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  • Conflict Resolution 101: Talk to Hamas
    • Wanted to include this recent FP article link which I thought was relevant to the discussion:

      From Foreign Policy:
      ARGUMENT How to Fix It
      Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.
      BY JIMMY CARTER, MARY ROBINSON -- AUGUST 4, 2014

      http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/08/04/how_to_fix_it_jimmy_carter_mary_robinson_israel_palestine_gaza_hamas

    • "..Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas to be fully represented at the table..." Makes sense - but The Lobby that does have access to the Administration and our Congress critters will fight like hell on that one.

      Also, there's the question of how Israel really feels about the recent unity government between Fatah and Hamas before its slaughter campaign began? As you know Israel's considerations comes first. It's obvious that Hamas needs to be included, but I really think the question we all need to explore is why isn't it?

  • Bob Schieffer in a 'world gone mad'
  • What I said to the couple holding a banner with a swastika on it
  • The selected writings of Samantha Power
  • Israel, your brand is tanking
    • “Could the Obama administration’s criticism of Israel during its military operation in the Gaza Strip be driving American Jews away from the Democratic Party? Some Republicans believe so.

      I wouldn't put much stock in that comment, probably a Matthew Brooks quote? Jewish Zionists are well represented in the Democratic Party, and and are in positions of power. Most American Jewish Zionists I believe are waiting patiently for Hillary to throw her hat into the ring -- at that point they will be celebrating for days...

  • Seven congresspeople go to Israel on AIPAC's dime-- and one gets defensive about it
  • 'I didn't say I liked Beinart's book' -- J Street head sells his star guest out to his antagonist, Goldberg
    • Thomson Rutherford says: "... I would argue that a second motivation for organized Jewish groups in the Diaspora is to safeguard the standing of the Jewish ‘community’ in their home countries..."

      Sounds that way according to Beinart.

      Peter Beinart: What’s wrong with AIPAC? -- “There is nothing wrong with the people themselves. Most AIPAC people are not ideological. They don’t see themselves as right wing. They’re mostly moderate Democrats. They just want to do something for Israel. They want to feel connected to Israel. They go to their synagogue dinner, they go to the Federation dinner, and they go to the AIPAC dinner. But I disagree with AIPAC’s definition of what it means to be pro-Israel. Obviously, they have every right to be involved and engaged, and I feel ambivalent -- because there’s a part of me, as a Jew, who, when I look at the AIPAC conference, says: ‘Wow, we’re good. Who else could do this?’ I feel the same way when I see the list of Nobel Prize winners.

      “But the AIPAC conference is a fantasy of power without responsibility. The whole AIPAC ethos is about the Jewish experience of power. You’re a dentist in Cleveland. Your dad was a liquor-store owner in the Bronx. Your grandfather was a peddler in Riga. Your uncles and aunts and cousins were massacred in the Shoah. Nobody gave a shit about you. You come to AIPAC, and all the politicians come to tell you how great you are, and to tell you what you want to hear. For WASPs, it wouldn’t be such a powerful experience. For Jews, especially older Jews, it’s a very powerful experience, especially when you tell people that you’re using this power to save the Jewish people in the way that your parents and grandparents couldn’t in the 1940s.

      The thrill of 'Jewish Power' -- to be special -- to be chosen?

      Peter Beinart: "...“I want people, non-Jewish Americans, to have opinions about this like they have opinions about anything else. They may be wrong, they may be stupid, they may be ignorant. Let them have their opinions. And don’t call them anti-Semites unless they have a history of animus toward the Jewish people. ..

      Noting: Peter doesn't include that maybe those goys could be Right, and are in fact far from stupid!

      http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/is-archliberal-peter-beinart-good-for-the-jews-1.420178

  • The Norwegians, the settlers, the zealot, the olive seedlings-- and the Palestinian's suit against 'Nobody'
  • How important is it to the Times (and us) that Greg Smith is Jewish?
    • "...I’m telling you that this road is right down the alley of classic anti-Semitism...

      OK, so after reading a number of Krauss' posts -- what's with the game of smoke and mirrors? Me thinks he doesn't like non-Jews talking about the elephant in the room i.e. 'Jewish Power' -- and so by each post he nudges the idea we should be seen as anti-semitic? That card has been played too many times -- it doesn't work.

    • important note -- 'Jewish left'

    • Krauss: "...Because to some people Jews are a collective hive mind working in concert with each other. I don’t think I need to point out that the leap to outright conspiracies are not far behind once you’ve crossed that threshold..."

      Interesting you said that because that is precisely what I see as the Jewish elites' goal, collaborating with the far too numerous to mention Jewish and Israeli organizations tethered to those elites. You don't think it's their goal to create a Jewish hive mind > that all Jews must worship and/or at least support Israel -- If not, then what do you think their plan is?

      Case in point: (sorry MJ!). I mean look at MJ having to finally climb down in shame(?) from his Israel-Firster expose? Noting he was not only assaulted from the right, but also the left!!! It's like he's being assimilated back into the Borg.

      MJ: "...I shall always choose the Jewish cause. Not blindly, not arbitrarily, but with full knowledge of who I am and where I must be..."

      http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0e7994932b5c293ad6e9e40d8&id=3e7ca79b1d

  • Chair of DNC says: 'Israel is our rightful place... a place for us to go'
    • The Quebecois certainly like taking their billions in equalization payments from Canada. Quebec would not be able to survive on its own.

    • This (edited) paragraph was supposed to outside of the blockquote:

      "....Why was this woman put in charge of the DNC, when it seems she’s more interested in representing a very specific constituency in her admittedly Israel-centric district — or really does it just seem to fit with her own personal agenda knowing she's on the board of the American Jewish Congress?

      Wish List: It would really help me (and I'm sure others) if there was a 'Preview' button before having to post a comment?

    • Yeah! Or maybe in sydnestel's mind he thinks Israel is the 51st State of the United States. Do you think he would be shocked and offended when we tell him it's NOT?

      This woman was elected to represent all of her 'American' constituents, as well as being promoted as the head of the DNC (noting the power that comes with that!).

      Her oath of office: "...I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God..."

      I'm amazed she's not been challenged when it's blatantly obvious she appears to spend most of her time lobbying, and advocating for the interests of another State, especially when that State wishes the US to start a war on its behalf. E.g.

      "AJC...June 14, 2011 – Washington – AJC, together with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, will launch the Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus at an event tonight on Capitol Hill. The establishment of the Latino-Jewish Caucus was strongly supported by AJC’s Latino and Latin America Institute.

      Why was this this woman put in charge of the DNC, when it seems she's more interested in representing very extremely Israel-centric district -- as well seemingly following her own personal agenda? E.g.

      Caucus co-chairs Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) will address the June 14 reception. Also slated to speak are the Israeli and Mexican ambassadors to the U.S. Dozens of Latino and Jewish leaders will be in attendance.

      “The Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus will provide for further collaborative engagement between U.S. Latinos and Jews on domestic and foreign policy issues of joint interest and concern,” said Dina Siegel Vann, director of AJC’s Latino and Latin American Institute..."

      AJC has pioneered American Jewish relations with Latino communities for decades, working to deepen mutual understanding and to collaborate on key public policy issues, such as immigration reform, free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama, and support for Israel. [but of course!]
      http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=2818295&ct=10876661&notoc=1

      American Jewish Congress: "...The group reportedly lost $21 million of its $24 million endowment in the scheme and Gordon told the Israeli newspaper that the group is out of funding..."

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/20/jewish-group-eyes-merger-ajc-losing-money-madoff-scam/

      Ouch, I bet that hurt.

    • Debbie Wasserman Schultz as well as being the DNC chairman, helped found the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) -- is also on the board of the American Jewish Congress, Southeast Region.

      http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4032

      "...The American Jewish Congress is an association of Jewish Americans organized to defend Jewish interests at home and abroad through public policy advocacy - using diplomacy, legislation, and the courts..."
      http://www.ajcongress.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about

      http://www.ajcongress.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about

      Sounds like the organization was involved with Madoff too.

      http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/07/20/2740132/ex-ajcongress-employees-put-in-tough-spot

  • Palestinian and Palestine-solidarity activists issue critique and condemnation of Gilad Atzmon
  • Muslim activists give NYPD chief Ray Kelly the cold shoulder
    • "....[Mayor Bloomberg] I’d give him serious props for his stand on the”Ground Zero” mosque last summer, easily the most prominent American politician to defend the mosque....

      That was his 'public' face == now you know what he really thinks and does behind the scenes.

    • Bloomberg:

      "...“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” Bloomberg said, according to the New York Observer. “I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”

      http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/bloomberg-the-nypd-is-my-own-army.php

      It's amazing how so alike both Mayor Bloomberg and Netanyahu are...

  • The evolution of Peter Beinart
    • Yeah Right! With the main stakeholders who instigated, paid and are attending this event you can believe it's more like:

      1. Israel (Agenda to bomb Iran -- I mean what's new!)
      2. Education (How to market Israel aka Israel propaganda techniques)
      3. Immigration (This is where the real "horsetrading begins)

      I think what's important to note here -- is the BS when we are told the Zionist Lobby only seeks to control and affect Foreign Policy -- but really that's not how the game is played. The Zionist Lobby most definitely has the power in Congress to affect US domestic policy.

      For example: The horsetrading (threats used?) over Obama's Health Care Bill.

      Steve Clemons: Linkage: Iran, Settlements, Health Care & Israel?

      “…David Schenker who directs the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

      “…Schenker, who offered some interesting insights on the show, went on to assert that while he saw no linkage between Israel's settlement expansion and a boost to Iran's regional posture, he suggested there was a linkage between US-Israel relations and getting Obama's health care reform passed.

      What?? Play that again.

      So, David Schenker sees no linkage between what a huge number of observers see as Israel wrecking chances for a credible two state track -- and the use of this grievance by Iran in its support of transnational Arab networks in the region, but nonetheless sees linkage between President Obama's fragile health care reform position and the state of US-Israel relations?! Schenker's view was that Obama couldn't afford to have a testy, strained relationship with Israel because it would cost him support in Congress for his health care legislation.
      http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/16/linkage_iran_settlements_health_care_israel/

      backed up by Roger Cohen, former New York Times foreign editor -- noting in Newsweek:

      Cohen: (page 2) "...Our policies up to now have failed. But any adjustment in U.S. policy toward Israel is extremely difficult. There is a state called Florida, with a large Jewish community, a calculation not lost on America's leadership. President Obama, I understand, has been told by some Jewish congressmen, if you want your health bill, step back on Israel..."
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/02/11/too-close-for-comfort.html

    • Lea Nitwit: as soon as the powers that pay well signal it’s koscher; and that may well be never.

      I tend to agree. As I've said before -- many careers have been built (are being built) on 'selling' the lie of a fair '2-state' solution .

      Zionist Jews -- even Anti Zionist Jews who dominate the left (progressive) media -- (present company/blog accepted) rarely face the truth, or unveil that a 2-state solution is DEAD -- and I mean really DEAD. Not could be, or is on life-support, or creeping away for us -- no -- it's DEAD.

      Still, even now we get 'progressive' liberal Jews* (part-time anti-Zionists-- although I'm not really sure who they think they are sometimes?) harping on and wanting to stamp people as anti-semitic for daring to describe the obvious in your face assaults of the ISRAEL-FIRSTER. What -- have they got too many in your family or something?

      * Ben Adler (The Nation), Ben Seder (Ring of Fire), Spencer Ackerman.

      It's creepy that they cannot see the obvious facts in front of them -- unless there is some other factor(s) working underneath? I really would like to know? For example, why haven't these progressive investigative (self-identified) Jews not exposing the Zionist Lobby trying to get the Latino crowd involved to protect Israel? REPUBLICAN Christian Zionists -- ok, but shouldn't you be more concerned about the Latino voters -- the voters who usually votes Democrat?

      STRATEGIC DIALOGUE MARCH 27-28, 2011
      AMERICAN LATINOS & JEWS WORKING TOGETHER ON MUTUAL CONCERNS:
      SHARED HERITAGE, VALUES & VISIONS
      Bridges & Pathways Latino-Jewish Dialogue (with AIPAC of course -- and the White House)
      http://www.bridgesandpathways.org/confirmedparticipants.html

      --Attending: Stephanie Valencia
      Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ope/staff/Stephanie-Valencia-archive

      This is not news to be explored? - Why is it being ignored? Are there no Israel-Firsters at this 'Strategic' meeting? And then people are shocked and wonder why our Congress supports Israel more than our own President?

  • Israel is sucking up all the oxygen in the White House
    • Keith: “The War of Ideas in the Middle East” is turning into “the conformity of opinion regarding the control of US foreign policy by the lobby.”

      Keith, I don't know if you've noticed recently but we currently have on our TVees (in the US anyways) as well as printed media a real hard-on when it comes to wanting a war on Iran.

      So why are you surprised when this blog is focusing rather a lot of time on the power of the I-Lobby? Also, Paul Craig Roberts is no fan of Israel either.

      PCR: "...How is the United States a superpower when it cannot appoint the official who oversees the National Intelligence Estimate without the approval of the Israeli right-wing government and its American agents?

      Conservatives will say, of course, that Israel is the “only democracy in the Middle East.” The question whether Israel, or, for that matter, America, is a democracy is beside the point. The point is that Israel has shown that it can control not merely US foreign policy but also US intelligence policy...

      http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/israel-sucks-up-all-the-oxygen-in-the-white-house.html

      Why the hell shouldn't this affect our relationship with China? We know it affects our economic ties with Iran.

      Also, you mentioned -- "...the process of off-shoring and de-industrialization which has been going on for over 30 years. The whole process can be summarized as neo-liberal globalization, and involves both privatization and financial penetration and control..." Have you looked into how the DLC was formed approximately 30 years ago? -- How Clinton got involved and other members of the DLC?

      http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Democratic_Leadership_Council

      It is complicated -- but many including myself see there's a connection and it's worth exploring.

  • Democratic chair Wasserman Schultz said to cancel speech to Muslim voting-rights group under rightwing pressure
    • Krauss. Come on anything in Florida with Islam in the name is going to be described as "radical"!

      Islamic-Foundation-of-South-Florida
      http://www.salatomatic.com/d/Sunrise+12874+Islamic-Foundation-of-South-Florida

      RADICAL? Its about as radical as the MANY Jewish federations in Florida -- hmmm -- wonder where their money goes?

      "....Laila Abdelaziz, the Field Coordinator of EMERGE, denounced Israel in a question she posed to President Obama... OMG.

      "...Israeli prisoner Khader Adnan, who according to Israel is a “senior member” of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad... Knowing that after all Jonathan Pollard is pure as the driven snow.

      Your link -- where did it come from -- David Horowitz's Israel's 'Terror' List too? Interesting you didn't bother to even research where the list could have come from?

      If you have proof of EMERGE USA having real terrorist connections -- then go for it.

  • Warning to Obama: 'The Jewish community will remember in November'
    • Charon: "...The CIA report on the risks of partitioning Palestine mention the powerful Zionist lobbies and make a note that they are not run by Jews..."

      Well, Pat Robertson with his theme park didn't get his way did he.

      Charon: "...Methinks that Christian Zionist fundies are taking credit for being the “Jewish Community” too. That’s my point. And there is a lot of them including several powerful and rich moguls active politically and donating to Israel-firster causes..."

      Links please?

    • No it's not silly at all. Why do think there was a meeting between the Republican Jewish Coalition, Netanyahu, Debbie Wasserman [DNC], and the National Jewish Democratic Council NOT to bring up Israel in the elections?

      http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0511/Jewish_GOP_official_blasts_DWS.html?showall

      Or, Weiner losing his seat to Bob Turner:

      "...Mr. Turner capitalized on discontent in some corners of the Jewish community with Mr. Obama’s posture toward Israel and his handling of the Middle East peace process. Former Mayor Edward I. Koch, a Democrat, urged voters to rebuke the president by voting for Mr. Turner.

      The emergence of Israel as an issue was a surprise, because Mr. Weprin is an observant Jew and strong supporter of Israel. But Mr. Weprin’s support in the Orthodox community had already been weakened by his vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and several voters interviewed on Tuesday said the Israel issue was a major factor in their decision to support Mr. Turner, who is Roman Catholic. Mr. Turner repeatedly criticized Mr. Obama on Israel..."

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/nyregion/ny-democrats-try-to-avoid-upset-in-special-election.html?pagewanted=all

      Or even the bizarre case of "...several presidents of Orthodox synagogues are urging the Republican-registered members of their respective congregations to switch party affiliation in order to vote for Steve Rothman..." because of Israel. However, do you think that district will vote for Obama?

      http://blog.nj.com/dr_aref_assaf/2012/02/rothman_is_israels_man_in_district_9_pascrell_is_the_peoples_choice.html

      Strategically, mobilizing the Jewish community into a frenzy about Israel is exactly what the Democrats don't want -- why else is the National Jewish Democratic Council talking 24/7 why Obama is good for the Jews and good for Israel. They don't hide the fact it's an issue!

      http://www.njdc.org/

      Also, if some of the Jewish community can stomach rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Hagee -- then why should they have a problem with rubbing shoulders with Romney eventho' he might do a few posthumous baptisms on the side.

    • However, in 2008:

      September 2008 [AJC Poll] — 2. In politics, as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent?
      56% Democrat, 25% Independent,* 17% Republican, 2% Not Sure

      vs. 38 Independent in 2011. So, it's still a valid question who will they vote for?

      http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846741&ct=5989933

    • It's both Annie. Particularly in Florida, New York and California.

    • Yes, but to what end? This needs to be shown on MSM to show the outright threat, but it won't.

    • So, how many American Jews have Obama's back vs Netanyahu? Come on so where are the latest polls? Where will the 38% of American Jewish 'Independents' cast their vote > Republican, or Democrat?

      September 2011 [AJC Poll] -- 5. Do you approve or disapprove of the Netanyahu government's handling of Israel-U.S. relations?
      54% approve of Netanyahu, 32% disapprove and 14 % not sure

      http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846741&ct=11229303

      The Economist: Israel, Iran and America
      Auschwitz complex

      http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/03/israel-iran-and-america

      A MUST READ - Imho. h/t alanhart.net

  • 'Forward' joins 'New Yorker' in embracing MJ Rosenberg
    • I don’t want to be too harsh, J Street and the others do good work.

      Huh? J-Street - the ultimate Liberal (cough) Zionist outfit? Their schizophrenic BS press releases they churn out are downright comical at times. Nobody takes them seriously. They just provide cover to the real scum that happens behind the scenes -- and what's really sickening is they know it -- and there's no way they will expose it.

  • Netanyahu gives genocidal bible story to Obama
    • Thinking about it -- does anyone know of a "high traffic" blog or even news site that specifically focuses on Christian Zionism and Zionists? On Pat Robertson's page he doesn't even mention Israel?

      http://www.patrobertson.com/
      http://www.cbn.com/

      Advice: Don't go to these sites unless you really have to.

      Have many blogs, community newspapers, news sites etc. etc. etc. etc. can we say specifically focus on Jewish and Israel issues?

    • OK not friends eh! -- maybe business associates a better word? -- who help bring in the $$$?

    • "...The Purim story was used for centuries in classic antisemitic propaganda
      and blood libels...

      Really! Well it seems you don't mind your Christian Zionist friends using it. A bit hypocritical of you I'd say.

      "...Esther and Iran
      Sarah Posner, who reports on Hagee for the American Prospect, writes that, "[b]ased on his end-times prophecy, a supposed love of the Jewish people and the state of Israel, and false claims that Iran is just months away from a viable nuclear weapon, Hagee maintains that confrontation with Iran is necessary to fulfill God’s plan for the future of the world."

      In June, Posner considered the impact of heartland Christocrats fired up against Iran:

      While pundits and politicians in Washington debate the merits of confrontation with Tehran, Hagee and other evangelical leaders plan to activate hundreds of congregations across the country -- many of which boast tens of thousands of members -- to flood congressional inboxes with e-mails at the touch of a button. The message from the heartland, beyond the ken of elites who cannot quite imagine such a decision, will be to strike Iran before it is too late. In an April email to CUFI supporters, Hagee used the story of Esther to mobilize his followers against Iran.

      Esther went before the king when Israel was in a time of crisis because the Hitler of the Old Testament (Haman) planned to exterminate the Jews. Mordecai said to Esther, "For if you remain completely silent at this time...you and your father's house will perish."

      CUFI is exactly in the position of Esther. Israel is in a time of crisis.

      A 21st Century Hitler (the president of Iran) has put in place a plan to exterminate the Jews with nuclear warfare. If we remain completely silent at this time...God's punishment will come to us also.

      The Bible's book of Esther is generally understood to be drama – not a prophetic book. By assigning to CUFI a role as a modern-day Queen Esther, positioned to influence government action (Esther 4:14), Hagee has staked out rather ambitious territory.

      Jewish commentators do not normally attribute such "ouiji board" interpretations to Bible verses. Indeed, Jewish commentators interpret the book of Esther as calling for more responsibility on the part of Jews for their fate. Some commentators suggest that the book may be a sly letter from the Jewish Diaspora claiming that people in the Babylonian Exile (circa 500 B.C.E.) do not need to return to Israel since they were an important "lobby" that saved the Jewish people.

      Esther and Iran
      Sarah Posner, who reports on Hagee for the American Prospect, writes that, "[b]ased on his end-times prophecy, a supposed love of the Jewish people and the state of Israel, and false claims that Iran is just months away from a viable nuclear weapon, Hagee maintains that confrontation with Iran is necessary to fulfill God’s plan for the future of the world."

      In June, Posner considered the impact of heartland Christocrats fired up against Iran:

      While pundits and politicians in Washington debate the merits of confrontation with Tehran, Hagee and other evangelical leaders plan to activate hundreds of congregations across the country -- many of which boast tens of thousands of members -- to flood congressional inboxes with e-mails at the touch of a button. The message from the heartland, beyond the ken of elites who cannot quite imagine such a decision, will be to strike Iran before it is too late.
      In an April email to CUFI supporters, Hagee used the story of Esther to mobilize his followers against Iran.

      Esther went before the king when Israel was in a time of crisis because the Hitler of the Old Testament (Haman) planned to exterminate the Jews.
      Mordecai said to Esther, "For if you remain completely silent at this time...you and your father's house will perish."

      CUFI is exactly in the position of Esther. Israel is in a time of crisis.

      A 21st Century Hitler (the president of Iran) has put in place a plan to exterminate the Jews with nuclear warfare. If we remain completely silent at this time...God's punishment will come to us also.

      The Bible's book of Esther is generally understood to be drama – not a prophetic book. By assigning to CUFI a role as a modern-day Queen Esther, positioned to influence government action (Esther 4:14), Hagee has staked out rather ambitious territory.

      Jewish commentators do not normally attribute such "ouiji board" interpretations to Bible verses. Indeed, Jewish commentators interpret the book of Esther as calling for more responsibility on the part of Jews for their fate. Some commentators suggest that the book may be a sly letter from the Jewish Diaspora claiming that people in the Babylonian Exile (circa 500 B.C.E.) do not need to return to Israel since they were an important "lobby" that saved the Jewish people....

      http://www.jewsonfirst.org/06b/cufi.html

      It does make me wonder -- why did Bibi give Obama a copy of the book?

  • Dershowitz claims he 'exposed' CAP and Rosenberg, and calls out Barbra Streisand
  • ADL enlists city of Oakland to block Atzmon event
    • "...it’s stronger when they stick to Atzmon’s own words.." Or, maybe its the discomfort when he doesn't speak the words you expect to hear. He doesn't like to be cornered that's for sure.

      Atzmod: "...My primary issue is concerned with the freedom to wander/wonder, and to raise possible dilemmas without being terrorised by the ‘Holocaust censorship police’ or any other form of thought dictatorship.

      ...I would argue instead that raising the right questions is far more important than repeating the ‘right’ answers..."

      I haven't read all the links -- One that I did flag was footnote 8...

      I do not consider the Jews to be a race, and yet it is obvious that ‘Jewishness’ clearly involves an ethno-centric and racially supremacist, exclusivist point of view that is based on a sense of Jewish ‘chosen-ness’.8

      Winging it. From Azmon's perspective it would seem he has observed - "Jewishness’, Jewish ideology and Jewish political identity...." as being 'predominately' at this time Zionist (tho' not totally?) -- Zionism being only a part of Jewishness -- only a part of being considered Chosen(?) I don't necessarily understand his point on Judaism? I often correlate Judaism (right or wrong) with synagogue -- by noting that the vast majority of the '50 most influential Rabbis in America' are Zionists* -- expecting their Jewish synagogue members are too - else why would they remain there knowing full well what Israel has become? But, a synagogue is just a building, a meeting place. Also, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement is pretty much into exclusiveness. He's not much of a straight talker.

      I guess I have to buy the bl**dy book.

    • Also, sorry I see absolutely no similarity between Atzmod and Kevin MacDonald - I've just been to his 'White Identity' blog. Holy Crap -- and this guy is in academia.

    • Adam this is hardly a balanced article on Atzmon. Also, with these kind of quotes I would expect links to provide some context around his remarks.

      I've just finished listening to the Flashpoints interview with Atzmon and Lerner.

      Lerner: 'Israel should be regarded as an affirmative action State for Jews' - interesting Zionist excuse (February 27, 2012 at 5:00pm). We're not talking about a university here -- but a STATE. okkkk....
      http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/78220

      I don't hear a venom spitting anti-semite. The guy has a history, a Jewish history, and he's obviously struggled with that history. I have not lived in Israel. I've not been a member of the IDF, nor heard the things goyim are not privy too -- Atzmon has. Maybe he's just aired too much dirty laundry for some people to bear as well as advocating for a democratic one-state solution? I want to hear more.

  • Lobby's bedfellows: CAP's new PR outfit also worked for Sheldon Adelson's pet project
    • Dorf might be operating "...firmly on the Dem side of things...", however I would still highlight Phil's observation that the "...The hiring of Dorf underlines the fact that the Israel lobby transcends political parties..."

      Dorf's job has definitely been in the past to keep Jewish/Israel politics front and center within the Democratic Party. For example, when he had a hand in keeping neo-con Joe Lieberman's political life alive, as well as crushing ex-President Carter's view on Israel.

      From the Jewish Week (my link is now broken, but the quotes are correct):

      “…Members of the [pro-Israel] team headed off another crisis during the summer by convincing the DNC to kill a resolution calling on Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), who enjoys iconic status in the Jewish community, to drop out of the Senate race when it became apparent he would lose to anti-war newcomer Ned Lamont, who won the August primary. “If the DNC had done that, it would have been a tremendous problem for the Democrats” because of Lieberman’s stature, [Matt] Dorf said…”

      Remembering Lieberman never paid a price for screwing the Democrats@!

      Dorf from the same article also played a hand in attacking President Carter:

      "...Price (aide to Nancy Pelosi), a former Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) official, played a major role in formulating strategy and lining up supportive statements and op-eds by Democrats in response to potential crises—including pre-election leaks about an inflammatory new book on the Middle East by former President Jimmy Carter.

      “That was one we dreaded because we feared it could go mainstream,” Dorf said this week. Statements blasting Carter from Democratic leaders like Pelosi and Dean, as well as Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), a leading Israel critic, helped prevent that from happening. “We were able to get in front of the story,” Dorf said.

  • NJ Star-Ledger runs 'dual loyalty' charge against Rep. Rothman supporters
    • Rothman (Israel-Firster) will happily be bi-partisan when it comes to Israel. E.g. Rothman deciding to take out a Democrat out of office rather than a Republican. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DNC! ex DCCC) is the same. Screw what Obama and the US military says -- basically it appears their (and others) game is to stay in Congress to protect Israel not the United States -- They don't seem care who they ally with -- namely nut-case Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)!

      "...AJC, [initiator] together with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, will launch the Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus at an event tonight on Capitol Hill..."

      Jews and Latinos Form a Pragmatic Congressional Alliance
      Mutual Support Coalition Sought on Israel and Immigration

      http://www.forward.com/articles/138846/

      This Israel-focused caucus joining the yanks of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, and obviously the all star Jewish Caucus.

      The bastardization of the Democratic Party continues. I also noticed that DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz has elevated Antonio Villaraigosa position in the party! The same guy AIPAC elevated back in 2009 when he 'kicked off' AIPAC annual policy conference.

      Elizabeth Warren is the tip of the iceberg.

  • Hoenlein says irresponsible 'J Street' threatens Jewish unity (and survival)
    • "Hoenlein says irresponsible ‘J Street’ threatens Jewish unity (and survival

      Yeah, right! However, according to Ron Kampeas it seems Hoenlein and AIPAC are giving off nothing more than crocodile tears. In fact it sounds like Hoenlein, AIPAC and J-Street are all in cahoots. Ha! what a surprise.

      "...J Street, ahead of its March conference, which follows hard upon the annual AIPAC conference, has released a campaign that in some ways would not be out of the place at AIPAC..."
      http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2012/02/23/3091814/j-streets-i-am-the-future-of-israel-campaign#comment_95373

      You don't say! :)

      J-Street: aka keep Israel for Jews so I can buy my walled-off gated community holiday home errr I mean keep my identity.

  • Video: Protesters are attacked at an 'Israel Alliance' event at U of New Mexico
    • "conspiratorial thinking" eh! Right... just a few examples why it is not at all conspiratorial.

      -- AIPAC spy case: Rosen and Weissman
      -- Back in 1992 David Steiner (AIPAC President): Negotiating with Clinton to embed operatives of a foreign lobby in positions in the State Department and NSA. As an aside the mere $100,000 that Katz was offering to fund AIPAC approved candidates -- that's frigging peanuts now!
      -- AIPAC (and AIPAC's congress critters) taking out Chas Freeman.
      -- Dennis Ross being able to embed himself not only in the State dept but also the NSC.
      -- Jeremy Bash (ex-AIPAC) - COS both @ the CIA and now DOD!
      -- chair/minority chair House Foreign Affairs Committee is Howard Berman (D-CA): "Even before I was a Democrat, I was a Zionist,”... “is why I went on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”
      -- Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), said during the 2006 election to a Jewish audience, “There will be some Democratic chairmen who may not share all my views . . . on Israel [but] … they will not be chairing committees dealing with Israel and the Middle East.”

      I mean HELLO!@

  • New book explores the history of 'New Jewish Agenda'
    • “anti-Semitism on the Left”.

      Yes, Annie -- you can't really miss it.

    • I don't post often these days! BUT. All I hear here is you trying to flog your book and tell me about your well-researched[?] angst and hang-up about people criticizing the basic fact that Zionism = Racism. So, while you happily swim among the them [Zionists] you can't contain yourself to quickly turn on those who disagree with you [anti-Zionists], quickly dismiss any reasoned debate -- but instead like to use the Zionist trigger word = anti-semite. Can I see through you much?

      You are the new Zionist breed who really doesn't like to be called Zionist, but nonetheless can't break away from its foundational premise. Glad you can afford to go to all those Conferences. You and others continue to enable the cause, continue to refuse to apply any real action or pressure to stop the Settlers, and turn your head away from the fu*king obvious fact that Israel (NOW including 'Settled' Palestine land ) has a government and hierarchy based on Jewish supremacy (land, sea, air and even finance) -- and you think that's NOT racist?

  • Chris Hayes stunning 'Story of the Week' featuring Sheldon Adelson
    • yourstruly says: "...what remains to be seen is whether, despite widespread publicity and increasing awareness that israel-firsters are anti-american, these 50-70 million evangelical voters remain steadfast in their support of the zionist entity? ..."

      That's the question are they steadfast in their support of Israel? A recent Pew Report on Evangelical leaders. How many Israeli flags are being flown in their churches?

      "...Attitudes toward Israel, however, are more mixed. Overall, 48% of the evangelicals say the state of Israel is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the Second Coming of Jesus, while 42% say it is not. More say they sympathize with Israel (34%) than with the Palestinians (11%), but a small majority say they either sympathize with both sides equally (39%) or with neither side (13%). Leaders from sub-Saharan Africa are especially inclined to sympathize with Israel (50%), while sympathy for the Palestinians is strongest in the Middle East and North Africa (26%). Among evangelical leaders from the United States, three-in-ten (30%) sympathize more with Israel, 13% sympathize more with the Palestinians and nearly half (49%) say they sympathize with both sides equally.

      Remembering that these guys control what's being said from the pulpit.

    • FreddyV says: "...It’s these people [Evangelicals] and where they’ll put their votes that scares the bejeepers out of me...."

      No brainer. They are going to vote Republican regardless who the candidate is going to be. Even if it was Newt vs. Obama. -- I still see them voting Republican.

      http://www.pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Romneys-Mormon-Faith-Likely-a-Factor-in-Primaries-Not-in-a-General-Election.aspx

      It's the apathetic American voter that scares me. Those Americans that (rightly) see the entrenched corruption in their politics, and won't bother turning out to vote because they believe their vote won't count.

      BTW: Perry was supposed to be the Christian Zionist pick -- and look what happened to him!

      -- How Rick Perry courts the Zionist vote
      Appearing with Jewish extremists is designed to win over apocalyptic Christians
      http://www.salon.com/2011/09/23/christianzionists/

    • richb says: It’s the Christian Zionists who are obsessing on this.

      I need more evidence? Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a group that claims to have 500,000 members, but only 5,000 turn up to show their support? http://www.sacornerstone.org/israel/christians-united-for-israel-washington-summit-2011

      As I've said before -- they're no AIPAC crowd! This apparently being the best photo they could muster of Christian Zionist support.

      CUFI (under their sister organization) handing out a mere $8 million to Jewish causes -- compared to Adelson $10 million? Something doesn't smell right.

      The Biggest Pro-Israel Group in America? That’s Us, Says Christians United. Religious Organization Claims 500,000 Members, Though Some Say Its Definition of Membership Is Expansive

      "...Last year the group distributed, through its sister organization, John Hagee Ministries, more than $8 million to Israeli and Jewish organizations, according to CUFI. CUFI has stated that less than 5% of that sum went to settler organizations operating in the West Bank..."
      Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/133792/#ixzz1kt8ybV5x

      Where's the Christian Zionist base -- The hoards of Christians demanding that protecting Israel be their single issue?

    • Avi_G says: Well, they are probably the same as the terms of the relationship between Obama and his multimillionaire donors,..."

      Exactly, I agree.

      The focus seems to be on Adelson's outrageous gamble of spending $10 million on a guy that most people see as nothing more than a used car dealer. However, if people actually bothered to check Obama's collectively billionaire/millionaire donors [e.g. via OpenSecrets] noting their front and center pro-Israel Zionist agenda -- I believe they could 'collectively' out fund Adelson by a wide margin. Collectively, when looking at the Israel issue -- the Zionist $$$ is still flowing into the Democratic camp -- the something we shouldn't ignore.

      Blast from the past (back in 2001/02), before the rules changed:

      "...Mr. Saban said he gave $7 million specifically for the construction of the Democratic National Committee's high-tech headquarters here. The building will cost $32 million, a sum that will be paid entirely with soft money donations that will be illegal after Nov. 6.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/22/us/soft-money-lives-democrats-take-in-12-million-2-gifts.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

      "...Over the three election cycles from 2002 through 2006, Saban contributed $12.7 million to the party and to Democratic candidates -- outstripping the runner-up in individual donations, real estate investor and movie producer Stephen L. Bing, who gave $8.9 million. Saban has been a fervent supporter of Clinton in her quest for the White House, as he was of her husband, President Clinton..."
      http://articles.latimes.com/2007/may/02/nation/na-donors2

      Something of note -- In 2012, the Zionist camp on both sides of the aisle are definitely upping the ante.

    • And, something to make your eyes pop:

      Barack Obama (D)
      2012 Bundlers

      Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who's willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big "bundle."

      Even though these donors direct more money to the candidates than anyone else, disclosure can be spotty, candidates generally release bundlers by ranges of fundraising, indicated in this chart with the "max" and "min" columns, and with the top ranges being simply "$500,000 or more." Together, 357 elites are directing at least $55,900,000 for Obama's re-election efforts -- money that has gone into the coffers of his campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee.

      http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/bundlers.php?id=N00009638

      Accompanying article:

      Jewish Fundraisers Stick With Obama
      Despite Taking Lumps, President Maintains Strong Support

      Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/148002/?p=all#ixzz1ksPdFbb7

      With regards to Daniel Levy's comment - I'm leaning towards hogwash, unless he can prove it? Obama's foreign policy is AIPAC all the way. How Levy can even mention J-Street with a straight face I don't know -- unless he thinks we're stupid?

      And this:

      "...Despite the fact that he resigned from his post in the Obama administration, longtime American [?] diplomat Dennis Ross just cannot quit. Haaretz has learned that Ross still advises President Barak Obama on a regular basis, and maintains an open channel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
      http://forward.com/articles/150390/

    • IMHO another interesting story:

      One U.S. family is responsible for half of Netanyahu's donations
      Owners of Duty Free America, a large chain of duty-free shops that operates in 13 airports, pledged half of NIS 330,000 Netanyahu raised.

      By Ophir Bar-Zohar
      http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/one-u-s-family-is-responsible-for-half-of-netanyahu-s-donations-1.407485

      OK folks, just imagine how much money is going into our elections!

      The Falic family is in Debbie Wasserman-Schultz district -- note, our special DNC 'fundraising' lady. They donate to both sides of the aisle, but appear to mostly favor republicans (from the $$$ we know about). However, the Falic family will also give generously to Jewish Democrats that have a strong Israel obsession e.g. Shelley Berkley (could quite possibly be our next Joe Lieberman if she gets into the Senate). Also, Simon Falic is part of the political strategy to get US Latinos on board to shill for Israel via the Bridges & Pathways Organization http://www.bridgesandpathways.org/. This should be interesting.

      Doh! - noting from the 'Jewish' perspective they have a lot of work to do!

      Poll: Latinos Believe U.S. Too Supportive of Israel = National Survey of Jewish and Latino Americans Finds Anti-Semitism Exists Within The Latino Community.

      https://ffeu.org/FFEU%20Latino%20Jewish%20Poll%20Release%20FINAL.pdf

    • Another story on Adelson. You may have already linked to it -- but just in case.

      Who Is Sheldon Adelson, the Gingrich Super PAC's Billionaire Backer?
      By Molly Ball @ The Atlantic.
      Jan 25, 2012
      http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/01/who-is-sheldon-adelson-the-gingrich-super-pacs-billionaire-backer/252003/

  • Assailed on Facebook for Tel Aviv gig, British musician Joker appears to back out
  • Is portrait of Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network' anti-Semitic?
  • Iran: If it had been a fighter jet not a drone, 'U.S. bases would have been pounded'
    • I would also highly recommend watching:

      Speaking Freely: Vol. 4: Chalmers Johnson RIP
      2007 NR 52 minutes

      Writer and professor Chalmers Johnson warns of the dangers of American imperialism, a trend evidenced in the presence of U.S. military bases abroad, the passage of the Patriot Act and the executive branch's use of military force. The outspoken author of Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic predicts that the fall of the so-called American Empire is imminent.

      Currently on Netflix online streaming. Also, it may still be available on YouTube.

  • Game changer: Hillary says Israeli restrictions on women remind her of Rosa Parks and Iran
    • "...US Jews should be more exposed to the really vile things that Israelis say about Yoffie, and by extension about all Reform Jews...

      The US Jewish establishment has certainly been aware. I noticed the change last year:-

      JPost: Conversion bill dismays US senators
      07/15/2010
      Senator to send "unprecedented" letter to Oren slamming bill.

      ...“Israel should continue to be a welcoming place for Jews, as it has been through its history,” said Matt Dennis, communications director for Rep. Nita Lowey (D-New York), characterizing her thinking. “She is concerned that this bill would alienate Jews around the world and risk weakening the sense of unity within the Diaspora that is critical to Israel’s security.”

      “There’s an overwhelming feeling among Jewish members of Congress and Jewish senators that the conversion bill is offensive to them and is exclusionary in that it disenfranchises and disrespects 85% of Jews in the US.”

      http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?ID=181448

      Sounds like the Zionist World Congress wasn't happy either:

      Haaretz: World Zionist Congress resolutions show Diaspora and Israel at loggerheads

      Facing international condemnation, Israel this month also found itself at odds with a powerful Jewish presence – the World Zionist Congress.
      http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/features/world-zionist-congress-resolutions-show-diaspora-and-israel-at-loggerheads-1.304644

      Hostage you've gotta do a write up on these guys.

    • Hillary Clinton might of thought her remarks would remain "behind closed doors" as the Jewish establishment often tells us it doesn't like airing US-Israel dirty laundry in public--- EXCEPT -- tho' when they deem it to be to their advantage!

      Hills is shrewd she knows never to 'Trust' Israel-Firster Saban. He makes the rules.

    • Above edit: "...It’s a fact that many Foundations giving to pro-choice causes, and high-end $$$ pro-choice donors are Jewish.

      Example of deal-making: NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Ineffectiveness Anti-Choice Democrats Can Rely On
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-hamsher/naral-and-planned-parenth_b_349596.html

    • sand, the fundies are going after the judicial system.

      Yep, I'm with you on that one.

      Also, as an aside here in the US it's scary how many of the Pro-choice organizations just seem to be rolling over and not addressing this fundie onslaught in any meaningful way.

      With regards to background swinging deals (the Veal Pen Syndrome) -- I'm wondering if Zionism politics is trumping the rights of women? It's a fact that any Jewish Foundations and high-end pro-choice donors are Jewish.

    • "...Abe Foxman has effectively declared open season on Israeli antidemocracy, which gives a license to people like Hillary...

      Also she's backed by Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie. Hills knows she's covered.

      http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/rabbi-yoffie-to-haaretz-anti-democratic-laws-catastrophic-for-israel-s-ties-with-diaspora-jews-1.398041

      Very good point! -- I agree.

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