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"Either we are all sacred or none of us is" - Paul Fourhorns Tenoso "One has to bear in mind that Israelis live in a largely mythic world, a somewhat modified and vastly simplified version of the Iliad. In this starkly polarized vision of reality, in which Israelis are by definition innocent victims of dark, irrational forces operating against them, heroic death in war always makes sense, and violent coercion is the option both of necessity and of choice. The Hebrew proverb says: “If force doesn’t work, use more force.” jon s November 16, 2014, 6:56 am "Hophmi, for participating in efforts to promote Jewish-Muslim understanding , is ridiculed, while Max and David , for spreading lies and promoting hatred , are to be admired." I just think Judaism needs to get back to that justice setting.

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  • What we talk about when we talk about ISIS
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      "the Western powers (the United States and its subaltern European allies) have made their choice: they have given preferential support to the Muslim Brotherhood and/or other “Salafist” organizations of political Islam. The reason for that is simple and obvious: these reactionary political forces accept exercising their power within globalized neoliberalism (and thus abandoning any prospect for social justice and national independence). That is the sole objective pursued by the imperialist powers.

      Consequently, political Islam’s program belongs to the type of fascism found in dependent societies. In fact, it shares with all forms of fascism two fundamental characteristics: (1) the absence of a challenge to the essential aspects of the capitalist order (and in this context this amounts to not challenging the model of lumpen development connected to the spread of globalized neoliberal capitalism); and (2) the choice of anti-democratic, police-state forms of political management (such as the prohibition of parties and organizations, and forced Islamization of morals).

      The anti-democratic option of the imperialist powers (which gives the lie to the pro-democratic rhetoric found in the flood of propaganda to which we are subjected), then, accepts the possible “excesses” of the Islamic regimes in question. Like other types of fascism and for the same reasons, these excesses are inscribed in the “genes” of their modes of thought: unquestioned submission to leaders, fanatic valorization of adherence to the state religion, and the formation of shock forces used to impose submission. In fact, and this can be seen already, the “Islamist” program makes progress only in the context of a civil war (between, among others, Sunnis and Shias) and results in nothing other than permanent chaos. This type of Islamist power is, then, the guarantee that the societies in question will remain absolutely incapable of asserting themselves on the world scene. It is clear that a declining United States has given up on getting something better—a stable and submissive local government—in favor of this “second best.”"

  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
    • "Netanyahu comes to town and upbraids the president saying that what Obama wants won’t happen"

      too high
      too far
      too soon
      (too self referential )

    • and threats of violence/career destruction

      Thugs in suits. Tammany Hall 2.0.

    • I feel sorry for Madonna. She's 56 and it's a business for perky 22 year olds.
      She's very talented but she will do anything for attention. She reminds me of that other lost soul, Demi Moore.

      The Zionists probably tell her she's still
      as good as she was in the 80s. She's like them now.

    • Zionists don't do atonement. They continue whining.

      Israel hasn't reached its nadir yet although many people think things can't get any worse.

    • Warren may get very interesting if the Fed can't raise interest rates and deflation takes over.
      Wall St is expecting labor to get wage increases that will generate inflation that would allow interest rates to be raised

      But the income gains all go to the top 1%.

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      "By 2010, the labor share of the bottom 99 percent of taxpayers had fallen to approximately 50 percent from just above 60 percent prior to the 1980s.”43 In other words, including the compensation of the highest paid people—literally, the top 1 percent—adds enough to national labor compensation to skew the data for the entire labor force and make it appear that the declining share of the economy going to labor is not really that dramatic. This makes sense when we consider that in 2012 the top 1 percent took home an income estimated at eighty cents to “almost a dollar out of every $4 generated by the American economy.”

      She gave an interesting speech last month

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      "A wonkish former Harvard law professor and career-long consumer advocate, Ms Warren’s push to break up the big US banks appeals to the large swath of voters who believe financial institutions were never truly reined in after the crisis.
      The rhetoric she used on the floor of the Senate during the spending bill debate, and in particular the vitriol she aimed at Citi, which she has frequently attacked over its links to Capitol Hill, was typical of the message she has used on the stump and on the Senate banking committee.
      “Washington already works really well for the billionaires and big corporations and the lawyers and lobbyists,” Ms Warren said. “But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citi bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail Citi out just six years ago?”"

      The financial sector is way out of touch with ordinary Americans given the level of rent seeking

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      "Blackstone founder Stephen Schwarzman landed himself in deep trouble a couple of years ago when he compared US efforts to raise taxes on private equity to the Nazis. “It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939,” he said.
      Venture capitalist Tom Perkins, founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, provoked a similar outcry earlier this year with a letter to the Wall Street Journal that compared criticism of the wealthy to Nazi persecution of the Jews. Both men eventually apologised."

      The system might well blow up in the next few years. I think it's a debt trap.

      If it does and if it is the Democrats will have no choice but to dump Wall St. And that will be the end of Zionism.

  • From Brooklyn to Palestine: A thank you note to Palestinian and Middle Eastern sisters who re-educated me on my world view
    • Suheir Hammad vs Scarlett Johansen
      in the world championship of cool

      It's a walkover for Palestine.

    • How Ferguson became Ferguson

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      "In the early 1950s, St. Louis began construction of the Pruitt-Igoe towers and other high-rises to house the African American poor. Pruitt had been intended for blacks and Igoe for whites, but by the time the projects opened in 1955–56, few whites were still interested in urban public housing; there were so many inexpensive options for them in south St. Louis and in the suburbs. Igoe then filled with black families as well.26
      By the 1960s, Pruitt-Igoe became a national symbol of dysfunctional public housing, high-rise towers packed with welfare-dependent families, frequently headed by single mothers. Youth gang activity was pervasive. The Housing Authority’s neglect of maintenance and facilities exacerbated matters. The Pruitt-Igoe vertical ghettos discredited the entire national public housing program, giving the lie to Senator Douglas’s promise that it would be in the “best interests of the Negro race that we carry through” with a segregated housing program. The combination of deteriorating social conditions and public disinvestment made life in the projects so untenable that the federal government evicted all residents and dynamited the 33 towers, beginning in 1972.27"

  • New DC bus ad takes on the special relationship on eve of Netanyahu’s address to Congress
    • they had a very good run over 60 years and they got lazy, they didn't upgrade their hasbara, they got complacent- that's life

  • Banksy goes to Gaza
    • Israel is a car crash, Vera. It's up there with the GOP as the manifestation of short termist pointless self destructive venality

    • Inshallah innit

    • Hey Bintbiba

      I found another quote that explains why I am not Charlie and why I love Falastin

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      "Soul is indigenous, it needs to grow out of its own ground"

      Israel has no soul. It sold it all for military superiority.

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      And the land is still Palestinian regardless of the concrete.

      The olive trees feed the soul. The soul thrives on helping people, not killing them.

  • Leading NY institutions discuss the Nakba -- and there is not a Palestinian in sight
    • Ethnic cleansing was used extensively after ww2 to set Europe into mostly homogenous populations. Germans were shunted into Germany, Poles were sent West, Ukrainians got eastern Poland. Everyone had a country. Stalin was a bastard.

      Didn't justify what Israel did.
      1948 is still toxic.
      And it makes Israel less secure even now.

  • Right-wing bomb thrower David Horowitz behind anti-SJP posters
  • Kerry says Netanyahu was wrong the last time he pushed war for the U.S.
    • Prez O'Bama may be waiting for them to manoeuvre themselves into a noose between him and the American people. There is no point in wasting capital trying to neutralize them when hubris will do it anyway.

    • Kerry video

      Remember all the mangled and broken American soldiers

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      "The common perception of Walter Reed is of a surgical hospital that shines as the crown jewel of military medicine. But 5 1/2 years of sustained combat have transformed the venerable 113-acre institution into something else entirely -- a holding ground for physically and psychologically damaged outpatients. Almost 700 of them -- the majority soldiers, with some Marines -- have been released from hospital beds but still need treatment or are awaiting bureaucratic decisions before being discharged or returned to active duty.
      They suffer from brain injuries, severed arms and legs, organ and back damage, and various degrees of post-traumatic stress. Their legions have grown so exponentially -- they outnumber hospital patients at Walter Reed 17 to 1 -- that they take up every available bed on post and spill into dozens of nearby hotels and apartments leased by the Army. The average stay is 10 months, but some have been stuck there for as long as two years.
      Not all of the quarters are as bleak as Duncan's, but the despair of Building 18 symbolizes a larger problem in Walter Reed's treatment of the wounded, according to dozens of soldiers, family members, veterans aid groups, and current and former Walter Reed staff members interviewed by two Washington Post reporters, who spent more than four months visiting the outpatient world without the knowledge or permission of Walter Reed officials. Many agreed to be quoted by name; others said they feared Army retribution if they complained publicly.
      While the hospital is a place of scrubbed-down order and daily miracles, with medical advances saving more soldiers than ever, the outpatients in the Other Walter Reed encounter a messy bureaucratic battlefield nearly as chaotic as the real battlefields they faced overseas.
      On the worst days, soldiers say they feel like they are living a chapter of "Catch-22." The wounded manage other wounded. Soldiers dealing with psychological disorders of their own have been put in charge of others at risk of suicide.
      Disengaged clerks, unqualified platoon sergeants and overworked case managers fumble with simple needs: feeding soldiers' families who are close to poverty, replacing a uniform ripped off by medics in the desert sand or helping a brain-damaged soldier remember his next appointment. "

      Remember everything that Zionism has done to help them.

    • It didn't even wear the sheepskin last summer, Walid.
      JStreet is as real as the Kardashians.

    • He has a real Boston accent as well.

    • The CSPAN video is fascinating. Milikovsky said he would like to see regime change in Iraq.
      And was it worth it , bibi? All the rapes, all the dead children, all the killing?

      He also told the Yanks that Saddam was developing nuclear weapons

      What an asshole

  • Israel gives out 'security Oscars' at the UN to Iran, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia and PA
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      The Kiev government made a lot of mistakes after the previous PM was deposed. Putin played them like a musical instrument.
      But longer term Russia won't be able to give Eastern Ukraine much economically.
      The country is a basket case. It exports women as prostitutes. Corruption is world class.
      It needs a Marshall plan to get back on its feet.

    • I think Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and Libya are all reverberations of the global financial crisis. They are all on the periphery of Europe, are not core countries and the financial shocks from 2008 on pushed them over the edge. Things like food prices and remittances and debt levels. Ukraine fell apart over corruption and a bankrupt state. Maybe the Yanks are involved but the chaos has other parents.

    • Ukraine is a mess. I can't believe anyone in DC planned it.

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      “Then the Russians invaded,” one soldier from the unit told the Financial Times, clutching his charred and swollen fingers.Dozens of unmarked tanks, armoured personnel carriers, missile launchers and military trucks, he said, appeared on the road from the border. The unit suddenly faced not just the rebels but regular Russian troops, and artillery barrages from inside Russia that turned the area into what another survivor called a “furnace, pure hell”.
      When rumours spread that Chechen mercenaries – with a reputation for torturing captives – would follow in a “clean-up” operation, what remained of the Ukrainian unit panicked.“Some of our boys shot themselves in the head, right in front of me,” said the soldier, asking not to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the press. “Others dropped their weapons and fled on foot, chased through the fields. A handful of us were lucky to get out alive.”

      The propaganda in the Russian media is nuts too.

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      “Although they claim to be fighting against Nazis” – who, according to Russian propaganda, have taken over Kiev – “they are themselves like a light version of the Nazis,” Mr Potekhin said. “They’re driven to extreme violence by Russian nationalist views, hatred, and intolerance of all western culture, homosexuals, and Catholics.
      “The effect of brainwashing by Russian television is more serious than I could ever have imagined.”

  • Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter
    • I don't think it'll be karma as much as disgust.

      Johan Cruyff
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      “It’s like everything in football – and life. You need to look, you need to think, you need to move, you need to find space, you need to help others. It’s very simple in the end.”

      Zionism is doomed . And Cruyff could NEVER have been a Zionist.

  • Israel has granted refugee status to 0.07% of African asylum seekers
    • "Protesters also called Israelis who defend the refugees “whores,” and a man in video footage taken by David Sheen can be seen shouting, in English, “F*ck you motherf*cker, piece of sh*t. Go back to Africa. We hate you as much as we can. Go back to Africa.”

      This should be made known to everyone at AIPAC 2015

      Such a lovely place, Israel.

    • "Is the zionist state racist? Is the pope catholic?"

      Do bears shit in the Vatican ?

      Akiva Orr is very interesting on the subject of the Jewish state
      It becomes incoherent very quickly . Especially regarding Ruffheisen

    • This is all going to be remembered in the future. There is no point in Jews remembering the exile if they don't help those now in exile.

  • Al Jazeera publishes leaked intelligence files showing Netanyahu lied about Iranian nuclear threat
  • Israel's new Asian allies
    • Chinese people, born in a country that went through the Japanese invasion, civil war, the cultural revolution and the insanity of Maoism are hardly going to bow down before the logic of Zionism.

    • Israel is an aircraft carrier of the West in the Eastern Med.
      It can't coherently turn its back on the US and think China is an adequate replacement.
      It will have to take its sanctions medicine and see it as part of God's plan for straying from the path of righteousness.

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      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  • No matter who wins the Israeli elections, Palestinians lose
    • So the ad says "it's us or him" and the people in Gaza ask what is the difference.

    • Lysias

      Not fully. The main driver seems to be deflation in Japan and Europe. When markets stop growing asset prices can fall rapidly. Oil markets had built in a lot of growth in oil demand and now that it is falling the prices fall by a lot more. Saudi and the US may want to hurt Iran and Russia but there is more to it than just that.

    • That photo of Zippy tries to make her look serious.
      Dangle some Gaza blood in front of her and she flashes her teeth and her eyes start to bulge.

    • “”To boycott Israel because of its policies and because Israel wants to defend itself is not only anti-Zionist… it’s 21st century anti-Semitism,” MK Ayelet Shaked tells Haaretz, adding that she believes that boycotting Israel “should be illegal.” -

      Boycotting injustice is always legal.
      Mr Boycott was a brutal landlord.

      and the bots have destroyed the Palestinian economy- is that supposed to be kosher ? Do prayers in Israel serve any purpose whatsoever given the injustice of the system ?

    • Maybe Gd is punishing the oil majors now with the price down by 50%, Just.

    • I think no matter who wins the Israeli elections Israelis lose. Risk buildups are not noticed by most people but when they strike they are deadly.

      Dornbusch’s law, baby

      “The crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.”

      Even to chosen people. Worse than a 10 million pound sludge from Noo York and Noo Jersey

  • Inflammatory posters at UCLA call Students for Justice in Palestine 'Jew haters' (Updated)
    • Relatives of sick family members are targeted by the Shin Bet to turn informer. And people wonder why Israeli Jews are hated.

  • Ten year old Palestinian boy attacked by settlers and abducted by Israeli soldiers while playing in the snow in Hebron
    • The manner in which they use law exclusively to feed the Jewish sense of victimhood while ignoring any semblance of justice.
      It's a sick ideology.

    • It doesn't matter, Just ,if the deceased isn't Jewish . Not under Lawfare

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      "The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organisation have been ordered to pay $218.5m in damages after a New York court found them liable for six terrorist attacks in Israel, marking another win under a US antiterrorism law covering American victims of overseas attacks.

      A US District Court jury on Monday found in favour of 10 US families who sued the Palestinian groups in 2004 for attacks that killed 33 people and wounded hundreds from 2002 to 2004."

      Imagine how much Protective Edge would cost Israel in a level playing field.

    • The land is beautiful even if the bots have fucked it up for so long.
      As long as Palestinians eat khubz in Falastin the bots can't win.

      I was reading this amazing book the other day

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      It's about Irish ghosts. And I was wondering where the Jewish ghosts are. They are not in the Middle East.

    • "We can only imagine the shock when the family learned of Major Adraee’s Facebook posting showing their beloved relative accepting water from a soldier, knowing she was executed around the time of the photograph being taken.

      Zionist scum. From Day 1

  • Racism is in the air: Video showing racist exchange between Israelis and a flight attendant goes viral

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