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  • Dershowitz approves Clinton's 'muscular foreign policy,' and Sen. Warren is a 'surprising Israel hawk'
    • Well Trump obviously doesn't know or care too much, so I'll take his "let them annex the West Bank" as 1) contempt for the corrupt PA and 2) an anti-Zionist strategy designed to stop sparing Israel the costs of occupation and 3) further delegitimizing Israel.

  • Democrats who care about Palestine -- prepare to be censored by the media
    • It would be nice to find the clip from several months ago when Matthews, late on a primary night on MSNBC, and not on set, said Cruz was signaling he was going for the hawk vote, to "fight wars for Israel." Brian Williams, in the studio, asked Matthews what he was drinking in that coffee cup.

  • Top donor to Clinton super PAC is Haim Saban
  • How Eli Lake tricks readers so as to cast realists Walt, Mearsheimer and Freeman as anti-semites
  • Hillary Clinton supported Iraq war because of Israel, say Matthews and Landler
  • Advocate for 'white British people' bridles when Rula Jebreal mentions race
  • Senior advisor to Clinton calls Obama's rationale for withdrawal from Mideast 'strange, bizarre, illogical, odd'
  • The occupation of the American mind, documented
  • Reflections on the Brussels attack
    • Part of what is required, strangely enough given the borderless compulsion of the digital age and the dynamics of economic globalization, is a return to the security structures of the Westphalian framework of territorial sovereign states - See more at: link to

      I completely agree, while recognizing this is part of the platform of the Brexit people, the French National Front, and Donald Trump.

  • We were not allowed to hear Palestinian peers -- Rachel Sandalow-Ash on American Jewish censorship
    • Terrific talk, I bet it was very persuasive. Congratulations for pursuing your curiosity,and sense of right and wrong, in a meaningful and effective way. Your generation of American Jews can play a big and necessary historical role in moving towards greater justice on this really important issue. We Christians can't seem to do it, and certainly not by ourselves.

      Re above commenters: It seems pretty silly to ignore anti-Semitism, a huge historical force even if it plays virtually no role in contemporary American life.

  • The AIPAC rabbi walk-out that wasn't
    • In terms of American politics, Trump is essentially a liberal Zionist, meaning that he believes America should exist with moderate concessions to multiculturalism. That's essentially my position with regard to Israel. Perhaps the most typical AIPAC position is that Israel should be a totally Jewish state with apartheid features, while any American attempt to control its borders is racist/fascist. Or perhaps that's the Rachel Maddow position, whom we've been discussing this evening in my house: Trump is a fascist, Israel is never mentioned.

  • Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?
    • So here we have Mondoweiss allying itself with rich right wing Republicans link to against Donald Trump, the first antiwar Republican with a real chance at the nomination since forever. North talks about AIPAC as if it's Daddy, "legitimating" Donald Trump. He puts the powerful war-mongering group in the role of our moral arbiter, over a guy who is fumbling way is trying to run a populist, pro working class campaign. How revealing. How sad!

  • Another instance of Israel lobby influence in this election no candidate will bring up
  • All eyes are on Sheldon Adelson, and even Trump courts him with Israel rant
    • What Krauss said. Especially this:
      He’ll never be as bad as either Clinton or Rubio. My guess is that his instinct is essentially a realist, but if you’re of his age, you’ve spent your life in Manhattan and in real estate, there’s no way your social circle isn’t very, very heavily Jewish and that kind of social influence matters. - See more at: link to

  • Did 'Hashomer Hatzair' shape Sanders's views on socialism and Israel?
    • Not that it's central to your point, but am curious about your ideological distinction between Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, as if Rubin were further or more doctrinaire left. Missed that at the time, but I was just a kid. Rubin as I recall tried to become a yuppie entrepreneur, and Abbie died a rebel. (Is my memory correct on that?)

  • Anti-Zionist protest at LGBTQ conference was smeared as anti-Semitic
  • Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates
    • Buchanan column making parallel point. Enjoy PJB's shout out to Sanders.

      WASHINGTON, D.C. [1/22/16] -- The lights are burning late in Davos tonight.

      At the World Economic Forum, keynoter Joe Biden warned global elites that the unraveling of the middle class in America and Europe has provided "fertile terrain for reactionary politicians, demagogues peddling xenophobia, anti-immigration, nationalist, isolationist views."

      Evidence of a nationalist backlash, said Biden, may be seen in the third parties arising across Europe, and in the U.S. primaries.

      But set aside Joe's slurs -- demagogues, xenophobia.

      Who really belongs in the dock here? Who caused this crisis of political legitimacy now gripping the nations of the West?

      Was it Donald Trump, who gives voice to the anger of those who believe themselves to have been betrayed? Or the elites who betrayed them?

      Can that crowd at Davos not understand that it is despised because it is seen as having subordinated the interests of the nations and people in whose name it presumes to speak, to advance an agenda that serves, first and foremost, its own naked self-interest?

      The political and economic elites of Davos have grow rich, fat and powerful by setting aside patriotism and sacrificing their countries on the altars of globalization and a New World Order.

      No more astute essay has been written this political season than that of Michael Brendan Dougherty in "The Week," where he describes how, 20 years ago, my late friend Sam Francis predicted it all.

      In Chronicles magazine, in March 1996 ("From Household To Nation"), Francis, a paleoconservative and proud son of the South, wrote:

      "Sooner or later, as the globalist elites seek to drag the country into conflicts and global commitments, preside over the economic pastoralization of the United States, manage the delegitimization of our own culture, and the dispossession of our people, and disregard or diminish our national interest and national sovereignty, a nationalist reaction is almost inevitable and will probably assume populist form when it arrives. The sooner it comes, the better."

      What we saw through a glass darkly then, we now see face to face.

      Is not Trump the personification of the populist-nationalist revolt Francis predicted?

      And was it not presidents and Congresses of both parties who mired us in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, and negotiated the trade deals that have gutted American industry?

      The bleeding of factories and manufacturing jobs abroad has produced the demoralization and decline of our middle class, along with the wage stagnation and shrinking participation in the labor force.

      Is Trump responsible for that? Is Socialist Bernie Sanders, who voted against all those trade deals?

      If not, who did this to us?

      Was it not the Bush Republicans and Clinton Democrats?

      Americans never supported mass immigration.

      It was against their will that scores of millions, here legally and illegally, almost all from Third World countries, whose masses have never been fully assimilated into any western nation, have poured into the USA.

      Who voted for that?

      Religious, racial, cultural diversity has put an end to the "bad" old America we grew up in, as we evolve into the "universal nation" of Ben Wattenberg, who once rhapsodized, "The non-Europeanization of America is heartening news of an almost transcendental quality."

      James Burnham, the ex-Trotskyite and Cold War geo-strategist whose work Francis admired, called liberalism "the ideology of Western suicide."

      If the West embraces, internalizes and operates on the principles of liberalism, Burnham wrote, the West with meet an early death.

      Among the dogmas of liberalism is the unproven assumption that peoples of all nationalities, tribes, cultures, creeds can coexist happily in nations, especially in a "creedal" nation like the USA, which has no ethnic core but rather is built upon ideas.

      A corollary is that "diversity," a new America and new Europe where all nations are multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual, is the future of the west and the model for mankind.

      Yet, large and growing minorities in every country of Europe, and now in America, believe that not only is this proposition absurd, the end result could be national suicide.

      And when one considers the millions who are flocking to Trump and Sanders, it is hard to believe that the establishments of the two parties, even if they defeat these challengers, can return to same old interventionist, trade, immigration and war policies.

      For Trump is not the last of the populist-nationalists.

      Given his success, other Republicans will emulate him. Already, other candidates are incorporating his message. The day Francis predicted was coming appears to have arrived.

      Angela Merkel may have been Time's Person of the Year in 2016, but she will be lucky to survive in office in 2017, if she does not stop the invasion from Africa and the Middle East.

      Yet Joe Biden's dismissal that it is reactionaries who oppose what the progressives of Davos believe is not entirely wrong. For as Georges Bernanos wrote, when Europe was caught between Bolshevism and fascism: To be a reactionary means simply to be alive, because only a corpse does not react any more - against the maggots teeming on it.

  • Trump calls out Clinton for her support for Israel's separation wall
    • @Kris, who notes Sanders and Clinton poll leads over Trump:
      Can't tell much at this stage; in January 1980, Carter had lead of 60-31 versus Reagan.
      I think Trump might well win against Hillary, though the establishment pushback against him would be formidable. I think some people think it would be like Johnson v. Goldwater, but Hillary is such a fundamentally weaker candidate than LBJ was in 1964. Compared to more recent elections, Trump would do much better with blacks than McCain or Romney and obviously much better with working class whites. The GOP in last few elections has stood for lower capital gains taxes and support for Israel--its main positions. Not that appealing to that many people.

  • A Christmas message in dark times

      Mooser has figured out how to repeal the law of supply and demand.

    • Prof Falk,
      I'd like to ask to reconsider and possibly soften your view of Trump as an unreconstructed demagogue out to demonize the other, etc. In my view a president who is a little bit more nationalist might well be less interventionist and less warlike. Trump's desire to slow down immigration, if sometimes expressed extremely, is a pretty reasonable measure to deal with growing domestic inequality, collapse of working class wages. A recent article contrasted the hysteria which greeted Trump's temporary pause on visas proposal with the general indifference American elites feel about policies which kill or uproot hundreds of thousands of Muslims:
      link to I don't expect you or anyone here to be actually friendly towards Trump, but the policies he expounds are it seems to me in most ways more humanistic than Hillary's, not to mention other Republicans.

  • Sanders warns U.S. against 'quagmire' of 'perpetual warfare' in Mideast for 20, 30 years
  • Fascinating Barbara Walters shilled for racially-discriminatory organization
    • I could be wrong, but everything I sense about Trump is that Adelson would be stupid to back him. Opposition to Iraq war/ opposition to overthrow of Assad/refusal to commit to "united" Jerusalem under Israeli control/refusal to commit to W's "commitments" to Ariel Sharon/ etc. Trump is polite/friendly with Adelson because they kind of speak the same mogul developer language, and Trump isn't looking for a fight with the Israel lobby. But he is less likely to do the Lobby's bidding than anyone running except, maybe, Sanders, IMHO.

  • How long can Democrats denounce Trump and embrace Netanyahu?
  • Human Rights Trump Oppression: Over 800 New Yorkers stand in solidarity with refugees and Muslims
  • Trump and Netanyahu call it off
  • Trump's religion test for immigrants is standard practice in Israel
    • eljay,
      I was being sarcastic with all my 3 comments, my pathetic little resort when irritation gets the best of me. I'm a antiwar, pro justice in Palestine, skeptical about globalization conservative in general, and would back either Sanders or Trump, would prefer the non-bombastic Sanders.

    • The fact that they (the white, uneducated Trump supporters) don't understand that everyone in the world has a constitutional right to immigrate to America shows they don't understand who we are as a country.

    • Clearly we have to take a second look at voting rights for white voters with high school ed.

    • Well, I just heard on MSNBC radio that Netanyahu has denounced Trump for bigotry. That's the last straw for me, I'm abandoning him and supporting Hillary or Rubio.

  • 'Absolute scum' -- Trump's frightening speech
    • See on twitter that Max Boot and Mj Rosenberg reunited. Heartwarming.

    • Bombing Muslims is A-OK. Destroying their countries, subsidizing their oppression in Israel, international economic sanctions (half a million dead under Clinton, says Albright, worth the price) hardly a peep. But suggesting that maybe their immigration to United States be slowed for a bit (perhaps until the quite justifiable resentment dies down)--Oh that's HATE!!!! Bret Stephens is furious at Trump, I hear.

    • Well it will be interesting to see how things shake out if Trump is the nominee and he is obviously less ready to do Netanyahu's bidding that Hillary.

  • On #GivingTuesday, meet our new Development Director
    • Welcome Tova. Mondoweiss is a pretty big tent; I'm a friend of the site who doesn't believe that nationalism is always fundamentally wrong--though of course it often is. And patriotism, cousin to nationalism, often is not wrong. Your raising of the subject reminds me of my teenage arguments with a Philadelphia girl (Ardmore, went to Baldwin--is that familiar territory to you?). But in those days if one said Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist, that would be a way of complimenting him.

      I do think the mentality which considers Israeli nationalism good and every other one is bad is fundamentally untenable--for American foreign policy as well as for Israel's victims--though that seems to me to be dominant view of elites in this country.

  • 'NYT' announces Rudoren's return to NY
  • Affirming the rights of students to organize, protest, and resist
    • Excellent statement. At the risk of irritating some folks here, I would note that so much of what passes for progressive campus activism these days involves suppression of or protest against free speech. I think the classical liberal position is the correct one, and that the oppressed need and can benefit from free speech as much or more than anyone, and I imagine that Palestine solidarity kids on campus recognize that.
      I note that one of the complaints used by right wing Zionist students at Berkeley to suppress activism was that mock checkpoints used to illustrate what Palestinians face every day made them feel "unsafe."

  • Israel isn't worried about ISIS
    • in a leaked diplomatic cable sent in 2006 by acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Syria William Roebuck which contained the following “advice” on how to go about destabilizing the Assad government: - See more at: link to

      Wow! Interesting find.

  • Hillary Clinton equates ISIS and Hamas
  • Zionism, anti-blackness, and the struggle for Palestine
    • I've debated this subject before and don't want to repeat myself. But I did find myself wondering what Youseff Munnayer, or any young Palestinian intellectual in or close to an American university environment, might really think about the current wave of campus unrest--the frenzied agitation against Halloween costumes, the demands for "safe space", the desperate search for words from liberal campus administrators that might show offense, the palpable discomfort with free speech. Not what they say, but what they really think.

  • Seachange in public opinion: 'I am tired of Israel using US-made rockets to bomb Palestinians so that ultra-conservatives can steal their land'
    • A lot of it is change. How many people who comment here would been interested or knowledgeable enough fifteen years ago? Or twenty? Not me, certainly, though I was an educated, politically engaged person.

  • I went from Bar Mitzvah to BDS at Temple Emanu-el
    • Rob, This was one of the most fun to read posts I've seen in a long time. I would really love to have been at that event. Your description of the scrum surrounding you after your intervention reminds me of something which still seems to be basically true (to the extent I can see, as a gentile not hanging around with all that many Jews these days): probably at the center of the community is a sense that though they "love Israel" they realize that something is deeply wrong with it, and want somehow to make it right. And are looking to you to help resolve the perhaps irresoluble contradictions. Not sure if this sentiment is strong enough to be politically useful, and lead to liberation of Palestine (and of Israelis too).

  • An answer to the security guard at Ben Gurion airport who demanded to know, 'Why do you have to go to Gaza?'
  • Karmah Elmusa rocks Elle Magazine
    • I haven't looked at the comments, but there are hundreds of (paid) Zionist commenters who do this sort of thing; the ones who work mondoweiss are probably the creme de la creme. I doubt Yacov Yerdeny is a regular Elle reader.

  • Video: Two prominent Israelis envision replacing Dome of the Rock with Jewish temple
    • Thanks for posting this. I knew this stuff was out there, but with the American media reporting 100 times an hour Netanyahu government claims to the contrary, posts like this are important and necessary.

  • JK Rowling stumps for Israel -- what would Harry Potter do?
    • I know the 2ss is unlikely. But it could, in principle, right now be imposed by the US and EU in a year's time. And that would save both parties a bloody, generation long civil war with an unknown outcome.

    • One never knows whether signers such as Rowling oppose the boycott (which I feel ambivalent about) and favor genuine negotiations, forcing a viable two state solution, or are just pretending to favor negotiations, and actually favor status quo and occupation.
      I'd give Thatcher more of a pass-- she did quite forcefully support two states rhetorically, which was more than other Western leaders were willing to do during her era. I know she is a demon figure to the left, but on Israel Palestine, her views were relatively good. link to

  • Despite global disgust, Netanyahu doubles down on claim that Hitler got idea of Final Solution from a Palestinian
  • Critics hammer 'NYT's Rudoren for daring to convey Palestinian experience
    • Agree. When I opened my paper Saturday, couldn't believe it. What happened to reliable stenographer? A journalist again.

  • Adelson will mold Rubio into 'perfect little puppet' -- Trump
    • I hadn't noticed Trump's were placed there. Not sure really that they are. He's lived his whole life in partnership and competition with Jews as pushy as he is: not sure exactly where that would situate him on this issue and related Mideast stuff, but my hunch is --he won't be obsequious or deferential. But probably genuinely knows and likes some pretty right-wing Jews.

  • Anti-WASP tropes in the 'NYT'
  • Syrian and Palestinian refugees can be helped by better representation on TV and in film
    • I commend Krauss for pointing to some of the difficulties Europe has with mass Muslim immigration, rather than pretending they don't exist. The degree of them, discussion of which articles overstate or minimize them, can be a topic for debate, no? I've been reading this useful blog by an American law prof in Germany: link to

      which seems to provide a more realistic window than does the mainstream American press (much as mondoweiss does).

      Here is a recent post:
      Here's a selection of my short summaries of the stories on the "Refugee Crisis" live-blog of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany's leading center-right broadsheet, with my comments:

      13:19: Migrants end hunger strike in Nuremburg, migrants in Griebo near Wittenberg begin hunger strike, demanding to be housed in apartments instead of a multifunction hall

      13:07: Psychology professor Jürgen Hoyer says it’s no surprise so much violence in refugee shelters, many people of different backgrounds packed together

      This is why Germany will start seizing private commercial and residential property in a desperate rush to get migrants into apartments where the risk of violence is lower.

      12:41: Federal government estimates 30% of those claiming to be Syrian when they arrive in Germany are lying.

      12:28: Middle East Director of UNHCR says 8,000 people coming to Europe each day, no sign of decrease, and that these are ‘tip of the iceberg.'

      As I've mentioned before in comments, I see no reason why migrant stream will reduce during winter, because (1) 80% of the journey will be in countries with mild winters; (2) by the time they get to the cold places there will be volunteers and trains: (3) migrants know they have a rapidly-closing time window, it's now or never.

      12:16 Poll of 213 Dutch local governments reveals 80% have no place for migrants, 25% anticipate resistance from local citizens esp. based on fear of competition for subsidized housing, only 17% say they have sufficient resources to integrate refugees.

      12:11 On German national TV, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said opening Germany’s borders (Merkel’s decision) led to situation going ‘out of control’

      This is pretty amazing. Last night on a political talk-show watched by millions of Germans, the Interior Minister of Germany said the migrant situation was 'out of control'. The Interior Minister. And blamed it on a decision by Merkel, his close political ally & friend (though he didn't name her). You know what Germans don't like? Things that are out of control.

      11:56: Knife-fight among 20 young men in shelter in Chemnitz, 2 young Tunisian men and 2 young Albanian men in hospital.

      With thousands of new (presumably) genuine Syrian war refugees arriving every day, what are Tunisians and Albanians still doing here taking up precious shelter space and participating in gang knife-fights?

      11:55: In an 1800-person shelted in Leipzig conference center there was a mass confrontation between 100-200 Syrians and Afghans, required ‘mass intervention’ of police to bring situation under control.

      How long before the first murder in a migrant shelter? Weeks would be my guess. Rapes are already commonplace in some shelters, although nobody seems to care about that.

      11:51: In Finland, gang dressed as KKK members pelt incoming migrant bus with stones and fireworks.

      11:22 Sticks and metal rods converted to weapons found in Donaueschingen shelter after 400 refugees protested against planned relocation.

      10:54: Majority of Germany continues to believe migrants can be accommodated, but majority shrank over last 2 weeks from 62 to 57 percent. Number who say it can’t be done rose from 35 to 40%.

      I think we're going to see that trend continue.

  • Coulter's point is that Republicans pander on Israel to win donors, not voters
    • @Mooser Yeah, sure. Forgotten Ann Coulter is pro-war. After all, she was so subtle about it, you would hardly know, unless you looked at the first friggin things which come up when you Google her.

      Actually Mooser, I didn't google her. My sense of her comes from once knowing her a bit, and coming roughly from the same class/social/ethnic milieu. Ie, I know where she's coming from.
      Agree that she is racist and xenophobic, which puts in her line with most of humanity. I actually think it would be a good thing if "racist" and "xenophobic" WASPs stopped pandering to Netanyahu, even if their motives are not as pure as everyone else on this site.

    • @Mooser, I stand corrected, I had forgotten about that. She goes for the hyperbolic to such an extreme that it's difficult to discern what she cares about and what not. My rough sense is that she really does now care about immigration, and the other issues are fluff (and she probably right now doesn't want to start any wars) but there is no way to rationally argue that based on the record. So. . .

    • When was she pro-war? Like a lot conservatives who are conservative for other reasons, she went along with her party's consensus without much enthusiasm, but without the courage (or possibly conviction) to dissent. I can name several others. Those that did paid a professional price.

    • Go Ann! She's the most popular right-winger since Buchanan to raise this issue (though less prominent than he once was). There will be a big effort to marginalize her too, but I think--in age of social media and blogs--it will be more difficult. I doubt she cares whether or not there is a Palestinian state (Pat actually does) but she is aware the neocon double standard of an ethnostate for Israel and open borders everywhere else.

  • 'Did we learn nothing from 1938?': Scenes from the Trump and Cruz anti-Iran deal rally
    • Peter,
      I wonder if you thought (or others did) that the crowd was pretty small. It seemed so on the video I looked at--compared to say the anti-deal rally in Times Square in August. Also: Cruz is a real demagogue. Trump I actually prefer to most Republicans--I agree with Ross Douthat that he's essentially a third party candidate. My sense from his speech was that he doesn't really oppose the deal--one of his big complaints in is speech was that Iran wasn't going to be sufficiently open to American business, compared to European and others. Which is a (relatively) sensible position, it seems to me. Of course he shouldn't be appearing alongside the genuinely wacko Cruz.

  • The Iran Deal is an African American achievement
    • Important observation by Phil, really glad someone made it. Being semi-reactionary myself, I don't embrace everything about black politics these days -- but Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus. . . Andrew Young, it's all good.
      If I were holding forth in my living room and trying to explain, I'd say that blacks are much less likely than gentile whites to be impressed/intimidated/cowed into silence and compliance by the narrative of Jewish suffering, the Holocaust, etc used by Israel's right wing spokespeople.

  • Max Blumenthal is an un-person in the 'New York Times'
    • Per Kathleen--
      Yeah, it seems she does. Sid's frank points to her illustrate that. What does her good friend the Power Ranger man think? Makes me want to support her, more than anything else I've seen in past twenty-five years.

  • Senator Booker and Rabbi Boteach's Iran Deal poetry slam
    • There are, I'm pretty sure, good Einstein quotes lamenting the kind of state Israel has become. He was, pretty much, the prototypical liberal Zionist of his time, no?

  • Congressman Ted Lieu, are you really in bed with AIPAC?
    • Thanks for the link JLD. I sometimes think Christian Zionists don't really exist because I never encounter them. But, alas. Michele Bachmann, was, is (?) an important figure, once led the polls in the GOP primaries. In 2008 was it? Or the next round?

  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • I'm not sure who wins the argument: is it about whether "the Left" should love Obama? Probably not. Obama might well be a liberal Republican, of the sort that doesn't exist anymore as a part of the GOP coalition. But to me, that makes him completely lovable, even on issues where I don't necessarily agree with him. Plus he's smart and cool and great to see as president; I haven't been voting as long as Michael Smith (McGovern my first vote) but Obama is far and away my favorite president.

  • When a U.S. president demanded inspections of a nuclear facility in the Middle East (and failed)
    • Excellent historical post. Amusingly, National Review recently ran an interview with Elliot Abrams in which he waxed nostalgic about the tough minded "pro-West" Kennedy in contrast to the third worldish, guilt obsessed Obama. Abrams was faking, of course.

  • Deconstructing Netanyahu's response to the Iran deal
  • Views of Palestine from an American poolside
    • I wonder if it was tempting to say something snarky: "better still, blow up their homes so they don't even think of coming to the to pool".
      I'm always wondering whether to be confrontational. I bought a "free Palestine, end the occupation" bumper sticker --for my summer in a rather heavily Jewish beach community (Waspish during my childhood). But I haven't put it on my car. I play tennis at a mostly Jewish club, and don't necessarily want to pick a fight with any of the members, who are of course mostly nice guys. Apart from that, I relish the thought of pissing off the hedge fund moguls who drive around in Mercedes's and Lexi -- so I'm torn.

  • Walker and Bush talk tough on Iran in bid for Adelson's millions
    • Good catch. My guess is on foreign policy, Trump quite not the scariest candidate.
      I'm not sure Bush needs Adelson money. But he is trying to avoid becoming a neocon target, and not taking them on openly. Not sure that will work.

  • How long will I have to convince liberals that Palestinians matter?
    • Can of Worms says:
      "We being so downscale, our cause was overshadowed by the upscale causes of Zionists. Through the 1960’s and 70’s, right up till recently, the only Americans who took our cause to their heart as their own, were downscalers, Arab Americans and African Americans who had a shared history of colonial oppression," - See more at: link to

      I agree with some of this comment, though would point out during the 1950's there was a fair amount of Wasp establishment support for the Palestinians. ie Virginia Gildersleeve, president of Barnard College. Kennedy talked about justice for the Palestinians in the late 1950's, (i.e refugee return) till he was told it would be political suicide. After '67 it died out (along with that part of the establishment), and you are right that the Black Left in the late 1960's helped keep the issue alive. Did Malcolm visit a Gaza refugee camp? I didn't know that, very interesting.
      I am very aware that the average high-ranking black politician (say Congressperson) is much mor likely to have intelligent and fair view on I/P than the average white one, and that's been true for a long time.
      I just don't like the Ferguson nonsense.

    • link to

      Here is video of black lives matter faction taking over a netroots convention, shouting down Sanders and O'Malley. My suggestion to Amira is that she might have better luck with the mainstream pols than with the black activists. Just maybe. Not that O'Malley and Sanders are particularly good on her issue. But they might be educated.

    • Mooser,
      Perhaps there is some happy medium between the Confederate Flag and making a hero of Michael Brown.
      "Black community" was a lazy phrase. Sorry.

    • Amira,
      I am part of that probably not inconsiderable part of the American populace which understands that the Palestinians really are an oppressed people, but believes that the police/ black community issue is much more complicated than "Black Lives Matter" would concede. For whatever reason, crime rates in the black community are quite high, and policing is a difficult job. (Obviously it can and should be done much better). I wonder whether presenting the Palestinian cause as a parallel with the anti-cop one risks alienating more people than it attracts.
      I'm old enough to have lived through the 60's, the only time when anti-cop rhetoric was a widespread on the Left as it is today. It ended up rather completely marginalizing the Left, as "the silent majority" voted overwhelmingly and repeatedly for "law and order" candidates.

  • Angela Merkel makes a 14-year old Palestinian girl cry by telling her she is not welcome in Germany
    • I don't think Germany is obligated to receive every would be "asylum" seeker from Africa, but for Crissake, the Palestinians. Displaced to compensate for Germany's crimes.

  • 'I trust Obama more than the Prime Minister of Israel to run our policy' -- George W. Bush's former pollster
    • Thanks for this. I try to keep track of the formerly mainstream Republicans who break ranks with the party over letting Israel decide our Mideast policy. Dowd is a really important addition.

  • An inside look at the UCC vote to divest from the Israeli occupation
    • This question/fear about how the vote would be seen by Jewish colleagues is interesting. I've heard the same phrase used to describe the inner battles within Presbyterianism. It's very curious and interesting that these Protestants are concerned about reactions of Jewish colleagues. and the latter are not concerned about their (the Protestant's) reaction to their defense of an apartheid state.

  • Michael Oren misrepresents 1971 synagogue bombing that changed his life
    • Fascinating catch Phil, and very significant. Another thread to pull is that Oren somewhat later was involved with the save Soviet Jewry movement, and Yossi Klein Halevy (author of a somewhat more interesting memoir) was one of his best friends, and also involved. That group, if memory serves, got in trouble for setting off bombs somewhere. The details are in Halevy's memoir, and I don't have it handy to look up.

  • Retired Jordanian intel chief reveals 'crazy proposal' to expel fleeing Syrian refugees to Saudi Arabia
  • Oren's memoir reveals Israel's elite is hyper-sensitive to U.S. criticism
    • James North, great work. I've read about half the book on Kindle, hadn't gotten to the Simon part. I think in this post you really got the essence of it. Well done.

  • In the propaganda war, Israel will stop at nothing
    • Hope she goes. Hope this kind of thing is identified thoroughly with Israel. How long will it be before we realize this has been a very silly week. Yesterday the Times ran a full length editorial on the importance of trannys in the military. When was the last time the Times ran a full column editorial on anything?

  • From Germany, With Hypocrisy: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits the Gaza Strip
    • It's so convenient for Germany to have the Palestinians presented with the bill for the Holocaust, and this I suppose is a corollary of that.

  • Obama says peace talks are pointless because Netanyahu won't see the 'best' in others
    • It's no mystery why Obama doesn't push harder; politics is the art of the possible, the Iran deal is possible, Democratic funders, blah blah. I don't really fault Obama for not trying harder--he is after all only President, not King. The Israelis are more a mystery. A two state solution would be really good for them, quite obviously, but they resist it. It's like they need people to hate them, they don't feel really whole without it. Or maybe an analogy is like (self) cutting, which supposedly releases endorphins or something which make people who do it feel better. I mean, that previous post-- Netanyahu claiming that the world is saying that Jews drink the blood of children or whatever, it's like more and more Israelis feel like the only way to feel good is to have the world hate them, and Bibi is assuring them that yes in fact the world does hate them--(when in fact the world just yearns for a nominally acceptable solution/end to the occupation).

  • The crisis of the American Jewish community
  • 'NYT' public editor faults paper for failing to quote Jews who support BDS
    • I applaud you concentration on the Times, which plays a critical role in presenting this issue for many people. As Ms. Sullivan's presence indicates, it's a mixed bag. Also: today's edit basically supporting the Pope's recognition of Palestine.

  • 'NYT' plays shameless propagandist for Israel's threats to kill Lebanese civilians
  • Settlers Supporting Settlers: Towards an explanation of the US/Israel relationship
    • Is the takeaway from this not only that Zionism is problematic, but that all Anglo societies except perhaps England are bad? If so, I think its political effectiveness will be kind of limited.

  • Why I hope Netanyahu will be crushed tonight
    • Well, from what I see of the returns, Netanyahu didn't lose. Too bad. Biggest silver lining: he acknowledged his opposition to a Palestinian state, pulling the rug out from many of his US enablers, the less honest ones. So he's now more or less implicitly, rather than covertly, in favor of Israel as an apartheid state. That's progress in the American debate.

    • You tipped the scale on a question I've been teetering on. What time do returns come in? (I'm in Paris, half past noon.)

  • 'NYT' reports 'surge of hostile sentiment against Jews' nationwide -- on what basis?
    • link to

      There's a post and some interesting comments on this affair on Steve Sailer's (generally right wing) blog. Comments, including one with a photo of Ms. Roth, perhaps interesting to some. Apologies to anyone offended by my linking to Steve.
      If anyone asks, I'll explain the many "Haven Monahan" references.

  • WSJ columnist says 'I'm almost grateful' for attack on kosher supermarket that killed four
    • I thought it was kind of interesting, in the biography of an idea kind of sense, when Stephens said his grandmother knew Trotsky in Mexico. I mean how many of those guys in Alcove no. 1 (or their parents) actually knew the man?

  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
    • Gosh that US Campaign video is excellent. But please explain why so many of the perceptive commentators appearing on it are on Fox, not MSNBC?
      #only watch sports on TV

  • One-state 'fantasy is very dangerous' because it cannot tell us what the military looks like -- Manekin
    • Phil,
      Since J Street was founded, there have been (at least) three pretty serious attempts by Obama to advance the two state solution, the first with the call for the settlement freeze, another in the news lately when Netanyahu said no in 2011 to whatever was coming from the Peres-Abbas talks, and finally the failure of the Kerry mission. Obama has pretty much said to the Israelis, two state is best for you and everyone else, but I can't/won't make you do it. J Street has supported him, given him cover, but not enough to counteract Jewish establishment. So I think it's probably over. If Labor wins next month, it might confuse the issue, but probably won't. Israel has freely chosen a future in which most of the West dislikes it, and I don't think will be very happy with the choice. I do agree with Obama and J Street that the two state thing had to be really tried. But it has been, Obama has put as I thimuch political capital into as he can. He's willing to put more into Iran deal, seems to me.

    • Really one of the most challenging interesting comment threads on mondoweiss. It's not easy.
      If the two state solution is impossible, because settlements, because Israel isn't going to fight a civil war to remove settlers, then what? One can imagine that a one state thing would evolve over time--after international pressure on Israel, after a long campaign for Palestinian civil rights (even without voting rights: cf that book by Sari Nusseibeh) eventually with voting rights. Once you get there, an integrated army won't seem like such a big deal. The last thing in a long process.
      My fear of course is that Israel will see the writing on the wall, and start wars, even nuclear wars, to deflect the pressures outward. (Arno Mayer's theories of World War I--the capitalist states of Europe risked war to deflect their class conflict, displace it outward. Israel's internal "contradictions" are much more severe. )
      Perhaps if one changed the scope, pushed towards a federated binational state which had EU membership, helping to dissolve some of the hatreds in a larger entity, that might work.

  • 'American Sniper' is an antiwar movie
    • Yes, kind of. One of the officers in Kyle's unit says something alluding to the inability of distinguishing the good and evil of it. He dies. Hs parents are antiwar at the funeral. Not really specific about the neocons lying us into the war, unfortunately.

    • I agree with Phil's take after seeing the movie. Also, on the point whether it dehumanizes Arabs, I would say no: Kyle's Arab counterpart, a Syrian former Olympian marksman, is depicted rather more heroically than Kyle even--he too is shown with his wife (an act of equivalence which is probably unrealistic) and is very effective at shooting the Americans who have invaded an Arab country.

  • The left needs to stop hounding Elizabeth Warren on Palestine, says Warren supporter
    • Second, Clinton could go completely out of character and actually do something on principle, and announce that she would boycott if she were in the Senate.

      Taking odds on that happening?

    • I'm not "the left" but I was canvassing just like Annie. Obama has faced up the lobby as much as any American president except GHW Bush, and oh yes, Eisenhower.

    • Well okay; but civil rights people didn't push hard on Johnson or Kennedy until they were elected. There actually may be a real choice: Warren v. Hillary , and then Warren or Hillary against Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz or someone. And the choices could be enormously important. Sad Jim Webb has sparked little interest, but I recognize that as fact. I'm glad this pro-Warren character addressed the issue, and made a reference to the floor demonstration on Jerusalem which I and others here thought enormously important. I'm not dismissive.

  • Chair of Democratic National Committee opposes Jewish intermarriage and MSNBC showing Gaza carnage
  • Shit dead rabbis say about gentiles
    • Hop, it isn't Phil who selected out and highlighted the quote, it was whoever put together the bus ad-- meant as an ad for all Israelis to see.

  • Finkelstein on Joan Peters's legacy (and Dershowitz's legal troubles)
    • Thanks for doing this Adam. I'm a big admirer of Norman F. I wonder if he has thoughts on something broadly hinted at in David Samel's piece, that she did not write, could not have written, that book--for which the interview she gave, linked to in Samel's piece, is rather persuasive evidence.

  • The growing ties between #BlackLivesMatter and Palestine
    • too at times wonder how much of the solidarity with Palestinians is somewhat of a cultish “save-the-whales” sort of activism and how much is out of sincere concern for the Palestinians. The other perplexing question is of the Jews here waving the Palestinian banner and how much of it is actual pro-Palestinian feeling and how much is against a Zionist-Israel because of what it’s doing to their Judaism. - Walid's question is an interesting one. There are comparable injustices, versus the Tamils, I think, some terrible things in Indonesia which I don't know much about. For me the most maddening thing is that my country (the US) is fully supportive of the injustice, and seemingly manipulated to carry out polices which contravene both its values and interests, and which now lead it to a kind of permanent state of warfare against the Muslim world. Without that, I probably wouldn't care so much. I'm sure these reasons don't pass muster with those who think you need to embrace every lefty cause to really be in solidarity with Palestine, but I don't care.

    • I think Alex is too dismissive of the Congressional Black Caucus. I haven't done a big analysis, but impression is that black members of congress far better on average on I/P issues than
      whites, or white Democrats.

  • The legacy of Joan Peters and 'From Time Immemorial'
  • 'Protest in the form of a prayer': Dream Defenders demonstration in Nazareth makes connections from Ferguson to Palestine
    • If I could add. . . the danger of the Ferguson =Palestine equation is that most Americans are not all that sympathetic to Michael Brown or the cop-haters (much less the cop-killers). And so there is the possibility of ghettoizing the Palestine solidarity movement, putting it in a looney left place where mainstream educated opinion won't bother to explore it.
      (Fwiw: I think Oy Vey understates or ignores completely legitimate black worries about police conduct).

    • Eva, I agree with Oy Vey here. Basically I think the movement should continue what is has been doing-- publicizing conditions in Israel Palestine and pointing out implicitly or explicitly how contrary to modern Western values Israel's attitudes and actions are. Highlighting the contradiction between Israel's actions and American values. My comment at the top of the thread was intended ironically, though no one seems to have picked up on that (not sure what that says about the comment or readers).

    • Marwan Barghouti IS Michael Brown!

  • Coalition of more than 40 NYC community groups calls on City Council to cancel delegation to Israel
    • Maybe because I lived thirty years of my life in New York, and because as I write, I am staying in a small New York hotel waiting for my daughter to have a baby, in Bed Stuy/ Williamsburg and see the cops every day. The analogy Ahmed posits will only make people think Palestinian aspirations for justice and equality are ridiculous.

    • I would think these groups probably could play a role in drawing attention to Israeli oppression of the Palestinians. But I wonder--when I read stuff like - Ahmad. . . analogized Israel’s occupation of Palestine to the NYPD’s presence in communities of color. I have to wonder how effective it is. Israel's oppression of Palestiniansis like the NYPD's oppression of "communities of color". Really?

  • Why I am not Charlie
  • The Israel lobby rallies inside the Republican Party
    • There was a famous comment like this about '72: Everyone I know voted for McGovern. . .. Joan Didion? Bella Abzug?

    • Depressing, because Jeb will probably beat Hillary. I was hoping Jeb would resurrect his Dad's views a bit, run as a realist against a liberal interventionist. Oh well.

  • Islamophobia reigns in Newsweek comment section-- 'Towel head camel humpers'
  • #JusticeForMikeBrown: NFL star Reggie Bush connects Ferguson to Palestine
    • Came across the below when perusing Rookie, webzine for teenage girls for which my daughter sometimes writes:
      Nomi November 29th, 2014 1:02 PM
      Please do not aid in the comparison of Palestine to ferguson. Black people have always been oppressed to a degree in our country, have always been affected by racism. Palestine and israel have been at a crossroads for almost a century, and Palestine is FAR from being a helpless victim. What is happening across America depresses me and infuriates me to no end, and as a white person I feel disgusted at the ignorance my race continues to show. And as an Israeli person, I am disgusted at the comparisons being made. Darren Wilson is unquestionably at fault, the middle eastern conflict is far more complicated

    • Most Americans strongly disapprove of strong arm robberies, the bullying and intimidation of store clerks, punching police officers, trying to wrestle guns from police officers, arson, looting, vandalism, incitement to “burn this motherfucker down” and “burn this bitch down” (Michael Brown’s stepfather egging on the rioters in Ferguson), etc. Associating Michael Brown with righteous human rights activism and the Palestinian cause would be a political mistake, in my opinion — one which would play right into hands of neoconservative and Fox News propagandists.
      I agree with this. -

  • US Jewish voters have more favorable feelings about Netanyahu than Obama
    • I wish they'd do a Netanyahu v. Obama poll with a national sample. With crosstabs. It would be (for this site) one of the most interesting polls around. By income, education, ethnicity, catholic v. protestant? etc.

  • Judt on Brooks and Friedman's role in pushing the criminal invasion of Iraq
  • In the last days of 'Operation Protective Edge' Israel focused on its final goal -- the destruction of Gaza's professional class
  • Tablet types Rev. Shipman as elite, anti-semitic WASP
    • They started out wishing to atone for centuries of Christian anti-semitism, but this has morphed into an unwillingness to criticize Israel for fear of being called “anti-semitic” -

      I'm sure some will hate the analogy, but it seems to me like what was called (first by Tom Wolfe, I think) "mau-mauing" in the 1960's, using Protestant guilt over historical group oppression to make threats and gain power and resources. Of course the stakes are way different-- Wolfe's mau-mauers may have been trying shake down some more money out of the anti-poverty tree, while latter day practitioners trying to control discourse over vital war
      and peace matters. Of course there are vastly different power levels of the two groups, too.
      But control over a groups sense of its own historical misdeeds is a potent weapon for getting what you want from them, even if, in this case what is wanted from mainline Protestants is only complicity and silence.

    • For what it's worth, I thought the interview interesting and valuable and I bet Shipman did too.
      Oppenheimer asks good questions, seems willing to try to understand him as a person, doesn't really try to play gotcha with the questions. I've seen quite a few times what the lobby does when they really try to demonize/dehumanize someone, and this ain't it. The subject-- how the Episcopal Church bends before the Israel lobby-- is really fascinating. Endlessly so.

  • Obama says Muslims bear responsibility to counter radical Islam (so are Jews responsible for Israeli violence?)
    • I read the Times piece, and I thought the most interesting bit what when it discussed Sarcelles, a town with anti-Semitism, it quoted a political scientist who noted that the town's Sephardid Jews had enough clout to force all the towns politicians to say pro-Israel stuff during one of Israel's rampages in Lebanon.

  • The constant presence of death in the lives of Palestinian children
    • Very powerful piece. I hope sometime you write some first person accounts from Jerusalem--curious if such a piece were published in Haaretz, what would people say to you. (Of course, they'd say, that's just the left wing Haaretz.) But how many Israelis wonder about Palestinians at all.

  • Watch: Huge pro-BDS Palestinian flag unfurled on Manhattan Bridge
    • Am curious about this effort to link the Palestinian issue to the NYPD "war against people of color." I'm pro-Palestine, think the NYPD's "war against people of color" is nonsense on stilts, but suspect that most people don't agree with me. Indeed if you watch CNN these days, you'd think that the American police war against innocent black teenagers is the biggest problem facing the country if not the world, so much that it crowds out Gaza completely. (If you're really suspicious of the PEP media, you might suspect an agenda here. Darfur, Michael Brown, etc.) On the other hand, police brutality is certainly a problem at some level, and perhaps the linking of the two issues does help mobilize support on Palestine. I doubt it, but it might.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 1, ducks question on Gaza, 2, plans trip to Israel, and 3--
    • link to

      Here's Zephyr Teachout doing a similar wimpout. Fred Dicker of the Post was giving her the opportunity to criticize Andrew Cuomo's blatant pandering, and she refused to take the bait. (The right wing Dicker is probably pro-Likud, but also a good journalist with a taste for a good controversy).

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
  • Senator Rand Paul pens over-the-top pander to pro-Israel crowd
    • This is pretty disappointing, especially if the Dems nominate the neoconnish Hillary.
      I think the aim is not to get Sheldon Adelson dollars, which Paul won't get in any event--as he surely knows--but to immunize him from attacks that might influence Christian Zionist voters. These are statements he can point to.

      Also, isn't there a strong case to be made that dismantlement of the PA would be good for the Palestinian cause, forcing Israel to do its own occupation duty. I'm not sure about this. But though Paul's rhetoric is dishonest and pandering, it doesn't make him one of Sheldon's boys. My guess is that neocons and Sheldon know this too, and Jennifer Rubin will shortly pen a "don't be fooled" column.

  • What Comes Next: Five Palestine futures
    • Perhaps it should be subsumed under Israeli one state, but Kahanist ethnic cleansing advocates are no longer marginal in Israel, and I'm sure would look for any opportunity or global lack of attention to do a '48 repeat, if there was any chance of getting away with it.

  • From Mississippi to Gaza -- Dorothy Zellner reflects on 50 years of struggle
  • I am Palestinian, and I am human, and I am here
    • Thank you Stephen for a meaningful reply. I'm not as out of it as Annie thinks, have a daughter who was president of SJP U-Chicago a few years ago. And from Max's books, videos, have seen young drunk Jews. It's a new (and indeed perhaps Zionist) phenomenon--as I recall (quite well) from younger days, Jewish substance abuse vices were seldom alcohol.

    • I'm puzzling over the initial incident she describes. Perhaps because I'm two generations away from being a college senior. Still: I can't imagine a gentile frat boy type caring enough one way or another about Palestinians to speak and act like that. And I can't imagine a Jewish one being that sloppy drunk--especially at Penn. Which am I wrong about?

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