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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.

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  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
    • Finkelstein is such an incredibly insightful individual. It would be hard to find someone who understands this conflict better than him. Although I don't agree with his stance on Bds he still a champion of the cause.

      As far as anti-semetic incidents and israeli violence it's obvious that the two are related. But the pro Israel community will do anything including denying the obvious in order to avoid Israel be portrayed negatively.

  • On 'Birthright,' a checkpoint is called a tollbooth, and Jews have E-ZPass
    • Jews do have an easy pass in Israel...compared to Palestinians anyway.

      These 2 bright young jews, who were taught from childhood that israel was just, formed an oppossing view without a tremendous amount of research and a little insight. That being said it makes me question the convictions of many other supporters of israel. In other words, if these kids can see through the hasbara then why arent more jews doing the same? I suspect its for reasons other then genuine support. Maybe they feel obligated to support israel. Maybe its good for business. Maybe they dont want to upset their family and/or community. Whatever the case is, its more crucial now then ever to provide sspace in the lives of others to make it ok to have critical views of Israel.

  • What we talk about when we talk about ISIS
  • Kerry says Netanyahu was wrong the last time he pushed war for the U.S.
    • I agree with you amigo that if americans were provided with the facts about the conflict they would indeed stand up against israel. And not just the harm the occupation inflicts on the Palestinians but the hatred it creates towards the united states amoung the entire middle east. In addition how negatively the rest of the world views the US because of this absurd and unfair foreign policy.

      Does anybody really think the US woukd actually go to war with iran if the negotiations fail? Given the disastrous war with Iraq and the American peoples resistance against another war in the middle east i honestly cant imagine a president giving the order to attack. Its not like we can bomb Iran's nuclear facilities without expecting any retaliation right? And Netanyahu is such a coward he would never face iran on his own. So i really don't know what he expects to accomplish with his speech

  • Israel's new Asian allies
    • it seems like Israel is willing to do absolutely anything in order to avoid making a deal with the Palestinians. And that includes making a deal with the devil himself. How morally low can this country get. But no partnership with India or China will ever be a comparable substitute for American political and economic support.

      On a side note, i wonder how long is it gonna take for these historically pro Palestinian Asian countries to abandon their moral standing in return for armaments from israel. Funny how the world works..

  • Racism is in the air: Video showing racist exchange between Israelis and a flight attendant goes viral
    • she was personally offended (although involved only as a bystander)"

      As she shoukd have been. Speaking of racism at the workplace, i own a small business and one day a bitter old woman came in with a distinctive israeli accent. When i told her the price she complained relentlessly. When i told her when her project would be done she complained relentlessly. She was so irate i nearly told her to leave. After about 10 minutes of this she looks at me and says "you do business like an arab". Being that im half Palestinian i guess i was only allowed to be half offended.

  • Jewish groups that blindly support Israel make US and European Jews potential victims of violence -- Avnery
    • Dabakr, so you're pretending not to see Averny's logic so you can once again claim victimhood to an ever hostile jew hating world.

      Antisemetic incidents rise sharply across the world when the IDF conducts military operations against gaza and slaughters hundreds of children. And you expect people to believe this is unrelated? Stop your nonsensical prattle. No one is buying it

  • 'Haaretz' says Netanyahu could incite 'another political assassination' (as 'NYT' runs cutesy election coverage)
    • Mooser let that idiot adelson spend more of his millions on free newspapers and ccampaign donations to any scum willing to say the most despicable anti arab islamaphobic shit possible. His influence is mostly irrelevant considering every candidate he sponsors at least in the states fail. Hopefully that momentum will rub off on bibi this time around. Enshalla

  • Israel sentences Palestinian teen Lina Khattab to 6 months in prison for protesting
    • "They have to prove to themselves that they have a right to the land without protest, without anyone fighting back"

      Preventing people from fighting injustice is being done in the US as well but through different outlets such as shutting down discourse, smearing anyone opposing their 'divine right' to the land as antisemetic, buying congress and other influential institutions and forcing this unwritten law on them. Only difference is in israel they can actually physically stop these people from fighting back by throwing them in jail.

  • One-state 'fantasy is very dangerous' because it cannot tell us what the military looks like -- Manekin
    • The world can conjure up as many solutions as they want. But everybody kniws israel isnt interested in any solutiin and has been fighting the world to maintain the status quo. no solution will work unless the israeli govt as well as israeli society transforms themselves, their politics and their national identity. Sounds a bit extreme doesn't it.

      Since its creation israeli leaders has rallied the jewish world behind a political and national movement to create a jewish homeland in the holy land (zionism ). And since its creation israel has done everything possible to hold on to that land from ethnic cleansing to building walls essentially making an agreeable 2 SS impossible. By some miracle if the world puts enough pressure on the israeli govt to allow a Palestinian state do you think the emboldened rightwing population, especially settlers, will comply? It would be civil war... literally. And no israeli leader would risk that.

      So considering israel isnt planning mass settler expulsion, nationwide infrastructure reconstruction, or risking civil war that leaves the 1 SS. Something the Palestinians have recently embraced out of sheer hopelessness of an actual 2 SS. When i think of the 1 SS i always envision America right after slavery was abolished. Yeah on paper everything seemed right but on the ground society was more divided then ever. Blacks were still second class citizens and were still being hung on public streets. And that conflict was, simply put, over skin color. What would society look like when you mix 2 different warring cultures with so much animosity and institutionalized hatred seperating each other?.

  • How a Washington state teacher is bringing Palestine into high school classrooms
  • Leila Sansour in Bethlehem: 'When your city is being destroyed, what would you do?'
    • I just spent a month in bethlehem last November and it was an incredibly beautiful city. I actually saw the section of barrier where the pope visited. If you guys remember the story mondoweiss covered where Palestinians wrote graffiti on that part of the barrier which israeli soldiors painted over ect. It was pretty cool to read about it then actually see it for myself. What completely ruined the tlcity was the aggressive 18 year old soldiers who treated everybody like terrorists, Palestinians and Americans alike.

  • Video: Racist Israel supporter films himself attacking Toronto students, urinating on BDS poster
    • There needs to be a crime before the police's presence is required. And putting up a sign is no crime. However trespassing and destruction of property are crimes and he shouekdve been arrested. This illiterate clown couldn't even read the sign let alone understand it. He just perceived it as being negative to israe. Typical ignorance and hatred infamous amoung israeli supporters. l.

  • Dissecting 'The Jewish Voices on Campus': a predictable but necessary endeavor
    • The definition of antisemitism is irrelevant to these people who are constantly smearing others with this label. Basically anything that portrays israel in a negative light is deemed antisemetic by this crowd. They are constantly trying to change the definition until it becomes all encompassing. Merely criticizing israeli policy will earn you the title of antisemites and this is exactly what they want. Just another tactic to shut down discourse. Its utterly despicable the way tbey abuse this word in order to justify and support their own racist ideology.

  • The Israel of your dreams has turned into a nightmare: A letter to Jewish students
    • Ziusudra, at this point, after witnessing netanyahu's insatiable lust for destruction nothing would surprise me.

    • This essay does a fantastic job of encouraging the Israeli public to do some soul searching and question the ideological flaws in Zionism. I hope every israeli citizen reads this article.

      There is a problem though. I just spent 2 months in israel staying in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Jerusalem. From what i observed most israeli jews could care less about the occupation and who could blame them. There lives are completely unaffected by the occupation. Tel Aviv is thriving and from what I observed the occupation seemed like it was on a different continent. Imo, the majority of israeli jews won't take the initiative to question State policy toward non jews unless their lives are in some way negatively affected.

  • #JusticeForMikeBrown: NFL star Reggie Bush connects Ferguson to Palestine
  • 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?

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