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  • Israel's P.R. campaign is failing: the more Americans know, the less favorable they are
    • The problem is not that more and more Americans don't feel that Israelis don't share American values.

      The problem is that more and more Americans don't feel that Israelis don't adhere to Jewish values.

      I wonder where these Americans get that idea? Could it be from the Ten Commandments? From the teachings of Rabbi Hillel? Such a mystery.

  • Mondoweiss is necessary—so Israel can’t silence me and other Palestinian journalists
    • Mondoweiss and similar outlets are necessary so that Israelis, Zionists and other Fake Jews and Unjews, as well as phony Christians, cannot silence Real Jews like me, who actually believe in and practice the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Rabbi Hillel.

      Israelis are as authentically Jewish and true to Judaism as Trump is an authentic Constitutional President. Israelis and Zionists have also become a threat to the U.S. Constitution, and so are overtly anti-American.

  • Through 'severe pressure,' U.S. can impose a two-state solution on Israel -- Nathan Thrall
    • RobertHenryEller June 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Also unfortunate that hophmi seems incapable of seeing Israelis and Zionists as human beings, i.e., as susceptible as any other human beings to lying to, stealing from and murdering other human beings.

  • If Trump is serious we may be seeing the most significant step in 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations
    • RobertHenryEller May 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

      "If Trump is serious."

      The author should have ended this piece right there.

      In logic, in computer programming, there is the familiar "if-then-else" construct. If the "if" posits an impossible (in this case ludicrous) condition, nothing gets done in that branch of the logic.

      What Trump does is serious. Trump's condition is serious. Trump is only serious if a liar is serious.

  • Courageous Israeli newspaper is indicted as 'childish' 'contrarian' and 'antagonistic' by the yellowbellied New York Times
    • I love the snotty attitude radiating from the picture of Rosner the NYT's uses.

    • RobertHenryEller May 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

      You miss it? It happened years ago.

    • RobertHenryEller May 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Exactly what I was going to write just now. That's what really is yellow bellied of the NYT. They don't have the gonads to ever allow comments on Rosner's propaganda. I wonder why they protect him, and the other Zionist Zombies. The NYT knows exactly what kind of respond Rosner would elicit from their more active readers. The little twerp would have his butt chewed to a pulp.

  • Jews made America great so 'we deserve our influence' on Israel policy, Dershowitz tells Scarsdale synagogue
    • RobertHenryEller May 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Unless we are Jewish Americans who disagree with Dershowitz on Israel policy, and then we can just go fuck ourselves, right, Deshowitz?

      And I always thought America allowed Jews the opportunity to become great.

      Exactly what share of America's defense and intelligence budgets should be allocated to Zionist decision makers? How do we Jewish Americans measure our "disproportionate greatness" compared with other Americans?

  • The war for 'The New York Times'
    • Maybe the NYT is improving. But then Liz Spayd, NYT Public Editor qualified the Barghouti opinion piece with the following:

      "An Op-Ed Author Omits His Crimes, and The Times Does Too"

      Marwan Barghouti is an unusually popular political figure among Palestinians, especially for a man behind bars. He is a charismatic leader who has written three books and for many years has commanded an outsize presence beyond the Israeli prison where he is serving time. He was given five consecutive life terms after being convicted in an Israeli criminal court of premeditated murder for his role in terrorist attacks that killed five people, along with other crimes.

      On Sunday, he wrote a piece for the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times to draw attention to a mass hunger strike for what he calls Israel’s arbitrary arrests and poor treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

      “Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation,” he wrote. “In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.”

      In the piece, Barghouti makes reference to his life sentences and additional 40-year term but he does not say the crimes for which he was convicted. More crucially, neither did the editors of the Opinion pages. A biographical sentence at the end of the Op-Ed simply says, “Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”

      I asked Jim Dao, editor of the Op-Ed pages, about the decision not to include Barghouti’s crimes.

      Dao noted that the piece does say the author received multiple life sentences but he acknowledged that it doesn’t state the crimes for which he was convicted. “We are drafting an editors’ note that will provide that information,” he said.

      Here’s the note, attached after our exchange:

      This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.

      In the meantime, a rash of readers have objected — in emails to me and on social media — to what they say was The Times’s distorted characterization of Barghouti.

      Here’s Jonathan S. Blank of Alpharetta, Ga.:

      The New York Times and all media lose credibility and contribute to the degradation of journalism when they publish misleading author credentials within editorials and op-eds. The author is described by The New York Times for its readers as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” That is true, but what is misleading is what The New York Times elected to omit from the description — that the author has been convicted of five separate counts of murder in an Israel civilian court (not military, civilian). To omit that critical piece of information and simply describe the author as a leader and politician effectively prevents the reader from placing his opinions in proper perspective.

      This isn’t a new issue for the Opinion section. I have written before on the need to more fully identify the biography and credentials of authors, especially details that help people make judgments about the opinions they’re reading. Do the authors of the pieces have any conflicts of interest that could challenge their credibility? Are they who they say they are, and can editors vouch for their fidelity?"

      The following is the letter I sent to Liz Spayd:

      "Ms. Spayd:

      Have you also insisted that Israeli authors not omit their crimes when publishing in the NYT? I have seen no evidence that you have done so.

      Have you also insisted that the New York Times not omit the crimes of Israeli authors when the paper publishes the opinions of Israeli authors? I see no evidence that you have done so.

      Have you also insisted that the New York Times allow its readers to comment when the NYT publishes partisan opinions by Israeli authors? I see no evidence that you have done so.

      Most Israeli leaders, certainly including Benjamin Netanyahu, have been complicit in the same sort of crimes, and on a larger scale, than this Palestinian you so self-righteously point out murdered innocent people, while you have failed, and continue to fail, to insist the NYT point out his crimes, but not the crimes of murder, crimes against humanity, crimes against international law, that Netanyahu and many other Israelis commit. Are those crimes not worth mentioning? Or is the conviction or non-conviction in un-representative courts your grounds for your double standard?

      You are as guilty as the New York Times is."

      At best, the NYT should be damned with faint praise. The Times is still kissing Zionist butt.

  • Dershowitz gets drunk on water
    • RobertHenryEller April 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

      "I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without."

      In other words, Israel needs to hold the world at ransom to counter BDS? I thought that was the purpose of AIPAC and Israel's nuclear arsenal. If those are not effective hostage devices, what will water do?

      Unfortunately, Israel has developed something that the world - including real Jews - cannot live with: Israel.

  • Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu
    • Actually, there are very few Jews left in Israel.

      You think Fake News is a problem?

      Fake Jews are an even bigger problem. And Israel is mostly filled with Fake Jews. And that's an all too kind and polite term for these people. We all know what to more accurately call them.

  • Trump warns annexation of West Bank will cause 'immediate crisis' between US and Israel - Lieberman
    • RobertHenryEller March 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Trump heard from his Middle East business partners (The people from the Muslim countries he didn't ban from coming to the U.S.) that they would not be happy with "Greater Israel."

      So Trump is not going to help "Make Israel Great Again."

  • In Jerusalem, Cuomo says the more people try to separate NY and Israel, the closer we get
  • All Palestinians can become Israeli citizens, but they can't vote, says lawmaker in Netanyahu's party
    • RobertHenryEller March 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Palestinians can become Israeli citizens, except they can't become Israeli citizens.

  • A defense of UCLA student paper's decision to publish Netanyahu cartoon
    • Not only is the cartoon not anti-Semitic, but it is actually pro-Judaism. The only people it should make uncomfortable is people masquerading as Jews. And around the issues of Palestine/Israel, the problem is not Fake News, but Fake Jews.

      Who are Fake Jews? Jews who, regardless of how ritually observant they are, are what I refer to as "70% Jews." Who are "70% Jews?" They are so-called, or self-styled Jews who nonetheless do not follow three of the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not bear false witness; Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not kill.

      I've been asserting exactly what this cartoon asserts for the last couple of years, and I'm sad that people don't invoke this idea more frequently. The cartoon in fact gives me hope, although the faux-outraged response is all too predictable. Real Jews, people who believe they don't get to pick and choose among the Ten Commandments, or selectively turn their observance of all the Commandments on and off, should be calling out Zionists on this hypocrisy. In fact, "70% Jews," whose self-proclaimed leader is Benjamin Netanyahu, are a greater threat to Jews and Judaism than any Palestinians, or even all Palestinians. Which do we think actually matters to our God, that we occupy a certain piece of real estate, or that we obey all of His Commandments (None of which is that we live in Canaan, or Palestine, or Israel.)?

      I do not make a religious argument because I am religious (I'm not. Maybe I'm even, at best, a 30% Jew. But according to Rabbi Hillel, who I've yet to see anyone effectively rebut, that's the essential 30%. Note also that I don't demand or even ask that Israel take me in, or protect me. Why would I? Israel, and Zionists everywhere, endanger me and every other Jew, and endanger Judaism.), but because the Zionists assert that Israel, right or wrong, must be defended at all costs, because Jews need their own land. I'd have a harder time arguing against that if Israel was in fact protecting actual Jews. But apparently, most Israel so-called Jews are in fact "70% Jews." And for me, that makes them, effectively, "0% Jews." The Ten Commandments is a contract, not a menu. So I use this argument against those who claim they are 100% Jews, when they are only 70% Jews. Not good enough to make any demands based on Jewishness. One of the oft-cited horrors of the Holocaust was Rabbis forced to piss on a Torah. Yet the majority of Israeli Jews, without any hesitation, in fact with some glee, piss on the Ten Commandments. How does that stack up against worshipping a Golden Calf, in God's Eyes?

      This cartoon is anti-Semitic? Just the opposite. What's actually anti-Semitic, as in, a real danger to real Jews and real Judaism (Not the fake 70% kind.), is the policies of the Israeli Right, along with their aiders and abettors.

  • American Jews will 'divorce' Israel if it is at peace -- Foxman
    • Exactly the opposite, Mr. Foxman.

      American Jews are now divorcing Israel precisely because we are sick and tired of Israel not being at peace.

      You are a dangerous and delusional madman, Mr. Foxman.

  • Before there was 'fake news' there was Judith Miller
  • 'Friedman is a warm Jew' -- Israelis approve of Trump's ambassador nominee
  • Leading pro-Israel groups dare not criticize Trump lest they lose access to White House
    • Zionist thinking, in other words: "We must do whatever we have to do to defend Israel. But Jews? Well, Jews will just have to defend themselves."

  • I'm not worried about anti-Semitism
    • Amazing, Phil:

      You just made an argument why Jewish Americans are “safe” because they are now the Establishment.

      Did you happen to notice the recent elections? Voters on both ends of the political spectrum voted decidedly against the Establishment.

      And you just gave the old WASP aristocracy (Who, via the Koch Brothers, et al, are still very much pulling the strings.) an out, saying they are “not in power” anymore. So when the people who are trying to kick out the Establishment keep on kicking, whose butts are they going to see first (With a little help from Breitbart, the alt-Right, etc.)?

      In effect, Phil, your argument itself disproves your thesis.

      How far away is your argument from the rationalizations of German Jews in the 1930s? I see no daylight between them.

      I’m not happy to point any of this out.


      Robert Eller

  • After years of careless accusation, Dershowitz says anti-Semitism charges must be 'very careful'
  • Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election
    • Dear Mr. Horowitz:

      Unfortunately, because of recent events in my financial life, I can not contribute to Mondoweiss' work, much as I think it is important work, much as I value knowing of your work.

      But I do have a recommendation for how you might be more effective. I will state that recommendation here, now, and I will try to follow up with why I make this recommendation. I tried to write something that was close on to my argument for a Mondoweiss shift in strategy, in a comment to a recent Mondoweiss piece about Sheldon Adelson, but when I clicked on submit, the piece disappeared. Unfortunately, I did not copy the piece before I submitted it, and I lost it. The piece had "flowed" from me, and I didn't have the ability to re-create it.

      But my conclusion is this: While the plight of the Palestinians is indeed dire, and should be exposed, and the perpetrators exposed, I don't think the Palestinians summon the sympathy of your intended audience, beyond the choir you're unfortunately preaching to most of the time. Specifically, you don't hit the Zionist establishment for the crimes that they are committing against "their own."

      You are not articulating, at least not forcefully enough, not nearly focused enough, the destruction of Judaism, of Jews, and ultimately, of Israel, that Zionism's "greatest champions" are perpetrating, through their destruction of the Palestinians, their takeover of "Greater Israel," and now, their attacks on the First Amendment, and the U.S. Constitution, in their zeal to criminalize BDS.

      In short, go after the Zionists for destroying Judaism, Israel, and how they will ultimately and mortally endanger Jews themselves. Maybe that will wake up Jews, and whatever friends they might actually have. And make sure Jews are not comforted because Hillary won the popular vote.

      Zionist "champions" like Adelson are mimicking precisely the delusions of the rich German Jews of the 1930s. To say nothing of what "Orthodox Jews" Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are up to.

      At this point, Zionists are apparently banking on Ivanka being their modern Queen Esther, whispering in the King's ear about the dangers of Haman (Bannon, Pence, etc.). Good luck with that, Zionists.

      Focus on how Zionists are working to effect the final solution that the Nazis could only dream of. Focus on the "brilliance" of a people successfully brutalized for millennia because they were herded into ghettos, where they would be a neat, easier target. And then what is the brilliant solution, from the brilliant Zionists (We're Jews, aren't we? We're the smartest people on Earth! Look at our Nobel Prizes!), to the Holocaust? "Let's build ourselves the biggest ghetto ever, in the Muslim Middle East! And further, let's really piss off the neighbors, both inside and outside our giant fantastic ghetto, by emulating the Nazis! Brilliant!

      Go there, Mondoweiss, and stay there. You are trying to win by appealing to people's better natures. Screw that. It doesn't work as well as appealing to people's fears about their own destruction. Help Jews to see who their real enemies are.

      More to come, even though I said more than I intended to.



  • Challenging anti-Semitism and the Trump presidency
    • Stop focusing on the anti-Semitism of Trump and Bannon, and start focusing on the anti-Semitism of Zionist "champion" Sheldon Adelson, and "Orthodox Jews" Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

      We Jews are "really smart people." Except when the subject is being Jewish. And then, apparently, we are the stupidest people on Earth.

  • H to Jake to Malcolm to Maggie to Haim to Huma -- resetting the discourse on Israel in 6 easy steps
    • Where is Hillary on this issue? Where she's always been: With her tongue firmly wedged up Haim's tuches, and through Haim's tuches to Malcolm's tuches, and through Malcolme's tuches to Bibi's tuches.

      A cute little human centipede.

  • Calling someone a 'Zionist' is anti-Semitic and abusive, say British lawmakers
    • How did the U.S., Jews and Zionists once tolerate American Nazis marching through Skokie Illinois, the home once of many Holocaust survivors?

    • "Then we are stupid and we will die." - Pris, "Blade Runner"

      An appropriate response to watching idiot Zionists stoke real anti-semitism by abusing the free speech rights of citizens in democracies.

    • What fools these Zionists be. They will ultimately turn anti-Zionism into real anti-Semitism, by interfering with democratic societies like the U.S. and the U.K., and undermine Free Speech, and get citizens of democracies in trouble for exercising their Constitutional and legal rights.

      Zionists can pull that crap all they want in Israel, if they think they can get away with it.

      But if they continue to try to suppress Constitutional and legal rights of free expression is democracies like the U.S. and the U.K. they will bear the consequences of the blow back, with no one to blame but their stupid idiot selves. What a bunch of idiots Zionists are.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg should come with a warning label
    • You should replace your old, stock photo of the zaftik Goldberg with a newer photo of the now-svelt lizard Goldberg.

    • Goldberg does not support a two state solution. If he did, he would at least tolerate BDS. Goldberg's support for a two state solution is about as credible as Netanyahu's support for a two state solution.

      Goldberg and Netanyahu as just two zombie zionist psycho liars. When Israel destroys itself, and takes down much if not all of Judaism itself, and Jews are no longer safe anywhere. Goldberg will be standing there going, "How did I get this wrong?" I'll tell you how you get it wrong, Goldberg: You put butt-kissing-for-access-and-self-stroking -status uber alles.

      I'll bet President Obama reads what you're really about loud and clear, and plays you for the tool you are, Goldberg.

    • Why should Jeffrey Goldberg come with a warning label?

      "Jeffrey Goldberg" IS a warning label.

  • Security hired by pro-Israel group arrests questioner at Dennis Ross speech in Kansas City Public Library
    • So now Israel and Zionism are concerns of the U.S. government superior to the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.

      Money indeed has become speech. And speech has become a crime.

  • Dennis Ross tells American Jews, 'We need to be advocates for Israel' -- and not for Palestinians
    • "And while Ross said that American Jews ought to have a more vigorous debate of Israeli policies, many have gone too far in criticism of Israel. "

      Translation: American Jews can ask pre-approved questions. But don't have the rude audacity to ask for change.

      Now keep quiet, my little mushrooms. And keep those dollars coming!

  • Clintonites oppose 'occupation' mention in platform-- as Cornel West says party is 'beholden to AIPAC'
    • "More overt antisemitism at Mondoweiss."

      The most anti-semitic writer on Mondoweiss is you, hopmi. You and your fellow zombie Zionist psychos are doing everything you can to destroy Israel, Judaism, and make the world ever more dangerous for real Jews, with your sanctimonious snotty smarmy juvenile crap.

      The intelligent response to the Holocaust is not the facist Israeli regime, is not facist collective punishment of Palestinians for the "crime" being in a place you psychotically coveted, is not creating your own racist ghetto.

      You're the anti-semite here, hopmi. And you're too much of a brain-washed puppet to even realize it.

    • Former congressman Anthony Weiner wants the battle to end: he writes in yesterday’s Daily News that the Sanders forces should drop the Israel talk now, and Clinton “should not give an inch.”

      If anyone should not be telling others to "not give an inch," is Anthony Weiner.

  • Max Boot has perfect propaganda on murdering medic-- but Jeffrey Goldberg is silent
    • RobertHenryEller May 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Max Boot's family name was shortened from Bootlick.

    • RobertHenryEller May 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Jeffrey Goldberg's ultimate writing principle is to not screw up the opportunity to conduct the next pro-Zionist U.S. foreign policy interview with the next U.S. President, and to conduct and edit those interviews so as not to lose pride of place with any Israeli Prime Ministers.

      If Goldberg can find a way to serve his own professional interests by writing about the murdering medic, he will do so. Otherwise, Goldberg will simply pass.

  • Don't say the Z-word
    • RobertHenryEller May 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

      "Whilst Zionism does not represent all Jews, it seeks to create a monopoly upon the usage of the term ‘Zionist’, and its pundits are seeking to stifle debate about it."

      Zionists are also trying to monopolize the words "Jew" and "Jewish." They are often claiming that if one is not a Zionist, one cannot be a "real" Jew. Netanyahu simply assumes this, when he claims to speak for all Jews. He clearly means that Jews are all Zionists, inferring that anyone who claims to be Jewish but who is not a Zionist cannot be a Jew.

  • US Jews adopted 'deferential' relationship to Israel, and tabooed dissent so as to preserve US gov't support
    • Actually dissent among Jews, particularly Jewish Americans, is a good thing. Dissent allows the U.S. Government to approach policy on Israel and Palestine in a more productive way.

      If U.S. Government officials understand that many Jewish Americans want a real two state solution in Israel, the U.S. Government can negotiate more forcefully with the Israeli government.

      Ultimately this will be good for Jews everywhere, good to the U.S. and good for Jewish Americans.

      Suppressing dissent has actually made it more difficult for the U.S. to broker a two state solution, or any solution that will treat the Palestinians fairly, and save the Zionists from themselves.

  • Israel demands correction from Sanders: it killed only 532 Palestinian children in summer 2014
    • So how many times has Senator Sanders been referred to as a "self-hating Jew" by right-wing Zionists at this point?

      I wonder how dangerous right-wing Zionists think Sanders is to their cause.

      I wonder how many right-wing Zionists think Sanders is as potentially dangerous to Israel as they thought Yitzhak Rabin was.

  • Shocker: 'NYT' forum on anti-Zionism tilts toward equating Zionism with racism
    • I posted the following comment in response to Daniel Gordis' piece in this "debate:"

      [Begin comment]

      "Israel was created to ensure the safety and flourishing of the Jewish people. Rejecting it constitutes an assault on Jews."

      This is true. But too many Zionists are threatening that safety and flourishing.

      Anti-Zionism is not against the existence of Israel. Anti-Zionism is against the policies of occupation and apartheid. And don't tell us about Palestinian terrorists. You'd as soon entertain a critique of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters.

      Anti-Zionists include many Jews who are concerned about the fate of Israel as a Jewish State. They see Zionist policies as the greatest threat to that State. Jewish Israeli treatment of Arab Israelis and Palestinians is not congruent with the teachings of Rabbi Hillel. I don't care what Jewish rituals you practice. If you're not a good human, you're not a good Jew.

      Israeli Jews have always had a choice: They could erect their own ghetto, which seems to their choice (We know ghettos worked so well for Jews in Europe.). Or they could create a state where Arabs and Palestinians thrived as most Muslims do not throughout the Muslim world, making them the envy of that world.

      But most Zionists have chosen otherwise. I feel bad and angry about the treatment of Palestinians. But as a Jew, I truly hate and fear Zionism creates among non-Jews. Anti-Semitism is historically unreasonable. Zionism as practiced is making anti-Semitism seem less unreasonable.

      Treat Palestinians collectively, and don't complain when you are treated collectively.

      [End comment]

      I received a decent number of recommendations on the comment, which was encouraging. New York Times readers are ahead of the New York Times on this issue, but that is not unusual.

    • Zionism did not have to be racism. That Zionism is racism is a choice.

      The silence and suppression of criticism by the New York Times, on the other hand, is what I would call anti-Semitism. Because I believe the policies of the New York Times in fact do harm Jews and Judaism.

      If the New York Times actually cared about Jews and Judaism, they would rescue the facts and the truth.

      A friend just posted a Thomas Sowell quote on Facebook: "When you want to help others, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell others what they want to hear."

  • Sanders is in Jewish tradition that rejected exceptionalist nationalism of Zionism
    • RobertHenryEller April 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Sanders does not seem anti-Zionist, so much as anti-Netanyahu, anti-Likud, anti-AIPAC, anti-occupation, and anti-embargo.

  • As NY primary approaches, Clinton and Sanders separate, somewhat, on Israel
  • Liberal Zionists are losing control of US discourse, and they know it
    • Jews who believe that the teachings of Rabbi Hillel are intrinsic to being a Jew, regardless of whatever other rituals one does or does not attend to, are not going to feel a kinship to an Israel that does not govern itself by the teachings of Rabbi Hillel.

  • A 'Genius' approach for fixing New York Times pro-Israel bias
    • If one posts a Genius annotated web article to Facebook, can one's FB friends see the annotations as well, or do they have to get the Chrome extension or bookmarklet in order to see the annotations?

      Also, is there any indication, if one goes to some random article, that a previous reader of that article has annotated it with Genius?

    • RobertHenryEller April 1, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Apparently, the offices of the New York Times are also Occupied Territory.

  • Israelis don't exist
    • An Islamist is distinguished from a Muslim as being a Muslim who believe that both Mosque and State are governed by the Quran.

      Following this model, perhaps we have to create new words for most Jewish Israelis. Perhaps we should call Zionists "Jewists," or "Judaist," for Jews who believe both Synagogue and State should be governed by the Bible, by other Jewish sacred texts, and ultimately, by Rabbis who will be empowered to say what the law is.

      Just like the Imams and Ayatollahs in Islamist countries define the law, the lawful, and the law breakers.

    • Further, Israel thereby reserves for itself the right to define who is Jewish, and who is not.

      Watch how the definition of "Jew" changes in Israel, as the right wing and the Orthodox further ascend, while the left wing and the more secular, further descend politically.

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  • Zionism is finally in the news, as officials seek to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism
    • Judaism exists and thrives when and where it alway has done so: Wherever Jews actually live and act as Jews, as Rabbi Hillel explained. Where so-called, self-styled Jews, people who call themselves Jews, to not live and act as Rabbi Hillel taught, there are no Jews, and no Judaism.

      Judaism will only be destroyed by the fake Jews who do not heed the teachings of Rabbi Hillel. No country that ignores Rabbi Hillel will ever be a Jewish state. Such a country will only be the destruction of Jews and Judaism.

  • Trump abandons 'neutral' Israel position, Sanders adopts it
  • Why Shmuley Boteach was banished from Cory Booker's memoir
  • Illinois lists 11 companies banned from doing business with state due to BDS
  • Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?
    • Trump is the American Netanyahu.

      Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump.

    • Israelis like Trump for one reason. Trump is exactly like Netanyahu.
      Trump wants to build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it. Netanyahu did build a wall, and made the U.S. pay for it.

      Trump wants to keep Muslims out of the U.S. Netanyahu wants to kick Muslims not only out of Israel, but the Palestine created by the U.S., and occupied illegally by Israeli settlers.

      Trump wants to kill the families of terrorists. Netanyahu not only does kill the families of unbowed Palestinians who dare to rise up against their opporessors, but also hundreds and hundred of Palestinian men women and children for the crime of also being Palestinian. It's called "collective punishment." Netanyahu practices collective punishment, just as Saddam Hussein did, just as Bashar Assad does.

      Israelis look at Trump and see their "hero," Netanyahu. Israelis are indistinguishable for Trump's rally crowds.

  • Most US Jewish students don't see Israel as 'civilized' or a 'democracy,' Luntz tells secret anti-BDS conference
    • "The new, or not so new, agenda put forward by Luntz and co: Israel’s supporters should say that they are in favour of a dialogue and peace-building through diplomacy, and accuse BDS supporters of obstructing dialogue, and spreading hate."

      In other words, just continue to kick the same old turd-filled can down the street.

      Because "dialogue" and "peace-building through diplomacy" has worked so well with the Israelis up till now, right?

      What the Israelis practice is "lie-alogue" and settlement-building through diplomacy.

  • 'NYT' article on roots of recent violence in Israel/Palestine fails to use the word 'occupation'
  • Rubio may be a robot-- but he's the neoconservatives' robot
  • 'Little Jewboy' moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel
    • "You’ve surely seen the coverage of the “Jewboy” insult aimed at the US ambassador to Israel by a former aide to the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu."

      You didn't see this story if you rely on the New York Times.

      Instead, the NYT continues to publish op-ed pieces by right-wing Israelis like Shmuel Rosen and Yoav Gallant, conspicuously refusing to allow NYT readers to respond via comments.

      The New York Times might as well be owned by Sheldon Adelson, who publishes the free paper Hayom, which is nothing but a pro-Netanyahu, pro-Likud, propaganda rag.

  • 'NYT' op-ed blaming 'Facebook' for violence parrots Netanyahu and gets push from ADL
  • Despite global disgust, Netanyahu doubles down on claim that Hitler got idea of Final Solution from a Palestinian
    • Suppose Netanyahu's lie was the truth. So what? Would that exonerate Hitler? Would it condemn the Palestinians?

      The ultimate irony, once again painfully obvious: Netanyahu traffics in original sin, in blood libel, against the Palestinians.

      Netanyahu is a racist. No news.

  • Iran Deal coalition breaks apart, and J Street looks more and more like AIPAC
    • So the Republicans will not even have to wait until 2017 to scuttle the Iran deal. Democrats and "liberal" Jewish Americans will scuttle the Iran deal while Obama is still in office.

  • Israel approves sniper fire and 4 year mandatory prison sentences against stone throwers
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the changes and declared the increased measures were a “fight against those who throw rocks and firebombs, and shoot fireworks.”

      Against firebombers? Really. Is Netanyahu authorizing the IDF and Israeli police to direct live fire at settler firebombers?

  • Everyone's kicking AIPAC now that it's down
    • I suspect that AIPAC would like the world to believe that they are not as powerful as they likely remain. Please recall how AIPAC and like-minded and like-directed groups and individuals protested when Professors Mearsheimer and Walt presented their formal argument for the power of the U.S. Israel lobby in 2006.

      I would not be surprised to learn that AIPAC itself urged mainstream media outlets to publish articles projecting the image of a weak, or weaker, AIPAC.

      I certainly do hope that the U.S. Israel lobby is weakening, or at least (thinking even more wishfully, I admit) that it would advocate in the real long term interests of Israel, i.e., that Israel cease its apartheid occupation policies, and reach a real peace with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as well as within Israel itself, and make real peace, not cynical enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend deals, with its Middle East neighbors.

  • Coulter's point is that Republicans pander on Israel to win donors, not voters
    • Coulter knows how to push buttons, get attention. She knows what works.

      But I could care less about Coulter's language. I'm Jewish, and I call all kinds of right wing (self-styled) Jews much worse things. (I call Coulter much worse things, for that matter.)

      However, Coulter's point, for a change, is correct. Republicans I'm sure would like to get more Jewish votes, but what the GOP really wants is Jewish big donor money - particularly if they can wean it away from Democratic contributors.

  • Which nation spends more on its military: Iran or Israel?
    • Ostensibly, the U.S. gives Israel about US$3 billion a year for defense.

      But how much lower would the annual U.S. defense budget be, how much lower our national debt attributable to unfunded defense expenditure (e.g. the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars), if Israel were not our "essential ally" in the Middle East?

      I suspect that if we honestly attributed the cost of supporting Israel militarily that stays in our own budget, outside of the money we directly and overtly contribute to Israel, we would see our actual contribution to Israel is much higher than $3 billion a year, perhaps even multiples of $3 billion.

      Does anyone know the answer?

    • Why is Tehran demonized?

      Because it "has to be" demonized, of course. To support the narrative. To maintain the posture of the defendant, the victim.

  • How Israel legitimizes vigilante terror
    • Why are you puzzled, Mr. Michie? One cannot be a Zionist (as Zionism is and has been practiced) and also claim to be a Jew, except in denial. Judaism is all but dead in Israel. I'd go so far as to say that Zionism and Zionists have "murdered" almost as many Jews as you-know-who.

  • Long Island synagogue marks High Holidays with thanks to Israeli soldiers in Gaza war
    • Mr. Grover: You support Zionist policies that are leading to the self-destruction of Israel, the pollution of Judaism, and the endangering of Jews everywhere.

      So, who is the Israel hater? Who is the anti-Semite?

      From where I stand, you're the Israel hater, Mr. Grover. You're the anti-Semite, Mr. Grover.

      And since you don't obey the commandments against lying, stealing and murdering, and you don't practice the Golden Rule (Which you don't, Mr. Grover, because you support Zionism as practiced.), I don't even know how you think you're a Jew.

      I wouldn't call you a Jew, Mr. Grover. I'd call you something else.

  • Campus is seen as next battleground against Iran Deal -- by 'rightwing fanatics'
    • Dershowitz's first job was at a deli factory on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1952, at age 14. He recalls tying the strings that separated the hot dogs and once getting locked in the freezer.[18] He attended Yeshiva University High School, where he played on the basketball team. He was a rebellious student, often criticized by his teachers. The school's career placement center told him he had talent and was capable of becoming an advertising executive, funeral director, or salesman. He later said his teachers told him to do something that "requires a big mouth and no brain ... so I became a lawyer."

    • "According to Dershowitz, Netanyahu has a “right” and a “duty” to seek to change US policy. He doesn’t think it’s fair Israel was “excluded from the negotiations."

      Really? Exactly what was Israel prepared to negotiate with Iran?

      Was Israel prepared to agree to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as Iran has? Was Israel prepared to negotiate a reduction of its own nuclear production facilities, or its own nuclear arsenal? Was Israel prepared to negotiate over Gaza and the West Bank.

      We've seen Israel "negotiate."

    • "The students come to class, the teacher states the claim and students practice refuting it, based on Dershowitz’s refutations “without breaking down where those critiques were coming from. ”

      Zionist catechism.

    • Dershowitz advocates that American universities function as Zionist Madrasas.

  • Iran Deal's liberation: Judaism is not Zionism
    • Mr. Grover: What do you call someone who disobeys, and who supports those who disobey, three of the Ten Commandments, which tell Jews not to lie, not to steal and not to murder? A 70% Jew?

      What do you call someone who disobeys, and who supports those who disobey, the teachings of Leviticus, the teachings of Rabbi Hillel, to do unto others as one does unto one's self?

      I won't tell you what I call such people, Mr. Grover. But I don't call them Jews.

      And while you're at a Synagogue tomorrow with Israeli and American flags on the bima, wrapping yourself in those flags the way the righteous of the bible wrapped themselves in flags (I know that happens in the bible, somewhere.), the warnings about false idols.

  • AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang
    • I'd like to celebrate, Phil. But I think we're being premature with any AIPAC obituary. If indeed AIPAC is wounded, I expect it to be as dangerous as many wounded animals are.

      I am also most concerned that, at least from now until November, 2016, the Democrats are going to be piling on aid to Israel, and making no noise about settlements, Gaza, etc. The Palestinians are going to pay a price for the Iran deal.

  • The Iran Deal is an African American achievement
    • "Inexcusable?"

      Ms. Ifill need make no excuses. For what? Calling out a racist?

      From day one, and even before Barack Obama became President, Netanyahu has treated our President as if it were Netanyahu's schvartze maid's nappy-headed wayward little boy. Or worse.

      Netanyahu is the one who owes an apology. Which we'll never see or hear. All Netanyahu ever sees is "anti-Semitism." He never sees himself.

    • If AIPAC dropped $40 million, even $100 million, and Israel gets even one billion in additional aid (I assure you it will be much more.), that's a pretty sweet Return on Investment.

      Not so good for Palestinians, however.

  • The Israel lobby is alive and well-- and split
  • It starts early: Netanyahu warns first graders Hamas is trying to kill them
    • Note the Disneyland castle in the backdrop of the photograph.

    • Is anyone who has been paying attention surprised?

      Does anyone need a "qualified psychiatrist" to evaluate Netanyahu telling this to first graders? Does anyone even need to know the word psychopathy to determine if this is sick behavior?

      This is the behavior we would expect of the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Africa, recruiting child soldiers.

  • Debacle for the Israel lobby: Booker jilts Boteach, and Netanyahu sinks AIPAC
    • James Zogby has a more sober view of who has won and who has lost in the battle over the Iran deal.

      Conclusion: Netanyahu has not lost; Palestinians lost.

    • Here's a problem:

      The U.S. will substantially increase military aid to Israel. We know how they will use it.

      Netanyahu will claim credit for the U.S. increase in military aid to Israel, while continuing to decry the "existential threat" of Iran. Israeli's for the most part will swallow this. Netanyahu will be politically strengthened, not weakened. And Israel will if anything, move further, not closer, to releasing Palestinians from the Israeli concentration camp.

    • Schmoozer Boteach and Menedez: two self-aggrandizing hustlers.

      Booker smelled the stench, and made a very wise long term political decision.

      Maybe someone reminded him of what happened to politicians who supported the Iraq invasion.

  • 'Turning point' -- Obama defeats Netanyahu and 'destroyers of hope' on Iran Deal!
    • Let us please remember that preventing the GOP, AIPAC and Likud (if indeed we can or should continue to think of them as separate entities) from blocking the Iran agreement is but a tiny battle victory. We have not won the war.

      Just as with the GOP and "Obamacare," or with reproductive choice, or with voting rights, the war is far from over, if indeed it will ever be over. The lobby for "military solutions" is far from being mortally damaged. GOP, AIPAC, Likud are not going away. In fact, they are all just gearing up for the 2016 elections.

      I fully expect that if AIPAC and Likud do not believe they can get what they want from Democrats, they will be campaigning heavily against Democrats, or at least those they think they cannot control.

  • Pro-Israel Jews have 'inexcusable prejudice' against Obama -- Sandy Berger
    • It would be convenient for AIPAC if many people believed it was dead. AIPAC would much prefer, and benefit from, a lower profile, and for people to perceive AIPAC as an underdog.

      Given it's vampiric, zombie personality, I would characterize AIPAC as the un-Dead. Definitely not dead, and much more persistently dangerous than the Living, who are, ultimately mortal.

    • Martin Indyk has his finger on the pulse - of his own manhood.

  • Ben and Jerry won't tell you who's trying to kill Iran Deal
    • Unfortunately, one has to distinguish between what the actual Ben and Jerry can do and what the corporate-owned Ben&Jerry's will do.

      I doubt the real Ben and Jerry have any leverage over what the corporate Ben&Jerry's does at this point.

      It may even be that they are constrained by their agreement when they sold the company from criticizing the corporate entity.

    • How many millions in campaign contributions did Cotton-mouth gain from his trip to Israel?

      A real American patriot.

  • 'They tried to kill me': Nonviolent activist recounts brutal encounter with Israeli military
  • NY's Center for Jewish History to host Ayelet 'Little Snakes' Shaked in conversation with Bret 'Hiroshima' Stephens
  • Why did a Jewish Day School student cry hysterically when she learned about the Deir Yassin massacre?
  • A year after Shipman lost his Yale job for speaking out on Israel's actions, some Jews say the same thing
    • Do people seriously argue whether U.S. aggression in Vietnam, Iraq, etc. have contributed to feelings of anti-Americanism, which feelings many have acted on? No.

      So, why would Israel's aggressions have nothing to do with anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist feelings, and expression of those feelings?

      Meanwhile, it's "perfectly legitimate" for former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren to take out his resentment for the mistreatment he experienced at the hands of his Catholic schoolmates in West Orange, New Jersey, on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

      In the past year, I've decided that I'm a "Chris Rock Jew." If you don't get it, watch this:

  • One year later, Gaza is still in crisis
  • End of lockstep US Jewish support for Israel is a triumph not a tragedy
    • Will people ever take the time to understand what George Soros does and does not do?

      Please, do your research. Soros does not particularly support any Zionist programs.

      Start here:

      Soros spends his money on promoting democracy.

      Just because Soros is rich, and Jewish, does not imply that he supports Israel in general, or Likud or Netanyahu in particular. He does not. I have to conclude that you heard something from an unreliable source, or you just jump to conclusions.

    • Netanyahu wants anti-Semitism to rise in the U.S. If there is a rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S. as a result of backlash against the U.S. Israel lobby killing the Iran deal, and pushing the U.S. into another Mid-East war that could cost even more than the $6 trillion Iraq war we've run on the credit card, Netanyahu will be thrilled. Why?

      Netanyahu figures he can get Jewish Americans to move to Israel, the way he's scared Jewish Europeans to do. In Israel, Jewish Americans can also serve as part of Netanyahu's Human Demographic Shield against the growing Arab population.

      Meanwhile, Netanyahu figures further that anti-Semitism will push more rich Jews towards the Republican Party and into the loving arms of their John Hagee Christians United For Israel wing.

      Anti-Semitism in the U.S. will be a winner, in Netanyahu's calculations. He only needs enough Jews in the U.S. to buy the President and the Congress.

      At this point, Jewish Americans would be better off if there was no U.S. Israel lobby. Netanyahu may now be Jewish Americans' greatest existential threat.

    • The story of George W. Bush pitching the Gog and Magog stuff to Chirac was revealed by Kurt Eichenwald is his book, "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars." (2012) The story of the Gog and Magog pitch to Chirac was excerpted in Vanity Fair in October, 2012.

  • Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state
    • "An article like this published by an editor of Haaretz, often described as the Israeli equivalent of the New York Times, is a sign—one of many—that political attitudes are changing within Israel."

      If only a journalist/columnist/editor at the New York Times had the cojones to write an admission like this.

      If only the editors/publishers of the New York Times had the honesty and integrity to publish such an admission.

  • Does Obama have Booker? Boteach desperately plays race card and Jewish donor card
    • No apologies necessary, bintbiba. You were kind to bring Professor Massad's piece to our attention. I'm no internet wiz either. I used to think I was not too bad with information technology. I was even manned a tech support desk in a large law firm in Philadelphia, PA, once. But that was at least 30 years ago. I'm 66 now, and the technology has raced ahead of me. I've given up trying to keep up.

      I was surprised at the volume of reader responses to the debate about Alison Weir (I was a supporter of Weir before, and remain so.).


    • bintbiba: Thanks for showing up! I hope you caught my thank you to you for posting the Professor Joseph Massad piece on the history of anti-Semitism. I learned a lot. Regards,

    • More hookers than morons in Congress. They're smart enough to know which side of the bread the butter is on.

    • Just for clarity, regarding bintbiba's very worthwhile piece below:

      The piece by Columbia U. Professor Joseph Massad appeared apparently appeared in 2004.

      Thank you, bintbiba, for a piece which certainly eliminated not a few of my own misperceptions, and filled some important holes in my knowledge. One suggestion, if I may: In the future, please provide links to such pieces, if you know them (Perhaps you got Professor Massad's piece from a printed source, and transcribed it here.)

    • Shmuley Boteach is nothing but a self-promoting Hollywood Hebrew Hustler.

      What's the difference between a Schlamiel and a Schlamazel, Shmuley?

      A Schlamiel spill soup on a Schlamazel's tie. In other words, in your case, Shmuley, no difference.

  • Danny Danon 'would only make Israel look more extreme' -- former Israeli ambassador
  • In latest thrust at Obama, Netanyahu names UN ambassador who trashed him and said Palestinians can have 'Facebook state'
  • Non-Jew dares to announce position on Iran Deal
    • "Why is the title 'Non-Jew dares to announce position on X?' What’s wrong with being a non-Jew and what’s wrong with announcing a position?"

      Sarah: I had the same questions while reading this other recent piece on Mondoweiss:

      "Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir"

    • Pat Buchanan of all people had this advice for President Obama on how to handle Ron Dermer:

      "The president should declare Dermer persona non grata and send him packing, then tell the Israeli government we will discuss a new arms package when you have a prime minister who understands that no nation interferes in the internal affairs of the United States. None."

    • For those who might have trouble accessing the Ha'aretz piece, here is the text:

      Headline: "Sources: Netanyahu Seeks Gains From Iran Deal Battle He Knows Is Lost"

      Sub-headline: "After bitter Congress campaign, weakened Democrats will press for Israel compensation as their bid to retake the White House falters."

      Benjamin Netanyahu’s go-for-broke onslaught in Congress against the Iran nuclear deal has been described as a lose-lose situation that would leave Israel worse off, no matter what happens. One of the most oft-asked questions in recent weeks in Jerusalem and Washington, therefore, is this: “What is he thinking?” According to several sources who are privy to Netanyahu’s most recent discussions with American interlocutors, and based on what they have heard and how they interpret the prime minister’s words, the answer is this:

      Netanyahu is under no illusion about the ultimate outcome of the campaign. He accepts the prognosis that there won’t be enough Democratic votes in Congress to override a presidential veto. He is getting used to the idea that the Iran nuclear deal, which he has described as a “stunning mistake,”  is already a fait accompli.

      Nonetheless, Netanyahu has refused to engage President Obama or the administration in talks about what the media describes as security “compensation” for the Iran deal. Obama has said that Netanyahu believes that this would signal acceptance of the Iran accord and would weaken the resolve of its potential opponents in Congress. Obama told Jewish leaders that Netanyahu is wasting precious time in which Israel’s defense capabilities against Iran and Hezbollah could have been upgraded.

      Analysts maintain that Netanyahu would be able to secure higher rewards for Israel now, when his implied acquiescence to a deal is valuable to the Obama administration, rather than later, when the deal is either done or undone and Netanyahu’s attitude is far less important.

      Netanyahu sees things differently. He believes that passage of the Iran accord by virtue of a Democratic bloc that supports the president will strengthen his hand, not weaken it. According to his view, after the dust settles in Congress, Democrats will be desperate to mend fences with Jewish voters and donors in advance of the 2016 elections and will be pressing the administration to mollify Netanyahu, who will continue to wax indignant for as long as possible. His leverage against an administration that has gotten its way will be far greater than it is against a president who is pulling out all stops to achieve victory, he believes.

      Netanyahu also sees fringe benefits in his strategy, according to people who have heard him. He believes that the fight over the Iran deal will weaken the Democrats not only with Jews but also with the American public overall. Win or lose in Congress, Americans view the agreement with Tehran’s ayatollahs as an accord with terrorists if not a deal with the devil. For those who aren’t convinced, Netanyahu will gladly provide both proof and argumentation.

      This could be Netanyahu’s contribution to a Republican victory in November 2016. He would then gain a grateful GOP President who may not scuttle the deal overnight, as he or she now promises, but would certainly adopt a tougher attitude on its implementation, Netanyahu believes.

      From Netanyahu’s point of view, this could be a win-win rather than a lose-lose situation: he would take credit for extracting the best possible security compensation for Israel’s defense. He would weaken Democrats and in effect punish them for supporting Obama and his terrible deal, and could see a pro-Israel Republican administration taking power to boot. In addition, he would confound all of his critics, detractors and naysayers in Israel and America who have accused him of making the wrong decisions at every turn.

      Of course, skeptics might think that Netanyahu is being too clever by half. That he is ignoring the effects of lingering resentments in the White House and pent up anger among Democrats, especially moderate ones, who have been caught between a rock and a hard place in recent weeks. Netanyahu is also overlooking the long lasting damage to the American Jewish community, which is now splitting between pro and anti-deal factions, between those who see anti-Semitic motives in the administration’s battle for its policy and others who are outraged by the accusations of Jew-hatred leveled against the U.S. President. And that it is reckless of Netanyahu to wreak all this havoc on Israel-US relations and on American Jews on a campaign that was doomed from the outset.

      And then there is the issue of Netanyahu banking on a Republican victory in 2016, a subject on which he’s already on record as erring badly, you will recall, the last time around. Netanyahu has surrounded himself with likeminded conservatives to the extent that he is blind to the rest of America, one source told me. He is increasingly out of touch with minorities, millennials and liberals, Jewish and otherwise, the source added, which is why it’s so easy for him to discount their influence and to write them off, with potentially disastrous results.

      The writer of the Ha'aretz piece is "West of Eden" columnist Chemi Shalev

  • Front page 'NYT' story is rigged to suggest donors for and against Iran Deal cancel each other out
  • Jeffrey Goldberg's melodramatic apology for Chuck Schumer
    • "This time [Goldberg] supports the nuclear deal with Iran as well he should."

      What evidence has this article's writer, or anyone else, that Goldberg supports the Iran nuclear deal? I read everything Goldberg writes. I've seen no such evidence.

      To the contrary, Goldberg has done everything he can to pander to those who oppose the deal.

      Please read anything Goldberg has written and show us where he supports the deal. At best he says that Obama and Kerry "might be right."

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • I have to wonder if the only reason these accusations against Alison Weir were ever launched is that Weir is not Jewish.

      Would a Jewish American who did exactly what Weir did be accused of anti-Semitism?

      I wonder if some Jews simply do not trust, or cannot trust, or have trouble trusting, non-Jews to have as "honest" a position on Zionism, or the Israeli treatment of Palestinians, without being suspecting or accusing them of anti-Semitism.

      I'm a 66 year old Jewish American. I've read plenty of Alison Weir's writing over the past few years. I've never thought anything Weir wrote was anti-Semitic. And I'm as surprised, and frankly disturbed, to learn that some people who are pro-Palestinian, or anti-Israeli apartheid, or otherwise critical of Israeli policy, are accusing Weir of anti-Semitism. I find this as disturbing as being accused of being myself an anti-Semite by Israelis and/or right-wing Zionists, as disturbing as when the likes of Israeli Minister of Religious Services David Azoulay lectures non-orthodox Jewish Americans that they are not real Jews. (As I think that real Jews take the Commandments not to lie, not to steal, not to murder, to heart; As I think that real Jews take the teachings of Rabbi Hillel to heart; I challenge David Azoulay, as an Israeli, to defend his own claim to be a Jew. Who cares how he prays? Judaism is about what one does when one leaves the synagogue.)

      As an American, when I read Alison Weir, I see nothing but an American who is promoting the interest of all Americans. I do not ever see her speaking only for non-Jewish Americans, or of accusing all Jewish Americans of being disloyal. Weir's charges against the U.S. Israel lobby ring true for me. AIPAC does not speak for me as a Jewish American, nor do I believe that AIPAC is a friend Israel can really afford. Sheldon Adelson does speak for me. And Netanyahu certainly does not speak for me as a Jew. None of these latter mentioned seem to me to have any interest in the welfare of Americans, Jewish or otherwise. Alison Weir is an American, and speaks as an American. She never speaks as an anti-Semite.

      If other individuals or groups wish to discredit groups that Alison Weir has addressed, then they should do so directly. They shouldn't discredit Weir by association.

      On the other hand, look at who has addressed anti-Semite John Hagee's Christian's United For Israel: Netanyahu, Ron Dermer, Lindsey Graham. If we want to start looking for "crypto" anti-Semites, I can suggest some much better suspects than Alison Weir.

    • Solid points, Eva. Thanks.

  • 'Bernie, what about justice 4 Palestine?'
    • That Sanders has already come out for the Iran deal demonstrates that he is willing to stand up to AIPAC and Israel. That is a good start. I have not seen any other Presidential candidate do that. The GOP candidates, they're falling all over each other to be Adelson's "girlfriend." Hillary is not much less in the tank.

      So, I may not expect Sanders to stand up for Palestinians during the campaign. He does not want AIPAC and Likud actively campaigning against him than they already will be, because you know they're going to be pressuring Sanders for a "loyalty oath." But if Sanders is elected, he at least won't be owned from the get go.

      I'm amazed that Obama is standing up to AIPAC and Likud the way he is. No other President since Eisenhower has dared to do so.

  • Dear Freshmen Members of the House of Representatives
    • I just wish the freshman U.S. Congresspeople had met with the hundreds of Israeli military, security, intelligence, political, diplomatic veterans who support the P5+1/Iran nuclear deal, and vehemently oppose Netanyahu, Likud and AIPAC.

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
  • Israel's 'blame the hand' excuse for settler violence
    • "Tipping points are many times seen in hindsight and the latest burning death of a Palestinian infant wakes up more and more Israelis – including on the right – to the reality of apartheid and the fact that different laws apply to different sets of people who reside on the same patch of land."

      I cannot agree that Israelis on the left or right are waking up, Aaron. Perhaps they are tossing and turning a bit in their sleep, because they're suffering a mildly disturbing dream, or the sheets and blankets have gotten a bit twisted.

      But when I hear about the hand-wringing, the "soul-searching," I have to ask myself, and Israelis, "You are troubled by the burning death of one infant? Where were you last summer when hundreds of children were being murdered? Do you not even know what went on last summer? Do you just swallow your government's propaganda and excuses whole?"

      No, the towering hypocrisy here is not about who is to blame, "the hand or the head." The towering hypocrisy is that too many Israelis are trying to make out like the settler terrorism is the "bad kind," which they won't have anything to do with, or contenence - while the terrorism of the Israeli government - in the name of all Israelis - against Gazans and Palestinians in the West Bank, is the "good kind."

      The hand-wringing, the "soul searching," are even more bullshit than the photo op "humanitarianism" of the Nepal earthquake relief.

  • Netanyahu for president? He's been a citizen-- twice!
    • Netanyahu learned his racism at his father's knee. Benzion came to the U.S. a fully equipped racist.

      Father and son, in their own words and deeds:

    • "What would he do if he had the key to the US nuke arsenal."

      What do you mean "if?"

    • “It’s no fun, but you’ll live–I did,” Ron Dermer

      And how many of your former fellow U.S. citizens have died for you, Dermer? How many have been maimed for you, Dermer? How many have been widowed and orphaned for you, Dermer?

      How many trillions of dollars have your ex-fellow U.S. gone into debt for, for your benefit, Dermer?

      Yeah. You'll live, Dermer.

  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
    • It's a moot point whether or not Schumer is an Israeli citizen.

      As a Jew, and a high profile individual, his request for such citizenship would be granted instantly, should he walk into any Israeli embassy, or just show up at the airport in Tel Aviv.

  • Shocker: 'NYT' runs front page press release for AIPAC warning Obama to cool his jets
    • Annie, did you read James Fallows' piece in The Atlantic about the New York Times article?

      "A Headline Worth Study in The New York Times" by James Fallows, The Atlantic

      I actually wrote an email to Phil Weiss, suggesting he post the NYT article with the James Fallows response. I had not seen this North/Weiss piece at the time, or perhaps North/Weiss had not yet published it.

      Anyway, Fallows' piece is very instructive as to how the NYT slants its construction to make Obama to appear as the aggressor and AIPAC the victim in the piece. A very good lesson in journalism, and one which can be applied to much NYT "news" coverage of the P5+1/Iran agreement battle, and other issue that have an Israel connection.

    • Most specifically, what Naftali Bennett was attempting to do was to distinguish between the "bad" Zionist terrorist of the "fringe" fanatics in the West Bank, and the "good" righteous Zionist terrorism rained down on the Palestinians in Gaza.

      This is in fact what all the uproar, the "soul searching," about the firebombing of one Palestinian baby in the West Bank, and the subsequent death of that baby's father, is about: This psychotic bifurcation between one child's murder in the West Bank, and the murder of hundreds of children in Gaza.

      Could these "soul searching" Israelis really not know that Gaza was baby Ali times 100, times 1,000? Are these "soul searching" Israelis simply compartmentalizing?

      "Look, we're really human! We care about one baby! We're not like 'those crazy hilltop youth!' " Really, Israelis? Take another look in the mirror.

    • "So what is gained? Will the Lobby then target each elected official who voted to sustain the veto, extract a price for disloyalty to the foreign master?"

      You mean, kind of like West Bank settler "price tag" revenge?

    • "The lawmakers obeyed the command of Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit him instead of their own constituents in early August if they want support in the future by prominent Jewish donors." - David Bromwich, in Huffington Post

      But these U.S. lawmakers (or should we call them " U.S. lawbreakers") DID visit their constituents in August. These U.S. lawbreakers' constituents ARE Netanyahu. These U.S. lawbreakers' constituents ARE Likud. These U.S. lawbreakers' constituents ARE AIPAC.

      The people who voted for these U.S. lawbreakers? The people who pay these U.S. lawbreakers' salaries? The people who these U.S. lawbreakers pledged their oaths of office to? To these people, the U.S. lawbreakers say, "Screw you." We work for our donor lobby. We work for AIPAC. Money is speech. Money is votes. Just ask the U.S. Supreme Court, you dumb suckers.

      I say, indict these U.S. lawbreakers for violating their oaths of office. I say, confiscate their U.S. passports when these U.S. lawbreakers try to return to the U.S. I say, put them right back on their planes when they try to return, and return them to their true constituents in Israel.

      It's not just Chuck Shumer who is the new Joe Lieberman. There is a whole cohort of Congressional lawbreakers who are Joe Lieberman wannabes. A whole cohort of Congressional lawbreakers who deserve Jonathan Pollard Prizes for loyalty - to Netanyahu, to Likud, to Israel.

      The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate will vote close to 2 to 1 in September on the P5+1/Iran nuclear agreement in the interests of Israel, not in the interests of the citizens of the United States. Fortunately at least President Obama is acting as the President of Americans.

      Who in the U.S. Congress represents American citizens?

  • Iran Deal Latest: AIPAC lies and, in a first, Schumer runs from the cameras
    • Perhaps President Obama should communicate to Netanyahu and AIPAC: "Shut down your opposition to the P5+1/Iran deal, or there will be no additional assistance to Israel.

    • Regarding the David Brooks article, "3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and now Iran," in Friday's New York Times:

      Brooks cited as authority for his position "The Foreign Policy Initiative," but conveniently failed to explain what this entity is:

      "FPI's Board of Directors consists of former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric S. Edelman, Dan Senor, Editor of The Weekly Standard William Kristol and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Robert Kagan. The latter two were project directors of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century."

      Eric S. Edelman
      Dan Senor
      William Kristol
      Robert Kagan

      So that's Brooks Brain Trust: One pro-Iraq War Zionist Neo-Con citing four more pro-Iraq War Zionist Neo-Cons.

      How do they know the Iraq War was a success? Simple. None of them lost their jobs, their money, their lives, their health, and no harm came to their own families.

      And no harm came to Israel.

      So, the Iraq war was a big success! And an Iran war will be a big success! For all the same reasons.

    • Word.

      Aided and abetted by all of Likud, Netanyahu's coalition in the Knesset, AIPAC, the GOP, Sheldon Adelson, Chaim Saban, Norman Braman (Rent Boy Rubio's Sugar Daddy), Ron Dermer, and churn-alists like David Brooks, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Frum.

    • "I have searched my mind and my soul and cannot escape this conclusion: Saddam Hussein left unfettered will at some point create such a danger to our lives that we cannot afford to leave him be."

      He searched his soul this time too! “after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement.”

      Translation: Schumer made two visits to his proctologist.

    • "The president should declare [Ron] Dermer persona non grata and send him packing, then tell the Israeli government we will discuss a new arms package when you have a prime minister who understands that no nation interferes in the internal affairs of the United States. None." - Pat Buchanan.

      Holy Feces, Batman! I agree with Pat Buchanan! Apparently, I've lived longer than I ever expected to.

      Now here's something I'd like to hear the Republican Presidential candidates saying, if they want to sound tough.

  • Defying Obama on Iran deal, Schumer cites Hamas
    • We're releasing Pollard on parole? Why not go all the way?

      Let's get Pollard into the U.S. Congress, where he can join his fellow Zionist spies and traitors still operating in the U.S.

    • What Schumer is actually predicting, and also asserting, is that Israelis and Zionists do not change, and will not change.

      Further, Israelis and Zionists see no reason to change. And why is that?

      Because the U.S. has always given them everything they ever wanted, without sanction.

      It is time to apply to Israel and to Zionists the same reasoning Schumer, Israelis and Zionists assure us will work on Iran.

      Boycott, Sanction and Divest the hell out of these psychotics. Let's put Zionist reasoning to work where it counts.

    • I wrote the following to a journalist who, like me, incorrectly predicted Schumer would support the P5+1/Iran deal (I'm not happy to be wrong.):

      Yes Schumer is up for re-election in 2016. But he won in 2010 two-to-one, 66% to 33%, against his Republican opponent. Could AIPAC/Adelson/Likud/GOP unseat him if he proves “disloyal?”

      They will certainly try. But New York is not only heavily Jewish, it is heavily Democratic, and heavily liberal. Jewish Americans are still largely for Obama, and largely for the P5+1/Iran deal. I would wager most Jewish American New Yorkers want Schumer to vote for the deal, as do most New Yorkers, period. And I’ll bet Schumer already knows this.

      I also depend on Schumer’s support from Wall Street. Although some industries might benefit from hostility or war with Iran, most won’t. Overall, an expensive war, largely bought on credit, is not good for the markets. Iraq may have not been the proximate cause of the 2007-8 meltdown, but it certainly did not help. I say Wall Street, perhaps quietly, supports the agreement, for all of their usual patriotic reasons: Their wallets. I’m sure Schumer has been polling Wall Street as well.

      Not supporting the deal could also cost Schumer stature and leverage with his fellow Democrats in the Senate.

      Schumer wants to support the deal. My guess is that, much as supporting the deal costs him some money, and some love, he survives any onslaught, and is re-elected, even voting for the deal. And that’s all the idealism Schumer needs. (Of course, my argument is predicated on Schumer having enough courage and self-confidence to believe he doesn’t need a 33% margin in his next election. I don’t know the man.)

  • Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby
    • "In his new book on the US and Israel, former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren says that all the young Ivy Leaguers who went to work for President Obama had read The Israel Lobby, by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, and that it was their playbook for understanding the Middle East. (Along with Edward Said’s Orientalism)."

      I wonder what Michael Oren, Ivy League alum (Columbia), has to say about all those "young Ivy Leaguers" who went on to become neo-con apparatchiks?

      Paul Wolfowitz, Cornell
      Elliott Abrams, Harvard
      Richard Perle, Princeton
      William Kristol, Harvard
      Norman Podhoretz, Columbia
      John Podhoretz, Chicago
      Seymour Martin Lipset, Columbia
      Doug Feith, Harvard
      Max Boot, Yale
      Robert Kagan, Yale/Harvard

  • Reps Deutch, Lowey, and Israel choose Netanyahu over Obama-- and who will bring down the hammer for the Iran Deal?
    • I posted the following comment today on the New York Times, in response to the article "Obama Takes On Opponents of the Iran Deal." By mistake, no doubt, the NYT comment monitors made it a "Times Pick." You can access the article and the comment via this link (You can also see the replies I got.):

      [begin text of NYT comment]
      We Jewish American voters should continue our wise track record, and support the P5+1/Iran deal, actively.

      79% of Jewish Americans voted for Gore in 2000.
      76% of us voted for Kerry in 2004.
      78% of us voted for Obama in 2008.
      69% of us voted for Obama in 2012.

      We Jewish Americans know who is best for the U.S. and Israel.

      Netanyahu and Likud won 29 of 120 Knesset Seats, 25%. Netanyahu's coalition could only manage 61 of 120, 50%. Yet Netanyahu claims to speak not only for all Israeli, but for all Jews. Clearly, he does not. We Jewish Americans know better. He does not represent us. He does not represent Israel. He has not earned our support.

      Do AIPAC, Adelson, the GOP, represent Israel, Jewish Americans, or Jews? No. AIPAC, Adelson, the GOP, represent Likud. We Jewish Americans know this.

      We Jewish Americans need to support the best interests of the U.S., our country. And we Jewish Americans, unfortunately, need to be the true friends of Israel, of Jews, of Judaism, and ourselves.

      Yes, there is anti-Semitism. Yes, there was the Holocaust. But the Holocaust happened during a literal World War, which followed a world financial crisis, and socio-economic chaos. War, financial crisis, socio-economic chaos, have never been good environments for Jews. Why would Jews anywhere support a path towards war?

      We Jewish Americans are wise enough to support peace and diplomacy. We are wise enough to support ourselves, the U.S., Israel, and the P5+1/Iran nuclear agreement.
      [end text of comment]

    • I'm tired of de-facto Israeli politicians usurping U.S. government elected offices.

      They should be prosecuted for violating their oaths of office.

  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • In order to judge a President, we should ask ourselves: What do we think any person could have accomplished in the circumstances as they existed?

      I'm quite disappointed with President Obama, for many of the reasons Mike Smith itemizes. On the other hand, I do ask myself how much more anyone could have accomplished.

      One thing Obama did that was supremely self-defeating, and possibly done out of arrogance, was demobilizing the three million strong army of active supporters his 2008 campaign assembled after the election victory. He needed that army. The 2008 campaign was but the first battle in the war I expected Obama's term(s) in office to be. Bernie Sanders, in his present Presidential campaign, has specifically pointed this out as Obama's first and worst mistake. I'm surprised it's taken so long for someone prominent to call Obama out for this.

      Had Obama kept his army of supporters active and engaged, he could possibly have done more.

  • Burning Palestinian Children: Settler violence is not exceptional
    • "Hilltop Youth."

      Kind of like Hilltop Jugend.

    • "It’s hard to fathom rewarding illegal and violent behavior, . . . "

      But this is exactly what the United States has been doing with Israel, since the beginning of Israel.

  • The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society
    • Administrative detention is a deliberate cop out by the government. AD allows the government to hold someone indefinitely, without prosecuting, convicting or sentencing that person.

      Only when the Israeli government moves to prosecute, convict and sentence Zionist/Settler terrorists can we take seriously that the Israeli government takes Zionist/Settler terrorism seriously.

      Yes, I did not call the terrorists Jews. They don't deserve to be called Jews. "Jew" is too polite and respectful a word for what the terrorists are.

  • Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state
    • Schumer, who is up to re-election in 2016, won his last Senate race 2 to 1 against his Republican opponent. Clearly, Jews in New York are mostly Democrats, and likely constitute at least two thirds of Schumer's Jewish constituency, Jews who support the deal.

      Sure, Schumer risks losing some big donors. But he is also Wall Street's Senator. I'd bet that, "net net net," Wall Street will conclude that the P5+1/Iran deal, and a more peaceful Middle East, if better for business and the markets. Schumer has been very good to Wall Street. I'm betting Wall Street continues to take care of Schumer.

      Schumer's Senate seat is really not so vulnerable, even though I'm sure the right-wing Zionist millionaires and billionaires might try to take him out, if he ultimately supports the deal. Schumer also has to consider his standing among his fellow Senate Democrats if he helps scotch the deal.

      I predict that, as an American, as a Jew, as a Senator from New York, and ultimately, as the self-serving political animal he is, Schumer goes with the deal. The heat is hot, but not that hot.

    • Jewish Americans should be loyal to the United States, to themselves, and to Judaism, however they define it.

      For Jewish Americans, their loyalty to Israel should be conditional on Israel honoring Judaism. Israel fails to honor Judaism. Most Israelis (all Israelis by association) have abandoned at least three of the Ten Commandments. Collectively most Israelis are complicit in lying, stealing and murdering. Collectively most Israelis are complicit in abandoning, if not spitting on, the teachings of Rabbi Hillel.

      Asking Jewish Americans to support Israel as it really is, is like asking Jewish Americans to support Fascism and Racism. It's certainly not asking Jewish Americans to support real fellow Jews, or Judaism.

      Israelis look down on Jewish Americans with monumental audacity, accusing them of not being real Jews. It's most Israelis who are not real Jews, from Netanyahu on down.

      Most Jewish Americans tend to actually practice Judaism in their daily lives, than do Israelis. Who cares what you do in a synagogue? I'll bet plenty of Nazis went to church.

      Yes, I am repeating myself. And I'm going to continue to repeat myself. Jewish Americans are real Jews, and they should not allow themselves to be cowed or guilted by Netanyahu, or any other Israeli who questions their faith. The United States is a country that actually allows, in fact encourages, Jewish Americans, to be real Jews. The highest ideals of the U.S. are in step with the highest ideals of Judaism. I don't even understand how one can manage to be a real Jew in Israel. I could not be a Jew in Israel.

      Jewish Americans need to stand up to Netanyahu and his ilk. Jewish Americans need to tell Netanyahu, emphatically: We didn't elect you. You are not our leader. You do not speak for us. And you do not have any standing to question our faith. All of Judaism is about relations between Man and God, and between Man and Man. God said nothing about Israel in the Ten Commandments. And if God was willing to kick Adam and Eve out of Eden for transgressions, He surely would not have granted Canaan, or Palestine, to the Jews unconditionally.

      Netanyahu, look to yourself, to your own relationship with God and Man. Fix yourself. Then, maybe you can get back to us. Otherwise, as Jewish Americans, we are going to remain loyal to the United States, a country which, itself far from perfect, is at least trying to live up to its ideals, and ours, and which at least allows us to do so.

      At least the United States provides a safe place to be a real Jew within its own borders. The United States does not do so good a job of helping to make Israel a safe place to be a real Jew.

  • AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal
  • Pondering Jonathan Pollard’s release
    • "Beyond this, the claim being made by supporters is that Pollard has served already a disproportionately long prison sentence considering that his acts of espionage were on behalf of a government that was a friend and ally of the United States"

      A bogus argument. If Pollard cost lives, a life sentence is not disproportionate. If a possible sentence for treason and spying is hanging, a life sentence is not disproportionate.

      Finally, Israel is neither a friend or an ally of the United States. Israel's relationship with the United States is one of convenience for Israel.

  • US gov't has 'faith in the system' that Israel will prosecute killers of Palestinian child-- why?
    • Dear Mr. Mark Toner, State Department spokesperson:

      So, Mr. Toner, what's it like to get up in front of the American flag and speak to reporters through a mouth full of Zionist horse manure?

      I look forward to your response, Mr. Toner. Thank you.

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