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  • Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade
    • In fact I am convinced anyone listening to those Israeli air raid sirens would say they caused more psychological damage than the actual bottle rockets.

      It's done more than that, it screwed with the economy, especially tourism. What Hamas need are missiles than can strike predictably at the airports, as well as IDF aircraft runways, also oil refineries, power stations etc. A few days of darkness and lack of oil at gas stations will really bring reality home to Israel.

    • Israel,will not allow Hamas to re-arm.

      It's your sense of reality is compromised, nay off the charts.

      Israel cannot do a thing about Hamas rearming.

    • the spokesman began by saying that 2 Israeli soldiers had just been killed, minutes before the cease-fire was to take effect.

      Is this reported anywhere else Walid?

    • I'm with you Taxi,

      Amazing effort especially given that they had to face off Israel while Egypt were stabbing them in the back.

  • WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is 'gravest threat to the Jewish people'
    • Shingo, that was not the point, even if your timeline and recounting of history are incorrect.

      No my timelines is absolutely accurate. You tried to pull the hasbara talking points and they collapsed under the facts.

      The point is, Israelis went from a dovish government transitioned to a security minded one in response to violence and destruction from the territories.

      Rubbish. Israeli security forces admit they fired 1.2 million rounds of live amon into crowds of unarmed demonstrators, and that was under the so called dovish government.

      Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount was not as Prime Minister.

      It doesn't matter, he was clearly a front runner already and what he did was hugely provocative.

      Fatah admitted that they were waiting for an act to,unleash terror. -

      No they didn't. You are lying.

      ny civilized person would have let his visit pass for nothing more than a visit.

      It was not a visit, it was an Israeli politician staking a claim on a very sensitive site. Any civilized country would not have fired 1.2 rounds into crowds of unarmed demonstrators. To say they had no choice but to murder unarmed Palestinians (which they always do) is s to deprive them of humanity - but then again, what humanity do Zionists have anyway.

    • And Sharon became prime minister as a direct result of the peace proposal that Barak brought to Arafat being rejected and the dire security situation at the time

      Rubbish. Six nonths After Camp David, Arafat and Barak continued their negotiations at Taba. It was Barak that walked away even though both sides stated they were in the verge of an agreement.

      As for Camp David, Israeli foreign minister at the time, Shlomo Ben Ami, admitted that the offer was so lame that even he would have rejected it.

      The intifada was started by Sharon's provocation, followed by Israeli police firing a million live rounds into crowds of unearned demonstrators.

  • The new center
  • Hillary Clinton just lost the White House in Gaza -- same way she lost it in Iraq the last time
    • Great post Surewin,

      I agree completely with your summation of 2008 and Obama being groomed before that. I even remember the anticipation of his candidacy and how it electrified the party. They even ran a clever satirical add, where Obama gace a speech to camera that sounded like he was announcing his candidacy only to deliver the punch line at that he was backing the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl playoffs in 2006. It was clearly a teaser to test the water, but it worked.

    • I have to agree with Sean,

      I too like and respect women, in fact I have more wornen friends than male, and I too am delighted to see women in politics. I don't know enough about Gernany's domestic politics to judge Merkel, but in the international arena, I think she's been impressive leader and put her make contemparies to shame.

      Power is clearly a very intelligent woman but has sole for... Power. Same thing with Susan Rice. Anne Marie Slaughter and Hillary have clearly decided that the way to gain credibility in Washington in to be a rabbid hawk.

      I realize it 'a difficult to discuss these issues without delving into dangerous waters as far as mysoginist and sexism goes, but let's not get into contortions trying to parse put language to make a simple observation.

    • How Liz Warren presents herself can make up this difference quickly

      The trouble is that Warren is already ducking questions about Gaza, so she may turn into a Barbara Boxer just as quickly.

    • But where is the young, charismatic Dem who will run against Clinton?

      My sentiments too. If there was going to be a arrious challenger to Hillary, we would be able to identify them by now. Elizabeth Warren? Unlikely. Joe Biden? No chance.

      Hillary seriously has too much in her war chest to be challenged by any Dems. If she really was as vulnerable as Phil suggests, then the real threat will come from the Republicans.

    • You might be right Phillip,

      But here in Australia, we see the same thing. Years of drought and then a few weeks of heavy rains and the public attention is suddenly diverted.

      All it needs is sine rain before 2016.

  • In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders
    • Wow Jon s…It must have been really scary for you….those Palestinian firecrackers gave you the yellow-shivers…Hmmm! Were you in the car by yourself…?

      The stupid thing is that Jon would have been safer to remain in his car, seeing as the falling shrapnel from the exploded Iron Dome missile poses a much greater danger to Israelis than the Gaza rockets.

    • Just as I expected, noone has a word of condemnation for summary executions of their own people carried out by Hamas.

      Just as I expected, none of the hasbarats actually have any evidence that any summary executions were carried out by Hamas

    • 2. Gaza is one of the most miserable places in the world, a place of utter despair.

      Which was Israel's intention all along. The one and only comprehensive scholarly history of Israeli settlements n the occupied territories. It's been translated into English, called "Lords of the Land", by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar .

      "After Israel withdrew it's forces from Gaza, in August 2005, the ruined territory was not released for even a single day from Israel's military grip, or from the price of the occupation that the inhabitants pay every day. Israel left behind scotched earth, devastated services, and people with nearly a present or a future. The Jewish settlements were destroyed in an ungenerous move by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and kill and harass it's inhabitants, by means of it's formidable military might."

      The people of Gaza are afflicted by Hamas, who chose to invest millions in acquiring rockets to attack Israel’s civilians, in building tunnels to attack Israel, instead of investing in education, health care, infrastructure, industry, agriculture and the welfare of their people.

      Rubbish. There was a building boom taking place in Gaza in 2012, which was fuelled by economic activity based on the tunnels.
      link to
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      So the claim that tunnels and rockets syphoned money from the economy is simply BS.

    • No the leadership is luxuriating in Qatar organising more arms shipments.

      Via was transportation route?

    • In a Yahoo interview Meshaal says it was Hamas members who acted without his knowledge, but he felt it was fine for them to do this anyway.

      Lie. That's not what he said at all. He said that acted alone and understood the frustration and anger that drove the suspects to do what they did.

      You really are pathetic Jon66.

      But, the response here is always to assume Hamas is telling the truth.

      No it's not. The response is to see where the evidence takes us and whether the kidnapping was consistent with Hamas strategy.

    • Page: 146
    • Reports note some of the collaborators were grabbed as they exited their Mosque and sprayed with bullets. Better than Isis I suppose.

      No different to the IDF.

      link to

      Gruesome Tales Surface of Israeli Massacres Against Families in Gaza Neighborhood
      link to

    • armed Hamas gunmen caught on film?

      Caught doing what? The report and the associated clip showed nothing of the kind.

      Meanwhile, the IDF has been busy at it executing Palestinian civilians on a far greater scale.

      link to

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    • I was thinking not only of James Foley’s fate, but also of what happened to Daniel Pearl, another Jewish-American reporter , chasing a story in an area saturated with jihadis.

      Jihadis that funnily enough have no interest in targeting Israel.

      I realize that Hamas probably regard Blumenthal as a “useful idiot”

      Whereas we consider you simply an idiot.

      but the message may not reach every operative on the street, especially now that they are in a panic, shooting suspected “spies” in the street.

      As opposed to in Israel, where anyone who is left wing or anti war is being lynched you mean?

    • Got up, drove home, called my family. Bastards didn’t get me.

      Wow you're so brave.

      After a few seconds I heard some booms, looked up and saw the contrails of the interception

      Actually, it probably wasn't an interception at all, but the Iron Dome missile detonating by itself and spraying the area with shrapnel.

      Also a rocket hit a synagogue in Ashdod, injuries and damage there, too.

      That clearly means there were bombs hidden there.

    • The latest report is that Hamas has executed 18 of their own people today.

      The latest report or the latest BS from the hasbara mother ship? You know, like the crap you insisted last week was common knowledge?

    • It seems to be a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand does.

      It seems more a case of Hasbara.

    • Apparently Hamas admitted that they were responsible for the Israeli teen deaths in June that started this latest conflagration.

      Apparently you don't know how to read your own links. How can someone who is exiled speak on behalf of Hamas?

    • Maybe the ones hiding in the hospital.


      More likely he was collateral damage from Israel targeting children.

  • Israeli ship heads out of Oakland - again - after five days of extraordinary protest
    • Cur the world'd smallest violin Gene,

      Germany, Spain and Turkey and any other country will regard Israel as a liability so this killed two birds with one stone.

      Enjoy your apartheid while it lasts.

  • Ari Shavit calls out every brutality, except the ones Israel is complicit in
    • Ari Shavit has a piece today on the rise of Antisemitism:

      Of course he has. Like any apologists for apartheid and Ziofascism, he knows he cannot win with logic, so has to retreat to the safety of his bunker from which he can safely watch the arguments Pamela Olson has shredded fall apart from a safe distance.

      Truly pathetic and predictable.

    • It's true there is no evidence of Snowden giving such an interview, but there are an abundance of reports of Israeli assisting the rebels in Syria, including Al Nusra.

  • 'Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children'
    • Sometimes I do wonder if they really do know everything, but to question them would probably be antisemitic.

      In your case, self hating.

    • Why if only they had thrown themselves into American life, instead of remaining isolated in religious communities

      Now come on Mooser, had they done that, they would have faced pogroms, lynchings and Kafkaesque trials where their patriotism would have been maligned for putting the interests of a foreign state before the US.

    • Yes, I believe he moonlights doing stand up acts at bachelor parties too.

    • JeffB: “…and most American Jews will agree that they are not fully at home as Jews in America.”

      Which begs the question, why do so many Jews insist on living in America rather than Israel.

    • And everybody knows, as a mere 1 to 2% of the population, with no special protection as people or as a religion, no representatives in the corridors of power, all the Jews that came to America were quickly exterminated and never heard from again.

      Indeed Mooser, as we all know, you have to have some brave warriors willing to remain behind and suffer persecution to maintain the myth of persecution.

    • What is so hysterical is how plainly JeffB’s response to your comment shows contempt for American Jews . And he freakin’ lives here.

      A confirmed self hater.

    • Thanks Lysias,

      My reference to hanging at The Hague was a metaphor, not literal.

    • owever, by completely closing off any exit from the war zone, Israel is in breach of the Laws of War. Israel had ALL crossings closed, under the 2005 agreement with Egypt, thereby preventing civilians from fleeing a war zone, BEFORE attacking, which is illegal under Geneva Convention 1V…Section II..Occupied territories..Art49…The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.

      Don't let the Egyptian scum bags off the hook here Talknic. El Sisi and his junta are are even more guilty of war crimes than Sharon was for Sabra and Shatilla. The only thing El Sisi and didn't do was set up flood lights.

      Egypt is just as guilty of war crimes and these criminals need to be hung at the Hague.

    • But regardless of which way the wind blows, the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder.

      Which ever way it blows, just be sure not to be downwind - because the stench is awful.

    • then you have to explain how thee are so few civilian casualties per strike

      Right after you explain what it is you are smoking. Israel destroyed entire families per strike, entire buildings.

      As an airforce person, can you explain how it is that only about a thousand civilians have died in Gaza?

      WTF are you talking about? It is not about a thousand civilians, it's well over 1,500. That means Israel killed more civilians in 3 weeks than the entire East Ukrainian conflict has in 4 months.

      The proportion of civilian casualties is close to 80%, which is surely no less than Syria or Fallujah.

      can you determine what were the factors of an Israeli commander under fire in a dense urban environment and deduct that there was a war crime?

      There were no Israeli commanders under fire in a dense urban environment. The IDF were too chicken-sh%t to engage in urban warfare, so they stuck to shelling and bombing from a safe distance.

    • There is another way of looking at this, which is that the UN keeps trying to push an inappropriate frame onto the situation in the West Bank and Gaza.

      How typical for an Israeli apologist to refer international law as inappropriate.

      That confusion means the laws governing occupation don’t fit the situation

      What are you blathering about you clown? Yes the laws DO fit the situation. Don't confuse that fact with the fact Israel flouts them.

      Moreover Israel has formally annexed a large chunk of the West Bank and altered both the architecture and the demography.

      When did they formally annex it?

      There is a concept that forcible annexation is not permitted and the UN’s response is to pretend that what is illegal is non-existent.

      My God you are thick! It's the UN's response because that is the position of every member if the UN except Israel. A better analogy would be that Israel keeps insisting that the Earth is flat.

      It's not the laws that are bring discredited , it is that Israel refuse to admit that EJ is not negotiable. Israel still pretends that EJ is disputed and that they are willing to negotiate it's final status, so to use your absurd analogy, it is Israel that insists the murder victim is still alive - much like John Cleese insisting the parrot isn't dead.

      But the again, Israeli apologists are about as serious as a Monty Python skit.

    • Richard Cohen seems to get it as well

      What do you mean get it? Richard Cohen has been a consistent Israeli apologist and Israeli firster, right or wrong, all his career.

    • There would be a minor disturbance in flights, the damage would be quickly repaired and life would return to normal.

      No, not after MH17. Furthermore, after MH17, no international airline will take that risk.

      9/11 which dropped tons of rubble on the New York Stock exchange didn’t end America’s ability to trade securities.

      Securities are exchanged electronically dufus. Passenger planes are not binary code.

    • Sorry Asshat, did you have a point to make?

    • It’s a war there and in every war there are civilian casualties.

      Yes, let's forget why there was a war and why it was started, which at Nuremberg was the mother of all war crimes.

      However, Israel is the ONLY state to go to such extends to try and minimize their losses

      Clearly not. Israel killed 2000 people in 3 weeks.

    • You start by taking off the rose glasses and looking at the world like it is not like you imagined it to be.

      And Zionism is not like you imagined it to be.

  • Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse
    • In the same way as you don’t grant somebody a driver’s licence until they pass an exam or you don’t allow somebody to purchase a gun unless they meet certain criteria.

      Unless you are Zionist, in which case, no exam or criteria needed.

    • Do you honestly expect the rapist to find moral enlightment and admit himself to an asylum?

      No, but no one honestly expects him to be take seriously when he claims to be the victim.

    • Hamas ridiculously demanding open borders, a seaport and airport is a certain recipe for a huge escalation of the conflict by putting Israel’s security into total jeopardy.

      Yes an independent, free and sovereign Palestine poses a great threat to Israel.

  • Ceasefire comes to a close -- Mohammed Assaf's 'Raise Your Head High'
    • How about: ‘Hamas decided to break the ceasefire

      How about you provide evidence Hamas fired those rockets?

  • UPDATED: Bay Area demonstrators succeed for **fourth** day in 'Blocking the Boat for Gaza'
    • I read somewhere today–I think at algemeiner web site, that the head of the Israeli navy recently spouted out that a Gaza port would be a de facto Iranian port and hence a conduit for arms and military equipment to enter Gaza from Iran.

      Of course they would say that. Even if the port is administered by the UN, but why let facts like that get in the way of hype and hysteria?

  • Hillary Clinton's 11th-hour diplomacy
    • The question was in Israel’s interest not in the USA’s interests.

      NO, the question was in USA’s interests. Israel's interests are of no concern.

      As for what they’ve done to deserve a war, they sent arms and possibly troops to oppose USA consolidation of Iraq during the American occupation.

      Absolute rubbish. Not a single Iranian soldier was ever identified in Iraq. Not only that, but they were perfectly happy with what the US was doing. Even Chalabi was exposed in the end as a double agent who helped lie the US into attacking Iraq on behalf of Iran.

      They’ve sent arms to Hezbollah and supported Lebanon’s switch from a pro-western country to effectively anti-western.

      It was Israeli stupidity that led to that outcome. The US is hardly revered in Lebanon

      They have destabilized Kenya which the USA has been pulling into their orbit.

      False. They have not payed a finger on Kenya. They have no interests whatsoever in Kenya.

      So yeah, you got nothing.

    • How will President Cruz sound to you in 2016?

      Sounds like a one in a million chance. The guy is a lunatic and will be make Sarah Palin look like a Harvard Scholar during the debates.

      With regards to Iran's right to enrich, the deal will be done long before the next presidential elections, so it matters no what Jindal and Hillary have to say about the matter.

    • The premise of this article is a false one. Whether the winner in the mid terms is Obama or not. And whether the next president is Clinton or not will make no difference. They will all be as bad a Killary with respect to Israel.

  • 'Bombing the Dead' -- Max Blumenthal in Gaza
    • And needless to say, not one photo of an armed Palestinian or a rocket launcher.

      So what? See any photos of armed Israelis or an F18, F16, Apache, Isreli tanks?

      *Sssh…we don’t to make the Zionists mad’*

  • Video: Gaza forces young Jew to overcome 'giant hostile ferocious backlash' of her community
    • I would like to apologize to other posters here. I’ve been a lurker for years, and when I have finally get on to have a good chortle at the fascist putz, he spews out nonsense like this.

      Great to see you posting here CliosBitch. Love your style and hope to hear more from you.

    • And she's cute as a button to boot. I hope my daughter turns out to be a remarkable as her.

      But most of all, she's obviously a very strong young lady who's chosen to put values before tribalism.

      What a refreshing change. I hope she serves as an inspiration to young Jews throughout the world.

    • Maybe. Or maybe Israel will find friends else in the world.

      No. Israel is rates among the 4 least popular countries in the world and it's only getting worse.

      The are more Russian and Chinese tourists coming here every year.

      So what? They are not going to give Israel money or veto UNSC resolutions against Israel.

      Israel’s relations with India and China are good, and these economic powerhouse’s make up half the world’s population.

      Except that they have no interest in Israel and they are not going to replace the US as Israel's sugar daddy and protector.

      Oh and Israel China relations are so good that China is already stealing Israel's technology from under their nose.
      link to

      Of course, they'll soon realize that Iron Dome is a lemon.

      In any case, if Israel thinks it's going to enjoy the same degree of pandering from teh BRICS that they have grown accustomed to from the West, they are in for a rude shock. Israel's popularity among the BRICS is only slightly better than SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

      ‘Eurabia’ can go to hell.

      But until then, keep showing Israel the money right Jackoff?

    • That said, Israeli women are by far the more liberated in the region and far beyond.

      Compared to whom? Saudi Arabia?

      What Mondoweiss fails to understand is that Israelis, with all their problems and pathologies, are remain happy and positive about the future, to wit: they’re making babies.

      The starving masses in 3rd world countries make babies too. The top ten countries with the highest birth rates are war torn and impoverished. It tends to go hand in hand with populations that fear for their future. Israelis are also a miserable lot, convinced that the world hates them.

      As for your pathetic article, Israel never rates in the top 20 of happiest countries.

      We just need to wear our enemies down by attrition, and a few generations from now, Israel should be sitting in the catbird seat, and Mondoweiss will find itself consigned to the rubbish heap of history.

      And then Jackoff wakes up and realizes he was only dreaming and that Israel is a pariah state headed over a cliff.

    • It is ISIS in tandem with israel who are killing indigenous people en mass in the middle east.

      Nobody else is committing these horrendous crimes against humanity except for ISIS and israel.

      Make that ISIS, Israel and Egypt.

      Not only did the Egyptian messiah, El Sidi massacre 800 people , but he was entirely complicit in the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.

    • What Mondoweiss never gets its that Americans don’t give a crap about Israel.

      What you demonstrated is that Zionists don’t give a crap about Jews.

      And because America is becoming more Latino and Catholic every day. Israel is in crisis.

    • Hey Jackoff,

      Here's a very revealing account of your sadistic society during a rally of 10,000 people in Tel Aviv who don't agree with you.

      Author David Grossman told the crowd:

      (We) are losing our home to fanaticism and internal hatred….Dangerous movements are coming to pass in Israel because of the despair, the anxiety, nationalism and racism erupting all at once.

      Not one word of condemnation has been uttered by the prime minister. It will be very difficult to rein in the dark forces…. These processes and phenomena will unfortunately turn Israel into a radical, militant, xenophobic cult, isolated and ostracized.
      link to

    • Israel doesn’t need you. Not your body, not your soul, not your mind.

      Yes, there is no room for intelligent, clear headed, honesty people with morality, human decency, compassion, and respect for human rights or who believes in equality in Israel.

      You're much too good for Israel Carey Wedler. As Jackdaw has revealed, Israel is not the home of Jews, just racist, fascist thugs who get off on grotesque violence.

  • Israel and its advocates have a new target in sight: Head of UN inquiry William Schabas
    • If he has a history on Israel / Palestine that’s disqualifying.

      In which case, Ban Ki-moon should resign from his position immediately seeing as he sought to undermine the Goldstone Report.

      Ban Ki-moon colluded with US, Israel to undermine UN Gaza report: WikiLeaks
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  • Accounts of Israeli war crimes in Khuza'a, Gaza pile up
    • What an amazing young lady. Inspiring and wow, fearless.

      One can imagine all the venom she has faced and yet her courage makes it all irrelevant.

      Thanks for that awesome link.

  • 15 airplanes to fly over NY and NJ beaches with Israeli flags and We Love Israel banner
    • They should paint a big sign on the ground underneath their flightpath with the letters UN School on it and a bullseye.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 1, ducks question on Gaza, 2, plans trip to Israel, and 3--
    • Let us imagine for a moment that these politicians have examined the situation in the ME and agree with the Israeli position predominantly. Is that a possibility?

      No not possible. Because the only way to agree with the Israeli position predominantly is by ignoring the evidence or being ideologically blinded to it.

      The latest polls show higher support for Israel in those Americans with more education and more life experience.

      In other words, people over 65. That would include a lot of senile and those suffering dementia right?

  • The Walzer Problem
    • they did use human shields,the video evidence captured by journalists is conclusive and will be used to defend israel,s actions in the war crimes investigation.

      Come on Wes, put up or shut up. Provide evidence that they used human shields. The video evidence captured by journalists does not prove anything and is not even close to evidence.

      Hasbara fail!

    • Revenge for the suicide bombing campaign.

      What about revenge for 3,500 Palestinians killed and the use of 1.3 million bullets in a few months against demonstrators?

    • If Hamas didn’t fire the rockets, then did the group that fired them have them and fire them with the permission of Hamas?

      No, not even Israel's government has made that argument. In fact, Israel has consistently recognized that Hamas have gone to great lengths to prevent militant groups not under their control from doing so.

      When Hamas wants to control a rival group, they are certainly capable of doing so as they did with Fatah.

      Don't be stupid. Having majority control of the territory is not the same as controlling the actions of every militant group. The Israeli security forces are infinitely better resourced, more powerful and not under blockade, yet they can't control the half a million settlers in the West Bank, yet you expect Hamas to control 1.8 million people in Gaza?

      Does that mean that Israel has no right to negotiate with the Palestinians over the two state solution?

    • so we should take it you think the release of evidence by Israel tying the kidnappers in the Qwamseh family and one of its patriarchs to long time leadership in Hamas is a fabrication?

      Probably seeing as it is sucha flimsy claim that the Israeli government were too gutless to declafre it in a press conference and only released this rumor via Twitter.

      And even if it were true, it is not evidence of Hamas complicity in the kidnapping.

    • ironic that I consider the UN, HRW and Amnesty as totally compromised and biased sources.

      And I consider you a lying propagandist, like your opinion, it's not relevant.

      So unless you go something better, I'll stick with UN, HRW and Amnesty over the IDF lie factory.

    • no, I was referring to the issue of the use of hospitals by the Hamas, for which I linked to those tv reports, and my comment didn’t make it past moderation. Sorry I wasn’t clear.

      As I explained, the reports don't make that claim at all. The French report claim that a rocket was fired in the vicinity of the hospital - not that any hospital was used.

      The second link doesn't even mention where the rocket was fired from.

    • No you get real

      if you had any evidence you'd point to a report by the UN, HRW, Amnesty or a respectable news source rather than some YouTube video of dubious authenticity featuring some characature no name labeled as a Hamas member foaming at the mouth and spewing out garbage.

      Unless of course, you want to admit that calls for genocide by an unhinged Knesset member of the Home Party speaks for the entire Israeli government when they call for genocide and massacres of Palestinian women to
      Prevent them giving birth to snakes

    • The first rocket from Gaza was fired June 12.

      Not from Hamas.
      Hamas fires rockets for first time since 2012
      The security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assessed that Hamas had probably launched the barrage in revenge for an Israeli airstrike several hours earlier which killed one person and injured three more.
      link to

      Netanyahu did not order the bombing of Gaza to respond to any rockets. He said he was going to punish Hamas for their role on the kidnapping of the 3 boys.

      Hamas had nothing to do with it and he knew it.

    • This is an outstanding post Jerome and an excellent resource. Thank you for compiling such excellent references and the timeline.

      I believe that the assassination of Sheikh Yassin was also carried out just as Yassin was proposing a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

    • On “human shields”:it’s no use denying Hamas’ cynical use of civilians as shields, when Hamas spokesman talk about it openly, even boast about it.

      There's no point denying it when you can't produce one shred of evidence supporting the claim.

      Using civilian facilities as depots and launching sites is a win-win situation for Hamas

      Again you haven't produce one shred of evidence supporting that claim that Hamas are using civilian facilities as depots and launching sites.

      if the Israelis refrain from attacking them , they get to launch their rockets with impunity

      False. Hamas had not fired a single rocket between November 2013 and June 30 2014 even as Israel continued attacking Gaza. The first rocket from Hamas was launched on June 30 when Israel launched an unprovoked bombing of Gaza and killed 2 Palestinians.

      Approximately 260 rockets were fired from schools.

      False. Zero rockets were fired from schools.

      Approximately 160 rockets were fired from religious sites, including mosques.

      False. Zero evidence rockets were fired from religious sites, including mosques.

      Approximately 127 rockets were fired from cemeteries.

      Fine, bomb away.

      Approximately 50 rockets were fired from hospitals.

      False. Zero evidence rockets were fired from hospitals. Not even your video links make that claim.

      Stop the lies JonS.

  • Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
    • If that salesman then tries to sell his car, and you call upon people not to buy his car, you’ve moved to a personal boycott and IMHO gone too far.

      That is true and that is not what BDS would advocate.

    • Those individuals would be subject to BDS regardless of their political views you chump.

      No they wouldn’t my dear. For example, when the American Studies Association voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions, they explicitly pointed out that Israeli academics themselves were not be subject to the boycott.

      You see Miriam, you go off half cocked every time and make a complete fool of yourself. If I didn’t know you better, I’d swear you do it just to get attentions.

      They would be considered to represent those institutions they work for.

      No, only if they travelled as representatives of those institutions.

      So yet again you are wrong and have spectacularly failed to understand what the hell you are talking about.

      Stay away from Spike Online Miriam. It’s addled your brain.

    • Please give up with Spiked on line spam Miriam. It's a pathetically obvious pro Israeli propaganda web site with no credibility. Surely your reading material must be broader than one fringe blog.

      In any case, you are wrong as always.

      An Israeli theatre group were prevented from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year by BDS reactionaries

      Can you be any more stupid? A theatre group is an institution my dear. The individual artists were not prevented from performing as an independent group.

      Needless to say the BDS hypocrites who forced this Israeli theatre group out of the Edinburgh Festival showed no interest in boycotting, for example, American performers /theatre groups as punishment for America’s support of the illegitimate Kiev regime and its aggression against the civilians of the east of Ukraine

      I get what you are trying to say, but your logic is convoluted. It is the Ukrainian government that is carrying out attacks against it’s civilians. Had the theatre groups been Ukrainian, you might have a point.
      The US is supporting Israel as well as the regime in Kiev, but not actually doing the killing.

      For some inexplicable reason Israeli supporters all suffer from a disgusting tunnel vision which dictates that they find Israeli militarism somehow moral and exceptional, while decrying the Palestinians for resisting occupation.
      Which is of course the height of hypocrisy.

      BTW, Miriam are you still denying you’re a Zionist these days?

    • You are scared to death of BDS, aren’t you? Good!

      You got it all wrong Mooser. Miriam insists she's not a Zionist. Just a curious onlooker according to her.

    • At least make an effort to be less stupid Miriam.

      Individuals are not obliged to represent the institutions that they work for. Academics are not owner by institutions.

    • He supports BDS and its denial of free expression and free association to Israeli academics.

      You're such an insufferable buffoon Miriam. Do you even understand what the definition if hypocrite is?

      Salaita would be a hypocrite if he was supporting occupation and the massacre of the occupied population.

      Seriously , you need to stop reading Spiked Online crapola .

  • Goldstone sequel to be co-authored by Amal Alamuddin, Clooney's fiancee
    • Don't you love how that graphic looks so similar to this one from a decade ago or Bin Laden's so called underground fortress?

      link to

    • I recall you used to have a moderate viewpoint years ago, but you seem to fit into the camp that offers LZ happy-talk, but when things get tough you get Likud. Why is this such a problem, with so many Pro-Israel people? Can’t you have one standard and stick to it?

      It's a fascinating case study Chu. How inside all seemingly moderate and liberal Zionists, there is a right wing Zionist waiting to come out. Even long time lefties like Amos Oz have fallen victim to this and done as Peter Beinart predicted they would when faced with a choice between their progressive values and Zionism - that tribalism would win out in the end.

    • Shingo, I tried to post a comment with two such examples of proof, but it was shot down by “moderation”.

      You have no proof Jon. See my comment here debunking your pathetic argument.
      link to

      I feel like I’m in a barroom fight with multiple adversaries

      I feel like I am debating an outpatient from a psychiatric institution. Hamas did not fire from any hospital. The reporters on the ground only stated that rockets were fired in the VICINITY of the hospital. Reports estimated it was 50 meters from the hospital, which is half a city block.

      You even originally claimed that Hamas was using the hospital as operational HQ or to store weapons, which is simply rubbish. There is not a shred of evidence to support either of these claims.

      So the only common knowledge is that you have nothing.

    • I did so, with segments from Finnish tv and France 24 available on Youtube.

      We’ve all seen that BS JonS. The claim by those networks was that Hamas fired a rocket within the vicinity of the hospital building, and estimate 50 meters away. That doesn’t prove in any way, shape of form that Hamas used the hospital as cover or that it stored weapons inside it.

      And furthermore, the fact that the rocket was fired 50-100 meters away from a hospital should disqualify the hospital as a target given the ability of Israel’s lazer guided weapons to strike a target with an accuracy pf a few meters.
      Give up JonS. You have nothing….except symptoms of a mental breakdown.

    • Are those the medical facilities the Hamas terrorists use – or, rather: abuse- to launch rockets from ? or as their operational hq?

      There was no operational hq Jon. All the Israeli idd was produce an illustration, which the world laughed at. There was is ZERO evidence Hamas used any medical facilities.


      When I wrote about that nearly a month ago , my comment was greeted by derision here on MW. Now it’s common knowledge.

      Are you for real? It's not even taken seriously anymore. Even the Israeli government has given up pushing that bovine excrement and are now retreating saying that the incidents of Israeli bombing those facilities is under Israeli internal investigation - which is code for stalling and stonewalling and hoping the world outside forgets about it.

      Apparently you didn't get the memo. My God, you really do need to see a shrink!

    • Holy God are you dumb

      It's worse than dumb Mooser. It's as though JonS is in some state of hypnotic dementia where he simply keeps repeating the same pre-programmed mantra while remaining utterly impervious to input or information.

      Maybe he's suffering PTSD from all those fire crackers.

    • The suspects in the case of the three murdered teenagers are Hamas operatives.

      No they are not. Israeli police and Yuval Diskin from Shin Bet have debunked this false allegation. What's more is that Netenyahu knew who the three suspects were within 24 hours, yet used the following 2 weeks to lay siege to the West Bank and arrest 500 Palestinians, 200 of which are still in prison. Not to mention demolishing dozens fo homes and killing a further 12 Palestinians.

      All fo this was sadism on Netenyahu's part for political gain.

      Gaza was bombed in response to Hamas rocket fire, raining down on our civilian population.

      Absolute rubbish, and debunked by Israeli officials.
      Hamas fires rockets for first time since 2012, Israeli officials say
      "The security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assessed that Hamas had probably launched the barrage in revenge for an Israeli airstrike several hours earlier which killed one person and injured three more."
      link to

      So it is beyond dispute that the first rockets from Hamas came AFTER Israel bombed Gaza on June 30 so it is simply false that Israel's attacks were in response to rocket attacks from Hamas.

      What's more is that Netanyahu even admitted his attack was not to stop rockets but to punsh Hamas.

      Why do you remain so belligerent in your refusal to accept these facts? Has some PTSD switch gone off in your brain where you simply cannot bring yourself to admit you were lied to?

      As to a future objective inquiry, in this summer’s conflict, lessons were learned from previous “rounds” such as “Cast lead,” and the subsequent inquiries.

      No they weren't. Israel did exactly the same shit this this tims as they did last time. In fact, far from being prepared or learning anything, Netanyahu has simply run to Obama and demanded he and other ISraeli leaders be given diplomatic protection at the UN.

      The IDF forces even had real-time legal advice on targeting decisions.

      Real-time legal advice that it turns out was very bad advice and has left them in seriously deep shit.

      BTW. The Nazis were also meticulous record keepers and how did that work out for them?

      IDF spokesperson: Absolutely. Here’s a file of evidence that proves that Mosque so-and-so was being used as a rocket depot.

      Except that there is no such evidence and ample evidence to the contrary. That is why Israeli attack dogs are already trying to discredit this panel, because they know they committed war crimes.

      So dream on. Israel is toast.

    • The aggression is from Hamas and the blood is on Hamas’ hands.

      No the aggression is from ISrael and always has been and the blood is on Israel'’s hands. Israel started this latest offense, not Hamas. This all began with Netanyhau exploiting the deaths fo the 3 boys, withholding the fact they were already dead and that the suspects were not Hamas from the Israeli public, lying about Hamas's involvement and then using that false allegation as an excuse to bomb Gaza.

      You really do have to have entered a new level of insanity not to see that Jon.

      The question is whether an inquiry will be fair and objective. If so- Hamas will be condemned.

      They might well be, but the proportion of Israeli ear crimes are orders of magnitude greater.

      The question is whether an inquiry will be fair and objective. If so- Hamas will be condemned.

    • The Israeli side should say “bring it on, it’s the Hamas who should be worried”.

      There is no limit to your delusion. Bibbi doesn't share your optimism.

      Netenyahu is already demanding the Obama shield him from war crimes charges. On the other hand, Hamas have given their endorsement to refer all war crimes to the ICC.

      It's clear who is worried.

      And seeing as Israel murdered 1,500 civilians (not to mention bombing UN facilities) vs only 2 civilians kills by Hamas, anyone with a brain can conclude who the criminal state is.

      That doesn't 'to even take into account the war crime of aggression, which Israel and only Israel is guilty of.

    • Probably a good thing. While he star power may have attracted attention, it could compromise the investigation.

  • Tough Hillary Clinton says 'dreadful' pictures of dead women and children make it hard to get at truth-- Hamas is to blame
    • I’ve always been in the camp that held that they did not have a right to enrichment. Contrary to their claim, there is no such thing as a right to enrich. This is absolutely unfounded.

      What a psychopathic liar! Until only 2006, the US policy absolutely recognized the right to enrich.
      Does Iran Have the Right to Enrich Uranium? The Answer Is Yes
      link to

    • And I do think oftentimes that the anguish you are privy to because of the coverage, and the women and the children and all the rest of that, makes it very difficult to sort through to get to the truth.

      A perfect example of what Amira Hass described as sadism disguised as compassion.

    • I expect the TV news organizations of CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and BBC will offer no retorts nor dare to defend their Gaza reporters for fear losing access to Hillary.

      The media gave already refuted the Israeli
      Talking point that journalists in Gaza were threatened and intimidated by Hamas.
      link to

      I suspect those that witnessed the shelling on the Gaza beach will be sickened by Clinton's sadistic diatribe.

  • Propaganda on Palestine: All-Knowing White Man & Angry Black Woman conjure good Jews and evil Arabs
  • Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of 'barbaric'
  • Hollywood's latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar
    • The Guardian has followed with an editorial:

      The first example doesn' even qualify as anti-Semtism. If it was , the London’s Tricycle Theatre would not have given the organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival a choice.

      The article also points out that the spike coincides with Israeli attacks on Gaza. That doesn't excuse the anti semitic attacks by any means, but is another example of how Israel makes Jews less safe.

    • I can envisage this turning into a repeat of McCarthy witch hunts in Hollywood of actors and celebrities with Communist sympathies. We'll start seeing blacklists and informants like Bogart turning each other in.

    • The Guardian, on the rise of Anti-semitism:

      There is no way one can isolate the tensions in Europe from the events in Gaza. So yes, there is likely to be a rise of Anti-semitism, and while it is deplorable, Israel's actions are a major factor leading to it.

      The article does not even mention the role played by the Jewish League in stirring up trouble.

    • Thanks for your opinion, but in case you are wrong, we still need Israel.

      No you don't, which is why more than half the world's Jews have voted with their feet by refusing to live there.

      Even if you believed you need Israel to protect you, there is not enough room in Israel for all Jews.

    • I am pleasantly surprised by Howard Stern 's remark. He was vicious in his condemnation of Helen Thomas when she made her remarks about Jews in Palestine .

      Phil, what evidence do you have that many folks in Hollywood agree with Bardem and Cruz?

  • My friends say I'm being too nice to Hamas
    • so-taking it for granted that you believe the evidence provided yesterday that Hamas was completely responsible for the 3 kidnapped teens (in league with the Qwamseh who was a long-time Hamas leader) is completely wrong.

      There as no evidence provided.

      If everything Israel does and says is a complete lie and that is accepted here as gospel then there really isn’t much to discuss with opposing views and it all gets reduced to who can post the nastiest ‘quip’.

      If there was evidence produced, then we'd have something to debate or discuss.

    • shingo, i do not think they are morons. i think they do not realize that “Gazans being oppressed by Hamas” is a hasbara talking point constantly repeated by israel meant to be consumed by the israeli public and the international community to sell the hasbara talking pt hamas is responsible for israeli massacres and ‘if’ palestinians were only good and made other choices israel would not oppress them. which is a lie. no palestinian would buy that hogwash. so the friends have internalized it and assume hamas oppresses most of the people, which i imagine would be very low on the palestinian priority list when they are suffering under a brutal blockade by an enemy that bombs you routinely.

      Then Annie, if they are not morons, then they have an ideological agenda. There is no excuse for being so ignorant of the facts on the ground. In this day and age, with information, search engines and countess media source at our fingertips there is no excuse, especially given that this conversation was centred around a blog posting.
      So given that they are clearly educated, they are either ideologically isolated or pushing an agenda.

      israel doesn’t like hamas, so it stands to reason palestinians don’t either? that’s just not logical.

      Yes, imagine that point being made about Likud and the Israeli home party? Look, we all here have seen through the bullshit for the better part of a decade, if not longer.

      It's not like these guys all work for the state department or a Senator, and therefore have to parrot the party line as part of their job.

    • Marc: 

I am baffled that the Western Left is so disinterested in liberating Gazans from the oppression of Hamas.

      Wow, and Marc: 

I am baffled that the Western Right is so disinterested in liberating Gazans from the oppression of Israel.

      Do these morons even listen to themselves?

      And even if you ignore this, why didn't 'to you bring up the fact that Netanyahu started this war by attacking Gaza, and lied about Hamas being responsibke for the kidnapping if the 3 boys to justify it?

      That, according to the Nuremberg Principals is the mother of all war crimes .

  • 'NYT' is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict
    • I’m not sure, but I don’t think the Egyptian negotiators even offered to lift their gate crossing a tad.

      But aren't we glad they had a democratic coup in 2013?

    • Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire and has resumed mortar and rocket fire at Israel.

      False. Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire. The mortar and rocket fire at Israel were by Islamic Jihad.

      Israel was willing to extend the ceasefire.

      Israel refused to lift the siege even on principal. In other words, Israel wants to continue to imposed death and destruction without bombs.

    • I haven’t followed that part of things. It doesn’t surprise me that he’d think it, but I am surprised he would say it out loud.

      Oren has said a great many stupid things out loud, but yes, this one was so unexpected that even Jeffrey Goldberg had to pull him up.

    • Israel doesn’t have a Ministry of Information.

      They call it the MFA. Same thing.

      Maybe Hamas apologists are also following instructions.

      Where would those instructions be found?

    • <blockquote< The major fault is always to start the timeline of the upheaval at the kidnapping rather than the army’s killing of two Palestinian teens in Beitunya on May 15 which actually began the unrest and the killing of two Palestinians

      But don't you know? As Alison Weir explained, so long as no Israelis are dying and few rockets are flying, Palestinians being murdered is considered by the Western media to be "relative calm".

    • No proof would satisfy you. Let’s move on

      No proof has been produced. An unsourced Tweet is proof?

    • You’re calling Hussam Kawasme a liar?

      After being waterboarded and having his nails removed, probably.

    • I’d love to talk about ISIS.

      Would you like to talk about the report that Baghdadi was trained by Mossad? Does it not seem suspicious how Israel is absent from the list of target states ISIS has listed?

      Will Iran send troops and aircraft into Iraq?

      Why when Obama is already hinting at doing so?

    • As per Paul Hirshson, ‘..revealed orders & finance came from Hamas in Gaza’.

      A Tweet citing ZERO evidence. Are you fo fuc%ing real?

      A month ago Mark Regev said there as no doubt and that the evidence was conclusive. So where is it?

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