am not critical of either statement. It is an obvious observation in both cases. But both statements would still be defined as antisemitic by many Jews I personally know and respect. Nonetheless, as we can see, many prominent Jews also are beginning to say that Jews are occupying a huge percentage of the most important jobs in show business, finance, law, media, medicine and academics to name but a few areas. Rather than deny this, perhaps it is a better strategy to consider celebrating this over-representation and ask why it is so remarkable and why it occurs.

  • Obama violated US-Israeli understanding by not clearing Cairo speech and Iran talks with Netanyahu --Oren
    • unverified__5ilf90kd June 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Oren is using his media savvy and credentials to help Bibi. His goal is to make Jewish journalists more supportive of Israel by unbraiding them and Obama for not treating Bibi like God and for criticizing Israel's criminality and Apartheid against the Palestinians. Even Beinart says that Orens arguments are trivial and unconvincing and in my opinion this is being kind or polite.

      Oren probably sees himself as Bibi's successor as Israeli PM. Sort of a Bibi lite with better media skills and better US manners - even more American than Bibi - looks just like a Congressman from California. In fact, if I were Bibi and thought like Bibi, I would promote Oren as the next PM. Remember that Oren is close to Bibi and gave up his US citizenship to become Israel's ambassador to the USA. The fact that Oren can write such BS about Obama and Bibi, is a good example of how some will distort the truth in order to support Israel. The interesting fact is that just like Oren, some Zionists in our media, could be capable like him, of distorting reality and explanations in any area of foreign policy analysis, just for the sake of Israel's reputation and the suppression of truth and logic that incriminate Israel. Some of the Jews who cover Israel for the NYTimes readily come to mind. I read this accusation every day in your posts. Oren is guilty of exactly the same type of unconvincing distortion that protects Israel from normal scrutiny.

      Let me summarize. Oren's irrational outburst merely confirms that those who support Israel unconditionally are capable of irrationally distorting the facts of history and the interpretation of history in order to develop sympathy and support for Israeli policies that would not be tolerated in any civilized country.

  • Munayyer-Beinart debate revealed toothless sentimentalism of liberal Zionism
    • unverified__5ilf90kd June 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Beinart is totally irrational when it comes to Israel, like all the liberal Zionists. But the rest of the world is finally noticing this.

    • Palestinians do not have the right to return. ""Ah, the irony. The entire argument for Israel is the right-of-return after 2,000 years."" - This is brilliant point. Well done.

  • Notes from the Munayyer-Beinart debate
    • unverified__5ilf90kd June 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Like many intelligent Jews, Beinart simply proves in public that he is totally irrational when it comes to justifying the Israeli occupation and harsh treatment of the Palestinians. Because of the prominent influence of these irrational Jews in our government, the USA now treats many foreign countries like Israel treats the Palestinians. The consequences will be significant and dramatic unless we start to recognize the elephant in the room.

  • Munayyer and Beinart's historic debate on the solution to the conflict
    • unverified__5ilf90kd June 6, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Ali Abumimah says that Beinart as well as BDS activists argue that Zionism denies Palestinians equality even inside present-day Israel? But Beinart does not acknowledge this in his latest Haaretz column on Obama; nonetheless he himself has openly acknowledged that Zionism does, must and should deny equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel.
      Beinart made this clear in a 2010 interview in The Atlantic with fellow liberal Zionist pundit and former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg.
      Here are Beinart’s own words:
      I’m not asking Israel to be Utopian. I’m not asking it to allow Palestinians who were forced out (or fled) in 1948 to return to their homes. I’m not even asking it to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis, since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish state. I’m actually pretty willing to compromise my liberalism for Israel’s security and for its status as a Jewish state.
      Could it be any clearer that in Beinart’s view there can be no Jewish state without deliberately inflicting inequality and inferiority on Palestinians?

      Ali Abunimah writes that he has asked Beinart repeatedly whether he stands by this position. Ali writes "Usually he ignores the question, but on at least one occasion he called me a “creep.”

      Abunimah suggested that the question Munayyer should put to Beinart is this clear one: "do you retract, repudiate and reject your odious view expressed in the Goldberg interview – that you yourself as a “liberal” would purport to recoil at in any other situation – that Palestinians should be denied full, equal citizenship so that Israel can remain a “Jewish state?”

      So it fits my theory that most so-called liberal Jews, even Beinart, are often quite irrational whine comes to Israel/Palestine.
      Over to you, Phil

  • One last appeal before a Bedouin village in the Negev is demolished and a Jewish town is built in its place
    • It all just adds to the world-wide loathing for the Jew and others who condone this sort of crime. They will be punished in the end.

  • The grotesque injustice of Obama's speech at the Washington synagogue
    • unverified__5ilf90kd May 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Obama is a huge disappointment to me. Like a pimp for Israel with a feather in his hat. The fact that he could say these things to a group of affluent Jews shows that he is not a good person. What he said was indeed grotesque. There is not a better word to describe it. It is far beyond inappropriate.

  • Letter from Baltimore
    • As David Simon of "The Wire" fame on HBO said recently about the Baltimore police in terms of Apartheid -

      ""There’s a real skill set to good police work. But no, they were just dragging the sidewalks, hunting stats, and these inner-city neighborhoods — which were indeed drug-saturated because that's the only industry left — become just hunting grounds. They weren’t protecting anything. They weren’t serving anyone. They were collecting bodies, treating corner folk and citizens alike as an Israeli patrol would treat the West Bank, or as the Afrikaners would have treated Soweto back in the day. They’re an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy"".

  • Yossi Beilin's back to the future confederation
    • unverified__5ilf90kd May 16, 2015 at 4:18 am

      The word peace is meaningless in this arena. Israel simply needs to give back what it has stolen in the West Bank and elsewhere and stop its policy of occupation, punishment and land theft.

  • Bedouin village razed 83 times must pay $500,000 for demolitions, Israel says
  • 'God bless the young folks who took to the streets': African-American clergy draw parallels between Baltimore and Palestine
    • unverified__5ilf90kd May 16, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Recently David Simon published this about Baltimore in themarshallproject.org

      “They’re an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy.”
      And if there’s still some residual code, if there’s still some attempt at precision in the street-level enforcement, then maybe you duck most of the outrage. Maybe you’re just cutting the procedural corners with the known players on your post – assuming you actually know the corner players, that you know your business as a street cop. But at some point, when there was no code, no precision, then they didn’t know. Why would they? In these drug-saturated neighborhoods, they weren’t policing their post anymore, they weren’t policing real estate that they were protecting from crime. They weren’t nurturing informants, or learning how to properly investigate anything. There’s a real skill set to good police work. But no, they were just dragging the sidewalks, hunting stats, and these inner-city neighborhoods — which were indeed drug-saturated because that's the only industry left — become just hunting grounds. They weren’t protecting anything. They weren’t serving anyone. They were collecting bodies, treating corner folk and citizens alike as an Israeli patrol would treat the West Bank, or as the Afrikaners would have treated Soweto back in the day. They’re an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy.

  • Sanders is leftwing on economic issues, but sees Israel as up against ISIS
    • The PEP test is very significant. So many Jews demonstrate this anomaly. It is hard to overcome what your mother teaches you in the cradle. Sanders is a dinosaur in his attitude towards Palestine. It is hard to take him seriously. Even the most progressive Jews like Beinart and Max Blumenthal have the same issue. I read that Max thinks that Gilad Atzmon is an antisemite. Even John Mearsheimer wrote a positive review of Gilad's latest book. I too thought the book was totally reasonable in its critique of Jews and Israel. Calling this book anti-Semitic is part of the problem. But Max also thinks he is an anti-semite ? Beinart is for BDS in the territories but not in Israel. I guess that this gives him credibility as someone who loves Israel. But we all know that only total BDS will bring Israel to reality.

  • 'Baltimore Is Here': Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Jerusalem
    • unverified__5ilf90kd May 3, 2015 at 6:10 am

      David Brooks has a piece today in the NYT on the Baltimore problem - he quotes this interview with David Simon that really puts the lid on it. Look no further. It also does job on Martin O'Malley who can be blamed for the sorry Baltimore police ethos.

      https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/04/29/david-simon-on-baltimore-s-anguish

    • unverified__5ilf90kd May 3, 2015 at 2:59 am

      David Simon (of Wire fame) in the Guardian today makes this analogy with the Baltimore police (and US police in general) and the IDF. Very significant and great PR against the right wing Israel. Please use this everyone.

      “They were collecting bodies, treating corner folk and citizens alike as an Israeli patrol would treat Gaza, or as the Afrikaners would have treated Soweto back in the day. They’re an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy."

  • Obama's long & passionate Monday with Saban, Foxman, Hoenlein and other Jewish leaders demonstrates power of Israel lobby
    • unverified__5ilf90kd April 14, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Phil wrote - Obama met yesterday for hours with Malcolm Hoenlein and Haim Saban and other Jewish leaders to try and back his Iran deal. The Israel lobby has never been more obvious, but where is the US press?

      Let me explain it to you. The US media is controlled by Jews and they don't want you to know about this. Because if you were able to analyze it, you would be angry. So the MSM treat it lightly as their bosses would like them to. Many Jews in the media have a huge conflict of interest and most of them ignore this aberration and deny their own irrational support of Israel which often defies reason, truth and facts on the ground.

  • 'United States of Israel' has compromised U.S. 'sovereignty' on Iran policy -- Gideon Levy in D.C.
    • unverified__5ilf90kd April 12, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      This is why Israel is trying to screw up the Iran deal. Iran is the last Mideast nation giving strong support for the creation of a Palestinian state. The Arab states opposing Israel have been destroyed: Syria, Libya and Iraq crushed by war and torn asunder, Egypt and Jordan bought off with huge bribes. The Saudis have secretly allied themselves to Israel. So only Iran was left to push the Palestine issue.

      That is why Bibi made such a determined effort to push the US into war with Iran. With the weak Arab states largely demolished or silenced, Israel’s hold on the Occupied West Bank and Golan would be unchallenged.

  • Mondoweiss Exclusive: One on One with Rep. Steve Israel
    • unverified__5ilf90kd April 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

      I too thought that these April 1 joke articles were magnificent. Thank you all for the clever irony and humor. My mother used to do thing like that to me and then say "April Fool".

      But it is interesting because the humor becomes more biting this year due to the burgeoning consensus of calling a spade a spade (after Bibi's excesses of late) and actually almost reaches the level of reality. If you weren't already familiar with the false propaganda you would think a lot of these Zionists are actually criminals or psychopaths, the extent of their distortions and irrational logic is so egregious. It is amazing because many of the pieces I now read in Mondoweiss would have been rejected as anti-semitic, only a year ago. Of course, the pieces were not anti-semitic but in those days if a famous Jew thought any particular statement might be anti-semitic, then he/she remained unchallenged. No longer, thank God.

    • I assume that this is an April 1st spoof - but it comes closer to the truth that prior reality and is where Mondoweiss is heading - derision is the only suitable adjective to describe our honest attitude towards the domination of the Democratic Party by rabid, irrational Zionists like Israel, Schumer and Wasserman - Shultz etc - and she is aptly named as someone who is only carrying water for the cruel, self-destructive policies of her beloved State of Israel and its despot Netanyahu.
      It would indeed be funny if it was not so bizarre and pathological in all its inept corruption and disingenuous hasbara. Money has corrupted our system and at least half of that money comes from fanatical and irrational Jews who are well-meaning in their blind support of Netanyahu but are setting Israel on a path to failure due to their thoughtlessness.

  • Day before deadline, Iran negotiations coming 'down to the wire' and Netanyahu still hopes to play spoiler
    • My naive comment is the following. Why should a huge country like Iran not have nuclear bombs when Israel has hundreds of such bombs. Israel is a very small country full of crazy irrational right-wing racist Zionists supported by small numbers of crazy irrational Zionists here in the USA and seemingly in other countries too.

      I fear that if any US press person said this he/she would be destroyed immediately by the Jewish controlled US media. Am I imagining this ? Can anyone tell me that I am deluded ?

  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • You wrote "It is too late for the two state solution; any real effort to establish a viable Palestinian state would start a civil war in Israel".

      Phil - you sound like one of those irrational Jews you are criticizing. It is too late for the two state solution ? A Civil War ? In my opinion if it takes a civil war to get a two state solution then we should foment a civil war as soon as possible. I think Israel deserves punishment and must be changed because of what they have done to the Palestinians. Phil - are you saying that we should forgo our demands and our struggle for the two state solution in order to protect Israel from a civil war ? What exactly is your meaning ? You owe us an explanation ?

  • Netanyahu's victory ‐ what is the cost?
    • Exactly right. Even the Jews in the media who speak out about Israel are restrained and irrational in certain ways. Peter Beinart insists that he cannot support BDS because BDS supporters want a one-state solution. This analysis of BDS supporters in simply not true.

      Similarly, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote yesterday “Sad but true,” he noted, “some Israelis voted for Netanyahu because they’re frightened of Obama.” This is a distortion that tries to blame Obama for Netanyahu's crimes.

      Ari Shavit wrote yesterday "Israel is not Alabama of the 1950s, as some American media outlets have described it." I personally was in Alabama at that time - the real truth is that Israel is worse than Alabama ever was. At least in Alabama they did it at night in the dark. In Israel they abuse and murder the Palestinians in daylight and on CNN.

  • Netanyahu's victory marks the end of the two-state solution
    • Halper writes "Netanyahu’s victory marks the end of the two-state solution".

      This is exactly what right-wing Zionists have been suggesting in private and in public for years. This is what they are hoping for. The end of the two-state solution is the next step in their plan for a greater Israel. Any Jew who writes that "Netanyahu’s victory marks the end of the two-state solution" is often part of the problem. The majority don't want a solution. They will continue this status quo indefinitely - no two-state solution - no one-state solution - just the same spectacle of abuse. Our goal should be to force Israel into accepting a two-state solution. But we are fighting a US-funded multi-billion dollar cult industry (worse than Scientology) that is based on a barrage of disingenuous AIPAC talking points that the Jewish-controlled media bombard us with daily. The current false propaganda is as follows.
      1. BDS is bad because it is supports a one-state solution that will destroy Israel.
      2. The problem is Obama and the Democrats who want to destroy Israel.
      3. Any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism.
      4. The two-state solution is dead or impossible or too late or over.
      5. Israel (JSIL) is surrounded by enemies who will likely he overrun by ISIL so they cannot think about peace right now.
      6. If you threaten Israel they will defy you and you will regret it.

      Their theme is to keep things as they are for as long as possible and they will find a way to get rid of the Palestinians. Perhaps they will be exterminated or emigrate. I really find no evidence that on average US Jews are any different than Israeli Jews in their attitude towards the Palestinians. For example. in the Israeli press there is a much greater outcry against the settlements and atrocities that in the US press. I have to read Haaretz and the Times of Israel in order to find out what is really happening in Israel. In the US what appears daily in Haaretz can only be found in obscure blogs like Mondoweiss. The US public are kept blissfully unaware by diligent ZIonists. Even partially reformed Zionists like Peter Beinart have to write articles in Haaretz because the facts are not acceptable in the US newspapers. And even Beinart (and JStreet too) oppose BDS for reasons that are irrational in my opinion. People like Walt and Mearsheimer who pointed out the obvious about the Jewish lobby years ago are still trashed by mainstream Jews in the US. Not to mention Max Blumenthal who forewarned us about the recent far right turn in Israeli politics in his magnificent non-fiction book Goliath. Even Alterman in the Nation of all places irrationally trashed Max's thesis on multiple occasions to the cheers of the Jewish intelligentsia. Unless we all begin to take off the gloves and call a spade a spade, there is really no hope for our campaign. The Israelis and their supporters took off the gloves at least 50 years ago and we are still apologizing for the holocaust which most of us had nothing to do with. It is time to get tough with Israel. Being nice has not had any effect.

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • It is so difficult for these so-called liberal Zionists to stop drinking the coolaid. They are still irrational and disingenuous - Beinart for example wrote a recent article in Haaretz where he insists that BDS is wrong because it will only produce a one-state solution which he thinks will be the end of Israel. This is rubbish in my opinion. I and millions of others believe in BDS because we see BDS as the only way to get Israel to accept a just 2-state solution. In my opinion Beinart is only grasping at straws to find a way to discredit BDS because he knows that it will be successful in thwarting a greater Israel. I see Beinart and JStreet as Trojan Horses designed to attract frustrated liberals and control/neutralize them into a state of limbo while AIPAC works to secure a greater Israel. Saying that BDS is only a plot by people who want a one-state solution to destroy Israel is so juvenile that it makes me wonder why an intelligent person like Beinart would say such a thing? Can anyone help me here ?

  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • It's all about money. The people in Congress get a lot of money from Jews along with stories about Israel similar to what Bibi was spouting today. It is all lies and irrational paranoia, but it has an effect and you saw it today. Fortunately, after more than 50 years of this the people are finally waking up and telling the Congress that it is all BS and worse. Amazing changes in the last year. I never could have predicted this. Israel should be a huge embarrassment to any rational American.

  • Journalists Goldberg and Gordon once again try to 'drag us into a war'
    • The same predictable Jews, Goldberg, Gorden and Brooks too and others are supporting their pal Bibi against Obama. At the last minute their irrational pro-Israel rant has broken through. Makes me puke! These guys are all Israel-firsters as Roseberg aptly defined. They cannot be trusted in any comment they make about foreign policy. That is a serious problem we have in the US media. Because of their loyalties they have a conflict of interest and they are simply not objective.

  • Chair of Democratic National Committee opposes Jewish intermarriage and MSNBC showing Gaza carnage
    • unverified__5ilf90kd February 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

      In the media that I pay attention to, it seems that many prominent Jews who marry outside the tribe, have partners who convert. I can think of more than a dozen very prominent Jews in the last few years whose non-Jewish partners converted with prominent media attention. Do Jews put a lot of pressure on their partners to convert ? I don't know the answer to this question. I don't think that Chelsea Clinton converted?

    • l feel that the Democratic party is totally controlled by people who think like Wasserman Shultz. They live to suport Israel in ways that I do not condone. They live off Jewish contributions. Last year many if not a majority of the emails I received from the Democratic party were from Jews who have opinions about Israel that I object to. I simply do not agree with their politics with regard to Israel and I find their support of the Gaza wars to be repugnant. Therefore last year I stopped contributing money to the Democratic party. I think that a lot of people now share my opinions. The Democrats are in denial. They send me surveys just like the ADL but similarly the answers to their questions are about which of their activities I like and support the most. I don't like their activities period and they don't give you a box to express that - just like the ADL. Most of these Democratic politicians blindly support the Apartheid racist oppressive criminal enterprise that is Israel in a fawning and false posture that I find to be irrational and unacceptable. The Democrats lost me. I am in Limbo now. We need a new party with rational views.

  • Phila Inquirer publishes a lie: 'Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are one and the same'
    • "They are not fools. They are extremely intelligent liars who welcome danger to Jews because it vindicates their ideology"

      Well said - this is the whole thing in a nutshell. Perfect. It is simply false propaganda to say that antizionism and antisemitism are the same. It is a way to amplify the occurrence of antisemitism by including any criticism of Israel and defining this as antisemitism. It is totally legitimate and is not antisemitism to loathe the behavior of the Israeli government. The other reason for this conflation of antizionism and antisemitism is to make both punishable by law or suppress any criticism of Israel by intimidating the critic with the slur of antisemitism.

  • Our Year-End Campaign: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
    • unverified__5ilf90kd December 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      I appreciate Mondoweiss because it gives me the opportunity to learn and to document my own frustrations about Israel/Palestine and help to present the truth in a dysfunctional USA where ZIonists in the media work diligently and irrationally to obfuscate the facts, block discussion and protect a greater Israel from criticism. Even a year ago I tried to post critical remarks about Israel and its ZIonist partisans that never saw the light of day. Amazingly, only a year later my critical remarks are shared freely and are already conventional compared with what I can read in some of the MSM. The positive change in the past year has been extraordinary. Only this week Max Blumenthal was invited to publish him opinions by the NY Times. The rapid improvement in disseminating the truth about Israel has improved in part because of the prominent and respected forum that Mondoweiss has offered to those who want a change for the better in Israel reporting. The media prominence of Mondoweiss and its solid reputation has given our forum a huge significance that has accelerated change beyond our wildest dreams. This achievement reflects the diligence and good judgment of our founders. I take my hat off to you and a contribution will follow.

  • Palestinian minister dies after Israeli army assault during olive tree planting ceremony in West Bank village
    • unverified__5ilf90kd December 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      This is "I can't breathe" for the Israeli police. More of the same. The world will see this picture and remember it. The poor Palestinians have been suffering for so long but the Americans are now realizing that they suffer from the same disease and it needs treatment. Similarly, Israel will be prepared for treatment. About time. American is waking up with regard to Israeli excesses and criminality. The demise of the Zionist TNR is a precursor for the timely suppression of mendacious Zionist influence in the US media that has keep us ill-informed about the Israeli abuse of the Palestinians and the outrageous theft of their country and resources by the Zionists. This incident depicted so accurately by the hand of an Israeli official at the throat on an innocent Palestinian will be a metaphor for the education of the US citizens about Israeli genocide of the Palestinians. Superb timing!

  • Promoting regime change in Iraq paved the way to regime change at the New Republic
    • This putsch is a metaphor for the pathological state of commentary on Israel/Palestine - the smoke and mirrors from so-called liberal Zionists like those at the TNR has been hard for normal people to see through. Thank you to Mondoweiss for making this fraud so clear for us to understand. The MSM will be slow to admit these heretical notions. You quoted "By pretending to speak as a liberal but simultaneously endorsing the central crusades of the right, he has enlisted The New Republic in the service of a ruinous neoconservative doctrine, as the magazine sneered at those liberals who stood firm in the face of its insults."
      In a way, just as JStreet can be seen as a Trojan horse for AIPAC, the devious TNR strategy highjacked liberals and corralled them into endorsing Neoconservative thought. The TNR was a Trojan Horse designed to distort liberal thought and neutralize criticism of Israel. If I had written this last year I would have been dismissed as a crackpot antisemite. The power of the internet has changed all this in a very short time.

  • Rep. Israel endorses speech saying Europe failed Jewish people in 40s and is 'failing us again today'
    • Those like Rep. Steve Israel have highjacked the Democratic party. It is as simple as that. They are using the party for their own selfish ends and to support Israeli madness. The result is the disaster that was the last election. I am fed up with this paradox and I have quit supporting the Democrats. They lost me. The Jews who occupy prominent positions in the Democratic party do not share my opinions about Israel and US support for Israel. I usually agree with what I read at Mondoweiss but Zionists like Rep. Israel, Wasserman-Schultz, Schumer etc are very far removed from my wavelength. I detect that many Democrats are now detecting the distortions and are moving away from this party of out-of-touch special interest groups. A similar revelation can be detected in the case of the New Republic where a majority of the journalists and editors have recently resigned. Democratic except in the case of Israel and Palestine, such partisans are often blatant neocons and worse, but they masquerade dishonestly as liberal Zionists and Progressive Democrats. The New Republic slaughter is now revealing how pathological and insidious this deception can become and the toll it takes on our trust in the press and on our national security. We cannot solve the ISIL problem until we solve the Palestinian problem.

  • 'Besides not having a job, everything’s great': Steven Salaita on his firing and what comes next
    • In the NYT on Nov 24th Yascha Mounk writes that Harvard may be "Unfair to Asian-Americans"? He points out that 53% of the Harvard class are whites. He fails to note that today about half of those whites (25% of the class) at Harvard, Yale and Columbia are Jews as confirmed by the Hillel organization. It seems to me that this is the fact that is unjust. These 25% of Jews unfairly exclude the better qualified Asians from acceptance at the Ivy League schools.

      "CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NYT today - Nov 24th - NEARLY a century ago, Harvard had a big problem: Too many Jews. By 1922, Jews accounted for 21.5 percent of freshmen, up from 7 percent in 1900 and vastly more than at Yale or Princeton. In the Ivy League, only Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania had a greater proportion of Jews.

      Harvard’s president, A. Lawrence Lowell, warned that the “Jewish invasion” would “ruin the college.” He wanted a cap: 15 percent. When faculty members balked, he stacked the admissions process to achieve the same result. Bolstered by the nativism of the time, which led to sharp immigration restrictions, Harvard’s admissions committee began using the euphemistic criteria of “character and fitness” to limit Jewish enrollment. As the sociologist Jerome Karabel has documented, these practices worked for the next three decades to suppress the number of Jewish students.

      A similar injustice is at work today, against Asian-Americans. To get into the top schools, they need SAT scores that are about 140 points higher than those of their white peers. In 2008, over half of all applicants to Harvard with exceptionally high SAT scores were Asian, yet they made up only 17 percent of the entering class (now 20 percent). Asians are the fastest-growing racial group in America, but their proportion of Harvard undergraduates has been flat for two decades.

      A new lawsuit filed on behalf of Asian-American applicants offers strong evidence that Harvard engages in racial “balancing.” Admissions numbers for each racial and ethnic group have remained strikingly similar, year to year. Damningly, those rare years in which an unusually high number of Asians were admitted were followed by years in which especially few made the cut."

      Ron

  • It looks like Obama is checking out on Israel
    • ""In an interview with Bob Schieffer, Prime Minister Netanyahu said three times that he was “baffled” by the White House’s official criticism of his latest settlement in East Jerusalem– given that the matter hardly came up in his twelfth meeting with Obama. ‘I had a very good meeting with the president. And I was baffled by this statement.” We talked at a “general level,” Netanyahu said. ""

      The big problem is that many of these talking heads including Schieffer are Jews - they have a huge conflict of interest in many case when they deal with Israel and they are shameless and irrational apologists for Israel. America has deteriorated dramatically in this respect during the last 20 years.

  • US elites are vulnerable to donor pressure on Israel question
    • unverified__5ilf90kd August 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

      "Clearly, many very rich Jews in the US use their wealth to foster Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, directly or indirectly. Sad truth of the matter".

      I have gone back and read this outstanding article by Phil many times. It summarizes the real problem that is so hard for us to overcome. Money! He summarizes so well how I feel personally but am unable to express.

  • No Surprise Dep't: David Brooks's son is in Israeli army
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Let's face it - many Jews in the US media have a huge conflict of interest in writing about Israel and Palestine. This is just as bad as being paid to write positive articles about anything. I personally turn off the TV when Brooks comes on. His bias is totally sickening.

  • 'TimesWarp' tries to keep the 'Times' honest
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      I too am considering canceling my subscription to the NYT. And if you do not already know it, almost all the talking heads on Sunday morning like Gregory in the past, are still partisans for Israel . It is such a calculated aberration.

  • Rabbi in Ohio U. controversy leads group that denies there's an occupation
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      But in Scene 1 Shylock says "I am a Jew." Neverthess, many people only learn that Shylock was a sneaky merchant in Shakespeare and the word Shylock is often used to mean such. Many people like myself will not use the word Shylock because he was a Jew and it implies that all Jews are sneaky or dishonest and this is not true and is an insult.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Most Americans do not know that Shylock was a Jew - but in the UK they study their Shakespeare more carefully.

    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I would say that if Biden had known that Shylock was a Jew he would not have said this. Yes, you are right many Jews can dish it out but they cannot take it.

    • I am also mystified by Leshaw's behavior where she says she is against the occupation but steadfastly refuses to criticize those who celebrate the occupation and seems to support them ?

      But I have several very well educated Jewish friends who are exactly the same as this. They too say that they hate the awful occupation and the terrible settlers but appear to support the whole colonial adventure on many other levels. Are they just saying this to impress me ? Is it due to a solid determination not to criticize other Jews ?

      Does anyone out there have some insight into this phenomenon ?

  • Yale Jewish center to hold 'intellectual' panel on storm over ousted priest's comments-- without inviting the priest
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

      "the letter “seemed to imply that attacks against Jews are justified because Jews abroad don’t criticize Israel,”

      I did not get the impression that he implied this at all. It simply is not true.

  • Israel surveils and blackmails gay Palestinians to make them informants
    • And remember that NSA has been giving "all" of its telephone calls and internet data with all identifiers to Israel for many years and this info goes to the boys at unit 8200. Snowden has already made this very clear. We should be be very angry.

  • Israeli military demolishes West Bank dairy factory benefitting orphans despite court appeal
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

      As you reported, Art Spiegelman — celebrated comic book artist, illustrator and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus — said on Facebook that “Israel is like some badly battered child with PTSD who has grown up to batter others.”

      This comes closest to explaining the extreme pathology of Israel. And the current Israeli government has achieved success by reinforcing and strengthening this pathology.

    • This just makes most rational people loathe Israel even more and makes us question the motives and integrity of those who support these Israeli crimes. By such actions Israel is hastening the day of reckoning.

  • Salaita speaks out and warns of a 'Palestinian exception' to the first amendment and academic freedom
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Seafoid, you are right, thousands of innocents have been sacrificed in the past. As a Prof at several medical schools I saw this in action over 50 years in the trenches. Any criticism of Israel or Jewry was not open to discussion and the punishment was banishment. At last the truth is being revealed to the public (I hope) in this example made of poor Salaita and it will force a lot of Zionist to think about their irrational behavior.

  • The best U.S. 'strategy' to combat ISIS? Stop supporting religious states
    • unverified__5ilf90kd September 9, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I do not need to think any more. Phil, you expressed in all in this article. I mean it. It is as clear as day. We are backing right-wing nationalist religious ideology in the Jewish State and scorning it in the rest of the world. It is a sign of moral decay and a recipe for failure. Superb article - best yet.

  • Three-sentence letter to the 'NYT' results in Yale chaplain's resignation
    • Yes, Yale has a history of the Chaplain calling the spade a spade and being right. He is right this time as well. His resignation only draws more attention to the pathology of the Israel partisans who exercise such irrational pressure to support Israel in the major universities.

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