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ritzl

One summer in Germany, a while back, I met many returning US kibbutzim. The exuberance and energy was affecting. Influenced by that, a few months later in college I started to physically protest/jeer from the Israeli perspective. On one occasion we all headed to the Cleveland City Club to hear and jeer Chomsky. Between our interruptions (which he handled gracefully with a "noted" and went on), I heard him speak about water theft. For some reason, being as swept up in the Uris-like glow about Israel as I was, I had never heard (listened?) or asked about anything remotely disturbing about Israel. Afterward I started asking basic questions like, "If this is true, how can one people do this to another people, and we cheer it on?" and got few even marginally responsive answers. All the contradictions between Israel-reality and Israel-myth that appear here, were present even then. The veil was pierced and my perspective flipped almost immediately. It was the '70s, Kent State, and we were supposed to be FOR civil rights. FOR everybody. I felt grossly stupid and more than a little betrayed. My former physical tactics and experience mirror what goes on here an in the larger net world. I understand the desperate need (by Israel) to clamp the lid down hard (and keep it clamped) on the deeply troubling reality of everyday Palestinian life. It also suggests that just one little glimmer of reality that gets through can make a difference, one person at a time. One never knows which glimmer that might be...

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  • Calling Herzog and liberal Zionism ‘racist,’ Gideon Levy instigates a reckoning
    • Good article. It's wonderful you point to Levy's courageous take and directness as a model for things to come.

      But this graf takes away from that, the universality of Levy's message:

      "The Jewish community in the U.S. lags behind; we don’t have a prominent journalist who’s allowed to say what Gideon Levy is saying in these pieces. Max Blumenthal would say it if only the NYT would hand him the microphone. And certainly, debating the leader of a major U.S. political party about taxpayer funding for a apartheid client state’s army is off limits."

      Maybe the phrasing above is just awkward, but "We"? There are plenty of non-Jewish people who would and do say the exact same thing. Alison Weir for one. Abunimah and Munayyer are others.

      Sorry, but I have to ask, if Levy wasn't Jewish (or of Zionist heritage) would his crystal-clear and spot-on moral/political opinion matter less? Even to Jews?

    • You're all good, Bornajoo. Imho.

  • 'A better relationship with Iran' is the deal's secret promise, but supporters can't say so
    • Hey Kay. I just wanted to say thanks for posting that Haaretz link on NGO funding of Jewish terrorism.

      Very important piece of the legal puzzle that may enable Palestinians to sue in US courts for damages due to Jewish terrorism in the WB. Just a piece, but a big piece, imho.

    • Again, gas prices are DOWN 50 cents a gallon since the Iran deal was hammered out.

      How does that NOT make ALL other political calculations on this irrelevant? Every single driving voter in the US is currently saving USD100 a week because of this deal.

      Just one short primetime speech, Mr. President and this "debate" is over. Just ONE.

      One link of MANY:
      link to money.cnn.com

      ----

      This is Obama's massive failing as a politician and a President. He shows the guts to go after and GET potentially profoundly game-changing political works done and then, instead of making the beneficial big picture case directly to the voter/beneficiaries, fiddles around with recedingly minor policial considerations to get it finalized.

      In this case (the ACA being the other case) he now seems to be trying to preserve Jewish campaign support for Dems by not slam-dunking this with popular appeals.

      Tough to read this exceedingly narrow political debate any other way.

    • Great comment, Bandolero.

  • Nadler says his vote against Iraq war caused some to question his 'commitment to Israel'
  • 'There is no Jewish terror': Conspiracy theory that Palestinians committed Duma firebombing spreads among Israelis
    • From the other direction, abc, the "fact" that the GoI hasn't caught anyone must be "proof" that Jews didn't do it.

      It's pretty elegant in a sick, twisted sort of way.

    • I heard Michael Oren said the "victims" might not even be dead.

      :P

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
    • @Keith- To riff on your comment, "jhitchcock-ism" is starting to suggest, to me, that this is an Overton Window situation.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      The Israel Lobby/media structure is so powerful and so entrenched, and has standardized the "discourse" so completely in its favor that to move the Overton Window back to some normal, debatable frame of reference is going to require some harsh and/or angry words to reset the limits of debate. It's critical to move the OW on this back to a place where overly harsh words/true anti-Jewish behavior can be called out without argument and therefore without diminishing the effort for Palestinian rights one little bit.

      I suspect that finding a new and constructive center of debate for this issue is going to make most Jews very uncomfortable, but you can't move an OW by accepting one of it's bounding conditions as a limit. I wonder if even flaming anti-Zionist Jews (or frankly anyone who sees this as a potential Pandora's Box, e.g. me) would be willing to handle that discomfort. I don't know. I DO know that unless some constructive harshness in calling out this influence becomes acceptable, and the OW gets moved back, the Palestinians are exceedingly unlikely to get any justice.

      As it stands right now, without any disagreement whatsoever on condemning real anti-Jewish behavior, these efforts to turn over rocks looking for minute traces of what might or might not turn out to be some form of latent bigotry sometime in the future, and using that minutiae to chop up into little bits an important movement trying to stop people from being actually killed, is atrociously harmful. Harmful, as in murderous/deadly. But it seems to be acceptable behavior. Noble behavior, even (i.e. jhitchcock-ism).

      FWIW. Just ruminating.

    • Thanks, Pixel. The "It's not Apartheid because this is Israel [you idiot]!" argument, redux.

      The willful (it has to be willful, doesn't it?) inability of the Debbie Hall types to see a few meters over the wall never ceases to astound. She should check her privilege and go live in Duma for a week/day/hour/...microsecond.

    • Thanks for bringing this up, Danaa. I think Palestinian movement leadership's reliance on Jewish LibZio financial support is a another "elephant" in this discussion.

      An important factor, not often (if ever) acknowledged or discussed.

      I was going to take a stab at it, but I would have hashed it up. I'm glad you worked your magic on it.

      And what Bornajoo and just said!

      Open question: Is there a way around, or out of this funding pressure?

    • Great comment, PTJ. The rage is feared not understood. With no attempt to understand - either cause or constructive implications/prognosis.

      It really fits the definition of MLK's "white moderate." Thinking suspended between one and two dimensions.

      Imho, of course.

    • Excellent!

      As Kathleen said upthread: It's happening!

    • @jhitchcock- You never did answer my question about why one form of bigotry (Zionism) is acceptable to associate with and all the rest are not. That failure means you directly support bigotry against the very people you say you're trying to help, however tangentially (Palestinians).

      With that degree of inconsistency in your thinking, why you think people should/would/could take your accusations and observations seriously remains a mystery.

      Heal yourself, then get back with us.

  • Aftermath of Iran Deal: a divided lobby, but Biden's camp says he has 'Jews'
    • If Biden wanted an election strategy it seems to me he would be happy-dancing to anyone within eye/earshot about the fact that gasoline prices have come down 30-50 cents per gallon since the Iran deal was hammered out.

      This whole discussion is so bizarrely narrow. There's just ZERO thought being given to pitching to even the glaringly obvious collective interests of hundreds of millions of US citizens. I mean a politician passing up the change to crow about an extremely positive "pocketbook" issue that happened on their watch AND within current/recent political memory? Since when?

  • 'NYT' gives new life to old propaganda -- Terror Tunnels from Gaza
    • Thanks for keeping up the pressure, James North. So necessary.

      Nitpick: When writing about these deliberate falsehoods, could you all please use the affirmative, independent refutation instead of the dependent, restatement of the allegation?

      Where this, ...there’s no evidence that fighters used the tunnels to attack civilians." becomes this, "All evidence shows the tunnels were only used to attack military targets."

      Thanks again. Great work!

  • Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state
    • Thanks, Bumblebye. I would have gotten it, but thanks.

      Yep, Burston sounded pretty tentative. He got pummeled by the two other Jewish-Israeli guests (no Palestinians as usual). It's like he's so new to being on "this" side of the issue that he didn't recognize such stock diversionary arguments in order to respond quickly and effectively.*

      He's got a long road and a steep learning curve ahead of him if he's NOT going to be reversed. It was interesting though that he volunteered the odd but relevant specific of the intentional wall height to rebut his debatees contentions that "if you can't see it, it doesn't count toward Apartheid" weirdness.

      He seemed to be trying. Durability TBD.

      Thanks again.

      ----
      * For people who haven't listened yet, it was the standard "...but ISRAEL isn't...", while completely ignoring, despite Burston pointing it out at least three times, what goes on in the WB under full Israeli auspices and popular approval.

    • yonah, who created, enforces, and shows no sign of ending the Apartheid "on the West Bank"?

    • Thanks Bumblebye. Perhaps it's too early to ask significance questions.

      Is there a link?

    • Burston may or may not be a fraud, Krauss (Are opportunists frauds? Yeah OK, fraud it is.), but historical paths/changes are liberally peppered with non-conditional serendipity.

      Actual events led to Burston's epiphany. It happened. The question to me is now one of significance.

      To be specific, if dated, one if the looney Ziocane addicts at dKos, volleyboy (a, if not THE, person who got MW banned there as a cite-able source on this issue) used Burston as his definitive moral libzio guide on all things I/P. Where does all that fervency go now?

      If "right," no change, but if "left" Burston's shift may have some effect on libzio moral certitude and/or strident fence-straddling. Maybe another hole in the levee, but maybe only a basis for more creative rationalizations. It's hard to tell which, for me anyway.

    • Great question, Bornajoo.

      Not to put words in your mouth, but is your own sense of this development that the highly-resistant strain of thought that the yonah and jon s's represent can change, or IS actually changing, to embrace this epiphany?

      Seems like SOMETHING is actually changing. I just wonder if it's a significant (as in milestone, but probably not tipping point) something. I have zero sense of that.

    • "Much worse than Apartheid" = Hafrada.

      link to en.m.wikipedia.org

      Hostage has said that Apartheid is listed by name as a specific crime against humanity complete with conditions of proof. Maybe it's time to add Hafrada to that list.

  • Pittsburgh Jews say Obama will allow 'Second Holocaust' while Israel's ambassador openly lobbies Capitol Hill
    • This isn't just a Jewish discussion in a vacuum.

      It's a Jewish discussion with non-Jews taking it all in, starting to talk and, not wanting to send their kids, neighbors' kids, grandkids, or any other relations or acquaintances off to neverending war,* deciding if they can/will ever trust a Jewish power/influence structure (and those who so obviously and unquestioningly service it) that so clearly does not share that interest in/desire for a common better future.

      Yeah this Iran deal discussion is a pristene public display of divergent/dual-loyalty by the establishment Jewish community and those who claim to speak for all Jews. But more viscerally, to the extent one believes that Jews are the "deciders" on this opportunity for a better future for so many non-Jews, it screams US v. THEM.

      The neon rainbow aura of Jewish courage and common cause that was so hard-won in the 60s (and unrepeatable), carefully nurtured and/or sustained since, and which was/is arguably (but correctly and justifiably, imho) a principal currency of Jewish acceptance and political ascendancy in the US, is now being cashed in at a breathtaking rate -- all for Israel.

      What a price to pay to support and perpetuate such an overtly racist mistake.

      Oh well.

      ---
      * And a raft of other quality of life and present/future economic well-being issues completely eviscerated by the $Ts required to perpetuate a half dozen "little wars" at any given time.

  • Danny Danon 'would only make Israel look more extreme' -- former Israeli ambassador
    • So two Israeli extremists* walk into the UN. One turns to the other and says, "You make Israel look bad." The other one says...

      What a joke. What's the punchline? Maybe the joke is the punchline.
      -----

      *Is that redundant or what?

  • Saban says Iran Deal is a done deal, as Netanyahu and Bush play for 2016
    • It's f'g amazing, innit talknic?

    • OT, but when an article cites "$364,876" as an [assumedly egregious] example of how much money and influence is in play in national politics, I think it understates it by perhaps an order of magnitude. Maybe much more.

      When I was playing the game I had the occasion to attend a dinner for Sen. Shelby that raised in excess of $500K, in one evening, in one small city. That was for his leadership PAC (they buy their committee assignments, particularly approps). If it's possible to reasearch them, maybe leadership PAC donations would be a better illustration of the degree of money-influence interplay at the individual politician level and how that affects committee priorities and politics.

  • Someone Else’s Normal: The Dawabshe tragedy and picturing Palestine
    • Israel – a country where there is a longstanding and systematic campaign to divert water resources from Palestinian agricultural enterprises, ...Ten days later, I received a reply insisting that all Israeli products are traceable to within pre-1967 borders. ...

      Complete non-sequitur. Water is the most fungible of things. Palestinian water is used to grow all Israeli produce. It would be interesting to see a "trace" put on the water used to grow carrots in '67 Israel.

      Great article. Thanks for pointing out the ongoing contrasts.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg's melodramatic apology for Chuck Schumer
    • Can anyone think of another time the future leader of a party sided with the other party against a President of his own party (and still expected to become the leader)?

      I can't, at least in my political lifetime.

      Schumer should be toast.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • Welcome, Naren. Well said!

      And brilliant response, just!

      It won’t help her if we keep it to ourselves. We can all be the wind beneath her wings /behind her back. I don’t fear their power of defamation politics. We have plenty of power, too~ the truth is powerful, and standing in solidarity with Palestinians for their freedom and rights is the most important thing of all. She’s one wonderful pioneer, and I am proud to remain in sincere support of her fine work. - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      The Solution.

    • Yes, bintbiba, Bornajoo, and tree. Yes!

      Ditto on the "Today in Palestine" comment(er) effect.

      I would add that the articles about Palestinians and Palestinian efforts to pull themselves out of the crap that Israel continually heaps on them - they're (your, bintbiba) efforts to simply live ordinary, self-fulfilling lives in spite of Israeli/Zionist efforts to destroy those futures - are uplifting and get many more comments.

      Mohammed Assaf, Gaza Writes Back, Rafeef Ziadah, Palfest, Emad Burnat, Alaa Radwan (@AlaaRadwan7; "Simplicity is what I'm looking for."; link to mondoweiss.net), etc. are all remarkable examples of that resilience and uplift. All are real-life embodiments and effectors of Theodore Parker's/MLK's "moral arc."*

      Annie does a great job of presenting that incomprehensively (to me anyway) positive Palestinian life force here. It balances the helplessness one gets while reading Kate's litanies of oppression.

      Peace. Justice. Life!

      ----
      * Oh heck, while I'm at it... Theodore Parker:

      "I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."[59] ()https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Parker

      And maybe to bring it ever so slightly back on topic, Alison Weir is one of the "arc benders" as well.

    • Excellent Rusty! Well said. Tied it all together with context.

    • Excellent interview, Henry. Care to speculate why no one showed up to debate you? Backlash hurting, or so obviously right there was no point in further discussion?

      Is that show available on iTunes? The Kurdish discussion was interesting too.

      OT, but I hadn't heard anything before about the "moderate" factions refusing to drop "Arab" from "Arab Republic of Syria" in recognition of Syria's Kurds and its overall diversity. It's a little thing but one that resonates with all the dark motivations and outcomes wrapped up in the "Jewish State" insistence. Good radio show. Great ground-level insight.

    • Definitely, but I tend to look at the responses up to now, including the justifications for ostracizing AW, as prey behavior.

      I think there's some predation-mitigating effect in not acting like a gnu but it's not clear what or how much.

    • @Citizen- Yep. There was a poll done last year (pre Gaza Slaughter 2014) by Shibley Telhami/Brookings, authored by the PIPA/WPO/U Maryland folks, that showed 1/3 of Americans PREFER one state with equal rights right now as we speak:

      Here’s the main finding:

      Two states, One State, Annexation, Status Quo

      The percentage of Americans who want the US government to push for a two-state solution remains constant at 39% from last year; but the percentage of those who
      want the US to push for one state with equal citizenship has increased from 24% to 34%.

      Among those who support two states, two-thirds would support one state if two states are not possible.

      If a two-state solution is not possible, 71% of Americans (84% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans) favor a single democratic state with Arabs and Jews as equal over a
      one in which Israel’s Jewish majority is sustained and Palestinians will not have equal citizenship.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      And if (since) the two-state outcome goes (went) away, one-state becomes the overwhelmiing majority view.

      I'm pretty sure the vast majority of Jews would NOT call support for one state/equal rights a "position friendly to Jews." Sounds more like a sign of patience being lost.

      So Weir's position has a ready made audience of very reasonable people and comes nearly pre-sold. They're not raving white supremacists or other crackpots. They are just people that have to be reached. It doesn't sound like the 71% (note 60% of Republicans) are the kind of people JVP/ETO are comfortable reaching out to. Weir IS comfortable advocating in those venues.

      Taking that one step further, as the hasbrats here have made perfectly clear, advocating for one state is advocating for the "destruction" of Israel and therefore antisemitic. Is JVP/ETO willing to ride out that accusatory firestorm in order to channel/cascade/whip the existing beliefs of the vast majority of voters into a political force for what the majority of Jews would consider a bad outcome? Or would they simply acquiesce and "decide" under [laughably?] self-inflicted duress that one-stater's (potentially 71%+ of US voters) are anti-Jewish untouchables?

      As it stands right now, I'd have to go with the latter. Totally reactive. Reacting is not advocating, imho.

      -----

      Sorry to attach a rant to your comment, Citizen. Outside of personal distaste and opinion, none of these explsnations of the accusations against Weir make any sense to me. Your pullquote seemed to probe the chaos a bit. I just kinda let go.

    • Heh. Congrats on the death threat! I got one from something I wrote on this at dKos a few years ago (by email, which kinda set me back a bit), and then on twitter a few months ago.

      It's a wonder those clowns can type something out what with their keyboards all drenched in saliva n stuff. :)

      Do be careful though. :|

    • Hi W.Jones. I apologise for the way my "merry-go-round" comment came out. My incredulity was not aimed at you.

      Just the opposite. Your comments in this thread have been great. Kinda a warm, friendly, jump-in-your-lap-and-lick-your-face, pit bull nature (my neighbor has one like that), but pit bull nonetheless.

      Thanks. I learned a lot, from you and everyone.

    • Thanks to MW for hosting this discussion.

      Mega-thanks to Annie (and others if applicable) for moderating it.

    • @jhitchcock-

      But who is honestly more important to the future long-term success of the BDS movement and the cause of Palestinian rights at this point? JVP or Weir?

      If that's your Hobson's choice, Weir, without question. Demonstrated inclusiveness and expansion wins over demonstrated exclusiveness and contraction every time.

      And Weir has the larger audience pool.

    • Hi Pam. Is your attack issue oriented? Can any of us help you with pushback? Not that you'd want any from me, but there are a lot if strong voices here that may be able to give support.

    • Well said, pianoteacher!

      They accusations will continue to fly as long as they work. If I was on their side, I'd be sitting back laughing at how easy it is to make people squirm and/or to what lengths I can (not could) make the go to by spending all of 30 seconds on a keyboard.

    • Jeez, WJ, don't know if you were a dKos regular but a couple of years ago MW was "Mondofront" (ref to Stormfront) there. Maybe still is. Citing this blog was verboten. Maybe still is too.

      That's the state of Democratic Party orthodoxy.

      So here is a staunch anti-anti-semite posting on a blog that Dem orthodoxy (via the usual suspects and methods) has proclaimed to be anti-semitic and off limits.

      Quite a merry-go-round.

    • Oh and it was good of you to post responses. Thanks.

    • IDK, Ms. Hitchcock, if, as you admit "Zionism is a racist ... project," how can you partner with racists, liberal or otherwise, strategically or otherwise?

      This is EXACTLY what you all are accusing AW of doing such that it is worthy of ostracism. This is what a lot of us can't get past in all this. It's just incoherent. Hence all the speculation trying to fill in the gaps to make it coherent.

      None of these JVP/ETO accusations hold water (or can be taken seriously) from a movement PoV if that gaping hole in your perceptions/analysis is not addressed, FIRST. They just can't.

      Personally, I believe some Zionists can be worked with as an eye to the future and as a necessary if distasteful fact of movement life. I also believe that works both ways. You (and the people you are trying to speak for) seem to believe that some forms of racism are OK. Please clarify.

      So again, barring some form of clarification, the rest of your points cannot be discussed with any hope of understanding and/or resolution.

      ----

      PS. This maybe harsh, but I have to say a lot of this sounds so reminiscent of '70s, coffee house, splitter pique, than of anything that is going to generate the political power necessary to prevent Palestinians from being endlessly killed. Didn't understand the misdirection then, and I don't now.

      PS2. You will NEVER be able to counter accusations of anti-semitism. That beast is never satisfied. You simply cannot solve that problem with highly questionable sacrifices of parts of the movement. Your adversaries will just keep accusing, and you will respond by chopping off the next "offending" appendage. I cannot believe you all don't recognize that pattern by now. Ask Abunimah.

      If zero accusations is your principle concern and/or prelude to getting anything done on the main issue (justice for Palestinians), it's probably time to find another issue to work on.

    • Great comment, HarryLaw. Thanks!

    • Well said, bintbiba.

    • Weir hasn't done anything her accusers haven't done.

      JVP types appear on Zionist media all the time to get their message out, without challenging the base legitimacy of Zionism (ergo, embracing racism and racists). Blumenthal was accused of being an anti-semitic inspiration for the KC JCC shooter because some of his work was cited and secondary sourced by that murderer. Should they be thrown out of the movement? I think not. Same with Weir.

      But then heck, in the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, Zionism may be an acceptable form of racism and/or bigotry.

      Something about sin and casting stones.

      The bigger question in this is why should/would anyone support a movement that continually hamstrings itself. A movement that refuses to do EVERYTHING politically possible to end the ongoing oppression and routine slaughter of Palestinians.

      Oh well.

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • Tying the alienation of Allison Weir to "broadening the discussion," how can her varied and potentially expansive audience be shunned and the discussion be simultaneously broadened?

  • Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott
    • Interesting that Ma'ariv called this prospective action a boycott. Sanctions would be more accurate, but the "over the edge"/"Move over South Africa" implications of them using that term must be too much to admit and/or bear.

      Or maybe it's just the translation.

  • The enemies list
  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
  • Schumer defection raises fears about firewall on Jewish support for Iran Deal
    • Yeah, Annie. I hadn't seen your article when I wrote this. Thanks to you and Phil for writing it up. Spot on!

      Wrt "shocking," it's amazing to me that a group that is so sensitive to, and in fact relies upon, the dual-loyalty claim to be false in order to wield power, is seemingly going out of its way to publicly prove it true.

      Hypothetically, at the moment.

      "i don’t underestimate the power of the lobby."

      Words to live by, but should this bloc vote/shift come to be, the realization that so many Jews in positions of power can be "Goldstoned" into adopting a common opinion supporting the demonstrably lunatic and deadly ravings of Netanyahu & Co., takes not "underestimating the power of the lobby" to an entirely new level, imo.

      I guess until now I had thought (or wanted to think) that Judge Goldstone was uniquely susceptible to that kind of pressure. That may shortly prove to have been an extremely naîve belief.

      The other implication of Phil's speculation in this article is the question of whether to go on the offensive in pointing this out or wait around to react (to the next political loss on an issue of war and peace) and complain.

    • Agree Boomer. Either way, a part of the necessary mix.

    • Really. BAD. Shit.

      If the prospective situation described in the article comes to pass - a bloc movement against the deal by Jews following Schumer's lead - it will make it look like it's becoming Jews against the rest of us (the unbought) in domestic US politics on questions of war and peace and who's kids get sent off to kill and die in endless and unnecessary war for Israel.

      How can Schumer even remotely have the power/effect hypothesized in the article? Is the metaphysical hold of Israel and tribe SO utterly compelling that such an 11th hour, high profile, bloc move could happen? If it does it would abandon all pretense of Jews in power being anything other than subservient to Israel. It would be a public declaration that they are subservient AS A GROUP.

      I find it shocking in the extreme that "fence-sitting" Jews would follow Schumer's tribal lead on this. I find it shocking in the extreme that it is even a possibility.

      Really. Bad. Shit.

      God, I hope these "fence-sitters" vote their own minds, and it varies, Yea or Nay.

      ---

      "just" just posted an article lamenting the fact that Tablet went overboard, calling Obama anti-semitic because he mildly alluded to the very real reflexive Jewish political group-think and money flow on Israel (and against the Iran deal). The Tablet OpEd was kinda sad really because it called documented public reality, anti-semitic. How is one supposed to react to such a desperate, power-clingy, fantasy accusation? Yawn is my guess.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      link to tabletmag.com

      But now this:

      Chuck Schumer’s decision to oppose the Iran Deal is causing some fear among deal supporters that he has broken down the Democratic Party firewall of support for the deal by giving American Jews who are fencesitters an excuse to come out against it.

      If Obama's vague and heavily-couched remarks were antisemitic, how does one describe this phenomenon in a PC way? I don't think it's possible, particularly when debating a life and death issue.

      If these Jewish lawmakers follow Schumer's lead as a "Jewish thing" and as a bloc, that reality WILL be described as such. Fun times ahead for Tablet as they screech in a vacuum.

      As an aside and as a non-Jew, sometimes it's hard to tell if PW is writing something outrageous to spur a Jewish reaction, or matter-of-factly describing something that is normal intra-Jewish banter but which objectifies the rest of us. This is one of those times.

  • Iran Deal Latest: AIPAC lies and, in a first, Schumer runs from the cameras
  • In victory for activists, drone manufacturers linked to Gaza war cross-examined in Scottish courts
    • Aye, just. But I don't think we have anything similar to the UK legality (law?) where the executives would have to admit in open court that they were manufacturing munitions/breaking munitions export laws, in order to evict trespassers.

      Here I think it's just "Get off my property, or else."

    • This is fascinating stuff:

      ...It is widely believed that this was due to external pressure to avoid the arms companies being called upon to speak to the nature and legalities of their business.

      According to their own trade regulations, the UK is not allowed to sell arms to countries that violate international law. Concerning arms sales, criterion six of the Consolidated EU and National Export Licensing Criteria compels the British government to take into account the buyer’s respect for international law. ...

      If we have similar laws in the US, I hope they are used as much as they can be used. Probably not, but it's a nice thought.

      Thanks so much for your efforts and for explaining your legal leverage/strategy. Brilliant.

  • Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby
    • This struck me:

      Washington Post ... Catherine Ho and Karoun Demirjian report: ...

      Maybe my memory is going, and not that I read everything, but it's been a long time since I've seen a news story (not OpEd) about Israel in a major news publication written without a Jewish byline.

      Rare and welcome.

  • Sanders risks losing left over unprogressive views of Palestine -- Washington Post
    • IDK, Citizen. To me it's a broader indication an ability, or lack thereof, to tell the truth. Kinda soured on suspending my disbelief with Obama. Well actually WJC, but Obama with all his hopey-changey, limp-leg, ultimately center-right baloney hardened the perception into belief.

      The same would be true if Sanders was a declared "no more UN veto" Palestine supporter, but said the banks were doing a generally good job, they just needed some regulatory tweeks. What would one believe?

      It's just gappy to me. Disconnected. Not worth a vote, imo, because one can never tell where the next policy fissure will appear.

    • People who live in zero-sum BS bubbles shouldn't fling poo.

      With all your Marie Antoinette attitude, if you were on fire, Grover... (google it). Don't you see the danger in your behavior?

      If I have to spell it out: nobody cares about you. :)

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