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I am a half Jewish half Palestinian American living in Baltimore but originally from New York. Both sides of my family and I are extremely passionate about the Israel/ Palestine conflict for obvious personal reasons and are very concerned about the lack of progress for peace primarly because some members are still living in Israel and the OT. Many of us are well educated and currently working in various branches in the US federal govt. One of my sisters being a federal prosecuter working in Manhattan, along with three other family members employed by the govt. Me personally am a business owner located in White Marsh Mall. Very excited to be a part of the Mondoweiss experience

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  • Pittsburgh's 'Conflict Kitchen' is latest battleground over Palestine, free speech and criticism of Israel
    • The Zionists make it their job to fight for every inch. They have to challenge any and all activism regardless of scale or relativity in order to silence or control the discourse. They know that if people began to honestly discuss the conflict their stance would be indefensible. The zionist community's insistence that a pro israel voice be present at all times reflects this fear. Especially when the activism or conversation is being well received by the community. Which is why they felt it necessary to involve their loyal partner in crime...the media

  • Six arrested in civil disobedience at Federation offices in Philly
    • Balance? What balance? The main stream media in the US covered jewish suffering quite extensively. Some would say overwhelmingly. But there is no balance to be found. There is no balance between the number of fatalities each side suffered. There is no balance between the military capabilities of each side. Palestinians don't have an army, they don't have a navy, or fighter jets, tanks, guided missles, battleships, aircraft weapons, or satellites.
      It is a travesty to even describe this conflict as a "war". War implies that both sides have an equal chance of victory. This is simply Israel slaughtering civilians (mostly children) while some ragtag group of hamas fighters lob inaccurate mortars into empty israeli fields.

  • #Assaf360: Palestinian Singer Mohammed Assaf & Grammy-Winning Producer Rodney Jerkins create song for World Cup (Update)
    • Im so damn happy for this kid. Assaf grew up in the worst possible environment of occupation but turned all the negativity surrounding him into something positive something all humans from all countries can appreciate and support. Like all Palestinians (im half) im inspired by his resilience.
      Now the next step...trying to get fifa to put the hammer down on israel for trying to destroy palestinian soccer through shooting Pal players, travel restrictions, ect

  • Discrimination is legal, there are no Israelis: Reading the Supreme Court’s decisions on Israeli nationality
    • I wish you would stop using the word honorable to describe these judges. These judges are far from honorable. Despicable woukd be much more accurate

  • Palestine unity government to be sworn in Monday (Update)
    • Its the same b.s. they been doing for years. Just an excuse not to negotiate genuinely. if they didn't have the Hamas excuse they would use the fractured government excuse and so on and so on

    • Damn justice! Well said. Felt a little anger while I read that lol. But unfortunately ur spot on

    • Bibi doesnt want a unified Palestinian govt because there's no possible way to negotiate peace unless all parties are involved and working towards the same goal. As Just mentioned Israel never chooses to negotiate with their neighbors (Iran for example). What does that say about a country who favors armed conflict rather than diplomacy?

  • Desmond Tutu: Maryland legislature's anti-boycott effort designed to 'punish and intimidate'
    • David, sorry dude. After reading your comment the second time the sarcasm was screaming off the page lol. I had just finished responding to jeff quite thoroughly so I guess that kind of screwed with me a bit when I read your comment lol

    • David, your bromance with Jeffb is touching. Your attempt to discredit Tutu becuase hes critical of israel is quite pathetic. Hes a champion of human rights and the single most important person in the fight against South African apartheid. In addition to that he has campaigned to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and transphobia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007;[1] and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

      The entire world agrees hes a hero but according to you, israel and other zionists hes an evil antisemite. Hahaha ridiculous

  • In Philly, rightwing Zionists call Dershowitz anti-Semitic for opposing settlements
    • Kalithea- youre hilarious :)

      Very interesting indeed. When the Dersh is being lambasted for not being pro israel enough the paradigm is truly shifting. I think the rightwingers are beginning to realize that the pro israel movement is reaching a breaking point. An increasing amount of people from the jewish and gentile community do not unconditionally support their ideology and they are helpless to stop it. So their reaction is to reject anybody displaying even a miniscule amount of moderation. Perfect. Lets see how crazy they will get. Should be amusing

  • Let Pollard go. But first get answers from Tel Aviv
    • Its absolutely ridiculous to think that because this man was in bed with a more sinister entity that he should be shown mercy. Its like saying a soldier in a mexican cartel should be excused for murder because he was given the order by the cartel. Whatever his habits, whatever his mentality this traitor who was obviously competent enough to pull this off should be punished on par with the crime. Would people be asking for sympathy if pollard was from Iran, Russia, Cyprus ect...absolutely not

  • Reports: Abbas faults Israel for 'procrastinating,' says Palestine will move to join int'l organizations
    • "...the gap is unbridgeable so a REAL agreement is not on the table but the façade must remain since it serves the interests of many"

      The gap is only unbridgeable because of the current israeli govt, widely considered to be the worst (rightwinged) in Israeli history. The peace process is Israel's greatest weapon against the Palestinians. Its only purpose is to deflect domestic and international pressure allowing them to build more settlements in the process which is Israel's end game anyway, maximum land theft. But this doesnt serve the interest of many just israel

  • Not an April Fool's joke: U.S. weighs releasing Pollard to keep Israelis at negotiating table
    • Agreed. Theres a very important word in regards to settlement freeze and thats "limited". Does anyone remember the last time israel agreed to a settlement freeze? The only thing they did was postponed the announcement of new settlements while construction went ahead full speed. What a crock of shit. Essentially paleste is offered nothing while israel enjoys immunity from the UN and ICC and release of the treacherous pollard. Sad

  • Attacks on BDS sharpen as it gains traction in the Jewish community
    • Jeffb, your solution to the conflict is for Palestinians to abandon their aspiration for an independent country and assimilate into israeli society. Seems easy enough. Few problems with your approach: First of all 60 years of occupation has jaded israelis to the point that the majority of them are hostile even racist towards their palestinian cousins. A recent poll taken in israel (ill provide the source in a few) questioned 8000 israelis if they would consider being neighbors with Palestinians, not surprising some 80% said no. Now, animosity and tension between the two aside, have you considered the quality of life that arab israelis (palestinians with israeli citizenship) have? At best their second class citizens. What makes you think giving millions of more arabs citizenship will better that condition? Come on now jeff, I said realistic alternatives to bds

    • Robin, thank you very much Ill be sure to research your group

    • Thanks dude. I got it

    • No doubt, dont drink the water. I thought I was quite versed on this matter myself only to learn that I had I long way to go. Glad to have you here stay around

    • "Most of the arguments advanced by Montagu in 1917 against the British government’s support for Zionism are still true today."

      Absolutely. Im quiet familiar with Edwin Montagu who was the only jewish member of Parliament in 1917 and also the the only member who strenuously objected to the Balfour declaration. He viewed zionism as "mischievous political creed, untenable by any patriotic citizen of the United Kingdom." The jewish and non jewish community was split on this issue but the gentile zionists (for personal reasons) lent their support and carried the day. Many of them considered to be antisemites.

      I was unable to open your link but Herzl's following statement couldn't be more true. "Antisemitism will be the engine that drives zionism. Where it doesnt exist, zionists always manage to manufacture some."
      It was European antisemitism that fueled enough sympathy from the world that allowed zionism to flourish. Now its accusations of antisemitism that allows zionism to be free of criticism

    • Its incredibly sad and infuriating to hear people especially politicians use the term antisemitic to describe the bds movement. Bds is morally righteous and explicitly states that their goal is to achieve BASIC human rights for Palestinians not to discriminate against israelis or israel. Being a kid from 2 worlds (half Palestinian half jewish) I have experienced racism from botb sides of the aisle. And to smear this movement with the ugliest of accusations is quite disgusting. Opponents of bds, especially jewish individuals, are doing themselves no favor by undermining real antisemitism by using that phrase so irresponsibly. One question for people who are vehemently against bds: Do you have or can you specify a different realistic nonviolent approach to achieve the same goals the bds movement has set to accomplish?

  • Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The showdown begins
    • "Will all (all!) Palestinian “leaders” be shown to be QUISLINGS? PUPPETS OF ISRAEL AND THE USA?"

      Good question! I believe the answer to that question (whether rhetorical or not) is yes. Is it because there are no decent Palestinian politicians to be found? (Personally my favorite is Bargouti but hes imprisoned) Of course not. The problem is the political climate israel has created does not allow Pal politicians to hold any real power both domestically or in international domains. The PA is economically dependent on israel, the US, and foreign aid. Without independent money without an independent economy you cant run a country regardless how capable you are as a leader. So in order to receive the funds needed to keep the govt going they will continue to be puppets.
      Im not too familiar with Dahlan but with all these accussations of corruption he cant be good for the Pals. Abbas is on his way out which is unfortunate due to lack of a good successor. Despite his flaws, he is genuine and he has it in him to make peace. He has a good balance of stubborness and compromise. The same couldn't be said about Bibi which was all fire and brimstone.

  • Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!
    • Ecru, calm down buddy. From reading past comments on your profile I believe, generally speaking, we are all on the same page. Some people might be giving you shit for a misunderstanding. When you asked, "Has anybody done the actual research to find out who owns what and what their interests are?" I believe some people thought you may be doubting the fact that jews own a majority of MSM outlets. This research has been done quite extensively by numerous individuals, some jewish ones for bragging purposes.

      The list above that Kay24 provided, aside from a few recent changes, is accurate. Some comments directed at you were certainly undeserved im only trying to shed some light on why that occurred. I feel like a referee lol

  • BDS' big night: Loyola student government passes divestment, U. Mich votes it down
    • Justice forPalestine, that is incredibly brave parenting and i commend you for it. Alot of people tend to neglect their duties as parents to inform their children of the real world. And to do it honestly and objectively is crucial regardless if you are from the same "tribe". Some people ask me how an individuals can be so supportive of israel in light of all the horrendous things it does and i can only assume its thru nurture.

  • Israel pays journalist $61,800 for good press during Pope's visit
    • Lol Israel's attempt to distance itself from their ugly reality is beginning to be comical. Their rebranding efforts has and will continue to fail miserably in the face of growing international awareness. I guarantee the pope will have some very critical statements about their policies towards the Palestinians and israel will try to suppress them

  • Obama doesn't talk to Jimmy Carter -- because of Israel
    • American, I havnt read a more accurate analysis of the “special relationship” ever. How brutally honest! Thanks for sharing.

      Jimmy Carter, in order to avoid aipac’s wrath and career suicide had to wait years after serving as president in order to finally speak the truth. A noble peace prize recipient now being labeled an antisemite and radioactive really puts things in perspective. Our govt is so deeply married to israel that even a sitting American president with the will to truly stand up to israel would not be able to change anything due to the overwhelming support it receives from both sides of the aisle. Confronted by this reality I see only one way to change our mid east foreign policy. By informing the american people with the truth of this detrimental relationship thereby forcing our politicians to cut military economic and political aid to israel indefinitely. Which is no easy task considering our incredibly bias media in favor of the apartheid state. Sorry to be so pessimistic but I really dont see this happening anytime in the near or distant future.

  • The battle over Palestine is raging--and Israel is losing: Ali Abunimah on his new book
    • Ali abunimah is an incredibly intelligent and powerful voice for the Palestinians. His views on American policy is unfortunately accurate. Through his thorough research and uncomprimising integrity he should be taken very seriously.

      " a person begins to see reality through his wishes." No! He sees the same reality countless others who visited the OT have seen first hand.

      "Can`t he also see what catastrophe this obsessive antagonism of Israel has brought on Arab countries? Was that worth it? And then isn`t the general condition of Arabs in Israel far better than minorities in other countries in the region"

      The catastrophe the Palestinians are in is not due to "obsessive antagonism" of israel its due to israel occupying and stealing other people land, dropping bombs on civilians, murdering non violent protesters, forcing millions to live like animals, cutting off electricity, rationing water to a minimal,and the list goes on. And if you think an occupied abused and incarcerated population are living better than others in the region well that shows what sort of integrity you possess.

  • Ululating at Vassar: the Israel/Palestine conflict comes to America
    • Brian is just a troll. And the last time I will respond to his filth. I recommend all to do the same. Unless he has something relevant to say other then veiled racism and hatred

    • Brian you claim the bds movement is being exposed as "fradulent, racist, hypocritical, and detrimental to Palarabs". But if you drop your own racist ethnocentric arrogance and do your homework you would realize that the bds movement is growing stronger by the day. If this wasnt true then why would the elites in Israel's political and economic circles be paying so much attention to it? The fact that your so passionately upset about it and intentionally trying to downplay its success speaks volumes. What we're seeing here is not "activists hijacking school councils" but cracks in israels foundation of impunity and unaccoutability. And no billions of dollars in hasbara or branding will change that. btw here on mondoweiss you'll find genuine well informed caring individuals and your despicable lack of civility has no place on this website

  • Video: SodaScream -- Bubble trouble
    • Way off topic indeed. The reason why MW hasn't touched this subject is because MW is a self described website for "the war of ideas in the middle east". Therefore the Ukraine has no direct link to the middle east regardless of antisemitism.

  • 'Forward' lives up to its name, bashing denial of Palestinian narrative and donors' control of Hillel
    • "SJP’s actions are, at their heart, meant to bring the Palestinian narrative to campus. If telling history from a Palestinian point of view makes pro-Israel students feel uncomfortable, that’s not anti-Semitic on our part. It’s denial on theirs."

      What a wonderfully simple way to respond to people who try to suppress free speech by claiming their campus is antisemetic and/or a "hostile environment". Now those students who claim to feel uncomfortable either have been misinformed their entire life (understandable considering the amount of propaganda our media regurgitates) or just saying that to shut down the debate. I presume its the latter. Seriously, the I/P conflict is the only topic in the world where college students who disseminates widely believed facts become a target for administrators and face punishment

  • Kerry tries to get out of Jewish-state trap set by Netanyahu and the lobby
    • This new and ridiculous demand further reinforces the painfully obvious intentions of the Israeli government. They will never make the necessary concessions for peace. Never. Now you can debate the relevance of this demand til you're blue in the face. But thats exactly what they want. The Israeli govt could care less about being recognized as a jewish state. Their sole intention is to waste time with these sill y nonstarter demands and deflect pressure. And the more time the international community allows them to drag out the peace process the more time they have to further entrench the occupation making a deal even less likely.

      The way I see it Abbas should publicly recognize israel as a jewish state just to prove to the international community that this demand is a smokescreen. And with Israel's primary excuse nueutralized the true obstacle to peace will be exposed

  • Northeastern U administrator: SJP's suspension is 'not [issue] of free speech or the exchange of disparate ideas'
    • Very clever blah chick.

      One has to wonder: almost every institution that hosts a palestine related incident whether it be academic or social there's always wealthy zionist donors who appear seemingly out of nowhere threatening to pull funds if the institution doesnt tow their line. Its almost like they donate to these places precisely for this reason. Its crazy.

  • 'Northeastern SJP will not be silenced or intimidated': SJP responds to suspension from Northeastern University
    • Pabelmont- "get a list of the official warnings, demands, rules, rulings, admonitory letters, etc....... And see if any other students have had DEMOS on other topics which have violated any of these and the violations been ignored."

      Absolutely! The seriousness people are treating this matter coupled with the severity of punishment these students are facing you would expect the accusers would've pointed out the specific rule that was violated. Also, we'd be able to compare the standards put on other student groups in regards to enforcing such rules. My guess is some bias will definitely be revealed

    • A follow up question:

      In all the articles ive read about this incident noone has yet specified what Northeast rule/regulation did the SJP students violate by placing the mock evictions on doors? Anybody know?

  • Review of recent 'NYT' corrections raises doubts about paper's commitment to getting the facts right in Israel/Palestine
    • Truthhurts did u happen to catch the guys name? It amuses me to read about people that divorced from reality.

      Ya know despicable as many of these news outlets can be when reporting on the conflict i am no longer surprised. Actually a part of me is quite happy about it. As recent as a decade ago this type of reporting went largely unchallenged. However these days much more people are aware of the other side and related facts. So much that the zionists, in their desperation, need this type of reporting to prevent their walls from caving in. And that is the silver lining

  • Boycotting the land you love: Israeli activist Leehee Rothschild on BDS and the struggle for Palestinian rights
    • Hop, its the same ol story with you and your ilk. A very typical Hasbara response. If you cant lie or misdiriect your way out you give an example of another country who does it too. You white wash Israel's dehumanization of Palestinians by claiming its worst somewhere else. News for you bud, IT DOESN'T MATTER! Persecution is wrong regardless of the country it happens in.

  • Jewish day school student first learned about 'occupation' when he got to college
    • We all know the media is not gonna give an accurate description of the current state of israel . So I think these young folks have a fantastic idea. Convince the jewish community to engage in meaningful and objective debate, educate our children with the truth not propaganda, and silence the fanatic bullies that we all kniw exist among us. If any change is gonna happen it has to start with the jewish community first then we can try to join our Palestinian brothers and sisters in the fight for equality

  • Israeli government implosion over peace process opens door to international isolation
    • All these are good signs, the EU stepping up pressure, the bds movement growing, the US' s growing impatience. But nothing will change on the ground unless we take away or reign in Israel's most powerful weapon, AIPAC and its ilk. As long as aipac has our government in its pocket our politicians will never have the will to truly put pressure on israel via sanctions. Its just not gonna happen. Until we break thru the media censorship of the conflict and educate the american masses of the costly effect blindly supporting israel has on the US and israel itself significant change is just a dream

  • Bill targeting Israel boycotters introduced in Maryland
    • Ellen- "aipac found theyre mark in Joan Carter." Absolutely correct.

      Hostage, you have some very valid points. This sort of legislation doesn't have sharp teeth but why give the zios the satisfaction of being able to refer to American law when they support apartheid.

    • Terrible news. I live in Maryland and the folks here are overwhelmingly pro israel. And coupled with a lack of activism Im confident it will pass. AIPAC tried it in a big state like N.Y. and got ignored so theyre trying their hand in a "safer" state hoping to get the national ball rolling

  • At Auschwitz: 'The IDF is the Jewish people's answer to the Holocaust'
    • How absolutely disgraceful it is for pros israel establishment to invoke the shoal, a tragedy inflicted on the Jews by the Europeans to justify the same nazi like treatment by the idf on the Palestine people. Its bewildering to say the least that these staunchly supporters of israel don't realize this. In addition, organizations such as the ADL who claim to combat racism of all sorts fail to mention the 20 million Russians that died during the holocaust. I suspect they want the discourse to focus solely on jewish sufferings in order to muster the greatest amount of sympathy for Jews in order to commit war crimes unchallenged. Tbey purposely disregard this reality in order to further the dream of a greater israel. Its time for all champions of peace to educate the public about these other atrocities that occurred in order to curb the holocaust industry and hopefully shed light on the disgraceful practices of the idf and expose their misuse of the memory of the holocaust

  • 'The world doesn't get it' -- Highlights of Netanyahu's alienation tour
    • I find it a little odd that out of all the people who were "offended" you singled out the only arab (abunimah). As if comparatively he is any less worthy. Also a little disturbing that you didn't bother commenting on the many more relevant topics mentioned in this article. Makes you seem kind of bias

  • Twenty years since Oslo, US leadership has yielded endless 'process' with no 'peace' in sight
    • Right on the money Seafoid. Its not just the Palestinians the US is hurting when it blindly supports israel's every wish. The goons at aipac might think everything they do benefits israel but as we all know thats often not the case. They are drunk off their power and wealth and have lost sight and direction. There's nothing wrong with finding a cause and supporting it via lobbying but to do it to the extent aipac does unchallenged is a disaster for all parties

  • Will there be fallout from the NSA sharing intel with Israel?
    • @ quercus, lysias. I don't disagree that more people today distrust mainstream media and politicians than in the past. However when considering the little change in popular opinion and polls conducted in the US they suggest this number is marginal. Mainstream media is in no way irrelevant. They continue to hold sway over the majority. However I do recognize an informed minority emerging thanks to the internet and other news outlets.
      I'm optimistic that in the future things will change but in the foreseeable future probably not.

    • There will be no fallout. No fallout because the masses will not hear about it. Sure mondoweiss readers and other informed individuals will know about this treason but that's about it.
      Think of Snowden or Syria for a moment. Cnn has done not stop coverage about both especially a possible strike against the Assad regime. The average american sees it and decides to be outraged or not. Can you imagine CNN exposing our govt giving sensitive information about their citizens to israel? Ha! Will never happen.

  • US aid to Egypt is not for Egypt but Israel, JJ Goldberg explains
    • I absolutely agree with Marco. The Suez has NOTHING to do with US aid to Egypt. The obvious support as Marco stated was the simultaneous timing of the peace treaty and aid to egypt. In addition if US aid to egypt were to be ended, access to the canal would still be granted as it benefits egypt to be an international travel route.
      Another example could be made of Jordan who also signed a peace treaty with Israel and immediately began reaping the benefits through economic and military support from US, as well as trade open market ect

  • Activists deliver petition to Alicia Keys’ Brooklyn charity asking her to cancel Israel show
    • I'm really shocked she would even consider playing in israel. For one she's married to a muslim music producer Swiss Beats. And two there's no way in hell she doesn't know about the atrocities israel commits cuz her husband is very pro palestine. He has no doubt discussed yhis with her at some point. She's just trying to make momey. Shame on her. I WAS a big fan

  • I've got Mohammed Assaf fever
    • Hopefully it does make a dent citizen. I saw that family guy episode. I was quiet disgusted

    • I'm semi fluent in arabic and have listened too a lot of arab music and I can tell u hands down the kids got talent. Incredible.

      Its something "small" like this that can allow the Palestinians to forget their grief temporarily and be humans for once and have a little enjoyment.

  • The horror: 'Breaking the Silence' releases women's frightful testimonies of occupation
    • "kudos to the Israeli media for being critical of Israel, while the US does not"

      Absolutely. The israeli media is far more critical of israeli policies then the US. But then again every other countries' media is more critical then the US. That's because israel can't afford to have critical media in the US. The US is literally Israel's lifeline, witbout us israel could not survive. Which is why the majority of their pro israel efforts are based in the states

  • Top Abbas Confidant: 'I give up… We failed.'
    • Correction...the article is on mondo not haaretz. Sorry lol

    • Well said. And I couldn't agree more. However when u said:

      "The Palestinians need to go to the UN and let the world speak. They cannot rely on the US or Israel at all."

      They tried that already and the US and israel bullied the Security Council to vote or abstain from declaring an independent Palestinian state. There's an article on Haaretz.com that states the onky way to create a Palestinian state is to put American soldiers on the ground in israel and push them back to the 67' borders.

      This may be shocking to some and if it is then ur analysis of the conflict is flawed. I highly recommend reading it.

  • Palestinians applaud Association for Asian American Studies for endorsement of academic boycott
    • Great news. And no small amount of courage especially coming from a community where higher education is most prevelant.

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