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  • Fear that Israel is becoming 'South Africa on the Mediterranean' is expressed in Park Avenue synagogue
    • A Jewish democracy is as fanciful as being an atheist or secular Jew. In a democracy all religions are equal. If being a member of the Jewish religion gives precedence then the nation is not a democracy but a theocracy, a backward religious State no different to Saudi Arabia.

    • It is not becoming, it is and has been for a long time, an apartheid State like South Africa and the South Africans say a vastly worse one.

  • Antisemitism and its useful idiots
    • And yet it was the Greeks who brought education to the Hebrews. Judaism took much from the Greeks, just as it did from the Ancient Egyptians.

      There is nothing wrong with that. All religions have stolen from others, past and present. All religions are hybrid.

    • Just as fanatical, fundamentalist offshoots of Christianity do not represent Christianity or Christians, neither does Zionism, a fanatical, fundamentalist, not even religious because it is atheist, represent Jews or Judaism.

      A non-religious group like Zionism cannot represent a religious movement like Judaism. That is the core insanity of it all. An atheist group which rejects religion and God, draws upon religious teaching that some God gifted a slab of the Middle East to Jews, to demand the right to colonise Palestine.

  • Mock campaign supporting two-state solution reveals liberal Israeli racism
    • Remind me again why they supposedly 'hate us?'

    • Israel has been stealing, annexing, Palestine for decades. There is no West Bank, there is only the country which 'dare not speak its name' - Occupied Palestine.

      What the Israelis and their supporters overlook is that the Palestinians have time, numbers and justice on their side, and a theocratic Jewish State based on religious bigotry will not be tolerated by a civilized world, regardless of what they attempt to do with the nearly six million Palestinians who fracture their fantastic dream of Jewish supremacy in Occupied Palestine.

  • It turns out Jews are as stupid as everyone else
    • No, it doesn't justify the actions of Israel even if it were true, which it probably isn't given how flawed IQ tests are anyway and given how much propaganda the Zionist/Israeli/Jewish industry spews out.

      The Ashkenazis appear to have taken the concept of Jewish superiority to heart and consider themselves the creme de la creme of Jews as well as the rest of humanity. Such attitudes create division and racism in Israel today.

      There is no evidence for Jewish genius and in fact, Islamic genius has appeared in our history in ways Judaic has not, as has Hindu and Christian.

      Except of course, none of the genius has anything to do with religion but with the cultures and the circumstances of the times - it was ever thus.

    • @ Mooser,

      my point was that Einstein had skills and excelled in some areas, just like anyone else, but he had his limits and Quantum Mechanics was one of his limits, which is surprising really, given how advanced his intelligence was meant to be. Ergo, was he so intelligent or was he deemed to be?

    • If you factor in per capita, Israel does not have an unusual percentage of achievers but I can understand why the belief is pushed.

      Also, many of those who achieve in Israel are immigrants, or colonists, depending on your point of view, and were born and educated elsewhere. True Israeli achievement will come when the culture, society and education system is producing such achievers and given the parlous state of education compared to other nations, that may not happen.

      http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.532057

      US academic institutions can buy the best talent and in some respects that it good for those so purchased, and no doubt for achievements in general, but the successes are not American per se:

      And while the US may appear ahead in such terms, the sad reality is that on average, Americans have the poorest quality of life in the developed world, lacking many basic rights which others take for granted. But, no-one is perfect.

      The Asians appear to lead when it comes to the smarts, with Singapore the smartest country in the world, followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Canada rounding out the top 10.

      http://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-10-smartest-countries-based-on-math-and-science-2015-5

      And the top Seven in science:

      US, UK, Russia, Brazil, India, China, Japan, and with 2.5 billion in India, China and Japan, they seem to be the leaders.

      http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/tech/top-7-science-superpowers

    • The most brilliant Nazis were secretly removed to the US, UK and elsewhere so their brilliance could be utilised. However, Nazism was still, despite aspects of brilliance, one of the most horrible manifestations in human history. Not the first, not the worst and sadly, not the last, but pretty nasty on many counts, despite the moments of brilliance.

      No-one is all bad. Hitler opposed smoking and banned vivisection. Mussolini got the trains to run on time. Did that make everything else okay? No. And neither does the fact that Israel like any other nation is occasionally useful in terms of technology and development, or rather, claims to be useful in terms of technology but since one can believe nothing which comes out of Israel, all claims must be treated with caution.

    • Most not born in Israel, most Europeans, Russians, even a Palestinian - hardly Israeli anyway.

    • One would ask who compiled the list since no Israelis appear on general lists of world's greatest physicists. Could your list, catalan, be from Tel Aviv?

    • Well said. It is the same with the use of the term West Bank instead of saying Occupied Palestine.

    • Israel has fomented the Syrian war in order to steal the Golan Heights. Anyone can work that out. It will fail, but it is the plan.

    • @Yonah,

      Clearly all Israelis got was pushing with both elbows and both heels. Pushy being part and parcel of the culture as anyone exposed to it soon discovers, including many non-Israeli Jews!

      Can you explain what this miraculous component is which has somehow come from a religion and is passed down to anyone who had an ancestor who practised the religion, which renders them somehow more intelligent? The Jews without the Jewishness equation? Sounds awfully racist to me.

    • @ yonah,

      Perhaps a more comprehensive study of other cultures and religions would be informative for you.

      That which you attribute to Judaism is universal and found in all religions and cultures in varying form.

      The most advanced and enlightened cultures are not Jewish and never were and if Israel does represent Judaism, not that I think it does, then how can you explain its behaviour as a backward, unenlightened, primitive society?

      I am sure Jews contributed to the development of humanity, but no more than any other and it is religiously racist to claim that it somehow stands out.

      And since many of those who are called Jews who contributed, but are not really Jewish, in that they were not followers of the religion, or, in the case of Einstein, even raised in the religion, or had one Jewish parent and one non-Jewish parent, either equally a contributor to whatever brilliance might manifest, the entire theory of Jewish excellence is full of holes, unless one takes an elitist and racist view that any ancestral connection to Judaism confers superiority. That is of course the Zionist view.

    • And like all religions there are variations on the theme of Judaism, depending upon the country in which it operates and the culture on which it draws.

      My Jewish ancestors, going back to the late 17th century in England were pretty ordinary, generally non-achievers, but hard workers and culturally assimilated and when they emigrated to Australia in the mid 19th century, the males pretty much opted out of the religion, the females with less choice remained in, and off they went as Australians with few if any problems beyond what faced all other poor to working class Aussies.

      There seems no trace of discrimination in the experiences of the English or Australian Jews and I expect that was a common story for many. One of the problems with tribal, religious, cultural or racial stories and myths is that people expect them to tell everyone's story and they do not.

      Zionism emerged from a bunch of bitter atheists from what I can see and does not and has never reflected or represented Judaism or Jews. Israel's curse is Zionism.

    • If Israel has so many brilliant minds, why does it consistently act and think with abject stupidity?

      Top 20 living physicists - no Israelis.

      http://www.aneki.com/top_living_physicists.html?t=Top%2020%20Living%20Physicists&slide=20

      Top 20 living mathematicians - one Israeli, how can that be? But two Australians, two Canadians and a lot of British.

      http://www.aneki.com/top_living_mathematicians.html?t=Top%2020%20Living%20Mathematicians&slide=20

    • Not really breath-taking if you do a per capita comparison. Many little nations punch above their weight significantly.

      Israel is currently boosted by Anglo-European immigrants who have been well educated, but as the old colonists die off, the Israeli education system is unlikely, given its current performance, to produce much of note.

    • The Chinese certainly consider themselves superior to all others but then so do Indians, a country where I lived for many years.

      It is not unusual for religions, and the Jews are not the only ones, cultures or races to consider themselves to be better than everyone else.

      Neither is it unusual for immigrant groups to outperform given their need to find a place for themselves. This immigrant experience has happened everywhere and other young immigrant nations like Canada, Australia, New Zealand have had and still have exactly the same experiences. Not with all cultures but with some.

    • And now it is the Asians who are the brilliant performers in American schools, proving that whatever the impetus to achieve might be, it does not come from religion.

      And since many countries with minimal Jewish citizens perform brilliantly, it is pretty clear that being a follower of Judaism is not a requirement for achievement.

      When you look at Nobel Prizes, not actually a good indicator of anything but winning a Nobel Prize, Israel, with all that Jewish brilliance when compared per capita, comes in 12th, outperformed by many with few if any followers of Judaism.

      But, as a young immigrant nation, Israel's performance has been boosted by well educated Anglo/European colonists, and given the parlous state of Israeli education, as they die off, they are unlikely to be replaced by home-grown achievers.

      The United States does well but it is also an immigrant nation and it purchases clever minds from around the world so one could not claim there is a particular American cleverness.

      Apart from which, it is all pretty irrelevant in the scheme of life in terms of quality of life, with Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway - being exceptions in that they are high Nobel achievers and also offer a very high quality of life to their citizens in ways the US does not.

      No doubt there are different kinds of cleverness and Nobel cleverness is just one form, or faction.

    • And Einstein was very clever on many counts and not so clever on others. He couldn't take to Quantum Mechanics. Was he as clever as claimed or was he deemed to be clever?

    • Judaism does not need to disappear as long as people continue to practise the religion. As has happened throughout history, Hindus can marry Moslems and continue with their religions; Jews can marry Muslims or Christians and continue with their religion, etc.

      Races can be diluted through intermarriage but religions cannot. And in the modern democratic world, assimilation does not dilute religion either, it just makes them all equal.

      Apart from which, for every religion and Judaism is no different, the first member of the religion was a convert.

    • Sifting through the Nobel Prizes, it would be interesting to ascertain how many are really Jewish - as in practising the religion with both parents also followers of Judaism, otherwise, how does one know where the cleverness comes from?

      It is,however, a belief which would be condemned as pure bigotry in any other group, religious, racial, cultural.

    • Arrogance, ignorance and denial are a dangerous combination. Israel has created divided loyalties in some Jews, particularly in the US, and that is not a sensible position.

      It is an easy slip into what those who wish to make mileage of it, could call treason.

    • Yes, it is pure religious racism and elitism for some Jews to hold to this fantasy of superiority. Particularly since Marx as an atheist was not Jewish and called for the downfall of religions, and Einstein was non-practising in the main, and Freud, while he found religion later in life, was also an atheist and not Jewish, or any kind of religious for most of his life.

      Given the horrors he unleashed, Marx was hardly an admirable individual anyway.

      If one were to apply a Christian or Moslem connection to noted people, the brilliance would outweigh what is often called Jewish achievement. But no doubt this belief in superiority, which has become a human rights abuse in Palestine, forms part of the religious tradition. One best done away with in a more enlightened age.

      Israel stands as a demonstration that followers of Judaism are as stupid as anyone else and always were.

  • Why Israel wants us to say 'terror'
    • We are dealing with bigotry of the worst kind in Zionist Israel, where members of Judaism are held to be superior to all others, and in the case of inconvenient groups like the Palestinians, not just inferior but subhuman.

    • I doubt that violence toward an occupying army could ever be described as terrorism, except by the occupiers. No doubt the Germans and Japanese considered violence toward them from the people they occupied to be terrorism. One man or woman's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

    • My understanding is that IS or ISIS or ISIL still allows the oil to flow to ISrael. Curious and curioser.

    • When it comes to Israel it is a given that anything said will be propaganda and probably a lie as well.

      When it comes to Israel it is a given that non-Jews commit evil and Jews do not.

      Whatever the truth of the story, it is unlikely to be told.

  • How I got over the Milk-and-Honey-and-Chosen-People place
    • Good post. Yes, the attacks on Gaza have proven to be Israel's Sharpeville and more and more people around the world, including in the US, the last bastion of Zionistic propaganda, know the truth of Israel's foundation and behaviour.

      The world has changed and technology is a part of that, for good and ill. Israel may use its military technology on the Palestinian 'lab-rats' but technology also allows the Palestinians to reveal to the world the horrors perpetrated against them.

      When you live in a cult, you lose perspective and you lose your capacity for reason. I remember on my first visit to Israel being shocked at the blatant racism toward non-Jews in general and Palestinians in particular, but of course, in the bubble, it is not considered racism, just an Israeli reality.

      I met many truly lovely people but the worst of bigots and prepared to accept shocking abuse of those they considered to be sub-human. No doubt such has been the case behind every genocidal act in human history.

    • I suspect she does not use her real name to protect herself, and yet, we cannot be an instrument for change without taking risks, and that means standing up and speaking our name.

      Israelis and their supporters are the brainwashed and Zionism is a cult and it takes enormous insight and courage to break away from cults. The most tragic irony is that Zionism is more akin to the cult of Nazism than its members would recognise, but then cults and fascist beliefs are cut from the same cloth.

      What remains utterly astonishing is that anyone of intelligence or reasonably sound mind, could ever accept the appalling treatment of the Palestinians simply because they don't belong to the right religion, Judaism.

      I mean, think about this rationally, even if one were to accept that religions could have rights to land, even though that concept has absolutely no place in any sort of just or established law, and that followers of Judaism did have some right to go and live in a place where some members of the religion wandered around thousands of years in the past, why would that then give those Jewish colonists the right to dispossess and abuse the indigenous people living there, denying them justice and human rights, and betraying some of the core principles of Judaism in the doing.

      Unless there are Jewish teachings that are not shared beyond the religion, which decree that non-Jews are to be treated in such a way, particularly if they have dared to have ancestors who settled in Palestine.

      Even more intriguing, since it is as impossible to be an atheist or secular Jew, not believing in a God, as it is to be an atheist or secular Christian or Moslem or member of any religion, and since most Israelis are secular and/or atheist, how can they claim to have rights supposedly derived from a religion they reject?

      Being Jewish is being a member of Judaism, it is not a race, nor a nation, nor a people. If Judaism never existed there would be no Jews and Jews comprise all races and dozens of nationalities.

      One can be a non-practising Jew but that is neither secular nor atheist, it is just non-practising. Anyone who retains the label of Jew is a member of Judaism, otherwise they would do what thousands have done throughout history, including some of my ancestors, drop the religion and drop the label of Jew permanently.

      The reality that is Israel as occupier, coloniser and apartheid State, cannot be tolerated by anyone of intelligence or conscience. But it is and the question as to why it has been and still so often is, holds the key to why this travesty has been allowed for so long.

  • The Palestinian state never had a chance: a review of Toufic Haddad's 'Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory'
    • The Palestinian State never had a chance because of the power of colonial Israel over the subjugated indigenous Palestinians and the fear, inherent, in the fact they exist.

      Quite what Israelis believed they would do with the Palestinians, now numbering close to six million, is the core question given the impossibility of killing them all or even driving them out, particularly since most of them live surrounded by Jewish colonists who would have to be completely removed before the military attacked the Palestinians, unless Israel was prepared to kill thousands of illegal settlers along with millions of Palestinians and I doubt that.

    • The use of the term West Bank, for what is Occupied Palestine, also denies the existence of Palestine and its people. It should be avoided as a propaganda term.

  • Jared Kushner fired me over Israel ten years ago
    • How can Israelis believe, presuming some are of sound mind, that they can keep nearly six million Palestinians under permanent military subjugation, denying them their human rights, or worse, somehow kill them all?

      Even more, how can anyone support Israel given what it has done, is doing and intends to keep doing?

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