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I wonder where the struggle between universal human rights and - “A Jew is by the nature of his creation a purer being. Similarly with the holiness of the land: The soil of Israel is essentially holier, the stones are holier because the land was destined by God to serve as the place of the Children of Israel” is headed "Either we are all sacred or none of us is" Paul Fourhorns Tenoso

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  • 'No food, no water to revive awaiting certain death...': Horrifying report from Khuza'a village following Israeli attack
  • On ‘Death to Arabs’ in Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
    • link to haaretz.com
      "Then a month ago, in honor of Jerusalem Day, dozens of students banged on doors in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City while crying out, “Destroy the seed of Amalek,” “The Temple will be rebuilt, the mosque burned,” “Mohammed is dead,” and “Death to Arabs.

      A year ago, with another wave of hate crimes in the background, I visited a high school in Jerusalem. There were students there who declared they hated all the Arabs, that they did not want to see Arabs anywhere — “Not in the street, not in the mall, not on the light rail” — alongside others who offered a more complex message. Research and surveys in the last 20 years show that the strength of the first group has grown steadily, while the second group is shrinking and going silent. Hatred has become a major component in the personal and group identity of our youth. It is present all the time, and sometimes, in some places and depending on the events, it also rears its head toward immigrants and leftists. "

      link to haaretz.com
      "The secretary-general of World Bnei Akiva – a religious youth movement that used to be moderate – demanded this week that Israeli soldiers be turned into an army of revenge and not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins. The head of the Jewish Identity Administration that Bennett established, a former IDF chief rabbi, demanded “state vengeance.” Fully 52 percent of Jewish first-graders study in religious or ultra-Orthodox schools, and most are imbibing the theology that “you [the Jews] are called man, and the nations of the world are not call man.”
      At the demonstration where those who burned a boy alive met up, demonstrators shouted the chant that has taken over the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team: “The Jew is a great soul; the Arab is a son of a bitch.” This isn’t a superficial slogan. In the theology of the generation trained by the establishment’s education system, Jews are told that non-Jews have no soul. Non-Jews have only the same animal spirit that beasts do. Only Jews have a truly human soul, to which the commandment “do not murder” applies. It’s not by chance that the influential ultra-Orthodox kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri said, “The Arabs are a nation of donkeys. They are Satan. They are donkeys and beasts.”
      And who will change this? The education minister – who was appointed thanks to secular votes – who ruled that it’s forbidden to sell an apartment to Arabs? And he even based himself on the Biblical verse “Thou shalt show no mercy to them” (Deuteronomy 7:2) – the religious commandment of this generation, which has three elements: It’s forbidden to show favor to non-Jews; it’s forbidden to give them a foothold in the land; and it’s forbidden to pity them.
      The era of self-deception has ended. This is the face of the regime. This is the face of those who control most of the regime’s education and religion. A rabbi like Shmuel Eliyahu, who rails against selling or renting to Arabs and encourages violence against them, has been promoted to the role of spiritual guide to the Magen David Adom ambulance service. "

      Don't forget the elites who feed the monster
      link to haaretz.com
      "Both morality and the rule of law demand equal treatment of all murders. They also demand an acknowledgment of the difference between the deliberate murder of innocent civilians and the legitimate military actions of a government seeking to protect its citizens, even when those military actions cause unavoidable civilian casualties among the human shields widely employed by Israel’s enemies. "

      But liberal Judaism will save the day and Israeli democracy is strong.

    • "As the mobs stroll through the streets, its total toleration from passersby and police deflate any hope I may have in the future of a harmonious Jewish/Arab coexistence"

      link to theguardian.com

    • Or watch the videos

      link to youtube.com

  • 9 Reasons why Israel is under rocket attack 
    • 10 Impunity
      11 the gap between the cover of the lobby and the weakness of hasbara in the wider world

      And violence works both ways

  • It's time for liberal Jewish bodies to take a stand
    • Denazification would be a good prototype

    • It's time to bury Zionism and start over

    • link to haaretz.com

      "The toughest talk at the service was made by Israeli consul-general to New England Yehuda Yakov, who reminded his audience of the fact that “Israel still lives in the jungle. As much as we want to wish it away, the jungle is still there.” The threats that surround the country mean that “along with start-up Israel and the multicultural mosaic, we also have to be Fortress Israel, and I don’t say that with any glee, that’s a fact.” His rallying cry to the American Jews in the sanctuary: “We still need you desperately, we need you to understand, we need you to identify and we still need you to explain.” Shrage struck a similar theme, saying that the Jewish state “is in the midst of a dangerous neighborhood - and we can’t expect the state of Israel to behave like the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We live in a blessed place. They live in an extremely dangerous place. ” “I urge you, I beg you - I pray that you will remember what your responsibility is tomorrow ... only we can stand up for Israel, we are in the catbird seat." He entreated them to “not be silent if someone says something about Israel that is negative, jarring, or offensive” because “we are what stands between Israel and destruction in many ways” and that without U.S. support, Israel would be in “triple and quadruple amount of danger” and “it is incumbent upon us to speak up so that blood will not be, god forbid, on our hands.” "

    • "It will take great courage and conviction and you will need to draw deep into the well of Jewish ethics."

      Most of those ethics, however solemn, were developed in the absence of political power. And as soon as the Jewish State emerged they were dumped.
      Now they are tortured daily across Israel.

      And who wants to" draw deep into the well of Jewish ethics" to face the Goldstone treatment ? Who wants the full Max Blumenthal ostracisation package ?

      link to virtualmethodist.blogspot.ch

      "You coasted along
      To larger houses, gadgets, more machines
      To golf and weekend bungalows,
      Caravans when the children were small,
      the Mediterranean, later, with the wife.

      You did not go to Church often,
      Weddings were special;
      But you kept your name on the books
      Against eventualities;
      And the parson called, or the curate.

      You showed a sense of responsibility,
      With subscriptions to worthwhile causes
      And service in voluntary organisations;
      And, anyhow, this did the business no harm,
      No harm at all.
      Relations were improving. A good
      useful life. You coasted along.

      You even had a friend of two of the other sort,
      Coasting too: your ways ran parallel.
      Their children and yours seldom met, though,
      Being at different schools.
      You visited each other, decent folk with a sense
      Of humour. Introduced, even, to
      One of their clergy. And then you smiled
      In the looking-glass, admiring, a
      Little moved by, your broadmindedness.
      Your father would never have known
      One of them. Come to think of it,
      When you were young, your own home was never
      Visited by one of the other sort.

      Relations were improving. The annual processions
      began to look rather like folk-festivals.

      When that noisy preacher started,
      he seemed old-fashioned, a survival.
      Later you remarked on his vehemence,
      a bit on the rough side.
      But you said, admit, you said in the club,
      ‘You know, there’s something in what he says’.

      And you who seldom had time to read a book,
      what with reports and the colour-supplements,
      denounced censorship.
      And you who never had an adventurous thought
      were positive that the church of the other sort
      vetoes thought.
      And you who simply put up with marriage
      for the children’s sake, deplored
      the attitude of the other sort
      to divorce.
      You coasted along.
      And all the time, though you never noticed,
      The old lies festered;
      the ignorant became more thoroughly infected;
      there were gains, of course;
      you never saw any go barefoot.

      The government permanent, sustained
      by the regular plebiscites of loyalty.
      You always voted but never
      put a sticker on your car;
      a card in the window
      would not have been seen from the street.
      Faces changed on posters, names too, often,
      but the same families, the same class of people.
      A Minister once called you by your first name.
      You coasted along
      and the sores supperated and spread.

      Now the fever is high and raging;
      Who would have guessed it, coasting along?
      The ignorant-sick thresh about in delirium
      And tear at the scabs with dirty finger-nails.
      The cloud of infection hangs over the city,
      A quick change of wind and it
      Might spill over the leafy suburbs.
      You coasted along."

    • @ Chu

      All they do is talk. Don't want to upset anyone

      link to theguardian.com

      "For example, on the BBC’s Today programme yesterday, leading the leader of the Reform Judaism movement in Britain Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said she was “completely heartbroken” by what is going on and that she feels “empathy for both sides”, yet she did not go so far as to say that Israel’s actions are wrong."

      Total waste of space. The UN is investigating war crimes and the leader of the grooviest sect in UK Judaism can't even go so far as to say what Israel is doing may not be prudent.

      Janner Klausner's US homologue is Rick Jacobs, he man the bots sent to the Presbyterians to urge them to prefer dialogue with Israel over divestment

      link to blogs.rj.org

      "As you know, the conflict in Gaza has intensified. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Israeli soldiers killed in action, with our brothers and sisters in Israeli, and with all who are in danger.
      When the conflict began, the Reform Movement made a decision to join Stop the Sirens, a community-wide campaign, coordinated by Jewish Federations of North American (JFNA), to provide relief and support to the most heavily impacted Israeli communities. We did this rather than creating our own campaign to support our Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) congregations and the vital work the IMPJ itself is doing because we thought it was important to show support for the larger communal effort.
      We encourage all members of Reform congregations to continue to provide funds and donations to their local Jewish Federations to assure that continued funding will be available in the coming weeks as it is likely that the current crisis will not end in the next few days. Our ongoing support for Israel and its citizens will continue to be desperately needed. "

      Another complete waste of time.

      Liberal Tribalism won't do anything .
      Walt put it very well a while ago

      link to foreignpolicy.com
      "For realists like me, in short, halting a colonial enterprise that has been underway for over forty years will require a lot more than wise and well-intentioned words. Instead, it would require the exercise of power."

      I wouldn't bother calling liberal Judaism

    • Give us a break talking about liberal Judaism- come back when you have neutralized people like the Dersh and Adelson. Something like the von Stauffenberg attempt of July 1944 is required. The extremists are walking all over you.

      A lot of liberal Jewish bodies are taking a stand at airline counters in Turkey wondering when they are going to be able to get home and presumably whining about how Khamas is ruining their holidays and business trips, as if Israel should somehow be immune from the contingency of life, in the country that runs the 47 year old occupation and has suddenly started paying for it.

      " If Israel is to survive as a liberal, democratic nation" and my aunt grows a pair of elf ears .
      Israel was never democratic.

  • Palestinians build tunnel to attack Israeli kindergarten, Netanyahu says
    • Bibi is so full of shit. Israeli TV won't show a B'tselem video naming all the kids Israel has murdered and Israel can't deal with the tunnels because they couldn't be arsed when it mattered

      "How Israel botched the battle against Hamas
      The writing about the Hamas's network of tunnels was on the wall but nobody wanted to read it, says a geologist who set up Military Intelligence’s special-operations division. "
      link to haaretz.com

      and now he's bringing in Kindergartens.

      Israel has already bombed rehab hospitals, general hospitals, schools, mosques and family homes .

      He has no idea how much hatred he's engendering for Israel.

  • 'Heartbreaking' is U.S. government's talking point for Gaza massacre
    • "I have just two words about the UN Human Rights Council decision: Get lost." - @Tzipi_Livni

      So it'll be the same schtick as last time. Operation Goldstone. Only acceptable if a respectable Jew leads the team and the bots can intimidate him/her into saying nothing happened.

    • From http://www.WTF.com and link to haaretz.com

      "Speaking at the meeting, Israel's envoy to the UNHRC, Eviatar Manor, charged that the UN Human Rights Council "failed to protect the human rights of Israelis."
      Manor went on to say that the residents of Gaza were not Israel's enemies and that Israel was committed to international law . He charged the council of "pouring oil on the fire." "

    • Netanyahu bringing decent people into his slime world.
      The shame !

    • I am heartbroken about all the Israelis stranded in Turkey.

      They must learn a harsh and expensive lesson about voting for homicidal arseholes like Netanyahu and Bennett.

    • Surely "heartless" would be a more appropriate word .

      Jen Psaki and her gopher are 2 sad careerists. Jen in particular is a desperately poor role model for gingers. Kerry would have been as bad as Bush as well, prolly. Empire men.

      “we have been heartbroken by the high civilian death toll in Gaza but we are heartened by the lobby money, for which we will do anything up to and including cheerleading genocide ” –Jen Psaki, last Thursday.

  • 'We know that Israel has no red line when it attacks us': Civilians bear the brunt as Israel’s offensive on Gaza continues
  • 'Slate' blames Birthright for indoctrinating American Jew who was killed fighting for Israel
    • The IDF glorifies combat death and they have built quite a cult around it.


      link to youtube.com

      "The fallen". Women who die in combat are fallen women. So is Tzipi Livni.

      There is a special holiday to mark all the Jews killed in Israel's many wars of choice. Because the army is the central institution in Israeli life.

      And a young death for Erez Israel fighting terrorists is the most mysterious of all. Especially when the lawnmower is responsible.

      Of course the James Dean of IDF death is Netanyahu's brother.

    • Isn't it?
      I thought Jews were born to show the world how to live .

  • Israel's 'defeat'
    • break the news softly to Israelis

      Has to be a song by the (Gaza) fugees

    • Another 3 today
      Most of them are posthumously promoted . WTF.

    • I think the BG news is more important, Walid.
      It was top of the news all over Europe yesterday. Dick and Jan van Citizen pay attention to things like that. Israel's gate to the world semi shut.

      Even Danon was WHINING, a long way from his usual Obermensch pose.

    • Israel won't accept the Hamas conditions. Because Israel wants everything.
      And that mentality is losing.
      Israel is completely dependent on what the world thinks of it. And that opinion is not what it was.

  • US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza
    • heartbreaking reminder of close bonds viz drones, NSA, propaganda, torture, DIME munitions, flechettes, white phosphorous, human rights abuses, wars against Muslims and ignoring veterans

    • "The Irish Mirror also reports that the long-time supporters of Palestinian freedom also displayed the number of lives lost in Gaza during a performance of ‘Unfinished Sympathy' - which was met with huge applause from the crowd."

      Amazing song . Very popular in Ireland .

    • Rula is a legend. That was a fantastic interview.

    • link to haaretz.com
      “The whole industry is on the verge of a nervous breakdown,” said the manager of a big travel agency in Tel Aviv, who asked that he not be quoted by name."

      "According to Yossi Fattal, head of the Israel Travel Agents’ Association, “tens of thousands” of Israelis are now stranded

      abroad because of flight cancellations. “What we are advising travelers to do is simply buy a ticket on another airline that is flying to or from Israel in order to get to their destination quickly because the cost of sticking around and waiting for international flights to resume could end up being higher.”

      Since 40 percent of the Israeli travel agency business is concentrated in two months of the year, July and August, the flight cancellations could deliver a severe blow to the industry, he estimated. “We are already seeing cutbacks and dismissals,” he said. “Nothing this dramatic ever happened before because the last time international airlines stopped flying to Israel was during the first Gulf War, and that was in the winter, which isn’t a peak travel season.” "

    • They deserve it. Gaza does it own economic lawnmowing.
      With their special hedge tools they trim 1% off Israeli GDP growth. Yossi gets a lower payrise. Investments are put off. Israelis lose their jobs. The occupation comes right to the centre of the national balance sheet. Israeli bonds investors start asking questions about risk that was never previously priced in. Beautiful. Kteer hilw.

    • "There can be no hope of a peaceful solution ever gaining traction – or these bouts of blood-letting in Gaza coming to end – unless Washington is finally unmasked as Israel’s abettor-in-chief"

      Only way to do that is to open AIPAC and its funding of politicians to fresh air and investigative reporting.
      And the only way to do that is to leverage popular disgust at Israeli war crimes.

      Citizens United and subsequent decisions about campaign finance are at the heart of this. Zionism is as destructive as medical insurance in mangling the US political system. Neither are even remotely sustainable long term on current trends.

      I think Israel will collapse before relevant change happens in the US.

  • The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
    • She was really good.

      Media in general, not just TV, only focus on the now, never on the context.

      Ukraine is all about war, nothing about the systematic pillage of the country's resources by the previous leaders and subsequent economic collapse that led to the situation.

      Gaza is all about rockets, nothing about the evil policies of Israel

    • 2 more killed after Israel took off the gloves

      link to theguardian.com

      "IDF Soldiers Dmitri Lavitas (26) Natan Cohen (23) killed yesterday in Gaza after being hit by sniper"

      Israel floundering over BGA

      " Israel's transportation minister has ordered Ovda military airport, which to be opened to commercial international flights after foreign airlines cancelled flights to and from Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reports.
      Ovda Airport is located in Beersheba, in southern Israel, which has also been under heavy Gazan rocket fire in the past few weeks. "

    • Akiid ya Walid but I wouldn't give up the Palestinians just yet. This Gaza lawnmowing episode is very interesting. Lots of dynamics can play out over the next few years. Israel is so committed to what is a lunatic policy and the world is picking up on it. Even if the Arabs are all led by donkeys I would still put money on the Palestinians to better their situation.

    • It's interesting to read Israel's attitude before they started the offensive

      link to theguardian.com

      "In a comment piece in Yediot Ahronot, Israeli journalist Alex Fishman suggested: "As far as it is concerned, Hamas' going ballistic over Israel will position it anew as a relevant player in the region and relieve it from its political and economic troubles. The leaders of Hamas are no longer discussing a ceasefire. They are trying to ride the wave of violence by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank with the purpose of garnering the support of the entire Palestinian public. And the solution for hitting Hamas without paying a price has not yet been invented, whether in the Israeli home front or in the international arena."
      Israeli army spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said: "They [Hamas] chose the direction of escalation. So the mission will go on as long as we feel it is necessary to carry it out. We don't expect it to be a short mission on our behalf."

      Now they are looking for an exit

      link to haaretz.com
      "One idea making the rounds in the defense establishment, the foreign ministry and among experts in think tanks with direct links to the Prime Minister’s and Defense Minister’s bureaus is to recreate the exit plan from the second Lebanon War. According to this idea, Israel, in coordination with the US and other allies, as well as with Egypt and the Arab League, will propose a Security Council Resolution, similar to Resolution number 1701 which ended that war in 2006. "

      Life is full of surprises
      link to ft.com

      "A company that is relentlessly focused on an old rival may compete with it very efficiently but ignore the fact that a new one is sneaking up. It can become blinkered to the true threat by its obsession with the past."

    • Return is valid for up to 2000 years, Walid.
      10 years is a drop in the ocean.

    • Ban Ki Moon on no going back to status quo
      He means US foreign policy wrt the Palestinians too
      All those know nothing talking heads like Dan Senor...

      Scott Atran: 'US foreign policy is set by people who've almost no insight into human welfare, education, labour, desires or hopes'

      wa nuss

      link to theguardian.com

    • I think a lot of diplomats agree with him on the root causes. The status quo has to go.

      It can't be whatever Israel wants.

      link to youtube.com

    • link to haaretz.com

      "UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon: "I appreciate Israel's security concerns. You need to protect your people from rockets and I strongly condemn the rocket fire. But your military response is causing many civilian casualties. I hope we will be able to see the end of this violence as soon as possible."

      "My message during this visit was first, stop the violence immediately. Second, return to dialogue, and third, we need to address the root causes of this conflict. Returning to the status quo will not bring a solution." "

      AND

      " Germany's Foreign Ministry says it appears that a German-Palestinian family has been killed in Gaza.

      German media reports have identified the family as a Palestinian couple and their five children who all carry German passports. The reports says all seven were killed in a recent air strike by the Israeli army. (AP) "

      link to gmx.ch

      "Bei den israelischen Angriffen kam auch eine siebenköpfige Familie mit deutscher Staatsangehörigkeit um. Der 53-jährige Ibrahim al-Kilani aus Beit Lahia im nördlichen Teil des Palästinensergebiets sowie seine 47-jährige Frau Taghrid und fünf Kinder im Alter von 4 bis 12 Jahren seien unter den Toten, bestätigten die Rettungsbehörden am Dienstag in Gaza. Die Familie sei am Montagabend bei einem Luftangriff auf ein Gebäude in der Stadt Gaza getötet worden. Der Ingenieur habe 20 Jahre lang in Deutschland gelebt und in der Zeit auch die Staatsangehörigkeit für sich und seine Angehörigen erworben, sagte ein Familienmitglied in Gaza. "Wir müssen aufgrund mehrfacher Hinweise davon ausgehen, dass es sich bei den Toten um diese Familie handelt", sagte eine Sprecherin des Auswärtigen Amts am Dienstag in Berlin."

    • Hamas is basically the son of the Nazis for Zionist Jews. And its mother is Amalek.

      There is no nice way to shift Israel from its comfortable intransigence

      link to haaretz.com

      "The current situation is preferable in the eyes of everyone crowded into the center and worried about the danger of changing direction. No matter how bad the current situation is, a sharp turn creates a fear of the unknown.
      Everyone has gotten used to the occupation. Many in the center are disgusted by the daily violence, the cruelty to civilians, the children who are shot for the “self-defense” of soldiers wearing bulletproof vests and armed head to toe. But no one speaks up and draws conclusions.
      All the young Labor and Yesh Atid MKs who ostensibly are leftists — or were leftists in their previous careers in the media — keep silent. If only we could say they’ve been bought off with money and favors. But they’re not corrupt or greedy, they’re just helpless. The disaster of Israeli society is that this is the human material that goes into politics"

    • Which is linked to this

      link to theguardian.com

      "The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have condemned what they say is a rise in anti-Semitism in their countries amid protests against the conflict in Gaza. From AP:

      In a joint statement the ministers said Tuesday that "anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies".

      While the ministers say they respect freedom of speech, they say they will do everything possible to fight "acts and statements that cross the line to anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia"."

      Synagogue in Belfast attacked twice as well.

      Zionism is turning into an absolutely massive clusterfuck.

  • Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
    • JVP should go to HaDersh's office and bring attention to his homocidal ranting

      link to haaretz.com
      "Both morality and the rule of law demand equal treatment of all murders. They also demand an acknowledgment of the difference between the deliberate murder of innocent civilians and the legitimate military actions of a government seeking to protect its citizens, even when those military actions cause unavoidable civilian casualties among the human shields widely employed by Israel’s enemies. "

      link to electronicintifada.net

  • You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014
    • link to haaretz.com

      "Travelling to beautiful seaside San Diego from Jenin or Jerusalem would ordinarily be a huge treat. But right now, for Mariam, Ayala and other Palestinian and Israeli teenagers participating in the Hands of Peace dialogue program, being far from home is excruciating.
      “It’s been a hard day for me,” 18-year-old Mariam, who is from a religious Muslim family in Jenin, in the West Bank, tells Haaretz in a Skype interview. “Reading posts on Facebook about children and people dying. My mom just called me. The fact that people are dying and no one is doing anything about it ...” Her voice trails off and she begins to cry quietly. "

  • Mr. Modi-- do not court apartheid Israel in my name
    • Modi is the same as the bots. He hates Islam.
      Palestinians have no right to be in Erez Israel and for Savaks Muslims should all go to Pakistan.
      Ayodhya is the BJP's version of the third temple.

      Modi is like an Indian clone of Netanyahu from the "business genius" bullshit down to the ethnic rabble rousing, the vitriol and the incitement.

  • Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis
    • Israel can forget about those masri ceasefire conditions

      link to uk.reuters.com

      "In a move that could effectively turn Abbas into the main Palestinian point person for any Gaza truce, his umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday formally supported core conditions set by the Hamas-led fighters.

      These demands include the release of hundreds of Hamas supporters recently arrested in the nearby West Bank and an end to the Egyptian-Israeli blockade of Gaza, which has stymied the economy and made it near impossible for anyone to travel abroad.'

    • Mr Danny Danon of Likud says of the FAA's decision to ban incoming American flights

      link to jpost.com

      “I hope this decision will be changed ” .

      Great to see him whining and powerless.
      Nice change from this

      where he says "we don't need to get permission from anyone" .

      To paraphrase Oscar Wilde 's comment on Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop

      “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Israel's famed deterrence without laughing.”

    • Israel is first and foremost a money racket for a privileged group.
      This airline news is seismic. Think of all the years of anal israeli airport security, the systematic humiliation of palestinian flyers, the requirement to roll up 3 hours pre flight, the ignorance of the staff, the intimidation and now suddenly gaza blows a hole in their whole link to the outside world. Way bigger than capturing a soldier. Air france and delta essentially told bibi he no longer can guarantee security in tel aviv.Couldn't happen to a more deserving despot.

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    • Why are they more concerned ?

      Because business is economic growth and the Israeli housing market could crash if things get out of hand. Business is really serious. It is one of the main cards holding the whole structure up. Even more serious than whatever crap Bibi says in congress.

    • Maybe the Israeli business community will call a halt to the madness. Business is business, after all

      link to theguardian.com
      " International airlines halted flights to and from Israel indefinitely on Tuesday, citing security concerns in an unexpected twist to the two-week-old conflict in Gaza.
      Delta was the first carrier to halt flights to and from Israel after diverting a flight carrying 273 passengers bound for Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport to Paris following “reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv”. The Federal Aviation Administration halted all flights by US-based airlines to and from Israel, a move followed by Air France and Dutch airline KLM.
      A spokesperson for Air France announced the airline had suspended all flights due to the “evolution of the security situation in Israel”. “The decision ... will come into effect immediately and remain until further notice,” he added.
      The surprise decision is likely to alarm the Israeli government and business community who have so far seen relatively few economic repercussions from the conflict. It will doubtless deliver a substantial blow to the tourism industry – the one sector that has already suffered during the conflict."

      Zionism has always had this extreme vulnerability to the intervention of reality to its grandiose plans to subjugate the Palestinians. In many ways it's like a real life Tweety Pie cartoon with the IDF as Sylvester

    • Goy airlines refusing to fly to Eretz Israel Hashlemah is serious shit.

      The Dersh weighs in with a premium rant
      link to haaretz.com

      "Hamas’s decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben-Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel link to haaretz.com are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel

      The international community, which has a significant stake in protecting international air traffic from terrorist rocket attacks, must support Israel’s efforts to stop these attacks—permanently. If Hamas is allowed to shut down Israel’s major airport, every terrorist group in the world will begin to target airports throughout the world. The shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine will be but one of many such tragedies, if Hamas is allowed to succeed. An attack on the safety on Israel’s airport is an attack on the safety of all international aviation. Israel is the canary in the mine. What Hamas has done to Israeli aviation is a warning to the world. In its efforts to prevent Hamas from firing rockets at Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel is fighting for the entire civilized world against those who would shoot down civilian airliners. The world should support Israel in this noble fight, and in the process help preserve any realistic chance for a two-state solution. "

      The Dersh is clearly demented.
      Basically the Palestinians either risk death in a series of noble massacres to restore "deterrence" or else get apartheid.

    • He could prolly get Congress to fly in sympathy

      but Dick and Jane are not going to be expected to risk their asses for him, not after last week.

      Another MH17 would be the end of a few airlines. And that is more important than Zionism, frankly. Many things are.

      The only way to get the rockets to stop without a deal is to ratchet up the civilian deaths to 2 or 3 thousand + and try to crush Hamas. His room for manoeuvre on that is also severely restricted.

    • There seems to be a high correlation between white skin colour and Zionism. Who wouldathunk ?

    • Maxi

      Iron Dome is a waste of time. It's not good enough to protect apartheid.
      The only way Israel can guarantee the airways is to decide on peace.

      The way things are going in the Middle East now with water and general political failure , if the bots don't do the decent thing now they are going to get ISIS or some variation of 10th century wars of attrition down the road.

      And if others start lobbing missiles into Greater Tel Aviv the IDF won't be able to do much. Dropping the laws of war and the Geneva conventions (how did the Newseum put it ? "Terrorism has altered the landscape in many areas, including the rules of war and engagement, law, investigative and interrogation techniques, and the detention of enemy combatants") cuts both ways. There will be no quarter given.

      It is building into a catastrophe.

      They really do not have any more time to pussy around.

    • I think it's cos MH17 went down last week and Hamas hit a house near Tel Aviv with a rocket, Walid.
      BG airport is the only connection the Shtetl on the Med has to the world.

    • David Gardner in the FT

      link to ft.com

      "Paradoxically, Israel wants to weaken but not overthrow Hamas – the cynical military expression is “mowing the lawn”. For beyond Hamas lies the unbridled savagery of movements such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), which already has followers in Gaza and the Palestinian refugee camps up and down the eastern Mediterranean that serve as universities of jihad.

      The blockade of Gaza by Israel, and now by Egypt, has turned it into a vast, open-air prison, in which Hamas is the warder. The siege increases its power. The tunnel network it uses to arm itself and keep some semblance of an economy alive is so much bigger than previously assumed that one Israeli army spokesman called it Lower Gaza. It would be so much easier to monitor traffic into Gaza if the borders were reopened on top. This would mean accepting the Fatah-Hamas unity deal – subject to an end to violence – with the Palestinian Authority policing the frontier. But all that would require real negotiations on a Palestinian state. Without that, the wolf of Isis will appear at Israeli and Palestinian doors sooner or later, turning these futile contests almost into wistful memories. "

    • This is interesting

    • Yes Sumud but it's Messianism and history is over and it's Eretz Israel Hashlemah, the perfection of man and government

    • Israel is worse off now than it was 2 weeks ago. The occupation has finally gone onto Yossi Israeli's balance sheet. Burston explains

      link to haaretz.com

      "Much of Israel is in quiet mourning over an unthinkable possibility: That this horrible reality is the way things are going to be, off and on, forever.
      Having exacted horrific, if largely unintended, civilian casualties, Israel cannot simply opt for the application of ever greater force.
      But with a government divided in its goals and held at permanent gunpoint by the hard right, our leaders offer neither hope nor new ideas"

      There was a piece about Moshe Dayan and Gaza in Haaretz recently

      link to haaretz.com

      “Let us take stock with ourselves. We are a generation of settlement and without the steel helmet and the gun’s muzzle we will not be able to plant a tree and build a house. Let us not fear to look squarely at the hatred that consumes and fills the lives of hundreds of Arabs who live around us. Let us not drop our gaze, lest our arms weaken. That is the fate of our generation. That is our choice – to be ready and armed, tough and hard – or else the sword shall fall fro our hands and our lives will be cut short.”

      They were ready and armed, tough and hard, very hard, cruel bastards really, followed Jabotinsky in detail but Jabotinsky was wrong. Because the other side can get some weapons, not quite as high tech, and they can apply the same logic of pain that Israel does.

      So Saturday marked the failure of Jabotinsky thinking.
      And that's a BIG loss for Israel. Israelis as losers.

      link to haaretz.com

      " Can I feel sorry for myself as well as for my enemy? Surely I can. For the sorrow springs from the same source: their failure to bring back with them to the homeland that beautiful and ideal dream in which the space where they flourish leaves the same, or enough space for me. "

      Gaza wants that space

    • Is was wondering if that mightn't have been an attempt by the Yanks to pull Israel in line and throw Hamas a few ceasefire concessions .

  • 'Telegenically Dead': Israel’s crumbling media war
    • link to haaretz.com

      "Lod Mayor Yair Revivo fired an Arab municipal worker Tuesday for expressing joy over the death of 13 Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip, making her the fourth Israeli Arab in recent days to be disciplined at the workplace for posting comments on Facebook against Israel and its operation in Gaza. Some of the online commenters were accused of being traitors to their country.
      Unlike the others, Isra Gara, a psychological counselor employed by the municipality, expressly relished the deaths of Israeli soldiers.
      “13 [killed]. May they multiply. Amen,” Gara wrote on her Facebook page, resulting in her swift dismissal.
      After firing Gara, a resident of the Haifa-area town of Jatt, Revivo, a member of the ruling Likud party, wrote on his Facebook page that she was dismissed because of “disloyalty to the state.” But the Lod municipality said in a statement that she was fired for “a disciplinary offense bordering on the criminal and behavior unbecoming a public servant.”
      “I hope something happened in this country yesterday,” Revivo wrote on Facebook. “We’ve ended the era in which one hand milks and receives a respectable pay slip bearing the symbol of the state or the municipality or a public company, and the other hand betrays and hopes for the state’s defeat. When an Israeli citizen is happy over the deaths of our martyred soldiers, who gave their lives in defense of the homeland so that missiles, which fly at Jews and Arabs alike, will no longer be fired here, we can’t accept this.”
      He added that he hopes other public agencies will follow suit and fire “the traitors who live among us.”
      Municipal officials said Gara admitted her offense at a pre-dismissal hearing with the city manager, the city legal advisor and the head of the municipal education department.
      She could not be reached for comment.
      Three other Israeli Arabs ¬¬— a doctor and nurse at two different hospitals and an employee of the Safed municipality — have been suspended for comments on social media over the past two days.
      An Arab nurse was suspended from the state-owned Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer on Tuesday for writing on his Facebook page that IDF soldiers are war criminals. "

      I bet they didn't post at work but were still fired

    • link to theguardian.com

      The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has refused to air adverts by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem (see video below), listing the names and ages of some of the children killed in Gaza, according to Elizabeth Tsurkov, project director at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants Israel

    • Lucy Aharish is a Palestinian TV anchor on Israeli TV
      link to haaretz.com

      "The previous day, Benzi Gopstein – a merry Israeli trouper from Kiryat Arba in the West Bank – was a guest on the current-affairs program she hosts on Channel 2 (“Sihat Hayom” – “Talk of the Day”). Gopstein expounded his doctrine about Arabs’ place in Israeli society (according to him, they have none) and argued with the members of the panel, with the elephant standing right there in the room – in this case, the program host, an Arab woman, who sat there, doing a slow burn until she reached boiling point.

      On Monday, Aharish began her program with a calm, well-considered monologue. When reality-show refugee Dan Manu tried to defend Gopstein’s appearance, Aharish pulled out all the stops, releasing the feelings she had kept inside for so long.

      “Do you know what it’s like to be a minority in this country? I hope you never find out what it’s like to be a minority,” she told him, and shared some of the experiences of a person living between two societies and feeling like a hated stranger in each of them. "

      Go female Palestinian journos!

    • There is of course the religious angle to the butchery

      link to youtube.com

      It had to be Fox, didn't it ?

      link to biblegateway.com

      "O God, do not remain silent;
      do not turn a deaf ear,
      do not stand aloof, O God.
      2
      See how your enemies growl,
      how your foes rear their heads.

      3
      With cunning they conspire against your people;
      they plot against those you cherish.

      4
      “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
      so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

      5
      With one mind they plot together;
      they form an alliance against you—

      6
      the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
      of Moab and the Hagrites,

      7
      Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
      Philistia, with the people of Tyre.

      8
      Even Assyria has joined them
      to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b]

      9
      Do to them as you did to Midian,
      as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,

      10
      who perished at Endor
      and became like dung on the ground.

      11
      Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
      all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

      12
      who said, “Let us take possession
      of the pasturelands of God.”

      13
      Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
      like chaff before the wind.

      14
      As fire consumes the forest
      or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
      so pursue them with your tempest
      and terrify them with your storm.
      Cover their faces with shame, Lord,
      so that they will seek your name.

      17
      May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
      may they perish in disgrace.

      18
      Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—
      that you alone are the Most High over all the earth."

      Footnotes:
      a.Psalm 83:1 In Hebrew texts 83:1-18 is numbered 83:2-19.
      b.Psalm 83:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

    • Mark Regev vs Jon Snow 2014

    • link to theguardian.com

      "France's foreign minister said on Tuesday that the 600 person death toll in Gaza was not acceptable and that Israel had to immediately stop "the massacres and attacks", Reuters reports:

      "It was not acceptable that a country was threatened by missiles and that missiles landed on it, but the response must be proportionate," Laurent Fabius told TF1 television.

      "When we are talking about 600 dead, it is obviously something that we can't accept. The massacres and attacks must stop immediately." "

    • Marie Barf
      That is really appalling

    • "Third, in these spaces Israel is losing the propaganda war, despite its vast resources of trolls and misinformation experts."

      There just aren't enough trained bots to turn social media on message.
      As Brzezinski said "The notion that one can control a region from a very strong and motivated country, but of only six million people, is simply a wild dream." And social media proves that, at least in terms of hasbara.

      Lots of 'neutral' people are interested in Gaza and most in Europe at least are sickened by Israel's murderousness. And the hasbara is hopeless. It doesn't help at all.

  • Gaza onslaught is p.r. problem for Israel's 'moral authority' -- Albright
    • True but everyone who flew out of Jewish Disneyland on a foreign plane in recent days and was expecting to go home by the end of the week is inconvenienced. And Israel won't budge on Hamas' conditions. So the foreign airlines may not return for some time.
      And that's not good for business. El al will jack up prices.
      And it's high tourist season , when Israeli hotels make 40% of their profits.
      And it's a war of choice for Israel.

    • Haaretz is in war mode. There is a lot of spin in the articles.
      Israel is weaker now than it was before the 3 teenagers were kidnapped.

      Their only air link to the outside world is compromised FFS. Yossi Israeli can't go on holiday.

      Did Jon S fly to the States? Maybe he won't be able to fly back. He might have to return via the
      Allenby crossing, behind all the Palestinians LOL.

    • I thought dbroncos's post was really good
      link to mondoweiss.net
      "God bless Hamas. They're fighting as best they can against American tax payer financed F-16s, Apache gunships, armed drones, tanks and professional soldiers. They're fighting not because they want to but because common decency demands it. Living year after year under the racist Zionist yoke is unbearable. Let the voices of those of us who are protesing all over the world ring in the ears of brave Hamas fighters, who are little more than a citizen soldier malitia and who are risking their lives and paying the ultimate price for the cause of freedom. Hamas may not win the battle but Palestinians will win the war for liberation."

    • Madeleine (500,000 dead Iraqis) Albright is hardly in a position to talk about moral authority. She's another Jew who lost family members in the Holocaust who went over to the dark side.

      Zionism traded Jewish diaspora moral authority (however deluded) for political power . And they liked the guns so they dumped the moral stuff altogether.

      link to haaretz.com
      "Yeshayahu Leibowitz ....wrote in his seminal essay “After Kibiyeh” (collected in “Judaism, Human Values, and the Jewish State,” edited by Eliezer Goldman, Harvard University Press 1995) of “the fear of losing religous-moral supremacy, which is easy to hold on to when there is no risk to it and difficult under other circumstances.” "

  • Naomi Wolf walked out of synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre
    • No class. That was my first impression of Eilat as well.

    • "The rebels take to the hills and leave their homes."

      That was 1948. They were just ordinary people. Most were forced out.
      Actually now in Israel it's like a repeat- all the decent ones are being forced out by the headcases.

      And their leader
      link to theguardian.com

      "Netanyahu followed by saying what we are seeing from Hamas is an example of Islamic extremism. He compared them to Isis, Hezbollah and Boko Haram. Netanyahu said that the Islamist group does not want a two-state solution.
      In the face of such terror Israel has no option but to defend itself ...We will do what we have to do to defend ourselves"

      What a sick individual
      Do what they want to delegitimise themselves, more like .
      He's really ratcheting up attacks on Jews in Europe.

    • BBC Arabic reporter attacked while on air by Yossi Israeli

    • It's a very emotional time, all the bad news, the dominance of evil narratives, the ongoing suffering of a brutalized people mixed with the hope that their hell will come to an end.

    • Listening to the National, thinking of all the people in Gaza.
      I hardly know them . Hope they are staying alive . I have arms for them

      link to youtube.com

  • Burning children
    • They have no consistency in the hasbara. First Hamas killed everyone and now the IDF acted with restraint.

    • link to theguardian.com

      "Israel's ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, has reportedly said that the Israeli army should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for its “unimaginable restraint” in Gaza.

      Dermer was addressing the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington and, despite some heckling, his speech was "warmly received", according to the Times of Israel. It quotes him as saying:

      Some are shamelessly accusing Israel of genocide and would put us in the dock for war crimes. But the truth is that the Israeli Defence Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint."

  • ‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice
    • link to theguardian.com

      "Al-Jazeera has said that Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who made inflammatory comments about the broadcaster yesterday, bears responsibility for the safety of its crews after two warning shots were fired at its Gaza office, Haaretz reports.

      A rocket has hit a house in Tel Aviv."

      link to haaretz.com
      "Celebrities from Selena Gomez to Mia Farrow a-Twitter with sympathy for Gaza
      Clearly, it’s far more fashionable for stars to show concern about the Gaza’s plight conflict than to argue Israel’s position."

  • Ramallah, July 20 and 21
    • Amira Hass from last week
      link to haaretz.com

      “Lack of faith” is the common explanation for why the demonstrations do not spread. A leftist activist who went to the demonstration Wednesday suggested that her daughter join here. The daughter – “much more extreme than I am,” according to her mother – refused. She said: “don’t believe that the demonstrations will achieve anything and that the price we’ll pay for clashing with the soldiers – injured, dead – is worth it.” The Palestinian Authority and its agencies have a schizophrenic, confusing discourse: on the one hand speeches and denouncements of the occupation and on the other hand, habituation to its dictates. The PA’s official radio station is playing these days of military conflict militant music about martyrs and liberation, while the security agencies continue to oppress Hamas activists. On Wednesday night, members of the Preventive Security force stopped the Palestine Today TV channel from broadcasting live shots of Palestinian police forcibly breaking up a demonstration of young people in Jenin who were trying to reach the military checkpoint.
      Such leadership does not inspire the faith that can lead an uprising if one breaks out. “For a popular struggle against the occupation, that people are talking about all the time, a strategy is needed, a plan and patience,” says Ifaf Ghatasheh, a member of the political bureau of the Palestinian People’s Party (formerly the Palestinian Communist Party). But there is no faith that the current leadership of the PLO, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, wants or is able to lay out such a strategy not now, and not without far-reaching changes that will take a long time.
      Under Abbas, a style of authoritarian rule has been created, in which he makes decisions almost alone, without taking other positions in Fatah and the PLO into consideration and without consulting people who are more in tune with the public than the advisors around him, particularly intelligence chief Majid Faraj. If he would consult others, he would hear from some of them from the beginning of the escalation that on the one hand he should support Hamas’ demand for international guarantees for the ceasefire and on the other hand, he should talk about the obligation to avoid more bloodshed and destruction.
      There is an outrageous contrast between Abbas’ role as a level-headed statesman who is discussing a ceasefire today, and the public disparagement of his abilities and the attitude to him as a tyrant. His logical and humane position and the great suffering must stop is perceived by many as another link in his policy of “subcontractor” for the occupation. This interpretation screams of a lack of faith.
      Along with this goes a lack of faith in the entire political system, which is still torn by the rivalry and animosity between Hamas and Fatah, which has grown stronger over the past month. Fatah as a rule does not show solidarity with Gaza. Fatah cannot denounce Hamas rocket fire publicly because at this point the popular support for the rocket fire (especially as a symbol of Palestinian resilience in the face of Israeli power) is broad. Fatah cannot support the rocket fire openly because this will clash with Abbas’ position and will reveal that Hamas is indeed winning in the contest over who is a more patriotic, worthy and successful leader.
      When the Palestinians have so many reasons for their lack of faith in their leadership, the geographical disconnect also affects the ability of the protests to spread. The Palestinian enclaves that Israel created in the West Bank and East Jerusalem experience the occupation differently, with varying degrees of severity. Thus the Israeli policy of suppression is expressed differently in each enclave. And responses to it develop in each enclave. Absent a strategy and faith in the leadership, the responses remain local and limited."

      Maybe Gaza will change the dynamic.

  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
  • Jews must take action against Israeli brutality
    • I'm with Mooser on this. Israel is not Judaism's responsibility. But it's going to get the repercussions.

    • Things have come to a very sorry pass when there is a need for a group calling itself Jews Against Genocide .

      there are Jews against circumcision, prejudice, racism, war, Obama, human trafficking etc but Jews against Genocide is really saying something.

  • Dear American media, I’m asking you to simply tell what’s happening in Gaza
    • 10,000 Israelis die every year from smoking related illnesses.
      But the IDF needs money so the butchery of the Palestinians continues. It is always about incentives.

    • link to haaretz.com

      "First, although anxious, we use statistics to help prevent us from truly fearing for our daughter’s safety. So far, more than 1,000 missiles have been fired into Israel with relatively few casualties. “The odds of actually being hit by one of these rockets is like winning the lottery,” our Israeli friend says. “Except you have a better chance of winning the lottery"

      Self defence my ass

      "Staying the course, our daughter will understand on a whole new level what it means to be part of a society that has to fight for its freedom and democracy"

      Freedom and democracy my ass

  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    • Ya Walid

      shufti baqa

      link to haaretz.com
      "El Al says cancellations and a slowdown in new reservations will cut its third-quarter revenues by $30 million, to $40 million."

      Business damage at least $300 million so far is my guess

    • Some very sad pictures of the damage Israel has inflicted on ordinary life in Gaza pour encourager les autres
      link to twitter.com

      It's a sick mentality

      link to haaretz.com
      "But the response should be carefully considered: This is a serious terror attack that requires a harsh response"

    • Why did he bother going to Umadunya ?
      The status quo is dying.
      Nice that it happens under Obama's watch. Zionism reaches the logical end of the road of cruelty.

    • Remember last week and the optimism ?

      "According to Haaretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer an IDF officer described last night’s onslaught on Shuja’iyeh as Israel “taking off the gloves.”"

    • link to haaretz.com

      "The hasbarists prefer to deny the success of Zionism, thus allowing them not to recognize its failings.
      Yeshayahu Leibowitz understood this already 60 years ago, when he wrote in his seminal essay “After Kibiyeh” (collected in “Judaism, Human Values, and the Jewish State,” edited by Eliezer Goldman, Harvard University Press 1995) of “the fear of losing religous-moral supremacy, which is easy to hold on to when there is no risk to it and difficult under other circumstances.” "

      And they have completely lost that now.
      BTW that book looks really interesting.

    • It's media chess. Israel doesn't want to give Hamas a PR victory in front of Yossi Israeli, not now with all the dead soldiers when all they did was some garden maintenance.

      Hamas will stay schtum for at least 6 months well after any ceasefire. And get a PR victory in front of Yossi.

    • Maybe Yad Vashem will say something

    • Superwoman is en route to save hasbara

      link to twitter.com

    • "Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians" is rich coming from him.

      Israeli cruelty relies on killing masses of civilians pour encourager les autres. Gaza now is no different.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      'The orders were utterly clear: Qibya was to be an example for everyone'. Original documents of the time showed that Sharon personally ordered his troops to achieve "maximal killing and damage to property", and post-operational reports speak of breaking into houses and clearing them with grenades and shooting"

    • link to theguardian.com

      "The Palestinian Ministry of Health has warned of an impending "environmental disaster" if Israel continues to block Gaza paramedics from retrieving bodies of the deceased in the Shujai'iya neighborhood: "

      "The head of operations in the Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross has condemned "in the strongest terms" the shelling of the al-Aqsa hospital earlier today"

      link to twitter.com
      One of fathers of boys killed on gaza beach says his house attacked by israeli forces

      link to twitter.com
      several bodies thrown out of gaza building by Israeli blast. Rescuer workers, volunteers enter. Building crumbles on top of them.

      STAND WITH ISRAEL ‏@NOAWAS · 3h
      @RichardEngel GOOD JOB . SO HAPPY

    • This cast lead video has most of the themes of Protective shoot-ourselves- in-the-foot

      link to youtube.com

      There is something very postmodern about Israel's mix of PR and senseless cruelty.

    • $100bn is such a crazy amount of money to have wasted on a project like YESHA. They could have turned Israel into a world leader in so many fields but they couldn't resist the land.

    • I think Hatikva was based on this song

      It certainly is now

      Nihilism, Nihilism über alles,
      Über alles in der Welt,
      Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze
      Brüderlich zusammenhält.
      Von der Golan bis an die Roten Meer
      Von der Med bis an den Jordan,
      |: Nihilism ,Nihilism über alles,
      Über alles in der Welt! :|

    • 126000 views on youtube.
      That's viral

      Goes with the pics from last week of the beach and the Sderot cinema as Palestine 3 Israel -5000.

    • But what are Presbyterians thinking ??

    • Hey Mooser

      This should go into your thesis

      link to haaretz.com

    • Mooser

      Do you know that reworked Fred Allen joke that goes :

      You could stuff all the sincerity in Israel's government in a flea's navel and still have room left to conceal eight caraway seeds and a Zionist's heart.

    • "A bit like how the humiliated IDF covered South Lebanon with landmines before running away in the July war."

      link to youtube.com

      Tikkun Olam

      Chappatte is the cartoonist and he is half Arab. I think a lot of Israel's difficulties in the West are due to the perseverance of these talented 2nd 3rd and fourth generation Arabs who are not afraid to show the true face of Zionism to the world.

    • I think it'll be more of a slow burner like the decline of Sony. Israel is not going to get rabid attachment rates typical of their grandparents from the generation that sends selfies of its genitals to other members of the generation. Israel is just not as exciting or as compelling as that.

    • Twitter cuts out zionist media management. Careerism can't be used to scare or intimidate users. Ya salaam.

    • Israeli society was more rational in 82. The Russians hadn't arrived and the secular jews were still a majority. Now the russians, settlers, orthodox and ultra o have the majority and they are for the birds.

    • 40 million is what it costs to run YESHA for one WEEK. In 47 years that makes over $100 BILLION. Dim and Mehane could have been educated with a teeney weeney portion of that and there would still be money left over to give Hoph a compassion transplant.

  • CNN headline: "100 people killed today in Israel, Gaza fighting"
    • That is a lot of IDF hits in 24 hours.
      Added to the economic cost, I wonder if it might be the beginning of the end for netanyahu. Yossi Israeli is not fond of quagmires.

    • I think the CNN headline underlines the damage done to the Israeli education system by the money flow to YESHA> Very poor use of English.

      the correct phrase is of course

      100 people killed today by Israel; Gaza fighting

      Very tricky, English prepositions , especially for Torah students

  • Video: A beautiful brother went looking for his family in the death zone (Updated)
    • It's really shocking. You can feel the fear of the others watching it.
      And that basically is Erez Israel Hashlemeh in Palestinian level 5 of hell where the Galilee is Level 1 .

    • I think he got the platinum ostracization package.

    • Amazing how many views and it's exactly what Israel does not want the world to see. They were so pissed off about the beach photos last week. Zionism needs the old journalism model more than the New York Times does.

    • The whole story is very disturbing.

      Jeffrey Goldberg accused Richard Goldstone of having committed a “blood libel” here:

      link to theatlantic.com

      Goldstone was put under severe pressure in South Africa :

      link to forward.com?

      Goldstone turned here :

      link to washingtonpost.com

      Netanyahu jumped in here :
      link to haaretz.com

      "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the United Nations on Saturday to retract the Goldstone Report following the regret expressed by former jurist Richard Goldstone regarding the damning report on alleged Israeli war crimes during the Gaza war.
      "Everything that we said proved to be true," said Netanyahu. "Israel did not intentionally target civilians and it has proper investigatory bodies"

      "While Israel has shown to probe itself "to a significant degree" over Gaza war actions, Goldstone wrote, Hamas, who has been in control of the coastal enclave since 2007, "has done nothing.""

      Hostage had a very good post here :

      link to mondoweiss.net

      Aluf Benn thought there was something good in what happened - naïf

      link to theguardian.com

      Donniel Hartman explained the Jewish prison :

      link to hartman.org.il
      "When one calls, however, for the boycotting or international sanctioning of Israel or the forcing of its government to adopt policies which are counter to the expressed will of its democratically elected government, even if one believes that one is doing so for the good of Israel, one is locating oneself on the side of our foes, a side that friends need to be wary of.
      If our community will be wise enough to expand the inner tent to make room for a wide spectrum of opinions, debate, criticism, and acts of protest and condemnation, there will be no need for members of our community to find their allies elsewhere, and ones who do so, will be therefore declaring where their allegiance truly lies.
      We are a people who believe that criticism is an act of love and loyalty. We are also a people who believe that there is a criticism out of love, and a criticism which is not."

      Goldstone's co-authors responded :

      link to theguardian.com

      And now Israel is again deliberately killing civilians.

  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
    • Maxi

      link to theguardian.com
      "Meanwhile, army spokesman Peter Lerner said the IDF could not rule out the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Hamas, despite denials late on Sunday by the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor. Investigations were continuing, the IDF said"

    • Mr cupid stunt

      That is pathetic. Hamas is not a government. Gaza is not a country. It is still occupied. Sheja'ieh was not a human tragedy. It was an IDF operation.

    • Apparently Hamas are using Hezb tactics which have their roots in anti Yank activity in Iraq ...Israel of course wanted that war ....

    • Israel is responsible for all civilian deaths.
      Otherwise all holocaust museums should explain that the Jews killed themselves.

    • Thanks Gracie. A keeper.
      A reference for the utter evil of the occupation and the system behind it.

    • link to haaretz.com

      "Four more bodies were identified in Khan Younis under the rubble of a demolished house belonging to the Abu Jama family, raising the death toll in that specific house to 13. "

      Accusing Israel of killing civilians deliberately is a blood libel .
      Israel is deeply sorry

    • Mowing the lawn isn't just cynical- it also expresses the Israeli assumption of eternal fighting superiority

      link to haaretz.com.

      "With due caution given the circumstances, it should be noted that in recent years the IDF has had no experience in ground battles in general and in Gaza in particular."

      They just kill via drones and pick off kids with sniper fire.
      And they could hardly send in the Checkpoint Sunglasses Battalion.

      I think they had a similar shock in 1973 before the Yanks started the resupply.

    • The Goldstone report was pulled because the bots objected to the assertion that Israel deliberately killed civilians. And they are doing it again.

      The Sderot cinema is probably the most powerful image to come from the whole situation. Israel doesn't care about civilian casualties. It's all linked to the memes of Zionism.

    • Support now comes qualified

      link to theguardian.com

      "David Cameron also spoke with Netanyahu, reiterating "the UK's strong support for Israel's right to take proportionate action to defend itself from" Gaza rockets, while expressing condolences over the Israeli deaths and concern over the "mounting civilian casualties in Gaza.""

      Meanwhile Yossi Israeli wants to raze Gaza to the ground because a few Golani soldiers were killed

    • The lawnmowing exercise must be doing serious damage to the q3 economic figures for Israel if so many people are spending so much time in bomb shelters.

      link to ezranet.com

    • link to haaretz.com

      "Gantz spoke of the need to persevere in carrying out missions and of the moral duty to defend the citizens of Israel without inflicting unnecessary harm on enemy civilians. The pressure on him and the government is mounting. There is enormous sensitivity in Israel to losing soldiers in combat. Paradoxically, it is greater than the sensitivity to the loss of civilian lives. "

      It's not a paradox- that's Zionism
      Sadly the goys see things differently

      and what about this ?

      "The Israeli public, most of which adapted with admirable serenity to rocket fire on the home front, will now have to also bear the burden of combat deaths. The wild rampage on social networks is not exactly assisting in dissipating passions. An exaggerated wave of rumors spread yesterday. At its low point, not only were the names of victims posted on ‘whatsapp’ before families had been notified, but pictures of coffins prepared at a central base for casualties in Shujaiyeh were shown as well. This was long before the media were allowed to report the casualties. If reserve soldiers were responsible for this it is scandalous"

      you are just sitting down on a couch in Sderot watching the cinema - you don't expect nice Jewish boys to die .

    • I don't think any of the carefully calibrated arguments would stand up in front of a serious court. Zionism reminds me of Lehman Bros. Dodgy models and when it goes down a lot of people will be very happy.

    • Haaretz is clearly heavily censored. Usually it's good for Israel info but it's shit this weekend.

    • 2008 is such a long time ago. Delegitimisation wasn't even discussed at Herzliya back then.

      Israel is stuck between the risk of killing too many civilians and the risk of losing too many NJBs (Nice Jewish boys) . Hasbara has been in better shape and Israel also needs to get the tourists coming back in.

      It's a big decision in a town called malice.
      Most of that Likud bravado is horseshit at the best of times and Bennett is
      even less connected to reality.

    • Hezb's situation was different. The bots went home suitably chastened.
      Here the bots will continue the siege.
      So no listening to Obomba without concessions from Israel.

    • 1 day of rockets costs Israel's hotels $15m.

    • KSA and UAE. pulling The strings post MB in Egypt, deeply reactionary .Only qatar standing up for Gaza. And people everywhere .

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